I am looking for the parents of David Dewey who was born Aug 6, 1827 near Oswego, New York, or Vermont. Census data, death certificate and History of Fulton Country, 1976, states New York. He was the second youngest child of six. His family moved to Canada when he was a small child.
His Military records state that he was born in Connecticut, but they also state that he was a sailor from Canada. In the 1870 census, he listed his mother as being foreign born. He was orphaned at an early age when his mother died, and he was left to do for himself. He worked on a farm for a while and at the age of eighteen was bound over to learn the craft of wagon making.
He moved to Lorain County Ohio with the McDonnell family in the 1840's after he became dissatisfied.
He shows up in the 1850 census as living with James Emerson, 31, (1819), a blacksmith from New York and his family in Blackriver Township, Lorain County, Ohio.
David married Emily Elliott, Nov 28, 1853, in Avon, Lorain County, Ohio by Rev. Watkin. He and Emily moved to Morenci in 1854. Their children were:
Names Date of Birth Place of Birth Date of Death Place of Death
Henry A. Dewey Dec 24, 1854 1932 Fulton, Ohio
Charles F. Dewey 1856 1934 Fulton, Ohio
Julia Dewey Feb 1861
Alma Dewey Jan 1862 Michigan
Alfred Dewey Jan 1862 Michigan 1930 Fulton Ohio
Earnest Dewey August 9, 1872 Ohio March 6, 1940 Palmyra, MI
David listed his occupation as a Wagon Maker.
On Nov 2, 1863, he was drafted into the Michigan 4th Cavalry. He mustered in at Kalamazoo and then reported to Nashville. While in training, he injured his right knee breaking horses. He was mustered out of the service at Nashville, TN., on Aug 15, 1865. His military records show him to be absent for periods of two months or longer and when he returned, the army paid him for horses and supplies obtained.
The Michigan 4th captured Jefferson Davis, but David Dewey does not show up on the roll of those who helped capture Davis.
David, after the war, went back to Morenci, Michigan and lived there until 1870. In 1870, he and his family moved to Barry County, Michigan, P.O. Woodland. In the 1870 census, he listed $450 in real estate and $950 in personal estate. They lived there for one year and then moved to Metamora, Fulton County, Ohio. He lived in Metamora until he died on May 4, 1909. His death certificate states May 5 but it also states that Alma Dewey Auble said David died at 10 p.m. on the fourth. Cause of death was old age or stomach cancer. His illness lasted from March 15 to May 4. Emily died on May 6, 1909 of Apoplexy, a blood clot in the brain. Both are buried in Fulton County Cemetery.