Straight, Abram B.
Age: 21, credited to Manchester, VTVITALS
Birth: 05/02/1840, Manchester, VTADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alias?: None notedDESCENDANTS
Woodbine Cemetery, Ellsworth,ME
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Musicians of the Fourth Vermont Infantry Regimental Band
Straight, Abram B., Jr. - Musician. (b. Bennington, Vermont, 2 May, 1840, son of Abram & Eunice (Davis) Straight). The Straight family descends in America from Henry Straight of Portsmouth, Rhode Island (1652-1728) Abram enlisted at the age of 21 years from his hometown, Manchester, Vt., 3 Sept., 1861. He mustered in with the band in Brattleboro, 21 Sept., 1861. He mustered out with the band, 21 Sept., 1861. He m. 1st in Wallingford, Vt., 20 Dec., 1862, Elsie Francisca Harrington (b. 4 March, 1844, dau. of Reuben & Isabanda Cole (Witherell) Harrington of Manchester). He deserted Elsie (according to her family) and they were divorced. They had two children together, but Elsie gave them her maiden name. [Fred H. Harrington, b. 20 Nov., 1863) and (Lulu I. Harrington (b. 18 Nov., 1865)]. In 1870, Abram had married a second time to Ellen M. (----) Straight (age 30). He lived with her in Grafton, Vermont when that census was taken. He was a harness maker employed by Lewis M. Barry of Grafton. What happened to his second wife, we are not certain. Abram was working a trade as harness maker in Chester, Vermont in 1880 for Mr. Booth. He was 40 years old, divorced with no spouse, mate, or children; and living with Henry Bishop Booth and his family in their home. Booth owned the harness shop. Abram m. 3rd 1882, Alice M. _____ (b. NY, Aug., 1856). They had four children together (Frances E. b. Feb., 1884, Elsie M. b. May, 1888, Ned Bird, b. 5 Feb., 1894, and Alma N., b. April, 1896). In 1890, Abram was living in Ellsworth (Hancock County) Maine with his family. He suffered from rheumatism contracted while in the service, so he applied for an Invalid Pension 27 Aug, 1890 (App #930865; Cert #668832). He was accepted and received about $12 per month. When the 1900 census was taken, Abram and family were residents of Old Town, Maine, the community of the Penobscot Indians. The family lived in their own home Center Street. Abram was 59 years old and was still working as a harness maker. He died in Ellsworth, Maine, 28 June, 1909. Alice applied for a Widow's pension, 30 July, 1909 (App #912680; Cert #683236). Ned, who was a minor child when his father died, applied for a pension on Abram's service, 11 Feb., 1909. Alice moved with him later to Sandy Creek, New York where they were living in June, 1917. Ned died in Sandy Creek, April, 1973.
(researched by Linda M. Welch, March, 2008)