|Birth: ||Mar. 12, 1840|
|Death: ||Jul. 22, 1931|
Charles Harrison Bristol, was born March 12, 1840 at Newhaven, Middletown, Connecticut to parents Stephen Bristol and Harriet Hall. By the year 1850 they had relocated to New Haven, Connecticut where his father worked as a plumber. His mother died in 1859, as did his father in 1861, while Charles was learning to be a painter.
Charles voluntarily enlisted as a private into the US Army on April 22, 1861, serving in Company "G", 2nd Connecticut Infantry as a Private; being mustered in upon the Regiments formation on May 7, 1861 and mustered out on August 7, 1861. On September 23, 1861, forty-six days after leaving the 2nd Connecticut Infantry, Bristol reenlisted in the U.S. Navy under the name "Charles Brown" aboard the ‘North Carolina' at the Brooklyn Naval Yard. The reason for his using an assumed name is not known, but he went on to serve honourably aboard the "Unadilla" as a Landsman, attached to the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron. After leaving the "Unadilla" Bristol also served aboard the "Brittania"; being discharged at Norfolk, Virginia in 1864. Bristol spent some twenty months aboard the USS Unadilla when he came down with fever, was sent aboard the USS Wabash for a brief period, before returning to duty. He was then transferred on April 8, 1864 to the sloop Swallow which was in distress was rescued by the "Britannia", USS Britannia, a former blockade-runner, which after her capture was converted to a United States gunboat. Charles was discharged in Norfolk, Virginia on September 24, 1864.
According to the "Connecticut Record of Service of Men during War of Rebellion", on December 17, 1864 Bristol again enlisted for a period of three years as a private into Company "G", 15th Connecticut Infantry and was captured at Kinston, North Carolina on March 8, 1865. He became a prisoner of war, on March 23, 1865, was transferred to Richmond, Virginia and was paroled three days later on March 26, 1865 at Boulware & Coxe's Wharf in Virginia; being furloughed on March 30, 1865, from which he never returned; making him a deserter.
After the war he went back to sea for some four years, arriving in Victoria, Australia around 1868 aboard the Kathair. On October 19, 1876 he married Eliza Ann McCarron of County Tyrne, Ireland, at Kaarimba, Victoria. The service was conducted by Rev. Swift in the Kaarimba Church. In Victoria, Bristol worked on a farm and later worked as a carpenter and was naturalized as an Australian citizen on February 15, 1913.
Charles and Eliza had a total of eleven children; Harriet Eliza, Gerald Edgar Hall, Charles Francis Leonard, Stephen who was still born, Martha who died in infancy, Donald Stephen Schubert who was killed in World War I, Henry "Cleve" Cleveland, Dora Iradina Harriet, George Franklin Osborne, Olive Ruth and Winfred Ann. The family relocated to and made their home in Katunga, Victoria in the latter part of the 1890's.
Charles Harrison Bristol died, however, on July 22, 1931, of bronchitis and cardiac failure and was buried at Numurkah Cemetery in Victoria, Australia in the Presbyterian Section in grave number 620.
Created by: James Gray
Record added: Oct 05, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 42714527