Friday, June 04, 2010

Lewis N. Rogers

Lewis N. Rogers was born in 1836, in Ohio.

Lewis was married, possibly in Illinois, and they had at least three children: William (b. 1860), Lewis J. or Richard (b. 1862), and Harriet (b. 1869).

Lewis eventually left Ohio and by 1860 was probably living in Illinois when his son William was born. He probably moved to Michigan sometime between 1862 and 1863.

Lewis stood 5’9” with black eyes and hair and a dark complexion and was a 25-year-old farmer possibly living in Olney, Gratiot County, Michigan, when he became a substitute for Robert C. Hamilton who was drafted on February 10, 1863, for 9 months from Watertown, Clinton County. Lewis was mustered on March 2 at Detroit, joined the Regiment on March 10 at Camp Pitcher, Virginia, and when his nine months’ service expired, he enlisted in Company B on November 21 at Watertown for 3 years. He was subsequently employed as a teamster with the Brigade wagon train from February of 1864 through May. He was transferred to Company E, Fifth Michigan infantry upon consolidation of the Third and Fifth Michigan Regiments on June 10, 1864, where he was reported on detached service with the supply train through May of 1865, and was mustered out on July 5, 1865, at Jeffersonville, Indiana.

Lewis eventually returned to Michigan. By 1870 Lewis, either a widower or divorced, was working in a sawmill and living with his three children in Alma, Gratiot County. (A. L. and Mariah lived several houses away.)

He married his second wife, Michigan native Elizabeth (b. 1857), and they probably had at least one child: George (b. 1874).

By 1880 Lewis was working as a laborer and living with his wife Elizabeth and three sons: William (age 19), Richard ( age 17) and George (age 6) in Alma. He was probably still living in Alma, Gratiot County in 1888.

In 1890 he applied for and received a pension (no. 900469).

Lewis died on March 23, 1918, at Detroit, and was presumably buried there.

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