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Childs, Asaph Parmalee


Age: 22, credited to Wilmington, VT
Unit(s): 16th VT INF
Service: enl 9/3/62, m/i 10/23/62, Pvt, Co. F, 16th VT INF, m/o 8/10/63;

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Birth: 06/10/1840, Wilmington, VT
Death: 04/24/1906

Burial: Hillside Cemetery, Castleton, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 100415508


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 12/31/1879
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: Died in Batesburg, SC


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Hillside Cemetery, Castleton, VT

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Asaph Parmalee Childs

Asaph Parmalee Childs, a prominent business man and public-spirited citizen of Bennington, was born in Wilmington, Windham county, Vermont, June 10, 1840, a son of Major A. B. and Hannah (Lamb) Childs. Major Childs was the first merchant in Wilmington, was postmaster there for more than a score of years, and also served as sheriff, brigadier general of militia and deputy grand master of Masons.

Asaph P. Childs began his education in the public schools and afterward entered Power's Institute in Bernardston, Massachusetts, in which he was graduated in 1859. Having determined upon the law as his profession, he entered upon a course of study in the office of the late Charles N. Davenport, and the present congressman, Kittredge Haskins, but the breaking out of the Civil War aroused his spirit of patriotism and temporarily turned him aside from this purpose. Entering as a private in Company F, Sixteenth Vermont Regiment, in 1862, Colonel W. G. Veazey commanding, his business qualifications attracted the attention of his superiors, and he was detailed for duty in the quartermaster's department, being stationed for a long period at various military posts, with headquarters at the national capital and in Virginia with Generals Casey and Stoughton, Colonel A. P. Blunt and Major Hiram Smith, the latter of Jamestown, New York, and others. When the Confederate troops advanced upon Fairfax Court House and station, Mr. Childs was placed in charge of a great federal supply train, which he safely hastened over the Orange & Alexandria Railroad into Washington, just as the enemy appeared on Arlington Heights. At a later day he had the sad duty of being one of the escort of the body of the lamented President Lincoln, after his assassination, from the dwelling opposite old Ford's theater to the White House; he had only a few days before attended Lincoln's last public reception. In 1865 and the early part of 1866 he served in the commissary department in Tennessee and Texas, and was honorably discharged late in the latter year, long after the close of the war, having been in the Union service for more than three years.

After his discharge from the army Mr. Childs was for some time employed in the quartermaster general's office in the old Corcoran Art building near the war department at Washington. During a brief stay at his home in 1864 he was admitted to the bar in Windham county, and while discharging his clerical duties under the government at Washington, devoted his spare hours to further preparing himself for his chosen profession in the Columbia Law College, in which he was graduated in June, 1867, being then admitted to practice in the federal courts. He has not, however, engaged in practice, but his knowledge of law has afforded him excellent equipment for the many arduous duties which have devolved upon him, chief among them being those positions he has occupied for more than thirty years as state agent and agency director of the New York Life Insurance Company and special agent for the Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York. For several years Mr. Childs was editor and proprietor of the Bennington (Vermont) News, Gazette, and Reformer, and he also published the daily Centennial, which contained the official record of the famous Bennington Battle Monument Celebration, also the addresses, accounts of the festivities, notes of early Vermont battles and heroes and of valued relics of the Revolutionary era, with other items incident to such heroic times and deeds, which proved to be a publication of rare historic value. The lamented Eugene Field was a distant cousin of Mr. Childs.

A broad-minded Democrat in politics, but always independent and aggressive, placing public interest before mere party purposes, Mr. Childs has been throughout his life a conspicuous figure in political circles. In 1876, in the Tilden campaign, he was a candidate for Congress in the first Vermont district, most successfully leading a forlorn hope simply for the sake of principle. From 1882 until 1884 he represented Bennington in the state legislature, and has held various important offices. In 1896 he affiliated with the sound money wing of his party, being chosen delegate to the famous Indianapolis convention. Public-spirited in the highest degree, he conferred upon the people of his native town, Wilmington, a benefit for all time in the presentation, in 1897, of a soldiers' monument. He is a charter member of Custer Post. GAR, of Bennington, in which he is a past commander and has frequently been a delegate to the national encampments, and was a member of the commission to which was appointed the duty of procuring designs for the monument to the Sixteenth Vermont Regiment at Gettysburg, fixing its location upon the advance ground it occupied during the glorious battle there fought. Mr. Childs is prominent in Masonic circles, having attained the thirty-second degree, Scottish Rite, and in 1867 accompanied President Andrew Johnson to Boston, upon the occasion of the dedication of the Mason Temple in that city. He is also an Odd Fellow and a Knight of Pythias, and a member of the Forest and Stream Club of Wilmington, which was organized by him.

Mr. Childs has been twice married, his first wife having been Sarah P. Cady, daughter of Lewis Cady, Esq., of Bennington, Vermont. Three daughters were born to them who still survive, Ethel, Lucy and Mollie Stark Childs; Mrs. Childs died in 1897. In 1898 Mr. Childs married Mrs. Clara M. Sherman, widow of Carlos Sherman, of Castleton, Vermont. She is the daughter of Rev. Levi H. Stone, a long-time eloquent pastor of the Congregational faith, chaplain of the Vermont house of representatives and the first chaplain from Vermont in the Union army. Mrs. Childs's ancestry, in fact, included a long line of prominent clergymen, and the Stone and Sherman families embrace many names distinguished in both civil and military life, Mrs. John Hay, wife of the secretary of state, among them. The Stone brothers sailed the first ship into the harbor of New Haven, Connecticut, and purchased land titles from the king.

Source: Hiram Carleton, compiler, "Genealogical and Family History of the State of Vermont," (The Lewis Publishing Company, New York, 1903), v. 1, pp. 60-61.

Stricken Suddenly From Heart Disease

Body Will Be Brought Back To Vermont For Burial

Asaph P. Childs died this forenoon at Batesburg, S.C., suddenly of heart disease. He went there several weeks ago for the benefit of his health and expected to return shortly. He was 66 years of age.

Mr. Childs was a member of the well known Childs family of Windham county and was born in Wilmington. He served in the Union army with credit, and afterward located in Bennington where he was a successful insurance agent for many years. About four years ago he moved to Castleton but maintained an office here.

Major Childs was twice married, first to Miss Sarah Cady by whom he leaves three daughters, Mrs. Ethel Cochran, Mrs. Lucy Sands, and Mrs. Molly Dekline, all of Brooklyn. For his second wife, Major Childs married Mrs. Sherman of Castleton who survives him.

Mr. Childs was an aggressive, earnest man who was always full of activity and who took great interest in public affairs. He was a ready speaker and many times was called on to assist his party on the stump.

The body will be brought back to Vermont for burial.

Source: Bennington Banner, April 24, 1906; contributed by Tom Boudreau.


Announcement of His Death Was Great Shock to His Friends

The announcement Tuesday of the death of A. P. Childs, came as a shock to the people who had no thought that he was ill, as when he was last here he was in his usual good health to all appearances. Mr. Childs had been for nearly thirty years identified with the business interests of the village and was always a worker on the side of every project that had for its aim the best interests of Bennington.

Years ago during the graded school agitation he was one of the hardest workers for its success and establishment and lived to see it become one of the most successful in the state.

Socially, personally and fraternally he was liked by all who knew him and although a strong partisan he had respect for the opinions and feelings of others.

But few men of Bennington would be missed more than Mr. Childs. He was a friend to the poor, always willing and ready to help one in distress and to many his name will long be cherished.

Mr. Childs was an active G.A.R. comrade and it was largely through his efforts that the local post became as prosperous as it is. He was a 32nd
degree mason, a Knight of Pythias and a SAR.

A few years ago he donated to the town of Wilmington a soldiers monument and one of his last benefactions was the gift of a granite drinking fountain to the village of Castleton where for the last four years he had made his home. He was genial, companionable, always in good humor, and those who knew him best will long remember the many good qualities of Asaph P. Childs.

Source: Bennington Banner, April 25, 1906; contributed by Tom Boudreau


Body Arrives at Castleton Thursday and Service Was Held This Afternoon.

The body of the late A. P. Childs, who died in Batesburg, S. C. , Tuesday, arrived at Castleton Thursday afternoon. It was accompanied by Mrs. Childs, and other relatives. The funeral was held this afternoon and was one of the largest seen in that village in years. Relatives and friends were present from various sections of Vermont and New England.

The services were conducted by Rev. W. O. Higley, pastor of the Advent Christian church. The Castleton masonic fraternity and the G.A.R. comrades were well represented, but not as organizations. There was a large display of floral tributes from home and abroad.

Bennington was represented by Mr. and Mrs. H. N. Williams, Miss Susie Rogers, Edward L. Bates, C. N. Powers and a delegation from the Grand Army post headed by Commander Hannon, and consisting of A. J. Downs, M. N. Clapp, Eli Briggs and D. H. Rudd. The service at the house was brief. The burial was in Hillside cemetery, the bearers, all members of the family, were: Dr. C. C. DeKlyn, Joshua Sands, Carl S. Gole, Dr. Arthur Sherman, John Jones and Arthur W. Childs.

Source: Bennington Banner, April 27,1906; contributed by Tom Boudreau