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Greeley, Cyrus A.


Age: 26, credited to Londonderry, VT
Unit(s): 2nd USSS, VRC
Service: enl 11/16/63, m/i 12/29/63, PVT, Co. H, 2nd USSS, wdd 5/23/64, tr to VRC 11/22/64, m/o 2/24/65

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Birth: 10/20/1837, Unknown
Death: 10/27/1908

Burial: Pleasant View Cemetery, Chester, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Emily Hackett
Findagrave Memorial #: 111894211


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 3/13/1865; widow Mary B., 11/17/1908, VT
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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Pleasant View Cemetery, Chester, VT

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Cyrus H. Greeley of Gassetts (Chester) Vt. He was born in Akron, Ohio, 20 Oct., 1837, son of Cyrus & Jane (Howard) Greeley of South Londonderry, Vt.... 2nd Regiment of Berdan Sharpshooters, with Co. H, 2nd Regt. USSS.

Cyrus Greeley Jr. was brought to Vermont by his parents when he was an infant. His early life was spent in Andover and Londonderry. Cyrus had married 1st, Helen Thompson of Londonderry, Vt. She lived only ten years after their marriage. Mary Blood's cousin, Jarusha French wrote this in 1871 letter to a friend: "Have you heard that Mary Blood is married? It has been done about two weeks. She married a widower with one son after seeing him three times. She is going to live in Londonderry on a farm."

Cyrus & Mary were living on a place in Gassetts, Vt. in 1872. Cyrus was a Civil War soldier. He enlisted in the 2nd Regiment of Berdan Sharpshooters, with Co. H, 2nd Regt. USSS. He was severely wounded in the shoulder and after much suffering in the hospital camps, he was discharged on account of his wounds. He joined the Henry Post G.A.R. in Chester in 1878. He served as secretary of the Pomona Grange and was active in organizing other Granges in Vermont. He and Mary Ann lived next door to his aged parents before the older Greeleys moved back to South Londonderry.

When her mother and father-in-law celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on 1 Dec. 1886, Mary Blood and her husband Cyrus had a real old fashioned anniversary party for the aged couple at their home in South Londonderry, and invited well over 50 people to come. Also, when Cyrus' mother Jane Howard Greeley celebrated her eighty-fifth birthday, Mary and Cyrus invited her sisters, Mrs. George Davis and Mrs. Fisher of Chester, and a few other friends to their home for entertainment and dinner.

Even if Cyrus and Mary had only seen each other 'three times' before they were married, they were well suited for each other and spent their remaining years together, dedicated to each other and their home. They were good friends and good neighbors in all their years living in Chester.

Gassetts, 23 March, 1906: "Mrs. C. A. Greeley of this place who is with her daughter in Montpelier, had an abscess or tumor removed from her side which contained nearly one-half pint of matter."

Cyrus died at Chester, Tuesday evening at his home on Main Street after a two weeks' illness, 27 Oct. 1908. His obituary states: "... Mr. Greeley was a man among men; honest, outspoken, industrious, and a good citizen."

Mary Blood Greeley was granted a widow's pension of $12 a month in January, 1908.

Source: Families of Cavendish and the Black River Valley of Windsor County, Vermont, Vol. 3, by Linda M. Welch


Prominent Granger of Chester Is Victim of Heart Failure

Chester, Oct. 29. - Cyrus A. Greeley, aged about 76, died at his home Tuesday night of heart failure. He was a native of Londonderry and besides a wife, two children, Lewis Greeley of this town and Mrs. Charles Holmes of Montpelier, survive him. Mr. Greeley was a prominent granger, having held office in the Allen district Pomona grange 30 years, and he was a member and secretary of the local grange. He was also a member of Henry post, G. A. R., having served in Company H, 2d United States sharpshooters, in the Civil war. About two years ago he retired from farming. The funeral will be held Friday afternoon.

Source: Barre Daily Times, October 29, 1908.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.