John Allen and Simond Cramer Stanton

John Allen Stanton was born in 1842 in Kent County, Michigan, the son of Elizabeth (b. 1799).

New Yorker Elizabeth was probably married in New York; in any case she and her husband settled there sometime before her oldest son Lorenzo D. was born in 1826, and the family resided in New York for some years. Between 1828 and 1836 the family moved to Michigan and by 1850 John was living with his mother and siblings in Tallmadge, Ottawa County; also living with them was John’s older brother Simon who would also join the Third Michigan. By 1860 John (listed as “Allen”) had probably moved to Paris, Kent County where he was probably living with his older brother Lorenzo.

John stood 5’11” with blue eyes, light hair and a light complexion and was a 19-year-old lumberman possibly living in Grand Rapids’ First Ward when he enlisted in Company G on December 21, 1861, at Grand Rapids for 3 years, crediting Grand Rapids’ First Ward, and was mustered on December 23 at Detroit (Simond would join Company E in 1864). John was wounded slightly during the engagement at Second Bull Run on August 29, 1862, and subsequently detached as a teamster at Corps headquarters from December of 1862 through February of 1864.

John reenlisted on March 27, 1864, in the field, and mustered on March 30 at Brandy Station, Virginia. He was transferred to Company E on April 2, at Brandy Station, and reported to be on veteran’s furlough through May of 1864. John was possibly still on detached service working as a teamster when he was transferred (as was Simond) to Company E, Fifth Michigan infantry upon consolidation of the Third and Fifth Michigan Regiments on June 10, 1864, and was reported a teamster (as was Simond, see below) in May of 1865. He was mustered out on July 5, 1865, at Jeffersonville, Indiana.

After the war John returned to Michigan. He was married to Michigan native A. Celia (b. 1845) and they had at least three children: Adelbert (b. 1868), Percy (b. 1875) and Alice (b. 1879).

By 1880 John was working as a “mover of houses” (probably with his brother Howard) and living with his wife and children in Wayland, Allegan County. By 1881 he was living in Pierson, Montcalm County, and in 1890 he was residing in Muskegon, Muskegon County, when he applied for and received a pension (no. 822912). By 1900 he was living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, possibly at the National Military Home.

He was a member of the Old Third Michigan Infantry Association.

John died in 1907 and he may be buried in Oakhurst cemetery in Whitehall, Muskegon County.

In September of 1907 his widow was living in Michigan when she applied for and received a pension (no. 636152).

Simond Cramer Stanton was born in 1831 in Michigan, the son of Elizabeth (b. 1799).

New Yorker Elizabeth was probably married in New York; in any case she and her husband settled there sometime before her oldest son Lorenzo D. was born in 1826, and the family resided in New York for some years. Between 1828 and 1836 the family moved to Michigan and by 1850 Simond (listed as “Cramer” or “Craman”) was living with his mother in Tallmadge, Ottawa County, also living with them was Simond’s younger brother John who would also join the Third Michigan.

Simond (or Simon) married New York native Ellen (b. 1830), and they had at least three children: Ruben (b. 1853), Frank E. (b. 1857) and George W. (b. 1859) and possibly a fourth John (b. 1862). They were living in Michigan in 1853 and by 1860 Simon was working as a day laborer and living with his wife and three children in Hastings, Barry County.

Simond stood 5’8” with blue eyes, brown hair and a fair complexion and was 30 years old and working as a well digger possibly in Maple Grove, Barry County when he enlisted in Company E on February 8, 1864, at Grand Rapids for 3 years, crediting Maple Grove, and was mustered the same day. (John Stanton, who may have been his younger brother, joined Company G in late 1861.) He joined the Regiment on March 27, was transferred (as was John) to Company E, Fifth Michigan infantry upon consolidation of the Third and Fifth Michigan Regiments on June 10, 1864, and was reported as a teamster (so was John Stanton) at headquarters in May of 1865. He was mustered out on July 5, 1865, at Jeffersonville, Indiana.

Simond returned to Michigan after the war, possibly to Ottawa County. He was married to Ohio native “Arady V.” (probably Martha V., 1847-1924), and they had at least one two children: an infant son and “Freddie” (d. 1866).

In any case, by 1870 Simon was working in a sawmill and living with his wife and son in Spring Lake, Ottawa County. By 1881 he was living in Pierson, Montcalm County (so was his brother John). The following year Simon was reported as living in Wood Lake (location unknown today), and in Leighton, Allegan County in 1894. He was a member of the Old Third Michigan Infantry Association.

In 1880 he applied for and received a pension (no. 745951).

Simond was probably living at home in Allegan County when he died on March 14, 1895, and was buried in Hooker cemetery.

In April of 1895 his widow, Arady or Marady (probably Martha), was living in Michigan when she applied for and received a pension (no. 415779).