Monday, July 23, 2007

Dennis Bartholomew

Dennis Bartholomew was born 1844 in Jackson, Jackson County, Michigan, probably the son of Fidelia (b. 1817).

New York native Fidelia eventually settled with her husband in Jackson County, Michigan, possibly b y 1840, certainly by the time Dennis was born in 1844. (In 1840 there were three Bartholomews living in Jackson County: Jehiel, O. N. and Anza or Arza. By 1860 Arza was living in Crockery, Ottawa County with his family.) By 1850 the Bartholomew family had moved to Ottawa County, on the western side of the state, and Fidelia (or “Phidelia”) was living with Ebenzer (b. 1782) and Charlotte (b. 1782); nearby lived Arza Bartholomew and his family. By 1860 Dennis was a student living with his mother who was working as a domestic for one William Buck, a farmer in Crockery, Ottawa County; also living at the same residence were a farmer named Asa Bartholomew (b. 1834) and his wife Maine native Sarah (b. 1839).

Dennis stood about 5’7” with blue eyes brown hair and a light complexion and was 17 years old and probably still living in Ottawa County when he enlisted with the consent of the Justice of the Peace in Company I on May 13, 1861. (Company I was made up largely of men from Ottawa County, particularly from the eastern side of the County.)

According to his discharge paper Dennis had been on the sick list since August of 1861, had been confined to his bed in November and apparently suffered from consumption since at least December of 1861. The War Department noted that he had in fact been absent sick in a hospital in Annapolis, Maryland, in September since August 21, and that he was present for duty in November and December of 1861.

In March and April of 1862 he was absent sick at a hospital in Alexandria, Virginia. and in July of 1862 he was reported absent sick in the hospital since April 18, 1862. He allegedly deserted from the hospital on August 18, but in fact he was discharged for consumption May 11, 1862 in Alexandria.

Following his discharge Dennis returned to western Michigan, settling back in Ottawa County where he worked as a laborer. (He may have returned to his Fidelia’s home in Nunica, Ottawa County.) By 1876 he was living in Grand Haven, Ottawa County, and, with the exception of occasional trips to Chicago, he resided in Ottawa County for about the first ten years or so after the war.

Dennis eventually settled in Chicago, probably in the vicinity of Hyde Park where he was residing when both John J. Bruce and William Mack testified -- date unknown – that they were intimately acquainted with Dennis and swore an affidavit describing his postwar ailments.

He married Frances A. Mack (d. 1900) on June 26, 1873, in Chicago, the day after her divorce from John Bruce had been granted (her former husband retained custody of their two children, however).

Dennis and “Fannie” lived in Chicago for some years. Dennis was admitted to St. Luke’s hospital in Chicago for hemorrhoids on February 3, 1878 and discharged on February 20. He and Fanny were probably residing in Hyde Park Township, Cook County in 1880. By 1881 they were living in Woodlawn Park, Chicago.

Dennis applied for a pension application no. 275767), but the certificate was apparently never granted since he died before it was completed.

Dennis was working as a railroad engineer in Chicago when he was mortally injured in Pullman, where he was then working, by suffering a fall in the engine house on June 16, 1881. According to Dr. William Johnson, who attended Dennis at the time, Dennis lived for nearly four days before expiring on June 20 at his home in Hyde Park. He was presumably buried in Woodlawn Park.

His widow was living at 6444 Madison Avenue, Woodlawn Park; she applied for and received a pension (no. 320102).

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