There was no scandal. Here is the real story as shown on Family Tree Maker WFT Vol 8 Tree #2571:
1. JOHN CALVIN8 BURCE (SILAS7 BEARSE, HOLMES6, EBENEZER5, JOSEPH4, JOHN3, JAMES2, AUGUSTINE1) was born June 14, 1834 in Starks, Somerset Co., ME, and died October 23, 1864 in Bristol, Bucks Co., PA. He married ADA HURD ANDREWS March 04, 1864 in Industry, Franklin Co., ME, daughter of LEVI ANDREWS and LYDIA HEARD. She was born June 20, 1839 in South Anson, Somerset Co., ME, and died June 29, 1923 in Snohomish, Snohomish Co., WA.
Notes for JOHN CALVIN BURCE:
John Calvin Burse served in Company D of the 9th Maine Volunteers during the Civil War. While home on furlough, he married Ada Hurd Andrews and fathered Susan Augusta Ruby Burce, who was born while he was away at war. According to Ada Richards Carter, he was captured by the Confederates and was interned at Andersonville, Georgia. Written records do not support this story. A book on the history of Industry, Maine, his home town, says he served at Hilton Head, NC, Fernandina Beach, FL, and later at the Battle of Cold Harbor (VA) and in the siege of Petersburg. A letter said he had served at the Bermuda Hundred. Shortly thereafter he lamented in a letter that his regiment had gone down in size from 750 men to 225. He was disgusted with the war, but nevertheless re-enlisted because he was determined to see it through to the finish. On his way home after the war, he died at White Hall Hospital in Bristol, Bucks Co., PA (near Philadelphia). He never saw his daughter.
He is buried at West Mills Cemetery, Industry, Franklin Co., Maine.
Notes for ADA HURD ANDREWS:
After the death of John Calvin Burce, Ada received a letter from his brother Rufus in Wisconsin asking her to come and keep house for him there. She wrote to a cousin explaining her dilemma of whether or not to accept. Joan Long has both letters. She accepted, moved to Wisconsin, and there married Rufus Burce. Later they moved to Snohomish Co., WA.
Ada is buried in the GAR Cemetery in Snohomish, WA, along with her daughter Lydia Burce Goff (Aunt Kitty), Lydia's husband Charles Goff, and their daughter Marguerite Goff. The graves are located near a tall monkey tree about 100 feet from the north (back) fence of the cemetery, past the square white mausoleum. The inscriptions read:
Lydia M. Goff Ada H. Burce Marguerite Goff Charles Goff
Nov 6, 1871
July 6, 1952
Child of JOHN BURCE and ADA ANDREWS is:
i. SUSAN AUGUSTA RUBY9 BURCE, b. December 06, 1864, Industry, Franklin Co., ME; d. January 25, 1919, Granite Falls, Snohomish Co., WA; m. THOMAS NICHOLAS LOVERING RICHARDS, December 18, 1880, Seattle, King Co., WA; b. December 21, 1847, Ilfracombe, Devon, England; d. June 02, 1923, Maltby, Snohomish Co., WA.
Notes for SUSAN AUGUSTA RUBY BURCE:
Buried in the GAR Cemetery, Snohomish, WA. Gravestone says "Ruby B. Richards." See note under her husband, Thomas Nicholas Lovering Richards.
Notes for THOMAS NICHOLAS LOVERING RICHARDS:
Thomas Nicholas Lovering Richards served in the British Army in India. He returned to England and joined the Royal Navy. He sailed (steamed?) in a Royal Navy ship around Cape Horn and up the west coast of South America, stopping in Lima, Peru. The ship may also have stopped in San Francisco before arriving at Esquimalt, then a Royal Navy base (now a Canadian Navy base) near Victoria, BC.
Along with one or more other sailors, Thomas acquired an indian dugout canoe and crossed the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the United States, stopping at Port Townsend, Whidbey Island, then Utsalady, Camano Island, and ending up back on Whidbey Island. He was eventually pardoned by Queen Victoria, who pardoned all deserting soldiers and sailors on her death bed.
At a Fourth of July parade in Seattle, Thomas saw a young woman riding on a float and said to the man next to him, "I'm going to marry her." Her name was Susan Augusta Ruby Burse, and he did. They settled in Coupeville, and apparently he farmed some and worked as a teamster with a team of horses. They had 19 children.
Buried 6 June 1923 in the GAR Cemetery, Snohomish, WA, along with his wife and sons Edmund and Burce. Grave marker says "Thomas N." and "Ruby B." Richards. To find the graves, go straight in the main entrance (marked by a sign that says, "Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery"). Turn left (west) at the square white building (mauseleum). Look for a tall pointed marker on the right, back about 20 feet from the road, that says "F.O.E." Then on the left look for a grave marker next to the road facing the other direction (east) that says "Jones." Past the Jones plot is Germain, and next is the Richards plot. The inscriptions read
Edmond A Ruby B. Thomas N. I. Burce
Oct 22, 1897 Dec 6, 1864 Dec 21, 1847 Apr 26, 1911
Nov 18, 1919 Jan 25, 1919 June 2, 1923 Jan 10, 1929
The marker stone was added by Helen Richards Long.
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