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McAllister, Ziba H.


Age: 21, credited to Fayston, VT
Unit(s): 13th VT INF, 1st VT CAV
Service: enl 8/25/62 (resided Waitsfield), m/i 10/10/62, Pvt, Co. B, 13th VT INF, m/o 7/21/63; enl 11/30/63, cred Fayston, VT, m/i 12/25/63, Pvt, Co. C, 1st VT CAV, tr to Co. A 6/21/65, wdd, Columbia Furnace, 10/7/64, m/o 8/9/65

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Birth: 08/27/1841, Waitsfield, VT
Death: 02/08/1917

Burial: Waitsfield Village Cemetery, Waitsfield, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 54885989


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes
Portrait?: 13th VT INF, off-site
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: 13th Vt. History off-site


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Village Cemetery, Waitsfield, VT

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Funeral services of Zeba H. McAllister, a long time resident and prominent citizen of Waitsfield, were held Saturday, Feb. 10 at his late residence in the village, at 1 p. m. The funeral was well attended, Mad River Lodge, F. & A.M. # 77, and the Knights Templar attended in a body, 40 being in line. The officiating clergyman was Rev. William Granley, pastor of the Congregational Church at Norfolk, Mass., a former Waitsfield Congregational pastor, and a close friend of the deceased. Mr. Granley was assisted by Rev. Isaac Mellor, pastor of the Waitsfield M. E. Church, of which Mr. McAllister was a prominent member and worker. The Masonic funeral services were used, Harry Ellis of Huntington being Chaplain. Interment was in the family lot in the village cemetery. The bearers were: Wallace W. Howe, D. H, Skinner, W. C. Joslyn, James A. Erwin. Harve McAllister, and George Bulkeley of Moretown.

Zeba Hamilton McAllister was born in Waitsfield August 27, 1841, the oldest son of William and Anna Lavone Green McAllister. December 7, 1870 he married Betsy A. Jones. To them were born one son, Harry Martin, October 4, 1871, who died Dec. 5, 1895. Mr. McAllister has been a prominent and worthy citizen, as a glance of his lifework will show:

When 21 years of age he enlisted in the Civil War in Co. B., 13th Vermont Volunteers, and served as orderly for Col. Randall. In Nov. 1863, he re-enlisted in Co. C., First Vermont Cavalry, His war record was honorable and active. He did picket duty on the Rapidan River with Gen. Kilpatrick and was with Sheridan and Wilson in their famous raids at the Wilderness, Beaver Dam, and the Shenandoah Valley, and the battle of Winchester, until he was finally disabled by a pistol shot, breaking three ribs in his left side. He was discharged in July, 1865.

He was one of the Charter members of Ainsworth Post, No. 36, G.A.R., also prominent in Masonic and Knights Templar circles. He served the town for 24 years as postmaster and was largely instrumental in the project of erecting the Joslyn Memorial Library. For many years he served as funeral director and was constable for five years, member of the school board, and doorkeeper of the Vermont Senate.

In his capacity as a musician, he was leader of the Waitsfield band for many years, and also leader of the choir of the M. E. Church. Mr. McAllister had been up and around town until the last ten days. The end came Thursday morning, Feb. 8, of hiccoughs, which could not be stopped He is survived by his wife and one brother, William W. McAllister of Irasville, and a large number of nephews and nieces. Those attending from out of town were; Mrs. McAllister's brother, Carlos Jones of Sharon, Walter Harrington, and daughter of North Pomfret, Joseph Brown, Montpelier. Henry McAllister, Burlington, and Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Howd. Montpelier.

Source: Barre Daily Times, Feb. 12, 1917
Courtesy of Deanna French.

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