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Wellman, Lazarus Merrill Walter


Age: 18, credited to Townshend, VT
Unit(s): 8th VT INF
Service: enl 12/14/63, m/i 12/29/63, Pvt, Co. H, 8th VT INF, pow 2/20/65, prld 3/10/65, m/o 6/14/65

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Birth: 02/29/1846, Brookline, VT
Death: 12/01/1913

Burial: Highland Cemetery, Athol, MA
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Dana Ringquist
Findagrave Memorial #: 84459676

Cenotaph: Riverside Cemetery, Brookline, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan

Findagrave Memorial #: 0
(There may be a Findagrave Memorial, but we have not recorded it)


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 10/4/1888, MA; widow Mary F., 12/18/1913, MA
Portrait?: Guber Collection off-site
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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Highland Cemetery, Athol, MA

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Cenotaph at Riverside Cemetery, Brookline, VT

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(Gibson Collection)


L. Merrill Wellman, Native of This Town, Libby Prison Survivors

Forty-seven years ago L. Merrill Wellman, a native of this town, started in business in Athol, . Mass. The Boston Sunday Globe contained a picture of Mr. Wellman and a sketch of his career, sent from Athol. He is the oldest man working in the marble and monument trade anywhere in the vicinity of Athol, and not only has had a long and honorable business career there, but is one of the few veterans of the Civil war living there who was confined in the famous Libby prison.

Mr. Wellman is a son of D. Lewis and Francis Walker Wellman. He was the 16th of a family of 17 children. He received his district school education in the round brick schoolhouse now used by the town of Brookline as a town hall and also attended Leland and Gray Seminary at Townshend.

At an early age Mr. Wellman enlisted as a recruit in 1863 in Company H. 8th Vermont regiment, and went to Louisiana. A brother, Marshall, who was shot there, was the first man killed in battle in that regiment. In July, 1864, Mr. Wellman was transferred to Virginia and served in the Shenandoah Valley campaign. It was here that he was taken prisoner by the Mosby Guerillas and sent to Libby prison, where he was confined until the close of the war.

From 1866 to 1869 Mr. Wellman worked as an apprentice and went to Athol in 1869. For two years he worked for the late E. T Lewis at Athol Highlands and in 1871 he bought out the business.

For a number of years Mr. Wellman was in business with John C. Blake, but some 14 years ago bought out his partner.

Mr. Wellman is a member of the Grand Army, having joined in 1872 Birchard post of Townshend. He is also a member of Athol lodge of Masons and a charter member of Tully lodge of Odd Fellows. Mr. Wellman married in 1878 Miss Mary F. Williams, oldest daughter of Dr. John Williams. He has two children, Louis W., paymaster on the Boston Northern electric railway, and Frances W., who lives in Athol.

Source: Brattleboro Daily Reformer, June 10, 1913.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.