Kiler K. Jones

Kiler K. Jones

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry

The Scandinavian Regiment

Name at Enlist Kiler K. Jones
Birth Name Kiler K. Jones
Other Names Kiler Kent Jones
Lived 1825 - 1886
Birth Place New York
Birth Country USA
Residence at Muster-In IL
Company at Enlistment A
Rank at Enlistment Lt. Colonel
Muster Date 21 Dec 1861
Death Location Illinois
Burial Location Oak Woods Cemetery, Chicago, Cook County, IL
Mother Anna Gregory
Mother Lived 2 Feb 1798- 15 Feb 1854
Father William Jones
Father Lived 22 Oct 1789- 18 Jan 1868
Spouse Ambolina Maria Hansen
Spouse Lived 1827-
Married On 30 Oct 1851
Marriage Location Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, WI

Kiler K. Jones was born in 1825 in New York. His parents were William Jones and Anna Gregory. His father, William, was one of the earliest settlers to Chicago (the rest of the family moved out later). William also was one of the first Justices of the Peace for Chicago as well as a big donor, first member of the Board of Trustees, and President of the Executive Committee for the University of Chicago when it was founded.

In 1843, Kiler K. Jones was working at the periodical depot in Chicago. In the late 1840s/early 1850s, he moved to Milwaukee, WI. There, he married Ambolina Maria Hansen on October 30, 1851. By 1860, they were living in Ellington, Adams County, IL. He was working as a farmer and editor. Together, Kiler and Ambolina had at least seven children, including: William (1853), Louis (1857), Annie L. (1860), Hiram (1862), Harold (1865), Emily (1868), and Ambolina (1870).

Jones enrolled for three years on September 26, 1861, at Quincy, Adams County, IL. The army listed him as aged 37. He was a Republican politician and a prominent businessman who recruited among Scandinavians in Chicago and in the Manitowoc area in Wisconsin. He probably did this in partnership with Svend Samuelson and Andrew Thorkildsen. He was commissioned Lieutenant Colonel (Kolonel) of the WI 15th on December 21, 1861. He recruited Company A in Chicago. His commission was revoked on March 1, 1862. Jones mustered out of service on March 2, 1862 per the order of the War Department, but General Halleck would not recognize the muster out until March 5, 1862.

After the war, he returned to Ellington, IL, where he worked as a real estate dealer. In 1880, the family was still living in Ellington. Jones died in 1886 and is buried in Oak Woods Cemetery, Chicago, Cook, IL. His parents are also buried there.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office,  Archives, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, boxes 76-2, 78-1; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, Archives, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, vol.20, p.2; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, 1894, B. Anundsen, Decorah, IA, p.317; Foreigners in the Union Army and Navy, Ella Lonn, 1952, c1951, Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge, LA, p.136; The Military History of Wisconsin in the War for the Union, Edwin B. Quiner, 1866, Clark & Co., Chicago, pp. 91, 614; Lars Gjertveit, Bodo, Norway; Payroll muster rolls of WI 15th Co E, saved by Captain T. A. Rossing; Blaine Hedberg, NAGC&NL, “Norwegians fighting for Freedom in America: Why Scandinavians had their own Regiment in the Civil War of 1861 – 65”, Ådne Løvstad; 1860 Census, Roll: M653_155, Page: 354, Image: 10, Family History Library Film: 803155; 1870 Census, Roll: M593_186, Page:134A, Image: 276, Family History Library Film: 545685; 1880 Census, Roll: 174, Family History Film: 1254174, Page: 118B, Enumeration District: 007, Image: 0239;; Wisconsin Marriage Index, Batch #I00724-6, GS Film # 1292026; Biographical Sketches of the Leading Men of Chicago, J. Carbuff (Chicago: 1868), p.60-62 .

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