Jonas M. Bennett update 10/18/2016

Jonas M. or Joseph Bennett was born on February 23, 1844, in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan, the son of Cyrus (b. 1809 in Massachusetts) and Dianna (Larnes, b. 1813 in New York).

Cyrus married Deanna Larnes in Washtenaw County, Michigan in 1834 and by 1839 had settled in Kent County; he was still living in Grand Rapids in 1840. By 1850 Cyrus was working as a carpenter and the family was still living in Grand Rapids where Jonas was attending school with three of his older siblings, including a brother George who would also join the 3rd Michigan. Jonas was living in Grand Rapids when he reportedly fell from a building in 1855 and dislocated his elbow.

Jonas eventually moved to Muskegon, Muskegon County probably to work in the growing lumber industry there and by 1860 he was working as a day laborer residing at the Chubb boarding house in Muskegon; he was also listed as living with his family, including his brother George, in Brooks, Newaygo County, where his father worked as a carpenter. Also living with Cyrus and his family was Jonas’ brother-in-law Charles Mills, and his wife Laura (Bennett) and their son Frederick.

Jonas stood 5’7” with blue eyes, black hair and a fair complexion, and was 18 years old and probably still living in Muskegon when he enlisted with his parents’ consent in Company H on April 5, 1861, along with his older brother George W.; his brother-in-law Charles enlisted in Company E. Jonas was quite probably related to George A. Bennett, who also enlisted in Company H. (Company H, formerly the “Muskegon Rangers”, was made up largely of men from the vicinity of Muskegon and Newaygo counties.)

Jonas was discharged on July 31, 1861, probably at Hunter’s Farm, Virginia, near Alexandria, for a deformed right elbow, injured some six years prior to enlistment. Jonas recalled in 1904 that in the spring of 1855 he fell from a building in Grand Rapids and dislocated his elbow. (In the winter of 1867, he jumped out of a burning building in Newaygo, Newaygo County, and broke his ankle.)

He returned home to Muskegon where he reentered the service under the name of “Joseph W. Bennett,” as Sergeant in Company C, 26th Michigan infantry on August 5, 1862, for 3 years, crediting Muskegon, and was mustered on September 15, 1862, at Jackson, Jackson County. (Jonas claimed in 1904 that he changed his name so he would be allowed to go back into the army, believing he would not be accepted because he had been previously discharged for a disability.)

The 26th infantry was organized at Jackson between September 10 and December 12, 1862, and mustered into service on December 12. The regiment left Michigan for Washington on December 13 and was on provost duty at Alexandria, Virginia until April 20, 1863. It was moved to Fort Richmond, New York City harbor on July 14 where it remained until mid-October when it rejoined the army of the Potomac. It participated in the Mine Run campaign of November -December and various actions around the Rapidan River in February of 1864. It is unclear if, however, Jonas (or Joseph) e

ver left Michigan with the 26th infantry. He was transferred to the Veterans Reserve Corps (VRC).

It is possible that Jonas was transferred to the VRC while still in Michigan. In any case, he had returned to Michigan, possibly as a consequence of being transferred to the VRC and was on detached service from February of 1864 through April at the draft rendezvous in Grand Rapids (Camp Lee). When the Grand Rapids draft depot was closed down in the summer of 1864, he was sent to the draft rendezvous at Jackson in July where he remained until he was mustered out on May 31, 1865. After the war Jonas remained in western Michigan and by 1867 was living in Newaygo, Newaygo County when he broke his ankle jumping from a building to escape a fire. For a time lived in Greenville, Montcalm County.

He was possibly still living in Grand Rapids when he became a member of the Old 3rd Michigan Infantry Association sometime around 1872 (shortly after the Association was organized). He married Julia Tubbs in Grand Rapids, in 1866, and they had one child; they were divorced in 1879.

In 1870 he was operating a saloon and living with his wife in Muskegon’s 2nd Ward, Muskegon County. He married his second wife, one Julia or Juliette Cervier (or Cenvier), in Denver in 1886; they had one child, Leila Grace (b. 1888).

Jonas eventually moved to Leadville, Colorado and engaged in mining. He was living at the rear of 133 W. 9th in Leadville from 1888 to 1890. By the late 1890s he was living in Cripple Creek and Victor, El Paso County, Colorado when he applied for and received pension no. 1,100,153, dated 1897, drawing $6.00 per month by mid-1905. He lived for a time in Texas and Montana, and by 1903-4 he was living in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (possibly with George W.).

Jonas died on October 21, 1905, possibly in Oklahoma City and may be buried there.

William Wallace Wade update 10/18/2016

William Wallace Wade was born in November of 1840 in New York, the son of New York native Moses M. (b. 1818) and Jemima A. Tyler (1815-1864).

New York natives Moses was possibly living in Farmersville, Cattaraugus County, New York in 1840. By 1850 William was living with his parents and younger sister Mary on a farm in Cherry Creek, Chautauqua County, New York; next door lived the family of W. Wade, possibly Moses’ brother. (Moses owned some $1600 worth of real estate that year.) Moses and Jemima eventually left New York and moved west. By 1860 Wallace was working as a school teacher living with his family in Lebanon, Clinton County where his father worked as a farmer. (Curiously, Oren Wade was probably living in Chautauqua County, New York in 1860.)

“Wallace” was 20 years old and residing in Clinton County when he enlisted in the Band on June 10, 1861. He was discharged on August 13, 1862, as “a member of the Band and not as a musician.” He served subsequently in the Brigade Band.

It is not known if William returned to Michigan after he left the army. By 1870 he was living with his mother’s brother, a wealthy farmer named Martin Tyler (b. 1804) and his wife Sally (b. 1811) and working as a school teacher in Stafford, Genesee County, New York; next door lived a 41-year-old wealthy farmer named Warren Tyler (possibly his cousin). Martin owned more than $7000 worth of real estate and Warren owned some $23,400 worth of real estate. (William’s father was living in Clinton County in 1870.)

William married New York native Frances Remington (b. 1851) and they had at least one child: Curtis Tyler (b. 1873).

By 1880 he was probably working as a cheese buyer and living with his wife and children in Arcade, Wyoming County, New York. By 1897 he was living in New York when he applied for and received a pension (no. 984996). William eventually moved back west and by 1920 he was living on Fifth Street in Daughtery, Morgan Township, Murray County, Oklahoma; also living with his was his son who was apparently working as an agent for a railroad company.

William was probably a widower when he died on September 26, 1921, in Oklahoma, and was presumably buried there.

Peter Canally

Peter Canally, also known as “Connelly”and “Conoly”, was born 1840 in Boston, Massachusetts or in Ireland.

Peter left Boston and moved west, eventually settling in central Michigan by the time the war broke out.

He stood 5’10” with blue eyes, dark hair and a light complexion, and was a 21-year-old farmer probably living in Meridian, Ingham County when he enlisted in Company G on May 10, 1861. (Company G, formerly the “Williams’ Rifles”, was made up predominantly of men from the Lansing area.)

On September 5, 1861, Peter was in the Regimental hospital sick with a fever, and less than a week later he was “been recommended to be discharged on account of tubercular disease, but his case is under advisement.” He remained with the Regiment, however, and was wounded severely in the left shoulder on May 31, 1862, at Fair Oaks, Virginia. Peter was helped off the battlefield and according to a statement he made later that year Regimental Surgeon Bliss “made an examination of the wound & probed it to find the bullet but that he could not find the ball, [and] that he was sent to hospital where he remained until he was furloughed”.

By June 18 he was reported to have gone home to Okemos, Ingham County, to recover from his wound, and according to one source he was among the sick and wounded soldiers who arrived at Detroit Barracks on July 9. In any case, he claimed that he remained at his home in Michigan until about the end of August when he went to Washington. From there he was sent to Fairfax Seminary Hospital where he was probably admitted on August.

Peter was discharged from Fairfax Seminary hospital on September 13, 1862, for a “gunshot wound through the left shoulder joint, resulting in anchylosis, and paralysis of the whole arm, is unable to raise the forearm without the assistance of the right hand.”

He reportedly died on September 21, 1862, of his wounds (probably at Union Hotel hospital in Washington, DC), and buried in Washington.

In fact Peter did not die of his wounds in September of 1862 and was alive and well by the summer of 1863, probably still living in Washington. In any event, he married Ireland native Sarah Ann Hunt (b. 1838), on July 19, 1863, at St. Matthew’s church in Washington, DC, and they had at least one child: John (b. 1875).

Peter was probably discharged on account of his disability (the record is uncertain on this however).

In any case, Peter eventually returned to his father’s home in Meridian, Ingham County, Michigan, presumably with his new wife, and by the fall of 1863 he was working in Meridian as a farmer. He was living in Ingham County in 1869.

By 1870 Peter was working as a conductor on a railroad and living with his wife Sarah in Lansing’s Fourth Ward, Ingham County. He was living in Ingham County in 1897 and in Lansing, Ingham County in 1898.

He was probably living in Ingham County when he applied for and received a pension (no. 23351), drawing $17 per month by 1897.

Peter died on November 11, 1911, in Longdale, Blaine County, Oklahoma.

His widow was living in Carlton, Blaine County, Oklahoma, in 1912 when she applied for a pension. She eventually moved to St. Paul in Alberta, Canada and by 1916 she was living in Lloydminister, Saskatchewan, Canada.