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Found Joseph and Mary Gomer on findagrave.com with a biography. states that
he was a cook in the Civil War.
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In a book entitled the United States in Africa by David Shavit, it states:
GOMER , JOSEPH ( 1834 – 1892 ) . Missionary , born July 20 , 1834 , in Ann Arbor , Michigan . Gomer was employed in a home furnishing store in Chicago , served as a cook during the Civil War … [https://www.google.com/books/edition/The_United_States_in_Africa/fT1yAAAAMAAJ?hl=en&gbpv=1&bsq=joseph+gomer+(1834-1892)&dq=joseph+gomer+(1834-1892)&printsec=frontcover]
He may have served as a civilian employee, who would not have had a military service record.
Thank you Susannah. At the very least I hope it gives me a reference for the birth date given. Sometimes you don't get what you want, but you do get what you need! Appreciate your help!
Dear Mr. Datema,
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We searched the National Archives Catalog and located series titled the Register of Petty Officers, Seamen and Others Received On Board Receiving Ships at the Naval Rendezvous at Baltimore, 1855 - 1869; the Lists of Recruits Enlisted for Service During the Civil War, 2/1864 - 6/1865; the Records Relating to Enlisted Men Who Served in the Navy Between 1842 and 1885; the Index to Certificates of Discharge Issued for Discharges Made During and Immediately After the Civil War (Part I) and Index to Certificates of Discharge Issued for Discharges Made During and Immediately After the Civil War (Part II), a series Registers of Pensions, 5/1867 - 8/1902; the Muster Rolls of Naval Ships, 1/1/1860 - 6/9/1900; the Civil War Muster Rolls, 5/1861 - 10/1863 (select ships only, read SC note); and the Ship Books Containing Complements and Rosters of Officers on Vessels, 11/1834 - 9/1865 in the Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel (Record Group 24) that may contain records of Joseph Gomer. For access to these series, please contact the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Thank you so much Cara. I've made the request and we'll see where it goes. Your help is much appreciated.