David B. Neafus, son of the late John and Elizabeth (Shain) Neafus, both deceased, was born in Meade county, Ky., Oct. 6, 1843, settling in Floyd county, Ind., in 1880. He has been married twice, his first wife being Belinda Dodds, daughter of Adam and Rebecca (French) Dodds, deceased. She was born in Harrison county, Ind., Feb. 17, 1842, and they were married in that county, Sept. 21, 1865. The issue of this marriage is three children, Anthony D., Cora L., and George W. He married secondly, June 10, 1875, Kate Honn who was born Aug. 2, 1855. By this union, there are three children, also, William T., Mary F., and John M. Comrade Neafus became a soldier at the age of 18 years, enlisting June 12, 1861, at Indianapolis, Ind., as a private in Co. C, 17th Ind. V.I., Wilder’s Brig., Wood’s Div., 14th A.C. He had previously been engaged in farming. He was detailed as special scout serving in this way one year, while on this duty. He received a fine silver medal from Gen. Wilder for special gallant services. He received a severe gunshot wound to left leg below the knee at Thompson’s Cove, Oct. 4, 1863. He was cared for in hospital at McMinnville, Tenn., till February, when he was transferred to New Albany until expiration of term of service; his battle records is – Green Brier, Shiloh, Corinth, Louisville, Nashville, Murfreesboro, was with Gen. Wilder in all his campaigns until wounded at Chattanooga, Tunnel Hill, Ringgold, Rock Springs and Chickamuaga, receiving an honorable discharge in the summer of 1864 at Indianapolis, Ind., at the expiration of time. His brother John belonged to Co. B, 38th Ind. V.I., and was wounded at Perryville. Comrade Neafus is a member of Sage Post, G.A.R., he is engaged in the mercantile business and resides in Floyd Knobs, Ind.
From the book, Presidents, Soldiers, Statesmen Vol. II
H.H. Hardesty, Publisher
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Copyright 2004 by Sharon Pike