Tuesday, May 5, 2020

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

John Taylor (abt 1836-1904); then serving in Company G of the 6th Regiment; payments made in 1864 and 1865 to his wife and children in Robbinston, Maine.

Found on numbered page 21 in a ledger of Robbinston, Maine, financial transactions from the mid 1860s to the 1870s.

Payments were made on behalf of:
  • Sophia Taylor; age 25; wife - Ellen Sophia (Gates) Taylor, born in Horton, Nova Scotia [birthplace per the death record of her daughter Maud E. Taylor]
  • John Taylor, age 5; son
  • Amos Tayor, age 3; son
  • Charles Frederick Taylor, age 1; son

John Taylor was born about 1836, son of Edward Taylor and Hannah (Boyd) Taylor [John's death record shows his mother's maiden name as Boyd.]

New Brunswick Provincial Marriages,  1789-1950
  • married 10 February 1858: John Taylor of Robbinstown, Maine, and Ellen Sophia Gates of Eastport, Maine
  • the marriage presumably occurred on one of the Passamaquoddy Bay islands or perhaps in St. Andrews, New Brunswick, a short hop across the mouth of the St. Croix River from Robbinston, Maine. 
  • conducted by John B. Brownell, Wesleyan minister
  • witnesses Mary Brownell and Mary B. Brownell

From a record in the Civil War Soldiers index in the Maine State Archive Collections:
  • Born in Eastport, Maine; age 26 and married at time of enlistment on 9 September 1862
  • mustered in at Augusta, Maine, on 24 September 1862
  • dark complexion, blue eyes, brown hair; 5' 6" tall
  • farming in Robbinston, Maine, at time of enlistment
  • wounded about May 10, 1864
  • transferred to 6th Maine Battalion on 14 July 1864
  • transferred to 1st Veterans Infantry on 20 September 1864

The 1870 US Federal Census shows that John and his growing family moved to a farm at nearby Pembroke, Maine, after the war.

Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921: John Taylor died at Pembroke, Maine, on 12 December 1904 of paralysis from heart disease.

Maine, Veterans Cemetery Records, 1676-1918:
  • date of death, 12 December 1904
  • cause of death: disease of heart
  • burial, 15 December 1904
  • next of kin, John Taylor
  • date of enlistment: 9 September 1862
  • date of discharge: 16 June 1865
  • buried in Forest Hills Cemetery at Pembroke, Maine - Section E, Lot 61

John Taylor (1836-1904) is buried in the Forest Hill Cemetery at Pembroke, Maine, with son Amos F. Taylor (1862-1932).

If you have information on the family of John Taylor, 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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