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Re: John Ditto b. 1787, lived in Clinton County, Ohio
Posted by: Sue Kienbaum (ID *****5762) Date: June 23, 2003 at 18:25:49
In Reply to: John Ditto b. 1787, lived in Clinton County, Ohio by Steve Ditto of 327

Have you seen these bios. from Allen Co., OH on the Dittos, originally from Brown Co. OH?
DAVID W DITTO, son of William W. and Mahala Ditto, was born in Brown County, in 1846. His wife was born in Allen County, in 1848. They have had but one child, Charles A., who died in 1871. Mrs. D.'s parents, Calvin and Edith Harris, came to Allen County in 1847. They had four children--Angeline, R. B., C. B. and Florence B.

WILLIAM W DITTO and his wife were born in Brown County--the former Oct. 23, 1823; the latter Aug. 12, 1822. They came to Allen County in 1848, and "entered" and cleared the farm on which they have ever since resided. Names of their children: David Wilson, Samuel Franklin, Melvina and Emily Maria. Mr. D.'s parents, Richard W. and Rebecca Ditto, removed from Brown County to Allen County in 1852. They have eleven children--Mary, William W., Jane, David, Sarah, Ruth, John, Gideon, Elmira, Emily and Richard. Mrs. Ditto was Mahala Brown, daughter of William and Sarah Brown, whose children are Samuel, Lorenzo D., Hannah, Mahala, Rachel and Nancy.

ALSO, on the SOMEBODY'S LINKS NEWSLETTER: Genealogical Treasures Found
Vol. 5, No. 14, 21 June 2003 Circulation: 17,573
Listed an ebay auction that has since ended with civil war letters and several photos of John, Gideon and David Ditto of Lima, Allen Co. OH. I saved the file but here is link. Not sure how long it will be available on ebay.
o DITTO Family Civil War Letters and Photos; Item # 2179775215
Auction ends: Jun-22-03 18:13:04 PDT; Seller: cebtext
This related group pertains to Ohio soldier John DITTO and his
brothers, Gideon DITTO and David DITTO, who served in several
different Ohio regiments during the Civil War. The centerpiece
of the group is a compelling early quarter-plate tintype of
John DITTO as a Private in McLAUGHLIN's Squadron, a later CDV
of John DITTO as a 2nd Lt. in the 151st Ohio Volunteer Infantry,
a postwar CDV of John DITTO seated with one of his children,
and a CDV of his wife, Jane Angeline BUSSERT; also, a four-page
letter dated June 11, 1864 written by Lt. John DITTO to Angeline
from Ft. Bayard in the Washington defenses. Additionally, there
is an ink-signed CDV of Sgt. Gideon DITTO, John's brother, who
served in Company B, 81st OVI. A forth tinted CDV is presumably
David DITTO, another brother who was also in McLAUGHLIN's
Squadron and later the 10th OVC. Accompanying the images are
five letters spanning 1894 to 1902 belonging to Mrs. J. F. REED,
John DITTO's daughter. Her correspondence with a Pauling, Ohio
attorney named P. W. STUMM reflects a frustrating attempt to
obtain her late father's (John DITTO died in 1869) pension
entitlement through her deceased mother who had remarried and
changed names in 1873, dying in 1894. Mrs. REED was trying to
provide documentation supporting her mother's marriage to John
DITTO in 1859, complicated by the lack of a marriage certificate
and birth certificate that would account for an alias (a.k.a.
"Angeline Jane") that her mother went by while living, all
compounded by a subsequent remarriage. Due to their nature the
letters include a significant amount of relevant genealogy. The
service records of the DITTO brothers are varied. John DITTO
was 27 when he enlisted in Company B of McLAUGHLIN's Squadron
on 23 October 1861. He was captured at a fight near Middle
Creek, Kentucky on 10 January 1862 and paroled shortly
thereafter. He was discharged by order of the War Department on
21 May 1862. Two years later, John DITTO re-enlisted as a 2nd
Lt. in Company F, 151st Ohio Volunteer Infantry, which was
posted to the Washington defenses and took part in repelling
Jubal EARLY's attack on the capital in early July 1864. John
DITTO's war letter is written from "Fort Bayard, D.C." and in
it he speaks of his regiment's assignment and mounting "Grand
Guard" on the line of outposts and having to "go the whole
length of the line four times in my twenty-four hours . . . an
aggregate of 24 miles to march on foot." In response to
Angeline's news from home he launches a tirade against those he
considers less patriotic and willing to "barter their souls for
Political power and the preservation of Slavery . . . everything
that is done for the preservation of the Union they term tyranny
and unconstitutional, and wish bad luck to what they term a bad
Cause." He muses over agricultural concerns, "tell me if the
hail storm damaged our wheat much and what the prospect for
wheat generally is . . ." John writes that "I am glad that
brother Gid's (Gideon DITTO) wound is no worse" and adds "we
have to handle the big guns . . . six guns and two mortars, our
boys learn fast . . . if the rebs come this way I think we can
do some shooting anyhow." He cautions his wife about listening
to "all kinds of rumor" about boys in the regiment being
"poisoned by buying milk . . . there is nothing to it" and
mentions the death of one sick soldier in Company D. John
DITTO's service with the 151st Ohio Volunteer Infantry ended on
27 August 1864 when the regiment mustered out. Early next spring
John DITTO joined for his third enlistment as 2nd Lt. in
Company C, 192st Ohiu Volunteer Infantry, where he served in the
Shenandoah Valley until mustering out as a 1st Lt. on
1 September 1865. John DITTO evidently was not well following
the war as a letter written by a former friend in 1894 attests,
"Your husband's health was very poor indeed. He was thin,
feeble, weakly, suffering more or less all the time from some
internal difficulty which produced periodic spells of severe
sickness . . ." Years later Mrs. REED related to Attorney STRUMM
that her father had died of "an inflammation of the stomach and
bowels" on 25 March 1869. Just "three weeks before father died"
the DITTO family home in Paulding, Ohio had "burned to the
ground" destroying all of the "valuable papers we possessed."
The tintype of her father was fortunately saved and its
composition case still bears evidence of fire damage. Brother
Gideon ("Gid") DITTO was 24 when he enlisted in the three-month
20th Ohio on 20 April 1861. He subsequently joined Company B,
81st Ohio Volunteer Infantry in August 1861 as a Corporal.
Gideon fought at Shiloh and Corinth and rose to Sergeant. He was
promoted to 2nd Lt. On 9 August 1864 following the regiment's
heavy losses during the Atlanta campaign, but declined the
commission and mustered out and away from the war on
26 September 1864. John DITTO refers to his brother being
wounded, If so, this must have occurred sometime in May 1864 at
Ley's Ferry, Georgia or Rome Cross Roads early in the Atlanta
campaign. The tinted CDV is presumed to be another DITTO
brother, David DITTO. David was 25 when he enlisted with his
older brother John in the same Company B. of McLAUGHLIN's
Squadron. Like John, David was captured at Middle Creek,
Kentucky on 10 January 1862 and discharged on May 21st. David
DITTO re-entered service at a Private in Company E 10th Ohio
Cavalry on 27 February 1864 and died a short time later on
14 April 1864. The DITTO CDVs are uniformly in excellent
condition while John's tintype is nearly so. The letters are
very readable and completely intact, though two are split and
separated at the fold line. E-mail if you have questions or
require additional .jpegs and I will respond promptly.

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