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Pettengill, Samuel Barrett


Age: 0, credited to Grafton, VT
Unit(s): 7th SQDRN RI CAV
Service: 7th RI CAV [College: MC 64]

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Birth: 02/07/1839, Unknown
Death: 10/22/1909

Burial: Saxtons River Cemetery, Saxtons River, 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?: Unknown
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: MC 64
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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Saxtons River Cemetery, Saxtons River, VT

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Death of Samuel Barrett Pettingill, 70, at his home in Saxton River, Oct. 22, of apoplexy. He was the survivor of four sons of Deacon Johathan, S, and Sally Barett Penttengill, and was born at Grafton Feb. 7, 1839.

Mr. Pettingill had a good ancestry. On his patrenal he went back to a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and still further to a dissenting minister of the West of England. His maternal great-grandfather was John Barrett, who served under Col. John Gates in the Revolution, and who was also a member and clerk of the first legislative assembly of Vermont, and a founder of the Congregational Church in Springfield.

While a school boy he helped feed and keep overnight a run away slave. At that time the thrilling events which led to the Civil War occurred. He participated in a meeting of students to express indignation at the assault on Charles Sumner in the United States Senate. The Representative Potter who answered the brow beating of the South in Congress with a proposition for a duell Proyor was his relative.

With such a heritage, and surroundings it is not strange that he early developed and maintained throughout his life a deep interest in all civic affairs, and a soldier's sense of the obligation due from a citizen to the state. This idea, which was thoroughly characteristic, is well expressed in the freeman's oath of the older states. "to assist and be helpful in all the affairs of their jurisdiction, by all means promote the public welfare of the same in according, according to your place, ability and opportunity".

Mr Pettengill fitted for college at Burr and Burton Seminary at Manchester. He attended Middlebury and Amherst colleges, was a member of D. K. E., and a high stand man. In 1876 Middlebury gave him a Masters Degree, and throughout life he held a warm interest in all the activities of his Alma Mater.

In 1862 he left the "campus" for the camp, and became a member of Company B., 7th Squadron, Rhode Cavalry. This was the only company in the Civil War composed of students, and maintaining esprit de corps as shown during its enlistment. After a brief but worthy campaign in the Shenandoah Valley, in which they participated in the memorable flight from Harpers Ferry, they were mustered out, and received, in later years, the commendations of their commanders, General White and General Longstreet of the Confederate army. Of this service Mr. Pettingell has written a book entitled "The College Cavaliers".

Returning from the war, Mr. Pettengill studied for the Congregational ministry at Princeton and Andover theological seminaries. From the latter he was graduated in 1866, and preached for a few years at Royalton. His voice failing he turned his attention to journalism, and became editor of the Rutland Daily Herald, a position he held for a number of years. Here as elsewhere he worked for civic betterment, and served for some time as a member of the city school board. In 1879 he became editor of the St. Albans Messenger, and four years later he went to Oregon, and became editor to the Oregonian. In 1890 he left for Tacoma, where he edited the Daily News and Ledger.

In 1880, at Louisville, Ky., Mr. Pettingill married Miss Sue Harry Clagett, a Southern woman and a gifted writer. Their union was happy, and her early death in 1890, was a blow from which he never recovered.

In 1895, broken in health and fortune, he returned to Vermont, and since then has lived in retirement. He was an able writer and scholar, public speaker, who commanded attention, a charming story teller, and a good neighbor and citizen. His personal qualities were such that the things "Which should accompany old age; honor, love and obedience" were in his happy measure. He was ever loyal to church and state, and maintained cordial relations toward his brother journalists and ministry. Although he suffered many disappointments he never lost hope and faith. He received his hurts before, and "Godís Soldier be He".

He is survived by two sons, Henry C., who had an engineering training at the University of Vermont, Burlington, and Washington, D. C., and Samuel Jr. who graduated at Middlebury, and now a student at Yale Law school.

Source: Brattleboro Reformer, Oct. 29, 1909
Contributed by Deanna French

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