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Capt. William Dana
From The Commentator, Marietta, Nov. 4
DIED, at Belpre, in this county, on Monday last, Capt. William Dana, in the 65th year of his age.
Obituary notices are too frequently the effusions of flattery, dictated by the partiality of friendship; when even envy and malignity are hushed in silence. In the present instance, the best eulogium of the deceased, we are sensible, is the sentiment of affection evinced by his ......, when merit is consigned to the grave, and our hearts are saddened by the recollection of departed virtue; it were ungrateful to neglect the public testimonial to those qualities, which distinguished the friend and the man of worth. The "plain unvarnished tale" of his life and his actions, will constitute the best eulogium of Capt. Dana. He was born at Cambridge, in Massachusetts. In those memorable times which tried men's souls, he was actively engaged in the patriotic cause, and was among those who entered as minute men for the defence of their county's liberties. In the celebrated battle of Bunker's Hill, when the veterans of Great Britain were first taught to respect American bravery, he commanded a Company of Artillery. He was afterwards with Washington in the perilous scenes near the city of New York, and was in the engagements that took place near Kingsbridge and Whiteplains. The care of a young and promising family soon after obliged to resign his command. He was among the early settlers of this state, and, with his family, shared in the dangers and hardships of the Indian war. To the inhabitants of this vicinity, it were needless to recount those traits of usefulness & of social virtue, which have rendered him so generally esteemed in life and lamented in death. The fortitude by him manifested in the fluctuating and trying scenes of life, and the care he has evinced in the education, support and assistance of a numerous and respectable offspring, were features of his character, too prominent, and too honourable, to escape our recollection. The citizens of Belpre, in whom we find a society possessing the honourable traits of New England character, and in whom we still recognise numbers of those veterans of our revolution, who constituted a great part of its first settlers, will feel an irreparable loss in his death. His funeral was attended on Wednesday last, and an appropriate sermon was delivered by the Rev. Stephen Lindsley, of this place, to a numerous and respectable audience, assembled on the mournful occasion. [Source: Supporter, November 17, 1809 - Transcribed by C. Anthony]

Jerusha Dana
DIED. At the residence of her daughter in Gallipolis, January 23d, 1880, Mrs. Jerusha Dana, aged 84 years. She was born in Bridgeport, Conn. Both her father and her husband's father were among the first settlers of Marietta and vicinity. She was married in 1810, and reared a large family, of whom only three survive. She united with the Baptist Church in very early life, and continued in the same faith until death. She was ready and waiting when summoned to depart.  W. E. LYON.  [Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, February 12, 1880 - Submitted by Kathy McDaniel]

-- Of Mrs. Jerusha Dana, who recently died in this city, at the residence of her son-in-law, Judge Logue, an obituary notice in the Marietta Register says: One sister, older than herself, is still living in Connecticut. Also a brother, "Capt. Burch," of Marietta. She was married in 1810, at the early age of sixteen, to Edmund Dana, one of the most enterprising business men of that time, and a son of Capt. William Dana, of the first settlers of Ohio, 1788. They were married in the old seminary in Marietta, which is still standing, and soon went to live at the old homestead in Belpre, opposite Biennerhassetts Island. Mrs. Dana has passed through an eventful life. Her reminiscences of early times were very interesting. She was a woman remarkable for kindness and hospitality, for purity of heart, energy of character and that wonderful vitality of organization, which for many years has sustained a very frail body. Under every vicissitude of fortune she preserved her cheerfulness and elasticity of spirit. She will be remembered by a large circle of friends in Marietta and vicinity as one of the lovelist and beautiful of old ladies. Her last thoughts were of others, and it may well be said of her, "she hath done what she could." The worn grandmother is at rest. May our lives be as pure, as useful, and as thoughtful, as was hers. [Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, February 26, 1880 - Sub. by Kathy McDaniel]

Captain Tillinghast Devol
At Ferguson Station, Missouri, Captain Tillinghast Devol, formerly of Waterford, Washington county, Ohio, in his first year. [Cincinnati Daily Gazette (Cincinnati, OH), Page 2, November 19, 1870 - Transcribed by AFOFG]

Charles Ross Dutton
Ex-Ohio Oil Man Dies.
Corpus Christi, Tex., Feb. 24 (AP) Charles Ross Dutton, 69, former Ohio oil man, dies at his home here. He was born at Macksburg, Washington County, Ohio. [Source: Plain Dealer, February 26, 1946, Transcribed by C. Anthony]


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