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My husband's Wilmarth ancestry can only be traced back to the Civil War, and we know it must go further. Can anyone help? We have a Thomas Sheldon Wilmarth from New York who served in the New York 12th Volunteer Cavalry from 1863-1865. Thomas settled in Nebraska after the war, married Sadie Smaling, and had a son, George, who settled in Henry County, Illinois. George is my husband's grandfather.
According to family, Thomas had a father named Bela, whom I can only find one reference to in my searching. Bela also enlisted in the war. But the Bela I find during my searching (online for now, I'm afraid) only has one child, Fannie, listed. I think it's possible that the child listed is only known to her decendents who do not know there was another child. I would love to hear from anyone out there who can help me trace Bela, link Thomas to Bela, and even go the next couple of generations back, if possible.