Randolph J Needham

Randolph J Needham

Birth
Death 22 Jun 1905 (aged 77)
Burial Brant, Calumet County, Wisconsin, USA
Memorial ID 60812113 · View Source
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American Civil War Soldiers
Name: Randolph Needham
Residence: Stockbridge, Wisconsin
Enlistment Date: 19 Apr 1861
Side Served: Union
State Served: Wisconsin
Service Record: Promoted to Full 1st Sergeant.
Enlisted as a Sergeant on 19 April 1861.
Enlisted in Company K, 4th Cavalry Regiment Wisconsin on 19 Apr 1861.
Promoted to Full 1st Lieutenant on 17 Dec 1862.
Promoted to Full Captain on 2 Mar 1864.
Mustered Out Company K, 4th Cavalry Regiment Wisconsin on 2 Aug 1864.

Randolph Needham Chilton Times July 1, 1905

LAST TAP SOUNDED – JOINS THE SILENT MAJORITY
The death of Captain Needham which was briefly announced in last week's issue of The Times marks the passing of one of the most honored and beloved citizens of Calumet County. The village a Stockbridge, the Captain's home of the past half a century is in general mourning for what each one deems a personal loss; but sorrow for the deceased is not confined to Stockbridge alone, the entire county feels the bereavement and is universally grieved.
Randolph Jefferson Needham was born in Lyons, Wayne County, New York, March 9th, 1828. At the age of 9 years he went to Skaneateles, Onondago County, to live with an uncle. When eighteen years of age he served an apprenticeship at the wagonmaker's trade and in 1850 he came to Wisconsin, locating at Stockbridge where his friend, Harvey Brewer had preceded him and was established in the blacksmith business. Mr. Needham built a "lean to" on Brewer's blacksmith shop and began the first wagon making in this county. Here he labored until 1858 when he left for the Southern States in quest of health. When the war broke out he returned to Stockbridge and enlisted in Co. K, of the Fourth Wisconsin regiment of volunteer infantry, April 19th 1861, one of the proudest events of his life. He was transferred to the cavalry in 1863 and in 1865 he was mustered out a captain. Returning to his home town he resumed his trade at which he labored faithfully ever since, and in the same place.
Captain Needham never married and his only surviving relative is a sister two years his junior, who arrived from Norway, New York a few hours before his death.
The funeral was held on Saturday last at the Congregational church in Stockbridge and was impressive to a great degree. Besides the religious services by the pastor, Rev. S. G. Ruegg, an eloquent and touching eulogy on the deceased was given by his lifelong friend and admirer, S. M. Scott. Wm B. Minahan, also a friend of the captain's and a brother Odd Fellow, paid a tribute of love and admiration to the deceased. Interment was made in the Portland cemetery at Brant.


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Capt Co K 4 Wis Vol Cav


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  • Created by: Rose Mohnsam
  • Added: 29 Oct 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 60812113
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Randolph J Needham (9 Mar 1828–22 Jun 1905), Find a Grave Memorial no. 60812113, citing Portland Cemetery, Brant, Calumet County, Wisconsin, USA ; Maintained by Rose Mohnsam (contributor 47105797) .