Franklin Green

Franklin Green was born 1845 in Cayuga County, New York.

Franklin left New York State and came to western Michigan sometime before 1864. (In 1860 there was a 10-year-old Franklin Green, born in New York, living with his parents in Ada, Kent County.)

He stood 5’5” with black eyes, brown hair and a dark complexion, and was a 19-year-old carpenter possibly living in Yankee Springs, Barry County when he enlisted in Company E on February 9, 1864, at Grand Rapids for 3 years, crediting Yankee Springs, and was mustered on February 19. He joined the Regiment March 29, and that same day he wrote to a Mr. Bailey asking that he “inform me whether Mr. Ephraim Parsons [of Company F] got my bonds [?] for my town bounty; he said that he would get them and send the money to me but I have not heard from him since. If he did not get them I wish that you would sell them and send me the money if you please or send me the bonds and I will pay you for your trouble.”

Franklin was admitted to Campbell general hospital in Washington, DC, on May 16, 1864, suffering from “debility,” and was still absent sick when he was transferred to Company E, Fifth Michigan infantry upon consolidation of the Third and Fifth Michigan Regiments on June 10, 1864.

He was probably furloughed in the summer and was back in Michigan by mid-July. On July 24, 1864, Dr. Alonzo Wate, examining surgeon for the provost marshal in Grand Rapids certified that Green was “suffering from a severe cough and night sweats & debility in consequence thereof he is in my opinion unfit for duty.” He remained absent sick until he was mustered out of service on July 5, 1865, at Jeffersonville, Indiana.

No pension seems to be available.

In 1870 there was a 20-year-old, New York-born laborer named Franklin Green living with and/or working for the Stilwell family in Grand Rapids’ Third Ward.

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.