Vermont Flag Site Logo
Find a Soldier Units Battles Cemeteries Descendants Pensions Towns

Robear, Francis Joseph


Age: 21, credited to Colchester, VT
Unit(s): 17th VT INF
Service: enl 1/17/65, m/i 1/17/65, Pvt, Co. B, 17th VT INF, enl one yr., m/o 7/14/65

See Legend for expansion of abbreviations


Birth: 09/05/1845, Saint-Hyacinthe, Canada East
Death: 07/25/1910

Burial: Hillside Cemetery, North Adams, MA
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Tom Boudreau
Findagrave Memorial #: 46178741


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 11/26/1888; widow Noemie D., 5/16/1917, MA; minor, 8/26/1910, MA
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


2nd Great Grandfather of Priscilla Simerson, Kinston, NC

2nd Great Grandfather of Douglas A. Robar, Franklin, MA

Great Grandfather of Eugene Kemp, North Adams, MA

(Are you a descendant, but not listed? Register today)


Copyright notice


Hillside Cemetery, North Adams, MA

Check the cemetery for location/directions and other veterans who may be buried there.

Francis Joseph Robear (Frank Robert)


Was Flagging One Train When
Another Struck and Killed Him

Frank Robert of Greylock, aged 69 years, was struck by a train at the Greylock crossing where the old covered bridge formerly stood, last evening at 8:50 and was instantly killed. Mr. Robert was acting as flagman at the time the accident happened in place of Henry Fairbanks, the regular flagman, while the latter was lighting the lamps at the switch east of the crossing and also getting his supper at his home which is near the scene of the accident. Mr. Robert was flagging the second division of freight No. 318, eastbound, and was standing directly in front of the flagman's shanty on the westbound track when hit by the first division of freight No. 227, westbound. He was thrown into a gutter on the north side of the tracks and death was almost instantaneous.

There were several who saw the accident and it is thought that Mr. Robert was watching the train he was flagging and could neither see nor hear the train approaching from the other direction as a curve a short distance east of the crossing hides the approach of the westbound trains until they are very near. Dr. William Galvin of Blackington was immediately sent for and reached there about five minutes after Mr. Robert was hit and pronounced him dead. Medical Examiner O.J. Brown was notified and ordered the body removed to the victim's home in Greylock where an examination was made by Dr. Brown assisted by Dr. Galvin and they found crushing injuries to the head and injuries to the left side which must have caused instant death.

Mr. Robert was familiar with the flagging of trains at this crossing as he has acted for the regular men while they were off duty for many years. He had been in the habit of flagging while the regular flagman was at meals or lighting the switch lamps and had worked for Patrick Golden who was flagman at the crossing before Mr. Fairbanks.

It was the second accident on the railroad to members of the Robert family, as Theodore, the 17 years old son of the deceased was hit by a train near where last evening's fatality occurred about nine years ago and his left leg was cut off.

The deceased had been a resident of Greylock for many years and was a member of E. P. Hopkins post, G.A.R., of Williamstown and also a member of the Greylock Catholic mission of St. Raphael's church of Williamstown. He is survived by his wife and 13 children, Mrs. Charles Pitt of Whitinsville, Frank Robert of Worcester, Mrs. Paynes of Worcester, John Robert of South Carolina, Annie and Lilly Robert whose present whereabouts is unknown, Theodore, Ada, Ralph. Zepherin, and Lorenso of Greylock.

The funeral will be held tomorrow morning at 9 o'clock at the Greylock chapel and the burial will be in the soldiers' mound in Hillside cemetery. E. P. Hopkins post, G.A.R., of Williamstown, of which the deceased was a member, will have charge of the services at the grave.

Source: North Adams Transcript,July 26, 1910; contributed by Tom Boudreau

Webmaster's note: Robert is a common Anglicization of Robear. According to Tom's research, death indexes and the tombstone spell his surname as Robear, and the dates on the stone match.