Sunday, December 07, 2008

Price Grooms

Price Grooms, also known as “Groom,” was born 1843 in Clinton County, Michigan, the son of Arvin (b. 1814) and stepson of Almira (b. 1813).

New York native Arvin was possibly living in Venice, Cayuga County, New York, in 1840. Arvin married Connecticut-born Mrs. Almira Perry probably in Michigan. In any case, he and his wife settled in Michigan sometime before Price was born. By 1850 Price was attending school with his stepsiblings and living with his family in Watertown, Clinton County, where his father was a blacksmith. By 1860 Price was working as a blacksmith and living with the family of another blacksmith John Reason in Carryall, Paulding County, Ohio; that same year his parents were also living in Carryall.

Price stood 5’6” with gray eyes, light hair and a light complexion and was 18 years old and probably living in Ionia (or perhaps Clinton) County when he enlisted in Company D on May 13, 1861. (Company D was composed in large part of men who came from western Ionia County and Eaton County.)

He was shot in the left shoulder on August 29, 1862, at Second Bull Run, and subsequently hospitalized in Washington, DC. He remained absent in the hospital until he was discharged on January 17, 1863, at Hammond general hospital, Point Lookout, Maryland for a “gunshot wound left shoulder. Arm useless.”

It is not known if Price returned to Michigan.

In 1863 Price applied for a pension (no. 13460) but the certificate was never granted.

In 1868 or 1869 his father Arvin applied for (no. 175849) and received a dependent’s pension (no. 170361).

By 1880 his parents and a younger brother or cousin (?) Arvin A and his family were living in Carryall, Paulding County, Ohio.

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