Sweet

Willard Sweet

Willard Sweet was born in 1836 in Oneida County, New York.

Willard may have been living with the Cran family on a farm in Vernon, Oneida County, New York in 1850. In any case, he left New York and had settled in western Michigan by the time the war had broken out.

He stood 5’6” with gray eyes, brown hair and alight complexion and was a 25-year-old farmer possibly living in Allegan County when he enlisted in Company I on May 13, 1861. He was reported working as a nurse in the Regimental hospital from February of 1863 through May of 1864, and he reenlisted on December 24, 1863, at Brandy Station, Virginia, crediting Algoma, Kent County. He was presumably absent on veteran’s furlough in January of 1864, probably rejoined the Regiment on or about the first of February and was transferred to Company I, Fifth Michigan infantry upon consolidation of the Third and Fifth Michigan Regiments on June 10, 1864. In July he was reported as a Regimental hospital attendant, was on detached service in October, and a nurse in the hospital at City Point, Virginia from November of 1864 through March of 1865. He was mustered out on July 5, 1865, at Jeffersonville, Indiana.

It is not known if Willard ever returned to Michigan.

He was married.

In 1887 he applied for and received a pension (no. 382208).

Willard was apparently residing in Cheney, Kansas, where he died at the age of 57 of dropsy on July 20, 1893.

His widow applied for and received a pension (no. 408561).

Ebenezer Sweet

Ebenezer Sweet was born in 1811 in New York.

Ebenezer was married to Scintha (b. 1814), possibly in New York, and they had at least five children: Hannah (b. 1840), Charles (b. 1841), John (b. 1844), James (b. 1846) and Rufus (b. 1848).

They lived in New York for some years – in fact they may have been living in Galen, Wayne County, New York in 1840 -- but between 1846 and 1848 settled in Michigan. By 1850 Ebenezer was working as a cooper and living with his wife and children in Lyons, Ionia County. By 1860 Ebenezer was working as a cooper and living in Lyons with his son-in-law, a butcher named James Sherman (b. 1826 in New York) and his wife Hannah and their daughter Adelaide. Also living with Ebenezer and the Sherman family was Ebenezer’s son Rufus, who was attending school in Lyons.

Ebenezer stood 5’6’ with gray eyes, dark hair and a dark complexion and was about 46 years old when he became a substitute for one John Pong, who was drafted for nine months from Westphalia, Clinton County, and was mustered in on February 6, 1863. He enlisted in Unassigned, was subsequently transferred to Company B on February 26, 1863, at Westphalia for 3 years, and mustered into service in Detroit. He joined the Regiment on March 10 at Camp Pitcher, Virginia and was wounded on July 2 or 3, 1863, at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

He was absent sick from July of 1863 through May of 1864, and was transferred to Company E, Fifth Michigan infantry upon consolidation of the Third and Fifth Michigan Regiments on June 10, 1864. Ebenezer was reported absent sick from July 1, 1864, through November of 1864, and was mustered out on July 5, 1865, at Jeffersonville, Indiana.

Ebenezer eventually returned to Michigan. By 1880 he was living as a widower and working as a laborer and residing with his daughter Hannah and her husband James Sherman, who was working as a butcher in Reynolds, Montcalm County.

No pension seems to be available.

Ebenezer presumably died in Reynolds and was died in Reynolds Township, Montcalm County. In any case he was buried in Reynolds cemetery: old section.

Charles J. Sweet

Charles J. Sweet was born in 1838 in Genesee County, Michigan or in New York.

Charles stood 5’7” with blue eyes, light hair and a light complexion and was a 23-year-old tailor possibly living in Wyoming, Kent County when he enlisted in Company A on June 10, 1861. He was absent sick in the hospital from August through September of 1862, and was discharged for chronic rheumatism on September 26, 1862, at Fort McHenry, Maryland.

Following his discharge Charles returned to Kent County and was living in Wyoming in 1863 when he married New York native Julia R. Huntley (b. 1845) of Grand Rapids on September 22, 1863, in Wyoming.

Charles eventually moved to Muskegon, Muskegon County and by 1870 he was working as a sawyer in a mill and living with his wife and younger brother Howard in Muskegon’s First Ward. By 1880 he was working as a saw filer and he and his wife were living with his brother-in-law Chancy Newell in Muskegon’s Third Ward. He was probably working as a filer for T. D. Stimson and living at 36 Terrace st in 1887-88 and probably living at 16 E. Diana in 1889-90. He was living in Muskegon’s Fifth Ward in 1894. Charles probably moved to Oregon and may have been lving in Cascade, Clackamas County in 1890, although he had apparently returned to Muskegon’s Fifth Ward by 1900.

In 1890 he applied for and received a pension (no. 708405).

He was a member of the Old Third Michigan Infantry Association, as well as Grand Army of the Republic Kearny post no. 7 in Muskegon.

Charles was married a second time to one Bessie M.

Charles died on October 21, 191, in Portland, Oregon and was presumably buried there.

In 1917 his widow was living in Oregon when she applied for and received a pension (no. 847536).