Pinkney cemetery

Judson Adoniram Smoke

Judson Adoniram Smoke was born on February 1, 1837, in Elbridge, Oneida County, New York, probably the son of Henry H. (b. 1810) and Therza (Lee, 1809-1860).

New York natives Henry and Thirza were married sometime before 1837 when they were living in Ohio. Between 1837 and 1835 they moved to New York and then between 1840 and 1841 they moved to Michigan. By 1850 “Adoniram” was attending school with two older siblings and living on the family farm in Woodland, Barry County. By 1860 “Judson” was living in Boston, Ionia County.

Judson married New York native Mary Ann (1832-1916), on May 5, 1860, possibly in Michigan, and they probably had at least three children: Herbert, Herman (b. 1862) and Judson S. (b. 1865).

Judson was a 25-year-old farmer probably living in Boston when he enlisted in Company H on February 17, 1862, at Saranac, Ionia County for 3 years, and was mustered the same day. He was wounded in the thumb during the battle of Fair Oaks, Virginia on May 31, 1862, and apparently home in Ionia County (perhaps Saranac) recovering his health in mid-June of 1862. While he may have returned to the Regiment and was possibly wounded a second time on August 29, 1862, at Second Bull Run, he was reported absent sick in the hospital in August.

Judson allegedly deserted on September 21 at Upton’s Hill, Virginia, and was returned from desertion on November 7 at Warrenton, Virginia. He was discharged on November 3, 1862, at Finley general hospital in Washington, DC, for “partial paralysis of left leg with chronic rheumatism of six months’ standing.”

After he was discharged from the army Judson returned to his home in Ionia County.

Judson died on June 19, 1865, at his home in Ionia, and was buried in Pinckney cemetery in Ionia County.

In November of 1865 his widow applied for and received a pension (no. 211978).

By 1870 she was living in Keene, Ionia County (she owned $1500 worth of real estate) with two of her sons; also living with her was 18-year-old Lewis Smoke.

William Renwick - update 5/2/2017

William Renwick was born on October 6, 1838, in New York, the son of Thomas (b. 1798) and Janet Turnbull (b. 1798).

Thomas and Janet were married on May 24, 1818, in Southdean, Roxburgh, Scotland. emigrated from Scotland, eventually settling in New York before moving west. Indeed, William probably came to the United States with his parents in 1852, eventually settling in Geneva, Ontario County, New York. The family eventually moved westward, and settled first in Bedford, Calhoun County, Michigan but in 1858 moved to Keene, Ionia County. By 1860 William was a farmer working for and living with his family in Keene (his father owned $2500 worth of real estate).

William stood 5’8” with blue eyes, sandy hair and a sandy complexion and was 25 years old and probably still living in Ionia County when he enlisted in Company D, probably with his cousin (?) James, on February 14, 1862, at Saranac, Ionia County for 3 years, and was mustered the same day -- Company D was composed in large part of men who came from western Ionia County and Eaton County. (He and James were related to John Foulks, whose mother was Jane Renwick; Foulks also enlisted in Company D and was also from Keene.)

In April of 1862 William was reported as a “waiter” for Captain Moses Houghton of Company D, and in May he was awarded the Kearny Cross for his participation in the battle of Chancellorsville on May 3, 1863.

On May 12, 1864, at Spotsylvania, Virginia, Benjamin Morse of Company C and William Renwick captured a stand of colors from the Fourth Georgia Artillery, which eventually earned Morse the Congressional Medal of Honor. The details of the capture, as described by Minnie D. Millbrook in her work on Michigan Medal of Honor Winners in the Civil War, are “while in the line of duty and while on a charge on the rebel breastworks on the morning (3:30 a.m.) of May 12, 1864, at Spotsylvania, Virginia,” Morse “captured a rebel flag (artillery) and that said flag was turned over to the commanding officer of the Regiment and went to Washington, DC. A letter dated September 20, 1864, was discovered in the War Department naming Benjamin Morse as the captor of the flag, and he was also mentioned in a report of General Winfield S. Hancock as the captor. William Renwick of company D, same Regiment, was also named as captor of the flag in the same action, but he too was seemingly overlooked at the time, and as he never applied for a medal he did not receive one.” The medal was issued to Morse on February 24, 1891.

William was transferred to Company A, 5th Michigan Infantry upon consolidation of the 3rd and 5th Michigan Regiments on June 10, 1864, and discharged on May 14, 1865, at the expiration of his term of service.

After he left the army William eventually returned to Michigan. By 1870 he was working as a farm laborer and living with his parents in Keene, Ionia County. He was living in Saranac in 1879, and working as a grocer in 1880 and living as a single man with the Edward Foulks family in Saranac. He was still in Saranac in 1885 and 1888, in Boston, Ionia County in 1890, and in Saranac in 1894 and 1909 and on R.R. no. 12 in 1911 (his younger cousin James also lived on R.R. no. 12).

He was a member of the Old 3rd Michigan Infantry Association. In 1902 he applied for and received a pension (no. 994178).

William may have been married to a woman named Jane.

William died of heart disease on February 18, 1913, in Keene, Ionia County, and was buried in Pinckney Cemetery, Keene Township: row 3, grave 203.