|Birth: ||Feb. 23, 1844|
|Death: ||Oct. 21, 1905|
Sgt. Joseph W. Bennett (actually 3rd Michigan Infantry veteran Jonas M. Bennett) of Muskegon enlisted in the 26th Michigan on August 5, 1862, at the listed age of 19. He was born February 23, 1844, and originally enlisted in Co. H. of the 3rd Michigan in 1861 along with his older brother George W. Bennett. "Jonas stood 5'7" with blue eyes, black hair and a fair complexion. Jonas was discharged on July 31, 1861, probably at Hunter's Farm, Virginia, near Alexandria, for a deformed right elbow, injured some six years prior to enlistment. Jonas recalled in 1904 that in the spring of 1855 he fell from a building in Grand Rapids and dislocated his elbow." He changed his name so he would be allowed to go back into the army, believing he would not be accepted because he had been previously discharged for a disability. Sergeant Bennett was on detached service from February of 1864 through April at the draft rendezvous in Grand Rapids (Camp Lee). When the Grand Rapids draft depot was closed down in the summer of 1864, he was sent to the draft rendezvous at Jackson in July where he remained until he was mustered out on May 31, 1865. In the winter of 1867, he jumped out of a burning building in Newaygo and broke his ankle. Jonas eventually moved to Leadville, Colorado and by the late 1890s he was living in Cripple Creek and in Victor, El Paso County, Colorado when he applied for and received pension no. 1,100,153, dated 1897, drawing $6.00 per month by mid-1905. He lived for a time in Texas and Montana, and then was listed in the Oklahoma Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory with four children in 1900. He apparently died in Oklahoma City on October 21, 1905. Several members of the Bennett family served in the 26th Michigan.
Oklahoma Veterans Cemetery
Plot: Unknown For Sure, may be buried in the Union Soildier's Cemetery? or Indian Territory? (See Bio)
Maintained by: Sandy Vandertol
Originally Created by: Mr. Overmyer
Record added: Mar 08, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 49430672
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