John Sourbeck was born in 1820, based on US 1850 Census, in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, to John Sourbeck (1786-1847), and Lydia Hemphill (1791-1831). He married Jane Griffith (1826-1901), daughter of George Griffith (1805-1883), on November 7, 1843, at Duncannon, Perry County, Pennsylvania. Jane’s mother has not been determined yet. They lived in Duncannon, Perry County, Pennsylvania, for some time. They relocated to Lewistown, Mifflin County, Pennsylvania where his brother Joseph Sourbeck and his family resided. Joseph was an innkeeper. Then they went to New Castle, Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, where they resided 3-4 years. New Castle is about 28 miles north of New Brighton, where John’s brother Daniel E Sourbeck, was running one of his famous hotels. Then they relocated to Youngstown, Mahoning County, Ohio, where his half-brother George Washington Sourbeck (1837-1891), resided.
On May 26, 1862, John enlisted in the 84th Ohio Infantry, Company B, at Youngstown, Ohio, as a private and was honorably discharged on September 20, 1862, as a Lieutenant. The 84th Ohio Infantry was organized at Camp Chase in Columbus, Ohio, Camp Chase was a military staging and training camp. A portion of the camp was used for Prisoners-of-War, captured Confederate soldiers.
John was at the camp from May through June 1862 and mustered in on June 7, 1862, for three months service under the command of Colonel William Lawrence.
It was ordered to Cumberland, Maryland, and served provost duty. Provost Marshall troops, or the Provost Guard, as they were known, were the military police of the Union Army. While in the field they acted as the security detachment for Division and Corps Headquarters.
When the 84th arrived at Cumberland, Maryland, June 11,1862 and they were attached to the Railroad District, Department of the Mountains, to July 1862, and VIII Corps, Middle Department, to September. Moved to Camp Chase, then to Camp Delaware in Delaware, Ohio, and mustered out October 14, 1862.
In July of 1862, according to affidavits by some of this comrade’s, John started showing signs of malaria, chills, and fever and suffered frequent attacks. These affidavits are posted on this website.
At the time of John’s death, he was just promoted to Captain, by his Company, and they were preparing to return to duty. He passed away soon after that, but the US Military did not recognize his Captain's position Also, at the time of his death he was in Company A, 44th Battalion.
His Company published a resolution in the Mahoning County Register after his death. Which is on this website.
Children of John Sourbeck and Jane Griffith:
34 Star Flag 1861-1863
35 Star Flag 1863-1865
Lydia Ann Sourbeck 1846-1848
Died Lewsitown, Mifflin County, Pennsylvania, Buried Young's Methodist Church Cemetery, Lewistown
John Sylvester Sourbeck 1848-1850
Died New Castle, Lawrence County, Pennsylvania
Laura Sourbeck 1851-1917
Frank Sourbeck 1853-1929
George Washington Sourbeck 1855-1858
Died Youngstown, Ohio, Buried Oak Hill Cemetery, Youngstown, Mahoning County, Ohio
Joseph Sourbeck 1857-1898
Dolly Sourbeck 1858-1939
Carrie Sourbeck 1864-1888