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Purdon, Thomas H.
Age: 0, credited to Bristol, VT
Unit(s): 12th US INF
Service: Co B 12th US INF, enl 9/24/61, m/o 4/17/65
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Birth: 06/10/1841, Bolton, England
Burial: Greenwood Cemetery, Bristol, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone photographer: Alan Lathrop
Findagrave Memorial #: 40000685
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 2/23/1877; widow Electa I., 4/26/1910, VT
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Greenwood Cemetery, Bristol, VT
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Death of Rev. Thomas Purdon
Rev. Thomas H. Purdon, for several years a resident of this village and later of Rutland died in the hospital at Melrose, Mass., on the morning of April 17th aged 68 years.
Mr. Purdon was born in Sheffield, England, and came to this country in early childhood with his parents who located in Addison, the father dying a short time after their arrival and the mother a few years later, leaving two sons, Thomas H., and M. F. Purdon, who were kindly cared for in the family of William Moreby of Addison. The subject of this sketch was ambitious for an education and sought that end with great odds against him for years.
He enlisted in the 12th U. S. Infantry, 5th Army Corps, in 1861, at the age of 20. When his three years term of service had expired to within three weeks he was taken a prisoner on the skirmish line at the Weldon railroad and served seven months as a prisoner in Libby, Belle Isle and Salisbury prisons, after which he was exchanged, returning to Vermont only a shadow of the sturdy young man who enlisted three and a half years before. In the army his record was above reproach and in the prison he was given the place of nurse, a place only given to a very few honored ones.
In 1865 he married Electa I. Barton, daughter of Albert J. and Mary (Brooks) Barton of New Haven. The wife and only daughter, Miss Rowena E. Pardon, survive him.
Mr. Purdon continued his exertions to secure an education until he finished with a course in theology at the Battle Creek college in Michigan and had been for over 30 years an earnest and able minister of the Seventh Day Advent denomination; for over ten years was president of the Vermont State Conference; also served as vice-president. He resigned from active official work last September, but was still a pastor and at work until stricken by his last illness three weeks before his death. The funeral was held at the Seventh Day Adventist church on Center street in Rutland on Tuesday, the 19th.
The services were conducted by the Rev. C. S. Longacre of Lancaster, Mass., assisted by Rev. W. H. Holden, Pres., of the Vermont Conference, of Burlington. The floral tributes were abundant and beautiful, a maltese cross, from the G. A. R., a handsome pillow of white roses from the church, a large casket bouquet of calla lilies from friends, a casket bouquet of carnations from the Rutland teachers association of which Miss Purdon is a member, and many other gifts of flowers from teachers and friends in Rutland and a wreath of roses and pinks from relatives in Worcester, Mass. The burial was in Bristol in the family lot.
Source: Middlebury Register, April 29, 1910.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.