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Daniel left home early.In the 1860 census, a 20-year-old Daniel Wrights was living in the home of Daniel Dunkleberger in Little Mahonoy Township.(He was raised in Upper Mahonoy Twp.)His occupation was shoemaker.He was in Wayne County, Ohio by 1862, when he joined Company F, Ohio Volunteer Infantry in Wooster on October 1.His enlistment papers identify him as farm laborer and describe him as 5'9" tall, with light complexion, sandy hair and eyes that were variously described as blue and gray.He fought in the battle of Chickasaw Bluffs, which he described in his application for an invalid pension on June 17, 1910:
"...I am afflicted by the results of sun stoke received in said service as follows.Headache nervousness, and trembling, suffocating spells when in a close room, pain in left breast sometimes passing over to the right breast, dizziness, rush of blood to the head and other feelings which I cannot describe.The above symptoms come on me when exposed to hot sun, confined in a close room or when my system gets in the least out of order & I am growing worse all the time.The above results of sunstroke is the principal and most serious disability I have.My injury in the bowls is a pain which I contracted across the lower part of the abdomen from over exertion and staining while closely pursued by rebels at the time our company was cut to pieces and most of them captured at Chickasaw Bluffs.It was aggravated by exposure afterwards and continued to get worse until I was sent to hospital at Milligan's Bend about April 1863.It is not hernia or at least an ordinary hernia but simply a severe pain which seizes me when I take cold in the region of the abdomen and disables me entirely for the time being....
"I cannot furnish the evidence of any family physician of my physical condition at and prior to my enlistment in said service, for the reason that I had no physician.I was living in Wayne Co Ohio in the country working on a farm as a laborer, my parents living in Pennsylvania.I was young, very stout and healthy, was never sick enough to require a physician and therefore do not know any physician who knows anything about my physical condition at that time.
"I cannot furnish medical evidence of my physical condition at date of discharge and from that time to the present, for the reason that when I first came home...I applied to a doctor in Wooster Ohio who is now dead for treatment and he told me he could do nothing for me, I think his name was Baker but am not certain.Other physicians have told me the same thing, but one physician Dr. Markham formerly of Pleasant Hill, Mo. claimed he could cure me with electricity and gave me treatment with that off and on for about six months commencing about June 1876 but he left for parts unknown and I cannot now find his whereabouts & his treatment did me no good."
Back in Ohio after the war, Daniel married Nancy Holdeman, who died nine months later, I would guess in childbirth.A year later he married Catherine Rutt, who was also from a Mennonite family and whose father was a prosperous farmer.Within a few months he bought a flax oil mill for $750 - surely with the help of Moses Rutt, Catherine's father - added five acres and sold it to Alpheus Holdeman for $1350 a year later.(Alpheus not only was Nancy's brother, but 20 years later, in Jasper Co, MO, Alpheus' daughter Melinda would marry Daniel's son John.)
In 1869, Daniel and Catherine, along with most of Catherine's brothers and sisters, moved to Cass Co. MO.A warranty deed dated Sept. 1, 1869 shows that Daniel bought 90 acres just west of Garden City.He paid $1008 for the land and later bought land between Garden City and Creighton.Daniel reported on his pension application that he lived in Cass County until 1892, moving to Henry County before he settled in Jasper County in 1895.Moses Rutt's estate papers list include a $448.34 debt owed by Catherine and Daniel;they had borrowed $200 on April 1, 1883, and another $100on April 16, 1887.In each case they had promised to pay H.G. Rutt, "trustee for Mary Rutt."Catherine died before the estate was settled.
Although Daniel farmed in Cass County, his career in later life was somewhat spotty. Grandson William Andrew "Buck" Reitz, a man blessed with a near-photographic memory, said Daniel wasn't good for much.He operated a chili parlor, owned a few rent houses (which rented for $6 a month) and sold animal hides.Items he listed in a small account book which somehow survived refer to cows, wolves, deer, coon and rat [muskrat?]His fur profits in 1904 were $185.23.
One page lists prices -- shoes, $2, overalls, $1, boiler (?) $1, kettle $ .65, shoes $3 and shoes $1.50.(Why so many shoes?)Other pages contain grocery lists, usually including chilley peppers and chilley meat.
There were five wives - he named four of them in an affidavit when his fifth wife applied for half of his Civil War pension -- she said he had deserted her after just a few months of marriage.He left on November 2, Catherine Rutt's birthday.
Daniel died from heart failure when he was 80.He is buried in the G.A.R. Cemetery in Miami, OK.
Catherine, who died when her children were still young, is buried in the Clearfork Cemetery in Garden City, MO, along with three of her children, Mary Ann Reitz, Elizabeth Reitz Clelhouse and the infant son.The cemetery is near the Sycamore Grove Mennonite Church, where Catherine and her brothers and sisters attended church.
1850 census, Northumberland Co, PA, Upper Mahanoy Twp, p 506, line 14
1860 census, Northumberland Co PA, p 298, DANIEL WRIGHTS, M age 20, shoemaker
1880 census, Cass Co, MO, Sherman Twp
enlistment papers & muster roll, Co F, 16th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, 18862-65
Civil War pension papers, #202165
Oklahoma death certificate #584867, 1920
Harvey Rutt, GENEALOGY OF THE SHAUM & HOLDEMAN FAMILIES, 1930, pp 27, 128
CASS CO MO FAMILIES, 1976, p 277
brother Philip baptized Sept. 13, 1830, Himmel Church Baptismal records
correspondence w/Forrest Fickle, Clinton, MO