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Ford, Elisha H.

MILITARY SERVICE

Age: 25, credited to Braintree, VT
Unit(s): 3rd NH INF
Service: 3rd NH INF

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VITALS

Birth: 07/11/1837, Braintree, VT
Death: 08/05/1914

Burial: Roxbury Cemetery, Roxbury, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Chuck McGill
Findagrave Memorial #: 99895034

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Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 4/22/1886; widow Abbie W., 8/28/1914, 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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Roxbury Cemetery, Roxbury, VT

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Obituary

The Late Elisha H. Ford

Elisha H. Ford, born in Braintree July 11, 1839, died at his home in Roxbury Aug. 5, 1914. He had been in feeble health for some time, but the immediate cause of death was a shock, from the effects of which he survived but a few days.

Mr Ford had lived an unusually eventful and adventurous life, the varied experiences of which he was fond of relating to his children and friends, often depicting then with the vivid touches of the true story-teller. In his younger days he was a sailor, and traveled extensively, especially for those times, going across the Isthmus of Suez when camels were the means of transportation, before the completion of the canal. He also went through our Rocky Mountain states as far west as Arizona, before the railroad had penetrated that region.

For the five years before the opening of the Civil War, Mr. Ford worked as a printer and daguerreotypist, being engaged in that work at Concord, N. H., when the war broke out. He promptly enlisted and served nearly four years with the First and Third New Hampshire regiments, an experience full of hardships and from which he probably never recovered physically, but which stored his mind with interesting pictures of the thrilling and painful scenes and incidents of that time.

Returning to Braintree in 1870, Mr. Ford took up work as a farmer, remaining there until he moved to the place in Roxbury, in 1895, which has since been his home. In spite of increasing physical infirmities, his mind remained active up to the time of his last illness. He was a student of history, keenly interested in politics, and always kept well informed upon the events of the present day.

He married, Dec 27, 1882, Abby W. Ellis of Roxbury, who survives him, together with their two children, Leon C., of Lowell, Mass., and Reba, who lives with her mother in Roxbury.

Source: Bethel Courier, August 20, 1914
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.