West

John West - update 8/30/2016

John West was born around 1821 in Bethany, New York.

John was married to New York native Susan E. Robins (b. 1821) on January 11, 1844, in Carlton, Orleans County, New York, and had at least five children: Charles Henry (b. 1845), Eugene Gillman (b. 1846), Harriet Imogen (b. 1849), Daniel Dwight (b. 1851) and Mary Sophia (b. 1854). By 1850 John was working as a laborer and living with his wife and children in Carlton, Orleans County, New York. Sometime between 1851 and 1855 John moved his family to Michigan, and by 1860 John was working as a farm laborer, unable to read or write and living with is wife and four children (including his oldest son Charles who would also join the 3rd Michigan) in Boston, Ionia County.

John was a 40-year-old farm laborer unable to read or write probably living in Boston, Ionia County when he enlisted in Company D, along with his son Charles, on November 14, 1861, at Grand Rapids for 3 years and was mustered on December 23 at Detroit. (Company D was composed in large part of men who came from western Ionia County and Eaton County.)

John was a regimental pioneer in December of 1862.

He died of disease on March 10, 1863, at Camp Pitcher, Virginia, near Falmouth, Virginia, and was presumably buried there.

In 1863 Susan was living in Boston, Ionia County, when she applied for and received a pension (no. 13117). In 1864 Susan remarried James Sanders (b. 1828) and in 1870 they were living in Boston, Ionia County; also living with them was her son Dwight and daughter Mary.

Charles H. West - update 8/30/2016

Charles H. West was born in 1845 in New York, the son of John (1821-1863) and of Susan E. (Robins b. 1821).

John was married to New York native Susan E. Robins (b. 1821) on January 11, 1844, in Carlton, Orelans County, New York. Sometime between 1851 and 1855 John moved his family to Michigan, and by 1860 Charles was attending school with three of his younger siblings and living with his family (including his father who would also join the 3rd Michigan) in Boston, Ionia County.

Charles was a 16-year-old farm laborer living in Easton or Orleans, Ionia County when he enlisted in Company D, along with his father John, on November 14, 1861, at Grand Rapids for 3 years, and was mustered on December 23 at Detroit. (Company D was composed in large part of men who came from western Ionia County and Eaton County.)

Charles was probably wounded on August 29, 1862, at Second Bull Run, and subsequently hospitalized.

He died either on September 22, 1862, at Washington, DC or (more likely) on September 18, 1862, at David’s Island, New York, from wounds, and was buried in Cypress Hills National Cemetery, Long Island: grave 424.

No pension seems to be available