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French, William P.


Age: 18, credited to Danville, VT
Unit(s): 15th VT INF, 1st MA CAV
Service: enl 9/8/62, m/i 10/22/62, Pvt, Co. B, 15th VT INF, m/o 8/5/63; Co. D, 1st MA CAV

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Birth: 02/06/1845, Danville, VT
Death: 11/25/1923

Burial: Danville Green Cemetery, Danville, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Monica White

Findagrave Memorial #: 0
(There may be a Findagrave Memorial, but we have not recorded it)


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 2/26/1892, MA
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: None


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Danville Green Cemetery, Danville, VT

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Danville Veteran Died Sunday

William P. French, one of the four remaining veterans of the Civil war in Danville, died Sunday morning, at Brightlook hospital at St. Johnsbury after a very brief illness, aged 78 years, 9 months and 19 days.

William Putnam French was born in Danville, Feb. 6, 1845. When the Civil war broke out he was a student in Phillips Academy at Danville, and he left that school when he was 17 years old to enlist in Co. B, of the 15th Vermont Volunteer Infantry, serving through the life of the regiment. He then went to Massachusetts and enlisted in the First Massachusetts Cavalry and served as corporal til the end of the war. He soon returned to Danville, working at various occupations for a time being section foreman on the P. and O. Railroad. Later for 27 years he was in Boston in the employ of the Boston Edison Company as a stationary engineer, finally resigning to spend his last days in his native town. He was still a member of the Gold Button Club of the Edison Company.

His wife was Corilla J. Sanderson of Lyndon who died in Danville, July 10, 1915. Three children were born tot them, George D., who died Jan. 12, 1916; Kate M., who married Dr. Frank E. Lentine of Boston and who died in 1911; and Bertie who died in infancy. George D.,, married Olivia M. Merrill, who has tenderly cared for William P., French since the death of his wife.

Mr. French was one of the 17 charter members of F. V. Randall Post, No 84, G. A. R., of Danville, which was organized in 1885. He had been a devoted member of the Methodist church here for many years. He became a member of Washburn Lodge, No. 92, F. And A. M., of Danville in 1876 and was a regular attendant, not only at the local lodge, but of the meetings of the 12th district.

Mr. French was an optimist of the most pronounced type, happily cheerful under whatever affliction came to him. Even after the loss of both legs below the knee and arm at the shoulder, he was the most cheerful man in any group of people with whom he associated. He had a kind word for each and all, putting himself out to make others happy. All of our people were his friends.

The funeral services at the Methodist church Tuesday afternoon were largely attended. Rev. W. H. May, the pastor, officiated, assisted by Rev. David Hickland, of Johnson, a former pastor. The floral offerings were beautiful. The Masonic burial service was given at the grave in the Danville Green cemetery, Rev. Mr. Hickland acting as Master and Ashley J. Goss as Chaplain.

Those from out of town attending the funeral were C. H. Goss, C. K. Goss, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer M. Jackson of St. Johnsbury, Dr. E. R. Lentine of Boston and Mr. and Mrs. Philo Lang and Mrs. Richard Sanderson of Lyndon.

Source: St. Johnsbury Republican, November 29, 1923
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.