Biography of James W. DeHaven
Howard County, IN Biographies





JAMES W. DeHAVEN was born in Greene County, Ohio, March 17, 1838, and is the second of the nine children born to John and Athaljab DeHaven, natives of Virginia, who, about 1820, settled in Greene County, where the father followed milling for about twenty five years. James W. learned the business of his father and at the age of eighteen years found ready employment at various points in Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. October 19, 1861, he enlisted in Company F, Seventy fourth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and was soon appointed Sergeant; in the fall of 1862, he was discharged, and the following spring was commissioned Second Lieutenant in the State militia, which commission he resigned in July, 1863, and settled in Howard Township, this county, farming for two years; for the ten years following, he was engaged at milling in various parts of the county. He next held the position of Tollmaster on the Kokomo, Greentown & Jerome pike, and in 1880 was elected Sheriff of the county, which office he held one term. In Greene County, Ohio, April 17, 1863, he married Miss Mary V. Crouse, a native of Berkeley County, Va., who died July 8, 1880, the mother of four children-Charles A., Nora, John F. and Addie (the last deceased). During his shrievalty he was very unfortunate, losing his wife and child and considerable property. He is a Freemason, and a member of the G. A. R., and a Republican, and for twenty five years has been a member of the Methodist Church.

From:
Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana
Historical and Biographical
Charles Blanchard, Editor
F. A. Bettey & Co.
Chicago 1883.


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