Thursday, November 11, 2010

Amos Stockwell

Amos Stockwell was born in 1843 in Ohio, possibly the son of Jonas (b. 1810) and Adaline (b. 1815).

New York natives Jonas and Adaline were married and settled in Ohio where they resided for some years. By 1839 the family was living in Ohio but sometime between 1843 and 1845 they settled in Indiana. By 1850 Amos was attending school with two of his older brothers and living with his family in Richland, DeKalb County, Indiana. Amos was still living with his family in Richland in 1860.

Amos stood 5’9” with dark eyes and hair and a light complexion and was an 18-year-old farmer probably living in Ionia County when he enlisted as Musician in Company E on May 13, 1861. Amos reenlisted on December 23, 1863, at Brandy Station, Virginia, crediting Wyoming, Kent County, was presumably absent on veteran’s furlough in January of 1864 and probably returned to the Regiment on or about the first of February. He was presumably transferred to Company E, Fifth Michigan infantry upon consolidation of the Third and Fifth Michigan Regiments on June 10, 1864.

Amos was tried by a general court martial on September 15, 1864, for disobedience of orders and conduct prejudicial to good order. He pled guilty to the first charge and not guilty to the second. He was found guilty on both counts and sentenced to forfeit $10.00 per month for 6 consecutive months and do fatigue duty for 30 days. He was mustered out on July 5, 1865, at Jeffersonville, Indiana.

After the war Amos returned to Michigan.

He was married to Ohio native Jennie (b. 1849), and they had at least four children: Edith (b. 1868), Minnie (b. 1869) Jessie (b. 1876) and Orland (b. 1879).

By 1870 Amos was working as a farmer and living in Danby, Ionia County with his wife and two daughters. He eventually settled in Clare County and by 1880 he was working as a farmer and living with his wife and children in Frost, Clare County. He was residing in Harrison, Clare County in 1887 and 1888 and probably also in 1890. In 1892 Amos was living in Portage, Ohio, when he provided an affidavit in the pension claim of Rolandus Freet, also of the Old Third.

He was apparently married a second time to a woman named Jane.

In 1890 he applied for and received a pension (no. 914565).

He may have been a member of the Old Third Michigan Infantry Association, and he was a member of the GAR Bradley post no. 221 in Harrison.

Amos died on February 10, 1910, probably in Harrison and was presumably buried in Clare County.

In March of 1910 his widow applied for and received a pension (no. 701734).

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