Wooster Carpentier Bryant

Male 1836 - 1894


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  • Name  Wooster Carpentier Bryant 
    Born  14 Feb 1836  probably, Lisbon, St. Lawrence Co, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • The same source (Mabel Bryant Morrison notes) give 12 Feb & 14 Feb 1836 as birth date of Wooster.
    Gender  Male 
    Milit-Beg  1864  Benton Harbor, Berrien Co, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • The "Band of Michigan Boys," more familiarly known in Southwestern Michigan as Company D, was recruited principally in Battle Creek, Hartford, Lawrence, Keeler, Watervliet, Benton Harbor and St. Joseph during the month of September, in 1861, by Captain John Piper of Battle Creek, Lieut. Albert S. Gore of Battle Creek, Lieut. Stephen W. Duncombe of Keeler, and Sergt. Philip C. Dedrick of Lawrence. In October 1861 the company shipped to St. Louis, Mo., where it went into quarters at Benton Barracks, organized and attached to a regiment of "Western Sharpshooters," under the special patronage of Major General John C. Fremont, by order of the Secretary of War, Edwin M. Stanton. the Company was mustered into the United States service November 23, 1861, the regiment being called the Fourteenth Missouri, or Birges' Sharpshooters. It was armed at the time with the celebrated Demmick American deer or target rifle, each soldier moulding his own bullets and cutting his own patches.

      The company saw much action from late December 1861 and until April 1862 was known as Birges' Western Sharpshooters. Known until November 20th, 1862 as the Fourteenth Missouri Volunteers, the regiment was ordered by the Secretary of War changed to the Sixty-sixth Illinois Infantry, "Western Sharpshooters," by which designation it was thereafter known, and the Company changed to D.

      Our ancestor, Wooster Bryant, enlisted 22 February, 1864 at Benton Harbor, MI. He joined the company at Joliet, IL, 3 March 1864, on its return from veteran furlough. He arrived at Pulaski, TN, 8 March 1864. They moved on to Chattanooga, arriving there on May 4th. On May 6th, Company D with the General Army, under the command of General Sherman, moved forward on the Atlanta campaign.

      Previous to December 1863, the greater portion of Company D and the regiment had discarded their "target rifles" and purchased the celebrated "Henry rifle" or seventeen shooter, at their own expense, which cost the men $50 each, the men owning their guns. Company D and the Sixty-sixth Illinois, Western Sharpshooters, had the honor, on the 9th of May, of opening the fighting of the Army of the Tennessee in this campaign, at Ball's Knob, Snake Creek Gap and Resaca, GA., unaided and almost unsupported of driving General Wheelers cavalry and brigade of rebel infantry through Snake Creek Gap, and holding until night the heights of Resaca. In this engagement is where the company's repeating rifles were used to good effect. On this campaign to Atlanta Company D was under fire for one hundred and twenty days, and participated in not less than ten or fifteen pitched battles, and innumerable skirmishes. The company assisted in the burning of Atlanta, and "Sherman's March to the Sea." On the 28th of January, 1865, the Company, with the regiment, left Savanna on Sherman's "picnic" through South Carolina. At Bentonville, NC, in the engagement of the 20th of March 1865, the Regiment lost eight men, "since which time it met no rebels to fight." Company D being in the first and last battles of the Regiment, Mount Zion, MO 28 Dec 1861, the first; Bentonville, NC, 20 March 1865, the last. The next march was to Goldsboro, NC 23 March and on to assist in the capture of Raleigh, marching for review in front of Sherman's headquarters in Raleigh 13 April 1865. On May 24th, General Sherman's Army of the Tennessee, the Sixty-sixth Illinois, Western Sharpshooters, and Company D, participated in the great, grand review at Washington, DC, where our marching practically ended. -1905
      Wooster was mustered out of service at Louisville, KY. 7 Jul 1865. While responding for the 1890 Special Census of Union Veterans, Wooster indicated a war related disability. Sciatic rheumatism (hip).

      For information on the Battle of Bentonville: http://www.ah.dcr.state.nc.us/sections/hs/bentonvi/bentonvi.htm
    Residence  Between 1884 and 1890  Chattanooga, Hamilton Co, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • About 1891, several deponents state they knew Wooster and were neighbors with him in Chattanooga for six years. It's apparent that he lived in Chattanooga at least part of the time as a traveling agent in the mid to late 1880s. Those he was associated with were Charles W. Norwood, commercial printer; Gustavus A. Wood, lawyer; Halbert B. Case, lawyer; Charles S. Wight, physician.
    Died  13 Jun 1894  Fremont, Newaygo Co, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Lung troubleWooster died of Pulmonary Consumption. The doctor attending to him in his last illness was Dr. Leland S. Weaver, of Fremont.
    Buried  16 Jun 1894  Maple Grove Cemetery, Fremont, Newaygo Co, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Row no. 11, Section B - Wooster has a Grand Army of the Republic, Veterans Flag marking his grave.

      Bryant, Wooster C.
      pvt. Company D 66th Regt. Ills. Infy.
      Cemetery Maple Grove, at Fremont, Mich.
      Date of death: June 13, 1894
      Headstone supplied by:
      Vt. Marble Co., Proctor, Vt.
      Contract June 28th, 1897
      !U.S. Army Quartermaster Corp. Cemetery Branch: Card Records of Headstones Provided for Deceased Union Civil War Veterans ca. 1879- ca. 1903
    Census  22 Jun 1894  Sheridan Twp, Newaygo Co, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 1894 State census "Woster C. Bryant" is age 56, husband, married, b. in New York. The birth places of his parents are "unknown." He is a furniture dealer, was a U.S. soldier, was not sick, nor disabled. Time of residence in the state, 38 years. Number of years in the U.S., 56.

      How could Wooster have been enumerated here, 9 days after his decease? The census day for 1894 was June 1. If a person was deceased by the day the census taker actually came to the door, the deceased would have been listed as living as of the Census Day.
    Notes 
    • Wooster and Juliette owned and operated the General Store in Benton Harbor. They also ran a General Store in Fremont after they moved to Newaygo County about 1875.
    Person ID  I1650  Bryant
    Last Modified  24 Jul 2005 

    Father  George Henry W. Bryant,   b. Abt 1798, Vermont Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 02 May 1872, probably, Benton Harbor, Berrien Co, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Lucinda Carpentier,   b. Abt 1810, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1842, probably, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1824  probably, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F223  Group Sheet

    Family  Juliette Augusta Conklin,   b. 17 Nov 1834, Conklin, Broome Co, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Dec 1924, Muskegon, Muskegon Co, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  19 Sep 1857  Berrien Twp, Berrien Co, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    • Witnesses to the marriage were Henry W. and Sarah Crabbe, Dexter and Charity Olds, and Chas. and Caroline Concklin. Wooster and Juliette were married by Alexander B. Leeds, Justice of the Peace. Juliette's name is spelled both Concklin and Conklin in the same record.
    Children 
     1. Adolphus E. Bryant,   b. 21 Jun 1858, Benton Harbor, Berrien Co, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Mar 1944, White Cloud, Newaygo Co, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Lewis Bryant,   b. Abt Mar 1860, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Lois May Bryant,   b. 06 Mar 1862, Benton Harbor, Berrien Co, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jun 1866, Benton Harbor, Berrien Co, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. William Cullen Bryant,   b. 06 Nov 1863, Benton Harbor, Berrien Co, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 09 Jul 1944, Fremont, Newaygo Co, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Mabel Clairissa Bryant,   b. 23 Apr 1866, Benton Harbor, Berrien Co, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jul 1939, Muskegon, Muskegon Co, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Gertrude Martha Bryant,   b. 23 Sep 1868, Benton Harbor, Berrien Co, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 Feb 1955, Muskegon, Muskegon Co, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Bertha M. Bryant,   b. 12 Feb 1873, Bear Lake, Manistee Co, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jan 1878, Fremont, Newaygo Co, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F197  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 14 Feb 1836 - probably, Lisbon, St. Lawrence Co, New York Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 19 Sep 1857 - Berrien Twp, Berrien Co, Michigan Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilit-Beg - 1864 - Benton Harbor, Berrien Co, Michigan Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Between 1884 and 1890 - Chattanooga, Hamilton Co, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 13 Jun 1894 - Fremont, Newaygo Co, Michigan Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 16 Jun 1894 - Maple Grove Cemetery, Fremont, Newaygo Co, Michigan Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 22 Jun 1894 - Sheridan Twp, Newaygo Co, Michigan Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S246] Pension: Juliet Bryant, Decaration For Widows Pension.

    2. [S189] Mich., V.R., Berrien County early Marriage records..

    3. [S246] Pension: Juliet Bryant, Declaration For Widow's Pension.


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