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John Wilbur (1842-1936)
Civil War veteran.
Contributed by Jim Petrimoulx. (Dec., 2007)

Bay City Times - Friday, January 31, 1936 (Page 4)

John Wilbur Succumbs at West Side Home

John Wilbur, one of the four surviving veterans of the Grand Army, died early this morning at his home, 401 North Dean street. He was 94 years of age.

Ill for some time, Mr. Wilbur had dropped from public life where he had been know for years as a representative of the steadily declining number of men who went out to the battlefields of ‘64.

One of the earliest residents of this section, it was Mr. Wilbur’s common boast that he live in Bay county “before there was a Bay county”. A former occupant of a farm near Auburn, he had lived in Bay City since 1915.

He served in Tennessee under Maj. Gen. William S. Rosecrans, who commanded the Army of the Cumberlands and was defeated at Chickamauga by the Confederate forces.

Mr. Wilbur made frequent appearances at schools on patriotic occasions and was well known by hundreds of school children, to whom he was a heroic representative of the Boys in Blue. His death leaves three veterans of the Union forces in Bay City, B. G. Grooms, T. E. Webster, and Martin Heath.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Alvie Stewart, of Rochester, MI, Mrs. Addie Bell, of Detroit, and Miss Nina, at home; two sons, John of Illinois, and Andrew of Bay City; two sisters, Mrs. Matilda Heustis and Mrs. Jospehine O’Conner, both of Flint.

He was a member of the G.A.R. veterans organization.

Funeral arrangements will be announced later.

Additional Notes.

    1850 - Census: London, Monroe, Mich.

  • Wilbur, Lyman W. - b. 1805 New York.
  • Sally, wife - b. - 1816 New York.
  • Mariam, dau. - b. 1833 New York.
  • Eveline, dau. - b. 1835 New York.
  • Thankful, dau. - b. 1837 Mich.
  • Electa, dau. - b. 1839 Mich.
  • Laura, dau. - b. 1841 Mich.
  • John, son - b. 1842 Mich. (subject)
  • Philena, dau. - b. 1844 Mich.
  • Matilda, dau. - b. 1846 Mich.
  • Florence, dau. - b. 1850 Mich.

    1876 - Michigan Marriages: Wenona, Bay, Mich.

  • Date: Nov. 28, 1876.
  • Groom: John Wilbur, of Bangor, age 35, born in Mich.- carpenter.
  • Bride: Anna Hodges,of Bangor, age 18, born in N.H.
  • Official: D.W. Gisrner (?), M.E. Minister.
  • Witnesses: LIbbie Fields and Eliza Hawkins.

    1910 - Census: Williams, Bay, Mich.

  • Wilber, John - age 68, b. Mich.
  • Anna, wife - age 51, b. New Hamp.
  • Andrew, son - age 24, b. Mich.
  • Apleton, son - age 24, b. Mich.
  • Libbie Loyd, dau. - age 19, b. Mich. - married
  • Nina, dau. - age 17, b. Mich.
  • James, son - age 11, b. Mich.
  • Loyd, Pearl E., son-in-law - age 19, b. Mich.
  • Loyd, Anna A., g-dau. - age 1 mo., b. Mich.

    1920 - Census: Bay, Michigan.

  • Wilber, John - b. 1842 Mich.
  • Annie, wife - b. 1858 New Hamp.
  • James,son - b. 1889, Mich.
  • Andrew, son - b. 1884 Mich.
Related Note & Pages

Related Pages:
Civil War
People Referenced
Bell, Mr. (s-inlaw)
Fields, Libbie
Gisrner, D.W.
Grooms, B.G.
Hawkins, Eliza
Heath, Martin
Heautis, Mr. (b-inlaw)
Hodges,Anna (wife)
Loyd, Anna (g-dau)
Loyd, Pearl E. (s-inlaw)
O'Connor, Mr. (b-inlaw)
Rosecrans, Wm. S. Gen.
Stewart, Mr. (s-inlaw)
Webster, T.E.
Wilbur, Andrew (son)
Wilbur, Apleton (son)
Wilbur, Electa (sis)
Wilbur, Eveline (sis)
Wilbur, Florence (sis)
Wilbur, James (son)
Wilbur, John (subject)
Wilbur, John (son)
Wilbur, Josephine
Wilbur, Laura (sis)
Wilbur, Libbie (dau.)
Wilbur, Lyman (father)
Wilbur, Marinam (sis)
Wilbur, Matilda (sis)
Wilbur, Nina (dau.)
Wilbur, Philean (sis)
Wilbur, Sally (mother)
Wilbur, Thankful (sis)
Subjects Referenced
Auburn, MI
Bay City, MI
Bay County, MI
Confederate army
Detroit, MI
Fliint, MI
London, MI
Methodist Episcopal
Monroe County, MI
New Hampshire
New York
Rochester, MI
Union army
Wenona, MI
Williams Twp., MI
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