Showing posts with label High Street Cemetery. Show all posts
Showing posts with label High Street Cemetery. Show all posts

Monday, August 11, 2014

52 Ancestors: #32 William S. Libby (1829-1894)



William S. Libby, my third great grandfather, was born on this date in 1829, in Eddington, Maine, the second of seven children born to David L. Libby and Charlotte Stevens, and their first son.

At the age of 25, William married a single mother named Patience Miller, in Denmark, Maine, on August 12, 1854. By the 1860 Census, the couple, along with 16-year-old "Heneritta Libbey," were living in Bridgton, Maine. At some point after their marriage, William adopted Patience's daughter Henrietta.

In October of the following year, however, he left his young family, and enlisted in Company C of the 10th Maine Infantry Volunteers, known as the "Portland Light Guard," which was being reorganized and raised in Portland. He lasted until March of 1862, when he was discharged "on account of disease."

10th Maine Flag preserved  in the Maine State Museum

As often happened to military units during the Civil War, portions of the remaining 10th Maine were transferred to the 29th Maine, and William re-enlisted in Company C on December 17, 1863. This enlistment lasted until July of 1864, when he was mustered out  "at hospital." One wonders if this indicates a recurrence of the prior illness.

By 1870, the 40-year-old William was back in Bridgton, where he lived for the next 24 years, working variously in a sawmill and a tannery.

William S. Libby died in Bridgton on November 10th, 1894, at the age of 65, and is buried in High Street Cemetery there. I will be traveling there this fall to visit his grave.




Sources:

1850 US Census; Census Place: Bridgton, Cumberland,Maine; Roll: M432_251; Page: 277A; Image: 251, Patience Miller, age 24, and Heneryetta Miller, age 7.

1850 US Census; Census Place: Clifton, Penobscot, Maine; Roll: M432_264; Page: 281A; Image: 565, William Libbey.

1860 US Census; Census Place: Bridgton, Cumberland, Maine; Roll: M653_437; Page: 28; Image: 717; Family History Library Film: 803437, William S. Libbey.

1870 US Census; Census Place: Bridgton, Cumberland, Maine; Roll: M593_539; Page: 19B; Image: 43; Family History Library Film: 552038, William S. Libby.

1880 US Census; Census Place: Bridgton, Cumberland, Maine; Roll: 477; Family History Film: 1254477; Page: 41A; Enumeration District: 023; Image: 0332, Wm. S. Libby.

1890 Veterans Schedule; Census Place: Bridgton, Cumberland, Maine; Roll: 6; Page: 5; Enumeration District: 30, William S. Libby.

Ancestry.com. Maine, Death Records, 1617-1922 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.

Ancestry.com. U.S., Civil War Draft Registrations Records, 1863-1865 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.

Gould, John Mead. History of the First-Tenth-Twenty-ninth Maine regiment. In service of the United States from May 3, 1861, to June 21, 1866. By Major John M. Gould. With the history of the Tenth Me. Battalion, by Rev. Leonard g. Jordan. Portland (Me.): S. Berry, 1871, p.319.

Historical Data Systems, comp. U.S., Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2009.

Historical Data Systems, comp.. American Civil War Soldiers [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1999.

Libby, Charles Thornton. The Libby Family in America, 1602-1881 (Portland, B. Thurston and Co., 1881), p. 524.

"Maine, State Archive Collections, 1718-1957", index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/246J-GCD : accessed 10 Aug 2014), William S Libby, 1863.

"Maine, State Archive Collections, 1718-1957," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-21942-24999-30?cc=1877829 : accessed 10 Aug 2014), Maine > Military Records-Civil War > Civil War soldiers index Lavington, Joseph-Littlefield, George W., 1861-1865 > image 1102 of 1409; citing State Archives, Augusta.

"Maine, Veterans Cemetery Records, 1676-1918," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-26281-45009-30?cc=1985567 : accessed 10 Aug 2014), King Philip's War to Spanish-American War > Jeffers-Lyman, H. > image 2931 of 3746; citing State Archives, Augusta.

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This is the 32nd in a series, “52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks,” coordinated by Amy Johnson Crow at No Story Too Small.

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