Biography of William H. Humphreys
Chittenden County, VT Biographies





Humphreys, William Harrison, Essex, was born in Underhill, Vt., on December 18, 1835. He is a son of Daniel Clark and Amia (Douglas) Humphreys. His paternal grandfather and grandmother, Jonas and Caroline (Dixon) Humphrey; were pioneers of Underhill, Vt. They had a family of twelve children - Daniel C., Seymour, Jonas, Jr., William, David, John, Amasa, Jackson (Cordelia, Cornelia, twins), Caroline, Jane Ann. Jonas Humphrey was in the War of 1812. He with his company stood guard to keep the British from landing on the Vermont side of the lake during the battle of Plattsburgh, N. Y. His father, Colonel William Humphrey; was on Gen. Washington's staff through the Revolution. Daniel C. Humphreys had a family of six children - Leonora, Benajah D., Wm. H., Amos C., Amnia C., twins, and Ada S. Daniel C.'s wife was a daughter of Benajah Douglas, of Cornwall, Conn., and who was a pioneer settler in Cornwall, Vt. Wm. H. Humphreys was in the late War of the Rebellion, enlisting on October 30, 1861, in Company E. Second Regiment, United States sharp shooters, as private; promoted to corporal August 21, 1862; sergeant January 3, 1863; reenlisted with his company as a veteran volunteer January 6, 1864; promoted as first sergeant March 8. 1864, and to first lieutenant October 12, 1864; transferred with his company into the Fourth Vermont Volunteers February 27, 1865; honorably mustered out at Washington, D. C., August 3, 1865; wounded April 2, 1865, while in front of Petersburgh, Va., while charging on the enemy's works. losing his right leg above the knee. He was in twenty seven battles of the late war. He was twice married. His first wife was Mary S. Sherburne, of Northwood, N. H., and a daughter of Warren and Elizabeth L. Sherburne, of Northfield, N. H. They had one child, Alice M., now married to George Benerdict, and now resides at Underhill, Vt. His second wife was Evaline M., daughter of Ezra and Lucy (Case) Slater, of Essex, Vt. He now resides in Essex Junction, Vt, and is a farmer and cattle dealer.

From:
History of Chittenden County, Vermont
Edited by: W. S. Rann
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, New York. 1886


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