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Graham, Michael


Age: 19, credited to Sherburne, VT
Unit(s): 17th VT INF
Service: substitute - enl 7/15/64, m/i 7/15/64, PVT, Co. A, 17th VT INF, wdd, Poplar Spring Church, 9/30/64, pow, Poplar Spring Church, 9/30/64, prld 3/1/65, m/o 7/24/65

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Birth: 1844, Ireland
Death: 1917

Burial: St. Sylvester Cemetery, Barre, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 76427949


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Unknown
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: None


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St. Sylvester Cemetery, Barre, VT

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The funeral for Michael Graham, who died Thursday morning at 8 o'clock at the home of Lawrence Flynn, in West Topsham, where he was stricken with a shock while visiting, was held from St. Sylvester's church in Graniteville, at 9 a. m. burial in St. Sylvesters cemetery.

Mr. Graham was a veteran of the Civil War; the casket was draped with an American Flag. The bearers were, Dennis McLeary, Ben Lowcrow, Thomas Flynn, and Florence Flinn.

Mr. Graham was about 74 years old, and had a unique history, although much of it will always remain a mystery. He was born in Ireland, and when a small lad came to Canada, and was placed in an orphan asylum in Montreal. Whether his parents accompanied him across the water, or whether they were lost at sea, is not known, but the youngster was left early in life to fight its battles alone. He had no relatives so far as is known, and never married. In early years he must have come to the United States, for at the age of 16 or 17 years he enlisted in the Civil War, and served his adopted country.

At various times he was employed at the quarries, and about the hill, until several years ago entered the Soldiers Home at Bennington, and remained there since, except for visits to friends. It was while at one such visit that death came, resulting from a shock. He had been at the Flynn for two weeks.

Some years ago Mr. Graham obtained a pension, but not without much hard work, as so little was known about him of his parentage or early life. Through the aid of the Sisters at the Montreal Orphanage, he was finally able to give enough information to satisfy the government and won the pension.

Source: Barre Daily Times, May 7. 1917
Courtesy of Deanna French

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