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Day, Alfred Ford 
1831 NH - 30 June 1886
Co. M, 1 ME Cav. GAR
Little Lake Cemetery, Willits
Pension No. 258,026

Dean, Alfred D. 
31 October 1843 OH-24 November 1907
Co. H, 160 OH Inf., Co. G, 198 OH Inf. GAR
Rose Memorial Park, Willits

OBITUARY – It is with profound regret that we chronicle the death of one of our most esteemed citizens, Alfred D. Dean, who was stricken with the dread disease pneumonia, on Thursday, and while the best of medical service and nursing was employed religiously, nevertheless it was the Divine decree that he should be spared a lingering, agonizing death. He passed away Sunday at 10 o’clock, A. M.
Deceased was born in Perry county, Ohio, October 31, 1843, and was therefore 61 years of age. He was a veteran of the Civil War, and a member of the G. A. R. After the close of the war he migrated to Pueblo, Colo., and there met and married Annie Patton. About the year 1884 he with his family moved to California and located at Ukiah, being engaged in agriculture. In 1891 he moved to Bridgeport, near Point Arena, and was still an extensive farmer. In 1898 he became a citizen of Fort Bragg, remaining here with his family since. He leaves a widow, two daughters, four sons, and two grand children, all residing in Mendocino county, besides three sisters and two brothers in the East to mourn his loss.
The funeral took place Monday, beautifully impressive, and was held at the home, Rev. Ross officiating, assisted by a quartet of singers, whose services were a beautiful tribute to friendship.
The members of the family desire to express their deepest gratitude to all who were so solicitous during their hour of bereavement. Fort Bragg Advocate, 27 November 1907, p. 2, c. 2.

1880 U.S. census, Pueblo County, Colorado, population schedule, ED 94, p. 289-D (stamped), dwelling 407, family 422, Alfred Dean; NARA microfilm publication T9, roll 92.

1900 U.S. census, Mendocino County, California, population schedule, Ten Mile River township, ED 78, p. 189-A (stamped), sheet 5, dwelling 95, family 84, Alfred D. Dean; NARA microfilm publication T623, roll 93.

Dennen, John Nelson 
14 September 1846 ME-19 March 1915
Co. C, 31 ME Inf.
Little River Cemetery
Pension No. 800,175

JOHN DENNEN PASSES AWAY – Was Veteran of the Civil War and a well known Pioneer of the Mendocino Coast – John Nelson Dennen passed away at his home in Fort Bragg Friday afternoon at the age of 69 years. Although he had been ill for some time and was gradually growing weaker day by day, the end came as a sudden shock to the family and community. Heart disease was the cause of death.
Mr. Dennen was a well known and highly esteemed pioneer of this coast and will be greatly missed by a large number of friends and acquaintances.
Deceased was born at Augusta, Maine, September 14, 1846. At the age of 18, he enlisted in Company C 31st Maine Volunteer Infantry of the United States Army and took an active part in the Civil War. He was promoted to a Corporal, sergeant and later a Sergeant Major for carrying the colors across the field in the second charge in front of Petersburg. Among the battles he took part in were: The Battle of the Wilderness, Spottsylvania Court House, Poplar Spring Church, Hatche[r]’s Run and Petersburg. He was wounded during the fighting at Spottsylvania.
Following the war, Mr. Dennen came to California in March, 1877 and located at Littleriver. In 1892 the family moved to Fort Bragg where he engaged in the carpenter business, up to the time of his failing health.
He was a member of Santana Tribe No. 60, I. O. R. M., for over 20 years and a member of the G. A. R.
The funeral was held Sunday afternoon at Littleriver and was well attended by friends from all over the coast.
A wife, Mrs. Dora Dennen and a daughter, Mrs. Lulu Gignac, of Fort Bragg and a son, Mr. R. l. Dennen, of point Arena, survive to share the heart felt sympathies of the entire community. Fort Bragg Advocate, 24 March 1915.

1910 U.S. census, Mendocino County, California, population schedule, Fort Bragg City, ED 67, p. 273-B (stamped), sheet 2, dwelling 41, family 45, John N Dennen; NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 88. Union Army.

Dennis, Amos  
13 February 1841 ME-19 October 1919
Co. H, I, 3 ME Inf.
Valley View Cemetery, Covelo
Pension No. 385,007

AMOS DENNIS. – Isolated in early life by reason of residence in a sparsely settled community and by dint of occupative necessities, Mr. Dennis had meager opportunities for schooling and the fact that he now possesses one of the best private libraries in Mendocino county indicates a resolute purpose that stoppped at nothing short of the highest mental culture. A native of Maine, he was born at Palermo, Walso county, February 13, 1841, and as soon as old enough to work he engaged in the codfish industry off Brown’s Banks, a popular place for fishermen in those days. It happened, however, that the young lad, working alone at his daily tasks, saw few of the fishermen nor did it become necessary for him to seek the larger villages or inland towns. For this reason he did not hear of the war between the north and the south until after the battle of Bull Run had cast its gloomy shadow over the country. By chance he happened to learn of that great engagement and immediately he determined to enlist in the Union army. With him there was no hesitancy, no cause for delay. Giving up his little fishing business, in November 1861, he became a member of the Third Maine Volunteer Infantry and was assigned to service at the front. Afterward he served in the Peninsular Campaign, and being wounded in the Seven Days Battle, was sent to the hospital at Washington, D. C. In August, 1862, he was honorably discharged at Washington on account of physical disability. As soon as he had recovered sufficiently to resume work he took up the life of a sailor in the merchant marine trade to South America, continuing this until 1867. The following year he started for California via the Nicaragua route and landed in San Francisco in March, 1868.
Temporary employment with a lumber concern in San Mateo county was followed by the opening of a general mercantile store by Mr. Dennis in Redwood City, who in this venture used all the savings of previous years of his hard labor and frugality. In addition to the management of the store he was one of the owners of a stage line and also, in conjunction with a few of the leading men of the community, built a toll-road at a cost of $10,000. Later the road was donated to the county by its original owners. Upon selling his interests in San Mateo county in 1877 Mr. Dennis moved to Sonoma county and thence to Tehama county, where he was employed on different ranches. The year 1890 found him in Round valley, Mendocino county, where he worked for three months. Moving back into the mountains he took up a claim of two hundred and forty acres and, although it was eighteen years before he secured a clear title to the land, he continued on the place through all that time, improving the land and using the range for the pasturage of his stock. Retiring from the ranch in 1910 he moved to Covelo and has since engaged in the insurance business, a line of work carried on by him more or less for the past forty years. Since 1909 he also has been a notary public. August 24, 1863, he was made a Mason in Derigo Lodge 104, F. & A. M., in China, Me., and is now a member of Covelo Lodge 231, and a member of Augusta Chapter No. 80, O. E .S. Although his interest in politics has never led him to desire public office, he is interested in the issues of the day and at national elections votes the Republican ticket, while in local campaigns he favors the candidates he considers most worthy to represent the people. (Aurelius O. Carpenter and Percy H. Millberry, History of Mendocino and Lake Counties, California... [Los Angeles, Cal.: Historic Record Co., 1914], 569-570.)

1910 U.S. census, Mendocino County, California, population schedule, Round Valley Township, ED 64, p. 204-A (stamped), sheet 2, dwelling 24, family 24, Amos Dennis; NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 88. Union Army

Dias, Jose Coleho 
1844 Port.-12 October 1904
U. S. Navy
Hillcrest Cemetery, Mendocino

J. C. Dias, an old resident of Mendocino, died last Wednesday. He served in the American navy during the war of the rebellion. Fort Bragg Advocate, 19 October 1904, p. 2, c. 2.

1900 U.S. census, Mendocino County, California, population schedule, Big River Pct., ED 68, p. 56-A (stamped), sheet 3, dwelling 64, family 64, Joseph Dias; NARA microfilm publication T623, roll 93.
Dodge, Leonard Putnam 
15 May 1826 NS-12 April 1907
Co. E, Mountaineer Battl’n CA Inf.
Westport Cemetery
Pension No. 924,035
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Leonard Dodge, Whose portrait appears in this work, was born in Nova Scotia, May 15, 1826. When fourteen years old he went to Eastport, Maine, and from there he went to sea, following a sea-faring life till he came to California, landing in San Francisco, June 22, 1849. During that summer he ran a schooner up the Sacramento river. In the fall of 1849 he went to San Rafael, and in the spring he went to the Embarcadero at Sonoma, where he engaged in teaming, which he followed till 1854. In that year he visited the mines in Amador county, Mud Springs, Dry Town, Rancheria, Fort Sutter, and Mokelumne Hill. In the spring of 1855 he went to Napa City, where he resided during the summer of that year. In the fall of that year he came to Mendocino county, and worked for Simpson & White till 1865. He then went as one of the mountaineers to Humboldt county, in the United States service under Captain John A. Simpson, and served till 1862. In 1866 he settled on his present place, consisting of one hundred and twenty acres of land, and is engaged in farming and stock-raising. Married Miss Susan Dungan in May, 1865, and has two children: John L., born May 10, 1877; and Amelia, born August 21, 1878. (Lyman Palmer, History of Mendocino County [San Francisco, Cal.: Alley, Bowen & Co.,1880], p. 619)

FOUND DEAD IN CORRAL – When George Pitts was passing with the stage at the foot of the Dickinson grade, on the other side of Ten Mile River Saturday morning, he noticed man in the corral in a strange position, indicating he was dead, which proved to be the case when he went over to where he was. It was late in the afternoon when word reached town, and Justice F. A. Whipple and Dr. Sanborn left for the scene.
The man was Leonard Dodge, and a resident of the northern coast for the past 10 years, his wife being on a visit at the Billings place the time of his death, which occurred, it is thought, the night before.
The autopsy showed the cause of death to be failure in compensation and enlargement of the heart, the coroner’s jury bringing in a verdict in accordance.
Deceased was born in Nova Scotia and was buried in Westport. At one time he owned a ranch on Eel River and later at Cottaneva. He was 81 years old. Fort Bragg Advocate, 17 April 1907, p. 2, c. 2.

Dollard, William 
February 1842-13 June 1893
Co. G, 8 ME Inf.
Evergreen Cemetery, Mendocino
Pension No. 510,659

Wm. Dollard died at his home at Comptche Tuesday morning of paralysis. Shortly before his death he had been working in the woods chopping and jumped from a staging and upon lighting on the ground was paralized from his feet to his neck. Mr. Dollard had served three years in the great rebellion and was an old timer on this coast. He was a highly respected citizen and a member of the A. O. U. W. of this place. The deceased was born in West Ellsworth, Maine, and was fifty one years of age last February. He leaves a widow and three children who mourn the loss of a loving husband and father, and the sympathy of the whole community goes out to them in this, their bereavement. The remains were interred in Evergreen cemetery on Thursday afternoon. Mendocino Beacon 17 June 1893.

1880 U.S. census, Mendocino County, California, population schedule, Big River township, south of Little River, ED 64, p. 287-A (stamped), dwelling 191, family 196, Wm Dollard; NARA microfilm publication T9, roll 68.

Duff, Elbert Marshall 
24 November 1844 VA-13 February 1919 (Confederate)
Co. C, 21 VA Cav.
Evergreen Cemetery, Boonville

BOONVILLE CITIZEN GOES TO FINAL REWARD – BOONVILLE, Feb.18. – After a lingering illness, Elbert Marshall Duff passed away at the family home Boonville, Cal., on Feb. 13th. Deceased was a native of Washington county, Va., in which state he was married to Delia Caldwell. For the past thirty-five years he has been a resident of Mendocino county and has always been active in all questions pertaining to the good of the community. He was alos an active member of the Christian Church. He was aged 74 years, 2 months and 20 days.

He leaves to mourn his death, his widow, three sons, John Homer of Boonville, Peter Franklin of Taft, and Sydney Elbert of San Francisco; four daughters, Mrs. W. J. Slattery of Lake county, Mrs. Neil Simpson of San Francisco, Mrs. Addie McGimsey of Boonville and Mrs. A. C. Hogan of Albion; two sisters, Mrs. Margaret V. Miller, of Washington county, Va.; and Mrs. T. J. Vestal of Boonville.The interment was at the Green Mound cemetery, Boonville, on Saturday, February 15th, where a host of friends gathered to extend to the family their heartfelt sympathies pay their last respects to the departed one. Dispatch Democrat 21 February 1919.

1860 U.S. census, Washington County, Virginia, population schedule, Western Dist., Abingdon post office, p. 573, dwelling 1554, family 1499, Samuel C Duff; NARA microfilm publication M653, roll 1383.

1880 U.S. census, Morgan County, Missouri, population schedule, Moreau twonship, ED 197, p. 275-A (stamped), dwelling 222, family 225, Elbert Duff; NARA microfilm publication T9, roll 705.

1910 U.S. census, Mendocino County, California, population schedule, Anderson township, ED 54, p. 9-B (stamped), sheet 9, dwelling 79, family 79, Elbert M Duff; NARA microfilm publication T623, roll 88.

Duffield, William Henry 
28 September 1842-23 October 1906
Co. C, 78 IL Inf. GAR
Willits Cemetery
Pension No. 631,023

JESSE C. DUFFIELD. – a son of W. H. and Sarah J. (Ogden) Duffield, natives of Illinois, the latter now a resident of Willits. The father, who served in an Illinois regiment during the Civil war and received serious wounds in the service of his country, afterward took up land on the frontier of Kansas and soon became engaged in general merchandising at Walton. After many years in the same town, during 1885 he brought his family to the west and settled at Arbuckle, Colusa county, where he carried on a general store. Coming to Willits in 1901, he started a mercantile store on Main street. Later he conducted a similar establishment at Ukiah, where he died in 1906. His fraternities were the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Ancient Order of United Workmen and Grand Army of the Republic. Surviving him are the widow and four children, namely: Mrs. Hattie Wattenburg, of Laurel Dell, Lake county; Mrs. Myrtle Saxon, of Willits; Jess C., of Willits; and his twin sister, Mrs. Bessie Tibbitts, of Los Angeles... (Aurelius O. Carpenter and Percy H. Millberry, History of Mendocino and Lake Counties, California... [Los Angeles, Cal.: Historic Record Co., 1914], 661.)

DEATH OF W. H. DUFFIELD – A Highly Respected Gentleman Passes Away – It is with deep regret that we chronicle the death of one of our most highly respected citizens – William Henry Duffield – who was call [sic] to a better land at 4 o’clock a. m. Tuesday, October 23.
Mr. Duffield was born in La Harpe, Illinois, September 28, 1842. The esteemed gentleman started out in life as a school teacher and after following that occupation for several years went into the merchandising business which he continued up to a few months before his death.
He moved from Illinois to Kansas in 1869 and in 1886 came to California where he has resided ever since, first locating in Arbuckle, Colusa county, and from there he came to Willits.
In 1862 he enlisted in the 78th Regiment Illinois Volunteers. On August 16, 1866, at Carthage, Ill, he was married to Sarah J. Ogden. He was a member of Spring Valley Lodge No. 316 I. O. O. F. which he joined in 1886.
Mr. Duffield was a man of remarkable character; always in a kind and loving manner. He was always kind and effectionate [sic] to his family.
Besides a heart-broken widow he leaves a mother, brother, sister and four children to mourn his loss. The children are J. C. Duffield, Mrs. W. T. Saxon, Mrs. T. J. Wattenburger, of Willits, and Mrs. Je. E. Tibbitts of Stockton. His mother and brother are in Sacramento and his ssiter lives in Illinois.
The funeral services were held at Odd Fellows’ hall yesterday afternoon and after an eloquent sermon by Rev. Weddle the procession started for the Odd Fellows’ cemetry [sic] where he was buried under the auspices of Little lake lodge No. 277 I. O. O. F. and the G. A. R. Willits News, 25 October 1906, p. 1, c. 2.