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History of Whiteside Co, IL 1877

Source: Book: History of Whiteside County, Illinois
From Its First Settlement To The Present Time; with numerous biographical and family sketches.
Edited by Charles Bent, for ten years editor and proprietor of "The Whiteside Sentinel," of Morrison, Ill.
"Tell ye your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation."
Morrison, Illinois, 1877

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1877, by Charles Bent, in the office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington.
Reprinted by: Higginson Book Company, 148 Washington Street, P.O. Box 778, Salem MA 01970

Transcribed by: Denise McLoughlin
Tampico Area Historical Society

Page 240

DAVID CLEAVELAND is a native of the town of Western, Oneida county, New York, and was born June 16, 1802. He first came to Whiteside county in 1850, and after selecting his farm in Hume returned to the East, and in 1852 brought on his family, then consisting of fourteen persons. Mr. Cleaveland was married to Miss Amy Hawkins, in Oneida county, New York, in July, 1843. This lady is spoken of in the highest terms by every one in Hume and vicinity. The children by this marriage have been: Delight, Abel, Harmon, George, Daavid, Fr., Maary, Cyrus, Edward, Jay, Nelon, Squire, and three who died in infancy at the old home in New York State. Harrison married Miss Mary Annis, and lives in Montana Territory. Squire is unmarried, and lives in Texas. Delight married Ezra P. Adams, and lives in Hume. Abel married Miss Charlotte P. Wright; on the 18th of August, 1855, he died very suddenly of heart disease at his house, in Hume; the widow sometime afterwards married Carlos Haven, who is also now dead; Mrs. Haven resides at Port Henry, New York, George married Miss Gertrude Andrews, and lives in Prophetstown. David Jr. married Miss Almara Walker, and lives in Hume. Mary married William Thompson and lives in Floyd county, Iowa. Cyres married Miss Mary Mulcay, and lives in Tampico. Edward married Miss Harriet Morehead, and lives in Hume, Jay married Miss Fanny Denison, and lives in Hume. Nelon married Miss Fanny Humaston, and lives in Hume. David, Jr. was one of the earliest to enlist as a private in Company B, 34th Illinois Volunteers, and for bravery and meritorious conduct rose to be Captain. He is universally spoken of by those who knew him during the war, as one of the bravest of the Army of the Tennessee. When he arrived at Morrison, on his way home at the close of the war, his father was in attendance at the Circuit Court at that city, as a juror, and was actually one of the twelve in hearing a case, but no sooner did the car whistle reach his ears than he deliberately stepped out of the jury box, seized his hat, and turned to go out of the court room. Judge Heaton was presiding, and as soon as he noticed Mr. Cleaveland's movements, asked him where  he was going. "Going to see Dave," was the sententious reply. "The hold on a minute, said Judge Heaton, "and I will adjourn Court." True enough, the Court was adjourend, and Mr. Cleaveland met his gallant soldier son. Two other of his sons were also soldiers in the Union Army - Cyrus in the 34th Illinois Volunteers, and Edward in the 75th. Edward was wounded, and afterwards honorably discharged.

Mr. Cleaveland was Commissioner of Highways of Hume township for fifteen years, and also served a term as Justice of the Peace. His farm is on sections nineteen and thirty, and comprises three hundred and twenty acres, all of which lies in a body.

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