Thursday, January 20, 2011

Levi E. Totten

Levi E. Totten was born in 1833.

In 1850 there was a 25-year-old carpenter named Levi Totten, Jr. living with his wife Ann (b. 1824) and their infant daughter Matilda in Fulton, Schoharie County, New York.

In 1860 there was one Levi Totten living in Canisteo, Steuben County, New York. In 1860 there was a washerwoman named Hannah Totten (b. 1830 in New York), living with her young son (?) George H. (b. 1846 in New York), living in Grand Rapids’ First Ward, Kent County, Michigan. (Also living with them was a stage driver named George Brace.)

In any case, Levi was 28 years old and possibly living in Kent County, Michigan, when he enlisted in Company F on May 13, 1861. He was reported as an orderly for Third Brigade commander General Israel Richardson from July of 1862 through October, but shortly afterwards he apparently deserted and was dropped from the company rolls on November 27, 1862, at Falmouth, Virginia, in compliance with G.O. no. 92 (by reason of being AWOL).

There is no further record, and no pension seems to be available.

There was a Levi Totten working as a tailor and merchant at 27 Main Street in Canisteo, New York in 1891.

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