"Christopher W. Leffingwell, in the early days of the city, was prominent in organizing the local military companies. He was an attorney, officiated as Justice of the Peace, and was at times engaged in mercantile business."
From "History of the City of Grand Rapids", Baxter, 1891, pg 117 - available as a free e-book on books.google.com
He applied for a US military pension on 10 May 1879, application #285413. There is no certificate number.
Christopher William Leffingwell. The late general Christopher W. Leffingwell was a territorial pioneer in Michigan and in his character and distinguished service and achievements he left an enduring and worthy impress upon the history of this commonwealth. General Leffingwell was born in Albany, New York, September 9, 1808, and in his youth he received good educational advantages as was shown in his subsequent record of success as a teacher in various schools. From the old Empire state he went to Ohio where he studied law and was in due course admitted to the bar. It was from the Buckeye state that he came to Michigan in about 1849, and he made settlement at DeWitt, Clinton county, a pioneer community of no minor importance at that time. He continued in the practice of law in Clinton county until 1855, when he removed to Grand Rapids, which was then a mere village but which had gained its first city charter in 1850. He was one of the leading members of the Grand Rapids bar at the inception of the Civil war, was for some time here associated in practice with Lucius Patterson, and in 1856 he was chosen city attorney, besides which he was among those who early served her in the office of justice of the peace. Although he was more than fifty years of age when the Civil war was precipitated on the nation, he entered with characteristic loyalty and vigor into the military preparations that were being carried forward in Michigan, and in addition to serving on the military staff of Hon. Austin Blair, the war governor of Michigan, he enlisted in a Michigan regiment and with the same saw active service at the front. After victory had crowned the Union arms, General Leffingwell was assigned to supervision of government property in the southern states, but in 1866 he returned to Kent county, Michigan, and settled on a farm in Grand Rapids township. There he remained until the early part of 1871[sic], when he removed to Illinois, where, at Rock Island and Hovey, he passed the few remaining months of his noble and earnest life, his death having occurred July 17, 1871[sic]. His daughter Mary became the wife of Daniel H. Waters, who was long one of the honored and influential citizens of Grand Rapids and of whom specific mention is made elsewhere in this work, in the record of the career of his only son, Dudley E. Waters. He was QUARTERMASTER GENERAL with rank of COLONEL. He went with his regiment to Washington, D. C., and engaged in the following battles: Bull Run, Williamsburg, Virginia, Seven Pines, Fair Oakes, Antietam and Fredericksburg. He was BREVETTED BRIGADIER GENERAL of volunteers at Lookout Mountain and served until March 1866.
--Source: A THIRD VOLUME DEDICATED TO KENT COUNTY
Edited by: Arthur S. White; Page 648-649
Published: Dayton, Ohio: National Historical Assoc., 1924.
From the series: Historic Michigan, Land of the Great Lakes
-Transcription accessed (6 Jul 2013) at http://kent.migenweb.net/white1924/personal/leffingwellcw.html
-The book can be viewed at http://tinyurl.com/mlbm8sx
OBITUARY - Christopher William Leffingwell
-July 24, 1879 [likely from a local paper in Henry, IL]
-Died in this city, July 18, Col. Christopher William Leffingwell, aged 68 years
-Col. C. W. Leffingwell passed to the unfathomed shore on Friday morning last, at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. C. M. Topping, on Main street. He has been an invalid for some months, and much of a sufferer. The colonel was a native of Albany, N.Y. He was married to Miss Mary A. Hileman at Canoe Creek, Pa., in 1834, by whom he had 12 children, six of whom are still living. The mother died seven years ago. After his marriage Mr. Leffingwell studied law, and for the past 40 years had been a practicing lawyer. When the war broke out he entered the service of his country, serving as quartermaster, with promotions to rank as captain and thence as colonel. He came to Henry in 1877 and has resided here and Peoria since that time up to the time of his death. He was quite an intelligent man - a democrat in sympathy, and a very enthusiastic green backer, writing quite extensively on the subject of paper currency and inflation, most of his articles appearing in Pomeroy's Democrat, a paper he read much and its publisher he held in great respect. His funeral was attended by a large concourse of sympathizing friends, the house having about all it could contain. Dr. C. Davis officiated, reading the New Church burial service. The deceased expressed a wish to be buried beside his wife and children at Grand Rapids, Mich., which request will be complied with at a future time, but for the present the body will lay at rest in the new cemetery. His son Henry was present at the obsequies from Michigan. Mr. Leffingwell had led an active life, raised a large family, and at one time had much property.
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William Stewart Leffingwell
Cornelia Martha Leffingwell Topping
Mary Lucretia Leffingwell Waters
Margaret Isabella Leffingwell Widdicomb
Henry Hileman Leffingwell
Christopher James Leffingwell
Wendell Phillips Leffingwell
Jesse Augustus Leffingwell
Frank Edward Milligan Leffingwell
Charles Chestney Leffingwell