Tuesday, May 13, 2008

A Civil War Soldier: Cpl. Levi Edward McLALLIN (c. 1823 - 1882)

How Related: My 4th-great-grandfather
Born: c. 1823 in Montgomery Co., NY
Parents: father's name unknown; mother is probably Rachel [--?--] (b. c. 1797 in Ohio) who lived with him in 1850
Siblings: possibly include William J. McClellan (1822 - 1881) who also served in the same company and regiment, and Reuben (b. c. 1822 in Ohio)
Married: 1) 6 Aug 1848 in Cottrellville Twp., St. Clair Co., Michigan to Clarissa CLEVELAND (b. c. 1832 - d. 1877); 2) 16 December 1877 in New Haven Twp., Macomb Co., Michigan to Mary C. (FORD) COREY (b. c. 1831, New York)
Children: known children include: William (b. c. 1855), Cornelia (1856 - 1916) - my ancestor, Edmund McCLELLAN (b. c. 1863) and Ira McCLELLAN (1870 - 1939) - all with first wife Clarissa; and stepchildren Martha A. MILLER (b. c. 1864) and George A. COREY (b. c. 1866), children of Mary

Source: Civil War Pension Index Card of Levi E. McLallin. Organization Index to Pension Files of Veterans Who Served Between 1861 and 1900. National Archives and Records Administration. Publication T289. Digital image purchased at Footnote [http://www.footnote.com/].

Enlisted: 24 October 1862 in St. Clair, St. Clair Co., Michigan; private. Enlisted 11 November 1862 in Co. C, 27th Michigan Infantry. Promoted to full corporal 18 July 1863.
Side served: Union
Discharged: due to disability on 21 January 1865 at Petersburg, Virginia
Biography or Information of Interest: This man has been very difficult to research because McCLELLAN can be spelled so many different ways, and when I've found them on censuses, all the names and ages of the children are always a bit "off." He is a recently discovered ancestor, so I have a lot to learn about him, and he and his family have provided me with many research challenges. Levi served in same company as William J. McCLELLAN, who may have been his brother. He also served in the same regiment (but different company) as William Lee MASSEY. Levi's great-grandaughter, Mary Jane BARBER, married William's great-grand-nephew, Howard Merkel YORK 45 years after the end of the Civil War. They were my great-grandparents. Levi's daughter, Cornelia, was married to two different Civil War veterans, who have already been listed in this series: Sylvester FREDENBURG and Washington Foster JUDD.
Died: 6 Mar 1882 in Hamtramck, Detroit, Wayne Co., Michigan, from consumption as a result of a gunshot wound to his chest while serving in the war

Buried: 8 Mar 1882 in the Chesterfield and Lennox Union Burying Ground, Macomb Co., Michigan

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