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Edson, Ptolemy O'Meara


Age: 27, credited to Chester, VT
Unit(s): 17th VT INF, 1st VT CAV
Service: comn ASURG, 1st Vt. CAV 11/5/61 (11/18/61), pr SURG, 17th VT INF, 3/16/64 (3/22/64), m/o 2/27/65 [College: UVM 57, HU 60]

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Birth: 12/27/1833, Chester, VT
Death: 02/13/1928

Burial: Forest Hills Cemetery, Jamaica Plain, MA
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer:
Findagrave Memorial #: 138214856


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes
Portrait?: Gibson Collection, Guber Collection off-site, VHS Collections
College?: UVM 57, HU, 60 (Med)
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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Forest Hills Cemetery, Jamaica Plain, MA

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Vermont Officers Reunion Society Collection
Courtesy Vermont Historical Society

(Gibson Collection)


Ptolemy O'Meara Edson was educated in the University of Vermont, where he was graduated Bachelor of Arts in 1857 and Doctor of Medicine in 1860. After receiving his medical diploma he began the practice of his profession in Chester, Vt. But the breaking out of the Civil War changed temporarily all his plans; and in response to his country's call he enlisted November 1, 1861, as Assistant Surgeon of the First Vermont Cavalry. He remained with this regiment till March 16, 1864, when he was made Surgeon of the Seventeenth Vermont Infantry, with which he served till February 28, 1865, when he was honorably discharged. Returning home, he resumed his medical practice in Chester, Vt., and in September, 1866, he removed to Roxbury. Here for the last thirty-four years he has been engaged in the successful practice of his profession, and has attained a wide popularity. He belongs to Post No. 26, T. G. Stevenson, G. A. R., and to Massachusetts Commandery, Loyal Legion.

He was married October 30, 1865, to Miss Mary Augusta Young, of Bangor, Me., daughter of John Colburn Young and a representative of an old and prominent Maine family. Dr. and Mrs. Edson are the parents of four children: Carroll Everett, a physician in Denver, Col.; Mary Frances, Margaret, and John Wells --- who are all living in Roxbury. Dr. and Mrs. Edson attend the Unitarian church.

Biographical Sketches of Representative Citizens of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, (Graves & Steinbarger, Boston, 1901), p. 860.


Fitchburg Sentinel
Thursday - 16 Feb 1928

Death of Dr. Edson

Mrs. Susan Edson Haynes received word Monday of the death of her brother Dr. P. O'Meara Edson, a resident of Roxbury, in his 95th year from pneumonia after a brief illness.

Dr. Edson who was a leading figure in the medical profession, was well known here. He was born in Chester, Vt., Dec. 27, 1833, the son of Ptolemy and Susan (Pratt) Edson. He prepared for college at Appleton academy, New Ipswich, N.H., and was graduated from the University of Vermont in 1857. His training for his chosen profession was chiefly at the Harvard Medical school.

After his graduation he assisted his father in practice in and around Chester. In Civil War days Dr. Edson served as assistant surgeon. In 1864 he became surgeon with the rank of major in the 17th Vermont Infantry, serving as such until February, 1865.

On returning from the war he resumed practice in his native place, Chester, but in 1866 he moved to Roxbury, where he had since made his home and continued his profession. He retired several years ago.

He was a fellow of the Massachusetts Medical society and a member of the Roxbury Society for Medical Improvement, the Norfolk District Medical society, Boston Obstetrical society and the Medical Library society. He served many years as a member of the Boston school committee.

On Oct. 30, 1865, in Bangor, Me., Dr. Edson married Mary Augusta Young. Mrs. Edson died in 1922. Surviving Dr. Edson are two sons and two daughters, the latter Misses Mary Frances Edson and Margaret Edson, who live at the family home in Roxbury. The sons are Dr. Carroll Everett Edson of Denver, Colo., and John Wells Edson of Dedham. He also leaves three grandchildren and a sister, Mrs. Susan Edson Haynes of this town.

Contributed by Erik Hinckley.

Funeral Notice

Funeral of Dr Edson, Civil War Surgeon

Funeral services for Dr P. O'Meara Edson, 94, a surgeon in the Civil War with a rank of major, were held this morning at his home, 36 Elm Av, Roxbury. Rev Miles Hanson of the First Church in Roxbury was the officiating clergyman. Burial was in Forest Hills Cemetery.

Dr Edson was a native of Vermont. He was a graduate of the Harvard Medical School. He belonged to the G.A.R., Roxbury Society for Medical Improvement, Norfolk District Medical Society and the Medical Library Society.

Source: The Boston Globe, 16 Feb 1928, page 15

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