PVT John Rodney


PVT John Rodney

Quebec, Canada
Death 6 Dec 1893 (aged 53–54)
Champlain, Clinton County, New York, USA
Burial Champlain, Clinton County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 70193722 View Source
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John Rodney and Marguerite LaBombarde were married on 18 Oct 1864 at St Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Champlain, New York. Married by George Jeannotte, Priest; witnesses were J. LaBombarde & N. Langevin.

It was very common for many people to Americanize their name as they immigrated to America as I believe was the case of John Rodney since the name listed on their marriage record is J.B. Dufresne which I assume is Jean Baptiste Dufresne. The name John Rodney is not found in any census or other records prior to 1860 which included the Stanbridge Station, Quebec, Canada censuses. Standbridge Sation is listed as John's birth place in his Civil War Records. Also searched with the surnames Dufresne dit Dufrene Dufrine and every variation of that surname. I found this to be the case of his brother, Louis Rodney, as well.

Military Service:
28 September 1861, Worcester, Vermont - enlisted in the Union Army as a private

15 October 1861, Vermont - mustered-in Company F, 6th Infantry Regiment Vermont

Bet. 31 October 1861–24 Jun 1862, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - sick at General Hospital, sick & returned to General Hospital March 1862 & April 1862, sick in Georgetown Hospital in May 1862, sick in General Hospital in Philadelphia

04 June 1862, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - diagnosed and discharged for physical disabilities at General Hospital. Disabilities were deafness & aphonia (speech disorder, inability to speak).

Between 20 October 1868 – 03 May 1877, Champlain, Clinton, New York - John Rodney claimed he suffered a wound to his left knee at the battle of Lee's Mill on Apr 16, 1862. The Army found his claim to be untrue since the Vermont 6th Infantry was not involved in that battle & John was sick in the hospital when the battle took place.

John and Marguerite had 3 sons, 6 daughters.

Occupations: farm laborer, day laborer

Residences: Stanbridge, Canada; Calais, Vermont; Berlin, Vermont; Champlain, New York;

John was ill for three months prior to his death. Cause of death was acute phthisis disease of the nervous system.

John's death record did not list the cemetery where he was buried. I assume he is buried in an unmarked grave in the Champlain Village Cemetery which is St Mary's Cemetery. I did not locate a headstone for John in any of the transcribed Clinton County cemeteries.

Link to the John's brother Louis Rodney

(Censuses; "Clinton County, New York Marriages 1830-1880" compiled by Benoit Portibriand 1984; Civil War Records from National Archives & Records; Death Record(Champlain Town Clerk); New York Death Index 1852-1956)

Gravesite Details No headstone or marker


  • Maintained by: Jess G
  • Originally Created by: David W. Tucker
  • Added: 21 May 2011
  • Find a Grave Memorial 70193722
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for PVT John Rodney (1839–6 Dec 1893), Find a Grave Memorial ID 70193722, citing Old Saint Mary's Cemetery, Champlain, Clinton County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Jess G (contributor 49285854) .