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Willey, George A.


Age: 18, credited to Sharon, VT
Unit(s): 16th VT INF
Service: enl 9/4/62, m/i 10/23/62, Pvt, Co. G, 16th VT INF, m/o 8/10/63

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Birth: 05/12/1845, Sharon, VT
Death: 11/19/1900

Burial: Pine Hill Cemetery, Sharon, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Joie Finley Morris +
Findagrave Memorial #: 58525545


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 8/25/1887, VT; widow Clara S., 11/30/1900, 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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Pine Hill Cemetery, Sharon, VT

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George A. Willey

Mr. Willey was born in Sharon and always lived in this town. With his genial and cordial ways it is not strange that he had many friends who will miss his familiar presence and sorrow that he has gone.

His death occurred at his home, after a few weeks of illness, Nov. 19, 1900. He was born May 12, 1845, and had reached the age of 55 years - just after the noonday of life. His aged father survives him, having attained the age of more than four score years. He has four brothers still living. He had a very pleasant home.

On Aug 15, 1871, he married Miss Clara S. Blake. Their united life extended over a period of almost 30 years. Their thoughts and hearts grew closer together as they walked the pathway of life. When the great shadow dropped on that sunny home, sad and dark it was to her who was left to walk alone the old familiar paths, but the darkness was lighted up with pleasant memories.

They cherished the same hopes and religious faith which made life worth living. No fear poisoned the present happiness as he thought of the world to come. He believed that God would be the same loving Father there as here. So he calmly trusted all to Him who sees the end from the beginning. His religious creed was to do the best he could every day and have no fear of the morrow.

He had a tender and loving heart. He had a sympathy for those in trouble and distress. There are those who will miss his generous hand and the many gifts it has conferred on the needy and unfortunate. He has made the pathway of life to many the brighter for his living here.

He will be remembered not only as a kind husband and genial friend among his neighbors and townsmen but as one who loved his country and gallantly fought for its life. When a mere youth he entered the Union army and did faithful and noble service. He was in one of the most terrible battles fought during the war of the rebellion - that of Gettysburg. After a forced march of nine days he and his company came to the battlefield. More than 90,000 men on each side stood face to face. Lee, flushed with success, determined to carry the war into the North. It seemed that the issue of the Union cause hung on that great battle.

It was fought and the victory was ours. Mr. Willey was there and saw Lee's retreating boots go back with a loss of 30,000 men in killed and wounded. He felt a soldier's pride in that decisive victory. Mr. Willey received a pension, but no amount of money can pay for the services of such men. Although young, his health was always impaired after leaving the army. His comrades in arms will sorrow that he is gone and every year they will place the stars and stripes above his sleeping dust and scatter flowers on his grave. Company G of the 16th regiment has one brave soldier less. A member of the Grand Army has gone.

His funeral took place in his home on Wednesday, Nov. 21, the service bring conducted by his old friend and pastor, Rev. S. A. Parker. The house was filled with relatives, neighbors and friends. There were those who came from Royalton, Bethel, Brookfield, Montpelier and other towns.

This whole community sorrows that they shall behold his face no more, but our faith looks on to a happy reunion in the better land.

Source: Bethel Courier, December 6, 1900.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.