Peter Boulet

b. 10 March 1834, d. 9 May 1917
  • Father: John Boulet
  • Mother: Rose Stephens
  • Company: K
  • Peter Boulet was also known as Peter Bulley.
  • He was born on 10 Mar 1834 at Whitehall, Washington County, New York, son of John Boulet and Rose Stephens, according to Ford's history.
  • Peter Boulet was born in Oct 1843 at Canada (French), son of John Boulet and Rose Stephens.
  • Peter Boulet emigrated in 1858 from Canada according to the 1900 census.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Peter gave his occupation as farmer.
  • In 1861 Peter was living at Blackstone, Worcester County, Massachusetts.

  • On 1 Jul 1861 Peter mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Blackstone, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 27 years, 3 months and 21 days old.
  • On 21 Oct 1861 Peter was wounded at The Battle of Ball's Bluff, Leesburg, Virginia.
  • On 30 Oct 1861 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Peter Boulet was included, with 304 other men, among "The Killed Wounded and Missing of the Fifteenth Regiment," after Ball's Bluff.
  • On 28 Jul 1864 Peter ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, due to expiration of term of service.

  • Peter also served in the 3rd Rhode Island Heavy Artillery.
  • Peter Boulet married Justina Lucier.
  • Peter Boulet and Justina Lucier were enumerated in the 1870 US Federal Census on 9 Aug 1870 at Medfield, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, as:
    Bulley, Peter, 30, R. R. Laborer, b. Canada East (cannot read or write)
    ---, Justina, 24, b. Canada East (cannot read or write)
    ---, Joseph, 3, b. RI
    ---, Rosa, 2/12, b. MA.
  • Peter Boulet and Justina Lucier were enumerated in the 1880 US Federal census on 21 Jun 1880 at Norton, Bristol County, Massachusetts, as:
    Bulley, Peter, 46, works on Rail road, b. NY (of Canadian Parents)
    ---, M., 32, wife, b. Canada
    ---, Joseph, 12, son, b. RI
    ---, Rosa, 10, daur, b. MA
    ---, Josephine, 8, daur, b. MA
    ---, Louis, 5, son, b. RI
    ---, Frank, 3, son, b. MA
    ---, Sarah J., daur, 9/12, b. MA.
  • Peter Bulley was enumerated in the 1890 US Federal census, Veteran's Schedule in Jun 1890 at Norton, Bristol County, Massachusetts, as having served in Co. K of the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, noting that he now suffers from weak eyes.
  • He made application at Massachusetts for a veteran's pension on 13 Nov 1890, and received certificate number 686504.
  • On 24 Dec 1891 Peter and Justina's daughter, Rosa Bulley married Russell E. Eddy at Norton, Bristol County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both.
  • Peter Boulet and Justina Lucier were enumerated in the 1900 US Federal census on 12 Jun 1900 at Norton, Bristol County, Massachusetts, as:
    Boulett, Peter, head, b. Oct 1843, married 30 years, b. Canada (Fr.), emmig 1858, stone mason
    ---, Justina, wife, b. Aug 1846, all 8 of her children still living, b. Canada (Fr.), emmig 1860
    ---, Joseph, son, b. Nov 1879, widower, b. RI
    ---, Louis, son, b. Jan 1877, single, b. MA
    ---, Frank, son, b. Apr 1878, single, b. MA
    ---, John Edward, son, b. Jan 1884, single, b. MA
    ---, Gilbert S., son, b. May 1885, single, b. MA
    ---, Carlton J., grand-son, b. May 1890, b. MA.
  • On 18 Dec 1901 Peter and Justina's son, Joseph Bulley married Florence E. Roome at Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, in a second marriage for both.
  • Peter Boulet was not enumerated in the household of Justina Lucier in the 1910 US Federal Census on 30 Apr 1910 at Attleboro, Bristol County, Massachusetts, as:
    Bulley, Justine, head, 65, m1, 44, all eight children living, b. Can-French, immig 1863
    ---, Frank, son, 33, single, b. MA, fath b. NY, mor b. Can-French, jewelry tool maker
    ---, Sara, daur, 30, single, b. MA, fath b. NY, mor b. Can-French
    ---, John, son, 26, single, b. MA, fath b. NY, mor b. Can-French, jewelry bench hand
    ---, Gilbert, son, 24, single, b. MA, fath b. NY, mor b. Can-French, jewelry tool maker
    Bulley, Carleton, grandson, 19, single, b. MA, fath b. RI, mor b. MA, jewelry bench hand.
  • Peter Boulet was enumerated in the household of Joseph Bulley and Florence E. Roome in the 1910 US Federal Census in 1910 at Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, as:
    Joseph Bulley, 42, plasterer
    Florence E Bulley, 43
    Peter Bulley, 75.
  • On 12 Oct 1914 Peter and Justina's daughter, Sarah Bulley married George F. Mccrea at Littleton, Grafton County, New Hampshire, in a first marriage for both.
  • Peter Boulet died on 9 May 1917 at Attleboro, Bristol County, Massachusetts. He was 83 years, 1 month and 29 days old.
  • An obituary for Peter Boulet was published as follows: from the "Pawtucket Times," 10 May 1917:
    Peter Bulley, Civil War Veteran, Dies.
    Served Four Years in Union Army, Was in Many Engagements.
    Attleboro -- Peter Bulley, a Civil War veteran and for many years a resident of Attleboro, died yesterday afternoon at his home... after an illness of one week.
    Mr. Bulley served four years in the Union army and participaed in many big engagements, including the battle of Gettysburg.
    He was never wounded and had never been made parisoner.
    Until recently his health had been good.
    He is survived by his wife and eight children, including Frank of Providence, who served in the Spanish war and has recently joined the colors again, and Lewis, who is now serving in his 19th year in the regular army.
    Mr. Bulley was a member of William A. Streeter Post, G. A. R., and members of this post will have charge of the funeral...
  • He was buried in May 1917 at Woodlawn Cemetery, Attleboro, Bristol County, Massachusetts.
  • On 12 Jun 1917 Justina Lucier received a pension to surviving family member in Massachusetts based on Peter's service; his wife, received certificate number 830346, mentioning also service in the 3rd RI HA.
  • Justina outlived Peter and died on 23 Jan 1921 at Attleboro, Bristol County, Massachusetts.
  • Last Edited: 18 Jan 2017

Family: Justina Lucier b. 1846, d. 23 Jan 1921

  • Joseph Bulley b. Nov 1867
  • Rosa Bulley b. 15 Mar 1870, d. 1956
  • Josephine Bulley b. between 1871 - 1872
  • Lewis Bulley b. Jan 1877, d. 1925
  • Frank Bulley b. Apr 1878, d. 1952
  • Sarah Bulley b. 22 Aug 1879, d. 2 Jan 1968
  • John Edward Bulley b. 6 Jan 1884, d. 1942
  • Gilbert Sanford Bulley b. 4 May 1885, d. Dec 1963

Roland Edwin Bowen

b. 5 July 1837, d. 21 January 1883
  • Father: George L. Bowen d. about 1855
  • Mother: Esther M. Waters b. 15 Nov 1819, d. 6 Nov 1865
  • Company: B
  • Roland Edwin Bowen was born on 5 Jul 1837 at Millbury, Worcester County, Massachusetts, son of George L. Bowen and Esther M. Waters.
  • In 1861 Roland was living at Millbury, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, in 1861, Roland gave his occupation as wood turner.

  • On 30 Jul 1861 Roland mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Millbury, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 24 years and 25 days old.
  • He was declared missing in action on 3 Jul 1863 at The Battle of Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania.
  • On 22 Jul 1863 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Roland Edwin Bowen was reported as missing at Gettysburg.
  • On 22 Jun 1864 Roland was taken prisoner at Petersburg, Prince George County, Virginia.
  • On 20 Jul 1864, Roland was escaped from prison and entered Union lines.
  • On 3 Aug 1864 Roland ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts as the 1870 roster notes him as "missing" since July.

  • On 21 Dec 1865 Roland Edwin Bowen, 28, married Mary F. Cole, 20, daughter of Albert B. Cole and Sophia Barns, at Millbury, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both.
  • Roland Edwin Bowen was included in Alvan Simonds' recounting of the 1864 prison escape is in Willis' history of Fitchburg in the Civil War, p. 220. Click the icon to read it here.
  • He and Mary F. Cole were enumerated in the 1870 US Federal Census on 14 Jul 1870 at Millbury, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • Roland Edwin Bowen and Mary F. Cole were enumerated in the 1880 US Federal census on 16 Jun 1880 at Millbury, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Bowen, Roland, 44, postmaster, b. MA (as were all)
    ---, Mary, 34, wife
    ---, Frederic, 12, son
    ---, Ida, 9, daur
    Waters, Nathaniel, 88, grandfather, widower.
  • Roland Edwin Bowen made application for a veteran's pension on 8 Dec 1882, but no certificate number was given.
  • He died on 21 Jan 1883 at Millbury, Worcester County, Massachusetts, of consumption. He was 45 years, 6 months and 16 days old.
  • An obituary for Roland Edwin Bowen was published on 22 Jan 1883 at "The Worcester Daily Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as follows:
    POSTMASTER BOWEN
    His Death at Millbury -- an interesting story of his army life.

    Roland Edwin Bowen, for many years postmaster at Millbury, died Sunday, in his 46th year, from consumption. The news will be received with a feeling of deepest regret and sadness throughout the entire town and among his large circle of friends elsewhere. Stricken with the fatal disease some years ago he has gradually failed. Many men would doubtless have succumbed long ago, and the continuation of his life so long is attributable to the constant exertion of an indomitable will power. He was able to perform the duties of his office until about two months ago, since which time he has been confined to the house. He was appointed postmaster soon after the close of the war, and has held the position without opposition a period of 16 years, during which the business of the office has constantly increased, and the requirements of the position have always been discharged with a rare degree of efficiency, which has won the cordial approval of the public and department.
    He took an active part in the last rebellion, enlisting in company B of the 15th regiment, and for three years, with the exception of the time passed in the hands of the enemy, shared in the fortunes of that memorable organization. His career as a soldier was a very remarkable one, and could the full details be obtained, it would form an interesting book of many pages. He was present at Ball's Bluff, and with hundres of others was driven over the bluffs to the river bank, he succeding in concealing himself beneith the bank, whre he remained until night, when, under cover of the darkness, being an expert swimmer, he succeeded in crossing the Potomac in safety, minus most of his clothing and weapons. He was able to save his watch, and has carried it ever since.
    He was twice captured, first at the battle of Gettysburg. After being held for a short time, he, with several others, made an escape, but were retaken after being on the road several days, and reteturned to the prison quarters and held until exchanged. He was taken again soon after, and again made his escape, this time while being marched with a large number of other prisoners to Andersonville. One fellow prisoner, Alvan A. Simonds, now of Dayton, Ohio, escaped with him. They contrived to slip into the woods without being noticed by the guard, and fled. Then began a journey through the mountains which nothing but the love of liberty would induce any to attempt. The story of their wanderings and adventures has already been writen by Mr. Simonds and published, and it is from the printed record that the following brief account is taken:
    On the 22d of June, 1864, the remnant of the 15th Massachusetts regiment was captured by Gen. Maqhoney's division. Bowen and myself found ourselves prisoners among others at Petersburg and were thence taken to Richmond to Libby prison, where we were held two days. In the meantime we were searched. I succeeded in saving most of my money, but Bowen lost nearly all. From Libby we were taken to Belle Island for three days, and then started for Andersonville, Georgia, traveling by rail to Lynchburg. Bown and I had resolved to improve any opportunity given us to escape. At Lynchburg we were given four days rations, consisting of 16 hard crackers and a small piece of bacon, this to last until we reached Danville, 70 miles out.
    We resoslved to escape before reaching that place. No favorable chance was offered on the first, but on the second day, at about 11 o'clock, the prisoners had got well strung out, and the head of the column halted in the road leading through a piece of woods. It being very hot and dusty, every man made for the sahde. This was an opportunity not to be lost. We slipped in to the wood in safety, and then ran for half a mile or more. After resting for a short time we started for the Blue Ridge of the Allegheny mountains, taking the sun for our guide, and traveling northwest.
    The second day we came suddenly upon a man dressed in gray with brass buttons on his coat and gun on his shoulder. He proved to be only out hunting, and did not molest us. Nothing of much note transpired for some days. In the meantime we lived on wheat which we had taken from a field and threshed, and some mouldy bread, making good progress all the time. We soon reached the James river, at Balcony Falls. This looked very easy to ford; but, on attempting to do so, it was found impossible, and it was not until the next day, after going up the river about a mile, that we got over at this point. Three boys were playxing in a boat, and we induced them to take us across.
    On July 14th we came to a neat-looking house, at which I called and found a young lady with two children; told her who I was and asked for something to eat, and she gave me bread, pie, bacon and milk, a portion of which I carried to my companyion. At our present rate of traveling we reached Harper's Ferry in ten days. We had now passed through the counties of Campbell, Bradford, Rockbridge and were now in Augusta. We left Waynesboro on our left, passed Brown Gap into Rockingham county, getting our living at log houses near the foot of the mountains, which were occupied by the poor classes, who seldom refused us food. We crossed the mountains into Green county, through Madison, back over the mountains into Page, down the valley in Warren county and on to the road leading to Chester Gap, which we soon reached and crossed into the woods.
    Not long after we came to the road leading to Manassas Gap. At this point we were obliged to run into the woods to avoid a squad of rebel cavalry. They did not see us, and soon passed on. The next day we passed Manassas Gap Railroad and Paris Gap. Snickers Gap was next reached and passed, but not without an adventure, for just as we were crossing the road two of Mosby's men came around the bend in the road. They saw us. We ran for the woods, the rebels putting spurs to their horses, and as they came up where we crossed the road we were in the woods up the side of the mountain. They went a pistol shot after us, and just as it whizzed past our heads I stumbled and fell. My companion thought I was wounded, and cried out we surrender. No we don't, said I, as I jumped up.
    We ran until exhausted and then lay down in the bushes. If the guerrillas followed us we have the satisfaction of knowqing that they had their labor for their pains. The next day we arrived at Harper's Ferry and were once more among friends. It was a happy dav for us. It was 23 days after we made our escape ..... rejoiced that we had so providentially made our escape from the horrors of southern prison.

    Postmaster Bown was always interested in games and sports of all kinds, particularly those of a mental character, the game of checkers being his favorite, and his skill gave him a wide reputation. In addition to the large amounts of play and positions published by him, he contributed to the checker literature of the day two entire volumes, known as Bowen Cross and Bristol, the former containing 1000 variations, and the latter some 200 each a model in its line. Their value was quickly recognized and they met with a ready sale among the players.
    He was a member of the local G. A. R. Post and formerly took an active part in its proceedings. The deceased was honored and respected by all who knew him, and no one would have been taken who will be more greatly missed our whose loss will be more generally mourned. He will ever be remembered as a genial companion, a courteous gentleman, a good citizen, and withal a man who represented the highest ideas of honesty, integrity and general uprightness in all things. He leaves a wife and two children.
  • On 26 Jan 1883 at "The Fitchburg Sentinel", Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts, there was a report on his funeral:
    Funeral of a Veteran Fusilier.
    The funeral of Postmaster R. E. Bowen occurred at his late home in Millbury, on Thursday afternoon, and was attended by a large number of relatives, friends, neighbors, old comrades, and nearly all the business men of the place, filling the house to overflowing, while many were unable to obtain admission. The services were conducted under the direction of George A. Custer Post 70, G. A. R., of which the deceased was a honored member.
    About 40 comrades were present, and the 15th Massachusetts regiment was also represented by a good delegation, seven members of Company B, as follows: Henry A. Spooner and Charles E. Griswold of Fitchburg, Joseph B. Matthews, William E. Taylor and Oscar A. Kendall of Winchendon, Josiah A. Wilder of Worcester, and one Alvin A. Simonds (who was formerly of Fitchburg) from Dayton, Ohio, the later being the fellow prisoner who made his escape from the bevels with Mr. Bowen, and shared with him in the terrible experiences of a 22 days' journey through the mountains. All of the 15th boys were distinguished by the badge of the second corps.
    Rev. P. Y. Smith of Wilkinsonville, a particular friend of the deceased, officiated. He delivered an eloquent and [?] eulogy, from Job 7:16, in which he paid the highest tribute to the beautiful life and character of the departed. The music for the occasion was provided by a select choir, composed of Mr. and Mrs. H. M. Goddard, Mrs. I. N. Goddard and Charles Lovel, who sang, "How Sleep the Brave," "In the Sweet Bye and Bye," and "Beyond the Smiling and the Weep..." [? smear ]
    [The] remains of the departed was draped with the national flag, and upon the top was placed a beautiful G. A. R. emplem, composed of red, white and blue, contributed by Post 70. The bearers were Comrades A. H. Batcheller, Lyman Waters, T. A. Winter, C. H. Wright, N. H. Sears and S. D. Waters. The remains were interred at Central Cemetery and followed to the grave by the Post and other comrades, where the usual G. A. R. funeral service was performed.
  • He was buried in Jan 1883 at Millbury Central Cemetery, Millbury, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • On 28 Jun 1883 Roland Edwin Bowen was reported deceased at the 15th annual reunion of Company B, Fitchburg Fusiliers.
  • On 28 Mar 1884 Mary F. Cole received a pension to surviving family member in Massachusetts based on Roland's service; his wife, received certificate number 260682.
  • The personal papers or letters of Roland Edwin Bowen are consisting of personal letters which were published by Greg Coco in "From Ball's Bluff to Gettysburg."
  • In Mar 1884 Mary F. Cole received a pension to surviving family member in Massachusetts based on Roland's service; his wife, receiving certificate number 260682.
  • Mary F. Cole was enumerated as the widow of Roland Edwin Bowen, of the 15th Massachusetts, in the 1890 Veterans' Schedules of the US Federal Census in Jun 1890 at Millbury, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • On 16 May 1893 Roland and Mary's daughter, Ida May Bowen married Walter Herman Weismann at Millbury, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both.
  • On 29 Jun 1901 at Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Roland Edwin Bowen 's widow attended the 40th reunion of Company B.
  • On 29 Jun 1903 at Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Roland Edwin Bowen 's widow attended the 35th annual reunion of Company B, 15th Mass.
  • On 5 Jun 1905 Roland's widow, Mary F. Cole remarried to Samuel E. Hull at Millbury, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a second marriage for both.
  • Last Edited: 16 Apr 2016

Family: Mary F. Cole b. 21 Dec 1845, d. 27 Jun 1915

  • Fred Julian Bowen b. 3 Jun 1868, d. 9 Apr 1948
  • Ida May Bowen b. 4 Nov 1870, d. Feb 1955

Henry Bowman

b. 9 September 1834, d. 12 April 1908

Henry Bowman
  • Father: Simeon Bowman b. 1808, d. before Aug 1860
  • Mother: Hannah Bailey b. 1803, d. 1 Mar 1887
  • Company: C
  • Henry Bowman was born on 9 Sep 1834 at Lancaster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, son of Simeon Bowman and Hannah Bailey.
  • Henry Bowman was enumerated in the household of Simeon Bowman and Hannah Bailey in the 1850 US Federal Census in 1850 at Clinton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Simeon Boman, M, 42, tinman, b. MA
    Hannah Boman, F, 47, b. MA
    Charles Boman, M, 21, b. MA
    **Henry Boman, M, 13, b. MA
    Samuel M Boman, M, 13, b. MA
    Emma H Boman, F, 1, b. MA
    Samuel Baker, M, 20, b. MA
    Ellen Babcock, F, 17, b. MA
    Sophia Hayden, F, 21, b NH.
  • Before Aug 1860 his father, Simeon Bowman, died apparently, since his wife is enumerated in the 1860 census with her son, Henry.
  • From the History of Clinton:
    The young men who worked in the "Courant" (newspaper) office during these earlier years of publication have a remarkable war record. They enlisted, one after another, untill every man who had worked there, outside of Mr. Ballard and the regular editors, was in the service of his country. Henry Bowman, Henry Greenwood, William J. Coulter, James A. Bonney and James P. Chenery were in the Light Guard...
  • Henry Bowman was enumerated in the 1860 US Federal census on 6 Aug 1860 at Clinton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    **Henry BOWMAN, 25, clerk, $4300 in real estate, $1300 personal estate, b. MA
    Hannah, 56, $6325 in real estate, $2300 in personal estate, b. MA (his widowed mother)
    (With Henry's brother, just six doors away.)
    George Bowman, 35, stage driver, $3500 in real estate, $1500 personal estate, b. MA (as were all in the house)
    Abbie M., 36
    Rosella M., 9
    Hattie M., 8
    Fred Atherton, 25, baker
    **Elisha E. Buss, 26, carpenter (who would become Henry Bowman's 1st Lieutenant in Co. C a year later.)
    (Note: it is reasonable to suppose that Elisha Buss and Henry Bowman were acquainted, and possibly good friends.)
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, in 1861, Henry gave his occupation as book-keeper.
  • On 22 Jan 1861 Henry Bowman, 26, married Martha Ardelia Wallace, 19, daughter of David Wallace and Sarah A. Lillis, at Clinton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both.
  • Henry Bowman and David O. Wallace, brothers-in-law, served together in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Company C.

  • On 1 Aug 1861 Henry mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry as a Captain, being credited to the quota of Clinton, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 26 years, 10 months and 23 days old.
  • On 14 Aug 1861 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Henry Bowman was mentioned in an article about the departure of the Fifteenth Massachusetts from Worcester.
  • In Oct 1861 Henry Bowman 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, Henry Bowman was mentioned in dispatches or (not necessarily correctly) among the casualties of Ball's Bluff.
  • On 30 Oct 1861 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Henry Bowman 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, Henry Bowman 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, Henry Bowman was listed, with 88 other men of the 15th Massachusetts, as a prisoner at Richmond.
  • The following letter from one of the hostages at Richmond was received at the State House:
    Richmond, Virginia
    November 27
    My Dear General:
    An opportunity having been afforded of sending letters, I shall avail myself of the chance and write to you. Long before this, I presume you will have been apprised of my situation. We are all (seven of us) confined in one cell – size, 11 by 17. Our mess is made up of Cole, Cogswell and Wood of New York ; Col. Lee and Major Revere of the Massachusetts 20th ; Capt. Keffer of Philadelphia ; and Capt. Rockwood and myself of the Massachusetts 15th. We were transferred from the tobacco warehouse (where we had been confined since the battle of Leesburg) a fortnight ago.
    Standing as we do, hostages for those privateers in New York, we are treated the same as persons charged with crime. What will be the result of all this I do not know. I trust that all will yet be well, but

    If we are marked to die we are enough
    To do our country loss ; and if to give
    The fewer men, the greater share of honor.
    I am fully confident that our good people will do all within their power, and in my believing shall patiently await the issue.
    Remember me kindly to all, and believe me truly yours,
    Henry Bowman,
    Capt. Co. C, 15th Mass. Regt.
  • On 6 Aug 1862 Henry ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts to become a Major in the 34th MVI.

  • Starting 11 Aug 1862, Henry also served in the mustered into the 34th Massachusetts Infantry, as a Major.
  • He ended his service by mustering out for promotion and transfer on 22 Aug 1862.
  • Starting 25 Aug 1862, Henry also served in the as Colonel of the 36th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.
  • Starting 16 Sep 1862, Samuel Mirick Bowman, his brother, served in the 51st Massachusetts Regiment as a Sergeant.
  • Henry Bowman ended his service by resignation and discharge on 27 Jul 1863.
  • Starting 29 Feb 1864, Henry also served in the U. S. Volunteers, appointed from Massachusetts, as Captain and Assistant Quarter Master.
  • On 24 Jul 1864 his his brother, Samuel Mirick Bowman, died at Petersburg, Virginia, at age 27 killed in action while later serving as a 1st Lieutenant with the 57th Massachusetts Regiment.
  • Between Aug 1864 - Nov 1864 Henry was promoted to Major, U. S. Volunteers.
  • On 20 Sep 1864 his infant daughter, Clara Louise Bowman, died at Lunenburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts, of cholera at age 2 months.
  • On 4 Feb 1865 his brother-in-law, David O. Wallace, died at Florence, Florence County, South Carolina, of disease, as a prisoner of war, according to the MASSCW and the history of Clinton, MA.
  • On 13 Mar 1865 was given the rank of Brevet Major.
  • Henry Bowman ended his service with by mustering out on 15 Aug 1866.
  • He and Martha Ardelia Wallace were enumerated in the 1880 US Federal census in 1880 at Idaho Springs, Clear Creek County, Colorado, where he is Superintendant of Mines. They appear to live in some kind of hotel or lodging house.
  • On 19 Aug 1881 his son, Harry W. Bowman, died at Colorado at age 12 at age 12 years 7 months.
  • Henry Bowman and Martha Ardelia Wallace were enumerated in the State census in 1885 at Clear Creek County, Colorado, as:
    Henry Bowman, 45, inspector of schools, b. MA (of MA parents)
    Martha, 38, b. MA (of MA parents)
    C. H. Hunnert, 25, boarder, shoemaker, b. OH
    R. A. Jackson, 25, boarder, shoemaker, b. OH
    Dan white, 23, boarder, laborerb. MO
    Anna Jackson, 45, widow, boarder
    Florence Jackson, 27, single, b. OH.
  • In 1886 at Idaho Springs, Clear Creek County, Colorado, Henry Bowman was a member of Colorado Springs Post, No. 22 G. A. R.
  • He made application at Colorado for a veteran's pension in Dec 1891.
  • In 1896, Henry was included in "The History of Clinton, Massachusetts."
  • He was not enumerated in the household of Martha Ardelia Wallace in the 1900 US Federal Census on 1 Jun 1900 at Idaho Springs, Clear Creek County, Colorado, where she is the Superintendant of Schools and enumerated as a lodger.
  • Henry Bowman was enumerated in the 1900 US Federal census on 15 Jun 1900 at Denver, Denver County, Colorado, where he is living alone on Curtis Street, as a lodger. He is a commercial agent.
  • He died on 12 Apr 1908 at Denver, Denver County, Colorado. He was 73 years, 7 months and 3 days old.
  • An obituary for Henry Bowman was published on 13 Apr 1908 at "The Denver Post", Denver, Denver County, Colorado, as follows:
    "Dying Man goes to Undertakers: Stumbling into Martin's undertaking parlors at Colfax and Broadway yesterday afternoon at 1 o'clock, Henry Bowman, 1371 South Thirteenth street, declared he was sick. The police ambulance was called and Bowman was removed to the county hospital where he died at 3 o'clock of pneumonia.
    The coroner has the body, and an inquest will probably be held.
    Bowman was wealthy at one time, according to neighbors, although he died in straitened circumstances. For many years he was connected with a local publish house as a bookseller.
    His divorced wife is a school teacher at Idaho Springs. A sister survives him in Massachusetts. She is the only known living relative."
  • He was buried in Apr 1908 at Woodlawn Cemetery, Clinton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in Section 16, Jewett Avenue, Lot 250.
  • On 18 May 1908 Martha Ardelia Wallace received a pension to surviving family member, in Colorado based on Henry's service.
  • Martha, his wife, outlived Henry and died on 26 Feb 1930 at Rockford City, Winnebago County, Illinois, at age 88.
  • Credits: Primary photo above by permission of the Worcester Historical Museum, Ward Collection.
  • Last Edited: 4 Jul 2016

Family: Martha Ardelia Wallace b. Aug 1841, d. 26 Feb 1930

  • Clara Louise Bowman b. 23 Jul 1864, d. 20 Sep 1864
  • Harry W. Bowman b. 19 Jan 1869, d. 19 Aug 1881

James Boyd

b. between 1840 and 1841
  • Company: B
  • James Boyd was born between 1840 - 1841 at England.
  • In 1863 James was living at England.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, in 1863, James gave his occupation as sailor.

  • On 1 Aug 1863 James mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.
  • On 11 Dec 1863 at "The Worcester Daily Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, J. H. Boyd was mentioned as wounded:
    "Among the list of casualties in the Potomac army, on Friday, the 27th, we find the following in the 15th regiment; Adjutant Dwight Newbury, lower jaw fractured; G. Hawley, in arm; A. W. Potter, arm; Capt. L. H. Ellingwood, in head; J. H. Boyd, in hand, and J. E. Shepherd in shoulder."
  • On 23 Apr 1864 James ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts by transfer to the Navy, but no service record found for him there.

  • Last Edited: 18 Dec 2014

Lucius D. Boyden

b. 13 September 1829, d. 26 August 1862
  • Father: Lucius Boyden
  • Mother: Mary Ann Fairbank b. 1 Sep 1804
  • Company: G
  • Lucius D. Boyden was born on 13 Sep 1829 at Holden, Worcester County, Massachusetts, son of Lucius Boyden and Mary Ann Fairbank.
  • His father, Lucius Boyden, died.
  • Before 1845 Lucius's widowed mother, Mary Ann Fairbank, remarried to Ezra Albert Tucker.
  • Lucius D. Boyden was enumerated in the household of Ezra Albert Tucker and Mary Ann Fairbank in the 1850 US Federal Census on 7 Oct 1850 at Holden, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Ezra Tucker, 30, factory, b. MA (as were all in the household)
    Mary Ann, 42
    Winslow Boyden, 23, factory
    **Lucius, 20, boot maker
    Elizabeth, 19
    Presilla Tucker, 5
    Isabella, 3.
  • On 16 Jan 1860 Lucius D. Boyden, 30, married Mary Louisa Bonn, 18, daughter of Joseph D. Bonn and Abigail Clapp, at Grafton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, by the Rev. Wm. G. Scandlin, future Chaplain of the 15th Massachusetts. It was his first marriage and her second.
  • Lucius D. Boyden and Mary Louisa Bonn were enumerated in the 1860 US Federal census on 24 Jul 1860 at Millbury P. O., Grafton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Lucius Boyden, 24, shoemaker, b. CT
    Louisa, 19, b. MA.
  • In 1861 Lucius was living at Grafton, Worcester County, Massachusetts.

  • On 12 Jul 1861 Lucius mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Grafton, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 31 years, 9 months and 29 days old.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Lucius gave his occupation as shoemaker.
  • He died on 26 Aug 1862 at The Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, of disease. He was 32 years, 11 months and 13 days old.
  • He was buried at Philadelphia National Cemetery, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, Plot: 337, noting also the original burial was in Glenwood PA 28 Aug 1862.
  • On 5 Jan 1864 Mary Louisa Bonn received a pension to surviving family member based on Lucius's service; receiving certificate number 44354.
  • On 2 Mar 1864 Lucius's widow, Mary Louisa Bonn remarried to Albert N. Bonn at Grafton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, a first marriage for him and the third for her.
  • Lucius D. Boyden's surviving family was enumerated in the household of Joseph D. Bonn and Abigail Clapp in the 1870 US Federal Census in Jun 1870 at Grafton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    J. D. Bonn, 55, ?? carver?, b. MA
    ---, Abbie, 50, b. MA
    ---, Nellie, 23
    ---, Joseph E., 18, role carver?, b. MA
    ---, Flose A., 9, b. MA (his daughter.)
  • Mary, his wife, outlived Lucius and died on 9 Dec 1873 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, of consumption at age 32.
  • On 4 Sep 1875 Joseph D. Bonn, Lucius's father-in-law, made application for a pension as guardian to Lucius's surviving dependants, for Flora.
  • On 24 Sep 1879 Lucius's daughter, Abbie Flora Boyden married George Washington Willis at Grafton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both.
  • Last Edited: 8 Jul 2016

Family: Mary Louisa Bonn b. 13 Mar 1841, d. 9 Dec 1873

  • Abbie Flora Boyden b. 7 Feb 1861

Luther Taggart Bradford

b. 17 November 1839, d. 29 October 1873
  • Father: Dana Bartlett Bradford b. 19 Oct 1817, d. 10 Feb 1890
  • Mother: Harriet S. Jones b. 3 Dec 1813, d. 1898
  • Company: 1_SS
  • Luther Taggart Bradford was born on 17 Nov 1839 at Massachusetts, son of Dana Bartlett Bradford and Harriet S. Jones.
  • Luther Taggart Bradford was enumerated in the household of Dana Bartlett Bradford and Harriet S. Jones in the 1850 US Federal Census on 11 Sep 1850 at Hubbardston, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Dana B. Bradford, 32, Cong. clergyman, b. NH
    Harriet S., 35, b. NH
    Luther T., 10, b. MA
    Justin E., 8, b. NH
    Francis I, 6, b. VT
    Charlotte E., 2, b. MA.
  • In 1861 Luther was living at North Reading, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.
  • At the time of his enlistment, Luther gave his occupation as Engineer.
  • On 25 Aug 1861 Luther Taggart Bradford, 21, married Margaretta Boyle, 16, daughter of Edward Boyle and Sarah Swan, at Rollinsford, Strafford County, New Hampshire.

  • On 2 Sep 1861 Luther T. Bradford mustered into service with the 1st Company Massachusetts Sharpshooters. He was 21 years, 9 months and 16 days old.
  • On 22 Jun 1862 Luther ended military service with the 1st Massachusetts Sharpshooters at Potter's Creek, Virginia, by discharge for disability.

  • He died on 29 Oct 1873 at San Francisco, San Francisco County, California. He was 33 years, 11 months and 12 days old.
  • He was buried in Oct 1873 at I. O. O. F. Cemetery, San Francisco, San Francisco County, California.
  • He's surviving family was enumerated in the household of Margaretta Boyle in the 1880 US Federal Census on 2 Jun 1880 at Lowell, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, as:
    Bradford, Etta, 35, widow, b. NY (of Irish parents)
    ---, Frederick, 17, son, R. R. fireman, b. Chicopee, MA
    ---, Chas. E., 14, son, b. MA
    ---, Francis E., 12, son, b. IL
    ---, Luther T., 9, son b. CA
    ---, Bertha A., 6, daur, b. MA.
  • Margaretta Bradford was enumerated as the widow of Luther Taggart Bradford, in the 1890 Veterans' Schedules of the US Federal Census in Jun 1890 at Lowell, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.
  • On 7 Sep 1892 Luther and Margaretta's daughter, Bertha Margaret Bradford married Samuel B. Cook at Lowell, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both.
  • Margaretta, his wife, outlived Luther and died about 1912 at California.
  • Last Edited: 22 Apr 2016

Family: Margaretta Boyle b. 14 Dec 1844, d. about 1912

  • Frederick James Bradford b. 18 Feb 1863, d. 25 Aug 1929
  • Charles Edward Bradford b. 8 Dec 1866, d. 3 Dec 1934
  • Francis Irving Bradford b. 4 Jun 1868, d. 13 Apr 1941
  • Luther Taggart Bradford b. 27 Feb 1871, d. 20 Aug 1950
  • Bertha Margaret Bradford b. 7 Jun 1873

Adoniram Judson Bradley

b. 2 March 1827, d. 13 May 1906

Adoniram J. Bradley
  • Father: Deacon M. Lyman Bradley b. 3 Aug 1786, d. 30 Mar 1873
  • Mother: Dorcas Braman b. 16 Sep 1795, d. 31 Mar 1873
  • Company: I
  • Adoniram Judson Bradley was born on 2 Mar 1827 at Russell, Hampden County, Massachusetts, son of Deacon M. Lyman Bradley and Dorcas Braman.
  • On 16 Aug 1848 Adoniram Judson Bradley, 21, married Clarissa Marilla Bishop, 18, daughter of James Bishop and Clarissa Holmes, at Russell, Hampden County, Massachusetts.
  • On 27 Sep 1857 his infant son, Lucius Dwight Bradley, died at Russell, Hampden County, Massachusetts.
  • Adoniram Judson Bradley and Clarissa Marilla Bishop were enumerated in the 1860 US Federal census on 7 Jul 1860 at Russell, Hampden County, Massachusetts, as:
    A. J. Bradley, 35, farmer, b. MA
    M. C., (f.), 30
    Alice M., 10
    Charles J., 8.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Adoniram gave his occupation as farmer.
  • In 1861 Adoniram was living at Russell, Hampden County, Massachusetts.

  • On 16 Oct 1861 Adoniram mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Russell, Hampden County, Massachusetts. He was 34 years, 7 months and 14 days old.
  • On 21 May 1862 Adoniram was promoted to as a 2nd Lieutenant.
  • On 17 Sep 1862 Adoniram was wounded at The Battle of Antietam, Washington County, Maryland, wounded.
  • On 19 Sep 1862 Adoniram was promoted to as a 1st Lieutenant.
  • He wrote a letter to William Corbin, Frank Corbin's father, on 23 Sep 1862 as follows: concerning the death of his son. Click icon to read.
  • On 15 Dec 1862 Adoniram was wounded in the face.
  • On 22 Jan 1863 Adoniram was promoted to Captain, and mustered in that rank 1 March 1863.
  • On 6 Apr 1863 at "The Worcester Daily Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Adoniram Judson Bradley was mentioned in an article about promotions.
  • On 10 Apr 1863 at "The Southbridge Journal", Worcester County, Massachusetts, Adoniram Judson Bradley was mentioned in an article listing commissions and officer promotions in the regiment, as well as which discharged or deceased officers they replaced.
  • On 21 Nov 1863 Adoniram ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts by resignation.

  • On 23 Dec 1863 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Adoniram Judson Bradley was mentioned in a short report:
    The November report of this regiment shows that Lieut. Col. Joslin was captured by the enemy on the 27th ult., together with the following men: --- Corp. S. W. Armington, James Goffer, and John McDonald, Co. D; sergeant James Comries, S. Curby, and Louis Jaynau, Co. E. Capt A J Bradley has resigned. The death of Joseph Freeman of Co. E. is announced.
  • He made application for a veteran's pension on 30 Jun 1864, and received certificate 31871.
  • On 6 Oct 1871 his daughter, Alice M. Bradley, died at Westfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts, at age 21 unmarried, of typhoid.
  • He was included in the "History of the Connecticut Valley in Massachusetts, Volume II," by Louis H. Everts, 1879, as a member of the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.
  • Adoniram Judson Bradley and Clarissa Marilla Bishop were enumerated in the 1880 US Federal census in Jun 1880 at Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts, where he is a farmer.
  • Adoniram Judson Bradley and Clarissa Marilla Bishop were enumerated in the 1900 US Federal census on 6 Jun 1900 at Westfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts.
  • Adoniram Judson Bradley died on 13 May 1906 at Westfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts. He was 79 years, 2 months and 11 days old.
  • He was buried on 18 May 1906 at Pine Hill Cemetery, Westfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts.
  • In 1906 Clarissa Marilla Bradley received a pension to surviving family member in Massachusetts based on Adoniram's service; his wife, received certificate 618291.
  • Clarissa, his wife, outlived Adoniram and died on 20 Jun 1913 at age 83.
  • Last Edited: 3 Apr 2016

Family: Clarissa Marilla Bishop b. 24 Apr 1830, d. 20 Jun 1913

  • Alice M. Bradley b. 7 Feb 1850, d. 6 Oct 1871
  • Charles J. Bradley b. 19 Sep 1851, d. 1927
  • Lucius Dwight Bradley b. 2 Oct 1856, d. 27 Sep 1857
  • Harry Lyman Bradley b. 31 Oct 1868, d. 7 Oct 1940

Robert M. Brainard

b. January 1840, d. 29 October 1910
  • Father: Thomas Brainard b. 1798
  • Mother: Melinda [--?--] b. 1800, d. Jan 1845
  • Company: G
  • Robert M. Brainard was born in Jan 1840 at Massachusetts, son of Thomas Brainard and Melinda [--?--].
  • In Jan 1845 his mother, Melinda [--?--], died at Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts.
  • Robert M. Brainard was enumerated in the 1860 US Federal census on 7 Jun 1860 at Belchertown, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, as:
    Robert M. Brainerd, 22, shoemaker, b. MA
    living in the household of:
    Thomas S. Haskell, 84, shoemaker, b. MA.
  • Starting 22 Apr 1861, Robert also served in the 6th Massachussetts Infantry, Company G.
  • He ended his service with the 6th Massachussetts Infantry on 2 Aug 1861 at Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Robert gave his occupation as mechanic.
  • In 1862 Robert was living at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts.

  • On 26 Jul 1862 Robert mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 22 years and 6 months old.
  • On 9 Feb 1864, Robert was reenlisted, having received a bounty of $325.
  • In May 1864 Robert was wounded at The Battle of the Wilderness, Spotsylvania County, Virginia, on the hand.
  • On 18 May 1864 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Robert M. Brainard was noted among the wounded at the Battle of the Wilderness.
  • On 25 May 1864 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Robert M. Brainard 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 6 Oct 1864 Robert was transferred to the V. R. C.
  • He ended his service by discharge due to disability on 1 Jan 1865.
  • He made application for a veteran's pension on 19 Jun 1865, received certificate number 45766.
  • On 17 Sep 1867 Robert M. Brainard, 27, married Ellen Maria Paine, 23, daughter of Henry M. Paine and Betsey H. [--?--], at Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, his first marriage and her second. She was the widow Curtiss.
  • Robert M. Brainerd was enumerated in the 1890 US Federal census, Veteran's Schedule in Jun 1890 at Belchertown, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, as having served in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Company G.
  • He and Ellen Maria Paine were enumerated in the 1900 US Federal census on 20 Jun 1900 at Amherst, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, as:
    Brainard, Robert M., b. Jan 1840, married 34 years, b. MA, repairer of leather goods
    ---, Ellen M., wife, b. Aug 1846, she has no children, b. MA
    Paine, Henry M., father-in-law, b. Mar 1815, b. MA.
  • On 16 Dec 1908 Ellen Maria Paine, his wife, died at Hadley, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, at age 64 of pneumonia.
  • Robert M. Brainard and Ellen Maria Paine had no issue.
  • Robert M. Brainard was enumerated in the 1910 US Federal Census on 9 May 1910 at Chesterfield, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, as:
    Brainard, Robert M., boarder, 73, widower, b. MA.
  • He died on 29 Oct 1910 at Williamsburg, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, found dead, probably of angina pectoris. He was 70 years and 9 months old.
  • He was buried on 31 Oct 1910 at North Amherst, Hampshire County, Massachusetts.
  • Last Edited: 12 Oct 2016

Family: Ellen Maria Paine b. 27 Aug 1844, d. 16 Dec 1908

Charles E. Braman

b. February 1839, d. 23 December 1922
  • Father: Palmer Braman b. 1814, d. 1 Dec 1892
  • Mother: Julia M. Thrasher b. 3 Apr 1814, d. 15 Sep 1896
  • Company: H
  • Charles E. Braman was also known as Charles E. Beaman in Ford's history, but the MASSCW says "Braman", as does Ford in parentheses.
  • He was born in Feb 1839 at Grafton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, son of Palmer Braman and Julia M. Thrasher.
  • Charles E. Braman was enumerated in the household of Palmer Braman and Julia M. Thrasher in the 1850 US Federal Census on 8 Aug 1850 at Sutton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Palmer Braman, 35, spinner, b. RI
    Julia M., 35, b. RI
    **Charles E., 11, b. MA (as were all the children)
    Julia M., 9
    Hellen P., 7
    Palmer E., 5
    Emily C., 2
    Daniel, 32, carder, b. RI
    Mary A., 25, b. CT
    Daniel J., 3, b. MA
    Geo?? N., 1, b. MA
    Mary E. Taft, 19, b. MA.
  • In 1861 Charles was living at Uxbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Charles gave his occupation as carder.

  • On 12 Jul 1861 Charles mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Uxbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 22 years and 5 months old.
  • Charles E. Braman and Willard Whittemore Sawyer, future brothers-in-law, served together in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry in Company H.
  • On 21 Oct 1861 Charles was wounded at The Battle of Ball's Bluff, Leesburg, Virginia.
  • On 30 Oct 1861 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Charles E. Braman was included, with 304 other men, among "The Killed Wounded and Missing of the Fifteenth Regiment," after Ball's Bluff.
  • On 27 Jun 1862 Charles was wounded in the hand.
  • On 8 Jul 1862 at "The Worcester Daily Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Charles and Henry Vibbert, and Joseph H. Wood and Moses Wood were mentioned as follows:
    "The following members of the 15th regiment, in addition to those already published, have arrived at Philadelphia on their way home. Henry Vibbert of Fitchburg, who was taken a prisoner at the battle of Ball's Bluff and afterwards exchanged, Chas. E. Braman of Co. C., and F. Wood of Co. I."
  • On 20 Dec 1862 Charles ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts by discharge due to disability.

  • Starting 7 Dec 1863, Charles also served in the 2nd Massachusetts Heavy Artillery, Company G.
  • On 20 Apr 1864 Charles was wounded at Plymouth, Washington County, North Carolina.
  • On 20 Apr 1864 Charles was taken prisoner at Plymouth, Washington County, North Carolina, and later paroled.
  • On 14 Sep 1864 his brother, Palmer E. Braman, died serving with the 2nd Massachusetts Heavy Artillery.
  • On 20 Mar 1865 Charles's sister, Helen P. Braman, married Willard Whittemore Sawyer at Uxbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • Charles E. Braman ended his service with the 2nd Massachusetts Heavy Artillery, Company G, by mustering out on 12 Jun 1865.
  • He made application for a veteran's pension on 8 Feb 1866, and received certificate number 74008.
  • On 6 Jan 1868 Charles E. Braman, 28, married Mary Ann Thomson, 27, daughter of Levi Thomson and Elizabeth Briggs, at Uxbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both.
  • Charles E. Braman and Mary Ann Thomson were enumerated in the 1880 US Federal census on 19 Jun 1880 at Uxbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Braman, Charles E., 40, farmer, b. MA
    ---, Mary A., 38, wife, b. MA.
  • Charles E. Braman and Mary Ann Thomson were enumerated in the 1900 US Federal census on 9 Jun 1900 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Braman, Charles, head, b. Feb 1839, married 32 years, b. MA (fath b. RI, mor b. MA), hotel watchman
    ---, Mary A., wife, b. June 1841, one of two children living, b. MA
    ---, William P., son, b. July 1880, b. MA
    Thompson, Moses, boarder, b. Oct 1843, b. MA (brother-in-law)
    Booth, Arnold, boarder, b. jan 1874, b. MA.
  • On 21 Oct 1903 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Charles E. Braman attended the 37th annual regimental reunion with some eighty other veterans.
  • In 1906 Charles was living at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • On 20 Oct 1906 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Charles E. Braman 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.)
  • Charles's wife, Mary Ann Thomson, died and was buried in Apr 1907 at Prospect Hill Cemetery, Uxbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Plot: Section 3 at age 66 years and 10 months.
  • On 6 Sep 1909 Charles E. Braman, 70, married Sarah E. Prescott, 69, daughter of Sylvester Prescott and Tryphena Bassett Fairbanks, at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, a second marriage for both. She was the widow of William B. Boothby.
  • Charles E. Braman and Sarah E. Prescott were enumerated in the 1910 US Federal Census on 28 Apr 1910 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Braman, Charles E. (C.), head, 71, married second 1 year, b. MA, (fat b. RI, mor b. MA), night watchman
    ---, Sarah E., wife, 64, three children, b. MA (and parents.)
  • On 27 Oct 1910 at The State Mutual Building, Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Charles E. Braman attended the 44th reunion of the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.
  • He and Sarah E. Prescott were enumerated in the 1920 US Federal Census on 16 Jan 1920 at Upton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Charles E Braman, 80
    Sarah E., 79.
  • Charles E. Braman died on 23 Dec 1922 at Upton, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 83 years and 10 months old.
  • He was buried in Dec 1922 at Prospect Hill Cemetery, Uxbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • Last Edited: 16 Apr 2016

Family 1: Mary Ann Thomson b. 1 Jun 1840, d. 7 Apr 1907

  • William Palmer Braman b. 22 Jul 1880

Family 2: Sarah E. Prescott b. 13 May 1840

William F. Brandes

b. 1843, d. 2 July 1863
  • Father: Frederick Brandes b. 1803, d. 7 Jun 1860
  • Mother: Sophia May Boton b. 7 Dec 1800, d. 13 Feb 1883
  • Company: I
  • William F. Brandes was born in 1843 at Hannover, Germany, son of Frederick Brandes and Sophia May Boton.
  • On 1 May 1854 William F. Brandes emigrated with Frederick Brandes and Sophia May Boton, his parents, from Germany.
  • On 7 Jun 1860 his father, Frederick Brandes, died at Two Rivers, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin.
  • William F. Brandes was enumerated in the household of Sophia May Boton in the 1860 US Federal Census on 18 Aug 1860 at Two Rivers, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, as:
    Sophia Brandis, 61, b. Hanover
    William, 16, farm labor, b. Hanover
    Henry, 12, b. Hanover.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, William gave his occupation as shoemaker.

  • On 5 Aug 1861 William mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 18 years old.
  • On 9 Nov 1861 William F. Brandes was mentioned, along with 95 other men of the 15th Massachusetts, in a report of 9 Nov 1861 to the Webster Times, by F. Q. Robinson, concerning the aftermath of Ball's Bluff and reporting his status.
  • On 1 Oct 1862 Francis Carpenter, having visited the battlefield, wrote a letter to the Webster Times detailing the status of many men after the Battle of Antietam.
  • On 21 Mar 1863 at "The Webster Times", Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, William
    Brave and Lucky - William Brantis, one of the original members of company I, 15th Mass. Regiment, is now at his home in this place on a furlough of ten days. Young Brantis has been in every engagement in which the Fifteenth has participated, has never been wounded, never in the hospital, and never before had a furlough. If this is the kind of soldiers to whom General Hooker is now showing favors, “Fighting Joe” is a man of sense in one direction at least.
  • He died on 2 Jul 1863 at The Battle of Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania, killed in action. He was 20 years old.
  • He was buried at Mount Zion Cemetery (East Village), Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • On 22 Jul 1863 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, William F. Brandes was listed as a casualty of Gettysburg.
  • On 3 Feb 1864 Sophia May Boton received a pension to surviving family member based on William's service; his mother, received certificate number 14765.
  • NOTE: The pension file for this man contains a 4-page document in antique German script. It appears to be an original sent from the old country, complete with wax seal.
  • Starting May 1864, Henry Brandes, his brother, served in the Twenty-fifth unattached division, as a private, age 17, which was afterward consolidated with the Fourth Massachusetts Heavy Artillery.
  • Sophia, his mother, outlived William and died on 13 Feb 1883 at Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, at age 82.
  • On 4 Jul 1907 William F. Brandes was included on the Civil War memorial at Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, according to an article in the Webster Times. See the "Documents" section at the main website for an account of the festivities of dedication.
  • On 1 Nov 1917, William was noted in an article from the Worcester Evening Gazette -
    "Webster Boy Follows Father's Example Fighting For Country"
    about Henry's son Henry Brandes Jr.: "His (Henry's) brother, Sergeant William Brandes, was killed in the battle of Gettysburg." The article was about William's nephew going to fight in World War I.
  • On 20 Dec 1923, William was noted again in the Worcester Evening Gazette - Here the article describes the 50th wedding anniversary of Mr. & Mrs. Henry Brandes. At one point there is mention Henry's brother William --
    The brother was killed at Gettysburg and was one who swam the river at Ball's Bluff.
  • Although William sadly became a footnote in the family history, the story somewhat epitomizes the experience of the mid-19th century immigrant to America. For that reason and for the benefit of genealogists, I have included the full Brandes section from the Worcester County History. Crane writes the following about the Brandes family: (click icon to read.)
  • Last Edited: 9 Sep 2016

Henry Branner

b. between 1835 and 1836
  • Company: B
  • Henry Branner was also known as Henry Brennan as alternate spelling in Ford's history.
  • He was born between 1835 - 1836 at Germany.
  • In 1864 Henry was living at Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, in 1864, Henry gave his occupation as clerk.

  • On 8 Apr 1864 Henry mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry and received a bounty of $325, being credited to the quota of Stow, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.
  • On 5 May 1864 Henry was taken prisoner at The Battle of the Wilderness, Spotsylvania County, Virginia.
  • On 27 Jul 1864 Henry ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts by administrative transfer to the 20th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry while a prisoner, and mustered out as a prisoner, according to Ford's history.

  • On 21 Oct 1864, Henry was reported as a deserter, according to the MASSCW.
  • Last Edited: 1 Sep 2012

Thomas Breach

b. 6 December 1828, d. 8 April 1905
  • Father: Edward M. Breach b. 1798, d. 15 Jun 1843
  • Mother: Sarah Diplock b. 1803
  • Company: C
  • Thomas Breach was also known as Thomas Beach.
  • (Note: records for this family are correctly filed as "BREACH", but some appear as "BEACH.")
  • He was born on 6 Dec 1828 at Falmer, Sussex, England, son of Edward M. Breach and Sarah Diplock.
  • Thomas Breach was baptized on 4 Jan 1829 at Falmer, Sussex, England.
  • He was enumerated in the household of Edward M. Breach and Sarah Diplock in the 1841 UK Census in Apr 1841 at Hamsey, Sussex, England, as:
    Edward Breach, 40, Ag. Lab., b. in Sussex (as were all in the family)
    Sarah, 25
    Jane (Corner), 80 (his brandmother)
    **Thomas, 12
    Ann, 12
    John, 10
    Joseph, 7
    Eliza, 5
    Edward, 2.
  • On 15 Jun 1843 his father, Edward M. Breach, died at Hamsey, Sussex, England.
  • Thomas Breach emigrated in 1860 from England.
  • Before 1861 at Northborough, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Thomas Breach as a resident, was a member of "The Clinton Guards."
  • In 1861 Thomas was living at Northborough, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, in 1861, Thomas gave his occupation as hostler.

  • On 24 Dec 1861 Thomas mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Northborough, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 33 years and 18 days old.
  • On 31 May 1862 Thomas was wounded at The Battle of Fair Oaks, Henrico County, Virginia, receiving a contusion.

  • On 20 Feb 1864 Thomas mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry having reenlisted and received a bounty of $325. He was 35 years, 2 months and 14 days old.
  • On 27 Jul 1864 Thomas ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts by transfer to Co. E of the 20th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.

  • Starting 28 Jul 1864, Thomas also served in the 20th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Company E.
  • On 26 Nov 1864 Thomas Breach, 35, married Betsy A. Lowe, 22, daughter of Joseph Lowe and Mary [--?--], at Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both.
  • Thomas Breach ended his service by mustering out on 16 Jul 1865.
  • On 17 Sep 1870 Thomas Breach was included on the Civil War memorial at Northborough, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • He and Betsy A. Lowe were enumerated in the 1880 US Federal census on 1 Jun 1880 at Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, as:
    Beach, Thomas, 52, shoemaker, b. England
    ---, Betsy A., 38, wife, b. England
    ---, Mary E., 13, dau, b. MA
    ---, Lizzie M., 11, dau, b. MA
    ---, Amme L., 9, dau, b. MA
    ---, Joseph E., 7, son, b. MA
    ---, Annie G., 4, dau, b. MA
    ---, Nettie M., 1, dau, b. MA.
  • Thomas Breach made application for a veteran's pension on 22 Dec 1884, received certificate number 304721.
  • He was enumerated in the 1890 US Federal census, Veteran's Schedule in Jun 1890 at Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, as having served in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Company C, noting that he was shot in the groin.
  • On 11 Nov 1890 Thomas and Betsy's daughter, Lizzie Maria Beach married George F. Hollis at Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, in a second marriage for him and the first for her.
  • Thomas Breach and Betsy A. Lowe were enumerated in the 1900 US Federal census on 15 Jun 1900 at Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, as:
    Beach, Thomas, head, b. Dec 1828, 71, married 36 years, b. England (of English parents), immig 1860
    ---, Betsey, wife, b. Jan 1842, six of eight children living, b. England (of English parents), immig 1849
    ---, Annie F., b. May 1876, single, b. MA (of Eng parents)
    ---, Nettie N., daur, b. Apr 1879, single
    (nextdoor)
    Low, James, b. Sep 1836, widower, b. England of English parents, immig 1848
    Pine, Joseph A., son-in-law, married 10 years, b. Italy
    ---, Alice V. daur, b. Oct 1867, no children, b. MA of English parents.
  • On 17 Jun 1900 Thomas and Betsy's daughter, Nettie May Beach married George E. Cushman at Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both.
  • Thomas's wife, Betsy A. Lowe, died and was buried on 28 Dec 1903 at Maplewood Cemetery, Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, at age 61 years and 11 months.
  • Thomas Beach died on 8 Apr 1905 at Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, of heart disease. He was 76 years, 4 months and 2 days old.
  • He was buried on 11 Apr 1905 at Forest Hills Crematory, Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.
  • On 3 Oct 1906 Thomas and Betsy's daughter, Amy Louisa Beach married Hiram T. Bean at Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both.
  • Last Edited: 22 Apr 2016

Family: Betsy A. Lowe b. Jan 1842, d. 26 Dec 1903

  • Mary Ellen Beach b. 30 Jan 1867
  • Lizzie Maria Beach b. 7 Jan 1869
  • Amy Louisa Beach b. 8 Mar 1871
  • Joseph Edward Beach b. 29 Aug 1873
  • Ann Francis Beach b. 31 May 1876, d. 1954
  • Nettie May Beach b. 2 Apr 1879
  • William H. Beach b. 6 Sep 1882, d. 27 Feb 1884
  • Willis James Beach b. 6 Sep 1882, d. 6 Mar 1884

Matthew Brennan

b. between 1840 and 1841, d. 25 December 1874
  • Company: E
  • Matthew Brennan was born between 1840 - 1841 at Ireland.
  • Matthew Brennan married Bridget [--?--].
  • Matthew Brennan was not enumerated in the household of Winiford Killgariff in the 1860 US Federal Census on 18 Jul 1860 at Milford P. O., Blackstone, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:

    Wineford McCarty, 29, Ireland
    Mary, 11, b. MA
    **Margret Kallidriff (sic), 27, weaver, b. Ireland (future guardian of his children)
    Bridget, 70, b. Ireland
    **John F. Brennan, 1, b. MA (his son)
    (nextdoor to)
    Thomas McCarty, 50, ??, b. Ireland
    Mary, 50, b. Ireland
    Thomas, 16, weaver, b. MA
    Elizabeth, 4, b. MA.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Matthew gave his occupation as mechanic.

  • On 12 Jul 1861 Matthew mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Oxford, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • Matthew Brennan and Patrick Brennan, both from Oxford, and both b. Ireland, and possibly brothers or cousins, served together in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Co. E.
  • On 9 Feb 1863 Matthew ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts due to disability.

  • He made application for a veteran's pension on 19 Feb 1863, received certificate number 12508.
  • On 11 Apr 1863 at "The Webster Times", Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Matthew Brennan was included in the published list of Oxford volunteers.
  • He's surviving family was enumerated in the household of Margaret Killgariff in the 1870 US Federal Census on 10 Aug 1870 at Oxford, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Kearney, Bridget, 70, b. Ireland
    McCarty, Mary, 19, works in woolen mill, b. CT
    Kilgarten (sic), Margaret, 22, works in woolen mill, b. Ireland
    **Brennan, Sarah, 8, b.MA
    **---, John, 10, b.MA
    Keenan, Edward, 3, b.MA.
  • Matthew Brennan died on 25 Dec 1874 at Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island, (and registered in Blackstone, MA).
  • On 4 Oct 1875 Margaret Killgariff made application for a pension as guardian to Matthew's surviving dependants, with application number 222966, but no certificate is recorded. (Relationship, if any, unknown.)
  • He's surviving family was enumerated in the household of Margaret Killgariff in the 1880 US Federal Census on 16 Jun 1880 at Millbury, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Killgariff, Margaret, 50, single, keeping house, b. Ireland (who was named guardian in Matthew's pension file)
    Brennon, Sarah M., 20, boarder, single, cloth finisher, b. MA (of Irish parents.)
  • On 28 Jan 1885 Matthew's son, John Francis Brennan married Minnie Webster at Huntington, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both.
  • Last Edited: 18 Dec 2014

Family 1: Bridget [--?--] b. 1841

  • John Francis Brennan b. 25 May 1859

Family 2:

  • Sarah M. Brennan b. 1862

Patrick Brennan

b. 1819, d. 9 October 1895
  • Father: John Brennan
  • Company: E
  • Patrick Brennan was born in 1819 at Ireland, son of John Brennan.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Patrick gave his occupation as spinner.

  • On 12 Jul 1861 Patrick mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Oxford, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 42 years old.
  • Patrick Brennan and Matthew Brennan, both from Oxford, and both b. Ireland, and possibly brothers or cousins, served together in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Co. E.
  • On 17 Dec 1862 Patrick ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts due to disability.

  • On 11 Apr 1863 at "The Webster Times", Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Patrick Brennan was included in the published list of Oxford volunteers.
  • In 1879 Patrick was living at Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, where he works at Slaters Mill, according to an article in the Webster Times.
  • On 5 Jul 1879 at "The Webster Times", Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Patrick Brennan was mentioned in the report on the 12th annual reunion of Company E, 15th Massachusetts Infantry.
  • He made application for a veteran's pension on 1 Mar 1880, and received certificate number 405584.
  • He died on 9 Oct 1895 at Dudley, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 76 years old.
  • He was buried in Oct 1895 at Calvary Cemetery, Dudley, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • On 27 Jun 1896 at "The Webster Times", Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Patrick was mentioned as deceased at the company reunion.
  • Last Edited: 18 Dec 2014

Joseph Brennen

b. between 1832 and 1833
  • Company: B
  • Joseph Brennen was born between 1832 - 1833 at Ireland.
  • In 1863 Joseph was living at unknown according to Ford's history.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, in 1863, Joseph gave his occupation as laborer.

  • On 1 Aug 1863 Joseph mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.
  • On 12 Oct 1863 Joseph deserted from hospital, per MASSCW.
  • On 27 Jul 1864 Joseph ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts by administrative transfer to the 20th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry as "absent sick", per Ford's history.

  • On 27 Jul 1864 Joseph Brenner appeared on the muster rolls of the 20th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry as having officially transferred into the unit, but he was not assigned to a specific company.
  • Last Edited: 1 Sep 2012