Charles Lewis Tyler was born in 1835 in Vermont.
In 1850 there was one Charles Tyler, a 33-year-old slate cutter, living in Vernont, Windham County, Vermont, with his wife and twin sons, Edson and Austin (7 months old).
Charles left Vermont and moved west, eventually settling in Michigan.
He was married to Ohio native Roxanna (1836-1926) and they had at least three children: Byron E. (b. 1857), John A. or Moses (1859-1889) and William A. (b. 1862-1958).
They settled in Michigan by 1857 and by 1860 Charles (listed as “C. Lewis”) was working as a clerk and living with his wife and two children in Lyons, Ionia County. (Also living with them was a seamstress named Rhoda Tubbs, age 18 and born in New York and one James Tubbs, age 48 also born in New York.)
Charles stood 5’6” with blue eyes, dark hair and a fair complexion and was a 29-year-old clerk living in Lyons, Ionia County when he enlisted in Company G on February 2, 1864, at Grand Rapids for 3 years, and was mustered the same day, crediting Campbell, Ionia County. He joined the Regiment on February 18 at Camp Bullock, Virginia, and was transferred to Company F, Fifth Michigan infantry upon consolidation of the Third and Fifth Michigan Regiments on June 10, 1864. He was absent sick from July 19, 1864 through May of 1865, and discharged on June 5, 1865, at Washington, DC.
After the war Charles returned to western Michigan. By 1870 he was working as a glazier and living with his wife and children in Wayland village, Allegan County. In 1880 Charles was reported as working as a painter, married and living in Greenville, Montcalm County, and he was still living in Greenville in 1888 and 1890.
In 1888 he applied for and received a pension (no. 860683).
He may have died in early 1907, presumably in Greenville, and was buried in Forest Home cemetery: section 18 1/2, Greenville.
In April of 1907 his widow applied for and received a pension (no. 630372).