John Crump was a former slave before becoming a Civil War soldier in the Company G, 76th Regiment, US Colored Troops Infantry advancing from the rank of Private to Corporal. He was wounded in battle and discharged with a pension. He lived to be quite old at 104, but this age is questionable as seen below, however it was believed at the time to be his age. He is buried here in Riverside Cemetery in section 27 with several hundred other veterans, most of whom are from the war between the states but include others. He was part of the Grand Army of the Republic and must of been a proud man knowing he helped unite his country and his people. I took pictures of all the military markers I could find there and have listed them on theis site. The cemetery was the city of Denver's first and used to be a grand place where folks would go and take picnics and lay in the shade and remember their friends and family who had passed into the great beyond. The cemetery has fallen into disrepair as age has taken it's toll on things as has the politics in removing it's water rights so that things like trees and grass are withering away, but these military markers still stand tall as did their named souls had years ago as proud members of our countries past.
The following is information I collected and used from researching. I'm not related. It should still be verified.
1.) DATE OF BIRTH: 1799 making him 104 years old. Or 1818 making him 85 years old. Seems the general consensus when he passed away was 104 years old. He may have been the oldest veteran of the Civil War.
2.) CIVIL WAR 76TH REGIMENT US COLORED TROOPS INFANTRY: Organized April 4, 1864, from 4th Corps de Afrique Infantry. Attached to 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, Corps de Afrique, Dept. of the Gulf, to July, 1864. Post of Port Hudson, La., Dept. of the Gulf, to October, 1864. 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, United States Colored Troops, Dept. of the Gulf, to February, 1865. 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, United States Colored Troops, District of West Florida, to May, 1865. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, United States Colored Troops, District of West Florida, Dept. of the Gulf, to June, 1865. Dept. of the Gulf to December, 1865.
SERVICE.--Garrison duty at Port Hudson, La., until February, 1865. Ordered to Algiers, La., February 21; thence to Barrancas, Fla. March from Pensacola, Fla., to Blakely, Ala., March 20-April 1. Siege of Fort Blakely April 1-9. Assault and capture of Fort Blakely April 9. Occupation of Mobile April 12. March to Montgomery April 13-25. Duty there and at various points in Alabama to June, 1865. Ordered to New Orleans, La., thence to Texas, and duty on the Rio Grande until December. Mustered out December 31, 1865.
According to the "Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System" he is listed as JOHN CRUM. This must be a typo error and needs to be fixed. It refers to another listing by that name on the African American Civil War Memorial, plaque Number C-83. This should read John Crump. He would have been 61 or 62 at the beginning of the war. (Would they have allowed a man that old to be in the army?)(he must of looked a lot younger perhaps, or been very persuasive?)
3.) MARRIED TWICE, and WIDOWED TWICE:
A.(1st wife), Adeline (Coxson?)(also a slave, owned by Albert Coxson of Fairfax). Adeline passed away in 1862.
B.(2nd wife), Sarah Mason. Married Dec 1, 1870 in Middleburg. John is listed as son William and Kitty Crump. John's age is 52, widowed. (Making his date of birth 1818 not 1799) John is listed as born Alexandria County, living in Loudoun, occupation - house servant. Sarah's parents are not given, age 24, (born about 1846) widow, born Fairfax County, living in Loudoun. Married by James Anthony Haynes (Middleburg Baptist Church)
4.)DAUGHTER: Susie Parker was a claimant for his pension in 1917, and living at 2825 Glenarm Pl., Denver, Colorado. She was 42 years old and John was 52 years old, (again, making his date of birth 1818 not 1799). (Why is she only 10 yrs younger than him?)
5.) JOHN'S SLAVE OWNER: Sidney Hodgson, of Prince William Co (possibly from the town of Waterfall)- National Archives, pension file of John Crump, (2005 Champa St., Denver, Colo.) was born in Louden Co. Va.)
6.) JOHN'S BROTHER: Horace Hodgson.
7.) JOHN'S MOVES: Denver about 1873 for 8 years. then to D.C., then Loudon Co., VA for 4 years, back to Denver. In 1899, 1900, 1901, and 1902 he was in the Soldiers' Home at Montevista, Colorado and at Leavenworth, Kansas.
8.) JOHN'S AGE QUESTION: National Archives, pension file info: stated: The Denver Post estimated his age at 104 at the time of his death. Another place in his file suggests that he was about 90 when he died.
9.) JOHN'S DISCRIPTION: According to Susie, his daughter, John was 5'6", light complexion, ("his father was a white -his master"),(Should be Mr. Crump?) he had brown eyes and dark hair.
10.) JOHN WOUNDED IN WAR: He was shot in the left groin and right thigh at Fort Blaksley, Mobile, Ala. He was discharged in New Orleans.
You ived from the end of the 18th century until the begining 20th century. John Crump centurian. I am amazed every time I see the tombstone dates. Your story would be an interesting one I bet. It's funny when I remember the first time I saw your tombstone...(Read more) -
Scott Braddy Added: Nov. 21, 2011