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Beckwith, Albert D.


Age: 24, credited to Weston, VT
Unit(s): 2nd VT INF
Service: enl 5/7/61, m/i 6/20/61, SGT, Co. I, 2nd VT INF, wdd, Fredericksburg, 12/13/62, pr 1SGT, 10/18/64, wdd, Wilderness, 5/5/64, comn 1LT, 12/24/64 (1/31/65), m/o 7/15/65

See Legend for expansion of abbreviations


Birth: 02/22/1837, Gilsum, NH
Death: 05/23/1921

Burial: Oak Hill Cemetery, Bellows Falls, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Carolyn Adams
Findagrave Memorial #: 20325919


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes
Portrait?: Gibson Collection, Italo Collection, VHS Collections
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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Oak Hill Cemetery, Bellows Falls, VT

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Vermont Officers Reunion Society Collection
Courtesy Vermont Historical Society


Second Vermont Infantry Album (SP973.744 V2)
Courtesy Vermont Historical Society


George W. Flagg's Second Vermont Infantry Album
Courtesy Vermont Historical Society

(Italo Collection)


Albert Davis Beckwith was born in Gilsum, New Hampshire, 22 Feb., 1837, son of Linus Niles & Eliza A. (Davis) Beckwith. Albert enlisted from Weston, Vermont, 7 May, 1861 in Co. "D", 2nd Reg't Vt. Vols. He was made Sgt. on organization of the company. He reenlisted 21 Dec., 1863, and was promoted 1st Sgt; 8 Oct., 1864; he was promoted 1st Lieutenant 24 Dec., 1864; He was wounded at Wilderness, 13 Dec., 1862 and again, 5 May, 1864. He mustered out 15 July, 1865, served 4 yrs. 2 mos. 8 days. Albert moved to Ludlow, Vermont from Bellows Falls in 1899, directly after his marriage to Mrs. Mary W. Gould of Ludlow, 10 April, 1899. She was born in Pomfret, Vt. 23 May, 1843, dau. of Lyman & Harriet Isabel (Winslow) Maxham, and widow of Ashbel K. Gould. Adjutant Beckwith was known about town, beloved by the children.

More on Albert D. Beckwith of Ludlow, Vermont: -NEWS: Ludlow, Vt. Ludlow, 25 Feb. 1909: "On 22 Feb., a goodly number of friends of Mr. & Mrs. A. D. Beckwith passed a very enjoyable afternoon and evening with them at their home on Commonwealth Avenue, the occasion being in observance of the 72nd anniversary of Mr. Beckwith.

After a pleasant social hour the guests were seated at the dining table where a bountiful supper was served. As a center piece a birthday cake with suitable inscription dates and lighted candles was much admired. At each plate was the little 'hatchet' wrapped in flags to still further remind those present of the date of the occasion. Among out of town guests were Mrs. Frank (Rose L.) Adams and little Rena of Chester, Mr. & Mrs. Ulrie Ross, Mrs. Bryant, Mrs. Fullam and Mr. Thomas of Proctorsville, Vermont. Mrs. Adams returned to Chester Tuesday."

Mr. Beckwith celebrated his 75th birthday in 1912 (see issue Feb. 29, 1912 of the Vermont Tribune, with original poem written by his dau., Mrs. F. C. Adams of Chester)

(Gibson Collection)

-NEWS: 17 April, 1913: "A. D. Beckwith thinks he is a little ahead in the maple sugar business as he has made 14 lbs of nice white sugar and three gallons of syrup from four trees. He thinks he will build a sugar house for another year and go into the business more extensively, hoping to furnish the market." (Mrs. A. D. Beckwith celebrated her birthday on 19 May, 1913, at the home of her daughter Mrs. H. T. Brown). NEWS:- 28 Oct., 1915: "Mrs. A. D. Beckwith returned from her trip Sat. eve. She had been visiting relatives and old schoolmates in Bridgewater, Woodstock, Pomfret, and Heartland, on her return taking in "The Birth Of A Nation" (the film) at Bellows Falls. Mrs. Beckwith has been gone over 50 years from her old home, yet met ten of her old schoolmates, a good record for so many years."

NEWS:- 27 Feb., 1919: "A. D. Beckwith wishes to thank his friends for their kind remembrance on his 82d birthday, especially Miss Gladys M. Little for her kindness in making the day pleasant. She served a five o'clock chicken pie dinner with creamed potatoes and all the good things which go with it. The birthday cake deserves special mention -a large white cake, beautifully decorated with 82 red, white, & blue candles with the inscription, "Grandpa, Feb. 22d" the table was prettily decorated with national colors, flags, etc. Cooking and serving all done by Miss Gladys, (age 12). The evening was happily spent in visiting and a very appreciate the song, "Allegiance" was beautifully rendered by Miss Doris Gleason.

After a long winter of sickness, Comrade Beckwith fully appreciates such kindness and hopes Gladys may have friends to celebrate her 82d birthday." [see 3 March 1921 issue of the Vermont Tribune newspaper, Ludlow, Vermont, for his 84th birthday story] He died in Ludlow, 23 May 1921 (age 84). He left a widow (1) son: Clarence of Manchester; a brother, Nelson Beckwith of Everett, Mass.

Mrs. Beckwith's died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Henry T. Brown on Pleasant Street in Ludlow, where she had been ill for two weeks prior, on 2 Sept., 1923 (age 80). She was a member of the Universalist church, a charter member of O. O. Howard Woman's Relief Corps and here her work and interest were unstilted.

She had held the office of senior vice-president of the state department, W. R. C. and for many years had been state department inspector, and at the time of her death was senior vice president of the local corps. She was survived by: (4) daughters, all of whom were with her to the last. Mrs. Emma Howe, of Brookline, Mass., Mrs. Henry T. Brown of Ludlow, Mrs. Ira Holden of Chester, Mrs. H. L. Parker of Bellows Falls; Also (3) grandchildren: Miss Helen Howe of NY, Harold Howe of Boston, Miss Rae Brown of Ludlow; Goodwin Parker of Bellows Falls, Robert Parker in the Navy; one great-granddaughter, Rena Adams of Chester; (1) sister, Mrs. T. J. White of Pomfret, and several nephews and nieces. The funeral was held at her late home at 1:30 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, Rev. J. B. Reardon of Quincy, Mass. officiated at the Universalist church. Burial was in the local cemetery.

Bearers were: Hosea Parker and Goodwin Parker of Bellows Falls, H. T. Brown of Ludlow, and Harold Howe of Boston. (9 Nov., 1923: "John E. Keating has purchased the house owned by the late Mrs. Mary Beckwith on Commonwealth Ave and will soon occupy it.")

Note: Linus Niles Beckwith, b. Alstead, NH, 19 Aug. 1811, son of Bethuel & Margaret (Davis) Beckwith. he m. 16 Oct., 1835, Eliza A. Davis. Apparently they lived in Weston, Vt. in 1850 census... Children were many and included: Rosina E. (b. 1835), Albert D. (b. 1837); Rosina E. (was this Ransom E.?), (b. 1839), Harrison N. (b. 1841); George D. (b. 1843), Eliza A., (b. 1845), Milton N, (b. 1848), Nelson, (b. 1851), Addison (b. 1853), Adaline (b. 1853), and Harriet, b. 1856.

Contributed by Linda M. Welch, Dartmouth College.

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