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David F Ketchum

22nd MI Infantry, Company A

(1840 – 1871)  

     Born in NY in 1840, the son of the widowed May Ketchum was living with his family on 10 ½ Mile Road (Civic Center Dr.) in Southfield Twp. MI in 1860.  The Ketchum’s were neighbors of wheelwright Philip Code.  In 2010 the Code house property has been restored and is owned by the City of Southfield.  Ketchum was employed as a farm laborer when he enlisted as a private in the 22nd MI Infantry, Company A on August 14, 1862. 

     Ketchum survived the war although wounded severely enough (probably at Chickamauga) to be mustered out on December 16, 1863.  He applied for a veteran’s pension on Dec. 19, 1864.  David Ketchum passed away April 27, 1871 at age 31 years 1 month and 10 days. His wife, Harriet, saw him buried him in the East Farmington Cemetery, Farmington Hills, MI. 

     Harriet subsequently remarried another Southfield farmer, Joseph Douglas.  In 1908, after being widowed for the 2nd time, Harriet applied for a pension as the widow of David Ketchum.

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