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Johnson, William R.


Age: 28, credited to Chittenden, VT
Unit(s): 11th VT INF
Service: enl 8/8/62, m/i 9/1/62, Pvt, Co. C, 11th VT INF, m/o 6/24/65

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Birth: abt 1834, Massena, NY
Death: 10/26/1916

Burial: Wetmore Cemetery, Chittenden, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Kathy Valloch
Findagrave Memorial #: 69581854


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 7/31/1871
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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Wetmore Cemetery, Chittenden, VT

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The Churchill Family of Chittenden

John Churchill, the emigrant ancestor of the Plymouth Branch of the Churchill Family in America, was born in England and first appeared in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1643, dying there in 1662/3. Five generations descended from John, Caleb Churchill (1757-1865), a Revolutionary War veteran, settled in Pittsford, Vermont. His son, also Caleb, had several sons and a son-in-law who served in the Civil War, to wit:

Edwin Ruthven Churchill, was born 6/13/1836, in Chittenden. He enlisted 11/30/1863, and mustered in 12/26/1863, in Co. H, 1st Vermont Cavalry. He was transferred to Co. B, 6/21/1865 and mustered out 8/9/1865. After the war he moved to Missouri and later Nebraska. He died in North Platte, Nebraska, 11/5/1912.

Wilson Barlow Churchill, was born 1/5/1838, in Chittenden. He enlisted 9/10/1862, and mustered in 10/21/1862, in Co. H, 14th Vermont Infantry. He mustered out with the regiment on 7/30/1865.

Angeline J. Churchill, was born 9/5/1838, in Chittenden. She married William R. Johnson. He enlisted 8/8/1862 and mustered in 9/1/1862 with Co. C, 11th Vermont Infantry. He was promoted Corporal 11/24/1864, and mustered out 6/24/1865.

Charles Henry Churchill, was born 2/10/1843, in Chittenden. He enlisted 11/30/1863, and mustered in 12/26/1863, in Co. H, 1st Vermont Cavalry with his brother Edwin (above). He was transferred to the Veteran Reserve Corps 8/18/1864, transferred back to his company 12/18/1864, and was discharged 8/9/1865.

Columbus Caleb Churchill, was born 3/12/1844, in Chittenden. He enlisted 11/30/1863, and mustered in 12/26/1863 with Co. C, 10th Vermont Infantry. He was wounded 6/1/1864 and 10/19/1864. He was promoted to Corporal 7/1/1864. He was transferred to the Veteran Reserve Corps 4/27/1865 and mustered out 7/17/1865.

Oliver Erastus Churchill (pictured right), was born 12/4/1846, in Chittenden. He enlisted 8/1/1862 and mustered in 9/1/1862 with Co. C, 10th Vermont Infantry. He mustered out 6/22/1865. After the war, he moved to Missouri, where he remained several years, but later settled in Illinois. He died 5/19/1926, age 80, at Aurora, Illinois.

Contributed by David Baumgartner, Chicago, Ill., 2nd-great-grandson of Oliver Erastus Churchill.


Funeral of William Johnson

The funeral of William R. Johnson, who died Thursday at his home in Holden, was held at the church in Holden at 11 o'clock Sunday morning. Rev. H. S. Hill officiated. The bearers were four grandsons, Harold Ingalls, Ralph Ingalls and Toy Nutter of Rutland and John Whitcomb of Chittenden. Burial was in the North Chittenden cemetery. Mr. Johnson was a veteran of the Civil war, having served for three years in company C, 11th Vermont artillery. Among those from out of town who attended the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. George Huntington of Rochester, Mr. and Mrs. George Churchill, Mrs. Abbie Churchill, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Churchill, J. Q. Churchill, Mrs. Lillian Jones and Mr. and Mrs. O. P. Johnson of Brandon, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Ingalls and Misses Elsie and Louis Ingalls of Rutland.

Source: Rutland Daily Herald, October 30, 1916.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.