DIAMOND, JOHN P./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 1, 1912
Mexican War and Civil War Veteran Dies From Old Age
John Diamond, born in 1820 and was aged 92 years, a soldier of the Mexican and Civil Wars, died Saturday morning at 1 o'clock at the home of his daughter, Mrs. H. J. Benson, 1029 Staunton Street. Mr. Diamond has been feeble for a long time, but was suffering with no illness. He had become very weak from old age, and death was expected. Mr. Diamond was one of the few persons left in Madison County who were soldiers of the Mexican War. He was unable to attend the reunion of the Mexican War veterans at Alton, when Colonel Andrew F. Rodgers entertained them a year ago. He served in an Illinois Regiment, and went through the Mexican War as a good soldier, participating in the battles that were fought by the Illinois troops. Afterward, he enlisted for service in the Civil War as a Union soldier, and he served with credit through that period.
Mr. Diamond's wife died six years ago. He leaves one sister, Mr. Ellen Cregg of Davenport, Iowa, and three sons, Cornelius of Los Angeles, California, Samuel of Hastings, Nebraska, John of Alton; and four daughters, Mrs. Davis of St. Louis, Mrs. Gray and Mrs. Benson of Alton, and Mrs. Hunnemann of Indianapolis. The funeral arrangements have not been made. Justice Barnett Nathan filed out application blanks for John Diamond about ten days ago for a pension of $1 per day, owing to the fact that he was a veteran of the Mexican war. Justice Nathan wrote today to the pension office informing him of the death of Diamond, and the pension that accrued from the time of the application to the date of his death will now be granted.
Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 3, 1912
The funeral of John P. Diamond was held this afternoon at 2 o’clock from the home of his daughter, Mrs. H. J. Benson, 1029 Staunton Street. The funeral was private. Rev. Dr. L. A. Abbott, an old friend of Mr. Diamond and of the family, conducted the services. Burial was in the [Upper Alton] Oakwood Cemetery.
John P. Diamond married Nancy J. Smith on July 2, 1847. In about 1852, they moved to Alton, living there until about 1905, when they moved to Hastings, Jefferson County, Oklahoma. His wife, Nancy, died in Hastings in December 1906, at the age of 76. Her body was brought back to Alton, and buried in the Upper Alton Oakwood Cemetery. Surviving children were: Laura Davis of St. Louis; Mrs. Luella Gray of Alton; Cornelius R. Diamond of Los Angeles, California, Alice Honeyman (also spelled Hunnemann) of Alton or Indianapolis, John H. Diamond of Godfrey, Samuel A. Diamond of Hastings, Oklahoma, and Ida A. Benson of Allegheny, Pennsylvania and then later of Alton.
After the death of his wife in 1906, he returned to Alton to live with his daughter, Ida A. Diamond Benson, where he died.
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