52 Ancestors #6 Charles A. McMechen – Liar, Liar Pants On Fire
We all have them, at least one person in the family who tells tall tales. One of mine was
Well, here is the truth about Charles, at least as far as I’ve been able to discover. Charles was born in Baltimore, Maryland on April 21, 1838. On Aug. 12, 1862, he enlisted in Co. A, 1st Inf. Reg., MD to fight on the Union side during the Civil War. The 25 year old served for the remainder of the Civil War. He was promoted to Corporal on Dec. 6, 1864. According to the database “American Civil War Regiments” the 1st Maryland Inf. on September, 1862, his regiment fought at Harper’s Ferry. They saw action at Emmetsburg, MD and Snicker’s Gap, VA during 1863. 1864 was very busy year for 1st MD. They fought the Battle of the Wilderness, Laurel Hill, Spotsylvania Court House, Harris’ Farm, Bethesda, Cold Harbor, Mechanicsville, Petersburg, Martinsburg, Weldon Railroad, Reams’ Station, Poplar Grove, Stoney Creek, and other unnamed battles all in Virginia. It was after one of the Stoney Creek battles that Charles was promoted to corporal. The regiment continued to fight in Virginia during 1865. They started at Dabney’s Mills, Hatcher’s Run, South Side Railroad, Five Forks, Petersburg, and White Oak Road. Their last battle was Apr. 1, 1865 at South Side Railroad. Charles mustered out on June 3, 1865. During his military career he also used the following spellings of his last name: McMacken, McMechan, Macken and McMachen. Charles applied for a military invalid pension on September 8, 1899.
Sometime after the Civil War he migrated to Philadelphia where on Oct. 18, 1870 he married Mary E. Hayes. At that time he listed his occupation as waterman and was using Mackin as his last name. They were married by George Moore of S. 4th St. This was possibly a Methodist ceremony.
The couple had five children. Charles Mackin, born abt. 1870, William, born abt. 1872, Margaretta Virginia, born August 10, 1874, Thomas H. Mackin, born abt. 1875, and Harry Freely Mackin, born October 29, 1877. All were born in Philadelphia.
The 1880 census lists his occupation as a laborer. He lived at 609 Annapolis St., Philadelphia.
He was a member of the Knights of Pithius. This was an organization similar to the Freemasons. Eventually he was buried along with his wife in the Pithius cemetery, Greenwood, in Philadelphia on Arrott St.
In 1913, Charles was living at Fillmore and Ferry Aves or possibly at 1209 Locust St, his daughter, Margaretta‘s residence. On March 10 at a little past 7:30 AM, he was all dressed up in a blue serge suit and seemed to taking a short cut to the Kaighn’s Point Ferry for a trip to Philadelphia or returning from a stroll. He was walking between the North and South bound