Civil War Soldier's Remains Located
Confederate Army Officer Is Buried In Tequesta.
November 25, 2005|By Jeff Alexander The Jupiter Courier
The whereabouts of the missing Confederate soldier are finally known.
He's in Tequesta.
For years, the United Daughters of the Confederacy, which tracks locations of burial plots of deceased Confederate soldiers, knew that a soldier was buried at Riverside Memorial Park but didn't know the name or exact location, group President Zee Porter said.
"The cemetery had a card for him, but didn't know he was a Confederate soldier," Porter said. "It took us about four or five months to track him down."
Research by Lynn Lasseter-Drake, a Jupiter Pioneer historian and a member of the town's Web committee, along with Riverside documentation, verified that Capt. Edward Harrison Covar was buried in 1910 at Riverside. He served in the South Carolina Infantry during the Civil War.
"I had the information on him, but I thought he was buried down in West Palm Beach," Lasseter-Drake said. "I knew he had a pension and a wife who was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in West Palm Beach."
Lasseter-Drake was led to think, erroneously, that he was in Woodlawn, too, she said.
According to Drake's research and UDC documentation, Covar enlisted in the Confederate Army in 1861 in Aiken, S.C., serving four years in the 7th Regiment of the South Carolina Infantry. In 1865, he was discharged in North Carolina with the rank of captain.
He married Martha Ann Prescott in 1871 and was buried March 14, 1910 in what was then known as Jupiter Pioneer Cemetery and Carlin Estate Private Cemetery, now Riverside Memorial Park.
"There are three Civil War veterans buried in Riverside and Covar is the only Confederate soldier," Porter said.
Forty-two Confederate soldiers' graves statewide have been documented, Porter said.
Covar was honored Saturday in a UDC-sponsored flag-bearing ceremony at Riverside, with his great-granddaughters and cousins attending.
A marker at the southwest corner of Riverside was unveiled. Among the flag-bearers was retiredArmy Brig. Gen. Albin F. Irzyk, who served in World War II as the commander of the 8th Tank Battalion, 4th Armored Division.
The Covar descendants knew nothing about their great-grandfather's gravesite, great-granddaughter Linda Covar Owens of Port St. Lucie said. "I was so excited," she said. "I used to take my aunt and sit her down and have her tell me tales, but she didn't know where he was."
"She would have been so excited," said Saralee Covar, from West Palm Beach.
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LINE OF DESCENT
EDWARD HARRISON COVAR
+MARTHA ANN "MATTIE" PRESCOTT
OLIVER "OLLIE" EDWARD COVAR
+IDA AMELIA JOHNSON
CHARLES BUTLER COVAR
+MARY OLIVE WRIGHT
RUTH B COVAR
+JACOB C NICHOLAS
JACOB J NICHOLAS
CHARLES B NICHOLAS
EDWARD CHARLES COVAR
HAROLD PRINCETON HARRY COVAR
ANDREW ALEXANDER COVAR
+ANNIE LOUISE SCHLAPPI
MARGARET L "MARGO" COVAR
+HIRAM R ALBERTSON
+WILLIAM EDWARD TURNER
HELEN M COVAR
+WILLIAM H MONTGOMERY
SHIRLEY MAE MONTGOMERY
+THOMAS ANTHONY ST JOHN
+WILLIAM MARVIN BROOKS
HOWARD CURTIS COVAR
+DORA A MILLER
SARALEE LOUISE COVAR
+RONALD GEORGE MEE
+ARTURO ROJAS RUENES
GORMAN FRANK COVAR
+DORIS LOUISE SHOCKLEY
LESTER JOHN COVAR
+EDNA EMERY ADAMSON
CAROLE LESLEY COVAR DIED YOUNG
LINDA LAY COVAR
+DAVID WILLIAM OWENS
+VIRGINIA LEE JOHNSON
WILLIAM BELTON COVAR
+CYNTHIA C __________
+ELIZABETH ECKERT ASHTON
DOROTHY MARGARET COVAR
+HOWARD HENRY CONVERSE SR
HOWARD HENRY CONVERSE JR
FRANK WILLIAM CONVERSE
+JULIA ANN THOMPSON
+CORNELIS ANN WILLIS
+SUSAN ANN FINK
LAWRENCE CASTLETON COVAR
+LILLIE E KNIGHT
TALULA A COVAR
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The Florida Star (Titusville), Friday, October 30, 1908 Page 5
Death of E. H. Covar
E. H. Covar, one of the old time residents of Indian river, passed to the great beyond at Jupiter last Saturday at the advanced age of 78 years. Some 25 years ago Mr. Covar was deputy sheriff under Sheriff Richards, of Brevard, and filled the latter's unexpired term of office when he died. Mr. Covar and family had resided at Jupiter of late years except two sons, who lived at West Palm Beach.
Edgefield Advertiser, Wednesday, February 7, 1849, Page 4
On the 1st inst. by the Rev. S. W. Kennerly, Mr. E. H. Covar, to Miss Sarah Green, all of this district.
Edgefield Advertiser, Wednesday, April 23 7, 1902, Page 3
Mrs. Sarah Covar
Having four years since reached three score and ten years prescribed to mortals, Mrs. Sarah Covar breathed her last at her home in edgefield on last Saturday. Mrs. Covar was Miss Sarah Green before her marriage to Mr. Edward Covar many years ago. The latter having been killed as a confederate soldier in the war between the States. For a number of years the deceased has been an invalid and in addition to her affliction during her later years she had lost the sight of both eyes, being totally blind. Throughout this gloomy season, she has been known for her sweet and noble character and gentle submission to the Master's will abd her life has been an example of patience under sufferings which all Christians might strive to emulate.
Mrs. Covar leaves two daughters, Mrs. Curry and Miss Ella Covar. The immediate cause of her death was an attack of grippe which she was too feeble to survive.
The Florida Star (Titusville), Friday, September 28, 1900, Page 8
One of the best fishing fleets ever sent out from an Indian river point left here Saturday afternoon for Lake Wort inlet. The fleet consisted of the schooner Norna and four large round bottom sea-going fishboats. Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Covar and daughter, Lula, will make their home on the Norna,, and on which the packing of fish will be done, while the boats and their crews, made up of the following named persons: N. W. McIntosh, Pat Hardee, Joe and Walter Anderson, Charley Belton, Andy and Lawrence Covar, will be stationed at the inlet to engage in fishing outside the ocean. The boats are all new and strongly built; the crews are experienced and well trained and are furnished with new and well adapted nets. The Norna will be stationed at West Palm Beach wharf, where the fish will be packed and from whence shipped to market:
Charles Butler Covar
Mary Olive Wright and brothers.
Alachua County, Florida
From left; Reason Edgar Wright, Mary Olive Wright, Samuel Eldridge Wright.