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David G Geney

7th MI Cavalry, Company E
(1842 –  1907) 

     (Also known as Jenny, Jenney, Genney, Genny)  Born Feb 12, 1842 to Jean George and Marguerite M (Goll) in Brognard, France David Geney enlisted in Southfield, MI as a private on Sept. 20, 1862 at the age of 21 in the 7th MI Cavalry, Company E.  Before the war he was working as a farm laborer in Southfield, MI for the George Jackson family. 3 months after his enlistment Geney was promoted to Full Corporal on Jan. 1, 1863 and then promoted to Full Sergeant on June 24, 1865.  He was captured as a POW, but survived the war and was mustered out in Fort Leavenworth, KS on Dec. 15, 1865.  Geney claimed a military pension on June 5, 1880.  The 1890 Census Veteran’s Schedule lists his war related disabilities as chronic diarrhea, rheumatism, and scurvy.

     Geney married Mary Etta Lawless (1848 – 1909) and the couple had 3 children:  Ella (b.1871), Fredrick (b.1876), and Mary (b.1887).  The Geneys settled in Redford, Wayne County, MI following the war and David worked as a farmer and later as a gardener.  David Geney died in 1907 and was survived by his wife Mary Etta who claimed his widows’ pension on Nov.6,1909 [?].  David Geney is buried in the Bell Branch Cemetery (aka Redford Cemetery) in Detroit, Wayne County, MI.

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