Shurtieff, Nathan H.
Age: 37, credited to Starksboro, VT
Unit(s): 9th VT INF
Service: enl 1/4/64, m/i 1/13/64, PVT, Co. B, 9th VT INF, pr CPL 9/5/64, pr SGT 12/26/64, red 6/26/65, tr to Co. C 6/13/65, m/o 7/7/65
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Birth: 05/10/1825, Carver, MA
Burial: Lyndon Center Cemetery, Lyndon, VT
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Carolyn Adams
Findagrave Memorial #: 37538952
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Not Found
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Nathan H. Shurtleff
Nathan Hammond Shurtleff was born at Carver, Plymouth county, Mass., May 10, 1825, and died at Lyndon May 1, 903. He had been in poor health since the death of his wife eight years ago, but his last illness from heart trouble was of only three weeks’ duration. In 1849 he was united in marriage to Miss Martha Carolyn Lincoln of that place, a sister of the late Hon. Benjamin F. Lincoln of Lyndon. She died of pneumonia March 14, 1895. Eleven children were born to them. Those surviving are Lysander G. Of Lyndonville, Sarah S., Mrs. Silas H. Houghton, of Lyndon, Carrie L., Mrs. George H. Kittredge of Lyndon, Mrs. Annie R. Granger, of Northampton, Mass., Ada L., Mrs. Harris E. Junkins of Kirby, Henry J. And Martha H., Mrs. Jefferson Welch of Lyndon.
During their long and happy married life Mr. and Mrs. Shurtleff have lived in several places. Their home for the first two years was in Wareham, Mass. They then moved to North Sandwich, Mass., now Bourndale, living there seven years. In the fall of 1861 they came to South Starksboro, Addison county. After a residence there of ten years, they came, in the autumn of 1879, to Lyndon, where Mr. Shurtleff worked in Hall’s mills until the spring of 1879, when he moved up to Estherville in the northern part of the town to run the store mill.
In his youth he worked in a cotton factory until his health broke down and his physician advised him to go as a sailor. So he shipped on one of the Newfoundland Banks fishing boats where he remained until he completely recovered his health. At the time of his marriage he worked in a stove mill in Wareham, and afterwards in one at North Sandwich. After his removal to Sandwich he went into the Cape Cod Glass Factory where he had charge of preparing the ingredients of which the glass was made. After going to South Starksboro he worked in a stove mill until December, 1863, when he enlisted as a recruit for the 9th Vermont Infantry and was assigned to Co. B in which he served until May 1, 1865, when he came home on a furlough and was discharged at Brattleboro, the civil war being over.
In all these varied walks of life he was ever known as an honest man, dealing in integrity with all with whom he came in contact. An honest, industrious man, a patriotic citizen, a loving, faithful husband, a devoted father, what better record could he leave to the memory of a large circle of mourning friends? As one of his children has said since his burial, “We have laid to rest one of the kindest, most lovable, tender-hearted and forbearing fathers that any children were ever blessed with.” He was a member of the Congregational church.
Funeral services were held at his late home, Rev. J. C. Bodwell officiating. The burial was in Lyndon cemetery. The bearers were his four sons-in-law, Dr. S. H. Houghton, G. H. Kittredge, H. E. Jenkins and Jefferson Welch. The floral tributes were many and beautiful, the gifts of loving friends. The family have the sympathy of all in this loss, the last link that binds then to their childhood days.
Source: St. Johnsbury Republican, May 6, 1903
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.