Peter V. Granger - update 8/28/2016

Peter V. Granger was born July 26, 1833, in Hume, Allegany County, New York, the son of Gideon or Girden (1800-1876) and Nancy A. (Flanagan, 1801-1884).

Gideon and Nancy were married on March 13, 1822, possibly in Granville, New York or perhaps Whitehall and resided in Lamont, New York in 1825 but by 1829 had settled in Hume, New York where they lived for many years. Gideon was still living in Hume in 1850.

Peter left New York and moved to western Michigan sometime before 1857. (It appears Gideon was living in Wiscoy, Allegany count, New York in 1860.)

He was living in Saranac, Ionia County when he married Wisconsin native Juliette Sanborn (b. 1838) on November 11, 1857, and they had at least one and possibly two children: Margaret (b. 1859) and possibly Helen (b. 1866). By 1860 he was working as a carpenter and living with his wife and daughter in Boston, Ionia County.

By January of 1861 Peter had joined the “Boston Light Guards” as Second Second Lieutenant; the “Guards” was one of several prewar militia companies formed in western Michigan and some of its members would serve as the nucleus for Company D Third Michigan.

Peter was 27 years old and probably still residing in Ionia County when he enlisted as First Lieutenant of Company D on May 13, 1861; he may have been related to Munson Granger who was also from Ionia County and would also enlist in Company D.

While in a camp near Fairfax Seminary, Virginia, Peter formally resigned his commission on September 16, 1862. That same day, assistant Regimental surgeon W. B. Morrison wrote from near Fort Ward, Virginia, that Granger “has been suffering from an affection of the lungs, and general debility, as a result of chronic diarrhea, for a period of three months completely unfitting [sic] him for the greater part of the time for the performance of his duties and that justice to his health and family demands that he seek a mode of life accompanied with less exposure. I would therefore recommend his resignation.” His resignation was approved on September 20, 1862.

Although his wife and children apparently remained in Michigan, shortly after his discharge Peter returned to parent's home in Wiscoy, Allegheny County, New York, and indeed was residing in Hume Township, Allegheny County, New York when he applied for and received a pension in March of 1863 (no. 70251).

According to several of his neighbors in New York, by early 1867, Peter’s condition had deteriorated substantially following his discharge from the army. Peter suffered “very poor health and has been totally unfit to work at hard labor on account of lung disease, and that frequently when he has tried to labor for a day or two he would have [a] hemorrhage of the lungs that would lay him up for days and sometimes weeks, and since the first of December 1865” he “has been confined in the house . . . most of the time and has had to have the constant care and attention of another person. . . .”

Peter died from tuberculosis on October 13, 1867, in Wiscoy, Allegheny County, New York, and was buried in Wiscoy cemetery.

His widow applied for and received a pension (no. 135477). She remarried one Devello Anderson in Saranac in 1870 and in 1871 was a guardian in the minor child pension (no. 146281).

Munson Granger

Munson Granger, also known as "Manson," was born 1845 in Cayuga County, New York, the son of Joseph (b. 1811) and Esther (b. 1811).

New York natives Joseph and Esther were married and settled in New York by 1840 and resided there for some years. Between 1848 and 1855 Joseph settled his family in Michigan, and by 1860 Munson was attending school with his siblings and living on the family farm in Berlin, Ionia County.

Munson stood 5’6” with black eyes, brown hair and a light complexion, and was a 19-year-old farmer possibly living in Boston or in Berlin, Ionia County when he enlisted in Company D on January 27, 1864, at Grand Rapids for 3 years, crediting Boston, and was mustered the same day; he was possibly related to Peter Granger from Ionia County and who also served in Company D. (Company D was composed in large part of men who came from western Ionia County and Eaton County.)

Munson joined the Regiment on March 6 at Camp Bullock, Virginia, and probably spent very little if any time with the Regiment. According to George Fargo who also served in Company D and who was also from Ionia County, he wrote home in late February of 1864 “Munson Granger had the measles the next day after he got here and is around again.” Indeed, he was absent sick in the hospital in May, and was still absent sick when he was transferred to Company A, Fifth Michigan infantry upon consolidation of the Third and Fifth Michigan Regiments on June 10, 1864.

He remained absent sick until he died of disease on October 10, 23, 25 or 28, 1864, at Alexandria, Virginia, and was buried in Alexandria National Cemetery, although he is also noted as interred in Saranac cemetery: lot 13.

No pension seems to be available.

By 1870 his parents were still living in Berlin, Ionia County.

Lycurgus E. Granger - updated 01/03/2009

Lycurgus E. Granger was born on November 19, 1839, in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan (according to a statement he made on May 12, 1912, Pension Records, National Archives), probably the son of Thomas A. (1808-1901) and Julia Ann (Hubbard, 1809-1879). Thomas was the older brother of Sylvester Granger (1810-1845) who was married to Matilda Walker (b. 1810).

In 1860 there was one Lyman E. Granger, age 21, working as a carpenter and living at the Eagle Hotel in Grand Rapids (also living at the Eagle was George Nairn who would also join the Third Michigan).

Lycurgus stood 5’6’, with dark eyes and complexion and black hair and was 22 years old and probably living in Kent County when he enlisted in Company F on May 13, 1861.

He was reported to be driving an ambulance from July of 1862 through March of 1863, in June he was with the ammunition train, in July was a guard on the ammunition train, and in August he was AWOL. He apparently lost his right eye at some point in the war, and was transferred to the Veterans’ Reserve Corps on September 14, 1863, probably to the One hundred-forty-fourth company, Second Battalion. He allegedly deserted from the VRC in New York City on December 4, 1863.

Lycurgus eventually returned to Michigan and was possibly living in northern Michigan when he married Eliza Ann Kidd on July 16, 1867, in Bay City, Michigan. They were divorced in 1871 in Chicago.

Eliza claimed in 1907, however that she was not, in fact. the Eliza Granger who was divorced from Lycurgus in 1871 in Chicago. That woman had been married to one Lyman Granger and they had a daughter. She and Lycurgus had no children.

Furthermore this other “Eliza” had remarried her brother-in-law and that she was reportedly a blond while she herself was dark. For his part, Lycurgus claimed in 1907, that his wife had left him in 1868 or 1869. “I never seen her but twice since she left me. The last time I saw her was in 1873. At that time she told me that she had a divorce from me and have always taken it for granted that she was divorced since that time. She informed me that she secured her divorce in Chicago. . . .”

In any case, in 1907 Eliza claimed that Lycurgus was a traveling salesman and that prior to 1873 he left her a number of times while they were living in Rockport, Illinois, and that in the fall of 1873

he went away with the understanding that when he obtained a home for [her] she was to come to him; that he wrote her several months after and said he had brain fever but did not speak of returning home or of his future plans, and she did not from him again until 1875, when he wanted to know if she would live with him again; that she wrote him that she would, but that she would have to bring her mother with her; that he answered stating he would as soon as live in hell as to live with [her] mother, and that she never heard from him since.

Sometime in 1879, Eliza continued, she finally learned of Lycyrgus’ address and “wrote him of her mother’s death, and that she would come and live with him, but never received any answer to [the] letter.”

He was probably residing in Grand Rapids, and in 1867-68 was working as a laborer and living at the Bronson House. In 1868-69 he was employed as a laborer living on Ottawa between Bronson and Lyon Streets. By 1880 he was listed as divorced and working as a traveling salesman and boarding at the John Grant’s hotel in Grand Rapids’ Second Ward. He was still living in Grand Rapids in September of 1885 when he became a member of the Old Third Michigan Infantry Association.

By 1888 he was residing at 1083 Michigan Avenue in Detroit, at 976 Michigan Avenue in 1890, and on January 2, 1891, when he transferred to a Detroit Grand Army of the Republic post from Grand Army of the Republic Custer Post No. 5 in Grand Rapids.

He received pension no. 736,221, drawing $25.00 in 1912.

He also reportedly resided in Saginaw County for a year and a half and in Saratoga, New York for three years.

By 1899 Lycurgus was working as a salesman and living in Lawton, Van Buren County when he was admitted on March 9, 1899, to the Michigan Soldiers’ Home (no. 3281).

Curiously, in a statement Lycurgus gave in 1907, in response to Eliza’ efforts to obtain part of his pension, he declared that he had remarried around 1902 and that his wife was living near the Michigan Soldier’s Home. (According to family historian Tim Stark, Lycurgus had in fact remarried one Rachel P. Fowler, nee Barber, on June 10, 1902, in Grand Rapids.)

Lycurgus died of apoplexy at 3:20 p.m. on Wednesday, May 5, 1915, and was buried in the Home cemetery: section 7 row 4 grave no. 37. He had no known family when he died. (His obituary in the Grand Rapids Press read, in part, that the Home “authorities have no record of any of his relatives.”)

Eliza was living in Chicago when she was allowed one-half of Lycurgus’ pension in December of 1907, and in July of 1915 she was living in Minnesota when she applied for a pension (no. 1049783). However her claim was rejected on the ground that she had obtained a divorce from Lycurgus in 1871.