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Phelps, Brigham Thomas


Age: 21, credited to Westminster, VT
Unit(s): 12th VT INF
Service: enl 8/18/62, m/i 10/4/62, CPL, Co. I, 12th VT INF, m/o 7/14/63

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Birth: 05/04/1841, Grafton, VT
Death: 11/06/1914

Burial: New Westminster Cemetery, Westminster, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Bob Edwards

Findagrave Memorial #: 0
(There may be a Findagrave Memorial, but we have not recorded it)


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 3/14/1878; widow Anna O., 12/5/1914, VT
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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New Westminster Cemetery, Westminster, VT

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Brigham Thomas Phelps

Phelps, Brigham Thomas, of Westminster, son of John and Judith H. (Brigham) Phelps, was born in Grafton, May 4, 1841. In 1849 he removed with his parents to Walpole, N. H., remaining there six years, and from there to Westminster where he now resides.

He was educated in the common schools of Walpole, N. H., Westminster Academy and at the Bryant & Stratton Commercial College of San Francisco, Cal. He entered business life in the employment of Brigham & Balch, wholesale commission merchants of San Francisco, and there continued until failing health admonished him that an outdoor life was a necessity, and upon deliberation he decided to remove to Westminster and engage in tobacco raising and general farming, which he did in 1870.

Mr. Phelps is a Republican and is in full sympathy with his party. In 1871 he was appointed deputy sheriff of Windham county which office he held for ten years. He has been called to serve his town in many official capacities, as first constable, auditor, tax collector, and to represent it in the Legislature, being elected to that body in 1888 and serving on the committee on agriculture.

Mr. Phelps responded to the nation's call and in August, 1862, enlisted in Co. I, of the 12th Vt. Vols., and was a corporal of his company. His regiment was ordered to the defenses at Washington and was there in Casey's Division and was afterwards attached to the first corps (General Reynolds) of the Army of the Potomac, and honorably discharged July 14, 1863. In 1864 recruited and was elected 1st lieutenant Co. B, 12th Regt. Vt. State Militia.

In social life Mr. Phelps takes a deep interest. He is a member of E. H. Stoughton Post, G.A.R., No. 34, of Bellows Falls, and was its commander for two years, 1891-'92, and of the Temple Lodge, F. & A.M., of Bellows Falls, also of the Chapter and of the Hugh De Payen's Commandery of Keene, N. H.

He was married, July, 1874, to Annie O., daughter of Nodiah L. and Eliza A. (Burroughs) Holton of Westminster.

Mr. and Mrs. Phelps are the inventors of the Excelsior square system of cutting ladies' and children's garments, which is of such value that it has ****found its way into every state in the Union. In recent years Mr. Phelps has also conducted this business in connection with the management of his farm.

Source: Jacob G. Ullery, compiler, Men of Vermont: An Illustrated Biographical History of Vermonters and Sons of Vermont, (Transcript Publishing Company, Brattleboro, VT, 1894), Part II, pp. 308.


St. Albans Daily Messenger
Nov. 19, 1914

The burial of former State Senator Brigham T. Phelps, of Westminster, whose death occurred November 6, took place on the 8th. Mr. Phelps had held every office within the gift of the town. He was a veteran of the Civil War, enlisting first in Company I, 12th Vt. Vols., and was made a corporal. He enlisted again in 1864. He represented Westminster in the legislature in 1880 and in 1900 was elected to the state senate.

Contributed by Tom Boudreau.