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Norton, John Wright

MILITARY SERVICE

Age: 24, credited to Thetford, VT
Unit(s): 8th VT INF
Service: enl 11/11/63, m/i 11/11/63, Pvt, Co. C, 8th VT INF, m/o 6/28/65 [College: BA, UVM 61, AM UVM 65]

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VITALS

Birth: 08/27/1839, Moretown, VT
Death: 01/1900


MORE INFORMATION

Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, widow Mary F., 9/8/1900, VT
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: UVM
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: Died in Vera Cruz, MX

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Obituary

Death of John W. Norton
A despatch from Mexico on Tuesday brought to his wife and relatives in this city information of the dangerous and probably fatal illness
of Mr. John W Norton, formerly of this city. Yesterday word was received of his death. Mr. Norton was a native of Moretown. He graduated from the University of Vermont in 1861; taught for two years in Thetford, Vt., and and then, in November, 1863, enlisted in the Eighth Vermont regiment in which he served with credit til after the close of the War of the Rebellion, being mustered out in June, 1863 with the veterans of the regiment. He was then engaged in business in Plattsburg for several years. Subsequently he was for a number of years bookkeeper and cashier of the Burlington
Woolen Mills at Winooski. In 1882 he entered the office of the Howe scale works at Rutland, leaving the employ of that company to become the treasurer of the Rutland Savings bank. Three years ago, in company with his brother-in-law, Thomas C. Pease, he became the part owner of a coffee plantation in Southern Mexico, and remained there, in charge of the plantation, until his death. At last accounts from him received by mail a few days since he was in good health and the news of his decease comes with a sad shock to his friends. He married in 1863, Mary, daughter of Peter E. Pease of Burlington, who with four daughters, Katherine, Elizabeth, wife of T.C. Canfield, Ruth, and Helen survive him. The despatch from his physician, which conveyed the intelligence of his death, said that it would be impossible to remove his remains and that interment would take place there. Mr. Norton was a man of high principle, unswerving integrity, true Christian character and devotion to every duty. He had the respect and esteem of all who knew him, and he will be sincerely mourned by many friends."

Source: The Burlington Free Press, 25 Jan 1900
Courtesy of Deb Light