Williams, James A. N.
Age: 22, credited to Bennington, VT
Unit(s): 2nd VT INF
Service: enl 5/7/61, m/i 6/20/61, CPL, Co. A, 2nd VT INF, pr SGT 6/30/62, m/o 6/29/64
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Birth: 07/12/1838, Honesdale, PA
Burial: Village Cemetery, Bennington, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Tom Boudreau
Findagrave Memorial #: 0
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Alias?: None noted
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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J.A.N. Williams Dead
Residence in Bennington of More Than 50 Years Closed This Morning.
J.A.N. Williams, the last of four brothers who saw service in the civil war and the last resident survivor of Company A, Second Vermont regiment of volunteers which was raised in Bennington by the late J.H. Walbridge of North Bennington who later became colonel of the regiment, died at 7:30 o'clock this morning at his home on Washington street. For several months he had been in failing health. Late last week he suffered a shock of paralysis from which he was unable to rally and sank rapidly.
James A.N. Williams was born at Honasdale, Pa., July 12, 1839, the son of James Williams and Susan Westlake. His parents were natives of Devonshire, Eng., and married after their arrival in America. When a boy he learned the trade of a harness maker. As soon as he became a journeyman left home and traveled extensively through the east. Before he became of age he had worked in nine different states. His wanderings terminated here in Bennington in 1859 when he went to work at his trade with a local harness maker.
April 26, 1861, he enlisted as a corporal in the second regiment. He was in the service three years and participated in the severe campaigns in which the second regiment took part. He returned from the war to the harness maker's bench, but in 1869 he went to work in the old Bennington pottery where he was employed for 12 years. After leaving the pottery he again took up his trade and was also employed for a time as a cobbler in a shoe store kept by his brother, the late John W. Williams. He had also worked for C.M. Lambert. His last employment was with his son, George W. Williams, at his place of business on Pleasant street.
Mr. Williams was married at Hoosick August 5, 1865. His wife, who survives, was Florence Emeline Haseltine, daughter of the late Daniel Haseltine, a well known Pittstown, NY lawyer. Last August the couple observed the fiftieth anniversary of their marriage. Other than the widow, the family survivors are a son, George W., a daughter, Laura E., and a sister, Mary E., all residing in Bennington.
Mr. Williams was a member of Mount Anthony lodge, F&AM and of Custer Sixth Corps post GAR, and took an active interest in the proceedings of both organizations. He was an excellent citizen, thoroughly reliable in all his dealings and respected throughout the community with which he had been identified for more than half a century.
The funeral will be held Wednesday. There will be a prayer at the house at 1:30 in the afternoon to be followed by the service at St. Peter's church a half hour later. The bearers will be Masons. The post will officiate at the burial which will be in the village cemetery. The flag presented to the company by the women of Bennington at the time of its organization will be carried at the burial service, probably for the last time. The silken banner has been carefully preserved at the post rooms from which it has been taken only on the occasion of the death of one of the company members.
Source: Bennington Banner, July 10, 1916
Contributed by Tom Boudreau
The funeral of the late J.A.N. Williams, who was the last resident survivor of Company A, 2d Vt. Vols., which was recruited in Bennington, was held this afternoon. There was a prayer at the house at 1:30, and the service was held a half an hour later at St. Peter's church, the rector, Rev. Thornton F. Turner, officiating. The bearers were members of Mount Anthony lodge, F. and A.M., with which Mr. Williams became associated half a century ago. The service at the grave was in charge of the local post and the beautiful service of the Grand Army was used. The tattered silk flag, presented to the company by the women of Old Bennington when it left for Burlington in 1861 to be mustered into the service, was Carried by one of the post members as has been the custom when any Bennington member of the company has been borne to his last resting place. As Mr. Williams was the last post member who served in the company the flag made its final appearance for this purpose this afternoon.
Source: Bennington Banner, July 12, 1916
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.