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Richardson, Orlando J.


Age: 21, credited to Stockbridge, VT
Unit(s): 16th VT INF
Service: enl 8/26/62, m/i 10/23/62, Pvt, Co. A, 16th VT INF, m/o 8/10/63

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Birth: 1841, Roxbury, VT
Death: 02/12/1922

Burial: Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Stockbridge, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Denis & Karen Jaquish
Findagrave Memorial #: 150228310


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 1/25/1889, 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: None


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Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Stockbridge, VT

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The Late Orlando J. Richardson

As announced briefly in last week's issue of this paper, the people of Gaysville and vicinity were shocked and saddened by the sudden death on Sunday, Feb. 12, 1922, of Orlando J. Richardson, for more than 60 years an active and honored resident.

Though far from robust in health for several years, he continued active until the day preceding his death. On Friday he was out and up the street as usual, but Saturday morning he complained of a headache and did not go out that day. About 5 o'clock cerebral hemorrhage developed, consciousness soon was lost and death ensued in about 18 hours. The manner of his death was such as he had wished, though he would have spared his friends the shock, if possible.

He was born in Roxbury, Nov. 5, 1840, the fifth of the six children of Joel and Susanna (Batchelder) Richardson, was educated at the Orange county grammar school in Randolph Center and came to Stockbridge in 1860. In that year he married Elmina Woodward of that town, which became their residence until her death in 1912. He was a member of Co, A, 16th Vermont regiment, in the Civil war and was in the thick of the fight of Gettysburg. He was first a member of Daniel Lillie Post, No. 61, and later of H. H. Baxter Post, No. 111, and was at the jubilee celebration on the field of Gettysburg in 1913.

He was elected to all the important offices in his town, serving repeatedly as selectman and lister. He represented the town on the General Assembly of 1880. He was a leader in religious enterprises and was a steward and Sunday school superintendent in the Methodist church many years. He was broadminded and liberal enough o count as brethren Christians of every kind, and enjoyed their fellowship exceedingly. His influence was on the side of peace among townspeople. He grew to occupy a very high position in the esteem of all his neighbors, and few men of the community had equal influence.

The three children born to Mr. And Mrs. Richardson are living: - Mrs. Nettie E. Billings of Barnard; Mrs. Clara E. Boutwell, who had made her home with her father since the death of husband last August; and Lewis O. Richardson of West Newton, Mass. There are six grandchildren, Frank A. Porter of Rochester, Reuben L. Boutwell of East Haddam, Conn., Mrs. Henry Little of White River Junction, Edith, John and Wendell Richardson of West Newton, Mass. There are two great-grandchildren, Howard and Gladys Porter of Rochester.

The funeral was held Wednesday, Feb. 15, in the Gaysville Congregational church, Rev. J. Wesley Miller, his pastor for several years, officiating, and A. Lee Cady directing. The choir sang "Nearer, My God, To Thee, " and "Jesus, Lover of My Soul." The was a large attendance of relatives, including several from Roxbury and of neighbors. Interment was in a beautiful spot in Mount Pleasant cemetery beside his wife. "A good soldier of Jesus Christ" has gone to his reward.

"Servant of God, well done!
Rest from thy loved employ:
The battle fought, the victory won,
Enter thy Master's joy."

Source: Bethel Courier, February 23, 1922
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.