03 January 2013

Obituary--George Seymour

I hope you are still with me after the holiday hiatus.   Hopefully, with all we have going on and coming in here at the History Center, I will be able to post more regularly. 
The obituary for George is typical for this time period.  The Civil War vets were passing away, and most of their obituaries tell of their service, as well as where they came from prior to coming to Michigan.  Many were from other states, usually northern ones.

From the 1 May 1930 Fremont TimesIndicator:

George C. Seymour, one of the few surviving veterans of the Civil War and a resident of this community for the past 55 years, died at his home 618 State street, Tuesday at the age of 83 years, three months and 26 days.
Mr Seymour was born in Ithaca, New York, in 1845 and lived there until he was 16 years of age when he went west to Wisconsin from which state he enlisted at the age of 17 in the Union forces for service in the Civil War.  He was in company B, 16th Regiment, 1st Brigade, Third Division.  He gave heroic service to his country for one year and three months during which time he had an active part in several great victories, the outstanding success being his march with Sherman to the sea.
He was united in marriage December 3, 1875 to Miss Jennie VanderLeest of Muskegon and to this union four children were born--Harvey of Fremont, Florence Smith of Grand Rapids, and Minie Hoyt and Ida Dykman of Dayton Center.
Mr Seymour was for many years an active member of Henry Dobson Post, No. 40, Grand Army of the Republic.
Besides his wive and four children, he is survived by eleven grandchildren and two great grandchildren
The funeral service will be held this afternoon at 2:00 o'clock from the home and will be in charge of Rev. F. J. Schlueter, past or of the Methodist Episcopal church, assisted by the American Legion, Interment will be in Maple Grove cemetery.

Over the next few years most of the remaining Civil War veterans would pass away.  My own Civil War ancestor died in 1936.  What a wealth of information and experience was lost then.

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