Biography of Col. Ransom E. Wilder
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Wilder, Col. Ransom E., was born in Jericho, Chittenden county, Vt., in 1805. He was colonel of a militia regiment, and was a general merchant in St. Albans Bay for a few years, but finally moved to Sheldon, Vt., where he was a farmer for many years, and where he died April 13, 1860, at the age of fifty five years. He married Harriet Fish, March 6, 1831, a daughter of Daniel and Sybil Fish, of Sheldon, Vt., who died at the age of fifty three. They had eight children as follows: Harriet E., James E., Edgar, Daniel F., Alanson D., Allen D., Ellery J., and Hoyt R. Daniel F. Wilder served in Company B, Vermont Cavalry, and was commissary sergeant. He was taken prisoner at flagarstown and died at Finley Hospital, Washington. He had a hand to hand conflict with a Rebel officer, whom he shot to save his own life. Ellery J. Wilder served in the late war in the frontier cavalry suggested by the St. Alban's raid. Hoyt R. Wilder, son of Ransom, was born in Sheldon, Vt., October 2, 1848, was educated at Fairfax Institute, and was graduated from the University of Michigan and Detroit Medical College in 1869 and in 1870. In 1872 he came to Swanton, where he has since remained, practicing as general physician and surgeon. After his graduation he practiced for two years in Fairfield, Vt. He married Venia M., daughter of Joseph and Malvinea (Mansfield) Knowles, of Cowansville, P. Q., and his children are Herbert A., Henry L., Florence K, Annie G., and Howard Edgar.

From:
History of Franklin and Grand Isle Counties Vermont
Edited by: Lewis Cass Aldrich
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y.
1891


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