David was an employee of the United States Treasurer in DC for many years. He Lived near his mother Charlott and three sisters in the D. C. area. Before coming to D.C area and taking this job with the Treasurer, he had lived many years in Michigan and Minnesota where he had lived near his brother Nathan and father, Hosea Arnold.
In the early 1850s he had gone to Minnesota to homestead with his brother in law Benjamin P Parks and his wife Charlotte, who was a sister to David.
His father, Hosea, was a glass worker in the New York glass industry, moving from place to place to find work.
David must of had the desire to seek new adventure as he moved often too, until settling in DC. The day of his tragic accident December 18, David was riding on a government Truck, which hit a bump on the icy street that causes a sudden jolt and threw the truck violently to the side. This threw David out of the truck and onto the pavement. He suffered several broken bones and internal injuries and died two days later on the 20th of Dec. A corner wrote an accidental death record on December 22.
There is one newspaper document that has him born in 1841 and the tombstone has 1831. One report has him at age 72 another has 82 at the time of his death. I believe the sisters made the correction to the 1831 year.
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