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Cleveland, James P. Jr.


Age: 33, credited to Randolph, VT
Unit(s): 12th VT INF
Service: comn 1LT, Co. F, 12th VT INF, 9/11/62 (10/2/62), resgd 2/27/63

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Birth: 09/21/1828, Bethel, VT
Death: 04/29/1908

Burial: South View Cemetery, Randolph, VT
Marker/Plot: Block 66 Lot 3 Grave 4
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Monica White
Findagrave Memorial #: 0
(There may be a Findagrave Memorial, but we have not recorded it)


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 12/14/1883, VT; widow Lucinda S., 5/23/1908, VT
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: See Benedict's Army Life in Virginia


2nd Great Grandfather of Sherri Cleveland Grant, Braintree, VT

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South View Cemetery, Randolph, VT

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Ullery's "Men of Vermont"


Cleveland, James P., Jr., son of James P. and Anna P. (Huntington) Cleveland, was born in Bethel, Sept. 21, 1828.
His father, James P. Cleveland, Sr., is still living, at the age of ninety. Very many years ago he joined the Masonic fraternity, of which he is believed to be the oldest living representative in the state of Vermont. James P., Jr., removed to Braintree in 1845, and until 1880 followed farming. At that time he removed to West Randolph and has devoted himself to life, fire and accident insurance. He has also engaged in settling several estates, and frequently acted as guardian.
A member of the Republican party, he has been appointed both deputy and sheriff of his county. He was enrolling officer in 1863, and assistant judge in 1878-'79, and was elected a member of the Legislature in 1876-'77. Enlisting as a private in Co. F, 12th Regt. Vt. Vols., he was elected 1st lieutenant, and served nine months for the regiment. He was a charter member of U. S. Grant Post, No. 96, of West Randolph, and has belonged to the Masonic order more than thirty years, and held the position of Worshipful Master four years, and treasurer twenty-five years. He is also a charter member of Randolph Lodge, No. 48, I. O. O. F.
Mr. Cleveland married, August 3, 1850, Martha, daughter of Elijah and Patience (Neff) Flint, who died Jan. 4, 1893. They have had three children: Frank H., Jennie A., and Harry L.

Source: Jacob G. Ullery, compiler, Men of Vermont: An Illustrated Biographical History of Vermonters and Sons of Vermont, (Transcript Publishing Company, Brattleboro, VT, 1894), Part II, p. 74.


Old and Prominent Citizen of Randolph Died Yesterday

Randolph has lost one of its oldest and most prominent men in the death of James Payne Cleveland, Jr., who passed away a little before 9 o'clock yesterday morning in the 80th year of his age. For some little time he had been gradually retiring from active affairs and in the last year had more noticeably yielded to increasing feebleness. During the later part of the winter he had an attack of bilious grip, from which he was slowly regaining his strength when he was seized with strangulated hernia and underwent an operation at the sanitarium Saturday morning. He rallied favorably and his symptoms pointed to a good recovery until fatal complications arose that brought the end quickly.

Mr. Cleveland was one of an old and honored New England family, that traced its ancestry from Moses Cleveland of Ipswich, England, who settled in Woburn, Mass., about 1650. James Payne, Jr., the son of James Payne and Anna P. (Huntington) Cleveland, was born Sept. 21, 1828, in Bethel, among whose early settlers was his grandfather, Stephen Cleveland, who entered the Revolutionary army at the age of 16 and rose to the rank of orderly sergeant. The wife of Stephen Cleveland, Hannah Huntington, was the daughter of a soldier who served at the Lexington alarm in 1775, was appointed to the 8th regiment of Connecticut troops and was in col. Israel Putnam's regiment at the battle of Bunker Hill. Their son, James Payne, went into business with his father in a cloth-dressing mill at Bethel and continued in it until long after the death of the senior Cleveland. He finally retired top Randolph and died here Sept. 14, 1898. He joined Rising Sun lodge, F. And A. M., of Royalton in June of 1824, and for some years was supposed to be the oldest living representative of the order in the state.

James Payne, Jr., acquired his education in the common schools of Bethel and in 1845 removed to Braintree, where he engaged in agricultural pursuits until 1880, with the exception of three years in East Randolph. He then located in this village to devote himself to the management of a life, fire, and accident insurance business, in which he had lately been joined by his son, Frank H. Cleveland. His services were also in demand in the settlement of estates, in guardianships and in town affairs, the office of lister being held by him many years.

He was affiliated with the Republican party and had been deputy and high sheriff of Orange county. He was enrolling officer in 1863, assistant judge in 1878-79 and was chosen to represent Braintree in the legislature in 1876-77. Mr. Cleveland enlisted in the Civil war Sept. 11, 1862, as a private in Company F, 12th regiment, Vermont Volunteers, and served nine months, being discharged at Washington, D. C., Feb. 29, 1863. He was elected a first lieutenant upon the organization of his company and in after years became a charter member of U. S. Grant post, No. 96, G. A. R.

He was a most faithful member of the Masonic fraternity and for over 40 years had been treasurer of Phoenix lodge, No. 28, F. and A. M. He was also a charter member of Randolph lodge, No. 48, I. O. O. F.

Aug. 3, 1850, Mr. Cleveland was united in marriage to Martha Ann, daughter of Elijah and Patience (Neff) Flint, and three children were born to them Frank H., of Peth; Jennie A., wife of Rev. W. I. Chalmers of Riverhead, L. I., and Harry L., who was connected with a railroad office in St. Paul, Minn., and died April 14, 1900. The death of the mother occurred Jan. 4, 1893. For his second wife, who survives him, Mr. Cleveland married July 2, 1896, Lucinda, widow of DeWitt C. Flint and daughter of Sylvanus Spooner, who died during service in the Civil War.

The funeral will be held in Bethany church at 1:30 o'clock Saturday afternoon.

Source: Herald and News, April 30 1908.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.