Richard R. “Dick” Ketchum

Richard R. “Dick” Ketchum

Hamilton County, Ohio, USA
Death 4 Jan 1904 (aged 70)
Decatur County, Indiana, USA
Burial Westport, Decatur County, Indiana, USA
Memorial ID 16164727 · View Source
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Richard R. Ketchum was born in Hamilton Co. OH to Benjamin and Rhoda (Benn) Ketchum. He moved to Decatur Co., IN about 1860, working first as a farm laborer for a Lathrop family, and later for other farmers as he sought to accumulate the necessary funds for the purchase his own land.

Before any land transaction could be made, the country was plunged into the conflict of a Civil war and, along with three of this brothers, Dick Ketchum joined the Union army. He was mustered into CO. "A" of the 146th Regiment of IN Volunteers in January 1865 as a private. Just three months later he was injured in a railroad accident near Hancock, VA. He was treated at Hicks Hospital in Baltimore, MD for "an injury to the top of his head, caused by being thrown from the cars in the accident, the hammer of his gun striking him in the top of the head, inflicting a severe wound." He was discharged with his company in August 1865.

The same year, Dick Ketchum purchased farm land north of Gaynorsville. Land transactions continued to interest Dick for the next twenty plus years. In 1885, he purchased a lot in Sharp's addition to the town of Westport, on which he built a hotel. The Ketchums owned this property until 1890 when they purchased a lot across the street to the northwest of the hotel.

Dick Ketchum was described as "a fairly large man who was particularly large-waisted, who would wear his dress uniform from the Civil War at every opportunity." The uniform was described as having gold trim, with a gold chord around the hat. He appears to have had many medals on his uniform and delighted in being asked to carry the flag in local parades.

Active in the Fred Small Post No. 531 G.A.R., Dick Ketchum served as the sentinel of the post around the turn of the century. He also was a participating member of the Westport Methodist Episcopal Church.

His death, at his home in Westport in 1904, was the result of an acute paralytic stroke. Richard and Jemima were the parents of five sons and five daughters.

Gravesite Details Buried in OLD Westport Cemetery adjacent the Methodist Church in Westport

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  • Created by: Janet Ketchum Armbrust
  • Added: 13 Oct 2006
  • Find a Grave Memorial 16164727
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Richard R. “Dick” Ketchum (24 Jan 1833–4 Jan 1904), Find a Grave Memorial no. 16164727, citing Old Westport Cemetery, Westport, Decatur County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Janet Ketchum Armbrust (contributor 46868268) .