William T. or S. Agard

William T. or S. Agard was born 1831 in Leroy, Lake County, Ohio.

In 1850 there was a 19-year-old William Agard living with a farmer named Duncan Campbell and his family in Pawling, Dutchess County, New York.

In any case, William eventually left Ohio and settled in Michigan. He was probably living in White Oak Township, Ingham County, when he married another White Oak resident, New York native Lora Sheldon on July 20, 1857, in Bunker Hill, Ingham County; they had at least one child, a daughter Mary (b. 1858).

By 1860 William was working as a laborer and living with his wife and child in Delta, Eaton County. Two houses away lived Orville Ingersoll who would also join the Third Michigan infantry.

William stood 5’8” with blue eyes, brown hair and a fair complexion, and was 30 years old and working as a laborer and living in either Delta or Lansing’s Second Ward when he enlisted in Company G on August 8, 1862, at Lansing for 3 years. (Company G, formerly the “Williams’ Rifles”, was made up predominantly of men from the Lansing area.) He was mustered the same day, and reported to the Regiment at Upton’s Hill, Virginia, on September 8.

Shortly after joining the regiment in Virginia William contracted typhoid fever. He soon recovered but then suffered a relapse. According to Edgar Clark, also of Company G, William was sick for only several hours before he died in the Regimental hospital at Falmouth, Virginia on December 6, 1862. He was buried at 4:00 p.m. the same day. (Presumably, William was buried near Falmouth although this remains uncertain.)

In 1865 his widow Lora applied for and received a pension (no. 63881). She apparently remarried one James Maskow, who, unknown to Lora, was already married. Lora divorced James and was living in Lansing when she married David White in 1870 at the home of A. J. Sheldon in Lansing. David was killed in a railroad accident two years later and in 1879 Lora married William Sunt (he died in 1889).

City, Big Rapids, Woodville, Cadillac, Fish Creek (Montcalm County) and Edmore, all in Michigan.