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Father's brother, Robert, married Mary Pacey, an English girl. Had five sons and four daughters. The boys' names: Jonathan, William, Harry, Arthur. I forget the other boy's name. The girls: Elizabeth, Bettie, Nellie, Zylpha. Jonathan married and went to South Carolina. Had a family. Willis went to California, married there and died young. If they had any children, I don't know it. Harry married and lives in Avondale where he was born. Arthur, I believe, went to Massachusetts to live. Married and had a family. I don't know anything about Uncle Robert and Aunt Mary. Both died. She went first a good while ago. So ends that chapter.
So Edwin left some holes in the story -- holes I've not yet filled. I do know, that like his father before him, Robert was a painter. His death certificate refers to him as a "contracting painter." I know that not only was the family involved in the painting of houses, but also used their talents as sign painters. Robert's wife, Mary, died in 1910 at the age of 65. Robert lived with two of his daughters who remained unmarried.
Near the end of the Civil War, Robert signed up with his brother, Joseph, enlisting in the 191st Ohio Volunteer Infantry on March 8, 1865. (They were previously part of the 185th OVI, enlisting February 13th). Robert was 22. The 191st was first ordered to Winchester, Virginia where Major-General Hancock was organizing the First Army Corps. At Harper's Ferry, the regiment was stopped and ordered to report to General John R. Brooke. They were assigned to the Second Brigade, Second Division, Army of the Shenandoah. Their only duty was garrison duty in the valley until they were mustered out on August 27, 1865 in Winchester. The war was all but over when Lee surrendered on April 9th.
|Bombardment and Capture of Island Number Ten on the Mississippi River, April 7, 1862 |
Colored lithograph published by Currier & Ives, New York, circa 1862.
He served enough time, however, to have it mentioned in his obituary.
|Robert W. Darby (1842-1922)|