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Supplement to 

The Calkins 

Memorial Military Roster 

and Genealogy 









Since the publication of the Memorial in 1903, much ad- 
ditional information coming to hand, I have written what 
follows, in order that it may be preserved. There will be 
found a few additions to the list of soldiers mentioned in 
the Memorial, together with further details as to some of 
them. Also, I have added, such genealogical notes as have 
come to hand in order that the now widely scattered Calk- 
mses may the more easily look each other up and trace their 
connection in the long chain leading back to Hugh Calkin 
our first American ancestor. I have heard from members 
of the "tribe" in thirty-six states — and from some in 
Nova Scotia, who removed there at the time of the expul- 
sion of the French Acadians — 1760. Subsequently 
many returned to the United States. Those in Nova Sco- 
tia still retain the old spelling of the name, as, indeed, do a 
number in our own country. In writing the Memorial 
Book and this Supplement, I assume that every one ap- 
preciates the fact that I have done so as a patriotic duty 
in behalf of the whole family, hoping that it may induce the 
members — numbering thousands, to take more interest in 
each other. The work that I have done — or may do, 
must end at no distant day, but some one will arise to make 
it more complete. Indeed, I have heard rumors now and 
then that certain ones of our name were engaged in writing 
up a complete genealogy of all the Calkins, but so far no 
such work has materialized in print, much to my disap- 
pointment. Such a gigantic task at my age — and more, 
disabilities— I realized, after much reflection, would not be 
advisable, but a smaller work would be practicable, inter- 
esting and useful. The indorsements received have justi- 
fied my efforts and led me to write the present Supple- 
MENT - William WlBT Calkins, 

BEBWYN, III., March, 1909. 

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Calkins, Benjamin E. — First Lieutenant and Adjutant of 
the First Montana Infantry. He served continuously for 
eleven years in the Montana National Guard, and was Ad- 
jutant when the call came May 27, 1898, for the regiment 
to go to the Philippines. He was mustered into the U. S. 
service May 6, 1898, and served with honor until 1899, 
when, seeing that there was no prospect of active service 
in the field, and, as he remarks, " my business at home being 
of more importance than doing garrison duty for the Gov- 
ernment, I desired to tender my resignation." He was 
mustered out Jan. 7, 1899, per order of the Adjutant-Gen- 
eral's office of the same date, of which the following is an 

" By direction of the Secretary of War, First Lieutenant 
B. E. Calkins, First Montana Volunteer Infantry, having 
tendered his resignation, is honorably discharged from the 
service of the United States to take effect this date. 

"By command of Major General Miles. 

"H. C. Corbin, 
' ' Adj utant-General. ' ' 

Adjutant Calkins is the son of the late Capt. Newberry 
E. Calkins, of Co. F., 108th Penn. Inf. (11th Cav.) vide 
M. M. R., p. 161. He and Raymond M. Calkins, who also 
served in the First Montana, are cousins. The Adjutant 
is a resident and prominent business man of Butte, Mon- 

Calkins, George — This young hero was not enlisted regu- 
larly in the army, hence not of official record, though he 
well deserves to be. The facts as to him have been given 
me by his brother, Daniel Calkins, of the 16th Wis. Infan- 
try. He says: 

"My brother George was killed at the Battle of Shiloh, 
Tenn., April 6, 1862. He was only fourteen years old and not 
enlisted, but eager to go; went as a servant to Capt. H. D. 
Patch of my Company. As history shows, the four right 
companies of the 16th and six companies of the 21st Mis- 
souri were among the first troops engaged on that eventful 
day. When we were driven back from our camps and had 
got to the ' Peach Orchard' or beyond, and to the old Shi- 

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loh Church, I found brother George there; he had secured a 
gun from a wounded soldier by the name of Henry Holton, 
who had been shot in the bowels, and who died that night. 
I told George to put down the gun and go back to the rear, 
but he would not go, though I did my best to persuade him. 
He said to me that one of us was going to be killed, and that 
it might as well be him as me; we then marched out to the 
front about eighty rods and filed to the left of the road, 
where we were firing away for ten minutes or so when 
George fell; his right leg was broken above the knee and 
his right arm near the shoulder; one bullet through his head 
and another near the heart; later we buried him where he 
fell and found he had had a bayonet thrust through the 
bowels; his boots had been pulled off and he was pinned 
down with the bayonet to get them off. We occupied the 
ground subsequently." 

George belonged to a family that furnished a number of 
daring soldiers. He was a brother of Mrs. Felix W. Calk- 

Calkins, Almon H. — Enlisted May 4, 1864, in Co. A, 
40th Wis. Vol. Inf. Mustered out Sept. 16, '64, by reason 
of expiration of term of service. A. G. R. of Wis., Vol. 2, 
p. 674. After the war Almon suffered for years with dis- 
ease contracted in the army, but in the genial climate of 
California partially recovered. Residence, Santa Monica. 
He is the son of Rev. Almon Calkins, the son of Sylvanus, 
the son of Justus, the son of Lt. Stephen of Sharon, Ct. 
The children of Justus were: Justus, Silas, Anna, Obadiah, 
William, Jonathan, Sylvanus. The children of Sylvanus 
Were: Almon, Elisha, John, William, Laura, Minerva, 
Sylva. The children of Rev. Almon were: by Susan 
Almy, his first wife: Emily, William T., Mary J., John Wes- 
ley, Almon H., Juliette A., and Gary G. The children by 
second wife are named elsewhere. Wm. T. died in 1882, 
leaving four sons and two daughters. The oldest son, 
Harvey, is a missionary in India; Dr. Gary N., Professor of 
Biology in Columbia University and a writer of scientific 

Calkins, Jesse Hebbard — Enlisted Aug. 25, 1861, as sad- 
dler in Co. H., 4th 111. Vol. Cav. Mustered in Sept. 26, '61. 
He served continuously until mustered out Nov. 3, 1864. 

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His grandfather was a soldier in the Army of the Revolu- 
tion, and for his services was granted a quarter section of 
land in Illinois, Act of May 6, 1812. Jesse H. was an early 
pioneer in Illinois, and one of those who enlisted under 
Lieut. Prentice (afterwards General), to put down the 
"Mormon rebellion" at Nauvoo, 111. This veteran soldier is 
still living at North Abington, Mass., and in his eighty-sec- 
ond year. He was born March 8, 1827, in Haverhill, Mass.; 
married Hannah Collamore Cushing, Jan. 1, 1852. Ernest 
Wilber, his son, was born Dec. 25, 1855, and married to 
Ida de Sarme, Nov. 19, 1879. Children: Ernest Wilber, Jr., 
born Feb. 10, 1882; Mary Collamore, born Oct. 12, 1885, 
died March 1, 1886; Arthur Norman, born Dec. 17, 1887. 
The line of descent running back from Jesse H. is: Jesse, 
born in 1798; Samuel, born about 1770; Simon, born June 
10, 1736; John, born in Connecticut, March 30, 1693; Sam- 
uel, born in October, 1663; John first, the son of Hugh first. 

Calkins, Milo — Not enlisted regularly, but went out with 
the 16th Wis. Inf., as a blacksmith and was with the regi- 
ment in many campaigns. He is still living in Wisconsin, 
at a great age. Is also a brother of Mrs. Felix W. Calkins. 

Calkins, William H. — Sergeant, enlisted Nov. 10, 1864, 
in Co. K., 51st Wis. Vol. Inf. Mustered out May 4, 1865. 
Residence given as La Crosse. Adjt.-Gen. Rept., Vol. 
2, p. 907. 

Additional New York Calkinses in the Revolutionary War. 
See "M. R.," pp. 129, 130. 

Calkins, Eleazer — Served in Capt. William Pearce's 
Company in Col. Morris Graham's Regt. of Militia, and was 
on duty from Oct. 10, 1779, to Nov. 23, 1779. No number 
is given the regiment. Reference: ''Archives of New 

Calkins, Matthew — Served in Capt. Nathaniel Henry's 
Company in a regiment of "Levies," 1782, commanded by 
Lt. Col. Marinus Willett. Reference: "Archives of New 
York," p. 259. These two regiments, as appears from the 
meager and time-worn records, were raised for the defense 
of the frontiers against Burgoyne, and are estimated to 
have served eight months. I am indebted to E. A. Calkins, 
Esq., for information as to the above, and also for other 
valuable aid. 

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Corrections of the "Roster" and Notes upon it.— Hon. 
Felix W Calkins, whose name appears in the Memorial on 
page 59, No. 21, was the son of Daniel A. » n d L avina In- 
man Calkins. He was born in Burlington, la., May 4, 1844 
The family removed to Illinois, and Felix, at the age of 
eighteen, the Civil War being in progress, enlisted in 1862, in 
the 100th 111. Vol. Inf.; with that gallant regiment he par- 
ticipated in every campaign and battle the command was 
in up to and including Chickamauga. Taken prisoner at 
the Battle of Stone's River, Tenn., he escaped under cover 
of darkness and rejoined his regiment the next morning. 
At Chickamauga the 100th performed great and brave 
services, as of 339 officers and men engaged the loss was 
over fifty per cent., but the brave Col. Bartleson, Calkins, 
and some others were captured and sent as prisoners to 
Atlanta, Ga., thence to Richmond, Va., where they were 
put in Libby Prison along with the writer of this. l<elix 
was removed a little later to the Pemberton Prison, thence 
to Belle Isle; this was a barren sand-spit of a few acres in 
the middle of James River, and the very worst of the prison 
hells of Richmond. After a sojourn here he was sent to 
Danville, and in May, 1864, transferred to Andersonville 
Ga. He remained there until Nov, 1864. Then he and 
others were sent to Charleston, and later to Florence, b. U 
The suffering endured in all these prisons need not be 
recounted here. In February, 1865, Felix was taken to 
Richmond, paroled and sent north. He was discharged in 
June 1865, and returned to civil life, but was under med- 
ical treatment for two years, and came near losing his eye- 
sight On August 23, 1865, he was married to Rosaline 
Calkins, who was born April 12, 1842, in Orleans County, 
Vt (the daughter of Daniel and Nancy Lawrence Calkins). 
At this writing the widow and four children survive. 
Felix, though in poor health after the war, settled down to 
business with the same courage he had shown as a soldier; 
beginning as a farmer, he achieved great success. In 1884, 
he removed to Watseka, Iroquois Co, 111, and soon became 
known as one of its most prominent and public-spirited cit- 
izens, active in all projects for the public good and a leader 
in the Grand Army of the Republic. He was at one time 
Commander of Williams Post, No. 25, for whose use he 

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fitted up and donated a hall; he and Mrs. Calkins were en- 
gaged in every good work of the G. A. R. in the county. 
He built the great Iroquois and other buildings; was an 
alderman and mayor of the city. But, alas! in the midst of 
his busy and useful life he was suddenly stricken down with 
a disease that caused his death, July 23, 1899. He died 
loved by all, lamented by all. Within the beautiful cem- 
etery at Watseka his remains rest beneath an imposing 
marble monument, surmounted by a life-size figure of the 
gallant soldier. Children of Felix W. and Rosaline Cal- 
kins: Mrs. J. F. Bradley; Mrs. Etta L. C. Bevans; Leon F., 
and Geo. W. Calkins. 

Calkins, Joseph S. (see M. R., p. 74, No. 5), was born 
in Hocking Co., O., July 28, 1841. He is a son of Berry 
Calkins, whose father was Daniel Calkins, born at Painted 
Post, Steuben Co., N. Y., and emigrated to Ohio at an early 
day and became a colonel in the State Militia. He was 
wounded at Chickamauga. He sent me the following "in- 
cident," and it's a good one. This is also published in the 
history of the 29th Indiana. The war-time ambrotype of 
Joseph and David is the most perfect type of the American 
volunteer soldier that I have ever seen, and as fresh today 
as when taken. 

How I was Captured, Recaptured, and then Captured Again, 

and Finally Captured the Last Man Who Captured Me. 

(By Joseph S. Calkins, late First Sergeant of Company 
E, Twenty-ninth Regiment, Indiana Volunteers.) 

In the Battle of Stone River, Tennessee, as our right was 
being driven back from our position behind a fence where 
Captain Stebbins of the Twenty-ninth was killed on Dec. 
31, and while crossing the "pike," I became separated from 
my company while going across a large cotton field, and 
the rebel cavalry held me up. I gave one of them a Yankee 
"pill," but before I could reload and get away they had me 
a prisoner once more, and one of them started back with 
me for their rear. We had not gone far until our cavalry 
charged them and released me. I immediately started for 
our lines, but we did not get out of that cotton field until 
back came our cavalry pursued by the "Johnnies." I lay 
down and both lines passed over me. After lying there and 

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feigning dead for a while, I raised my head to see if every- 
thing was all right. Just then a rebel who stood about five 
rods from me brought his gun to a shoulder and com- 
manded me to surrender. I did so, and not having any 
gun he found no trouble in taking me back to the rear. 
We had not gone far until back again came the "Johnnies" 
with our boys in hot pursuit. I saw a gun lying on the 
ground in front of me which I seized, and dropping to the 
ground escaped a shot which my captor fired at me. 
Springing to my feet quickly I got the drop on my man and 
marched him into our lines a prisoner. I did not find my 
regiment that night, but came across it in the morning and 
once more joined my company. 

Calkins, Egbert C— Of the M. M. R., p. 75, should be 
written Calkins. This is only one of many errors in the 
A. G. Reports in the spelling of names. Egbert is a nephew 
of Homer Calkins, 12th 111. Cavalry. 

Calkins, Joshua. — Of the M. M. R., p. 69, resides now at 
Mertenton, 111.; he is a brother of the late Felix W. Calkins. 

Calkins, John H., Lieut— Of the M. M. R., p. 139, died 
Feb. 1, 1906. 

Calkins, Silas, Lieut.— Of the M. M. R., p. 77, died Sept. 
16, 1903. 

Calkins, David H. — Of the M. M. R., p. 74, was born in 
Ohio, Jan. 7, 1846, the brother of Joseph S. Prior to enlist- 
ing as a veteran in the 29th Indiana, he had served in the 
54th Indiana, from September, 1862, and was in the battles 
of Vicksburg, Arkansas Post, Champion Hills, Raymond 
and Jackson. With the 29th he fought at Dalton and De- 
catur. He died at the age of nineteen, beloved by his com- 
rades and lamented by all who knew him. 

Calkins, Jerome, Lieutenant — Of the M. M. R., p. 175, 
was, as I have lately discovered, commissioned Lieutenant 
about the time he was fatally wounded at Fort Klakely, 
Ala., and therefore not mustered in as such in accordance 
with army regulations. He had been previously wounded 
and stood high as a soldier and officer. 

Caukin, Gavin Edmonds, Captain — Of the M. M. EL, p. 
125, was erroneously written as to his first name. His mil- 
itary record in the famous 1st Minn. Inf. needs some correc- 
tion. It appears from the A. G. Reports of Minn., pp. 65, 69, 

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73, that at thirty-six he was mustered into Co. K., 1st Minn., 
Feb. 27, 1861; transferred to Co. M., 1st Battalion; and be- 
came Captain of Co. K, March 25, 1865. Under the head of 
"Remarks," the Report says: "Tr. to Co. B., resigned." 
In the Reports the name is erroneously spelled "Caulkin." 

Calkins, Edmund— Of the M. M. R., p. 120, is put down 
in the A. G. R., of Mich., as "Edward." This is wrong, as I 
have heard from him and his son E. A. Calkins, of Mason, 
Mich. These two are descendants of Caleb, Daniel, et al.. 
who were soldiers in the Revolution. 

Calkins, John F. — Of the M. M. R., p. 178, was born in 
Steuben County, N. Y., in 1829. He was the son of John 
Calkins, born in Sharon, Ct., in 1803, who was the son of 
Sylvanus, the son of Justus, the son of Lieut. Stephen, of 
the Revolution. John F. married Abigail Welles. He and 
three brothers were in the Civil War with brilliant records. 
(See M. M. R.) Only one now alive. Franklin Welles 
Calkins, the well-known author and writer, is a son of John 
F. and Abigail, and from his eminence in literature deserves 
mention. Some of his books are entitled: "Tales of the 
West," (3 vols.), "The Couger Tamer," "My Host the En- 
emy," "Two Wilderness Voyagers," 'The Wooing of To- 
kala." He has also written hundreds of short stories for 
"Golden Days," "St. Nicholas," "Youth's Companion," 
"Outing," "Boston Transcript," Associated Sunday 
Magazines, etc. As he is one of the young stock we may 
expect much more from him in the future. 

Calkins, Homer, Hon. — Of the M. M. R., p. 69; an ex- 
member of the Missouri Legislature; now editor and owner 
of a newspaper at Pacific, Mo., had a long experience as a 
soldier in a famous command. Cornelius Clark Calkins, 
the father of Homer, was a native of Cattaraugus Co., N. Y., 
born March 27, 1800. He married Miss Mary Hitchcock, 
of Massachusetts, early in the '30 's. He, with five brothers 
— William, Daniel, Philip, David, Robert, and two married 
sisters — eight families — crossed the Alleghenies in wagons 
and settled on farms in Indiana, fifteen miles from LaFay- 
ette. There Homer was born Sept. 9, 1840. The family 
moved in 1852 to the vicinity of what was, later, Kankakee, 
111. On the advent of the Civil War, Homer went to Chi- 
cago and enlisted Oct. 22, 1861, in the "Barker Dragoons," 

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which later, on Gen. McClellan's appointment to the com- 
mand of the Army of the Potomac, became the "McClellan 
Dragoons." These two companies (squadron) Major 
Barker in command, served as McClellan's bodyguard for 
some time, or until that general was relieved. Later 
they were assigned to the 12th 111. Cav., and went into 
camp with the 12th on March 4, 1863, at Potomac Creek 
Landing. They then were designated as Companies H 
and I. Homer participated with the famous 12th in its 
battles and campaigns in the East, South and West. Dur- 
ing all his long service he was never disabled for duty by 
sickness or wounds, though hit once by a bullet at Mayeas 
Heights, Fredericksburg, but not seriously injured. I 
may remark that he had several relatives from the "Old 
Colony" in the service. Some of these were: Egbert C. 
(see p. 75), Henry C. (p. 75), Newton, a brother (p. 52), and 
Charles L.. a brother, who died during enlistment. Then, 
there was Samuel N., more distantly related. The follow- 
ing of his experiences, written by him to the writer, will, 1 
think, be found interesting to our Calkinses, but years hence 
more interesting to those who follow us in the mysterious 
march of life. 

By Sergeant Homer Calkins. 

It was the first Sunday in May, 1862, that the writer 
had resolved to give up and go to the field hospital, the 
brackish water of the old Virginia lowlands having gotten 
the better of my digestive machinery. As I was on the way 
to that dreaded resort, we heard of the evacuation of York- 
town, and soon the bugles were sounding the "general," 
meaning the breaking up of camp and taking up the line of 
march. I returned to the tented line, my desire to go with 
the rest being too strong to resist. My comrades kindly 
saddled my horse and packed my belongings. Our com- 
mand of two troops, one squadron of dragoons, was then 
on escort duty to Gen. McClellan, but as he was not going 
on the advance we were attached to Gen. Stoneman, com- 
manding the cavalry. Soon all the troops were in motion, 
and as the column approached the great sally-port of the 

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heavy defensive works I noticed a square hole dug in the 
ground by the side of the road in a position not liable to 
be treaded upon. There a large shell had been planted, a 
copper cap as large as a half dollar was conspicuous; no 
earth had been placed around the shell; why was it there? 
We had ridden but a few rods within the defenses when the 
horse just behind mine struck a cap of a similar shell, 
buried in the street; the shoe of the left forefoot struck it, 
and the explosion tore the leg off to the shoulder-blade; 
the left leg of the rider, Noble Irish, was also badly crip- 
pled; my mount was sent several rods before getting on his 
feet; the wounded horse was put out of agony by a comrade. 
We were then ordered out of the street to the grassy com- 
mons, dismounted and awaited the arrival of the other com- 
mands forming the advance. While waiting several shells 
were exploded in the town, some fragments whirling 
among us, which the boys picked up and examined. Gen. 
Hill, trying to explain this, said that if any sub-terra 
shells were planted, it must have been a few miles west. 
We soon began our advance up the peninsula and saw evi- 
dence of "being in the enemy's country." As we passed, 
people ran to the front gates, with white rags displayed on 
sticks, emblems of surrender — and, of course, protection. 
They eyed us curiously, as if looking for the horns which 
some really expected to see on the Yankees! The cavalry 
swept by like a hurricane, and presently Lieut. Sumner, 
son of the "Bull of the Woods," moved past in the field 
with his "Flying Battery." We now entered a thickly 
wooded country, and, nearing Williamsburg, began to pick 
up stragglers, gray-coated cavalrymen, some riding in from 
by-paths and cross-roads, and even saluting our officers 
before recognizing the blue of our dusty uniforms. Finally 
arriving at the Warwick Courthouse pike we had a hot skir- 
mish with the "Jeff Davis Legion" of cavalry. This was 
our first "baptism of fire," in which we lost two men, Smith 
and Roy; also a few horses. More of their dead lay on the 
field than of ours. On the pike I took my first prisoner and 
trotted him down the road to the command. All this was 
in the close vicinity of the Battle of Williamsburg — or 
"Ft. Magruder," fought on the next day. I was on picket 
duty all that night in the woods in the midst of a driving 

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rain, but the next morning felt one hundred per cent better 
than if I had gone to the hospital, as contemplated. After 
that, during four years' service, I never entered one. Thus 
began my first practical lesson in the art of war. 

After Yorktown and Williamsburg. 
My next experience after Williamsburg was at Hanover 
Courthouse in May; next Seven Pines — Mechanicsville, 
the commencement of the "Seven Days' Battles," which 
ended at Malvern Hill, and of which the rebel General Hill 
says: "The heaviest artillery battle the world had then 
ever experienced." Next came the long waiting at Harri- 
son's Landing, succeeded by a hurried march up the Po- 
tomac to Alexandria, Va. There McClellan sent us with 
Gen. Franklin to the "Second Bull Run" (Groveton). On 
the 9th of September following (my 22nd birthday) we 
mounted and rode after "Little Mac," out into Maryland to 
meet Lee's advancing army. On Sunday, the 14th, we 
overtook his rear guard at South Mountain, peculiarly an 
artillery battle at first. The grand display of our army ad- 
vancing up the slopes and out of sight in the woods, I can 
never forget. We rode up under the battery fire with the 
general; big shells went clear over our heads, burying them- 
selves in the fields to the rear; as night advanced, the artil- 
lery was superseded by musketry up in the gorge. It was 
eleven when we went back to bivouac in the valley. On 
the way we overtook his escort, carrying the dead body 
of Gen. Reno down the mountain. The next morning Mc- 
Clellan rode on over the mountain by a mere bridle-path, 
the' solid columns of our army meantime tilling the "pass" 
and pressing onwards towards the foe. At this time the 
mountain forest had been much reduced by charcoal burn- 
ers, and there were plenty of stumps; near one lay the life- 
less form of a soldier in gray — probably a skirmisher on 
their extreme left. Gen. McClellan is pictured indelibly on 
my mind as he viewed the dead man, with BO much inter- 
est, seemingly. We finally regained the pike near Boons- 
borough, and dismounted and awaited the arrival of Henry 
Stone, one of our dragoons, who was at the front; he came 
soon with reports from Gen. Sumner, that he had found 
the enemy in force and strongly posted behind the Antic- 

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tarn. The same courier was soon started to the front with 
orders to all commanding generals to have the troops fall 
out of the roads until the commanding general should 
pass. We then swept like a hurricane to the extreme front, 
MeClellan being loudly cheered. There, on one of the last 
knolls next the river, a battery was exchanging compli- 
ments with one across the river. The general dismounted 
and stayed by that battery the rest of the day, with in- 
fantry guard around him and staff officers coming and go- 
ing. This was on Monday. The event of Tuesday with 
us was being shelled out of a wood pasture, where we were 
grazing our horses; how the shells did fly among the shell- 
bark hickories; the feed was good, but we had to "git". 
On Wednesday, the 17th. was fought the hardest one day's 
battle this continent ever knew. One thing is peculiar to 
Antietam, MeClellan rode over the field from which Lee 
was beaten. Meade, at Gettysburg, may be said to be the 
only other general to accomplish such a thing. 

Antietam was McClellan's last battle! 

Our next battle, at Fredericksburg, convinced us that 
change of commanders had not bettered things much. 
The year ended, and the next found us with Gen. Burnside. 
His disaster terminated the dragoons' services at head- 
quarters, and we were consolidated with the 12th 111. Cav- 
alry. And, now, after Burnside and Hooker failed, was the 
Grand Army of the Potomac handled any better than under 
MeClellan? When on the road to Gettysburg we heard of 
the change in commanders, we were glad; we believed 
Meade to be an improvement on previous generals. Still, 
after the victory won by him, he did not seem to feel like 
moving on Lee with alacrity. I was not in any actual 
fighting at Gettysburg; the 12th was. I was sent back up 
in Maryland in command of a train-guard to run the regi- 
mental wagons into Washington; after getting them in off 
14th street and parking them, who should come along but 
President Lincoln, on his way from his summer residence to 
the White House. Seeing something new there, he reined 
up to inquire. After I had explained matters he paid me 
the following compliment: "Better to run away than to 
lose the wagons." While in Washington, I was sent with 
quite a force of some of our men and a lot of recruits, which 

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I commanded, though a private, to do scouting all over 
Fairfax Count} — the "Bull Run" country, and west of Hull 
Run mountains, a region known as "Mosby's paradise." 
Sometimes we made it interesting for that noted guerilla 
chief; and again it was the other way; part of the time we 
operated in connection witli the 1st Mass. Caw, under the 
dashing Col. Lowell. Roth armies were now passing south 
and we of the 12th soon joined the command, and until late 
in the fall the 12th was in many hotly contested battles on 
the Rapidan and Rappahannock under Buford; we left 
dead men on every field. On Nov. 12th the regiment was 
relieved from duty witli the Army of the Potomac, and 
ordered home to reorganise as veterans. * * * 

The remainder of Sergt. Calkins' story is too long to re- 
count here. The 12th recruited to 1.256 officers and 
men at Camp Fry, left on February 9th for St. Louis; 
thence it was sent clown the Mississippi and to the relief of 
Gen. Banks up the Red River, partaking in the many 
hard-fought battles on Banks' retreat, and losing many men. 
Subsequently it was ordered to New Orleans, and from 
there sent out on numerous raids. No regiment had a 
longer or more glorious record. Sergeant Calkins last 
service was at Gen. Sheridan's headquarters in New Or- 
leans, in the winter of 1865-6, and he was discharged there 
on April 4, 1866, by special request, the rest of the regi- 
ment May 29, 1866. 

Calkins, Daniel— Of the M. M. R., p. 177, No. 9, had a 
record equal to any, and seldom surpassed for faithfulness 
to duty, daring arts and narrow escapes from death. He 
is still alive in Oregon, and from his nai ration to me of his 
war experiences, I have selected the most interesting as 
worthy of record. 

Daniel, as heretofore stated, went out with the 16th Wis. 
Inf. He enlisted Oct. 12, 1861, as a drummer boy, being 
considered too young and small to carry a musket — an 
idea dispelled very soon after in the drill camp and at Slii- 
loh. With him went his still younger brother, George, as 
a servant to the captain. About the tragic death of the 
latter, see elsewhere. The 16th went into camp at Madi- 
son and drilled every day until March 13, 1862, when it was 
ordered to join Gen. Grant's army at Bhiloh (Pittsburg 

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Landing, Tenn.) On April 5th, Gov. Harvey paid them a 
visit and reviewed the 16th. This was the eve before the 
battle; about ten o'clock that evening the four right com- 
panies of the 16th, with six from the 21st Missouri, were sent 
to the front, and at daylight became engaged with the 
advance of the rebels, soon involving the entire picket line 
of our army, which was driven back and through some of 
our camps. Daniel found the balance of the 16th gone; 
he and a few skirmishers here and there kept up a desultory 
fire from any available shelter as they fell back; his com- 
rade, Filke, was shot through the heart by Daniel's side. 
He says: "That scene — the blood flowing from the 
wound — is vividly impressed on my mind to this day." 
Finally, Daniel and another comrade, having fired away 
their last cartridge, were about to leave the ground, when 
Lt. W. H. Calkins (later Major Wm. H.) came along, carry- 
ing cartridges for his own company, of the 14th Iowa; he 
gave them some, and soon after Daniel ran up against the 
16th, which was reforming near Shiloh Church. There he 
found George, who was killed in the fierce fighting a little 
later. The Battle of Shiloh ended, and the enemy falling 
back to Corinth, Grant followed, to find the town evacu- 
ated. At Corinth Daniel volunteered for scout duty, and 
has now the "detail" signed by Gen. Grant. He values it 
highly. On one expedition near Corinth he and five others 
were captured, stripped of most everything, and his five 
comrades shot, but Daniel took leg bail, minus hat, shoes, 
coat, etc., plunged into a deep swamp amid a shower of 
bullets, and, between swimming, wading and walking all 
night, in the morning confiscated a horse he found on a 
near-by plantation and reached Corinth in safety. At 
Iuka his horse was shot under him. In the fierce fight of 
Fort Robinet he was wounded by bayonet and pistol, the 
ball entering the right arm, this he dug out with his knife, 
and was ordered to the hospital by the surgeon, but refused 
to go. He recovered soon, and went on the advance to 
Holly Springs and Grenada, and did much scouting, losing 
in all three horses — two by shots from pursuers. When 
Holly Springs surrendered, the 16th went to Memphis, 
thence to Vicksburg; after the surrender, the 16th went 
to Red Bone, Miss., where the men re-enlisted, returned to 

Military Rostxb and Genealogy 17 

Vieksburg, thence later on returned to Madison on veteran 
furlough, arriving March 17, 1864. The 18th of April 
found the 16th once more on the way to the front, and June 
13th saw them under Sherman in Georgia. Daniel was in 
the whole of the Atlanta campaign, and in many hard- 
fought battles where the 16th participated. He speaks 
particularly of the five new companies of the 16th — raw 
recruits in the spring — fighting like veteran soldiers be- 
fore Atlanta in the desperate attacks of July, '64. In one 
of these he had several hand-to-hand encounters with the 
bayonet, was scratched, but came off with slight wounds, 
except as to his clothes. On July 22nd, a day of fierce 
fighting, Daniel's company being on the skirmish line, and 
being charged from all directions, suffered severely, losing 
their brave Captain Patch and many of the boys. Daniel 
relates: "Six or seven of us got into so tight a place that 
we had to 'git' — and we did; but in crossing a ditch I 
stumbled and fell into the water, which was five or six 
inches deep. I laid still; the rest were captured and passed 
back under guard near me, when one of my comrades, 
Vanepps, said to another: 'Joe, they have got Dan at 

last.' The ' rebs' said: ' Yes, we got the red-headed s 

of a b .' This was interesting to me; later, when the 

'rebs' had retired and all was quiet, I very carefully 
crawled down the ditch and was soon within our own lines 
at no great distance. In September, who should appear 
but Vanepps! He had escaped from prison, and when he 
saw me nearly fainted from astonishment, to see me alive. 
Well, we took Atlanta and came back across the Chatta- 
hoochee River to Vining's Station, where I cast my first 
vote for noble Abraham Lincoln, one of the proudest acts 
of my life. On Nov. 17th we started with Sherman's grand 
army on the march to the sea. As it turned out, we landed 
in Savannah. There was but little fighting and much for- 
aging. Few incidents of value occurred, but I will relate 
one in which I had a hand. I was detailed as a forager, 
with others, one of these, of the 68th Ohio, went with ine 
to a plantation, but soon we saw a company of rebel cav- 
alry coming out of the woods towards us, and knowing the 
fate of foragers, if caught, we made quick time for our 
lives, by consent separating as the safest course. They 

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chased me four miles, but I got away, and to a regiment 
that was out as foragers. My comrade was captured, as 
we learned, hung to a tree, and a notice put upon him — 
''Death to foragers." It is well known that many a for- 
ager was hung or shot on Sherman's march. From Sa- 
vannah we went by boat to Beaufort. Port Royal Island; 
from there to Pocotaligo, where we had a little brush 
with the enemy. Next we marched to Orangeburg, on 
the Edisto, and again had another little brush, after which 
we marched to Columbia, S. C, thence to Cheraw on the 
Great Pedee, which we crossed into North Carolina. We 
next struck Goldsborough, marched for Bentonville and 
Raleigh, and soon after Johnston surrendered. Here we 
heard of the assassination of our beloved President. In a 
few days Sherman's veteran army marched with willing 
steps on the road home, via Richmond and Washington, 
at the latter taking part in the Grand Review of the Union 
armies. After this the 16th was sent to Louisville, Ky., 
and we were mustered out of the service July 12, 1865." 

Calkins, Ernest C. — Naval Record — Ernest was born 
near Longmont, Col., May 14, 1884; enlisted as "landsman 
for training," in the U. S. Navy at Chicago, 111., April 27, 
1903; was sent to the U. S. Naval Station at League Island 
Navy Yard, Philadelphia, Pa.; was transferred to the U. S. 
training ship "Buffalo" at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, N. Y., 
June 25, 1903. Made two training cruises on the Buffalo, 
visiting Havana, Santiago, Guantauamo Bay, Cuba; also, 
Kingston, Jamaica, Trinidad, St. Lucia — and Bahia, Bra- 
zil, S. A. Was transferred from the Buffalo Dec. 8, 1903, 
to the "Hancock." Attained the rating of "apprentice sea- 
man" on Dec. 1, 1904, G. O. N. Dept. Being dissatisfied 
with the seamen branch, changed rating to the engineers' 
force, receiving rate of coal-passer, on March 23, 1905; 
was then sent to the U. S. armored cruiser "West Virginia," 
April 3, 1905, making a cruise to the West Indies. Later 
on the cruiser was sent to South Pass, La., in October, 
1905, to convey President Roosevelt to Hampton Roads. 
Was transferred in July, 1906, to the U. S. Battleship 
"Missouri," of the South Atlantic Battleship Squadron, 
commanded by Admiral Robly D. Evans. Received rating 
of "fireman, second-class," on the Missouri, Oct. 1, 1906. 

Military Rostkh and Genkalogy 19 

Honorably discharged with that rating, from the U. S. 
Naval Service, April 26, 1907, at Newport, R. I. 

Ernest (residence Longmont, Col.) is son of Carleton C. 
Calkins (ex-legislator, now banker, etc.), who was the son 
of Calvin P., the son of Calvin, the son of John, Jr., the son 
of John, Sr., the son of Samuel, the son of John first, who 
was the son of Hugh first. It will be observed that Ernest 
was quite young at enlistment, when he left the farm as he 
did. But in his naval career he saw and learned much of 
value, and he came out untainted by any vices, great or 
small. He did not re-enlist — the navy not offering at 
present any chances for promotion of much consequence 
to young men of ambition, education and ability, unless 
they have been at Annapolis. It is plain sense that this is 
a mistake. 

Recollections of the Battle of Stone's River, Tenn. 

Calkins, Emerson R., Sergeant, who enlisted Feb. 18, 1862, 
in the 8th Wis. Battery, L. A., writes as follows of his per- 
sonal experience in the Battle of Stone's River: 

"On this 31st of December, 1907, my thoughts wander 
backwards to the days that tried men's souls and nerves 
also. It was 45 years ago that I was with my battery in 
the fierce conflict on the right of our line at Stone's River, 
where we met our 'Waterloo,' and were hurled back by 
Bragg's brave boys, for we must acknowledge that no 
braver men ever carried muskets in any war than those of 
the South. The anniversary of that engagement never 
passes but I can see shot and shell tearing through the trees 
over our heads and the long lines of rebel gray coming 
across that bloody field in serried ranks, only to be hurled 
back shattered and bleeding, but only to try again, until 
finally, after the ground was covered with their dead, we, 
too, were obliged to seek safety by falling back. Our 
brave Capt. Carpenter was killed and many of our boys 
wounded and maimed for life. As though it wore but yes- 
terday, I see again those long lines filing out of the woods 
and with the well-known rebel yell advancing on us. At 
every discharge of our guns great £:ips were opened in their 
ranks, when it seemed as if not a man was left; yet, closing 
up, on they came, and with them fresh troops; again were 
thev hurled back, and still they advance while we worked 

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our guns with new energy, until they sizzled like red-hot 
rain, as we forced the wet sponges into the muzzles. But 
it was of no use; our position became untenable, and an 
order was given to limber to the rear. Scarcely was the 
trail thrown over the hook on the limber, when Tom 
Gaunt, the wheel driver, was shot, and the horses swung 
round against a tree with the 'rebs' not twenty feet from 
us. However, in a minute or less, we released the gun, 
while the rebels yelled 'Surrender!' 

" We had no such thought, and George Marsh, mounting 
the wheel team, we hustled to the rear, only to meet new 
difficulties by running smack into a rebel battery. The 
rebels had circled around our right and gained the rear. 
This battery opened on us with cannister. One man and 
four horses were shot before we got out of that trap. And 
now we beheld to our right a grand and awful sight; a rebel 
brigade was charging up toward the Harding house, where 
our division headquarters were located. A rebel battery 
came tearing up on a dead run, when, unlimbering — shot 
and shell flew fast for a while. We, unable to stem the 
tide, limbered to the rear, crossed the Nashville turnpike, 
and took a new position in the 'Cedars.' The enemy did 
not follow and we had a breathing spell. That night and 
the next day we received a fresh supply of ammunition, for 
we had nearly used up all we had in the chests. Things 
looked dark, but on January 1, 1863, we, and all, were 
ready again to try conclusions with the enemy — this time 
on the left, and with what results history tells. Victory 
perched on our glorious banners. Another day, and we 
beheld the Confederate hosts in full retreat — save a small 
rear guard. Murfreesboro was ours, while the woods and 
dells echoed and re-echoed with shouts of joy. Then, too, 
we remembered no more our past privations; the four day6 
of rain or snow; our rain-soaked and mud-stained clothes. 
But, alas! many had fallen — and our lamented Carpenter 
among them. 

Calkins, Hiram — A brother of E. R., who was in the same 
battery, died at Iowa Falls, June 21, 1905. For their rec- 
ords see M. R., pp. 192-3. 

Mrs. Alban Clark, of Princeton, Wis., is a sister, and Hon, 
F. E. Clark, a nephew.} 

Military Rostek and Genealogy 21 

Calkins, Elias A., Colonel— Of the M. M. R., p. 169, who 
died in Chicago, 111., Nov. 24, 1904, I have said much about, 
but his eminent attainments as a scholar, and his character 
as soldier and citizen, impel me to introduce the following 
extract from an article in the "Chicago Chronicle" of Nov. 
26, 1904, written by Col. F. A. Eastman, an editorial 
writer and journalist, and friend of the colonel and myself. 
Of the thousands of articles written by Col. Calkins, but 
few survive, and these mostly in newspapers with which 
he was connected. I possess a few which he gave me just 
previous to his last sickness. The colonel left surviving, 
his widow, Mrs. Helen E. Calkins (formerly Keyes), a son, 
John Keyes, and a daughter, Harriet L. Since the above 
was written I learn that John K. died Jan. 15, 1909. 

Those who knew Colonel Calkins when he was a young 
man will remember him as the finest looking of any among 
a score of handsome public men. Gov. Barstow was a 
man of most striking looks and presence, and those he had 
around him hardly were less so. E. A. Calkins was one of 
the youngest of these, but his bearing was remarkable and 
distinguished. They all went to the Charleston convention 
in 1860 as friends of Stephen A. Douglas, and they were 
chosen collectively and singly by the correspondent of the 
New York Tribune for praise as the handsomest men on 
the ground. When Col. Calkins returned to Milwaukee 
after the war he looked the seasoned general to perfection. 
And when, at last, he settled in Chicago, he might easily 
have been taken for an associate justice of the Supreme 
Court or the ideal senator of the United States. 

"Indeed, he had a judicial mind, and had his talents for 
oratory been assiduously cultivated he might have rivaled 
any but those who were foremost in the second rank of 
orators of his time. He possibly might have risen to the 
first rank, for he had the brain and the temperament of a 
mover of multitudes. His mind was logical and luminous. 
The little reading of the law books that he did in his youth 
stayed with him and frequently stood him in good stead. 
One who has had opportunities of observing his work on the 
editorial page of 'The Chronicle' may venture to say that 
in the treatment of subjects that had a legal bearing he was 
at all times successful. He did not write the style of the 

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average lawyer, but, instead, that of one well versed in the 
best literature. But all the same, long practice as an edi- 
torial writer had strengthened his power of condensation 
and pointed statement. He saw the point at the beginning, 
and made straight for it. He seized and developed a single 
idea, sternly resisting the obtrusion of another, though a 
related idea. His vocabulary was large and capable of 
various uses. He wrote the language of everyday life, 
when the subject he had in hand was of the ordinary. 
Treating of semi-legal matters, he used words fitting and 
convincing. And when some literary subject was as- 
signed him by the editor he made an easy rise to it and did 
it justice that to the casual reader seemed entire. He did 
not write as a professor no more than he did as a crusty 
lawyer, but fluently, genially, as if his object was equally to 
convey information and to entertain. One of his last edi- 
torials was on the hackneyed Bacon-Shakespeare contro- 
versy; he was already a sick man, but he undertook the 
task with spirit and produced a very fine article. He made 
no trouble about it, so much did he love Shakespeare. 

"F. A. Eastman." 

Extract from a lecture given by Col. E. A. Calkins on 
"The Philosophy of Life." 

" In some respects the highway of existence is a toilsome 
path. There are obstacles which impede our progress; it 
has mazes of bewilderment and error. But to travel along 
its lines, like other toil, is sweetened by its rests and its re- 
wards. It has spaces of desert dreariness, but they are varie- 
gated by stretches of verdure and bloom that lie beside it. 
It has valleys of suffering and humiliation, but it has hills of 
joy, and from their radiant summits can be seen vistas of 
unending loveliness; in the distance are the white walls of 
friendly cities, and nearer by are children playing amid the 
flowers before the open doors of beloved homes. Along its 
borders we may find or create Edens of delight into which 
we may enter, and we may taste all their fruits of sweetness, 
both those of the tree of knowledge and those of the Tree of 
Life. These experiences are not ephemeral; they do not 
cease with their existence. They leave behind adorable 
memories that are often of indescribable tenderness, which 
are of priceless value, which illumine and crown like a bene- 

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diction every hour of our after days. He who adds to the 
temperate and rational enjoyments of life — who makes 
our pathway easier to travel — or, in any way, assists the 
weary along its course — who lightens our burden or in- 
creases our strength t<> bear it — is a benefactor. He 
scatters blessings about him. He has listened with at- 
tentive ears to the universal voice of Divine charity, and 
his hand paints rainbows of promise across the sky of hu- 
man hope." 

The following address was given by the late Col. b. A. 
Calkins at a banquet of old soldiers, in response to the 
toast, "The Girls We Left Behind Us." He said: 

"Thinking of them and of all the attractions which they 
possessed, and of the ties which bound us to them, I have 
always wondered how it was that we ever left them. I 
recollect of hearing of a young man. a student in some phil- 
osophical course, who was asked: " What was the strong- 
est force in nature?" He answered that he reckoned that a 
girl about nineteen vears old was the strongest force in 
nature, for there was one of about that age which drew mm 
over four miles to see her two evenings in a week, and he did 
not know of anything else strong enough to do that, espe- 
cially on a dark night, and when the walking was bad. 
This is probably a truth of universal human acceptance, 
and it shows the strength of that patriotism, that devotion 
to the Union, that love of country, which impelled us to 
leave sisters, sweethearts and wives and all which we cher- 
ished, held dear and honored in womanhood, that we might 
seek the lines of dreary marches, the camps without com- 
forts, and the terrors of distant battlefields, in order that 
the natioD might be saved through <>ur efforts from the 
assaults of the enemies who had placed its existence in 
deadly peril.X I know one of the girls we Left behind us. 
I left her! She is a type of many. Now her form ha- B 
more rounded womanly fulness than her girlhood possessed; 
the summers which have come and gone have left the white 
ness of their blossoms in her hair, but their sunshine m her 
heart; the dimples of her girlish smiles and Laughter have 
formed into something like wrinkles in which Lingers the 
shadow of some cares, of some anxieties and some sorrow- 
ful remembrances, not, however, marring and distorting 

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her matured loveliness, but softening and mellowing its 
lines and clothing it in a sweet and serene sobriety; in her 
eyes is the tender and dewy light of a love that is no longer 
emotion merely — no longer a simple passion of the heart, 
but has become an indwelling element of her profoundest 
being, in all her daily life, in her waking thoughts and in 
her nightly dreams. And there are thousands and thou- 
sands of such throughout the lands; they are the girls whom 
the now gray-haired boys in blue left behind when sum- 
moned to their country's battlefields, to them we returned 
when the angry sounds of war had ceased, and with them 
we will loiter slowly and fondly, hand in hand along down 
the pleasant declivities of life, and sleep together, side by 
side in the Valley of Everlasting Rest which lies beyond. 
We love the girls we left behind us, because they are the orna- 
ments of our homes; they are the necessities of our homes; 
they made our homes. There is no other land under the 
sun which possesses an institution like our American 
homes. All other homes, if they may be called homes, 
are no more such than our taverns are. They are mere 
herding places for the father and mother, and the offspring, 
and they do not constitute anything like the families which 
inhabit our homes; for the family and the home are essen- 
tial to each other; they are identical, they must be one. 
Htune is the garden where the virtues bloom, and there they 
ripen and bear their fruit. All the sweet, attractive graces 
of human character — charity, obedience, kindness and 
love — have their root and the sources of their growth 
within the dear limits by which our homes are bounded. 
Home is the sanctuary of emotion and of thought. Near 
its altar the young and beloved are secure from the bewitch- 
ing wiles and the artful allurements which beset the path- 
way where beauty and where weakness tread. There affec- 
tion is the guardian of truth, and it stands at the gate where 
danger or where temptation might enter; it wards and 
drives away every evil and every enemy — the uncon- 
scious desire, the voiceless wish, the unwhispered impor- 
tunities of the restless and wayward heart. The man who 
loves his home and reveres its sanctities may pursue busi- 
ness, may pursue ambition, may pursue lawful pleasures, 
but that is the shrine of his hopes, and no object is vast 

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enough to eclipse its light, or so dazzling as to bewilder and 
turn away from it his loving and longing eyesight. Within 
its honored walls and lovely precincts cluster uncounted de- 
lights. Whitherward wandering thoughts forever return. 
Its memories soften and mitigate the stranger's sorrow, and 
the wish to die in its dear shadow lightens the darkest hour 
of the exile's despair. There is no place like home; like the 
homes which the girls we left behind us helped us to create 
on our return; which the hands of affection have decked 
with beauty, to which we are bound by ties entwined with 
the tenderest fibres of our being, and where all the dear 
and pleasant associations of our lives are gathered and em- 
balmed. The smile of the wife and mother, as the husband 
and father enters the home at the close of his day of trade, 
of toil or of study, is balm and sweetness to his tired spirits, 
and makes his home brighter and dearer to his heart. The 
husband and father bringing smiles to his home as he enters 
it illuminates it with rays of sunshine from the sky of love 
and makes it seem like a momentary gleam of paradise. 
Make your homes the abodes of brightness, cheerfulness and 
love, and you will only desire in your most pious thoughts 
and moments that the highest heaven of your hopes may 
most resemble the little domestic heaven which you have 
known and enjoyed on the earth." 


John Wesley Calkins' Line. 

John Wesley was born in Sharon, Conn., June 15, 1802. 
Died at Ottawa, 111., Feb. 26, 1863. He married Annis 
Pa"ge of Sharon, in June, 1824. She was born April 2, IS01. 
For his ancestors, see M. R., p. 41. 

Helen E., born April 10, 1825. 

Phoebe M., born April 13, 1827. Died Nov. 18, 1838. 
Harriet J., born April 15, 1839. Died Nov. 13, 1830. 
.lames W., born April 17, 1831. 
Mary A., born April 21, 1833. Died Sept. 23, 1901. 
John A., born Dec. 1, 1836. Died Aug. 30, 1837. 
Win. Wirt, born Mav 29, 1842. 
Egbert, born April 20, 1844. Died April 4, 1845. 


Uri, born June 18, 1847. Died Aug. 18, 1847. 
Calkins, Annis Page, died June 18, 1847. 

John W., with his family, came to Illinois in 1837. Set- 
tled as a farmer in La Salle Co. In 1860 moved to Ottawa 
and became a lumber merchant. John W. was a man 
of strict probity and a member of the Congregational 
Church. He was a great patriot, and when the war broke 
out was offered a quartermaster's commission in the 53rd 
111. by Col. W. H. W. Cushman, but being then over 60, 
declined. It is considered that his death was hastened by 
exciting and arduous labor on the battlefield of Hartsville, 
Tenn., where he went with a committee of two others after 
the battle, to bury the dead, care for the wounded and to 
distribute supplies to the 104th (La Salle Co. Regt.). The 
104th losing in killed 51 men and in wounded 105 men. 
This tribute is due him as much as to a soldier. 

The second wife of John W. was Laura Beardsley, of 
New Preston, Conn. She was injured in a railroad collision 
on their way to Illinois, and died August 3, 1850. His 
third wife (maiden name Bishop) died July 26, 1871. All 
of these, and several children, lie buried in Farm Ridge Cem- 
etery, La Salle Co., 111., ten miles from Ottawa. It will be 
noticed that three of his children are alive at the present 
time. Helen E. and Mary A. married, respectively, Edgar 
and Henry Myron Baldwin, brothers, who came to Illinois 
from Connecticut at an early day. James W. married Ann 
Jenette Morey, of Ottawa, 111. William W. married Louisa 
Hossack, daughter of John and Martha Hossack of 
Ottawa, 111., Jan. 25, 1865, while still in the service of 
the United States, but then on leave of absence for thirty 
days following his escape from the rebel prison-pen at 
Columbia, S. C. As to this, see the M. M. R. 

Calkins, James Wesley — Son of John Wesley, was born in 
Salisbury, Ct., April 17, 1831. Ann Jenette Morey, his 
wife, was born in Ohio, May 29, 1834. They were married 
May 29, 1856. The children were: 

John R. E., born March 2-"), 1857; died August 15, 1857. 

James Edwin, born Oct. 17, 1858; died Aug. 27, 1859. 

I.illybclle, born Oct. 8, 1862. 

.Maria Louise, born Sept. 24, 1864; died Oct. 9, 1864. 

Albert Champlin, born Nov. 8, 1868. 

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Lewis M.. born Sept. 25, 1872; died Aug. 23, 1873. 
Lillybelle married Sidney James Parsons, July 20, 1887. 
Albert C. married Blanche McGee, Dec. 31, 1894. 

Blanche McGee, born Oct. 1, 1895. 
Alberta Champlin, born Nov. 14, 1896. 
Henry Lewis McGee, born April 25, 1900. 
James Wesley, born April 23, 1903. 

Corkran, Harriet Calkins— Was born Dec. 22, 1866, in 
Cecil Co., Md., the daughter of Rev. Almon Calkins, Metho- 
dist minister, Bl. R. Conf., N. Y., and Harriet Rider Bow- 
ker, of Canada, second wife. She married the Rev. David 
Hudson Corkran, D. D., Jan. 5, 1886. Almon was the son 
of Sylvanus, the son of Justus, the son of Lieut. Stephen 
Calkins of the Revolution. Seward Homer Calkins of 
Montreal is the son of Rev. Almon Calkins. The children 
of Mr. and Mrs. D. H. Corkran are Ralph Bowker, born 
Sept. 21, 1887; Victor Calkins, born April 12, 1895; Leah 
Cushing, born March 4, 1900; David Hudson, Jr., born May 
11, 1903; Kathryn Virginia, born Feb. 22, 1905. 

Mrs. Corkran, on her father's side, is a direct descendant 
from Edward Fuller, twenty-first signer of the celebrated 
Mayflower Compact. She belongs to the Colonial Dames, 
and to the Heber Allen Chapter of the D. A. R. of Poult- 
ney, Vt. 

The "Mayflower" Line of Descent from Edward 
(Who came over in the Mayflower.) 

Edward Fuller married Ann . They had a son, 

Samuel, born in 1607, who married Jane Lothrop, April 8, 
1635; she was bom Sept. 29, 1614. He died Oct. 31, 1683. 
His son, John Fuller, born in 165(1, married Mehitabel Row- 
ley, born Jan. 11, 1660. The daughter, Thankful, born 
May 19, 1689, married July 9, 1707, Jabez Crippen, who 
was born in 1680. A daughter, Mehitabel, born July <">, 
1722, married May 4, 1741, Bartholomew Heath, and had 
Hannah Heath, born April 20, 1745, who married in 17titi 
Justus Calkins, born Nov. 11, 17 11. A son, Sylvanus. 
born in 177'J, married Lucrctia Parker, and had a son, 

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Almon, born Jan. 13, 1805, who married, first, Susan 
Almy, second, Harriet R. Bowker, and by the latter had a 
daughter, Harriet, wife of Rev. D. H. Corkran. 

Mehitabel Heath, sister of Hannah, married Elijah Calk- 
ins, brother of Justus. 


(Line of descent.) 

She, the daughter of Oliver Turney, and his wife Kate 
Louisa Sherman, married in Fairfield, Conn., Oct. 4, 1866. 
Helen Turney married June 14, 1899, Herbert Everett 


Rhoda Marion, born Oct. 18, 1900. Kate Louisa Sher- 
man was the daughter of Geo. W. Sherman and Rhoda 
Bailey Nichols, and was born Feb. 4, 1848; her parents 
were married Apr. 10, 1839. Rhoda Bailey Nichols, born 
Feb. 16, 1817, was the daughter of Dr. John Nichols and 
Polly Calkins, born Nov. 10, 1791, died Jan. 21, 1826. He 
died Sept. 25, 1819. Polly Calkins was the daughter of 
Hezekiah Calkins and Esther Hale. He was born May 27, 
1764, and died Dec. 19, 1825. Esther, born Aug. 11, 1764, 
died March 26, 1830. Hezekiah was the son of Elijah 
Calkins (see M. M. R., p. 21) and Mehitabel Heath, of "May- 
flower" descent. He, the son of Lieut. Stephen, the son of 
Samuel, son of John First, son of Hugh First. Mrs. Helen 
T. Sharpe is a member of the D. A. R., of the Society of 
Daughters of 1812, etc. 

Curtis, Mrs. Etta Courtney — Was born in Rouseville, 
Venango Co., Pa., the daughter of A. Geer Courtney and 
Juliet Victoria Calkins; the said Juliet Victoria, daughter 
of Stephen W. Calkins and Eliza M. Davis; he, a son of 
Luther Calkins and Cynthia Wood; Luther, the son of Eli- 
jah Calkins and Mehitabel Heath. For Elijah's record in 
the Revolution, see the M. M. R., p. 21. Mrs. Curtis is a 
member of the D. A. R.; of the Vermont Society of Colonial 
Dames, and of the Mayflower Society. Dr. A. George 
Courtney, of New York City, is a brother, and Orla M. 
Calkins, of Kenosha, Wis., an uncle. Her residence is 
Cazenovia, N. Y. 

Military Roster and Genealogy 29 


(Line of descent.) 

She was born July 27, 1834, in Sharon, Conn., the daugh- 
ter of Russel Barstow Calkin, born May 24, 1801, and Tem- 
perance Marcy, whom he married Jan. 24, 1827. She was 
born Dec. 16, 1804. Russel B. was the son of Reuben 
Calkin, born Feb. 6, 1771. He married Polly Barstow, 
March 29, 1796. She was born Feb. 17, 1775. He died 
June 25, 1829; she died July 8, 1833. Temperance died 
April 22, 1839; Russel died Nov. 24, 1861. His second 
wife, Laney A. Maxam, he married Oct. 22, 1839. The 
children of Reuben and Polly were: Harriet, Allen H., 
Russel B., Emily, Julius, Chas. S., and Milo R. The 
children of Russel B. and Temperance were: Emily, Har- 
riet, Allen B., Mary J., Hector R., and Homer A. Mary J. 
Calkin and Franklin Smith were married Oct. 9, 1854. 
Children: Emma Jessie, born Oct. 18, 1858; Ella Josepha 
born Oct. 18, 1858; Carrie Eloise, born June 9, 1862; Edgar 
F., born Dec. 18, 1863; Alfred C, born June 7, 1868; 
Emma J. died Sept. 2, 1884. Ella J. and Chas. S. Roberts 
were married Nov. 26, 1884. Edgar F. and Saida Hanna 
were married May 23, 1894. Carrie E. and De Lancey B. 
Mathews were married May 15, 1901. Mrs. Smith, now in 
her seventy-fifth year, is the only living member of her fa- 
ther's and grandfather's family. 

Calkins, Newton A.— Of the M. M. R., p. 34, is of Con- 
necticut stock. His father was Stephen E. (see M. M. R., 
p. 35), a physician and surgeon, born in 1818; the son of 
Absalom Calkins, who was a son of Stephen Calkins, of 
Lyme, Conn., and removed from there to Columbia Co., 
N. Y. The following were his children: Absalom, Amos, 
William, Zeba, Ransom, Elijah, Rebecca, Amy, Hannah, 
Eunice; possibly there were others. William, Ransom 
and Elijah, with their families, removed to Illinois about 
fifty years ago. Newton's grandfather Absalom had the 
following children: Almon, Stephen, Edward, Cyrus, 
Jesse, Franklin, Elijah, Harrison, Melissa, Cynthia. It is 
hoped that this record will help us in finding the missing 
links in a long and prolific chain of descendants. 

30 Supplement to the Calkins .Memorial 


(Notes on his line.) 
Was born in the town of Alabama, Genesee Co., N. Y., 
Nov. 4, 1865. His father, Sidney Calkins, was born in the 
same county in June, 1838. He married Mary Ford in 
1856, and had five sons: Frank, who died young, Beecher 
and Robert, of Buffalo, Charles, of Mendon, Mich., and 
Daniel N. He was the son of Daniel Calkins, born in 1799, 
who married Dinnis Piper; they had thirteen children; 
the son of Caleb Calkins, born in 1759, and died in New 
Hampshire in April, 1804. His wife was Hannah Barber. 
Caleb had seven brothers, all of whom lived to be from 
seventy to one hundred and ten years old. Only two chil- 
dren, Daniel and Caleb, are known of. John W. Calkins 
(of M. M. R., p. 121), was a son of Caleb, Jr. 


(Line of descent.) 

Daughter of Joshua Calkins and Fanny Manwaring; 
Joshua, the son of Capt. Jonathan Caulkins and Lydia 
Smith; he the son of Thomas and Mary Rogers; Thomas 
the son of Lieut. Jonathan and Sarah Turner; he, the son of 
David Calkins and Mary Bliss. 

David, the son of Hugh Calkin, the first. See M. R., pp. 
18, 19. 

Miss Caulkins, the historian of Norwich and New London, 
was a gifted scholar and writer, and friend of Mrs. Sigour- 
ney, the poetess. There have been three editions of her 
history of New London, the last, 1874, contains her por- 
trait and biography, published after her death, Feb. 3, 
1869, by her admiring friends. 


(Line of descent.) 
The daughter of Turner Calkins, born in 1789. Turner 
was the son of Richard, born in 1762, married Ruth Allen, 
and removed to Peru, N. Y., in 1799. He, the son of Capt. 
Stephen Calkins, Jr., born at Lyme, Conn., March 13, 
1732; married Rebecca Rowland; she died in 1813, he in 
1814, at Danby, Vt. As to his war record, see M. M. R., 
p. 165. Prior to the Revolution he had been a sea cap- 

Military Roster and Genealogy 31 

tain. Capt. Stephen was the son of Stephen, Sr., of Lyme, 
born at Lyme, Sept. 5, 1701; married Jan. 22, 1723, Sarah 
Calkins, daughter of Lieut. Jonathan Calkins and Sarah 
Turner Calkins; the latter born July 11, 1703, died Dec. 3, 
1774. Stephen, Sr., was the son of Hugh Second, the son of 
John First, the son of Hugh First. 

Phebe M. is still alive in her 86th year. Her brother, 
Martin T., died July 3, 1908, at 83 years of age. Seth H., 
another brother, born in 1834, is living. William H., 
Seth's son, born in 1873, and Kennett, tenth in the line, are 
living, all, with Phebe M., on the old farm at Harkness, 
N. Y., bought by Turner in 1817. 


(Line of ancestors.) 
Daughter of Celia H. Calkins Backus, who was born in 
Seward, N. Y., Feb. 15, 1842, and married Nathaniel 
Backus, Aug. 6, 1864, the daughter of Elijah Calkins, born 
in Sharon, N. Y., June 24, 1800. Married, first, Margaret 
Petrie, and second, Harriet Hedge. Elijah died in Bur- 
lington, Iowa, Nov. 24, 1873. He was the son of Heze- 
kiah Calkins, born in Sharon, Conn., May 27, 1764, and mar- 
ried Esther Hale. He died Dec. 19, 1825, she died March 
26, 1830. Hezekiah was the son of Elijah, born in Sharon, 
Conn., in 1740. Married Mehitabel Heath in 1763. and 
they moved to Sharon, N. Y., where he died July 3, 1813; 
see M. R., p. 21. He was the son of Lieut. Stephen of 
Sharon, Conn., the son of Samuel, the son of John, the son 
of Hugh. 


(Line of ancestry.) 
He was the son of Ashahel, who was born in Nova Sco- 
tia, in 1804, and who married Margaret Dunn. She died in 
1869; Ashahel in 1887. Ashahel was the son of James, the 
son of Ahira, the son of Ezekiel, the son of John, the son of 
Samuel, son of John First, the son of Hugh First. Delos 
L. was born in Clarence, N. Y., in 1832. He married Mar- 
ion E. Swartz in 1866. 

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Clifford B., born in 1867. 
Delos D., born in 1877. 
Margaret M., born in 1872. 
Marion A., born in 1870. 
Gertrude, born in 1874 — died young. 
Delos L., removed to the Pacific Coast in 1852, and has 
fourteen grandchildren, eleven being grandsons. 

(Line of descent.) 

The son of Moses V. and Almera Hudson Calkins. He 
was born May 14, 1842; married Cornelia Decker, May 9, 
1869. Children: Ethel J. and Kate L., born, respectively, 
May 31, 1873, and April 4, 1878. Ethel J. married Ray 
MacDonald, July 9, 1902. Moses V. died Sept. 12, 1890; 
Almera died April 26, 1884. Moses was the son of Stephen, 
born March 21, 1782, died in Munson, Ohio, April 9, 1862. 
First wife, Sophronia Barrett, second, Phebe Vail. Chil- 
dren: Rebecca, Moses V., Orange M., Lucretia, Lucy, 
Horace R., Sophie and Turner B. Stephen was the son of 
Capt. Stephen Calkins, referred to heretofore. Descend- 
ants numerous. Marcus M. lives at Albion, Mich., a 
brother of the late Hon. B. H. Calkins, of Coldwater, Mich. 

Calkins, Barzillai H., Hon. — The son of Moses B. Calkins, 
was born March 20, 1840, in Newberry, Ohio. Married Marie 
Decker Dec. 29, 1865. He died at Coldwater, Mich., Oct. 
15, 1905. Children: Almera H., Marc D., Moses V., 
Morna L. Moses V. died Nov. 19, 1895. The line of de- 
scent of B. H. is the same as that of Marcus M. The 
father came to Michigan in 1844 and helped to build up 
the then new wilderness country, in building saw mills and 
other enterprises, and was a county treasurer. The 
sons followed the line of their father. B. H., living in 
Coldwater, was one of its most esteemed citizens; was an 
alderman; a member of the board of education, and 
elected mayor three terms. Of sterling integrity, he died 
lamented by all, and leaving to his family a heritage that 
time will not dim. 

Military Roster and Genealogy 33 

Calkins, Charles Linnaeus — Was born in Oakfield, N. Y., 
July 7, 1842, the son of Daniel Calkins, born April 11, 1799, 
in Washington Co., N. Y., and married Uinnis Piper, born 
Dec. 2, 1799, in Hartford Co., Conn. C. L. is a seventh son, 
born in the seventh month and seventh day, and the year 
divisible by seven. Good luck! Caleb, (seep. 26, M. II.,) 
was his great-grandfather. The children of Daniel and 
Dinnis Piper Calkins were, besides C. L., Virgil C, born 
Nov. 17, 1821; Sallv Ann, born March 30, 1823; Levi, born 
Jan. 13, 1825; Charles, born June 1, 1826; Russell, born 
March 30, 1828; Harvev and Harriet (twins), born Sept. 17, 
1830; Martha 1., born March 23, 1834; Caroline, born Feb. 26, 
1836; Sidney M.. born July 19, 1838. Now alive, four: 
Chas. L., whose wife was Charity Baldwin, is the father of 
four children, two of whom, Everett B., and Mrs. D. L. 
Smith, are still living. 


(Line of descent.) 
First in this line is Hugh, first American ancestor; next. 
John, the son of Hugh, whom I designate as John First, 
whose wife was Sarah Royce. Among the children of John 
and Sarah were: Hugh (Second), John (Second), and 
Samuel, great-great-grandfather of the writer. There were 
other children also, whose names I omit. Hugh, the Sec- 
ond, married Sarah Sluman at Norwich, Conn., in May, 
1689. Their sons were: Hugh, Jr. (Third), born Jan. 29, 
1690; Joshua, born March 2, 1695; Stephen, born Sept. 5, 
1702; David, born Sept. 5, 1702; Stephen Calkins married 
S;uali Turner, Jan. 22, 1722, and settled in Norwich. 
Their sons were: Stephen, born March 13, 1732; Turner, 
born Nov. 5, 1736; Zurviah, born March 10, 1743. Turner 
married Mary Colby, May 21, 1756. Their children were: 
Asa, born Sept. 2, 1757; Absolom, horn March IS, 1759; 
died in 1778. Mathew, born Feb. 9, 1764. Stephen, bom 
April 8, 1768, died Nov. 12, 1769. Turner's first wife died 
Oct. 6, 1771. He married next. Phebe Cadinan, .Ian. 5, 
1774. They moved to Green River, Columbia Co., N. Y. 
Their children were: Mercy, born Jan. 2, 1775; Stephen, 
born Oct. 8, 1776; David, born Oct. 4, 1/783; Klisha, born 
July 28, 1785; Elijah, a twin brother of Klisha; Turner, Jr. 

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born July 22, 1787; Seabury, born March 2, 1789; Absolom, 
born Sept. 2, 1790; Amos, born Dec. 17, 1792; William, 
born March 8, 1796. Turner had in all twenty children — 
some say twenty-one. He died in 1796. Phebe lived to 
the age of one hundred years. Stephen Calkins married 
Anna Smith, Nov. 11, 1802, in New York. Their children 
were; Albert, born Sept. 12, 1803, died Feb. 13, 1806; 
Sarah, born Feb. 10, 180-; Ransom, born July 27, 1806; 
Albert, born June 1, 1808; Minor, born Jan. 28, 1811; 
Emily, born Dec. 22, 1812; Seymour, born Oct. 18, 1815; 
Peenia, born Dec. 3, 1817. Lewis, no date. 

Albert Calkins married Lois M. Park, May 1, 1837. She 
was born in Berkshire Co., Mass., July 20, 1815. They 
moved from Columbia Co., to Knox Co., 111., in 1837. 
Children were: Calvin, born Nov. 29, 1839 (see M. M. R., 
for his military service). Wilson, born in June, 1841, died 
in 1881; Leonard, born February, 1843; Dwight D., born 
October, 1846; Norman, born 1848, died 1868; Frances, 
born 1851, died in 1865; Leroy A., born in 1853-4; Fremont 
L., born in 1857. Lois P. Calkins died March 17, 1889, 
aged seventy-four years. Albert Calkins died June 20, 
1896, aged eighty-eight years. 

Calvin, eighth from Hugh, married Elizabeth Perry, 
Feb. 5, 1867. She was born in Ohio, Aug. 16, 1842, and 
was great-granddaughter of James Perry, who was of the 
official staff of Gen. Washington in the Revolution. Cal- 
vin moved to Iowa, and lives now at Mt. Pleasant. The 
children are: Ella E., Carrie, Ida M., and William D. 


(Line of descent.) 
He was born April 20, 1867. On April 16, 1895, he mar- 
ried Clara I. Jerome, who died Feb. 15, 1901, leaving three 
children, Dorothy J., Elizabeth and Clara J. He married 
again Nov. 9, 1904, Alfa Curtis Barber, of Framingham, 
Mass. He is a lawyer in New London, Conn. He was the 
son of Dr. Daniel Calkins and Elizabeth M., daughter of 
Nehemiah Calkins. Dr. Daniel died March 25, 1901. He, 
the son of Elisha C. Calkins, who married March 6, 1816, 
Abby Chapman, of East Haddam, Conn. Elisha was the 
son of Dr. Daniel Calkins, born Sept. 6, 1746, in New Lon- 

Military Rostkk and Genealogy 35 

don, and married, first, Mary Chappell, who died May 23, 
1777. Next he married Mrs. Elizabeth Smith Moore. He 
died June 19, 1791. He was the son of Amos Calkins, born 
Oct. 14, 1708, married Oct. 20, 1730, Mary Calkins, born 
May 15, 1709, the daughter of Thomas Calkins. He died 
June 23, 1775, and Mary died May 16, 1775. There were 
seven children. Amos was the son of Lieut. Jonathan Calk- 
ins, born Jan. 9, 1679, who married Sarah Turner, Dec. 11, 
1700. She died Aug. 15, 1718, and he married Ann Pem- 
ber, Dec. 8, 1719. There were six children. The Lieuten- 
ant' was the son of David Calkins, who married Mary Bliss. 
He died Nov. 25, 1717. There were nine children. David 
was the son of Hugh First. 

Calkins, Edmund— Of the M. M. R., p. 120 (No. 30), was 
born in Alabama, Genesee Co., N. Y., April 14, 1834. He 
married Mary Banks, July 2, 1857. She was born in 
Bridgeport, Conn., May 26, 1837. He was the third son of 
Caleb and Caroline Piper Calkins. Edmund came to Mich- 
igan in 1841 and grew up with the country. As a young 
man he was noted for his physical strength and hardihood, 
which stood him in good stead as a hunter and locator of 
lands. His brother, John Wesley, is mentioned on page 121 
of the M. M. R. The children of Edmund and Mary were: 
Russel B., born May 29, 1859, died March 28, 1889; Albert 
E., born Aug. 28, 1861. died Aug. 4, 1863; Ira W., born 
March 11, 1863; Emma M., born Aug. 30, 1865, married 
H. B. Jessop, died May 14, 1908; Ethel, born Aug. 30, died 
Sept. 29, 1867; Erne Ann, born Nov. 30, 1868, married J. R. 
Jessop; Ira M., born Dec. 30, 1870; Edmund A., born Jan. 
7, 1873; Charles E., born Aug. 9, 1875; Eatha B., born 
Feb. 10, died April 13, 1877; Mary Banks Calkins, died 
Feb. 5, 1904. 

Edmund is living at near seventy-five, and active and 
vigorous still. 



1 have come into possession of information about most of 

our name in Nova Scotia. They all spring from the old 

Colonial stock, I am quite positive. Ezekiel seems to have 


been the first to go there from Connecticut; he was the son 
of John, the son of Samuel, the son of John First, who was 
the son of Hugh First. Ezekiel married Anna Dewey (of 
the Admiral Dewey branch), and with his family removed 
to the '"Land of the Acadians" in 1760. He settled at 
Cornwallis. Kings County. Ezekiel was born Nov. 4, 1728. 
and married Dec. 22, 1748. Ahira was one of his sons. 
He was born in Lebanon. Conn.. Nov. S. 1752. and married, 
first. Irene Porter, second. Mrs. Annie De Wolf. The latter 
died in Cornwallis in May, 1828. The sons of Ahira and 
Irene were: James. John, Ahira. Charles. Israel. Elias and 
Edmund. James married Sarah Bill, of Cornwallis. in 
1803. (See M. M. R.. p. 132.) He was born Aug. 27, 177". 
She was born Oct. 11. 1785. Thev removed to the United 
States in 1823, and to Wisconsin in 1843. The late Col. 
E. A. Calkins was his son. James died in Milwaukee. His 
wife died Sept. 3, 1880, in her ninety-fourth year. I have 
probably the names of one hundred of the Nova Scotia 
Calkinses. and minute particulars as to many of them, but 
shall not enlarge on them. I am told that one branch still 
uses the old spelling. Calkin. The rest have added the 
little "s." 


He was born in Sharon. Conn., in 1757, and died in 
Greenfield, N. Y., in 1796. His wife was Elizabeth Dem- 
ing, of Canaan, Columbia Co.. New York. They were mar- 
ried Dec. 7, 1780. About 1788 he removed to Herkimer 
County, and two years later to Milton. Saratoga Co. The 
church records of Greenfield show that his three children 
were baptized there bv the Rev. Elias Gilbert. His widow- 
died July 5. 1801. 

Calkins, Elisha Deming — Son of David, was born Nov 
6, 1781, in Greenfield, and was baptized there Aug. 11, 1793. 
There he married Abagail Lockwood, April 22, 1810. She 
was the daughter of Job Lockwood, of Norwalk, Conn. In 
1813 they removed to Amsterdam, thence a year later to 
Scipio, Cayuga Co., and in IS 15 to Gainesville. He died 
there June 24, 1849. There were eight children: Sarah 
Elizabeth, David Lockwood, William Henry, Dorman 

Military Roster axd Gene- ; 37 

(but name changed to Norman Allison), Charles, James 
Henry, Hiram, and Franklin Augustus. 

Sarah E. was born June 24, 1811; died Sept. 24, 1813. 
David L., born Dec. 29, 1813; died in 1S82. William H. ( 
born Jan. 13, 1816, died Nov. 20, 1881; Norman A., born 
Sept. 9, 1822, died Dec. 22, 1895; Charles C, born April 30, 
1826, died Aug. 22, 1848; James H., born March 1, 1828, 
alive in 1909; Hiram, born Dec. 28, 1830, living in 1902; 
Franklin A., born Aug. 11, 1835, living. 

Norman A. was an educator and writer of school books; 
also, at one time, superintendent of schools in New York 
City. His wife was Mary Hosier. There are two children: 
Ella, and Hiram C. Nurman Dexter, a son of William H., 
lives in Chicago, James H.. in Galesburg. 111. Hiram, boi 
of Elisha D., married Mary Jane Partch, who was born 
Sept. 4, 1830; they were married Jan. 28, 1858, and Hiram, 
about that time, became one of the editorial staff of the 
New York "Herald." He was sent to Albany in 1860 to 
report for the "Herald;" was there at four legislative ses- 
sions, and was so successful as a writer that in 1864 he was 
transferred to Washington by Mr. Bennett. Toward the 
close of the Civil War he exerted a large influence by per- 
sonal effort among the Democratic Congressmen, in the 
passage of the Thirteenth Amendment, to the Constitution. 
He wrote a nine-column article for the "Herald" on the 
assassination and death of President Lincoln, and 161,000 
copies of it were sold on the morning of the issue. In 1866 
he- became one of the editorial staff of the "World." and 
spent two years at Albany. There his exposure of the 
''Canal Ring" attracted attention. In 1870 he became 
Clerk of the Senate at Albany. In 1S72 he was again iden- 
tified with the * World." In 1873 he was appointed Clerk 
of the State Commission to revise the Constitution. In 
1875 he was unanimously chosen Clerk of the Assembly at 
Albany. At the close he again joined the "World," but in 
1S85 was appointed to the Board of Port Wardens of New 
York, still serving in 1902, and its President since 1892. 
His wife died in 1S72. There were four children: Fred- 
eric Hudson, Cassida, Lillian and Hiram, Jr. The latter 
was born Dec. 27, 1S70. Married June 19, 1902, Sylvia de 
Lucca Sewell, granddaughter of Baron de Lucca. 

38 Supplement to the Calkins Memorial 


(Line of descent.) 

See the M. M. R.. p. 61. He was born Feb. 15, 1837, in 
Knox Co., 111. Married Sept. 3, 1865, to Emily Higgins, 
born Sept. 23, 1846. Children: William Fred, Edith 
Elvira, Edwin Dale, Herbert Judson, Harriet Ellen and 
Hartly Amasa. 

The Rev. Fred is a minister in the M. E. Church, and 
now located at Everly, la. 

The son of Edwin Calkins, born in 1811, and Harriet 
Park, born in 1817. They were married July 20, 1836, in 
New York, and removed to Illinois. They had five chil- 
dren: Fred Park, Edwin Judson (of M. M. R., p. 59), 
Aurelia E., Amasa Colman and Harriet Beecher. 

Edwin was the son of Elijah Calkins, born in 1785, and 
Philena Coleman. They were married May 7, 1809. 
(Elisha was twin brother to Elijah.) Children: Charles, 
Edwin, Polly Maria, Cynthia, Anson, Wilshire, Orson, 
Allen, Newton and Myra. Elijah was the son of Turner 
Calkins, born Nov. 5, 1736, and his second wife, Phebe 
Cadman, whom he married Jan. 5, 1774. His first wife was 
Mercy Colby. By both wives there were twenty children. 
Phebe lived to be 102 or 104 years of age, and was lively as 
any young girl to the end. 

Turner was the son of Stephen Calkins, born Sept. 5, 
1700 or 1701, and married Sarah Turner Jan. 22, 1722. 
They had twelve children. Stephen was the son of Hugh 
Calkins Second, and Sarah Sluman, whom he married in 
May, 1689; he the son of John First, the son of Hugh 


(Line of descent.) 
He was born April 3, 1843, in Geauga County, Ohio, and 
was the son of Jedediah Calkins, who died in Galesburg, 111., 
at the age of 93! His wife, Sarah Humphrey, also died 
there in 1895, aged 89. Jedediah was the son of John 
Prentiss Calkins, the Revolutionary soldier, who was born 
in New London, Conn., Aug. 22, 1752. The wife of John 
Prentiss was Sarah Hubbard Harris, born in New London, 
Feb. 14, 1757. She died Dec. 23, 1852, and was buried in 

Military Roster and Genealogy 39 

Ridgeville, 0. He died in Avon, 0., and was buried there. 
They had eleven children, as follows: Sarah, Hubbard, 
Harris, Clarissa, Charles, Chloe, George, William, James, 
Jesse and Jedediah. 

John Prentiss Calkins, of the Revolution, was the son of 
William, born April 18, 1724, he the son of David and Mary 
Bliss. David, born 163, the son of Hugh First. 

The descendants are numerous, and include Capt. Carlos 
G of Manilla fame. William Clinton Calkins married 
Mary Manville, of Geneseo, 111., Jan. 2, 1867. The children 
are: Ernest Elmo, born March 25, 1868; Leah Irene, born 
Feb. 8, 1870, married Benjamin S. Pearsall in 1893. They 
have five children, as follows: Richard D., Alice M., Ray- 
mond M., Mary H., Claire L. 

The other children of William ('. are: William Clinton, 
Jr., born March 3, 1S72; Charles F., born March 22, 1874; 
Helen M., born May 2, 1876. Charles F. was in the Span- 
ish-American War. 

(Line of descent.) 
(Kef. M. M. R.. i>. 101.) Was born in Richland, Mich., 
June 14, 1843. Marri.-d Abigail Jane Stone of Allegan, 
Mich., and had two children: Alfred S. ami Dr. Dwight 
Calkins. Almeron E. was the son of Chauncy Wnghl 
Calkins and Cornelia Eldred. He was born Feb. 28, 1815; 
she was born Feb. 24, 1807. They were married Oct. 28 
1839. The other children were: Harmon Wright and 
Ruth Arestena. The latter married A. R. Spitzer, of Me- 
dina, 0.; their children are: Adelbert, Cornelia and Eva. 
Chauncy W. died June 23, 1900. He was the son of Simon 
Calkins, born June 15, 1788, and Joanna Wright, a niece of 
Gov. Silas Wright. They had seven children, as follows: 
Freeman. Chauncy W., James H., Anne F. M.. Abram R.. 
Sally and Sally E. Simon was the son of Abram Calkins, 
born in 1761, died March 4. 1833, and Elisabeth Freeman, 
daughter of Elisha Freeman, born in 1732, died m 1829. 
Their children were: Clara, Eliza. Sally. Maria. Mercy, 
Harriet, Jane, Susan, Phoebe, Simon, Elisha Freeman, 
and Charles. 

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Abram was the son of Lieut. Simon Calkins, born in 
1739, died in 1820. 


(Taken from the "Connecticut Colonial Records.") 

As but few have access to these, or are aware of their 
existence, even, I will state that copies are to be found in 
the great public libraries of the country. I give the original 
spelling. The extracts are all from Volume One of the 

"A Generall Courte of Election in Hartford the 20th of 
May, 1652, Deputyes, Hugh Calkin, p. 231." (This was 
his first appearance.) 

" Hugh Calkin, p. 240, May 18, Session, 1653. 

"Hugh Calking, p. 243, May 21, Session, 1653. 

"Hugh Calking, p. 248, Oct. 29, Session, 1653. 

"Hugh Calking, p. 256, May 18, Session, 1654." 

"Appointed on Committee of Safety." 

" Hugh Calkin, p. 264, Oct. 3, Session, 1654. 

"Hugh Calkin, p. 264, Sept. 14, Session, 1654. 

"Hugh Calkin, p. 281, May Session, 1656. 

"Hugh Calkin, p. 283, Oct. 2, Session, 1656. 

"Hugh Caulkin, p. 306, Oct. 1, Session, 1657. 

"Hugh Caulkin, p. 315, May 20, Session, 1658. 

" Hugh Caulkin, p. 334, May 19, Session, 1659. 

"Hugh Caulkin, p. 339, June 15, Session, 1659." 

At this last session he was appointed to survey Gov. 
Winthrop's 1 ,500 acres of land and is called " Deacon 

" Hugh Caulkin, p. 347, May 17, Session, 1660. 

"Hugh Caulkin, p. 399, May 14, Session, 1663. 

"Hugh Caulkin, p. 407, Aug. 19, Session, 1663." 

As per the Records, he was appointed at the 1654 Session 
to enlist men to fight the Narragansett Indians, (see p. 264). 
Also, made a deputy judge. The local histories refer to 

John, son of Hugh, was a deputy to the General Court in 
1661 from New London. 

Military Roster and Genealogy 41 

The Colonial Records of later date refer to several Cal- 
kinses as given commissions in Colonial troops up to and 
during the Revolution. 


(Line of descent.) 

(Ref., M. M. R., p. 190.) He was born Oct. 29, 1825, 
at Austerlitz, Columbia Co., N. Y.; the son of Elisha Calk- 
ins, born July 28, 1785, the son of Turner Calkins, who was 
born at Lyme, Conn., Nov. 5, 1736, and Phoebe Cadman, 
his second wife. 

Turner was the son of Stephen Calkins, born Sept. 5, 
1701, whose wife was Sarah Turner. Stephen was the son 
of Hugh Calkins (Second), born in June, 1659, whose wife 
was Lois Standish. Hugh was the son of John (First), 
who married Sarah Royce. John, the son of Hugh First. 


(Line of descent.) 
He was born Sept. 4, 1846, near Ontario, Canada West, 
the son of Seth Calkins, born July 17, 1807, near St. Albans, 
N. Y. He married June Root, June 9, 1831, she, second 
cousin to Senator Elihu Root. She died Feb. 22, 1902. 
Seth died March 6, 1890. Seth was the son of Seth and he 
the son of Elijah Calkins, the Revolutionary soldier, whose 
wife was Mehitabel Heath. 

(Line of descent.) 

He is the son of George Warren Calkins, who was born in 
Waterbury, Vt., in 1831. He, the son of George Calkins, 
of Waterbury, Vt., and Hannah Warren Stebbins. They 
removed to Ohio in 1833. George died in or near Cleve- 
land, aged ninety-six years. There was a daughter, 
Chloe, now Mrs. David Beebe, of Elyria, Ohio. Another 
daughter was Cornelia. I know of no other children. 

George was the son of John Prentiss Calkins, the Revolu- 
tionary soldier (M. M. R., p. 24,) and he the son of William 
Calkins, who was born April 18, 1724, and married Mary 
Prentiss, May 20, 1746. William was the son of Joseph, 

42 Supplement to the Calkins Memorial 

who was baptized Nov. 3, 1694. Joseph married Lucretia 
Turner, a descendant of Elder William Brewster, of the 
Mayflower Pilgrims. Joseph, the son of David and Mary 
Bliss, and he son of Hugh First. 

(Line of descent.) 

He was born in Royalton, N. Y., Oct. 31, 1828. He 
married Elizabeth A. Sayles in Elyria, O., June 8, 1851. 
He was the son of Ashahel Calkins, born in 1804, who mar- 
ried Margaret Dunn in 1827. Ashahel was the son of 
James, the son of Ahira, son of Ezekiel, son of John, son of 
Samuel, son of John First, the son of Hugh First. 
The children of Malcolm and Elizabeth are: 
Leonard Sayles, Thomas Dunn, George Palmer, Henry 
Malcolm, Charles Lincoln, Willard Peck and Garnett. A 
notable family. Five are living; four are journalists, 
Willard P. is president and manager of " The Calkins News- 
paper Syndicate" — employing more than six hundred men 
and women in the publishing house — the largest west of 
Chicago, if not in America. They publish more than 
twenty daily, weekly and monthly magazines, newspapers, 
etc., and have offices in six or more, of our largest cities. 
Malcolm D., now eighty, is a nephew of the late Col. E. A. 
Calkins. His son, Henry M., of the M. M. R., p. 40, was a 
soldier in the Philippines. 


(Line of descent.) 

(See M. M. R., p. 60.) He was the son of Elisha Freeman 
Calkins and Elma Guernsey. Elisha was the son of Abram 
Calkins, who was born in 1761, and died March 4, 1833, and 
Elizabeth Freeman, daughter of Elisha Freeman, who was 
born in 1732 and died in 1832. The children of Abram and 
Elizabeth were: Clara, Eliza, Sally, Maria, Mercy, Harriet, 
Jane, Susan, Phoebe, Simon, Elisha Freeman and Charles. 
Abram was the son of Lieut. Simon Calkins, born in 1739(?), 
died in 1820. From Simon the line runs back to John 
First, son of Hugh First. 

Military Roster and Genealogy 43 


(Line of descent and their descendants.) 
William Calkins was the son of John Prentiss Calkins (of 
the M. M. R., p. 24); he, the son of William, the son of Jo- 
seph, the son of David, who was the son of Hugh First. 
From Elder William Brewster of the Mayflower Pilgrims 
the line runs thus: Elder William Brewster, Jonathan 
Brewster, Mary Brewster Turner, Ezekiel Turner, Lucretia 
Turner Calkins (wife of Joseph), William Calkins, John 
Prentiss Calkins, William Calkins (8th gen.) was born in 
Canaan, N. H., Oct. 13, 1791. His wife was Rosalind 
Craig, of Scotch parentage. William died Nov. 1, 1855, at 
Ticonderoga, N. Y., where he had removed about 1830. 
He was a lawyer in active practice. 

The children of William and Rosalind were: 
(1.) William Edwards Calkins, born in Burlington, Yt.. 
Dec. 23, 1816. He married Amanda Weed in 1843, and set- 
tled in Ticonderoga, where he became successful in business 
and was, during his entire life, one of Ticonderoga's most 
prominent citizens. He held many public offices — as 
Town Clerk, Inspector of Elections in 1849; Supervisor in 
1851, '53, '54, '58 and 1873. Also, a member of the Assem- 
bly, Clerk of Third District Court; one of the first organizers 
of the Republican party; County Clerk, Coroner, and when 
the Civil War came a member of the Essex County War 
Committee. It is recorded that every soldier and com- 
pany in Essex County was recruited in his office. Prior to 
the war he had served under Govs. Marcy, Reward and 
Bouck, in the 9th Regt., 40th Brigade of State Militia, as a 
Q. M., Major, Lieut. Col., Colonel. He was in the public 
service some thirty years and never defeated in an election. 
William E. died Nov. 25, 1885, at Ticonderoga. He had 
two children: Frances A., who was born Sept. 26, 1851, 
and married Charles G. Wicker, of Ticonderoga, and Fred- 
erick W., born Feb. 28, 1853, died Nov. 17, 1878. 

(2.) Lucia, born Dec. 15, 1819; married Rev. Geo. W. 
Barrows, Feb. 10, 1845. She died Dec. 14, 1862. 

(3.) Sarah, born Jan. 9, 1822, at Waterbury, Vt. Mar- 
ried James Crammond. She died Sept. 10, 1858, at Colum- 
bus City, la. 

44 Supplement to the Calkins Memorial 

(4.) Allen Craig Calkins, born March 27, 1823, at Water- 
bury, Vt. He married Sophia Jane Larrabee at Ticonder- 
oga, Aug. 30, 1847. He died Nov. 19, 1899, at his summer 
home in the village of Geneva Lake, Wis. Their city resi- 
dence was Chicago, where he was for many years in the lum- 
ber business. He was also an alderman, influential in poli- 
tics and also, at one time, President of the "Lumbermen's 
Exchange," a large and powerful organization. Allen C. 
was a man of ability, liked by all. 

The children of Allen C. and Sophia were: Charles Rol- 
lin, born March 13, 1850, died May 3, 1906; Mary Jane, born 
March 14, 1855; Rosalind Craig, born Jan. 5, 1858, died 
Dec. 23, 1881; Lucius Allen, born Aug. 14, 1860; William 
Larrabee, born March 24, 1863; Edmund Cheney, born Feb. 
12, 1866. 

(5.) Jeanette, born Sept. 2, 1824, at Stowe, Vt. Mar- 
ried Jan. 28, 1864, Rev. Geo. W. Barrows. She died at 
Ticonderoga, Nov. 21, 1903. 

(6.) Mary Jane, born Oct. 14, 1827. Married to Rev. 
David Gould, of Trumbull, Conn. She died June 24, 
1901, at Whately, Mass. 


(Line of descent.) 

She was born June 3, 1858, in Carthage, Jefferson Co., 
N. Y., the daughter of Rev. Ward Wesley Hunt, born Feb. 
9, 1817, died Sept. 7, 1889. and Elizabeth Adams Smith, his 
second wife. He, the son of William Lord Hunt, born in 
1770, died April 17, 1843. His wife was Betsey Calkins, 
born in 1777, died Sept. 3, 1848. She was the daughter of 
Elijah Calkins, the Revolutionary soldier, see M. M. R., p. 
21, who was born in 1740, and married Mehitabel Heath in 
1763. Elijah died in 1813. He was the son of Lieut. 
Stephen Calkins and Mary Curtis. Frances Elizabeth Hunt 
married James Hart Waite April 5, 1899. She is de- 
descended on her mother's side from the Braintree-Quincy 
line of Adamses, is Daughter of the American Revolution 
Society, etc. There were other children of William L. and 
Betsey Calkins Hunt: Almira and Eliza L., married re- 
spectively to Gardner and Kenyon. 

Military Rostbb and Genealogy 45 


(See the M. M. R., p. 197.) The records are meager, but 
it is certain that he was one of several Calkinses, of whom 
we, so far, know little, except that they are on the official 
lists as pensioners. Joel was born in Litchfield, Conn. 
His wife was Bethia Barrass. They removed to Lorraine, 
Jefferson Co., N. Y., in 1805. Their children were: Polly, 
Joel, Isaac, John, Daniel, Catharine, Nancy, Sally, Rebecca, 
Abram, Lydia and Amos, only twelve! There are many de- 
scendants of these, who may possess more records than I 
have as yet. Daniel, son of Joel and Bethia, was born in 
1792, and is known to have served in the War of 1812, and 
to have been in the Battle of Sackett's Harbor. 

Calkin, Samuel Newell— Of the M. M. R., p. 69, was born 
in Dupage, Will Co., 111., Aug. 16, 1842. He was the son of 
James Morris Calkin, who was born Jan. 18, 1813, in Sulli- 
van Co., N. Y. His three brothers were named Abijah, 
Ezra and Elery. James M. was the son of Capt. Moses 
Calkin, of the Revolution, and his grandfather was Oliver, 
both mentioned in the M. M. R., p. 130. The line runs back 
to Hugh. Samuel N. served with credit in the famous 
"Barker Dragoons" and was with them transferred to the 
12th 111. Cavalry. A detailed statement of his war service 
would be substantially the same as that of Homer Calkins, 
of the same commands, and which is given elsewhere. 
After his discharge, he married, March 9, 1865, Adelaide 
George, born Jan. 10, 1843, in Lycoming Co., Pa. They 
had ten childern, of whom seven are living, namely: Ger- 
tie Marie, Harry A., Jacob E., Maimo E., Rosa, Percis F. 
and Nancy. 

The deceased are: Minnie, Samuel A. and Henry 1! 
After marriage Samuel N. and his wife settled down on a 
farm in Iroquois Co., 111. In 1881 he was appointed Super- 
intendent of the Illinois Eastern Hospital Farm at Kan- 
kakee, where he remained for twelve years. He then re- 
signed and returned to the old farm. In Iroquois he served 
as Supervisor eight years. He is a member of Whipple 
Post, No. 414, G. A. R. of Kankakee, and of the I. O. O. F. 

46 Supplement to the Calkins Memorial 


(line of descent.) 

He was the son of Elisha Avery and Eleanor P. (Ames) 
Calkins; he the son of Eleazer E. and Anna (Blood) 
Calkins; he the son of Jonathan Calkins, of the M. M. R., 
p. 92, a Revolutionary soldier, and who married Nancy Ellis. 
Their son, Benjamin Ellis Calkins, served in the War of 
1812. He died in 1873 and is buried at South Lyon, Mich. 
Jonathan was the son of Daniel Calkins and Elif (Way) 
Calkins; he, son of John and Frances (Leach) Calkins; he, 
son of David and Mary (Bliss) Calkins; David, son of 
Hugh Calkin, First. 

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