JOB HOLMES and COMPANY F, 22nd MAINE INFANTRY
On September 8, 10, and 12, 1862 Job Holmes, MD of Calais examined many men to determine if they were fit to serve in the Army. Job Holmes owned the cape on Main Street in Calais that today is open for visitors from 1 – 4 summer weekday afternoons. Come in on Thursdays and John Dudley will show you around. In 1850 Holmes built the big house next door and lived there until his death. His descendants resided there and owned both houses until the 1950s. I believe Job continued to use the smaller house for his medical practice.
Here we list men born in
Alexander, Cooper or Crawford; at least that is what the list stated. These men
had been enlisted by one of five recruiting officers named below. All men were
accepted for the Army except one, Isaiah Foster of Cooper. Isaiah Theodore
Foster, son of Isaiah W. and Caroline (Scribner) Foster of Alexander was born in
1840 and died in 1879. In 1865 he married his cousin Marian Dunn at Orrington.
Why was Isaiah rejected?
Stillman Bailey (lived in Crawford when enlisted)
Jones E. Brown (lived in Big Lake Township when enlisted)
William H. Brown
Peter C. Lamb (lived in Calais when enlisted, surveyor and elected Sergeant in Company F)
Daniel Perkins (lived in Crawford when enlisted)
T. Jefferson Spearin
Henry J. Burbank
Francis P. Lane
John Munson (John grew up in Cooper, but resided with his mother and step father (Simeon Ayers) on the South Princeton Road in Alexander when enlisted)
George Smith (lived in Princeton when enlisted)
William H. H. Waterhouse (enlisted in 28th Regiment Infantry)
Arthur Bucknam of Princeton, was Orderly Sergeant of Princeton Militia
Henry J. Burbank was the Orderly Sergeant of the Cooper Militia and was also a private in Company F
James A. Pike married Nartha Berry in August 1859. Both were of Calais - nfi
Daniel S. Seavey of Crawford was the Captain of the Crawford Militia, did not volunteer in Company F, but eventually was conscripted into Company G, 11th Regiment Infantry
William B, Taylor of Calais became Captain of Company F, 22nd Maine..
When Job Holmes came to Calais, he purchased the cape on the left from his brother-in-law, also a doctor. By 1850 Holmes had gained enough wealth to build the home on the right which was the family home into the 1950s. He used his ‘Holmes Cottage as a doctor’s after 1850. .