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Traynor, Thomas

MILITARY SERVICE

Age: 30, credited to Rutland, VT
Unit(s): 13th VT INF
Service: enl 8/30/62, m/i10/10/62, CPL, Co. A, 13th VT INF, pr SGT 7/3/63, m/o 7/21/63

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VITALS

Birth: 12/1830, County Meath, Ireland
Death: 06/02/1905

Burial: St. Marys Cemetery, Fair Haven, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Denis & Karen Jaquish

Findagrave Memorial #: 0
(There may be a Findagrave Memorial, but we have not recorded it)

MORE INFORMATION

Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
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: 13th Vt. History off-site

DESCENDANTS

2nd Great Grandfather of Teresa Callahan, Edison, NJ

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BURIAL:

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Tombstone

Tombstone

St. Marys Cemetery, Fair Haven, VT

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Biography

My great-great grandfather, Thomas Traynor was born in December 1830 in Glasgow, Scotland, of Irish parents. He emigrated to Vermont (via Canada) with his parents and first wife in 1855 (his mother died at sea). His first wife, Frances (Fannie) Flanagan froze to death on the railroad tracks near Castleton, Vt. on December 24, 1861.

Thomas enlisted in the 13th Infantry regiment, Co. A on August 30, 1862 as a corporal (was promoted later to sargeant).

He was discharged on July 21, 1863 and married my great-great grandmother, Catherine Mullen, three days later on July 24, 1863, in Plattsburgh, NY at St. John's Church. They had 8 children, James, Anne (my great grandmother), Joseph, Elizabeth, Mary, Katherine, Lucy, and Thomas.

According to his civil war pension records, he suffered rheumatism resulting from having to march barefoot for seven days to Gettysburg. He worked as a laborer and lived in the Rutland area (West Rutland-Fair Haven) after his war service. He died at the age of 74 on June 2, 1905 in West Rutland, Vermont and is buried in St. Mary's Cemetery, Fair Haven, Vt.

According to my great aunt (who knew both her grandparents; she was 10 at the time of Thomas'death), there was a family legend that while at Gettysburg, he came upon a wounded Confederate soldier to whom he gave water to and either helped get back over to the Confederate line or refused to kill despite the urgings of others. The Confederate in gratitude gave Thomas his sword. Supposedly, sometime after Thomas died, a member of the Confederate soldier's family came to Vermont and Thomas' widow returned the sword.

Contributed by Teresa Callahan, Edison, NJ.

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