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Wilbur Thomas Lanphierd


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  • Name Wilbur Thomas Lanphierd 
    Gender Male 
    _UID B081FE9C1E7F5E4E9989FCA89CD7B5B4B670 
    • Hisband of 3B365618. Hester Bassett. She married Wilbur Thomas Lanphierd, son of Dr. Thomas and Eliza (Davis) Lanphierd, on 3 Apr 1864.
      Wilbur died in the Kalamazoo State Hospital for the insane. He was committed to the hospital in September of 1900. Prior to that he spent much time at the soldiers home in Grand Rapids. Hester Bassett Lanphierd was basically on her own in raising the children. Wilbur Thomas Lanphierd's mental problems appear to have resulted from his Civil War experiences.
      Wilbur served in the Civil War in Michigan's Tenth Volunteer Infantry. He served with the Genesee Rangers and took part in Sherman's march.


      Wilbur Lanpheird, farmer, section 24 in the Township of Jerome, was born Oct. 18, 1843, in Bolton, Canada. He is a son of Thomas W. and Eliza (Davis) Lanphierd. His father was born Jan. 9, 1810, in New Hampshire, and died Aug. 7, 1883.
      He was a physician and spent his life in the practice of his profession. His mother was born April 12, 1820, and resides with her son, O.S. Lanphierd, in Lincoln Township, Midland County. The parents lived for a number of years in Canada, and went in 1845 to Jefferson Co., N.Y., and about a year later went to Livingston Co., Mich., where they remained about two years. At the end of that time they went to Highland, Oakland Co., Mich., and a year later settled at Rose's Corners in the same county. In 1854 they removed to Genesse Co., Mich.
      The civil war broke out a few months before Mr. Lanphierd was 18 years old, and not long after that period arrived he became a soldier. He enlisted Dec. 9, 1861, in Co. I, 10th Mich. Vol. Inf., and was mustered out Feb. 5, 1864. The regiment veteranized the following day and was again mustered out July 19, 1865, at Louisville, Ky., after the close of the war. The command was attached to the Western Army. The first battle in which his regiment was engaged was at Farmington, near Corinth. The command remained in that position until about the middle of August, and afterwards was stationed on the routes and bridges of the railroads running to Nashville. The regiment was cut off from supplies for two months and foraged for maintenance. It was under Gen. Nagley while stationed near Nashville, and was afterward transferred to the Army of the Cumberland and assigned to the First Brigade, Second Division, 14th Army Corps, under Gen. Thomas. Mr. Lanphierd was in the action at Stone River, Mission Ridge, and in the campaign under Sherman from Chattanooga to Atlanta, and thence to the sea. He was present at the surrender of Joe Johnston and marched to Washington, where he participated in the Grand Review.
      Leaving the army, he came to South Saginaw, where he worked in a
      mill for three years, and then he came to Lincoln Township, this county. Homesteading 80 acres of land, he remained there five years. Selecting this place, he lived the five years ensuing in Larkin Township. Since then he has resided on section 24, Jerome Township, except a years and a half
      in Oregon Township, Lapeer county.
      Mr. Lanphierd was married April 3, 1864, to Hester, daughter of William Henry and Lavinia (Cogswell) Bassett. Her father was born Dec. 28, 1802, and died Jan 24, 1880, in Oregon Township, Lapeer Co., Mich. The mother was born Feb. 18, 1804, and died in June, 1861, in Oregon. Mrs. Lanphierd was born May 11, 1845, at Mt. Morris, Genesee Co., N.Y. Following is the record of the children born to Mr. and Mrs. Lanphierd: Idella E., Dec. 27, 1864; Wm.R., born Aug. 1, 1866, died five days later; Alibella, born Aug. 3, 1868, died Aug. 18 of the same year; Charles F., born June 9, 1870, died Sept. 15, 1870; Charles E., born Oct. 27, 1874; Andrew J., born Aug. 13, 1876. Mrs. Lanphierd is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

      MIDLAND REPUBLICAN (5 FEB 1920 Page 1)

      After a lingering illness from which he suffered with cancer, Wilbut T. Lanphierd, aged 76 years, died at Kalamazoo, Friday, January 30. The body was brought to Midland on Monday and on Tuesday taken to Sanford where the funeral was held in the Methodist church in the afternoon. Rev. Wade conducted the services and burial was in the Sanford cemetery. Mr. Lanphierd leaves his wife, who lives in Sanford, a daughter, Mrs. Henry Green of this City, and two sons, John and Supervisor Charles Lanphierd of Sanford."

      Letter by Wilbur T. Lanphierd to his wife
      Hester (Bassett) Lanphierd 2 April 1864
      (A Civil War Letter)

      April 2, 1864
      Nashville, Tenn

      Dear and Respected Wife, it is with the greatest of pleasure that I take my pen in hand to of my present standing. I am well as far as bodily health is conserned but feel very lonesome when I think about me dear ones at home it causes me to drop a tear. O my dear girl if I could only see you and be with you I feel like a new man I suppose you are full of trouble Hettie but the way is to cheer up keep up good courage so if we live we shall have the pleasure of joining heart and hand Tell father and mother I cannot express my good feelings toward them for their kindness to their disobedient son. Tell father I would like four dollars to buy some postage stamps and paper in green back. I (stoped?) at detroit and seen about my papers an he said he would sent it the next day to ?. We still ? in Nashville but I think we shall leave the first part of this week. Please write as soon as you get this give my love to Father Bassett ? direct to Nashville from your true Husband T W Lanphierd
    Person ID I7424  3B Thomas Bassett of Connecticut
    Last Modified 28 Jul 2014 

    Father Thomas Lanphierd 
    Mother Eliza Davis 
    Family ID F2698  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Hester Bassett,   b. 11 May 1845,   d. 30 Mar 1926, , Midland, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Married 3 Apr 1864 
    • Husband of 3B365618. Hester Bassett - born 11 May 1845, married Wilbur T. Lanphierd on 3 Apr 1864.
    +1. Idella Eliza Lanphierd,   b. 27 Dec 1864, Saginaw, , Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aug 1952  (Age 87 years)
     2. William Rily Lanphierd,   b. 1 Aug 1866,   d. 6 Aug 1866  (Age 0 years)
     3. Alibella Lanphierd,   b. 3 Aug 1868,   d. 18 Aug 1868  (Age 0 years)
     4. Charles F Lanphierd,   b. 9 Sep 1870,   d. 15 Sep 1870  (Age 0 years)
    +5. Charles Edward Lanphierd,   b. 27 Oct 1874, Lincoln, Midland, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jun 1951, Averill, Midland, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
    +6. Andrew Jackson Lanphierd,   b. 13 Aug 1876, Larkin, Midland, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Sep 1965, , Midland, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
    Last Modified 27 May 2015 
    Family ID F2695  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart