Emerson, Frank H.
Age: 16, credited to Brattleboro, VT
Unit(s): 7th VT INF
Service: enl 10/21/63, m/i 11/9/63, Pvt, Co. H, 7th VT INF, MSCN, m/o 5/22/65
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Birth: 1848, Dummerston, VT
Burial: Morningside Cemetery, Brattleboro, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 0
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Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 4/20/1892, VT, not approved; widow Emily H., 4/22/1901, VT
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Remarks: 1890 - Living in Brattleboro, VT
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FRANK H. EMERSON
His Sudden Death Tuesday From Neuralgia of the Heart – Was a Drummer Boy in the 7th Vermont Volunteers
Frank H. Emerson, 52,for the past 13 years employed in Bond’s undertaking rooms, died suddenly Tuesday morning of neuralgia of the heart. For some months past he had not been in his usual health, but no serous results were anticipated. It is believed that he had been in physical distress two or three days, but being of an uncomplaining disposition he made no mention of his condition until about 12 o’clock Monday night. A short time later he went to sleep. About 4 o’clock Mrs. Emerson was awakened by his heavy breathing, and an instant later he was dead. The news of his death was a surprise and a shock to those who knew him, as he was about the village in his usual spirits the evening before and had spent the afternoon of the previous day with Dr. E. S. Bowen at the latter’s farm in Chesterfield.
Mr. Emerson was born in West Dummerston in 1848, and was one of 13 children of Mr. And Ms. George Emerson. The family moved to a West Brattleboro farm when Mr. Emerson was a lad, and afterwards his father became proprietor of the old Vermont House, which stood where the town hall building now stands.
He enlisted in company H, 7th Vermont Volunteers, Oct. 21, 1863, and was mustered out May 22, 1865. He was taken prisoner at Harper’s Ferry, but was soon afterwards sent to Chicago and was exchanged. His term of service in the army was spent as a drummer boy, and he was selected as the model for the figure of the drummer boy on the Lincoln monument in Springfield, Ill.
After being mustered out of service he entered the employ of Charles L. Mead in the old rule factory in Brattleboro and later in New Britain, Conn. After a years’ stay in New Britain Mr. Emerson returned to Brattleboro and entered the employ of the late Hannibal Hadley in a meat market which was afterwards bought by Mr. Emerson and a Mr. Young, both employees in the market. After disposing of the market Mr. Emerson moved to the old Newton farm in Vernon, which he carried on four years. He then returned to Brattleboro and was employed briefly by Liveryman J. L. Ray before engaging in the undertaking business.
Mr. Emerson married, in October, 1871, Miss Emily Hadley, daughter of Hannibal Hadley, who survives with two daughters, Miss Belle H. Emerson, the well known milliner, and Miss Helen Emerson, who is employed by her sister. Mr. Emerson was a member of the Congregational church, first in Brattleboro and then in New Britain. He was a constant reader and had unusual general information concerning current affairs. He had a genial, warm-hearted disposition, and possessed many likable qualities which brought him the friendship and esteem of all who became acquainted with him.
The funeral will be held at the house, 41 High street, at 2 o’clock today, Rev. C. O. Day of Boston and Rev. H. R. Miles of the Centre Congregational church officiating.
Source: Vermont Phoenix, November 30, 1900.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.