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Henry Abel Dimon
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Birth: Oct. 12, 1843
Columbus
Muscogee County
Georgia, USA
Death: Aug. 12, 1917
Newberg
Yamhill County
Oregon, USA

Henry Abel Dimon was born 12 Oct 1843 in Columbus, Muscogee County, Georgia and died 12 Aug 1917 in Newberg, Yamhill County, Oregon. Inbetween he had a life of great adventure. One of thirteen children born to John Dimon and Sarah Leonora Hallenbeck, he spent his youth working on the family subsistence farm in rural Muscogee County. The American Civil War brought economic opportunity to the manufacturing community of Columbus, and during that war Henry worked at the Eagle Factory manufacturing war munitions and serving in the industrial battalion of the Georgia State Line, the Eagle Guards. During the battle of Atlanta Henry's unit was moved to the front, and sad to say its service was not entirely honorable. Family legend next places Henry in caves along the Chattahoochee River hiding from the press gangs and Confederate patrols, where supposedly he made wicker baskets for his living and traded them with the locals for food. It is known, however, that he rejoined his family in August 1866 in their migration from Columbus to Minneapolis, Minnesota to start a new life. With only the cotton clothes on their backs, the family Bible, and a few meager possessions, the family had made their way by land and river north to Hennepin County. After wintering in town, Henry joined them in the North and the family took out a homestead and bounty claim on the shores of Sauk Lake in Birchdale Township, Todd County. There Henry met and married Betsey Ann Weeks, at her family's home in adjacent Hartford Township. Seven children were born of the marriage, all in Minnesota. Henry farmed a hardscrabble claim for ten years, then moved to the town of Sauk Centre and was successful in independent draying from the railhead. When the branch rail line was completed in 1881, Henry remained in the lumber business, and was a lumber clerk as late as 1911. Five of the seven children would eventually remove to Oregon, and Henry, Betsey, and an assortment of Weeks relatives joined them in the fall of 1904. After business ventures in sash and door supply, Henry fell ill in 1917 and passed away at his home shortly after. Funeral services were conducted under the direction of the Odd Fellows at the Newberg Methodist Church.

Bio By Loretta Dimond
 
 
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 Children:
  Katherine L Dimon Oppen (1884 - 1956)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Friends Cemetery
Newberg
Yamhill County
Oregon, USA
 
Created by: Walter Myers
Record added: Oct 14, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 11999001
Henry Abel Dimon
Added by: Walter Myers
 
Henry Abel Dimon
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Confederate Civil War veteran who served in Company B,19th Battalion Georgia State Guard Infantry.
- Randy Fletcher
 Added: Sep. 4, 2012
 
 
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