Birth: 1843, Chester, Windsor County, Vermont.
Death: Jun. 22, 1919, North Adams, Berkshire County, Massachusetts.
Parents: Lewis Chester Bemis (1807 - 1859), Achsah Philena Thompson Bemis (1808-1886.)
Siblings: Laura Achsah Bemis Walker (1834 - 1914), Warren Lewis Bemis (1835 - 1906), Charles Henry Bemis (1838 - 1913), Sarah Elizabeth Bemis (1841 - 1843), Arvin C Bemis (1843 - 1919.)
Burial: Smokeshire Cemetery, Chester, Windsor County, Vermont.
Arvin C. Bemis was born in Chester, VT. His parents were Lewis Chester Bemis and Achash Philena (Thompson) Bemis. Arvin C. Bemis was staying at the Soldiers' Home in Togus, Me. but came to North Adams to spend a short furlough. After having eaten a hearty breaksfast, Arvin C. Bemis a veteran of the Civil War was found dead in a chair in his room at the Mansion house on State Street.
After an investigation, the Medical Examiner declared death was due to acute indigestion. His age at the time of his death was believed to be about 75 years old. Mr. Bemis was an inmate of the Soldiers' Home on three different occasions, each time being discharged at his own request and then being readmitted. He gave as his nearest relative a brother, John Bemis of Gassetts (Chester), VT.
He enlisted at Charlestown, NH on August 7, 1861 in Co. G, 5th Reg. NH Inf. He was discharged from the Soldiers' Home at Togus at his own request on September 24, 1907, was readmitted on April 14, 1911, discharged again on his own request on December 12, 1912, and readmitted on July 14, 1915. On June 17th he left on a 90 day furlough, stating that he was going to North Adams, MA. Mr. Bemis' body was shipped to Gassett, VT on the 12:30 o'clock train on June 28, 1919 to Mr. Bemis' nephew, who was located through the efforts of the Medical Examiner.
Arvin C. Bemis, Co. G.; born Chester, Vermont; Age 18; Residence Charlestown; Enlisted September 27, 1861; Mustered in October12, 1861, as Private; Discharged for disability, January 31, 1862, Alexandria, Virginia. Supposed to be identical with Arvin C. Bemis, Co.B., FIrst New
Author note. I put both records together so you could make up your own mind.
Bemis, Arvin C. Co. B ; b. Vermont ; age 19 ; res. Charlestown, cred. Charlestown ; enl. Mar. 29, '64 ; mu.st. in Mar. 29, '64, as Priv. ; wd. Oct. 9, '64, Tom's Brook, Va. ; tr. to 108 Co., 2 Battl, V. R. C, Apr. 17, '65; disch. June 7, '65, Concord. Supposed identical with Arvin C. Bemis, Co. G, 5 N. H. V.
Arvin C. Bemis, Fifth New Hampshire Infantry, Co. G.; Private; Months of service 24; Nativity United States; Age 52; Admitted from Vermont; Disability Gun Shot Wound in Right Leg; Occupation Laborer: Single; Read and Write Yes; Admitted March 28, 1895.