Two Cemeteries Have Stones for Same Man

A search of the Headstones Provided for Deceased Union Civil War Veterans, 1879-1903 turned up two cards for headstones provided apparently for the same man. The cards have to be referring to the same man as there can’t be two Alfred Butlers in Co. K of the 9th Michigan Calvary. While it is possible that there is, the chance is fairly slim.
At this writing I’m not certain what is up with the two stones. It’s possible his body was moved. It’s possible the units for these two man are not both correct.
I think this Alfred Butler is the same one who is the son of Benjamin Butler in an 1850 Census enumeration in St. Clair County, Michigan.
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  1. These records might help:

    Alfred Butler pension application index card on Fold3 with death date:
    https://www.fold3.com/image/3000553

    Image of Michigan (state) death record listing death as taking place in Grand Rapids on Ancestry:
    https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=try&db=MichiganDeaths&h=2853592

    An index record on Ancestry listing the same death on the same day (9 Dec. 1895) as taking place in Mendon:
    https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=try&db=FSMichiganDeath&h=1170927

    So the records definitely seem to be for the same person. The FHL film number on the Ancestry index indicates it was generated from St. Joseph County courthouse records.

    I hope this helps!

    • I just noticed that the date of the Grand Rapids record is May 29, 1896, I suspect Butler died in Mendon but was later moved and buried at the Soldiers Home cemetery in Grand Rapids.

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