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Pontbriand, Leon N.


Age: 18, credited to Vergennes, VT
Unit(s): 3rd NY CAV, 4th NY PROV CAV, 1st NY MTD RFLS
Service: enl. as Leon Pomeroy, New York City, 4/10/65, m/i, Pvt, Co. H, 3rd NY CAV, 4/10/65, tr to Co. L, 7/12/65, tr 7/21/65 to Co. L, 1st NY MT RFLS, named changed to 4th NY PROV CAV, 9/6/65, m/o 11/29/65, City Point, VA

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Birth: 02/26/1847, Berthier County, Canada East
Death: 03/16/1931

Burial: St. Peters Cemetery, Vergennes, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Alan Lathrop
Findagrave Memorial #: 42034473


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 6/8/1888, VT, widow Mary P., 4/61931, 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: Died in Lyndonville, VT. Despite what his gravestone says, he did not served in the 6th NY CAV.


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St. Peters Cemetery, Vergennes, VT

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Leon Napoleon Pontbriand, father of the Rev. Charles L. Pontbriand, is a son of Edward Pontbriand, and his birth occurred at Berthier, Canada, whence his parents removed to the United States when he was only six months of age. He acquired his education in the public schools of this country, and when he attained the age of fifteen years and nine months, he enlisted in the Third New York Cavalry, and served during the last year of the Civil war. Subsequently he became one of the active and influential citizens of Vergennes, Vermont, and in this city his marriage to Flavia Labossiere, a native of Vergennes, was solemnized.

Source: Hiram Carleton; Genealogical and Family History of Vermont, Volume 2 p. 669



Death of Leon N. Pontbriand

The many friends of Leon N. Pontbriand were sadden to learn of his death, which occurred about eight thirty Sunday morning at the home of his son, Rev. C. I. Pontbriand, with whom he and his wife had been making their home this winter. Mr. Pontbriand had been confined to his bed for several months, but the end was quite sudden, the cause of his death being old age and a general breakdown.

Leon N. Pontbriand was born in Berthier, Province of Quebec, on February 26th, 1847, one of four children of Edward and Mary Ducharme Pontbriand. When six months of age the family moved to Bristol, Vt., living there until the death of Mr. Pontbriand's father, who died when he was a boy of nine. Following his father's death the family moved to Vergennes, where Mr. Pontbriand found work with a storekeeper, who also owned a farm, working for ten cents a day. Before he was quite eighteen years old he enlisted in the Civil War, joining the Third New York Cavalry at Jersey City, N. J. After the war he learned the wheelwright's trade, working for twenty-three years for one concern in Vergennes, who made hubs and spokes, many of them being sent to the Weeks Carriage Shop in Lyndon.

On August 30th, 1869, Mr. Pontbriand was united in marriage with Miss Flavia LaBoissiere of Vergennes, and their fiftieth wedding anniversary was celebrated in Highgate in1919. Four children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Pontbriand, Rev. Charles I. Pontbriand, the beloved pastor of St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church here, Henry Pontbriand of Attleboro Falls, Mass, Lewis Pontbriand of Swanton, Vt., and a daughter Flavia who died on October 20th, 1880 at the age of fifteen. Mr. and Mrs. Pontbriand lived in Vergennes until 1889, moving from there to Rutland where they lived until 1895, when they accompanied their son, Rev. C. L. Pontbriand, to Highgate, staying there with him until 1900, when he was transferred her. Mr. and Mrs. Pontbriand lived here and kept house for their son for about fifteen years, when they returned to Highgate, which place has since been their home with the exception of visits to their children. Mr. Pontbriand was a kind husband and father a good neighbor and friend, and his death brings real sorrow to a large circle of friends. He was a conscientious workman, and a highly respected citizen in the different communities in which he resided.

Besides the widow and three sons, he is survived by one sister, Mrs. Olive Varney of Williston, eleven grand children as follows: Misses Flavia and Louise Pontbriand, Mrs. Anna Dorgis, Charles Pontbriand, all of Attleboro Falls, Mass., Mrs. Alfreda O'Connor of Brooklyn, N. Y., Leonel, Beatrice, Aileen, Fabian and Jeannette Pontbriand of Swanton and four great grandchildren. A brother Edward Pontbriand died about twenty years ago in Rutland and a sister, Miss Margaret Dwyer died last fall in Bristol, Vt.

A solemn High Mass of Requiem will be sung Tuesday morning at nine o'clock at St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church here, and interment will be in the family lot in Vergennes.

Source: St. Johnsbury Republican, March 16, 1931


The remains of Leon Pontbriand, a former resident of Vergennes, were brought here on Tuesday and buried in the family lot in St. Peter's cemetery. Mr. Pontbriand was born in Canada in 1848. His father moved to Bristol. He was a teamster and worked for the Foundry Company drawing pig iron to the Vergennes dock on the old plank road.

Mr. Pontbriand enlisted in 1863, and served in the 3rd New York Cavalry. He was a member of Roberts Post, G.A.R., Rutland. After being mustered out of service, Mr. Pontbriand came to Vergennes in 1865. Four years later he married Miss Flavia Busch Laboissier. To them were born three sons, Rev. C. L. Pontbriand of Lyndonville, Henry of Rhode Island and Louis of Highgate, Vermont, also one daughter who died while young.

For 25 years Mr. Pontbriand was foreman for the F. M. Strong Hub and Spoke Shop, In 1889 he bought a hotel in Rutland, where he did a good business until 1895, when he moved to Lyndonville and lived with his son, Rev. C. L. Pontbriand until the time of his death. Mr. Pontbriand was a man of kindly disposition. He had a natural aptitude for machinery and successful financially.

Source: Vergennes Enterprise and Vermonter, March 20, 1931
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.