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Atwood, Alfred A.


Age: 30, credited to Leicester, VT
Unit(s): 2nd VT LARTY
Service: enl 10/3/61, m/i 12/16/61, WGNR, 2nd VT LARTY BTRY, m/o 9/20/64

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Birth: 06/24/1830, Leicester, VT
Death: 03/04/1912

Burial: Pine Hill Cemetery, Brandon, VT
Marker/Plot: Row-9, headstone, no GAR
Gravestone photographer: Kathy Valloch
Findagrave Memorial #: 10165377


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 12/26/1879; widow Elzira W., 3/28/1912, 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: None


Great Granduncle of Shirley Atwood Martin, Brandon, VT

Great Grandfather of Shirley Martin, Brandon, VT

Great Grandfather of Kenneth Atwood, Colchester, VT

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Pine Hill Cemetery, Brandon, VT

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Alfred Atwood was born January 29, 1830 in Salisbury, Vermont in Addison county. He married Elzira Winter on April 4, 1853. Elzira Winter was born July 9, 1836 in Croydon, New Hampshire and died on September 6, 1918 at Brandon, Vermont. Alfred died March 12, 1912 at Brandon, Vermont and both are buried at Pine Hill Cemetery in Brandon.
Alfred and Elzira were parents to six children:

1. Kate Lovinny born August 16, 1854 in Beloit Wisconsin.
2. Alanson Winter born July 4, 1856 in Salisbury, Vermont.
3. Laura Almina born August 31, 1864 in Ripton, Vermont.
4. Leonard Born February 29, 1866 in Ripton, Vermont.
5. Isabel born May 25, 1875 in Ripton, Vermont.
6. Harry Born July 16, 1872 in Leicester, Vermont.

Alfred was a farmer all of his life. He spent a few years in Rochester, Vermont (Windsor County)in the 1880's. Charles Atwood, son of Alanson, was brought up by Alfred and Elzira as his mother succumbed to heart problems when Charles was only 8 months old.
He related a story to his daughter regarding an incident where a neighboring farmer had a turkey who used to go to his grandfathers farm and gorge himself on the goodies in the garden. Alfred warned the farmer if he didn't keep him at home that someday he wouldn't be coming home. One day Charles came home from school his grandmother had a turkey dinner all ready to eat.
Alfred was living in Leicester when he enlisted in 2nd Battery Vermont Light Artillery in 1861. Elzira probably lived with her parents, Timothy and Sarah (Putney) Winter in Ripton for the time Alfred was gone.
Alfred had a brother, Frank W., who owned a ranch in Kansas. Alfred used to accompany him on trips out there. Frank used to take loads of Cattle out there by train and return with loads of wild horses. Alfred used to help him train the horses which they sold.
Items from the local newspaper, Brandon Union:

1. 4th September 1891 - Alph Atwood of Rochester stopping with his son-in-law, Willie Dutton, has a 3 yr. Old gray mare which is 17 hands high.
2. 15th January 1892, Alph Atwood has moved to the Widow Thomas' house (Brandon)
3. 2nd October 1896 - Alph Atwood of Rochester moves into the J. B. Wilbur House (Brandon)
4. Alph Atwood on 2nd April 1897 moved onto the Sam Hendee place.

From all accounts it looks like Alfred Atwood moved around a lot. Brandon, Leicester, Salisbury, Ripton, Rochester and Beloit, Wisconsin.
A family cousin, says that when Alfred and Elzira were in Beloit, Wisconsin they had a spat and Alfred got on the train and returned to Vermont leaving Elzira and baby out there. Son of His in-laws chipped in and sent Elzira's brother-in-law out to Beloit and bring Elzira and Kate home.
Lucian Atwood, Son of Leonard, related that he remembers Alfred as being tall and thin. He also related that Elzira got after Alfred for trying to teach Lucian how to smoke a pipe. Alfred's defense was "How is he going to learn if I don't show him?"
The above information on Alfred Atwood is thanks to Shirley Atwood Martin his Great-granddaughter.


Alfred A. Atwood, a veteran of the Civil war, who served in the 2d Vermont battery, died at his home in Brandon, Monday, at the advanced age of 83 years.

Source: Barre Times, March 8, 1912
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.