Philip Van Deusen was born in 1841 in Michigan, the son of William (b. 1810) and Mary Ann (b. 1803).
New York native William married Canadian Mary Ann sometime before 1833 when their son James was born in New York. William moved his family moved from New York to Michigan sometime between 1833 and 1836, By 1850 Phillip was attending school with his siblings and living with his family in Lowell, Kent County, where his father worked as a farmer. Phillip’s parents were still living in Lowell in 1860.
Philip was 20 years old and probably living in Lowell when he enlisted as a Corporal 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.)
Philip was killed in action on August 29, 1862, at Second Bull Run. He was presumably among the unknown soldiers whose remains were reinterred in Arlington National Cemetery.
His parents were still living in the Lowell area in 1870. In 1880 his father applied for a dependent father’s pension (no. 265979), but the certificate was never granted.
My records say that Philip is the second son of William by his first wife, Ann Eliza Schaffer where they married at Andes, Delaware Co, NY. The family came in 1837 to Kent Co. MI. Ann died about 1847 and he then married a widow, Mary Ann Folson, about 1848. No children are recorded from this marriage. Both William's sons and his nephew died in the War.
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