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 Ira Nelson Deyo

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Ira Nelson Deyo

Birth
Naples, Ontario County, New York, USA
Death 23 Jan 1917 (aged 72)
Rochester, Monroe County, New York, USA
Burial Naples, Ontario County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 138207665 View Source
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The Naples Record
Naples, Ontario County, New York.
Wednesday, January 31, 1917

Died in Rochester at 3:45pm on Tuesday, January 23,1917, of pneumonia. He was the youngest of six sons of the late Ira and Betsy Lyon Deyo, and was born in Naples seventy two years ago, he was the last of the family. He is survived by one son, Geo. F. Deyo, of Honeoye, and three daughters, Mrs. John H. H. Alden, of New Haven, Conn., and Misses Elizabeth and Frances Deyo, teachers in New York City. The body of Mr. Deyo was brought to Naples on Thursday, accompanied by his children, and placed in the vault in Rose Ridge Cemetery, there to remain until Memorial Day when funeral services will be held under the direction of the G A. R. His will be the third of the Deyo brothers whose funeral was held on May 30th: Amenzo L., who dropped dead in the Christian church while rehearsing music for the exercises to be held; George C. and Ira N. Deceased was a veteran of the Civil War. He enlisted when but seventeen years of age on September 25, 1861, in Co B, N. Y. Inf., under Capt. Will W. Clarke; promoted to corporal September 1, 1862; re-enlisted on January 1, 1864. He was in the battles of Yorktown, Fair Oaks, and Seven Days Before Richmond. He was captured at Plymouth, NC, April 20, 1864, and confined in four Confederate prisons; at one time while being transferred he made his escape by jumping from a moving train, but owing to his weakened condition was recaptured. He was discharged from service June 9, 1865. Since the war, Mr. Deyo had made several trips to the South, going over the old battle grounds, the last being to witness the unveiling of the New York State monument at Andersonville, NC, in the latter part of April, 1914. It was in Andersonville prison that Mr. Deyo spent four months and nearly starved to death. It was on this last trip that he erected a suitably inscribed slab on the spot where he spent the four months. Returning to Naples after the war, Mr. Deyo was for several years engaged in the hardware business with the late A. T. Nelson. About 1876 or 1877 he disposed of his interests here and opened a hardware store in Honeoye, which he conducted until a few years ago when he was succeeded by his son, George F. Deyo. After retiring from the hardware business in Honeoye he was for some time employed in the Excise Department of the State. A few years ago he purchased a farm on the west shore of Honeoye lake which he named "Fort Comfort," and this was his home at the time of his death. Soon after the war Mr. Deyo was United in marriage with Miss Frances Semans, a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Semans, of Naples. Mrs. Deyo died many years ago. To them were born the four children above mentioned. Mr. Deyo had served the town of Richmond as town clerk and also as supervisor. A more patriotic man than the deceased never lived, ever having the interests of his country at heart. As often as possible he passed Memorial Day in his home town, Naples, and a few years ago delivered the address on that day. In his home, Mr. Deyo was a kind and indulgent husband and father; in business, his relations were of the kind that drew men to him and as a neighbor, there was none better. A good man has gone to his reward.

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Co. B, 85th New York Infantry Regiment.

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