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Millard, John Ward

MILITARY SERVICE

Age: 37, credited to Stamford, VT
Unit(s): 14th VT INF
Service: enl 9/18/62, m/i 10/21/62, 4SGT, Co. K, 14th VT INF, m/o 7/30/63

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VITALS

Birth: 01/27/1825, Stamford, VT
Death: 02/01/1902

Burial: Millard Cemetery, Stamford, VT
Marker/Plot: 3
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Tom Boudreau
Findagrave Memorial #: 32690302

MORE INFORMATION

Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 8/13/1890, VT
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Remarks: None

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Millard Cemetery, Stamford, VT

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John Ward Millard

OBITUARY

John Ward Millard, one of the oldest, most prominent and respected residents of Stamford, Vt., died at his home in that town this morning at 4:10, aged 77 years. He had been sick for a long time and his death was expected. It was caused by a fibrous growth in the outlet of the stomach, resulting in stricture and consequent inability to take and assimilate food.

Mr. Millard was born at Stamford January 27, 1825, the son of Squire and Rachel Millard, and most of his life was passed in that town. About 1849 he moved to New York state and lived for three years at Hannibal and Clyde. While living in Clyde he united with the Baptist church in 1850. When he returned from New York state he took possession of the farm that had been owned by his father before him and the remainder of his days was spent there. When the civil war broke out he enlisted and did good service in the Union cause. He was in the battle of Gettysburg and other important engagements.

Since the war he had lived quietly on his Stamford farm, taking a prominent part in the affairs of the town and being very active in the work of the Baptist church, of which he had been a deacon for over 30 years. The welfare of the church was much in his thoughts during his last days, and he had the great satisfaction of seeing it free from debt before he died. The edifice was burned a few years ago, and as there was no insurance on it the loss was a severe one for the church. Another building was erected, but the society was left badly in debt, and Mr. Millard could not be content till the indebtedness was wiped out. This was recently done, as reported in this paper and the consummation brought great satisfaction to Mr. Millard, who was as deeply interested in the matter as if it had been his own personal affair.

In town matters Mr. Millard always took a lively interest and he had served the town in most of its important offices. He also served in the Vermont legislature, to which he was elected in 1886 on an independent ticket after one of the hardest fought campaigns in the history of Stamford. In every office he held he gave to his fellow citizens the best service of which he was capable. He was a man of sound sense and good judgment, and was strictly honest and upright in all of his relations and transactions. He held the confidence and respect of the community to an unusual degree and had long been recognized as a pillar of the town and of the Baptist church. He was a member of C. D. Sanford post, of this city and was well known here, where he was as highly respected as in the town where so large a part of his honorable and useful life was passed.

Mr. Millard was twice married. His first wife, whom he married when he was a young man, was Miss Jane Chapin of Stamford. One son was born to them, and died in childhood. Mrs. Millard died in September 1890, and in May, 1891, Mr. Millard married Mrs. Fidelia Lanfair, who survives him.

The funeral service will be held at Baptist church in Stamford Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, Rev. G. F. Newhall officiating. Prayer will be offered at the house at 12 o'clock and only the family and immediate relatives will assemble there. The body will then be placed in the church where it may be seen till 2 o'clock. A delegation from C.D. Sanford post and a good number of North Adams people will attend.


The funeral of the late Deacon J. W. Millard was held at the Baptist church yesterday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock and despite the severe weather was largely attended. A delegation from the C. D. Sanford post and several prominent business men from North Adams were present to pay their last respects to their comrade and friend, who through their long social and business relations they had come to hold in high esteem. Rev. George F. Newhall officiated and the bearers were Deacons C. L. Roberts, George Bridges and Z. W. Kemp, and F. L. Campbell. Interment was in the cemetery near Mr. Millard's old home.

Sources: North Adams Transcript, 2/1/1902 and 2/4/1902, respectively; contributed by Tom Boudreau.