William J. Churchill - Fireman 1st Class

William J. Churchill was born circa 1837 in England and enlisted on 19 January 1864 at the New York, NY Naval Rendezvous as a Fireman 1st Class for a 3 year enlistment[1].

Kane was attached to the Tecumseh on 20 April 1864 [2]. He was reported lost with her during the Battle of Mobile Bay on 5 August 1864 as reported in Navy casualty lists.[3], [4].

He was approximately 27 years old and had been in the Navy for nearly two and half years. He left behind a wife and two children.[5]


Wife: Ellen Churchill (married 1859)
Daughter: Susan Churchill (born 1860)
Son: John M. Churchill (born 1863)

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References and Sources

[1] Return of the United States Naval Rendezvous, New York, New York, for the week ending January 23, 1864

[2] NARA T1099. An index to rendezvous reports during the Civil War, 1861-1865.

[3] "Navy Gazette: List of Deaths in the Navy of the United States, reported to the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Navy Department, during the week ending December 3d, 1864." Army and Navy Journal, 10 Dec. 1864, p. 253.

[4] Officers and Enlisted Men who Died in the Active Service of the U.S. Navy 1776-1885

[5] Case Files of Approved Pension Applications of Widows and Other Dependents of Civil War and Later Navy Veterans ("Navy Widows' Certificates"), 1861-1910