Wednesday, January 27, 2016

1860s CDV of David Crooker Plumstead of Lynn, Massachusetts, Private in the Union Army; by Washington, D.C. Studio

1860s carte de visite, or CDV, of David Crooker Plumstead, taken by the A. Jewett studio of Washington, D.C., presumably while Plumstead was serving as a musician in Massachusetts regiments during the Civil War.

From brief online research, hopefully correct:  [corrections and additions requested]

David C. Plumstead was born October 26, 1843 at Lynn, Massachusetts, the son of Matthew Buscall Plumstead and Martha Ellen (Crooker) Plumstead.  David, at the time working as a harness maker, enlisted in Company D of the Massachusetts 8th Infantry Regiment on September 13, 1862 at Lynn, Massachusetts and enlisted at least two additional times, so that he served through much of the War and a couple months beyond.

After the War, David returned to Lynn, Massachusetts, to work again as a harness maker in the family business, M. Plumstead & Sons.  In an 1882 Lynn city directory, the year before his death, David is shown as boarding at 32 Cambridge Street and still working in the family business, located at 131 Broad Street.

David died of phthisis, or wasting away, possibly as a result of tuberculosis, on February 7, 1883 and is buried in Pine Grove Cemetery at Lynn, Massachusetts.  I didn't find record of any marriages for him.

If you have corrections and/or additions to the information above, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

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