Isaac Harris Hooper

b. 29 July 1839, d. 12 April 1873

I. Harris Hooper
  • Father: Henry Northey Hooper b. 16 Jul 1799, d. 19 Sep 1865
  • Mother: Priscilla Langdon Harris b. 29 Dec 1804, d. 25 Jun 1884
  • Company: K
  • Isaac Harris Hooper was born on 29 Jul 1839 at Brookline, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, son of Henry Northey Hooper and Priscilla Langdon Harris.
  • Isaac Harris Hooper was enumerated in the household of Henry Northey Hooper and Priscilla Langdon Harris in the 1850 US Federal Census on 20 Sep 1850 at Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, as:
    Henry N Hooper, 50, copper dealer, $8000 estate, b. MA (as were all)
    Priscilla, 45
    Caroline, 22
    Mary, 20
    Elizabeth, 18
    Helen, 16
    Emily, 14
    Henry, 15
    Grace, 12
    **Harris, 11
    Eliza Weld, 60
    Rose Boyle, 21, b. Ireland
    Ellen Mckean, 18, b. Ireland.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Isaac gave his occupation as business man.
  • Isaac also served in the From Ford's History --
    His father, who was a brass manufacturer in Boston, on news of the attack on Sumter, telegraphed to his son who was then in Brooklyn: "Harris, you know your duty." His answer came at once: "I leave to-night." He served as a private in the Thirteenth Regiment, New York State Militia, May 14, to August 3, 1861. Soon after this term of service had expired he returned to his home. While there he was offered a commission by Governor Andrew. He accepted this, and entered the Fifteenth Massachusetts as a second-lieutenant, October 8, 1861.

  • On 8 Oct 1861 Isaac mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry as a 2nd Lieutenant, being credited to the quota of Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts. He was 22 years, 2 months and 9 days old.
  • In Oct 1861 Isaac Harris Hooper was mentioned in a report to the Richmond Dispatch about the arrival of federal prisoners in that city.
  • On 30 Oct 1861 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Isaac Harris Hooper 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, I. Harris Hooper 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, Isaac Harris Hooper was listed, with 88 other men of the 15th Massachusetts, as a prisoner at Richmond.
  • On 22 Feb 1862 at "The New York Times", New York City, New York, Isaac Harris Hooper was mentioned, with 61 other men of the 15th Massachusetts, in an article about the return of prisoners under a flag of truce:
    National Prisoners Released, Arrival of Four hundred at Fortres Monroe
    Notice having been received by Gen. Wool, that some 400 exchanged prisoners would be sent down the James River Yesterday, the "George Washington" and "Express" left at about noon for the appointed meeting place.
    The rebel boat was appointed to meet us at 3 o'clock, but at that time she was not in sight, and shortly after a heavy fog shut down, making it impossible to move in any direction. The two boats were then fastened together, and having dropped anchor, waited for the rebel boat to appear.
    The fog did not lift till late in the evening, when the wind blew so fresh that the boats dragged their anchors and had to be separated. This morning at sunrise the expected prisoners made their appearance, on the "William Allison," which it seemed had also anchored for the night a few miles above us. The return passage was made without any incident, and the prisoners arrived here about 10 o'clock this forenoon. The returned prisoners will be immediately sent north. (Note: here follows a complete list of the released prisoners who arrived by a flag of truce from Richmond.)
  • On 9 Jun 1862 Isaac was promoted to as a 1st Lieutenant.
  • On 17 Apr 1863 Isaac was promoted to as a Major.
  • On 4 Jul 1863 Isaac was promoted to as Lieutenant Colonel. After Gettysburg The 15th had been reduced to only four companies. I. Harris Hooper was made lieutenant-colonel of the regiment with a commission of the same date (i.e. 4 July 1863), though he was never mustered on account of lack of numbers in the regiment.
  • On 26 Jul 1863 Isaac and George Clesson Joslin were taken prisoner at White Plains, Virginia, Read an account of their capture and prison experience from Ford's History --.
  • On 28 Dec 1863 at "The Worcester Daily Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Isaac Harris Hooper was mentioned: (Volume 18 #305)
    "Military Appointments - Maj. I. Harris Hooper of Boston has been appointed lieut.colonel of the 15th Mass. regiment, and Captain Lyman H. Ellingwood of Beverly, major."
  • On 24 Feb 1864, at Fortress Monroe, Hampton, Virginia, Isaac was From the New York Times, 26 Feb 1864, p. 1, Col. 2, Vol. XIII, No. 3877 --
    Five more Federal officers, who escaped from Libby Prison, arrived to-day on the Yorktown boat Thomas Morgan. Three rebel prisoners have also arrived. The names of the Federal officers are: Col. Charles W. TILDEN, Sixteenth Maine ; Maj. J. H. HOOPER, Fifteenth Massachusetts ; Capt.FISHER, Third Pennsylvania ; Capt. H. B. CHAMBERLAINE, Ninty-seventh New-York; Lieut. WALLACE, Fifth United States Artillery.
  • Daniel W. Freeman wrote a letter on 25 Jun 1864, mentioning Isaac Harris Hooper, as follows: published in the Webster Times. (Click icon to read.)
  • On 27 Jun 1864 at "The New York Times", New York City, New York, Isaac Harris Hooper is listed among the wounded in the Third Division, Second Corps hospital.
  • Or read Hooper's first-person account of the great Escape from Libby Prison in February 1864 (Twelve Days "Absence Without Leave"), by Maj. I. Harris Hooper, in The Overland Monthly, (Vol. 5, Sept. 1870, No. 3), off-site at the MOA, University of Michigan. Click HERE. (Close window to return here.)
  • On 29 Jul 1864 Isaac ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts as a Major due to expiration of service term.

  • On 21 Oct 1864 at The Bay State House, Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Isaac Harris Hooper attended the First Annual Reunion of the Fifteenth Regiment Association.
  • He was enumerated in the household of Charles L. Thayer and Harriett G. Rice in the 1870 US Federal Census on 22 Aug 1870 at West Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, as:
    Thayer, Charles L., 54, corn merchant, b. MA (as were all in the family
    ---, Harriet L., 49
    Field, Harriet L., 30
    Thayer, Susie S., 24 (his future wife)
    ---, Hannah B., 20
    ---, Nathaniel N., 14
    Field, Charles L., 10
    Dolan, John 19, gardner
    Hicks, Edward, 26, coachman
    Holmes, Margaret, 23, domestic servant
    Sullivan, Minnie, 21, domestic servant
    **Hooper, I. Harris, 31, retired merchant, b. MA.
  • On 3 Oct 1871 Isaac H. Hooper, 32, married Susan S. Thayer, 25, daughter of Charles L. Thayer and Harriett G. Rice, at West Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both.
  • Isaac Harris Hooper died on 12 Apr 1873 at Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, of phthisis. He was 33 years, 8 months and 14 days old.
  • An obituary for Isaac Harris Hooper was published on 15 Apr 1873 at Boston Daily Advertiser, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, as follows:
    "The funeral of the late Mr. Isaac Harris Hooper, son of the late Henry N. Hooper, esq., was held yesterday afternoon at the residence of his father-in-law, Charles Lowell Thayer, esq., Union-Park street. Mr. Hooper, who entered the army as a private soldier on the first day of the call for troops in our late war, left the service with the rank of Lieutenant-colonel, with a stainless record of nobleness of life and honorable performance of duty. The deceased was a member of the Fifteenth Massachusetts, and during his imprisonment at Libby prison contracted the seed of the disease -- consumption -- of which he died on last Easter morning."
  • He was buried in Apr 1873 at Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.
  • In Jun 1873 Susan S. Thayer received a pension to surviving family member based on Isaac's service; received certificate number 165194.
  • He and Susan S. Thayer had no issue.
  • Isaac Harris Hooper's surviving family was enumerated in the household of Charles L. Thayer and Harriett G. Rice in the 1880 US Federal Census on 14 Jun 1880 at Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, as:
    Thayer, Charles L., 65, commission clerk, b. MA (as were all in the family)
    ---, Harriett L., 58
    ---, Nathaniel N., 23, son, single, commission clerk
    Field, Harriet, 39, dau, widow
    **Hooper, Susan T., 32, dau, widow
    Field, Lowell T., 17, grandson, single, commission clerk
    and three servants.
  • Credits: Primary photo above by permission of the Worcester Historical Museum, Ward Collection.
  • I. Harris Hooper apparently kept a war time diary which was auctioned.
  • Last Edited: 18 Apr 2016

Family: Susan S. Thayer b. 23 Nov 1845

Fordyce Horan

b. 1842, d. 3 November 1864
  • Company: A
  • Fordyce Horan was born about in 1842 at Galway, Ireland.
  • He appeared on the census of 1855 at Lancaster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, the 1855 MA State Census as:
    Fardis HORAN-11(in residence of Elizabeth Fletcher.)
  • He was enumerated in the 1860 US Federal census on 11 Jul 1860 at Lancaster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Fordice Horne (sic), 17, farm labor, b. Ireland, enumerated in the household of Ebenezer Bragg, 75, b. MA.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, in 1861, Fordyce gave his occupation as farmer.
  • In 1861 Fordyce was living at Lancaster, Worcester County, Massachusetts.

  • On 24 Dec 1861 Fordyce mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Lancaster, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 19 years old.
  • On 17 Nov 1862 Fordyce ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts at Falmouth, Stafford County, Virginia, to enlist in the (regular) U. S. Army - Battery I, 1st U. S. Light Artillery.

  • Starting 18 Nov 1862, Fordyce also served in the 1st U. S. Artillery, Company I, for the balance of his term originally contracted with the 15th Massachusetts.
  • He ended his service on 25 Jun 1864.
  • He died on 3 Nov 1864 at Washington, DC, insane. He was 22 years old.
  • In 1868 Fordyce Horan was included on the Civil War memorial at Lancaster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, on the memorial tablets at Lancaster Town Library.
  • In 1879, Fordyce was mentioned in Marvin's "History of Lancaster."
  • Last Edited: 17 Apr 2017

Thomas Horn

b. between 1838 and 1839, d. 2 July 1863
  • Company: H
  • Thomas Horn was born between 1838 - 1839 at New Brunswick, Canada.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Thomas gave his occupation as shoemaker.
  • In 1861 Thomas was living at Upton, Worcester County, Massachusetts.

  • On 12 Jul 1861 Thomas mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Upton, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • On 21 Oct 1861 Thomas was taken prisoner at The Battle of Ball's Bluff, Leesburg, Virginia.
  • On 30 Oct 1861 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Thomas Horn was included, with 304 other men, among "The Killed Wounded and Missing of the Fifteenth Regiment," after Ball's Bluff.
  • On 22 Feb 1862 at "The New York Times", New York City, New York, Thomas Horn was mentioned, with 61 other men of the 15th Massachusetts, in an article about the return of prisoners under a flag of truce:
    National Prisoners Released, Arrival of Four hundred at Fortres Monroe
    Notice having been received by Gen. Wool, that some 400 exchanged prisoners would be sent down the James River Yesterday, the "George Washington" and "Express" left at about noon for the appointed meeting place.
    The rebel boat was appointed to meet us at 3 o'clock, but at that time she was not in sight, and shortly after a heavy fog shut down, making it impossible to move in any direction. The two boats were then fastened together, and having dropped anchor, waited for the rebel boat to appear.
    The fog did not lift till late in the evening, when the wind blew so fresh that the boats dragged their anchors and had to be separated. This morning at sunrise the expected prisoners made their appearance, on the "William Allison," which it seemed had also anchored for the night a few miles above us. The return passage was made without any incident, and the prisoners arrived here about 10 o'clock this forenoon. The returned prisoners will be immediately sent north. (Note: here follows a complete list of the released prisoners who arrived by a flag of truce from Richmond.)
  • On 17 Sep 1862 Thomas was wounded at The Battle of Antietam, Washington County, Maryland, in the leg.
  • On 15 Oct 1862 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts,
    Missing Men Of The Fifteenth Regiment

    A member of the fifteenth regiment at the camp of paroled prisoners at Annapolis writes as follows:
    “Thomas Caulfield, G. T. Osgood. George W. Hunt of Co. C; Charles A. Gleason, Peter McGune, Andrew Cadret, E. L. Smith, O. W. Newton, of Co. D; L. A. Cook, of Co. A; Edwin Chase, George Carpenter, of Co. B; C. L. Preston, Co. G; Thomas Horne, J. S. Flannigan, Co. H; J. G. Thornton, Thomas Welch, Co. K; E. A. Snow, Andrew Sharpshooters, were taken prisoners at the battle of Antietam, and recently released at Richmond. There are some that left Richmond, who are in the hospitals and I have been unable to obtain their names.”.

  • He died on 2 Jul 1863 at The Battle of Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania, killed in action.
  • On 22 Jul 1863 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Thomas Horn was listed as a casualty of Gettysburg.
  • Last Edited: 9 Sep 2016

Henry Clay Horton

b. 27 July 1842, d. 6 February 1919
  • Father: Edward Horton b. Aug 1808, d. 9 Mar 1864
  • Mother: Serena Taft b. 22 Mar 1809, d. 28 Mar 1889
  • Company: K
  • Henry Clay Horton was born on 27 Jul 1842 at Uxbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts, son of Edward Horton and Serena Taft.
  • In 1861 Henry was living at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Henry gave his occupation as no occupation at enlistment is given for him in Ford's history.
  • Henry Clay Horton and Charles H. Howard, future brothers-in-law, served together in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.

  • On 8 Aug 1861 Henry mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 19 years and 12 days old.
  • Starting 23 Sep 1861, Andrew Jackson Horton, his brother, served in the Co. D of the 4th Regiment Rhode Island Volunteer Infantry, returning home late the following year as a private.
  • On 29 Apr 1862 his brother, Jerome Bonapart Horton, died at New Berne, North Carolina, at age 30 of disease from a wound, while serving in the 4th Regiment RI Infantry.
  • Henry Clay Horton was declared missing in action on 27 Aug 1862 according to the 1870 roster, however ....
  • On 27 Aug 1862 Henry ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts for disability, according to veterans' records.

  • On 1 Jan 1863 Henry Clay Horton, 20, married Rosanna Dorcus Howard, 19, daughter of Joshua Lackey Howard and Lucy B. Taft, at Uxbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both.
  • Starting 19 Dec 1863, James Knox Polk Horton, his brother, served in the 2nd Reg MA Heavy Artillery Comp D, returning home the following year as a private.
  • On 4 Jul 1864 his brother-in-law, Charles H. Howard, died at Uxbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts, unmarried, of typhoid fever at age 22.
  • Henry Clay Horton made application for a veteran's pension on 2 Apr 1878, and received certificate number 268159.
  • He and Rosanna Dorcus Howard were enumerated in the 1880 US Federal census in 1880 at Uxbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts, he is a farmer, and his father was b. RI.
  • On 30 Oct 1886 his son, Hebert H. Horton, died at Uxbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts, at age 9 of typhoid.
  • On 17 Nov 1886 Henry and Rosanna's daughter, Grace Ethel Horton married Frederic Holmes Wright at Uxbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both.
  • Henry Clay Horton was enumerated in the 1890 US Federal census, Veteran's Schedule in 1890 at Uxbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as having served in the 15th Massachusetts.
  • Henry was injured in a vehicle collision on an unknown date. Click icon to read the account, contributed by Michael J. Adam.
  • He and Rosanna Dorcus Howard were enumerated in the 1900 US Federal census on 22 Jun 1900 at Uxbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Horton, Henry C., head, b. July 1842, married 36 years
    ---, Roseanna D., wife, b. Sep 1843, two of three living
    ---, Eva L., dau, b. Dec 1863, single.
  • On 21 Oct 1902 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Henry Clay Horton attended 36th annual reunion of the 15th Massachusetts Regiment Association.
  • On 21 Oct 1903 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Henry C. Horton attended the 37th annual regimental reunion with some eighty other veterans.
  • In 1906 Henry was living at Uxbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • On 20 Oct 1906 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Henry Clay Horton attended the 40th annual reunion of the 15th regiment association, with some 75 other veterans of the regiment. (Report believed to be from the Worcester Spy.)
  • He and Rosanna Dorcus Howard were enumerated in the 1910 US Federal Census on 11 May 1910 at Uxbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Horton, Henry C., 68, married first for 49 years, b. MA (of MA parents), farmer
    ---, Rosanna, wife, 64, two of three children living, b. MA (of MA parents)
    ---, Eva, daur, 44, single, b. MA.
  • Henry and Rosanna's daughter, Eva Lizetta Horton, died and was buried in Feb 1913 at Prospect Hill Cemetery, Uxbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts, at age 49 years and 1 month.
  • Henry Clay Horton died on 6 Feb 1919 at Uxbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 76 years, 6 months and 10 days old.
  • He was buried in Feb 1919 at Prospect Hill Cemetery, Uxbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Plot: Section 2 Row 0 Lot 81A.
  • On 6 Oct 1919 Rosanna Dorcus Howard received a pension to surviving family member based on Henry's service; his wife, received certificate number 890251.
  • On 10 Mar 1927 Rosanna Dorcus Howard, his wife, died at Uxbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts, at age 83.
  • Last Edited: 17 Jul 2016

Family: Rosanna Dorcus Howard b. 2 Sep 1843, d. 10 Mar 1927

  • Eva Lizetta Horton b. 3 Dec 1863, d. 12 Feb 1913
  • Grace Ethel Horton b. 1 Nov 1866
  • Hebert H. Horton b. 2 May 1877, d. 30 Oct 1886

Henry Harrison Hosley

b. 15 December 1841, d. 16 February 1917
  • Father: Aaron J. Hosley b. 1810, d. 13 Mar 1854
  • Mother: Sarah Sawtelle b. 1812, d. 21 Aug 1892
  • Company: C
  • Henry Harrison Hosley was born on 15 Dec 1841 at Lancaster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, son of Aaron J. Hosley and Sarah Sawtelle, (Note: Ford's history says West Townsend.
  • Henry Harrison Hosley was enumerated in the household of Aaron J. Hosley and Sarah Sawtelle in the 1850 US Federal Census in 1850 at Townsend, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, as:
    Aaron J Hosley 40, carpenter, b. MA (as were all)
    Sarah Hosley 37
    Martha Hosley 15
    Joshua Hosley 14
    Lorren Hosley 12
    **Henry Hosley 10
    Ellen Hosley 1.
  • On 13 Mar 1854 his father, Aaron J. Hosley, died at Townsend, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.
  • In 1861 Henry was living at Townsend, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, in 1861, Henry gave his occupation as painter.

  • On 12 Jul 1861 Henry mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Townsend, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. He was 19 years, 6 months and 27 days old.
  • On 18 Oct 1861 Lorin Hosley, his brother, a bookbinder, enlisted in Company B, Massachusetts 26th Infantry Regiment, mustering out on 07 Nov 1864.
  • On 21 Aug 1862 at "The New York Times", New York City, New York, Henry Harrison Hosley was included in a list of the sick and wounded soldiers brought (apparently to Washington) by the steamer Atlantic.
  • On 27 Aug 1862 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Henry Harrison Hosley was mentioned among the wounded as having arrived at New York from Fortress Monroe.
  • On 12 Nov 1862 Henry ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts at Warrenton, Fauquier County, Virginia, to reenlist in Battery I of the 1st U. S. Light Artillery for the balance of his contracted term with the 15th Massachusetts.

  • On 20 Jun 1864 Henry was wounded on the chin.
  • Starting 12 Jul 1864, Henry also served in the discharged from the 1st US Artillery.
  • On 25 Jul 1867 Henry Harrison Hosley, 25, married Emma Nichols, 24, daughter of William Nichols and Sarah [--?--], at Lancaster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both.
  • On 18 Jul 1868 Emma Nichols, his wife, died at Lancaster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, at age 25 by drowning.
  • On 3 Apr 1872 Henry Harrison Hosley, 30, married Julia E. Wheeler, 17, daughter of George Colburn Wheeler and Mary Martin, at Clinton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a second marriage for him and the first for her.
  • In 1879 mentioned in Marvin's history of Lancaster.
  • Henry Harrison Hosley and Julia E. Wheeler were enumerated in the 1880 US Federal census in Jun 1880 at Lancaster, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • Henry Harrison Hosley made application for a veteran's pension on 15 Apr 1886, and received certificate number 381667.
  • He was enumerated in the 1890 US Federal census, Veteran's Schedule in Jun 1890 at Lancaster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as having served in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Company C.
  • On 1 Jun 1900 Henry Harrison Hosley was book binder.
  • He and Julia E. Wheeler were enumerated in the 1900 US Federal census on 1 Jun 1900 at Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts, notes that Julia has had two children and both are still living.
  • On 23 Jun 1903 at "The Fitchburg Sentinel", Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Henry and Henry Lewis Burnell were the subject of an article on their reunion.
    A Reunion of War Vetersns
    The Boston Globe, Sunday, published an interesting story of a reunion of two veterans after an absence of 39 years. Last Wednesday a similar meeting between two veterans took place in Remington & Co.'s bookbindery. The only difference in the circumstances was that the two who met here learned, in October last, of each other's whereabouts, although one did not expect a visit from the other. The parties referred to are Henry H. Hosley, bookbinder, and Harry L. Burnell of Harrisburg, Pa. The last time they saw each other was in front of Petersburg on July 10 1864.
    Both met when about 18 years old, enlisted in Co. A, of the 15th Mass. regiment, Mr. Hosley at Lancaster, where he lived, and Mr. Burnell, at Lunenburg, where he lived, in 1861. In 1861 both men were transferred to battery I of the 1st regiment, U. S. artillery, and they worked together and fought together side by side until they parted at City Point in front of Petersburg.
    After parting, the men lost track of each other and never saw or heard of each other until October last. That month Mr. Hosley attended the Balls Bluff reunion at Worcester. Somebody sent Mr. Burnell a copy of a Worcester paper containing an account of the reunion and the names of those present. Noticing the name Hosley, Mr. Burnell decided to write and ascertain if he were his old comrade. He found he was, but Mr. Hosley said he could not quite place him. Mr. Burnell replied that he remembered Mr. Hosley well, called to mind their poker games, foraging expeditions, and said he remembered Mr. Hosley's rotund figure, his philanthropy when he broke them at a game, and his mild bur picturesque profanity. Mr. Hosley finally placed him.
    Last Friday, a man entered the bindery and walking up to Mr. Hosley, held out his hand and said, "Hello, old man, I'm glad to see you."
    "I know you like a top," replied Mr. Hosley, grasping the outstretched hand, "but I can't just place you. Let me see, Oh, yes, you used to live in Lunenburg, and I got a letter from you. How are you?" and a vigorous handshaking followed.
    "Just as soon as I saw the back of your head I knew you," said Mr. Burnell.
    "I was never so glad to see anybody in my life," said Mr. Hosley, and the two old soldiers almost hugged each other.
    Needless to say, they retired to a corner and were soon deep in the memories of the past. They looked each other over, noticed how time had laid its hand on them and though tears were dangerously near the dropping point, they laughed and congratulated each other.
    Mr. Burnell is connected with the Harrisburg, Pa., Franklin Press, and has served his fellow citizens in congress as well as on the field. He is visiting a sister in Greenfield now, and on his return will go with Mr. Hosley to visit comrades in Leominster, Charlton and Lancaster.
  • On 21 Oct 1903 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Henry H. Hosley attended the 37th annual regimental reunion with some eighty other veterans.
  • In 1906 Henry was living at Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • Henry Harrison Hosley was also mentioned in attendance in the Fitchburg Sentinel coverage of the 1906 reunion.
  • He died on 16 Feb 1917 at Princeton, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 75 years, 2 months and 1 day old.
  • He was buried on 18 Feb 1917 at Eastwood Cemetery, Lancaster, Worcester County, Massachusetts,
    Funeral of Henry H. Hosley
    The funeral of Henry H. Hosley for many years a resident of Fitchburg, who died in Princeton on Friday, was held at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon in Thayer Memorial chapel, Lancester, the services being conducted by Ref. James C. Duncan of Clinton.
    Members of Washburn post, G. A. R. of which mr. Hosley was a member, conducted their ritual service after the funeral service. Bearers were John E. Fanrsworth, W. S. H. Turner, John F. Keyes, members, and G. S. Record and E. T. Cunningham, associate members of Washburn post. (Fitchburg Sentinel 19 February 1917.)
  • On 14 Mar 1917 Julia E. Hosley received a pension to surviving family member in Massachusetts based on Henry's service; his wife, received certificate number 831287.
  • In 1924 Julia E. Wheeler, his wife, died.
  • Last Edited: 10 Apr 2016

Family 1: Emma Nichols b. 18 Jan 1843, d. 18 Jul 1868

Family 2: Julia E. Wheeler b. 29 Apr 1854, d. 1924

  • Dr. Henry Everton Hosley b. 10 Apr 1872, d. 20 Nov 1956
  • Frank B. Hosley b. 1883, d. 1884
  • Emma May Hosley b. 24 Aug 1885, d. 25 Nov 1975

Cyrus Granville Hosmer

b. 15 June 1838, d. 31 August 1910
  • Father: Sewall Hosmer b. 13 Jan 1798, d. after 1880
  • Mother: Nancy Pierce b. 10 Jul 1796, d. before 1880
  • Company: B
  • Cyrus Granville Hosmer was born on 15 Jun 1838 at Rindge, Cheshire County, New Hampshire, son of Sewall Hosmer and Nancy Pierce.
  • Cyrus Granville Hosmer was enumerated in the household of Sewall Hosmer and Nancy Pierce in the 1860 US Federal Census on 7 Jun 1860 at Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Suel Hosmer, 60, millwright, b. MA
    Mary (sic ?), 52, wife, b. NH
    Sephronia, 28, b. NH
    H. J., 24, blacksmith, b. NH
    **Grenville, 22, grinder, b. NH
    Louisa, 18, b. MA.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, in 1861, Cyrus gave his occupation as edge tool maker.
  • In 1861 Cyrus was living at Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts.

  • On 12 Jul 1861 Cyrus mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 23 years and 27 days old.
  • Cyrus Granville Hosmer and Henry H. Rugg, future brothers-in-law, served together in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.
  • On 21 Oct 1861 Cyrus was taken prisoner at The Battle of Ball's Bluff, Leesburg, Virginia.
  • Walter Abbott Eames wrote a letter to Sarah Ann Ames, his wife, on 22 Oct 1861, mentioning Cyrus Granville Hosmer, as follows.
  • On 30 Oct 1861 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Cyrus Granville Hosmer 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, Granville Hosmer 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, Cyrus Granville Hosmer was listed, with 88 other men of the 15th Massachusetts, as a prisoner at Richmond.
  • On 27 Mar 1863 Cyrus ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts at Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, due to disability.

  • On 24 Jan 1865 Cyrus Granville Hosmer, 26, married Leaffie Hammond, 24, daughter of John Hammond and Sarah Huston, at Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both.
  • On 31 Dec 1867 Cyrus's sister, Louise R. Hosmer, married Henry Howard Rugg at Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • On 3 Nov 1872 his infant daughter, Birdie Hosmer, died at Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • On 14 Jul 1874 his infant daughter, Julia H. Hosmer, died at Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • Granville C. Hosmer made application for a veteran's pension in Jun 1880.
  • He and Leaffie Hammond were enumerated in the 1880 US Federal census in Jun 1880 at Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • In 1887 Cyrus was living at Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts, employed as a machinist at G. M. Parks.
  • On 28 Jun 1888 at Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Cyrus Granville Hosmer attended a reunion of Company B, The Fusiliers.
  • He was enumerated in the 1890 US Federal census, Veteran's Schedule in Jun 1890 at Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as having served in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, as Captain of Company B, noting that he has a weak back caused by a fall.
  • On 28 Jun 1894 at Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Cyrus Granville Hosmer 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.
  • An article from the Fitchburg Sentinel, 7 Mar 1895 notes:
    The death of Joseph L. Moody leaves only the following officers and members of the old Fusiliers, Co. B, 15th Mass. regiment, residing in Fitchburg: Gen. J. W. Kimball, Granville Hosmer, Herbert D. McIntire, Artimas A. Gibson, Lemuel Gibson, William Gibson, Frank Scott and Henry Whittemore. The members of the company are widely scattered.
  • On 11 May 1898 at "The Fitchburg Sentinel", Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Cyrus Granville Hosmer was mentioned in an article as an original member of the Fitchburg Fusiliers.
  • On 28 Jun 1900 at Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Cyrus Granville Hosmer attended a reunion of Company B of the 15th Massachusetts. Click icon to read the report in the Fitchburg Sentenel.
  • On 28 Jun 1905 at Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Cyrus Granville Hosmer attended a reunion of the Fitchburg Fusiliers, Company B of the 15th Massachusetts, as reported in the Fitchburg Sentinel. (click icon to read report.)
  • On 4 Jul 1906 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Cyrus Granville Hosmer attended the dedication of a statue of General Charles Devens, as reported in the Fitchburg Sentinel.
  • On 27 Jun 1908 at Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Cyrus Granville Hosmer attended the 40th annual reunion of Company B, 15th Mass.
  • He and Leaffie Hammond were enumerated in the 1910 US Federal Census on 15 Apr 1910 at Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • Cyrus Granville Hosmer died on 31 Aug 1910 at West Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 72 years, 2 months and 16 days old.
  • An obituary for Cyrus Granville Hosmer was published in 1910 at "The Fitchburg Sentinel", Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as follows:
    West Fitchburg
    Death of Granville C. Hosmer

    Granville C. Hosmer, aged 72 years, for the past 60 (?) years a resident and one of the most prominent citizens of this end of the city, died at his home on Ashburnham street at 6:30 o'clock this morning of apoplexy. He had a shock about five weeks ago, but until Saturday he was able to be up and about the house though he had lost control of his voice. On Saturday he had the third shock which resulted in his death. On that morning Mrs. Hosmer in caring for him was taken suddenly ill and has since been confined to her bed.


    Mr. Hosmer was a time honored veteran of the Civil War, habing been a member of Co. B, 15th massachusetts regiment in which he enlisted in Fitchburg on June 21, 1861. He served until March 27, 1863 being discharged then on account of disability, brought upon him through excessive cruelties in Libby prison where he was confined for three months after the battle of Balls Bluff. In this and other engagements in which he .... during his service in the army, among them being the battle of Antietam, he served under the command of the late General Kimball.


    Mr. Hosmer was born in Lyndebough, N. H., the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Sewell Hosmer. He came with his parents and other members of his family to this city at the age of 12 years, and with the exception of the time he spent in the service during the Civil War and two years in Detroit, Mich., the rest of his life was spent in this city where he made many fast friends who will be grieved to learn of his sudden demise. He was educated in the public schools and on leaving school took up the iron worksers' trade which he followed till he retirement from active labors several years ago.


    Two years after the war Mr. Hosmer was married to Miss Leafie Hammond at the home of her parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. John Hammond, in Ashburnham, by the late Rev. Alfred Emerson, at that time pastor of the C. C. church of Fitchburg.


    Mr. Hosmer was a public spirited citizen and always took an active interest in anys movement that tended to the betterment of his city and his fellow man. He was also possessed of a charitable disposition, always ready and willing to aid those in distress and many kind and charitable deeds were performed by him during his long residence here.


    Besides his wife, he is survived by his one brother, Henry Hosmer, of this place, and two sisters, Mrs. Sophronia Sibley of Michigan, and Mrs. Jane Hadley of this place.


    The funeral will be held from his late home, Friday afternoon, the time to be announced later.

  • He was buried on 1 Sep 1910 at Forest Hill Cemetery, Div. 2, Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Chestnut Avenue.
  • In Sep 1910 Leaffie Hammond received a pension to surviving family member in Massachusetts based on Cyrus's service; received certificate number 709845.
  • Last Edited: 10 Apr 2016

Family: Leaffie Hammond b. 9 Mar 1840

  • Birdie Hosmer b. 21 Oct 1872, d. 3 Nov 1872
  • Julia H. Hosmer b. 12 Apr 1874, d. 14 Jul 1874

James "Henry" Hosmer

b. 3 May 1837, d. 30 April 1915
  • Father: Silas Hosmer b. 1807, d. 1891
  • Mother: Ardelia Gibbs b. 1812, d. 1889
  • Company: B
  • James "Henry" Hosmer was born on 3 May 1837 at Dexter, Penobscot County, Maine, son of Silas Hosmer and Ardelia Gibbs.
  • James "Henry" Hosmer was enumerated in the household of Silas Hosmer and Ardelia Gibbs in the 1850 US Federal Census on 20 Aug 1850 at Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Silas Hosmer, 41, farmer, b. MA
    Delia, 38, b. MA
    Lucy B., 16, b. MA
    **James H., 13, b. ME
    Clarissa, 10, b. ME
    George E., 8, b. ME
    Mary, 3, b. MA.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, in 1861, James gave his occupation as chair maker.
  • In 1861 James was living at Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts.

  • On 12 Jul 1861 Henry mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 24 years, 2 months and 9 days old.
  • He was declared missing in action on 21 Oct 1861 at The Battle of Ball's Bluff, Leesburg, Virginia.
  • On 20 Nov 1861 at "The Worcester Daily Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, James "Henry" Hosmer 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, James "Henry" Hosmer was listed, with 88 other men of the 15th Massachusetts, as a prisoner at Richmond.
  • On 22 Feb 1862 at "The New York Times", New York City, New York, James "Henry" Hosmer was mentioned, with 61 other men of the 15th Massachusetts, in an article about the return of prisoners under a flag of truce:
    National Prisoners Released, Arrival of Four hundred at Fortres Monroe
    Notice having been received by Gen. Wool, that some 400 exchanged prisoners would be sent down the James River Yesterday, the "George Washington" and "Express" left at about noon for the appointed meeting place.
    The rebel boat was appointed to meet us at 3 o'clock, but at that time she was not in sight, and shortly after a heavy fog shut down, making it impossible to move in any direction. The two boats were then fastened together, and having dropped anchor, waited for the rebel boat to appear.
    The fog did not lift till late in the evening, when the wind blew so fresh that the boats dragged their anchors and had to be separated. This morning at sunrise the expected prisoners made their appearance, on the "William Allison," which it seemed had also anchored for the night a few miles above us. The return passage was made without any incident, and the prisoners arrived here about 10 o'clock this forenoon. The returned prisoners will be immediately sent north. (Note: here follows a complete list of the released prisoners who arrived by a flag of truce from Richmond.)
  • On 1 Jan 1863 James ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts at Washington, DC, due to disability.

  • On 3 Sep 1867 Henry J. Hosmer, 30, married Jennie T. Atherton, 24, daughter of Shepard Field Atherton and Rosine Inman, at Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both.
  • James "Henry" Hosmer and Jennie T. Atherton were enumerated in the 1870 US Federal Census on 28 Jul 1870 at Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Hosmer, Henry J., 33, wood turner, b. ME
    ---, Jennie T.(sic), 25, b. Arkansas (sic)
    ---, Alice A., 1, b. MA.
  • James "Henry" Hosmer and Jennie T. Atherton were enumerated in the 1880 US Federal census on 6 Jun 1880 at Bangor, Penobscot County, Maine, as:
    Hosmer, Henry J., 43, works in lumber mill, b. ME (as were his parents)
    ---, Susan J., wife, 37, b. Ark (fath b. MA
    ---, Alice L., dau, 10, b. MA
    ---, George H., son, 5, b. MA
    ---, Clara, dau, 1/12 (b. Apr), b. ME
    and a servant.
  • James "Henry" Hosmer made application for a veteran's pension in Dec 1885.
  • On 12 May 1888, at Bangor, Penobscot County, Maine, Henry was granted an additional pension from the state of Maine, according to a notice in the Bangor Daily Whig and Courier.
  • On 31 Aug 1889 Jennie T. Atherton, his wife, died at age 46.
  • On 11 Dec 1892 James "Henry" Hosmer, 55, married Ellen P. Herrick, 53, daughter of Theophile Herrick and Patience S. Porter, at Bangor, Penobscot County, Maine; she was the widow Ober.
  • On 11 May 1898 at "The Fitchburg Sentinel", Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts, James "Henry" Hosmer was mentioned in an article as an original member of the Fitchburg Fusiliers.
  • He and Ellen P. Herrick were enumerated in the 1900 US Federal census on 2 Jun 1900 at Bangor, Penobscot County, Maine, as:
    Hosmer, Henry J., head, b. Apr 1837, 63, married 7 years, b. ME (of ME parents)
    ---, Ellen P., wife, b. Apr, 1839, her one child is living, b. ME (of ME parents)
    ---, George H. Son, b. Jan 1875, single, b. ME (of ME parents)
    ---, Clara B., daur, b. Apr, 1880, single, b. ME (of ME parents.)
  • James "Henry" Hosmer and Ellen P. Herrick were enumerated in the 1910 US Federal Census on 19 Apr 1910 at Bangor, Penobscot County, Maine.
  • James "Henry" Hosmer died on 30 Apr 1915 at Bangor, Penobscot County, Maine. He was 77 years, 11 months and 27 days old.
  • He was buried in May 1915 at Mount Hope Cemetery, Bangor, Penobscot County, Maine.
  • In Jun 1915 Ellen P. Herrick received a pension to surviving family member in Maine based on James's service; received certificate number 815969.
  • Ellen outlived James and died on 12 Jun 1924 at Maine at age 85.
  • Last Edited: 18 Apr 2016

Family 1: Jennie T. Atherton b. 4 Apr 1843, d. 31 Aug 1889

  • Alice L. Hosmer b. 4 Jul 1869, d. 13 Dec 1883
  • George H. Hosmer b. 12 Jan 1875, d. 29 Jan 1913
  • Clara B. Hosmer b. 18 Apr 1880

Family 2: Ellen P. Herrick b. Apr 1839, d. 12 Jun 1924

Joel Kendall Hosmer

b. 6 October 1841, d. 14 November 1889
  • Father: Ephraim Hosmer b. 25 Nov 1811, d. 5 Mar 1871
  • Mother: Elizabeth Kendall Priest b. 20 Aug 1821
  • Company: B
  • Joel Kendall Hosmer was born on 6 Oct 1841 at Acton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, son of Ephraim Hosmer and Elizabeth Kendall Priest.
  • Joel Kendall Hosmer was enumerated in the household of Ephraim Hosmer and Elizabeth Kendall Priest in the 1850 US Federal Census on 30 Aug 1850 at Acton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, as:
    Ephraim Hosmer, 57, shoemaker, b. MA (as were all in the family)
    Elizabeth K., 29
    **Joel K., 8
    Edmund P., 6
    Harriet Shapley, 22.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Joel gave his occupation as clerk.

  • On 30 Jul 1861 Joel mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 19 years, 9 months and 24 days old.
  • On 30 Jun 1862 Joel was wounded at Nelson's Farm, Virginia, on the arm.
  • On 11 Jul 1864 Edmond Porter Hosmer , his brother, enlisted in the 6th Massachusetts Infantry.
  • On 28 Jul 1864 Joel ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts having fulfilled his term of service.

  • On 2 Dec 1864 his brother, Edmond Porter Hosmer, died at age 20 having mustered out of service two months previously.
  • On 5 Mar 1871 his father, Ephraim Hosmer, died at age 59.
  • Joel Kendall Hosmer was enumerated in the household of Eliza Priest and Elizabeth Kendall Priest in the 1880 US Federal Census on on 4 Jun 1880 at at Littleton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, as:
    Priest, Eliza K., 83, b. MA (as were all in the house and their parents)
    Hosmer, Elizabeth, daughter, 58, widow
    Hosmer, Joel K., 38, nephew, clerk in store.
  • Joel Kendall Hosmer made application for a veteran's pension in 1889, and received certificate number 212887.
  • He died on 14 Nov 1889 at Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts, unmarried, of consumption. He was 48 years, 1 month and 8 days old.
  • He was buried in Nov 1889 at Laurel Hill Cemetery, Div. 2, Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts, No. 169: Auratum Path; near his brother, E. P. Hosmer.
  • Last Edited: 18 Apr 2016

Chilon Houghton

b. 11 February 1839, d. 14 January 1917
  • Father: Lysander Adams Houghton b. 3 Sep 1808, d. 4 Jan 1878
  • Mother: Lydia White b. 1814
  • Company: 1_SS
  • Chilon Houghton was born on 11 Feb 1839 at Northbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts, son of Lysander Adams Houghton and Lydia White.
  • Chilon Houghton was enumerated in the household of Lysander Adams Houghton and Lydia White in the 1860 US Federal Census on 27 Jul 1860 at Sutton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Lysander A. Houghton, 50, shoemaker, b. MA (as were all)
    Lydia, 46
    Mahlon, 23, shoemaker
    **Chilon, 21, shoemaker
    Vernon, 18, shoemaker
    Lydia, 16
    Merrick, 5.
  • In 1862 Chilon was living at Sutton, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • At the time of his enlistment, in 1862, Chilon gave his occupation as gunsmith.

  • On 19 Aug 1862 Chilon Houghton mustered into service with the 1st Company Massachusetts Sharpshooters. He was 23 years, 6 months and 8 days old.
  • On 9 Mar 1863 Chilon ended military service with the 1st Massachusetts Sharpshooters at Falmouth, Stafford County, Virginia, discharged for disability.

  • He made application for a veteran's pension on 7 Aug 1863, and received certificate number 244084.
  • On 6 Jan 1868 Dr. Chilon Houghton, 28, married Delia M. Darling, 31, daughter of Ira Darling and Nancy Carpenter, at Sutton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both.
  • Chilon Houghton and Cordelia Maria Darling were enumerated in the 1870 US Federal Census in 1870 at Danvers, Essex County, Massachusetts.
  • Chilon Houghton and Cordelia Maria Darling were enumerated in the 1880 US Federal census in Jun 1880 at Sutton, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • Chilon Houghton was enumerated in the 1890 US Federal census, Veteran's Schedule in 1890 at Danvers, Essex County, Massachusetts, as having served in the 1st Sharpshooters.
  • On 16 Mar 1892 Chilon and Cordelia's daughter, Edna Darling Houghton married Edward L. Hough Jr. at Manchaug, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both.
  • Chilon Houghton and Cordelia Maria Darling were enumerated in the 1900 US Federal census in 1900 at Sutton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Chilon Houghton, 61, b. MA, dentist
    Cordelia M Houghton, 63, b. MA, her one child is living.
  • Chilon and David Mellen Littlefield were mentioned, in connection with the erection of the Antietam Battlefield Memorial, as two know survivors of the Andrew Sharpshooters. From the Fitchburg Sentinel, 14 Aug 1900:
    As the list of those of the Andrew Sharpshooters killed and wounded at Antietam is to appear on the bronz tablets which will be placed on the monument, the committee feels that special effort should be made to have some of the survivors present at the dedication Sep. 17. But two of the survivors are known to be living -- Chilon Houghton, a dentist at Danvers, who lives at East Douglas, and David M. Littlefield of ???.
    Through these two men it is hoped to locate other survivors of the Andrew Sharpshooters. The Sharpshooters were a separate organization, and comprised some of the most expert shots in the country. There were two companies in this state. One of these was attached to the Fifteenth at Antietam, and suffered a terrible loss, losing as many men, lacking one, as the Fifteenth itself in the number killed outright.
  • Chilon Houghton died on 14 Jan 1917 at Manchaug, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 77 years, 11 months and 3 days old.
  • He was buried in Jan 1917 at South Sutton Cemetery, Sutton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, where his wife would later join him.
  • On 3 Jul 1920 Cordelia Maria Darling received a pension to surviving family member based on Chilon's service; his wife, received certificate number 897012.
  • Cordelia, his wife, outlived Chilon and died on 15 Dec 1928 at Sutton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, at age 92.
  • Last Edited: 26 Apr 2016

Family: Cordelia Maria Darling b. Jun 1836, d. 15 Dec 1928

  • Edna Darling Houghton b. 24 Jul 1871, d. 16 Oct 1945

Frank Edward Houghton

b. 28 October 1843, d. 24 June 1864
  • Father: Silas Houghton b. 18 Jan 1810, d. 10 Jul 1882
  • Mother: Susan B. Coffran b. 7 Aug 1815, d. 1896
  • Company: C
  • Frank Edward Houghton was born on 28 Oct 1843 at Berlin, Worcester County, Massachusetts, son of Silas Houghton and Susan B. Coffran, grandson of Silas and Lucy (Farnsworth) Houghton, and a descendant of John Houghton, of Lancaster (1624 - 1684.)
  • Frank Edward Houghton was enumerated in the household of Silas Houghton and Susan B. Coffran in the 1860 US Federal Census on 28 Jul 1860 at Harvard P. O., Clinton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Silas HOUGHTON, 50, butcher, $2000 real estate, $700 personal estate, b. MA
    Susan, 45, b. NH
    **Frank, 17, winder, b. MA
    Joseph, 8, b. MA
    (Note: Silas Houghton appears to own a boarding house in addition to his butcher occupation. He is in the head-of-household position in the enumeration, and after his family there are some 20 young women enumerated between the ages of 19 and 25, born either in MA or Ireland. They all have various jobs in the fabric mill. Two younger men are enumerated, William Merrill, 20, and George Wood, 19, who also appear to work in the mill. There is an older man, Richard Cowen, 45, who is a painter, and a Margaret Dewyer, 45, who is a servant, b. in Ireland.)
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, in 1861, Frank gave his occupation as butcher.
  • In 1861 Frank was living at Clinton, Worcester County, Massachusetts.

  • On 12 Jul 1861 Frank mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Clinton, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 17 years, 8 months and 14 days old.
  • On 12 Nov 1862 Frank ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts to reenlist in Battery I of the 1st U. S. Light Artillery for the balance of his contracted term with the 15th Massachusetts.

  • He died on 24 Jun 1864 at St. Mary's Church, Virginia, killed in action. He was 20 years, 7 months and 27 days old.
  • He was buried in 1864 at West Burying Ground, Bolton, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • On 5 Jun 1877, Frank Edward Houghton, his nephew and son of Joseph C. Houghton, was named for Frank Edward Houghton, his uncle who had died in the war.
  • On 10 Jul 1882 his father, Silas Houghton, died at Lancaster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, at age 72.
  • On 1 Nov 1886 Susan B. Coffran received a pension to surviving family member based on Frank's service; his mother, received certificate number 204163.
  • In 1896, Frank was included in "The History of Clinton, Massachusetts" as follows:
    Frank E. Houghton, who had been transferred to Rickett's Battery, U. S. A., was killed at St. Mary's Church, June 24th, and it should here be noted that Rickett's Battery, to which he and his two comrades (Henry A. Putnam, p. 639, and James O. Howard, p. 641) of the Fifteenth had been transferred, had been continually with the Army of the Potomac and had participated in it's battles.
  • Last Edited: 18 Apr 2016

Henry Houghton

b. between 1839 and 1840, d. 10 January 1889
  • Father: Philip Houghton
  • Mother: Alice [--?--] b. 1820
  • Company: D
  • Henry Houghton was born between 1839 - 1840 at England, son of Philip Houghton and Alice [--?--].
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Henry gave his occupation as machinist.

  • On 12 Jul 1861 Henry mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • 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 Houghton 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 Houghton 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 Houghton was listed with 195 other men among the prisoners taken at Ball's Bluff.
  • In 1862, Henry was released from prison.
  • 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, Henry Houghton was reported as missing at Gettysburg.
  • On 15 Jan 1864 Henry was promoted to Sergeant.
  • On 5 Feb 1864, Henry was reenlisted as a Sergeant, having received a bounty of $325.
  • On 12 May 1864 Henry was wounded at The Battle of Spotsylvania, Spotsylvania County, Virginia.
  • On 25 May 1864 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Henry Houghton was mentioned among the casualties.
  • On 1 Jun 1864 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Henry Houghton was mentioned in Volume 93 # 22, Worcester Spy, June 1, 1864
    We found men who were suffering terrible pain, and the boats were so crowded it was almost suffocating. Many have been neglected, as was readily seen by a glance at their wounds, and numbers tell woeful stories regarding the treatment received. Some had to be moved beds and all, as it was dangerous to transfer them to stretchers. We made it our particular aim to attend personally to the movement of some, and much to their gratification.
    The color bearer of the 15th Sergt. Lafayette Warden, Sergt Henry J. Ball, and private Henry R. Dawson of Co. D, 15th, all badly wounded, were attended by us. sergt. Henry Houghton of Co. D, from Worcester, was badly wounded in three places---right thigh broken, and had to be handled very carefully.
    We learn from the latter that Lieut. Hastings and 1st Sergt Barnard, were all right at last accounts, and spoken of in the highest terms. Sergt McFarland of Co. I was unhurt and called a perfect salamander against bullets.
  • On 27 Jul 1864 Henry ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts by administrative transfer to the 20th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry as absent wounded.

  • Starting 28 Jul 1864, Henry also served in the 20th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Company "G."
  • He ended his service by discharge for disability on 10 Jul 1865.
  • He made application for a veteran's pension on 14 Aug 1865, and received certificate number 62525.
  • On 18 Aug 1866 Henry Houghton married Margaret O'Connor, 20, daughter of James O'Connor and Mary [--?--], at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both.
  • Henry Houghton and Margaret O'Connor were enumerated in the 1870 US Federal Census on 11 Aug 1870 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Houghton, Henry, 30, grocer ret., b. England
    ---, Margaret, 26, b. Ireland
    ---, Philip J., 3, b. MA
    ---, James N., 1, b. MA.
  • On 21 Mar 1875 Margaret O'Connor, his wife, died at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, at age 29 of pleurisy.
  • In 1878 Henry Houghton was a grocer.
  • On 3 Nov 1878 Henry Houghton married Catharine J. Williams, daughter of Michael Williams and Mary [--?--], at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in his second marriage and her first.
  • Henry Houghton and Catharine J. Williams were enumerated in the 1880 US Federal census on 3 Jun 1880 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Henry Houghton, 39, grocer and meat, b. England (of Eng. parents)
    Kate J., 19, wife, b. MA (of Irish parents)
    Philip J., 12, son, b. MA (fath b. Eng, mor b. Ireland)
    James H., 11, son, b. MA (fath b. Eng, mor b. Ireland)
    William R., 9, son, b. MA (fath b. Eng, mor b. Ireland)
    Alice, 6, dau, b. MA (fath b. Eng, mor b. Ireland.)
  • In 1889 Henry Houghton was pension agent.
  • He was buried in Jan 1889 at Saint Johns Cemetery, Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Section 5-4-W-V.
  • He died on 10 Jan 1889 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, of pneumonia.
  • Last Edited: 18 Apr 2016

Family 1: Margaret O'Connor b. 28 Oct 1845, d. 21 Mar 1875

  • Philip J. Houghton b. 9 Jul 1867
  • James H. Houghton b. 9 Mar 1869
  • William R. Houghton b. 14 Jan 1871
  • Alice Houghton b. 25 Nov 1872

Family 2: Catharine J. Williams b. between 1855 - 1856

Joseph Richardson Houghton

b. 6 August 1844, d. 9 January 1921
  • Father: Elbridge Houghton b. 5 Jun 1813, d. 29 Apr 1871
  • Mother: Emily Richardson b. 22 Sep 1812, d. 1 Sep 1849
  • Company: B
  • Joseph Richardson Houghton was born on 6 Aug 1844 at Stow, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, son of Elbridge Houghton and Emily Richardson, grandson of Jabez and Rebecca (Smith) Houghton, and a descendant of John Houghton, of Lancaster (1624 - 1684.)
  • On 1 Sep 1849 his mother, Emily Richardson, died at Sterling, Worcester County, Massachusetts, at age 36.
  • Joseph Richardson Houghton was enumerated in the household of Elbridge Houghton in the 1850 US Federal Census on 17 Sep 1850 at Sterling, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Joseph and his father are living with an uncle/brother, as:
    Obed (?) HOUGHTON, 33, laborer, (all b. in MA) [Elbridge's younger brother]
    Martha ---, 24
    Elbridge --- , 35, laborer
    **Joseph --- , 6, (attended school)
    Levi REED, Junr. 51, clerk, realestate value $1800
    Sally --- , 44
    Charlotte --- , 16
    Warren DAVIS, 21, merchant
    William DAVIS, 21, merchant.
  • Joseph's widowed father, Elbridge Houghton, remarried to Mary Louisa Maynard.
  • Joseph Richardson Houghton was enumerated in the household of Luther Maynard and Prudence Randall Brown in the 1860 US Federal Census on 18 Jun 1860 at Westminster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, with his step-grandparents, as:
    Luther MAYNARD, 52, runs hotel, b. MA (as were all in house)
    Prudence, 49, F
    Charlott M., 19
    Henrietta , 18
    Lucretia F., 16
    Emma F., 11
    xxx E., 8, F
    Lucia C., 6, F
    Elbridge Houghton, 43, "Gentleman", personal estate $3000
    Mary L. Houghton, 23, F (his step-mother)
    **Joseph R., 16, clerk
    Frank P., 4
    Emma F., 3
    Annie L., 1.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, in 1861, Joseph gave his occupation as clerk.
  • In 1861 Joseph was living at Westminster, Worcester County, Massachusetts.

  • On 12 Jul 1861 Joseph mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Westminster, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 16 years, 11 months and 6 days old.
  • On 2 Nov 1862 Joseph and Henry Augustus Putnam, and James O. Howard mustered out of the 15th Massachusetts to reenlist in Battery I of the 1st U. S. Light Artillery, Rickett's Battery, with friends, according to the History of Clinton, Massachusetts.
  • Starting 14 Nov 1862, Joseph also served in the Battery I, 1st U. S. Light Artillery (Regular Army.)
  • He ended his service by discharge on 12 Jul 1864.
  • On 4 Jul 1868 Joseph Richardson Houghton was included on the Civil War memorial at Main Street, Westminster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, From the "Massachusetts Spy," (Worcester, Massachusetts), 17 July 1868:
    A very fine soldiers' monument of Fitchburg granite, with curb of the same material, was dedicated in Westminster, July 4. It stands 22 1/2 feet high, the names of 82 soldiers being on marble slabs attached to the sides of the monument.
    The dedicatory services proper consisted of prayer, singing of an original ode, floral demonstration, an address, the reading of a poem, and the playing of a dirge by the Gardner Brass Band. A free dinner was provided in the grove....speeches were made by Captain Holden and General Kimball....
  • On 29 Apr 1871 his father, Elbridge Houghton, died at Westminster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, of typhoid fever at age 57.
  • He is included in "Richardson Memorial" as follows: Joseph Richardson (Houghton), born 1844. He went to California several years ago.
  • Joseph Richardson Houghton was enumerated in the 1880 US Federal census in Jun 1880 at Chico, Butte County, California, as:
    Joseph HOUGHTON, single, 35, b. MA (as were his parents), farmer, who lives in what looks like some kind of boarding house where an Irish-Canadian named Henry STACY is enumerated as the head. There are 15 other single men from all over, enumerated as laborers, and three Chinese cooks.
  • On 12 Jun 1884 at "The Fitchburg Sentinel", Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Joseph R. Houghton was mentioned as a member of the Westminster contingent of Company B, the Fitchburg Fusiliers. From The Fitchburg Sentinel, 12 June 1884
    The "Veteran" members of Co. B., 15th Mass. regt. will hold their 18th annual reunion at Lackside House, Wachusett Lake, June 28th. Westminster sent ten men of her quota in this company. Do you remember that little squad of men who, 23 years ago, went to Fitchburg to join the Fitchburg Fusiliers and went into Camp Scott at Worcester June 28th, "the day we celebrate."
    The were George W. Benjamin (dead), Joseph R. Houghton, N. Porter Howard, Edward S. Kendall, Francis Nichols, Frederick Nichols, Joel Pratt, Lyman Nichols and Lowell C. White. Nelson T. Bathrick came out as a recruit about one year later and died in hospital from wounds.
  • In Jun 1886 Joseph was living at California.
  • In 1893, Joseph was included in the "History of Westminster", p. 408, as follows:
    "Houghton, Joseph R., s. of Elbridge and Emily, b. Stowe, Aug. 6, 1844; farmer, unm. Enl. for 3 years July 12 1861, in Co. B., 15th Regt. Captured at Ball's Bluff and held prisoner 4 mos. Nov. 12, 1862 he was transferred to Co. I, 1st Art. and Nov. 13th was discharged to join the regular army. Serving his full time, he was must. out July 28, 1864."
  • On 11 May 1898 at "The Fitchburg Sentinel", Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Joseph Richardson Houghton was mentioned in an article as an original member of the Fitchburg Fusiliers.
  • He was enumerated in the 1900 US Federal census on 12 Jun 1900 at San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, as:
    Houghton, Joseph, boarder, b. Aug 1844, 55, single, b. MA (as were his parents), farmer, fully employed in the last 12 months (apparently a boarding house or hotel.)
  • He made application for a veteran's pension on 29 Oct 1914, and received certificate number 1176524.
  • He was enumerated in the 1920 US Federal Census on 12 Jan 1920 at Chico, Butte County, California, as:
    HOUGHTON, Joseph, head, 74, single, living in rented accomodation, b. MA (as were his parents), occupation as "none."
  • He died on 9 Jan 1921 at San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, unmarried. He was 76 years, 5 months and 3 days old.
  • An obituary for Joseph Richardson Houghton was published as follows: in an unknown newspaper.
  • He was buried on 11 Jan 1921 at Cypress Lawn Memorial Park, Colma, San Mateo County, California, after cremation.
  • On 22 Oct 1926 at "The Webster Evening Times", Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Joseph R. Houghton was remembered at the 60th reunion of Company I as among those who had died within the previous year. (click icon to read.)
  • Last Edited: 28 Apr 2017

Benjamin D. House

b. 1843, d. 4 July 1887

Benjamin D. House
  • Father: Rev. Albert H. House b. 1813
  • Mother: Ursula Smith Pinkham b. 18 Jan 1817, d. 7 Jul 1880
  • Company: D
  • Benjamin D. House was born about in 1843 at Vermont, son of Rev. Albert H. House and Ursula Smith Pinkham, (or in Canada.)
  • Benjamin D. House was enumerated in the household of Rev. Albert H. House and Ursula Smith Pinkham in the 1850 US Federal Census on 30 Oct 1850 at New Ipswich, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, as:
    Albert H. House, 37, Calv Bapt, b. Canada
    Ursula, 33, b. Canada
    Francis,12, b. VT
    Martha R., 11, b. Canada
    **Benjamin D, 9, b. Canada
    Frederick, 6, b. VT.
  • Benjamin D. House was enumerated in the household of Rev. Albert H. House and Ursula Smith Pinkham in the 1860 US Federal Census on 23 Jul 1860 at Barnet, Caledonia County, Vermont, as:
    A H House, 48, Bapt Clergy, b. Canada
    Urtula, 43, b. Canada
    Frances L, 22, b. VT
    Martha R., 21, b. Canada
    **Benj D., 18, b. Canada
    Fred, 16, b. VT
    Edwin, 10, b. NH
    Pamelia, 6, b. VT.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, in 1861, Benjamin gave his occupation as clerk and student.
  • In 1861 Benjamin was living at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts.

  • On 12 Jul 1861 Benjamin mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 18 years old.
  • On 31 May 1862 Benjamin was wounded at Fair Oaks, Henrico County, Virginia, in the jaw.
  • On 18 Sep 1862 Benjamin ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts due to disability from wounds received in action.

  • He made application for a veteran's pension on 9 Nov 1866, and received certificate number 80581.
  • On 5 Jan 1869 at Indiana Ben D. House signed as a witness, along with one Thos E. Johnson, for a patent on a kind of plow, made by one Jas. W. Monical, of Mooresville, Indiana.
  • He was enumerated in the household of John S. Sharpe and Clarissa R. [--?--] in the 1870 US Federal Census on 2 Feb 1870 at Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, with his future in-laws, as:
    Sharpe, John S., 65, retired, b. CT
    ---, Clarissa, 53, b. MA
    ---, Andrew W., 33, tobcconist, b. RI
    ---, Josephine, 22 boarding, b. OH
    ---, Clara N., 28, b. RI
    ---, Calvin S., 22, salesman (tobacco), b. RI
    **---, Mary A., 20, newspaper reporter, b. RI (his future wife)
    Leander W., 18, paper hanger, b. RI
    **House, Ben D., 26, no occupation b. MA.
  • On 27 Jan 1873 Benjamin D. House married Mary A. Sharpe, 23, daughter of John S. Sharpe and Clarissa R. [--?--], at Marion County, Indiana.
  • Benjamin D. House was enumerated in the household of John S. Sharpe and Clarissa R. [--?--] in the 1880 US Federal Census on on 12 Jun 1880 at at Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, with his in-laws, as:
    John S. Sharp, 75, retired merchant, b. CT
    Calrisa R., 63, wife, b. MA
    Andrew W., 42, son, married, liquor manifacture, b. RI
    Josie J., 32, daur-in-law, b. OH
    Clara M., 38, daur, single, b. RI
    Calvin L., 32, son, single, travel for ?? house, b. RI(
    Mary A. House, 30, daur, married, b. RI
    **Ben D., 36, son-in-law, clerk in store, b. MA (as were his parents)
    Lottie Sharp, 9, g-daur, b. Ind (fath b. RI, mor b. OH)
    Hellen Sharp, 4, g-daur, b. Ind (fath b. RI, mor b. OH.)
  • In Jul 1883 at Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, "The Grand Army Guard" was started as the organ of the great patriotic body from which it takes its name. It is edited by Ben D. House, long connected with the city, and known all over the state as one of its first poets.
  • Benjamin D. House died on 4 Jul 1887 at Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana. He was 44 years old.
  • He was buried on 6 Jul 1887 at Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, Sec: 25, Lot: 152, with much of his wife's family.
  • An obituary for Benjamin D. House was published on 6 Jul 1887 as follows: in the Elkhart Daily Review -
    "Ben D. House died Monday at Indianapolis. He was aged forty-three and was well known throughout the state not only as a journalist and a poet, the latter of no small ability, but as a member of the G. A. R., serving altogether six years as assistant adjutant general of Indiana, and by this means making himself personally known to every subordinate post in the state."
  • Mary made application for a widow's pension his wife, received certificate number 238612.
  • In 1900, Benjamin was included in "The Hoosiers," by Meredith Nicholson (New York: Macmillan), p. 265, as follows:
    "Ben D. House, who had served in the Federal armies, wrote with truth and spirit. He ran away from his home in Vermont when he was seventeen, and entered the army from Massachusetts. He saw hard service, and received wounds which were a constant menace for the remainder of his life. He was mustered out finally at Indianapolis, and lived there almost continuously until his death in 1887.

    His idiosyncrasies and affectations were many, and included the wearing of a great cloak, in which he sombrely wrapped himself in cold weather. His poems were printed privately by his friends in 1892. He had fair luck with the sonnet, and wrote, on the occasion of Grant's death, "Appomattox," which follows: --

    To peace-white ashes sunk war's lurid flame;
    The drums had ceased to growl, and died away
    The bark of guns, where fronting armies lay,
    And for the day the dogs of war were tame,
    And resting on the field of blood-fought fame,
    For peace at last o'er horrid war held sway
    On her won field, a score of years to-day,
    Where to her champion forth a white flag came.
    O nation's chief, thine eyes have seen again
    A whiter flag come forth to summon thee
    Than that pale scarf which gleamed above war's stain,
    To parley o'er the end of its red reigh --
    The truce of God that sets from battle free
    Thy dauntless soul, and they work life from pain."
  • He's surviving family was enumerated in the household of Mary A. Sharpe in the 1900 US Federal Census on 12 Jun 1900 at Center, Marion County, Indiana, as:
    Hause, Mary A., head, b. Oct 1849, widow, no children, b. RI (fat b. CT, mor b. MA)
    and three lodgers.
  • Mary outlived Benjamin and died on 19 May 1917 at age 67.
  • Last Edited: 31 Jul 2012

Family: Mary A. Sharpe b. Oct 1849, d. 19 May 1917

Franklin W. Hovey

b. 5 July 1843, d. 16 January 1872
  • Father: Rufus F. Hovey b. 22 Aug 1818, d. 29 Nov 1871
  • Mother: Angeline Wood b. 1818, d. 12 Aug 1853
  • Company: I
  • Franklin W. Hovey was born on 5 Jul 1843 at Oxford, Worcester County, Massachusetts, son of Rufus F. Hovey and Angeline Wood.
  • Franklin W. Hovey was enumerated in the household of Rufus F. Hovey and Angeline Wood in the 1850 US Federal Census on 6 Aug 1850 at Spencer, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Rufus F. Hovey, 32, bootmaker, b. MA (as were all)
    Angeline, 32
    **Franklin W., 7
    Ellen L., 4
    Silas F., 6/12
    Emily A. Wood, 16, b. VT
    Edwin F., 14, b. VT.
  • On 12 Aug 1853 his mother, Angeline Wood, died at Brookfield, Worcester County, Massachusetts, of typhoid fever.
  • On 17 Oct 1853 Franklin's widowed father, Rufus F. Hovey, remarried to Zeruah Upham at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a second marriage for him, and the first for her.
  • Franklin W. Hovey was enumerated in the household of Rufus F. Hovey and Zeruah Upham in the 1860 US Federal Census on 31 Jul 1860 at West Brookfield, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Rufus F. Hovey, 41, painter, b. MA (as were all in the family)
    Zeruah, 43
    **Franklin, 17
    Silas, 10
    Mary Merriam, 81
    Jonathan Botts, 36, painter, b. NY.
  • In 1861 Franklin was living at Oxford, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Franklin gave his occupation as painter.

  • On 20 Jun 1861 Franklin mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry as a Drummer, being credited to the quota of Oxford, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 17 years, 11 months and 15 days old.
  • On 9 Nov 1861 F. S. Hovey Drummer 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.
  • Adoniram Judson Bradley wrote a letter to William Corbin, Frank Corbin's father, on 23 Sep 1862, mentioning Franklin W. Hovey, as follows: concerning the death of his son. Click icon to read.
  • On 11 Apr 1863 at "The Webster Times", Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Franklin W. Hovey was included in the published list of Oxford volunteers.
  • On 27 Jul 1864 Franklin Hovey appeared on the muster rolls of the 20th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry as having officially transferred into the unit, but he was not assigned to a specific company.
  • On 5 Aug 1864 Franklin ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts by mustering out.

  • On 7 Oct 1868 Franklin's sister, Ellen Louisa Hovey, married Albert T. Baker at Lancaster, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • Frank F. Hovey died on 16 Jan 1872 at Leicester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, unmarried, of consumption. He was 28 years, 6 months and 11 days old.
  • He was buried in Jan 1872 at Old Spencer Cemetery, Spencer, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • Last Edited: 18 Apr 2016

Charles H. Howard

b. 30 July 1841, d. 4 July 1864
  • Father: Joshua Lackey Howard b. 1817, d. 5 Jun 1852
  • Mother: Lucy B. Taft b. 31 May 1817, d. 26 Sep 1892
  • Company: K
  • Charles H. Howard was born on 30 Jul 1841 at Uxbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts, son of Joshua Lackey Howard and Lucy B. Taft.
  • Charles's father, Joshua Lackey Howard, died and was buried in Jun 1852 at Lackey Cemetery, Northbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts, at age 35 years.
  • Charles H. Howard was enumerated in the household of Lucy B. Taft in the 1860 US Federal Census on 21 Jun 1860 at Sutton P. O., Uxbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Lucy Howard, 42, $400 real estate, b. MA (as were all in the family)
    **Chas., 17
    Rosina, 16
    Lucy, 15
    Mary, 11.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Charles gave his occupation as farmer.
  • In 1861 Charles was living at Uxbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • Charles H. Howard and Henry Clay Horton, future brothers-in-law, served together in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.

  • On 1 Jul 1861 Charles mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Uxbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 19 years, 11 months and 1 day old.
  • On 12 Jul 1862 Charles was promoted to to Sergeant.
  • On 1 Jan 1863 Charles's sister, Rosanna Dorcus Howard, married Henry Clay Horton at Uxbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • On 18 Feb 1863 Charles ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts due to disability.

  • He made application for a veteran's pension in Feb 1863.
  • He died on 4 Jul 1864 at Uxbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts, unmarried, of typhoid fever. He was 22 years, 11 months and 4 days old.
  • He was buried in Jul 1864 at Prospect Hill Cemetery, Uxbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • In Mar 1866 Lucy B. Howard received a pension to surviving family member based on Charles's service; his mother, received certificate number 131358.
  • On 28 Nov 1877 Charles's sister, Melissa Howard, married Henry M. Goldthwaite at Uxbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • Lucy, his mother, outlived Charles and died on 26 Sep 1892 at Uxbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts, at age 75.
  • Last Edited: 10 Apr 2016