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Pettigrew, Benjamin F.

MILITARY SERVICE

Age: 22, credited to Ludlow, VT
Unit(s): 16th VT INF
Service: enl 8/29/62, m/i 10/23/62, Pvt, Co. C, 16th VT INF, m/o 8/10/63

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VITALS

Birth: 12/23/1839, Ludlow, VT
Death: 1930

Burial: Pleasant View Cemetery, Ludlow, VT
Marker/Plot: 1-88
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 18004383

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Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 6/20/1888, 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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Pleasant View Cemetery, Ludlow, VT

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Benjamin Franklin Pettigrew

Benjamin Franklin Pettigrew, born in Ludlow, Vt. 23 Dec., 1839, son of Parker & Mary R. (Dickinson) Pettigrew. He m. Helen Marie "Nellie" Pier (b. Saint Albans, Vt., 19 March, 1843, dau. of Rev. Orris & Eunice (Smith) Pier).

NEWS: "Helen Pettigrew died of heart failure at her home in Westminster, 28 March, 1918 (age 75). From her obit: word was received this morning that Mrs. F. B. Pettigrew of Westminster died this morning. The funeral will be held at the Methodist church in Ludlow village on Saturday. Her father, a Methodist minister was appointed to Ludlow and under his ministry, Mrs. Pettigrew was received into the church in 1859. and from that day until her death she was an earnest, faithful member. Before we had the present building she took up the Master's work, filling several offices in the church, being for many years organist and chorister, secretary and treasurer of the Ladies' Aid society, superintendent of the Sunday school and a charter member of the W. F. M. S. Interested in everything pertaining to the church she had lived a good Christian life beyond the reproach of anyone. Having been truly converted she never slid away into the forbidden paths of worldliness; she was satisfied to try to be worthy of her heavenly Father's blessings. In her departure the church has lost a saint. She was m. in 1861. Surv: husband, no children from their union. Mr. Pettigrew's parents were among the earliest settlers of Ludlow, they moved to Westminster where she died. Funeral at Ludlow Methodist Episcopal church, March 30th, Rev. Edward F. Wood, her brother Judge Fred Pier of Brattleboro was in attendance with a host of other relatives and friends. Out of town: Judge Pier and wife, M. E. Robbins, Putney, Mrs. Emma Eddy, Proctorsville; Mrs. Livingstone, Bellows Falls. "Only gone to be with Jesus; Gone to see him face to face." [see Families of Cavendish, Vol. 3 ADAMS family] -- The soldier, Benjamin Franklin Pettigrew d. in Westminster, Vt. in 1930 (age 91).

NEWS: (Ludlow, 4 Nov., 1909: "B. F. Pettigrew is moving his household effects to E. Westminster to the property formerly owned there by Ed Royce, who takes in exchange Mr. Pettigrew's Ludlow property, his home on Pleasant Stret Mr. Pettigrew was born in this town and has spent practically all his life here and his wife has lived here for 50 years. They were married here in 1861. They will be much missed in the Methodist church where Mrs. Pettigrew has been an efficient official. Mrs. Mary Colby, the invalid sister of Mrs. Pettigrew, will continue to make her home with them. Mrs. Walter Ayer, niece of Mrs. Pettigrew, and husband of Hubbardton, are here, rendering valuable assistance in the removal.") - they had no children of their own. (They are both buried in the Pleasant View cemetery in Ludlow)

Contributed by Linda M. Welch, Dartmouth College

Obituary

PUTNEY CIVIL WAR VETERAN DIES

Benjamin Franklin Pettigrew, Nearly 91, Was Town’s Last Surviving Participant in Rebellion.

PUTNEY, Nov. 15.

Benjamin Franklin Pettigrew, nearly 91, the last surviving Civil war veteran of this town, died suddenly at his home on the East Putney road about noon yesterday. Although he had been in feeble health several years and had failed the past summer, he was in his usual health yesterday and was about the house.

He was born in Ludlow Dec. 23, 1839, the youngest son of Parker and Marybecca (Dickerson) Pettigrew. His early life was spent in Ludlow and he married Nellie Pier of Londonderry, who died many years ago. Mr. And Mrs. Pettigrew lived a number of years in Westminster, and after his wife’s death Mr. Pettigrew came to Putney, where he lived for a time in the home of his nephew, M. Eugene Robins. He later bought t he Elbridge Houghton place on the East Putney road, where he had since lived. Mr. And Mrs. Reuben Blood had made their home with Mr. Pettigrew the past seven years, caring for him in his decline.

Mr. Pettigrew leaves no relatives besides several nephews and nieces.

Funeral services will be held at E. E. Knight’s undertaking parlors tomorrow afternoon at 1 o’clock and the body will be taken to Ludlow for burial.

Source: Brattleboro Reformer, November 15, 1930
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.