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Shontell, William


Age: 25, credited to Middlesex, VT
Unit(s): 8th VT INF, 3rd VT LARTY
Service: enl 10/1/61, m/i 2/18/62, CPL, Co. E, 8th VT INF, m/o 2/12/63; enl 9/15/63, m/i 1/1/64, Pvt, 3rd VT LARTY BTRY, m/o 6/15/65

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Birth: 02/27/1836, Saint-Georges, Canada East
Death: 03/20/1919

Burial: Mount Hope Cemetery, Middleville, MI
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone photographer: Shanon Chaput
Findagrave Memorial #: 5641408


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 4/27/1869; widow Lucy A., 3/28/1919, MI
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


3rd Great Granduncle of Tina Laforest, Orange, VT

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Mount Hope Cemetery, Middleville, MI

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Former Shelby Marshal Dies at Middleville
Middleville, March 21 - William Shontell SR, died Thursday at his home on Cherry St. of heart disease and dropsey. Mr. Shontell was a corporal of Company E, Eighth Regiment, Vermont Volunteers for nearly two years in the Civil War and was discharged owing to disability, Feb. 8, 1863. He and his wife have lived here since 1902. Mr. Shontell was a florist. Jan 1 of this year they moved to Grand Haven, but Returned March 1. Jan. 20, Mrs. Shontell, aged 90 years fell and sustained a double fracture of the left leg below the knee and is confined to her bed. Mr. Shontell was marshal at Shelby for several years before moving here. The funeral will be held at the home of H. J. Chapman Saturday morning at 10 o'clock, Rev. C. E. Wood, officiating. Burial will be made here.

Source: Grand Rapids Press, 21 March 1919, page 4; contributed by Shanon Chaput.


There were four brothers in the regiment by the name of Shontell, all six-footers, and brave soldiers. One of them died of disease while in the service ; William is chief of police in the city of Brainard, Minn., and Xenophon Udall is a clergyman in Loyalton, Dak.

Source: 8th Vermont Infantry Regimental History off-site page 262

Esther Shontell

Mrs. Esther Shontell, of this town, sent seven sons to the army in this war. William, who measured 6 feet, 8 inches in height; Benjamin, 6 feet, 4 inches; Frederick, 6 feet, 3 inches; Leander 5 feet 9 inches; Louis 6 feet 1 inch; Joseph, 6 feet, 7 inches; Augustus, 6 feet. Two of the brothers were killed; and the mother draws a pension for one of them. Another left a widow, and two are pensioned on account of wounds.

"O, the strong Middlesex boys
Were mad for this war!
And the name of each hero
To the ages afar
Shall leave a track like a comet---
Each shine as a star.

Hemenway's Historical Gazetteer, 1882, iv:247
Submitted By: Deanna French.