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Submitted Sep 2010 by Ronald Cannon, MA



George W. Grant, 6 November 1837-22 May 1925
Co. I, 14 IA Inf.
Russian River Cemetery, Ukiah (S-5, Lot 13)
Pension No. 595,730
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GEORGE WASHINGTON GRANT. – Dangerous experiences on the frontier and on the battlefields of the Civil war filled the younger years of Mr. Grant, who now, at the age of only a little less than four score years, is enjoying life at his Hopland home across the river in Old Town. Notwithstanding his very active life and his present advanced age he is robust and hearty, a rugged constitution and stalwart frame having enabled him to endure hardships without injury and the privations of war without detriment. Born in Harrison county, Ind., November 6, 1836, he was reared in Henry county, Iowa, from the age of four years, meanwhile attending country schools and Mount Pleasant Academy. At the age of twenty, having completed a year of academy study, he started for Colorado in the spring of 1858, to join the rush to Pike’s Peak, crossing the plains to Cherry creek with ox-teams. Going to Clear creek he engaged in mining in the hope of finding gold in the claims he located, but was not very successful. In the fall of 1859 he came across the mountains to Reese river, Nevada, and followed mining there until 1861. Just as soon as he learned that war had been declared between the north and south he returned to Iowa in the summer of 1861, making the journey on the back of a pony he had bought on the Reese river in Nevada.
Immediately after his arrival in Iowa at the old home, Mr. Grant offered his services to the Union as a private and was assigned to Company I, Fourteenth Iowa Infantry, which he accompanied to the front and in all of its marches and engagements. More than once he was in peril of his life. At the battle of Shiloh he was wounded and falling into the hands of the Confederates was made a prisoner, but was released on parol[e] from Libby Prison after nine months. He served until the close of the war and received his honorable discharge, being mustered out in November, 1865, as sergeant. On the expiration of the war he returned to Rome, Iowa, and took up farming in co-operation with his father. For one year he also served as justice of the peace in Henry county. Leaving Iowa in 1873 he came to California and, attracted to Ukiah by reason of favorable reports from eastern friends here located, he established himself in Mendocino county, where he is a popular citizen and a leading officer of Kearsarge Post No. 179 [119], G. A. R., at Ukiah. Shortly after his arrival in the county he rented a ranch of eighty acres and engaged in raising grain and hops. Two years later he removed from that farm to the Stone ranch of two hundred and seventy-five acres, where again he specialized in grain. Three prosperous years were spent on that property. Next he removed to Hopland valley and for twelve years leased a ranch which he devoted to grain and stock-raising. Upon retiring from farm pursuits he bought a general mercantile store at Hopland and this he still owns, together with the lot upon which the building stands.
At Rome, Henry county, Iowa, Mr. Grant was married to Theresa B. Burdette, a native of that state and county, and who died in Hopland march 19, 1911. They became the parents of nine children, of whom eight grew to mature years. Warren Columbus is a farmer at Ukiah; Francis Marion died in August, 1911; George W. died at the age of twenty-two; Mary A., Mrs. Harris, died in Hopland; Jincy, Mrs. McNulty, resides in San Francisco, Horace G. in Cloverdale, Orville with his father, and James B. resides in Oakland. Through a long period of residence in the county Mr. Grant has witnessed many changes and has been a personal contributor to all tasks of development, for he believes that permanent progress is impossible without the willing co-operation of the entire population and he freely gives of his time, means and influence for the promotion of the general welfare. (Aurelius O. Carpenter and Percy H. Millberry, History of Mendocino and Lake Counties, California... [Los Angeles, Cal.: Historic Record Co., 1914], 656-659.)

CIVIL WAR VETERAN BURIED LAST SUNDAY – George William Grant Is Called; Fought At Battle Of Shiloh – Another pioneer, who fought and bled and suffered for his country crossed the great divide Friday when George William Grant, of East Hopland, veteran of the Civil War, answered the final summons at his home following an illness due to apoplexy,
A Native Of Indiana. – Mr. Grant was born in Jefferson county, Indiana, Nov. 6, 1837. At the age of three years he moved with his parents to Henry county, Iowa, where he grew to manhood. In 1861 he enlisted in the 14th Iowa regiment where he was made corporal. In 1863 he was promoted to sergeant of the same company and in 1864 was again advanced.
Fought At Shiloh. – He was taken prisoner at the battle of Shiloh and held in prison nine months. Later in the same year he received a bullet wound in the leg. He carried the bullet to the time of his death. In 1864 he was honorably discharged from the army at Davenport, Iowa, by Captain Warren C. Jones, of the 14th Iowa regiment. In 1862 upon his first furlough home he married Miss Terzah Burdett. To them were born 11 children, nine of whom grew to maturity. In 1875 with his wife and four children Mr. Grant moved to Ukiah where he lived four years. In 1879 he moved to East Hopland where he engaged in farming and mercantile pursuits until his death May 22, 1925.
Those Who Survive. – The children who survive Mr. Grant are Warren C., of Ukiah; Mrs. A. W. McNulty, of San Francisco; Horace G., of Cloverdale; Orval O., of Hopland; James B. Grant, of Oakland. Seven grandchildren also survive and one brother, T. Grant, of Kansas. Mrs. F. C. Albertson, of this city, was a niece. The funeral services were held in Hopland Sunday with Rev. A. A. Doak, of Ukiah, officiating. Interment was in the family plot in the I.O.O.F. cemetery. And so is recorded the passing of another of those sturdy pioneers whose ranks are becoming pitifully thin and who gave and endured much that the present civilization might reach the high plane it has attained. Loved and esteemed by his friends and neighbors for his strict and honorable business integrity, there are many who will mourn the passing of George William Grant and who will extend sincere sympathy to his family in the grief of his going. Ukiah Republican Press 27 May 1925.

1870 U.S. census, Henry County, Iowa, population schedule, Tippecanoe Township, Mt. Pleasant Post Office, p. 353, dwelling 225, family 220, Geo. W. Grant; NARA microfilm publication M593, roll 395.

1880 U.S. census, Mendocino County, California, population schedule, Sanel Township, ED 66, p. 325-D (stamped), dwelling 190, family 206, George W Grant; NARA microfilm publication T9, roll 68.

1900 U.S. census, Mendocino County, California, population schedule, Sanel Township, ED 7, p. 135-B (stamped), sheet 4, dwelling 77, family 77, George W. Grant; NARA microfilm publication T623, roll 93.

1910 U.S. census, Mendocino County, California, population schedule, Sanel Township, ED 65, p. 242-B, sheet 7, dwelling 65, family 65, George W. Grant; NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 88. Union Army