Vancor, James Henry
Age: 18, credited to Jericho, VTVITALS
Birth: 07/03/1846, Essex, VTADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alias?: None notedDESCENDANTS
Lakeview Cemetery, Burlington, VT
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SUICIDE BY SHOOTING
J. HENRY VANCOR DESPONDENT ON ACCOUNT OF ILL HEALTH ENDS LIFE
The following from the Barre Times of Aug. 10 is given concerning the circumstances of the tragic death of J. H. Vancor, who has gained a wide acquaintance in Morrisville and vicinity during the years he was engaged in business here.
James Henry Vancor, aged 70, a veteran of the Civil War, committed suicide by shooting while visiting his brother, C.W. Vancor, at the city farm late yesterday afternoon. His act is ascribed to despondency due to declining health, and circumstances surrounding his death plainly indicated that he set out to end his life with deliberation. Mrs. C. W. Vancor, matron of the city farm, and her husband, heard the fatal shot around 5:30 o\'clock. They went to the barn to investigate, and found the body of the veteran sitting upright in a chair. A bullet had entered his right temple passing through his head. On the floor by his side was a Colt revolver of inexpensive design with one cartridge exploded.The man\'s head was tilted slightly forward, but otherwise he looked like he had fallen asleep.
Mr. J. W. Stewart, the city physician, was called to the farm and he notified police headquarters. Deputy Chief Gamble procured an auto and went to the alms house to continue the doctor\'s investigation. He convinced himself it was a case of suicide and permission was given the man\'s brother to remove the body. In the early evening his body was brought to B.W. Hooker & Company undertaking establishment.
Latterly the deceased had been making his home on a boarding house conducted by Mrs. Smith in Montpelier, although at times he had resided in Barre. A short time ago he had gone to Burlington to attend a reunion of comrades in the 9th Vt. regiment. His health had declined rapidly of late, and he had displayed unmistakable signs of despondency. Yesterday he arrived at the city farm about 2 o\'clock. A grip which he carried was afterward found to contain a change of linen and other wearing apparel. He visited with his brother and Mrs.Vancor, and some of the inmates, and did not appear to be disturbed mentally. Shortly after 5 o\'clock he left the house and went to the barn. A few minutes later people in the house heard the report of a pistol.
For five years his health had not been of the best and three weeks ago he sustained a shock which seem to have caused him much depression.On account of failing health he had not been able to engage in active occupation for years.
Mr. Vancor was born in Underhill July 3, 1846, and spent his early life in that town until he enlisted, at the age of 17, in the 9th Vermont Volunteers, and served in the Civil War from 1863 until the end of the conflict. He went through all the grades of non-commissioned officers, and was slated for commission when the war ended and the commission was not signed. He was then acting as second lieutenant.
On his return to Vermont he lived in Jericho for a while, and 30 years ago went to Burlington, where for many years he was superintendant of the Champlain Manufacturing Company in the chair department. For several years he was engaged in business in Morrisville, but was obliged to give that up due to failing health. The past five years he has made his home in Barre and Montpelier.
In 1870 he married Sarah Lombard of Plattsburgh N.Y., and she survives him, being now with her daughter, Mrs. E.L. Brown of Boston. Besides the daughter there are two sons surviving, they being Edwin Vancor of Morrisville, and C. Arthur Vancor of Philadelphia. There are also two brothers and three sisters, as follows: C. W. Vancour of Barre, E.E. Vancor of Burlington, Mrs. Jennie Cunningham of Worcester, Massachusetts, Mrs. Edward W. Mead of Richwood, O., and Mrs. C.E. Carpentar of Montpelier, who is at the present with her sister in Richwood.
Mr. Vancor was a member of Stannard Post G.A.R. in Burlington, and was also a member of the Masonic Order.
The funeral arrangements have not been completed, but the burial will be in Burlington.
Morrisville Messenger: August 16, 1916
Courtesy of Deanna French.