Daniel Franklin Blood d 17 May 1918

Daniel Franklin Blood was born 21 June 1841 in Plainfield NH, son of Daniel Franklin and Mehitable Williams.  His father actually died about six weeks before he was born.  His mother could not keep the family together, and by the 1850 census, she and the children were living in different households.  I have not yet located Daniel in the 1850 census.

In 1860, Daniel and his sister Alice lived with Eliza Deming in Cornish.  She seems to have been relatively wealthy, as her real estate was valued at $5000 and personal property at $6900.  None of the three had occupations listed. 

During the Civil War, Daniel served in the 14th US Infantry Company A for three years, and was discharged as disabled 4 February 1863.  I don’t have his service record so do not know the nature of his disability.  He enlisted in Company G in 1865 and served six more months. 

Daniel (who was also known as Frank) married Louisa M Walker, probably during that break in service, and their first child, Willie, was born in 1864.  He died at age 16 months.  They eventually had four more children:  Abbie, Minnie (died at age 10 months), Bertha, and Daniel. 

The 1870 census lists the family in Plainfield.  Daniel was listed as a farmer, although no value was given for his real estate.  Personal property was listed as valued at $100 which was the lowest amount on that census page. 

The 1880 household in Plainfield consisted of Daniel, Louisa, and their three surviving children.  Daniel was a farm worker.  Next door was a farm laborer named Walter Hunt.  He married Abbie Blood in 1885. 

Daniel was listed in the 1890 NH census of veterans, living in Plainfield.  Daniel’s wife Louisa died 14 January 1894.  Her cause of death was epileptic dementia. 

In checking facts for DanieI’s children, I found the death record for Abbie’s husband, and cause of death was gun shot wound to the chest.  I searched the old newspapers, and found the following story in a Montpelier newspaper from 1896:  Irving Smith, a prosperous farmer of Plainfield, N.H., was shot and killed on the morning of October 12 by Walter Hunt, who then shot himself.  The murder was attended with circumstances of unusual atrocity.  Hunt approached Smith while at work in his field, picked a quarrel, and after a few words, shot him down.  So close was the murderer to his victim that the charge of shot tore a hole through his chest.  Hunt then reloaded his gun and again fired, placing the muzzle of the weapon almost against Smith’s head, and blowing away a part of the skull.  Still another shot was fired into the body before the murderer fled.  When people from the nearest house reached the place Smith’s clothing was on fired.  Hunt is said to have threatened repeatedly to kill Smith, of whom he was madly jealous.  Lately he has been drinking heavily and that morning he was under the influence of liquor.  His jail record is bad, and he had served a term in jail for incendiarism. 

Daniel married Edith May Mace on 1 Nov 1898 in Cornish, and they had two sons, Frederick Dow and Allie Clayton.  This family was listed in Cornish in 1900, boarding with the Henry Smith family.  Daniel (recorded here as Franklin D) listed his occupation as carpenter.           

Death record of Daniel F. Blood Jr died May 19, 1918 in Cornish and buried at Plainfield with other family members. His cause of death was cerebral hemorrhage caused by arteriosclerosis.


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