203 1st Ave NE, Waverly, IA 50677

Private Joseph Bunnell Farris

Private Joseph Bunnell Farris was born on September 9, 1832 in Fulton County, IL and died October 21, 1911 in Denver, IA.

Joseph Bunnell Farris entered the Infantry on August 20, 1862, in Waverly, IA, served during the Civil War era and reached the rank of Private before being discharged on January 16, 1864 in Brownsville, TX.

Joseph Bunnell Farris is buried at Messenger in Denver, Iowa and can be located at

Armed Forces Grave Registration

Information–Son Jerry Ferris and Frank Sturdevant
Born in Fulton Co. Ill. came with his parents to Ia. in 1851. The father was the first county Judge of Bremer Co. and was one of the earliest pioneers here. On Christmas day 1851 he went to Independence to get a marriage licence to marry Julia Ann Jenkins of Independence, that that being the county seat, at the age of 29 he enlisted in Co. B. 38 Ia. Vol. Inf. He was discharged on occount of a disability.

Obituary reads as follows:
Waterloo Evening Courier, Waterloo, Iowa
Thursday, October 26, 1911, Page 5
Denver, Ia. Oct. 25– Joseph B. Farris, an old settler of Bremer county, was summoned to his last rest Sunday morning, Oct. 21, at 7:15 o’clock. Mr. Farris was born in Fulton county, Ill., Sept. 9, 1832, and he grew to manhood in that community. In the year 1851, when he was 19 years of age he came with a company of relatives and friends to Iowa to make a home for himself. The same year he was united in marriage to Miss Julia Jenkins, who was one of the company of emigrants. They located a home on a piece of land which is now the site of Denver, Ia. After residing there a number of years, they sold their place and moved to Kansas. They returned to Iowa in 1862. Mr. Farris enlisted in Co. B, Thirty-eighth Iowa regiment of volunteers. He served in the army one year, eleven months and sixteen days, when he was discharged on account of sickness.
Mr. Farris is survived by the widow and four children, who were all present when the end came. The surviving: children are Mrs. W. B. Hafar of Waterloo, J. G. Farris, Mrs. S. L. Burger and J.S. Farris of Denver. One son, J_ W. J. Farris, preceded the father in death.
Funeral services were conducted Monday from the home and burial was in the old cemetery south of this place. The services were in charge of the Rev. Mr. Smith of Janesville.
Mr. Farris was an honored citizen and christian, beloved and respected by all who knew him.