Thursday, May 24, 2012

Remembering V.O. HYDE

V.O. Hyde by midgefrazel
V.O. Hyde, a photo by midgefrazel on Flickr.

Served in the Civil War 
My husband's great grandfather was Vergene Ovando HYDE (1844-1909). He preferred to be known by his initials V. O.

Recently, a family member gave us his obituary which we had not seen before. He lied about his age to join up. He was only 16, 17 not 21 as it says in this clip (below) from the Mass Soldiers and Sailors book (thanks to Molly Leavitt from Southborough Historical Society for helping me..)

It is this family's descendants that I have been working with, recording the shared ancestors, for more than 2 years.

This obituary tells us, that like many of those who served in the Civil War, he was very ill with a fever. His must have been so severe that he was discharged. He served in Co. I, 20th Regiment Massachusetts Infantry

I knew he was a shoemaker but I didn't know the name of the place he worked. For a long time, all we knew was that he was a milk dealer after his service.

I very much like the closing paragraph where it refers to his honesty and law abiding life. His family will long remember him. We are hoping to get a veteran flag marker for his grave site in Maplewood Cemetery in Marlborough, MA

Rest in peace, V.O. and thank you for your service to our country.

Happy Memorial Day to all my readers.


Carol P. said...

Just curious, what does the article say in between the "milk dealer" and the top of the next column?

Catchy name: Diamond O.

Midge Frazel said...

The full scan is available at: