Much of the following information has been provided by our talented genealogist, Deb Gosselin, who has applied her research skills to the
lives of the men who served with the Third Battery. This page contains obituaries
for some of those men. If you have any information about any of the Battery's
soldiers, we would love to hear from you.
Table of Contents John Cheney Enos Clark Benoni and Warren Collins Angus Fraser Richmond W. French Richard W. Hawes Thomas J. Johnson Ellis (Ella) D. Main Philip O'Brien Solomon Ostrander Henry Palmer Jerrod J. Randall John P. Sinclair Robert O. Sinclair Elihu Smith Benjamin Stadler (Stalder) Allen C. Stearns
Sun, Friday, October 1,
John CheneyAnswers Last
ONE BY ONE CIVIL WAR VETERANS ARE DROPPING FROM RANKS
Another Civil War veteran
is called by death, and
it will not be many years more until the last
veteran will have
heard the final
Tuesday of this week, Sept. 28, at
1 p.m., Comrade John Cheney passed to the great
beyond, at the home of his son Lewis
south of town.
born May 1, 1836, at Rochester,
N.Y. When 20 years
of age he went to Ypslanti, Mich., and
from there on Oct. 7, 1861, he enlisted in Battery
C, 1st Michigan Light
Artillery, and served until the
close of the Civil War.
In 1869 he came to Redwood
and bought the farm on which he lived until his death.
He was united in marriage, May
27th, 1873, to Miss Alice Brown who preceded him in death Feb. 14, 1926.
Mr. Cheney was a
member of the Presbyterian church and died a
devoted Christian. He was
member of the John S. Marsh Grand Army post of Redwood Falls.
Deceased is survived by four children, William, Phill and
Lewis Cheney, and daughter, Mrs. Chas.
Ilett, all of Redwood Falls, also
two nieces, Mrs. Thomas Shire of
Mitchell, Neb., and Miss Edith
Cheney of Berkley, Cal., also three grand
Funeral services will be held in the home, Saturday
Oct. 2nd, at 2:30 p.
m. Dr. A. W. Ross pastor of the local
Presbyterian church will preach the sermon.
The body will be laid to rest
in the local cemetery by the side of
The Pall bearers
will all be neighbors of the departed, consisting of Messrs M. W. Dennistoun, George
Phillips, V. W. Montgomery, A. M. Hills, Fred Banker
Redwood Gazette, Wednesday, October 6, 1926
JOHN CHENEY DIES TUESDAY
AT HOME HERE
Veteran of Civil War
Wife Precedes Him in Death
by but few Months.
Cheney passed to the Great Beyond at
his home south of Redwood
Tuesday, September 28th, at one o’clock.
The funeral service was held at
the home Saturday, October 2nd, at
two-thirty o’clock. Dr. A. W. Ross, pastor of the Presbyterian
church, preached a very impressive sermon. Following the service the body was laid
to rest beside that of Mr. Cheney’s
wife who passed away a few months ago
and the pall
bearers were the same who had
performed that service for Mrs.
Cheney. These neighbors were M. W.
Dennistoun, George Phillips, V. W. Montgomery, A. M. Hills, Fred Banker and
S. Manning. The hymns of the service were sung by Mr. and Mrs. R. M. Campbell,
Mrs. D. Tiffany and C. A. Fobes.
Cheney was born May 1st, 1836 at
Y. When twenty years
of age he went to Ypsilanti, Michigan,
and from there in October of 1861 he
enlisted in Battery C of the third
Michigan Light Artillery and served until the close of the Civil War. In 1869
he came to Redwood Falls and bought the farm
on which he lived until his death. He was
united in marriage May
27th, 1873, to Miss Alice Brown who died February
14th, of this year.
a member of the Presbyterian church and
died a devoted Christian. He was also a member of the John S. Marsh
Post of the Grand Army of the
Republic. He is survived by his three
sons, William, Phillip and Louis, and
one daughter, Mrs. Cora Ilett. He
is also survived by three grandchildren and
by two nieces, Mrs. Thomas Shire of
Mitchell, Nebr., and
Miss Edith Cheney of Berkley,
From Redwood Falls Sun, Friday, February
John Cheney who had been a patient
sufferer for several years past
found sweet relief Sunday night Feb.
14, 1926 when her earthly spirit
took its flight to realms unknown at her home near
Redwood Falls, surrounded by her
Brown was born in Cales, Maine,
April 27, 1854. When 14 years of age
she came with her parents to Brown county, Minnesota,
and in 1873 she was united in marriage to John Cheney and
to this union were born, three sons and
one daughter, all
living in Redwood, and were with her
at the time of her death.
Cheney soon after coming to Redwood
Falls united with the Presbyterian church at
this place, of which church she had been a
member ever since.
ill for a number of years suffering from asthma, but was
a most patient
sufferer, and always cheerful.
She leaves to mourn her death her husband,
three sons, William, Phillip and Lewis, one daughter,
Mrs. C. F. Illet, all of this place; seven brothers and
one sister, three grandchildren and other relatives,
besides many friends and neighbors.
held from the home Wednesday afternoon at
2:30 o’clock conducted by Dr. A. W. Ross, pastor
of the local Presbyterian church and
burial took place
in the local cemetery. The pall
bearers were Malcom
Dennistoun, George Phillips, Sam. Manning, Burt Hill, U. W. Montgomery and Fred Banker.
Sun joins in extending condolence to the bereaved
never failed to lighten any situation
were the Cheneys. The elder Mr. Cheney had been in the Civil War. He was
a crusty old codger with two sons,
Lew and Phil. Since he always wore boots – I doubt they even came off at
night – his sons never called him Pa or Dad,
but “Boots.” One day he was
running down the Scottish people because
he could not understand them. He said
they all spoke “Garlic,” Lew said, “Hell, Boots, that
Thank you to Roger Breckenridge of Redwood Falls, MN for supplying this material.
From the November 16, 1923 Allegan News:
Enos Clark passed away Friday morning in the home of his niece, Mrs. A Gardner. Burial at Millgrove, Rev Kelley officiating.
Benoni and Warren Collins
From the December 1, 1893 Allegan Journal:
Benoni Collins, who in the War of 1861-5, served in Battery "C" 3d
Mich. Battery, died at his residence in this village Tuesday evening,
Nov. 28th. Mr. Collins was born March 21, 1820 in the town of Ira,
Rutland County, Vermont. At the age of six years he removed with his
parents to the town of Ellenburgh, Clinton County, New York, where he
resided until 1860, when he removed to Allegan County. A widow and
three sons, Clark, Orson, and William survive him. An older son,
Warren, early enlisted in the army service in the same Battery, came
home an invalid, recuperated and re-enlisted in the 8th Michigan
Cavalry volunteers, was taken prisoner on Stoneman's raid and finally
died in a hospital at Annapolis, Maryland. Mr Collins Sr. received
severe injuries in his back and hip in the spring of 1862 while on
drill practice near Benton Barracks, Missouri, which resulted in
chronic rheumatism and caused his death.
From the December 2, 1893 Allegan Journal:
Collins, an old resident of the village, died at his home Tuesday
evening, aged seventy-three years and nine months. He was born in Ira,
Rutland County, Vermont, in 1820, and six years later removed to
Ellenburgh, Clinton County, N.Y. He came to Allegan in 1850 and had
since been a resident here, with the exception of his service in the
Civil War, when he was a member of division C of the third Michigan
battery. He was a carpenter, but did not actively engage in that
occupation during his later years because of his injuries received in
the army. His wife and five sons, all residents of the village,
survive. The funeral was held from the residence yesterday at half past
ten, under conduct of C.J. Bassett post, G.A.R. of which he was a
From the January 8, 1910 Allegan Gazette:
Angus Frazier, Civil war veteran and well-known resident of Allegan,
who was recently taken to Kalamazoo asylum for treatment. died in that
institution Thursday morning. The temporary violent derangement of the
elderly man's mind, when remedied, left him very weak and a fatal
decline set in. He was seventy-five years of age, Jan, 1, and served in Battery C, Michigan Light Artillery. He is survived by his wife who has
cared tenderly for her husband during his declining years. The remains
were brought to Allegan last evening and were met at the station by
members of the G.A.R. The funeral will be held from the Congregational Church Sunday at 2 o'clock.
Richmond W. French
Initial newspaper report of Mr. French's injury printed in the Brooklyn Michigan Exponent
The article the next day announcing Mr. French's death
Richard W. Hawes
Herald, Friday, December 17,
RICHARD WILLIAMS HAWES
Williams Hawes, for fifty-six years a resident of this community, passed away
on Thursday, December 16, shortly after noon, at his home, 56 Corsa
Terrace. In spite of his advanced years,
for he was eighty-nine on the 23rd of September, when he suffered several
strokes, the last about three months ago causing him to be confined to his
room, although his mind was still keen and his interest in those about him as
active as ever. On Monday of this week
came the final stroke which caused his quiet death yesterday.
services will be held at the Hawes residence at 3:15 o'clock on Sunday, the
19th, the Rev. Hubert A. Wright, pastor of the Unitarian Church, of which Mr.
Hawes had been one of the founders, officiating. Interment will be in the family plot in Valleau Cemetery.
the passing of Mr. Hawes Ridgewood loses one of its choicest spirits. Of old New England
stock he combined the finest characteristics of that staunch ancestry with a
charm of manner that was irresistible.
He possessed an optimism and blitheness of spirit, a sense of justice
and understanding, which, with his unfailing whimsicality, made his companionship
a source of delight to kinsfolk and friend of every age. He was the boon companion of his
the more than half a century of life in this community, Ridgewood
can only claim thirteen years. Mr. and
Mrs. Hawes moving here from Ho-Ho-Kus where for thirty-seven years they lived
in the homestead they built on the Franklin Turnpike. They went to Ho-Ho-Kus in 1870 from Buffalo where their first
years of married life were spent.
Hawes was the son of Samuel W. and Lucy Williams Hawes, and was born in New Bedford, Mass.,
on September 23, 1837. His marriage to Miss Amanda L. Smith of Batavia, N. Y., took place
on the 8th of June, 1865. He was a veteran of the Civil War, and was an
active member of Paramus Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution. That patriotic organization and the Unitarian
Church which he and his sister, Miss Rebecca Hawes, whose death occurred just
two years ago this month, were active in organizing here in Ridgewood,
formed his chief interests.
was widely read and was fortunate enough to be able to enjoy his books until
the day of his death. He was an ardent
music lover and had always sung, possessing an excellent voice. In the earliest days of Christ Church
he was the soloist, and Mrs. Hawes played the organ. The Golf Club was originally located in the
meadows just back of his Ho-Ho-Kus estate, and he was one of the first players
on the links. He retired twelve years
ago from his position with the Bureau of Highways of New York City, which he
had held for many years.
the seven children born to them there are four living. He is survived by his wife, one son, John
Hawes of this Village, and three daughters, Mrs. Arthur Patton of Ridgewood,
Miss Elizabeth Hawes, who lives at home, and Mrs. Seth C. Hawley of Elko, Nevada. There are eight grandchildren.
Thank you to Joe Suplicki, historian for Ridgewood, NJ for supplying this material.
Thomas J. Johnson
Thomas J Johnson was born on February 16,1839. He was shown as living in Houghton County , MI in
the Upper Peninsula at the time of his enlistment but he seems to have moved
to Wisconsin shortly after the war. All of his children seem to
have been born in Wisconsin, including oldest daughter, Ida, who was born about
1864. Thomas only served about a year (1861-1862) before getting a
disability discharge. He died on December 5, 1918.
He and his wife, Annie, [born February 12, 1844 died November 26,
1918] are buried at Church of the Holy Nativity Episcopal
Cemetery also known as the Christ the King
Episcopal Cemetery located SE 1/4 SE 1/4 corner Section 15, Town of
Jacksonport, Door County, Wisconsin.
Their obituaries were published in the Door County Advocate of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.
Information courtesy of IdaKay.
Ellis (Ella) D. Main
Ed. - Mr. Main was not the "last man standing." Several Battery members survived him.
Document provided by Jim Neely, great grandson
Democrat May 19, 1911
Philip O’Brien Dead
On Friday evening, May 12th
occurred the death of one of northern Michigan’s
oldest residents, a man known far and near and with a history that would be
interesting reading throughout his long life of nearly 97 years. Mr. O’Brien has been in failing
health for several months, and many times in the past few months the reports
have been current on the streets that his life had ended. On the Wednesday
before death brought to an end the life of this illustrious character, he
suffered a slight stroke of paralysis, which hastened the end.
Mr. O’Brien was born in Ireland. When a
young man he served with the British Army in various parts of the world. He
came to the United States
in early life and to Cheboygan when this place was but a hamlet, about 65 years
ago. He was married to Miss Margaret
Hughes shortly after coming here. Ten years after, he enlisted in the Union
Army at the call for volunteers, and in this service for his country he lost an
arm. He was discharged from the service in 1863 and returned home where he has
ever since remained.
To Mr. and Mrs. O’Brien were born
seven children, three of whom survive with the mother, namely Charles, William
and Mrs. Hannah J. Kellaher. The mother was a constant attendant at the bedside
of her husband all during his illness, although she too is badly crippled with
Pioneers are fast going
Friday night, Nov 22d occurred the death of Mrs. Margaret O’Brien, widow of the
late Philip O’Brien, who passed to the great beyond only about a year ago. Mrs.
O’Brien, who had been in very poor health for some time, which was caused by
rheumatism and which later, developed into a severe case of dropsy. Her
sufferings from this last illness being quite severe, and death came as a
relief to it all.
funeral took place from St. Mary’s Church on Monday forenoon, and the remains
of the aged lady laid at rest beside those of her husband in Calvary Cemetery. Rev. Father Webeler officiated at the last sad rites, there being a
large number of the old lady’s close friends and neighbors present to pay their
last respects to their friend.
O’Brien was born in Ireland,
over eighty years ago, and in 1849 came across the water to the new country
where so many of her countrymen and women were leaving for. She was accompanied
by a sister and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Peter MacDonald, and came direct to Cheboygan,
which at that time was but a small hamlet in the woods. Mr. MacDonald having
employment with the company operating at the old water mill site, and Mrs.
MacDonald running the mill boarding house where her young sister also worked,
and it was here that she met the man that was to be her companion for life, Mr.
O’Brien, who was also an employee of the mill and lived at the mill boarding
were united in marriage at St. Ignace in February, 1851, and returned
immediately to their home and went to housekeeping for themselves not far from
their late residence. They later took up a homestead which has since been
divided into city lots and additions until about all of the farm has been
swallowed up by the city, leaving a small part however on which their late home
stands, and some parcels of land at the rear of the same still owned by the
O’Brien responded to the call for volunteers when the Civil War broke out and
went to the front leaving his good wife to brave the home and family alone, and
she bravely carried out her part, to be joined in after years by her husband,
as he came home from the war badly crippled and very much incapacitated for a
continuance of his labors, but his good wife worked bravely on and kept them
all from want and in comfortable circumstances and reared them as well as the
early history of Cheboygan County says that Mr. O’Brien was the first white
settler above the dam, that he enlisted in 1861 in the Third Michigan Battery,
he was a good soldier, but his service was cut short by a wound at the battle
which resulted in the loss of his right arm. In the spring of 1862 he received
an honorable discharge and returned home.
Mr. and Mrs. O’Brien were born six children only three of whom survive, namely
Charles H. and William S. and Mrs. H. J. Kellar, all of this city.
From Allegan Gazette, Vol XIV, Allegan, Michigan No. 36, January 4, 1896:
Solomon Ostrander, aged eighty-two years, died at the house of his granddaughter, Mrs. Wm. Thomas, on Seminary Hill, at 3 o'clock Tuesday. He left two sons and one daughter. The funeral was held from the house Thursday afternoon, Rev. Andrus officiating.
Published in the Detroit Free Press on February 16, 1915.
The following obituary for Mr. Randall's son gives an approximate death date and supposedly Seattle as a place of
Wednesday, November 27, 1895:
Vivian R. RANDALL died at 3 o'clock this morning at the
residence of his mother, Mrs. Frank BOUCHER, on Washington Street, aged 8 years.
He was a son of Jed J. RANDALL, an old soldier who died in Seattle five years
ago. Funeral at the residence on Washington Street between Utter and Williams
streets at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon.
Note that he is called "Jed" here which gives another name by which he may have been known. He must have left Michigan sometime between 1887 and
his death in 1890.
John P. Sinclair
City Record-Eagle, Oct. 23, 1914:
MYSTERY NOW CLEARED AWAY
Body of John Sinclair Found Thursday
DIED NEARLY YEAR AGO
Two Hunters From Interlochen Made Discovery
Veteran Had Wandered Until Overcome by Cold and Wet When He
Died in Wild and Lonely Spot
The body of John Sinclair, the Civil War veteran who disappeared
from his home at Long Lake in the early part of last November, was found
Thursday afternoon by Peter Little and Frank Linderman of Interlochen, who were
hunting on section five in Gren Lake township. When the men made the discovery
they notified Jacob Witkop of Interlochen, who called up Sheriff Smith, who
together with Coroner Minor, went to the spot, which is about midway between
Cedar Hedge Lake and Mud Lake, and gathered up what remained of the body and
brought it to the Gruber undertaking rooms, where friends of the man confirmed
the identification through the watch and clothing that still remained.
past year Sheriff Smith has been searching for a clue to the whereabouts of the
body of the old man, but nothing was ever discovered to explain his fate until
the location of the body yesterday.
At the time he disappeared he had been in Interlochen during the
day, and when he started for home he had a bag with him in which he carried his
purchases. This bag Was found about eighty rods from his home the next day that
he was missed and contained some newspapers, crackers and tomatoes. It is
evident that after dropping the bag he proceeded in the opposite direction from
his home, for the body was found about two miles away from this point.
When the body was found it lay about thirty feet on the road on
dry land, and some time since his death forest fires had run through the brush
and leaves, burning his clothing to a crisp so that the body looked just like
the parts of burned logs that were located in the same vicinity. This fact was
evidently the cause of the body not being found before. The remains were in a
badly decomposed state, little remaining but the top of the skull and body
bones. His watch, which he carried, was found under the body, and there was no
money or other articles found.
Last year Sheriff Smith offered a reward of $25 for the
discovery of Mr. Sinclair, dead or alive, and this morning he went before the
board of supervisors and secured the approval of the claim and orders were
drawn, giving each of the two men who made the discovery $12.50.
Mr. Sinclair was 73 years old and came to this region from
Ohio many years ago, and for the past seventeen
years had lived an isolated life at his Long Lake cabin. He served in the Civil War and
drew a pension. He was well known throughout the county and was a favorite with
the resorters at Long Lake. He leaves a wife, who at present
lives at Coldwater, and some nephews in Texas. The funeral will be held tomorrow
afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Gruber undertaking rooms, Rev. A. A. Stevens
officiating. Burial will be in the soldiers' plot in Oakwood (cemetery).
Robert O. Sinclair
See bank photo below
Ed. - Interesting error in this obituary. It states that R.O. Sinclair had enlisted in the Eighth MI.
Inf. Everything I have seen, including the Michigan Brown rosters, give his (and
his cousin, William Sinclair's, early service) as being in the Seventh
Mi. infantry. So this is likely a typesetter error.
The bank had many names over the years. It was built in 1912 - in the
picture at left, it was called "The State Bank of Ladysmith" and was located at 102 West 2nd Street,
Ladysmith, WI. The building is listed on the National Register of Historical Places. It appears it now houses a restaurant called the 211 Club.
From the January 15, 1910 Allegan Gazette:
The many acquaintances in Allegan of Elihu Smith of Watson were shocked
to hear of his very sudden death last Saturday evening. He had just
retired with his wife for the night after an evening spent in more than
the usually pleasant social way with his family. He turned in his bed
to take some medicine and lay back with but a slight convulsion. He
breathed only a few times afterward and died without any struggle. Mr
Smith had suffered from heart disease, but the end was unexpected at
the time. He was not a prominent man of the county, although a very old
resident, yet few men possess any more endearing characteristics than
did he, and his many friends among the younger men of Allegan have felt
his death keenly.
Benjamin Stalder (Stadler)
Funeral Notice: DEATH OF AN OLD SOLDIER Bailey Run,
May 28.--The death of Ben Stalter, an old soldier, occurred at his home here
Sunday. The funeral will take place at Chauncey, Tuesday morning at 11
o'clock. May 31,
Memorial of B. F. Stalder: Bert F.
Stalder was born in Ames Township, Athens County, Ohio, Aug. 18, 1841; died May
26, 1906, aged 64 yrs., 9 mos., and 8 days. He lived in the neighborhood of
Chauncey when the call to arms came. He enlisted on the 20th of August, 1861,
and was discharged from service in July, 1865, serving his country well for
almost four years. He first enlisted in the 22nd O. V. I., which was
consolidated and known as the 63rd O. V. I. In February 1862, the
regiment went to Commerce, Mo., where an Ohio brigade was organized; from
there they went to New Madrid, Mo., and took action in the siege of New
Madrid Island No 10, Tiptonville and Farmington, Miss; also at the siege
of Corinth, Aug. 10, 1862; was detailed to serve in a Michigan battery; was at
Iuka, on Sept. 19; at Corinth, Oct. 3 and 4, 1862. In the fall of 1863, he
enlisted for 3 more years or during the war, came home on veteran's furlough
for 30 days; returned in time to join uncle Billy in the march to the sea. In
1865 he was admitted to the hospital, discharged from same, June 15, 1865, and
on the 14th of July, 1865, returned home with an honorable discharge.
25th of August, 1866, he was united in marriage to Miss Sarah Celesta Carr. To
this union were born ten children, two boys and eight girls. Four have gone
over the river, two boys and two girls. He leaves a wife, six daughters, two
brothers and one sister as well as many relatives and near and dear friends.
He was a kind and loving father and husband, a good neighbor and citizen. For
years he had been a sufferer, and an example of patience in sufferings. In
February 1866, he united with the Freewill Baptist church, under Elder
Tewksberry. In 1897 he took membership in the church of Christ at Chauncey;
many times he desired that rest that remainth for the people of God, and his
selections for the close of his earthly pilgrimage was, "Blessed are the dead
which die in the Lord." --Rev-14-13.
Allen C. Stearns
Compiled by Richard G. Hutchins in Fowlerville Goes To War 1861-1865 (Livingston County, Michigan):
March 18, 1898
Allen Culver Stearns died
at his home in this village [Fowlerville] on Sunday morning after an illness of
only a few days, of pneumonia, aged 76 years. He was born at Lambson, Massachusetts,
February 19, 1822, and came to Michigan with his parents when a small boy,
settling in the township of Howell, this county, coming to this township about
1822, and settling on a farm in the west part of the township and after a time
he exchanged farms and located in the south part of the township and in May
1895, came to this village where he continued his residence until his death. He
married in early life to Catherine Stebbins and to them were born four
children, two of whom, Mrs. Josephene Holcomb and Mrs. Clara DeForest still
survive him. Mrs. Stearns died in June 1882 and November 22, 1884 he married to
Mrs. C.A. Diamond who still lives to mourn his death.
In July 1861, he
responded to the call for troops when his country was in peril and enlisted in
Battery C, 1rst Regiment, Michigan Volunteers Light Artillery, in which he
served faithfully and valiantly until the close of the war. He was a peaceful,
quiet man, of the strictest integrity and principles, and was highly respected
by all who knew him. He became a Christian in childhood and was ever a faithful
follower of Jesus, taking delight in the service of the Master. He was a member
of the M.E. Church
for several years and later became a respected member of the M.E. Church
on his charge. The funeral services were held at the M.E.
Church on Monday afternoon, the Rev.
J. H. Thomas, assisted by G. L. Adams, officiating and the remains were
interred in the Lake Cemetery.