A Civil War Soldier: Cpl. Levi E. McCLELLAN (c. 1823 – bef. 1890)

How Related: My 4th-great-grandfather

Born: c. 1823 in New York

Parents: unknown

Siblings: possibly include William J. McClellan (1822 – 1881) who also served in the same company and regiment

Married: by 1854 to Clarissa CLEVELAND (b. c. 1832 – d. c. 1870); married c. 1870 to Mary C. [–?–] MILLER COREY (b. c. 1831)

Children: known children include: William (b. c. 1855), Cornelia (1856 – 1916) – my ancestor, and Edmund McCLELLAN (b. c. 1863) – all apparently with first wife Clarissa; Ira McCLELLAN (b. c. 1870), a son with wife Mary; and stepchildren Martha A. MILLER (b. c. 1864) and Georg A. COREY (b. c. 1866), children of Mary

Source: Civil War Pension Index Card of Levi E. McLallin. Organization Index to Pension Files of Veterans Who Served Between 1861 and 1900. National Archives and Records Administration. Publication T289. Digital image purchased at Footnote [http://www.footnote.com/].

Enlisted: 24 October 1862 in St. Clair, St. Clair Co., Michigan; private. Enlisted 11 November 1862 in Co. C, 27th Michigan Infantry. Promoted to full corporal 18 July 1863.

Side served: Union

Discharged: due to disability on 21 January 1865 at Petersburg, Virginia

Biography or Information of Interest: This man has been very difficult to research because McCLELLAN can be spelled so many different ways, and when I’ve found them on censuses, all the names and ages of the children are always a bit “off.” He is a recently discovered ancestor, so I have a lot to learn about him, and he and his family have provided me with many research challenges. Levi served in same company as William J. McCLELLAN, who may have been his brother. He also served in the same regiment (but different company) as William Lee MASSEY. Levi’s great-grandaughter, Mary Jane BARBER, married William’s great-grand-nephew, Howard Merkel YORK 45 years after the end of the Civil War. They were my great-grandparents. Levi’s daughter, Cornelia, was married to two different Civil War veterans, who have already been listed in this series: Sylvester FREDENBURG and Washington Foster JUDD.

Died: between 1880 and 1890 (Levi’s widow, Mary, appears on the 1890 Civil War Veterans Census), possibly in Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, as that is where he was living in 1880

Buried: unknown; unable to locate grave


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