Simond Cramer Stanton UPDATE 13 July 2018

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

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; living with them was Simond’s younger brother John who would also join the 3rd Michigan. 

Simond (or Simon) married New York native Ellen (b. 1830), and they had at least four children: Ruben (b. 1853), Frank E. (b. 1857), George W. (b. 1859) and 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. By the summer of 1863 he was listed as single (“Craman”) and working as a laborer in Hastings.

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, 5th Michigan Infantry upon consolidation of the 3rd and 5th 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 married Ohio native Maranda V. (1847-1924), and they had at least three children: Eve (1873-1945, Mrs. Corning), Guy (1878-1903), and “Freddie” (d. 1866). 

By 1870 Simon was working in a sawmill and living with his wife and son John in Spring Lake, Ottawa County. By 1881 he was living in Pierson, Montcalm County, as was his brother John. In 1880 Simon along with his wife and two children were living in Leighton, Allegan County. 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 3rd Michigan Infantry Association.

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

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

In April of 1895 his widow, Maranda, was living in Michigan when she applied for and received a pension (no. 415779). By 1900 Maranda was living in the women’s annex, Michigan Soldier’s Home in Grand Rapids. By 1910 she was renting a house at 123 W. Leonard Street in Grand Rapids’ 6th Ward.