Cyrus Loren Brigham

Cyrus Loren Brigham was born July 31, 1837, in Madison, Madison County, New York, the son of Timothy (b. 1816) and Wealthy A. (b. 1814 ).

On March 24, 1836, New York natives Timothy and Wealthy A. (d. 1887) were married in Eaton, Madison County, New York, and settled in Eaton where they were living by 1850. Sometime between 1850 and 1852 Loren’s family moved from New York to Illinois and by about 1857 they had settled in Sparta, Kent County, Michigan. By 1860 Loren was working as a farm laborer and living with his family in Grand Rapids’ Fourth Ward, where his father was a shoemaker.

Loren (or Laren) stood 5’6” with gray eyes, brown hair and a light complexion and was 23 years old and probably still living in Grand Rapids (or in Polkton, Ottawa County) when he enlisted in Company B on May 13, 1861. In July of 1862 he was reported working as an officers’ cook, and he was quite probably wounded on August 29, 1862, at Second Bull Run. In any case, he was present for duty when he reenlisted on December 23, 1863, at Brandy Station, Virginia, for three years, crediting Grand Rapids. He subsequently returned home to Grand Rapids on veteran’s furlough in early January of 1864.

He rejoined the Regiment on or about the first of February, and was transferred to Company E, Fifth Michigan infantry upon consolidation of the Third and Fifth Michigan Regiments on June 10, 1864. Although he was reported as absent sick in August, he eventually rejoined the Fifth Michigan, and was wounded by a gunshot to the stomach on April 6 or 7, 1865, probably at Sayler’s (or Sailor”s) Creek, near Appomattox court house.

Loren died of “a penetrating wound to the abdomen by a musket ball” on April 7, 8 or 9, 1865, in the Second Division hospital (Ninth Corps) at Burkville, Virginia. Originally buried at Burkville Station, Virginia, he was reinterred in Poplar Grove National Cemetery: original division E, section E, grave no. 701.

About 1871 Loren’s family moved to Woodland, Barry County, and then settled in Englishville, Kent County around 1876. In 1872 his mother applied for and received a pension (no. 228881?).

They were residing in Englishville when Wealthy died in 1887. Timothy applied for and received a dependent’s father pension (nos. 364619 and 241471 respectively).