Memorial Day

MEMORIAL DAY….Thanks to my genealogy hobby, I’m now pretty familiar with the military history of the Drum family. That seems like an appropriate topic for Memorial Day, doesn’t it?

The top picture is the gravestone of Henry Drum Jr., a member of the third generation of Drums born in the United States. Henry Jr. moved to Ohio in 1806 and served in the First Regiment (Denny’s) of the Ohio Militia during the War of 1812. A history of of Pickaway County says he was “one of the forty-days men,” but I’ve never been able to find a reference that explains what this means. Henry is buried in the Tarlton Cemetery in Tarlton, Ohio, next to his wife, Susannah.

The middle picture shows the grave of Henry Jr.’s grandson (and my great-grandfather), Eli Drum, who moved with his family to Cerro Gordo, Illinois, in 1856, and joined the Union Army along with his brother in 1862. He served in the 107th Illinois Infantry Regiment until the end of the war, fighting in both the Siege of Knoxville and the fall of Atlanta, then returned to Cerro Gordo and eventually took up a career as a newspaper editor. He is buried in the Cerro Gordo Cemetery next to his wife, Mary.

The bottom picture is the gravestone of James Dacy, my Canadian-born great-great-grandfather who entered the United States in 1852 and joined the Union army in 1861. He was a member of the 2nd Illinois Cavalry until 1864. Family legend has it that he met his future wife when he passed through Marshall, Missouri, and made the following remark to her: “You’re too old to be walking around barefoot.” Thus was a great romance born. A few years after his discharge James moved to Marshall, married the barefoot young lady, and then moved the entire family to Los Angeles in 1884, where he spent the rest of his life trying to wheedle a pension out of the United States government. He is buried in Rosedale Cemetery in Los Angeles with his wife, Agnes.

In addition, my maternal grandfather and my father both served in the navy, but due to the vagaries of age missed World War I and World War II respectively by just a few months.

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