There he was in Box 4, Image 109, Line 57. Ellis often appeared as E. H. Bickerstaff in other records, too.
As I followed the line of information across the pages I knew this was my ancestor: every piece of personal information in the record aligned with the information I'd already found from other sources. (Click either image to view it larger in another screen. Or go to the link just above the first image.)
Here is a transcription of the above record.
Number [on page]. 57
Name. E. H. Bickerstaff
Birthplace. Steubenville, O.
Residence. " ["Homestead" is the location above the ditto marks.]
ENTRY INTO THE SERVICE
Date. May 2 64
Regiment. 157 OV [Ohio Volunteer]
Date. Sep 2 1864
Regiment. 157 O [?]
Length of Service. 100 days
Cause of Discharge. End of Term
Date of Muster into G.A.R. July 29/82
When Honorably Discharged. [blank]
When Suspended. [blank]
When Dropped. [blank]
When Dismissed [blank]
When Reinstated. [blank]
Nature of Wounds Received. [blank]
When and in what Engagements Wounded. [blank]
[Indecipherable due to darkened image.]
FamilySearch's Source Citation
"Pennsylvania, Grand Army of the Republic Membership Records, 1865-1936", database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q2SV-YKSC : accessed 23 April 2016), E H Bickerstaff, 1865-1936.
I was thrilled to find this record but I still have questions about the books in which the records are found. I went to the beginning of the book to see if I could find more information about how it was organized, the dates within the book, the location of its creation (if narrower than simply Pennsylvania) but found little to help me be more accurate in my personal citation and record-keeping. The wiki at this link gives more information but doesn't answer my questions. I will have to dig deeper.
Ellis was 30 when this record was created. Because I know his date of birth (April 11, 1840) from other sources I can calculate that this record was created after April 11, 1870 and before April 10, 1871. (I was unable to find a date of creation on the record.)
When this record was created Ellis was living in Homestead, Pennsylvania, but that he had been living in Steubenville, Ohio. Ellis and his family were enumerated in the 1870 U.S. Census in Steubenville so the move to Pennsylvania came after June or July, 1870, and before April 10, 1871.
Knowing that Ellis was a member of the GAR may help me find newspaper articles from the late 1800s and early 1900s noting his membership, which may lead to a photograph. (We can always be hopeful.)
My thanks to Michael John Neill for his post Pennsylvania, Grand Army of the Republic Membership Records, 1865-1936 which alerted me to this record set.
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