Record of Frederick Molesdale
Most of the military records for Frederick
Molesdale are for disability and pension increases.
The brief facts about his military service from these
records are that he enlisted in the 32nd
Missouri Infantry, Co. F at Steelville,
Crawford Co, MO, on August 13, 1862 as a private and was
honourably discharged in Louisville,
Kentucky on July 18, 1865 obtaining the rank of corporal
for 2 of those years.
At the time of his enlistment he was 20 years old and
described as 5 feet 9 inches tall, light complexion, blue
eyes, light hair, and a farmer born in Ashton, England.
However in two different places that he signs with a notary,
he states that his birth date is June 29, 1842, where
it was actually June 13, 1842. Not a major discrepancy,
CIVIL WAR REUNION LADDER BADGE. This original badge
has its original pin and has the owners name “F.
Molesdale” on the top bar. Second bar has town
name “Prosperity MO.” And the last, the
badge has company F 32nd Infantry, Missouri Volunteer
Infantry. And a “40 Rounds” symbol with
15 A.C. (15th army corps) on the bottom. A super badge
and really hard to find with a town bar.
Originally from DoughboyMilitary.com
He made several claims for
disability for various ailments. In his claim of Nov.
29, 1891, he states that while on a march to Jackson,
Mississippi, in July of 1863 after the fall of Vicksburg,
he was ordered to forage and was on a mule which threw
him. He claimed that this fall detached (in a different
report it says dislocated) some ribs which had affected
his spine and caused permanent damage.
He stated that he was treated at a regimental hospital
on a steamer but he couldn't remember the name. He even
has testimony from a neighbour in 1898 (some 35 years
later) saying that Frederick has never been able to work
fully because of this disability. In that same claim he
says that during the war he was also overcome by heatstroke
causing the loss of his left eye (unclear if this was
temporary or permanent, although his photo
suggests the latter) and vertigo.
In another claim filed Dec. 24, 1892, he alleges a new
disability from his time in the service of permanent problems
from scurvy, diarrhoea and piles which he had in the military
due to exposure and improper diet. I don't know how much
he got for this, but one document in 1892 says that he
was receiving $8.00 a month, and at the time of his death
in 1916, he was receiving $24.00 a month in pension and
Now to personal information from the records. In a document
dated 1898, he stated that his wife's name was Louisa
Jane Molesdale (maiden name Woods). He further states
that they were married September 8, 1874 (or at least
it looks like a 7 - it looks more like a man who didn't
want it to be clear) in Joplin,
MO by a W. Davis.
The marriage certificate is on file at Carthage,
MO. He states that he was not previously married and that
at the time (in 1898) he had two children — Ezra
Grant Molesdale born Dec. 21, 1868, and Mrs
Lucy Jane Johnson born April 6, 1867 — both
of those birth dates before the date of marriage. This
just adds more questions.
In the 1880 census, there is a daughter listed as Isabell,
born 1862, who didn't die until 1901 so she would have
been alive in l898. Louisa wasn't even married to Isaiah
in 1862, so whose child was she? Is she not listed because
she wasn't a child of Louisa and Fred, did Fred lie when
he said he hadn't been married before, or had he just
fathered a child?
He also states in another document that from the end of
the war 1865 until 1871, he lived in Crawford, Co, then
moved to Jasper county. This would agree with Lucy's statement
that she was born in Crawford, Co, in 1867, but it still
seems strange that if you run off with your father's wife
that you stay in the neighbourhood.
One final document has him dropped from the pension roll
because of death on June 15, 1916. His tombstone says
June 10, but the 15th may have been when the military