I seem to have a new mystery to ponder. My Carlisle family is mentioned on pages 158-159 of:
Massie, Larry B. Potawatomi Tears and Petticoat Pioneers: More of the Romance of Michigan's Past 1992.
I knew that my great-grandfather, (Issac) Ashley Carlisle and his older brother Orville D. Carlisle both served in the 2nd Michigan Cavalry, Co. L. Their aunt/step-mother, Hannah Glover Carlisle, followed the company and later served as a nurse and I wrote about that here. What I hadn't previously heard was that Daniel & Hannah Carlisle objected to Ashley's enlistment and went to Niles and brought him home. He ran away and rejoined the regiment. Hannah decided if she couldn't stop him, she would join him and followed the regiment, cooking, washing and nursing. When Col. Philip Sheridan took command of the regiment Hannah and the other civilians were sent home. It was after this that Hannah went to work for the Sanitary Commision and later the Freedmen's Bureau.
The book says that William Carlisle, age 20, of Edwardsburg joined Company L first. "His cousin, Orville Carlisle, from Buchanan, followed him into the same company." This creates a new mystery for me, as I have nothing about a cousin William.
Daniel Carlisle was born 22 Sept 1797 in Westmoreland County, New Hampshire and died 31 March 1782 in Buchanan, Berrien County Michigan. He was the son of Daniel Carlisle (1767-1822) and Zipporah Wheeler (1772-1831). To the best of my knowledge he was the only son of Daniel & Zipporah. Was there another son that I am unaware of or would William be a more distant cousin?
On the 1860 census I found William Carlyle, age 19, born in Delaware, in Milton, Cass County, MI. He was a farm laborer listed with the family of Jacob Butts or Betts. Also in Milton was the family of James Carlyle, age 36 with wife Rachel, age 35; children, Mary age 16, Robert age 10, Rachel age 8 and Adda 6/12. All were born in Delaware. There is no other Carlyle/Carlile/Carlisle family listed for Cass County. If James and Rachel are the parents of William they were only about 17 & 16 years old when he was born. James could be a brother or cousin of William. I have not located this family on the 1850 census yet but they do not come in a search for Berrien, Cass or St Joseph counties. James and Rachel are still in Cass County in 1870 and I found cemetery records there for them also. I have found no further record for William.
I haven't found any reference to any of my Carlisle line ever living in Delaware. But they did live in Cass County, Michigan for a time.
Daniel and Zipporah Carlisle were married 17 Dec 1795 in Westmoreland, NH. About 1810 they moved to Genesee or Ontario County NY and it is believed that they died in New York. Their son Daniel moved to White Pigeon Prairie, St Joseph County, Michigan in 1839. From 1840 to about 1845 he lived in Edwardsburg, Cass County, Michigan. From 1845 to about 1855 he lived in LaGrange, Cass County, Michigan. From about 1855 until his death in 1872 he lived in Buchanan, Berrien County, Michigan.
Was William really a cousin? Is it possible that based on the names an assumption was made and found it's way into print? I'll be spending some time working on this puzzle I think.