Child, Willard Hosford
Age: 23, credited to Fairlee, VT
Unit(s): 8th VT INF
Service: enl 8/29/64, m/i 8/29/64, Pvt, Co. D, 8th VT INF, m/o 6/1/65
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Birth: 11/23/1840, Fairlee, VT
Burial: Fairlee Village Cemetery, Fairlee, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Carolyn Adams
Findagrave Memorial #: 110641674
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 11/17/1879; widow Julia A., 11/4/1903, VT
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Willard H. Child
Willard Hosford Child was born in Fairlee November 23, 1841, and died at his pleasant home in this town of his birth on Sunday, October 18, 1903. He married Miss Julia A. Mann of Bradford, who with one son, Robert A. Child of Rutland, and his family, consisting of wife and two boys Hayden and Henry, survives him. He was in the war of the Rebellion in Company D, 8th Regt. Vt. Vols. For twenty-three years he served efficiently in various offices of the Boston and Maine railroad. During his long residence at Lyndonville he was a most faithful member of Farnsworth Post, G.A.R., No. 67, of Union Lodge, No. 4, I.O.O.F, and of Crescent Lodge, No. 64, F. And A.M. To none of these did he give any half hearted allegiance but was ardent in his devotion, faithful in his attendance and ever ready to help at all times. He was especially noted for his intense patriotism. Genial, witty, enthusiastic, loyal to his family and friends, he won true friendship wherever he was. Ever since the war he he has suffered terribly with a disease contracted there, but bore it and his last illness of two months with rare patience and resignation. He has always been a constant attendant and liberal supporter of the Methodist church. It was a source of regret to all when he purchased his home at Fairlee and moved there some three years ago. Delegations from the Masons, Odd Fellows, G.A.R. Post, W.R.C. and Methodist church, as well as from fraternities in that vicinity were present at the funeral services in the Fairlee church October 20. The altar, church and casket were draped with his country's flag, and flowers were everywhere in evidence. The services were conducted by Rev. A.H. Webb and H. Kilbourne of Bradford, assisted by Masons, Odd Fellows and G.A.R. comrades.
Source: St. Johnsbury Republican, November 4, 1903
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.