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Newman, John L.


Age: 21, credited to Brattleboro, VT
Unit(s): 16th VT INF
Service: enl 8/28/62, m/i 10/23/62, Pvt, Co. B, 16th VT INF, pr CPL 2/14/63, m/o 8/10/63

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Birth: 03/19/1841, Newfane, VT
Death: 02/07/1917

Burial: Prospect Hill Cemetery, Brattleboro, VT
Marker/Plot: 14
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Tom Ledoux

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


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 1/28/1892, VT; widow Helen M., 9/26/1911, 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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Prospect Hill Cemetery, Brattleboro, VT

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Was Skilled Machinist and Veteran of Civil War - Had Been Unable to Speak in Last Three Years.

Following a period of ill health covering the last seven years, during the last three of which he had been unable to speak, John Lewis Newman, 70, died about 7 o'clock Sunday morning in his home at 2 Canal street. He sustained shock seven years ago, but recovered so that he returned to his work at the Estey Organ plant. His health was not good, however, and three years ago he sustained a second shock, after which he failed gradually until the end. Mr. Newman was born in Williamsville March 19, 1841, and was one of three children of John and Betsey (Miller) Newman. When he was about four years old his father died and at the age of 15 he came to Brattleboro with his mother. He had lived here ever since then. For a short time he attended the high school and then entered the old Hines and Newman machine shop, where the Stellman machine shop now is, and learned the machinist's trade. His uncle, the late George Newman, was a partner in the firm.

After completing his apprenticeship he was employed several years by the firm, and later he was employed in the manufacture of small sewing machines, the business afterwards being moved to Canada.

When the Civil war broke out Mr. Newman was employed by the Estey Organ plant, the business then being conducted where the Brattleboro House now stands. He served with Company B, 16th Vermont regiment, the term of enlistment, nine months, and fought in the battle of Gettysburg, but was not wounded. On his return from the war he was employed by Hines & Vinton and later returned to work for the Estey Organ company, his entire service for the company covering 39 years. He was a skilled machinist and no piece of work was too complex or exacting for him to accomplish successfully. He was a member of Segdwick post, G.A.R., and of Wantastiquet lodge of Odd Fellows. Whether in the factory or lodgeroom, he was a congenial associate and he was bound to his family by strong ties of affection.

In 1868 Mr. Newman married Miss Helen M. Allen of Brattleboro in Orange, Mass. Mrs. Newman has taken an active part in the work of Sedgwick Women's Relief corps. Three children were born to them, two of whom survive, with their mother. They are Miss Bessie L. Newman, public stenographer, and Miss Ella L. Newman, school teacher, both of Boston. A son, John A., a promising boy of 15 years, died of diphtheria and complications April 19,m 1890. Mr. Newman also leaves one sister, Mrs. D. H. Cross of Highland, Wis.

Funeral services were held at 2 o'clock Tuesday in the home where Mr. Newman had lived the past 16 years. Rev. D. E. Trout, pastor of the Universalist church, officiated and Arthur L. Maynard sang two selections. Delegations were present from Sedgwick post and Wantastiquet lodge. Many floral remembrances bore their messages of esteem. The burial took place in Prospect Hill cemetery, the Odd Fellows participating in the committal service and “taps” being sounded. The bearers were F. T. Stewart, R.F. Pratt, E. H. Putnam and Henry Miller, members of Company B, 16th Vermont regiment.

Source: Vermont Phoenix, September 15, 1911
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.