Churchill, James Munroe
Age: 38, credited to Thetford, VTVITALS
Birth: 1823, Thetford, VTADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alias?: None notedDESCENDANTS
Buried in East Boston, MA
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JAMES MUNROE CHURCHILL
(1823 - 18 November 1876) WAS BORN IN THETFORD, THE SON OF FRANCIS AND EMILY CHURCHILL.
He was employed as a machinist, living in Boston, in 1850, with his wife Ruth and a daughter.
By 1861, Churchill was living in Dorcester when he enlisted as a Second Class Fireman on 1 May 1861, and served on Mississippi. By early December, he was a First Class Fireman on North Carolina, when he received a disability discharge. He was appointed Acting Third Assistant Engineer on 14 September 1863, and joined USS Hendrick Hudson, probably at Boston, where she was undergoing repairs. On 28 December 1863, she returned blockading duties off the mouth of the Suwanee River, East Gulf Blockading Squadron. In 1864, she spent most of her time near Tampa Bay and St. Marks, Florida. In early 1865, she participated in joint operations with army units in the St. Marks area, blocking the river and sending some of her men ashore with the Army. In July, she was sent north, and was decommissioned in Philadelphia on 8 August. Churchill was honorably discharged on 18 September.
Churchill's first wife supposedly died out west, but there does not appear to be an extant record of that. He married, second, Emma A. Lakin on 19 August 1860, in Boston. He died of heart disease in Boston; interment unknown. His widow received a pension until her death, shortly after 4 June 1894.
Source: draft biography to be included in Green Mountain Mariners of The Civil War, by Tom Ledoux