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John Henry Plush (1847-1908)
Born in Clayton, N.Y., settled in Essexville, MI.
Added June, 2014.

Bay City Times, March 16, 1908.

Was a Civil War veteran and Odd Fellow
for 41 years - widow and two Children Survive.

Final obsequles over the body of the late John Henry Plush, one of the most esteemed residents of Essexville and Hampton township, were held yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the First Congregational Church, the the village. All available spaces had been taken advantage of before the hour for beginning arrived and the Coffin in which the decease rested was banked high with a profusion of floral offerings. Rev. George M. Vercoe, pastor of the Essexville Baptist church, pronounced the late rites over the remains of the deceased, taking his text from the second book of Timothy, fourth chapter, sixth verse: "I am now ready in he offered and the time of my departure is at hand." The Odd Fellowss had charge of the services at the cemetery, whence many accompanied the body.

John H. Plush was born in Clayton, N. Y., September 11, 1847. His parents were Antor and Angeline Plush, now deceased. February 4, 1865, he enlisted in the union army, being assigned to company A, Fifth New York Vounteer Infantry. Stricken with measles and typhoid, in July of the same year, he was removed to the hospital at Camp Stoneman, Maryland, where he remained for three months. He subsequently rejoined his company, and was made sergeant, March 7, 1866, he received his honorable discharge at Fort Worth. Owing to his late enlistment Mr. Plush did not participate in any of great battles of this intersectional conflict, but did consideralbe skirmising , scouting and picket and garrison duty.

Previous to coming to Essexville Mr. Plush was wedded to Miss Carrie J. DeLong, of New York state. Five children blessed this union, Mary L., Edna and Cornelia, died in childhood, while Henry D. and Flossie survive.

Mr. Plush came to Essexville more than thirty years ago. Last fall a dianosis was made of his condition and the disease was found to be cancer. He underwent an operation at the hospital and for several weeks after seemed to steadily improve. A short time ago he suffered a relapse, however, slowly sinking until Thursday death relieved him of the suffering which he so long had endured with much fortitube.

  • Note: Burial at Pine Ridge Cemetery, Bay City.

    Additional Notes:

      1850 - Census: Cape Vincent, Jefferson, NY.
      Plush, Thomas - age 60, b. France
      Elizabeth, wife = age 40, b. France
      John, son, age 3, b. NY
      Garielle, dau. - age 1, b. NY
      Note: May not be same subject.

      1880 - Census: Bay City, Bay, Mich.
      Plush, John - age 33, b. NY
      Carrie, wife - age 28, b. NY
      Henry D., son - age 8, b. MI
      Cornelia, dau. - age 2, b. MI
      Gunn, Hellen, Sister - age 31, b. NY
      Louisa, niece - age 8, b. NY

      1900 - Census: Essexville, Bay, Mich.
      Plush, John - b. Sep. 1847, NY (married 1870)
      Carrie wife - b, May 1853, NY
      Henry D., son - b, May 1872, NY
      Flossie, dau. - b. May 1886, MI

      1848 - Michigan Deaths: Essexville, Bay, Mich.
      Death of Florence E. Gregg, widow, on Sep. 22, 1948, daughter of John Plush.

  • Reference Notes & Pages
    Related Pages:
    Bay Co. Civil War
    Pine Ridge Cemetery
    People Referenced
    DeLong, Carrie J. (wife)
    Gunn, Hellen (sister)
    Gunn, Louisa (niece)
    Plush, Antor (father)
    Plush, Angeline Mr. (mother)
    Plush, Cornelia (dau.)
    Plush, Edna (dau.)
    Plush, Eliza. Mrs. (mother)
    Plush, Flossie (dau.)
    Plush, Henry D. (son)
    Plush, Henry H. (subject)
    Plush, Mary L. (dau.)
    Plush, Thomas (father)
    Vercoe, Geo. M. Rev.
    Subjects Referenced
    5th NY Vol. Infantry
    Bay City, MI
    Camp Stoneman, MD
    Clayton, NY
    Essexville, MI
    Essexville Baptist Ch.
    First Congregational Ch.
    Hampton Twp., MI
    Odd Fellows
    WRITINGS: History As It Was Written Then.