Henry Ford

b. between 1842 and 1843
  • Company: K
  • Henry Ford was born between 1842 - 1843 at Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island.
  • In 1861 Henry was living at Cumberland, Providence County, Rhode Island.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Henry gave his occupation as spinner.

  • On 1 Jul 1861 Henry mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Cumberland, Providence County, Rhode Island.
  • On 21 Oct 1861 Henry was taken prisoner at The Battle of Ball's Bluff, Leesburg, Virginia.
  • On 30 Oct 1861 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Henry Ford was included, with 304 other men, among "The Killed Wounded and Missing of the Fifteenth Regiment," after Ball's Bluff.
  • On 20 Nov 1861 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Henry Ford was listed, with 88 other men of the 15th Massachusetts, as a prisoner at Richmond.
  • On 20 Nov 1861 at "The Worcester Daily Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Henry Ford was listed with 195 other men among the prisoners taken at Ball's Bluff.
  • On 2 Jul 1863 Henry was wounded at The Battle of Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania.
  • On 22 Jul 1863 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Henry Ford was reported as wounded at Gettysburg.
  • On 1 Oct 1863 Henry ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts by transfer to the Veterans' Reserve Corps.

  • Starting 1 Oct 1863, Henry also served in the Company B, 22nd Regiment VRC.
  • On 11 Apr 1864 Henry reenlisted.
  • He ended his service with by desertion from the VRC, according to the MASSCW on 13 Sep 1864.
  • Last Edited: 9 Jul 2013

John C. Ford

b. July 1829, d. 25 August 1900
  • Father: Reuben Ford b. 20 Oct 1785, d. 20 Jan 1852
  • Mother: Mary Vittum b. 17 Aug 1796, d. 7 Nov 1857
  • Company: G
  • John C. Ford was born in Jul 1829 at Canada, son of Reuben Ford and Mary Vittum.
  • John C. Ford was enumerated in the household of Reuben Ford and Mary Vittum in the 1850 US Federal Census on 27 Aug 1850 at Grafton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Reuben Forde, 64, carpenter, b. ME
    Mary, 54, b. NH
    Alexander, 19, shoemaker, b. Canada
    **John, 17, shoemaker, b. Canada
    **Levi, 15, laborer, b. Canada
    Diantha M. Pomeroy (widowed sister), 26, b. Canada
    Mary L., 9, b. VT.
  • On 20 Jan 1852 his father, Reuben Ford, died at Grafton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, of lung fever at age 66.
  • On 14 Apr 1852 his married brother, William A. W. Ford, died at Millbury, Worcester County, Massachusetts, at age 37 of consumption.
  • On 29 Jan 1853 John C. Ford, 23, married Eliza Durfey, daughter of Samuel Durfee and Betsey Brittan, at Sutton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both.
  • On 7 Nov 1857 his mother, Mary Vittum, died at Grafton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, of consumption at age 61.
  • John C. Ford and Eliza Durfey were enumerated in the 1860 US Federal census on 16 Jul 1860 at Sutton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    John C. Ford, 29, farmer, $600 real estate, b. Canada
    Louisa, 35, b. RI.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, John gave his occupation as farmer.
  • John C. Ford and Levi J. Ford, brothers, served together in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Company G.

  • On 4 Feb 1862 John mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Sutton, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 32 years and 7 months old.
  • On 6 Apr 1862 John ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts at Yorktown, York County, Virginia, by discharge due to disability.

  • He and Eliza Durfey were enumerated in the State census in 1865 at Sutton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    John C. Ford, 35, b. Canada, carpenter
    Eliza Ford, 41, b. RI, housekeeper
    Reuben F. Ford, 4, b. Sutton
    Elizabeth Durfee, 84, b. RI, Lady.
  • John C. Ford and Eliza Durfey were enumerated in the 1870 US Federal Census on 7 Jul 1870 at Millbury, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Ford, John C., 40, carpenter, b. MA
    ---, Eliza A., 45, b. MA
    ---, Reuben F., 10, b. MA
    Bradidy, Patrick, carpenter, b. England
    ---, Thomas, 20, carpenter, b. England.
  • On 18 Aug 1870 his brother, Levi J. Ford, died at Grafton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, at age 35 of consumption.
  • John C. Ford and Eliza Durfey were enumerated in the 1880 US Federal census on 9 Jun 1880 at Laconia, Belknap County, New Hampshire, as:
    Ford, John C., 48, carpenter, b. Canada (fat b. ME, mor b. NH)
    ---, Louisa M. (sic), 47, wife, b. RI
    Buzzell, Dana, 37, boarder, works in hosiery mill, b. MA
    ---, George H., 13, boarder, b. NH
    ---, Alfred P., 11, boarder, b. NH
    Rollins, Charles H., 21, boarder, works in hosery mill, b. NH.
  • Eliza Durfey, his wife, died apparantly.
  • On 15 Jul 1882 John C. Ford married Jane Scales, daughter of George Alderdice and Hannah Howard, at Laconia, Belknap County, New Hampshire, in a second marriage for both, they both being widowed.
  • On 24 Nov 1883 Jane Alderdice, his wife, died at Laconia, Belknap County, New Hampshire, murdered by one Thomas Samon, a boarder in the Ford home.
  • On 3 Jun 1891 John C. Ford, 61, married Elsie Isabella Bolster, 18, daughter of Ransom Colby Bolster and Eliza Ann Donaldson, at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a third marriage for him and the first for her.
  • John C. Ford made application at Massachusetts for a veteran's pension in Mar 1892, and received certificate number 838618.
  • He and Elsie Isabella Bolster were enumerated in the 1900 US Federal census on 12 Jun 1900 at Sutton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Ford, John C., 70, b. July 1829, married 9 years, b. Canada Fr. (fath b. Min ?, mor b. NH, immig 1856, carpenter
    ---, Elsie P., wife, 27, b. Mar 1873, her one child is living, b. MA (fath b. RI, mor b. MA)
    ---, Ella, daur, b. Jan 1893, b. MA.
  • John C. Ford died on 25 Aug 1900 at Sutton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, of a fractured spine. He was 71 years and 1 month old.
  • He was buried in Aug 1900 at Dodge Cemetery, Sutton, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • He's surviving family was enumerated in the household of Elsie Isabella Bolster in the 1910 US Federal Census on 28 Apr 1910 at Sutton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Ford, Elsie, 40, widow, b. MA
    ---, Ella, daur, 16, b. MA, spinner in cotton mill.
  • On 13 Jul 1912 John and Elsie's daughter, Ella Diantha Ford married John M. Carter at Saundersville (Grafton), Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • Last Edited: 30 Apr 2017

Family 1: Eliza Durfey b. between 1824 - 1825

Family 2: Jane Alderdice b. 1825, d. 24 Nov 1883

Family 3: Elsie Isabella Bolster b. 23 Mar 1873

  • Ella Diantha Ford b. 15 Jan 1893, d. 29 Mar 1970

Levi J. Ford

b. 18 February 1835, d. 18 August 1870
  • Father: Reuben Ford b. 20 Oct 1785, d. 20 Jan 1852
  • Mother: Mary Vittum b. 17 Aug 1796, d. 7 Nov 1857
  • Company: G
  • Levi J. Ford was born on 18 Feb 1835 at Canada, son of Reuben Ford and Mary Vittum.
  • Levi J. Ford was enumerated in the household of Reuben Ford and Mary Vittum in the 1850 US Federal Census on 27 Aug 1850 at Grafton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Reuben Forde, 64, carpenter, b. ME
    Mary, 54, b. NH
    Alexander, 19, shoemaker, b. Canada
    **John, 17, shoemaker, b. Canada
    **Levi, 15, laborer, b. Canada
    Diantha M. Pomeroy (widowed sister), 26, b. Canada
    Mary L., 9, b. VT.
  • On 20 Jan 1852 his father, Reuben Ford, died at Grafton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, of lung fever at age 66.
  • On 14 Apr 1852 his married brother, William A. W. Ford, died at Millbury, Worcester County, Massachusetts, at age 37 of consumption.
  • On 7 Nov 1857 his mother, Mary Vittum, died at Grafton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, of consumption at age 61.
  • On 17 Nov 1858 Levi J. Ford, 23, married Minerva A. Coggshall, daughter of John Coggshall and Louisa Jenks, at Sutton, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • Levi J. Ford and Minerva A. Coggshall were enumerated in the 1860 US Federal census on 18 Jul 1860 at Grafton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, where he is a shoemaker.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Levi gave his occupation as shoemaker.

  • On 12 Jul 1861 Levi mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Grafton, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 26 years, 4 months and 24 days old.
  • Levi J. Ford and John C. Ford, brothers, served together in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Company G.
  • On 1 Apr 1862 Levi was promoted to Corporal.
  • In May 1862 Levi ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts by discharge due to disability.

  • He made application for a veteran's pension on 17 May 1866.
  • He died on 18 Aug 1870 at Grafton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, of consumption. He was 35 years and 6 months old.
  • He was buried in Aug 1870 at Riverside Cemetery, Millbury St., Grafton, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • He and Minerva A. Coggshall were enumerated in the 1870 US Federal Census on 29 Aug 1870 at Grafton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Ford, Levi J. (sic), 35, no occupation, b. MA (as were all in the family)
    Minerva, 34
    Levi, 11
    Nettie, 7.
  • Levi J. Ford's surviving family was enumerated in the household of Minerva A. Coggshall in the 1880 US Federal Census in 1880 at Grafton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as age 44, b. RI, a "widow" lives alone with her son, Levi A. Ford, 20, b. MA.
  • In Sep 1890 Minerva A. Coggshall received a pension to surviving family member based on Levi's service; received certificate number 146520.
  • Minerva, his wife, outlived Levi and died in 1917.
  • Last Edited: 30 Aug 2016

Family: Minerva A. Coggshall b. between 1836 - 1837, d. 1917

  • Levi Alexander Ford b. 9 Oct 1859, d. 1949
  • Minetta E. Ford b. 4 Jul 1863, d. 1944

William H. Ford

b. 19 September 1840, d. 25 December 1895
  • Father: Austin Ford b. 9 Sep 1815, d. 20 Apr 1896
  • Mother: Jerusha Eliza Hobart b. 1820, d. 15 Mar 1850
  • Company: D
  • William H. Ford was born on 19 Sep 1840 at Abington, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, son of Austin Ford and Jerusha Eliza Hobart.
  • On 15 Mar 1850 his mother, Jerusha Eliza Hobart, died at Abington, Plymouth County, Massachusetts.
  • William H. Ford was enumerated in the household of Ruth Torry in the 1850 US Federal Census on 21 Aug 1850 at Abington, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, with his grandmother, as:
    Ruth Ford, 68, b. MA (as were all in the family)
    Austin, 34 (his father)
    Austin A., 11
    **Wm. H., 9
    John Q., 3.
  • On 28 Sep 1851 Austin, William and John's widowed father, Austin Ford, remarried to Almira Atwood at Middleborough, Plymouth County, Massachusetts.
  • William H. Ford was enumerated in the household of Austin Ford and Almira Atwood in the 1860 US Federal Census on 7 Jun 1860 at Abington, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, as:
    Auston Ford, 44, shoemaker, b. MA (as were all in the family)
    Almira, 28,
    Austin A., 21, showmaker
    John Q., 13
    ** Wm. H., 19, shoemaker
    Ruth, 78.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, William gave his occupation as wool carder.

  • On 12 Jul 1861 William mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 20 years, 9 months and 23 days old.
  • On 21 Oct 1861 William was taken prisoner at The Battle of Ball's Bluff, Leesburg, Virginia.
  • On 30 Oct 1861 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, William H. Ford was included, with 304 other men, among "The Killed Wounded and Missing of the Fifteenth Regiment," after Ball's Bluff.
  • On 20 Nov 1861 at "The Worcester Daily Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, William H. Ford 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, William H. Ford was listed, with 88 other men of the 15th Massachusetts, as a prisoner at Richmond.
  • 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, William H. Ford was reported as missing at Gettysburg.
  • On 5 Feb 1864, William was reenlisted having received a bounty of $325.
  • On 16 Feb 1864 at "The Worcester Daily Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, William H. Ford was mentioned (Volume 19 #40): "Fifteenth Regiment - Wm. H. Ford of the 15th regiment, who was reported killed at the battle of Gettysburg, was instead taken prisoner, and having been exchanged, is now with his regiment. - Wm. Davis Oakely, of this city, was killed in that battle, and his name should have appeared in the list (Worcester War Dead for 1863) we published last week."
  • On 15 May 1864 William was wounded.
  • On 22 Jul 1864 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, William H. Ford was mentioned among the wounded.
  • On 27 Jul 1864 William ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts by transfer to the 20th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.

  • On 27 Jul 1864 William H. Ford appeared on the muster rolls of the 20th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry asssigned to Company E.
  • Starting 1864, William also served in the 20th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.
  • He ended his service with Co. K, 20th Massachusetts on 16 Jul 1865 at Washington, DC.
  • In 1880 William was living at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • He made application for a veteran's pension on 26 Jun 1880, and received certificate number 237993.
  • On 21 Oct 1880 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, William H. Ford attended the 14th annual reunion of the 15th Massachusetts Regiment.
  • He died on 25 Dec 1895 at Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, of tuberculosis. He was 55 years, 3 months and 6 days old.
  • Last Edited: 18 Aug 2009

Walter Forehand

b. 5 September 1825, d. 4 August 1879
  • Father: Christopher Forehand b. 8 Apr 1787, d. 16 Apr 1847
  • Mother: Betsey Walker b. 20 Nov 1799, d. 3 Nov 1867
  • Company: G
  • Walter Forehand was also known as Gideon Walker Forehand in his family records.
  • He was born on 5 Sep 1825 at Croydon, Sullivan County, New Hampshire, son of Christopher Forehand and Betsey Walker.
  • On 16 Apr 1847 his father, Christopher Forehand, died at Croydon, Sullivan County, New Hampshire, at age 60.
  • Walter Forehand married Sarah Ann Bates, daughter of Jacob Bates and Sally [--?--].
  • Walter Forehand and Sarah Ann Bates were enumerated in the 1860 US Federal census in Jun 1860 at Grafton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Walter Forehand, 35, shoemaker, b. NH
    Sarah A., 32, b. MA
    Jennie E., 2, b. MA
    Ella L., 1, b. MA.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Walter gave his occupation as shoemaker.

  • On 1 Aug 1861 Walter mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry as a Captain, being credited to the quota of Grafton, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 35 years, 10 months and 27 days old.
  • On 14 Aug 1861 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Walter Forehand was mentioned in an article about the departure of the Fifteenth Massachusetts from Worcester.
  • On 21 Oct 1861 Walter was wounded at The Battle of Ball's Bluff, Leesburg, Virginia.
  • On 30 Oct 1861 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Walter Forehand was included, with 304 other men, among "The Killed Wounded and Missing of the Fifteenth Regiment," after Ball's Bluff.
  • On 9 Jul 1862 at "The New York Times", New York City, New York, Walter Forehand was included on a list of sick and wounded on board the Knickerbocker, arrived at Old Point from James River, July 6, bound to New York and Philadelphia.
  • On 17 Sep 1862 Walter was wounded at The Battle of Antietam, Washington County, Maryland, on the hand.
  • On 9 Oct 1862 Walter ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts by resignation.

  • On 21 Oct 1862 at "The Worcester Daily Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Walter was mentioned as follows: "Personal. Captain Walter Forehand, of Co. G, 15th Massachusetts regiment, has resigned his commission on account of injuries received at the battle of Ball's Bluff. Capt. F. was also wounded at the battle of Antietam in the left hand, but has remained with the regiment till this time. His company went into the late fight with fifty two guns, and came out with twelve. He had seven killed, twenty-nine wounded, and four missing."
  • He made application for a veteran's pension on 19 Nov 1862, and received certificate number 214462.
  • He attended the funeral of George Hull Ward on 8 Jul 1863 at Rural Cemetery, Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • Walter Forehand was a pall bearer at the burial of Hans Peter Jorgensen on 23 Jul 1863 at Evergreen Cemetery, Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • On 21 Oct 1864 at The Bay State House, Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Walter Forehand attended the First Annual Reunion of the Fifteenth Regiment Association.
  • He died on 4 Aug 1879 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, of heart disease. He was 53 years, 10 months and 30 days old.
  • On 4 Aug 1879 at "The Boston Journal", Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, it is noted that:
    "Sudden Death of a Veteran: Worcester, Mass, Aug. 4. Walter Forehand, tobacconist, died in his store this afternoon, probably of heart disease, aged 52. He was captain of the 15th Regiment."
  • An obituary for Walter Forehand was published on 5 Aug 1879 at "The Worcester Daily Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as follows:
    Sudden Death
    Capt. Walter Forehand, tobacconist on Front street, died suddenly from heart disease while sitting in a chair in his store yesterday afternoon. Capt. Forehand joined the 15th regiment Massachusetts volunteers, in Camp Scott, in Worcester, at the breaking out of the rebellion, as captain of the Grafton company, so called, he being at that time a resident of Saundersville. He followed the fortunes of the regiment until November, 1862, when he was discharged for disability, having been wounded in the battles of Ball's Bluff and Antietam. Afterwards, having been commissioned as captain in the invalid corps, served most of the time in Washington and vicinity until the close of the war, frequently having charge of prisoners of war, and was in charge of General Early and other generals of lesser note en route to Fort Warren, when thge news reached the party of the death of Abraham Lincoln. Capt. Forehand was a man of sterling integrity in all his business habits, and lived up to the motto quite too often forgotten: Never make a contract that you cannot keep. He leaves a wife and two daughters.
    At a meeting of the directors of the Fifteenth Mass. Regt. Association, held in this city last evening, the following resolutions were passed:
    Whereas, the sudden death of our comrade, Capt. Forehand, having come to our notice;
    Resolved, that in our late associate, Captain Walter Forehand, we remember with satisfaction his meritorious and gallant service in camp and field during the late war of the rebellion.
    Resolved, that as a member of our association we found in him a warm friend and a manly desire to keep alive the memories of the old fifteenth, and in his loss we mourn as only those who mourn a good and true comrade in arms.
    Resolved, that a committee of this association tender their services as bearers upon the sad funeral occasion so soon to be performed.
    Resolved, that a copy of these resolutions be forwarded to the family of the deceased and also to the Worcester papers for publication.
  • He was buried in Aug 1879 at Riverside Cemetery, Grafton, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • The Worcester County probate index shows an administration of Walter's estate, and a guardianship proceeding for his two surviving children, Nettie and Anna.
  • From the History of Grafton:
    Capt. Walter Forehand, tobacconist, on Front street, died suddenly from heart disease while sitting in a chair in his store, in August 1879.
    Captain Forehand joined the Fifteenth Regiment Massachusetts volunteers, in Camp Scott, in Worcester at the breaking out of the rebellion, as captain of the Grafton company, so called, he being at that time a resident of Saundersville.
    He followed the fortunes of the regiment until November, 1862, when he was discharged for disability, having been wounded in the battles of Ball's Bluff and Antietam.
    Afterwards, having been comissioned as captain in the invalid corps, served most of the time in Washington and vicinity until the close of the war, frequently having charge of prisoners of war, and was in charge of General Early and other generals of lesser note en route to Fort Warren, when the news reached the party of the death of Abraham Lincoln.
    Captain Forehand was a man of sterling integrity in all his business habits, and lived up to the motto quite too often forgotten: "Never make a contract that you cannot keep." He leaves a wife and two daughters.
  • On 4 Oct 1879 Sarah Ann Bates received a pension to surviving family member based on Walter's service; his wife, received certificate number 241463.
  • He's surviving family was enumerated in the household of Sarah Ann Bates in the 1880 US Federal Census on 2 Jun 1880 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Forehand, Sarah Mrs., 40, widow, b. MA (of MA parents)
    ---, Nettie, 19, daur, single, clerk, b. MA
    ---, Annie, 15, daur, single, b. MA.
  • On 20 Feb 1883 Walter and Sarah's daughter, Nettie A. Forehand married William H. Norton Jr. at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both.
  • Sarah Ann Forehand was enumerated as the widow of Walter Forehand, of the 15th Massachusetts, in the 1890 Veterans' Schedules of the US Federal Census in Jun 1890 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • On 23 Jun 1891 at "The Worcester Daily Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Anna Josephine Forehand, his daughter, was mentioned: "Miss Annie J. Forehand, just graduated from Mount Holyoke College, has been elected preceptress at Monson Academy at Monson."
  • Sarah, his wife, outlived Walter and died on 31 Dec 1899 at Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota.
  • NOTE: an 1862 letter from Walter Forehand was recently auctioned on eBay. If you are the owner and care to share a transcript of the contents, please make contact.
  • Last Edited: 17 Apr 2016

Family: Sarah Ann Bates b. 1827, d. 31 Dec 1899

  • Jennie E. Forehand b. 11 Oct 1857, d. 19 Jan 1863
  • Ella L. Forehand b. 23 Apr 1859, d. 27 Jan 1863
  • Nettie A. Forehand b. 25 Feb 1861
  • Anna Josephine Forehand b. 31 Jan 1864
  • Walter N. Forehand b. 29 Mar 1868, d. 31 Dec 1876

Albert Henry Foster

b. 12 November 1839, d. 5 November 1928
  • Father: James Russell Foster b. 24 Feb 1798, d. 4 May 1875
  • Mother: Nancy Henry b. 20 Sep 1796, d. 17 Apr 1880
  • Company: F
  • Albert Henry Foster was born on 12 Nov 1839 at New Braintree, Worcester County, Massachusetts, son of James Russell Foster and Nancy Henry.
  • In 1861 Albert was living at North Brookfield, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, in 1861, Albert gave his occupation as shoemaker.

  • On 12 Jul 1861 Albert mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. He was 21 years and 8 months old.
  • Nathaniel H. Foster his brother, served in the 25th Massachusetts Vol. Infantry.
  • Albert Henry Foster 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, Albert Henry Foster 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, Albert H. Foster was listed with 195 other men among the prisoners taken at Ball's Bluff.
  • On 11 Jul 1864 Albert ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts having fulfilled his term of service, as a Sergeant.

  • On 11 Jan 1865 Albert Henry Foster, 25, married Adeliza Maria "Addie" Ashby, 21, daughter of Thomas Ashby and Harriet Newell Abbot, at North Brookfield, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • About 1870 Albert Henry Foster was a coal dealer in North Brookfield.
  • He and Adeliza Maria "Addie" Ashby were enumerated in the 1880 US Federal census in 1880 at North Brookfield, Worcester County, Massachusetts, he is a coal dealer. Mary DONNIVAN, 28, b. Ireland, is enumerated as a servant in the household.
  • In 1886 Albert was living at North Brookfield, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • In Jun 1886 Albert Henry Foster took part in the regimental reunion Excursion to the Battle-Fields of Gettysburg, PA., Antietam, MD., Ball's Bluff, Virginia and Washington, D.C.
  • On 3 Feb 1892 Adeliza Maria "Addie" Ashby, his wife, died at North Brookfield, Worcester County, Massachusetts, at age 48.
  • Albert Henry Foster made application for a veteran's pension on 1 Aug 1892, and received certificate number 954951.
  • On 13 Dec 1894 Albert Henry Foster, 55, married Alice W. Smith, 41, daughter of Augustus Smith and Jane Harrington, at North Brookfield, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a second marriage for him and the first for her.
  • On 19 Sep 1896 at Brookfield, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Albert Henry Foster attended a reunion of Company F, as reported in the Worcester Daily Spy the following day.
  • On 21 Oct 1903 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Albert H. Foster attended the 37th annual regimental reunion with some eighty other veterans.
  • In 1906 Albert was living at North Brookfield, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • On 20 Oct 1906 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Albert Henry Foster 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.)
  • On 21 Oct 1907 at Grand Army Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts, Albert Henry Foster 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.
  • In 1914, Albert was included in Soldiers of Oakham Massachusetts in the Revolutionary War, War of 1812 and Civil War, by Henry Parks Wright, page 180-181.
    Albert Henry Foster.

    Mustered in, July 12, 1861
    Mustered out, July 11, 1864.
    Address, North Brookfield, Mass.


    Born November 12, 1839, in New Braintree. He was son of James R. Foster, who was born in Middleboro, February 24, 1798, and of Nancy (Henry) Foster, who was born in Rutland, September 20, 1796. They were married August 22, 1822. Mrs. Foster was daughter of Lieut. Samuel and Mary (Gates) Henry, and sister of Samuel G. Henry and of Mrs. Rufus Gould, the mother of Dr. John W. Gould, 25th Mass., and of Rev. Edwin S. Gould, 51st Mass. James R. Foster was a resident of Colbrook in 1821; later he lived in Rutland and in New Braintree. In 1848 he purchased the Sheers Berry farm in the west part of Oakham, now known as the Foster farm, on which he and Mrs. Foster lived till their death. Mr. Foster died May 4, 1875; Mrs. Foster, April 17, 1880.


    Albert H. Foster went to North Brookfield when fourteen years of age and was employed in the Batcheller shop. May 1, 1861, at the age of twenty-one, he enlisted in Co. F, 15th Mass; was promoted from corporal to sergeant, March 1, 1863; was taken prisoner in the battle of Ball’s Bluff, October 21, 1861, and was in prison in Richmond four months. He was in the battles of Fredericksburg(Chancellorsville), May 3, 1863, and Gettysburg, July 2 and 3. July 28, 1863, he was detailed on detached service in Boston Harbor.


    At the expiration of his term of service he returned to North Brookfield and resumed work at the Batcheller shop, where he was employed till 1879, when he established himself in the coal business, in which he still continues. He has been for several years a member of the board of Investments of the North Brookfield Savings Bank.


    He was married (10 January 11, 1865, to Addie M. Ashby, of North Brookfield, who died, February 3, 1892; (2) Dec. 13, 1894, to Alice W. Smith, of North Brookfield. Children: George B. , born September 16, 1868, died September 8, 1869; Harold Abbott, born May 15, 1871; Frank Webster, born June 13, 1874.


    Harold A. was married in April, 1893, to Jean Kidder, of Boston, and has three children: Albert Edward, Maynard Ashby, and Elizabeth. He was appointed Postmaster of North Brookfield in 1902 and held that office till the close of the Taft administration.


    Frank W. was in the telephone business in North Brookfield from 1895 till September, 1910, when he removed to Oakland , California, where he is in the employ of the Cyphus Incubator Company.

  • On 22 Oct 1926 at "The Webster Evening Times", Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Albert H. Foster was mentioned as attending the 60th reunion of Company I.
  • He died on 5 Nov 1928 at North Brookfield, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 88 years, 11 months and 24 days old.
  • He was buried in Nov 1928 in Walnut Grove Cemetery, at North Brookfield, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • On 15 Nov 1928 Alice W. Smith received a pension to surviving family member based on Albert's service; received certificate number A-4-15-29.
  • From the Foster Genealogy -
    Albert Henry enlisted in Company F. Fifteenth regiment, Massachusetts volunteer infantry in June, 1861; was in many of the principal battles of the army of the Potomac, among them Fredericksburg, Gettysburg and others; prisoner of war four months; mustered out July, 1864. Res., North Brookfield, Mass.
  • Alice, his wife, outlived Albert and died on 12 Oct 1936 at age 83.
  • Last Edited: 9 Apr 2016

Family 1: Adeliza Maria "Addie" Ashby b. 27 Feb 1843, d. 3 Feb 1892

  • George B. Foster b. 16 Sep 1868, d. 8 Sep 1869
  • Harold Abbott Foster b. 15 May 1871, d. 10 Dec 1952
  • Frank Webster Foster b. 13 Jun 1874, d. 1947

Family 2: Alice W. Smith b. 25 Jul 1853, d. 12 Oct 1936

Charles G. Foster

b. 19 November 1843, d. 17 September 1862
  • Father: Reuben Foster b. 21 Feb 1809, d. 24 Jun 1875
  • Mother: Nancy Murdock b. 10 Feb 1821, d. 18 Nov 1854
  • Company: I
  • Charles G. Foster was born on 19 Nov 1843 at Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, son of Reuben Foster and Nancy Murdock.
  • On 18 Nov 1854 his mother, Nancy Murdock, died at Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, at age 33.
  • Charles G. Foster was not enumerated in the household of Reuben Foster in the 1860 US Federal Census on 20 Jul 1860 at Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, when his father, age 51, shoemaker, b. MA lives on the poor farm.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Charles gave his occupation as shoemaker.
  • In 1862 Charles was living at Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts.

  • On 29 Jul 1862 Charles mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. He was 18 years, 8 months and 10 days old.
  • Charles G. Foster and Francis Nash Davis, uncle and nephew, served together in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry and they appear to have enlisted together.
  • On 2 Aug 1862 at "The Webster Times", Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Charles G. Foster was mentioned, along with 18 other men, as a new recruit in the 15th Massachusetts.
  • He died on 17 Sep 1862 at The Battle of Antietam, Washington County, Maryland, killed in actiion. He was 18 years, 9 months and 29 days old.
  • On 4 Oct 1862 at "The Webster Times", Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Charles G. Foster was mentioned (Volume 4 # 30) as follows:
    Funeral Services
    Appropriate funeral services occasioned by the death of Webster volunteers on the field of battle --- H. L. Amidon, L. H. Briggs, Geo. Butler, G. Foster and A. Sargent, will be held at the Methodist Church tomorrow afternoon, at the hour of the usual service.
    They will be conducted by Rev. Messrs. Cromack of the Methodist, Fish of the Baptist, and Kendall of the Congregational churches; and the usual afternoon services at the last two places of worship will be omitted. It will be noticed that to the above list of dead, the name of Moses Wood is not mentioned. The surviving parent of this young man being too ill to attend on this occasion, services occasioned by his death will be deferred until a more convenient time.
  • He was buried at Mount Zion Cemetery (East Village), Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • On 31 Dec 1868 Reuben Foster received a pension to surviving family member based on Charles's service; his father, received certificate number 126507.
  • On 25 Sep 1869 Charles G. Foster was mentioned in an article about the Slater Guards, published in the Webster Times, possibly written by Elmoine Clemens.
  • Reuben, his father, outlived Charles and died on 24 Jun 1875 at Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, at age 66.
  • On 17 Sep 1900 Charles G. Foster 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.)
  • On 4 Jul 1907 Charles G. Foster 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: 6 Sep 2013

John Willmarth Foster

b. 5 May 1840, d. 13 May 1913
  • Father: Andrew Foster b. 1807
  • Mother: Rachael E. Willmarth b. 1814
  • Company: H
  • John Willmarth Foster was born on 5 May 1840 at Falmouth, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, son of Andrew Foster and Rachael E. Willmarth.
  • John Willmarth Foster was enumerated in the household of Andrew Foster and Rachael E. Willmarth in the 1860 US Federal Census on 9 Jun 1860 at Sutton P. O., Northbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Andrew Foster, 53, pedler, b. MA
    Rachel, 46, b. MA
    **John W., 20, machinist, b. MA
    Martha M., 13, b. MA
    Chas., 1/2, b. MA
    (living only a couple doors from the Fletchers and Chapins; also nextdoor to Ira Parkis, also of Co. H.)
  • In 1861 John was living at Northbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, John gave his occupation as machinist.

  • On 12 Jul 1861 John mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Northbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 21 years, 2 months and 7 days old.
  • On 21 Oct 1861 John was taken prisoner at The Battle of Ball's Bluff, Leesburg, Virginia.
  • On 30 Oct 1861 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, John Willmarth Foster was included, with 304 other men, among "The Killed Wounded and Missing of the Fifteenth Regiment," after Ball's Bluff.
  • On 20 Jan 1862 at "The Worcester Daily Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, John W. Foster was mentioned among the released prisoners.
  • In 1862, John was paroled from prison.
  • On 29 Jul 1862 John ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts due to disability.

  • He made application for a veteran's pension on 9 Jul 1863, and received certificate number 219696.
  • About in 1864 John Willmarth Foster married Abby Caroline Manning, daughter of George Richards Manning and Abbie L. Hosmer.
  • John Willmarth Foster and Abby Caroline Manning were enumerated in the 1900 US Federal census on 6 Jun 1900 at Westfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts, as:
    John W Foster, 60, b. May 1840, married 36 years, b. MA (of MA parents), works for ?? yarns
    Abbie C., 61, wife, b. Feb 1839, both children living, b. ME
    Frances L., 32, daur, b. July 1867 in RI, single, school teacher
    Mary S Cushing, 47, housekeeper b. May 1853, single, b. VT.
  • On 16 Jun 1900 John and Abby's son, George Wilmarth Foster married Eglantine Marie Stone at Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island.
  • On 20 May 1905 Abby Caroline Manning, his wife, died at Westfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts, at age 66 of heart failure.
  • On 21 Jul 1907 John Willmarth Foster, 67, married Agnes E. Abbott, 65, daughter of Sewell G. Copp and Mary L. Folsom, at Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, in a second marriage for both; she was the widow of one Allen Vail Abbott who died in 1891.
  • John was living at Westfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts.
  • He and Agnes E. Copp were enumerated in the 1910 US Federal Census on 23 Apr 1910 at Westfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts, as:
    John W Foster, 70, married for second time, b. MA, own income
    Agnes W., 68, has three living children b. VT
    Frances L., 42, single, b. RI, teacher.
  • On 19 May 1912 his daughter, Frances Louise Foster, died at age 44 unmarried.
  • John Willmarth Foster died on 13 May 1913 at Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, of arterio sclerosis. He was 73 years and 8 days old.
  • He was buried in May 1913 at Pine Hill Cemetery, Westfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts.
  • Agnes outlived John and died in 1926.
  • Last Edited: 14 Mar 2017

Family 1: Abby Caroline Manning b. 3 Feb 1839, d. 20 May 1905

  • Frances Louise Foster b. 7 Jul 1867, d. 19 May 1912
  • George Wilmarth Foster b. 12 Jan 1874, d. 27 Oct 1924

Family 2: Agnes E. Copp b. 10 Aug 1841, d. 1926

John Francher

b. between 1828 and 1829, d. 30 September 1867
  • Father: Joshua Flancher
  • Mother: Margaret [--?--]
  • Company: H
  • John Francher was also known as John Flancher in his death record.
  • John Francher was also known as John Franchard in the 1860 census.
  • He was born between 1828 - 1829 at St. Johnsburo, New York, son of Joshua Flancher and Margaret [--?--].
  • John Francher married Augusta Bess.
  • On 24 Jan 1858 his infant daughter, Louisa Francher, died at Millbury, Worcester County, Massachusetts, of whooping cough.
  • On 13 Jul 1860 his infant son, Morey Francher, died at Millbury, Worcester County, Massachusetts, at age 1 of a 36 hour disease of the brain.
  • John Francher and Augusta Bess were enumerated in the 1860 US Federal census on 10 Aug 1860 at Millbury, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    John FRANCHARD, 36, operative, b. NY
    Augusta, 38, b. Canada
    Adelia, 9, b. MA
    Peter, 6, b. MA
    Augusta, 4, b. MA.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, John gave his occupation as machinist.

  • On 24 Jan 1862 John mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Millbury, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • On 30 May 1863 John ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts discharged due to disability.

  • He died on 30 Sep 1867 at Millbury, Worcester County, Massachusetts, of consumption.
  • He was buried in Nov 1867 at Millbury Central Cemetery, Millbury, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • Augusta Bess received a pension to surviving family member based on John's service; with application number 274364, but no certificate is recorded.
  • On 26 Feb 1870 John's daughter, Delia Francher married Charles H. Snelling at Millbury, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both.
  • John Francher's surviving family was enumerated in the household of Augusta Bess in the 1870 US Federal Census on 5 Jul 1870 at Millbury, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Flanchild, Augusta, 36, works in cotton mill, b. Canada
    ---, Delia, 18, works in cotton mill, b. MA (as were all the children)
    ---, Peter, 16, works in cotton mill
    ---, Augusta, 14
    ---, Margaret, 9
    ---, Alexander, 3.
  • On 24 Dec 1872 his daughter, Delia Francher, died at Millbury, Worcester County, Massachusetts, at age 21.
  • On 4 May 1875 John and Augusta's daughter, Augusta Francher married Lafayette Marcell at Millbury, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both.
  • On 2 Dec 1877 John and Augusta's daughter, Margaret Francher married Charles H. Bigelow at Woonsocket, Providence County, Rhode Island.
  • Last Edited: 22 Aug 2012

Family: Augusta Bess b. between 1821 - 1822

  • Delia Francher b. 21 Sep 1851, d. 24 Dec 1872
  • Peter Francher b. between 1853 - 1854
  • Augusta Francher b. between 1855 - 1856
  • Louisa Francher b. 31 Jan 1857, d. 24 Jan 1858
  • Morey Francher b. 11 Jan 1859, d. 13 Jul 1860
  • Margaret Francher b. 15 Nov 1860
  • Alexander Flancher b. 24 Feb 1867

George E. Franklin

b. 28 October 1831, d. 1 January 1914
  • Father: Asahel Franklin b. 22 May 1808, d. 15 Apr 1886
  • Mother: Margaret H. Hewes b. 20 Jun 1811, d. between 1860 - 1880
  • Company: 1_SS
  • George E. Franklin was born on 28 Oct 1831 at Lyme, Grafton County, New Hampshire, son of Asahel Franklin and Margaret H. Hewes.
  • George E. Franklin was born between 1832 - 1833, son of Asahel Franklin and Margaret H. Hewes.
  • On 12 Apr 1855 George E. Franklin, 23, married Martha M. Larkin, 21, daughter of Thomas Larkin and Martha Todd, at Newton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.
  • George E. Franklin was enumerated in the household of Asahel Franklin and Margaret H. Hewes in the 1860 US Federal Census on 2 Jul 1860 at Natick, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, as:
    Family 1146
    Asel Franklin, 52, day laborer, b. NH
    Margret, 49, b. NH
    Family 1147 (next door)
    **George E Franklin, 28, b. NH
    Abel A., 22, b. NH (his brother)
    Martha M., 26, b. MA.
  • In 1864 George was living at Natick, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.
  • At the time of his enlistment, George gave his occupation as Mechanic.

  • On 4 Jan 1864 George E. Franklin mustered into service with the 1st Company Massachusetts Sharpshooters. He was 32 years, 2 months and 7 days old.
  • On 21 Oct 1864 George ended military service with the 1st Massachusetts Sharpshooters by transfer.

  • Starting 21 Oct 1864, George also served in the 19th Infantry Regiment Massachusetts, Company K.
  • He ended his service with the 19th Infantry Regiment Massachusetts, Company K by mustering out on 30 Jun 1865.
  • He and Martha M. Larkin were enumerated in the 1870 US Federal Census on 1 Aug 1870 at Natick, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, prob as:
    Franklin, George E., 38, miscellanious mechanic, b. NH
    ---, Martha M., 36, b. MA
    ---, Edwin A., 10/12, b. MA
    Loker, Anna P., 25, b. MA.
  • George E. Franklin was enumerated in the 1890 US Federal census, Veteran's Schedule in Jun 1890 at Natick, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, as having served in the 1st Co. Andrews Sharpshooters.
  • He made application at Massachusetts for a veteran's pension on 28 May 1897, and received certificate number 959456.
  • He was enumerated in the 1900 US Federal census on 21 Jun 1900 at Natick, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, as:
    Georg E Franklin, 68, b. Oct 1831, married 46 yeas, b. NH (of NH parents), machinist
    Martha M., 66, b. Oct 1833, one of 3 children living, b. MA (fat b. NH, mor b. MA)
    Edwin E., 30, b. Aug 1869, married, b. MA, musician.
  • Edwin E. Franklin, his son, was a flutist with Boston Symphony, and is said to have played with John Phillip Sousa.
  • On 22 Dec 1902 Martha M. Larkin, his wife, died at Natick, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, at age 69 of heart disease.
  • George E. Franklin died on 1 Jan 1914 at Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts. He was 82 years, 2 months and 4 days old.
  • He was buried in Jan 1914 at Dell Park Cemetery, Natick, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, with his wife.
  • Last Edited: 25 Apr 2016

Family: Martha M. Larkin b. 14 Oct 1833, d. 22 Dec 1902

  • Lena M. Franklin b. 15 Aug 1862, d. 6 Feb 1863
  • Ella M. Franklin b. 9 Jul 1864, d. 28 Sep 1864
  • Edwin E. Franklin b. 4 Aug 1869, d. 2 Sep 1942

Charles Frazer

b. 7 April 1838, d. 18 December 1915
  • Father: Charles Frazer d. Aug 1850
  • Mother: Margaret Bruce
  • Company: C
  • Charles Frazer was born on 7 Apr 1838 at Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland, son of Charles Frazer and Margaret Bruce.
  • Charles Frazer emigrated in 1849 from Scotland to New York.
  • In Aug 1850 his father, Charles Frazer, died at South Hadley Falls, Hampshire County, Massachusetts.
  • On 6 Sep 1858 Charles Frazer, 20, married Mary Barr, daughter of Robert Barr of Jamestown, Scotland and Mary [--?--], at Lawrence, Essex County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both.
  • Charles Frazer and Mary Barr were enumerated in the 1860 US Federal census on 27 Jul 1860 at Harvard P. O., Clinton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Charles Frazer, 22, mason, b. Scotland
    Mary B., 25, b. Scotland
    Charles H., 6/12, b. MA.
  • In 1861 Charles was living at Clinton, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, in 1861, Charles gave his occupation as fish dealer, according to Ford's history; or mason, according to the MASSCW.
  • Charles Frazer and John Frazer were possibly brothers -- both born in Scotland, served in Co. C of the 15th Massachusetts and married into the Eccles of Clinton, MA. Proof of John's parents missing in March 2016.

  • On 12 Jul 1861 Charles mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Clinton, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 23 years, 3 months and 5 days old.
  • On 10 Feb 1862, Charles was promoted to Color Sergeant.
  • On 6 Aug 1862, Charles was offered commission as 2nd Lieutenant, but he declined.
  • On 17 Sep 1862 Charles was wounded at The Battle of Antietam, Washington County, Maryland, in the hand.
  • On 28 Dec 1862 Charles ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts by discharge.

  • On 6 Apr 1863 at "The Worcester Daily Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Charles Frazer was mentioned in an article about promotions.
  • On 10 Apr 1863 at "The Southbridge Journal", Worcester County, Massachusetts, Charles Frazer was mentioned in an article listing commissions and officer promotions in the regiment, as well as which discharged or deceased officers they replaced.
  • He made application for a veteran's pension in Dec 1879, and received his certificate.
  • He and Mary Barr were enumerated in the 1880 US Federal census in 1880 at Clinton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, he is a coal dealer, and the two elder children work in the store.
  • On 16 Oct 1894 Charles's daughter, Marietta Frazer married James Charnock at Clinton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both.
  • In 1896, Charles was included in "The History of Clinton, Massachusetts."
  • From Crane's Worcester Memoirs --
    Charles Frazer obtained his education in the common schools of his native place, and in 1849 emigrated to this country with his parents, landing at New York, proceeding to South Hadley Falls,Massachusetts. His father was an expert mill hand, and was engaged in the mill business at Hadley Falls. where he died in August, 1850, after which the family removed to Clinton and Charles was there employed in the Lancaster mills. He also was employed with his father in the mill at Hadley Falls. He later learned the trade of a bricklayer, being thus engaged for some time. Subsequently he formed a partnership with Mr. Fairbanks, and conducted a contracting and building business with considerable success. In 1879 Mr. Frazer engaged in the coal business in Clinton, Massachusetts, which he has since conducted with the most flattering success.
    During the war of the rebellion Mr. Frazer enlisted, in 1861, in Company C, Fifteenth Massachusetts Infantry. He participated in the various engagements that made that company famous, and distinguished himself for his bravery and fearlessness on the field of action. He entered the service as a private and was mustered out a lieutenant.
    Mr. Frazer's political affiliations are with the Republican party, and he has served as assessor and road commissioner for his party. He is a member of the Masonic order and a member of the commandery. He is an enthusiastic member of the G. A. R., Clinton Post, a member of the Odd Fellows, and is also treasurer of the Sterling Worsted Mills. Mr. Frazer is pre-eminently a self-made man, and enjoys the confidence and respect of the entire community. In matters of religion he and his family attend the Unitarian church.
  • He and Mary Barr were enumerated in the 1900 US Federal census on 4 Jun 1900 at Clinton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Frazer, Charles, b. Apr 1838, married 41 years, b. Scotland (as were his parents), immigrated 1849, and is naturalized, worsted manufacturer, they live in a home that they own free
    --, Mary B., b. Mar 1835, 3 of 3 children still living, b. Scotland (as were her parents), immigrated 1840.
  • In 1906 Charles was living at Clinton, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • Charles and Mary's son, Charles Robert Frazer, died and was buried on 11 Jun 1906 at Woodlawn Cemetery, Clinton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, at age 46 years, 5 months and 10 days.
  • On 20 Oct 1906 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Charles Frazer 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 Frazer was also mentioned in attendance in the Fitchburg Sentinel coverage of the 1906 reunion.
  • He and Mary Barr were enumerated in the 1910 US Federal Census on 29 Apr 1910 at Clinton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, noting that only one of their three children is still living.
  • Charles Frazer died on 18 Dec 1915 at Clinton, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 77 years, 8 months and 11 days old.
  • He was buried on 20 Dec 1915 at Woodlawn Cemetery, Clinton, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • On 29 Dec 1915 Mary Barr received a pension to surviving family member based on Charles's service; his wife, received certificat number 803988.
  • Mary, his wife, outlived Charles and died in 1920.
  • Last Edited: 17 Apr 2016

Family: Mary Barr b. 1835, d. 1920

  • Charles Robert Frazer b. 1 Jan 1860, d. 8 Jun 1906
  • Marietta M. Frazier b. 3 Jun 1861, d. 16 Aug 1907
  • Frederick E. Frazer b. 7 Aug 1863, d. 1954

John Frazer

b. 1830, d. 17 September 1862
  • Company: C
  • John Frazer was born about in 1830 at Scotland.
  • On 11 Mar 1854 John Frazer married Anna E. Eccles, 19, daughter of Miles Eccles and Mary Aspinwall, at Nashua, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire.
  • John Frazer and Anna E. Eccles were enumerated in the 1860 US Federal census on 18 Jul 1860 at Harvard P. O., Clinton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    John Fraser, 31, dresser tender in mill, b. Scotland
    Anna, 26, b. MA
    Fanny E., 4, b. MA
    William T., 7/12, b. MA.
  • John Frazer and Charles Frazer were possibly brothers -- both born in Scotland, served in Co. C of the 15th Massachusetts and married into the Eccles of Clinton, MA. Proof of John's parents missing in March 2016.
  • In 1861 John was living at Clinton, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, in 1861, John gave his occupation as operative.

  • On 12 Jul 1861 John mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Clinton, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 31 years old.
  • John Frazer and William Eccles, brothers-in-law, served together in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.
  • John Frazer died on 17 Sep 1862 at The Battle of Antietam, Washington County, Maryland. He was 32 years old.
  • On 4 Jan 1863 his brother-in-law, William Eccles, died at Stewart Hospital, Baltimore, Baltimore County, Maryland, of diarrhea.
  • Fanny, his daughter, outlived John and died on 21 Mar 1863 at Clinton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, of typhoid at age 6.
  • On 18 Apr 1863 Anna E. Eccles received a pension to surviving family member based on John's service; receiving $8 per month.
  • On 11 Jan 1865 his brother-in-law, Roger Eccles, died at Salisbury, Rowan County, North Carolina, while serving with the 36th Massachusetts Infanty.
  • John Frazer's surviving family was enumerated in the household of Anna E. Eccles in the 1880 US Federal Census on 5 Jun 1880 at Clinton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Frazer, Anna E., 45, keeping house, b. MA (of English parents)
    Eccles, Mary, 78, mother, b. England
    Eccles, Jennie M., 21, neice, b. MA (of English parents.)
  • Anna E. Frazer was enumerated as the widow of John Frazer, of the 15th Massachusetts, in the 1890 Veterans' Schedules of the US Federal Census in Jun 1890 at Clinton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, with the notice that he died at Antietam.
  • On 12 Jun 1890 John's widow, Anna E. Eccles remarried to John McPhail at Clinton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a second marriage for both. She was the widow of John Frazer of the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.
  • In 1896, John was included in "The History of Clinton, Massachusetts."
  • On 17 Sep 1900 John Frazer 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.)
  • Anna, his wife, outlived John and John and died on 8 May 1904 at Clinton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, of burns at age 69.
  • Last Edited: 18 Aug 2016

Family: Anna E. Eccles b. 30 May 1834, d. 8 May 1904

  • Fanny Elizabeth Frazer b. 25 May 1856, d. 21 Mar 1863
  • William Theodore Frazer b. 13 Dec 1859

Daniel W. Freeman

b. 15 February 1836, d. 11 January 1899
  • Father: George Freeman b. 9 Nov 1807, d. 20 Mar 1881
  • Mother: Adeline Towne b. between 1810 - 1811, d. 1867
  • Company: C
  • Daniel W. Freeman was born on 15 Feb 1836 at Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, son of George Freeman and Adeline Towne.
  • Daniel W. Freeman was enumerated in the household of George Freeman and Adeline Towne in the 1860 US Federal Census on 10 Jul 1860 at Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Geo. Freeman, 59, farmer, b. MA
    Adeline, 49, b. RI
    **Daniel, 24, farm laborer, b. MA (as were all the children)
    Sarah, 21
    Geo. F., 17
    Julius, 13.
  • In 1861 Daniel was living Worcester, according to Ford, or in Webster, according to the MASSCW.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, in 1861, Daniel gave his occupation as school teacher.
  • Daniel W. Freeman and Hervey B. Olcott, future brothers-in-law, served together in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.

  • On 8 Aug 1862 Daniel mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 26 years, 5 months and 24 days old.
  • On 17 Sep 1862 Daniel was wounded at The Battle of Antietam, Washington County, Maryland, in the thigh.
  • 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 3 Jul 1863 Daniel was wounded at The Battle of Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania, in the arm.
  • On 22 Jul 1863 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Daniel W. Freeman was reported as wounded at Gettysburg.
  • On 10 Dec 1863 Daniel was promoted to Corporal.
  • On 6 Jun 1864 Daniel was promoted to Sergeant-Major.
  • He wrote a letter on 25 Jun 1864 as follows: published in the Webster Times. (Click icon to read.)
  • On 28 Jul 1864 Daniel ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts due to expiration of service term, as part of non-commissioned staff.

  • On 25 Nov 1869 Daniel W. Freeman, 33, married Marion A. Olcott, 32, daughter of Benjamin Olcott and Lydia Stone, at Clinton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for him and the second for her. She was the widow of Newton Wellman who had died of disease while serving with the 21st Massachusetts Infantry.
  • Daniel W. Freeman and Marion A. Olcott were enumerated in the 1880 US Federal census on 9 Jun 1880 at Westborough, Worcester County, Massachusetts, where he works in a straw shop.
  • Daniel W. Freeman was enumerated in the 1890 US Federal census, Veteran's Schedule in Jun 1890 at Dorchester (Boston), Suffolk County, Massachusetts, as having served in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Company C, noting that he was twice wounded.
  • He made application for a veteran's pension, and received certificate number 350710.
  • Daniel was living at Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.
  • He died on 11 Jan 1899 at Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, of accidental injuries; head crushed by an elevator car. He was 62 years, 10 months and 27 days old.
  • An obituary for Daniel W. Freeman was published as follows: From the "Boston Herald," 12 January 1899:
    Crushed by an Elevator.
    Daniel W. Freeman Dies from the Injuries He Receives.
    Daniel W. Freeman, 55 years old, of 106 Cushing avenue, Dorchester, employed by Williamson & Sleeper, was caught in the elevator at the place about 5:45 o'clock last evening. His head was badly crushed, and he died at the Emergency Hospital about an hour later.
  • He was buried in Jan 1899 at Holliston, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.
  • Marion A. Olcott received a pension to surviving family member based on Daniel's service; his wife, received certificate number 507895.
  • He's surviving family was enumerated in the household of Marion A. Olcott in the 1900 US Federal Census on 2 Jun 1900 at Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, as:
    Freeman, Marion A., b. June 1838 in NH, widow, one of her three children is still living, housekeeper in house of Olaf Olivier
    ---, Bertha A., b. Nov 1869 in MA.
  • On 21 Oct 1902 Daniel W. Freeman was reported as deceased at the 36th annual reunion of the 15th Massachusetts Regiment Association, according to an article in the "Fitchburg Sentinel."
  • On 4 Jul 1907 Daniel W. Freeman 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.
  • Marion outlived Daniel and died on 8 Jan 1930 at Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, at age 92.
  • Last Edited: 17 Mar 2016

Family: Marion A. Olcott b. 6 Jun 1837, d. 8 Jan 1930

  • Bertha A. Freeman b. Nov 1869

James B. Freeman

b. 1833
  • Company: F
  • James B. Freeman was born about in 1833 at Nova Scotia, Canada.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, in 1861, James gave his occupation as shoemaker.

  • On 12 Jul 1861 James mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Brookfield, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 28 years old.
  • On 9 Oct 1861, James was detached to the Signal Service, according to their roster.
  • In Apr 1862, at Fort Pulaski, Georgia, James was commended for coolness under fire, with the Signal Corps.
  • On 21 Jul 1862 James ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts due to disability.

  • Starting 11 Dec 1863, James also served in the 57th Massachusetts Infantry (Veteran), Co. B.
  • On 1 Jan 1864 James was promoted to Sergeant.
  • He was declared missing in action on 6 Aug 1864 at The Battle of the Wilderness, Spotsylvania County, Virginia, and presumed dead, as Sergeant of Company B.
  • He ended his service with no further record, per MASSCW after Aug 1864.
  • Last Edited: 24 Nov 2016

Joseph Freeman

b. 1841, d. 23 November 1863
  • Company: D
  • Joseph Freeman was born about in 1841 at Nova Scotia, Canada.
  • In 1863 Joseph was living at unknown.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, in 1863, Joseph gave his occupation as farmer.

  • On 28 Jul 1863 Joseph mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 22 years old.
  • He died on 23 Nov 1863 at Kelly's Ford, Virginia, of disease. He was 22 years old.
  • On 23 Dec 1863 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Joseph Freeman 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.
  • On 15 Jul 1874 Joseph Freeman was included on the Civil War memorial at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • Last Edited: 24 Nov 2016