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The Dana Brothers in the Civil War

Some things are just so incredible that an enumerator has to make a note.  One of these things was the service and longevity of the Dana brothers of Fayston, Vermont.

In the 1890 Veterans Census ordered by the US Pension Office (see more info at Census Bureau), the following notation was made in the “Remarks” for Chester S. Dana, Harry F. Dana, and Edwin H. Dana:

Special Schedules of the Eleventh Census (1890) Enumerating Union Veterans and Widows of Union Veterans of the Civil War; Census Place: Waitsfield, Washington, Vermont; Roll: 105; Page: 2; Enumeration District: 217

Special Schedules of the Eleventh Census (1890) Enumerating Union Veterans and Widows of Union Veterans of the Civil War; Census Place: Waitsfield, Washington, Vermont; Roll: 105; Page: 2; Enumeration District: 217

It reads: “Three of six brothers who were in the service and all lived to return to their homes and all six are yet living in this adjoining town of Fayston and Warren, Vt. July 1st, 1890.”

The other three brothers were Samuel Jackson Dana, Foster Stillman Dana, and Wesley Emerson Dana, who were enumerated separately. Edwin, Samuel, and Wesley all suffered wounds in the Civil War, with Edwin losing part of a leg.  But, they all survived and went on to live long lives, with Edwin and Samuel both in their 90s when they died.

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