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Graham, Michael


Age: 19, credited to Sherburne, VT
Unit(s): 17th VT INF
Service: substitute - enl 7/15/64, m/i 7/15/64, PVT, Co. A, 17th VT INF, wdd, Poplar Spring Church, 9/30/64, pow, Poplar Spring Church, 9/30/64, prld 3/1/65, m/o 7/24/65

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Birth: 1844, Ireland
Death: 1917

Burial: St. Sylvester Cemetery, Barre, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 76427949


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 9/28/1882, VT
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: VT
(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


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St. Sylvester Cemetery, Barre, VT

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Michael Graham Died While on Visit in West Topsham

The funeral of Michael Graham, who died Thursday morning at 8 o'clock at the home of Lawrence Flynn in West Topsham, where he was stricken with a shock while visiting, was held from St. Sylvester's church in Graniteville Friday at 9 a.m., burial being in St. Sylvester's cemetery. Mr. Graham was a veteran of the Civil war and the casket was draped with an American flag. The bearers were Dennis McLeary, Ben Lowery, Thomas Flynn and Lawrence Flynn.

Mr. Graham, who was about 74 years old had a unique history, although much of it will always remain a mystery. He was born in Ireland and when a small lad came to Canada and was placed in an orphan asylum in Montreal. Whether his parents accompanied him across the water is not known, but the youngster was early in life left to fight its battles alone. He had no relatives so far as known and never married. In early youth he must have come into the United States, for at the age of 16 or 17 years he enlisted in the Civil war and served his adopted country.

At various times he was employed at the quarries and about the hill, until several years ago he entered the Soldiers' home at Bennington and remained there since except for visits to friends. It was while he was on such a visit at the home of Lawrence Flynn in West Topsham that death came, resulting from a shock. He had been at the Flynn home for two weeks.

Some years ago Mr. Graham obtained a pension, but not without much hard work, as so little was known by him of his parentage or early life. Through the aid of the sisters at the Montreal orphanage, he was finally able to give enough information to satisfy the government and win the pension.

Source: Barre Daily Times, May 7, 1917
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.