Marcellus Caulkins

The following obituary was submitted by Robert Caulkins, Marcellus Caulkins' great grandson.

from the Brockton Enterprise, Brockton, Mass., Sept. 17, 1923:


   Marcellus Caulkins, 79, Civil War veteran and for many years
a silverware merchant covering Brockton and Cape towns, died at
his home, 192 Warren Avenue, Saturday evening, after a long illness.

   Mr. Caulkins was on of the best-known members of the Fletcher
Webster Post 13, Grand Army of the Republic and for many years
was actively affiliated with Paul Revere Lodge, A.F. and A.M., and
Sautucket Royal Arch Chapter.

   He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Jennie E. Caulkins, a son
William S. of Pawtucket, R.I., and a daughter. Mrs. Charles E.
Bingham of Stonington, Conn.  He also leaves a sister. Mrs.  
John H. Smith of Maple Avenue, this city.

   About five years ago, Comrade Caulkins received a severe
fall which fractured both of his shoulders and left him in a
weakened condition.  He never fully recovered.  He was born
Feb. 24, 1844, in West Bridgewater, Mass., and enlisted with
the Union Forces in New York City.  He was mustered into
service as a musician with Company D, 71st Regiment, New York
Volunteers, May 1, 1861.

   Activities on the lower Potomac by his regiment found major
service for Comrade Caulkins.  By reason of disability he was
discharged at Camp Hall, Maryland, March 11, 1862.  He reenlisted
in New York, Feb. 27, 1864 as a private in Company I, 15th New
York Heavy Artillery.  He participated in the battles of the
Wilderness from May 5 to 12, 1864, and was wounded at Spotsylvania,
the wound to his left foot proving serious for reason of
exposure.  Hee was honorably discharged from the army May 15,
1865, at Fort Columbus (Governor's Island) Boston Harbor.

   Comrade Caulkins was a regular attendant at the Central
Methodist Episcopal Church.  Funeral services will be conducted
Tuesday afternoon at 2 at the Sampson Funeral Chapel.  Rev.
Edward E. Wells, pastor of the Central church will officiate
and soprano solos will be given by Mrs. Hulda Lundberg Underdown.
Interment will be in Melrose Cemetery.

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