Murders at Montville - Chapter 6
Marcus Aurelius Vose 1841-1895
Marcus Vose 1803-1878 & Hannah Rowell 1807-1849
Ebenezer Vose 1774-1829 & Nancy Lermond 1781-1811
Seth Vose 1734-1814 & Rachel Copeland 1750-1812
Jonathan Vose 1704-1760 & Mary Field 1710-1775
Thomas Vose, Jr. 1667-1722 & Hannah Badcock 1675-1732
Thomas Vose 1641-1708 & Waitstill Wyatt 1644-1727
Robert Vose 1599-1683 & Jane Mossock 1602-1675
Thomas Vose 1565-1641 & Margery Burscoe 1565-1608
Children of Marcus and Hannah Vose are daughters: Sarah Jane Vose, who married Alfred Howard; Phoebe Ann Vose, who married Willard Lucas Messer; Nancy Maria (Vose) Luther Booth, whose 3rd husband was Arunah Whitaker Jencks and Hannah Frances Vose, who married Reuben Coburn Averill, the older brother of Eveline “Eva” M. Averill, Marcus Aurelius Vose’s first wife.
The other children of Marcus Vose and Hannah Rowell include: Eliza Augusta Vose, a School Teacher, who never married; John Gilman Vose, who went to California with his cousins, George Wilson Rowell (Chapter 3) and Ebenezer E. Rowell. John G. Vose was the father of Newton John Vose (Chapter 10); youngest child of Marcus and Hannah was Warren L. Vose, who died in Montville at 2 years old.
Hannah Rowell was the daughter of Jacob Rowell, according to page 378 of “Robert Vose and His Descendants” (at archive.org – The Library of Congress website, membership required for access). The privately published genealogy was compiled by Ellen F. Vose, of Stoughton, Massachusetts, a very distant cousin to Marcus Vose.
Ellen F. Vose was the daughter of Jesse Vose and Frances E. Ellis, who were married in Dedham, Massachusetts on November 17, 1847.
Jesse Vose, a farmer, died in Milton, Massachusetts at age 42, of “Disease of Brain”. Jesse Vose was the son of Jesse Vose and Matilda Whiting, who lived to be 102 years old! Frances (Ellis) Vose died at 92 from Pneumonia and a Cerebral Embolism, as a contributing factor.
Hannah (Rowell) Vose died at the age of 41, in Montville, two weeks before her son Marcus’ 8th birthday. Hannah Vose left her husband, Marcus, five daughters and two sons, all still at home.
In 1850, in Montville, the family’s surname has been erroneously recorded as “Rose”. Marcus Rose [sic] 46, a farmer, his children, Sarah J. Rose 22, Phebe A. Rose 20, Nancy M. Rose 18, Hannah F. Rose 16, Eliza A. Rose 13, John G. Rose 11 and Marcus A. Rose, age 9.
In 1853, after the death of his first wife, Hannah Rowell in 1849, Marcus Vose, the elder, married Elmira Sprowl, from Appleton, Maine and had two more children. An unnamed daughter was born and died in August 1856. Their second daughter, May Abbie Vose, was born about two years later. May A. Vose married Charles Edgar Howard.
In 1860 Marcus Vose 56, his wife, Elmira Vose 37, Eliza Vose 23 and Marcus Vose 19, live in Montville. Baby, May A. Vose, was known as Abbie M. Messer, age 1 in that Census. [Illegible] Messer, a 5-year-old male, was also in the household. This is no doubt, grandson, Marcus F. Messer, the son of Phoebe Ann Vose, who died at age 28 and her husband, Willard Lucas Messer, who lives in Roxbury, Massachusetts.
In 1870, Marcus F. Messer, age 75 (age incorrect, should be 15) is still in the household with Marcus 66, Elmira 47 and Abbie H. Vose 11. In 1880, a 25-year-old Marcus F. Messer, is the "Grandson" of Elmira Vose 56, who is now the widowed, head of household, in Montville.
In 1900, Mark F. Messer, age 46, single, is still in Montville, but no longer with his grandmother, Elmira Vose. Marcus F. Messer never married and died of Chronic Nephritis at the age of 53. He was born in Roxbury and was employed as a painter at the time of his death.
In 1900, in Montville, Almira [sic] Vose 77, is living with her daughter, May A. Howard 42 and son-in-law, Charles Howard, also 42, a farmer. Their son, Loren Howard, is 17 years old and attends school.
In 1910, Elmira Vose is listed as “UNKNOWN Mother-in-law” 87, living with daughter, May A. Howard and son-in-law, Charles E. Howard, both 52. Loren W. Howard is 26 years old and single. On June 26, 1912 Loren W. Howard married the widow, Gertrude E. (Whitcomb) Fenwick. They had a daughter: Mildred E. (Howard) Giggey Pottle.
Elmira (Sprowl) Vose died the year after the Census, in Montville, at 88, from Pneumonia. Elmira Vose left daughter May E. Howard and a grandson, Loren W. Howard; also, step-daughter, Sarah J. Howard.
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May A. (Vose) Howard, Marcus’ half-sister, lived to the age of 95. She is buried with her husband, Charles and their son, Loren Howard.
Marcus Aurelius Vose, age 20, first enlisted for the Civil War in Montville on September 27, 1861 as a 1st Sergeant in Company B of the 1st Maine Cavalry. He must have been quite the horseman, having entered the service as a 20-year-old Sergeant. Marcus A. Vose was promoted the next year to 2nd Lieutenant by Brevet, in October 1862.
Marcus A. Vose reenlisted at age 22, on December 18, 1863 and was commissioned into Company H, in the 2nd Maine Cavalry. He is described as 5' 10" tall, with blue eyes, light hair and complexion. A Civil War photograph, shows him looking confident and handsome. In 1864, Marcus Vose was again promoted, to the rank of 1st Lieutenant, in Company M of the Maine Cavalry.
Marcus was wounded on an expedition under Colonel Spurling from Pensacola, Florida to Montgomery, Alabama in 1864. He was photographed at Montgomery on August 21, 1865 by Hinton & Cleary. He was mustered out at Fort Barrancas, Florida on December 6, 1865.
Marcus A. Vose chose to be mustered out in Florida and took a cash payment, in lieu of paid transportation back to Maine. His plan was to travel to Roxbury, Massachusetts, where his future wife lived.
Excerpted from The First Maine Bugle 1892: Lieut. Marcus A. Vose: Resident of Providence, Rhode Island; occupation - mason; Universalist - religious affiliation; Democrat - registered voter.
"Comrade Vose tells the following story of his service after leaving the First Maine Cavalry: Enlisted and commissioned as Lieutenant, Company H, Second Maine Cavalry, December 18th, 1863 at Augusta, Maine; left Portland with fourteen men and horses with Company I; shipped on board the ship Lancaster for New Orleans, Louisiana April 1864; were forty-five days going out; remained in Louisiana until July 1864; was in the Red River campaign."
"From Louisiana we embarked for Barrancas, Florida. After the fall of Forts Gaines and Morgan in Mobile Bay, I was detailed with Captain Johnson, with fifty men from different companies and placed on Dauphin Island where Fort Gaines is located, for guard duty. While on the Island, I was detailed by General Robinson as Adjutant General of the fort and forces on the Island, with headquarters in Fort Gaines."
"December 1864, we the Second Maine Cavalry detachment, moved from Dauphin Island to the rear of Mobile to do scouting duty. We had several skirmishes while there. In January 1865, we fell back to East Pescola, Mississippi January 30th, took transport back to Dauphin Island; remained on the Island till February 6th, then went to Barrancas, Florida. A brigade composed of a detail of the Second Maine Cavalry, Florida Cavalry and Sixth Pennsylvania Cavalry, under command of Lieut-Col. A. B. Spurling, left Pensacola, Florida March 1865 on a raid through the country to Montgomery, Alabama. Lieut. M. A. Vose was A.D.G. on Col. Spurling's staff."
"Fifty picked men and horses were detailed from the Brigade for advance guard under Lt. Vose; March 25th captured two trains of cars on the Mobile and Montgomery, Alabama railroad, loaded with rebel soldiers and a rebel paymaster, with lots of rebel money. March 28th, I was wounded at Muddy Creek Bridge, which was found destroyed so we couldn't get our horses across."
" I was detailed with fourteen of my men to dismount and cross the bridge the best way we could and go a proper distance and do guard duty while the bridge was being repaired. After going a short distance, we came to another stream - just beyond it were breastworks thrown up. A shot was fired on our right and my sergeant exclaimed "The rebs are flanking us." Thinking we were flanked, every man fell back. The rebs behind the works opened fire on us. I and nine of my fourteen were wounded."
"Col. Spurling came over with over two hundred dismounted men and charged the works, but the rebs had left. Dr. Martin, our surgeon, probed my wound and took the bullet out and I went on duty with the guard again. March 29th, joined Gen. Steele's force; April 1st advanced on Blakely, took one hundred prisoners and one battle flag; April 7th went on a scout dressed in gray, captured one captain and lieutenant and seven privates; one killed. "
"April 8th made an assault on Fort Blakely with Gen. French's colored troops; captured two thousand prisoners; April 16th we entered Montgomery, Alabama and heard the news that President Lincoln had been assassinated; remained in Montgomery until October 1865. I was promoted to first lieutenant, Company M, Second Maine Cavalry May 1st 1865. Joined the regiment at Barrancas, Florida October 1st, 1865. October 13, I was detailed as agent of the Bureau of Refugees, Freedman and Abandoned Lands; November 10th was placed in command of Pensacola with Company M. Was mustered out at Barrancas, December 6th, 1865."
“Although the harbor of Mobile Bay had been closed to blockade running traffic since mid-summer 1864 with Admiral David G. Farragut's victory there, the port city of Mobile still remained in Confederate control. In late March 1865, two Federal infantry columns converged on the defenses of the city at Fort Blakely and Spanish Fort.
One force of 13,000 Union soldiers commanded by Gen. Frederick Steele moved west from Pensacola with orders to take Blakely from the rear. Union Gen. Edward R.S. Canby’s Sixteenth and Thirteenth Corps moved north along the eastern shore of the bay in March 1865, forcing Confederates there to fall back north into their defenses.
By April 1st, Union forces had enveloped Spanish Fort. Brig. Gen. St. John R. Liddell, with about 4,000 men, held out against the much larger Union force until it fell on April 8th, allowing Canby to concentrate 16,000 men for the attack on Fort Blakely the next day.
The Union's overwhelming numbers in both columns eventually breached the Confederate earthworks compelling the Confederates to capitulate, six hours after Robert E. Lee surrendered his army at Appomattox, Virginia. The siege and capture of Fort Blakely was the last combined-force battle of the war. African-American forces played a major role in the successful Union assault.”
With the Civil War over, Lt. Vose returned to New England and on June 11, 1866 in Roxbury, Marcus A. Vose 24, occupation "Mason", married Eva M. Averill, age 22 (she is 24 and he is 25). Eveline "Eva" M. Averill, was the younger sister of Reuben Coburn Averill, who had married Marcus' older sister, Hannah Vose, also in Roxbury.
Marcus Vose and Eveline Averill had a daughter, Clara L. Vose, born in Roxbury on Christmas day, who died two days later. “Mark Vose has lost his little babe, it was only a day or two old. It was brought home and is buried today. Eva feels bad no doubt. It is the last day of the year.” From the December 31, 1867 account, in the journals of Hollis M. Howard, a farmer and schoolteacher. Hollis M. Howard was a cousin to Alfred Howard (husband of Sarah J. Vose), Marcus Vose’s brother-in-law.
In Providence, in 1870, William Vase [sic], age 3, born in Rhode Island, lives with Marcus Vose, occupation, “Mason” and Emma [sic] W. Vose. There is no relationship to head of household listed during this Census, so it is unclear who this child may have been, but he is not enumerated with Marcus Vose in the 1880 Census.
Eveline M. Averill was born in Montville, the youngest child of Nathaniel C. Averill, a shipbuilder and Ann Woodman, who were married on October 3, 1823 in Alna, Maine and had eight children. Their marriage is also recorded in Wiscasset, Maine on the same day.
In 1850, Eveline M. Averill, age 8, lives in Montville with her parents, Nathaniel Averill 53, Ann Averill 51 and their other children, Reuben Averill 18, Nathaniel Averill 16 and Mary F. Averill 10.
In 1860, Eva Averill 17, is living in Ward 1, Roxbury with her brothers, Nathaniel Averill 25 and Reuben Averill 28. Eva is employed as a Domestic and her brothers are both Carpenters. They live in the home of their older sister, Emily Mellus 34 and her husband, Wm Mellus 37, also a Carpenter by trade.
In 1865, Eva Averill 23, is still in Roxbury, but now she is in Ward 5, living with another older sister, Mary F. Barteaux and her husband, Judson Barteaux, both age 25.
Eva’s brother, Reuben C. Averill married Hannah Vose (Marcus’ sister) on January 9, 1855 in Roxbury. The couple returned to Montville where Hannah (Vose) Averill died, less than a year later, at age 21.
In January 1868, Ann (Woodman) Averill died at age 68, on Shawmut Avenue in Boston, Massachusetts, of Congenital Brain Disease. Eva (Averill) Vose lost her mother, all too soon after the death of baby, Clara L. Vose, the month before. Eva herself, was in ill health.
January 18, 1868 – Montville, as recorded by Hollis M. Howard on the death of Eva’s mother, Mrs. Ann Averill:
“Came directly home, they were digging Mrs. Averells [sic] grave on the old place when I came along. She died in Boston and will be brought home and buried. Benj. Norton who stops at Mr. Averells came up to get me to go down and set up tonight. I was preparing to go down when he got here.”
“I accordingly went down, met the family with much friendship as I always do; they opened the box and took out the coffin after which the family went in to see her; it was a mournful scene; she looked just as natural as if she had been asleep; dear, kind Mrs. Averell, she was a good woman; we shall miss her so much, got home at last.”
“Mrs. Mellus, Mrs. Robinson and Mrs. Bartow [sic] came down with the corpse. We enjoyed an evening of quiet conversation, before the family retired for the night.”
January 19, 1868 Sunday: “Pleasant; went to Mrs. Averells funeral, services at the house; speaking by a medium, Mrs. Doty, “Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God”. A very good discourse, many excellent truths were spoken, her address to the mourners was very affecting and as beautiful as any words I ever heard spoken on such an occasion. We sung twice, “Joyfully, joyfully, onward I move,” and “There is an hour of peaceful rest.” Sung very well I thought. The children took her death very hard; the procession formed and moved to the grave, and so this is the last of earth.”
February 3, 1868 Monday: “A new clearing this morning, a very cold day, strong wind from the N.W. I wrote an obituary notice of Mother Averell and carried it down; was at home in P.M. heard that Eva Vose is not expected to live; dear Eva, may God be merciful to her and spare her if consistent with the divine Will; I will copy the obituary notice in full as I wrote it for publication.”
“In Roxbury Mass. Jan. 17, Mrs. Ann, wife of Nathaniel Averell of Montville, aged 68 yrs. 11 mos.
In the death of this most estimable woman, the community, the neighborhood and most of all her family circle suffer an irreparable loss. In all the relations of life as a wife, mother, neighbor and a friend she was ever watchful for the happiness of others, casting an influence of peace and harmony on all with whom she was surrounded. Loving and gentle in her disposition, having charity for all - in her life was exemplified in an eminent manner the beauty and simplicity of the Gospel of Peace, that faith which worketh by love. But she has passed away from earth, no more shall we hear her voice, no more behold the one who was so much beloved, yet the example of a pure and holy life still remains for our imitation although she rests from her earthly labors. Farewell then dear Mother, yet not a long farewell, we shall meet thee again in the beautiful Sumer-Land where fragrant flowers bloom immortal and Peace, Hope and Love fold earth’s weary children in a fond embrace; and may we so closely follow thy pure example that it may be said of us at life’s close, as it can truly be said of thee, --Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God. -- H.M.H.”
Eva Overill [sic] Vose, wife of Marcus Vose, daughter of Nathaniel and Ann, died of Tuberculosis in (Roxbury) Boston, at the age of 29.
Eva’s father Nathaniel, brother Nathaniel and sister Susan Jane (Averill) Robinson would all die from pneumonia in the coming years.
A little more than a year after his first wife, Eva’s death, Marcus A. Vose married on March 23, 1873 in Boston to Elizabeth A. Mellen. Marcus A. Vose is 31 and Elizabeth A. Mellen, age 24.
Marcus and Elizabeth Vose had daughter, Eva Maria Vose, born in Providence. Eva M. Vose died in Providence, at age 6, before the next Census. Mary or May Etta Vose was also born in Providence. May E. Vose never married and died in Providence at age 55 of Pneumonia.
In 1880, in Providence, Marcus A. Vose 38, Mason, Elizabeth A. Vose 30, his wife, their daughter May E. Vose 5 and Maria N. Booth 48, all live together. Maria is Marcus's sister, works in a Screw Factory and is the wife of Oliver Booth, who she married on December 24, 1877.
On June 1, 1885, during the Census in Providence, Marcus A. Vose is a 44- year-old, married head of household, occupation Mason.
Marcus A. Vose applied for and received his Civil War Pension on January 18, 1888. After his death, His widow, Elizabeth applied for his pension under a "Special Act", that was approved on April 27, 1906. She continued to receive payments until her death.
“CHAP. 2022 – An Act Granting an increase of pension to Elizabeth A. Vose. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, that the Secretary of the Interior be, and he is hereby, authorized and directed to place on the pension roll, subject to the provisions and limitations of the pension laws, the name of Elizabeth A. Vose, widow of Marcus A. Vose, late first lieutenant Company M, Second Regiment Maine Volunteer Cavalry, and pay her a pension at the rate of twelve dollars per month in lieu of that she is now receiving.”
The daughter of Marcus Vose and Elizabeth Mellon [sic], Lula Maud Vose, was born in Rhode Island. Lula or Lulu Maud Vose first married Lisle Graham Austin on July 10, 1904 in Providence. They had a daughter Hazel Vose Austin, who was born in Providence.
Hazel V. Austin, age 1 month, is enumerated in 1905 as living with her grandmother, Elizabeth A. Vose, Marcus’ widow. In 1910, Elizabeth A. Vose, widow, age 61, lives in Providence with her three daughters, May E. Vose 33, Lula M. Austin 26 and Ethel St. C. Vose 17. Hazel V. Austin, age 4, Lula’s daughter, is also in the household.
Elizabeth A. Vose is the mother of 4 children, with three still alive according to the 1910 Census. Her daughter, May E. Vose is employed as a chain maker in a Jewelry Shop, Lulu M. Austin is employed as a Packer at a Meat Supplier and Ethel St. C. Vose works as a Stenographer at a manufacturing facility. Elizabeth tends to Hazel Austin at home.
Lulu shows her status as married for six years, but she and Lisle separated before 1910, when he left Rhode Island and never returned.
In 1915, Mary (May) E. Vose 39, her niece, Hazel Austin 9 and Lulu Austin, 32, all live together in Providence. Mary Vose now has no occupation, but Lulu Austin still works processing dried meat products.
Lula Maud Vose married Franklin Lincoln Staples and they lived in Warwick with Hazel V. Clifford and her son Frank L. Clifford. In 1930, in Kent, Rhode Island, Frank L. Staples 68, is by far the wealthiest person in his neighborhood with $22,000 worth of personal property.
It is unclear whom Hazel Vose (Austin) Clifford’s husband may have been, but she was married at age 18, in about 1923, according to the 1930 Census. Hazel Clifford lists her status as “Widowed” during the 1940 Census. She never lived with a Mr. Clifford according to records.
When Hazel’s son, Frank L. Clifford died in New London, Connecticut, the father is listed as Austin. Perhaps Hazel Vose Austin wasn’t actually married to a Mr. Clifford? There is no record of it.
Frank L. Clifford died from lung cancer, allegedly due to asbestos exposure, when he was employed as a radiation control specialist from 1959 to 1970. His widow Jane Sullivan Clifford, filed a lawsuit against General Dynamics Corporation for the denial of his death benefits.
See the case here:
In 1925, Frank Staples 65, is enumerated with his mother, Ellen Staples 95, in North Smithfield. In 1930, in Warwick, Frank L. Staples 68, Lulu M. Staples 46, have Hazel V. Clifford 24 and her son, Frank L. Clifford 5, living with them. Hazel Clifford is a Clerk in a Drugstore.
In 1935, Frank and Lulu Staples live at 199 Harrison Avenue, in the Village of Lakewood, Warwick, Rhode Island. Lula Maud Staples died in Warwick, at age 51. She was the wife of Frank W. Staples, at the time.
In 1940, Frank L. Staples, age 79, lives in Warwick with his (step-) daughter Hazel Clifford 33 and her son, Frank Clifford 14. Frank Staples is retired and Hazel is a Medical Clerk. They both list their marital status as “W” (widowed). Frank Clifford is in the 8th grade at school.
Frank Lincoln Staples, age 85, born in Slatersville, Rhode Island, Horse Trainer, died in Warwick. Although his status is shown as married at his death, he was the widower of Lola [sic] Vose. During the 1935 Census, Frank L. Staples shows his birth year as 1851, making him 95. This is likely an error, because all other records show 1860 or 1861.
Frank L. Staples, 33-year-old, Horse Trainer, first married 19-year-old Maud Laugheed on November 28, 1893 in North Smithfield, Rhode Island. They had three daughters: Ellen Annis Staples, Caroline “Carrie” Elizabeth Staples and Jessie D. Staples.
Ellen Annis Staples 18, married Albert Bushnell Johnson 43 on November 16, 1912 in Providence. Albert B. Johnson was a Professor at Brown University when he obtained a passport on June 2, 1900. He travelled to Spain and France from December 1905 to September 1906.
Albert Bushnell Johnson had been married to Mrs. Clara M. Kent on June 2, 1911 in East Providence, Rhode Island. The date conflicts with Albert B. Johnson’s return to the US on the Winifredian, which sailed from Liverpool, England on August 12, 1911. It is unclear what may have happened to Clara M. Johnson after their very brief marriage.
While he was married to Ellen, from July to September 1914, Albert B. Johnson had been in Italy, France and England, where he was a professor of Romance Languages and Literature. Albert Bushnell Johnson was a professor from 1916-1917 at Michigan State University.
On June 1, 1920, Albert B. Johnson obtained a passport to travel to Cuba, Panama and Costa Rica. He sailed from New York aboard “The United Fruit Company S.S.” on June 19, 1920. He is described as 5’5” tall, with dark complexion, brown eyes, gray hair, straight nose, high forehead, with a round face and chin. He has a distinguishing mark of a scar from an appendectomy. It does not give his marital status.
On May 22, 1923, Albert Bushnell was issued another passport to travel to Brazil and Argentina for Travel and Study. He had lost his original passport from June 1920. He is a College Professor traveling with his wife (Marion C.), whom he married on October 29, 1921. They sailed out of New York, aboard the Vandyck on June 30, 1923.
Ellen Annis (Staples) Johnson was a “Nurse” and died at age 40, in Northampton, Massachusetts. Albert Bushnell Johnson died at age 73 in Sarasota, Florida. He left his wife, Marion C. Johnson, in Sarasota.
THE ALBERT BUSHNELL JOHNSON PRIZES IN FRENCH are derived from part of the income of the Albert Bushnell Johnson Fund, bequeathed to the (Brown) University in 1949 by Edward K. Aldrich, Jr. and are awarded each year to the two members of the freshman class who are found to excel in preparatory French.
The daughter of Frank L. Staples and Maud Laugheed, Carrie E. Staples married Thomas A. Ridgeway, although when is unclear. Carrie Elizabeth (Staples) Ridgeway died at age 30 in Providence.
Frank and Maud Staples divorced and both were remarried.
Maud (Laugheed) Staples married on July 20, 1920 to John Godard Richardson, Stable Keeper and Doctor of Veterinary Science, an 1896 graduate of the Veterinary College at New York University. Maud Staples (divorced) and Dr. John G. Richardson (widowed) were already living together in 1920, in Providence during the Census.
Hazel Vose (Austin) Loren Burton, born in Burrillville, Rhode Island, died in Hendersonville, Tennessee at age 92. Hazel (Austin) Burton is buried in Acotes Hill Cemetery in Glocester, Rhode Island.
Hazel’s father, Lisle Graham Austin was born in Kingstown, St. Vincent, British West Indies, the son of William G. Austin and Catherine Williams. In 1905, Lisle is living in Providence. In 1910 Lisle has begun to move across the country and now lives in Atlantic City, Wyoming with his business partner, William Harris. Lisle's father was born in New York and his mother in the West Indies according to this Census report.
According to his WWI Draft Card, Lisle Graham Austin was born on July 21, 1881 and lives in Omaha, Nebraska in 1918. He has a new wife Vada, listed on this document. In 1920, Lysle G. Austin, born 1882, lives in Omaha with wife Vada C., age 22 and daughter Eunice S. Austin, age 6, both born in Wyoming. Veda Carolyn Myers and Lisle G. Austin also have a child, Betty Jean, who was born in Nebraska.
In 1930, claiming to be widowed, Bada [sic] C. Austin 33 and her daughters Eunice L. Austin 16 and Betty G. Austin, age 9 live in Los Angeles, California. Vada's mother was born in Iowa and father Wyoming. Veda Caroline (Myers) Austin is buried in Lander, Wyoming with her parents Orren Orlando Myers and Sophia Heaton Goodrich.
1940 in Los Angeles, shows 52-year-old, born in Rhode Island, Lisle G. Austin, who is now divorced. His year of birth varies in records from 1877 to 1886, but his name and place of birth are consistent. In 1942, Lisle Graham Austin, born July 21, 1877, age 64, registers for the WWII Draft in San Pedro, California. Lyle Graham Austin, born July 21, 1886 in Rhode Island, died in Los Angeles. He was actually 77 years old.
Another daughter of Marcus Vose and Elizabeth Mellen, was Ethel St. Clair Vose, born in Massachusetts. Ethel Vose was just a toddler when her father Marcus died and hopefully didn’t remember him. Although his older daughters May and Lula probably did with sadness.
On May 28, 1913, Ethel St. Clair Vose married Luigi Guglielmo Capuano and they had seven children before 1940. Louis W. Capuano died shortly after the 1940 Census and left a widow, with six children, still at home, the youngest was only nine.
Ethel St. Clare (Vose) Capuano died in Rhode Island. Some of the descendants of Marcus Vose and Elizabeth Mellen still reside there. The second wife of Marcus A. Vose, Elizabeth Anna Mellen, was born in Boston, Massachusetts. She was the daughter of Frank Mellen and Henrietta, according to her marriage record to Marcus A. Vose.
Franklin Mellen and Henrietta E. Randall were married in Hanover, Massachusetts on August 28, 1853 and have the births recorded for children: Eveline Jane Sinclair Mellen and Isaac F. Mellen, both born in Weymouth, Massachusetts.
In 1855 in Weymouth, Massachusetts, Franklin Mellen 27 and wife Henretta [sic] Mellen 25, have daughters Eliza A. Mellen 7 and Evelina J. Mellen, age 1. In North Abington, Massachusetts, in 1860, Franklin Mellen 32 and Henrietta C. Mellen 31, live with their children Eliz [sic] A. Mellen 11, E. I. (Eveline J.) Mellen 5, Isaac F. Mellen 2 and Celia F. Mellen, age 0. Franklin Mellen is employed as an Auctioneer.
Henrietta E. Randall was the daughter of Stephen Randall and Rachel M. Tirrell. Henrietta (Randall) Mellen died in Boston, at 34 of Tuberculosis. She left her husband, Franklin Mellen and four children.
In 1865, Franklin Mellen is a 36-year-old, widowed, Clerk, living in Boston, with his three youngest children, Evangeline S. Mellen 10, Isaac F. Mellen 7 and Celia F. Mellen, age 5. Elizabeth A. Mellen is not there.
Frank Mellen’s children never lived with their father again.
In 1870, Frank Mellen 40, a Boot and Shoe Maker, living in Ward 8 Boston, in the home of his future wife, Laura Fletcher 32, Eliza Fletcher 75 and 4 others. On August 3, 1871, Franklin Mellen 43, occupation Auctioneer, married Laura M. Fletcher 39, in Boston.
Laura M. Fletcher was born in Dalton, New Hampshire, the daughter of John Caswell Fletcher and Elizabeth H. Taylor, who were married in Littleton, New Hampshire. It is first marriage for Laura M. Fletcher and second for the widower, Franklin Mellen.
The 1880 Census, in Township 101, Dakota Territory, records show Franklin Mellen 52, a Farmer, born in Massachusetts and his wife M. Laura Mellen 37, born in New Hampshire, as living there. They do not have any children in 1880 and there are no other records for any.
According to the “History of Minnehaha County, North Dakota” by Dana R. Bailey, published in 1899, page 280, a biography is written for: “MELLEN, FRANK, is a native of Boston, Mass., and was born May 18, 1828. He learned the shoemaker’s trade and worked at it for several years. Resided for some time in Connecticut and came from there to this county on the 15th day of August 1874 and located in Valley Springs, taking up a homestead in sections 3 and 10 of that Township. He has resided in the village of Valley Springs since its incorporation, engaged in the hotel business during the entire time. He has been a justice of the peace a good many years and has practiced law in the justice court since coming to Dakota and has acquired quite a good knowledge of law. He is an active, energetic and independent citizen and is quite a factor in the affairs of the village of Valley Springs”
In 1900, in Split Rock & Valley Springs, North Dakota, Frank Mellen 72, lives with his wife Lara [sic] Mellen 67 and their granddaughter, Etta Mellen, age 14. Lara Mellen reports that she is the mother of one child, who is no longer alive. This child, would have had to be a son, born in about 1866, five years before her marriage to Franklin Mellen.
In the 1905 South Dakota Census, Laura Mellen 76, has been a resident of South Dakota for 32 years, arriving in 1873. Her husband, Frank Mellen, had died the previous year and has no record in 1905.
So, Etta Mellen must be the adopted granddaughter of Frank and Laura Mellen. In 1910, Laura Mellen 81, a Widow, who has her Own Income, is still living in Valley Springs, now claiming to have no children. Granddaughter, Etta Mellen has no record beyond the 1880 Census.
Frank Mellen and his wife, Laura M. Mellen are buried in Pleasant View Cemetery in Valley Springs, Minnehaha County, South Dakota.
In 1870, Elizabeth 'Lizzie' Mellon 22, works in a card factory and lives in Ward 14, Boston, in the home of Wm Millers 45, a Dry Goods Clerk, Emma Millers 50 and Alzira Millers 22.
In 1870, Elizabeth’s younger siblings, Eva Mellen 15, Isaac Mellen 12 and Celia Mellen 11, are living and attending school in Enfield, New Hampshire with the North Family United Society of Shakers.
Elizabeth’s brother, Isaac F. Mellen disappears from records after 1870. Eva Mellen 25 and her sister Celia Mellen 20, are still live in Enfield, New Hampshire, with the Shakers in 1880. In 1900, Celia Mellen, is still there, as a head of household, in a communal home, with 18 Members, male and female, ranging in age from 2 to 72.
Eva S. Mellen 45, has moved to Concord, New Hampshire in 1900, and is employed as a Servant in the home of Arthur Theobald. Arthur is a 36-year-old Electrician, with a wife and child. During the 1880 Census, Arthur Theobald 15, was also a resident of the Shaker Village in Enfield.
In 1910, Eva S. Mellen 54 and her sister, Celia F. Mellen 50 are living together again, at 20 Coleman Street, in Boston, each working by the day as a Seamstress. Their sister, Elizabeth Vose is in Rhode Island.
In Underhill, Chittenden County, Vermont in 1920, Eva Mellen 64, lives with her sister, Celia F. Mellen 60, in the household of their step-brother, Henry Johnston 59, a dairy farmer, born in Massachusetts.
Step-brother? How is that? Henry Johnston indicates that he is divorced and that both of his parents were born in Scotland. Perhaps he was also at Enfield, with the Shakers, but I have yet to discover that.
Cecelia Frances Mellen died at age 81, in Epping, New Hampshire. Her sister, Eva S. Mellen is not found in records after 1920.
Lieutenant Marcus Aurelius Vose died in the Howard Insane Asylum in Rhode Island, after a period of declining health. He was 54 years old. He left his 2nd wife Elizabeth A. (Mellen) Vose and three daughters, May Etta Vose, Lula Maud Vose and Ethel St. Clair Vose.
Marcus A. Vose left two sisters, Sarah Jane Howard, Nancy Maria Jencks and a brother, John Gilman Vose, many nieces, nephews and grandchildren, in Maine, Massachusetts and California.
Marcus was predeceased by 1st wife Eva M. (Averill) Vose and their newborn daughter, Clara L. Vose; also, his 6-year-old daughter, Eva Maria Vose, with 2nd wife, Elizabeth A. Mellen.
Marcus A. Vose was also predeceased by his parents, Marcus and Hannah Vose, brother Warren L. Vose, three sisters, Hannah Frances (Vose) Averill, Phebe Ann (Vose) Messer and Eliza Augusta Vose.
Marcus A. Vose’s obituary appeared in The Maine Bugle in 1895.
Transcribed from The Maine Bugle-1895
"Marcus A. Vose, Lieutenant Co. B, First Maine Cavalry, and Lieutenant Co. H, Second Maine Cavalry, died Thursday, March 14, 1895 at 11:30 p.m., at the Howard Insane Asylum, Providence, R.I. He was taken with a shock; his right side being paralyzed. He had been an inmate of the hospital since last September. He was taken with epileptic fits and suffered terrible agony. The doctors pronounced the case paralysis of the brain. Tuesday March 14, at 4 a.m. he became unconscious and remained so until his death. He left a widow and three daughters. His daughter May writes also, the following facts: Father received the BUGLE you so kindly sent him and would sit for hours and read its contents. He has had the worst of luck and sickness most all the time. Up to last September he had not worked for a year, had run behind in his debts and could get no light work to do. His health has been so poor, he could not work at his trade. He grew so discouraged that he attempted to take his life. He received a pension of twenty-seven dollars a month but it was not enough to support his family. Father was almost totally deaf; it preyed upon his mind, too. The funeral was held at Christ church, Tuesday, March 19. Father has wanted to attend the regimental reunions, but circumstances have prevented. I have seen him moved to tears when he would receive news of the reunions."
Marcus Aurelius Vose became the sixth casualty of the family affliction that would continue to claim victims into the 20th century.
Marcus Vose, was probably a first-hand witness to his mother-in-law, Ann Averill’s death, from Congenital Brain Disease, 2 decades before he would suffer a similar fate. Marcus’ hearing loss may have been due to Civil War service, from weapons discharging during battle. A disproportionate number of Veterans did suffer from hearing loss.
Marcus Vose’s profession as a Mason did not require the use of deadly chemicals, so his occupational hazards were probably low and most likely did not contribute to his eventual mental status.
In his final days, it appears that Marcus suffered from what we would most certainly recognize as a stroke. He also appears to have been depressed for a variety of reasons and suicidal for several months before his death. Although he probably experienced seizures, it is very doubtful that he had epilepsy, but that is how his ‘fits’ were described.
Elizabeth (Mellen) Vose lived as a widow for nearly 20 years, after Marcus’ death, before she died in Providence. She is buried with her husband Marcus Aurelius Vose in North Burial Ground in Providence.
Elizabeth Vose left two daughters, May Etta Vose and Lula Maud (Vose) Staples; also, two sisters, Celia F. Mellen and Eveline J. S. Mellen.
Elizabeth A. (Mellen) Vose was predeceased by her parents, Franklin Mellen and Henrietta Randall; daughter Eva Maria Vose.
 Marcus A. Vose b Feb 23, 1841 d Mar 15, 1895; son of Marcus Vose 1803-1878 & Hannah Rowell 1807-1849
 Marcus Vose b Nov 11, 1803 d Dec 2, 1878; son of Ebenezer Vose 1774-1829 & Nancy Lermond 1781-1811
 Hannah Rowell b Oct 27, 1807 d Feb 9, 1849; dau of Jacob Rowell 1773-1831 & Unknown
 John Alden, Sr. b 1598 d Sep 12, 1687; born at Harwich, Tending Dist., Essex, England; died at S. Duxbury, MA
 Priscilla Mullins b 1602 d 1685; dau of William Mullins 1572-1621 & Alice Atwood 1575-1621
 Sarah J. Vose b Apr 10, 1829 d Mar 8, 1912; dau of Marcus Vose 1803-1878 & Hannah Rowell 1807-1849
 Alfred Howard b Mar 8, 1826 d Feb 8, 1906; son of Isaac Howard 1790-1830 & Anna Ripley 1800-1828
 Phoebe A. Vose b Nov 19, 1830 d May 4, 1858; dau of Marcus Vose 1803-1878 & Hannah Rowell 1807-1849
 Willard L. Messer b Jul 20, 1828 d Jan 23, 1889; son of George W. Messer 1807-1880+ & Mary C. Lucas 1809-1870+
 Nancy M. Vose b Mar 15, 1832 d Mar 24, 1900; dau of Marcus Vose 1803-1878 & Hannah Rowell 1807-1849
 Arunah W. Jenks b Aug 8, 1827 d May 16, 1910; son of Hollis King Jenckes 1789-1860 & Molly Burr 1787-1859
 Hannah F. Vose b Sep 16, 1834 d Nov 16, 1855; dau of Marcus Vose 1803-1878 & Hannah Rowell 1807-1849
 Reuben C. Averill b Jan 14, 1832 d Aug 28, 1923; son of Nathaniel Averill 1796-1873 & Ann Woodman 1799-1868
 Eliza Augusta Vose b Dec 4, 1845 d Mar 10, 1869; dau of Marcus Vose 1803-1878 & Hannah Rowell 1807-1849
 Teacher at the Vose Schoolhouse; associate of Hollis M. Howard 1838-1913, author of Montville Journals
 John G. Vose b Mar 19, 1839 d Nov 3, 1905; son of Marcus Vose 1803-1878 & Hannah Rowell 1807-1849
 George W. Rowell b Jun 15, 1836 d Jan 25, 1879; son of Daniel Rowell 1811-1888 & Hannah Vose 1817-1877
 Ebenezer E. Rowell b Nov 29, 1837 d Aug 5, 1863; son of Daniel Rowell 1811-1888 & Hannah Vose 1817-1877
 Newton John Vose b Apr 23, 1869 d Apr 30, 1934; son of John G. Vose 1839-1903 & Ann Dent 1846-1886
 Warren L. Vose b Dec 27, 1844 d Dec 28, 1846; son of Marcus Vose 1803-1878 & Hannah Rowell 1807-1849
 Hellen “Ellen” Frances Vose b Jun 12, 1850 d Feb 4, 1936; dau of Jesse Vose 1819-1862 & Frances Ellis 1826-1919
 Frances Ellis b May 1826 d Mar 3, 1919; dau of Colburn Ellis 1792-1864 & Lucy Ellis 1797-1876
 Jesse Vose b Dec 5, 1819 d Feb 15, 1862; son of Jesse Vose 1783-1834 & Matilda Whiting 1788-1891
 Jesse Vose b Jan 23, 1783 d Jul 19, 1834; son of Benjamin Vose 1744-1815 & Esther Sumner 1750-1804
 Matilda Whiting b Jul 17, 1788 d Feb 25, 1891; dau of Joshua Whiting 1758-1842 & Mary Ellis 1760-1825
 Thomas Vose, Jr. b 1667 d Aug 16, 1722; son of Thomas Vose 1641-1708 & Waitstill Wyatt 1644-1727
 Hannah Badcock b May 23, 1675 d Oct 20, 1732; dau of Samuel Badcock 1650- & Hannah Ernes -1723
 Elmira Sprowl b Jan 7, 1823 d Oct 16, 1911; dau of John Sprowl 1794-1869 & Abigail Thompson 1801-1883
 May A. Vose b Oct 1, 1858 d Sep 28, 1954; dau of Marcus Vose 1803-1878 & Elmira Sprowl 1823-1911
 Charles E. Howard b Apr 7, 1858 d Mar 28, 1934; son of Lewis Howard 1832-1884 & Hannah Gowin 1834-1869
 Marcus F. Messer b Aug 31, 1854 d Jan 9, 1908; son of Phoebe A. Vose 1830-1858 & Willard L. Messer 1828-1889
 Loren Walter Howard b Oct 7, 1883 d Dec 27, 1969; son of Charles Howard 1858-1934 & May A. Vose 1858-1954
 Gertrude Whitcomb b Jun 17, 1888 d Nov 5, 1980; dau of Roscoe Whitcomb 1852-1923 & Eva Woodbury 1850-1932
 Mildred E. Howard b Mar 21, 1915 d Mar 6, 2006; dau of Loren Howard 1883-1969 & Gertrude Whitcomb 1888-1980
 Honorary promotion in recognition of gallant conduct or other meritorious service during the Civil War
 Brigadier General Andrew Barclay Spurling b Mar 20, 1833 d Aug 13, 1906; Union Army, US Civil War
 Series of battles fought along the Red River in Louisiana between March 10 and May 22, 1864
Adjutant General; responsible for providing personnel support and by keeping soldiers combat-ready
 A low temporary fortification, often an earthwork thrown up to breast height to protect defenders
 Frederick Steele b Jan 14, 1819 d Jan 12, 1868; West Point Graduate, Career Military, Union Army Major General
 In Baldwin County, Alabama; last major ground battle of the Civil War as part of the Mobile Campaign
 Abraham Lincoln b Feb 12, 1089 d Apr 15, 1865; 16th President of the United States from Mar 1861-Apr 1865
 Freedman's Bureau; est 1865 to aid freed slaves in the South during the Reconstruction era of US
 Eveline M. Averill b May 24, 1842 d Jan 2, 1872; dau of Nathaniel Averill 1796-1873 & Ann Woodman 1799-1868
 Clara L. Vose b Dec 25, 1867 d Dec 27, 1867; dau of Eveline Averill 1842-1872 & Marcus A. Vose 1841-1895
 Hollis M. Howard b May 21, 1838 d Aug 22, 1913; son of Samuel Howard 1796-1870 & Lucy Ripley 1796-1883
 William Vose b 1867 d unknown; born in Rhode Island, son of Unknown Vose & Unknown
 Nathaniel C. Averell b Feb 12, 1796 d Aug 28, 1873; son of John Averill 1753-1838 & Mary Stewart 1756-1834
 Anna Woodman b Feb 6, 1799 d Jan 17, 1868; born Wiscasset, dau of Armstrong Woodman & Susannah Robbins, born MA
 Nathaniel C. Averill, Jr. b Jan 1, 1834 d Apr 6, 1906; son of Nathaniel Averill 1796-1873 & Ann Woodman 1799-1868
 Mary Frances Averill b Nov 23, 1840 d Jan 12, 1928; dau of Nathaniel Averill 1796-1873 & Ann Woodman 1799-1868
 Emily Ann Averill b Jul 3, 1824 d Aug 5, 1909; dau of Nathaniel Averill 1796-1873 & Ann Woodman 1799-1868
 William C. Mellus b Oct 1822 d Aug 1, 1901; son of John Mellus & Mary Averill 1788-1833
 Adoniram Judson Barteaux b Jul 30, 1839 d Jun 1, 1927; son of Robert Barteaux 1804-1876 & Olive Wheelock 1806-1857
 Benjamin F. Norton b Oct 21, 1842 d Oct 17, 1874; son of David Norton 1797-1876 & Elizabeth Gray 1797-1860
 Susan Jane Averill b Jan 17, 1828 d Jan 10, 1909; dau of Nathaniel Averill 1796-1873 & Ann Woodman 1799-1868
 Medium of Spiritualism: 19th Century religion based on the belief that departed souls can interact with the living
 Betsey M. Herrick b Jun 25, 1820 d Feb 25, 1889; wife of John Freeman Doty b Aug 24, 1824 d Dec 1, 1870
 Elizabeth Anna Mellen b Sep 1849 d Sep 26, 1914; dau of Franklin Mellen 1828-1904 & Henrietta Randall 1830-1864
 Eva Maria Vose b Nov 21, 1873 d Dec 24, 1879; dau of Marcus Vose 1841-1895 & Elizabeth Mellen 1849-1914
 May Etta Vose b May 16, 1875 d Dec 25, 1930; dau of Marcus Vose 1841-1895 & Elizabeth Mellen 1849-1914
 Lula M. Vose b Oct 12, 1882 d Mar 13, 1939; dau of Marcus Vose 1841-1895 & Elizabeth Mellen 1849-1914
 Lisle G. Austin b Jul 21, 1877 d Feb 8, 1954; son of William G. Austin & Catherine Williams b West Indies
 Hazel Vose Austin b May 21, 1905 d Feb 19, 2002; dau of Lulu M. Vose 1882-1939 & Lisle G. Austin 1877-1954
 Franklin L. Staples b May 17, 1861 d Feb 16, 1946; son of George W. Staples 1824-1896 & Ellen F. Bellows 1831-1926
 Frank L. Clifford b Jun 26, 1925 d Feb 26, 1989; son of Mr. Clifford & Hazel V. Austin 1905-2002?
 Jane Sullivan b Mar 6, 1933 d Oct 3, 2001; dau of Sullivan
 Maud Laugheed b Aug 20, 1874 d Oct 1, 1947; dau of William Laugheed 1853-1880+ & Augusta Tillman 1853-1880+
 Ellen H. Staples b Aug 1894 d Jun 25, 1935; dau of Frank Staples 1861-1946 & Maud Laugheed 1874-1947
 Caroline Staples b Dec 4, 1897 d Jan 28, 1927; dau of Frank Staples 1861-1946 & Maud Laugheed 1874-1947
 Jessie D. Staples b Nov 28, 1901 d 1920+; dau of Frank Staples 1861-1946 & Maud Laugheed 1874-1947
 Albert B. Johnson b Jan 20, 1869 d Feb 21, 1941; son of Rev Hiram E. Johnson 1823-1905 & Sarah A. Grinnell 1827-1909
 Clara M. Kent b 1886 d unknown; dau of Kent
 Marion M. Casho b Aug 23, 1880 d Jul 27, 1974; dau of Joseph Casho 1840-1920+ & Emma B.1846-1920+
 Edward Kimball Aldrich, Jr. b Jun 16, 1879 d Oct 20, 1947; son of Edward Aldrich 1849-1910 & Georgianna Sayles 1857-1941
 John G. Richardson b Apr 10, 1870 d Nov 26, 1944; son of David Richardson 1830-1880+ & Martha A. Orcutt 1834-1870+
 Eunice L. Austin b 1914 d 1930+; dau of Lisle G. Austin 1877-1954 & Vada C. Myers 1896-1942
 Betty Austin b 1921 d 1930+; dau of Lisle G. Austin 1877-1954 & Vada C. Myers 1896-1942
 Vada Caroline Myers b May 29, 1896 d Jun 8, 1942; dau of Orren O. Myers 1857-1931 & Sophia H. Goodrich 1867-1949
 Orren Orlando Myers b Mar 21, 1857 d Jun 9, 1931; son of Meyers
 Sophie Heaton Goodrich b Mar 27, 1867 d May 10, 1949; dau of Goodrich
 Ethel Vose b Dec 11, 1892 or Dec 4, 1893 d Feb 1970; dau of Marcus Vose 1841-1895 & Elizabeth Mellen 1849-1914
 Luigi G. Capuano b Nov 9, 1891 d Aug 5, 1941; son of Domenico Capuano 1863-1932 & Rosa Desarro 1863-1927
 Franklin Mellen b May 18, 1828 d 1904; son of Isaac M. Mellen 1805-1878 & Lucy Clarke
 Eveline J. S. Mellen b Jul 22, 1854 d 1920+; dau of Franklin Mellen 1828-1904 & Henrietta Randall 1830-1864
 Isaac F. Mellen b Jul 23, 1857 d 1870+; son of Franklin Mellen 1828-1904 & Henrietta Randall 1830-1864
 Cecelia Frances Mellen b Jul 1859 d Jun 8, 1940; dau of Franklin Mellen 1829-1904 & Henrietta Randall 1830-1864
 Henrietta Randall b 1830 d Sep 14, 1864; dau of Stephen Randall 1788-1847 & Rachel M. Tirrell 1790-1855
 Laura M. Fletcher b Jul 1833 d 1916; dau of John C. Fletcher 1792-1859 & Elizabeth H. Taylor 1795-1871
 Etta Mellen b Oct 1886 d unknown; born in South Dakota, dau of Unknown
 Community of Shakers in New Hampshire, who took in poor children, orphans and runaways; closed in 1889