David Webber Botsford (1828-1904)

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David Webber Botsford
Captain David Webber Botsford
Born: 15 Mar 1828 Warsaw, New York
Died: 20 Jul 1904 Resort twp., Emmet Co., Michigan
Father: Abraham Botsford
Mother: Zipporrah Critchett
Siblings: Josiah C. Botsford
Sarah Ann Botsford
Charlotte Botsford
David Webber Botsford
Nathan Botsford
William Wallace Botsford
Spouse: Louisa A. Bissell
Children: Viola Louise Botsford
Elva Elnora Botsford
Lily May Botsford
Erskine Adelbert Botsford
Edith Botsford
Spouse: Mrs. Anna Grow
Married: 3 Aug 1878 Petoskey, Michigan
Children: Mark Eugene Botsford
J. C. Botsford
Byron Botsford
Raymond Botsford


The Petoskey Record, Wednesday, July 27, 1904:

David W. Botsford, one of the earliest settlers in this northern region, died from a sudden attack of heart failure on Wednesday, July 20, at the home of his son, Erskine Botsford. Mr. Botsford who was supposed to be feeding the horses and doing the chores as usual, was found by one of the children, lying dead on the barnfloor at five o’clock in the afternoon.  His son who was away from home for a few days was hastily notified of the sad event and reached home the next day.

David Webber Botsford was born at Warsaw, Wyoming county, New York, March 15, 1828, and died July 20, 1904, at the age of 76 years, 4 months, and 5 days.

When eleven years of age he moved to Medina county, Ohio, where he resided until after his marriage to Louisa A. Bissell, which occurred when he was twenty years of age.  Then he went west and settled on a new farm in Knox county, Illinois.  After a four year’s residence there he moved back to his former home in Ohio.

He enlisted in the civil war in 1862 in the 5th Independent Company Ohio Sharp Shooters as a private but rose to the rank of captain before he was mustered out in 1865.

In the fall of 1866 he moved to Michigan and purchased a large farm in Allegan county, which he kept until 1873, then, after a year spent in the milling business he  came to Petoskey and homesteaded 160 acres of land in Mentor township, Cheboygan county, a part of which he still owned at the time of his death.

It was the 15th of October 1875 when he brought his family north and settled on the land which his son E. A. now occupies near the city.

On July 24, 1876, his wife died and on August 3, 1878, he was married to Mrs. Anna Graw, and then took up his permanent residence on the homestead until about four years ago, when he and his wife separated.

He was the father of ten children, five by each wife. Of the first family the survivors are his daughters, Mrs. Ola Watson, Argonia, Kan.; Mrs. Elva Castle, Prairieville, Mich.; Mrs. May Moore, Harbor Springs, Mich.; and his son, E. A. Botsford. Of the second family four sons are living, viz: Mark Eugene, J. C., Byron, and Raymond, the three former being at present employed in the woods of Alger county.

Capt. Botsford was a member of the Masonic order and also a loyal G.A.R. man. He was proud of his war record and left a valuable sword as a cherished memento. The funeral was largely attended, the Rev. H. H. Shawhan officiating, and the remains were laid to rest by the side of his first wife in beautiful Greenwood, Petoskey. 


  • Marriage: Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013, database with images, FamilySearch:
Name: David Botsford
Event Type: Marriage
Event Date: 05 Nov 1849
Event Place: Medina, Ohio, United States
Spouse's Name: Louisa A Bissell
  • Marriage: Michigan, Marriage Records, 1867-1952, database, Ancestry.com:
Name: David W Botsford
Gender: Male
Race: White
Birth Year: abt 1830
Birth Place: New York
Age: 48
Residence Place: Cheboygan Co, Michigan
Spouse: Anna Grow
Gender: Female
Race: White
Birth Year: abt 1849
Birth Place: Wayne County, Michigan
Age: 29
Residence Place: Bear Creek, Michigan
Marriage Date: 3 Aug 1878
Marriage Place: Bear Creek, Emmet, Michigan, USA
Record Number: 313
Film: 15
Film Description: 1877 Mason - 1878 Gratiot
  • Military: U.S. National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, 1866-1938, database, Ancestry.com:
David W. Botsford
Military History
Enlisted: Oct. 21st, 1862, Berea, Ohio
Rank: Prvt.
Company and Regiment: 5th Indp. Co. Ohio, Sharp Shooters
Discharged: July 19th, 1865, Nashville, Tenn.
Cause of Discharge: End of war
Kind and Degree of Disability: Cardiac hypertrophy and dilatation Hearts action irregular claims chronic rheumatism, Debility of age.
When and Where contracted: Not stated
Domestic History
Birth Place: New York
Age: 73
Height: 5-11
Complexion: Dark
Eye color: Blue
Hair color: Gray
Read and Write: Yes
Religion: Prot.
Occupation: Farmer
Residence Subsequent to Discharge: Wolverine, Mich
Married or Single: Married
Nearest Relative: Erskine A. Botsford (Son) Petoskey, Mich
Home History
Pension Rate: 16.00
Admission Date: Adm. to C.B. Nov. 21st, 1901
Death Date: July 20th, 1904
Cause of Death: Unknown
Note: Reported died at Petoskey Mich July 20/04 A.W.L.
General Remarks.
Admission Paper: one
Army Discharge: one
Certificate of Service:
Pension Certificate: one Forwarded to U.S. Pension Ag't at Columbus, Ohio
Pensioned for Chro Rheu and resulting dis of Heart.
  • Death: Emmet County, Michigan, Vital Records Search, Deaths:
Botsford, David W.
Date of Death: 7/20/1904
Liber: 2
Folio: 25
Place of Death: Resort Twp.
Botsford, David Webber
Age: 76
Born: 03/15/1828
Died: 07/20/1904
Buried: 07/20/1904
Henika Funeral Home, Petoskey
Cemetery: Greenwood, Petoskey
Lot: H-40-2
Military: Civil War, Born in NY.
Copyright (c) 1999 by Leilani Spring (leilani@iinc.com).
WARSAW CEMETERY is located on the West side of Main Street, south of the Town of Warsaw. Over the years, it has grown to now include the the East side of Main Street, just south of the Pioneer Cemetery.
The following listing is compiled from a list maintained at the Warsaw Historical Society:
BOTSFORD, David 1809 - 1878
BOTSFORD, Rachel G. 1806 - 1884