Alonzo M. Jones

b. 12 September 1842, d. 6 June 1864
  • Father: Alonzo Jones Jr. b. 5 Jul 1814, d. 21 Jul 1862
  • Mother: Sophia C. [--?--] b. 26 Feb 1822, d. 26 Jun 1869
  • Company: K
  • Alonzo M. Jones was born on 12 Sep 1842 at Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, son of Alonzo Jones Jr. and Sophia C. [--?--].
  • Alonzo M. Jones was enumerated in the household of Alonzo Jones Jr. and Sophia C. [--?--] in the 1850 US Federal Census on 13 Sep 1850 at (East) Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, as:
    Alonzo Jones, 36, restorator, $5000 property, b. MA
    Sophia, 29, b. NH
    Sophia, 10, b. MA
    **Alonzo, 8, b. MA
    George, 6, b. MA
    Georgianna, 6, b. MA
    Elizabeth, 4, b. MA
    Martha King, 17, b. Ireland.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Alonzo gave his occupation as caulker.
  • In 1861 Alonzo was living at Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.

  • On 1 Jul 1861 Alonzo mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts. He was 18 years, 9 months and 19 days old.
  • On 2 Jun 1862 at "The Worcester Daily Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Alonzo M. Jones was mentioned among the returned prisoners.
  • On 21 Jul 1862 his father, Alonzo Jones Jr., died at Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, at age 48.
  • On 10 May 1864 Alonzo was wounded at Spotsylvania Courthouse, Virginia, in action and lost a leg.
  • On 18 May 1864 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Alonzo M. Jones was noted among the wounded at the Battle of the Wilderness.
  • On 25 May 1864 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Alonzo M. Jones was mentioned among the casualties.
  • He died on 6 Jun 1864 at Lincoln Hospital, Washington, DC, unmarried, of pneumonia and a gunshot fracture in the lower femur. He was 21 years, 8 months and 25 days old.
  • He was buried on 6 Jun 1864 at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, according to one report, however there is no entry for him in their records.
  • After Jun 1864 Sophia C. Jones received a pension to surviving family member based on Alonzo's service; mother received certificate number 44065.
  • Sophia, his mother, outlived Alonzo and died on 26 Jun 1869 at Chelsea, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, at age 47.
  • Last Edited: 10 Jul 2016

Charles Jones

b. between 1821 and 1822, d. 11 March 1862
  • Company: E
  • Charles Jones was born between 1821 - 1822 at Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.
  • He died on 11 Mar 1862 according to a grave marker in the River Street Burying Ground, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Charles gave his occupation as seaman.
  • He was married at the time of his enlistment according to Ford's history.

  • On 31 Jul 1863 Charles mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Abington, Plymouth County, Massachusetts.
  • On 7 Jan 1864 Charles ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts due to disability.


  • In the River Street Burying Ground
    Middlesex County, Massachusetts, there is a grave marker reading, "Charles Jones, d. Mar 11, 1862, of Co. E 15th Mass. Infantry, G.A.R. 62, 44y," in Plot 485.
    The age (b. 1818-19) is too old for this man, and the death date is wrong, not to mention that this man did not join the 15th until 1863.
  • Last Edited: 18 Apr 2016

Charles A. Jones

b. between 1835 and 1836
  • Company: C
  • Charles A. Jones was born between 1835 - 1836 at New Brunswick, Canada.
  • Starting about 1862, Charles also served in the Confederate Army, according to the MASSCW. Open issue here!
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, in 1863, Charles gave his occupation as barber.
  • In 1863 Charles was living at Nova Scotia, Canada, according to Ford's history.
  • He was married at the time of his enlistment, according to Ford's history.
  • In 1863 Charles was living at Wilmington, New Hanover County, North Carolina, according to the MASSCW.

  • On 16 Jul 1863 Charles mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.
  • On 29 Apr 1864 Charles was transferred from the Department of the North West to.
  • He ended his service by desertion between 25 Jul 1864 - 29 Oct 1864 at Fort Snelling, Hennepin County, Minnesota.
  • On 27 Jul 1864 Charles ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts by administrative transfer to the 20th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.

  • In the River Street Burying Ground
    Middlesex County, Massachusetts, there is a grave marker reading, "Charles Jones, d. Mar 11, 1862, of Co. E 15th Mass. Infantry, G.A.R. 62, 44y," in Plot 485.
    The age (b. 1818-19) is too old for this man, and the death date is wrong, not to mention that this man did not join the 15th until 1863.
  • Last Edited: 18 Dec 2014

George Henry Jones

b. 4 April 1838, d. 18 November 1930
  • Father: R. Jones
  • Mother: Rachel A. [--?--]
  • Company: F
  • George Henry Jones was also known as Wady H. Chavers according to his pension file and the 1860 census.
  • He was born on 4 Apr 1838 at North Carolina, son of R. Jones and Rachel A. [--?--], according to the 1920 census; although the 1860 census says Georgia.
  • George Henry Jones was enumerated in the 1860 US Federal census on 2 Jul 1860 at Natick, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, as Wady H. Chavers, where he is a shoemaker, age 22, b. Georgia, living in what appears to be a boarding house with lots of others, many of them also shoemakers.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, in 1861, George gave his occupation as shoemaker.
  • In 1861 George was living at Brookfield, Worcester County, Massachusetts.

  • On 12 Jul 1861 Wady mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. He was 23 years, 3 months and 8 days old.
  • On 17 Sep 1862 Wady was wounded at The Battle of Antietam, Washington County, Maryland.
  • On 22 Jun 1864 Wady was taken prisoner at Petersburg, Prince George County, Virginia.
  • On 28 Jul 1864 Wady ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts having fulfilled his term of service.

  • On 24 Aug 1864 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Wady H. Chavers was reported among the prisoners, for a total of four commissioned officers and seventy-seven enlisted men.
  • On 26 Oct 1867 George Henry Jones, 29, married Sarah Elisabeth Hill, daughter of Pliny Hill and Matilda Rogers, at Omro, Winnebago County, Wisconsin.
  • George Henry Jones was enumerated in the household of Pliny Hill and Matilda Rogers in the 1870 US Federal Census on 2 Aug 1870 at Winneconne, Winnebago County, Wisconsin, as:
    Hill, Pliny, 64, farmer, $2800 real estate, $1235 personal, b. MA
    ---, Matilda, 62, keepinghouse, b. MA
    ---, Mary, 10, at school, b. MA
    **Jones, George H., 31, farmer, b. N. Carolina
    ---, Sarah E., 32, at home, b. MA.
  • George Henry Jones made application for a veteran's pension in Nov 1870, and received certificate number 115609.
  • He was enumerated in the household of Pliny Hill and Matilda Rogers in the 1880 US Federal Census on on 1 Jun 1880 at at Larrabee, Waupaca County, Wisconsin, as:
    Hill, Pliny, 74, farmer, b. MA
    ---, Matilda, 70, wife, b. MA
    **Jones, George, 39, son-in-law, works on RR, b. N. Carolina (as were his parents)
    ---, Sarah E., 49, daughter, at home, b. MA
    May, Mary, 20, adopted, at home, b. MA (as were her parents.)
  • After 1880 Sarah Elisabeth Hill, his wife, died apparently.
  • On 10 Oct 1886 George H. Jones, 48, married Rosella Lonkey, 28, daughter of John Baptiste Lonkey and Nancy Jeanette Deshaw, at Hortonville, Outagamie County, Wisconsin.
  • George Henry Jones and Rosella Lonkey were enumerated in the 1900 US Federal census on 9 Jun 1900 at Bovina, Outagamie County, Wisconsin, as:
    Jones, Henry, head, b. Apr 1845, 55, married 13 years, b. Georgia (parents fm NC), labor
    ---, Rosella, wife, b. Mar 1858, 42, both children living, b. NY
    ---, Leta, daur, b. May 1882, 12, b. WI
    ---, George, son, b. Apr 1892, 8, b. WI.
  • George Henry Jones and Rosella Lonkey were enumerated in the 1910 US Federal Census on 20 Apr 1910 at Shiocton, Outagamie County, Wisconsin, as:
    Jones, Henry, head, 70, married second 24 years, b. NC (of NC parents)
    ---, Rosella, wife, 52, married first 24 years, both children living, b. NY (fath b. Can French, mor b. NY)
    ---, Julia (?), daughter, 22, single, b.WI
    ---, George, son, 15, b. WI.
  • George Henry Jones and Rosella Lonkey were enumerated in the 1920 US Federal Census on 12 Jan 1920 at Shiretone Village, Bovina Township, Outagamie County, Wisconsin, as:
    Jones, George, Head, 81, b. N. Carolina, (as were his parents), no occupation
    ---, Rosalia, wife, 64, b. NY
    ---, Leta, daughter, 32, (divorced), b. Wisconsin.
  • George Henry Jones died on 18 Nov 1930 at Shiocton, Outagamie County, Wisconsin. He was 92 years, 7 months and 14 days old.
  • He was buried in Nov 1930 at Shiocton-Bovina Saint Denis Cemetery, Shiocton, Outagamie County, Wisconsin.
  • On 29 Dec 1930 Rosella Lonkey received a pension to surviving family member in Wisconsin based on George's service; received certificate number A-6-10-31.
  • Rosella, his wife, outlived George and died on 12 Aug 1936 at age 78.
  • Last Edited: 28 Jun 2014

Family 1: Sarah Elisabeth Hill b. between 1837 - 1838, d. after 1880

Family 2: Rosella Lonkey b. 29 Mar 1858, d. 12 Aug 1936

  • Leta Jones b. 16 May 1888, d. 6 Apr 1936
  • George H. Jones b. 16 Apr 1892, d. 4 Apr 1970

Edwin Darling Jordan

b. 13 July 1832, d. 25 September 1862
  • Father: John Rogers Jordan b. 28 Feb 1806, d. 28 Aug 1886
  • Mother: Susan Darling b. 17 Jan 1803, d. 9 Dec 1877
  • Company: D
  • Edwin Darling Jordan was born on 13 Jul 1832 at Lowell, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, son of John Rogers Jordan and Susan Darling.
  • In 1845 his elder brother, Samuel Jordan, died at Fort Jessup, New Mexico, en route to the front in the War with Mexico.
  • Edwin Darling Jordan was enumerated in the household of John Rogers Jordan and Susan Darling in the 1850 US Federal Census on 11 Nov 1850 at Mason, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, as:
    John R. Jordan, 44, laborer, $1600 real estate value, b. PA
    Susan D., 47, b. NH
    **Edwin D., 18, stone mason, b. MA
    Susan E., 16, b. NH (future wife of Eben Harris)
    Alexander, 14, b. NH
    Mary A., 12, b. NH
    Henry H., 10, b. NH
    Sarah J., 8, b. NH
    Lucy A., 6, b. NH.
  • On 26 Apr 1853 Edwin's sister, Elizabeth Susan Jordan, married Ebenezer Harris at Sterling, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • On 4 Oct 1857 Edwin Darling Jordan, 25, married Irene S. Hinckley, 17, daughter of Crocker Hinckley, at Barnstable, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both.
  • In 1861 Edwin was living at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Edwin gave his occupation as tinsmith.

  • On 12 Jul 1861 Edwin mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. He was 28 years, 11 months and 29 days old.
  • Edwin Darling Jordan and Ebenezer Harris, brothers-in-law, served together in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry in Co. D.
  • Starting 1862, Henry Harrison Jordan, his brother, served in the Company F, 8th Massachusetts Infantry as a corporal and was discharged in 1863.
  • Edwin Darling Jordan died on 25 Sep 1862 at Sharpsburg, Maryland, of wounds in the leg received at the Battle of Antietam. He was 30 years, 2 months and 12 days old.
  • On 17 Oct 1862 at "The Worcester Daily Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Edwin was mentioned as follows: "The remains of Edwin D. Jordan, of company D, fifteenth Massachusetts regiment, who died in the hospital near Sharpsburg, September 28th, of injuries received at the battle of Antietam, arrived in this city on Wednesday. The funeral will be this afternoon at two o'clock, at the residence of his brother, No. 6 Irving street."
  • He was buried on 17 Oct 1862 at Hope Cemetery, Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, with an inscription:
    Edwin D. Jordan,
    born in Lowell Mass.
    July 15, 1832;
    died in Hospital near Sharpsburg, Md.
    Sept. 28, 1862.
  • On 16 Jan 1863 Irene S. Hinckley received a pension to surviving family member based on Edwin's service; received certificate number 3280.
  • On 16 Jun 1867 Edwin's widow, Irene S. Hinckley remarried to Alfred B. Couch at Barnstable, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, in a second marriage for both.
  • On 20 Nov 1867 Alfred B. Couch made application for a pension as guardian to Edwin's surviving dependants, and was named for minor.
  • He's surviving family was enumerated in the household of Alfred B. Couch and Irene S. Hinckley in the 1870 US Federal Census on 8 Aug 1870 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Couch, Alfred B., 40, machine tool maker, b. NY
    ---, Irene S., 30, b. MA
    ---, Mary H., 16, b. PA
    Jordan, Nancy F., 11, b. MA
    Couch, Mary C., 64, b. VT.
  • On 15 Jul 1874 Edwin Darling Jordan was included on the Civil War memorial at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • In 1880, Edwin was included in Marvin's "History of Worcester in the War of Rebellion."
  • He's surviving family was enumerated in the household of Henry Francis Jordan in the 1900 US Federal Census on 8 Jun 1900 at Brattleboro, Windham County, Vermont, as:
    Jordan, Henry F.,b. Aug 1858, married 14 years, b. MA, optician
    ---, Jennie P., wife, b. Sep 1857, one child, b. NH
    ---, Alfred B., son, b. Nov 1886 in PA
    ---, Irene C., mother, b. Apr 1840, widow, b. MA.
  • On 17 Sep 1900 E. D. Jordan was included on the Civil War memorial at Antietam Battlefield, Sharpsburg, Maryland, as having died of his wounds received at the battle. (Read several articles from the Fitchburg Sentinel about the planning for the memorial.)
  • On 1 May 1901 at Windham County, Vermont, Irene S. Hinckley, his remarried and rewidowed wife, requested reinstatement of her widow's pension which was granted.
  • Irene, his wife, outlived Edwin and died on 11 Apr 1912 at Brattleboro, Windham County, Vermont.
  • Last Edited: 10 Apr 2016

Family: Irene S. Hinckley b. Apr 1840, d. 11 Apr 1912

  • Henry Francis Jordan b. 30 Aug 1858, d. 1920

Hans Peter Jorgensen

b. between 1830 and 1831, d. 2 July 1863

Hans Peter Jorgensen
  • Company: A
  • Hans Peter Jorgensen was also known as Capt. Hans P. Jörgensen.
  • He was born between 1830 - 1831 at Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, in 1861, Hans gave his occupation as piano maker.
  • In 1861 Hans was living at Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts.

  • On 12 Jul 1861 Hans mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • On 21 Oct 1861 Hans was wounded at The Battle of Ball's Bluff, Leesburg, Virginia.
  • The following account of his wounding appeared in the Worcester Spy, 6 Nov 1861:
    "The orderly sergeant of the same company, P. Jorgenson, saw a rebel aim at him while loading. He hurried to get the first shot, but the rebel was to quick for him. The ball from his gun passed the whole length of the bottom of his plate, which was swung at his side, under his arm, cutting a hole the width of the ball.
    Ah!”said he in broken English, ”you fire well; you spoil Uncle Sam’s crockery---I pay you for dat”, drew up his gun, shot him through the breast, and dropped him. Just as he fired another rebel sighted him, and shot him through the arm. This is the third wound he has received in his third war, once in Germany, once in Mexico, and now Ball’s Bluff. May he soon be able to be among his comrades, cheering them with his presence, and amusing them by his oddities."
  • On 22 Oct 1861 Hans was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant.
  • On 30 Oct 1861 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Hans Peter Jorgensen 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, Hans Peter Jorgensen was mentioned among the casualties.
  • On 18 Dec 1861 at "The Worcester Daily Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Hans was mentioned as follows:
    "Lieut. Jorgensen sent, on Wednesday, twenty more recruits to the fifteenth regiment, making ninety-one in all sent by him. He expects to make the number up to one hundred by the last of this week."
  • On 12 Feb 1862 Hans Peter Jorgensen was mentioned in the Worcester Spy (Volume 91 #7) as follows:
    Furlough - The Fifteenth:---Major J. Kimball, of Fitchburg, Capt. Watson of the Oxford company, and Capt. Philbrick of the Northbridge company, of the fifteenth, are at home, on a short furlough. They report matters all right at Poolesville. Lieut. Jorgensen has recruited 67 men for this regiment since the first of January, who will start from Camp Cameron for Poolesville, this afternoon.
  • On 14 Feb 1862 at "The Worcester Daily Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Hans Peter Jorgensen was mentioned as follows:
    "Lieut. Col. Ward, Lieut. H. P. Jorgensen of Co. A., Leominster, sergeant A. E. Shumway of Co. E., Oxford, sergeant Shove of Co. K., Blackstone, corporal Collar of Co. H., Northbridge, and private Ralph T. Phinney of Co. D., Worcester, have been detailed from the fifteenth regiment, for six months, to recruit for the Massachusetts regiments."
  • On 19 Jul 1862 Hans was promoted to 1st Lieutenant.
  • On 28 Oct 1862 Hans was promoted to Captain.
  • Camp near Falmouth, Virginia,
    22 November 1862,
    To Lt. Col. J.W. Kimball
    From 1st Lt. Hans P. Jorgdensen, Co. A., 15th Massachusetts Infantry,
    In reference to tending resignation over "the removal of Maj. Genl. McClellan from this Army, a Genl who was my entire confidence and whom I love & respect dearly." Mentions that "the foul stain of cowardise cannot rest on me, and because my feelings of love & true regard for Genl. McClellan will not allow me to serve as heretofore ... & sincerely hope an honorable discharge will be granted me."
    (Note: this reaction to McClellans removal from command is documented from numerous officers who served under him. Jorgensen's request was rejected.)
  • On 9 Feb 1863 at "The Worcester Daily Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Hans Peter Jorgensen was mentioned in an article about promotions.
  • On 18 Mar 1863 at "The Worcester Daily Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Hans was mentioned as follows:
    "Capt. H. P. Jorgensen, of the fifteenth regiment, returns to his command to-night, and will take any letters to members of the regiment left at John Boydens exchange before four o'clock this afternoon."
  • On 10 Apr 1863 at "The Southbridge Journal", Worcester County, Massachusetts, Hans Peter Jorgensen was mentioned in an article listing commissions and officer promotions in the regiment, as well as which discharged or deceased officers they replaced.
  • He died on 2 Jul 1863 at The Battle of Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania, unmarried, killed in action.
  • On 8 Jul 1863 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Hans Peter Jorgensen was mentioned in the first dispatches from the Gettysburg battle.
  • An obituary for Hans Peter Jorgensen was published on 8 Jul 1863 at "The Worcester Palladium", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as follows:
    Funeral of Capt. Jorgensen
    The funeral of Capt. H. P. Jorgensen took place at Leominster, on Thursday of last week. A large number of citizens of Leominster and the adjoining towns were present to mingle their sympathies in one whom love of liberty and patriotism had prompted to take his life in his hand in defence of his adopted country. Freedom to him was alike everywhere. He fell while heroically defending that principle against the usurpation of the slave power, at Gettysburg. All honor to his memory!
    The city was represented at the funeral by Mayor Lincoln and members of the City council, the German Turners Association numbering about thirty, under escort of the State Guards, accompanied by the Worcester Cornet Band.
    Arriving in Leominster a procession was formed in which the military was represented by Col. A. B. Sprague and Lieut. Col. Studley, of the 51st Massachusetts regiment, and many officers and privates of the 15th. The procession marched to the Leomonster House, where a collation had been provided for them by the citizens of the town. Col. C. H. Merriam acted as chief marshal. The services were held at the Unitarian church, conducted by the four clergymen of Leominster, Rev. Messrs Parker, Bailey, Fay and Watson.
    After the services at the church a procession was formed and marched to the cemetery, Captains Forehand, Wood, Bartlett, Howe and Gale, and Lieuts. Goddard, Fuller, Staples, Frazier and Dudley, all officers or past officers of the 15th Mass regment acting as pall bearers.
  • An obituary for Hans Peter Jorgensen was published on 15 Jul 1863 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as follows: (click icon to read.)
  • On 22 Jul 1863, at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Hans was mentioned as follows: (Volume 92 # 29)
    The Remains of Capt. H. P. Jorgensen have been brought from the battlefield of Gettysburg, and, arriving here on Friday, were forwarded by the eleven o’clock train to Leominster, his last place of residence. Mr. T. W. Wellington, at the request of numerous friends of the deceased, recovered the body and forwarded it to this city, where it was taken in charge by Mr. C. H. Colburn and Mr. Tinker of Leominster.
    The funeral obsequies of the late Capt. H. P. Jergensen, of the 15th Massachusetts volunteers, will be held in the Unitarian church in Leominster, on Thursday, at two o’clock in the afternoon. Past and present members of the regiment, and all other friends of the deceased, are cordially invited to be present.
  • On 22 Jul 1863 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Hans Peter Jorgensen was listed as a casualty of Gettysburg.
  • He was buried on 23 Jul 1863 at Evergreen Cemetery, Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, His epitaph reads:
    To the brave and heroic solder
    Hans Peter Jorgenson
    of Copenhagen, Denmark
    Capt 15th MA Vol
    Who gave up his life for the cause of freedom
    July 3, 1863 at Gettysburg.
  • On 29 Jul 1863 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, his funeral was reported. (click icon to read.)
  • Note: There is no indication to date that Captain Jorgensen was married or left survivors. He is not identifiable in the 1850 MA census, suggesting that he arrived in the US after that date. The 1860 MA census would bring some family or relatives to light, but I have so far been unable to identify an entry for him. The Worcester County, Massachusetts, Probate Index for 1863 again gives his residence as Leominster and shows that there was an administration for the estate of Hans P. Jorgenson, in 1863 (after July) in Worcester County, Massachusetts, (Probate Index, Vol. 1 & 2 A - Z, July 1731-1881). Details of this administration might give further evidence of family.
  • Read the excerpt on H.-P. Jorgensen from Ford's history --.
  • In 1888 Hans was included in the Civil War section of Emerson's "Leominster Historical" as follows:
    Capt. Hans Peter Jorgensen, a native of Copenhagen, Denmark, enlisted as Orderly Sergeant. At Ball's Bluff, he was wounded in the right arm. He was detailed to recruit, but afterwards promoted to Secont Lieutenant, First Lieutenant, and Oct. 28th, 1862, to Captain, in command of his old Company A, and was killed.
    Capt. Jorgensen had seen service in the campaigns of the Danish Army and was twice wounded while fighting the Prussians at Schleswig and Holstein ; once in the arm by a ball and on the head by a sabre.
    He was not a native of this country. He could not have been drafted, yet so keen was his appreciation of the great interests at stake, that he is reported in the 'Worcester Spy' (newspaper) to have said: 'Freedom is the same everywhere and I cheerfully give my life in its defense. I would give more if I had it,' or words to that effect.
  • But where did he come from? The following research in the Danish Archives by Gert Neuchs Christensen, although not yet difinitifely proven, suggests a very plausible record of the early life of H.-P. Jorgensen. Research is ongoing. (Many, many thanks to John Christensen and his cousin, Gert, for their interest and efforts so far beyond the scope of this researcher. slh)
    Hans Peter Jørgensen was born March 12, 1827, in Copenhagen to saloonkeeper Claus Jørgensen (1799-1857) and Margrethe Jørgensen, born Haagensen (1792-1866). There were three other children in the marriage.
    Note: HPJ's parents didn't actually marry until June 10, 1827, in Garnisons Kirke, so technically speaking HP was born out of wedlock, quite a serious thing in those days. This is why he is only marked down as "Hans Peter", with his mother an anonymous number, in the birth registry at The Royal Maternity Foundation.

    Confirmed on April 6, 1842. HP was then taken on as an apprentice by master joiner (or cabinet maker; the Danish term covers both) Hans Erhart Beck. Thus, according to the 1845 Copenhagen Census HPJ was at that time 18 years old and staying as an apprentice joiner with Beck in Løvstræde 128.
    Note: this would fit in well with the description of HPJ as mechanic and piano maker in the US.

    In April 1848 Hans Peter entered an "eksercerskole" (Drill School) in Copenhagen as a volunteer.
    Note: several of these schools were established at the outbreak of hostilities between Denmark and Prussia in 1848 (it hasn't as yet been possible to determine exactly which one HPJ joined). Their purpose was to train much needed NCO's for the Danish army. The curriculum was not restricted to military instruction but comprised a range of general subjects (including good manners and other social skills) aimed at making the volunteer NCO's able to live up to their new, somewhat elevated position in society. This education at the "eksercerskole" may contribute to explain why HPJ was later described as "a man of learning and cultivated taste and of social attainments".

    On March 1, 1849, Hans Peter was assigned as a Sargent of volunteers to 2nd Company, 6th Reserve Batallion (with his height given as: 68" or 177,8 cm. - certainly above average for the time).
    Note: the military archives proper haven't as yet been consulted but will undoubtedly yield more information about HP's military career. However, it is a fact that the 6th Reserve Batallion, as part of the 4th Brigade, took part in the Battles of Kolding on April 23rd 1849 and Fredericia on July 6th 1849.

    Hans Peter was mustered out of the Danish army on February 15th 1851. For a while he lived with his parents in Brolæggerstræde 75 in Copenhagen, but from October 7th 1851 he is registered as living on the third floor in Hummergade 254.

    Most interestingly there is an annotation in the muster roll that Hans Peter has received official permission, dated April 9th 1854, "to travel abroad for 3 years." Of course, this doesn't prove anything 100% but it certainly makes it highly probable that we are indeed dealing with the same Hans Peter Jørgensen. If so, we might assume that he made the journey to the US around the middle of 1854 - probably alone as - contrary to his three brothers and sisters - there is no indication that he entered into marriage in Copenhagen.
  • Credits: Primary photo above by permission of the Worcester Historical Museum, Ward Collection.
  • Last Edited: 9 Sep 2016

Levi Freeman Jose

b. 31 December 1824, d. 17 November 1877
  • Father: Amos Jose b. 2 Apr 1789
  • Mother: Sarah Sawyer b. 4 Jan 1795
  • Company: H
  • Levi Freeman Jose was born on 31 Dec 1824 at Saco, York County, Maine, son of Amos Jose and Sarah Sawyer.
  • In 1849 Levi was living at Saco, York County, Maine, a farmer, at Cleves Place, in Biddeford, according to the city directory.
  • He was enumerated in the household of Roland Cobb and Elizabeth Taylor Fay in the 1850 US Federal Census on 13 Sep 1850 at Grafton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Richard Cobb, 53, laborer, b. MA
    Betsey, 57, b. MA
    Harriet, 23, b. MA (his future wife)
    Nancy, 21, b. ME
    Mary, 19, b. MA
    Albert, 14, b. MA
    Charles E., 12, shoemaker, b. MA
    **Freeman Jose, 22, shoemaker, b. ME.
  • On 2 Jan 1851 Levi Freeman Jose, 26, married Harriet S. Cobb, 24, daughter of Roland Cobb and Elizabeth Taylor Fay, at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both.
  • Levi Freeman Jose and Harriet S. Cobb were enumerated in the 1860 US Federal census on 1 Jun 1860 at Sutton P. O., Northbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    L. F. Joice (sic), 33, bootmaker, b. ME
    H. S., 34, (f), b. MA
    F. E., 8, (m), b. MA
    C. A., 7,(m), b. MA
    Frank, 5, (m), b. MA
    James Allen, 21, bootmaker, b. MA
    John Morey, 25, bootmaker, b. Canada.
  • In 1861 Levi was living at Upton, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Levi gave his occupation as shoemaker.

  • On 12 Jul 1861 Levi mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Upton, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 36 years, 6 months and 12 days old.
  • On 3 Nov 1862 Levi ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts due to disability.

  • He made application for a veteran's pension on 18 May 1863, and received certificate number 33050.
  • On 25 May 1867 Harriet S. Cobb, his wife, died at Northbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts, at age 40 of consumption.
  • On 16 Sep 1868 Levi Freeman Jose, 43, married Anna Eliza Fairbanks, 36, daughter of Joseph Hastings Fairbanks and Ann Eliza Mellen, at Northbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a second marriage for both. She was the former wife of George Warren Williams of New Hampshire.
  • Levi Freeman Jose and Anna Eliza Fairbanks were enumerated in the 1870 US Federal Census on 11 Jul 1870 at Northbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Jose, Levi F., 43, bootmaker, b. ME
    ---, Anna E., 38, b. MA
    ---, Frederick E., 18, bootmaker, b. MA
    ---, Henry M., 1, b. MA
    ---, Marette L., 3, b. MA.
  • Levi Freeman Jose died on 17 Nov 1877 at Northbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 52 years, 10 months and 16 days old.
  • He was buried in Nov 1877 at Riverdale Cemetery, Northbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • He's surviving family was enumerated in the household of Anna Eliza Fairbanks in the 1880 US Federal Census on 16 Jun 1880 at Northbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Jose, Ann E., 48, widow, keeping house, b. MA
    ---, Edward E., 6, son, b. MA
    ---, Jannie L., 2, dau, b. MA
    (Note: logically, there should be a widow's pension for Ann. However, none was apparent in the index. In addition, the two older boys, Henry and Willie live at an Alms House in Southborough. )
  • Levi Freeman Jose's surviving family was enumerated in the 1880 US Federal Census on 21 Jun 1880 at Southborough, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Jose, Henry, 11, boarder, b. MA
    ---, Willie, 8, boarder, b. MA
    living in the "Alms House" of
    Norton, Nahum, 67, farmer, b. MA.
  • Last Edited: 18 Apr 2016

Family 1: Harriet S. Cobb b. 8 Aug 1826, d. 25 May 1867

  • Frederick E. Jose b. 17 Mar 1852
  • Charles A. Jose b. 2 Jun 1853
  • Daughter Jose b. 21 Jul 1855
  • Daughter Jose b. 17 Nov 1859, d. 17 Nov 1859
  • Mary Ella C. Jose b. 15 Sep 1863, d. 5 Jul 1865
  • Edwin R. Jose b. 9 Jul 1865, d. 4 Sep 1865

Family 2: Anna Eliza Fairbanks b. 14 Apr 1832

  • Maveret Louisa Jose b. 30 Sep 1866, d. 31 May 1877
  • Henry Milton Jose b. 1 Jan 1869
  • Willie Freeman Jose b. 3 Mar 1872
  • Edward Everett Jose b. 11 Jan 1874
  • Jennie Louise Jose b. 2 Jan 1878

George Clesson Joslin

b. 19 August 1839, d. 21 November 1916

George C. Joslin
  • Father: Major Elias Joslin b. 10 Nov 1795, d. 1874
  • Mother: Elizabeth Stearns b. 17 Nov 1799, d. 24 Jan 1885
  • Company: I
  • George Clesson Joslin was born on 19 Aug 1839 at Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, son of Major Elias Joslin and Elizabeth Stearns.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, George gave his occupation as not given for him in Ford's history.

  • On 5 Aug 1861 George mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry as a Captain, being credited to the quota of Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 21 years, 11 months and 17 days old.
  • On 6 Aug 1861, George was presented with a sword inscribed as follows: "Presented to Capt George Joslin by the members of Co I 15th MVM August 6, 1861."
  • On 10 Aug 1861 at "The Webster Times", Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, George Clesson Joslin was mentioned.
  • On 14 Aug 1861 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, George Clesson Joslin was mentioned in an article about the departure of the Fifteenth Massachusetts from Worcester.
  • On 31 Aug 1861 George Clesson Joslin was mentioned in a report to the Webster Times.
  • On 9 Nov 1861 George Clesson Joslin 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.
  • Thomas Blasland wrote a letter on 4 Jun 1862, mentioning George Clesson Joslin, as follows: for publication in the Southbridge Journal.
  • On 20 Sep 1862 at "The Webster Times", Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, George Clesson Joslin was mentioned among the first Antietam casualties.
  • On 1 Oct 1862 Francis Carpenter, having visited the battlefield, wrote a letter to the Webster Times detailing the status of many men after the Battle of Antietam.
  • On 13 Nov 1862 George was promoted to as a Major.
  • On 9 Feb 1863 at "The Worcester Daily Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, George Clesson Joslin was mentioned in an article about promotions.
  • On 17 Apr 1863 George was promoted to as Lieutenant Colonel.
  • On 4 Jul 1863 George was promoted to as a Colonel at The Battle of Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania.
  • On 8 Jul 1863 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, George Clesson Joslin was mentioned in the first dispatches from the Gettysburg battle.
  • On 26 Jul 1863 George and Isaac Harris Hooper were taken prisoner at White Plains, Virginia, Read an account of their capture and prison experience from Ford's History --.
  • On 15 Sep 1863 George Clesson Joslin, 24, married Martha Ann Walker, 22, daughter of Appleton Walker and Ziba Fitch Beaman, at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • On 23 Dec 1863 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, George Clesson Joslin was mentioned in a short report:
    The November report of this regiment shows that Lieut. Col. Joslin was captured by the enemy on the 27th ult., together with the following men: --- Corp. S. W. Armington, James Goffer, and John McDonald, Co. D; sergeant James Comries, S. Curby, and Louis Jaynau, Co. E. Capt A J Bradley has resigned. The death of Joseph Freeman of Co. E. is announced.
  • The following appeared in the Webster Weekly Times, 25 June 1864 (Vol 6 #16)
    Rebel Barbarity--- Since the federal operations against Charlston, the rebel authorities have selected a number of union prisoners of high rank, and placed them in that portion of the city most exposed to our fire, in the hope of deterring the federal commander from continuing the shelling of that town.
    Among the officers thus treated is Lieut. Col. G. Joslin, formerly Captain of the of the Webster company of the old Mass 15th. General Foster, in command of our forces before Charlston protested against this cruel act, without effect, and then refered the case to our government. Thereupon a retaliatory order was issued,transfering to General Foster an equal number of rebel prisoners, of equal rank, to be treated in a similar manner as long as our officers are exposed in Charlston.
  • On 27 Jul 1864 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, George Clesson Joslin was mentioned in an article about the return of the regiment to Massachusetts.
  • On 29 Jul 1864 George ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts as a Lt. Colonel.

  • On 21 Oct 1864 at The Bay State House, Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, George Clesson Joslin attended the First Annual Reunion of the Fifteenth Regiment Association.
  • George was living at Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, having gone west for a while after the war, according to Emerson's History of Leominster.
  • He made application at Illinois for a veteran's pension in Sep 1866, and received certificate number 85248.
  • In Mar 1868 Martha Ann Walker, his wife, died at Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, at age 26.
  • George Clesson Joslin's family was enumerated separately in the household of Appleton Walker and Ziba Fitch Beaman in the 1870 US Federal Census on 20 Jun 1870 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, the children with their maternal grandparents as:
    Walker, Appleton, 54, hardware store, b. MA
    ---, Zivah F., 52
    ---, Clara L., 21
    ---, Fred H., 18, clerk in store
    ---, Ella E., 16
    Joslin, Annie M., 4, b. MA
    ---, Florence M., 3, b. Illinois
    ---, Arthur W., 2, b. Illinois
    McGray, Julia, 22, domestic servant.
  • George Clesson Joslin was enumerated in the 1870 US Federal Census on 23 Jul 1870 at Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, where he is enumerated alone living in a hotel, age 31, clerk in the customs house.
  • On 1 Apr 1872 George Clesson Joslin, 32, married Susan Maria Claflin, 27, daughter of Haziel Carey and Eliza D. Sisson, at Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, in a second marriage for both.
  • George Clesson Joslin and Susan Maria Carey were enumerated in the 1880 US Federal census in Jun 1880 at Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, he works for the U.S. Customs. No children are enumerated in the household.
  • On 20 Oct 1883 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, George Clesson Joslin attended the 17th annual reunion of the 15th regiment association, with some 110 other veterans of the regiment. (Report from the Fitchburg Sentinel.)
  • In 1886 George was living at Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.
  • In Jun 1886 George Clesson Joslin took part in the regimental reunion Excursion to the Battle-Fields of Gettysburg, PA., Antietam, MD., Ball's Bluff, Virginia and Washington, D.C.
  • In 1888, George was included in the Civil War section of Emerson's "Leominster Historical" as:
    youngest son of Major Elias Joslin, and brother Mr. Charles L. Joslin and Mrs. W. B. Tisdale of Leominster. Born 19 Aug 1839 in Leominster. Soon after the war Col. Joslin went to Chicago, but afterwards returned to Boston where he recieved an appointment as clerk in the customs house. He was afterwards promoted to Assistant Appraiser of the dry goods department, which position he now holds.
  • He was enumerated in the 1890 US Federal census, Veteran's Schedule in Jun 1890 at Roxbury, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, as having served in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Company , noting that he had a gunshot wound through the wrist.
  • George had a photo taken as an older man.
  • On 26 Oct 1896 George and Martha's daughter, Anne Maude Joslin married Edward Kenney at Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.
  • On 15 Jun 1898 George's son, Arthur Walker Joslin married Clarabel Stetson at Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both.
  • George Clesson Joslin was enumerated in the household of Edward Kenney and Anne Maude Joslin in the 1900 US Federal Census on 4 Jun 1900 at Claybourne Street, Ward 20, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, as:
    Kenney, Edward, head b, July 1872, married three years, b. MA, bookkeeper
    ---, Anne M., wife, b. July 1865, no children, b. MA
    **Joslin, George C., father-in-law, b. Aug 1839, married 37 years, has three children living, b. MA
    Joslin, Flourette M., sister-in-law, b. Feb 1867, single, b. Illinois, stenographer.
  • On 4 Jul 1906 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, George Clesson Joslin attended the dedication of a statue of General Charles Devens, as reported in the Fitchburg Sentinel.
  • On 20 Oct 1906 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, George Clesson Joslin 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.)
  • George Clesson Joslin was also mentioned in attendance in the Fitchburg Sentinel coverage of the 1906 reunion.
  • On 21 Oct 1907 at Grand Army Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts, George Clesson Joslin attended the 41st annual regimental reunion and banquet on the 46th anniversary of the Battle of Ball's Bluff, as reported in the Fitchburg Sentinel the following day.
  • He was enumerated in the household of Edward Kenney and Anne Maude Joslin in the 1910 US Federal Census on 28 Apr 1910 at Claybourne Street, Ward 20, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.
  • On 27 Oct 1910 at The State Mutual Building, Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Col. George C. Joslin attended the 44th reunion of the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.
  • In 1912, George was shown in the MOLLUS records, as follows:
    JOSLIN, GEORGE CLESSON.
    LIEUTENANT COLONEL, 15th MASSACHUSETTS INFANTRY, U.S.V.
    Elected March 4, 1874. Insignia 1558.
    2d Lieutenant, 3d Battalion Rifles, M.V.M., in service of the U.S., April 19, 1861; mustered, May 19, 1861. Mustered out, August 3, 1861.
    Captain, 15th Mass. Infantry, August 5, 1861.
    Major,November 13, 1862.
    Lieutenant Colonel, April 17, 1863. Commissioned Colonel, July 4, 1863; not mustered. Mustered out, August 9, 1864.
  • He died on 21 Nov 1916 at Dorchester (Boston), Suffolk County, Massachusetts. He was 77 years, 3 months and 2 days old.
  • He was buried in Nov 1916 at Evergreen Cemetery, Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • In Feb 1917 Susan Maria Carey received a pension to surviving family member in Massachusetts based on George's service; and received certificate number 847594.
  • Susan, his wife, outlived George and died in 1927.
  • A photograph or image of George Clesson Joslin is located at The American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Massachusetts, according to their website.
  • Credits: Primary photo above by permission of the Worcester Historical Museum, Ward Collection.
  • Last Edited: 10 Apr 2016

Family 1: Martha Ann Walker b. 25 Apr 1841, d. Mar 1868

  • Anne Maude Joslin b. 8 Jul 1865
  • Florence Mabel Joslin b. 19 Feb 1867, d. 1954
  • Arthur Walker Joslin b. 15 Mar 1868

Family 2: Susan Maria Carey b. 22 Jul 1844, d. 1927

Henry Lincoln Joslin

b. 10 August 1843, d. 21 April 1863

Henry L. Joslin
  • Father: John Lincoln Joslyn b. 22 Feb 1804
  • Mother: Louisa Pollard
  • Company: B
  • Henry Lincoln Joslin was born on 10 Aug 1843 at Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts, son of John Lincoln Joslyn and Louisa Pollard.
  • Henry Lincoln Joslin was enumerated in the household of John Lincoln Joslyn and Louisa Pollard in the 1850 US Federal Census on 7 Aug 1850 at Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    John L. Joslyn, 46, ?? keeper, b. MA (as were all in the family)
    Louisa P., 35
    **Henry L., 6
    Abby L., 4.
  • In 1861 Henry was living at Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, in 1861, Henry gave his occupation as carpenter.

  • On 12 Jul 1861 Henry mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry as a Corporal, being credited to the quota of Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 17 years, 11 months and 2 days old.
  • On 18 Sep 1862 Henry was promoted to Corporal.
  • On 13 Nov 1862 Henry ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts to enlist in the Battery I, 1st U. S. Light Artillery.

  • Starting 14 Nov 1862, Henry also served in the Battery I, 1st U. S. Light Artillery (Regular Army.)
  • He died on 21 Apr 1863 at Hospital on Potomac, Virginia, unmarried, of disease, as a Private in Bat. I, 1st U. S. Artillery. He was 19 years, 8 months and 11 days old.
  • He was buried at Laurel Hill Cemetery, Div. 2, Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts, (East of Central Entrance) Olive Path.
  • On 2 Mar 1864 Louisa Joslin received a pension to surviving family member based on Henry's service; mother received certificate number 28345.
  • Last Edited: 9 Sep 2016

Thomas Adams Joslin

b. 22 November 1808, d. 5 January 1887
  • Father: Thomas Joslin b. 16 Nov 1777, d. 3 Jan 1837
  • Mother: Hannah Adams
  • Company: A
  • Thomas Adams Joslin was born on 22 Nov 1808 at Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, son of Thomas Joslin and Hannah Adams.
  • Thomas Adams Joslin married Harriet Louise Pierce at Dublin, Cheshire County, New Hampshire.
  • Harriet Louise Pierce, his wife, died apparently.
  • In 1861 Thomas was living at Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, in 1861, Thomas gave his occupation as farmer.

  • On 12 Jul 1861 Thomas mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 52 years, 7 months and 20 days old.
  • On 1 May 1862 Thomas ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts due to disability.

  • On 11 Aug 1866 Thomas Adams Joslin, 57, married Victorine Gordon, 36, daughter of Robert Rogers Spalding and Asanath Barrett, at Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a second marriage for both.
  • Thomas Adams Joslin and Victorine Spalding were enumerated in the 1870 US Federal Census on 28 Jun 1870 at Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Joslin, Thomas A., 62, farm hand, b. MA
    ---, Victorine, 41, b. ME (as were all others in the household)
    Keniston, Nelmore, (f), 30
    ---, Charles, 7
    Mason, James, 48, works in tannery
    ---, June, 28
    ---, Addie P., 11.
  • Thomas Adams Joslin made application for a veteran's pension on 18 Dec 1878, and received certificate number 173153.
  • He and Victorine Spalding were enumerated in the 1880 US Federal census in Jun 1880 at Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, with no younger people in the household.
  • On 9 Oct 1883 Thomas Adams Joslin included on the official government pension rolls for Fitchburg and Leominster, as published in the Fitchburg Sentinel.
  • He died on 5 Jan 1887 at Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, of Bright's disease. He was 78 years, 1 month and 14 days old.
  • He was buried in Jan 1887 at Evergreen Cemetery, Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • On 4 Feb 1887 Victorine Spalding received a pension to surviving family member in Massachusetts based on Thomas's service; his wife, received certificate number 240570.
  • Victorine Joslin was enumerated as the widow of Thomas Adams Joslin, of the 15th Massachusetts, in the 1890 Veterans' Schedules of the US Federal Census in Jun 1890 at Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • Victorine, his wife, outlived Thomas and died on 22 Sep 1903 at Boothbay Harbor, Lincoln County, Maine, at age 74.
  • Thomas's wife, Victorine Spalding, died and was buried on 25 Sep 1903 at Evergreen Cemetery, Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, at age 74 years and 28 days.
  • Last Edited: 18 Apr 2016

Family 1: Harriet Louise Pierce

  • Louisa Joslin b. 25 Mar 1834
  • Boy Joslin b. 7 May 1836

Family 2: Victorine Spalding b. 28 Aug 1829, d. 22 Sep 1903

Charles Joy

b. 15 December 1841, d. 12 September 1909
  • Father: Samuel W. Joy b. 2 Jun 1815, d. 26 May 1885
  • Mother: Lucy Farnsworth b. 20 Apr 1814, d. 20 Jul 1905
  • Company: A
  • Charles Joy was born on 15 Dec 1841 at Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, son of Samuel W. Joy and Lucy Farnsworth, grandson of Caleb and Nancy (Woodbury) Joy.
  • Charles Joy was enumerated in the household of Samuel W. Joy and Lucy Farnsworth in the 1850 US Federal Census on 14 Sep 1850 at Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Samuel W. Joy, 35, farmer, b. MA (as were all the family)
    Lucy, 36
    **Henry, 12
    **Charles, 9.
  • Charles Joy and Henry Joy were enumerated in the 1860 US Federal census on 12 Jul 1860 at Gardner, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Henry Joy, 23, painter, b. MA
    Charles Joy, 20, pail maker, b. MA
    living in the household of one Sylvester Hanson, 49, pail maker, and his family.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, in 1861, Charles gave his occupation as wood turner.
  • In 1861 Charles was living at Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts.

  • On 12 Jul 1861 Charles mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 19 years, 6 months and 27 days old.
  • Charles Joy and Henry Joy, brothers and their uncle by marriage, served together in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.
  • On 27 Jan 1863 Charles ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts due to disability.

  • On 2 Jul 1863 his uncle, Edward Bean Rollins, died at The Battle of Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania, at age 35 in his 12th battle.
  • On 12 Jul 1863 Charles Joy, 21, married Laura Woods Whitney, 23, daughter of John Miller Jr. and Harriet Whitcomb, at Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for him and the second for her.
  • Charles Joy made application for a veteran's pension on 10 Sep 1868, received certificate number 25510.
  • On 9 Oct 1883 Charles Joy included on the official government pension rolls for Fitchburg and Leominster, as published in the Fitchburg Sentinel.
  • On 8 Mar 1889 Laura Woods Miller, his wife, died at Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, at age 49 of heart disease.
  • Charles Joy was enumerated in the 1890 US Federal census, Veteran's Schedule in Jun 1890 at Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as having served in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Company A.
  • On 4 May 1892 Charles Joy, 50, married Harriet S. Carr, 49, daughter of Ephraim Carr and Sarah Farnsworth, at Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a second marriage for him and the third for her.
  • Charles Joy and Harriet S. Carr were enumerated in the 1900 US Federal census on 12 Jun 1900 at Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Charles Joy, 58, b. Dec 1841, married 8 years, b. MA
    Harriet S., 57, wife, b. Apr 1843, no children, b. MA
    Nettie I., 19, daur, b. Oct 1880, b. MA, shirt stitcher.
  • Charles Joy was a member of the Charles H. Stevens post 58, G. A. R.
  • On 20 Jul 1905 his mother, Lucy Farnsworth, died at Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, at age 91.
  • On 23 Jun 1907 Charles's daughter, Nettie Irene Joy married Joseph Arthur Kelly at Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both.
  • Charles Joy died on 12 Sep 1909 at Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, of paralysis. He was 67 years, 8 months and 28 days old.
  • He was buried on 15 Sep 1909 at Evergreen Cemetery, Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in Section 6 Lot 126 with his first wife, after a funeral at his home which was attended by a large delegation from Charles H. Stevens post, G. A. R.
  • Henry, his brother, outlived Charles and died on 8 Mar 1914 at Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, of cancer after an illness of over a year. at age 76.
  • Harriet, his wife, outlived Charles and died on 5 Dec 1925 at age 82.
  • Last Edited: 10 Apr 2016

Family 1: Laura Woods Miller b. 26 Dec 1839, d. 8 Mar 1889

  • Laura Minnie Joy b. 7 Jul 1866
  • Charles Ulysses Joy b. 5 Feb 1870, d. 2 Nov 1934
  • Lizzie Almera Joy b. 3 Feb 1874, d. 5 May 1874
  • Nettie Irene Joy b. 1 Oct 1881

Family 2: Harriet S. Carr b. Apr 1843, d. 5 Dec 1925

Emory Willard Joy

b. 20 December 1845, d. 28 November 1910
  • Father: Silas Smith Joy b. 11 Jan 1823, d. 6 Jun 1894
  • Mother: Elizabeth Fitts b. 29 Jul 1828, d. 9 Sep 1919
  • Company: I
  • Emory Willard Joy was born on 20 Dec 1845 at Thompson, Windham County, Connecticut, son of Silas Smith Joy and Elizabeth Fitts.
  • Emory Willard Joy was enumerated in the household of Silas Smith Joy and Elizabeth Fitts in the 1850 US Federal Census on 11 Sep 1850 at Dudley, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Silas F. Joy, 27, farmer, b. CT
    Elizsabeth, 22, b. CT
    **Emory H., 4, b. MA
    Emma, 3, b. MA
    Samml, 8/12, b. MA.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Emory gave his occupation as clerk.
  • In 1861 Emory was living at Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts.

  • On 5 Aug 1861 Emory mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 15 years, 7 months and 16 days old.
  • On 9 Nov 1861 Emory Willard Joy 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 9 Feb 1864, Emory was reenlisted, having received a bounty of $325.
  • On 27 Jul 1864 Emory ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts by transfer to the 20th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.

  • Starting 28 Jul 1864, Emory also served in the 20th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Company "G."
  • He ended his service by mustering out on 16 Jul 1865.
  • He was enumerated in the household of Silas Smith Joy and Elizabeth Fitts in the 1870 US Federal Census on 6 Jun 1870 at Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Joy, Silas S., 46, works in meat market, b. CT
    ---, Elizabeth, 45, b. CT
    ---, Emory, 23, saloon keeper, b. MA (as were all the children)
    ---, Emma, 22
    ---, Samuel, 20
    ---, Charles, 17, teamster
    ---, Etta, 15, works in shoe factory
    ---, Edith, 14
    ---, Freddie, 7, attending school.
  • Emory Willard Joy made application at Montana for a veteran's pension on 25 Feb 1899, received certificate number 1101926.
  • He was enumerated in the 1900 US Federal census on 8 Jun 1900 at Livingston, Park County, Montana, where he lives alone in a rented home and is a common laborer. The enumerator states that it was "impossible to secure further information", but this is the only Emory W. Joy in the entire 1900 census.
  • On 4 Jul 1907 Emory Willard Joy was included on the Civil War memorial at Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, according to an article in the Webster Times. See the "Documents" section at the main website for an account of the festivities of dedication.
  • On 21 May 1910, at National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers (Pacific Branch), Sawtelle, Los Angeles County, California, Emory was admitted.
  • He died on 28 Nov 1910 at Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, unmarried. He was 64 years, 11 months and 8 days old.
  • He was buried in Nov 1910 at Los Angeles National Cemetery, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, Section 19, Row A, 10.
  • On 21 Jan 1911 his personal effects, appraised at $5, were turned over to his brother, Charles E. Joy, of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota.
  • Last Edited: 18 Apr 2016

Henry Joy

b. January 1838, d. 8 March 1914
  • Father: Samuel W. Joy b. 2 Jun 1815, d. 26 May 1885
  • Mother: Lucy Farnsworth b. 20 Apr 1814, d. 20 Jul 1905
  • Company: A
  • Henry Joy was born in Jan 1838 at Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, son of Samuel W. Joy and Lucy Farnsworth, grandson of Caleb and Nancy (Woodbury) Joy.
  • Henry Joy was enumerated in the household of Samuel W. Joy and Lucy Farnsworth in the 1850 US Federal Census on 14 Sep 1850 at Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Samuel W. Joy, 35, farmer, b. MA (as were all the family)
    Lucy, 36
    **Henry, 12
    **Charles, 9.
  • Henry Joy and Charles Joy were enumerated in the 1860 US Federal census on 12 Jul 1860 at Gardner, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Henry Joy, 23, painter, b. MA
    Charles Joy, 20, pail maker, b. MA
    living in the household of one Sylvester Hanson, 49, pail maker, and his family.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Henry gave his occupation as painter.
  • In 1861 Henry was living at Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts.

  • On 12 Jul 1861 Henry mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry as a Corporal, being credited to the quota of Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 23 years and 6 months old.
  • Henry Joy and Charles Joy, brothers and their uncle by marriage, served together in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.
  • On 17 Feb 1862 Henry ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts by transfer to the Western Flotilla .

  • Starting 21 Feb 1862, Henry also served in the U. S. Navy.
  • Between 1862 - 1863 he served on the U. S. S. Baron de Kalb and Clara Dolsen.
  • On 2 Jul 1863 his uncle, Edward Bean Rollins, died at The Battle of Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania, at age 35 in his 12th battle.
  • Henry Joy ended his service by discharge on 11 Aug 1863.
  • On 15 Sep 1863 Henry Joy, 25, married Sarah Elizabeth Johnson, 27, daughter of Henry Johnson and Cynthia E. Jones, at Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both.
  • On 23 Oct 1869 Sarah Elizabeth Johnson, his wife, died at Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, at age 33.
  • Henry Joy was enumerated in the 1870 US Federal Census on 4 Jun 1870 at Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, a house painter, living alone with his two older children.
  • On 19 Nov 1870 Henry Joy, 32, married Mary Jane Hersey, 29, daughter of Charles Hersey and Lucy M. Hall, at Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a second marriage for him and the first for her.
  • Henry Joy and Mary Jane Hersey were enumerated in the 1880 US Federal census on 5 Jun 1880 at Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, where he is a painter.
  • Henry Joy made application for a veteran's pension on 11 Feb 1881, and received Navy pension 35104.
  • On 9 Apr 1884 Henry and Sarah's daughter, Emma F. Joy married William E. Davis at Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both.
  • On 14 Feb 1888 his married daughter, Emma F. Davis, died at Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, at age 23 of tuberculosis.
  • On 17 Nov 1888 Henry's daughter, Mary Ann Joy married Edward M. Johnson at Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • On 18 Feb 1889 at "The Boston Journal", Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, Wilbur Clifton Joy, his son, was mentioned in an article.
  • Henry Joy was enumerated in the 1890 US Federal census, Veteran's Schedule in Jun 1890 at Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as having served in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Company A.
  • In Aug 1895, Henry was journeyed to Louisville for the G. A. R. encampment, according to the Fitchburg Daily Sentinel, 30 August 1895.
  • He was a pall bearer at the burial of Edward Wilson on 22 Nov 1896 at Evergreen Cemetery, Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • Henry Joy was a pall bearer at the burial of A. W. Rice on 19 Dec 1898 at Evergreen Cemetery, Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • Henry Joy and Mary Jane Hersey were enumerated in the 1900 US Federal census on 1 Jun 1900 at Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Joy, Henry, b. Jan 1838, married 29 years, b. MA, house painter
    ---, Mary, wife, b. Apr 1841, she had one child who died, b. MA
    ---, Lucy, mor, b. Apr 1814, widow, all three of her children living, b. MA.
  • Henry Joy, a member of Charles H. Stevens post, G. A. R., was a pall bearer at the burial of Francis Edwin Colburn in Apr 1901 at Evergreen Cemetery, Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • On 21 Oct 1902 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Henry Joy attended 36th annual reunion of the 15th Massachusetts Regiment Association.
  • On 20 Jul 1905 his mother, Lucy Farnsworth, died at Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, at age 91.
  • On 21 Oct 1907 at Grand Army Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts, Henry Joy attended the 41st annual regimental reunion and banquet on the 46th anniversary of the Battle of Ball's Bluff, as reported in the Fitchburg Sentinel the following day.
  • On 12 Sep 1909 his brother, Charles Joy, died at Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, at age 67 of paralysis.
  • Henry Joy and Mary Jane Hersey were enumerated in the 1910 US Federal Census in 1910 at Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, They have no children.
  • On 27 Oct 1910 at The State Mutual Building, Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Henry Joy attended the 44th reunion of the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.
  • He died on 8 Mar 1914 at Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, of cancer after an illness of over a year.. He was 76 years and 2 months old.
  • An obituary for Henry Joy was published as follows: in the "Fitchburg Sentinel," 9 March 1914:
    Death of Civil War Veteran
    The death of Henry Joy, a Grand Army veteran and for many years a house painter in Leominster, occurred Sunday morning at 8 o'clock at his home, 17 Chestnut street, at the age of 76 years and 2 months. Death was due to cancer after an illness of over a year.
    Mr. Joy enlisted July 12, 1861 at Worcester, as a corporal in Co., A, 15th Massaxhusetts infantry. He was discharged at Cairo, Ill., August 11, 1863. He saw service in the battles of Balls Bluff, Fort Willow, Memphis, St. Charles, siege of Vicksburg, Arkansas post, Yahoo city, Tallahausee and Island No. 10. He was in the navy service at the latter battle and was wounded.
    He is survived by a wife and daughter. The funeral will be held from the home Tuesday afternoon.
  • He was buried in Mar 1914 at Evergreen Cemetery, Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in Section 6 Lot 61.
  • On 14 Mar 1914 Mary Jane Hersey received a pension to surviving family member based on Henry's service; his wife, received certificate number 774194.
  • Last Edited: 18 Apr 2016

Family 1: Sarah Elizabeth Johnson b. 10 Dec 1835, d. 23 Oct 1869

  • Emma F. Joy b. 27 Jun 1864, d. 14 Feb 1888
  • Wilbur Clifton Joy b. 30 Jul 1866, d. 6 Jun 1941
  • Mary Ann Joy b. Jul 1869

Family 2: Mary Jane Hersey b. 27 Apr 1841

  • Baby Boy Joy b. 2 Aug 1879, d. 2 Aug 1879

William H. Joy

b. 1835
  • Company: I
  • William H. Joy was born about in 1835 at England.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, William gave his occupation as machinist.
  • In 1861 William was living at Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • He was married at the time of his enlistment according to Ford's history.

  • On 5 Aug 1861 William mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 26 years old.
  • On 9 Nov 1861 William H. Joy 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.
  • Thomas Blasland wrote a letter on 6 Jul 1862, mentioning William H. Joy, as follows: for publication in the Southbridge Journal.
  • On 15 Aug 1863 William ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts due to disability, as of Co. E.


  • Last Edited: 29 Apr 2017

Denman C. Judd

b. 13 May 1843, d. 3 November 1911
  • Father: Denman Clark Judd b. 1804, d. 8 Nov 1844
  • Mother: Elizabeth Taft b. 14 Mar 1800, d. 28 Mar 1859
  • Company: H
  • Denman C. Judd was born on 13 May 1843 at Glen Falls, Warren County, New York, son of Denman Clark Judd and Elizabeth Taft.
  • On 8 Nov 1844 his father, Denman Clark Judd, died at Hoosick, Rensselaer County, New York.
  • On 23 Mar 1848 Denman's widowed mother, Elizabeth Judd, remarried to Newell Stone, 48, at Upton, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • Denman C. Judd was enumerated in the household of Newell Stone and Elizabeth Taft in the 1850 US Federal Census on 25 Sep 1850 at Upton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as follows:
    Newell Stone, 49, bootmaker, b. MA
    Elizabeth, 50, b. MA
    Francis McNamara, 22, bootmaker, b. MA
    Emily Judd, 17, b. NY
    **Denman C. Judd, 7, b. NA
    John Colby, 30, laborer, b. Ireland.
  • On 28 Mar 1859 his mother, Elizabeth Taft, died at Upton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, at age 59.
  • Denman C. Judd was enumerated in the 1860 US Federal census in Jun 1860 at Upton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as
    Denman Judd, 17, bootmaker, b. New York,
    living in the household of
    John Jones, 33, bootmaker, b. MA.
  • In 1861 Denman was living at Sutton, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Denman gave his occupation as shoemaker.

  • On 12 Jul 1861 Damon mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Sutton, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 18 years, 1 month and 29 days old.
  • On 21 Oct 1861 Denman was wounded at The Battle of Ball's Bluff, Leesburg, Virginia, in the leg.
  • On 30 Oct 1861 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Denman C. Judd 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, Denman C. Judd was mentioned among the casualties.
  • On 17 Sep 1862 Denman was wounded at The Battle of Antietam, Washington County, Maryland, in the shoulder.
  • On 8 Jan 1863 Denman ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts due to disability.

  • He made application for a veteran's pension on 31 Dec 1863, and received certificate number 23273.
  • On 1 Dec 1864 Denman C. Judd, 21, married Ellen M. Young, 18, daughter of David Young and Miranda Coburn, at Upton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both.
  • Denman C. Judd and Ellen M. Young were enumerated in the 1870 US Federal Census on 20 Jun 1870 at Hopkinton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, where he works in a boot shop. Their two children live with them.
  • Clinton C. Judd and Ellen M. Young were enumerated in the 1880 US Federal census on 18 Jun 1880 at Wayland, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, as:
    Judd, Denman, 37, works in shoe shop, b. NY
    ---, Ellen M., 34, wife, b. NH
    ---, Clinton D., 14, son, b. MA
    ---, Jennie, 11, daur b. MA.
  • On 18 May 1887 Denman and Ellen's daughter, Jennie F. Judd married James D. Gummerson at Wayland, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both.
  • Denman C. Judd was enumerated in the 1890 US Federal census, Veteran's Schedule in Jun 1890 at Wayland, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, as having served in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Company H.
  • On 1 Jan 1908, Denman and Ellen were granted $6 per month state aid, starting 1 Dec 1907, according to the Fitchburg Sentinel.
  • Denman C. Judd died on 3 Nov 1911 at Hopkinton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. He was 68 years, 5 months and 21 days old.
  • He was buried in Nov 1911 at Mount Auburn Cemetery, Hopkinton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.
  • On 7 Dec 1911 Ellen M. Young received a pension to surviving family member in Massachusetts based on Denman's service; his wife, received certificate number 744105.
  • Last Edited: 10 Aug 2012

Family: Ellen M. Young b. Jun 1846

  • Clinton D. Judd b. 15 Mar 1866, d. 17 Jan 1920
  • Jennie F. Judd b. 19 Mar 1868