David Heral
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David Heral (abt. 1825 - 1894)

David Heral aka Herald, Harrold, Harold
Born about in Stark County, OHmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 9 Jan 1845 in Lawrenceville, Richland County, ILmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Siebert, Kit Carson County, COmap
Profile last modified | Created 26 Sep 2018
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David was born probably in 1825. Various records show uncertainty about his birth year, but it was 1820-27.
His tombstone says his birthdate is July 18, 1817. A family story[1] is that Mary Ann (b1824) was older than David and so she said he was born earlier than he really was. His Army records have his birth year as 1827.
This 1817 date can't be correct. All his father’s children are accounted for in the 1820 census, so he must have been born after 1820.
1820 in Stark Co, OH, p 187
Peter Harrold - 210010 - 2101001
Peter - 26-44
Elizabeth - 26-44
1 son - 10-15 [George-18, John-16]
1 daug - 10-15 [Maria-14, Sarah-11]
2 daug - 0-10 [Elizabeth-10, Catherine-7]
2 sons - 0-10 [Samuel-5, Peter-2]

David was the son of John Peter Harrold, Jr and his first wife, Elizabeth Muehleisen Milliron
Maybe named for his uncle, David Harrold.
Elizabeth Silvius may have had John Peter's last 2-3 boys (or maybe just David, or maybe none of them):
Samuel Harrold, b 1815
Peter R. Harrolle, b 1818
David Heral, b abt 1820-25

In 1830 his father had 2 boys under 10. One is 5-10 and one is 0-5. One of these boys must be David. The other must have died young.

In the 1830s Peter & his sons moved to Richland County, IL. Richland County, Illinois was organized in 1841 from Lawrence & Clay County, with Olney as the county seat.

David married MARY ANN LEATHERS.
On the IL Marriage Index they are listed as: "David Harrole & Mary Ann Leathers, Jan 9, 1845, Richland County."
From the Richland County Marriage Records, filed at Olney: "I do hereby certify that on the Ninth day of January in the year of our Lord 1845, I joined in matrimony Mr. David Hearld and Miss Mary Ann Leathers in usual form according to Law given under my hand and seal date above written. (signed) John Dollahan, J.P."
But his marriage license says David Heral.
Since David could not read or write the spelling of his name varied greatly.

They had a daughter in 1846 and again in 1847. Then there was a big gap in births. The next child was born in 1858. Possibly a baby or two was lost in this time.

In 1849 David bought 40 acres in Richland County[2] in NWSE sec 22, twp 3N, R 14W
In 1852 he bought 40 acres in SWSE sec 22, twp 3N, R 14W. (3N is Claremont twp. These two properties in the SE 1/4 of section 22 are next to each other.)

(This looks like the same properties as above.) Feb 1, 1850, David Heral bought 40 acres in Richland Co, Claremont Twp.
Twp 3N, R 14W, Sec 22, NW 1/4 SE 1/4
Then again Apr 15, 1853, he bought 40 acres in
Twp 3N, R 14W, Sec 22, SW 1/4 SE 1/4
These two pieces were touching being together the west 1/2 of the SE 1/4
From Claremont go south on N. Wood River Rd 2 miles, then turn east on Post Ln. about 1/2 mile. The land is on the south side of Post Ln.
See plat - https://www.acrevalue.com/plat-map/IL/Richland/

For some reason, in Oct, 1850 he and Mary Ann were living with Thomas & Elizabeth Bird. (Perhaps he hadn't yet built a house on his new property.) Don’t know if they were related. He did have an aunt (or sister) named Elizabeth, but she married George Freeke.

1850 Richland Co, IL, p. 162 (Oct. 28):
Bird, Thomas - 50 OH, farmer
. . . . Elizabeth - 40 OH
. . . . Mary A. - 15 OH
. . . . John - 12 OH
. . . . Susan - 9 OH
Harold, Devora? (male) - 26 OH, farmer [David Heral]
. . . . Mary A. - 22 OH [Mary Ann Leathers]
. . . . Marcy A. - 4 OH [Martha Ann, b 1846]
. . . . Elizabeth - 2 OH [Mary Elizabeth, b 1847]
next door:
Harold, George - 46, b OH, farmer [David's brother]
Harold, Peter - 61 PA, farmer (David’s father, prob should be 70)
Harold, Elizabeth - 74 PA [David’s mother or step-mother]

In 1851 his brother Peter R. Harrolle bought 2 pieces of land in
twp 4N, R 14W, sec 35, E 1/2 NW 1/4
twp 4N, R 14W, sec 35, W 1/2 NE 1/4
(these 2 plots were connected. 2 sections SE of David, on the south side of E Ebenezer Lane)

In 1852 his father (or brother) Peter Harrolle bought land in
Twp 3N, R 14W, Sec 14, SE 1/4 NW 1/4 (northeast of David, north of the current lake)

In 1852 his brother Samuel Harrold bought land in
Twp 3N, R 14W, sec 27, SW 1/4 SW 1/4 (the section just south of David's land, on the north side of E. Ebenezer Lane. About a mile down the road from his brother Peter R.)

1860 IL census[3]- Richland Co, Claremont twp, PO Hadley & Claremont, Aug 2, p 116:
Herald, David - 30, b OH, farmer
. . . . Mary A. - 30, b OH
. . . . Martha - 14, b OH
. . . . Mary E. - 13, b IL
. . . . Sarah E. - 2, b IL
. . . . Harrison W. - 7 mos, b IL

David had been married 16 years and had 4 children when he joined the Union Army Dec 24, 1861 and was in Co F, 60th Ill. Vol. Inf. as "David Herald".
He re-enlisted in Feb 1864 and was discharged at the end of the War, July 31, 1865 in Louisville, Ky. He enlisted as a resident of Claremont, Richland Co., Ill. His records describe him as 6 ft., light complexion, grey eyes, light hair. "He contracted disease of heart & liver from exposure to cold rain which settled in his system and disabled him from soldier's duty...from which he never recovered."[4]
His group was in the siege of Corinth May 1862, in the siege of Nashville Sept-Nov 1862, and in the battle of Murfreesboro Jan 5, 1863. He re-enlisted Feb 22, 1864. He named a son William Sherman after the famous Civil War Union general.
There was a John Herald & a John W. Herald also from Claremont who were in the 60th Ill. Infantry with David. This was probably David's brother and his cousin.

After the Civil War he lived in Richland Co, Ill. with his family. Also in Richland County was his brother, Peter Harrolle.

In 1880 David was listed on the census as 60 years old and living with his family in Lancaster township, Wabash County, IL (near the corner of Richland, Lawrence & Wabash counties).
Herral, David - 60 (1820 OH, parents b PA) - farmer
. . . . Mary A. - 58 (1822 OH, par b Pa/Va)
. . . . Harrison W. - 20 (1860 IL, par b OH)
. . . . William S. - 13 (1867 IL)

Their daughter Emma had married a man from Wabash County in 1878 and moved there to Lancaster.

In 1881 David was still living in Wabash Co. in Mier, Ill. Also living nearby was Frank & Emeline Hinderliter (his daughter Sarah Emma).

David did not drink or smoke, but suffered from trouble with his lungs, heart trouble, rheumatism & diarrhea, all which he contracted during the Civil War. "He was very sick from July 1890 to Oct 1891, not able to make a living from manual labor" (quote from military pension record). He also could not read or write.

He moved to Colorado (perhaps because of his sickness?) with his married son Will sometime around 1893. (Will married in Omaha, Neb in Aug 1892.) The railroad had come through Seibert, Kit Carson County, Colorado in 1888-89, so it's likely they traveled there on the train.

David died in1894 at his home near Siebert, (Kit Carson County) Colorado of pneumonia. He was buried in the Seibert Cemetery just outside of town on the NE side of town.
His tombstone[5] reads: "David Herald, born July 18, 1817, died Mar 27, 1894"[6]

Family accounts say that Mary Ann was a small woman. She lived for 9-10 years with son, Will in Colorado after David died. Will's 4-year-old son died in Siebert Colo. in Mar 1903. After that, they all moved to Howell Co, Missouri, where they were fairly near her daughter, Mary E. (Heral) VonAllmen in Rover (Oregon Co.).


Children of David & Mary Ann Heral:

  1. Martha Ann, b1846, m Reuben Ransom, d1929 Poinsett Co, AR
  2. Mary Elizabeth, b1847, m John VonAllmen, d1917 in Oregon Co, MO
  3. Sarah Emmaline "Emma", b1858, m Frank Hinderleiter, d1945, Wabash Co, IL
  4. Harrison Wesley "Wes", b1859, m Nannie Shoemaker, d1939, Cross Co, AR
  5. William Sherman "Will", b1865, m Rosins Chamberlain, d1933, Mississippi Co, AR


  1. Story from son Will's daughter
  2. Richland Co Townships - http://www.historicmapworks.com/Map/US/50460/County+Sectional+Map/Richland+County+1875/Illinois/
  3. 1860 Census - https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MXHX-B61
  4. From military records
  5. FAG - https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/37918310
  6. Tombstone inscription

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