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Harker, John

MILITARY SERVICE

Age: 36, credited to St. Albans, VT
Unit(s): 17th VT INF
Service: enl 8/31/64, m/i 8/31/64, Pvt, Co. K, 17th VT INF, enl 1 yr., wdd, Petersburg, 4/2/65, m/o 8/11/65 (death cert. indicates he was 'black'; only known African American to successfully serve as a combatant in a Vermont regiment)

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VITALS

Birth: 1820, Franklin, VT
Death: 03/28/1910

Burial: Sanderson Corners Cemetery, Fairfax, VT
Marker/Plot: 349
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Kathy Valloch
Findagrave Memorial #: 24336827

MORE INFORMATION

Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 10/12/1865
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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Sanderson Corners Cemetery, Fairfax, VT

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Obituary

FAIRFAX

John Harker, an aged colored man better known as “Old Jack” died Monday night at the home of Miss Verona Sanderson, where he had lived for many years. His exact age is not known., but he is over 90 years of age. He was a soldier and drew a pension. No near relatives survive him. He lived for many years with Doctor Farnsworth. The funeral arrangements have not yet been made.

Source: St. Albans Daily Messenger, March 29, 1910
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.