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Beaman, Moses Sawyer


Age: 0, credited to Woodstock, VT
Unit(s): 15th MA INF
Service: enl, Sterling, MA, 7/12/61, m/i, CPL, Co. C, 15th MA INF, 6/12/61, m/o 7/11/1864

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Birth: 11/14/1841, Sterling, MA
Death: 04/04/1914

Burial: River Street Cemetery, Woodstock, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone photographer: Carolyn Adams
Findagrave Memorial #: 88025802


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 3/4/1892, MA
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: None


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River Street Cemetery, Woodstock, VT

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The son of Elray/Ellery B Beaman1 and Mary P. Houghton, Moses was born 14 Nov 1841 in Sterling, Worcester Co., MA, and died 27 July 1913, Worcester, Worcester Co., MA. He is buried at the River Street Cemetery in Woodstock, Windsor Co., VT. His headstone has the Inscription: Co. C. 15th Mass with a G.A.R. marker beside the headstone. Moses, 19, single, and farming, was residing in Sterling at the time he enlisted from Sterling as a private on 12 Jul 1861 into Company C., 15th Mass., a volunteer infantry unit. On 21 Oct 1861, he was taken prisoner at Ball's Bluff, VA. He remained in the army pretty much for the duration of the war; promoted to Corporal 10 Dec 1863, he mustered out 11 Jul 1864. In later years, he became director of the 15th Regiment Association.

After the war, Moses worked as a machinist on wood working machinery. He married Lucy Jane Lockwood, daughter of Harvey Hutchinson Lockwood and Lucy Ann Rickard, 1 May 1867. Lucy died 27 Jul 1913 Worcester; and is also buried in River Street Cemetery. In 1907, he sat on the Security committee of Worcester Cooperative Bank.

Moses Sawyer Beaman has a Find a Grave memorial #88025802, but his last name is spelled as Beeman for the memorial. His headstone spells his last name as Beeman; but it is spelled Beaman on the memorial stone. 3 All records, including his enlistment, spells it Beaman.


Moses' death record
Find a Grave
'The Story of the Fifteenth Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry in the Civil War', Andrew Elmer Ford, 1898
The Worcester Daily Spy, November 20, 1861.
'Massachusetts soldiers, sailors, and marines in the civil war (1931)', Massachusetts. Adjutant General's Office
The Webster Times, April 8, 1898
Lucy Jane Beaman death record
'The Worcester Directory Containing a General Directory of the Citizens', 1867, Worcester; again 1883

Contributed by Dianne McQuaid.


Moses S. Beaman of Worcester, Mass., who had been spending the winter at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Horace C. Lockwood on this village, died very suddenly last Saturday afternoon of heart failure. Mr. Beaman, as a visiting veteran of the Civil War, was attending a meeting of George C. Randall Post and during the meeting persons who sat on the opposite side of the hall noticed that Mr. Beaman appeared suddenly ill. John S. Eaton went to him at once, but he did not speak afterward. He was laid comfortably upon a seat and moved to where he could be given fresh air, and although this was done quickly his life had ceased before it had been accomplished. Dr. H. C. Jackson arrived within five minutes after his illness became known, and pronounced life extinct.

Mr. Beaman was brother-in-law of Horace C. Lockwood. He was born in Sterling, Mass., Nov. 14, 1841, and was a machinist by trade. He enlisted July 2, 1861, for three years in Company C, 15th Massachusetts volunteer infantry, Col. Charles Devons commanding, which took part in the battles of Ball's Bluff, Va.' siege of Yorktown, Fair Oaks, Savage Station, Glendale, Malvern Hill, Va., Antietam, Md., Fredericksburg, Va., Gettysburg, Pa., Bristoe Station, Rappahannock Station, Mine Run, Wilderness, Jerusalem Plank Road, Va.; and a number of skirmished and minor affairs.

Mr. Beaman was captured at Ball's Bluff, Va., Oct. 21, 1861, and was confined in Libby prison and a tobacco warehouse at Richmond, Va., for four months, paroled, exchanged and rejoined his regiment. With this exception he was constantly with his command, bearing a faithful part in its battles as above outlined, and achieving a gallant record for meritorious and soldierly conduct at all times. He was detailed on recruiting services at Boston July 5, 1863, and continued in that capacity until the expiration of his term of service, being honorably discharged July 12, 1864. On Jan. 1st of the following year he accepted a position with the firm of Witherby, Rugg & Richardson, manufacturers of wood-working machinery, in Worcester, and continued with them and their successors, The Hobbs Manufacturing Company, for forty years.

Mr. Beaman married, May 1, 1867, Miss Lucy J. Lockwood of Woodstock, with whom he lived happily until her death last July. He is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Jennie Dyval and Mrs. Mary Wilder, of Sterling, Mass.

He was a member of George H. Ward Post, No. 10, Department of Massachusetts, G. A. R.; also of Morning Star Lodge, F. & A. M., Worcester Royal Arch Chapter, Worcester County Commandery of Knights Templar, and Worcester County Mechanics' association. He had been a director in the Worcester Co-operative Bank for about 30 years.

Mr. Beaman was a well-informed and intelligent man of sympathetic and genial temperament, and of quiet habits. Here in Woodstock his loss will be very keenly felt in the family of Mr. And Mrs. Lockwood, and by many others whose acquaintance he has made in this vicinity.

The funeral service will be held at the house this Wednesday afternoon at two o'clock.

Source: Vermont Standard, April 9, 1914.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.