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David Heisey Garver
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Birth: Jul. 17, 1830
Lancaster County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Jun. 27, 1912
Macon County
Illinois, USA

David Heisey Garver was the son of Jacob and Susannah Heisey Garver. He Married Sarah Margaret Gray on Feb. 1, 1857 in Piatt Co., IL. She died in 1881. He then married Lydia Hess on June 5, 1884 in Macon Co., IL

DAVID H. GARVER, OLD SETTLER, DEAD.--One of the Founders of the Garver Colony.---WENT WEST FOR GOLD.--Held Annual Reunion With Other Survivors.
David H. Garver, one of Macon county's first and oldest white men, died Thursday night at 10: o'clock at the residence of his son, George B. Garver, 823 West Packard street. His death was caused by heart trouble which developed a dropsical affliction. He had been ill for several years but was not bedfast until about two weeks ago.
He would have been eighty two years old on July 6 having been born on that day in 1830 on a farm in Newark county, Pa. He came to Illinois in 1839 at the age of nine years. His father, Job Garver, and three brothers, John, Samuel and David made the trip West. Sam settled at Monticello but the three others came west and started the Garver settlement which is now so thriving seven miles northeast of Decatur. Each of the three brothers took up a farm of about 160 acres.
At that time this country abounded with deer and other wild game. Decatur was a hamlet of about 200 people and Central park was a swamp and hazel thicket abounding with rattle snakes. Mr. Garver lived with his father doing farm work and receiving his schooling at the settlement.
In 1850 he started in the famous gold rush to California and it is of this trip he could tell stories of interesting tales of early days and hardships. There were many Decatur people making the trip. He went with John and Ben Sawver with a wagon and mule team. He remained there for five years and then returned to the settlement coming by boat to the Isthmus of Panama, crossing the Isthmus and coming to New York by boat.
He married Miss Sarah M. Gray of Monticello on Feb. 1, 1857. To the union were born fifteen children, some of them dying in infancy and others later in life. Eight are now living. Mrs. Garver died Nov. 21, 1881. In about 1868 he went to Kansas and took up a claim, but after the grasshoppers had destroyed his crops each year he returned to the settlement again in 1874.
From then on he took up contracting for ditching and dredging work for many years and retired from active life in 1895. He married Lydia Hess in 1907. No children were born to them. He lived in Cerro Gordo for many years, until five years ago when he came to Decatur and lived with his children.
For years he and Benjamin Frazee and Anderson Draper have been this city's only survivors of the gold rush, and each year they got together on day for a reunion. This now leaves but the two survivors of that western trip of sixty-two years ago.
He is survived by two brothers, two sisters, eight children, thirty-five grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
The brothers are A. H. Garver of Westfield; Daniel Garver of Argenta; the sisters are Mrs. Susan Johnson of Leavenworth, Kan,; and Mrs. Barbara Rogers of Humboldt Kan. The eight children are A. S. Garver, J. T. Garver, George B. Garver, Mrs. Della Shipley, Mrs. Emma Duggan, Mrs. John Burns and Mrs. Ollie Atkins, all of Decatur, and Mrs. Calvin Davis of Bethany.
He was one of the oldest members of the Garver family reunion and was its president for several terms. He was a member of the Church of the Brethren at Cerro Gordo ever since his return from the west.
The funeral services will be held at the residence of George Garver, 823 West Parkard, Sunday morning at 9:30 and will be preached by Rev. Mr. Grisso, pastor of the Cerro Gordo church. Interment will be in the Garver cemetery, eight miles northeast of Decatur, the trip being made by carriage.
The Decatur Review (Decatur, Illinois), Friday Evening, June 28, 1912, Page 13

Many Relatives and Friends From Out of Town Attend it.
The funeral of David H. Garver was held at 9:30 Sunday morning at the residence of his son, George B. Garver, 823 West Packard street. There was a large attendance, many friends and relatives being here from Cerro Gordo, Oakley, Argenta, Bethany and neighboring towns.
The services were conducted by Rev. Mr. Grisso, pastor of the Church of the Brethren at Cerro Gordo. The music was furnished by Mrs. Otto Kyle and Miss Daisy Wilkins. The pallbearers were W.S. Garver, Harry Garver, Ben Garver, Walter Garver, J.J. Garver and James B. Good, all nephews of Mr. Garver. The interment was in the Garver cemetery.
Among the relatives present were two brothers, A.H. Garver of Westfield and E.H. Garver of Argenta, and a daughter, Mrs. Calvin Davis, of Bethany.
Decatur Review; Decatur, Illinois, July 1, 1912; Page 12.
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Family links: 
  Jacob M Garver (1798 - 1888)
  Susannah Heisey Garver (1802 - 1879)
  Sarah Margaret Gray Garver (1840 - 1881)
  Lydia Hess Garver (1837 - 1907)
  Arlington Sherman Garver (1864 - 1957)*
  Clara Ann Garver Davis (1869 - 1952)*
  Christian H. Garver (1822 - 1896)*
  Nancy Garver Good (1823 - 1859)*
  John Heisey Garver (1825 - 1898)*
  Mary Garver Wallace (1827 - 1905)*
  David Heisey Garver (1830 - 1912)
  Susan Garver Johnston (1839 - 1913)*
  Daniel Garver (1844 - 1940)*
  Abraham H. Garver (1846 - 1942)*
*Calculated relationship
Garver Cemetery
Macon County
Illinois, USA
Created by: Donna Kemp
Record added: Dec 19, 2011
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 Added: Oct. 8, 2012

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