Shelby County

David N. Prince, Sr.



D.N. Prince, Sr.

"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 637

     who resides on his valuable farm of eighty acres, situated in Green township, eleven miles southeast of Sidney, is one of the township's most esteemed citizens and is deservedly honored as a surviving veteran of the great Civil war. He was born in Champaign county, O., in 1831, a son of William and Sarah (Nauman) Prince,
     The father of Mr. Prince was born in Kentucky, not far from the city of Lexington, and from there, in early manhood, made his way to Champaign county, O. He engaged there in farming until his accidental death, at the age of forty-one years. His widow survived for a time but also died in Champaign county. Of their family of eight children but two survive: D. N. and Benjamin F., the latter being a resident of Springfield, O. 
     D. N. Prince attended the country schools and later the more advanced schools at Springfield, after which, for ten years, he followed school-teaching. In 1861 he enlisted for service in the Civil war, entering Company I, Forty-second Ohio Volunteer Infantry, in which he served as a brave soldier for three years and three months. He participated, in many hard fought battles including: Prestonsburg, Stone Gap, Chickasaw Bluff, Thompson's Hill, Port Gibson, Raymond, Champion Hills and Vicksburg. Although ever at the post of duty, which often was in the thickest of the fighting, Mr. Prince escaped all serous injury and returned to Champaign county unharmed. In the following winter he came to his old homestead farm of 160 acres, lying just east of his present one, the same having been divided with his children.
     Mr. Prince married Miss Mary Jones, of Champaign county, who died in March, 1900, aged sixty-one years. They had six children: W. H., who is a farmer in Green township; Charles, who lives in Orange township; Mrs. Sarah R. Cain, who keeps house for her father; D. N., Jr., who lives in Miami county; and two who are deceased. Mr. Prince is a member of the English Lutheran church. Since manhood he has voted with the Republican party and on many occasions was chosen for responsible offices by his fellow citizens, serving for twenty-five years on the school board, one term as township treasurer and was twice elected justice of the peace.

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