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Munsell, William H.

MILITARY SERVICE

Age: 18, credited to Swanton, VT
Unit(s): 1st VT CAV
Service: enl 8/20/62, m/i 9/29/62, Pvt, Co. L, 1st VT CAV, m/o 5/13/65

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VITALS

Birth: 12/09/1843, Unknown
Death: 02/01/1929

Burial: Wells River Cemetery, Newbury, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Carolyn Adams
Findagrave Memorial #: 112764266

MORE INFORMATION

Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 8/13/1890, 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

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BURIAL:

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Tombstone

Wells River Cemetery, Newbury, VT

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Obituary

Wells River

Dr. W. H. Munsell

In the death of Doctor Munsell on Feb. 1St, Wells River has lost one of its oldest residents. He will be deeply missed. William Henry Munsell was born at Swanton, Dec. 9, 1843, the second son of John Adams Munsell and Eliza Cushing Wingate. He was a descendant of Revolutionary stock, and on his maternal side was a direct descendant of Governor Winthrop. His childhood and boyhood was spent on the home farm in Swanton. At the age of 19 he enlisted Aug. 20, 1862 at St. Albans, and was mustered into United States service, Sept. 29,1862, as a private in Company I, First Vermont Cavalry. After serving his country two years and nine months he was mustered out May 13, 1865, by reason of General Order No. 77. Dr. Munsell began practicing dentistry at Swanton. On June 14, 1870 he was united in marriage to Miss Antha Myra Warren at St. Albans. In1880 they moved to Wells River which had since been the family home and where for forty years Dr. Munsell ministered to the Community. At the time of his retirement several years ago, he was the oldest practicing dentist in Vermont. He served as treasurer of the Vermont Dental Association for thirty years and never missed a meeting in that time. In recognition of his faithful service, Dr. Munsell was presented with a silver loving cup by the Association. He was also a member of the New England Dental Association. While health permitted he was a faithful attendant at the Congregational Church, and for a number of years was a member of the choir. He was a charter member of Col. Preston Post, No. 64, and at the time of his death was commander. During his declining years he was tenderly cared for by his daughters. To those of us who knew Dr. Munsell so many years, his life was an example of steadfastness of purpose, and faithful performances of every day duty. The funeral was held from his late home on Monday afternoon, Feb. 4, Rev. George B. Marsh officiating, assisted by Rev. B. M. Smith. Two beautiful songs were sung by Dr. Munsellís granddaughter, Miss Winsome Worthen, accompanied by Miss Priscilla Bedell of Woodsville. There were many lovely and beautiful flowers, silent tokens of the deep love and sympathy of the many friend and relatives. A spray from the children and grandchildren rested on the open desk that for many years was in his office. Interment was made in the Wells River cemetery. The bearers were Dr. E. S. Miller and Dr. F. G. Weeks of Woodsville, George Symes, Samuel Hutchins of Wells River, W. H. Munsell, Jr., of Detroit and Harold Worthen of Syracuse. Dr. Munsell is survived by six children, Misses Ella and Lottie Munsell of this village, Mrs. Harriet Worthen of New York, John W. Munsell of Columbus, Ohio, who was unable to be present, Mrs. Antha Munsell Root of Springfield, Mass., and William Henry Munsell, Jr., of Detroit, Mich. One sister, Mrs. Charlotte Rousseau of Highgate, who was unable to be present. Dr. Munsellís brother, Wingate Munsell, passed away within the past year. Six grandchildren survive, Harold Worthen of Syracuse, N. Y., Miss Winsome Worthen of New York, John Siebert and William Richard Munsell of Columbus, Ohio, Mary Frances and Robert Warren Munsell of Detroit, Mich. Those from out of town who attended the funeral services were: Fred P. Wells of Newbury, Mrs. Charles Flanders of Landaff, Mrs. Harriet Worthen and Miss Winsome Worthen of New York City, Harold Worthen of Syracuse, N. Y., Mrs. Antha Munsell Root of Springfield, Mass., and William Henry Munsell, Jr., of Detroit, Mich.

Source: St. Johnsbury Caledonian-Record, February 11, 1929.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.