Saturday, May 2, 2020

1864/1865 Payments on Behalf of Family in Robbinston, Maine, of Civil War Soldier James E. Merry; in 1860s/1870s Ledger of Financial Transactions of Robbinston

James E. Merry, age 44; serving in Company F of the Maine 6th Regiment; payments made in 1864 and 1865 to his wife and children in Robbinston, Maine.

According to the page above, Merry was discharged for disability on December 11, 1864.

Found on numbered page 13 in a ledger of Robbinston, Maine, financial transactions from the mid 1860s to the 1870s.

Payments were made on behalf of:
Note: two older sons were either not in the household by 1864 and/or were not eligible for assistance as they had attained their majority.

James Edward Merry (1817-1892) was born about 1817 in Wilmot, Nova Scotia. A record in the Maine State Archives notes that he enlisted on 30 October 1861 and mustered in on December 12, 1861. He transferred to the 6th Maine Battalion on 14 July 1864.

On 14 December 1844 at Pembroke, Maine, James E. Merry of Pembroke, Maine, and Rosanna Carlisle or Carlysle (1820-1904) of Charlotte, Maine, announced their intention to marry; they married on 1 January 1845, according to a record in The New England Historical & Genealogical Register, 1847-2011.

A record in Maine, Veterans Cemetery Records 1676-1918 reveals that James died on 27 April 1892 and was buried on 30 April 1892 in the Picnic Hill Cemetery in Robbinston, Maine - this might also be known as the Brewer Cemetery.

If you have information on the family of James E. Merry, 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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