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May, Dennis E.


Age: 18, credited to St. Johnsbury, VT
Unit(s): 17th VT INF, USA
Service: enl 2/23/64, m/i 4/12/64, SGT, Co. G, 17th VT INF, pr CSSGT, 10/17/64, comn 2LT, Co. G, 7/10/65 (7/20/65), m/o 7/14/65, as CSSGT, (enl 8/25/65, disch 5/15/67, unid USA unit)

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Birth: 08/28/1845, Concord, VT
Death: 06/17/1903

Burial: Village Cemetery, Concord, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone photographer: Monica White
Findagrave Memorial #: 95430496


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 8/30/1888, VT; widow Emily B., 9/2/1903, VT
Portrait?: VHS Collections
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


2nd Great Grandfather of John May, Carlsbad, CA

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Dennis Edgar May

Dennis E. May died Friday noon at his home on Pleasant street from a cancer of the liver. He had been in poor health for several months and sick in bed since the first of June, but his illness was not thought serious until about two weeks ago. He had always been actively interested in town and village affairs and had held several offices of trust including those of village clerk and trustee and town lister.

His social disposition and genial ways won him many friends, and a pleasant word for old and young, rich and poor, made him popular. Few people are as fond of children as he was, and it was to the little ones he most frequently opened his heart. He was much interested in the Grand Army, being a member of Chamberlin Post. In 1887 he held the office of assistant adjutant general of the Department of Vermont and in1902 he was commander of Chamberlin Post. His war record was a good one but not long. On February 2, 1864, he enlisted in the 17th Vermont as sergeant major; July 10, 1865, he was commissioned second lieutenant, and July 14, 1865, he was mustered out. He was with his regiment at the battles of the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, Petersburg Mine, Poplar Grove Church Shady Grove Church and others.

Dennis Edgar May was born on a farm in the east part of Concord, August 28, 1845, to Preston and Sophia (Grout) May. He was one of six sons, only two of whom are now living, Elisha of St. Johnsbury and Harry H., of West Concord. His mother died last winter at the advanced age of eighty years. Early in the 50's the family moved to West Concord and there he attended school. At the time of his enlistment he was employed as clerk in a store. While home on furlough, February 17,1865, he married Emily B. Holbrook of West Concord. After he was mustered out of service he remained in Washington nearly two years, then came back to West Concord and went into business.

In 1871 he came to St. Johnsbury and spent the rest of his life here. He was employed as book-keeper for several business houses, and in 1888, began the pension business, which he followed successfully during the remainder of his life. In 1887, he was appointed aide-de-camp on the staff of Gov. E. J. Ormsbee. While in Washington he joined a Masonic lodge and later was transferred to Moose River lodge of West Concord of which he remained a member the rest of his life.

The funeral was held Sunday afternoon at 1:30. A great many of the comrades of Chamberlin Post attended. Rev. E. M. Chapman officiated, assisted by Rev. A. F. Walch and the Mahogany quartet sang two selections. The remains were carried to West Concord for burial, moose River lodge holding their burial service at the grave. Mr. May's wife and three children survive him: Preston E. May of St. Johnsbury, Mrs. Carl A. Weston of Burlington and Emily A. May of St. Johnsbury, also four grandchildren, Dorothy, Helen and Robert May of this village and Marguerite Weston of Burlington.

Source: St. Johnsbury Republican, July 22, 1903.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.