Joseph Henry Alverson

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Joseph Henry Alverson

Garrard County, Kentucky, USA
Death 29 Sep 1943 (aged 99)
Jefferson County, Iowa, USA
Burial Bladensburg, Wapello County, Iowa, USA
Memorial ID 85987905 · View Source
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RE: parents of Joseph Henry Alverson - "Benjamin died on June 27, 1892, at the age of 75, and Celesta died on March 20, 1899, at the age of 83. It is suspected that they both might have been buried in Batavia Cemetery, but the exact location of their graves is not known."

"The Fairfield (Ia.) Daily Ledger"
Wednesday, September 29, 1943
Page 1, Column 6, and
Page 5, Column 2

Ninety-nine year old county man passes away early this morning

Joseph Henry ALVERSON, 99 year old Civil War Veteran, died this morning at 6:00 a.m. at his home four and one-half miles northeast of Batavia.

The nonagenarian who had lived just one year short of a century, was seriously ill for only the past few days.

He celebrated his last birthday September 16 quietly at his home near Batavia where he has resided with his son Roy for the past 42 years.

The aged veteran was born September 16, 1844 in Gerard county (sic. Garrard county), Kentucky, came to Iowa when he was four years old, and has lived on farms near Batavia ever since, exceptw hen (sic) serving in the United States Army.

He was the son of the late Benjamin and Celista ALVERSON.

ALVERSON was preceded in death by his wife in 1923 and by four children. He is survived by two children, Mrs. Lizzie CLOVERDALE, of Bagley, Iowa and Roy ALVERSON at home, and by one grandson, Max ALVERSON who is in the Army stationed at Camp Barkeley, Texas.

ALVERSON served under Capt. Ben F. Crail of Fairfield in the Civil War in Company F, Third Iowa Cavalry, enlisting February 26, 1864. His honorable discharge came October 9, 1865.

Both his son and grandson have followed in the military footsteps of veteran ALVERSON, Roy ALVERSON serving in World War I, and Max ALVERSON who was inducted in the United States Army July 1, 1942.

Plans for the funeral services will be completed upon word from the grandson in Texas.

The body has been taken to the Community Funeral Parlor in Ottumwa, and services will be held in the Bladensburg church possibly Friday afternoon.

"The Fairfield (Ia.) Daily Ledger"
Monday, October 18, 1943
Page 4, Column 6


Joseph Henry ALVERSON, son of Benjamin and Celista ALVERSON, was born Sept. 16, 1844, near Lancaster, Gerard (sic Garrard) county, Kentucky and departed this life Wednesday morning, Sept 27 1943 at his home, 4½ miles northeast of Batavia, aged 99 years and 11 days.

He came with his parents to Iowa when four years old and located on a farm northwest of Batavia near where the Hazel Dell school now stands and has resided within a radius of 10 miles of Batavia his entire life, with the exception of the time spent in the U. S. army.

He spent the last 43 years on the home farm.

Mr. ALVERSON confessed Christ as his Savior early in life, uniting with the Christian church of Batavia and transferring his membership in 1900 to the Abingdon Christian church where it remained at the time of his departure.

He enlisted in the service of the U. S. army at Fairfield, Iowa, Feb. 25, 1864, and served under the late Capt Benjanim F. Crail in Co. F, 3rd Iowa Cavalry and was honorably discharged Oct. 9, 1865 at Atlanta, Georgia.

Mr. ALVERSON was a great lover of children and the Hickory Ridge school remained closed during the services.

He was united in marriage to Sarah Louisa ALLEN of Bladensburg April 30th, 1883 (1888?) who preceded him in death Sept 22, 1923. To this union were born the following children, Lizzie E., James E., Walter Lee, Anna C., Roy F., and Floyd A. James, Lee, Anna and Floyd have preceded their father in death.

Those surviving are Mrs. Lizzie E. COVERDALE, Bagley Iowa, and Roy T. ALVERSON, at home, a grandson Max ALVERSON of the U. S. Army at Camp Barkeley, Texas and one brother James H. ALVERSON (sic. James Breckenridge Alverson ), Batavia, Iowa.

He was a member at large, to the Grand Army of the Republic and an honorary member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

The high esteem in which Mr. ALVERSON was held in his community was manifested by the beautiful floral offerings and huge attendance at the funeral services which were conducted by J. Q. Utterback, formerly of Batavia and now of the Hedrick Christian church on Friday, Oct. 15 at the Bladensburg Christian church.

The remains were tenderly laid to rest in the Bladensburg cemetery 11 (?) miles west of the church, with the American Legion in charge, firing the final salute and at Mr. ALVERSON's earlier request, Charles Wilhoit sounded taps from the bugle.

Pallbearers were ex-service men of the war with Germany, including Charles Wilhoit, Leo Hu____ (Hunter? film scratched), Ralph Augustine, Verle Smith, Dorsey Hill and Roy Lawson. Honorary pallbearers were old neighbors, Omar Danels, Ed Hudson, Virgil Webb, Verne Hummell, Frank Kesselring and Sanford Fetters.

Note: the following is included because it contains a reference to the late Joseph Henry Alverson; the content was primarily about George A. Strong and Michael Franz:

Sesquicentennial Edition
Fairfield Ia. Ledger
Friday, July 28, 1989
Section E Page 3

(Note: evidently written by Ledger staff, not attributed to a specific writer)

First and last Boys in Blue

Jefferson County's last Civil War veteran was Michael FRANZ - soldier, buffalo hunter, Pony Express rider and deputy U.S. marshal.

When FRANZ died in Fairfield on June 17, 1945, at the age of 100, he was the last member of the George Strong Post of the Grand Army of the Republic.

The local GAR post was named for 1st Lt. George A. STRONG of Fairfield, the first man from Jefferson County to enlist in the Civil War and the first to die. For two generations it was one of the most influential organizations in the community.

The Grand Army of the Republic was organized by a group of Union Army veterans in 1866 in Decatur, Ill. The movement quickly spread to other northern states and by 1884 there were 529 posts in Iowa with a total membership of 20,333. By 1933, the number of Iowa posts had dwindled to 71 with 492 members.

The exact date of the organization of the George Strong Post is not known, but its charter and records date from June 9, 1883. It was the last active post in the state and when it was disbanded June 9, 1944, the Iowa Department of the GAR passed into history.

FRANZ was the only Jefferson County Civil War veteran to reach the century mark. The next three senior GAR members were John SMITHLINE (sic - SCHMIDTLEIN), Lockridge, who died in 1940 at the age of 93; Joseph ALVERSON, Batavia, who died Sept. 29, 1943, at the age of 99; and Elliott P. TAYLOR, Fairfield, who died June 5, 1944, at the age of 98. TAYLOR also served as Iowa department commander in 1941.

While FRANZ served in the 20th Iowa Infantry Regiment, he did not make his home in Jefferson County until after the war. He was born Sept. 14, 1844, in Fronhophen, Prussia, coming to the United States with his parents in 1853. The family moved to Cedar Rapids in 1856 and FRANZ enlisted for army duty at Davenport in 1863.

He took part in the battles of Brazos Santiago and Mustang Island in Texas and saw fighting at Fort Gaines, Fort Morgan and Fort Blakely, Ala., before he was discharged at New Orleans on Aug. 10, 1865. A war wound led to the eventual amputation of his left arm in 1919.

FRANZ headed west after the war, taking a job hunting buffalo in eastern Kansas. There he met both Buffalo Bill CODY and Kit CARSON. He also served as a Pony Express rider between Pueblo and Rosita, Colo., and later became a U.S. deputy marshal in the Indian territory of Oklahoma. Franz came to Fairfield in 1889, working at the Louden Machinery Company until 1907 when he returned to Colorado. He came back to Iowa in 1914, making his home both in Fairfield and Ottumwa. Two FRANZ daughters, Mrs. W.H. FAULKNER and Mrs. Ralph SALTS, were long-time residents of Fairfield.

*Transcribed for genealogy purposes. I am not related to the person(s) mentioned.

Note: Of those mentioned in this story, George A. STRONG and Elliott P. TAYLOR are buried in Glasgow cemetery in Jefferson county, Iowa. Michael FRANZ, his wife Ida, and several members of his family are buried either in Evergreen cemetery or Memorial Lawn cemetery in Fairfield, Iowa. John SMITHLINE/SCHMIDTLEIN is buried in Lockridge Cemetery. Joseph ALVERSON is buried in Bladensburg Cemetery in Wapello Co., IA.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Joseph Henry Alverson (16 Sep 1844–29 Sep 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 85987905, citing Bladensburg Cemetery, Bladensburg, Wapello County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Richard K Thompson (contributor 46900770) .