Raistrick, John Y.
Age: 28, credited to Bridgewater, VT ; Plymouth, VT
Unit(s): 1st VT INF, 6th VT INF
Service: enl 5/2/61, m/i 5/9/61, Pvt, Co. B, 1st VT INF, m/o 8/15/61; enl 9/23/61, m/i 10/15/61, SGT, Co. C, 6th VT INF, pr 1SGT, 11/20/61, comn 8/21/62 (9/15/62), wdd, Fredericksburg, 6/6/63, resgd 4/21/64; enl, cred to Plymouth, 8/22/64, m/i 8/22/64, Pvt, Co. G, pr CPL 5/1/65, m/o 6/26/65
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Birth: 05/08/1833, Bradford, England
Burial: Hillcrest Cemetery, Cavendish, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Carolyn Adams
Findagrave Memorial #: 130619531
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 1/27/1876
Portrait?: Italo Collection, Welch Collection, VHS Collections
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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John Y. 'Jack' Raistrick was born in Bradford, England, 8 May, 1833, son of George & Margaret Raistrick. He m. in Plymouth, Vt., 4 Aug., 1854, Sophia A. Gilson (8) [Elhanan (7), Daniel (6), John (5), John (4), John (3), Joseph (2), Thomas Gilson (1)] who was born in St. Lawrence County, NY, 29 Oct., 1834.
At the outbreak of the Civil war, Sophia and John were living in Bridgewater, Vermont. Mr. Raistrick enlisted 23 Sept., 1861 at Bridgewater, in Co. "B", 1st Regiment Vermont Volunteers. He was promoted 2nd Lieutenant of Co. "C" of the 6th Vt., He was discharged as a corporal. He was wounded in action, receiving a gunshot wound in the shoulder. After his return from the war, they lived for several years in Plymouth. In 1872, Mr. Raistrick came to Proctorsville to work in the factory and moved his family in town in 1873, where they remained. Four children were born to them. In 1876, Mr. Raistrick received a pension for his Civil war service.
-Proctorsville, 27 March, 1885: "J. Y. Raistrick has received a back pension of some $2,000, and has bought the house opposite the Parker store from the John Parkhurst estate, price $800."
-25 Feb., 1887: "J. Y. Raistrick has recently purchased an Estey piano."
-16 Aug., 1889: "Notwithstanding the inclement weather Wednesday evening, nearly seventy persons assembled at the pleasant home of Mr. and Mrs. J. Y. Raistrick to offer their congratulations on the 35th anniversary of their marriage. They were received in 'Jack's' characteristic manner, spending several hours in a social manner, music being furnished for those who wished to dance. Choice refreshments were served. Many valuable and useful gifts were left, including a patent spring rocker from the G.A.R.
-24 Jan., 1890: "J. Y. Raistrick and Mrs. Raistrick with her sister, Mrs. Mason Davis, went to Keene, Wednesday to attend the funeral of another sister, Mrs. John Humphrey."
When the 1900 census of Proctorsville was taken, John (age 57, carder in the woolen mill), and Sophia (age 65), had been married 48 years, had six children, with three alive in 1900. Living with them was their seven-year old granddaughter, Maud A. Eaton (b. Conn., April, 1893). In 1903, because of her parents failing health, Rosie Davy and family moved to Proctorsville to live with her folks to care for them.
-Proctorsville 4 Nov., 1904: "Mrs. J. Y. Raistrick celebrated her 70th birthday last Friday. Her daughter, Mrs. Harry Davy, with whom she lives, invited in a few ladies of near her own age, to assist her in celebrating the event. Mrs. Ben Shaw, another daughter, assisting." The year 1905 was very difficult for Sophia because of failing health and she gave up active work.
-17 Nov., 1905: "Daniel Gilson and wife of Plymouth were called to Proctorsville by the severe illness of his sister, Mrs. J. Z. Raistrick." Sophia d. after an illness of six weeks, with great suffering, at Cavendish, 19 Nov., 1905.
-Proctorsville 13 July, 1906: "J. Y. Raistrick made a misstep and fell the entire length of the stairs leading to Matt Stewart's rooms the 4th. Considering his lameness, it was fortunate that he was not seriously hurt. He was carried home but was able later in the day to come up street."
-11 Aug., 1910: "J. Y. Raistrick has had a serious time with his eye, caused by his taking cold."
-10 Sept., 1914: "J. Y. Raistrick has gone to Springfield to visit his daughter Mrs. Ben Shaw and will also take in the fair this week."
-17 Sept., 1914: "J. V. Raistrick, the local aster and dahlia expert grower, took first prize at the Springfield fair last week for the best display of flowers. When we take into consideration that Mr. Raistrick is over 80 years old, lame and nearly blind, and a gallant Civil War veteran, he is to be congratulated on his success."
-1 April, 1915: "John Y. Raistrick of Proctorsville had a paralytic shock early Wednesday morning, affecting his right side and also his speech. It is said he is now improving."
John died at Cavendish, early Friday morning, 24 April, 1915 (age 82).
From his obituary: "He was a great lover of flowers and devoted much time to the cultivation of beautiful blossoms. He was a charter member of Canton Skitchewaug of Bellows Falls and fifteen of the members of that organization attended his funeral. He was also a member of Mt. Sinai Lodge, I. O. O. F. and Woodhouse Encampment, as well as of Lafayette Lodge F. and A. M."
1. Rosie B. Raistrick, b. Plymouth, Vt. 8 July, 1855.
2. James Young Raistrick, b. Bridgewater, Vt., 10 Dec., 1857 3. Luella "Ella" Raistrick, b. Bridgewater, Vt., 1860.
3. Lillian "Jennie" Raistrick, b. Bridgewater, Vt. 22 Feb., 1871. She m. 1896, Fred Porter Eaton of Rutland (b. West Randolph, Vt., 25 May, 1864, son of Daniel & Alice Angeline (Porter) Eaton). They lived in Randolph, Vt. When the 1930 census was taken, Fred was 59 years old and Lillian was 59. They owned their own home valued at $2,300. Fred was employed as a salesman in the general store. Lillian d. 27 Dec., 1975.
Contributed by Linda M. Welch, Dartmouth College.
J. Y. Raistrick passed away in the night last Friday. Funeral services were held at his late home on Monday afternoon. Howard Post, G. A. R., Mt. Sinai Lodge, I. O. O. F., the Encampment, and Myrtle Lodge of Rebekahs attended in a body.
Source: Vermont Tribune, April 29, 1915.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.