Joel Pratt

b. 9 January 1840, d. 14 October 1899
  • Father: William Pratt b. 2 Jan 1811, d. 30 Nov 1850
  • Mother: Sarah Mathews b. 28 Jun 1813, d. 15 Oct 1850
  • Company: B
  • Joel Pratt was born on 9 Jan 1840 at Gardner, Worcester County, Massachusetts, son of William Pratt and Sarah Mathews.
  • Joel Pratt was enumerated in the household of William Pratt and Sarah Mathews in the 1850 US Federal Census on 14 Sep 1850 at Ashburnham, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    William Pratt, 39, chair maker, b. MA (as were all in the family)
    Sarah, 36
    Aaron, 17, chair maker
    Otis, 16, chair maker
    Sally, 13
    **Joel, 10
    William, 8
    Eliza, 5.
  • Joel Pratt was enumerated in the household of Stillman Brooks and Margarette P. Chase in the 1860 US Federal Census on 15 Jun 1860 at Westminster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Stilman Brooks, 63, stable keeper, b. MA
    Margaretta P., 55, b. NY
    Albert E., 22, chair maker, b. MA
    Abbie M., 20 (his future wife)
    George J., 19, mail carrier
    Charles D., 17
    Simion Eaton, 24, chair maker
    Francis Eaton, 18, painter
    **Joel Pratt, 20, chairmaker
    Bridgett Mcdonold, 17, domestic, b. Ireland.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, in 1861, Joel gave his occupation as chair maker.
  • In 1861 Joel was living at Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts.

  • On 12 Jul 1861 Joel mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 21 years, 6 months and 3 days old.
  • He was declared missing in action on 21 Oct 1861 at The Battle of Ball's Bluff, Leesburg, Virginia.
  • On 30 Oct 1861 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Joel Pratt 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, Joel Pratt 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, Joel Pratt was listed with 195 other men among the prisoners taken at Ball's Bluff.
  • On 22 Feb 1862 at "The New York Times", New York City, New York, Joel Pratt 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 13 Nov 1862 Joel ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts to reenlist in Battery I of the 1st U. S. Light Artillery.

  • Starting 14 Nov 1862, Joel also served in the 1st U. S. Light Artillery, Battery I (Regular Army.)
  • In 1864 Joel Pratt married Abba Maria Brooks, daughter of Stillman Brooks and Eunice Lewis.
  • On 4 Jul 1868 Joel Pratt 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 12 Jun 1884 at "The Fitchburg Sentinel", Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Joel Pratt 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 Joel was living at Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • On 28 Jun 1888 at Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Joel Pratt attended a reunion of Company B, The Fusiliers.
  • He 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 B.
  • On 11 May 1898 at "The Fitchburg Sentinel", Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Joel Pratt was mentioned in an article as an original member of the Fitchburg Fusiliers.
  • He died on 14 Oct 1899 at Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 59 years, 9 months and 5 days old.
  • An obituary for Joel Pratt was published on 16 Oct 1899 as follows: from the Fitchburg Sentinel:
    Death of Joel Pratt.
    Joel Pratt died at his residence, 64 Lancaster street, Saturday afternoon at 1:45, after an illness of little more than a week. Friday morning, Oct. 6, about 6:20, while going to work, Mr. Pratt fell to the sidewalk near Reed's grocery store on Central street. He was removed to his home, and a physician found him suffering from neuralgia of the heart. Opiates were administered to alleviate his suffering. Under this treatment Mr. Pratt gradually ralliedm until Thursday, when the administration of opiates was deemed no longer necessary. Friday, the prospects for his recovery seemed encouraging. He continued to improve until Saturday morning at 9 o'clock, when he began to have fainting spells, and all efforts of the attending physician proved futile. He sank rapidly, and the end came peacefully at 1:45 with his wife, Abbie N., at his bedside. Previous to the neuralgia shock, Mr. Pratt had enjoyed the very best of health, being of strong physique and possessing a robust constitution.
    Mr. Pratt was born at Gardner, Jan. 9, 1840. Here he received his early education. He was a moulder by trade, and followed that occupation till his death. His last employers were the Wellington Piano Case Co. Soon after their marriage in 1864, Mr. and Mrs. Pratt moved to Leominster. Besides his wife, deceased leaves a sister and two brothers: Mrs. B. F. Brown, William Pratt and Walter Pratt, all of Gardner.
    Few men served their country in the Civil war with more efficiency, or more valor than did Mr. Pratt during his three years of service. He enlisted in the service, July 12, 1861, at Fitchburg, as a private in Company B, 15th regiment. Nov. 13, 1862, he was transferred to Company I, 1st Regiment, United States artillery. On July 12, 1864, he was honorably discharged near City Point, Virginia, by reason of the expiration of his term of service. He was engaged in the battle of Ball's Bluff, and afterwards at the siege of Yorktown, Fair Oaks, and Seven Pines. He accompanied his regiment in McClellan's famous seven days' retreat; fought in the battles of Malver Hill, South Mountain, Md., Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettyburg, Wilderness, Cold Harbor, White Horse Landing, St. Mary's Church and Petersburg.
    In an engagement near Bristow Station, Virginia, in 1863, he had his leg broken. He was taken prisoner at Ball's Bluff, Oct. 21, 1861, and was held in Richmond until Feb. 21, 1862, when he was sent home on parole. He was never exchanged, but returned to service after 20 days' furlough, with Capt. Clark S. Simonds of Fitchburg. Mr. Pratt's most intimate comrades in the service were James H. May, Marcus R. Johnson, Henry Bemis and Horace T. Pope, all of Fitchburg, and Charles H. Bemis of Worcester. The only surviving member of Charles H. Stevens Post, 53, G. A. R. who enlisted in Co. B, 15th regiment is C. A. Wheeler.
    Mr. Pratt has been a member of the G. A. R. since its organization, and was always ready to do his share of the work at the Post's annual rememberance of Memorial Day. He was also a member of the United Workmen.
    Mr. Pratt was very simple in habits. His genail unobtrusive manner and suave disposition, won for him many friends, who extended their sincere sympathy to his widow.
  • He was buried on 17 Oct 1899 at Evergreen Cemetery, Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Section 12 Lot 126, where his wife would later join him.
  • On 18 Oct 1899 from the Fitchburg Sentinel:
    Funeral of Joel Pratt.
    The funeral of the late Joel Pratt was held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, in the Universalist church with appropriate and impressive exercises, in charge of the Grand Army.
    From the house, the casket was borne to the church where the floral offerings, rich, fragrant and beautiful, fairly covered it. The designs were elaborate and artistic to the hightest degree of perfection. The services began with singing "Sometime We'll Understand" by a quartet composed of William Nodding, Mrs. Walter Dyer, Mrs. Josephine Watson and Edward R. Davis. Selections from the Scriptures were then read by the pastor, Rev. C. Guy Robbins. Another selection, "After," by the quartet, and Mr. Robbins followed with a brief address. His many kind and sympathetic words lightened greatly the sorrow of the bereaved family. Again the quartet sang sweetly "My Heavenly Home."
    After that the Grand Army conducted the services, solemnly and simply, but with dignity.
    The cortege moved to the cemetery where the Grand Army men gently laid the last remains in the grave -- Francis H. Shaw, George F. Holt, Thomas A. Hills and Abner J. Putman. The commital service was in charge of Commander A. J. Parker and Gharles G. Putney. Twenty-five Grand Army men and a large delegation of United Workmen attended the service.
    Floral tributes included these beautiful designs: Pillow, wife; pillow, two brothers and a sister, 59 pins, Miss May Brooks and Alvena Johnson; gates ajar, employes of the Wellington Piano Case company; mound of pansies, George Brooks; broken wreath, Mrs. Mary Walker, miss Lizzie Walker, Mrs. D. Bigelow, D. Driscoll and William Tierney; large spray, neighbors; large spray, ladies of the Universalist church; spray, Eastern Star, sickle, Women's Relief Corps, No 31; spray, Daughters of Veterans; crescent, Mr. and Mrs. Wooster Dodge; spray, Henry Battles, spray, Miss Dora Shaw, Mrs. Abbie and Edmund Sawyer; crescent, F. A. Whitman and family; boquet, Mrs. Mary Pratt; crescent, United Workers and the memorial flag of the Grand Army, Post 53.
  • On 28 Oct 1899 Abba Maria Brooks received a pension to surviving family member in Massachusetts based on Joel's service; and received certificate number 496712.
  • Abba, his wife, outlived Joel and died on 15 Dec 1924 at Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, at age 86.
  • He and Abba Maria Brooks had no issue.
  • Last Edited: 18 Jul 2016

Family: Abba Maria Brooks b. 29 Sep 1838, d. 15 Dec 1924

John Pratt

b. 1827, d. 30 November 1867
  • Father: Jonathan H. Pratt
  • Company: F
  • John Pratt was born in 1827 at Troy, Orleans County, Vermont, son of Jonathan H. Pratt.
  • On 29 Oct 1851 John Pratt married Lydia Larae Lumbard, 24, daughter of Roswell Lumbard and Sarah Charles, at Brimfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both.
  • John Pratt and Lydia Larae Lumbard were enumerated in the 1860 US Federal census in Jun 1860 at Palmer P. O., Brimfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts, as:
    John Pratt, 33, shoemaker, b. VT (as were all in the family)
    Lydia L., 33
    Flora A., 6
    Ada E., 4.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, in 1862, John gave his occupation as bootmaker.

  • On 6 Mar 1862 John mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Brimfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts. He was 35 years old.
  • On 31 Dec 1863 John ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts due to disability.

  • He died on 30 Nov 1867 at Battle Ground, Tippecanoe County, Indiana, of chronic dysentery and hemmorage of the bowels, existing since the Peninsular Campaign and contracted in the line of duty, as certified by a physician's letter found in his wife's pension application file. (Note: unclear if this is a rest home or if he had gone here preliminary to resettling his family.) He was 40 years old.
  • He was buried in Dec 1867 at Brimfield Cemetery, Brimfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts.
  • On 11 May 1868 Lydia Larae Lumbard received a pension to surviving family member based on John's service; his wife received certificate number 130691.
  • On 13 Jan 1874 John and Lydia's daughter, Flora A. Pratt married Abner A. Robinson at Brimfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts.
  • Lydia, his wife, outlived John and died on 19 Feb 1876 at Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts, at age 48.
  • Last Edited: 18 Apr 2014

Family: Lydia Larae Lumbard b. 14 Apr 1827, d. 19 Feb 1876

  • Flora A. Pratt b. 12 Nov 1852
  • Ada E. Pratt b. 1856, d. 11 Nov 1862
  • Willie P. Pratt d. 25 Dec 1862

Nelson Lorey Albert Pratt

b. 30 March 1842, d. 31 July 1873
  • Father: Ebenezer Pratt b. 1798
  • Mother: Betsey Gould b. between 1806 - 1807
  • Company: H
  • Nelson Lorey Albert Pratt was born on 30 Mar 1842 at Clinton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, son of Ebenezer Pratt and Betsey Gould.
  • Nelson Lorey Albert Pratt was enumerated in the household of Ebenezer Pratt and Betsey Gould in the 1850 US Federal Census on 15 Aug 1850 at Clinton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as follows:
    Eben Pratt, 52, stone, b. MA (as were all in the household)
    Betsey, 43
    Solen A., 21, stone mason
    Eben E., 12
    **Nelson L. A., 8
    Orin, 4
    Hiram, 2
    Emily E., 16
    George, 2
    Leonard Battes, 22, laborer.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Nelson gave his occupation as stone-cutter.
  • In 1861 Nelson was living at Clinton, Worcester County, Massachusetts.

  • On 7 Aug 1861 Nelson mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Clinton, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 19 years, 4 months and 8 days old.
  • On 4 Apr 1862 at Alexandria, Alexandria (city), Virginia, Nelson deserted.
  • The roster of the 1st New Jersey Cavalry, Company F, shows the enlistment of Albert N. Pratt. The roster shows this man mustering out on 24 July 1865. However, given the coincidence of date and the similarity of name, this may be the same man of the 15th Massachusetts.
  • Starting 4 Oct 1862, Nelson also served in the New Jersey Cavalry, while still legally a member of the 15th MVI.
  • On 24 Sep 1863, Nelson was gained back to the 15th Massachusetts.
  • On 24 Oct 1863 Nelson ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts with a dishonorable discharge according to the 1870 roster, apparently for his unauthorized transfer to a different unit.

  • In Oct 1863 Nelson Lorey Albert Pratt and James Keelan were court martialed at HQ 2nd Div., 2nd AC, as documented in case number NN-486 (National Archives, Record Group 153.)
  • Nelson Lorey Albert Pratt died on 31 Jul 1873 at Tewksbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, unmarried, of alcohol poisoning. He was 31 years, 4 months and 1 day old.
  • In 1896, Nelson was included in "The History of Clinton, Massachusetts" where it says, "from 4 Oct 62 was serving in New Jersey Cavalry, but legally a member of 15th MVI, disch 24 Oct 63."
  • Last Edited: 18 Dec 2014

Samuel E. Pratt

b. 8 March 1841, d. October 1862
  • Father: James R. Pratt b. between 1801 - 1802
  • Mother: Joanna Day Turner b. 10 Jul 1803
  • Company: A
  • Samuel E. Pratt was born on 8 Mar 1841 at Phillips, Franklin County, Maine, son of James R. Pratt and Joanna Day Turner.
  • Samuel E. Pratt was enumerated in the household of James R. Pratt and Joanna Day Turner in the 1850 US Federal Census on 6 Aug 1850 at Phillips, Franklin County, Maine, as:
    James R. Pratt, 48, farmer, b. ME (as were all in the family)
    Joanna, 46
    George W., 20, farmer
    Rosannah D., 16
    William T., 14
    Enos T., 11
    **Saml E., 9
    Charles P., 6.
  • His father, James R. Pratt, died.
  • Samuel E. Pratt was enumerated in the household of James Pratt in the 1860 US Federal Census on 22 Jun 1860 at West Boylston, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Leonard M. Hosmer, 50, b. ME
    Polly D., 45, b. MA
    Myron L., 11, b. MA
    Geo. B. T., 17, b. MA
    James R. Pratt, 34, bootmaker, b. ME (his elder brother)
    Lucretia N., 27, b. MA
    **Samuel E., 19, bootmaker, b. ME.
  • Samuel's widowed mother, Joanna Day Turner, remarried to William W. Dodge.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, in 1862, Samuel gave his occupation as bootmaker.
  • In 1862 Samuel was living at West Boylston, Worcester County, Massachusetts.

  • On 19 Feb 1862 Samuel mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of West Boylston, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 20 years, 11 months and 11 days old.
  • He died in Oct 1862 at Yorktown, York County, Virginia. He was 21 years and 6 months old.
  • He was buried at Yorktown National Cemetery, Yorktown, York County, Virginia, Block #4, Tomb # 1094.
  • The 1870 roster puts him in Company D.
  • Last Edited: 11 Apr 2016

Otis Pray

b. 4 June 1844, d. 1889
  • Company: 1_SS
  • Otis Pray was born on 4 Jun 1844 at Belgrade, Kennebec County, Maine.
  • He was enumerated in the 1860 US Federal census on 11 Jun 1860 at Great Falls P. O., Somersworth, Strafford County, New Hampshire, probably as:
    Moses Pray, 68, farmer, b. ME
    Lydia, 63, b. ME
    Lorenzo, 28, b. ME
    Laura M., 21, b. NH
    **Otis R., 16, b. ME
    Willy O., 10, b. NH
    Sarah E., 2, b. NH.
  • At the time of his enlistment, Otis gave his occupation as Farmer.
  • In 1861 Otis was living at Great Falls, Strafford County, New Hampshire.

  • On 3 Sep 1861 Otis Pray mustered into service with the 1st Company Massachusetts Sharpshooters. He was 17 years, 2 months and 30 days old.
  • On 17 Sep 1862 Otis ended military service with the 1st Massachusetts Sharpshooters at Antietam, Washington County, Maryland, by desertion according to the official record.

  • Otis Pray married Susan A. Grier, daughter of John Grier and Mary Lusk.
  • Otis Pray and Susan A. Grier were enumerated in the 1870 US Federal Census in Jun 1870 at Grove, Cameron County, Pennsylvania, as:
    Otis Prey , 26y Maine
    Susan, 25y Pennsylvania
    Laura, 4y Pennsylvania
    Mary, 3y      Pennsylvania
    Stella, 3m Pennsylvania
    Henry Webb , 32y      England
    Judson Dodge , 20y New York.
  • Otis Pray died in 1889. He was 44 years old.
  • He was buried in 1889 at Persun Cemetery, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania.
  • On 25 May 1889 at "Daily Gazette and Bulletin", Williamsport, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, the following notice appeared:
    "Letters of administration on the estate of Otis R. Pray, deceased, late of Cogan House Township, have been granted to Susan A. Pray, administratrix."
  • On 24 Aug 1892 Susan A. Grier applied for a pension to surviving family member, Pennsylvania, based on Otis's service; with application number 558509, but no certificate was recorded.
  • In 1898 Otis's widow, Susan A. Grier remarried to Winfield S. English at Pennsylvania in a second marrriage for both.
  • Otis Pray left family who were enumerated in the household of Susan A. Grier in the 1900 US Federal Census in 1900 at Cogan House, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, as:
    Winfield S English 58 , married 2 years
    Susan English 55, b. Jan 1845, 8 of 8 children living
    Edsol A English 22
    Henry J Pray 21, b. Feb 1879 in PA
    Hattie M Pray 13, b. aug 1886.
  • Susan, his wife, outlived Otis and died in 1923.
  • Last Edited: 26 Apr 2016

Family: Susan A. Grier b. 16 Jan 1845, d. 1923

  • Laura Pray b. 22 Apr 1866, d. 3 Nov 1949
  • Mary Margaret Pray b. 1867, d. 4 Nov 1921
  • Estella Pray b. Apr 1870, d. 29 Dec 1954
  • Adelaide A Pray b. 4 Nov 1872, d. 14 Oct 1955
  • Emma Jane Pray b. 1875, d. 4 Jan 1948
  • Henry J. Pray b. Feb 1879
  • Margaret Pray b. 2 Apr 1882, d. 6 Feb 1939
  • Hattie M Pray b. Aug 1886, d. 28 Jan 1960

William J. Prendergast

b. between 1830 and 1831, d. 24 May 1899
  • Father: John Prendergast
  • Mother: Mary Fanning
  • Company: 1_SS
  • William J. Prendergast was born between 1830 - 1831, son of John Prendergast and Mary Fanning.
  • In 1861 William was living at Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.
  • At the time of his enlistment, William gave his occupation as Clerk.

  • On 3 Sep 1861 William J. Prendergast mustered into service with the 1st Company Massachusetts Sharpshooters.
  • On 26 Feb 1863 William ended military service with the 1st Massachusetts Sharpshooters at Falmouth, Stafford County, Virginia, by discharge for disability.

  • On 21 Feb 1868 William J. Prendergast married Margaret A. Fulmore, 32, daughter of Robert Calderwood Fulmore and Lavinia Corbett, at Catholic Church, Parrisboro, Cumberland, Nova Scotia, Canada.
  • William J. Prendergast and Margaret A. Fulmore were enumerated in the 1871 Canadian census in Apr 1871 at Five Islands, Colchester, Nova Scotia, Canada, as:
    Fredrick A. Fulmore, 33, b. N.S., presbyterian, farmer (his brother-in-law)
    **William J. Prendergast, 40, b. Ireland, catholic, of Irish parentage, clerk
    Margaret, 34, b. N. S., catholic, of German parentage.
  • On 5 Mar 1884 William and Margaret's daughter, Victoria Prendergast married Frederick Aylward at Five Islands, Colchester, Nova Scotia, Canada.
  • William J. Prendergast died on 24 May 1899.
  • He was buried in May 1899 at Presbyterian Church, Five Islands, Colchester, Nova Scotia, Canada.
  • On 29 Nov 1899 Margaret A. Fulmore received a pension to surviving family member in Canada based on William's service; his wife, received certificate number 626107.
  • Last Edited: 26 Apr 2016

Family: Margaret A. Fulmore b. Jun 1835

  • Victoria Prendergast b. 2 Jun 1864

Ebenezer Prest

b. 20 December 1837, d. 30 August 1874

Eben Prest, in naval uniform, ca. 1863.
  • Father: John Prest b. 10 Apr 1796, d. 19 Oct 1865
  • Mother: Elizabeth Tinsell b. between 1790 - 1791, d. 7 Aug 1881
  • Company: H
  • Ebenezer Prest was also known as Ebenezer Priest in Ford's history.
  • He was born on 20 Dec 1837 at Blackburn, Lancashire, England, son of John Prest and Elizabeth Tinsell.
  • In Nov 1849 Ebenezer Prest was included on a passenger list of the Anglo American, with Elizabeth Tinsell arriving Boston Harbor, Massachusetts.
  • On 26 Nov 1849 Ebenezer Prest emigrated with Elizabeth Tinsell, his mother, from Chorley, Lancashire, England, where his mother departed, bringing her three sons to America. His father had arrived earlier. They settled in Whitinsville, Massachusetts.
  • Ebenezer Prest was enumerated in the household of John Prest and Elizabeth Tinsell in the 1850 US Federal Census on 3 Aug 1850 at Barre, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    John Prest 56, laborer, b. England (as were all)
    Elizabeth Prest 47
    Jabus Prest 17, spinner
    **Ebenezer Prest 13
    John Prest 11
    Henry Ashworth 40, laborer
    Hannah Ashworth 29.
  • Ebenezer Prest was enumerated in the household of John Prest and Elizabeth Tinsell in the 1860 US Federal Census on 12 Jun 1860 at Sutton P. O., Northbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    John Prest, 62, operative, $200 personal estate, b. England (as were all in the family)
    Elizabeth, 69
    Jabez, 27, Mechanic
    **Eben, 22, Mechanic
    John, 20, Mechanic.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Ebenezer gave his occupation as machinist.

  • On 12 Jul 1861 Ebenezer mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. He was 23 years, 6 months and 22 days old.
  • On 17 Sep 1862 Ebenezer was wounded at The Battle of Antietam, Washington County, Maryland, on the hand.
  • On 26 Sep 1862 at "The Worcester Daily Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Ebenezer Prest was mentioned among the wounded.
  • On 29 Dec 1862 Ebenezer ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts due to disability.

  • Starting 1863, Ebenezer also served in the Navy as an officer - Acting 3rd Assistant Engineer in the West Gulf Squadron.
  • Jabez Prest, Eben's elder brother, wrote a letter on 30 Jul 1864 from Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, as follows: to his sister-in-law: (Click icon to read.)
  • Jabez Prest, Eben's elder brother, wrote a letter on 2 Nov 1864 from Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, as follows: to his sister-in-law.
  • Ebenezer Prest ended his service by discharge as Acting 3rd Assistant Engineer on 9 Oct 1865.
  • On 19 Oct 1865 his father, John Prest, died at Northbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts, of typhoid at age 69.
  • On 13 Mar 1866 Ebenezer Prest, 28, married Helen Anionette Darrow, 23, daughter of Albert Gallatin Darrow and Almira Turner, at New London, New London County, Connecticut.
  • On 13 May 1874 Helen Anionette Darrow, his wife, died at Mystic, New London County, Connecticut, at age 31.
  • Ebenezer Prest died on 30 Aug 1874 at Mystic, New London County, Connecticut, of heart disease, and the death was registered in Milford, MA. He was 36 years, 8 months and 10 days old.
  • He was buried in Aug 1874 at Pine Grove Cemetery, Milford, Worcester County, Massachusetts, according to one report.
  • Last Edited: 12 Apr 2016

Family: Helen Anionette Darrow b. 15 Nov 1842, d. 13 May 1874

  • Jessie Helen Prest b. 7 Feb 1867, d. 1944
  • Norman Prest b. Nov 1868, d. Nov 1868
  • Norma Turner Prest b. 23 Oct 1870, d. 1951
  • Mabel Thacher Prest b. 8 Jan 1873, d. 9 Sep 1953

Charles Lemuel Preston

b. 26 February 1844
  • Father: Eleazer F. Preston b. 1815, d. 1849
  • Mother: Julia Ann Holman b. 1820
  • Company: G
  • Charles Lemuel Preston was born on 26 Feb 1844 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, son of Eleazer F. Preston and Julia Ann Holman.
  • In 1849 his father, Eleazer F. Preston, died at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, when there was an administration of his estate.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Charles gave his occupation as farmer.
  • In 1861 Charles was living at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts.

  • On 30 Jul 1861 Charles mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 17 years, 5 months and 4 days old.
  • On 21 Oct 1861 Charles was wounded at The Battle of Ball's Bluff, Leesburg, Virginia, in the hip.
  • On 30 Oct 1861 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Charles Lemuel Preston was included, with 304 other men, among "The Killed Wounded and Missing of the Fifteenth Regiment," after Ball's Bluff.
  • On 17 Sep 1862 Charles was taken prisoner at The Battle of Antietam, Washington County, Maryland.
  • 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.”.

  • On 1 Mar 1863 Charles ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts at Falmouth, Stafford County, Virginia, by desertion, according to both the 1870 roster and Ford's history.

  • Note: there are two Charles L. Prestons who served from Worcester City -- this one and a man who served in the 21st Massachusetts. The service dates overlap, and the man of the 21st is considerably older. Please contact the webmaster if you have further information.
  • Last Edited: 29 Mar 2013

Ralph Preston

b. 5 March 1820, d. 28 March 1884
  • Father: George Preston b. 1791
  • Mother: Alice Schofield b. 1792
  • Company: F
  • Ralph Preston was born on 5 Mar 1820 at Oldham, Lancashire, England, son of George Preston and Alice Schofield.
  • Ralph Preston was enumerated in the household of George Preston and Alice Schofield in the 1841 UK Census in Apr 1841 at Barnsley, Yorkshire, England, as:
    George Preston, 50, weaver, not b. in Yorkshire
    Alice, 50, not b. Yorks
    James, 25, weaver, not b. Yorks
    Jonas, 20, weaver, not b. Yorks
    **Ralph, 20, weaver, b. Yorkshire
    Mary Ann, 15, b. Yorkshire.
  • On 26 Nov 1843 Ralph Preston, 23, married Mary Ann Brown, daughter of Samuel Brown, at Darfield, Yorkshire, England.
  • Ralph Preston and Mary Ann Brown were enumerated in the 1850 US Federal census in 1850 at Manchester, Passaic County, New Jersey, as:
    Ralph Preston, 30, b. Eng
    Mary A Preston, 26, b. Eng
    Mary Preston, 3, b. NJ
    John Preston, 1, b. NJ
    where his brothers James and Jonas live nextdoor with their families.
  • On 3 Apr 1853 his son, John Preston, died at Uxbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • On 15 Apr 1853 his daughter, Mary A. Preston, died at Uxbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts, of scarlet fever, two weeks after her brother.
  • On 1 Oct 1854 Mary Ann Brown, his wife, died at Grafton, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • Ralph Preston was enumerated in the State census in 1855 at Grafton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Ralph Preston, 35, boot treer, b. England
    Sarah E Preston, 3, b. MA
    George W Preston, 1, b. MA
    Mary A Chilson, 30, b. England
    Thomas Miller, 35, laborer, b. England.
  • He was enumerated in the 1860 US Federal census on 18 Jun 1860 at Brookfield, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Ralph Prestin, 40, shoemaker, b. England
    Sarah A., 9, b. MA
    George W., 5, b. MA
    Mary A. (Chilson?), 34.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, in 1861, Ralph gave his occupation as shoemaker.

  • On 12 Jul 1861 Ralph mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Brookfield, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 41 years, 4 months and 7 days old.
  • He was declared missing in action on 21 Oct 1861 at The Battle of Ball's Bluff, Leesburg, Virginia.
  • On 30 Oct 1861 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Ralph Preston 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, Ralph Preston was listed with 195 other men among the prisoners taken at Ball's Bluff.
  • On 15 Nov 1863 Ralph ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts by transfer to the Veterans' Reserve Corps.

  • He ended his service with the 20th VRC, Company E by mustering out on 26 Jul 1864.
  • Ralph Preston married Mary Ann Blackmer, daughter of Thomas Blackmer.
  • On 13 Jul 1876 Ralph and Mary's daughter, Sarah Alice Preston married James Gill at Warren, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both.
  • Ralph Preston and Mary Ann Blackmer were enumerated in the 1880 US Federal census in Jun 1880 at Warren, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Ralph Preston, 60, works in boot shop, b. England
    Mary A., 54, wife, b. England
    George W., 25, son, single, moulder in foundry, b. MA
    Edward Hichcock, 18, boarder
    William Nash, 23, boarder
    Walter Moran, 24, boarder
    Edward Kinnear, 25, boarder
    Luther B. Perry, 40, boarder
    Michael Sparks, 35, boarder
    S. P. Ranger, 41, boarder
    Michael Powers, 26, boarder.
  • On 25 Dec 1880 Ralph's son, George Washington Preston married Mina M. Howe at Warren, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • Ralph Preston made application for a veteran's pension on 27 Dec 1882, and received certificate number 294831.
  • He died on 28 Mar 1884 at Warren, Worcester County, Massachusetts, of dropsey. He was 64 years and 23 days old.
  • He was buried in Mar 1884 at Pine Grove Cemetery, Warren, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • On 11 Dec 1884 Mary Ann Blackmer received a pension to surviving family member in Massachusetts based on Ralph's service; and received certificate number 214361.
  • Mary Ann Preston was enumerated as the widow of Ralph Preston, of the 15th Massachusetts, in the 1890 Veterans' Schedules of the US Federal Census in Jun 1890 at Warren, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • Mary, his wife, outlived Ralph and died on 5 Jan 1891 at Warren, Worcester County, Massachusetts, of bronchitis at age 65.
  • Last Edited: 9 May 2016

Family 1: Mary Ann Brown b. 1823, d. 1 Oct 1854

  • Mary A. Preston b. 1847, d. 15 Apr 1853
  • John Preston b. 1849, d. 3 Apr 1853
  • Sarah Alice Preston b. 28 Sep 1852, d. 22 Feb 1927
  • George Washington Preston b. 11 Aug 1854, d. 1932

Family 2: Mary Ann Blackmer b. 5 Jun 1825, d. 5 Jan 1891

John Price 3rd

b. between 1829 and 1830, d. 16 February 1862
  • Father: William Price
  • Mother: Elizabeth Galloway b. between 1799 - 1800
  • Company: 1_SS
  • John Price 3rd was born between 1829 - 1830 at Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts, son of William Price and Elizabeth Galloway.
  • John Price 3rd was enumerated in the household of Elizabeth Galloway in the 1850 US Federal Census on 30 Sep 1850 at Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts, as:
    Elizabeth Price, 50, b. MA
    Wm. H., 24, cordwainer
    George 22, dyer
    **John, 20, carpenter.
  • On 21 Jun 1853 John Price 3rd married Mary Ellen Trask, 20, daughter of Moses Augustus Trask and Mary Dennis Salter, at Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts.
  • At the time of his enlistment, John gave his occupation as Carpenter.
  • In 1861 John was living at South Danvers, Essex County, Massachusetts.
  • John Price 3rd and Joseph Gray, who would become in-laws when two of their children married, served together in the 1st Company, Andrew Sharpshooters.

  • On 3 Sep 1861 John Price 3rd mustered into service with the 1st Company Massachusetts Sharpshooters.
  • He died on 16 Feb 1862 in service.
  • On 11 Sep 1862 Mary Ellen Trask received a pension to surviving family member in Massachusetts based on John's service; his wife, received certificate number 2281.
  • He's surviving family was enumerated in the household of Moses Augustus Trask and Mary Dennis Salter in the 1870 US Federal Census on 1 Jun 1870 at Peabody, Essex County, Massachusetts, as:
    Trask, Moses, 69, building mover, b. MA (as were all)
    ---, Mary D., 74
    ---, Price, Mary E., 37, works in cork sole factory
    ---, Frank, 16, laborer on roofing
    ---, Albert, 13
    ---, Caroline S., 11
    ---, Emma F., 8.
  • Mary, his wife, outlived John and died on 30 Dec 1871 at Peabody, Essex County, Massachusetts, of consumption at age 38.
  • On 12 Jun 1873 Henry Wardwell made application at Massachusetts for a pension as guardian to John's surviving dependants, and received certificate number 164031. He appears to be a lawyer who handled the children's affairs as a trustee.
  • On 26 Apr 1877 John and Mary's son, Frank Price married Harriet Richardson Gray, the bride and groom both being descendants of the 1st Sharpshooters, at Peabody, Essex County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both.
  • On 2 Oct 1877 John and Mary's daughter, Caroline Elizabeth Price married Wallace S. Williams at Peabody, Essex County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both.
  • On 24 Jun 1884 his daughter, Emma Augusta Price, died at Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts, at age 22 unmarried, of consumption.
  • Last Edited: 29 Mar 2013

Family: Mary Ellen Trask b. 30 May 1833, d. 30 Dec 1871

  • Frank Price b. 10 Jul 1853
  • Albert Price b. 15 Aug 1856
  • Caroline Elizabeth Price b. 11 Aug 1858
  • Emma Augusta Price b. 14 Dec 1861, d. 24 Jun 1884

John Hall Prichard

b. 7 June 1837, d. 16 January 1865

John H. Prichard
  • Father: John Prichard b. 11 Feb 1800, d. 16 Sep 1879
  • Mother: Nancy Hall b. about 1803
  • Company: B
  • John Hall Prichard was also known as John H. Pritchard in MASSCW (15th MVI.)
  • He was born on 7 Jun 1837 at Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts, son of John Prichard and Nancy Hall.
  • John Hall Prichard was enumerated in the household of John Prichard and Nancy Hall in the 1850 US Federal Census on 8 Aug 1850 at Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as follows:
    John PRICHARD, 50 (?), carpenter, $4500 real estate value, b. NH
    Nancy H., 47 (?), b. MA
    **John H., 13, b. MA
    (Note: the age of his parents suggests that there may be elder siblings. slh.)
  • John Hall Prichard was enumerated in the household of John Prichard and Nancy Hall in the 1860 US Federal Census on 21 Jun 1860 at Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts, where John lives with his parents and is a "mechanic", as is his father.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, in 1861, John gave his occupation as farmer.
  • In 1861 John was living at Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts.

  • On 12 Jul 1861 John mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 24 years, 1 month and 5 days old.
  • On 21 Oct 1861 John was taken prisoner at The Battle of Ball's Bluff, Leesburg, Virginia.
  • On 30 Oct 1861 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, John Hall Prichard 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, John H. Prichard 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, John Hall Prichard was listed, with 88 other men of the 15th Massachusetts, as a prisoner at Richmond.
  • On 22 Jan 1863 John ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts due to disability.

  • Starting 29 Nov 1863, John also served in the 2nd Massachusetts Heavy Artillery, Company "G."
  • On 20 Apr 1864 John was taken prisoner at Plymouth, Washington County, North Carolina.
  • He died on 16 Jan 1865 at Andersonville, Sumter County, Georgia. He was 27 years, 7 months and 9 days old.
  • He was buried in Jan 1865 at Andersonville National Cemetery, Andersonville, Sumter County, Georgia.
  • He was buried at Laurel Hill Cemetery, Div. 3, Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts, (South Side of Pilgrim Path and Locust Avenue) Mulberryl Avenue (Note: this is likely a memorial only.)
  • John Prichard, his father, survived John and died on 16 Sep 1879 at age 79.
  • Credits: Primary photo above by permission of the Worcester Historical Museum, Nichols Collection.
  • Last Edited: 15 Aug 2016

Albert Abel Prince

b. 4 July 1839, d. 2 March 1881

Albert Prince
  • Father: Freeman Prince b. 2 Aug 1807, d. 27 Aug 1853
  • Mother: Charlotte Lamb b. 15 Sep 1811, d. 5 Jul 1880
  • Company: E
  • Albert Abel Prince was born on 4 Jul 1839 at Oxford, Worcester County, Massachusetts, son of Freeman Prince and Charlotte Lamb.
  • On 27 Aug 1853 his father, Freeman Prince, died at Oxford, Worcester County, Massachusetts, at age 46.
  • On 17 Jun 1858 his sister, Sarah Prince, died at Oxford, Worcester County, Massachusetts, at age 22 unmarried.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Albert gave his occupation as shoe-cutter.
  • Charles Henry Lamb and Lucien G. Lamb, Albert Abel Prince, first cousins, served together in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.
  • Albert Abel Prince and Peleg Freeman Murray, future brothers-in-law, served together in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry in Co. E.

  • On 30 Jul 1861 Albert mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Oxford, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 22 years and 26 days old.
  • Bob Ducharme says of the photo posted here, "You can see the stripes on their greatcoats. I have heard of this but have never seen a photo of it before."
  • On 22 Feb 1862 Albert was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant.
  • On 18 Sep 1862 Albert was promoted to 1st Lieutenant and had his photo taken.
  • On 14 Nov 1862 Albert was promoted to Captain.
  • On 9 Feb 1863 at "The Worcester Daily Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Albert Abel Prince was mentioned in an article about promotions.
  • On 11 Apr 1863 at "The Webster Times", Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Albert Abel Prince was included in the published list of Oxford volunteers.
  • On 2 Jul 1863 Albert was wounded at The Battle of Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania.
  • On 8 Jul 1863 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Albert Abel Prince was mentioned in the first dispatches from the Gettysburg battle.
  • He attended the funeral of George Hull Ward on 8 Jul 1863 at Rural Cemetery, Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • On 22 Jul 1863 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Albert Abel Prince was reported as wounded at Gettysburg.
  • On 9 Feb 1864 at "The Worcester Daily Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Albert was mentioned (Volume 19 # 34): "Military - Capt. A. Prince of the 15th regiment has opened a recruiting office at 271 Main street, where he invites all young men, who would avoid the draft and join as gallant a regiment as ever left the state, to call and sign their names on the rolls of his company."
  • On 13 Apr 1864 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Albert was mentioned (Volume 93 #15): "Fifteenth Regiment -- Capt. Albert Prince of the 15th, who has been detailed on recruiting service in this city for the past two months, has been ordered to report for duty and left for his regiment last evening."
  • On 15 May 1864 Albert was wounded.
  • On 25 May 1864 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Albert Abel Prince was mentioned among the casualties.
  • On 27 Jul 1864 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Albert Abel Prince was mentioned in an article about the return of the regiment to Massachusetts.
  • On 28 Jul 1864 Albert ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts due to expiration of service term.

  • On 17 Oct 1864 Albert's sister, Mary Prince, married Peleg Freeman Murray at Oxford, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • On 24 Dec 1868 Albert Abel Prince, 29, married Sarah Jane Dyke, 31, daughter of David R. Fuller and Mary Jane Eastman, at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for him and the second for her.
  • Albert Abel Prince made application for a veteran's pension on 12 Feb 1869, and received certificate number 115036.
  • He was enumerated in the household of Charlotte Lamb in the 1870 US Federal Census on 15 Jun 1870 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Prince, Charlotte, 59, keeping house, b. MA
    **---, Albert, 30, clicker, b. MA
    ---, Sarah Jane, 29, tailoress, b. VT (his wife)
    ---, Emily, 27, tailoress, b. MA
    ---, Edward, 23, clerk in store, b. MA
    (next door)
    **Murray, Peleg, Jr. 39, carpenter, b. Nova Scotia
    ---, Mary, 26
    ---, Charles B., 4.
  • In 1879 Albert and Sarah Jane Fuller were living at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • On 28 Jun 1879 at Oxford, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Albert Abel Prince attended the 12th annual reunion of Company E, 15th Massachusetts Infantry.
  • He and Sarah Jane Fuller were enumerated in the 1880 US Federal census on 8 Jun 1880 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Prince, Albert, 42, boot cutter, suffers from neuralgia, b. MA
    ---, Sarah J., 42, wife, b. VT
    ---, Charlotte, 68, mother, widow, b. VT.
  • Albert Abel Prince died on 2 Mar 1881 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 41 years, 7 months and 26 days old.
  • An obituary for Albert Abel Prince was published on 4 Mar 1881 at "The Webster Times", Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as follows:
    Oxford
    Capt. Albert Prince, one of Worcester's well known citizens, died at his home in that city, Wednsday morning, aged forty-two years.
    He was born in Oxford, and enlisted from this town in 1861, in Co. E, 15th regiment and served untill July 28, 1864, having been promoted to the rank of captain in 1862 for gallant service.
    At the battle of Gettysburg, Capt. Prince received seven wounds, disabling both arms, and he retired from the field carrying his sword in his mouth.
    He was a staunch Democrat, and was several times a candidate of the Worcester Democracy for Representative in the General assembly.
  • He was buried in Mar 1881 at South Cemetery, Church St., Oxford, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • Sarah Jane Fuller received a pension to surviving family member based on Albert's service; his wife, received certificate number 919369.
  • On 1 Jul 1881 at "The Webster Times", Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Albert Prince was reported as deceased at the fourteenth annual meeting of Co. E. Association, 15th Regiment, Mass. Vols.
  • On 9 Jul 1886 at "The Webster Times", Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Albert Abel Prince was remembered at the 19th reunion of Company E, 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.--
    From The Webster Times, July 9, 1886 (Volume XXVIII #19),
    Co.E. 15th Mass , 19th Re-Union
    The nineteenth annual re-union of Co. E., 15th regiment Mass. Volunteers, took place on Monday, the twenty-fifth anniversary of, the Company’s leaving Oxford for the camp. twenty-five answered the roll call. The old officers were re-elected. President B.B. Vassal, and L.E. Thayer, clerk. The tables were spread in the lower Town Hall.
    Landlord Bacon furnishing an excellent dinner. At one o’clock the guests, about one hundred in number, were seated at the table and grace was said by Rev. Ithiel T. Johnson, of this place. After all had done justice to the repast they listened to an excellent address by the President Hon. A.L. Joslin followed, as the host of the occasion, with words of hearty welcome to his guests.
    Captain Amos Bartlett, of Co. I. gave some reminiscences in eulogy of Massachusetts Volunteers, closing with these words, which received hearty applause: “Massachusetts! I hope she will always be right. but right or wrong Massachusetts!”
    Captain Greene, of Company F, followed with a description of prison life in Richmond. Mr. John Kimball, as official representative of the town, spoke briefly, and to the point. Captain Earle and Comrade Murphy described their recent trip to Gettysburg, after which a memento of Captain Albert Prince was presented by Mr. George F. Daniels, followed by appropriate remarks by Rev. Mr. Frost. Rev. Mr. Gordon briefly spoke his congratulations. Rev.A.Tyler expressed his interest in the Company and Rev. I. T.. Johnson related some of his experiences with the boys in camp and field. Master Elliot Joslin closed the list of speakers with a few remarks.
  • Sarah Jane Fuller was enumerated as the widow of Albert Abel Prince, of the 15th Massachusetts, in the 1890 Veterans' Schedules of the US Federal Census in Jun 1890 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • Read an article from Daniel's History of Oxford, 1892, p. 657:
    He spent his boyhood upon his father's farm, and on the removal of the family to the Plain, found employment, as did most of the boy of that day, in a shoe manufactory. When the war broke out he enlisted among the first members in company E, and became one of the best men in that body.
    At Ball's bluff, in the peninsular campaign, at Antietam, Fredericksburg, the second Bull Run, the Wilderness, and later battles the regiment to which he belonged was assigned positions of honor and of danger, and he bore his full share of its hardships and disasters. As he was unassuming promotion9n came only as his sterling qualities were developed in the service.
    In February 1862, he was made Lieutenant; on 18 September, the day after Antietam battle, first Lieutenant; and on 14 November following, Captain, and was assigned to Co. G. On the resignation of Capt. Watson, 21 January 1863, he was put in command of Co., E, much to the satisfaction of its members, and continued with credit until the final discharge 28 July 1864.
    Gen. Devens is reported to have said of him, "he was the finest type of American soldier." Another said in substance -- he was a soldier of the solid and trustworthy type, resolute, faithful and staunch, one to be trusted to go anywhere in the face of danger and stay until relieved.
    At Gettysburg especially his courage and tenacity were put to the severest test and he endured the trial nobly. He stopped far more than his share of the enemy's bullets, having received seven wounds before he left the field. The last disabled both arms, but with grim determination he picked up his sword from the ground with his teeth and so carried it as he was borne to the rear. When on a visit home in February 1864, his friends in Oxford honored him in the presentation of a sword, sash, belt and pistol.
    His later residence was at Worcester, where he carried for years the effects of his army life in impaired health, and died highly respected.
  • Sarah, his wife, outlived Albert and died on 21 May 1919 at age 81.
  • He and Sarah Jane Fuller had no issue.
  • Credits: Primary photo above by permission of the Worcester Historical Museum, Ward Collection.
  • Last Edited: 24 Aug 2016

Family: Sarah Jane Fuller b. Aug 1837, d. 21 May 1919

Jerome Prince

b. 28 May 1842, d. 25 September 1912
  • Father: George Prince b. 1808, d. 11 Apr 1867
  • Mother: Cynthia Underwood
  • Company: H
  • Jerome Prince was born on 28 May 1842 at Woonsocket, Providence County, Rhode Island, son of George Prince and Cynthia Underwood, who were from Connecticut.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Jerome gave his occupation as shoemaker.
  • In 1861 Jerome was living at Northbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts.

  • On 12 Jul 1861 Jerome mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Northbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 19 years, 1 month and 14 days old.
  • On 21 Oct 1861 Jerome was wounded at The Battle of Ball's Bluff, Leesburg, Virginia, on the finger.
  • On 30 Oct 1861 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Jerome Prince was included, with 304 other men, among "The Killed Wounded and Missing of the Fifteenth Regiment," after Ball's Bluff.
  • On 28 Feb 1862 Jerome ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts due to disability.

  • Starting 30 Sep 1862, Jerome also served in the 42nd Regiment Massachusettts Infantry, Co. E, by reenlistment.
  • He ended his service by mustering out on 20 Aug 1863 at Readville, Massachusetts.
  • Starting 12 Jan 1864, Jerome also served in the 3rd New Hampshire Infantry as Private.
  • On 18 May 1864 Jerome was wounded at Bermuda Hundred, Chesterfield County, Virginia.
  • On 28 Jan 1865 Jerome was transferred to Company 118, 2nd Battalion VRC.
  • He ended his service with the Company 118, 2nd Battalion VRC by discharge on 12 Nov 1865.
  • On 26 Dec 1868 Jerome Prince, 26, married Mariah Louisa McDonald, daughter of Henry McDonald and Harriet [--?--], at Uxbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both.
  • Mariah Louisa McDonald, his wife, died apparently.
  • On 7 Nov 1877 Jerome Prince, 35, married Melissa Ann Fisk, 29, daughter of David A. Fisk and Rhoda H. Handy, at Milford, Worcester County, Massachusetts, his second marriage and her first.
  • Jerome Prince made application for a veteran's pension on 27 Mar 1879, and received certificate number 347559.
  • He and Melissa Ann Fisk were enumerated in the 1880 US Federal census on 25 Jun 1880 at Milford, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Prince, Jerome, 37, farmer, b. MA
    ---, Melissa, 32, wife, b. MA
    ---, Nellie M., dau, 1, b. MA
    Fisk, David, 64, father-in-law, b. MA.
  • Jerome Prince was enumerated in the 1890 US Federal census, Veteran's Schedule in Jun 1890 at Milford, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as having served in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Company H, where he was wounded in the head and now has trouble with hearing and sight.
  • On 18 Mar 1893, at National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio, Jerome was admitted.
  • On 14 Jun 1893, at National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio, Jerome was discharged.
  • On 16 Mar 1907 Jerome and Melissa's daughter, Lilla Belle Prince married William C. Bagley at Milford, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both.
  • On 24 Mar 1908 Melissa Ann Fisk, his wife, died at Milford, Worcester County, Massachusetts, at age 60.
  • Jerome Prince was enumerated in the 1910 US Federal Census on 22 Apr 1910 at New Hampshire Soldiers' Home, Tilton, Belknap County, New Hampshire, as:
    Prince, Jerome, 68, b. RI, mechanic in a machine shop.
  • (Click the icon to see a picture of the Veterans' Home in Tilton, NH.)
  • He died on 25 Sep 1912 at Tilton, Belknap County, New Hampshire. He was 70 years, 3 months and 28 days old.
  • He was buried in Sep 1912 at Park Cemetery, Tilton, Belknap County, New Hampshire, in the Soldiers' Home section, as a member of the 3rd New Hampshire.
  • Last Edited: 14 Jul 2016

Family 1: Mariah Louisa McDonald b. between 1847 - 1848

  • George Frederick Prince b. 8 Jun 1869

Family 2: Melissa Ann Fisk b. 6 Feb 1848, d. 24 Mar 1908

  • Nellie M. Prince b. Mar 1879
  • Lilla Belle Prince b. 10 Jan 1885

John Henry Prior

b. between 1842 and 1843, d. 27 March 1891
  • Father: John Henry Prior
  • Mother: Mary Earle
  • Company: F
  • John Henry Prior was born between 1842 - 1843 at New York City, New York, son of John Henry Prior and Mary Earle, (Note: these parents and birth details need furher confirmation.)
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, in 1861, John gave his occupation as shoemaker.

  • On 12 Jul 1861 John mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Brookfield, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • He was declared missing in action on 21 Oct 1861 at The Battle of Ball's Bluff, Leesburg, Virginia.
  • On 30 Oct 1861 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, John Henry Prior 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, John H. Prior was listed with 195 other men among the prisoners taken at Ball's Bluff.
  • In Nov 1863 John H. Prior was court martialed at Warrenton, Fauquier County, Virginia, as documented in case number NN-579 (National Archives, Record Group 153.)
  • On 27 Nov 1863 John was wounded at Mine Run, Virginia.
  • On 27 Nov 1863 John ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts by transfer to the Veterans' Reserve Corps, in accordance with G. O. No. 40 of 16 Oct 1864.

  • On 16 Dec 1863 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, John Henry Prior was mentioned as follows: (Volume 92 # 49)
    Massachusetts 15th Regiment,---The following soldiers have been placed in Fairfax hospital: J.H. Prior, Co. F, wounded in hand; George Cassady, Co. B.
  • He ended his service with the 14th VRC, Company C by mustering out on 12 Jul 1865.
  • On 5 Feb 1872 John Henry Prior married Nancy Maretta Borden, 17, daughter of Auldis Borden and Mary M. Stone, at Scituate, Providence County, Rhode Island.
  • In 1880 his daughter, Eva T. Prior, died.
  • John Henry Prior and Nancy Maretta Borden were enumerated in the 1880 US Federal census in Jun 1880 at Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island, where he is a Photographer. No children are enumerated in the household.
  • John Henry Prior made application at Rhode Island for a veteran's pension on 17 May 1884, and received certificate number 283481.
  • He was included in the city directory at Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island, as a photographer in 1885.
  • He was included in the city directory at Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island, as a photographer in 1889.
  • He was included in the city directory at Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island, as a photographer in 1891.
  • He died on 27 Mar 1891 at Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island.
  • He was buried in Mar 1891 at Pocasset Cemetery, Cranston, Providence County, Rhode Island.
  • Note: the cemetery transcription gives his name as "Joseph H." This needs to be viewed.
  • On 15 Sep 1891 Nancy Maretta Borden received a pension to surviving family member in Rhode Island based on John's service; and received certificate number 527938.
  • Nancy, his wife, outlived John and died in 1918.
  • Last Edited: 22 Jun 2014

Family: Nancy Maretta Borden b. 5 Oct 1854, d. 1918

  • Eva T. Prior b. 1873, d. 1880

Thomas "Jackson" Proal

b. 11 May 1831, d. 11 November 1883
  • Father: Thomas Proal
  • Mother: Susan Melville
  • Company: I
  • Thomas "Jackson" Proal was born on 11 May 1831 at Ossipee, Carroll County, New Hampshire, son of Thomas Proal and Susan Melville.
  • On 24 Jul 1850 John Laverty and Elmira J. Hillgind were enumerated in the 1850 US Federal census living near Thomas "Jackson" Proal at Millbury, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    John Laverty, 50, bootmaker, b. Ireland
    Almira, 48, b. NH
    **Andrew, 18, bootmaker, b. RI
    Nancy, 15, b. CT
    Lucy, 12, b. MA
    Mary A., 8, b. MA
    (living nextdoor to)
    Susan Proal, 66, b. NH
    Mark ???, 36, laborer, b. NH
    **Jackson Proal, 19, dresser tender, b. NH.
  • On 29 Apr 1851 Jackson Prole, 19, married Caroline Wilder at Millbury, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • Before 1856 Caroline Wilder, his wife, died.
  • On 9 Apr 1856 Thomas "Jackson" Proal, 24, married Lucy Laverty, daughter of John Laverty and Elmira J. Hillgind, at Millbury, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a second marriage for him and a first for her.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Thomas gave his occupation as operative.
  • In 1861 Thomas was living at Millbury, Worcester County, Massachusetts.

  • On 28 Jul 1861 Thomas mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Millbury, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 30 years, 2 months and 17 days old.
  • Thomas "Jackson" Proal and Andrew Laverty, brothers-in-law, served together in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Company I.
  • On 9 Nov 1861 Thomas "Jackson" Proal 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 8 Mar 1862 his brother-in-law, Andrew Laverty, died at Washington, DC, at age 29.
  • Thomas Blasland wrote a letter on 4 Jun 1862, mentioning Thomas "Jackson" Proal, as follows: for publication in the Southbridge Journal.
  • On 18 Feb 1864 Thomas ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts by transfer to the Veterans' Reserve Corps.

  • He and Lucy Laverty were enumerated in the 1870 US Federal Census on 11 Jul 1870 at Grafton P. O., Millbury, Worcester County, Massachusetts, where their sons Andrew and William live with them, and they still live next to father-in-law, John Laverty.
  • Thomas "Jackson" Proal made application for a veteran's pension on 18 Jul 1879, and received certificate number 241409.
  • He and Lucy Laverty were enumerated in the 1880 US Federal census in 1880 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, where he is a Machinist. (note: Lucy's father b. in Ireland, her mother b. NH, and she b. MA.)
  • Thomas "Jackson" Proal died on 11 Nov 1883 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, where he was "found dead". He was 52 years and 6 months old.
  • He was buried in Nov 1883 at Millbury Central Cemetery, Millbury, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • On 8 Dec 1883 Lucy Laverty received a pension to surviving family member in Massachusetts based on Thomas's service; his wife, received certificate number 213849.
  • On 4 Jul 1907 Jackson Prool was included on the Civil War memorial at Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, according to an article in the Webster Times. See the "Documents" section at the main website for an account of the festivities of dedication.
  • Last Edited: 11 Apr 2016

Family 1: Caroline Wilder b. between 1831 - 1832, d. before 1856

  • Susan Caroline Proal b. 5 Nov 1854, d. 21 Aug 1855

Family 2: Lucy Laverty b. between 1837 - 1838

  • George H. Proal b. 26 Feb 1857, d. 27 Sep 1857
  • John Proal b. 7 Feb 1858, d. 23 Aug 1858
  • Andrew Jackson Proal b. 10 Jul 1859
  • Thomas Henry Proal b. 3 Jul 1861, d. 6 Jan 1870
  • William Milville Proal b. 12 Apr 1869