Sunday, May 17, 2020

1864/1865 Payments On Behalf of Family in Robbinston, Maine, of Civil War Soldier Sumner Anderson; in 1860s/1870s Ledger of Financial Transactions of Robbinston

Sumner Anderson, age 22; then serving in Company D of the 6th Regiment; payments made in 1864 on behalf of his family in Robbinston, Maine.

Found on numbered page 12 in a ledger of Robbinston, Maine, financial transactions from the mid 1860s to the 1870s.

Payments were made on behalf of:
  • Samuel Anderson, age 66; father
  • Mary Anderson, age 59; mother
  • Thomas D. Anderson, age 16; brother
  • Mary E. Anderson, age 14; sister

Sumner Anderson (abt 1842-1864), perhaps Sumner P. Anderson, presumably died in or in the same time frame as the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House.

1850 US Census of Robbinston, Maine - Sumner Anderson, age 8

1860 US Census of Robbinston, Maine - Sumner Anderson, age 18

1861-1864   Maine, State Archive Collections, 1718-1957, Military Records - Civil War - Sumner Anderson
  • single, age 19, a carriagesmith in Robbinston, Maine; born in Pembroke, Maine
  • 6' tall with light complexion, hazel eyes and auburn hair
  • enlisted 16 May 1861 for a period of 3 years; Company D of the 6th
  • mustered in 15 July 1861 at Brandy Station, Virginia
  • re-enlisted 1 January 1864 into Vet. Vol
  • missing in action 10 May 1864

Sadly, I could not find a record of the gravestone of Sumner Anderson, whether in Virginia or in Maine, either as a gravestone or a cenotaph.  Sumner deserves recognition for his sacrifice; if you have information, please share.  Perhaps it has something to do with the "Missing in Action" description.

If you have information on the family of Sumner Anderson, please leave a comment.

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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