|Birth: ||May 20, 1794|
|Death: ||Jul. 13, 1886|
Alfred Day lived in Wilbraham, MA until 1813, at which time he went to Boston and enlisted as a drummer, the War of 1812 then being in progress. He was stationed at Commercial Point about 6 miles south of Boston, where a British landing was anticipated. He returned to his native town where he married Lydia Caulkins in 1815. In 1818, he left MA by ox-team and wagon and went to northern Ohio with his wife and child, where he settled in Lot 13 in Mantua Township of Portage County. In 1850, he sold the farm where the last 9 children had been born and moved to Pittsfield Township, Lorain County, OH. Then in 1860, he made another move, this time to MN. Several of his children also moved to MN and they all settled in Castle Rock Twp., Dakota County.
Alfred Day's life had covered a most remarkable period. He had lived under every President of the United States at the time of his death in 1886. He could remember the funeral of Pres. Washington. During his life the railroads and steamboats were invented; also the telegraph. When he was first enumerated in the U.S. census, the total population was about 5,000,000 and he lived to see it grow to nearly 60,000,000. He saw the country grow from a few states along the Atlantic seaboard to a mighty nation which spanned the continent. Looking back, he could remember the War of 1812, the Mexican War, the War of Rebellion, and many other events for 90 years. Alfred passed away on July 13, 1886. Alfred and Lydia are both buried in Castle Rock Valley Cemetery about 6½ miles southeast of Farmington, MN, as are many of their descendants.
Alvin Day (1763 - 1836)
Temperance Snow Day (1786 - 1839)
Lydia Caulkins Day (1796 - 1879)*
Levi Elhanan Day (1837 - 1938)*
Note: Sgt Alfred A Day was in Company F of the 8th Minnesota Infantry
Castle Rock Valley Cemetery
Created by: Laurie
Record added: May 16, 2004
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