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Reed, Levant Murray


Age: 20, credited to Jamaica, VT
Unit(s): 2nd VT INF, VRC
Service: drafted - enl 7/13/63, m/i 7/13/63, PVT, Co. H, 2nd VT INF, wdd, Wilderness, 5/5/64, tr to VRC 2/21/65, m/o 7/19/65

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Birth: 12/26/1842, Wardsboro, VT
Death: 06/17/1902

Burial: Oak Hill Cemetery, Bellows Falls, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Bob Edwards
Findagrave Memorial #: 0
(There may be a Findagrave Memorial, but we have not recorded it)


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 4/28/1874; widow Addie S., 9/28/1908, 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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Oak Hill Cemetery, Bellows Falls, VT

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Levant Murray Read

Read, Levant Murray, of Bellows Falls, son of Charles and Olive C. (Willard) Read, was born in Wardsboro, Dec. 26, 1842.
He was educated in the common schools of his native town and in Leland and Gray Seminary, Townshend. He then studied law with Hon. H. H. Wheeler, then of Jamaica, and was admitted to the bar in 1869, at the April term of Windham county court. He began practice at Jamaica, entering in partnership with Hon. Hoyt H. Wheeler. In 1872 Mr. Read removed to Bellows Falls, continuing to practice his profession, and was elected judge of probate for Westminster district in 1876, which office he has continuously held to the present time. Mr. Read was state's attorney of Windham county in 1880 and 1882.
In politics Judge Read is a staunch Republican, and while closely identified with the interests of his party, has been too busily engaged in the practice of his profession to admit his acceptance of political honors at the hands of his fellow-citizens. He was elected to the Legislature from the town of Rockingham in September, 1892.
He enlisted in Co. H, 2d Vt. Vols., in 1863, was in the battles of Rappahannock Station and Mine Run, and the bloody struggle of the Wilderness, in which contest he was wounded, and was discharged August 20, 1865.
He was the first commander of E. H. Stoughton Post, No. 34, G.A.R., and was afterwards twice re-elected. Also a member of the Mount Lebanon Lodge, F. & A.M., of Jamaica, of which he was master for four successive terms. He was elected to the chair of grand master of the Grand Lodge in 1878, and held that eminent position till 1881. He was first dictator of the subordinate lodge of K. of H., and also grand dictator of the Grand Lodge.
He married, Dec. 13, 1876, Sarah A., daughter of Jared R. and Sarah A. Perkins of Bellows Falls. They have one daughter: Mary Alice.
Judge Read has served upon the committee appointed by the Supreme Court upon admissions to the bar, and was, in 1892, elected president of the Vermont Bar Association.

Source: Jacob G. Ullery, compiler, Men of Vermont: An Illustrated Biographical History of Vermonters and Sons of Vermont, (Transcript Publishing Company, Brattleboro, VT, 1894), Part II, pp. 334.





Judge Lavant Read, who has been confined to his home in Bellows Falls since early this winter, with illness due to the enlargement of the heart, died Tuesday morning. He had been fairly comfortable within a few days, although it was considered months ago, that his recovery was helpless.

Lavant Murray was born in Wardsboro, December 26, 1842, received a common school education in his native town, studied in Leland and Gray Seminary in Townshend, and read law in the office of Hon. Hoyt H. Wheeler, and was admitted to the bar of Windham County in 1869.

He began the practice of law in Jamaica, having formed a partnership with the Hon. Hoyt H. Wheeler, but removed to Bellows Falls in 1869. During his 25 years of residence in the latter place he had built up a large, lucrative law practice, being considered one of the ablest members of the Vermont Bar.

In 1876 he was elected Judge of Probate for the district of Westminster, in Windham County, and has held the office since. He was States Attorney for Windham, Co. in 1880-1881. He represented the town of Rockingham in the General Assembly in 1892, and was re-elected in 1894. He was chosen president of the Vermont Bar Association, and served on the commission to revise the laws. He was appointed a member of the railroad commission by Gov. Stickney, but his health compelled him to retire a short time ago.

He was a veteran of the Rebellion, with an honorable record, having enlisted in 1863, in Co. H., 2d Vermont Volunteers. He participated in the battles of Rappahnnock Station, Nine Run, and the Wilderness, wounded in the latter, and was discharged in 1865.

Judge Read was a candidate for Congress in 1898, against W. W. Grout, receiving 170 votes out of a total of 396. He was also a prominent candidate in 1900, but withdrew before the convention. He was a delegate at large to the Republican National Convention in 1900. He was president of the Bellows Falls National Institution of this place, and director of the National Bank of this place.

When the E. H. Stoughton Grand Army Post was formed at Bellows Falls Judge Read was elected its first commander, and was twice re-elected. He was a member of Mt. Lebanon Masonic Lodge of Wardsboro during his residence there, and served as its Master for four successive terms. He had also been Master of King Solomon Lodge of Bellows Falls., was grand secretary of the Grand Lodge of Vermont, 1878-1881.

He married Sarah A. Perkins of Bellow Falls, December 13, 1876, with who and one daughter survive him.

Judge Read was one of the most known men in the state, and his death causes universal sorrow, as he possessed the friendship of many.

Source: indham County Reformer, June 20, 1902
Courtesy of Deanna French