Re: Lightning Ellsworth - His Last Roll Call
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Walt" <scentofhorse@...> wrote:
> Might anyone know where Lightning's headstone may stand radiantMy guess is that he would have been buried around Antonio where he
> amongst the now silent majority? Inquiring brass pounders wanna know.
died which is in West Baton Rouge, or New Orleans, which was where he
evidently was living according to census records.
Info about George A. Ellsworth & family
Louisiana Confederate Pension Applications Index Database
Reel: CP1.46 -- Microdex 1 -- Sequence 10
Target card: ELLSWORTH, MARY MULLEN
Applicant Information & Name Variations:
ELLSWORTH, MARY (MULLEN)
Parish: ORLEANS -- Pages: 23
ELLSWORTH, GEORGE A.
Unit: DUKE'S 2ND REGIMENT, TELEGRAPH OPERATOR
Company: CO. A
FILE CONTAINS AN INTERESTING ARTICLE IN REGARD
TO TELEGRAPHERS IN THE CIVIL WAR AND ESPECIALLY
THE SERVICE OF GEORGE A. ELLSWORTH AND HIS DEATH
ON THE 29TH OF NOVEMBER 1898.
1880 US Census, 16, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana [Census taken June
George ELLSWORTH, age 37, born CAN, occupation Telegraph Operator,
parents born in Canada
Mary ELLSWORTH, Wife, age 24, born VA, parents born Ireland.
1880, Kirkwood, Saint Louis, Missouri [Census taken June 15, 1880]
A. George Ellsworth, age 37, single, telegraph operator, born Canada,
Father born NY, mother born CT
These could very well be the same person. I've seen instances of
people who were away from home when the census was taken who were
recorded at both a home residence and a temporary residence.
1900 United States Federal Census
Name: Mary Ellsworth, widow
Home in 1900: New Orleans Ward 15, Orleans, Louisiana
Estimated birth year: abt 1861
John Mullen 41, head of household
Mary Ellsworth 39, sister of head, widow, born VA, parents born Ireland
Bessie Ellsworth, 15, born Alabama, father born Canada, mother born
1910 United States Federal Census
Name: O j Vinet
Age in 1910: 33
Estimated birth year: abt 1877
Relation to Head of House: Head
Father's Birth Place: Louisiana
Mother's Birth Place: Louisiana
Spouse's name: Ellsworth
Home in 1910: New Orleans Ward 15, Orleans, Louisiana
Marital Status: Married
O j Vinet 33
Ellsworth Vinet 25
John N Vinet 1 10/12
1920 United States Federal Census
Name: Mary Ellsworth
Home in 1920: New Orleans Ward 15, Orleans, Louisiana
Age: 64 years
Estimated birth year: abt 1856
Relation to Head of House: Mother-in-law
Father's Birth Place: Ireland
Mother's Birth Place: Ireland
Marital Status: Widow
Orezine J Vinet 40
Bessie Vinet 35
John N Vinet 11
Alice Vinet 8
George E Vinet 5
Alton J Vinet 1
Mary Ellsworth 64
Mary Mullen Ellsworth d. March 1939, New Orleans
Social Security Death Index [children of Bessie Ellsworth Vinet]
JOHN VINET 09 Sep 1908 Jul 1958 Issued Louisiana
JOHN N VINET JR 19 Feb 1940 29 Aug 1999 Issued Louisiana
GEORGE VINET 07 Jan 1915 Jan 1981 LAST RESIDENCE: 10308 (Staten
Island, Richmond, NY) Long-time or retired railroad workers
ALTON VINET 10 Jan 1918 Feb 1978 LAST RESIDENCE: 33952 (Port
Charlotte, Charlotte, FL) Issued Louisiana
- Thanks much Nancy for all of your census info assistance.
This is just in from Dave Gaddy, historian of the Signal Corps
Association (1860-1865) of what he has on George A. "Lightning"
Ellsworth. I have also phoned signal re-enactor Chuck Lee of Baton
Rouge in hopes that he will work with the city's historical society to
locate George's grave and have also alerted Jim Wilson,
Editor-in-Chief of the Morse Telegraph Club's "Dots and Dashes" to
Notes From Dave...
From my notes: B. 24 July 1843 in on the north side of East Lake,
Prince Edward county, Canada. At age 11  taken by father to
Whitby, Ontarion, cty, 30 mi. from Toronto. At 14  in Illinois
as night tep op Peoria Junction (later Chenoa), Chicago, Alton, and
St. Louis. St. Louis at 15-16, about two years; Galveston, TX at age
17, 9 Sep 1860. Houston, TX (at age 18?) enlists in "Bayou City
Guards," which became Co. A, 5th Texas Infantry.
In the old "Signal Cipher," Vol. 6, No. 10, Oxt 1992, is a quote from
"Civil War Times," XXII, No. 6. Oct 1983, pp. 22-27, which cites
training at SFB Morse's tel school. (Did Morse also have a school in
Chicago at the appropriate time?)
Impression I have is that he was a "knight of the road," an itinerant
operator, and that the war years were a lark for him. (He was with the
CS covert operators in Canada for a time.) Resumed his nomadic life
after the war. In the 1880 US census, he was listed as a boarder and
tel op, age 37, b. Canada, parents b. NY and Conn, living in Kirkwood,
St. Louis, MO 15 June 1880. Attended Nashville Confed reunion 1897.
Died "at his key" c1899 working as tel op for Western Union at
Antonio, LA, West Baton Rouge Parish. Obit in Confed Vet.
Can't confirm the Morse School training. For a kid of 14, seems more
likely he learned "side-saddle" with experienced op, but then... .
I've found no indication of marriage or family. Only picture I've seen
is that terrible one in "Confed Vet,"  obviously late in life
You prob have, in our Archive, a copy of my article, "The Canadian
Confederate Wire-Tapper," printed in "Colloquy", newsletter of the
former Security Affairs Support Association, Vol. 8, No. 2, Mar 1988,
--- In email@example.com, "drnancytodd" <drnancytodd@...>
My guess is that he [Geo. A. Ellsworth] would have been buried around
Antonio where he died which is in West Baton Rouge, or New Orleans,
which was where he evidently was living according to census records.
info about George A. Ellsworth & family
Thanks for posting the information you received. Fascinating! Given
the Louisiana pension info sure does look like George was married even
while being a "knight of the road." Please keep us posted. I'm curious
now about this gentleman.
One of my other interests is genealogy and I found a couple of
Ellsworth posts you might find helpful.
This one was posted by a descendant of O. J. Vinet and his wife
Elizabeth Ellsworth Vinet, daughter of George and Mary. If you click
on the Glen Vinet link it will reveal his email address. He might know
This one was posted by someone looking for graves of Texas civil war
soldiers, including George. No one replied to his query but he might
have found something anyway.