MAJOR EUGENE A. BANCROFT
NEW LONDON COUNTY
CONNECTICUT BIOGRAPHIES
MAJOR EUGENE A. BANCROFT, of New London, formerly of the Fourth Artillery Corps of the United States Army, was born in Boston, Mass., June 17, 1825, the son of Thomas and Betsey (Tileston) Bancroft. His great-grandfather was Thomas Bancroft, and his grandfather, Aaron Bancroft, of Boston. At least one member of the family fought in the Revolutionary War, Captain Bancroft, who participated in the battle of Bunker Hill.
     
Thomas Bancroft, the Major's father, was born in Boston in 1798, and died there in 1886. His first wife, Betsey Tileston, died in her twenty-second year in 1828, leaving two children Eugene and an infant daughter. The daughter died in early married life. Mr. Bancroft and his second wife, Eliza Osborn, reared two sons and two daughters. Of this family three are living, namely: the two daughters; and a son, Thomas J., who is an Assessor in Boston.
     
Major Eugene A. Bancroft was given good educational advantages, finishing his course of study at the Chauncy Hall School, Boston. From 1849 to 1856 he was in the employ of the Adams Express Company in California, going via New Orleans and Texas, the journey consuming six months; and in 1861 he began his military career, enlisting in the Sturgis Rifles in Chicago. On October 24 of that year he was commissioned Second Lieutenant in the regular army; on June 25, 1862, he was brevetted First Lieutenant for gallantry near Fair Oaks, Va.; on December 13, 1862, he was commissioned First Lieutenant; and on July 3, 1863, brevet was conferred upon him for bravery at Gettysburg. Though not a physically strong man, Major Bancroft has the resolute will, the nerve and fire, that characterize leaders of men; and, whenever danger was to be faced, he was found in the thickest of the fray. The rank of Captain of the Fifteenth Infantry was offered him January 22, 1867; but he declined it, accepting, however, the Captaincy of the Fourth Artillery, April 26, 1873. He was in active service against the Indians in the West and at Clear Water, Idaho, was severely wounded by a gunshot in the left arm, left lung, and thorax. For gallant conduct at this time he received his major's brevet. He went to Europe on a pleasure trip in 1873, but within a few months was recalled, and ordered to join the army in the West. Stationed for some time in California, he was two years in Sitka and different parts of Alaska, spending nine years in all in the Far West. On June 17, 1889, his sixty-fourth birthday, he was honorably discharged, having attained the age limit for active military service. Though not a confirmed invalid, Major Bancroft suffers from physical disability to some extent, caused by the hardships and exposure of army life, and his hearing is impaired by climatic causes; but he is constitutionally cheerful, keen, and witty, and enjoys heartily a good joke or story. In all things he is a typical Yankee soldier.
     
Major Bancroft was married June 19, 1861, to Miss Eleanor Croes, a native of St. Charles, Ill., daughter of Ralph V. M. and Anna N. (Blanchard) Croes. Mr. Croes died in Chicago in 1855. His widow is yet living. Ten children have been given to Major Bancroft and his wife, and nine of them are living: Anna B., wife of William D. Coit, prosecuting attorney of New London; Thomas Eugene, in New York City, unmarried; Eleanor, a graduate of the New London High School; Henry Edward, Mary Edith, Bessie Tileston, Charlotte J., Helen McDowell, and George Croes, ten years of age, all with their parents. In politics the Major favors the Republican side. He is a Master Mason.

Biographical Review   Volume XXVI
Containing Life Sketches of Leading Citizens of New London County Connecticut
Boston
Biographical Review Publishing Company
1898
pgs 415 - 416

Charles H. BABCOCK
Asa BACKUS
Morris W. BACON
Nelson A. BACON
Benjamin F. BAILEY
Charles A. BAILEY
Major Eugene A. BANCROFT
Oscar Maxson BARBER
Chester W. BARNES
Charles Griswold BARTLETT
Nathan Dennison BATES
Cyrus G. BECKWITH
Capt. George W. BECKWITH
John Tyler BECKWITH
Charles Gordon BEEBE
Lorenzo Dow BEEBE
William H. BENHAM
William Harris BENTLEY
Asa R. BIGELOW
Jephthah G. BILL
Palmer BILL
Sanford Nelson BILLINGS
T. Palmer BINDLOSS
William P. BINDLOSS
James BINGHAM
Charles BISHOP
Henry BISHOP
James Wilson BIXLER
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