Monday, April 04, 2011

Chauncey Dutton Webster Jr.

Chauncey Dutton Webster Jr. was born on October 6, 1828, in Chenango, New York, the son of Chauncey D. Sr. (1794-1848) and Adella or Delia (Allen, 1796-1847).

Chauncey’s parents were married in 1817 and lived in New York most if not all of their lives (both would die in Penfield, Monroe County).

Chauncey Jr. married Michigan Lydia Aldrich (1832-1901) on November 28, 1850, in Rochester, Monroe County, New York, and they had at least six children: Helen Adelaide (1851-1863), Lemuel Aldrich (b. 1854), Lucy Aldrich (b. 1856), Frederick Aldrich (1858-1863), Nellie Aldrich (b. 1862) and Isabelle Aldrich (b. 1866). (Helen and Freddie died within two weeks of each other.)

Chauncey and his wife settled in Northville, Oakland County, Michigan (where Lydia was born) and they lived in Northville until at least about 1858. By 1860 Chauncey and his wife and children were living with David aldrich, a wealthy farmer in Novi, Oakland County. Chauncey eventually settled in Clinton County.

He stood 5’9” with blue eyes, brown hair and a dark complexion and was a 35-year-old farmer possibly living in Watertown, Clinton County when he enlisted in Company F on January 13, 1864, at Watertown for 3 years, crediting Watertown, and was mustered on January 23 at Corunna, Shiawassee County. He joined the Regiment on February 17 at Camp Bullock, Virginia, and was possibly wounded on May 6, 1864, at the Wilderness, Virginia. In any case, he was subsequently absent sick in the hospital as of May 6 and was still absent sick when he was transferred to Company F, Fifth Michigan infantry upon consolidation of the Third and Fifth Michigan Regiments on June 10, 1864.

He remained absent sick through July, but soon returned to duty and was wounded severely in the left shoulder and face on October 27 at Boydton Plank road, near Petersburg, Virginia. He was hospitalized soon afterwards and remained absent in the hospital through March of 1865, and probably until he was mustered out on July 5, 1865, at Jeffersonville, Indiana.

After the war Chancey returned to Clinton County. By 1870 he was working as a farmer (he owned $1800 worth of real estate) and living with his wife and children in Riley, Clinton County. He settled in (South) Riley where he was living with his wife and daughter “Belle” in 1880 working as a farmer; next door lived his son Lemuel and his family. He was still in Riley in 1883 when he was drawing $6.00 per month for a wounded face and shoulder (pension no. 198,208); he was still living in Riley in 1894. Indeed, he lived in Riley the rest of his life.

He died on September 5, 1895, presumably in Riley, and was buried in Boughton cemetery in Riley section S9 lot 2 grave 3.

In September of 1895 Lydia was living in Michigan when she applied for and received a pension (no. 484214).

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