Reynolds cemetery Montcalm county

Ebenezer Sweet

Ebenezer Sweet was born in 1811 in New York.

Ebenezer was married to Scintha (b. 1814), possibly in New York, and they had at least five children: Hannah (b. 1840), Charles (b. 1841), John (b. 1844), James (b. 1846) and Rufus (b. 1848).

They lived in New York for some years – in fact they may have been living in Galen, Wayne County, New York in 1840 -- but between 1846 and 1848 settled in Michigan. By 1850 Ebenezer was working as a cooper and living with his wife and children in Lyons, Ionia County. By 1860 Ebenezer was working as a cooper and living in Lyons with his son-in-law, a butcher named James Sherman (b. 1826 in New York) and his wife Hannah and their daughter Adelaide. Also living with Ebenezer and the Sherman family was Ebenezer’s son Rufus, who was attending school in Lyons.

Ebenezer stood 5’6’ with gray eyes, dark hair and a dark complexion and was about 46 years old when he became a substitute for one John Pong, who was drafted for nine months from Westphalia, Clinton County, and was mustered in on February 6, 1863. He enlisted in Unassigned, was subsequently transferred to Company B on February 26, 1863, at Westphalia for 3 years, and mustered into service in Detroit. He joined the Regiment on March 10 at Camp Pitcher, Virginia and was wounded on July 2 or 3, 1863, at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

He was absent sick from July of 1863 through May of 1864, and was transferred to Company E, Fifth Michigan infantry upon consolidation of the Third and Fifth Michigan Regiments on June 10, 1864. Ebenezer was reported absent sick from July 1, 1864, through November of 1864, and was mustered out on July 5, 1865, at Jeffersonville, Indiana.

Ebenezer eventually returned to Michigan. By 1880 he was living as a widower and working as a laborer and residing with his daughter Hannah and her husband James Sherman, who was working as a butcher in Reynolds, Montcalm County.

No pension seems to be available.

Ebenezer presumably died in Reynolds and was died in Reynolds Township, Montcalm County. In any case he was buried in Reynolds cemetery: old section.

Truman Sawdy - updated 12/31/2011

 Truman Sawdy was born on December 10, 1835 or November 10, 1836, in New York, the son of Ebenezer (1812-1890) and Ruth (Rose, 1820-1905).

Both New York natives, Truman’s parents were married in February of 1836, probably in New York where they resided for some years. between 1836 and 1844 they left New York and moved to Michigan. According to one source, “in the spring of 1842,” noted one source, Ebenezer “Sawdy came to Barry County [Michigan] traveling from the lakes on foot. He bought forty acres of wild land, then returned East and in the fall brought his family to their new home. He built a rude log house and literally hewed out a farm from the timber.”

By 1850 Truman was attending school with his younger brother James and living with his family on a farm in Woodland, Barry County. His father “eventually became the owner of considerable landed property and was numbered among the successful members of the community. He was the first mail carrier between Woodland and South Cass, and carried the mail tied up in a handkerchief. He was Justice of the Peace for years and in politics was a Republican. . . . The Sawdys are of English ancestry.” By 1860 Truman was working as a farm laborer and living with his family in Woodland.

Truman stood 6’1” with blue eyes, light hair and a light complexion and was a 25-year-old farmer probably living in Barry County when he enlisted in Company E on May 13, 1861. Truman was on duty with the Regiment when he wrote to Mr. Nevins, editor of the Hastings Banner on March 4, 1862, from Camp Michigan, Virginia.

As I received a Banner to-day, I thought it could not be amiss to write to you and inform you, of the state of affairs of the Michigan 3d, and also of the brigade.


There is nothing transpiring in camp of any importance. Our boys are in good spirits now. The 5th [Michigan infantry] is suffering very much from measles, they have lost twenty men within three weeks, the sickness is abating in a measure. They have lost thirty-five men with disease since they came to Virginia. We have lost but twenty since the regiment was formed -- we have no reason to complain with a just God. His goodness and mercy has followed us all along. -- The Second [Michigan infantry] are in good spirits, also the 37th N.Y. (they are in our brigade); it is an Irish regiment, and they are a noble set of boys, they are called the bloody 37th, and I guess the Texan [sic] Rangers thought so, when they surrounded them at Mrs. Lee’s house.


The good news that we receive to-day, tends to keep up a lively Spirit among the boys. I have just come from dress parade, and we had orders to be ready to march. Everything indicates a forward movement. The roads are getting settled, and the weather is fine now, we have had considerable rain for two months past. I hope that the weather may continue to be fair, so that if we are called upon to march, that we may have a pleasant time of it; that is if we can. We soldiers do not expect to be carried upon flowery beds of ease.


Things are working admirably well now. A few more such victories as our men achieved at Roanoke Island, Fort Henry and Fort Donelson, and secesh are played out. I wonder what Northern traitors think now of the valor and bravery of our Northern troops. They can’t say now now that it will take five Northern men to whip one Southern man. . . . The Northern leaders are hauling in their horns a little, I think it is about time for them to do so. I understand that a great many Northern people are growing impatient; they say that this war has not progressed as fast as it might. I would say to such if they are not satisfied with the plans and operations of Gen. George B. McClellan, they had better come down and take command of the army, and see what progress they would make in suppressing the great rebellion. For my part, I am satisfied with his operations.


A word or two in regard to slavery. I hope and trust, that this war will put an eternal end to that “bone of contention.” Slavery is the greatest evil that ever befell any nation, and I trust that the people of the United States have learned a lesson that they will never forget for years to come. If any one wants to see what slavery has done for a state they can come to Virginia and not go any farther South. There is no enterprise, or intelligence about the people. -- Virginia is the oldest State in the Union and she has nourished and cherished that peculiar institution, until she is at least seventy-five years behind the times, so much for tolerating slavery.


I guess that I have nearly exhausted the subject, and will close. A Banner now and then would be thankfully received. The Hastings Boys are all well I believe. If you deem this worthy of your publication do so, excuse all the mistakes and oblige.

He was reported at Division headquarters, probably on detached service, in July of 1862, absent sick in the hospital in August, and in December of 1862 he was a Corporal and allegedly deserted on December 18 at Falmouth, Virginia. In fact, he was probably absent sick and soon returned to the Regiment on January 24, 1863, at Washington, DC. He was reported absent sick through April, in May he was listed in the Veterans’ Reserve Corps, he was on detached service through September and absent sick in October. Truman was officially transferred to the VRC on November 26 at Washington, DC, and was discharged on June 28, 1864, from Company E, Eighteenth Regiment, VRC.

Truman eventually returned to Michigan.

He was married to New York native Cordelia R. (b. 1846) and they had at least five children: Sylvia (1865-1885), Clara (b. 1868), Sarah Jane (b. 1869), Cora B. (b. 1874) and Jay (b. 1879).

By 1870 Truman was working as a farmer and living with his wife and children in Woodland, Barry County in 1870. (His parents were also living in Woodland in 1870.)

Truman decided to quit farming and took up the study of medicine. By 1880 he was working as a physician and boarding with Dr. Warren Baker on South Jefferson street in Grand Rapids’ Eighth Ward; that same year he also reported as working as a physician and living with his wife and children in Reynolds, Montcalm County. Truman eventually settled in Howard City, Montcalm County where he worked as as a physician for many years. He was living in Howard City in September of 1885 when he became a member of the Old 3rd Michigan Infantry Association.


Truman’s daughter Sylvia died in December of 1885, in Grand Rapids, during a botched abortion, reportedly carried out by her lover  Harry McDowell. McDowell was tried and convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Truman was still living in Howard City in 1888, 1890 and in 1894.

In 1888 he applied for and eventually received a pension (no. 671951).

He was admitted to the Michigan Soldiers’ Home (no. 2370) on February 25, 1895, discharged on April 20, and readmitted July 23.

Truman died of heart and lung trouble at the Home on August 20, 1895.

His body was reportedly sent to Howard City for burial, and may have been interred in Reynolds Township cemetery, although this cannot be confirmed. (According to the cemetery records for Reynolds township posted online he is buried alone with what is probably a government marker noting he was a sergeant in Company E, 18th VRC. There are quite a few Sawdys buried in Woodland cemetery, Barry County, including Truman’s parents and some of his siblings and at least one of his children.)

In September of 1895 his widow applied for and received a pension (no. 422614).

William Henry Harrison Goff updated 11/14/2017

William Henry Harrison Goff was born July 19, 1844, in Carlisle,  Lorain County, Ohio, the son of New York natives Albert C. Goff (b. 1821) and Eunice Pangborn (1828-1860). 

Albert and Eunice were married in 1842 in Ferrisburgh, Addison County, Vermont. By 1844 they had settled in Ohio and by 1850 were still living in Elyria, Ohio. By 1855 Albert had settled his family in Michigan and in 1860 William was attending school with two of his younger siblings and living with his family on a farm in Grand Rapids, Kent County, where William also worked as a farm laborer. 

He stood 5’8” with blue eyes, brown hair and a light complexion, and was an 18-year-old farmer possibly living in Grand Rapids when he enlisted in Company A on August 8, 1862, at Grand Rapids for 3 years, and was mustered the same day. (Albert, his father, was living in Grand Rapids in 1862.) He joined the Regiment on September 8 at Fairfax Seminary, Virginia, was apparently admitted to McDougal hospital in Washington, DC, on January 9, 1863, and was still in the hospital when he was transferred to Company A, 5th Michigan Infantry upon consolidation of the 3rd and 5th Michigan Regiments on June 10, 1864. He remained hospitalized until he was mustered out on May 31, 1865. 

After the war William eventually returned to Michigan. 

He married Pennsylvania native Amy L. Wheeler (b. 1846) on September 24, 1871, in Otsego, Allegan County; they were divorced in 1885. 

He was possibly residing in Grand Rapids in 1874. By 1880 he had moved to Wexford County and was working as a bookkeeper and living with his wife Amy in Cadillac; also living with them was Mary A. Wheeler, listed as “Mother” and probably Amy’s mother He was still living in Cadillac in 1882, and in 1883, drawing $13.00 per for deafness (pension no. 87,118). William was still living in Cadillac in 1890 reportedly suffering from complete deafness, and was a member of the Old 3rd Michigan Infantry Association. He operated the Vosberg & Goff meat market in Cadillac

According to his father Albert, William left his home in Cadillac, Michigan and went on a visit to Otsego, Allegan County and was taken seriously ill and lived only a few days. 

William died of disease on January 20, 1891, probably in the vicinity of Reynolds Township, Montcalm County, although his father claimed that his remains were removed to Ensley, Newaygo County for burial in fact he was buried in Reynolds Township cemetery where there is a government headstone for William.

Amy was living as his widow in Grand Rapids at 303 Ottawa in 1890. His father was possibly living in Gilman, Iroquois County, Illinois by 1897. His application for a dependent father’s pension was rejected.

Horace Chaffee

Horace Chaffee was born around 1832 in Lamoille County, Vermont, probably the son of Hiram (b. 1807) and Sophia (b. 1807.

By 1850 Horace was working as a farmer and living with his family in Morristown, Lamoille County, Vermont and attending school with his younger brother Albert.

By 1860 Horace had moved westward and was a farm laborer working for and/or living with the Ira Woodcock family, a farmer in Tyrone, Kent County, Michigan.

Horace stood 5’10” with gray eyes, black hair and a dark complexion and was 24 years old when he enlisted in Company F on May 13, 1861. He was discharged for consumption on November 1, 1861, at Fort Lyon, Virginia.

After his discharge from the Third Michigan infantry Horace returned to Michigan where he reentered the service in Company E, Twenty-eighth Michigan infantry on September 15, 1864, at Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County for 3 years, crediting Bertrand, Berrien County, and was mustered September 16 at Kalamazoo where the regiment was being organized.

The regiment left Michigan for Louisville, Kentucky October 26-29 and remained on duty there until November 10. It participated in the battle of Nashville and subsequently occupied Nashville. It was then moved back to Louisville in mid-January and on January 18 was moved to Alexandria, Louisiana where it remained until February 19. The regiment was eventually transferred to new Berne, North Carolina in late February. It participated in the campaign in the Carolinas from March 1-April 26, the advance on and occupation of Raleigh, North Carolina in mid-April, the surrender of Johnston’s army and subsequently on duty at Raleigh until August. The regiment remained in the district of New Berne from October of 1865 until June of 1866.

Horace was listed as a Corporal when he was reported as a deserter on May 16, 1866, at Raleigh, North Carolina. The charge was removed in 1890, and he was subsequently discharged by the War Department to date May 15, 1866.

After the war Horace eventually returned to Michigan.

He was married to Harriet Jones (d. 1865) and they had at least one child: Sophia (b. 1864).

After Harriet died in 1865 Horace married Michigan native Tryphena Jones (b. 1847-1908), on January 22, 1867, in Saugatuck, Allegan County, and they had at least three children: Albert Henry (b. 1868), Nellie Mae (b. 1870).

By 1870 Horace was working as a laborer and living with his wife and two children in Heath Township, Allegan County. By 1880 Horace was working as a laborer and living in Byron, Kent County along with his wife and three children.

Horace was living in Michigan in 1890 when he applied for and received a pension (no. 651,789) for his service in both regiments,

He was residing in Woodville, Newaygo County in 1890 and probably also in 1894, suffering from chronic diarrhea, total deafness in his left ear and partial deafness in the right. He was living in Woodville in 1898.

Horace was living in Maple Hill, Montcalm County, in the spring of 1904. He may have been living in Howard City, Montcalm County where his second wife reportedly died in 1908.

Horace was living in Howard City when he died of pneumonia at his home on February 7, 1912, in Montcalm County; the expenses were paid for by one Sarah and Loren Baldwin of Howard City, Montcalm County, who had also possibly been taking care of Horace at the end of his life. (Loren Baldwin claimed to be his son-in-law and yet in his statement requesting reimbursement for expenses in taking care of Horace he reported that Horace had been married only once to Tryphena.)

Horace was buried as an indigent soldier in Reynolds cemetery (old section).

Benjamin C., Henry Ullman and John Grow Carpenter

Benjamin C. Carpenter was born August 7, 1836, in Niagara, Ontario County, New York, son of Asa Philopilus (b. 1802) and Margaret (Ullman, b. 1798).

Vermont-born Asa and New Yorker Margaret were married in 1824, probably in New York, and settled in Niagara, Ontario County, New York where they lived for many years. In 1853 Benjamin accompanied his family to Michigan where they eventually settled in Croton Township, Newaygo County. After “obtaining a fair common-school education” he was “employed in farm labor”.

Benjamin stood 5’8” with blue eyes, brown hair and a light complexion and was 24 years old and residing in Newaygo, Newaygo County when he enlisted in Company K on May 13, 1861, along with his older brother John. (Another brother Henry would join them in 1862.) Sometime in 1862 Benjamin contracted “rheumatism”, which plagued him in later years, and while the Regiment was near Harrison’s Landing, Virginia, he was diagnosed as having a varicocele, the result he later claimed of “hard marching” during the Peninsular campaign. He apparently recovered sufficiently to rejoin the Regiment but was sick in the hospital with dyspepsia from January 5 to 7, 1863. He eventually returned to duty, but from February 13 to 14 was again absent this time suffering from diarrhea. He was again absent sick from March 4 to 11, but soon recovered enough to rejoin the Regiment for the spring campaign.

On May 3, 1863, Benjamin was serving with the Regiment when he was shot through the mouth, resulting in the loss of his teeth, at Chancellorsville, Virginia. He was briefly hospitalized and treated for his wounds from May 13 to 16, and returned to duty. He was present from January through April of 1864 and was mustered out of service on June 20, 1864, probably in Detroit.

After his discharge Benjamin returned to his family farm in Croton where he lived until his marriage to Sarah Frances Higbee (1842-1936) on April 12, 1866, in Ionia County (she was from Orleans, Ionia County). They had at least four children: Laura E. (b. 1868), Maggie E. (b. 1869), Frank L. or S. (b. 1871) and Edwin Ralph (b. 1874).

In 1867 he and his wife moved from Croton Township to Morley, Mecosta County where he worked for his father-in-law, Nelson Higbee for some 15 months. (In 1870 Tommy Byers who had also served in the Third Michigan worked as a cook for Higbee, who was then a wealthy lumberman in Croton.)

Benjamin remained in Mecosta County until 1868 or 1869 when “he went to Ionia County and bought a farm, containing 40 acres of land. On this he resided six years, rented the place and went to North Plains center in the same County, where he was resident two years, going thence to Ionia. Six months later he sold his farm and removed to Newaygo County [in about 1877], where he settled on 80 acres of land in Big Prairie, given him by his father.” It was soon, reported one source, “well improved and under advanced cultivation, with good buildings.” Indeed in 1870 Benjamin and his wife were living on a farm in Ionia.

From 1877 to 1905 Benjamin apparently lived in Newaygo County, probably in Croton on a farm given him by his father, and he was living in Croton in 1883, drawing $15.00 per month (pension no. 773,881) when he became a member of the Old Third Michigan Infantry Association; he was also a Republican. He was living in Croton in 1888, 1890 and 1894. By 1906 he was back in Ionia County, and in 1907 was living in Orleans. Indeed, he probably resided in Orleans for the remainder of his life.

Benjamin died of apoplexy on February 4, 1911, in Orleans and was buried in Higbee cemetery, in Orleans (and so, eventually, was his wife).

His widow, Sarah applied for and received a pension (no. 718,849), drawing $12.00 per month in 1911.

Henry Ullman Carpenter was born May 31, 1830, in Niagara, Ontario County, New York, the son of Asa Philopilus (b. 1802) and Margaret (Ullman, b. 1798).

Vermont-born Asa and New Yorker Margaret were married in 1824, probably in New York, and settled in Niagara, Ontario County, New York where they lived for many years. In 1853 Henry accompanied his family to Michigan where they eventually settled in Croton Township, Newaygo County. By 1860 he was a farmer living with his family in Croton; near-by lived Thomas White who would enlist in Company H.

Henry stood 6’1” with blue eyes, dark hair and a light complexion and was 32 years old and probably living in Croton or Grand Rapids when he enlisted in Company K (joining his two brothers Benjamin and John who had enlisted the previous year) on August 16, 1862, at Grand Rapids. Henry joined the Regiment on September 8 at Upton’s Hill, Virginia, and was reported as suffering from acute diarrhea on January 3 and 4, 1863. He was returned to duty. Henry was wounded in the right thigh at Mine Run (near Jacob’s ford), Virginia, on November 27, 1863. On December 4 he was admitted to the Third Division hospital in Alexandria with a “gunshot wound of right thigh and leg opening the knee joint.” According to his hospital record on December 5, “A minie ball entered the right thigh just above the knee joint, on its outer aspect and taking a downward & outward direction fractured the external condyle of the femur, opened the joint & made its exit about four inches from the point of entrance. Discharges very profusely a stinking, bad-looking pus. Limb in too bad condition to be operated upon at present. General condition & spirits fine.”

On December 13 his thigh was “amputated in middle third” and his “Spirits excellent.” He was placed on a diet of whiskey and egg. On December 30 Henry was reported to be “doing finely ever since operation. Appetite has been good [he was taking beef & tea along with the whiskey & egg], bowels regular, has suffered no pain, has slept well & been in splendid spirits all the time. Stump has healed well & discharged a healthy, laudable pus. Today he had a chill followed by a very heavy sweat, but still looks well & says that he feels well as usual. His pulse however is 120 & weak & his hands tremble like those of a man with palsy.”

The chills continued through the next several days, and on January 2, 1864, his condition was “about the same.” His condition in fact quickly worsened. On January 10 he was reported to have “had chills without much regularity, sometimes none for a day or two & then two or three in 24 hours, followed each time by a debilitating sweat. His diet has been whiskey beaten up with raw eggs & beef-tea ad librium. Sometimes he could eat pretty well & at others had no appetite. He suffered almost no pain at any time & had no complaints to make, always said that he was perfectly comfortable up to the time of his death at 8 o’clock this morning.” Post-mortem examination 24 hours after death revealed that his lungs were “filled with metastatic abscess & pleural cavities contained about a pint of turbid serum. Liver healthy, kidneys in a state of fatty degeneration, intestines healthy, heart somewhat enlarged.”

Henry was buried on January 12 in grave no. 1107, U.S. Military Cemetery in Alexandria, renamed Alexandria National Cemetery: section A, no. 961, grave 11 (old grave no. 1297).

His widow was living in Everett, Newaygo County, in March of 1864 when she applied for and received a pension (no. 24737). She eventually remarried in 1867 to Darwin Nelson.

By 1870 Asa and his family were still living in Croton, Newaygo County. By 1926 Helen, again a widow (Darwin died in 1899), was living in Scottville, Michigan.

John Grow Carpenter was born September 4, 1828 in Niagara, Ontario County, New York, son of Asa Philopilus (b. 1802) and Margaret (Ullman, b. 1798).

Vermont-born Asa and New Yorker Margaret were married in 1824, probably in New York, and settled in Niagara, Ontario County, New York where they lived for many years. In 1853 John accompanied his family to Michigan where they eventually settled in Croton Township, Newaygo County. By 1860 he was a carpenter living with his family in Croton where his father worked as a farmer; and near-by lived Thomas White who would enlist in Company H.

John stood 5’7” with blue eyes, brown hair and a light complexion and was 33 years old living in Newaygo County when he enlisted as Fourth Corporal of Company K on May 13, 1861, along with his younger brother Benjamin. (Another brother Henry would join them the following year.) According to Wallace W. Dickinson, regimental hospital steward and another member of Company K, during the action at Fair Oaks, Virginia, on May 31, 1862, John, who was a member of the color guard, “had a musket ball pass through his hat.

He was absent sick in the hospital but soon returned to the Regiment and was taken prisoner (for the second time) on August 29 at the battle of Second Bull Run. He was returned to the Regiment on November 13 at Warrenton, Virginia, and absent sick from December of 1862 through April of 1863. John claimed later that he was sent to Third corps hospital near Alexandria, Virginia just after the battle of Fredericksburg, and that he arrived at the hospital on December 15 and remained there until about the middle of January 1863. Apparently he was admitted to the general hospital at Fairfax Seminary, Virginia, on January 26, 1863 and was returned to duty on March 31. In May he was reported as AWOL, although he had in fact been discharged for chronic bronchitis and valvular heart disease on May 19, 1863, at Camp Convalescent (near Alexandria), Virginia.

Following his discharge John returned to Newaygo County where he reentered the service as Private in Company A, Tenth Michigan cavalry on August 18, 1863, at Brooks, Newaygo County for 3 years, crediting Croton, and was mustered on September 10 at Grand Rapids where the regiment was being organized. (Wallace Dickinson also reentered the service in the Tenth Michigan cavalry.) It is not known if John in fact ever served in the Tenth Michigan cavalry, however. He was reported as a hospital nurse from October of 1863 through May of 1864, and he claimed that he was taken prisoner in August (presumably of 1864) while guarding the ford at McMillan’s Bend near Strawberry Plains, Tennessee. He “had to march on foot and keep up with the rebel cav. For three days’ had to ford streams, got wet, slept with wet clothes, caught cold.” In any case he was reportedly paroled and returned to the regiment after resting for a couple of days and was assigned to special duty serving as a hospital steward for about six weeks before being mustered out.

From March of 1865 through May of 1865 he was on detached service at the dismounted camp at Knoxville, Tennessee. John claimed some years later that he “was with the medical department most of the time.” From September through October of 1865 he was detached at Memphis, Tennessee. John was mustered out with the regiment on November 11, 1865 at Memphis. (Although he claimed to have been with the headquarters hospital when he was mustered out.)

After the war John returned to western Michigan, to his father’s home in Croton, Newaygo County where he worked as a joiner. He lived at his family’s home until about the first of May, 1866, when he moved to Grand Rapids. He worked as a joiner in Grand Rapids until the spring of 1867 when he returned to Croton and worked as lumbering part of the time “and part of the time doing neither.” He then moved to Everett, Newaygo County and lived there until October, working as both a joiner and bridge builder.

He married Ontario, Canada native Rebecca Mathews (1844-1884) and they had at least four children: Charles (b. 1867), Idella (b. 1869, John (b. 1874) and Willie (b. 1880).

By 1870 John was working as a farmer and living with his wife and two daughters in Big Prairie, Newaygo County. He remained in Big Prairie until October of 1871 and worked as a farmer. He eventually moved his family to Montcalm County and settled in Howard City where he lived for many years working as a carpenter. He also claimed to have been Justice of the peace for eight years in Montcalm County, and was Superintendent of Schools for one year for Reynolds Township, while working occasionally at his trade of carpentry.

John was living in Howard City when became a member of the Old Third Michigan Infantry Association in September of 1885. He was probably a member of Grand Army of the Republic Jones Post No. 252 in Howard City. He received a pension (no. 438683).

By 1897 John was living at 1769 6th Street in San Diego, California; he was still living in San Diego in 1897, apparently under the care of his daughter Mrs. Idella McCord.

John died a widower of palsy in Howard City on April 4, 1901, and was buried in Reynolds cemetery (old section).