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Barrett, William Jarvis

MILITARY SERVICE

Age: 33, credited to Ludlow, VT
Unit(s): 2nd VT INF
Service: enl 2/20/62, m/i 3/25/62, Pvt, Co. I, 2nd VT INF, wdd, Wilderness, 5/5/64, wdd, 9/22/64, m/o 3/25/65

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VITALS

Birth: 03/23/1827, Northfield, VT
Death: 05/30/1904

Burial: Pleasant View Cemetery, Ludlow, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Joie Finley Morris +
Findagrave Memorial #: 115643645

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Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Unknown
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Remarks: None

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Pleasant View Cemetery, Ludlow, VT

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William Barrett

William Jarvis Barrett was born in Weathersfield (Windsor County) Vermont, 23 March, 1829, son of Levi & Harriet (Taskett) Barrett. He m. in Weathersfield, 1 Jan., 1851, Louise Marie Kendall (b. Weathersfield, Vt., 30 Aug., 1831, dau. of Horace Kendall).

Mrs. Barrett was one of a family of twelve children --eight of whom lived to grow up. When she was about sixteen years old, she went to Ludlow to work in the old brick woolen mill. It was the best way for young folks who were born and raised on farms, to find work and earn money of their own. Louise was living in Ludlow at the time the first steam engine went through after the railroad was built, and she often told the story of how the whole town was out in celebration of the event. It certainly was something for the folks in Ludlow to have a train route right through the town and gave many the opportunity to venture out and travel about in new directions. Louise worked in the mills, off and on, for a few years.

After her marriage to Mr. Barrett, she moved permanently to Ludlow. They had a house built on Pond Street and they lived there together for 44 years as husband and wife. At the time of the 1870 census of Ludlow, William Barrett's farm was valued at $1,400.

Will was a self-employed carpenter when he enlisted from Ludlow, Vermont, 20 Feb., 1862 in the famous Ludlow company, Co. "I", 2nd Reg't Vt. Vols. He was wounded at the Battle of Wilderness 5 May, 1864, and again at Fisher's Hill, Va. 22 Sept. 1864. He mustered out: 5 March 1865, after serving 3 yrs., 1 mo., 5 days; He applied for a pension in 1867, and was awarded a monthly stipend of $12. This amount increased over the years as Congress passed better legislation to take care of wounded veterans.

William J. Barrett died at his home on Pond Street in Ludlow of painful disabilities of a long standing duration, 30 May, 1904 (age 77). His death certificate reported "... as a result of local gangrene of the left foot and leg due to restricted circulation and resulting atrophy caused by sciatica contracted while a soldier in the War of the Rebellion." He was buried in the Pleasant View cemetery in Ludlow.

NEWS OF LOUISA BARRETT:

-Ludlow, 27 May, 1909: "D. B. Kendall of Amsden spent Sunday with his sister, Mrs. Louise Barrett, and brother William, the latter returning home with him for a few days visit."
-Ludlow, 2 Sept., 1909: "On Monday afternoon, a company of neighbors and ladies of the Woman's Relief Corps met at Mrs. Louisa M. Barrett's home on Pond St. in recognition of her 78th birthday anniversary, taking with them numerous gifts for the hostess. Refreshments were served."
- 28 Dec. 1916: "Mrs. L. Barrett, 85 years old, entertained her 3 grandsons, Perley of Ludlow, Norris of Mt. Holly and Glen Barrett of Fitchburg, Mass., over Christmas. Other guests were Lucy Farnham, Danby; Clara Merriam, Mrs. P. A. Lane and William Kendall, her brother."

Louise had a bad fall at her home in Ludlow in late April of 1921 which resulted in a badly broken leg. Everything was done to set the break and make her comfortable, but she gradually declined. Louise d. five weeks later, Tuesday afternoon, 28 June, 1921 (age 90). From her obituary: "Mrs. Barrett was a member of the Woman's Relief Corps, and at one time of the Grange. She was very active in the Red Cross during the Great War, and contributed greatly to the activities of that group. She is survived by three grandsons. One brother, David Kendall of Amsden is still living, and was here in Ludlow for her funeral.

Within a year and a half, two brothers, William (age 92), and Nathan (age 87), and a sister, Nancy Barker of California (age 94), have died. The funeral was held at her late home on Pond Street Thursday afternoon, Rev. Clifford H. Smith, the local Congregational pastor, officiating."

Children:

1. William C. "Willie" Barrett, b. 1852. He m. Maryette Horton.
2. Henry T. Barrett, b. 1854. Henry was killed instantly at Harvard, Mass. when he stepped in front of the Bar Harbor Express Train on Friday morning, 5 May, 1916

Courtesy of Linda M. Welch, Dartmouth College.

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