Age: 20, credited to Morristown, VTVITALS
Birth: 02/02/1841, Sterling, VTADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alias?: None notedDESCENDANTS
Pleasant View Cemetery, Morrisville, VT
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(John Gibson Collection)
Death of Austin Wilkins
One of Morristown's Most Prominent Citizens
In the death of Austin Wilkins, which occurred at his late home on Summer Street Sunday afternoon, Morristown loses one of her oldest and most highly esteemed citizens.
Mr. Wilkins had reached the age of 81, and while he had been in failing health for several years, he had retained a deep interest in affairs of his town and current events until within a few days of his death, which had been expected for several days past.
The funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon from the Universalist Church, being in charge Mount Vernon Lodge, No. 24.
Mr. Wilkins was born in Sterling, a part of Stowe and Morristown, Feb. 2, 1841, one of eleven children born to Eliab and Aseneth Howard Wilkins. Mr. Wilkins' father served in the Revolutionary War, and the deceased and his three brothers served in the Civil War, Duran Wilkins dying in service in New Orleans. Austin Wilkins enlisted in Co. D. Fifth Vermont, August 15, 1861, serving 26 months and eight days. He contracted typhoid fever while in the South and came near losing his life.
On Feb. 24, 1868 he was united in marriage to Miss Laura Chaffee, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Reed Chaffee of Eden. To this union was born one son, Glen A. Wilkins, who survives. Mrs. Wilkins died in November.
Mr. Wilkins is one of the best known Masons in this vicinity, having been past master of Mount Vernon Lodge, No. 8, in 1877, '78, '79, and '81. He was made a Mason in Morrisville in December, 1865.
On Feb. 24, 1918 Mr. & Mrs. Wilkins celebrated their golden wedding anniversary.
In the death of Mr. Wilkins another one of those rare old New England characters is removed and his passing is a distinct loss to the community. Living his whole life within the shadows of Mount Sterling, where he was born, the influence of his upright, straight, forward living will continue to be a source of strength for all who knew him. . While he never acquired worldly riches, the record of his life is a priceless heritage.
He was cared for tenderly during his declining years by his son, and the sympathy of the community goes out to the latter in his great bereavement.
The service was conducted by the Rev. George F. Fortier, who read the Scripture and paid an eloquent tribute to the deceased and offered a prayer. The bearers were S. B. Wait, W. H. Towne, J. H. Eaton, C. H. Raymore, F. L. George, and J. O. Reed.
The impressive Masonic burial service was given, following the prayer by Past Master, J. H. Atchinson. There were large delegations from members of Mount Vernon Lodge, Coral Chapter, O. E. S., James M. Warner Post, GAR, and members of the American Legion, No. 33, in uniform. These organizations escorted the funeral party from the Wilkins home to the church, and from the church following the service to Pleasant View Cemetery, where the Legion fired a volley at the grave.
The floral tribute was unusually large and beautiful, and included, lillies from the Burlington Elks Lodge, tulips from Grand Army ; pillow, Mt Vernon Lodge; star from O. E. S., carnations, Sons Of Veterans, carnations S of V, Auxiliary, jonquils, friends & neighbors; carnations, agents and office force, N. E. Mutual Life Ins. Co., lilies, Dr. & Mrs. George Bates, spray, Mr. & Mrs. D. A. Hutchins; hyacinths, O. W. Chaffee, Miss Maude Chaffee, jonquills and narcissus, Mr. & Mrs. John Ahern, and family, of Lyndonville, jonquils and narcissus, Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Tillotson, and Mrs. Town, of St. Johnsbury, spray of carnations from the family.
Among those from out of town who were here to attend the funeral were: Mr. &. Mrs. W. M. Tillotson of St. Johnsbury, Harold Ahern of Lyndonville, Mr. & Mrs. Bert Reynolds and Henry Hawley and Leo Doubleday of Stowe.
Source: Morrisville Messenger: March 22, 1922
Submitted by Deanna French.