Misner

Daniel Mizner

Daniel Mizner was born in 1839.

In 1859-60 Daniel was probably working for H. P. Yale in Grand Rapids, Kent County.

In any case, he was 22 years old when he enlisted as Third Sergeant in Company F. However, Daniel was never mustered into United States service with the Regiment on June 10, 1861. On June 4, Mizner was arrested and tried for rape. According to the Grand Rapids Eagle,

We regret to announce, that the good reputation which the Third Regiment has heretofore enjoyed, has been sullied by an unworthy member thereof. Dan Mizner, a Third Sergeant of Company F was taken before Justice Sinclair yesterday charged with committing an assault and battery with intent to commit a rape, on the person of Martha Dole, a sister-in-law of Mr. Chase, blacksmith. There appears to be but little, if any, doubt of his guilt; and the circumstances of the case, as sworn to by Miss Dole are as follows:

On Wednesday afternoon last, Mizner and Martha Dole, the complainant, proceeded in carriage (in company with other persons) to Kelloggsville. There one of the persons got out; and the carriage then was driven to Camp Anderson, where another person got out, leaving Mizner and Miss Dole in the carriage. This was about ten o’clock at night. He then pretended to drive towards Grand Rapids, but really proceeded quite rapidly in a different direction, at length stopping at a lonely place about seven miles from the city. -- Mizner then took her out of the carriage, and made a number of violent and indecent assaults upon her person, with intent to commit a rape accompanying his brutal acts with most revolting language. This conduct was continued for some time, the young lady being considerably injured about the neck and body, and her dress and other garments much torn. At length he ordered her into the carriage again, he having failed to accomplish his design. But he used insulting words and actions towards her until she arrived at home, in this city, near one o’clock on Thursday morning. She was confined to her bed, from the injuries received, all of Thursday. Yesterday, however, she made complaint, and Mizner was arrested by Undersheriff Covell. A partial examination was had before Justice Sinclair, and the case was adjourned until Monday next; and the criminal remanded to jail, in default of obtaining bail in the sum of $1500. T. B. Church and T. Foote, Esq., for the prosecution. Geo. Gray for respondent.

On July 3, 1861, John Champlin, brother of Major Stephen Champlin of the Third Michigan, wrote his brother from Grand Rapids informing him “You doubtless have heard that Dan Misner was convicted and now ‘doing the State some service’ for 5 years.”

Mizner was indeed found guilty and sentenced on June 24, 1861, to 5 years in the state prison at Ionia.

There is no further record.

In fact he may have been the same Daniel Mizner, age 25, who enlisted in Company F, Twenty-eight Michigan infantry on September 29, 1864 in Jackson, Jackson County, and was mustered the same day. He allegedly deserted on October 10, 1864 at Marshall, Michigan.

In 1870 there was a Daniel Misner (b. 1839) keeping a saloon along with his brother William in Lowell, Kent County.

Robert Misner - update 5/2/2017

Robert Misner was born on March 18, 1837, in Delaware County, New York.

Robert Misner was born on March 18, 1837, in Delaware County, New York.

There was an Abraham Misner living in Middletown, Delaware County in 1820.

Robert left New York and moved west, eventually settling in western Michigan by the time the war broke out.

He stood 5’8” with blue eyes, brown hair and a light complexion and was 24 years old and probably working as a boatman in Mecosta County when he enlisted in Company K on May 13, 1861, along with James Misner who had also moved to Mecosta County. Robert was present for duty with the regiment through the end of the year but listed as sick in his quarters in January and February of 1862. He was soon promoted to Corporal, and wounded on August 29, 1862, at Second Bull Run. George French of Company K wrote home to Mecosta County that during the action at Second Bull Run “Bob Misner got a charge of buckshot in the hand, but it did not hurt him much.” Wallace W. Dickinson, also of Company K, also wrote to Mecosta County that “Misner had several hair breadth escapes, having bullets pass so near him as to draw blood, but inflicting no serious injury.” Robert was absent sick in the hospital from October 10, 1862, possibly as a consequence of his wounds, until he was discharged as a Corporal on January 29, 1863, from St. Joseph hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, suffering from chronic rheumatism.

After he was discharged from the army Robert returned to Michigan and was living in Wayland, Barry County, when he married Michigan native Frances Abbott (1844-1925) in Leighton, Allegan County, on January 1, 1866.

They eventually settled in Bowens Mills, Barry County where he was working as a farmer and living with his wife in 1870. By 1880 Robert was working as a farmer and living with his wife in Yankee Springs, Barry County. He was living in Bowens Mills in 1888, in December of 1889 when he became a member of the Old 3rd Michigan Infantry Association, and in 1890 when he was reported to be suffering from rheumatism. He was a member of G.A.R. Whitney Post No. 99 in Bowens Mills.

In 1878 Robert applied for and received a pension (no. 164,335).

Robert was living in Bowens Mills when he died on May 4, 1892, and was buried at Hill cemetery in Wayland, Allegan County.

His widow was still residing in Bowens Mills in July of 1892 when she applied for and received a pension (no. 369435). In 1925 she was admitted to the Women’s Building of the Michigan Soldier’s Home in Grand Rapids (no. 1380).

James H. Misner - update 5/2/2017

James H. Misner was born on September 30, 1839, in Schuyler County, New York, the son of Abraham.

Abraham may have been living in Middletown, Delaware County in 1820.

By 1850 James was living with his father in Catherine, Chemung County, New York; also living with them was Hannah Whipple (b. 1818) and James Whipple (infant). James left New York, probably with his family, eventually settling in Michigan. By 1860 he was working as a farmer and living with Frederick Misner (b. 1835 in New York) and his wife and young son in Leonard, Mecosta County.

He stood 5’7” with dark hair and a dark complexion, and was 21 years old and probably still living in Mecosta County when he enlisted in Company K on May 13, 1861, along with Robert Misner, who had also moved to Mecosta County.

James was admitted to the Union Hotel in Georgetown, DC, on July 31, 1861, suffering from debilitas and was returned to duty on August 27. He was serving with the ambulance corps from October of 1862 through February of 1863, in March he was with the 3rd Brigade wagon train, and with the ambulance corps from April through July, He was taken ill on September 18, 1863, reportedly suffering from gonorrhea, and returned to duty on September 21.

James was again sick at the regimental hospital on November 17 with an incised wound and returned to duty on December 7. James reenlisted as a Musician on December 24, 1863, at Brandy Station, Virginia, crediting Walker, Kent County, was presumably absent on veteran’s furlough in January of 1864 and probably returned to the Regiment (but still on detached service) on or about the first of February.

James was reported with the ambulance corps from March of 1864 through May, and, although he was listed as transferred to Company I, 5th Michigan Infantry upon consolidation of the 3rd and 5th Michigan Regiments on June 10, 1864, in fact he remained detached with the ambulance corps through May of 1865. He was mustered out of service on July 5, 1865, at Jeffersonville, Indiana.

After the war James eventually returned to western Michigan.

He married Michigan native Mary Ann (1841-1908) on January 5, 1866, in Big Rapids, Mecosta County; they had at least two children: Orval (1868-1946) and Fred (b. 1872).

By 1870 he was working as a lumberman and living with his wife (listed as Ann) and one son in Dayton, Newaygo County. He was living in Newaygo County by 1877, and by 1880 he was working as a farmer and living with his wife and two sons in Dayton, Newaygo County. He was living in Fremont, Newaygo County in 1890, in Dayton, Newaygo County 1894, and in Fremont in 1900 with his wife and son Guy. In 1910 James was a widower living in Lincoln, Newaygo County; his son Fred was living with him. By 1915 he was living in Big Prairie, Newaygo County.

He was a member of the Old 3rd Michigan Infantry Association, and of Grand Army of the Republic Dobson Post No. 182 in Fremont. In 1879 he applied for and received a pension (no. 225,596), drawing $30.00 per month by 1914 and $72.00 per month by 1923.

James was eventually admitted to the Michigan Soldier’s Home in Grand Rapids, and by 1921 he was nearly totally blind.

James was a widower when he died of arteriosclerosis at the Home on December 15, 1924, , and was buried in Lincoln cemetery, Newaygo County.