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David B Compston b. 1823 d. 1863 Washington DC

12th June 2011 I heard from Tony Dellarocca the genealogist and historian for the 14th NYSM Co.E Living History Association.  He says:


 'You have a David B. Cumpston listed on your website.  I am absolutely sure this is the David B. Compston from our regiment.  He was a member of the company of Engineers in the regiment.  The engineers were disbanded after the first battle of Bull Run, as there was no authority for an infantry regiment to have a company of engineers.  I have cross checked my records, and am quite sure these two men are one in the same.  I do have the NYS abstract for David B. Compston, and it jives with the info I do have on David B. Cumpston.  David died on February 23, 1863, at Washington DC.  His wife's name was Ann, and he had one son I know of, Samuel P. born in 1846.  If you have any other info I would appreciate if you would send it along'


I have an entry for David on the American Civil War.   It is great when people take a tiny bit of data from my 400 pages and take the time to make contact.  Thanks Tony!



New York, Civil War Muster Roll Abstracts, 1861-1900

Name Birth Year Birth Place Enlistment Year Regiment

David B Compston abt 1823 Auburn, New York 1861 84th Infantry


Name: David B Compston Age: 38 Birth Year: abt 1823  Birth Place: Auburn, New York

Enlistment Year: 18th April 861 Enlistment Location: Brooklyn  for3 years  


Muster Year: 23 May 1861 grade Private


Separation Details: Muster Out of Service Separation Date (left the service):

28 Aug 1861 Private at Arlington VA Co. being in excess of Regth, Orig.


Remarks at the bottom of the page say 'Auburn NY 38 Merchant'


Source Citation: New York State Archives, Cultural Education Center, Albany, New York; New York Civil War Muster Roll Abstracts, 1861-1900;Archive Collection #:13775-83;Box #:352;Roll #:1225-1226.




US Civil War Soldier Record Name: David B Compston  Age at enlistment: 38

Enlistment Date: 18 Apr 1861 Rank at enlistment: Private

Enlistment Place: Brooklyn, NY State Served: New York Survived the War?: Yes

Service Record: Enlisted in Company Engineers, New York 84th Infantry Regiment on 23 May 1861. Mustered out on 28 Aug 1861 at Arlington, VA.


Birth Date: abt 1823

Sources: New York: Report of the Adjutant-General.  SEE PHOTOGRAPH


Janet O'Hanlon has a private family tree on Ancestry and I am grateful to her for allowing me access to her tree and sharing her information which is referenced to her on this page.

12 June 2011

1860 United States Federal Census 9th June


Name: Samuel N Compston Age in 1860: 13 Birth Year: abt 1847 New York

Home in 1860: Brooklyn Ward 10 District 3, Kings, New York Gender: Male

Post Office: Brooklyn


Household Members: Name Age

David P Compston 36 value of personal estate $300

Annie Compston 35

Samuel N Compston 13







Source Citation: Year: 1860; Census Place: Brooklyn Ward 10 District 3, Kings, New York; Roll: M653_769; Page: 474; Image: 473; Family History Library Film: 803769.




Data from Janet O'Hanlon


Birth 1823



























1850 United States Federal Census 1850 census Age: 27 Residence

Painted Post, Steuben, New York  


1860 United States Federal Census

Age: 37 Residence

Brooklyn Ward 10 District 3, Kings, New York


1861 United States Federal Census

18 Apr Age: 38 Residence





Marriage 1845 28 Jun

Age: 22  to Annie FRAZIER 

Steuben Co. New York  

at the residence of Benjamin W. Payne

New York, Marriage Newspaper Extracts, 1801-1880 (Barber Collection)

Brides's Father's Thomas, Esq

Source Information: Marriage Newspaper Extracts, 1801-1880 (Barber Collection)

Barber, Gertrude A., comp. Marriages taken from the "Brooklyn Eagle." Volumes 1-14. n.p.: n.p., 1963-66.

Barber, Gertrude A., comp


Marriages taken from the New York Evening Post. Volumes 1-7. n.p.: n.p., 1933-

1863 Feb Age: 40 Death

Washington D.C.  

Published in the paper on the 28th of Feb 1863

Publication Date: 28 Feb 1863.

Obituary reads:


Washington DC 23rd inst David B CUMPSTON brother in law Nathan T Bears 87 No Oxford St


Tony also provided the following information:

Town Officers from Erin Township in Steuben County, NY. David was town clerk in 1849.  He was also a member of the town Fire Department.


Here is a listing from the United States Postal Guide dated 1853 that shows his middle initial as B.  Also his initial is B in the other example sited below.


United States Postal Guide 1853

Corning, Steuhen, N. Y David B. Cumpston

Cornish, Sullivan, N. H Isrsel Hall


From "Pioneer Days and Later Times in Corning and Vicinity 1789-1920"


Fire Wardens— James B. Lower, John Hazelton and David B. Cumpston.


At a meetmg of the Village Board held August 27, 1849, it was "Voted, That the Street Commissioners be instructed to remove logs and stumps, and clear a passage through Second street." Also that the Commissioners " open a passage-way for teams on Market street from Wall street to the old River Road