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4th Michigan Infantry (#47025829)
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Bio Photo My name is George Wilkinson and I am an avid researcher and historian for the Fourth Michigan Infantry. This was a regiment serving the Union forces in the American Civil War. I maintain a website which provides a great amount of information about the regiment and the men that fought under her flag. I am very interested in collecting actual relics as well as reliable information that relates to the soldiers of the Fourth Michigan Infantry, so please contact me if you have anything that you'd like to share. I can also be of assistance in obtaining military files from the National Archives (for a fee) should you need them for any soldier in this unit.

I would like to thank each and every Find-A-Grave member that have assisted me in re-uniting the men of the Fourth Michigan Infantry together through memorial transfers. My appreciation is also extended to those who have contributed additional information for these memorials resulting in a more accurate tribute to a soldier's life.

Some members have asked why I request the transfer of a memorial rather than suggesting a correction...and that's a very valid question.

If, while managing a soldier's memorial, I am contacted by one of his descendants, not only can I then transfer that memorial to them if they ask, but I can also provide them additional information and resources in order to help them learn more about their ancestor's service in the Civil War. That is one of my primary goals as a Find-A-Grave help other members, historians, genealogists, and most importantly, the descendents of these men, take an interest in the Fourth Michigan Infantry during the Civil War.

Direct descendants and "sincerely interested" members are more than welcome to ask for the transfer of a memorial. I personally believe that "sharing" is the ultimate Find-A-Grave policy, and will always work with those who feel the same.

Please remember, that in reality, we are all "temporary custodians" of these memorials, and "hoarding" them does absolutely nothing to benefit them. Find-A-Graves transfer request policy is a "guideline" not a crutch, so show some compassion to those that ask, while you're still here to answer.

Leave flowers for the soldier who left home for you.

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Donna Ruhland Bonning
John Barrett- 4th Michigan Infantry
Hi George...

I would be very happy to transfer his memorial to you. Your project is wonderful and i would be honored to have my pictures be a part of it.

My 3rd Great Grandfather, Thomas Livingston, was part of the 48th NY Infantry. i wish i knew where he was buried. I hope that John Barrett's descendants will discover him through your work....

Best Wishes,

Donna Bonning

Genesee County, NY
Added by Donna Ruhland Bonning on Feb 16, 2015 9:06 AM
Charles Olds
I would like to thank you for the information and memorial (#117502349). Charles Olds was my 1st cousin 3 times removed. I am a descendent of his Maternal Grandfather George Jenkins.
Again thank you so much!
Added by Bridgett on Feb 15, 2015 6:01 AM
C D Hampton
Dear George,

My name is Jeff Hampton and C D Hampton (Dr. Carlos D. Hampton) #19863642 is my 3rd great grandfather. I am writing to you to ask if you would be willing to transfer his memorial to me? I would also like to further discuss his service in the 4th Michigan Infantry as I know of some additional information and papers of Dr. Carlos Hampton. Please feel free to email me.

Jeff Hampton #47570765
Added by jefhamp13 on Jan 17, 2015 1:33 PM
Farrar and related families
RE: Clinton Farrar
Will do and thank you for your note and your kindness and interest. You are a fine historian.
Added by Farrar and related famili... on Nov 12, 2014 4:21 PM
Andy Gappa
RE: Eugene Vaughn
Any leads on Andrew Jackson Kaiser/Kaizer?

I really like the photo you added to Vaughn's memorial. It's perfect!

If I come across any other 4th Michigan infantrymen, I will definitely transfer them to you. I've given you Mosley Ten Eyck and now Eugene Vaughn--both located in Oak Woods Cemetery in Chicago. Where else would you like me to look for your guys? I can get to SW Michigan on occasion. Talk to you soon.
Andy Gappa
Added by Andy Gappa on Nov 03, 2014 8:25 AM
Diane Henson
Henry H Howes
I am a direct descendant of Henry through his son B.L. Howes who is my great grandfather. I would love to know information about Henry and what his rank and service details are and any info concerning him. I am interested in the history part of his service, too. Anything is appreciated.

Added by Diane Henson on Nov 02, 2014 1:06 PM
Alphonzo Shafer
Correction for the following:

Shafer, Alphonzo, Pleasant, Indiana. Enlisted in Company B, Fourth Infantry, as Corporal, June 20, 1861, for 3 years, age 21. Painter by trade. Mustered June 20, 1861. Re-enlisted December 29, 1863. Mustered January 1, 1864. Sergeant. On detached service with Company B, First Infantry, by order, July 2, 1864, Petersburg, Virginia. Transferred to Company K, Fourth Infantry, July 1, 1865. Discharged at Detroit, Michigan, February 3, 1866. Resided in Hillsdale, Michigan after service. Died 1917. Mount Hope Cemetery, Litchfield, Michigan. Born in New York.

Alphonzo Shafer is buried in Maplewood Cemetery, Reading, Hillsdale County, Michigan.
Added by Anonymous on Oct 27, 2014 5:21 PM
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
RE: James B. Conkey
Done, and in processing.
Thanks for the heads up!
Dave T.
Added by Sons of Union Veterans of... on Sep 29, 2014 9:14 PM
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
William J. Foster
Thanks for the transfer!
Added by Sons of Union Veterans of... on Sep 28, 2014 5:43 AM
Rebecca Wright
RE: Francis M. West
Hi George,

I kind of thought maybe Marguerite had contacted you as well, she has an amazing amount of information and I'm so grateful she's helping me in my search for Frank's sister-in-law, Lily Fox West! I've been working in genealogy for several decades and it's really common to have different dates on a grave marker than on documents like a death certificate. It's always comes down to the person who gave the information at the time, especially pre-1900, you see it a lot. The memorial you set up for Francis is wonderful, thank you.

Best regards,

Added by Rebecca Wright on Sep 27, 2014 12:32 PM
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