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Edson, Ptolemy O'Meara


Age: 27, credited to Chester, VT
Unit(s): 17th VT INF, 1st VT CAV
Service: comn ASURG, 1st Vt. CAV 11/5/61 (11/18/61), pr SURG, 17th VT INF, 3/16/64 (3/22/64), m/o 2/27/65 [College: UVM 57, HU 60]

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Birth: 12/27/1833, Chester, VT
Death: 02/13/1928

Burial: Forest Hills Cemetery, Jamaica Plain, MA
Marker/Plot: Section 8 Lot 6702
Gravestone photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 138214856


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 3/16/1907, MA
Portrait?: Gibson Collection, Guber Collection off-site, VHS Collections
College?: UVM 57, HU, 60 (Med)
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


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Forest Hills Cemetery, Jamaica Plain, MA

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VHS - Reunion Society Collection

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VHS (Johnston Cavalry Collection)


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Ptolemy O'M. Edson

Fitchburg Sentinel
Thursday - 16 Feb 1928
Death of Dr. Edson
Mrs. Susan Edson Haynes received word Monday of the death of her brother Dr. P. O'Meara Edson, a resident of Roxbury, in his 95th year from pneumonia after a brief illness.
Dr. Edson who was a leading figure in the medical profession, was well known here. He was born in Chester, Vt., Dec. 27, 1833, the son of Ptolemy and Susan (Pratt) Edson. He prepared for college at Appleton academy, New Ipswich, N.H., and was graduated from the University of Vermont in 1857. His training for his chosen profession was chiefly at the Harvard Medical school.
After his graduation he assisted his father in practice in and around Chester. In Civil War days Dr. Edson served as assistant surgeon. In 1864 he became surgeon with the rank of major in the 17th Vermont Infantry, serving as such until February, 1865.
On returning from the war he resumed practice in his native place, Chester, but in 1866 he moved to Roxbury, where he had since made his home and continued his profession. He retired several years ago.
He was a fellow of the Massachusetts Medical society and a member of the Roxbury Society for Medical Improvement, the Norfolk District Medical society, Boston Obstetrical society and the Medical Library society. He served many years as a member of the Boston school committee.
On Oct. 30, 1865, in Bangor, Me., Dr. Edson married Mary Augusta Young. Mrs. Edson died in 1922. Surviving Dr. Edson are two sons and two daughters, the latter Misses Mary Frances Edson and Margaret Edson, who live at the family home in Roxbury. The sons are Dr. Carroll Everett Edson of Denver, Colo., and John Wells Edson of Dedham. He also leaves three grandchildren and a sister, Mrs. Susan Edson Haynes of this town.
Contributed by Erik Hinckley.