Luce, Merrill Orlando
Age: 18, credited to Middlesex, VTVITALS
Birth: 1843, Middlesex, VTADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alias?: None notedDESCENDANTS
Maplewood-North Parish Cemetery, Plaistow, NH
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Merrill Orlando Luce, son of Alanson and Sarah (Dodge) Luce, was born in Middletown, Vermont in 1844. In 1860, he was a day laborer, living with his parents in Middlesex.
At age 18, he enlisted on 25 August 1862, and mustered in as private, Co. B, 13th Vermont Infantry, on 10 October. He was six feet, 1 inch in height, light complexion, blue eyes and light hair at the time of his enlistment. He was immediately promoted to 1st Corporal. After the death of the company's 1st Lieutenant, Nathaniel Jones, Merrill was promoted to sergeant. "He served faithfully through his term of enlistment and was discharged with the regiment" on 21 July 1863.
He re-enlisted on 25 August 1864, credited to Moretown, and served as a private in the 3rd Vermont Light Artillery Battery until his discharge on 15 June 1865.
Merrill married Lydia Kelsey, on 12 December 1869, in Aurora, Illinois, and they had moved to Haverhill, Mass., by summer, in time to be enumerated in the 1870 Census there. Merrill's occupation was carpenter. By 1880, Merrill and Lydia had five children, ranging in age from 9 years to 4 months, and he was a soap manufacturer.
Merrill died 30 September, 1894, and is buried in an unknown cemetery in Haverhill, Mass.
Merrill's brother Eugene Edverdo Luce (9/24/1848-6/22/1886), served in the 193rd New York Infantry, credited to Kingston, NY, at the end of the war, as a Musician, from 5 April 1865, to 18 January 1866. He lived in Ohio and Minnesota through at least 1880, but is buried in the Village cemetery, Middlesex.
Sources: Revised Roster, 1860-1890 U.S. Census; Pension Record Index, Ralph Orson Sturtevant and Carmi L. Marsh. Pictorial History: Thirteenth Vermont Volunteers, War of 1861-1865, (Privately published by the regiment, c1910), p. 454; photograph Contributed by Kenyon Luce, of Auburn, Washington, Merrill's great-grandson.