Wing, Stephen Brown
Age: 45, credited to Wilmington, VTVITALS
Birth: 01/05/1819, Stanstead, PQ, CanadaADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alias?: None notedDESCENDANTS
Died in Virginia
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Stephen Brown Wing
Luthera Litchfield Wing
Stephen Brown Wing mustered in with the Ninth Vermont, Company E on January 5, 1864. His estimated date of birth is 1823, so he was in his early forties when he left Troy, VT for the war. He left behind his wife Luthera Litchfield Wing and five children.
Stephen Brown Wing died of 'apoplexy', according to his pension record. He died on October 27, 1864. On that day, the Ninth Infantry was involved in a battle at Fair Oaks (second Fair Oaks), attached to the Army of the James, but Stephen was not killed in battle. Family tradition says he died of 'exhaustion upon the march.'
Family history says that a fellow soldier in the Ninth Vermont buried grandfather Stephen somewhere near Chaffin's Farm. The story handed down by the family says Charles Warboys fell out of line to bury him and got reprimanded for it. It's a goal of mine to contact any of his living relatives to thank them on Stephen's behalf--and also to see if they can verify this. In any case, the family has had a photo of Charles Warboys all these years, which lends credence to the story as far as I'm concerned. (Why else would we have it? We have no other ties to any of the Warboys family.)
At about the same time Stephen left with the Ninth Vermont, Stephen's nephew Seth Burgess Wing joined the 29th Maine infantry, but deserted after only a week. We don't know what he did in the interim, but on August 17, 1864 he joined the Ninth Vermont, first with Co. B, then with Company E, as Seth Burgess.
Seth Burgess mustered out on December 1, 1865. He returned to Vermont, where he married Luthera Litchfield Wing, widow of his uncle Stephen Brown Wing above. Seth, Luthera, Seth's parents (Benjamin Franklin Wing and Melinda Burgess Wing), and all of Stephen Brown Wing's children migrated to Wisconsin. Seth and Luthera later had three more children.
At his death, he was honored by the local American Legion for his Civil War Service. Here is a transcript of an obituary:
(The Pardeeville-Wyocena, WI Times, Friday, May 18, 1928)
"Seth Burgess Wing, for many years a resident of this village, and for the past 10 years a resident of Watertown, died last Thursday morning, May 10th, at his home in that city following a paralytic stroke. He had been failing in health since last September. His death occurred at 5:30 A.M.
"Mr. Wing was born in Canada, May 25th, 1843. (Note: This is a mistake; he was born in 1845.)
"He was twice married, his first wife preceding him in death about 13 years ago. In 1918, he was married to Emma Minday of Watertown, and has since resided in that city.
"Besides his wife, he is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Minnie Moore of Ladysmith and two sons. Herbert & Will, the latter having died a few years ago. One stepson Frank, has passed on. There are 12 grandchildren and 12 g. grandchildren. One brother George Wing of Endeavor and two sisters, Mrs Eliza Colburn & Mrs. Abbie Mosher of Pardeeville, also survive. Mr. Wing served in the Civil War with Co. E. 9th Vt. infantry.
The funeral was held Saturday, with brief services at the Schmutzler chapel at Watertown, after which the remains were brought to Pardeeville, where services were conducted at the M.E. church, Rev. E. J. Roberts, a former Pardeeville pastor in charge, assisted by Rev. Wenberg. Interment took place in Marcellon. Members of the Harry D. Jerred Post American Legion were bearers, and theWRC attended the funeral in a body."
Seth is buried in Marcellon Cemetery, Pardeeville, WI, next to his first wife, Luthera Litchfield Wing.
One of Seth's descendants, Evelyn Merrill, later applied for a veteran's stone for Seth. I think the Veteran's Administration knew all along about the desertion--the stone says, "Seth Burgess", not Seth Burgess Wing.
We have been unable to locate the burial place of grandfather Stephen Brown Wing.
As a side note, I'd like to mention that the parents of Stephen Brown Wing lost two sons in the Civil War. In addition to Stephen, a second son, George Wing of the Seventh Vermont Infantry, Company H, died in service in 1862. A third son, Reuben Wing, served as company musician of the Ninth Vermont after serving with NH earlier.
Seth Burgess's tombstone
Pictures of Stephen Brown Wing, Luthera Litchfield Wing, Charles Warboys, courtesy of Fern Wing Bessac. Seth's gravestone courtesy of Barb Pahlow.
Information provided Barb Pahlow, Fern Wing Bessac, and Evelyn Merrill.