Karin K. Smith
|Posted on Wednesday, January 26, 2005 - 10:44 am: |
I am looking for information on William Fennelly, who fought for the 16th Maine and was incarcerated in Petersburg,moved to Richmond and eventaully Salisbury, (S.C.?)
We have a copy of his diary that has been in our family for generations and would like to know more abut him. He was a prisoner in Salisbury with my great-great grandmother's brother, Windsor Smith.
Any information would be helpful in solving this family mystery. thank you.
|Posted on Wednesday, January 26, 2005 - 6:47 pm: |
William Fennelly was born in January 1841 in Massachusetts. His father was Andrew, born in Ireland and his mother was Melinda, born in Maine. He was 11 years of age in 1850 Lynn, Essex County, Mass with his siblings, Alice, 9; Thomas 7 and Martha 1.
He entered the 16th Maine as a private and was in Company H. He was discharged as a SGT. He was later to received a pension and his wife got a pension after his death.
By 1870 William was a light keeper at Mt. Desert, Hancock County, Me with his wife Ann R. He was 30 and she was 20 and with them was 17 year old Mary or May (who was probably his sister). Next door was his mother Melinda, 59, Thomas, 26, Martha, 21 and Nathan, 17. He and Ann probably wed in about 1868.
William was a hotel proprietor by 1880 and Flora S. was a daughter, age 10 in their home.
By 1900, William was a merchant in Eden (now Bar Harbor), Maine. With he and Ann were Flora and her husband Elmer Morrison and two grandchildren.
Source is primarily 1850, 1870, 1880 and 1900 federal censuses.