Barber, Hardy Flagg
Age: 28, credited to Wilmington, VT
Unit(s): 16th VT INF
Service: enl 9/3/62, m/i 10/23/62, CPL, Co. F, 16th VT INF, red by request 11/11/62, m/o 8/10/63
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Birth: 10/14/1833, Wilmington, VT
Burial: Riverview Cemetery, Wilmington, VT
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Tom Boudreau
Findagrave Memorial #: 194501013
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 5/26/1882, VT; widow Clara B., 4/29/1912, VT
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Riverview Cemetery, Wilmington, VT
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DEATH OF H. F. BARBER
Hardy Flagg Barber, 78, a landmark in the mercantile, social, and Grand Army circles of Wilmington died at his home at 2:15 Friday afternoon, after an illness of two weeks, with hardening of the arteries. Mr. Barber's health has been poor for several months, but he was confined to the only two weeks previous to which time he was able to go to the store conducted by H. F. Barber and Son.
He was born October 14, 1833, and was the son of Luther Henry and Irena Flagg Barber of Wilmington. His father was a well known builder and contractor of this town, and many well preserved old structures in Wilmington test to his high grade of workmanship.
Hardy F. Barber received a liberal education for his time in the public schools of his native town. While a young man he learned the trade of shoemaker, which he followed for a few years before engaging in mercantile business, which he followed about 55 years in Wilmington. In 1891 he bought the store owned by H. F. Barber and Son, at the present time, and had, since that time conducted it in partnership with his son George H. Barber.
In service for his country he had performed his full share of duty. He enlisted in 1862 from Wilmington in Co. F., 16th Vermont Regiment, under Co. W. G. Veazey, and with his regiment took part in the Battle of Gettysburg. In 1864 he re-enlisted as a musician in the 4th Brigade, 2d Division of the Army Corps. In his capacity he played a cornet, serving one year.
Mr. Barber was one of the oldest members of the social Lodge of Free Masons, and for over thirty years was treasurer of that organization. He declined a unanimous re-election at the last election of officers.
He had always taken an active interest in the welfare of his town, and was always ready to do his part along these lines. He was constable of Wilmington for about 10 years, and in the early 80's was active sheriff Wilmington for four years.
He was leader of the Wilmington coronet band for a long period, and 15 years was leader of the choir of the Congregational Church.
Mr Barber was twice married. His first wife being Miss. Rebecca Bonney, of Whitman, Mass, who died in 1866, 11 years after their marriage, leaving two sons, W. E. Barber, and Luther Barber of Brattleboro. He married September, 1868, Miss Clara Hubbard, of Wilmington, who survives him. Three sons are the fruit of this marriage, George H., Forrest and Merton F., all of Wilmington.
The funeral was held at the Congregational Church Sunday at 2 p. m. Rev. A. Edward Martin officiating. There were many floral tributes from the fraternities and church, of which Mr. Barber was a member for 43 years. The interment was in the family lot at River View cemetery, the impressive burial service of the Masonic Fraternity rendered, and the depositing of the flag with "Lights Out" by the G.A.R. closing the ceremony.
Source: Vermont Phoenix, March 29, 1912
Courtesy of Deanna French