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PVT: JAMES S. PAINTER of the 12th Michigan Infantry of Company C.
Civil War Veteran of Monterey County.

James S. Painter was born in Ohio on March 29, 1938 (according to his obituary) and 1839 (according to the engraving on his headstone). He enlisted into the 12th Michigan Infantry, Company C on October 18, 1861 and was mustered out in Detroit on September 5, 1862. His Wife’s name was Elizabeth, whom he married in estimated 1864. He and his wife were devoted members of the Mayflower Congregational Church on Central Avenue in Pacific Grove. James S. Painter died on October 6, 1911 in Pacific Grove and his internment was made at the El Carmelo Cemetery in Pacific Grove, California. J.S. Painter was a member of the Lucius Fairchild GAR (Grand Army of the Republic) Post #179, based out of Pacific Grove, California.

The following is a transcription from his obituary from the “Monterey New Era” newspaper issue October 7, 1911.

PAINTER, JAMES S (1838-1911) Pacific Grove, El Carmelo Cemetery

Monterey New Era Oct. 7, 1911
Death of Pioneer
J.S. Painter Lived for Twenty Years in Pacific Grove

J.S. Painter died at his home in this city yesterday afternoon about three o’clock.  He was stricken with paralysis a few weeks ago and he continued to fail until the time of his death, although for a few days hopes were entertained that he would fully recover.

Mr. Painter was seventy-two years of age having been born in Ohio in 1838.  He served in the Civil War in the Twelfth Michigan United States volunteers, and came to California soon after being mustered out, having resided here for the past thirty-eight years.  For twenty years he has been a resident of the Grove, his first work being done here in connection with the erection of the public service building on Pine street.

Had he lived until the twenty first of November he would have celebrated his forty-eight wedding anniversary.

He leaves a widow, but no children to mourn his loss.

Mr. Painter was a devout member of Mayflower Congregational Church, and was one of the deacons of that society.  He was also an honored member of Lucius Fairchild Post, Grand Army of the Republic.

The funeral will be held on Sunday afternoon from Mayflower Congregational Church, with the Rev. Dr. Peebles as the officiating clergyman.  The interment will be in El Carmelo cemetery.


Compiled and Submitted: by Tim P. Reese, PCC

Camp Abe Lincoln #10 based out of Santa Cruz, Ca

Dept. of Calif. and Pacific

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

P. O. Box 1641, Monterey, Ca. 93942-1641


Sep 2009



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