Arthur Macquisten

1872 - 1961

Spanish American War

Their Story

Arthur NMN Macquisten was born in Montreal, Canada, February 7, 1872, to Peter Macquisten and Anna Buchanan, both from Scotland.[1] Arthur arrived in the United States from Canada in October 1889 and petitioned to be a citizen at age 23 on Nov 16, 1895, in Boston, Massachusetts.[2]  He took the Oath of Allegiance, in the District Court, Boston Massachusetts, to become a naturalized citizen.[3]

“I, Arthur Macquisten do solemnly swear that I do absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to every foreign Price, Potentate, State or Sovereignty whatsoever – particularly to Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, whose subject I have heretofore been; and that I will support the constitution of the United States of America, – so help me God.”  Witnessed and sworn by James J Roche and William E Corbett who verified he had been living in Boston for at least one year and had known him for five years to be of good moral character.

Arthur was a musician and played the mandolin at the wedding anniversary party of his friends, Mr. & Mrs. James Roche, in Boston in July 1895.[4] The next year, he played the trombone at First Methodist Episcopal Church orchestra in April.[5] He was a registered voter in Boston, Massachusetts and was listed as a printer in 1896.[6]

Arthur enlisted in the Army April 30, 1900.[7] In June of that year, in the 1900 12th Census of the U.S. Military and Naval Population dated June 1, 1900, located at the Port of San Juan, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Arthur is listed as being a private with:  Company or troop:  _?__ __?_ staff and Band, 11th Regiment, Infantry. He did not have an address in the U.S. at that time.[8]  Although his headstone lists him as serving during the Spanish American War, he did not enlist until two years after that war.

However, in 1898, Puerto Rico was under Spanish rule but had been granted local governmental control.

In April of that year, the U.S. declared war on Spain. It only lasted a few months and when the war ended, the United States was in possession of Puerto Rico, Cuba, Wake Island, Guam, and the Philippines. Under the 1899 Treaty of Paris, Puerto Rico found itself a US protectorate with fewer rights of self-government than it had recently won under Spain.[9] In 1900, the United States declared Puerto Rico a United States territory.

During the Philippine–American War from 1901–1903, the Eleventh Infantry was sent to the Philippines to help put down the Moro Rebellion, where it was in engagements against the Moros of Mindanao and the Filipinos of the Visayas.[10] It is unclear whether Arthur was part of this action.

On February 8, 1901, in the District of Columbia, Arthur married Eva Smith.[11] She was born there in 1874. In April of 1903, Arthur was discharged from the U.S. Army as a sergeant.[12] He had been in the 1st Band Artillery Corps. Loss discharge by expiration of service, Fort Getty, S.C. – character good, April 29, 1903.

Arthur reenlisted in the Army on June 9, 1906, at the age of 35.[13] But just 22 days later, he was discharged at Ft. Sam Houston for disability. He was listed as being in the AC regiment.[14]

Eva and Arthur lived in Hastings, Nebraska, in 1917, and he worked as a poultryman at Ingleside Hospital for the Insane.[15] In 1919, they lived in Rockford, Illinois, and he was listed as a pressman.[16] By 1930, they had moved to Hastings, Minnesota. He was an insane asylum officer. In 1940, both Arthur and Eva worked at the Hastings State Hospital for the Insane. He was a supervisor of a ward, and she was an attendant.[17] He made $600 per month to Eva’s $450. He was 66 and she was 64. Both were listed as having completed 8th grade.

They moved again to Burkittsville, Maryland, according to the 1950 US Census. Arthur was 75. Neither were working anymore. No known children were born to them.[18] At some point they moved to Bettendorf, Iowa. Arthur had been living at the Masonic Sanitarium for five years when he died there in May of 1961 at the age of 89.[19] Eva died there, as well, two years later. The only surviving relative was a niece, Edith Alice MacQuisten, of Lachine, Quebec, Canada.[20]


[1] U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 –

[2] Massachusetts, U.S., State and Federal Naturalization Records, 1798-1950 –

[3] Naturalization Records V210-214, 1895-1896  Nov 16, 1895

[4] 19 Jul 1895, 3 – The Boston Globe at

[5] 23 Apr 1896, 4 – The Boston Globe at

[6] Massachusetts, City of Boston Voter Registers, 1857-1920;

[7] Page 38 Army Register of Enlistments, 1798-1914 – Fold3

[8] United States Census, 1900;

[9] The Spanish-American War (

[10] 11th Infantry Regiment (United States) – Wikipedia

[11] Washington, D.C., U.S., Marriage Records, 1810-1953 –

[12] Macquisten, Arthur in U.S. Veterans’ Gravesites, ca.1775-2019 – Fold3

[13] Page 78 Army Register of Enlistments, 1798-1914 – Fold3

[14] U.S., Army, Register of Enlistments, 1798-1914 –

[15] U.S., City Directories, 1822-1995 –

[16] U.S., City Directories, 1822-1995 –

[17] 1940 United States Federal Census –

[18] 1950 United States Federal Census –

[19] 22 May 1961, 9 – The Daily Times at

[20] 15 Jan 1963, 6 – The Daily Times at