Pvt. Francis Button

Register of Enlistments

On May 16, 1890 Francis Button enlisted at Winchester, Virginia for a five year period. Button was born in Prince William County, Virginia in May 1869. His occupation before enlistment was "laborer". He is described as having black eyes, hair and a brown complexion. He stood 5' 8 1/4" tall. He was assigned to the 9th Cavalry, G Company. He was discharged from Fort Robinson, Nebraska on May 15, 1895 as a private. His rating was "good".

On June 19, 1895 Button reenlisted for a three year period at Washington D.C. He is described, this time as having brown eyes, black hair and a black complexion. He shrank a 1/4" down to 5' 8". He was reassigned to the 25th Infantry, G Company. He was discharged June 18, 1898 at Tampa, Florida with a rank of private and a rating of "good".

I can't find the 18 June 1898 Register of Enlistment record for Button. I looked.

On March 1, 1900 Button reenlisted at Knoxville, Tennessee. He was 30 years and nine months old, a laborer and described as having brown eyes, black hair and a medium complexion. He was back up to 5' 8 1/2". He was assigned to the 24th Infantry, D Company. His previous enlistment is dated 6/18/98. He was discharged November 27, 1902 from Fort Harrison, Montana, with the rank of corporal. His rating was "good".

1900 Census
Button is recorded as a private born in Prince William, Virginia. His birthday is listed as May 1872. He is a single, black, male. Prince William, Virginia is listed as the birthplace of both parents but Prince William is crossed out. This census was recorded at Fort Harrison, Montana.


On March 3, 1903 reenlisted at Washington D.C. for another three year period. His occupation was listed as "laborer". He is described as having brown eyes, black hair and a dark complexion. He shot up to 5' 8 1/2". He was assigned to Company D of the 25th Infantry. He was discharged April 2, 1906 at Fort Niobarra, Nebraska. He was rated "very good" and held the rank of private.

On April 4, 1906, Button reenlisted at Fort Niobarra, Nebraska. He was 35 years and 10 months old. He was discharged February 4, 1907 at Fort Reno, Oklahoma after serving with the 25th Infantry, D Company. He was a private with an "excellent" rating.

On February 5, 1907 Button reenlisted at Fort Reno, Oklahoma. His birthplace is listed as Gainesville, Virginia and his age is listed as 32 years and 9 months old (which doesn't jibe with the 1906 Register of Enlistment). He was discharged February 4, 1910 at Fort Lawton, Washington. He was rated "excellent" and had made the rank of corporal.

Button reenlisted once more, February 5, 1910 at Fort Lawton, Washington. His age is given as 35 years 9 months and his occupation "farmer". He was discharged February 4, 1913 at Schofield Barracks, H.T. (Hawaiian Territory) with an "excellent" rating but a rank of private -- he was a corporal in the 1907 Register of Enlistments.

1900 Census

Button is recorded as a private born in Prince William, Virginia. His birthday is listed as May 1872. He is a single, black, male. Prince William, Virginia is listed as the birthplace of both parents but Prince William is crossed out. This census was recorded at Fort Harrison, Montana.

1920 Census
Francis Button is a 46 year old black male living in Cochise County Arizona on the Fort Huachuca Military Reservation. He is married. He can read and write and was born in Virginia as were his mother and father. His occupation is listed as retired sergeant.

1930 Census
This record was filed from the United States Soldiers' Home in Washington D.C. Button is termed an "inmate" and is living in the King Building. He does not have a radio set. He is a married 53 year old "negro". [This date, i.e. born in 1877, is way off the other birthdates] He can read and write. Virginia is his birthplace as well as his parents. He does not have an occupation. He is listed as a veteran of the Spanish War (Phil.)

US Veterans Gravesites
A "Frank Button, Pvt. in the US Army Spanish American War" is listed. This person was born 21 March 1870 and died 19 November 1934. They were buried on 22 November 1934 in Roseburg National Cemetery in Roseburg, Oregon. [Section A Row 1 Site 33] Oregon doesn't make sense.

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