Wednesday, April 06, 2011

John T. Webster - updated 3/22/2015

Based on a review of pension records: 

John T. Webster was born in 1828 in Pennsylvania, probably the son of Francis (b. 1807) and Rachel (b. 1810).

John’s parents were both born in Pennsylvania and presumably married there. In any case they left Pennsylvania and by 1844 had settled in Ohio. The family eventually moved further west and eventually settled in Michigan.

John married New York native Emily C. Munger (b. 1838) on May 1, 1856, in Rutland, Barry County, and they had at least one child, a son: William Henry (b. 1858).

By 1860 John and his wife and child were living on a farm next to his parents’ in Rutland, Barry County. Several houses away lived Truman Wisner who would also join the 3rd Michigan Infantry.

John was a 34-year-old farmer and probably living in Rutland, Barry County when he was drafted on February 10, 1863, at Rutland for 9 months, crediting Rutland. John was assigned to Company E and joined the Regiment on March 10 at Camp Pitcher, Virginia.

He died of disease at Camp Sickles, Virginia on April 6, 1863, and may have been buried initially on the Bullard farm, but was eventually interred in Fredericksburg National Cemetery: grave no. 5030 (or 118).

In June of 1863 his widow applied for and received a pension (no. 39172). In 1865 Emily was living in Hastings, Barry County, when she remarried to Henry Cook in Battle Creek, Calhoun County. Subsequently a pension application was filed by the William’s guardian, Israel Leighton, and approved (no. 94226) on behalf of a minor child.

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