In looking through some of the old obituaries I have collected into a stash for posting, I noticed that we have quite a few obituaries of Civil War veterans. Today's obituary is the first in a series of a few that I have saved out.
The first portion is a brief notice, probably from the community column. The section, longer obituary was a week later.
First, from the 9 September 1915 Fremont TimesIndicator:
Geo. A. Mills, a veteran of the Civil war, died at his home two miles east and two miles north Monday, at the age of 70 years. The funeral services were held yesterday afternoon at the M. E. church, conducted by Rev. E. F. ell.
And then, from the 16 September, 1915 Fremont Times Indicator:
GEORGE A. MILLS
George A. Mills was born in the state of New York April 20, 1945. He was the son of Stillman and Johanna (Harrington) Mills, the former a native of Vermont; the latter of New York. At the age of 12 years he went to live with his oldest brother, where he remained until he was seventeen.
September 15, 1862 he enlisted in the 149th N. Y. volunteer Infantry and served until June 12, 1865, receiving an honorable discharge ad Bladensburg, Ind. Serious illness confined him to the hospital for some time and he was then detailed on detached services at Philadelphia. He afterward re-joined his regiment in Tennessee and remained until his discharge.
After being employed in a paper mill in New York for nearly four years, he came to Hillsdale county, Mich., in 1869, where remained for five years. In the spring of 1874 he came to Newaygo county and purchased 80 acres of partly improved land in Sherman township, where he lived until his death September 4.
Mr. Mills was married in Auburn N. Y., August 20, 1867 to Esther Hayward, who was born in Mendon N. Y., December 17, 1845. One child Burton H., was born to them October 15, 1873.
The deceased was a member of Henry Dobson Post, G. A. R., and of the I. O. O. F. He was an honest citizen, a good neighbor and will be missed by all.
One thing I have noticed while going through the old obituaries is now often the deceased is from another state or country. Of course many veterans came after the war for land, as well as immigrants. That accounts in part for our large waves of Danish, German, Dutch and Scotch citizens.