William Cummings Albee

William Cummings Albee

Perth, Fulton County, New York, USA
Death 10 Dec 1926 (aged 86)
Pardeeville, Columbia County, Wisconsin, USA
Burial Marcellon, Columbia County, Wisconsin, USA
Memorial ID 7125720 · View Source
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William was born August 31, 1840, in New York, son of Hiram Albee born in Vermont and Mary Jane Barrett born in New York. He died December 10, 1926, at Pardeville, aged 86 years, 3 months and 9 days and was buried besides the remains of his wife in the Comstock Cemetery. This cemetery is located at the junction of County Trunk EE and Comstock Road, 3/10 of a mile off of Highway 22, north of Highway 33 East

On February 11, 1866, William was united in marriage to Clarissa Loretta Dean in a ceremony performed by the Reverend S.A. Bliss at Marcellon, Columbia County, Wisconsin, and witnessed by George W. Albee, brother of the groom and Charles Dean, brother of the bride.

Clarissa was born August 25, 1842, in Lima, Livingston County, New York, daughter of Harvey Dean and Eliza Ann Wilkins. She died August 29, 1923, at Pardeville, Columbia County, Wisconsin aged 81 years and 4 days and was buried there in the family plot in the Comstock Cemetery. Their known children born in Marcellon, Wisconsin, were:

Hiram born Jan 1867
Alice 1868
Eliza 1872
Luena F. Jul 1883
Bessie Lula 5 Sep 1885

The "Albee" gravestone in the Comstock Cemetery is inscribed "William C. Albee Aug. 31, 1840 Dec 10, 1926" and "Clarissa His Wife Aug. 25, 1842 Aug. 29, 1923." The family plot also contains two footstone inscribed "Mother" and "Father." A G.A.R. flagstaff holder and flag is next to the Father footstone indicating honoring William's service in the Civil War as a Sergeant in Company E of the 2nd Wisconsin Cavalry. Their daughter Eliza is also buried in the family plot. Her gravestone is inscribed "Mother Eliza Davis 1872 - 1938."

Civil War Service

William was a veteran of the Civil War, having enlisted September 24, 1861, at Portage, Wisconsin, to serve three years as a Private in Company E, 2nd Regiment Wisconsin Volunteer Cavalry. On December 23, 1861, he was mustered into Federal service with Company E at Camp Washburn, near Milwaukee, Wisconsin. At that time he was listed as a 21 year old, 5'7" tall farmer with black hair, black eyes and a dark complexion, born in the state of New York.

On December 1, 1862, William was appointed Corporal. On January 1, 1864, he reenlisted as a veteran volunteer, thereby qualifying for the $400.00 reenlistment bounty. On August 31, 1864, he was promoted to Sergeant.

During the Civil War more soldiers were incapacitated of died of disease then from enemy action. William was incapacitated by sickness his share of the time. In August 1862, after a long hard march from Jefferson City, Missouri, to Helena, Arkansas, he came down with a disorder of the stomach and bowels, had a fever and ague, and was unconscious for a number of days, and ended up in the Regimental Hospital. He attributed his condition to drinking bad water and traveling through malarial country. In the fall of 1863, he again came down with fever and ague, while encamped at the Red Bone Church, 12 miles from Vicksburg, and was incapacitated for full duty for several months. During this period of time he was assigned to limited duty as a safeguard at a plantation house owned by a Mister Savoy. During the summer and autumn of 1864 he suffered from chills, diarrhea, and stomach trouble.

On December 1, 1864, he was captured during a fight at Yazoo City, Mississippi, and confined in a prison camp at Cataba, Alabama. On February 15, 1865, he fell sick with the measels, was admitted to the prison hospital and then returned to the stockade. He would later state that he was in such an emaciated condition that he could hardly get around and had to be carried from place to place by his fellow inmates. While still in the stockade the Cataba river overflowed it's banks and flooded the stockade grounds with several feet of water through which the prisoners had to wade for four days. Because of this he contacted rhuematism from which he suffered the effects of the rest of his life. On February 28, 1865, he was exchanged and returned to Union control. On April 27, 1865, he was given a 30 day furlough to his home, recovered his health somewhat and rejoined his regiment at Memphis, Tennessee and moved with them to Alexandria, Louisiana, where he was excused from duty because of his rheumatism.

On November 15, 1865, he was discharged with the rank of Sargeant at Austin, Texas. At that time it was noted that he was due $140.00 of his $400.00 enlistment bounty. In his service record it was noted that at his discharge he retained a Spencer carbine, a Colts Army revolver, and a saber and accouterments for which he was charged $21.00.

After his discharge William returned to Columbia County where he located on a farm and resided there for 38 years. In 1904, he and Clarissa moved to Pardeville where they lived out their lives.

On June 12, 1890, William applied for a Civil War Pension based on health problems caused attributed to his Civil War service. His application was subsequently approved at the rate of 41.00 per month and he was receiving $72.00 a month at the time of his death.



W. C. Albee, one of the familiar figures of Pardeeville and vicinity for over half a century, passed away at his home here last Friday evening, December 10th, at the age of 86 years, three months and ten days. He was born at Fulton county, New York, August 31st, 1840, a son of Hiram and Mary Albee.

When six years of age he came to Fort Atkinson with his parents, and one year later moved to the town of Marcellon where he spent the greater part of his life. He attended school in the old log school house in Marcellon, later attending the school at Portage. When the Civil War broke out, he enlisted in 1861 in Co. E, 2nd Wis. Vol. Cavalry as a private, and was later promoted to the office of sargeant, which office he held until the close of the war, receiving an honorable discharge in December 1865, when he returned to Marcellon. During the four years and three months of his enlistment he remained with his regiment excepting during the three and one-half months he was confined in Cathaba prison after being captured near Yazoo City, Miss.

On February 11th, 1866, he was united in marriage to Clarissa Dean, immediately settling on the farm in North Marcellon where they resided for 58 years, moving to Pardeeville in the spring of 1904, where he resided until his death.

Five children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Albee: Hiram of Cambria; Mrs. M. C. Davis of Pardeeville; Mrs. A. A. Fuller, Mrs. E. Fuller and Mrs. Guy Cuff of Marcellon. Mrs. Albee died August 23, 1923.

There also survive seventeen grandchildren, eleven great- grandchildren and two brothers, George W. of Harris, Iowa, and Fayette of this place, also innumerable friends who united in grief with the family in the loss of father, brother, comrade and friend.

Mr. Albee confessed Christ as his Savior in the 1880. He was a charter member of the North Marcellon Baptist church, which was organized in 1881, and has ever since continued a faithful member.

Mr. Albee was quite prominent in political circles in the township and in the county, and always took delight in discussing the affairs of the town, county, state and nation. He held town offices at different times and was a political delegate at many of the old county conventions. He was a member of the G. A. R. for many years.

Short services were held at the home last Sunday at one o'clock, conducted by Rev. Blake, and final rites were conducted at the Presbyterian church, the funeral sermon being delivered by Rev. Roberts. An escort of American Legion members accompanied the remains from the home to the church and to the grave, where a military salute was fired and taps sounded. Music at the church was rendered by members of the North Scott choir, and Rev. Titus had charge of the services at the grave. The bearers were: W. H. Mathewson, H. L. Clark, William McElroy, Clint Quinn, F. W. Alford, Robert Thompson.


We desire to express our deepest gratitude to all those who assisted us in any way during the sickness, passing away and burial of our dear father and brother, W. C. Albee. - The Family and Brothers. [Unknown Newspaper.]

In the 1870 US Census, William Albee was listed as a 29 year old farmer living in Marcellon with his 29 year old wife Clarissa and their children: 3 year old Hiram and 2 year old Alice Dean. He had $2000 worth of real estate and $595 worth of personal property.

They were enumerated just after the family of Elisa Dean, Charles and Mariette Dean, and Martin H. Dean. Mariette Dean was his sister.

In the 1880 US Census, William Albee was listed as a 39 year old farmer living in Marcellon, with his 37 year old wife Clarissa and their children: Hiram, age 13; Alice, age 12; and 7 year old Eliza Dean. His mother Eliza Dean and his brother Martin H. Dean, were the next family listed in the census.

In the 1900 US Census, William Albee was listed as a 59 year old farmer living in Marcellon with his 57 year old wife Clarissa and their children: 16 year old Luena and 14 year old Bessie Albee. They had been married 35 years, owned their farm free and clear, and were the parents of 5 children, all living.


1870 US Census, Town of Marcellon, P. O. Randolph Center, Columbia County, Wisconsin, June 6, 1870, Page 15, Lines 29-36, Family 117/125.

1880 US Census, Marcellon, Columbia County, Wisconsin, June 12, 1880, Ed 29, Page 12, Lines 39-45, Family 120/124.

1900 US Census, Marcellon Township, Columbia County, Wisconsin, June 6, 1900, ED 17, Sheet 2B, Lines 89-92, Family 43/43.

Death Certificate, Clarissa L. Albee, Volume 13, Page 241, Columbia County Register of Deeds, Portage, Wisconsin.

Death Certificate, William C. Albee, Volume 14, Page 659, Columbia County Register of Deeds, Portage, Wisconsin.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 7125720
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Cummings Albee (31 Aug 1840–10 Dec 1926), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7125720, citing Comstock Cemetery, Marcellon, Columbia County, Wisconsin, USA ; Maintained by John Christeson (contributor 46562435) .