Saturday, February 23, 2008

Almon W. Carpenter

Almon W. Carpenter was born October 14, 1845, in Tyrone Township, Steuben County, New York, the son of Thomas B. (b. 1820) and Ann A. (b. 1820).

New Yorker Thomas married New Jersey native Ann and they settled in Michigan. By 1850 Almon was living with his family on a farm in Wright, Ottawa County, and by 1860 he was attending school with four of his younger siblings and living with his family on a farm in Wright.

Almon stood 5’9” with blue eyes, brown hair and a light complexion, and was an 18-year-old farmer possibly living in Oakfield, Kent County when he enlisted in Company I on January 25, 1864, at Grand Rapids for 3 years, crediting Oakfield, and was mustered the same day. He joined the Regiment on February 17 at Camp Bullock, Virginia, was transferred to Company I, Fifth Michigan infantry upon consolidation of the Third and Fifth Michigan Regiments on June 10, 1864, and was mustered out on July 5, 1865 at Jeffersonville, Indiana.

After the war Almon returned to western Michigan. He may have been the same Almon Carpenter working in a sawmill and married to Pennsylvania native Arabell (b. 1848) and living in Spring Lake, Ottawa County in 1870.

In any case, Almon married Annie E. Blish on October 6, 1876, in Wonewoc (?), Juneau County, Wisconsin, and they had at least two children: George (b. 1879) and Mabel (b. 1881).

By 1880 Almon was living with his wife and son in Grand Haven, Ottawa County; also living with them was his nephew Herbert Carpenter. He was living in Muskegon, Muskegon County in 1888, and he may have been the same Almon V. Carpenter lworking as a sawyer and living at 1060 Lake Street in Muskegon in 1889-90.

By 1892 he was living at 52 Bartlett Street in Grand Rapids and by 1894 he was residing in the First Ward. He was living in Grand Rapids in 1897, and apparently lived the rest of his life in Grand Rapids, working for some years as a salesman in a clothing store. In 1897 he was reportedly listed as having just moved from 25 Grandville Street to 55 Goodrich Avenue in Grand Rapids; he was still living at 55 Goodrich in 1901. By 1912 he was residing at 421 Curtis (new) Street in Grand Rapids’ Fifth Ward.

He was still living in Grand Rapids and was probably a member of the Old Third Michigan Infantry Association.

In 1891 Almon applied for and received a pension (no. 961,183)

Almon died of diabetes mellitus and endocarditis at his home in Grand Rapids on April 22, 1912, and was presumably buried in Grand Rapids.

His widow was living in Michigan in April of 1921 when she applied for and received a pension (no. 744229).

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