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Chandler, Frank Hilton


Age: 25, credited to Rockingham, VT
Unit(s): 4th VT INF
Service: enl 9/3/61, m/i 9/21/61, MSCN, 4th VT INF Band, m/o 8/9/62

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Birth: abt 1836, Vermont
Death: 12/28/1920

Burial: South View Cemetery, Randolph, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 126922698


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 5/25/1906, NY
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: The remains of Frank Hilton Chandler were removed from Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, NY on June 27, 1921, for interment in Randolph, VT.


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South View Cemetery, Randolph, VT

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Musicians of the Fourth Vermont Infantry Regimental Band

Chandler, Frank Hilton - Musician. (b. West Randolph, Vt., 13 Feb., 1836, son of William Brown & Electa (Owen) Chandler of Pomfret, Connecticut, Hanover, NH, and West Randolph, Vt.) Frank, one of thirteen children of his parents, learned how to play at least six musical instruments in his youth. He was a dedicated member of the singing schools in his hometown when growing up. He learned the trade of manufacturing church organs in Bellows Falls, Vt. where he was living from 1853 to 1861. That year, the war broke out and Vermont called for volunteers. He enlisted from Rockingham (Windham Co) Vt. at the age of 25 years on 3 Sept., 1861 He mustered in at Brattleboro, 21 Sept., 1861. He mustered out 9 Aug., 1862. After his service he went to Springfield, Massachusetts where he worked as an inspector in the ordnance department there. Later he was an inspector in the New York City office. Here he served until the end of the war. In April, 1869, Frank and his brother Albert established a piano-forte, piano, and music-ware sales rooms, adjoining the Academy of Music in Brooklyn, NY (begun in 1859) and the Brooklyn Library. His business was located at 172 Montague Street, representing especially the Chickerings. He built up a large trade. He also produced handbooks of music and musicians. He m. 28 Aug., 1872, Narcissa Davis (b. Milford, NH). Narcissa was a successful schoolteacher of music in a private school for young ladies in New York City several years before her marriage. They had one son, Frank Wadleigh Chandler (b. New York City, 16 June, 1873), who was a writer and professor of literature and history at the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, NY. Frank lived with his family at 177 South Oxford Street in Brooklyn.

Much more about Frank and the Chandler Family can be found at the Randolph, Vt. Historical Society.
Biographical Information
(researched by Linda M. Welch, March, 2008)


Death of Frank H. Chandler

Col. A. B. Chandler received a telegram yesterday announcing the death on Tuesday of his brother, Frank H. Chandler of Brooklyn, N.Y. Mr. Chandler had been in poor health about a year, and ten days ago contracted pneumonia, from which he rallied until a relapse on Christmas day. From then until his death he continued to fail.

Frank Hilton Chandler was born at the Chandler homestead in Randolph Feb. 13, 1836, the eleventh of thirteen children of William Brown and Electa (Owen) Chandler. He was educated in West Randolph academy, after which he began the manufacture of church organs in Randolph Center, after wards going to Bellows Falls. In 1869 he established a piano and music store in Brooklyn, N.Y., which is today the oldest store of its kind in that city. Only about three years ago did he give up active business.

At the outbreak of the Civil war he enlisted in the 4th Regiment Vermont Volunteers. He was employed in the armory at Springfield, Mass., and was inspector of ordnance in New York city for several years. Aug. 28, 1872, he married in Randolph Miss Narcissa Davis, who has been seriously ill for some time. One son, Frank Wadleigh Chandler, was born to them. He is now dean of the University of Cincinnati. In recent years Mr. Chandler has made frequent visits to this brothers, Col. Chandler.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at the Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian church, of which he had long been a member, and the remains will be placed in the vault in Greenwood cemetery until spring, when they will be interred in the Chandler lot in Southview cemetery here.

Source: Bethel Courier, December 30, 1920
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.