Teddy Roosevelt's "Rough Riders" were actually the 1st United States Volunteer Cavalry.. There is no indication on his records that this unit was the "Rough Riders." Little did I know until today that I had a relative in this unit. The discovery that Albers' unit was famous was made by performing a simple Google search for the unit.
I did not make the discovery about Heye until I was trying to find someone in the Spanish-American War compiled service records were released on Ancestry.com. I did not think I'd find someone connected to a well-known unit.
Heye's index card provided minimal information on his service.
|General Index to Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers who Served During the War with Spain. Microfilm publication M871, 126 rolls. Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1780s–1917, Record Group 94. Obtained on Ancestry.com 19 December 2012.|
There is a little more information on Heye's service on the Application for Headstone or Marker (the actual card was located on Ancestry.com) which was completed by his widow. Apparently the information was validated given all the various marks on the application card as shown below.
|U.S., Headstone Applications for Military Veterans, 1925-1963 card for Heye L. Albers-obtained at Ancestry.com|
Heye L. Albers (1872-1947) is buried in Albuquerque, New Mexico (reference on FindaGrave). He (like me) is a descendant of Jurgen Ehmen Tonjes who died in Ostfriesland, Gemany, in 1850).