Daniel Deloss Sargent
Delavan Republican & Enterprise July 14, 1938

LAST DELAVAN CIVIL WAR VETERAN DIES

Daniel Deloss Sergent(Sargent), the last surviving veteran of the Civil War in Delavan, WI died at 11 o'clock, Tuesday morning at the home of his son, Louis Sergent, on South Fifth Street, from the infirmities of old age. He had been confined to his bed for the past two weeks. Mrs Sergent died four weeks ago Tuesday, at almost the same hour.

Mr Sargent was born May 23, 1844 in New Berlin, Chenango Co., NY; the son of James and Fanny (Hale) Sergent, and came to Wisconsin with his parents when he was two years old. They came west by canal to Milwaukee and from there to Hebron, Jefferson Co., WI by ox team. He was married on July 3, 1872 to Miss Helen R. Brown, at the home of her father in Richmond, WI. During the greater part of their married life, they lived in this vicinity, with the exception of a few years spent in Minnesota, Nebraska, and Iowa; for the past thirty years they have made their home with their son Louis Sergent and for fourteen years they have been residents of Delavan.

Mr Sergent enlisted in Co. A, 40th Regiment Wisconsin Volunteers at Janesville in 1864 and served until the close of the Civil War. He was the only Veteran of the war to appear in the Memeorial Day Parade in Delavan and was one of the few remaining Veteran's in Walworth County.

Surviving Relatives are his son, Louis, one daughter, Mrs Ethel Ridenbaugh, Palmetto, FL; Two grandchildren, Deloss Sargent and Miss Lois Sargent; two great grand-children, Bobbie and Beverly.. One son George died in infancy, and a daughter Nellie(Helen) died ten years ago.

A Military funeral will be held at 1:30 o'clock Thursday afternoon at the Lackey, Liddle and O'Brien funeral home. Rev Clifford Fritz, pastor of the Methodist Church in Delavan, will officiate and burial will be at the Hebron Cemetery, Jefferson Co.

Note by author below: Daniel Delos Sargent was officially invited to attend the Commemeration of the Seventy Fifth Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, that was held that year of 1938, to be held on June 29-July 6th. But unfortunately his failing health and age kept him from attending. It was traditionally said that he so wanted to attend this event. I still own a copy of his official invitation to this Commemoration by the United States Government.

 

The above transcription has been contributed to this site by Penny Kresl

 

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