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Sgt Joseph Henry Jump

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Sgt Joseph Henry Jump

  • Birth 29 May 1838 Saint Louis, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA
  • Death 28 Feb 1897 Wilbur, Lincoln County, Washington, USA
  • Burial Lincoln County, Washington, USA
  • Memorial ID 14431519


Joseph Henry JUMP was born near ST. Louis, Missouri, and grew to manhood near Bolivar in Polk Co. Missouri.

No record has been found concerning his childhood or just when his family moved to Polk Co., MO. He was married to Margaret BRESHEARS on 10 Jan 1861. Margaret was born in Lawrence Co. TN., and when she was one year and five days old her family moved to POLK CO., MO., where she lived until the family departed for the west.

Shortly after his marriage, Joseph served a five month tour of duty with the Missouri Home Guards in Capt. Lunceford's Co. B, 15th Regiment, U.S.R.C. from Jul 6, 1861, until Dec 6, 1861. This was at the very beginning of the Civil War when there was much unrest among the population of the state of Missouri.

On Sep 5, 1862, at the age of 24 years, Joseph Jump enlisted in Co. M, 8th Regiment, Missouri Cavalry Volunteers, for a period of three years. Shortly after his enlistment he was promoted from Private to Corporal on Sep 17, 1862, and then to Sergeant on Apr 10, 1865. He was mustered out Jul 20, 1865, at the conclusion of his enlistment. While in the service he was engaged in building roads and bridges through the Arkansas swamps on the White River and it was there that he contracted the liver disease which was to plague him until his death.

One child, John Henry, was born to Joseph and Margaret during the Civil War years. Their other nine children were born after his return from service. Joseph and Margaret Jump, accompanied by their eight children and the families of several of Margaret's Breshears brothers left Missouri for the West in 1877. They traveled in a covered wagon which was pulled by a team of Oxen and were accosted by Indians on several occasions. The Indians caused them no real trouble and they all arrived safely in Idaho. The entire party stopped for several months in Ada County, Idaho, before they resumed their travels. The area of Cove Oregon was their home from 1878 until 1883.

In 1883 the Jump family made their final move to Washington Territory, where they settled on land north of the town of Creston, Washington. Their land there was described as the SW 1/4, Section 18, Township 27, and Range 34 EWM. The families of Margaret's brothers returned to Ada County Idaho, where many of their descendants lived near the towns of Eagle, Star, and Middleton, for many years.

On June 25, 1892, Joseph Jump applied for an Invalid pension because of his service originated disabilities. Affidavits prepared by those who knew him say he was never very healthy after his service to his country. The pension application describes him as being 54 years of age at the time, standing 5ft.10 inches tall with dark complexion, gray hair and dark eyes. The cause of his death on 28 Feb 1897 was listed by the attending physician as multiple abscesses of the liver following chronic diarrhea contracted in service.

Margaret Jump was severely injured in a run-away accident in her later years which left her with a badly scarred face. She died on 26 Jan 1911.

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  • Maintained by: Jan Breshears Thomas
  • Originally Created by: Bev
  • Added: 28 May 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 14431519
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sgt Joseph Henry Jump (29 May 1838–28 Feb 1897), Find A Grave Memorial no. 14431519, citing Sherman Cemetery, Lincoln County, Washington, USA ; Maintained by Jan Breshears Thomas (contributor 47101985) .