Jonathan J. Jessop

May 12, 1842 to April 2, 1931

The son of Edward & Mary Ann Howell (Newbold) Jessop, in 1860 he was a resident of Baltimore but by 1862 was a clerk living in York Township, York County, Pennsylvania. He stood 5′ 6″ tall and had light hair and blue eyes.

A Civil War veteran, he first served September 12 – 24, 1862, with the Nes Independent Emergency Militia Company during the Antietam crisis. He then enlisted in York June 17, 1863, and mustered into state service as a private with Co. B, 1st Pennsylvania (Ramsey’s) Battalion, and honorably discharged with his company October 3, 1863, in Chambersburg. He then enlisted in York January 10, 1864, mustered into federal service at Harrisburg January 20 as 1st sergeant of Co. B, 187th Pennsylvania Infantry, and promoted to 2nd lieutenant March 18, 1864. Wounded in the right thigh at Petersburg, Virginia, June 18, 1864, surgeons had no choice but to amputate, and he discharged by surgeon’s certificate August 7, 1864.

By 1870, he was living with noted manufacturer A. B. Farquhar in York Borough, York County, and was the town post master. He married Anna M. Lochman October 25, 1870, in York and fathered John L. (b. @1874), Mary E. (b. @1877), and Susan H. (b. @1879); original member of the York G.A.R.; died in York of “chronic myocarditis” with “chronic asthma” a contributing factor

He was an original member of York’s Sedgwick Post No. 37, G.A.R.