Theophilus J. Girard

Theophilus J. Girard

Birth
France
Death 1916 (aged 75–76)
Greenfield, Adair County, Iowa, USA
Burial Greenfield, Adair County, Iowa, USA
Memorial ID 64946620 · View Source
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GIRARD, T.J. -- CIVIL WAR VETERAN --
1840 -- 1916 --
Greenfield - Greenfield, -Greenfield Twp. -- Adair --
Civil war marker
Co. B, 21st Regiment, Iowa Infantry
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Theophilus J. Girard was born February 20, 1840 near Adlam, France. He came to this country with his parents at the age of twelve years and grew to manhood in Holmes county, Ohio. He came to Iowa just prior to the Civil War. At the outbreak of the Rebellion he enlisted with Company B, 21st Regiment, Iowa Infantry and served until the close of the war.

On February 6, 1866, he was married to Mary Louise Martin at Wooster, Ohio, and together these two celebrated their Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary last February.

They came to Iowa and located in Harrison Township nearly forty years ago and resided there until ten years ago when he retired from the farm and moved to Greenfield to live his remaining years.

To this union was born eight children, two sons and six daughters: Emma Nelson of Stuart; Joseph P. Girard, Gilmore City, Iowa; Alice Musmaker of Greenfield; Albert F. Girard of Creston; Lucy Girard of Greenfield; Jennie Swift of Greenfield; Clara Lovely of Stuart; and Esther Swift of Greenfield. All were present at the funeral.

He died at Greenfield, Iowa on October 12, 1916 at the age of 76 years, seven months, and twenty-two days. The funeral was from the Catholic Church in Greenfield on October 14, 1916. The Grand Army of the Republic attended in body to pay their last tribute of respect to their fallen comrade. Interment was made in the Greenfield Cemetery.

"Dad Girard" as he was familiarly called, was in a class by himself. He was full of sunshine, good cheer, witticisms, and jokes. Everyone stopped to chat with him, for he was a cure for the blues, and he scattered good cheer and sunbeams wherever he went. He is in fact a great loss to the community, but he had lived his allotted time.

He was a stalwart Christian, a good husband and father, and a patriotic citizen. He will live many years in the memory of the boys and girls as well as the young people, whom he never passed on the street without a cordial greeting.
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Military records from the National Archives indicate he enlisted on August 11, 1862 and, on August 18, 1862, was mustered into Company B of what would be the 21st Regiment, Iowa Volunteer Infantry. In early 1863, he became ill and, for the next year was treated in hospitals in Houston, Missouri, and Cairo, Illinois. He rejoined his regiment in Texas in March 1864, and later participated in its campaign to capture Mobile, Alabama. He was discharged with the regiment at Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on July 15, 1865.

He was married to Mary Louis Martin. Among the many children mentioned in the article, three have Memorials: Albert F. Girard at Memorial #28951918, Lucy E. Girard at Memorial #67580548, and Clara D. Lovely at Memorial #11064123. Perhaps you and FLH can work together to provide hotlinks linking Theophilus to his wife and the two of them those three children.


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  • Created by: Conley Wolterman
  • Added: 31 Jan 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 64946620
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Theophilus J. Girard (20 Feb 1840–1916), Find A Grave Memorial no. 64946620, citing Greenfield Cemetery, Greenfield, Adair County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Conley Wolterman (contributor 46883894) .