History of
Ashtabula Co., Ohio

SOURCE: History of Ashtabula County, Ohio
Large, Moina W.  Topeka :: Historical Pub. Co.,, 1924, 1132 pgs.

NOTE:  Other Biographies will have a note stating their sources.

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* DAIN, Henry E.
* DALIN, Charles
* DARLING, Oliver C.
* DANEY, John
* DARLING, George
* DART, Jesse P.
* DeHART, C. P.
* DERRY, C. R.
* DEURESS, Viola B.
* DeVOE, Fred H.
* DEWEY, Carl, Dr.
* DIBS, John
* DICKSON, Orr A., Dr.
* DIEHL, Henry Archie
* 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.
OLIVER 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 two children.
     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 Paul.
     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 city.
(For Source, see Note 1 below)

C. P. 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)


Note 1:  
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 today.
Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company - 1893.
Note 2:
Source 2 - History of Ashtabula County, Ohio by Mrs. Moina W. Large - 1924
NOTE:  There will be an asterisk (*) next to the biographies that have a portrait.

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