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Moseley, John L.

Age: 21, credited to Northfield, VT
Unit(s): 1st VT INF, 7th VT INF
Service: enl 5/2/61, m/i 5/9/61, CPL, Co. F, 1st VT INF, m/o 8/15/61; comn 1LT, Co. K, 7th VT INF, 2/1/62 (2/4/62), pr CPT, Co. E, 11/23/63 (12/22/63), m/o 3/14/66

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Birth: 03/04/1840, Northfield, VT
Death: 07/01/1923

Burial: Elmwood Cemetery, Northfield, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Kathy Valloch

Findagrave Memorial #: 0
(There may be a Findagrave Memorial, but we have not recorded it)
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Unknown
Portrait?: Gibson Collection, VHS 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: None

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(Gibson Collection)


Captain John Luther Moseley, of Northfield, Vermont, is now living a retired life of a rest which he has truly earned and richly deserves by reason of his industrious efforts of former years. Accomplishment and progress ever imply labor, energy and diligence, and it was those three qualities that enabled our subject to rise from the ranks of the many and stand among the successful few.

Captain Moseley was born on the 4th of March, 1840, in Northfield, a son of John and Lydia C. (Knight) Moseley. The birth of John Moseley occurred in Montpelier in 1801, and his early life was spent upon a farm. Being left fatherless when a mere child, he was early thrown upon his own resources and during his boyhood spent some time in New York State. On his return to Vermont he loved with the late John Torry, at Bethel, and at that place he was united in marriage with Miss Lydia C. Knight, a daughter of Perly Ayres Knight, of Oakham, Massachusetts. He then purchased a farm in Northfield, Washington County, and successfully conducted the same until his wife's health failed, when he sold the place and removed to Northfield Center, where she died in 1851. Subsequently he wedded Sarah Child, of Boston, who died in 1857 and for his third wife he married Mrs. Eliza Dean, whose death occurred in 1866. He survived then all and passed away at the home of our subject in 1871. In religious faith he was an Episcopalian, while his first wife, and mother of our subject, was a member of the Congregational Church. By this union four children were born, one son and three daughters, namely; Harriet A who married Noah Clark of Randolph, and died in 1861,Lois Ellen, who became the third wife of Noah Clark, John Luther of this review, and Ida Annette, who died in infancy.

Captain Moseley remained under the parental roof until 1859, after which he spent a year in Randolph. His education was obtained in the local district school, the Northfield Academy, and the orange County Grammar School.

Hardly had the echoes from Fort Sumter's guns died away when he offered his services to the government to assist in putting down the rebellion, enlisting about the middle of April, 1861, in Company F,First Vermont Volunteer Infantry, and serving until the following August when he was mustered out, as his term of enlistment had expired, In October, however, he re-enlisted, this time becoming a member of Company K. Seventh Vermont Volunteer Infantry, and on the organization of the company was chosen first lieutenant, in which capacity he served until January,1864, when he was transferred to Company E and commissioned captain of the same, holding the rank until discharged from the service in 1866. For five long years he served his country faithfully and well on southern battlefields, and participated in nearly all the engagements of which the Army of the Gulf took part.

After the war Captain Moseley returned to Northfield and became associated with William H. Boynton in the meat and provision business, which they carried on together for many years, building up a large and lucrative trade. The connection continued until the death of Captain Boynton in 1885, after which our subject conducted the store alone until 1891, when he retired from the business, having acquired a comfortable competence which enables him to lay aside all business cares and spend the remainder of his life in ease and quiet.

On the 2d of October, 1864, Captain Moseley united in marriage to Miss Clara Boynton, of Pepperell, Massachusetts, a daughter of Isaac and Nancy (Boynton). Three sons were born to them, namely; Rilely Boynton who died at the age of nine years, Harry Chester, who married Miss Nellie Judd and is now engaged in the provision business in Northfield, and John Pool, who is now an insurance surveyor in the employ of the Ferris map Company of New York City.

Captain Moseley is a member of the Congregational Church, and is quite prominent fraternally, being connected with Dr. DeWitt Clinton Lodge A.F. & A.M., and the William H. Boynton Post G.A.R., of which he is a charter member, and in which he has filled all the offices, serving as adjutant for ten years. Originally he was a charter member of Johnson Post. The Republican Party has always found him a staunch supporter of its principles, and he has taken quite an active and influential part in local politics, serving as village trustee and selectman and as chairman of the board for many years. He was elected a member of the corporation of the Savings Bank, and a trustee in 1900, and is also a trustee of the Norwich University. Public-spirited and progressive, he has always taken a commendable interest in everything calculated to advance the moral, intellectual or material welfare of his town and country, and as a citizen he ever stands ready to discharge any duty devolving upon him, his patriotism being manifest in days of peace as well as when he followed the old flag to victory on southern battlefields.

Hiram Carleton, Genealogical and Family History of the State of Vermont, Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, 1903), pp. 303-304.

Contributed by Deanna French.