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Father: Smith Taft b. 22 Mar 1784, d. 9 Jul 1842
Mother: Hannah Albee b. 23 Jul 1801, d. 29 Jun 1867
Company: H., Henry Spurr Tafft was also known as Henry S. Taft in some records. His military records are under "TAFFT", as is his burial and his pre-war records in MA.
He was born on 13 Mar 1834 at Charlton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, son of Smith Taft and Hannah Albee. On 9 Jul 1842 his father, Smith Taft, died at Charlton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, at age 58.
In 1842, at Charlton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Henry was involved in a guardianship proceeding at the probate court. He was enumerated in the household of Israel Plummer and Amelia Taft Cooper in the 1850 US Federal Census on 19 Aug 1850 at Northbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as: Israel Plummer, 38, merchant, b. MA Amelia J., 39 Emma A., 13 (his future wife) Sarah L., 11 Hiram, 35, machinist, b. MA **Henry S. Taft, 16, clerk, b. MA Ann S. Dexter, 23, b. Ireland James Bronson, 16, laborer, b. VT Patrick Duphey, 19, laborer, b. Ireland.
On 25 Dec 1855 Henry Spurr Tafft, 21, married Emma Amelia Plummer, 20, daughter of Israel Plummer and Amelia Taft Cooper, at Charlton, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
On 1 Aug. 1861 Henry mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry as a 1st Lieutenant, being credited to the quota of Northbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 27 years, 4 months and 19 days old.
On 14 Aug. 1861 at "The Worcester Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Henry Spurr Tafft was mentioned in an article about the departure of the Fifteenth Massachusetts from Worcester. In Sept. 1861 Henry was transferred from detached to the Signal Corps.