David Albert Wolcott—1842–1918

David Wolcott was born in Madison, Sandusky County, Ohio on August 1, 1842, the second son of William L. Wolcott and Sarah Storms. David had an older brother Myron Harvey Wolcott and three sisters: Mary Adelaide, Jane, and Nettie. Of his sisters, only Nettie survived to adulthood.

David's father, William L. Wolcott, was a prosperous farmer and minister in the United Brethren Church..

The family moved from Ohio to Hillsdale County, Michigan sometime in the 1840s, probably around 1847. Other Storms family members moved about the same time to Michigan. It's likely that Wiliam travelled between congregations in Ohio and Michigan for several years before the family finally moved to Michigan.

David spent most of his childhood in Scipio and was probably educated there.

August 11, 1862 was a notable day in his life when he enlisted in as a sergeant in Company G, 18th Infantry Regiment Michigan and married Helen Cleveland.

The company mustered into service on August 26 so the newlyweds had little time together before he departed on September 18. At one of the first engagements, David was taken prisoner on 25 September 1862 at Snow's Pond, KY. He was paroled and sent home. There is no further record of his action in the Civil War.

David and Helen's first child, a daughter named Alice Almira, was born May 22, 1863 in Jonesville, Hillsdale County, MI. Their son, Verne Cleveland Wolcott, was born April 4, 1873.In 1868.

In the 1870 census, it shows a son, John, was born, but died sometime between 1870 and 1880. It may be that John was taken in and not their son at all. The 1900 census shows Helen as having just the two children with both surviving.

David and Helen lived in Scipio and farmed for at least 25 years from 1870–1894. Sometime after 1894, when David appears on the Hillsdale county census for the last time.

By 1900, David, Helen, and Verne had apparently sold the farm and moved to Hart in Oceana county, where David set himself up in business as a merchant/grocer. Verne continued to live at home, though he taught school.

In 1910 they had moved again to Lowell, Kent County, Michigan. They must have sold the store in Hart and and purchased another small grocery. Verne must have taken up grocering once he married. In any case, Verne maintained a general store for the rest of his working life.

After 1910, the Wolcotts moved one more time to Union, Branch County continuing in the grocery business.

Helen died in March 1916, probably in Union. David died at the age of 76 during the 1918 flu epidemic. Both of them are buried at Riverside Cemetery, Union City, Branch, MI.

Updated January 17, 2006


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