Sunday, April 17, 2011

Sunday's Obituary: John Laymon - My Civil War Ancestor

John and Eliza Laymon grave
Hardy Cemetery, Hardy
Nuckolls County, Nebraska
John Laymon was my great great grandfather
John J. Layman
Death has again entered our midst, and has taken another one of our dear old soldiers, who fought in the Civil War for our freedom. It is so true that Death loves a shining mark, and this time he laid his icy finger mark upon Uncle John Layman, as he was called by his friends and old comrades. Thus another home is broken and an aged companion left to mourn the loss of one who for sixty-one years has toild and labored by her side to make their home a resting place, that they might enjoy in their last days.
John J. Layman was born July 4, 1831, and died May 19, 1922. He is survived by his aged companion, Eliza Layman, one daughter, Mrs. Clara Pecht, of Hardy, Nebr. four sons, Tilson Layman, of Verona, Neb., Geo. W. Layman, of Republic, Kans.,  Herbert and Frank Layman of Sheridan, Wyo., fourteen grandchildren, three great grandchildren, two daughters, Ida Weir and Martha Layman, having departed this life before their father - Republic City News
Source: Belleville Telescope, Belleville, Kansas, June 1, 1922

Note: the correct spelling of the family name is Laymon. His headstone indicates his year of birth was 1838, rather than 1831. 1838 is consistent with census records.

John Laymon
Civil War Pension
John Laymon was a private in the Illinois Infantry, 91st Regiment.

John Laymon's military page on

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