Friday, December 14, 2007

George Bridgman

George Bridgman, also known as “Bridman” or “Bridgeman”, was born 1837.

George was possibly the same "George Bridgman" (born about 1836 in New York) who was married to New York native Martha (b. 1840), probably in 1859, and by 1860 living in East Saginaw, Saginaw County, Michigan, where he was working as an engineer. They had at least three children: Hattie S. (b. 1862), Freddie (b. 1865) and George (b. 1870).

In any case, George was 24 years old and probably living in Muskegon County when he enlisted on April 28, 1861, at the age of 24 in Company H, which was composed largely of “Muskegon Rangers”. (The “Rangers” were a local militia company formed in Muskegon soon after the fall of Fort Sumter in April of 1861, and were reorganized into Company H of the Third Michigan infantry then forming at Cantonment Anderson in Grand Rapids.) George reportedly deserted on June 9 (probably), 1861, just four days before the Regiment left Grand Rapids for Washington, DC. He eventually returned to the Regiment (date unknown) and deserted again on April 28, 1862. At one point he probably received a Regimental court martial. In any event, there is no further record.

No pension seems to be available.

In 1870 the Saginaw County George and his wife Martha, were living in East Saginaw’s Second Ward, Saginaw County, where George owned and operated a hardware business. He and Martha were still living in East Saginaw in 1880 where he worked as a merchant.

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