Monday, May 11, 2020

1864 Payments On Behalf of Family in Robbinston, Maine, of Civil War Soldier Curtis Robinson; in 1860s/1870s Ledger of Financial Transactions of Robbinston

Curtis Robinson; then serving in Company A of the 31st Regiment; payments made in 1864 on behalf of his family in Robbinston, Maine.

Found on numbered page 36 in a ledger of Robbinston, Maine, financial transactions from the mid 1860s to the 1870s.

Payments were made on behalf of:
  • Robert Robbinson, age 38; father
  • Mehitable V. Robbinson, age 34; mother - perhaps Mehitable Buck (Stanhope) Robinson, with clerk hearing her middle initial as V instead of B ?
  • Asahel H. Robbinson, age 14; brother
  • Jessee E. Robbinson, age 8; brother
  • Mary E. Robbinson, age 6; sister
  • Julia E. Robbinson, age 3; sister
  • George R. Robbinson, age 1-1/2; brother

Curtis Robinson (1846-1865), son of Robert Robinson (abt 1826-1906) and Mehitable Buck Stanhope Robinson (abt 1829-1919) - Mehitable's FindaGrave memorial gives death year as 1916 but Maine death record shows 27 October 1919.

Curtis' veterans marker spells his name as Robinson, which was likely the correct spelling of the surname of the entire family.

1850 US Census of Whiting, Maine - Curtis may have been the 4 year old enumerated as Curtis Stanhope in the household of Rodolphus Stanhope and his wife Susannah

1860 US Census of Whiting, Maine - it appears Curtis, under the name Curtis Robinson, was living in the household of Rodolphus Stanhope's son Andrew Jackson Stanhope

Maine, Civil War Enlistment Papers, 1862-1865Curtis Robinson
  • age 18, single and living in Robbinston, Maine, at time of enlistment; born in Robbinston
  • a fisherman
  • volunteered 23 February 1864 for a period of 3 years
  • sworn and subscribed at Augusta, Maine, on 29 February 1864; 31st Regiment of Maine Volunteers
  • 5' 8-1/2" tall, with grey eyes, brown hair and fair complexion

Maine, State Archives Collections, 1718-1957, Military Records - Civil WarCurtis Robinson
  • born in Robbinston, Maine, and living in Robbinston at time of enlistment
  • single, a fisherman
  • 5' 8-1/2" tall, with fair complexion, gray eyes and brown hair
  • enlisted 23 February 1864; mustered in at Augusta, Maine, on 1 March 1864 for a period of 3 years
  • left service 1 January 1865 when he deserted from Cony Hospital at Augusta, Maine

It doesn't appear likely that Curtis "deserted" to run off to a happy life. Rather, he was probably very ill and wanted to be with his family. He died on 13 September 1865.

Headstones Provided for Deceased Union Civil War Veterans, 1862-1904Curtis Robinson
  • died 13 September 1865
  • stone supplied by D. W. Whitney in 1879

If you have information on the family of Curtis Robinson, 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

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