Biography of David C. Bruce
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David C. Bruce was born in Marrow County, Ohio, Sept. 9, 1840, a son of Saul and Sarah (Kinney) Bruce, his father born in Pennsylvania Feb. 22, 1802, of English descent, and his mother in Maryland, May 21, 1806, of Irish descent. Both are living in Ohio. He remained at home till after the breaking out of the Rebellion, and July 22, 1862, enlisted in Company E, One Hundred and Twenty first Ohio Infantry, and participated in the battle of Chickamauga. He was a member of the Reserve Corps under General Gordon Granger who saved the day for the Union arthy. After the battle of Chickamauga his regiment was assigned to the Fourteenth Army Corps, and was with General Sherman when Johnston surrendered, and at the grand review in Washington. He was mustered out June 19, 1865, and returned to Morrow County and worked at the mason's trade till the following fall when he came to La Salle County, Ill., and rented a farm in Rutland Township three years. He then worked at his trade in Livingston Township seven years, and in the spring of 1876 moved to Ransom, where he has since lived. Mr. Bruce was married Feb. 16, 1861, to Elizabeth J. Mathews, a native of Licking County, Ohio, born May 27, 1839, a daughter of Bourbon and Mary H. (Wherry) Bruce, of La Salle County, the former born in Loudoun County, Va., June 15, 1814, and the latter in Circleville, Ohio, June 8, 1820. Mr. and Mrs. Bruce have had five children; three are living - Barbara A., born June 19, 1868; Job M., June 17, 1870; and Joseph A., Jan. 4, 1875; Etta L., born June 1, 1861, died Aug. 23, 1877, and Frank E., born March 26, 1866, died Sept. 5, 1877. Mr. Bruce has served as Assessor one term, Justice of the Peace one term and is now President of the Board of Trustees of Ransom. in politics he is a Democrat. He is a member of the F. M. Lane Post, No. 247, G. A. R. In religious faith he is a Universalist. His wife is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church.

FROM:
History of La Salle County, Illinois
Inter-State Publishing Co.
Chicago 1886