Civil War Veterans Buried In Washington State - Claus Ahrens

Claus Henry Ahrens

Representing: Union

G.A.R Post

  • Phil Sheridan Post #44 Tacoma, Whatcom Co. WA

Unit History

  • 39th Illinois Infantry A

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Claus Ahrens
Full Unit History

Organized: 10/11/1861 Chicago, IL
Mustered Out:  12/6/1865 Norfolk, VA

Soldier History

Residence: Wilmington, IL Age: 20 yrs.
Enlisted/Enrolled: 8/5/1861 Rank:   Pvt.
Mustered In: 10/11/1861
Re-enlisted: 1/1/1844 Hilton Head, SC
Mustered Out: 12/6/1865 Norfolk, VA
Highest Rank: Pvt.
Rank At Discharge: Pvt. 

Family History


Claus/Clause was born in Germany/Prussia. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1853.

Claus/Clause  was residing in Wilmington Will County, IL when he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He was described as being 5’3”” in height, hair color was light, eyes were gray. 

In 1867 Claus/Clause married in Manhattan, NY.  His wife’s name was Marie. She had been born about 1848.

In the 1880 census of New York, NY Claus/Claus and Marie were listed as living in Manhattan with children Anne, 12: Marie 4 and Frederick 1.  At that time Claus/Clause listed his occupation as “retail grocer.”

Claus/Clause applied for a Civil War Pension in 1880. That request was granted.

The Tacoma Pierce County, WA census of 1900 noted that daughter Anne had been born about 1868 while Rosa was born about 1878 and son, Arthur, about 1881. All were born in Illinois. At that time Mr. Ahrens’ occupation was listed as day laborer.

Claus/Clause died on 2/27/1907. He was/is buried in Whatcom County, WA’s Woodlawn Cemetery located near the community of Ferndale.  

Death of C. H. Ahrens
Clause (sic) H. Ahrens, aged 62 years , a veteran of the Civil War, died at his residence in Marietta at an early hour Monday Morning of chronic nephritis (kidney disease). Mr. Ahrens is survived by his widow, two daughters and two sons, Lester Ahrens, of Linwood Minn., and Arthur Ahrens of Marietta. Mr. Ahrens had been a resident of this county for six years. He served as a private in Company A, Thirty-ninth Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry. He was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic, holding his membership in Sheridan Post No. 44 of Tacoma. Funeral services will be conducted at the late home of the deceased. 

The preceding courtesy of the Whatcom Genealogical Society. For additional information see our Links page for  information about obtaining the dvd Civil War Veterans of Whatcom County (with June, 2014 update).


*In the American Civil War Research database first name appears as Clause

Posted: 1/4/2024


Buried at Woodlawn Cemetery AKA Paradise Ferndale Whatcom Co.

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