Friday, April 18, 2014

Austn Quinby & USS Kearsarge

Compiled by Melissa D Berry, Dr, John McAleer and his sons Sergeant Andrew McAleer and in honor of the 150th Anniversary of the USS Kearsarge brave men who fought.this is part of a series.
Corporal Austin Quinby, USMC
Photograph taken circa 1861-65. Quinby served in USS Kearsarge during the Civil War, reportedly firing the first and last guns during her engagement with CSS Alabama on 19 June 1864.
Austin Quinby Austin's journal can be found at the Peabody Museum in Salem, MA  "Kearsarge Journal"

Photographed circa the 1880s or 1890s. As a U.S. Marine Corps Corporal, he served in USS Kearsarge during the Civil War, reportedly firing the first and last guns during her engagement with CSS Alabama on 19 June 1864. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. 

USS Kearsarge (1862-1894)

"Survivors of the U.S.S. Kearsarge" -- Veterans of the Kearsarge's Civil War crew at a reunion, circa the 1890s. Those present are identified (as numbered) as: 1. Austin Quinby;  2. John Young; 3. Charles A. Poole; 4. William B. Poole ("was QM - at the Con June 19, 1864", during the battle with CSS Alabama. Awarded the Medal of Honor); 5. Joel Sanborn; 6. George Remick; 7. John F. Bickford (Awarded the Medal of Honor); 8. Adoniram Littlefield; 9. William Badlam (2nd Assistant Engineer in 1864); 10. Martin Hoyt; 11. Andrew J. Rowley; 12. John T. Stackpole;13. Patrick McKeever; 14. Lyman P. Spinney; 15. William Wainwright; 16. Lawrence T. Crowley; 17. True W. Priest; 18. J.O. Stone; and 19. John C. Woodberry.
"The unmarked are not veterans." U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Family Background: Austin Quinby, son of Alvah Quinby and Lucy Fellows Quinby born Mar. 5, 1838 in Sandwich Carroll County New Hampshire, USA He died Apr. 7, 1922 in Philadelphia Philadelphia County Pennsylvania, USA. He is buried Greenlawn Cemetery Salem, MA Alvah Quinby (picture below) born 1811 son of Moses Quinby (1767-1841) {son of Aaron Quinby (1733-1810) and Anne Hadley}and Dolly Atkins Quinby, (1777-1836). They had twelve children, seven of whom died in childhood. More info on children below Austin Quinby married Lucy Fellows (picture below) January 18 1835. More info Essex Institute Historical Collections, Volume 72 Picture of Alvah Quinby and Lucy Fellows Quinby 

Lucy Fellows Quinby
 More about Moses Quinby High Meadow Farm in Sandwich,NH Quinby Barn

Children of Alvah Quinby and Lucy:
Oraman Hanson Quinby 1836 – 1890
Austin Quinby 1838 –1922
Vestus Quinby 1841-
Annette Quinby  1843-1906
Ivory Quinby 1848
Eliza Frances Quinby1850 – 1876
Preston Quinby 1853 – 1901
Sherman Quinby 1857 – 1922

Picture of Annette Quinby Moulton and her husband Benjamin Franklin Phineas Moulton   

Benjamin & Annette named son Austin Quinby Moulton

Picture of Sherman Quinby 

John McAleer outside old homestead in Salem Ma Quinby home

More Historical Info & Documents on Quinby Line:  
From Alumni of Colby University Obituary Record from 1873 to 1877: Supplement No. 2 Including Notices of All Alumni Whose Decease Has Been Learned from July, 1873, to July, 1877 

Hosea Quinby died very suddenly " probably of heart disease," at Milton Mills, N.H., Oct. 11,1878, aged seventy-four years. The eighth of twelve children of Moses Quinby and Dolly Atkins, he was born in Sandwich, N. H., Aug. 25, 1804. Reared upon his father's farm, he entered in 1821, at the age of seventeen, New Hampton Literary and Theological Institution, then under its first President, Rev. B. F. Farnsworth (D.C., 1813), afterward President of Georgetown College, Kentucky. As soon as his education allowed he became a teacher of common schools, and gained wide reputation as a model teacher and disciplinarian. His preparatory studies were completed in 1828, but instead of entering college he accepted a tutorship for one year at New Hampton, and married. In the fall of 1829 he entered the Sophomore class of Waterville College, and graduated in due course.
He had, in 1824, made a profession of religion and joined the Freewill Baptist denomination, then chiefly confined in its membership and churches to the border of Maine and New Hampshire, where it originated through the efforts of Elder Benjamin Randall of New Durham, N. H., who in 1780 began to travel and gather societies. Mr. Quinby from the beginning of his connection with the Freewill Baptists became prominent and influential among them. In October, 1827, on the first organization of their General Conference at Tunbridge, Vt., he was chosen Clerk, and as such officiated till 1835. He was the first Freewill Baptist who received a college education, and on graduating was at once installed as Principal of the new Parsonsfield Seminary, Maine, the first institution of learning established by his denomination. Here he taught for seven years with abundant success, adding to his school labors those of a clergyman, having been ordained to the ministry in June, 1833. But as he was licensed in 1827, he had habitually preached throughout his college course, and it was in Waterville that he made his first essay as a writer for the press in a polemic of one hundred and sixty pages, entitled "Review of Butler's Letters" (by Rev. John Butler, then pastor at East Winthrop, afterward of North Yarmouth). In 1833, when the General Conference decided to issue a "Treatise of Faith and Usages," he, as member of a committee appointed for the purpose, prepared the original draft, which was adopted, and published in 1834. He also produced a small volume on Christian Baptism, and was for some years an editorial contributor to the denominational paper, the " Morning Star," published at Dover, N. H. He wrote several articles for the " Freewill Baptist Quarterly," and collected materials for a Life of Randall, which he did not live to complete.
On leaving Parsonsfield he was for one year from June, 1839, pastor of a church in Meredith, N. H. At the opening of Smithville Seminary, North Scituate, R. I. (now Lapham Institute), as'the best man the denomination could furnish, he was chosen Principal and served in that capacity, fourteen years, from October, 1840 till 1854. Here he led, as elsewhere, a most laborious life, teaching, having charge of the boarding and financial departments of the large school, and preaching every Sabbath.
He was subsequently settled in the pastorate at various places, viz.: a second time in Meredith, 1855-57; Pittsfield, N. H., 1857-61; Lebanon, Me., 1861-64; Lake Village, N. H., 1864-68. In all these places, besides preaching, he taught with great popularity and success. In 18C8, enfeebled by age and excessive labor, he purchased a home in Concord, N. H., where he laid aside the functions of teacher and preacher, except that for above two years, 1869-72, he resumed both while acting as Chaplain of New Hampshire State Prison. In October, 1872, he returned to the pastorate at Nottingham, N. H., where he remained till the close of 1874, and he was again settled in Pittsfield, January, 1875-76, and at Milton Mills, N. H., from April, 1876, until his death.
The circumstances of his death, as stated in the "Star," are as follows: "For several weeks he had been looking after work upon his church, preparatory to the Quarterly Meeting to be held there. The day he died he complained of illness, went, however, to the church as usual, and examined the work. Returning to his house, he took his seat by the stove, removed his boots, and put his feet on the stove-railing. A few moments after, his daughter in an adjoining room heard his feet fall suddenly on the floor and ran to his side; he gasped a few times and all was over."
Mr. Quinby married, May, 1828, Dorothea, daughter of Josiah Burleigh of his native town of Sandwich. She ditd in Concord about 1870. Of their five children, two sons and a daughter are living, the elder son being a physician in Memphis, Tenn., while the younger, Hosea Mason, a graduate of Brown University, class of 1865, and of Harvard Medical School, 1808, is settled in Worcester as Superintendent of the Massachusetts Asylum for the Chronic Insane. A series of twelve articles commemorative of the life and labors of Dr. Quinby, from the pen of Prof. J. ,T. Butler, appeared in successive numbers of the "Star," ending May 7, 1879. These, together with communications from the younger son and the daughter, from liev. Dr. E. E. Cummings, and Rev. I. D. Stewart of the " Star," have furnished materials for this notice. A few words from one of these sources will give the best idea of the character and influence of the man.
Says Rev. Mr. Stewart: "He more than any one man was active and wisely efficient in changing the tide of interest in the denomination in favor of education. His great humility, his excellent spirit, his great discretion and undoubted piety enabled him to do what no other man could have done, as ever)' person opposed to educational efforts believed in Hosea Quinby. He was the father of our educational interests, and none stood higher than he in the confidence of the people." He adds: "At the General Conference held at Lewiston'in 1865, his former pupils proposed to present him a genuine testimonial of their appreciation of his labors and personal worth, and about one thousand dollars was raised and given to him." In 1866 he received from his Alma Mater the degree of Doctor of Divinity. Hosea Quinby Book
Aaron Quinby, grandfather of the subject of this sketch, was a Captain in the war of the Revolution. At the close of his services he was paid in Continental currency before it had become utterly worthless. With this money he purchased some five hundred acres of wild land in Sandwich, and settling for life became founder of a useful and honored family. This estate was divided among his sons, and upon his portion of it Moses established his home, and here his son Hosea was born. Ivory Quinby, (Picture below) class of 1836, was a nephew of Hosea. (See Obituary Record, Supp. No. 2, p. 11.)

Ivory Quinby House
"United States Census, 1850"  

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