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Spear, George Weeden


Age: 18, credited to Hartland, VT
Unit(s): 12th VT INF
Service: enl 8/19/62, m/i 10/4/62, Pvt, Co. A, 12th VT INF, m/o 7/14/63

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Birth: 02/11/1844, Hartland, VT
Death: 03/15/1902

Burial: Village Cemetery, Hartland, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone photographer: Joie Finley Morris +
Findagrave Memorial #: 176080054


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 5/1/1888, VT; widow Frances M., 4/20/1902, 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: See Benedict's Army Life in Virginia


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Hartland Village Cemetery, Hartland, VT

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George W. Spear

The Vermont Journal, March 29, 1902

After a long and painful illness, George Weeden Spear passed away at his home in Hartland, early Sunday morning, March 16, 1902. Though he had been in poor health for many months, his death came as a shock to the community, for he was one of its most prominent citizens. Mr. Spear was born in Hartland, February 11, 1844, and with the exception of a few years spent in Reading , the whole of his life was passed in his native town. At the outbreak of the war of the rebellion, he enlisted in Company A, Twelfth Regiment Vermont Volunteer infantry, and until disabled by disease, he served his country well and bravely.

He married Miss Frances Gates, and they established their home at the old Gates homestead, where they resided until death broke the union. To them were born three sons; Franklin G. of Hartland, Ernest A. of Woodstock , and Stanley G. of Malden, Mass. These, with their mother, remain to mourn their loss. Besides these immediate relatives, there are left, one sister, Mrs. M. L. Bryant of Reading , and two uncles and two aunts.

Mr. Spear was an exemplary citizen. With personal thriftiness there were combined a keen sense of justice and the willingness to serve the community to the extent of his ability. He had held the office of lister and selectman, and at the time of his death he was justice of the peace. The hosts of friends, that were his, testify to his faithfulness and kindness. He was genial and charitable, and of a social disposition. He was past master of Progressive grange of this town. The fine old home has long been famous for its cheer and hospitality, and friends from near and far were glad to be entertained there. Freedom and comfort characterized the home life, and no one enjoyed his home and his friends more than did Mr. Spear.

He was a Christian in character, and cherished a liberal interpretation of the gospel. He was a consistent member of the Universalist church in Hartland, and was clerk of it. He will be greatly missed in the meetings and all that pertained to the welfare of this organization.

The funeral was held on Wednesday, March 19. Private prayers were held at the house, at which Rev. William C. Gouden, Somerville , Mass. , officiated. The services at the church were appropriately conducted by Rev. C. E. Petty of White River Junction, assisted by Rev. Dr. Roscoe, Enfield , N. H. The music was furnished by W. R. Sturtevant, L. F. Cabot, Mrs. C. A. Sturtevant, Miss Ellen Benjamin and Mrs. J. B. Miller. The pall bearers were: Selectmen J. H. Eastman and D. C. Webster, and two soldier comrades. S. M. Whitney and L. J. M. Marcy. The burial was in Hartland Cemetery . Beautiful flowers and the presence of many friends spoke of the respect and love that all bore toward him who has passed on to the life everlasting.

Contributed by Cathy Hoyt.