East Plains cemetery

Edgar Green

Edgar Green was born 1839 in Genesee County, New York, the son of Josiah (b. 1816) and Clarissa (1819-1887).

Edgar’s parents were both born in New York and presumably married there. The family came to Michigan, probably from New York, sometime between 1839 and 1845, and by 1850 Josiah had settled his family on a farm in Grand Blanc, Genesee County, where Edgar was attending school with his siblings. By 1860 they were living in Pewamo, Lyons Township, Ionia County where Josiah was a farmer. It is possible that in 1860 Edgar was working as a farm laborer and/or living with one Jay Olmstead in North Plains, Ionia County.

In any event, Edgar stood 5’9” with blue eyes, brown hair and a dark complexion and was 22 years old and probably working as a laborer in Clinton (or perhaps Ionia) County when he enlisted as Corporal in Company D on May 13, 1861. (Company D was composed in large part of men who came from western Ionia County and Eaton County.) He was discharged on June 6, 1862, from Fifth Street hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for chronic bronchitis.

Edgar probably returned to his family’s home in Ionia (or Clinton) County, where he apparently died on June 20, 1863, presumably from “bronchitis,” and was buried in East Plains cemetery, Clinton County.

No pension seems to be available.

In 1870 his parents were reported living on a farm in Pewamo, Dallas Township, Clinton County.