Daniel Bugel was born in 1835 in the Netherlands or Prussia.
Daniel was married to Prussian-born Anna Maria or Mary Brenitian (b. 1838) on November 7, 1854, at St. Mary’s church in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, and they had at least five children: Mary (b. 1851), John (b. 1855), Adam (b. 1857), Anna (b. 1859) and Elizabeth or Bertha (Mrs. Brinker, 1861-1925). (The 1860 census lists their first child Mary as having been born in Prussia.)
Daniel and Anna Maria eventually settled in Michigan (he may in fact have been living there before his marriage) and were living in Grand Rapids, Kent County by the time their son John was born in 1855. By the time their daughter Anna was born they were reportedly living in New Salem, Allegan County. By 1860 Daniel was working as a clerk and living in Grand Rapids’ 3rd Ward, possibly running his own business (he owned $1,000 in real estate). Dan McConnell, who would command the 3rd Michigan in the spring of 1861, stated in late 1862 that in fact Daniel had clerked for him in his store and furthermore that he had known Daniel for some eight years prior to the war. That would place Daniel in Grand Rapids by 1852 or 1853.
Daniel was 26 years old and probably still living in Grand Rapids when he enlisted in Company F on May 13, 1861. (His family was still living in Grand Rapids in November of 1861 when his daughter Bertha was born.) Daniel was killed in action on August 29, 1862, at Second Bull Run, and was presumably buried among the soldiers whose remains were removed from the Manassas battlefield and reinterred in Arlington National Cemetery.
In 1862 his widow applied for and received a pension (no. 3670). In 1870 Mary was still living in Grand Rapids’ 4th Ward, along with four of her children who were attending school. Mary eventually remarried to Peter Mais and by 1890 Mary and Peter were living in Tallmadge, Ottawa County.