Archibald Washburn
29 May 1831-27 Feb 1915


Archibald Washburn was a native of Chittenden County, VT. He was born 29 May 1831 to Phineas and Sylvia (Wright) Washburn. He married Elizabeth (Freese) Johnson 19 Aug 1873 in Richland Township, Montcalm County, MI (Michigan Marriages 1868-1925, v. 3, p. 324). She was born 27 Nov 1826 to Daniel and Catherine (Pierce) Freese. They came to Montcalm County, MI, 3 Nov 1873.

They had children from Elizabeth's first marriage to John B. Johnson, who died in 1873: Katherine N. Johnson (1849-1937); John W. Johnson (1854-); Christopher G. Johnson (1856-1881); Mary Magdalen (1857-)and Charles H. Johnson(1867-1941) husband of Nancy Bollinger.

Elizabeth Freese Washburn died 13 Jun 1901 of tuberculosis. She is buried in Ferris Center Cemetery, Vestaburg, Montcalm County, MI.

He married Dency A. Rochell West 30 Dec 1905 in Grand Rapids, Kent County, MI. (Book #14, page 178). She was the daughter of John and Lucinda (Search) Rochelle. He had been living at the soldier's home at the time. She was born 30 Apr 1835 in Sussex County, NJ. Her hubands were Charles Jackson Ayers, Almon D. Bisbee, and Charles H. Barber and West. She died 23 Sep 1926 in Allegan County, MI and is buried in Jones Cemetery, Dorr, Allegan County, MI.

Archibald died in Moline, Allegan County, MI. He is buried in Vestaburg, Montcalm County, MI.


On 13 May 1861, at the age of 31, Archibald enlisted as a private for 3 years in Company I, 3d Michigan Volunteer Infantry, Kearney's Division, 2nd A. C. He fought at First Bull Run, Fredericksburg, Wilderness, Spottsylvania, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, Weldon R. R., Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, seven days in front of Richmond, Cedar Mountain, Fairfax C. H., North Anna River, Mine Run, and Appomattox Court House. He was wounded at Cold Harbor by a gunshot in the neck, 3 Jun 1863, and was sent to the hospital in Baltimore, MD. He remained there for three months, received a furlough and rejoined his command, September 7th in Alexandria, VA. He transferred to Company I, Michigan 5th Infantry Regiment on 10 Jun 1864. On 27 Oct 1864 he was captured at Petersburg by Lee's army and held prisoner at Belle Isle until 10 Mar 1865. Archibald received his honorable discharge at Camp Chase, OH, 23 Jul 1865. He was pensioned.

GAR Post #158
Siblings His brother, Albert, served in Company E., 14th Michigan Volunteer Infantry and his father fought in the War of 1812.
Records 1850 Census Richfield Township, Lucas County, OH day laborer
1860 Census Georgetown, Ottawa County, MI day laborer
1870 Census    
1880 Census Ferris Township, Montcalm County, MI also on the farm census for 1880
1890 Veteran Census Ferris Township, Montcalm County, MI Elm Hall
1894 MI Census Ferris Township, Montcalm County, MI  
1900 Census    
1910 Census Leighton Township, Allegan County, MI  
Burial Ferris Center Cemetery
Vestaburg, Montcalm County, MI
Find A Grave #168230468
  Some biographical information from Presidents, Soldiers, Statesmen Vol II, 1892.
contributed by Paula Johnson