Benjamin F. Vanderford (3024)
Father: Benjamin Vanderford (2004)
Mother: Elizabeth Donaldson
b. June 1822 in Salem, Massachusetts
d. Feb. 9, 1874 in an accident on the railroad in
buried Feb. 12,
1874 in Harmony Grove Cemetery [Salem 15:1]
m. November 2, 1846 in Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts,
Camilla Phillips (m.r. Cornelia) [Salem
bc. 1822, dau. of George & Ruth Phillips
d. at Dorcester, Oct. 2, 1847
of typhus fever, buried in Burial Ground No.3. [Salem VR]
m2. March 27, 1849 in Salem, Essex County, Massacusetts, Susan
M. Curtis, daughter of John and Susan Curtiss
b. 1828 in
Glouchester, Massachusets [census-Ma]
Benjamin F. Vanderford, Jr. (4068),
John Henry B. Vanderford (4067), b.
Nov. 15, 1853 [Salem 8:57]
Sarah Elizabeth Vanderford (4075), b. Aug. 5,
1855 [Salem 8:84]
William C. Vanderford (4069), b.
Oct. 20, 1857, d. Aug. 2, 1918 [Salem 8:105I]
Jane Vanderford, b. 1859
Susan A. (Addie) Vanderford, b. July 29, 1861
Anna Bersha Vanderford, b. May, 1870
In December of 1861 when Benjamin F. enlisted he was 37, a seaman
by occupation, had blue eyes, brown hair, a light complexion and was 5 feet 6
inches tall. [NA-Mil Rec]
Jan. 30, 1838:
Benjamin F. at age 16 registered as a
seaman in the District of Boston, Mass. He was described as 5'4½" with a
light complexion. [NA:Reg of Seamen]
May 25, 1839:
Benjamin F. sailed as a seaman on the
St. Paul. The St. Paul was out for 10 months and 10 days sailing
from Salem to Anjier to Manila to Straits of Sunda to Cape of Good Hope to St.
Helena and back to Salem. [Essex, Vol. 60]
Dec. 15, 1842:
Benjamin F. was a registered seaman,
Certificate No. 2527. He was described as 20 years old, 5'6¼" with a
light complexion and light hair. [NA:Reg of
Benjamin F. was a mariner and lived at 75 Boston
St., Salem. [Salem Dir]
Benjamin was a [railroad] fireman.
Benjamin lived in Gloucester, Massachusetts with
his wife and small son. He was an engineer on the Eastern Railroad.
1853 to 1857:
Benjamin F. was an engineer and lived at
9 Winter St., Salem. [Salem Dir]
Benjamin F. had moved to 109 Boston St., Salem.
Benjamin was an engineer and the family lived in
Salem, Mass. [census-Ma]
Benjamin F. had moved to 72 Mill St., Salem.
December 17, 1861:
Benjamin F. enlisted as a private
in the 4th Battery Massachusetts Volunteer Light Artillery. He mustered on Dec.
23rd at Lowell, Massachusetts. [PenApp#449046]
April 15, 1862:
Benjamin F., with his unit, embarked
on the transport North America, entered the Mississippi River, occupied Forts
Jackson and St. Philip after their surrender, and arrived at New Orleans May
2nd. They proceeded on to Carrollton and landed at Camp Parapet on the 6th.
July 10, 1862:
Benjamin F., with his unit embarked for
Baton Rouge. Here on August 5th they were heavily engaged in repelling the
attack of General John C. Breckenridge. [Mass
August 21, 1862:
The unit left Baton Rouge for
Carrollton and occupied Camp Williams. [Mass
November 21, 1862:
Benjamin F. was promoted to Corporal.
March 13-20, 1863:
The unit took part in the
demonstration against Port Hudson in cooperation with Farragut's Fleet.
May 21, 1863:
They proceeded to the fort of Port
Hudson. [Mass Civil]
July 4, 1863:
Benjamin F., with the rest of the
battery, re-enlisted as Veteran Volunteer at New Iberia, Louisiana and was
re-mustered for 3 years. [Mass Civil]
July 10, 1863:
After the surrender of Port Hudson,
they returned to their old camp at Baton Rouge.[Mass Civil]
October 3, 1863:
The battery had advanced to Fort
Bisland, and proceeded on through Franklin, New Iberia, and Vermillionville to
Opelousas, engaging in much skirmishing along the way.
February 11, 1864:
Benjamin F. with the other
re-enlisted men, embarked on the steamer Karnack for home to enjoy their
veteran furlough. [Mass Civil]
February 21 - March 25, 1864:
Benjamin F. was at home
on furlough. [Mass Civil]
April 6, 1864:
Benjamin F. reached New Orleans and the
battery was given quarters in the Tobacco Warehouse.
September 5, 1864:
They proceeded to Morganzia, La.
making several expeditions over the next two months into the country north of
Port Hudson. [Mass Civil]
November 28, 1864:
The battery arrived in Memphis,
Tenn., where it remained until January 1, 1865.
February 9, 1865:
They embarked for Dauphin's Island,
Ala. They became part of General Steele's expedition against Mobile, Ala. After
a very trying march through woods and swamps and over bottomless roads, it
reached the vicinity of Mobile and participated in the siege of Spanish Fort
and Fort Blakely. Spanish Fort surrendered April 8, and Fort Blakely fell after
an assault on April 9. [Mass Civil]
April 15, 1865:
The battery arrived in Mobile, Ala.
and remained in that city until June 30, 1865. [Mass Civil]
June 2, 1865:
Benjamin F. was promoted to sergeant.
July 5, 1865:
They arrived in Galveston, Texas and
were sent to Houston in the interior of the state. They remained there until
October 1st when the returned to Galveston and embarked for New Orleans.
October 14, 1865:
The battery, in company with the
members of the 7th Battery, took passage on the steamer Guiding Star for
New York. The early part of the voyage was very tempestuous, and the ship was
forced to stop at Port Royal, S.C. for coal. New York was reached November 2,
and on the following day the men arrived at Galloup's Island, Boston Harbor.
November 10, 1865:
Benjamin F. was discharged as a
seargent of the 4th Battery Massachsetts Volunteer Light Artillery at
Galloupe's Island after over 4 years of service. He received the remaining $190
of the $400 bounty he was due for his re-enlistment.
1864 to 1866:
Benjamin F. lived at 19 Creek St.,
Salem. [Salem Dir]
Benjamin F. was an engineer and lived at 15
Pond, Salem. [Salem Dir]
Benjamin F. had moved to 32 Williams St., Salem.
His son, Benjamin F., Jr. boarded at home. [Salem Dir]
Benjamin F. had moved to 9 Andover St., Salem
and worked at Phillips Wharf. [Salem Dir]
February 9, 1874:
Benjamin F. died in an accident on
the railroad. He was 51 years, 8 months, and 20 days old. He was interned in
1876 to 1878:
Susan, Benjamin F.'s widow, lived at 21
Turner St., Salem with their sons, John H. B. and William C.
1879 to 1881:
Susan lived at 34 Upton St., Salem with
their son, William C. John H. B. had moved to Boston.
Susan and three of her children were living in
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts. William was working as a barber, Ada worked
in a shoe shop and Anna was attending school. [census-Ma]
Susan lived at 14 Briggs St., Salem with
their son, William C. [Salem Dir]
Susan was living in at 16 Norman, Salem.
Her daughter Addie was living with her. [Salem
Susan was working as a nurse and still
living at 26 Essex St., Salem. During part of this time her daughter Addie was
living with her. [Salem Dir]
Susan was living at 29 Osborne St., Salem. She
owned no property and was working as a nurse. [PenApp#449046/Salem Dir]
Susan was living at 3 Union Place.
Susan was living in Salem with her daughter Sarah
Elizabeth Ellery and her family. [census-Ma]
Susan was living at 22 Mason, Salem.
Susan was living at 221 Leyden in East Boston.