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Tilton, John Spenser


Age: 19, credited to Danville, VT
Unit(s): 15th VT INF, 1st VT CAV
Service: enl 9/8/62, m/i 10/22/62, Pvt, Co. B, 15th VT INF, m/o 8/5/63; enl 11/30/63, m/i 12/19/63, Pvt, Co. D, 1st VT CAV, wdd, Wilderness, 5/5/64, tr to Co. C 6/21/65, m/o 8/9/65

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Birth: 1843, Danville, VT
Death: 04/03/1901

Burial: Danville Green Cemetery, Danville, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone photographer: Monica White
Findagrave Memorial #: 125577110


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 6/8/1891, 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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John Spencer Tilton died April 3, after an illness of about a year from cancer of the stomach. He was born on Danville, July 4, 1843, and his home has always been here. He was a son of Benjamin Folsom and Electa (Wells) Tilton. He was married February 23, 1870, to Lizzie Frye Hoyt, a daughter of William and Marilla (Fiske) Hoyt of Danville. Mrs. Tilton survives him. Seven children were born to them, five of whom are living. They are John H., who lives in Newbury; Mat Abbie, wife of Arthur Rogers of Barnet; and Jennie Marila; Benjamin F., and Eva Louisa of Danville. Mr. Tilton enlisted as a member of Company B, 15th Regiment, Vermont Volunteers and served through the life of the regiment. He re-enlisted on November 30, 1863 in Company D, First Vermont Cavalry and served until August 9, 1865. He was a member of Washburn Lodge, No. 92, F. And A. M., and of Damon Lodge, No. 16, Knights of Pythias. He was for three years the worshipful master of Washburn Lodge. The funeral which was held April 5, 1901 was under the Masonic ritual and about fifty Masons and K. P's attended in a body. At the services held at the house Rev. S. Knowlton officiated assisted by Rev. S. At the request of Bro. S. G. Lewis. At the grave, Ashley J. Goss, Rev. S. G. Lewis conducted the ceremonies. Several from out of town were present among whom were members of the regiments in which Mr. Tilton served and several bridge builders with whom he had worked for many years on the St. J. & L. C. R. R. The deceased was a modest, unassuming man and a good citizen in every sense of the term. A kind husband and father, he never for a moment lost sight of the welfare and happiness of his family. A few days before his death he said to a friend that he had "hoped to live long enough to see his children complete their education." He always set a good example and his children have heeded and appreciated it. The bereaved family have the sympathy of the entire community.

Source: Groton Times, April 12, 1901
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.