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Estey, David M.


Age: 22, credited to Dummerston, VT
Unit(s): 26th NY CAV/VT FCAV
Service: enl 1/3/65, m/i 1/10/65, PVT, Co. F, Frontier Cavalry (aka 26th NY CAV), m/o 6/27/65

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Birth: 02/09/1841, Unknown
Death: 09/27/1903

Burial: Oak Hill Cemetery, Owosso, MI
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Kathy Valloch
Findagrave Memorial #: 70806815


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: None

Webmaster's Note: After the Saint Albans Raid on October 19, 1864, Vermont raised two companies of cavalry to help guard the Canadian border; there were known as Frontier Cavalry, Companies F and M, but technically they were part of the 26th New York Cavalry.


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Oak Hill Cemetery, Owosso, MI

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The news of the death of David M. Estey was received in this city early Sunday morning came as a great surprise to nearly everyone. The fact that he had been sick for several weeks at New Haven, Conn. was known to but few, and it was not thought he was sick enough to summon his son until late Saturday afternoon. Mr. Estey started East on the Sunday morning train, going only as far as Detroit when he was summoned back by a dispatch here announcing the death of his father at 2 o'clock that morning.

David M Estey was born in Hinsdale, Cheshire County, N.H., Feb. 9, 1842, of Scotch-Irish parentage, being a descendant of Isaac Estey, one of the first settlers of Royalton, Mass. His youth was passed principally in Vermont, his school opportunities limited to district schools, and when only a mere boy engaged in lumbering for himself. He cut the timber, hauled it to mills, and sawed it up himself, on one of the old fashioned New England gate mills. He continued on this line of work until 1865 - serving in the meantime with a Vermont regiment in the Civil War - when he came to this county and located in West Haven, where he commenced the manufacturing of furniture.

In 1875 he removed to this city, and in company with the late Jacob Estey, and Mr. Charles Rigley organized the Estey Manufacturing Co, with which he was connected with actively until a few years ago. Mr. Estey saw the business grow from a very small beginning until the concern came to be known as ome of the leading furniture making establishments in the county. During most of the time he served as president of the company.

In 1900 he severed his active connection with the company, and soon afterwards engaged in mining enterprises, which have since taken his attention. He founded the town of Estey, New Mexico, and took quite a colony of Owosso people there to assist in developing his mineral claims. Disposing of part of his interests there he returned to Owosso, and a year ago left for Boston, and other eastern points to give his time to other mining enterprises in which he was interested. At the time of his death he was president of the Dividend Mining and Milling Co. of New Haven, Conn.

During the years he was with the Estey Mfg. Co. he was also active in many other lines, his business interests being widely scattered. He organized the Estey Carriage Co., was president of of the Owosso Savings Bank, one of the founders of the Shiawassee Savings and Loan Association, engaged in the manufacturing of lumber in Estey - named in his honor, and Pinconning, and had interest in various branches of business. He served one term as Mayor of Owosso, was a member of the committee that had charge of the works of constructing the water plant, a member of the first water board, and in fact, active in everything which tended tp the upbuilding of the city.

Owosso owes much to Mr. Estey along these lines. That he would have done still more if business reversal had not come to him. following the panic of '92-'93 is not doubted by anyone. Neither is the fact that if he had lived a few years longer he would more than have made good his financial losses.

Death was caused by rheumatic fever. He is survived by his wife, one son, Mr. Q. B. Estey, Vice President of the Estey Mfg, Co., and one daughter, Mrs. J.R. Bryson. Mrs. Estey and Mrs. Bryson were with him during his sickness, Mr Bryson being in Mexico looking after the mining interest of Mr. Estey and himself. The remains were brought to this city Wednesday evening, and were met at the train by members of Owosso Lodge F & A.M., of which deceased was a member. The funeral service was held at the family residence yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev E. L. Little officiating. The attendance was large, the home being filled with friends who desired to pay their last respects to the dead. The city officials, the employees of the Estey Mfg. Co., and the businessmen attended in a body. The service at Oak Hill Cemetery were in charge of the Masonic Lodge. The business places, and all factories of the city were closed during the hour of the funeral. Although J. M. Bryson left for home immediately on receipt of the news of the death of Mr. Estey he was unable to reach here until last evening.

Source: Owosso Times (MI), October 2, 1903
Courtesy of Deanna French

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