I’m trying to learn who the parents were of John W. Aldrich; a resident of Bristol, Hartford County, Connecticut when he enlisted in Company H, 13th Infantry Battalion on January 4, 1862.
On the 1860 census report there was a 17 year old John Aldrich who was born in Connecticut working as a laborer on a farm in Worcester, Massachusetts – probably for a Levi M. and Susan Taft. Per the 1870 thru 1910 U.S. census reports, Mr. Aldrich was born in Connecticut. His death certificate reads that he was born July 20, 1842 in Newtown, Fairfield County, CT, but there is no record of his birth in the town clerk’s office in Newtown. No entries were made on the death certificate identifying his father, his father’s birthplace or his mother’s maiden name.
John lived in Naugatuck, New Haven County, Connecticut for many years and was married to Laura I. ______.In the early 1880s he and Maria L. Goodspeed married. She was a daughter of Canfield and Susan H. (Adams) Goodspeed of Meriden, New Haven County,CT.
Mr. Aldrich died at Fitch’s Home for Soldiers in Darien, Fairfield County, CT on September 26, 1912 and is buried in Darien in the veterans’ cemetery. There is a memorial for him and a picture of his gravestone on the Find A Grave website. Maria Aldrich died in 1941 and is buried in Bethany, New Haven County, Connecticut. Her gravestone reads that she was the wife of John Walker Aldrich.
Any help with John’s parents or Laura’s maiden name will be greatly appreciated! Thank you very much!