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Higgins, Ira S.


Age: 26, credited to Brookline, VT
Unit(s): 4th VT INF
Service: enl 9/3/61, m/i 9/21/61, MSCN, 4th VT INF Band, m/o 6/23/62

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Birth: 05/10/1835, Newfane, VT
Death: 01/13/1920

Burial: Taft Cemetery, Dummerston, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 38857703


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 1/13/1902, 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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Taft Cemetery, Dummerston, VT

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Musicians of the Fourth Vermont Infantry Regimental Band

Higgins, Ira S. - Musician. (b. Newfane, Vt. July, 1835, son of Edson & Mary (Bruce) Higgins) He was 26 years old when he enlisted for service in Brookline, Vermont, 3 Sept, 1861. He was mustered in at Brattleboro, 21 Sept., 1861. He was mustered out 23 June, 1862. He m. 1861, Betsey F. (b. Dec., 1839). His brother was Alvin Granby Higgins, who died of disease in New Orleans during the Civil War, 9 Dec., 1863. When the 1870 census was taken, Ira was 34 years old and working in the organ factory in Brattleboro. His was renting a home and has personal property valued at $1,400. His wife Betsey (age 29), was keeping house. In 1920, Ira Higgins (age 84) was a widower and living with a nephew Alvan G. Higgins in Brattleboro. Margaret was listed as a widow, living at 210 Second Street in Peoria, Illinois (1890-1).
Biographical Information
(researched by Linda M. Welch, March, 2008)


Formerly Employed Many Years as Organ Turner

Ira S. Higgins, 84, died suddenly of heart trouble yesterday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock in his home at 112 Canal street, where he had lived more than 45 years. Mr. Higgins had not been in his usual health the past three months, but had been about the house. He was down town for the last time about a month ago.

He was born in Newfane July 19, 1835, one of five children of Edson and Mary (Bruce) Higgins. He was a brother of the late Lewis S. Higgins, who was a well-known resident of Brattleboro, where he conducted a livery stable many years. Mr. Higgins married Betsey Burnett of Dummerston. No children were born to them. Shortly after their marriage they moved to Brattleboro, which had since been his home. He was employed many years by the Estey Organ company as tuner, retiring from business a few years ago. Mrs. Higgins died about 2 years ago.

Mr. Higgins leaves no relatives nearer than nephews, who are Alvin G. Higgins of Brattleboro, who, with his family, came here to live with him about seven years ago; Lewis H. Higgins of Newfane, Ira E. Higgins of Howard, R. I., and Charles L. Higgins of Haverhill, Mass.

He was a veteran of the Civil war, enlisting as a musician. He was a member of the First Universalist Church of this town, but of no other organization.

The funeral will be held Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock from his home on Canal street. Rev. D. E. Trout, pastor of the First Universalist church, will officiate. The burial will take place in the family lot in West Dummerston.

Source: Brattleboro Reformer, January 14, 1920.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.