Edward Wilder was born in 1836 in Vermont, the son of Harvey (1805-1852) and Hannah Maria (Warner, 1807-1890).
Edward’s parents were married in 1827 in Pittsford, Rutland County, Vermont (where Hannah was born) but by 1830 were living in Plymouth, Windsor County, Vermont (where Harvey was born). By 1832 they were living in Mt. Holly, Rutland County where they resided for several years.; but by 1840 Harvey was living in Pittsford, Rutland County, Vermont By 1842 Harvey had moved his family to western Michigan and they were living in Somerset, Ottawa County, Michigan. By the summer of 1845 they had moved to Alpine, Kent County, and in 1850 Edward was attending school with several of his siblings and living with his family in Alpine, Kent County where Harvey died in 1852.
Edward was probably living in Dayton, Newaygo County, when he married New York native or Ianthe (Haynes, b. 1840) on August 7, 1859, and they had at least one child: Edward (b. 1860). Edward was working as a farmer and residing with his wife in Dayton in 1860.
He was a 26-year-old farmer probably living in Dayton, Newaygo County when he enlisted in Company K on or about March 12, 1862, at Grand Rapids for 3 years, and was mustered the same day.
Edward was sick in the hospital in August of 1863 through September, and at some point was sent to New York to recover. He died of disease on October 9, 1863, at Fort Schyuler, New York, and was probably buried on October 10, in Cypress Hills National Cemetery, on Long Island. (Edward was reburied or memorialized in Brooklawn cemetery, Kent County.
His widow applied for and received a pension (no. 37779). She apparently remarried to one James Rivial or Rivail and was living in Dayton in 1870; her son Edward Wilder was also living with them.