A Standard History of Allen County, Ohio
by Wm. Rusler - Publ.
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ABRAM J. LAMAN.
After a varied experience at a mechanical trade and as a
merchant Abram J. Laman settled down to the occupation of
farming, and as proprietor of what is known as the old Carey
farm has one of the attractive and valuable places in Allen
County. This farm is four and a half miles northeast of
Spencerville in Amanda Township.
Mr. Laman represents an old family of Allen
County and was born in Marion Township Sept. 1, 1863, son of
John A. and Mary M. (Miller) Laman. His father was
born in Pennsylvania JUne 14, 1834, and his mother was born Mar.
4, 1837. Both are still living, well past the age of
fourscore. They were married in Allen County, and spent
their active lives as hard working and prosperous farmers.
Both have always taken a deep interest in the affairs of their
church and politically the father has cast his vote as a
democrat for over sixty years. Of ten children seven are
still living: Catherine, wife of Allie Miller,
of Spencerville; George W., a resident of Middlepoint,
Van Wert County, Ohio; Joseph, of American Township,
Allen County; Abram J.; Anna widow of John
Petree, of Lima, Ohio; William who lives on a farm
four and a half miles southeast of Lima; and Mina, wife
of Frank Musser. The deceased children were
Sarah A., John and one that died in infancy.
Abram J. Laman grew up in Marion and Amanda
townships, made the best possible sue of the advantages of the
local schools, and as a young man learned the trade of
carpenter. In 1889 he married Cynda Miller, who was
born Feb. 19, 1870, a daughter of Henry C. Miller.
After his marriage Mr. Laman continued to work at the
carpenter's trade for two years. He then bought a house
with ten acres of ground, but sold that and acquired a general
store at Southworth, Ohio, where he was in business for six
years. On selling his mercantile establishment he bought
his present farm and has occupied it since the fall of 1900.
He has 114 acres, well improved and practically all of it used
for some purpose. He makes a specialty of Polled Durham
Mr. and Mrs. Laman had six children: Mazie A.,
wife of Harlie McDonald, of Lima; Faira A., who
married Millie Eley and lives at Lima; Gladys,
wife of Archie Staup, of Spencerville; Walter, who
is married and lives at Delphos; Dewey, who was a World
war soldier, lives at Lima; and Zella J., is the wife of
Titus Moorman. The family are members of the
Baptist Church, in which Mr. Laman is a deacon and
trustee, and at present superintendent of the Sunday school.
Politically he is affiliated with the democratic party.
Source: A Standard History of Allen County, Ohio
- Vol. II - Publ. Chicago: Warner i.e. Warner, Beers & Co., 1921