Heath, Justus Fairchild
Age: 0, credited to VermontVITALS
Birth: 10/06/1839, Holland, VTADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alias?: None NotedDESCENDANTS
Died Newport, VT
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IMPRESSIVE SERVICE FOR J. D. HEATH
WELL KNOWN GRAND ARMY VETERAN PASSES ON AT NEWPORT
Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Methodist-Episcopal church for J. D. Heath whose death occurred at his late home 12 Maple Street at 8:30 o'clock Wednesday night. The casket was draped with the flag of the country which he so faithfully served in those years between 1861-65. The officiating clergyman, Rev. H. T. Coontz, paid a fine and feeling tribute to the soldier, and the man, speaking from Timothy, Chapter 4, Verse 7, "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept my faith." Beautiful flowers bore silent messages of sympathy and affection for the one who had gone, and to those that remain. Miss Marion Hamilton at the organ, rendered most beautifully the Dead March from Saul and Mendelsohn's Consolations. Baxter Post G. A. R was represented by Asa C. Sleeper, Alvah J. Morrill, C. S. Moulton and T. C. Gale, the American Legion by D. C. Emery and Abe Arkin, and a large number of the ladies from the Woman's Relief Corps attended in a body.
Justus D. Heath was one of the oldest residents of our city. He was 82 years of age and lived in Newport 40 years. He was born in Holland, Oct. 6, 1839. At the age of 14, his parents moved to Wisconsin, and it was while living there that he enlisted at the beginning of the war.
Mr. Heath had an honorable war record, enlisting June 10, 1861, for three years service. He was assigned to Russell's brigade, Wright's division 6th Corps, and with the regiment participated in the battle at Lee's Mill, Va. April 16, 1862, and Williamsburg, Va., May 25, 1862. In Williamsburg, he received wounds in the right chest and was honorably discharged, July 14, 1862. On August 19, 1862, he re-enlisted as a private in Co. F., 22nd regiment to serve three years He was assigned to Butterfield's division, and later was transferred to Wards division of the 20th Corps. In this division, he again proved himself of great value to his country, as with his regiment he participated in the following battles -- Resaca, Ga. May 13-16, 1864; New Hope Church. Kenesaw Mountain, Ga. June 9 to 30. He was in the siege of Atlanta, Ga., Oct. 5, 1864, The siege of Savannah, Ga. Dec. 10 to 21, 1864. In the following spring, on March 16, 1865, he was in the battle of Averysboro, N. C., also at Bartonville, N. C. from March 19-21. Mr. Heath received his honorable discharge at the close of the war, on June 12, 1865.
Returning to Vermont he married Lestina Brown of Holland in 1876, whom he lived for 25 years, her death occurring in 1901. Of the six children born to them only two survive. Mrs. George Stimpson, and Barton Heath, both of Woodsville, N.H. In 1902 Mr. Heath married Mrs. Annie Amelia Hanver, who has given him the best of care and made happy his last days.
Mr. Heath has been in failing health for more than a year but had only been confined to his bed the last eight weeks. He was a member of Baxter Post of The Grand Army of the Republic, and one of his greatest pleasures was to attend the meetings and reunions of that body. He was for many years a member of the Methodist Church, where he was a faithful attendant until the infirmities of age made it impossible. For 15 years he was janitor of West Derby School, and many young men and women today speak in high praise for his patience and kindness to them.
There were from out of town who were able to be present were, Mrs. Thorsen, from White River Junction, and Mr. and Mrs, Bert Heath of Woodsville, Clifford Dorman of Bellows Falls.
St. Johnsbury Caledonian Record, October 11, 1921.
Courtesy ofDeanna French.