|Death: ||Aug. 21, 1868|
aged 57y 3m 21d
He was a Mason
John was born to an unwed mother, Mary Commons, and she had a bastardy bond
issued in North Carolina because of her pregnancy.
He married Rachel Clark in Randolph County, North Carolina on January 12, 1832.
They moved to Indiana between 1837 and 1839. He appears to have been offered
land perhaps from some families who had come earlier in exchange for opening a
Blacksmith shop in Clarksville.
The 1860's were a difficult time for the family. Although they lived far from
the action during the Civil War, their two oldest sons left the farm, joined the
Union Army and died because of it. The oldest son, Madison, died in January 1862
from typhoid which he contracted in the camp. Many of the deaths during the war
were from diseases and unsanitary conditions. Nothing was known then about
boiling water, germs, or basic sanitation. Madison had been sent home and so
they cared for him before he died and buried him on the farm beside two of their
other children. Then the next to the oldest son was drowned in Tennessee near
Chattanooga after a long march just before the Battle of Chickamauga in the fall
of 1863. This left his young widow and two children without a father. One can
only speculate how long it took the family to find out that he had died.
Families often found out by reading lists of the dead in the newspaper. Their
oldest daughter also died during this period, leaving behind a young child.
When John died in 1868 at the age of 57, he must have had a heavy heart. Only
two of his seven children were still alive. At least he had five years to train
his remaining son, James in the ways of the business. James was fortunately too
young to join the war effort.
Rachel Clark Commons (____ - 1870)
Madison Kidd Commons (1831 - 1862)*
Mary Frances Commons Lund (1834 - 1868)*
Robert B Commons (1837 - 1863)*
Sarah Jane Commons Alfrey (1839 - 1921)*
Eliza Ann Commons (1842 - 1847)*
James A. Commons (1847 - 1906)*
Created by: SKL
Record added: Nov 16, 2009
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