William H. Graham

William H. Graham was born 1828 in Dutchess County, New York.

William’s parents were both born in New York. William left New York State and came to Michigan, eventually settling in Ottawa County. By 1860 William was a farm laborer working for and/or living with Henry Cooley and Joel Lilley, farmers in Tallmadge, Ottawa County.

He stood 5’10” with black eyes, black hair and a dark complexion, and was 33 years old and residing in Ottawa County when he enlisted in Company B on May 13, 1861; he may have been related to Chancey Graham of Company A and/or Robert Graham of Company H. In any case, William was discharged for disability on September 18, 1861, at Arlington Heights, Virginia.

After his discharge from the army William returned to western Michigan and settled for a time in Berlin (Marne), Ottawa County where he worked for many years as a laborer. In 1870 there was a William Graham, age 50, born in New York, who was working as a farm laborer for John Hohen in Marne. By 1880 William was listed as single, and working as a laborer in Berlin, Ottawa County; that same year his brother James was a widower and was also living in Berlin. By June of 1898 he was living in Berlin.

He received pension no. 515,000. He was admitted to Michigan Soldiers’ Home (no. 429) on November 3, 1886, was living in the Home in 1890, was discharged July 23, 1892, readmitted on October 21, 1892, and discharged December 16, 1892 when he probably went to Marne to stay with his brother James.

William was admitted to the Home for the final time on October 7, 1898, where he died of “La Grippe” (influenza) on January 16, 1899, and was interred in the Home cemetery: section 2 row 6 grave no. 6.