Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Clarkson Abbott - updated 6/24/2009

Clarkson Abbott was born around 1834 in Hackettstown, Morris County, New Jersey, probably the son of Alex and Elizabeth (Wilson).

Clarkson (or Clark) stood 5’10” with hazel eyes, brown hair and a light complexion, apparently could not read or write and was about 30 or 38 years old and probably working as a farmer in Ypsilanti, Washtenaw County, Michigan when he reportedly enlisted in Unassigned on January 19, 1864, at Ypsilanti for 3 years, crediting Ypsilanti’s First Ward and was mustered the same day.

Clarkson was never assigned to a company in the Third Michigan, however. There is no further record of his service in the Third Michigan infantry, nor is there any record of his having served in any other Michigan unit nor in any other Union regiment during the war.

He was quite possibly the same “Clark” Abbott living in Casnovia, Muskegon County in 1887-90. In 1890 there was a woman named Emma Abbott living in Casnovia, who claimed to be the widow of one Clarkson Abbott who had been reported in the veteran census for that year as a civil war soldier although no unit or dates are provided. Interestingly, Smith K. Lewis who had served in the Third Michigan during the war was also living in Casnovia that same year.

Clarkson Abbot was reportedly living in Egleston, Muskegon County in 1900.

On September 30, 1903, Clarkson (b. 1826) married Maine native Mrs. Melissa Bancroft Beeke (b. 1845), in Ravenna, Muskegon County.

By 1910 Clarkson was working as a gardener and living with his wife in Crockery Township, Ottawa County.

There seems to be no pension available.

Clark reportedly died in 1916 in Crockery, Ottawa County and may be buried in Nunica cemetery, although this cannot be confirmed.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

David Gitchel and William Choate

In reply to a comment inquiry left on an earlier post, Camp Blair (named after then governor of the state of Michigan Austin Blair) was located on the bluffs overlooking the Chain Bridge near Georgetown, DC, opposite Virginia. Unfortunately the burial locations of David Gitchel and William Choate, who died near Chain Bridge and presumably buried there, were lost long ago. It is possible that they were later removed to other, more formal burial locations but present research has not identified them buried in the Washington area.

For more information on the Chain Bridge across the Potomac click here.


Sunday, February 11, 2007

A professional is hard at work

No it's not me but I have a professional copy editor going through the regimental history manuscript right now -- lots of errors and some sorely needed restructuring is underway. The good news I think this is going to be OK.

Stay tuned!