William Paustle was born in 1842, in Ohio, the son of New York native Harriet (b. 1805).
In 1850 William was living with his mother and younger brother Austin and their young sister Antoinette in Bloom, Seneca County, Ohio. (Austin would also enlist in the 3rd Michigan.) By 1860 William was living with his mother and two older brothers Henry and George and younger sister Annetta, in Tiffin, Seneca County, Ohio. William left Ohio, probably with his family and settled in western Michigan. He was working as single farmer and living in Vermontville, Eaton County when he registered for the draft in the summer of 1863.
William stood 5’5” with dark eyes and hair and a light complexion and was 22 years old and probably a mechanic working in Barry County, Michigan, when he enlisted in Company E on January 27, 1864, at Grand Rapids for 3 years, crediting Barry County, and was mustered January 28. He joined the Regiment on February 10, and was transferred to Company E, 5th Michigan Infantry upon consolidation of the 3rd and 5th Michigan Regiments on June 10, 1864. He was wounded on June 16, probably near Petersburg, Virginia, subsequently hospitalized and discharged on July 28, 1865, at Trenton Barracks, New Jersey.
After the war William returned to western Michigan.
He married to Michigan Adelia McMurray (1841-1912), on January 1, 1863 in Barry County, and they had at least four children: Harriet or Hattie (b. 1867), William L. (d. July of 1871), Irving (b. 1872) and William F. (b. 1876).
By 1870 he was working as a railroad laborer and living with his wife and daughter in Hastings, Barry County. By 1880 he was working as a laborer and living with his wife and children on Railroad Street in Hastings. He was living in Hastings in 1883, 1884, 1888, and 1890; by 1894 he was living in Hastings’ 2nd ward. In 1900 he was working as an engineer in a grist mill and living with his wife in Hastings; also living with hem was their son Irving and daughter-in-law Maud In 1910 he was living on East Grand Street in Hastings’ 2nd Ward with his wife Adelia and their grandson Leon Paustle. By 1911 he was living at 735 East Grand Street. He was living in Hastings in 1916.
He married New York native Elizabeth A. (1838-1922).
By 1920 William and Elizabeth were living together in Hastings.
He was a member of the Old 3rd Michigan Infantry Association and in 1869 he applied for and received pension no. 105,883, drawing $10.00 in 1883 for an injured abdomen.
William was probably a widower when he died on September 4, 1923, presumably in Hastings, and was buried on September 5 in Riverside cemetery, Hastings: block G-south, lot no. 19, grave NW 1/4-3. Both his wives are buried with him.