Marchant, David O. (1840-1907)
MARCHANT, MABLE, LILLY, FRUITNIGHT
Posted By: Linda Linn (email)
Date: 3/9/2011 at 18:46:59
LeMars Globe Post
The funeral of D. O. Marchant, was held from his late home on Saturday under the auspices of the Mower Post G. A. R. and was one of the largest funerals recently held here. The floral tributes were numerous and beautiful. The funeral service was preached by Rev. G. Whitefield, pastor of the First Methodist church who paid a glowing tribute to him as man and citizen.
He was born In New York September 11, 1840 where he formerly made his home for several years going from there to Illinois to make his home. He was united in marriage with Miss Hattie Mable on November 9, 1868, and two children were born to them Mrs. H. B. Lilly, who now resides at Westfield in this county, and Mrs. W. H. Fruitnight of Topeka, Kansas. Both of the daughters with their husbands were present to attend the funeral.
D. O. Marchant was a member of a family of seventeen children, six girls and eleven boys and every one of those boys offered their lives in the defense of their country when the Civil War
began between the North and South. The father was also in the army, making twelve from one family.
The aged mother appealed to the government for the discharge of one of her sons that he might come home from the field and assist her and cheer her in her loneliness and an investigation was made of the appeal by the department and it was ascertained that Mrs. Marchant had the largest family of sons in the army that any other mother in the whole country and a special act of congress was passed granting her a pension of thirty dollars a month.
Belonging to such a family it carries with it an honor that will be more enduring than any monument that could be built in his memory and more lasting than a shaft of granite.
Of the eleven brothers, only two are living and they were unable to attend the funeral. Chub Marchant who lives at Rockwell City is very sick and Louis Marchant, who lives at Manhattan, Kan. was unable to attend on account of distance.
Civil War Record
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