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Chandler, Frank Hilton

Age: 25, credited to Rockingham, VT
Unit(s): 4th VT INF
Service: enl 9/3/61, m/i 9/21/61, MSCN, 4th VT INF Band, m/o 8/9/62

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Birth: abt 1836, Vermont
Death: 12/28/1920

Burial: South View Cemetery, Randolph, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan

Findagrave Memorial #: 0
(There may be a Findagrave Memorial, but we have not recorded it)
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: The remains of Frank Hilton Chandler were removed from Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, NY on June 27, 1921, for interment in Randolph, VT.

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South View Cemetery, Randolph, VT

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Musicians of the Fourth Vermont Infantry Regimental Band

Chandler, Frank Hilton - Musician. (b. West Randolph, Vt., 13 Feb. 1836, son of William Brown & Electa (Owen) Chandler of Pomfret, Connecticut, Hanover, NH, and West Randolph, Vt.) Frank, one of thirteen children of his parents, learned how to play at least six musical instruments in his youth. He was a dedicated member of the singing schools in his hometown when growing up. He learned the trade of manufacturing church organs in Bellows Falls, Vt. where he was living from 1853 to 1861. That year, the war broke out and Vermont called for volunteers. He enlisted from Rockingham (Windham Co) Vt. at the age of 25 years on 3 Sept. 1861 He mustered in at Brattleboro, 21 Sept. 1861. He mustered out 9 Aug. 1862. After his service, he went to Springfield, Massachusetts where he worked as an inspector in the ordnance department there. Later he was an inspector in the New York City office. Here he served until the end of the war. In April 1869, Frank and his brother Albert established a piano-forte, piano, and music-ware sales rooms, adjoining the Academy of Music in Brooklyn, NY (begun in 1859) and the Brooklyn Library. His business was located at 172 Montague Street, representing especially the Chickerings. He built up a large trade. He also produced handbooks of music and musicians. He married, 28 Aug. 1872, Narcissa Davis (b. Milford, NH). Narcissa was a successful school teacher of music in a private school for young ladies in New York City several years before her marriage. They had one son, Frank Wadleigh Chandler (b. New York City, 16 June 1873), who was a writer and professor of literature and history at the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, NY. Frank lived with his family at 177 South Oxford Street in Brooklyn. Much more about Frank and the Chandler Family can be found at the Randolph, Vt. Historical Society.

Biographical Information
(researched by Linda M. Welch, March, 2008)



News has been received of the death of Frank Chandler instead of Mrs. Chandler, which was first supposed, the latter having been in a serious condition mentally and physically for a long time.
Mr. Chandler has been poorly in health for about a week, and 10 days ago he contracted pneumonia, from which he did not rally.

Frank Chandler was born in the Chandler homestead in Randolph, Feb. 13, 1836, the eleventh of thirteen children born to William Brown and Electa Owen Chandler. He was educated in the town, after which he began the manufacturing of church organs at Randolph Center. Afterward, he went to Bellows Falls. In 1869 he established a piano and music store in Brooklyn, New York, which is now the oldest store of its kind in the city,

He enlisted in the 4th Regiment Vermont Volunteers. He was employed in the armory at Springfield, Mass, and was inspector of ordnance in New York City for several years.

He married, Aug. 28, 1872, in Randolph, Miss Narcissa Davis, who, before as said, has been in serious condition for a long time, one son, Frank Chandler who was born to them and is now dean of the University of Cincinnati. He frequently visited his brother, Col. A. B. Chandler, and many here prized his. acquaintances. The funeral was held Thursday at the Lafayette Lafayette avenue Presbyterian Church of which he had long been a member. The remains were placed in the vault in that city, and in the spring will be interred in Southview Cemetery here.
The Barre Daily Times, Dec. 31, 1920.

Courtesy of Deanna French