Enfield Town Historian


Sue Thompson
Enfield Town Historian

Ellie Hobbie
Deputy Town Historian

Town Enfield Government Web Site

E-Mail: sdt1@cornell.edu

Phone: 607-272-6412
Enfield Town Hall
168 Enfield Main Road
Ithaca, NY 14850


Civil War (1861 – 1865)

Enfield Elementary School


Tompkins County Historian

Genealogy for Tompkins County http://www.nytompki.org/






American Civil War (1861 - 1865)

Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War (2011-2015) offers the current generation of Americans a most important opportunity to know, discuss, and commemorate this country's greatest national crisis, while at the same time exploring its enduring relevance in the 21st century. (National Park Service - http://cwar.nps.gov/civilwar/civilwar.htm.

One of the many projects I have in mind for the Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War is to put together a booklet on the men who joined the military representing the Town of Enfield during the civil War (1861-1865). I would like to tell the stories of their lives during and after the war.  Where did they live, who were their families, why did they join the war, what did they experience.  A lot of these questions we may never know about or perhaps your family has stories that have been passed down that you would like to share, or is there a diary in your attic, family pictures?  If you would like to help with this project or share your family history give me a call or send me an email (272-6412 / sdt1@cornell.edu)

Below is a list of the civil war soldiers from the Town of Enfield (let me know if we have forgotten any names, thanks).





Bagley, Austin

cemetery; cemetery

Bagley, Jay


Bagley, Wm. M.


Barber, Wm.


Bement, Porter


Boice, James


Bowen, James R.



Broas, E. D.

www.usgwarchives.net/mi/tsphoto/ calhoun/burroak.htm

Brower, Wm. H


Brown, Nelson

http://newfieldhistoricalsociety.org/ html /civilwar/veterans.html

Brown, Zeno C.


Burdick, Frank M.


Burdick, Leonard T.


Byrum Roderic(k); Byrum Family


Byrum, Joseph


Carman, Caleb


Carman, Jas. F.


Curry, Warren T.


Davis, John


Deeker, Wm.


Dunham, Martin


Eble, John


Ehle, Geo.


Everts, Jacob


Everts, Wm.


Fish, John


Fish, Samuel (Jr.)


Fish, Wm.


Giloray, Isaac M.


Graham, John


Graham, Sarah


Graham, Theodore H.


Gray, George W.


Harvey, Cephas


Harvey, Chas.


Harvey, Elizur B.


Harvey, Geo. W.


Hausner, Alonzo


Haviland, Edward


Haviland, Frank


Haviland, Samuel


Hicks, Geo. W.


Hill, Augustine H.


Horton, Benjamin


Kelly, Wm.


Kelsey, Charles T.


Kelsey, Dana


Kelsey, Torey


Lanning, Jasper P.

Jasper; cemetery

Larason, George


Lavercool, Wm.


Longcoy, Enos


Loomis, Justin E.


McClannin, Joseph


Nivison, Jared


Poyer, Chas. D.




Quick, Henry


Quick, James


Quick, John


Rolfe, Henry


Ronkle, Dennis


Snow, Alonzo


Snow, John


Teeter, Jerome


Thatcher, Ebenezer


Thatcher, Ezra


Thatcher, Geo. B.


Tubbs, Albert E.


Tucker, Amos


VanKirk, Eron


VanKleek, Wm. H


VanMarter, Peter


VanMarter, Wm.


Wager, Andrew


Wallingbeck, Reuben


Wallingbeck, Henry


Ward, William


Williams, John A.


Williams, Wilson C.


Wood, Joel


Wright, Alonzo E.





Bagley, Austin        

Private  Co G 109th NY Inf

Mustered In:  Aug 11, 1862, 3 yrs.           

Born: 1838 (39); Died:

Buried:  Jones Cemetery, Perry City New Yorksecond picture

Married:  Sarah Bagley (b. 1841)

Buried: Jones Cemetery, Perry City New York

Family Austin’s Parents:

Father: William Bagley (1810)

Mother:  Phebe Ann Bagley (1813)

Brother and Sisters:

Austin Bagely: 1838

Ezra Bagley 1839

Jay Bagley 1847

Julia Bagley 1843

William Bagley  1845

Adaline Bagley 1850


Bagley, Jay

Private  Co M, 21st Cavalry Regiment New York           

Mustered In:  December 29, 1863; Muster in Age:  18 years

Mustered Out:  July 7, 1866, Denver, Colorado Terr.

Born:  1847
Family:  See Bagley, Austin


Bagley, William M. 

Co I, NY 137th Infantry Regiment New York      

Promoted to full Private on January 24, 1865

Mustered In:  September 3, 1862

Mustered Out:  June 9, 1865 Bladensburg, MD

Born:  1845; Died:  Davison, Genesee County Michigan

Burial: Davison Cemetery- see www.findagrave.com

Family:  See Bagley, Austin


Barber, William

Jan. 29, 1918 Ithaca Journal – Late William Barber Well Known Veteran

William Barber who died recently at his home in Enfield Center at the age of 76 years was the oldest postmaster in the country.  He was born in Republic, Seneca County, Ohio, January 31, 1842.  He married Hattie D. Thorpe January 21, 1860.  Mr. Barber answered his country’s call and enlisted in Company M, 21st N.Y.V.C. First Brigade, Second Division, Sheridan’s Cavalry, December 12, 1863.  He was detailed to regimental headquarters on special duty; he took part in the engagements at Ashby’s Gap, Sinker’s Gap Piedmont, Winchester and Shenandoah Valley campaigns and several others receiving his honorable discharge June 30, 1865 at Washington, D.C.  His grandfather William Walker served in the War of 1812.  Comrade Barber was appointed postmaster under General Grant’s first administration and served continuously except the first four years of Cleveland’s’ administration.  William Barber was a Mason and belonged to Fidelity Lodge, No. 51 Ithaca, having joined that body in 1896. He also was a royal Arch Mason and belonged to the Trumansburg chapter.  Mr. Barber was an active member of Gregg Post, G.A.R. 123. He is survived by his widow; one son F.A. Barber; one brother Frank Barber; one sister Mrs. A.S. Nobles of Newfield; one grandson – E.D. Barber and one great grandson William Charles Barber.


Jan. 30, 1918 Ithaca Journal – Veteran Enfield Poster Dies

William barber aged 76 years for 50 years poster master at Enfield Center died suddenly at his home there about 1 o’clock this morning after an illness of only few hours.  He was taken ill about 10 o’clock last night complaining of pains in his chest.  His condition grew rapidly worse and he lived only three hours after the attack.  Mr. Barber was a member of the New G.A.R. having served in the 21lst New York Cavalry during the civil War.  He was also a member of the fidelity and Trumansburg Masonic lodges.  He is survived by his widow and son Frank; one sister – Mrs. Frances Noble; one brother – Frank Barber Sr.


Feb. 1, 1919 – Ithaca Journal

The funeral of the late William Barber will be held from the Methodist Episcopal Church at Enfield Center at 2 o’clock Friday afternoon. Revs. Robert E. Kelly of Ithaca and Edward Peterson of Enfield Center officiating.  Interment will be at Enfield Center. (Note – 2013 no headstone has been located in the Enfield Center Cemetery, Enfield Main Road)



Bement, Porter

Private 15 Reg. Company G NY Cav. enlisted Aug. 15, 1864 - discharged June 12, 1865 - (9 mos. 28 days in service)

Born: 1820; Died 1903; Burial: Jones Cemetery Schuyler County.


Boice, James

August 16, 1862 Town of Enfield. 137th NY Infantry. August 16, 1862 Town of Enfield. 137th NY Infantry.  This information comes from the original Samuel D. Purdy Enfield Town Clerk, Civil War Original Enfield Town Clerk Book Information from Actual Physical Book at Enfield Town Hall, Tompkins County, NY. 1865. Listed as 19 years old father was James Boice.


Bowen, James R.

Born – 1841 – Died March 25, 1907. Buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Will County, Illinois (www.illinoisgravestones). Married to Augusta M. Kellogg (1846 – 1917) son Ellsworth G. Bowen  b. 1869.

Age, 21 years. Enrolled, August 11, 1862, at Enfield, to serve three years; mustered in as corporal, Co. G, August 18, 1862; promoted sergeant, no date; mustered in as second lieutenant, January 4, 1865; mustered out with company, June 4, 1865, at Delaney House, D. C. Commissioned second lieutenant, December 27, 1864, with rank from same date, vice C. Nelson, resigned.


Broas, Eugene D.

Born in 1946, Tompkins County, NY.  In 1870 living in Calhoun County, Michigan with Wife Maria. Died April 21, 1933 - Buried in Burr Oak Cemetery, Athens Township, Calhoun County, Michigan. Enlisted in Company M, New York 21st Cavalry Regiment on Dec 29, 1863. Mustered out (deserted) Nov 1, 1864 at Cumberland, MD.


Brower William H.

Born February 5, 1846 in Enfield, NY. Died March 7, 1911 buried in Ithaca City Cemetery, Ithaca, Tompkins county, NY. Married first to Nellie and then Hattie M.  Enlisted in Company K, New York 15th Cavalry Regiment on 03 Oct 1863.Mustered out on 17 Jun 1865.Transferred to Company G, New York 2nd Cavalry Regiment on 17 Jun 1865.Mustered out on 08 Sep 1865 at Elmira, NY.


Brown, Nelson

Born 1847. Died 193, buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, Newfield, NY. Private, Co G 109th NY Inf, 4 Jan 1864, 3yrs., trans. to 51st Vet.



The Rest of the Story – From the files of the Enfield Town Historian.  Learning about Enfield; an interview with Helena Schaber (1912-1999) in 1991 by the late Helen Smith and former Enfield Town Historian Jack Hubbell as transcribed by Sue Thompson the present Enfield Town Historian.


Special thanks to Howard Stamp of Ithaca and Jack Hubbell of Enfield, for additional information regarding the Byrum family mentioned in Helena Schaber’s interview.


 A very dedicated family to our country Jay W. Stamp married May E. Byrum in 1922 (daughter of Roderick and Elizabeth Byrum).  They had one son, Howard J. Stamp born in 1924.  Howard served in World War II in European and Pacific theaters.  Howard married Evelyn J. Kelley in 1946.  Their son Robert “BJ” Stamp enlisted and served 9 years in the Marine Corps.


Roderic(k) Byrum was born in Enfield Sept. 4, 1844, and died February 18, 1916. Roderic(k) was married to Elizabeth Wallenbeck (1844 – 1916).  He enlisted March 1, 1862 when seventeen years of age as private in Co. E 64th N.Y.V.  He was confined in hospital at Harper’s Ferry, Virginia, in September 1862, and after two months spent there was honorably discharged on account of disability.  He re-enlisted in Jan. 1863, in Co. K 50th N.Y. Engineers and took active part in the battles of Fair Oaks, Wilderness Cold Harbor, Front of Petersburg, Hatchers Run, Weldon R.R., and Poplar Grove Church besides doing considerable scouting, skirmishing, guard and garrison duty.  He was discharged June 13, 1865, at Ft. Berry, VA. (Free Press Trumansburg – 9/28/1918).


The Free Press Sentinel September 28, 1918

The funeral of Roderick Byrum who passed away suddenly Sept. 20, was held from late home in Enfield at 2 o’clock, September 23.  He had been about his usual tasks and in good spirits, so though in failing health his condition had not been such as to cause anxiety and his death which was caused by heart failure came as a great shock to his friends.  He daughter found him in the barn where the end had evidently come quickly and without a struggle. 

Roderick Byrum was born in Enfield Sept. 4, 1844, and was united in wedlock Feb. 11, 1874 to Elizabeth Wallenbeck who passed away Feb. 18, 1916.  With the exception of about four years which was spent in California and the army, Mr. Byrum had spent his life in this immediate vicinity and the many friends at his funeral was a notable expression of the respect which was held for him the community.  He enlisted when seventeen years of age as private in Co. E 64th N.Y.V.  He was confined in hospital at Harper’s Ferry, Va., in Sept. 1862, and after two months spent there was honorably discharged on account of disability.  He re-enlisted in Jan. 1863, in Co. K 50th N.Y. Engineers and took active part in the battles of Fair Oaks, Wilderness Cold Harbor, Front of Petersburg, Hatchers Run, Weldon R.R., and Poplar Grove Church besides doing considerable scouting, skirmishing, guard and garrison duty.  He was discharged June 13, 1865, at Ft. Berry, VA.  One comrade, Walter Ferguson of Enfield, was able to attend the funeral.

Mr. Byrum is survived by one brother Joseph, who is also a soldier and by two daughters, Mrs. Wm. Hamblin of Mecklenburg and Mae, who lived at home.

Rev. Peterson of Enfield officiated at the funeral services and burial took place at Mecklenburg with Wm. H. Jones Jr. in charge.


Joseph Byrum was born April 7, 1843 and died March 25, 1926.  He was married to Juliett (Julie) Rudy (1849 – 1908). He enlisted as a Private in Company K, 50th Engineers Regiment New York on 16 March 16, 1865 at the age of 21.  He mustered out of Company K, 50th Engineers Regiment New York on 13 June 13, 1865 at Fort Barry, VA.


Joseph and Roderic(k) Byrum are brothers. Parents were Oliver and Caroline Godding Byrum.


“Note to the Stamp and Byrum families - Thank you for your service to our nation.”



According to many reports, “the medical establishments within the U.S. were almost totally unprepared for either the scope or duration of the U.S. Civil War conflict.  Nineteenth century military medicine was not always crude and ineffective.  Lack of preparedness was the foremost problem, and it was responsible for much otherwise unnecessary suffering. “

With the outbreak of war civilian doctors entered the ranks of the Northern and Southern forces in large numbers. While some had served only an apprenticeship with an experienced practicing physician, formal medical education was becoming common. By modern standards the curriculum in even the best schools was surprisingly brief lasting two years, with the second year being merely a repeat of the first. Late in 1861 the U.S. Army Medical Department began giving examinations to weed out unqualified physicians.

The town of Enfield helped to fill the need for medical personnel during the Civil War.  Charles T. (1828) and Dana Kelsey (1835), both born in Town of Enfield, served in the 64th regiment of NY Volunteers from Tompkins County, NY.   Charles was a surgeon and Dana was an Assistant Surgeon during the war.  Charles when he registered with the State of New York in 1880 as a physician stated that he did not graduate from Medical College until 1874. Both Charles and Dana survived the war but lost their lives in unexpected events.

Dr. Charles Kelsey lived in Enfield with his wife Martha and three children.  He served as a local doctor in the town of Enfield and other local area towns.  Charles lost his life on October 8, 1893 because he was brushing horseflies off his horse.  The horse became frightened and started running.  Charles reached out to get a better hold of the reins when the horse kicked.  It struck Charles in the breast knocking him out of the wagon.  The wagon overturned and smashed.  Dr. Charles Kelsey died before help from Dr. Charles Vernooy could be brought to him.  He suffered 3 broken ribs on one side and 9 on the other side, plus internal injuries.


After the Civil War Dana Kelsey moved to Carthage Missouri and open a physician’s office.   In September of 1900 he lost his life to a disgruntle employee.  According to the newspaper article his murderer was a “desperate character” and his conduct became “alarming” so Dr. Kelsey discharged him.  The man became angry and stabbed Dr. Kelsey several times.


In the March 28, 2011 Ithaca Journal, Steve Rogers, wrote an article describing a  photograph of which both Charles and Dana Kelsey were shown during their Civil War enlistments.


Jasper Lanning

Enlisted as a Private on 4 January 1864 at the age of 21.  Enlisted in Company U, 16th Heavy Artillery Regiment New York on 4 Jan 1864._Discharged from Company U, 16th Heavy Artillery Regiment New York  on 8 Jun 1865 at Fort Monroe, VA.

Born 1842. Died in 1912. Buried in the Presbyterian Cemetery, Enfield, NY.


Charles D. Poyer

Died in York Town information found in the Samuel D. Purdy Enfield Town Clerk, Civil War Original Enfield Town Clerk Book Information from Actual Physical Book at Enfield Town Hall 1865 .