William H. H. Gloyd

William H. H. Gloyd was born in 1842 in New York, probably the son of Rebecca (b. 1805).

By 1850 William was living with his (widowed?) mother and two sisters in Fulton, Oswego County, New York. By 1860 William was working as a laborer and living with a sawyer named Otis Gilmore in Henry, Marshall County, Illinois. William, whose full name was probably William Henry Harrison Gloyd, had probably just arrived in Grand Rapids from Marshall County, Illinois, around the time the war broke out.

William stood 5’10” with black eyes, black hair and a dark complexion, and was 29 years old, married and a farmer possibly living in Grand Rapids or in Polkton, Ottawa County when he enlisted in Company F on May 13, 1861. He reenlisted on December 24, 1863, at Brandy Station, Virginia, crediting Vergennes, Kent County, and was absent on veteran’s furlough for thirty-five days from December 29. He probably returned to the Regiment on or about the first of February. William was shot in the left leg on May 6, 1864, at the Wilderness, Virginia, and on May 12 was admitted to Mt. Pleasant general hospital in Washington, DC, with a “gunshot wound to the left thigh.” (His mother was living in Galena, Illinois, at the time he was admitted to the hospital.)

He was transferred to Company F, Fifth Michigan infantry upon consolidation of the Third and Fifth Michigan Regiments on June 10, 1864, and was mustered out as a Sergeant on July 5, 1865, at Jeffersonville, Indiana.

It is not known if William ever returned to Michigan. In fact he probably eventually returned to his home in Marshall County, Illinois and was probably the same William Gloyd, born about 1842 in New York, working as a plasterer and living with the Alex McKenzie family in Henry, Marshall County, Illinois; also living with them is Rebecca Gloyd, born about 1805 in Canada.

William eventually settled in Missouri. He married Iowa native (?) Sarah J. “Jennie” Bingaman (b. 1846), on November 21, 1877, in Bloomfield, Davis County, Iowa, and they probably had at least three children: Harry (b. 1878), Hiram Wallace (b. 1879) and William Morris (1881-1882).

By 1880 William was working as a locomotive engineer and living with his wife and their two sons in Moberly, Randolph County, Missouri.

In 1882 William was living in Missouri when he applied for and received a pension (no. 257427).

William died of consumption on June 1, 1883, probably in Missouri, and is presumably buried there.

In June of 1883 his widow Sarah J. was living in Scott County, Kansas when she applied for and received a pension (no. 208770). In 1889, having remarried John Richards, she applied in Missouri on behalf of a minor child and eventually received a pension (no. 281344). After John died in 1898 she then married Benton Sellman who died in 1914. She was living in Washington State when she reapplied for a reinstatement of her pension in 1916.