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Old Soldiers: Santa Cruz County Civil War Veterans
by Robert L. Nelson

RENFRO, JAMES G (1837-1915)

Records of Members of the Grand Army of the Republic, William Ward

Headstone of John G Renfro
John G. Renfro
Pioneer Cemetery, Watsonville

JOHN G RENFRO Was born in Tippecanoe County, Ind., April 16, 1837; has followed mining and farming as an occupation; at present is a teamster. Enlisted in Company K, 6th California Volunteers, in the spring of 1863, and served as a private; was most of the time engaged in provost duty in San Francisco; was honorably discharged in 1865. Comrade Renfro is a member of R.L. McCook Post GAR of Watsonville, Cal., where he resides; has been junior vice commander of his post.

Watsonville Pajaronian (December 14, 1915)

J.G. Renfro is Across the Divide

J.G. Renfro, a resident of this valley since 1866, passed away last evening at his home on West Lake Avenue following an illness that had lasted for some time past. Six years ago Mr. Renfro was seriously injured by a cave in on a gravel pit and was forced by his injuries to retire from active life and to give up his transfer business in this city. His health has never been of the best since the accident and his old injuries and his old age hastened his demise.

The deceased was born in Indiana and was aged 78 years. In 1859 he came to California, San Francisco being his first home. When the Civil War opened he returned to the east and enlisted in the army, having been a member of the local G.A.R. post since that time. He came to the Pajaro Valley in 1866 following the war. He opened a transfer business in this city shortly after his arrival and maintained that business in a prosperous manner until he was injured six years ago.

Mr. Renfro was an affable man and made many friends in this community since he first came her forty nine years ago. He was highly respected by all that knew him and all his friends will mourn his death.

Besides his wife he is survived by three children, John Renfro of Watsonville, Albert Renfro of Oakland and Mrs. Ella Spangler of San Francisco.


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