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Age: 17, credited to Woodbury, VT
Unit(s): 6th VT INF
Service: enl 10/15/61, m/i 10/31/61, Pvt, Co. G, 6th VT INF, reen 12/15/63, wdd, Savage's Station, 6/29/62, reem/o 6/26/65
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Birth: 04/23/1844, Woodbury, VT
Burial: Highland Cemetery, Chelsea, VT
Gravestone photographer: Kathy Valloch
Findagrave Memorial #: 75720532
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 3/11/1879; minor, 5/24/1905, VT
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Highland Cemetery, Chelsea, VT
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Henry B. Lyford was born in Woodbury, Vermont on April 23rd, 1844. His parents were Aura Lyford and Asenath Hoyt. His mother died when he was 11 years old.
The 1850 census shows him living on a farm with his parents and an older sister, 9 year old Betsey, and a younger sister, 5 year old Harriet. He was still living at home on the farm in 1860.
Henry followed his father, Aura, and his uncle, James Monroe Lyford, by enlisting at the start of the war. He enlisted as a private in Company G of the 6th Vermont Volunteer Infantry Regiment on October 15th, 1861 and was mustered in on the 31st of the month. He was one of the 51 members of the 6th Vermont who were wounded at Savage Station on June 29th, 1962. He reenlisted on December 15th, 1863 and was mustered out of service on June 26th, 1865.
He returned to Vermont after the war, and settled in Chelsea, where he was living and working on the farm of Elijah Dickerson and his family in 1870.
On October 8th, 1875 he married Evoe (Eva) Estella Carpenter, in Chelsea. By 1880 the couple had three sons, Orin D. (April 1876), James (c. 1874) and Harry (December 1879). By 1900 they had 4 more children, Asenath (Sept. 1884), Lean B. (April 1888), G. Daniel (July 1890) and Enoch (Aug. 1892). Another child, born in August 1886 appears to have died at an early age.
At the State Fairgrounds in Montpelier in September 1881, he signed a testimonial, along with a number of other farmers, stating that that "Bradley's Phosphate is the best and most reliable fertilizer that we have ever used", as part of a company promotion. In the mid and late 1890's he was paid to provide the local school district with transportation in both the spring and fall terms, and to "break roads" .
He died on March 25th, 1905 and is buried in the Highland Cemetery in Chelsea.
Contributed by Peter Flood.
The funeral of Henry B. Lyford was held in the Cong'l church Saturday afternoon, Rev. H. J. Wyckoff officiating. He died in the Soldiers' Home at Bennington the 23d, aged 60 yrs., 11 mos., 1 day. He was a veteran of the Civil war, was a member of Co. G, 6th Regt., Vt. Vols., and served 3 yrs., 9 mos., as a soldier, and could always be depended on to be around when there was any active service required. Mr. Lyford had been in poor health for some time, but a shock was the immediate cause of his death. He was a resident of this town, where he lived when he went to the Home.
Source: Chelsea Herald, March 30, 1905.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.