Civil War Veterans Buried In Washington State - John Spencer

John Carlton Spencer

Representing: Union

Unit History

  • 21st Michigan Infantry C
John Spencer
Family History

John Carlton Spencer

8 May 1830
Venice, Cayuga County, New York, USA
28 Nov 1917 (aged 87)
Orting, Pierce County, Washington, USA
Burial Details Unknown. Specifically: According to his obituary John was cremated. His burial location is unknown at this time. It is assumed that his cremains are with the family.
Memorial ID


First wife: Lucy Aris
Second wife: Emily Newton
Third wife: Malissa J Looker / Bassett

When we adopted this memorial it was located at the Washington Soldiers Home Cemetery. After we requested a photo of his headstone a fellow volunteer informed us that the cemetery office has no record of this person. They also stated , "I am still trying to obtain an obituary to see if I can find where this Veteran is interred." I discovered his death certificate in Family Search profile KN3Q-PPS and it states that he is buried in Seattle, but not which cemetery. His exact location is unknown at this time.

I have a problem fulfilling your photo request for John, although the records on show that John was admitted to the Washington Soldiers Home on Nov 23 1917 and he passed there on Nov 28 at their infirmary there is no indication that he was interred there and being that he had only been there five days he may have been interred nearer to Seattle where he had been living .
I did not find any other memorials in this area of Western Washington, however I have put in a request to the State library system to see if there might have been an obit that may help in finding where he may have been interred.
Thank you John (fordvickie #47140740) for the preceding information.

The Seattle Daily Times
December 1, 1917 pg 10
Spencer-- In this city, Nov. 28, 1917. John C Spencer, beloved Uncle of W.W. Spencer, Mrs. C.I. Robinson and Mrs. Laura Griffin, father of Ella, Eliza, Fred Spencer and Jane Kellogg. Aged 87 years. Member of Stevens Post No 1. G.A.R.
Funeral services will take place from the Mortuary Chapel of Butterworth Sons, 1921 First Ave. Sunday at 4:30 P.M. All friends and members invited. Cremation
Thank you Contributor: fordvickie (47140740) for all of your hard work in finding this information.

Department of Health, Death Index, 1907-1960ser: 8
Document Reference Id: cn 516
First Name: John C.
Last Name: Spencer
Date Of Death: 28 Nov 1917
Age: 86
Gender: Male
Batch Locality: Washington, United States
Death Place: Orting, Pierce, Washington

Private, Company C, 21th MI Infantry Volunteers, Union, Civil War He enrolled 2 Aug 1862, Hastings, Barry County, MI for 3 years; mustered in 3 Sept 1862. Ae. 33, 5' 8 1/2", dark complexion, blue eyes, brown hair, occupation farmer. He was left in Nashville, TN, sick, on 11 Nov 1862; sick on 1 Nov 1864, Dalton, GA for a considerable time. Note: He was in Company D, Exchange Barracks which was formed for convalescent soldiers of various organizations under G.O. No. 1, Headquarters, Louisville Barrack, KY. (Sick in Louisville, KY, Jan and Feb 1864). He was sick on 20 Apr 1865, with chronic diarrhea, at 3 Street Hospital, Keokuk, IA. Pension Certificate 944,624; resident Seattle, WA. Discharged: 26 Jun 1865, Detroit, MI


Michigan Marriages, 1868-1925
John C. Spencer
Event Type:
Event Date:
2 July 1871
Event Place:
Hope, Barry, Michigan
Spouse's Name:
Emily E. Newton
Spouse's Gender:
Spouse's Age:
Spouse's Birthplace:
Lockport, N.Y.

Washington, County Marriages, 1855-2008
John C Spencer
Event Type:
Event Date:
06 Jun 1892
Event Place:
King, Washington, United States
Spouse's Name:
Melissa J Bassett
Spouse's Gender:


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