Posted by Michael Herschensohn in Queen Anne Cobblestone Memorial Day 2021
John Marshall Hoyt, born March 29, 1837 in Warner, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, died November 3, 1923 in Seattle. He served as a Captain in Company K of the 7th Wisconsin Infantry throughout the Civil War, including the Battle of Gettysburg July 1-3, 1863.
He married Mary Hoyt, and the family relocated to Seattle.
According to Richard Heisler — a historian of Seattle’s Civil War veterans — following Captain Hoyt’s death his body was buried at the Capitol Hill Cemetery of the Grand Army of the Republic.
Following Mary Hoyt’s death in 1924, John’s body was disinterred and moved to Queen Anne’s Mount Pleasant Cemetery to a grave adjacent to Mary’s — both of them unmarked.
In June 2021, the US Army paid for a tombstone that finally marks John’s grave, located in the northeast corner of the cemetery — due north of the tombs of victims of The Valencia shipwreck of 1906 and the Everett Massacre of 1916. One of the few all-white stones, it stands under a tree. Mary’s grave, just to the right of John’s, remains unmarked.
On Memorial Day 2021, Richard Heisler and Queen Anne Historical Society Board President Michael Herschensohn joined those who visited Mt. Pleasant to place US flags at the graves of those who served.
Reference: The Seattle Times 9/4/2021: “Civil War veteran finally gets headstone, 98 years after his death“
Note: Click HERE to take Kim Turner’s August 2020 virtual tour of Mount Pleasant Cemetery.