Purdy, Erastus, Pvt. Co. B, 19th Michigan Infantry

Born April 12, 1832, in Lockport, Niagara, New York. Erastus Purdy served in Company B 19th Infantry Michigan. He enlisted on 11 August 1862 in Allegan, Michigan. He mustered in as private on 5 September 1862 at Dowagiac, Michigan, for three years at 30 years of age.

Erastus Sebastian Purdy was farming in Vermont in 1860 before he entered service as a Union soldier.

Erastus married Amelia Wilson on 24 Dec 1857.  Amelia was born on 28 August 1840 in Monterey Township near Allegan, MI. They had thirteen children, 7 sons, and 6 daughters.  At the time of her death September 28, 1917, she was seventy-seven with 10 surviving children:  Lily Jane, Elenora, Alfred, Albert, Grace, Edward, and Murrey, from which child descends this line to the member of Laura Belle Stoddard Tent 22, Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War 1861 -1865, Melissa, Lue, and May.

After Erastus mustered in on September 5th in Michigan, his regiment moved to Danville, Kentucky December 12, 1862, and duty there was until January 26. 1863, then to Louisville, Kentucky.

On board transport from Louisville to Nashville, Tennessee in February 1863, Erastus suffered from inflammation of the lungs which progressed to typhoid pneumonia on March 1, 1863.  He was sent to Nashville General Hospital No. 15.  Recovering somewhat he went to his regiment where they went through to Atlanta, Georgia.

At Atlanta, he was disabled with kidney disease and diabetes and was sent back to Chattanooga, then to Hospital No.2 in Nashville.  April 1, 1865, he was at the General Hospital in Jeffersonville, Indiana. His wife Amelia visited him there.

He was then sent to Detroit where he was honorably discharged as private and came home in poor health. He mustered out on 23 June 1865 in Detroit, Michigan.  One hundred and sixty enlisted men in his regiment died of disease.

After the war, the family moved to Naugatuck, Michigan along with his brother James K. Purdy and family and sister Jane Purdy Clark and her husband Francis H. Clark and family.  Erastus and brothers James and Philetus owned and farmed large tracts of land.

In 1885 Erastus received a $2.00 a month pension which was increased to $12.00 in 1890 and paid quarterly.

Erastus and Amelia moved in 1895 to the northeast of Hopkins Station where they lived on 40 acres.

He died January 25, 1907, at Hopkins, Allegan, Michigan, MI.  He was 74 years, 9 months, 13 days.  He is buried at Maplewood Cemetery in Hopkins, MI.

His parents are Benjamin Purdy and Margaretta Murrey. His great-grandfather Benjamin Purdy Jr. b. 18 Oct 1743 in Greenwich, Fairfield, Connecticut served in the American Revolution with Captain Nathan Smith’s Vermont Militia. He died in Manchester, Bennington, Vermont, on 11 Dec 1828.


Smith, George, Cpl., Co. H, 2nd MI Cavalry

Born:  22 March 1844  at Sterling, Macomb Co, MI.

Married: Ellen ST. PETERS (aka ST. PIERRE) on 25 Dec 1877 at Frankfort, Benzie Co, MI.

George and Ellen had 5 children.  Their son, Fred E. was born in 1887.

From this child descended this line to the member of Laura Belle Stoddard Tent 22, Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861-1865.

Died: 14 June 1905 Frankfort, Benzie Co, MI.

Buried: Crystal Lake Township Cemetery North, Frankfort, Benzie Co, MI.

Military History

Enlisted 9 December 1863 as a Private in Co. H, MI 2nd Cavalry in Detroit, MI.  George was mustered out 17 August 1865 at Macon, GA, as a Corporal.

His physical description was given as 5 feet 4 ½ inches in height, light complexion, blue eyes, and light hair. At the time of his enlistment his occupation was given as carpenter. In later census records, he was listed as a farmer.

He was wounded at Lost Mountain, GA, May, June, & July 1864, and disabled by a wound to the left leg near the thigh and another wound in the right breast.

George applied for and received an Invalid [medical] pension in 1888—Application #668089, Certificate #1092083. In 1905 after his death, his widow, Ellen, received a Widow’s pension—Application #830806, Certificate #603196.

[Sources:  NARA Civil War pension file, Certificate #1092083, and widow’s pension file, Certificate #603196; Birth, Marriage, and Death records from family member; Find-A-Grave.]


Mueller, Charles H. Pvt. (aka Carl Henry Mueller), – Co F, 1st MI Infantry

CARL H. MUELLER, (AKA Charles H. Mueller) attorney at Wausau, Wis., was born July 16, 1839, in Schwelm, Westphalia, Prussia. His father, Herman Henry Mueller, was a merchant and a gentleman of position in Schwelm . . . [; his] mother before marriage was Amalie Langwenische.

“At 20 Mr. Mueller was conscripted, but before the time arrived  . . . he sailed for America in 1859, landing at New York, whence they proceeded to Houghton, Mich. In his own country he had acted as his father’s clerk and on arriving at Houghton he obtained employ as a common laborer in the mines, as he could not speak a word of English and could not make himself available in a commercial capacity. He worked as such until the spring of 1861 when he entered the employ of Ransom Sheldon, a merchant of Houghton. He determined to enlist and went to Ann Arbor [official records say Detroit] where he enrolled in Company F, 1st Michigan Infantry. He went to the field and participated in the battle of Mechanicsville, Gaines Mills, in the actions of the seven days before Richmond, Peach Orchard, White Oak Swamp, Savage Station, Malvern Hill, the retreat to Harrison’s Landing and the consequent skirmishes, Gainesville, 2nd Bull Run, Antietam, Shepherdsville and Shepherdstown. He was seized with illness and, Nov. 2, 1862, he was discharged from the hospital on David’s Island in New York harbor on account of double hernia. During the period of his service he was made Sergeant and for some time acted as Adjutant’s Clerk. His regiment was assigned to the 5th Army Corps under Fitz John Porter.

“In the fall of 1863 he returned to Houghton and was commissioned by Austin Blair, Governor of Michigan, as Lieutenant and acted as recruiting officer until the spring of 1864 when he was commissioned Captain and went to Corunna, Mich., where he reported to the Provost Marshal with 135 recruits. He was assigned to Company I, 31st Michigan Infantry but was refused muster on account of his disabilities, and was again honorably discharged. [CT note:Despite this GAR-bio being written in 1888, I found no history of a Civil War “31st MI Infantry” on-line, until the Spanish-America War 1898.] Later, he acted as recruiting officer on the upper peninsula of Michigan where he had entire charge of the business. Again he reported at Corunna with 83 men, that number saving the Lake Superior region of the Peninsula State from draft.

“Returning to Houghton, he re-entered the employ of Mr. Sheldon and soon after acceded to the management of the express business and also the postoffice at Houghton. He acted in this capacity until the spring of 1865 when he established his business as a dealer in groceries and fruit, and sold in the following year to William Thirkle, preparatory to a return to Europe, in response to the entreaties of his parents. He returned to Germany as a citizen of this Republic and a crippled soldier of the Union. But he had become so thoroughly Americanized that a stay of continued duration in a monarchy was impossible and he returned in the fall of the same year to his adopted country. On arrival at Milwaukee he and his family were seized with illness and he passed the winter in the Cream City. In the spring of 1867 he came to Marathon county and commenced lumbering operations at Wausau, and supplemented that with teaching, keeping books, etc. In 1869 he was elected Justice of the Peace and held the office until 1872. He was admitted to the Bar and entered upon the practice of the profession of an attorney. He had diligently pursued his study in his office and when admitted to practice in the Supreme Courts in 1874, Chief Justice Dixon asked him from what law school he had graduated. He replied that he was not a graduate. “Where did you read law,” was the next question. “In the office of Squire Mueller,” was his reply. When his further examination had determined his eligibility he explained to Judge Dixon that he had been his own instructor. He has officiated two terms as District Attorney of Marathon county and seven terms as City Attorney. In the spring of 1887 he was again elected Justice of the Peace, and now holds that office (1888).

“He was married March 3, 1864, to Anna K. Keidel and they have a daughter—Ida. Their only son, Herman, was drowned in the Wisconsin River at Wausau when he was 9 years old. Mr. Mueller has adopted the son of Mrs. Mueller’s sister, John Walter Talbot Mueller, 16 years of age.


“Mr. Mueller has been prominent in the affairs of Wausau since his residence there. He was a charter member of the first Lodge of Odd Fellows and has officiated in the Post as Commander, Vice-Commander and has acted as Aid [sic] on the staff of Gen. Lucius Fairchild, when Commander of Wisconsin. He affords a sample of the type of foreign citizens, who has aided substantially in the progress, perpetuity and stability of the Republic.”

[Source: Soldiers’ and citizens’ album of biographical record:
containing personal sketches of army men and citizens prominent in loyalty of the Union also a chronological and statistical history of the civil war, and a history of the Grand army of the republic, with portraits of soldiers and prominent citizens
[of Wisconsin].

   Published 1888 by Grand Army Publishing in Chicago. —pages 316-17.


         Accessed 9 Jan 2015.]

[Additional sources: US Federal Census: 1870, 1880, 1900; accessed on ancestry.com Jan 2015.

<http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-soldiers-detail.htm?soldierId=CA3C1EBD-DC7A-DF11-BF36-B8AC6F5D926A>   accessed 4 Jan 2015

Civil War Pension Card for Charles H (and Anna K Mueller): accessed 5 Jan 2015 ancestry.com.


< http://seekingmichigan.org/> accessed Jan 2015.]

<http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wimarath/1890VeteransCityWausau.htm> accessed Jan 2015]

<http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wimarath/cw-i-j-k-l-m.htm> accessed Jan 2015.]


Carl Mueller died at his home in Wausau on November 10, 1907. He is buried in Pine Grove Cemetery, Wausau, Marathon County, Wisconsin.

[Source: FindaGrave: < http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Mueller&GSiman=1&GScid=88714&GRid=86506033&>]




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Hapeman, Martin Van Buren Pvt. – Co. H, MI 3rd Infantry

MartinVanBurenHAPEMAN_photoBorn 8 Feb 1843, Walden, Orange Co, NY, s/o Phillip Hale HAPEMAN, (b. 1800 NY, d. 23 Dec 1854 Wauwatosa, Milwaukee Co. WI), and wife Harriet Eliza beth BODEIN (b. 1810 France, d. 11 Jan 1886).

[Source: Application for membership: DUV],

[Source:”Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878-1939, 1959,

1995″, index, FamilySearch<https://beta.familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/N7KZ-PZQ> : accessed 24 Oct 2014]

Martin enlisted in Company H, 3rd MI Infantry, on May 13, 1861 in Grand Rapids, MI. About his service, Martin’s obituary says, “In the year 1861 Mr. Hapeman enlisted in the 3d MIchigan regiment, and for three years served honorably in the great conflict for the preservation of the Union. He was a participant in the great battles of Bull Run and Gettysburg besides scores of other minor engagements. He was in a hospital for three months, was a prisoner in Andersonville prison, finally liberated at the time of Sherman’s famous march to the sea.”
[Source: Obituary, Necedah (Wisconsin) Republican (newspaper), 2 Jan 1913, pg 1]

After the war Martin lived in various parts of the country, including Chicago. His father had died in 1854 in Wauwatosa, WI, and this is probably the last time the family was together.

[Sources: family records.ancestry.com, US Federal Census, Chicago City Directories]

HAPEMAN-DischargePaperIn 1872 Martin was married to Augusta Henrietta Emily Webber in Toronto, Canada. Martin and Emily had four children, living for a while in Necedah, Wisconsin where Martin worked on the railroad. Later they moved to Chicago where he again worked on the railroad. He applied for a pension as an army invalid in 1901, and after his death in 1912 the pension was transferred to his wife. She applied for another pension in 1913 as an army widow.

[Source: “United States General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934,” index and images, FamilySearch<https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-24237-7743-95?cc=1919699> : accessed 18 Oct 2014), image 2555 of 4538; citing NARA microfilm publication T288.]

[Source: “United States Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907-1933”, index + images,FamilySearch <https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K64G-V3J> : accessed 18 Oct 2014]

[Source: < http://thirdmichigan.blogspot.com/2009/01/martin-van-buren-hapeman.html>]

Martin died 23 Dec 1912 in Cook County, IL and was buried on 26 Dec 1912 in Bay View Cemetery, Necedah, Juneau County, WI. His obituary states: “A few weeks ago Mr. and Mrs. Hapeman went to Chicago,as guests of their daughter, Mrs. W.E. Seymour, and it was there that Mr. Hapeman contracted his final sickness, which on December 23, called him to his final rest. The remains were brought to Necedah on Christmas day, and the following afternoon he was laid to rest with Masonic honors.” 

[Source: <http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2552&enc=1> &

Obituary, Necedah (Wisconsin) Republican(newspaper), 2 Jan 1913, pg 1]    Hapeman_CoH3rdMIbadge