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Pvt. John B. Irons (age of enlistment/age at discharge)

Discussion in 'Researching Your Civil War Ancestry' started by Greendoor, Jun 13, 2018.

  1. Greendoor

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    I have a GGG Uncle who according to the book “Our Brothers Gone Before” was a Civil War Soldier and enlisted in Company H 29th NJ Infantry. However I have my doubts:
    My GGG Uncle was born in 1818 and died 1893. He is buried at Riverview Cemetery Toms River NJ
    If he was born in 1818 that would make him 44 years old when he enlisted in 1862. I checked his obit and it doesn’t mention his Civil War service. He isn’t listed in the 1890 Veteran census. Their isn’t a flag on his grave. Does anyone have information of how old he was when he enlisted and his age when he was discharged in 1863? Thanks.
     
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    I don't think it is the same man. The John B. Irons in the 29th had a widow who applied for her widow's pension in 1889, four years before your ancestor died. Therefore, not him.
     
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    Does it say the widows name on the widows pension? My GGG Uncle wife’s name was Abagail A. Irons. Anything about were this John B. Irons is buried or cemetery? Age of this John B. Irons? Thanks
     
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    It's interesting that your John B Iron's headstone says Capt on it. I couldn't find any second record though, but I'd guess it would be in the war with Mexico
     
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    Don't know if it helps or hinders, but the 29th NJ was a 9-month regiment.

    NEW JERSEY
    29TH INFANTRY
    (9 MONTHS)
    Twenty-ninth Infantry.-Cols., Edwin F. Applegate, William
    R. Taylor; Lieut.-Col., Joseph K Davison; Maj., Joseph T.
    Field. This regiment was raised in Monmouth county and
    rendezvoused at Camp Vredenburg, located on the old battle-
    ground near Freehold. It was mustered into the service on
    Sept. 20, 1862, and left for Washington on the 28th, with 39
    officers and 866 enlisted men. Reaching Washington on the
    30th, it went into camp on East Capitol hill, where it was
    permanently brigaded with the 21st, 24th and 31st N. J.
    regiments, under command of Col. Robertson of the 24th. Cos.
    A, F, D and I patroled the city of Fredericksburg while the
    conflict raged along the slopes, and remained on that duty
    until the stormy night of Dec. 15, when they were the last to
    withdraw, crossing upon the upper pontoons under a fierce
    cannonade from the enemy, which, however, did not inflict a
    single casualty. The division of which the regiment formed a
    part held an important position in the early days of the
    Chancellorsville campaign without drawing on a serious
    engagement, though picket firing was steadily maintained, and
    having accomplished its purpose in diverting the enemy's
    attention from the right of Hooker's army recrossed the
    Rappahannock on May 2 under a heavy fire from the Confederate
    batteries, the regiment losing 7 men killed or wounded. The
    term of service having expired, the regiment marched with the
    brigade to Washington, while the remainder of the army pushed
    on to overtake and vanquish Lee in his northward movement.
    Leaving the capital on June 17, it reached Freehold two days
    afterward, where it was mustered out on the 28th. The total
    strength of the regiment was 958, and it lost during its term
    of service by resignation 4, by discharge 63, by promotion 6,
    by transfer 3, by death 40, by desertion 17, mustered out 825.

    Source: The Union Army, vol. 3
     
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    He was a ship captain.
     
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    His headstone say’s John V. Irons
    Born 1844
    Died July 6 1886
    Weird how his pension record says John B Irons and his headstone says John V Irons
     
  10. Taylin

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    These are two different Johns. The John B Irons, married to Abigail A Irons died in 1893, easy to find him on Find A Grave
    Only posting so we don't have a misunderstanding here
     

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