McCaffrey, Matthew M.
Age: 28, credited to Stowe, VT
Unit(s): 6th VT INF
Service: enl 8/20/64, m/i 8/20/64, Pvt, Co. A, 6th VT INF, m/o 6/19/65
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Birth: 1836, Ireland
Burial: Holy Cross Cemetery, Duxbury, VT
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Kathy Valloch
Findagrave Memorial #: 54485237
Alias?: None noted
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Holy Cross Cemetery, Duxbury, VT
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Matthew McCaffrey, who, while insane, killed his wife and own mother in Waterbury, 20 years ago, is dead at the state insane asylum there. One of his daughters, Mrs. W. L. Dustin, of Craftsbury, drowned herself at Brattleboro, a few years ago, and another son was confined in Brattleboro retreat for a time for treatment. The children were shut up in the house for two or three days while their mother and grandmother lay there dead.
Source: St. Johnsbury Caledonian, April 21, 1909
The death last week at the State Hospital for the insane at Waterbury of Matthew McCaffrey recalls the dreadful murders committed by this man some 20 years ago, at his home on Little River, he killed his wife, and his mother, horribly mutilating their bodies. His children escaped. He was proven insane, and has since been confined to the criminal wards at Brattleboro and Waterbury.
Source: Burlington Weekly Free Press, April 22, 1909
Courtesy of Deanna French
Webmaster's Note: See the Orleans County Monitor, March 27, 1882, 2nd column, "The Waterbury Murder", for the details of this gruesome murder.