"We have a place, all of us, in a long story ... The story of a slave-holding society that became a servant of freedom. ... It is the American story; a story of flawed and fallible people, united across the generations by grand and enduring ideals." George W. Bush inaugural address, January 20, 2001


WHY do we, as Americans, fight wars? Because of our ideals. We ALL want to make this land, and this world, a better place to live. FROM THE BEGINNING OF THIS COUNTRY, Betsingers HAVE FOUGHT IN THE WARS, AND MANY HAVE GIVEN THEIR LIVES TO MAKE THIS A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE. Another way to put that, is that whenever there is a war, there is a Betsinger.

Some would say that Betsingers can't stay out of trouble, or fights. I BELIEVE it is because they CARE. Deep down, a BETSINGER wants to leave this world a better world for his or her children and grandchildren. They don't start fights, but they help to win them!!



JOHN BETSINGER. Joined Captain Lawrence Gross' Company of Colonel Willett's New York Regiment in the Spring of 1780. After serving in battle, he transferred to the bake house at Fort Plain, and served there until the summer of 1783. He was denied a pension because he did not serve in battle.

SALOME BETSINGER. Listed in the pension records, in Volume 13, page 17.

Buried in the Chalmette National Cemetery, Chalmette, Louisania are:
G. W. BETSINGER, died November 29, 1864. He was a private, in the New York Regiment 21.
A.F. BENTSINGER, died July 4, 1865. Member of an Indiana Regiment.

WAR OF 1812 1812-1815


U.S. CIVIL WAR 1861-1865

ANDREW BETSINGER. Enlisted from Chicago, Illinois, April 23, 1861. Enlisted in Company K, 12th Infantry Regiment Illinois on 02 May, 1861 Mustered out on 01 August, 1861. Served as a private. That's all the info I have on him, but sure would like more!

Sources: "Illinois: Roster of Officers and Enlisted Men." (ILRoster) Published in 1900.

GEORGE W. BETSINGER. Enlisted from Lenox, NY, December 29, 1863, age 32. He served in the 21st Independent Battery, NY Light Artellery, as a private. He was killed in action in Louisana. He is buried at Chalmette National Cemetery, Chalmette, LA. He died November 29, 1864. His pension records show a wife, Rebecca, and a grandaughter, Rebecca Winchestes.

Sources: "New York: Report of the Adjutant-General." (NYRoster) Published in 1894-1906

EBENEZER BETSINGER. Enlisted in Verona, NY, August 30, 1864. He was 19 years old. Served as a private in Co. D, 1st Regiment of Mounted Rifles. He was discharged June 12, 1865, from Richmond, VA. On pension records, his wife is listed as Emma D. L. Betsinger. Ebenezer moved to Iowa following the war.

NICHOLAS BETSINGER. Enlisted from Lansing, Iowa, on August 14, 1862, into Captain Samuel Hemerway's Company B, 27th Regiment of Iowa Volunteers. He was 24 years old and list his occupation as a farmer. He is described as born in Madison County, NY, 5 feet, 9 3/4 inches tall, dark complexion, black hair, gray eyes. He was wounded at the Battle of Yellow Bayou, Louisanna. He was discharged August 11, 1864.

His disability papers state "his disability was caused by a gun shot wound received while in the line of his duty, he being at the time with his company engaged in the battle of Yellow Bayou, LA. That said wound was received on the 18th day of May, 1864, and that soldier was at that time engaged in battle. That said wound was in the left hand and wrist causing amputation of two middle fingers and the bones belonging there to the wrist thereby totally disabling said hand."

Sources: "Roster & Record of Iowa Soldiers in the War of Rebellion." (IARoster) Published in 1910 by English. Also have military disability papers.

FRANCIS BETSINGER (or Betzinger). Served as a private in 13th Company, 2nd Battalion, Veteran Corps of NY.

ISARD BETSINGER. Only have info that a wife, Esther A. applied for a pension, from Michigan state.

WILLIAM BETSINGER. Enlisted August 6, 1862, from Eldridge, NY, at age of 29. Born in 1833. Served as a private. Enlisted in Company G, 122nd Infantry Regiment New York. Mustered out on 23 June 1865 in Washington, DC.

Sources: "New York: Report of the Adjutant-General." (NYRoster) Published in 1894-1906

The following are probably all grandsons of John, from the Revolutionary War.

ABRAHM BETSINGER. Enlisted from Canastota, NY, April 23, 1861, in the 21st Independent Battery, NY Light Arterially, as a private. H was 24 years old. His pension shows a wife, Mary. He died in 1921, and is buried at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Canastota, NY.

DANIEL BETSINGER. Enlisted August 22, 1862, from Lenox, NY. He joined Company G, 157th NY Infantry. He was 21 years old. Promoted to Full Corporal on 01 March 1864. Mustered out on 10 July 1865 in Charleston, SC.

Sources: "New York: Report of the Adjutant-General." (NYRoster) Published in 1894-1906.

He died in 1891, and is buried in Clockville Cemetery, NY.

DAVID BETSINGER. Enlisted in Company D, 1st NY Mounted, from Madison Co.,NY. He served as a private. He was born in 1827.

Francis BETSINGER. Enlisted in 13 Company, 2nd Battalion, Veteran Res. Corps from Madison Co., NY. Served as a private.

JAMES H. BETSINGER. Served in the 21st Ind. Battery from Madison Co., NY. Born in 1840.

LEWIS BETSINGER. Enlisted September 2, 1864, in Company D, 184th NY Infantry, from Lenox, NY. He was born in 1824, in Clockville, NY. His wife is Rachel. Lewis lived until 1891, and is buried in Clockville, NY.

LOUIS BETSINGER. Enlisted in September 3, 1864, in Company D, 1st NY Mounted Rifles, from Lenox, NY. Age 41 years. Served as a private. Born in 1823. Discharged on 12 June 1865 in Richmond, VA.

Sources: "New York: Report of the Adjutant-General." (NYRoster) Published in 1894-1906.

Will BETSINGER. Served in Company G., 122 Regiment N.Y. Volunteers. Died September 5, 1865. 35 years old. Buried Elbridge Rural Cemetery, Elbridge, Ononadaga County, N.Y.

This is a site that I have found much information. For a directory concerning soldiers who enlisted from New York state.



WORLD WAR I 1914-1918

CLARENCE S. BETSINGER. Enrolled in milia, from Delaware Co., NY. He is listed as being from Hamden, NY.

CLAUDE S. BETSINGER. 2/28/1894-4/30/1977 PFC US Army WWI. He is from NY State.

Harry BETSINGER. Private in First Infantry. Resident of Clinton, Iowa. Born Illinois.

WORLD WAR II 1939-1945
CHARLES LELAND BETSINGER. Enlisted from Bremer County, IA, Jan. 13, 1942, in the US Navy. Served until October 8, 1945.

G. EDWARD BETSINGER. Listed in the first group of draftees from Bremer Co., IA. Address listed as Plainfield, IA.


The above three are my uncles.

NORMAN WILLIAM BETSINGER. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force. He was an "ACE" mechanic in WWII. He retired in 1956 from McCoy Air Force Base in Orlando, Florida and was a reserve till 1970. He was from Florida.

PAUL G. BETSINGER. b. Mar. 7, 1924, d. Nov. 28, 1997, US Army WW II. From NY State.

ROBERT C. BETSINGER was in the Army Aircorps during WWII. He is descended from Lewis, in NY State.

ROBERT E. BETSINGER. From Clinton, Iowa. He served in the Army from 1929 to 1932, with the 13th Horse Calvary.

KOREAN WAR 1950-1953

VIETNAM WAR 1959-1973

CLYDE BETSINGER GOODRICH. b. 08/31/1907, d. 04/05/1963, MAJOR USA, Plot: Y 485, bur. 04/09/1963. Buried at Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, San Mateo County, California. I'd like to know more about this person. Can anyone help me out??

LESTER J. BETSINGER served in the United States Army from Jan. 18, 1955, to Jan. 8, 1958. He was from Minnesota.

ROBERT BETSINGER was in the Army from June, 1965 to June, 1967. He was in Korea 13 months. While at Camp Casey, Korea, he saw the name Bill Betsinger from either New Albin or Lansing, Iowa. His name was in the "guest book" at the post library. He was at Headquarters Company, 4.2 Mortar Battalion-an E5 squad leader. Robert served as what is called an indirect fire crewman, MOS 11C20, that provided support to the infantry. He was discharged at Ft. Belvoir, VA.

THEORDORE G. BETSINGER served in US Navy. From Minnesota.

DESERT STORM 1990-1991
JAMES D. BETSINGER JR. was in the Navy from Aug '91 till April '97. He reached the rank of E-5. He went to boot-camp in Great Lakes, MI and Submarine school in Groton, CT. He served on Submarines, with his first posting being the USS Greenling (SSN 614) stationed out of Groton, CONN, and then he was on the USS Tautog (SSN 639) stationed out of Pearl Harbor, HI.

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