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Joy Howland Napier
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Birth: 1829
Ashtabula County
Ohio, USA
Death: Apr. 4, 1889
El Dorado County
California, USA

Civil War: Company I, 2nd California Cavalry

Joy Howland Napier (also: Naper) was the son of John Nelson Naper and Betsey Elizabeth Goff. Joy's family accompanied his Uncle Joseph Naper to Illinois aboard the schooner Telegraph in 1831, where his uncle established Naper's Settlement (now Naperville) on the DuPage River in July. This settlement grew, giving rise to Chicago. Joy appears as a resident at the home of his parents at Naperville, DuPage, Illinois, in the 1850 U.S. Census. Joy later relocated to California where he appears as a resident at Placerville, El Dorado County, in the 1860 U.S. Census. In 1862 he was in Los Angeles County. Joy Howland Napier (Orton: Naper) enlisted as a 1st Sergeant at Camp Drum (Wilmington), Los Angeles County, June 21, 1862. However, he was commissioned into Company I, 2nd California Cavalry, at Camp Drum as a 2nd lieutenant July 20 and promoted to 1st Lieutenant November 27, 1862. Lieutenant Napier resigned his commission at the Presidio of San Francisco December 31, 1864 (Orton, 267). After the war he returned to Placerville where he registered to vote August 13, 1866 (1866 El Dorado Great Register). Joy worked as a miner and stayed in Placerville until his death in 1889. He was buried in the Placerville Cemetery. Joy was never married.
His older brother, George Austin Naper, was a resident at Naperville, Illinois, when he enlisted as a private June 25, 1861, and was mustered into Company K, 13th Illinois Infantry, June 25. George was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant January 22, 1862. Lieutenant Napier was killed in action at Chickasaw Bayou, Mississippi, December 29, 1862.

His younger brother, John Nelson Naper, enlisted as a private at Naperville, Illinois, June 28, 1861, and was mustered into Company K, 13th Illinois Infantry. Private Naper was discharged for disability January 14, 1864. John filed for a Civil War veteran's pension April 27, 1896, and received application No. 1,176,837 and certificate No. 921,322. After his death Jennie filed for a widow's pension April 21, 1921, and received application No. 1,173,302 and certificate No. 906,783.
Family links: 
  John Naper (1800 - 1850)
  Betsey Goff Naper (1809 - 1891)
  George Austin Naper (1827 - 1862)*
  Joy Howland Napier (1829 - 1889)
  John Nelson Naper (1842 - 1921)*
  Anna M. Naper Thayer (1844 - 1925)*
  Heman R. Naper (1847 - 1872)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Aged 60 years
Old Placerville City Cemetery
El Dorado County
California, USA
Maintained by: Steve
Originally Created by: Lin
Record added: Jun 17, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 19934442
Joy Howland Napier
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Joy Howland Napier
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Who for the Union fought and bled, though passing on, is never dead.
- Steve
 Added: Nov. 23, 2013

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