William W. Wilder

William W. Wilder was born in 1838 in Yates County, New York.

In 1850 there was a 15-year-old William Wilder living with a wealthy farmer named Althea Torrey and her family in Potter, Yates County, New York. That same year there was one Nelson Wilder (b. 1803 in New York) working as a laborer and/or living with the William Bostwick family in Potter, Yayes County. He may have been the same Nelson Wilder living in Ronald, Ionia County, Michigan in 1860.

In any case, William left New York and moved west, eventually settling in western Michigan by the time war had broken out.

He stood 5’8” with blue eyes, light hair and a light complexion and was a 23-year-old farmer possibly living in Kent County when he enlisted in Company B on May 13, 1861. William was a Corporal and reported as missing in action on July 1, 1862, at White Oak Swamp, Virginia, and was returned to the Regiment on August 6 at Harrison’s Landing, Virginia. He was wounded by a cannon shell in the right leg on August 29, 1862, at Second Bull Run, Virginia, and subsequently hospitalized in Washington, DC where his leg was amputated. He was discharged as Sergeant on July 29, 1863, at St. Elizabeth’s hospital in Washington.

In September of 1863 he applied for and received a pension (no. 22586).

William was married to Annie E.

In 1870 there was a 34-year-old farmer named Nelson Wilder living in Ronald, Ionia County, and a 34-year-old farmer named William Wilder (b. in Michigan) living with the Haines family in Boston, Ionia County (William owned some $3500 worth of real estate).

His widow was probably living in Washington, DC, in June of 1884 (?) when she applied for and received a pension (no. 278370).

Edward Wilder

Edward Wilder was born in 1836 in Vermont, the son of Harvey (1805-1852) and Hannah Maria (Warner, 1807-1890).

Edward’s parents were married in 1827 in Pittsford, Rutland County, Vermont (where Hannah was born) but by 1830 were living in Plymouth, Windsor County, Vermont (where Harvey was born). By 1832 they were living in Mt. Holly, Rutland County where they resided for several years.; but by 1840 Harvey was living in Pittsford, Rutland County, Vermont By 1842 Harvey had moved his family to western Michigan and they were living in Somerset, Ottawa County, Michigan. By the summer of 1845 they had moved to Alpine, Kent County, and in 1850 Edward was attending school with several of his siblings and living with his family in Alpine, Kent County where Harvey died in 1852.

Edward was probably living in Dayton, Newaygo County, when he married New York native or Ianthe (Haynes, b. 1840) on August 7, 1859, and they had at least one child: Edward (b. 1860). Edward was working as a farmer and residing with his wife in Dayton in 1860.

He was a 26-year-old farmer probably living in Dayton, Newaygo County when he enlisted in Company K on or about March 12, 1862, at Grand Rapids for 3 years, and was mustered the same day.

Edward was sick in the hospital in August of 1863 through September, and at some point was sent to New York to recover. He died of disease on October 9, 1863, at Fort Schyuler, New York, and was probably buried on October 10, in Cypress Hills National Cemetery, on Long Island. (Edward was reburied or memorialized in Brooklawn cemetery, Kent County.

His widow applied for and received a pension (no. 37779). She apparently remarried to one James Rivial or Rivail and was living in Dayton in 1870; her son Edward Wilder was also living with them.