Wilder S. Holbrook

b. 31 August 1840, d. 27 December 1902

Wilder S. Holbrook
  • Father: Stephen Buffum Holbrook b. 8 Sep 1819, d. 12 Aug 1878
  • Mother: Hannah Sutton b. 16 Aug 1819, d. 21 Dec 1886
  • Company: G
  • Wilder S. Holbrook was born on 31 Aug 1840 at Northbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts, son of Stephen Buffum Holbrook and Hannah Sutton.
  • Wilder S. Holbrook was enumerated in the household of Stephen Buffum Holbrook and Hannah Sutton in the 1860 US Federal Census on 17 Jul 1860 at Sutton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Stephen B. Holbrook, 41, farmer, b. RI
    Hannah O., 40, b. MA (as were all the children)
    Wilder, 19, farmer
    Flora A., 17
    Hattie, 5.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Wilder gave his occupation as farmer.
  • Wilder S. Holbrook and David M. Daniels, future brothers-in-law, served together in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry in Co. G.
  • In 1861 Wilder was living at Sutton, Worcester County, Massachusetts.

  • On 12 Jul 1861 Wilder mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Sutton, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 20 years, 10 months and 12 days old.
  • On 21 Oct 1861 Wilder was wounded at The Battle of Ball's Bluff, Leesburg, Virginia, in the shoulder.
  • On 30 Oct 1861 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Wilder S. Holbrook was included, with 304 other men, among "The Killed Wounded and Missing of the Fifteenth Regiment," after Ball's Bluff.
  • On 2 Nov 1861 at "Worcester Aegis & Transcript", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Wilder S. Holbrook was mentioned among the casualties.
  • On 1 Apr 1862 Wilder was promoted to Corporal.
  • On 6 Jul 1862 Wilder ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts due to disability.

  • Starting 22 Aug 1862, Wilder also served in the 36th Massachusetts Regiment as a 2nd Lieutenant.
  • He ended his service with the 36th by resignation on 31 Jul 1863.
  • He made application for a veteran's pension in Oct 1863.
  • On 30 Jun 1864 Wilder S. Holbrook, 23, married Jane Melissa Paine, 23, daughter of Jonathan Wales Paine and Lusina M. Bartlett, at Sutton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both.
  • On 23 May 1865 Wilder's sister, Flora A. Holbrook, married David M. Daniels at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • Wilder S. Holbrook was enumerated near the household of Stephen Buffum Holbrook and Hannah Sutton in the 1870 US Federal Census on 18 Jun 1870 at Sutton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Holbrook, Stephen B., 51, merchant (b. RI) (David's father-in-law)
    ---, Hannah O., 50, b. MA
    ---, Hattie, 15
    ---, DANIELS, Walter H., 3 (David's son living with maternal grandparents.)
    (next door)
    Holbrook, Wilder L., 29, merchant, b. MA (as were all others)
    ---, Jane, 29
    ---, Jennie, 5
    (Note: David M. Daniels was not apparent in the census, although he is presumably still living at this time.)
  • On 9 Oct 1871 his brother-in-law, David M. Daniels, died at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, at age 29 of pneumonia.
  • On 24 Sep 1873 his infant daughter, Flora A. Holbrook, died at Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts.
  • On 12 Aug 1878 his father, Stephen Buffum Holbrook, died at age 58.
  • Wilder S. Holbrook and Jane Melissa Paine were enumerated in the 1880 US Federal census in 1880 at Sutton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Holbrook, Wilder S., 39, merchant & grocer, b. MA (as were all in the family)
    ---, Jane M., 39, wife
    ---, Jennie T., 15, dau
    ---, Alice M., 5, dau.
  • Wilder and Jane's daughter, Jennie Tyla Holbrook married Fred S. Smith.
  • Wilder S. Holbrook was enumerated in the 1890 US Federal census, Veteran's Schedule in Jun 1890 at Sutton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as having served in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Company , and noting that he is "in Custom House Boston. "
  • He and Jane Melissa Paine were enumerated in the 1900 US Federal census on 12 Jun 1900 at Sutton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Holbrook, Wilder, b. Aug 1843, govt. Clerk, Revenue
    ---, Jane M., wife, b. May 1841, three of four children living, b. MA (of MA parents)
    ---, Alice M., daur, b. Sep 1874, single, teacher
    ---, Flora E., daur, b. Apr 1881, single.
  • Wilder S. Holbrook died on 27 Dec 1902 at Sutton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, of pneumonia. He was 62 years, 3 months and 27 days old.
  • An obituary for Wilder S. Holbrook was published on 28 Dec 1902 at "The Worcester Daily Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as follows:
    Mr. Wilder S. Holbrook died from pneumonia at his Sutton home Saturday morning.
    Mr. Holbrook was a prominent and well-known resident of the town, being employed for years at the Cutsom House in Boston.
    He was a former lieutenant of thge Fifteenth Massachusetts Regiment.
    His wife and three daughters, Mrs. Fred Smith of Smithville, Miss Alice Holbrook, a teacher in Morristown, N. J., and Miss Flora Holbrook, a student in Wellesley College, surv8ive him.
    The funeral will take place Tuesdaqy at 2 o'clock p.m. at the home.
  • He was buried in Dec 1902 at Old Howard Cemetery, Armsby Road, Sutton, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • On 19 Oct 1903 at Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Wilder S. Holbrook was noted as deceased in the previous year in a newspaper article about the 38th regimental reunion. From the Fitchburg Sentinel, 19 Oct 1903:
    Reunion of the 15th Regiment
    Wednesday will mark the gathering at Worcester of the survivors of that grand old fighting regiment, the 15th Massachusetts, who will meet in reunion in Worcester, to commemorate the 42d anniversary of the battle of Ball's Bluff, their first baptism of blood, shot, and shell.
    For 37 years the regimental association has had its annual reunion in Worcester on the date commemorating the fight at Ball's Bluff. All the original field officers have joined the great bivouac on the other side except Gen. John W. Kimball of Fitchburg, who went out as the first major and won a glorious record for bravery and ability.
    The reunion Wednesday will include the business meeting at the board of trade rooms, Worcester, at 10.30 o'clock, followed by the annual dinner at Grand Army hall at 12 o'clock, which is furnished by the Women's relief corps. A rousing reunion is expected.
    Death has depleted the ranks of many prominent members since the last reunion, including three former captains, Capt. C. H. Eager; Capt. J. M. Studley, Capt. J. Evarts Green; William J. Woodbury, who constructed the granite shaft of the Antietam monument, Wilder S. Holbrook and Joseph Pecot.
  • On 30 Jun 1908 Wilder and Jane's daughter, Flora Emily Holbrook married John C. Dudley at Sutton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both.
  • In Apr 1909 Jane Melissa Paine received a pension to surviving family member in Massachusetts based on Wilder's service; received certificate number 559961.
  • Jane outlived Wilder and died in 1932.
  • On 10 May 1943 his grandson, Sgt. John Holbrook Dudley, died at age 23, a tail gunner on a Flying Fortress shot down over enemy territory in Italy, killed in action.
  • Last Edited: 8 May 2017

Family: Jane Melissa Paine b. 19 May 1841, d. 1932

  • Jennie Tyla Holbrook b. 23 Apr 1865, d. 1930
  • Flora A. Holbrook b. 28 Sep 1872, d. 24 Sep 1873
  • Alice Marion Holbrook b. 24 Sep 1874, d. 1955
  • Flora Emily Holbrook b. 16 Apr 1881, d. 1982

Newell Kimball Holden

b. 1837
  • Father: Josiah Forbes Holden b. 5 Nov 1784, d. 31 Dec 1857
  • Mother: Hannah M. Barber b. 8 Jul 1797, d. 5 Mar 1843
  • Company: G
  • Newell Kimball Holden was born about in 1837 at Newfane, Windham County, Vermont, son of Josiah Forbes Holden and Hannah M. Barber.
  • On 5 Mar 1843 his mother, Hannah M. Barber, died at age 45.
  • On 30 Jan 1844 Newell's widowed father, Josiah Forbes Holden, remarried to Mary H. Maynard at Shrewsbury, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • Newell Kimball Holden was enumerated in the household of Josiah Forbes Holden and Mary H. Maynard in the 1850 US Federal Census on 29 Aug 1850 at Shrewsbury, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Josiah F. Holden, 63, farmer, b. Vermont
    Mary, 49, b. MA
    **Newell, 13, b. VT
    Calvin N., 17, shoemaker, b. VT.
  • On 31 Dec 1857 his father, Josiah Forbes Holden, died at Shrewsbury, Worcester County, Massachusetts, at age 73.
  • Newell Kimball Holden was enumerated in the 1860 US Federal census in Jul 1860 at Grafton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    A. N. Webster, 58, b. MA
    George E. Webster, 16, b. MA
    **Newell K. Holden, 24, shoe click, b. VT
    William Henry, 19, shoemaker, b. Canada
    Moses Smith, 19, currier, b. VT
    Alfred A. Mowe, 19, currier, b. MA.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Newell gave his occupation as shoemaker.

  • On 1 Aug 1861 Newell mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry as a 1st Lieutenant, being credited to the quota of Grafton, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 24 years old.
  • On 14 Aug 1861 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Newell Kimball Holden was mentioned in an article about the departure of the Fifteenth Massachusetts from Worcester.
  • On 6 Nov 1861 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Newell was the subject of an article detailing his escape at Ball's Bluff. (Volume 90 #44)
    Lieut. Holden's Escape
    The following is an extract from a letter received in this city, from first lieutenant N. K. Holden, of Co G fifteenth Massachusetts regiment, who was reported wounded. He Says:
    “I am able to resume my duties, which have multiplied very fast since the fight. My wound was nothing. One ball grazed my leg, one the palm of my hand, and two struck my sword sheath. It was swimming the river that used me up. It was near midnight when I swam the river. I had my doubts, tired as I was, and hesitated. The bank was covered with the wounded, dead, and those that could not swim, the boats having been swamped.
    I thought perhaps they would build a raft and come to our relief. But all of a sudden, a volley was fired from the bluff above us into the crowd. Then my mind was made up. I started upstream on the run, pulling off my cloths as I went, and plunged in. The water was very cold and the current swift. Twice I sunk and was drifted by the current, but held my breath, and kept struggling. I had given up all hope of getting out when my toes hit the bottom. When I reached the bank, I could not rise for some time, and when I did rise, I was so chilled that I could not use my limbs. I would go a few steps and fall. But soon a man came to help me to a house on the island, where the wounded were. I got a shirt and blanket, and after warming myself, went out and crawling into a haystack, where I stayed till morning. I arrived in camp the next night."
  • On 27 Apr 1862 Newell ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts by resignation.

  • In Jul 1863, at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Newell was drafted and paid a commutation.
  • On 21 Oct 1864 at The Bay State House, Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Newell Kimball Holden attended the First Annual Reunion of the Fifteenth Regiment Association.
  • He was enumerated in the household of Lewis Chandler Holden in the State census in 1865 at Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, as:
    Lewis C Holden, M, 37y, b. Newfane, VT (his brother)
    Lydia J Holden, F, 37y
    Ca*Ie J Holden, F, 8y
    Ella M Holden, F, 6y
    **Newell K Holden, M, 27y, widower, b. Newfane, VT, shoemaker
    George O C French, M, 30y.
  • On 27 Jul 1865 his brother, Calvin Newton Holden, died at Grafton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, at age 32 of typhoid fever.
  • On 27 Sep 1876 at Philadelphia House, San Francisco, California, Newell was registered in California, lliving at.
  • He was enumerated in the 1880 US Federal census in 1880 at San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, age 38, single, working in a shoe factory, and living in a hotel.
  • In 1882 Newell was living at San Francisco, San Francisco County, California.
  • Last Edited: 17 Apr 2017

William Penn Holder

b. 26 September 1816, d. 9 December 1899
  • Father: David G. Holder b. 19 Sep 1788, d. 18 May 1864
  • Mother: Ruth Bassett b. 19 May 1794, d. 21 Aug 1861
  • Company: C
  • William Penn Holder was born on 26 Sep 1816 at Bolton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, son of David G. Holder and Ruth Bassett.
  • William Penn Holder married Lois W. [--?--]
  • On 17 Jan 1848 Lois W. [--?--], his wife, died at Berlin, Worcester County, Massachusetts, of consumption.
  • William Penn Holder was enumerated in the 1850 US Federal census on 20 Aug 1850 at Clinton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    William P. Holder, 33, shoemaker, b. MA
    Francis, 16, (m.), shoemaker, b. MA (his brother)
    living in a hotel.
  • On 16 Sep 1850 William Penn Holder, 33, married Hannah Smith Southwick, 21, daughter of Daniel B. Southwick and Hannah Smith, at Milford, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a second marriage for him and the first for her.
  • On 8 Aug 1851 his son, George William Holder, died at Clinton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, at age 5.
  • On 3 Mar 1852 his son, Isaac Bassett Holder, died at Clinton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, at age 8.
  • William Penn Holder and Hannah Smith Southwick were enumerated in the 1860 US Federal census on 4 Aug 1860 at Harvard P. O., Clinton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    **William P. Holder, 43, shoemaker, b. MA (as were all)
    Hannah, 31
    Fred C., 3
    Albert P. Southwick, 10
    in same building:
    David Holder, 72, shoemaker
    Ruthe, 66
    Edward White, 21, shoemaker, b. RI
    Frederick White, 35, b. RI
    Mrs. White, 30, b. RI
    Andrew Lowe, 30, baker, b. England
    **Matthew Creelman, 30, harness maker, b. Nova Scotia
    **Charles H. Hapgood, 20, baker, b. MA
    Edwin Nurse, 24, stable keeper, b. MA
    Curtis Manchester, 30, painter, b. MA
    Albert Russell, 19, painter, b. NH
    (three future members of the 15th Massachusetts in the same house.)
  • In 1862 William was living at Clinton, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • Starting 6 Sep 1862, William also served in the enlisted in the 53rd Infantry (Militia.)
  • On 5 Nov 1862, at Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, William was discharged for disability.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, in 1864, William gave his occupation as shoe-binder.

  • On 5 Jan 1864 William mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Clinton, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 47 years, 3 months and 10 days old.
  • On 22 Jan 1864 William ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts having been rejected as a recruit, apparently for a second time due to physical disability.

  • On 18 May 1864 his father, David G. Holder, died at Bolton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, at age 75.
  • William is shown in the 1870 roster and Ford's history, but the MASSCW does not include him in the official roster of the 15th -- only in the 53rd as having been discharged after two weeks.
  • He and Hannah Smith Southwick were enumerated in the 1870 US Federal Census in 1870 at Lancaster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    William P Holder, 54, dealer in produce, b. MA (as were alll in the family)
    Hannah S Holder, 41
    Fred C Holder, 12
    Nettie E Holder, 8
    Caroline A Holder, 62
    Antonio E Ledesma , 18, student, b. Cuba
    Federico Glenton, 19, student, b. Nicaragua.
  • In 1896, William was included in "The History of Clinton, Massachusetts" where it says, "rejected recruit. see 53rd."
  • On 10 Nov 1899 Hannah Smith Southwick, his wife, died at Lancaster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, at age 70.
  • William Penn Holder died on 9 Dec 1899 at Lancaster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, of pneumonia. He was 83 years, 2 months and 13 days old.
  • He was buried in Dec 1899 at Friends Burial Ground, Bolton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, with his wife.
  • Last Edited: 29 Mar 2016

Family 1: Lois W. [--?--] b. between 1822 - 1823, d. 17 Jan 1848

  • Isaac Bassett Holder b. 19 Jul 1843, d. 3 Mar 1852
  • George William Holder b. 20 Jun 1846, d. 8 Aug 1851

Family 2: Hannah Smith Southwick b. 1 Apr 1829, d. 10 Nov 1899

  • Frederick Christopher Holder b. 26 Aug 1857, d. 16 Sep 1944
  • Lunetta E. Holder b. 28 Jul 1861, d. 9 Nov 1923

John Holland

b. between 1841 and 1842, d. 1865
  • Mother: Delia [--?--] b. between 1813 - 1814
  • Company: G
  • John Holland was born between 1841 - 1842 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, son of Delia [--?--].
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, John gave his occupation as shoemaker.
  • In 1861 John was living at Grafton, Worcester County, Massachusetts.

  • On 12 Jul 1861 John mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Grafton, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • On 21 Oct 1861 John was wounded at The Battle of Ball's Bluff, Leesburg, Virginia.
  • On 30 Oct 1861 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, John Holland was included, with 304 other men, among "The Killed Wounded and Missing of the Fifteenth Regiment," after Ball's Bluff.
  • He made application for a veteran's pension on 2 Apr 1862, and received certificate number 9791.
  • On 19 Apr 1862 John ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts by discharge due to disability.

  • He died in 1865.
  • He was buried in 1865 at Saint James Cemetery, Whitman, Plymouth County, Massachusetts.
  • On 19 Jan 1865 Delia Holland received a pension to surviving family member based on John's service; his mother, received certificate number 115666.
  • Last Edited: 18 Apr 2016

Joseph Holland

b. 1839, d. 21 November 1862
  • Father: John Holland b. 1805
  • Mother: Elisa Shepherd b. 11 Apr 1807, d. 15 Jan 1853
  • Company: I
  • Joseph Holland was born about in 1839 at Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, son of John Holland and Elisa Shepherd.
  • Joseph Holland was enumerated in the household of John Holland and Elisa Shepherd in the 1850 US Federal Census on 20 Sep 1850 at Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    John Holland, 45, operative, b. England
    Eliza, 43, b. MA (as were all the children)
    Geo., 23, operative
    Hannah, 22
    Elizabeth, 18
    Thos. 13
    **Joseph, 11
    Chas. 8
    John, 5.
  • On 15 Jan 1853 his mother, Elisa Shepherd, died at Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, at age 45.
  • Joseph's widowed father, John Holland, remarried to Caroline [--?--].
  • Joseph Holland was enumerated in the household of John Holland and Caroline [--?--] in the 1860 US Federal Census on 23 Jul 1860 at Thompson, Windham County, Connecticut, as:
    John Holland, 55, farmer, b. England
    Caroline, 54, b. CT
    Hannah, 31, b. MA
    **Joseph, 20, b. MA
    John, 15, b. MA.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Joseph gave his occupation as laborer.
  • Joseph was living at Thompson, Windham County, Connecticut.

  • On 12 Jul 1861 Joseph mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry as a Corporal, being credited to the quota of Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 22 years old.
  • On 9 Nov 1861 Joseph Holland 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.
  • He died on 21 Nov 1862 at Alexandria, Alexandria (city), Virginia, of disease. He was 23 years old.
  • He was buried in Nov 1862 at Alexandria National Cemetery, Alexandria, Alexandria (city), Virginia.
  • An obituary for Joseph Holland was published on 13 Dec 1862 at "The Webster Times", Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as follows:
    Another Webster Volunteer Gone

    We have received intelligence of the death of another volunteer from this town Joseph Holland. He was among those who first enlisted to form the nucleus of Company I and shared with that brave band the fatigues, hardships, and dissapointments preparitory to going into camp. He has shared the experiences of the glorious Fifteenth in battle and in camp, fought side by side with those who fell at Antietam, and escaped serious disaster there to die by disease in a Virginia hospital.


    This name adds another to the lengthening list of Webster’s martyrs, whose memories and valiant deeds will be greatfully treasured up and duly honored by the town that sent them forth. Young Holland was 21 years of age. His parents now reside a few miles from this place. The following letter announced to them the death of their son:


    Post Hospital, near Alexandria, Va.
    November 29, 1862

    To the family of my deceased friend and companion, Joseph Holland: I now write these few lines to let you know the particulars relating to his death. He came here to the hospital about ten days ago, lookong very ill and fatigued, and he expired this morning at twenty minutes past two o’clock. His disease was chronic diarrhrea and the other effects of hard marching and hard work. We lament his loss very much as a companion and friend. He is to be burried this afternoon at a cemetery about one mile from here. He has received good care, and died very easy.
    I remain your obedient servant,

    H. A. Webster,

    Co. I, 15th Reg’t Mass. vols.

  • John, his brother, outlived Joseph and died on 29 Nov 1864 at East Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut, of diasese, as a member of Company D, 1st Heavy Artillery Regiment Massachusetts.
  • On 4 Jul 1907 Joseph Holland 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: 18 Apr 2016

Michael Holligan

b. between 1836 and 1837
  • Father: John Holligan b. 1810
  • Mother: Ann [--?--] b. 1815
  • Company: D
  • Michael Holligan was born between 1836 - 1837 at Ireland, son of John Holligan and Ann [--?--].
  • Michael Holligan was enumerated in the 1850 US Federal census on 25 Aug 1850 at Clinton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, possibly as:
    Michael Holegan, 19, b. Ireland
    in a boarding house hotel.
  • On 24 Nov 1857 Michael Holligan married Bridget Poland, 23, at Blackstone, Worcester County, Massachusetts, according to one report.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, in 1862, Michael gave his occupation as laborer.
  • In 1862 Michael was living at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts.

  • On 17 Jul 1862 Michael mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • On 13 Dec 1862 Michael was wounded at The Battle of Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania County, Virginia.
  • On 6 Feb 1863 at Washington, DC, Michael deserted while on furlough from general hospital.
  • Starting 30 Jul 1863, Michael also served in the 19th Massachusetts Infantry, while in desertion from the 15th MVI as a draftee per MASSCW.
  • Starting 14 Jan 1864, Michael also served in the by transfer to the 20th Massachusetts Infantry.
  • On 15 Apr 1864, Michael was arrested as a deserter from the 15th Massachusetts Infantry, and returned to the regiment.
  • In May 1864 Michael was wounded on the thigh.
  • On 30 Jun 1864 at Washington, DC, he deserted again from hospital furlough.
  • On 27 Jul 1864 Michael ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts by "administrative" transfer to the 20th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.

  • Bridget Poland applied for a pension to surviving family member, based on Michael's service; however she was denied because she could never prove he died.
  • John Donnelly wrote an affadavit for a pension application on the service of Michael Holligan as follows:
    Michael was wounded at the Battle of Fredericksburg VA some time about December 13, 1862 with a gunshot wound losing a finger on the right hand. and was sent to hospital the name of which is unknown to me.
    I was an acquaintance of Michael 6 years previous to his enlistment. I also knew Bridget 6 years previous to enlistment and 6 years continuously from my discharge.
    I have reason to believe that said Holligan died while on his way to rejoin his regiment in the year 1864. after his furlough expired my reasons for thinking so are that the claimant came to me to find out what had become of her husband immediately upon my return from the army - and that I further know that the claimant had made search and inquiry in every direction for her husband and I have to reason to believe he is dead.
    I know the children of said Michael and Bridget and have heard said Michael speak of his oldest children while in the army.
  • He's surviving family was enumerated in the household of Bridget Poland in the 1870 US Federal Census on 14 Jul 1870 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Holligan, Bridget, 37, b. Ireland (cannot write)
    ---, John, 11, b. MA
    ---, Mary A., 9
    ---, James, 5.
  • On 9 Feb 1882 Michael and Bridget's daughter, Mary Anna Holligan married Frank Marcells at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both.
  • Last Edited: 17 Oct 2012

Family: Bridget Poland b. 28 Feb 1834, d. 4 Jun 1883

  • John Holligan b. 30 Sep 1858, d. 9 Oct 1918
  • Mary Ann Holligan b. 10 Jan 1860, d. 10 Jan 1860
  • Mary Anna Holligan b. 11 Feb 1861, d. 17 Jan 1933
  • Michael Holligan b. 2 May 1862, d. 4 Dec 1863
  • James Charles Holligan b. 3 Dec 1863, d. 21 Nov 1905

John Hollin

b. between 1839 and 1840
  • Company: I
  • John Hollin was born between 1839 - 1840 at Scotland.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, John gave his occupation as painter.
  • In 1861 John was living at Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • He was married at the time of his enlistment according to Ford's history.
  • John was living at Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, according to the Webster Times.

  • On 1 Aug 1861 John mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • On 21 Oct 1861 John was taken prisoner at The Battle of Ball's Bluff, Leesburg, Virginia.
  • John Floyd Maley wrote a letter to The Webster Times, listing his fellow prisoners, on 27 Oct 1861 from Richmond, Virginia, mentioning John Hollin, as follows.
  • On 30 Oct 1861 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, John Hollin was included, with 304 other men, among "The Killed Wounded and Missing of the Fifteenth Regiment," after Ball's Bluff.
  • On 2 Nov 1861 at "The Webster Weekley Times", Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, John Hollin was listed as a Company I casualty of Ball's Bluff.
  • On 9 Nov 1861 John Hollin was mentioned, along with 95 other men of the 15th Massachusetts, in a report of 9 Nov 1861 to the Webster Times, by F. Q. Robinson, concerning the aftermath of Ball's Bluff and reporting his status.
  • On 20 Nov 1861 at "The Worcester Daily Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, John Hollin was listed with 195 other men among the prisoners taken at Ball's Bluff.
  • On 22 Feb 1862, John was paroled from prison. There is no further record on this man.
  • John ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts for reasons not given in the 1870 roster at an unspecified date.

  • On 4 Jul 1907 John Hollin 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: 17 Oct 2012

Henry B. Holman

b. 13 January 1843, d. 20 February 1864
  • Father: Asa Holman Jr. b. 28 Mar 1811, d. 28 Jan 1856
  • Mother: Caroline Downs Sawyer b. 27 Feb 1818
  • Company: C
  • Henry B. Holman was born on 13 Jan 1843 at Northborough, Worcester County, Massachusetts, son of Asa Holman Jr. and Caroline Downs Sawyer, grandson of Asa and Rebecca (Houghton) Holman, of Bolton, MA; and on the maternal side of Joseph and Abigail (Bender) Sawyer.
  • Henry B. Holman was enumerated in the household of Asa Holman Jr. and Caroline Downs Sawyer in the 1850 US Federal Census in 1850 at Northborough, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Asa Holman, 39, comb-maker, b. MA (as were all in the family)
    Caroline D., 32, b. MA
    Elizabeth F., 12
    **Joseph S., 9
    **Henry B., 7
    Charles A., 2.
  • On 28 Jan 1856 his father, Asa Holman Jr., died at Clinton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, of fever at age 44.
  • On 27 Apr 1860 Joseph and Henry's widowed mother, Caroline Downs Sawyer, remarried to Hiram Cromett, 42, at Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, in 1861, Henry gave his occupation as hostler.
  • In 1861 Henry was living at Clinton, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • Henry B. Holman and Joseph S. Holman, brothers, served together in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.

  • On 12 Jul 1861 Henry mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Clinton, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 18 years, 5 months and 29 days old.
  • On 17 Sep 1862 Henry was wounded at The Battle of Antietam, Washington County, Maryland, in the leg.
  • On 6 Dec 1862 Henry ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts due to disability from wounds received in action.

  • He made application for a veteran's pension on 24 Apr 1863, and received certificate number 21498.
  • He died on 20 Feb 1864 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, "killed by fall " at home, having survived Antietam, according to the history of Clinton, Massachusetts. He was 21 years, 1 month and 7 days old.
  • From the " Springfield Republican," (Springfield, Massachusetts), 23 Feb 1864:
    A machinist and discharged soldier named Henry B. Holman fell down stairs at Worcester on Saturday, striking on his head, and injuring him so severrely that he survived but a few hours.
  • From the " Boston Herald," (Boston, Massachusetts), 23 Feb 1864:
    Fatal Accident.
    Henry B. Holman, formerly of Co. C, 15th Mass. Regt., was killed in Worcester on Saturday, by falling some ten feet from a flight of steps.
  • He was buried in Feb 1864 at Woodlawn Cemetery, Clinton, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • On 17 Sep 1870, at Northborough, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Henry was inscribed on the town Civil War monument.
  • He's surviving family was enumerated in the household of Caroline Downs Sawyer in the 1880 US Federal Census in 1880 at Clinton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Caroline D. Holman, 62
    Mary L. Holman      29
    Frank E. Holman      26.
  • In 1896, Henry was included in "The History of Clinton, Massachusetts", where it says, "killed by fall in Worcester 20 Feb 64."
  • Last Edited: 3 Mar 2016

Joseph S. Holman

b. 27 February 1841, d. 27 June 1888

Joseph S. Holman
  • Father: Asa Holman Jr. b. 28 Mar 1811, d. 28 Jan 1856
  • Mother: Caroline Downs Sawyer b. 27 Feb 1818
  • Company: C
  • Joseph S. Holman was born on 27 Feb 1841 at Northborough, Worcester County, Massachusetts, son of Asa Holman Jr. and Caroline Downs Sawyer, grandson of Asa and Rebecca (Houghton) Holman, of Bolton, MA; and on the maternal side of Joseph and Abigail (Bender) Sawyer.
  • Joseph S. Holman was enumerated in the household of Asa Holman Jr. and Caroline Downs Sawyer in the 1850 US Federal Census in 1850 at Northborough, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Asa Holman, 39, comb-maker, b. MA (as were all in the family)
    Caroline D., 32, b. MA
    Elizabeth F., 12
    **Joseph S., 9
    **Henry B., 7
    Charles A., 2.
  • On 28 Jan 1856 his father, Asa Holman Jr., died at Clinton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, of fever at age 44.
  • On 27 Apr 1860 Joseph and Henry's widowed mother, Caroline Downs Sawyer, remarried to Hiram Cromett, 42, at Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • Joseph S. Holman was enumerated in the household of Caroline Downs Sawyer and Hiram Cromett in the 1860 US Federal Census on 27 Jul 1860 at Harvard P. O., Clinton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Hiram Cromett, 34, b. ME (who enlisted in the 1st MA Cavalry in Sep 1861, and returned safely from the war in 1865.)
    Caroline , 42 (Joseph's remarried mother)
    Mary Holman, 9
    Francis, 7
    **Joseph , 20, laborer, b. MA
    ... also
    **Alexander Lord, 27, laborer, b. NH, married within the year
    Lucia Lord, 21, b. NH, married within the year
    ... also
    **James Bonney, 22, printer, b. MA
    (Note: Joseph Holman, James Bonney, and Alexander Lord, future members of the 15th, lived in the same boarding house with 20 other people and possibly went together, along with Joseph's brother Henry, to enlist the following year. Only Joseph returned alive..)
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, in 1861, Joseph gave his occupation as hostler.
  • In 1861 Joseph was living at Clinton, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • Joseph S. Holman and Henry B. Holman, brothers, served together in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.

  • On 12 Jul 1861 Joseph mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Clinton, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 20 years, 4 months and 15 days old.
  • Between 12 Jul 1861 - 28 Jul 1864 Joseph S. Holman was in service as the forage master of 1st Division, 2nd Army Corps.
  • On 3 Jul 1863 Joseph S. Holman witnessed the death of Alexander Lord, his neighbor at The Battle of Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania.
  • On 20 Feb 1864 his brother, Henry B. Holman, died at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, at age 21 "killed by fall " at home, having survived Antietam, according to the history of Clinton, Massachusetts.
  • On 30 May 1864, his boarding house neighbor, James Alvin Bonney, died at Totopotomoy Creek, Hanover County, Virginia, unmarried, and registered in Clinton, MA.
  • On 28 Jul 1864 Joseph ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts having fulfilled his term of service.

  • On 29 Nov 1877 Joseph S. Holman, 36, married Caroline A. Warren, 27, at Rhode Island.
  • Joseph S. Holman died on 27 Jun 1888 at Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, of Bright's disease. He was 47 years and 4 months old.
  • An obituary for Joseph S. Holman was published at Boston, Massachusetts, as follows: From the "Boston Journal," 28 June 1888:
    Died - Holman -- In Dorchester, June 27, Joseph S. Holman of New York, formerly of Clinton, Mass. 47 yrs. 4 mos. Burial at Clinton June 29 at 2 p.m.
  • He was buried in Jun 1888 at Woodlawn Cemetery, Clinton, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • Caroline A. Warren was enumerated as the widow of Joseph S. Holman, of the 15th Massachusetts, in the 1890 Veterans' Schedules of the US Federal Census in 1890 at Warwick, Kent County, Rhode Island.
  • On 25 May 1892 Caroline A. Warren received a pension to surviving family member in Rhode Island based on Joseph's service; his wife, received certificate 366266.
  • In 1896, Joseph was included in "The History of Clinton, Massachusetts."
  • He left family who enumerated in the household of Caroline A. Holman in the 1900 US Federal Census on on 15 Jun 1900 at at Cranston, Providence County, Rhode Island.
  • Caroline, his wife, outlived Joseph and died on 28 Jan 1917 at Rhode Island.
  • He and Caroline A. Warren had no issue.
  • Last Edited: 3 Mar 2016

Family: Caroline A. Warren b. Jan 1850, d. 28 Jan 1917

Reuben Marshall Holman

b. 3 September 1819, d. 27 September 1879
  • Father: Ira Holman
  • Mother: Louisa Marshall
  • Company: A
  • Reuben Marshall Holman was born on 3 Sep 1819 at Lunenburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts, son of Ira Holman and Louisa Marshall.
  • On 26 Apr 1843 Reuben Marshall Holman, 23, married Martha Osgood Jewett, 22, daughter of Solomon Jewett and Mary Holmes Kempton, at Sterling, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • In 1861 Reuben was living at Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, in 1861, Reuben gave his occupation as carpenter.

  • On 12 Jul 1861 Reuben mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry as a Sergeant, being credited to the quota of Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 41 years, 10 months and 9 days old.
  • On 29 Oct 1862 Reuben ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts due to disability.

  • On 19 Mar 1864 Reuben and Martha's daughter, Charlotte L. Holman married Albert Danforth at Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a second for him and the first for her.
  • Reuben Marshall Holman made application for a veteran's pension in Aug 1879, and received certificate number 265877.
  • He died on 27 Sep 1879 at Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 60 years and 24 days old.
  • He was buried in Sep 1879 at Evergreen Cemetery, Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Section 6 Lot 50.
  • Martha Osgood Jewett received a pension to surviving family member based on Reuben's service; his wife, received certificate number 212665.
  • He's surviving family was enumerated in the household of Martha Osgood Jewett in the 1880 US Federal Census on 8 Jun 1880 at Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Holman, Martha O., 59, widow, b. MA (as were all)
    Danforth, Albert, 43, son-in-law, married, machinist
    ---, Charlotte, 36, daur, married
    ---, Ida, 19, daur, single, works in toy factory
    Marhsall, Albert, 20, boarder, single, works in toy factory.
  • Martha Osgood Holman was enumerated as the widow of Reuben Marshall Holman, of the 15th Massachusetts, in the 1890 Veterans' Schedules of the US Federal Census in Jun 1890 at Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • Martha, his wife, outlived Reuben and died on 19 Dec 1903 at Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, at age 82.
  • Last Edited: 20 Aug 2016

Family: Martha Osgood Jewett b. 8 Apr 1821, d. 19 Dec 1903

  • Charlotte L. Holman b. Mar 1844, d. 7 Jul 1907
  • Ira Francis Holman b. 15 Jul 1852, d. 14 Jan 1929

Wallace William Holman

b. 11 March 1834, d. 18 April 1923

William W. Holman
  • Father: Samuel Holman b. 8 Jan 1800, d. 8 Jun 1848
  • Mother: Elizabeth Parks b. 1799
  • Company: B
  • Wallace William Holman was born on 11 Mar 1834 at Winchendon, Worcester County, Massachusetts, son of Samuel Holman and Elizabeth Parks.
  • His boyhood years were spent at the Holman farm in the west part of the town of Winchendon. All but four years of his life, when he was in Fredrickton, N.B. his home was in Winchendon, MA. (per Elaine Benjamin.)
  • On 27 Feb 1854 William W. Holman, 19, married Anne M. Whipple, 20, daughter of Joel G. Whipple and Martha Bates, at Winchendon, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both.
  • He studied music and in 1856 formed the Holman & Piper Orchestra, which had an enviable reputation in Winchendon and surrounding towns and cities for 50 years.
  • Wallace William Holman and Anne M. Whipple were enumerated in the 1860 US Federal census on 18 Aug 1860 at Winchendon, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Wallice W. Holman, 26, pail turner, b. MA
    Ann M., 26, b. VT
    Wallis R., 6, b. MA
    Idi I., 3, b. MA
    Samuel R., 1, b. MA.
  • In 1861 Wallace was living at Winchendon, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, in 1861, Wallace gave his occupation as tub and pail maker.

  • On 12 Jul 1861 Wallace mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Winchendon, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 27 years, 4 months and 1 day old.
  • On 21 Oct 1861 Wallace was wounded in his left side just below the sternum by a blow with the butt of gun in the hands of the enemy while engaged with the enemy in the Battle of Balls Bluff.
  • On 21 Oct 1861 Wallace was taken prisoner at The Battle of Ball's Bluff, Leesburg, Virginia, along with 632 others, he was confined for nine months in Libby Prison near Richmond, Virginia.
  • On 30 Oct 1861 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Wallace William Holman 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, Wallace William Holman 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, William W. Holman was listed with 195 other men among the prisoners taken at Ball's Bluff.
  • On 19 May 1862 his infant son, William W. Holman, died at Winchendon, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • On 29 Apr 1863 Wallace ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts due to disability.

  • He made application for a veteran's pension in 1869, and received certificate number 29645.
  • On 27 Jun 1871 Anne M. Holman, his wife, died at Winchendon, Worcester County, Massachusetts, at age 37 of consumption.
  • On 3 Jan 1872 Wallace William Holman, 37, married Rebecca Jane Hadley, 34, daughter of Orrin Hadley and Betsey Jones, at Winchendon, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a second marriage for both.
  • On 1 Jul 1879 at Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Wallace William Holman attended the annual reunion of Company B, 15th Massachusetts, the Fitchburg Fisiliers. (Click icon to read the report in the Fitchburg Sentinel.)
  • He and Rebecca Jane Hadley were enumerated in the 1880 US Federal census on 8 Jun 1880 at Winchendon, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Holman, Wm. W., 45, farmer, b. MA
    ---, Rebecca J., 44, wife, b. VT
    ---, Harry O., 13, son, b. MA
    ---, Elmer W., 12, son, b. MA.
  • On 6 Jul 1883 Wallace joined Gilman C.Parker Post No. 153, G. A. R., providing a sketch of his service. (click icon to read.)
  • In Jun 1886 Wallace was living at Winchendon, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • In Jun 1886 Wallace William Holman took part in the regimental reunion Excursion to the Battle-Fields of Gettysburg, PA., Antietam, MD., Ball's Bluff, Virginia and Washington, D.C.
  • He was enumerated in the 1890 US Federal census, Veteran's Schedule in Jun 1890 at Winchendon, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as having served in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Company B, noting that he had a gunshot wound and had spent time at Libby prison.
  • On 28 Jun 1894 at Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Wallace William Holman attended the annual reunion of Company B ("Fitchburg Fusiliers"). From The Fitchburg Sentinel, 28 June 1894
    Veteran Fusiliers' Reunion
    On a bright June day like this, 33 years ago, today, the Fitchburg Fusiliers marched down Main street to the old depot and took a train for Worcester where they, with the other companies of the 15th Mass. regiment went into camp at Camp Scott, remaining till Aug. 8, when they went to the front.
    The survivors of the company, with honorary members of the association and other friends, held their annual reunion at Whalom park, today. A good number of lady friends of the veterans were present.
    The business meeting was held in the grove at 11:30 a.m. The following officers and members of the company responded to roll call. Gen. John W. Kimball, Capt. Charles H. Eager, Lieut. J. Myron Goddard, Sergt. Walter A. Eames, Privates John R. Farnum, Artemas A. Gibson, William Gibson, Granville C. Hosmer, Wallace W. Holman, Edward S. Kendall, Herbert D. McIntire, Joseph B. Matthews, George G. Taylor, Henry F. Whittemore. Honorary members -- Harrington Sibley, Charles May, F. A. Monroe, Edward F. Kimball, Albert McIntire, Samuel Osborne, Elmer W. Holman, C. A. Tenney, C. H. Toomey, James Harrington.
    The record of the last meeting was read by the clerk, E. S. Kendall, and approved and the report of the treasurer showing a balance of $41.59 was accepted.
    The following officers were chosen -- Capt, John W. Kimball; first leiutenant, J. Myron Goddard, Wakefield; second lieutenant, Charles H. Eager, Belmont; clerk and treasurer, Edward S. Kendall, Westminster; auditors -- Gen. J. W. Kimball, Herbert D. McIntire, Artemas A. Gibson.
  • On 11 May 1898 at "The Fitchburg Sentinel", Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Wallace William Holman was mentioned in an article as an original member of the Fitchburg Fusiliers.
  • He and Rebecca Jane Hadley were enumerated in the 1900 US Federal census on 9 Jun 1900 at Winchendon, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • On 28 Jun 1900 at Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Wallace William Holman attended a reunion of Company B of the 15th Massachusetts. Click icon to read the report in the Fitchburg Sentenel.
  • On 19 Nov 1900 Rebecca Jane Hadley, his wife, died at Winchendon, Worcester County, Massachusetts, at age 63 of diabetes.
  • Wallace William Holman and Rebecca Jane Hadley had no issue.
  • On 29 Jun 1901 at Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Wallace W. Holman attended the 40th reunion of Company B.
  • On 25 Sep 1901 Wallace William Holman, 67, married Lillie Etha Wright, 32, at Winchendon, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a third marriage for him and the first for her.
  • Wallace William Holman died on 18 Apr 1923 at Winchendon, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 89 years, 1 month and 7 days old.
  • He was buried in Apr 1923 at Riverside Cemetery, Winchendon, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • An obituary for Wallace William Holman was published on 20 Apr 1923 at "The Fitchburg Sentinel", Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as follows:
    Winchendon
    Wallace W. Holman, aged Civil war veteran, died Thursday morning at his home, 356 Central street, following a long illness. He was born in Winchendon march 11, 1834, son of Samuel and Betsy (Parks) Holman. His boyhood days were spent on the Holman farm still a landmark in the west part of the town. All but four years of his life, when he was in Fredericton, N. B., his home has been in this town. He studied music and in 1856 formed the Holman & Piper orchestra which had an enviable reputation in this and surrounding cities and towns for 50 years. He also was a dancing master for 30 years and conducted schools in many places. On June 28, 1861, he enlisted in Company B, 15th Massachusetts volunteer infantry, and on Oct. 21, 1861, at Balls Bluff was wounded and with 632 others was taken prisoner and confined for six months in Libby prison near Richmond, Va. Mr. Holman was a past grand of Monomonack lodge, I. O O. F., and an active member for many years of Home Rebekah lodge, I. O. O. F., Gilman C. Parker post, G. A. R., and Morton E. Converse camp, S. of V. He was three times married and is survived by his wife and four sons, Samuel R. Holman of Keene, N. H., Harry O. Holman of Worcester, Elnor W. Holman and Mitford Holman of Winchendon.
  • An obituary for Wallace William Holman was published on 26 Apr 1923 at The Winchendon Courier, Winchendon, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as follows:
    Wallace W. Holman, aged Civil War Veteran, died Wednesday week at his home on Central Street, following a long illness. He was born in Winchendon, March 11, 1834, son of Samuel and Betsey (Parks) Holman. His boyhood days were spent at the Holman farm, still a landmark in the west part of town. All but four years of his life, when he was in Frederickton, N. B., his home has been in this town.
    He studied music and in 1856 formed the Holman & Piper Orchestra, which had an enviable reputation in this and surrounding cities and towns for 50 years.
    On June 28, 1861, he enlisted in Company B, 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, and on October 21, 1861, was wounded and with 632 others was taken prisoner and confined for nine months in Libby Prison near Richmond, Va.
    Mr. Holman was past grand of Manomonack Lodge I.O.O.F., Gilman C. Parker Post G.A.R., and Morton E. Converse Camp, S. of V. He was three times married and is survived by his wife and four sons, Samuel B. Holman of Keene, N.H., Harry O. Holman of Worcester, Elnor W. Holman and Mitford Holman of Winchendon.
    The funeral services were held from the home with Rev. G.W. Jones officiating. The G.A.R. ritual was used, and the I.O.O.F. commitment service at the cemetery. Burial at Riverside.
  • In Apr 1923 Lillie Etha Wright received a pension to surviving family member in Massachusetts based on Wallace's service; his wife, received certificate number 996711.
  • Lillie Etha Wright survived Wallace William Holman and died in 1949 at Winchendon, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • Last Edited: 24 Aug 2016

Family 1: Anne M. Whipple b. 8 Nov 1833, d. 27 Jun 1871

  • Willie H. Holman b. 2 Apr 1854, d. 15 Nov 1868
  • Isadora I. Holman b. 14 Apr 1857
  • Samuel R. Holman b. 10 Jun 1859
  • William W. Holman b. 26 Jul 1861, d. 19 May 1862
  • Harry O. Holman b. 1866
  • Elnor Wallace Holman b. 7 Mar 1868

Family 2: Rebecca Jane Hadley b. 20 Jun 1837, d. 19 Nov 1900

Family 3: Lillie Etha Wright b. 30 Apr 1869, d. 1949

  • Frank Mitford Zebedee Holman b. 27 Aug 1902, d. 23 Sep 1987

Charles N. Holmes

b. 31 January 1836, d. 10 January 1914
  • Father: Samuel Walker Holmes b. 1809, d. 25 Feb 1857
  • Mother: Harriet A. Gault d. 6 Dec 1898
  • Company: F
  • Charles N. Holmes was born on 31 Jan 1836 at Brookfield, Worcester County, Massachusetts, son of Samuel Walker Holmes and Harriet A. Gault.
  • On 25 Feb 1857 his father, Samuel Walker Holmes, died at New Braintree, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, in 1861, Charles gave his occupation as sawyer.

  • On 12 Jul 1861 Charles mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Brookfield, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 25 years, 5 months and 12 days old.
  • On 1 Sep 1863 Charles was promoted to Corporal.
  • On 28 Jul 1864 Charles ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts having fulfilled his term of service.

  • On 8 Jun 1865 Charles N. Holmes, 29, married Annie M. Trefethen, 25, daughter of Nathan W. Hoyt and Lucy M. Keen, at Portsmouth, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, the widow of Charles W. Trefethen, of Kittery, ME.
  • Charles N. Holmes and Annie M. Hoyt were enumerated in the 1870 US Federal Census on 27 Jun 1870 at Kittery, York County, Maine, as:
    Holmes, Charles N., 33, master sawyer on the U. S. Navy Yard, b. MA
    ---, Annie, 30, b. NH
    Tefethen, Martha, 13, b. ME
    ---, Carabell, 11, b. ME
    Holmes, Hattie, 1, b. ME
    Pennell, John, 79, shoemaker, b. ME.
  • Charles N. Holmes made application for a veteran's pension on 29 Aug 1879, and received certificate number 283200.
  • He and Annie M. Hoyt were enumerated in the 1880 US Federal census on 10 Jun 1880 at Kittery, York County, Maine, as:
    Holmes, Chas. N., 44, carpenter, b. MA (of MA parents)
    ---, Annie M., 40, wife, b. ME (fat b. MA, mor b. NH)
    ---, Hattie, 11, daur, b. ME
    ---, Lyman, 6, son, b. ME.
  • Charles N. Holmes was enumerated in the 1890 US Federal census, Veteran's Schedule in Jun 1890 at Kittery, York County, Maine, as having served in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Company F.
  • On 19 Sep 1896 at Brookfield, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Charles N. Holmes attended a reunion of Company F, as reported in the Worcester Daily Spy the following day.
  • He and Annie M. Hoyt were enumerated in the 1900 US Federal census on 2 Jun 1900 at Kittery, York County, Maine, as:
    Holmes, Charles B., head, b. Jan 1836, married 35 years, b. NH (fath b. NH, mor b. ME
    ---, Annie N., wife, b. Dec 1839, three of three children living, b. ME (fat b. NH, mor b. MA)
    ---, Lyman A., son, b. Aug 1873, b. ME (fat b. NH, mor b. MA.)
  • Charles N. Holmes and Annie M. Hoyt were enumerated in the 1910 US Federal Census on 18 Apr 1910 at Kittery, York County, Maine, noting they've been married 43 years, his first marriage and her second. Of her five children, two are still living.
  • Charles N. Holmes died on 10 Jan 1914 at Kittery, York County, Maine. He was 77 years, 11 months and 10 days old.
  • He was buried on 13 Jan 1914 at Orchard Grove Cemetery, Kittery, York County, Maine, Lot 95.
  • On 20 Mar 1914 Annie M. Hoyt received a pension to surviving family member in Maine based on Charles's service; received certificate 778983.
  • Charles's wife, Annie M. Hoyt, died and was buried in Mar 1918 at Orchard Grove Cemetery, Kittery, York County, Maine, with her husband and two little girls at age 78 years and 2 months.
  • Last Edited: 8 Jul 2016

Family: Annie M. Hoyt b. 2 Dec 1839, d. 29 Mar 1918

  • Leila G. Holmes b. 23 Jun 1867, d. 3 Dec 1867
  • Hattie Holmes b. Mar 1869, d. 13 Dec 1881
  • Lyman A. Holmes b. 16 Aug 1874, d. 31 Oct 1928

James Holmes

b. December 1844, d. 12 March 1928
  • Father: John Holmes b. between 1815 - 1816
  • Mother: Sophia Jolie b. between 1818 - 1819
  • Company: D
  • James Holmes was born in Dec 1844 at Canada (Eng), son of John Holmes and Sophia Jolie.
  • James Holmes was enumerated in the household of John Holmes and Sophia Jolie in the 1860 US Federal Census on 1 Jun 1860 at Paxton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    John Holmes, 44, boot treer, b. England
    Sopha, 41, b. England
    Marg A., 19, b. Canada
    John, 23, boot bottomer, b. Canada
    **James, 16, boot ??, b. Canada
    Ella S., 6, b. MA
    William, 3, b. MA.
  • In 1861 James was living at Paxton, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, in 1861, James gave his occupation as boot maker.

  • On 12 Jul 1861 James mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Paxton, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 16 years and 7 months old.
  • On 12 Nov 1862 James ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts at Alexandria, Alexandria (city), Virginia, due to disability.

  • He made application for a veteran's pension on 23 Feb 1863, and received certificate number 267418.
  • On 29 May 1867 James Holmes, 22, married Susan Eldora Chase, 22, daughter of Homer Chase and Esther Clark Sweetser, at Paxton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for him and the third for her.
  • James Holmes and Susan Eldora Chase were enumerated in the 1870 US Federal Census on 30 Jul 1870 at Spencer, Worcester County, Massachusetts, where he works in a boot shop, and lives with his wife and eldest daughter. He is supposedly b. in MA, and notes that his parents are of foreign birth.
  • James Holmes and Susan Eldora Chase were enumerated in the 1880 US Federal census on 12 Jun 1880 at Spencer, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    James HOLMES, Works Boot Fac, 35, b. in Canada, with wife Susie E. and 3 children.
  • James Holmes was enumerated in the 1890 US Federal census, Veteran's Schedule in Jun 1890 at Spencer, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as having served in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Company D.
  • On 18 Apr 1892 James and Susan's daughter, Cora E. Holmes married Albert L. Knowlton at North Brookfield, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both.
  • On 9 Aug 1899 Susan Eldora Chase, his wife, died at Spencer, Worcester County, Massachusetts, at age 54.
  • James Holmes was enumerated in the 1900 US Federal census on 1 Jun 1900 at Spencer, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Holmes, James H., head, b. Dec 1844, widower, b. Canada (English), boot sider
    Knowlton, Cora, dau, b. Nov 1869, married eight years, and has one child
    ---, Francis H., grandson, b. 1896.
  • On 7 Feb 1901 James and Susan's daughter, Marion Sophia Holmes married John Denison Cole at Spencer, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both.
  • On 21 Oct 1903 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, James Holmes attended the 37th annual regimental reunion with some eighty other veterans.
  • In 1906 James was living at Spencer, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • On 20 Oct 1906 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, James Holmes 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 1910 James Holmes, 65, married Mary S. Bemis, daughter of William Bemis and Mary Lucy Lamb, at Spencer, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a second marriage for him and the third for her.
  • James Holmes and Mary S. Bemis were enumerated in the 1920 US Federal Census on 3 Jan 1920 at Spencer, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Holmes, James, head, 76, naturalized, b. Canada, retired
    ---, Mary S., 79, b. MA
    and two lodgers.
  • In 1927 Mary S. Bemis, his wife, died.
  • James Holmes died on 12 Mar 1928 at Spencer, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 83 years and 3 months old.
  • He was buried in Mar 1928 at Pine Grove Cemetery, Spencer, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • Last Edited: 10 Apr 2016

Family 1: Susan Eldora Chase b. 4 May 1845, d. 9 Aug 1899

  • Cora E. Holmes b. Nov 1869
  • Albert John Holmes b. 11 Feb 1872
  • Marion Sophia Holmes b. 18 Mar 1880

Family 2: Mary S. Bemis b. 1840, d. 1927

John C. Holston

b. 5 June 1822, d. 18 February 1923
  • Father: John Holston
  • Company: 1_SS
  • John C. Holston was born on 5 Jun 1822 at Portland, Cumberland County, Maine, son of John Holston.
  • His father, John Holston, died lost at sea as a young man, according to an article in the "Springfield Union," 5 Oct 1950.
  • On 2 Jul 1849 John C. Holston, 27, married Ann M. Jackson, 19, daughter of Benjamin Jackson and Betsey Abbott, at Newmarket, Rockingham County, New Hampshire.
  • In 1862 John was living at Lowell, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.
  • At the time of his enlistment, John gave his occupation as Manufacturer.

  • On 10 Mar 1862 John C. Holston mustered into service with the 1st Company Massachusetts Sharpshooters. He was 39 years, 9 months and 5 days old.
  • On 15 Jun 1863 John ended military service with the 1st Massachusetts Sharpshooters by transfer.

  • Starting 15 Jun 1863, John also served in the 13th Infantry Regiment U.S. Veteran Reserve Corps, Company F.
  • He ended his service with the 13th Infantry Regiment U.S. Veteran Reserve Corps, Company F by mustering out on 13 Nov 1865.
  • He made application for a veteran's pension on 5 Jan 1866, and received certificate number 66033.
  • He and Ann M. Jackson were enumerated in the 1880 US Federal census on 10 Jun 1880 at Wendell, Franklin County, Massachusetts, as:
    Holston, John C., 56, farmer, b. ME
    ---, Ann M., 50, wife, b. ME
    ---, John D., 28, son, single, farmer, b. NH
    ---, Mary, 25, ??, b. MA.
  • John C. Holston was enumerated in the 1890 US Federal census, Veteran's Schedule in Jun 1890 at Wendell, Franklin County, Massachusetts, as having served in the 1st Co. Andrews Sharpshooters and 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.
  • He and Ann M. Jackson were enumerated in the 1900 US Federal census on 4 Jun 1900 at Wendell, Franklin County, Massachusetts, as:
    Holston, John C., b. Jun 1822, married 50 years, b. ME (fath b. Sweden, mor b. ME), farmer
    ---, Ann M., wife, b. Jan 1830, one of two children living, b. ME (of ME parents)
    Carter, Charles, no relation, b. July 1864, single, b. ME, farmer.
  • On 20 May 1907 Ann M. Jackson, his wife, died at Wendell, Franklin County, Massachusetts, at age 77.
  • John C. Holston was enumerated in the household of John Devin Holston in the 1920 US Federal Census on 18 Mar 1920 at Orange, Franklin County, Massachusetts, as:
    Holston, John D., head, 68, b. NH
    ---, Mary D., wife, 65, b. MA
    ---, John C., father, 97, b. ME**
    Holston, Leslie E., head, 31, b. MA
    ---, Laura A., wife, 28, b. NY
    ---, Dorothy N., daur, d 8/12, b. MA.
  • John C. Holston died on 18 Feb 1923 at Orange, Franklin County, Massachusetts. He was 100 years, 8 months and 13 days old.
  • He was buried in Feb 1923 at South Cemetery, Orange, Franklin County, Massachusetts.
  • In 1924 a biography of John C. Holston was included in "History of North Orange, Massachusetts : including leading events from the first organization of Orange, 1781-1924." (click icon to read.)
  • Last Edited: 26 Apr 2016

Family: Ann M. Jackson b. 17 Jan 1830, d. 20 May 1907

  • John Devin Holston b. Oct 1851, d. 14 Nov 1953

Theodore Elden Holt

b. 14 December 1843, d. 25 March 1910
  • Father: Theodore Holt b. 9 Aug 1783, d. 1848
  • Mother: Betsey Corson b. 23 Oct 1819
  • Company: G
  • Theodore Elden Holt was born on 14 Dec 1843 at Canaan, Somerset County, Maine, son of Theodore Holt and Betsey Corson.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Theodore gave his occupation as shoemaker.
  • In 1862 Theodore was living at Grafton, Worcester County, Massachusetts.

  • On 11 Aug 1862 Theodore mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Grafton, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 18 years, 7 months and 28 days old.
  • On 17 Sep 1862 Theodore was wounded at The Battle of Antietam, Washington County, Maryland, in the leg.
  • On 15 Feb 1863 Theodore ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts by transfer to the Veterans' Reserve Corps.

  • He made application for a veteran's pension in 1864.
  • He ended his service with the VRC by mustering out on 6 Feb 1864.
  • On 28 Jan 1865 Theodore Elden Holt, 21, married Eliza Irene Wood, 19, daughter of Caleb Wood and Maria J. Tourtellott, at Grafton, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • Theodore Elden Holt and Eliza Irene Wood were enumerated in the 1870 US Federal Census on 22 Aug 1870 at Grafton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as follows:
    Holt, T. E., 26, works in shoe shop, b. MA
    Eliza, 25, b. MA
    Vincent, 3, b. MA.
  • Theodore Elden Holt and Eliza Irene Wood were enumerated in the 1880 US Federal census in 1880 at Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, where he is a Machinist.
  • Theodore Elden Holt 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 G, noting that he was wounded in the left leg.
  • On 10 Jun 1903 Theodore and Eliza's daughter, Florence Edna Holt married James H. Smith at Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both.
  • Theodore Elden Holt died on 25 Mar 1910 at Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts. He was 66 years, 3 months and 11 days old.
  • He was buried in Mar 1910 at Forest Hills Cemetery and Crematory, Jamaica Plain, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.
  • On 20 Apr 1910 Eliza Irene Holt received a pension to surviving family member in Massachusetts based on Theodore's service; his wife, received certificate 703215.
  • On 27 Oct 1910 Theodore E. Holt was reported as deceased at the 44th regimental reunion.
  • Theodore's wife, Eliza Irene Wood, died and was buried in Jan 1920 at Forest Hills Cemetery, Jamaica Plain, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, at age 74 years and 5 months.
  • Last Edited: 12 Jan 2014

Family: Eliza Irene Wood b. 31 Jul 1845, d. 4 Jan 1920

  • Linden E. Holt b. 1866, d. 16 May 1867
  • Vincent C. Holt b. 24 Jul 1867
  • Elden Leroy Holt b. 25 Dec 1872
  • Lillian N. Holt b. 8 Nov 1876
  • Florence Edna Holt b. 19 Nov 1879, d. 22 May 1914
  • Harry N. Holt b. 18 Jan 1882
  • William H. Holt b. 1884, d. 21 Aug 1884