Private William Bloxham
47th Wisconsin Volunteers 4 Feb 65-4 Sep 65

On information received from his descendant great grandnephew.

Date :

Mon, 12 Aug 2002 11:26:24 -0700


Hello from Chicago.  I am researching the Bloxham family, my g grandmother Elizabeth (Bessie ) Bloxham, born 1856 in Banbury, England, arrived in Green Lake ,WI the same time as one William Bloxham.

The town of Banbury, is north of London, in the time frame we are researching most if not all Bloxhams , were from that area.

William enlisted in the 47th from Green Lake (Dartford), & returned after his service.  He married Melissa Reed, they had a son Charles, born 1870 . William is listed in the census as a farm laborer.

The family's life's came to a tragic end on 4 July1873, he along with his wife & son drowned in a storm while rowing across Green Lake , they were on their way to the annual 4th picnic. The sailing boats H BHarshaw & Ripon Girl were full, some family's decided to row.

 Day turned to night at 10:00 AM. the storm hit & many small boats capsized. 10 people died that day.

My g grandmother & her bro. Thomas, left the area right after the disaster, we think his death prompted the move .

We are not 100% sure that William & Elizabeth are related, but with the time frame, rarity of name & place of birth we are willing to say " very close" .

Then on 1 Jan 2003..this from Mark:

HI Pete,
       We are moving Wm. from a maybe to g granduncle. Pg 2 & 3 are his
birth record, pg 4 is my g grandmother Elizabeth Bloxham.  The difference in
this & his military papers could be they just put down "over 18", a lot of
that went on in those days.

You'll notice the 1870  WI census comes in line with the English records,
also the newspaper story on the accident.
I checked in Green Lake & Madison for death records, no luck, I think the
families were in no shape to worry about paper work, & things like that
weren't mandatory for years to come.
I hope we are in agreement on our findings.

Have a healthy holiday season,


Note: Yes Mark, We are ALL finally in agreement that William Bazeley Bloxham is your long lost great great uncle and kudos to you for your persistence in proving the facts.   Although I am unable to display pages 1 & 2 that you have sent I have looked them over, surely William is your great great uncle and how unfortunate that he and his family died in such a tragic event on Green Lake, Independence Day in 1873. Thank you for all your efforts on our behalf....Pete Bennett

Thanks & Semper Fidelis,

Mark W. Cassidy- Descendant great grandnephew

More on this story:

Mark wrote this email to the Green Lake Chamber of Commer of commerace and has a very favorable response from them and the Historical Society. Below is the discussions between them and the Historical Society and their answer which I think is very favorable:

Thanks Mark,


 Hello from Chicago.
 4 July1873 my g uncle William B Bloxham, along with
his young family & many neighbors drowned in Green Lake. News papers of
the time stated that the towns folk would always remember that disaster.
 Question: Has the community remembered that disaster?

William Bloxham,
 was from England arrived in WI 1865 & went right into the Army (47th WI).

 Are they remembered at the parade or on Vet's Day ? If they are I would
love to drive up & see.
  Thank you,
 Mark W Cassidy

From: Green Lake Area Chamber []
Sent: Monday, March 10, 2003 1:21 PM
Cc: Dartford Historical Society/Harriet Wolk
Subject: Fw: 4th of July

Dear Mark,

As you can see (by starting at the bottom of this e-mail) I have looked into
your question via our historical society and their reply is below. If you
are interested in having some sort of remembrance at our July 4th event we
would be happy to work with you, as much as possible.

Diane Borgardt
Administrative Assistant
Green Lake Area Chamber of Commerce
920-294-3231 or 800-253-7354
Fax: 920-294-3415

----- Original Message -----
From: "Harriet Wolk" <hwolk@
To: "Green Lake Area Chamber" <>
Sent: Friday, March 07, 2003 8:49 PM
Subject: Re: 4th of July


To my knowledge the community does not remember this disaster. A memorial
to the victims was not erected.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Green Lake Area Chamber">
To: "Harriet Wolk"
Sent: Thursday, March 06, 2003 11:49 AM
Subject: Re: 4th of July

 Morning Harriet,

 I would like to know if the community remembered that disaster? and Are
they  remembered at the parade or on Vet's Day ?


 ----- Original Message -----
From: "Harriet Wolk"
 To: "Green Lake Area Chamber">
 Sent: Wednesday, March 05, 2003 9:35 PM
 Subject: Re: 4th of July


 Yes, I remember this msg. We have a copy of the original article about
the  4th of July disaster at the Historical Society and a copy of the
information was sent to Mark some time ago.

 I have been out of town so didn't receive your msg until this evening.

 If you need more information, please let me know.

 Harriet Wolk

 ----- Original Message -----
 From: "Green Lake Area Chamber" <>
 To: "Dartford Historical Society/Harriet Wolk" <>
 Sent: Friday, February 28, 2003 12:36 PM
 Subject: Fw: 4th of July

 I received the following e-mail (please read below) and was wondering if
 this is remembered by anyone. Please let me know.

 Thank you,
 Diane Borgardt
 Administrative Assistant
Green Lake Area Chamber of Commerce
 920-294-3231 or 800-253-7354
 Fax: 920-294-3415

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