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Civil War Veteran Burials in Greenwood Cemetery, Tower City – Part 3 of 5

Posted By on September 15, 2012

Greenwood Cemetery, Tower City, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, is located south of Grand Avenue (Route 209) in Tower City.  To locate the cemetery from Grand Avenue, turn south on 4th Street and continue across the bridge over the Wiconisco Creek and the street becomes Greenwood Road.  The cemetery is on the right just after the road makes a bend to the right.  Twenty-four Civil War veterans’ graves were easily located in this cemetery.  In the post today, five of those graves will be featured.  In the past two days, the posts presented five of the grave markers each day and two later posts will each present five or four more of the grave markers.


ABRAHAM REED (1843 or 1844-1917)

Abraham “Abe” Reed served in the 177th Pennsylvania Infantry (not noted on stone) and the 208th Pennsylvania Infantry (noted on stone).  He previously was discussed here in posts including the series on the Tower City Veterans’ Memorial.  It was assumed that he was born in 1843, but the stone indicates the birth year as 1844.


WILLIAM GOODMAN (1831-1906 or 1907)

William Goodman served in the Emergency of 1863 in the state militia regiment designated as the 39th Pennsylvania Infantry.  Some previous sources have given his death year as 1907, but the stone indicates he died in 1906.  Prior post on William can be found on this blog by clicking here, including his name plate on the Tower City Veterans’ Memorial.


WILLIAM D. JONES (1840-1905)

From the information on the grave marker, this appears to be a different William Jones than previously thought.  There is a G.A.R. star-flag holder at the grave site but no regiment is specified on the stone.  However, a search of the pension record index cards reveals that the William D. Jones who died in 1905 had a wife Eliza who survived him.  That William D. Jones served in the 129th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company A, as a Private, from 13 August 1862 to 18 May 1863.  He enrolled at Minersville, Schuylkill County which matches the place of residency in the 1880 census.  The 1900 Census shows the same family living in Tower City with William working as an outside foreman in the mines.  An interesting connection with Gratz is that one of the sons of Leonard Reedy, gunsmith of Gratz, was William Henry Reedy, and his son Robert Reedy married Minnie Jones, the daughter of William D. Jones.  The conclusion here is that the person named on the Tower City Veterans’ Memorial is this William D. Jones and not, as previously thought, the William W. Jones who was more closely associated with Lykens.


JOSEPH REED (1840-1921)

For prior blog posts on Joseph Reed, click here.  For the post showing his nameplate on the Tower City Veterans’ Memorial, click here.  The birth year needs additional confirmation as the stone indicates 1841 while other records say 1840.  Joseph Reed served in the 177th Pennsylvania Infantry.


HENRY CULBERT (1848-1914)

Henry Culbert served in Company A of the 24th U.S. Infantry according to the grave marker.  Henry Culbert told the 1890 census takers that he served in the 22nd U.S. Infantry.  for prior posts, click here, including Tower City Veterans’ Memorial.


Anyone wishing to add information on any of the above veterans who are buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Tower City, may do so by commenting on this post or by sending an e-mail to the Civil War Research Project.

Part 4 of 5 will appear Tuesday, 25 September 2012.  For other posts in this series on Civil War veteran burials in Greenwood Cemetery, click here.


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