Individual Record -- Tarbell, James
Age: 44, credited to Springfield, VT
Unit(s): 16th VT INF
Service: enl 9/15/62, m/i 10/23/62, PVT, Co. K, 16th VT INF, pr SGT 1/16/63, comn 2LT, Co. A, 3/16/63 (3/20/63), wdd, Gettysburg, 7/3/63, m/o 8/10/63
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Birth: abt 1818, Springfield, VT
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 3/1/1880; widow Sarah J., 5/5/1906, IL
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: Last known living in Wood River, IL in 1900. Widow buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Alton, IL.
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AGED RESIDENT OF UPPER ALTON SUMMONED
James Tarbell Found Dead in His Yard, by Companion 63 Years of Married Life.
James Tarbell, aged 89, died suddenly at his home in Upper Alton, Friday afternoon about 5 o'clock, from heart disease. He was found dead lying in the yard, by his wife, who is 87 years of age, and in whom he had been married for sixty-three years. Mr. Tarbell went out in the yard about 5 o'clock and being a strong, hardy man for his years, he was engaged in some physical labor for the sake of exercise when he fell over dead. His wife was going to see what kept him out and what he was doing, found him lying on the ground dead.
The sudden death of Mr. Tarbell was a great shock to the many friends of the old man as well as to the aged companion of sixty-three years. He was in good health apparently, and there was no indication that the golden bowl would be broken so soon. He was in possession of all his faculties and was able to enjoy the good things of life. He still had great interest in the ordinary affairs of life and kept himself well informed on current events.
He was a man of kindly nature, a good neighbor and a devoted companion to his wife.
James Tarbell was a native of Springfield, Vt., and was born 80 years ago last November 26. His father was the first ordained pastor of the Springfield Congregational church. He came to Alton shortly after the close of the Civil War, wearing the title of captain, having served as captain of a Vermont regiment during the Civil War. He was badly wounded in the leg at the battle of Gettysburg. He moved to Godfrey, after coming to Alton to join his sister, Mrs. S. T. Sawyer. After living at Godfrey a short time he moved to Alton, thirty years ago, and made his home in Upper Alton. He was a famous chess player, probably one of the best in the United States, and played in many tournaments. He made a deep study of the game and he furnished many of the chess problems which interested players in years ago. He was beaten seldom and there were few who could match him in playing.
Source: Springfield Reporter, March 10, 1906
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.