Andrew Josiah Rugg

b. 19 October 1839, d. 14 November 1911
  • Father: Josiah Rugg b. 15 Jul 1799, d. 1 Mar 1864
  • Mother: Mary Carter b. 29 Nov 1803, d. 25 Oct 1841
  • Company: A
  • Andrew Josiah Rugg was born on 19 Oct 1839 at Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, son of Josiah Rugg and Mary Carter.
  • On 25 Oct 1841 his mother, Mary Carter, died at age 37.
  • On 1 Jan 1846 Andrew's widowed father, Josiah Rugg, remarried to Myra Snow.
  • In 1861 Andrew was living at Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, in 1861, Andrew gave his occupation as cabinet maker.

  • On 12 Jul 1861 Andrew mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 21 years, 8 months and 23 days old.
  • Antonio Phillips and Charles H. Rugg, Andrew Josiah Rugg, and Henry Howard Rugg, 1st and 2nd cousins, and one who married into the family, descendants of Asa and Millicent (Harris) Rugg, served together in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.
  • Andrew Josiah Rugg was declared missing in action on 21 Oct 1861 at The Battle of Ball's Bluff, Leesburg, Virginia, and gained at a date not shown.
  • On 30 Oct 1861 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Andrew Josiah Rugg 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, Andrew Josiah Rugg 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, Andrew Josiah Rugg was listed with 195 other men among the prisoners taken at Ball's Bluff.
  • On 22 Sep 1862 Andrew ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts due to disability.

  • On 7 Oct 1863 Andrew Josiah Rugg, 23, married Ellen R. Foster, 20, daughter of Ira B. Foster and Thirza F. Newhall, at Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • On 10 Oct 1866 his infant son, Willis Andrew Rugg, died at Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • Andrew Josiah Rugg and Ellen R. Foster were enumerated in the 1880 US Federal census in 1880 at Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, he Works In Piano Shop. Also enumerated - his mother-in-law, Thirsa F. FOSTER, a widow, 63, b. MA. It appears that Willis has died, since he appears no where in the 1880 MA census.
  • Andrew Josiah Rugg 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, noting that he was imprisoned at Richmond for eight months.
  • He made application at Massachusetts for a veteran's pension on 5 Dec 1890, and received certificate number 871864.
  • He and Ellen R. Foster were enumerated in the 1900 US Federal census on 2 Jun 1900 at Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, of their two children, only daughter Harriet it still living.
  • Andrew Josiah Rugg and Ellen R. Foster were enumerated in the 1910 US Federal Census on 23 Apr 1910 at Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, where their daughter, Hattie is 39, single and lives with her parents.
  • Andrew Josiah Rugg died on 14 Nov 1911 at Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, of pneumonia. He was 72 years and 26 days old.
  • He was buried on 18 Nov 1911 at Evergreen Cemetery, Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Section 11 Lot 82.
  • On 9 Dec 1911 Ellen R. Foster received a pension to surviving family member in Massachusetts based on Andrew's service; his wife, received certificate number 734482.
  • Ellen, his wife, outlived Andrew and died on 20 Dec 1925 at Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, at age 83.
  • On 6 Aug 1939 his daughter, Harriet Alice Rugg, died at Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, at age 68 unmarried.
  • Last Edited: 19 Apr 2016

Family: Ellen R. Foster b. 8 Oct 1842, d. 20 Dec 1925

  • Willis Andrew Rugg b. 27 Jun 1866, d. 10 Oct 1866
  • Harriet Alice Rugg b. 10 Mar 1871, d. 6 Aug 1939

Charles H. Rugg

b. 5 April 1842, d. 12 June 1864
  • Father: Reuben Rugg b. between 1812 - 1813, d. 31 Jan 1888
  • Mother: Sarah A. Leonard b. 19 Nov 1812, d. 12 Jun 1897
  • Company: I
  • Charles H. Rugg was born on 5 Apr 1842 at Winchendon, Worcester County, Massachusetts, son of Reuben Rugg and Sarah A. Leonard, (Reuben-5 , Asa-4 , Reuben-3 , Daniel-2 , John-1.)
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Charles gave his occupation as laborer or car driver.
  • In 1861 Charles was living at Uxbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • Charles H. Rugg and Antonio Phillips, and Henry Howard Rugg and Andrew Josiah Rugg, 1st and 2nd cousins, and one who married into the family, descendants of Asa and Millicent (Harris) Rugg, served together in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.
  • Charles H. Rugg was described as 5' 5", blue eyes, light hair, and a florid complexion.

  • On 3 Aug 1861 Charles mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Uxbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 19 years, 3 months and 29 days old.
  • On 24 Aug 1861 Charles ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts due to disability, apparently having failed the physical examination for enlistment.

  • Starting 4 Jan 1864, Charles also served in the 57th Massachusetts Infantry, Company A.
  • On 6 May 1864 Charles was wounded at The Battle of the Wilderness, Spotsylvania County, Virginia, and taken prisoner with a severe leg wound.
  • He died on 12 Jun 1864 at Gordonsville, Virginia, according to the official record. The Rugg Genealogy tells a different story. He was 22 years, 2 months and 7 days old.
  • From the Rugg Genealogy -
    He entered Millbury Academy in 1858, but left his studies in 1861 to enlist in the 15th Mass. Regt., served for a time but was discharged on account of sickness. After regaining his health he enlisted in the 57th Mass. Regt., was taken prisoner at the battle of the Wilderness, exchanged after a time and started on his homeward journey. He reached New York City, where he disappeared and has never been heard from since.
  • On 25 Aug 1886 Sarah A. Leonard received a pension to surviving family member based on Charles's service; his mother, received certificate number 232695.
  • Last Edited: 14 Dec 2016

Henry Howard Rugg

b. 3 August 1839, d. 5 November 1922
  • Father: John Rugg b. 15 Jul 1789, d. 1854
  • Mother: Eliza Houghton d. 5 Jun 1873
  • Company: C
  • Henry Howard Rugg was born on 3 Aug 1839 at Lancaster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, son of John Rugg and Eliza Houghton, (John-5, Asa-4, Reuben-3, Daniel-2 , John-1.)
  • In 1861 Henry was living at Lancaster, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Henry gave his occupation as baker.

  • On 12 Jul 1861 Henry mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Lancaster, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 21 years, 11 months and 9 days old.
  • Antonio Phillips and Charles H. Rugg, Henry Howard Rugg, and Andrew Josiah Rugg, 1st and 2nd cousins, and one who married into the family, descendants of Asa and Millicent (Harris) Rugg, served together in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.
  • Henry H. Rugg and Cyrus Granville Hosmer, future brothers-in-law, served together in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.
  • On 21 Oct 1861 Henry was wounded at The Battle of Ball's Bluff, Leesburg, Virginia, on the shoulder.
  • On 30 Oct 1861 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Henry Howard Rugg was included, with 304 other men, among "The Killed Wounded and Missing of the Fifteenth Regiment," after Ball's Bluff.
  • On 1 May 1862 Henry ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts with no reason given in the 1870 roster or Ford's history.


  • Starting 17 Oct 1862, Henry also served in the 53rd Massachusetts Regt. Co. K.
  • He ended his service mustered out on 2 Sep 1863.
  • Starting 22 Jul 1864, Henry also served in the 42nd Massachusetts Regt. Co. E.
  • He ended his service mustered out on 11 Nov 1864.
  • From Marvin's history of Lancaster - (He) re-enlisted in the 53rd and then in a three months regiment; wounded in the shoulder while swimming in the river, after the battle of Ball's Bluff.
  • On 31 Dec 1867 Henry Howard Rugg, 28, married Louise R. Hosmer, 26, daughter of Sewall Hosmer and Nancy Pierce, at Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both.
  • About 1868 Henry Howard Rugg moved from Massachusetts to Akron, Ohio.
  • He made application at Ohio for a veteran's pension in Jan 1884, and received certificate number 283493.
  • He was enumerated in the 1890 US Federal census, Veteran's Schedule in Jun 1890 at Akron, Summit County, Ohio, as having served in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Company C.
  • From the Rugg Genealogy -
    He was the soldier of this family, and enlisted July 12, 1861, as private in Co. C, 15th Mass. Infantry; wounded at the battle of Ball's Bluff, and discharged April 25, 1862. After regaining his health he enlisted a second time, Sept. 2, 1862, made Corp. in Co. K, 53d Regt. Inf., doing duty in the "Department of the Gulf." Took part in the various battles and skirmishes with his Regt. and mustered out Sept. 12, 1863. He enlisted for the third time July 22, 1864, in Co. E, 42d Regt. Inf. Mass. Vol., serving in the defense of Washington, D. C., until mustered out Nov. 11, 1864. He is a machinist and resides in Akron, O.
  • He and Louise R. Hosmer were enumerated in the 1900 US Federal census on 5 Jun 1900 at Akron, Summit County, Ohio, as:
    RUGG, Henry H., b. Aug 1839, married 32 years, b. MA (as were his parents), he is a machinist, they own a family home.
    ---, Louise R., wife, b. Nov 1841, they have no children, also MA
    LAMB, Bertha, boarder, b. Jan 1837, in Ohio.
  • On 21 Oct 1907 Henry Howard Rugg wrote a letter to be read at the 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 3 Jan 1910 Louise R. Hosmer, his wife, died at Akron, Summit County, Ohio, at age 68.
  • Henry Howard Rugg and Ella V. Bissell were enumerated in the 1910 US Federal Census on 19 Apr 1910 at Akron, Summit County, Ohio, where he owns a publishing company, and she is his housekeeper.
  • On 7 Jul 1913 Henry Howard Rugg, 73, married Ella V. Bissell, 58, daughter of James E. Lynn and Isabelle Woods, at Summit County, Ohio, a widow.
  • Henry Howard Rugg and Ella B. Lynn were enumerated in the 1920 US Federal Census on 13 Jan 1920 at Akron, Summit County, Ohio.
  • Henry Howard Rugg died on 5 Nov 1922 at Akron, Summit County, Ohio. He was 83 years, 3 months and 2 days old.
  • He was buried on 8 Nov 1922 at Glendale Cemetery, Akron, Summit County, Ohio.
  • On 17 Feb 1931 Ella V. Lynn received a pension to surviving family member based on Henry's service; and received certificate number A-4-1-31.
  • Ella, his wife, outlived Henry and died on 13 Sep 1937 at Akron, Summit County, Ohio, at age 82.
  • Last Edited: 1 Aug 2012

Family 1: Louise R. Hosmer b. 9 Nov 1841, d. 3 Jan 1910

Family 2: Ella V. Lynn b. 15 Nov 1854, d. 13 Sep 1937

Jacob Rugg

b. 28 August 1832, d. 17 April 1918
  • Father: Wright Rugg b. 21 Jun 1794, d. 22 May 1879
  • Mother: Betsey E. Raymour b. 1796, d. 22 Dec 1867
  • Company: A
  • Jacob Rugg was born on 28 Aug 1832 at Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, son of Wright Rugg and Betsey E. Raymour.
  • Jacob Rugg was enumerated in the 1850 US Federal census on 15 Aug 1850 at Princeton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as follows:
    In the household of:
    James M. Eveleth, 39, m, farmer, $4600, b. MA (as all in family)
    With wife and 7 children, then
    **Jacob Rugg, 17, m, laborer, b. MA
    Joel Reed, 26, m., laborer, b. MA
    Catherine Mitchell, 22, f, b. Ireland.
  • On 25 Aug 1856 Jacob Rugg, 23, married Mary Ann Burnap, 18, daughter of Stillman Burnap, at Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, in 1861, Jacob gave his occupation as farmer.
  • In 1861 Jacob was living at Sterling, Worcester County, Massachusetts.

  • On 12 Jul 1861 Jacob mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Sterling, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 28 years, 10 months and 14 days old.
  • On 21 Oct 1861 Jacob was taken prisoner at The Battle of Ball's Bluff, Leesburg, Virginia, and regained at a date not shown.
  • On 30 Oct 1861 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Jacob Rugg 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, Jacob Rugg was listed with 195 other men among the prisoners taken at Ball's Bluff.
  • On 7 Jan 1862 his toddler son, Edward L. Rugg, died at age 4.
  • On 22 Oct 1862 Jacob ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts due to disability incurred in prison.

  • In 1864 Jacob Rugg was paper maker.
  • In 1864 Jacob was living at Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • Starting 13 Aug 1864, Jacob also served in the 4th Regiment Massachusetts Heavy Artillery, Company H.
  • He ended his service on 17 Jun 1865.
  • The Burnap Genealogy says, "He served in the Civil War, enlisting June 1861 in Co. A, 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Militia, was taken prisoner and discharged 22 October 1862, and he reenlisted in Co. H, Heavy Artillery and was mustered out 17 July 1865. He was employed in a paper-mill in North Leominster."
  • On 22 Dec 1867 his mother, Betsey E. Raymour, died at Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • Jacob Rugg and Mary Ann Burnap were enumerated in the 1880 US Federal census in 1880 at Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, where he is a farmer.
  • Jacob Rugg made application for a veteran's pension on 30 Jun 1881, but no further information is known.
  • 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 A.
  • On 3 Nov 1896 Jacob and Mary's daughter, Caroline L. Rugg married Eddie Herbert Nutting at Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • On 25 Aug 1906, at Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Jacob and Mary were celebrating their Golden Wedding Anniversary, according to the Fitchburg Sentinel on 27 August 1906.
  • Jacob Rugg was mentioned in the obituary of Charles Henry Wilder on 13 May 1909 at "The Fitchburg Sentinel", Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • On 4 Apr 1918 Mary Ann Burnap, his wife, died at Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, at age 79.
  • Jacob Rugg died on 17 Apr 1918 at Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 85 years, 7 months and 20 days old.
  • An obituary for Jacob Rugg was published on 18 Apr 1918 at "The Fitchburg Sentinel", Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as follows:
    Oldest Member of G. A. R. in Leominster is Dead
    Jacob Rugg, aged 85 years, one of the oldest residents of the city, died at his home, Main and River streets, Wednesday, after a brief illness, two weeks after the death of his wife. Mr. Rugg was the oldest member of Charles H. Stevens post, G. A. R.
    He enlisted in the service at Sterling, July 4, 1861, in Co. A, 15th Massachusetts infantry. He was taken prisoner at the battle of Ball's Bluff and was confined in Libby prison for four months. He was paroled because of disability and given an honorable discharge from the army in March, 1862.
    He returned to North Leominster and worked for nearly two years in the Tannery, and later he re-enlisted in the 4th Massachusetts artillery and was stationed at forts in the vicinity of Washington until the close of the war.
    Mr. and Mrs. Rugg celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary a short time before her death. He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Katherine Horton. The funeral will be from the Haws chapel at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon.
  • He was buried on 19 Apr 1918 at Evergreen Cemetery, Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Section 4 Lot 22.
  • Last Edited: 24 Aug 2016

Family: Mary Ann Burnap b. 22 Aug 1838, d. 4 Apr 1918

  • Edward L. Rugg b. 6 Sep 1857, d. 7 Jan 1862
  • Catherine E. Rugg b. 24 Jan 1864
  • Caroline L. Rugg b. 24 Mar 1866, d. 19 Oct 1910

William Franklin Runnels

b. 18 February 1842
  • Father: Greenwood Runnels b. 21 Dec 1816
  • Mother: Louisa Mahoney
  • Company: 1_SS
  • William Franklin Runnels was born on 18 Feb 1842 at Pittsfield, Somerset County, Maine, son of Greenwood Runnels and Louisa Mahoney.
  • At the time of his enlistment, William gave his occupation as River Man.
  • In 1861 William was living at Pittsfield, Berkshire County, Massachusetts.

  • On 2 Sep 1861 William Franklin Runnels mustered into service with the 1st Company Massachusetts Sharpshooters. He was 19 years, 6 months and 15 days old.
  • On 17 Feb 1862 William ended military service with the 1st Massachusetts Sharpshooters at Poolesville, Montgomery County, Maryland, by discharge due to disability.

  • Note: the identification of this man is tentative.
  • Last Edited: 18 Dec 2014

Henry Charles Rusack

b. 5 January 1833, d. 31 January 1908
  • Father: Christian Rusack
  • Company: I
  • Henry Charles Rusack was born on 5 Jan 1833 at Hanover, Lower Saxony, Germany, son of Christian Rusack.
  • Henry Charles Rusack emigrated in 1856 from Germany.
  • On 27 Nov 1856 Henry Charles Rusack, 23, married Wilhelmina Falk, 18, at Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, She had emmigrated from Saxony, Germany, three years earlier.
  • Henry Charles Rusack and Wilhelmina Falk were enumerated in the 1860 US Federal census on 13 Jul 1860 at Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Henry Rasick (sic), 26, shoemaker, b. Germany
    Philimena, 22, b. Germany
    Anna P., 4/12, b. MA.
  • On 8 Sep 1860, Henry was naturalized.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Henry gave his occupation as shoemaker.

  • On 12 Jul 1861 Henry mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry as a Corporal. He was 28 years, 6 months and 7 days old.
  • He was declared missing in action on 21 Oct 1861 at The Battle of Ball's Bluff, Leesburg, Virginia, and erroneously presumed dead, according to the 1870 roster.
  • John Floyd Maley wrote a letter to The Webster Times, listing his fellow prisoners, on 27 Oct 1861 from Richmond, Virginia, mentioning Henry Charles Rusack, as follows.
  • On 30 Oct 1861 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Henry Charles Rusack was included, with 304 other men, among "The Killed Wounded and Missing of the Fifteenth Regiment," after Ball's Bluff.
  • On 2 Nov 1861 at "The Webster Weekley Times", Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Henry Charles Rusack was listed as a Company I casualty of Ball's Bluff.
  • On 9 Nov 1861 Henry Charles Rusack was mentioned, along with 95 other men of the 15th Massachusetts, in a report of 9 Nov 1861 to the Webster Times, by F. Q. Robinson, concerning the aftermath of Ball's Bluff and reporting his status.
  • On 20 Nov 1861 at "The Worcester Daily Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Henry Rusack was listed with 195 other men among the prisoners taken at Ball's Bluff.
  • On 2 Jul 1863 Henry was wounded at The Battle of Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania.
  • On 22 Jul 1863 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Henry Charles Rusack was reported as wounded at Gettysburg.
  • On 23 Apr 1864 Henry ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts by transfer to the 18th Regiment VRC, Company F.

  • He ended his service with the 18th Regiment VRC, Company F by mustering out on 6 Aug 1864.
  • He and Wilhelmina Falk were enumerated in the 1870 US Federal Census on 12 Jul 1870 at Dudley, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Henry Rusack, 34, works in shoe factory
    Willimene Rusack, 31
    Anna Rusack, 10
    Henry Rusack, 8
    William Rusack, 6
    Frederic Rusack, 3
    Charles Rusack, 2
    George Rusack, 3/12.
  • Henry Charles Rusack and Wilhelmina Falk were enumerated in the 1880 US Federal census in 1880 at Dudley, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Henry Rusack, 45, works on shoes
    Wilhelmenia Rusack, 42
    Anna Rusack, 20
    Henry Rusack, 18
    William Rusack, 16
    Frederick H. Rusack, 13
    Charles F. Rusack, 11
    Lilian W. Rusack, 5.
  • In 1886 Henry was living at Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • In Jun 1886 Henry Charles Rusack took part in the regimental reunion Excursion to the Battle-Fields of Gettysburg, PA., Antietam, MD., Ball's Bluff, Virginia and Washington, D.C.
  • He was enumerated in the 1890 US Federal census, Veteran's Schedule in Jun 1890 at Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as having served in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Company I.
  • He made application at Massachusetts for a veteran's pension on 9 Jul 1892, and received certificate number 938470.
  • He witnessed the burial of Charles Murray on 6 Jan 1893 at Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • On 19 Jan 1893 Henry and Wilhelmina's daughter, Lilian W. Rusack married Leonard Wignot at Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both.
  • On 13 Sep 1899 at "The Webster Times", Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Henry Charles Rusack was mentioned as one of the surviving members of the old Slater Guard in Webster and Dudley.
  • He and Wilhelmina Falk were enumerated in the 1900 US Federal census on 20 Jun 1900 at Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Henry C Rusick, 67, overseer in a woolen mill
    Wilhelmena Rusick      62, Of their eleven children, six are still living.
    Charles Rusick, 31.
  • On 21 Oct 1901 at Grand Army Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts, Henry Rusack attended the 35th annual regimental reunion, which was reported the following day in the Worcester Daily Spy.
  • On 5 Jul 1906 Henry Charles Rusack attended the 39th annual reunion of the association of companies E and I.
  • On 4 Jul 1907 Henry Charles Rusack 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.
  • He died on 31 Jan 1908 at Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, of pneumonia. He was 75 years and 26 days old.
  • He was buried on 2 Feb 1908 at Mount Zion Cemetery (East Village), Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • In Feb 1908 Wilhelmina Rusack received a pension to surviving family member based on Henry's service; and received certificate number 644688.
  • He was mentioned in the obituary of Hiram Jefferson Raymond on 10 Feb 1916 at "The Webster Times", Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • Last Edited: 29 Jun 2017

Family: Wilhelmina Falk b. 20 Mar 1838, d. 8 Dec 1909

  • Amelia Rusack b. 2 Nov 1857, d. 9 Jun 1858
  • Anna Rusack b. Mar 1860, d. 1944
  • Henry Alfred Rusack b. 15 Feb 1862
  • William Frederick Rusack b. 16 Aug 1863, d. 15 Oct 1916
  • Frederick Herman Rusack b. between 1866 - 1867, d. 26 Aug 1931
  • Charles F. Rusack b. 19 Aug 1868, d. 1947
  • George Rusack b. Apr 1870
  • Edward Louis Rusack b. 16 Dec 1872
  • Lilian W. Rusack b. between 1874 - 1875

Alfred L. Russell

b. 1841, d. 17 September 1862
  • Father: Alfred Russell b. 8 Sep 1808, d. 11 Nov 1861
  • Mother: Martha M. Pellet b. 13 Jan 1815, d. 22 Sep 1843
  • Company: F
  • Alfred L. Russell was born about in 1841 at Brookfield, Worcester County, Massachusetts, son of Alfred Russell and Martha M. Pellet, (grandson of Asa and Deliverance Russell.)
  • On 22 Sep 1843 his mother, Martha M. Pellet, died at age 28.
  • On 24 Sep 1843 his sister, Susan M. Russell, died at Brookfield, Worcester County, Massachusetts, at age 3.
  • Alfred L. Russell was enumerated in the household of Alfred Russell in the 1850 US Federal Census on 17 Sep 1850 at Brookfield, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Alfred Russell, 42, shoemaker, b. MA
    Esther Adams, 52
    **Alfred Russell, 9, b. MA.
  • Alfred L. Russell was enumerated in the household of Alfred Russell in the 1860 US Federal Census in Jul 1860 at Sturbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Alford Russell, 57, farmer, $1200 real estate, $200 personal estate, b. MA
    **Alford L., 18, farmer, b. MA
    Roxana, 66, $200 personal estate, b. MA.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, in 1861, Alfred gave his occupation as farmer.
  • On 11 Nov 1861 his father, Alfred Russell, died at Brookfield, Worcester County, Massachusetts, at age 53.

  • On 17 Dec 1861 Alfred mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Sturbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 20 years old.
  • He died on 17 Sep 1862 at The Battle of Antietam, Washington County, Maryland, killed in action. He was 21 years old.
  • About 1885 Alfred L. Russell was included on the Civil War memorial at Brookfield, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • On 17 Sep 1900 Alfred L. Russell was included on the Civil War memorial at Antietam Battlefield, Sharpsburg, Maryland, with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, on the 35th anniversary of the battle. (Articles from the Fitchburg Sentinel about the planning for the memorial.)
  • Last Edited: 19 Aug 2016

Edward Justin Russell

b. 23 October 1833, d. 16 December 1915

Edward J. Russell
  • Father: Charles Russell b. 1797
  • Mother: Delia R. Smith b. 1800
  • Company: F
  • Edward Justin Russell was born on 23 Oct 1833 at Hadley, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, son of Charles Russell and Delia R. Smith.
  • Edward Justin Russell was enumerated in the household of Charles Russell and Delia R. Smith in the 1850 US Federal Census in Aug 1850 at Whatley, Franklin County, Massachusetts, as:
    Charles Russel, 53, carpenter, b. MA (as were all)
    Delia, 50
    George A., 21
    Eliza C., 14
    Harriet M., 12
    Julius H., 6.
  • Edward Justin Russell was enumerated in the household of Calvin Russell in the 1850 US Federal Census in Aug 1850 at Hadley, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, as:
    Calvin Russel, 36, farmer, b. MA (his uncle)
    Harriet, 36, b. VT
    Francis S., 25, farmer, b. MA
    Hannah, 22, b. MA
    **Edw Russel, 16, laborer, b. MA.
  • On 8 Jan 1856 Edward Justin Russell, 22, married Lucina Prouty, 19, daughter of Spencer Draper Prouty and Mary Bride.
  • Edward Justin Russell and Lucina Prouty were enumerated in the 1860 US Federal census on 15 Jun 1860 at North Brookfield, Worcester County, Massachusetts, where he is enumerated as a "shoemaker", and "Lucinia" is enumerated as a "domestic". There are no children, and they appear to live in a boarding house.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, in 1861, Edward gave his occupation as carpenter.
  • In 1861 Edward was living at North Brookfield, Worcester County, Massachusetts.

  • On 12 Jul 1861 Edward mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of North Brookfield, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 27 years, 8 months and 19 days old.
  • On 24 Jul 1862 Edward was promoted to as a 2nd Lieutenant.
  • On 28 Sep 1862 Edward was promoted to as a 1st Lieutenant.
  • He wrote a letter on 28 Sep 1862 from Bolivar, Virginia, as follows: in support of a widow's pension for the wife of Sidney Smith, as follows:
    Bolivar Heights, Sep 28th 1862
    Horatio Woodman, Esq.
    Dear Sir
    I received your communication relative to the death of Sidney Smith last night and I will hasten to reply. The names of the men who were with him I cannot send at present as Henry Slater is a "paroled prisoner of war" at Anapolis and Corporal William L. Adams is severely wounded at the hospital at Frederick Md, but I certify that Sidney Smith was killed at the Battle of Balls Bluff Oct 21st 1861, and that his body was left on the field, and if any other testimony was needed than the rolls of our Company, it can be found in a letter which was sent to ?? Smith last spring taken from a rebel soldier which he (the soldier) took from ?? Smiths body on the field.
    If I can do anything that will be of any service to Mrs. Smith I shall be happy to do.
    I remain your obedient servant
    Edward J. Russell
    2nd Lieut Command Co F
    15th Reg MV
    P.S. Said Smith was said to have been wounded in the chest and died shortly after and at the time was in discharge of his duty.
    EJR.
  • On 27 Jan 1863 Edward was promoted to as a Captain.
  • On 6 Apr 1863 at "The Worcester Daily Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Edward Justin Russell was mentioned in an article about promotions.
  • On 10 Apr 1863 at "The Southbridge Journal", Worcester County, Massachusetts, Edward Justin Russell was mentioned in an article listing commissions and officer promotions in the regiment, as well as which discharged or deceased officers they replaced.
  • On 8 Sep 1863 Edward ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts due to disability.

  • On 29 Oct 1863 at "The Worcester Daily Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Edward was mentioned. (click icon to read.)
  • Starting 5 May 1864, Edward also served in the 3d Mass. Heavy Artillery, as Captain.
  • He ended his service with by mustering out of the 3rd Massachusetts Heavy Artillery on 1 Oct 1865.
  • Edward was a member of the George H. Ward Post #10 of the GAR in Worcester, MA.
  • On 23 Oct 1876 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Edward Justin Russell was reported present at the 10th annual reunion of the 15th Massachusetts in an article in the Fitchburg Sentinel.
  • He was enumerated in the 1880 US Federal census in 1880 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, he is a Deputy Sherriff. Also enumerated - Mary STONE, widowwed, 70, b. VT, as his mother-in-law.
  • On 21 Oct 1880 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Edward Justin Russell attended the 14th annual reunion of the 15th Massachusetts Regiment.
  • On 21 Oct 1884 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Edward Justin Russell attended the 18th annual reunion of the 15th regiment association. (Report from the Fitchburg Sentinel.)
  • In 1885, Edward was a member of Gov. George D. Robinson's staff.
  • In 1886 Edward was living at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • In 1886 Edward Justin Russell was included in the Civil War memorial publication at North Brookfield, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • On 17 Apr 1889 Edward and Lucina's daughter, Bertha Lucenia Russell married Samuel Ellsworth Winslow at Charlestown, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both.
  • Edward Justin Russell was enumerated in the 1890 US Federal census, Veteran's Schedule in Jun 1890 at Charlestown District, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, as having served in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Company F.
  • On 23 May 1892 Lucina Prouty, his wife, died at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, at age 55 as a result of a surgical operation to remove a cancer of the breast.
  • Edward Justin Russell was a pall bearer at the burial of Bernard Barton Vassall on 26 Mar 1894 at North Cemetery, Main Street, Oxford, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • On 19 Sep 1896 at Brookfield, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Edward Justin Russell attended a reunion of Company F, as reported in the Worcester Daily Spy the following day.
  • On 21 Oct 1902 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Edward Justin Russell attended 36th annual reunion of the 15th Massachusetts Regiment Association.
  • On 21 Oct 1903 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Edward Justin Russell attended the 37th annual regimental reunion with some eighty other veterans.
  • He made application at Massachusetts for a veteran's pension on 1 Jun 1904, and received certificate number 1089635.
  • In 1906 Edward was living at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • On 5 Jul 1906 Edward Justin Russell sent regrets that he could not attended the 39th annual reunion of the association of companies E and I.
  • Edward Justin Russell was also mentioned in attendance in the Fitchburg Sentinel coverage of the 1906 reunion.
  • On 21 Oct 1907 at Grand Army Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts, Edward Justin Russell 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 27 Oct 1910 at The State Mutual Building, Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Edward Justin Russell attended the 44th reunion of the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.
  • He died on 16 Dec 1915 at Leicester, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 82 years, 1 month and 23 days old.
  • He was buried in Dec 1915 at Hope Cemetery, Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • Credits: Primary photo above by permission of the Worcester Historical Museum, Ward Collection.
  • Last Edited: 19 Apr 2016

Family: Lucina Prouty b. 3 Jun 1836, d. 23 May 1892

  • Charles Arthur Russell b. 12 Oct 1866
  • Bertha Lucenia Russell b. 26 Sep 1867

Stephen Wilbur Russell

b. 1 May 1825, d. 25 June 1921
  • Father: Job Russell b. between 1791 - 1792
  • Mother: Martha Simmons b. 12 Apr 1797, d. 2 Apr 1860
  • Company: H
  • Stephen Wilbur Russell was born on 1 May 1825 at Warwick, Kent County, Rhode Island, son of Job Russell and Martha Simmons.
  • On 23 Sep 1849 Stephen Wilbur Russell, 24, married Ann Bryden, 17, daughter of John Bryden and Jane Hetherington, at Thompson, Windham County, Connecticut.
  • Stephen Wilbur Russell was enumerated in the household of Job Russell and Martha Simmons in the 1850 US Federal Census on 5 Sep 1850 at Chicopee, Hampden County, Massachusetts, as:
    Job Russell, 58, machinist, b. MA (sic)
    Martha, 58, b. MA
    Albire, 21 (m.), laborer, b. MA
    Lydia, 19, b. MA
    **Stephen, 27, spinner, b. MA
    Anne (Bryden, his wife), 19, b. England, b. MA
    nextdoor to
    Hiram Russell, 24, machinist, b. RI
    Sarah (Bryden, his wife), 20, b. England.
  • William H. Mitchell and Myla Seamens Converse, Stephen Wilbur Russell, future brothers-in-law, served together in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Stephen gave his occupation as mechanic.
  • In 1862 Stephen was living at Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • On 14 Jun 1862 Ann Bryden, his wife, died at Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, at age 30 of consumption.

  • On 29 Jul 1862 Stephen mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 37 years, 2 months and 28 days old.
  • On 2 Aug 1862 at "The Webster Times", Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Stephen Wilbur Russell was mentioned, along with 18 other men, as a new recruit in the 15th Massachusetts.
  • On 15 May 1864 Stephen was promoted to.
  • On 25 May 1864 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Stephen Wilbur Russell was mentioned among the casualties.
  • On 22 Jul 1864 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Stephen Wilbur Russell was mentioned among the wounded.
  • On 28 Jul 1864 Stephen ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, mustered out due to expiration of his term of service.

  • He made application for a veteran's pension on 8 Oct 1864, and received certificate number 88154.
  • In 1866 Stephen Wilbur Russell made application for a pension as guardian to Abram Sargent's surviving dependants, and received certificate number 80027.
  • On 18 Apr 1866 Stephen Wilbur Russell, 40, married Alice Nuttle, 34, daughter of Edmund Nuttle and Mary Rigg, at Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a second marriage for both. (She was the widow of Abram Sargent of the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.)
  • Stephen Wilbur Russell and Alice Nuttle were enumerated in the 1870 US Federal Census on 27 Jun 1870 at Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Russell, Stephen, 44, iron machinist, b. MA
    ---, Martha, 18, works in cotton mill, b. MA
    ---, Albert, 16, farm laborer, b. MA
    ---, Alice, 35, keeping house, b. England.
  • On 28 Aug 1877 Alice Nuttle, his wife, died at Dudley, Worcester County, Massachusetts, at age 45 of cancer.
  • On 18 Dec 1878 Stephen Wilbur Russell, 53, married Ann J. Bartlett, 36, daughter of George Bartlett and Sarah Cutler, at Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a third marriage for him and the first for her.
  • Stephen Wilbur Russell and Ann J. Bartlett were enumerated in the 1880 US Federal census on 10 Jun 1880 at Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, he is a Machinist; wife Ann and daughter Grace live with him.
  • On 2 Jul 1888 his daughter, Grace A. Russell, died at Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, at age 14 of consumption. (Note: it is unclear who the mother of this child is. The death record says "Emily Brydon," however this is not likely.)
  • Stephen Wilbur Russell was enumerated in the 1890 US Federal census, Veteran's Schedule in Jun 1890 at Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as having served in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Company H, where he was wounded in the arm and side.
  • On 2 May 1895 at "The Worcester Daily Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, it was noted: "A large number of the G. A. R. boys, Wednesday evening, paid a visit to their comrade, Stephen Russell, on his 70th birthday. Congratulations came from all, and during the hour the post commander, in behalf of the boys, left a present. Coffee and "hard tack" were served, and after brief remarks the boys marched back to post headquarters and broke ranks. Mr. Russell served in Co. I, 15th Massachusetts regiment, and does not look over 55 years of age."
  • He and Ann J. Bartlett were enumerated in the 1900 US Federal census on 18 Jun 1900 at Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Russell, Stevens, b. May 1825, married for 22 years, b. RI (fat b. NY; mor b. CT), no occupation, they live in a rented home
    ---, Ann J., wife, b. Apr 1842, two of her three children are still living, b. MA.
  • On 21 Oct 1901 at Grand Army Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts, Stephen Russell attended the 35th annual regimental reunion, which was reported the following day in the Worcester Daily Spy.
  • On 21 Oct 1903 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Stephen W. Russell attended the 37th annual regimental reunion with some eighty other veterans.
  • In 1906 Stephen was living at Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • On 5 Jul 1906 Stephen Wilbur Russell attended the 39th annual reunion of the association of companies E and I.
  • On 4 Jul 1907 Stephen Wilbur Russell 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 6 May 1909, at "The Webster Times", Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Stephen was congratulated on his birthday (Volume 50 # 7):
    "Stephen W. Russell, for many years a resident of Webster, quietly passed his 84th birthday at his home on Pearl street, Saturday. Mr. Russell was born in Warwick, R. I., and came to Webster from Holden in 1858. He was a machinist and worked at that trade for many years. He enlisted in the army during the Civil War, and served two years. He was at the battle of the Wilderness, Gettysburg and other important engagements.
    At the battle of the Wilderness he was wounded and was discharged from the service on this account. This wound has prevented him from doing any active work since his return from war. Since then he has attended several reunions of his regiment, the 15th Mass., that last one being at Worcester a year ago. Mr. Russell was a regular attendant at the Methodist church until failing health prevented.
    His general health is good now and although he is unable to go about much he is always pleased to receive callers. Occasionally he walks down street and often in pleasant weather is able to call on acquaintances in the vicinity. Mr. Russell passed his birthday quietly, receiving the congratulations of his friends, and others and more substantial tokens of esteem."
  • On 13 May 1910, Stephen was the subject of an article in the Webster Times.:
    From The Webster Times, 12 May 1910 (Volume 51 #48)
    Stephen W. Russell, the oldest member of Nathaniel Lyon Post, G. A. R. , spent his 85th birthday at his home in the North Village (Sunday) May 1. Mr. Russell was born in Warwick R. I., on May 1, 1825. At the age of eight years he entered the employ of one of the cotton mills of that town, where he labored for one year, when the family moved their household goods to a Connecticut city. He has resided in Webster for more than fifty years. The veteran was the second oldest of a family of six children: his elder brother is 87 years of age, and a resident of St. Johnsbury, Vermont. He was married three times. In 1849 he became the husband of Ann Bradden, who died in 1862. Two children were born to them. Mrs. J. W. Wade, Worcester, and Albert S. Russell, Seattle, Washington. He married Alice Sargent in 1866. She died in 1877. In 1878 he united with Ann J. Bartlett, who is still living.
    He is a machinist by trade. He enlisted at Boston Mass. July 28, 1862, as Stephen Wilbur Russell, as private in Company H, 15th Regiment Volunteer Infantry, and was discharged at Worcester, July 28th, 1864, by reason of expiration of service. He participated in the engagements of Antietam, Sept 17,1862; Fredericksburg , December 13, 1862 and May 3, 1863; Gettysburg, July I, 2, 3, 1863 and Wilderness on May 5 and 6, 1864. He received a slight wound at Gettysburg on July 3, 1863, caused by a gun shot striking his knee, and was seriously wounded at Wilderness on May 6, 1864, resulting from a gun shot wound in right arm and side. The G. A. R. member was confined to the hospitals of Gettysburg and at Camp Cameron, Washington D. C.
    He joined the Nathaniel Lyon Post, G. A. R. No. 61, on April 9, 1869, and has served in the capacity of P. G. surgeon and sergeant major. He has the distinction of being the oldest member of Post 61, in token of which he is in possession of a cane which is always bestowed on the oldest member of the post.
    While able he was a regular attendant at the Methodist church. His health is very good, except for a slight lameness, and his sight is also very poor. During the day he was visited by a number of friends, and his daughter, Mrs. Wade of Worcester, also spent the day with him. He received many remembrances in honor of the occasion.
  • On 4 Jul 1912 at Oxford, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Stephen Wilbur Russell attended the 45th annual reunion of the Companies E and I Association of the 15th Regiment.
  • On 6 May 1915, Stephen was the subject of an article in the Webster Times, celebrating his 90th birthday.
    From The Webster Times, 6 May 1915 (Volume 56 #7)
    OLDEST CITIZEN CELEBRATES
    Stephen Russell Observed Ninetieth Birthday Saturday

    Stephen W. Russell, for many years a resident of Webster, and the oldest man in town, observed his 90th birthday Saturday, spending the day quietly at his home on Church street. Mr. Russell was born on May 1, 1825, in Warwick R. I., the son of Job and Martha Simmons Russell.
    The first eight years of his life was spent in Rhode Island, after which the family lived for some years in Connecticut, but for the last 67 years Mr. Russell has lived in Massachusetts, and for 57 years in Webster. His first wife was Miss Ann Broden, who died in 1862. In 1866 he married Mrs. Alice Sargent who died in 1877, and shortly after he married Miss Ann J. Bartlett, who is still living. Two children by his first marriage are Mrs. Joseph Waite of Shrewsbury and Albert S. Russell of Seattle Wash. He also has two grandchildren, Miss Grace Russell and Frank Russell of Seattle.
    Mr. Russell was a machinist in the employ of the Slater Mills for 20 years and of the Stevens Linen Works for three years. July 28, 1862, he enlisted in the army, and was a soldier in Co. H, 15th Massachusetts regiment. He participated in the battles of Antietam, Fredericksburg and Gettysburg, where he was received a slight wound in the knee.
    On the second day of July, 1863, he helped to carry Gen. Ward from the Gettysburg battlefield, mortally wounded, and remained with him until he died. Mr. Russell has a photograph of Gen. Ward, presented him by Mrs. Ward, which he prizes very highly. In the battle of the Wilderness he was again wounded. He was honorably discharged July 28, 1864.
    Mr. Russell is in possession of the gold headed cane presented by the Boston Post to the oldest citizen of the town, and he is also the holder of the cane presented by Post #61 G. A. R. to its oldest member. As far as can be learned Mr. Russell is the oldest living member of the 15th regiment.
    Although on account of failing sight he is unable to get about much, his health remains extremely good for one of his years. He rose at 4 o’clock on the morning of his birthday, and during the day entertained many callers who brought flowers and other gifts in honor of the day.
  • On 1 Dec 1919 Ann J. Bartlett, his wife, died at Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, at age 77.
  • Stephen Wilbur Russell was enumerated in the household of Joseph W. Waite and Martha Russell in the 1920 US Federal Census on 12 Jan 1920 at Shrewsbury, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    J W Waite, 67, b. MA, teamster
    Martha J., 68, b. MA
    Stephen W Russell, 94, b. RI.
  • Stephen Wilbur Russell died on 25 Jun 1921 at Shrewsbury, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 96 years, 1 month and 24 days old.
  • An obituary for Stephen Wilbur Russell was published as follows:
    From The Webster Times, June 30, 1921(Volume 63 #14),
    Stephem Russell
    The oldest member of the Nathaniel Lyon post G. A. R., and who had the distinction of being the oldest resident of Webster previous to his removal to Shrewsbury, died in that town Saturday night, when Stephen Russell passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. W. Waite. He was 96 years, one month and 26 days of age. For many years Mr. Russell lived on Church street, removing to the home of his daughter several months ago.
    The body was brought back to Webster for burial, and the services were conducted from the undertaking parlor of O. Floyd Nolf Tuesday afternoon. Rev. Charles E. Davis, pastor of the Methodist church, officiated at the burial service, which was in charge of Nathaniel Lyon Post, G. A. R. burial was in the east village cemetery, members of the post acting as bearers.
  • He was buried on 28 Jun 1921 at Mount Zion Cemetery (East Village), Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, with his wives.
  • Last Edited: 12 Apr 2016

Family 1: Ann Bryden b. 6 Apr 1832, d. 14 Jun 1862

  • Martha Russell b. 22 Mar 1851
  • Albert Russell b. between 1853 - 1854

Family 2: Alice Nuttle b. 4 Mar 1832, d. 28 Aug 1877

  • Grace A. Russell b. 22 Sep 1873, d. 2 Jul 1888

Family 3: Ann J. Bartlett b. 22 Apr 1842, d. 1 Dec 1919

Benjamin Dennis Ryan

b. 4 July 1826, d. 31 December 1868
  • Father: Benjamin Ryan b. 24 Dec 1800, d. 24 Aug 1871
  • Mother: Rowena Lane b. 5 Nov 1801, d. 1 May 1878
  • Company: MusBand
  • Benjamin Dennis Ryan was born on 4 Jul 1826 at Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, son of Benjamin Ryan and Rowena Lane.
  • B. Dennis Ryan was enumerated in the household of Benjamin Ryan and Rowena Lane in the 1850 US Federal Census on 31 Aug 1850 at Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, as:
    Benjamin Ryan, 49, boot crimper, b. MA (as were all)
    Rowena, 46
    **B. Dennis, 24, boot maker
    D. Henry, 22, boot maker
    Sarah M., 18
    Jacob L. Fogg, 24, bootmaker, b. ME
    Harriet M., 22 (Benj's sister)
    Harriet R., 1
    Jacob Reed, 25, bootmaker.
  • On 16 Mar 1854 his sister, Sarah Munroe Ryan, died at Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, at age 21 unmarried, of consumption.
  • On 23 Oct 1860 Benjamin D. Ryan, 34, married Lavinia J. Hosley, daughter of Nelson Hosley and Mary Ann Farr, at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both.
  • In 1861 Benjamin was living at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, according to Ford's history.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Benjamin gave his occupation as musician by occupation.

  • On 5 Aug 1861 Benjamin mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry as a Bandsman, being credited to the quota of Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 35 years, 1 month and 1 day old.
  • On 8 Aug 1862 Benjamin ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts by order of the War Department to release all bandsmen.

  • He died on 31 Dec 1868 at Hardwick, Worcester County, Massachusetts, of kidney and heart disease, and the death was registered in Worcester. He was 42 years, 5 months and 27 days old.
  • He was buried in Jan 1869 at Elm Street Cemetery, Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts.
  • On 9 May 1905 Lavinia J. Hosley received a pension to surviving family member based on Benjamin's service; his wife, received certificate number 652234.
  • Last Edited: 12 Jun 2017

Family: Lavinia J. Hosley b. between 1835 - 1836

Patrick Ryan

b. 1836, d. 24 October 1873
  • Father: Michael Ryan
  • Mother: Winifred [--?--]
  • Company: E
  • Patrick Ryan was born about in 1836 at Ireland, son of Michael Ryan and Winifred [--?--].
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Patrick gave his occupation as operative.

  • On 1 Aug 1863 Patrick mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry being drafted, being credited to the quota of Boston, Massachusetts. He was 27 years old.
  • On 6 May 1864 Patrick was wounded at The Battle of the Wilderness, Spotsylvania County, Virginia.
  • On 27 Jul 1864 Patrick ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts by transfer to the 20th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.

  • On 11 Aug 1864, Patrick was returned to duty.
  • On 15 Aug 1864 Patrick was wounded.
  • On 13 Sep 1864, Patrick was returned to duty.
  • On 15 Oct 1864 Patrick was taken prisoner.
  • On 19 Feb 1865, Patrick was exchanged from prison.
  • He ended his service with the 20th Massachusetts Infantry on 16 Jul 1865 at Washington, DC.
  • He made application for a veteran's pension in 1869, and received certificate number 98802.
  • He died on 24 Oct 1873 at Fall River, Bristol County, Massachusetts. He was 37 years old.
  • He was buried in Oct 1873 at Saint Mary Cemetery, Fall River, Bristol County, Massachusetts, (Note: Records of the Office of the Quartermaster General, Record Group 92; National Archives, Washington, D.C., show that a headstone was issued. It is reported that as of summer 2011, the stone has apparently disappeared.)
  • His widow received pension certificate number 178044.
  • On 5 Jul 1879 at "The Webster Times", Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Patrick Ryan was mentioned in the report on the 12th annual reunion of Company E, 15th Massachusetts Infantry.
  • Last Edited: 6 Jun 2017

Charles Gilbert Ryder

b. 28 April 1834, d. 20 May 1926
  • Father: John C. Ryder b. 6 Mar 1799, d. 29 Jun 1871
  • Mother: Sarah S. Hiller b. 30 Jan 1805, d. 24 May 1888
  • Company: C
  • Charles Gilbert Ryder was born on 28 Apr 1834 at Rochester, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, son of John C. Ryder and Sarah S. Hiller, grandson of David and Hannah (Caswell) Ryder.
  • Charles G. Rider was enumerated in the household of John C. Ryder and Sarah S. Hiller in the 1850 US Federal Census on 15 Aug 1850 at Rochester, Plymouth County, Massachusetts.
  • On 23 Oct 1858 Charles Gilbert Ryder, 24, married Mary R. Hunt, daughter of Ephraim Hunt and Susan Eaton, at Clinton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both.
  • Charles Gilbert Ryder and Mary R. Hunt were enumerated in the 1860 US Federal census on 3 Aug 1860 at Harvard P. O., Clinton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Charles Ryder, 26, machinist, b. MA
    Mary, 24, b. NH
    John C., 7/12, b. MA.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Charles gave his occupation as machinist.
  • Charles Gilbert Ryder and Andrew J. Hunt, and George W. Hunt, two brothers, and their brothers-in-law, served together in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.
  • In 1862 Charles was living at Clinton, Worcester County, Massachusetts.

  • On 12 Aug 1862 Charles mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Clinton, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 28 years, 3 months and 15 days old.
  • On 1 Jul 1863 Charles was promoted to to Corporal.
  • On 22 Jun 1864 Charles was taken prisoner.
  • On 24 Aug 1864 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Charles Gilbert Ryder was reported among the prisoners, for a total of four commissioned officers and seventy-seven enlisted men.
  • On 17 May 1865 Charles ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts.

  • Before 1875 Mary R. Hunt, his wife, died apparently.
  • Between 1875 - 1876 Charles Gilbert Ryder married Mary Lucilia Gray.
  • Charles Gilbert Ryder and Mary Lucilia Gray were enumerated in the 1880 US Federal census on 9 Jun 1880 at Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, as:
    McCracken, Davie C., 35, wheelwright, b. MA (and parents)
    ---, Elizabeth, 31, wife, b. MA (and parents)
    **Ryder, Mary S., 31, boarder, married (confinement), b. Ill (fath b. MA; mor b. Ireland)
    **Ryder, Charles G., 41, boarder, married, machinist, b. MA (and his parents)
    ---, (not named), (m.) 1/12, b. May, b. Ill, b. Minn (fath b. MA, mor b. Ill.)
    Westbo, Amanda, 15, servant, b. Sweden.
  • Charles Gilbert Ryder made application at Illinois for a veteran's pension in Feb 1891, and received certificate number 790325.
  • In 1896, Charles was included in "The History of Clinton, Massachusetts" where it says, "Name on roll as of Rochester, but not enrolled there in 1863; lived in Clinton eleven years."
  • He and Mary Lucilia Gray were enumerated in the 1900 US Federal census on 7 Jun 1900 at Sandwich, DeKalb County, Illinois, as:
    Ryder, Charles, b. Apr 1834,
    ---, Mary, wife, b. Nov 1847 in Ill
    ---, Olive M., dau, b. July 1884 in Ill (fath b. MA, mor b. Ill)
    ---, Harry, son, b. June 1887 in Ill (fath b. MA, mor b. Ill)
    ---, Harriet, motherL ??, b. June 1850 in Iowa of NY parents.
  • On 23 Sep 1902 Mary Lucilia Gray, his wife, died at age 54.
  • Charles's wife, Mary Lucilia Gray, died and was buried in Sep 1902 at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Sandwich, DeKalb County, Illinois, at age 54 years and 9 months.
  • Charles Gilbert Ryder was enumerated in the 1910 US Federal Census on 25 Apr 1910 at Sandwich, DeKalb County, Illinois, a widower, machinist, with his children Olive and Harry living with him.
  • He was enumerated in the 1920 US Federal Census on 16 Jan 1920 at Hanover, York County, Pennsylvania, where he is retired, and his daughter, a librarian, lives with him.
  • He died on 20 May 1926 at Ames, Story County, Iowa. He was 92 years and 22 days old.
  • He was buried in May 1926 at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Sandwich, DeKalb County, Illinois.
  • Last Edited: 19 Apr 2016

Family 1: Mary R. Hunt b. between 1835 - 1836, d. before 1875

  • John C. Ryder b. 25 Dec 1859
  • Charles G. Ryder b. 24 Oct 1861
  • Grace Ryder b. 27 Dec 1861, d. 1 Mar 1862

Family 2: Mary Lucilia Gray b. 10 Nov 1847, d. 23 Sep 1902

  • Gilbert Emory Ryder b. 10 Nov 1880, d. 9 May 1932
  • Olive Maria Ryder b. 4 Jul 1884, d. 18 Nov 1972
  • Harry Gray Ryder b. 23 Jun 1887, d. 18 Oct 1962

Alonzo A. Sabin

b. 16 June 1836, d. 14 April 1897
  • Father: Leonard Sabin b. 1785, d. 5 May 1870
  • Mother: Mary Hill b. 1797, d. 24 May 1854
  • Company: D
  • Alonzo A. Sabin was born on 16 Jun 1836 at Southbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts, son of Leonard Sabin and Mary Hill.
  • Alonzo A. Sabin was enumerated in the household of Leonard Sabin and Mary Hill in the 1850 US Federal Census in Sep 1850 at Southbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts, enumerated as follows:
    Leonard Sabin, 50, farmer, b. MA (as were all in family)
    Mary, 50
    Jane, 20
    **Alonzo, 14
    Cynthia Strickland, 19.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Alonzo gave his occupation as carriage maker.

  • On 12 Jul 1861 Alonzo mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. He was 25 years and 26 days old.
  • On 28 Jul 1864 Alonzo ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts due to completion of his term of service, as a member of Company I.

  • On 6 Sep 1864 Alonzo A. Sabin, 28, married Sarah A. Sawyer, 26, daughter of Samuel Sawyer and Lucinda B. Bacon, at Millbury, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • Alonzo A. Sabin and Sarah A. Sawyer were enumerated in the 1880 US Federal census in Jun 1880 at Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts, as:
    Sabin, Alonzo, 41, carriage maker, b. MA (as were all in household)
    ---, Sarah A., 39, wife,
    ---, Charles L., 13, son
    ---, Samuel A., 9, son
    ---, Wilfred A., 3, son
    Sawyer, Nellie L., 37, boarder, type setter (his sister-in-law.)
  • On 20 Oct 1883 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Alonzo A. Sabin attended the 17th annual reunion of the 15th regiment association, with some 110 other veterans of the regiment. (Report from the Fitchburg Sentinel.)
  • He was enumerated in the 1890 US Federal census, Veteran's Schedule in Jun 1890 at Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts, as having served in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Company D.
  • He made application for a veteran's pension on 25 Jul 1890, and received certificate number 886003.
  • He died on 14 Apr 1897 at Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts. He was 60 years, 9 months and 29 days old.
  • An obituary for Alonzo A. Sabin was published on 15 Apr 1897 at "The Worcester Daily Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as follows:
    "Veteran of the 15th Mass. Regt: Springfield, April 14 -- Alonzo A. Sabin, aged 58, a war veteran, and for years a call member of the fire department, dropped dead of heart failure on Willow street, about 5:30 this afternoon, soon after leaving the shop of the Milton Bradley Company, where he was employed. He served in the 15th Massachusetts volunteers. He leaves a wife and three sons."
  • He was buried in Apr 1897 at Oak Grove Cemetery, Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts.
  • Sarah A. Sawyer received a pension to surviving family member based on Alonzo's service; his wife, received certificate number 498099.
  • Sarah, his wife, outlived Alonzo and died on 22 Jul 1921 at Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts, at age 83.
  • Last Edited: 19 Apr 2016

Family: Sarah A. Sawyer b. 20 Mar 1838, d. 22 Jul 1921

  • Charles L. Sabin b. 31 Jul 1866, d. 19 Nov 1936
  • Samuel A. Sabin b. between 1870 - 1871, d. 15 Oct 1963
  • Wilfred A. Sabin b. between 1876 - 1877

Stillman Safford

b. 8 October 1817, d. 3 October 1901
  • Father: Phillip Safford
  • Mother: Ada McIntire
  • Company: B
  • Stillman Safford was born on 8 Oct 1817 at Springfield, Windsor County, Vermont, son of Phillip Safford and Ada McIntire.
  • On 10 Jun 1843 Stillman Safford, 25, married Lucy Whitcomb Smith, 20, daughter of Royal T. Smith and Ruhamah Whitcomb, at Winchendon, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • On 14 Jul 1856 his toddler son, Frederick Safford, died at age 2.
  • In 1861 Stillman was living at Winchendon, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, in 1861, Stillman gave his occupation as tub and pail finisher.

  • On 12 Jul 1861 Stillman mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Winchendon, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 43 years, 9 months and 4 days old.
  • Stillman ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts by transfer to the Veteran Reserve Corps. Date is not given in the 1870 roster.

  • He ended his service with the 24th VRC, Company I on 21 Jul 1864.
  • On 29 Sep 1866 Stillman and Lucy's daughter, Ellen Frances Safford married Charles P. Hill at Winchendon, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both.
  • Stillman Safford and Lucy Whitcomb Smith were enumerated in the 1870 US Federal Census in 1870 at Winchendon, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • On 12 Jan 1878 Stillman and Lucy's daughter, Lizzie Jane Safford married Gilbert F. Stearnes at Winchendon, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a second marriage for him and the first for her.
  • Stillman Safford made application for a veteran's pension in Dec 1879, and received certificate number 260700.
  • In Jun 1886 Stillman was living at Winchendon, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • On 28 Jun 1888 at Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Stillman Safford attended a reunion of Company B, The Fusiliers.
  • He and Lucy Whitcomb Smith were enumerated in the 1900 US Federal census on 18 Jun 1900 at Winchendon, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Stillman Safford, 82, b. Oct 1817 in VT, married 56 years
    Lucy W., 77, wife, b. Apr 1823 in NH, four of six children living
    Ada F., 50, daur, b. Aug 1849, in MA.
  • In Jun 1901 Stillman was living at Winchendon, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • On 29 Jun 1901 Stillman Safford wrote a letter to be read at the 40th reunion of Company B.
  • He died on 3 Oct 1901 at Winchendon, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 83 years, 11 months and 25 days old.
  • He was buried in Oct 1901 at Riverside Cemetery, Winchendon, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • On 21 Oct 1902 Stillman Safford was reported as deceased at the 36th annual reunion of the 15th Massachusetts Regiment Association, according to an article in the "Fitchburg Sentinel."
  • Lucy Whitcomb Smith received a pension to surviving family member in Massachusetts based on Stillman's service; and received certificate number 528608.
  • Lucy, his wife, outlived Stillman and died on 2 Jun 1906 at Winchendon, Worcester County, Massachusetts, at age 83.
  • Last Edited: 19 Apr 2016

Family: Lucy Whitcomb Smith b. 30 Apr 1823, d. 2 Jun 1906

  • Ellen Frances Safford b. 11 Sep 1847
  • Ada S. Safford b. 26 Aug 1849
  • Charles S. Safford b. 27 Oct 1851
  • Frederick Safford b. 5 Nov 1853, d. 14 Jul 1856
  • Lizzie Jane Safford b. 28 Jan 1855

Joseph Sandbach

b. between 1829 and 1830
  • Company: I
  • Joseph Sandbach was born between 1829 - 1830 at England.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Joseph gave his occupation as operative.
  • In 1861 Joseph was living at Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts.

  • On 25 May 1861 Joseph mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • He was declared missing in action on 21 Oct 1861 at The Battle of Ball's Bluff, Leesburg, Virginia, and erroneously presumed dead.
  • John Floyd Maley wrote a letter to The Webster Times, listing his fellow prisoners, on 27 Oct 1861 from Richmond, Virginia, mentioning Joseph Sandbach, as follows.
  • On 30 Oct 1861 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Joseph Sandbach was included, with 304 other men, among "The Killed Wounded and Missing of the Fifteenth Regiment," after Ball's Bluff.
  • Joseph was paroled from prison at an unknown date.
  • On 2 Nov 1861 at "The Webster Weekley Times", Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Joseph Sandbach was listed as a Company I casualty of Ball's Bluff.
  • On 9 Nov 1861 Joseph Sandbach was mentioned, along with 95 other men of the 15th Massachusetts, in a report of 9 Nov 1861 to the Webster Times, by F. Q. Robinson, concerning the aftermath of Ball's Bluff and reporting his status.
  • On 20 Nov 1861 at "The Worcester Daily Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Joseph Sandback was listed with 195 other men among the prisoners taken at Ball's Bluff.
  • On 8 Apr 1862 Joseph ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts at Alexandria, Alexandria (city), Virginia, by discharge.

  • On 4 Jul 1907 Joseph Sanbach 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: 3 Sep 2013