2 Replies Latest reply on Mar 2, 2021 11:38 AM by Jason Atkinson

    Seeking information about Ely Lawrence Jones

    Lynda Doyle Newbie

      My great grandfather is Ely (Eli) Lawrence Jones. He was born on November 26, 1846 in Kentucky and he died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on May 8, 1909. According to a Pennsylvania, U.S., Veterans Burial Cards, he fought in the Civil War from 9-2-1862 to 6-12-1865. He was buried in Arlington Cemetery in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania. The card states he served in the Army and his rank was Corporal. His organization shows Co. E, 85th Ind. Inf. I was able to confirm his Civil War record which says his residence was Prairieton. He was married to Sarah Jane Reed (1864-1934). I believe they married in 1886. The only child that I am aware he had was my grandmother, Edna Reed Jones (1890-1975). I think Ely’s mothers name is Mary Hess but his death certificate is difficult to read so I can’t be certain. I am looking for any information pertaining to Ely Lawrence Jones and his family. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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        • Re: Seeking information about Ely Lawrence Jones
          Elliot Schneider Ranger



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          • Re: Seeking information about Ely Lawrence Jones
            Jason Atkinson Ranger

            Dear Ms. Doyle,


            Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


            We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series Carded Records Showing Military Service of Soldiers Who Fought in Volunteer Organizations During the American Civil War in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1762 - 1917 (Record Group 94). For more information about these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at Archives2reference@nara.gov.


            Many of the service records in this series have been made available via microfilm and through digitization of the microfilm. Unfortunately, the records for Indiana Volunteers have not been microfilmed or digitized. To request a copy of his non-digitized service record, please download the NATF Form 86, fill it out to the best of your knowledge, and mail the completed forms to the address listed on the form. For more information see Requesting Copies of Older (pre-WWI) Military Service Records.



            The majority of Civil War pension files in the Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs (Record Group 15) are in the custody of the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1). To request a search and order copies of military pension application files based on Union service during the Civil War, please complete a NATF Form 85 and mail it to the address on the form.


            There are also 3 record series (XC files) in Record Group 15 at the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL) that include claims files relating to Civil War Veterans.  These records were transferred to the National Archives in 1952 and 1955 from the VA. Please email both RDT1 at Archives1reference@nara.gov and RL-SL at stl.archives@nara.gov with full details about the file you are seeking.


            Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDT1 and RL-SL. Also, please note that NARA has suspended reproduction and digitization services until further notice due to COVID-19. Orders will not be serviced until operations can resume safely. Once operations resume, document reproduction requests will be filled in the order in which they were received. Additionally, NARA has suspended the option to submit orders online using eservices.archives.gov. We apologize for any inconvenience.


            Finally, for information regarding Pennsylvania vital records please see https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/certificates/Pages/Vital%20Records.aspx and https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Pennsylvania_Vital_Records.


            We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!