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O'Clair, Peter

MILITARY SERVICE

Age: 17, credited to Colchester, VT
Unit(s): 1st VT CAV
Service: enl 8/31/63, m/i 9/10/63, Pvt, Co. L, 1st VT CAV, tr to Co. D, 6/21/65, m/o 8/9/65

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VITALS

Birth: 07/16/1846, Colchester, VT
Death: 01/17/1921

Burial: St. Francis Xavier Cemetery, Winooski, 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)

MORE INFORMATION

Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 6/12/1888, NY
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: VT
(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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St. Francis Xavier Cemetery, Winooski, VT

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Peter O'Clair

Bennington Banner
Jan. 18,1921

TWO MORE VETERANS DIE

Peter O'Clair and Edmund Stone, Veterans at Soldiers' Home.

Two more veterans at the Soldiers' Home have did since Jerome B. Smith, whose obituary was published in yesterday's Banner - Peter O'Clair and Edmund Stone - both Monday afternoon within an hour of each other. This makes six deaths this year there.

Peter O'Clair was born in Winooski, July 16, 1846. He enlisted from Colchester, Aug. 31, 1863 in Co. L, Vermont Cavalry, transferred to Co. D, and was mustered out Sept. 10, 1865. after the muster-out of the original members of his regiment he was put into a battalion of six companies and served along the Canadian line.

He first came to the Home Jan. 1st, 1898. Since then he has been absent several times, the last time about three years, and returned here Jan. 7, and after a few days was taken to the hospital where he died. He is survived by a brother in Watervliet, N.Y., and a sister in Winooski. The burial will be in Winooski.

"Pete" as he was familiarly called, was of French lineage, and possessed to a marked degree the vivacity of that race. In spite of his volubility, he was good natured, courteous and polite. During his life at the Home he had been often employed in various capacities, chiefly as laundryman and always did good service, doing everything well. He never "put his hand to the plow and looked back." He will be greatly missed.

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Edmond Stone died an hour later than O'Clair. He was born in Cavendish Sept. 18, 1843.His first enlistment was in Co. E, First Vermont Infantry (2 months service) from May 9, 1861 until Aug. 15, 1861. He next enlisted in Co. E, Vermont Cavalry, Oct. 28, 1861; re-enlisted Dec. 28,1863, was transferred to Co. A, June 21, 1865 and was mustered out Aug. 9, 1865.; an aggregate service of over four years. He came to the Home from the National Home at Togus, Me., June 30, 1919.

He was sick but a few days, but his decline was rapid. He was a great reader of the newspapers and kept well informed of current events, particularly of a political nature, and was fond of conversing with others on that subject.

He leaves a wife and one daughter, whose residence is in Lynn, Mass. the daughter is now here. Brief funeral services were held this morning. His body will be kept in the vault until spring when he will be buried in the Home cemetery.

Contributed by Tom Boudreau.