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Ray, Francis Elmore


Age: 19, credited to Wilmington, VT
Unit(s): 11th VT INF
Service: enl 8/8/62, m/i 9/1/62, 4SGT, Co. E, 11th VT INF, dis/dsb 12/9/62

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Birth: 01/17/1843, Wilmington, VT
Death: 06/09/1924

Burial: Restland Cemetery, Wilmington, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Tom Boudreau
Findagrave Memorial #: 71721844


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 6/28/1880; widow Hila L., 7/24/1924, 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

Webmaster's Note: The 11th Vermont Infantry was also known as the 1st Vermont Heavy Artillery; the names were used interchangably for most of its career


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Francis E. Ray

Deerfield Valley Times

June 20, 1924

Francis Elmer Ray

The death of Francis E. Ray at his East Main street home on the evening of June 9, marks the passing of the last of Wilmington's Civil war veterans resident in the town.

Mr. Ray had been in poor health for some time, but death came unexpectedly as he had been feeling quite well for a few days previous to the end.

To those who were privileged to know him intimately Frank Ray's was an attractive personality. Primarily a man of the great "out-doors, " his principal recreation during a long and active life was found in the fields and streams of New England. Nature was his text-book and the creatures of the wild had few secrets that were hid from him. Even in his declining years his passion for his favorite sport was strong, and it was the writer's pleasure to be his companion on many pleasant trips afield.

Francis Elmer Ray was born on the Ray homestead on Ray hill Jan. 17, 1843, a son of William and Fidelia (Bissell) Ray. He assisted his parents on the farm until his enlistment in Co. G, 12th Vermont Infantry, in which regiment he received his commission as first lieutenant later being promoted to a captaincy. He was a member of C.B. Lawton Post, G.A. R. of this town and for many years its commander. He was also a member of Social Lodge, No. 38, F. & A.M.

On being mustered out of the ser- vice, he assumed the management of the home farm on which he lived until about fifteen years ago, when failing health made it necessary for him to give up farming, and he moved to the East Main street home where he died.

His first wife was Nettie E. Cobb, who died July 10, 1881. Of this marriage four children were born: Mary, Mrs. Albert G. Bickford; Albert W.; Genie, Mrs. Clarence E. Corkins and Francis E., who died April 18, 1909. There are 11 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

On April 20, 1883 he married Hila I. Robinson who survives him.

On the day preceding his death Mr. Ray had been feeling unusually well. He had finished planting his garden and been to the butcher's shop. Just previous to retiring for the night he went into the shed adjoining the kitchen to lock the door as was his usual custom. Before reaching the barn door he fell, striking his head against a stone. Medical aid was hastily summoned, but he was dead before it arrived.

Mr. Ray was always s leading spirit in the local observance of Memorial Day, and was one of the half dozen survivors of the civil war attending the exercises this year.

The funeral was very largely at- tended, and was held at the Congre- gational church Thursday afternoon, June 12. Rev. F.N. Rutan officiated at the church. Mrs. Stiefel sang two selections. The floral tributes were many and beautiful, bearing mute tes- timony to the love and esteem in which the deceased was held. The burial was in Restland, under the ritual of the Masonic order and the G.A.R., the latter exercises being under the direction of the Sons of Veterans.

Those from out of town attending the funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. Almon Robinson, Eldin Robinson and son Floyd, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Rob- inson and sons, Dorian and Traves, Fred Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Putnam, Mrs. Clara Nash, Harry Smith from West Wardsboro; Mr. and Mrs. Eliner Covey, Belle Tyler, Mrs. Ella Bissell, Mrs. Avis Waite, Mrs. Bernice Hollander, Mrs. Margaret Pike, Newland Haskell from Brattleboro; Mr. Negus, Searsburg; Martin Fox, Albert Stetson, Jacksonville.

Contributed by Tom Boudreau