Rice, Jonas R.
Age: 31, credited to Bridport, VT
Unit(s): 1st VT CAV
Service: enl 9/24/61, m/i 11/19/61, 5SGT Co. K, 1st VT CAV, reen 2/26/64, pr 1SGT, wdd, Hagerstown, 7/6/63, comn 1LT, 11/19/64 (11/26/64), m/o 6/21/65 (pension - gsw rt leg)
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Birth: 1833, Bridport, VT
Burial: Central Cemetery, Bridport, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Alan Lathrop
Findagrave Memorial #: 44602587
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 9/23/1876; widow Lucy E., 8/2/1905, VT
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Central Cemetery, Bridport, VT
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The death of Jonas R. Rice, a prominent and highly respected citizen of Bridport, which occurred on the evening of July 24, cast gloom over this community. Deceased had been in very feeble health since last winter following an attack of the grip, and to the immediate family only, the end, which came suddenly, was not a great surprise. Heart failure was the cause of death. Mr. Rice was in complete possession of his mental faculties up to the last and did some business requiring clerical work not more than an hour before his demise. The funeral was largely attended from the late residence Thursday afternoon, July 27, Rev. W. N. Bacon officiating, assisted by Rev. A. J. Pennell and Rev. Henry Lands.
There was a profusion of flowers. Among those were beautiful floral pieces from Morning Sun Lodge, No. 7, Bridport Grange, No. 303, Geo. S. Gale post, G.A.R., and from relatives and admiring friends. The bearers were comrades and members of the local G.A.R. Piper and Goyett of Middlebury had charge of the arrangements. The interment was in the village cemetery. Among those present at the funeral from out of town were Hon. C. J. Russell and Mrs. Russell of Burlington, Chas. S. Dana and Madam Dana of New Haven and Edmund Rice of New York. The widow and one brother, Beebe T. Rice of Middlebury are left of the immediate family to mourn the loss.
Jonas R. Rice, deceased, was born in Bridport a little more than 72 years ago on the farm three-fourth of a mile south of the village where he resided the greater part of his life. He was a veteran of the Civil war enlisting in Co. K, Vt. Vols. Cavalry, where he made for himself an enviable record. He was, in turn, Lieut., Sergeant, Chaplain, and at one time commanded his regiment. He was wounded in the right leg at the battle of Gettysburg. This injury always caused him trouble. Deceased had held many offices in the gift of his town, being superintendent of schools, constable and collector and justice of the peace and twice was appointed by the U. S. census bureau enumerator for Bridport.
Mr. Rice was unusually well informed, kindly and affable and combining these qualities the high esteem in which he was held by all who were fortunate enough to have made his acquaintance is not astonishing. He was very active throughout his life and he will be much missed in the community of which he was an interested factor.
Source: Middlebury Register, August 11, 1905
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.