John D. Felton Jr.

John D. Felton Jr. was born August 5, 1839, in Summit County, Ohio, the son of John D. Sr. (1797-1851) and Lucinda (1800-1869).

John D. Sr. left Ohio and brought his family to Michigan, and they eventually settled in the Wayland area, Allegan County. By 1860 John was working as a farm laborer and living with his younger sister Harriet (b. 1844) and mother who was a farmer in Leighton, Allegan.

John stood 5’6” with hazel eyes, brown hair and a dark complexion, and was a 23-year-old farmer possibly living in Leighton, Allegan County when he enlisted in Company K on August 18, 1862 at Grand Rapids for 3 years, crediting Leighton. He joined the Regiment on September 8, 1862, and was absent sick in June of 1863, probably in a hospital in Washington, DC. By October of 1863 he was reported to be recovering from pneumonia in Chestnut Hill (Mower) hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. On October 24 he applied for a furlough to visit his home in Allegan County, since he found it necessary “to attend to some business affairs that demand my immediate attention and presence,” and his request was approved in late December. He remained absent sick in the hospital through March of 1864. John eventually recovered his health and rejoined the Regiment.

He was killed in action on May 6, 1864, at the Wilderness, Virginia. His body was reportedly returned to Allegan County and he was buried in Hill cemetery, Wayland Township.

In 1864 his mother applied for and received a dependent’s pension (no. 44963).