George M. Randall - updated 3/22/2015

Based on a review of pension records: 

George M. Randall was born in 1837 in Lenawee County, Michigan.

By 1850 George was attending school along with two younger siblings and living with a farmer named Levi Webster and his family in Madison, Lenawee County.

George was living in Lenawee when he married New York native Mary Ann Hulsapple (b. 1842), a resident of Lansing, Ingham County, on February 22, 1860. They had at least one child: George M. (b. 1861).

By 1860 he was working as a machinist living with his wife who was working as a tailoress and dressmaker, in the house of William Hulsapple, a shoemaker in Lansing’s 1st Ward.

When the war broke out George stood 5’5” with brown eyes, auburn hair and a light complexion and was a member of the Lansing company called the “Williams’ Rifles,” whose members would serve as the nucleus of Company G. Apparently, he didn’t wait for the “Rifles” to finish filling up (which would not be until May 6), and instead apparently went to Muskegon, where he enlisted at the age of 24 in Company H on April 28, 1861 (he listed his place of residence as Lansing).

George was sick in the hospital from October of 1862 through December, and a provost guard at Division headquarters from February of 1863 through June. He reenlisted on December 24, 1863, at Brandy Station, Virginia, crediting Lansing First Ward, was presumably absent on veteran’s furlough, probably in Michigan, in January of 1864 and probably returned to the Regiment on or about the first of February. George was reported as a Corporal when he was killed in action on May 5, 1864, at the Wilderness, Virginia, and was presumably buried among the unknown soldiers at the Wilderness.

In 1866 his widow was probably living in Tekonsha, Calhoun County, when she applied for and received a pension (no. 30683). She eventually remarried to John Porter and in 1870 (?) she applied for and received a pension on behalf of a minor child (no. 143425).