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Erwin, John Wesley


Age: 22, credited to Sheldon, VT
Unit(s): 1st VT CAV
Service: enl 9/21/61, m/i 11/19/61, Pvt, Co. B, 1st VT CAV, pow, Hagerstown, 7/6/63, prld 11/16/63, m/o 11/18/64

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Birth: 04/05/1840, Sheldon, VT
Death: 03/04/1920

Burial: Sheldon Union Cemetery, Sheldon, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Tom Ledoux
Findagrave Memorial #: 26444422


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 3/11/1880
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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Sheldon Union Cemetery, Sheldon, VT

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John Wesley Erwin.

The subject of this sketch was born in Sheldon, Franklin county, Vt., April 5, 1840, and is the son of Ralph and Jane (Riley) Erwin. Ralph, the father of our subject, immigrated from Ireland with his elder brother when but sixteen years of age, and settled in Sheldon, where he lived until 1847, when he moved to Highgate, and afterwards to Newport, where he died. Mr. Erwin was educated at the common schools of his native town, and was attending the academy at Saint Albans when the war of the rebellion broke out. He at once enlisted as a private in the 1st Vermont Cavalry, Co. B, and was mustered into service September, 1861. In 1862 he was made quartermaster-sergeant. In the sharp cavalry engagement at Hagerstown, Md., July 6, 1863, young Erwin had his horse shot from under him, and he was taken prisoner. He was taken to Belle Island, where he was kept five months, with the exception of about three weeks in the hospital at Richmond, after he had become so sick and weak he could not live longer in the prison. In September, 1864, he was discharged and returned to his native state, but with health so impaired it was not until 1870 that he was able to accomplish anything, with the exception of looking after a farm he owned in Troy, Vt. In 1870 he entered the office of Josiah Grout at Newport for the study of the law, and was admitted to the bar of Orelans county at its September term, A. D. 1874, and commenced the practice of his profession at Derby Center, where he has since resided.

(Erwin was enumerated in Derby Center for the 1910 Census, single, age 71, listed as a general practice lawyer.)

Source: Frederick W. Baldwin, "Biography of the Bar of Orleans County, Vermont," Vermont Watchman and State Journal Press, Montpelier, Vt., 1886, pp. 271.


J. Wesley Erwin, for about forty years a prominent attorney of Orleans county, died March 4 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Herman E. Foster in East Swanton, where he had been about four weeks. Mr. Erwin resided in Derby Center practically all his life, coming to Franklin county when he retired from active practice. About two years ago he went from Sheldon to St. Albans and there he remained until it was necessary for him to receive constant attention, when he went to the home of his niece, Mrs. Foster. He was 85 years old and a veteran of the Civil war. He was a Republican and took an active part in the political life of his town and county. He is survived by two brothers, Dr. C.L. Erwin of Newport Center, and J.B. Erwin of Waterville, also several nieces and nephews.

Source: Orleans County Monitor, March 10, 1920
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.