Thursday, April 30, 2020

1864 Payments on Behalf of Family in Robbinston, Maine, of Civil War Soldiers Lyman Vose & Elisha Vose; in 1860s/1870s Ledger of Financial Transactions of Robbinston

Lyman Vose (1839-1929), age 24, and his brother Elisha Vose (1841-1896), age 22, serving in the 1st Maine Cavalry: payments made in 1864 to their parents and siblings in Robbinston, Maine.

Found on numbered page 9 - with the account of Philip Caffrey in the lower portion of the page - in a ledger of Robbinston, Maine, financial transactions from the mid 1860s to the 1870s.

Payments made on behalf of:

Both Lyman and Elisha, Jr., survived the war, as did their father Elisha, who served in Company D of the 1st Maine Cavalry and was wounded at Shepherdstown, Virginia, on July 16, 1863.  Worryingly, a similar record of injury on the same date at the same place appears for Elisha's son Elisha, Jr. Perhaps the records were accidentally conflated or perhaps they were serving together and both wounded in the same battle, with the elder Elisha returning home to Robbinston.

Lyman Vose (1839-1929) was born about 1839 and married three times: 1) Alice Brooks (1848-1885) in 1867, with whom he had several children; 2) Alice Elizabeth Foss in 1887; Jane Goulding in 1898.  He served as a selectman for the town of Robbinston.  He spent time in Houlton, Maine, and in Cambridge, Massachusetts, before returning to the Robbinston area.  He died at nearby Calais, Maine, in 1929.

This record from the United States Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards indicates that Lyman rose from a private to a sergeant in Company E of the 1st Maine Cavalry.  Another such record indicates his death on 9 February 1929.

Elisha Vose, Jr. (1841-1896) -  Either Elisha was wounded at Shepherdstown, Virginia, on the same day as his father, or some of their records have become conflated.  Elisha, Jr.'s Find a Grave memorial indicates that he had married a Charlotte/ "Lottie".  She may have been the "Widow Lowe", whom Elisha married in St. Paul, Minnesota, mentioned in this necrology in the Maine Bugle, Volumes 4 and 5, published in 1897.

If you have information on the family of Lyman Vose and Elisha Vose, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

The ledger measures about 13" by 8" by 1/2" and contains entries for almost 50 families and many pages of other financial transactions. About half of the 178 numbered pages have entries. The ledger is missing its covers; the first page of what remains is shown below.

Soldiers and sailors listed in the ledger
  • The numbers in parentheses indicate specific pages in the ledger.
  • Many of the men listed below were born in New Brunswick or Nova Scotia and may have returned to Canada after the War.  See the map below to see how close New Brunswick and Nova Scotia were, particularly in the Age of Sail.
  • If you have information on any of the men listed below, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

The List, Alphabetized

Note: the map below has wording that puts Robbinston, Maine, in Saint Andrews Parish, but that parish is actually across the river in Canada.

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