FREEMAN, David O.- Union Army
DAVID O FREEMAN enlisted in the Union Army at Indianapolis, Indiana on the 4th day of September 1863 as a Private in Co. "F: 7 Reg. Ind. Volunteer Cavalry at the age of 14 ½ years old.. He was mustered out February 18, 1866 at Austin Texas.
David was born Jan 11, 1849 in Howard County, In one of seven children of Joshua and Elizabeth Lytle Freeman. His father, Joshua Freeman living in that area when the war broke out, and not withstanding he was considerably past the meridian of life, he offered his services to his county, and his name was enrolled as a member of the Twenty-Sixth Indiana Infantry, Company C. The hardships of a soldier's life proved too much for him to bear, and he was taken sick and sent home, only to die a short time after his arrival in Howard County, in February 1862. Thus was a courageous and patriotic spirit sacrified on the alter of our country
On Jan 26, 1868 in Kokomo, Grant County, Indiana he married Nancy Larowe (1847-1906) the daughter of Wilson Larowe and Matilda Armstrong. David and Nancy had seven children all but one being born in Kokomo, Howard County, Indiana. Their children were: Mary Elizabeth(1868 - 1924), John Lindsay (1870 - 1913) , Janie May (1873 - 1947), William Otto (1876 - 1951) Sarahan Rosietille (1878 - 1946), Errea Myrtle (1882 - 1906) and Edward Wilford (1886 - 1949).
In 1884 he and his family moved from Indiana to Trigg County, Ky where he farmed and worked in a sawmill. He was an avid fisherman and fished rain or shine at the foot of Main Street in Cadiz. He had built a little shed for coverage and fished on the rocks daily. He also was a wood craftsman and for Janie May's wedding gift he presented her with a hand carved box which is still in the family.
David married (2) Mahala Mildred Allen (1861 - 1927) May 24, 1908 in Cadiz, Ky. They had no children.
He filed for pension February 7, 1890 and his original application was rejected on account of his inability to produce the evidence then called for. His file was reopened April 8, 1904 and again on June 1, 1912 which he was granted. Upon his death his widow Mahala M. Freeman also applied and received a widow's pension. He is buried in the East End Cemetery at Cadiz, Ky.
He also had two grandsons, Samuel Wilford Freeman who served in WWI and William Thomas Freeman who served during peacetime before WWII.