Ashtabula Co., Ohio
SOURCE: History of Ashtabula County, Ohio
Large, Moina W.
Topeka :: Historical Pub. Co.,, 1924, 1132 pgs.
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|* DAIN, Henry E.
* DALIN, Charles
* DARLING, Oliver C.
* DAWSON, W. A.
* DANEY, John
* DARLING, George
* DART, Jesse P.
* DeHART, C. P.
* DENNING, J. M.
* DERRY, C. R.
* DEURESS, Viola B.
* DEVEREAUX, C. L.
* DeVOE, Fred H.
* DEWEY, Carl, Dr.
|* DIBS, John
* DICKSON, Orr A., Dr.
* DIEHL, Henry Archie
* DILLON, R. E.
* DIVINE, Clarene G.
* DIXON, Joseph R.
* DORMAN, Miles
* DOTY, E. P.
* DOUGLASS, Arthur
* DOWN, Charles B.
* DUNHAM, Bert L.
* DUNHAM, Edith Wescot
* DUNN, Frank B.
C. DARLING, a contractor and builder, Conneaut, Ohio, was born in
Ashtabula county, this State, September 27, 1836.
His parents were James and Maria (Hogle) Darling,
the former a native of Massachusetts and the latter of Genesee Flats,
Otsego county, New York. They were married in Rochester, where the father
learned the trade of carpenter. They came to this county about 1825 and
settled in Conneaut, where he bought property and where he was engaged in
work on vessels in the harbor. Subsequently he exchanged his town
property for a farm in Pierpoint township, moved there about 1833,
and lived at that place until his death, in April, 1861, at the age of
fifty-six years. He was a fine workman, had a good education, and stood
high in the community in which he lived. Both he and his wife were worthy
members of the Congregational Church. She died May 6, 1885, at the age of
seventy-eight years. They had ten children, nine of whom are living today.
They are as follows: Mary E., wife of Alexander Marvin,
of Pierpoint; James Ephraim, who married Matilda
Stanton, and has three children, lives in Marysville, Missouri;
Francis Marion, who died at the age of nineteen years; O. C.,
the subject of our sketch; Susan Alvira, wife of Orsemus
Peters, lives in Winslow, Illinois, their family being composed of
two children; Jane D., wife of Jonas Scramlin, of
Climax, Michigan; Caroline, wife of Albert Hildum, of
Warren county, Pennsylvania, has two children; Harriet P.,
wife of Edwin Trevit, Monroe, Wisconsin; and Esther
Jane, wife of Richard Marvin, Corry, Pennsylvana; has
O. C. Darling began his trade at the work bench
with his father, in this county, when a mere boy. In 1856 he went to
Illinois, and from there in 1859 made a prospecting tour to Pike's Peak.
On his return he stopped at Platte City, Missouri, and worked at his trade
there for a time. He built a commodious residence for Colonel
Burns, a wealthy planter, and while he was there the Colonel took a
great fancy to him. It was about that time that secession fever arose to a
white heat. Colonel Burns was an enthusiastic rebel. He offered
Mr. Darling a commission, $100 per month, and a horse and
saddle, if he would enlist in the Southern cause, and when the offer was
emphatically but respectfully declined, the Colonel said, " Then you must
leave these parts." That night, with a colored slave as driver, and the
Colonel's own family carriage and line horses, he was driven with his
effects to the river, and upon their reaching the landing the negro begged
him to sell the carriage and horses and take him along to " God's
country," which, of course, Mr. Darling would not do. At
Quincy he enlisted in the Ninth Illinois Regiment, was drilled and
stationed on the Hannibal & St. Joseph Railroad, and at the expiration of
his term of enlistment came on to Ohio. From Ashtabula county he went to
the oil fields of Pennsylvania, and at Titusville followed his trade until
September 8, 1862, when he enlisted for three years in Company D,
Eighteenth Pennsylvania Cavalry. He enlisted as wagoner, and had charge of
a train of wagons until, on account of rheumatism, he was compelled to go
to the hospital. April 9, 1864, he was discharged on surgeon's certificate
of disability. This ended his army career.
The war closing, he returned to Titusville, and for two
years was unable to do any work. Indeed, he has never been very strong
since. He was engaged in contracting and building for some time in
Titusville and afterward at Corry and North East. He came to Conneaut in
March, 1889, and has since been identified with the interests of this
place. He and his son are both master workmen and are doing an
extensive business here. Many of the nice residences in which Conneaut
abounds are examples of their handiwork. Mr. Darling is a
generous and public spirited man, and while a resident of North East held
various minor offices.
He was married, Christmas, 1861, to Miss Elizabeth
Bright, daughter of Josiah and Amy Bright, old settlers
of Trumbull county, Ohio. Her parents were the first white couple ever
married in Trumbull county. Mr. Bright died in Newton Falls,
that county, at the age of forty-five years, his death resulting from the
bite of a mad dog. He was born August 13,1805, and died September 2, 1851.
Both he and his wife were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. The
latter died July 18, 1881, at the age of seventy-eight years. Their seven
children are as follows: Josiah, who died at the age of two years;
Rebecca, who died at the age of sixty-two; Jonathan, a
resident of Dallas, Texas; David, of Kalamazoo, Michigan; Amy,
wife of A. P. Swartz, Grand Rapids, Michigan; Elizabeth, now
Mrs. Darling; and Margaret, wife of Sidney
Thompson, Pierpoint, Ohio.
Marmaduke Bright, Mrs. Darling's
grandfather, was born in England, August 23, 1773, and his wife, nee
Amy Duffield, was born in the same country, September 20, 1775.
Their four children were Elijah, Josiah, William and
Mr. and Mrs. Darling have four children, namely:
Burton A., who married Bertha L. Huffleman, of Chicago.
They have one child, Lester Edwin; Ida May,
wife of William Huller, of Climax, Michigan, has two
children; Floyd C. and Claud; Louella A., wife of Melvin
Scramlin, also of Climax, Michigan, has one child, Henry;
Frank Ulysses, who married Elma Jenkins, lives in
Battle Creek, Michigan.
Mr. Darling and his wife are members of
the Methodist Episcopal Church of Conneaut, of which he is a Trustee. He
is also a member of the A. O. U. W., and Custer Post, No. 9, G. A. R., of
Conneaut. Mrs. Darling belongs to the W. R. C, and the Royal
Templars of Temperance. They are among the most excellent people of the
(For Source, see Note 1 below)
De HART, decorator and paper hanger, Conneaut, Ohio, was born in
this town, April 3, 1847. His parents, Dr. Hiram H. and Charlotte De
Hart, natives of Pennsylvania, are now residents of Detroit, Michigan.
Dr. De Hart practiced medicine in Conneaut years ago, and as a
skilled physician was well known all over the county. He and his wife are
each about seventy years of age. The subject of our sketch and a brother
and sister are the only ones living of. their family of eight children.
The sister, Mabel, is the wife of Frank O. Dunwell, of
Ludington, Michigan, and the brother, Harry, is a traveling
salesman for Macauley, a Detroit wholesale milliner.
Mr. De Hart received his education in Conneaut and Cleveland,
completing his schooling with a commercial course. With the exception of
two years spent in Detroit, he has been engaged in his present occupation
in Conneaut since 1873, employing from seven to ten men as assistants
during the summer months.
Mr. De Hart has a wife and family of bright
children, and his comfortable and attractive home is located on one of the
beautiful streets of Conneaut. He was married February 9,1874, to Emma
Blakeley, daughter of Henry Blakeley, an honored
pioneer of Ashtabula county. They have had four children, namely:
Sherman, who died in infancy, and Sarah Wade,
Charlotte Blakeley and Daphne Louise.
(For Source, see Note 1 below)
MILES DORMAN, dealer in real
estate at Conneaut, Ohio, was born in Erie county, Pennsylvania, July 1, v
1837, son of Edwin and Sarah (Brown) Dorman, natives respectively of
Canada and Vermont.
Edwin Dorman came from Canada to the
United States with his parents when quite young, and for some thirty years
was engaged in farming in Pennsylvania. About 1874 he came to Conneaut.
Here he dealt in agricultural machinery the rest of his life. He died in
July, 1888, at about the age of seventy-nine years. He was a man of
excellent business ability and was well known and highly respected. His
wife Sarah died about 1853, aged forty-five. Her father, Steven Brown, was
a wealthy farmer in Pennsylvania, and, moving to Ohio, settled on a farm
about two miles from Conneaut—the property now owned by Frank Blood.
Mrs. Dorman was member of the Christian Church. The nine
children composing the family of Edwin and Sarah
Dorman are as follows: Austin, who went to California in 1850, was for
many years a wealthy rancher; Salina, wife of George Moe,
resides in Ashtabula county; Dorence, the third born, is a resident
of California, where he was for some years engaged in mining; Miles
was the fourth born; Isaac, a member of the One Hundred and
Forty-fifth Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, was the tallest man in his
company, and was flag-bearer; he was killed at the battle of Gettysburg;
Lucy, wife of Myron Hall, resides in California;
Sarah, wife of F. A. Majors, is also a resident of
California; Thomas B. married Emma Putney and lives
in this county; and Sidney died at the age of two years.
Mr. Dorman was married the second time
about 1858, being then united to Mrs. Sarah McKee,
who is now living at Conneaut in her eighty-seventh year. She has been one
of the kindest of foster-mothers, devoted to her step-children, by whom
she is held in most tender and loving regard.
Miles Dorman was reared on the farm and educated in the
common schools. In 1861 he engaged in the livery business in Titusville,
Pennsylvania, continuing the enterprise four years. Then for a short time
he was in the mercantile business in the same place, turning from that to
hotel life. He was proprietor of a hotel at Petroleum Center, where he did
a successful business. From the hotel he went onto a farm which he bought
on the lake shore, and where he lived two years, selling out at a good
advantage at the end of that time. He came to Conneaut in the spring of
1871, and for two years kept the Central House. This hotel he traded for
the Commercial, which he conducted nineteen years, and which he still
owns. In the mean time he engaged in the livery business, running a bus
line in connection with it. For twenty-four years, all told, he was
engaged in the livery business. Since 1891, Mr. Dorman has
devoted his attention to real-estate transactions, in which he has met
with good success. Indeed, his whole business career has been
characterized by prosperity. He served as Councilman of Conneaut eight
successive years, from 1878 to 1886.
Mr. Dorman was married in the spring of
1861 to Miss Elizabeth Armstrong, daughter of
Thomas Armstrong, of Conneaut. Their children are Elmer A.
and Edwin T. Elmer A. is successor to his father in the
livery business. He married Nellie Brandle, and has one
child, Edwin Miles. Edwin T. is engaged in the
clothing business at Conneaut, being in partnership with S. J. Smith,
and doing business under the firm name of E. T. Dorman & Co. His
wife, Lois, is the only daughter of S. J. Smith.
Mr. Dorman affiliates with the
Republican party and takes a lively interest in political matters. He is a
man of more than ordinary business ability, is enterprising and public
spirited, and is a favorite with his many acquaintances.
(For Source, see Note 1 below)
FRANK B. DUNN, president
and treasurer of the Dunn Wire Cut Lug and Brick Company, of Conneaut,
was born in Mercer County, Pa., Oct. 25, 1874, and is a son of
Socrates and Sarah D. (Richardson) Dunn.
Socrates Dunn was a prominent farmer of Mercer
County during his life and died in 1899. His wife died in 1888.
They were the parents of eight children, as follows: William J.,
and George Edwards, both deceased; Laura A., married
Charles D. Ray, both deceased; Hattie M., deceased;
Charles T., enraged in the lumber business at Sharon, Pa.; Frank
B., the subject of this sketch; Sarah E., deceased; and
Marie A., married W. E. Wilson, lives at Corry, Pa.
Frank B. Dunn attended the public schools of
Mercer County, Pa., and in early life was engaged in business at
Pittsburgh, Pa., as a carpenter contractor. At the age of 23 years
he learned the machinists trade.
On Sept. 25, 1901, Mr. Dunn was united in
marriage with Miss Maud Grace Nunamaker, a native of Stark
County, Ohio, and a daughter of the following children: Myrtle
D., married H. A. Smith, lives at Conneaut; Mabel A.,
married Dr. Marian Legallie, deceased, and she resides at
Alliance, Ohio; Norman D., lives in Toledo, Ohio, and Mrs.
Dunn. To Mr. and Mrs. Dunn have been born three
children: James, born in 1903, died in infancy; Pauline Marie,
born Jan. 9, 1906; and Elizabeth Alice, born Oct. 28, 1912.
Mr. Dunn and his family are members of the
Methodist Episcopal church and he belongs to the Elks Lodge. In
1923 he was elected president of the board of education. He is one
of Ashtabula County's public spirited citizens and has well earned the
respect and esteem of his many friends.
(See Note 2 below for Source)
Source 1 - Biographical History of
Northeastern, Ohio Embracing the Counties of Ashtabula, Geauga and Lake.
Containing Portraits of all the Presidents of the United States with a Biography
of each, together with Portraits and Biographies of Joshua R. Giddings, Benjamin
F. Wade and a large number of Early Settlers and Representative Families of
Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company - 1893.
Source 2 - History of Ashtabula County, Ohio by Mrs. Moina W. Large - 1924
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