Roy Albert Hemmings died 16 May 1936

Roy Hemmings was born 26 February 1891.  Some records say he was born in Vermont but he was most likely born in the Potton or Mansonville area of Quebec.  His parents were William Hemmings and Josephine Laclair and he was the seventh of eight children.  The family was counted in the 1891 Canada census in Potton, Quebec.  They were Seventh Day Adventist. 

Roy’s family moved to Barton, where Josephine’s family lived.  In the 1900 census, Roy was listed as in school.  His father was a carpenter.  The family still lived in Barton in 1910, and Roy was a farm hand.

Roy registered for the World War One draft.  His home town was Barton, and he was employed by the Boston & Maine Rail Road Company.  He was described as medium height, medium build, blue eyes and dark brown hair.  Roy did serve in the military.  The 76th Division (also known as the Liberty Bell division for the “76” in the name, was activated at Camp Devens in Ayer MA in September 1917, and was the first National Army division to be drawn from civilian ranks, with most of the men coming from the New England area.   Until this war, army duties had been handled by reserve and national guard units.   The unit went overseas during the summer of 1918.  Personnel went to Bourges, France and were trained as replacements at the front.  The 302nd Field Artillery Battalion participated in the Meuse-Argonne offensive from November 5 to November 11, 1918.  The 76th returned to the US in December 1918, and demobilized at Camp Devens the next May.  If you’d like to read a history of the 302nd, which includes Roy Hemmings of Barton, Battery B (mentioned on page 141), you can check out the on-line book at

In 1920, Roy lived with his brother William in Barton, and still working as a section man for the railroad.  On 11 October, 1922, Roy married Hazel White.  They divorced before 1930.  In that census, Roy boarded with the Stewart family in Barton, and was employed as the railroad section man. 

On 11 Feb 1931 Roy’s brother William died.  On 31 Mar 1932, his widow Mary Anna Fields married Roy Hemmings.  I have not found children from either of Roy’s marriages. 

Roy died 16 May 1936 in Barton, but I do not have a cause of death.  The following death notice was provided by Jean Callum:  OB: Orleans Co. Monitor microfilm Jan.-Dec.1936: (d.May 1936)  Roy A. Hemmings died Sunday morning and will be buried at Willoughby Cemetery Tuesday afternoon following a military funeral service at the Congregation Church at 2 P.M.  Ex-servicemen are asked to gather at the Veteran’s rooms at 1:30 o’clock to attend the funeral in body.


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