Oakwood cemetery Muskegon

Henry H. Himelberger update 7/23/2017

Henry H. Himelberger was born August 3, 1837 in Port Byron, Cayuga County, New York.

Henry came to Coopersville, Ottawa County, Michigan in 1852 when he was 15 years old.

In February of 1857 Henry married New York native Sarah J. (1841-1903), and they had at least nine children: William E. (1858-1909), Elise or Nettie M. (1861-1939), Mary E. (b. 1864), Edwin A. (1867-1869), John Henry (1870-1906), George A. (1873-1926), Frederick A. (b. 1876), Leland E. or Claude (1880-1932).

By 1860 Henry was a farmer living with his wife in Coopersville.

Henry stood 5’9” with blue eyes, dark hair and a dark complexion and was 25 years old and possibly living in Polkton, Ottawa County when he enlisted in Company F on December 16, 1861, at Grand Rapids for 3 years, crediting Grattan, Kent County, and was mustered on December 23 at Detroit. Henry was absent sick in September of 1862, and on detached service in May of 1863 working in the Brigade bakery. He was apparently wounded in the right leg or foot on May 12, 1864, at Spotsylvania, Virginia, was subsequently hospitalized and eventually lost his right foot. According to statements he made on July 3 and again on July 14, 1865, he was wounded in his right leg below the knee on June 16, 1864, near Petersburg, Virginia, and subsequently had the leg amputated in the field on June 17.

Henry was probably still hospitalized when he was transferred to Company F, 5th Michigan infantry upon consolidation of the 3rd and 5th Michigan Regiments on June 10, 1864, and was furloughed on August 28, 1864, for 15 days from Harewood hospital in Washington, DC. He eventually returned to Michigan and was admitted to St. Mary's hospital in Detroit on October 18, 1864, as a “permanently disabled soldier.” He was discharged for his wounds on either April 11 or 28, 1865, at Detroit.

After his discharge from the army Henry returned to western Michigan. He settled in Muskegon, Muskegon County where he was living in 1879, in Lakeside, Muskegon County with his wife and children in 1880 when he was working as mill engineer, and 1883. He was still living in Muskegon in 1886 but by 1888 he was residing in Ryerson, Muskegon County. In 1897 Henry was working as an engineer and living at 27 Estes Street in Muskegon. By 1900 he was living with his wife and son Claude in Muskegon’s 8th Ward, Muskegon County. He worked for some years as an engineer in the mills.

He received pension no. 49,455, dated April 11, 1865, and was drawing $8.00 in 1865, $15.00 as of August 22, 1866, increased to $18.00 by 1883, $30.00 by 1886 and $40.00 by 1904.

He was a member of the 3rd Michigan Infantry Association and Grand Army of the Republic Kearny Post No. 7 in Muskegon.

Henry was a widower when he died of blood poisoning on August 2, 1904, at his home at 27 Estes Street in Muskegon, and was buried in Oakwood cemetery in Muskegon.

George W. Childs

George W. Childs was born December 1, 1840, in Onondaga County, New York, the son of Ephraim (b. 1801) and Elizabeth (Redford, b. 1818)).

New York natives, George’s parents were probably married in New York sometime before 1836 when their daughter Elizabeth was born. By 1850 Ephraim had settled the family in Schroeppel, Oswego County, New York. In 1854, when he was 14 years old, George went to live with an uncle in Ohio, and the following year he moved to Allegan County, Michigan, to live with a sister. He then moved on to Berlin (Marne), Ottawa County, where he reportedly settled, although it appears that by mid-1860 he was working as a farm laborer and living with Elmer Lord in Clay Banks, Oceana.

In any case, George stood 5’8” with blue eyes, brown hair and a light complexion and was 21 years old and probably residing in Berlin (Marne) when he enlisted in Company B on May 13, 1861. By late June of 1862 he was sick in a hospital in Bottom’s Bridge, Virginia, suffering from fever and diarrhea.

It is not known if George ever returned to the Regiment and from December of 1862 through January of 1863 he was on duty at Brigade headquarters detailed as a wagoner. In February he was serving with the Brigade wagon trains, possibly as a teamster although this is by no means certain, and in April he was with the Quartermaster department. From May through August he was serving with the Regimental wagons, in September was serving as a hostler, and by October he was at First Division headquarters and in November was a teamster for the First Division. He reenlisted on December 23, 1863, at Brandy Station, Virginia, crediting Grand Rapids, and went home on furlough in January of 1864. Following his return, probably on or about the first of February, he resumed his duties as a teamster and by March was back with the Brigade wagon trains.

George was still serving in the Brigade wagon trains when he was transferred to Company E, Fifth Michigan infantry upon consolidation of the Third and Fifth Michigan Regiments on June 10, 1864, and he remained on detached service with the ammunition train. In fact, he continued to be detached as a teamster through April of 1865, and was mustered out of service on July 5, 1865, at Jeffersonville, Indiana.

After the war George returned to western Michigan and was living in Ottawa County when he married Delia M. Lafavor or Lefeve (1845-1917) on April 23, 1865, at the Eagle Hotel in Grand Rapids; they had at least two children: Charles (b. 1867) and William (b. 1869).

George soon moved to Muskegon where he probably lived the rest of his life. By 1870 he and his family were residing in the First Ward in Muskegon where he worked as a laborer. By 1880 he was working on a boom and living with his wife and children on Sumner Street (?) in Muskegon’s First Ward. In 1883 he founded the Adjustable Chair Company in Muskegon. He was living in Muskegon in 1888, at 109 S. Prospect Street in 1890 and in the First Ward in 1894.

He became a member of the Old Third Michigan Infantry Association in 1881, and joined Grand Army of the Republic Phil Kearny Post No. 7 in Muskegon in June of 1883. In 1890 he applied for and received a pension (no. 888019).

George was a widower when he died of apoplexy at his home in Muskegon on June 21, 1917. According to his obituary, George was having a nap in George Ross’ barber shop on Ottawa Street in Muskegon, waiting for his great grandson to get a haircut when he suddenly had a stroke and died. He was buried in Oakwood cemetery in Muskegon: 2-25-25.

Isaac Burbank

Isaac Burbank was born 1828 in Canada.

Both of Isaac’s parents were born in Canada.

Isaac left Canada and immigrated to the United States. By 1850 he had settled in Crockery, Ottawa County, Michigan where he worked as a carpenter and lived with the family of Dr. Charles Kibbey in Crockery. Also living with the Kibbey family that year was 12-year-old New York native Madora McMann and her two younger siblings.

Isaac married 13-year-old Madora McMann (1838-1911) on Christmas Day, 1851, in Crockery, Ottawa County; they had at least seven children: twins Annie and Willie, Charles (1853-1869), Mary (b. 1857), possibly another son Freddie, and a son Richard (b. 1861).

By 1860 Isaac was working as a carpenter and living with his wife and children in Crockery Township, Ottawa County. (Next door lived Thomas Somerset and his family; Thomas would also join the Third Michigan.)

Isaac was 29 years old and possibly living in Kent County or Crockery when he enlisted in Company F on May 13, 1861. In July of 1861 he reportedly injured his left thumb and was suffering from lung disease at Arlington Heights, Virginia. He was subsequently hospitalized for two months at Union hospital in Georgetown, and discharged for consumption on September 10, 1861, at Camp Arlington, Virginia.

Following his discharge from the army Isaac returned to Crockery where he reentered the service as Sergeant in Company F, Fourteenth Michigan infantry on December 7, 1861, for 3 years, crediting and listing Crockery as his place of residence, and was mustered the same day. The regiment was formally organized at Ypsilanti, Washtenaw County, and Detroit between January 7 and February 18, 1862, ands was mustered into service on February 13. It left Michigan for St. Louis, Missouri, on April 17 and then on to Pittsburg Landing, Tennessee. It subsequently participated in numerous actions and operations in northern Mississippi and northern Alabama. It marched to Nashville, Tennessee, September 1-6 and was on duty there until December 26; it participated in the siege of Nashville September 12-November 7 but by January 2 it was guarding supply trains near Murfreesboro, Tennessee. It remained there until March at it was at Brentwood guarding the rail line between Nashville and Franklin until early July.

For reasons unknown, Isaac was apparently reduced to the ranks, and he was reported as a Corporal and sick in Nashville, Tennessee on April 23, 1863. He was taken sick in July of 1863 suffering from fever and was sent to the regimental hospital where he remained about four weeks. After he recovered he was assigned on detail to cook for the officers but apparently continued to suffer from frequent attacks of illness sometimes lasting several days at a time.

The regiment was on duty at Nashville, Franklin and Columbia until May of 1864. In any case, Isaac reenlisted on January 4, 1864, at Franklin, Tennessee, and was mustered in as a reenlisted veteran on February 5 following his return from Michigan, where he had gone presumably on a veterans’ furlough. The Fourteenth participated in the Atlanta campaign from June to September of 1864, in the March to the Sea November 15-December 10 and the siege of Savannah December 10-21 and in the Campaign in the Carolinas January to April of 1865. It was also involved in the battle of Bentonville, North Carolina March 19-21, in the occupation of Goldsboro and Raleigh, North Carolina and the surrender of Johnston’s army. It subsequently marched to Washington April 29-May19 and participate d in the Grand Review on May 24, after which it was moved to Louisville, Kentucky on June 13. Isaac was mustered out with the regiment on July 18, 1865, at Louisville, Kentucky.

After the war Isaac returned to his home in Ottawa County. By 1870 he was working as a carpenter and he was living with his wife and two children in Spring Lake, Ottawa County, and he was still working as a carpenter and living with his wife and children in Spring Lake in 1880. In fact, Isaac and his wife lived in Spring Lake, Ottawa County where she ran a confectionery shop and restaurant on Main Street and he worked as a carpenter until he was injured in January of 1881. Apparently he had cut his thumb on a piece of glass and gangrene set in and he nearly lost his arm.

He was living in Muskegon the following year when he contracted a lung disease and was reported to be in an emaciated condition when he entered the Michigan Soldiers’ Home for the first time on January 25, 1886 (no. 197). In his admission to the Home in 1886 he stated that he was married but that his nearest relative was a son and son-in-law (the latter probably Loren Beerman), although he also reported one Madora Burbank as dependent upon his support but he did not describe the nature of the relationship.

Isaac was discharged from the Home at his own request on January 16, 1887, and readmitted on May 19, 1888, discharged on November 9, 1888, when he returned to his home in Muskegon. He was admitted to the Michigan Soldiers' Home a third time on April 22, 1889 and discharged June 27, 1892 and was reportedly suffering from “general debility since the war” and paralysis. He was admitted a fourth time on January 5, 1893 and discharged on January 16, 1897; and admitted a fifth time on June 28, 1897 and discharged for the last time on April 5, 1898. During this period he would return to his wife’s home in either Ottawa or Muskegon County.

Sometime in November of 1900 until the spring of 1902 the two of them occupied two separate but adjoining rooms in the Rice block in Muskegon, Muskegon County.

In late summer of 1903 Madora served notice to the pension bureau that Isaac had deserted and abandoned her in May of 1902.

According to testimony he moved his furniture out of the Rice block without telling her and moved elsewhere in the city. He also attempted to have her committed to the Northern Michigan Insane Asylum (evidence of which attempt was a matter of public record as was the censure which Isaac was given in court for attempting such a thing to a person who was in fact not insane.)

On October 7, 1903, just a few weeks before Isaac died, Madora was living at 7 Miller Street in Muskegon when she wrote to the pension bureau seeking to access a share of his pension money. “I have been sick,” she wrote, “ and not able to do much when he left me the last time & I was sick he was gone over a week. I can’t just remember. He left me so many times. He always found a home ready for him. When I was able to work I never complained nor asked him for help until for the last year it is abuse I get he is so miserly.” She went on to describe how he often stays elsewhere in his own room and does his own cooking and that since her son died and her daughter married “that left me no home. He never has taken care of me nor his 7 children” and that when their third child was born she had to go home to her mother’s house to be cared for. She also claimed that he left her on May 16, 1902 and subsequently “served papers on me to put me in the insane asylum as an indigent insane person”.

In early November of 1903 Loren Beerman, who was living on Jefferson Street in Muskegon, testified that

About 1882 [Isaac] came to [his] house and said that his wife had ordered him to leave; that he went to [Madora] personally to bring about a reconciliation, but that she was very emphatic in her statement that she would never allow him to live with her again, and he does not think she has ever cohabited with [Isaac since]; that she has never acted the part of a wife to him, but on the contrary she has done everything imaginable to make life miserable for him; that part of the time they have boarded in the same house but have not eaten at the same table nor slept in the same room; that [Isaac] is not responsible for this estrangement; that he knows of his own knowledge that for the last fifteen years [Isaac] has contributed steadily all he could to his wife’s support, and he is still doing so; that [Isaac] has paid him for her board and has been responsible for her bills; that [he] would be willing to live with her if she would permit him; that no one could possibly live with her in any place.

Isaac was a member of the Old Third Michigan Infantry Association, and he received pension no. 419416 (dated September of 1883), drawing $12.00 per month when he was admitted to the Home in 1886 and increased to $30.00 as early as 1889.

Isaac died on December 13, 1903, of a stomach abscess at his daughter’s (Annie?) home in Muskegon, and the funeral was held at her home under the auspices of Grand Army of the Republic Kearny Post No. 7 (Muskegon). He was buried in Oakwood cemetery in Muskegon: range 13, block 15, lot 2.

In his obituary there is no mention of a widow.

Nevertheless, in December of 1903 his widow was granted a pension (no. 570852), drawing $12 per month. She died the following November but was not buried alongside Isaac. She was buried in Spring Lake in 1911 alongside five of her children.