Seymour, Epaphroditus Hagar
Age: 0, credited to Middlebury, VT
Service: 3rd ASST ENG, 8/61, USN; steam sloop Lackawanna, North Atlantic Squadron, 1863; waiting order, 1864. [d/svc 11 Apr 64] [College: NU 55]
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Birth: 04/11/1834, Middlebury, VT
Burial: West Cemetery, Middlebury, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Jennifer Snoots
Findagrave Memorial #: 44659995
Alias?: None noted
College?: NU 55
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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EPAPHRODITUS HAGAR SEYMOUR
(11 APRIL 1834 - 11 APRIL 1864) WAS BORN IN MIDDLEBURY, THE SON OF OZIAS AND MARY LOUISA (HAGER) SEYMOUR.
He attended Norwich University from 1851 for nearly three years. He worked in a machine shop in Troy, NY from 1855 to 1856, and was employed by Bruff Bros. and Seaver and Seaver, hardware dealers, in Brooklyn, from 1856 to 1861. "He spent his spare time he studied naval construction and subjects pertaining to mechanical engineering."
He was appointed Third Assistant Engineer on 3 August 1861. He was originally ordered to USS Ottawa, but was detached 8 August 1862 due to illness. In a letter to Seymour upon his detachment, First Assistant Engineer B. B. Donegan felt "called upon to express myself in regard to the satisfactory manner in which you have conducted yourself since we have been associated together," and reflected positively on his moral character, attention to duties and professional abilities.
After recovering from his illness, Seymour notified Navy Secretary Gideon Welles on 5 October 1862, from Middlebury, that he was ready for active service. He was attached to USS Lackawanna on 1 January 1863. He was detached 15 May 1863, again due to illness, and in hospital or awaiting orders between 1863 and 1864. He died of consumption in Middlebury; interment in West Middlebury Cemetery.
Seymour's mother, Louise M. Seymour, applied for and was authorized a pension of $10 monthly on 8 January 1880, to date from her son's death.
Source: draft biography to be included in Green Mountain Mariners: Vermonters in the Navy During The Civil War, by Tom Ledoux
In Middlebury, April 11, Epaphro H. Seymour, U.S. Navy, only son of the late Ozias Seymour.
Source: Vermont Watchman and State Journal, April 29, 1864
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.