Grandpa was an adventurous guy. He was born in South Carolina and then met Grandma while in the Army at Fort Wright in New York. Looking more closely at the U.S. Army records, I see that Grandpa joined the Army in Columbus, Ohio. Huh? How did he get to Ohio and why?
By looking into the Census Reports I found that Grandpa Canty's sister Jennie married one William T. Beard. William T. Beard had a sister named Laura who married Zachariah T. Witt. Can you guess where they moved to? Ohio! Franklin, Ohio close to Columbus, Ohio. By backing up to the 1900 U.S. Census, I find some interesting answers to the circumstances which took my Grandpa on his journey away from the South and toward Ohio.