George Girdler

George Girdler, also known as “Gerdler,” was born 1840 in Massachusetts, the son of William (b. 1810) and Nathalie or Natha or Martha (b. 1818).

Massachusetts native William and French-born Nathalie were probably married in Massachusetts and they settled in Michigan sometime before 1847 when their son Benjamin was born. William moved his family to Grand Rapids area around 1853, and by 1860 George was a farm laborer living on the family farm in Walker, Kent County.

George was 21 years old and still living in Grand Rapids when he enlisted in Company B on May 13, 1861. He was killed in action on May 31, 1862, at Fair Oaks, Virginia. He was buried in Seven Pines National Cemetery: section B, grave 154.

His parents were still living in Walker in 1870. In 1887 his mother “Nathalie” was living in Michigan when she applied for and received a pension (no. 244405?). His widowed mother (?), Martha or “Matty,” was living at 180 Fifth Street, Grand Rapids Seventh Ward in 1890.