George Washington

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George Washington

  • Birth 5 Apr 1834 Garrard County, Kentucky, USA
  • Death 3 Mar 1897 Clarinda, Page County, Iowa, USA
  • Burial Carroll, Carroll County, Iowa, USA
  • Memorial ID 69428343

WPA - Sgt. Co. B 116th U.S. Colored Vol. G.A.R.; Born in Gerard Co. Ky.

George's wife may have been Jane or Julia. His children may have been Lewis, Samuel, and John.

March 15, 1897 - Carroll Sentinel - The funeral services for the remains of Geo. Washington, colored, were held Sunday at the M.E. church Rev. W.B. Thompson officiating. The deceased died at the hospital at Clarinda last Thursday. Several months ago he was sent there for treatment. He had been failing in health for some time and his mental weakness was brought on by physical condition. He was one of the pioneer settlers of this city and was a quiet, hard working citizen.

He was born a slave in Girard county, Kentucky, April 5, 1834, and remained so until freed by President Lincolns proclamation.

He enlisted in company F, 116th United States colored volunteers, and filled the office of sergeant until the close of the war and was mustered out Jun. 20, 1867.

The deceased leaves a wife and three grown children to mourn his loss.

The funeral services were conducted by the Grand Army post of this city. The remains were taken from the residence to the M.E. church, where appropriate exercises were observed. After an opportunity had been extended to the public to view the remains, they were escorted to the cemetery by the full post. On arriving at the grave, the regular Grand Army ritual was carried out.

The large attendance was a tribute to the memory of the deceased. The church where the funeral sermon was delivered was not near large enough to accomodate those who came to pay their last respects to the memory of the character they had known so long and well.

Carroll Sentinel - July 3, 1896 - Geo. Washington, colored, was adjudged insane Sunday by the commission. Since last August, when the patient suffered from inflammation of the bowels, he had been in poor health and his mind has given way to his physical infirmities. For the past two weeks he has been failing rapidly and at times was quite violent. Saturday he was so violent that it required several men to keep him under control. The sheriff left this morning with him for Clarinda. It is not thought that his constitution will hold out much longer, as he is a physical as well us a mental wreck.

George was born a slave in Kentucky in 1827 and remained in bondage until released by the president's proclamation. Shortly after this he enlisted in the Union army and served until the close of the war.

He married his present wife thirty years ago. When before the committee he talked incoherently at times. His general subject of conversation was about the war and slavery. He dwelt pathetically on the number of times he was on the auction block. Until a few years ago, George was as fine a colored specimen of manhood as is often seen. He was jovial and good-natured, a hard worker and an honest, sober, upright citizen. Those who have known him for so many years in our city will regret to hear of his unfortunate condition.

Iowa, Grand Army of the Republic Membership Records
Name George Washington
Event Type Military Service
Event Date 1861-1949
Event Place Iowa, United States
Birth Date 15 Apr 1833
Birthplace Kentucky
Death Date 03 Mar 1897
Death Place Clarinda


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  • Created by: Geo Clinton
  • Added: 6 May 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 69428343
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for George Washington (5 Apr 1834–3 Mar 1897), Find A Grave Memorial no. 69428343, citing Carroll City Cemetery, Carroll, Carroll County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Geo Clinton (contributor 46936067) .