- [S40] RG-DRR, number 1067.
1067. JOHN MULFORD RAYMOND (Oliver), married 4 March 1875 Maggie May Saunders. [Raymond Gen., 98, 99]
At age fourteen, he enlisted as drummer boy in Co. H , 11th Regt. Mich. Volunteer Infantry. Served three years; honorably discharged 5 December 1864. In 1866 he commenced manufacture of bricks at White Pigeon, Mich. [Raymond Gen., 98, 99]
Children of John M. and Maggie M. (Saunders) Raymond: [Raymond Gen., 98, 99]
i. Hattie, born 26 April 1876.
ii. Alma Ellen, born 18 November 1884.
- [S41] GRFNE line of Richard Raymond, number 477.
"At the age of 14 years he enlisted as Drummer boy in Co. H, 11th Regt., Michigan Vol. Infantry; served 3 years in the army, and honorably discharged Dec. 5, 1864. In 1866 he commenced manufacturing brick at White Pigeon, which he still follows."
[Raymond B. Howard notes: John is also named in the "List of Subscribers" section (page 294), which shows that he had pre-ordered two copies. My mother remembered reading one of those as a young girl. That copy was eventually passed down to my cousin Jack T. Raymond. On Oct 1994 Florida trip, he let me examine it, and photocopied some pages for me. An inscription is penned on the inside front cover page: "Presented to Hattie May Raymond By her Father John Mulford Raymond 98-477 Feb. 10th 1887." Below that is written: "Now Property of John LeRoy Raymond Born 1989 - Jany. 31 - at Three Rivers Michigan." (note incorrect century). On page 98 under the entry for John Mulford Raymond, the birth years for his daughters have odd scribblings and numbers added. Hattie May probably gave the book to her younger brother because she had no children, and he had many.
For years, the whereabouts of John Mulford Raymond's other copy were unknown to me. I suspected it had been given to the other daughter Alma Ellen and passed down to the Coit family, but none of them knew anything about it. Then in 2010, I was amazed to come upon a web page with images from GRFNE, with the inside front cover inscribed "John M. Raymond". Naturally I inquired. The images were posted by Barbara (McFadden) Dodge of Hollywood, Florida, whose father Raymond Iszard McFadden had purchased the book at a Florida garage sale for $10. Barbara in turn had passed it on to one Bill Raymond, who as it turned out has no known connection to the New England Raymond lines. In Nov 2010, I gladly purchased the book from Bill for $25.
The book is in poor condition, with many loose pages and the "Raymonds in History" section missing. The inside cover is inscribed "John M. Raymond" with his various addresses. On page 98, the entry 477 for John has added note: "John Leroy, b. Jan.31.1889". Another note sideways in the margin: "Married Emma E. Weeks Dec 21st 1912". At bottom of page: "John M. passed on Feb. 9 1941 at St Cloud Fla leaving a widow Emma E. Raymond". Emma probably kept the book in her possession until she passed away in 1960, then it got passed around for 50 years until it came to me.]
- [S11] U. S. Census records.
1870 age 23 at White Pigeon, St. Joseph, MI with Daniel Massey and family. Brick maker.
1880 age 33 at White Pigeon, MI w Maggie, c Hattie M, boarder Charles Bachman, Laura Freeman. Farmer.
1910 age 62 divorced at 733 W. 21st Place, Chicago, IL. Streetcar conductor.
1920 age 72 at Chicago, IL w Emma. City railway conductor.
1930 age 82 at 201 Ohio Avenue, St. Cloud, Osceola, Florida w Emma, mil Elenore E Clark widow. Owned his home worth $2,500, had radio set, veteran of Civil War.
- [S42] Chicago City Directory from 1895 thru 1923.
Shows following addresses: In 1895, at 1430 Park Ave. In 1898, at 832 S. Halsted. In 1900, at 27 W. 21st Place. In 1910, at 733 W. 21st Place. In 1923, at 2648 S. Keeler Ave.
- [S43] Ancestral File (LDS), number 19JB-1C4.
- [S44] U.S. Veteran's Pension File, no. 2,571,910, claim 490462.
Received file containing 295 pages! (and a bill for $29.25), which included numerous medical forms, affidavits of service comrades and friends testifying to his disabilities, surgeon reports, depositions, Decree of Divorce from his first wife Marguerite, Marriage License with second wife Emma, death certificates, letters written by him and Emma, and letters written on their behalf by U.S. Congressmen and Senators.
Also received later: original postcards and envelope that he had printed with photos comparing himself as he was in 1865 and 1917, in uniform with drum and bugle. Also a postcard of his wedding to second wife Emma.
- [S45] Atlas for 1872, St. Joseph County, Michigan.
Shows "Brick Yard (Raymond & Elliott)" in White Pigeon Twp, section 10. In May 2001, my mom and I tried to find the property, but the roads are now gone. In 1893 atlas listed Raymond, J. M. as owner of property in White Pigeon Twp section 10 (east of Crooked Creek Road, south of RR) Also 1897, 1907. By 1930 the property belonged to Oscar Clouse.
- [S46] Betty Jane Carey of Altamonte Springs, Florida contacted Sep 2008. email@example.com.
Betty inherited some items that were passed on to her by Lexie Gould, a friend to John and Emma Raymond who lived with them in St. Cloud. She sent them on to me: a fife, whistle, belts, photo, newspaper articles, obits.
- [S5204] U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970.
John applied for membership through the Illinois Society, 10 March 1904, claiming descent of John Raymond (RG-DRR number 124). His certificate of membership was delivered 15 April 1904.
"John Raymond was 2nd Lieutenant 5th Company 6th Regiment (Col. Parsons) Connecticut Inf, raised in April - May 1775 - at first call of troops - he was credited to New London Conn - He was Commissioned May 1st 1775 Discharged December 17th 1775 - was at Battle of Bunker Hill - see pg 74 Connecticut men in Revolution. He also appears on page 614 as Lieut of Militia under Gen Spencer - 1776 - 77 & 78 - See also History of Montville Conn. and New London Conn."
- [S6106] Illustrated Roster of the Department of Illinois Grand Army of the Republic, compiled by Wm. C. Shaw, (1914).
John M. Raymond, Geo. H. Thomas Post No. 5, Chicago. Born 1847 Wabash, Ind. Enlisted as Priv. Dec 5, 1861, in Co. H, 11th Regt, Mich. V. I., and detailed at once as Drummer. Mustered out therefrom Dec 5, 1864. Was with my Regt. in campaign after John Morgan, and was a good part of our service spent in front of Atlanta. At present Chief Bugler and Nat. Drum Major of the Association of Civil War Musicians.
- [S38] No record of will or probate appears in Osceola Co., FL records.
- [S20] Florida Death Index.
- [S39] Obit in St. Cloud newspaper, Feb 1941.
John M. Raymond, One of Three Last Grand Army Survivors Here, Goes to Join Comrades in Eternity
Comrade John M. Raymond, 94-year-old National Drum Major of the Grand Army of the Republic, who led the fast thinning ranks of Civil War veterans in all national conventions in the United States, died at his home here, Ohio avenue and Lakeshore Boulevard, on Sunday evening, following many months illness.
He was one of three surviving members of the Florida Department of the G.A.R. residing in St. Cloud, the Soldier City, which was founded in 1906 by Union veterans of the War Between the States. Other members of the Florida Department G.A.R. in St. Cloud are Geo. M. Fell and Mr. Russell. John Conrad, of the Ohio G.A.R. is a resident here each season.
A nationally known figure in all G.A.R. conventions, until failing health curtailed his activities a little over two years ago, Comrade Raymond was elected lifetime drum major of the famous National Association of Civil War Musicians, once composed of 1100 members.
Enlisting as a drummer boy at the age of 14, at the first call for volunteers in 1861, he served for the duration of the war in the 11th Michigan Volunteers Infantry. During his time in the Army he was confined in the hospital for five months.
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond were united in marriage in Chicago and came to St. Cloud eighteen years ago. He was born in Wabash, Ind. Aug. 9, 1847. Mr. Raymond's record as a citizen and as a soldier has been a distinguished one. Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Emma Raymond of St. Cloud; one son, John L. Raymond of Melbourne, Fla.; and one daughter, Mrs. Hattie M. Machacek, of Chicago, Ill.
Funeral services will be conducted at the Eiselstein-Wigginton Chapel on Sunday afternoon at 8 o'clock, Elder O. Montgomery and Elder C. F. McVagh officiating. There will be special music by Glenn Ray.
A military service will be conducted by the local USWV Camp with interment in Mt. Peace Cemetery. Pall bearers, J. J. Griffin, Jr., B. L. Steen, Leroy VanDenbergh, J. J. Johnston, J. L. Lindholm and Wm. C. Ware.
Mr. Raymond served two terms as commander of the local post and was a well-known entertainer for all GAR and patriotic programs. For years he played for old fashioned dances and tourist club programs. He had been in failing health for the past couple of years and had been confined in bed for the past several months.
"St. Cloud has once again lost one of its valued citizens."
- [S5] Raymond B. Howard.
On Apr 1993 Florida trip, obtained copy of Record of Vital Stats and Casket Record from Fisk Funeral Home, St. Cloud, FL. (Still owed $25 on casket! My mother offered to pay them, but they waved her off.) Visited and photographed grave. Buried with 2nd wife Emma, whose parents (Clark) are buried in the same block. Inscription on stone appears:
EMMA E. JOHN M.
JAN. 5, 1873 AUG. 9, 1847
MAY 7, 1960 FEB. 2, 1941
CO. H. 11TH REGT.
- [S211] Findagrave.com entry.
Co. H-11th Regt.- Mich V.I.
- [S2882] In St Joseph County Marriage Index: E-152.
J. Mulford Raymond to Maggie Sanders. Witnesses, Wm. A. Elliott, M. Stoll. Minister, E. R. Willard.
- [S2883] Copy of Divorce Decree found in JMR's Veteran Pension file.
- [S2887] Marriage license found in JMR's Veteran's Pension file.