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Newman, Thomas R.
Age: 22, credited to Bennington, VT
Unit(s): 1st VT INF
Service: enl 5/2/61, m/i 5/9/61, PVT, Co. K, 1st VT INF, m/o 8/15/61
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Birth: 1838, England
Burial: Grandview Cemetery, Shaftsbury, VT
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 0
(There may be a Findagrave Memorial, but we have not recorded it)
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 8/25/1890, VT
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: VT
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Grandview Cemetery, Shaftsbury, VT
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THOMAS NEWMAN TAKES OWN LIFE BY HANGING
Body Found Near Lake Paran Early This Morning
MANY YEARS AN ENGINEER
Act Believed to be Due to Worry Over Health of Brother With Whom He Lived
This morning at 8:30 one of the section men on the Rutland railroad found the body of Thomas Newman of North Bennington hanging from a tree overhanging Lake Paran. The proper authorities were immediately notified and the body removed by Dr. E.A. Tobin of North Bennington and Health Officer J.M. Ayres and Selectman J.O. Burt of Bennington. The tragedy probably took place some time in the evening Wednesday as the doctor said that the man had been dead for fully twelve hours.
Mr. Newman had lived in North Bennington nearly all of his life and was one of the pioneer engineers on the Rutland railroad. He also served the entire four years of the Civil War in one of the Vermont regiments. Mr. Newman retired several years ago and has resided with his brother, Richard, in North Bennington, who recently returned from the Marshall Infirmary in Troy, where he underwent treatment for his nerves. The continual worry over the uncertainty of his brother's health, in all probability, brought on the melancholia which resulted in Mr. Newman's death. He is also survived by a brother John, who resides in Hoosick Falls.
Mr. Newman was the oldest of three brothers, being 76 years of age. It is a rather remarkable thing that he succeeded in his attempt upon his life as the rope which was used was nothing more than sheep twine and was already ragged and frayed. The body was found hanging upon a small branch stretching out from one of the willows which surround the pond in that section, a branch so small that it seemed impossible that it would hold such a weight, as was destined for it.
The funeral of the late Thomas Newman will be held at 2 o'clock in the North Bennington cemetery tomorrow afternoon. Rev. C.W. Turner will officiate. The G.A.R. will have charge of the burial.
Bennington Banner, September 2,1915
Contributed by Tom Boudreau
Thomas Newman was listed as an inmate at the Bennington Soldiers' Home in the 1900 Census.