Mansur, Zophar Mack
Age: 19, credited to Charleston, VT
Unit(s): 10th VT INF
Service: enl 8/11/62, m/i 9/1/62, CPL, Co. K, 10th VT INF, wdd, Winchester, 9/19/64, dis/wds 8/31/65
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Birth: 11/23/1843, Morgan, VT
Burial: East Main Street Cemetery, Newport, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Denis & Karen Jaquish
Findagrave Memorial #: 26915235
Alias?: None noted
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Mansur, Zophar Mack, Newport. Banker. Born Morgan, Nov. 23, 1843; son of Warren and Jane A. (Morse) Mansur. Educated in the public schools, Washington County Grammar School and Derby Academy. In 1867, married Ellen L. Newhill; they have two children, Arthur G. and Mabel S. Studied law with George N. Dale at Island Pond, 1870-5; admitted to Vermont Bar 1875; practiced law till 1892; engaged in lumber business 1892-7; director National Bank, Derby Line, 1885-1905, president since 1905.
In August, 1862, enlisted in Co. K, 10th Vermont; mustered out 1865, serving as corporal; in battles of the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, North Anna, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, Monocacy Junction, and Opequon Creek, Va., losing his right arm in last named battle.
Is a Republican; represented Brighton in Legislature 1866; represented Essex in the Senate 1888; lieutenant-governor 1894-6; collector of customs for the district of Memphremagog 1897-1906; trustee of Vermont Soldiers' Home since its organization; a trustee of the University of Vermont. Is a Methodist; trustee and steward of church at Newport. A member of Memphremagog Lodge No. 65, F&AM, of Newport; 32 degrees in Burlington Consistory; member of Baxter Post No. 51, GAR, and its post commander; president of Vermont Officers' Reunion Society 1898; president Vermont Sons of American Revolution 1898.
Source: Prentiss C. Dodge, compiler. "Encyclopedia Vermont Biography" 1912, Ullery Publishing Company, Burlington, Vermont, 1912, pp. 257-258.
EXPRESS AND STANDARD
NEWPORT, VERMONT, April 9, 1914
COLONEL ZOPHA M. MANSUR DEAD
A long honorable career was terminated in the death of Colonel Jopha M. Mansur at the Green Mountain Sanatarium, Burlington, Vt., last Saturday night, March 28th, at 6 0'clock. While his death will come as a shock to scores of Civil War veterans throughout the state, it was no surprise to his relatives or home friends, as to them it was known his condition was such that he was liable to pass away at any time. For six months he had been under treatment at the sanitarium, and his greatest desire was to be able to return to his old home in Newport to spend the summer months.But a few weeks ago a series of slight shocks took place resulting from the hardening of the arteries for which he was under treatment, and it was quickly seen that he had but a few more days to live. The end came peacefully, " like a child going to sleep", as one remarked who was with him during his last moments. The body was conveyed to his late home in Newport and impressive funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock, at the Methodist- Episcopal Church, of which he was one of the most prominent and influential members.
The funeral services were conducted by Rev.R.N. Joscelyn, the home pastor, assisted by Rev. Joseph Hamilton of Randolph, a former pastor, and W.S. Smithers of Orleans. The Masons attended in a body and escorted the body to the grave, as also did the remnant of old soldiers, the latter on account of their age riding to the cemetery in teams. The casket was draped with the American Flag, and was literally buried in beautiful flowers and set pieces, the last mark of sympathy and esteem that could be bestowed upon him by his host of mourning friends.The interment was in Pine Grove Cemetery in the family lot. Of those who attended from out of town were:Olin Merrill of Enosburg Falls, Curtis H. Burt and H.E. Pitcher of Boston, Porter N., Dale, John Sweeney, Luther Cobb and Colonel Bartlett of Island Pond, John Foster of Ottawa, Colonel Leavens of Richford, General Butterfield and D.W. Davis of Derby Line, and his near relatives, Orange S. Mansur, Mr. & Mrs. Harold Hobson and Luella Mansur of Island Pond, and Eugene Hobson and wife of Boston.
Zopha Mack Mansur was born at Morgan, November 23d, 1843, the son of Warren and Jane A.( Morse) Mansur. He was educated in the common schools, Washington County grammar school, and Derby Academy. He taught school in 1861 and in the next year enlisted in Company K, 10th Vermont, being discharged in 1865. He took part in the battles of the Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House, Cold Harbor, around Petersburg, Monocacy, Maryland, Charleston, Virginia, and Opequon Creek, Va. He lost his right arm at Opequon Creek, Sept. 19, 1864. He taught school at Derby in the winter of 1866, and was appointed postmaster at Island Pond, in February 1867. He held that office for several years.
He studied law with George N. Dale at Island Pond from 1870 to 1875, and was admitted to the bar in the latter year, practicing until 1892. He represented Brighton in the Legislature in 1886 and Essex County in the senate in 1888. He was states attorney for Essex County from 1886 to 1888. From 1894 t0 1896 he served the state as Lieuenat Governor, and was collector of customs in the district of Memphremagog from 1897 to 1906. Since its foundation, he was trustee of the Vermont Soldiers Home, and for several years was a trustee of the University of Vermont, Burlington, and also a trustee of the Montpelier Seminary.
He was elected president of the Vermont Officers' Reunion Society in 1889, and also in 1898; Department Commander, G.A.R., In 1890, and president of Society Sons of the American Revolution in 1894. In 1885 he became a director of the National Bank of Derby Line, and has been President since 1905.
Col. Mansur was a thirty-second degree Mason, a Knights of Templar, a member of the Memphremagog Lodge, No.65, F.&A.M., of Newport, and an Odd Fellow, and a member of Newport Commandry.
The wife of the deceased was Ellen. L. Newhall, of Norway, Me., their marriage taking place Aug. 16, 1868. Mrs. Mansur died four years ago. Two children were born to them: Arthur G. Mansur of Burlington. Amd mabel S., wife of the late Carl Storra. Mrs Storra died two years ago last Thanksgiving. Two grandchildren, Miss Sally Storrs and John Storrs, survive them. Of other near relatives that survive the deceased is Orange L. Mansur, a brother, and two sisters, Mrs. Emma Hobson, and Luella Mansur, all of Island Pond.
In closing we need only repeat what the St. Johnsbury Republican has wisely said, that " Colonel Mansur descended from good old New England stock. His ancestors were among the first settlers in Massachusetts and many of them had Revolutionary War records of distinction. He inherited his fitness for military service, giving of himself freely for his cause and his country. In civil life, he exhibited the same ardor, and he has left a splendid record of a life rich in service to his country and his fellowmen."
Submitted by Deanna French.