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McNulty, John


Age: 38, credited to Cavendish, VT
Unit(s): 11th VT INF
Service: enl 7/16/62, m/i 9/1/62, Pvt, Co. G, 11th VT INF, m/o 6/24/65

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Birth: 03/02/1819, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Canada East
Death: 11/09/1900

Burial: Hillcrest Cemetery, Cavendish, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Carolyn Adams

Findagrave Memorial #: 0
(There may be a Findagrave Memorial, but we have not recorded it)


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 6/23/1880
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

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


Great Grandfather of Linda M. Welch, Hanover, NH

3rd Great Grandfather of Jason Patch, Tinmouth, VT

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Hillcrest Cemetery, Cavendish, VT

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John McNulty

John McNulty (1), was born at St. Anthos, P.Q. Canada, 2 March, 1819, son of Joseph & Betsey McNulty, immigrants from Ireland. He m. at St. Mary's Church in Troy, NY, 21 Aug., 1846 Susan Craig (b. Triperara, Ireland, ca. 1824, dau. of George & Ann Craig ).

Mr. McNulty removed to New York State when a young man and commenced to look for work building the railroad through Vermont, as so many Irish immigrants did at that time. He was a woodchopper and it was said could split and stack four to five cord of wood a day. He had a brother named James McNulty who also settled in Cavendish for a time. Susan Craig came to America when she was only 14 years old.

John and Susan settled first at Keeseville, NY, they later moved to Shrewsbury, Vt., and eventually Mt. Holly, Vt., where around 1855, they lived in a hamlet known as "Shanty Town," a place many Irish railroad workers set up housekeeping while being employed by the railroad. Around 1858, John and family moved to Proctorsville.

Mr. McNulty entered service in the Civil War at the age of 38 years on 16 July, 1862 in Co. "G", 11th Vt. Infantry, Heavy Artillery. He served as a private under his 1st Seargent Patrick Diggins of Rockingham, Vt. Their unit saw much fighting during the war. John was mustered out of service, 24 June, 1865. The 11th Vermont fought in the battles of Spotsylvania (May 15-18, 1864); Cold Harbor (June 1-12, 1864); Petersburg (June 18, 1864); Welden Railroad (June 11, 1864); Charles Town (Aug. 21, 1864); Gilbert's Ford (Sept 13, 1864); Opequon (Sept. 19, 1864); Fisher's Hill (Sept. 21-22, 1864); Cedar Creek (Oct. 19, 1864); Petersburg, (March 25-27, 1865); and Petersburg again, (April 2, 1865). Of a total of 2,320 men during the term of the 11th Vt's activity, 59 were killed in action, 86 died of wounds, 213 died of disease and 174 died in Confederate prisons.

-Proctorsville, 5 Oct., 1877: "On Friday last, John McNulty shot a grey eagle which measured six feet from tip to tip of its wings." -12 Nov., 1880: "It is said that John McNulty killed a wild cat on Major Spaulding's ledges. This may be a wild cat story, but we guess its true."

When the 1880 census of Proctorsville was taken, John, Susie and the older children were living in that community, all working in the Proctorsville mill at the time. Eliza, the youngest was 13 years old and attending school. Nearest neighbors in 1880 including another Irish family, James and Mary Maloney and their large family of children, and Henry Clark and family.

-20 Feb., 1891: "John McNulty has received notice that his pension claim has been allowed of eight dollars per month with fifteen hundred dollars back pay." -20 March, 1891: "John McNulty has purchased the house of Lorenzo Ellis." -9 Oct., 1896: "John McNutly has moved into the house vacated by Mr. W. W. Adams and Mr. Adams has moved into his new house at the west end of Main Street." -4 March, 1898: "We understand that Mr. McNulty has had his pension increased to $75 per month."

Susie McNulty "who had been an invalid and nearly blind for a long time," died on a Saturday night at their home in Proctorsville, 17 March, 1900. "With us was one, who, calm and true, Life's highest purpose understood, And like her blessed Master, knew, The joy of doing good!"

Susie daughter Mrs. Eliza Williams from Rutland was called here by her death.

-Proctorsville, 7 Sept., 1900: "John McNulty has moved from the Sally Parker house into one of N. G. Piper's tenements."

John McNulty who had been wounded during the Civil War, died in Proctorsville, 6 Nov., 1900.

From his obiturary: "... passed away early Tuesday morning at his home in Proctorsville village. He had been a resident of this place thirty-nine years. He served in the Civil War from '62 to '65 and was a ember of Co. "G', 11th Vt. 1st Heavy Artillery. He had been confied to his bed three years and during the time bore his suffering patiently. He leaves five children; two sons, John and Joseph, and three daughters, Mr.s Russell Farr, Mrs. Williams of Rutland, and Annie, who has lived with her parents and cared for them in their last years. The funeral was held Thursday afternoon at one o;clock at the house; Rev. D. W. Lyman officiating. The body was interred in the village cemetery by the side of his wife who died last March"

Last Will and Testament - John McNulty (8 July, 1891) Proved at Probate: 9 Nov., 1900

"I, John McNulty of Cavendish, in the County of Windsor and State of Vermont, being sensible of my liability to sudden death and at the same time being in my own apprehension of sound mind, o make this my LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT.

It is my will that all my just debts be paid together with my funeral expenses and expenses of grave stones at my grave out of my estate.

I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Susan McNulty all my real estate, consisting of my homestead, during her natural life, and at her decease, I give, devise the same to my daughter Annie McNulty and my son, Joseph McNulty equally, and to their heirs forever, but should either of my said children, Annie or Joseph die before the decease of my said wife, then I give said real estate to the survivor of them.

All my personal estate remaining at my decease after paying debts, funeral charges, and for gravestones at my grave, I give and bequeath to all my children in equal shares, and so to their heirs forever. In testimony whereof (Abbie M. Hammond, Lydia E. Barrett, Charles F. Barrett). Dated this 8 July, 1891 .. John McNulty. [Ransom E. Hathorn, appraiser] Claims Against the Estate - - - - - - - - - - (Total = $283.22)

F. E. Washburn 10.91 C. F. Clark 5.00

C. H. Bonney 11.00 Pollard Brothers 71.59

Dr. W. Bryant 32.00 Maloney & Perkins 13.35

Miss Annie McNulty 100.00 Taft, Burbank & Murdock 32.17

Assets of Estate - - - - - - - - (Total = $731.50)

Homestead Place - - [In Cavendish, bounded on the South by the highway leading from Proctorsville to Cavendish Village; on the west by the C.D. Parker Store lot; on the north by land of A. H. Lockwood; on the East by land of Nelson G. Piper] $700.00

Furniture: Lounge (5.00); carpet front room (10.00); 4 pictures (4.00); easy chair in sick room (7.50); chiffonien (4.00); spring bed, matress, in bedfroom (9.00); $31.50

Accounting - - Final of 4 Nov., 1901, Frank A. Walker, Judge:

Paid by Annie McNulty for personal items $31.50

Paid by Annie McNulty, legatee in order to obtain title to real estate [Joseph McNulty, her brother, deeded the property to her 18 Dec., 1900] $251.17

E. G. White, Undertaker $43.25 Ed Brown, digging grave $3.00

Town of Cavendish for lot $10.00 Vt. Tribune, advertising 7.50

Commisioenrs Feels 4.00 Probate Fees 21.00

Claims paid, allowed 283.22 Allowance for Administrator 5.00

Contributed by Linda M. Welch, Dartmouth College.