About Wills DeHaas
Taken from the Pittsburgh Gazette:
"DEATH CLAIMS PIONEER OF WASHINGTON COUNTY"
"Dr. Wills DeHaas, a commissioned officer in the Civil War and an author, died at the residence of his granddaughter Mrs. Clarence Brush, 5536 Kentucky Avenue, yesterday morning. A week ago he was stricken with pneumonia and owing to his advanced age never rallied from the disease.
Dr. DeHaas was born in Washington, PA July 4, 1817. He was the son of Gen Charles DeHaas and Myra Wills, who were among the oldest settlers in Washington County, his father being a revolutionary soldier. After receiving his preliminary education in the private schools he entered Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, where he was graduated with high honors. After leaving college, he went to Wellsburg, OH where he took up the practice of medicine, and later went to Missouri.
He was married to Miss Amanda Hoblitzell in 1836 at Moundsville, WV. She died in 1896 at the age of 83 years.
On the breaking out of the Civil War Dr. DeHaas helped to organize the Seventy-seventh Ohio US volunteer infantry of which he was made lieutenant colonel, and engaged in all the battles of this regiment. After the battle of Shiloh, he was invalided and sent to one of the Northern hospitals and later honorably discharged from service.
After the war he turned his attention to literature and wrote a history of West Virginia, which is now one of the textbooks used in the schools of that state.
He became interested in the Indian Mounds in Ohio, West Virginia and Eastern Ohio, and many of the relics found by him are now in the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC. Shortly before his death he had completed a monograph of his life to which the title on the back of his carefully prepared manuscripts, bear the legend, 'A Long Life'. It had been his intention to have published this monograph had he lived.
He left four daughters, Mrs W I Hyslop, Philadelphia, Mrs Mary Upton, Washington DC, Mrs Charles Noble, Elizabethtown, NY and Mrs Kenneth MacLeod, Chicago; 13 grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at the residence of his granddaughter Mrs Clarence Brush at 9:45 o'clock this evening after which the body will be taken to Washington DC for internment."