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Shippee, William Edward


Age: 18, credited to Searsburg, VT
Unit(s): 2nd VT INF
Service: enl 8/15/62, m/i 9/15/62, Pvt, Co. A, 2nd VT INF, wdd, Marye's Heights, 5/3/63, wdd, Wilderness, 5/5/64, m/o 7/12/65

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Birth: 10/25/1845, Halifax, VT
Death: 12/04/1924

Burial: Riverview Cemetery, Wilmington, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Tom Boudreau
Findagrave Memorial #: 23382160


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 7/31/1878
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


Great Grandfather of Anna Behan, Bennington, VT

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Riverview Cemetery, Wilmington, VT

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William E. Shippee Dies

William E. Shippee, 80, the last veteran of the Civil war in Wilmington and a retired farmer, died in his home here Dec, 4. For many years he had been in failing health and for three years the family had kept constant watch of him, although much of the time he had been about the house. He was confined to his bed only two days, the end coming as a result of complications and a general breaking down due to his advanced age.

He was born in Halifax Nov. 27, 1844, a son of James H. And Mary C. (Roberts) Shippee, and one of nine children, only three of whom survive. They are: Marquis, who lives in Everett, Wash., Henry, who is in a soldiers' home in Los Angeles, Cal., and Albert, of Corinth, N. Y. When small he went with his parents to Pownal, then at the age of six years to Searsburg, where he lived until he was 22. He then moved to West Dover and remained until October of the present year with the exception of two years spent in Bondville. A few months ago he sold his farm in Dover and came to Wilmington.

On Aug. 25, 1869 he married Miss Eliza Wilson of Searsburg. To them were born six children, all of whom are living in Wilmington except Leon, who died a few years ago. They are: Knowlton H., Crayton N., Mrs. Anna Willett, Mrs. May Davis and Bion A. There are also 13 grandchildren. Mrs. Shippee died 12 years ago, since which time Mrs. Willett has kept house for her father and brothers.

On Aug. 15, 1862, Mr. Shippee enlisted as a private under Capt. Wm. H. Bond in Company A, second regiment of Vermont volunteers for three years., or the duration of the war, and was discharged at Washington, D. C., July 12, 1865. He was a kind neighbor and a devoted father and was patient in time of suffering.

He was a member of C. B. Lawton post, G. A. R. Members of the Sons of Veterans and Sons of Veteran auxiliary attended the funeral, which was held at the Congregational church Monday at 1 o'clock Rev. F. N. Rutan officiated and Mrs. Fred Cheney and Mrs. Wayne Carner sang two selections. The burial took place at Riverview where the ritualistic service of the Sons of Veterans was conducted. Four members of the camp were bearers, Stephen Bond, Merton Barber, Charles Barlow and Marcus Busby. Comrade George Bond of Searsburg was the only veteran present at the funeral.

Among those who came from out of town to attend the funeral of William Shippee were Mrs. Flora Shippee and four children, Edward Houghton, J. A. Davis, Mr. and Mrs. Dorr Fitch of West Dover, Horatio K. Wilson of Heartwellville, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Farrington of Whitingham, George Bond and daughter, Miss Ada Bond and Mrs. Julia Rice of Searsburg.

Source: Brattleboro Reformer, December 12, 1924.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.