Cyrus Albert Minor

Cyrus Albert MINOR

21 August 1823 – 19 January 1901


Cyrus, the son of Cyrus Royce and Louisa Andrus (Norton) Minor, was born in Rochester, Monroe County, New York. His burial site is in the Walnut Hill Cemetery at Belleville, St. Clair County, Illinois. Cyrus served as a 3rd class musician in the 33rd Illinois Volunteer Regiment Band and later as a Corporal in Co. K of the 8th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry. His government issue headstone reads: “CORP'L C.A. MINOR CO. K. 8 ILL. INF”.

Maria Sophia Buchannan was born on 4 June 1829 in Scotland. She became the wife of Cyrus Minor some time before 1850, exact date and place as yet unknown. Census records show their children as born in Illinois. However, this family has not been found in either the 1850 or the 1860 census of Illinois or surrounding states.

Cyrus Minor was a veteran of the Mexican War, having served from fall of 1847 until spring of 1848. 

When Cyrus enlisted with the 33rd Illinois Infantry on 15 Aug 1861 at Lyndon, Illinois by Captain Lippencott, he was described as a cabinet maker with auburn hair and blue eyes. He was mustered in at Camp Butler, IL and mustered out 16 Aug 1862 by Lt. Price by order of the War Department, Washington, D.C.

When Private Minor joined the 8th Illinois Infantry, he was 5'9” tall with light hair, blue eyes, and light complexion. He became a corporal and mustered out from that organization 25 Sep 1865 at New Orleans, LA by Captain Hitch. In 1880, Cyrus wrote the following: "In Feb'y 1865, while on march from Ft. Morgan to Mobile Bay (east side) the pine forest was on fire and smoke and cinders impaired my eyesight very seriously. Was treated by reg. surgeon, was not in hospital." There was also a pension claim on impaired sight.

The 1870 and 1880 census records list Cyrus and family as residents of Quincy, Adams County, Illinois. The 1870 census lists the Minor children as Albert, Julia M., Harriet, Jennie, and Mary E. Another source, a family tree posted online, records the children as Albert Alexander, Julia Ann, Harriet E., Joannie, Mary E.I., Daisy Gina, and Lizzie.

Mary Sophia, wife of Cyrus, died on 16 January 1882 in Belleville, Illinois. She was interred in Walnut Hill 

Cemetery, Belleville.

Cyrus, a pattern and cabinet maker by trade, worked at that profession in both Quincy and Belleville, Illinois. He died at the home of his only son, Albert A. Minor, in Springfield, Greene County, Missouri. The remains were taken to Belleville, Illinois for burial. An escort from the Springfield Masonic Lodge accompanied the body and participated in the funeral. The Odd Fellows and the Grand Army of the Republic also took part in the service.


Research and Article Written by

Liz Veselack

October 2002

Edited and Submitted by Sara Simpson 2020

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