Charles Bennett

Charles Bennett was born 1843 in Eaton County, Michigan, probably the son of Lyman (b. 1814) and Irene (b. 1815).

New York natives Lyman and Irene were married probably in New York where they resided for some years. They left New York sometime after 1839 and by 1840 Lyman had settled his family in Oneida, Eaton County, Michigan. By 1850 Charles was attending school with his older siblings and living on the family farm in Oneida. By 1860 Charles and his two sisters Sarah and Elizabeth were living with the Allard family in Eaton Rapids, Eaton County.

Charles was an 18-year-old farmer who stood 5’9” with brown eyes, brown hair and a fair complexion, probably living in Eaton County when he enlisted in Company B on May 13, 1861. He was discharged for consumption on July 29, 1861, at Arlington Heights, Virginia.

It appears that after being discharged Charles returned to Eaton County where he married New York native Lucinda Warren (1844-1912) in Eaton Rapids on March 23, 1862. They had at least three children: Emily (b. 1866), Burton (b. 1868) and Mary Jane (b. 1870).

Charles reentered the service in Company K, Seventh Michigan cavalry on March 26, 1864, at Eaton Rapids for 3 years, crediting Eaton County, and was mustered April 9 at Jackson, Jackson County. From September through November of 1864 he was on detached service, then reported AWOL from January of 1865 through April of 1865, and absent sick from May through September. According to a statement he made in March of 1868, on or about April 15, 1865, while serving with the Seventh Michigan cavalry near Point-of-Rocks, Maryland, he contracted hip disease. He was subsequently sent to Judiciary Square hospital in Washington, DC, until the middle of June when he was transferred to Douglas Hospital in Washington. He also claimed to have remained at Douglas Hospital until he was discharged.

And indeed, it is reported in one source that he was discharged for disability on August 10, 1865. Other records, however, note that on November 17, 1865, he was transferred to Company C, First Michigan cavalry -- along with the veterans and recruits from the Seventh Michigan cavalry. The First Michigan cavalry served was on duty in the District of Utah from November of 1865 until March of 1866. In any case, Charles was absent sick as of December 31, 1865, at Washington, DC, and subsequently mustered out with the First Michigan cavalry on March 10, 1866, at Salt Lake City, Utah.

After he left the army Charles returned to Eaton County, settling in Eaton Rapids where he remained until August of 1867 when he moved to Walton Township, in Eaton County, and he worked as a farmer for a number of years. He was still living in Walton in 1868, but by 1870 Charles and Lucinda moved their family back to a farm in Eaton Rapids, and were probably residing on Lake Street by 1874.

In 1865 Charles applied for and received pension no. 90715.

Charles died, presumably at his home on Lake Street in Eaton Rapids, on June 2, 1874, and was presumably buried in or near Eaton Rapids.

His widow applied for and received pension no. 169991. She was living as a widow in Dimendale, Eaton County, in 1880, along with two of her children. She eventually remarried in 1883 to one Henry Geissbrook (d. 1899), in Alaidon, Ingham County. Subsequently a pension was filed on behalf of at least one minor child and granted (no,. 203663). By 1901 Lucinda was living in Corunna, Shiawassee County.