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McGovern, John Joseph


Age: 19, credited to Jericho, VT
Unit(s): 5th VT INF
Service: enl 8/23/61, m/i 9/16/61, Pvt, Co. K, 5th VT INF, AWOL 9/5/63-9/28/63, wdd, Spotsylvania, 5/10/64, m/o 9/15/64 (McGoven on roster)

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Birth: 06/06/1843, Newport, County Tipperary, Ireland
Death: 04/14/1916

Burial: St. Mary Cemetery, Richmond, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Kathy Valloch

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


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 4/9/1866 as John McGowan
Portrait?: USAHEC off-site
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: Court-martialed for three weeks AWOL, found guilty and fined $6 plus cost of replacing his musket and kit. Post-war Richmond GAR Post Commander.


2nd Great Grandfather of Peter Crosby, Huntington, VT

Great Grandfather of Nancy McGovern L'Ecuyer, Essex Junction, VT

Great Grandfather of Sandie Blair, South Burlington, VT

Great Grandfather of Nancy Lecuyer, Essex Jct., VT

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St. Mary Cemetery, Richmond, VT

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John McGovern, who has been in ill health for some time, died at his home in Richmond early Friday morning at the age of 72 years. He is survived by four sons and six daughters. The funeral services were held at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church at Richmond.

The funeral of John McGovern, who died Friday after a long illness, was held at the Church of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Monday morning at ten o’clock, the Rev. A.P. Clermont officiating. The bearers were G.A. Edwards, J.N. Richardson, George Lucia of the G.A.R. Post, of which the deceased was a member, D. Burke, P.L. Wilbur and Daniel Mahoney. The deceased was a veteran of the Civil War and had been a resident of the town since the close of the war. He was a very highly respected man. He was one of the oldest members of the Church of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary. He leaves six daughters, Mrs. Armstrong of New York city, Mrs. Griggs of St. Albans, Mrs. Mahoney, Misses Rebecca and Mary of this town, and four sons, John of St. Albans, William of Boston, Patrick and Charles of this town. Among those from out of town to attend the funeral were: Thomas Crosby and daughter, John Lavelle and sisters of Burlington, Mrs. Willey of Brattleboro.

Source: Burlington Free Press April 20, 1916
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.