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STOWE

Mrs. Mary B. Emery, Who Died in Eden, Served in Civil War.

Rev. J. Q. Angell was called to Eden Friday to conduct the funeral of Mrs. Mary B. Emery at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Amanda Adams. Mrs. Emery was formerly a resident of Stowe for about fifteen years, coming her in 1891 with her son, Rev. George A. Emery, at that time pastor of the Methodist Church here. She went to Eden to live with her daughter about three years ago. She was about seventy-seven years of age, and was not only a soldier's widow, but saw service herself in the Civil War. Her husband, George Emery, enlisted in 1862 in Company F, 11th Vermont, and was stationed for two years near Washington. Thinking that he should be there for some time he sent for his wife, who with her six young children joined him in the spring of 1864. In less than two weeks after their arrival, Mr. Emery's regiment was ordered to the front and he was taken prisoner at the skirmish of Weldon railroad and was confined in Libby prison and later was sent to Danville and afterward to Andersonville where he died of starvation in the fall of 1864. After Mr. Emery's capture, Mrs. Emery, who was left without means of support, joined the army as as laundress. With the help of her children she did the work of two laundresses and received two soldiers' rations. She remained with the army until January, 1865, when through the kindness of friends she was able to return to Eden, where she brought up her family in much hardship, as owing to some mistake in reporting her husband's death to the department at Washington, it was not until 10 years later that she was able to secure the pension to which she was entitled.

Source: Burlington Free Press, January 29, 1910
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.