Clay, Charles H.
Age: 17, credited to Waitsfield, VT
Unit(s): 96th NY INF
Service: enl 10/26/861, Plattsburg, m/i, Pvt, Co. H, 96th NY INF, 11/21/61, reen, 1/15/64, wdd, Cold Harbor, 6/3/64, dis/dsb, Philadelphia, PA, no date
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Birth: 1844, Plattsburg, NY
Burial: Waitsfield Village Cemetery, Waitsfield, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Alan Lathrop
Findagrave Memorial #: 46490718
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 1/9/1866; widow Ruth Ann, 3/4/1927
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Death of C.H. Clay
After an illness of more than two years Charles H. Clay, 81 years old last March, died early Friday afternoon at his home on Pleasant street. He was born in Plattsburgh, N.Y., one of eight children, four sons and four daughters, born to William and Esther Clay, and three of his sisters are still living, Mrs. E.A. Gates of Gassetts, Mrs. Emma J. Bidgood and Mrs. Carlos Johnson of Ludlow. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews, one of whom, Miles Clay, has spent much of the past two years assisting in the care of his uncle. Mr. Clay was a Civil war veteran, enlisting from Plattsburgh, N.Y., in 1861, in the 96th New York Regiment. On his return home he married Eliza Meader of Plattsburgh. He re-enlisted and in the Battle of the Wilderness was received a severe bullet wound in one knee, which crippled him for the remainder of his life. When wounded he was removed to a hospital where he was obliged to remain for a long time. His wife and little son died four years after their marriage. Mr. Clay married for his second wife, Mrs. Mary Heath, of Bradford. They moved to Waitsfield and resided there for 40 years and in this place he was engaged in the harness business. Upon the death of his wife 13 years ago, Mr. Clay disposed of his property in Waitsfield and came to Ludlow to reside. For his third wife he married Ruth Ann Stearns, who survives him. The funeral was held at his late home at 2:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon, Rev. H.B. Rankin, pastor of the Baptist church, officiating. The body will be taken today to Waitsfield for burial.
Source: Rutland Daily Herald August 10, 1925
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.