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Dunham, Edward John


Age: 32, credited to Morristown, VT
Unit(s): 11th VT INF
Service: enl 7/14/62, m/i 9/1/62, Pvt, Co. D, 11th VT INF, m/o 7/11/65

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Birth: 09/07/1829, Hinesburg, VT
Death: 01/21/1917

Burial: Riverside Cemetery, Morrisville, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Deanna French
Findagrave Memorial #: 18003008


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 10/16/1873
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: Brother of Guy and William, all 11th Vermont

Webmaster's Note: The 11th Vermont Infantry was also known as the 1st Vermont Heavy Artillery; the names were used interchangably for most of its career


2nd Great Granduncle of David Wygal, Toms River, NJ

Great Grandfather of Michael Edward Dunham, Johnson, VT

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Riverside Cemetery, Morrisville, VT

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Edward J. Dunham

E. J. Dunham, who has been a resident of this village since 1875 and spent a greater part of his life in Morristown, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Leon Emmons of Park Street, Sunday afternoon.

Mr. Dunham had a remarkably strong constitution and until this past fall had never required the services of a physician but once. Until the past few months he had seemed exceptionally well for one of his years, but had failed gradually of late and especially for the past month. He did not seem particularly weaker until Saturday, but on Sunday there was a decided change in his condition, and he passed peacefully away at 3 p.m., death being due to senile debility.

Edward John Dunham, who was a native if Hinesburg, was 88 years of age, being born Sept. 7, 1828. He was one of four children, three sons and a daughter, born to John and Eliza Clark Dunham, and his death marks the passing of the family. His boyhood was spent in Hinesburg, Waterbury and Fayston, and in 1843 his family moved to Morristown, his parents living many years in Cadys Falls. For many years Mr. Dunham was employed in the old tannery at Cadys Falls, and on Dec. 1, 1850 he was united in marriage to Miss Augusta Town, daughter to the late Mr. and Mrs. Hiram Town of Morristown. Mrs. Dunham died in 1873, and on March 8, 1875, he was married to Sophia Burke, of Morristown, who died June 6, 1896. To his second union were born two children, Edward M., and Mrs. Gussie Dunham Emmons, both of whom survive. Since his wife's death he has resided with his son and daughter, making his home with the latter the past four years. Besides the two children he also leaves seven grandchildren.

The deceased was a veteran of the Civil War, and lost the use of his right hand through service. He enlisted in Co. D. 11th Vt. Vols. on July 14, 1862 and on July 11, 1865 received his discharge. Following the war he returned to Morristown and for several years was employed in the old starch factory at Morristown Corners, or until that building burned. He then engaged in the boot and shoe repair business, having a shop in this village for many years. Mr. Dunham enjoyed the distinction of being the oldest soldier in town, and was the holder of the gold headed cane of the post at the time of his death. Mr. Dunham was sharp and witty by nature and had a droll way of making others see the humorous side of things, which was very amusing. He was a staunch Democrat and showed a keen interest in political matters and general affairs of the day.

Funeral services were held from his late home on Park Street Tuesday at 2 p.m., Rev. W. E. Baker of the Cong'l Church officiating. The service was well attended, including representatives from James M. Warner Post G.A.R., of which organization Mr. Dunham was a member.. The bearers were E. M. Dunham, L. C. Emmons, G. H. Prior and A. N. St. Louis, the last two being members of Geo. W. Doty Camp, S. of V.. Interment was made in the family lot at Riverside Cemetery.

Numerous floral offerings were received, among the pieces being a beautiful pillow with the inscription "Father", from his children, a spray of narcissus from the grandchildren, and calla lilies from James M. Warner Post, WRC

Source: Morrisville Messenger, January 24, 1917

Submitted by Deanna French.