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Edward G. Furber 1807-1885
Posted by: Terry Heller (ID *****0365) Date: August 09, 2005 at 09:48:32
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I am looking for information about the following Furbers.

Edward G. Furber 1807-1885
William Furber 1819-1905 (brother of Edward)
Caroline Furber 1858-1923 (daughter of William?)

I would welcome any information at all, but I am especially interested to know.

Birth places
Names of spouses, siblings, parents, grand-parents, and even great-grandparents of these 3 people.

Below is information I've gleaned from the Internet about these people, though I am not certain that the Edward P. Furber who served in the Union Navy in the Civil War is the same Edward P. Furber who died at Nagasaki in 1885.

Please feel free to e-mail me.

Terry Heller


People, Places and Scenes of the
Nagasaki Foreign Settlement
1859 to 1941


William Furber 1819-1905
Caroline Furber 1858-1923

Edward G. Furber was born in Newberry, Massachusetts in 1807. He came to Nagasaki in
1870 and was employed by the Pacific Mail Steam Ship Co., as a barge master. When U.S.
President Grant visited Nagasaki in 1879, Furber acted as a representative of the foreign

In the mid-1880s, Nagasaki was a thriving international port, and one of the repercussions of
this fact is that far too often communicable diseases ravaged the city's population. One
such epidemic struck Nagasaki in August 1885, when a cholera outbreak occurred. "Commodore" Furber (as he was commonly known) was a victim of the outbreak, as were
1338 others in Nagasaki within a month. He passed away on August 31, and was buried in
Oura International Cemetery. At the time of his death, Edward Furber was living with his
younger brother William, also a retired sea captain, at No. 7 Minamiyamate -- a building that
on a number of occasions also served as the U.S. consulate in Nagasaki.

Captain William Furber, who once served briefly as U.S. Vice-Consul in Nagasaki, continued
to live in the foreign settlement until 1891. William Furber passed away in Rafia, California
on November 7, 1905 at the age of eighty-six.

Caroline Furber, probably the daughter of William, married a sea captain herself. On March
30, 1890, the thirty-two-year-old Caroline married Capt. Richard Swain of Mitsubishi Mail
Steam Ship Co. and NYK. Unfortunately, the couple passed away due to injuries received
from the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923.

Edward P. Furber in the Civil War

U.S.S. Para - Acting Master Edward G. Furber This was one of the ships involved in this naval operation, according to a Civil War battles page: Paths of the Civil

Forts Jackson and St. Philip April 16-28, 1862

Early Union plans had called for the division of the Confederacy by seizing control of the Mississippi River. One of the first steps in such operations was to enter the mouth of the Mississippi River, ascend to New Orleans and capture the city, closing off the entrance to Rebel ships. In mid-January 1862, Flag-Officer David G. Farragut undertook this enterprise with his West Gulf Blockading Squadron. The way was soon open except for the two forts, Jackson and St. Philip, above the Head of the Passes, approximately seventy miles below New Orleans. In addition to the forts and their armament, the Confederates had placed obstructions in the river and there were a number of ships, including two ironclads, to assist in the defense. Farragut based his operations from Ship Island, Mississippi, and on April 8, he assembled 24 of his vessels and Comdr. David D. Porter's 19 mortar schooners near the Head of the Passes. Starting on the 16th and continuing for seven days, the mortar schooners bombarded Fort Jackson but failed to silence its guns. Some of Farragut's gunboats opened a way through the obstruction on the night of the 22nd. Early on the morning of the 24th, Farragut sent his ships north to pass the forts and head for New Orleans. Although the Rebels attempted to stop the Union ships in various ways, most of the force successfully passed the forts and continued on to New Orleans where Farragut accepted the city's surrender. With the passage of the forts, nothing could stop the Union forces: the fall of New Orleans was inevitable and anti-climatic. Cut off and surrounded, the garrisons of the two forts surrendered on the 28th.

Events of June 19, 1863 according to:
Civil War Landscapes Association
Mortar schooner U.S.S. Para, commanded by Acting Master Edward G. Furber, captured blockade running schooner Emma off Mosquito Inlet, Florida.
(Source: Civil War Naval Chronology 1861-1865. pp. I:1-41; II:1-117; III:1-170; IV:1-152; V:1-134. 1971: Naval History Division, Navy Department.)

Civil War Events of February 1864
from Navy Chronology of the Civil War

1623 USS Para, Acting Master Edward G. Furber, escorted troops up the St. Mary's River to Woodstock Mills, Florida , to obtain lumber. The 200-ton schooner engaged Confederates along the river banks and covered the transports while a large quantity of lumber was taken on board. On 21 February, Para captured small steamer Hard Times.

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