Barr, Davidson Matthew
Age: 27, credited to Sherburne, VT
Unit(s): 11th VT INF
Service: enl 7/24/62, m/i 9/1/62, PVT, Co. H, 11th VT INF, pr CPL 9/6/62, pr SGT 10/23/63, pow, Weldon Railroad, 6/23/64, Andersonville, prld 4/28/65, m/o 5/23/65
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Birth: 03/15/1835, Stockbridge, VT
Burial: Cavendish Center Cemetery, Cavendish, VT
Marker/Plot: DMB #20
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Charles Anderson
Findagrave Memorial #: 33143192
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 9/18/1865
Portrait?: GAR Post #27, 1907, Findagrave
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)
Webmaster's Note: The 11th Vermont Infantry was also known as the 1st Vermont Heavy Artillery; the names were used interchangably for most of its career
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Davidson M. Barr
Declaration for an Invalid Pension.
STATE OF VERMONT,
Windsor District & County, ss:
On this 15th day of August, A.D. one thousand eight hundred and sixty-five personally appeared before me Judge of the Probate Court within and for the county district and State aforesaid Davidson M. Barr aged 30 years, a resident of Weathersfield in the State of Vermont, who being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is the identical Davidson M. Barr, who enlisted in the service of the United States to the credit of the town of Sherburne, Vt., on the 24th day of July in the year 1862, as a Sergeant in company H, commanded by Capt. James D. Rich in the 11th Regiment of Vermont Volunteers, in the war of 1861, and was honorably discharged on the 23rd day of May, in the year 1865; that while in the service aforesaid, and in the line of his duty, he was disabled as follows, to wit: He was taken prisoner at the battle fought near the Weldon Rail Road, Va. on the 23rd day of June, 1864, and was taken to the Rebel Prison at Andersonville, Ga., reaching that prison on or about July 12, 1864. Everything was taken away from him by the rebel officers, except one shirt, one blouse, one pair pants, cap & shoes. Had no blanket - or tent - while in said prison and had no shelter there of any kind there - remained a prisoner at Andersonville until about the 18th of April, 1865, when on the cessation of hostilities he was released. From the poor and scanty food furnished him and from exposure to the inclemencies of the weather, he contracted the scurvy. chronic diarrhea, inflammatory rheumatism and many other disorders - and is now in very poor health and wholly incapacitated from earning his subsistence by manual labor. Was discharged by reason of Gen. Order No. 77, A.G.O. 1865.
I hereby appoint Gilbert A. Davis of Felchville, in the County of Windsor and State of Vermont, my Attorney to prosecute my claim for pension, a receive a certificate when issued thereon.
My post office address is "Upper Falls, Vt."
Davidson M. Barr
Also personally appeared Lucian Phillips of Claremont, N.H., and Roswell Downer resident of Weathersfield, Vt: persons whom I certify to be respectable and entitled to credit, and who, being by me duly sworn, say that they were present and saw Davidson M. Barr sign his name, to the foregoing declaration; and they further swear that they have every reason to believe from the appearance of the applicant and their acquaintance with him, that he is the identical person he represents himself to be; and they further state that they have no interest in the prosecution of this claim.
Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 15th day of August A.D., 1865; and I hereby certify that I have no interest, direct or indirect, in the prosecution of this claim.
Witness my hand and the seal of the Probate Court for said District of Windsor at Weathersfield in said District.
Henry Closson, Judge.
Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary
(From an unidentified newspaper clipping, 1907).
Mr. and Mrs. Davidson M. Barr celebrated the 50th anniversary of their marriage at their home three miles north of this village yesterday surrounded by their children, also many other relatives and friends. Mr. and Mrs. Barr participated in the amusements and gayety of the occasion with as much zest as the younger people, who were present.
Mr. Barr was born in Stockbridge, Vt., March 13, 1835, and was the youngest of five children of sturdy Scotch ancestors; his parents were Joseph and Luna Bennett Barr and he is the last of the family. Mrs. Barr was born in Cavendish March 10, 1838 being one of seven children of Mr. and Mrs. Sylvanus Norton. At the age of 15 her parents moved to Weathersfield where they afterwards resided. Mrs. Barr has one brother living, Elbert P. Norton of Springfield. She is enjoying remarkably good health and does nearly the entire household work.
Mr. and Mrs. Barr have resided in Chester over 30 years and have a host of warm friends. Five children were born to them Mrs. William Duncan of Southboro, Mass., Sidney L. Barr of Bridgewater, Mass., Mrs. F. L. [Barnes] and Mrs. A. A. Pinney of Andover and Mrs. E.L. Lane of Burlington nearly all of whom were present on the anniversary day. They also have 12 grand-children and three great grandchildren, the four generations being all together.
Mr. Barr's great grandfather fought in King George's army at Concord, Lexington and other places. Mr. Barr enjoys relating his life's experiences which are interesting. He says: "I make my boasts that I am well and hearty and never lost a meal of victuals in my life if I could get it. I am a farmer and enjoy doing my work. July 23, 1862, I enlisted in Co. H. 11th Vermont regiment and served in til the end of the war taking active part in all the battles the regiment was engaged in. June 23, 1864, I was taken prisoner in the Welden Railroad battle and for one year I suffered the tortures of Libby, Belle Isle and Andersonville. When I was captured my weight was 225 pounds and when discharged I was reduced to a little over 100 pounds and my clothes were so worn that they hardly covered my body and when I beheld myself in a looking glass I could not believe it was D. M. Barr.
I was formerly a member of Post Sheridan at Weston and when they disbanded I joined Henry Post with which I hold my membership. I was commander of the Weston Post and I also held all the other important offices."
(From an unidentified newspaper clipping, 1917)
Davidson M. Barr, aged 82 years and 11 months, died Tuesday February 12 at the home of his granddaughter, Mrs. Dana Griswold, in Andover of complicated troubles after an illness of about three weeks. For many years he was a resident of Chester and a farmer. The funeral was held Friday at 2 P.M. at the Congregational Church in Chester, Rev. Henry Crocker officiating. the remains were placed in the tomb and later will be taken to Cavendish for burial by the side of his wife. Mr. Barr was born in Stockbridge, Vt., March 13, 1835.
He married Miss Ellen Norton of Cavendish, May 30, 1857. They had seven children of which four are living. Mrs. William Duncan of Southboro, Mass., Sidney L. Barr of Lincoln, Mass., Mrs. Emma Barnes and Mrs. May Pinney of Andover, Vt. He had 14 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
He enlisted July 23, 1862 in Co. H. 11th Vermont regiment and served until the end of the war. June 23, 1864 he was taken prisoner and suffered the tortures of Libby, Belle Isle and Anderson for nearly one year. He was formerly a member of Sheridan Post of Weston was its commander and had held all other important offices, and for several years he was a member of Henry Post of Chester.
He lived in Chester 24 years and in Grafton the last six year, living part of the time with his grandchildren Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Pinney.
Mr. and Mrs. Barr celebrated their golden anniversary, May 30, 1907 in company with their five children and a large gathering of townspeople.
NOTE: At their golden anniversary celebration, Davidson Barr posed with several fellow members of the Chester G.A.R. Post.
Source: Articles and photographs contributed by Charles Anderson, Davidson's great-grandnephew.