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Henry, Franklin Sylvester


Age: 19, credited to Waterbury, VT
Unit(s): 17th VT INF, 6th MA INF
Service: enl 7/14/64, m/i, Pvt, Co. H, 6th MA INF, 7/16/64, m/o, 10/27/64; enl 2/7/65, m/i 3/7/65, Pvt, Co. K, 17th VT INF, m/o 7/17/65

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Birth: abt 1845, Waterbury, VT
Death: 02/11/1914

Burial: Riverside Cemetery, Cleveland, OH
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer:
Findagrave Memorial #: 136081130


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, death date/location
Portrait?: Findagrave
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


Great Granduncle of Wayne N. Henry, South Royalton, VT

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Franklin Sylvester Henry (1846-1914)

and the Monument he gave to his native Town of Waterbury, Vt.


Franklin Sylvester Henry, (Sylvester, Sylvester, Samuel, James) was born in Waterbury, Vt., Oct. 16, 1846; died at Hot Springs, Ark., Feb. 11, 1914. He married (1) Aug. 29, 1871, at Frederickstown, 0., Ella Newell Mower, born at Mt. Vernon, O., Oct. 12, 1850; died at Cleveland, O., Apr. 2, 1908. He married (2) in St. James' Church, N. Y. City, June 19, 1911, by the Rt. Rev. Frederick Courtenay, D.D., LL. D., (late Bishop of Nova Scotia) Mary Margaret Kirkpatrick Wilson, born Dec. 18, 1870, at 15 E. 74th St., N. Y. City, daughter of Gen. Jamea Grant Wilson and Jane Emily Searle Cogswell, granddaughter of Rev. Dr. Jonathan Cogswell and Jane Eudora Kirkpatrick, great-granddaughter of Chief Justice Andrew Kirkpatrick of New Jersey and Jane Bayard, great-great-granddaughter of Col. John Bayard and Margaret Hodge, and through the Bayards a descendant of Rev. Balthazar Bayard of Amsterdam, Holland, and Anne Stuyvesant, sister of Gov. Petrus Stuyvesant. Through the Searles (Dr. Cogswell's mother having been Lois Searle), the branch extends in direct line for twenty-five generations to Eudes, Duke of Brittany, first cousin to Robert, father of William the Conqueror.

At the beginning of the Civil War, Mr. Henry ran away from his home in Waterbury and went to Boston where he joined the 6th Mass. Vols. He served his time and returned to Waterbury. Later he enlisted in the 17th Vt. Inf., and was assigned to the 9th Army Corps under Gen. Burnside, remaining until the close of the war and being but a few miles away when Gen. Lee surrendered.

He joined the wholesale drug house of John F. Henry & Co. and traveled for three years for the Montreal branch, then for fourteen years traveled for the New York branch, throughout the West, Hawaii, New Zealand, Australia, and Tasmania. Later he founded the Williams Mfg. Co. of Cleveland, O., in which he was still largely interested at the time of his death.

He was a Knight Templar, Oriental Commandery No. 12, Cleveland, O., was a member of the Cleveland Athletic Club, the New York Club, and the Ohio Club in N. Y., and of the Dillingham Post, G.A.R., Waterbury, Vt.

In 1908 he began traveling for pleasure. In company with his brother, Walter, and his cousins, Gen. and Mrs. W. W. Henry, he visited Madeira, Spain, Algiers, Malta, Sicily, Italy, Turkey, Greece, Smyrna, Beirut, the Holy Land, and Egypt. Returning to America from Ireland, he shortly sailed from San Francisco for Hawaii and Japan. In Jan. 1911 he made a cruise of 18,000 miles around South America, visiting the principal Republics, going through the Straits of Magellan, stopping in Patagonia and landing at Valparaiso. From there he went to Santiago, crossing the Andes and reaching Buenos Aires in time for the Cardinal. Then to Rio Janeiro, Pernambuco, Bahia, and Para. He had previously visited all the countries of Central America except Yucatan, as well as Cuba, Trinidad, Barbadoes, and St. Thomas. He had been in every state of the Union many times. In June 1911, he attended the Coronation of George V, traveled through Scotland, and sailed from Leith for the Orkney Islands, Faroe Islands, Iceland, Spitzbergen, and Norway. He cruised through the Norwegian fjords, saw the German Emperor at Bergen and sailed from Hamburg for America. After spending six weeks at home, he departed for the Durbar in India, Oct. 1911. Stopping en route at Gibraltar, the Riviera, Italy and Egypt, he reached Ceylon by Thanksgiving, saw something of the interior and hill country, and then crossed to Southern India. After visiting the main points of interest he crossed the Hindustan Peninsula and reached Bombay in December. Then followed a comprehensive tour of the Northern part - Jaipur, Delhi, Agra, Cawnpore, Lucknow, and Benares. He was in time to see the King and Queen's state entrance into Calcutta, and then sailed for Burmah, where he went up the Irrawaddy River as far as Mandalay. He embarked from Rangoon, and went to Singapore, stopping at Penang and after a week in Singapore, he spent three weeks in the beautiful island of Java. He then went to China and was in Canton during the recent troubles, crossed to Japan, and sailed from Yokahama to San Francisco, reaching New York by way of the Grand Canyon in Arizona. Feb. 25, 1913, he sailed for Cuba, Porto Rico, Jamaica, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Trinidad, Barbadoes, Martinique, and Bermuda. On his return he provided for the erection of a Soldiers' Monument in his native town of Waterbury, Vt., a memorial to the Waterbury men who served in the Civil War. Among the 230 officers and men were six members of the Henry family - Brig. Gen. William Wirt Henry, 2d Lieut. James Edwin Henry, 2d Lieut. Wilbur Edwin Henry, Franklin Sylvester Henry, George Sylvester Henry, and Martin Luther Henry. The monument was unveiled with appropriate ceremonies on Memorial Day, May 30, 1914. Senator William P. Dillingham was the orator of the occasion, and the following closing paragraphs are quoted from his splendid address:---

"Mr. Henry's love for Waterbury was an inheritance from generations running back to the time of the settlement of the town, strengthened and developed by early associations and later by his military service with the companions of his boyhood. It also was perpetuated through friendships, old and new, resulting from family and social relations which he sustained through life with the people of this community. He loved us, he gloried in our history, and his great desire was to make a lasting impress upon our future. He remembered that the boys of the nation fought the War of the Rebellion, and his great desire was that the boys of the present day and of the future should be prepared to do well their part in perfecting and carrying out the work of the fathers.

It is an astounding fact that out of the 2,672,341 men constituting the Union armies during the war between the states, 2,159,798, or 81 per cent., were under twenty-one years of age when they enlisted, and that of this number 1,151,438-43 per cent.-were under eighteen years of age. The miracle of the nineteenth century was the almost instantaneous development of these boys into strong, rugged, thoughtful, determined men, when the developing powers of great responsibilities were laid upon them.

No one remembered this fact more perfectly than Mr. Henry, and no one comprehended more perfectly the importance of having succeeding generations equally well equipped for great national exigencies. His generous and patriotic action in erecting this monument was born not alone from a desire to honor those who had been his comrades in that great conflict, but in placing it in the grounds of the public schools, he hoped that countless generations would daily look upon it and derive inspiration from the record it discloses. So strong was his interest in those who are to succeed us in the responsibilities of citizenship that even when upon a bed of suffering and when facing that great change in which the mortal puts on immortality, he asked me to impress upon the heart and mind of this audience to-day the value of patriotism, of loyalty, of devotion to free institutions and the obligation that rests upon every community to keep alive the spirit of the fathers, and to impress it upon their children; and he was particularly impressed with the conviction that there should be included in the curriculum of the schools not only proper instruction in the elements of patriotism, but also in military tactics among the older boys, that there may be aroused in them an enthusiastic love of country and that there may be developed in them that military instinct which is so essential as an element of character in manly men and model citizens.

May the memory of his great generosity, his deep love for his native town and her people, and his patriotic interest in those who are to follow us, remain in the hearts of Waterbury's sons and daughters as long as bronze and granite endure, and God grant that such memory shall ever inspire them to a high conception and heroic defense of the great principle of liberty under law which the fathers established, and the maintenance of which made immortal the men of '61 to '65."

William Henry Eldridge, Henry Genealogy. The Descendants of Samuel Henry of Hadley and Amherst, Mass., 1734-1790 and Lurana (Cady) Henry His Wife, T. R. Marvin & Son, Boston, 1915), pp 46-50.

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