He was born in 1836/37 (2 (25 in 1862)). He was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania (2). His grandfather was Melchoir Fordney, a gunsmith in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, who is mentioned in James Michener's Centennial (3).
When he enlisted, he was a saw gri[nder?] (2, 3 (sawyer)).
He was married, and had five children before he enlisted (3).
When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 6 inches tall, and had a fair complexion, blue eyes, and sandy hair (2).
He enlisted and was mustered into service in the 118th Pennsylvania Infantry on 6 August 1862 (1, 2, 4, 7). He was enlisted for three years, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Lieutenant Pierce (2). He served as a private in company F of the 118th Pennsylvania (4).
He was captured at Cold Harbor, Virginia, on 2 June 1864 (4). He was paroled. He deserted from Camp Parole on 2 January 1863 (2). (This date is presumably wrong; perhaps it should be 2 January 1865.) He returned on 7 April 1865, reporting under the President's proclamation (2). He was required to make good the time he had missed by deserting (2).
His daughter Anne Taylor Van Sciver was born in 1875 (3).
In 1890, he was living at 2115 James Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (5).
On 13 September 1902, he applied successfully from New Jersey for a pension (6, 7).
On 22 April 1909, his widow, Mary A Fordney, applied successfully from New Jersey for a pension (6, 7).
1 Bates, Samuel Penniman. History of Pennsylvania volunteers, 1861-5. Harrisburg: B. Singerly, state printer, 1869-71. 5 volumes. 'Ninety-first regiment', volume 3, pages 186-233. (In the roster) (Samuel T Fordner)
2 company C, descriptive roll, entry 183 (Samuel T Fordney [sic])
3 e-mail, Mark Van Sciver, 27 July 2004 (Samuel Taylor Fordney)
4 Bates, Samuel Penniman. History of Pennsylvania volunteers, 1861-5. Harrisburg: B. Singerly, state printer, 1869-71. 5 volumes. 'One hundred and eighteenth regiment', volume 3, page 1330. (In the roster) (Samuel T Fordney)
5 1890 US Census, Veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 505, page 3 (image 1666 on Ancestry), searched February 2005 (Samuel T Fordney)
6 pension index, by name (Samuel T Fordney)
7 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company C (Samuel T Fordney)
8 Find a grave, memorial 29041701, created by Russ Dodge, added 15 Aug 2008, accessed 15 February 2011 [identification is confirmed by reference to his service on the memorial] (Samuel T Fordney)
9 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Samuel T Fordney)