Friday, February 21, 2020

Birthday Notice of Samuel P. Durrell (1840-1927), Civil War Veteran of Skowhegan, Maine

Found in a scrapbook of mostly Dexter, Maine, to Skowhegan, Maine, content:

Birthday notice of Samuel P. Durrell, who was sent home to die as a result of his Civil War service and yet lived to re-enlist and to reach the age of 86.

Samuel P. Durrell of Skowhegan Observes His Birthday
SKOWHEGAN, July 25 - (Special) Though sent home during the Civil War to die, Samuel P. Durrell of Main Street, lived to re-enlist before the end of the conflict, and tomorrow will reach his 86th birthday. Mr. Durrell is a lifelong resident of Skowhegan and for forty years was an employee of the Bailey oil cloth factory, retiring when that firm went out of business here.  His household consists of himself and his wife, who was formerly Miss Georgia A. Littlefield, and their second son, Forrest Durrell. Their older son, G. E. Durrell, was formerly postmaster, and their youngest son, Howard Durrell, is the present assistant postmaster.  Mr. Durrell is a member of Russell Post, No. 96, G.A. R.

More information on Samuel P. Durrell's Civil War service is provided on his Find a Grave memorial.  As noted in the birthday notice, Samuel's wife was Georgia A. (Littlefield) Durrell (1849-1929).  Their sons:
  1. George E. Durrell who married Grace Wentworth
  2. C. Forrest Durrell (1876-1948)
  3. Howard Littlefield Durrell (-1974); married Nellie L. Phillips

Samuel P. Durrell, his wife Georgia A. (Littlefield) Durrell and at least two of their children are buried in the Southside Cemetery in Skowhegan, Maine.

See the Civil War monument, erected in 1898, in Skowhegan here.

If you have information on the Durrell family of Skowhegan, Maine, and/or if you have information on the Russell that GAR post 96 was named for, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

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