Civil War Records of John H. Cass


Co. Regiment / Ship From To Residence/ Credit Occupation Notes
E 6th MVI (100 Days) Private; enl. July 11, 1864; must. July 18, 1864 must. out Oct. 27, 1864 Acton farmer age 18

26th MVI

Private; enl. and must. Feb. 13, 1865 must. out Aug. 26, 1865 Concord farmer age 18
MASSCW, 1:449; 3:89

Service Record (select pages from the National Archives): x
Service Ledger (Town of Acton): page 30-31 (PDF)


Co. Regiment Date Filed Type App. No. Cert. No. State Beneficiary/Remarks
6th MVI
26th MVI
April 9, 1897 Invalid 1189 159 939 783 Illinois  
Jan. 4, 1909 Widow 911 012 700 447 California Catharine Cass

Pension File (select pages from the National Archives):  20 pages (PDF*)

Grand Army of the Republic


Date October 28, 1908
Place Winchester, Mass.
Age 61 years, 10 months, 5 days
Cause arterio sclerosis
Obituary Boston Globe, October 30, 1908

Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Boston, Mass.

(Winchester death record, "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," vol. 1908/102, p. 184 [image],

Survived by widow Catharine Cass and two daughters, Lottie E. Hall and Helen M. Babb

Additional Information

John Henry Cass was born in Charlestown, Mass., on January 21, 1848 to parents George, a painter, and Almira (Plummer) Cass.  ("Charlestown, MA Vital Records to 1850," vol. 2, p. 618,;  Winchester death record, "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," vol. 1908/102, p. 184 [image],

John H. Cass, age 3, is recorded as an inhabitant of Concord, Mass. in the 1850 federal census, in household (dwelling no. 239/296) of George Cass, a 23 year old landscape painter, and Almira Cass, age 23. Also in the household was 6 month old George N. Cass. Nathan Cass, age 55, and Sarah Cass, age 55 lived next door (household 238/295). Also in their househld was 18 year old Eliza and 12 year old Charles Cass ("1850 United States Federal Census,"

John Henry Cass, age 12, is recorded as an inhabitant of Concord, Mass. in the 1860 federal census, in the household of Nathan and Sarah Cass, both age 65.  Also in the household was "D.M.", age 9 (presumably John's sister Donna Maria Cass)  ("1860 United States Federal Census,"

John H. Cass, age 20, is recorded in the 1865 Massachusetts State Census for Concord, in the household of Sarah Cass, age 70. Also in the household was [his sister] Maria D. Cass, age 14 (source:  "Massachusetts State Census Transcriptions for 1855 and 1865,"

According to his widow's deposition, John Cass and Catherine Gibbons were married in Boston in January, 1869. They lived in Charlestown and Boston, where John was a house and sign painter and had a shop.  They had four children, two surviving. In July 1880, four months before the youngest child was born, John Cass left his family and his Boston business and settled in Chicago, never to be seen by his wife again. He returned to the Boston area in 1908, and died in Winchester at the home of his sister Maria Ladd, in October of that year.


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