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Bellamy, Joseph

MILITARY SERVICE

Age: 21, credited to Shrewsbury, VT
Unit(s): 9th VT INF
Service: enl 6/7/62, m/i 7/9/62, Pvt, Co. B, 9th VT INF, m/o 6/13/65

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VITALS

Birth: 07/14/1841, Rutland, VT
Death: 01/22/1911

Burial: St. Josephs Cemetery, Rutland, VT
Marker/Plot: 5
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Jennifer Snoots

Findagrave Memorial #: 0
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MORE INFORMATION

Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Not Found
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

Webmaster's Note: If this soldier enlisted before 9/1/62, and was with the regiment on 9/13/62, he would have briefly been taken prisoner along with the entire regiment at Harper's Ferry. Read the blue section of the unit's Organization and Service for details.


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St. Joseph Cemetery, Rutland, VT

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Joseph Bellamy

Bellamy, Joseph, cred. Shrewsbury, VT, age 21, enl 6/7/62, m/I 7/9/62, Pvt, Co. B, 9th VVI, m/o 6/13/65 [NOTE: below his name is given as Bellney & in the transcription for St. Joseph's cemetery he is listed as Belleny, born 1848 not 1841]

Rutland Daily Herald, Jan. 23, 1911:

Forced by fatigue to leave the funeral procession with which he was walking to the Church of the Sacred Heart of Mary, to play last respects to Magloire Ducharme, a life-long friend who died Friday, Joseph Bellney, 69 years old, of No. 87 Plain street, dropped dead a few minutes later in the Rutland Railroad company's power house on Furnace street, where he had gone to rest. Mr. Bellney, who had worked for years at the Howe Scale company's plant side by side with Mr. Ducharme, was present with the mourners at the latter's house Saturday evening, and yesterday, though not well, was insistent upon attending the funeral.

Leaving his home on Plain street at 2:25 o'clock in company with his brother-in-law, Julius Snyder, Mr. Bellney had reached the G.H. Grimm plant on Pine street, near the tunnel, when he complained of feeling tired and cold and said that he thought he would not go to the church. He walked to the power house on Furnace street, and, seeing Timothy Noonan, stationary engineer of the plant, standing in the doorway, asked that he be allowed to go inside and rest. He entered the door and glancing around, remarked before sitting down that he would like to see the machinery. Hardly had he uttered the words when he fell lifeless to the floor.

Mr. Noonan and others made an effort to revive him and Robert McConnell, foreman of the machine shop, telephoned for a doctor. A call also was sent for the Seamans' ambulance, which arrived almost immediately. Dr. R.E. Smith and Health Office C.F. Ball reached the power house a few minutes later and the body was ordered removed to the home.

Joseph Bellney was born in Rutland, July 14, 1841. From an early age up to the time of his enlistment in Company B of the Ninth Vermont Volunteers on Jun3 7, 1862, worked as a wheelwright in Shrewsbury. He saw service with the regiment in its many engagements, including the entering of Richmond. For some time he was confined to Libby prison, and his friends were fond of relating the following which illustrated how his fondness for tobacco unintentionally procured his release in advance of some of his comrades: Mr. Bellney wore a uniform that was in a fair state of preservation and, noticing this, one of his fellow prisoners, who was supplied with tobacco, offered to exchange the tobacco for it. The deal was quickly consummated and Mr. Bellney donned the tattered uniform. When the prisoners were released those whose appearance was most needy received their liberty first. Mr Bellney was honorably discharged from the service June 30, 1865.

He married Miss Alice Vincent of Cuttingsville, November (illegible), (illegible), and locating in Rutland five years later, he helped build the Howe Scale company's building. Since then he has been employed for the carpenter shop. For almost 45 years he has been a resident of this city and he was a member of Roberts post G.A.R. His death is the first which has occurred in the post since January 1, 1910.

Besides his wife, Mr. Bellney is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Lewis Avery of Rutland, and Mrs. Charles Allen of Barre, a sister, Julia Bellney of this city, and a brother, Orin Bellney of Shrewsbury.


contributed by Jen Snoots