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History of Allen County, Ohio
And Representative Citizens
Edited and Compiled by
Charles C. Miller, Ph. D.
Assisted by
Dr. Samuel A. Baxter
Lima, Ohio
Published by Richmond & Arnold
George Richmond; G. R. Arnold
Chicago, Ill

  ALBIA JOHN, deceased, for many years one of the most highly respected residents of German township, was born in Ross County, Ohio, Oct. 14, 1831, and was a son of Griffith John, one of the first settlers of Allen County, whose sketch may be found in the general history of German township in Chapter VII of this work.
     Abia John was about one year old when he was brought to Allen County, by his parents, who located in German township, where he was reared and educated.  He learned the trade of carpenter; but remained at home, assisting his father on the farm until he reached his majority.  Preferring to work at his trade rather than on a farm, he then went to Illinois and remained in that State for four years, working at various points as a carpenter, and at the end of this period returning to Allen County.  The death of his father followed shortly after, and on his mother’s behalf the young man then took upon himself the management of the general store, which his father had conducted so successfully.
     On Oct. 18, 1857, Mr. John was married to Phoebe Ann Myers, who is a daughter of Silas and Matilda (Bowman) Myers.  The Myers family moved from Butler County to Allen County in 1850.  Mrs. John was born in Butler County, Mar. 27, 1841, and was nine years of age when the family located in German township, where she was reared and married.  One of her brothers, David H. Myers, resides in Marion township, Allen County.  He married Mary Ella Mounts, a daughter of Rev. James Mounts, of Van Wert.  The children born to Mr. and Mrs. John were:  Ulysses Franklin, born Oct. 1, 1858, who died at the age of 28 years; David Newton, born June 28, 1860, who also died at the age of 28 years; Olive Matilda, born Dec. 7, 1861, also deceased at the age of 28 years; Silas Meeker, born Oct. 9, 1863, who died aged 22 years; Jehu Mounts, born Aug. 19, 1865, who resides with his mother—he married Carrie Conrad, of Elida, who died Apr. 2, 1890, and was laid to rest in Greenlawn Cemetery, near Elida; Martha Evelyn, born June 14, 1867, who married George Copus, of Elida, and died in 1900, leaving two children —Howard Ray and Guy Edgar; Jesse Roberts, born Sept. 8, 1869, who is single and resides at home; Ella May, born Sept. 28, 1871, who married James Wesley Johns and lives at Findlay, Ohio; Tirza Arvilla, born June 23, 1876, who married Clinton Shock, of Texas, and has one child— Emma Annetta, born Mar. 21, 1879, died aged 16 years; and Pauline Myrtle, born Apr. 11, 1881, who resides with her mother and brothers on the old homestead.
     Abia John died Nov. 24, 1903, and his burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery, by the side of his deceased children.  The death of the two oldest sons had weighed heavily upon him, both of them being promising young men of sterling character.  David Newton John was educated at the university at Lebanon, while his brother was educated at Delaware.  Both brothers taught school and David Newton John was superintendent of four schools in Texas.
     The death of Abia John removed from German township one of its most exemplary citizens.  He was a man of character and in tegrity, honest in his dealings with his fellow men, kind in his treatment of his family and true in every relation of life.  His widow, who resides in Elida, is a lady very highly esteemed and on account of her gentle and kind neighborliness is known to every one as “Aunt Ann.”  Mr. John was a steward in the Methodist Episcopal Church. He was no politician but served on the School Board.
Source:  History of Allen County, Ohio, Publ. by Richmond & Arnold, Chicago, IL - 1906 - Page 791
  ELIAS H. JOHNS, one of the honored retired residents of Lima, was for a great many years prominently identified with the city's business interests and public affairs.  Mr. Johns was born in Fauquier County, Virginia, June 11, 1834, and is a son of Elias and Adaline (Otley) Johns.
     The Johns family were among the pioneers of Washington township, Union County, Ohio, removing there from Charlestown, Virginia.  The father of our subject was a man of enterprising spirit.  When he located in Washington township, in 1852, he erected the first hewed-log house there.  When his life approached middle age, he removed from the farm to the village of Essex and there engaged in mercantile business.
     Elias H. Johns obtained his education in Virginia prior to the removal of the family to Ohio and from the age of 18 years until his enlistment in the Union Army he followed school teaching.  Mr. Johns was one of the first patriotic young men of his neighborhood to respond to the call for troops in 1861, becoming a member of Company B, Second Battalion, 18th Reg., United States Infantry.  With all the loyal enthusiasm of the time he entered the service and nobly performed a soldier’s duty and almost gave up his life for his country.  On the terrible battle-ground of Stone River, he with scores of his comrads fell, and such were the prevailing conditions that he was left to suffer without surgical care for a number of hours.  His life was in the balance when he was taken to a hospital. From December until the following September he was under treatment in army hospitals at Murfreesboro, Nashville, Louisville and Camp Dennison. From the effects of that dreadful day of battle, Mr. Johns never fully recovered, although the day came when he was able to take a position in the recruiting service, in which he spent the remainder of his term of enlistment, being honorably discharged in 1864.  In spite of the injuries suffered when just in the flower of his manhood, Mr. Johns has survived many of his comrades and, approaching the evening of life, he is still vigorous of mind and body, and in most entertaining manner can recall those days which must always possess vital interest for every true American.
     After his return from his army service, Mr. Johns came in the same year to Lima and entered into business, opening up a grocery which he continued to operate until 1879, when he became associated with Townsend & Moser for four years, and later with the late Judge Hughes, in the manufacture of furniture.  Close attention to business and careful investments have provided Mr. Johns with ample competency, which his leisure permits him to enjoy.  He owns considerable property here, including his pleasant home at No. 222 South Pierce street.
     In 1857 Mr. Johns was married to Elizabeth Cheney. of Union County, Ohio, a daughter of William Cheney, who was a farmer all his life.  Of the four children born to Mr. and Mrs. Johns, two are now living, namely: Silas
Source:  History of Allen County, Ohio, Publ. by Richmond & Arnold, Chicago, IL - 1906 - Page 455




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