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Civil War Vets Buried in
Jones County Cemeteries
Janet A. Brandt transcribed this article by Rosalie Ahrendsen from The Midland Times, 31 August 2012.

Jones County has many Civil War veterans who have made their final resting place in a Pioneer Cemetery. The honoring of those veterans is going on now during the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.
Four Horn, the Jones County Cemetery Commission's restorations project for the summer, has several Civil War Veterans buried within its borders. John Frazier was in the Co K IA 2nd Infantry Regiment. He died in 1876.
John Ingram was 38 when he enlisted in 1862 as a Private in the Co H IA 31st Infantry Regiment. He was promoted to a Full Musician in September of 1862. He was mustered out in June of 1865. Born in Scotland, Mr. Ingram is shown in the 1870 census as a farmer in Madison Township. Additional information shows him becoming a naturalized citizen in June 1868. His wife Isabel and an infant child are buried with him at Four Horn. 1883 records show him receiving a pension for rheumatism.
Absolem Commodore Perry Ross is another Civil War Veteran buried at Four Horn. Born in Ohio in 1828, he enlisted from Jones County in September 1864 as a Private Co C IA 2nd Infantry Regiment. The 1870 census has Mr. Ross, his wife Ann and seven children living in Wayne Township.
Matthew H. Rankin, another Civil War veteran buried at Four Horn, enlisted in August of 1862 at the age of 44. Records indicate he died during the war, was buried near Scotch Grove, but his stone was erected in Four Horn.
Madison Village has several Civil War veterans buried within its borders; George W. Preston, Alex Bugh and George Luther Farrington.
Perhaps the most famous as well as most controversial veteran buried in Jones County is William Nicols. He is buried in the Bear Creek/Beers cemetery. His stone reads, "In memory of Wm. Nicols, Died 3/10/1872 aged 40 years. Born in VA 1832. Joined the Union forces 1863 ever after proved true to the Union. Came to Iowa at the close of the war and was ever more respected by all that knew him." There are those who believe that he was an escaped slave who joined the Union during the war. There are those who believe he was a "camp follower," perhaps a run-away slave who followed the Union troops and when the war was over followed an Iowa soldier home. Whatever you believe, he is buried here in Jones County.
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