Alfred Dwight Washburn was born in the part of Brookfield which became West Brookfield on July 29, 1819. His parents were Ezra and Clarissa (Bartlett)Washburn. He married Eliza Ann Gilbert, daughter of Coleman and Dorothy (Morse) Gilbert, in Brookfield on May 1, 1851. Three children were known to have been born of this union.
Alfred mustered in to Co. I of the 34th Massachusetts Infantry on August 2, 1862. He died of disease in Martinsburg, West Virginia on July 24, 1864. His remains were returned to West Brookfield and he was buried in Pine Grove Cemetery. Eliza continued to live in town until her death in June of 1912.