Born: November 8, 1828 Alabama
Died: January 24, 1920 China Spring, McLennan County, Texas
Waco Daily Times-Herald January 24, 1920
AGED 91, RESIDENT OF COUNTY 70 YEARS, IS DEAD
Eli Ditto, aged 91, resident of China Springs since about 1850, died at his home this morning at 6 o’clock. He had been in ill lhealth for some time, old age being one of the causes of death. The Ditto place in 17 miles northwest of Waco.
The funeral of Mr. Ditto will take place tomorrow afternoon at 2 o’clock, interment to be made at the Ditto burying grounds, three and a half miles west of China Springs, the body to be taken there in the motor hearse of Undertaker L. C. Puckett.
Mr. Ditto was born in Alabama, but came to McLennan county a decade before the Civil war, locating at China Springs. So long as he was able he devoted his time to agricultural pursuits. He was among the most highly esteemed residents of the county.
Mrs. Ditto died four years ago. One son, Frank Ditto, living at China Springs, survives.
NOTES Transcribed From
Memorial and Biographical History of Mc Lennan, Falls, Bell and Coryell Counties Texas.
Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company 1893
Eli Ditto came to Texas 1854 where he found employment as a farm hand. In 1861 he enlisted in the Civil War Company D Sixth Calvary. He served one year on the West side of the Mississippi , and then on the east side. He participated in over 100 battles and was first under General McCulloh, then James E. Johnston, and then under Hood. He was wounded in the shoulder at the battle of Davis Mills, and was unfit for duty about 2 months. After the close of the war, he was paroled and returned home, where again engaged in farming. He owned 440 acres of good land, ninety acres of which was cultivated primarily in cotton and corn. He was affiliated with the Democratic party.