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Caraway, John


Age: 43, credited to Canada
Unit(s): 15th NH INF
Service: 15th NH INF

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Birth: 1813, Saint Doyne, PQ, Canada
Death: 11/23/1863

Burial: Orford Village Cemetery, Orford, NH
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 83862589


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Not Found
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: Father of John, Joseph, Tallus and Daniel


3rd Great Grandfather of Lisa Nugent, Shrewsbury, MA

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Orford Village Cemetery, Orford, NH

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The Adjutant of Burnside Post, Sawtelle, Calif sends The National Tribune the following record of the Caraway family during the dark days of '61 and '65 which is indeed a remarkable one. John Caraway, father, Co. C 15th NH, John B. Caraway, Jr. son, Co. B 1st VT Cav.; Daniel Caraway, son, Co. B 1st VT Cav.; Tallas F. Caraway, son Co. B. 6th VT and Co. C 4th MA H.A.; Joseph Caraway, son, Co. C 5th NH and Co. L 11th VT HA. In addition to the above comrades, Caraway's two married daughters were most worthily represented by their husbands as follows; Peter Sherman Co. G 9th NH and Co. C 14th NH, Edward Terrio, 4th Mass. This makes seven from one family, a record not often equaled. With the exception of Tallas F. of Westgate, Cal, and Joseph of Goffstown, NH, all have passed on to fame's eternal camping grounds."

More details:

John Caraway (aka Jean-Baptise Danis, was born in St. Doyne, Quebec, Canada, about 1813. In 1862 he was "43 years old," and a resident of Orford, New Hampshire. He enlisted September 8, 1862, and mustered in October 8, 1862 as a private in the 15th New Hampshire Infantry. He mustered out August 13 1863, and died in Orford, November 23, 1863 of disease of the liver and glandular system.

His son, John B. Caraway, Jr., was born in Franklin, Vermont about 1840. He enlisted, credited to Franklin, on September 19 1862, and mustered in November 19, 1861, as a blacksmith, in Co. B, 1st Vermont Cavalry. He enlisted December 28, 1863 and transferred to Co. E June 21, 1865. He was accidentally wounded on July 4, 1865 and died of his wounds on July 12. A deposition by his brother Anson, in his brother's widow's pension application, includes the details of his fatal wounding: "John got shot at Ogdensburg, New York in a fourth of July parade and died from the wound eight days later. He was discharged at 9 o'clock in the forenoon and was shot about noon. He was assisting to fire one of those old-time air-guns - the kind they used to hold their thumbs over the 'touch-hole.'"

Another son of John Senior, Daniel, was born in New Hampshire about 1848. He enlisted, credited to Bradford, Vermont, December 8, 1863, and mustered in as a private in Co. B, 1st Vt. Cavalry on December 10, 1863. He was wounded at the battle of Winchester, September 19, 1864. Transferred to Co. E on June 1, 1865, he mustered out August 9 1865. He died January 9, 1892, getting ready to erect a bridge across the Black River, in Jefferson County, NY.

A third son of John Senior, Tallus F. Caraway, was born June 19, 1842, either in Vermont or New Hampshire. He enlisted, credited to Franklin, Vermont, September 30, 1861. He mustered in as a private in Co. B, 6th Vt. Infantry, October 15, 1861. He was discharged for disability on December 15, 1862. He enlisted again, August 17, 1864, and mustered in as a private in Co.C, 4th Massachusetts Heavy Artillery Regiment, August 17, 1864. He mustered out June 17, 1865 in Washington D.C. Tallus died October 13, 1917, and is buried in the Los Angeles National Cemetery, Section 31, Row K, Site 4.

A fourth son of John Senior, Joseph Caraway, was born July 26, 1843, in Franklin, Vermont. He enlisted, credited to Goffstown, New Hampshire, September 9, 1861, and mustered in as a private, Co. C, 5th New Hampshire Infantry, on October 12, 1861. He was 30 years old, was 5 foot 6-½ inches tall, had a dark complexion, dark hair and brown eyes. He suffered a gunshot wound in the left hand at the battle of Fair Oaks, Va., on June 1, 1862. According to a deposition in his pension application, "said wound shot away and deprived him entirely of the middle large finger of his left hand causing the whole hand to become weak, tender and number and that he is partially deprived of the use of his hand." Joseph was discharged for disability on February 14, 1863 from Finley Hospital, Washington, D.C. He enlisted again, June 15, 1863, and mustered in as a private, Co. L, 11th Vt. Infantry, on June 27, 1863. He was wounded March 27, 1865, during the siege of Petersburg. He mustered out on May 13, 1865. Joseph died December 9, 1925, in Epping N. H., and was buried there on December 11.

A son-in-law of John Senior, Peter Sherman, was born in January 1823, in Sainte Elisabeth, Quebec. He enlisted, credited to Orford, N.H., June 2, 1862. He mustered in as a private in Co. A, 9th N.H. Infantry, July 3, 1862. He was discharged for disability on January 14, 1863, at Falmouth, Va. He enlisted again, December 18, 1863, and mustered in as a private in Co. C, 14th N.H. Infantry, December 18, 1863. He mustered out with the regiment on July 8, 1865. He died March 21, 1904, in Bloomfield, Vermont.

Another son-in-law, Edward Terrio (or Terreau or Terry), was born in Canada in October 1831. He enlisted, credited to Lawrence Mass., on October 2, 1862. He mustered in as a private, Co. B, 4th Mass. Infantry, on October 8, 1862. He mustered out August 28, 1863, at Camp Hooker, Lakeville, Mass. He enlisted again, January 30, 1865. He mustered in on the same day as a private in Co. I, 61st Mass. Infantry, and mustered out with the regiment on July 16, 1865, in Washington, D.C. He died March 21, 1902, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and is buried there in Lakewood Cemetery.

Source: The National Tribune, September 12, 1912; 1892 Revised of Vermont Volunteers; 1895 Revised Register of the Soldiers and Sailors of New Hampshire; pension records as cited and family papers held by Lisa Nugent, 2nd-great-granddaughter of Peter Sherman and 3rd-great-granddaughter of John Caraway, Senior.

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