May 232017

In a previous post I explored whether my great great-grandfather, Jacob P. Yuncker (1837-1905), served in the Civil War. Apparently he was drafted in August 1863, but I could find no record of him actually serving. I concluded he was probably granted an exemption to care for his sick wife Rosa. Or perhaps he had already left the area either coincidentally or to avoid the controversial draft. I have since discovered more of his story.

An 1855 plat map of Erie County, New York shows the house where Jacob’s parents lived, and no doubt where Jacob and his siblings grew up.1  It is a nondescript community half way between Lancaster and Alden, just east of Buffalo, New York. The map indicates it is “Town Line” post office and it does straddle the boundary of both Lancaster and Alden townships.

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  1. Geil, Samuel, Robert Pearsall Smith, and Matthews & Co Gillette. “Map of Erie County, New York: from actual surveys.” Philadelphia: Gilette Matthews & Co, Publishers, 1855. Map. Retrieved from the Library of Congress ( : downloaded May 21, 2017).