Another thing I discovered was that the decision to serve was often a "family" decision. As discussed earlier, two Darby brothers and their brother-in-law served. My gg-grandfather, Charles Gross served as did his brother-in-law, "Vic." Victor was part of the Becker family that immigrated from Sarraltroff, Lorraine (Moselle), France in 1858.
The 1860 Cincinnati City Directory lists Victor as working as a "harness maker" at 102 Main Street. He was 18 years old. His obvious familiarity with horses probably led to his decision to join a Cavalry unit. He served in both Kentucky and Ohio units. I will need to do more research before I can say with certainty what battles he participated in. Here is a copy of his listing in the roster of Ohio Civil War veterans. It should be noted that at times the family used the "Anglo" version of the Becker name (Baker), however, Victor began and ended his life using Becker as his surname.
|Mike Ryan and Tim Jones|
at Civil War Museum
Victor never married. He was part of the "family" that worked together to support his sister, Rose and her children, following the death of Rose's husband, Charles. Although it appears that Victor worked at one point in the family's Stamping and Embroidery business, later census documents list Victoras a "harness maker" once again."
Victor is one of the many Beckers and Ryans buried in St. John Cemetery in St. Bernard in an unmarked grave. He died at the age of 85 on February 5, 1927. At the time of his death, he was living in Mt. Adams on Carney Street and was buried from the Church of the Immaculata.