Howland, John E.
Age: 18, credited to Pomfret, VT
Unit(s): 16th VT INF
Service: enl 9/4/62, m/i 10/23/62, Pvt, Co. G, 16th VT INF, m/o 8/10/63
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Birth: 12/06/1843, Pomfret, VT
Burial: East Barnard Cemetery, Barnard, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Carolyn Adams
Findagrave Memorial #: 89397070
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 12/1/1876
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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SOUTH ROYALTON NEWS
Death of John E. Howland
The death of John E. Howland occurred Friday very suddenly and unexpectedly. He did not feel as well as usual upon arising in the morning and suffered from nausea and vomiting, but felt better and asked his daughter to go uptown on a small errand for him. She went, returning immediately, and found her father seated in his chair as usual but his spirit had passed on.
Mr. Howland was born in Pomfret, Dec. 6, 1843, and was 80 years old at the time of his death. He lived in Pomfret until about 13 or 14 years old, then moved to Barnard, where his father bought the Buck house and farm of Thomas Culver, where he was living at the beginning of the Civil war.
He and his brother, Senica, were both eager to enlist, but neither old enough, Senica being 17 years old and John 15 months younger. Their father would not sign for them, saying it would be signing their death warrant, so they both had to falsify their ages. They enlisted at Barnard, Sept. 4, 1862, mustered into service at Brattleboro, Oct. 23, 1862, serving nine months, and were discharged July 4, 1863, at Brattleboro, going home ill.
John later went to Fitchburg, Mass., where he learned the mechanic's trade, working there until his health gave out. Then he went to Brookfield, working there about two years in his brother's machine shop. He resided on the home farm at East Barnard during the later years of his life and about three years ago removed to South Royalton, where he has since lived with his daughter, Emma.
He was first married to Miss Hattie Davis of East Barnard and one son was born to them. He next married Donna M. Leonard, June 22, 1892, who died several years ago. Miss Emma was born from this union.
Mr. Howland belonged to one of the old families that were early settlers in this vicinity. He was an honest, industrious and upright man, beloved by his neighbors and friends and respected by all in the community in which he lived. Very late in life he expressed a wish to join the Masonic fraternity, uniting with Rising Sun lodge, F. And A. M., about three years ago and was an active member until his death.
The funeral was held at his late home Sunday afternoon under Masonic auspices, Rev. F. E. Talbee officiating, and C. H. Hinkley was master of ceremonies. There were 35 Masons in attendance and the bearers were John Anderson, Eli H. Ashley, Fred W. Howland and F. C. Adams. There was a profusion of flowers. Interment was in the family lot at East Barnard.
He is survived by his son, Dr. Edwin Howland of Colchester, Conn., a daughter, Emma, a brother, Nathan D. Howland, and three sisters, Mrs. Dana Walker of East Barnard, Mrs. Carrie Davis of Melrose, Mass., and Mrs. Abbie Perkins of Lowell, Mass.
Among those from out of town attending the funeral were Dr. Edwin Howland and family of Connecticut, Mr. and Mrs. Dana Walker, Guy Crowell and family, Frank Adams and family and Archie Campbell of East Barnard, Lewis Campbell of Lebanon, N.H., Fred W. Howland and family and Miss Eva Yeaton of Broad Brook.
Source: Bethel Courier, June 28, 1923
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.