Hot! Hot! Hot!

Today is a hot one in Michigan!! A near-by town is having it’s town festival, Owosso Curwood Festival, my son competed in a 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament with his friends… they did well, but was eliminated in the second round. ūüė¶

Ok onto Genealogy stuff…. Seeing all the old stuff that they have down at the festival got me into a mood to look back on stuff I had already collected.

American Civil War, 1861-1865

“One after another the links which have bound the North and the South together, have been severed…”

A quote by a Mississippi Newspaper editor.

In the early morning hours of April 12, 1861, at an American fort called, Fort Sumter in Charleston harbor, Confederate soldiers attacked.¬† This started what is considered “the bloodiest war in America’s history,” The American Civil War.

The Civil War was a life-changing event.¬† No sphere of life was untouched.¬† Few Americans understood what they were getting into when the war began.¬† The onset of hostilities sparked patriotic sentiments, optimistic speeches and joyous ceremonies in both North and South.¬† On July 21, 1861, at the first battle of the Civil War at Bull Run, Americans learned that “Fighting Means Killing!”

The Soldier’s War

Military service entirely changed the lives of ordinary soldiers.  Enlistment took young men from their homes and submerged them in a large organization whose military discipline disregarded their individuality.  Army life meant tiresome, physical hardship, and separation from loved ones.  Soldiers in battle confronted fear and danger, and the risk of death from wounds or disease was very high.  Many soldiers formed, in the midst of war, a bond with their fellow soldiers, and a connection to a noble purpose that they cherished for years afterward.

Soldiers had to endure many hardships.  From low supplies of blankets and clothing to vermin and lice, and unsafe water supplies that cause, among other diseases, dysentery.  Few had seen violent death before, but war soon exposed them to the blasted bodies of their friends and enemies.  Many men died gallantly; there were innumerable striking displays of courage.  But far more often soldiers gave up their lives in the mass, as part of a commonplace sacrifice.

It is to the Soldier that I dedicate this page to.¬† I have a great-great Grandfather who served in the Michigan volunteers, a great-great-great Grandfather who served with the New York volunteers, a great-great-great Grandfather who served with the Nevada Cavalry and my husband had two great-great-great Grandfather’s who served in the Michigan volunteers.¬† You can read all about them in the following descriptions.

 Corp. George W. Aldrich

George W. ALDRICH was born March 08, 1847 in Washtenaw County, MI, and died February 08, 1908 in Brant, Saginaw County, MI.

SERVICE RECORD: Private. Enlisted in company F, Twenty-Ninth Infantry, August 31, 1864, at St. Charles, Michigan, for 3 years, age 18.  Mustered September 3, 1864.  Corporal.  Mustered out at Murfreesboro, Tenn., September 6, 1865.(1, 2)

George’s gravestone in Brant Cemetery, Brant, MI

He was a member of the G.A.R. Post No. 398 located at Brant, Saginaw County, MI. (3)

OCCUPATION: Farmer in Brant, Saginaw County, MI

BURIAL: Civilian Stone: Brant Cemetery, Brant, MI (Section #3, Row #20) Military Stone: Brant Cemetery, Brant, MI (Section #3, Row #21) says “Geo. Aldrich Co. F. 29th Mich. Inf.” just behind Civilian Stone. (4)

  1. Turner, George H., Record of Service of Michigan Volunteers of the Civil War (1861-1865), (Lansing, Mich. : Michigan Adjutant-General’s Dept., 1905, (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Ihling Bros. & Everard)), Twenty-Ninth Infantry, Page 1.
  2. Descriptive Roll of Company F, Twenty-Ninth Regiment, Michigan Infantry Volunteers, 1861-1866.  Vols. 28.
  3. Grand Army of the Republic, Muster Roll of Members of George Ward Post 398, Brant, Saginaw County, MI.  30 Sept. 1889.
  4. Stone Photo and Cemetery Index.

 Pvt. Charles M. Garner

Charles M. Garner, son of Jeremiah Garner and Clarinda Wood, was born on 15 May 1836 in Cayuga County, NY and died on 24 Dec 1864 in Salisbury Prison Hospital, Salisbury, Rowan County, NC.          The cause of his death was Malnutrition; Offically he died of Diarrhrea.

According to the list on NY Military Museum’s list of New Yorkers who died at Salisbury Prison, NC (, they have Charles as Pvt. Charles Grayner.

Service Record:

*  Enlistment (US Civil War): Drafted 97th NY Infantry Co I; (Pvt) ; 3 year term, 23 Jul 1863, Auburn, Cayuga County, NY. Remarks: No 10, 24 NY                 Company Descriptive Book.           Age: 26 years           Height: 5 feet 5 1/2 inches           Eyes: Blue           Hair: Light           Where Born: Cayuga County, NY           Occupation: Farmer

*¬† Fowarded after Muster (US Civil War): Muster & Descriptive Roll of a Detachment of Drafted Men & Substitutes forwarded…, 29 Sep 1863, Elmira, Cayuga County, NY.

*  Joined Regt. (US Civil War): Bristoe Campaign, 3 Oct 1863, Prince William County, VA. (According to card abstracts taken from muster rolls).

*¬† Captured (US Civil War): Weldon Railroad, 19 Aug 1864, Petersburg, Fauquier County, VA. “…confined at Richmond, Va., Aug. 20, 1864. Sent to Salisbury, NC Oct. 9, 1864.”

*  Prisoner of War (US Civil War): 9 Oct 1863, Salisbury Prison, Salisbury, Rowan County, NC. Admitted to Salisbury Hospital on Nov. 16, 1864 Diarrhea #565; Retd. to duty Dec. 2, 1864; Admttd. Dec. 22, 1864 Diarrhea #691.  Died Dec. 24, 1864 Diarrhrea

Occupation: Farmer; Cayuga County, NY

Burial: He died during a very hard period at the Prison so he did not receive an individual grave or ceremony but was taken to the old corn field and buried in a mass grave, which is the Salisbury National Cemetery.¬† It is believed that most of the records that were kept were lost when Gen. George Stoneman’s men burned the almost empty Prison in April 1865.

Civil War Pension Index Card

 Pvt. James C. Neff

Aka: Calvin C. Neff

James Calvin Neff was born in 1821 in Braintree, Orange County, VT; m (1) Julia Ann Henderson of New York; m (2) Laura Miller.  James died on 4 Feb 1910 in Millington, Gratiot County, MI

Following information is all I can find out about James Calvin Neff

U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865

Name: James C. Neff
Side: Union
Regiment State/Origin: Nevada
Regiment Name: 1 Battalion Nevada Cavalry.
Regiment Name Expanded: 1st Battalion, Nevada Cavalry

 Pvt. Samuel Martin

Samuel Patterson MARTIN was born January 4, 1839 in Pennsylvania, and died March 17, 1918 in Warren, Macomb County, MI.

SERVICE RECORD: Enlisted in company D, Twenty-second Infantry, Aug. 11, 1862, at Pontiac, for 3 years, age 22.  Mustered Aug. 14, 1862.  Brigade Mail Carrier July, 1864.  Mustered out at Nashville, Tenn., June 26, 1865.  Was involved in the Battle of Chickamanga. (1, 2)

OCCUPATION: Farmer in Troy, Oakland County, MI for most of his life.

I do not have a civil war photo of him, but I do have a civilian photo of him, Unknown date.

  1. Turner, George H., Record of Service of Michigan Volunteers of the Civil War (1861-1865), (Lansing, Mich. : Michigan Adjutant-General’s Dept., 1905, (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Ihling Bros. & Everard)), Twenty-second Infantry, Page 99.
  2. Eleventh Census of the US, 1890.  Veterans Census.  Oakland County, MI

Civil War Pension Index Card

Pvt. Peter Dibean

Peter & Alexander Dibean

Peter Dibean, born circa. 1817 in Canada. Died January 14, 1865 in Pontiac, Michigan.

In 1861 (Photo most likely taken then), along with his son Alexander, Peter Dibean enlisted as Peter Dibeau in the Michigan 5th Infantry in Company “D” Fort Wayne, Detroit from Oakland County August 23, 1861 for three years at age 44, mustered August 28, 1861. He was part of the force that was guarding Washington DC as well as carrying out missions in the State of Virginia. September 24, 1862 Peter was discharged for medical reasons at Fort Ward, Virginia and returned to Michigan.

After returning to Michigan Peter enlisted as Peter Dabian in Michigan 8th Cavalry in November of 1862. Served in both Company “C” and Company “D.” He served with the 8th Cavalry in campaigns throughout the southern states until being captured while in battle in the State of Georgia.

Taken prisoner on August 3, 1864 at Clinton, Georgia on the Stoneman Raid and imprisoned in Andersonville Prison, Andersonville, Georgia. Peter remained in prison until December 1864 was placed in a military hospital in Virginia. Just before Christmas he was “given a furlough” and returned home to Pontiac, MI. He died two weeks after being released, on January 14, 1865. At time of release from prison he weighed 68 pounds and wasn’t able to walk, all a result of disease & being starved while in prison at Andersonville Prison, Andersonville, Georgia.

Source: Jack & Marianne Dibean


The Civil War website:

Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Systems

Michigan in the Civil War 1861-1866 (Music starts upon uploading)

Andersonville National Historic Park

Cyndi’s List – US Civil War

NY State Military Museum (Civil War Research)

Salisbury Confederate Prison Association

Center for Civil War Photography

Lesson #1 – don’t sit out in the rain at a kids baseball game!

Hello all… summer is here in full force! Whew! Running to baseball games, softball games, church events & other fun stuff makes it hard to run around & do genealogy!! I am determined that I will go to cemeteries & research libraries!¬† Wednesday night I sat out at my son’s baseball game, it was a very close game (12-17), our boys were winning until the 5th inning (they play 6 innings), but it was sprinkenling & VERY cold!!!¬† By the end of the night my throat was sore, now Friday is here and I feel like my head is gonna explode!¬† So that is my lesson for the summer, DON’T SIT OUT IN THE RAIN AT A KIDS BASEBALL GAME!!

This weekend is filled with activity!¬† Saturday my 11 year old son, Zac, is play in a 3 on 3 basket ball tournament in the morning, afternoon we have an open house, then after that my hubby will be helping building a ramp at his grandma’s house.¬† Church on Sunday with hopefully a BBQ in the afternoon.

Kids are into their summer school program we do at home.¬† Right now we are doing just math books, but we will be doing summer reading starting next week & spelling words.¬† I don’t want them to fall behind or forget what they’ve learned this year in school.

Brick walls…

Beautiful Sunset…

Occasionally I will post some brick walls that I have encountered in my genealogy.¬† In the genealogy world a brick wall is the terminalogy that is used when your stumped or can’t get any further back.¬† Like a real brick wall, it’s sometimes hard to get around, not impossible!¬† I have done it before, it’s just a little bit of a pain! LOL!

My Brick Walls

¬†Maxine M. Mohney:¬† She was born in 1916 in Michigan. She was the 3rd daughter of Nora Delle Webster & James Clarence Mohney. I found her in the 1930’s Census living with her sister Ruth & Ruth’s husband Clarence Cook in Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, MI. And in Ruth’s obituary in 1999 Maxine had already passed.

Alice Janetta Webster¬† born February 24, 1908 in Lawton, Van Buren County, MI oldest child to Bert Alvin Webster & Elizabeth Ann Tyrrell. I found her in the 1910 Census with her parent in Antwerp, Van Buren County, MI & again in the¬†1920 Census with her parents in Genesee County, MI.¬†Her first¬†marriage was to Richard Charles James Beck (b. 1904, d.1958)¬†on 6 October 1926 in Essex, Ontario, Canada.¬† One child¬†came from this marriage,¬†Gertrude Beck (b. 1927).¬† Some time after 1930 to 1937 she¬†married Ulric Flintoff, I find them in Flint City Directories starting in 1937 & then in 1939 she is the “widow of Ulric Flintoff.”¬† Ulric died 8 April 1938.¬† She remained in the Flint City Directories¬†unmarried¬†& in Flint¬†until 1946.¬†She married Frank Glimos on July 26, 1947 in Genesee County, MI. He died in 1962 in Saginaw, Saginaw County, MI. Alice died March 1, 1977 in Genesee County, MI. She is buried in Grace Lawn Cemetery, Flint, Genesee County, MI (same cemetery as her parents). Alice & my grandmother Edith were very close & spent a lot of time together.

Ruth Carol Mohney (My mother Ruth Ann was named after her.) was born December 3, 1909 in Lawton, Van Buren County, MI. The oldest child & daughter of Nora Delle Webster & James Clarence Mohney. First record I found of her was Census records.  In 1910 with her parents in Antwerp, Van Buren, MI.  1920 in Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, MI with her parents.  And then with her husband Clarence Cook in the 1930 Census in Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, MI. Clarence & Ruth must have divorced, since he died in 1968 & she married Jack C. Haas in 1938 in Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, MI. Ruth died on March 26, 1999 at the Lifecare Center in Plainwell, Allegan County, MI, her funeral was held on March 28, 1999 at the Rupert, Durham, Marshall & Gren Funeral Home Vicksburg Chapel in Vicksburg, Kalamazoo County, MI. Ruth was buried at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Lawton, Van Buren County, MI (as well as her 2nd husband Jack.)

Rosetta “Betty” Webster¬† born 5 months before her mother Elizabeth died on February 13, 1921 in Lawton, Van Buren County, MI. Youngest child/daughter to Bert Alvin Webster & Elizabeth Ann Tyrrell. She moved in with her Aunt Nora after her mother died. Betty died on September 24, 1929 in Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, MI of Primary Lobar Pneumonia (Aka: Tuberculous). I haven’t found where she is buried, but I am assuming Kalamazoo or Flint. I would love to find out more about her, but since she only lived 8 years, it’s harder.

The last brick was I will talk about today is Lurena W. Webster she was born on August 14, 1919 most likely in Lawton, Van Buren County, MI (haven’t found the record, grandma told me the birthdates of her sisters). She was the 3rd child/daughter of Bert Alvin Webster & Elizabeth Ann Tyrrell. She married a Mr. Papple (can’t find any record of this yet), but when she married her 2nd husband Howard B. Welch on June 14, 1945 in Genesee County, MI she was Lurena Papple. Howard died in 1955 in Genesee County, MI & is buried in Gracelawn Cemetery in Flint, Genesee County, MI. Lurena later married Harry Quinn on September 22, 1984 in Genesee County, MI. Lurena was named after her mother’s sister Lurena Tyrrell & also my grandmother named one of her daughter’s Lurena. Lurena died January 19, 1996 in Genesee County, MI and is buried in Gracelawn Cemetery.

Hello world!

Hello my name is Sherry Lyn Carsten.¬† I am married to a wonderful man, my best friend, Martin Carsten since 1993.¬† I’m a stay-at-home mom,¬†we have two children 11 year old boy & an 8 year old girl. We¬†also were foster parents for 6 years, and¬†have had 6 kids come through our home. I started doing genealogy in 1991 when my US History teacher game my class some extra credit work of finding our ancestors up to 4 generations.¬† I’ve been stuck ever since!¬† The internet has been so helpful to me, connecting me to so many other researchers.¬† I’ve been blogging since 2008 on Blogspot (Sherita’s Genealogy Blog), I’ve decided to change over to WordPress for two reasons, #1 I can blog on my iPad and #2 it’s easier to use with Ever Widening Circle, the genealogy blog I contribute to.¬† My hope for this blog is that I will be able to connect more people with each other & with their family history.¬† I love going to librarys, court houses, but most of all I LOVE going to cemeteries!¬† My kids & I spend a lot of summers traipsing through cemeteries, the kids love looking for names & my daughter will pick wild flowers and place on graves she thinks needs them.¬† My mission is to teach them the importance of genealogy & knowing your ancestors.

Mickey & Ruth Ann Vincent
August 11, 1971

I was born & raised in Michigan. My parents were Mickey Arnold Vincent (born 1 Dec 1937 in Brant, Saginaw County, MI & died 16 Feb 2008 in Saginaw, Saginaw County, MI) and Ruth Ann Lash (born 22 Dec 1942 in Flint, Genesee County, MI & died 6 Dec 2007 in Flint, Genesee County, MI); they were married on 11 Aug 1971 in Saginaw, Saginaw County, MI.  My parents had a really bad relationship, so they were separated 3 months before I was born, reconciled when I was born and separated again when I was about 5 months old, their divorce was final on 8 March 1976 in Hillsborough County, FL.  This wedding photo is the only photo I have of my parents together.

Daddy’s family all came from Brant area, then later moved to Chesaning (really close to each other), that is where my parents met in Chesaning, Saginaw County, MI.¬† His line consist of Vincent, Aldrich, Neff & Palmer.¬† Momma’s family came from all over really it started in Vicksburg, Cass & Van Buren Counties, then they came to Genesee County, then to Chesaning.¬† Her line consist of Lash, Lane, Webster, Tyrrell.

My genealogy research has me searching in so many places, mostly in the USA like, Connecticut, Michigan, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Block Island (which is part of RI), New York, & Vermont but also to places like Ontario Canada, Ireland,¬†Wales & England.¬† I have ancestors who served in the military, starting with my dad who served in the 2nd Armored Division, 66th Armor, Company “C” (Moter Pool) enlisting¬†in 1958, and discharged with medical discharge when an explosion happened & he lost almost all his hearing.¬† My uncles Daniel Lash & Larry Good served during the Vietnam War, Uncle Larry died over there; my grandfather Ruthford served in a medical unit during WW2; my great uncle Dee Lash served in Co. I, 104th Inf. during WW1, he died from wounds received in battle on 20 Jul 1918 during a battle in France; I have ancestors in the American Civil War,¬†War of 1812 & Revolutionary War.

I hope you enjoy my blog & please comment.

Blessings, Sherry