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MAJ Levi Gleason Kingsley

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MAJ Levi Gleason Kingsley

Birth
Shrewsbury, Rutland County, Vermont, USA
Death
26 Jun 1915 (aged 83)
Rutland, Rutland County, Vermont, USA
Burial
Rutland, Rutland County, Vermont, USA
Memorial ID
18987551 View Source

Levi was the son of Harvey and Elvira Gleason Kingsley. He first married Luceba Jane Ross in Clarendon, Rutland Co, VT in 1857. She died in April 1862 and is buried in Clarendon in Old Marsh Cemetery. They had no children. He married Cornelia Roberts in Rutland, Rutland Co, VT on 14 June 1865. They had two children: Henry Baxter and Harvey Roberts. Neither Harvey nor Henry married. Levi served in the Civil War between 1861 and 1865. He was the second mayor of Rutland in 1894. In 1890 he became a state senator from Rutland County. He was a director in the Baxter National Bank, a trustee of the Marble Savings Bank, and a prominent merchant on Merchants Row. A school was built about 1888 on Pine Street and named for him. The Kingsley Guard was named after him. The home he built about 1869 on Pine Street still stands, known now as the Kingsley Arms, a condominium building.
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Obituary, from the Rutland, Vt. Daily Herald, Mon. June 28, 1915.

GEN. L. G. KINGSLEY DIES AT AGE OF 83, Civil War Veteran Prominent in City's Business and Political Life.

Gen. Levi G. Kingsley, one of the most prominent citizens of Rutland, and of this part of Vermont, Civil War veteran, retired merchant and public servant, died at his home, 73 Pine street Saturday night at 9:30 o'clock after a long illness with a complication of diseases. Gen. Kingsley had been in failing health for the last year and a half, being critically ill for the last two weeks. He lost consciousness five days ago and since then has been apparently asleep, his pulse at times being barely perceptible.

Gen. Kingsley's regiment, the first Vermont volunteers, was rated among the finest contributions of Vermont to the Union forces during the war following secession and the general served with distinction on many battle fields. At the time of his sale of the hardware store on Merchants Row to Parker & Ryan he was the oldest merchant in Rutland, having continued in one line of business longer than any other man within the confines of the city. He played an important part in the political history of the community, holding office in Rutland as a town, village and city, and being its second mayor.

ACTIVE GRAND ARMY WORKER.

Gen. Kingsley was particularly interested in all Grand Army work and was a charter member of the Roberts Post of the city, and for two terms served as commander. He was the oldest member of the post and he was the oldest member of Center Lodge of Masons. At the time of his death Gen. Kingsley was a trustee of the Vermont State Soldiers' home in Bennington and he was a member of the board of visitors to Norwich university, being appointed by Gov. J. A. Mead and reappointed by Gov. A. M. Fletcher.

The funeral will be held at Trinity church tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 o'clock and burial will be in Evergreen cemetery. The prayers at the house at 2 o'clock will be private.

BORN IN SHREWSBURY, VT.

Levi Gleason Kingsley was born in Shrewsbury, Vt., May 21, 1832, being the oldest son of Harvey and Elvira Gleason Kingsley. His direct ancestors came to America early in the 17th century [before 1638], and settled near Hartford, CT. His great-grandfather, Solomen Kingsley, came to Vermont from Wappings, CT., after the close of the Revolution, locating in Ira. Gen. Kingsley was one of a family of three, consisting of himself, Nahum P. and Elizabeth. He was educated in the common schools, and spent two terms at Brandon Seminary. In 1854 he spent one year at Norwich, which university in 1882 conferred upon him the honorary degree of Bachelor of Science. He was for many years a trustee of Norwich. Gen. Kingsley was for a time stationmaster on the Rutland and Burlington railroad, at East Clarendon, and from 1857 to 1859 a clerk in the company's freight office in this city. In 1859, with Benjamin F. French, he purchased the hardware store of J. & A. Landon, which they removed in 1863 to its present location on Merchants Row, where it is known as the Parker & Ryan store. In 1865 the Kingsley-French partnership was terminated by the death of Mr. French.

SOLDIER FOR MANY YEARS.

Gen. Kingsley, soon after coming to this city, became a member of the Rutland Light Guard, organized in 1858 under Gen. H. Henry Baxter, and later commanded by Gen. W. Y. W. Ripley. Mr. Kingsley was elected lieutenant of the company in 1859, and responded with the company in 1861 to the call for troops, joining the 1st regiment of Vermont volunteers. He went to the field as second lieutenant of company K of Rutland and served with credit at Fortress Monroe and Newport News, Va., during the regiment's three months' term. He re-enlisted with many members of the old company in 1862, being elected captain. On the organization of the 12th Vermont volunteers, he was promoted to the rank of major, which he held until the expiration of his term of service. After leaving the field, Company A. 9th Regiment, Vermont National Guard, elected him captain, and he became colonel of the regiment in 1865. In 1874 he was elected by the Legislature quartermaster general of Vermont, and held the office until 1882. During his administration, the department was reorganized, and put on a firmer basis. He was elected brigadier general in 1882, and again in 1884, declining re-election in 1886. On his retirement from the National Guard the governor of the state issued a general order, highly complimentary to the soldier.

After the war Gen. Kingsley became active in commercial and political affairs in this city. He was elected president of the Village of Rutland in 1886, selectman in Rutland Town for four years, and mayor of Rutland City in 1894, being the second mayor, preceded by the former governor of Vermont, John A. Mead. In 1890 he was made state senator from Rutland County. He was a member of the fire department for 20 years, and captain of Killington Steam Fire Engine company for 17 years.

PROMINENT IN MASONIC CIRCLES.

Gen. Kingsley was a director in the Baxter National Bank, and a trustee of the Marble Savings Bank. He was an old member of Masonic bodies, and had been grand captain-general and grand generalissimo of the grand commandery of Knights Templar of Vermont. He was also a member of the
Loyal Legion and a vestryman of Trinity Church. In November, 1857, Gen Kingsley, married Miss Luceba J., daughter of Walter and Eliza Ross of Clarendon, who died in 1862. In June 1865, he married Miss Cornelia Sophia, daughter of Benjamin and Sophia Roberts of Manchester. Mrs. Kingsley, who died October 1, 1902, was a sister of Mrs. H. Henry Baxter. Of this union two sons were born, Henry Baxter, who died November 14, 1903, and Harvey Roberts of this city, who survives him.

Gen. Kingsley retired from active business August 31, 1905, when he sold his hardware and furniture business to Richard A. Ryan and Henry S. Parker. He was at that time the oldest merchant in the city, having conducted the business for 46 years.

(Thanks to Joan Bixby for posting this obituary on the VTRUTLAN list in December 2004.)



Luceba Jane Ross Kingsley



Levi was the son of Harvey and Elvira Gleason Kingsley. He first married Luceba Jane Ross in Clarendon, Rutland Co, VT in 1857. She died in April 1862 and is buried in Clarendon in Old Marsh Cemetery. They had no children. He married Cornelia Roberts in Rutland, Rutland Co, VT on 14 June 1865. They had two children: Henry Baxter and Harvey Roberts. Neither Harvey nor Henry married. Levi served in the Civil War between 1861 and 1865. He was the second mayor of Rutland in 1894. In 1890 he became a state senator from Rutland County. He was a director in the Baxter National Bank, a trustee of the Marble Savings Bank, and a prominent merchant on Merchants Row. A school was built about 1888 on Pine Street and named for him. The Kingsley Guard was named after him. The home he built about 1869 on Pine Street still stands, known now as the Kingsley Arms, a condominium building.
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Obituary, from the Rutland, Vt. Daily Herald, Mon. June 28, 1915.

GEN. L. G. KINGSLEY DIES AT AGE OF 83, Civil War Veteran Prominent in City's Business and Political Life.

Gen. Levi G. Kingsley, one of the most prominent citizens of Rutland, and of this part of Vermont, Civil War veteran, retired merchant and public servant, died at his home, 73 Pine street Saturday night at 9:30 o'clock after a long illness with a complication of diseases. Gen. Kingsley had been in failing health for the last year and a half, being critically ill for the last two weeks. He lost consciousness five days ago and since then has been apparently asleep, his pulse at times being barely perceptible.

Gen. Kingsley's regiment, the first Vermont volunteers, was rated among the finest contributions of Vermont to the Union forces during the war following secession and the general served with distinction on many battle fields. At the time of his sale of the hardware store on Merchants Row to Parker & Ryan he was the oldest merchant in Rutland, having continued in one line of business longer than any other man within the confines of the city. He played an important part in the political history of the community, holding office in Rutland as a town, village and city, and being its second mayor.

ACTIVE GRAND ARMY WORKER.

Gen. Kingsley was particularly interested in all Grand Army work and was a charter member of the Roberts Post of the city, and for two terms served as commander. He was the oldest member of the post and he was the oldest member of Center Lodge of Masons. At the time of his death Gen. Kingsley was a trustee of the Vermont State Soldiers' home in Bennington and he was a member of the board of visitors to Norwich university, being appointed by Gov. J. A. Mead and reappointed by Gov. A. M. Fletcher.

The funeral will be held at Trinity church tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 o'clock and burial will be in Evergreen cemetery. The prayers at the house at 2 o'clock will be private.

BORN IN SHREWSBURY, VT.

Levi Gleason Kingsley was born in Shrewsbury, Vt., May 21, 1832, being the oldest son of Harvey and Elvira Gleason Kingsley. His direct ancestors came to America early in the 17th century [before 1638], and settled near Hartford, CT. His great-grandfather, Solomen Kingsley, came to Vermont from Wappings, CT., after the close of the Revolution, locating in Ira. Gen. Kingsley was one of a family of three, consisting of himself, Nahum P. and Elizabeth. He was educated in the common schools, and spent two terms at Brandon Seminary. In 1854 he spent one year at Norwich, which university in 1882 conferred upon him the honorary degree of Bachelor of Science. He was for many years a trustee of Norwich. Gen. Kingsley was for a time stationmaster on the Rutland and Burlington railroad, at East Clarendon, and from 1857 to 1859 a clerk in the company's freight office in this city. In 1859, with Benjamin F. French, he purchased the hardware store of J. & A. Landon, which they removed in 1863 to its present location on Merchants Row, where it is known as the Parker & Ryan store. In 1865 the Kingsley-French partnership was terminated by the death of Mr. French.

SOLDIER FOR MANY YEARS.

Gen. Kingsley, soon after coming to this city, became a member of the Rutland Light Guard, organized in 1858 under Gen. H. Henry Baxter, and later commanded by Gen. W. Y. W. Ripley. Mr. Kingsley was elected lieutenant of the company in 1859, and responded with the company in 1861 to the call for troops, joining the 1st regiment of Vermont volunteers. He went to the field as second lieutenant of company K of Rutland and served with credit at Fortress Monroe and Newport News, Va., during the regiment's three months' term. He re-enlisted with many members of the old company in 1862, being elected captain. On the organization of the 12th Vermont volunteers, he was promoted to the rank of major, which he held until the expiration of his term of service. After leaving the field, Company A. 9th Regiment, Vermont National Guard, elected him captain, and he became colonel of the regiment in 1865. In 1874 he was elected by the Legislature quartermaster general of Vermont, and held the office until 1882. During his administration, the department was reorganized, and put on a firmer basis. He was elected brigadier general in 1882, and again in 1884, declining re-election in 1886. On his retirement from the National Guard the governor of the state issued a general order, highly complimentary to the soldier.

After the war Gen. Kingsley became active in commercial and political affairs in this city. He was elected president of the Village of Rutland in 1886, selectman in Rutland Town for four years, and mayor of Rutland City in 1894, being the second mayor, preceded by the former governor of Vermont, John A. Mead. In 1890 he was made state senator from Rutland County. He was a member of the fire department for 20 years, and captain of Killington Steam Fire Engine company for 17 years.

PROMINENT IN MASONIC CIRCLES.

Gen. Kingsley was a director in the Baxter National Bank, and a trustee of the Marble Savings Bank. He was an old member of Masonic bodies, and had been grand captain-general and grand generalissimo of the grand commandery of Knights Templar of Vermont. He was also a member of the
Loyal Legion and a vestryman of Trinity Church. In November, 1857, Gen Kingsley, married Miss Luceba J., daughter of Walter and Eliza Ross of Clarendon, who died in 1862. In June 1865, he married Miss Cornelia Sophia, daughter of Benjamin and Sophia Roberts of Manchester. Mrs. Kingsley, who died October 1, 1902, was a sister of Mrs. H. Henry Baxter. Of this union two sons were born, Henry Baxter, who died November 14, 1903, and Harvey Roberts of this city, who survives him.

Gen. Kingsley retired from active business August 31, 1905, when he sold his hardware and furniture business to Richard A. Ryan and Henry S. Parker. He was at that time the oldest merchant in the city, having conducted the business for 46 years.

(Thanks to Joan Bixby for posting this obituary on the VTRUTLAN list in December 2004.)



Luceba Jane Ross Kingsley




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