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Johnson, Russell Thayer


Age: 22, credited to Lyndon, VT
Unit(s): 11th VT INF
Service: enl 8/24/63, m/i 11/9/63, Pvt, Co. D, 11th VT INF, tr to Co. C 6/24/65, m/o 8/25/65

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Birth: 04/04/1846, Vermont
Death: 09/29/1927

Burial: Lyndon Center Cemetery, Lyndon, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Carolyn Adams
Findagrave Memorial #: 85503971


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 10/9/1865
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


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Lyndon Center Cemetery, Lyndon, VT

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Also Was One of Best Known And Successful Physicians Of North Country

The funeral of Dr. R. T. Johnson, whose death occurred at his home Thursday night and was briefly announced in Friday's Caledonian-Record, was held from his late home Sunday at 1 o'clock, the Rev. M. S. Eddy, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal Church officiating. The interment was in the family lot in the Lyndon Center cemetery. Palestine Commandry performed their impressive burial service at the grave. Taps were sounded by a member of the American Legion. The bearers were George H. Hastings, George Davis, Francis W. Chapman, Hardy Woodbury. There were many beautiful; flowers, some from distant states, testifying to the respect and the esteem in which he was held by a large circle of friends and acquaintances.

Russell Thayer Johnson, son of Russell and Sally (Farmer) Johnson, was born in Newark, April 4, 1841. He attended the public schools of his native town, Charlestown Academy and the schools of Hatley, P.Q. He then taught school successfully for several years. In 1860 he began the study of medicine in the office of Dr. Charles D. Cahoon at Lyndon. He was a student also for a time at the University of Vermont, at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of New York City, and at the Bellevue Medical College of New York, from which he was graduated in 1867 with the degree of Doctor of Medicine.

His studies were interrupted by the Civil War. He enlisted Sept. 24, 1862 in Company D, 11th Regiment Vermont Heavy Artillery. He served in the Sixth Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, in the defense of Washington. Later he was assigned to duty as hospital department steward, during part of his service served to the end of the war, and was mustered out September 25, 1865.

After graduating, he began the practice of medicine and for three years was located in Stanstead, P.Q. November 8, 1869, he removed to Concord where he built up a large practice covering all the adjoining towns.

He was a member of both the county and state medical societies, the latter of which he was vice president in 1886, and of the American Medical Association. In 1876, he was a delegate to the International Medical Congress in Philadelphia. For 20 years, he was a member of the board of medical examiner for the U.S. pension department. He was always much interested in what was for the best interest of his town and always took an active part in public affairs. For 14 years he was supervisor for the insane. He held the town offices of treasurer, moderator and school director for many years, and represented the town in the Legislature of 1884-1885.

Dr. Johnson was a member of several fraternal organizations. He was a prominent member of Woodbury Post, G.A.R. No. 63; of Moose River Lodge No. 82, F. & A.M. of which he had served as Worshipful Master and as Secretary many years; and D.D.G.N, three terms to Haswell Chapter, Royal Arch Masons; Caledonia Council, Royal and Select Masters; Palestine Commandery, K.T.; Mizpah Lodge of Perfection; The Vermont consistory at Burlington; Mount Sinai Temple, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, Montpelier.

He was married March 29, 11869, to Asenath A. Weeks. Mrs. Johnson passed away Sept. 1, 1912.

Of a family of four children Dr. Johnson was the last. He is survived by a niece, Mrs. Nelson urt, and six nephews, A.L. Farmer, Windsor; C. E. Johnson and H. B. Johnson, Island Pond; Walter, George and Herbert Johnson, Ventura, Cal.

Since 1914, when he sustained a fractured hip, Dr. Johnson has been an invalid, and the past six years entirely helpless. Since the death of Mrs. Jonson and during the long years of invalidism he has been most tenderly cared for by his niece, Mrs. Nelson Burt and Mr. Burt.

Relatives called from away to attend the funeral were Mr. And Mrs. C. E. Johnson, Mr. And Mrs. H. B. Johnson, Island Pond, A.L. Farmer and M.K. Farmer, Windsor, Mr. And Mrs. George Guyer, west Lebanon, N.H.

Source: St. Johnsbury Republican, October 13, 1927
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.