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Thompson, John


Age: 43, credited to Vergennes, VT
Unit(s): 7th VT INF, 34th NY INF
Service: Co. A, 34th NY INF; enl 2/24/64, m/i 3/11/64, Pvt, Co. B, 7th VT INF, m/o 3/1/66

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Birth: 10/18/1815, Scotland
Death: 02/16/1889

Burial: West Cemetery, Middlebury, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Jennifer Snoots
Findagrave Memorial #: 39043839


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, widow Ann, 3/23/1895, 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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West Cemetery, Middlebury, VT

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John Thompson

Rutland Daily Herald, Feb. 18, 1889:

An odd character passed away when John Thompson died at his home on the road to East Middlebury on Saturday morning. Mr. Thompson's age was about 70 years and his illness was a brief one, he having been sick only two days. For several years this man has lived the life of a hermit, although he had a wife and son living. His only companions in the solitude of his recent years have been a dog, a varied assortment of cats and a dozen hens and chickens. These were his only intimates, and they shared the rooms of his house in common with him. Thompson was an unusually skillful mechanic, and he was an especially well-read man, with a remarkably good memory, but he seemed to have an intense hatred for all mankind. It was this peculiarity which led him to live among cats and dogs, and which once nearly cost him his life. Several years ago, while living in the village of Middlebury and being at the time too poor to procure sufficient food for himself, he had a pack of hungry dogs of various degrees of worthlessness. So nearly famished were the dogs on one occasion that they attacked their master and chewed him up terribly before he was rescued. Since that time one dog has been enough to satisfy all his cravings for canine comrades. Thompson was in the English army for a number of years and fought for the Union in the war of the Rebellion. A few years ago he was granted a pension sufficient to maintain him for the remainder of his life.

Rutland Daily Herald, Feb. 19, 1889:

Middlebury - The funeral of the late John Thompson was held on Monday afternoon, the services taking place at the residence of William A. Cady, where the remains had been brought on Sunday evening. Rev. A.E. Carpenter, rector of St. Stephen's Episcopal church, officiated, and there was appropriate music by a selected choir. Several members of the Middlebury Grand Army post were present, although the deceased had never joined the post, and everything that could be done was done by them and others to see that the deceased should have a worthy funeral.

Courtesy of Jennifer Snoots.