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Church, Charles Pierce


Age: 23, credited to Derby, VT
Unit(s): 8th VT INF
Service: enl 12/2/61, m/i 2/18/62, CPL, Co. B, 8th VT INF, wdd, Port Hudson, 6/14/63, m/o 6/22/64

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Birth: 10/14/1838, Coventry, VT
Death: 01/07/1919

Burial: East Main Street Cemetery, Newport, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone photographer: Denis & Karen Jaquish
Findagrave Memorial #: 100648689


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 5/9/1873; widow Adaline T., 1/29/1919, VT
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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East Main Street Cemetery, Newport, VT

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In the death of Charles P. Church the town of Charleston has lost one of its oldest and most respected citizens. Mr. Church has resided in town about 37 years. He was born in Coventry Oct. 14, 1838, a son of Calvin and Clementina (Howard) Church. He was the last of a family of fourteen children. Mr. Church was married May 15, 1860, to Sarah A. Hurd of Derby, and to them were born eight children, five of whom are living, Mrs. Carrie B. Temple and Henry Church of West Charleston, Mrs. Blanche Wilson and Mrs. Clemmie Armstrong of Montreal and Fannie Ramsdell of Wentworth, N. H.

His wife, Sarah A. Church, died Dec. 25, 1901, and the following November he married Mrs. Adeline Bailey, who survives him.

Although a great sufferer in his last illness he showed by his brave endurance that he was a true veteran. He was tenderly cared for by his loved ones and they with the whole community will greatly miss his ever cheerful countenance and kindly words. He was always ready with shrewd and friendly counsel which showed a deep and sympathetic insight. One felt better to have known him. He was dearly loved by his 14 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

In April 1861, Mr. Church enlisted in Co. B, 8th Regiment, Vt. Volunteers, under Capt. C. B. Childs. He was wounded at Port Hudson June 23, 1863, in an engagement lasting about 30 minutes, after which there were only 13 surviving members of his company out of 101 men engaged. He was mustered out of the service in June 1864. Mr. Church was the last resident member of the G. A. R. Of this town. The funeral was held from the Baptist church of which for many years he was a member. Rev. J. W. Burgin, a former pastor here, officiated, assisted by Rev. G. W. Collins.

Mrs. Church, her two sons of Worcester, Mass., all of the five children and ten grandchildren were present. The casket was draped with the flag he loved and under which he fought.

The beautiful flowers bore mute testimony of the love of family and friends. A pillow from the family; wreath from grandchildren, wreath from the Bailey boys, anchor from the church and Ladies' Aid Society; large spray, W. R. C. and G. A. R.; spray, Mr. and Mrs. Reed; spray, Mr. and Mrs. Jenkins; spray, Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Pickel and family; spray, Mr. and Mrs. Will Church and Ella Church; spray, Mrs. Peter Pickel and Mrs. Harper Pickel.

All of the five children followed the body to its last resting place beside his first wife at East Newport. The funeral director was H. G. Ruiter and the bearers, John Dudley, John Cook, Fred Parlin, and G. W. D. Reed.

Source: Orleans County Monitor, January 22, 1919.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.