Civil War Veterans Buried In Washington State - Benjamin Luce

Benjamin Franklin H Luce

Representing: Union

G.A.R Post

  • Isaac Stevens Post #1 Seattle, King Co. WA

Unit History

  • 5th Wisconsin Infantry A
Benjamin Luce
Family History



Cheney Luce


BIRTH 30 JULY 1793 • Rutland Rutland County Vermont

DEATH 3 MARCH 1881 • Verona Dane County Wisconsin


Polly Darrow


BIRTH 2 SEP 1800 • Chatham, Columbia, New York, USA

DEATH 15 NOV 1861 • Stevens Point, Portage, Wisconsin, USA

John 1815 1815
Chleo Priscilla 1817 1902
Caroline P 1818 1899
Benjamin Franklin 1824 1916
Cheny E Jr 1827 1921
James Root Luce CWV 1828 1928
Nicholas Darrow 1833 1915
Wm Harry 1836 1911
Mary Cornelia 1839 1839
Sarah 1842 1923
Hiram no infor
Lewis no infor

Ben children
Sarah Jane 1847 1937
Wm Wesley 1849 1930
Julius Nathaniel 1852 1913
Clara 1861 unk


1850 Montrose Dane Co. WI

Cheng Luce 57
Mary 50
Benjamin F 26
Cheng 23
Hanes /r 22
Darrah 17
Wm 15
Mary 10
Sarah 8
Julia A 25
Sarah 2
Wm mos (our Wm W 1849/WI)

1860 Wausau Marathon Co. WI
B F H Luce 36/1824/NY millwright
Julia A 32/1828/NY
Sara 14/1846/WI
Wm 10/1850/WI
Julius 7/1853/WI


Benjamin F. H. Luce
Residence Warsaw WI;

Enlisted on 6/20/1861 as a Drummer.

On 6/20/1861 he mustered into "A" Co. WI 5th Infantry

He was discharged on 6/16/1864


* Principal Musician 5/1/1863

Intra Regimental Company Transfers:

* 5/1/1863 from company A to Field & Staff



William W. Luce (son)
Residence was not listed;

Enlisted on 5/22/1863 as a Musician.

On 5/22/1863 he mustered into "A" Co. WI 5th Infantry

He was discharged on 6/10/1864


Benjamin F. H. Luce

Enlistment Date

20 Jun 1861

Enlistment Rank


Muster Date

20 Jun 1861

Muster Place


Muster Company


Muster Regiment

5th Infantry

Muster Regiment Type


Muster Information


Rank Change Date

1 May 1863

Rank Change Rank

Principal Musician

Transfer date

1 May 1863

Transfer From Unit


Transfer To Unit


Muster Out Date

16 Jun 1864

Muster Out Information


Side of War


Survived War?


Residence Place

Warsaw, Wisconsin


Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers: War of the Rebellion






Benj F Luce

Birth Year

abt 1827

Place of Birth

New York

Age on 1 July 1863




Marital Status



Lancaster, New York

Congressional District




1870 Township 95 Range 40 O’Brien Co. IA
Benjiman Luce 45/1825/NY farmer
Julia 44
Wesley 21/1849/WI
Julius 18
Clara 9/1861/WI


Benjamin F H Luce

Admission Age


Birth Date

abt 1824

Birth Place

New York

Enlistment Date

May 1861

Enlistment Place

Madison, Wisconsin

Discharge Date

Jun 1864

Discharge Place

Washington D. C.

Military Company


Military Regiment

5th Wis Vol

Admission Date


Residence Date


Residence Place

Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA


Northwestern Branch


1900 Seattle Ward 3 King Co. WA
Ben F Luce 77/Mar 1823/NY millwright
Julia A 75/Feb 1827 married 1846 parents CT/NY painter & Decorator 5ch 3liv

Julius N 48/Mar 1852/WI laborer


1910 Edmonds Ward 1 Snohomish Co. WA
Benjamin F 86/1824/NY presser at church Rev. says UA
Julia A 84/1826/NY 4ch 3liv



Julia Louice[Julia Root]



Birth Date

abt 1827

Death Date

10 Nov 1912

Age at Death


Death Location

Edmonds, Snohomish, Washington


Nathaniel Root

Record Source

Washington State Death Re

Julia Ann Root Luce


12 Feb 1827

New York, USA


10 Nov 1912 (aged 85)

Edmonds, Snohomish County, Washington, USA


Edmonds Memorial Cemetery

Edmonds, Snohomish County, Washington

Julia A. Root b. Feb.12 or Feb 19th, New York and parents born Conn. and NY. Obituary gives birth as Feb. 12 and tombstone lists it as Feb 19th.
She married Benjamin Franklin Luce 29 Oct. 1846 Tonawanda, Erie Co., New York. They had five children on 1900 Federal Census-3 living.
Children: Sarah J. Luce Hackett, William Wesley Luce, and Julius N. Luce. Julius N. Luce married Martha Czarina Hamilton probably 1879 Village of Janesville, Waseau Co., Minnesota. They had daughter Clara L. born September 1879 Waseau Co., Minnesota.
Death Certificates on all three children all say mother Julia A. Root.
Julia A. Root Luce passed away first and is buried in Edmonds Municipal Cemetery orginally IOOF Cemetery.
Note: Tombstone room allowed above Julia A. Luce's name and vitals but husband Benjamin Franklin H. Luce not engraved. Another indication he was buried in O'Brien Co., Iowa from WPA Report of burials in O'Brien Co., Iowa had wife's name as Julia A. Rost. Benjamin Franklin H. Luce papers from Washington Veterans home in Retsil, Kitsap Co., WA. has her name as Julia A. Root Luce.

Son William Wesley Luce buried without tombstone where father would have been buried grave 8 in Edmonds Municipal Cemetery.

Edmonds Tribune Review
November 15, 1912 page 5
One of Oldest Residents Passes Away
On Sunday, Nov. 10, there passed from this life, in the 86th year of her age, Mrs. Julia Ann Luce, beloved wife of B.F. Luce, and her spirit is now with the redeemer.
It will be remembered that in our issue of week before last, mention was made of the celebration of the 66th anniversary of the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Luce, and that a large number of friends called to pay their respects to the worthy couple.
The next day Mrs. Luce was taken seriously ill with the ailment from which she suffered for years, viz: asthma, and she passed away on the 10th Inst., as above stated.
The deceased was born in New York State, Feb. 12, 1827, and was married to Mr. Luce on October 29, 1846, the couple having lived together continuously for 66 years. Mrs. Luce was an unusually lovable christian character, and always found pleasure in doing deeds of kindness for others. As the aged woman lay in her coffin, one could almost imagine that she was sleeping peacefully, and that her spirit had not gone to its long home.
The funeral took place Tuesday afternoon from the m.E. church, Rev. Z.T. Fahs preaching the funeral sermon. Interment was in Odd Fellows cemetery just south of town, a large number of friends of the family having turned out to pay their respects to the deceased.

Sarah Jane 1847 1937

Wm Wesley 1849 1930

Julius Nathaniel 1851 1913



Benjamin F H Luce



Birth Date

abt 1824

Death Date

22 Oct 1916

Age at Death


Death Location

Retsil, Kitsap, Washington

Record Source

Washington State Death Records


Benjamin Franklin H. Luce


16 Mar 1824

Rochester, Monroe County, New York, USA


22 Oct 1916 (aged 92)

Retsil, Kitsap County, Washington, 

Benjamin Franklin H. Luce son of Cheney Luce Sr. and Polly Darrow Luce of New York and Wisconsin. Benjamin F.H. Luce Wisconsin Union Civil War Veteran died in Washington State at Washington State Veterans Home in Retsil, Kitsap County. Burial I believe at Edmonds, WA. WPA Report from O'Brien Co., Iowa says buried there which I question. I think a plaque from US Government was sent to O'Brien Co., Iowa to commemerate his service and that is what was picked up in WPA report. He and Julia lived in Dane Co. and Marathon Co.,WI. then moved to homestead in O'Brien Co., Iowa. After O'Brien Co. Iowa they moved to Janesville, Waseau Co., MN. then Seattle, King Co., WA. eventually settling in Edmonds, Snohomish Co., WA. He married Julia A. Root October 29, 1846 Tonawanda, Erie Co., NY. From 1900 Census 3rd Ward, Seattle, King Co., WA., they were married 54 yrs., had 5 children-3 living. His wife Julia A. Root Luce died first in 10 Nov. 1912 and then he went into the Washington Veterans Home in Retsil, Kitsap Co., WA., where he passed away there 22 Oct. 1916. Not buried at Washington Veterans Home Cemetery in FAG. Not buried with wife Julia A. Root Luce in Edmonds Municipal Cemetery which was originally called IOOF Cemetery. When city took over no Sexton books where passed to the city of early burials. There was room above Julia A. Luce tombstone for Benjamin's name but was not put on and no separate tombstone for him. Son William Wesley Luce buried with his mother 1849-1930 in grave 6 that would have been for his father, no tombstone for William Wesley Luce.
Veterans papers-State of Washington for Benjamin Franklin H. Luce:
Application by Soldier for Admission to the Veterans Home at Port Orchard, WA., had quite a bit of genealogical information.
WPA-Work Projects Administration Report O'Brien Co., Iowa 1930's Graves Registration Survey
Benjamin F.H. Luce buried in O'Brien County, Iowa
Checking on internet: Luce, Benjamin F.H. cemetery, birth, death not given only O'Brien County, (Co. A. 5th Wis. Inf.)
wife Julia Rost, Drum Major on non-commissioned staff.
Her maiden name should be Root. After his death I think the Government sent a plaque to O'Brien Co., Iowa to be placed in a cemetery there as Civil War Soldier.
From obituary the funeral service conducted in Edmonds, WA.
conclusion of service at the grave which leads to being buried in Edmonds Municipal Cemetery with wife but no
record of burial found. Many records missing when cemetery went private to city management.

Benjamin F. H. Luce had many occupations: Farmer, Millwright, Patents office, late in life Methodist Episcopal Church Minister.

Federal Census:
1850 Benjamin F. Luce Montrose, Dane Co., WI. Farmer
1860 B.F.H.Luce Wausau, Marathon Co., WI. Millwright
1869 moved to O'Brien Co.,Iowa Floyd Twp.
1870 Benjiman Luce O'Brien Co., Iowa Twp. 95, Range 40
1880 Benjamin F. Luce Village of Janesville, Waseau, MN.
1900 B.F.Luce 3-Ward Seattle, King Co., WA
1910 Benjamin F. Luce 1 Ward, Edmonds, Snohomish Co., WA.
Parson of a church

Biographical Data and Army Record of Old Soldiers, Who have lived in O'Brien Co. Iowa
Compilied by Geo. W. Schee and O.H. Montzheimer
pub. Privately Prighar, Iowa 1909
LUCE, Benjamin F. H. Resides at Edmonds, Wash,; born May(should be March dw) 16, 1824, at Rochester, N.Y.; son of Cheney and Polly Luce. Married Julia Rost(should be Root dw) October 29, 1846; children; Sarah J., W.W.; J.N. and Clara L.(Clara L. dt/o Julius N. Luce dw) Enlisted June 20, 1861, at Wausau, Marathon Co., WI., in Company A, Fifth Wisconsin Infantry, Hancock's Brigade, Sixth Army Corps; served as Drum Major on non-commissioned staff; first served as drummer and promoted to second principal musician May 1, 1863; served in battles at Williamsburg, Potomac Station, Fredericksburg, Malvern Hill, Antietam, Gettysburg, Wilderness; wounded in hip in latter battle; discharged June 16, 1864. Settled in O'Brien County in 1869, homesteading northeast 1/4 section 36, Floyd Township. Local preacher in Methodist Episcopal Church. Member of Stevens Post No. 1, G.A.R. at Seattle, WA.

Son William W. Luce joined same unit in 1863 as musican and was with his father in war.

Sarah Jane Luce m. Leroy Hackett
William Wesley Luce m. Alice Medora Winegar 2/w Lula B.-? 3/w Emma Bjorn
Julius Nathaniel Luce m. Martha Czarina Hamilton
3 daughters names unknown
From obituary says had 2 sons and four daughters all born
in the state of Wisconsin.

Edmonds Tribune Review October 27, 1916 pg.3
Benjamin Franklin H. Luce
Benjamin Franklin H. Luce was born in Rochester N.Y. March 16, 1824, and died at Port Orchard, Kitsap Co., Washington, October 22, 1916, aged 92 years, 7 months and 6 days.
By the removal of one to aged we are reminded of some of the stiring periods in our nations history.
The details of his life are not as full as we would like but we gain the following: he was married to Julia A. Root at Tonawanda N.Y., October 29, 1846, later moving to Wisconsin.
All the children of this couple were born in Wisconsin, two sons and four daughters, the eldest being Mrs. Sarah Hackett of this place and another his son William residing at Port Orchard.
When the war broke out all his family were living, nevertheless he answered the call of his country and joined the 5th Regiment of Wisconsin Volunteers, as Drum Major, taking his son William with him.
Mr. Luce served during the whole war and on one occassion was badly wounded.
He came to Washington 22 years ago, living at Edmonds a good part of the time and here his wife died Nov. 10, 1912.
He was an enthusiastic Grand Army man and at the National Encampment at Washington D.C. in 1915, though the oldest veteran there he marched almost the entire day at the head of the army.
On June 15th 1916, he was married to Mrs. Susan Williams of Washington D.C.; their married life was for 4 months and 1 week.
He had been ailing but a short time when it was thought best to take him to the Soldiers Home at Port Orchard and on Saturday last this was done, and he stood the trip well but on Sunday morning he passed away in his sleep.
When he entered with the Methodist Episcopal church we do not know, the earliest recollection that his children have is that their home was the stopping place for the traveling preachers.
A license was given him as exhorter at Camp Griffin, VA., on the 10 day of Feb. 1862 by R. Langly, Chaplain of the 5th Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers. His license as a local preacher was granted Aug. 2, 1894 at Ballard, Washington.
The funeral services was conducted at the Methodist Episcopal church Edmonds, by the pastor S. G. Jones who spoke from 2 Tim.4th chapter--7th verse "I have fought a good fight. I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. The G.A.R. of Port Orchard attended and conducted the ritual of their service in the church, the pastor concluding at the grave.
The deepest sympathy goes out from the people of Edmonds to those who are left to mourn this great loss.
Cards of Thanks
I desire to express to one and all and there are many kind friends in Edmonds for their services and sympathy during the sickness of my late husband, Rev. B.F. Luce.
The blessing of God attend you.
Susan Luce

3 Wedding Announcements in three newspapers
Everett Daily Herald Friday June 16, 1916
Bridegroom is 93; Doesn't Wear Glasses
A man 93 years of age was married in Everett last night, and when he attached his signature to the wedding returns he did not find it necessary to wear eyeglasses.
The aded groomsman was Rev. Benjamin F. Luce, a Methodist clergyman of Edmonds. The lady was Mrs. Susan Williams, of Washington, D. C., a lady at least 35 years younger than the man to whom she was married.
The wedding, performed by Rev. William E. Randall at his home on Wetmore Avenue between Wall street and Pacific avenue, proved interesting, owing to the advanced age of the happy husband.
Rev. Luce, whose brother died a year or two ago in this city at an advanced age, lived with his first wife 66 years. After the first Mrs. Luce died, Rev. Luce made a visit to the east, where he met Mrs. Susan Williams.

Wedding Announcement in the Post Intelligencer, Seattle, WA. June 18, 1916, p.5
Veteran, At 93, Weds; Bride 70
Rev. B. F. Luce Organized First Methodist Church in Edmonds.
Detailing marrying Mrs. Susie Williams of Washington, D.C.

Another Announcement
Edmonds Tribune Review, Friday, June 16, 1916 p.2
Rev. B. F. Luce, 93 years old, an old Union Soldier, who has lived in Edmonds for a number of years and who has many relatives and friend ...doesn't give the brides name in this announcement.


Buried at Edmonds Memorial Cemetery

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