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David Waugh





        David Waugh, who passed away in Manchester on the 4th of December, 1911, when almost eighty-seven years of age, had been a resident of Delaware county for forty four years and was a retired agriculturist who spent the last twenty three years of life and was a retired agriculturist who spent the last twenty three years of his life in well earned ease. He was born in County Tyrone, Ireland, on the 9th of December, 1824, and was reared and educated in that country. In 1849, when a young man of twenty five years, he emigrated to the United States, making the voyage on a sailing vessel which consumed about four weeks in crossing the ocean. he took up his abode in Watkins, Schuyler county, New York, and later removed to Pennsylvania where he was employed as a farm hand and in a sawmill.


  David Waugh  

     On the 30th of December, 1852, in Pine Grove, Schuyler county, New York, Mr. Waugh wedded Miss Mary E. Van Duzer, who was born there, February 3, 1832, a daughter of Milton and Nancy (Huey) Van Duzer, the former a native of Orange county, New York, of Knickerbocker stock, and the later of County Tyrone, Ireland. Milton Van Duzer died when his daughter, Mrs. Waugh, was thirteen years of age, but his widow survived until her ninety first year. Both died in Schuyler county, New York. Mr. and Mrs. Waugh continued to reside in Pine Grove, New York, until 1865. In that year they came to Iowa and settled on a farm in Cedar county but in the spring of 1867 removed to Delaware county. In 1869 he purchased a farm of one hundred and sixty acres in Hazel Green township, and later added to his holdings, owning two hundred and eighty acres, which he improved and operated successfully throughout the remainder of his active business career and which is still in possession of his family. In 1888 he put aside the active of the fields and took up his abode in Manchester, where he spent the remainder of his life in honorable retirement. He was laid to rest in the Oakland cemetery and his demise was the occasion of deep and wide spread regret, for he had won an extensive circle of warm friends throughout the community.

      To Mr. and Mrs. Waugh were born five children, as follows: J. Milton, a graduate of Iowa State College, class of 1879, and the present of the Waugh Draft Gear Company of Chicago; William O., G. Wallace and Robert E., all of who are deceased; and Nannie E., who is still at home with her widowed mother. The last named is a graduate of the Iowa State College at Ames, class of 1888, and followed the profession of teaching for six years but abandoned that work in order to take care of her parents in declining years.    

      Mr. Waugh was a lifelong member of the Presbyterian church and served as an elder for more than fifty years. Mrs. Waugh owns and resides on North Franklin street in Manchester. She is now lived in Delaware county for nearly a half century and has attracted an extensive circle of friends by her many excellent traits of heart and mind.



~ source: History of Delaware County, Iowa and its People, Illustrated, Volume II. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, Chicago. Page 456-457. Call Number 977.7385 H2m; LDS microfilm #934937.

~transcribed and contributed by Constance Diamond for Delaware County IAGenWeb


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