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The Seventh Regiment of RI Volunteers in the Civil War, 1862 - 1865
by William P. Hopkins, Snow & Farmham Printers, Providence, RI, 1903
BENJAMIN A. KEECH. Sergeant Benjamin A. Keech, son of Olney and Joanna Bensley Keech, was born in Smithfield, July 24, 1824. He attended school with Gov. William Sprague at Fruit Hill. He became a painter and paper hanger. He was company cook in front of Fredericksburg, but before leaving Camp Mud he was made a sergeant. He was wounded at Petersburg, Va., June 24, 1864. His first wife was Sarah Ann Berry, who died at Olneyville, in 1854, leaving one child. April 19, 1858, he married Mary Ann O'Brien, who died Dec. 23, 1882. He resides at Central Falls.
THOMAS KEEGAN. Sergeant Thomas Keegan, son of Michael and Bridget Kane Keegan, was born at Cork, Ireland, in 1826. He married Margaret Hughes April 20, 1847, and resides at Pawcatuck, Conn.
CHARLES H. KELLEN. Sergeant Charles Holbert Kellen, son of Rev. William and Rosetta Meservy Kellen was born in Bangor, Me., Feb. 27, 1845. From early childhood he possessed remarkable physical strength. Not only did he excel in all athletic sports but invariably he stood at the head of his class. In 1848 his parents removed to Concord, N. H., where they resided until 1852. Young Kellen early developed a taste for military study and earnestly desired to enter West Point. In 1860-1 his parents resided in Willimantic, Conn., but he secured employment as clerk in the wholesale furniture and housefurnishing store of B. P. Cunningham, Providence, R.I. Naturally, therefore, when enlisting he selected a regiment from this state, and the more especially because at the time his father had accomplished another removal according to the rules of the Methodist Church. Though only seventeen years of age, he was five feet ten and one-half inches tall and weighed one hundred and seventy pounds. Upon the organization of Company F he was assigned thereto with the rank of first sergeant, having discharged an ordinary sergeant's duties in a number previously constituted. He became very popular with his men who presented him with a sword as a token of their esteem and unanimously requested that he be appointed their captain.
At Fredericksburg, after the regiment had retained its exposed position for some hours and had lost heavily in officers and in men, Sergeant Kellen was wounded in the right knee which was broken by a musket ball. It then glanced downward and lodged in the calf of the leg. On account of the serious nature of the injury he was advised to go to the rear, but he remained in position until he became exhausted when others were obliged to assist him off the field. He was removed to Carver Hospital, Washington, where his sufferings were severe. His father hastened to his bedside, but when he arrived it was already evident pyaemia had begun its fatal work, and death ensued December 27th.
At that time the family was residing in Cumberland, and thither the remains were transported. Funeral services were held there, Rev. Dr. Talbot preaching a discourse. The interment was at Swan Point Cemetery in Providence. Among letters of condolence received was the following:
'I know of no one in the regiment who was more conspicuous for his natural character and bravery, and it affords me great pleasure that I had always confidence in his fidelity and bravery. Z. R. Bliss.' Dated Jan. 7, 1863.
A second lieutenant's commission was made out for him and forwarded, but it never reached him. Hence his name was never put on the roll of commissioned officers at Washington, nor does it so appear in the adjutant-general's reports for 1865 or 1893, but Feb. 5, 1891, a private bill passed the Senate and was signed by the President on the ninth, ordering the name of Charles H. Kellen to be placed on the rolls of the army as second lieutenant, Company F, Seventh Rhode Island Volunteers."
<facing page: portrait of Charles H. Kellen, Orderly Sergeant, Company F, in full uniform>
WILLIAM KENNETH. William Kenneth, son of John and Janet Tannahill Kenneth, was born in Parsley, Scotland, Sept. 10, 1831. He married Harriet Jane Thompson July 5, 1851, and died at Westerly, May 23, 1891.
DAVID R. KENYON. Captain David Robinson Kenyon, son of Whitman Kenyon, was born at Richmond, R.I., Aug. 9, 1833. His education was obtained at the free schools of the town. When the Rebellion broke out he was superintendent of a woolen factory, to which occupation he returned after leaving the service. He was originally first lieutenant of Company A, but was promoted to the command of Company I, Jan. 12, 1863. At Fredericksburg he received a slight wound. He resigned March 2, 1863. In 1864-5 he was colonel of the Eighth Regiment Rhode Island Militia, which he organized and commanded until its disbandment. He had been a dealer in woolen and cotton waste and warps, an auctioneer, a postmaster, a member of the town council, a constable, and a deputy sheriff. He died in 1897, leaving one son, Charles L. Kenyon, of Wyoming.
THOMAS R. KENYON. Thomas Ray Kenyon, son of Benjamin Brightman and Lydia Amy Edwards Kenyon, was born in Hopkinton, Aug. 9, 1845. There were six brothers in the family, one of whom died in early life, but four remain until this day. So, too, doth the mother, but the father hath passed into the great beyong. Thomas received a good common school education at the 'Gate' schoolhouse in Hopkinton, and then went to work on his uncle's (Mathew Kenyon's) farm at North Stonington, Conn. He enlisted on his seventeenth birthday and died on his eighteenth.
WINFIELD S. KILTON. Sergeant Winfield Scott Kilton, son of George B. and Harriet W. Kilton, was born in Lonsdale, Nov. 10, 1843. While yet a youth his family removed to Providence where he entered the English department of the high school, which he left to enlist in the Seventh. At the close of the war he entered the dry goods store of Amos Aldrich, of Providence, as bookkeeper. Naturally he became acquainted with his daughter, Katie Jordan Aldrich, whom he married April 26, 1866. She survives him with ten children. When his father-in-law retired from business, Mr. Kilton went to Southbridge, Mass., and entered the store of J. S. Gleason. After five years, he resigned to accept a better position in the office of the Central Mills Company. The change had a bad effect upon his health, and, after a few years, he resigned. He recuperated but slowly, yet when health permitted, became bookkeeper for the Southbridge Printing Company, with which he remained until March, 1890, retiring only when positively commanded to do so by his physician. He died on the tenth of the next July. His funeral was attended by the Malcolm Ammidown Post, Grand Army of the Republic, the Quinepaug Lodge, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, and the Southbridge Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fellows. His remained were taken to his native state for interment.
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JAMES KIMBALL. James Kimball, alias James Kendall, was born in Boston, Mass., Oct. 27, 1828. He was the son of 'Ned Kendall' the celebrated bugler of that period. From early boyhood he exhibited mechanical genius. Before he was twenty-one he worked with Robert Matthies, the inventor of the original McKay boot and shoe sewing machines, who was then a shopmate. As early as 1850 he was working with and for I. M. Singer, on the sewing machine, whose invention subsequently made him famous. Later he was employed in a factory in Boston whose owner eventually died, when the business fell flat and the workmen were scattered. Thus it was that 1860 found him busied at the Crompton Loom Works in Worcester, Mass., building gun stock machinery for the Springfield Armory. In 1861 he heard that a firm in Millbury had taken a large contract for bayonets for the United States government and that piece work was given out at fabulous prices, so he repaired thither where he remained until the organization of the Seventh was well advanced. It then chanced one day that a party of shopmates took a pleasure trip to Providence the next day all enlisted. thus by accident he became a member of the Seventh, for not a man of them had he ever seen before.
After his muster out in 1865 he returned to Boston and obtained employment in the Sturtevant Blower Works. Later he was a foreman in the Amercian Steam Gauge Works which were burned in the great fire of 1872. At once his services were secured by the Ashcroft Steam Gauge Company with which he remained until 1876. Then he lived with his mother and her folks in Chelsea, until all were dead, and then, in July, 1889, he was admitted to the Soldiers Home in that city. There he was visited by the author Oct. 29, 1898, two days after he witnessed the seventieth anniversary of his birth. He gratefully remarked that he had just completed the threescore years and ten alloted to humanity as a well rounded lifetime.
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ELISHA C. KNIGHT. Elisha Champlin Knight, eldest son of Christopher Nicholas and Martha Champlin Knight, was born at Perryville, South Kingstown, Jan. 20, 1836. He had an elder and a younger sister, also six brothers. His father descended from the Knights of Knightsville, Cranston, and was one of eight children, while his mother had six sisters and seven brothers. When four years of age the family removed to Pontiac, and, at six and a quarter years, Elisha commenced working in the mill. All his education was obtained at evening schools. Subsequently he worked at Harrisville, Natick, and again at Pontiac. While there the Kentish Artillery, whose armory was at Apponaug, was resuscitated, Mr. Knight being one of the most active promoters of the measure. He entered the ranks but proved himself so soldierly that, in 1858, he won a lieutenant's commission which was signed by the first Governor Elisha Dyer. At the outbreak of the Rebellion he was residing at Enfield, where his military knowledge was put into immediate requisition, and he found himself drilling fifty or more men at one time. No dreams of ambition, however, disturbed his placid soul, and accordingly, for three years he contentedly served with musket and with spade. His father, when fifty years of age, though averring himself to be only forty-two, enlisted in Company H of the Second Rhode Island, as did a brother, William H. Knight. Another brother, Edwin R. Knight, served four years in Battery D, First Rhode Island Light Artillery, while another, Christopher Nicholas, Jr., after many rejections on account of his frail physique, gained admission to the United States Signal Corps and spent the last year of the war in the field. All returned home without serious disability, though more than one was wounded and that more than once. Elisha was wounded at Bethesda Church and again in three places, July 15, 1864, before Petersburg. When peace was restored he returned to Enfield, but soon after removed to Washington Village, Coventry, where he took charge of a steam engine. In 1867 he bought a store where the town clerk's office now stands, which he conducted until 1875, when he let it to other parties and retired to a farm. Tiring of this, Oct. 4, 1879, he moved to Providence, and, for about a year, was employed at A. J. Magoon's stove store. Then he spent a few months in peddling, but in 1881 took the store No. 696 Potter Avenue near Seabury Street, where he has spent the last twenty-one years and more during which he has resided in Providence. He was made a Freemason at Manchester Lodge, Coventry, in April, 1870. He was a charter member of Hope Lodge, No. 10, Knights of Pythias, in 1871, duly passed the chairs, and is a member of the Grand Lodge. His record is identical in the Anthony Lodge, No. 21, Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He is also a member of What Cheer Lodge, No. 20, of the Royal Society of Good Fellows, of the Christian Burden Bearers, of the George R. Browne Post, Grand Army of the Republic, and of the Garfield council of American Mechanics. He is also a deacon in the Hammond Street Advent Christian Church. He was appointed commissioner on the Vicksburg National Park vice Major Jenks deceased. His children are Martha Frances, wife of Russell G. Arnold, of Providence; William Andrew, of North Adams, Mass.; Harold Champlin, deceased at the age of five years and one week, and Etta Charlotte, wife of Oriaff Ellsworth, of Shawomet Beach.
<facing page: portrait of Elisha C. Knight>
CHARLES A. KNOWLES. Sergeant Charles Alfred Knowles, eldest son of James and Ann Knowles, was born in South Kingstown, March 10, 1826. He learned the wheelwright's trade and followed it until he enlisted. He married Abby Snow Baker Sept. 21, 1851. When killed on the field of Fredericksburg he left a widow who died in Florida about 1890, a son and a daughter. One brother, John K. Knowles, was killed while holding some position on the staff of General McClellan. The only sister died about 1880. A brother is now the only survivor of the family.
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LEWIS LEAVENS. Captain Lewis Leavens, son of William Leavens, of Putnam, Conn., was born in New York City, May 25, 1823. The family came to this country from England in 1626 and established settlements which have since become cities throughout the New England states. William removed to New York at comparatively an early age, and there amassed what was then called a fortune by the importation of mahogany. Late in life he married Ann, widow of Samuel Burritt, a lawyer, and a daughter of Ebenezer Buvling, a magistrate. By her he had two sons, Lewis and William, both born on Manhattan. The former was educated in the military academy at Peekskill, N.Y., and in due season married Almira Dyckman of Knickerbocker fame. She died, leaving two daughters, Mary and Anna. The latter subsequently was married to William Haight, by whom she had one son.
Captain Leavens married for his second wife, at North Stonington, Conn., the widow of Horace Thayer, of Rhode Island. She died in 1894 without issue. His father owned a mill in Rhode Island, which he had charge of for a short time while living with his first wife, and also after his second marriage until he was enrolled in the Seventh. He was slightly wounded Dec. 13, 1862, and resigned one month later. He returned to New York soon after the collapse of the Rebellion, and still resides there. Himself remarks that he has spent nearly all his years in mercantile pursuits with their ups and downs.
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NATHAN B. LEWIS. Corporal Nathan Barber Lewis, son of James and Mary Sisson Lewis, was born in Exeter, Feb. 26, 1842. His father was one of the largest farmers in that town, owning about a thousand acres of land. He believed children should be brought up to work, so time not spent at school was utilized in minimizing his labor bill. The education afforded by the district school was supplemented by some academic training, but at the age of seventeen he commenced teaching, sometimes in his native state and sometimes in Connecticut. Up to the date of his enlistment he divided his time between attending school and teaching. He never was absent from the regiment for any cause for a single day during its term of service. He acted as clerk of his company nearly all that time and as regimental postmaster from Jan. 24, 1864, until the final muster out. He participated in the various marches and battles in which the command was engaged, serving much of the time on the color guard. He was excused only from guard and fatigue duty on account of his labors as clerk and postmaster. On the morning after the battle of Cold Harbor, June 3, 1864, he was one of seven men remaining in his company ready for duty. Although never in any hospital, he returned from service much broken down in health and spent the first years thereafter in improving his education and in teaching. The former he secured at the academy in East Greenwich. In June, 1866, he was chosen a member of the school committee in Exeter, and was continuously a member of that body until June, 1887, a large part of the time superintending the schools of that town. He was its town clerk from June, 1872, to June, 1888, and an assessor of taxes from June, 1875, to the same date. He held the office of trial justice and of coroner from July, 1873, to June, 1876. On the establishment of the district court system in Rhode Island in May, 1886, he was elected justice of the district court of the second judicial district, and has continuously held that office until the present time, having been re-elected thereto once in three years by the General Assembly. In June, 1888, he removed from Exeter to Wickford in North Kingstown, where he resided until October, 1894. He was moderator of the town for three years and auditor from June, 1890, until he removed from that village. In August, 1893, he was chosen president of the Veteran Association, and has been annually re-elected to that office ever since. He is also chairman of the Historical Committee. He was postmaster at Pine Hill, Exeter, from July 21, 1872, to April 1, 1888, save when he was disqualified for the position by being a member of the General Assembly (1869 -72 and 1876-77), when his wife held the office. In May, 1891, he was appointed one of the five commissioners to obtain plans, secure a site, and erect a new courthouse for Washington County. He was chosen president of that commission whose service extended well-nigh through four years, and the fine Romanesque granite structure at West Kingston is the result of its labors. Judge Lewis is a past grand of Exeter Lodge, No. 43, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and a past chief patriarch of Uncas Encampment, No. 14, of the same order, consequently being a member of the Exeter Grange and the Washington County Pomona Grange. He was a charter member of Charles C. Baker Post, No. 16, Grand Army of the Republic, its quartermaster during the first four years and its commander in 1892. He was judge advocate of the department of Rhode Island in 1890 and 1893. Furthermore he is a member of Charity Lodge, No. 23, A. F. and A. M., of Franklin Chapter, Royal Arch Masons, of Hope Valley, and of Narragansett Commandery, Knights Templar, of Westerly.
Judge Lewis has always been a Republican. Originally surrounded by Baptist influences he inclined to more liberal views as he grew older, and, although he is not a member of any church, his sympathies and beliefs are emphatically Unitarian. He is a busy man, maintaining an office in Westerly beside discharging his duties as district judge, and practising in all the courts of the state and in the United States courts of which he is an attorney.
He has been twice married; first to Rowena K. Lillibridge, March 7, 1869, who died July 5, 1879, and second, to Nettie Chester, Aug. 15, 1880, now living. He has had four children, all deceased except one, Aubrey C. Lewis, born April 7, 1870, who is a graduate of Dartmouth College.
<facing page: portrait of Nathan B. Lewis, Past Commander, Judge-Advocate, Dept of R.I. G.A.R, 1890 & 1893. (in uniform, carrying sword)>
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DEAN S. LINNELL. Acting Quartermaster Dean Smith Linnell, eldest child of Capt. D. S. and Thankful N. Davis Linnell, was born at Brewster, Mass., Sept. 18, 1820. At the age of thirteen he went to sea with his father and continued with him until his twentieth year. He then repaired to Central Falls, R.I., and worked in the Home Print Works until the California gold fever broke out, when he became one of a party of fifty that sailed from Providence on the bark 'Perseverance', Capt. George Heath, for San Francisco, on June 16, 1849. Upon his arrival he went immediately to the mining regions, but tarried there for a short time only. Returning to San Francisco he was appointed tax collector, and held the position for two years. Nov. 14, 1852, he sailed for Rhode Island, where he engaged in machine and engine building until 1856, when he made another trip to California as a visit, remaining there one year. In 1853 he resumed his mechanical work in Providence, continuing therein until May 26, 1862, when he enlisted in Company B, Tenth Regiment Rhode Island Volunteers. June 1st he was detailed for duty in the quartermaster's department at Camp Frieze by order of Colonel Bliss, who transferred him to the Seventh as regimental quartermaster, upon the return of the former regiment to Providence. By the same authority he was relieved from duty Nov. 14, 1862. Three days later Mr. Linnell started again for Rhode Island. For a time he conducted a recruiting office in Providence. In 1865 he engaged himself to the Hope Iron Works and remained with that establishment until the accident occurred that cost him his life. He had set up one of its engines at the American Institute Fair, New York City, and had run it five or six weeks, when, on Oct. 10, 1867, as he was adjusting the nuts on the pillow block, the wrench slipped off causing him to fall into the flying wheel, which was revolving sixty times a minute. He was carried around three times, and thereby was so badly injured he died just one week later, leaving a young wife and an infant son, as well as a large circle of friends, extending from Maine to California, to mourn his untimely end. The New York Hospital, the exhibitors at the Fair and the builders of the engine were alike kind to him and to his stricken family, and did everthing in their power to alleviate their condition. His remains were interred at Oak Grove Cemetery, Pawtucket, R.I.
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AMOS A. LILLIBRIDGE. Sergeant Amos Aldrich Lillibridge, third child of Wanton and Sarah Champlin Lillibridge, was born in Richmond, R.I., May 11, 1844. He had five brothers and four sisters. He was educated in the common schools but spent one winter at the Hopkinton Academy and another at the State Normal School, Bristol. One winter he taught his home district school. He was proficient in his studies and intended to become a lawyer. When the war broke out he became very patriotic and refused all entreaties to accept a substitute which was urged upon him, for he was a great favorite with all acquainted with him. When Sergt. Charles G. Vincent of Company A deserted Oct. 14, 1862, he was promoted to fill the vacancy. He was shot through the head at Spottsylvania May 18, 1864.
HENRY LINCOLN. First Lieutenant Henry Lincoln, son of John B. and Betsey White Lincoln, was born in Attleboro, Mass., Aug. 10, 1836. He was a machinist by trade. His full name was John Henry Lincoln, but secretly enlisting in the Ninth United State Infantry, Dec. 9, 1856, he dropped a third of it. He participated in the Mormon War and became a corporal. He was discharged at the expiration of his term of service, Dec. 27, 1861. He enlisted in Company I, Aug. 12, 1862, and was first sergeant September 16th, second lieutenant of Company C, Jan. 7, 1863, and first lieutenant March 1st. April 20, 1864 he resigned. Returning to Rhode Island he was busied as a painter and paper hanger in Cranston, and afterward in Providence, until his death from Bright's disease, Oct. 30, 1883. He married Mary Jane, daughter of Thomas and Sarah Percival, Sept. 8, 1862, who survived him with two daughters.
JONATHAN LINTON. Sergeant Jonathan Linton, son of Jeremiah and Mary Gross Linton, was born in Pittsburg, Pa., May 4, 1828. His father, who was a Quaker, was one of the first settlers of that town; his mother was Pennsylvania Dutch. There were six girls and five boys in the family. Jonathan received a good common school education and was taught also the iron moulder's trade, both the machinery and the hollow ware departments. He was married to Mary Garlick, Oct. 14, 1852, by Rev. William Passavant, in Pittsburg. To them were born two sons and two daughters, one of each dying prior to 1899. Their mother passed away in February, 1891. Soon after he removed to Louisville, Ky., and thence to St. Louis, Mo., where he tarried some four years. In 1860 he went to Pennsylvania to enlist in the Seventh. He had a number of intimate friends residing in that city whom he desired to accompany to the front, in particular William R. Burgess. At Cold Harbor, Va., June 3, 1864, Sergeant lost the middle finger of his left hand. He was in the act of capping his musket. The position of the gun barrel saved his life. While in the army his family continued to reside in Philadelphia, but after his muster out all returned to St. Louis, Mo. A few years later they settled on a farm at Patoka, Ill., but his health continued to fail from consumption contracted in the army until his demise Nov. 16, 1882.
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JOHN Z. LOWELL. Sergeant John Z. Lowell, son of George W. B. and Maria Lowell, was born in Boston, Mass., June 9, 1836. The father was an architect and a contractor, and a distant relative of James Russell Lowell. John was graduated in due time from the Boston High School and then devoted himself for three years to the study of designing and engraving on wood. He then secured employement on 'Frank Leslie's Illustrated Weekly' for a time, and, subsequently at Troy, N.Y. Then he entered into business for himself, conducting a studio until the war broke out. He first enlisted for three years in the Ninth Massachusetts. Consequently he participated in the Battle of Ball's Bluff, when he escaped across the Potomac, being an excellent swimmer. The ordeal so affected his health, however, that, Oct. 28, 1861, he was discharged on account of disability then contracted. Aug. 13, 1862, John enlisted at Tiverton, R.I. in the Seventh, and was assigned to Company D, of which he was made a sergeant. March 3, 1863, he was discharged at Newport News, Va., because of physical disability. On July 2d of the same year he enlisted in Company C, of the Thirteenth Regiment Veteran Reserve Corps, when he was discharged July 9, 1865, at Galloupe's Island, Boston Harbor, while holding the grade of first sergeant. In 1860 he married Helen Core, but no children were granted them. He had two brothers, George M. and James H. Lowell. The latter served three years in the Thirteenth Massachusetts Volunteers, but as he was disabled by a gunshot wound at Antietam performed no more field duty. The family has a fine military record, some fifty or more having participated in the Colonial and Revolutionary Wars.
JOSEPH F. MAKER. Sergeant Joseph Franklin Maker, eldest son of Andrew and Ann Moore Maker, was born in Manchester, England, Sept. 11, 1838. He came to American when about six years of age with his parents, two sisters, and two brothers. Subsequently his brothers increased in number to eleven. When but a lad he took a trip around the world, which occupied six years. Among the places he visited were London, Liverpool, Havre, Toulon, Africa, the Canaries, the Cape Verde Islands, Calcutta, and Farther India, Montevideo, Buenos Ayres, and Cuba. Later he learned the carriage painter's trade and was engaged thereat in the village of Natick, R.I., when he entered the service. Earlier he had charge of George Miller's painting shop, in New Haven. July 3, 1859, he married Amy, daughter of Taber and Elizabeth Ann Brown Hollis, by whom he had two daughters, Estella and Lena who now reside in Newton Center as does their mother. When the Rebellion broke out, but three of the brothers were living. Their father was intensely loyal to his adopted country, and determined it should be crushed if anything he could do would tend to that result. Accordingly, Joseph entered the field in Company H, First Rhode Island Detached Militia as corporal; Alfred O., Company A., Second Rhode Island Volunteers, and William H., in Troop B, First Rhode Island Cavalry. Then their sire enlisted in Company D, Fourth Rhode Island Volunteers, and a month later Joseph enlisted a second time in Company I, of the Seventh. Andrew was killed in stepping front of one train of moving cars to avoid another in the evening of Oct. 21, 1862, at Wheatland, Va., his age being sixty-one years, nine months. When he enlisted on the preceding July 21st, the recruiting officer asked him how old he was. Andrew replied by asking him how old he took him to be. The officer replied that he might be forty-three. 'Well', was the response, 'I guess I will pass for that!' and he did so pass. William had sufficient strength to serve his full time, to re-enlist as a veteran volunteer, and to be mustered out at the close of the war. Alfred who alone of the family now survives, was discharged Nov. 29, 1862, on a surgeon's certificate, and Joseph, in a similar manner, Feb. 5, 1863. The two sisters lived for some years after the war. After Joseph's return to civil life he resumed work at his trade which he continued until 1876, when he entered into the livery stable business at Newton Centre, Mass. About 1891 he was compelled to retire on account of his health, being confined practically to his home for the ensuing six years by paralysis. He died there about 1898.
JOSEPH S. MANCHESTER. First Lieutenant Joseph Swift Manchester, only son of Luther Manchester a sugar merchant of Cuba, and Sarah Swift, a lineal descendant of Dean Swift, of England, was born at Bristol, R.I., March 11, 1841. With the exception of a cousin, all his relatives are now dead. He was mustered as first sergeant of Company G, Second Regiment, Rhode Island Volunteers, June 6, 1861, and promoted to be second lieutenant of Company B, July 22d, for bravery at Bull Run. Soon after he came home ill with typhoid fever and resigned December 11th, but, meanwhile (November 1st), he was transferred to Company G. By the ensuing summer he had sufficiently recovered to permit a new enlistment, so, Aug. 20, 1862, he enrolled himself in Company G (7th), but he was mustered in as sergeant-major September 4th. December 13th he was severely wounded at Fredericksburg, and, consequently, January 7th was commissioned second lieutenant for Company B. March 1st came an appointment as first lieutenant, and, June 25, 1864, one as captain and commissary of subsistence United States volunteers. The next day he naturally severed his connection with the regiment, but was assigned at his own request to the First Brigade, Second Division, Ninth Corps, and served in that position until the war ended. July 26, 1865, when on a short leave of absence, he married, at the Lonsdale rectory, Eliza Jane, daughter of Lieut. Col. Welcome B. Sayles. He was brevetted major in the spring of 1865. Subsequently he was offered a lieutenancy in the regular army, but declined it after considering the wishes of his mother. Still later he was made inspector of customs at Boston, Mass., and afterward delegated to the English steamers. He died at the residence of Mrs. Sayles, in Providence, May 4, 1872, of consumption, engendered by his wounds and his service. He was genial, active, and brave; his generosity also was unlimited. His servant, Joe, was a White Sulphur Spring cook, and piloted the army from the Rapidan to the James. He knew how to make more drinks out of whiskey, sugar, eggs, and such stuff, than any man I ever knew before or since. A fellow staff officer of Manchester says that every morning he would call into the tents, "Gemmen, it's time for you to wake up for you hot drinks', and soon after he would bring them to us.
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CALVIN R. MATHEWSON. Calvin Rhodes Mathewson, a brother of Nicholas, was born in North Kingstown Oct. 30, 1846. Evidently the initial of his middle name cannot be K., official records to the contrary notwithstanding. He was but fifteen at the time of his enlistment, and hailed from Coventry Centre. He was not strong, and, consequently, speedily found himself in the hospital. He was absent from the regiment sick after Dec. 20, 1862, and was discharged April 2, 1863, at the Portsmouth Grove Hospital. After attending school nearly a year he enlisted Feb. 17, 1864, in Company G., Third Rhode Island Cavalry, joined the regiment in Louisiana, and participated in the Red River campaign, after which he was sent to a hospital in New Orleans. On December 10th he was discharged, and, with many others, similarly conditioned, was sent to New York on the steamer 'North America'. She went down, however, with all on board, on December 22d, off Cape Hatteras. James Mathewson, another brother, enlisted at the age of seventeen in Battery G, First Rhode Island Light Artillery, Capt. George W. Adams, and served through the entire war. He had a horse shot at Fredericksburg, and was wounded near Cedar Creek.
NICHOLAS W. MATHEWSON. Nicholas Whitford Mathewson, son of Verbadus and Mary Whitford Mathewson, was born in West Greenwich, R.I., Nov. 30, 1834. Most of his life was spent in North Kingstown, at the village of Hamilton, then called 'Bissell's Narrows'. His occupation was mill operative. In 1854 he married Hannah E., daughter of Miner Rose, of North Kingstown. He was very tall and therefore was almost always on the extreme right of his company. While the regiment was waiting in the streets of Fredericksburg, Va., Dec. 13, 1862, the head of his company was opposite a cross street down which the Conferates were firing with their artillery. One of the shots struck Nicholas taking off both feet. He did not survive many hours. He left two children, Mary W. and Charles A., of Wickford, with whom the widow now resides, though in the intervening time she again married, so that her present surname is Crowell. A few years ago the family changed its name from Mathewson to Matteson.
ELISHA G. MAY. Elisha Gardiner May, son of Liberty Nelson and Belinda Austin May, was born in South Kingstown, R.I. He died at (regimental) Camp Parke, near Camp Nelson, Ky., of Yazoo fever, Aug. 29, 1863.
MANDER A. MAYNARD. Mander Alvan Maynard, youngest son of Moses Williams and Martha Barnes Brigham Maynard, was born at Leicester, Mass., Sept. 15, 1841. His parents were married Dec. 27, 1830, and lived together sixty-three years. In 1855 the family removed to Worcester, Mass., where he attended the public schools and the academy. During the winter of 1861-2, he taught school in Burrillville. He enlisted at Slatersville in the Seveneth, and was with the regiment until January, 1863, when he was taken with typhoid fever and sent to 'West Buildings' General Hospital at Baltimore, Md. Then he was transferred to the Lovell General Hospital at Portsmouth Grove, where he remained until October, the latter part of the time being employed at headquarters as clerk. At his own request he was sent back to his regiment, joining it at Lexington, Ky., in November. From that time, except when detailed for a short period as clerk at headquarters of the Fourth Division of the Ninth Corps, he was with the colors until the final muster out at Providence, June 7, 1865. Soon afterward he entered the employ of the Boston and Albany Railroad Company, and served it over thirty years, the last sixteen as cashier at the Worcester Station. This he resigned Nov. 30, 1897, because of ill-health. Since October, 1898, he has been engaged in the care of real estate. On May 16, 1866, he married Sarah J. Anthony. To them have been born two girls and two boys. The latter enlisted in the Second Massachusetts Regiment and served during the Spanish war in Cuba. Both were present at El Caney and Santiago.
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CHARLES H. V. MAYO. Sergeant Charles H. V. Mayo was from Bristol whither he returned after the Seventh was mustered out.
SAMUEL McILROY. Second Lieutenant Samuel McIlroy was born in the small village of White House on the seacoast of Ireland, about four miles from Belfast, in 1827. He had six brothers and three sisters. At an early age he served six years in the British Army, but afterward learned the calico engraving business at Glasgow, Scotland. He immigrated in 1848 and settled in Pawtucket, where he married Mary, daughter of Edmund and Margaret Clark, a native of White House also. She presented him with five children, of whom a daughter and a son were living in 1897. When the Rebellion broke out, he was working in Smithfield, R.I., and had a number of engravers under him, but the place was destroyed by fire and he repaired to East Greenwich. There he enlisted in Company I, of which he soon became first sergeant. He participated in every battle and every skirmish in which the regiment was engaged until he was wounded at Bethesda Church June 3, 1864. Though the injury proved very troublesome he continued on duty save for a very few days until September 30th, when, at the Pegram house, a musket ball struck his left knee, necessitating the amputation of that leg. His constitution was already so shattered, it could not endure the consequent shock and he succumbed thereto at a general hospital in Washington, October 25th. His wife arrived a few hours before his death, and, finding him conscious, remained by his bedside to the last. Two commissions had been received by him, but it is doubtful if he was ever mustered on either, though he was acting as lieutenant when he received the fatal wound. His remains were interred with military amd Masonic honors at the Mineral Spring Cemetery, Pawtucket, R.I. Her remains were laid beside them in August, 1878.
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JOHN McKAY, JR. First Lieutenant John McKay, Jr., was born in Johnstone, Scotland, Jan. 30, 1839. When but one year of age his parents brought him to America, settling in Warwick, R.I., where he remained until he was sixteen. He then went to Canton, Mass., and learned the machinist's trade which he continued to follow. He connected himself with the Fourth Regiment Massachusetts Militia and accompanied it to the front when called upon, as second lieutenant, serving chiefly at Fortress Monroe and Newport News from April 22, to July 22, 1861, yet participating in the battle of Big Bethel. In 1862 the young man decided to re-enter the army, and, considering this his native State, became a member of the Seventh September 2d. He participated in all the battles the regiment was engaged in, being severely wounded in the right shoulder June 29, 1864, at Petersburg. Having served some time as sergeant in Company H, July25, 1864, he was commissioned second lieutenant, but never mustered. October 21st he was commissioned first lieutenant, and, Feb. 1, 1865, transferred to Company B, by order dated October 21st. In March he was borne as commanding the company, and was so continued until June, 1865. Most of the time since the war Lieutenant McKay has resided in Detroit, Mich., representing a New England manufacturing firm.
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JAMES F. MERRILL. First Lieutenant James Flint Merrill, son of Samuel E. and Clarissa Flint Merrill, was born in Brownfield, Me., Dec. 6, 1837. His father's ancestors were of Huguenot origin, and were driven by persecution first to England and thence in 1632 to Newbury, Mass. His great-grandfather went to Fryburg, Me., and thence settled in the town where himself and his father were born. There he continued to work until sixteen when he went to Norway, Me., and engaged in farming as well as attending the Academy until 1860. About a year before the war he went to Boston and found employment in a grocery store, but took a course in bookkeeping at French's Commercial College. One day he went down to Dock Square and observed a flaming poster directing attention to the Seventh Rhode Island and 'Fifteen Dollars Bounty'. He at once enlisted, May 30, 1862. When the regiment left for Washington he was a sergeant in Company D, but was promoted to be second lieutenant in Company C, March 1, 1862, and again in July to be first lieutenant of his former associates. When consolidation with the Fourth was effected, he was transferred to Company I, of which he was in command during the month of May, 1865. He was mustered out with the organization June 9th. At one time Lieutenant Merrill was acting adjutant, and at another acting quartermaster. Near the close of 1863 he was detailed as ordnance officer at Camp Nelson, Ky., a position which rendered him accountable for a large amount of government property. He remained there several months, not rejoining the regiment until it had reached the Fort Fisher Camp, near the Pegram House, Nov. 20, 1864.
During one of the terrific bombardments to which Fort Hell was constantly liable the lieutenant had the good fortune to arise from his bombproof couch just in season to escape a sixty-four-pounder mortar shell that penetrated his apartment, and, plunging in the earth, and then exploded making a complete wreck of the habitation. Cook Beckford of his officers' mess dug over the ruins and recovered what of his belonging he could discover. Among other things he brought forth an army blanket, perforated through the centre by that shell, which to-day is exhibited as evidence of a fortunate avoidance of death.
The summer and autumn of 1865 Lieutenant Merrill spent at the home of his parents in Norway, Me. Thence he went to Cincinnati, O., and engaged in the manufacture of brick for nearly three years. In the summer of 1866 he was informed much to his surprise, that he had been appointed second lieutenant in the regular army and assigned to the Eighth Infantry, Colonel Canby. He declined to accept, and thus providentially escaped being massacred by the Moduc Indians in the 'Lava Beds' the following summer, as were the colonel and the entire company for which he was designated. After disposing of his business he accepted a position in the Cincinnati post office as superintendent of the stamp division, which he retained nine years. About 1886 he returned to Boston because of the reappearance of malarial troubles first experienced in the Jackson campaign, and, after serving a number of firms as clerk, and for a short time, the Boston Pension Agency, he finally located in Quincy, Mass., where with his brother he established a wholesale and retail grocery business in which he is still engaged. Jan. 28, 1869, he married Harriet U., daughter of Ira S. and Olive Wilder Brown, who was born Feb. 11, 1844. She presented him with four children, James Francis, May Merrill Hall, Clara, and Elizabeth Brown, who are descended through each parent from a Revolutionary officer, Capt. John Flint, of Middletown, Mass., who commanded a company at Bunker Hill, and Timothy Wilmarth, of Chepachet, R.I. Mrs. Merrill died Feb. 19, 1902, at Springield, Ohio, whither she had gone seeking health.
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BENJAMIN F. MILLER. Sergeant Benjamin Franklin Miller, son of John N. and Betsey Pratt Miller, was born in Bristol, Dec. 4, 1838. He had a sister and one brother, William A., of the Fourth Rhode Island Infantry, who died March 30, 1862, at Roanoke Island. Benjamin was educated in the common schools and Bristol Academy. Prior to enlistment he was a carpenter by occupation. While employed at Pawtucket he became acquainted with and married Mary Aeline Aldrich, of that village, Aug. 5, 1858. He was slightly wounded at Fredericksbug, Dec. 13, 1862, and severely in the hip at Bethesda Church, June 3, 1864, which necessitated his removal to the Harewood General Hospital, Washington, D.C., whence he was discharged May 25, 1865, on surgeon's certificate. He now found himself unable to work at his trade, but, thanks to his early education, he secured a position as bookkeeper, which he retained until his death. This occurred Nov. 11, 1866, at South Providence, and was the direct result of his last wound.
[Transcriber's note: Ancestry.com's database of Providence Deaths has
this conflicting info:
Benjamin F. Miller, son of John N. Miller, died 25 Nov, 1867 age 30 yrs and the RI Historical Database Project index confirms the latter date: MILLER, BENJAMIN F, SGT 1837c - 25 NOV 1867 BR001]
FRANCIS M. MILLER. Sergeant Francis Marion Miller, son of Welcome Turner and Chloe B. Chase Miller, was born at East Killingly, Conn., Sept. 24, 1835. When twelve years of age his father moved to Olneyville and secured a position as overseer of the dressing room at one of the mills. As soon as Francis was old enough he learned to tend dresser. In 1860 he married Susan Anna Wilcox and took up his abode in Glocester. After he was mustered out he conducted an express business in Olneyville for five years. Then he went to South Scituate where he was proprietor of a hotel some six years. Then he became a great sufferer from rheumatism, necessitating the use of crutches and the cutting of his food by others. A pension was granted him the week he died but he did not live to receive the news. He passed from earth Feb. 6, 1880, leaving a widow and seven children, the youngest being scarce ten months old. His remains were interred in Woodlawn Cemetery, Johnston.
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WINTHROP A. MOORE. Captain Winthop Amory Moore, youngest son of Amory and Miranda Brown Moore, was born in Waltham, Mass., Jan. 28, 1840. His mother died in 1843, and, with his elder brother Albert, he was sent to Derry, N.H., where they boarded at the town residence of Captain Choate. The attended school at the Pinkerton Academy, but spent the long summer vacation on the captain's farm, where they laid the foundation of a strong and healthy constitution that has sustained them to the very present. Returning to his native town in 1847, he attended the Waltham public schools, from the primary to the high, and, at the age of fourteen, finished his education at French's Academy, being well versed in the English branches, and quite proficient in the Latin and French languages. Outside school hours, from 1848 to 1852, he assisted in the post office, his father having been appointed to its charge by President Fillmore. At sixteen years of age he entered his father's bookstore as saleman, for which vocation he at once manifested distinguished aptitude. In the summer of 1849 he sailed as passenger from Boston in the bark 'Ethan Allen', of which his uncle, Caleb Morre, was captain, for Port Elizabeth, South Africa, returning New Year's day, 1861. Though the lowering clouds of approaching war darkened the horizon, young Moore married in February, Anna Proud, of Waltham, the belle of that charming village, and, March 4th, the day of President Lincoln's inauguration, sailed again from Boston for South Africa on the bark 'Good Hope', Captain Gordon believing with many others that the 'war scare' would soon be over. It was his intention to visit India, China, and Japan, and return by way of San Francisco, but the news of the fall of Sumter decided him to return immediately to the Old Bay State, where he arrived July 20, 1861, the day before Bull Run. Having escaped, through absence, the war fever, attendant upon the first call to arms, and believing with many the North would soon subdue the South, it was not until the summer of 1862, after attending a war meeting in Providence, R.I., that he became personally interested in the great conflict. He quickly decided as to his duty, and enlisted the next day as a private in Company G, Captain Rodman. He was soon detailed as clerk to Quartermaster Linnell, and was continued in that position by Quartermaster Stanhope. After the battle of Fredericksbug, he was sent home in charge of the body of Lieutenant-Colonel Sayles, which he turned over to the State authorities, returning to his regiment two weeks later. This secured for him a commission as second lieutenant in Company A, April 30, 1863, which was followed by a first lieutenant's Jan. 9, 1864, and a captain's June 15, 1865.
In August, 1863, he was ordered to New Haven, Conn., and was assigned by Col. Albermarle Cady, United States Army, commanding the United States draft rendezvous there established, to a position on his staff as quartermaster, commissary, and ordnance officer.
At one time and for nearly a year, over a million dollar's worth of government property and fifty thousand in cash were in his hands. That the trust was faithfully executed goes unsaid. In the fall of 1864 he rejoined the regiment before Petersburg and served with it until its muster out, when he was transferred to the Battalion Seventh Rhode Island Volunteers, with which he was mustered out July 13, 1865.
Since the war Captain Moore has been engaged in the watch case business as secretary and treasurer of the Dueber Watch Case Manuafacturing Company, at Canton, O., the largest establishment of its kind in the world, up to Jan. 21, 1902, when he resigned to accept the vice-presidency of the North American Watch Co., of Mansfield,, Ohio, whose responsibilities he assumed February 15th. He is a companion of the Ohio Commandery of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion, and a member of the Army and Navy Club of Washington, D.C.; of the Nelson Post, Grand Army of the Republic, at Newport, Ky.; of the William McKinley Lodge, A. F. and A. M., at Canton, O., and the Douglas Lodge, Knights of Pythias, at Cincinnati, O. Of his four sons only the youngest, Winthrop Amory, Jr., attained to man's estate. He is now connected with the Paris, France, branch house of Spaulding & Co., watch and diamond dealers, of Chicago, Ill.
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JOSEPH W. MORTON. Second Lieutenant Joseph Washington Morton, son of William and Hannah Slemmons Morton, was born near Rose Point, Lawrence County, Penn., Jan. 3, 1821. His early education was received from the schools in the neighborhood and from private tutors under whom he studied the classics. He united with the Presbyterian Church in 1837 and Beaver Academy in 1839, graduating from Brighton Seminary in 1841. He studied theology at the Western Seminary in Allegheny, Penn., and was licensed to preach by the Beaver Presbytery April 13, 1843. He supplied the pulpits at Freedom and Concord, Penn., during the next two years, marrying, meanwhile (May 1, 1844), Mary Jane, daughter of Dr. M. M. Curry, of Beaver Falls, Penn. Because of the failure of his church to testify against the sinfulness of slavery, Mr. Morton left her (sic) communion and united with the Reformed Presbyterians, being received as a licentiate by the Pittsburg Presbytery May 29, 1845. November 27th, by the same authority, he was ordained and installed pastor of the united congregations of Little Beaver, Jackson and West Greenville, centering near New Galillee, Beaver County, Penn. He resigned this charge June 3, 1847, having been unanimously chosen by the Synod to inaugurate a mission in Hayti (sic), where he labored diligently two years. His rapid mastery of the French language enabled him to preach very soon after his arrival, and to prepare a translation of the Westminster Shorter Catechism. Coming in contact with the missionary of the Seventh Day Baptist Church at Port au Prince he changed his views in reference to the Christian Sabbath. Consequently he was suspended from the ministry of the Reformed Presbyterian Church May 29, 1849.
Soon after Mr. Morton united with the Seventh Day Baptist Church, and began teaching Latin and Greek in the De Ruyter Institute, Madison County, N.Y. In the autumn of 1852 his family moved to Plainfield, N.J., where he was engaged in teaching classes and private pupils in the ancient and modern languages, frequently delivering sermons and lectures. In 1853 a business project called him to Paris for a season. While residing in Plainfield he was a member of the Board of Revisers of the American Bible Union and did valuable service in rendering the Greek New Testiment into English. Upon the Gospel of John he bestowed much labor, and his first translation with critical notes was bound up separately by the Union for distribution amond learned critics.
In September, 1859, Mr. Morton came to Rhode Island as principal of the Hopkinton Academy, a new institution, opening very successfully. But the outbreak of the Rebellion and the call to arms made inroads upon the older classes, so, in 1862, when the war cloud grew so dark nothing else seemed visible, the majority of the young men laid aside their books and seized the rifle, their preceptor going with them and enlisting in their ranks. He was at once made lieutenant of Company A, but also frequently preached for the chaplain of the regiment. He speedily became a victim, however, to malarial fever, and, early in December, was brought home to a slow and uncertain convalescence. Late in 1863 he removed to Vineland, N.J., and for the next ten years was interested in developing that settlement and Rosenhayn, the latter a project of his own. He also taught, founding the Vineland Academy, and, later, the Rosenhayn School. He frequently preached at Vineland and Bridgeton, but was for eight years pastor of the Seventh Day Baptist Church at Marlboro. In 1873 Mr. Morton removed to Philadelphia which became the home of his family for the next ten years. With his son he published 'The Philadelphia Trade Journal'. He also taught at Shiloh, N.H., for some months. In 1882 he was called upon to supply the pulpit of the Pawcatuck Seventh Day Baptist Church at Westerly, R.I., but in February, 1884, he was called home by an alarming change for the worse in Mrs. Morton's health. She passed from earth March 13th. In June, having concluded his engagement in Westerly, he was appointed general missionary for his denomination in the Northwest, with headquarters in Chicago. For seven years he filled this office, and 'proved most efficient in the service, undertaking long journeys, sometimes on foot, with a courage and endurance that but few younger men could be found to manifest.' In September, 1885, he married Jane C. Bond, of Milton, Wis. The closing scene of his life was a pastorate of nearly two and a half years at North Loup, Neb., to which he was called in the spring of 1891. On April 13, 1893, he preached a sermon on the fiftieth anniversary of his installation into the ministry. In May Mr. Morton suffered from an attack of la grippe. Though ill, he continued to fill his pulpit and perform extra work. In June, while yet very weak, he was attacked by a slight stroke of paralysis from which he seemed to recover partially. With the hope of benefit from the change he and Mrs. Morton went to St. Paul, Minn., to the home of his daughters, where for a time there was a deceptive show of improvement, but heart failure soon supervened, and, on the morning of July 27, 1893, he passed from this earthly life to 'the sweet repose of the intermediate state'.
EPHRAIM C. MORSE. Quartermaster Ephraim Crockett Morse, son of Joel and Rebecca Crockett Morse, was born in Durham, Me., April 7, 1822. Arrived at man's estate we find him engaged with his brother Orin, in the sawmill business at Lewiston, in that state. There he married Aug. 12, 1847, Ann Maria McKenney. One of her sisters was married to Hon. Nelson Dingley, twenty-eighth governor of Maine, and over twelve years a member of Congress from that state, while another was the wife of John Perkins, a prominent manufacturer of that place. Near the close of 1853 Mr. Morse removed to Newport, R.I., where he conducted a lumber and planing mill business. In April, 1855, he united with the First Baptist Church in that city.
Mr. Morse enlisted in Company I, Aug. 12, 1862, and was appointed third sergeant. December 13th he was slightly wounded at Fredericksburg. April 13, 1863, he was commissioned second lieutenant and mustered as such in Company G, on the 15th. May 18, 1864, he recieved a slight wound at Spottsylvania. Jan. 11, 1865, he was commisoned first lieutenant and quartermaster, and at once was mustered as such. He was mustered out July 25th, to date from June 9th.
Mr. Morse died at Auburn, Me., Aug. 1, 1885, leaving a widow who was residing at Sonoma, Cal., in 1901. A daughter had preceeded him to the spirit world.
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JOSEPH N. MORRIS. Joseph Nelson Morris, son of Benjamin D. and Mary E. Morris, was born in Bristol, Aug. 24, 1842. He enlisted as a drummer, but participated in all the battles, marches, and sieges that fell to the lot of the regiment. On his return home he learned the cooper's trade and followed it for several years. In 1874 he entered the employ of W. H. Buffington, with whom he remained nine years, meanwhile studying pharmacy and passing a successful examination. In 1883 he built and opened a drug store on Hope Street, between Church and Constitution Streets, which he conducted up to the time of his death, which occurred Oct. 23, 1895. He married Mary Dunbar, of Bristol, Jan. 31, 1867. She preceded him to the spirit world by about one year. Two daughters, a father, and a sister, Mary L. Morris, survived him. He was a past commander of Babbit Post, No. 15, Grand Army of the Republic, and a member of Major James F. DeWolf Camp, No. 8, Sons of Veterans, of the United Brothers Lodge, No. 13, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, of Wampanoag Encampment, No. 9, and of Mount Hope Council, Royal Arcanum. His remains were interred in North Cemetery.
HENRY L. MORSE. Sergeant Henry Lyman Morse, son of Henry and Phebe Ryan Morse, was born in Coventry, March 18, 1830. Until he was four years of age his father and his grandfather were the wealthiest men in that town, being large cotton manufacturers and residing on an extensive farm. The financial crisis that then occurred, caused their failure and retirement from business. Later his father moved to Clarkesville, now Pontiac. When sixteen and preparing for college his father died, leaving a widow, an infant, and three boys younger than himself. He promised his father he would care for the family, so he went to Providence, and, entering the employ of the Amos C. Barstow Company, learned the moulder's trade. He provided for the family until he was twenty-seven, when he married Eliza Potter, daughter of Sylvester Wilcox, of that portion of Seekonk, Mass., now East Providence, R.I. He commenced housekeeping on the corner of Cranston and B Streets, Providence, and there resided until he entered the service. Though exempt from military duty, being cross-eyed, he determined to accompany his political friends, Colonel Sayles and Major Babbitt, to the field. He died April 12, 1864, at Annapolis, Md. His remains were sent directly home where they now lie interred in the the North Burial Ground beside those of his two little children.
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