Kelley, Isaac Dixon
Age: 28, credited to Rutland, VT
Unit(s): 105th IL INF
Service: enl 7/29/62, SGT, Co. B, 105th IL INF, m/o 6/7/65, Washington DC
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Birth: 08/03/1833, Danby, VT
Burial: West Street Cemetery, Rutland, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Jennifer Snoots
Findagrave Memorial #: 47248178
Alias?: None noted
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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CORONER'S INQUEST: The examination into the circumstances connected with the death of Isaac D. Kelley commenced before Justice W. M. Evarts at ten o'clock yesterday forenoon. The affidavits of a number of witnesses were taken in relation to the disappearance of Mr. Kelley, and the discovery of his remains. The facts that have been already made public through the HERALD were substantiated, but no new developments which could throw additional light upon the precise manner in which the unfortunate man came to his end were brought out. The statement of the physician in regard to the condition of the body was not presented yesterday, but it will probably be made privately today, when it will be incorporated with the report of the coroner to be made to the County Court at the September term. It is understood the inquest will remain open, so as to include any information that subsequent developments may bring to light before the assembling of the court.
While the inquest failed to develop any positive facts which would conclusively indicate the precise manner of Mr. Kelley's death, some circumstances bearing upon the probabilities of the different conjectures which are held were brought out, which were not mentioned yesterday. From the statements made it appears, while Mr. Kelley's pocket-book was found upon his person, carefully fastened together, contained no money. His friends feel certain he must have had a small amount , as it was his intention to pay the expenses of his mother back to the West. Some small articles which he was accustomed to carry in his pocket, and particularly a silver coin, which he valued as a keepsake, was not found when his body was recovered. When the absence of money might go to establish the theory that he was murdered and robbed, it seems improbable that the pocket-book would have been replaced in his pocket after the commission of the deed.
Although a mystery still lingers around the sad event, and different conjectores are held in regard to it, perhaps the preponderance of opinion is in favor of the theory that Mr. Kelley was seized with one of his peculiar fainting fits, to which he was subject, and in a partially unconscious condition wandered to the creek, and thus met his untimely end. It is to hope, however, that some future development may make the circumstances so clear in regard to the event that there shall be no room for painful apprehension, that now oppress the minds of the deceased.
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After the examination of the remains were taken in charge of Mr. Franklin Billings, one of the selectmen, and after being properly enclosed in a coffin, were conveyed to the house of Mr. Lewis, on Elm Street. At half past three o'clock funeral services were held, Rev. J. Gibson Johnson officiating. The remains were then deposited in the village cemetery, a considerable number of relatives and friends following them in mournful procession to the last resting place.
Mr. Kelley was about thirty-seven years of age, and leaves a wife, and one daughter, who are plunged in the deepest grief at his sad and untimely end. He had returned to this town from Fon du lac, Wisc a few months since, and was esteemed as an amiable and industrious man by all who knew him.
Source: Rutland Weekly Herald, May 4, 1871
Courtesy of Deanna French