Henry Edgerton

Henry Edgerton

Birth
Windsor, Windsor County, Vermont, USA
Death 3 Nov 1887 (aged 56)
San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, USA
Burial Sacramento, Sacramento County, California, USA
Plot California State Plot
Memorial ID 11063252 · View Source
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Vermont Vital Records
Name: Henry Edgerton
Gender: Male
Birth Date: 14 Nov 1830
Birth Place: Windsor, Vermont, USA
Father Name: Edwin Edgerton
Mother Name: Susan Curtis

Henry married twice. His first marriage was to Frances E. Brown, sometime in the 1860s, perhaps in Napa County. She was granted a divorce in San Francisco on or about 4 Jan 1878 on the grounds of desertion. His second marriage was to Virginia "Jennie" E. Taylor, on 17 Jan 1881 in San Francisco. She later remarried to William John Younger, lived in Paris for years with him, died in New York in 1944, and was buried in Colma, CA.

California Pioneer and Immigrant Files
Name: Henry Edgerton
Birth Place: Windsor, Windsor County, Vermont
Birth Date: 14 Nov 1830
Death Date: 3 Nov 1887
Father: Edwin Edgerton
Mother: Susan B. Curtis
Spouse: Virginia Taylor
Index Card Year: 1937

Daily Alta California 5 Nov 1887
Death Of Henry Edgerton
The Talented Lawyer and Orator Found Dead In His Office
Dead In His Office.
Henry S. Edgceton, one of California's earliest and best-known lawyers, was found dead on a lounge in the law office of N. S. Wirt at 519 Montgomery street at 9 o'clock yesterday morning. For some few days past Mr. Edgerton had been engaged with Mr. Wirt in preparing a case that was to be submitted to the Supreme Court, and both the lawyers bad been at work on it till 11 o'clock ou Thursday night. During that evening Mr. Edgerton complained of feeling unwell, and Dr. Stout was called in and prescribed for him. The sickness increased and Edgerton said he would lie down on the office lounge and spend the night in the office, as he felt unable to go home. When the office was opened yesterday morning, it was discovered that he was dead. The body was stiff and cold and death probably took place soon after bis friends left him on the previous evening. A small quantity of blood had flowed from his mouth and stained the cheek: it was evident that death was caused by apoplexy. The remains were removed to Gray's undertaking establishment on Sacramento street. Henry Edgerton. was born in Vermont in 1830, and was, at the time of his death, fifty seven years of age. In 1853 he came to California, and was one of the first settlers in Napa county. His abilities as a lawyer and orator soon attracted general attention, and he was sent to the State Senate several times from Napa county and later from Sacramento. Although a Republican, in politics he never succeeded, though often nominated, in being elected to Congress. He married a daughter of Smith Brown of Napa, and after her death married again, about five years ago, but left no issue by either marriage. For the past two years he has made his home in this city. Although he had a large and lucrative practice, he leaves his wife in comparatively poor circumstances. Mr. Edgerton was highly esteemed by his large circle of acquaintances, and was genial and generous to a fault. The funeral of Mr. Edgerton will take place from the residence of W. W. Stow, 1013 Pine street, at 2 o'clock p.m., on Sunday. There will be a meeting of the Trustees of the State Library at A. C. Freeman's office, 409 California street, at 10 o'clock this morning, to make arrangements for the funeral. "

Sacramento Daily Union 8 Nov 1887
Laid to Rest
The San Francisco Examiner of yesterday says: "All that was mortal of the talented but ill-starred Henry Edgerton was laid away temporarily in the receiving vault of Laurel Hill cemetery yesterday. It was a quiet funeral, but an odd dozen carriages following the remains to the grave. The services were held at the home of W. W. Stow, the well-known railroad lawyer on Pine street. Rev. Dr. Stebbins officiated, delivering a brief eulogy and a few words of comfort to the bereaved family. The floral offerings were few, but beautiful. "Shortly before 3 o'clock the march to the silent city was commenced, W. W. Morrow, John Russell, ex-Senator Booth, and Dr. Younger acting as pall-bearers. It is as yet undecided as to whether or not the remains will be finally interred in Mr. Stow's plot in Laurel Hill."

Sacramento Daily Union 22 Dec 1887
Laid at Rest
"The remains of the late Henry Edgerton were laid in their final resting-place in the State plat in the City Cemetery yesterday. The body arrived on the noon train, and was taken in charge by undertaker J, F. Clark and a delegation of the deceased's friends. Mrs. Edgerton accompanied the remains of her lamented husband, and was met at the depot by a large number of her lady friends, who accompanied her to the cemetery on her sad mission. The body was conveyed direct from the depot to the cemetery. At the grave Rev. W. C. Merrill officiated and read the impressive burial services of the Congregational Church. Among those present were ex-Senator Newton Booth, Judge A. P. Catlin, Judge N. Greene Curtis, Judge Armstrong, Judge Van Fleet, State Controller Dunn, John McNeill, State Librarian Wallis, Library Trustee Shields, Add C. Hinkson, W. A. Anderson, Judge Henry, J. C. Tubbs, Hon. Charles T. Jones, S. C. Houghton, H. Hurd N. E. White and others.

The Superior Court adjourned shortly before noon out of respect to the memory of the deceased lawyer, and at the session of the I'olice Court eulogistic remarks were made by Judge Buckley and City Attorney Hart.

As the years pass by and the people of California come to a fuller realization of the noble services performed by Henry Edgerton in the days when California trembled on the precipice overlooking the terrible vortex of secession, his memory will become more and more endeared to them, other men have been eulogized as the saviors of California to the Union, but the imperial observer of the history of twenty-six years ago when the Legislature of this State was expected to pass an ordinance of secession must admit that Henry Edgerton's gallant championship of the cause of the Union, while Senator from Napa, was due the victory won in that body at that time. He was then a Democrat of the Douglas wing and his splendid abilities and masterly eloquence marshaled upon the side of the Union many Democratic members of that Legislature who had come to Sacramento to cast their ballots In favor of a secession ordinance. Untimely as was his taking off, he lived to see the full fruition of that thrilling supplication that closed his masterly argument on the occasion referred to, in these words : "And my earnest prayer ascends to Him who holds the destinies of nations in the hollow of his hand, that this Union may out ride in safety the storms that now howl and beat about her. May she travel on forever on in the luminous pathway of empires, until her glory and renown shall have tilled the entire globe." Henry Edgerton is gone all that was mortal of the man but his patriotism and genius have left an impress upon the pages of California's poliliical and legislative history, and upon the hearts of all who knew him, that time cannot efface. And it should be the pride of Californian's, who are largely indebted to him for their escape from the horrors of rebellion, to see that some day a fitting monument shall mark the resting place of California's most gifted son."

Note: While he may have lived in Rutland County at some point, he was actually born in Windsor, Windsor County, VT. His birth record as well as news articles in VT confirm this, correcting the headstone with this information.


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  • Maintained by: Sue
  • Originally Created by: Kimberley Terrill
  • Added: 30 May 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 11063252
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Henry Edgerton (14 Nov 1830–3 Nov 1887), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11063252, citing Sacramento City Cemetery, Sacramento, Sacramento County, California, USA ; Maintained by Sue (contributor 47371789) .