Civil War: Company E & G, 5th U.S. Infantry
William Dee left Ireland for America in 1853. He arrived at New York City April 19, 1853, aboard the Vanguard. He was a 21-year-old laborer when he enlisted as a private at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for 5 years on October 3, 1856. He was mustered into Company E, 5th U.S. Infantry, and posted to New Mexico Territory, where he was transferred to Company G. He was at Albuquerque in 1860. He was discharged in New Mexico October 3, 1861. He was a single blacksmith at Colfax, New Mexico, in 1870. Dee married Guadalupe Maxwell about 1873. Guadalupe was born on the Navajo Reservation about 1856 and in 1870 was living in the household of Lucien Bonaparte Maxwell and Maria de la Luz Beaubien y Lobato. Guadalupe was a Diné (Navajo) of the Two Rock Sits clan. She evidently assumed the Maxwell surname. She gave birth to Isabella, born at Ocaté, New Mexico, August 30, 1875. Guadalupe died at Wagon Mound, New Mexico, in 1879.
After his wife's death Dee placed Isabella in the care of Francisco and Fustina Segura, who later adopted her, and he moved to Tombstone, Arizona. Dee had opened a blacksmith shop by June 1880. He was a charter member of Burnside Post, Grand Army of the Republic, and he became a U.S. citizen November 25, 1881. He appears as a registered voter in the Cochise County Great Register of 1883. He was still in Tombstone when he applied for a Civil War veteran's pension October 28, 1890. He received certificate No. 714,607. That same year he also served as a member of the Cochise County Grand Jury. Dee died at Tombstone June 30, 1893, and was buried in the G.A.R. plot by his Burnside Post comrades. William Dee rested in an unmarked grave until the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War obtained a veteran's headstone that was installed a few weeks before Memorial Day 2011.
Isabella Dee Lara