Simonds, Harrison O. Lt. – Co. E, MA 5th Light Artillery

Harrison Otis Simonds was born about 1841 in Massachusetts. His father was Harrison O. SIMONDS (b. ca 1811 MA) and his mother’s given name was Lucy Jane (b. ca 1850 NH).

On 28 Apr 1867 in Boston, Suffolk Co, MA, Harrison married Josephine A. FAVOR, daughter of Edward R and Lucinda Favor. They had at least two children: Lucy Bryant b. 7 Dec 1868 and Maud, b. 5 Feb 1872. Harrison died 26 Sep 1912 in Retsil, Kitsap County, WA.

    [Sources: <> Massachusetts Marriages 1695 to 1910;  1850 Fed Census: MA: Suffolk Co: Boston, 5th Ward: stamped page #205-b;  Washington State Death Records/]

History of the Fifth Massachusetts Battery. Organized October 3, 1861, mustered out June 12, 1865 (1902) By United States. Army. Massachusetts Artillery Battery, 5th (1861-1865) 

        [Source: Google Books, accessed 24 Jul 2014]

Page 136: “Grows’ Journal “Feb 18, 1962. Tuesday. The assembly was sounded at 10. We all turned out in line and were informed that my friend Harry Simonds was to be the sergeant of the 6th Detachment. The men were very glad, for he is well liked both by men and officers.”

P 218: “Grows’ Journal: “Monday April 14 [1862] . . . About five o’clock the coffee was brought over to us. I built a fire in front of my tent and with Serg’t. Harry Simonds, and a few others we sat down to chat and smoke. At 8 I went on guard for one hour, coming off at 9.”

P 797: “April 1, 1864, Serg’t Harrison O. Simonds’ commission as 2d Lieutenant, was received.”

        “April 2, 1864, Captain A. P. Martin and Captain Charles A. Phillips returned to their commands, and Lieut. Simonds joined the mess.”

P 941: Letter of Major Phillips “Camp before Petersburg, March 13 1865. . . . For the first few days we lived in tents, until we could build houses. Lieut. Simonds and I occupied one house 9 ft square, with berths one over the other. This arrangement did very well until one morning Lieut. Simonds, who occupied the top berth managed to come through, and ‘what a fall was there, my countrymen!’ Fortunately no damage was done.”  

P 942: “March 17 Lieut. Simonds went home on 20 days’ leave.”

P 964: “Aug. 26, 1864, Second Lieutenant Harrison O. Simonds was promoted 1st Lieut.”. . . “1865: June 12, 1865, Captain Charles A. Phillips, First Lieut. Samuel H. Hamblet, Jun. First Lieut. Harrison O. Simonds, Second Lieut. Mason W. Page, resigned and were discharged. Battery mustered out.”

<> [accessed 1 July 2013]


 A. Lincoln Post, No. 4, G. A. R., was organized in Walla Walla on the 8th of February, 1881, by J. H. Smith, to whom a special dispensation had been granted. The following names appear on the charter: John H. Smith, John F. McLean, Parish B. Johnson, James M. Coolidge, R. P. Reynolds, Abram Ellis, James Howe, John A. Neill, O. F. Wilson, H. O. Simonds, Samuel Nulph, Charles Heim, Isaac Chilberg, A. D. Rockafellow, William Lesslie, F. F. Adams, F. B. Morse, R. M. Comstock and Ambrose Oldaker, and the officers it to whom authority was first entrusted were: J. H. Smith, commander; P. B. Johnson, senior vice commander; J. F. McLean, junior vice commander; O. F. Wilson, quartermaster; H. O. Simonds, officer of the day ; Isaac Chilberg, officer of the guard; R. P. Reynolds, adjutant.”


Ordway, George Byron, Pvt. – Co. C, 6th MA Vol Infantry

George Byron Ordway was born August 30, 1846 in Lowell, Middlesex County, ORDWAY-1866_KlukkertMassachusetts to Alonzo ORDWAY (1817 – 1901) and Lucretia PIERCE (1822 – 1907).  When George was born his father was working in the cotton mills in the busy manufacturing town of Lowell.

At age 17, on July 8, 1864, George signed up with Company C, of the Massachusetts 6th Infantry and was first sent to Camp Meigs in Readville, Massachusetts. The 22nd of July he was shipped out with his unit to Fort C.F. Smith in Washington, DC to help fortify and protect the city.  Family lore has always said that he “protected the White House” – and perhaps he did.   

On August 21, 1864 George was sent to relieve the 157th Ohio regiment and guard some 7,000 Confederate prisoners of war at Fort Delaware on Pea Patch Island, Delaware.  

Interestingly, a great many of the prisoners were captured at the 1863 Battle of Gettysburg. Pea Patch developed a reputation as being akin to the French penal colony Devil’s Island. While not quite as horrifying a prison as Andersonville, Georgia or Elmira in New York, Fort Delaware saw the deaths of a reported 2,500 prisoners out of some 32,000 over a four-year period there.

ORDWAY-PeaPatchIsland_KlukkertPvt. George Ordway was at Fort Delaware until October 19th when his unit was relieved by an Ohio regiment.  George and his unit started back to Massachusetts and were mustered out at Camp Meigs on October 27, 1864. The unit had lost ten enlisted men to disease.  George was healthy and just 18 years old.

George returned to the Lowell/Billerica, Massachusetts area and worked as a carpenter and cabinet maker.  

On June 22, 1869 at the age of 22, George married Ellen Maria BOWERS. “Nellie” as George called her, was from a long-time New England family dating back to before the Revolutionary War. Her father was Albert BOWERS (1815-1891) and her mother was Harriet Marie LYMAN (1826-1880). George and Nellie settled in Nellie’s native – and nearby – Billerica.

ORDWAY-1915_KlukkertOn the 1870 census, George was working in a cabinet shop in Billerica and Nellie was expecting their first child.  Harry Ordway was born the same day the census was taken on July 11, 1870. Sadly, Harry only lived a little past age 4 when he died from scarlet fever.  Family lore tells that this was the impetus for the family to leave Massachusetts, and so in 1878, George and Nellie moved to New Providence, in Hardin County, Iowa.  In the 1880 June census, George, 33, is listed as farming and Nellie, 32,  is caring for their baby, Blanche Frances Ordway, born in January of that year. Their second daughter, Mabel, was born in November of 1881. Several years later while still living in New Providence, George and Nellie welcomed their last child: my grandfather Alonzo Benton Ordway, born on August 3, 1887.

In 1892 the Ordways moved 30 miles southeast to Marshalltown, Iowa.  The family lived in town now and George was no longer farming, perhaps for health reasons.  He applied for and received an Invalid Pension in 1897.

By 1900, George, 53, was Marshalltown’s Street Commissioner.  He and Nellie owned their home on State Street and all three of their children were thriving.

In the fall of 1910 George joined the local GAR Post (Frank M. Thomas FROST No. 94) in Marshalltown. In 1911 he retired as Street ORDWAY-1905-2nd_KlukkertCommissioner.

Sadly, Nellie died January 30th, 1912 and was buried in nearby Riverview Cemetery.

George’s unmarried daughter, Mabel, stopped teaching school to stay home and help care for him.  Fortunately, it was at this time that Mabel took up the hobby of genealogy, and gathered much of the family history that the following generations have been able to use and enjoy. George died on January 2, 1925 at age 78. He was buried next to his beloved Nellie at the Riverview Cemetery in Marshalltown.  

Submitted by great granddaughter, Christine Ordway KlukkertORDWAY-gravestone_Klukkert


Markham, Alfred, Pvt. – Co. B, 49th MA Vol. Infantry

Alfred Markham was born about 1845 in Richmond, Berkshire County, Massachusetts and died on March 4, 1888, at Berkshire County, Massachusetts.  He was the son of John Markham, who was born about 1808 at West Stockbridge, Berkshire County, Massachusetts and died in May of 1882 at Eden, Benton County, Iowa and Lucy Ann Wheeler, who was born on February 20, 1811 at Stonington, New London County, Connecticut and died on August 16, 1880 at Eden, Benton County, Iowa. They were married after January 22, 1832, in Richmond, Berkshire County, Massachusetts. Lucy Markham is buried at Eden Cemetery, Benton County, Iowa.  John Markham’s burial site is unknown.

Alfred married Albertine Bristol on August 25, 1867 at East Chatham, Columbia County, New York. She was born on March 15, 1845 at West Stockbridge, Berkshire County, Massachusetts and died on  February 9, 1906, at Holyoke, Hampden County, Massachusetts.  Albertine was the daughter of Daniel L.  Bristol who was born about 1813, most likely in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, and died on November 1, 1877 at West Stockbridge, Berkshire County, Massachusetts and Mary Ann Son, who was born about 1813 at New York and died  December 21, 1901 at West Stockbridge, Berkshire County, Massachusetts. Daniel L. Bristol and Mary Ann Bristol are buried in the West Stockbridge Cemetery, Berkshire County, Massachusetts.

Alfred and Albertine were the parents of:  Gertrude Markham, January 29 1869; Evangeline Markham, October 16, 1870; Adele Markham, September 21, 1875; Roderick Markham, July 31, 1878. All of their children were born in West Stockbridge, Berkshire County, Massachusetts.

Adele Markham was married to Roland Albert Williston on February 1, 1896 at Holyoke, Hamden County, Massachusetts.  (Roland Williston was named after his uncle, Roland Stebbins Williston, who served with the Massachusetts 2nd  Regiment, Company G and died of wounds received during the Battle of Cedar Mountain on August 18, 1862. His other uncle, George Monroe Peter Williston served with the New York 95th Regiment NY Infantry Companies C and I, in place of his sister Emily’s husband, Charles Myers; George was wounded on May 5, 1864 during the Wilderness Campaign; although mustered out on July 16, 1865, his burial site is unknown.)

Alfred and Albertine Bristol Markham Blake were buried at the West Stockbridge Cemetery, Berkshire County, Massachusetts.

Alfred Markham’s Enlistment Record:

Alfred Markham, Residence: Richmond MA, an 18 year old Farmer, enlisted on September 6, 1862 as a Private; on September 19, 1862 mustered into Company B MA 49th Infantry, mustered out on September 1, 1863 at Pittsfield.

History: Forty Ninth Regiment MA Volunteer Infantry

The 49th Regiment MA Volunteer Militia was a Berkshire County Regiment, raised, like the 47th and 48th and the other nine month regiments in response to the call of the President of August 4, 1862.  Its first rendezvous was at Camp Briggs, Pittsfield, the camp being commanded by Captain William Francis Bartlett who had lost a leg at Yorktown while serving with the 20th MA Infantry.  Here the regiment received from Captain Bartlett its initial instruction in military drill and discipline, and here, between September 18 and October 28, all its companies were mustered into the service.

On November 7, the regiment was transferred to Camp Wool, Worcester, where it remained three weeks.  Captain Bartlett having now been commissioned colonel of the 49th under his command it left Camp Wool, November 29, and proceeded via Norwich CT to New York City and thence to Camp Banks on Long Island, the rendezvous of the Banks expedition to Louisiana.  Here the regiment gained for itself such a reputation for good discipline that the commandant of the camp, Brig. Gen. George L. Andrews, detailed large detachments from it for provost duty in New York City.  So efficient was its service that it was retained in the vicinity of New York until all the other regiments of the Banks expedition had been sent forward.

Embarking January 23, 1863, on the steamer, ILLINOIS, on February 7, it reached New Orleans and went into camp at Carrollton, seven miles above the city.  Here it remained until the 16th when it was transferred to Baton Rouge being assigned to Chapin’s First Brigade, Augur’s First Division, 19th Corps, the 48th forming a part of the same brigade.

On March 14 the 49th proceeded with Augur’s Division, which was followed by the rest of the corps, toward Port Hudson to make a demonstration in behalf of Farragut’s fleet.  That night a part of the fleet passed the batteries successfully and secured a position above the city.  The regiment returned to Baton Rouge, March 20, where it remained two months during which period it suffered much from sickness.

About May 20 it started for Port Hudson and on the following day was engaged at Plains Stores where several men of the regiment were wounded, Lt. Tucker of Company D losing a leg.  About May 24 it arrived before Port Hudson and two days later was called upon to furnish volunteers for a “forlorn hope” which was to lead the assault which had been ordered for the 27th.  To this call 65 officers and men responded.  In the assault, which took place on the afternoon of May 27, the 49th lost 16 officers and men killed and 64 wounded, among the latter being Colonel Bartlett and Lt. Col. Sumner.  The colonel’s wound in his left arm was so severe that he was never again able to do duty with the regiment. The Lt. Col was also permanently disabled, and the command of the regiment devolved on Major Plunkett who held it until its muster out.

In the assault of June 14, the 49th had no active part, but was under fire, losing one man killed and 17 wounded.  Following this last assault it performed duty in the trenches until the surrender of Port Hudson, July 9.  Transferred to Donaldsonville, on July 13, it took part in a short expedition into the interior along the line of Bayou Lafourche, being heavily engaged on the afternoon of that day with a loss of three killed five wounded and 16 prisoners.  Returning to Donaldsville the regiment remained there until August 1, when it was transferred to its old camp at Baton Rouge.  Here on the 7th it received the prisoners whom it lost at Bayou Lafourche, Transferred to New Orleans on the 8th the following day it embarked on the steamer, TEMPLE bound for Cairo,, where it took train for home.  Arriving in Pittsfield, August 22, it received an enthusiastic reception, and here, September 1, it was mustered out of the United States service.

A review of his service record revealed that Alfred worked as a nurse at the Baton Rouge Hospital in Louisiana.

1870 Census Berkshire County West Stockbridge Page 782

Alfred Markham, carpenter, aged 23 Born in MA

Albertine, aged 25, Born in MA

Gertrude aged 1, Born in MA

1880 Census Berkshire County West Stockbridge Page 41A

Alferd (sic) Markam (sic)  aged 32, born in MA

Albertine aged 32, born in MA

Gertie aged 11,born in  MA

Evangline aged 10, born in MA

Adele aged 4, born in MA

Rodrick aged 1, born in MA

Mary Bristol aged 67, born in NY

Civil War Pension Record

Alfred Markham 49 Mass Inf, Company B

August 25, 1890, Widow, Albertine Markham

Application of Civil War Pension of A Widow June 20, 1891

Albertine Markham. aged 45, resident of 411 Main Street Holyoke, MA, widow of Alfred Markham, Company B 49th Regiment MA VOL INF; daughter Adeil Markham, born September 20, 1875

Granted $8 per month and an additional $2 per month for daughter Adeil until she reached 16; issued December 1892

US Pension Agency Boston MA

Albertine Markham who was a pensioner on the rolls of the agency certificate #354399

and who was last paid  at $8. to July 17, 1893 has been dropped because of remarriage

Index to US Military Pension Applications of Remarried Widows for Service between 1812 and 1911 page 61

Blake, Albertine WC 354399 filed April 25, 1901 widow of Alfred Markham of Company B 49th MA infantry


Jones, Asa Leonard, 2nd Lt. – Co. A, MA 39th Inf & 6th US Colored Troops

  • Born 20 Jun 1840, Harwich, MA,  s/o (Master Mariner) Joseph Bodfish JONES (b. 4 Jul 1807 at E. Sandwich, MA — d. 26 Apr 1844 at So. Harwich, MA), and wife Love Coleman ROBBINS (b. 5 Oct 1811, Harwich Center, MA — d. 25 Jan 1829 at Harwich, MA); Joseph and Love were married on 25 Jan 1829 at Harwich, MA.
  • Asa was married 19 Oct 1874 in Harwich, MA, to Clara Freeman PAINE (b. 16 Aug 1850, Harwich, MA — d. 8 May 1940 Harwich, MA.)

Asa and Clara had at least one child, son Maro Beath Jones, b. 30 July 1875, from whom descends this line to the member of Laura Belle Stoddard Tent 22, Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War 1861-1865.

  • Asa died at Harwich MA on 25 Mar 1918.  [Source: Application for membership: DUV.]

Asa Leonard Jones was enrolled on 26 July 1862 at Harwich for 3 yrs in Co A, 39th Reg of MA Vols; mustered in as Pvt on 18 Aug 1862 at Camp Stanton, and was on the Muster Roll of Co. A until Sept and Oct 1863, having been promoted to Sergeant; then “discharged by S.O. (Special Order) #413 , War Dept. to accept a Commission [2nd Lieutenant] in U. S. Colored troops. Muster Out Roll dated June 2, 1865, reports him Discharged Sep 18, 1863.”

[Source: Adjutant General’s Office Affidavit. dated 17 Jun 1876 included in Pension file #209.945.]

Asa Leonard Jones was then “enrolled on the twenty first day of September, 1863 in company A of the 6th US regiment of Colored troops commanded by Col. John D. Ames, and was honorably discharged ‘in the field near Petersburg, Va on the twenty-second day of September, 1844.’ ” The record states, that on the 15th of June 1844, “he ‘was wounded by the fragment of a shell in leg above the left ancle [sic] while engaged in capturing the outer line of the rebel earthworks at Petersburg, Va, by which wound he was disabled and carried off the field, afterwards‘; that he was treated in hospitals as follows: ‘at the Hospital at City Point, Va. three days. Then at Chsapake [sic] Hospital at Fortress Monroe eleven days. Was at home on leave of absence 60 days. Went back to Dutch Gap Va, to his regiment August 2, 1864, afterwards treated at Hospital at Point of Rocks Va. until discharged.’ And that [prior to the above service] ‘he served as an enlisted man in the 39 regiment of Massachusetts Volunteers from Aug 18, 1862 to Sept. 19, 1863.’ ”

[Source: Declaration for Original Invalid Pension, dated 5 Nov 1875 included in Pension file #209.945.]

“Asa Leonard Jones was reared and educated in his native town of Harwich. When fifteen yrs old, he commenced going to sea, and was engaged in the coasting and West India trade until 1862. On July 3 of that year he proved his loyalty to his country by enlisting in Company A, 39th Reg. MA Vol Inf., and was mustered into service at Lynnfield, MA, on Aug. 18 following. On Dec 15 of that year he was appointed Corporal, and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant 17 Mar 1863. He was discharged 20 Sep 1863, in order that he might be able to accept the position of 2nd Lt. in Co. A, 6th Regiment of US Colored Troops. This regiment was attached to Hinks’ division 18th Army Corps, Army of the James. Mr. Jones participated in all the marches, campaigns, and battles in which that corps was engaged until June 15, 1864, when he was wounded in the assault of Petersburg. He was discharged from the service on the 22nd of September following, on account of disability due to his wounds.”

[Source: Partial entry, Page 736, in “Biographical Sketches of Representative Citizens of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts” Boston: Graves & Steinbarger, Publishers, 1901; accessed on Google Books, 5 Jun 2014.]


Clark, Edwin Cook, Lt., Co. A, MA 27th Infantry, Co. C, MA 52nd Infantry


Edwin Cook Clark was born on 23 Oct 1826 in Northhampton, Hampshire Co, Massachusetts, the sixth child and third son of Allen CLARK (b. ca 1789 Northampton; d. 1849 Northampton) and wife Sophia COOK Clark (b. ca 1783 Hadley, Hampshire Co, MA; married Allen in 1814 at Northampton; d. —?—)

On 20 Nov 1850 in Lee, Hampshire Co, MA, Edwin married Emily Louise HINES (b. 24 Apr 1832 in Becket, MA – d. 29 Oct 1920 Northampton.) Edwin and Emily had four children; all four lived to adulthood. From the eldest of these, daughter Ida Beebe, the line descends to the member of Laura Belle Stoddard Tent 22, Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861-1865.

During his lifetime in Northampton, Edwin ran a sawmill, engaged in the livery business, and was superintendent and treasurer of the Northampton Street Railway. He served the community as Alderman, and for 25 years as a fireman. He was also a Master Mason. At 23, he spent a year or so in California during the gold rush, trying his luck at placer mining on the American River; and after that, worked four years in New York City handling shipping for the firm of Beebe & Co, Hatters.

Edwin C Clark died on 10 May 1898 and is buried in the Bridge Street Cemetery, Northampton, Hampshire County, MA, as is his wife Emily who died 22 years later.

Sources: All familial sources were accessed in Jan 2015:

Family genealogy.

US Federal Census – 1850, 1860, 1870, 1800, 1900.

Index to MA Marriages 1841-1850

Deaths for City of Northampton (MA)

On 13 Oct 1861 Edwin enlisted as a 2nd Lt in Company A of the 27th MA Vol Infantry and served in the Burnside expedition to North Carolina, taking part in the battles of Roanoke Island and Newbern. He was mustered out on 30 Mar 1862. On 20 Nov 1862 he re-enlisted in the 52nd MA Infantry as 1st Lt of Company C. He later received a commission as Quartermaster. He was in Louisiana under the command of General Banks, being present at the capture of Baton Rouge. He also served at Port Hudson and came up the Mississippi River with his Regiment. He was mustered out of the service on 14 Aug 1863.

After the war, Edwin became a member of L. W. Baker Post #86 of the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) in Northampton. He also was a member of the Massachusetts Commandary of the  “Loyal Legion of the United States”:

He is listed in the 1900 “Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the US: Civil War Papers” (pg 17) as:

“CLARK EDWIN C., 2nd Lieut, 27th Mass, Infantry; 1st Lieut, R.Q.M., 52d Infantry, M.V.M”

and in the 1906 “Register of the Loyal Legion” (pg 54) as

“CLARK, EDWIN C.   1st Lieut., R.Q.M., 52nd Mass Inf.”

Edwin C Clark did not apply for, nor receive, a Civil War Pension; but after his death, wife Emily applied for a widow’s pension (Filed in Mar 1901: Application #738.376; Certificate #527.484); and evidently received a pension until her death in 1920.

Sources: All military sources accessed in Jan 2015:

Family genealogy.,  Heritage Quest,
Pages 261-4

 -ct/Jan 2015