Civil War: Company K, 2nd California Cavalry
Bisente Corella was enrolled by Captain Daniel McLean June 2 and was mustered-in Co. K, 2nd California Cavalry by Captain Hugh Brady Fleming at San Francisco, California, June 3, 1864. At enlistment he was described as age 18 years and that he was born at Hermosillo, Mexico. Private Corella was appointed Bugler March 1, 1865. Bugler Corella was mustered-out, with his Company, at Camp Union, Sacramento, California, May 18, 1866.
Bisente Corella was naturalized at Santa Clara County, California, July 10, 1876.
Bisente Corella, age 31 years, registered to vote at Amador County, California, August 1, 1879.
Bisente Corella, age 43 years and a Blacksmith, registered to vote at Amador County, California, September 2, 1892. The registration shows that he was naturalized at Santa Clara County, California, July 10, 1876.
Bisente Corella, age 47 years and a Blacksmith, registered to vote at Amador County, California, April 21, 1896. The registration shows that he was naturalized at Santa Clara County, California, July 10, 1876.
Bisente Corella, age 53 years and a Blacksmith, was enumerated July 25, 1900, at Fresno County, California. The enumeration shows that he was single and that he was an employee.
Bisente Corella filed from Washington for a Civil War veteran's pension April 28, 1910. At his demise he was known as Ben Carroll or Carrel. His parents are shown as Manuel Corella and Nastarea Bernal on his death certificate. Presently the source of plot location “Section H, Lot 38,” which is an unmarked space in the area of the former Harwood Cemetery, is not known. The source of "#4 in West Half in Lot 38" is from “Harwood Cemetery Revised, Sexton Records Included,” Call Number WA-Snoh-0100-003, housed in the library of the Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society. The date of birth, April 22, 1848, is from information found in his Pension Application File and death certificate. His obituary and pension file shows that he believed his year of birth was 1845 and that he had accepted a determination by the Pension Bureau that his date of birth was April 22, 1848. The date of death, July 5, 1918, is from his death certificate. Note that his obituary below shows July 4, 1918, as his death of death.
Obituary: Old Cavalryman Hears Final Taps. Bisente' Caralle [sic] Passes on After Long and Honored Career. Biscente Caralle, generally known as Ben Carrel, highly respected by the people of Arlington as a citizen and a veteran, was mustered out of the ranks of the living early last Thursday morning, July 4th, thus ending his honorable career on the birthday of the land he loved. Deceased had suffered very severely for several weeks with dropsy, but bravely bore the pain like the true soldier he was. He lived alone, and while friends had been with him until late in the evening, he was alone when taps were sounded at the close of his earthly career.
Funeral services were held Friday at 2 p.m. from Moll's Chapel, Rev. Dix officiating and paying a heartfelt tribute to the clean life and purity of mind, the clean speech and upright life of the deceased. A mixed choir sang the good old hymns of consolation and goodly company of friends with beautiful floral tributes were preset to attest their esteem. Interment took place in Harwood Cemetery, the pallbearers being W.G. McGaulley, Frank Vanderhoof, A.J. Suttles, C. E. Longcor, C.L. Marsh and Philip Hogan.
Bisente' Carelle was born in the state of Sonora, Mexico, in the year 1845; died Arlington, Wash. July 4, 1918, aged 70 years. He came to the United States when a young man and in 1864 enlisted in a California regiment of cavalry, seeing service in the Southwest for 23 months. He was a skilled workman in metal, wood and leather, and besides was an expert gardener and good cook. He had lived in Arlington for ten years, being employed for a time with Frank Krauskoff. When the Bornete' mine was operating he was employed for several months at the mines as a tool sharpener. He was unable to do heavy work for several years and has supported himself partially by gardening, cabinetwork, etc. He left sufficient money and personal property to defray funeral expenses.
Deceased, who was a man of Spanish extraction, was a man of noble generous nature, intelligent and clean of thought and speech. He was truly patriotic, and allowed no one to defame the United States in his presence without being rebuked. He was a true friend of "Uncle Sam" and loved the flag under which he had fought. All respect to his memory.
--Arlington Times; July 11, 1918
The man known in and around Arlington, Snohomish County, Washington, as Ben Carrel found his given names--both first and last--spelled in many different configurations. Those in available documents include Bisente Corrella, Bisento Corella, Bisento Corillo (this being most prominent within Civil War military service records), Bisiante Corillo, Bisento Carella, La Bisente Corel, Biscents Corella and, lastly, as found in his obituary, Biscente Caralle. For our purposes we are adopting Bisenta Carella as that is how he signed his Civil War enlistment paper.
According to his obituary, Bisenta Carella was born in the Mexican state of Sonoma in 1845. In later pension records, the old soldier would indicate he was born in Hermosillo, Sonoma, Mexico, on the second April, 1848. The U.S. Government would contest the April date--with Bisenta accepting the 22nd rather than the 2nd--but never questioned the birth year.
Bisenta's parents were Manuel and Nastarea (nee Bernal) Corella. Names and numbers of possible siblings are not available. Also not available is definitive information on when and why Bisenta left Mexico for America.
First available documented information on Bisenta in America is from 1861. It was around this time that he was noted as having moved to San Francisco, California, but from whence he came is not noted.
On June 2, 1864, in San Francisco, Bisenta enlisted in the U.S. Cavalry for three years. At the time his vital statistic were noted as: Eyes - hazel; Hair - dark; Complexion - dark; Occupation - laborer; Address – 9th ward; Age - 18 years. The last is of interest because according to this his birth year would have been 1846. However, as Bisenta later claimed his birth year was 1848, he was - in reality - likely only sixteen years of age, not eighteen. For enlisting Bisenta received a $100 enlistment bonus or "bounty", $25 of which was paid up front with the balance to be received later - perhaps incrementally. The following day private Carella was assigned to the 2nd California Calvary's Company "K."
On 6/22/64 Private Carella arrived at Camp Union located in Sacramento, CA. He had come from the (recruiting)"depot" which was likely Camp Alert located in San Francisco. It appears he remained at Camp Union on detached service as a member of the provost guard (military police), perhaps into the early months of 1866 when it was noted that on 3/26 he was admitted to the post hospital at Ft. Churchill located near Carson City, Nevada with tonsillitis. He returned to duty one day later. Shortly thereafter, on 5/18/66, Private Carella settled his financial accounts with the government - he owned the U.S. $21.49 and the U.S. owed him the $75 balance of his enlistment bounty - and was mustered out of Federal service. Before we leave Bisenta's military era behind, however, it should be noted that in March, 1865 Private Carella had been promoted to bugler Carella.
Military life behind him, records indicate Bisenta settled in Santa Cruz, CA. While his whereabouts are not noted in the 1870 U.S. census, he appears to have remained in Santa Cruz until sometime in 1871/72 when he relocated to Jackson, Amador County, California. What kind of work he was doing during this period is not specifically documented, but he may have been blacksmithing.
On July 10, 1876 or '77 Bisenta Carella became a naturalized American citizen. This momentous event took place in Santa Cruz Co., CA.
1879. In Amador, Amador County, CA Bisenta wed to Hattie Cooper. The union produced no children and lasted only until 1883 when the two divorced. Bisenta would later note that he had no idea what became of his ex-bride.
Bisenta appears to have remained in the (North or West) Jackson area in Amador County until the early 1890s when he apparently left that county and relocated to a place called Angel's Camp in Calaveras County. After four years, circa 1897/'98, he again moved, this time to Alpine County where he remained until 1900 when he returned to the Sacramento area. From there it seems he found his way back southward to San Francisco and was likely there during the great earthquake and fire of 1906.
The San Francisco connection is based on Bisenta's later request for a copy of his military discharge paper as the original had been destroyed in the April 18th fire. He needed the document as part of the paperwork needed to obtain a U.S. Government disability based on his Civil War era military service. The pension request was granted and a monthly stipend of $6.50 was implemented. The date of that implementation, however, is not documented. That dollar amount was later increased to $14.50, a level at which it remained until his passing.
Immediately after the San Francisco upheaval Bisenta departed California and, travelling northward, settled in Snohomish County, Washington. What lured him to that area is not known. Also, what is not known is exactly when and where in Snohomish County he settled. While the afore- noted obituary from 1918 indicated he had lived in the Oso/Arlington area for ten years, the Everett City Directory for 1917 listed blacksmith La Bisenta Corel, as a resident of that city.
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