plank-roth

jroth Born: Bern, Switzerland, April 1836

Died: January 1, 1924

Roth came to America when he was 12 years old and settled in Shanesville, Ohio, with his parents and his younger brother James. When his Father died, his Mother remarried to Benedict Nickles, and moved to Jefferson, Missouri. His Mother, Kathern Roth Nickles, is buried at Jefferson, Missouri.

My Aunt has a newspaper article, about John Roth, directing a band, from California, Missouri, playing at a 4th July celebration in Westphalia, Missouri. This is the only document she can find, placing him in Missouri.

Stories of his days as a Pony Rider are quoted by Ruth Reed, Granddaughter of John Roth.

John Roth was 5ft. 5 inches tall and weighed about 130-135 pounds fully dressed when he was a pony express rider. He told of a time, when his relief rider didn't show up. He changed horses and rode another distance to an exchange point, where he had to have help to dismount, as he had rode through a rain and sleet storm and his clothing was soaked and frozen stiff.

After riding for the Pony Express, at the age of 25 he enlisted in the Civil War at St. Joseph, Missouri, July 16, 1861, Company E15 Regt. Mo. Vol. Infty. He was wounded at Stone River, Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He was a guard at Capital Building in Washington, D.C.

His pension papers list his post office at enlistment as St. Louis Mo. Discharged Sept. 21, 1864. Returned to Shanesville, Ohio and married Caroline Froelick July 12, 1879. He worked as a cabinet maker, and postmaster at Shanesville.

Information and photo provided by Tim Putt, Great Grand Son, July 2003.

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