California Genealogy and History Archives
Civil War Veterans
PVT: William H. Blosser. 5th California Infantry, Company F, Civil War Veteran of the “California Column”
William H. Blosser was born Fayette, Seneca County, New York on April 24th, 1827. At Lockport, New York, he learned the Tanner and Currier trade, later he found himself in Michigan furthering his trade, then the California Gold Rush began and the fever was on. He arrived in California on August 14th, 1852. The Civil War broke out in 1861 and he enlisted into the 5th California Infantry, Company F on October 18th, 1861 out of Quincy, California, and was mustered out in Mesilla, New Mexico on November 30th, 1864. His wife’s name was Rachel Pullen Appleton, they married on December 10th, 1873. They had one daughter; her name was Etta O. Blosser. Mrs. Blosser from a previous marriage had three children, Maggie, May and Dewitt. Wm H. Blosser died on August 29, 1908, and is buried at El Carmelo Cemetery. in Pacific Grove, Calif.
He was a member of the Jesse Reno GAR (Grand Army of the Republic) Post #28 out of Hollister and later moved to the City of Monterey. It is not known if he transferred to the Lucius Fairchild GAR Post 179, which is based out of the City of Pacific Grove that borders with the City of Monterey.
Transcriptions as follows:
BLOSSER, WILLILAM H. (1827-1908) Pacific Grove GAR
While working quietly at his trade in Michigan, the California gold fever swept over the country and Mr. Blosser was one of its victims. He drove a team overland from Michigan to the American valley in Plumas county, this State, arriving at his destination August 14, 1852. From that time until 1861, he pursued the various callings of a persistent miner, and with no very brilliant success. In 1861 he joined the United States Army and fought the Indians on the frontier, in New Mexico and Arizona, until 1864. In November of that year he returned to Plumas county, via steamer from Wilmington to San Francisco and up the Sacramento river, and remained in Plumas county until October 1868. The following year he came to San Benito county with Boliver Smith, and bought a squatter’s claim to land that now comprises a portion of his comfortable home at San Benito.
Mr. Blosser was married December 10, 1873 to Mrs. Rachel (Pullen) Appleton, a native of Livingston county, Michigan, and the widow of D.E. Appleton. By her first husband she had three children: Maggie, May and DeWitt. She and Mr. Blosser have one daughter, Etta O.
(Monterey Daily Cypress August 30, 1908)
He was a native of New York and 81 years of age. Deceased was a Civil war veteran.
He will be buried under the auspices of the Odd Fellows in the G.A.R. plot at Pacific Grove.
The funeral will be held a 2 o’clock today Deceased is survived by a widow.
(Pacific Grove Review August 29, 1908) Old Veteran Passes Away
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and Submitted: by Tim P. Reese, PCC