George Elmore Northrop B. 1844 ~ 3/17/1906~ age 62
George Elmore Northrop Margaret "Maggie"
Hannagan /Hannigan Northrop
Date of burial from Oaklawn Cemetery March 20, 1905. I suspect the 1806 is the correct date since it matches the church record. ... According to the town clerk's office, George died on March 17, 1906.
I still have some of the notes written to Mrs George E.Northrop when he died. They all speak of him so warmly -- he was much loved and respected.
Looking closely at George's picture we can see he was a Mason with the pin he wears. It also appears he has ribbon around his neck, but we can't see what it holds. So far we don't know of any medals or awards he may have won.
The 8th Regiment lost during service 8 Officers and 112 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 3 Officers and 141 Enlisted men by disease. Total 264.
Eighth Regiment Connecticut Volunteers, Co.A, Inc.
George Elmore Northrop and Margaret Ellen Hannigan/Hannegan/Hannegan were married 1/17/1865 in Port Chester NY by Valentine A. Lewis, minister.
George served with several "ususal suspect" names
Curley (Kerley?), Elmore, Ives (2 sons of
John KERLEY b
30 NOV 1827 in Kent, Litchfield, CT
|(s/o Hosea Rowe KERLEY 1802 CT &Mariah (Mary) BEECHER JUN 1806 CT)||
Marietta Sophia GRANT b: 6 JUL 1832 in Chautauqua, Chautauqua, NY m 31 DEC 1850 in Seymour
|Harvey E. Elmore
b 22 FEB 1836 in New Hartford, Litchfield Co., CT
d 17 SEP 1862 in Antietam, MD
Harvey Bates Elmore b: 02 FEB 1806 Cambridge, VT
|Harvey Edwin Elmore (sometimes known as Edwin Harvey) was killed at the battle of Antietam, Maryland; he was in Company C as was hi Uncle, Hubert F. Holcomb. I have been searching to ascertain for sure the place of his burial ever since 1973; in the May 26 edition of the New Hartford Tribune; "Graves of soldiers in the different cemetery in New Hartford: North Village Cemetery - First Sargeant Edwin Harvey Elmore, Co. C, 8th Conn. vols. Killed at Antietam, Sept 17, 1862." Does this statement prove beyond a doubt that the U.S. marker is a gravestone rather than a cenotaph? The Civil War memorial monument lists: 8th Conn. Infantry: Harvey E. Elmore and Hubert F. Holcomb.|
|Ives, Heber S||
Heber SMITH IVES(Othniel IVES8, Othniel IVES7, John IVES IV6, John IVES III5, John IVES II4, John IVES3, William IVES2, John IVES1)
|Ives, Noah P (also as Noah B.) Noah POMEROY IVES||
(Eli IVES8, Othniel IVES7, John IVES IV6, John IVES III5, John IVES II4, John IVES3, William IVES2, John IVES1)
|Jenings, James O|
|Jennings, James C|
|Jennings, James O|
|Jennings, Orris S|
|Keeler, Silas P|
|Lockwood, Edgar A.|
|Millard, John C||
|Prout, John G|
|Sherman, Reuben A.|
Smith, Augustus S. or Augustus REGIMENT NAME:
Another of mom's notes mentions Stratford relatives "Uncle Geo" and below Alvin's mother buried Fairfield East below that Alvins Father buried Fairfield East and Grandmother's stone broken Fairfield East
Oak lawn (on way to Greenfield) Cemetery George Ives, W. Blaine Northrop and Grandmother Margaret Hannagan Northrop
|Nephew Frederick-" In 1898 he bought out his uncle's share in the business and became a partner with his father (William Fenn Northrop), under the same firm name (Northrop Brothers).|
George Elmore was born in Cornwall or Warren, Connecticut in 1844. (mom's Nat'l archives request has cornwall scratched out & replaced with warren date of birth was changed from Jan 17, 1844 to feb 17, 1844)
By 1850 (so at least by the time he was 6) the family had moved to Westport Connecticut on the Southport line in Long Lots.
So far, we don't know whether he had close Northrop relatives nearby since the Northrop connections have not been nailed down. We do know that he had Alvord and Jennings relatives (his mother's family) also in Westport.
They probably lived in the Long Lots section right on the line between Westport and Southport. The Westport map dated 1867 shows his parent's house by the red arrow -- I believe the road was once known as Bulkley Avenue, but is now Sturges Highway (above the intersection with Long Lots Road where it now changes to Hulls Farm Road. )
A school (his local school?) was apparently just down the road. Mrs Hannegan's home (George Elmore's mother-in-law) is further down Bulkley Avenue, North (it still retains the Bulkley name). The cross road just north of her place may be the current Old Road.
In 1860 George is listed in the Westport census as a "Farm Laborer". At the age of 17 in 1861 he volunteers to serve in the "Civil War.in the 8th Connecticut Infantry( George volunteered in the Civil War serving in the Connecticut 8th Sept 25, 1861-Sept 25, 1864) (click for more information) . When he returns he marries Margaret (Martha) Hannegan. and at some point settles in Southport.
Margaret's father, John Hannagan / Hannigan also served in the Civil War and was wounded at Frederiksburg.
When George returns he may have worked for Jelliff and Northrop (Brother William Fenn Northrop was in business with Jeliff (probably Francis)as Jeliff and Northrop from about 1854 to about 1874. By 1880, and perhaps earlier, the business was known as Northrop Brothers.) before joining his brother as a partner in Northrop Brothers, but so far there is no evidence to support the supposition.
George was later the First Chief of The Southport Fire Department (more information) (organized October 2, 1895). The original Fire house was on Railroad Place (Station Street) The building to the right is the Northrop Brothers (builders) headquarters.
George Elmore Cousins
Margaret's sister, Sarah m. George Hale in Greens Farms. My father Alvin J Northrop remembered his Uncle George Hale. Mom started a lettrer in 1980 to Marjorie Rutili asking if she remembered him as well. Mom found a George Hale on South Compo Road who died about 1980 -- perhaps a relative.
Margaret's father, John Hannagan / Hannigan also served in the Civil War and was wounded at Frederiksburg.
Still to come(Click to view the page with all of George's Letters from Civil War Service.)
This is one of the walking canes that George brought back from the Civil War. It is intricately carved with information on the Battle on Antietam incuding the dates and numbers of soldiers killed and wounded. Note the shell used on the bottom of the cane.
More Detail on the Canes
Here is another cane brought back from his service. This one comemmorates the Battles of Little Round Top and Big Round Top.
Perhaps the wood markings are burnt into the wood since it's not a wood anyone has recognized. The maker took advantage of the shape to place Round Top and another rounded hill on the higher points of the shape.
Lantern is to hold the shade is not original.
Shade is etched "George E. Northrop, Chief S.F.D.
George Served as the First Chief of the Southport Volunteer Fire Department from 1895-1896. This was one of two Fire Departments in Southport.
"The Southport Fire Department was organized October 2, 1895 following an arson fire that claimed $10,000 in damages to the warehouses of C.O. Jelliff and the lives of 4 horses trapped in a neighboring barn which also burned. It took nearly three hours for the villagers and the Fairfield Volunteer Hook & Ladder Co. to extinguish the blaze. Within two weeks there were already 23 members in newly formed department and they began the process of purchasing a Gleason & Bailey pump, 200 feet of hose, and a Hook & Ladder truck equipped with various length extension ladders.
In November of 1895, the Pequot Fire Company was formed by a number of men who were displeased with the way the Southport Fire Department was being run. The two departments co-existed in the village for five years and during that time developed a strong rivalry. In 1900 the Pequot Fire Company decided that it would be in the best interest of all concerned to consolidate the two departments. In April 1900 all assets of the Pequot Fire Company #1 were transferred to the Southport Fire Department and the Pequots slipped into non-existence.
In February 1896, the Southport Fire Department became the first in the state to own a steam pumper when the American Fire Engine Company in Seneca Falls, NY delivered a new Silsby Steamer to the village. The steamer held 25 gallons of water, 1500 feet of hose and when fully loaded weighed more than 5200 pounds. Sufficient energy could be generated to run the pump within 6 to 8 minutes of lighting the coal. It was housed at the original Fire House, situated on Railroad Avenue and when the present station house was dedicated in 1915, it was moved to it's new home."
* brother William Northrop was in business with Jeliff as Jeliff and Northrop from about 1854 to about 1874. By 1880, and perhaps earlier, the business was known as Northrop Brothers.
"The original Southport Fire House. Situated on Railroad Place [Station St] in a building belonging to F E Northrop." (Frederick Elmore Northrop was George E Northrop's nephew -- his brother William Fenn Northrop's son.
The Southport Fire Dept was formed in 1895 and started to use this building in 1896. In the fall of 1896 the NY NH & H Railroad donated a locomotive tire iron for use as a fire alarm. This is visible on the rooftop; the iron was struck with a heavy hammer. According to Southport Chronicle of 20 July 1899, "Clinton Hall took pictures of the Southport Fire Dept truck house Monday morning." From Fairfield Record 24 March 1898 in re the signs on the engine house of the Sthport Fire Dept: "The letters were sawed out of pine by Thomas Kelley & stand out an inch from the board to which they are nailed. Gold leaf was put on the letters by Rufus P Sherwood. Two smaller signs, 'Steamer' and 'Hook & Ladder' have been placed over the doors. These also were sawed out and gold leafed."
The bldg to the right is the Northrop Bros headquarters, builders.
Photo courtesy the Pequot Library collection Pequot Library Association
from national park service site http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/soldiers.cfm
UNION CONNECTICUT VOLUNTEERS
George returned to Antietam in October 0f 1894 for the dedication of Connecticut monuments.
It was decided to have a joint excursion for the dedication, to
start Monday, October 8, 1894.
The date set for starting from Jersey City was Monday, October 8th, at i o'clock p. m. The route over the Baltimore& Ohio Railroad was selected via Allentown, Reading, Harrisburg,
Gettysburg, Pen Mar, Hagerstown to Sharpsburg, thence to Harper's Ferry, Washington, and return via Baltimore and Philadelphia.
After the dedication of each monument the photograph of it,
and in most instances the survivors of the regiment present and
grouped about it, was taken. W. H. Tipton, Esq., the noted battlefield photographer of Gettysburg, was present, and not only made
views of the monuments but also took a number of the most important views of various localities on the battlefield. The cuts of
the Fourteenth and Sixteenth's monuments used in this book were
made from his views. Those of the Eighth and Eleventh are from
The monuments of the Eighth, Eleventh and Sixteenth regiments are over a mile distant from, and on an entirely different part of the field from that of the Fourteenth, but are not far from each other. These three regiments were brigaded together in Burnside's corps. That of the Eighth is farthest in advance on the crest of the hill. Each one marks the most advanced position held by the regiment. Those of the Sixteenth and Eleventh are near together in the ten acre lot purchased by Colonel F. W. Cheney for the purpose, and which will probably be conveyed to the Antietam National Cetnetery Association as soon as its organization is completed and Congress makes the appropriations necessary to complete the work of the society.
As the most active service of the Eleventh was near Burnside Bridge, the regiment naturally desires to have a memorial near that place, as well as the monument already erected. A movement to provide such has been started, and a fund is being raised.
No re-union would be complete if this feature was omitted. In the evening, the Reformed Church, which had been offered for the service, was completely filled. Colonel J. W. Knowlton, of the Fourteenth, made an admirable presiding officer. Chaplain Dixon offered prayer. Short speeches were made by Captain H. R. Jones, Chaplain H. S. Stevens, Hon. Charles Lyman and Rev. P. V. Finch. Recitations by L. B. Everts, James M. Bacon and Norman L, Hope, with patriotic songs, made a programme of interest to all.
Capt. henry R. JONES.
Comrades and Friends :
We stand on hallowed ground. The story of this spot,
written in blood in 1862, has passed into the history of the Republic, and each loyal commonwealth, whose sons here did battle
for the Union, has a share in the gallant record. The survivors of four Connecticut regiments are here to-day to dedicate perpetual
This hour, with its reminiscent story, belongs in a special manner to the Eight Connecticut Volunteers, and it is of them, for them, and to them that I shall briefly speak. In complying with the request to prepare an address for this occasion two difficulties have been encountered. First, there was a hesitation in withdrawing the service of my own regiment from that vast record of heroic deeds of which it forms a page, lest I might seem to be overmuch praising the survivors, for whom I speak. But there came to me these words of Dr. Bushnell's grand commemoration address : " It is the ammunition spent that gains the battle, not the ammunition brought off the field. These dead are the spent ammunition of the war, and theirs above all is the victory." The other difficulty was, that the mention of single deeds of valor, must necessarily be omitted ; where every man was a hero a choice of names seemed impossible, and where leader and rank and file together threw themselves into the breach, they should have a common eulogy in their common death.
When, in the dark days of the summer of 1861, President Lincoln issued the call for volunteers for three years, Connecticut
promptly responded. Regiments were organized and sent to the
front with all possible speed. The Fourth, Fifth and Sixth were
soon filled, and volunteers for the Seventh came forward in such
The regiment was well officered, and the rank and file represented the best blood and sinew of six counties. Hartford sent two
officers and nine men ; Bridgeport one officer and eight men ; Norwich the officer and thirty-three men of Company D. The rest were
country boys; Meriden, which sent a company under Captain
Upham, and Norwalk, which sent a detachment under Captain
Fowler, being then but thrifty villages. The regiment, as it left
Hartford for Annapolis, October 17th, 1861, halting at Jamaica, L.
They were men that day who would stand alone
Such was the heart and fibre of the men who embarked at Annapolis, November 6, to take part in that famous Burnside expedition. We can but briefly follow the stormy and tedious voyage, the
At Fort Macon, worn with the long siege, with ranks depleted
Tediously the early summer of 1862 wore away to the soldiers
But Washington was menaced, and August 31st saw the Eighth,
On the 14th was won the furious and bloody fight of South
At noon on the 15th of September the Ninth Corps took up
But how shall tongue recount the stubborn fighting all through-
At four o'clock Rodman's division was ordered forward. At
Halting and firing as they can, the Eighth pass on until alone
" No regiment of the Ninth Corps has advanced so far, or held
And here, on this spot, marking the advanced position of the
Night closed the contest, but Oh ! the appalling scenes after
Continuing on duty with the Army of the Potomac, it was not
At Drury's Bluff they were commended for special gallantry ;
Meager as has been the foregoing outlme of a four years'
I tell you, comrades, in such a place as this we must speak of
" It is of infinite moment that you should properly estimate the
dividual happiness ; that you should cherish a cordial, habitual,
Shade of Washington, son of Virginia, noblest type of Southern
The Union, the legacy of Washington and the fathers to suc-
And, thank God ! the Union was preserved. To-day it stands,
Standing on the verge of the twentieth century, we look back
with the lapse of years. We were too near them to fully under-
" So take them, Heroes of the songful Past !
And now, comrades in arms, tried friends in peace, we who
In yonder cemetery, watched by a nation's care, sleep those of
coast and on Virginian hills lie many more, while mouldering with
But here is a monument for all. The State of Connecticut
O, comrades ! who, weary with the march and the onset, have
List of Participants
Edwin Andrews, Deep River.
Harlow Chapin was born in 1842 at Granby, Conn. He at- tended the public schools and academy. When the war broke out he was learning the carriage maker's business. At the firing on Sumpter, he, with nine others, formed a company of home guards. In August, 1861, he enlisted in Company C of the Eighth Connecticut Volunteers, being unable before then to obtain consent of his parents. He followed the fortunes of the regiment on the Burnside expedition to North Carolina, with Pope in the Army of the Potomac, and on the march in pursuit of Lee in his raid into Maryland. At the battle of Antietam fifty-five men answered the roll-call one morning, but only nine responded the next morning. The rest were dead, wounded or prisoners. Sickness, exposure brought to him a surgical operation and the hospital. Somewhat recovered, he received appointment as hospital steward, and served both at New Haven, Conn., and in the department of the South. He was mustered out in 1866.
EXCURSION TO ANTIETAM
References to 8th Connecticut Volunteer
Rather ironic that one of the enlisted men who lost his life was named Elmore -- the same as George's middle name.
With the first of September came the evacuation of Fredericksburg by the Union troops, which were ordered to Washington, where the Eighth arrived on the 3d. The regiment rested in bivouac on Capitol Hill until the 8th, when commenced the march which led to the battle of Antietam (September 17th), by which brought to the Eighth a severer loss than was occasioned by any other action during the war. Its total loss in that engagement was one hundred and ninety-four killed, wounded, and missing. Its death roll included Lieutenant Marvin Wait of Norwich, son of Connecticut's honored citizen, John T. Wait. Enlisting as a private soldier when but eighteen, the story of his heroic fortitude amid the carnage of battle will be preserved upon Connecticut's historic page along with that of Nathan Hale, the youthful martyr spy. Though severly wounded in his right arm, Lieutenant Wait refused to go to the rear, and seizing his sword with his left hand, encouraged his men to press on, until he fell riddled by bullets.
Of the officers wounded at Antietam were Lieutenant-Colonel Appelman, Captain McCall, 1st Lieutenants Henry F. Morgan and Russell, Lieutenant Eaton, Captains Ripley, Main, Jones, and Nelson Bronson. Conspicous among the enlisted men killed were the brave and broad-shouldered Whiting Wilcoox, George H. Marsh (killed by a cannon ball early in the day), George F. Booth, Harvey E. Elmore, David Lake, Oscar W. Hewitt, Robert Ferris, Elijah White, and Charles E. and William G. Lewis. - most if not all of these last named the color-guard, who fell in the line of battle, while defending their trust.
TRY TO FIND A LIBRARY COPY FOR PICTURES
the name winthrop have not found any in the family -- perhaps it comes from someone who served with George E. in the civil war.
here is a possibility
Winthrop, Theodore (1828-1861)
Seventh New York Militia, Company I 1978 September 24
Photocopy of Section B, Page 5, of the New Haven Register, which contains six articles (vignettes and photographs) about Winthrop collected by Bernard Heinz. Winthrop was mustered-in on 26 April 1861 and was mustered-out on 3 June 1861. He was appointed Major and Aide-de-Camp to General Benjamin Butler in June 1861 and was killed 10 June 1861 at Big Bethel, VA. Winthrop wrote the account "March to Washington" for the June 1861 edition of Atlantic Monthly. Winthrop was a writer of some renown and much promise. Some claim that Winthrop was the first Union officer killed in battle in the Civil War though it is unclear whether Winthrop’s rank of Major was anything other than a courtesy title. Winthrop is buried in the Grove Street Cemetery, New Haven.
Location: MS 82809
This home on Pequot Avenue, Southport, Connecticut is a recently restored example of the Northrop Brothers fine carpentry and building in the Southport-Greeens Farms area.
Image Courtesy of David Parker Associates