Biographical Sketch of Aaron J. Piper
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Piper, Aaron J., Middlebury, was born in Salisbury, Addison county, Vt., on March 24, 1839. His parents were John and Philena (Hire) Piper. He was educated in the common schools, and brought up to farming. He was thrown upon his own resources at an early age, and enlisted under the first call for 75,000 men, in the spring of 1861, in Captain Hayward’s company, First Vermont, for three months, served his term, and again enlisted December 19, 1861, in Company C, Seventh Vermont Infantry, under General Butler, at Baton Rogue, and at the beginning of the battle in the morning was struck in the shoulder with a ball, which necessitated amputation at the shoulder. He was an inmate of St. James Hospital, New Orleans, until October 7, 1862. He received his discharge and returned to civil life on September 19, 1863. He returned to Salisbury, Vt., and went on the road selling goods, which he followed for thirteen years. He was lister of the town of Salisbury, Addison county, Vt., for one year; was married on April 5, 1864, to Adelphia H. Brown, a daughter of Elijah and Myra Brown, who were well-known residents of Ripton, Vt. They have had two sons born to them — Erwin G. and J. Kirk. Mr. Piper, in the spring of 1876, engaged in the purchase and selling of live stock, a business in which he is now engaged, finding a market in Boston, Mass. He settled in Middlebury, Addison county, Vt., in February, 1880.