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Biography of Ward B. Hurlburt

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Hurlburt, Ward B., Weybridge, was born in Ripton, Vt., November 19, 1842. He was a son of Hiram and Susan (Bullard) Hurlburt. Hiram Hurlburt was born in Woodstock, Vt. In early life he resided in Weybridge, Vt., where he was engaged in conducting a saw-mill ; was also engaged in the same business at Ripton, Vt. He went to California in 1850, where he remained until the time of his death, which occurred in 1861. Ward B. Hurlburt received his education in the public schools at Weybridge, Vt., and also at a select school at Vergennes, Vt. He taught school for one year. He enlisted on May 20, 1861, in Company K., Second Vermont Volunteers; was mustered in and participated in the battle of Bull Run, and was also in all the battles in which the regiment participated, with the exception of the battle of the Wilderness and the first day at Spottsylvania. He was present in all at about twenty-two engagements. He re-enlisted and served for four years; was corporal, second sergeant, then first lieutenant, and then commander, and was then promoted to captain on December 24, 1864. He returned to civil life in 1865 and spent one year in traveling in the West, and settled in Weybridge, Vt. On February 16 1867, he was married to Sarah Jane Ayres, a daughter of Francis Ayres. They have had five children born to them — Susie M., born on January 31, 1868 (is now a pupil at the Troy Conference Academy); Francis H., born on November 21, 1869 ; Watson W., born October 8, 1871 ; John A., born on July 3, 1873, and Ada A., born on May 10, 1876. Mr. Hurlburt’s place consists of 200 acres, and was the former Ayres homestead. He has been justice of the peace, lister for four years, superintendent of schools.


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