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Church, Erastus D.


Age: 19, credited to Stamford, VT
Unit(s): 8th VT INF
Service: enl 12/18/63, m/i 12/24/63, Pvt, Co. H, 8th VT INF, m/o 6/28/65

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Birth: 01/17/1845, Whitingham, VT
Death: 12/02/1920

Burial: Hillside Cemetery, North Adams, MA
Marker/Plot: No_Marker; Lot 5552 West 1/2
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan

Findagrave Memorial #: 0
(There may be a Findagrave Memorial, but we have not recorded it)


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 3/5/1891, MA; widow Jennie L., 9/19/1921, KY
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: VT
(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: 12th death at the Bennington Soldiers' Home in 1920.


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Hillside Cemetery, North Adams, MA

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Bennington Banner

Dec. 3, 1920


Old Soldier Who Came To the Home From North Adams

Erastus D. Church died at the Soldiers' Home Thursday morning, Dec. 2. He enlisted in Co. H, 8th Vt. from Stamford, Dec.18, 1862, and was mustered out with his original June 28, 1865. During a portion of his service he was a mounted orderly for the Adjutant Gen- eral of his Division; otherwise his ser- vice was the ordinary one of the private soldier. He came to the Home from North Adams, Mass., July 7, 1915, and was employed as the Home barber until about a year ago when the state of his health compelled him to give up work. During all this time he has been afflicted with a disease of the heart and this, com- plicated with other troubles, caused his death. Burial at North Adams, it is thought, under the Odd Fellows ritual, of which order he was a member.

Mr. Church was born in Whitingham, Jan. 17, 1845, the son of a farmer who afterwards removed to Hoosick. There he passed most of his boyhood days, acquiring such an education as the common schools of that day could furnish, but gained a wider one through that best of schools - contact with the world. He kept himself informed as to the news of the day and could converse entertainingly on many subjects. He learned the barber's trade and worked in , or conducted shops in North Adams and Hyde Park, Mass., as well as in other places and became an expert workman.

His surviving relatives, so far as known, are a brother, Albert in Pennsylvania; Mrs. Cedric Smith in North Pownal; Mrs. George Montgomery, in North Adams; Mrs. John Thomas in Everett, Mass.; Mrs. Cabell Prindle, in Williamstown; Miss Helen Prindle in Williamstown, whose grief is shared by his comrades, who feel that they have lost one of their best men.

Contributed by Tom Boudreau.

8th Vermont Infantry Regimental History