John Thomas Bixby

b. 4 April 1844, d. 12 September 1863
  • Father: Austin Willard Bixby b. 18 Jul 1813, d. 18 Feb 1871
  • Mother: Sophia Foster Paige b. 31 Mar 1815, d. 31 Oct 1907
  • Company: H
  • John Thomas Bixby was born on 4 Apr 1844 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, son of Austin Willard Bixby and Sophia Foster Paige.
  • John Thomas Bixby was enumerated in the household of Austin Willard Bixby and Sophia Foster Paige in the 1860 US Federal Census on 6 Jun 1860 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Austin W. Bixby, 47, pattern maker, b. MA
    Sophia, 45, b. NH
    Maria A., 22
    George A., 20
    **John S.(sic), 16
    Harriet S., 12
    Ann W., 4.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, John gave his occupation as machinist.

  • On 2 Aug 1861 John mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 17 years, 3 months and 29 days old.
  • On 17 Sep 1862 John was wounded at The Battle of Antietam, Washington County, Maryland, in the neck.
  • He died on 12 Sep 1863 at Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania, of fever while on hospital duty. He was 19 years, 5 months and 8 days old.
  • He was buried at Soldiers National Cemetery, Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania, Section E Grave # 7.
  • An obituary for John Thomas Bixby was published on 21 Nov 1863 at "The Worcester Daily Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as follows:
    John F. Bixby
    "The young man whose name stands at the head of this article was a native of Worcester, and the son of Austin W. Bixby, who is still an esteemed fellow citizen. At the commencement of the southern insurrection he had but just completed his seventeenth year. Though unaccustomed to labor, and too young to have thought much about the duties of a citizen to his country, the latent virtue of patriotism within him was immediately awakened, and struggled for manifestation. He and his brother, who is now a corporal in the 25th regiment, soon joined a company, which, however in consequence of some informality, was soon disbanded.

    The return of the 6th regiment gave his ardent patriotism a fresh impulse, and he was impatient to be in the service of his country. though he was still, as ever reverently obedient to his parents, he could not be dissuaded. He pleaded with his mother for her consent. When she reminded him of the dangers to be incurred, and inquired if he felt prepared to meet the worst, he replied, after a little thoughtful hesitation, that some must go and he might as well go as others. She could not do violence to that virtue which was almost a passion, and gave her consent on condition that his father must also give his.

    With this encouragement he pleaded with his father, who also could not deny him; but, through doubting his fitness on the score of both age and physical strength, gave him leave to visit the camp of the 15th regiment and advise with Capt. Studley. The Worcester Company was full, and the young patriot was dissapointed. Rather than wait and enlist with friends and acquaintances in some regiment yet to be formed, he preferred to go at once, even though with entire strangers.

    On searching he found a single vacancy in the company from Northbridge, and enlisted under Capt. Philbrick. The regiment was to leave on the following week for the seat of the war. With a brief furlough for preparation, he bade a cheerful farewell to home and friends, and was soon at Georgetown, awaiting orders for active service against the foe. He had not long to wait, having fallen to a regiment destined for distinction in the fortunes and misfortunes of war; and for two years he shared heroically its hazards and hardships through a long series of skirmishes and battles.

    Though his regiment was reduced and recruited by a large number of men, and again reduced to four score, he lost little time by sickness and received not an injury. His exposures were many and fearful, and he had many hair breath escapes. On that night made memorable by the affair at Ball's Bluff, he saved his life and freedom by swimming the Potomac. In the battle of Antietam bullets struck his musket and grazed his neck. At Chancellorsville his cap was grazed, and a fragment of shell struck between his feet. The like good fortune he experienced at Gettysburg, though the fighting was such that he never saw or heard of. So far as is known to us his heart never failed him, but reposed on that kind Providence to whom he was so often constrained to ascribe his preservation.

    As expressive of his own feelings, he cut from some paper and sent to his mother a short poem, in which are the following stanzas:

    Some unseen power preserves me
    In the wild and fearful fight,
    And a strength heroic nerved me
    as I struck for truth and right.

    And my heart is still in keeping
    With my country's glorious cause
    And until it ceases beating
    I'll defend her flag and laws.

    After the battle of Gettysburg young Bixby, worn and needing rest, was detailed for service in the general hospital at that place. His station was a responsible one, but he discharged his duties with great acceptance, patience and fortitude; endearing himself to the sufferers under his charge, and sleeping but three entire nights in twice as many weeks. This service seems to have prepared the way for disease, and about the first of September he was attacked with typhoid fever and died on the 12th, in the hope, it is believed, of the blessedness of the just.

    It is believed, from his well known character at home, and from inquiries concerning him while away, that he had no bad habits, that he was pure and upright in his intercourse with his fellows, and that his devotion to the cause of his country was genuine and undiminished to the end. His death is a bereavement to his native city as well as to his friends. His parents were permitted the sad satisfaction, not of seeing him in his sickness, but of looking upon his lifeless form and burying it in that field of many graves, from which, according to their purpose, it had already doubtless been removed and interred in the Union Cemetery, then in preparation and yesterday consecrated to the memory of patriot martyrs whom the nation will delight to honor till the United States of America shall disappear from the map of the continent.

    Young Bixby was one of a considerable number who have already fallen in battle or by disease, from this city. Many others we trust, will survive the war, and return to enjoy the well deserved fame of their heroic achievements. But shall the deceased be forgotten when the survivors shall be honored? Do not those who have fallen, as sacrifces on the altar of their country, deserve a special and permanent memorial?

    The graves of some of them will be marked by no stone, and will never be identified by their friends. A monument better than marble, however would be a volume containing a brief sketch of the life and character and deeds and suffering of each. Such a memorial would be not only a gratification to their respective circle of friends, but a valuable portion of the history of what the City of Worcester contributed to the quelling of the great rebellion. Who would take this matter in hand? He who should do it as a labor of love would be in no danger of pecuniary loss."
  • He was buried at Hope Cemetery, Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • George, his brother, outlived John and died on 1 Jul 1864 at Richmond, Richmond County, Virginia, serving with the 25th Massachusetts Infantry.
  • On 15 Jul 1874 John Thomas Bixby was included on the Civil War memorial at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • In 1880, John was included in "The History of Worcester in the War of Rebellion" with the following entry, quoting much of the obituary above:

    This youthful soldier belonged to that remarkable class of young men who, at the breaking out of the rebellion, seemed impelled by a high sense of patriotic duty to engage in the defense of their country. they were moved, as it were, by a sacred and irresistible influence.


    He was the son of Mr. Austin W. Bixby, of this city, and at the beginning of the war, had just completed his seventeenth year. Though so young, and unaccustomed to labor, he yet was eager to incur all the hardships of military life in the cause of his country. Twice was he disappointed in his efforts to join a company -- first, because the company was disbanded, and next because the company was full, and the young applicant must give place to those more advanced in years.


    Though a dutiful son, his earnest pleadings with his father and mother finally obtained their consent for him, though so youthful, to enlist. He was so earnest for the strife, that, rather than wait for the chance of going with personal friends in some new regiment, he went to Northborough, and enlisted among entire strangers, and thus became a member of the Fifteenth Regiment, Captain Philbrick's company. In a week he bade a cheerful farewell to home, and was off for the war.


    He was in the terrible struggle at Ball's Bluff, and saved himself from capture by swimming the Potomac. During two years of heroic service, in which he fought in several battles and skirmishes, and was exposed to many dangers, he lost but little time on account of sickness. The regiment was often reduced in numbers, but he was preserved. At Chancellorsville and Gettysburg he was in the thickest of the fight, but came out unharmed. His heart never failed him, so far as is known, but he reposed on the kind Providence of God.


    But worn down and needing rest, he was placed in a responsible position in the hospital at Gettysburg, where care and watching, and sleepless nights, brought on a fever of which he died on the twelfth of September, 1863. He had no bad habits, was pure and upright, and his devotion to the service was fervent to the close. He sent the following lines cut from a paper to this mother, as expressive of his feelings.


    "Some unseen power preserved me

    In the wild and fearful fight,

    And a strength heroic nerved me

    As I struck for truth and right.

    And my heart is still in keeping

    With my country's glorious cause;

    And until it ceases beating

    I'll defend her flag and laws.
    "

  • Last Edited: 22 Nov 2016

William Bixby Jr.

b. 20 May 1838, d. 26 July 1909

  • Father: William Bixby b. 23 Jun 1804, d. 7 Oct 1882
  • Mother: Hannah L. Woodward b. between 1808 - 1809
  • Company: H
  • William Bixby Jr. was born on 20 May 1838 at Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, son of William Bixby and Hannah L. Woodward, the grandson of Abijah and Lydia (Chamberlain) BIXBY, and great-grandson of Pelatiah BIXBY and his wife, Ann.
  • William Bixby Jr. was enumerated in the household of William Bixby and Hannah L. Woodward in the 1850 US Federal Census on 27 Aug 1850 at Hopkinton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, as follows:
    Wm. Bixby, age 45, M, farmer, $2800 in Real Estate, born in MA (as were all this family)
    Hannah L., age 41
    Hannah L., 18
    Wm.** Age 12
    William Quincy, 19, labourer (relationship if any, unknown)
    Abijah Bixby, age 85 (grandfather)
    Lydia, age 79 (grandmother.)
  • In 1861 William was living at Hopkinton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, in 1861, William gave his occupation as butcher.

  • On 12 Jul 1861 William mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Northbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 23 years, 1 month and 22 days old.
  • William Bixby Jr. and William Russell Wheelock, who were to become father-in-law and son-in-law, served together in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.
  • On 25 Jul 1861 William was promoted to Quartermaster Sergeant.
  • On 5 Jul 1863 William was promoted to 1st Lieutenant and Quartermaster.
  • On 11 Jan 1864 at "The Worcester Daily Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Their Sammel-Events was honored by local citizens.
    Officers of the Fifteenth Regiment Remembered
    Quartermaster Bixby of the 15th Massachusetts regiment, at home in Hopkinton on furlough, was presented on the 5th by the citizens of H., with a pair of gauntlets; also with an elegant silver set for camp use, in behalf of Count Swuabe, whose liberality to the soldiers in the field is well known. The Hopkinton band was in attendance. After the proceedings at the Town Hall, Quartermaster Bixby held a levee at the hotel, where about five hundred ladies and gentlemen had the pleasure of taking him by the hand. At a late hour he was entertained by a sumptuous repast.
    Maj. Lyman Ellingwood of Beverly, a brave soldier, several times wounded, was, a few days after, the recipient of a silver dinner set, as a testimonial of his gallant service, also the gift of Count Swuabe.
  • On 27 Jul 1864 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, William Bixby Jr. was mentioned in an article about the return of the regiment to Massachusetts.
  • On 29 Jul 1864 William ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts due to expiration of term of service.

  • In 1865 William Bixby Jr. was a hotel keeper.
  • On 24 Oct 1865 William Bixby Jr., 27, married Abbie Sophronia Wheelock, 19, daughter of William Russell Wheelock and Caroline Elizabeth Brewer, at Clinton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both. (NOTE: this is Capt. William R. Wheelock, Co. C, 15th Massachusetts.) They were married by the Rev. William G. Scandlin, former chaplain of the 15th Massachusetts.
  • William Bixby Jr. and Abbie Sophronia Wheelock were enumerated in the 1870 US Federal Census on 18 Jun 1870 at Athol, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    BIXBY, William, 32, Clothing Merchant, $500 personal property, b. MA
    ---, Abbie S., 24, keeping house, b. MA
    Wheelock, William H., 22, clerk in store, b. MA (brother-in-law)
    Washington, Martha, 14, (B), domestic servant, b. South Carolina.
  • William Bixby Jr. was enumerated in the household of William Russell Wheelock and Caroline Elizabeth Brewer in the 1880 US Federal Census on on 1 Jun 1880 at at Christ Church, Charleston County, South Carolina, as:
    **Wheelock, W. R. 57, farmer, b. MA
    ---, Caroline E., 57, wife, b. MA
    ---, Frank H., 28, son, b. MA
    ---, Edith, 37, wife, b. MA
    **Bixby, William 38, b. MA
    ---, Abbey S., 34, wife, b. MA
    Wheelock, Hubbar R., 8/12, son, b. SC
    ---, Viola, 8/12, daur, b. CT
    ---, Maria F., 32, widow, b. MA.
  • About 1877, the Bixbys moved to Charleston S. C., where he was involved in some kind of wagon accident in 1884. The nature of William’s injuries in that accident is not clear from the pension file, but it states that he was left with a physical disability.
  • William Bixby Jr. and Abbie Sophronia Wheelock were enumerated in the 1900 US Federal census on 7 Jun 1900 at Gardner, Worcester County, Massachusetts, His occupation is too smeared to read. It appears that they have no children.
  • In 1901 William Bixby Jr. was a "commercial traveller."
  • He made application at Massachusetts for a veteran's pension in 1901, and received certificate number1046529.
  • In 1901 William Bixby Jr. was described as 5’6", 188 lbs., dark eyes, brown hair, dark complexion, with no scars or permanent marks on his person, according to his pension application.
  • On 21 Oct 1903 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, William Bixby Jr. attended the 37th annual regimental reunion with some eighty other veterans.
  • On 21 Oct 1907 at Grand Army Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts, William Bixby Jr. attended the 41st annual regimental reunion and banquet on the 46th anniversary of the Battle of Ball's Bluff, as reported in the Fitchburg Sentinel the following day.
  • He died on 26 Jul 1909 at Hull, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, of pneumonia. He was 71 years, 2 months and 6 days old.
  • He was buried on 27 Jul 1909 at Mount Auburn Cemetery, Hopkinton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.
  • On 20 Aug 1909 Abbie Sophronia Wheelock received a pension to surviving family member in Gardner, Worcester County, Massachusetts, based on William's service; his wife, receiving certificate number 690072.
  • Abbie, his wife, outlived William and died on 25 Jun 1915 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, at age 69.
  • Last Edited: 31 Oct 2016

Family: Abbie Sophronia Wheelock b. 14 Mar 1846, d. 25 Jun 1915

James E. Black

b. 1816, d. 14 April 1891
  • Company: G
  • James E. Black was born in 1816 at Barre, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • On 24 Dec 1851 James E. Black married Nancy M. Brooks, 25, at Vernon, Tolland County, Connecticut.
  • James E. Black and Nancy M. Brooks were enumerated in the 1860 US Federal census on 21 Jul 1860 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Jas. E. Black, 39, farm labor, b. MA
    Nancy, 33, b. CT
    Savilla M., 6, b. CT
    Louella M., 4, b. CT.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, James gave no occupation.

  • On 28 Jul 1862 James mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 46 years old.
  • On 10 Nov 1863 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, James E. Black was mentioned as being on the sick list.
  • In Feb 1864 James was transferred to the Veterans Reserve Corps.
  • On 15 Aug 1864 James ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts as of 116th Co., 2nd Batallion, V. R. C.

  • He and Nancy M. Brooks were enumerated in the 1870 US Federal Census on 4 Aug 1870 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, enumerated in the federal census with their two daughters.
  • On 14 Oct 1875 James and Nancy's daughter, Luella M. Black married Charles A. Horton at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both.
  • On 31 Dec 1876 James and Nancy's daughter, Savilla M. Black married Marshall E. Cobb at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both, according to the marriage record.
  • James E. Black and Nancy M. Brooks were enumerated in the 1880 US Federal census on 8 Jun 1880 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Black, James E., 62, laborer, b. MA (as were his parents)
    ---, Nancy M., 58, wife. b. CT
    Walker, Elizabeth C., 6, g. daughter, b. MA (mor b. CT)
    Moore, D. J., 30 (m), boarder, machinist
    ---, Augusta M., 26, wife.
  • James E. Black made application for a veteran's pension in Feb 1885, received certificate 416698.
  • In 1890 James E. Black was described as 5' 7", with dark complexion, blue eyes and gray hair.
  • On 17 Sep 1890, at National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, Togus, Kennebec County, Maine, James was admitted.
  • He died on 14 Apr 1891 at National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, Togus, Kennebec County, Maine. He was 75 years old.
  • He was buried in Apr 1891 at Togus National Cemetery, Togus, Kennebec County, Maine, Plot: E 880.
  • On 26 May 1891 Nancy M. Brooks received a pension to surviving family member in Connecticut based on James's service; his wife, receiving certificate number 352943.
  • He's surviving family was enumerated in the household of Charles A. Horton and Luella M. Black in the 1900 US Federal Census on 20 Jun 1900 at Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, as:
    Horton, Charles, b, June 1852, 47, m. 24 years, b. NY, machinist
    ---, Luela M., wife, b. Oct 1853, 49, both her children living, b. CT
    ---, Bertha, dau, b Nov 1881, 19, b. MA, stenographer
    Black, Nancy, mother-in-law, b. Oct 1826, both her children living, b. CT.
  • In 1906 Nancy M. Brooks, his wife, died at Connecticut.
  • Last Edited: 3 Apr 2016

Family: Nancy M. Brooks b. Oct 1826, d. 1906

  • Luella M. Black b. Oct 1853, d. 1926
  • Savilla M. Black b. 16 Nov 1854, d. 9 Feb 1922

Joshua Blackburn

b. 4 June 1831, d. 2 February 1891
  • Father: George Blackburn b. 1797
  • Mother: Mary North
  • Company: K
  • Joshua Blackburn was born on 4 Jun 1831 at England, son of George Blackburn and Mary North.
  • Joshua Blackburn was baptized on 7 Oct 1832 at The Parish Church, Almondbury, Yorkshire, England.
  • His mother, Mary North, died.
  • Joshua Blackburn was enumerated in the household of George Blackburn and Ann [--?--] in the 1841 UK Census in Apr 1841 at Almondbury, Yorkshire, England, probably as:
    George Blackburn, 45, fancy weaver, b. in Yorkshire (as were all the family)
    Ann, 45, fancy weaver
    Joseph, 20, fancy weaver
    Betty, 15, fancy weaver
    Hannah, 15, fancy weaver
    **Joshua, 10.
  • On 11 Jun 1855 Joshua Blackburn, 24, married Mary Crump Glass, 29, daughter of Henry Dixon and Nancy [--?--], at Cumberland, Providence County, Rhode Island.
  • In 1861 Joshua was living at Blackstone, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Joshua gave his occupation as weaver.

  • On 1 Jul 1861 Joshua mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Blackstone, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 30 years and 27 days old.
  • On 21 Oct 1861 Joshua was wounded at The Battle of Ball's Bluff, Leesburg, Virginia.
  • On 30 Oct 1861 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Joshua Blackburn was included, with 304 other men, among "The Killed Wounded and Missing of the Fifteenth Regiment," after Ball's Bluff.
  • On 28 Jul 1864 Joshua ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts due to expiration of term of service.

  • He and Mary Crump Dixon were enumerated in the 1880 US Federal census on 12 Jun 1880 at Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island, as:
    Blackburn, Joshua, 47, works in woolen mill, general ill health, b. England
    ---, Mary, 52, wife, b. Ireland
    ---, Ella, 22, daur, school teacher, b. NH.
  • On 22 Oct 1888 Joshua Blackburn was included on a passenger list of the the "Etruria" having embarked at Liverpool, arriving New York City Harbor, New York, age 57, weaver, of York, apparently having been on a visit to England.
  • He was enumerated in the 1890 US Federal census, Veteran's Schedule in Jun 1890 at Blackstone, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as having served in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Co. K.
  • He made application at Massachusetts for a veteran's pension on 8 Jun 1890, and received certificate number 836051.
  • He died on 2 Feb 1891 at Blackstone, Worcester County, Massachusetts, of typhoid. He was 59 years, 7 months and 29 days old.
  • He was buried in Feb 1891 at North Burial Ground, Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island, where his wife would later join him.
  • On 10 Nov 1891 Mary Crump Dixon received a pension to surviving family member in Rhode Island based on Joshua's service; his wife, received certificate number 358371.
  • Mary, his wife, outlived Joshua and died on 27 Jan 1907 at Rhode Island at age 80.
  • Last Edited: 3 Apr 2016

Family: Mary Crump Dixon b. 15 Mar 1826, d. 27 Jan 1907

  • George W. Blackburn b. 15 May 1856
  • Ella Blackburn b. 1858
  • Frederic Blackburn b. Jul 1860

Luke H. B. Blackmer

b. 25 October 1814, d. 2 June 1899
  • Company: F
  • Luke H. B. Blackmer was born on 25 Oct 1814 at Greenwich, Hampshire County, Massachusetts.
  • On 16 May 1841 Luke H. B. Blackmer, 26, married Huldah P. Packard, 17, at Enfield, Hampshire County, Massachusetts.
  • Luke H. B. Blackmer and Huldah P. Packard were enumerated in the 1850 US Federal census on 24 Aug 1850 at Enfield, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, as:
    Luke Blackmoor, 34, farmer, b. MA
    Hulda, 25, b. NH
    Lucy A., 7, b. MA
    Perez, 4, b. MA
    Almira, 1, b. MA
    Lucy Packard, 55, b. MA.
  • Luke H. B. Blackmer and Huldah P. Packard were enumerated in the 1860 US Federal census in Jun 1860 at Ware, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, as:
    Luke H. Blackman, 44, works in facotry, b. MA (as were all in family)
    Huldah, 36
    Lucy A., 17, works in facotry
    Peras, 14
    Almira, 11
    Elizabeth, 9
    Fiducia, 5
    Ida, 3.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, in 1861, Luke gave his occupation as farmer.
  • In 1861 Luke was living at Ware, Hampshire County, Massachusetts.

  • On 12 Jul 1861 Luke mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. He was 46 years, 8 months and 17 days old.
  • He was declared missing in action on 21 Oct 1861 at The Battle of Ball's Bluff, Leesburg, Virginia.
  • On 30 Oct 1861 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Luke H. B. Blackmer 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, Luke H. Blackmer was listed with 195 other men among the prisoners taken at Ball's Bluff.
  • On 24 Apr 1863 Luke ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts at Falmouth, Stafford County, Virginia, due to disability.

  • Luke also served in the 23rd Illinois Infantry, Co. I.
  • On 2 Dec 1868 Luke and Huldah's daughter, Lucy A. Blackmer married Lucien Irwin at Ware, Hampshire County, Massachusetts.
  • On 17 May 1872 Luke and Huldah's daughter, Almira "Myra" Blackmer married Riley B. Smith at Kendall County, Illinois.
  • On 10 Dec 1873 Luke and Huldah's daughter, Elizabeth "Libbie" Blackmer married H. M. Woodward at Kendall County, Illinois.
  • Luke H. B. Blackmer and Huldah P. Packard were enumerated in the 1880 US Federal census in Jun 1880 at Plano, Kendall County, Illinois, where he is a Laborer. Their daughter, Lucy, her husband, and the two grand-children live with them.
  • On 18 Sep 1883 Luke and Huldah's daughter, Elizabeth "Libbie" Blackmer married James C. Harwood at Kendall County, Illinois.
  • On 14 Nov 1894 Luke and Huldah's daughter, Almira "Myra" Blackmer married George Erastus Hedges at Kendall County, Illinois.
  • Luke H. B. Blackmer died on 2 Jun 1899 at Plano, Kendall County, Illinois. He was 84 years, 7 months and 8 days old.
  • He was buried in Jun 1899 at Little Rock Township Cemetery, Plano, Kendall County, Illinois.
  • On 17 Jun 1899 Huldah P. Packard received a pension to surviving family member in Illinois based on Luke's service; his wife, receiving certificate number 487313.
  • On 12 Jul 1903 Huldah P. Packard, his wife, died at age 80.
  • Last Edited: 3 Apr 2016

Family: Huldah P. Packard b. 31 May 1823, d. 12 Jul 1903

  • Lucy A. Blackmer b. 27 Apr 1843
  • Peras Charles Blackmer b. 26 Mar 1846, d. 29 Jun 1928
  • Almira "Myra" Blackmer b. 28 Dec 1848
  • Elizabeth "Libbie" Blackmer b. between 1850 - 1851
  • Fiducia Blackmer b. 29 Dec 1854
  • Ida May Blackmer b. 17 Aug 1859, d. 30 Jun 1934

Josiah Coleman Blaisdell

b. 25 February 1840, d. 27 May 1916
  • Father: Charles Blaisdell b. 25 Mar 1799
  • Mother: Ellen M. Webber d. before 1850
  • Company: 1_SS
  • Josiah Coleman Blaisdell was born on 25 Feb 1840 at Campton, Grafton County, New Hampshire, son of Charles Blaisdell and Ellen M. Webber.
  • Before 1850 his mother, Ellen M. Webber, died.
  • On 9 May 1850 Josiah's widowed father, Charles Blaisdell, remarried to Mary Spencer at Campton, Grafton County, New Hampshire.
  • Josiah Coleman Blaisdell was enumerated in the household of Charles Blaisdell and Mary Spencer in the 1850 US Federal Census on 25 Aug 1850 at Campton, Grafton County, New Hampshire, as:
    Charles Blaisdell, 50, shoemaker, b. NH (as were all)
    Mary S., 41
    Ellen M., 15
    **Josiah C., 10
    Lemuel J., 4.
  • In 1861 Josiah was living at Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts.
  • At the time of his enlistment, Josiah gave his occupation as Shoemaker.

  • On 2 Sep 1861 Josiah C. Blaisdell mustered into service with the 1st Company Massachusetts Sharpshooters. He was 21 years, 6 months and 8 days old.
  • On 10 Dec 1861 Josiah ended military service with the 1st Massachusetts Sharpshooters by discharge for disability.

  • On 5 Mar 1863 Josiah Coleman Blaisdell, 23, married Adelaide O. Caldon, 19, daughter of Benjamin Caldon and Martha Holmes, at Campton, Grafton County, New Hampshire.
  • Josiah Coleman Blaisdell and Adelaide O. Caldon were enumerated in the 1870 US Federal Census on 8 Jun 1870 at Campton, Grafton County, New Hampshire, as:
    Blaisdell, Josiah C., 30, shoemaker, b. NH (as were all)
    ---, Adelaide, 27
    ---, Ellen M., 5
    ---, Martha, 1.
  • Josiah Coleman Blaisdell and Adelaide O. Caldon were enumerated in the 1880 US Federal census on 25 Jun 1880 at Campton, Grafton County, New Hampshire, as:
    Blaisdell, Josiah C., 40, shoemaker, b. NH (as were all)
    ---, Addie O., 37, wife
    ---, Ellen M., 15, daur
    ---, Martha, 11, daur.
  • On 27 Jun 1889 Josiah and Adelaide's daughter, Ellen M. Blaisdell married Guy Perley Danforth at Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.
  • Josiah Coleman Blaisdell made application at New Hampshire for a veteran's pension on 28 Jan 1892, and received certificate number 837687, for service in the 1st Company Massachusetts Sharpshooters.
  • He and Adelaide O. Caldon were enumerated in the 1900 US Federal census on 7 Jun 1900 at Campton, Grafton County, New Hampshire, as:
    Blaisdell, Josiah C., b. Feb 1840, 60, married 37 years, b. NH (fat b. NH, mor b. Spain), carriage dealer
    ---, Adelaide O., wife, b. Apr 1843, two of three children living, b. NH
    Danforth, Ellen M., daur, b. Jan 1865, married 11 years, one child living, b. NH
    ---, Hazel A., g-daur, b. Sep 1891, b. MA (fat b. ME, mor b. NH.)
  • On 16 May 1905 Josiah and Adelaide's daughter, Ellen M. Blaisdell married George Washington Dearborn at Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.
  • On 12 Dec 1905 Adelaide O. Caldon, his wife, died at Campton, Grafton County, New Hampshire, at age 62.
  • Josiah Coleman Blaisdell died on 27 May 1916 at Campton, Grafton County, New Hampshire. He was 76 years, 3 months and 2 days old.
  • He was buried in May 1916 at Blair Cemetery, Campton Lower Village, Grafton County, New Hampshire.
  • Last Edited: 22 Apr 2016

Family: Adelaide O. Caldon b. 10 Apr 1843, d. 12 Dec 1905

  • Ellen M. Blaisdell b. Jan 1865
  • Martha Blaisdell b. 1869

Edwin E. Blake

b. 24 May 1840, d. 8 June 1862
  • Father: Simon Blake b. 21 Mar 1800, d. 10 Apr 1873
  • Mother: Almira [--?--] b. 1808
  • Company: D
  • Edwin Blake was born on 24 May 1840 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, son of Simon Blake and Almira [--?--].
  • Edwin E. Blake was enumerated in the household of Simon Blake and Almira [--?--] in the 1850 US Federal Census on 4 Oct 1850 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Simon Blake, 55, stone mason, b. RI
    Elmira, 42, b. RI
    George W. Aldrich, 14, b. RI
    **Edwin Blake, 10, b. MA
    Almira, 9, b. MA
    John Caslow, 35, laborer, b. Ireland.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, in 1861, Edwin gave his occupation as hammersman.
  • In 1861 Edwin was living at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts.

  • On 12 Jul 1861 Edwin mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 21 years, 1 month and 18 days old.
  • On 31 May 1862 Edwin was wounded at Fair Oaks, Henrico County, Virginia.
  • He died on 8 Jun 1862 on hospital transport, of wounds received at Fair Oaks, Virginia. He was 22 years and 15 days old.
  • He was buried in Jun 1862 at Hampton National Cemetery, Hampton, Virginia, Plot: A-H, 0, 3924.
  • On 15 Jul 1874 Edwin E. Blake was included on the Civil War memorial at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • Last Edited: 16 Apr 2016

Thomas Blasland

b. 1830, d. 24 December 1863
  • Father: William Blasland d. 23 Jan 1835
  • Mother: Mary Simmons b. 1805, d. 24 Aug 1874
  • Company: I
  • Thomas Blasland was born about in 1830 at Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, son of William Blasland and Mary Simmons.
  • On 23 Jan 1835 his father, William Blasland, died at Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.
  • In May 1841 Thomas's widowed mother, Mary Simmons, remarried to Asa Day at Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Thomas gave his occupation as operative.

  • On 12 Jul 1861 Thomas mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry as a Corporal. He was 31 years old.
  • Thomas wrote a letter on 17 Aug 1861 as follows: for publication in the Webster Times. (Click icon to read.)
  • He wrote a letter on 29 Aug 1861 as follows: for publication in the Webster Times.
  • On 9 Nov 1861 Thomas Blasland 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.
  • He and Elmoine Dodge Clemans wrote a letter, to the Webster Times, on 30 Nov 1861 from Poolesville, Maryland, as follows: for publication. (Click icon to read.)
  • Thomas Blasland wrote a letter on 23 Apr 1862 as follows: for publication in the Southbridge Journal.
  • He wrote a letter on 4 Jun 1862 as follows: for publication in the Southbridge Journal.
  • He wrote a letter on 24 Jun 1862 as follows: for publication in the Southbridge Journal. (Click icon to read.)
  • He wrote a letter on 6 Jul 1862 as follows: for publication in the Southbridge Journal.
  • He wrote a letter on 20 Jul 1862 as follows: for publication in the Southbridge Journal. (Click icon to read.)
  • He wrote a letter on 9 Aug 1862 as follows: for publication in the Southbridge Journal.
  • He wrote a letter on 5 Sep 1862 as follows: for publication in the Southbridge Journal.
  • On 17 Sep 1862 Thomas was wounded at The Battle of Antietam, Washington County, Maryland, in the leg.
  • 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.
  • He wrote a letter on 21 Oct 1862 as follows: for publication in the Southbridge Journal. (Click icon to read.)
  • He wrote a letter on 14 Nov 1862 as follows: for publication in the Southbridge Journal. (Click icon to read.)
  • He wrote a letter on 29 Dec 1862 as follows: for publication in the Southbridge Journal. (Click icon to read.)
  • Thomas wrote a letter on 12 Jun 1863 as follows: for publication in the Southbridge Journal. (Click icon to read.)
  • He wrote a letter on 3 Aug 1863 as follows: for publication in the Southbridge Journal. (Click icon to read.)
  • On 28 Aug 1863 Thomas was mentioned in an article in the Southbridge Journal. (Click icon to read.)
  • He died on 24 Dec 1863 at Mason Hospital, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, of disease. He was 33 years old.
  • He was buried in Dec 1863 at Forest Hills Cemetery and Crematory, Jamaica Plain, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.
  • An obituary for Thomas Blasland was published on 1 Jan 1864 at "The Southbridge Journal", Worcester County, Massachusetts, as follows: (Volume3 # 46):
    ANOTHER BRAVE SOLDIER GONE
    Thomas Blasland, Corporal Co. I, 15th Mass. Regiment, died at Mason Hospital in Boston, on Christmas morning.
    His ardent and patriotic temperment, led him early in the rebellion to leave a lucrative situation and enlist for the war. He was engaged in all the hard fought battles of his regiment, at Ball’s Bluff, Fair Oaks, the seven days fight on the Peninsula, and at Antietam, in all of which he bore his part manfully and faithfully. He was wounded at Antietam and was sent into hospital, hoping to be able soon to rejoin his regiment and share with his comrades its toils and dangers. But it was not to be, though his wound healed, disease fastened upon him and only four weeks since he obtained a brief furlough at Point Lookout to visit his friends and come home but to die, consumption finished the work which a rebel bullet commenced.
    He was much esteemed and beloved in his company, and leaves an untarnished record behind him; a widowed mother, an only brother in the 2d Mass Cavalry) and one whom he had hoped when his battles were over, to make his wife, besides many warm friends to mourn his premature death. His end was peaceful and he departed with the hope of a blessed immortality, trusting in that Saviour, whom for many years he had professed to love. He was the oldest son of the late William Blasland of Boston.
    Mr. Blasland enlisted from Webster Mass. at the organization of the 15th Regiment. His letters to this paper, over the signature of “SLATER GUARDS” commenced soon after going into active service, and continued until within a few months of his decease. While in the hospital at Point Lookout, he was the principal contributor to the “Hammond Gazette” a small sheet published at that place. He was a pleasant and sprightly writer, a brave patriotic, patient, enduring soldier, possessing in a high degree those qualities which constitute loyal Christian, revered men, faithful to country and duty. He will be long remembered by his comrades, and his loss deeply regretted.
  • An obituary for Thomas Blasland was published on 2 Jan 1864 at "The Worcester Daily Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as follows: (Volume 19 # 2)
    "DESEASED. Thomas Blasland, corporal of Co. I, 15th Massachusetts regiment, died on Christmass morning at Mason Hospital, Boston. He was engaged in the battles on the peninsula, Ball's Bluff, Antietam, & ect. He came home on a brief visit, and died of consumption. He enlisted from Webster, and was the correspondent of the Southbridge Journal over the signature of “Slater Guards.” He was highly esteemed a citizen and a soldier and his loss will be deeply regretted."
  • On 21 May 1864 Mary Day received a pension to surviving family member based on Thomas's service; mother, receiving certificate number 38777.
  • On 4 Jul 1907 Thomas Blasland was included on the Civil War memorial at Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, according to an article in the Webster Times. See the "Documents" section at the main website for an account of the festivities of dedication.
  • Last Edited: 2 Nov 2016

David Bliss

b. 18 August 1818, d. 13 September 1862
  • Father: Timothy Bliss b. 4 Oct 1774, d. 11 Jul 1826
  • Mother: Anna Sawtell
  • Company: B
  • David Bliss was born on 18 Aug 1818 at Belchertown, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, son of Timothy Bliss and Anna Sawtell.
  • On 8 Sep 1841 David Bliss, 23, married Jane M. Hall, 20, at Guilford, Windham County, Vermont.
  • David Bliss and Jane M. Hall were enumerated in the 1850 US Federal census on 14 Aug 1850 at Ware, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, as:
    David Bliss, 33, laborer, b. MA
    Jane, 28, b. VT
    Geo. F., 8, b. MA
    Ellen M., 6, b. MA
    Francis P., 4, b. MA
    Charles L., 2, b. MA.
  • David Bliss and Jane M. Hall were enumerated in the 1860 US Federal census on 30 Jun 1860 at New Salem, Franklin County, Massachusetts, as:
    David Bliss, 45, farmer, b. MA
    Harriet (sic ?), 43, b. MA
    Ellen, 18, b. MA
    Francis, 15, b. MA
    Charles, 12, b. MA.
  • In 1861 David was living at New Salem, Franklin County, Massachusetts.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, in 1861, David gave his occupation as farmer.

  • On 24 Dec 1861 David mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of New Salem, Franklin County, Massachusetts. He was 43 years, 4 months and 6 days old.
  • He died on 13 Sep 1862 at Georgetown, Washington, DC, of typhoid fever contracted on the march from Harrison's Landing to Newport News, VA, according to W. J. Coulter, his commanding officer. He was 44 years and 26 days old.
  • He was buried in 1862 at US Soldiers' and Airmen's Home National Cemetery (Military Asylum Cemetery), Washington, DC.
  • On 29 Oct 1862 a letter was written to the Bliss family from the Georgetown Hospital, as follows:
    Presbyterian Church Hospital, Georgetown, D.C.,
    25 Oct 1862,
    Miss Bliss
    Your letter of the 22nd reached me today and I hasten to answer it to give you all the information I can concerning your father.
    He came here with a fever from which he was recovering slowly and was able to be up around the hospital, but he imprudently eat too much which brought on a relapse causing his death.
    He was conscious until the last and said his only desire was that he might die at home surrounded with his friends and then he should be happy.
    I can assure you that all possible pains were taken for his comfort during his sickness as is the case with all Patients in this hospital. We have skillful and attentive Surgeons and kind and sympathetic nurses who do all they can for the poor soldier.
    I myself am a soldier and came here suffering from disease but through their kindness here and the goodness of God I am restored to health.
    The grave of Mr. Bliss is marked and the Record of the number is at the Adjt. Generals Office at Washington. You would have no difficulty in finding the grave if you wished it.
    Mr. Bliss left a watch and a pocket book with a few shillings in change in it. I have sent it to by Adams Express, and enclosed in this you will find the receipt. It is not prepaid.
    If you receive the watch and all safe will you please answer this.
    With many wishes for your future happiness, I subscribe myself your friend
    E. K. Wood
    Co. B, 1?th Mass.
  • On 13 Nov 1862 Jane M. Bliss received a pension to surviving family member based on David's service; his wife, receiving certificate number 28719.
  • Starting 23 Nov 1862, Francis H. Bliss, his son, served in the Company E, 53rd Massachusetts Infantry, and later in in Company C, Massachusetts 1st Heavy Artillery Regiment, mustering out 16 Aug 1865.
  • David's wife, Jane M. Hall, died and was buried in Oct 1896 at North New Salem Cemetery, New Salem, Franklin County, Massachusetts, at age 75 years and 6 months.
  • A photograph or image of David Bliss is located at The American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Massachusetts, according to their website.
  • Last Edited: 3 Apr 2016

Family: Jane M. Hall b. 3 Mar 1821, d. 10 Oct 1896

  • George Fredrick Bliss b. 24 May 1842
  • Ellen M. Bliss b. 16 Nov 1843
  • Francis H. Bliss b. 2 Mar 1846, d. 26 Aug 1925
  • Charles Leroy Bliss b. 12 Jun 1849

Edward Morse Bliss

b. 19 February 1840, d. 2 December 1909
  • Father: Edward Eli Bliss b. 11 Oct 1811, d. 1889
  • Mother: Ellen M. Morse b. 17 Sep 1814, d. 7 Jan 1865
  • Company: H
  • Edward Morse Bliss was born on 19 Feb 1840 at Buckland, Franklin County, Massachusetts, son of Edward Eli Bliss and Ellen M. Morse.
  • Edward Morse Bliss was enumerated in the household of Edward Eli Bliss and Ellen M. Morse in the 1860 US Federal Census on 14 Jun 1860 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Edward E. Bliss, 49, farmer, b. MA (as were all in the family)
    Ellen M., 47
    Ellen, 21
    Edward, 19, jeweler's apprentice (twin)
    Edwin, 19, clerk (twin)
    Mary, 14
    Harriet, 12
    Charles, 4
    Patrick Doherty, 21, farm labor, b. Ireland.
  • On 18 Jul 1861 his sister, Mary A. Bliss, died at age 15.
  • In 1862 Edward was living at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Edward gave his occupation as farmer.

  • On 13 Jan 1862 Edward mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 21 years, 10 months and 25 days old.
  • In 1862 He participated in the Battles of Yorktown, Fair Oaks, Mechanicsville, Savage Station, White Oaks Swamp, Malvern Hill, Chapman's Farm and Antietam.
  • On 17 Sep 1862 Edward was wounded at The Battle of Antietam, Washington County, Maryland, in the lungs.
  • On 22 Dec 1862 Edward ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts due to disability from wounds received at the Battle of Antietam.

  • On 15 Feb 1863 his his twin brother, Edwin H. Bliss, died at New Berne, North Carolina, at age 22 of malarial fever contracted while in service with the 51st Massachusetts Infantry.
  • Edward Morse Bliss made application for a veteran's pension on 9 Apr 1863, received certificate number 15033.
  • On 7 Jan 1865 his mother, Ellen M. Morse, died at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, of typhoid fever at age 50.
  • On 9 Mar 1865 Edward Morse Bliss, 25, married Sarah Eliza Worthington, 24, daughter of Orrin S. Worthington and Suanna Whitemore, at Spencer, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • On 14 Feb 1867 Edward's widowed father, Edward Eli Bliss, remarried to Betsey Gibson at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a second marriage for both.
  • Edward Morse Bliss and Sarah Eliza Worthington were enumerated in the 1880 US Federal census on 17 Jun 1880 at Spencer, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Bliss, Edward M., 40, clerk in genl store, b. MA (fath b. Eng, mor b. MA
    ---, Sarah E., 38, wife, b. MA
    ---, Nellie M., 14, daur, b. MA
    ---, Susie W., 14, daur, b. MA
    (Nellie & Susie noted as twins)
    ---, Katie M., 8, daur, b. MA
    ---, Nettie E., 6, daur, b. MA
    Worthington, Orrin S., 87, father-in-law, widower, b. CT
    Worthington, Marie S., 18, niece, single, works in boot factory, b. MA.
  • On 23 Dec 1886 his daughter, Katie Mabel Bliss, died at Spencer, Worcester County, Massachusetts, at age 15 of tuberculosis.
  • On 6 Nov 1888 Edward and Sarah's daughter, Nellie M. Bliss married William T. Stratton at Spencer, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both.
  • Between 1889 - 1893 Edward Morse Bliss was Postmaster.
  • He was enumerated in the 1890 US Federal census, Veteran's Schedule in Jun 1890 at Spencer, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as having served in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Company H.
  • On 12 Nov 1890 Edward and Sarah's daughter, Susie W. Bliss married Harry S. Tripp at Spencer, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both.
  • On 20 Jul 1893 his married daughter, Nellie M. Bliss, died at Spencer, Worcester County, Massachusetts, at age 27 of tuberculosis.
  • On 27 Apr 1899 Sarah Eliza Worthington, his wife, died at Spencer, Worcester County, Massachusetts, at age 58.
  • Edward Morse Bliss was enumerated in the 1900 US Federal census on 5 Jun 1900 at Spencer, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Bliss, Edward, head, b. Feb 1840, married 35 years, b. MA (as were all in household), assistant postmaster, owns his home free of mortgage
    ---, Annette, daughter, b. June 1873, single,
    Tripp, Harry S., son-in-law, b. Nov 1865, married 9 years
    ---, Susanna, daughter, b. Dec 1865, no children
    Stratton, Kittie B., g.daughter, b. Feb 1889
    Slayton, Anna D., boarder, b. July 1866.
  • On 10 Jun 1903 Edward and Sarah's daughter, Annetta E. Bliss married Fred E. Townsend at Spencer, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both.
  • On 21 Oct 1903 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Edward M. Bliss attended the 37th annual regimental reunion with some eighty other veterans.
  • On 20 Oct 1906 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Edward Morse Bliss attended the 40th annual reunion of the 15th regiment association, with some 75 other veterans of the regiment. (Report believed to be from the Worcester Spy.)
  • He died on 2 Dec 1909 at Spencer, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 69 years, 9 months and 13 days old.
  • He was buried on 4 Dec 1909 at Pine Grove Cemetery, Spencer, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • Last Edited: 16 Apr 2016

Family: Sarah Eliza Worthington b. 7 Mar 1841, d. 27 Apr 1899

  • Nellie M. Bliss b. 28 Dec 1865, d. 20 Jul 1893
  • Susie W. Bliss b. 28 Dec 1865
  • Katie Mabel Bliss b. 9 Nov 1871, d. 23 Dec 1886
  • Annetta E. Bliss b. 22 Jun 1873

George Henry Bliss

b. 20 November 1841, d. 9 October 1921
  • Father: Lyman Bliss b. 28 Apr 1803, d. 28 Mar 1892
  • Mother: Maria Lavinia Wilbur b. 29 Mar 1804, d. 23 Nov 1882
  • Company: I
  • George Henry Bliss was born on 20 Nov 1841 at West Stockbridge, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, son of Lyman Bliss and Maria Lavinia Wilbur.
  • George Henry Bliss was enumerated in the household of Lyman Bliss and Maria Lavinia Wilbur in the 1850 US Federal Census on 5 Sep 1850 at West Stockbridge, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, as:
    Lyman Bliss, 47, wagon maker, b. CT
    Maria L., 46, b. NY
    Robbins K., 22, b. MA
    Sarah A., 16, b. MA
    **George H., 8, b. MA
    William D., 6, b. MA
    John L.,1, b. MA.
  • In 1861 George was living at Windsor, Berkshire County, Massachusetts.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, in 1861, George gave his occupation as wagon maker.

  • On 14 Oct 1861 George mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Windsor, Berkshire County, Massachusetts. He was 19 years, 10 months and 24 days old.
  • On 11 Jun 1862 George ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts by mustering out, for reasons not given in the 1870 roster.

  • He made application for a veteran's pension in Jan 1863, received certificate number 11754.
  • On 20 Nov 1865 George Henry Bliss, 24, married Martha Elizabeth Spaulding, 23, daughter of Chester Spaulding and Emily Button, at Sheffield, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both.
  • George Henry Bliss and Martha Elizabeth Spaulding were enumerated in the 1880 US Federal census on 9 Jun 1880 at Pittsfield, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, as:
    Bliss, George, 38, garment manufactur, b. MA (as were all)
    ---, Martha, 36, wife
    ---, Martha, 5, daur
    ---, Hellen, 1, daur
    Donlan, Delia, 23, servant, single, b. Ireland.
  • George Henry Bliss was enumerated in the 1890 US Federal census, Veteran's Schedule in Jun 1890 at Pittsfield, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, as having served in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Company I.
  • On 28 Feb 1891 Martha Elizabeth Spaulding, his wife, died at Pittsfield, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, at age 48 of cancer.
  • George Henry Bliss was enumerated in the 1900 US Federal census on 2 Jun 1900 at Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, as:
    Bliss, George H., head, b. Nov 1841, widower, b. MA, his parents b. CT, inventor, they live in a rented home
    ---, Martha S., daughter, b. Aug 1875, single, b. MA, vocal teacher
    ---, Hellen E., daughter, b. Apr 1879, single, b. MA.
  • On 22 Aug 1900 George Henry Bliss, 58, married Abbie J. Goodnough, daughter of William Goodnough and Catherine M. Chase, at Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, in a second marriage for him and the first for her.
  • On 29 Jun 1901 George and Martha's daughter, Martha Spaulding Bliss married George B. Tinkham at Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both.
  • On 20 Jul 1903 George and Martha's daughter, Helen Elizabeth Bliss married George M. Cushman at Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both.
  • In 1906 George was living at Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.
  • On 20 Oct 1906 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, George Henry Bliss attended the 40th annual reunion of the 15th regiment association, with some 75 other veterans of the regiment. (Report believed to be from the Worcester Spy.)
  • He and Abbie J. Goodnough were enumerated in the 1910 US Federal Census on 22 Apr 1910 at Somerville, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, where his occupation is given as "inventor". Abbie has no children.
  • George Henry Bliss died on 9 Oct 1921 at Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts. He was 79 years, 10 months and 19 days old.
  • He was buried in Oct 1921 at West Stockbrige Cemetery, West Stockbridge, Berkshire County, Massachusetts.
  • Last Edited: 22 Apr 2016

Family 1: Martha Elizabeth Spaulding b. 6 Jul 1842, d. 28 Feb 1891

  • Chester Lyman Bliss b. 14 Dec 1867, d. 4 Nov 1874
  • Martha Spaulding Bliss b. 17 Aug 1874
  • Helen Elizabeth Bliss b. 14 Apr 1879, d. 1941

Family 2: Abbie J. Goodnough b. between 1851 - 1852

Henry M. Bliss

b. 2 March 1846, d. 16 January 1912
  • Father: Ethan Bliss b. 6 Jul 1794, d. 21 Nov 1858
  • Mother: Lucina Lyons b. 11 May 1800, d. 5 Jan 1876
  • Company: B
  • Henry M. Bliss was born on 2 Mar 1846 at Monson, Hampden County, Massachusetts, son of Ethan Bliss and Lucina Lyons.
  • On 21 Nov 1858 his father, Ethan Bliss, died at Monson, Hampden County, Massachusetts, of typhoid fever at age 64.
  • Henry M. Bliss was enumerated in the household of Lucina Lyons in the 1860 US Federal Census on 25 Jun 1860 at Palmer, Hampden County, Massachusetts, as:
    Lucina Bliss, 66, b. MA
    Loren, 18, farm labor, b. MA
    **Henry, 14, b. MA.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, in 1864, Henry gave his occupation as laborer.
  • In 1864 Henry was living at Dana, Worcester County, Massachusetts.

  • On 2 Jan 1864 Henry mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Dana, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 17 years and 10 months old.
  • On 7 Jan 1864 Henry ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts rejected as recruit, and does not appear with the 15th Regiment in the MASSCW, only in the 1870 roster and Ford's history.

  • Starting 2 Sep 1864, Henry also served in the Co. A, 1st Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Heavy Artillery. (Although there is no cross-reference in the MASSCW, the man in the 1st HA is described as 18 in Sep 1864, a farmer and resident of North Dana.)
  • On 31 Mar 1865 Henry was wounded at Boydton Road, Mecklenburg County, Virginia.
  • He ended his service while absent wounded on 30 May 1865.
  • On 21 Dec 1865 Henry M. Bliss, 19, married Lorenza F. Winslow, daughter of George Winslow and Martha [--?--], at Dana, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a first marrige for both.
  • Henry M. Bliss and Lorenza F. Winslow were divorced apparently, since he remarried.
  • On 10 Dec 1875 Henry M. Bliss, 29, married Julia J. Butler, 34, (Note: it was her second marriage. Unclear if "Butler" was her maiden name. )
  • Henry M. Bliss and Julia J. Butler were enumerated in the 1880 US Federal census on 19 Jun 1880 at Monson, Hampden County, Massachusetts, as:
    Bliss, Henry M., 34, laborer, b. MA (of MA parents)
    ---, Julia J., 40, wife, b. MA.
  • Henry M. Bliss made application at Massachusetts for a veteran's pension on 16 Jul 1890, and received certificate number 813992 (for his service in the 1st H Arty.)
  • He and Julia J. Butler were enumerated in the 1900 US Federal census on 13 Jun 1900 at Palmer, Hampden County, Massachusetts, noting that of her three children, two are still living; they have been married 25 years; he is a laborer, and they live in a rented house.
  • Henry M. Bliss died on 16 Jan 1912 at Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts. He was 65 years, 10 months and 14 days old.
  • He was buried on 18 Jan 1912 at Oak Knoll Cemetery, Palmer, Hampden County, Massachusetts.
  • On 14 Feb 1912 Julia J. Butler received a pension to surviving family member, in Massachusetts based on Henry's service; but no certificate number is recorded.
  • On 23 Mar 1926 Lorenza F. (Bliss) Holbrook applied for a pension to surviving family member in New Hampshire based on Henry's service; contest widow, but no certificate number is recorded. (Note: pensions were not granted if there had been a divorce.)
  • Last Edited: 16 Apr 2016

Family 1: Lorenza F. Winslow b. 1850

Family 2: Julia J. Butler b. Sep 1841

Henry Rensselaer Bliss

b. 9 April 1840, d. 17 September 1862
  • Father: Rensselaer Bliss b. 21 Nov 1802, d. 4 Jan 1871
  • Mother: Maria Bowen Gilbert b. 4 May 1807, d. 16 Sep 1855
  • Company: F
  • Henry Rensselaer Bliss was born on 9 Apr 1840 at North Brookfield, Worcester County, Massachusetts, son of Rensselaer Bliss and Maria Bowen Gilbert.
  • Henry Rensselaer Bliss was enumerated in the household of Rensselaer Bliss and Maria Bowen Gilbert in the 1850 US Federal Census on 17 Aug 1850 at North Brookfield, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Rensalaer Bliss, 47, farmer, b. MA (as were all)
    Maria, 43
    George, 23, blacksmith
    Linius, 20 (m), shoemaker
    **Oliver, 16, farmer
    Calvin, 12
    **Henry, 10
    Charles, 8
    Mary, 5.
  • On 16 Sep 1855 his mother, Maria Bowen Gilbert, died at North Brookfield, Worcester County, Massachusetts, at age 48.
  • On 27 Feb 1857 Henry and Oliver's widowed father, Rensselaer Bliss, remarried to Anna Sampson at Warren, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • Henry Rensselaer Bliss was enumerated in the 1860 US Federal census in Jun 1860 at North Brookfield, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Edward Pease, 37 machinist, b. MA, with family and other boarders...
    Henry Green 19, shoemaker, b. MA
    Leonard Alexander, 21, shoemaker, b. MA
    **Henry Bliss, 21, shoe shave maker, b. MA.
  • On 21 Oct 1860 Henry Rensselaer Bliss, 20, married Huldah B. Tucker, daughter of Hosea Tucker and Evelina Holmes, at Spencer, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • In 1861 Henry was living at North Brookfield, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, in 1861, Henry gave his occupation as mechanic.
  • Henry Rensselaer Bliss and Oliver Bliss, brothers, served together in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry in company F from North Brookfield.

  • On 30 Jul 1862 Henry mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of North Brookfield, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 22 years, 3 months and 21 days old.
  • He died on 17 Sep 1862 at The Battle of Antietam, Washington County, Maryland, killed in action. He was 22 years, 5 months and 8 days old.
  • On 8 Dec 1862 Huldah B. Tucker received a pension to surviving family member based on Henry's service; his wife, receiving certificate number 18398.
  • On 19 Jan 1870 Henry Rensselaer Bliss was included on the Civil War memorial at North Brookfield, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
    See: An Oration delivered Jan. 19, 1870 by Gen'l Francis A. Walker, at the Soldiers' Monument Dedication in North Brookfield; also the addresses of His Excellency Wm. Claflin, Gen. Chas. Devens and others, with a brief account of the celebration (off-site link at Internet Archive, archive.org.)
  • On 2 Jun 1870 Henry's widow, Huldah B. Tucker remarried to Henry H. Stone at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • In Apr 1871 Huldah B. Stone made application for a pension as guardian to Henry's surviving dependants, his widow, receiving certificate number 151554.
  • He's surviving family was enumerated in the household of Henry H. Stone and Huldah B. Tucker in the 1880 US Federal Census on 14 Jun 1880 at Barre, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Stone, Henry H., 39, farmer, b. MA (as were all in the family)
    ---, Hulda B., 38, wife
    ---, Jennie M., 8, dau
    ---, Emory M., 6, son
    ---, Emerson A., 6, son
    ---, Mattie E., 4, dau
    Bliss, William H., 18, son of wife, farm labor.
  • On 17 Sep 1900 Henry R. Bliss 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.)
  • Henry's wife, Huldah B. Tucker, died and was buried in Aug 1909 at Hardwick Cemetery, Hardwick, Worcester County, Massachusetts, with her second husband at age 68 years.
  • Last Edited: 17 Aug 2016

Family: Huldah B. Tucker b. 1841, d. 19 Aug 1909

  • William Henry Bliss b. 26 Jul 1862, d. 1933

Oliver Bliss

b. 3 December 1833, d. 13 November 1893
  • Father: Rensselaer Bliss b. 21 Nov 1802, d. 4 Jan 1871
  • Mother: Maria Bowen Gilbert b. 4 May 1807, d. 16 Sep 1855
  • Company: F
  • Oliver Bliss was born on 3 Dec 1833 at New Braintree, Worcester County, Massachusetts, son of Rensselaer Bliss and Maria Bowen Gilbert.
  • Oliver Bliss was enumerated in the household of Rensselaer Bliss and Maria Bowen Gilbert in the 1850 US Federal Census on 17 Aug 1850 at North Brookfield, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Rensalaer Bliss, 47, farmer, b. MA (as were all)
    Maria, 43
    George, 23, blacksmith
    Linius, 20 (m), shoemaker
    **Oliver, 16, farmer
    Calvin, 12
    **Henry, 10
    Charles, 8
    Mary, 5.
  • On 25 May 1853 Oliver Bliss, 19, married Sarah B. Coolidge, daughter of James P. Coolidge and Sarah F. Richardson, at Amherst, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both.
  • On 16 Sep 1855 his mother, Maria Bowen Gilbert, died at North Brookfield, Worcester County, Massachusetts, at age 48.
  • On 27 Feb 1857 Henry and Oliver's widowed father, Rensselaer Bliss, remarried to Anna Sampson at Warren, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • Oliver Bliss was not enumerated in the household of James P. Coolidge and Sarah F. Richardson in the 1860 US Federal Census on 20 Jun 1860 at North Brookfield, Worcester County, Massachusetts, with his wife as:
    James P. Coolidge, 59, carpenter, b. MA (as were all)
    Sarah F., 57
    **Sarah B. Bliss, 22, tackstress (his wife)
    Charles L., 17, shoemaker (Oliver's younger brother?)
  • In 1861 Oliver was living at North Brookfield, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, in 1861, Oliver gave his occupation as mechanic (per Ford), and manufacturer (per MASSCW.)
  • Oliver Bliss and Henry Rensselaer Bliss, brothers, served together in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry in company F from North Brookfield.

  • On 12 Jul 1861 Oliver mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of North Brookfield, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 27 years, 7 months and 9 days old.
  • On 17 Sep 1862 his brother , Henry Rensselaer Bliss, died at The Battle of Antietam, Washington County, Maryland, at age 22 killed in action.
  • On 16 Dec 1863 Oliver ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts by transfer to the Veterans' Reserve Corp.

  • Before 1864 Sarah B. Coolidge, his wife, died apparently.
  • On 5 May 1864 Oliver Bliss, 30, married Mary Schofield, 24, daughter of William Green Schofield and Elizabeth Hale.
  • Oliver Bliss ended his service with the 55th V. R. C. on 18 Jul 1864.
  • He made application for a veteran's pension on 8 Nov 1875, and received certificate number 328154.
  • He and Mary Schofield were enumerated in the 1880 US Federal census on 7 Jun 1880 at Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware, as:
    Bliss, Oliver, 46, doctor, b. MA (as were his parents)
    ---, Mary, 40, wife, b. England
    ---, William G., 15, son, b. PA
    ---, Mary E., 11, dau, b. NJ.
  • In 1886 Oliver was living at Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts.
  • He was included in the city directory at Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts, as an eclectic physician in 1890.
  • He was enumerated in the 1890 US Federal census, Veteran's Schedule in Jun 1890 at Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts, as having served in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, as a musician in Company F, noting that he has a spinal injury from a fall.
  • He died on 13 Nov 1893 at Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts, of heart disease. He was 59 years, 11 months and 10 days old.
  • He was buried in Nov 1893 at Walnut Grove Cemetery, North Brookfield, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • On 16 Nov 1893 Mary Schofield received a pension to surviving family member in Massachusetts based on Oliver's service; his wife, receiving certificate number 391109.
  • Mary, his wife, outlived Oliver and died on 30 Dec 1897 at Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, of cancer at age 57.
  • Last Edited: 14 Apr 2016

Family 1: Sarah B. Coolidge b. between 1837 - 1838, d. before 1864

Family 2: Mary Schofield b. 5 May 1840, d. 30 Dec 1897

  • William Green Bliss b. 9 Apr 1865, d. 6 Dec 1953
  • Mary Elizabeth Bliss b. 21 Aug 1868, d. 19 May 1938

William E. Blodgett

b. between 1826 and 1827, d. 14 September 1904
  • Father: Isaac Simeon Blodgett b. between 1799 - 1800, d. 15 Nov 1870
  • Mother: Cynthia Peabody b. between 1801 - 1802, d. 1889
  • Company: 1_SS
  • William E. Blodgett was born between 1826 - 1827 at Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts, son of Isaac Simeon Blodgett and Cynthia Peabody.
  • In 1861 William was living at Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts.
  • At the time of his enlistment, William gave his occupation as Shoemaker.

  • On 2 Sep 1861 William E. Blodgett mustered into service with the 1st Company Massachusetts Sharpshooters.
  • On 19 Nov 1862 William ended military service with the 1st Massachusetts Sharpshooters at Fort McHenry, Baltimore, Baltimore County, Maryland, by discharge for wounds, a gunshot wound in his left arm.

  • He made application for a veteran's pension on 13 Mar 1863, and received certificate number 11929.
  • Starting 13 Aug 1864, William also served in the 13th Infantry Regiment U.S. Veteran Reserve Corps, Company H.
  • He ended his service with the 13th Infantry Regiment U.S. Veteran Reserve Corps, Company H by mustering out on 13 Nov 1865.
  • On 12 May 1868 William E. Blodgett married Mary Porter, daughter of Robert Porter and Louisa Luffkin, at Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts, in a third (sic) marriage for him and the second for her.
  • On 28 Jul 1876 William E. Blodgett married Eunice G. Stearns, 46, daughter of Alpheus Nichols and Sarah Brown, at Burlington, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, in a second (sic) marriage for both. (She was the widow of Charles Stearns.)
  • In 1876 upon entry into the Soldiers' Home, he gives his next-of-kin as "Mrs. Rich, Wellfleet, MA, daur."
  • On 17 Oct 1876, at National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, Togus, Kennebec County, Maine, William was admitted.
  • He was enumerated in the 1890 US Federal census, Veteran's Schedule in Jun 1890 at Whitefield, Lincoln County, Maine, as having served in the 1st Co. Andrews Sharpshooters.
  • On 21 Jun 1893, at National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, Togus, Kennebec County, Maine, William was discharged at his own request.
  • On 13 Aug 1903, at National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, Togus, Kennebec County, Maine, William was readmitted.
  • He died on 14 Sep 1904 at National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, Togus, Kennebec County, Maine.
  • He was buried in Sep 1904 at Togus National Cemetery, Togus, Kennebec County, Maine, Sec. 1, row 10, Grave #2002.
  • On 23 May 1905 Eunice G. Nichols received a pension to surviving family member in Massachusetts based on William's service; his wife received certificate number 617026.
  • Eunice, his wife, outlived William and died on 8 Jul 1909 at Woburn Almshouse, Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, at age 79.
  • Last Edited: 16 Apr 2016

Family 1: Mary Porter b. between 1837 - 1838

Family 2: Eunice G. Nichols b. 12 Oct 1829, d. 8 Jul 1909