Saturday, January 4, 2014

Talbot Times Tidbit - American Civil War & Marenus Richmond (Family names - Richmond, Doxie, Armstrong, Bisssett, Giles, Dawson, Ryckman, MacDonald)

RICHMOND, Marenus McConnell

Marenus Richmond was born 3 July 1842 near Brighton, Northumberland County Ontario, Canada. His parents were Isaiah Richmond (1814-1852) and Eva Doxie (1817-).

He enlisted to fight in the American Civil War on 19 May 1863 in the 15th Regiment of New York Cavalry Company “C”. This regiment was known as Spragues’ Light Cavalry and fought in many battles in Virginia such as Burks Station and Falls Church. He was discharged on 21 September 1865 at Albany
New York.

He married Margaret Bissett on 20 March 1871 at Vittoria, Charlotteville Township Norfolk County Ontario. She was born on 7 February 1855 in Charlottevile Township, the daughter of David Bissett and Sarah Armstrong. They had 2 children Annabelle (aka Emma ) born 13 August 1874 and Charles born 24 July 1876 both in Norfolk County, Ontario Canada.

By 1880 the family was in Day Montcalm County Michigan where he was a labourer. By 1896 he was in the Old Soldier’s Home in Bath, Steuben County New York and by 1900 was in the Home for Disabled Soldiers in Dayton Ohio where he stated he had chronic rheumatism.
He stated he had lived at Yarmouth Centre, Yarmouth Township Elgin county Ontario, Canada.

In 1901 his wife, Margaret was living in Ekfrid Township Middlesex County Ontario with her daughter Emma and Emma’s husband Robert Giles and their 3 children Leta,  Mary and Charles. Marenus was discharged from Dayton hospital in 1912 and joined the family in Ekfrid Township sometime thereafter. They all moved to St Thomas Ontario about 1920 where the Giles family lived at 108 Hughes Street.

Marenus died at age 90 on 3 November 1932 at St Thomas and was buried in West Avenue Cemetery St Thomas (unmarked grave). His wife Margaret died 22 November 1929 and was buried in West Avenue Cemetery in section C. 
They had four grandchildren, Pearl Leta Giles (Mrs Charles) Ryckman, Catherine Mary Giles (Mrs Frederick William) Dawson, Charles Nelson Giles and Julia Margariete Giles (Mrs Alexander) MacDonald.

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