Happy 178th Birthday, Cousins Simeon and Levi!

On 24 November 1841, in Highland Township, Oakland County, Michigan, twin sons, Simeon and Levi were born to Simeon and Mary Ann Delling Botsford.  The boys were 5th and 6th in birth order of the seven children belonging to their parents.  They were my first cousins, 4 times removed.   Their father, Simeon, was the brother of my great great great grandmother, Almira Botsford who married Morris Jenks.

I have found that Levi enlisted in Company D, Michigan 23rd Infantry Regiment on 12 Sep 1862, during the American Civil War.  He mustered out on 31 Dec 1863 at Knoxville, TN due to his death on 29 December 1863 (nice of them to decide he could leave the service).  He is buried in the Knoxville National Cemetery.


His twin brother, Simeon, enlisted in Company A, Michigan 29th Infantry Regiment on 17 August 1864. He mustered out on 06 Sep 1865 at Murfreesboro, TN.  He servived the War and went on to Marry Malvina Doying on 8 September 1867, in Tuscola, Michigan.   I have found where he filed for a Civil War Pension claiming that he had become an invalid.  I have yet to find evidence of when and where he died.  Update: Simeon died 30 November 1926, in Medina, Lenawee County, Michigan (thank you, Charlene Jones Lerch).

About Pat Shaul

Genealogist / Family Historian; Blog started as a record of my Grandfather's post card collection which ran for 15 months. Then, in June, 2017, I changed over to reporting and commenting on notifications from the ANCESTRY app "We're Related" I then started to provide snippets into ancestor biographies on the dates that were significant anniversaries.
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