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Biographical Sketch of Philo S. Severance
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Severance, Philo S., Middlebury, was born in Middlebury, Vt., on February 28, 1840. His parents were Samuel and (Maria) Munger Severance. Samuel S. was born in Middlebury, Vt., on May 23, 1809, and was a son of Samuel Severance, sr., who was an early settler. He was educated in t he common schools, and brought up to farming. He inherited a portion of the home place, and always resided on that place. He was married in September, 1833, to Maria L. Munger, a daughter of Samuel Munger. They had a family of two daughters and two sons. The two sons are now living — Philo S. and Martin E. (who is a reside it of Dakota Territory). Mrs. Severance died on May 3, 1880. They occupied a very fine residence, which was built by Mr. Severance in 1857. Philo S. was educated in the common schools and preparing for college when he enlisted in Company B, Eleventh Vermont Artillery, on July 16, 1862. He was on the defense of Washington, and was at Spottsylvania, Cold Harbor, and following that was in the Vermont Brigade; served until the close of the war, was mustered out at Washington, and discharged as second lieutenant at Burlington, on July 7, 1865, and returned to the home place, which he has since conducted. He was married in 1867 to Helen Atwood, a daughter of George Atwood, of Monkton, Vt. They have had two children born to them — Emma A., born on September 12, 1871; and Ernest M., born January 9, 1880. Mr. Severance has been lister of this town.
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