Marcus D. L. Colf - update 1/11/2017

Marcus or Marquis D. L. Colf was born in 1842 in New York, the son of New York natives Levinas (1802-1864) and Lucinda (1820-1863).

 By 1850 Marcus (or Marquis) was living with his family and attending school with several siblings in Wolcott, Wayne County, New York. His family eventually moved west, settling in Shiawassee County, Michigan.

Marquis was probably living in Shiawassee County when he enlisted at the age of 20 in Company E, 14th Michigan Infantry, on December 2, 1861, at Owosso, Shiawassee County, for 3 years and mustered on January 7, 1862. (His older brother Mathew would enlist in Company E, 14th Michigan in March of 1862.)He was discharged for disability on July 5, 1863, at Detroit, Wayne County. Curiously, he was in Michigan in February of 1863 when he applied for and received a pension (529933).

Marquis returned to Shiawassee County after his discharge and was living in Bennington when he registered for the draft in July of 1863.

Marquis was possibly living in Livingston County when he reentered the service in the 3rd Michigan Infantry. He stood 5’6” with gray eyes, brown hair and a light complexion and was a 22-year-old farmer possibly living in Umadilla, Livingston County, Michigan, when he enlisted in Company G on January 1, 1864, for 3 years at Umadilla, crediting Umadilla, and was mustered January 4 at Pontiac, Oakland County. He joined the Regiment on February 18 at Camp Bullock, Virginia, and was probably absent sick when he was transferred to Company F, 5th Michigan infantry upon consolidation of the 3rd and 5th Michigan Regiments on June 10, 1864. By early August he had been transferred from a hospital in Washington to a general hospital in York, Pennsylvania.

Marquis (or Marcus) remained absent sick through February of 1865 when he supposedly deserted on February 14 from either Harewood hospital in Washington, DC or the hospital in York, Pennsylvania.

There is no further record.

Marquis was married and had at least one child, a son William. He worked as a laborer and was a Protestant.

It appears that Marquis spent most of his life shuttling from one National Military Home after another.

Marquis was listed as a widower with a son William in Des Moines, Iowa as his nearest relative when he was admitted to the Western branch NMH at Leavenworth, Kansas on February 9, 1909, discharged at his own request on May 21, 1909. Marquis reported himself as a widower with a son William as his nearest relative living in Des Moines, Iowa when he was admitted to the Pacific branch NMH in Los Angeles, California, on November 2, 1909 and discharged at his own request on April 4, 1910. Marquis reported himself as a widower with a son William as his nearest relative living in Des Moines, Iowa, when he was admitted to the Danville, Illinois branch NMH on November 23, 1911, and discharged at his own request on April 18, 1912. He was listed as a widower with a son William in Des Moines, Iowa as his nearest relative when he was admitted to the Central branch NMH in Dayton, Ohio, on October 2, 1912 and discharged at his own request on January 3, 1913. On January 23, 1913 he was admitted to the Northwestern branch in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and discharged at his own request on June 18, 1913.

On July 25, 1913 he was admitted to the Western branch in Leavenworth, Kansas, and discharged at his own request on March 19, 1914. He was admitted as a widower listing a brother Jerry Colf in Durand, Michigan as his nearest relative when he was admitted to the Mountain Branch NMH in Johnson City, Tennessee, on April 27, 1914 and discharged at his own request on March 18, 1915. He was readmitted to the Mountain branch on March 22, 1915 per GO 158 and discharged June 5, 1915 per GO 303. He was listed as a widower with a son William in Des Moines, Iowa as his nearest relative when he was admitted to the Marion, Indiana branch NMH on October 9, 1915 and discharged at his own request on January 2, 1916. On February 10, 1916 he was readmitted to the Northwestern branch and discharged at his own request on June 16, 1916. On July 19, 1016, he was admitted to the Danville branch and discharged at his own request on December 21, 1916. He was admitted to the Southern branch in Hampton, Virginia, on January 8, 1917 and discharged at his own request on April 5, 1917. He was readmitted to the Central branch in Dayton on May 5, 1917 and discharged at his own request on June 30, 1917. On July 18, 1917 he was readmitted to the Western branch and discharged at his own request on June 20, 1918. He was admitted to the Battlefield Mountain branch in Hot Springs, South Dakota on July 13, 1918 and discharged at his own request on September 2, 1918. Marquis was readmitted for the final time in the Western branch on October 10, 1918.

Marquis died of heart disease at the Western branch NMH hospital in Leavenworth at 4:40 am on July 24, 1919 and was buried in the Home cemetery: 24-13-6156.