Thursday, April 30, 2020

1864/1865 Payments on Behalf of Family in Robbinston, Maine, of Civil War Soldier William H. Campbell; in 1860s/1870s Ledger of Financial Transactions of Robbinston

William H. Campbell, serving in Company G of the 11th Maine: payments made in 1864 and 1865 to his parents and siblings in Robbinston, Maine.

Found on numbered page 8 in a ledger of Robbinston, Maine, financial transactions from the mid 1860s to the 1870s.

Payments made on behalf of:
  • Nathan Campbell, age 60; William's father
  • Olive Campbell, age 60; William's mother
  • Frank E. Campbell, age 15; William's brother
  • Nathan E. Campbell, age 8; William's brother

William H. Campbell, born about 1840 in Maine, appears to have enlisted twice, once on 10 September 1862 and again on 26 March 1864.

A record for a 22 year old William, in the Maine State Archives, reveals that his place of birth was Robbinston, Maine, with his then residence at some point after mustering out on August 14, 1863 as Houlton, Maine, and his occupation as farmer. Another Maine State Archives record, noting William's age as 23 years and 7 months, points to his then residence as Bristol, Maine, where he was working as a farmer.

If you have information on the family of William H. Campbell, 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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