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Grand Army of the Republic

Henry G.A.R. Post #27, Chester
Veterans of Gettysburg and Andersonville

Chester GAR veterans

The photo was taken 1 May 1907 at the home of Davidson Barr in Chester as part of the Golden (50th) Wedding Anniversary of Davidson and Ellen (Norton) Barr.

Back row: Jesse Parkhurst, Rev. Henry Crocker, Deacon Henry Bond, Daniel Davis

2nd row: Levi Bosworth, Luman Ballou, Alvah Learned, Albin Thompson, Unidentified

Front row: Davidson Barr, Alfred Archer, Clinton Willard, Hugh Henry

 Jesse Parkhurst, Weston, Co. C, 10th Infantry; born Andover, Vt., 21 Jan., 1847, son of Riley and Rebecca (Kendall) Parkhurst. Married Agnes E. West. He was a resident of the village of Simonsville for many years. He died 21 July, 1923 (age 77). OBIT: of Weston, a resident of the town of Simonsville for many years prior. He was 'called Saturday morning to the beautiful beyond where he will join the many dear ones gone before." He was a soldier of the Civil War; a respected citizen, kind neighbor and friend and will be greatly missed in the family circle and from those who knew him well. Rev. A. S. Putnam officiated at the funeral on Tuesday afternoon. Those who knew him best loved him for his sterling integrity and kind deeds. 'The rewards are endless for those who pass beyond the cares and trials -- Who have nobly done their duties here.' (we wish to express our thanks to our firends and neighbors for the kindness and sympathy extendedd to us during the illness and death of our huband and father, as well as for the beautiful flowers given us. Mrs. Agnes E. Parkhurst, Mrs. Lilla B. Foster, Mrs. Minnie I. Wing." (His record)

 Rev. Henry Crocker, Peru; born Cape Cod, Mass., 30 April, 1845, son of Isaac Foster & Sally (Crosby) Crocker. He m. 1st, Addie Bickford. He m. 2nd, Sarah Vincent. He m. 3rd, Annie Staples. A very influential member of the village of Chester. He died 22 March, 1929 (age 84). After an illness of several days. A Baptist Minister. Associated in final years w/his sons at the National Survey (a map making firm of Chester, Vt.). President of Vt. Baptist Historical Society in 1909, held office for 20 years, wrote the HISTORY OF THE BAPTIST OF VERMONT. He was last surviving member of Chester Post GAR, a Civil War soldier of the RI Infantry. (See his Findagrave Memorial)

 Henry A. Bond, Jamaica, Co. G, 11th Infantry; born Winhall, Vt., 29 Dec., 1845, son of Asa & Alzina (Axtell) Bond. he m. Oliva Kingsbury. He d. 24 April, 1914 (age 69). d. on Friday night while preparing to attend the Grange meeting when he was stricken with a parlytic shock from which he never regianed consciousness, took him away about 11 o'clock. He suffered a similar shock about a year ago from which he recovered. He was one of 3 children of his parents; early life spent in Winhall & Jamaica. He m. in Jamaica 14 Jan., 1873. He served as lister, road commissioner, and 4 years ago elected to Vt. legislature; constable for 20 years, and deputy sheriff for 8 years. A farmer all his life. He first came to Chester & lived on the Minor farm. 20 years ago he came to live on the farm where he died. First he worked for Geo. Allen and since his death he carried on the farm for Mrs. Allen. Surv: widow, (2) daus: Mrs. Harold Amsden, Worcester, Mass.; Mrs. Harvey Wilson, Chester. Funeral 2 o'clock Tues, Baptist church. Rev. R. M. Jones, assisted by Rev. Henry Crocker. The great esteem in which Mr. Bond was held by the entire community is shown by the very large attendance at the funeral service. The church was filled to its capacity and by the profusion of floral offerings which consisted of beautiful cut flowers and many elaborate pieces. Mr. Bond, by his cheerful disposition, his courage to do what he though was right and his honesty, gained for him a host of friends, by whom he will me missed. --16 July, 1914: J. A. Smith of Cavendish has secured a pension for Olivia, widow of Henry A. Bond, a Civil War soldier, at the rate of twelve dollars per month." (His record)

 Daniel W. Davis, Londonderry, Co. D, 16th Infantry; Went to Gettysburg in 1913 for the 50th reunion; born Londonderry, Vt. 24 Feb., 1844, son of Daniel & Laura (Rider) Davis. He m. Mary Isa Vanduzzee (1850-1934). He d. 16 July, 1920 (age 76). Civil War soldier. sudden death at his home on Friday morning of heart trouble. Chester has lost another prominent businessman and respected citizen. He was the eldest of five sons of his parents. Early in the summer of 1862, he enlisted in 16th Vt. Reg't, Co. "D", of Townshend, with officers Col. Veazie and Major Rounds. The story of the 2d brigade was an interesting one and at Gettysburg, the work of the 16th was brilliant and at the time he had his cap shot from his head. NEWS: - 30 Aug., 1889, Chester: "Mr. & Mrs. Daniel W. Davis started for Milwaukee on Saturday, to attend the national G.A.R. encampment. They were accompanied as far as Chicago by Mrs. Dr. Gibson & Dau., who will got to Galesburg,. Ill., to visit relatives and will be absent about six weeks." -- 10 July, 1913: "D. Wesley Davis Jr. who has been at work for several years for D. F. Johnson, has his brother Guy W. Davis, who has been living on the Herbert Randall farm on Butternut hill, have purchased a harness shop in Bellows Falls and removed there with their families last week." -- (death info: In August, 1870, Mr. Davis came from the South to Chester to work for a few days, but continued in the work until many years ago he became one of the firm of Adams & Davis Company. He was m. 3 July, 1875, and two sons were born to them: Fred, who lives in Chester and works for the Company, and Walter, who lives on a farm in Jamaica. (2) bros: Wesley Davis, Ludlow, DeWitt, Davis, Chester; (3) grandchildren, James of Chester, Misses Mabel and Isabelle of Keene, NH. His personality was quiet and friendly making and building friends and if he was ruffled by the day's events it was not apparent. He will be greatly missed. Charter member of Hugh Henry GAR, past commander, made a Mason of West River Lodge of Londonderry. Sons of veterans served as escort to the grave with a guard of honor. (His record)

 Levi Bosworth, Springfield MA, Co. B, MA 27th Infantry; Prisoner at Andersonville; born Royalston, Mass., 13 Feb., 1837, son of Joseph & Abigail (Bemis) Bosworth). He m. Maria Lucy Luvinia Wood, dau. of Elmer and Abigail (Brock) Wood, 22 Jan., 1864, Greenfield, Mass. He d. 23 Sept., 1918 (age 81). after a few hours illness, he passed away Mon. at his home Funeral on Wed. Rev. R. M. Jones officiating. He was a G.A.R. member; Surv: wife and (2) sons: Leon and Roscoe of Chester; He was a Sgt. of Co. "D", 27th Mass. Regiment during the Civil War. NEWS Chester, 29 Jan., 1914: "Last Thurs. eve (22 Jan) the friends of Mr. & Mrs.L. E. Bosworth, who reside about a mile west of Chester village on the Simonsville road, met at Wiley Hall to the number of over a hundred to celebrate the golden wedding anniversary of the couple. They were married in Greenfield, Mass. 50 years ago all but ten of which they resided in Athol, Mass, coming here to live from that place. Mr. Bosworth enlisted in the Civil War, in the army serving near four years with credit to himself and country, being a sergeant when he was discharged. He is a member of the local Grand Army post and has been its commander. Mrs. Bosworth was born in Royalston, Mass in 1846. They have (3) children living: Orvin R., Maynard, Mass; Leon H. & Roscoe of Chester. Many beautiful presents were given the couple. Speeches were made refreshments served and a general good time had; the company departing with many wishes for the continued health and enjoyment of life for the aged couple." (His record)

 Luman Adolphus Ballou, Danby, Co. G, 7th Infantry; Went to Gettysburg in 1913 for the 50th reunion; according to 1883 reunion roster, living in Windham; according to 1914 reunion roster, living in Ohio; born 1 July, 1844, Danby, Vt., son of Jirah and Sarah Jane (Hayleton) Ballou. He m. Malvina M. Holton, dau. of Calvin and Lydia (Smith) Holton, 14 Feb 1866, Danby, Vt. She d. 3 Sept., 1872. He m2 Mary Anna Draper (1856-?), dau. of George H. and Mary A. (Hastings) Draper, 10 June, 1864, Townshend, Vt. Published "Wayside Musings," 1911, poetry he had written. He d. 15 July, 1933, and his wife filed for a widow's pension in Florida, 15 Sept., 1933. (His record)

 Alva N. Leonard/Learned, Co. I, 10th Infantry; born in Fairfax, Vt. ca. 1845, son of Newton 7 Sarah (Dinsmore) Learned. He m. Ruth E. Carruth. He d. 27 Aug., 1916 (age 71). d. at the Soldier's Home in Bennington Sunday morning after a week's illness from cancer. He was for many years a great sufferer from rheumatism. He entered the soldier's home from Chester last April, is wife going to live with their eldest son in Massachusetts. He was for many years a leading farmer, living on the Butternut Hill Road. Surv: wife, (2) sons, Guy and Percy, and a daughter, Frances. Father: Newton Merritt Learned, born Fairfax, Vt., 1 May, 1809,son of Asa & Apphia (Stickney) Learned. He m. in Fairfax, Vt., 17 May, 1840, Sarah Dinsmore.

(His record)

 Albin Leroy Thompson, Chester, Co. E, 16th Infantry; born Chester, 6 July, 1844, son of Truman & Polly (Wyman) Thompson). He m. 1st Frances Barrett; 2nd, Ella Russell. He d. 22 April, 1919 (age 75). -- He had been ill for some died and d. Tuesday morning. The end came very suddenly. He as out of doors the day before and felt better than for some days. He was wounded in action at the second day of the Battle of Gettysburg. In 1869 he was town representative in Baltimore, Vt. His 1st wife died quite a number of years ago. He m. Miss Frances Barrett of Proctorsville and they had one son: Charles Barrett Thompson. For 35 years Mr. Thompson was a gardener i Rutland coming to Chester to live five years ago. He m. 2nd, 17 Aug., 1908, Mrs. Ella Russell, who survives him and who cared very tenderly for him during all his sickness. He also leaves an aunt, Mrs. E. M. Haseltine, and a number of cousins. Funeral was Thurs 11 o'clock a.m. at his late home. Rev. Henry Crocker officiating. Body taken to Rutland for burial in the family lot. Mrs. Arlesta Perry from Bellows Falls and Mrs. Carrie Briscoe of Ludlow were at the funeral from out of town. The G.A.R. ritual service was used in connection with the other service. Mrs. Briscoe and Warren and Elmer Haseltine went with Mrs. Thompson to Rutland for the burial. The funeral was in charge of F. W. Adams, who also went with the body to Rutland [Evergreen cemetery]" (His record)

 Davidson M. Barr, Sherburne, Co. H, 11th Infantry; Prisoner at Andersonville. (His record)

 Alfred Archer, Plymouth, Co. D, 9th Infantry; Went to Gettysburg in 1913 for the 50th reunion; born in Ludlow, Vt. 3 Jan., 1847, son of Otis & Lucinda (Wheelock) Archer. He m. Lois L. Marco (1848-1925). He d. 25 Oct., 1921 (age 74). He had been in poor health for several months and died on Tuesday at his home in Factoryville after an illness of several weeks with heart trouble. [see Families of Cavendish, ARCHER family] - The funeral was held Thurs afternoon at his late home, Rev. Henry Crocker, A G.A.R. comrade, conducting the service. The bearers were six members of the Sons of Veterans. The G.A.R., the W.R.C., Sons of Veterans, and their Auxiliary, attended the service in a body. The G.A.R. burial service was used. [Attending from] out of town were Mr. & Mrs. G. A. Andrews, Reading, Mass., Mr. & Mrs. S. E. Archer of Worcester, Mass., Mrs. Nellie Archer of Worcester, Mass., Edmund Archer of Cavendish, Fred Marco of Bridgeport, Conn., Mrs. Alice Cutler of Springfield, Mrs. Ellen Allard, Mrs. Hannah Martin, Earle Archer of East Wallingford, Mr. & Mrs. Arthur Chase and Mrs. Chase of Charlestown, NH. Card of Thanks: We wish to express our sincere thanks to all neighbors and friends and the members of the orders who in any way assisted us by their many acts of kindness and for the beautiful floral triubtes received at the death of our beloved husband and father. -- Mrs. Lois Archer and family." (His record)

 Clinton Joseph Willard, Hartland, Co. A, 12th Infantry; Went to Gettysburg in 1913 for the 50th reunion; born West Windsor, Vt., 7 April, 1842, son of Levi Haskell & Chloe (Wilson) Willard. He married Lizzie M. Jennie (1848-1910). Clifton Willard died at his home in Chester, suddenly on Thursday evening, 29 Feb. 1918 (age 76). OBIT: Miss Pearl Willard has the sympathy of her friends in the death of her father. While Mr. Willard was not well he was no worse than usual on Wednesday and was dressed. He had a complication of troubles partly due to a wound which he received in the Civil War and which had never healed. He came to Chester in 1888 and previous to that had lived in Ludlow and Weston. At the time of the Civil War he was a member of Co. A", 12th Vt. Infantry. He was a post commander of Henry Post G.A.R. and a member of the local Grange, and for many years had served on the vestry of St. Luke's church. The funeral service was held at his home Saturday afternoon, Rev. F. C. Williams and the G.A.R. having charge of the service. Delegations from the G.A.R., Relief Corps Sons of Veterans, and Auxiliary, attended the service. Many beautiful floral tributes were sent by the various orders and their friends. His body was taken Sunday to Hartland, Vt. where it was laid beside his wife. Among the relatives and friends : Mr. & Mrs. Charles Willard, Mr. L. H. Willard, Mrs. L. S. Willard, Mrs. W. S. Terrill, of Rutland; Mrs. Sara J. Willard of Providence, RI, and Mr. Brooks of Brattleboro. --6 June, 1919: Before the Sunday sermon at the Episcopal church, the rector dedicated a silk flag which stands in the chancel, and was given by Miss Pearl Willard in memory of her father, who, for many years, was a vestryman of the church. Mr. Williams said that a flag was a fitting memorial to Mr. Willard as he had been a soldier in the Civil War in which he had a wound from which he suffered the rest of his life, and had also been a true soldier of the cross." (His record)

 Hugh Henry, Jr., Chester, Co. I, 16th Infantry; born Chester, 21 March, 1837, son of Hugh H. & Sarah (Henry) Henry. (His record)

Contributed by

Significant materials provided by Linda M. Welch, Dartmouth College.

Photograph and additional materials contributed by Charles Anderson, Davidson's great-grandnephew.

Additional materials contributed by Peg Ballou, whose husband is a descendant of Levi Bosworth

Additional information obtained from, courtesy of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the National Archives Pension records indexes, and Advanced Books Exchange, Inc.

Contributor: Linda Welch, Charles Anderson, Peg Ballou, Tom Ledoux