Bennington County Vermont
Obituaries and Death Notices


 Lucy Essex Barber
Source: Vermont Gazette (Bennington, VT) Friday, 26 May 1876; transcribed by FoFG mz

In North Bennington, May 22d, Mrs. Lucy Essex Barber, the oldest person in town, aged 97 years.

Mrs. Huldah Blackmer
The Vermont Watchman and State Journal, Montpelier, Vermont,
Tuesday, February 14, 1837
Died in Bennington, on the 29th ult., Mrs. Huldah Blackmer, aged 62.

Mrs. Sally Blinn
The Vermont Watchman and State Journal, Montpelier, Vermont,
Tuesday, January 24, 1837
Died in Pownal, Dec. 30th, 1836, Mrs. Sally Blinn, consort of Mr. Theodore Blinn, and daughter of the late Gen. Josiah Wright, in the 57th year of her age.

Children of Rev. Josiah W. Brown

The family of Rev. Josiah W. Brown, of Manchester, Vermont, have experienced a most sad and crushing sorrow.

Five interesting and loving children as ever graced a household, and all they had, have fallen victims to that new and terrible age (diphtheria)

that is raging in many localities, and all within the short space of thirty-two days.

[Illinois State Democrat, Aug. 29, 1860 C. Horton -2009]


Bennington, Vt., Dec. 3, ae. 96, a revolutionary soldier.

Source Citation:
Annual OBITUARY NOTICES OF EMINENT PERSONS who have died in the United States FOR 1858; BY HON. NATHAN CROSBY; BOSTON: JOHN P. JEWETT AND COMPANY. 1859. Transcribed by Kim Mohler.

Josiah S. Carpenter
Source: Vermont Gazette (Bennington, VT) Friday, 26 May 1876; transcribed by FoFG mz

In North Bennington, May 24th, Josiah S. Carpenter, aged 47 years.

Abel Clark
Source: Vermont Gazette (Bennington, VT) Monday, 22 Sept. 1788; transcribed by FoFG mz

BENNINGTON, Sept. 22. Died on the 11th September instant, at Newhaven Falls, Mr. Abel Clark, blacksmith, formerly of Torringford, a parish of Torrington, near Litchfield in Connecticut. Mr. Clark had, by his industry, lately built a shop near Newhaven Falls, and was on his way to Torrington, with an intent to remove his family, who were in readiness for his arrival…But alas! how vain are human acquirements! … how uncertain is life.

Katie Day
Source: Vermont Gazette (Bennington, VT) Saturday, 26 Sept. 1874; transcribed by FoFG mz

In Bennington, Sept. 13th, Katie, twin daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank G. Day aged about 3 months.

Susie Dell Scott
Source: Vermont Gazette (Bennington, VT) Saturday, 8 Aug. 1874; transcribed by FoFG mz

In Stamford, Vt., July 23, Susie Dell, infant daughter of Walter F. Scott, aged 11 months and 5 days.

Lorenzo Downs
Source: Vermont Gazette (Bennington, VT) Saturday, 26 Sept. 1874; transcribed by FoFG mz

In Bennington, on the 23d inst…of Heart disease, Lorenzo Downs, in the 80th year of his age. Funeral from his residence on Friday at 1 o'clock p.m.

Fay Edgerton

Vermont Gazette (Bennington, VT)
24 Apr 1832

Died, At Woodstock, Vt. on the 18th inst. Professor Fay Edgerton, in the 29th year of his age.--He was a native of this town and son of Uriah Edgerton, Esq. His mortal remains were brought to this place, and the funeral solemnities were attended to on Sunday the 22nd inst. The Rev. Mr. Hooker delivered an impressive and instructive discourse on the occasion, from Prov. 14, part of verse 32--"But the righteous hath hope in his death."

Professor Edgerton had just commenced a course of chemical lectures at Woodstock Medical Academy, and was cut down in the midst of his usefulness. He was a man of uncommon talents, amiable manners, and distinguished for his moral and pious course of life. This afflicting Providence is deeply felt, not only as a bereavement to his family and friends, but as a loss to society. The great consolation is derived from the assurance that he was passed from the bondage of time to freedom--from death to life--triumphing in the security of the everlasting promise of Him who is the "resurrection and the life." He retained his senses to his dying moment, and his faith gathered brightness to his last breath. "The heavens sing, for the Lord hath done it."

Transcribed by Mary Dutcher

Fredie Edgerton
Source: Vermont Gazette (Bennington, VT) Saturday, 26 Sept. 1874; transcribed by FoFG mz

In East Dorset, Sept. 19th, Fredie only child of P. B. and Emma Edgerton, aged 8 years.

Albert A. Estes
Source: Vermont Gazette (Bennington, VT) Saturday, 26 Sept. 1874; transcribed by FoFG mz

In Bennington, Sept. 16th, Albert A. Estes aged 24 years.

Zephaniah Frost
Source: Vermont Gazette (Bennington, VT) Saturday, 26 Sept. 1874; transcribed by FoFG mz

In Bennington Centre Sept. 22d, Mr. Zephaniah Frost in the 73rd year of his age.

Jonas Galusha

In Shaftsbury, Vt., the Hon. Jonas Galusha, aged 83 years. Mr. Galusha was for many years Governor of the State of Vt. a member of the Council for nearly twenty years, Judge of the Supreme Court, and Sheriff. He was a veteran of the Revolution, and was at the battle of Bennington.

[7 Oct 1834; the Baltimore Patriot - Submitted by K. Torp]

1869 - JOSIAH BURTON HOLLISTER. A.M.; also Middlebury, 1875. B. 17 June, 1831, Sandgate, Vt. Business. D. 4 Dec., 1907, Rutland, Vt.
Source is: Dartmouth College Necrology, 1907-1908, Hanover, N.H. Transcribed by Kim Mohler.

Barbara Howes

BENNINGTON, Vt. -- Barbara Howes, 81, a poet who was one of five finalists for the National Book Award in poetry last year for her book Collected Poems 1945-1990, died in her sleep early yesterday at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington, Vt.

She died after a long illness, said her son, Gregory Jay Smith. Miss Howes, who was also a short-story writer, essayist, translator and editor, was the author of eight books of poetry and was a finalist for the poetry award in two earlier years.

Her Collected Poems 1945-1990 (University of Arkansas Press, 1995) was praised in December by Robert Richman, the poetry editor of The New Criterion, in a review in The New York Times Book Review. --Lexington Herald-Leader (KY) - February 25, 1996; contributed by A. Newell.

Hiram Koon
Source: St. Albans Daily Messenger (St. Albans, VT) Thursday, 19 Nov. 1874

Dr. Hiram Koon of Bennington, died on the 16th, aged 60. He was buried with Masonic honors.

Raymond J. Koslofsky


Raymond J. Koslofsky, formerly of the Warehouse Point section of East Windsor, died Monday at his home in Bennington, Vt. He was 80.

Born in Hartford, he lived most of his life in Warehouse Point. He later lived in Enfield and Springfield before moving to Bennington, Vt.

Mr. Koslofsky was employed for 35 years at the State Receiving Home in Warehouse Point, retiring several years ago.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a communicant of Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Church in Bennington.

He leaves four nephews and a niece, Kenneth and Ronald Hurlburt, both of Enfield; Gerald Hurlburt of Rocky Hill; Gordon Hurlburt of Merced, Calif., and Sandra Vining of Enfield. His sister and her husband, Ann and Maynard Hurlburt, and a nephew died previously.

The funeral will be Thursday at 9:30 a.m. at the Leete-Stevens Enfield Chapels, 61 South Road, followed by a Mass at 10 a.m. in Holy Family Church. Burial will be in the Hazardville Cemetery, Enfield. Calling hours are Thursday from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home.

--Hartford Courant, The (CT) - January 21, 1998; contributed by A. Newell.

Mary E. Mathers

Mary E. Mathers, Bennington, Vt., resident; active in church

Mary Elizabeth Mathers, 76, of 227 Dewey St., Bennington, Vt., died Monday morning, July 29, 1996, at Bennington Health and Rehab after an extended illness.

In her earlier years, Mrs. Mathers was employed at BenMont paper and Union Carbide.

She was a devout communicant of Sacred Heart/St. Francis de Sales Church in Bennington.

She was a 1938 graduate of Bennington High School.

Mrs. Mathers was born in Syracuse, N.Y., on April 15, 1920, daughter of the late August J. and Mary (Baker) Smith.

Survivors include her husband, Francis K. Mathers of Bennington, whom she married on May 1, 1943; a daughter and son-in-law, Diane and George Fox of Wilton; three grandchildren, Erik Fox of Wilton, Kyle Fox of Concord and Deirdrea Rust of Clarksville, Tenn.; and cousins.

The Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Homes in Bennington, Vt., is in charge of arrangements.

--Telegraph, The (Nashua, NH) - July 30, 1996; contributed by A. Newell.

1861 - HORACE GREENLEAF MC DUFFEE. B. 22 Dec., 1833, Bradford, Vt. Served in the 169th N.Y. Vols., 1862-63. Business. D. 3 July, 1910, Bennington, Vt.
Source is: Dartmouth College Necrology, 1909-1910, Hanover, N.H. Transcribed by Kim Mohler.

Miraett Northup
Source: Vermont Gazette (Bennington, VT) Tuesday, 20 Jan. 1846; transcribed by FoFG mz

In this town, on the 14th inst., Miraett, infant daughter of David and Jane Northup age 6 months and 12 days.

Private George Parker

- Contributed by Dale Donlon

Military funeral services were held for George Parker, private in the machine gun company, Seventh cavalry, at the Peak chapel Thursday morning at 11 o’clock and the soldier’s body was shipped to Bennington, Vt., this afternoon. Parker died in the base hospital Wednesday morning.

El Paso Herald Home Edition El Paso, Texas May 10, 1917

Gertrude Patchin
Source: Vermont Gazette (Bennington, VT) Tuesday, 20 Jan. 1846; transcribed by FoFG mz

In E. Bennington, on the 10th inst. Gertrude, infant daughter of Lyman and Harriet Patchin, aged 8 months.

Mehitabel L. Pettibone
Source: Vermont Gazette (Bennington, VT) Saturday, 8 Aug. 1874; transcribed by FoFG mz

In Manchester, July 31st, Mehitabel L. Pettibone, daughter of the late Hon. John S. Pettibone, aged 57 years.

Captain Benjamin Plank

In Mobile, Alabama, 10 July, Captain Benj. Plank, commander of the Steam Boat Jachin, and formerly of Bennington, Vermont.
[Newburyport Herald, September 24, 1819 - Transcribed by AFOFG]

Mrs. Judith Renne

Tuesday Jan. 30, 1821

Died. In Rupert, on the 4th inst., Mrs. Judith Renne, in the 26th year of her age. VITAL RECORDS FROM THE RUTLAND (VERMONT) HERALD.

(as printed in the "Genealogical Exchange," January 1910)

Contributed by K. Torp

Heman Robinson
The Vermont Watchman and State Journal, Montpelier, Vermont, March 21, 1837
Died in Bennington, 26th ult. Heman Robinson, Esq. aged 50 years, son of Gen. David Robinson

Guelma Rosenburg
Source: Vermont Gazette (Bennington, VT) Saturday, 8 Aug. 1874; transcribed by FoFG mz

In Pownal Centre, July 31st Guelma, wife of George Rosenburg, and daughter of Joseph Barber, aged about 40 years.

Edwin Safford
Source: Vermont Gazette (Bennington, VT) Saturday, 8 Aug. 1874; transcribed by FoFG mz

In North Bennington, July 28th of paralysis, Edwin Safford, aged 68 years.

Jason Smith
Source: Vermont Gazette (Bennington, VT) Saturday, 8 Aug. 1874; transcribed by FoFG mz

In Bennington August 5th, Jason Smith, aged 79 years 4 months, 14 days.

Henry Van Loon


Henry Bowditch van Loon, an architect, economist and planner involved in the reconstruction of Germany and the Netherlands after the devastation of World War II, died of heart failure Sunday in his home in Dorset, Vt. He was 87. From 1944 to 1946, Mr. van Loon worked with the US Foreign Economic Administration and was placed in charge of the reconstruction of housing and industry in the Netherlands before becoming chief of the Berlin office of the West Berlin Economic Advisory Committee.

Born in Warsaw, he studied architecture at Columbia University in New York and with the firm of Pierre Cuypers in Amsterdam. In the years before World War II, he was an architect with the firm of Kastner & Hibben, for whom he developed plans for expandable homes and construction with soil cement under contract with the Public Works Administration.

After WWII, he designed and built a passive solar home incorporating many features that would become common in the energy-saving designs of the 1970s and conducted investigations into waste management in New York under Gov. Nelson Rockefeller.

In the late 1950s he was executive director of the Pennsylvania State Planning Board under Gov. George M. Leader before becoming chairman of the Bennington County (Vt.) Regional Planning Commission and establishing a private architectural practice in Vermont.

He was co-author of "The Urban Development Guidebook." At the time of his death he was working on a book examining the relationship between humans, their cultures and the environment.

He leaves a daughter, Jane of Santa Monica, Calif; three sons, Hendrik W. of South Newfane, Vt., Jan. H. of Plymouth, N.H., and Dirk of Nova Scotia; his longtime companion, Lea Ehrich of Dorset, Vt.; 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Dorset (Vt.) Congregational Church. --Boston Globe, The (MA) - September 15, 1994; contributed by A. Newell.

WEBSTER, Isaac, of Bennington, Vt., a Revolutionary soldier between 70 and 80, rescued his five year old grandson, Henry Allen, from a well. ([MARRIAGE AND DEATH NOTICES ABSTRACTED FROM The Camden Journal & The Southern Chronicle & Gazette, 1822-1842, COMPILED BY JANIE REVIL, 1936] Issue April 1, 1826)

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