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Walker, Wesley W.
Age: 20, credited to Weathersfield, VT
Unit(s): 16th VT INF
Service: enl 9/1/62, m/i 10/23/62, Pvt, Co. E, 16th VT INF, wdd, Gettysburg, 7/3/63, m/o 8/10/63

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Birth: 02/28/1842, Weathersfield, VT
Death: 02/01/1896

Burial: Prospect Hill Cemetery, Brattleboro, VT
Marker/Plot: 501
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Tom Boudreau
Findagrave Memorial #: 121620713
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 3/3/1865; widow Mary A., 4/13/1896, VT
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(State digraphs will show that this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldier's home)

Remarks: None

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Sudden Death Saturday Night --- His Life Record

The community was shocked Sunday morning to learn of the sudden death of Wesley W. Walker. Mr. Walker was apparently in his usual health Saturday, working at the Estey Organ factory during the day and attending to duties at his home on Spruce Street during the evening. He went to bed about 10 o'clock. Soon after 11, Mrs. Walker was awakened by his loud breathing. The curtain being up so that the rays of the electric lights entered the room, she at once, saw that her husband was in a distressed condition. She spoke to him but he did not reply. He raised himself on one elbow, then fell back, being all this time unconscious. Mrs. Walker hurried to call E. E. Stockwell, who lives in the house, but when he reached the room Mr. Walker was dead. The cause of death was heart disease from which he had suffered several years.

Mr. Walker was born in Weathersfield, this state, Feb. 28, 1842, and was the son of James and Sarah Sanders Walker. He lived at home until he was 20 years in age. He enlisted Sept. 1, 1862, in Company E. of the 16th Vermont regiment of nine months men. He was wounded at the battle of Gettysburg.

After serving his time in the army he returned to the home farm for a period of years, and later went to Springfield, this state to work in the cab shop of Ellis; Britton and Eaton. He remained here about two years, when he came to Brattleboro, and entered the employ of J. Estey & Co., his service with the firm continuing until the time of his death, a period of 27 years. He had charge of the most difficult work in the setting up department and was an unusually capable and efficient workman.

Mr. Walker was married July 2, 1873, to Mary A. Slader of Claremont. N.H., who survives him. He leaves a sister, Mrs. Caroline Covill, and a brother, George Walker, who live in Weathersfield, but both were prevented by sickness to attend the funeral.

Mr. Walker was a member of the Congregational Church, of Columbia Lodge, and Fort Drummer Chapter of Free Masons, and of the Grand Army. He was a man who governed his life by true Christian principles, who was respected as a neighbor and a citizen, and who has done much helpful work for others. One of those men of quiet lives and who gives real strength to a community through their sterling qualities.

The funeral was held at the Congregational Church Wednesday at 2 o'clock, Rev. Mr. Day officiating. It was attended by a delegation of Grand Army men and Masons. The Grand Army men acted as bearers and escort, and the Masons conducted a service at the grave. There were many beautiful flowers, including an elaborate piece from Mr. Walker's shopmates; and offerings from the ladies association of the Congregational Church, the Grand Army and Relief Corps, Columbia Lodge, and from several friends

L. W. Hawley and J. E. Hall sang two selections at the funeral.

Vermont Phoenix, February 7, 1896

Courtesy of Deanna French.