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 Simon “Simm” Boggs

Simon “Simm” Boggs

Missouri, USA
Death 5 Feb 1905 (aged 79)
Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA
Burial Mantorville, Dodge County, Minnesota, USA
Memorial ID 86864599 · View Source
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Pvt Boggs' name is engraved on Plaque C-75
of the African American Civil War Memorial at 1925 Vermont Avenue NW, Washington D.C.

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Word came to friends here on Monday of the sudden death at the State Soldiers' Home of Simeon Boggs of this village. "Simm," as he was familiarly known, had suffered from rheumatism for several years, the disease at last attacking the heart. The body was brought home for burial on the Tuesday noon train, the interment being made by the side of his wife in Evergreen cemetery. Rev McLaughlin officiated in the only service, held at the grave, and war comrades Messrs Jos Greeney, M. S. Kimball, P. Callahan, John Andrist, J. G. Taylor and Harvey Ferrin served as bearers. His stepson, L. K. Boggs, and wife from Blooming Prairie accompanied the remains here.

His age and birth place are unknown. He is thought to have been in the neighborhood of eighty-five years old. He was born a slave and his early home was near Fayette, Mo. He was married in slavery and was father of several children, but in the confusion incident to the war of the rebellion the family was scattered and never came together again. He entered a Missouri colored regiment and was in the service intil February, 1867, thirty-eight years ago this month, when he accompanied General A J Edgerton home from the South. In the meantime, at Baton Rouge, La, he had married his second wife "Flora," who with two little sons by previous marriage, also came north with him. Mantorville thereafter was their home.

Mrs. Boggs died suddenly of heart trouble on July 30, 1903, since when, until late last fall, "Simm" continued to occupy their home in the western part of the village. Having become nearly helpless, and winter coming on, he then was taken to the Soldier's Home. But a few days before his death, a letter written for him by some friend at the Home, was received here inquiring about the old home friends.

Mention is made above of his children born in slavery and of whom he had lost trace. A few years ago, one of these, a daughter, learned of the whereabouts of her father and came from her home in St. Louis and spent several weeks with him. Other than this it is not known that he has relatives surviving, other than his stepsons Henry C. of St. Paul, and Louis K., of Blooming Prairie.

--The Mantorville Express, February 10, 1905

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Simon “Simm” Boggs (May 1825–5 Feb 1905), Find A Grave Memorial no. 86864599, citing Evergreen Cemetery, Mantorville, Dodge County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by Lilydale Memorials (contributor 47550267) .