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Berrien County Veterans from ALL WARS


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War of 1812

Knapp, Nathan: was born the 19th day of July 1792, in NY to Thomas and Martha Knapp. He Served in the War of 1812 under Captain St. John's Company of Fabius, Onondaga County, New York. Nathan married Phebe Webster (according to his pension records) soon after, he was mustered out of the service at Sackett's Harbor in Fabius, Onondaga County, New York to serve in the the War of 1812. Nathan and Phebe had ten (10) children born to their union, known children follow: Elijah, Eli, Maria, Russell, Joseph, Daniel and Fanny. Nathan lived much of his young life in New York until around 1823 when he moved to Tioga County, Pennsylvania and lived there until moving to Watervliet, Berrien County, MI in 1853. Nathan died on the 12th day of Sept. 1877, at the age of 85 yrs., in Watervliet. He is buried next to his wife Phebe and family in the Knapp Family section in the Coloma Cemetery, City of Coloma, Berrien County, MI. Much of Nathan's large family followed him to Berrien County and his descendants made Berrien County their home for many generations. His son Joseph was a very successful business man and contributed much to the communities of Coloma and Watervliet.

Submitted by Wyatt Knapp

Descendants of Jacob Knapp






Mexican-American War

Albert Stinebeck: was born on the 19th day of April 1827 in Washington County, Pennsylvania to Peter and Anna (Keck) Stinebeck. Albert served in the Mexican-American War and the Civil War as a Private for the Union Army. Albert lived in Niles, Michigan. He married Martha Jane Loshbough on the 18th day of August 1855. Brought by their union are nine (9) known children, as follows: Frances, Willis, Alva, Sydna, William, Cornelia, George, Anna, and Cora. Albert's soul left this world on the 7th of December 1880 at the young age of 53 years, at South Bend, St. Joseph County, Indiana. He is laid to rest in the Ullery Cemetery, South Bend, St. Joseph County, MI.

A message from Vicki L. Swank: I am proud of my ancestors for the freedom they fought so hard to give us today.

Submitted by Vicki L. Swank

Civil War

Thomas Prentice Starr, b. Aug. 1, 1826, Marcellus, NY, d. Jan. 5, 1894, Three Oaks, MI, buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Three Oaks, MI, Block 17, lot 15. Thomas is buried next to his wife, Julia A. Keefer Starr, b. Jan. 18, 1826, Ontario County, NY, d. May 5, 1886, Three Oaks, MI, buried Forest Lawn Cemetery, Three Oaks, MI, Block 17, lot 15. Thomas was brought up in Greenfield, Ohio from age of 6. He lived 7 years in Ingham Co., MI; thence to LaPorte Co., Indiana; then to Three Oaks, MI. He married Julia Ann Keefer Feb. 23, 1847. Thomas' sister, Mary Prentice Starr, married Thomas brother-in-law, John Keefer. Thomas was a Methodist, a farmer per 1880 census records. His son, Theron Starr, and Theron's family lived next door.

Per pension record (# SC411.749) he described himself as 5 feet, 9 inches, complexion: light, hair: dark, eyes: blue. He enlisted in the Michigan Infantry on August 12, 1862. "On the 22nd of September 1862, at Three Oaks, Michigan" in Co. F, 25th Reg't. Mich. Vols. and served until the close of the war. The Regiment was mustered into the service of the United States. After the surrender of the Confederate Army, the Regiment was sent to Salisbury, NC to be mustered out on the 24th of June 1865, then sent by rail to Michigan, arriving at Jackson on the 2nd of July where they were paid off and disbanded."

25th Michigan Infantry Regimental Flag: The 25th Michigan Infantry was mustered into service near Kalamazoo in September 1862, the regiment was recruited throughout the southwest part of the state. It's soldiers saw much of their action in Georgia. Much is known of the regiment's history, but little about their specific flag. During their term of Federal service the 25th Michigan Infantry, Company F was engaged in:
Munfordville, KY, Tebb's Bend, KY, Kingston, TN, Mossy Creek, TN, Tunnel Hill, GA, Rocky Face, GA, Resaca, GA, Cassville, GA, Etowah River, GA, Kingston, GA, Altoona, GA, Pine Mountain, GA, Lost Mountain, GA, Culp's Farm, GA, Kenesaw, GA, Nickajack Creek, GA, Chattahoochie River, GA, Decatur, GA, Atlanta, GA, East Point, GA, Utoy Creek, GA, Siege of Atlanta, GA, Jonesboro, GA, Rome, GA, Cedar Bluff's, AL, Pine Creek, TN, Franklin, TN & Nashville, TN.
Total Enrollment: 968. Killed in action: 22. Died of Wounds: 13. Died of Disease: 129. Total Casualty Rate: 16.9%.

Submitted by: Paula Connolly

LEWIS, James Lafayette: was born 27 Dec 1841 in LaGrange County, Indiana, the son of Olmstead Lewis. He died 25 Apr 1910 in Lake, Berrien, MI. He married Emaline Permella Reynolds on 12 Aug 1866 in Noble County, Indiana. She was born Jan 1836 in New York, and died in 1922. The family appears in the 1870 census in Berrien Springs. In the 1890 Veterans Census, Lafayette is in Lake, as he is in 1900 and 1910. He served as a private in Company K of the 29th Indiana Infantry from 28 Sep 1864 to 26 Jun 1865 (8 months, 28 days). He received an invalid pension on 6 Aug 1888, and his widow received a pension on 19 May 1910. The couple had three children born in Berrien County, JJohn E. Lewis, b. March 1868, Harriet Lewis, born 3 Aug 1870, and William Henry Lewis, born 8 May 1873. Lafayette and Emeline are buried in Glendora Cemetery in Weesau, along with their son William Henry and his wife, the former Maude V. Klasner.

Submitted by Kathleen T. Choi (Kathy is a g-g niece thru his sister Emily (Mrs Andrew) Clymer)

Civil War

Chatterson, Joshua: was born on the 1st day of December 1843, in Utica, NY to Joshua and Margaret Chatterson. Joshua served in the Civil War as a Private in the 12th Wisconsin. Joshua married Mary Amelia Spencer on the 8th day of February 1851. There were eight children born to that union, seven are known: Joshua, Elno, Arthur, Leno, Lillie, Freeman, and Benjamin. He lived in Three Oaks, Berrien County, Michigan until his death on the 24th day of January 1904, at the age of 60 yrs. Joshua is buried in the Forest Lawn Cemetery, in Three Oaks Township.

Submitted by Suzanne Levy





Civil War

Moyer, Joel Henry: was born on the 27th day of November 1841 in Pine Grove, Pennsylvania, to Daniel D. and Lydia (Bechtel) Moyer. Joel lived in Hinchman, Oronoko Township. He served in the Civil War as a Private, in the Union Army. Joel served as Commander of the Grand Army post in Berrien Springs for years. After the war, Joel married Sarah Marie Stemm on the 10th day of October 1874 in Berrien Springs. To this union there were eight (8) known children: Virginia Clementine, Murry Adam, John Clarence, Charles Fremont, Verna Regina, Lester Henry, Edna Cecelia and Ralph Elmer. Joel died on the 6th of February 1925 in Hinchman, at the age of 83 years and is buried in the Salem Cemetery in Hinchman.

Submitted by Scott Kater (great-great-grandson)



Civil War

Price, Christopher: was born 11 June 1837 in Franklin County, Ohio to Nehemiah and Miriam (Nash) Price. His mother died and his father remarried Sarah Carrell. Christopher lived with a Edwin and Margaret Babcock in Sawyer, Michigan, prior to his marriage and enlistment. He enlisted in South Bend, St. Joseph, Co., Indiana on August 11, 1862 and fought in the Civil War in Co. K, 48th Indiana Infantry. Christopher later transferred to Co. A, 48th Indiana. He fought at the battle of Vicksburg. He was sent to a hospital in Lagrange, Tennessee on Nov. 11, 1862 and was honorably discharged in Memphis, Tennessee the 8th of July, 1863. Christopher was a farmer and broommaker. On 11 June 1874 he married Elizabeth Jane Johnson in Warren Twp, South Bend, Indiana. He and Elizabeth lived in New Troy, Michigan, and had 13 children: Miriam Mae, Mable Etta, Medford William, Mary Hester, Myrtle Adell, Milford Christopher, Alfred Willet, Alma Luretta "Retta", Charles Calvin, Phebe Kathryn, David Thurston, John Sylvester, and Delbert Earl. In 1893 the family was living in Newton, Michigan. Christopher entered the Soldier's Home in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the 16th of August 1901, where he died in 1902. He is buried in Hinman Cemetery in Baroda Twp. His wife, Elizabeth Jane, died 20 March 1919 and is buried in Riverview Cemetery in South Bend, Indiana.

Submitted by Susan Gates Davis,



Civil War

Stinebeck, Albert: See information under Mexican-American War.

Civil War

Steinbeck, Bernadotte: was born on the 17th day of August 1835 to Peter and Anna (Keck) Stinebeck in Indiana. Bernadotte lived in Oronoko Township, Berrien County. He married Frances Harriet Davis on the 14th day of January 1856. Bernadotte and Francis had one (1) daughter, Esther and two (2) sons, Charles and William. Next, Bernadotte served in the Civil War as a Sergeant in the Union Army. After the war he married three (3) more times, all in the County of Berrien. He married Cornelia E. Loshbough on the 8th day of September 1864. Bernadotte and Cornelia had one child known only as Infant(name unknown). Bernadotte married Eliza P. Stayton on the 7th day of December 1866 and to that union was born a Son (name unknown), Edith, Effie, James, and Allegra. Last Bernadotte married Marilla Haws on the 4th day of November 1874. Bernadotte left this life at the age of 64 years on the 29th day of April, 1900 in Oronoko Township. He is buried in the Rosehill Cemetery, Berrien Springs, Berrien County, Michigan.

A message from Vicki L. Swank: I am proud of all my ancestors for fighting for the freedom we have today.

Submitted by Vicki L. Swank





Civil War

Sylvester Benoni Kimball was born 3 April 1843 in New York to Ruth A Fairfield and Benoni Kimball. He enlisted as a Private on 26 August 1862 at the age of 19 in Company F, 18 Infantry Regiment Michigan. He received a disability discharge from Company F, 18 Infantry Regiment Michigan on 19 March 1863 at Lexington, Kentucky. He was then drafted into Company I, 15th Infantry Regiment Michigan and was discharged from that company on 13 August 1865 at Little Rock, Arkansas. He moved to Benton Township in 1887. He served many years in the Grand Army of the Republic, Geo. H. Thomas Post No. 14 in Benton Harbor Michigan. In Benton Harbor he was a Justice of the Peace and a Notary Public. He died 14 September 1911 in Benton Harbor, Berrien County, Michigan. His widow, Anna Eliza Harris and their two children, Sylvenus Benoni and Mary Ellyn, survived him. The photo on the left was taken of Sylvester and his third wife Anna Eliza Harris about 1904. He is dressed in his uniform from the G.A.R. The photo on the right shows his Notary Public building behind him and fellow members of the Geo. H. Thomas Post No. 14 in Benton Harbor. Submitted by Ann Merewether.




World War I

Treichel, Johann J.: was born to Johann and Auguste (Rhode) Treichel on the 16th day of January 1898 in Lessapol/Lisopol, Volhynia Russia. He immigrated to the United States aboard the SS Rhein, sailing from Bremen Germany on the 2nd day of September 1909 with his mother and three (3) siblings. Johann was just nine (9) years of age at that time. After thirteen (13) days, the family arrived in Baltimore on the 15th day of September, made their way to Benton Harbor and settled there. Johann joined the U. S. Army and served as Private, First Class, during World War I. While being of German decent, Johann Treichel chose to honor this nation's call to arms. Johann met and married Elizabeth Meuller in Germany on the 27th day of May 1922. There were no children born to Johann and Elizabeth. After the war, Johann went to work in Lansing, Michigan as a Hammerman in the Drop Forge. The Treichel's later moved to Eaton Rapids, Michigan where they settled on a farm. Johann died in Eaton Rapids on the 2nd day of December 1964, and was laid to rest there, in the Munger Cemetery.

Submitted by Walter (Nephew) and Barbara Treichel,



World War II

Habel, Leland Arthur: lived in Three Oaks and Galien, his entire life. He was born the 23rd day of April 1925 in Three Oaks to Arthur Edward and Lena Josephine (Stanage) Habel. Leland married Roseanna Stineback and they were blessed with five (5) children: Jane, Judy, Jacqueline, Thomas and Tim. Leland served as Private First Class in the US Army and fought in World War II. His service during that War, earned Leland a Victory Medal. He died on the 10th day of July, 1989 in Galien and was buried in the Galien Township Cemetery.

Submitted by Vicki L. Swank






World War II

Hibberd, Robert Lee: was born in Summitville, Coffe County, Tennessee on the 23rd day of September 1913 to Herbert and Ada (Mears) Hibberd. Robert married Evelyn Marie Moyer on the 31st day of December 1942 in Medford, Oregon. To their union was one daughter, Gwendolyn Marlene. Robert served as a Tec 5 in the 382nd Infantry during World War II. He also served overseas from 22 July 1944 to 10 Dec. 1945. He lived in the Niles area until his death on the 22nd day of June 1972 at the age of 58 years. Robert is buried in the Silverbrook Cemetery, Niles.

Submitted by Scott Kater (grandson)




World War II

Martin, Loy Mathew: was born in Tennessee in the year of 1926 and is living among us today in Benton Harbor, Berrien County. Loy joined the U. S. Army and as a Private, he fought in World War II. Loy earned the Purple Heart and Silver Star while serving this country. Loy married Giletta Pearl Herbert on the 8th day of February 1948 in South Bend, Indiana. One daughter was born to that union, Netta Fay Martin.

A message from Glenn Dusoe: I am very grateful for the sacrifice that my Uncle gave in defense of our country and it's citizens. He was the sole survivor while taking over a German Pill Box. Even though he was wounded he accomplished his mission. To this day he has refused to accept his disability pension stating that "I was only doing what I had to do, there are other veterans that deserved the pension more than I do". To my Uncle I say again, "THANK YOU" on behalf of my children and our country.

Submitted by Albert G. Dusoe, USN Ret. (Nephew)


Willmeng, Wayne Gregory was born in Benton Harbor, in the year of 1927 to Walter and Mabel Willmeng. He lived in Lincoln, Nebraska from 1969 until his death in 2006. Wayne was a graduate of Michigan State University. He was a Forester. He worked throughout his life in Fremont, Nebraska, Grand Forks, ND, and in Benton Harbor, MI. He served as a Private in the United States Army in the Corp of Engineers. Wayne married Harriet Helen Andrews in Benton Harbor the 5th day of December 1953. There was one child born to that union, a daughter Harriet. Wayne passed away on June 23, 2006 in Lincoln, Nebraska. The memorial service was held in Lincoln with military honors. He was buried at Sparta Cemetery, Kimmell, Indiana.

Submitted by Harriet Smith (Daughter)

World War II

Swank, Lawrence Monroe: was born in Buchanan, in the year of 1926 to Glen and Luella (Norman) Swank. Lawrence is still living today in Galien. He served as Private and as Seargeant in the United States Army and fought in World War II. Lawrence married Artha Juanita Baldwin and to this union five children were born: Larry, Danny, Linda, David and Robin.

Submitted by Vicki L. Swank

Vietnam War

Dusoe, Albert Glenn was born to Albert Leroy and Roxie Abigail (Herbert) Dusoe in Berrien Center, Berrien County, Michigan in the year of 1941. This native and brother genealogist, is living among us today in St. Joseph. Glenn married Linda Jean Evans on the 3rd day of November 1966 in Benton Harbor. To their union, three (3) children were born: Dennis, Tammy and Katrinea. Glenn joined the U. S. Navy and as a Petty Officer, First Class (E-6) he served this country during the Cuban Missile Crisis and during the Vietnam War. Glenn was awarded the Navy's Good Conduct Medal; the Armed Forces' Expendentry Medal (for service in Cuba); the Vietnam Champaign Medal; Vietnam Services Medal (2 Campaign stars); Gallentry Cross Medal With Palm; and the Armed Forces' Reserve Medal. Glenn says " I am very proud to have served my country, I wish I could have given more as it seems so little."

Submitted by Albert G. Dusoe USN, Ret. (Himself)




Dusoe, Dennis Leroy, was born to Albert Leroy and Roxie Abigail (Herbert) Dusoe on the 12th day of April 1942 in Benton Harbor. Dennis resided in St. Joseph. He joined the U. S. Army and served as Private. Dennis left this life much too soon at the age of 23 years. He died on the 21st day of March 1966 in the same area as his birth, Benton Harbor. Dennis is buried in St. Joseph at the Riverview Cemetery. A message from brother, Glenn Dusoe: "In his short life, he did what he wanted to do and that was to serve his country with pride. Thanks brother."

Submitted by Albert G. Dusoe, USN, Ret. (Brother)







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