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Grand Army of the Republic

Memorial Day, 1897

East Dorset -- Our two schools, numbering sixty pupils, united and had very creditable memorial services besides. Many of those students are related by ties of consanguinity to soldiers of our civil war and other wars.

Little Elsie Brock is a great-great granddaughter of John Brock, a soldier of the Revolution. Isabella and Willie Eggleston are great-grandchildren, also a soldier of the Revolution. Miss Bertha Landon, a spectator, is a daughter of William C. Landon under Phil Sheridan. and a great granddaughter of Josephus R. Jacobs, a soldier of the war of 1812. Miss Emily Roberts, a teacher, is sister of Richard Roberts of company C., 14th Vermont volunteers, and a linial descendant of John Roberts, whose five sons, John, Peter, William, Benjamin, and Christopher were "Green Mountain Boys" under General Warner, was with Allen at Ticonderoga, and the third man to enter the fort, and was colonel in the war of 1812, and breveted General. His grandson, Benjamin S. Roberts was a graduate of West Point, and classmate of Grant, Lee, Harris, and Stonewall Jackson, the first man to plant the American Flag after storming of Chapultepec, was breveted Major General in the Civil War, and was Lieutenant Colonel in the regular army. and brother of General Martin Roberts, the father, and uncle to the late Dexter Roberts, the father of Richard. The mother of the five Roberts boys with Warner, was a descendants of Admiral Mayhew of the Mayflower, her maiden name Susannah Mayhew.

The Londonderry Sifter, 11 June 1897
Courtesy of Deanna French