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Loren Newell
11th Maine Infantry - Company D

Updated Nov-2009

Loren Newell's given name would more likely be Laurent. He was born 11-Nov-1840, son of Thomas Newell and Mary Anne. Loren married Suzanne Remmick and they had 7 known children. He died on 20-Dec-1903. He worked as a basket maker and camped at 'Crazy Knoll' in the Locke Mills area of Maine. His son, Sockalexis Newell, settled in the Woodstock area where he was well known. Loren was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic and always marched in local parades.

Loren is found in Census at Indian Island in 1870 and 1880. On June 4, 1880 he is found at Cambridge, Somerset Co., ME, with wife Susan and on June 28, 1880 with wife Jane at Indian Island. He probably was not physically present at Indian Island when the census taker visited and someone may have been guessing at the name of his wife or perhaps she was "Susan Jane". Local historians recall Loren was a basket maker while census takers record him as a laborer. In 1900 Loren is found with his son, "Sox" in Woodstock, Maine.

Loren is specifically mentioned in the Story of John W. Johnson in the first paragraph of Chapter 8 (found on this website) and is referred to in general terms in a number of other places when John talks about the brothers of his wife, Susan Newell.At the time, John Johnson was traveling with the Newell Band of which Loren was a member.

On 1-Nov-1864 Loren entered the army as a substitute and served with the 11th ME Infantry, Company D. He was age 27 and living at Gardiner ME at the time of his enlistment.

During his enlistment, his regiment was stationed near Richmond, VA where they remained until they were mustered out early in 1866. The regiment suffered serious casualties during the month of April of 1865 while fighting at Fort Gregg, Appomattox Court House, and Clover Hill in Virginia.

Loren qualified for a military pension on 20-June-1884 and after his death his wife applied to receive a widow's pension.

  • Enlistment: 1-Nov-1864 to 2-Feb-1866

Researched by: Canyon Wolf for Ne-Do-Ba