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Cross, Lewis Bartlett


Age: 22, credited to Montpelier, VT
Unit(s): 3rd VT INF
Service: enl Co. F, 2nd VT INF, but sickness prevented his muster in; later sutler, 3rd VT INF

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Birth: 08/09/1839, Montpelier, VT
Death: 07/18/1915

Burial: Green Mount Cemetery, Montpelier, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 0
(There may be a Findagrave Memorial, but we have not recorded it)


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Not found
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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Green Mount Cemetery, Montpelier, VT

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Lewis Bartlett Cross was born in Montpelier, Vermont, 9 Aug., 1839, son of Charles Harrison and Caroline Webster (Houston) Cross). He was educated in the public schools and Fort Edward, NY and Newbury seminaries. In 1862 he married Lucia A. Chaplin of Wells River. She died in 1903. They had children Carrie and Charles H.
In 1858, Lewis entered his father's bakery as an apprentice where he worked three years. He was the second man from the city of Montpelier, Vt. to enroll for service in the Civil War, but owing to illness, he was not mustered in. He was later appointed sutler of the 3rd Vermont Regiment serving one year. In 1863, he engaged in business with his father under the firm name of C. H. Cross & son, a business continued in 1898 when his father retired. In 1908, Lewis old the business and went into politics. He represented the town of Montpelier in the Legislature in 1890. He was a delegate to the 1880 Republican National Convention, and a presidential elector. He was the trustee and vice president of the Montpelier Savings Bank and Trust Company. He served as president and trustee of Wood Art Gallery. He was also president and a member of the board of commissioners for the Green Mt. Cemetery in Montpelier.

Courtesy of Linda M. Welch, Dartmouth College.


L. Bart Cross Died 15 Minutes After Return From Auto Trip

L. Bart Cross, a native of Montpelier and long identified with mercantile and banking interests and matters pertaining to the welfare of that city, passed away suddenly Sunday evening at 8:40 o'clock at his home, 39 School street, death being due to heart trouble. Mr. Cross had returned from an automobile trip a quarter of an hour before and, while tired by the journey, was not apparently exhausted. He was preparing to retire when he suffered from an attack of heart trouble and died almost instantly.

He is survived by a son, Charles Harrison Cross of Boston, one of the organizers of the Regal Shoe Company, and a daughter, Carrie Cross of Montpelier, who resided with him; also a brother, George H. Cross of St. Johnsbury; two nieces, Mrs. Frank Trow of Biddeford, Me., and Mrs. Victor Hudson of Boston, and a sister-in-law, Mrs. Louise Ewers of Montpelier.

Lewis Bartlett Cross was born in Montpelier Aug. 9, 1839, the son of Charles Harrison Cross and Caroline Webster Houston Cross. He acquired his early education in the public schools of Montpelier, continuing his studies for one term each at Fort Edward institute and Newbury seminary. In 1858 he began to learn the baker's trade with his father, remaining until 1861, when he promptly responded to President Lincoln's first call for troops, being the second to place his name on the roll of Colonel Randall's recruiting papers, who received his commission from Governor Fairbanks and recruited a company in Montpelier in one day. Sickness however, prevented Mr. Cross from being mustered in, but he was afterwards appointed sutler of the third Vermont volunteers regiment, by Colonel B. N. Hyde and served for one year.

In January, 1863, he became associated in business with his father, under the firm name of C. H. Cross & Son, being connected with his father for 35 years, carrying on one of the most successful bakery and confectionery establishments in the state. He retired from active business seven years ago, being taken seriously ill at that time. Politically. Mr. Cross was one of the foremost members of the Republican party in the state, which he served ably in many capacities. He attended every state convention since 1864 until a few years ago and was a delegate to many. He was a delegate to the national convention in Chicago in 1880 that nominated General Garfield for president, to the National league convention at Baltimore in 1889 and to one in Milwaukee in 1896. In the latter year he was presidential elector at large and the messenger that carried to electoral vote to Washington in January, 1867.

He filled many municipal, town and state offices, in 1890 being a representative to the legislature.

The deceased was a trustee and vice-president of the Montpelier Savings Bank & Trust company at the time of his death, a trustee of Heaton hospital, a trustee and president of the Wood art gallery, for many years commissioner of Green Mount cemetery, a charter member of the Apollo and Country clubs, and a member of the Vermont Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. Fraternally he was a member of Aurora lodge, F, and A. M., of King Solomon Chapter, R. A. M., Mt. Zion commandery, and of Mount Sinai temple of the Ancient Arabic Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine.

He married, Dec. 25, 1862, Lucia A. Chaplin of Wells River, daughter of Matthew and Lorinda (Howe) Chaplin.

The funeral arrangements have not been completed pending the arrival of his son from Boston.

Source: Barre Daily Times, July 19, 1915.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.