Sunday, May 03, 2009

George S. Joslin

George S. Joslin was born in 1829 in New York.

George left New York and came to western Michigan sometime before the war broke out.

He was a 32-year-old farmer possibly living in the vicinity of Hastings, Barry County when he enlisted in the Hastings Rifle Company in April of 1861. The company was disbanded shortly after it arrived in Grand Rapids and its members distributed to other companies of the Third Michigan infantry then forming at Cantonment Anderson just south of the city.

George eventually enlisted in Company K on May 13, 1861. He was absent sick at Yorktown, Virginia in July of 1862, on furlough, probably from the hospital, in August, and he possibly returned to the Regiment by early spring of 1863.

On March 26, 1863, George was transferred to the United States Navy, promoted to Master’s Mate, and he served aboard the steamer Tuscarora , a third rate screw of 927 tons with 10 guns and stationed with the South Atlantic squadron in 1864 on special coastal service (blockading service) and which also sailed along the coast of Europe. Joslin was appointed acting Ensign on June 18, 1864, while serving aboard the Potomska, a fourth rate screw of 287 tons carrying 6 guns and serving with the South Atlantic squadron also on blockading duty. He resigned on April 28, 1865.

George eventually returned to Michigan. (In 1880 there was a widower named George Joslin, born 1834 in New York, working as a lumberman and living alone in Harvey, Marquette County.) In any case, George was living in Chocolay, Marquette County in 1890 and 1894, when he was suffering from liver and kidney disease. (He may have been related to George Taite, who also served in Company K. George married one Florence Joslin in 1866.)

He was living in Michigan in 1890 when he applied for a pension (no. 756846), but the certificate was never granted.

George died on May 25, 1900, of heart disease, probably in Chocolay and he was presumably buried in Park cemetery.


Bob Judge said...


I have taken the liberty to extract some of this information at

Please feel free to comment. Please let me know if the credit I gave you is adequate.

Bob Judge said...


I meant to put that comment at your post about the Judd family!