Tuesday, May 12, 2020

1864 Payments On Behalf of Mother in Robbinston, Maine, of Civil War Soldier John E. Morrell; in 1860s/1870s Ledger of Financial Transactions of Robbinston


John E. Morrell, age 21; then serving in Company F of the 11th Regiment; payments made in 1864 on behalf of his mother in Robbinston, Maine.  "Enlisted Novr. 7/64"

Found on numbered page 40 in a ledger of Robbinston, Maine, financial transactions from the mid 1860s to the 1870s.

Payments were made on behalf of:
  • Margarett S. Morrell, age 44; mother

John E. Morrell - perhaps the same person as Edward J. Morrell or Edward Judson Merrill.  Whatever name he originally went by or ended up using, I believe he was the  son of Daniel Pickle Morrell (abt 1817-1889) and Margaret S. (Rupert) Morrell (abt 1823-1912), both natives of New Brunswick, Canada.

Daniel Pickle Morrell was not mentioned as being in the household - perhaps a reader will provide a reason.

Several marriage records of the children of Edward J. Morrell of Portland, Maine, indicate he was born in Robbinston, Maine, and his wife in nearby Eastport, Maine.

Hopefully a reader will weigh in to clear up the confusion.

1850 US Census of Robbinston, Maine - John E. Morrell, age 5

1860 US Census of Robbinston, Maine - John E. Morrell, age 14

1861-1864 Maine, State Archive Collections, 1718-1957, Military Records - Civil War - John E. Morrell
  • age 18, born in Robbinston, Maine; a farmer in Robbinston - but apparently also residing in Augusta, Maine
  • 5' 6" tall, with sandy complexion, blue eyes, sandy hair
  • enlisted as a private in Company F of the 11th Infantry on 17 October 1861 for a period of 3 years
  • mustered in on 7 November 1861
  • left service on 18 November 1864

1868 - could he have been the Edward J. Morrell, then of Camden, Maine, who, with Elcia E. Clara of Belfast, Maine, filed an Intention to Marry in July 1868 and were given a certificate dated 18 July 1868 at Rockport, Maine?

1890 - United States General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934 - John E. Morrell or Edward Morrell - filed as an invalid on 29 August 1890

1895-1921 - United States Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907-1933 - Edward J. Morrell, alias John E. Morrell

If you have information on the family of John E. Morrell, 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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