Site Logo
Home Page | Cemeteries | Battles | Descendants | Find A Soldier | Towns | Units | Site Map

Chaffee, Willard P.


Age: 19, credited to Lyndon, VT
Unit(s): 11th VT INF
Service: enl 8/2/62, m/i 9/1/62, Pvt, Co. A, 11th VT INF, m/o 6/24/65

See Legend for expansion of abbreviations


Birth: 01/11/1843, Athens, VT
Death: 01/08/1906

Burial: Mount Pleasant Cemetery, St. Johnsbury, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Carolyn Adams
Findagrave Memorial #: 108089924


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 5/6/1901, VT; widow Abi P., 1/19/1906, 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: None

Webmaster's Note: The 11th Vermont Infantry was also known as the 1st Vermont Heavy Artillery; the names were used interchangably for most of its career


(Are you a descendant, but not listed? Register today)


Copyright notice



Mount Pleasant Cemetery, St. Johnsbury, VT

Check the cemetery for location/directions and other veterans who may be buried there.


Willard Foster Chaffee

William Foster Chaffee, who departed this life on Monday evening, January 8, and was laid to rest last Monday afternoon, began to break down in health five years ago, and has performed but little labor since that time when he left the employ of the A. & T. Fairbanks Co., with whom he had worked for thirty years. Had he lived until the Thursday of the week in which he died he would have been sixty-three years of age.

Born in Athens, Vt., at the age of nineteen he enlisted in the 11th Vermont Regiment of Volunteers, fighting his way through the terrible scenes of the war for nearly four years, and soon after his return he married Miss Abi Proctor of Lyndon in 1866, but after three years upon his father’s farm which he had purchased, he came to St, Johnsbury and entered the scale works in the beam, room where he had several men under his employ when the first partial shock came and his invalid time began.

Beautiful floral emblems were sent to the home from the members of the G. A. R., the Odd Fellows, the N. E. O. P., the church and many friends. At the funeral service held at his late residence on Lafayette street, the pastor of Grace M. E. Church, of which he has been a member for nearly thirty-six years, spoke of the great forces which had incorporated themselves in his beautiful life, the indestructibility and divinity of which constitutes so firm a foundation for our faith in his continuance in the world to come.

The Rev. John Chaffee, nephew of the departed, paid a loving tribute to the meek, gentle and blessed spirit which controlled his uncle. Of too kindly a nature to have a single enemy, his home life with his wife and two children will always be remembered by them and his large circle of friends for its exceptional sweetness, pleasantness and happiness, for he was a fond father and a courtly, gracious gallant husband. Mr. Chaffee leaves a sister, Mrs. John A. Dunn, who son, Frank C. Dunn, came to the funeral accompanied by his cousin, the son of Mr. Chaffee’s brother, the Rev. John Chaffee, pastor of the M. E. Church at Wakefield, Mass.

Arthur Chaffee, son of the deceased, was called from Los Angeles by the sad news of his father’s death, arriving early last Sunday morning, but his sister, Mrs. F. R. Ross, of Denver, Col., was unable to be present.

Source: St. Johnsbury Republican, January 17, 1906.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.