Wednesday, May 6, 2020

1864/1865 Payments on Behalf of Family in Robbinston, Maine, of Civil War Soldier Samuel Boyden; in 1860s/1870s Ledger of Financial Transactions of Robbinston

Samuel Boyden, age 35; then serving in Company G of the 6th Regiment; payments made in 1864 and 1865 on behalf of his wife and children in Robbinston, Maine.

Found on numbered page 24 in a ledger of Robbinston, Maine, financial transactions from the mid 1860s to the 1870s.

Payments were made on behalf of:
  • Frances Boyden, age 29; wife
  • Frances Boyden, age 9; daughter
  • Flora E. Boyden, age 7; daughter
  • Elen A. Boyden, age 5; daughter
  • Aldora Boyden, age 4; daughter
Samuel Boyden (abt 1828-1891), son of Philip Boyden and Jane (Mason) Boyden, husband of Frances Olive (Plummer) Boyden.  After the war, Samuel and Frances had several more children.  The 1890 Veterans Schedules [below] note that they were then living in South Robbinston; perhaps they always had.

Maine Marriages, 1771-1907: with additional information on offspring and Samuel's death date
  • Samuel Boyden of Robbinston, Maine, and Frances O. Plummer of Alna, Maine; married 21 August 1853 by J. L. Eugley, Justice of the Peace
  • Ray V. Boyden, born 28 March 1878
  • Pearl W. Boyden, born 15 March 1883
  • Samuel Boyden died 18 December 1891, as testified by his widow Mrs. Frances Boyden to Robbinston Town Clerk A. G. Buck. See another post that features the family of Civil War soldier Albert Gallatin Buck (1822-1901)

Maine, State Archives Collections, Military Records - Civil War: Samuel Boyden
  • native of and farming in Robbinston, Maine, at time of enlistment on 9 September 1862
  • age 33 and 5' 11" tall, with a dark complexion, blue eyes, brown hair
  • mustered in at Augusta, Maine
  • wounded in November 1863
  • transferred to Company G of the 6th Regiment on 14 July 1864
  • discharged from service on 6 December 1865 - Cony Hospital at Augusta, Maine

1890 Veterans Schedules - Samuel was living in South Robbinston, Maine
  • gun shot in right hand [?]
  • ? [perhaps saber] cut in ?

  • date of birth, March 1828 - perhaps an estimate - at Robbinston, Maine
  • date of death: 18 December 1891
  • buried 21 December 1891 in the Boyden Cemetery on the Howard Stone property [later owned by Samuel's son Raymond Vernon Boyden (1878-1949), who is also buried there, along with his wife Myrtle Iola (McNutt) Boyden (1897-1984)].  This small, secluded cemetery is on the Boyden Lake Road, not far from the Robbinston Ridge Road. 
  • enlisted 9 September 1862 at Augusta, Maine; discharged 6 December 1865
  • rank: private
  • war record: Company G, 6th Maine Infantry; Company E, 7th Maine Infantry; Company E, 1st Vet. Me. Vols. 

If you have information on the family of Samuel Boyden, 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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