Atherton, Francis M.
Age: 0, credited to Pownal, VT
Unit(s): 2nd VT INF
Service: RCRT, 2nd VT INF - enl 12/19/63, conditional enlistment, contract vacated m/o 3/9/64 (tombstone says 1st VT LARTY)
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Birth: 10/1846, Vermont
Burial: Oak Grove Cemetery, Springfield, MA
Marker/Plot: Section 26, Lot #547
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 195111476
Alias?: None Noted
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Oak Grove Cemetery, Springfield, MA
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Not Too Old for Series
Springfield, Mass. (UP) -- Francis M. Atherton, one of New England's eight surviving Civil War veterans, celebrated his 100th birthday here yesterday by listening to a radio broadcast of the World Series.
Source: Burlington Daily News, 14 Oct 1946
ONLY ONE CIVIL WAR VET LEFT IN STATE
Francis M. Atherton Dies at Age of 100
Springfield, Dec. 30. – Francis M. Atherton, 100, one of the state’s last two Civil war veterans, died Saturday night at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ralph G. Hall. The sole living member of the G.A.R. in Massachusetts is Charles B. Burt, also of Springfield.
Born in Cheshire, Vt., Mr. Atherton joined the old Second Vermont Infantry at 14, but because he was under age, he was dismissed in 1863. He re-enlisted six months later and served the rest of the war. He settled here and worked as a carpenter until his retirement, 25 years ago.
He also leaves three grandchildren and one great-grandchild. The funeral will be held Tuesday.
Source: North Adams Transcript Dec. 30, 1946
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.