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David Ira Black
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Birth: Apr. 12, 1840
Cumberland County
Illinois, USA
Death: Mar. 5, 1916
Champaign County
Illinois, USA

David Ira Black was born on 12 Apr 1840 in Cumberland County, Illinois, Son of David and Catherine Black. According to Civil War documents, at age 24 he was 5'7" Tall and had Black Hair, Blue Eyes, and had a dark complexion.

In the early years, He lived with his parents in Coles and subsequently Cumberland Counties. David served in Company H, 10th Calvary of Illinois during the Civil War from 1862-1865. David enlisted on 1 Jan 1862 and was attached to Company H, which included the men from Coles and Sangamon Counties. On 22 November 1865, the Regiment was mustered out of the service and was sent North via Galveston and New Orleans, and finally reached Camp Butler, Illinois on 1 January 1866. David received his final pay and was officially discharged on 6 January 1866. his brother Middleton was killed in 1862 in the war.

Shortly after returning from the war, he married Sarah E Titus in 1869 in Greenup, Cumberland, Illinois, daughter of George Titus and Sarah Eliza Dennis. She was born on 23 Oct 1840 in Muskingum, Muskingum, Ohio. They had 3 children (James, Thomas and Charles) She died at the young age of 38 on 22 Dec 1878 in Charleston, Coles, Illinois and is buried in Harmony Cemetery.

His second marriage was to Louisa Maria Reed on 06 Jul 1879, daughter of Cyrus Reed and Mary (Mollie) Schoner. She was born on 18 Jun 1855 in Port Louisa Twp, Louisa Cty, Iowa. They had 9 Children (Ora, Alfred, Emma, Rella, Serepta (died in infancy), John, William, Eletha and Mabel. Louisa also had one daughter Mollie, prior to her marriage to David. Louisa died on 10 Dec 1931 in Urbana, Champaign, Illinois and is buried in Roselawn Cemetery with no marker.

According to early census records (1870-1910), he lived in Union Township in Cumberland County. Since his servicing post office was Diona (located in the upper portion of Union Township near Coles County), I assume he lived close to that location. According to David's obituary, they moved to Champaign in Champaign County around 1912 where they temporarily lived with his step-daughter Mollie and her family. Around 1914 they moved next door where they rented the house. He lived at this residence until his death in 1916.

He died at the age of 82 after heart failure at 5:00 P.M. on Sunday, 5 Mar 1916 at his residence in Champaign, Illinois. He had been battling a serious illness for 8 weeks prior to his death. Services were held at his home on Tuesday, 7 March at 2:00 P.M. Services were conducted by the Colonel Nodine Post Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R) by Rev S.E. Fisher. He was buried in Section 25, Lot 1 at the Old Soldiers Plot at Mount Hope Cemetery. 
Family links: 
  Sarah Elizabeth Titus Black (1840 - 1878)
  Louisa Marie Reed Black (1855 - 1931)*
  Thomas McClellan Black (1875 - 1937)*
  Alfred Oren Black (1884 - 1936)*
  Emma Ellen Black Connors (1884 - 1917)*
  Rella Black Rubow (1889 - 1954)*
  John Andrew Black (1890 - 1961)*
  Eletha Merle Black Rowland (1897 - 1942)*
  Mary Mabel Black Hart (1900 - 1996)*
*Calculated relationship
Company H, 10th Illinois Calvary
Mount Hope Cemetery and Mausoleum
Champaign County
Illinois, USA
Plot: Sec 25, Plot 1 (Old Soldiers Plot - GAR)
Created by: Tom Richardson
Record added: Jul 17, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 73484202
David Ira Black
Added by: Tom Richardson
David Ira Black
Added by: Tom Richardson
David Ira Black
Added by: Tom Richardson
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On this the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, we salute you.
- Russell Kasper
 Added: Oct. 8, 2014
My 2x Great Grandfather. Proud to carry on our military tradition and heritage.
- Tom Richardson
 Added: Jun. 21, 2013
My great great grandfather too!
- Chad Black
 Added: Apr. 16, 2012
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