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Parkhurst, Alfred S.


Age: 19, credited to Vermont
Unit(s): USN, 10th VT INF
Service: enl 7/29/62, m/i 9/1/62, Pvt, Co. B, 10th VT INF, m/o 1/22/64; enl 9/6/64, LNDS, cred Barre, USN, m/o 8/15/65; Vessels: J. L. Davis, Iuka, Mahaska, Powhatan

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Birth: 1844, New York
Death: 12/18/1919

Burial: Elmwood Cemetery, Barre, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Monica White
Findagrave Memorial #: 95586681


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes
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)

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Elmwood Cemetery, Barre, VT

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Allfred S. Parkhurst died this morning at 7 o'clock at the Barre City hospital, where he has been cared for for a short time. His death followed a general decline since the death of his wife the 28th of last December.

Mr. Parkhurst was born in Plattsburgh, N. Y. on the 16th of May, 1843. His boyhood was spent on a farm in Isle Lamotte, and he was fond of visiting that section and renewing friendships began in boyhood. At the age of 17, he came to Orange, to the house of Erastus Camp, for the reason of living so near, and having wide acquaintances in that district, and has always been interested in the Cutler Corner School Association. .

He was a G.A.R. member, having enlisted on the 29th day of July 1862, to serve three years during the war. He was mustered into the Union Army at Brattleboro the first day of September, as a private in Co. B., 10th Vermont regiment. He was honorably discharged at Brandy Station, Va. for disability. He re-enlisted at Boston on Jan. 22, 1864, in the Union Naval Service, and shipped on the U. S. Recovery ship Ohio, transferred to the Barque J. F. Davis in St Joseph's bay, then to the U. S. gunboats Iuka, Mahaska, and U.S. Powhatan. He was taken ill and taken to the General Hospital at Washington, D. C. A short line from his official record showed the soldier he was.

He was always to be found at his post of duty, and rendered meritorious service at all times. At the close of the war, he had his final discharge Aug. 15, 1865.

After the war he came to Barre where he worked as a farmhand in the East Neighborhood, and was united in marriage to Ella F. Ketchum, Dec. 6, 1874, from which union were born three children., Ina, deceased, Nov. 2, 1905, Isa (Mrs. Frank Colvin, )and Mrs. John Summers, who survive him, also four grandchildren, one brother Nelson Parkhurst, who survives him, lives in Los Angeles, Ca.

He was a charter member of the R. B. Crandall G. A. R. Post, No 56, and a loyal supporter of the same.

He had been a farmer all his life, and interested in the advancement of agriculture conditions, and interested in the education of the members of the younger members of the community. He was a charter member of the Cobble Hill Grange.

A sturdy patriot, when the call came for volunteers to defeat the Germans he held the only individual rally in this section, serving his country to the last. He was a kind, genial friend and neighbor. He will be missed by a large circle of friends.

The funeral will take place from his late home, Sunday, 2 p. m., Rev. F. L. Goodspeed will officiate.

Source: Barre Daily Times, December 19, 1919


Yesterday afternoon the Comrades of the R. B. Crandall Post 56, Sons of Veterans Auxiliary, members of the Cobble Hill Grange, the neighbors of friends of the family, met with the children and grandchildren at the home of Alfred S. Parkhurst, to pay last tribute of respect to a long life filled with loyalty to duty in whatever line he found. Rev. F L. Goodspeed officiated in the ceremonies. Many family and friends were deterred from attending by living at such a great distance.

The flag at his late home, being at half staff, told to the general passerby the reason for the gathering. The dignity of death was enhanced by the draping of the United States Flag over the casket, and honor bestowed by the United States Government to its faithful defenders, and no other. This, with the beautiful flowers, spoke volumes of the regard in which he was held. Their beauty and frailty in the cold December day seemed typical to life itself. The Honorary pallbearers from G.A.R members were Nathaniel Bond, George Beckley, L. G. LaPoint, and Elwin Rollins, with John P. Williams, secretary of the Washington County Veterans Association in attendance, William A. Bradford, William, William Clapp, Shepard, Fayette Cutler, John Summers, assisted son-in-law Frank Colvin as pallbearers. The occasion was unusually sad, following the death of Mrs. Parkhurst.

The interment was made in the family lot in Elmwood Cemetery. The last duty performed, the loyal patriot, the kind neighbor, the sympathetic friend, rests, with crossed flags, an emblem for the U. S. Marines upon his grave.

Source: Barre Daily Times, Dec. 22, 1919
Courtesy of Deanna French

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