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DRIGGS William Jefferson

  • Home: East Saginaw, Saginaw County, Michigan
  • Enlisted: unreadable 1862 at East Saginaw, Saginaw, Michigan
  • Age At Enlistment: 23
  • Term: 3 years
  • Original Enlistment: Co. L, Sixth Cavalry as a Corporal
  • Mustered In: October 11 1862
  • Transfer: Co. C Seventh Cavalry on 12 November 1862
  • Commissioned: First Lieutenant Co. K First Michigan Sharpshooters July 22, 1863
  • Mustered In: 20 December 1863
  • Discharged: July 6, 1864
  • Second Lieutenant in Eleventh U.S. Infantry February 23, 1866
  • First Lieutenant July 28, 1866
  • Transferred: September 21? 1866 Twentieth Infantry
  • Mustered Out: 01 January 1871
  • Address: Saginaw, Saginaw County, Michigan

Source: Record of Service of Michigan Volunteers in The Civil War 1861-1865 Michigan Adjutant General Dept. Call No. E514.3 M62 V. 44 First Michigan Sharpshooters

Driggs, William Jefferson. N Y. Mich. Corpl L 6 Mich cavalry 11 Oct to 20 Dec 1862; 1 lieutenant 1 Mich sharpshooters 22 July 1863; resigned 6 July 1864; 2 lieutenant 11 infantry 23 Feb 1866; 1 lieutenant 28 July 1866; transferred to 20 infantry 21 Sept 1866; honorable mustered out 1 Jan 1871.

Source: U.S. Army Historical Register, 1789-1903, Vol. 1
Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army D. page 383

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1890 Veteran Census

none found

1894 Michigan State Veteran Census

Driggs Wm. J. Saginaw City Second Ward Saginaw

Pension Card

  • DRIGGS William J.
  • Late Rank: -
  • Co. K 1 Reg. Mich S.S.
  • Date Of Filing: 1890 November 12
  • Invalid: Application No. 959.557 Certificate No. 811.039
  • Date of Filing: 1907 February 28
  • Law: Age
  • Died: Saginaw Mich
  • Remarks: C. 7 Mich. Cav. and L 6 Mich Cav.

Source: NARA Film T289 Roll 244 Organization Index to Pension Files of Veterans Who Served Between 1861-1900

  • DRIGGS William J.
  • Co. K 1 Reg. Mich S.S. and L 6th Michigan Cav.
  • Date Of Filing: 1890 November 12
  • Invalid: Application No. 909.507 Certificate No. 811.039 Mich
  • Remarks: Ira C. A?? Jr.

Source: NARA Film T288 1861-1934

Non Military Vital Record Data

  • Birth Date: February 14 1839
  • Birth Place: New York
  • Death Date: December 13 1914
  • Death Place: Evart, Osceola Co., Michigan
  • Burial Cemetery: December 15, 1914 in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Saginaw, Michigan
  • Parents: John F. Driggs and Anna M. Howley or Hawley
  • Marriage: none
  • Marriage Place: none
  • Wife: none
    • Children: none

1860 Federal Census

Saginaw, Saginaw, Michigan Post Office: East Saginaw page 76
  • John F Driggs 47 Retired Merchant b. N.Y.
  • Anna M Driggs 41 b. N. Y.
  • William J Driggs 21 b. N.Y.
  • Lakey C Driggs 17 b. N.Y.
  • Emma F Driggs 11 b. N.Y.
  • Erastus F Driggs 5 b. N.Y.
  • Irine F Driggs 3 b. Michigan

1900 United States Federal Census

Saginaw Ward 2, Saginaw, Michigan Sheet 14 A
  • Anna M Driggs Head W F Oct. 1818 81 Wd. N. York Connecticut N. York
  • William J Driggs Son W M Feby. 1839 61 Single N. York N. York N. York U. S. Postal Clerk
  • Emma Driggs Daughter W F July 1849 50 Divorced N. York N. York N. York
  • Irene H Driggs Daughter W F Aug. 1857 42 Single Michigan N. York N. York

1910 Federal Census

Saginaw Ward 2, Saginaw, Michigan
  • William J Driggs 72 Superintendent of Mail
  • Antonette Beierle 67 Housekeeper
  • Peck 35 Roomer


History of Saginaw County page 57 Fire Companies Pioneer Hose Company, No. 1 William J. Driggs.

Michigan State Death Returns

  • County: Osceola
  • Village: Evart
  • Name: Wm. J. Driggs
  • Male White Single
  • Birth Date: February 14 1839
  • Age: 75 yrs. 9 mos. 29 d.
  • Occupation: Retired
  • Birth Place: New York
  • Father: John F. Driggs born New York
  • Mother: Anna Howley born New York
  • Informant: N. W. Ely of Evart, Mich.
  • Died: December 13, 1914
  • Attended: June 10, 1914 to December 13, 1914
  • Cause: Acute Nephritis
  • Doctor: W. J. Conover
  • Burial Place: Saginaw Mich.
  • Burial Date: December 15, 1914
  • Undertaker: G. B. Wilson of Evart


Saginaw Daily News December 14, 1914 page 10


Saturday evening, Dec. 12, occurred the death of William J. Driggs, who for the past two years had resided at the hom of N. W. Ely in Evart, Mrs. Ely being a sister of the deceased. The home of Dr. Driggs was formerly in Saginaw, where he had a host of friends and where one brother still resides. During the latter part of his life he duperintended for many years the transfer of mails in Saginaw. Mr. Driggs was a lieutenant of the only company of Indians formed durig the civil war, and subsequently was first lieutenant in the regular army. He was the eldest son of Hon. John F. Driggs, who represented for eight years teh sixth congressional district of Michigan, during the trying days of the civil war. Mr. Driggs was a man of the finest personal traits and a character of usual integrity and distinction. The funeral services will take place Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock at the Frazee parlors.

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