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Demeritt, William Lett


Age: 18, credited to Eden, VT
Unit(s): 5th VT INF
Service: enl 8/13/61, m/i 9/16/61, Pvt, Co. D, 5th VT INF, reen 12/15/63, wdd, Wilderness, 5/5/64, m/o 6/29/65

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Birth: 09/29/1843, Eden, VT
Death: 03/08/1923

Burial: Branch Cemetery, Craftsbury, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone photographer: Denis & Karen Jaquish
Findagrave Memorial #: 106782793


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 9/16/1865
Portrait?: 1907 Reunion, Co. D, 5th VVI, French Collection
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: Died in Montpelier


Great Grandfather of Rick Leach, Alfred, ME

Great Grandfather of Everett Demeritt, North Wolcott, VT

3rd Great Granduncle of Elwin Sherrer, Burlington, VT

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Branch Cemetery, Craftsbury, VT

Check the cemetery for location/directions and other veterans who may be buried there.

Hardwick Gazette, March, 1923
undated scrapbook entry


William L. Demeritt was born in Eden on Sept. 29, 1843. He was the youngest of six children of Amos Demeritt and Mary (Dyke)Demeritt. He enlisted in Co. D. 5th Vt Reg, Vermont Volunteers in 1861 for three years. At the expiration of his enlistment, he reenlisted for two years, or during the war. He was wounded at the Battle of the Wilderness. While home on furlough in 1864 he married Abbie Wilkens, who died March 27, 1901. They had ten children, seven of who survive him, also 20 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren.
In 1905 he married Mrs. Susie Harris of Wolcott, who died in October of 1919.
Since May of 1920 he had made his home with his oldest daughter, Mrs, G.W. Herring, in Montpelier, where he died.
The funeral was held in Morrisville on Sunday, March 11. The body was placed in the tomb there.He will be buried in the Branch Cemetery in Craftsbury, beside his first wife, in the spring.

Submitted by: Deanna French.



William L. Demeritt, 89 year old Civil war veteran, died last night at the home of his daughter, Mrs. G. W. Herring at 57 North street, following an illness of six weeks' duration.

Mr. Demeritt was born in Eden September 29, 1843, the son of Amos and Mary (Dyke) Demeritt. He served during the Civil war in the 5th Vermont. He saw four years; creditable service, during which time he participated in many of the larger engagements of the war. He was wounded at the battle of the Wilderness.

Mr. Demeritt has made his home in this city for some time. He is survived by five daughters and one son, Mrs. G. W. Herring of this city, Mrs. C. H. Lurvey of Wolcott, Mrs. Amanda Ellsworth of Morrisville, Mrs. Abbie Woodruff of Lyndonville, Mrs. Edward Leach of Greensboro Bend, and W. L. Demeritt of Craftsbury.

The funeral will be held at the home Sunday afternoon, after which the body will be entombed to wait burial in the family lot in Craftsbury in the spring.

Source: Montpelier Evening Argus, March 9, 1923
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.