Puffer Genealogy



Capt. Alfred Edson Puffer

Capt. Alfred Edson Puffer[1]

Male 1839 - 1918  (~ 78 years)

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  • Name Alfred Edson Puffer  [1
    Title Capt. 
    Born Aug 1839  Bennington, VT Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Buried Jul 1918  Hot Springs National Cemetery/Hot Springs, SD Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 20 Jul 1918  Fall River County, SD Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • of chronic myocarditis
    Person ID I6353  Puffer Genealogy
    Last Modified 28 Feb 2017 

    Father Capt. Martin Luther Puffer,   b. 2 May 1802, Sudbury, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Aug 1854, Bennington, VT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years) 
    Mother Mary Ann Follett,   b. 1810, Pawtucket, RI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1892, Bennington, VT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Married 13 Apr 1830  Bennington, VT Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    Family ID F9128  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Henrietta Sturdevant Colburn,   b. 1841, Bolton, CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jun 1892, White Plains, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years) 
    Married 7 Apr 1859  Pittsfield, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 6
    Divorced 1861 
    Notes 
    • There is a question of whether or not Henrietta's marriage to Alfred Edson Puffer is proper. Some users have claimed that it is a different Henrietta Colburn. However it is a matter of record, taken from the Mass. Town and Vital Records for the town of Pittsfield, MA in 1859 as recorded by the Berkshire County Clerk, James Warriner, that Alfred Edson Puffer married Henrietta S. Colburn.
      The record plainly lists Henrietta's parents as Amasa Sr. and Charlotte Colburn. In my research I've been unable to locate any other Amasa/Charlotte Colburn combination in the MA/CT area. Only the 1850 Federal Census lists the complete family (at that time). The 1813 birth date listed for Amasa Colburn in that census is incorrect if the dates on his gravestone are correct.
      Amasa Jr. is listed in the 1850 census and marriage records but he is plainly the son of Amasa, Sr. and his dates do not fit.
      An Amasa Colburn married a Ledotia Belcher in Stafford, CT in 1844 (Barbour Collection) which could be the same Amasa, but Ledotia couldn't be Henrietta's mother as Henrietta as born ca 1836 (1850 Fed Census).
      More research and/or proof is needed to show this is a different Henrietta Colburn. 2/28/17 DMC
    Last Modified 28 Feb 2017 
    Family ID F6553  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Laura Virginia Howard,   b. 1849, Washington, DC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Mar 1889, Hennepin County, MN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 40 years) 
    Married 1864 
    Children 
     1. Dora Puffer,   b. CA 1861, VT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1961  (Age ~ 99 years)
     2. Cora V. Puffer,   b. 1868, DC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jan 1890, Hennepin County, MN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 22 years)
     3. Ada E. Puffer,   b. Mar 1869, DC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1969  (Age ~ 99 years)
     4. William Henry Puffer,   b. 16 Jun 1872, Des Moines, IA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 May 1936, Saint Paul, MN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
     5. Harry Wilson Puffer,   b. 22 Apr 1874, IA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jun 1919, Polk County, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 45 years)
     6. Bertha C. Puffer,   b. 1878, IA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Sep 1953, Havre, MT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
     7. William Bert Puffer,   b. 27 Jun 1879, Des Moines, IA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Sep 1953, Havre, MT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     8. Lottie Puffer,   b. Abt 1882, IA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1982  (Age ~ 99 years)
     9. Frances M. Puffer,   b. Mar 1883, Des Moines, IA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1983  (Age ~ 99 years)
    Last Modified 28 Feb 2017 
    Family ID F6554  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Aug 1839 - Bennington, VT Link to Google Earth
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  • Documents
    alfred edson puffer marriage.jpg
    alfred edson puffer marriage.jpg

    Headstones
    alfred edson puffer sr gs.jpg
    alfred edson puffer sr gs.jpg

  • Notes 
    • Civil War, US Navy Veteran, Captain in the Civil War; enlisted Oct 10 1862, Philadelphia, PA resigned March 18 1865. Admitted to the Battle Mountain Sanitarium, US National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, Hot Springs, SD in 1912 with asthma and chronic constipation.

      A silversmith and burnisher, lived in Des Moines, IA; hotel proprietor

      A bartender in the Georgetown district of Washington, D.C. in 1870; a bartender in Des Moines, IA in 1880

  • Sources 
    1. [S1210] _Descendants of George Puffer of Braintree, Massachusetts 1639-1915, Charles Nutt, A. B.,, , (The Tuttle Company), 160.

    2. [S1652] Iowa State Census Collection, 1836-1925.

    3. [S1638] South Dakota Death Index, 1905-1955.

    4. [S1210] _Descendants of George Puffer of Braintree, Massachusetts 1639-1915, Charles Nutt, A. B.,, , (The Tuttle Company), 159.

    5. [S2056] Vermont Vital Records, 1720-1908.

    6. [S48] Massachusetts Marriage Records, 1840-1915.