Boughton cemetery Clinton county

Chauncey Dutton Webster Jr.

Chauncey Dutton Webster Jr. was born on October 6, 1828, in Chenango, New York, the son of Chauncey D. Sr. (1794-1848) and Adella or Delia (Allen, 1796-1847).

Chauncey’s parents were married in 1817 and lived in New York most if not all of their lives (both would die in Penfield, Monroe County).

Chauncey Jr. married Michigan Lydia Aldrich (1832-1901) on November 28, 1850, in Rochester, Monroe County, New York, and they had at least six children: Helen Adelaide (1851-1863), Lemuel Aldrich (b. 1854), Lucy Aldrich (b. 1856), Frederick Aldrich (1858-1863), Nellie Aldrich (b. 1862) and Isabelle Aldrich (b. 1866). (Helen and Freddie died within two weeks of each other.)

Chauncey and his wife settled in Northville, Oakland County, Michigan (where Lydia was born) and they lived in Northville until at least about 1858. By 1860 Chauncey and his wife and children were living with David aldrich, a wealthy farmer in Novi, Oakland County. Chauncey eventually settled in Clinton County.

He stood 5’9” with blue eyes, brown hair and a dark complexion and was a 35-year-old farmer possibly living in Watertown, Clinton County when he enlisted in Company F on January 13, 1864, at Watertown for 3 years, crediting Watertown, and was mustered on January 23 at Corunna, Shiawassee County. He joined the Regiment on February 17 at Camp Bullock, Virginia, and was possibly wounded on May 6, 1864, at the Wilderness, Virginia. In any case, he was subsequently absent sick in the hospital as of May 6 and was still absent sick when he was transferred to Company F, Fifth Michigan infantry upon consolidation of the Third and Fifth Michigan Regiments on June 10, 1864.

He remained absent sick through July, but soon returned to duty and was wounded severely in the left shoulder and face on October 27 at Boydton Plank road, near Petersburg, Virginia. He was hospitalized soon afterwards and remained absent in the hospital through March of 1865, and probably until he was mustered out on July 5, 1865, at Jeffersonville, Indiana.

After the war Chancey returned to Clinton County. By 1870 he was working as a farmer (he owned $1800 worth of real estate) and living with his wife and children in Riley, Clinton County. He settled in (South) Riley where he was living with his wife and daughter “Belle” in 1880 working as a farmer; next door lived his son Lemuel and his family. He was still in Riley in 1883 when he was drawing $6.00 per month for a wounded face and shoulder (pension no. 198,208); he was still living in Riley in 1894. Indeed, he lived in Riley the rest of his life.

He died on September 5, 1895, presumably in Riley, and was buried in Boughton cemetery in Riley section S9 lot 2 grave 3.

In September of 1895 Lydia was living in Michigan when she applied for and received a pension (no. 484214).

John Blanchard

John Blanchard was born in November 12, 1832, in Lockport, Niagara County, New York, the son of David (1808-1895) and Sarah (1812-1876).

David and Sarah were married on January 25, 1829, in Elba, Genesee County, New York, living briefly in Niagara County, New York and Oakland County, Michigan, before settling on 40 acres of land in Clinton County, probably sometime between 1833 and 1837 (although many years later David claimed it was in 1841). In any case, by 1850 John was living with his family in Riley Township, Clinton County, where his father operated a farm. By the time the war broke out John, the eldest son, was reportedly working part of the property to help support his family. Indeed, by 1860 John was working as a farm laborer and living with his family on a farm in Riley. (Nearby lived Francis Lackey who would enlist in Company G in 1861.)

John was 28 years old and living with his family in Dallas, Clinton County, Michigan, when he enlisted as Sixth Corporal in Company G on May 10, 1861. According to Frank Siverd of Company G, in early June John was sick with the measles. He was, Siverd was quick to add, “well cared for. [Regimental Surgeon D. W.] Bliss leaves nothing undone that will contribute to the comfort of the sick. To prevent the disease spreading, as soon as the first symptoms appear,” Bliss had Blanchard, along with several others “removed to the house of a physician, some three miles from camp.” John eventually recovered sufficiently enough to leave Michigan with the regiment on June 13, 1861, and by early September he had been detailed as a Color Guard.

John was killed in action on May 31, 1862, at Fair Oaks, Virginia.

On June 3, 1862, Homer Thayer of Company G wrote to the Lansing State Republican that “Sergt. Chas. T. Foster, the Color Sergt. of the Regiment was the first to fall. He was bravely holding the colors, and by his coolness and courage, doing much to encourage the boys to press on. Orderly E. F. Siverd was soon after wounded, but still did his duty and urged his comrades on. Soon after this Corporals Case B. Wickham, John Blanchard and Nathaniel T. Atkinson, and privates Samuel Dowell and Charles T. Gaskill received fatal shots. Atkinson and Dowell were brought from the field before they died. All have been buried, and their resting places marked with aboard giving the name, company and Regiment.”

He may have been buried among the unknown soldiers in Seven Pines National Cemetery, although there is a marker for him in Boughton cemtery, Clinton County: sec N2 lot 2 grave 4.

Sarah died in 1876 and was buried in Boughton cemetery, next to two of her three sons. (Another son Charles F. also died during the war and is also buried in Boughton cemetery).

David was living in Petoskey, Emmet County in 1887 when he applied for a dependent father’s pension, no. 252901. By 1889 David was living in Petoskey, although he was reported as having spent his summers there with one of his daughters, a Mrs. Stafford. David died in 1895 and was interred alongside his family in Boughton cemetery.