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French, Jason Olds


Age: 22, credited to Johnson, VT
Unit(s): 5th VT INF, 17th VT INF, VRC
Service: enl 8/13/61, m/i 9/16/61, Pvt, Co. D, 5th VT INF, wdd, Savage's Station, 6/29/62, pow, Savage's Station, 6/29/62, prld 7/29/62, dis/wds, 11/17/62; enl 2/24/64, m/i 3/2/64, Pvt, Co. C, 17th VT INF, wdd, (shot thru the liver) 6/3/64, Bethesda Church, tr to VRC 11/22/64, m/o 7/21/65

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Birth: 06/28/1839, Cambridge, VT
Death: 04/21/1913

Burial: Lamoille View Cemetery, Johnson, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Kathy Valloch
Findagrave Memorial #: 42591901


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 6/15/1863
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: Charles, George, James and Jason were siblings


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Lamoille View Cemetery, Johnson, VT

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Jason O. French

Jason O. French was born the twenty-eighth day of June, A.D. 1839 in Cambridge, County of Lamoille, State of Vermont.

He entered the service at Hyde Park, Vermont, August 13, 1861 as a private in Co. D, 5th Regt., Vermont Volunteer Infantry.

He was engaged in the first battle at Lee's Mills, Va., afterwords served in battles at Williamsburg, Golden's Farm, Savage Station, Va.. The latter place was wounded and taken prisoner by Stonewall Jacksons troops June 29th, 1862, Confined in Libby Prison from July2 to July 8,1862, when released on parole.

Confined in hospital at Mill Creek, Va. from July to Oct. 1862. Discharged at Annapolis, Md. Nov.18,1862 on account of wounds.Enlisted Feb, 24, 1864 as private in Co. C, 17th Regt. Vermont Volunteer Infantry. Engaged in the following battles in the state of Va., viz: Spottsylavania,*********,and Cold Harbor. Wounded at Cold Harbor June 3,1864, and in the hospital near Washington D.C. until Aug, 1864.

In hospital at Brattleboro and Burlington, Vt. until Oct., 1864.

Transferred to V.R.C Nov. 1864.

Discharged at close of war July 18, 1865 at Indianapolis, Ind.

Intimate comrades in the service were: Henry H. Thomas, William Hinkson, John G. Davis, Byron Draper, F. A. Crane.

Source: "The Old Brigade Post 47: Johnson, Vt." G.A.R. Memorial Book

Submitted by Deanna French.


Jason Olds, (was) born June 28, 1839 (4th child of Deacon Mark and Mary (Lyon) French). In the spring of 1861 he enlisted in the Fifth Vermont Volunteers, and at the battle of Savage's Station, June 3, 1862, he was wounded through the shoulder, and immediately taken prisoner. He was carried from the battle field to the famous Libby Prison in Richmond, where he was confined for about three weeks, at the end of which time he was liberated on parole, and soon afterwards exchanged, discharged for disability, and returned home. A few months later, having somewhat improved in health, he re-enlisted as a veteran in the Seventeenth Vermont Volunteers, and at the battle of Cold Harbor, in June, 1864, he was shot through the liver, trie bullet passing out close to the spine. Injuries of this character were at that time considered as necessarily fatal, and his survival was looked upon as almost miraculous by those who knew the circumstances at the time, as well as by those who have since become acquainted with them. After having improved somewhat, he was transferred to the Veteran Reserve Corps, in which he remained until after the close of the war, when he was mustered out, and returned to his home in Vermont. He was married, July 3, 1881, to Elizabeth Miller Potter, daughter of Loyal A. and Narcissa L. (Miller) Potter, of Potten, Providence of Quebec. She bore him one son, and died November 28, 1883, in Cambridge, Vermont. The son, Philip Sheridan French, was born in Cambridge, Vermont, November 29, 1883. He married, in 1904, Belva J. Hodgkins, of Johnson, Vermont, by whom he has had one son, Philip Hodgkins French; and he now lives in Waltham, Massachusetts, where he is employed in the works of the Waltham Watch Company. With him his father now makes his home.

Source: Ellery Bicknell Crane, Historic Homes and Institutions and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs of Worcester County Massachusetts, (The Lewis Publishing Co., New York, 1907), 217



Johnson, April 23. - Jason O. French, a veteran of the Civil War died Friday at the home of his sister-in-law, Mrs. Mary Dodge. Mr. French had spent the winter with his son, Phillip French in Wyalosing, Penn., returning home to Johnson April 17 and was taken ill soon after he arrived. He had been in feeble health for several years due to a complication of trouble contracted in the army. He was 74 years of age and a highly respected citizen. The funeral was held Monday Dr. John French, a brother from Millford, Mass., arrived Saturday a.m. and the son is expected Saturday night.

Source: Burlington Daily News, April 29, 1913
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.