Kelley, Thomas Benton
Age: 24, credited to Rutland, VT
Unit(s): 8th IL INF
Service: 8th IL INF, PVT, Co. E
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Birth: 10/10/1838, Castleton, VT
Burial: Evergreen Cemetery, Rutland, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Jennifer Snoots
Findagrave Memorial #: 0
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Alias?: None noted
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Evergreen Cemetery, Rutland, VT
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T. Benton Kelley
Rutland Daily Herald, Jan. 19, 1915:
The death of Col. T. Benton Kelley, who died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. George A. Brigham of the Creek road early yesterday morning, removes another interesting Civil war figure from the life of the vicinity. Col. Kelley had a varied career, and a good record as a soldier in the great conflict. He had been for many years until last September living in Boston, and acting as custodian of the Vermont association of that city, with headquarters in the Westminster hotel. Col. Kelley had been ill for a long time. He received his title while a member of the national staff of the Grand Army of the Republic. He is survived, besides Mrs. Brigham, by one other daughter, Mrs. John Rolley of Boston. He was born in Castleton October 10, 1838, the son of David Kelley of Danby and Zanna Dixon Jones Kelley. He was a great grandson of Capt. John Stark, the Vermont Revolutionary hero.
Col. Kelley moved with his family to Illinois when he was seven years old, and entered the printing office of John Wentworth in Chicago in 1853. He entered Wheaton college two years later, attending the institution until 1856. He was then for a time station and express agent at a town in his state.
He entered the service of his country in September, 1861, in the 8th Illinois cavalry, serving for three years with the Army of the Potomac. He was in 82 battles of varying importance, being sabred three times, shot four, besides losing five horses shot under him. In September, 1862, he figured in the capture of a number of Virginia cavalrymen, and it is part of the tradition of the Kelley family that he as sentry at Gettysburg gave the alarm which heralded the great struggle.
Col. Kelley joined Roberts post, G.A.R., in 1867, a charter member, afterward serving as chaplain, and taking a great interest in the activities of the post. Col. Kelley married in Rutland in 1860, Mary A. Kelley, daughter of Smith F. Kelley and Seviah Round. He had lived much in Vermont, having been for 16 years foreman and millwright for the Rutland Marble company of West Rutland. For six years he was mill foreman for Struchers & Sons of Philadelphia, and was in the United States mail service for eight years under Harrison and McKinley.
The Grand Army man heard the great joint debate between Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas, and was a Lincoln supporter when the latter received the nomination for president in Chicago.
There will be funeral services at the Methodist church this afternoon at 2.30 o'clock, preceded by prayers at the home of his daughter at 1.15.
Contributed by Jennifer Snoots.