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Sherwin, Ransom


Age: 24, credited to Chester, VT
Unit(s): 4th VT INF
Service: enl 9/3/61, m/i 9/21/61, MSCN, 4th VT INF Band, m/o 8/9/62

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Birth: 11/10/1836, Grafton, VT
Death: 05/07/1916

Burial: Pleasant View Cemetery, Chester, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone photographer: Emily Hackett
Findagrave Memorial #: 111899563


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 7/26/1890, 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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Pleasant View Cemetery, Chester, VT

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Musicians of the Fourth Vermont Infantry Regimental Band

Sherwin, Ransom - Musician. (b. Grafton, Vermont, 10 Nov. 1836, son of John M. & Elmira Sherwin). Ransom enlisted at Chester 3 Sept., 1861 at the age of 14 years. He was mustered in at Brattleboro, 21 Sept., 1861. He mustered out with the Band, 9 Aug., 1862. He re-enlisted in the Fifth Vermont 12 Sept., 1862, and was discharged 10 Aug., 1863. After the war, he went to work as a boot and shoe merchant in Chester. He m. 22 Nov., 1866, Sylvia Marion Tarbell of Chester (b. Chester, 22 Nov., 1846, dau. of Elijah D. & Abigail (Southwick) Tarbell). Sylvia taught schools in the primary grades most of her life. Both of them were active in the Chester Baptist Church and the youth group connected with it. In 1880, Ransom retired from active business and purchased a farm in the Popple Dungeon section of Chester from Bradley Frye and took up farming. He joined the Henry Post G.A.R. in Chester, and was active in the Masons, being a member of the Olive Branch. He also served his town as a volunteer fireman. He filed an invalid pension on his service 16 July, 1890 (App #837959; Cert #639338). Sylvia died in Chester at the age of 62 years, 15 Oct., 1908. The Woman's Relief Corps of Chester wrote the following about Sylvia: "Whereas God in his infinite wisdom has removed from this Corps to the great Corps above, our beloved sister, Sylvia Sherwin, therefore be it Resolved. That we, members of the Henry Relief Corps No. 39, without questioning His wisdom, deplore our loss. Resolved. That the faithfulness and ability which she exercised in the aid of our order will be held in loving remembrance. Resolved. That the removal of such a life from among us leaves a vacancy and a shadow that will be deeply felt by all the sisters of this Corps. Resolved. That our sincere sympathy is extended to the bereaved family, and that a copy of these resolutions be sent to them and spread upon the record of the Corps, and as a testimony of respect and affection for our departed sister our charter be draped for thirty days. -Leila M. Edson, Frances L. Hunt, Roxy Abbott, -Committee." After Sylvia's death, Ransom's sister Susan Rowell took care of him and kept house for him Ransom was found dead in his house by his sister Susan on Sunday morning, 7 May, 1916 (age 80). [Children: Loyal Ethelbert Sherwin, b. Chester, 16 July, 1869, a lawyer he did not marry]
Biographical Information
(researched by Linda M. Welch, March, 2008)



Ransom Sherwin died Sunday morning. He retired as usual the night before. Not responding to calls in the morning his housekeeper went to his room and found him dead. Enlargement of the heart was the cause. Mr. Sherwin was born in Grafton, November 11, 1836. his home has been in Chester since he was 16 years old. His nearest relative is Edwin Sherwin of Springfield, Mass., a half brother.

Mr. Sherwin was married November 22, 1866, to Miss Sylvia M. Tarbell of Chester, who died October 16, 1905. On August 5, 1913, he buried his only son, L. E. Sherwin, a lawyer and prominent business man if this town.

Mr. Sherwin was a member of the 5th Vermont regiment band during the Civil War. He was a member of Henry Post, G. A. R., and Olive Branch Lodge, F. And A. M. He was a charter member of Chester Fire company and was on the active list until about a year ago when he retired from active duty and the company made him an honorary member for life.

The funeral was held at his late home on Tuesday at 2 p. m., Rev. H. C. Williams of St. Luke's church officiating. G. A. R. Services were held at the house and the Masonic burial service was conducted at Pleasant View cemetery by Rev. H. L. Ballou, past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge.

Source: Vermont Journal, May 12, 1916.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.