Napoleon Bissonnett

Napoleon Bissonnett

Hinesburg, Chittenden County, Vermont, USA
Death 13 Sep 1891 (aged 46)
Miles City, Custer County, Montana, USA
Burial Miles City, Custer County, Montana, USA
Plot sec A lot 40
Memorial ID 88160596 · View Source
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Died--On Sunday, September 13th, at 2 o'clock p.m., after a long and painful illness, Napoleon Bissonett, aged 47 years.

Mr. Bissonnette was born in Hinesburg, Vermont, in October 1844, and while yet a lad not seventeen, he responded to the first call for troops in 1861, marching to the front with the Fourteenth Vermont volunteers, with which regiment he remained during the four bloody years that followed; engaged in the all the hard-fought battles of the Army of the Potomac, including the memorable field of Gettysburg. Though coming out unscathed, so far as wounds were concerned, he assimilated in the swamps of Virginia the seeds of the disease which caused him thenceforth many years of suffering and finally terminated in his death.

In 1882 Mr. Bissonett came to Miles City, and entered the employ of C.B. Towers, who had known him many years previously in Vermont. His employment with Mr. Towers was continuous from the time of his coming here to his death, a period of nine years, broken only by the severe attacks of rheumatism, which increased in severity during the past two or three years, and so broke down his constitution that the coming on of the last attack there was but little left to make the fight with. His last illness commenced five weeks ago, and throughout it all there was no time when he was not weaker and lower than on the preceding day, and his recovery was out of the question.

The funeral services were held yesterday afternoon at the late residence of the deceased, which was crowded with sympathizing friends. The body was encased in a handsome oak casket, plentifully decorated with cut flowers. The pallbearers were Capt Harmon, C.W. Seyde, F.A. Lisk, A.H. Swerdfiger, John McAusland and H.G. Potter. The Episcopal service for the dead was conducted by Rev. Mr. Pritchard, and a choir consisting of Mrs. Campbell, Mrs. Griffith and T.J. Thompson sand "Abide With Me" in a very impressive manner. From the house the funeral cortege moved directly to the cemetery, where interment took place, and dust was returned to dust.

Though of a singularly retiring disposition, the deceased had a host of warm friends. He leaves a wife and one daughter.

Daily Yellowstone Journal, Miles City, MT, 16 Dec 1891

Recieved information from: Cara 03/23/2013

Additional information re. the Bissonett family of Jericho VT, including the Canadian roots of Napoleon and his father Joseph Bissonett can be found by Googling the book, "History of Jericho, Vermont". Mention of Napoleon's death in Montana is also found there.

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