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Olney, George


Age: 26, credited to Poultney, VT
Unit(s): 9th VT INF
Service: enl 9/3/64, m/i 9/3/64, Pvt, Co. D, 9th VT INF, m/o 6/13/65

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Birth: 08/22/1837, Chester, VT
Death: 01/11/1922

Burial: Pine Grove Cemetery, Springfield, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Joie Finley Morris +
Findagrave Memorial #: 120555732


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 7/18/1890, VT; widow Harriet M., 1/26/1922, 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

Webmaster's Note: If this soldier enlisted before 9/1/62, and was with the regiment on 9/13/62, he would have briefly been taken prisoner along with the entire regiment at Harper's Ferry. Read the blue section of the unit's Organization and Service for details.


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Pine Grove Cemetery, Springfield, VT

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Civil War Veteran Survived by Wife He Married Nearly 62 Years Ago.

After a long period of gradually declining health and strength, due to the infirmities of advanced years, George Olney entered into rest at 5:30 o'clock Wednesday afternoon of last week. For some time he had been too feeble to do much in the way of work and during the last month it was evident that he was failing more rapidly.

Mr. Olney was born in Chester, Aug. 22, 1837, a son of William and Thankful (Bates) Olney. As a young man he engaged in farming in his native town and married there, April 17, 1880, Harriet M., daughter of Harvey and Lenora (Kendall) Gowing. Nearly 62 years of happy companionship was granted them and, although less than six months her husband's junior, this devoted wife was able to give him the most faithful care in his illness until almost the last, when she had to be relieved by a nurse. Two daughters were born to them Jessie L., the wife of Herbert A. Britton, and Hattie M., who died in 1885 at the age of nine.

Soon after the Civil war broke out, Mr. Olney removed from Chester to Springfield and enlisted here as a private in Company D, 9th regiment, Vermont Volunteers. At the end of his military service, he returned to this town to be one of its sober, industrious and respected citizens for the greater part of the remainder of his life. He and his family did spend some years also in Chester, Perkinsville and Charlestown.

The funeral service was held Saturday afternoon at the Olney residence on Clinton street, with Rev. Clement G. Clarke of the Congregational church officiating. Burial was in the family lot in North Springfield. Jarvis post, No. 43, G.A.R., was present in a body to honor a deceased comrade, and members of the Relief corps were also in attendance. The relatives and friends from away at the service were Mrs. Olney's nephew, Fred Gowing of Newton, Mass.; two nieces, Mrs. George Pettingill of Dorchester, Mass., and Mrs. Arthur Raynor of Acton, Mass.; Elmer Lawrence and his granddaughter, Mrs. Goodwin of Chester; Mrs. Carrie Cook of Keene, N. H., and others from Perkinsville and North Springfield.

The bearers were Fred Gowing of Newton, Mass., E. H. Redfield, Fred Rich and Henry Walsh of Springfield.

Source: Springfield Reporter, January 19, 1922
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.