Jesse I. Crapo

Jesse I. Crapo, also known as “Krapo”, was born 1844 in Bloomville, Seneca County, Ohio, the son of David (b. 1808-1879) and Mercy or Maria (Sowle or Soule 1810-1886).

Jesse’s parents were married October 9, 1831, in Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts (where both had been born) and by 1836 had settled in Bloomville or Bloom, Seneca County, Ohio, where they lived for more than a dozen years. Sometime after 1848 the family left Ohio and eventually settled in Michigan. By 1860 Jesse was working as a farm hand and living with his family on a large farm in Odessa, Ionia County.

He stood 5’10” with gray eyes, dark hair and a light complexion, and was an 18-year-old farmer living in Odessa, Ionia County when he enlisted in Company E on March 11, 1862, at Saranac, Ionia County for 3 years, and was mustered the same day. He was sick with typhoid fever in the hospital at Bottom’s Bridge, Virginia in June of 1862, and in fact he died of typhoid fever at either Fair Oaks or Savage Station, Virginia, on June 17, 1862. He was presumably buried near Fair Oaks or Savage Station.

By 1870 his parents were still living on a farm in South Cass, Odessa Township, Ionia County. In 1885 his mother applied for a pension (application no. 326,826) but the certificate was apparently never granted.