Santa Cruz County History - People

Old Soldiers: Santa Cruz County Civil War Veterans
by Robert L. Nelson

BUEB, CHARLES (1838-1896)

Sawtelle Soldiers Home Records

Photograph of Charles Bueb
Charles Bueb

NAME: Charles Bueb


RANK/CO/UNIT: Pvt./Co. A/3rd New Jersey Cavalry
ENLISTMENT: 1864/01/05
DISCHARGED: 1865/08/01 mustered out


AGE 54
HT/CMP/EYE/HR 6'/dark complexioned
NEXT OF KIN Mrs. C. Bueb, Santa Cruz Cal, Wife


ADMISSION: 1890/12/04
DISCHARGED 1893/07/29 Dropped GO #67
GENERAL REMARKS Reported to have died at Santa Cruz, Cal July 17, 1896. See papers
EFFECTS: Certificate of service returned to widow through Chas. Craghill, Adj. Wallace-Reynolds Post GAR Santa Cruz July 26, 1890

Santa Cruz County Hospital Records

On Friday Chas Bueb, a woodchopper by occupation died in his cabin in Glen Canyon of blood poisoning. He was in town Tuesday and on his return to his cabin was taken ill. During the war he served with Co. A. New Jersey Cavalry. He was a member of Wallace Reynolds Post G.A.R. some years ago. He was a inmate of the Soldiers Home Santa Monica. Deceased leaves a widow and two daughters who reside on Ocean St.

Santa Cruz Sentinel (October 30, 1889)

DIED: BUEB - Rosie Bueb, infant daughter of Charles Bueb aged 7 months.

Santa Cruz Sentinel (July 26, 1892)

BORN: BUEB In this city, July 24th to the wife of C. Bueb a twelve pound son.

Santa Cruz Sentinel (April 12, 1894)

One Wednesday Constable Harveston arrested C. Bueb and F. Villa for disturbing the peace in Scotts Valley. They will be tried tomorrow in Justice Craghill's court.

From the notes of Phil Reader

Charles Bueb had been born near the Rhine where he worked as a brick mason. Sometime before 1864 he migrated to the United States.

US War Department, Adjutant Generals office records of 1883 indicate that Charles F. Bueb had been a private of Company "A", 3rd Regiment New Jersey Cavalry. He volunteered for enrollment on the 5th day of January 1864 at Trenton New Jersey for 3 years and was reported on M' Roster of the company from enrollment to June 30 1864 present; -to August 31, 1864 he was "Absent on detail service and Hdqtrs, 9th Army Corp". He was mustered out with his company on August 1, 1865. (A note indicated that he returned March 64 stating, "do not report him absent." A further note indicated that there was "no evidence of alleged injuries"). Family records indicate that he claimed to have suffered frostbite during Sherman's march to the sea. They must have confused that event with Sheridan's Shenandoah Valley campaign, as the 3 NJ Cavalry was not with Sherman in the West. A War Department Surgeon General's Office record and pension form of May 25 1883 indicated "C.F. Bueb, Private, Co A 3rd NJ Cav. was admitted to Mt. Pleasant G.H. Washington D.C. April 3 1864 with contusion of the leg, and returned to duty April 9 1864. A Declaration For Invalid Pension Form submitted in Santa Cruz by Charles Bueb on Feb. 25, 1891 claims that he was released from Co. A, 3rd NJ Cavalry on August 1 1865 due to a dislocation of right knee and kidney disease and results.

Following the war Charles Bueb returned and married a woman whose name is not known. Following his wife's death (date unknown), he met and married a Zenobia J Bradley at Port Gibson, in Claiborne County Mississippi on the 14th (16th?) of October 1874. Zenobia (Bradley) was born in Mississippi around 1850 and had witnessed the Battle of Vicksburg. Her first husband a Mr. Bradley had been a gambler and disappeared off a Mississippi River boat. The Bradleys had one son Jack who lived and worked as a blacksmith in the Santa Cruz area. Zenobia received a Civil War widow's pension and died in 1938 at the age of 88.

The Buebs came to California in 1887 and a son Landel was born while crossing the border. Charles supposedly worked as a woodcutter, and also for Kron Tannery. Charles also apparently acquired a drinking habit. Ms. Flynn, a relative, indicated that a Santa Cruz Surf article of October 10, 1887 stated that:

Charles Bueb came to town yesterday to spend a few days in recreation. He filled himself up with cheap whiskey, and was making things howl when Chief of Police Clark arrested him. He had evidently been taking lessons off Frank James, for he followed that party's example of producing an order on Henry Kron, which he wished accepted for his fine. This was refused, and Judge Curtis was about to commit him to jail when he produced some money concealed in his clothes and subtracted therefrom the sum of $5, after which he went on his way.

Voters Register information describes him as being 6 feet tall, with a dark complexioned, gray eyes, and black hair. GAR information indicates that he was a member of the Wallace Reynolds Post. He died at Boomer's Ranch on July 17, 1896 with death attributed to Uremia. The family oral history indicated that Charles was found dead on July 17, 1896 at Boomer's ranch. All his personal possessions had been stolen (including his musket, gold and his Civil War uniform and they feel he may have been murdered.

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