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Davis, Henry W.

Age: 22, credited to Williamstown, VT
Unit(s): 1st VT INF, 12th VT INF
Service: enl 5/2/61, m/i 5/9/61, Pvt, Co. F, 1st VT INF, m/o 8/15/61; comn 2LT, Co. D, 12th VT INF, 8/23/62 (10/2/62), disch 2/7/63, SOWD

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Birth: abt 1839, Williamstown, VT
Death: 05/08/1920

Burial: Remote location 70 miles , west of Colon, Panama
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer:

Findagrave Memorial #: 0
(There may be a Findagrave Memorial, but we have not recorded it)
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes
Portrait?: VHS off-site
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: CA
(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: See additional information below outlining the circumstances of death and burial information.

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Buried by natives about 70 miles west of Colon, Panama
Check the cemetery for location/directions
and other veterans who may be buried there.


Death of American Citizen Abroad

Death of American Citizen Abroad

Source:; Original data: Reports of the Deaths of American Citizens, compiled 01/1835- 12/1974. Publication A1 5166. NAI: 6138 57. Record Group 59. National Archives at College Park, Maryland, U.S.A.


The above document is the first page of many, outlining the unfortunate deaths of three U.S. Citizens who died near the mouth of the Betakia River, 70 miles west of Colon, Panama. Henry W. Davis, one of the three, was on furlough from the Soldier's Home near Los Angeles. The three older gentlemen went to Panama with the intent of developing five-acre plots of land. They were, apparently, the victims of land fraud as the parcels of land were only partially cleared and surrounded by jungle. The land was quite remote with no wagon roads, no convenient access to food and supplies, and no physicians available when they became ill. They resided in huts with thatched roofs, and the documents indicate that they were buried by natives.

Also included in the packet of documents is an article from the "Star and Herald" from May 14, 1920.

Summary by Heidi McColgan