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Sumner, John J.


Age: 20, credited to Halifax, VT
Unit(s): 16th VT INF
Service: enl 9/6/62, m/i 10/23/62, Pvt, Co. F, 16th VT INF, m/o 8/10/63; later drafted - paid commutation

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Birth: 04/03/1842, Halifax, VT
Death: 01/03/1925

Burial: Park Lawn Cemetery, Bennington, VT
Marker/Plot: 24
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 198073348


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 4/30/1877
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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Park Lawn Cemetery, Bennington, VT

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John J. Sumner

North Adams Transcript, Jan. 5, 1925

"Grandfather" Sumner died at the home of Ernest Murray, Saturday forenoon, January 3, 1925, after months of illness due to the infirmities incident to old age. He was in his 83d year, a Civil war veteran, a genial, kindly man highly respected by all who knew him.

John J. Sumner, son of Thomas and Mary (Spencer) Sumner, was born in Halifax, Vt., April 3, 1842, where he grew to young manhood. At his country's call he enlisted in its service and went out in Company F, 16th Vermont Regiment in September, 1862, and one year later was honorably discharged.

He was married January 12, 1864, at Colrain, Mass., to Miss Emma J. Bell of that place. They lived for a while in North Adams, then came to Pownal Center, Vt., where they engaged in farming and were thrifty, industrious citizens for nearly half a century. Since Mrs. Sumner's death about three years ago, he had lived at the home of his granddaughter, Mrs. Ernest Murray.

His survivors are two sons, George F. Sumner of Pownal and Dr. C. W. Sumner of Granville, NY; eight grandchildren, Mrs. Ernest Murray of Pownal, Mrs. Almon Rathbun of Comstock, NY, Doris, Janice, Natalie, Alice, John and Carl of Granville, NY, and four great-grandchildren.

The funeral services will be conducted Tuesday by Rev. Philip Goettel of the Methodist church of which Mr. Sumner was a life-long member. There will be prayer at the home at 12 o'clock and the longer service at 1 o'clock at the Pownal Center church. Burial will be in the family lot in Park Lawn cemetery, Bennington.

Bennington Banner
Jan. 5, 1925

John J. Sumner

Was Resident of Pownal For Nearly 60 Years.

John J. Sumner, a resident of Pownal For nearly sixty years, quietly passed away Saturday morning, January 3 following a serious illness of several months, at the home of his granddaughter, Mrs. Ernest Murray of East Pownal.

Mr. Sumner was born April 8, 1842, at Halifax, this state. At the age of twenty, he volunteered as a private under Captain H.F. Dix of Co. F, 16th Vermont regiment, and served in three of the principal battles toward the climax of the Civil war. At Gettysburg he was wounded, following which he received an honorable discharge.

He was married to Miss Emma Jane Bell of Colrain, Mass., January 12, 1864. He death occurred May 5, 1921. Two sons, George of Pownal, and Dr. Walter Sumner of Granville, N.Y., survive him besides eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

John Sumner was well known in Pownal to be an honest, thrifty and industrious man. His genial disposition and willingness to help bear the burden of another endeared him to many throughout his long and active lifetime.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Pownal Center church, Tuesday at one o'clock, following prayer at the home. Interment will be in the Park Lawn vault.

Courtesy of Tom Boudreau