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Age: 39, credited to Hartland, VT
Unit(s): 54th MA INF
Service: enl 12/24/63, m/i 1/22/64, RCRT, Co. I, 54th MA INF, m/o 8/20/65 (5' 5.5" Black eyes, Black hair, Dark complexion; farmer)
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Birth: 01/22/1824, Norwich, VT
Burial: River Street Cemetery, Woodstock, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone photographer: Don Wickman
Findagrave Memorial #: 88671352
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 12/5/1879, VT; widow Roxana L., 12/31/1908, VT
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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River Street Cemetery, Woodstock, VT
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Henry Park, an aged citizen of this town, died very unexpectedly at his home on South street at about half-past nine last Saturday morning. For a number of years past he had suffered from rheumatism and epilepsy, and these with the weight of his years, brought the end. He was about the house as usual Saturday morning and was out of doors the day before. He remarked that he had passed a restless night, but otherwise was as well as usual. Mrs. Park had been talking with him and left the room. Returning after about fifteen minutes she found that he had expired. Henry Park was born in Norwich Jan. 22, 1824, and came with his parents to the town in early boyhood. During his early manhood he went on a whaling voyage of three years. During the civil war he enlisted for three years and served in Co. I, 54th Mass. Regt., Col Shaw, until the close of the war. In Woodstock he followed the avocation of a farmer and was quite successful. He was a lover of animals, and his especial pride in this direction were the magnificent tokes of oxen which he owned at various times. He was many years a judge of cattle at the Windsor County Fair and was otherwise responsibly connected with that society. Mr. Park was married April 9, 1857, to Miss Roxana Hazzard of Woodstock, who survives him after 57 years of wedded life. Of their three children, Mrs. Cornelia Mero of this place survives, while two sons died, Albert Henry in infancy and Frederick A. Several years ago leaving a widow. Mr. Park was a member of George C. Randall Post, G. A. R., and of the Methodist church here.
We repeat again the tribute of a lifelong friend, the Rev P. N. Granger, dean of the Methodist Conference in Vermont, who, in speaking of the whaling experience of their early years said, "The really whitest man on board was a very black colored man by the name of Henry Park." Throughout all his long life that inherent whiteness of his character and life have been recognized by all who knew him and he has had the cordial respect of his fellow townsmen.
The funeral services were held at the homestead on Tuesday afternoon, the Rev. R. J. Chrystie officiating.
Source: Vermont Standard, December 24, 1908.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.