Patrick Sullivan

b. 1836, d. 11 August 1864
  • Company: I
  • Patrick Sullivan was born about in 1836 at Ireland.
  • On 14 Aug 1861 Patrick Sullivan married Ellen O'Hara at Boston Harbor, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Patrick gave his occupation as currier.
  • In 1863 Patrick was living at Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.
  • He was married at the time of his enlistment according to Ford's history.

  • On 30 Jul 1863 Patrick mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Beverly, Essex County, Massachusetts. He was 27 years old.
  • Patrick Sullivan and John Sullivan, brothers, served together in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Co. I.
  • Patrick Sullivan was declared missing in action on 14 Oct 1863 at Bristoe Station, Virginia.
  • He died on 11 Aug 1864 at Andersonville, Sumter County, Georgia, of disease, as a prisoner of war. He was 28 years old.
  • He was buried in Aug 1864 at Andersonville National Cemetery, Andersonville, Sumter County, Georgia, Section: 11, Row: 10792.
  • On 23 Dec 1864 Ellen O'Hara received a pension to surviving family member based on Patrick's service; his wife, received certificate number 56944.
  • He and Ellen O'Hara had no issue.
  • In 1898 Ellen O'Hara, his wife, died at Massachusetts.
  • Last Edited: 15 Aug 2016

Family: Ellen O'Hara b. 1835, d. 1898

Simon Sullivan

b. 1841, d. 21 October 1862
  • Company: H
  • Simon Sullivan was born about in 1841 at Farmington, Franklin County, Maine.
  • He was enumerated in the 1860 US Federal census on 26 Jun 1860 at Milford, Worcester County, Massachusetts, possibly as:
    Mary Sullivan, 45, b. Ireland
    John, 20, boot finisher, b. Ireland
    **Simon, 18, boot finisher, b. Ireland
    Mary, 15, b. Ireland
    John Moore, 43, boot sider, b. Ireland.
  • In 1861 Simon was living at Milford, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Simon gave his occupation as bootmaker.

  • On 25 Jul 1861 Simon mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. He was 20 years old.
  • On 21 Oct 1861 Simon was wounded at The Battle of Ball's Bluff, Leesburg, Virginia.
  • On 30 Oct 1861 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Simon Sullivan was included, with 304 other men, among "The Killed Wounded and Missing of the Fifteenth Regiment," after Ball's Bluff.
  • On 17 Sep 1862 Simon was wounded at The Battle of Antietam, Washington County, Maryland.
  • He died on 21 Oct 1862 of wounds received at the Battle of Antietam. He was 21 years old.
  • He was buried in Oct 1862 at Antietam National Cemetery, Sharpsburg, Maryland, Section 17, lot C, grave 139.
  • On 22 Jan 1870 Edward Loud, his wife, died at age 79.
  • On 17 Sep 1900 Simon Sullivan was included on the Civil War memorial at Antietam Battlefield, Sharpsburg, Maryland, as having died of his wounds received at the battle. (Read several articles from the Fitchburg Sentinel about the planning for the memorial.)
  • Last Edited: 17 Aug 2016

Charles Sutton

b. 13 April 1834, d. 20 January 1909
  • Father: Thomas Woollright Sutton b. 28 Oct 1787, d. 8 Jun 1847
  • Mother: Lucy Forbes b. 8 Oct 1797, d. 6 May 1877
  • Company: E
  • Charles Sutton was born on 13 Apr 1834 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, son of Thomas Woollright Sutton and Lucy Forbes.
  • On 8 Jun 1847 his father, Thomas Woollright Sutton, died at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, of consumption at age 59.
  • Charles Sutton was enumerated in the household of Lucy Sutton in the 1860 US Federal Census on 11 Jun 1860 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, probably as:
    Lucy Sutton, 63, b. MA (as were all in family)
    Chas., 25, engineer
    Joseph R., 28, day laborer.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Charles gave his occupation as engineer.

  • On 12 Jul 1861 Charles mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry as a wagoner, being credited to the quota of Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 27 years, 2 months and 29 days old.
  • On 28 Jul 1864 Charles ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts having completed his term of service.

  • On 7 Dec 1865 Charles Sutton, 31, married Clementina A. Freeman, 23, at Jackson County, Michigan.
  • In 1879 Charles was living at Victoria, Ellis County, Kansas, according to a report in the Webster Times.
  • On 5 Jul 1879 at "The Webster Times", Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Charles Sutton was mentioned in the report on the 12th annual reunion of Company E, 15th Massachusetts Infantry.
  • He and Clementina A. Freeman were enumerated in the 1880 US Federal census on 18 Jun 1880 at Victoria, Ellis County, Kansas, as:
    Sutton, Charles, 48, tramster, b. MA (fath b. Eng, mor b. MA)
    ---, Clementine, 37, b. MI (par b. NY)
    ---, Grace, 9, dau, b. Iowa
    ---, Carrie, 4, dau, b. Kansas.
  • Charles Sutton made application for a veteran's pension on 7 Dec 1885, and received certificate number 597536.
  • On 15 Nov 1895 his daughter, Grace L. Sutton, died at age 23.
  • Charles Sutton and Clementina A. Freeman were enumerated in the 1900 US Federal census on 7 Jun 1900 at Brookfield, Clinton County, Iowa, as:
    Sutton, Chas, head, b. Apr 1842 (sic), 68, married 26 years, b. MA (fath b. Eng; mor b. MA, engineer
    ---, Clementina, wife, b. May 1842, 63, one of three children still living, b. NY (and her parents.)
  • On 29 Apr 1904 Clementina A. Freeman, his wife, died at age 61.
  • Charles Sutton died on 20 Jan 1909 at Jackson County, Iowa. He was 74 years, 9 months and 7 days old.
  • He was buried at Elwood Cemetery, Brookfield Township, Clinton County, Iowa, with his wife and daughter.
  • Last Edited: 19 Apr 2016

Family: Clementina A. Freeman b. 9 May 1842, d. 29 Apr 1904

  • Grace L. Sutton b. 15 Nov 1872, d. 15 Nov 1895
  • Carrie Viola Sutton b. 1 Jan 1876, d. 8 Aug 1948

Robert B. Swain

b. 1830, d. 31 October 1881
  • Father: High Swain
  • Mother: Hattie [--?--]
  • Company: I
  • Robert B. Swain was born about in 1830 at Ireland, son of High Swain and Hattie [--?--].
  • On 25 Jul 1852 Robert B. Swain married Margaret Menahan at Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both.
  • Robert B. Swain and Margaret Menahan were enumerated in the 1860 US Federal census on 8 Jun 1860 at Chelsea, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, as:
    Robert Swain, 29, painter, b. Ireland
    Margaret, 32, b. Ireland
    Wm., 13, b. Ireland
    Mary, 2, b. MA.
  • In 1861 Robert was living at Chelsea, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.
  • Starting 13 Dec 1861, Robert also served in the 28th Massachusetts Infantry, Company B.
  • On 30 Aug 1862 Robert was wounded at The 2nd Battle of Bull Run, Virginia.
  • He ended his service with the 28th Massachusetts for wounds on 28 Nov 1862 at Baltimore, Baltimore County, Maryland.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Robert gave his occupation as painter.

  • On 4 Aug 1863 Robert mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry as a draftee, being credited to the quota of Gloucester, Essex County, Massachusetts. He was 33 years old.
  • On 5 May 1864 Robert was wounded at The Battle of the Wilderness, Spotsylvania County, Virginia.
  • On 18 May 1864 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Robert B. Swain was noted among the wounded at the Battle of the Wilderness.
  • On 25 May 1864 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Robert B. Swain was mentioned among the casualties.
  • On 27 Jul 1864 Robert ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts by transfer to the 20th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.

  • On 25 Aug 1864 Robert was taken prisoner at Reams' Station, Dinwiddie County, Virginia.
  • On 13 Oct 1864 Robert enlisted in the Rebel Army.
  • On 2 Mar 1865 Robert escaped from the Rebel Army.
  • On 15 Apr 1865 Robert rejoined his regiment.
  • He ended his service with the 20th Massachusetts by desertion on 23 May 1865.
  • He and Margaret Menahan were enumerated in the 1870 US Federal Census on 18 Jun 1870 at Chelsea, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, with their two sons, John and Robert, where he is a painter.
  • Robert B. Swain and Margaret Menahan were enumerated in the 1880 US Federal census on 9 Jun 1880 at Chelsea, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, as:
    Robert Swain, 48, painter, b. Ireland
    Margaret, 49, b. Ireland
    John, 17, son, works in printing shop, b. MA
    Robert, 16, son, b. MA.
  • Robert B. Swain died on 31 Oct 1881 at Gloucester, Essex County, Massachusetts, of pneumonia (registered in Lynn). He was 51 years old.
  • He was buried in Oct 1881 at Saint Marys Cemetery, Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts.
  • On 1 Apr 1882 Margaret Menahan received a pension to surviving family member based on Robert's service; and received certificate number 291344.
  • In 1892, Robert was included in the history of Gloucester, Massachusetts, as a member of the 15th Massachusetts.
  • Margaret, his wife, outlived Robert and died in 1901 at Chelsea, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.
  • Last Edited: 10 Jul 2017

Family: Margaret Menahan b. between 1830 - 1831, d. 1901

  • John J. Swain b. 1860, d. 1936
  • Robert Swain b. between 1862 - 1863

John Francis Sweeney

b. 16 May 1838, d. 11 November 1899
  • Father: John S. Sweeney b. between 1807 - 1808
  • Mother: Elvira Barrus b. 2 Jul 1811, d. 2 Aug 1900
  • Company: G
  • John Francis Sweeney was also known as Frank J. Sweeney in the 34th Masssachusetts.
  • He was born on 16 May 1838 at Grafton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, son of John S. Sweeney and Elvira Barrus.
  • John Francis Sweeney was enumerated in the household of John S. Sweeney and Elvira Barrus in the 1860 US Federal Census on 10 Jul 1860 at Millbury P. O., Grafton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as follows:
    John S. Sweeney, 52, shoemaker, b. Ireland
    Elvyra, 50, b. NH
    **John F. Sweeney, 22, artist, b. MA
    Abby A., 19, b. MA
    Samuel E., 16, b. MA
    Samuel Barris, 70, b. NH (his grandfather.)
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, John gave his occupation as artist.
  • On 5 Jun 1861 J. Frank Sweeney, 23, married Mary L. Ward, daughter of Hiram Ward and Lucinda C. Stone, at Grafton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both.

  • On 12 Jul 1861 J. mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Grafton, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 23 years, 1 month and 26 days old.
  • John ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts having never left the state with the 15th.

  • Starting 31 Jul 1862, Frank also served in the 34th Massachusetts Infantry, as a musician.
  • He ended his service with the 34th Massachusetts on 17 Jul 1864 at Frederick, Frederick County, Maryland.
  • He made application for a veteran's pension on 15 Nov 1865, and received certificate number 85583, for his service in the 34th Massachusetts.
  • He and Mary L. Ward were divorced.
  • John Francis Sweeney was enumerated in the 1880 US Federal census on 14 Jun 1880 at Grafton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Sweeney, J. F., 42, boarder, divorced, painter, b. MA
    in the home of:
    Carpenter, G. S., 35, and his family.
  • He died on 11 Nov 1899 at Grafton, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 61 years, 5 months and 26 days old.
  • He was buried in Nov 1899 at Grafton, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • On 1 Mar 1900 Elvira Barrus received a pension to surviving family member in Massachusetts based on John's service.
  • Last Edited: 19 Feb 2016

Family: Mary L. Ward b. between 1841 - 1842

George F. Sweetland

b. 1839, d. 26 September 1889
  • Father: Henry Sweetland
  • Mother: Clarissa [--?--]
  • Company: K
  • George F. Sweetland was born about in 1839 at Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island, son of Henry Sweetland and Clarissa [--?--].
  • George F. Sweetland was enumerated in the household of Jesse M. Smith in the 1860 US Federal Census on 23 Jun 1860 at Burrillville, Providence County, Rhode Island, as:
    Jesse Smith, 25, stable keeper, b. RI (as were all)
    Mary E., 24
    **George Swetland, 21.
  • On 4 Sep 1860 George F. Sweetland married Sarah C. J. Tifft, 15, daughter of Ransom Tifft and Lucy A. Beckwith, at Gloucester, Providence County, Rhode Island.
  • In 1861 George was living at Blackstone, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, George gave his occupation as hostler.

  • On 1 Jul 1861 George mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Blackstone, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 22 years old.
  • On 21 Oct 1862 George ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts to enlist in the regular army.

  • Starting 23 Oct 1862, George also served in the 6th Cavalry Regiment, Company K, Regular Army.
  • On 20 Jul 1863 George was transferred to 3rd Regiment RC, Company D.
  • He ended his service with by discharge on 24 Jul 1864 at Alexandria, Alexandria (city), Virginia.
  • George was living at Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, and was a coachman.
  • On 12 Apr 1884, at National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio, George was admitted, as single man.
  • George gave his next-of-kin as Jesse Smith in Harrisville, Gloucester (sic), RI. (Note: this is the person with whom he lived in 1860.)
  • He died on 26 Sep 1889 and was found dead near Dayton Ohio, east of the narrow gauge crossing Easten Pike. He was 50 years old.
  • He was buried in Sep 1889 at National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio, Section H, 7, 20.
  • Sarah C. J. Tifft was enumerated as the widow of George F. Sweetland, of the 15th Massachusetts, in the 1890 Veterans' Schedules of the US Federal Census in Jun 1890 at Harrisville, Burrillville, Providence County, Rhode Island.
  • On 17 Sep 1890 Sarah C. J. Tifft received a pension to surviving family member in Rhode Island based on George's service; and received certificate number 319675.
  • NOTE: clearly there was documentation of a marriage. Sarah is believed to be the daughter of Ransom and Lucy A. (Beckwith) Tifft, however no reliable documentation has yet been found. The pension file needs to be viewed.
  • Sarah, his wife, outlived George and died on 29 Jan 1922 at Woonsocket, Providence County, Rhode Island, at age 77.
  • George's wife, Sarah C. J. Sweatland, died and was buried in Jan 1922 at Pascoag Cemetery, Burrillville, Providence County, Rhode Island, at age 76 years and 11 months.
  • Last Edited: 29 Mar 2016

Family: Sarah C. J. Tifft b. 12 Jan 1845, d. 29 Jan 1922

George M. Sylvester

b. 12 April 1843, d. 3 February 1910
  • Father: George D. Sylvester b. between 1813 - 1814
  • Mother: Rachel Wilder b. between 1816 - 1817
  • Company: D
  • George M. Sylvester was born on 12 Apr 1843 at South Hingham, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, son of George D. Sylvester and Rachel Wilder.
  • George M. Sylvester was enumerated in the household of George D. Sylvester and Rachel Wilder in the 1850 US Federal Census on 26 Aug 1850 at Hingham, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, as:
    George D. Sylvester, 36, express man, b. MA (as were all in the family)
    Rachel, 33
    Elizabeth A., 12
    **George M., 7
    Amelia W., 5
    Seth C., 3/12.
  • George M. Sylvester was enumerated in the 1860 US Federal census on 23 Jul 1860 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    George M. Sylvester, 17, mason's apprentice, b. MA
    in the household of:
    Alvin S. Burgess, 40, master mason, b. MA.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, George gave his occupation as mason.

  • On 12 Jul 1861 George mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 18 years and 3 months old.
  • On 2 Oct 1862 George ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts due to disability.

  • He made application for a veteran's pension on 7 Apr 1863, and received certificate number 1101758.
  • He was enumerated in the 1870 US Federal Census on 22 Jul 1870 at Waltham, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, as a brick mason, age 27.
  • He was enumerated in the 1900 US Federal census on 9 Jun 1900 at Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, as:
    Sylvester, George M., boarder, 57, single, b. MA, brick mason
    in the household of
    Church, Charles, 66, b. England.
  • He died on 3 Feb 1910 at South Hingham, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, unmarried, of diabetes. He was 66 years, 9 months and 22 days old.
  • He was buried on 6 Feb 1910 at High Street Cemetery, Hingham, Plymouth County, Massachusetts.
  • Last Edited: 19 Apr 2016

Eli Syminster

b. 1839, d. 21 May 1862
  • Company: K
  • Eli Syminster was born in 1839 at England.
  • In 1861 Eli was living at Blackstone, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Eli gave his occupation as weaver.

  • On 1 Jul 1861 Eli mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Blackstone, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 22 years old.
  • In 1862 Eli was promoted to to Corporal.
  • He died on 21 May 1862 at Fair Oaks, Henrico County, Virginia, killed in action. He was 23 years old.
  • He was buried in May 1862 at Seven Pines National Cemetery, Sandston, Henrico County, Virginia, Plot: D 431.
  • He was married at the time of his enlistment according to Ford's history. If so, then no record of a widow's pension has yet been found.
  • Last Edited: 13 Apr 2016

Henry Spurr Tafft

b. 13 March 1834, d. 9 May 1909

Henry S. Tafft
  • Father: Smith Taft b. 22 Mar 1784, d. 9 Jul 1842
  • Mother: Hannah Albee b. 23 Jul 1801, d. 29 Jun 1867
  • Company: H
  • Henry Spurr Tafft was also known as Henry S. Taft in some records. His military records are under "TAFFT", as is his burial and his pre-war records in MA.
  • He was born on 13 Mar 1834 at Charlton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, son of Smith Taft and Hannah Albee.
  • On 9 Jul 1842 his father, Smith Taft, died at Charlton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, at age 58.
  • In 1842, at Charlton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Henry was involved in a guardianship proceeding at the probate court.
  • He was enumerated in the household of Israel Plummer and Amelia Taft Cooper in the 1850 US Federal Census on 19 Aug 1850 at Northbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Israel Plummer, 38, merchant, b. MA
    Amelia J., 39
    Emma A., 13 (his future wife)
    Sarah L., 11
    Hiram, 35, machinist, b. MA
    **Henry S. Taft, 16, clerk, b. MA
    Ann S. Dexter, 23, b. Ireland
    James Bronson, 16, laborer, b. VT
    Patrick Duphey, 19, laborer, b. Ireland.
  • On 25 Dec 1855 Henry Spurr Tafft, 21, married Emma Amelia Plummer, 20, daughter of Israel Plummer and Amelia Taft Cooper, at Charlton, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • Henry Spurr Tafft was enumerated in the household of Israel Plummer and Amelia Taft Cooper in the 1860 US Federal Census on 9 Jun 1860 at Northbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts, with his in-laws as:
    Israel Plummer, 50, prop. of stone works, b. CT
    Amelia, 45
    Emma A. Taft, 23, b. MA
    Sarah G. Plummer, 19
    ** H. S. Taft, 25, clerk, b. MA
    I. P., 3, b. CA
    Anita, 1, b. MA
    Henry A. Choller, 19, clerk. b. CT
    James Milligan, 20, laborer, b. MA
    Margaret Jackson, 15, servant, b. RI.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Henry gave his occupation as clerk.

  • On 1 Aug 1861 Henry mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry as a 1st Lieutenant, being credited to the quota of Northbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 27 years, 4 months and 19 days old.
  • On 14 Aug 1861 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Henry Spurr Tafft was mentioned in an article about the departure of the Fifteenth Massachusetts from Worcester.
  • In Sep 1861 Henry was transferred from detached to the Signal Corps. to.
  • On 25 Feb 1862 at "The Worcester Daily Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Henry is reported has having received a commendation. (Volume 17 #48)
    MASSACHUSETTS FIFTEENTH
    We have received the following by mail from Col. Devens’ headquarters at Poolesville:
    Headquarters 15th regt. Mass. Vols.,
    Camp Foster, Poolesville, Feb. 18, ‘62
    Regimental General Orders # 18
    The commanding officer has much pleasure in informing the regiment that the name of 1st Lieut. Henry S. Taft, of the 15th Mass volunteers, has been brought to the notice of the general commanding the army, by Major Meyer, commanding the signal corps, as having elicited the official approbation of the officers commanding the land and naval forces at the recent action at Port Royal Ferry, for gallantry, good conduct, and services rendered.
    By order of Col. Devens,
    G. W. Baldwin, adjutant.
  • On 17 Jan 1863 Henry was promoted to to Captain, and assigned to Co., H, but was still on detached service to the Signal Corps.
  • On 9 Feb 1863 at "The Worcester Daily Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Henry S. Taft was mentioned in an article about promotions.
  • On 3 Mar 1863 Henry ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts by transfer to the Signal Corps, U. S. A. (regular army.)

  • Henry Spurr Tafft and Henry Arthur Webster, future brothers-in-law, served in the Signal Corps.
  • On 25 Nov 1863 Henry ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts to become a Captain in the Signal Corps.

  • He ended his service with the Signal Corps by resignation on 20 Aug 1864.
  • On 21 Oct 1864 at The Bay State House, Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Henry Spurr Tafft attended the First Annual Reunion of the Fifteenth Regiment Association.
  • On 13 Mar 1865 Henry was promoted to Brevet Major.
  • On 13 Mar 1865 Henry was promoted to Brevet Lieutenant Colonel.
  • He and Emma Amelia Plummer were enumerated in the 1870 US Federal Census on 11 Jul 1870 at Saint Helena, Beaufort County, South Carolina, as:
    Taft, H. S., 35, planter, $32,000 real estate, $8000 personal estate, b. MA
    ---, Emma A., 33, b. MA
    ---, Plummer, 13, b. CA
    ---, Annette, 11, b. MA
    ---, Grace C., 4, b. SC
    ---, Henry 1, b. SC.
  • Apparently his wife and children returned to Massachusetts at this time.
  • Henry Spurr Tafft's family was enumerated separately in the household of Israel Plummer and Amelia Taft Cooper in the 1870 US Federal Census on 3 Aug 1870 at Whitinsville, Northbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Plummer, Israel, 59, agent granite Co., $300 real estate, $30,000 personal estate, b. CT
    ---, Amelia T., 61, b. MA
    ---, Ebenezer 46, clerk in store, $6000 r.e., $1000 p.e., b. CT
    Taft, Emma A., 34, b. MA
    ---, Israel P., 13, b. CA
    ---, Amelia, 11, b. MA
    ---, Grace C., 4, b. SC
    ---, Henry, 1, b. SC
    Brown, Julia, 17, (black) domestic servant, b. SC.
  • Henry Spurr Tafft was enumerated in the 1880 US Federal census on 10 Jun 1880 at Rail Road Avenue, Whitinsville, Northbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Taft, Henry S., 45, boarder, married, granite agent, b. MA (parents place of birth in parenthesis as MA)
    in the home of
    Campbell, William W., 27, lawyer, b. VT, and his wife.
  • On 21 Oct 1880 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Henry Spurr Tafft attended the 14th annual reunion of the 15th Massachusetts Regiment.
  • On 20 Oct 1883 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Henry Spurr Tafft attended the 17th annual reunion of the 15th regiment association, with some 110 other veterans of the regiment. (Report from the Fitchburg Sentinel.)
  • On 21 Aug 1884 Emma Amelia Plummer, his wife, died at Cambridgeport, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, at age 48 of cancer.
  • On 12 May 1885 Henry Spurr Tafft, 51, married Katherine Edmonds Webster, 35, daughter of David Henry Webster and Sabrina W. Plummer, at Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island, (Note: she was a first cousin of his first wife; both women were granddaughters of Ebenezer and Pamela (Shepard) Plummer.)
  • Henry S. Tafft was enumerated in the 1890 US Federal census, Veteran's Schedule in Jun 1890 at Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island, as having been a Captain in the Signal Corps.
  • In 1894 Henry wrote a very long account of his military service.
  • He made application at Rhode Island for a veteran's pension on 31 Jan 1902, and received certificate number 1105442.
  • On 15 Sep 1903 Henry Spurr Tafft, 69, married Adela Rene Havens, 83, at Pawtucket, Providence County, Rhode Island, From The Pawtucket Times, 16 Sep 1903:
    Col. Henry S. Tafft a prominent resident of this city and Mrs. Adella R. MacArthur of Detroid Mich., were united in marriage at 10 o'clock yesterday morning by Rev. Henry I. Cushman, pastor of the First Universalist Church. On their return from their bridal tour, Col. and Mrs. Tafft will reside at The Hermitage 333 Laurel Hill Avenue.
    Col. Henry S. Tafft is president of the Rhode Island Metaphysical Association, and is well known in social, religious and military circles. He is prominent in local Grand Army circles, being a member and past commander of Rodman Post, G. A. R. He has been a resident of this state for 20 years.
    Mrs. Tafft became the wife of William MacArthur, one of the largest lumber dealers in the West. About five years ago she published a religious novel entitled, "That Romanist," and many of her poems have been published from time to time. Since Mr. MacArthur's death in 1894 she has given her time and talents to the development of a system of self-culture and has become prominent in metaphysical teaching. Her lectures have been given mostly in the west.
  • Henry Spurr Tafft died on 9 May 1909 at Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island. He was 75 years, 1 month and 26 days old.
  • He was buried in May 1909 at North Burial Ground, Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island.
  • On 21 Nov 1909 Adela Rene Havens received a pension to surviving family member in New York based on Henry's service; his wife received certificate number 854142.
  • Credits: Primary photo above by permission of the Worcester Historical Museum, Ward Collection.
  • Last Edited: 30 Apr 2016

Family 1: Emma Amelia Plummer b. 21 Sep 1835, d. 21 Aug 1884

  • Israel Plummer Tafft b. 5 Feb 1857, d. 5 Aug 1919
  • Amelia Annette Tafft b. 10 May 1859, d. Jul 1938
  • Grace C. Taft b. between 1865 - 1866
  • Henry J. Tafft b. 1868

Family 2: Katherine Edmonds Webster b. 23 May 1849, d. 11 Oct 1902

  • Margaret W. Tafft b. 25 Dec 1891, d. 11 May 1984

Family 3: Adela Rene Havens b. 12 Jun 1820, d. 13 Oct 1911

Benjamin Taft

b. between 1840 and 1841, d. 15 January 1862

Benjamin Taft
  • Father: Moses Taft b. 5 Aug 1815
  • Mother: Louisa A. Watkins b. between 1815 - 1816
  • Company: I
  • Benjamin Taft was born between 1840 - 1841 at Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, son of Moses Taft and Louisa A. Watkins, grandson of Reuben and Nancy (Foster) Taft, who married 05 Mar 1805, in Dudley, Worcester, Massachusetts.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Benjamin gave his occupation as clerk.

  • On 12 Jul 1861 Benjamin mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry as a 1st Sergeant.
  • John Floyd Maley wrote a letter to The Webster Times, listing his fellow prisoners, on 27 Oct 1861 from Richmond, Virginia, mentioning Benjamin Taft, as follows.
  • On 30 Oct 1861 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Benjamin Taft was included, with 304 other men, among "The Killed Wounded and Missing of the Fifteenth Regiment," after Ball's Bluff.
  • On 2 Nov 1861 at "The Webster Weekley Times", Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Benjamin Taft was listed as a Company I casualty of Ball's Bluff.
  • On 9 Nov 1861 Benjamin Taft was mentioned, along with 95 other men of the 15th Massachusetts, in a report of 9 Nov 1861 to the Webster Times, by F. Q. Robinson, concerning the aftermath of Ball's Bluff and reporting his status.
  • On 20 Nov 1861 at "The Worcester Daily Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Benjamin Taft 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, Benjamin Taft was listed, with 88 other men of the 15th Massachusetts, as a prisoner at Richmond.
  • "The Prisoners At Richmond -
    Sergeant Taft of company I, fifteenth regiment, writes from Richmond, under date of December 4th, that the prisoners of fifteenth and twentieth regiments are now in one building. The company B prisoners ( Fitchburg ) received that morning a box of clothing sent by their friends at home. The prisoners generally are in good health, faring as well as could be expected."
    (Volume III # 40 Webster Times December 14, 1861.)
  • John Floyd Maley wrote a letter to The Webster Times on 29 Dec 1861 from Richmond, Virginia, mentioning Benjamin Taft, as follows.
  • He died on 15 Jan 1862 at Salisbury, Rowan County, North Carolina, as a prisoner of war.
  • On 15 Jan 1862 Benjamin Taft was mentioned in the Worcester Spy (Volume 91 #3) as follows:
    There were 175 prisoners sent further south last week, two from our company, Sergeant Taft of Worcester, and Rufus Corbin of Webster. Geo.W. Lewis and Henry Clapp received letters from home today.
  • He was buried at Salisbury National Cemetery, Salisbury, Rowan County, North Carolina, Section 3, Plot 266.
  • A eulogy for Benjamin Taft was published on 8 Feb 1862 at "Worcester Aegis & Transcript", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, (contributed by Peter H. Viles, Worcester, MA) as follows:
    Sergeant Taft of the Massachusetts Fifteenth whose death took place at Salisbury, N.C., was a young man of more than ordinary promise. He was a corporal in Company D, but a short time before the battle at Ball's Bluff, was promoted to first sergeant in Company I. He was ready at all times, and under all circumstances, to respond to any call to duty; was dignified, yet kind and gentlemanly in his deportment. His high toned moral character, his faithful performance of his duties, and his natural adaptation to the drill, made himself worthly of the confidence which was reposed in him. He death will be lamented by his regiment who sympathize with his friends in their sad bereavement. Comrade.
  • An obituary for Benjamin Taft was published on 8 Feb 1862 at "The Webster Times", Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as follows: (Volume III # 48)
    Death of Sergeant Benjamin Taft
    The sad intelligence was received in this city, yesterday, of the death of Serg’t Taft, Of Company I, fifteenth Massachusetts regiment at Saulsbury , N.C., where he was held as a prisoner of war. He died of typhoid fever, after an illness of ten days. The confederate officer who forwarded the intelligence to the friends of the “deceased” in this city says ”He had every attention shown him possible under the circumstances by a good surgeon, and was perfectly comfortable. He left no messages. He was decently buried the day following his death in the Lutheran churchyard of this place.”
    Serg’t Taft enlisted in Company D, where he served as first corporal, but was afterwards promoted to be first sergeant of Company I. His age at the time of his death was 20 years, 11 months and one day. He was the son of Mr. Moses Taft of this city---Spy, 6th.
  • He's surviving family was enumerated in the household of Moses Taft and Louisa A. Watkins in the 1870 US Federal Census on 27 Jul 1870 at Green Point, Kings County, New York, his parents, as:
    Taft, Moses, 54, Pattern Maker, b. MA
    ---, Louisa, 54, b. NY
    Miller, Andrew, 34, Segar (sic) Manufr., b. MA
    ---, Helen, 27, b. MA (his married sister.)
  • On 15 Jul 1874 Benjamin Taft was included on the Civil War memorial at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • On 26 Jul 1890 Louisa A. Watkins received a pension to surviving family member in New York based on Benjamin's service; his mother, received certificate number 297586.
  • On 27 Oct 1910 at "The Webster Times", Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Benjamin was mentioned in an article about the 44th regimental reunion as follows:
    John R. Nichols of Wilton, N. Y. a member of the regiment, who could not be at the reunion, sent to Col. Joslyn a letter in which he wrote of Taft. “At Ball’s Bluff I was taken prisoner, and so was Benjamin Taft. I made his acquaintance at Richmond. He was a nice young fellow. We called him Benny. About December 24, 1861, there were a great many prisoners removed from Richmond to Salisbury. Benjamin Taft and myself were among the number. I rode on the train and it was stopped, and we did not move along much. Benny, and two or three other comrades, managed to slip away and elude the guards. Benny got played out, sick, tired, and footsore. He begged of his companions to go on and leave him, but they would not do so. They gave themselves up and in a few days after I arrived at the Salisbury prison they were brought in. Benny was sick and went to the hospital, which was one of the little old negro cabins a little ways from the prison proper. In a few days the report came to us that he was dead.”.
  • Credits: Primary photo above by permission of the Worcester Historical Museum, Ward Collection.
  • Last Edited: 22 Nov 2016

James Taft

b. 1830, d. 22 January 1868
  • Father: Luke Taft b. 3 Jun 1783, d. 7 Apr 1863
  • Mother: Nancy Wood b. 6 Feb 1787, d. 29 May 1859
  • Company: H
  • James Taft was born in 1830 at Uxbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts, son of Luke Taft and Nancy Wood.
  • On 9 Oct 1855 James Taft married Marion Adalade Scott, 24, daughter of Manly Scott and Henrietta Thayer, at Uxbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both.
  • James Taft and Marion Adalade Scott were enumerated in the 1860 US Federal census on 11 Jun 1860 at Sutton P. O., Northbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    James Taft, 30, farmer, $6000 real estate, $2000 personal estate, b. MA
    Marion, 29, b. MA
    Patricia Rhodes, 34, b. MA
    Margaret, 32, b. MA
    Anthony Taft, 11, b. RI
    Thomas McCrary, 20, farm laborer, b. Ireland
    Mary Ceny, 15, servant, b. Ireland.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, James gave his occupation as trader.

  • On 12 Jul 1861 James mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry as a 1st Sergeant
    . He was 31 years old.
  • On 17 Jan 1862 James was promoted to as a 2nd Lieutenant.
  • On 17 Jul 1862 James ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts by resignation.

  • He attended the funeral of George Hull Ward on 8 Jul 1863 at Rural Cemetery, Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • James Taft died on 22 Jan 1868 at New York City, New York, New York. He was 38 years old.
  • From the " Massachusetts Spy," (Worcester, MA), 31 Jan 1868:
    Died - In New York City, Jan 22, James Taft, formerly Lieut of Co. H, 15th Regt, aged 38 years.
  • He was buried in Jan 1868 at Prospect Hill Cemetery, Uxbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • He's surviving family was enumerated in the household of Henrietta Thayer in the 1870 US Federal Census on 1 Aug 1870 at Blackstone P. O., Uxbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Scott, Henrietta, 80, $700 real estate, $200 personal estate, b. MA (his mother-in-law)
    **Taft, Marion A., 39, $4000 personal estate, b. MA.
  • On 5 Nov 1881 Marion Adalade Taft received a pension to surviving family member based on James's service; making application number 281492, but no certificate number is recorded.
  • Marion, his wife, outlived James and died on 6 Oct 1883 at Uxbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts, of cancer at age 52.
  • Last Edited: 13 Apr 2016

Family: Marion Adalade Scott b. 19 Mar 1831, d. 6 Oct 1883

Edwin H. Tanner

b. 16 March 1841, d. 5 November 1907
  • Father: William Henry Tanner b. between 1813 - 1814, d. 1895
  • Mother: Hannah Slater b. between 1815 - 1816
  • Company: H
  • Edwin H. Tanner was also known as Harry E. Tanner in some census enumerations.
  • He was born on 16 Mar 1841 at Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, son of William Henry Tanner and Hannah Slater.
  • Edwin H. Tanner was enumerated in the household of William Henry Tanner and Hannah Slater in the 1850 US Federal Census on 18 Aug 1850 at Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Wm. Tanner, 37, farmer, b. RI
    Hannah, 36, b. England
    **Geo. A., 10, b. MA
    **Edwin H., 9, b. MA
    Elizabeth H., 8, b. MA
    Chas., 4, b. MA
    Harriet, 3, b. MA
    May, 17, b. RI (relationship unknown.)
  • Edwin H. Tanner was enumerated in the 1860 US Federal census on 8 Jun 1860 at Northbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Edwin Tanner, 18, machinist, b. MA, is enumerated in a very large boarding house owned by Susan C. Hopkins, 50, b. MA.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Edwin gave his occupation as machinist.

  • On 12 Jul 1861 Edwin mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Northbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 20 years, 3 months and 26 days old.
  • Edwin H. Tanner and George A. Tanner, brother, served together in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry in Co. H -- George joining a year later than his brother.
  • On 18 Sep 1862 Edwin was promoted to Corporal.
  • On 1 Oct 1862 Francis Carpenter, having visited the battlefield, wrote a letter to the Webster Times detailing the status of many men after the Battle of Antietam.
  • On 11 Oct 1862 Edwin was promoted to Sergeant.
  • On 10 May 1864 at "The New York Times", New York City, New York, Edwin H. Tanner was mentioned on page 8, among others, as having made his way north after the battle. (click icon to read partial article.)
  • On 15 May 1864 Edwin was wounded.
  • On 18 May 1864 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Edwin H. Tanner was noted among the wounded at the Battle of the Wilderness.
  • On 25 May 1864 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Edwin H. Tanner was mentioned among the casualties.
  • On 1 Jun 1864 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Edwin was mentioned as follows: We could find but one Massachusetts man among the wounded this morning, and he was Sergt. Tanner, Co. H, 15th Mass, one of the old veterans, who stated that he had lost but one week since he entered the service. He was very cheerful and believed in ”taking things just as they came.” Other boats are expected here every hour.
  • In Jun 1864 Edwin was promoted to 1st Sergeant.
  • On 28 Jul 1864 Edwin ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts having finished his term of service.

  • He made application for a veteran's pension in Nov 1879, and received certificate number 201934.
  • On 10 Mar 1890 Edwin H. Tanner, 48, married Virginia A. Koopman, 26, daughter of Henry Koopman and Emma Lambert, at Orleans Parish, Louisiana.
  • Edwin H. Tanner and Virginia A. Koopman were enumerated in the 1900 US Federal census on 8 Jun 1900 at New Orleans, Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, as:
    Tanner, Harry, b. May 1844 in MA, Engineer
    ---, Virginia, wife, b. Jan 1863 in LA
    ---, Orion, son, b. Jan 1891 in Mississippi.
  • On 4 Jul 1907 Edwin H. Tanner 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.
  • He died on 5 Nov 1907 at New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana. He was 66 years, 7 months and 20 days old.
  • On 15 Nov 1907 Virginia A. Koopman received a pension to surviving family member in Louisiana based on Edwin's service; and received certificate number 670406.
  • He's surviving family was enumerated in the household of Virginia A. Koopman in the 1910 US Federal Census on 22 Apr 1910 at McDonoghville, Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, as:
    Virgina A Tanner, 45y, widow, b. LA (fat b. Germany, mor b. England)
    Oran Tanner, 19y, single, b. Miss (fat b. MA, mor b. LA), pipe fitter on the railroad
    Egbert Cortright, 41y, single, b. Mobile (fat b. AL.)
  • Edwin's son, Orin Fulcher Tanner, died and was buried in Dec 1943 at Hope Mausoleum, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, at age 52 years and 11 months.
  • Last Edited: 18 Feb 2016

Family: Virginia A. Koopman b. Jun 1863

  • Orin Fulcher Tanner b. Jan 1891, d. 27 Dec 1943

George A. Tanner

b. 15 February 1840, d. 18 April 1910
  • Father: William Henry Tanner b. between 1813 - 1814, d. 1895
  • Mother: Hannah Slater b. between 1815 - 1816
  • Company: H
  • George A. Tanner was born on 15 Feb 1840 at Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, son of William Henry Tanner and Hannah Slater.
  • George A. Tanner was enumerated in the household of William Henry Tanner and Hannah Slater in the 1850 US Federal Census on 18 Aug 1850 at Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Wm. Tanner, 37, farmer, b. RI
    Hannah, 36, b. England
    **Geo. A., 10, b. MA
    **Edwin H., 9, b. MA
    Elizabeth H., 8, b. MA
    Chas., 4, b. MA
    Harriet, 3, b. MA
    May, 17, b. RI (relationship unknown.)
  • On 30 Jan 1861 George A. Tanner, 20, married Emma Green, 16, daughter of John Green and Miranda Wood, at Burrillville, Providence County, Rhode Island.
  • George A. Tanner and Edwin H. Tanner, brother, served together in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry in Co. H -- George joining a year later than his brother.
  • In 1862 George was living at Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, George gave his occupation as mechanic.

  • On 29 Jul 1862 George mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. He was 22 years, 5 months and 14 days old.
  • On 2 Aug 1862 at "The Webster Times", Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, George A. Tanner was mentioned, along with 18 other men, as a new recruit in the 15th Massachusetts.
  • On 1 Oct 1862 Francis Carpenter, having visited the battlefield, wrote a letter to the Webster Times detailing the status of many men after the Battle of Antietam.
  • On 8 Oct 1862 George ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts at Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, due to disability.

  • Starting 18 Aug 1864, George also served in the 4th Massachusetts Heavy Artillery, Company I as a Corporal.
  • He ended his service with the 4th Massachusetts Heavy Artillery by mustering out on 17 Jun 1865 at Washington, DC.
  • He and Emma Green were enumerated in the 1880 US Federal census on 23 Jun 1880 at Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Tanner, George, 40, works at shoe making, b. MA
    ---, Emma, 36, wife, b. CT
    ---, Hattie C., 15, dau, b. MA
    where they live nextdoor to his parents.
  • George A. Tanner was enumerated in the 1890 US Federal census, Veteran's Schedule in Jun 1890 at Oxford, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as having served in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Company H.
  • On 9 Apr 1891 George's daughter, Hattie C. Tanner married Luman A. Davis at Oxford, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • On 4 Jul 1907 George A. Tanner 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.
  • On 5 Nov 1907 his brother, Edwin H. Tanner, died at New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, at age 66.
  • George A. Tanner died on 18 Apr 1910 at Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 70 years, 2 months and 3 days old.
  • He was buried on 21 Apr 1910 at Mount Zion Cemetery (East Village), Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • On 10 May 1910 Emma Green received a pension to surviving family member based on George's service; his wife, received certificate number 703238.
  • On 27 Oct 1910 George A. Tanner was reported as deceased at the 44th regimental reunion.
  • Last Edited: 29 Jun 2017

Family: Emma Green b. 25 May 1844, d. 14 Mar 1911

  • Hattie C. Tanner b. between 1864 - 1865

Thomas Phillips Tayler

b. 30 January 1833, d. 23 December 1909
  • Father: William Lonsdale Tayler
  • Mother: Mary E. Phillips
  • Company: B
  • Thomas Phillips Tayler was born on 30 Jan 1833 at at sea, son of William Lonsdale Tayler and Mary E. Phillips.
  • Thomas Phillips Tayler married Maria Anna Byrne.
  • Thomas Phillips Tayler and Maria Anna Byrne were enumerated in the 1860 US Federal census on 14 Jun 1860 at Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    T. P. Taylor (sic), 28, watchman, $1200 real estate, $500 personal property, b. "on the ocean"
    M. A., 22 (f), wife, b. PA
    A. ?., 3 (m), b. MA
    M. J., 2 (m), b. MA
    L. S., 6/12 (f), b. MA.
  • In 1861 Thomas was living at Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, in 1861, Thomas gave his occupation as sailor.

  • On 12 Jul 1861 Thomas mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 28 years, 5 months and 12 days old.
  • On 21 Oct 1861 Thomas was wounded at The Battle of Ball's Bluff, Leesburg, Virginia, and taken prisoner. From Mark Landry --
    He participated at Ball’s Bluff on October 21, 1861 where he was wounded and taken prisoner by the 7th Virginia Infantry under Captain Duff and was confined in Leesburg from October 21, 1861 to January 4, 1862 at which time he was released under a flag of truce. It was supposed that he could not live but a short time on account of his wounds. He was confined at a hospital in Leesburg, VA and Poolsville, MD. "He did all that a man could do to defend the glorious stars and stripes of our union." After he returned home he had to use crutches for a year on account of his wounds. He was invalided at Fitchburg under the care of Dr. A. Hitchcock for thirty days from June 14, 1862.
  • On 30 Oct 1861 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Thomas Phillips Tayler was included, with 304 other men, among "The Killed Wounded and Missing of the Fifteenth Regiment," after Ball's Bluff.
  • On 4 Jan 1862, Thomas was exchanged from prison.
  • On 15 Jan 1862 Thomas Phillips Tayler was mentioned in the Worcester Spy :
    Fifteenth Regiment - We learn that, under a flag of truce carried by Quartermaster Howe of the 15th, Thomas Taylor of Co. B. and J. Moffit of Co. E., together with a private of the California regiment, were returned on Jan. 4th, by the rebel authorities at Leesburg, all three severely wounded at the affair at Ball’s Bluff. There was no pledge required of them that they would not serve against the confederate states, but it is doubtful when, if ever, they will be able to.
  • On 12 Oct 1862 Thomas ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts due to disability for wounds received in action.

  • On 4 Jul 1868 Thomas Phillips Tayler was included on the Civil War memorial at Main Street, Westminster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, From the "Massachusetts Spy," (Worcester, Massachusetts), 17 July 1868:
    A very fine soldiers' monument of Fitchburg granite, with curb of the same material, was dedicated in Westminster, July 4. It stands 22 1/2 feet high, the names of 82 soldiers being on marble slabs attached to the sides of the monument.
    The dedicatory services proper consisted of prayer, singing of an original ode, floral demonstration, an address, the reading of a poem, and the playing of a dirge by the Gardner Brass Band. A free dinner was provided in the grove....speeches were made by Captain Holden and General Kimball....
  • He and Maria Anna Byrne were enumerated in the 1870 US Federal Census on 4 Jul 1870 at Princeton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Thomas P. Taylor, 37, farmer, b. England
    Maria, 34, b. PA
    Ann S., 13, b. MA
    Mary J., 11, b. MA
    Lizzie, 10, b. MA
    Maria, 4, b. MA.
  • On 1 Jul 1879 at Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Thomas Phillips Tayler attended the annual reunion of Company B, 15th Massachusetts, the Fitchburg Fisiliers. (Click icon to read the report in the Fitchburg Sentinel.)
  • He and Maria Anna Byrne were enumerated in the 1880 US Federal census on 13 Jun 1880 at Princeton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, where he is a Farmer.
  • On 29 Dec 1881 Thomas and Maria's daughter, Lizzie Snowden Tayler married Andrew J. Whitney at Princeton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both.
  • In Jun 1886 Thomas was living at Princeton, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • On 1 Jun 1887 Thomas's daughter, Maria Louella Tayler married Edward Alfred McIntire at Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • On 5 Sep 1887 Thomas and Maria's daughter, Anne Louisa Tayler married George B. Whitney at Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both.
  • On 6 Sep 1887 Thomas and Maria's daughter, Mary Jane Tayler married Allen H. Clark at Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both.
  • On 11 May 1898 at "The Fitchburg Sentinel", Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Thomas Phillips Tayler was mentioned in an article as an original member of the Fitchburg Fusiliers.
  • He and Maria Anna Byrne were enumerated in the 1900 US Federal census on 25 Jun 1900 at Princeton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Taylor, Thomas P., b. Jan 1833, married 44 years, b. at sea (of English parents), farmer
    ---, Maria A., wife, b. Sep 1835, all four children living, b. PA.
  • On 28 Jun 1900 at Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Thomas Phillips Tayler attended a reunion of Company B of the 15th Massachusetts. Click icon to read the report in the Fitchburg Sentenel.
  • On 29 Jun 1901 at Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Thomas Phillips Tayler attended the 40th reunion of Company B.
  • On 28 Jun 1905 at Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Thomas Phillips Tayler attended a reunion of the Fitchburg Fusiliers, Company B of the 15th Massachusetts, as reported in the Fitchburg Sentinel. (click icon to read report.)
  • Thomas wrote a letter on 24 Jun 1909 from Princeton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as follows:
    Dear Colonel Kimball,
    Your card came duly to hand last Saturday. In reply I will say that I am troubled with a weak heart which makes it almost impossible for me to come to the reunion this year. I think that I have attended the last roll call of my dear old Co. B. I say this with tears running down my cheeks. With kind love to you and all comrades, I remain your faithfull comrade.
    Thomas P. Tayler.
  • On 26 Jun 1909 Thomas Phillips Tayler wrote a letter read at the 41st reunion of Company B, The Fusiliers.
  • He died on 23 Dec 1909 at Princeton, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 76 years, 10 months and 23 days old.
  • An obituary for Thomas Phillips Tayler was published on 23 Dec 1909 at "The Fitchburg Sentinel", Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as follows:
    Death of Aged Resident of Princeton
    Thomas P. Taylor died at his home in Princeton early this morning from a complication incidental to old age. He was a native of England and had lived in Princeton for many years. He was 76 years, 10 months and 23 days old. He leaves a wife and two daughters, Mrs. Edward McIntyre of West Fitchburg and Mrs. L. A. Clark of this city. The body was brought to H. O. & H. L. Sawyer's undertaking rooms where the funeral will be Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock.
  • He was buried on 27 Dec 1909 at Forest Hill Cemetery, Div. 1, Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Hemlock Path.
    Funeral Held at Rooms of Undertaker Sawyer
    On account of the storm which made it impossible to get around with carriages the funeral of Thomas P. Taylor, which was to have been from H. O. & H. L. Sawyer's undertaking rooms, Sunday afternoon, was postponed till this afternoon at 3 o'clock. Rev. Edward B. Saunders, pastor of the first Universalist church officiated. The body was placed in the tomb at Forest Hill cemetery. (Fitchburg Sentinel, 27 Dec 1909.)
  • After 1909 Maria Anna Byrne received a pension to surviving family member in Massachusetts based on Thomas's service; and received certificate number 696629.
  • On 27 Oct 1910 Thomas P. Taylor was reported as deceased at the 44th regimental reunion.
  • Maria, his wife, outlived Thomas and died on 23 May 1936 at Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts, at age 100.
  • A researcher, notes, "Some of his most intimate comrades in service were Fred Nichols, Francis Nichols, Edward S. Kendall, N. Porter Howard, all of Westminster, MA and Artemas Gibson of Fitchburg, MA. "
  • Last Edited: 15 Jun 2017

Family: Maria Anna Byrne b. 29 Sep 1835, d. 23 May 1936

  • Anne Louisa Tayler b. 12 Apr 1857
  • Mary Jane Tayler b. 27 Jun 1858
  • Lizzie Snowden Tayler b. 30 Nov 1859, d. 9 Nov 1908
  • Maria Louella Tayler b. 23 Nov 1866

William Henry Tayler

b. 3 February 1837, d. 17 September 1888
  • Father: Isaac Taylor b. 1813, d. 6 May 1875
  • Mother: Rebecca W. Hammond b. 1815, d. 1886
  • Company: C
  • William Henry Tayler was born on 3 Feb 1837 at Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, son of Isaac Taylor and Rebecca W. Hammond.
  • William Henry Tayler was enumerated in the household of Isaac Taylor and Rebecca W. Hammond in the 1850 US Federal Census in 1850 at Lancaster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Isaac Taylor, 37, a door sash maker, b. MA (as were all)
    Rebecca W Taylor, 35
    Charles G Taylor, 15
    Wm H Taylor, 13
    Edward Taylor, 8
    Ann H Taylor, 5
    George A Taylor, 2
    Warren Taylor, 0
    Bridget Duffee, 20, b. Ireland
    Mary Ann Canout, 13, b. MA.
  • In 1861 William was living at Lowell, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, William gave his occupation as carpenter.

  • On 12 Jul 1861 William mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry as a drummer, being credited to the quota of Lowell, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. He was 24 years, 5 months and 9 days old.
  • On 21 Oct 1861 William was taken prisoner at The Battle of Ball's Bluff, Leesburg, Virginia.
  • On 30 Oct 1861 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, William Henry Tayler 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, William H. Taylor was listed with 195 other men among the prisoners taken at Ball's Bluff.
  • On 22 Feb 1862 at "The New York Times", New York City, New York, William Henry Tayler 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 3 May 1862, at "Lowell Daily Citizen and News", Lowell, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, William was included in the "Roll of Honor" of that city.
  • On 27 Oct 1863 William ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts by transfer to the Veteran Reserve Corps.

  • He ended his service by mustering out on 14 Jul 1864.
  • On 24 Dec 1864 William Henry Tayler, 27, married Elizabeth Gertrude Cupple, daughter of Charles Cupple and Anna [--?--], at Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin.
  • William Henry Tayler and Elizabeth Gertrude Cupple were enumerated in the 1870 US Federal Census on 27 Jun 1870 at Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, as:
    William Taylor, 31
    Eliza Taylor, 25
    Edward Taylor, 5
    Eva Taylor, 1.
  • William Henry Tayler and Elizabeth Gertrude Cupple were enumerated in the 1880 US Federal census on 10 Jun 1880 at Sheboygan Falls, Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, as:
    Taylor, William, 41, manufactures sash and blinds, b. MA (as were his parents)
    ---, Eliza, 36, wife, b. MD
    ---, Edward, 14, son, b. Ill
    ---, Eva, 11, daughter, b. Wis.
  • On 21 Sep 1886 William's son, Edward Ulysses Taylor married Helen Conover at Chicago, Cook County, Illinois.
  • On 16 Aug 1887 William and Elizabeth's daughter, Eva Emilie Taylor married Dr. Thomas Robinson Bours at Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin.
  • William Henry Tayler died on 17 Sep 1888 at Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin. He was 51 years, 7 months and 14 days old.
  • He was buried in Sep 1888 at Forest Home Cemetery, Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, Plot: Section 34.
  • Elizabeth Gertrude Cupple received a pension to surviving family member in Wisconsin based on William's service.
  • In 1889 at Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, Elizabeth Gertrude Taylor, his his wife, appears in the city directory as the widow of Wm. H.
  • In 1916 Elizabeth Gertrude Cupple, his wife, died.
  • Last Edited: 17 Jun 2017

Family: Elizabeth Gertrude Cupple b. 1844, d. 1916

  • Edward Ulysses Taylor b. 21 Sep 1865, d. 29 Oct 1937
  • Eva Emilie Taylor b. 6 Feb 1869, d. 1947