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 Thankful Olivia <I>Burch</I> Jones

Thankful Olivia Burch Jones

Birth
Venice Center, Cayuga County, New York, USA
Death 29 Dec 1894 (aged 80)
Burial Saint Johns, Clinton County, Michigan, USA
Memorial ID 46930248 · View Source
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On marker with Sabrina Burch & Hiram F. Jones

Thankful Olivia Burch was born October 18, 1814, one of twelve children born to Asa of Venice, Cayuga County, New York. In 1841 she married William Jones of Venice. Together, they had eight children: sons Harlem, Morgan, James Eli, Asa, and Orland, and daughters Emily, Mary, and Hattie. She also raised a step-son, Amos S. Jones, from her husband's previous marriage.
Upon the death of their father in 1861, Harlem, Morgan, Eli, and Amos enlisted in the Union Army. Both Harlem and Eli served as privates in Company K of the 11th New York Volunteer Cavalry. Stationed first on Staten Island, they were transferred to Washington, DC in 1862, where they saw action at Bull Run and other skirmishes in northern Virginia. The following year the two brothers marched with their Company to Louisiana, where they participated in the Union assault on Baton Rouge. Harlem, who corresponded frequently with his mother and sisters died of an illness in a military hospital at New Orleans on December 25, 1864. His brother Eli returned home in 1865.
The careers of Morgan and Amos are less fully documented in this collection. Morgan was killed in action in March of 1864, but his company is not recorded. Amos served in Company E of the 9th New York Artillery and was stationed at the headquarters of General George Meade at Petersburg, Virginia.
At the conclusion of the war Thankful O. Jones resided with her son Eli, following the latter's marriage to Helen Perrigo. In 1867 the family moved to St. Johns, Clinton County, Michigan after a brief residence in Calhoun County. During the 1870s she maintained correspondence with her brother Varnum D. Burch of Jefferson City, Missouri and Godfrey, Madison County, Illinois, and numerous Burch family nieces and nephews.
In 1892, Thankful Jones moved to Durand, Shiawassee County with her son Eli, but returned to Clinton County the following year to reside near her son Asa at Maple Rapids. She was an active supporter of the Woman's Relief Corps of Maple Rapids where she was affectionately called "Grandma Jones." She died at Maple Rapids on December 20, 1894.


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  • Maintained by: Mary Legg Parenteau
  • Originally Created by: James M. Trendel
  • Added: 21 Jan 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 46930248
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Thankful Olivia Burch Jones (18 Oct 1814–29 Dec 1894), Find A Grave Memorial no. 46930248, citing Sowle Cemetery, Saint Johns, Clinton County, Michigan, USA ; Maintained by Mary Legg Parenteau (contributor 47030728) .