52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – In The Census
[This series was suggested by Amy Johnson Crow, professional Genealogist. You can read all the posts here on her FaceBook page.}
John Brown Jr appears in the 1890 Veterans Schedule of the U.S. Federal Census. He and his family were living in Put-In-Bay, Ohio when the census was enumerated in June 1890. He is on line 12 of the Put-In-Bay Township and Village, County of Ottawa, State of Ohio in enumeration district 296.
John Brown Jr left Ohio and traveled to Kansas in an effort to recruit like minded abolitionists to join him in the war effort, these men were called “John Brown Sharpshooters.” In Kansas, he and the men he recruited were part of Company K of the Kansas 7th Volunteer Cavalry Regiment, also known as “Jennison’s Jayhawks.” Led by Colonel Charles R. Jennison, the Regiment was established in October of 1861, fought throughout the war, and was disbanded in September 1865.
John mustered in as Captain on November 12, 1861, but only served for 6 months and 15 days. He suffered from severe sciatic rheumatism, most likely caused by his mistreatment when held as a prisoner of war during the “Bleeding Kansas” events. He was bound and dragged behind horses, resulting in permanent scars on his wrists, and he never fully recovered. On May 27, 1862, he resigned his command and retired to Put-In-Bay, Ohio.
You can read more about his service in my previous post here.