Thursday, February 26, 2015

Edwin Lafayette Beers (1850 - 1919)

Edwin Lafayette Beers, my great-great-grandfather, was born on February 19, 1850 in Weston, Connecticut to Edwin and Abigail (Mead) Beers.  In 1870 he lived with Gershom and Samantha Hill and worked as a laborer in Redding, Connecticut.

Edwin married my great-great-grandmother, Georgianna Partrick, about 1873 based on the age of their oldest child, Edwin.  They are listed as living together in Weston in the 1880 census with their son Eugene.  They eventually had one more son, Ernest, in 1882.  It appears that they divorced sometime between 1882 and 1890.  Ernest was born in 1882, and in the 1900 census Edwin is listed as having been married to Ella (Crofut) Beers for 6 years while Georgianna is listed as having been married to Horace Banks for 10 years.  Edwin had another son with Ella, Clarence Oscar Beers.

Edwin was a farmer and lived in Weston most of his life.  When he died at the age of 69, he and Ella were living at 6 Hanford Place in Norwalk, Connecticut.  He died from a cerebral hemorrhage on July 29, 1919 at Norwalk Hospital in Norwalk, Connecticut.  He was buried at Norfield Cemetery (now known as Coley Cemetery) in Weston.

Children of Edwin Lafayette Beers and Georgianna Partrick:

  • Edwin Beers, born ca 1874; living with his grandparents, Edwin and Abigail Beers, in 1880.
  • Eugene Lafayette Beers, born 11 August 1876, Weston, Connecticut; married Maud Artemesia Williams, 25 December 1897, Weston, Connecticut; died 21 October 1944, Cross River, New York
  • Ernest E. Beers, born 1882, Weston, Connecticut; died from typhoid fever on 23 November 1899 in Redding, Connecticut.

Children of Edwin Lafayette Beers and Ella Nichols Crofut:

  • Clarence Oscar Beers, born 27 Jan 1897, Norwalk, Connecticut; married Bessie, before 1930; died 14 August 1957, Norwalk, Connecticut

Friday, February 13, 2015

Civil War Service

In June, 2014 I wrote a posting about Polly Bennett and Zadok Williams, my fourth great-grandparents.    In it I mentioned that they had two sons, Sylvester and William, who served in the Civil War.   Just today, I discovered that all three of their sons, Sylvester, William and Hawley, had served.

While researching in the wonderful genealogy department of the Indian River County Library in Vero Beach, Florida I found the book Record of service of Connecticut men in the Army and Navy of the United States during the War of the Rebellion compiled by authority of the General Assembly, under direction of the Adjutants-General, Stephen R. Smith… (et al.)  It was in this book that I found details of the military service of my third great-grandfather, William Williams, and his two brothers, Sylvester and Hawley.

Private William Williams, a resident of Weston, Connecticut, enlisted in the 17th Regiment, Connecticut Infantry, Company E on August 6, 1862, mustered in on August 28, 1862, and had a disability discharge on January 1, 1863.

Private Sylvester Williams, a resident of Ridgefield, Connecticut, enlisted in the 17th Regiment, Connecticut Infantry, Company G on August 12, 1862 and mustered in on August 28, 1862. He was wounded and captured May 2, 1863 in Chancellorsville, Virginia then paroled May 15, 1863.  He mustered out July 19, 1865.

Private Hawley Williams, a resident of Ridgefield, Connecticut, enlisted in the 8th Regiment, Connecticut Infantry on September 14, 1861 and mustered in on September 23, 1861. His entry states he re-enlisted as a veteran on December 24, 1863, was captured May 16, 1864 in Fort Darling, Virginia and then paroled in August.

I wanted to give proper credit to these three brothers for their military service.