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Dear Ms. Amoroso,
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We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series Registers of Enlistments in the United States Army, 1798 - 1914 in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1762 - 1917 (Record Group 94) that includes the original records available in digital format on Ancestry. These records are in the custody of the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) and may be contacted via email at email@example.com. RDT1 checked these records for us and indicated that Daniel Kelley served in Company D, 3rd Cavalry Regiment. A deserter caught apprehended by the Army would be courts-martialed. If the register does not state that he was tried, or at least reference a courts-martial order, then the Army probably did not catch him.
We also located the series Court Martial Case Files, 12/1800 - 10/1894 in the Records of the Office of the Judge Advocate General (Army) (Record Group 153) but were unable to locate a case file for him.
Additionally, we located Enlistment Papers, 1798 - October 31, 1912 in Record Group 94 that may have additional information about his service. Finally, we located 12 record series created by the 3rd Cavalry Regiment in the Records of U.S. Regular Army Mobile Units. These records are not available online. For more information about these records, please email RDT1.
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Dose this information seem correct? Do you have any additional information on your individual or his family. This 1860 Census seems like it could fit the bill because the next time he shows up in on the 1880 Ft. Sanders Census. Do you happen to know DOD? Here is something I found https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/198003676/dennis-j.-kelley
Name: Dennis Kelley Age: 2 Birth Year: abt 1858 Gender: Male Birth Place: Maine Home in 1860: Portland, Cumberland, Maine Post Office: Portland Dwelling Number: 1789 Family Number: 2604 Household Members Age Martin Kelley 40 Mary Kelley 29 Michael Kelley 10 Brion Kelley 9 Martin Kelley 8 Margaret Kelley 6 Fredk Kelley 4 Dennis Kelley 2 Anna Kelley 7/12
Yes that is the same guy. Thank you. I'm trying to find out what happened to him after 1880.
I know where he was from 1858 (birth) to 1880 and then he deserted from Ft. Sanders... and disappears. Thank you to the Jason for the information. And maybe that find a grave record is he. Everything is a clue. Thank you.