Dunshee, Noble F.
Age: 28, credited to Bristol, VTVITALS
Birth: 04/04/1833, Bristol, VTADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alias?: None notedDESCENDANTS
Greenwood Cemetery, Bristol, VT
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Noble F. Dunshee was born in Bristol, April 4, 1833, and twenty years afterward made the trip to California by what was then known as the " over land route", to distinguish it from the passage by the way of the Isthmus of Panama. He remained in California until 1854, and during the subsequent five years was getting his first knowledge of the mercantile business, as clerk in a dry goods store, in Bristol. In 1859 he went to Colorado and spent two years in the mining regions of the state, after which he returned to Bristol to become a soldier of the Union. In 1862 he enlisted in Company C. Fourteenth Regiment, Vermont Volunteers, which has been recruited in and around Bristol, and was later attached to the First Army Corps. he was in the battle of Gettysburg with his company, which made a remarkably gallant record in that terrible struggle, losing four killed and thirteen wounded, out of fifty present for duty. As their enlistment had been only for nine months, he was mustered out in 1863, but he remained in the government service as deputy provost marshal at Bristol. He spent some time in Florida, securing recruits for the negro regiments then being organized by the government and at the close of the war began dealing in Merino Sheep for shipments to western markets. This occupation continued two years when, in connection with others, he spent some time in the lumber business, but disposed of his interests in 1866 to engage in merchandising. In the year he started his present store in Bristol, which is one of the most pretentious establishments in the place, the building being sixty feet deep by fifty wide, containing two floors and furnishing employment for five clerks. In 1894 he took in L. O. Chapin as a partner, and now has the largest stock of dry goods in the county, his being the leading house of its kind for miles around.
Mr. Dunshee is a Republican and has long been a prominent figure in local politics. He was auditor of accounts over thirty years, and sheriff of the county six years, being elected for three consecutive terms. The last time he made the race he received every vote in the county, but refused the nomination after the term was completed. In 1863-64 he represented the town in the legislature, and was elected to the senate in 1878. He may be described as an " all around good citizen", whose talent and energy were always in demand and found equal to any emergency.
In 1857 Mr. Dunshee was married to Charlotte, daughter of Henry C. Sopher, of Bristol, and they have two children, Jessie and Harry
After returning from the war, Mr. Dunshee organized a regiment of militia, but resigned after going west. As a veteran of the Civil War he holds a membership in Walter C. Dunton Post No. 110, G. A. R. , and attended every parade for thirty years. He has been connected with the Masons for many years, and belongs to the lodge of that ancient order at Bristol.
Hiram Carleton, Genealogical and Family History of Vermont, (Lewis Pub. Co., New York, 1903), ii:274-75
Courtesy of Deanna French.