Genealogy Sleuthing

Aldrich/Aldridge Brick Wall

Today I spent the day cleaning up my Aldrich/Aldridge line. This is my ultimate brick wall. Here’s what I know….

Aaron Aldrige family in 1850 Washtenaw County, Michigan…. (George Aldrich is my 2nd great grandfather, his daughter Almyra married William Vincent. William and Almyra Vincent are my grandfather’s parents. George served in the Civil War and I’ve got lots of information on him.)

1850 Census Washtenaw County, Michigan

Aaron Aldrich and Almira E. Lockwood had 6 confirmed children from 1842 to 1855. (Links are for their Find a Grave Memorial)

George William Aldrich
  • William H. Aldrich born  31 January1842 • Sharon, Washtenaw County, Michigan, USA; died 31 May1848 • Sharon, Washtenaw, Michigan, USA. Died in infancy.
  • Susan C. Aldrich born between 1844-1846 (most census records say she was born in New York except the 1860 census says Michigan); married Addison J. Wood, on the 12 March 1862 in St. Charles, Saginaw, Michigan, USA; died 26 January1891 in Galena, Lawrence County, South Dakota, USA. Leaves no children.
  • George William Aldrich born 8 March1847 in Sharon, Washtenaw, MI, USA; married Arabella Hammill on 18 February 1866 in St Charles, Saginaw, Michigan, USA; died 11 February 1908 in Brant, Saginaw County, MI (George served in the 29th Infantry Company F during the American Civil War). They had 12 children, my great grandmother Almyra being the 6th child).
  • William T. Aldrich born September1849 in Sharon, Washtenaw County, Michigan, USA; married  Fanny L Mills on November 16, 1893 in Mecosta, Michigan; died on 5 March 1917, in Standish, Michigan. His death certificate says he was buried in Standish on 6 March 1917. Leaves no children.
  • Mary Elizabeth Aldrich born on 18 October 1853, in Sharon, Washtenaw County, Michigan, USA; married [1] Joseph H Harper on July 4, 1870 in St Charles, Michigan, married [2] Amiel (Emanuel) Aulbach on November 20, 1889 in Lakeview, Montcalm County, Michigan, USA; died on 8 January 1913 in Millbrook, Mecosta County, Michigan, USA. She had 4 children with Harper and 2 with Aulbach.
  • Angeline Maria “Anna” Aldrich born on 3 August 1855 in Sharon, Washtenaw, Michigan, USA; married George P. Cornell on August 31, 1876 in Cadillac, Wexford, Michigan, USA; died 06 Oct 1921 in Everett, Snohomish, Washington, USA. They had 2 children.

There are 3 unproven children of Aaron and Almira; Anna born 1835 died 1841; Charles born 1852 died 1854 and Charles born 1856 died 1858. I haven’t found any documents to prove that they even exists. I’m thinking Anna is not Almira’s child because Almira would have been 12 years old. I can not find any proofs for any of these.

Almira married William Craig on 29 Mar 1860 in St Charles, Saginaw County, Michigan, USA. They had three children together, one whom they adopted. Jimmie (1863-1865), Mary (1864-?) [according to the the 1880 census she was an adopted orphan] and Fred J. (1865-1928)

The brick wall is that I can’t find Aaron Aldrich/Aldridge after 1855 when his last child was born. There is a hint throughout all the children that they were Morman (LDS), which could mean multiple wives or maybe he passed away. I found A. Aldridge and Amasa Aldridge in Washtenaw County, Michigan in 1840; could they be brothers? There is no proof to any of these theories as of yet.

Mary Lockwood

If you look back up to the 1850 Census you will find Mary Lockwood 50 years old living with the Aldrich family. That is Almira E. Lockwood’s mother. I also found her with the Solomon & Charlotte Sears family in Sharon, Washtenaw County, MI (Still researching this family, hoping that Charlotte may be another daughter of Mary if not then why is she with them?).

She is in the 1860 Census in St Charles, Saginaw County, MI, USA at the age of 63 years old.

She is in a newspaper article Saginaw Weekly Enterprise 2 Nov. 1865 Pg. 3 Col. 4. St. Charles, Saginaw County, Michigan. There was a fire in the shop and dwelling from a stove-pipe and consumed the entire building.

Toward the bottom it says “Mrs. Craig’s mother, Mrs Lockwood, was badly burned while attempting to save some bedding in the second story, and it is thought sh will not recover.”

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. 😦

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