Davis, Benjamin F.
Age: 34, credited to Brattleboro, VT
Unit(s): 8th VT INF, 1st VT CAV
Service: enl 1/4/62, m/i 2/18/62, WGNR, Co. I, 8th VT INF, m/o 7/15/62; enl 12/16/63, m/i 12/22/63, Pvt, Co. F, 1st VT CAV, m/o 6/9/65
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Birth: 03/31/1827, Dorchester, MA
Burial: Prospect Hill Cemetery, Brattleboro, VT
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Bob Edwards
Findagrave Memorial #: 121561307
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 12/12/1878
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Prospect Hill Cemetery, Brattleboro, VT
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Benjamin F. Davis
Benjamin F. Davis, 72, died Friday forenoon at his South Main street home. He sustained a shock of paralysis a year and a half ago, and had failed steadily since then. He was born in Dorchester, Mass., but came to Brattleboro in his boyhood with his father, the late Cyrus Davis, a printer by trade who was also a Methodist preacher and an early temperance advocate. The father died in Baltimore, Md., more than 40 years ago. Benjamin Davis was a sturdy young man, who had a local reputation as an athlete. He was employed in livery stables and as a stage driver. He was an enthusiastic volunteer when the civil war broke out and he enlisted in company C, 2d Vermont infantry, the first company formed in Brattleboro. He was rejected on account of nearsightedness, but he determined to go to the front, and in January, 1862, he was accepted as a wagoner on company I, 8th Vermont regiment. He had two ribs broken by a fall and received his discharge on account of disability July 15, 1862. After he recovered he enlisted again in December, ‘63, in company F, 1st Vermont cavalry. He continued in the service until mustered out June 9m 1865. He was a brave soldier and performed his duties faithfully.
After return from the war he fond employment at different occupations, being for a number of years an iceman for Frost & White. In late years he and worked much of the time at the Hunt farm. His wife was Mary Chamberlain of Brattleboro. Her death occurred about 10 years ago. Mr. Davis leaves three daughters, Mrs. Ellen Bennett of Worcester, Ada L., wife of O. B. Parker, of Meriden, Conn., and Lizzie, wife of john P. Mack of this place, with whom he lived. He also leaves two brothers, Charles of Uniontown, Pa., and John of Middletown, N. Y. The funeral was held at the house Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. Mr. Beeman officiating. Members of the Grand Army acted as bearers.
Source: Vermont Phoenix, March 10, 1899
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.