Wednesday, May 13, 2020

1864/1865 Payments on Behalf of Parents in Robbinston, Maine, of Civil War Soldier Edwin Stanton; in 1860s/1870s Ledger of Financial Transactions of Robbinston

Edwin Stanton; then serving in the 1st Artillery; payments made in 1864 and 1865 on behalf of his parents in Robbinston, Maine.

"Joseph Stanton died 21 Feb. 1864 at home. Edwin S. was killed in front of Petersburg June 18/64"  

The application for a veterans gravestone indicates Joseph Stanton, who had been a sailor in the U.S. Navy, died on 20 March 1865; perhaps that was the application date mistakenly put in the death field. Whether Joseph died of disease of injury incurred as a result of his service, I do not know.

Thus, in one year, 1864, a few months apart, John and Mary Stanton of Robbinston lost two sons, Joseph and Edwin.

Found on numbered page 41 in a ledger of Robbinston, Maine, financial transactions from the mid 1860s to the 1870s.

Payments were made on behalf of:
  • John Stanton, age 72; father
  • Mary Stanton, age 72; mother

Edwin Stanton (1849-1864), born at Perry, Maine, son of John Stanton and Mary (Brooks) Stanton, who were born in New Brunswick and Ireland respectively.

1849 - Maine Births and Christenings, 1739-1900 - birth record of Edwin Stanton at Perry, Maine
  • parents John and Mary
  • William John Stanton, born 20 November 1838 at Saint John, New Brunswick
  • Elizabeth Stanton, born 26 May 1835 at Saint John, New Brunswick
  • Matthew Stanton, born 26 August 1839 at Saint John, New Brunswick
  • Joseph Stanton, born 26 May 1843 at Saint John, New Brunswick [see note above: "Joseph Stanton died 21 Feb 1864 at home."
  • Edwin Stanton, born 20 May 1849 at Perry, Maine [Edwin must have fudged his age when he enlisted in 1863, or the date on this record is wrong, and his enlistment shows birth in nearby Robbinston, Maine]
  • recorded 1 April 1852 by L. P. Brown, Town Clerk of Perry, Maine

1850 - US Census of Perry, Maine - Edwin Stanton, age 1; his father John a laborer

1860 - US Census of Robbinston, Maine - Edwin Stanton, age 12; his father John a farmer

1863 - Maine, State Archive Collections, 1718-1957, Military Records - Civil War - Edwin Stanton
  • age 18 [either fudged or his birth year is wrong in the birth record above] in 1863
  • 5' 7" tall, with dark complexion, dark eyes, dark hair
  • born in Robbinston, Maine [or nearby Perry]; residence in Eastport, Maine
  • single; farmer
  • enlisted in Company M of Maine 1st Heavy Artillery as a private for a 3 year period on 29 December 1863
  • left service 18 June 1864; killed in action at Petersburg, Virginia

1863-1864Maine, Civil War Enlistment Papers, 1862-1865 - Edwin Stanton
  • age 18, a farmer; resident of Eastport, Maine; born in Robbinston, Maine
  • volunteered 29 December 1863 for a period of 3 years
  • sworn and subscribed on 6 January 1864 at Belfast, Maine
  • 5' 7" tall, with dark complexion, dark eyes, dark hair
  • 1st Heavy Artillery

1864 - death near Petersburg, Virginia on 18 June 1864 - Edwin Stanton

1864 Maine, Veterans Cemetery Records, 1676-1918 Joseph Stanton is buried in Section B, Lot 156 of the Picnic Hill Cemetery at Robbinston, Maine - this cemetery may now be known as the Brewer Cemetery.  

A book of Robbinston burials compiled by Sharon Howland, Melva Morrell and Frances Raye, published in 1991, notes that Joseph is buried in the new section in back of Section C of the Brewer Cemetery.

If you have information on the family of Edwin Stanton, 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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