James Stringer

b. between 1832 and 1833, d. 21 October 1861
  • Mother: Ann M. [--?--] b. 1810
  • Company: K
  • James Stringer was born between 1832 - 1833 at England, son of Ann M. [--?--].
  • In 1861 James was living at Blackstone, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, James gave his occupation as soldier.

  • On 1 Jul 1861 James mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Blackstone, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • He died on 21 Oct 1861 at The Battle of Ball's Bluff, Leesburg, Virginia, killed in action.
  • On 30 Oct 1861 at the "Worcester Palladium", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, James Stringer was included, with 304 other men, among "The Killed Wounded and Missing of the Fifteenth Regiment," after Ball's Bluff.
  • In Aug 1889 Ann M. [--?--] received a mother's pension in England based on James's service; received certificate number 275599.
  • Last Edited: 5 May 2019

Martin V. Strong

b. 1836, d. 17 September 1862
  • Company: 1_SS
  • Martin V. Strong was born about in 1836.
  • In 1861 Martin was living at Lowell, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.
  • Starting 16 Apr 1861, Martin also served in the 6th Infantry Regiment Massachusetts, Company H.
  • He ended his service with the 6th Infantry Regiment on 2 Aug 1861 at Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Martin gave his occupation as Machinist.

  • On 2 Sep 1861 Martin V. Strong mustered into service with the 1st Company Massachusetts Sharpshooters. He was 25 years old.
  • He died on 17 Sep 1862 at The Battle of Antietam, Washington County, Maryland. He was 26 years old.
  • On 17 Sep 1900 Martin V. Strong 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.)
  • Last Edited: 5 May 2019

John Moore Studley

b. 8 January 1829, d. 10 April 1903

John M. Studley
  • Father: Zenas Studley b. 3 Jan 1797, d. 3 May 1862
  • Mother: Almira Stowell b. between 1800 - 1801, d. 20 Nov 1871
  • Company: D
  • John Moore Studley was born on 8 Jan 1829 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, son of Zenas Studley and Almira Stowell.
  • On 2 May 1850 John Moore Studley, 21, married Julia Ann Gill, daughter of George Gill and Maria Fisk, at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both.
  • John Moore Studley was enumerated in the household of Oscar M. Downes and Anna M. Gill in the 1850 US Federal Census on 31 Aug 1850 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    **Oscar Downes, 27, m, cabinet maker $425, b. CT
    Anna M., 19, b. VT
    **John M. Studley, 21, m, b. MA, stair builder, (noted that he married within the year)
    Julia “, 18, f, b. VT, (noted that she married within the year)
    (Note: Anna and Julia were sisters.)
  • John Moore Studley and Julia Ann Gill were enumerated in the 1860 US Federal census on 12 Jun 1860 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as follows:
    John M. STUDLEY, 30. stair builder, b. MA (as were all)
    Julia, 28
    Frances, 9
    John E., 7.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, John gave his occupation as stair-builder.
  • John Moore Studley and Oscar M. Downes, brothers-in-law, served together in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Co. D.

  • On 6 Aug 1861 John mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry as a Captain
    , being credited to the quota of Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 32 years, 6 months and 29 days old.
  • On 14 Aug 1861 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, John Moore Studley was mentioned in an article about the departure of the Fifteenth Massachusetts from Worcester.
  • On 21 Oct 1861 John was taken prisoner at The Battle of Ball's Bluff, Leesburg, Virginia.
  • In Oct 1861 John Moore Studley was mentioned in a report to the Richmond Dispatch about the arrival of federal prisoners in that city.
  • On 30 Oct 1861 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, John Moore Studley was mentioned in dispatches or (not necessarily correctly) among the casualties of Ball's Bluff.
  • On 30 Oct 1861 at the "Worcester Palladium", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, John Moore Studley 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, John Moore Studley 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, John Moore Studley was listed, with 88 other men of the 15th Massachusetts, as a prisoner at Richmond.
  • He wrote a letter on 4 Dec 1861 as follows: published in the Worcester Spy --
    THE PRISONERS AT RICHMOND.-- The following letter, from Capt. Studley, has been furnished for publication:-
    Richmond Prison, Dec. 4, 1861.
    Dear-: Yours of Nov. 21st was received yesterday, and I assure you a letter here is quite a luxury for those of us who have not heard from home for six weeks. I am well as usual. A few of men have been sick, and one (Corporal Lamb, of Co. A) has died. Corporal C. M. Smith, of my company, is in the hospital, theatened with fever. The weather is quite cold. We manged to get up a Thanksgiving dinner, the 21st. We could not get a turkey cooked, so we had oysters, and two kinds of pudding. The Massachusetts men dined togeather that day. We have plenty of meat and bread furnished us, but everything else (except rice occasionally) we have to buy. We do not mind that, while our money last. Butter is 60 and 70 cents a pound; coffe $1, tea $2.75; everything else in the same porportion. A large box of clothing was received yesterday for the men of the twentieth Massachusetts, also blankets and clothing for Co. B of the fifteenth regiment. The officers of the fifteenth wrote to Mayor Davis, soon after we arrived here, that the men would want some clothing to make them comfortable, hoping measures would be taken to furnished them. Have you heard anything about us. I think arrangements have been made here to have clothing and money forward to us. The captain at this post thinks money had better be sent by mail. Direct all packages to the care of General J. H. Winder, Richmond, Va., via Old Point Comfort, and they will be forwarded.
  • On 27 Feb 1862 John was noted as having returned home. From the "Worcester Daily Spy," 27 Feb 1862 (Volume 17 #50):
    City And County
    Capt. Studley Welcomed Home
    Capt. John M. Studley, of company D, fifteenth regiment, with two privates in the Fitchburg company, who have been prisoners at Richmond since the battle of Ball’s Bluff, arrived in town by the express train from New York yesterday afternoon. A large crowd collected at the depot, awaited their arrival, and a committee consisting of the mayor and the military committee of the city government, and others conducted Capt. Studley to his residence. The other liberated prisoners are at Washington, and as soon as they receive their pay, will come home, perhaps within two or three days. they are allowed thirty days furlough, by the secretary of war. Capt. Simmonds, of the Fitchburg company reached home on Tuesday.
  • On 22 Feb 1862 at "The New York Times", New York City, New York, John Moore Studley 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 19 Mar 1862 John was reported as the guest of honor at a town ball: from the "Worcester Daily Spy," 18 and 19 March 1862 (Volume 17 #66 and #67),
    The Complimentary Levee To Captain Studley
    The social levee and ball, in honor of Captain J. M. Studley, will be held in Mechanics’ Hall this evening. The arrangements for the festivities have been made in a liberal manner, so that the many friends of the gallant captain will hardly fail to pass a pleasant evening, besides uniting in the testimonial to his worth and services.
    An interesting feature of the occasion will be the presentation of a sword and belt to Capt. Studley. Persons wishing to contribute articles for the table are requested to send them to the hall during he forenoon. The music is to be furnished by Gilmore’s Band, of Boston, and this will be delightful news to the lovers of dancing. Subscribers are notified that they can procure their tickets on application at the Mechanics Bank or at the door. Tickets will also be supplied at the door, at a reduced rate, admitting spectators to the galleries.

    City And County
    The Levee At Mechanics Hall
    The ball complimentary to Capt. J. M. Studley of the fifteenth regiment, came off in Mechanics Hall last evening, and was highly successful. The space in the rear of the speaker’s platform was very tastefully decorated with the stars and stripes, and bore the inscription. “Captain John M. Studley, fifteenth regiment.” A sword, the gift of members of the Worcester Light Infantry and other friends, was presented to Captain Studley by W. A. Williams, Esq., who made pertinent allusion to the time, when in the ranks of the infantry, Capt. Studley learned his first lessons in military drill.
    Mr. Williams proceeded to speak of the manner in which Captain Studley fulfilled his duties as a member of the old Infantry organization, when he was suddenly seized with a fainting fit, and but for the timely assistance of several gentlemen near him, would have fallen to the floor. Mr. Williams recovered, but not sufficiently to warrant his making any further remarks.
    In response, Capt. Studley returned thanks to his friends for this expression or their esteem and generosity. He feared that his services were overestimated, but he was cheered by the reflection that he had ever endeavored to do his whole duty. While he has always cheerfully obeyed the orders of his superiors he had made it a rule to look after and watch over the men entrusted to his care and command.
    In conclusion, the captain said he was but a poor speech maker, and friends who knew him best expected but little from his oratory. He promised to use the weapon faithfully, and said that no stain of dishonor should ever rest on the blade.
    The dancing was kept up to a late hour, and everyone seemed well pleased with the evening’s entertainment.
  • Thomas Blasland wrote a letter on 23 Apr 1862, mentioning John Moore Studley, as follows: for publication in the Southbridge Journal.
  • On 3 May 1862 his father, Zenas Studley, died at age 65.
  • In May 1862 John witnessed the burial of Zenas Studley, his father, at Rural Cemetery, Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, at age 65 years and 3 months.
  • On 27 Oct 1862 John ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts to become Lieut. Colonel of the 51st Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.

  • Starting 31 Oct 1862, John also served in the 51st Infantry, M.V.M as Lieutenant Colonel.
  • On 9 Feb 1863 at "The Worcester Daily Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, John Moore Studley was mentioned in an article about promotions.
  • He ended his service on 30 Jun 1863.
  • He attended the funeral of Elisha G. Buss on 24 Jul 1863 at Woodlawn Cemetery, Clinton, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • In 1864 John was living at Brooklyn, Kings County, New York, where he worked for a merchant and relative, Theodore Studley.
  • On 21 Oct 1864 at The Bay State House, Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, John Moore Studley wrote a letter read at the First Annual Reunion of the Fifteenth Regiment Association.
  • He immigrated in 1866 to Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island, where he was employed as a clerk.
  • On 4 Feb 1874 John and Julia's daughter, Julia Frances Studley married James Bacon Gay.
  • John Moore Studley and Julia Ann Gill were enumerated in the 1880 US Federal census on 7 Jun 1880 at Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island, as:
    Studley, John M., 51, rubber dealer, b. MA
    ---, Julia A., 47, wife, b. VT
    Downey, Margaret, 23, servant, single, b. Ireland
    Gay, James B., 33, son-in-law, bookkeeper, b. RI
    ---, Julia F., 29, daur, b. MA
    Wells, Helen H., 41, sister-in-law, married, b. MA
    Gay, Addie S., 9/12, b. Aug, granddaur, b. RI.
  • On 21 Oct 1880 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, John Moore Studley attended the 14th annual reunion of the 15th Massachusetts Regiment.
  • On 20 Oct 1883 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, John Moore Studley 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 Oct 1884 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, John Moore Studley attended the 18th annual reunion of the 15th regiment association. (Report from the Fitchburg Sentinel.)
  • In 1886 John was living at Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island.
  • In Jun 1886 John Moore Studley 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 21 Oct 1888 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, John Moore Studley attended the annual regimental reunion of the 15th Massachusetts. (Report from the Fitchburg Sentinel., Monday, 22 October 1888)
    Fifteenth Regiment Reunion
    The annual reunion of the veterans of the 15th Mass. regiment was held at Worcester, Saturday, and was greatly enjoyed by all who attended. The veterans, about 125 in number, formed by companies and were photographed on the common, near the soldiers' monument. Dinner was served at the Bay State House. Judge Devens presided, and made an eloquent speech, in which he referred to the 15th regiment as losing more men, in proportion to its members, than any other Mass. regiment.
    Col. J. M. Studley followed with some interesting memories of war times, and nearly every company was represented among the speakers.
    Sergt. Henry A. Spooner, for Co. B, told an amusing story of the strictmess of discipline in the regiment, and asked for a speech from A. A. Simonds of Dayton, Ohio.
    Mr. Simonds spoke of the hard service that the regiment went through in the Wilderness campaign. He said that on visiting the field of Waterloo he was impressed with the openness of the field, which allowed for evolution which the field of Gettysburg made impossible. He closed by expressing his pleasure at being able to attend the reunion.
    Among the other speakers were:
    Dr. C. A. Wheeler,
    Capt. T. J. Hastings,
    J. E. Greene,
    D. M. EArle and others.
    Charles May, with his fiddle, and several members of the old regimental band, furnished popular music for the occasion.
  • He was enumerated in the 1890 US Federal census, Veteran's Schedule in Jun 1890 at Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island, as having served in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Company D, noting that he was in prison after Ball's Bluff until 26 February 1862.
  • On 21 Oct 1902 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, John Moore Studley attended 36th annual reunion of the 15th Massachusetts Regiment Association.
  • He died on 10 Apr 1903 at Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island. He was 74 years, 3 months and 2 days old.
  • He was buried in Apr 1903 at Swan Point Cemetery, Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island, where his wife and son, John, would later join him.
  • On 20 Apr 1903 Julia Ann Gill received a pension to surviving family member in Rhode Island based on John's service; and received certificate number 664744.
  • On 19 Oct 1903 at Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts, John Moore Studley was noted as deceased in the previous year in a newspaper article about the 38th regimental reunion. From the Fitchburg Sentinel, 19 Oct 1903:
    Reunion of the 15th Regiment
    Wednesday will mark the gathering at Worcester of the survivors of that grand old fighting regiment, the 15th Massachusetts, who will meet in reunion in Worcester, to commemorate the 42d anniversary of the battle of Ball's Bluff, their first baptism of blood, shot, and shell.
    For 37 years the regimental association has had its annual reunion in Worcester on the date commemorating the fight at Ball's Bluff. All the original field officers have joined the great bivouac on the other side except Gen. John W. Kimball of Fitchburg, who went out as the first major and won a glorious record for bravery and ability.
    The reunion Wednesday will include the business meeting at the board of trade rooms, Worcester, at 10.30 o'clock, followed by the annual dinner at Grand Army hall at 12 o'clock, which is furnished by the Women's relief corps. A rousing reunion is expected.
    Death has depleted the ranks of many prominent members since the last reunion, including three former captains, Capt. C. H. Eager; Capt. J. M. Studley, Capt. J. Evarts Green; William J. Woodbury, who constructed the granite shaft of the Antietam monument, Wilder S. Holbrook and Joseph Pecot.
  • Julia Ann Gill, his wife, survived John and died on 26 Feb 1910.
  • In 1912 He is entered in the MOLLUS records as follows:
    STUDLEY, JOHN MOORE.
    LIEUTENANT COLONEL, 51st INFANTRY, MASSACHUSETTS VOLUNTEER MILITIA, IN SERVICE OF THE UNITED STATES.
    Elected January 1, 1890. Insignia 7569.
    Captain, 15th Mass. Infantry, July 12, 1861; mustered, August 1, 1861. Discharged to accept promotion, October 27, 1862.
    Lieutenant Colonel, 51st Infantry, M.V.M., October 31, 1862; mustered, November 11, 1862. Mustered out, July 27, 1863.
    Died at Providence, R. I., April 10, 1903.
  • The personal papers or letters of John Moore Studley are available at at American Antiquarian Society, 185 Salisbury Street, Worcester, Massachusetts 01609-1634, consisting of a diary.
  • A photograph or image of John Moore Studley is located at American Antiquarian Society, 185 Salisbury Street, Worcester, Massachusetts 01609-1634, as Colonel of the 51st Massachusetts.
  • Last Edited: 26 Oct 2016

Family: Julia Ann Gill b. 1832, d. 26 Feb 1910

  • Julia Frances Studley b. 14 Nov 1850, d. 6 Mar 1948
  • John Edward Studley b. 1852, d. 31 Dec 1924

Daniel Green Sturtevant

b. 30 March 1822, d. 11 July 1896
  • Father: Heman Sturtevant b. 21 Jan 1792, d. 22 Feb 1862
  • Mother: Sarah Green b. 1 Jul 1800, d. 1 Mar 1881
  • Company: 1_SS
  • Daniel Green Sturtevant was born on 30 Mar 1822 at Stoneham, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, son of Heman Sturtevant and Sarah Green.
  • On 9 May 1844 Daniel Green Sturtevant, 22, married Laura G. Young, 16, daughter of Robert Young and Elizabeth J. Gerry, at Stoneham, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.
  • Daniel Green Sturtevant and Laura G. Young were enumerated in the 1850 US Federal census on 3 Sep 1850 at Stoneham, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, as:
    D. G. Sturtevant, 28, shoemaker, b. MA
    Laura, 22, b. VT
    Adelaide, 6, b. MA
    G. E., 4, m., b. MA.
  • Daniel Green Sturtevant and Laura G. Young were enumerated in the 1860 US Federal census on 3 Aug 1860 at Stoneham, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, as:
    Daniel G. Sturtevant, 38, cordwainer, b. MA
    Laura G., 32, b. VT
    Adelaide M., 15, b. MA
    George E., 13, b. MA
    Laura G., 4, b. MA
    Kesiah Gerry, 62, seamstress, b. VT.
  • At the time of his enlistment, Daniel gave his occupation as Shoemaker.
  • In 1861 Daniel was living at Stoneham, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.

  • On 3 Sep 1861 Daniel G. Sturtevant mustered into service with the 1st Company Massachusetts Sharpshooters. He was 39 years, 5 months and 4 days old.
  • Daniel Green Sturtevant and Leonard Samuel Whittier, uncle and nephew, served together in the 1st Company, Andrew Sharpshooters.
  • On 22 Feb 1862 his father, Heman Sturtevant, died at Stoneham, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, of consumptiion at age 70.
  • On 31 Jan 1863 Daniel ended military service with the 1st Massachusetts Sharpshooters by discharge due to disability.

  • On 12 May 1864 his nephew, Leonard Samuel Whittier, died at Spotsylvania Courthouse, Virginia, at age 22 killed in battle.
  • Starting 25 Jul 1864, Daniel also served in the 13th Regiment U.S. Veteran Reserve Corps, Company A.
  • On 27 Jul 1864 Daniel's daughter, Adelaide Mandana Smith married Orin Augustine Dodge at South Reading, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for him and the second for her. (Note: she was the widow of one William B. Smith who died 1862 serving with a Massachusetts Artillery unit.)
  • Daniel Green Sturtevant and Orin Augustine Dodge, father-in-law and son-in-law, both veterans of the 1st Massachusetts Sharpshooters, served together in the 13th V. R. C.
  • Daniel Green Sturtevant ended his service with the 13th Regiment U.S. Veteran Reserve Corps, Company A by mustering out on 17 Nov 1865.
  • On 23 Jul 1867 his married daughter, Adelaide Mandana Sturtevant, died at Stoneham, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, at age 22 in child birth.
  • Daniel Green Sturtevant and Laura G. Young were enumerated in the 1870 US Federal Census on 6 Jul 1870 at Stoneham, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, as:
    Sturtevant, Daniel, 48, works in shoe factory, b. MA
    ---, Laura G., 42, b. VT
    ---, Laura G., 15, works in shoe factory, b. MA
    Fay, George, 4
    Brown, John C., 19, works in shoe factory, b. MA
    in same duplex:
    Sturtevant, G. E., 22, works in shoe factory, b. MA
    ---, Myra J., 21, works in shoe factory, b. MA
    ---, Addie M., 2.
  • On 28 Feb 1872 Daniel and Laura's daughter, Laura Geneva Sturtevant married Frederick Lewis Jr. at Stoneham, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both.
  • Daniel Green Sturtevant made application for a veteran's pension on 18 May 1879, and received certificate number 206219.
  • He was enumerated in the 1880 US Federal census on 11 Jun 1880 at Stoneham, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, as:
    Sturtevant, Daniel G., 58, shoemaker, b. MA
    ---, Laura, 52, wife, b. VT
    Lewis, Eva, 24, daur, married, b. MA
    ---, Anna H., 6, g-daur, b. MA
    Sturtevant, Sally, 78, mother, widow, b. MA
    his brother nextdoor:
    Sturtevant, Heman, 60, shoemaker, b. MA
    ---, Mary, 56, wife, b. MA.
  • He was enumerated in the 1890 US Federal census, Veteran's Schedule in Jun 1890 at Stoneham, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, as having served in the 1st Co. Andrews Sharpshooters.
  • He died on 11 Jul 1896 at Stoneham, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, of an accidental fall. He was 74 years, 3 months and 11 days old.
  • He was buried in Jul 1896 at Lindenwood Cemetery, Stoneham, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.
  • On 14 Jul 1896 Laura G. Sturtevant received a pension to surviving family member in Massachusetts based on Daniel's service; his wife, received certificate number 434090.
  • He left a will at Stoneham, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.
  • Laura, his wife, outlived Daniel and died on 6 Jan 1908 at Stoneham, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, at age 79.
  • Last Edited: 26 Apr 2016

Family: Laura G. Young b. 19 Apr 1828, d. 6 Jan 1908

  • Adelaide Mandana Sturtevant b. 15 Oct 1844, d. 23 Jul 1867
  • George Elliot Sturtevant b. 6 Sep 1846, d. 11 Apr 1911
  • Laura Geneva Sturtevant b. 24 Jun 1855, d. 28 Jun 1912

James Sullivan

b. February 1840, d. 7 August 1903
  • Company: K
  • James Sullivan was born in Feb 1840 at Rhode Island.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, James gave his occupation as spinner.
  • In 1861 James was living at Uxbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts.

  • On 1 Jul 1861 James mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Uxbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 21 years and 5 months old.
  • On 8 Aug 1862, at "The Public Ledger", Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, James Sullivan and Samuel D. Brigham were mentioned among the sick and wounded brought by transport steamer from Harrison's Landing.
  • On 18 Aug 1862 James ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts at Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, due to disability.

  • On 25 May 1864 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, James Sullivan was mentioned among the casualties.
  • Between 1869 - 1870 James Sullivan married Margaret [--?--] possibly in Rhode Island, according to the 1900 census.
  • James Sullivan made application at New York for a veteran's pension on 7 Aug 1889, and received certificate number 574621.
  • James Sullivan was telegrapher.
  • On 22 Sep 1893, at National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, Marion, Grant County, Indiana, James was admitted.
  • James named his next-of-kin to the soldiers' home as: Margaret Sullivan, wife, 225 W. 15th Street, NYC.
  • He was enumerated in the 1900 US Federal census on 25 Jun 1900 at National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, Marion, Grant County, Indiana, as:
    Sullivan, James, b. Feb 1840, married 30 years, b. RI (of Irish parents), works in the laundry.
  • He died on 7 Aug 1903 at National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, Marion, Grant County, Indiana. He was 63 years and 6 months old.
  • He was buried in Aug 1903 at Marion National Cemetery, Marion, Grant County, Indiana, Plot: 1 G-1125.
  • On 17 Sep 1903 his personal effects were sent to Mrs. Margaret Sullivan, (widow) Stamford, Connecticut.
  • On 7 Dec 1906 Margaret Sullivan received a pension to surviving family member in New York based on James's service; his wife, received certificate number 622330.
  • There are several open issues here.
    Certain is that James Sullivan of Co. K, 15th Mass, received a service pension in New York, as did his wife, Margaret, after his death.
    Given some two dozen James Sullivans, with wife Margaret, in the 1880 census, it becomes very vague thereafter.
  • Last Edited: 18 Jul 2019

Family: Margaret [--?--]

Jeremiah Sullivan

b. 1835, d. 19 December 1863
  • Company: I
  • Jeremiah Sullivan was born about in 1835 at County Cork, Ireland.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Jeremiah gave his occupation as painter.
  • He was married at the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts according to Ford's history.
  • Jeremiah was living at Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts.

  • On 5 Aug 1863 Jeremiah mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry as a draftee, being credited to the quota of South Danvers, Essex County, Massachusetts. He was 28 years old.
  • Note: there is an age discrepancy in his records, with one instance saying he was 63 years old. Not possible. He was more likely the 28 years shown on his final record.
  • On 15 Aug 1863 at Morrisville, Fauquier County, Virginia, Jeremiah arrived at the depot to join his regiment.
  • He died on 19 Dec 1863 at Douglas Hospital, Washington, DC, of typhoid and malarial fever. He was 28 years old.
  • He was a widower at the time of his death. He was survived by his daughter Kate Sullivan, of Boston, Massachusetts.
  • He was buried in Dec 1863 at US Soldiers' and Airmen's Home National Cemetery (Military Asylum Cemetery), Washington, DC, plot 3997.
  • Ford lists this man among the "unassigned" men, however the MASSCW concludes that he was indeed in Company I.
  • Last Edited: 23 Aug 2019

Jeremiah J. Sullivan

b. 1840, d. 16 January 1915
  • Father: Eugene O'Sullivan
  • Mother: Mary Downing
  • Company: K
  • Jeremiah J. Sullivan was born about in 1840 at County Kerry, Ireland, son of Eugene O'Sullivan and Mary Downing.
  • On 20 Sep 1860 Jeremiah O'Sullivan married Mary Williams, daughter of James Williams and Catharine Shea, at Blackstone, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Jeremiah gave his occupation as bootmaker.
  • Jeremiah J. Sullivan and George Williams, brothers-in-law, served together in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.
  • In 1864 Jeremiah was living at Milford, Worcester County, Massachusetts.

  • On 17 Mar 1864 Jeremiah mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry having received a bounty of $325, being credited to the quota of Milford, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 24 years old.
  • Jeremiah was described as being 5 feet 6 and 1/2 inches, with blue eyes, auburn hair and a light complexion.
  • On 15 May 1864 Jeremiah was wounded.
  • On 27 Jul 1864 Jeremiah ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts by transfer to the 20th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.

  • Starting 12 Jul 1864, Jeremiah also served in the 20th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Company K.
  • He ended his service on 16 Jul 1865 at Washington, DC.
  • He made application at Massachusetts for a veteran's pension on 25 Jul 1866, and received certificate number 77892.
  • He and Mary Williams were enumerated in the 1870 US Federal Census on 13 Jul 1870 at Mendon P. O., Milford, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Sullivan, Jeremiah J., 32, in boot factory, b. Ireland
    ---, Mary, 30, b. Ireland
    ---, Julia, 8
    ---, Mary, 7
    ---, Catherine, 5
    ---, Elizabeth, 3
    ---, James E., 10/12.
  • Jeremiah J. Sullivan and Mary Williams were enumerated in the 1880 US Federal census on 12 Jun 1880 at Holyoke, Hampden County, Massachusetts, as:
    Sullivan, Jeremiah J., 38, machinist, b. Ireland
    ---, Mary, 37, wife, b. Ireland
    ---, Julia A., 18, dau, works in cotton mill, b. MA
    ---, Catherine, 15, dau, works in cotton mill, b. MA
    ---, Elizabeth, 13, dau, b. MA
    ---, James, 11, son, b. MA
    ---, Jeremiah, 7, son, b. MA.
  • On 1 Sep 1892 Jeremiah and Mary's son, James Eugene Sullivan married Bride C. Dineen at Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both.
  • Jeremiah J. Sullivan died on 16 Jan 1915 at Fall River, Bristol County, Massachusetts, according to the pension file index card. He was 75 years old.
  • He was buried in Jan 1915 at Milford, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • On 2 Feb 1916 Mary Williams received a pension to surviving family member in Massachusetts based on Jeremiah's service; his wife, receiving certificate number 807685.
  • Last Edited: 23 Jun 2019

Family: Mary Williams b. between 1839 - 1840

  • Julia Sullivan b. 9 Sep 1861
  • Mary Sullivan b. 21 Mar 1863, d. 21 Jan 1874
  • Catherine Sullivan b. 22 Mar 1865
  • Elizabeth Sullivan b. 19 May 1867
  • James Eugene Sullivan b. 7 Jul 1869
  • Jeremiah Sullivan b. 17 Feb 1873

John Sullivan

b. 1843, d. 28 February 1875
  • Father: Mathew Murtough Sullivan b. 1815
  • Mother: Ann [--?--] b. 1820
  • Company: E
  • John Sullivan was also known as John F. Sullivan.
  • He was born in 1843 at County Waterford, Ireland, son of Mathew Murtough Sullivan and Ann [--?--].
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, John gave his occupation as blacksmith.

  • On 30 Jul 1861 John mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 18 years old.
  • John was described as being 5 feet and 5 and 1/2 inches tall, with a sandy complexion, blue eyes and brown hair.
  • On 17 Sep 1862 John was wounded at The Battle of Antietam, Washington County, Maryland.
  • On 19 Dec 1862 John ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts at Washington, DC, due to disability due to wounds.

  • He attended the funeral of George Hull Ward on 8 Jul 1863 at Rural Cemetery, Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • John Sullivan made application for a veteran's pension on 28 Dec 1863, and received certificate number 27212.
  • John Sullivan married Catherine Dowd, daughter of William Dowd, (Note: her maiden name needs further verification.)
  • John Sullivan and Catherine Dowd were enumerated in the 1870 US Federal Census on 8 Jun 1870 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, possibly as:
    Sullivan, John, 28, laborer, b. Ireland
    ---, Kate, 30, b. Ireland
    no children.
  • John Sullivan was buried in Feb 1875 at Saint Johns Cemetery, Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • He died on 28 Feb 1875 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, of dropsey. He was 32 years old.
  • Catherine Sullivan was enumerated as the widow of John Sullivan, of the 15th Massachusetts, in the 1890 Veterans' Schedules of the US Federal Census in Jun 1890 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, and she states that his left arm was shot off, and he had a gunshot in the bowels and hip.
  • On 17 Jul 1890 Catherine Dowd received a pension to surviving family member based on John's service; his wife, received certificate number 846563.
  • Last Edited: 23 Jun 2019

Family: Catherine Dowd b. between 1839 - 1840, d. 3 Mar 1894

John Sullivan

b. 1840
  • Company: I
  • John Sullivan was born about in 1840 at Gravesend, England.
  • In 1863 John was living at England.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, in 1863, John gave his occupation as baker.

  • On 30 Jul 1863 John mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry a private, as a substitute for one William H. Tucker who had been drafted, being credited to the quota of Marblehead, Essex County, Massachusetts. He was 23 years old.
  • John was described as being 5 feet 5 inches tall, with blue eyes, sandy hair and a light complexion.
  • In 1863 John was promoted to Corporal, at an unknown date.
  • In Feb 1864 He is due $25 bounty.
  • On 22 Jun 1864 John was taken prisoner at Petersburg, Virginia.
  • On 24 Jun 1864 John was confined at Richimond, VA.
  • On 27 Jun 1864 John ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts by administrative transfer to the 20th Massachusetts, Company K.

  • On 29 Jun 1864 John was sent to Lynnchburg, VA, and later to Andersonville.
  • On 27 Jul 1864 John Sullivan appeared on the muster rolls of the 20th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry asssigned to Company E.
  • On 24 Aug 1864 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, John Sullivan was reported among the prisoners, for a total of four commissioned officers and seventy-seven enlisted men.
  • On 25 Nov 1864, John was exchanged from prison.
  • In Jun 1865 John was transferred to Company E of the 20th.
  • He ended his service with by mustering out on 16 Jul 1865 at Washington, DC.
  • He made application for a veteran's pension on 8 May 1867, with application 125536, but no certificate is recorded.
  • Last Edited: 23 Aug 2019

Joseph Sullivan

b. between 1840 and 1841
  • Company: A
  • Joseph Sullivan was born between 1840 - 1841 at Deerfield, Franklin County, Massachusetts.
  • In 1861 Joseph was living at Deerfield, Franklin County, Massachusetts.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, in 1861, Joseph gave his occupation as farmer.

  • On 2 Aug 1861 Joseph mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Deerfield, Franklin County, Massachusetts.
  • On 21 Oct 1861 Joseph was taken prisoner according to Ford's history.
  • He was declared missing in action on 21 Oct 1861 at The Battle of Ball's Bluff, Leesburg, Virginia, according to the MASSCW.
  • On 30 Oct 1861 at the "Worcester Palladium", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Joseph Sullivan 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, Joseph Sullivan 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, Joseph Sullivan 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 31 Jan 1863 Joseph ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts at Falmouth, Stafford County, Virginia, by desertion, according to all available sources.

  • Last Edited: 19 Sep 2012

Patrick Sullivan

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

  • 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 was described as being 5 feet 3 and 1/2 inches tall, with blue eyes, light hair and a light complexion.
  • He 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, Macon 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: 23 Aug 2019

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 Palladium", 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 County Cork, Ireland, son of High Swain and Hattie [--?--].
  • On 25 Jul 1852 Robert B. Swain married Margaret Menahan, 22, daughter of Cornelius Minahan and Mary Scannell, at Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both.
  • Note: they had six children, and only two were still living in 1900.
  • 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.
  • Robert was described as being 5 feet 7 inches, with blue eyes, brown hair and a light complexion.

  • 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.
  • On 14 Mar 1883 his son, Robert Swain, died at Chelsea, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, at age 19 unmarried, of pneumonia.
  • 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 on 30 Dec 1901 at Chelsea, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, at age 72.
  • Last Edited: 23 Aug 2019

Family: Margaret Menahan b. Nov 1829, d. 30 Dec 1901

  • John William Swain b. 22 Aug 1853, d. 28 Aug 1853
  • Mary Ann Swain b. 23 Sep 1858, d. 12 Jan 1861
  • John J. Swain b. 12 Feb 1860, d. 13 May 1936
  • Robert Swain b. 8 Aug 1863, d. 14 Mar 1883
  • Cornelius Swain b. 8 Aug 1863, d. 10 Apr 1865

John Francis Sweeney

b. 16 May 1838, d. 11 November 1899
  • Father: John S. Sweeney b. 31 2 1808, d. 24 Jan 1893
  • 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:
    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 was enumerated in the household of John S. Sweeney and Elvira Barrus in the State census in 1865 at Grafton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    John S Sweeney, 55
    Elvira Sweeney, 53
    Samuel E Sweeney, 21
    Aaron S Huckins, 25
    Abbie A Huckins, 24
    **J Frank Sweeney, 27
    Mary L Sweeney, 23 (his wife)
    Frank E Sweeney, 1 (adopted?)
  • John Francis Sweeney 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 Old Farnumsville Cemetery, Grafton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, possibly. Needs further documentation.
  • On 1 Mar 1900 Elvira Barrus received a mother's pension in Massachusetts based on John's service.
  • Last Edited: 22 Feb 2020

Family: Mary L. Ward b. 1842