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Holton, Joel Huntington


Age: 21, credited to Westminster, VT
Unit(s): 12th VT INF
Service: enl 8/18/62, m/i 10/4/62, 5SGT, Co. I, 12th VT INF, m/o 7/14/63

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Birth: 11/15/1841, Westminster, VT
Death: 01/11/1912

Burial: Old Westminster Cemetery, Westminster, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Tom Ledoux
Findagrave Memorial #: 75189261


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 5/31/1904, VT; widow Catherine E., 1/23/1912, 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: See Benedict's Army Life in Virginia


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Old Westminster Cemetery, Westminster, VT

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Ullery's "Men of Vermont"

Joel H. Holton

Holton, Joel Huntington, of Burlington, son of Erastus Alexander and Hannah Brainard (May) Holton, was born in Westminster, Nov. 15, 1841. He is a direct descendant of Kenelm, brother of Gov. Edward Winslow of the old Plymouth colony.

Mr. Holton obtained his education in the schools of Westminster and the academies of Barre and West Brattleboro. In 1857 he commenced to learn the trade of a silver plater and continued in this employment for five years, when, prompted by his patriotic impulses, he enlisted August 18, 1862, as private in Co. I, 12th Vt. Regt., in which organization he was promoted to the grade of sergeant, and served till the regiment was mustered out, July 14, 1863.

After his return from the army he was employed as clerk in a hardware store at Saint Albans; he then purchased a half interest in a plating and saddlery concern at Derby Line. In 1871 he removed to Burlington, where he formed a copartnership to do a wholesale and retail trade in hardware, saddlery and builders' supplies. He shortly became sole proprietor in the wholesale department, and is now the most extensive hardware dealer in Vermont.

A staunch adherent of the Democratic party, he has taken an active part in city and state politics, has been the incumbent of many important offices, was elected alderman from a strong Republican ward of the city, and nominated for mayor in opposition to the Hon. U. A. Woodbury.

Mr. Holton married, Oct. 29, 1863, Emma J., daughter of Sylvester and Amanda (Farman) Diggins of Westminster, who died June 16, 1881. Three children were the fruit of their union: Frank E. (deceased), Harry Sylvester, and Susie May. Mr. Holton was again united in marriage, June 25, 1883, to Kate E., daughter of Thomas W. and Rebecca (Richardson) Wiley of Westminster.

He is commander of Stannard Post No. 2, G.A.R., and is much interested in G.A.R. work. He united with the Congregational church of Burlington, and is now serving his second term as member of its prudential committee.

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, pp. 206.