Tuesday, May 5, 2015

William P. Deming.

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William P. Deming. 

Birth: May 10, 1832.
Death: May 24, 1916.

Parents: David Ebenezer Deming (1796 - 1879). 

Wife: Elizabeth M. Deming, ( 1839-1908 ).

Siblings: William P. Deming (1832 - 1916), John Manly Deming (1834 - 1850), Jane Elizabeth Deming Crane (1836 - 1902), Isabelle Sarah Deming (1844 - 1845), George Deming (1845 - 1920).

Burial: Burlingame City Cemetery, Burlingame, Osage County, Kansas.

William P. Deming.

As First Lieutenant,65th U.S. Colored Infantry

Born on May 10, 1832, in Hinesburg, Vermont, William Pitt Deming moved with his family to Kalamazoo County, Michigan, in 1833. After working on his father’s farm, Deming moved to Burlingame, Kansas, in 1860.

On September 4, 1862, Deming enlisted as a private in Company I, 11th Kansas Cavalry, in Burlingame, and was mustered into service on September 15. In late April 1863 the 11th Kansas Infantry was reorganized as the 11th Kansas Cavalry. The 11th saw service in northwest Arkansas, Kansas, and Missouri against guerrillas and regular Confederate forces, and participated in the Battle of Prairie Grove.

Deming was discharged from the 11th and mustered into service as a first lieutenant in Company H, 65th U.S. Colored Infantry in January 1864. Promoted to captain of the company in May 1866, Deming and the other members of the 65th U.S. Colored Infantry were mustered out of service on January 8, 1867, at Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The 65th U.S. Colored Infantry was organized from December 1863 and January 1864 at Benton Barracks (St. Louis), and served on garrison duty at Morganza, Port Hudson and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Following his service, Deming returned to his farm, raised livestock, and became a bank president.
He died on May 24, 1916, in Burlingame, Kansas, and is buried in the Burlingame City Cemetery.

Kansas County Histories.

WILLIAM P. DEMING, farmer, Section 11, P. O. Burlingame, was born in Vermont, May 10, 1832, and is the son of David E. Deming and Eclecta L. Eldridge. When he was a child his father moved to Kalamazoo County, Mich., where he grew to manhood. He came to this State in 1860 and settled in Burlingame.

He owns a farm adjoining the city containing 160 acres, with good improvements and a coal shaft. Mr. Deming is one of the prosperous farmers in Osage County. When the war raged fiercely he offered his services to the Government. He enlisted in September, 1862, in Company I, Eleventh Regiment Kansas Volunteers and was transferred in 1863 to Sixty-fifth Regiment United States Colored Troops and appointed Captain. He was mustered out of the service in 1867.

He was united in marriage in Burlingame, Kan., June 10, 1868, to Mrs. Elizabeth M. Densmore, daughter of John Drew, Esq. Mr. Deming was educated in Kalamazoo Academy and Commercial College, in Chicago, Ill.

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