On April 12, 1861 Fort Sumter in Charleston, South Carolina harbor came under fire. This rotation of fire marked the culmination of centuries of two cultures diversifying and six decades of congress’s inability to overcome the political malfunctions that resulted from unequal economic strengths and conflicting views of humanity within our nation. Those shots were the ultimate expression of states rights aimed at a symbol of federalism.
We hope that we’ll list every man from each
town who was in the Civil War. Our research found no women. The list is to be
inclusive, including men born here, or lived here before or after the War, or
were connected by official records to our towns. Note: place of birth may be
what each soldier gave when he entered the service, unless we have better
evidence. We hope to tell about each before those shots were fired, where they
were born, where they lived, and what work they did.
We will give information about
their military service based on sources listed below. Occasionally this
information is confusing, especially when several people with the same name
appear in the records. I hope I’ve chosen the correct information for this
Finally, what happened to each? Did they die while at war? Did they return home? Did they go west?
Civil War soldiers listed here where in the infantry unless so stated. Some were in the Light or Mounted Artillery; both terms are used in the records. All men served as privates unless otherwise stated. Place names are in Maine unless otherwise noted. Most men volunteered, but a few were drafted or conscripted. Most were single farmers or laborers: I listed only other occupations and noted those who were married. I used either the enlistment date or the mustered-in date. The discharge date may be date of order or date of actual discharge. Not all transfers are recorded.
These sketches were part of Special Issue 17 of the A-CHS Newsletter. That also included soldiers and sailors of Cooper, Crawford, Big Lake Township, Princeton, Baileybille, Baring and Meddybemps. Errors here are mine and I apologize for them. We ask for additions and corrections. John Dudley at A-CHS, 216 Pokey Road, Alexander ME 04694, did the research and writing.
Sources: Maine in the War for the Union, the Special Schedule Census of Surviving Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Widows for 1890; Alexander Vitals compiled by Sharon Howland; The Maine Adjutant General’s Reports; No Rich Men’s Sons by James H. Mundy; The Civil War Almanac; census records; area cemetery grave stones; records at the Maine State Archives, records collected by Pliney Eugene Frost (1920 - 1997) and other A-CHS files; Early Princeton by Bruce Belmore; A History of Baring by Clifford Chase; Maine in the War for the Union by Wm. Whitman & Chas. True; The Story of the Maine Fifteenth by H. A. Storey; History of the 13th Maine Regiment (1898) by Ed Lufkin of Weld. Ken Ross shared his work Washington County Maine in the Civil War. It was of great assistance in this project. It is available on the web. The text connects Washington County to important events of the War; it tells who from here was where! He also has a list of over 4000 names of men from Washington County who served. This is a valuable resource and interesting reading.
Township 16 BPPED (Binghams Penobscot Purchase, Eastern Division) became Alexander in 1825. Its population in 1860 was 445. An asterisk * is found in front of each who died while at war or as a direct result of the war.
HENRY M. ADAMS was born in New Brunswick; he was single, 20 and a resident of Alexander when he enlisted on October 12, 1864. He served in Company F, 20th Regiment Infantry, Maine Volunteers. He was discharged by order #77 on June 3, 1865. He is not listed in Alexander Vitals.
JAMES L. ADDISON
James Addison moved from West Newbury, Massachusetts in 1867 to an isolated farm on the northwest corner of lot 54 in Alexander. He, his wife and baby daughter lived here until 1875. He was a Civil War (6th New Hampshire Regiment) and a shoemaker. Some information is from David Addison, his great-grandson. The blueberry field with cellar on lot 54 is known by some as the Addison Place.
ISAIAH BAILEY was born in Baileyville on January 29, 1823. He was drafted on October 3, 1864 and served in Company H of 16th Regiment Infantry, Maine Volunteers and later in Company H of the Maine 20th Regiment Infantry, Maine Volunteers. He was discharged on July 16, 1865. He lived mostly at 1587 Airline Road, but later with his son Jasper on lot 18. The 1890 census reported he suffered from rheumatism. He died in 1898 and is buried in the Alexander cemetery.
*STILLMAN HUTCHINGS BAILEY was born on September 1, 1843
in Alexander, a son of Abraham and Jane Bayley. The family arrived in Crawford
during the 1850s. After medical examination by Dr. Job Holmes Stillman enlisted
on September 10, 1862 in Company F, 22nd
Regiment Infantry, Maine Volunteers. He died of chills on January 12, 1863 at
Baton Rouge LA.
*GEORGE WASHINGTON BROWN was born on December 3, 1847 in Alexander, a son of Elijah and Amelia (Bohanon) Brown. They lived on lot 45 on the South Princeton Road. Little George was a namesake of our first president and also of his parents first born whose life spanned 1837 to 1845. Elijah was dead by 1850 and Amelia and George and the only other surviving child Eliza were living with her parents on lot 65. George mustered on December 3, 1963 into Company E, 1st Regiment, Maine Cavalry. He died of disease at Alexandria VA on August 21, 1864.
*JONES E. BROWN was born in Alexander according to records made by Dr. Job Holmes in September 1862. He enlisted in Company H, 28th Maine for a nine-month term on September 10, 1862. He died of disease on July 26, 1863 at Baton Rouge LA. He is not in the census of #21. Jones is not listed on any census of #21; In the Maine Adjuntant General’s Report he is listed as being the same age as a Hiram Brown. Hiram enlisted in the same company on the same day, but died on August 13, 1863 at Cairo, Ill. There is a little cemetery on the Princeton/#21 line behind where Mike Marshall lives in 2010. Hiram’s name and death date are on his father’s stone Were they cousins? Both were listed by Job Holmes, Hiram born in Princeton. We find no record of either in Alexander Vitals.
*THEOPHILUS BROWN Theophilus, son of Ephraim and Phebe Ann (Farrar) Brown was born on October 19, 1838 probably at 2020 Airline Road in Alexander. He married Susan Dwelley of Crawford on February 1, 1862. He was a volunteer and left Alexander when he mustered into the Army on February 17th. He was assigned as a private to the Company K, 15th Regiment Infantry, Maine Volunteers and that spring was on Ship Island in Mississippi. Later the Regiment went to Camp Parapet, up river from New Orleans. Malaria was a problem at this camp during the summer and on September 11, 1862 the Regiment was moved to Pensacola, Florida to recuperate. It was at Pensacola that Theophilus died on September 22, 1862, likely of typhoid, which was running through the camp.
WILLIAM HENRY BROWN was born in Alexander on March 19, 1831. He was married to Susan Hunnewell with three children and of Calais when he was drafted and mustered in on October 10, 1862. He was examined by Dr. Holmes in September 1862. He served in Company F. 22nd Regiment Infantry, Maine Volunteers for a nine-month term and was honorably discharged on August 14, 1863. He returned to his family in Alexander and was here on the 1880 census. William’s older brother Robert Clark Brown was drafted and paid commutation.
CHARLES HAZEN CARD was born at Dorchester NB and was of Alexander, 33 and married to Hannah Lamb when he volunteered on February 25, 1864. He mustered into the 6th Battery, Maine Light or Mounted Artillery led by Marshall McKusick of Baring. He was honorably discharged on June 17, 1865. He later resided in Alexander and Crawford and was the father of 18 children including 4 sets of twins. He died on May 30, 1906 and is buried at the Alexander Cemetery. Details about Charles’s service and life after will appear in issue 146 of the A-CHS Newsletter.
WILLIAM D. CLARK was 24 when he enlisted into Company K, 6th Regiment Infantry, Maine Volunteers. That was on June 21, 1861. He was single and made a wagoner. He was in the hospital starting on August 9, 1862. He deserted while on furlough on April 14, 1864. The card at the Maine State Archives states he was born in and resided in Alexander, but he is not found in Alexander Vitals.
STILLMAN CLENDENNING was born in St. Stephen. His name appears in the 1890 Alexander census of Civil War Veterans. This reports that he was a private in Company K, 20th Regiment Infantry, Maine Volunteers and enlisted in 1864. He also is listed as a private in Company H, 20th Maine. He was discharged on July 16, 1865. He resided in Meddybemps before 1880 and after 1890. He suffered from chills, fever and a wound in the right foot. He signed up in Belfast.
*AMOS HITCHINGS COLE was born at Saint David Parish New Brunswick on July 14, 1842. His family lived north of the Airline Road and west of the Huff Road in the 1840s and 1850s. They moved to Norridgewock. Amos was of Starks, a single teacher when he volunteered on April 25, 1861. He served in Co. F, 3rd Regiment Infantry, Maine Volunteers. He was a corporal when killed at Gettysburg on July 2, 1863.
*FREDERICK AUGUSTUS CRAFTS was born in Alexander on May 20, 1845 a son of Varen & Jane Crafts. The family moved to South Princeton after 1850. He was 19 and single when he entered Company A, 9th Regiment Infantry, Maine Volunteers on March 16, 1864. He died of disease on June 21, 1864.
HIRAM ALONZO CRAFTS was born in Waterborough, Queens County, New Brunswick on June 15, 1828. He volunteered and was mustered by Provost Marshall as a private on March 29, 1864 in the Maine Coast Guard Unattached Infantry. He was discharged on September 6, 1865. His home at one time was at 51 Arm Road. The 1890 census reported that he suffered from rheumatism. He died on March 22, 1891 and is buried in the Alexander Cemetery.
JOHN CRAFTS was born in Alexander son of Varen and Jane on July 27, 1830. He was of Alexander and single on April 26, 1861 when he volunteered and was mustered into Company D, 6th Regiment Infantry, Maine Volunteers on July 15, 1861. It is reported that he deserted on July 16, 1861. However, he is listed as an original member of the 6th Maine.
*WILLIAM HENRY HARRISON
CRAFTS was 21 and
single when he volunteered, and after a medical examine by Dr. Holmes of Calais,
mustered into Company F, 22nd
Regiment Infantry, Maine Volunteers on October 10, 1862. Born on September 27,
1840 here in Alexander, he died of disease on April 27, 1863 at Bayou Boeuf, LA.
He was a brother of Hiram and a cousin of John, both listed above.
*EMERY CARLE DUNN was born in Alexander on April 3, 1846, son of Levi Cobb Dunn and his wife Sally (Carle) Dunn. He was a shoemaker living in Brownville, likely with his parents when he enlisted on October 1, 1864. He mustered in at Bangor on that same day and was credited to Dixmont. (Likely Dixmont paid a bounty to him.) He served in the 7th Battery, 1st Mounted Artillery as a private. He died at General Hospital in Alexandria Virginia on May 17, 1865 of disease.
*RUSSELL COLLINS DUNN was born at Machias on July 25,
1840, a brother of Emery Dunn. Russell was a teacher in Calais when on November
1, 1862 he volunteered for Company B, 6th
Regiment Infantry, Maine Volunteers. He also served in Company F, 6th
Maine where he was promoted to Sergeant. He died of disease on March 25, 1863.
JOSEPH ELLSWORTH was a 21 year-old single farmer born in New Brunswick when he volunteered on April 26, 1861 and he mustered into Company D, 6th Regiment Infantry, Maine Volunteers. This company was lead by Joel A Haycock of Calais and Ruel W. Furlong of Milltown. Both of these men were killed in action. The GAR post in Calais was named for Haycock and the brook by the traffic circle in Milltown was named for Furlong. Joseph was discharged for disability on January 6, 1863. He returned to Alexander, married Margaret Robbins of Baileyville in 1867 and lived here until after the 1880 census.
CHARLES WESTON FENLASON was born in Alexander on March 18, 1843 the third child of Freeman Putnam and Harriet Newell (Dunn) Fenlason. Freeman was the first white child born in
Alexander (June 4, 1812). By 1850 the family was in Crawford, but gone by 1860. Charles enlisted from Farmington, Polk County, Wisconsin and mustered in on November 2, 1861 in Company G, 4th Regiment Infantry, Wisconsin Volunteers. He was discharged on June 8, 1865. His Civil War activity will appear in issue 147 of the A-CHS Newsletter..
*JOHN FENLASON was in Company C, 6th Regiment Infantry, Maine Volunteers. He was a single 29 year-old lumberman when he volunteered on June 13, 1861. He was left sick in hospital at West Point VA on May 11, 1862, and likely died there. He was a son of Samuel and Sarah (Hathaway) Fenlason. Alexander Vitals report John “died in the Army.”
LEVI FLOOD was 30 and single when he volunteered in the army on June 21, 1861. He mustered into Company K, 6th Regiment Infantry, Maine Volunteers on July 15, 1861. His two Babcock nephews also served in the 6th Maine, but in Company F. By 1862 he was a Corporal, later 1st Sergeant and was wounded at Rappahannock Station. He received an honorable discharge on August 15, 1864. He re-enlisted in Company H, 1st Veteran Volunteers on February 28, 1865 and was discharged on August 3, 1866. Levi and Mary Webber of St. Stephen were married on October 30, 1883; they lived in Cooper on the Green Hill Road. Levi died in 1891 and is buried in the Flood Family Cemetery on the Cooper Road..
*MICHAEL FOLEY (sometimes written Fola) was single, born in Ireland on June 13, 1840 and lived in Alexander as did his family according to the 1860 census. He was 25 and single when he was mustered into Company A, 9th Regiment Infantry, Maine Volunteers on September 22, 1861. He was promoted to Corporal on August 1, 1863, then was reduced in rank. He re-enlisted on January 1, 1864 in the Maine Veteran Volunteers and was killed at the Battle of the Crater near Petersburg on July 30, 1864.
BENJAMIN PUTNAM FROST JR. was born in Alexander on August 4, 1838 or in 1834, a son of Benjamin Putnam and Harriet Emeline (Bailey) Frost. He enlisted on June 21, 1861 and served in Company K, 6th Regiment Infantry, Maine Volunteers. He was discharged for disability on November 23, 1861. He moved to Calais, married Esther Bailey of Alexander and died on August 23, 1916.
*GEORGE THOMPSON FROST JR. was born in Alexander in 1845. He volunteered and served in Company F, 22nd Regiment Infantry, Maine Volunteers, enlisting in October 18, 1862. He was discharged in August 14, 1863 and died of TB in Calais in 1864. One source indicates he was in Company K, 6th Maine. This man does not appear in Alexander Vitals, but his father does.
STEPHEN DECATOR FROST was born in Calais on November 20, 1815. He resided in Alexander when he volunteered on February 9, 1864 in the Maine Coast Guard Unattached Infantry. He was honorably discharged on September 6, 1865. He lived for a time at 95 McArthur Road and later at 1644 Airline Road. The 1890 census reported that he suffered from deafness, heart, and rheumatism. He died on August 14, 1891 and is buried in the Alexander Cemetery.
MICHAEL GILLESPIE was born on July 8, 1844 at Miramichi, NB. He and his family moved to Breakneck Mountain in Alexander before 1860. He was single. He volunteered and mustered in on September 4, 1861 in Company A, 9th Regiment Infantry, Maine Volunteers. He re-enlisted on January 1, 1864 in Maine Veteran Volunteers. He deserted while on veterans’ furlough in March 1864. His name is not listed on the Alexander census after the war.
CHARLES W. GODFREY was 18 on February 22, 1864 when he enlisted in the 6th Battery, 1st Regiment Maine Mounted Artillery; Marshall McKusick was the sergeant of that company. He was born in Crawford. Charles was single and had been living with his parents Joseph and Rachel (Moriasey) Godfrey in Alexander, but listed his residence as Baring. He was honorably discharged on June 17, 1865. He moved to Post Mills, Vermont and in 1882 he returned to Alexander long enough to marry Melinda, Brown.
LARRY HACKETT likely was a son of Moses J. Hackett and
born in 1841 on Breakneck Mountain Alexander. The 1850 census gives his name as
Leroy. He was 21 on June 21, 1862 when he mustered into Company F, 14th
Maine Infantry. He was discharged on June 16, 1865.
WILLIAM HENRY HIGGINS was of Baileyville when he married
Eliza J. Averill of Alexander on September 18, 1859. In 1860, they were living
with her parents in Alexander and both attending school. Henry mustered in
Company A, 1st Maine
Sharp Shooters on August 29, 1862. He was discharged for disability on March 10,
1863. He re-enlisted on October 27, 1864 in Company A, 20th
Regiment Infantry, Maine Volunteers and was discharged on July 16, 1865. We
don’t find him before 1859, nor do we find them after the war.
JOHN B. HUFF was born on July 15, 1845 a son of Claudius and Ann (Lane) Huff. He was from Alexander when on December 26, 1863 he joined the 6th Battery, Maine Light or Mounted Artillery. He was wounded on June 16, 1864 at Petersburg VA. He was honorably discharged on June 17, 1865. He grew up next door to Charles Godfrey. He does not appear in Alexander after the war.
*CALVIN JELLISON HUNNEWELL was born at St. Stephen on February 23, 1837, a son of Jonathan & Susannah (Hall) Hunnewell. The family moved to Alexander about 1838 and resided first on Robb Hill then on the South Princeton Road. He volunteered for the Union Army, mustered in on July 15, 1861 in the Company E, 6th Regiment Infantry, Maine Volunteers. Calvin was a single lumberman. He was part of Union General Meade’s Army that defeated General Lee in a bayonet attack. Captain Joel Haycock of Calais was also killed in this Battle at Marye’s Heights. It was said that the Sixth never fired a shot in this victory. The South lost over 2000 killed and captured. Sadly, Calvin Hunnewell was killed at Rappahannock Station, VA on November 7, 1863.
*DAVID EBENEZER HUNNEWELL was born in Alexander on May 29, 1842, son of Jonathan and Susannah (Hall) Hunnewell. On December 12, 1861 at age 20 he mustered into Company D, 13th Regiment Infantry, Maine Volunteers. Neal Dow of Portland was the Regiments’ commander. On April 10, 1862 the 13th Maine was on Ship Island, Mississippi. Ship Island was a supply depot. Because of that they suffered minor attacks from local rebel. These Maine men also suffered from the diseases common to that area, including malaria. On July 1, 1862 the regiment left for Fort Jackson up the Mississippi to examine shipping up and down the river. On August 23, 1862 the regiment went to New Orleans and there David was discharged for disability. The book Descendants of Roger and Ambrose Hunnewell tells on page 22 that David died on the way home and was buried at sea.
WINSLOW HUTCHINS was born in Alexander on March 21, 1840. He was single when he volunteered on December 5, 1861 and served in Company I, 13th Regiment Infantry, Maine Volunteers. He served as a corporal. On January 1, 1864 he re-enlisted in the 6th Battery, Maine Light or Mounted Artillery led by Marshall McKusick of Baring. He was honorably discharged on June 17, 1865. It was Winslow’s father Giles who died on his way to the California gold fields. Winslow did not return to Alexander after the war.
EDWARD JAMISON (or Jameson) was born in Frederickton, NB ca 1835. He was in Alexander from before 1850 until after he married Martha Taylor on September 27, 1860. He and Martha moved to West Princeton. He enrolled from Princeton in Company B, 29th Regiment Infantry, Maine Volunteers on September 1, 1864 and was discharged honorably on May 31, 1865. Edward died on July 22, 1917 and is likely buried with Martha who died in 1904 and is in a marked grave at Princeton Cemetery.
according to information at the Maine State Archives, was born in and a resident
of Alexander when he enlisted & mustered into the service on June 12, 1861 in
Company K, 6th
Regiment Infantry, Maine Volunteers (Eastport Company). He transferred to
Company D, 7th
Maine. He was hospitalized in 1862. He re-enlisted and transferred to the
Company D, 1st
Maine Veteran Volunteers. He was honorably discharged on June 28, 1865. He died
on December 14, 1900. Jones is not listed in
nor found in census records of surrounding towns. Who was he?
FREDERICK LOVERING was born in April 1840 on the Robb Hill Road (Loverin Road) in Alexander, one of eleven children of Joseph and Harriet (Brooks) Loverin. He mustered on December 8, 1863 into Company D, 2nd Regiment, Maine Cavalry. He was discharged on December 6, 1865. Fred married Lovina Bean of Topsfield on January 21, 1866. We do not find him in Alexander after that date.
PETER C. LAMB had his place of birth listed as Alexander by Dr. Job Holmes when he was examined for enlistment into Company F, 22nd Maine as a Sergeant. He was 22 at the time, of Calais, and a surveyor by trade. A large Lamb family lived in Alexander, but his name does not appear in our vitals.
*GREENWOOD LYON, JR was single when he enlisted on September 10, 1862 in Company F, 22nd Regiment Infantry, Maine Volunteers. He had been examined by Dr. Holmes before enlisting. Greenwood Lyon was born in Alexander on January 14, 1843 son of Greenwood and Hannah (Frost) Lyon. They lived on the Lyons Road. He died of fever on October 26, 1862 at Philadelphia PA.
*ALBION KEITH PARRIS MOORE, the first son of John and Nancy (Mulholland) Moore was born on September 21, 1824 in Alexander. Albion married Sarah Call in May 1853 and they were the parents of three sons by 1860. As a resident of Steuben, Albion enlisted in Company H, 15th Regiment Infantry, Maine Volunteers on July 15, 1861. He was a musician and also served in Company G, 6th Regiment Infantry, Maine Volunteers. He was discharged for disability on August 24, 1862. As a resident of St. Stephen, he was drafted on March 15, 1865 and died of disease on September 20, 1865.
JAMES MOORE was born in Alexander on December 30, 1929 the second son of John and Nancy (Mulholland) Moore who lived on the Old County Road. In 1857 he and Hannah Gower filed marriage intentions. He was a laborer of Calais when he enrolled in Company D, 6th Regiment Infantry, Maine Volunteers. He re-enlisted and transferred to Company E, 1st Maine Veteran Volunteers, He was honorably discharged on June 28, 1865.
*JOHN MUNSON was born in Cooper on October 27, 1836. By 1860 he was living on the South Princeton Road in Alexander with his mother Elizabeth, her numerous children and his stepfather Simeon Ayres. He enlisted on September 10, 1862 in Company F, 22nd Regiment Infantry, Maine Volunteers. He died of disease on April 29, 1863 at Baton Rouge LA.
DANIEL T. PERKINS, son of James and Martha, was born on February 25, 1841 in Alexander. After 1850 the family moved to Crawford. After being found fit by Dr. Job Holmes of Calais, he enlisted in Company F, 22nd Regiment Infantry, Maine Volunteers on September 10, 1862 for a nine-month term. He was discharged on August 14, 1863. Daniel appears on the 1880 census as a single common laborer living in the home of Widow Caroline Dwelley.
JASPER HILLMAN PERKINS, brother of Charles, was 18 and of Alexander when he enlisted in the 6th Battery, Maine Light or Mounted Artillery on February 26, 1864. Another reference states he was in the 7th Maine. He was honorably discharged on June 17, 1865. He returned to Alexander and was here in 1870, still single and living with his parents.
JOSEPH PERKINS was born at Grand Lake, New Brunswick on July 16, 1820. He was married with 8 children when he was drafted on October 4, 1864 and served in Company H, 20th Regiment Infantry, Maine Volunteers and was discharged on June 14, 1865. He lived on Spring Hill at 179 Cooper Road. The 1890 census reported that he suffered from diarrhea and piles. He died in 1895 and is buried at the Alexander Cemetery.
*MARTIN JELLISON HALL PERKINS was born in Alexander on January 4, 1844 a son of Henry and Ann (Hall) Perkins. He was single when he enlisted on June 21, 1861. He was in Company K, 6th Regiment Infantry, Maine Volunteers, and was wounded on May 3, 1863 at the Battle of Marye’s Hill near Fredericksburg, Virginia. He died on June 13, 1863 at McDougal General Hospital, Fort Schuyler, New York, and is buried at Cypress Hill National Cemetery, section 1, grave #637 in Brooklyn NY.
CHANDLER G. PIKE was born in 1845, likely in Alexander, a
son of Newell and Joanna (Sullivan) Pike. The family was gone by 1860, maybe to
Calais from whence he entered the army. He served from January 24, 1863 in
Company H, 17th Maine and
in Company B, 16 US Infantry. nfi
THOMAS J. SADLER was born ca 1831 a son of Samuel and Eliza Sadler. He grew up on the East Ridge Road. He was married to Alice when he enlisted on June 26, 1861 in Company K, 6th Regiment Infantry, Maine Volunteers. His place of enlistment was Alexander. He was honorably discharged on August 15, 1864. After the war the family lived on the North Union Road where the Phipps family had lived. He moved to Calais and died there at age 72 and is buried at the Calais Cemetery.
SAMUEL SEAMANS, born July 3, 1823 at Prescott (Belgrade), was married with 7 children and from Alexander when he volunteered. He was mustered in on September 10, 1862 in Company F, 22nd Regiment Infantry, Maine Volunteers. He was honorably discharged on August 14, 1863 and returned to Alexander to his home on Taylor Hill. The census takers made a challenge for researchers by spelling Samuel’s last name Seamons, Simon and Simmons.
JOHN A. SEARS was of Calais when he enlisted in Company E, 9th Regiment Infantry, Maine Volunteers on January 28, 1865. He was born in 1845 at Sackville NB and had moved from Baring to Alexander by the time of the 1880 census. His wife of ten years, Mary Baldwin had died in 1879 leaving him with two sons, ten and eight to tend. His name lives on as Sears Corner on the Crawford Road.
JEREMIAH SPEARIN, JR.
was born in
Alexander on February 11, 1829. He and Mary (Crafts) had 3 children when he was
drafted on October 3, 1864. He served in Company I, 16th
Regiment Infantry, Maine Volunteers. He was taken prisoner and held near
Richmond, Virginia. He was honorably discharged on May 25, 1865 and returned to
Alexander. He and Mary had one more child. He was twice widowed by 1876. He
married Mrs. Ruth Damon of Calais on February 20, 1890. He died on June 27, 1909
and is buried at the Calais Cemetery.
JOHN SPEARIN was born in Massachusetts probably about 1826. He was in Alexander in 1850. It is said that injuries received in the war lead to his nickname, ‘Side-hill John’. Two men named John Spearin appear in the Adjutant’s Generals Report. Our John may have been in Co A, 16th Regiment Infantry, Maine Volunteers that was transferred in mass into the 20th Maine. Or he may have been in Company A, 11th Regiment Infantry, Maine Volunteers. Either way he was discharged for disability. In 1875, when he married Mary Brownlee, he was of Frankfort. He died after the 1900 census. His lot in the Alexander Cemetery has no stone to record his death date.
LEONARD SPEARIN was a 21 year-old born and living in Alexander. He was a brother of Jeremiah and Jefferson. He entered the Company C, Coast Guard Infantry on May 16, 1864. He was honorably discharged on September 6, 1865 and returned home. He married Emma Huff in October 1869. They and his brother Leander lastly appear on the 1880 census in one household.
NATHANIEL BAILEY SPEARIN was born on October 7, 1831 a son of Jeremiah and Rhoda (Bailey) Spearin and brother of Jeremiah JR, Leonard and Jefferson. He married Elizabeth Tracy of Baileyville in 1857. He did not reside in Alexander after that time. He entered the Coast Guard Infantry on November 29, 1864 and was discharged on September 6, 1865.
T. JEFFERSON SPEARIN was born in Alexander on March 24, 1839. He was examined by Dr. Holmes in Calais and mustered on October 10, 1862 into Company F, 22nd Regiment Infantry, Maine Volunteers for a nine-month term. He was honorably discharged on August 14, 1863 and returned home. He married Emma Crafts in 1872. They moved to North Anson where he died on October 28, 1921 and is buried there.
ROBERT KENDALL THISTLEWOOD, JR. was born in Alexander on April 13, 1839. He enlisted in August 13,1862 in Company B, 6th Regiment Infantry, Maine Volunteers. On August 20, 1863 he transferred to Company E, 1st Maine Volunteer Veterans. He suffered a shell wound to his left leg. He was discharged on June 16, 1865 from Cony Hospital. He returned to Alexander, married Lois Ford and lived here until after 1880. They then moved to Jacksonville where he died in 1904 and is buried in the Jacksonville Cemetery, East Machias.
WILLIAM H. TRACY was 27 and single, born in Calais and listed as resident of Alexander. He volunteered and was mustered in on August 23, 1862 into Company F, 6th Regiment Infantry, Maine Volunteers. He is not in Alexander Vitals because his home was on the Baileyville side of the Robb Hill Road (town line road). When the 6th was disbanded, he transferred to Company C, 1st Regiment Maine Veteran Volunteers and served as a Corporal. He was discharged for disability on August 11, 1864. He died on October 25, 1891.
SUMNER THOMPSON VARNUM, a brother of Charles, was born in 1847 in Princeton. In 1860 he was 18, single and living with his parents. He enlisted to serve in Company A, 9th Regiment Infantry,
Maine Volunteers on December 29, 1863. He was wounded at Cold Harbor VA on June 5, 1864. His company was mustered out on July 13, 1865. He returned to Princeton. He and Nancy Lewis filed intentions of Marriage on November 16, 1869. By 1880 they had two sons and were living with his father-in-law James Coffin. (Where did the name Lewis come from?). They moved to Alexander before 1900 and resided at several locations including at 989 Airline Road, 102 Tommy Long Road and 311 Arm Road. He died in Alexander on April 22, 1918 and is buried in the Alexander Cemetery.
WILLIAM H. VARNUM was in Princeton when he entered service in February 9, 1865 in Co A, 11th Regiment Infantry, Maine Volunteers. His family name was misspelled Vernon. He was a musician and discharged on February 2, 1866. He was in Alexander in 1910 at his brother Sumner’s house listed at age 66, single and a farm laborer. A stone at the Princeton Cemetery tells William’s dates 1844 – 1925 and lists a wife Helena 1852 – 1921.