The Honor Roll
Abington, Rockland and Whitman, Massachusetts
The following are the names of individuals from "Old Abington", known today as the Tri-Town area, Abington, Rockland and Whitman, Massachusetts, who made the ultimate sacrifice.
The list is arranged chronologically by war beginning with those who died during the French and Indian War to those who were killed in World War II. Names are continuing to be added to the Honor Roll as we extract information from collection.
It is important to note that up until 1874, Abington, Rockland and Whitman were one town, Abington. Rockland (a.k.a., East Abington) seceded in 1874 and one year later, in 1875, South Abington seceded. In 1886, South Abington citizens voted to change the town name to Whitman.
As the years passed after Rockland and Whitman's secession, the identities of both towns grew stronger. By the 1940s, Rockland and Whitman began to separate and identify "their" veterans who served during the French and Indian War, the Revolution, the War of 1812, and the Civil War even though the towns did not exist prior to 1874. (A. Dean Sargent does a superb job of identifying all of "Old Abington's" Civil War veterans for pre- and post-1874 town divisions in his book, The Blue and The Green of Old Abington.) The names identified on this Honor Roll use the Town name given by the source.
Links to “Milestones in the History of U.S. Foreign Relations” on the U.S. Department of State - Office of The Historian website provide a general overview of the history of U.S. engagement with the world through short essays on important moments, or milestones, in the diplomatic history of the United States.
|French and Indian War|
|American Revolution||World War I - Abington||World War II - Abington|
|War of 1812||World War I - Rockland||World War II - Rockland|
|Civil War||World War I - Whitman||World War II - Whitman|
|Spanish American War||Sources|
French and Indian War / Seven Years' War 1754–1763
Called the "Old French War" by Cyrus Nash (17??-1850), the following was transcribed by Anna Gurney ca. 1960s. Except for the few instances where there is an errant strike of a typwriter key, Miss Gurney provided a thorough and accurate transcription of Cyrus Nash's notes and diaries. The grammar, mechanics and spelling are all Nash's.
Extracts from the Cyrus Nash Papers. A list of a part of the soldiers from Abington engaged in the Old French war and those of this mark, * , died in the expedition. (A.G.)
* George Bennett, who died in Windham, Conn.,
* Noah Parkman
* Asa Pool
Capt. Daniel Reed
* Ezekiel Reed
* Ichabod Reed
Joseph Richard, Jr.
* Joshua Sprague
Prince Stetson, an apprentice to Capt. (illegible)
George Bennett out 19 months (at the taking
Ensign Robert Townsend
* Robert Townsend (by a wound who ___ of a
leg by a C. [cannon] Ball.)
* Job Tirrell, Jr. (Killed by the Indians,
who had 9 Musket Balls fired into
head and sholders)
* Jacob White
* Micah, a slave of Josiah Torrey, Esq.
"The following persons resided in Abington after the Close of the war; viz.:"
John Totman (? A.G.) was from Plymouth
Joseph Shaw, senior, from Weymouth
Benjn Shaw “ “
Joseph Shaw, Jr. “ “
Elijah Shaw “ “
"All the above persons died in this town except Benj'n Shaw who died in scoodinhaneda(? A.G.)"
"Since I have learned that the following persons were in the Old French War."
David Cobb (a brother of Capt. Edward)
Aaron Hobart, Esq.
Joseph Pool Gurney
"Aaron Hobart, Esq., said that he found from the State records that Capt. Elisha Hersey of Abington headded a petition of 60 others &c to the general court of Mass. for agrand of wild land on Kennebeck river, Mr., for their serviced in the old French War but the petition he could not find. Their request was not granted them. Perhaps they many not all belong to this town yet to the same company."
"Matthew Noyes, Noah Ford, James Reed son of James Reed, Asa Gurney, Joseph Pool Gurney were at the battle of Scoharie, N.Y., 1780"
"James Nash had an ensign's commission in the old French and Indian War, dated Apl. 23, 1701."
"The wife of Jeremiah Beal, of Richard Eager, of Mr. Hovey, of old Mr. Vinson father of Col. and John, of Capt. Ebenezer Shaw, were Colsons, sisters of teh father of the late John Colson (father of Samuel) who was shot while on sentry in the old Indian War."
American Revolution 1776–1783
Veterans claimed by East Abington/ Rockland
War of 1812 1812–1815
War of 1812 Veterans buried in Rockland, MA cemeteries
Civil War 1861–1865
Rockland - Civil War
South Abington/Whitman - Civil War
The following is transcribed from, “South Abington: The Soldier Dead.” Plymouth County Courier, May 29, 1885. Dyer Memorial Library : Vertical Files - Wars - Civil War.
THE SOLDIER DEAD.
What South Abington Sacrificed that the Nation might Live – Scattered Graves.
(Prepared expressly for this paper.)
As the day comes again when we shall decorate the graves of or fallen soldiers with the fresh-blooming flowers of returning spring, may this fitting and beautiful tribute we pay to their memory freshen once more in our minds the recollection of what they gave for the Nation’s life! The loyal service and costly sacrifice they rendered in those dark and tearful days when our common country was in peril from treason and armed rebellion, was the Nation’s imperative need.
Her call was received a prompt and patriotic response, as they went to the front, on the field of strife, and gave life in its defense. Their heroic deeds are well worthy of our repeated remembrance and the ever-enduring gratitude of every citizen of the saved Republic.
Below is given a brief sketch of the service these brave men, with a few personal reminiscences in connection with their record.
The following-named soldiers served in Co. K of the 7th Massachusetts Infantry:
Capt. Daniel Packard went from Massachusetts as 1st sergeant of Co. K; next appointed quartermaster-sergeant, promoted lieutenant, and appointed adjutant of the regiment; afterwards commissioned captain, and on staff duty in the 3d brigade, General David A. Russell’s; died in South Abington December 27, 1876 age 46.
Corporal William W. Josselyn, wounded May 3, 1863, at Fredericksburg, died May 7, and was buried in the cemetery near Potomac Creek, Va., age 32. This soldier had a strong presentiment that he should fall in action, telling one of his comrades of this feeling. Such proved to be the result.
Henry W. Beebe, Marcus M. Leavitt, and Charles W. Reed, were all three killed at Fredericksburg May 3, 1863, aged respectively 29, 24, and 21. These three were probably buried near the spot where they fell, by the enemy, as they very soon after the battle came into possession of the field.
William H. Brown died in East Bridgewater Sept. 17, 1865, age 43.
William F. Howland, discharged from service Sept. 23, 1862; died in Abington Oct. 28, 1862, age 28.
Matthew L. Sproul, discharged Jan. 17, 1863; died in South Abington May 20, 1864, aged 20.
James Wilder served 3 years in the 7th and 7 months in the 20th unattached and afterwards 4 years in the regular army – in all over 7 years; died in East Bridgewater july 29, 1872, aged 30.
George Soule served in the 7th regiment band; discharged June 18, 1862; died in South Abington Sept. 28, 1862, aged 29.
Rufus Bobbins, jr., discharged March 10, 1863 ; died in hospital at Philadelphia January 7, 1963, aged 34.
Sergeant L. Frank Hill died in Abington April 25, 1873, aged 40.
Corporal Benjamin F. Reed Com--- in the service at Crany Island Va., Sept. 1, 1862, aged 38.
Alvah A. Gurney served in Co. E, 4th M.V.M., for 3 months, afterwards in Co. K; discharged March 10, 1863; Died in Kansas City, Mo., Jan. –, 1881, aged 42.
Hiram F. Packard served in Co. E, 4th M.V.M., for 3 months, and in 3d brigade band, 1st division, 6th corps; died in South Abington March 1, 1869, aged 38.
John G. Taylor, Co. G, 12th Mass. Infantry, died in the service at Alexandria, Va., Dec. 30, 1862, aged 38.
Sergeant Joseph B. Winslow served in Co. H, of the 12th; died in Abington April 11, 1869, aged 38.
THE 18TH INFANTRY.
Of the 18th Mass. Infantry, Corporal Barney F. Phinney served in Co. E, 4th M.V.M., for 3 months, and in Co. H of the 18th Mass. Infantry; was discharged for disability April 29, 1864; died in South Abington July 8, 1866, aged 33.
Francis M. Howe, of Co. H, was discharged for disability Feb. 26, 1863; died at Pembroke Aug. 29, 1867, aged 36.
Thomas Fuller served in Co. E, 4th M.V.M., 3 months and Co. H, 18th Mass. Infantry; was killed in action at the battle of the Wilderness, Va., May 5, 1864, aged 23.
Angus Young, of Co. D, was killed at Fredericksburg, Va., Dec. 13, 1862, aged 30 years.
Sergeant Benjamin F. Caswell served in co. E, 4th M.V.M. for 3 months, and in Co. K, 18th Mass. Infantry; was killed at the second Bull Run battle, Aug. 30, 1862 and buried near where he fell. He had a vivid presentiment that he should be killed, and so wrote home to friends previous to the engagement, in which he was mortally wounded. He was the first soldier who was either killed or wounded in the late war, of the men who went from Abington.
Of the 30th Mass. Infantry, Corporal George W. Harding served in Co. E; died at New Orleans Aug. 26, 1862, aged 23.
Horace O. Matthews of the same company died at Ship Island, Miss., July 13, 1962 aged 31.
TWO COMPANIES OF THE 38TH
The following soldiers served in Co. C, 38th Mass. Infantry, and in Co. D:
Sergeant John F. Steingardt; died in the service at Baton Rouge, La., Sept. 2, 1863, aged 34.
Joseph Ripley; wounded in action at Winchester, Va., Sept. 19, 1864; died from his wounds Oct., 9, 1864, aged 26.
Corporal James A. Osborne, taken prisoner Oct., 19, 1864; carried to Salisbury, N.C., and died of starvation Jan. 23, 1865, aged 22.
Corporal Lysander Teague; discharged Dec. 27, 1862; died in South Abington Feb. 15, 1876, aged 52.
William W. Knowles; died in service at University hospital, New Orleans, June 3, 1863, aged 38.
Edward L. Dyer; discharged from the service July 9, 1863; died in South Abington Feb. 12, 1864, aged 35.
Sergeant Andrew J. Stetson served in Co. E, 4th M.V.M., and in Co. D, 38th Mass. Infantry; was wounded at Port Hudson, La., May 27, 1863; killed in action at Winchester, Va., Sept. 19, 1864, and buried near the battlefield. His remains were afterwards brought home and buried in his native town Sumner, Oxford, County, Me.; aged 27.
Joshua Cook served in Co. E, 4th M.V.M., and in Co. D, 38th Mass. Infantry; died at South Abington April 26, 1884, aged 47.
David F. Barry died at Abington Nov. 15, 1868, aged 37.
John Sampson died at South Abington April 8, 1878, aged 51.
Philemon W. Ramsdell served in Co. E, 4th M.V.M., for 3 months, and in Co. C, 38th Mass. Infantry; died at Nashua, N.H., Aug. 28, 1883, aged 50.
Simeon Sharpe died at East Bridgewater Oct. 4, 1877, aged 36.
Sergeant Ebenezer G. Tuttle served in Co. E, 4th M.V.M., for 3 months, and in Co. C, 38th Mass. Infantry; was discharged for disability July 9, 1863; died at Stoughton, March 19, 1866, aged 34.
Of the 40th Mass. Infantry: William W. Blanchard served in Co. A; Died in the service at Fortress Monroe, Va., Aug. 19, 1864, aged 30.
Corporal Charles W. Jaquith served in the same company; killed at Hatchie’s Run, Va., May 20, 1864, aged 34.
Nathaniel L. Reed served in Co. I, 58th Mass. Infantry. He was mustered into the service may 13, 1864, and killed before Petersburg, Va., June 18, 1864, but a few days over one month after entering the service; aged 30.
4th M.V.M., CO. E
Sergeant John B. Hutchinson died in the service at Franklin, La., May 16, 1863, He was buried in that place with military and masonic honors; aged 41.
Sergeant Isaac Cook died in South Abington July 14, 1882, aged 54.
Corporal Josiah Richmond died in the service at Marion, Ohio, Aug. 15, 1863, aged 37.
Solon Bates died in the service at Brashear City, La., May 25, 1863, aged 21.
Charles F. Shaw died in the service on board the steamer North America, and was buried in Memphis, Tenn., aged 38.
Jason Duncan died in the service at Brashear City, La., May 25, 1863, aged 20 years.
Michael Luddy died in the service at Port Hudson, La., Aug 14, 1863, aged 31 years.
John Sullivan died in the service at Brashear City, La., June 26, 1863, aged 22 years.
Charles Shaw, 2d, was left sick, while on the way home, at Rochester, N.Y., and placed in the St. Mary’s hospital at that place. He died Aug. 30, 1863, and by permission of a kind friend he was buried in the family lot of that place; aged 22.
Henry Z. Hale was in the same company and died in East Bridgewater Dec. 4, 1867, aged 26.
The following were in other parts of the service:
Captain Samuel Bates served in Co. K of the 3d regiment, M.V.M., and died in South Abington Sept. 26, 1880, aged 51 years.
Lieutenant John W. Mitchell served in Co. E, 4th M.V.M., for 3 months, and died in East Bridgewater Sept. 19, 1877, aged 48.
John A. Foster served in the 1st regiment heavy artillery, and was killed in action at Spottsylvania, Va., May 19, 1864, aged 19.
John W. Bresenham served in the same company and died at Abington Nov. 30, 1867, aged --.
Alonzo Hall served in Co. I, 2d regiment heavy artillery, and was lost overboard from a coasting vessel near the mouth of the Mississippi river April 27, 1868, aged 30.
John H. Smith served in the 1st battery light artillery, and died in South Abington April 7, 1873, aged 31.
Benjamin F. Harding served in Co. M, New battalion cavalry, and died at Hilton Head, S.C., Sept. 4, 1864, aged 18.
William Curwin served in Co. E, 4th M.V.M., for 3 months; afterwards in the navy; died on board the ship Nightingale at Pensacola, Fla., in 1862.
The following served in the 20th unattached company of infantry.
Elbridge S. Sharpe, died at South Abington June 27, 1872, aged 25.
Julian Poole, died at South Abington Feb. 3, 1876, aged 28.
Edward Kingsley died at South Abington March 14, 1866, aged 38.
James W. Peterson, died at South Abington March 15, 1870, aged 23.
Henry F. Swain enlisted in Co. C of the 62d Mass. Infantry; was mustered in April 12, 1865; term of service expired May 5, and he did not leave the State. He died in South Abington Aug. 19, 1872, aged 25.
Of the 64 soldiers whose record of service is given above, 12 were either killed in action, or died from wounds received, 17 of the members died from disease while in service, and 35 have died since the war. Nearly all of the 35 died within a few years of returning home, the foundation of a fatal disease being laid while in the army.
All of these were comparatively young men, their average age being only thirty-three years and two months.
It is well for us to remember that it was the young, fresh life of the nation that was given as sacrifice which secured the preservation of our Union and the safety of our free institutions
“South Abington: The Soldier Dead.” Plymouth County Courier, May 29, 1885. Dyer Memorial Library : Vertical Files - Wars - Civil War.
Spanish American War 1898
Joseph B. Murphy
Patrick H. Mahoney
World War I 1914-1920
American Entry into World War I, 1917
The Army of Occupation on the Rhine River, Germany 1919 – 1920
Abington - WW I
Rockland - WW I
William C. Callahan
Private Albert L. Dyer is today reported killed in action. He is the first Rockland boy to make the supreme sacrifice on the field of battle in France. Private Dyer was 26, the son of Mrs. Effie Barnes of this town. He went to Camp Devens October 5, ’17 in the second 40 per cent contingent from district 37. With him went Alberti Roberts, Leo Burke, John Connors, Arthur Hammond and other well known boys. Dyer was transferred to North Carolina and with Private Hammond was placed in the 61st Inf. of the regular army, Co. H. He arrived across in May of this year. He was a shoe worker at Emerson factory at the time of his induction. Dyer has two brothers, Ralph B. and Harry D. who survive besides his mother. The 61st has seen severe fighting. Private Hammond was reported Wednesday among the severely wounded. Priv. Dyer was familiarly known as “Bill” by his friends here.
“Private Albert L. Dyer - Obituary.” Rockland Independent. ca. 1919-1917. Photocopy. Dyer Memorial Library : Vertical Files - Wars - WW I.
Whitman - WW I
Raynor B. Nye
World War II 1937-1945
Abington - WW II
George Wilfred Coleman
6/25/1914 – 7/3/1942
Plane crash at Hawaii in the Pacific
Rockland - WW II
Ralph Frederick Titus
1925 – 1945 Killed in Germany
Whitman - WW II
- Bates, Jane Reed. “Jane Bates’ Book - Appendix : Marriages and Deaths 1791-1805, Extracted from the Cyrus Nash Papers (Vital Records 1788-1868 for the Town of Abington, Mass.)”, Dyer Memorial Library.
- Sargent, A. Dean. 1993. The blue and the green of old Abington: a compilation of old Abington's (Abington, Rockland, and Whitman) Civil War veterans, their records, and personal histories. Hanover, Mass: Christopher Pub. House.
- Doherty, Carol. “Welcome Home Veterans.” The Senior Informer - Abington Council on Aging, March 2011. Dyer Memorial Libary : Vertical Files - Wars - World War II.
- “Private Albert L. Dyer - Obituary.” Rockland Independent. ca. 1919-1917. Photocopy. Dyer Memorial Library : Vertical Files - Wars - WW I.
- “South Abington: The Soldier Dead.” Plymouth County Courier, May 29, 1885. Dyer Memorial Library : Vertical Files - Wars - Civil War.
- Welcome Home Club of Abington. Welcome Home Veterans of Abington (Mass.), September 1st and 2nd, 1946. Abington, Mass., 1946. Dyer Memorial Libary : Vertical Files - Wars - World War II.
- Whitman’s Welcome Home to Its World War Veterans, September 13, 1919, Whitman, Massachusetts. Whitman, Mass, 1919. Dyer Memorial Libary : Vertical Files - Wars - World War I.
- Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. Old Colony Post 1788 (Rockland, Mass.). Rockland in the Service ... Rockland, Mass.: Old Colony Post 1788, 1949. Print. Dyer Memorial Library : Vertical Files - Wars - WW II.
Learn more about Old Abington
The Historical Society of Old Abington, Inc. was organized in 1939 and incorporated in 1986 for the purpose of preserving the 200 years of common history shared by Abington, Rockland and Whitman.