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Higgins, Daniel

MILITARY SERVICE

Age: 40, credited to Rockingham, VT
Unit(s): 11th VT INF
Service: enl 8/8/62, m/i 9/1/62, Pvt, Co. G, 11th VT INF, wdd, Cold Harbor, 6/1/64 (gsw, left leg), dis/wds, 8/11/65

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VITALS

Birth: 09/1826, County Kerry, Ireland
Death: 12/23/1897

Burial: Restland Cemetery, Bellows Falls, VT
Marker/Plot: 111
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Bob Edwards
Findagrave Memorial #: 95651662

MORE INFORMATION

Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes
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

Webmaster's Note: The 11th Vermont Infantry was also known as the 1st Vermont Heavy Artillery; the names were used interchangably for most of its career


DESCENDANTS

2nd Great Grandfather of Kathleen Higgins Lisai, Westminster, VT

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BURIAL:

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Restland Cemetery, Bellows Falls, VT

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Daniel Higgins

Death of Daniel Higgins

In the death of Daniel Higgins Bellows Falls loses one of her oldest and most respected citizens. Mr. Higgins passed away quietly at his home on Kerry Avenue Thursday afternoon about 5:30 o'clock. He was born in the county of Kerry in Ireland March 23, 1826. About 1848 he came to this country with his wife, Mary O'Leary, and his parents and lived in Millers Falls, Mass. for about one year. He came to Bellows Falls in 1849 and has lived here ever since. He worked for some time on the Vermont Valley railroad and after it's completion worked in the railshop belonging to the same road, under Silas Pierce, master mechanic.

Though born in the old country, Mr. Higgins was a patriot in every sense of the word, and during the great war of the rebellion was one of the thousand who went from Vermont to defend the Stars and Stripes. In August 1862 he enlisted in Co. G, 11th Vermont regiment under Grant. At Cold Harbor on June 2, 1863 (sic), he had the misfortune to lose his left foot making him a cripple for the remainder of his life. After the close of the war the deceased returned to Bellows Falls and as soon as he was able to work was given charge of the blasting on the site of the Fall Mountain Paper Plant. In this business he was engaged several years, and when he retired from active work was chosen night police in Bellows Falls for a period of two years. After retiring from the police force, owing to age and impaired health, he did not engage in any active occupation. He is survived by his wife Mary, three children, a son Daniel P. Higgins, superintendent of the Emerson Paper Company in Sunapee and for nine years superintendent with the Fall Mountain Paper Co., two daughters, Catherine and Ellen Higgins of Bellows Falls, and two sisters, Mrs. Ellen Manning of Brattleboro, and Mrs. Johanna Lyngreen of San Francisco.

Mr. Higgins has always been an upright, hardworking man and as a citizen was highly esteemed by all who knew him. He was one of the original trustees of what is now known as the old Catholic cemetery, his comtemporaries being Daniel Kiniry and Thomas O'Brien, who alone survives. For the past 23 years he has been a grand juror in Windham county, and was one of the most influential and highly respected members of the Stoughton Post of the G.A.R. where he had more than once refused official position because of his physical disability. In the death of Mr. Higgins Bellows Falls mourns the removal of another of the old landmarks.

The funeral will be from St. Charles' church at 8:30 o'clock tomorrow morning with burial in the old Catholic cemetery.

Henry M. Corlew of Westminster West and the late Daniel Higgins of this place both lost a leg by the same shot at Cold Harbor, June 2, 1863 (sic).

Source: undated newspaper clipping found in the faily bible by Daniel's 2nd Great Granddaughter, Kathleen Higgins Lisai, who adds "Daniel Higgins and his wife Mary O'Leary emigrated to the US in 1848 and worked as a stonemason for the railroad as they came up the Connecticut River Valley. He enlisted and lost his leg in Cold Harbor. He came back to Vermont, where he served as a constable for Bellows Falls, among other occupations. He had a large family. His leg never healed properly after his amputation, and required additional surgery in later years, which proved unsuccessful, and actually made it worse (he could not longer use a prosthesis). He died in Bellows Falls at the age of 71. He helped found the Catholic Church in Bellows Falls.

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