Edward Payson Hathaway was probably named for the famous New England Congregational evangelist, Rev. Edward Payson. E. Payson, as he liked to be known, served in the Civil War. He enlisted on 27 Aug 1862 age 21, was mustered in on 21 Oct 1862. He was a Corporal in Co. A, 14th VVI (Vermont Volunteer Infantry) and mustered out 30 Jul 1863. The 1880 census for Bennington shows Edward P. Hathaway 38, laborer, living with wife Helen E. 36. Both were born in VT. Living with them were dau. Nellie S. 15, dau. Jennie E. 12, son George E. 9, dau. Lena M. 5 and dau. Bertha F. 2, all born in VT. In the 1900 census he apparently was enumerated twice; once living with wife Helen at 608 Gage and again living with his father-in-law, Charles Rockwood 78 in Bennington Town. In 1910 he was living in the 7th Ward of Bennington, street illegible, with daughter Nellie 43 and niece Marian 11. There is another reference to E. Payson in a book commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Bennington (Revolutionary War) where he and some other veterans laid a wreath as reps of the Bennington Post G.A.R.(Grand Army of the Republic). His name also appeared in the August 16, 1927 issue of the Bennington Banner for the same deed (see below). He was listed in the 1896-97 Bennington Directory living at 608 Gage St., occupation farmer. At the same address were Miss Bertha F. Hathaway and Miss Nellie S. Hathaway.