Jacob F. Bippley

Jacob F. Bippley, also known as “Bibbley” or “Bibblee”, was born 1833 in Medina, Ohio.

Jacob left Ohio and moved westward, eventually settling in western Michigan. By 1860 he was working a small farm in Sebawa, Ionia County, next door to his younger brother (?) John, also born in Ohio, and who was also working as a farm laborer.

Jacob stood 6’0” with blue eyes, light hair and a dark complexion and was a 29-year-old farmer probably living in Ionia County when he enlisted on March 3, 1862, in Company C at Saranac, Ionia County for 3 years, and was mustered March 13. He was absent sick in July of 1862 through August, probably at the U.S. General Hospital in Annapolis, Maryland. He eventually recovered and returned to the Regiment, and was reported missing in action on November 30, 1863, at Mine Run, Virginia. In fact he had been taken prisoner at Mine Run. He was initially confined at Richmond on December 30, and subsequently sent to Andersonville prison in Georgia on March 18, 1864.

Jacob died of chronic diarrhea at the Andersonville prison on July 12, 1864, and was buried in Andersonville National Cemetery: grave no. 3215.

No pension seems to be available.