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Subject: JOSIAH GROUT, b.1842 Compton Cty son of JOSIAH and SOPHRONIA (AYER) GROUT
Date: Wed, 3 Nov 2004 16:00:05 EST

From Website: http://vermontcivilwar.org/units/ca/grout-j.php

1st Vermont Cavalry

Josiah Grout
First Vermont and Frontier Cavalry
Grout, Josiah, of Derby, son of Josiah and Sophronia (Ayer) Grout, was born
of American parents in Compton, Canada, May 28, 1842.
When six years of age his father removed to Vermont and he received his
education in the public schools and Orleans Liberal Institute at Glover. He also
commenced a course of study at the St. Johnsbury Academy, which he left to
enlist Oct. 2, 1861, as a private in Co. I, 1st Vt. Cavalry. He was mustered in on
the organization of his company as 2d lieutenant, promoted to captain in 1862,
and in 1864 was appointed major of the 26th N. Y. Cavalry which was organized
for frontier service after the St. Albans raid. While serving with the 1st
Vt. he participated in seventeen different engagements and was badly wounded in
a skirmish with the partisan leader Mosby, April 1, 1863.
At the termination of the war he entered the law office of his brother,
General Grout, at Barton where he continued till December, 1865, when he was
admitted to practice in the Vermont courts. The following year he removed to Island
Pond where he had charge of the Custom House for three years and also scrved
the same space of time in the same capacity at St. Albans and Newport. In 1874
he changed his residence to Chicago and afterwards to Moline, Ill.
While at Newport, before going West, he practiced his profession with very
great success, ranking high as a lawyer and especially excelling as a jury
advocate. In 1880 he returned to Vermont and has since devoted himself solely to
his extensive model stock farm, his chief delight being farming – and it well
done. Major Grout's efforts as an agriculturist and stock raiser have met with
great success and he possesses some of the finest Jersey cattle, blooded Morgan
horses and Shropshire sheep in the Green Mountain state.
Major Grout was united in marriage, October, 1867, to Harriet, daughter of
Aaron and Nancy (Stewart) Hinman, one of the leading families of Derby. They
have one son: Aaron H.
Major Grout is an earnest Republican. He represented Newport in the
Legislature in 1872, 1874, and Derby in 1884, 1886 and 1883. He was one of the Orleans
county senators in 1892. He was speaker of the House, in 1874, 1886 and 1888.
He has served as the chief executive officer of the Republican Club at Derby,
and was four years vice-presdent and one year president of the Vermont League
of Republican Clubs.
He is liberal in his religious belief and has been raised to the sublime
degree of a Master Mason. During the three years he was in Chicago, he built up a
nice law practice which was reluctantly exchanged for business prospects at
Moline, where for two years he was one of the supervisors of Rock Island county.
He devotes himself industriously and with conscientious purpose to the
accomplishment of all his undertakings and can be literally regarded as one of those
who does with his might whatever his hands find to do. Particularly is this
characteristic of faithfulness noticeable in the work he has bestowed in
improving and developing his farm and stock, which with a pardonable pride he so
cheerfully shows all who call to see him.

Jacob G. Ullery, compiler, Men of Vermont: An Illustrated Biographical
History of Vermonters and Sons of Vermont, (Transcript Publishing Company,
Brattleboro, VT, 1894), Part II, pp. 165.
Source: VermontCivilWar.Org Database.
Contributor: Tom Ledoux.

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