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Colston, John Flavel


Age: 21, credited to Hartland, VT
Unit(s): 12th VT INF
Service: enl 8/19/62, m/i 10/4/62, MSCN, Co. B, 12th VT INF, m/o 7/14/63

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Birth: 1841, Hartland, VT
Death: 05/12/1921

Burial: Village Cemetery, Hartland, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Joie Finley Morris +
Findagrave Memorial #: 0
(There may be a Findagrave Memorial, but we have not recorded it)


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 5/19/1882, 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


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Hartland Village Cemetery, Hartland, VT

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John F. Colston

The Vermont Journal, June 17, 1921


Death of John Flavel Colston

Died in Hartland, June 12, John F. Colston, aged 79 years and 11 months. Mr. Colston was born on the Colston farm in Hartland, now owned by J. B. Miller, attended the schools of the town became a machinist and was employed in Bridgeport, Conn., and Akron, Ohio. Early in the Civil war he enlisted in Co. B, 12th regiment, Vermont Volunteers and was enrolled August 19, 1862. He served as musician in the drilling camps and afterwards in the regimental band. Since the early seventies he had in the main lived in Hartland. His paternal grandfather, William Colston, a native of Scotland, came to America during the Revolutionary war as a soldier in Gen. Burgoyne's army at the time of the British invasion by way of Lake Champlain and the surrender at Saratoga. This said ancestor never returned to England but eventually settled in Hartland. J. F. Colston's maternal (grand) father, Thomas Bagley, was a soldier of the same period with the Continental troops. He lived in Hartland and it seems worthy of note that seven of his grandsons served in the Civil war. The subject of our sketch possessed a philosophic and judicial mind, independence of thought, a wide range of reading, a famously acute and tenacious memory and a diction direct and graphic, rendering his discourse memorable, instructive and diverting. A man of prudent forethought and thrift and having withal an inherent and unerring discrimination in matters pertaining to what may be termed the arts which in music disclosed the fine fibre of the creative faculty and the interpretative performer. Among violinists few are given the expressive touch of sweetness and delicacy that was his. He took up the study of the violin with A. E. Hough of Lebanon, N. H., and later received instruction in Cleveland, Ohio and served in a theater orchestra in that city.

March 12, 1872, he married Eliza A. Gay of Hartland, who passed away two years ago. He is survived by two daughters, Miss Kate Colston and Mrs. O. L. Lobdell, and four grandchildren. Funeral services were held in the Universalist church, Rev. L. R. Daniels of Windsor officiating . Burial was in the family lot in Hartland cemetery.

Courtesy of Cathy Hoyt.