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Pvt William Delvin
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Birth: Dec. 2, 1830
Perry County
Ohio, USA
Death: Oct. 11, 1920
Huntington County
Indiana, USA

son of James and Mary (Carr) Delvin; after James' death, his mother married David Forst (1856)

1m: Rachel Newcomb on Jun 20, 1850, in Huntington Co., IN; children: Mary, Rollin Robert, George W., Emmett and Charles

2m: Sarah (Eubank) Whitelock on Dec. 29, 1910, in Huntington Co., IN. William was 80 and Sarah was 63.

There is another lengthy obituary which also lists a surviving sister, Alla Fosnaugh of Hartford, MI.

Civil War Service:
Residence Kokomo IN. Enlisted on 8/6/1862 as a Private. On 8/6/1862 he mustered into "A" Co. IN 5th Cavalry. He was Mustered Out on 6/20/1865.

History of Huntington County, Indiana 1914 By Frank S. Bash Pub. 1914) pg. 372-73:

William Delvin, who came with his parents to Huntington in 1834, and who is still living in the city, was born on December 2, 1830.

His family made the journey from Perry County, Ohio, with an ox team and covered wagon. At the time they arrived in Huntington there were only a few white families there, but there were plenty of Indians. Mr. Delvin remembers that when his mother looked out of the covered wagon and saw a large number of Indians watching their movements "she was heartbroken and burst into tears." They slept in the wagon until a cabin could be made ready for the reception of the family.

Their first home in Huntington County stood on the north side of Market Street, between Cherry and Jefferson, about where the Clayton building now stands. His father had two teams and worked on the canal.

Owing to the scarcity of white children, little William made playmates of Indian boys and he is probably the only man now living in Huntington County who can speak the Miami dialect. He tells of how an Indian squaw taught him to swim by throwing him in deep water and forcing him, as he thought, to fight for his life. He did not realize that the squaw was keeping close watch upon his movements and stood ready to come to his relief if necessary to save him from drowning.

Mr. Delvin is a nephew of that William Delvin who taught the first school in Huntington, and who was one of the first surveyors' in the county.

Unsure of publication: as found in Obituaries from the South Whitley, Indiana Area by Kite:
"October 21, 1920

William Delvin, 90 years old, for 87 years a resident of Huntington county, died Monday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Mary Shearer, in Huntington.

Mr. Delvin was born in Perry county, Ohio and came to Huntington with his parents in an ox-drawn cart. The family resided in a log cabin, where the Clayton building now stands."

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
Jun 15, 1916


Comrade William Delvin, a veteran of the civil war, and hale and hearty in spite of his eighty-six years, was greeting old friends and acquaintances in Fort Wayne yesterday.

He will spend several days here as the guest of his old army "bunkie" and tentmate, George W. Aldrich. As comrades together in the days of the war, they served in Company A, fifth Indiana cavalry for three years and were prisoners in the old confederate penitentiary at Charleston, S. C., during the siege and bombardment of that city by the federal fleet. Comrade Delvin hails from Huntington. He will attend the meeting of Lawton-Wayne post Saturday."

March 17, 1903 Fort Wayne Sentinel
"William Delvin, at Huntington, has brought suit to restrain the removal of bodies from the old Masonic cemetery there, alleging first that he is an heir of the founder of the cemetery, and next that he has relatives buried there."
Family links: 
  James Delvin (1812 - 1855)
  Mary Carr Forst (1811 - ____)
  Sarah Jane Eubank Rittenhouse (1846 - 1928)
  Rachel S Newcomb Delvin (1832 - 1909)*
  Mary Delvin Shearer (1852 - 1926)*
  Robert Delvin (1854 - 1934)*
  Emmett Delvin (1861 - 1883)*
  Charles Delvin (1866 - 1925)*
  William Delvin (1830 - 1920)
  Elizabeth Delvin Hullibarger (1834 - 1889)**
  Thomas Delvin (1843 - 1861)**
  James I. Delvin (1846 - 1918)**
*Calculated relationship
Mount Hope Cemetery
Huntington County
Indiana, USA
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Record added: Jan 25, 2011
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