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Flanders, George W.


Age: 28, credited to Vermont
Unit(s): 2nd VT INF, USN
Service: enl 5/7/61, m/i 6/20/61, Pvt, Co. E, 2nd VT INF, dishonorable discharge, 3/10/62, drummed out of camp; enl, Boston, 11/23/63, LNDS, USN, m/o 11/23/64, Vessels: Canonicus

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Birth: 1833, Unknown
Death: 05/25/1871

Burial: Robinson Cemetery, Strafford, VT
Marker/Plot: No_Marker; Row 7 Grave 3
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Findagrave Memorial #: 0
(There may be a Findagrave Memorial, but we have not recorded it)


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Not found
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: This small cemetery has been searched several times, yet no grave marker has been found. However, WPA Graves Registration Card includes an inscription which indicates that a stone was there during the WPA Project in 1940.


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Robinson Cemetery, Strafford, VT

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The St. Albans Murder

About 11 o'clock last (Wednesday) night, George W. Flanders proposed to one of his associates, S. B. Watson, to accompany him to a house of ill-fame, kept by one Margaret Patterson, No. 9 Water Street, in a block owned by Ralph Laselle. On arriving, Watson stood at the gate and Flanders rapped at the door. Thomas Patterson, son of the woman who keeps the house, aged 20 years, appeared at the upper window and asked, what was wanted. Flanders replied that he wanted to go in, whereupon Patterson told him to leave or he would shoot him. Flanders stepped back to the gate, and after standing there parleying a minute, either he or Watson asked Patterson why he didn't go to shooting, and immediately he fired, the discharge, which consisted of buck shot, passing through the hands and entering the bowels of Flanders, inflicting injuries from which he died at half-past eight this morning. He turned and ran and Watson did likewise, though in a different direction, as he did not know his companion was shot. Shortly however, Flanders called to him, and by following the sound of his voice Watson fond him stretched upon the ground and suffering great pain. He immediately went for help, Flanders was taken into a house nearby, and Drs. Branch and Fassett were called, and likewise the dying man's friends.

Sheriff Place was notified and he proceeded at once to the scene of the murder and arrested Thomas Patterson, who promptly confessed the shooting, also Margaret his mother, and two young women, one of whom claimed to to be Thomas Patterson's wife and the other is a Mrs. Rollins, formerly of Swanton, who is the mother of a child whose dead-body was found in a cellar in Swanton two years since, and for the alleged murder of which her husband was afterward tried and acquitted in the county court. The whole crowd are spoken of as decidedly tough.

The gun used was a British musket, and when the prisoner was arrested, Sheriff Place found that he had loaded it again.

Mr. Flanders, the deceased, was a native of Sharon, was 27 years of age, and was employed on wood work in the department of the master mechanic of the railroad. He was very respectably connected, and his friends, who have done all that lay in their power to reclaim him from wayward paths, will have the sympathy of the community.

As usual in such cases, we are obliged to record that rum is probably responsible for the tragedy. As poor Flanders lay upon the ground he called upon bystanders to take notice of what would do. To be sure, he might have sought the house even in perfect sobriety, but he had been drinking, had often drank before, and it seems that in his dying hour he realized that he was reaping the whirlwind where he had sown the wind.

The young man, his mother, sister and wife were all arraigned this forenoon before Justice H. H. Farnsworth, the first on complaint for murder, the second and third on complaint for being accessories before the fact, and all four on a complaint for keeping a house of ill-fame. They severally pleaded “nor guilty,” and the examination proceeded. A. G. Safford, assisted by M. B. Carpenter, appeared for the prosecution and Willard Farrington for the defence. The testimony for the prosecution established without material variation the facts as above detailed, and the defence the offered numerous witnesses to prove that the deceased and his associate were intoxicated before going to the house.

Patterson was held for trial.

Source: Burlington Free Press, May 27, 1871
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.