â€œHistory of Huntington County, Indianaâ€1914 By Frank S. Bash pg. 756-57
David Chamness. After a long and honorable career spent in agricultural pursuits, David Chamness is spending his declining years at his comfortable home, located one-half mile south of the city of Andrews, in Dallas township. He is a veteran of the great Civil war, and whether in war or in peace he has always shown himself an upright, loyal and useful citizen. He was born in Wayne county, Indiana, March 14, 1841, and is a son of William and Mahalia (Heaston) Chamness. His mother, a sister of Israel H. Heaston, of Huntington, Indiana, was born in Ohio, but came to Indiana as a child with her parents and grew to womanhood in Wayne county, where she met and married Mr. Chamness. Mr. Chamness was a native of North Carolina, and after his marriage removed to Wayne county, where he met an accidental death, following which she was married to Benjamin Kauffman, the father of J. H. Kauffman, of Andrews, Indiana.
David Chamness was reared by his stepfather and secured his education in the public school. He was brought up a farmer, and during the Civil war became a soldier in the Union army, enlisting July 4, 1863, in Company F, One Hundred and Eighteenth Regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry, from Wabash county, which organization saw active service in several hard-fought engagements. At the expiration of his term of service, Mr. Chamness received his honorable discharge and returned to his native county, where he again engaged in tilling the soil. He has been married three times, his first two wives living but a short time after their marriage. On December 29, 1866, he married Susan Jones, who was born in Randolph county, Indiana, in 1845, and removed with her parents to Wells county in December, 1846, the family settling on a farm in Chester township. There Mrs. Chamness received her education in the public schools and resided at home until her marriage. Nine children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Chamness, of whom eight are living at this time: Alma, who became the wife of Tobias McClintock; Catherine, who is the wife of John P. Shutt, of Lancaster township, this county; John, who married Mrs. Stech; Cary, who married Ella Lantz; William, who married Mary Gehris; Mahalia, who is the wife of Charles Losson; James, who married Zelda Poulson, and resides in Wells county; and Mary E., who is the wife of George Miller, of Dallas township.
Mr. Chamness made the occupation to which he was reared his life work, and through his diligence, energy and perseverance gradually worked his way upward to prosperity. At this time he is living somewhat retired from active life, although he still owns a small farm south of Andrews. He has ever been known as a man of the utmost integrity and probity, and is held in high esteem by those who have come in contact with him. In political matters he is a republican, but he has not been an office seeker, preferring the peaceful occupation of the agriculturist to the hazardous activities of public life. He still enjoys meeting his old comrades of the army and is a valued member of Andrews Post, No. 116, Grand Army of the Republic. With his wife and children he is a faithful member of the Methodist Episcopal church.