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

GOURLEY, ELIAKIM T (1840-1908)

Santa Barbara Independent (December 19, 1908)

To Attend Funeral

Shasta circle, Ladies of the G.A.R., will meet at 1:30 o'clock tomorrow afternoon in Ricketts undertaking parlors to take part in the funeral of E.T. Gourley. Starr King Post will have charge of the services at the grave and Rev. Warren D. More, pastor of the First Presbyterian church, will officiate at the services at the undertaking parlor.

Notes from Edson Strobridge (April 2000)

Eliakim Gourley was born Oct. 21, 1840 in Nova Scotia Canada. He was enlisted as a Private in Co. H of the 2nd CA Infantry, served in the Union army, and was mustered out on July 20, 1866. He later affiliated with Starr King Post #52 in Santa Barbara California.

He died on Dec. 17, 1908 at the San Marcos Hotel in Santa Barbara, and was interred in the Santa Barbara cemetery, Mtn View section, Lot 116, GR 3.

SOURCES: US Military Pension Record Index, IC #1105991 filed 1904/11/27 from Calif. Widow Sarah E. Gourley;, WC #859453 filed 1916/10/02 from Calif.; GAR Roll Service Book, Starr King Post #52, Wyles Collection, UCSB; The Daily Press, Santa Barbara, Dec. 11, 1883; "elected Junior Vice Commander", Starr King Post #52, GAR; Register of the Dept of Calif. Grand Army of the Republic, 1886, pg. 100; Calif Death Index, age 68 yrs, State File #32367; Santa Barbara Co. Death Register, Book B, Pg 121, #3524; SB Cemetery Interment Record.

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