Friday, December 05, 2008

Alembert A. Griswold

Alembert A. Griswold was born May 18, 1839 in Watertown, Jefferson County, New York.

According to the 1900 census both of his parents were born in New York. In 1840 N. G. and William Griswold were reported living in Watertown, New York. Alembert left New York and moved to western Michigan.

He stood 5’8” with blue eyes and was a 22-year-old farmer probably living in Muskegon County when he enlisted in Company H on May 13, 1861. (Company H, formerly the “Muskegon Rangers,” was made up largely of men from the vicinity of Muskegon and Newaygo counties.) He was promoted to Corporal on January 1, 1862, and to Sergeant on March 1.

Lieutenant Samuel Murray of Company H testified after the war that Alembert was struck in the right thigh by a piece of shell on June 1, 1862 (or perhaps May 31), while the Regiment was engaged at the battle of Fair Oaks, Virginia. In any case, he was promoted First Sergeant on September 1, 1862, and was treated for conjunctivitis in the regimental hospital from January 1 to 6, 1863.

He was again sick suffering from piles from February 18 to 26 and on March 25 he was treated for neuralgia. He was absent sick from April of 1863 through May, and on detached service in Michigan, recruiting for the Regiment, from December of 1863 through March. He was commissioned First Lieutenant, replacing Lieutenant Milton Leonard, as of April 1, 1864, but was never mustered in that rank. He was wounded severely in the right thigh on May 5 or 6, 1864, at the Wilderness, Virginia, and sent to the Third Corps hospital. He was admitted on June 1 to Harewood general hospital in Washington, DC, and he probably remained at Harwood until he was discharged on July 12, 1864.

After he was discharged Alembert settled in Pennsylvania, first in Ogdensburg and then Canton, Bradford County, where he worked for many years as a farmer.

He married Pennsylvania native Amanda D. Mills (1844-1919) on September 12, 1866, in Leroy, Bradford County, Pennsylvania; they had at least two children: Honor (b. 1868) and Bertha K (b. 1870).

He was living in Canton, Bradford County, Pennsylvania in 1876 when he applied for and received a pension (no. 149949), drawing $20 by 1911.

By 1880 Alembert was working as a farmer and living with his wife and children in Ward, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. He was residing in Alba, Bradford County, Pennsylvania in 1890, but by July of 1899 he was living in Canton, Bradford County, Pennsylvania. By 1900 Alembert and Amanda had moved back to Ward, Tioga County, Pennsylvania.

Alembert died of influenza in Canton Bradford County, Pennsylvania, on April 21, 1911, and was presumably buried there.

His widow received a pension (no. 723,313), drawing $25 by 1919.

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