Joseph Darby married Mary Chafer in 1851 whose father came from Lincolnshire, England. Of this union sprang Edwin Cyrus, Willis Henry, Blanch Isabell and Francis Marion. Then she (Mary) died in 1859. . . .
At the age of 35, Joseph and his brother, Robert, volunteered for the 191st Ohio Volunteer Infantry. It was near the end of the Civil War. According to Dyer's Compendium, the 191st Regiment Infantry was "organized at Camp Chase, Ohio, January and February, 1865. Moved to Harper's Ferry, W. Va., March 10, 1865. Attached to 2nd Brigade, 1st Provisional Division, Army of the Shenandoah, March 20. March to Charleston March 21. Transferred to 2nd (Ohio) Brigade, 2nd Provisional Division, March 27. Duty near Charleston till April 4. Operations in the Shenandoah Valley in vicinity of Winchester, Stevenson's Depot and Jordan's Springs, April to August. Mustered out August 27, and discharged September 5, 1865. Regiment lost during service 29 Enlisted men by disease."
It appears as if they, thankfully, really didn't encounter any fighting. As was typical, however, many of the men were lost to disease.
Joseph had nine children by two wives and is buried in the Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Church Cemetery. The ashes of one of his daughters is buried with him. His second wife, Elizabeth Garwood, is also buried in the family plot.
|Kathy Reed at Darby Family Plot in Pleasant Ridge|
|Grave Marker for Joseph Darby and his daughter, Sarah|