Slocum

George Slocum

George Slocum was born on February 25, 1813, in Darien, Genesee County, New York, the son of Peleg (1773-1849) and Ruth (Hill, 1770-1834).

Peleg reportedly served as Musician and then Drum Major in Varian’s New York regiment during the War of 1812. In any case, he was married to Ruth Hill in 1791 in Pawling, Dutchess County, New York.

George was married to New York native Sophronia Kinsman (b. 1818), on July 1, 1836, probably in Genesee County, New York (she was born in Darien, Genesee County, New York as well), and they had at least six children: Nancy Almeda (b. 1838), Lucius Elliott (b. 1843), Richard Miller (b. 1845), twins Ebgert and Edgar (b. 1850), Helen A. (b. 1854) and Amelia (b. 1857).

George and Sophronia left New York and settled in Michigan sometime before 1838. By 1840 they were living in Hartland, Livingston County where they were still residing and working a farm in 1850. By 1860 George had taken his family and settled on a farm in Keene, Ionia County.

He was a 49-year-old farmer probably living in Keene when he enlisted in Company D on February 2, 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 was wounded on May 31, 1862, at Fair Oaks, Virginia, and by the first of July was a patient in Buttonwood Street hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

George died from his wounds, either on July 8, 1862, in Buttonwood, and was buried in Philadelphia National Cemetery, or on July 18, September 18 or November 1, 1862, at Washington, DC.

In February of 1863 (?) his widow Sophronia applied for and received a pension (no. 8590).

Alfred Henry Slocum update 10/18/2016

Alfred Henry Slocum was born on July 15, 1842, in Middlebury, Shiawassee County, Michigan, the son of New York natives John (b. 1821) and Lydia Bugbee (b. 1817).

John was living in Middlebury, Shiawassee County in 1840 and married Lydia Bugbee in Shiawassee County in 1841.By 1850 Alfred was attending school and living with his family and younger brother Addison in Thornapple, Barry County. By 1860 Alfred was still living with his family – his father was working as Justice of the Peace – in Thornapple.

Alfred stood 5’11” with blue eyes, brown hair and a light complexion and was a 19-year-old blacksmith probably living in Barry County when he enlisted in Company K on January 17, 1862, at Grand Rapids for 3 years, and was mustered the same day. He eventually joined the regiment in Virginia. In February of 1862 Alfred contracted dysentery while in winter quarters at Camp Michigan, Virginia. On March 21, 1862, he was admitted to the “Mansion House” General Hospital in Alexandria, Virginia, suffering from acute dysentery and general debility. He was discharged on June 20, 1862, at the general hospital in Alexandria, Virginia for “general debility resulting from an acute attack of scorbutus.”

Alfred returned to Barry County and resumed (or began) his trade of blacksmithing. (His father John was living in Irving, Barry County in 1870.)

By the fall of 1882 Alfred was a resident of the National Military Home (central branch) in Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio, when he applied for pension no. 462,571. According to the Home medical authorities, Alfred was suffering from an anal fistula. “Both buttocks,” it was reported in November, “are now . . . hardened and inflamed around the anus. There are four fistulous openings that are discharging very freely, and produce much pain for which he has been taking opiates. These have checked his diarrhea. . . . He is in a deplorable condition from his fistulae in anus. It has undermined his general health. He is feeble and emaciated and confined to bed most of the time.”

Alfred died on March 12, 1883, in Dayton, presumably of chronic dysentery. He was buried in the Home cemetery, section D, row 9, grave 11.