13 July 2014

Joseph Clovese, Michigan's Last Man Standing

Source: Fold3

Compiled Military Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers Who Served the United States Colored Troops: 56th-138th USCT Infantry, 1864-1866
Content Source: NARA

Vicksburg, MS, Where Mr. Clovese's Unit Was Stationed

Joseph Clovese's military record indicated that he was born in New Orleans, [St. Bernard Parish] Louisiana, and that he was 18 years old, 5'2".  

From the Farmington [Michigan] Library's Regimental Roundtable organization:

"At 9:40 A.M., July 13, 1951, Joseph Clovese, age 107, died in the Veterans Administration Hospital in Dearborn, Michigan."  "Clovese continued to live in the South for many years after the war, working as a laborer along the Mississippi and as a deck hand on steamers running between New Orleans and Biloxi.  In 1948 he moved north to make his home with his niece, Mrs.Valerie Daniel, in Pontiac."

A civic observance was held in Pontiac in honor of Clovese’s 107th  birthday on January 28, 1951. Tributes were paid him by his fellow townsmen, and he received a warm letter from President Truman...". Serenity was one of Joseph Clovese’s notable attributes.  “Ever since I can remember,” Clovese told an interviewer a few days before his death, “every time I sit down to eat I say, ‘Thank God and bless the cook.’ ”

Mr. Clovese became Michigan's "Last Man (Civil War Veteran) Standing."

United States Census, 1940
name: Joseph Clovis
Ward 3, New Orleans, New Orleans City, Orleans, Louisiana
gender: Male
age: 96
marital status: Widowed
relationship to head of household (standardized): Lodger
estimated birth year: 1844
residence in 1935: Slidell, St Tammany, Louisiana
Household Gender Age Birthplace
head Peter Daniel M 40 Louisiana
wife Valerie Daniel F 40 Louisiana
son Monroe Daniel M 17 Alabama
daughter Gloria Daniel F 14 Pennsylvania
brother-in-law Charles Giles M 38 Louisiana
lodger Joseph Clovis M 96 Louisiana

United States Census, 1930
name: Joseph Cloviest
St Tammany, Louisiana
age: 87
estimated birth year: 1843
relationship to head of household: Head
father's birthplace: Louisiana
mother's birthplace: Louisiana
Household Gender Age Birthplace
head Joseph Cloviest M 87 Louisiana
wife Mary S Cloviest F 42 Mississippi

Louisiana, Deaths Index, 1850-1875, 1894-1956"
death date:  21 Mar 1922
death place:  Slidell, , St. Tammany, Louisiana
gender:  Female
race (original):  Colored
race (standardized):  Colored
age:  56
estimated birth year:  1866
birth place:  New Orleans, Louisiana
marital status:  Married
spouse's name:  Joseph Clovese

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