Horace Chaffee

Horace Chaffee was born around 1832 in Lamoille County, Vermont, probably the son of Hiram (b. 1807) and Sophia (b. 1807.

By 1850 Horace was working as a farmer and living with his family in Morristown, Lamoille County, Vermont and attending school with his younger brother Albert.

By 1860 Horace had moved westward and was a farm laborer working for and/or living with the Ira Woodcock family, a farmer in Tyrone, Kent County, Michigan.

Horace stood 5’10” with gray eyes, black hair and a dark complexion and was 24 years old when he enlisted in Company F on May 13, 1861. He was discharged for consumption on November 1, 1861, at Fort Lyon, Virginia.

After his discharge from the Third Michigan infantry Horace returned to Michigan where he reentered the service in Company E, Twenty-eighth Michigan infantry on September 15, 1864, at Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County for 3 years, crediting Bertrand, Berrien County, and was mustered September 16 at Kalamazoo where the regiment was being organized.

The regiment left Michigan for Louisville, Kentucky October 26-29 and remained on duty there until November 10. It participated in the battle of Nashville and subsequently occupied Nashville. It was then moved back to Louisville in mid-January and on January 18 was moved to Alexandria, Louisiana where it remained until February 19. The regiment was eventually transferred to new Berne, North Carolina in late February. It participated in the campaign in the Carolinas from March 1-April 26, the advance on and occupation of Raleigh, North Carolina in mid-April, the surrender of Johnston’s army and subsequently on duty at Raleigh until August. The regiment remained in the district of New Berne from October of 1865 until June of 1866.

Horace was listed as a Corporal when he was reported as a deserter on May 16, 1866, at Raleigh, North Carolina. The charge was removed in 1890, and he was subsequently discharged by the War Department to date May 15, 1866.

After the war Horace eventually returned to Michigan.

He was married to Harriet Jones (d. 1865) and they had at least one child: Sophia (b. 1864).

After Harriet died in 1865 Horace married Michigan native Tryphena Jones (b. 1847-1908), on January 22, 1867, in Saugatuck, Allegan County, and they had at least three children: Albert Henry (b. 1868), Nellie Mae (b. 1870).

By 1870 Horace was working as a laborer and living with his wife and two children in Heath Township, Allegan County. By 1880 Horace was working as a laborer and living in Byron, Kent County along with his wife and three children.

Horace was living in Michigan in 1890 when he applied for and received a pension (no. 651,789) for his service in both regiments,

He was residing in Woodville, Newaygo County in 1890 and probably also in 1894, suffering from chronic diarrhea, total deafness in his left ear and partial deafness in the right. He was living in Woodville in 1898.

Horace was living in Maple Hill, Montcalm County, in the spring of 1904. He may have been living in Howard City, Montcalm County where his second wife reportedly died in 1908.

Horace was living in Howard City when he died of pneumonia at his home on February 7, 1912, in Montcalm County; the expenses were paid for by one Sarah and Loren Baldwin of Howard City, Montcalm County, who had also possibly been taking care of Horace at the end of his life. (Loren Baldwin claimed to be his son-in-law and yet in his statement requesting reimbursement for expenses in taking care of Horace he reported that Horace had been married only once to Tryphena.)

Horace was buried as an indigent soldier in Reynolds cemetery (old section).

Jerome F. Briggs update 10/18/2016

Jerome F. Briggs was born around 1843 in Fulton, Oswego County, New York, the son of Vermonters Hiram (b. 1814) and Mary (b. 1822).

Hiram may have been living in Caledonia County, Vermont in 1840. Hiram moved his family to Michigan sometime between 1845 and 1848, and by 1850 Jerome was attending school with his younger sister Lydia and residing with his family in Dallas Township, Clinton County, Michigan. By 1860 Jerome was living with his older sister Lydia and they were both living with the John Parks family on a farm in Dallas just a few doors away from Hiram and his family.

Jerome stood 5’6” with blue eyes, light hair and a light complexion and was 18 years old and working as a farm laborer in Clinton County, probably the Dallas area, when he enlisted at the age of 18 in Company D on May 13, 1861. (Interestingly Company D was composed in large part of men who came from western Ionia County and Eaton County.)

He was present for duty with his company during the battles of Williamsburg in early May of 1862 and Fair Oaks on May 31. He suffered an injury to one of his ankles when a “cannon wagon” ran over his foot on or about July 1, 1862, near Charles City crossroads, and was captured at White Oak Swamp, Virginia, that same day. (He was first reported reported absent sick in August of 1862 and then missing in action on September 21, 1862 at Washington, DC.) He was confined at Belle Isle prison in Richmond and admitted to the prison hospital upon arrival, where he remained until he was paroled at Aiken’s Landing on September 13. According to the Richmond Dispatch of September 15, 1862,

Three thousand three hundred of the Yankee prisoners left Richmond on Saturday for Varina to be exchanged. – Such as could not walk were conveyed away in wagons. The officers, of which there were 61, went in carriages, provided for the purpose. As the long line filed past the C. S. Prison, on Cary Street, they greeted their less lucky compeers with a feeble cheer. A small cavalry escort accompanied them down. Another large gang were started for Aiken’s landing, on James River, yesterday morning. During Saturday and Sunday five thousand two hundred and twenty-eight were sent away. This leaves on hand only about seven hundred, a good many of whom are in the hospital under treatment for wounds or disease, who were unable to bear removal. Three Yankee women and eight Yankee deserters, or rather men who came over to us and professed to be such, were sent from Castle Thunder. Though these deserters professed to have left their brethren in great disgust, they were very willing to be sent back to the North. The departure of the prisoners will save the Confederate Government an expense of about $4,000 per day, which was the average that their food as soldiers cost.

Jerome was reported to the paroled prisoner detachment at Camp Banks, Virginia on November 17, 1862.

Jerome was sick in the hospital from November through December, and discharged on January 19, 1863, at Camp Banks for loss of power in the right leg from a compound fracture of the tibia, which resulted from the accident which occurred in July of 1862.

After he left the army Jerome resided in New York state then in Michigan (Hiram and his family were still living in Dallas, Clinton County, in 1870), finally settling in Dallas, Texas, where he was living by late May of 1884 when he applied for a pension (no. 516,917), but the certificate was never granted.

He married Ermine Louck in Cleburne, Texas.

Jerome reportedly died in Dallas, Texas, probably in the summer of 1884, and was presumably buried there.

In December of 1913 Ermine applied for a pension in August of 1884 (claim no. 774,119), based presumably on Jerome’s war service, but the certificate was never granted; Ermine remarried civil war veteran James McCammon and she eventually applied for and received a widow’s pension (no. 571,557) based on his service. In December of 1913 Ermine now listed as Ermine Louck was living in Fort Worth, Texas when she applied for a pension (no. 1019875) based on Jerome’s military service but the certificate was never granted

Orlow J. Brackett

Orlow J. Brackett was born 1843 in Vermont, the son of Josiah (b. 1804) and Clarissa (b. 1802 in Vermont).

Orlow’s parents were probably married in Vermont sometime before 1837 when his older brother Albert was born. (Josiah was possibly living in Plattsburgh, Clinton County New York in 1830 and in Ogdensburg, St. Lawrence County in 1840.) By 1850 Orlow (or Orlo) was living with his family in Morristown, Lamoille County, Vermont.

Orlow eventually left Vermont (possibly with an older brother who also served in a Michigan regiment) and moved westward, eventually settling in western Michigan. By 1860 he was a farm laborer working for and/or living with the Edwin Bradford family in Sparta, Kent County.

Orlow stood 5’6” with blue eyes, light hair and a light complexion, and was 18 years old and possibly still working as a laborer in Kent County when he enlisted in Company E on May 13, 1861. On June 15, 1862, Eli Hamblin, another member of the Third Michigan who also came from the vicinity of Sparta, wrote home to his parents: “There was a letter in the package for Edwin Bradford containing twenty-five dollars which makes out the sixty-five dollars Arlo [sic] Bracket sent that to Bradford. He is a young fellow that lived to Edwin Bradford’s father.”

He was reported absent sick from July of 1862 until he was discharged for epilepsy on October 28, 1862, at Baltimore, Maryland.

After his discharge from the army Orlow returned to Kent County and reentered the service in Company D, Tenth Michigan cavalry on August 31, 1863, at Grand Rapids for 3 years, crediting Hampton, Bay County, and was mustered September 18, probably at Grand Rapids where the regiment was organized between September 18 and November 18, 1863, when it was mustered into service. It left Michigan for Lexington, Kentucky on December 1, 1863, and participated in numerous operations, mostly in Kentucky and Tennessee throughout the winter of 1863-64. Most of its primary area of operations would eventually be in the vicinity of Strawberry Plains, Tennessee.

He allegedly deserted on February 8, 1864, at Camp Nelson, Kentucky, and returned on June 11. In November of 1864 he was on detached service in Kentucky, and in March of 1865 he was at Division headquarters.

Orlow was shot and killed by “bushwhackers” at Statesville, North Carolina on April 16, 1865, and presumably buried in Statesville.

No pension seems to be available.

George Washington Bellows

George Washington Bellows was born about 1807 in Essex or in Milton, Chittenden County, Vermont, the son of Jotham (1776-1860) and Polly (Wheeler, b. 1780).

Massachusetts native Jotham Jr. married native Polly in 1800 in Worcester, Massachusetts and they lived in Massachusetts for some years before moving north to Vermont sometime between about 1803 and 1805 when their daughter Susan was born. The family living in Vermont for several years before moving west to New York state, eventually settling in Orleans County where they lived for many years (in fact Polly died in Clarendon, New York 1854 and Jotham Jr. died in Clarendon in 1860). George was reportedly the twin brother o Joseph Cheney Bellows.

By 1850 George, also known as “Washington” was probably the same Washington Bellows, born in New York, and working as a furnanceman and living with a tavern keeper named Horace Perry and his family in Murray, Orleans County, New York. One Jotham Bellow (b. 1776 in Massachusetts was also living in Orleans County (in Clarendon), and a brother of George’s named Jotham Bellows (born about 1823 in New York) was reportedly still be living there in the mid-1880s. Also living in Clarendon, Orleans County in 1850 were David Bellows (b. 1800 in Massachusetts) and Edwin (b. 1823 in New York). In 1850 another brother, Joseph and his wife Lucy Ann were living in Eaton, Madison County, New York (as was another brother or cousin Alfred and his wife Abigail). Joseph and Lucy were still living in Eaton, New York in 1860 (although they too would eventually settle in Eaton County, Michigan within the next decade).

“Washington” left Vermont and moved west, eventually settling in western Michigan. In fact, he appears to have settled in Barry County and by 1860 he was working as a plow maker and living in Hastings, Barry County. And further, he was probably the same “W. Bellows” who was possibly living in Hastings, Barry County and who was a fifer in the Hastings Rifle Company in April of 1861. However, when the Hastings company came to Grand Rapids in late April to join the Third Michigan regiment then forming at the fairgrounds, Bellows was not among them.

In any case, “Washington” stood 5’8” with blue eyes, gray hair and a fair complexion, and was a 57-year-old plow maker or mechanic possibly living in Hastings or Eaton County when he enlisted in Company E on February 8, 1864, at Grand Rapids for 3 years, crediting Manistee or Stronach, Manistee County, and was mustered the same day. Shortly after arriving in Grand Rapids he was given a ten-day furlough and went home to Hastings where, he claimed in later years, he was engaged in “drumming up recruits and playing for different squads of soldiers”.

George went on to say that “it was a very cold day in Feby. [and] we were taking a squad of recruits to Grand Rapids in a Band Wagon. I contracted a very severe cold. . .” He nevertheless departed Michigan for Virginia where he joined the regiment. He said after the war that not long after he arrived in camp “while our Regt was at or near Alexandria, Va., through hardship and exposure I again took a violent cold which seemed to settle on my lungs and in fact over my whole body. I was sent to the Grosvenor Hospital in Alexandria.” He was reported as being admitted to Third Division hospital at Alexandria, Virginia in late February suffering from “intermittent fever” -- malaria -- and was treated with cathartics and quinine sulfate; he was then transferred to Fairfax Seminary hospital, Virginia on March 31, 1864. (“Washington” listed his nearest relative as a brother Jonas or Jonah living in Hastings. In 1864. Jonah Bellows, who was married to Ervilla, was living in Eaton County in 1850 and 1860.)

George remained in the hospital for some 2 or 3 weeks before he was transferred to the Fairfax Seminary hospital some three miles from Alexandria. He was reportedly transferred to Washington Square hospital, where he remained until about May 3 and was then sent to the Chestnut Hill hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He remained there until sometime in July, and was diagnosed with acute bronchitis.

While he was absent sick George was transferred to Company E, Fifth Michigan infantry, upon consolidation of the Third and Fifth Michigan Regiments on June 10, 1864.

Sometime late in July he was sent back to Washington and then to Camp Distribution near Alexandria. From there he was sent to rejoin his regiment near City Point, Virginia, possibly in late August.

George was present for duty with the regiment (now the Fifth Michigan) during the raid on the Weldon Railroad, near Petersburg, Virginia, in December. As the Fifth Michigan was returning from the raid, on or about December 10 or 11, George later claimed, he and several others found themselves “ahead of the regiment. There was trouble anticipated and we were hurried up so as tyo get within our lines, it was after dark, the road was nearly made [completed], and full of stubs [stumps], and in my hurry and not being able to see my way very well, I caught my foot on one of those stubs which threw me suddenly and violently forward on my hands and knees, and sending my knapsack and traps over my head. I found I was hurt and afterwards discovered that I was ruptured.”

George was mustered out as a Musician on July 5, 1865, at Jeffersonville, Indiana.

After the war George returned to Michigan, and according to David Leach, who also served in Company E (both Third and Fifth infantry regiments) they came home together to Hastings. Leach recalled that George remained in Hastings (and that he saw George every day during that time) until the early fall when “he left for his sister-in-law’s home. . . .” This was Lucy Ann Bellows, wife of Joseph Bellows, who testified in the late 1880s that George came to her house in the fall of 1865 and remained with her until the summer of the following year, and that he was suffering from lung ailment.

George himself claimed that upon his discharge from the army he returned not to Hastings but Eaton Rapids, Eaton County (which is where Joseph and Lucy Bellows were living in 1870), where he lived until the winter of 1866, doing light manual work, and that in 1867 he moved to Tompkins, Jackson County where he resided for 3 or 4 years, working an 80-acre parcel of land. In a statement he gave in about 1885 he claimed that he owned some land in the vicinity of Berryville, Jackson County which someone else had laid claim to and he had to spend nearly all of his money available to settle that claim and that he worked the land for some 4 or 5 years.

Welcome Chesbro stated in 1883 that George in fact boarded with him in Tompkins off and on during 1866 and 1867. In 1869 or 1870 he sold out and went to live in Onondaga, Ingham County, and for several years lived with William Swift and his family in Onondaga. George may very well have lived off and on between Eaton Rapids and Onondaga. By 1880 he was back in Eaton Rapids living with his sister-in-law Lucy Bellows (who was listed as head of the household). He probably resided in Eaton Rapids, for some years, working as a laborer and also as a mechanic.

In 1880 he applied for and received a pension (no. 381,972).

George claimed that since the war he had been generally incapable of doing anything but light work, and that “because I am poor, [and] have no home and considerable [sic] of an invalid, I find many ready to take advantage of me [and] get me to work for them and then pay me scarce anything and sometimes refuse altogether.” He added that “among such are my own nephews, Ransom and Benjamin Bellows [Jonah’s sons] for whom I have worked a great deal and for a hard summer’s work they would put me off one of them with $5, the other $9.00 and the summer of 1884 I worked all summer planting & hoeing and cutting summer’s wood for said Benjamin Bellows and all he would pay me was about $2.50 and then made application to the Probate Court of the County of Eaton, Mich., for the appointment of a guardian for me, as an incompetent and a spendthrift.”

Indeed, about 1884 or 1885, “said probate judge did without giving me any opportunity of making any defense . . . although I appeared in person and with my attorney for that purpose did, as I understand, appoint David B. Hale as my guardian.” (He may have been the same David Hale who was born about 1820 in Vermont and working as a farmer in Hamlin, Eaton County in 1880.)

George went on to protest this action as “uncalled for and unjustified” since he was in fact not “a resident of’ Eaton County but of Ingham County “at that time. And I would further show that I am aware that I am getting infirm with age, 77 past, and health quite feeble.” He then asked the court to consider “if it is necessary for me to have a guardian to which under the circumstances I have no particular objection I would respectfully suggest that I should be allowed at least the right to select my own – and have in my own mind made choice of Mr. Pomery Van Riper, present postmaster of Onondaga” in Ingham County, and “a man without reproach and expect to make application to the Probate Court of said County of Ingham for his appointment.” (Van Riper was in fact living in Onondaga in 1880.)

On November 10, 1885 George was admitted to the Michigan Soldier’s Home (no. 73); he listed himself as a single man and his nearest relative as a brother “Jotham” Bellows who was living in Orleans County, New York in 1885.

(Jotham Bellows, b. c. 1823, and his wife Harriet and their children were living in Eaton, Eaton County, Michigan in 1870. He is not listed in the 1880 census for either Michigan or New York state, although one source does report that he died in Clarendon, Orleans County in 1895. Indeed Jotham is reported as buried in Robinson cemetery, Clarendon, Orleans County, New York, alongside another Jotham (1776-1860) and his wife Polly (1780-1854). In any case, in 1880 Jotham’s wife Harriet and their daughter Laura were living with Harriet’s father, Richard Brown, in Eaton, Eaton County.)

George probably died in Grand Rapids (see his probable death certificate in book 3 page 173 for Kent County), on May 28, 1889, and was buried in Valley City cemetery (present-day Oak Hill south), in the Custer GAR post lots, section E, grave 12. Although he was apparently never a member, the records of the Old Third Michigan Infantry Association reported that George was dead by 1906. In any case, he is not listed in the MSH burial cards.

James Allen Ballard

James Allen Ballard was born 1832 in Milton, Chittenden County, Vermont, the son of Appleton (1809-1885) and Epiphene (Ellenwood, (1804-1888).

Appleton was born in either Hanover, New Hampshire or Hartford, Windsor County, Vermont, but while still a young boy his family moved to Vermont and as a young man worked as a shoemaker. In October of 1830 he married Nova Scotia-born Epiphene Ellenwood in Vermont, probably in Chittenden County. In 1836 the family moved west, eventually settling in Sparta, Ohio where they remained until about 1848 when they moved to Lansing, Ingham County, Michigan. By 1850 James was working as a farmer with his father and living with his family on a farm in Meridian, Ingham County. James Allen was one of ten children.

(According to one source: Sindenia A. married Dr. G. W. Topping, of DeWitt, Clinton County, Mich.; David E. became a pioneer settler of Kansas. After seeing that State through its troubulous times he enlisted early in the war and was made Quartermaster-General of his regiment. He has continued a citizen of Kansas, being twice elected to the Legislature. For some years he has resided at Ballard's Falls, Washington County, owning there a magnificent farm of eighteen hundred acres, besides valuable property at the County seat. He has a family of nine children; Henry D. also enlisted in 1861, in the Second Regiment, Michigan Sharpshooters, in which he did faithful service until disabled by a bullet wound in the shoulder, when he was transferred to hospital service until the close of the war. He is engaged in gardening near Oshkosh, Wis.; Eunice, who was possessed of an adventurous spirit and missionary zeal, for some years taught Government Indian schools at Sault St. Marie, and at Mt. Pleasant. At the latter place she married Albert Bowker. After removing to a farm in Oliver, Clinton County, she died leaving a young child; Alonzo, who went to the war at the age of seventeen, in the First Regiment of Michigan Sharpshooters, has also adopted Kansas for his home and is a successful merchant in Barnes, Washington County. Everett, the youngest son, is still a resident of the old home place in Lansing; Dr. [Anna] Ballard is the next in order of age; Sarah M. married William E. West, and is living at Lansing; Alice, the youngest of the family, after graduating from the Lansing High School, took a select course in Boston University, and while there married her cousin, W.O. Crosby, professor of geology in the Massachusetts School of Technology. Their home is a few miles out of Boston.)

Appleton eventually became a merchant in the Lansing area and in later years spent a considerable amount of time on vegetable gardening. He also platted his 40 acre parcel in the northeastern section of the city into city lots -- what would become known as Ballard’s addition.

In 1860 Appleton and his family were living on a farm in Lansing’s First Ward, and although James was not listed as living with his family by the time the war broke out he was probably still living and working in Lansing’s First Ward where he was employed as a shoemaker.

James stood 5’10” with blue eyes, auburn hair and complexion, and was 30 years old when he enlisted in Company G on August 15, 1862, at Detroit or Lansing, crediting Lansing’s First Ward, and was mustered at Detroit. (Company G, formerly the “Williams’ Rifles”, was made up predominantly of men from the Lansing area and vicinity.) He joined the Regiment on September 2, 1862, at Upton’s Hill, Virginia, and was absent sick in the general hospital from June 28, 1863, through September.

Whether on furlough to recover his health or for other reasons James apparently returned to Michigan when he married Sarah A. Pierce on September 7, 1863, in Lansing; they had no children. (She was probably the same Sarah A. Pierce, born around1829 in New York, living with the Jimmerson family in Lansing in 1860.)

He eventually rejoined the Regiment in Virginia but he may have not fully recovered his health and in February of 1864 he was detailed to Division headquarters, where he remained through March. He probably returned to the Regiment sometime before the spring campaign of 1864.

James died of sunstroke on May 5, 1864, at the Wilderness, Virginia.

According to the testimony of Dr. James Grove, who was Regimental Surgeon for the Third Michigan infantry from September of 1862 to June of 1864, Ballard “was on the sick list part of the time for a few months previous to his death, but not seriously ill and not supposed to be affected with any disease that permanently incapacitated him for military duty.” While Dr. Grove did not recall the specific details of Ballard’s case, “he believes it to have been nothing more than a debility caused by exposure and the lack of proper nourishment.” In any case, Grove reported that “the cause of [Ballard’s] death was unknown.”

According to Lieutenant J. R. Benson who was a member of Company G and eventually commanded the company after the consolidation of the Third and Michigan regiments in June of 1864, wrote that James “had been sick for several days and riding in an ambulance on [May 5] he was put out of the ambulance to make room for wounded men, and after walking about ten yards he fell down and expired soon after.” Benson further noted, however, that James “was not a sound man when he entered the service, and I do not think that he contracted the disease of which he died while in the service of the United States.”

Former Company G Lieutenant Joshua Benson wrote on January 12, 1865, that what happened was James “had been sick for several days and riding in an ambulance, on the day [he died] he was put out of the ambulance to make room for wounded men, and after walking about ten yards, he fell down and expired soon after. He was not a sound man when he entered the service, and I do not think that he contracted the disease while in the service. . . .” However, some years after the war, two other former members of Company G, Homer Thayer and Allen Shattuck, both claimed that James was of sound health upon entering the service, as did other individuals who knew Ballard before the war.

James was presumably buried among the unknown soldiers at the Wilderness.

In 1864 his widow applied for and received a pension (no. 112,883), drawing $8.00 per month in 1868. (She may have been the same Sarah Ballard, born c. 1826 in New York, who was working as a dressmaker and living alone in Lansing’s fourth Ward in 1870.)

Albert Babcock UPDATE 13 July 2018

Albert Babcock was born on February 17, 1840, in St. Albans, Franklin County or Alburg, Grand Isle County, Vermont, the son of Vermont natives Hamilton Babcock (b. 1806) and Sophronia Wheeler (1806-1898).  

Hamilton and Sophronia were married in 1828 in Alburg, Vermont and were living in Alburg in 1830 and 1840. The family moved to Burr Bay (?), New York around 1846, and then on to Iowa. By 1850 the family was living in District 13, Wapello County, Iowa where Albert attended school with his siblings and his father worked as a carpenter. Hamilton reportedly died in Fayette County, Iowa, and Sophronia brought her children to Ottawa County, Michigan sometime afterwards.  In 1860 Sophronia was working as a domestic and living with her three younger children in Tallmadge, Ottawa County (Albert was not with the family). Albert was apparently well-acquainted with Hiram Bateman also living in Lamont, Ottawa County and who would join Company I in the spring of 1861.

Albert stood 5’8,” with blue eyes, brown hair and light complexion and was a 21-year old farmer living and working near Lamont, Ottawa County when he enlisted in Company B on May 13, 1861. According to Charles Starks, who also served in Company B, sometime in November of 1861, Albert caught “a severe cold while” being on picket duty, near Pohick Church, Virginia. He was sent to the regimental hospital and, according to Starks, “was very sick for a long time in what we understood at the time to be called typhoid pneumonia.” Starks reported that “sometime in December . . . we moved our camp from Fort Lyon back in the woods for winter” and this new camp was called Camp Michigan. “The weather being bad and the sick being put in an old dilapidated house until the hospital could be established” Albert “caught more cold and was ever after during the time he was in the service unable to speak loud and was finally discharged.”   

According to Hiram Bateman, who had been a neighbor in Lamont and who had enlisted in Company I and by the winter of 1862 was a hospital attendant in the 3rd Michigan infantry regimental hospital, Albert “was for many months an invalid in the regimental hospital . . . and that he was under my especial care as nurse up to the time of his discharge from the service.” Albert was discharged for chronic rheumatism on June 15, 1862, at Camp Lincoln, near Fair Oaks, Virginia. 

Albert was working as a farmer in Waukesha, Wisconsin when he registered for the draft in the summer of 1863; his prior service duly noted in the record. 
He married Emily Tracy (1835-1918) on November 11, 1863, in Grand Rapids; they had at least three children: Hamilton (b. 1865), Louise H. (b. 1872) and Albert P. (b. 1873). 

By 1870 Albert was working in a mill and living with his wife and son in Ravenna, Muskegon County. His mother, Sophronia, or Sophrona, was living as the head of the household in Tallmadge, Ottawa County; also living with her were two of Albert’s brothers: lumber manufacturer George Babcock, (b. 1839), who owned some $5000 worth of real estate and William Babcock (b. 1846). By 1877 Albert had returned to Ottawa County and was living in Lamont, probably working in the lumber industry, and probably involved with the newly organized Reform Club of Lamont.  

Albert joined the Old 3rd Michigan Infantry Association in 1878, and was still living in Lamont in 1880 with his family and apparently working as an engineer. He was still living in Lamont in 1885, but by 1890 he was living at 148 Thomas Street in Grand Rapids (next door lived Wilbur Scott, another former member of the Old 3rd Michigan infantry), and in 1907 at 162 Thomas Street. 

Albert lived in Grand Rapids for some 30 years, and for 14 years worked as a street inspector. He was a member of Grand Army of the Republic Champlin Post No. 29 in Grand Rapids; and he received a pension (no. 369,169), drawing $25.00 per month by the end of 1917. 

Albert died of angina pectoris on Wednesday October 27, 1915, at his home on West Leonard Street in Grand Rapids, and the funeral services were held at his home at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday. Albert was buried on October 30 in Fulton cemetery: block 7, lot no. 25. 

His widow applied for and received a pension (no. 802252), and was drawing $20 per month by 1916.


Norman W. Allen - major update 08/20/2009

Norman W. Allen was born around 1829 in Vermont or Canada.

Norman was 32 years old when he enlisted in Company K as a Musician, on May 13, 1861. He was apparently admitted to the Georgetown Seminary hospital in Washington, DC, sometime before the fall of 1861 and allegedly deserted on October 12, 1861, from the hospital in Georgetown.

There is no further record, and no pension seems to be available.

(There was one Norman Allen who enlisted on April 29, 1863, as a Private in Company A, Seventh Pennsylvania cavalry, and was mustered out on August 23, 1865. If so, he applied for a pension in 1888; he was also married to Elizabeth who was living in Kansas when she applied for a widow’s pension in 1926.)

At some point Norman moved out west, eventually settling in Washington State.

He was married to Dianna C (1832-1904).

Norman was probably a widower when he died in 1909 and was buried in the GAR Cemetery in Snohomish, Snohomish County, Washington State: section 1, lot 20.