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Re: David Fisher of Tuscarawas Cnty. Ohio
Posted by: jc (ID *****5058) Date: July 21, 2005 at 18:45:29
In Reply to: David Fisher of Tuscarawas Cnty. Ohio by Marc Fisher of 947

ID: I2088
Name: David A FISHER 1
Sex: M
Birth: 18 SEP 1845 in OH 2 1
Death: 22 SEP 1917 in Maumee Village, Lucas Cnty., OH 3 1
Burial: Old German, (Mineral City) Cemetery, Sandy Twp., Tuscarawas Cnty., OH 4 5 1
Residence: 1917 613 S. Mill, Massillon, OH 1
Residence: 17 SEP 1915 207 Woodland Ave 1
Occupation: ABT 1880 Farmer 1
Military Service: 21 SEP 1863 Indiana Cavalry 6 1
Reference Number: 10
[Fisher file.FTW]

Much about David Fisher's childhood remains a mystery. With no specific references or records to parents or siblings, David's roots remain to be discovered.
Traceable through the 1870 Census as a 25 year old farmer in Shanesville, Sugar Creek Twp., in Tuscarawas Cnty., Ohio, David's beginning family is recorded. Appearing 10 years later in the 1880 Census in Lawrence Twp., also in Tuscarawas Cnty., Ohio, David and his children seem to remain in the Sugar Creek, Mineral City area of North Eastern Ohio. 1900 Census records bear this fact out, as the family grows and expands, but always remaining in the immediate vicinity.
We know through Military records and Military disability Pension records, that David enlisted as an 18 year old in the Indiana Calvary in September of 1863. Co. K of the 7th Indiana Calvary was also known as the 119th Regimental Volunteers. While some records indicate David was promoted to Corporal, his final discharge orders suggest he remained a Private? It's also recorded he was disabled sometime in the summer of 1864 suffering a debilitating hernia from what one of his comrades later attested was a "result of hard riding on the raid to Oklahoma, Miss." The Unit was engaged in a number of activities in Mississippi during that year, and were commended by Generals Smith and Grierson for the undertakings.
Transferred in the fall to the V.R.C., which is understood to be a Veterans Rehabilitation Camp, he was discharged in Springfield, IL in 1865.
David was married in October of 1866 to Alzira Spiker, who remained his wife for the rest of his life. Together they raised 9 children, 3 girls and 6 boys.
Research has turned up no property holdings by David directly, and his movements as a farmer, and later disabled veteran, suggest he may have never owned land or property to speak of. David is buried in the German cemetery in Mineral City, along with his wife and a number of children, grandchildren and the like.
I have often wondered aloud, why would someone who lived in North Eastern Ohio, travel across 2 states to enlist in the Civil War movement. Obviously a horseman, the journey while not being impossible, seems somewhat improbable. In all the census records, David records being born in Ohio, with his parents being born in Ohio as well. Later discovered in one of the affidavits filed by David for the renewal of his Military Pension, David responds to questions regarding the date of his birth.
David notes he can't produce a certified birth certificate, as few were recorded in 1845. He also responds he can't provide a baptismal certificate either, since he believes he was never baptized. He then states a family bible record is also not available, since the family bible was destroyed by fire in his mother's home in Indiana, in or near Elkhart, sometime around 1890 or 91. This is the first and only reference to David's parents, and could explain his being in Indiana as an 18 year old in 1863.
To date no searches in Elkhart Cnty. during 1850 or 1860 have determined a boy David's age, living in the area. Searches of surrounding counties are left to do, but it's noted in one Cnty., directly south of the Elkhart area, there was (is) a significant German community. It's also noted there's an "Ohio" Cnty. on the East Indiana border, which records a significant settlement of Fishers in the early 1800's.
Maybe David's references to being born in Ohio, mean Ohio Cnty.? Time will tell.

Marriage 1 Elzira?or?Alziria SPIKER AKA EASH OR JOHNSON b: 16 APR 1843 in OH
Married: 21 OCT 1866 in Shanesville, Sugar Creek Twp., Tuscarawas Cnty., OH 7 1
John Albert FISHER b: ABT 19 JUL 1867 in Tuscarawas Cnty., OH
Joseph H FISHER b: ABT 9 FEB 1869 in Tuscarawas Cnty., OH
Sara E FISHER b: 9 FEB 1871 in Wayne Twp., Tuscarawas Cnty., OH
Unknown FISHER b: ABT JAN 1872
Mary A FISHER b: 5 FEB 1874 in Wayne Twp., Tuscarawas Cnty., OH/Wayne Co., OH
Selena A FISHER b: 16 AUG 1876 in Lawrence Twp., Tuscarawas Cnty., OH
Perly Davis FISHER b: 20 JAN 1878 in Lawrence Twp., Tuscarawas Cnty., OH
John Newton FISHER b: 17 JAN 1880 in Lawrence Twp., Tuscarawas Cnty., OH
Charles E FISHER b: 19 JUL 1882 in East Sparta, Pike Twp., Stark Cnty., OH
Harry FISHER b: 19 JUL 1885 in Bolivar, Pike Twp., Stark Cnty., OH

Title: Fisher file.FTW
Call Number:
Media: Other
Text: Date of Import: Nov 28, 2001
Title: Personal letter 3/8/00
Author: Anna Mae Snoddy
Note: Update letter from Anna Mae on Fisher geneology
Note: good
Note: File
Call Number:
Media: Letter
Text: Ref. David Fisher Death certificate
Title: Personal letter 3/8/00
Author: Anna Mae Snoddy
Note: Update letter from Anna Mae on Fisher geneology
Note: good
Note: File
Call Number:
Media: Letter
Text: Ref: David Fisher Death certificate
Title: Headstones
Publication: Tombstone photographs
Note: Good
Call Number:
Media: Photograph
Title: Tuscarawas Cnty., OH Cemetaries Vols I and IV
Note: Excellant
Note: Dover Public Libraray
Call Number:
Media: Book
Title: 3/22/00 letter Esther Shroyer
Author: Esther Shroyer
Note: ref. David Fisher Military service
Call Number:
Media: Letter
Text: ref. David Fisher military service
Note: 3/22/00 letter Esther Shroyer.
Title: Marriage record
Author: 3/22/00 letter Esther Shroyer
Publication: Marriage record, New Philadelphia, OH
Call Number:
Media: Civil Registry
Note: 3/22/00 letter Esther Shroyer, (Marriage record, New Philadelphia, OH).

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