William Alfred Hemmings d 11 February 1931

William Hemmings was born 12 August 1876, the first of eight children of William and Josephine (LaClair) Hemmings.  He was born in Barton VT.  Soon after his birth, his family moved to Quebec.  They were counted in the 1891 Canada census as living in Potton.  The family was Seventh Day Adventist.   

William married his first cousin Florence Lavine, daughter of Edward and Anne (LaClair) Lavigne, on 8 June 1897, in Troy VT.  They had one son, Vernon, born in 1899 in Barton.  William, Martha, and Vernon lived with William’s parents in 1900.  William was a farm laborer. 

William and Martha divorced, and William remarried 30 November 1905 to Mary Anna Fields.  I have not found any record of children for them.  The 1910 census lists William and Mary living in Barton.  William was a section hand for the Boston and Maine railroad. When William registered for the World War 1 Draft, he was living in Barton, and his contact person was his wife Annie.  The 1920 census lists William and his wife in Barton. William was a section man for the railroad. His brother Roy and a lady named Annie Campbell lived with them. In 1930, still in Barton, William and Annie had a boarder named Elmer Smith, who was a railroad worker.  William was listed as a general farmer.

The Vermont death records sport that William died 11 February 1931, age 54.  The record is very complete, as it lists his wife by her maiden name, and lists his parents, including his mother’s maiden name. 

OB: Orleans Co. Monitor Microfilm Feb.1931 – Barton News – W.A. Hemmings

William Albert Hemmings was born in this town August 12, 1876, the son of William and Josephine LaClair Hemmings.  With the exception of 18 years spent in Canada, this town has been his home. He was educated in the schools here in town and was for many years a valued member of the section crew on this division, which place he was obliged to give up several years ago because of ill health.  Last year he became much worse and went to Montreal last summer for treatment.  His malady was of an incurable nature and after his return home in August he gradually failed, the end coming Wednesday, February 11.  He was a great sufferer all this time but was cheerful and ever glad to see his friends.  He was a member of the Odd Fellows and Sunbeam Rebekah Lodges of Barton, also Sons and Daughters of Liberty of Glover. Funeral services were held at the schoolhouse Friday, Rev K.B. Burgess officiating.  He leaves his wife, who was Annie Field; his mother, Mrs. Josephine Hemmings; a brother, Roy, of this place; three sisters, Clara, Mrs. George Barton of this town; Mrs. Florence Connolly of Norton, Mass., and Mrs. Mae Stevens of Bradford, N.H.  They were here for the funeral; also Mrs. F.W.Barney of West Andover N.H. a sister of Mrs. Hemmings.  These have the sympathy of all in their deep bereavement.

CARD:  We wish to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to our many friends, who were so kind to us during the illness and death of our loved one, also our deepest thanks for the beautiful floral tributes, sent by the Odd Fellows and Rebekah Lodges of Barton and Sons and Daughters of Liberty of Glover – Mrs. Annie Hemmings, Mrs. Josephine Hemmings, Roy Hemmings, Mrs. George Barton Mrs. Florence Connolly, Mrs. Mae Stevens



  1. March 8, 2012 at 04:20

    Hi .. can I ask what your relationship to William, Jr is? He is my maternal 2nd Great-Grandfather. My line goes – William, Jr to Vernon to Florence.

  2. sooze471 said,

    March 8, 2012 at 09:27

    William’s mother Josephine LaClair Hemmings’ sister Lizzie LaClair Labor is my great grandmother. So William Jr would be first cousins with my grandfather Frank. So I guess you and I are 3rd cousins once removed.

    I am happy to share documents, and what few photos I have.

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