Civil War Veterans Buried In Washington State - Richard Jones

Richard Jones

Representing: Union

G.A.R Post

  • Oliver Morton Post #10 Snohomish, Snohomish Co. WA

Unit History

  • 14th Michigan Infantry K

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Richard Jones
Full Unit History

Organized: 2/13/62 Ypsilanti, MN
Mustered Out: 7/18/65 Louisville, KY

Regimental History


The 14th Michigan, a three-year regiment, came together in early 1862 with an enrollment of 925 officers and enlisted men.

In mid-April it left the state and participated in the rebel defeat at Corinth, MS and subsequent pursuit of retreating Confederate General Braxton Bragg’s troops toward Louisville, KY.

In 1863 the 14th was active at Stones River, TN. and, in 1864 marched to the sea with Union Gen. Sherman’s forces. It was heavily engaged at Bentonville, GA., the last severe battle fought by Sherman’s army.

On 5/18/65 the unit participated in the Grand Review in Washington, D.C. before being sent to Louisville, KY. For final muster.

Soldier History

Residence: Eagle, MI   Age: 16.5 yrs.
Enlisted/Enrolled: 1/1/62 Eagle, MI   Rank: Private.
Discharged: 7/1/62 Detroit, MI.
Highest Rank: Private

Family History


The original birth – to – death biographical profile of Richard Jones was created during the early years of the Civil War Veterans Buried In Washington State project. As a result it was limited in both size and the availability of research resources. The biography which follows was written in March, 2019. While it contains many more details than the original, it still suffers from the depth of information found in more recent additions to this website which draw heavily upon veteran-related military, pension and other documents housed in the National Archives located in Washington, D.C.


Richard W. Jones was born on July 12, 1845. His parents were Silas P. (b. 1/26/25 or ‘26 Monroe Co., NY) and Abiah “Abi”/”Abie” (nee Walton b. 9/12/22 or ’23 NY) Jones. The Jones family was a farm family.

One U.S. Census tally indicates Richard was born in the state of New York. However, Four U.S.  note him being born in Ohio. While Richard’s parents spent most of their lives together in New York, they had married on 10/16/44 in Huron, OH, so it is possible they resided in that state for a short time before resettling in New York.

As best as can be determined from available documentation, Richard was the eldest of five Jones children. His younger siblings were: Silas H. (b. 1846 NY), John W. (b. 1848 NY), Edgar H. (b. 1850 NY) and Franklin (b. 1852).


In 1850 the Jones family was residing in or near the community of Parma located in Monroe County, NY. A decade later, in 1860 they were in Eagle Clinton County, MI. Exactly when and why the move occurred is not known.

On January 1, 1862 Richard enlisted in the U.S. Army. His regiment was the 14th Michigan Infantry.* Within three months of his entering the army, while stationed at Knoxville, TN., the 5’4” farm boy succumbed to chronic diarrhea and rheumatism. Granted a sixty day furlough he returned to Michigan to recuperate. However, upon reporting for duty at the end of the sixty days he was told to go home and await discharge. Richard returned to his parents’ farm which, at least by 1870, was noted as being in Watertown Clinton Co., MI.

  On 2/11/73 in Greenville, MI, Richard married Frances Emma CleveIand (b. 1/58 MI). In 1900 Frances would report having given birth to nine children, seven of whom were living at the time. A decade later, in 1910, she would indicate she had birthed five children all five of whom were living. Identified Jones children were:  Mary Edith (b. 12/23/73 or ‘74 MI), Ira Eleazes (b. 12/28/75 or ’76 Watertown Clinton Co., MI), Lawrence Henry (b. 9/22/79 Eaton Co., MI), Ethel Mary (1/20 or 23/87 Oakfield Kent Co., MI), and Veda Grace (b. 8/3/94 Petoskey Emmet Co., MI).

 According to some sources, Richard Jones and family reportedly resided in Watertown Clinton Co., MI. until 1886 then moved to Chippewa, Co. MI. However, as per U.S. Census tallies, in 1880 they were in Petoskey Emmet Co., MI where Richard was working on a farm. There is no census data from 1890 as most of it was destroyed by fire. A decade after that, however, in 1900 they were still in Petoskey, but by that time Richard’s occupation was “keeper at boarding house.”

As of 1910 John and Frances were living in Everett Snohomish Co., WA. When they had moved to the Puget Sound region of the Pacific Northwest is not known. Under their roof at the time was teenaged daughter Veda plus married daughter Ethel, her husband and children. At that time Richard was employed in a saw mill.

  On 4/2/14 in Everett, WA Richard died of “chronic Nephritis” (kidney disease). At the time of his death he was receiving a $17 per month federal pension based on his days of Civil War soldiering. Burial was/is in the Grand Army Of The Republic (G.A.R.) Cemetery in Snohomish, Snohomish Co., WA.

. It appears that after Richard’s death Frances remained in Everett. While she cannot be located in the census for 1920, she is there in both 1930 and 1940. She died on June 23rd of that latter year and was/is buried next to Richard in the G.A.R. Cemetery.

  • Also serving during the War of the Rebellion:
    1.) Father - Ira P. Jones (5th Michigan Infantry Co. “D”)
  • 2.) Brother - Silas H. Jones (1st Michigan Light Artillery Co. “E”. Buried Evergreen Cemetery Everett Snohomish           Co., WA)



Buried at Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery Snohomish
Row: 19
Site: 3

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