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Chamberlain, Orrin S.


Age: 0, credited to Randolph, VT
Unit(s): 36th MA INF
Service: enl, Fitchburg, 8/15/62, m/i, Pvt, Co. K, 36th MA INF, 8/27/62, m/o 3/14/63, Washington, DC

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Birth: 06/07/1840, Braintree, VT
Death: 04/02/1914

Burial: South View Cemetery, Randolph, VT
Marker/Plot: Block 26 Row 7 Grave 2
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Monica White

Findagrave Memorial #: 0
(There may be a Findagrave Memorial, but we have not recorded it)


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 3/14/1864; widow Ella M., 4/9/1914, 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


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South View Cemetery, Randolph, VT

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Death of O. S. Chamberlain

Death removed from earthly scenes last Thursday night Orin S. Chamberlain, a native of Braintree, a soldier of the Civil war and an honored citizen of this village for nearly half a century. Long ago, when he was in fact in the prime of life, a broken elevator rope at the Emerson (then the Abbott) mill caused Mr. Chamberlain, who was on the lift at the time, to be dropped to the basement bottom with such force that he received injuries from which he never recovered and which consigned him for the rest of his life to an invalid existence.

He was blessed, however, with a cheerful disposition which sustained him in the weariness and feebleness of impaired health and he had moreover the constant care and companionship of a most devoted wife. When loss of hearing was added to his other misfortunes he found comfort in reading and, though cut off in some measure from the old free intercourse with his fellows, he still retained his interest in thing social and fraternal, while his appreciation if things humorous never deserted him.

Feb. 18 he was stricken in the night with paralysis of the left side and, in spite of a partial rally from the sock, no permanent advance toward restored health occurred to gladden the harts of watching friends. From day to day he weakened gradually until at last, freed from mortal suffering, he sank to rest.

Mr. Chamberlain was born in Stockbridge, June 7, 1840, a son of Increase and Susan (Lamb) Chamberlain. Aug. 17, 1861, he enlisted in Fitchburg, Mass., and was mustered into the service of the United States as a private in Company G, 36th regiment of Massachusetts volunteers, in which he for a comrade his elder brother, Silas. The latter was so seriously wounded during his term of enlistment that the effect clouded his days until two years later he was laid in a soldier's grave. The most important event of Orin Chamberlain's military career was a march he made from Point of Rocks over Antietam mountain to the valley below. He was confined in a hospital at Knoxville, Md., and March 16, 1863, was discharged for disability.

Phoenix lodge, No. 28, F. And A. M., had no more loyal member than Mr. Chamberlain, who had been affiliated with it since 1868 and through the various degrees of Masonry had risen to the ranks of the Knights Templar in Mount Zion commandery of Montpelier.

Nov. 27, 1868, he married Ella, Daughter of William Pratt, and all their happy wedded life has been lived in Randolph, in a community that has respected their worth and has given them the regard they so well merited. The wife survives and there are also left a brother, Jotham Chamberlain of Palmer Mass., and a sister, Miss Etta Chamberlain, a teacher in the Montpelier Union school, who was able to be with her dying brother in the last fortnight of his life.

The funeral service was at the house on School street Sunday afternoon and was attended by U. S. Grant post., G. A. R., the Women's Relief corps, Phoenix lodge, F. and A. M., Beaulah chapter, O. E. S., and many relatives, neighbors and long-time acquaintances. Rev. Fraser Metzger was the officiating clergyman and in the service a beautiful duet, “Saved by Grace,” was sung by Miss M. Blanche Sparhawk and Mrs. Inez Segar. In the floral tributes were a Masonic emblem from Phoenix lodge, white roses from Mount Zion commandery, and other flowers from the Relief corps, the Eastern Star and individuals. Phoenix lodge had its burial service at the house and the bearers were six Masonic brothers, Lucius Webb, R. E. Parker, J. F. Tewksbury, Dr. G. W. Scott, C. C. Gifford and F. A. Phillips.

Present at the service from out of town were Mrs. Chamberlain's brother and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Pratt of Montpelier; a cousin, Miss Vernie Chamberlain of Saxonville, Mass.; Miss Etta Chamberlain, Mrs. George Blair and her daughter, Miss Julia, of Montpelier.

Source: Bethel Courier, April 9, 1914.

He Succumbs at Randolph After Long Illness.

The funeral of Orrin Chamberlain, whose death occurred in his home at Randolph, Thursday after a long illness, took place yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the home. Rev. Fraser Metzger officiated.

Miss Etta Chamberlin, sister of Mr. Chamberlin, who is a teacher in the public schools of this city has been with her brother, helping to care for him during the school vacation. The deceased is survived by his wife who is in poor health, one sister, Miss Etta Chamberlin, and a brother, Jotham Chamberlin of Palmer, Mass.

For years Mr. Chamberlin was a great sufferer from an accident while working at the Emerson mill, known as the Abbott mill, when he received an injury from the elevator, which was in an unsafe condition, Later he sustained a shock of paralysis, followed by others.

Mr. Chamberlin was born in Stockbridge in 1840, one of five children born to Increase and Susan (Lamb) Chamberlin. Most of his early life and boyhood was passed there, but upon the breaking out of the Civil War, he enlisted in the 26th Massachusetts volunteers, Company K. He enlisted for three years, but before the expiration of one year, he was taken ill with fever, from which he recovered slowly and because of disability was discharged.

After that he went to Randolph and most of the time since was resident there. In 1868 he married Ella Pratt of Randolph. Mr. Chamberlin was a faithful and consistent member of Bethany church, and since his early life had been a member of the Masonic fraternity. He was also a Knights Templar.

Source: Montpelier Morning Journal, April 6, 1914.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.