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Private Co. A, 1st Maryland Cavalry
October 3, 1846
York County, PA
October 1, 1938
Service Record Enlisted on 6/19/1863 as a Private and mustered into "B" Co. MD 9th Infantry; Mustered Out on 2/23/1864 at Baltimore, MD; enlisted on 3/1/1864 as a Private and mustered into "A" Co. MD 1st Cavalry; Mustered Out on 8/8/1865
Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Wednesday, October 5, 1938, page 16, column F
Funeral services for Martin Paup, ninety-two-year-old Civil War veteran and Seattle pioneer, who died in his sleep last Saturday, will be held at 3 o'clock this afternoon the Home Undertaking Company chapel. The services, which will be under the auspices of the Eagles' Lodge, will be conducted by the Rev. W. J. Getty.
Mr. Paup will be buried in the Veterans' plot at Lake View Cemetery, where a handful of survivors of the Grand Army of the Republic will gather to pay a final tribute to their comrade.
-- Funeral notice, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Wednesday, October 5, 1938, page 16, column H
PAUP - MARTIN, of 3909 47th S., beloved husband of Ellen Paup, father of Mrs. Mabel Greeley, Clarence and Joseph Paup. Services Wednesday, Oct. 5, 3 p.m. Home Undertaking Company.
-- Information courtesy of Margaret Easthope (file in possession of Friends of the Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery)
According to Martin Paup, a grandson and namesake, Martin was born in York County, PA and about 1860 was indentured as a servant for five years to a farmer who was cruel to him. After a fight with the farmer he ran away and was hunted as a fugitive. He joined the infantry in 1863 under an assumed name, and then re-enlisted in 1864 in the cavalry. After the war, about 1868-69 he went overland by ox train to San Francisco and then north by boat to Puget Sound. In 1870 he signed on as engine room fireman on the "Politkofsky" an originally-Russian gun boat converted to a tow boat and worked his way up to chief engineer.
He worked in the Alaskan gold fields, where he found no gold, but did well by hauling potatoes for other miners. Returning in 1874, and while enroute by boat from Victoria, BC to Seattle, he noticed a pretty "brown-haired girl" on the vessel and got himself introduced to her the next day. He returned to his previous job on the "Politkofsky" but kept up his romance from its base at Port Madison. In 1877 he and Ella McGroarty (whose father Patric had served in the 17th Wisconsin Infantry) were married in Seattle, but made their home in Port Madison. In 1887 he "left the sea." He bought property on Bainbridge Island in 1894, and in 1895 moved his family to Seattle, where he carried the flag in many veterans' parades almost up to the time of his death.
Obtained from his find a grave memorial.