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Heath, Justus Fairchild


Age: 0, credited to Vermont
Unit(s): 5th WI INF, 22nd WI INF
Service: enl 6/8/61, Co. F, 5th WI INF, m/o 7/30/62; enl 8/19/62, Co. F, 22nd WI INF, pr SGT, m/o 6/12/65, Washington, DC

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Birth: 10/06/1839, Holland, VT
Death: 10/06/1921

Burial: East Main Street Cemetery, Newport, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 0
(There may be a Findagrave Memorial, but we have not recorded it)


Alias?: None Noted
Pension?: Yes, 10/5/1871; widow Ann A., 10/15/1921, VT
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: Unknown


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East Main Street Cemetery, Newport, VT

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Well-Known Grand Army Veteran Passes On at Newport.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at two 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, verses 7: "I have fought a good fight. I have finished my course, I have kept the faith."

Beautiful flowers bore silent messages of sympathy and affection for the one who had gone and to those who remain.

Miss Marie Hamilton at the organ rendered most beautifully the Dead March from Saul and Mendelssohn's Consolation.

Baxter Post of the G. A. R. was represented by Asa C. Sleeper, Alvah I. Morrill, C. S. Moulton and R. C. Gael, the American Legion by Capt. D. G. Emery and Abe Arkin, and a large number of the ladies of the Women's Relief Corps in a body.

Justus D. Heath was one of the oldest residents of our city. He was 82 years of age and had 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 his regiment, participated in the battles at Lee's Mills, Va., April 16, 1862, and Williamsburg, Va., May 5, 1862. At Williamsburg he received wounds in the right chest and was honorably discharged, July 14, 1862. On Aug. 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 Ward's 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 to 16, 1864, New Hope church, Kenesaw Mountains, Ga., June 9 to 20, 1864.

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 Averasboro, N. C., also at Bentonville, N. C., from March 19 to 21, 1865. 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 n 1876 with whom he lived for 25 years, her death occurring in 1901. Of the six children born to them only two survive, Mrs. George Stimson and Burton 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 has only been confined to his bed during 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 a member for many years 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 the West Derby school and many a young man and woman today speak in high praise of his patience and kindness to them

Those from out of town who were able to be present were: Mrs. Thorsen of White River Junction, and Mr. and Mrs. Bert Heath of Woodsville, Clifford Dorman of Bellows Falls.

Source: St. Johnsbury Caledonian-Record, October 11, 1921.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.