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Trussell, Jacob

MILITARY SERVICE

Age: 29, credited to Peacham, VT
Unit(s): 1st VT CAV
Service: enl 9/21/61, m/i 11/19/61, 1SGT, Co. D, 1st VT CAV, comn 2LT, 10/30/62 (11/8/62), pr 1LT, 6/1/63 (9/17/63), wdd, Nottoway Court House, 6/23/64, m/o 11/18/64

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VITALS

Birth: 09/20/1832, Sutton, VT
Death: 11/28/1910

Burial: Peacham Corner Cemetery, Peacham, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Francis Guber
Findagrave Memorial #: 76097384

MORE INFORMATION

Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 5/21/1880
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Remarks: None

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Tombstone

Peacham Corner Cemetery, Peacham, VT

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Biography

Trussell, Jacob, of East Peacham, son of Joshua and Electa (Curtis) Trussell, was born in Sutton, Sept. 20, 1833.

His education was obtained in the schools of Danville, supplemented by instruction at Phillips and Caledonia County academies. After some experience in the profession of teaching, he studied law with Mordecai Hale and Edward Harvey of McIndoes, and for a short time was under the care of Judge Jonathan Ross. In 1860 he was admitted to the Vermont bar and immediately began to practice at Peacham.

When the civil war commenced Mr. Trussell patriotically enlisted in Co. D, 1st Vt. Cavalry and served mostly with the Army of the Potomac, participating in many battles, raids and skirmishes. He was severely wounded in Wilson's raids, June 23, 1864, and was soon after discharged as 1st lieutenant. When the 1st Regt. was completely routed at Broad Run, Mosby, the guerrilla, pursued Trussell eight miles to the picket lines and nearly succeeded in capturing him, being very desirous to obtain possession of the particularly fine horse which Mr. Trussell bestrode. After the close of the war he made an expedition to Virginia City, Mont., driving fifteen hundred miles across the plains. He then turned his steps to Sioux City, Iowa, taking charge of a gang of men who were completing the railroad to Omaha; he then engaged as contractor on the Union Pacific R. R. till it was completed to Ogden, Utah, when he returned to Peacham and bought a large farm on which he remained fourteen years. In 1882 he returned to the practice of law at Danville and ten years later became engaged in trade at South Peacham.

A Democrat until the breaking out of the war he is now a strong Republican. Represented his town in the Legislature of 1884 where he served on the military committee.

He attends and supports the Congregational church, and is a member of Passumpsic Lodge, F. & A.M., of St. Johnsbury, and Stevens Post, G.A.R.

Mr. Trussell was united in wedlock Oct. 4, 1871, to Flora M. Blanchard of Peacham, who died August 16, 1886, leaving two sons: Nathaniel B., and William. He married for his second wife, Nov. 9, 1888, Mrs. Marietta C. Walbridge, widow of Augustus J. Walbridge.

Source: Jacob G. Ullery, compiler, Men of Vermont: An Illustrated Biographical History of Vermonters and Sons of Vermont, (Transcript Publishing Company, Brattleboro, VT, 1894), Part II, pp. 403.

Obituary

Peacham

Died at his home in East Peacham, Nov. 28, after an illness of three months, Jacob Trussell, aged 78 years, two months, eight days. He was the son of Joshua and Electa (Curtis) Trussell and was born at Sutton in 1832. He was a descendant of Sir William Trussell, speaker of the House of Commons and there was a dash of the fighting blood of the old English puritans in his veins. His education was obtained at Phillips Academy, Danville and Peacham Academy. For about a dozen of years he was a successful teacher in the district schools where it has been said he always succeeded in winning the good-will and respect of his pupils where others failed. While teaching school he also studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1860 and at once began the practice of law at Peacham, but his chosen life work was interrupted by the call of duty and he enlisted in Co. D, 1st Vt. Cavalry, Capt. A. W. Preston, and was elected orderly sergeant in Nov. 1861, and later was appointed 1st lieutenant Sept. 13, 1862. He served most of the time with the army of the Potomac, and participated in a great many battles, raids and skirmishes. He was severely wounded in Wilsonís raid, June 23, 1864, and was soon after discharged. He was the fortunate possessor of a fine horse that after the disastrous fight at Bull Runn ran eight miles to the Union lines with his master who barely escaped capture by Naseby, the guerilla.

At Cedar Creek Lieutenant Trussell, commanding Co. D, riding in advance of his troop, halted and captured a confederate battery. Records show that these hardy Green mountain boys, mounted on their gamey Morgans, inscribed on their banner 72 battles and engagements. After the close of the war Mr. Trussell made an expedition to Montana driving 1500 miles across the plains. He took charge of a gang of men who were completing the railroad to Omaha. He then engaged as a contractor on the Union Pacific railroad until it was completed to Ogden, Utah, when he returned to Peacham where he was engaged in farming 14 years. For several years he was engaged in trade with his eldest son, Nathaniel, at South Peacham. Mr. Trussell was married in 1871 to Flora M. Blanchard of Peacham, who died in1886 leaving two sons, Nathaniel B. And William. He married for a second wife, Nov. 8, 1888, Mrs. Marietta C. Walbridge, who died Feb. 14, 1906. He attended and supported the Congregational church and was a member of Passumpsic Lodge, F. & A. M. of St. Johnsbury and Stevens Post, G.A.R. Besides his two sons he leaves a sister, Mrs. Freelove Wilkins of Winthrop, Mass., and one grandchild, Flora, daughter of Nathaniel and Lena Trussell. He has held many town offices, was justice of the peace for a number of years, and often acted as counsel and transacted legal business. In 8814 he represented his town in the legislature, where he served on the military committee. Mr. Trussell possessed a keen sense of humor and a most kindly heart and was an excellent type of a staunch and resolute veteran. Since the death of his second wife, Mrs. Ida Hayes of Marshfield has acted as housekeeper in the home most of the time and has very kindly cared for him during his failing health. In September his son William came home from Montpelier and remained with his father until his death. The funeral took place Nov. 30 at his late home, Rev. T. A. Carlson preached the sermon and Peacham quartette sang. The G.A.R. of which he had been a faithful member attended in a body and conducted the beautiful and impressive G.A.R. Burial service. The flag he loved so well was draped upon the casket. The burial was at Peacham cemetery. The bearers were M. M. Wheeler, John Morse, James Needham and Scott Darling. Those from out of town to attend the funeral were Mrs. Charles Cambridge of Swanton, and E. H. Brown of Danville, Mr. And Mrs. Nathaniel B. Trussell of St. Johnsbury.

Source: St. Johnsbury Caledonian, December 7, 1910
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.