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Barnard, Oliver Chilson


Age: 26, credited to Lincoln, VT
Unit(s): 17th VT INF
Service: enl 2/14/65, m/i 2/14/65, Pvt, Co. H, 17th VT INF, enl one yr., m/o 6/13/65

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Birth: 09/11/1839, Lincoln, VT
Death: 08/29/1899

Burial: Lee Cemetery, Lincoln, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone photographer: Alan Lathrop
Findagrave Memorial #: 40204288


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 6/7/1879; yes widow Electa A., 9/29/1899, VT
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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Oliver Chilson Barnard, one of the best known and most highly esteemed citizens of Lincoln, died Tuesday morning of complicated stomach and liver disease, aged about 60 years. Mr. Barnard has been in poor health some months, and though he was able to be around till within a few days, his friends had constantly feared the worst. He returned Aug. 21 from Queen City Park, where he went for a vacation and soon became worse, his system being unable to rally from the collapse that terminated in death. As the end approached, however, his mind remained clear, he being fully conscious to the last. Mr. Barnard was a son of Thomas J. Barnard and Anna (Davis) Barnard and was born on the old Barnard homestead in Lincoln, September 11, 1839, being one of a family of 9 children, only one of whom, Samuel Barnard of Bristol, survives. His boyhood was passed on a farm and in the common schools. In 1855he married Matilda Olive Atwood and to them were born four children, two of whom, Luella M., and Cecelia J., died when quite young. Mrs. Barnard died September 24, 1872, and on June 25, 1873, Mrs. Barnard married Electa L. Frank, who survives him. Mr. Barnard enlisted in Co. H, 17th Vt. Volunteers, on February 14, 1864, and was honorably discharged June 13, 1865. He took part in the final advance on Lee, assisted in guarding the defeated rebel army and saw hard service elsewhere. He suffered sunstroke in the Washington review and received other disabilities that made him a pensioner. The Lincoln men in his company were G. W. Varner, W. I. Whittier, George Gove, J. V. Cobb and corporal H. J. Wood. Mr. Barnard was a charter member of Garfield post G. A. R., and was an enthusiastic member of the order. He had held several offices in the post, including that of quartermaster and was surgeon when he died. Mr. Barnard is survived by the widow, one son, George Henry, one daughter, Etta Matilda, wife of Walter Grant, all of Lincoln. Aside from the time spent in the war, Mr. Barnard has always lived in Lincoln, where he was highly esteemed as an upright, honest man. He never desired to take an active part in public affairs, but nevertheless had well defined and lasting convictions upon topics of public interest, nor did temporary excitements on mere prejudice swerve him from the right course. An accommodating neighbor and a good townsman, he sought always to be upright and honorable, never trying to evade his obligations or forgetting the rights of others. His word was always good, his friendship true and lasting, his love for his family undying. These traits made him justly popular; forsooth he had no enemies. To the widow and children, who have so tenderly and patiently cared for him, the heartfelt sympathy of the community is extended. The funeral will be held at the house at 1 o'clock this afternoon.

Source: Bristol Herald, August 31, 1899.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.