James Otis Follett


James Otis Follett

Rockingham, Windham County, Vermont, USA
Death 1911 (aged 68–69)
Townshend, Windham County, Vermont, USA
Burial Townshend, Windham County, Vermont, USA
Memorial ID 118641734 View Source

Many records spell James' last name "Follette".
Son of Samuel Wheat Follet and Eliza Bemis. James' birth date, as recorded in the Rockingham, Vermont town records, was May 12, 1845. Some _transcripts_ of Vermont death records incorrectly suggest he was born in 1843. The gravestone is engraved with the year 1842.

On October 23, 1862, James mustered in as a Private in Conmany D, 16th Regiment, Vermont volunteers. He was promoted to Corporal in May, 1863, and mustered out August 10, 1863. During his service, the 16th was engaged at the Battle of Gettysburg, known for their contribution to turning Pickett's Charge.

The 1890 US Census of Union Veterans and Widows did not record any disabilities James may have had related to his service in the war. He was awarded a pension by 1907.

James worked as a farmer and stone mason, building about a dozen stone arch bridges in Townshend between 1894 and 1911. After his death, some residents of Townshend installed a plaque proclaiming him a "Builder of Bridges and Men." (No location of the plaque mentioned. nor whether it is still there.)


May 12, 1842 - Feb. 23, 1911
Co. D. 16ty Regt Vt. Vol

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