Monday, May 12, 2008

A Civil War Soldier: Pvt. William Lee MASSEY (1828 - 1864)

How Related: Brother of my 4th-great-grandmother, Catherine MASSEY

Born: 11 November 1828 in Greece, Monroe Co., New York

Parents: Joseph P. MASSEY (1786 - 1858) and Susanna LEDDYCK (d. 1878)

Siblings: My ancestor Catherine (1812 - 1882), Sarah (1814 - 1896), Mary "Polly" (b. 1822), and Rebecca MASSEY (1824 - 1905)

Married: Susan Elizabeth FOX (1837 - 1906) on 1 January 1854 in Greenbush Twp., Clinton Co., Michigan

Children: William Henry (1856 - 1934), James Marion (1858 - 1943), Charles Benjamin (1859 - 1934), and Mary Ellen MASSEY (1863 - 1921).


Source: Civil War Pension Index Card of William L. Massey. 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 [].

Enlisted: 30 November 1863 at Bingham Twp., Clinton Co., Michigan; private. Enlisted in Co. I, 27th Michigan Infantry on 29 December 1863.

Side served: Union

Discharged: died while in service


Biography or Information of Interest: Here's another veteran I know very little about, other than he was the younger brother of my 4th-great-grandmother. The Massey family is my one line that hails from south of the Mason-Dixon line, in Maryland. After arriving in Queen Anne County in the mid-1600s, the family remained in the area for seven generations, before William's father Joseph P. MASSEY, relocated to New York by 1810.

Died: of disease on 27 May 1864 in Harewood Hospital, Washington, D.C.

Source: Tombstone of W.L. Massey, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington Co., Virginia. Digital photograph. 2006. Photographed by Find A Grave photo volunteer "Hope".

Buried: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington Co., Virginia

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