Orlin A. Andrus

Orlin A. Andrus, also known as “Andrews”, was born 1841 in Ohio, the son of William B. (b. 1810) and Lucretia (b. 1811).

New York native William married Vermonter Lucretia and they eventually settled in Ohio. (William may have been living in Strongsville, Cuyahoga County, Ohio in 1840.) By 1850 Orlin was attending school with his younger brother Robert and living with the family in Royalton, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, where his father worked as a carpenter. Sometime in the late 1850s Orlin’s family left Ohio and settled in western Michigan. By 1859-60 he was working in Grand Rapids as a carpenter with his father William and residing with his family in the Third Ward on the north side of Wenham Avenue between Division and Sheldon.

Orlin was 20 years old and probably still living in Grand Rapids when he enlisted in Company K on May 13, 1861; he was possibly related to Chandler Andrews who also enlisted Company K.

In any case, Orlin died of consumption at Harrison’s Landing, Virginia on August 12, 1862, and was buried in Glendale National Cemetery: section C, grave no. 168.

No pension seems to be available.

Orlin’s father apparently remarried to a woman named Emily (possibly named Wheeler, b. 1825) and by 1870 he was working as a carpenter and living with his second wife and two teenage Wheeler children in Fremont, Sheridan Township, Newaygo County; also living in Sheridan Township was his son Robert.

Chandler Andrews updated 11/6/2017

Chandler Andrews, also known as “Andrus”, was born 1829 in Massachusetts or Ohio.

By 1850 Chandler was working as a laborer and living with the Parr family on a farm in Euclid, Cuyahoga County, Ohio.

Chandler was probably living in Euclid where he married Eliza J. (b. 1835) on June 23, 1852; they had at least two children: Charles E. (b. 1853) and Mary E. (b. 1858).

Chandler may have moved to Michigan after he was married and if so he may have purchased 40 acres of land in Ionia County. It seems fairly certain that between 1853 and 1858 Chandler moved his family from Euclid to Michigan, eventually settling in Caledonia, Kent County, and by 1860 he was working as a farmer and living with his wife in Caledonia.

He was 32 years old and living in Brownville, Caledonia Township, when he enlisted in Company K on May 13, 1861. (Chandler may have been related to Orlin “Andrus” who also enlisted in Company K.) In the summer of 1861 reports were apparently circulating among his family and friends at home that he was sick and absent from the Regiment. George Miller of Bowne, Kent County and a member of Company A who probably knew Andrews before the war, wrote home to his own family in Kent County in August of 1861, that “Chancie Andrews is alive and [has] been with this Regiment all the time.”

As the spring campaign got underway in eastern Virginia in early April of 1862, Chandler was taken ill near Yorktown, Virginia and by at least May 4, 1862, he was a patient in the military hospital at Yorktown. According to Lieutenant Milton Leonard of Company K, on or about April 10, while the Third Michigan was at Yorktown, Virginia, Chandler “while in the usual course of duty, and by necessary exposure which could not be avoided, he was taken ill with a severe cold which resulted in his death . . . of quick consumption.” Lieutenant Leonard added that the day before he was taken ill Chandler was detailed with a work party building a road.

Chandler did indeed die of consumption at the general hospital in Yorktown, on June 19, 1862, and was buried at Yorktown National Cemetery: grave no. 1078.

His widow received pension no. 64995. She was still living in North Brownville, Caledonia Township, but in June of 1865 married one Abraham Hawkins. The following year Eliza surrendered her pension in favor of her children who received a pension as minor children (no. 64995).