Vermont Flag Site Logo

Individual Record

Kelley, Edward L.

MILITARY SERVICE
Age: 22, credited to Clarendon, VT
Unit(s): 9th VT INF
Service: enl 6/18/62, m/i 7/9/62, 1SGT, Co. B, 9th VT INF, comn 2LT, Co. B, 5/1/63 (5/20/63), pr 1LT, Co. E, 12/22/63 (2/1/64), pr CPT, 5/20/65 (5/31/65), m/o 6/13/65

See Legend for expansion of abbreviations

VITALS
Birth: 03/04/1840, Mount Holly, VT
Death: 06/14/1896

Burial: Evergreen Cemetery, Rutland, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan

Findagrave Memorial #: 0
(There may be a Findagrave Memorial, but we have not recorded it)
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Unknown
Portrait?: Gibson Collection, VHS off-site, MHI off-site
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: Last known living in New York, NY. Middle name Luther per Vermont Vital Record; middle name Lapham listed on Will.
DESCENDANTS

Great Grandfather of Christopher E. Johnson, Gaithersburg, MD

Great Grandfather of Denis Johnson Merten, Norton, MA

(Are you a descendant, but not listed? Register today)

BURIAL:
Copyright notice
Tombstone

Tombstone

Evergreen Cemetery, Rutland, VT

Check the cemetery for location/directions
and other veterans who may be buried there.



Anecdote

Captain David Dobie of Company H, 118th NYV (who went to Middlebury for a year or so and who's father was a Minister for a year in St Albans, Vt), relates the following about Captain (Edward Lapham) Kelly of the 9th VT. The 9th Vt was brigaded with the 118th and so they got to know the officers very well:

May 3, 1865 - "Capt Kelly of the 9th Vt has come in & says - "Well Lieut Vaughan of my Regt. has resigned, & I have a good mind to do so to but really would like to go home with the Regt." Capt K. went home last winter on a twenty day leave and without telling us a word got married; when he came back however, we abused him as well as we knew how. We expatiated extensively on the prospect of Capt. K. getting a hole through his head & the Mrs K. becoming a charming young widow & how agreeable it would be to her. Now that this delightful prospect is blighted Capt K. has quite an object for starting for Vermont."

Courtesy of Sharp Swan, Essex County (NY) Historical Society

Obituary

RESOLUTIONS ON THE DEATH OF
CAPT. EDWARD L. KELLEY OF BROOKLYN, N. Y.
AND GILBERT D. WALKER OF ALBANY, VT.
REUNION OF CO. E., 9TH VT. JUNE 24, 1896, GRAND ARMY HALL, NEWPORT CENTER

WHEREAS--by dispensation of Divine Providence to which we all bow, our ranks have been broken again by death, and Capt. Edward L. Kelley, late of Brooklyn, N, Y., and Gilbert D. Walker, late of Albany. Vt. have been removed from our ranks so rapidly depleting to join the great majority beyond the river, Whereas, we, his late Comrades of Co. E., 9th Vt. Association, deeply realize the great loss we have sustained and how much we shall miss their greetings at our annual reunions.

RESOLVED--That we extend to friends of our departed Comrades sincere and heartfelt sympathy, and assure them that we, as true Comrades and American Citizens, are ready to assist any and all in distress and need, and we truly hope that when the last roll call is. sounded, that we may meet them when death will never more, us part.

RESOLVED--That the secretary of this association be instructed to cause these resolutions to be forwarded to the widow of the of our late Capt. Kelley, and to the sons of our late Comrade Walker. also a copy to the Express and Standard, and Troy Palladium, and the Monitor for publication, and to spread upon the records of this association.

S. O. Whipple
O. J. Adams
Asa J. Sleeper
COMMITTEE

Orleans County Monitor, July 13, 1896

Capt. Edward L. Kelley, of Brooklyn, N. Y., who died recently from a third shock of paralysis, at the home of his brother, Samuel H. Kelley in Salisbury, was a native of Mt. Holly, where he was born March 4, 1840, of Quaker ancestry. His boyhood days were passed in Clarendon, where his parents moved in 1847.

In June 1862, he enlisted for three years in Co. H, 9th Vermont regiment, and was appointed First Sergeant By Capt. E. H. Ripley. He was commissioned Second Lieutenant of Co. B. on May 1, 1863, by Gov. Franklin Holbrook, and the following December he was promoted to First Lieutenant, and transferred to Co. E. Later he was commissioned a Captain and commander of Co. E to the close of the war. He was with his regiment during its entire term of service and was known as a faithful and efficient soldier.

In 1867 he made his home in New York City, living there and in Brooklyn until last October, when he came to Vermont seeking health and strength in his native state.

He was a member of the New York Produce exchange, and for many years a manager of E. B. Bartlett & Co. in the warehousing and foreign shipment of grain. He was Baptist in religion. He is survived by a widow, Fannie, of Hatfield, whom he wedded in 1874, and by one daughter, Annie.

Windham County Reformer, July 17, 1896
Courtesy of Deanna French