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Taft, Asa Prescott
Age: 0, credited to Sutton, VT
Unit(s): 11th IN INF
Service: MUSC, Co. E, 11th IN INF
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Birth: 05/03/1832, Sutton, VT
Burial: Village Cemetery, Sutton, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 28853354
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 9/14/1888, VT
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Village Cemetery, Sutton, VT
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Asa P. Taft
Mr. A. P. Taft whose illness was noted last week, passed away at his home late Monday evening. Although it was realized that his condition was critical, all hoped that he might regain his health and be spared for years. Mr. Taft had enjoyed better health this last summer than for several years, and was apparently as well as usual Sunday morning, October 26, although he complained of feeling tired. He had a paralytic shock while at church that morning and remained in an unconscious state much of the time until his death.
Asa Prescott Taft, the son of Arnold F. And Cynthia Prescott Taft, was born in Sutton, May 3, 1832, and there remained until he was 21 years of age. He then went to Indiana and taught school until the outbreak of the Civil War, when he enlisted in the regimental band of Co. E, 11th Indiana. At the end of a year the band was disbanded. Mr. Taft then re-enlisted as a private, and served faithfully throughout the long struggle. On his return to Vermont he was for some time a popular clerk at Fairbanks & Co.'s store, and for sixteen years was in business in Glover, Sutton and Waterford. Since then he has lived on the farm in Summerville, where he passed away Monday evening, November 3, 1902, at 11:15 o'clock. September 16, 1866 he was married to Hannah R. Tibbets, who with one son, A. Roy Taft, survives him. Two daughters died in infancy. Mr. Taft was very musical and possessed a tenor voice which retained much of its vigor and sweetness of tone. Since his residence in St. Johnsbury he has been a member of several church choirs and was singing a the Free Baptist church when he was taken ill. He played in the band for many years, and was for a time its leader.
Mr. Taft was a man of the strictest integrity, honorable and upright in all his dealings, and was possessed of a kindly thoughtful, cordial manner that won all, grown people and children alike to be his friends. He will not only be deeply mourned in the home but by all who knew him. Mrs. Taft, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Taft with the little grandchildren, to whom Mr. Taft was so deeply attached, have the deep sympathy of all.
Funeral services will be held at the home Thursday morning at 9 o'clock. Rev. E. L. Dunton will officiate, The interment will be at Sutton.
Source: St. Johnsbury Republican, November 5, 1902
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.