Adams, John S.
Age: 21, credited to Chester, VT
Unit(s): 7th VT INF
Service: enl 11/26/61, m/i 2/12/62, Pvt, Co. G, 7th VT INF, reen 2/22/64, pr CPL 2/26/65, m/o 3/14/66
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Birth: 07/14/1841, Chester, VT
Burial: North Street Cemetery, Chester, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Carolyn Adams
Findagrave Memorial #: 111584373
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Not Found
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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North Street Cemetery, Chester, VT
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SUICIDE AT CHESTER. - Last Saturday that community was shocked by the announcement that John S. Adams. Esq., son of the Hon. Luther Adams had committed suicide by taking poison. No rational cause can be assigned for his committing the rash deed, although many rumors are afloat, many of which are untrue. He was in his office with his father, that morning as usual, until about half past 10 o'clock A. M., and appeared in his usual health and spirits. He then passed out of the office, and went to a shoe shop, where he gave directions about some work he was having done, after which he passed down the street, where he met several persons, who he saluted in his usual pleasant and congenial manner, remarking that he was well and all right. The last place he entered was the house of his friend, Mr. Finley, at the lower end of the village, where he called for a glass of water, saying he had some poison, and was about to kill himself. Mrs. Finley snatched a small package from his hand, but he immediately took it from her, and bit off a small portion. She again snatched the remainder from him, which proved to be cyanide of potassis, a most deadly poison. He soon after became insensible, and died within twenty minutes. The deceased was about 34 years of age, and was admitted to the bar of Windsor county several years ago, since which he has applied himself very closely to his profession in the law office with his father, who is one of the most prominent lawyers in the county. He was a man of rare talent, and has for many years corresponded for the press. For the past year he has been general correspondent for the Boston Journal in that past of Vermont.
He was a genial, whole-souled, benevolent young man, who never let a worthy object, or a needy applicant pass by unassisted. He was universally respected for his many good qualities, and his loss is deeply regretted in that community, by the people. He was buried from his father's residence on Monday, at 3 o'clock p. m., his funeral being attended by a large concourse of friends. The officers of the fire department and the Yosemite fire engine company turned out in a body, he having been a prominent officer in both organizations for the past five years. His death creates a vacancy in the ranks of the company, where he was always prompt and faithful to every duty, that cannot be easily filled, and a void that will long be felt by the entire community. The loss falls heavily upon the bereaved family, especially his father, who is somewhat advanced in years, and they have the deepest sympathy of the whole community in their sad bereavement.
Source: Argus and Patriot, May 4, 1876.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.