Biography of Capt. John W. Houston
Orange County, NY Biographies





CAPTAIN JOHN W. HOUSTON was born March 20, 1842, on the homestead farm at Bellvail, Orange County, N. Y. When nineteen years of age he enlisted in the One Hundred and Twenty fourth Regiment, New York Volunteers, and went forth to fight for the Union in the Civil War. He was made second lieutenant. In the battle of Chancellorsville, in 1863, he was severely wounded, and again at Spotsylvania, in May, 1863, which led to his honorable discharge. When the war ended he was breveted captain. He married Miss Julia Baird, who died in 1880, leaving four sons and one daughter: Floyd, George, James, Frank and Clara. February 12, 1892, Captain Houston those for his second wife Miss Margaret B. Neely, of Beilvale, N. Y., who survives him. He is also survived by a brother, Henry W., of Bellvale, and two sisters, Mrs. Mary Francisco, of Little Falls, N. J., and Mrs. J. H. Bertholf. Captain Houston was a member of Warwick Lodge, No. 544, F. and A. M., and of G. A. R. Post, No. 575. He died January 11, 1905.

From:
The History of Orange County New York
Edited by: Russel Headley
Van Deusen and Elms, Publishers
Middletown, N. Y. 1908


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