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Silsby, Wendell


Age: 18, credited to St. Johnsbury, VT
Unit(s): 11th VT INF
Service: enl 11/26/63, m/i 12/1/63, Pvt, Co. B, 11th VT INF, m/o 5/22/65

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Birth: 03/28/1846, Lunenburg, VT
Death: 03/07/1896

Burial: Hillside Cemetery, Burke, VT
Marker/Plot: 45
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Carolyn Adams

Findagrave Memorial #: 0
(There may be a Findagrave Memorial, but we have not recorded it)


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 5/1/1869; widow Ada A., 5/29/1896, 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

Webmaster's Note: The 11th Vermont Infantry was also known as the 1st Vermont Heavy Artillery; the names were used interchangably for most of its career


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Hillside Cemetery, Burke, VT

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Silsby, Wendell, of West Burke, son of Harvey and Celia (Bloss) Silsby, was born in Lunenburg, March 28, 1846.

After attending some of the public schools of Westmore until the age of sixteen, he enlisted as private in Co. E, 11th Regt. Vt. Vols., in which command he was one of the youngest soldiers.

Though a mere youth he did his duty manfully in the battles of Spotsylvania and Cold Harbor, and having been seriously wounded he was transported to the hospitals at Annapolis and Montpelier, where he remained until he was honorably mustered out of the U. S. service, May 22, 1865. After his recovery, for some time he united with his brother in the manufacture of lumber, and he has been engaged in this occupation more or less since that time. In 1872 he purchased an establishment of his own in Westmore, which he operated until 1890. In 1884 he added to his possessions a shingle mill of large capacity, and two years later a saw-mill, finally constructing a dressing mill in 1892. Mr. Silsby has acted as lister in Westmore and Burke, and for six years has discharged the duties of justice of the peace in the latter place. He has represented both towns in the Legislature, serving on the committee of manufactures in both sessions. For two years he was the commander of D. Rattray Post, No. 9, G.A.R., is an Odd Fellow, and has no marked religious preference, yet attends and supports the Methodist church.

April 11, 1873, Mr. Silsby married Ada, daughter of Elbridge and Sarah (Marshall) Gaskell. Three children have been born of this marriage: Charles E., Harvey W., and Mabel.

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. 362.


Wendell Silsby, an extensive lumber dealer, died at his home in West Burke Saturday afternoon after a brief illness with pneumonia. Mr. Silsby had been largely engaged in the lumber business for many years, having erected steam mills at West Burke and East Haven the past year. He was one of Burke’s most influential and prominent townsmen, and an honored member of D. Battery post, G.A.R.

Source: Burlington Free Press, March 16, 1896
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.