John F. Stafford

b. 1842, d. 21 October 1861
  • Company: D
  • John F. Stafford was born about in 1842 at Charlestown, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.
  • He was enumerated in the 1860 US Federal census on 20 Aug 1860 at Stoneham, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, possibly as:
    John Stafford, 38, brass finisher, b. Ireland
    Agnes A., 40, b. Ireland
    **John F., 17, brass finisher, b. Ireland
    William, 16, brass finisher, b. Ireland
    Colville, 15, b. Ireland, b. Ireland
    Robert T., 3, b. MA.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, John gave his occupation as wood worker according to Ford's history; mechanic according to the MASSCW.

  • On 12 Jul 1861 John mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 19 years old.
  • He died on 21 Oct 1861 at The Battle of Ball's Bluff, Leesburg, Virginia, killed in action. He was 19 years old.
  • On 30 Oct 1861 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, John F. Stafford was included, with 304 other men, among "The Killed Wounded and Missing of the Fifteenth Regiment," after Ball's Bluff.
  • On 20 Nov 1861 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, John F. Stafford was listed as missing after the Battle of Ball's Bluff.
  • On 15 Jul 1874 John F. Stafford was included on the Civil War memorial at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • Last Edited: 7 Dec 2016

George Washington Stanley

b. 8 July 1836, d. 3 August 1880
  • Father: William Stanley b. between 1809 - 1810
  • Mother: Caroline A. Bird b. between 1809 - 1810
  • Company: A
  • George Washington Stanley was born on 8 Jul 1836 at Natick, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, son of William Stanley and Caroline A. Bird.
  • George Washington Stanley was enumerated in the household of William Stanley and Caroline A. Bird in the 1850 US Federal Census on 7 Aug 1850 at Groton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, as:
    William Stanley, 40, shoemaker, b. VT
    Caroline, 40, b. MA (as were all the children)
    William, 16, shoemaker
    **Geo. W., 14
    John B., 12
    Charles, 10
    Caroline A., 9
    Olinda, 8
    Mary B., 5.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, in 1862, George gave his occupation as shoemaker.
  • In 1862 George was living at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts.

  • On 11 Aug 1862 George mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 26 years, 1 month and 3 days old.
  • On 3 Jul 1863 George was wounded at The Battle of Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania, in the thigh.
  • On 22 Jul 1863 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, George Washington Stanley was reported as wounded at Gettysburg.
  • On 28 Jul 1864 George ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts having fulfilled his term of service according to General Order 28.

  • He made application for a veteran's pension on 30 Oct 1864, and received certificate number 38163.
  • On 20 Jan 1867 George Washington Stanley, 30, married Frances E. Fisher, 37, daughter of Charles Palmer and Eliza P. [--?--], at Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for him and the second for her. (Note: she was the widow of Andrew J. Fisher, of North Brookfield, who died of disease while serving with the 42nd Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Co. F.)
  • George Washington Stanley and Frances E. Palmer were enumerated in the 1880 US Federal census on 1 Jun 1880 at Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, as:
    Stanley, George, 49, works in shoe shop, b. MA (fath b. NH, mor b. MA)
    Frances, 38, wife. b. MA (as were the children)
    ---, Mary, 23, daur
    ---, Nellie, 17, daur
    ---, Addie L., 16, daur
    ---, Harry, 7/12, grand-son
    (Note: the girls are his step-daughters and somewhat older than shown in the census.)
  • George Washington Stanley died on 3 Aug 1880 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, of paralysis. He was 44 years and 26 days old.
  • He was buried in Aug 1880 at Central Cemetery, Beverly, Essex County, Massachusetts.
  • Frances E. Stanley was enumerated as the widow of George Washington Stanley, of the 15th Massachusetts, in the 1890 Veterans' Schedules of the US Federal Census in Jun 1890 at Somerville, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, noting that he was shot through the groin and got blood poisoning, also that he spent ten months and two weeks in the hospital, but the papers are lost.
  • In Dec 1890 Frances E. Stanley received a pension to surviving family member in Massachusetts based on George's service; his wife, received certificate number 391599.
  • Frances outlived George and died on 4 Oct 1916 at Sterling, Worcester County, Massachusetts, at age 87.
  • Last Edited: 23 Sep 2016

Family: Frances E. Palmer b. 28 Sep 1829, d. 4 Oct 1916

  • Mary Daniels Fisher b. 10 Aug 1855
  • Nellie F. Fisher b. 5 Jul 1857, d. 3 Sep 1882
  • Adalade L. Fisher b. 5 Jun 1859

Francis Stanton

b. between 1834 and 1835, d. 3 July 1863
  • Company: I
  • Francis Stanton was born between 1834 - 1835 at unknown.
  • In 1861 Francis was living at Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Francis gave his occupation as farmer.

  • On 12 Dec 1861 Francis mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • He died on 3 Jul 1863 at The Battle of Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania, killed in action.
  • He was buried in Jul 1863 at Gettysburg National Cemetery, Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania, Gravesite: MA-D-7.
  • Last Edited: 1 Aug 2012

Nelson Vantyle Stanton

b. 1842, d. 10 December 1899

Nelson V. Stanton
  • Father: John E. Stanton b. between 1807 - 1808
  • Mother: Elvira B. Stevens b. between 1817 - 1818
  • Company: H
  • Nelson Vantyle Stanton was born in 1842 at Poland, Androscoggin County, Maine, son of John E. Stanton and Elvira B. Stevens.
  • Nelson Vantyle Stanton was enumerated in the household of John E. Stanton and Elvira B. Stevens in the 1850 US Federal Census on 23 Jul 1850 at Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island, as:
    John E. Stanton, 42, watchman, b. ME (as were all in the family)
    Elvira B., 32
    Mary E., 12
    William O., 10
    **Nelson G.(sic), 8
    Paulina H., 6.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Nelson gave his occupation as painter.
  • In 1861 Nelson was living at Northbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • On 25 May 1861, Nelson was enlisted in the 15th Massachusetts.

  • On 12 Jul 1861 Nelson mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Northbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 19 years old.
  • Nelson Vantyle Stanton and Robert W. Graham, future brothers-in-law, served together in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.
  • On 9 Aug 1861 Nelson was promoted to Corporal.
  • On 21 Oct 1861 Nelson was wounded at The Battle of Ball's Bluff, Leesburg, Virginia.
  • On 1 May 1862 Nelson was promoted to Sergeant.
  • On 17 Sep 1862 Nelson was promoted to 1st Sergeant at The Battle of Antietam, Washington County, Maryland.
  • On 22 Jan 1863 Nelson was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant, by commission.
  • On 6 Apr 1863 at "The Worcester Daily Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Nelson V. Stanton was mentioned in an article about promotions.
  • On 10 Apr 1863 at "The Southbridge Journal", Worcester County, Massachusetts, Nelson Vantyle Stanton was mentioned in an article listing commissions and officer promotions in the regiment, as well as which discharged or deceased officers they replaced.
  • On 22 Apr 1863 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Nelson was mentioned as follows (Volume 92 #15):
    Whitinsville.---Nelson V. Stanton of Whitinsville, having been recently promoted to be second lieutenant, his former shopmates and friends have united in procuring an elegant sword, sash and belt, which has been forwarded to him at Falmouth. Lieut. Stanton is one of the original members of Co. H., 15th regiment, and has participated in all the battles in which his regiment has been engaged, and by faithful performance of duty has fairly earned his promotion.
  • On 2 Jul 1863 Nelson was wounded at The Battle of Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania.
  • On 4 Jul 1863 Nelson was promoted to 1st Lieutenant.
  • On 22 Jul 1863 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Nelson Vantyle Stanton was reported as wounded at Gettysburg.
  • On 12 Oct 1863 at "The Worcester Daily Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Nelson Vantyle Stanton was mentioned as promoted.
  • On 3 Dec 1863, Nelson was appointed Adjutant.
  • On 6 Feb 1864 Nelson was promoted to Captain, but not mustered. (Note: other officers who were commissioned in a higher rank at this time were also not mustered in the rank due to regimental numbers being so greatly reduced.)
  • On 6 May 1864 Nelson was wounded at The Battle of the Wilderness, Spotsylvania County, Virginia.
  • On 12 May 1864 Nelson was wounded at The Battle of Spotsylvania, Spotsylvania County, Virginia.
  • On 18 May 1864 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Nelson Vantyle Stanton was noted among the wounded at the Battle of the Wilderness.
  • On 25 May 1864 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Nelson Vantyle Stanton was mentioned among the casualties.
  • Daniel W. Freeman wrote a letter on 25 Jun 1864, mentioning Nelson Vantyle Stanton, as follows: published in the Webster Times. (Click icon to read.)
  • On 27 Jul 1864 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Nelson Vantyle Stanton was mentioned in an article about the return of the regiment to Massachusetts.
  • On 29 Jul 1864 Nelson ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts with the field and staff officers as 1Lt and Adjutant.

  • On 21 Oct 1864 at The Bay State House, Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Nelson Vantyle Stanton attended the First Annual Reunion of the Fifteenth Regiment Association.
  • He made application for a veteran's pension on 27 Oct 1864, and received certificate number 38873. The VA documents indicate that he suffered increasing physical problems in the ensuing years as a result of his wounds, and his pension was increased three times to a 75% disability.
  • On 6 Jun 1866 Nelson Vantyle Stanton married Mary Jane Graham, 17, daughter of James Graham and Margaret Ray, at Northbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both.
  • Nelson Vantyle Stanton and Mary Jane Graham were enumerated in the 1870 US Federal Census on 22 Jul 1870 at Whitinsville, Northbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts, There are no children enumerted.
  • Nelson V. Stanton was for many years the senior partner in the firm of Stanton and Farnham, a monument and granite works.
  • He and Mary Jane Graham were separated in 1889.
  • After 1889 Nelson V. Stanton married Ella E. Evans, daughter of Samuel G. Evans and Elizabeth F. Gray, at Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island, she being formerly of Whitefield, New Hampshire.
  • Nelson Vantyle Stanton died on 10 Dec 1899 at Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island. He was 57 years old.
  • He was buried in Dec 1899 at Pocasset Cemetery, Cranston, Providence County, Rhode Island.
  • He left family who were enumerated as the household of Ella E. Evans and Dr. Ralph E. Stanton in the 1900 US Federal Census in 1900 at Hammond Street, Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island; his widow and small son, showing that she has real estate income.
  • On 3 May 1917 Ella E. Evans received a pension to surviving family member in Rhode Island based on Nelson's service; his wife, received certificate number 844041.
  • Ella, his wife, outlived Nelson and died on 7 Jan 1943 at Cranston, Providence County, Rhode Island, at age 95.
  • NOTE: Nelson E. Stanton, grandson of Capt. Nelson V. Stanton, passed away September 24, 2005 at Hospice in Boca Raton, FL. He will be burried in Arlington National Cemetary and will receive full military honors during the service at the gravesite, according to Bruce Stanton, his son.
  • Last Edited: 19 Apr 2016

Family 1: Mary Jane Graham b. 16 Oct 1848

Family 2: Ella E. Evans b. May 1847, d. 7 Jan 1943

  • Dr. Ralph E. Stanton b. 5 May 1896, d. 10 Aug 1981

Edwin Burnham Staples

b. 21 November 1842, d. 20 October 1879

Edwin B. Staples
  • Father: Arteman Staples b. 26 Jun 1814, d. 3 Dec 1881
  • Mother: Esther L. Burnham b. 24 Jul 1819, d. 17 Feb 1876
  • Company: K
  • Edwin Burnham Staples was born on 21 Nov 1842 at Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island, son of Arteman Staples and Esther L. Burnham.
  • Edwin Burnham Staples was enumerated in the household of Arteman Staples and Esther L. Burnham in the 1850 US Federal Census on 7 Aug 1850 at Blackstone, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Arteman Staples, 35, bootmaker, b. MA
    Esther L., 30, b. RI
    Edwin B., 8, b. RI
    Helen I., 4, b. MA
    Mercy Burnham 54, b. RI.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Edwin gave his occupation as bookkeeper.
  • In 1861 Edwin was living at Blackstone, Worcester County, Massachusetts.

  • On 1 Aug 1861 Edwin mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry as a 1st Lieutenant, being credited to the quota of Blackstone, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 18 years, 8 months and 11 days old.
  • On 14 Aug 1861 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Edwin Burnham Staples was mentioned in an article about the departure of the Fifteenth Massachusetts from Worcester.
  • On 18 Jul 1862 Edwin ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts by resignation.

  • He was a pall bearer at the burial of Hans Peter Jorgensen on 23 Jul 1863 at Evergreen Cemetery, Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • On 19 Dec 1863 at "The Worcester Daily Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Edwin was mentioned: (Volume 18 # 289, City and County) "Blackstone…….Capt. D. W. Kimball of the 51st, and Lieut. E. B. Staples of the 15th Masschusetts regiment, have unitedly opened a recruiting office in Blackstone for the 4th Massachusetts cavalry. Fourteen men in the town have been enlisted."
  • Starting 6 Jan 1864, Edwin also served in the Co. C 4th Massachusetts Cavalry as 1st Lieutenant.
  • On 21 Apr 1864 Edwin was promoted to Captain.
  • On 24 Oct 1864 Edwin was wounded at Big Gum Creek, Baker County, Florida.
  • On 8 Jul 1865 Edwin was promoted to Major.
  • On 19 Jul 1865 Edwin Burnham Staples, 22, married Susan Adeline Cobb, 23, daughter of Otis Thompson Cobb and Maria Cady, at Norwalk, Fairfield County, Connecticut.
  • Edwin Burnham Staples ended his service with the 4th Massachusetts Cavalry by mustering out on 14 Nov 1865 at Richmond, Virginia.
  • He was enumerated in the household of Arteman Staples and Esther L. Burnham in the 1870 US Federal Census on 27 Jun 1870 at Blackstone, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Staples, Artemas, 55, meat market, $2000 real estate, $500 personal estate, b. MA
    ---, Esther L., 51, b. CT
    **---, Edwin, 29, clerk in custom house, $200 real estate, $300 personal estate, b. RI
    ---, Susan, 27, b. CT
    ---, Hellen I., 3, b. CT
    ---, Joseph C., 10/12, b. CT, July
    Ballou, Charles C., 18, works in meat market, b. MA.
  • On 17 Feb 1876 his mother, Esther L. Burnham, died at Massachusetts at age 56.
  • On 11 Feb 1878 Edwin's widowed father, Arteman Staples, remarried to Almira Hunt at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a second marriage for both.
  • Edwin Burnham Staples died on 20 Oct 1879 at Sarasota County, Florida. He was 36 years, 10 months and 29 days old.
  • He was buried in Oct 1879 at Luke Wood House Burial Ground, Sarasota County, Florida.
  • On 3 Dec 1881 Susan Adeline Cobb received a pension to surviving family member based on Edwin's service; his wife, received certificate number 200513.
  • Susan, his wife, outlived Edwin and died on 9 Jun 1920 at Blue Bell, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, at age 78.
  • Edwin's wife, Susan Adeline Cobb, died and was buried in Jun 1920 at Pine Grove Cemetery, Middletown, Middlesex County, Connecticut, at age 78 years.
  • Last Edited: 21 Feb 2016

Family: Susan Adeline Cobb b. 28 May 1842, d. 9 Jun 1920

  • Helen Irvin Staples b. 26 Aug 1866, d. 24 Nov 1947
  • Joseph Cady Staples b. 7 Jul 1869, d. 19 Dec 1950

John L. Starrett

b. 1837, d. 17 September 1862
  • Father: Robert Starrett
  • Mother: Rebecca [--?--]
  • Company: K
  • John L. Starrett was born about in 1837 at Ireland, son of Robert Starrett and Rebecca [--?--].
  • On 30 May 1858 John L. Starrett married Mary Louis Estes, 20, daughter of Henry Estes and Susan Round, at Blackstone, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both.
  • John L. Starrett was enumerated in the household of Henry Estes and Susan Round in the 1860 US Federal Census on 28 Jul 1860 at Milford P. O., Blackstone, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Henry Estes, 55, shoemaker, b. MA
    Susan, 50, b. RI
    **Hersey, 27, carpenter, b. MA
    **John Starrett, 23, weaver, b. Ireland
    Mary L., 23, b. MA
    Louisa, 1, b. MA.
  • In 1861 John was living at Blackstone, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, John gave his occupation as weaver.

  • On 1 Jul 1861 John mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Blackstone, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 24 years old.
  • John L. Starrett and Hersey Estes, brothers-in-law, served together in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Company K.
  • John L. Starrett died on 17 Sep 1862 at The Battle of Antietam, Washington County, Maryland, killed in action. He was 25 years old.
  • On 5 Mar 1863 Mary Louis Estes received a pension to surviving family member based on John's service; and received certificate number 4231.
  • On 9 Dec 1870 John's widow, Mary Louis Estes remarried to Asel B. Griggs at Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, in his first marriage and her second.
  • On 6 Nov 1878 Mary Louis Greggs made application for a pension as guardian to John's surviving dependants, and received certificate number 149397, his remarried widow.
  • In 1883 John and Mary's daughter, Louisa Bernette Starrett married James H. Whittle.
  • On 6 Oct 1886 John and Mary's daughter, Marie Antoinette Starrett married George Willard Collier at Pawtucket, Providence County, Rhode Island.
  • On 17 Sep 1900 John L. Starrett was included on the Civil War memorial at Antietam Battlefield, Sharpsburg, Maryland, with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, on the 35th anniversary of the battle. (Articles from the Fitchburg Sentinel about the planning for the memorial.)
  • Mary, his wife, outlived John and died on 4 Jul 1922 at age 84.
  • Last Edited: 19 Aug 2016

Family: Mary Louis Estes b. 17 Sep 1837, d. 4 Jul 1922

  • Louisa Bernette Starrett b. 2 May 1859, d. 18 Jan 1904
  • Marie Antoinette Starrett b. 13 Oct 1860, d. before 1900

Samuel Wirt Stearns

b. 28 September 1841, d. 14 October 1863

Samuel W. Stearns
  • Father: William Albert Stearns b. 12 Oct 1809, d. 22 Mar 1871
  • Mother: Clarissa Tarbell b. 12 Oct 1810, d. 20 Oct 1877
  • Company: B
  • Samuel Wirt Stearns was born on 28 Sep 1841 at Bedford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, son of William Albert Stearns and Clarissa Tarbell.
  • Samuel Wirt Stearns was enumerated in the household of William Albert Stearns and Clarissa Tarbell in the 1850 US Federal Census on 17 Sep 1850 at Bedford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, as:
    Wm. A. Stearns, 40, shoes, $1600 estate, b. MA (as were all in the family)
    Clarissa, 39
    Henry A., 14
    Emily, 12
    **Samuel W., 9
    Wm. F., 4
    Mary Chesom, 20, b. N. S.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, in 1862, Samuel gave his occupation as machinist.
  • In 1862 Samuel was living at Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts.

  • On 22 Jan 1862 Samuel mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry as a Corporal, being credited to the quota of Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 20 years, 3 months and 25 days old.
  • On 4 Aug 1863 Samuel was promoted to Corporal.
  • He died on 14 Oct 1863 at Bristoe Station, Virginia. He was 22 years and 16 days old.
  • On 21 Oct 1863 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Samuel Wirt Stearns was mentioned in the official casualty list (Volume 92 # 42):
    The Fifteenth Regiment
    Headquarters Fifteenth Regiment
    Oct. 1863
    Mr. Baldwin: Dear Sir;---The following is an official list of the killed and wounded in the 15th Massachusetts volunteers, in the engagement at Bristow Station, Va. Oct. 13, 1863
    Killed--- Corp, Samuel Stearns, Co. B., private A. E. Hinckley, Co. I.
    ]Wounded--- Lieut. Chas. H. Stevens; privates F. Merrifield, J. Frederick, Co. D; H. Jeverson, Co. E; Serg. G. A. Davis, Co. F. (since dead) privates D. Sherwood, Thomas Say, M. D. Tucker, Co. I; Adam Peacock, Co. K.
    Very Respectfully
    Your obedient servant,
    Geo. C. Joslin
    Lieut. Col. commanding Regiment.
  • On 11 Nov 1863 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Samuel Wirt Stearns was mentioned as deceased (Volume 92 # 44): Casualty List
    Mass 15th Regt.:---The following deaths in the 15th Massachusetts regiment are officially reported. Corporal S. W. Stearns, of Co. B., E. A. Hinkley of Co. I., and Sergt. George A. Davis; all killed at Bristow Station.
  • Last Edited: 18 Sep 2012

William Randolph Steele

b. 24 July 1842, d. 30 November 1901

William R. Steele
  • Company: Staff
  • William Randolph Steele was born on 24 Jul 1842 at New York City, New York, New York.
  • NOTE: His name and place of birth here are as reported in the Congressional record. However, there is conflicting evidence. The 1860 census (if correctly identified) says he was born in England, and the 1862 letter referrs to him as "Robert" or "Bob."
  • He was enumerated in the household of Samuel Halliwell and Jane Steele in the 1860 US Federal Census on 28 Jun 1860 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Samuel Halliwell, 32, merchant, b. England (as were all in the household)
    Jane (Steele) Halliwell, 30
    Esabella, 29
    **William R. Steel, 17, clerk (living with his sister and brother-in-law)
    Joseph H., 15
    John G., 13.
  • In 1861 William was living at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, William gave his occupation as merchant.
  • Starting 19 Apr 1861, William also served in the 3rd Battalion Massachusetts Rifles, Co. A, together with six others who would eventually join the 15th Regiment.
  • From a regimental history of the Third Battalion of Rifles, Massachusetts Volunteer Militia:
    The 3d Battalion of Rifles, Mass. Vol. Mill, was a unit of three companies commanded by Major Charles Devens, Jr., with headquarters at Worcester, Mass. Companies "A" and " C " were from Worcester, while Company " B " was from Holden.
    By Special Order No. 31, dated April 18, 1861, these three companies were ordered to muster forthwith at Worcester, and Major Devens was directed to take them by the most practicable route to Washington, D. C. Obedient to instructions, at 5 P.M., April 20, Major Devens' command was paraded before the City Hall, Worcester, and that night at 10.30 entrained for New York, arriving on Sunday morning, April 21. Sunday night it embarked on the transport "Ariel" for Annapolis, Md., arriving on the 24th. Here it remained until May 2, when its destination was changed, and it embarked for Fort McHenry near Baltimore.
    The battalion spent its entire term of service at or in the vicinity of Fort McHenry, doing guard and garrison duty, dismounting and remounting heavy guns, etc. About the 11th of July Major Devens left the battalion to return to Massachusetts, he having been promoted to the colonelcy of the 15th Regt. Mass. Vol. Inf. Captain A. B. R. Sprague of Co. "A" was now promoted to major and under his command the battalion completed its term of service.
    On July 30 the companies entrained for home, arriving at Worcester on the morning of August 2. On the following day all four of the companies were mustered out of the United States service, Companies "A", "B", and " C " in Worcester and Company " D " at Boston.
  • William had his photo taken about this time.

  • On 24 Jul 1861 William mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry as Quartermaster Sergeant, being credited to the quota of Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 19 years old.
  • On 24 Jul 1861 William was promoted to Quartermaster Sergeant.
  • On 14 Aug 1861 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, William Randolph Steele was mentioned in an article about the departure of the Fifteenth Massachusetts from Worcester.
  • On 11 May 1862 William was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant.
  • Thomas Blasland wrote a letter on 6 Jul 1862, mentioning William Randolph Steele, as follows: for publication in the Southbridge Journal.
  • On 13 Aug 1862 William was transferred from Staff to Company E.
  • On 28 Oct 1862 William was promoted to 1st Lieutenant.
  • On 6 Apr 1863 at "The Worcester Daily Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, William R. Steele was mentioned in an article about promotions.
  • On 10 Apr 1863 at "The Southbridge Journal", Worcester County, Massachusetts, William Randolph Steele was mentioned in an article listing commissions and officer promotions in the regiment, as well as which discharged or deceased officers they replaced.
  • On 28 Jul 1864 William ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, by mustering out.

  • On 13 Mar 1865 William was promoted to Brevet Major.
  • Starting 13 Mar 1865, William also served in the staff as a Brevet Major, and aide to General Webb.
  • He ended his service with due to expiration of term of service with the rank of Brevet Major. In later years, he is often referred to with the honorific title of "Colonel" in 1865.
  • On 21 Dec 1869 William Randolph Steele, 27, married Caroline C. Pennington, daughter of Robert Gill Pennington and Caroline Antonia Kuhn, at Tiffin, Seneca County, Ohio.
  • William Randolph Steele and Caroline C. Pennington were enumerated in the 1870 US Federal Census on 1 Jun 1870 at Cheyenne, Laramie County, Wyoming Territory, where he is a lawyer.
  • In 1878, William was was the democratic delegate to the 44th U. S. Congress from the Territory of Wyoming.
  • See a photo of him as an older man. (Click icon.)
  • He was enumerated in the 1890 US Federal census, Veteran's Schedule in 1890 at Deadwood, Lawrence County, South Dakota, as having served in the Massachusetts Rifles.
  • From the "Chicago Herald," (Chicago, IL), 2 Jan 1891:
    Politics in South Dakota....
    Colonel William R. Steele, of Deadwood, on his way to New York, dined at the Palmer yesterday.
    He is a thorough westerner, and one of the most genial of gentlemen, as well as a lawyer of bright attainments.
    He was one of the first settlers at Cheyenne, where he became the attorney for the Union Pacific.
    He represented the territory of Wyoming in Congress for a term, and at the outbreak of the Black Hills excitement in 1877 removed with his partmer, Daniel Mclaughlin, to Deadwood, where they built up a lucrative practice.
    He is considered one of the best mining lawyers in the West and an authority on legal propositions generally....
  • In 1894, at Deadwood, Lawrence County, South Dakota, William was the mayor.
  • He and Caroline C. Pennington were enumerated in the 1900 US Federal census on 23 Jun 1900 at Deadwood, Lawrence County, South Dakota, as:
    Steele, Wm. R., b. July 1845, married 20 years, b. NY (as were his parents), lawyer
    ---, Caroline, wife, b. Dec 1854, no children, b. OH
    Ostler, Harry, lodger, b. 1867, single, b. OH.
  • William Randolph Steele died on 30 Nov 1901 at Deadwood, Lawrence County, South Dakota. He was 59 years, 4 months and 6 days old.
  • He was buried in Dec 1901 at Mount Moriah Cemetery, Deadwood, Lawrence County, South Dakota, Sec 2, Lot 32 (Noted: "Calamity" Jane and "Wild Bill" Hickok, are buried in the same cemetery.)
  • He and Caroline C. Pennington had no issue.
  • On 27 Mar 1902 Caroline C. Pennington received a pension to surviving family member in Ohio based on William's service; his wife, received certificate number 659253.
  • Credits: Primary photo above by permission of the Worcester Historical Museum, Ward Collection.
  • Last Edited: 19 Apr 2016

Family: Caroline C. Pennington b. 1844, d. 1 Aug 1924

Marquis Eustis Steere

b. 19 January 1844, d. 30 January 1908
  • Father: John Colby Steere b. 2 Mar 1818, d. 1 Aug 1904
  • Mother: Almira Slater b. 3 Sep 1821, d. 23 Feb 1848
  • Company: E
  • Marquis Eustis Steere was born on 19 Jan 1844 at Palmer, Hampden County, Massachusetts, son of John Colby Steere and Almira Slater.
  • On 23 Feb 1848 his mother, Almira Slater, died at Killingly, Windham County, Connecticut, at age 26.
  • On 16 Aug 1848 Marquis, Margaret and Dwight's widowed father, John Colby Steere, remarried to Mary Lyon at Oxford, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • Marquis Eustis Steere was enumerated in the household of John Colby Steere and Mary Lyon in the 1850 US Federal Census on 23 Sep 1850 at Oxford, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    John E. Steere, 32, dresser leather, b. RI
    Mary, 39, b. CT
    Marietta, 10, b. MA
    Marquis, 6, b. MA
    Dwight, 2, b. MA
    Sarah L., 5/12.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Marquis gave his occupation as shoemaker.

  • On 12 Jul 1861 Marquis mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Oxford, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 17 years, 5 months and 23 days old.
  • On 17 Sep 1862 Marquis was wounded at The Battle of Antietam, Washington County, Maryland.
  • On 13 Jan 1863 Marquis ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts due to disability due to wounds.

  • On 11 Apr 1863 at "The Webster Times", Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Marquis Eustis Steere was included in the published list of Oxford volunteers.
  • On 9 Jul 1864 Marquis Eustis Steere, 20, married Julia A. Balcom, 19, daughter of Warren Balcom and Lydia Trask, at Sutton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both.
  • Marquis Eustis Steere made application for a veteran's pension on 9 Feb 1868, and received certificate number 23849.
  • On 6 Jul 1872 at "The Webster Times", Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Reunions Sammel-Events was mentioned as having attended the fifth reunion of company E:
    The fifth annaual reunion of Co. E. 15th regiment Mass. vols. was held in Oxford Friday, the 28th of June. Twenty of the old members were present. Incidents of the war veterans were recalled affording much pleasure. An excellent diner was furnished by A. B. yeomans. A pleasant hour was passed in a call on Hon. Alexander DeWitt the following officers were elected for the year ensueing; president, B. B. Vassal; Vice Prsedents, Marquis E. Steere, Simeon H. Waters; Secretary and Treasurer, L. E. Thayer; Directors, A. B. Yeomans, Henry J. Ball, Wm. Y. Woodbury. Adjourned to meet in Oxford June 28, 1873. There have died from the company’s number during the year: Lieut J.M. Norcross, in Sutton March 20th 1872; Chas. H. Beatty, in Worcester March 6th, 1873; Cyrus J. Dodd, in Boston, March 3d, 1871.
  • On 27 Jun 1873 at Oxford, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Reunions Sammel-Events attended a meeting of the Co. E association:
    The sixth annual meeting of Co. E Association, 15th regiment Massachusetts Volunteers, DeWitt guards, was held in Oxford, Saturday, it being the anniversary of the departure of the company from the town to go into camp. The officers chosen for the ensuing year as as follows:
    President, B. B. Vassall; Vice Presidents, M. E. Steere and S. H. Walters; Secretary and Treasurer, L. E. Thayer; Directors, A. B. Yeomans, Henry J. Ball and Wm. Y. Woodbury. The meeting, after the election of officers, adjourned to meet in Oxford, June 27, 1874.
  • In 1879 Marquis was living at Albany, Albany County, New York.
  • On 5 Jul 1879 at "The Webster Times", Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Marquis Eustis Steere was mentioned in the report on the 12th annual reunion of Company E, 15th Massachusetts Infantry.
  • He and Julia A. Balcom were enumerated in the 1880 US Federal census in Jun 1880 at Albany, Albany County, New York, as:
    Marquis Estus, 36, foreman in shoe shop, b. MA (as were all)
    Julia Estus, 35
    Lena V. Estus, 15
    Jane M. Estus, 12
    Nellie M. Estus, 9
    William E. Estus, 2, b. NY.
  • On 7 Nov 1895 Marquis and Julia's daughter, Nellie M. Steere married Aimard B. Cole at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both.
  • Marquis Eustis Steere's surviving family was enumerated in the household of Julia A. Balcom in the 1900 US Federal Census on 16 Jun 1900 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Steere, Julia A., head, b. Aug 1845, married 36 years, three of her five children are still living, b. MA
    ---, Lena V. dau, b. Feb 1866, single, b. MA
    ---, Willie E., son, b. July 1878, single, b. NY
    and a boarder
    (Note: Marquis is apparently still living at this time, but so far he is not apparent in the census.)
  • On 5 Jun 1906 Marquis and Julia's son, William Edward Steere married Bertha Maude Woodbury at Pawtucket, Providence County, Rhode Island, and registered in Worcester. It was the first marriage for him and the second for her; she was widowed "Bridge."
  • Marquis Eustis Steere died on 30 Jan 1908 at Pennsylvania. He was 64 years and 11 days old.
  • He was buried in Jan 1908 at IOOF Cemetery, Berlin, Somerset County, Pennsylvania, Lot 1, Grave 14.
  • On 2 May 1908 Julia A. Steere received a pension to surviving family member in Massachusetts based on Marquis's service; his wife, received certificate number 675726.
  • Last Edited: 2 Sep 2013

Family: Julia A. Balcom b. 20 Aug 1844

  • Lena Viola Steere b. 9 Feb 1865
  • Jane M. Steere b. 1868
  • Nellie M. Steere b. 29 Aug 1871, d. 13 Feb 1897
  • William Edward Steere b. Jul 1878
  • Lillian A. Steere b. 3 Apr 1884, d. 23 Jun 1890

William Steidell

b. between 1827 and 1828, d. 17 February 1864
  • Company: I
  • William Steidell was also known as William Streidell in Ford's history.
  • He was born between 1827 - 1828 at Germany.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, William gave his occupation as confectioner.
  • In 1863 William was living at an unknown place according to Ford's history.

  • On 31 Jul 1863 William mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry as a draftee, being credited to the quota of Taunton, Bristol County, Massachusetts.
  • He died on 17 Feb 1864 at Richmond, Richmond County, Virginia, as a prisoner of war.
  • , William Steidell and William Sigel may be the same man according to Ford's history. Open issue. Aug 2003.
  • Last Edited: 18 Dec 2014

Reuben Stetson

b. 31 October 1810, d. 26 February 1892
  • Father: Samuel Stetson b. May 1772, d. 16 Aug 1859
  • Mother: Abigail Monroe b. 1791, d. 13 Sep 1874
  • Company: 1_SS
  • Reuben Stetson was born on 31 Oct 1810 at Hanover, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, son of Samuel Stetson and Abigail Monroe.
  • On 26 Apr 1846 Reuben Stetson, 35, married Ruth J. Bates, 26, daughter of Amos Bates and Ruth Jenkins, at Hanover, Plymouth County, Massachusetts.
  • Reuben Stetson and Ruth J. Bates were enumerated in the 1860 US Federal census on 26 Jul 1860 at Hanover, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, as:
    Reuben Stetson, 50, farmer, b. MA (as were all)
    Ruth J., 40, b. MA
    Ella, 13
    Rubie M., 5.
  • At the time of his enlistment, Reuben gave his occupation as farmer.
  • Reuben was living at Hanover, Plymouth County, Massachusetts.

  • On 10 Mar 1862 Reuben Stetson mustered into service with the 1st Company Massachusetts Sharpshooters. He was 51 years, 4 months and 10 days old.
  • On 23 Dec 1862 Reuben ended military service with the 1st Massachusetts Sharpshooters at Washington, DC, by discharge for disability.

  • He made application for a veteran's pension on 15 Jun 1863, and received certificate number 491082.
  • In 1864 Reuben Stetson was a blacksmith.
  • Starting 4 Jan 1864, Reuben also served in the 2nd Cavalry Regiment Massachusetts, Company K.
  • On 17 Dec 1864 Reuben was transferred to Company 72nd, 2nd Battn Regiment U.S. Veteran Reserve Corps.
  • He ended his service with Company 72nd, 2nd Battn Regiment U.S. Veteran Reserve Corps on 13 Mar 1865.
  • On 25 Nov 1866 Reuben and Ruth's daughter, Ruth Ella Stetson married Edward C. Thayer at Hanover, Plymouth County, Massachusetts.
  • Reuben Stetson and Ruth J. Bates were enumerated in the 1870 US Federal Census on 25 Jul 1870 at Hanover, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, as:
    Stetson, Reuben, 59, frmer, b. MA
    ---, Ruth J., 51, b. MA
    ---, Ruby, 15, b. MA.
  • Reuben Stetson and Ruth J. Bates were enumerated in the 1880 US Federal census on 4 Jun 1880 at Hanover, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, as:
    Stetson, Reuben, 69, farming, b. MA
    ---, Ruth J., 60, wife
    ---, Rubie M., 25, daur, single, teaching school.
  • Reuben Stetson was enumerated in the 1890 US Federal census, Veteran's Schedule in Jun 1890 at Hanover, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, citing service in the 2nd Massachusetts.
  • He died on 26 Feb 1892 at Hanover, Plymouth County, Massachusetts. He was 81 years, 3 months and 24 days old.
  • He was buried in Feb 1892 at Hanover Center Cemetery, Hanover, Plymouth County, Massachusetts.
  • Ruth J. Bates received a pension to surviving family member based on Reuben's service; his wife, received certificate number 309258.
  • Ruth, his wife, outlived Reuben and died on 23 Dec 1894 at Hanover, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, at age 75.
  • Last Edited: 27 Apr 2016

Family: Ruth J. Bates b. 10 Jul 1819, d. 23 Dec 1894

  • Ruth Ella Stetson b. 25 Jun 1847, d. 31 Jul 1911
  • Ruby May Stetson b. 28 Sep 1854, d. 9 Oct 1917

Benjamin Stevens

b. 18 June 1840, d. 25 April 1928
  • Father: Peter Stevens
  • Mother: Lucy C. Hill
  • Company: F
  • Benjamin Stevens was born on 18 Jun 1840 at Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts, son of Peter Stevens and Lucy C. Hill.
  • Benjamin Stevens was enumerated in the household of William Jones Babbitt and Caroline M. Wheelock in the 1860 US Federal Census on 22 Jun 1860 at North Brookfield, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    William J. BABBET, 37, shoemaker, $700 real estate, $150 personal estate, b. MA (as were all in the family)
    Caroline, 38
    Abbie L., 16
    Caroline M., 13
    Polly C. WHEELOCK, 72 (mother-in-law)
    Joseph, 26, shoemaker (brother-in-law)
    **Benj. STEVENS, 20, shoemaker (future son-in-law)
    Willie E. GRIFFEN, 3 (relationship unknown.)
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, in 1861, Benjamin gave his occupation as shoemaker.

  • On 12 Jul 1861 Benjamin mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Brookfield, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 21 years and 24 days old.
  • Benjamin Stevens and William Jones Babbitt, future father- and son-in-law, served together in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.
  • On 17 Sep 1862 Benjamin was wounded at The Battle of Antietam, Washington County, Maryland.
  • On 1 Nov 1863 Benjamin was promoted to Corporal.
  • On 8 May 1864 Benjamin was wounded at The Battle of the Wilderness, Spotsylvania County, Virginia.
  • On 18 May 1864 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Benjamin Stevens was noted among the wounded at the Battle of the Wilderness.
  • On 25 May 1864 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Benjamin Stevens was mentioned among the casualties.
  • On 28 Jul 1864 Benjamin ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, having fulfilled his term of service.

  • On 1 May 1867 Benjamin Stevens, 26, married Abbie Lucinda Babbitt, 22, daughter of William Jones Babbitt and Caroline M. Wheelock, at North Brookfield, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both.
  • Benjamin Stevens was enumerated in the household of William Jones Babbitt and Caroline M. Wheelock in the 1870 US Federal Census on 20 Jul 1870 at North Brookfield, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    **Babbit, Wm. J., 45, in boot and shoe factory, b. MA
    ---, Caroline M., 48,
    **Stevens, Benj., 30, for boot and shoe factory, b. MA
    ---, Abigail L., 25,
    ---, Abbie R., 9/12, b. Sept
    Newton, Francis, 20, in boot and shoe factory.
  • Benjamin Stevens made application for a veteran's pension on 1 May 1878, and received certificate number 167423.
  • In 1886 Benjamin was living at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • In 1886 Benjamin Stevens was included in the Civil War memorial publication at North Brookfield, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • In Jun 1886 Benjamin Stevens took part in the regimental reunion Excursion to the Battle-Fields of Gettysburg, PA., Antietam, MD., Ball's Bluff, Virginia and Washington, D.C.
  • On 27 Jan 1892 Benjamin and Abbie's daughter, Abby Rosella Stevens married Clair D. Howes at Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both.
  • Benjamin Stevens and Abbie Lucinda Babbitt were enumerated in the 1900 US Federal census on 16 Jun 1900 at Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, as:
    Stevens, Benjamin, b. June 1840, 59, married 33 years, b. MA (of MA parents), prison officer
    ---, Abbie L., wife b. Sep 1844, all three of her children living
    ---, Edna M., daur, b. Jan 1872, single
    ---, Charles B., son b. Oct 1875, single.
  • On 19 May 1903 Benjamin and Abbie's daughter, Edna Mable Stevens married Sylvester L. Kingsbury at Somerville, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both.
  • On 13 Oct 1906 Benjamin and Abbie's daughter, Abby Rosella Stevens married Philip R. Hanson at Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for him and the second for her.
  • On 27 Oct 1910 at The State Mutual Building, Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Benjamin Stevens attended the 44th reunion of the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.
  • On 18 Sep 1917 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Benjamin Stevens attended a reunion of Company F. From The Worcester Evening Post, September 18, 1917 (Volume XXXV # 143)
    FIFTEEN MEMBERS ATTEND REUNION
    F. Co., 15th Mass. Volunteer Infantry
    F Company, Fifteenth Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry had its 50th annual reunion yesterday in the Warren Hotel. Dinner was served at noon, followed by speaking. James L. Callahan of Marlboro, president of the organization, called the meeting to order, afterward resigning the chair to Col. Henry E. Smith, who was elected permanet president. George W. Ward, secretary and treasurer, was also given a permanent tenure of office. The assosiation voted to dispense with its board of directors, leaving all of the responsibilities to the president and secretary.
    Each of the 15 members present and guests contributed to the program of after dinner remarks. other speakers gave anecdotes of the Battle of Antietam, September 17, 1862.
    These members were present, James L. Callahan of Marlboro, Everett A. Hibbard of Berlin, Benjamin Stevens of North Brookfield, Porter Walbridge of Wales, David Reekie of Boylston Center, Henry H. Slate, of Charlton Depot, Elbridge Doane of Joplin Mo., Col. Henry Smith, Sumner H. Bannister, A. F. Earle and George W. Ward, all of Worcester.
  • He and Abbie Lucinda Babbitt were enumerated in the 1920 US Federal Census on 27 Jan 1920 at Auburn, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Stevens, Benjamin, 79, b. MA (fath. b. CT?, mor b. MA), retired, prison officer
    ---, Abbie, L., wife, 75, b. MA.
  • Benjamin Stevens died on 25 Apr 1928 at Auburn, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 87 years, 10 months and 7 days old.
  • Note: There is a burial at Bay Path Cemetery in Charlton, MA, for one Benjamin H. Stevens who died in 1915. This is NOT the man who served in the 15th MVI. According to the pension file index, Benjamin Stevens of the 15th MVI died in 1928.
  • On 19 Jun 1928 Abbie Lucinda Babbitt received a pension to surviving family member based on Benjamin's service; his wife, received certificate number A-11-26-28.
  • He's surviving family was enumerated in the household of Philip R. Hanson and Abby Rosella Stevens in the 1930 US Federal Census on 25 Apr 1930 at Auburn, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Hanson, Philip R., 43, age 20 at first marriage
    ---, Abbie R., wife, 53, age 30 at first marriage
    ---, Gertrude, daur, 22 single
    ---, 'Benjamin, son, 17, single
    Stevens, Abbie L., mother-in-law, 85, widow
    Hanson, Andrew, brother, 43, single.
  • Abbie, his wife, outlived Benjamin and died after 1930.
  • Last Edited: 21 Feb 2016

Family: Abbie Lucinda Babbitt b. Sep 1844, d. after 1930

  • Abby Rosella Stevens b. 24 Sep 1869, d. 1957
  • Edna Mable Stevens b. 13 Jan 1872, d. 1961
  • Charles Benjamin Stevens b. 31 Oct 1875

Charles A. Stevens

b. 3 January 1842, d. 25 February 1864
  • Father: Luther Stephens b. 1807, d. 27 May 1881
  • Mother: Eveline [--?--] b. 1818, d. 6 Dec 1872
  • Company: B
  • Charles A. Stevens was born on 3 Jan 1842 at Nashua, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, son of Luther Stephens and Eveline [--?--].
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, in 1861, Charles gave his occupation as box maker.
  • In 1861 Charles was living at Winchendon, Worcester County, Massachusetts.

  • On 12 Jul 1861 Charles mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Winchendon, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 19 years, 6 months and 9 days old.
  • He was declared missing in action on 21 Oct 1861 at The Battle of Ball's Bluff, Leesburg, Virginia.
  • On 30 Oct 1861 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Charles A. Stevens was included, with 304 other men, among "The Killed Wounded and Missing of the Fifteenth Regiment," after Ball's Bluff.
  • On 20 Nov 1861 at "The Worcester Daily Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Charles A. Stevens was listed with 195 other men among the prisoners taken at Ball's Bluff.
  • On 20 Nov 1861 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Charles A. Stevens was listed, with 88 other men of the 15th Massachusetts, as a prisoner at Richmond.
  • On 22 Feb 1862 at "The New York Times", New York City, New York, Charles A. Stevens was mentioned, with 61 other men of the 15th Massachusetts, in an article about the return of prisoners under a flag of truce:
    National Prisoners Released, Arrival of Four hundred at Fortres Monroe
    Notice having been received by Gen. Wool, that some 400 exchanged prisoners would be sent down the James River Yesterday, the "George Washington" and "Express" left at about noon for the appointed meeting place.
    The rebel boat was appointed to meet us at 3 o'clock, but at that time she was not in sight, and shortly after a heavy fog shut down, making it impossible to move in any direction. The two boats were then fastened together, and having dropped anchor, waited for the rebel boat to appear.
    The fog did not lift till late in the evening, when the wind blew so fresh that the boats dragged their anchors and had to be separated. This morning at sunrise the expected prisoners made their appearance, on the "William Allison," which it seemed had also anchored for the night a few miles above us. The return passage was made without any incident, and the prisoners arrived here about 10 o'clock this forenoon. The returned prisoners will be immediately sent north. (Note: here follows a complete list of the released prisoners who arrived by a flag of truce from Richmond.)
  • On 4 Feb 1863 Charles ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts at Alexandria, Alexandria (city), Virginia, due to disability.

  • He died on 25 Feb 1864 at Winchendon, Worcester County, Massachusetts, of a wound in the arm from a circular saw. He was 22 years, 1 month and 22 days old.
  • From Volume 93 # 10, Worcester Spy, March 9, 1864 Winchendon
    Charles A. Stevens, a discharged soldier, aged 22 years, met with an accident in Murdock & Co.’s pail shop February 12th, which caused his death on the 25th inst. He was at work with a stave saw, when the wrist of his left arm came in contact with the saw, inflicting a ghastly wound, and nearly severing the hand from the arm.
    He enlisted in Co. B, Fitchburg Fusileers, 15th Massachusetts regiment, was taken prisoner at the battle of Ball’s Bluff, and remained in Richmond four months, when he was paroled and came home; he then returned, and was engaged in the battles before Richmond and at Antietam. He was taken sick and went to the hospital, and thence to the convalescent camp, where he remained for a time, when he was finally discharged as unfit to perform military duty. He escaped the wounds incident to the soldier on the battle field, and came home to receive one which proved mortal.
  • Charles's mother, Eveline [--?--], died and was buried in Dec 1872 at Riverside Cemetery, Winchendon, Worcester County, Massachusetts, at age 54 years.
  • Charles's father, Luther Stephens, died and was buried in May 1881 at Riverside Cemetery, Winchendon, Worcester County, Massachusetts, at age 74 years.
  • Last Edited: 8 Jul 2013

Charles H. Stevens

b. 29 March 1835, d. 15 October 1863

Charles H. Stevens
  • Father: John Stevens b. between 1807 - 1808
  • Mother: Eliza Barnes b. 15 Sep 1807, d. 15 Oct 1891
  • Company: A
  • Charles H. Stevens was born on 29 Mar 1835 at Billerica, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, son of John Stevens and Eliza Barnes.
  • Charles H. Stevens was enumerated in the household of John Stevens and Eliza Barnes in the 1850 US Federal Census on 29 Jul 1850 at Reading, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, as:
    John Stevens, 42, farmer, b. MA
    Eliza, 43, b. NH
    Harriet, 17, b. MA (as were all the children)
    ** C. H., 15 (m.)
    F. E., 11 (m.)
    S. E., 10 (f.)
    A. F., 6 (f.)
    Ann A., 3 (f.)
    George E., 1
    J. G. Knights, 19, (m.), shoemaker.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, in 1861, Charles gave his occupation as cabinet-maker.

  • On 12 Jul 1861 Charles mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 26 years, 3 months and 13 days old.
  • On 1 Jan 1862 Charles was promoted to as 1st Sergeant.
  • On 27 Jun 1862 Charles was wounded at Fair Oaks, Henrico County, Virginia.
  • On 19 Jul 1862 Charles was promoted to as 2nd Lieutenant.
  • On 21 Nov 1862 Charles was promoted to as a 1st Lieutenant.
  • Between 30 Dec 1862 - 21 Mar 1863, Charles was commander of Company A.
  • On 9 Feb 1863 at "The Worcester Daily Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Charles H. Stevens was mentioned in an article about promotions.
  • On 3 Jul 1863 Charles was wounded at The Battle of Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania.
  • On 4 Jul 1863 Charles was promoted to Captain, but not mustered.
  • On 8 Jul 1863 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Charles H. Stevens was mentioned in the first dispatches from the Gettysburg battle.
  • On 22 Jul 1863 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Charles H. Stevens was reported as wounded at Gettysburg.
  • On 12 Oct 1863 at "The Worcester Daily Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Charles H. Stevens was mentioned as promoted.
  • On 14 Oct 1863 Charles was wounded at Bristoe Station, Virginia.
  • He died on 15 Oct 1863 at Manassas Junction, Virginia, of wounds, as the 1st Lieutenant of company I, the death being registered in Reading, MA. He was 28 years, 6 months and 16 days old.
  • On 21 Oct 1863 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Charles H. Stevens was mentioned in the official casualty list (Volume 92 # 42):
    The Fifteenth Regiment
    Headquarters Fifteenth Regiment
    Oct. 1863
    Mr. Baldwin: Dear Sir;---The following is an official list of the killed and wounded in the 15th Massachusetts volunteers, in the engagement at Bristow Station, Va. Oct. 13, 1863
    Killed--- Corp, Samuel Stearns, Co. B., private A. E. Hinckley, Co. I.
    ]Wounded--- Lieut. Chas. H. Stevens; privates F. Merrifield, J. Frederick, Co. D; H. Jeverson, Co. E; Serg. G. A. Davis, Co. F. (since dead) privates D. Sherwood, Thomas Say, M. D. Tucker, Co. I; Adam Peacock, Co. K.
    Very Respectfully
    Your obedient servant,
    Geo. C. Joslin
    Lieut. Col. commanding Regiment.
  • On 8 Dec 1863 Eliza Barnes received a pension to surviving family member based on Charles's service; his mother, received certificate number 31395.
  • In 1888, Charles was included on p. 98 of the Civil War section of Emerson's "Leominster Historical" as follows:
    Capt. Charles H. Stevens enlisted as Fourth Sergeant. He was promoted to 2d Lieut., 1st Lieut., and, July 4th, 1863, to Captain. He was wounded in the foot at Savage Station, and in the leg, while supporting our batteries at Gettysburg. At Bristow Station, Oct 15th, 1863, after an hour's hard fighting, the enemy gave way; but Capt. Stevens was severely wounded, and died while being carried to the hospital. In his honor Post 53, G. A. R., was named.
  • Credits: Portrait from "Leominster: Historical and Picturesque", by William A. Emerson, 1888.
  • Last Edited: 2 Sep 2013

Egbert M. Stevens

b. 1846, d. 8 February 1863
  • Father: Asa M. Stevens b. 6 Apr 1813, d. 26 Nov 1860
  • Mother: Emily Adeline Redfield b. 1 May 1818, d. 28 Mar 1902
  • Company: C
  • Egbert M. Stevens was born in 1846 at Collinsville, Hartford County, Connecticut, son of Asa M. Stevens and Emily Adeline Redfield.
  • Egbert M. Stevens was enumerated in the household of Asa M. Stevens and Emily Adeline Redfield in the 1850 US Federal Census on 26 Aug 1850 at Canton, Hartford County, Connecticut, as:
    Asa M. Stevens, 36, axe maker, b. CT (as were all in the family)
    Emily A., 32
    Rufus S., ?? (smeared)
    **Egbert, ?? (smeared.)
  • Egbert M. Stephens was enumerated in the 1860 US Federal census on 20 Jun 1860 at Millbury P. O., Westborough, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in the State Reform School as:
    Egbert M. Stephens, 15, b. CT, for larceny.
  • On 26 Nov 1860 his father, Asa M. Stevens, died at Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts, at age 47.
  • In 1862 Egbert was living at Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Egbert gave his occupation as farmer.

  • On 11 Mar 1862 Egbert mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 16 years old.
  • On 17 Sep 1862 Egbert was wounded at The Battle of Antietam, Washington County, Maryland.
  • He died on 8 Feb 1863 at Baltimore, Baltimore County, Maryland, of Pulmonalis. He was 17 years old.
  • He was buried on 12 Feb 1863 at Loudon Park National Cemetery, Baltimore, Baltimore County, Maryland, Plot: Section: A, Site: 781.
  • On 9 Mar 1863 Emily Adeline Redfield received a pension to surviving family member based on Egbert's service; his mother, received certificate number 280256.
  • On 25 Dec 1865 Egbert's widowed mother, Emily Adeline Redfield, remarried to Elihu Hawks, 47, at Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts.
  • On 4 Jul 1907 Egbert M. Stevens was included on the Civil War memorial at Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, according to an article in the Webster Times. See the "Documents" section at the main website for an account of the festivities of dedication.
  • Last Edited: 3 Jun 2016