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 Daniel A. “Uncle Dan” Clingaman

Daniel A. “Uncle Dan” Clingaman

Seneca County, Ohio, USA
Death 18 Feb 1951 (aged 104)
Wauseon, Fulton County, Ohio, USA
Burial Wauseon, Fulton County, Ohio, USA
Plot 5H
Memorial ID 9750487 · View Source
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Daniel (my great grandfather) and his parents, William Clingaman and Rebecca (Kleckner) Clingaman, and seven brothers and sisters came to Fulton County, Ohio from Seneca County, Ohio in 1853 by oxen-drawn wagon. The area where they settled was later known as German Township, west of Burlington, Ohio. His father died soon after their arrival so the entire family had to work harder. The land was mostly wooded at that time and there were remnants of Indian tribes nearby.
Daniel, age 18, served in the Civil War in the 195th OVI (Ohio Volunteer Infantry), Co.D with his elder brother Andrew Jackson Clingaman.
There is an interesting story behind their enlistment. They were in Wauseon one day where they were drafting men to serve. Andrew said "I wonder who the next one will be?" The next name they pulled was Andrew Jackson Clingaman. Jack said to Daniel "I don't want to be drafted, let's volunteer". So the next day they went to Tedrow (Spring Hill) and enlisted.
Another sidelight of the enlistment is: it was the custom during the War Between the States, the Union military allowed a person to hire someone else to take his position in the Army. For that substitution the substitute was paid from $300 to $1,000. Grandpa "Uncle Dan" enlisted in the name of a Defiance, Ohio family and was paid $300 for this service. Daniel's mother, Rebecca, loaned the money to a needy family in Bryan, Ohio. Upon Daniel's return, the money was not repaid because of the destitute condition of the Bryan, Ohio family. (This information was obtained from Jessie Lodema Clingaman Fauver, Daniel's daughter).
The 195th fought in the Shenandoah Valley and near Richmond, Virginia in 1865 under General Phil Sheridan. A third brother, John, served in the 10th Cavalry earlier in the war.
After the war Daniel was a blacksmith in Spring Hill (Tedrow), Fulton, Ohio and Wauseon, Fulton, Ohio and, later, he sold his blacksmith business and he began farming.
He married Louisa Ellen Minnich 22 Dec 1874. She was the daughter of Peter and Katherine Ann (Downs) Minnich. Daniel and Louisa had two children, Peter Minnich Clingaman (1876)and Jessie Lodema Clingaman (1879). They purchased land north of Wauseon, Fulton, Ohio on what is now St. Rt. 108 in 1882. Around 1902 they built a Victorian home on the property. They lived there with their daughter, Jessie. When Jessie married, her husband, Carl Beckham Fauver, moved into the house and helped farm.
On July 3-6, 1938 Daniel, accompanied by his daughter, Jessie Clingaman Fauver, attended the last bivouac at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The New York Central railroad made a stop in Wauseon just to pick them up. How interesting that must have been.
He lived on the farm and in the house he had built for many years until moving into town with his daughter, Jessie Lodema Fauver and her husband, Carl Fauver, when he was 103. My parents and I lived in the same house they lived in until their move to town. In 1949 when he turned 103, "The Toledo Blade" did an article about him. I was the two year old child on his lap. A number of people have asked me if I remember that day. I do remember parts of it. I was sitting in front of the big window and saw chairs, people. Quite a bit more activity than usual. I wondered for years why I don't remember Grandpa on that day. Well, we lived in the same house so he wouldn't have stood out to me as being unusual. That picture is on this memorial.
Daniel was 104 yrs, 4 mos, 23 days when he passed away. He was the last living Civil War Veteran in Ohio. There were only four or five Civil War veterans living in the U.S. at the time of his death. There were articles in newspapers around the United States announcing his death.
There was an interview taped by Art Berry, Toledo Radio at the time of 103rd Daniel's birthday. I have copies but there isn't a lot of information because of Daniel's age and the decrease of hearing which comes with age. His answers were usually one or two words. One question that was asked is what he thought of going from horse and buggy to airplanes and his answer was "It's alright". It is nice to hear his voice again.
Daniel Wesley Clingaman, grandson and namesake of Daniel A Clingaman, had a bio of his grandfather. He deserves credit for some of this information. I updated, corrected, etc. the information.

Daniel's SUVCW site Daniel Clingaman
If you would like to see memorials for all of his siblings, click on William or Rebecca Clingaman and visit all of them.
As a side note, if you have time you might want to visit Levi W McConkey. He and Daniel married Minnich sisters, Louisa and Emily Caroline. Levi kept a diary and it was recently sold at auction for over $1,100.

2016 Update: Frank L. Grzyb, a Vietnam veteran, is releasing his latest book: "The Last Civil War Veterans: The Lives of the Final Survivors, State by State."
Daniel A Clingaman is featured on pgs, 40-41 (State of Ohio). Also, his brother, Andrew Jackson Clingaman, is mentioned. Andrew's FAG site.
On page 40 is a picture of Daniel and G-Granddaughter. The "Toledo Blade" write an article and had this photo taken to celebrate his 103rd birthday.

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Co. D. 195 O.V.I.

Gravesite Details Daniel's headstone is in good condition and sits to the right of the main stone.
  • Maintained by: Judy Miller
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  • Added: 4 Nov 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9750487
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Daniel A. “Uncle Dan” Clingaman (25 Sep 1846–18 Feb 1951), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9750487, citing Wauseon Union Cemetery, Wauseon, Fulton County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Judy Miller (contributor 47421985) .