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Prichard, John B. W.


Age: 21, credited to Bradford, VT
Unit(s): 1st VT INF
Service: enl 5/2/61, m/i 5/9/61, PVT, Co. D, 1st VT INF, m/o 8/15/61

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Birth: 09/26/1839, Bradford, VT
Death: 01/09/1934

Burial: Upper Plain Cemetery, Bradford, VT
Marker/Plot: 6
Gravestone researcher/photographer: R. N. Ward Jr.
Findagrave Memorial #: 198000635


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 7/3/1891, VT
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: Died in Peterborough, NH


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Upper Plain Cemetery, Bradford, VT

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Prichard, John B. W., of Bradford, was the son of George W. and Elizabeth (Pearson) Prichard, and was born in Bradford, Sept. 26, 1839.

His educational acquirements were limited to the town schools and a course of study at Bradford Academy.

He commenced his active life as clerk for his father, who was a merchant, and also served his brothers in a similar capacity.

When the slave-holding aristocracy attempted to secede from the Union, Mr. Prichard was a member of the noted Bradford Guards, a company of the 1st Vt. Regt., and accompanied them when they left the state at the outset of the struggle. He was present at the battle of Big Bethel, and was mustered out with the regiment upon their return from the field in August, 1861.

He was married, Jan. 21, 1862, to Orissa J., daughter of Sargent and Melissa (Greenlief) George. Two children have been the fruit of this union: Fred E., and Warren H.

When discharged from the service Mr. Prichard returned to Bradford and bought out his brother's stock and store, which he continued to carry on for three years. Then he went to Massachusetts and was engaged in trade until 1869, when he again returned to his birthplace and formed a partnership with Barron Hay to engaged in a general mercantile business, and this arrangement has lasted till the present time.

The esteem in which he is held as a business man may be inferred from the fact that he was elected town clerk in 1870, and with the exception of a single year he has been the incumbent of that office ever since. He has thrice been honored by the position of selectman and was elected as a Republican to represent Bradford in the state Legislature in 1882.

Mr. Prichard has filled all the chairs of Charity Lodge, No. 43, and two terms has presided in the east. He was a charter member and has been adjutant and commander of Washburn Post, No. 17, G.A.R.

Source: Jacob G. Ullery, compiler, Men of Vermont: An Illustrated Biographical History of Vermonters and Sons of Vermont, (Transcript Publishing Company, Brattleboro, VT, 1894), Part II, p. 327.