The Valley of the Shadow

Demus and Christy Family

David Andrew Demus married Mary Jane Christy sometime before the war. David had known the Christy family from their childhood together in Mercersburg, Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Before his marriage, David worked as a hand on the farm of James and Mary Witherspoon, where he may have gone by the name Edward Dennis. After his marriage, David lived with his wife's family. During the war, David, along with his brother George and his brothers-in-law, Jacob, Samuel, and William, enlisted in the 54th Massachusetts. Mary Jane, with her brother John, remained at home in Mercersburg. David survived his service as a soldier and reunited with his wife in 1865. He resumed his work at the Witherspoon farm until his death sometime after 1870. Mary Jane remarried another veteran of the 54th Massachusetts, Wesley Krunkleton.

The following links provide access to
the most likely matches in the Valley of the Shadow databases:

David Demus: 1860 Census | 1870 Census
Mary Jane Demus: 1860 Census | 1870 Census

Part 2: The War Years

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Part 3: The Aftermath

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Franklin County Personal Papers: Eve of War | War Years | Aftermath
Augusta County Personal Papers: Eve of War | War Years | Aftermath

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