Willard, James R.
Age: 37, credited to Rutland, VT
Unit(s): 4th VT INF
Service: enl 9/3/61, m/i 9/21/61, MSCN, 4th VT INF Band, m/o 7/14/62
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Birth: 1824, Keene, NH
Burial: Evergreen Cemetery, Rutland, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Jennifer Snoots
Findagrave Memorial #: 32629377
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, widow Mary A., 9/5/1889, VT
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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BiographyResearched by Linda M. Welch, March, 2008
Musicians of the Fourth Vermont Infantry Regimental Band
Willard, James R. - Musician. (b. NH, 1824). He enlisted at the age of 37 years from Rutland County, Vermont, 21 Sept., 1861. He mustered in with the regimental band at Camp Holbrook in Brattleboro, Vt. 21 Sept., 1861. He mustered out 14 July, 1862. He m. 1st in Keene, NH, 11 Sept., 1845, Caroline A. Taft of Keene, NH. They had two children, Lovell (b. Dec., 1847 .. d. in Keene, 28 Feb., 1853), and Samantha Malvina (b. Keene, 28 July, 1849). Caroline died of fever in Keene, NH, 22 Jan., 1854 (age 35). James moved to Rutland, Vermont. He served in the Civil War, and went back to Rutland. He m. 2nd Mary A. _____ (b. 1818). When the 1860 census was taken, they were living in Rutland City. He was a carpenter and their little house was valued at $600. In 1870 they were still residents of Rutland City, renting an apartment from Oscar Duncklee the butcher. When the 1880 census was taken, they were renting rooms at 199 Grove Street from Julia A. Keyes. James died May, 1889 (age 65). Mary filed for a Widow's pension while living in Rutland, (App #403861, Cert #271010).
The members of the Grand Army Post are requested to meet at their rooms on next Thursday at 1:30 o'clock to attend the funeral of their late comrade, James Willard. Services at the Methodist church at 2 o'clock.
Source: Rutland Daily Herald, August 14, 1889
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.