Elgin County, Ontario, Canada
CIVIL WAR VETERANS of Elgin County
compiled by Bruce C. Johnson Jr. and Bob Moore (1929-2017)
Revised and updated 1 Nov 2020
Many men with Elgin County connections were among the more than 50,000 Canadians that served on both sides during the American Civil War from 1861 to 1865. Most were already living in the United States when they enlisted, although some went directly from Elgin.
Some even joined as “replacements or substitutes” for conscripted men. Most stayed in the United States after the War, some even receiving bounty land in Kansas and Nebraska.
Of course some returned to Elgin and while others came to Elgin for the first time after their service.
We thank the Elgin Military Museum at 30 Talbot Street, St Thomas for their assistance.
We also thank The Col. George L. Willard Camp No 154 of Albany New York of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War for their information about those with New York State service.
We have attempted to list all who had any connection with Elgin County and would appreciate your help in adding names or adding to or correcting our information.
NEW from FAMILY SEARCH – Iowa, Grand Army of the Republic Membership Records, 1861-1949 – born in Canada
INDEX of Elgin County Civil War Veterans
Veteran and their unit if known – Biography of each follows the index
ABELL, Jabez – 89th Regiment Illinois Infantry Company “I”
ANDREWS, Matthew, 116th Regiment New York Volunteers,
ARMSTRONG, William C. – 9th Regiment Michigan Infantry Company “G”
AUSTIN, Nelson – 2nd Missouri Cavalry, Merril’s Horse Regiment Company “H”
AVERY, Alanson – Engineer Regiment of the West Company”K”
-1st Regiment Missouri Engineers Company “B”
BAILEY, Levi Leavitt. – 26th Michigan Infantry Company “K”
BAKER, Anthony – 37th Iowa Infantry Company “A” “Grey Beard Regiment”
BAKER, David – Iowa Light Artillery, 1st Independent Battery
BAKER, Judson A. – 7th Iowa Cavalry Company”F”
BERRY, Mark – Union Navy Ship, S.S. Santee
BRADT, Christopher aka Christopher Brott – 6th Regiment Michigan Cavalry
BROWN, Hiram Partlo – Confederate Army
BROWN, Miles O’Riley
BROWN, Orange Oscar – Confederate Army 9th Regiment Missouri Cavalry (Elliots) Company “G”
BURWELL, John Rice – 8th Regiment Michigan Infantry Company “C”
CARSON, Albert T. – 8th Regiment Illinois Cavalry Company “K”
CHASE. John – 10th Michigan Infantry Company “F”
CLAY, W. George – 15th Regiment Michigan Infantry Company “U”
CLOW, Ogden – 23rd Ohio Infantry Company “I”
– 12th Maryland infantry Company “E”
– 20th V R C Company “E”
COFFEY, Thomas – 25th Regiment New York Cavalry Company “E”
COOKSON, Calvin Wilbert – 24th Regiment New York Cavalry Company “D”
CRANE, Henry – First Michigan Cavalry Company “L”
CRANE, Perry – First Michigan Infantry Company “F”
DAW, Joseph – 22nd Regiment Michigan Infantry Company “K”
DRAPER, William Pitt, Michigan Volunteers
ELLSWORTH, Benjamin – 7th Regiment Michigan Infantry Company “E”
FERGUSON, Danforth Edward – 86th Regiment New York Infantry Company “C”
FERRIN, Dr. Samuel Abbot – Surgeon 32th Regiment Wisconsin Volunteers
FREEMAN, William L., b. Elgin Co. ca 1825 – G 100 Indiana Infantry
GEDDES, 5 Brothers
- James Loraine Geddes – 8th Regiment Iowa Infantry Company “D”, Brigadier General
- William Geddes – 28th Regiment Iowa Infantry Company “D” Sergeant
- Charles Geddes – 16th Regiment Iowa Infantry Company “I”
- Andrew J. Geddes – 8th Regiment Iowa Infantry Company “D”, Lt Colonel
- John Geddes – 18th Regiment Iowa Infantry Company “H”
GRIFFIN, Jacob A – Union Army
GRIFFIN, Jonas A. – 21th Michigan Infantry Company “G”
– 14th Michigan Infantry Company “E”
HARDER, Leonard – 22nd Michigan Infantry Company “E”
HOAG, Charles –
HOAG, Mott –
HOAG, Walter Carrington – 18th Illinois Infantry, Company A
HOUGHTON, George L. – 104th Regiment Illinois Infantry Company “D”
HUFF, James – 32nd Regiment Nebraska Cavalry Company “D”
HUNT, Francis – 2nd Regiment Vermont Infantry “born Francis Hunt Carrigan”
JENNINGS, William – Union Scout at age 14
JOHNSON, 4 Brothers
- Charles O. Johnson – 8th Regiment Michigan Infantry
- Howard Johnson – Union Army (Regular)
- Henry Johnson – 8th Regiment Michigan Infantry Company “C”
- William Johnson – 8th Regiment Michigan Infantry Company “D”
KIRBY, Joseph –
LEON, Alexander – 37th Regiment Massachusetts Infantry Company “G”,
– 20th Massachusetts Infantry Company “C”
LESLIE, George – 12th Regiment New York Calvary, Company “F”
LINCOLN, William John – New York – Adjutant General:
Lincoln, William J.–Age, 44 years. Enlisted, August 19, 1862, at Pike, to serve three years; mustered in as private, Co. D, September 25, 1862; discharged for disability, March 18, 1863, at Philadelphia, Pa.
McAFEE, Robert Land Hughson, Enlisted 4 Jan 1864- Company A, Illinois 46th Infantry Regiment
McCOLL, Solomon – My GGG Uncle Solomon McColl was a member of the 1st Michigan engineers and mechanics during the civil war. He served from December 1862 to September 22, 1865. as a carpenter and was discharged at the rank of Sgt.. He was born on our family farm, the site of the McColl Cemetery, to Duncan and Julia McColl in early 1823. His father died in Aug 1822 before he was born, He enlisted in Detroit, Michigan. He died and is buried at the Dayton Ohio solders home)Dayton National Cemetery. (April 12, 1880)
He also served during the Mexican war from Dec 14, 1846- Aug 9, 1848 at the Baton Rouge Barracks, Louisiana armory as a member of the Ordnance department . (information supplied by Don McColl)
McKAY, Abner – 29th Regiment Michigan Infantry Company “B”
McKAY, Gilbert – 14th Regiment Michigan Infantry Company “A”
McKENZIE, Jeremiah – Company B, Michigan 3rdCavalry Regiment
McLAUGHLIN, Dr. Miar – Assistant Surgeon, McDougal Civil War Army Hospital at Fort Schuyler, Throgs Neck, The Bronx, New York
McMICHAEL, Charles Patton – 7th Regiment Michigan Cavalry Company “I”
McMILLAN, Neil – likely 10th Regiment Michigan Infantry Company “B”
McNABB, Duncan – 3rd Michigan Cavalry Company “M”
Sons of James MERRILL of Malahide. James rebelled in the Upper Canada Rebellion and fled to the Ohio. His sons were born in Malahide and served in the Civil War while residing in Grand Mound, Clinton, Iowa
MERRILL, John R., 26th Iowa Volunteer, Co. I
MERRILL, Marcus “Mark” Harrison, 8th Illinois Cavalry, Co. L,
MIDDAUGH 4 Brothers
- Nelson Middaugh -2nd Regiment California Cavalry Company “I”
- Charles “Walter” Middaugh – 4th Regiment Michigan Cavalry Company “I”
- George Middaugh – 4th Regiment Michigan Cavalry Company “A”
- Aaron Middaugh -10th Regiment Michigan Infantry Company “I’
– 9th Regiment Michigan Cavalry Company “H”
– 23th Regiment Veteran Corp Company “D”
– 6th Regiment US Cavalry Company “C”
MINARD, William Eli – 28th New York Infantry
– 49th New York Infantry
MILLER, David – 2nd New York Heavy Artillery
– 22nd Independent Battery of New York Light Artillery.
MULLER, George – Resident of Springfield – died in 1922, Mason
NICHOLS, Thomas Henry 2nd Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Company “A”
NICKERSON, David Robert – 9th Regiment Minnesota Infantry Company “C”
NIGHTINGALE, Antoine aka Antoine Rossignol- 13th Michigan Infantry Company “K”
NIGHTINGALE, Charles R- 13th Michigan Infantry Company “K”
O’NEILL, Thomas – 56th Regiment Pennsylvania Infantry Company “B”
– Union Gunboat Paw Paw
PACE, Wilson Henry – 7th Michigan Cavalry Company “H”
PALMER, Selden Haines – 10th Ohio Cavalry Regiment Company ‘K”
– 2nd Ohio Heavy Artillery Regiment Company “E”
PRESTON, Jeremiah – 7th Regiment Michigan Cavalry Company ‘H”
PURDY, Jeremiah – 7th Regiment Michigan Cavalry Company “H”
PURDY, John – 8th Regiment Ohio Infantry Company “D”
– 55th Regiment Ohio Volunteer Veterans Infantry Company “C”
RAPELJE, Daniel Barclay – 6th Regiment. Michigan Cavalry Company “F”
– 1st Regiment Michigan Cavalry Company “K”
RAPELJE, George Henry or Hiram – 77th Regiment Ohio Infantry Company “D”
RICHMOND, Marieus M. – 16th New York Calvary (Sprague’s Light Calvary)
ROSS, David, Illinois
RYAN, Michael S. – likely Michigan
SHOWERS, Michael – 22nd Regiment Michigan Infantry, Company “A”
SMITH, Samuel -75th Regiment Indiana Infantry Company “C”
STANLEY, George – 41th Illinois Infantry Company “G”
STEELE, John – in a Regiment with McClellan’s “Army of the Potomac”
TEEPLE, Stephen – born Malahide about 1832 son of John TEEPLE who is buried at Roger’s Corners (1851) and was killed 24 March 1865 at North Carolina. – Enlisted at Iowa with brothers
THURSTON, Arba Oscar – 34th Regiment Illinois Infantry; Company “F”
– 19th U.S. Infantry,
– 14th Regiment Veteran Volunteers, Hancocks Veteran Corps.
TREADWELL, Abram – 21th Regiment Iowa Infantry Company “B”
TURRELL, Austin – 27th Michigan Regiment
TYLER, Emory – 107th Regiment New York Infantry Company “B”
WALKER, Henry Pinchery – 17th South Carolina Regiment Charleston Battalion Confederate
WALLACE, Octavius – 2nd Regiment Michigan Volunteers Company “I”
WEAVER, Peter W. – 115th Ohio Regiment Volunteer Infantry Company “C”
WHITESELL, John William – 32nd Regiment Iowa Infantry Company “H”
WHITESELL, William – 52nd Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry Company “G”
WHITNEY Father and Son
William E. Whitney (Father) -12th Michigan Infantry Company “G”
– 21th Michigan Infantry Company “I”
William W. Whitney (Son) -75th Illinois Infantry Company “B”
WILLIAMS, Richard Franklin_
Elgin County Veterans of the American Civil War 1861-1865
Jabez Abell was born 18 January, 1807 in Humberstone Township, Niagara District, Upper Canada, and was the eldest child of Daniel Abell (1784-1868) and Annis Bearss (1785-1865). At the outbreak of the War of 1812 his family joined the Black Creek Meeting of Quakers and moved to Pelham after the war ended. By 1825 Daniel had moved to Bayham Township Elgin County and shortly after to Malahide Township where Daniel resided on Lot 100 South Talbot Road. (Seville).
Jabez married on 11 June 1829 to Charlotte Tyrrell of Malahide, the daughter of Jesse Tyrrell, Jabez and Charlotte had three children, two of whom survived, prior to Charlotte’s death on 13 June 1835. Jabez then moved to the Brantford Upper Canada area where he worked for his brother-in-law Calvin Houghton who had a brick-making establishment and a tannery.
Jabez remarried on 3 June 1840 at Brantford Wesleyan Methodist Church to Susan Miller (1822-1898), who was the daughter of Jacob Miller and Elizabeth Dickhout of Ancaster Township.
Jabez, his family and Miller in-laws migrated to USA in the mid-1840’s, settling in Lee County Illinois. The family was listed in the 1850 census of Brooklyn Township. Lee County as Jabez, a farmer, wife Susan and children all born in Illinois, as Malissa age 6, John age 5, Malvina age 4. Benjamin age 3 and Mary age 1. Jabez was still farming in Brooklyn Township for the 1860 census with more children Henry age 7, Anna age 2 and Daniel age 1 along with John, Malvina, Benjamin and Mary. Jabez soon moved to the adjacent township of Viola, in Lee County.
Jabez Abell, of Viola, Illinois, enlisted on 13 August 1862 in the Union Army and began service on 25 August 1862 as a private in Company “I” of the 89th Illinois Infantry. He was mustered out on 27 August 1863. He died on 16 March 1866 and his wife Susan received a Widow’s Pension. Family records state: “He served in the Civil War and died from disease contracted therein”
His widow Susan was listed in the 1870 living in Viola Township (Melugin Grove Post office) with her son John and his wife . Susan Abell died on 16 December 1899.
Died about December 1st , Matthew ANDREWS, aged 19 years, second son of the Rev. Richard ANDREWS, of Yarmouth, Deceased listed in September, at Buffalo, in Mr. John Peterson’s Company G, Captain SISER, 116th Regiment New York Volunteers, Col. CHAPIN, in which his nemise occurred, on board ship, off Ship Island, while proceeding to the seat of war.
ARMSTRONG, Capt. William C.
Obituary From ST Times Journal , 1 August 1910, page. 1, column. 7
Died Capt. W.C Armstrong, 75 years, July 31, veteran of Crimean War and American Civil War; widow(er) of Mrs Sarah Armstrong, nee St John; father of Edward of the Herald in Duluth, George of Western Canada, Laura of the Southern Loan Company of St Thomas, Lillian a nurse in Detroit and Miss Winnie Armstrong of Duluth He died at the home of his nephew,
St John Adair in Toronto. William was born in Roscommon, Ireland in 1835; came to Euphemia Township, Lambton County with his parents in 1842; enlisted with the 100th Royal Canadian Regiment and went to Gibraltar when the Crimean war broke out. When the Civil War broke out he went to the States and enlisted in the Michigan Infantry, served through the whole war and obtained the rank of Captain; came to St Thomas in 1872 and was a conductor on the Great Western and Grand Trunk; retired 12 years ago, married in 1871 to Sarah St John, who died 19 years ago; funeral from Trinity Anglican church and burial Aug 2 to St Thomas Cemetery
He enlisted at Detroit on 15 August 1861 at Detroit Michigan as a First Sergeant
He joined the 9th Regiment Michigan Infantry Company “G” on 16 October 1861.
He was promoted to Full Second Lieutenant on 26 July 1862 and Full First Lieutenant on
27 February 1863. He became a Full Captain on 27 Sept 1864 and resigned from Company ”G” on 20 April 1865
His family (from 1881 and 1901 census) William Sr born 19 March 1835 wife Sarah born about 1852, children William Jr. born about 1874, George born about 1878, Laura born 24 December 1880, Lillian born 20 November 1884, Louis J. born 29 April 1886 and Sarah W. born 15 September 1895.
Nelson Austin was born 1 March 1836 at Bayham Township, Elgin, County and was the son of John Austin and Sarah Burley. He was listed as age 16 in 1851 Bayham Township census with siblings, William age 22, labourer born Canada West, Aaron age 19, Lavina age 11, Catherine age 7 and S. Ann age 2. The family lived near Lot 10 South Gore Concession Bayham. Nelson married Martha Johnson of Bayham Township in 1857 and they had a son Harvey born about 1858. Nelson headed for Michigan and is listed in the Leonard Township, Mecosta County (Big Rapids Post office) census of 1860 as age 23 and a farm laborer. He was living with his brother Aaron age 23 and Aaron’s wife Amelia age 23 and their son James L .age 3 months.
Nelson served in Merril’s Horse Regiment of the 2nd Missouri Cavalry Company “H” and at the time, he enlisted stated he was from Battle Creek Michigan. He returned to Mecosta County and on 29 March 1869 married Sefronia Declair who was age 19 in 1870 census of Austin Township Mecosta County with Nelson being listed as age 29.
They were listed in the 1880 census of Austin Township as Nelson Austin, age 44, farmer, parents born in New York State, wife Suphronia age 25, born Canada with children Carrie age 8, Jenne age 5 and Jessie age 2, all born in Michigan. In 1884, he was a farmer living on Section 29, Austin Township, Stanwood post office.
By the 1910 census he was living in Barton Township, Newaygo County and was age 74, married 40 year and a general farmer with wife Sophronia age 55.married 40 years. She had
3 children with none living. He died 3 May 1921 and is buried in Reynolds Township Cemetery, Montcalm Co. as is his wife Sophronia who died in 1936.
Nelson’s father John Austin was in First Regiment of East York Militia in 1828/9.
The area included the Town of York (Toronto) and Townships of York east of Yonge Street and Scarborough Township.
Alanson Avery Jr. was the son of Alanson Avery and Nancy Eglin and was born 31 May 1821 likely “En route” from New York State to Oxford County perhaps the Bay of Quinte area of Eastern Ontario as the Averys were moving from the Town of Johnstown, Fulton County to Oxford County. He was raised in West Zorra Township Oxford County Ontario but did not own any land in Zorra. He purchased 50 acres in Lot 186 North Talbot Road, Middleton Township, Norfolk County Ontario in March 1846. He sold the property on 25 November 1850 to Samuel Spicer for 42 Pounds. Whether he ever lived on the property is not known.
At the time of the 1851 census (January 1852) he was living at home with his parents (age 29 Occupation labourer) bothers Orin, William and Daniel and sister Eliza. He has not been found in the 1861 Ontario census nor has there been any other reference to him found in Oxford County. He might have gone to Michigan or Indiana (his uncle Cornelius Eglin was in Porter County Indiana. by 1850)
He enlisted on 24 September 1861 at Ellison Illinois as a private with “K” Company of Engineer Regiment of the West and arrived at Camp at Julian Missouri on 12 December 1861.
In August 1862 he was helping to remove wrecks on the Missouri River between Memphis and New Madrid. By Aug 1864 he was transferred to Company “B” of the First Regiment of the Missouri Engineers and was on detached serve at Chattanooga Tennessee in August 1864.
He was discharged as a private and artificer at Chattanooga on 1 November 1864.
He received land in Greenwood County Kansas under a US Government Act passed in 1870 providing land for Civil War Veterans. He received a free deed in August 1876 to the West 1/2 of North East 1/4 Quarter (80 acres) and the South East 1/4 of the North West Quarter (40 acres) of Section 33 in Township Number 26 South and Range 13 East (Pleasant Grove Township in the South East Corner of Greenwood County) The land is at the edge of the “Flint Hills” area east of Wichita (wheat growing and cattle grazing today in the area) (He sold this property in July of 1890 for $2500 and at the time declared himself a widower). He was married in Kansas for a short time but had no children.
By October 1884, he had retired to a small house in the hamlet of Toronto in Woodson County Kansas. In October 1888, he gave power of attorney to his brother Orin to dispose of his property in Sanilac County. At that time he declared himself a single man.
He purchased 2 lots in Toronto in August 1888 for $300 (He may have been living next door at the time) He sold these 2 lots plus an adjoining lot for $500 in April 1901 (He was living in Gladwin Michigan at the time and one of the witnesses was Milford E. Raymond, husband of his sister Catherine Avery Moore’s daughter Janet Moore Raymond.)
Alanson seemed to have had to apply a number of times for a Civil War pension.
The first record of an application was when he was still living in Kansas at age 58 years.
On 30 November 1879 a statement was given by John McNames age 50 and Peter McNames age 41, that they had known Alanson before he enlisted with the Missouri Engineers and that he was a strong, able bodied man free from disease. This statement was taken at Lexington in Sanilac County Michigan where both the McNames resided at that time.
Alanson next applied for a pension on 18 June 1886 at Coyville, Wilson County Kansas stating that the severe conditions of a march to New Madrid Missouri about 1 September 1863 had caused severe varicose veins in his legs. It appears that he was denied a pension as he made a further application on 28 June 1890 at Toronto, Woodson County Kansas.
This application seems to have been approved as he applied for an increase in his invalid pension on 21 August 1891 (age 70) stating that the small fingers of his left hand had been injured by a shell at Fort Madrid as well as having other disabilities of old age. In a statement in May 1893, a neighbour in Toronto Kansas, Henry Coburn, stated that Alanson had lived with him for 3 years, was disabled and did not partake of liquor. Alanson also stated that he had to be lead during a “March” for several days in 1862 between Johnsonville and Raymond Springs Tennesee because of blindness. He was still living in Toronto Kansas when his niece Henrietta Avery Beardsley (daughter of his brother Henry Avery) died in Toronto in April 1898. She had moved there about 1894 and had married in January 1896 and had been looking after him.
Alanson went to Gladwin Michigan, shortly after Henrietta’s death, where he lived with his niece Nina Moore Wright (another daughter of his sister Catherine Avery Moore) until she died in 1904. He applied for a pension increase in 1901 (age 80) stating he was unable to preform manual labour and at that time signed the Document with an “X” (up to an including 1898 he had been able to sign his name).
He moved to Croswell, Sanilac County Michigan after Nina Wright’s death and lived with his brother Orin and Orin’s daughter Eliza Martin until he died 3 November 1912 from kidney disease at Croswell. He was buried in Croswell Cemetery in the Orin Avery Plot At the time of his death it appears that he was drawing a pension of $20 per month
His obituary in the Croswell “Jeffersonian” stated he was a staunch Republican, a member of the United Brethren Church tho he united with the Baptist Church in Croswell, married while in Kansas but his wife had died many years before. The obit noted he was survived by his brother Orin, sisters, Mrs. Robert Moore of Idaho and Mrs L. Stevens of Chicago.
His estate valued at $1375 was left to his brother Orin and included a lot in Croswell.
Alanson was 6 foot 1/2 inch tall, had a light complexion and blue eyes. None of the rest of the family or any known relatives served in the Civil War.
BAILEY, Levi Leavitt
Levi Bailey was born in 1838 in Yarmouth Township Elgin County. His parents were Charles and Lucinda Bailey who Chatham, Argentieul County, Province of Quebec and who were Loyalist descendants from New York State. The family came to Yarmouth Township about 1835. Charles Bailey was listed in the 1842 census of Yarmouth as born in Canada, a farmer, and having 9 in the family. There is no 1851 Yarmouth census. Charles was assessed in August 1857 for School purposes, owning parts of Lots 9 and 10 Concession 8 (Lot 54 and 55 South of Talbot Road) Yarmouth Township with property valued at 900 pounds. Charles died between 1857 and 1861 as in the 1861 Yarmouth census his wife Lucinda Bailey was a widow age 46, Baptist. born Lower Canada. Her children all born Upper Canada (Ontario) still at home were Lucona age 22, Jeremiah age 18, Sarah E age 16, Cynthia age 14, Richard J. age 12, William R age 10, Mary M age 7 and Marion age 4.
The 1864 Tremaines map of Elgin shows as the estate of the late C. Bailey Lot 9 Concession 8, 200 acres and west part (1/4?) Lot 10 Concession Yarmouth Township Levi Bailey, giving his age as 23 was married on 13 December 1858 to Virginia Prien (?) of Yarmouth, who as born Canada and was the daughter of John and Sarah (Elgin County marriage records) It appears that Virginia died by 1860 as Levi shows up alone on the 1860 census of Kimball township St. Clair County Michigan (post office Port Huron) as age 24 and a farm laborer.
Levi giving his residence as Glen Arbor, Benzie County enlisted on 30 October 1862, at Pittsfield, Washtenaw County Michigan. He joined the 26th Michigan Infantry, Company “K” on 12 December 1862. He was promoted to corporal on 4 December 1863. He was wounded at the battle of Spotsylvania Court House, Virginia on 12 May 1864. He recovered in hospital in Alexandria. Another casualty sheet showed him being wounded crossing of the Rapidan and the Battle of the Wilderness. He was promoted to full sergeant on 15 May 1865. He was mustered out by special order on 3 June 1865. The 26th regiment was noted for being sharpshooters.
They were involved with the surrender of General Lee to General U.S. Grant and flanked the sides as the exchange of the flags occurred.
At the time of the 1870 census Levi was living in Chesaning, Saginaw County Michigan giving his age as age 30, single and was a hoop maker. He married Ellen Farley on 4 July 1871 in, Hazelton Township, Shiawassee County, Michigan. They had no children.
In the 1880 Levi was still living at Chesaning where he was a farmer and gave his age a as 43, wife Elvy gave her age as 24. Levi drew an invalid pension as of March 1881.
Levi died 16 January 1890 when he froze to death after he hitting his head when he fell off a wagon after returning from town. He was buried in Easton cemetery Chesaning. His wife received a widow’s pension starting in February 1891. She was listed in the 1890 census of Civil War Veterans and widows living at St .Charles Saginaw County. The census showed Levi Bailey serving in the 26th Michigan Infantry, Company ‘K” for 3 years. .
Levi Bailey siblings were:
Betsy born 1834 at Chatham, Quebec, married Miles E. Hoyt, Yarmouth
Alvira born 1835 at Chatham, Quebec, married Emmanuel Winters, of Charlotteville Township Norfolk county
Elsie born 1835, Quebec,
Lucona about 1838 Yarmouth
Charles born 1839, Yarmouth
Frederick born 1840, Yarmouth
Jeremiah Wilson, born 1841, Yarmouth
Ward l. born 1844 Yarmouth
Sara Ellen (Helen) born 1845 Yarmouth, married Alex Rapelje Son of Jerominus Rapleje and Jennetta Best
Cynthia born 1847, died 1933 Yarmouth married Jeronomous (Jerome) Rapelje, died 1917
Son of Jerominus Rapleje and Jennetta Best
Richard James born 1849, Yarmouth married Phoebe Vanhorn, St.Thomas
William born 1850 Yarmouth married Mary Ann Vanhorn, St.Thomas
Mary M born about 1854 Yarmouth
Marion born about 1857 Yarmouth
Anthony Baker was born 7 April 7 1812 in New Brunswick (enlistment papers say Maine), the probable brother of fellow Civil War veteran David Baker and, if so, the son of Simeon and Lydia (Woodworth) Baker of New Brunswick. After coming to Malahide Township Anthony later married ‘Sarah Ann’ on March 26, 1837 in Bayham Township, and he and his young family moved to Illinois about 1840. The 1850 census of Wyoming Township, Lee County, Illinois, shows the family with five children by that time. Sometime thereafter, and before 1856, he and his family moved with the family of his brother David Baker to Waterloo, Black Hawk County, Iowa, where they appear on the 1856 Iowa State Census.
With the outbreak of the Civil War, Anthony Baker enlisted as a Private on October 5, 1862 at the age of 53 and was mustered in on November 6, 1862, to Company A of the 37th Infantry Iowa Regiment. This regiment, known as the ‘Graybeard Regiment’, were all over the age of 45 and some were over 60 years of age. A special order was issued by the Secretary of War permitting their entering Federal service on the stipulation they should serve only guard and garrison duty. Despite this, while on duty guarding trains, they were attacked by guerillas in ambush and casualties occurred. Anthony Baker and the rest of the regiment were mustered out on May 24, 1865 at Davenport, Iowa. The regiment’s losses during its term of service were: Deaths from battle 3 ; Deaths from Disease 145; Wounded 2; Discharged 359.
Anthony Baker died on February 7, 1872 at Waterloo, Black Hawk County, Iowa.
His widow Sarah Ann (1817-1893), filed a Pension Application Claim on May 31, 1880.
The couple had a total of nine children.
David Baker was born June 5, 1819 at Houlton, Aroostook, Maine, reputed to be the son of Simeon and Lydia (Woodworth) Baker, of New Brunswick, and the nephew of both Rev. Samuel Baker and his brother Jesse Baker of Malahide Township. At some point David migrated from New Brunswick to the Talbot Settlement where he married Rebecca Abell on June 5, 1844, the daughter of Daniel and Annis (Bearss) Abell of Malahide Township. In early 1850 the David Baker family migrated to Wyoming Township, Lee County, Illinois and appear there on the 1850 census with their three young children living next to the family of David Baker’s cousin Anthony Baker, son of Jesse Baker of Malahide.
By 1857, the David Baker family had moved to Waterloo, Black Hawk County, Iowa, where he enlisted as a Private (born in Maine) on October 24, 1864 at the age of 45, in the 1st Independent Battery in the Iowa Light Artillery and mustered out as a Private the following summer on 5 July 1865 at Davenport, Iowa. David Baker’s eldest son, Adoniram J. Baker (listed as Judson A. Baker in military records) also served in the Union ranks.
Sometime between 1870 and 1880, the David Baker family moved to Howard Township, Elk County, Kansas, followed by a move later to Crawford, Dawes County Nebraska, where Rebecca (Abell) Baker died on December 27, 1905 and was buried at Moline, Elk Co., Kansas. David Baker died on November 25, 1906, at Crawford, Dawes County, Nebraska. The couple had 8 children.
BAKER, Judson A. (Adoniram J.)
Adoniram J. Baker (also known as Judson A. Baker), was born in Malahide Township, Elgin County, Canada West (later Ontario) in September of 1846, the eldest son of David and Rebecca (Abell) Baker. In early 1850 the family migrated to Wyoming Township, Lee County, Illinois, where he is listed as 3 year old ‘A.J.’ on the 1850 census. By 1857 his family had moved to Waterloo, Black Hawk County, Iowa, where he was listed on the 1860 Iowa census as “Adoniram J. Baker” age 13. Judson A. Baker enlisted as a Private, age 18, born in Canada, on September 28, 1864, in Company F of the 7th Iowa Cavalry Regiment. The different companies of this regiment were scattered over a wide extent of territory, garrisoning frontier posts, guarding lines of travel and telegraph, and having frequent engagements against the Indians. Judson A. Baker was mustered out on 30 November 1865 at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
Judson A. Baker married, on April 22, 1871, at Buchanan County, Iowa, Minerva Tripp, but he died just over a year later on August 4, 1872, at Howard Township, Elk County, Kansas.
His widow remarried on June 10, 1874 at Independence, Buchanan County, Iowa, to Cassius M. Stockwell. Judson A. Baker left one son, Samuel Baker.
BERRY, “Captain” MARK
Mark Berry was born on 25 September 1843 near Haslemere. Sussex County England
He was the son of John and Ganer Berry and came to Canada in 1852, his father dying en route.
His mother and the other children went to Port Stanley, Elgin County in 1855.
In 1859 Mark went sailing on the Great Lakes out of Buffalo New York. He joined the Union Navy in April 1861 at Buffalo as an ordinary seaman and served on the USS Santee.
He was wounded during the battle of Galveston (Texas). He was in the battle of New Orleans, as part of a landing party that tore down the Confederate flag from the Court House and ran up the Union Stars and Strips. He was discharged at Boston on 12 September 1862.
For several years after his discharged, he sailed to Africa, St Helena and South America. He returned to Port Stanley and married Mary Ann Hough on 1 January 1868 at the English church in St Thomas. They had 10 children of whom 8 lived to adulthood.
He sailed out of Port Stanley for a long time on sailing schooners on all the Great Lakes and earned the name “Captain Mark Berry”. About 1890 he retired from the lakes and operated a fishing boat out of Port Stanley. He was listed in the 1901 census of Port Stanley with wife Mary daughters Tillie and Gladys and son Joseph, occupation mariner and in the voters list was living on the west side of Colborne street. He and his crew of the fishing boat “Hattie Berry” were hailed as heros for their rescue of 4 men stranded for three days when their boat ran out of fuel on Lake Erie in August 1914. Mark also opened a general store in Port Stanley and also worked for the Pere Marquette railway at St Thomas.
He applied for a Civil War pension in March 1907 and again in June 1926, this time saying he had been an invalid for the past 2 years. In September 1938,at the age of 94, he went to Gettysburg Pennsylvania for a eight day reunion of the “Blue and Gray” forces of the Civil War.
He died on 10 May 1939 at age 95 in Port Stanley and was buried in Braynes Cemetery
Lot 14 Range 1 South of Union Road, Southwold Township with his wife Mary Ann 1848_1933 and several of his children. His five daughters at his 6oth wedding anniversary in 1927 were
Mrs William Southern of Detroit, Mrs Arthur Johnson of St Thomas, Mrs Darman Anthony of Buffalo NY, Mrs Edward Relish of Buffalo and Mrs William Gotham of Bridgeburg and all survived him when he died in 1939. His 3 adult sons Ernest, John and Joseph (killed in WWI) predeceased him. Son Ernest of Buffalo was living in 1927. He had 9 grandchildren.
BRADT, Christopher aka BROTT, Christopher
Christopher Brott was pensioner, born May 1833 in New York State (1900 census of Ward 2 Mason, Ingham County Michigan). His wife was listed as Elmira Brott born February 1836 in Vermont, married 33 years with three child and one living .
He was listed as Christopher Brott in the 1890 Veterans census of Mason, Ingham County as a private with the 6th Michigan Cavalry enlisting 11 September 1862 and mustered out 10 July 1865 having served 2 years 9 months and 29 days.
He was in Mason for the 1880 census age 46 born New York “works on track” , wife Phebe age 44 born Vermont (no children listed)
Obit St Thomas Daily Times, 11 June 1910, Page 5, col 1 copied from Rodney Mercury
Died at the home of his sister in Clachan where he had lived for the past 9 months _ Christopher BRADT, 80 years, June 8, brother of Mrs M. (Margaret) PRICE of Clachan and Mrs S. McMILLAN of Alberta; born in Canada; American Civil War Veteran, joined in 1862, honourably discharged and settled in Michigan until a year ago; in receipt of a pension from the US government Funeral to Purcell Cemetery, service at the house by Rev D. Barnett; pallbearers were John McLarty, Andrew Allan, Robert Johnston, Alex McIntyre, Patrick Doyle and Alex Campbell.
No monument found in Purcell cemetery in Aldborough ownship_
His sister, Margaret Bradt Price was born 7 April 1843 and in the 1881 census of Orford Township, Kent County and was married to James Price age 59. She was in Aldborough Township, Elgin County for the 1901 and 1911 census and was widow in both. She had at least 4 children.
BROWN, Hiram Partlo
Hiram Brown was born in Upper Canada on 4 October 1841 and was the son of Benajah Mallory Brown and Elizabeth Partlo. Benajah Brown was in the 1828 Militia Rolls for Malahide Township Elgin County. Benajah’s older brother, Walter Brown stayed in Malahide while Benajah migrated to Missouri before the Civil War and his sons ended up in the Confederate Army.
In the 1860 census Benajah was in Carroll County Missouri, Mandeville Post Office age 56, farmer, born New York State, real estate worth $960 and chattels worth $345 with wife Elizabeth age 51, born Canada and children all born Canada, Oscar O. age 21, Hiram J. age 18 and Miles O. age 13. In the 1870 census of Lafayette Township, Clinton County Missouri, Plattsburg Post Office, Banajah was listed as a farmer, age 64, born Canada with wife Elizabeth age 63, born Vermont. With them was son Miles age 23, farm laborer born in Canada.
The next family listed in the census was Hiram Brown age 28, farmer born Canada, wife Elizabeth age 24, born Missouri and children George born Missouri age 5, Mary E. age 4 born Illinois and Ann age 2 born Missouri.
From “The History of Clinton County, Missouri, 1881, vol. 2, p. 205
“Hiram Brown, farmer, patentee and manufacturer of the Floral Washer, section 8, post office Stewartsville, was born in Canada West, Elgin County, October 4, 1841, and was reared and educated in his native state until sixteen years of age. In 1853, he accompanied his parents to Carroll County, Missouri, where he followed the painting business. In 1861, he enlisted in the Confederate service, and was detailed as a pilot. He participated in the engagements at Boonville and Lexington, and in 1862, returned to Carroll County, and was united in marriage with Miss Lizzie Teeter, a native of Missouri, born July 28, 1845.
In the autumn of 1863, he removed to Illinois, near Quincy, engaged in farming for two years and in 1865, came to this county and settled near Stewartsville, and in 1867, purchased his present property, comprising forty acres of well improved land.
In 1877, Mr. Brown invented the Floral Washer, a machine of superior merit, and the trade he has built up is a sufficient guarantee of its usefulness and labor saving qualities.
Their family consist of seven children living; George W., Mary, Anna E., Adda D., Effie M.,
James O. and Charles H. Lost one son, Willard P. Mr. and Mrs. Brown are members of the Baptist Church.”
BROWN, Miles O’Riley
Miles was born at Upper Canada about 1846 the son of Benajah Malery Brown (who was in the 1828 Militia Rolls for Malahide Township) and Elizabeth Partlo. In 1860 and 1870 census he was age 13 and 23, single and was living with his parents (see Hiram Brown)
Civil War Pension filed in Missouri, widow Mary C. Brown
BROWN, Orange Oscar
He was born at Upper Canada about 1839 (ref 1860 census) son of Benajah Malery BROWN who was in the 1828 Militia Rolls for Malahide Township and Elizabeth Partlo. Oscar’s age given as 21 in 1860 census, living with parents. He enlisted with the Confederate army as private in the
9th Regiment of Missouri Cavalry (Elliot’s) Company “G”
BURWELL, John Rice
John Rice Burwell was born on 21 February 1838 in Dunwich Township Elgin County and was the son of Lewis Burwell and Levonia Williams and grandson of James Burwell.
Giving his residence as Gratiot County Michigan John enlisted at Ithaca Michigan on 19 August 1861 in the 8th Regiment Michigan Infantry as a private. He was killed by a Confederate sharpshooter on 16 June 1862 at James Island South Carolina.
In 4 years of service from 1861 to July 1865, when the regiment was disbanded, the regiment lost 223 soldiers killed in action and another 226 who died from disease.
Lewis Burwell was a mason for Col. Thomas Talbot and died 16 September 1855.
Levonia Burwell later moved to Southwold Township and then to the hamlet of Fingal.
She drew a Civil war pension for many years before dying on 21 January 1912 at age of 97 years .
She was buried in the Fingal cemetery with her husband Lewis.
Siblings of John Rice Burwell were Maria (Johnson), Jane (Berdan) Peter, Richard, Hercules, Samuel and Amy (Kennedy). Maria‘s husband Howard Johnson also served with the Union forces in the Civil War.
John Chase was born about 1822 (census) in Ontario and was the son of Walter Chase 1802- 1875) and Nancy Secord (1801-1876) of Yarmouth Township Elgin County.
He married Amanda Deo, both of Yarmouth Twp on 21 June 1843 witnesses John Tuttle and David Moore (London district marriage records). Amanda was born in 1826 in Elgin County likely near New Sarum, Yarmouth township and was the daughter of Nathaniel Deo (1792-1839/40 died New Sarum) and Ann Stone (or Storm)(1793-1872).
The Chase family was listed in the 1851/2 census of South Dorchester Township, Elgin County, John Chase age 30, Methodist Episcopal Church, wife Amanda age 26. children Albert age 8, Allice age 7, Charles age 7, With them Ann Chase age 52 (John’s mother note “Ann” was often used instead of “Nancy”) and Caroline Deo age 15 all born Canada West.
They were living in the vicinity of Lot 23 Concession 11 /12 South Dorchester.
The family moved to North Branch, Lapeer County Michigan in 1856. The family was listed in the 1860 census of North Branch Township as John Chase age 38, farmer, wife Amanda age 34, children George A. age 16, farmer, Alice age 14 and Charles age 12, all born Canada.
John enlisted in the Union army at North Branch on 12 October 1861 giving his age as 44 and on 6 February 1862 was attached to 10th Michigan Infantry Company “F”. He fell off a boat and drowned in the Ohio river while in service on 1 December 1862. His wife Amanda drew a pension as of September 1863 and a ‘minor”pension until April 1869.
The 1870 census of North Branch listed Charles Chase age 22, farmer, born Canada,
his wife Eveline age 19 and their 3 month old son Robert J. With them Mande Bennett age 46, born Canada and John Chase age 9 born Michigan (Amanda had remarried and her son John was born about the time John Chase joined the Army)
Amanda died 12 June 1906 and her death certificate lists her as Manda Chase. She is buried in Maple Grove Cemetery North Branch.
CLAY, W. George
George Clay was born 24 October 1819 in New York State likely near Plattsburg.
He married to Agnes Segal on 1 January 1856 at Phelpstown, Ingram County Michigan.
She was born 27 January 1832 in Germany.
George lived at Williamston, Ingham County Michigan at the time of his enlistment and enlisted at Jackson Michigan on 7 April 1865 at age 44 with 15th Regiment Michigan Infantry Company “U” as a private and as a substitute for Russell Hammond of Wheatfield, Ingham County.
Two soldiers of his company stated that “They traveled together from Jackson to Harts Island where they went into barracks. There George Clay spent his time digging a well and wheel borrowing dirt. He took sick as he had been worked too hard on the army rations of which he was unaccustomed to and of which they did not have enough of.” The next day the company went by steamer to Morehead City North Carolina where he was very sick, he was then taken back to Davids Island. He died on June 1865 at De Camp General Hospital at Davids Island in New York Harbour New York of phthisis pulmonalis and chronic diarrhea and was buried in the National Cemetery, Brooklyn New York, Grave #3055
Agnes received a Civil War pension after the death of George Clay for the rest of her life and died 23 March 1920 at Saginaw Michigan. They had 3 children, Celia born Nov 11 1856, John L. born Nov 27 1858 and Edwin G. born June 24 1861.
Georges’ father, Paul Clay was born 24 June 1792 in Vermont and served in an Infantry regiment from New York in the war of 1812/14. He received warrants for 160 acres of land at Plattsburg for his militia service. Paul was married at Plattsburg N.Y in 1813 to Sarah Rand who born 14 April 1796 in the USA. Paul died 14 June 1871 and Sarah died 25 April 1881. Both died in Southwold Township, Elgin County and were buried in the Fingal cemetery, Southwold Township. Sarah drew a pension from the US government as a widow of a soldier in the war of 1812. Paul Clay had purchased the North ½ of Lot 10, North Talbot Road Southwold Township (100 acres) in November 1828 tho he may have been there as early as 1821.
Ogden was born about 1847 in Bayham Township. His parents were Samuel Clow-1881 and Wilmot Jane Nickerson 1818-1857. The family was not listed in 1851 Bayham census (they lived in the south part of Township, census lost for that portion). Samuel Clow remarried Amelia Collins, both Bayham residents on 13 April 1857. The 1861 Bayham census listed “Clown”, Samuel age 49, labourer, born England, wife Amelia age 50, no one else in household. The 1871 Bayham census, listed Samuel Clow age 58, laborer,wife Amelia age 58 living in the area west of Port Burwell (near Hollywoods on Nova Scotia street).
Ogden served Company 123rd Ohio Infantry Regiment enlisted 22 May 1861 born about 1843 Company “E” and the 12th Maryland Infantry Regiment Company “E” 20 V R C.
Ogden Clow was listed as age 23 single, works in saw mill. in the 1870 census in Attica Township, Lapeer County Michigan, Mill station post office. Ogden’s residence in 1876 was Dayton Montgomery County Ohio. In 1880 census Harrison Montgomery County Ohio “Ogden” Clow age 38, single, barber. Ogden died 1 June 1887 Dayton Ohio. Ogden’s Civil War pension record pension was received by father Samuel Clow .
obit St Thomas Daily Times 13 January 1912, Page 1, col 5 Died Thomas Coffey, Jan 13 , Civil War Veteran , died in the International Hotel, St Thomas where he was proprietor; lived in St Thomas 40 years; born Sligo County, Ireland and came to America when 14 years old; located in New York and worked as a silk weaver in the mills of A. P. Stewart at Patterson, New Jersey; when he was located at Trenton, New Jersey, the U. S. Civil War broke out and he enlisted in the Federal Army. Saw active service and at the battle of Wilderness was wounded and again at the battle of Gettysburg. Came to St Thomas in 1872 and went into partnership with Mr. Shaw in conducting a hop yard where Still’s mill is now located. He went to work for B. F. Queen in a hotel, then conducted the Martin House on Talbot St west and then to the Western Hotel on St Catharine Street. He sold the Martin house to his son. Joseph Coffey and he went to Niagara Falls, Ontario conducting a hotel there. Returned at the end of the year to take over the Balmoral Hotel for a year and then purchased the International Hotel and with his son, Robert conducted this until his death. Survived by wife, (Mary tho not named); father of 2 sons and 1 daughter, Robert of the International Hotel and Joseph of the Loney House at Port Stanley and Mrs Mark Vincent a GTR (Grand Trunk Railroad) conductor of Station St. Funeral Jan 15 from the home of his son Robert Coffey, 9 Alma St to Holy Angels’ Church.
Thomas enlisted as a private at New York City on 11 March 1864 and joined the 25th Regiment of New York Cavalry Company “E” on 14 April 1864 . He was promoted to full Sergeant on 1 June 1865 and mustered out on 27 June 1865 at Harts Island, New York City Harbor.
The 1881 census of St Thomas, listed Thomas Coffee, age 48, teamster, born Ireland, Catholic, wife Mary age 28, born USA, children Joseph age 9 born USA, Mary age 7 born Ontario, Robert age 5 born Ontario,
Thomas was buried plot 185 in the Holy Angels’ Cemetery at St Thomas, Thomas Coffey -1912. wife Mary Coyne 1850-1917 and sons Joseph and Robert
Henry Crane was born in 1841 about Lot 22, Range 2 North of Edgeware Road, Yarmouth Township and was the son of Jacob Marsh Crane (born 1799 in Bertie Township Welland County and died 1861 in Lapeer County Michigan) who married Mary Ann Winter on 3 January 1832 in St Thomas. Henry moved with the family moved from Yarmouth Township (between 1857 and 1860) to Thornville, Dryden Township, Lapeer County Michigan. He was listed in the 1860 census of Dryden (July 1860) as age 19 and a labourer.
Henry Crane enlisted at Dryden on 16 August 1861 giving his residence as Dryden and his age as 20. He joined as private in the 1st Michigan Cavalry, Company ‘L” on 6 September 1861.
He died on 30 November 1861 at Washington D.C and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Henry’s mother Mrs. Mary Ann Crane made a pension claim as Henry died of typhoid fever contracted in the time of duty, and had long been an invalid. The claim was admitted on 3 Aug 1865, for $8.00 per month, commencing 30 Nov 1861. (Henry’s father husband had died 10 Jun 1861.)
Henry’s siblings were Stephen born 1833, Elizabeth (Betsy) born 1834, Rachel born 1836, Alma born about 1839, Phoebe J. born 1844, Jacob Marsh born 1847, Mary Ann born 1850 and David born 1856, all born Yarmouth Township. He was a first cousin of Perry Crane who also served in the civil war. The Crane family genealogy can be found on the internet at crane.heritagedb.org
Perry Crane was born 15 October 1837 in Yarmouth Township Elgin County and was the son of Isaac Crane (1805-1881) and Sarah Esther Herrick (1813-1899) who lived on Lot 21 Range 2 North of Edgeware Road. He was one of ten children.
Perry moved in 1857 to Brant Township Saginaw County Mich buying 80 acres of land.
He was listed in the 1860 census of Brant Township, St Charles post office, age 22 and a carpenter. He was living with his cousin Stephen Crane, a farmer whose his wife was Catherine Ann Best.
Perry enlisted at East Saginaw City on 16 July 1860 as a private in First Michigan Infantry. Company “F” He was mustered out as a corporal on 13 July 1863 at Philadelphia because of severe wounds that he received at Battle of Gaines Mills (aka the First battle of Cold Harbor) on 27 June 1862. This battle in Virginia was won by the Confederate forces.
Family History noted he was captured by Confederate Forces while he was in field hospital and spent 25 days in Libby prison. After a parole he spent five months in hospital in Philadelphia.
He received an invalid pension on 24 February 1863.
In 1863, he married Susan Elizabeth Caughill (3 March 1844-21 February 1891). She was the daughter of Alex Caughill and Mary Mann of Yarmouth Township.
Perry farmed in Section 20, Brant Township and eventually owned 240 acres of land, built a hardware store in Brant and was a Brant Township Supervisor and clerk-treasurer.
He married secondly on 24 November 1891 to Phoebe Berry (December 1840-June 1907)
Perry died in Brant Township on 29 September 1913 and was buried in the Brant Township cemetery. Perry and Elizabeth had five children, William H. (1864-1937), Sherman (1865-1898), Ida “Mae” (1867-1954), Minnie K. (1870-1939) Jessie N. (1874-)
Perry Crane was first cousin to Henry Crane who also served in the Civil War.
The Crane family genealogy can be found on the internet at crane.heritagedb.org
COOKSON, Calvin Wilbert
Calvin Wilbert Cookson was born on 8 September 1845 at Linneus, Restisouke County, Maine USA and was the son of Calvin Grey Cookson and Mary Dow. The family came to Vienna, Elgin County in April 1862 where Calvin Sr became a lumber dealer.
Calvin Jr. went to Buffalo New York and enlisted as a private on 29 October 1863 in the 24th Regiment New York Cavalry Company “D”. He was promoted to full corporal on 1 May 1865 and transferred to First Provisional Cavalry Company “D” on 17 June 1865. He was mustered out on 19 July 1865 at Clouds Mills, Virginia.
Calvin returned to Vienna and married 8 November 1868 to Sarah Harvey who was the daughter of Henry and Jane Harvey of Houghton Township Norfolk County. He lived in the Vienna for 23 years before moving to Concession One, Bayham Township (Nova Scotia line) before 1900. He was the first inspector of the Port Burwell Harbour development scheme and had cleared the right of way for Tillsonburg and Lake Erie Railway between Port Burwell and Tillsonburg.
He died 14 September 1930 at age 85 and was buried in St Lukes Cemetery at Vienna with his wife Sarah who died in 1923. His surviving children included Frank born about 1869 and who in 1930 lived in Batavia New York, Nellie (Mrs. A J McKibbin) born about 1877, Flossie (Mrs. Leslie Bradley) born 9 March 1881, Cora P (Mrs. William Price) born about 1885. Three of Calvin’s children predeceased him, William Henry born 1886 and died 1919, Mary J. born 1872 and died 1875 and Anna Belle born 1874 and died 1881.
Joseph was born May 1835 in England and came to the US in 1860. He enlisted as a private on 29 July 1862 at age 27 at Lexington Michigan in the 22th Regiment Michigan Infantry Company “K”. He was discharged because of wounds on 2 June 1864 at Detroit.
He married Phebe A. Purdy of Vienna Elgin County who was born November 1835 and was the daughter of Obadiah Purdy and Priscilla Anderson who lived Lot 16 Concession 3 Bayham Township Elgin County. Phebe’s brothers Jeremiah and John Purdy both served in the Civil War (see their bios in this publication).
In 1870 and 1880 Joseph was a wagon maker in Lexington Township, Sanilac County Michigan and in 1900 was farmer in Bridgehampton Township, Sanilac. They had 8 children in 1900, all born in Michigan, Ann, John, Elias, Catharine, Amelia, William, Obadiah and a second Amelia who died before 1879. Joseph died between 1900 and April 1904 when Phebe drew a widow’s pension $12 per month. Joseph Daw was buried at the East Marion Cemetery Sanilac County.
DRAPER, William Pitt, Michigan Volunteers
On Saturday, the 4th February last, at the residence of his brother, (Capt. James DRAPER), in Toledo, Ohio, of Chronic Dysentery, Wm. P. DRAPER, fourth son of Isaac DRAPER, Esq. of the Township of Bayham, County of Elgin, C.W.
The subject of this memorium, was connected to the 3rd Regiment Michigan Volunteer Infantry, was with his regiment in eleven different engagements, and proved himself a brave soldier. He was taken prisoner at the battle of the “Wilderness,” contracted his disease in the prison at “Andersonville,” until exchanged in November last, when he was removed to Annapolis Hospital, from thence to Toledo, by his affectionate brother. All that skillful medical aid with kind nursing, failed to invigorate his prison-exhausted friend. The Christian community, with many attached friends, deeply sympathize with his aged parents, in this severe trial. They at present reside in Vienna in this County. Peace to the ashes of this brave soldier and honest man.
ELSWORTH , Benjamin (Ellsworth)
Benjamin was born probably in Malahide Township Elgin County on 8 October 1827 and was the son of Harden Elsworth who was born in New Brunswick and Margaret Jones born in Ontario. Hardin / Harding Ellsworth was listed in 1842 census of Malahide Township.
Benjamin was married to Sarah Ann Pearson in Bayham Township on 7 Oct 1851 by Rev. Griffin. Sarah was the daughter of Joseph Pearson and Mary Ellis, both born in Yorkshire, England and both long time Bayham residents arriving between 1831 and 1835. Both were buried in Firby Cemetery in Malahide Township.
The Ellsworths were listed in the 1851 Bayham Township census as Benj. Elsworth age 23, occupation carpenter and wife Ann age 20. They are listed in the 1861 Bayham census as Benj. Ellsworth age 34, labourer, wife Sarah age 32 born England and children Joseph age 9 and Mary age 3. They moved to Tuscola County Michigan in 1861 where daughter Sarah Ellen was born in Tuscola Co. Benjamin enlisted in the Union army on 23 August 1861 at Monroe Michigan for 3 years, giving his age at 30. He was mustered in on 27 August 1861 into the 7th Michigan Infantry Regiment. “E” Company. He was discharged for disability on 29 April 1862. He died on 22 March 1864 and is buried in Almer Township Cemetery, located at Highway M-18 and the Deckerville Road Tuscola County.
After the death of Benjamin, his widow Sarah married Charles F. Hartley from Malahide on 1 August 1867 in St. Thomas Elgin County. The 1871 Bayham census lists her as Sarah Elsworth with her children from both Benjamin and Charles Hartley. After Charles Hartley died in 1875, Sarah moved back to Tuscola County about 1878. By June 1890 she drew a government pension for Benjamin’s military service. She died 4 October 1920 in Tuscola County.
FERGUSON, Danforth Edward
Danforth was born on 24 February 1848 to John Abbott Ferguson and Elizabeth Thurston Tomlin who lived on Lot 20 Concession 5 in Malahide Township, Elgin County.
He served in the Civil War in the Union army under the name of “Peter Cady” enlisting in Company “C” of the 86th Regiment of the New York Infantry at Sennett New York on
25 August 1864 as a private, giving his age as 26. He was mustered out at Washington D.C. on 27 June 1865. He was listed in the 1881 census of Malahide as age 32, a farmer with wife Isadora (Dora) Berdan age 24 and children Isadora (Dora) age 7, Catherine age 5 and Louisa age 5. Isadora was the daughter of Jacob Berdan and Lucinda Hunter.
On 4 June 1891 in Michigan, he drew a pension for service in the 86th Regiment under the name of Peter Cady alias Danforth Ferguson. He was listed in the 1891 Town of Aylmer census as age 44 but his wife was not listed with him. In 1901 he was living in Aylmer with his daughter Dora. His wife Dora died 6 November 1906 and was buried in Luton cemetery (Malahide Twp). He died in Aylmer Elgin County on 15 March 1918 and was buried in an unmarked grave in Luton Cemetery. His obit stated that he had been an invalid since the end of the Civil War, and was survived by daughters Dora Willison (Charles) of Aylmer and Mrs Cassell of Cleveland Ohio.
FERRIN, Dr. Samuel Abbott
He was born in St Thomas, Elgin County on 19 January 1831,the son of Samuel and Harriet Ferrin. In the 1842 census, Samuel Sr. was a grocer in St Thomas (Yarmouth Township) his father was listed as general merchant and in the 1851 census Samuel Sr. was listed as a general merchant and Samuel Jr was listed as a tinsmith.
Samuel Jr. went to the USA where he graduated from Rush College in Chicago as a doctor. He went into practice in Highland Iowa with his brother in law, Dr. Andrew, but moved to Montford, Grant County Wisconsin by 1857. He enlisted as an assistant surgeon on 14 September 1864 with the 32nd Wisconsin Regiment. He resigned because of disability on 11 May 1865 where upon he undertook his old medical practice at Montford, but found the duties were too heavy for his constitution.
In 1871 he was elected to Wisconsin State legislature but the workload took its tole and he died, age 44 years 2 months and 10 days on 29 March 1875 at Mineral Point Wisconsin.
He was survived by his wife Mary who he married about 1853 and 4 children, Elizabeth born about 1853 in Canada, Charles born about 1855 in Canada and Frank born about 1857 and Samuel born about 1859 in Wisconsin.
He was also survived by his mother and his sister Louisa H. born about 1822 in the USA who married David Parish of St Thomas on 5 September 1843. He also had a brother Edward born about 1844. Ref Obit from Canadian Home Journal of 14 May 1875 (published St Thomas) and census and marriage records
FREEMAN, William L., son of Leonard FREEMAN of Malahide and Elgin Co., settled Indiana by 1850 – Died Valparaiso, IN Feb 1906.
GEDDES, 5 Brothers
Alexander Geddes and his wife Elizabeth Careless had twelve children, seven sons, five of whom of whom served in the civil war. Alexander was born 19 December 1799 in London England and married Elizabeth on 9 September 1926 in Edinburgh Scotland. The five oldest children were born in Scotland. Between April 1836 and December 1837, the family came to Ontario, with William, Charles, Andrew and John being born at or near St Thomas. By the time of 1851 census, Alexander and some of the family were in Westminster Township Middlesex County. By 1853 or 1854 Alexander and some of family were back in St. Thomas. Shortly after 1860 Alexander and family when to Iowa settling at Vinton, Benton County.
Elizabeth died 9 March 1873 at Vinton. In the 1880 census Alexander was a widower living with his son James, still at Vinton Iowa. Alexander died 25 October 1883 at Ames Iowa.
The daughters of Alexander and Elizabeth were
-Hannah Patricia born 13 October 1829 at Edinburgh died 1919 Vinton Iowa
She was listed in the 1851 St Thomas census as a servant.
-Catherine born 15 July 1831 at Edinburgh married Jacob Sutton in Ontario went to Iowa before 1855
-Margaret born 15 December 1837 in Ontario
-Elizabeth born 2 April 1851 in Ontario, died 1920 at Bremerton Washington State
-Wilhelmina born 12 October 1853 in Ontario, died 1922 in Colorado
Other sons were
-Alexander was born 39 January 1834 in Edinburgh. He married Margaret Fivies (Children?) He was listed, single living with a group of men, age 37 and occupation cook in the 1870 census of the second ward of San Francisco. He died 14 July 1870 at San Francisco.
He apparently worked for the Pony Express in the San Francisco area.(tho some sources state he too was in the Union army tho I (RGM) have not found any record of him)
-A William died young in 1836 (another child was also named William))
GEDDES, James Loraine
James was born 19 March 1827 in Edinburgh Scotland and came to Canada with the family. In 1843 he returned to Scotland and then went to India where he studied at Calcutta in the British military academy. He entered the British Army in the Royal Horse Artillery and distinguished himself in the Punjab campaign in the First Anglo-Afghan War, particularly at the Khyber Pass .
He came back to Ontario and married Margaret Moore on 14 October 1856 in Ontario.
He was a clerk at Black’s store in St Thomas. He was also a lieutenant, adjutant and drill-master with the St Thomas (Ontario) volunteer militia Cavalry. The Cavalry presented him with a purse of 27 pounds 10 shilling on 19 June 1857 in appreciation of his services. He likely moved to Vinton Iowa at that time where he taught school.
He enlisted at Davenport Iowa on 16 September 1861 and was commissioned as a Captain of the 8th Regiment Iowa Infantry. He was promoted to Full Lieutenant Colonel on 23 September 1861 and a Full Colonel on 7 February 1862. At the battle of Pittsburg Landing aka as Shiloh, his horse was shot from under him . He was wounded but kept directing his regiment in the “Hornet Nest”. He and his brother Andrew and 352 remnants of his regiment were captured by the Confederate forces. Both he and Andrew along with his regiment were imprisoned at Selma Alabama. Both tried to escape from a prison camp at Madison Georgia but were recaptured and confined under severe conditions. They were exchanged in October 1862.
In October 1863, he was given command of a brigade and sent to Brownsville, Texas . Subsequently, he served as the Provost Marshal of Federal occupied Memphis, Tennessee , which he saved from seizure by Confederate cavalry under Nathan Bedford Forrest.
He commanded a brigade in the Mobile Campaign and fought with distinction at the Battle of Spanish Fort. On 5 June 1865 Geddes was breveted a brigadier general of volunteers for his distinguished war service. He resigned from Company D on 30 June 1865, and was mustered out of the service at Selma Alabama on 20 April 1866.
After the war, James was principal of the Iowa College for the Blind at Vinton, and until his death was connected with the Iowa College of Agriculture at Ames, being military instructor and cashier in 1870-1882, acting president in 1875-77, librarian in 1877-78, vice-president and professor of military tactics in 1880- 82, and treasurer in 1884-87. He wrote a number of popular war songs, including The Soldiers’ Battle Prayer and The Stars and Stripes. He died 21 February 1887 in Ames and is buried at Vinton Iowa .
He and Margaret (who died May 1875 at Ames) had 6 children, Patricia, Phebe Ann,
James Lorraine, Margaret, Charles and Alexander.
William was born 15 May 1840 at or near St. Thomas Ontario. He went with the family to Vinton Iowa in 1858. He enlisted as a Second Sergeant on 9 August 1862 at age 22 and helped his brother James organize Company “D” of the 8th Iowa infantry. In as much as four of his brothers were already in the regiment he decided to enlist on 4 September 1862 in the 28th Regiment Iowa Infantry Company “D”. He was promoted to a Full Sergeant on 1 January 1863 and received a disability discharge on 11 April 1863 at Helena Arkansas because of a leg injury which occurred in a night march.
He returned to Vinton and married on 6 June 1867 to Amanda Jane Marine. After living in many areas of the country, he moved to Washington D. C. near his brother Andrew. He died 7 December 1919 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery tho no death date is given.
Charles was born 15 August 1842 at or near St Thomas Ontario. He went with the family to Vinton Iowa in 1858. He enlisted as a private on 25 February 1862 in the 16th Regiment Iowa Infantry Company “I”. He was wounded in the Battle of Shiloh in the left thigh but returned to his regiment. He was also wounded on 21 July 1864 during the Atlanta campaign which was fortunate for him as most of his regiment were captured the next day and held at the Andersonville prison. He was promoted to Full Sergeant on 4 September 1864 and Full First Sergeant on 4 June 1865 and a full Second Lieutenant on 5 June 1865. He was mustered out on 19 July 1865 at Louisville .
He went to Colorado looking for gold with his brothers and homesteaded in South Dakota and Nebraska. He married Helen May Hayward on 15 June 1875 at Red Oak, Iowa. They had 6 children, George, Charles. Bessie, Mary Murray and Earl. He moved to Beatrice, Gage County Nebraska in 1889 and followed his trade as a shoemaker. He was listed in the 1890 census of Civil War Veterans at Beatrice Ne. He died on 9 February 1932 at Beatrice and was buried in the Evergreen Home Cemetery at Beatrice.
GEDDES, Andrew J.
Andrew was born 17 August 1844 (other sources give October 1844) at or near St. Thomas. He worked for a time at the office of the Canadian Home Journal newspaper in St Thomas before moving to Chicago and eventually to Vinton Iowa where his parents lived.
He enlisted at Cedar Rapids Iowa on 24 April 1861 as a private in 1st Regiment Iowa Volunteers Infantry Company “K” giving his age as 18. He was mustered out of Company “K” on 21 August 1861. He joined the 8th Regiment Iowa Infantry Company “D”. With his brother James he was captured at Shiloh. He was in a prison in Montgomery Alabama in May 1862. After being exchanged, he was promoted on 1 October 1862 to Captain in the 8th Regiment as commissioned. It is said that he was the youngest captain in the Union forces. He was also at the battles of Springfield. Corinth, Vicksburg, Bradon and Spanish Fort (Ref C H J of 31 May 1866) On 1 July 1865 he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel. He would have been promoted to Full Colonel after his brother James resigned but the regiment was too depleted to warrant a full colonel. He stated that he was near General Nathaniel Lyon when the general was mortally wounded and had helped haul Totten’s battery guns off the field after the battle as all the horses had been killed. He was mustered out at Selma Alabama on 20 April 1866.
Andrew remained in the regular army for 14 years after the Civil War ended and at one time was stationed at a frontier post in Texas. He was commissioned as a Full Lieutenant in the
40th US infantry and later transferred to the 25th infantry. After being discharged he went to Washington D.C. and served as Chief Clerk of the Department of Agriculture and filled a number of other government positions. He was listed at Washington D C. in the 1890 census of Civil War Veterans. He married Florence Towers (who was born December 1859) and had 7 children,
4 of whom were living in 1900 (Elizabeth, Andrew, John, and Esther). He died 1 April 1921 and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery as Captain Andrew Geddes.
GEDDES, John Cook
John was born 5 March 1847 at or near St Thomas. He enlisted as a private in 18th Regiment Iowa Infantry Company “H” on 21 May 1864 giving his age as 18. He served as corporal as well. He enlisted in 47th Regiment Iowa Infantry Company “C” (“a 100 days regiment”) on 4 June 1864 and was mustered out on 28 September 1864 at Davenport Iowa.
He contracted pneumonia and measles during his service which led to consumption of which he died on 12 September 1867 at age of 20 in Arago Nebraska.(much info on the Geddes Bros courtesy of Sue Trout)
GRIFFIN, Jacob A.
Jacob was born 13 February 1834, the son of David and Catherine Griffin (nee Thomas) at Smithville, Welland County Ontario. The family moved to Bayham Township before 1842 where David was a farmer living on Lot 15 Concession 5. Jacob had siblings, Jonas born about 1831, Eliza Jane born about 1846 and David born about 1849.
Jacob was married at age 28 on 2 February 1862 to Elizabeth Richards age 18 born Bayham Township. She was the daughter of Joseph and Sarah Richards.
Jacob served in the Union army in the Civil war and drew a pension in 1911. He returned to Bayham and was listed in the 1871 census as Jacob age 37, hotel keeper with a wife Elizabeth age 27.
In 1881 census Jacob was still a hotel and store keeper in Bayham Township. Elizabeth died 2 November, 1886, aged 42 years and 14 days. Jacob remarried before 1891 to Letitia Ann Lambert, who was born October 1859. It appears that Jacob had no children from either marriage.
Jacob died in Straffordville, Bayham Township on 25 December 1915. His obit noted that, he was a Civil War Veteran; and an uncle of Mrs Charles Gagen, 733 Talbot St. in St Thomas. He was buried in St Lukes Cemetery Bayham Township as Jacob A. Griffin, 1834 – 1915 with his wives Laetitia Ann, 1859 – 1926 and Elizabeth.
GRIFFIN, Jonas A.
Jonas was born about 1831 at Smithville, Lincoln County, the son of David and Catherine Griffin (nee Thomas). The family moved to Bayham Township before 1842 where David was a farmer living on Lot 15 Concession 5. Jonas had siblings Jacob born February 1834, Eliza Jane born about 1846 and David born about 1849.
Jonas married in Bayham on 29 January 1854 to Ellen Melissa McShane (likely daughter of Barnabas McShane) They had a daughter Mary Francis born 25 January 1855 (who married Thomas Cooke and who died about 1935 at Port Huron Michigan). Ellen died 1855 in Bayham.
Jonas married secondly on 25 December 1861 in Elgin County to Lucinda Chamberlain daughter of David and Susan Chamberlain of East Oxford Township Oxford County.
(The Chamberlain family was listed in 1852 East Oxford Township census). He gave his age as 30 and hers given as 24. They had children Geneve E. born about 1861 and William F. born about 1869. They moved to Grand Rapids Michigan before 1864. Jonas enlisted on 29 February 1864 at Grand Rapids Michigan as a private in Company”G” 21th Michigan Infantry Regiment. He was transferred to Company “E” 14th Michigan Infantry on 9 June 1865 and was mustered out on 18 July 1865 at Louisville Kentucky (also given in records as discharged at Detroit Michigan as the war had ended)
The family was listed in the 1870 census of Ward 4 in Grand Rapids Michigan, Jonas age 39, wife Lucinda age 34, and children Geneve age 9 and William age 1. The family was still in Grand Rapids for the 1880 census where Jonas was a carpenter and Lucinda a dress maker. Jonas was listed in the 1890 veterans census in the Soldiers Home of Kent County Michigan, service time one year 4 months and 18 days (21th Michigan infantry). In the 1900 census, he was in Detroit, a house carpenter and stated he was divorced. Meantime in the 1900 census, Lucinda was still in Grand Rapids as a “lodger” born Canada, married at age 25 with 2 children both still living.
The 1910 census shows Jonas age 79, a widower in the Old Soldiers Home in Grand Rapids. Jonas entered the Home for Disabled Veterans at Dayton Ohio in March 1912 and left August 1912. The records show that he was 5 foot 6 inches tall with blue eyes, married, a carpenter and Protestant. His pension records shows him as an invalid on 6 January 1889 and his widow Lucinda living at 418 16th street Milwaukee Wisconsin on 28 March 1913.
Leonard was born about 1844 in Ontario and was the son of William and Ella Harder
From the booklet “Pioneer Days in Aldborough ( Elgin County)
“Crinan gave some of her sturdy sons for the cause of freedom and for the defense of their country. Messrs. Duncan MacNabb, Neil MacMillan, and Leonard Harder joined the Northern army during the rebellion in the neighbouring Republic and fought for the freedom of the slave. Leonard Harder gave his life for the cause.”
The Harder family was in Walpole Township, Haldimand County Ontario for the 1851 census and by 1859 were on Lot 22 Concession 2 Eastern Division, Aldborough Township, Elgin County. In the 1861 Alborough census, they were listed as William Harder age 45, a farmer with wife Ella age 38 and children Eliza age 21, John B. age 19 , Leonard age 17, a labourer, Adar age 15, Frederick age 7 and Lucy age 3.
Leonard enlisted on 22 August 1862 at Casco, St. Clair County Michigan in the 22nd Michigan Infantry Regiment Company “E”. He died of disease on 27 December 1862 at Lexington Kentucky and is buried in the Lexington National Cemetery, grave #131.
As his father and rest of the family were in Fairhaven Township, Huron County Michigan by the 1870 census, the family could have moved to St Clair County by 1862 and on to Huron County by 1870. The family was listed in the 1870 census as William Harder age 57, Ella age 51, children Fred age 16, Lucy age 13 and William age 11, all born in Ontario and Alfonso age 2 born in Michigan. It appears that the Harders lived in the section of Huron County which is now Windsor Township. William and Ella were both buried in the old Bay Port cemetery in McKinley Township.
HOAG brothers , Walter Carrington HOAG, Charles HOAG and Mott HOAG
Walter Carrington HOAG was born at New York ca 1838 and died at Elgin County Ontario 4 Nov 1910. He was enumerated with his Mother Eliza C., Stepfather Robt. J. McNAUGHTON, Post Master, and siblings, May, Frances, Mott, Charles and Jula HOAG, at Bayham Twp., Elgin Co., Ontario in 1851 and in 1861 prior to his enlisting in the Union Army. During the Civil War where he served with the 18th Illinois Infantry, Company A (per pension record) After the war he returned to Straffordville, Bayham Twp., Elgin Co. and about 1867 married Amoret SANDERS of Bayham. In 1871 he is a store keeper in Bayham. He is enumerated with his growing family in the 1881, 1891 and 1901 census for Elgin County and is buried at the Aylmer Cemetery. His wife Amoret died in 1922.
This may be Charles HOAG
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HOAG CHARLES 3 118
HOAG JAMES 1 165
HOAG MOTT 3 118
HOAG MRS. 3 118
HOAG W.C. 3 119
HOAG WALTER 3 118
The Aylmer Express: March 30, 1916, p. 4. Says that “Aylmer had two representatives in this conflict, in the persons of George Leslie and Walter Hoag.”
The Aylmer Express: June 6, 1901, p. 7. W. C. Hoag describes enlisting in the 18th Illinois Volunteer Infantry.
HOUGHTON, George L.
George L Houghton was born 28 August 1841 in Yarmouth, Elgin County and was the son of Rufus Houghton who was born about 1795 in New York State and Lucy Abell. eldest daughter of Daniel Abell and Annis Bearss, Lucy was born 28 December 1809 in the Niagara district of Ontario. By 1842 Daniel Abell was a cabinet maker at Seville in Malahide Township Elgin County. Rufus with a family of 8 was listed in the 1842 census of Yarmouth Township, Elgin County with a farm of 100 acres. The family moved to Otsego, Allegan County Michigan about 1845 and onto Brookfield Township, Lasalle County Illinois by 1860. Rufus seems to have died between 1850 and 1860. In the 1860 census of Brookfield, George was listed as age 19, a farm labourer.
George enlisted 27 August 1862 in Cook County Illinois and served as a private in 104th Illinois Infantry Company “D”. He was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor “Voluntarily joined a small party that under heavy fire captured a stockade and saved a bridge at Elk River Tennessee on 2 July 1863″. The Medal was not until issued 27 March 1900.
George was mustered out on 6 June 1865. In 1910 George was living in Christopher, Kings County, Washington State with his wife of nine years, Emma. George was a house carpenter. George died 25 February 1917 and was buried at Soldier’s Home Cemetery at Orting, Washington State (Tacoma area) Section 4 Row 9 Grave 42.
His siblings, born in Canada included Lewis born about 1827, Edward born about 1833, Anna born about 1845, Olive born about 1837, Daniel born about 1839 and Lydia born about 1843 and siblings born in Michigan, Merrit born about 1846 and Julia born 1849.
James Huff was born 20 March 1845 near Sparta, Yarmouth Township Elgin County.
His father Abraham Huff was listed in the 1842 census of Yarmouth as a farmer, born in the USA, on 100 acres. Abraham died before 1861 when the Yarmouth Township census listed Rachel, a widow born in USA age 37 and children John age 22, William age 19 and James age 15. In 1862 James together with his brother and sister settled near Bellvue, Sarpy County Missouri.
On 18 October 1862 James enlisted as a private in the second Nebraska Cavalry Company “D” for frontier Indian Service at Omaha, Fort Kearney and Genoa Nebraska, protecting the Pawney Tribe against the Sioux. He was discharged at Omaha on 18 September 1863.
He was married on 6 April 1869 at Council Bluffs, Iowa to Laura Ellen Diskell and lived on a homestead near Scribner, Dodge County, Nebraska. He soon moved to Fremont Nebraska and there was a Justice of the Peace, acting Dodge County judge and secretary of a State Senate Committee. He was in Fremont for the June 1891 roster of ex Civil War soldiers living in Nebraska. He joined the Mormon Church in June 1887 and in June 1892 was ordained an Elder in the Church. He moved to Omaha Nebraska in 1893.
He applied for Civil War pension on 8 August 1890 because of kidney disease. He again applied for a pension in March 1907 and March 1915 stating he was five foot seven inches tall and had blue eyes and brown hair, and was a teacher. He was very active in the Mormon Church from 1892 onwards in North East Nebraska.
He died 2 February 1929 at Omaha and was buried in Graceland Park cemetery Omaha. His wife had died 24 Sept 1919 at Omaha. He had two sons Lee and Dennis and three daughters May and Lyle Huff and Mrs A C. Congrove.
HUNT, Francis aka Francis Hunt Carrigan
Francis was born 6 July 1841 near Poutney Vermont and was the son of Patrick Carrigan and Margaret Hunt. He enlisted on 8 May 1861 in the 2nd Regiment Vermont Infantry age 16.
His regiment was in the battles of Bull Run, Yorktown and Wiliamsburg tho he may not have been a participant. The carnage of war was too much for him and he was listed as a deserter on
8 May 1862.
He came to Ontario and called himself “Francis Hunt”and worked as blacksmith in Norwich, Oxford County where he married Mary Ellen James on 19 January 1864.
He moved to Petrolia Lambton County in 1864 or 65. By 1867 had moved to Ingersoll, Oxford County. In the fall of 1872 attracted by the building of the Canada Southern Railway he moved to St Thomas, Elgin County where he worked as blacksmith.
He serving on St Thomas School board and St Thomas city council and wrote a few articles for the local newspapers. He became city editor of the St Thomas Evening Journal Newspaper in September 1881 This lasted until 1886, when he moved to Talbot Road in Southwold Township and became a farmer. He served on Southwold councils and became Reeve in 1898.
He was appointed a police magistrate in St. Thomas in 1878 and continued until the late 1920s. He and Mary had 6 children James, Arthur, Maggie, Edward, Mary and Francis Frederick
Francis Hunt died 5 January 1928 and was buried in the St Thomas cemetery on West Street in section “OSE”
Francis wrote many articles on life in Elgin County and its peoples which were published in local newspapers. Over 30 of these articles were gathered and edited by the local St. Thomas historian, the late George Thorman. The Elgin Historical Society published Thorman’s work in 1989 under the title “Essays on Elgin County” “Pioneer Sketches by Francis Hunt”.
JENNINGS, William Arthur E.
William Jennings was born in May 1849 in London England. At age 14 he was a scout in the American civil war. He was with Canadian forces and was wounded during the Riel Rebellion in the Canadian west. He lived in West Lorne, Elgin County in 1911. The St Thomas Times Journal of 19 December 1914 listed him as Lt. W.A. Jennings of the 25th Elgin Regiment.(WW I) He signed up for overseas duty, age 65 and was again wounded.
After WWI he came to St Thomas where he was in the contracting business for a number of years moving to Windsor about 1923. He returned to St Thomas in 1942 where he lived with his daughter Mrs W. F. Lang of Beverly Street. He died 2 October 1947, age 98 and was buried in South Park Cemetery St. Thomas.
He married Jeanette C. Belton who was born in November 1865 and died 5 September 1942 at St. Thomas and was also buried in South Park Cemetery. Their children included Florence born August 1896, Lila B. born May 1899, John B, born May 1901, Edith born June 1905 and Thomas Arthur. born June`1910, George and Robert.
JOHNSON, 4 Brothers
The father of the Johnson Brothers was William B. Johnson, born 16 December 1803 in Williamsdale, Cumberland County Nova Scotia. William’s parents, John Johnson and Mary Bulmer came from Yorkshire England. William’s wife was Permilla Susanah U/K and was born 1809 (Ref G/S) also in Nova Scotia.
William and Permilla had children, Charles born about 1831, Sarah J. born about 1832, Howard born 1835, all born in Nova Scotia, James born about 1836, Henry born about 1839 both in the USA and Rosannah born about 1842, William born about 1843 and Alfred born about 1848, all born in Upper Canada.
In January 1852 William, a farmer and his family were listed in the census of Oneida Township Haldimand County Ontario (tho William Sr., Howard and James were also listed in Townsend Township Norfolk County). By the mid 1850s the family had moved to Dunwich Township Elgin County. They moved on by 1858 and were in Emerson Township, Gratiot County Michigan by 1860. In the 1870 census of Emerson Township. William was farmer with real estate worth $200 and chattels worth $900. With William and his wife Permilla was “a” Millie Johnson age 17 born Canada. William died 16 May 188 and was buried in the Emerson Township cemetery on Bagley Road (Ithaca). Permilla died in 1898 and was also buried in the Emerson Township Cemetery.
JOHNSON, Charles O.
Charles born about 1831 in Nova Scotia and when the civil war started was in Emerson Township, Gratiot County Michigan. In the 1860 census of Emerson Twp, he was listed as a farmer value of real estate $200 chattels $50 with wife Eliza age 25 and children William age 6 Susan age 3 (both born Canada) and Milla age 1, born Michigan
He enlisted on 8 Sept. 1864 at Flint, mustered 8 Sept. 1864 (unassigned) and deserted at Flint on 1 October 1864 at Flint. He was listed in the 1870 census of Sumner Township Gratiot County as C. C. Johnson age 38 born Nova Scotia, occupation brick maker, wife Elisa age 36 born Canada and children William age 16, Susan age 12, Parmilla age 10 and James age 8
Howard Johnson was born 5 November 1835 in Nova Scotia. He went to Michigan in 1858 with his family. He was married on 12 September 1858 at Pontiac Michigan to Maria Burwell, the daughter of Lewis Burwell and Levonia Williams. She was born 26 June 1835,
a mile west of Fingal in Southwold Township Elgin County and was the sister of John Rice Burwell (see his Civil war write up). They were listed in the 1860 census of Emerson Township Gratiot County Michigan (Ithaca Post Office) along with their son Charles age 1 .
Howard joined the regular Union army (19th Infantry regiment) on 10 September 1864 at Fort Wayne Michigan. His age was 29, occupation farmer and born New Brunswick.
He was 5 foot 4 inches tall with grey eyes. His wife, Maria (Burwell) Johnson claimed in a newspaper article that Howard was drafted and served for 9 months.
The family lived after the war in Michigan for a time. Daughter Fanny was only 3 weeks old in 1867 when the family left Michigan and came back to Ontario . In the 1871 and 1881 census the family was listed in Bayham Township Elgin County living near Lot 17 Concession 9 with their 3 children where Howard was a farmer (perhaps tenant farmer) and brother Charles was a school teacher in 1881.
Howard and Mariah were listed in the 1901 of Wallace Township Wellington County where Howard was a farmer. They moved again and by the 1911 census were in the Town of Essex, Essex County Ontario.
Howard died 15 March 1912 at Essex and Maria died 27 January 1938 at age 102 at Eden, Bayham township where in her old age, Maria lived with her daughter Mrs R (Fannie) Kitchen. Howard and Maria are both are buried at North Ridge Cemetery, Essex Township.
- Charles Howard Johnson – 1859-1944 – buried at Forest Lawn Cemetery. Detroit Mi.,
In 1935 Charles was living in Detroit.
- Amy Jane Johnson born 18April 1864 in Michigan She married 1st. Edmond Parker and 2nd to Frederick Lawrence Sweet. She died 1949 and was buried at Colchester Cemetery, Essex County.
- Fanny Johnson was born on 15 Jan. 1867 in Emerson Township. She married 1st to
Charles Allemand and secondly to U/K Kitchen. She died 1955 and was buried at Eden Cemetery, Bayham Township as Fannie Johnson, wife of Charles Allemand 1856-1932.
Henry born about 1839 in the USA and was with the family in the 1860 census of
Emerson Township Gratiot County Michigan as age 21.
He enlisted in Company C, 8th Michigan Infantry on 8 Sept. 1864 at Flint, mustered in 8 Sepenber 1864 as a private, age 25 and joined the regiment at Knoxville, Tenn., November 18, 1863. He deserted at Flint, MI. on 1 Oct. 1864. He was listed in the 1870 census of Sumner Townshp Gratiot County as Henry Johnson age 41 (actually age 31) born Canada, a farmer, no real estate with $700 in chattels and with him a son George age 4 born Michigan and a boarder who was a brick maker.
William born about 1843 in Ontario perhaps Oneida Township and was listed with his parents as age 16 in the 1860 census of Emerson Township Gratiot County Michigan.
William enlisted in Company “D”, 8th Michigan Infantry, on 21 August 1861 at Flint, Michigan for 3 years and was mustered in on 21 September 1861 at Grand Rapids, Mich.
He re-enlisted 28 Dec. 1863 at Rutledge, Tenn. and mustered in on 28 December 1863. He was made a Sergeant on June 1, 1865 and mustered out at Washington, D.C., 30 July 1865.
William returned to Gratiot county and was in Emerson Township for the 1880 census.
He was listed as age 36, a farmer born Nova Scotia with wife Elizabeth age 34 and children Adelbert age 14, Elsie age 12, Clarence age 10, Cora age 6, Bertha M. age 3 and Ophelia age 7 months.
KIRBY, Joseph – Born May 1844 Oshawa, Ontario and died Dec 1937 – Buried at the Aylmer Cemetery.
“The death at Rocky Mountain House on December 27 of Joseph Kirby, in his 94th year, removes one of the most interesting people in the country west of Red Deer. Mr. Kirby was keenly interested in things and people until quite recently, and his death will be regretted. He was one of the few Canadian veterans of the United States Civil War and had also served with the Canadian forces during the Fenian raids.
He was born in Oshawa, Ontario, on May 5, 1844. When he was 19 he joined the United States army and served until the end of the Civil War. On his return to Canada he took part in the Fenian raids. In 1866 he married Sarah Coates in New York state and he lived in Peterborough and Aylmer.”
The Aylmer Express: June 16,1910, p. 1. No title. Joseph Kirby of this place fought in the Northern army during the American Civil War. Canadiana.
Aylmer Sun 16 June 1910 Elgin County Archives
“During the American Civil War, Mr. Joseph KIRBY of this place fought in the Northern army as a member of the ? regiment. this was in 1865 about 45 years ago, and from that time until last week, he had never met or seen any of his old comrades. On the ? of June a grand re-union of the old veterans of the regiment was held at ? N. Y. and Mrs Kirby attended. He met quite a number of the “old soldiers” of the regiment whom he knew, but only one other besides himself who was a member of his company D, all the others having passed away or being un-able to be present. It was a most pleasurable and interesting trip for Mr. Kirbyand brought back to his mind many incidents of the past that had been almost forgotten.”
The Aylmer Express: August 29, 1918, p. 4. Kirby Brothers Meet Here After 53 Years of Separation.
Alexander Leon enlisted on 18 November 1863 as a Private at the age of 22 in
37th Regiment Massachusetts Infantry Company “G”. He transferred into 20th Regiment Massachusetts Infantry Company “C” on 19 June 1865 and was mustered out of Company “C” on 16 July 1865 at Washington D.C..(Seems strange mustered out before transferal)
Residence: St. Thomas, Canada and his occupation: Farmer
George Leslie born 15 August 1824 in Scotland and came to Canada as an infant with his parents living in Toronto. He enlisted in the 12th Regiment New York Cavalry, Company “F” on 3 February 1863 at Buffalo New York as a private. Transferred to Company “E” on 2 May 1863 During the War he was promoted to Full Sergeant and Full Commissary Sergeant. He was mustered out as a private on 19 July 1865 at Raleigh North Carolina having served 2 years 5 months and 16 days .
He was married before 1859 to Susan U/K and lived many years at the Old Soldiers Home at Bath, Steuben County New York. He was there for the special 1890 census of veterans, It was noted he was disabled crossing a river. He was still in Bath for the 1900 census. In his old age he lived with his son Frank Leslie of Sydenham Street Aylmer, Elgin County He died there on 1 June 1909 and was buried in the Aylmer cemetery plot B280 1824-1909. His wife Susan’s name is on the G/S as Susan Leslie 1828-1880 as well as his sons Fred Leslie 1865-1898 and Frank Leslie 1863-1947. He also had a son Norman Leslie who lived in Winnipeg in 1909 and a son A. Augustus born 27 September 1867 who lived in Aylmer in 1909 and was in the North Battleford area of Saskatchewan in 1910.
LINCOLN, William John – New York – Adjutant General:
Lincoln, William J.–Age, 44 years. Enlisted, August 19, 1862, at Pike, to serve three years; mustered in as private, Co. D, September 25, 1862; discharged for disability, March 18, 1863, at Philadelphia, Pa.
Obituary Aylmer Expresss, 3 Jan 1907 – died 28 Dec 1906. Married first to Emily CLARK and second to Irena “Rainy” YOUNG LOUCKS – 4 Children
McAFEE, Robert Land Hughson was the son of Daniel McAFEE, and Elizabeth HUGHSON, DUE of Nathaniel HUGHSON, UEL. He was born at Yarmouth, Elgin, Ontario, 1 Mar 1826 and died at Freeport, Illinois, 12 Mar 1871. He was in the 46 Illinois Infantry. Wife, Sophronia was applied for pension. Enlisted 4 Jan 1864- Company A, Illinois 46th Infantry Regiment. Mustered out on 20 Jan 1866 at Baton Rouge, LA
born New York or Scotland ca 1820 – Sister was Nancy McARTHUR CAMPBELL of Aylmer who was born Scotland 1810 and died at Aylmer 1901. Reunion with brother Alex in 1899 – See below
Abner McKay was the son of William and Elizabeth McKay who lived 1853 to 1893 on Lots 1 and 2 Concession 1, Southwold Township, Elgin County. Abner was born 1839 in Nova Scotia. He enlisted as a private in the 29th Regiment Michigan Infantry Company “B” at Hampton Michigan on 31 August 1864. He had a club foot and served as a cook. He was discharged on June 16 1865 with service of 9 months and 15 days.
At the time of 1871 Southwold Township census he was living with his parents, was single and a farmer. He went back to Michigan and was granted a pension in 1879 as an invalid.
In the 1880 census he was in Gilford, Tuscola County Michigan, single, and a farm labourer. When the 1890 Special Veterans Census was taken, he was in Kent County Veterans Home. (Grand Rapids Michigan) and a report of 1895 stated he had paralysis. In 1910 he was in the Government Hospital for the Insane at Washington D.C. He died 23 October 1910 and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery Washington D.C Burial site 17818
The family of William McKay 1805_1893 and Elizabeth Crocheron 1806-1893 both buried McArthur Cemetery Southwold were
- Gilbert born about 1829 (married Rhoda Berdan 3 children) member of GAR, killed 1862 and buried Corinth Mississippi National Cemetery
- Elizabeth born about 1832 (married John Wells who was in Huron County Michigan in 1860
- William born 25 Oct 1835 (married Jane Vale went to Michigan)
- Abner born about 1839 in Nova Scotia died 1910 and buried Arlington National Cemetery Washington D.C
- Isaiah born 15 Sept 1844 (1901 census) married with children lived Dunwich Township Elgin County
- Cyrus born 12 Sept 1847 died 1924 never married, buried McArthur Cemetery
Gilbert McKay was the son of William and Elizabeth McKay who lived 1853 to 1893 on Lots 1 and 2 Concession 1 Southwold Township, Elgin County. .Gilbert was born about 1822 in Nova Scotia. He gave his residence as Sebewaing, Huron County Michigan when he enlisted as a private at East Saginaw Michigan on 25 November 1861 in the 14th Regiment Michigan Infantry, Company “A” (His sister Elizabeth Wells and his uncle Ebenezer McKay were living at Sebewaing). He trained at Ypsilanti Michigan and was sent to Mississippi in the summer of 1862. He was killed on 22 August 1862 while on guard duty at Tuscumbia Alabama when the tree, that he was standing under was hit by lightning. He was buried in the National Cemetery at Corinth, Mississippi.
His wife, Rhoda Bredan and his children, Arvilla, William born about 1856 and Jonathon born about 1860 returned to Ontario and moved later to Michigan when Rhoda remarried. William and Jonathon were with their grandparents McKay in the 1871 Southwold Township census.
McKENZIE, Jeremiah, Company B, Michigan 3rdCavalry Regiment
b 15 Apr 1842 (found on Michigan Death Record) d 9 Jun 1913 in Briley Tp, Montmorency Co, MI, USA Parents were Donald McKENZIE (b Canada) & Mary MOORE (b Scotland).
Both the 1900 and 1910 U.S. Census shows his year of immigration as 1863
It appears that he enlisted 22 Feb 1864 at South Haven Michigan which was his residence at the time. Company B, Michigan 3rdCavalry Regiment and mustered out 1 Oct 1864 at Brownsville AR. He married Ella POWELL 2 Mar 1893 in Hillman, Montmorency Co, MI, USA and had at least 7 children – Mary, Katie, Russell Alger, Evelyn B, Elliott C, Oscar J & Hubert Wellington.
McLAUGHLIN, Dr. Miar
Miar McLaughlin was born March 1840 on Lot 20, South of Talbot Road East Southwould Township (Fingal). He was the son of Thomas and Lydia (Pettit) McLaughlin, being one of ten children. Miar attended Victoria College Toronto and Bellevue Hospital Medical College New York graduating as a doctor in 1865. He was appointed in June 1864 as an Assistant Surgeon at the McDougal Civil War Army hospital at Fort Schuyler (Throgs Neck,
The Bronx, New York). He served until fall and then again in 1865 until August when he was discharged, the Civil War being over. He returned to Fingal practicing medicine there until December 14 1869.
He went to Jackson Michigan in February 1870 and was a physician there until after 1900. Miar died 2 March 1908 and was buried at the Mount Evergreen Cemetery Jackson.
Miar married Emma A. Cromon of Jackson in April 1875. They had 4 children, Lawrence born about 1877, Lydia born April 1879, Mabel born Dec 1882 and Miar J. born September 11 1888. An application for a civil war pension as an invalid was made by Miar on June 18 1886, and an application for widow’s pension was made by Emma A. McLaughlin on 27 April 1908. On the index card was written “acting Asst Surgeon USA” (no regiment or dates).
Miar’s son, Miar Jr. was also a doctor in Jackson Michigan in 1930.
Miar’s siblings were John born about 1820, Thomas born about 1822 unmarried, Nancy born about 1825 unmarried, William born 1826 married, Michael born about 1830, Lawrence born 1832, a medical doctor in Dunwich Township, James born about 1835, a medical doctor at Fingal, Daniel born about 1841 and Mary born about 1843.
McMICHAEL, Charles Patton
obit St Thomas Daily Times 20 May 1912 Page 4 col 3
Died at home, 5 Wright Ave., Hamilton, Ontario, Charles Patton McMichael, 67 years,
May 16, 1912 born in Brantford and moved with his parents to Woodstock; husband of
Mrs Annie McMichael; father of Cora McMichael and Stanley L. McMichael of Cleveland; brother of J. F. McMichael of Scott St., St Thomas;
Veteran of the American Civil War, enlisting as a volunteer in the sixties, serving several years as a private; moved to Hamilton 35 years ago; burial Hamilton Cemetery
Charles enlisted as a private at Flint Michigan on 13 February 1865 in the 7th Regiment Michigan Cavalry Company “I”. He gave his age as 19. He was mustered out on 15 December 1865 at Fort Leavenworth Kansas.
Neil was the son of John and Flora McMillan of Alborough township. He was born in Scotland about 1835 (1861 census).
“Pioneer Days in Aldborough” (Township Elgin County).
“Crinan gave some of her sturdy sons for the cause of freedom and for the defence of their country. Messrs. Duncan MacNabb, Neil MacMillan, and Leonard Harder joined the Northern army during the rebellion in the neighbouring Republic and fought for the freedom of the slave. Leonard Harder gave his life for the cause.”
The 1851 census of Aldborough (written as MacMullen in census) lists John age 51, wife Flora
age 61, children Dougal age 32, Donald age 24, Neil age 20. Betsy age 22,and Arid age 7
The 1861census lists Donald age 31, farmer, born Scotland, Flora age 70, widow, Betsy age 28 single, and Neil age 26. In the Elgin 1877 historical atlas, Dougal McMillan is shown on page XXVI, settled 1840 and Aldborough Township map on Lot 18 Con 1 East Division.
Duncan enlisted as a private in the 10th Michigan Infantry Company “B” on 6 February 1862 at Bay City Michigan giving his residence as Saginaw Michigan. He left the service on
15 April 1864 at Flint Michigan.
He died 10 July 1869 age 34 and is buried in the New Glasgow cemetery, Aldborough Township with his father John McMillan who died August 1859 and his mother Flora.
Duncan McNabb about 1839 in Scotland and was the son of Finlay McNabb and Janet McArthur. Finlay was a Scottish emigrant to Alborough Township, Elgin County who lived on the East ½ of Lot Y Concession 2 Aldborough. Janet had died in Scotland and Finlay had remarried in Scotland to Isabelle Gillies. Duncan was listed in the 1861Alborough census as age 22, a labourer living with his father Finlay age 50. a farmer, wife Isabella age 40 and children Jennett age 19 and Mary age 17.
From the booklet “Pioneer Days in Aldborough ( Elgin County)
“Crinan gave some of her sturdy sons for the cause of freedom and for the defense of their country. Messrs. Duncan MacNabb, Neil MacMillan, and Leonard Harder joined the Northern army during the rebellion in the neighbouring Republic and fought for the freedom of the slave. Leonard Harder gave his life for the cause.”
Duncan enlisted at East Saginaw Michigan in the 3rd Michigan Cavalry Regiment Company “M” on 14 October 1861 giving his age as 22 and his residence as Saginaw Michigan. He survived the war and was discharged on 8 August 1862 at Tuscumbie Alabama.
Duncan returned to Ontario after the war, married on 18 January 1866 to Catherine Montgomery, daughter of Godfrey and Jennett Montgomery. Duncan and Catherine had 2 children before moving to Minnesota about 1869. In 1870 USA census, Duncan was in Home Township, Brown County Minnesota, age 31, a farmer with real estate worth $300 (Post office Golden Gate), wife Katie age 30, born Canada West and children Mary age 4 and John age 2.
By the 1880 census he was in Alba, Jackson County Minnesota. He stated he was age 40, born Scotland, a farmer, wife Katie, children Jessie age 13 born Canada , John 11 born Canada, The McNabbs other children were all born in Minnesota, Katie age 9, Finlay age 7, Godfrey age 5. Donald age 4 and Hugh age 2.
The 1890 veteran census lists Duncan at Alba, Jackson County as a Corporal in the
3rd Michigan Cavalry regiment .The family was still at Alba for the 1900 census and also included Archy born about 1881, Arthur born about 1882, William born about 1885 and Andrew born about 1887.
MERRILL, John R. (son of James Merrill and Huldah Edison), Born Dec. 1839, London, Elgin County, Ontario. Settled in Grand Mound, Clinton County, Iowa, Circa 1860. Enlisted in the 26th Iowa Volunteer Infantry, Co. I on 14 Aug 1862 for three years. Mustered out in 1865 at the conclusion of the war. Son of James MERRILL and Hulda EDISON of Malahide and Bayham.
Name:John Rolfe Merrill Residence: Age at Enlistment:21 Enlistment Date:14 Aug 1862 Rank at enlistment: Private State Served:Iowa Service Record:Enlisted in Company I, Iowa 26th Infantry Regiment on 30 Aug 1862.Birth Date:abt 1841 Sources:Roster & Record of Iowa Soldiers in the War of Rebellion
MERRILL, Marcus H. (Son of James Merrill and Huldah Edison), Born 21 Aug 1833, Port Burwell, Elgin County, Ontario. Enlisted in the 8th Illinois Calvary Co. L., 18 Sep. 1861. Filed disability pension in 1890 due to illness/injury from war. Son of James MERRILL and Huldah EDISON of Malahide and Bayham.
MIDDAUGH 4 Brothers
The father of the four Middaugh brothers who fought in the Civil War was William “Medaugh” who was born on 30 April 1808 in New York State, the son of Charles Medaugh and Maria Keurstade. By 1828 Charles and the family were living in Yarmouth Township, Elgin County in the area of Lots 71-73 North Talbot Road. William was listed in Third Regiment of Middlesex Militia which included Yarmouth Township as of 25 December 1828. He was in the second company and his age was shown as 19. His father, Charles was listed in the Reserve Battalion of the Third Regiment on 4 June 1830.
William married Sarah Anne Eveland on 9 December 1830 (St Thomas Anglican church records (Elgin OGS web site). She was born 8 May 1810 in New Jersey and was the daughter of Frederick Eveland (1782-between 1830-32) and Sarah DeCou (1784-1836). Frederick was living on Lot 71 North Talbot Road Yarmouth Township before 1814.
William was listed in the 1842 census of Yarmouth as a farmer with 50 acres, born USA and a family of 7 and lived in the vicinity of Lot 20 South of the Edgeware Road. William and his family went to Burlington Township, Lapeer County Michigan about 1856. He was listed in the 1860 census of Burlington Township, North Branch Post Office as age 52, farmer, wife Sarah, age 50 and children George age 19, Moses age 14 and Sarah age 9, all born Canada West.
He was also listed in the 1870 census of Burlington Township as William, age 62, wife Sarah
age 60 and daughter Sarah age 20 with no occupation. William’s wife, Sarah died on 6 December 1871 and William died on 16 May 1876, both in Burlington Township.
All of William’s children were very likely born in Yarmouth Township Elgin County
with an unknown wife
- Nelson D. born 28 February 1829
with Sarah Eveland
- Charles “Walter” born 28 February 1832
- Maria born 1834
- Rhoda “Rody” born 8 October 1836. She married William “Wallace” Charlton, lived in Lambton County Ontario and died 27 October 1920 at Courtright Lambton County
- Susan born about 1838
- George born 1841
- Aaron born 16 August 1843
- Moses born 19 May 1846 and died December 1925 at Portland Oregon
- Sarah born August 1850 died 16 June 1903 married Amos Bradshaw lived Lapeer County Mi.
MIDDAUGH, Nelson D.
Nelson was born 28 February 1829 in Elgin County. In the 1850 census of Racine Wisconsin, he was living with his uncle Abram Eveland where he was a carpenter, age 19, born Canada. He enlisted at San Francisco California as a private on 25 September 1861 in the 2nd Regiment California Cavalry Company “I”. He died at Camp Babbit, Visalia California of a heart attack on 1 August 1863. The Daily Alta newspaper of San Francisco of 20 August 1863 gave his age 28 and stated he was a native of Michigan.
MIDDAUGH, Charles “Walter”
Charles “Walter” born 28 February 1832 in Elgin County . He was listed in the 1851/52 census of Bayham Township Elgin County age 20, lumberman and a Baptist. He was living with the Eveland and Stevenson families at Straffordville. In 1855 he lived on Section 16, Burlington Township, Lapeer County Michigan.
He enlisted as a private in the 4th Regiment Michigan Cavalry Company “I”
He was present at the capture of Jefferson Davis near Irwinville Georgia on the morning of
10 May 1865.
He married Rebecca Walters in 1862 in Michigan. She was born in 1842 and was the daughter of Jacob Walters and Margaret. Charles was listed in the 1870 census of Burlington Township, Clifford Post Office as age 37, farmer, wife Rebecca age 28 born Michigan, children Cathrine age 9 and Francis (male) age 4. He died January 1877 in Burlington Township .
The widow, Rebecky was listed in the 1880 census of Burlington Township as a servant, age 38, with children Franklin age 14 a farm laborer and Emma age 5. Rebecca not found in 1890 census of Civil War Veterans and Widows. She died after 1910.
George was born in 1841 in Elgin County. He was with the Middaugh family in the
1860 census of Burlington Township Lapeer County. He enlisted as a private at Detroit Mi. on
4 August 1862 age 21, his residence was given as Washington, Macomb County Mi. He was joined to the 4th Regiment Michigan Cavalry Company “A”on 28 August 1862. He received a disability discharge on 20 January 1864 at Louisville Kentucky and in October 1864 applied for a Veterans invalid’s pension. He died 6 January 1865 and is buried in the Maple Grove Cemetery at Ovid, Clinton County Mi.
Aaron was born 16 August 1843 in Yarmouth Township. He likely went to Lapeer County Mi. with the family about 1856. He enlisted at Flint Mi. as a private in 10th Michigan Infantry Company “I” on 22 January 1862. He gave his residence as Lapeer. He was discharged on 29 October 1862 at Louisville Ky. He re-enlisted on 5 March 1863 as a private at Addison Mi. stating his residence as Park Mi. He joined the 9th Michigan Cavalry Company “H’ as a corporal on 14 March 1863. He was promoted to sergeant on 1 May 1863 and on 14 January 1864 was transferred to 23rd Regiment of the Veteran Reserve Corp Company “D” because of injuries.
He married Mary Randall on 19 June 1871 at Vassar. She was born 9 October 1853 and and died at Newcomerstown, Ohio on 16 December 1930. They had 2 children, Hattie Middaugh born 10 Nov 1876 and died 17 Jan 1943 at Saginaw and Sylvia ‘Pearl” Middaugh born 10 July 1889, and died 14 Sep 1951 at Saginaw.
Aaron filed for an invalid pension on 6 September 1873 living at Vassar, Tuscola County Mi. Aaron was listed at Vassar in the veterans census of 1890. He was listed in the 1910 census of Caro, Tuscola County age 66, a painter with his wife Mary who had 2 children, both living.
Aaron died 19 February 1921 at Caro and his widow applied for a pension on 5 March 1921. His pension record showed service in the 9th Michigan Infantry Company “H”, in the
10th Michigan Cavalry Company”I”, in the 23rd Veteran Reserve Corp Company “D” and in
6th US Color Cavalry Company “C”.
David was born 26 January 1843 in Germany and came to New York State with his parents. There was a David Miller age 17, born Germany in the 1860 census of Lancaster, Erie County New York. He enlisted on 30 August 1862 at Batavia New York in the 2nd New York Heavy Artillery Company “M”. To Ninth New York Artillery on 28 October 1862 and to Company “M” on 27 June 1865 .Mustered out on 29 September 1865 at Washington D.C.
After the Civil War, he went to Ohio and in 1879 came to Rodney area of Aldborough Township Elgin County. He was listed in the 1881 Aldborough census as David Miller age 38, .farmer, Presbyterian, born Germany, with wife Catherine age 41 born Germany. Their children were Jacob born about 1861 (He may have been a son of Catherine from a previous marriage), Fred born about 1869, Henry born about 1869, Albert born about 1871, Martin born 1 December 1874, Louis born about 1876 and Benjamin F. born 1 November 1877.
The 1891 census of Aldborough lists David Miller age 49, occupation teamster, his wife Catherine, age 51 and children, Albert age 20, Martin age 16, Louis age 14 and Benjamin age 12.
David Miller died 4 September 1907 in Rodney and was buried in the Rodney cemetery although there is no Grave Stone. His obit in the St Thomas Daily times stated he was survived by his wife and 4 sons (not named). He drew a Civil War pension as an invalid from about 1887 and his wife drew a widow’s pension from 1907.
David’s son Benjamin Miller died 1 February 1928, age 50 and is also buried in Rodney
Cemetery with no grave stone. His obit noted he had brothers Martin, Louis and Fred.
David’s son, Martin Miller died 1940 and is buried with his wife, Jennie Bell McCallum Campbell (1872-1955) in the Rodney cemetery as well.
MINARD, William Eli
William Minard was born in August 1844 in Yarmouth Township Elgin County and was the son of Job Minard and Elizabeth (Betsey) House. In 1842 Job lived on Lot 16 Concession 6 Yarmouth Township. William’s siblings were Isaac, Adney, Susan, Stephen and Athalinda.
William was still living with the family for the 1861 census.
William enlisted November 1861 in the 28th Regiment New York Infantry and was discharged June 3 1863 after one year and 8 months service. He re-enlisted on 27 June 1865 in the 49th Regiment New York Infantry and was discharged on 27 June 1865 after 4 months and
13 days service. He married first to Elizabeth Elsey on 6 March 1872 in Delaware Middlesex County Ontario. She was born 1855 in Fingal, Southwold Township Elgin County. He married secondly to Eva Pearl Wickett on 20 August 1884 in Yarmouth Township Elgin County. She was born 1866 and was the daughter of George and Betsy Wickett (farmer and pump maker in 1881 Yarmouth Township census). She died 27 November 1894 in Marathon, Cortland County, New York State.
He married thirdly to Alice Collier about 1897 in Marathon New York. He had moved to Marathon about 1890 and was a photographer there. He died 15 December 1915 at Marathon and was buried in the Marathon Cemetery. He was survived by a daughter Mrs. Grace Edison of Binghamton New York and 2 grandchildren, was well as his widow.
MULLER, George – Grain Merchant and Resident of Springfield. Born Germany about 1847 Died Tillsonburg 16 Jan 1922, Mason – Civil War Veteran. Enumerated in 1881, 1891, 1901 and 1911 censuses for Springfield, Ontario.
May be this George MULLER
The Aylmer Express, Jan. 19, 1922, p. 9. George Muller of Springfield
The Aylmer Express, Jan. 26, 1922, p.2. Masons honored George Muller
Free Press: London, Jan. 18, 1922, p. 10. George Muller Dies, Civil War Veteran
17 January 1922, Page 8, c2 Died – George Muller, 78 years, Jan 16, father of Fred Muller, Mrs Reed and Mrs Templeman
18 Jan – c1 Died – George Muller of Springfield, Jan 16, Civil War Veteran
9 Apr 1896,MULLER,George,Springfield,Warehouse
12 Aug 1897,MULLER,George,Aylmer,Grist Mill
12 Aug 1897,MULLER,George,Aylmer,Gristing Exchange
NICHOLS, Thomas Henry
Thomas Henry Nichols was born 12 April 1848 in Nova Scotia. His parents were John Gains Nichols born 1818 and Elizabeth Spittle. It appears that the John Nichols family came to Elgin County about 1857/8. John and the family likely lived near Lot 108 South Talbot Road Malahide Township. He is not shown as an owner or tenant on 1864 Tremaine’s map of Elgin. John may have moved to the Calton area of Malahide or Bayham as both his wife Elizabeth (died 1863) and son Joseph (died 1866) are buried in Calton Cemetery. He likely moved to Kent County Ontario not long after his son Joseph died. John died 18 November 1876 and was buried in the Erie cemetery Wheatley, Kent County .
Thomas Nichols’ siblings were
- Benjamin Jesse Nichols born 28 Nov 1841 Digby N.S. who married at Aylmer Ontario on
21 April 1864 to Louisa Post. He died 25 November 1921 ;
- Joseph Robert Nichols born Nova Scotia died 5 Feb 1866 age 22 years and was buried plot #54 Calton Cemetery Bayham Township;
- Mary Melissa Nichols born about 1846 Nova Scotia, married Asa Watson Chute. She died 1924 at Saginaw Michigan and was buried in the Erie Cemetery Wheatley;
- Anna Sophia Nichols born 30 July 1850 Ontario and married Edward Andrew Jackson on
9 August 1866 at Chatham On. She died 16 July 1913 at Ypsilanti Washtenaw County Mi.;
- Aaron Otis Nichols born 24 February 1854 USA, died August 1906 at Rodney Elgin County buried Lakeview Cemetery Leamington;
- Gilman Franklin Nichols born 18 June 1856 USA and died 26 April 1883;
- Amerissa Nichols born 24 May 1858 Elgin County married Horatio Edward Mills on
8 December 1875 Romney Township She died 24 January 1885 in Romney Township
Thomas Nichols enlisted as a private on 5 May 1864 in Company “A” Second Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry giving his age as 18 (he was actually only 16). Although his regiment was in battles at Kenesaw Mountain and Atlanta in June 1864, he may not have been yet with the regiment. He was with General Sherman during Sherman famous “March to the Sea” (Atlana to Savannah). It is likely he was with the regiment in North Carolina in 1865 at battles at Averysboro, Bentonville, Goldsboro, Smithville and Fayetteville.
The following is a story that was passed down through the Nichols family that Thomas Henry Nichols when he was in the civil war was trapped behind enemy lines. He crawled into a hollow log to hide when he was being chased. Strangely enough a spider began to weave a web over the opening. When the Confederate soldiers came along the were looking everywhere, however when they came to the log – he heard them say – “No need to check there because there is a spider web over the opening”. That spider saved his life and allowed him to pass on valuable info when he re-connected to his company. Thomas was discharged as a private on 14 July 1865 at Camp Readville Massachusetts.
He may have drawn land as Civil War veteran in Kansas as his son Charles Oscar was born in 1873 in Parsons, Labette County Kansas which is in south east corner of state near Missouri. Thomas drew a Civil War pension 4 November 1890 as a member of the Second Massachusetts Infantry tho he lived in Canada.
After the war Thomas returned to Ontario and married Sara Ellen Burt on 20 May 1867 at Bothwell, Kent County Ontario. Sara was born 18 Dec 1845.
Thomas was listed as Thomas Nicholas in the 1871 census of Harwich Township Kent County as age 23 Methodist, labourer, wife Sarah E. age 25 and children William H. age 3, Violet E. age 7 months. He was in the 1891 census of Chatham Township Kent County as
Thomas H. age 43. farmer, Baptist, wife Sarah A., age 43 and children Violet E. age 20 born Ontario. Charles O. age 18 born USA, Rosa age 14, twin with Bertie age 14 born Ontario and Martin age 6 born Ontario.
Sarah Ellen Nichols died 15 April 1898 at Lot 95 Woods Survey Kent County (Chatham?) occupation given as farmer’s wife of Brights disease. The informant was Charles McLellan (son in law, husband of Violet). She was buried Maple Leaf Cemetery Chatham as Sarah E. Nichols 1845-1898, and on the same grave stone was her mother’s name. Sarah A Burt 1814-1887.
By 1901 Thomas had moved to Chatham City, Kent County and was living with his daughter Violet McLellan and her husband Charles and their son Burt age 2. Thomas was listed as widower and a gentleman. Thomas remarried between 1910 and 1920 to Mary U/K who was born about 1857.
Thomas died 27 February 1937 of arterio sclerosis at the residence of his son in law James McLellan (husband of Rosa) in Wheatley Kent County Ontario.
He was buried in the Erie Cemetery Wheatley Romney Township as THOS H NICHOLS
1848-1937 CO A 2nd MASS VOL INF
Thomas’ obit in Leamington Ontario Post of 4 March 1937 reads
A veteran of the American Civil War, Thomas Henry Nichols died last Saturday night at home of his son in law James E MccLellan of Wheatley. Born in Nova Scotia and was a citizen of Chatham for many years. After his wife’s death 39 years ago, he traveled for many years in Montana, Nebraska and Alberta. Later he lived in Jackson Mich where he joined the Edward Pomeroy Post of the Grand Army of the Republic filling many important offices. Leaves two sons William Henry of Detroit and Charles Oscar of Vancouver B.C , and 2 daughters Mrs Charles and Mrs James McLellan of Wheatley.
Children of Thomas and Sara Nichols were William Henry born about 1868 and living Detroit 1937, Violet E. born December 1870 married Charles McLellan, Charles Oscar born
28 July 1872 USA (a family tree says he was born Parsons Kansas) living in Chatham in 1901 census with sister Rosa and her husband “Amos” McLellan, Charles was living in Vancouver 1937 when his father died, Rosa born 14 November 1877 married James McLellan, Bertie born 14 November 1877 twin with Rosa and Martin born about 1885
NICKERSON, David Robert
David Nickerson was born Elgin County, Upper Canada, on January 1846, and was the son of David V. Nickerson and Jane McKenney Preston. The David Nickerson family was listed in the 1842 census of Southwold Township with 7 members on a farm of 200 acres, Lot 13
Range 2 North of the Lake Road. David Sr was son of Eliud Nickerson UEL and a brother of Levi and Nathaniel of Malahide Township Elgin County.
The Nickersons were in Trenton Township, Dodge County Wisconsin by 1850 and were still there in 1860. David joined the 9th Regiment Minnesota Infantry on 2 March 1864 as a private and died on 1 August 1864 at Memphis Tennessee. He was buried at the Memphis National Cemetery. David’s siblings were John born about 1837, Beulah J. born about 1842, George born about 1850 and Bianca.
NIGHTINGALE, Anthony aka Antone Rossignol
He was born in Laval, Province of Quebec on 12 January 1793 and was the son of Antone
Rossignol and Marie Josephe Ouimet.
He fought in several battles of the War of 1812 with the Frontenac Ontario Militia including the Battle of Lundy’s Lane in July 1814. where he was wounded.
After the war he went to Rhode Island (USA) and married Amy who was born about 1799. Their son Charles was born there in 1815 (see write up on Charles as he was also a Civil War veteran) By 1822 Anthony was in Sidney Township, Hastings County Ontario and was listed in the 1828-9 militia records as age 33. In the Houghton Township Norfolk County 1851 census, the family is shown as Anthony Nightingale age 57, lumberman, wife Amy age 53 and children Margaret age 24, Nelson age 21 also a lumberman, Louise age 13 and William H. age 10
He moved to Pine Grove Township, Van Buren County Michigan about 1856 at the same time as his son Charles and family went there as well, Anthony was listed in the 1860 census of Pine Grove Township.
Anthony enlisted as private in Union army at Mattawan Van Buren County on
10 December 1861 giving his age as 45 (tho he was closer to age 68 ) and was mustered in to the 13th Michigan Infantry Regiment Company “K” on 17 January 1862. He was mustered out on
1 June 1862 because of disability at Nashville Tenn. He received a disability pension.
He returned to live in Pine Grove Township, being there for the 1870 census.
He said he was living at Springfield, Elgin County when he (under the name of Antone Rossignol) received a 20 dollar pension payment in 1876 which was made by the Dominion of Canada to all living members of militia units from the war of 1812.
He was back in Pine Grove township for the 1880 census living with his daughter Margaret Pomeroy. He died April 25 1887, suddenly at the age of 93 years. At that time, he was living east of Springfield with his daughter Sarah (Mrs Peter) Stover at Lot 2 Concession 10 South Dorchester Township, Sarah was born in 1822 in Sidney Township Hastings County.
She married first to Peter Sagerty and they were living in Bayham Township in 1851. After his death she married Donald McKenzie of Malahide Township and later married Peter Stover who died November 1877. Sarah died after 1900 in the Dakota at her daughter’s.
Anthony Nightingale also had a daughter Elizabeth (making seven children in all) who married James Favell and was living in Bayham Township Elgin County in 1851. She died in Bayham in 1854.
NIGHTINGALE, Charles R.
He was born 1815 in Rode Island, the son of Anthony Nightingale
(aka Antone Rossignol) and his wife Amy. Charles came to Ontario with the family and married Mary Ann Stafford in 1844. The family was listed in the 1851 census in Bayham Township Elgin County as Charles age 36, occupation lumberman, wife Mary Ann age 27 and children Ann M. age 7, Jane A. age 6, Caleb age 4 and Artemissa age 2.
He moved to Pine Grove Township Van Buren County Michigan about 1856 where in the 1860 census he was listed as a farmer with 3 more children, Charles H born about 1855 in Canada and John A born about 1857 and Elizabeth born about 1859 in Michigan.
They had 10 children in all.
He enlisted in the Union army at Oshtemo, Kalamazoo County Michigan was mustered into the 13th Michigan Infantry Regiment Company “K” on 14 December 1863.
He died of disease at Savannah Georgia on 7 May 1865.
Thomas O’Neil was born about 1831 in Ireland and lived near Tyrconnell in Dunwich Township Elgin County in 1861. There he was a shoemaker with a wife Mary and five children. The family had come to Canada about 1858.
He joined the Union forces in Civil War and was a member of the Union Gun Boat
“Paw Paw”. He then enlisted on 7 April 1865 as a private (substitute) in the 56th Pennsylvania Infantry Company “B” and was mustered out at Philadelphia as a private in July 1865.
He returned to Dunwich Township after the war and in 1871 census was a labourer with wife Mary and now with seven children. With them was Michael O’Neil, a widower age 80 born Ireland, presumed to be Thomas’ father.
The family moved to Aldborough Township Elgin County within several years after 1871. Thomas died 30 July 1877 age 44 and was buried in St Mary’s Cemetery West Lorne.
His widow, Mary O’Neil drew a civil war pension. She died 26 June 1910 age 82 and was also buried in St Mary’s Cemetery.
Their children were Charles born about 1854 in Ireland, (died 1920 and buried St Mary’s Cemetery), Margaret born about 1857 in Ireland, Mary Jane born 1858 in Ontario (married John Schnekenburger, she died 1949, age 92, buried St Henry’s Roman Catholic Cemetery Aldborough Township), John born about 1861 in Ontario, Catherine born about 1860 in Dunwich, Ellen (Coughlin) born about 1864 in Dunwich (Died 1917 and buried St Mary’s Cemetery), James born about 1870 in Dunwich (he might have been known as the Thomas
1869-1938 and buried St Mary’s Cemetery) and William born about 1872 likely Dunwich
(died 1902 buried St Mary’s Cemetery).
PACE , Wilson Henry
Wilson was the youngest of 6 children of William Pace and Paulina Chapel and was born in 1841 in Yarmouth Township, London District, Canada West (Elgin County). The family lived near Lot 20 Concession 1 where in the 1842 census, William Pace was a farmer born in the USA with a family of 9. In the 1861 census of Yarmouth Township, Wilson was listed as age 20, single and a Baptist.
Wilson enlisted in Company “H”, Michigan 7th Cavalry on 12 May 1862 at Ross, Kent County Michigan. He was mustered in on 24 Jan 1863, and was mustered out as a corporal on
15 Dec 1865 at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He received a Civil War pension on October 24 1890 while living in Canada (likely Sarnia Ontario)
Wilson married Ruth Eleanor Hamilton before 1870. She was born 21 January 1847 or 1848 in Ontario and was the daughter of James Hamilton and Jane Ann Nelles. The Wilson Pace family including a daughter, one year old, were living in south Yarmouth Township for the 1871 census where Wilson was listed as a labourer. The 1881 census of Sarnia, Lambton County Ontario shows the family, Wilson as a labourer. with his wife Ruth and children Augusta age 11 and Viola age 9. In 1883 he was working as a lime burner in Sarnia. In the 1891 census of Sarnia, Wilson and Ruth had a son Henry and daughter Viola who had married Edward Lawson age 26 and who was living with them. The family moved to St. Clair County Michigan in 1893 where a number of Pace family members were already living. In 1900 and 1910 the family lived in Burtchville Township, St. Clair County.
Ruth Pace died 7 July 1916 at Lakeport, St. Clair County. Wilson was still in Burtchville Township for the 1920 census and died in 1926.
Wilson and Ruth had 4 children 3 of whom were living in 1900. They were Augusta Pace born about 1870 in Canada West, Viola Pace born 7 August 1873 in Bayham Township, Elgin County (she married Edward Lawson) and Henry Wilson Pace born on 6 October 1883 in Sarnia.
PALMER, Selden Haines
Selden was born in Poland, (Youngstown) Mahoning County, Ohio on 13 November 1847. He was a veteran of the American Civil War enlisted at the age of 16 years with the Union forces and served until the end of the war. He joined the 10th Ohio Cavalry Regiment Company “K” as a private on 15 January 1863 and was discharged on 28 February 1863. He enlisted again on 9 September 1863 in the Second Ohio Heavy Artillery Regiment Company “E” as a private. He was present at Appomattox when General Lee and the Confederate forces surrendered. He promoted to corporal on 3 August 1865 and was mustered out on 23 August 1865 at Nashville Tennessee. He may have also served in the First Ohio Heavy Artillery Regiment.
He married Mary Ann King who was born 13 June 1852 in Ontario and lived for some time in the USA. Daughter Clara Maude, born on 7 September 1876 and Nellie Edral ,born 13 October 1880 were both born in the USA. The family came to Ontario before 1883 as son Willard was born in Ontario on 15 November 1883 and son Frederick followed on 17 March 1896. The family came to St Thomas in the early days of the Canada Southern Railway and Sheldon was ticket and freight agent at St Thomas. In the 1901 census, Selden was listed along with his wife Mary and children Clara, Nellie, Willard and Frederick. Selden was a passenger agent making $1200 yearly. He was appointed District passenger agent for the MCR in 1903,
He retired in February 1919. He died 12 December 1926 and was buried West Ave Cemetery St. Thomas as Selden Haines Palmer, 1847 – 1926 along with his wife Mary Ann King 1852 – 1917 and daughters Clara Maude Palmer 1876 – 1948 and Nellie Edrla Palmer 1880 – 1948. When he died his daughters were living in St Thomas as well as his son Major Fred Palmer while his son Willard was in Detroit in the county treasurers office – obit St Thomas Times Journal 13 December 1926
Jeremiah was the father of Delilah Preston who was the wife of George H. Rapelje, of Elgin County. Jeremiah Preston was born in New York State, aged 38, a laborer when he volunteered on 28 July 1865 at Pontiac, Oakland County, Michigan to be a private in 7th Regiment Michigan. Cavalry, Company “H”. He was last in service at Brownsville Texas on 15 November 1866. He applied for a pension on 27 April 1887 at Bay City Michigan but never received a pension and lived his life in poverty. He died 30 April 1904 at West Bay City, Michigan. Death Record no. 8703, Aged 85 years 8 months 20 days Widowed Parmelia (Maxon) Preston. He was buried Oak Ridge Cemetery, Bay City Section 452 South
Jeremiah Purdy was born 1830 at Vienna, Bayham Township, Elgin County, and was the son of Obediah Purdy and Priscilla Anderson who lived Lot 16 Concession 3 Bayham.. Jeremiah married in 1854 to Eliza Bemis in Erie County Ohio.
He was a Private in the 7th Regiment Michigan Cavalry Company “H”. The 1880 census of Vevay Township, Ingham County Michigan lists Jerry Purdy, age 47, farmer, wife Eliza age 44 and adopted son Frank age 9. The 1900 census of Vevay Township lists Jerry Purdy born August 1833, farmer, married 45 years, born Canada, parents born New York State, wife Eliza born Ohio on July 1836.
Jeremiah died in Forester Township, Sanilac County Michigan on 19 August 1904 age 74 of Bright’s disease and is buried in East Marion Cemetery, Section 25 Marion Township, Sanilac County with a GAR marker. Eliza died 4 July 1903 in Forester Township and is buried in East Marion Cemetery with Jeremiah.
John Purdy was a brother of Jeremiah Purdy and was born 10 March 1838 at Vienna, Bayham Township, Elgin County and was a son of Obediah Purdy and Priscilla Anderson who lived Lot 16 Concession 3 Bayham. He moved with his parents to Sanilac County Michigan after 1844 but before 1850, John married in Erie County Ohio to Frances L. Sweet on 17 October 1861 at Sandusky Ohio. She was born 1844 in Ohio.
He enlisted on 29 April 1861 in the 8th Regiment Ohio Infantry Company “D” at Norwalk Ohio and served until 18 August 1861. He then enlisted on 17 September 1861 and served until 31 December 1863 in the 55th Regiment Ohio Veteran Volunteer Infantry
He re-enlisted on 1 January 1864 in the 55th Regiment Ohio Veteran Volunteer Infantry Company “C” at Lookout Valley Tennessee and was discharged at Louisville Kentucky on 11 July 1865. He was six foot tall, of light complexion, blue eyes and light hair.
He became ill in Virginia, moved with Infantry to Savannah and to Atlanta after Savannah being placed in a cart to move with army where on 25 July 1864 he suffered exposure and contracted rheumatism and affection of head” (as per pension application)
After the war he lived in Huntington County Indiana for 5 years, Ottawa County Ohio for 5 years and 2 years in Lucas County before going to Wood County Ohio.
He was listed in the 1880 census of Oak Harbor, Ottawa County Ohio as John Purdy age 42, works in a blacksmith shop, wife Frances age 36, born in Ohio and children William age 18 , a common laborer, born Ohio, Orson age 13 born Ohio, Ernestine (married name Stuart) age 10 born Indiana and Leselle age 8 months born Ohio. John was a blacksmith for many years.
John received a $25 a month pension for 8 years before he died on 30 January 1920 in West Millgrove, Perry Township, Erie County Ohio and buried Riverside cemetery West Millgrove.
RAPELJE, Daniel Barclay
Daniel Rapalje was born 15 April 1849 in St Thomas, Elgin County and was the son of
Daniel Barclay Rapelje and Nancy Thayer, both born in Canada. Barclay was the son of Daniel Rapelje and Elizabeth Vandervoort, early settlers of St Thomas.
Daniel volunteered on 23 March 1865 at East Saginaw, Saginaw County, Michigan. as Daniel L. Rapelje. He served as a private in the 6th Regiment Michigan Cavalry Company “F” and as a private in 1st Regiment Michigan Cavalry Company “K”. He was discharged from the service on 30 June, 1866 at Detroit Michigan as the war was over.
He married as Daniel Lambert Rapelje to Mary Elisabeth Smith at London, Middlesex County, Canada on October 30, 1911. The 1920 census of Mount Clemens, Macomb County, Michigan lists Rapelje, Daniel L. age 70 retired, to the US in 1865, wife Mary age 66 to US in 1909. His pension was notarized March 30 1926 at St. Cloud Florida and commenced April 15 1926 in the amount of $72.00 per month. Daniel died June 2 1927 at 104 Chilson Street, Mount Clemens, Mi.
RAPELJE, George Henry aka Hiram
George Rapleje was born in Canada about 1845 and was likely a grandson of Daniel Rapelje and Elizabeth Vandervoort, early settlers of St. Thomas.
He enlisted 5 January 1864 at Mansfield Ohio as a private 77th Regiment Ohio Infantry, Company “D” and gave his age as 18 and his occupation as a shoemaker. He was enrolled on 9 January 1864 in 42nd Regiment Ohio Infantry Company “C”. He was discharged on 15 November 1865 at Washington D.C. as the war was over. He was 5 foot 7 inches tall, of fair complexion with grey eyes and brown hair and could read and write.
He married on 22 July 1872 at Kawkawlin, Bay County Michigan stating he was age “22″ occupation shoemaker and born in Canada, to Lavina Preston age 17, resident of Kawkawlin, and born at Essexville, Mich.
A declaration of the Original invalid pension was made in Bay County Michigan on 17 March 1884 saying he was a resident of West Bay City, Bay County, and his wife was Delilah Rapelje. He received a pension of $8 per month. He died, age 94 years 2 months 28 days (likely incorrect) Informant “a” George Rapelje, 405 South Howard, Lansing Michigan
George was buried in Oakridge Cemetery at Bay City.
RICHMOND, Marenus McConnell
Marenus Richmond was born 3 July 1842 near Brighton, Northumberland County Ontario. His parents were Isaiah Richmond (1814-1852) and Eva Doxie (1817-). He enlisted on 19 May 1863 in the 15th Regiment of New York Cavalry Company “C”. This regiment was known as Spragues’ Light Cavalry and fought in many battles in Virginia such as Burks Station and Falls Church. He was discharged on 21 September 1865 at Albany New York.
He married Margaret Bissett on 20 March 1871 at Vittoria, Charlotteville Township Norfolk County Ontario. She was born on 7 February 1855 in Charlotteville Township, the daughter of David Bissett and Sarah Armstrong. They had 2 children Annabelle (aka Emma ) born 13 August 1874 and Charles born 24 July 1876 both in Norfolk County.
By 1880 the family was in Day, Montcalm County Michigan where he was a labourer.
By 1896 he was in the Old Soldier’s Home in Bath, Steuben County New York and by 1900 was in the Home for Disabled Soldiers in Dayton Ohio where he stated he had chronic rheumatism.
He stated he had lived at Yarmouth Centre, Yarmouth Township Elgin County.
In 1901 his wife, Margaret was living in Ekfrid Township Middlesex County Ontario with her daughter Emma and Emma’s husband Robert Giles and their 3 children Leta, Mary and Charles. Marenus was discharged from Dayton hospital in 1912 and joined the family in Ekfrid Township sometime thereafter. They all moved to St Thomas Ontario about 1920 where the Giles family lived at 108 Hughes Street.
Marenus died age 90 on 3 November 1932 at St Thomas and was buried in West Avenue Cemetery St Thomas (unmarked grave). His wife Margaret died 22 November 1929 and was buried in West Avenue Cemetery in Section C.
They had four grandchildren, Pearl Leta (Mrs Charles) Rychman. Catherine Mary (Mrs Fred) Dawson, Charles Nelson Giles and Julia Margariete (Mrs Alex) McDonald.
Alfred Rolls was the fourth child of Dr. James Arnold Rolls and Maria Isabella Sims born March 26 1837 in St Thomas. His parents were involved with Colonel Talbot and his settlement. His father was also one of the first doctors/druggists in the area. Alfred Rolls went to the University of Toronto to get his medical training. He was married to widow Bellle Plunkett. When he graduated the Civil War had broken out and he went to the Union army as a surgeon remaining until the end of the war. He contacted smallpox ( the vaccination did not take) and died in Nashville Tenn. on 30 December 1865.
ROSS, David Henry,
David ROSS born St. Thomas, Yarmouth Twp., Elgin Co., Ontario, Canada, 1840, son of William ROSS, born 1817, Scotland and Flora McBREIT born Scotland (1851 census for Yarmouth) died Detroit, MI, 10 Sep 1907. Married Ellen CROWLEY at Detroit 1869. Pensioner Certif. #676832. Rheumatism, injury of left arm. Private, Co. K, 23rd Illinois Infantry Vol. – Enlisted 15 June 1861 to Oct 4 1861. Wife Ellen filed for pension. She died 1908
RYAN, Michael S.
Michael Ryan was born at Lowell, Massachusetts on May 16 1848, the son of Michael Ryan of St Johns, Michigan; He served in the US Civil War and came to St. Thomas in July 1883. (Because of the large number of Michael Ryans listed as serving from both Massachusetts and Michigan. It is not known what regiment her served with)
His obit in the St Thomas Daily Times of 11 April 1914, noted he died at his home, 31 Jonas St., St Thomas in his 66th year on April 9. He was a Civil War Veteran and a Michigan Central Railroad train conductor for the past 37 years. He had started as a yardmaster in Detroit in 1877. He was survived by his wife Winnifred born 16 December 1857 (1901 census) daughters, Mrs Charles Corbett (Catharine) of 16 Queen St., and Misses Wynn and Mayme at home. He was also survived by sons John M. a conductor on the Pere Marquette Railroad of St. Thomas; and Neil at home as well as his mother, 5 sisters and 3 brothers, including B. Ryan a brother from Harbor Beach Michigan; sisters Anna and Nora Ryan from St Johns, Michigan.
Michael was buried in the St Thomas, West Ave Cemetery BL1283 large grey granite on grey granite base Michael S. RYAN / died Apr. 9, 1914 / in his 65th year (tho the obit give 66th year) ( also his son) / John M. RYAN / 1876_1954
Michael Showers III was born 4 September 1823 likely in West Zorra Township, Oxford County. He was the son of Michael Showers and Rosannah Thornton. He was the grandson of Michael Showers who was a Butlers Ranger and grandson of Abel Thornton and Rachel Burdick of Oxford County, Rachel Burdick was a sister of Caleb Burdick, Methodist preacher of Malahide Township Elgin County. Michael Showers had a brother Chauncy Showers born July 1824. Michael married about 1845 to Hannah McPherson in Ontario. She was born about 1815 and died on 24 May 1891 in Melita, Arenac County, Michigan.
They had 4 children,
- Angus Showers born on 13 February 1846 in Middlesex County Ontario,
- Sarah Ann Showers born on 25 November 1847. She died in Dutton, Elgin County, Ontario, . She was married to Nelson Eastwood Cady on 6 June 1868. Nelson Cady was born on 17 April 1845 and was the son of Isaac Cady and Elizabeth Harvey. He died 1 April 1923 age 78, at Dutton and was buried Fairview Cemetery Dutton, no monument.
Their son, David Alonzo (Lon) Cady was born 10 April 1873 and died at Dutton about 10 May 1950 in his 78th year He married Mary Jane Sutton who was born 1876 and died January 1936 and was also buried Fairview Cemetery Dutton. Township. An other son, William Nelson Cady born 24 April 1879 joined Canadian Army at St Thomas, February 1916. He lived 87 Fifth Ave St Thomas, was a railway worker, died 9 April 1929 and was buried in Section F St Thomas Cemetery (West Ave).
- David Showers born on 3 August 1850.
- James McPherson Showers born on 22 July 1853.
Michael Showers left his wife, Hannah in Ontario and went to Michigan and married
Amanda Ann Smoke on 8 May 1861 in Oakland County, Michigan. She was born in Canada May 1846. They had 2 children, Alanson M. P. Showers born on 16 January 1861 and Susan Harriett Showers born on 14 October 1862 both born Oakland County Michigan.
Michael Showers enlisted at age 38, on 27 July 1862 in the 22nd Regiment Michigan Infantry Company “A” ,as a private at Pontiac Michigan . He gave his residence as Waterford, Oakland County Michigan. Although the regiment fought at battles at Chickamauga, Chattanooga and Kenesaw, it is not known when or where Michael was captured by the Confederate forces. He was a prisoner at Andersonville (Georgia) prison camp for a time and was there treated for scurvy. He was part of a prisoner exchange by the Confederates on 1 April 1865. He was among some 2000 Union men who were on the steamboat “Sultana” after being released by the Confederates. On 27 April 1865, one of the Sultana’s boilers blew up while on the Mississippi River just above Memphis Tennessee. The steamer took fire and about 1700 men mostly Union soldiers. Michael and Peter Weaver were among those lost. The boat should have only been carrying 376 persons The operator received $5 for each soldier carried and $10 for each officer.
Michael’s widow Amanda drew a pension under the name Amanda Smoke and under the name Amanda French . She remarried at Elmwood, Tuscola County Michigan on 15 October 1871 to Samuel French. In the 1880 census they were in Gifford Township, Tuscola County where Samuel was a farm labourer and by 1900 were in Windsor Township Huron County Michigan.
SMITH, Samuel O.
Residence: St Thomas, Canada West. Enlistment Date: 05 July 1862. Distinguished Service,: Served: in Union Army for State of Indiana. Unit Numbers: 629 629.
He enlisted as a Corporal on 5 July 1862 in the 75th Regiment Indiana Infantry Company ”C” and was mustered out on 8 June 1865 at Washington D.C.
George was born in Shropshire, England on 5 September 1834 and came to Canada in 1846 with his parents Thomas and Harriet (Bratt) Stanley when he was 14 years old and settled on the Peter O’Dell farm, Lot 5, Concession 6 Westminster Township Middlesex County.
His siblings (from the 1851 and 1861 census) were Jonah, Enoch, Samuel, Harriet, James, Thomas and Phoebe (born 5 April 1856).
George joined the Union army at Taylorville Illinois and was mustered into Company “G”, 41th Illinois Infantry on 3 August 1861 as a private. He was mustered out, still a private on 29 August 1864. By 1904 he drew a Civil War pension.
George returned to Canada after the war and lived on a farm with his sister Phoebe near Sparta in Yarmouth Township, Elgin county where he was for the 1881 census. He bought a farm at Gladstone, Westminster Township in 1882. The 1901 census listed him as age 66, a farmer, living with sister Phoebe. He sold the farm in 1906 and he and Phoebe moved to Belmont, Elgin County where they were for the 1911 census.
He never married and died 18 October 1918, age 84 was buried Mapleton Cemetery South Dorchester as was his sister Phoebe who died May 1937. When he died his brothers James and Enoch were living at Sparta and brother Thomas at New Liskeard. (Info St Thomas Times Journal 26 October 1918 Page 4)
John Steele was born about 1838 in Humberstone Township, Welland County. He was listed in the 1861 Yarmouth Township, Elgin County census as John Steel age 23 born Upper Canada, single, a Quaker but no occupation was given. He was a nephew of Jonathon Steele and his wife Maria of Lot 1 Concession 4 Yarmouth. John enlisted in the Union forces in 1861 and his regiment was with General McCLellan’s “Army of the Potomac” and took part in all the principal battles including Malvern Hill and Antietam. John lost his right arm at Gettysburg.
He died 25 September 1877 age 39 at the National Soldiers home in Virginia. (St. Thomas Journal of 12 October 1877) John may have been the “John Steel” age 14 and son of Jeremiah Steel listed in the 1851 census of Walpole Township Haldimand County. Siblings of this John were Ann, Edward, Mathias, William and Wesley.
Stephen was born ca 1832 at Malahide, son of John TEEPLE and Eliza JOHNSON. He migrated to Iowa with his brothers, George and William before the Civil War and enlisted in the Union Army at Iowa. He was severely wounded in the knee at the Battle of Bentonville March 21 1865 and died 1 May 1865 at New Bern, Craven North Carolina and is buried at the Craven County National Cemetey, (New Bern National Cemetery ) given as from Co. H 9th Iowa Regmt. His brothers William and John became Cotton merchants in Savannah. Brother John married a Rhode Island girl. Stephen’s only child, Daniel James TEEPLE, was awarded a pension in 1890. Daniel was born 1855 and died at Elgin County in 1938. Stephen married Eliza Jane CORPORAN but she and son Daniel are not with Stephen in Iowa in 1860 census.
THURSTON, Arba Oscar
Arba was born 10 May 1839 at Bayham Township, Elgin, and was the son of
Francis Thurston and Harriet Tyrrell. Arba was served for 4 years and 8 months, in the 34th Regiment Illinois Infantry Company “F”, the 19th U.S. Infantry, and the 14th Regiment Veteran Volunteers, Hancocks Veteran Corps. He enlisted as a private on 12 August 1861 and joined the 34th Regiment Infantry on 7 September 1861. He was in the battles of Shiloh, Tennessee, Corinth Mississippi, Perryville and Frankfort, Kentucky, Hoods Gap and Chickamauga, Tennessee (where he was taken prisoner) He was confined in the Libby’s prison for 2 months; Danville, Virginia for 4 months; and Andersonville, Georgia for 6 months and 2 days. During his service he was a commissary clerk and Sergeant Major. After the war, he was a clerk in the War Department at Washington and at General Ord’s Headquarters in Detroit and in Quartermasters Department in Columbus Ohio for 2 years.
He was married to Hattie Serena Olney on 3 November 1866 in Pontiac, Michigan who was born on 7 January 1847 in Gouverneur, St Lawrence County, New York. She died on 27 September 1941 in Detroit, Michigan.
Arba Oscar Thurston and Hattie Serena Olney had six children:
- Frank Webster THURSTON was born on 10 January 1869. He died on 19 April 1874.
- Albert Irving THURSTON was born on 24 December 1870 in Owosso, Michigan.
He died on 14 October 1932 in Detroit, Michigan. He was buried in Elmwood Cemetery.
In Detroit City 1893 directory he was listed as a sailor and in 1895/1896 directory as a candymaker. In 1932 he was living at 1533 Ash Street. His widowed mother was listed as living at the same place.
- Edwin Arthur THURSTON was born on 3 April 1873 in Detroit. He died on 19 June 1950 in Chicago, Illinois. He was buried in St Mary’s Cemetery. He was in the Spanish-American War, and had a military type funeral.
- Frank Clifton Thurston was born on 21 February 1875.
5.William Elmer Sexton Thurston was born on 22 July 1881 in Michigan.
He died on 28 May 1968 in Tampa, Florida.
6.Sarah Edith Thurston born on 19 May 1885 in Detroit, She married Frank L. Preston
She died on 3 July 1964 in Detroit.
At one time Arba had been town clerk in Taylor, Ogle County, Illinois. He died on 23 May 1910 in Detroit, Michigan and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery Detroit. He was a carpenter. Arba’s father was Frances Thurston was born 1798 (1861 Bayham census) but Sheila Sander gives his birth date as 1792 and his birth place as New Hampshire) She states he died in 1870. Frances’ wife was Harriett Tyrrell was born 20 Sept 1805 in Connecticut. and “died
25 Feb 1852 age 46 yrs 5 mons and 5 days G/S wife of Francis Thurston” buried Calton Cemetery Bayham Township. The Thurstons lived Lot 10 South Gore, Concession Bayham Township
Francis was in the Militia in Elgin County in 1828/9 as age 30, Second Company of Second Regiment of Middlesex Militia under William Saxton Captain (information and descendants from Sheila Sander).
Abram Treadwell was born September 1832 in Malahide Township Elgin County, and the eight child of Tyron Treadwell who was born in New York State and Susan Smith born 1803.
She died in Malahide Township in 1846. Tyrone was in Malahide Township for the 1842, 1851 and 1861 census. Tyron was a farmer living on Lot 8 Concession 6 (Lot 81 North Talbot Road).
In 1851 census the family consisted of Descom born in 1830 and Ruth born 1835, Abram Treadwell and as well as Tyron and his new wife Christian (nee Bradt).
Abram was in Iowa by 1856. In 1860 he was living at Strawberry Point in the south west section of Clayton County Iowa where he was farmer with real estate worth $500. He enlisted as a private on 12 August 1862 at age of 29 in the 21th Regiment Iowa Infantry giving his residence as Strawberry Point. He was promoted to a corporal in March 1863, to a sergeant in July 1863 and a Full First Lieutenant in November 1863. He was mustered out at Baton Rouge La. on 15 July 1865.
Abram was married on 24 September 1865 at Strawberry Point to Emily A. Gagen who was born Nov 1838 in Illinois. In the 1870 census Abram was still living at Strawberry Point and was a farmer with real estate worth $2000 and chattels worth $800. He continued to live there the rest of his life, dying on 15 January 1915. Emily had died between 1910 and 1915. The family had four sons, Mark, Ray, Lynn and Charles (or Clare)
Obituary, East Elgin Reformer and Aylmer Sun, 4 Sep 1913 – Austin TURRILL, in his 71st year, passed away at his home in Blenheim on Saturday after but three days’ illness from pneumonia. The deceased was a native of South Yarmouth. Mrs. TURRILL survives. Mrs. TURRILL served in the war of the rebellion under Burnside, enlisting in the 27th Michigan at Ypsilanti, the regiment being immediately sent to the front. A bursting shell badly wounded his hip, when about a year in active service, and he was invalided home, and received his pension. Addison TURRILL of Aylmer, Isaac of Sparta and Mahlon of Saskatoon are his surviving brothers. Interment was made at Blenheim. (courtesy of Alan Mason 1/2021)
- Library and Archives Canada, 1861 Census, Yarmouth – given as “Austin TERRELL”
- Michigan Volunteers – Austin TERRILL -Port Huron, Enlisted in Company G, Twenty seventh Infantry, Feb 8, 1863, at Port Huron, for 3 years, age 20, Musteed Feb. 24, 1863, Transferred to compnay F, March 1, 1863. In hospital at Knoxfille, Tenn.
Name: Austin Turrill Gender: Male Unit: F.; G. 27 Mich. Inf Filing Date: 20 May 1876 Place Filed: Canada Relation to Head: Soldier Spouse: Jane Turrill Roll Number: 482
Emory Taylor was born 25 July 1848 at Fosterdale, New York and was the son of Emery Foster Tyler, There was “a” Emery O. Tyler age 4 at Sullivan County New York in 1850 with his grandparents, Timothy Tyler and Hannah.
He enlisted on 22 July 1862 at Elmira New York in 107th Regiment New York Infantry, Company “B “ as a private. He gave his age as 18. He was mustered out on 5 June 1865 at Washington D.C. He married Anna Sharpless Kreigh who was born at Catawissa, Pennsylvania.
The 1881 census for St. Thomas, Ontario, lists Emery Tyler age 37(ie born about 1844) wife, Annie, 30, born US and children, Charles, 7, William, 4. The 1901 census for St. Thomas states that Emery Tyler was born at New York 1 April 1848.
The 1911 census for St. Thomas states that Emery Tyler was born in 1851 and immigrated to Canada in 1878. Emery TYLER, died 14 March 1931 at age 82 and was a retired Michigan Central Railroad engineer. (Vital Records of Ontario)
Obit of Emery O Tyler died 16 March 1931 St Thomas Times Journal
Late Emery O Tyler was M.C.R Engineer
Lived in City Fifty Years Prominent in Masonic Circles. After an illness of about a year
Emory O Tyler retired MCR engineer died Saturday in the memorial hospital aged 82.
Mr. Tyler was born in Fosterdale N.Y but came to St Thomas about fifty years and has been here ever since. He was well known in Railway and Masonic circles being a member of the
St Thomas Lodge, A F and A M No 44, Palatine Chapter No 54 Burleigh Preceptor No 23 Knights Templar and Moocha Temple of the shrine. Besides his widow he leaves three sons William of Buffalo, Charles of New York and Glen of Toronto The funeral will be held Tuesday from the residence 89 Wellington Street at two o’clock to St Thomas cemetery. Rev Dr Martin officiating and under the auspices of St Thomas Lodge.
Grave Stone St. Thomas Cemetery.
Karl Glendia TYLER / 1881-1961 / Sarah Jane PEACOCK / wife of Glen TYLER / 1880-1937 / TYLER / Ana Sharpless KREIGH / wife of E. O. TAYLOR / 1850-1910 / Emory O. TYLER / born 1848-died 1931 / aged 82 years / TYLER
WALKER, Henry Pinckney
Henry was born about 1841 in Jamaica and was the son of Benjamin Walker of
St Thomas. The family came from Jamaica to Charleston, South Carolina. Henry went to school at Citadel Academy in Charleston and upon graduating joined the 17th Regiment South Carolina Charleston Battalion (Confederate Forces)as a Lieutenant. He was an adjutant to Colonel Gaillard.
Henry died 4 July 1862 at the Military Hospital at Hilton Head, South Carolina of wounds that he suffered in the battle of James Island, South Carolina in early August 1862.
He was to be buried in the Magnolia Cemetery. (All from the St Thomas Weekly Dispatch of 18 Sept 1862 quoting the Charles Courier of 16 August 1862)
The 1861 census of St Thomas lists Benjamin Walker age 44, born England, barrister Church of England, wife Caroline age 32 born England with children Marie age 16, Charles age 14, Fanny age 12, all born West Indies and Mary B. age 2 born Upper Canada. Benjamin Walker was the secretary of the Elgin Flax association.
WALLACE, Robert Octavius
Octavius Wallace was born 1835 in St Thomas, the youngest of nine children of Patrick Wallace and Agnes McKay. (Aunt of K.W. McKay, the long time clerk of Elgin County).
The 1851 census for St. Thomas, Yarmouth Township, Elgin County lists him as Octavas Wallace, age 17, blacksmith, born Canada West, mother, Agnes Wallace, age 50 born Scotland, and a widow and a Ann M., 20 or 30 born England (maybe a sister).
Octavus is also listed in the 1860 census for Kalamazoo, Michigan with his mother and two sisters. He was 27 and a master blacksmith. He enlisted as a corporal for three years at Detroit Michigan on 25 May 1861 in 2nd Regiment Michigan Volunteers. He was on the muster roll of company “I” for May 1862 when he was killed in battle on 5 May 1862 at Williamsburg Virginia.
For photos of his fathers gravestone in the Old English Churchyard Walnut Street.
A GAR marker for Octavius was placed on the grave in 2001.
Patrick Wallace /died Mar. 28, 1839 / AE 47 / Octavius A. / his son killed at the battle of / Williamsburg Va./ May 5, 1862 /AE 26 / a Corporal of Co. I 2d / Reg Mich. V el.
WEAVER, Peter W.
Peter Weaver was born 1842 in Bayham Township, Elgin County and was the eldest child of Thomas Edison Weaver and Tamar Haines Weaver. The Weavers were pioneer families from Nova Scotia in the 1820’s. Peter enlisted on 13 August 1862, age 20. He joined the 115th Regiment Ohio Infantry Company “C” on 19 September 1962.
He was taken prisoner at Lavergne Tennessee on 5 December 1864 by the Confederate Forces and was in Vicksburg and Camp Chase as well as Andersonville Georgia prison camp after being shipped south by the Confederates. He was among some 2000 Union men who were on the steamboat “Sultana” after being released by the Confederates. On 27 April 1865, one of the Sultana’s boilers blew up while on the Mississippi River just above Memphis Tennessee. The steamer took fire and about 1700 men mostly Union soldiers including Peter Weaver and Michael Showers were lost. The boat should have only been carrying 376 persons. The operator received $5 for each soldier carried and $10 for each officer.
Thomas Weaver lived Lot 2 Concession 1 Bayham. Siblings of Peter were Jane (Martin), James, Susan (Martin), Emeline, John H., Judson, Sarah C, aka Kate, Benjamin and Ida .
The following letter was written by Peter Weaver (during the American Civil War, 1861-65) to his sister (probably Jane).
With pleasure I take my pen in hand to inform you that I am well and I hope these pen lines will find you the same. We are at Vicksburg yet, and I don’t know how long we will stay here but I guess that we will not stay here long for they are peroling (sic) every day and they will soon send us to Camp Chase near Columbus and perhaps we will get a furlough if nothing turns to stop it for we have been seeing such hard times since we was captured and in the Confederacy we was starved and marched through the rain. When we stated from Columbia Tennessee they gave us corn meal and we got the citizens to bake it up for us. The way was to mix it up with cold water and a little salt and then bake it till is(sic) as dry as a chip and there is no more [substance] than a sock. And then we had to carry enough for (…) days rations and it comenced(sic) raining the day that we started and rained untill the 9 day. So you can just supose(sic) what it was to march all day through the (…) and ford crick(sic) up to the neck and at night lay down in the mud and rain without enny(sic) covering or dry cloths. My cloths was wet for 10 day without being dry and the weather being pretty cold, it was in December and after that we was put in hog cars and run (…) miles. I spent my Christmas on the cars between (…) and (Maridian). We went through Tennessee and Alabama, Miss(.. .) & Gorgia (sic) in my pleasure trip through the (…) cities but it has fill me of going south.
If you can read this you can do more than I can. You need not wright (sic) yet until you hear from me again.
Yours truly Good by
Give my best respects and love to all.
P.W. Weaver CRC 115 Regt.
OVI (Ohio Volunteer Infantry)
All of you
WHITESELL ,John William
John was born in Yarmouth Township, Elgin County on 1 September 1821 and was the son of Aaron Whitesell and Lucretia Smith. John married first at Yarmouth Township, Elgin County Ontario on 21 March 1844, Sybil “Isabella” Wilton who was the daughter of William Nelson Wilton. She was born at Brighton, Somersetshire, England, on 19 April 1826.
In January of 1851 the family moved to Illinois, then to Fort Atkinson, Iowa, to Cerro Gordo County, Iowa and then to Manes Grove in Franklin County Iowa. Three daughters were born in the U.S., Josephine, Harriet and Jane.
John enlisted 32nd Regiment Iowa Infantry Company “H” on 14 August 1862 giving his residence as Maysville, Iowa and his age as 40, Mustered in on 13 September 1862. Mustered out on 25 May 1865 in Davenport, Iowa. John was 5 foot 9 inches tall with a light complexion with blue eyes and fair hair.
Isabella stated that John deserted her in July 1870 and believing John was dead, remarried in Iowa or Kansas, on 1 March 1874, to Gottlieb Langer. She deserted him and was divorced by Langer in 1880, after she found out that her first husband John Whitesell was still living in Ontario and had remarried. She died 19 March 1902 at Iowa Falls, Harding County, Iowa and was buried at the Union Cemetery, Iowa Falls,
John Whitesell, however was not dead but had gone back to Canada and married on
16 January 1871 to Martha Jane Nickerson, who was born about 1844 in Malahide Township, Elgin County and was the daughter of Levi and Sarah (Goff) Nickerson of Malahide Township. Ontario, John and Martha had 5 sons. Two boys were burned to death in a fire. Charles moved to Western Canada, Orton moved to St. Thomas, Ontario, and raised a family. George lived in Detroit, Michigan and had no family.” (From John Whitesell notes dated 10 August 1976)
John died at St. Thomas 3 May 1884. The St. Thomas Cemetery register gives a James (sic error, should be John) “Whitsel”, died 2 May 1884, buried 4 May, in the Strangers Ground, age 63 years, 8 months and 4 days, of inflammation of the lungs. No grave marker.
After John died Martha married secondly to Mathew Morris. She died at St. Thomas, Ontario, 27 December 1890.
Thus John was a bigamist with 2 wives. As John had served in the Civil War, his legitimate widow was eligible for a pension. This set off a court battle for the pension money and there is a great amount of information in the Army pension files for John Whitesell concerning his activities and his deceit with his two wives.
William Whitesell was born in Malahide Township, Elgin, on 21 February 1831, and was the son of Daniel Whitesell and Elizabeth Felker of Malahide. William was a cousin to John William Whitesell who also served in the Civil War.
William married Hannah L. Smith on 1 April 1858 who was the daughter of William Smith and Anna Emsley who was born 3 March 1836 in Lincoln County Ontario. William and Hannah Whitesell had one child, Albert Hamilton Whitesell born 1859. William enlisted as a private on the 26th of September 1861 at St. Charles, Illinois in the 52nd Regiment, Illinois Volunteers Company “G” to serve 3 years. He was mustered in at Geneva, Kane County Illinois in October 1861 by Capt. F. H. Bowman of 52nd Illinois Regiment Company”G”,. He began service 19 November 1861 at Geneva, Illinois. Whitesell was described as a native of Elgin County, Canada West, age 26 years old, 5 feet, 8 ½ inches tall, darkish complexion, brown eyes, black hair and by occupation a farmer.
He died of typhoid fever at Camp Montgomery near Corinth, Mississippi. On the muster Roll of Company “G” for the months of July and August 1862, it is reported “Died in Hospital at Camp Montgomery, near Corinth, Miss. July 7, 1862.” He was buried at the Corinth Mississippi National cemetery
His wife Hannah applied for pension for herself and her only child, Albert Alexander Whitesell. US Civil War Pension File is No. 42697 There is a letter dated 4 March 1910 by Hannah apparently just before she died to the pension office concerning vouchers. He had been with the 52nd Regiment till the time of his death which occurred July 7th 1862 of “brain fever”.
“He left $24.05 which was paid to the U.S. Paymaster and Notes to the amount of $150 or there about which is now in my possession. He owes about $30 to William Mock of my Company. Send me the proper proof that you are his proper heir and I will send you the notes or leave them with who ever you may direct.” An inventory of his possessions taken 10 July 1862 shows that he possessed notes signed at Pittsburg, Tennessee, Savannah and St. Louis. It would appear that he did some traveling in the six months that he was serving with the Union Army.
There is an Obit for William Whitesell, in the Elgin Gazette / Weekly Gazette, newspaper of 13 November 1861, page 4, col 3. It appears that he had been a former resident of Warwick Township, Lambton County. In 1871 census, Hannah “Whitesill” was a widow, age 35, living in Bosanquet Township Lambton County, Ontario. With her was her son Albert, 12.
In the 1881, 1882 directory for St. Thomas, Hannah Whitesell (widow of William) was a resident at 38 John Street. Her son Albert H. Whitesell, engineer with Morse and Oill, boards at 38 John Street. The 1881 St. Thomas census lists Hannah Whitesell as age 45, born Ontario, English origin, widow, with son Albert, 22, a factory engineer. Hannah died about 12 June 1910 in Georgetown, Halton County Ontario.
Bruce and Letty Johnson visited the Corinth MS cemetery in March 2004 and took photos of the grave stone. which was in good shape.
WHITESELL, WILLIAM Pvt. US Army Civil War Date of death: 07/07/1862
Buried Section A Site 2249 Corinth National Cemetery Corinth, Mississippi
WHITNEY, William E.
William E. Whitney was born about 1811 at Penfield (near Rochester), New York, and was the son of Jeremiah Whitney, a native of New England. William’s wife, Mary Scott, was born in Niagara County New York on 7 September 1815. Her father, William Scott was born in Connecticut. Her mother, Joanna Crane was a native of Elizabeth, New Jersey and was a daughter of Colonel Jacob Crane. William and Mary had married at Niagara on 13 October 1832.
William E. Whitney was in Ontario by 1836 when his son William W. was born. He was listed in 1842 census of Yarmouth Township Elgin County with a family of 6, living on 50 acre farm in the area of Lot 4 Range 1 South of the Edgware Road. He was a Baptist Minister as well as a farmer during his time in Elgin. The family lived in Ontario until 1849, when they moved to Jackson County Michigan being in Rives Township for the 1850 census, William
age 38 born New York, farmer, wife Mary age 34 born New York and children Lucy age 16 born New York, William age 14, Martha age 12, Ferdinand age 10 and Hannah age 3 all born Canada. By the 1860 census time, William had moved to Leslie Township Ingham County Michigan where he was a Free Will Baptist minister. The family had ten children in total, two of whom died in childhood, James and Mary. The other eight who reached adult hood were Juli A. born 5 September 1833 in New York, William W. born 25 March 1836 in Canada (who also served in the Civil War, see his profile in this publication), Martha born 28 June 1838 in Canada, Ferdinand born 2 March 1840 in Canada, Hannah E. born 23 December 1846 in Canada,
Joanna C. born 22 July 1850 in Michigan, Deantha Ardell born 21 December 1853 in Michigan and Sarah Georgiana born 28 August 1856 in Michigan.
William E. enlisted for Civil War duty in the 12th Michigan Infantry Company “G” on
19 December 1861 and served until 20 July 1862 as a private . He re-enlisted on 29 July 1864 in the 21th Michigan Infantry Company “I”. and served as a sergeant. At the siege of Savannah Georgia on 13 December 1864, he was shot through the knee and as a result lost his leg. He was discharged on 16 June 1865 from hospital at Detroit.
He returned to Leslie Township where he was listed in the 1870 and 1880 census as a farmer. He died in September 1883, in Leslie Township at the age of 73 years. He drew a pension for his disability. After his death, his widow Mary received a widow’s pension starting in December 1883 until her death on 24 December 1897, the last payment being $12 in December 1896. Mary was in Elba Township Gratiot County Michigan for the 1890 special census of Civil War veterans and widows. Sources of info include wiki.whitneygen.org
WHITNEY, William W.
William W. Whitney was born March 25, 1836 in Ontario, (likely Elgin County) and was the son of William E. Whitney who was born at Penfield (near Rochester), New York and
Mary Scott. William E Whitney was also a veteran of the civil war. See his bio.
William W. was a member of the family of 6 who were listed in the 1842 census of Yarmouth Township Elgin County living on 50 acre farm in the locality of Lot 4 Range 1 South of the Edgware Road. William lived in Ontario until 1849, when the family moved to Rives Township Jackson County, Michigan, and later to Leslie Township Ingham County, Michigan. His father and mother had 10 children, two of whom died young.
William W. went from Michigan to Whiteside County, Illinois, where on 3 October 1858 he married Elizabeth C. Berry who was born October 1839 in Darke County Ohio.
On 2 September 1862, at Fairfield Illinois, William enlisted as a private in Company B, 75th Illinois Volunteer Infantry. He participated in the battles of Perryville, Chickamauga, Lookout Mountain, Missionary Ridge, Resaca, Marietta, Kenesaw Mountain, Atlanta, Georgia, Franklin, and Nashville, Tennessee, and many other battles and skirmishes. He was honorably discharged at Camp Harper, (Nashville) Tennessee on 12 June 1865.
He then returned to Illinois where he lived until 1867 when he moved to Franklin County, Iowa where he was listed in the 1870 census of Oscela Township (Hampton Post Office)
The family was listed as William Whitney age 34, farmer, wife Elizabeth C. age 28 and children Ada age 9 born Illinois and Mary age 7 born Ohio. William’s brother F.S. (Ferdinand) Whitney, also a farmer was living next to him. After a residence of six years in Franklin County, he went to Cass County Illinois.
In the 1880 census he was listed as a farmer in Fairfield, Bureau County Illinois with wife Elizabeth and 3 children (2 daughters and a son William). In 1881 he went to Pottawattamie County Iowa . There he bought 80 acres of wild prairie land, on which he made many improvements. including a good house and barn and suitable buildings for grain and stock along with a fine orchard. He and his wife and two daughters were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Spring Creek. He served as class-leader and also as superintendent of the Sunday school. He was a member of the Robert Provard Post No. 414 of Carson, and served as chaplain of the post.
He drew a Civil War pension on 3 June 1891. He was listed in the 1900 census of Center Township, Pottawattamie County as a farmer born March 1836, with wife Elizabeth born October 1839 and daughter Ada L. born April 1861. For the 1910 census William was living in the Oakland ward of Belknap Township Pottawattamie County age 74, a widower with his daughter Ada (age 48). He was still in Oakland with Ada for the 1920 census. He died on 31 October 1920 at Oakland.
The Whitneys had three children, Ada L., Mary A.(born about 1864 and a successful teacher of Center Township) and William B. born after 1870. Source of some info”Biographical History Pottawattamie County Iowa,” Lewis Publishing Company, 1891,
WILLIAMS, Richard Franklin
obit St. Thomas Journal, 5 February 1916. Page 8, c 2 _
Died a resident of 84 Talbot St., St Thomas Richard Franklin WILLIAMS, 83 years on Feb 5, born in St Catharines in 1844 and a resident of St Thomas for the past 38 years; a US pensioner who fought in the war between the North and South; proprietor of a barber shop in the west end (of St Thomas) survived by wife, 3 sons and 1 daughter, not named; brother of Mrs. Martha Moore of Buffalo. Funeral February 7 from his home.
Funeral St Thomas Times Journal 8 February 1916 Page 8 co l6 _
Richard Franklin Williams, Feb 7 from his residence, 84 Talbot St to St Thomas Cemetery; Elder Errington of Toronto Seventh Day Adventists conducted the service assisted by Rev John Taylor, Methodist minister of Chatham.
Pallbearers were J. C. Gillan, John Heard, John Moore, Earl Freeman, Edwin Merritt and Charles Nichols. Among those attending from a distance were Miss Mina Harris, Rochester and Mrs John Portese, London. No gravestone found in St Thomas
1901 Census ELGIN(East) St.Thomas E_1 Page 5
Williams Rich M Head Mar born Feb 21 1844 , bn Ont, African, Pres, barber
wife Williams Mary F Feb 9 1862 age 39, bn Ont, African
Williams Lorne M Son S Mar 2 1882 age 19, bn Ont, African
Williams John M Son S May 8 1888 age 12, bn Ont, African
Williams Harry M Son S Oct 3 1891 age 9, bn Ont, African
Coraline Leida F Mother in Law W Apr 3 1831 age 69, bn US, em 1870, African
NOTE: All listed as Black
1911 / Ontario / Elgin West / 25 St. Thomas / page 10, 408 Talbot St;
Williams Richard L M Head M Feb 1844 67, St Catherine’s, Catholic, Barber
Williams Mary A F Wife M Feb 1844 67, bn Oxford, 7th Day Advent
(Note birthdate appears to be in error by census taker)
Williams Lorne A H M Son S Mar 1882 age 29, bn Oxford
Williams Harry R M Son S Oct 1892 19, bn St Thomas
Williams Howard W M Son S Jan 1904 7, bn St Thomas
Cornelius Lydia A F Mother_in_law W Sep 1831 79, bn USA, Friends
NOTE: St Catharines and St Thomas scratched out and Ont entered; all listed as Canadian
Rev. C. H. Kimball was a U.S. civil war veteran who became minister of Aylmer Baptist Church as 1894 ended and left Aylmer in 1898. He gave well-attended lectures about Gettysburg where he had fought.
The Aylmer Express: Jan. 24, 1895, p. 1. Announcing a lecture on Gettsburg by Rev. C. H. Kimball who took part in the battle. Canadiana, https://www.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.N_00221_189401/586?r=0&s=4
The Aylmer Express: Jan. 31, 1895, p. 1. Rev. C. H. Kimball’s Reception. Canadiana, https://www.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.N_00221_189401/596?r=0&s=5
The Aylmer Express: Feb. 7, 1895, p. 1. The town hall was full for Rev. C. H. Kimball’s three hour lecture on Gettysburg. Canadiana, https://www.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.N_00221_189401/606?r=0&s=3
The Aylmer Sun: Feb. 7, 1895, p. 1. An account of Rev. C. H. Kimball’s lecture on Gettysburg.
The Aylmer Express: Sept. 16, 1897, p. 1. A picnic at Port Burwell in honour of Rev. Mr. Kimball, prior to his departure. Canadiana, https://www.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.N_00221_189609/682?r=0&s=5
The Aylmer Express: Jan. 18, 1900, p. 6. Rev. C. H. Kimball took an active part in a January, 1900 pro-Boer meeting in Buffalo, N. Y. The Aylmer Express criticized him. Canadiana, https://www.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.N_00221_189812/704?r=0&s=1
The Aylmer Express: Nov. 14, 1901, p. 1. Reports the death of Rev. C. H. Kimball in New York. Canadiana, https://www.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.N_00221_190102/443?r=0&s=5
Clarion Hazen Kimball, with photograph and military background, FindAGrave: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/75552814/clarion-hazen-kimball
An extensive obituary can be found at Internet Archive,The Kimball Family News, https://archive.org/details/kimballfamilynewv45tope/page/n677/mode/2up