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Pray, George F.


Age: 17, credited to Poultney, VT
Unit(s): 16th NY ARTY
Service: enl, m/i, PVT, Btry I, 16th NY ARTY, 3/31/65, m/o 8/21/65, Washington, DC

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Birth: abt 1848, Vermont
Death: 05/04/1899

Burial: Poultney Cemetery, Poultney, VT
Marker/Plot: 51
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Jennifer Snoots
Findagrave Memorial #: 0
(There may be a Findagrave Memorial, but we have not recorded it)


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 12/12/1891, VT; widow Edna M., 6/3/1899, VT
Portrait?: Poultney GAR Collection
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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Poultney Cemetery, Poultney, VT

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Poultney G.A.R. Post Photo Collage)



The death of George F. Pray, which occurred Thursday of last week, removed from Poultney a man universally liked, a veteran of the civil war and the youngest member of Joyce Post, No. 49. Mr. Pray was an industrious, quiet and unassuming member of society, a carpenter by trade and an excellent workman. He was born in Poultney August 12, 1849. His father died when he was a mere boy; after that he lived with his grandfather Pray, and in 1864, when but 15 years of age, he enlisted in company I, 16th New York heavy artillery, but not until after many trials on account of his youth and gaining his mother's consent. In 1870 he married Edna M. Dowd, who survives him with four children, two sons, Ralph and Edward, and two daughters, Flora and Lena. It was a very happy family that was thus broken. Mr. and Mrs. Pray were devoted to one another and to their children to an unusual degree. The funeral, which was held Sunday afternoon, was very largely attended. The Rev. A. D. Clark, pastor of the Baptist church, officiated at the house, after which Joyce Post took charge, assisted by many veterans of Bosworth Post of Fair Haven and Castleton post of Castleton.

Source: Poultney Journal, May 12, 1899.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.


George Pray, veteran of the war of 1861-1865 was interred in our cemetery on Sunday afternoon, May 7th. The services at the house were conducted by the Rev. Mr. Clarke, pastor of the Baptist church, of which society he was a member. After that, the remains were turned over to his brothers of the G. A. R., who tenderly received them and escorted them to our beautiful cemetery, where the ritual of the order was most impressively said under the direction of the Commander of Joyce Post and Dr. Dunton, the Chaplain and there George Pray was laid to rest, awaiting the bugle call which shall summon all to rise at the general resurrection. The Post was 38 strong, and were assisted by delegations from Fair Haven of Commander Griffin and Past Commanders, Wells, Smith, Maynard, Tillotson and Bonville; and from Castleton also, Commander Guilder, with Comrades Wheeler, Leffingwell and Bishop thus exhibiting their respect for the fallen comrade and their love for the order.

Source: Poultney Advertiser, May 18, 1899.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.