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Henry S. Jenks 1837-1925 Co. D, 114th Reg't, NY Volunteer Infantry


The National Society Daughters of the Union 1861-1865 was founded by Carrie Crowell (Mrs. Frank) on October 9, 1912 in New York City, New York. The Society is a hereditary society formed to honor the soldiers and patriots who were dedicated to preserving the Union during the Civil War. Our society accepts both lineal and collateral lines of both men and women who served the Union cause.

Linda Haney (Mrs. Michael), Organizing Regent of Henry S. Jenks Chapter organized the chapter August 25, 2001. The chapter was chartered November 17, 2001 in Grand Rapids Michigan and celebrated it's 10th anniversary on October 22, 2011.


Vicki Friddle of Olivet
Hiram B. French, Sr., was born July 22, 1804, in Waterville, Somerset Co., ME. He married Frances A. Emerson abt 1825 in Somerset County, ME. Hiram enlisted on October 23, 1861, in Florence, Madison Co., OH. He was 58 years old. He joined the 72nd Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry which was organized at Fremont, Sandusky Co., OH, between October and December 1861. In January, the 72nd departed Fremont for Camp Chase in Columbus, OH, arriving January 24, 1862.
In late February 1862, they departed Columbus and arrived at Fort Henry in TN in March. Next the 72nd was ordered to Eastport, MS, where the organization was to destroy portions of the Memphis and Charleston Railroad. Heavy rains prevented this from occurring, stranding the regiment and the rest of its brigade on steamers. After two weeks the ships arrived at Pittsburg Landing, TN, where they entered camp with the rest of General Ulysses S. Grant's Army of the Tennessee.
On April 3, 1862, the 72nd's brigade participated in a reconnaissance, during which a small skirmish with Confederate forces occurred. Three days later, on April 6, the Confederates launched a surprise attack and the Battle of Shiloh erupted. Pvt. Hiram B. French, Sr., a musician, was captured that day. He died August 26, 1862 in a Confederate military prison in Macon, Georgia. Place of burial unknown.

(Jeanne McMillan photo coming soon)

Jeanne McMillan of Frankfort
Ancestor info coming soon

Susan L. Savard of Maryland
Pvt. Ezra D. Barnes, Jr. enlisted October 27, 1862 into Michigan Company D, 6th Cavalry at Grand Rapids, Michigan and mustered out at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas on November 24, 1865. The 6th Cavalry lost 386 men during the war; 7 Officers and 128 enlisted men killed and mortally wounded in battle, another 251 died from disease. He was born at Burns, Shiawassee County, Michigan on July 13, 1844 and died February 13, 1905 at Greenville, Montcalm County, Michigan.

Claudette Ann Warner Darling (Mrs. Dale F.) of Comstock Park
Pvt. Vanransler (VanRensalaer) Warner enlisted into service at age 26 for three years on 13 Aug 1862. He mustered into Company H, 6th Regiment Michigan Cavalry Volunteers. The 6th Cavalry organized in Grand Rapids, MI and was assigned to what became the Michigan Brigade during the early part of the Gettysburg Campaign in June 1863. It saw its first action under General Custer at the Hanover Hunterstown and Gettysburg. The 6th was armed with Spencer Repeating Rifles and provided superior firepower against the lightly armed Confederate Cavalry. Pvt. Vanransler (VanRensalaer) Warner was discharged for disability from service on 17 Dec 1863 at Detroit, MI. He returned home and died on 25 Dec 1863 leaving no wife or children.

Mary Denise Sellon Roeller (Mrs. Peter Paul) of Rockford, MI
Pvt. Ezekiel Dillon enlisted 27 Feb 1864 into Company G., 1st Regiment Potomac Home Brigade Cavalry, MD and discharged 28 Jun 1865 at Harpers Ferry, WV. His Company was in Cavalry Brigade, 1st Division West Virginia, to April, 1864. 1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, West Virginia, to August, 1864. 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, Cavalry Corps, Army of the Shenandoah, to October, 1864. Reserve Division, Harper's Ferry, W. Va., to January, 1865. 3rd Brigade, 3rd Division West Virginia, to February, 1865. 1st Brigade, 2nd Division West Virginia, to June, 1865.

Janet Louise Schreiber Kutschinski (Mrs. Richard Frederick) of Wyoming, MI
Pvt. Amos D. Nichols enlisted into Company B, 49th Vol. OH Infantry on 01 Dec 1863 and was discharged on 30 Nov 1865 at Victoria, TX. While in service his Company was part of Operations in eastern Tennessee until February 1864. At Cleveland, Tenn., until April. Atlanta Campaign May 1 to September 8. Demonstrations on Rocky Faced Ridge and Dalton May 8–13. Battle of Resaca May 14–15. Adairsville May 17. Near Kingston May 18–19. Near Cassville May 19. Advance on Dallas May 22–25. Operations on line of Pumpkin Vine Creek and battles about Dallas, New Hope Church and Allatoona Hills May 25-June 5. Pickett's Mills May 27. Operations about Marietta and against Kennesaw Mountain June 10-July 2. Pine Hill June 11–14. Lost Mountain June 15–17. Assault on Kennesaw June 27. Ruff's Station July 4. Chattahoochie River July 5–17. Peachtree Creek July 19–20. Siege of Atlanta July 22-August 25. Flank movement on Jonesboro August 25–30. Battle of Jonesboro August 25–30. Battle of Jonesboro August 31-September 1. Lovejoy's Station September 2–6. Operations against Hood in northern Georgia and northern Alabama September 29-November 3. Nashville Campaign November-December. Columbia, Duck River, November 24–27. Battle of Franklin November 30. Battle of Nashville December 15–16. Pursuit of Hood to the Tennessee River December 17–28. Moved to Huntsville, Ala., and duty there until March 1865. Operations in eastern Tennessee March 15-April 22. Duty at Nashville, Tenn., until June. Moved to New Orleans, La., June 16; thence to Texas. Duty at Green Lake, San Antonio and Victoria until November.

Phyllis Jean Baughman Simmons of Scotts, MI
Michael Staffen enlisted in Company E, 13th Michigan Infantry on 16 Sep 1861 at the age of 30. He mustered into service as a Private on 17 Jan 1862. He was taken prisoner at Gallatin, TN on 16 Nov 1862 and returned to his regiment at Stone River, TN on 29 Mar 1863. His term of service expired and he was discharged 16 Jan 1865 at Savannah, GA. The 13th Regiment saw service at Shiloh, TN; Farmington, MS; Owl Creek, MS; Siege of Corinth, MS; Stevenson, AL; Munfordsville, KY; Perryville, KY; Danville, KY; Gallatin, TN; Mill Creek, TN; Lavergne, TN; Stewart’s Creek, TN; Stone River, TN; Eagleville, TN; Pelham, TN; Lookout Valley and Lookout Mountain, TN; Chickamauga, GA; Chattanooga, TN; Mission Ridge, TN; Florence, AL; Savannah, GA; Catawba River, SC; Averysboro, NC and Bentonville, NC.

Our chapter meets 3 to 4 times a year in the greater West Michigan area.

For information about our chapter and the requirements for membership, please contact:

     Regent L. Haney or Registrar C. Darling

This Society acknowleges as its fundamental principles:

A. A firm belief and trust in Almighty God, extolling Him under whose beneficent guidance the sovereignty and integrity of the Union have been maintained, the honor of the Flag vindicated and the blessings of Civil Liberty secured, established and enlarged.

B. Allegiance to the United States of America based on paramount respect for and fidelity to its Constitution and laws, manifested by discountenancing whatever may tend to weaken loyalty, incite to insurrection, treason or rebellion, or impair in any manner the efficiency and permanency of our free institutions.


  • To honor the memory of the men and women who contributed towards the preservation of the Union during the Civil War, extending over the years 1861-1865
  • To foster a spirit of patriotism, loyalty and love of country
  • To uphold the honor of the Flag of the United States of America
  • To give financial aid to Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, Tennessee
  • Our National motto is "Let Us Have Peace"
  • Our National song is "Battle Hymn of the Republic"
  • Our flower is the Tea Rose


     July Meeting

       Date: Monday July 27, 2015 - 10:00 am
       Place: Grand Shire Herb Farm: 17325 White Creek Rd., Sand Lake, MI
       Minutes: April 25, 2015 Minutes
       Agenda: July 27, 2015 Agenda
                    History of Grand Shire Farm
       Program: Civil War style Lunch and Lecture on the Use of Herbs during the Civil War era.
       $15.00 payable two weeks prior to the meeting.


          Emily C. VanDyke Memorial Endowed Scholarship


Emily's scholarship is now maintained by Alma College. If you would like to make a donation go to Alma College or phone them directly at 800-291-1312.
Designate your donation to: Emily C. VanDyke Memorial Endowed Scholarship.    All gifts are tax deductible.

Scholarship Recipients

The 2013-2014 third annual recipient of the $1000 Emily Van Dyke Scholarship at Alma College was Ms. Elizabeth D. Liedel. Elizabeth tells us that she intends to achieve a Bachelor’s degree in History with a Spanish minor. After college she plans on obtaining a job in history and is interested in working in a museum.

The First and Second Annual Emily Van Dyke Scholarship both were awarded to Ashley Mrozinski, a 2014 graduate. Ashley majored in history and social studies along with a secondary education major. She said “I love helping others and making those around me happy and what better way than to teach.”

All members of the National Society are urged to donate to the Emily Van Dyke Scholarship to further support its work to assist history students.


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2015 Annual Congress (June 5-6) at Lynchburg, VA. Check back for further information.

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