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William Deems is one of the honored survivors of the great Civil war, and for three years he represented DeKalb County in that great conflict. He has been a resident of DeKalb County all his life, and is well deserving of the comfortable retirement he now enjoys on his home farm in Wilmington Township.

He was born in that township November 22, 1843, a son of George and Hannah (Dudgeon) Deems, the former a native of Pennsylvania and the latter of Ohio. George Deems was one of the pioneers of DeKalb County and lived in Wilmington Township until he met death in 1845, being killed by a falling tree. The care and rearing of the six children then devolved upon his widow. These six children were named, John, Joseph, Eli, Eliza, George and William, William being the only survivor.

William Deems grew up on the home farrn and had a limited education in the log cabin district schools of his day. He was only eighteen when the war broke out, and in August, 1862, he enlisted in Company H of the Eighty-Eighth Indiana Infantry. He served faithfully as a corporal and was mustered out in June, 1865. After the war he returned to DeKalb County, farmed and worked as a farm hand, and eventually acquired an independent holding. He now has seventy acres of good farm land in Wilmington Township. Mr. Deems' parents were members of the Methodist Church. He is affiliated with Meade Post No. 44 of the Grand Army of the Republic, and is a republican in politics.

("History of Northeast Indiana: LaGrange, Steuben, Noble and DeKalb Counties," Lewis Publishing Co., Chicago, 1920)

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