Friday, March 07, 2008

Simeon H. Case

Simeon H. Case was born about 1810 in New York.

Simeon married Maine native Olive (b. 1810) and they had at least their five children: Paul (b. 1850), twins Mary and Martha (b. 1853), Dallas (b. 1855) and Edith (b. 1859).

The family eventually moved westward and by 1840 Simeon had settled in York, Washtenaw County, Michigan. In 1850 Simeon was working as a farmer (he owned some $2000 worth of real estate) and living with his wife and children in York, Washtenaw County; also living with them were five Burnham children (ranging in ages from 24 to 14), all born in New York and all but the oldest attending school. In 1860 Olive was listed as the head of the household and living in York, Washtenaw County, along with four of her children (it is not known where Simeon was).

Simeon stood 6’0” with blue eyes, brown hair and a light complexion and was 50 years old and probably living in the Georgetown area of Ottawa County or possibly in Grandville, Kent County, when he enlisted 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.)

He was admitted to the hospital in Alexandria, Virginia, on March 14, 1862, and was discharged on March 31, 1862, at Alexandria for “amaurosis [blindness] which renders him unable to perform the duties of a soldier”, and he was reported to be “totally disabled from obtaining his subsistence.”

Simeon probably returned to western Michigan after his discharge from the army, since he listed Grandville as his mailing address on his discharge paper.

Simeon may have died sometime before 1889. If so, he does not appear to be buried in either Grandville cemetery in Kent County or in Georgetown cemetery in Ottawa County.

His widow Olive applied for a pension (no. 416421), but the certificate was never granted since there was a contesting widow application as well (no. 511258); the contesting widow’s name may have been Elizabeth. In any case, by 1889 and 1890 pension applications had been submitted on behalf of two of Simon’s daughters who were apparently living in Indiana at the time (no. 400914).

Olive, who was listed as deaf, was working as a housekeeper and living with the Allen Burnham family in York, Washtenaw County in 1870; in 1880 she was listed as a widow and still living with the Burnham family in York. She was noted as “mother” in the census record.

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