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David Belcher Hutson
Birth: 1844
Death: Nov. 8, 1882
Kittitas County
Washington, USA

David Hutson lived to be 38 years old. Census records show that he was born about 1844 in Mississippi; however, he was more likely born in Virginia, as were his siblings. He was one of nine children born to Granville and Sarah Elizabeth (Osborn) Hutson. His mother told Dave's wife a story about him when he was nine years old. Dave disobeyed his mom and climbed into a tree that had real supple limbs. A tree common to that area, the children would climb out on a limb until it bent so far they couldn't hang on any longer, then drop and cling to the end of the limb and bounce up and down. Dave miscalculated and fell, breaking his arm. Knowing he had been disobedient and not wanting punishment, he didn't tell her and she never found the break until he ran a temperature and had to be put to bed. When she removed his undershirt she saw the bone through the flesh and could see that gangrene had set in. Another brother was sent for a Doctor and it took three days horseback riding to get him and return. They were told the boy would have been dead but for the home treatment applied to the arm by a neighbor. His arm was white and shriveled and couldn't be reset so it always remained a bit crippled. They had put fresh cattle manure in a poultice on his arm. It killed the grangrene but what a cure!
Dave's family lived in Virginia. After the war ended and his father's Virginia holdings were wiped out, the older children and their father talked the mother into going to California to start anew. It was a severe trip and his father died after entering Utah Territory. The mother refused to continue on and they turned back. The boys got her to settle in Texas. Family lore says that when the civil war began, his mother hid 15 year old Dave in the peach trees so the Union Soldiers couldn't find him but he ran away and joined the Confederates the latter part of the war. There is no supporting documentation as yet for this story and the family was not in Virginia at this time period but living in Texas. Dave's widowed mother had remarried and had two more sons, Mike and Coy.
David Hutson married Belle Crane when he was 31-1/2 years old and she was 15-1/2. Two daughters were born to them in Weatherford and Palo Pinto Counties, Texas by 1879. The family left Texas for Walla Walla, Walla Walla County, Washington hoping to find good health for Dave, but stopped at Robber's Roost (Ellensburg) on 4 August 1882. Dave died there on November 8, 1882 and the little band remained there. Dave's younger half-brothers, Michael (Mike), 22 years old, and Jesse McCoy (Coy) Bridges, 17 years old, and an acquaintance from Texas, were also members of their party. When they left Strawn, Texas by wagon for the nearest railroad station, they were accompanied by the Townzen family a part of that distance, as the latter family were moving to a new home. Strawn Texas was about 40 miles from Fort Worth where the Hutson-Bridges family were to take the train. At some point in the journey, the Townzens left them there and went on toward the sunset. As the wagons disappeared in the distance, the little girls and their mother could no longer see their loved ones and my mother said she had believed her beloved grandmother rode away into the sun. They broke camp and came west by train to San Francisco, boat to Dalles, Oregon, purchased a wagon and team, then on a ferry to Washington Territory. They paid a toll to cross the Yakima River over a new bridge and onto Badger Pocket district where they lived on a farm for several years.
Belle told her granddaughter that their going to Ellensburg was hoping to improve Dave's health. She said his trouble was called inflammation of the stomach but she believed it to be ulcers or gall stones, neither was known at that time. She said her husband's last words were to his brother, Mike, whom he asked to "take care of my girls." Mike kept his promise and ten months later married Dave's widow.

(the above story was extracted from 'Family' by David Hutson's granddaughter, Rhoda Andrews, who wrote about her family in 1959]

Effie (Stickney) Kinkade told her granddaughter, Margie Allred, that she was shown the grave site of her husband's grandfather. It was at the edge of the cemetery, under the fence. A letter to St. Andrew's Cemetery created a response that many of the old graves were unmarked and they had no record of a burial for David Hutson. Flora Wandling wrote her cousin Doris Shones in 1987, "David Hutson was burried in the Catholic cemetery in Ellensburg which was the only cemetery those days. It was in two parts, non-Catholics and Catholics. When the IOOF cementary was built lots of non catholics were moved to the new one. Granny B. told me there had been a fence built over the top of Grandpa Hutsons grave so she didn't have him moved." In 2009, a memorial marker was ordered for Pioneer David B. Hutson and placed in the memorials-only section of the IOOF Cemetery, Ellensburg. 
Family links: 
  Sarah Elizabeth Osborne Hutson Bridges (1828 - 1877)
  Mary Isabelle Crane Bridges (1860 - 1941)*
  Dona Belle Hutson Wheaton (1877 - 1952)*
  Mattie Cerena Hutson Kinkade (1879 - 1967)*
  William Leander Hutson (1842 - 1907)*
  David Belcher Hutson (1844 - 1882)
  Elizabeth Hutson Howe (1846 - 1891)*
  Martha A Hutson Ferguson (1850 - 1880)*
  Dan Cunningham Hutson (1854 - 1928)*
  John Patterson Hutson (1855 - 1925)*
  James Buchanan Hutson (1857 - 1941)*
  Lee Granville Hutson (1859 - 1943)*
  Michael George Bridges (1860 - 1941)*
  Jesse McCoy Bridges (1865 - 1942)*
*Calculated relationship
Married to Mary Isabelle Crain in 1875.
Father of Dona Belle Wheaton and Mattie Cerena Kinkade.
Note: Gr-gr-gr granddaughter Tara Beaver selected the grave marker design.
IOOF Cemetery
Kittitas County
Washington, USA
Plot: Memorial Garden, B-2, Cenotaph
Created by: Margie & Bob von M
Record added: Dec 27, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 32445372
David Belcher Hutson
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- carole taylor puntenney
 Added: Aug. 26, 2014
In memory of David our 3c3r
 Added: Nov. 13, 2009

- Steve Perry
 Added: May. 10, 2009
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