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 Joseph Alyea

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Joseph Alyea

  • Birth 1832 New Jersey, USA
  • Death 9 Apr 1900 Prescott, Yavapai County, Arizona, USA
  • Burial Prescott, Yavapai County, Arizona, USA
  • Memorial ID 37428073

Private Co. C, 1st California Infantry
Private Co. C, 7th California Infantry

Joseph Alyea went to California during the gold rush and became a placer miner. He enlisted as a private at Amador County August 18, 1861, and was mustered into Company C, 1st California Infantry, at the Presidio of San Francisco August 26. Private Alyea crossed the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts with the California Column to Tucson in April 1862 to drive the Confederates back into Texas. From Franklin (El Paso), Texas, he went first to Fort Wingate, New Mexico Territory, in June 1863; from there to Fort Whipple, Arizona Territory, in January 1864. Private Alyea was mustered out at Fort Whipple August 25, 1864 (Orton, 347). Joseph Alyea returned to California where he re-enlisted at Jackson October 22, 1864, and was mustered into Company C, 7th California Infantry, October 26. Private Alyea was mustered out with his company at the Presidio of San Francisco April 26, 1866 (Orton, 775). After the war he soon returned to Arizona where he worked as a miner. He appears as a resident at Prescott in the 1870 US Census. Joseph filed for a Civil War veteran's pension at Howell, Yavapai County, February 27, 1893, and received application No. 1,146,619 and certificate No. 876,597. A medical examination conducted in support of his pension application indicated he was 5' 9" tall and weighed 145 lbs. He spent his last days in the Yavapai County Poor House. Joseph Alyea was never married and died childless.
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DEATHS.
Joseph Alyea, aged about 67 years, died very suddenly at the Three-mile house Monday last [April 9]. He came to town on Sunday and started to walk out to his placer claims on Lynx Creek. When he reached the Three-mile house he did not feel well and concluded to spend the night there. He got up the next morning, took a few steps and fell over, dead. He came to this section in 1863 as a member of Captain Hargrave's company of California Volunteers. For years he has been engaged in placer mining on Lynx Creek. He was an industrious man and a good citizen. His body was brought to town yesterday.
(Prescott Courier, April 11, 1900, 3:2)
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Note: See Edward A. Tobey, who shares both his enlistment and muster dates.


Inscription

Aged 73 [sic, 67]


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  • Maintained by: Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
  • Originally Created by: JamiA
  • Added: 23 May 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 37428073
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Joseph Alyea (1832–9 Apr 1900), Find A Grave Memorial no. 37428073, citing Citizens Cemetery, Prescott, Yavapai County, Arizona, USA ; Maintained by Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (contributor 48353502) .