Delavan Maltby - update 5/2/2017

Delevan Maltby was born December 30, 1843 in Steuben County, New York.

Delevan left New York and moved west, eventually settling in western Michigan by 1862, probably in Ionia County. (In 1850 there one Laura Maltby living in Portland, Ionia County; and in 1860 George Maltby was living in Portland.)

Delevan was apparently living in Naples, New York when he registered for the draft (the record lists no date nor does it list any prior service). He stood 5’9” with blue eyes, light hair and a light complexion and was a 19-year-old farmer possibly living in Odessa (now Lake Odessa), Ionia County when he enlisted with his guardian’s consent at the age of 19 in Company E on March 8, 1862, at Saranac for 3 years, crediting Ionia County, and was mustered on April 12. He was absent sick with rheumatism in the hospital at Bottom’s Bridge, Virginia, and taken prisoner on June 30 at Savage Station, Virginia. Delavan was confined at Libby prison in Richmond, was paroled on July 19 at Aiken’s Landing, Virginia, and by late August was at Camp Parole, Annapolis, Maryland.

He was sent to Washington, DC, on September 26, 1862, where he remained absent sick until he was discharged on either December 27, 1862, at Washington, DC, or January 6, 1863, at Camp banks, Virginia, for “organic disease of the heart.”

Delevan listed South Boston, Ionia County as his mailing address on his discharge paper and it is quite likely that he returned to Michigan after his discharge from the army.

In November of 1865 he married Michigan native Antoinette “Nettie” Aldrich (1849-1913), and they had at least one child, a son Wells Ray (1867-1930).

By 1870 Delavan (listed as “Dell”) was working as a farmer and living with his wife and son in Otsego, Allegan County.

Delevan died probably on January 28, 1878, in Alamo, Kalamazoo County and was buried in Alamo Center Cemetery: section 4, row 12, no. 1.