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Safford, David Flint
Age: 37, credited to Springfield, VT
Unit(s): 16th VT INF
Service: enl 9/15/62, m/i 10/23/62, CPL, Co. K, 16th VT INF, m/o 8/10/63
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Birth: 1824, Springfield, VT
Burial: Summer Hill Cemetery, Springfield, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 117230935
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 1/21/1889, MA; widow Emeline, 8/31/1899, MA
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: Died in Boston, MA, body shipped to Springfield, VT for burial
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Summer Hill Cemetery, Springfield, VT
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David Flint Safford
Quietly and painlessly on the evening of August 12, 1890, passed away one of the kindest, cheeriest, and most companionable of men.
David Flint Safford was born October 8,1823, at Springfield, Vermont, where years ago his father and grandfather settled. He was the fourth child of Phillip and Adah (McIntyre) Safford, and grandson of the Lieutenant Phillip Safford who distinguished himself so gallantly at the "Westminster Massacre." Like most boys in Vermont, young David received a training calculated to develop a hardy, vigorous constitution, and sound common sense. He was brought up to work and to speak the truth, habits which were never forgotten. From his boyhood he was a general favorite on account of the amiability of his disposition and his peculiarly engaging and ready wit.
In 1848 he married Emerancy, daughter of Edward and Sally (Parker) Fairbanks. He had previously learned the trade of blacksmith in Charlestown. N. H., and in that pretty little town the young couple began their housekeeping. Four years later, influenced partly by a desire to make money faster, and partly by his love of travel, he went to California, remaining two years. He was in San Francisco through one of the destructive fires which in those early days so often visited that city, and lost the little property he had accumulated while there. He returned to Vermont poor in everything but health and courage. He went to Rutland and worked at his trade until his wifeís father, feeling the infirmities of age, prevailed upon him to make a home with him in Springfield and help care for a large farm. In 1860 his wife died leaving him with four little girls. In 1861 he married for his second wife, Almira Flanders.
When President Lincolnís call came in 1862 for three hundred thousand men to serve nine months, Mr. Safford enlisted in Company K of the 16th Vermont Regiment, and made one of that glorious Vermont Brigade which stood firm against the shock of Pickettís furious assault among the peach trees at Gettysburg.
Said one of Mr. Saffordís comrades a short time ago, "I believe Corpora Safford was one of the most helpful men we had in our company. He had cool nerve and he always was so bright and cheerful that he put new life into the men. He was a gentle nurse in sickness, and a friend and advisor to those in trouble or distress, but withal so full of boyish pranks that he made fun for the whole camp."
After Mr. Saffordís return from the army he made his home in Springfield until about eighteen years ago when he removed to Boston. His wife died soon after his removal there, and two years after he married Mrs. Emoline Clark, who survives him. There has never been a death among his children and he leaves seven married daughters.
Never ostentatious in any way few can realize how strong and beautiful was his faith in the great Father of us all. His was not a God of a far-off vague future but a God whose domain was everywhere. He saw a divine law running through the daily life of the world which ultimately must lead to a harmonious adjustment of all things. It was this faith which kept him bright and happy even unto death. He died as he had lived, at peace with God himself, and the world.
Source: Springfield Reporter, September 8, 1899.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.