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John Dillingham
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Birth: Jul. 2, 1773
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Sep. 20, 1861
Porter County
Indiana, USA

John Dillingham's Will is listed as Will No. 63 in the Porter County, Indiana, Will Book and is found on pages 193 and 194. John's Will was probated on September 27, 1861.


Decease of John Dillingham

Mr. Editor, -- Hearing of the recent death of old Mr. Dillingham, the oldest man of the county, and one of the earliest settlers, calls to mind an incident of his long and eventful life, which he related to me some twenty years ago, and which, two or three years ago I got him to repeat to me and I committed it to paper, thinking it would be interesting to the readers of The Republic in connection with his Obituary Notice, which his great age gave reason to expect in a few months or years. These were his words: "About the year 1788, and when I was about 16 years old, I was a sailor on board a merchant ship, on a voyage from Boston to Portugal, for a cargo of wine. On our homeward bound passage, we had provided for only a twenty day's passage, and the storm was such that we were kept nearly forty days at sea; during the latter part of which time we were on very short allowance, and actually reduced to such an extremity as to seriously contemplate the necessity of casting lots which of our number should first be sacrificed for food to sustain the rest."

[Source: The Republic, Valparaiso, Porter Co., Indiana, October 3, 1861]
Family links: 
  Clarissa Olcott Dillingham (1773 - 1809)
  Hannah Hiccox Dillingham (1785 - 1858)*
  Clarissa Dillingham Dillingham (1797 - 1811)*
  Polly Dillingham Dillingham (1807 - 1813)*
  Sally Dillingham Cole (1810 - 1886)*
  Olcott Dillingham (1827 - 1904)*
*Calculated relationship
SEPT.20, 1861.
88Ys. 2Ms. & 18 Ds.

Dearest father, thou hast left us,
Here thy loss we deeply feel,
But 'tis God who has bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal.

Dillingham Cemetery
Porter County
Indiana, USA
Created by: Steve Shook
Record added: Sep 10, 2008
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John Dillingham
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