A family tree can be large and those lucky enough to find records of a large group of ancestors, puzzle piece them together, read a history of where they were from, and watch as they come alive a feeling great satisfaction ensues.
In 1860 Edward S Taber and wife Mary E Taber, parents of Edward Luther Taber, and Betsey A Taber lived in Richmond, Washington, Rhode Island. Edward S was 23 his wife 26, something about those Taber men marrying older women, son Edward Luther was 6 and Betsey just ten months old. In their household lived Lydia Crandall age 26 and Eliza Biggs age 19. I haven’t a clue why they lived there, one of those things that drive one crazy when searching records, but I do believe Lydia Crandall is the sister of Hannah Crandall who married Edward S Taber’s brother Henry Taber.
Henry had a large household as well with wife Hannah Crandall and children Charles 7, Hannah A. 4, and Julia A. age 2. Nearby was Joseph Taber, wife Sally (Sarah Allen), and daughter Margaret. Joseph is Edward S and Henry’s brother. Edward S, Henry,
and Joseph also had brother Varnum, and sister’s Abigail, and Emily. All were the children of Benjamin Taber and Mary Jordan.
Benjamin Taber also came from a large family which included sister’s Olive, and Abigail and brothers Constant, Gardner, and Joseph. Gardner married Betsey Larkins. Joseph married Lydia Jordan whom I believe was Mary Jordan’s kin but have yet to find records that connect the two. Joseph and Lydia had sons Henry W Taber and George R Taber and as if it’s not hard enough to follow Henry W married Abby L Sprague and George married Hannah, maiden name unknown. George and Hannah had sons William O and Joseph and daughters Lydia, Mary, and Hannah.
The Tabers, Crandall’s, Church’s, Jordan’s, Sprague’s, Hay’s, Allen’s, Larkins Phillips, and Moons all lived close to one another and often appearing on the same census pages. All of which the Tabers married into and raised families. Of them, Phebe Moon lived next door to Edward S Taber and his wife Mary E Phillips prior to her marrying William O Taber.
William O Taber was Edward S Taber’s cousin who lived next door to Edward as well. Both Edward and William were age 23 in 1860, Edward married with two children and William O single until he married Phebe Moon the same year (1860). So tight a family they were, many are buried near each other in Wood River Cemetery, Rhode Island.
Their fore parents are Benjamin Taber Sr. and Mercy Hill as shown below. On the left Edward Luther descends from Edward S who descends from Benjamin and on the right William O descends from George who descends from Joseph, Benjamin Taber Jr.’s brother.
Benjamin Taber Sr.
1759-1839 and Mercy Hill 1757-1852
Jr and Mary Jordan (Brother) Joseph Taber and LydiaJordan
Edward S Taber
and Mary E Phillips (Cousin) George R Taber and Hannah
Taber and Isabella Hay (Cousin) William O Taber and Phebe Moon
Edward S Taber and William O Taber, cousins, were both born in 1836 and lived close to each other and near other Tabers in Rhode Island. By the time each turned age 26, Edward with wife and two children, William O married just three years with so George R Taber (on the way), an order was called to enlist and organize the Rhode Island Seventh Regiment Volunteers to serve in the US Civil War. Edward S Taber joined the other volunteers from Company A at Camp Bliss in Providence Rhode Island. On September 10th 1862 they broke camp and headed for Washington DC. They enjoyed hospitality in New York, Philadelphia, and Baltimore before arriving to Washington DC on September 12, 1862. Edward S Taber and the rest of Company A camped in Falmouth, Virginia at Camp Mud and fought the battles of Fredericksburg on Dec 13, 14, 15, and 24nd.
William O Taber joined the 1st Rhode Island Light Artillery, Company G on March 17 1862, some five months before Edward joined. William O and Company G were at Falmouth, Virginia on December 17, 1862 where they engaged in battle. From there and before Company G fought their next battle in Chancellorsville, Virginia on May 3, 1863; William O Taber received a disability discharge at Falmouth on January 9 1863.
Their life stories hidden in records of long ago rich with details but absent of personal interactions, as so, it is unclear whether Edward and William saw each other in Falmouth, Virginia during the Civil War but they were very close. Perhaps through letters from home they learned of each others activities. Cousins, whose families were waiting for their return.
Edward S Taber made it home to Rhode Island to wife Mary E Phillips, son Edward Luther and daughter Betsey A Taber sometime after 16 April 1863. William O Taber, who was discharged at Falmouth just three months prior to Edward’s return home, died in Washington DC during the same month as he was discharged (January 1863). Records indicate that William survived the war. His death in Washington DC is baffling, perhaps the victim of disease.
William O Taber came home to his final resting place. His young wife, whom he had just married in 1860, Phebe Ann Moon, left widowed died in 1865 just two years after William O.
Young son George age 3, as I have just found birth records for him, lived until 1899. Turns out young George was born on 10 Septmeber 1862 the same day his father’s cousin Edward S Taber headed for battle. Father, William O Taber, was already gone when he was born. A sick feeling from this news, young George may have never met his father.
Additional records show a George O Taber living with his uncle Joseph Taber in Rhode Island in 1885. George would have been about age 23 at the time. There is no record of young George ever being married, and there is no wife buried next to him and his parents at Wood River Cemetery.
Just below William, Phebe, and George’s gravesites Edward S Taber, who lived until 1904, wife Mary Phillips, his son Edward Luther Taber and his son’s wife Isabella Hay, and other family members rest in their burial plots. Cousins whose homesteads were close, whose battles in war were close, and in death lay near each other, forever connected.
In all wars remember and honor the dead, pray for those who battled and survived, and remember them as well.
Edward S Taber b. 1836 d. 1904 Civil War Veteran
William O Taber b. 1836 d. 1863 Civil War Veteran
I learned all this from a few US Census and Civil War records! If you haven’t explored your ancestry you’re missing out!