Simeon H. Case

Simeon H. Case was born about 1810 in New York.

Simeon married Maine native Olive (b. 1810) and they had at least their five children: Paul (b. 1850), twins Mary and Martha (b. 1853), Dallas (b. 1855) and Edith (b. 1859).

The family eventually moved westward and by 1840 Simeon had settled in York, Washtenaw County, Michigan. In 1850 Simeon was working as a farmer (he owned some $2000 worth of real estate) and living with his wife and children in York, Washtenaw County; also living with them were five Burnham children (ranging in ages from 24 to 14), all born in New York and all but the oldest attending school. In 1860 Olive was listed as the head of the household and living in York, Washtenaw County, along with four of her children (it is not known where Simeon was).

Simeon stood 6’0” with blue eyes, brown hair and a light complexion and was 50 years old and probably living in the Georgetown area of Ottawa County or possibly in Grandville, Kent County, when he enlisted in Company I on May 13, 1861. (Company I was made up largely of men from Ottawa County, particularly from the eastern side of the County.)

He was admitted to the hospital in Alexandria, Virginia, on March 14, 1862, and was discharged on March 31, 1862, at Alexandria for “amaurosis [blindness] which renders him unable to perform the duties of a soldier”, and he was reported to be “totally disabled from obtaining his subsistence.”

Simeon probably returned to western Michigan after his discharge from the army, since he listed Grandville as his mailing address on his discharge paper.

Simeon may have died sometime before 1889. If so, he does not appear to be buried in either Grandville cemetery in Kent County or in Georgetown cemetery in Ottawa County.

His widow Olive applied for a pension (no. 416421), but the certificate was never granted since there was a contesting widow application as well (no. 511258); the contesting widow’s name may have been Elizabeth. In any case, by 1889 and 1890 pension applications had been submitted on behalf of two of Simon’s daughters who were apparently living in Indiana at the time (no. 400914).

Olive, who was listed as deaf, was working as a housekeeper and living with the Allen Burnham family in York, Washtenaw County in 1870; in 1880 she was listed as a widow and still living with the Burnham family in York. She was noted as “mother” in the census record.

Horace Case

Horace Case was born around 1812 in New York City.

His parents were both born in New York and presumably married there. In any case, sometime before 1840 Horace left New York and had settled in Kent County, Michigan. By 1850 he was working as a cooper and living in Plainfield, Kent County.

Horace stood 6’0” with blue eyes, light hair and a light complexion, and was 40 years old and possibly working as a cooper in Plainfield, Kent County when he enlisted as a Musician in Company F on May 13, 1861. He was absent sick in the hospital from August of 1862 until he was discharged on December 9, 1862, at Camp Convalescent near Alexandria, Virginia, for chronic rheumatism and “old age.” (Curiously his National Military Home records also report him as having served in Company I, First presumably Michigan and presumably infantry.)

After his discharge from the army Horace eventually returned to Michigan.

Horace was living in Michigan when he was admitted to the Northwestern Branch National Military Home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 27, 1875. He was still a member of the Milwaukee Home in 1880 (his age was reported as 69, giving him a birth date of 1811).

At one time he may have been a member of Grand Army of the Republic Hiel P. Clark Post No. 153 in Saranac, Ionia County.

Horace was probably still living at the National Home in Milwaukee when he died on April 18, 1883, and was buried in Wood National Cemetery, Milwaukee: 1-0-211.

Edward Case

Edward Case was born 1838 in Dewitt, Clinton County, Michigan, the son of Nathan (b. 1805) and Emeline (b. 1816).

Edward’s parents were born in New York and moved to Michigan sometime before 1838, eventually settling in Clinton County by 1838. By 1840 Nathan was living in Clinton County and in 1850 Edward was attending school with his siblings and living with his family in Watertown, Clinton County, where his father worked a farm. By 1860 Edward was working as a farm laborer and living with his family on a farm in Riley, Clinton County.

Edward stood 5’6” with hazel eyes, brown hair and a sallow complexion, and was a 23-year-old farm laborer living in Clinton County when he enlisted on May 10, 1861, in Company G. (He may have been related to Alonzo Case who would join Company G in 1862.) In late may, shortly after Edward arrived in Grand Rapids and had joined the Third Michigan then forming at the old County fairgrounds south of the city, he became ill.

According to Frank Siverd of Company G, in early June of 1861, while the regiment was still at Cantonment Anderson near Grand Rapids, Edward was reported 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 Edward along with several others “removed to the house of a physician, some three miles from camp.”

Several days later, shortly before the regiment left Michigan in June of 1861, Siverd wrote that Edward was still in the “measles infirmary”. And according to Captain John Price of Company G, who remained behind in Grand Rapids after the regiment left for Washington on June 13, in order to command the three dozen or so soldiers still sick in the city, Edward left with a squad of convalescents about two weeks later to join the regiment. Captain Price also reported some years later that Edward “went with the squad as far as Ionia, Michigan, and seeing that he was sick and unfit for travel," Captain Price told Edward to either go back to Grand Rapids or go home until he recovered.

Edward probably returned to Grand Rapids where he soon recovered, and on July 10 left with another convalescent squad, arriving in Washington DC on July 12 or 13 and joined the regiment on July 15 at Chain Bridge, Virginia.

Shortly after joining the regiment in the field near Blackburn's Ford in northern Virginia, on July 18, 1861, Edward took sick again, probably while the regiment was in the vicinity of Vienna, Virginia. He returned to the regimental camp at Chain Bridge. Captain Price stated later that he did not see Edward again for about two days or so after the battle of Bull Run on July 21.

Another member of Company G, Allen Shattuck, reported in 1880 however that he saw Edward carrying a wounded comrade off the field at Bull Run on July 21, 1861 and it was this time, claimed Shattuck, that Edward suffered a hernia. According to Siverd, as of November 27 Edward was convalescing in a hospital in Georgetown, and by December 10 Siverd wrote home to Lansing, that Edward was “permanently disabled”. Indeed he was reported admitted to Union hospital in Georgetown, probably around September 1, and was discharged for a hernia on November 29, 1861 at Fort Lyon, Virginia.

Following his discharge Edward returned to Michigan.

He was married to Michigan native Mary E. or Maryette (1845-1919), and they had at least four children: Zilpha (b. 1865), Harry (b. 1871), William (b. 1874) and Alice (b. 1879).

By 1870 Edward was working as a farmer and living with his wife and daughter in Olive, Clinton County, and by 1880 he was working as a farmer and living with his wife and children in Dallas, Clinton County. He was living in Olive in 1890 and 1894, in Fowler, Clinton County in 1901, 1906 and in 1909. By 1921 he was living at 1222 Chelsea Avenue in Lansing.

He was a member of the Old Third Michigan Infantry Association and joined Grand Army of the Republic Foster Post No. 42 in Lansing on June 19, 1918. He was also a member of Grand Army of the Republic Hutchinson Post No. 129 in Fowler, and Anderson Post No. 58 in Dewitt.
In 1878 he applied for and received a pension (no. 178,391).

Edward died a widower on October 31, 1924, in Olive, and was buried in Wilsey cemetery in Olive: section 11 C lot 10.

Alonzo Stephen Case

Alonzo Stephen Case was born 1839 in Penfield, Monroe County, New York, the son of Stephen (b. 1800) and Rachel (b. 1803).

Alonzo’s parents were married sometime before 1829, probably in New York where they were both born and where they lived for some years before emigrating westward. The family settled in Michigan sometime between 1842 and 1845, and by 1850 Alonzo’s family was living in Coldwater, Branch County where Stephen worked as a farmer and Alonzo attended school with his siblings.

Alonzo stood 6’0” with blue eyes, auburn hair and a fair complexion, and was a 23-year-old farmer possibly living in Vermontville, Eaton County or perhaps in Lowell, Kent County when he enlisted in Company G on March 17, 1862, at Lowell for 3 years, crediting Lowell, and was mustered the same day. (He was possibly related to Edward Case who had enlisted in Company G in 1861.) Alonzo soon joined the Regiment in Virginia.

It seems that Alonzo had been slightly wounded, probably sometime in late April of early May, and probably near Yorktown or Williamsburg, Virginia. Frank Siverd of Company G, wrote to the editor of the Lansing Republican on May 2, 1862, that Alonzo had recently been “grazed on the arm by fragments of a shell.” In any event, Alonzo was reported to be on sick leave in Michigan as of June 1, and by August was listed as sick in a hospital. In fact he had returned to Michigan and was probably at his home in Vermontville at the end of August when he applied for an extension of his furlough. The examining physician, Dr. Lane, certified that Case was “laboring under an attack of bilious fever and very much debilitated from diseases contracted whilst in the South. Since which time he has not been able to travel but a short distance at a time. He is still unfit for duty and probably will be for some time to come, [and he] was threatened only a few days ago with pneumonia & inflammation of the bowels.”

It is unclear whether Alonzo ever rejoined the regiment that year or the next. He was reported as a deserter on September 21, 1862, at Upton’s Hill, Virginia, and again the following year, on August 9, 1863, at Alexandria, Virginia. Alonzo was recorded as residing at Detroit Barracks, when he married Mary E. Misner (b. 1847) at Lowell on June 21, 1863.

Alonzo eventually returned to the Regiment, probably sometime after the first of the year, and reenlisted on March 18, 1864, at Camp Bullock, Virginia, crediting Lowell, and was mustered on March 21 near Culpeper, Virginia. He was presumably absent on thirty day’s veteran’s furlough, probably in Michigan, and if so he likely returned to the regiment on or about the first of May. He was transferred to Company F, Fifth Michigan infantry as a Musician upon consolidation of the Third and Fifth Michigan Regiments on June 10, 1864, and from May through June was on detached service.

Alonzo was killed in action on October 27, 1864, while the Regiment was engaged at Boydton Plank road, Virginia, and was presumably buried among the unknown soldiers near Petersburg, Virginia.

In 1865 his widow applied for and received pension no. 58,984. In 1882 she remarried one George James or Janes in Ovid, Clinton County.