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Colston, Theodore

MILITARY SERVICE

Age: 25, credited to Hartland, VT
Unit(s): 2nd CT LARTY
Service: enl 6/8/62, m/i, MSCN, 2nd CT LA, m/o 8/9/65, New Haven, CT

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VITALS

Birth: abt 1837, Hartland, VT
Death: 03/29/1907

Burial: Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford, CT
Marker/Plot: Section 5
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Findagrave Memorial #: 132308315

MORE INFORMATION

Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Unknown
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Remarks: None.

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Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford, CT

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Obituary

THEODORE COLSTON COMMITS SUICIDE
WIFE FINDS HIM IN ATTIC ROOM WITH GAS TURNED ON.
Was Toolmaker at Colts for Nearly Thirty Years.
Mind Was Affected by Illness which Had Caused Him to Retire from Active Work Four Years Ago.

After having been missed for several hours, during which time the neighbors were asked to search for him, Theodore Colston, 69 years old, for thirty years a toolmaker at Colt's, was found at 3:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon on an attic room at his home, No. 131 Jefferson street, unconscious from gas, which was escaping from an open gas jet. The discovery was made by Mr. Colston's wife, who is a sister of Charles E. Billings, president of the Billings & Spencer Company, and though Mr. Colston was still breathing, he was so nearly dead that all efforts to revive him proved futile. Medical Examiner Fuller, who was quickly called, pronounced death due to asphyxiation by illuminating gas. Mr. Colston retired from active work four years ago, because of illness, which of late affected his mind and indirectly caused him to take his life.

Mrs. Colston missed her husband at 8:30 o'clock in the morning and for some time she did not worry, as she supposed he had gone to the doctor's. When he did not return, however, she made inquiries about the neighborhood and then made a thorough search in the house. On opening the door in an attic room she met with the stifling odor of gas and found her husband lying unconscious. He lived but a few minutes after having been found.

Mr. Colston was born in Hartland, Vt., and, after working in Bridgeport for some years, came to Hartford thirty-five years ago and entered Colt's factory as a toolmaker and contractor. He continued in the employ of the company until his retirement four years ago. He enlisted in the early days of the Civil War in the Second Connecticut Light Artillery from Bridgeport and was at Gettysburg and Mobile Bay and in many other important engagements. Previous to the battle of Mobile Bay, the captain of his company asked for volunteers to cut down a tree which stood in front of the enemy's lines and interfered with the range of the guns. Colston and another soldier were the men who carried out the commission. Mr. Colston was a member of Robert O. Tyler Post, G. A. R. He was also a member of Unity Church. Besides his wife, he leaves a brother in Vermont.

Funeral services will be held at the home, 131 Jefferson street, Monday afternoon at 3 o'clock.

Source: Hartford Courant, March 30, 1907.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.