Being from New England, when I see a notation for the Indian War, I automatically think 17th & 18th Centuries. So when I came across this grave marker and it said "Indian War" but a death date of 1937, I was a little perplexed. Apparently, outside of New England, say in Fort Keogh, Custer, Montana, this is a no brainer. Sometimes, you just have to laugh at yourself.
Alvah C. Frink was born in March 1856 according to the 1900 census in Haverhill, MA where he lived as a single man with his Uncle Andrew & Aunt Elizabeth Frink. Also with them at the time is Alvah's brother Charles A. Frink, a widower, b. Jun 1853. A birth for Alva b. March 1856 cannot be found, however, an Eva C. Frink was b. Mar 20 1855 in Haverhill, Ma to Samuel & Sarah Frink.
On the 1855 Massachusetts Census in Haverhill, MA, Alvah C. is listed as "A.C. Frink" age 4 months, with his parents, Samuel & Sarah Frink, as well as additional siblings . By the 1865 Massachusetts Census, he and a couple of his siblings, John H. & Charles Frink are with Elizabeth A. Frink. Elizabeth A. Frink, the apparent guardian should not to be confused with his Aunt Elizabeth A. Frink who was married to his uncle Andrew noted above.
A further look into the records of Haverhill, MA show the following records for his siblings:
John H. Frink b. Apr 14 1850 Haverhill, Ma, son of Samuel & Sarah
Charles A. Frink b. June 24 1852 Haverhill, Ma son of Samuel & Sarah
Clarisa Elizabeth Frink b. Aug 9 1845 to Samuel & Sarah; "Clara" E. (Frink) Sawyer d. Feb 15, 1874
Harriet Porter Frink b. Dec 29 1847 to Samuel & Sarah; d. Aug 21 1852
The parents, Samuel Frink & Sarah Saunders marriage intention was recorded Sep 22 1844 Haverhill, MA, and on Jan 2 1861 Sarah Frink died of paralysis at the age of 45y 5m. Her father is not listed, but her mother is named as Lydia Alexander. Samuel Frink, a widower, died June 10, 1865 of Dyspeptic Phthesis 48y 6m son of Robert Frink & Judith.
As late 1930 Alvah is still in Haverhill, Ma and still single. Clearly though, Mrs E.F. Wyman cared enough to apply for a marker, so who was she? Having cousins named Wyman, this naturally made me even more curious. Turns out she was Elizabeth F. Wyman, a widow, who can be found on Water St Haverhill, MA in 1930. She is listed in the Haverhill Directories as early as 1902, but earlier goes by Lizzie. Turns out the same Elizabeth Frink that was the guardian in 1865, later lives with Lizzie F. Wyman, a widow, who calls her "grand aunt" in 1900. This Grand Aunt Elizabeth is listed as b. Dec 1828 on the 1900 census, but there doesn't seem to be much doubt she is the sister of Alvah's father, Samuel Frink, and was born Dec 1824 to Robert Frink & Judith Foster in Haverhill, MA.
Still though..how does Lizzie connect to Alvah? Further research shows Lizzie's maiden name was Sawyer and she was married to Frank C. Wyman. They were married Sept 1, 1888 in Haverhill, Ma and her father is listed as Gayton P. Sawyer. No mother is listed but if you notice the earlier death record of Alvah's sister, Clarisa/Clara, and the birth for Lizzie Aug 25, 1870 in Haverhill, you'll see she was her mother, making Alvah, Lizzie's Uncle. She apparently loved her uncle so much she not only got him a military marker, but named her son Willis Alvah Wyman born May 31, 1891 in Haverhill, Ma.
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