Jonas was born 23
January 1837 in Claverack, N.Y., one of 12 children. He enlisted
in the Civil War, at age 25 as a private, on 26 October 1862 at Copake,
N.Y. He was assigned to Co. C, 159th Infantry Regiment N.Y.
volunteers mustering out on 1 November 1862. He was wounded in
action 14 June 1863 at Port Hudson, Louisiana. He was promoted to
Sergeant and wounded in action again 19 September 1864 at Opequan,
Virginia. He was transferred to Co. D, 24th Regiment Veterans
Reserve Corps on 3 May 1865 and mustered out of service 4 October 1865
at Washington, D. C.
Jonas married Anna M. Warfield in the late 1850s. They resided in
Claverack where he was a farmer until sometime after 1880 when they
moved to Catskill, Greene County, New York. They raised ten
children including Augusta, Elizabeth, Charles A., Walter, Frank, Grace,
Lester, Alice, Ella and Bertha. Grace continued the military
tradition by enlisting in WWI as a Navy nurse, mustering out at Catskill
25 October 1918.
apparently finished his working career as a mill foreman in Catskill.
In the 1910 census he and Anna are now married 51 years and have six
children still living. He died of cancer on 21 June 1913 and is
buried in Lot 290 NW in Jefferson Cemetery, Catskill. Jonas was
the brother of William L. and nephew of Jeremiah, all of whom
volunteered to fight in the Civil War.
Scott K. Gray, III