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MAJ Abner Ralph Small

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MAJ Abner Ralph Small Veteran

Birth
Mount Vernon, Kennebec County, Maine, USA
Death
12 Mar 1910 (aged 73)
Oakland, Kennebec County, Maine, USA
Burial
Oakland, Kennebec County, Maine, USA GPS-Latitude: 44.53969, Longitude: -69.7291
Plot
201, grave #3
Memorial ID
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Major Abner R. Small was 2nd son of Abner and Mary A. Randall (Bernard) Small, grandson of William Small. His father was born in Limington, Me., in 1802, and came to Gardiner about 1824, where he married Mary Ann Bernard, of German descent, and settled in business as a boot and shoe manufacturer. In 1837 his family moved to Mt. Vernon, where his father continued the manufacture of boots and shoes, and was for several years postmaster. Hampton D., their eldest child, was born in 1831 and died in 1861; Emilus N., the third son, is now in business in Waterville; Emma S., their only daughter, developed a decided artistic talent, and is now superintendent of the department of drawing and moulding in the public schools of Seattle, Wash.

April 25, 1861, Abner enlisted as a private in Company G, 3d Maine Infantry. Before leaving the state, he was made a sergeant by Captain Hesseltine.
"In June, 1862, he was commissioned 1st Lieutenant and Adjutant 16th Regiment. In December, 1862, he was assigned to duty as A. D. C. on the staff of 1st Brig. 2d Div. 1st A. C, and while serving as such was complimented with well deserved special mention for distinguished gallantry displayed in the battle of Fredericksburg. In July, 1863, he was appointed A. A. A. Gen. of the same Brigade, and again received special notice in general orders for his brave conduct in the battle of Gettysburg. He also participated in all the battles in in which his regiment was engaged, until taken and held a prisoner [in Danville, Va.] from August 18, 1864, to February 22, 1865. Thus he was with the 16th regiment from the time of its organization until its muster out June 5, 1865. It is almost needless to say of Major Small that his record is one of sterling honor."

Major Small was married in 1865 to Julia M. Fairbanks, of Wayne, whose death occurred in 1885. His second marriage was to Medora F. Clark, of Cliftondale, Mass., in 1888. They have two sons— Ralph Hugo and Harold A. Small. Major Small was head bookkeeper of the Dunn Edge Tool Co. In 1874 he was made treasurer and soon after clerk of the Somerset Railroad Inc., and eventually corporate officer.
[source: "Illustrated history of Kennebec Co., ME", Kingsbury & Deyo, 1892, pages 1089-1091, See Major Small's 'History of the 16th Regiment' on page 266.]

"Abner's middle name was Ralph according to his 1911 Sons of the American Revolution application. It is filled out in his own hand. He was a descendant of Ezekiel Webber, who served in the American Revolutionary War."
Contributed by member B.F. Randall, Thanks.
Major Abner R. Small was 2nd son of Abner and Mary A. Randall (Bernard) Small, grandson of William Small. His father was born in Limington, Me., in 1802, and came to Gardiner about 1824, where he married Mary Ann Bernard, of German descent, and settled in business as a boot and shoe manufacturer. In 1837 his family moved to Mt. Vernon, where his father continued the manufacture of boots and shoes, and was for several years postmaster. Hampton D., their eldest child, was born in 1831 and died in 1861; Emilus N., the third son, is now in business in Waterville; Emma S., their only daughter, developed a decided artistic talent, and is now superintendent of the department of drawing and moulding in the public schools of Seattle, Wash.

April 25, 1861, Abner enlisted as a private in Company G, 3d Maine Infantry. Before leaving the state, he was made a sergeant by Captain Hesseltine.
"In June, 1862, he was commissioned 1st Lieutenant and Adjutant 16th Regiment. In December, 1862, he was assigned to duty as A. D. C. on the staff of 1st Brig. 2d Div. 1st A. C, and while serving as such was complimented with well deserved special mention for distinguished gallantry displayed in the battle of Fredericksburg. In July, 1863, he was appointed A. A. A. Gen. of the same Brigade, and again received special notice in general orders for his brave conduct in the battle of Gettysburg. He also participated in all the battles in in which his regiment was engaged, until taken and held a prisoner [in Danville, Va.] from August 18, 1864, to February 22, 1865. Thus he was with the 16th regiment from the time of its organization until its muster out June 5, 1865. It is almost needless to say of Major Small that his record is one of sterling honor."

Major Small was married in 1865 to Julia M. Fairbanks, of Wayne, whose death occurred in 1885. His second marriage was to Medora F. Clark, of Cliftondale, Mass., in 1888. They have two sons— Ralph Hugo and Harold A. Small. Major Small was head bookkeeper of the Dunn Edge Tool Co. In 1874 he was made treasurer and soon after clerk of the Somerset Railroad Inc., and eventually corporate officer.
[source: "Illustrated history of Kennebec Co., ME", Kingsbury & Deyo, 1892, pages 1089-1091, See Major Small's 'History of the 16th Regiment' on page 266.]

"Abner's middle name was Ralph according to his 1911 Sons of the American Revolution application. It is filled out in his own hand. He was a descendant of Ezekiel Webber, who served in the American Revolutionary War."
Contributed by member B.F. Randall, Thanks.


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