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 John Ames Humphrey

John Ames Humphrey

Death 18 Aug 1914
Burial Saint Peter, Le Sueur County, Minnesota, USA
Plot Section B, Lot #59, Grave #1
Memorial ID 66433333 · View Source
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John Ames HUMPHREY was the son of Dr. Philander P HUMPHREY and Susan Angiers AMES HUMPHREY.

John was the lone survivor of the HUMPHREY family who were killed by a Dakota Warparty on the first day of hostilities during the Dakota Conflict on 18 August 1862. His father Dr. HUMPHREY was the government physician to the Dakota people at the Lower Sioux Agency.

A large granite monument in the center of this lot bears the sad information of the deaths of his parents during the Dakota Conflict. They were killed on 18 August 1862 near Birch Coulee. They had fled from the Lower Agency when it was attacked earlier that morning. Dr. Humphrey and his wife had taken refuge in the recently abandon Megner log cabin some 4 miles from the Agency. Mrs. Humphrey was recovering from childbirth and had to rest. It is unclear if there was a newborn child with the family or if that child had died soon after birth and was buried at the Lower Agency. Dr. HUMPHREY sent his son Johnnie (John Ames HUMPHREY) to retrieve some water to refresh the family. While John was briefly away the Dakota Warriors attacked, killing all of his family and then setting fire to the log cabin. Although he survived it must have been very tramatic and difficult to have been left an orphan in such a brutal manner. John stayed hidden in the undergrowth near the burning cabin until Captain Marsh and his men coming to the Agency with reenforcements, stopped to check on the smoldering remains of the cabin. Capt Marsh urged John to continue on to Fort Ridgley. The grief stricken young boy did make it to the Fort.

John Ames HUMPHREY is the only burial in this plot.

Memorials to his parents and siblings are found in Greenlawn Cemetery, Traverse Township, Nicollet County, Minnesota. Research by Dean Milton PETTIS

Additional information from MarillaW #47325501

Born 15 June 1850 at Falls Village, Massachusetts, he came to St. Peter with his family in 1852. After his family's death he was sent to be raised by his uncle W. L. Ames in St. Paul, then on to Massachusetts for college.

He died on 31 May 1921 at Bethesda Hospital in St. Paul following a series of complications after a tonsillectomy at age 80. We was survived by a wife and three surviving children, Constance, Olive and William.

from an obituary in the St. Peter Herald, 10 June 1921.
[This date of death is also verified by a MN Death Certificate and the Woodlawn Cemetery register. He was interred on 4 June 1921.] MarillaW #47325501

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  • Created by: Dean Milton PETTIS
  • Added: 3 Mar 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 66433333
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for John Ames Humphrey (unknown–18 Aug 1914), Find A Grave Memorial no. 66433333, citing Woodlawn Cemetery, Saint Peter, Le Sueur County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by Dean Milton PETTIS (contributor 47395746) .