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David Claffey Son of Thomas Claffey of Ireland


FROM BRENT CLAFFEY 'Claffey Connections" Historical Archives ---
David CLAFFEY - Cert. 7488220.
Private, Independent Company, Washington
Calvary, Pennsylvania Volunteers. Also, Private, Ohio Volunteer Infantry,
Company G, 76th Regiment.
Enrolled at Washington, PA on Aug. 14, 1861. Honorably discharged at Camp
Kelley, West Virginia on Feb. 1, 1862.
Enrolled at Newark, Ohio on Feb. 27, 1864.
Honorably discharged at Columbus, Ohio on Jul. 15, 1865.
Married Louisa Roberts on July 13, 1862 in Perry Co., Ohio by Rev. N.W.
Herron. Died July 11, 1912 in Groveport, Madison Co., OH due to cancer of
the mouth and throat.
Information given on death certificate #805 (obtained from the Columbus, OH
Bureau of Vital Statistics) by his son William was that David was 76 years,
9 months and 28 days old; he had been born in PA on Oct. 13th, 1835; his father
was Thomas Claffey (born in Ireland) and his mother's maiden name was Preston
(also born in Ireland). He was buried in Groveport on July 13, 1912.

On April 23, 1898, David listed his living children:
William J. Claffey, born May 1, 1863
Louisa Claffey, born Nov. 3, 1865
Calvin Claffey, born Dec. 16, 1867
Arthur Claffey, born Jun. 20, 1872
Susan Claffey, born Jun. 30, 1875
Morgan Claffey, born Nov. 15, 1877
Lida Claffey, born Jun. 13, 1880
Earl Sandusky? Claffey, born Jan. 1883
Harry Claffey, born Jun. 20, 1885.
On Aug. 28, 1916, David's widow, Louisa, died of cancer in the spleen and
stomach. Under reimbursements, on Sept. 9, 1916, daughter Lyda was
listed with her husband Otis Mansfield, age 39, in Groveport.

In 1908 an examination pointed out that all David's teeth were missing and
that he had D.C. tattooed on his left arm.
On a deposition letter, stated that when he was about 15 years old, he broke
his right leg below the knee working as railroad --{editor's note - failed to
copy down fully what his job was}.

On his declaration for the pension in Franklin Co., OH on Feb. 22nd, 1907:
resided in Thurston, Fairfield Co., OH was 5'5" tall, fair complexion, hazel
eyes, brown hair, born Oct. 13th, 1835 in Washington Co., PA, and since
leaving service had resided in Franklin Co., OH from 1865 to 1872; Linn Co.,
IO during 1872; Franklin Co., OH from 1872 to 1904; Thurston, OH from 1904
to 1906; Groveport, OH in 1906, and Thurston, OH from 1906 to 1907.

David had two brothers who also fought in the Civil War.
Older brother William Claffey was a member of Company A, 100 th
Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment known as "Roundheads"
(1836-1901) Pvt then Cpl , Prisoner at Andersonville, Georgia
Younger brother James Claffey, Private in Company C, Eighth Regiment,
Pennsylvania Cavalry Volunteers (1847-1885)
Both lived out their lives in Washington, Pa, and are buried in Washington
Cemetery, Wash Co PA

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