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Ilsley, Silas Augustine

MILITARY SERVICE

Age: 0, credited to Middlebury, VT
Unit(s): 14th NY INF, 56th NY INF, 158th NY INF
Service: 14th NY INF, 56th NY INF, 158th NY INF

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VITALS

Birth: 03/13/1840, Brooklyn, NY
Death: 01/10/1918

Burial: Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY
Marker/Plot: Lot 20190, Section 176
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 9697672

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Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Unknown
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Silas A. Ilsley

The Vermont Journal, January 18, 1918

Death of Col. S. A. Ilsley.

Col. Silas A. Ilsley, a veteran of the Civil war, a public-spirited and honored resident, died at his home at the Addison house in Middlebury January 7. He was born in Brooklyn, N. Y., March 13, 1840, and was the son of Rev. Silas and Lucy Harding Ilsley.

He entered upon the manufacture of tinware in New York City, retiring from active business in 1901. He went to Middlebury and had since lived there.

In 1904 he purchased the fair grounds in Middlebury and presented them to the Addison County Fair association, after having spent about $40,000 upon them.

He was president of the National bank of Middlebury. He was a Republican in politics, and a trustee of the Memorial Baptist church of Middlebury in 1905.

He built at his own expense the fine marble Memorial Baptist church in memory of his father and presented it, together with the parsonage and an ample endowment, to the Middlebury Baptist society.

He gave to the town of Middlebury an imposing soldier's monument in memory of the Middlebury men who died in the Civil war. This was unveiled on Memorial day in 1905. He had an office at 141 Broadway, New York.

Contributed by Cathy Hoyt.

Biography

ILSLEY, Silas Augustine, Middlebury. Banker and retired manufacturer. Born Brooklyn, N. Y., March 13, 1840; son of Silas and Lucy Prince Stetson (Harding) Ilsley. Educated in the public schools of Brooklyn. In 1863 married Mary E. Osborne of Brooklyn, N. Y.; they have no living children. At the age of eighteen received appointment as clerk iii Atlantic Bank of New York, holding the position for three years. April 18, 1861, enrolled as corporal, Co. E, 14th New York Volunteer Infantry; mustered in as 2nd lieutenant, Co. I, Aug. 1, 1861; discharged Feb. 17, 1862, for promotion to 1st lieutenant Co. I, 56th New York Volunteer Infantry; discharged June 25, 1862, for promotion, and mustered in as 1st lieutenant and adjutant 158th New York Volunteer Infantry, Aug. 22, 1862; major Oct. 17, 1864; and discharged Feb. 17, 1865. He was brevetted lieutenantcolonel United States Volunteers. In October, 1865, Colonel Ilsley embarked in the manufacture of tinware in Brooklyn, building up one of the largest industries of its kind in America. Retired from active business March, 1901, and three months later came to Middlebury, where he has since lived. In January, 1904, Colonel Ilsley purchased the fair grounds at Middlebury and transferred them by deed of gift to the Addison County Agricultural Society, having expended upon them more than $40,000; in 1905 he built at his own expense the fine marble Memorial Baptist Church in memory of his father and presented the same, together with a parsonage and an ample endowment, to the Middlebury Baptist Society; he gave to the town of Middlebury an imposing soldiers' monument in memory of Middlebury men who died in the Civil War, which was unveiled on Memorial Day, 1905. Is president of the National Bank of Middlebury. A Republican; trustee Memorial Baptist Church of Middleburv; has office at 141 Broadwav, New York. .

Source: Prentiss Cutler Dodge, Encyclopedia, Vermont biography, (Ullery Publishing Co., Burlington, 1912), pp. 234



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