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Willey, Benjamin Preston

MILITARY SERVICE

Age: 22, credited to Barre, VT
Unit(s): 2nd VT INF
Service: enl 5/7/61, m/i 6/20/61, Pvt, Co. D, 2nd VT INF, m/o 6/29/64

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VITALS

Birth: 02/15/1839, Barre, VT
Death: 12/25/1924

Burial: Elmwood Cemetery, Barre, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 161829180

MORE INFORMATION

Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 12/31/1879; widow Marion A., 1/19/1925, 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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Elmwood Cemetery, Barre, VT

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Obituary

Death of Civil War Veterans

Benjamin Preston Willey, aged Civil War veteran and long-time resident of Barre, died Friday evening following an illness of about ten days. Death was attributed to a general breaking down, due to advanced age.

The deceased was born in Barre February 15, 1839, son of Benjamin P. And Lucy (Holden) Willey. As a boy, he attended the district schools in the town there and grew up to follow the carpenter's trade. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he volunteered there and was mustered into the service at Burlington June 20, 1861, under Charles Dillingham in command of Company D, 2nd Vermont Infantry. Mr. Willey figured, among other important engagements, in the battles of White Oaks, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, Rappahanock, Wilderness, Spottsylvania, Cold Harbor and Petersburg, being in the service for a period of three years and three months before he was mustered out at Brattleboro June 29, 1864. Returning to that city, he settled down to married life, and was one of the first bailiffs at the time the town was incorporated, serving as alderman from ward one on the first Barre city council. He was also prominent in offices of public trust. Mr. Willey was the oldest member of the Barre Masonic lodge and was also affiliated with Robert B. Crandall Post of the G.A.R.

Source: St. Albans Daily Messenger, December 27, 1924
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.