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Bronson, Simon Nelson


Age: 24, credited to Springfield, VT
Unit(s): 16th VT INF
Service: enl 9/1/62, m/i 10/23/62, Pvt, Co. E, 16th VT INF, m/o 8/10/63

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Birth: 04/13/1838, Enfield, NH
Death: 03/25/1897

Burial: Weathersfield Bow Cemetery, Weathersfield, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Lew & Ginny Gage
Findagrave Memorial #: 15867374


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 8/10/1874; widow Mary A., 5/19/1897, VT, not approved
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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Weathersfield Bow Cemetery, Weathersfield, VT

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Simon Nelson Bronson was born in Enfield, N. H., April 13, 1838, and died in Weathersfield, Vt., March 25, 1897, of pneumonia. He was the son of Samuel and Nancy (Paddleford) Bronson, and of his father's family he is alone survived by a younger sister, Mrs. Sarah A. Bronson Nichols, of Columbus Grove, Ohio.

Early in life, Mr. Bronson worked in various places at farming until 17 years old when he left it to learn the shoemakers' trade, at which he worked several years, until August 16, '62, when he enlisted in Company E, 16th Vermont Infantry, serving under Col. Veazey until mustered out Aug. 10. '63. Upon return from the war he bought and settled upon the farm in Weathersfield owned by the late Clark Tolles, living there until the fall of 1876 when, owing to destruction of the house by fire the previous spring, he removed to Ascutneyville, and later to Springfield, Vt., where for several years he carried on a boot and shoe business. In the fall of '85 he closed out that business and in company with his son Charles took a trip to Dakota with a view to locating there and was present at a public meeting of citizens, to fix upon a name for the new city which had been staked out where he, with many other Vermonters, had taken up homesteads. And it was by his motion to designate the place Loyalton, in recognition of the first that many there present were returned Union soldiers. Afterwards this name was changed to Vermont City, and is so-known today.

Upon his return east he widely concluded Vermont was a good enough place to live in, and finally purchased the farm owned by his father-in-law, the late Whipple Warren of Weathersfield, and at that time occupied by A. B. Warren, one of the heirs. Since then he has resided there and conducted a successful farm business. August 29, 1862 he married Sarah J. Warren, who died March 21, 1877. Their children, all of whom survive him, were Lena M., Fred W., and Charles R Bronson.

He next married, Oct. 25, 1877, Rhoda A. Warren, sister to his first wife, and who died May 4, 1890. On May 4, 1892 he married Mrs. Mary Farrar of Winchendon, Mass., who survives him.

He was a member of Jarvis Post, No. 43, Vermont division G. A. R., and was buried with all the honors of that order, March 29, '97, at the Weathersfield Bow cemetery, where rest the remains of his first two wives.

Source: Chester Advertiser, April 3, 1897.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.