William H. Graham

William H. Graham was born 1828 in Dutchess County, New York.

William’s parents were both born in New York. William left New York State and came to Michigan, eventually settling in Ottawa County. By 1860 William was a farm laborer working for and/or living with Henry Cooley and Joel Lilley, farmers in Tallmadge, Ottawa County.

He stood 5’10” with black eyes, black hair and a dark complexion, and was 33 years old and residing in Ottawa County when he enlisted in Company B on May 13, 1861; he may have been related to Chancey Graham of Company A and/or Robert Graham of Company H. In any case, William was discharged for disability on September 18, 1861, at Arlington Heights, Virginia.

After his discharge from the army William returned to western Michigan and settled for a time in Berlin (Marne), Ottawa County where he worked for many years as a laborer. In 1870 there was a William Graham, age 50, born in New York, who was working as a farm laborer for John Hohen in Marne. By 1880 William was listed as single, and working as a laborer in Berlin, Ottawa County; that same year his brother James was a widower and was also living in Berlin. By June of 1898 he was living in Berlin.

He received pension no. 515,000. He was admitted to Michigan Soldiers’ Home (no. 429) on November 3, 1886, was living in the Home in 1890, was discharged July 23, 1892, readmitted on October 21, 1892, and discharged December 16, 1892 when he probably went to Marne to stay with his brother James.

William was admitted to the Home for the final time on October 7, 1898, where he died of “La Grippe” (influenza) on January 16, 1899, and was interred in the Home cemetery: section 2 row 6 grave no. 6.

William Graham

William Graham was born about 1833, in Warren, Bradford County, Pennsylvania.

William left his home in the east and moved to Michigan sometime before the war broke out.

He stood 6’1” with brown eyes and hair and a light complexion, and was a 27-year-old farmer probably living in Lyons, Ionia County when he enlisted in Company E on May 13, 1861. (Company E was composed in large part by men from Clinton and Ingham counties, as well as parts of Ionia County.)

In June of 1862 he was reported sick in a hospital in Bottom’s Bridge, Virginia, suffering from fever and consumption, was on detached service (probably as a teamster) from October of 1862 through December, and with the Brigade wagon train in January of 1863. In April he was absent sick in a hospital, and on June 9 he left for home on sick furlough. He remained absent sick, probably in Michigan, from July until he was discharged for “chronic eczema with tumefaction [swelling] of the right leg & foot” on November 17, 1863, at Detroit.

William listed Bushnell, Montcalm County as his mailing address on his discharge paper, but was apparently living in Grand Rapids by 1888.

Robert Graham - update 8/30/2016

Robert Graham was born 1843 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

It is quite likely that Robert came to Coopersville, Ottawa County, Michigan, in 1858, where he was proprietor of the only billiard and “sample room” (saloon).

Robert stood 5’5” with brown eyes and hair, and a light complexion, and was 22 years old and living in Polkton, Ottawa County or Newaygo County when he enlisted in Company H on May 13, 1861; he was possibly related to Chancey Graham of Company A and/or William H. Graham of Company B, all of whom had lived in Ottawa County prior to the war. (Company H, formerly the “Muskegon Rangers,” was made up largely of men from the vicinity of Muskegon and Newaygo counties.)

Robert was absent sick in the hospital in August of 1862, again from April of 1863 through July, and was reportedly slightly wounded in the right thigh in early May of 1864, probably during the various actions at the Wilderness, Virginia. He was mustered out of service on June 20, 1864. After he left the army Robert returned to Michigan and reentered the service in Hancock’s 1st Army Corps, a Veterans Reserve Corps (VRC) unit, on March 20, 1865, at Grand Rapids, for one year. He was discharged upon expiration of his term of service on March 29, 1866, at Washington, DC, when he was a Corporal of Company A, 8th U.S. Volunteers.

Robert eventually returned to Michigan. He may have been the same Robert Graham (age 27 and born in Pennsylvania) who was working as a lumber manufacturer and living with another lumberman, John Johnson in Eastmanville, Polkton, Ottawa County in 1870.

In 1873 Robert married Margaret Malone (b. 1856), and they had at least one child: Charles (b. 1879).

By 1880 Robert was operating a saloon in Coopersville and living with his wife and son; also living with them was his brother-in-law Thomas Malone. Robert was living in Coopersville in 1888, in Polkton in 1890, and back in Coopersville by 1897 when he became a member of the Old 3rd Michigan Infantry Association and when he applied for and received a pension (no. 1099398). By 1900 he had moved to Bellingham, Washington.

Robert died on February 13, 1910, in Washington and was presumably buried there.

His widow was living in Washington when in March of 1910 when she applied for and received a pension (no. 706947).

Kimble Graham

Kimble Graham, also known as "Kimball," was born 1824 in Essex County, New York.

In 1850 there was a 24-year-old engineer named Kimball Graham, born in New York living in Northfield, Summit County, Ohio, with his wife Maria (b. 1823 in Ohio) and their children, all born in Ohio: Otis (b. 1843) and twins William and Mary (7 months old).

Kimble was married to a woman possibly named Pline (b. 1814 in New York), and they had at least three children: Reuben (b. 1843), Orval (b. 1845) and Mary E. (b. 1853).

Kimble and his wife moved to Ohio before 1853 but by 1860 Kimble was working as a farmer and machinist living in Hopkins, Allegan County with his wife and children.

Kimble stood 5’9” with blue eyes, brown hair and a fair complexion, and was 37 years old and probably still living in Allegan County or possibly in Georgetown, Ottawa 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.)

By late August of 1861 Kimble was hospitalized in Annapolis, Maryland, for reasons unknown. On August 21, Kimble wrote to General Mansfield, commanding the hospital at Annapolis, Maryland, complaining about his doctor and seeking a discharge from the army. Doctor Burns, he wrote, “may be a good doctor, [but] as far as I can say about him in that case I can say to you that he keeps men soldiers here two or three weeks and won't fill out their papers for discharge if we ask him to fill out the papers he says I put you in the guardhouse if you don't stop talking.” Graham further claimed that Burns “says I have no authority to make out your papers, you have to get your captain to fill the papers out, and I been examined by the doctors four weeks ago last Monday and he said I can't never be a well man to do duty. . . .”

Graham also complained about the living conditions, that the food was inadequate, that they are confined to the hospital and all they have to eat and drink is “bitter coffee and four ounces bread to eat” and “at noon we have bread and soup and this for dinner.” He thought he should “be discharged soon for I have the [rheumatism] and bunches of blood veins on my legs and disabled for working or running fast if you could send a man here that can help the sick men away it would be a good cause to your soldiers which is suffering here so bad the[re] is a good many here not be able to do duty and it is too bad to keep them so long here suffering so much pain if we buy anything to eat to keep from starving he will put us in the guardhouse and that is the way we are nursed here they all get bread and water to drink that is all we get to in that place to eat.”

He was discharged for chronic rheumatism and varicose veins on October 11, 1861, at Fort Richardson, Virginia.

It is not known if he ever returned to Michigan.

He was probably living in Wisconsin when he married his second (?) wife, Sarah (b. 1829), on April 26, 1869 in Pierce County, Wisconsin. (She had been married once before to a man named Jackson.) By 1880 he was working as a farmer and living with his wife and stepchildren in Spring Lake, Pierce County, Wisconsin.

In 1873 he applied for and received a pension (no. 568570).

Kimble probably died in about 1886 and probably in Wisconsin.

In any case his widow was living in Wisconsin when she applied for and received a pension (no. 459660).

Chancey Graham

Chancey Graham was born in 1837.

Chancey (or Chauncey) was possibly living in Spring Lake, Ottawa County, Michigan, when he enlisted at the age of 24 in Company A on May 13, 1861 (he was possibly related to Robert Graham of Company H and/or William H. Graham of Company B, all of whom had resided in Ottawa County before the war).

Daniel Littlefield, also of Company A and a good friend, described Graham’s behavior during the action of July 18, 1861, at Blackburn’s Ford, near Bull Run. “I thought,” wrote Littlefield,

My friend Chancy Graham, who by the way has been to “Pikes Peak” & is the coolest genius you ever saw, found me, soon I hear the command to fire by company & I jumped behind a tree when the bullets whistled by us in every direction tearing the bark off from either side of the trees, we stood behind, as the bullets were ripping by us & knocking the leaves from the trees. Chancy asked me a question that made me laugh, laugh one of our good old hearty laughs. He asked me if I thought it was Providence or bull head luck that kept the bullets from hitting us. I told him it was the trees at present, but if we got off alive it must be by the help of “God.”

On July 26, 1861, another friend from Company A, William Drake, wrote to an acquaintance in Michigan describing how the battle of Bull Run “was regular bush fighting & against a masked battery” and that Graham “lost his hat in the engagement & he'll have wonderful stories to tell when he gets back to old Ottawa -- during the hottest of the fight when musket-balls & cannon balls were flying thick around them, -- his comrade, affected a serio-comic [expression] and asked him ‘[Chancey] are you happy?’ ‘Quite so, but I'm afraid I'll cut in a __ & no whiskey on hand’ said [Chancey] -- there's nothing in the words or the mere expression [‘the mere expression’ is crossed out] -- but those who were on hand say that his expression phisionomically was droll in the extreme -- I saw him after the fight -- met him in the woods -- nary cap on his head -- & his hair like a Dutch mop -- his eyes & nose too very prominent -- I declare I hardly knew him.”

Chancey was reported "absent without authority" in August of 1862, and a deserter as of September 21, 1862, at Upton’s Hill, Virginia.

While there is no further record, Chancey reportedly returned Michigan and at one point was living in Coopersville, Ottawa.

He was a member of the Old Third Michigan Infantry Association.

No pension seems to be available.