FAMILY WAR SERVICES MEMORIAL
This is a ever-growing list of some of my courageous ancestors/veterans who have fought for our country and our way of life, so we could all enjoy the freedoms we take for granted today. They have served their country with honor and should not be forgotten, for they have made the ultimate sacrifices for each and every one of us, and for whom we all have a solemn obligation. For all the men and women veterans of our armed services. Thank you and God bless!

"This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave." ~Elmer Davis

DANIEL P. FARRIS

15th Regiment MA Infantry Company H, 12/2/1861-3/16/1862 Discharged due to Disability.

57th Reg. MA Infantry Company C, from 2/8/1864-8/15/1865 under Col. William Francis Bartlett. On May 1, 1864 Daniel was absent sick. On Oct. 13, 1864 returned to unit. Absent again on Oct. 27, 1864 and returned to his unit on Dec. 2, 1864. On May 1, 1865 Daniel was absent sick until the day of his discharge.

On Jan 2, 1887 made application for a veteran's pension, for his service in the 57th and the 15th Massachusetts Infantry.

Great Civil War Site for the Genealogy of the Volunteers of the 15th Regiment MA Infantry listing for Daniel Parker Farris

http://www.nextech.de/ma15mvi/ma15mvi-p/index.htm

WILLIAM FARRIS

PENSION FILE

At the onset of the Revolutionary War he enlisted in the company of Capt. George Lewis in Colonel Putnam's regiment on 11/1/1775. He served with the regiment for two months building fortifications at Cambridge, MA. He was verbally discharged by his officer at Cambridge.

In February 1775 he enlisted again for two months as a private in a company commanded by Capt. Joshua Gray in the regiment commanded by Colonel Carey. His regiment built fortifications at Dorchester, MA and he was verbally discharged there by his officers.

In April of 1776 he again enlisted as a private in the company commanded by Capt. John Russell in the regiment commanded by Colonel Berckiah Bassett. He served for a period of four months and was at Martha's Vineyard in October - November 1776 guarding the shore. He received his final verbal honorable discharge there.

William Farris applied for his veterans pension on July 13, 1832, age 76 and a resident of China, Kennebec, Maine. He received $33.33 a year.

AMOS LAWRENCE

PENSION FILE

On 1 Jan 1776, he enlisted in Revolutionary War in Capt. Lemuel Cowell's Company at Dorchester, building breastworks and fortifications serving 2 months;

June of 1776 he re-enlisted again in to Capt. Samuel Fisher's Company, Col. MacIntoshes Regiment; Marched to "Saw Pit" (Port Chester), NY near White Plains serving 3 months; Last 6 weeks of term belonged to corp of Rangers on guard every day and continually engaged in skirmishes with the Hessians.

In the middle of 1777, he re-enlisted in in Capt. John Ellis's Company of Col. Thomas Poor's Regiment - marched to White Plains, NY for 2-3 months, then marched up river to West Point where he remained for about 5 months.

Finally in May of 1778, he re-enlisted for his last term in the Continental Service for 9 months, marched to join army in NY

Mass. Soldiers & Sailors of the War of the Revolution, Volume 9 page 562
Lawrence, Amos. Private, Capt. John Ellis's co., Col. Thomas Poor's regt.; enlisted June 12, 1778; discharged Jan. 29, 1779; service, 7 mos. 27 days, including 10 days (210 miles) travel home; regiment raised to fortify and secure passes of North river, N. Y.; also, same co. and regt.; pay rolls for June-Sept., 1778, dated Fort Clinton; also, same co. and regt.; pay rolls for Nov. and Dec., 1778, dated King's Ferry.

Lawrance, Amos, Franklin. Descriptive list of men raised to reinforce the Continental Army for the term of 6 months, agreeablo to resolve of June 5, 1780, returned as received of Justin Ely, Commissioner, by Brig. Gen. John Glover, at Springfield, Aug. 9, 1780; age, 25 yrs.; stature, 5 ft. 5 in.; complexion, dark; engaged for town of Franklin; arrived at Springfield July 21, 1780; marched to camp Aug. 9, 1780, under command of Capt. Daniel Lunt; reported rejected, being weak and unable to march, according to certificate from Dr. Pyncheon; also reported discharged by Gen. Glover; also, pay roll for 6 months men belonging to the town of Franklin raised for service in the Continental Army during 1780; marched July 17, 1780; discharged Aug. 16, 1780; service, 1 mo. 5 days, including travel (100 miles) home.

Lawrance, Amos, Wrentham. Private, Capt. Samuel Cowell's co., Col. L. Robinson's regt.; enlisted Jan. 29, 1776; service, 2 mos. 4 days; regiment raised in Suffolk and York counties. Roll dated Roxbury.

 

ABNER HAZELTINE
He served in the King's Colonial Army and was listed in the muster call of 1755 as a Private in Major John Hazeltine's company, and again listed in 1756, of a company in his majesty's service, Capt. John Dalrimple in the expedition to Crown Point.
MOSES HILL
Mass. Soldiers & Sailors of the War of the Revolution, Volume 7 page 893
Hill, Moses, Sherburne. Private, Capt. Benjamin Bullard's co. of Minute-men, Col. Peirce's regt., which marched on the alarm of April 19, 1775; service, 5 days; also, Capt. Benjamin Bullard's co., Col. Jonathan Brewer's regt.; muster roll dated Aug. 1, 1775; enlisted April 24, 1775; service, 3 mos. 9 days; also, company return dated Prospect Hill, Oct. 6, 1775; reported transferred to the artificers Sept. 13, 1775.

Name: Moses Hill
Rank: Private
Enlistment Date: 24 Apr
Residence: Sherburn
Muster and Pay Rolls of the War of the Revolution, 1775-1783.
Massachusetts Continental Regiments--Brewer's
Captain Benjamin Bullard's Company, August, 1775 A Muster Roll of the Company under the Command of Captain Benjamin Bullard in Colonel Jonathan Brewer's Regiment to the first of August, 1775

DANIEL JENNINGS
Soldiers & Sailors of the War of the Revolution, Volume 8 page 767

Jennings, Daniel, Framingham.Private, Capt. Asa Drury's co., Col. Turner's regt.; enlisted July 27, 1781; discharged Nov. 30, 1781; service, 4 mos. 7 days; roll endorsed five months service at Rhode Island;also, certificate dated Natick, Feb. 25, 1784, signed by Capt. A**** Drury, certifying that said Jennings served under him in the 5 months service at Rhode Island in 1781.

JOSEPH JENNINGS
Jennings, Joseph, Framingham. Petition addressed to Gen. Ward, dated Camp Cambridge, June 5, 1775, signed by said Jennings and others belonging to Capt. Drury's co., stating that they had enlisted to serve in Col. Nixon's regt., but had been shifted to Col. Gardner's regt., and requesting that they might be permitted to continue in Col. Nixon's regt.; also, Capt. Thomas Drury's co., Col. John Nixon's (5th) regt.; receipt for advance pay, signed by said Jennings and others, dated Cambridge, June 20, 1775; also, Private, same co. and regt.; muster roll dated Aug. 1, 1775; enlisted May 4, 1775; service, 3 mos. 5 days; also, company return dated Winter Hill, Sept. 30, 1775; also, Capt. Micajah Gleason's (3d) co., Lieut. Col. Thomas Nixon's (4th) regt.; regimental return dated North Castle, Nov. 9, 1776; also, company receipts given to Benjamin Heywood, Paymaster, 4th regt., for wages for Sept.-Dec., 1776, for service in (late) Capt. Gleason's co.; also, Corporal, Capt. Nathan Drury's (6th) co., Col. Abner Perry's regt.; engaged July 28, 1780; discharged Aug. 7, 1780; service, 14 days, including 3 days (70 miles) travel home; company marched to Rhode Island on an alarm.

CHARLES MAKER

PENSION FILE

Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors in the War of the Revolution, Volume 10 pg 149
Maker, Charles. Private, Capt. Nathaniel Ide's co., Col. Carpenter's regt.; enlisted Aug. 13, 1779; discharged Sept. 12, 1779; service, 1 mo.; travel allowed to and from camp at Providence; company detached from militia to serve at Rhode Island for 4 weeks in a regiment under Capt. Samuel Fisher.

Charles took part in "Sullivan's Expedition" as listed in his full Pension file.

MOSES PARTRIDGE
Massachusetts Sailors & Soldiers of the War of the Revolution, Volume 11 page 988
Partridge, Moses, Medway.Private, Capt. Josiah Fuller's co., Col. Wheelock's regt.; service, 3 days; company marched from Medway to Warwick, R. I., on the alarm of Dec. 8, 1776; also, list of men returned by a committee of the town of Medway April 13, 1778, as having rendered service at various times subsequent to April 19, 1775.

DAVID PIKE

PENSION FILE

MA Soldiers and Sailors of the War of the Revolution, Volume 12 page 396

Pike, David, Wrentham (also given Medway).Private, Capt. John Boyd's co. of Minute-men, Col. Greaton's regt., which assembled and marched on the alarm of April 19, 1775; service, 8 days; also, Capt. John Boyd's co., 36th regt.; company return dated Fort No. 2, Oct. 5, 1775; enlisted April 27, 1775; also, Capt. Boyd's co., Col. John Greaton's regt.; order for bounty coat or its equivalent in money dated Cambridge, Dec. 23, 1775; also, list of men returned by a committee of the town of Medway, April 13, 1778, as having rendered [p.396] service at various times subsequent to April 19, 1775; also, list of men detached to go to Providence, R. I., agreeable to regimental orders, dated Medway, July 26, 1778.

MOSES TAFT

PENSION FILE

Listed in the "MA Soldiers & Sailors of the War of the Revolution" Vol 15 Pg 357-8

Taft, Moses.Private, Capt. Samuel Read's co., in a regiment commanded by Lieut, Col. Nathan Tyler; service to Jan. 21, 1777, 1 mo. 15 days, stationed at college in Providence, R. I., on the alarm of Dec. 8, 1776.

[p.358] Taft, Moses.Private, Capt. Benjam in Farrar's co., Col. Benjamin Haws's regt.; entered service Sept. 27, 1777; discharged Oct. 29, 1777; service, 1 mo. 5 days, on a secret expedition to Rhode Island, including 3 days (56 miles) travel home.

Taft, Moses.Private, Capt. Edward Seagrave's co., Col. Wade's regt.; enlisted June 19, 1778; discharged July 12, 1778; service, 26 days, at Rhode Island; company raised for 21 days. Roll dated Uxbridge. Assisted in building breastworks & fort on west side of town in Providence.

Taft, Moses.Chaplain, Brig. Gen. Solomon Lovell's brigade; engaged Aug. 18, 1778; discharged Sept. 13, 1778; service, 27 (also given 28) days, at Rhode Island, including 3 days (52 miles) travel home. Roll dated Warwick.

Taft, Moses.Private, Capt. Joseph McNall's co., in a regiment commanded by Lieut. Col. Samuel Peirce; entered service May 17, 1779; service, 1 mo. 18 days, at Tiverton, R. I.; reported 60 miles from home.

Taft, Moses.Corporal, Capt. Job Knap's co.; entered service March 2, 1781; discharged March 15, 1781; service, 17 days, including 3 days (70 miles) travel; company marched to Rhode Island. Roll dated Douglas.

Taft, Moses, Jr.Private, Capt. Bezaleel Taft's (9th) co., Col. Nathan Tyler's (3d Worcester Co.) regt.; entered service July 28, 1780; discharged Aug. 7, 1780; service, 14 days, including travel (3 days) home; company marched to Tiverton, R. I., on the alarm of July 27, 1780; also, receipt dated Uxbridge, April 25, 1781, signed by said Taft and others, for money paid them by Capt. Edward Seagrave, Constable, in behalf of Capt. Bezaleel Taft, as part of the wages due them for service on the alarm at Tiverton in July, 1780.

ABNER TAFT
Listed in the Massachusetts Soldiers & Sailors of the War of the Revolution
(Volume 15 Page 349-350)

Taft, Abner, Uxbridge.Sergeant, Capt. Samuel Read's co. of militia, which marched on the alarm of April 19, 1775; service, 7 days; also, 1st Lieutenant, Capt. Edward Segrave's (9th) co., 3d Worcester Co. regt. of Mass. militia; list of officers; commissioned Jan. 30, 1778; also, communication dated March 4, 1780, signed by said Taft and Bezaleel Taft, both of Uxbridge, Lieutenants in 9th co., 3d Worcester Co. regt., asking leave to resign their commissions in order that the difficulties and disputes existing concerning the districting of the two companies in the town of Uxbridge might be settled and the town properly divided by metes and bounds for the purpose of forming new companies; resignations approved by Col. Nathan Tyler; ordered in Council March 11, 1780, that the resignations be accepted.

Taft, Abner.Private, Capt. Bezaleel Taft's (9th) co., Col. Nathan Tyler's (3d Worcester Co.) regt.; entered service July 28, 1780; discharged Aug. 4, 1780; service, 11 days, including travel (3 days) home; company marched to Tiverton, R. I., on the alarm of July 27, 1780; also, receipt dated Uxbridge, April 25, 1781, signed by said Taft and others, for money paid them by Capt. Edward [p.350] Seagrave, Constable, in behalf of Capt. Bezaleel Taft, as part of the wages due them for service on the alarm at Tiverton in July, 1780.

WALTER KOSIBA

Enlisted in to the Navy in August of 1943 aboard the U.S.S. IOWA

Fresh out of boot camp at Newport, R.I., the 18-year old knew that the brand new ship, authorized by Congress in 1939 and commissioned at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in February of 1943, was headed into World War II. Pearl Harbor was a bold, bright memory.

Kosiba had been working at Waucantuck Mill on Mendon Street when the war broke out and "I knew my draft papers were going to come - so I enlisted instead."

He chose the Navy. Kosiba was an apprentice seaman, a fireman third class when he came out of boot camp, and once aboard the Iowa, he was assigned to gun turret No. 2. His was the first crew ever to board the Iowa, a crew of some 1,600 sailors and Marines "and everything they had." The "shakedown cruise" spanned March and April in 1943; the "President's cruise" was in November - and she and they departed for the Pacific Jan. 2, 1944.

With Kosiba and the others in No. 2, and still others assigned to turrets 1 and 3 - all in a line from fore to aft - the Iowa was with the supporting force in air strikes against Kwajalian Atoll and Eniwetok Atoll in the Marshall Islands, and on Feb. 16 and 17, she was with the striking force at Truk that brought destruction to an enemy destroyer, a minelayer, and a subchaser.

Next came Tinian Island, where the Iowa softened the beaches; there was bombardment of Mille Atoll, air strikes against Palau, Hollandia-Wake, Truk again, and then bombardment of Ponape.

By June of 1944, the Iowa was operating in the Marianas and around Tinian, the first battle of the Philippines Sea.

And the war went on - Third Fleet operations: the Tokyo air strike, bombardment of Muroran and Hitachi, and support for Kure air strikes on the remnants of the Japanese fleet.

From the beginning, it was Kosiba's job - in the magazine room of the very turret in which 47 sailors died in last week's disaster - to pass the ammunition into the conveyors that moved it up through the 18-inch, six-story steel-walled turret to the guns for loading on the top deck. It was a restricted area, he said, and he knew little about what went on there. For awhile, he worked the fifth gun mount.

You can read a terrific article written about him here in an article from the Worcester Gazette 26 Apr 1989

EDWARD SMITH, JR.

US Navy, fought in North Korea, Korean War

EDWARD SMITH, SR.

MA Pvt. Battery E, 305th Field Artillery, World War I

Here is a link to his full obituary from a newspaper article clipping from Hester Kosiba's Collection

ELISHA WARREN
Massachusetts Soldiers & Sailors of the War of the Revolution, Volume 16 page 612

Warren, Elijah, Upton; Quartermaster Seargent, Capt. Benjamin Read's Co., Col. John Rand's Regiment; engaged 14 Jul 1780, discharged 10 Oct 1780, service 3 months 7 days; including 10 days (200 miles) travel home; Company stationed at West Point; regiment raised in Worcester County to reinforce Continental Army for 3 months.

Certificate dated 21 Nov 1780, signed by Capt. Benjamin Read, certifying Warren & others belonging to the town of Upton had supplied themselves with firelocks, etc., while on a 3 month term of service.

JONAS WARREN
Mass. Soldiers & Sailors in the War of the Revolution, Volume 16 page 622
Warren, Jonas, Upton.Private, Capt. Stephen Sadler's co., Col. Wheelock's regt., which marched April 20, 1775, in response to the alarm of April 19, 1775, to Roxbury; service, 5 days; reported returned home.

Warren, Jonas (also given Jonas, 3d), Upton.Corporal, Capt. Robert Taft's co., Col. Silas Wheelock's regt., which marched on the alarm of April 19, 1775, to Roxbury; service, 8 days; reported returned home; also, Capt. Ezra Wood's co.; company return dated Upton, April 19 [year not given, probably 1775]; also, Private, Capt. Robert Taft's co.; list of men who enlisted Aug. 21, 1777, on the alarm caused by the battle of Bennington [service not given].

Warren, Jonas.Corporal, Capt. Benjamin Farrer's co., 3d Worcester Co. regt. commanded by Lieut. Col. Nathan Tyler; enlisted Dec. 8, 1776; discharged Jan. 21, 1777; service, 1 mo. 14 days, at Providence; company marched to Rhode Island on the alarm of Dec. 8, 1776.

Warren, Jonas.Private, Capt. Thomas Marshall Baker's co., Col. Benjamin Haws's regt.; enlisted July 28, 1778; discharged Sept. 12, 1778; service, 1 mo. 17 days; company detached and marched to Rhode Island to serve for 6 days. Roll dated Upton.

Warren, Jonas.Private, Capt. Thomas Marshall Baker's co., Col. Nathan Tyler's regt.; enlisted July 27, 1780; discharged Aug. 8, 1780; service, 15 days, including 3 days (60 miles) travel home; company marched to Rhode Island on an alarm.

DANIEL R. WHITE

30th Unattached MA Heavy Artillery - Organized September 1, 1864. Ordered to Washington, D.C., September 26, 1864, and garrison duty in the Defenses of that city till June, 1865.

Daniel R. White was listed as a Private in the 30th Regiment of the Massachusetts Heavy Artillery Unattached. Film # M544 roll # 13.

Civil War Index Pension Application: August 21, 1880

Daniel R. White, 30th Unattached MA Heavy Artillery

Class: Invalid
Certificate Number: 643778
Application Number: 868694
Attorney: Jas. L. Bowen

HENRY C. HORTON

Mustered into service on August 8, 1861with the 15th Reg. MA Volunteer Infantry. He was 19 years and 12 days old. On 24 Aug 1861 Henry ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts for disability.

He was declared missing in action on 27 Aug 1862 according to the 1870 roster.

Here is a copy of his Pension Index Card

On 20 Oct 1906 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Henry Clay Horton attended the 40th annual reunion of the 15th regiment association, with some 75 other veterans of the regiment.

Great Civil War Site for the Genealogy of the Volunteers of the 15th Regiment MA Infantry listing for Henry Horton

http://www.nextech.de/ma15mvi/ma15mvi-p/index.htm

ANDREW J. HORTON
Andrew J. Horton enlisted into the 4th Regiment Company D Rhode Island Infantry on September 23, 1861. This was the same regiment his brother Jerome died with in 1862 in New Berne, NC.

Name: Andrew Horton RESIDENCE: Uxbridge, Massachusetts
Enlistment Date: 23 Sep 1861 Side Served: Union State Served: Rhode Island
Death Date: 30 May 1914
Service Record: Enlisted as a Private on 23 September 1861.
Enlisted in Company D, 4th Infantry Regiment Rhode Island on 30 Oct 1861.

Andrew J. Horton mustered out of service with the 4th Reg. Comp. D of the RI Infantry on December 18, 1862 just seven days before Christmas, serving a total of 1 year 2 months and 26 days. He received a disability discharge.

JEROME B. HORTON

PENSION FILE

Jerome B. Horton of the 4th Reg. RI Infantry Company D is listed as dying from disease on April 29, 1862 in New Berne, NC.

On March 14, 1862 in New Berne, NC, Expedition under Maj. Ambrose Burnside, embarked on transports at Roanoke Island and landed at the mouth of Slocum's Creek on the Neuse River, then on to Otter Creek where they discovered the Rebels had abandoned their entrenchments. They later found the enemy lines 3/4 of a mile long on the other side of some railroad tracks. A charge was ordered made up of the 4th RI Infantry and the Union colors. They succeeded in clearing the enemy from the tracks killing 64, wounding 101 and capturing more than 413 men in the process. They in turn lost no men but 380 were wounded.

This was Jerome's last battle before succumbing to disease. He died of Typhoid Fever at the Regimental Hospital in North Carolina City, NC on 29 April 1862 as listed in his Pension file.

JAMES P. HORTON
2nd Regiment MA Heavy Artillery - James P. Horton was listed as a Private in the 2nd Regiment Massachusetts Heavy Artillery Division Company D. Film # M544 Roll # 19. Enlisted on 12/16/1863

Bounty 325 00
Date of Muster: 1/2/1864
Termination of Service: 9/3/1865
Occupation: Spinner
Residence: Uxbridge, MA

James P. Horton mustered out of service with the 2nd Regiment Company D of the MA Heavy Artillery on September 3, 1865 in Wilmington, NC after serving for 1 year 8 months and 18 days. His occupation was recorded as a Spinner.

Civil War Index for Pension Application:

James P. Horton, D 2nd Mass. Heavy Artillery

Date of Filing: 9/30/1867
Class: Invalid
Application Number: 128916
Certificate Number: 95363

More information will be added as it becomes available to me. Please let me know if you have any other information.