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Newton, William E.


Age: 20, credited to Vernon, VT
Unit(s): 11th VT INF
Service: enl 8/11/62, m/i 9/1/62, Pvt, Co. E, 11th VT INF, pow, Cedar Creek, 10/19/64, prld 2/15/65, m/o 5/22/65

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Birth: 01/24/1842, Springfield, MA
Death: 05/21/1935

Burial: Tyler Cemetery, Vernon, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Don Streeter
Findagrave Memorial #: 133733403


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 8/15/1879
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

Webmaster's Note: The 11th Vermont Infantry was also known as the 1st Vermont Heavy Artillery; the names were used interchangably for most of its career


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Tyler Cemetery, Vernon, VT

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William E. Newton of Vernon, 93, Veteran of Civil War, Dies

Vernon, May 21.

William E. Newton, 93, oldest resident of the town of Vernon, and one of the four surviving members of Sedgwick post, G.A.R., of Brattleboro, died suddenly this morning at the home of his son., B. H. Newton. Mr. Newton, who had demonstrated remarkable agility f or one of his advanced years, had been in his usual good health until within a few days and was confined to his bed only since yesterday. His death early this morning came as a shock to a host of friends, old and young, to whom he was lovingly known as "Gramp."

William Ellis Newton was born in Chicopee, Mass., Jan. 24, 1842, a son of David and Emmerline (Cooley) Newton. He was the oldest and last surviving member of a family of seven children. When two years of age his family moved to Vernon, where he spent the remainder of his life. He married on Nov. 10, 1869, Miss Gracia Fairman of this town, who died many years ago. Two children were born to the couple Mrs. Conrad Harmon of this town and Bert H. Newton, with whom he made his home. Mr. Newton leaves a foster granddaughter, Mrs. George Gassett of Putney.

At the outbreak of the Civil war Mr. Newton enlisted in the 11th Vermont Infantry, Co. E, and served his country for three years. He was taken prisoner after the battle of Harper's Ferry and was confined in Libby and Pemberton prisons.

Mr. Newton was a member of Vernon Union church. He was an honorary member of Vernon Grange, also held an honorary member ship in Windham County Pomona Grange, the latter honor being conferred upon him at the last meeting of Pomona.

Endowed with an unusual faculty for the full enjoyment of life at an age when the majority of people relinquish their interests, Mr. Newton was active in many directions. Until about 80 years of age he took part in local dances, and later continued his attendance as an interested spectator. He delighted in card playing. His contribution to happiness of others was contained in his consistent cheerful greeting and smile, and his skillful rendition of harmonica selections. Keen enjoyment of traveling with holiday crowds caused him to join annually until last year, the Central Vermont Sunday excursions to New London and other points.

The funeral will be held at Union church Thursday at 2:30 p.m. (E.S.T.). Burial will take place in Tyler cemetery.

Source: Brattleboro Reformer, May 21, 1935
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.