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McGaffey, Andrew

MILITARY SERVICE

Age: 0, credited to Burlington, VT
Unit(s): 15th IL INF
Service: 15th IL INF

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VITALS

Birth: 04/17/1828, Unknown
Death: 11/16/1917

Burial: Elmwood Avenue Cemetery, Burlington, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Kathy Valloch

Findagrave Memorial #: 0
(There may be a Findagrave Memorial, but we have not recorded it)

MORE INFORMATION

Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 7/28/1882, VT; widow Lovira P., 11/26/1917, VT
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: Restored gravestone photo courtesy of Deborah Hardy and Jim Woodman.

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BURIAL:

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Elmwood Avenue Cemetery, Burlington, VT

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Obituary

Andrew McGaffey

Death, the great leveler, visited Stannard Memorial hall on Church street last night at 8:30 o'clock and removed one of the city's oldest and most respected residents, Comrade Andrew McGaffey, quartermaster of Stannard Post, No. 2, G. A. R. Mr. McGaffey was born in Hardwick on April 17, 1828, and was therefore nearly 90- years of age.

Mr. McGaffy, who resided at 126 Maple street and conducted a harness business at 194 Main street, worked at his trade all day yesterday and was at his post as quartermaster at last night's regular weekly meeting of Stannard Post, an office which he had held for some time, when the end came. Just before he dropped to the floor, one of his comrades was of the opinion that Mr. McGaffey was in distress, as it was noticed that he threw back his head, his eyes seemed dazed, then his body tipped in the chair. This occurred at the exact moment when Commander John W. Boutwell rose in his chair to request the now deceased quartermaster to bring the meeting to a close.

Two physicians, member of the Post, who were present at the meeting, Dr. C. M. Ferrin and Dr. G. E. Morgan, went immediately to the stricken man's side, and in a short time pronounced him dead from the effects of a cerebral hemorrhage. The dead comrade's relatives were then notified of their affliction by friends present, and the body was covered where it lay with a large American flag, until its removal by an undertaker.

Comrade McGaffey is survived by a wife, who is 85 years old, and four children, Mrs. Charlotte Van Steinberg, Mrs. Ella Hodges, Charles G. McGaffey, all of this city, and E. O. McGaffery of Buffalo, Minn. Mr. And Mrs. McGaffey observed their 64th wedding anniversary July 27, last.

Comrade McGaffey, who joined the local Post on March 28, 1884, first enlisted in the Army of the Union on March 1, 1865, as private in Company I, 15th regular Illinois volunteer infantry, for a period of one year, and was discharged as corporal at Fort Leavenworth, Kans., on the 16th day of September, 1865, because of the close of the war. Next to Dr. Harmon A. Buck, who was born in 1825, he was perhaps the oldest member of the Post. He was also one of the oldest Masons in the State, being at the time of his death a member of Washington Lodge, F. And A. M.

Source: Burlington Free Press, November 17, 1917.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.