Dear Friends of History and Genealogy,
We need your help! In the course of updating the Jason King book, the Monroe County Genealogy Society (MCGS) is researching all the names of Monroe County Civil War Veterans. They have found that several of the Monroe County Civil War Veterans do not have headstones/markers on their graves. The MCGS believes that this is unacceptable and that all veterans should have headstones/markers on their graves.
Two of the Monroe County Civil War Veterans are Afro-American. One of the Afro-American veterans is buried in Woodland Cemetery (Monroe, MI). The other Afro-American Civil War Veteran is buried in Pleasantview Cemetery (Petersburg, MI). Neither of these men have headstones/markers on their graves.
In addition, there are seven to eight other Monroe County Civil War Veterans that are buried in Woodland Cemetery (Monroe, MI) that need head stones/markers on their graves.
Per Rick Danes (Graves Registration Officer, Dept. of Michigan, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War), the Veterans Administration requires a next-of-kin (descendent) to actually sign the application for a headstone/marker. Consequently, we need to find a descendent of these men to sign the application for a headstone/marker.
How do we do this? We figure that if we post the names in Facebook, a family may recognize the name and contact us. The Monroe County Genealogy Society does have the names of the two Monroe County Afro-American Civil War Veterans. They are as follows:
Bromley, Aaron Monroe 102nd, US Col’d Inf Co C 29 Aug 1864 Monroe d 4 Aug 1906 Monroe, MI Woodland Cemetery, Monroe, MI (R10S-Lot 17-Gr1) b 14 Mar 1823 Enlisted for 1 year. Age 28. Joined the regiment at Beaufort, SC on 11 Oct 1864. Discharged for disability 17 May 1865. Name given as Aaron Brumley in military files.
Lewis Robert E. Petersburg 1st MI Col’d & 102 USCT Co D d 5 Feb 1904 Summerfield Twp, Monroe Co, MI Pleasantview Cemetery, Petersburg, MI b 24 Oct 1819. Robert was in Company D, 1st Michigan Colored Infantry, then the 102nd U.S. C.T. He was a resident of Dearborn, MI then Monroe County. Late in life he lived with his daughter Amanda and son-in law Lee Brookins in Petersburg, MI and died in 1904.
Also, Robert ’s son Lorenzo, was a member of the 54th Massachusetts Infantry. Lorenzo returned to Dearborn, MI (Wayne County) after the Civil War, ended up in the Ohio Soldiers and Sailor Home in Sandusky, O in 1891, and died in the State hospital in Toledo, O in 1893. We do not know where Lorenzo is buried or if his grave is marked.
If you are a descendent of any of these Civil War veterans, please contact us!