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Carpenter, Edward Paddock

Age: 21, credited to St. Johnsbury, VT
Unit(s): 5th VT INF
Service: enl 9/9/61, m/i 9/16/61, MSCN, 5th VT INF Band, m/o 2/20/62

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Birth: 04/11/1841, St. Johnsbury, VT
Death: 10/15/1912

Burial: Mount Pleasant Cemetery, St. Johnsbury, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 127109751
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Unknown
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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At Johnson, Vermont, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 1912, the spirit of Edward Carpenter gladly answered the heavenly summons. He had been in failing health for more than three years, but in his last illness was confined to his bed for only about three weeks. Mr. Carpenter was the son of Charles P. and Julia Paddock Carpenter. He was born in St. Johnsbury, April 11, 1841, and was the eldest of seven children of whom three brothers and one sister survive him.

He left school before he was 14 years of age and went to work in the printing office of the Caledonia, where he remained until his enlistment. Sept. 9, 1861, he enlisted in the Civil War. and was made a member of the band of the 5th Vermont regiment. The hardships and exposure incidental to army life undermined his health that he never fully recovered., and after a severe sickness he was honorably discharged, Feb. 20, 1862.

He was ill for a long time after returning home, and his heroism during the seven years of suffering which followed was as great as if he had fallen in battle. Then, as soon as his health would permit he learned the watchmaker's trade.

He married Miss Sarah Fitch of Lebanon. N. H., June 19, 1871. For a time they lived in Derby Line and then moved to Springfield, Mass., where he studied pharmacy. Some 38 years ago he came to Johnson, and for 16 years was a druggist and watchmaker in the town, and was deeply interested in all that was for the betterment of the community, and was a most helpful citizen. For several years he was a teacher in the Baptist Sunday School. In 1890 he moved to St. Johnsbury to care for his aged father, and at this place, he and his wife united with the First Congregational Church.

Mrs. Carpenter died at St. Johnsbury, April 12, 1900. And in July of that year, he moved to East Hardwick and there engaged in the drug and jewelry business for about 10 years. When he moved to the later place Mrs. Carpenter's sister, Mrs. Mary Perry, and daughter, Miss. Ida, went to his home to live, and since then have done all in their power to give him the care and home he needed.

The funeral was held at his late home in Johnson, Thursday afternoon, Oct. 16, Rev. J. K. Fuller, pastor of the Congregational Church officiating. The remains were taken to St. Johnsbury that evening. The burial service was held Friday morning at the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery and was conducted by his brother, the Rev. Charles M. Carpenter, at the request of the family. Brief mention was called to the exemplary life which was so well known to those present that no eulogy or words of encomium were necessary. After prayer, he was buried beside his wife.

The relatives at the service were: his sister, Mrs. Julia Stiles of Rutland, his brother John H. Carpenter of Boston. Two brothers and their wives Rev. and Mrs. Charles M. Carpenter of White River Junction, and Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Carpenter of Reading, Mass., H. R. Brown a brother- in- law, and a niece, Miss Mabel Brown of Marlboro, Mass., John Batchelder a nephew, and a cousin Samuel of St, Johnsbury.

The Caledonian, November 6, 1912

Courtesy of Deanna French.