Age: 23, credited to St. George, VT
Unit(s): 17th VT INF
Service: enl 3/28/64, m/i 4/12/64, Pvt, Co. H, 17th VT INF, pr CPL 6/23/64, wdd, 7/30/64, Petersburg Mine, m/o 7/14/65
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Birth: 05/03/1840, Canada East
Burial: Homeland Cemetery, Bristol, NH
Marker/Plot: No_Marker; Range 13 W, Lot 13, Position 7
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 46495692
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 7/9/1866; widow Ina S., 12/13/1915, NH
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: Cemetery states no marker; grave is in the vicinity of the Wallace plot. 1890 - Living in Hill, NH
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Richmond Axtell was born in Ontario, Canada, 3 May, 1840, son of Rev. Thomas Gibbs & Elizabeth A. Axtelle. His father was a Universalist Clergyman who labored a few years in the area of what was known in the early 1800s as "Canada East".
Richmond was the eldest son and was reared in childhood in Pierpont (St. Lawrence County) New York, where his parents had moved from Canada in 1845. They moved to Addison County, Vermont in 1848 when Richmond was about nine years old. They lived in Middlebury, Vermont about four years, and moved to the town of Ripton in Addison County. Rev. Axtelle purchased a farm in Ripton that was valued at $1,800 in 1860.
Richmond's little brother Channing was the first son in the family to join up for the Rebellion. He enlisted at Bethel, Vermont at the age of 18 years in the 6th Vt. Channing was killed in action at Lee's Mills on 16 April, 1862. A year and a half later, Richmond enlisted in the Co. "H" 17th Vt. He served for one year, three months and sixteen days. He was wounded with a gunshot to his neck at Petersburg Mine 30 July, 1864. He recovered and applied for a survivor's pension 9 July, 1866 (Application #111375, Certificate #100224).
He mustered out in Washington DC, and shortly thereafter moved to Chicago, Illinois, where he was living when the 1870 census was taken. At that time he was 30 years old, single, and learning the trade of a druggist while clerking for Dr. C. W. Chaffee, a physician and native of Vermont, who had moved to Chicago a few years before. Richmond remained in Chicago a four years, then moved back to Vermont.
He decided to settle in Rochester (Windsor County). He married 1878, Ina S. (b. Vt., Sept., 1851). They operated their own apothecary in Rochester. Their first born son was named "Channing Axtell" in honor of Richmond's deceased brother. When the 1890 Veterans schedule was completed, Richmond and his family were living in Hill (Merrimack County) New Hampshire near the Danbury town line where they owned a farm. They had three children, Channing (b. 1879), Mary (b. 1882) and Lester A., (b. June, 1889). In 1908, Richmond's pension was increased to $24 per month. Richmond's widow Ina applied for a Widow's pension, 13 Dec., 1915 (App #1057160; Cert #808023).
Contributed by Linda M. Welch, Dartmouth College.