Robert Misner - update 5/2/2017

Robert Misner was born on March 18, 1837, in Delaware County, New York.

Robert Misner was born on March 18, 1837, in Delaware County, New York.

There was an Abraham Misner living in Middletown, Delaware County in 1820.

Robert left New York and moved west, eventually settling in western Michigan by the time the war broke out.

He stood 5’8” with blue eyes, brown hair and a light complexion and was 24 years old and probably working as a boatman in Mecosta County when he enlisted in Company K on May 13, 1861, along with James Misner who had also moved to Mecosta County. Robert was present for duty with the regiment through the end of the year but listed as sick in his quarters in January and February of 1862. He was soon promoted to Corporal, and wounded on August 29, 1862, at Second Bull Run. George French of Company K wrote home to Mecosta County that during the action at Second Bull Run “Bob Misner got a charge of buckshot in the hand, but it did not hurt him much.” Wallace W. Dickinson, also of Company K, also wrote to Mecosta County that “Misner had several hair breadth escapes, having bullets pass so near him as to draw blood, but inflicting no serious injury.” Robert was absent sick in the hospital from October 10, 1862, possibly as a consequence of his wounds, until he was discharged as a Corporal on January 29, 1863, from St. Joseph hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, suffering from chronic rheumatism.

After he was discharged from the army Robert returned to Michigan and was living in Wayland, Barry County, when he married Michigan native Frances Abbott (1844-1925) in Leighton, Allegan County, on January 1, 1866.

They eventually settled in Bowens Mills, Barry County where he was working as a farmer and living with his wife in 1870. By 1880 Robert was working as a farmer and living with his wife in Yankee Springs, Barry County. He was living in Bowens Mills in 1888, in December of 1889 when he became a member of the Old 3rd Michigan Infantry Association, and in 1890 when he was reported to be suffering from rheumatism. He was a member of G.A.R. Whitney Post No. 99 in Bowens Mills.

In 1878 Robert applied for and received a pension (no. 164,335).

Robert was living in Bowens Mills when he died on May 4, 1892, and was buried at Hill cemetery in Wayland, Allegan County.

His widow was still residing in Bowens Mills in July of 1892 when she applied for and received a pension (no. 369435). In 1925 she was admitted to the Women’s Building of the Michigan Soldier’s Home in Grand Rapids (no. 1380).