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Williams, John W.


Age: 19, credited to Bennington, VT
Unit(s): 1st NY MARITIME ARTY, 3rd NJ CAV
Service: Co. K, 1st NY MARITIME ARTY; Pvt, Co. F, 3rd NJ CAV

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Birth: 02/28/1842, Honesdale, PA
Death: 02/04/1915

Burial: Village Cemetery, Bennington, VT
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Findagrave Memorial #: 0
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Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 6/30/1879; both units
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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Village Cemetery, Bennington, VT

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Well-Known Veteran of the Civil War Died Friday Afternoon.

John W. Williams, a veteran of the civil war, who had resided in Bennington nearly 50 years, died at his home on School street Thursday afternoon . Bright's disease, by which he had been confined to the bed for several weeks, was the cause of death.

He was a native of Honesdale, Pa., where he was born February 28, 1842. Upon the opening of the civil war he enlisted in the New York marine artillery, a regiment that was not recognized by the government and which soon disbanded. He then enlisted in company M of the Third New Jersey cavalry with which he saw nearly three years of service. In 1864, while on duty as dismounted cavalry in Baltimore he was accidentally wounded when a carbine fell to the floor and was discharged.

Mr. Williams came to Bennington in August, 1865, and had since made this village his home. He had learned the shoemaker's trade at his home town, Honesdale, and he followed the occupation continuously until failing health compelled him to retire from active life. At one time he conducted a shoe store on Main street on the site presently occupied by Mulligan & Roche.

He married October 15, 1865, Jane S. Clapp, who died between two and three years ago. The immediate family survivors are two daughters, Mrs. Elizabeth Tiffany of Albany and Miss Jennie Williams with whom he resided. One brother, J.A.N. Williams, now the last of four who saw service in the civil war, also resides in this village.

Mr. Williams was one of the charter members of the local G.A.R. post which was first organized in Bennington 38 years ago and he had served one term as junior vice department commander. Few men were better known in Bennington. His occupation had brought him into personal contact with men, women and children for almost half a century and he was thoroughly respected by the entire community.

Members of the G.A.R. are requested to attend the funeral, which will otherwise be private, and which will be held from the house at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon. Burial will be in the village cemetery.

Source: Bennington Banner, Feb. 6, 1915
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.