William Whitesell

William Whitesell

Malahide, Elgin County, Ontario, Canada
Death 7 Jul 1862 (aged 31)
Corinth, Alcorn County, Mississippi, USA
Burial Corinth, Alcorn County, Mississippi, USA
Memorial ID 51412032 · View Source
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US military pension records indicate that William enrolled on the 26th of September 1861 at St. Charles, Illinois in G Company, 52nd Regiment, Illinois Volunteers to serve 3 years as a Private commencing 19 November 1861 at Geneva, Illinois. On the Muster Roll of Co. G for the months of July and August, 1862 he is reported "Died in Hospital at Camp Montgomery, near Corinth, Miss. July 7, 1862." There is a letter dated 4 March 1910 by Hannah apparently just before she died to the pension office concerning vouchers. There is a letter form W. H. Wilcox, Capt., Co. G 52nd Reg, Ill Vol, dated 18 August which gives some information about William.
US Civil War Pension File is No. 42697 indicates that he enrolled on the 26th of Sept. 1861 at St. charles, Illinois, in Co. "G" 52nd Reg. of Illinois Volunteers as a Private and began service 19 Nov. 1861 at Geneva, Illinois to serve 3 years. He died of Brain Fever at Camp Montgomery near Corinth, Miss. His wife Hannah applied for pension for herself and only child, Albert Alexander Whitesell.
William Whitesell was enlisted at Geneva Kane Co. Illinois in October 1861 by Capt. F H Bowman of Co. G, 52nd Ill . Whitesell was native of Elgin Co., Canada West when enlisted was 26 years old 5 feet 8 1/2 inches high, darkish Complection Brown eyes, Balck Hair and by occupation a farmer, and has been with this Regiment till the time of his death which occured july 7th 1862 of brain fever. He left $24.05 which is payed to the U.S. Paymaster and Nots to the amount of $150 or there about which is now in my possession. He owes about $30 to William Mock of my Company. Send me the proper proof that yu are his proper heir and I will send you the notes or leave them with who ever you may direct.
An inventory of his possessions taken10 July 1862 shows that he possessed notes signed at Pittsburg, Tennessee, Savana and St. Louis. It would appear that he did some traveling in the six months that he was serving with the Union Army.

In the 1861 census for Lambton,

He was wit. to marriage of Allen McKenzie and Elizabeth J. Millard, 5 March 1857 with William Kensey.

William Whitesell witnessed the marriage of his brother, Andrew, to Sarah Jane Brown, 3 March 1857 at Malahide Township.

William Whitesell and James Whitesell were witnesses to the marriage of Robert Smith and Caroline Stanton of Malahide, 14 September 1857; license. Is Robert Smith a brother of Hannah Smith.

William W. Whitesell and Reubin Crandell of Malahide witnessed the marriage of Wait Honsinger of Louth and Margaret Drake of Malahide, 28 December 1856. She was a Whitesell, daughter of Margaret Whitesell and Benjamin Drake. This would more likely be John W. Whitesell although he was in Iowa at the time.

William Whitesell, Elgin Gazette / Weekley Gazette, 13 Nov. 1861, p. 4, c. 3. It appears that he was a resident of Warwick Township, Lambton County at the time.

Bruce and Letty visited the cemetery in March 2004 and took photos of the g.s. which is in good shape.

Bio by: Bruce Johnson

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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Whitesell (21 Feb 1831–7 Jul 1862), Find a Grave Memorial no. 51412032, citing Corinth National Cemetery, Corinth, Alcorn County, Mississippi, USA ; Maintained by DUVCW (contributor 46829351) .