California Genealogy and History Archives
County Civil War Veterans
Submitted Sep 2010 by Ronald Cannon, MA
Day, Alfred Ford
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pension No. 924,035
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)
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.
28 September 1842-23 October 1906
Co. C, 78 IL Inf. GAR
Pension No. 631,023
JESSE C. DUFFIELD. – ...is 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.