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Moody, Dexter


Age: 27, credited to Waterbury, VT
Unit(s): 10th VT INF
Service: enl 7/30/62, m/i 9/1/62, Pvt, Co. B, 10th VT INF, m/o 6/22/65

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Birth: 10/22/1837, Fairlee, VT
Death: 03/25/1903

Burial: Green Mount Cemetery, Montpelier, VT
Marker/Plot: Lot 134
Gravestone photographer: Kathy Valloch
Findagrave Memorial #: 77737264


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 5/31/1872; widow Edna A., 5/4/1903, 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: 10th Vt. History off-site


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Green Mount Cemetery, Montpelier, VT

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Elderly Man of Montpelier Supposed to Have Fall into Winooski River.

Montpelier, March 25. - Dexter Moody, a retired Central Vermont baggage man, aged 70, was drowned this afternoon in the Winooski river inside the city limits. The river is very swift and high and the body has not been recovered. Mr. Moody took a wheelbarrow load of rubbish to the brink of the river just before noon to dump it. He probably lost his balance and fell in. A remarkable fact is that the heavy wheelbarrow he was using has not been found, but Mr. Moody's cap was found a few rods below where it is supposed he fell into the water. His wife did not become alarmed until about 3 o'clock this afternoon, thinking that Mr. Moody had gone up town.

When the alarm was given Mayor Corry personally headed a searching party with boats, hooks and grappling irons. He promptly offered a reward of $50 for the recovery of the body. This fact was telephoned to Middlesex and another searching party set out from there.

Mr. Moody weighed about 300 pounds but the high water may have carried the body a long distance. The river was dragged as far as Green Mount cemetery before darkness prevailed. Two boats were out tonight below that point but the occupants are hampered by the intense darkness.

Mr. Moody had about $100 in bills in the inside pocket of his vest when he left home. No suspicion of foul play or suicide is entertained.

Mr. Moody served in the Civil War in Company B, 10th Vt. Regt.

Source: Burlington Free Press, March 26, 1903


Great Crowd Searching Winooski River for Remains of Dexter Moody.

Montpelier, March 29. - Fully 500 men and boys have searched the Winooski river today between here and Waterbury for the body of Dexter Moody, who was drowned last Wednesday, but without success. The wheelbarrow Moody was using when he fell in was fished out of the river Saturday afternoon about three miles below Middlesex. The wife of the dead man has added another $50 reward to that offered by Mayor Corry for the discovery of the body and this has stimulated an extensive search. The river has fallen to nearly normal conditions and the body must be caught on some rock or root or be at the bottom of the Viles or Bolton Falls dams. The river between Montpelier and the halfway bridge to Middlesex has been so thoroughly dragged that the probability is that the body is below that point.

Source: Burlington Free Press, April 2, 1903

An increase of pension from $14 to $17 a month has been granted to Dexter Moody of Montpelier, the man whose body has not yet been found in the Winooski river. It came too late to be available.

Source: St. Johnsbury Caledonian, April 8, 1903

Dexter Moody, aged 65 fell into the Winooski river at Montpelier March 25 and was drowned. He left his home with a wheel barrow of rubbish and after his wife became alarmed search was begun and his hat was found in the river about a quarter of a mile from the point where he probably disappeared. A reward has been offered for the recovery of the body. Mr. Moody was formerly a brakeman on the Central Vermont railroad. He was a giant in physique, standing 6 feet four inches tall and weighing 350 pounds. One of his comrades in Company B, 10th Vermont regiment, was Hiram Smith, a Montpelier man who committed suicide by hanging last week.

Source: St. Johnsbury Caledonian, April 8, 1903

The body of Dexter Moody, who was drowned in the Winooski river at the foot of State street in Montpelier March 25, was found the afternoon of April 21 about three miles from the city. The reward of $50 goes to Henry Z. Fish of Waterbury, who saw the body floating in the stream from a car window while he was on his way from Waterbury to Montpelier on a Central Vermont train that noon. On his arrival he hired a team, returned and dragged the body ashore with a fish line. The body was found face down with the arms outstretched and the hands in a badly decomposed state. Mr. Moody went to the river to empty the contents of a wheelbarrow and fell in, and for several days the river was dragged from there to Middlesex, both by the city men and those looking for the reward of $50 offered by Mayor Corry. The pocket book was found in the left pocket of his trousers and contained $43.83 in bills and change.

Source: West Randolph Herald and News April 30, 1903
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.