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AvastMH

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« Reply #30 on: March 27, 2017, 10:23:54 pm »
http://www.marshall.edu/special-collections/css_alabama/pdf/union_reports.pdf

Report of Captain Winslow, U. S. Navy, commanding U. S. S. Kearsarge, forwarding muster roll of that
vessel.
 U. S. S. KEARSARGE,
 English Channel, July 29, 1864.
 Hon. GIDEON WELLES,
 Secretary of the Navy, Washington, D.C.
 SIR: I have the honor to enclose herewith the muster roll of the Kearsarge, comprising the names of the
officers and crew at the time of the action with the Alabama.
 The letter of the Department states that no muster roll of this vessel has been received since her departure
from the United States. I would beg leave to say that a regular quarterly pay and muster roll has been forwarded to
the Fourth Auditor at the end of each quarter, and a muster roll was dispatched immediately following the action.
 Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
 JNO. A. WINSLOW,
 Captain.
[Enclosure.]
 Muster roll of officers and crew of U. S. S. Kearsarge, June 19, 1864, in engagement with Alabama.
 OFFICERS.
 John A. Winslow, captain.
 James S. Thornton, lieutenant-commander.
 James R. Wheeler, acting master.
 Eben M. Stoddard, acting master.
 David H. Sumner, acting master.
 Charles H. Danforth, acting master's mate.
 Ezra Bartlett, acting master's mate.
 William H. Yeaton, acting master's mate.
 Edward E. Preble, midshipman.
 John M. Browne, surgeon.
 J. Adams Smith, paymaster.
 William H. Cushman, chief engineer.
 William H. Badlam, second assistant engineer.
 Fred. L. Miller, third assistant engineer.
 Henry McConnell, third assistant engineer.
 Sidney L. Smith, third assistant engineer.
 James C. Walton, boatswain.
 Franklin A. Graham, gunner.
 Seth E. Hartwell, captain's clerk.
 [Officers, 19; crew, 144].
(Official Records, Series I, vol. 3, pp. 76-77)

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Re: Research challenge
« Reply #31 on: March 28, 2017, 12:42:51 am »
Getting into this are you?
 ;D

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« Reply #32 on: March 28, 2017, 03:44:46 pm »
Just a note: Franklin A. Graham, U.S.N. was living at 171 Duffield St., Brooklyn NY, in 1867. I'm trying to determine if that area was an African-American neighborhood at that time. He could have been stationed at the Navy Yard in Brooklyn after the war.

NOTE: I found more info:  his widow was Elizabeth L. Graham and he died 4 Sept 1873 (born 1830) buried in Springfield, Delaware County, PA
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« Reply #33 on: March 28, 2017, 04:31:07 pm »
 8)

He had a short life...

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« Reply #34 on: March 28, 2017, 04:37:02 pm »
yep - still no indication if he was African-American, and thus the man in the picture...

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« Reply #35 on: March 28, 2017, 08:20:46 pm »
Getting into this are you?
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Ahhh - how did you work that out - what gave the game away?  ;D ;D ;D

Just a note: Franklin A. Graham, U.S.N. was living at 171 Duffield St., Brooklyn NY, in 1867. I'm trying to determine if that area was an African-American neighborhood at that time. He could have been stationed at the Navy Yard in Brooklyn after the war.

NOTE: I found more info:  his widow was Elizabeth L. Graham and he died 4 Sept 1873 (born 1830) buried in Springfield, Delaware County, PA

Ah - that's really clever Kathy. He didn't last long did he, poor soul? So he was about 34 during that battle. Trouble is - anyone at sea is gong to look a bit chiselled by time well before the rest of us ::)

I'm still pulling pictures apart to try and match things :D

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« Reply #36 on: April 02, 2017, 09:58:22 pm »
Still working on this - getting there!!  :D

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« Reply #37 on: April 17, 2017, 04:18:23 pm »
Just a note: Franklin A. Graham, U.S.N. was living at 171 Duffield St., Brooklyn NY, in 1867. I'm trying to determine if that area was an African-American neighborhood at that time. He could have been stationed at the Navy Yard in Brooklyn after the war.

NOTE: I found more info:  his widow was Elizabeth L. Graham and he died 4 Sept 1873 (born 1830) buried in Springfield, Delaware County, PA

I did some work on Duffield St (formerly Johnson St) which proved fascinating. 4 of the buildings were moved and preserved:
01-DUFFIELD-ST.-HOUSES.pdf - Neighborhood Preservation Center
http://www.neighborhoodpreservationcenter.org/db/bb_files/01-DUFFIELD-ST.-HOUSES.pdf



I also found a directory of 1867 which showed the neighbours to be clerks, engravers, gunsmiths, grocers etc which fits in well with the idea of it being essentially middle class, i.e. not quite wealthy enough off to be in Brooklyn Heights. I'm guessing that this might rule it out as an African-American neighbourhood? Am I likely to be right with this assumption? Any help from cross-pond dwellers gratefully accepted :)

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« Reply #38 on: April 17, 2017, 09:37:07 pm »
We don't play small here do we?
George Melville from the Jeannette became Chief Engineer of the US Navy.
Dr Browne on the Kearsarge became Surgeon General of the US Navy
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« Reply #39 on: May 02, 2017, 02:21:26 pm »
Hi all - Did some checking and then this slipped my mind - after consultation with my New York born (Brooklyn Heights, if I remember correctly), New York loving husband, and some books we have, I was not able to determine of that part was an African-American neighborhood.  According to hubby, the neighborhoods of New York were not so starkly drawn at that time.  Also, being a middle class neighborhood would not mean it was not also African-American.  I'm going to contact the Brooklyn Historical Society for help - oh, they may have materials on people too....

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« Reply #40 on: May 02, 2017, 02:22:22 pm »
 8) 8) 8)

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« Reply #41 on: May 02, 2017, 10:34:00 pm »
Thanks for keeping that thread going Kathy. I've been wandering newspapers in the hope of finding out more about that area/ Franklin Graham.

I was still wondering if the note books of Dr Browne or Ezra Bartlett might be available as they might co-incidentally mention the man's colour. Some of the 'diaries' written after the event of the Alabama have been reported as being highly unreliable, but Browne and Bartlett are reported as reliable.

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« Reply #42 on: May 04, 2017, 09:18:13 pm »
UPDATE

ok, the neighborhood in Brooklyn where Franklin A. Graham lived was predominately African-American at the time he lived there.  I have some lines of inquiry out to the Historical Society of the county where he was buried, and also the Brooklyn Navy Yard's historical archives.  Next stop: the naval personnel archives in St. Louis, and the Navy's historical command...

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« Reply #43 on: May 04, 2017, 09:41:12 pm »
WOW!
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« Reply #44 on: May 04, 2017, 10:06:50 pm »
WOW x 2  8) 8)