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Willson, Melvin Albert

MILITARY SERVICE

Age: 19, credited to Lunenburg, VT
Unit(s): 8th VT INF
Service: enl 9/13/64, m/i 9/13/64, Pvt, Co. K, 8th VT INF, m/o 5/13/65

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VITALS

Birth: 07/31/1847, Lowell, MA
Death: 12/19/1909

Burial: Granby Village Cemetery, Granby, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Carolyn Adams
Findagrave Memorial #: 70524947

MORE INFORMATION

Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 12/21/1882, VT; widow Jean W., 1/3/1910, VT
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Remarks: None

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Granby Village Cemetery, Granby, VT

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Melvin A. Willson

Willson, Melvin A., son of Sydney and Lucy (Boutwell) Willson, was born in Lowell, Mass., July 31, 1847.

He was one of a family of four children and in his early boyhood was thrown upon his own resources, by the death of his father. Removing to Victory at the age of eight, he gleaned a scanty education from the schools of Lunenburg and Lyndon, meanwhile contributing from his earnings to the support of the family.

He enlisted Sept. 13, 1864, in Co. K, 8th Vt. Vols. under the command of Col. Stephen Thomas, saw service in the Shenandoah campaign and was honorably discharged May 13, 1865.

After his return from military service Mr. Willson settled in Granby, where he purchased the property on which he now resides. He has been extensively engaged in general farming, raising, buying and selling stock and his plain, blunt common sense and shrewdness have rendered him financially successful in all these enterprises, making him an important factor in the business affairs of the town. For the last two years he has added to his other occupations a trade in feed, flour and grain.

Mr. Willson is a Republican, but is independent in his views, and has been elected to nearly all the responsible offices in the town of Granby, which he represented in the Legislature of 1884.

He was united in marriage March 6, 1872, to Jean, daughter of Loomis and Adeline (Farr) Wells, of which marriage seven children have been born: Addie L., Sidney L., Leonard H., Samuel G., Oscar M., John H., and Dora M.


Source: Jacob G. Ullery, compiler, Men of Vermont: An Illustrated Biographical History of Vermonters and Sons of Vermont, (Transcript Publishing Company, Brattleboro, VT, 1894), Part II, p. 435.

8th Vermont Infantry Regimental History