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Clarendon Native at Lincoln Assassination

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Title
Clarendon Native at Lincoln Assassination
Accession Number
2017.024.0099
Date Added
8/14/2020 11:00:15 AM
Type
Event
Gift of
Robert Underhill
Collection Title
Misc
Collection Description
Misc
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Event
The June 17, 1929 Rutland Daily Herald Article below tells us that Clarendon native Ira Ormsbee (1844 - 1930) was on duty at Ford's Theater the night President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated.  Ira was the son of Christopher Columbus Ormsbee (1806 - 1868) and Laura (Chaffee) Ormsbee (1809 - 1883); the 7th of 10 children.  Ira left Clarendon with his family by 1853 as they headed west, eventually settling in Michigan.  He married Freelove Janie Franklin (1843 - 1913).  They had 3 children. 

Ira's brother Charles Ormsbee (1833 - 1862) also served in the Civil War, dying of typhoid pneumonia in 1862 at Fort Monroe, Hampton, VA.  Disease was rampant; not just for those in military settings.  Ira's brother Christopher Ormsbee (1832 - 1860) had died two years earlier in Michigan of typhoid and his sister Persis (Ormsbee) Glynn (1836 - 1862) died in Clarendon in 1862 of tuberculosis. 

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