Id’d Pocket Testament of Dr. E.A. Hering – Co. C 2nd Va. Infantry


Id’d Pocket Testament of Dr. E.A. Hering – This early pocket testament was obtained by Perry Adams, at a recent auction of the contents of Cherry Grove Farm, the c. 1856 antebellum home of the prominent Harnsberger family. The farm, in the Harnsberger family for over five generations, still stands today, in Rockingham County, Virginia, near Grottoes and Luray. Dr. Hering was given this Bible in 1848 “by a friend.” The back page of the testament is stenciled “Dr. E. A. Hering.” Hering was born in 1826, in nearby Frederick, Md., but served as a physician in Rockingham Country, Va. during his lengthy medical career. Confederate veteran pension records indicate that he had service in Co. C of the 2nd Virginia Infantry, during the Civil War. The testament is in overall very good condition, with strongly attached boards; there is some wear and minor splitting along the bottom of the spine. All text remains, and all pages are firmly in place. The Bible was printed in 1846.

Dr. Edwin Augustus Hering

  • Birth:  24 November 1826 (24 Nov 1826) – Frederick County (Frederick), USA
  • Death:  25 February 1905 (25 Feb 1905) – Port Republic, Rockingham County (Rockingham), Virginia, USA
  • Parents:  Daniel Saylor Hering, Margaret Orr

Dr Edwin Augustus Hering

Birth: Nov. 24, 1826 - Frederick County, Maryland, USA

Death:Feb. 25, 1905 - Port Republic, Rockingham County, Virginia

The funeral of Dr. E. A. Hering, whose death occurred Saturday morning after a long illness of paralysis, was held at 4 o’clock yesterday afternoon from the family residence on South Main Street. The services were conducted by Rev. D. H. Kern, pastor of the Methodist church assisted by Revs. Dr. S. K. Cox and Robt U. Brooking, and were attended, despite exceedingly inclement weather, by a large number of friends. The interment in Woodbine Cemetery was in charge of Rockingham Union Lodge, A.F. and A.M. Dr. H. M. Rogers acted as Worshipful Master, Rev. Dr. Cox as Chaplain, and J. H. Dwyer as Marshall. The pallbearers were Jos. T. Houck, William Dean, Dr. Frank L. Harris, Ed S. Conrad, J. M. Snell, John S. Bradley, W. H. Keister and E. C. Wilton.

The Daily News, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 1905

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Parents: Daniel Saylor Hering (1800 – 1876) and Margaret Orr Hering (1800 – 1863)

Spouse: Frances Marion Hamilton Hering (1838 – 1921)

Children:Edwin Augustus Hering (1878 – 1950)*

Siblings:Mary Louisa Hering (1822 – 1844)*, William Henry Hering (1824 – 1856)*, Edwin Augustus Hering (1826 – 1905), Granville Thomas Hering (1829 – 1897)*, Virginia Catherine Hering Armacost (1843 – 1936)*

*Calculated relationship

Burial: Woodbine Cemetery in Harrisonburg, Virginia - Plot: sec 8


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