Parkinson, Charles 1st MI Cavalry, Company G
(1828 – 1917)
(Also known as Parkison) Born in March 1828 in England, Charles Parkinson emigrated to the U.S. in 1830. On Sept. 7, 1861 at age 35 Charles Parkinson enlisted as a private in the 1st MI Cavalry, Company G in Pontiac, MI. He listed his residence on his enlistment papers as Southfield, Oakland County, MI. Charles survived the war and was mustered out on Aug. 22, 1864 at Harper’s Ferry, WV. In the 1890 Census Veteran’s Schedules he reported no permanent wounds or disabilities resulting from his military service.
At the time of his enlistment Charles had been married to his wife Olive (1829-1917) since 1850. The couple had 5 children: Louis U. (b.1852), Melvin/Melville? (b.1854), Myron A. (b1855), Ida I. (b.1859), and Narcissa (b.1861).
Charles was a farmer who, at the time of his enlistment, listed his residence as Southfield Twp. although in 1860 the family is enumerated as living in Avon Twp., Oakland County, MI. Following the war the family is listed in 1870 in Farmington Twp., Oakland County. In1880 they had moved to Easton Twp., Ionia County, MI and then by 1900 they settled in Bowne Twp., Kent County, MI. Charles died in 1917 and is buried in the Freeport Cemetery, Freeport, Barry County, MI.