|Death: ||Nov. 11, 1893|
HON. JOHN A. MALLORY
HON. JOHN A. MALLORY, Judge of County Court of Mason, Havana; was born in the city of Lexington, Ky., Nov. 17, 1830; but, when 5 years of age, his parents removed to Illinois and located in Jacksonville; his father, Ambrose Mallory, who was a native of Virginia, was among the early settlers of Jacksonville, and it was in this city that the subject of this sketch received his education. At the age of 17, he engaged in the printing business, first with the Pike County Free Press, of Griggsville, Ill., and in 1848, with the Morgan Journal, Jacksonville, which paper he edited for six months. He was afterward connected with the Eagle and Enquirer, of Memphis, Tenn., for one year.
A man of fine literary tastes, a poet and an editor, he has given to the world of letters many bright gems of more exalted merit than he himself cares to admit. He was the successful competitor for a silver cup, valued at $50, offered in the city of Memphis, for the best poem on the New Year, in 1860. As a New-Year's poem, it is pronounced almost unequaled. He came to Havana in 1858; afterward studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1868.
On the breaking-out of the late war, though a Southern man by birth, he deemed it his duty to unite with the Union army; and, accordingly, he enlisted in Co. B, 85th I. V. I., as Second Lieutenant, in which regiment he served until February, 1863, when he resigned. In 1865, he was elected Police Justice to fill a vacancy, and, afterward, elected for a full term. He was elected County Judge in 1869, and re-elected in 1873, by the largest majority any officer ever received in Mason Co. He was again re-elected in 1877, and still holds the office. His official record is without blot or blemish, and his decisions are made according to the law and testimony.
1879 History of Menard & Mason Counties Chicago Published by: O.L. Baskin & Co., Historical Publishers 186 Dearborn Street Page 771
SECOND LIEUTENANT JOHN A. MALLORY enlisted as a private from Havana at the age of thirty-two years, and was elected second lieutenant at the organization of the company. He served in that capacity through the Kentucky campaign, and resigned his commission at Nashville, Tenn., January 24, 1863, and returned home. He died November 25, 1893.
Company B was enrolled at Havana by James R. Griffith between July 18 and August 22, 1862. This company was credited to Mason, but in fact very many of the men enlisted from Fulton county. Unfortunately the muster-in roll of this company is defective, seldom if ever giving the residence at enlistment, and not often the occupation or birth-place of the men.
At the organization of the company the following commissioned officers were elected: James R. Griffith, captain; Charles W. Pierce, first lieutenant, and John A. Mallory, second lieutenant.
The company was mustered in with 96 officers and men, of whom 11 were killed in battle or died of wounds received in action, and 19 were wounded who lived to be discharged or mustered out, 12 died of disease, 22 were discharged, 6 were transferred, and but 33 present at the final muster out.
During the three years' service Company B was never found wanting, and now at the end of thirty-five years its survivors look with pride upon its record. Three of its members lost and arm and seven were killed within thirty minutes at the battle of Peach Tree creek.
History of the 85th Illinois Volunteers
Illinois Volunteer Infantry
by Henry J. Aten
Sarah Thompson Mallory (1829 - 1906)*
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