CHARLES E. DEARBORN was born at Richmond, ME 7 Sept 1847, son of Daniel (James, Simon, Edward, Samuel, Thomas, Godfrey) and Mary Ann (Dudley) Dearborn. Mary Ann was the daughter of Samuel (Samuel[6-5], James, Stephen, Samuel, Thomas) and Sarah (Heath) Dudley, for whom see Dean Dudley, HISTORY OF THE DUDLEY FAMILY (1894), 1:461.
Charles appears with his parents and siblings as a 3-year-old, at Gardiner, Kennebec Co., ME in the 1850 Census, and as a 13-year-old at Monson, Piscataquis Co., ME in the 1860 Census.
During the Civil War Charles enlisted and was mustered in at Bangor, ME, on 22 June 1863, as a private in Company M, 1st ME Cavalry; he was mustered out and honorably discharged at Augusta, 1 August 1865. His enlistment record describes him as single, age 18, complexion sandy, height 5'5", eyes hazel, hair light, occupation farmer.
Charles later applied for a pension on 28 June 1880; his widow Sarah A. applied for a widow's pension on 18 Sept 1919. These papers are still in the custody of the Veterans Administration and are not at the National Archives; thus I have not seen them.
About 1869 Charles and his brother Gorge went West, first to Michigan for the winter, then to Cloud Co., Kansas for a year, then to the Indian Territory [Oklahoma], and finally to the Kickapoo Islands, before settling permanently in Wisconsin in the 1870s. Charles married at Angelo, Monroe Co., Wisconsin 16 July 1875, SARAH ANN WOODLIFF, born at Monroe Co., WI 25 Aug 1854; died at Spooner, Washburn Co., WI 14 May 1942, age 87-9-19, myocarditis and arteriosclerosis, daughter of David and Harriet (Bennington) Woodliff (info from her death certificate).
Charles and his family were enumerated at Angelo, Monroe Co., WI in the 1880 Census. They moved to Spooner, Washburn Co., WI in 1894, and they are enumerated there in the 1900 Census. In 1910 Charles gave testimony in support of the Civil War pension application of his brother George, and this is where I have learned something of his whereabouts. Charles died at Spooner, 15 January 1919, age 71-4-8, sudden death, cardiac syncope (death certificate). He and his wife are buried in Spooner Cemetery, and there was an obituary in the Spooner ADVOCATE, 24 January 1919, p. 3.
1 WALTER, b Sparta, Monroe Co., WI 8 June 1876; d Mendota State Hosp., Westport, Dane Co., WI 13 Dec 1944. He was a farmer and lived in Spooner. He mar (1) IDA TERRILL; divorced; mar (2) MARY ESTHER WOODLIFF (a cousin?); one son by 1st wife.
2 EMMA, b about 1878; living at Trego, Washburn Co., WI 1944; mar WILLIAM MACK.
3 JAMES, b New Haven, Dunn Co., WI 24 June 1882; d Wisconsin State Hosp., Madison, WI 19 Jan 1934; buried Spooner. He was a laborer. He mar (1) MINNIE ELLEN LOWE, who d (date unknown); mar (2) May 1902, GRACE BISHOP. Four children by 1st wife.
That's all I know. I do have more details on Charles' Dearborn ancestors, and also on the descendants of his children, that I would be willing to share. If you are a descendant, I would very much like to hear from you.
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