Saturday, March 7, 2009

Ellen Eliza Holmes & Eugene Alderman

EUGENE CLYDON ALDERMAN, son of Clydon Alderman and Mary Ann Hatch, was born 18 Mar 1840 and died at his home in Holyoke, MA on 3 Jun 1915 ... his death resulting from a fall from an apple tree he was trimming.

He was a carpenter, and when the Civil War broke out was employed at his trade in California. He returned home to enlist in his native state, entering the Union Army in September 1862, and was in several battles as a private in the 25th Regiment Connecticut Volunteer Infantry. (His regiment was under fire at one period for 44 consecutive days.) He was wounded in the head and discharged as sergeant. Thereafter, he was employed as a carpenter by the Holyoke Water Company for 31 years.

Eugene married ELLEN ELIZA HOLMES, daughter of Robert Holmes and Eliza Barrett, on 22 Jan 1860. Ellen was born 15 Jan 1842 in Granby, CT and died 29 Apr 1924 in Holyoke, MA.
Robert Holmes was born in County Donegal, Ireland in 1820 and died in East Granby, CT on 13 Feb 1858 at the age of 38. He came to America with his parents in 1838 and settled in Tariffville, CT where they found employment in the carpet mills as weavers. Later, he engaged in the hotel business and at one time ran the United States Hotel in Springfield. He was married to Eliza Ann Barrett, daughter of Henry and Sophia Fenton. Eliza was born Nov 1815 in Connecticut and died at Andover, CT 15 Apr 1891.
The married life of Eugene and Ellen Eliza extended over a period of 55 years, during which they became the parents of 8 children. Eugene retired in 1910 and the following five years were passed in happy content with his five sons, three daughters and his grandchildren (of whom he had 19) and was proud of the fact that he had two great-grandchildren.

Like others of his name, Eugene was an Episcopalian and, in politics, a Republican. Fraternally, he was associated with the Masons and took great pride in the Grand Army of the Republic. All of his sons were Masons; his wife, daughters and daughters-in-law were all members of Eastern Star.

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