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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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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
Darlene Lane
RE: Joseph Clarke middle name
I got the middle name of Dennis from a Family Tree on Ancestry: Wittbrodt Family Tree, Owner: marjiem28. If this is not a good enough source, perhaps the middle name should just be his initial of D. Where did you get the middle name of Dear?

Also, I do realize that Clarke is a variation of Clark. However his Civil War Pension Index record shows him as Clark as does his tombstone in Riverside Cemetery and census records.

I want to thank you for all the information on his Find A Grave site. I know the time it takes to put it all together and I appreciate what you have done. I have read your Bio and am further impressed by all the work you have done on Find A Grave. Thanks for the great work you are doing.

Darlene Lane
Added by Darlene Lane on Sep 14, 2014 8:46 PM
Amy (Decker) Veenendall
RE: Charles Robinson obit
You're very welcome. I'm glad I could pass the information onto you.
Added by Amy (Decker) Veenendall on Sep 09, 2014 8:40 AM
RE: Newell Baker
Thank you for your message. To the best of my knowledge, our Newell Baker was born William Newell Baker. The "Application for Admission to the State Home" in Ortig, WA names LaSalle, Michigan as his birthplace (though some census names otherwise, in Mar 1843.) In this application, his 1st date of enlistment is March 1862 in Monroe, MI. He was discharged in Feb 1864 in H/G/S? eattsborough, AL, to re-enlist. Newell's 2nd enlistment date was 20/21 Feb in 1864, in ?Seattsborough, AL and discharged 13 Aug 1865 at Little Rock, Arkansas, for expiration of term and something I can't understand. His commanding officer was JM Oliver. Per a pension record, he was wounded by gunshot in left breast and right forearm. I have never seen with my own eyes that he was listed in the 4th Michigan Infantry. While usually listed as "Newell" or "Newel," he is listed as William N Baker in the New Haven, Olmstead, MN 1875 state census report with his (2nd?) wife Lydia Uptagrafft (widow of George W Sherman), and their combined children. Per, my g-g-grandmother, Livena Louisa Soper, has Newell Baker and Lydia Uptagrafft listed as her parents on her death certificate. Her only full-blood brother, John (Ervin) Newell Baker, has William N Baker and Lydia Uptagrafft listed as his parents. All of this fits into our family history, as we know it. Who Newell's parents were are unknown, though a census report from Anacortes, WA states his parents were born in England, the 1875 MN census states NY as Newell's birthplace, but is probably confused with George W Sherman's birthplace. His birthplace is also listed as Ohio. Newell is also listed with (Sgt) Charles Soper, his daughter Livena's father in law, on a list of old Civil War Veterans in Minnesota (possibly Becker Co.)In researching our Newell Baker, I have never come across him being "Newell E Baker." He is still something of a mystery to us...he was possibly married to a woman named Catherine Helen Vernett in LaSalle, MI in the 1860s. He married my g'g'g'grandmother, Lydia Uptagrafft, circa 1871 in Michigan, possibly) and married Harriet Elizabeth "Hattie" Holeton in 1894, MN. His step-son by Lydia, Marvin Sherman, was the first of the Sherman/Baker/Soper clan to move to Anacortes, WA. Newell seems to have died of stomach cancer. I hope this helps...I hope it's not too much information! An accurate identification will help later generations find their ancestors! I am happy to send any of these records along to you. Thank you. Be well and happy!
Added by dnorthvalley on Sep 01, 2014 12:48 PM
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