Bruin, James Howard

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James Howard Bruin was born in 1826 as a slave in Kentucky. He escaped and settled in Beaver County, Pennsylvania. He enlisted in Company H of the 45th United States Colored Troops and served as a sergeant. He returned to Beaver County after the war and worked as a barber. Bruin married five times. His third marriage was a part of the county’s centennial celebration in 1900. He was living in New Brighton when he passed away at ninety years old in 1916. Bruin was buried in Grove Cemetery in New Brighton, Pennsylvania. (By Brenna McKelvey)

Life span
01/01/1826—01/01/1916

Life Summary

Full name
  James Howard Bruin
Place of Birth
Birth Date Certainty
  Estimated
Death Date Certainty
  Estimated
Gender
  Male
Race
  Black
Sectional choice
  North
Origins
  Free State
Occupation
  Military
  Other
Other Occupation
  Barber
Relation to Slavery
  Slave or Former Slave
Military
  Union Army

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