Pioneer Period and Pioneer People of
Fairfield Co., Ohio.
by C. M. L. Wiseman
Publ. F. J.
Heer Printing Co., Columbus, O. 1901
of Several Families Prominent in the Early
History of Fairfield County.
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"Old Friends are the best friends."
"Sing me a song of the early days." - Riley
early settlers of Fairfield County, then including Perry
and Licking Counties, were a hardy race of men and
women. People of large frame, strong and active.
Brainy men, and intelligent for their opportunities, and
usually possession rare good common sense.
In brief sketches it will not be possible to even name
all worthy to be remembered; we can only select a
representative type here and there of the long list of
worthy men. The great majority of the people of
this county are better educated then the people of 60
years ago, and have read more books and light
literature, but in strength of character and strong
intellect, they are not superior, if, indeed, equal.
The men of the early days read the Bible, Milton's
Paradise Lost, Homer's Illiad, and a few other books of
like character, and they read them well - they
thoroughly digested their contents. A few such
books are worth more than a whole library of the present
REV. FOSTER was the first Lutheran preacher to
preach in Lancaster. He lived in Thorn
township, now in Perry County. He settled there at
a very early day with his six stalwart sons and gave
each a farm. His son Andrew married a
sister of the late Thomas ANDERSON, of Pleasant
township. His son Samuel
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married a daughter
of Jacob GRAYBILL, and lived all of his life near
Lancaster. He was a well known character to all
old citizens. He was the father of the late Col. Sam FOSTER, of Columbus, and
Geo. W. FOSTER,
of Cincinnati; also of the late Mrs. Alva PERRY.
Rev. Geo. DeBOLT was the first Baptist preacher to
preach in Lancaster. He settled in Walnut township
prior to 1806, being one of the first settlers. He
was a "hard shell" preacher of the most pronounced type.
A good speaker and an intelligent man. But he
could not deliver a discourse without severely berating
other denominations. Sixty years ago, yes, 50
years, a weed known as dogfennel was the curse of the
country. Every lane and byway and the public road
was full of it, and every common white with its bloom in
the season. During the revival season at the
Methodist church in New Salem DeBOLT preached to
his congregation at Union Chapel. He called their
attention to the revival services and warned them that
if not more faithful and active in their religious life
the Methodists and dogfennel would take the country.
He raised a large family, all of whom filled a
respectable and useful position in life. One of
his sons, Reason DeBOLT, studied law, married a
daughter of the late Wm. McCLEERY, of Greenfield
township, and moved to Trenton, Missouri. He rose
to some eminence. He was a captain in the civil
war, and with Gen. PRENTISS, was captured at
Shiloh and taken to Libby prison. Returning to
Missouri he was elected a member of congress from that
state. Reason was one of the first
schoolmates of the writer.
EDWARD TEAL was one of the early settlers of
this county, and in many ways was a remarkable man.
He came from Maryland, and first settled on Pleasant
Run, near where Amos Webb now lives. In his
cabin, or near it, at this place, the first class of
Methodists in this county was formed.
Teal afterwards moved to what has since
been known as the Ashbrook farm, now owned by the
heirs of H. G. Miller On this farm he and
his family are buried. Bishop Asbury
visited Teal in 1803, and records in his journal
that Teal owned 1200 acres of as good land as
could be found in the country.
A daughter of
Mr. Teal married Rev. James
Quinn, the first man to preach in this county, in
the year 1799. The Teals were at one time
very prominent people, but death has claimed most of
them. Perry Teal, a grandson, and Mrs.
Townsend Reed, a granddaughter, are about the only
ones left of the old stock.
Of the many distinguished men who honored Greenfield
township by their residence there, one of the most
striking figures was
He came to the township as
early as 1798, and entered at once upon a long,
industrious and honorable life. Walter McFarland was over six feet in height, well formed
and well proportioned. He was a man of great
strength and activity, and renowned for his herculean
feats. No man could match him at the end of a
hand-spike. No man could carry a timber of the
weight he could lift and walk off with, with ease.
For sixty years he was one of the prominent men of his
neighborhood and of the county. His fine presence
attracted the attention of strangers and commanded their
respect. His son John, now an old man, is a
resident of Lancaster. One of his daughters
married David Keller, now a prominent banker of
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County, Illinois, and one married Capt. A. R.
Keller, late of this city. One daughter
married the late Capt. Rigby.
There are but few of this generation who ever heard of
John Leith. He was a farmer, and lived
two miles from Pleasantville, in Walnut township.
His father emigrated from Leith, Scotland,
to South Carolina. His mother was a native of
Virginia. John was born on the Peedee
river, Mar. 15, 1755, and was left an orphan at five
years. His uncle took charge of him and soon
apprenticed him to a tailor, who took him to Charleston
to live. In three or four years he ran off and
made his way to York, Pennsylvania, where he engaged
himself to a farmer, with whom he remained four years.
He then made his way to Fort DuQuesne, afterwards Fort
Pitt, now Pittsburg. Here he engaged himself to an
Indian trader, and they took a stock of goods to an
Indian village on the Hockhocking, then called the
"Standing Stone." We find upon examination of
some authorities that this was about the year 1772 or
1773. His employer left him here at the age of 17
years in charge of the store and went to Fort Duquesne
for more goods. The Indians confiscated the goods
and carried Leith off a prisoner. He remained in
captivity 16 years and had a varied experience. A
part of this time he clerked for British Indian agents
in various localities - for three or four years at Upper
Sandusky. At the time he lived near Mt. Pleasant
there was a white woman with the Indians, but he did not
give her name. This is the first white woman known
to have lived on the spot where Lancaster stands.
In 1779, while still a prisoner, he was married to
Sallie Lowry, also a prisoner. This
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took place at Coshocton. He was 24 and she was 18
years of age. His wife had been a prisoner since a
mere child. They lived two yeas in Gnadenhutten.
Two children, boys, were born to them. Samuel
was born in 1780, and died in Fairfield County in 1820.
He was the second white child born in the Tuscarawas
valley. In 1786 he, with his wife and two
children, escaped from the Indians, leaving near
Sandusky, with a supply of parched corn, and made their
way on foot through the wilderness, in winter time, a
distance of 200 miles to Fort Pitt, where they arrived
in safety, having subsisted on the parched corn.
He lived for a few years in Pennsylvania, for a time in
Robbstown, and was for a time a partner of David
Duncan a trader. During these years he became
religious. In the year 1795 he built a boat and
loaded his goods and family, and floated down the Ohio
to Marietta. Here they tried to push his boat up
the Muskingum, but met with an accident, and boat and
goods were lost. For several years after this
accident he had a sad and varied experience. His
wife died and left him alone. In a year or two he
married a Mrs. McKee, and with her moved to
Guernsey County, and from there to Fairfield. This
was about the year 1816. He died in the year 1832.
His first wife was a sister of Jane Lowry, who
was also a prisoner among the Indians, and became the
wife of John McNaghten, a pioneer of Walnut
township. His son, George W. Leith, lived
for many years near Nevada, Wyandotte County, Ohio, and
if we mistake not, was associate judge of the Common
Pleas court. Leith was a very enthusiastic
member of the Methodist church, and related a wonderful
conversion and experience in the pamphlet written for
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Ewel Jeffries and printed by the Lancaster
Gazette, in 1831. Rev. Samuel Hitt
brought him into the church.
REV. DAVID JONES.
Among the noted visitors to the spot where Lancaster now
stands, the name of Mr. Jones cannot be omitted.
Rev. David Jones lived at Freehold, New Jersey,
and so far as known, was the first preacher to visit the
territory of Ohio. He was a Welsh Baptist.
In 1722, he, with Gen. Geo. Rogers Clarke and
several other adventurers, left Fort Pitt for the lower
Ohio, Louisville being the destination of General
Clarke. On this trip Jones preached to
Indians and scattered settlers wherever he found them.
Rev. Jones made the return trip in 1773,
overland. We give a passage from his journal:
"February 9, 1773, came safe to Mr. McCormick's,
at Standing Stone. This town consists chiefly of
Delaware Indians, and is located on the Hock-Hocking
creek. Though it is now wide, yet in admits large
canoes and peltry is thus transmitted to Fort Pitt.
Overtook here Mr. David Duncan, a trader from
Shippenstown, on his way to Fort Pitt." Here was a
trading post kept by a white man, a stopping place for
others, and a wandering missionary 27years before
Lancaster was thought of, and corroborative of Leith's
story as to a trading post. It is highly probable
that Leith was there and that Jones saw
him. During the war of the revolution Rev.
David Jones was a chaplain attached to the command
of General Anthony Wayne, of the Pennsylvania
He was a very eloquent man and did much to cheer up the
soldiers and maintain discipline of Valley Forge.
He told the disheartened soldiers "that a shad would as
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soon he seen backing up a tree as a revolutionary
soldier turning his back on the enemy or going to hell."
Robert McClellend, the famous Indian scout, of
General Wayne's army, visited Mt. Pleasant, or
Standing Stone, a few years after the visit of Jones,
but as a spy, and accidentally finding a white girl,
heroically fought off the Indians for a day and night
and rescued her from a horrible fate.
He became a resident of Lancaster in 1800, and kept one
of the first taverns. His daughter married Thos. Hart. They reared a large family.
J. B. Hart, Judge Samuel Hart, Mrs. Borland and
Mrs. Stambaugh were children. McClelland
spent his old age on a farm in Perry County. He
was born in western Pennsylvania. He has many
relatives there and in Pittsburg; also near Steubenville,
Ohio. His uncle Robert was a pioneer of
Jefferson County. His family was a large and
prominent one. They were Scotch-Irish.
The McNaghten family
was for near 90 years quite prominent in Walnut
township. The ancestor of this family was Thomas McNaghten, a Scotchman, who came to America
prior to the revolutionary war. Like thousands of
other good Scotchmen, he settled in Pennsylvania.
One writer, Fiske, states that more than 500,000
Schotch-Irish came to the United States and
settled in the interior and western part of Pennsylvania
and the valleys of Virginia and North Carolina.
Hunter, avers, and gives ample
authority and names of public men, that they were the
prominent Indian fighters who defended the frontier 40
years against the Indians. And that they were
the prominent leading men who settled in Kentucky
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Ohio and left the impress of their genius and enterprise
upon the institutions and laws of those states.
The Scotch-Irish were undoubtedly a great people and a
great factor in western civilization. More
prominent and useful men of that race adorn the pages of
Ohio history than of any other. Whoever,
therefore, has a trace of Scotch-Irish blood in his
veins, has reasons to be proud of a noble ancestry.
John, the son of Thomas McNaghten,
married Jane Lowry, a sister of Sallie Lowry,
who was the wife of John Leith, referred to
above. Like her sister, she had been a prisoner
among the Indians, and after her escape or redemption,
married John McNaghten in Western Pennsylvania,
and moved to Ohio. This was prior to 1806, but we
cannot give the year. He was a taxpayer here in
1806. He settled two miles northeast of
Pleasantville in what has been known a century as the
Elm flats. Here he purchased land enough to give
each of his children a farm - the sons, John, Thomas,
James, Neal, Alexander, 160 acres each; and the
daughters, Mary, Jane and Elizabeth, 80
acres each - a 50 per cent, discrimination unworthy of
his Scotch blood. In a few years the sons and
daughters, except Thomas, sold their lands
and left the country; Neal going to Wheeling, and
the others to the west. Neal became quite a
prominent citizen of Wheeling - was respected and
esteemed for many good qualities of head and heart.
He was a gentleman of elegant manners and fine presence,
and man who attracted attention on all occasions.
Thomas McNaghten was the representative man of
this family and lived on a long and honorable life in
this county. He was always the noted and prominent
man in his township, and distinguished for his integrity
and other good qualities. During all
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of his life
he was a leading member of the old school Baptist
church. Every third Sunday found him in his seat
in the northeast corner of the church at Pleasant Run,
surrounded by the fine heads of Jonas Friend, Col. Ruffner, Christian Baker, Jonathan Peters, Tunis
Ashbrook, John Ashbrook, and Jacob Kagy.
As goodly a company as any man ever worshipped with.
His first wife was Rebecca Young. Their
children were Jane, Mary, Araba, David, Noah, Owen,
John S. Children by his second and third wives
were Hiram, Cyntha, Rebecca, Harrison, Thomas J.,
James M. and Tunis.
Amelia Ashbrook and they spent
their lives on a farm near their old home. One of
their favorite sons was killed in the charge upon Fort
Wagner and was heard of no more.
Noah McNaghten was for 30 years a very prominent
farmer of Richland township. His wife was a
daughter of Tunis Ashbrook. He has been
dead a number of years. His widow lives with a
daughter near Boston, Massachusetts. Owen
McNaghten married a daughter of Christian Baker
and became an excellent and prosperous farmer of Walnut
township. He reared a good family of children.
He has been dead a number of years. Tunis
McNaughton lives in Franklin county, Ohio. He
is a prosperous farmer. Both he and his brother
Thomas J. McNaghten is the present postmaster of
Pleasantville. He married the youngest daughter of
Tunis Ashbrook. Thomas J. is an
exemplary citizen and follows in the footsteps of his
Baptist father, he being one of the leading members of
the Pleasant Run church.
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The descendants of
John McNaghten are very
numerous in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Iowa; also
Pennsylvania and West Virginia, and an honor to the
sturdy race from which they sprang.
We have traced but one family, as that is the only one
in a marked manner identified with Fairfield County.
We would be glad to give more information in regard to
this branch, but it is difficult to obtain reliable and
full information. We fear that many people will,
when too late, wake up to the fact that their family
history is lost. The writer is trying to preserve
what is yet obtainable, and to stimulate other to do
THE WELL-KNOWN PETERS
not known in what year the ancestor of the Peters
family came to America, or from what country.
He settled in Philadelphia as married man and two sons
were born, Jacob and Henry.
Henry was twice married but was not blessed with
children. Jacob was born in Philadelphia
and married there. He moved to Baltimore where he
reared his family of three sons and one daughter.
We cannot give name of daughter, but can only state that
she married a man named Burns. The sons
were John, Jacob and Samuel. Samuel,
the ancestor of the family, the subject of this sketch,
was born in Philadelphia Sept. 27, 1772. He died
at his home in Amanda township, Fairfield County, O.,
Sept. 10, 1829.
His wife was
Mary Stevenson, daughter of Daniel Stevenson of Baltimore county, Md. She
was born Sept. 28, 1773, and died in Fairfield County
Feb. 15, 1861, aged 87 years. Their oldest son, Henry Peters, was born Oct. 1, 1796. They came
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April, 1812, and lived for five years on what is
now the Frank Stevenson farm.
Daniel Stevenson was born Sept. 21, 1737. and died
Sept. 3, 1829. Ruth, his wife, was born
Jan. 24, 1743, and died Jan. 12, 1834. They were
the parents of ten children. They came to Ohio
several years earlier than Peters and his wife.
The wife of Samuel Peters was a model woman and
mother. She was a daughter of Daniel Stevenson,
one of the early pioneers of Richland township, and on
whose land the first Methodist church in the county was
erected. The old homestead now belongs to Edward Stevenson, a grandson of the pioneer.
There were several brothers and sisters of the Stevenson family,
Daniel, Jesse, Mordecai,
Edward, Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hampson are
remembered; most of them were born in Maryland and came
to Ohio with their father as early as 1803. James Hampson, during life a very prominent farmer
of Pleasant township, was a grandson of Daniel
Stevenson. Frank Stevenson, son of Mordecai,
occupies the old homestead, one of the best farms in
Fairfield County. Mrs. John Greer is a
granddaughter of Daniel Stevenson. The
children married and settled upon farms in the
neighborhood, where most of the old stock lived and
died. Daniel Stevenson, the pioneer and
father of this large family, was a very prominent man of
the early days and much respected for his sterling
character. He was a Methodist and gave the ground
for the first church in the county. He entertained
Bishop Asbury on one or two of his visits to this
county, and it was on his land where Asbury
conducted the first camp meeting held in the county.
The church referred to was of hewn logs. A few of
our readers will
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remember the big broad axes used to do
this work, and with what skill a few of the pioneer
workmen could use them, and with what skill the corner
men could notch the logs perfectly, and carry up their
corner, a perilous job, but performed by hundreds of
men. We have digressed and now return to the
history, briefly, of the Peters family.
Mr. Peters and wife came in the year 1812 to
Fairfield County and settled two miles north of West
Rushville, on Rushcreek, at the mouth of Snake run.
Here they remained for about the space of five years,
when they purchased land south of Royalton, (now owned
by Benjamin Haas) and opened up a farm and
endured the hardships incident to pioneer life.
Here they spent their lives, living the quiet life of
farmers and rearing a large family of children.
Mr. Peters was a man of sterling character and
possessed good business qualifications. He was
prominent and beloved in his neighborhood, and exerted
an influence in the community far above the average.
His success in rearing a large family to honorable and
useful lives, is evidence of many good qualities and
ability as a parent - the good wife and mother comes in
here for a large share of credit. His sons were Henry, Nathan, Robinson J., Ebenezer, Wesley, Gideon,
Stevenson, Lewis and Andrew, most of whom
lived to old age and all exceptionally fine business
men. Nine brothers, possessing better business
ability, or more successful in business will be hard to
find among the pioneers, or at any other period.
They were stalwart men, most of them of commanding
presence. Take this family, the Stevenson
family, the Beery family - where can you
find such large families of stalwart, robust long-lived
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Where can we find such men, even in small
families? Are we degenerating?
Henry Peters at an early day moved to Marion
County and when the Wyandotte Indians sold out he moved
to Wyandot County. He was a good man, a sagacious
man. He prospered and made good investments.
He died a few years ago in Upper Sandusky, and left to
his heirs quite an estate. Upon the death of his
brother Gideon in 1844 he took charge of his
children and reared them as a father, and at his death
they were well remembered. Nathan Peters
moved to Marion County at an early date. He
engaged in farming for a number of years and was
successful. His old age was spent in Marion where
he owned a fine home. His son Harvey was
for many years a leading druggist of Marion.
Ebenezer Peters moved at an early day to Marion
County where he was a prosperous farmer and stock
dealer. Like all of his brothers he was a good
business man and respected and honored by his neighbors.
He died some years since at an advanced age. In
middle age he resided in Marion where he took an active
part in politics and assisted in electing our fellow
citizen Samuel A. Griswold county auditor.
His son Irwin Peters is still living.
Peters name is one that is honored in Marion
and Upper Sandusky.
Lewis became farmers and
located in Pickaway County, near Nebraska P. O.
Like their brothers they were successful in business,
accumulated property and lived in good style. They
were among the prominent members of the Methodist
Episcopal Church in that vicinity. Lewis Peters
was an unusually intelligent man, of good social
qualities and a man
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of influence and very highly
esteemed. One of his sons married a daughter of Rev. John W. White, once well known in Lancaster,
and resides in Upper Sandusky. Both gentlemen and
dead. A son of Stevenson, a man of some
parts, occupies the old home. The second wife of
Lewis Peters was a daughter of Wm. Coulson,
a distinguished pioneer merchant of Rushville.
A son of
Lewis Peters, Hon. S. R. Peters,
of Newton, Kan., is an old Pickaway County boy, born in
Walnut township in 1842. He is a graduate of
Delaware University, and served through the war as a
member of the Seventy-third regiment O. V. I., coming
out of the service as captain. He went to Kansas
following the war, and in a little over a year after
settling in that state his political career began.
He was a member of the State Senate, judge of the Ninth
Judicial District, a very trying region to hold court.
He was three times elected to the difficult position
without opposition. In 1883 he was elected at
large to the Forty-eighth Congress. In 1890 he
declined further congressional honors, preferring to
practice his profession. Judge Peters is
now postmaster at Newton and editor of the Kansas
Republican, published in that city. He also
practices law. Judge Peters' wife was Amelia C. Doan, daughter of
Doan, and they were married in Circleville in April,
1867. Mrs. Peters was a universal favorite
in Washington society during their residence in that
city. Dr. W. L. Peters lives in
Gideon Peters learned the trade of a tanner and
for some years conducted the business at the foot of
Main street. He was a prominent member of the
Methodist church in the forties. He died in the
prime of life in 1844. He married a Stevenson.
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Wesley Peters lived most of his life in Hocking
township. He was a quiet citizen and unassuming in
his manners. A man to be liked and trusted upon
first acquaintance. In the late years of his life
he lived on "Hallelujah Heights" near town. His
wife was an Ingman.
For a year or two he was
president of the Fairfield County Bank. He died at
an advanced age. His son John W. Peters is
a very prominent Methodist preacher of the Cincinnati
Conference. Henry Will Peters, Samuel Peters,
Silas and James were his sons. Sallie,
his youngest daughter, resides in Champaign,
Ill. Mrs. Thomas Strode and Mrs. George
Hoffman reside near Lancaster. Mrs. Euens
in the West; Dr. Wesley Peters, of this city, is
a grandson, as is Mr. George Peters, of Hocking
township. A daughter of Silas Peters is the
wife of George Lamb, of Hooker.
Robinson J. Peters was one of the prosperous
farmers of this county. He married a Galligher
of Amanda township and for some years was a farmer
in that township. About middle age he came to
Hocking township, and was both a farmer and capitalist.
He was a money maker from the start and pursued his
business with unflagging courage and industry. He
was a shrewd business man and seldom made a mistake in
his investments or business ventures. He was a
judge of good land and owned fine and productive farms.
He died at a great age having passed, by two or three,
his eightieth year. Zebulon, his oldest
son, passed three score and ten, inherited good business
qualities, industry and integrity. He has reared
and educated an interesting family. His oldest son
Henry is the Vice President of the Fairfield
County Bank. Frank is a farmer of
Greenfield township. A daughter
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Cunningham. Zebulon's wife was the
daughter of Mr. Jacob Beck. His son
Will is a partner in the firm of N. R. Butler
& Co. Newton Peters, another son and now a
gray-headed man, married a daughter of David Eversole.
They have reared quite a large family of children.
Two of the sons, Robinson and Charles are
promising young farmers of Hocking township. A
daughter married James Claypool.
One of R. J. Peters' daughters married Thos. Cochran and another
Andrew Peters married a daughter of
Reber, a sister of one of the best of Fairfield
County's men, Henry Reber. Andrew Peters
was a good and successful farmer and cattle man.
He made money and at one time owned 1,600 acres of very
fine land. He was prominent in Fairfield County,
and was elected County Commissioner in 1854. He
lived beyond four score years. His son Milton
is one of the large farmers of this county, owns a fine
home and lives in elegant style. Frank
lives upon a 300 acre farm in Pickaway County and John in the same county on a like farm.
The only daughter married
George Creed and lived
and died upon a farm near her old home in Amanda
township. Her son, Frank Creed, is a
promising young man.
A daughter of
Sam'l Peters married Wm.
Brumfield, one of the first brewers of
Lancaster. They lived for many years upon their
farm near town. Broad Cole married
one of the daughters. He was a well known farmer
forty years ago and resided at the big spring, where Felix Swope now lives. The
early settlers and at the house of the pioneer, Bishop Asbury preached in 1803 the first sermon
heard in the township.
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Thos. Cole, son of
Broad, is an old
school Baptist preacher and a very worthy man.
One of the daughters married
Daniel Walters and
they spent their lives upon a farm in Amanda township.
Judge Festus Walters of the Common Pleas Court of
Circleville, is their son. He has attained quite a
prominent position at the bar.
Elizabeth Williamson, widow of Isaac N. Williamson, is a daughter of
Peters and the only one now living of this large
family of sons and daughters. She has lived beyond
four score years and may be often met in town in fair
weather. This is a brief sketch of a very
remarkable family and in all respects a very worthy one.
Prominent, influential and highly esteemed wherever
THE ASHBAUGH FAMILY
The Ashbaugh family of Rushcreek left Huntington
County, Pennsylvania, in the fall of 1799, for the Ohio
country, and arrived safely at the cabin of Col.
Samuel Carpenter, Dec. 31, 1799, where they remained
over night. That night a child was born to one of
the families and was named David Ashbaugh.
The parents were John Jr. and Catharine Miller,
his wife. The family that left Pennsylvania
consisted of John Ashbaugh, sr. and wife, and
their sons, Jacob, Joseph, Frederick and Andrew and his two daughters
Mary and Patsy, and John Ashbaugh, jr.
They came in company with Joseph Miller, wife and
daughters Elizabeth and Rachel. Rachel Miller, in about twelve months became the
wife of Edward Young and reared a large family of
children. She was the mother of the late Mrs.
Jacob Moyer. The party floated down the Ohio
burgh on flatboats, or family boats, landing
at the mouth of the Hockhocking. The men came up
the valley on foot and on horseback, and the women, with
the goods, in canoes, to the mouth of Rushcreek.
Here party made their way to Col. Carpenter's
cabin on foot. From Carpenter's they
traveled through the woods to a spot since known as the
Neely farm and now as the Weaver place,
near Bremen. Here a small plat of ground had been
cleared the previous spring by Joseph Miller, John
and Joseph Ashbaugh.
Elizabeth, a daughter of
John Ashbaugh, sr.,
was left in Pennsylvania. She had previously
married a Mr. Saxton of Huntington, and there she
lived with her family until her death in 1822.
Mr. Saxton was a mechanic. He manufactured
nails by hand, a slow process, but then the only method.
Four sons were born to them, viz: John, Joshua,
Joseph and William. John Saxton learned
the trade of a printer and came west at an early day and
commenced the publication of a weekly paper called the
Repository, at Canton, Ohio. John Saxton
was a man of ability and of high character and was, all
of his useful life, a distinguished citizen of Canton,
Ohio. He was the father of James Saxton,
the banker, and the grandfather of Mrs. President
McKinley. We gather from this that Mrs.
McKinley is the third cousin of the late John
Ashbaugh. Elizabeth Ashbaugh, Mrs. McKinley's
great grandmother, was the aunt of John Ashbaugh,
of Lancaster, Ohio. Joshua Saxton learned
the printer's trade and made his way to Canton, Ohio,
when a young man and assisted his brother in the
publican of his paper.
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In 1838 he moved to Urbana
and established a weekly paper called the Citizen.
He was always a prominent and useful citizen of Urbana,
and like his brother John achieved much more than
a local reputation.
Many years ago the writer had the pleasure of meeting
both brothers in their respective editorial rooms in
Urbana and Canton.
and William Saxton, sons also of
Elizabeth Saxton, settled at an early day in
Washington City. Joseph was a fine scholar
and a very brilliant mechanical genius. He was a
silversmith by trade. Prof. Bache
pronounced him the greatest mechanical genius the world
has ever saw. He was a member of the Franklin
Institute of Philadelphia and of the Royal Society of
London, England. He made the city clock of
Philadelphia, still to be seen and heard at Independence
Hall. He spent nine years in Paris and London and
while there invented the first magnetic machine capable
of producing a spark. He exhibited his machine in
the presence of thousands of people in London and was
honored by the presence of forty scientists. He
was received with great honor while abroad. He
invented and made the machinery of the United States
mint at Philadelphia. He invented the electric
clock in the department of weights and measures in
Washington, D. C. John Ashbaugh once
visited this cousin and was very cordially received.
Joseph and Jacob, sons of John
Ashbaugh, sr., moved at an early day to Kentucky and
the family lost all trace of him and their descendants.
Patsy, the daughter of John Ashbaugh, sr.
married Mr. A. Ray and died young.
Mary, a daughter of John sr., married
Samuel Ray. They were the parents of two
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of whom became the wife of Wright
Larimer, and the other the wife of Isaac Larimer.
Catharine, a daughter of
John sr., married
Asa Johnson. They were the parents of the late
Edward Johnson, of Rush Creek.
Andrew Ashbaugh married Esther Ray, of
Huntington county, Pennsylvania, and after coming to
Rushcreek settled east of the Bremen on the farm now
owned by A. Grafis. Their children were John, William, Abraham, Samuel, James and
Catharine, Jane, Margaret and Elizabeth, who
married George Orndorff. Their daughter,
Margaret, married William Rowles, who now
lies with a second wife near Pleasantville, Ohio.
Andrew, at an early day, sold his farm to his
brother Frederick and moved to Perry county,
where he reared a large family.
John, the oldest son, was born Oct. 24, 1808.
He worked on the farm until 21 years of age. He
worked for William B. Lewis, of Rushville and
learned the carpenter trade. While in Rushville he
witnessed the great fight between Isaac Wilson
and a man named Maxwell, who came from the
east on purpose to whip Wilson. A large
crowd of people formed a circle and the combatants
fought to a finish. Maxwell was at the
close of the fight put to bed and was under the care of
a doctor for several weeks.
John Ashbaugh was for some time a partner of
Jacob Moyer in the building business.
In 1839 he married
Mary Beery, daughter of George Beery, and engaged in the mercantile business
in Bremen, and so continued until the year 1854.
He traded in horses, tobacco and packed pork.
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1854 he sold out to Simon and Thomas E. Beery.
He then purchased the Lieb farm north of Bremen.
In 1870 he purchased the
Albert Claypool farm,
east of Lancaster, where his son George now
lives. In 1874 he moved to Lancaster, where he
died Nov. 10, 1895. His children were George
B., Josephine and Kate. George married
Mary A. McCandlish, of Bremen; Josephine
married Dr. Rankin, of Bremen; Miss Kate
resides with her mother in Lancaster.
Kate Rankin married Samuel Porter, of
Muskingum County; Viola married Jessie Rowles
of Bremen; Nellie married Victor Coen, of
New Mexico; Grace and Florence Rankin are
with their parents.
William Ashbaugh, brother of
married Julia Cohagen and lived on a farm near
Rushville. His death occurred in 1892.
John J., his son, married Jennie Davis,
daughter of David Y. Davis, of Rushcreek.
He lives on the old Davis farm and is a highly
esteemed citizen of this township and a veteran of the
civil war. George was accidentally killed
in Indiana. Robert married Miss Franks
and lives in Rushville, Ohio. James lives
in Columbus, Ohio. Hiram was a farmer and
died in Indiana. Mariah, daughter of William, married
William Work and lives near
Rushville. Elizabeth married Charles
Rowles, of Bremen. Jane married
William Stuart and now lives, a widow, in Bucyrus,
Ohio. Margaret married Isaac Mast -
both are now dead.
Abraham Ashbaugh, brother of
John, married a Miss Linton, and moved to
Tama county, Iowa, where they died. Samuel
and James lived and died in Perry County.
They were farmers.
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Robert, son of
Andrew, was a carpenter.
He was a soldier in the Union Army and lost his
health in the service. He died a few years since
in Columbus, Ohio. His widow and son, George,
live in Columbus.
Another son lives in Wheeling, W. Va. (Hart).
Catharine, daughter of Andrew Ashbaugh,
married Washington Adcock. They lived in
Perry County, Ohio, and reared a large family.
Adcock gave each of his children a farm and has
several hundred acres left.
Jane married John Cohagen and both are
now dead. Children of this couple live, or did
live, near Pickerington, Ohio. Margaret
married Anderson Crooks.
Fred Ashbaugh, brother of
Andrew, married Mary Musser, of Rushcreek. Three of their
children moved to new homes in the north and west.
One of the daughters married
Their daughter, Miriam married Joseph Stukey,
son of Judge Stukey, who in time moved to Jasper
County, Missouri. Their son, W. W. Stukey
lives in Lancaster, Ohio, also a daughter, Clara
Eliza, married Robert Shugart of Lancaster,
and died there.
John Jr., brother of
Andrew, married Catherine Miller of Pennsylvania. They settled
on a farm near Jerusalem church, east of Bremen.
They reared a family of ten children.
Joseph married Elizabeth Musser and moved
to Perry County, Ohio.
David was born Jan. 1, 1800, in the cabin of
Col. Samuel Carpenter, if tradition is correct,
where the parents were over night before going to
Rushcreek. He lived and died in Rushcreek, below
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Andrew, son of
John, Jr., married Elizabeth, daughter of
Amos Davis, a very
prominent Rushcreek man.
Catherine Leckrone and
moved to Effingham, Ill.
They lived a few years on a farm and then moved to
Bremen, where McCandish, for some years, was a
They were the parents of
Mrs. Geo. Beery Ashbaugh.
Elizabeth, daughter of
John Jr., married Absalom McCormick of Perry County.
Ashbaughs have been prominent people in the
Rushcreek township for 100 years.
They were all good business men in their line and
maintained throughout their long career an honorable
THE BEERY FAMILY
has been for more than 130 years one of the largest and
most prominent in the valley of Virginia. They
were, originally, from Berks county, Pennsylvania.
A branch of this family, or rather two branches, came,
or began to come, to Fairfield County as early as 1800,
and settled in Rushcreek township.
Nicholas Beery of Rockingham County,
Virginia, was the founder, or ancestor of the Fairfield
family we propose to sketch in this paper.
He was born in Rockingham County, Virginia, was twice
married, and reared a family of sixteen children.
His first wife was a Miss Keller, an aunt of the
late Hon. Daniel Keller, of Fairfield County.
Their sons were
John, Jacob, Abraham, Isaac,
Henry, George and Nicholas. The daughters
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Barbara, Elizabeth, Martha, Mary and Susan. The second wife of
was a woman of Rockingham whose name we cannot give.
Their children were Joseph and Christopher,
Margaret and Fanny. All of the children
except Barbara, who married Mr. Blosser,
came early to Fairfield County.
John, son of Nicholas, married Margaret Shaeffer and settled just east of where
Berne Station is now located. Their sons were Noah, David, Abraham and
married, for his wife, Miss Rader, who was a
daughter of John Rader, of Rockingham County,
Virginia, and for his second wife, a Mrs. Smith
and moved to N. W> Missouri where he prospered and was a
respected and influential citizen. A daughter of
his married Andrew J. Snider, at this time a
wealthy stock dealer of Kansas City, and president of
the First National Bank of that city. A son, Chester A. Snider,
of Mr. and Mrs. Snider,
married a daughter of ex-Governor Oglesby, of
Illinois. Another son, a very promising young man,
died in California.
David married a
Hufford and moved
to Missouri. Abraham married a daughter of
Frederick Friesner. He moved to Logan,
Hocking County, and lived and died there. Nicholas
married a sister of Frederick Sites.
He moved to Missouri. John, the son of
Nicholas, Jr., married a sister of Jacob Huber
and moved to Auglaize county, Ohio. Delilah
married John Beatty. Their son, J. H.
Beatty, is United States District Judge of Idaho.
Elijah Beery of Sugar Grove, was a son of Nicholas.
The only daughter of John Beery, Elizabeth,
married John Coffman, near Carroll, the father of
the late Samuel Coffman and grandfather of Benjamin.
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Jacob Beery married
Nancy Geil, in Virginia.
Upon their arrival in Fairfield, they settled on a farm
on Upper Raccoon, now owned by Frank, a son of Lewis Beery. Later in life they moved to
Wyandot County, Ohio, where they died.
Abraham Beery married Catharine Fast
and they settled on the bluff, north side of Raccoon and
one mile east of Berne. Their son, Abraham,
married a Miss Elizabeth Weldy and moved to
Decatur, Indiana, where he still lives. Their son,
Joel, married Sarah Huddle and moved to Darke
county, Ohio. Their daughter, Elizabeth
married Abraham Geil and they lived and died in
Rushcreek. Their daughter, Catharine,
married Joseph Swart, and lived near Mount Tabor
church. They were the parents of Joel and Rev.
Andrew Swartz and Mrs. Sheldon.
Sarah, daughter of Abraham, married Henry Swartz, of North Berne. Later in life
Mr. Swartz moved to Illinois. One of his sons
married a daughter of Samuel Jackson He
enlisted in the Union army and died in the service.
Ex-Mayor Swartz, of Columbus, is their son.
Rebecca, daughter of Abraham, married
John Turner. Turner died leaving his widow
with a family of small children. Jacob B.
Turner of Bremen, all of his life a reputable and
influential citizen of this county, is one of the sons
of this couple. A brother resides in Bremen and Peter in Lancaster, Ohio. Their son
now deceased, was a minister in the Evangelical church.
Mr. Turner's widow married John Shoemaker.
Mrs. Shoemaker is still living near Bremen, Ohio.
Their son Eli is a Methodist preacher. Fanny, daughter of
Abraham, married Emanuel Sites, who became one of the highly es-
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citizens of Pleasant township. George Sites
and attorney J. S. Sites, of Lancaster, are sons
of Emanuel. Mrs. John E. Miller and
Mrs. Frank Beery are daughters, and Drs. H. C.
and E. F. Sites, of Ft. Wayne, Ind., are
sons. Delilah, daughter of Abraham,
married a Mr. Samuel Bear and they moved to Darke
County, Ohio, where Bear died. Late in life
she became the wife of Emanuel Sites. Mary married
George Swartz and moved to
Hancock County, Ohio. Another daughter Barbara,
married a Mr. Daniel Huddle. Samuel,
one of their sons, is a minister. They reared a
The oldest of
Abram's girls married Joel
Shaeffer, a long time county commissioner.
Isaac Beery, son of Nicolas, came to
Fairfield County, a single man. He married Mary
Cradlebaugh, a daughter of the first German Reformed
preacher in this county, Rev. Cradlebaugh.
Her brother, Andrew Cradlebaugh, of Circleville,
was the father of Col. John Cradlebaugh, an
attorney of some prominence.
Isaac Beery was a Dunker preacher of
considerable prominence and of high character. He
lived on the original section purchased by his father,
south of Hartzler's mill on Raccoon. George, son of
Isaac was a dentist and lived
and died in Royalton and was buried there. Andrew died a single man.
a Miss Short and moved to Iowa, where both died.
Jesse married Rebecca Larimer, moved west
and died there. Elijah Berry, son of Isaac, married, but we can not give the name of his
wife. They moved to Miami county, Ohio. Enoch, son of
Isaac Beery, Sr., married lady
of Perry County,
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Ohio. They moved to Miami County,
Ohio, where he still lives. The horse trainer,
named Beery, who occasionally visits Lancaster,
is a son of Enoch Beery.
Delilah, daughter of old Isaac, married a
Mr. Ward, of Miami county, where they lived and
died. Catharine, daughter of Isaac,
married Daniel Sites or Seitz, and they
lived about one mile south of North Berne. Enoch Berry Seitz, one of the famous mathematicians
of the world, was their son, and was born on the farm in
Berne. He was a brilliant scholar when a boy and
always in advance of his teacher.
The mother of
Prof. Sites is still living in
Greenville, aged 92 years. Noah Sites or Seitz
was killed in the Civil War.
Elizabeth Beery, daughter of old Isaac,
married James Stuart of Rush Creek.
Charles Stuart of this city, is their son.
Maria Beery married a Mr. Fristo and
moved to Miami County, Ohio.
Priscilla married a man named Hillis and
they moved to Missouri, where they died.
Henry Beery, son of Nicholas, settled
near Sugar Grove. We can not give the name of his
wife. His son-in-law and Henry, his son,
live near Sugar Grove.
Elijah was a prominent citizen of that vicinity
for sixty years.
George Beery, son of
Nicholas Beery, Sr.,
was born in 1783. He married Catharine
Cradlebaugh in 1809, a sister of his brother Isaac's
wife. They were prominent and influential people
and they reared a large and interesting family.
George Beery was a well-known man - a farmer and
merchant by terms. He was the original proprietor
of the village of Bremen and the first merchant there.
He died on his farm six
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miles east of Lancaster, in
1856. He was the best known of his numerous
brothers and numbered among his friends many prominent
men of Lancaster. He came to Fairfield County in
The numerous sons of
George Beery were all good
business men and they made a success of life. Samuel
married Catharine Hull and was a
farmer all of his life. He built the fine brick
residence just east of Lancaster. He died in the
prime of old age. His widow married Samuel
Black. John married Mary Black and
lived and died upon his farm near Bremen. Joseph
died while yet a young man. Isaac
was for a few years a merchant in Bremen, but moved to
Upper Sandusky, where he married a daughter of Dr.
Fowler, a wealthy farmer near Little Sandusky.
He was, in connection with his brother Anthony, a
prosperous merchant in his new home. Anthony
married a Miss Sherman. George studied
law and settled in Upper Sandusky. He married Ann McDonald, of Lancaster. In the last few
years of his life he was president of the First
National Bank of Upper Sandusky. Simon
was for several years a prominent and successful
business man of Bremen. He married Melvina
Grove, and late in life moved to Urbana, Ohio.
He owned a fine farm on Mad River. Noal
died young. Solomon was a farmer of this
county and is now a prosperous one near Upper Sandusky.
He married Louisa Hammack, of this city. Thomas
married Louisa Hammack. of this city.
Thomas Ewing Beery married a college mate, a
Miss Witt, of Indiana. He married the second
time a Miss Osborne. He has been for many
years a successful business man and a highly esteemed
and influential citizen of Wyandot County, Ohio.
Christena, daughter of George Beery,
married Charles Stuart and lived near
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Mary married John Ashbaugh and lived many
years near to and in Bremen. She is a well
preserved woman, on the shady side of eighty, and after
a long and useful life she enjoys the peace and comfort
that comes to those who fairly earn it.
Barbara, the oldest daughter of old Nicholas
Beery, married a Mr. Blosser and lived and
died in Virginia. Elizabeth married Rev.
Jacob Geil and settled on lower Rush Creek. He
was a Mennonite. Martha married a Comer
and lived on what is now the George Clover farm.
They were the parents of Isaac Comer, an old-time
tailor of Lancaster, Ohio.
Mary, daughter of Nicholas, married Rev. Henry Stemen. They came to Rush Creek,
southeast of what is now Bremen, where they reared a
large family. Rev. Stemen was an earnest,
zealous Mennonite preacher, and always spoke in the
German language. The Beerys were of
Pennsylvania German descent and all understood the
language. Susan married Abraham Beery,
a distant relative of her father. They settled in
lower Rush Creek.
and Christopher , sons by the
second marriage of Nicholas Beery, married
sisters by the name of Miller, came to Fairfield
and settled on lower Rush Creek. Margaret
married a Mr. Kechler and lived on Raccoon in
Rush Creek township. Fanny married Mr.
Joseph Hite, of Walnut township. His old farm
is now owned by Kemp Brothers, at Thurston.
This completes such record as we are above as we are
able to give of the Nicholas Beery family, one of
the largest families ever known in the county, and
second to none in sterling worth and good citizenship.
Their descendants still fill a large space in this
county and are numbered by hundreds, and in every
western State Beerys
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are to be found or some of
their collateral relatives. Daniel, Frederick,
Lewis and George Beery, Berne township
people, and Samuel, Abraham and Christian
Beery family and highly respected people. Abraham was Mayor of Lancaster and father of
THE ASHBROOK FAMILY
of Virginia gave to Fairfield County many
distinguished and honored citizens; but that valley
was not alone in furnishing emigrants to Ohio and
Fairfield County in particular. Hampshire
County, in the valley of the south branch of
Potomac, gave us the Ashbrook, Peters
and Claypool families, as
distinguished and as highly respected as any that
adorn the annals of our county. The first
Peters of which we have record, was born Oct.
27, 1749. His wife was born Oct. 27, 1759.
They were the parents of Mrs. Aaron
Ashbrook and the late Jonathan Peters.
They lived to a great age. Jonathan and
Gershom were their sons, both highly
respected and intelligent men. They spent the
latter years of their life in this county.
Jonathan lived on the old David Pence
farm, in Richland township. One of his
daughters is the wife of William Friend.
A son. Edward, lives in the same vicinity.
Gershom reared a large family, living at one
time in sight of Columbus, where Orrin
Peters was born. One son is an attorney at
Princeton, Illinois. Moore and Orrin
are wealthy manufacturers of Cincinnati.
Orrin married Miss Eckert, of this
city. Both are well known. A sister of
these gentlemen. Deborah, was the mother of
an esteemed citizen of Amanda township.
John Quincy Adams Blue.
J. Q. A. Blue married a Galligher, a
connection of the Robinson Pe-
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ters family, but in no way related to his
mother. His son, George, married a
daughter of Henry Reber. Her mother was
an Allen, daughter of Howard Allen,
who married a Leist. Abigail Peters
married Aaron Ashbrook. The Ashbrook
family has been traced to England and back into
the misty past. There is a legend that long
ago a gentleman walking upon the banks of a brook
noticed a small boy standing near an ash tree.
He inquired his name but the little fellow did not
know it. He had compassion upon him, giving
the name of Ashbrook, certainly beautiful,
appropriate and well chosen, and as such it has come
down the centuries. Aaron Ashbrook was
born in Hampshire county, Virginia, Jan. 7, 1780.
Abigail Peters, his wife, was born in the
same county Jan. 7, 1782. They were married
Dec. 22, 1800. Two children were born to them
in Virginia. About the year 1805 they came to
Ohio, by wagon and settled in Pleasant township.
Their old home stood on the bluff between the
residence of James Hampson and John M.
Ashbrook. There they lived a quiet life
rearing a large family of children and died at a
good old age. They lived to see their children
well established in life, honored and respectd by
their neighbors and fellow citizens. They were
distinguished members of the old school Baptist
church at Pleasant Run and Aaron Ashbrook was always
a conspicuous figure in that congregation. As
were his sons John and Tunis after him. Aaron
Ashbrook was at the time of the death 85 years of
age and his wife Abigail died at the great
age of 94 years.
Aaron Ashbrook had three brothers, Rev. Eli
who lived in Licking county, and one of whose sons
is a prominent business man of Newark, and a
son-in-law of Rev. George DeBolt, the pioneer
preacher. Thomas and William were the
names of his other brothers. Thomas
lived in Pickaway county until about 44 years of
age, when he moved to Illinois. He was a fine
man and a favorite with his relatives.
William Ashbrook lived first in Pleasant
township, but moved later to Amanda township where
he died. His wife was Amelia Peters,
sister of Mrs. Aaron Ashbrook
and Mrs. Blue. Both lived to a
good old age. Their sons were Absalom,
Mahlon, Edward and William.
Absolom is dead. He was a farmer in Amanda
township. Edward is still living in
Amanda township at the age of 82 years.
Mahlon lives in St. Joseph, Mo., at the age of
86 years. William lives in Ashville,
Pickaway County, Ohio.*
Ira and William, sons of William,
are farmers near Cedar Hill, this county, Samuel,
their brother, is a grain dealer of Circleville,
George A., son of Absolom, is a farmer in
Pickaway County. Frank, another son is
a farmer in Bloom township. Monroe and
John, sons of Absalom, reside in
James, a son of Edward Ashbrook,
is a popular merchant at Newark, Ohio.
Thomas M., a brother, is an implement man
of Somerset, Ohio.
E. L. Ashbrook, the popular young Republican of
Amanda township, resides on the old homestead with
his father. Mrs. L. D. Cole, daughter
of Edward, lives in Columbus.
There were three sisters in this family.
Minerva, Ivy and Cecelia.
Benjamin T. Dunnick, of Pickaway Comity, married
Minerva. She is living with a daughter
*The three brothers died recently at their
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East Ringgold. Their daughter, Amelia,
is the wife of James M. Steward, a farmer and
breeder of Marcy, Ohio.
Daniel R. Kellerman, at one time a prominent
farmer of Amanda township, married Ivy.
They reared a large family of children and gave them
a good education. Prof. Kellerman.
of the Ohio University, is their son. One son
is a Universalist preacher. Some years since
D. R. Kellerman and some of his sons moved to
near Humboldt. Kansas, where Kellerman
recently died. Their youngest daughter.
Dory, married a Williamson, and lives in
Benjamin Bowman married Cecilia,
and moved to the state of Illinois.
Of the Peters family there were several
sons, viz.: Jonathan, Gershom,
Rev. Mahlon, John, Tunis,
Rev. James and Absolom and four
sisters, Katy, Abigail,
Deborah and Amelia. Most of them
lived to a great age, filling out honorable and
useful positions in life. Their descendants
are scattered far and wide, and but few of them are
known to each other. Gershom was for
some years Associate Judge of Franklin County.
During at least a part of their lives the Peters
brothers lived in Pickaway and Franklin
Aaron Asbbrook's children were: Tunis
P., Fannie, John M., James A.,
Katherine, Eli P., Deborah,
Amelia. Adaline, who died young.
Tunis Peters Ashbrook was born
Dec. 19, 1801, in Hampshire County,Virginia.
He received such education as the new Ohio country
afforded. He married Anna, daughter of
David Pence and granddaughter of Emanuel
Ruffner. Their children
are Aaron P. Ashbrook, of Kansas; Mrs.
Noah McNaughten, of Massachusetts; Mrs. John
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Pleasantville; Mrs. Emanuel Kraner, of
Pleasantville; Mrs. Sain, now of Parsons,
Kansas; and Mrs. Thomas McNaughton, of
Tunis P. Ashbrook was a fine farmer, an
intelligent and upright citizen, respected and
honored by all who knew him. He divided a
handsome estate among his children. He
belonged to a lovely and affectionate family.
It used to be said that the Ashbrooks shook
hands if they met twice in the same day.
Tunis died Mar. 6, 1866, aged 64 years. A
finer looking gentleman than T. P. Ashbrook
seldom visited Lancaster. His face was an
index to his character. John M. Ashbrook
was born Jan. 2, 1809. He married Katharine
Armstrong, of Lancaster. She is living at
Geneva, Nebraska, in her 81st year.
John M., was a live, competent business man and
a good farmer. He ran a whiskey distillery for
a good many years with some success. He owned
and tilled for years large tracts of land. His
wealth at one time was estimated at $125,000.
He was a liberal man, hospitable and kind, and his
money was freely spent. His house was the home
of Baptist preachers for forty years and Baptist
people, and the latch string was out to all comers.
His house was a free hotel, always full. His
hospitality was unbounded. The writer can say
what he was too generous to admit, he was greatly
imposed upon. He was a public spirited citizen
in the best sense of the word. He, with
David Huber, projected the Pleasantville
Academy, and carried it to completion. In this
he took great interest, for he was the friend of
education and had a local pride in securing the
Academy. The meeting of citizens in
Pleasantville, which gave the project endorsement
and insured suc-
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cess, was called by Eli P. Ashbrook.
This meeting was addressed by Dr. A. P. Miller,
Col. J. M. Connell, Hon. C. D. Martin,
J. C. Hite, and Judge G. Peters.
A good brick building was soon built and Prof.
Freed and others have distinguished
themselves there and educated many young men.
P. S. Wiseman was chairman.
Having succeeded so well in securing an Academy for
Pleasantville, he became intoxicated with success
and local pride. We must have a railroad, he
said, and he and David Huber went to
work. He headed the subscription by thousands,
and became responsible for rights of way and other
matters and took contracts and involved himself in
many ways for many thousands of dollars, all of
which, he eventually paid with his hard earned
dollars. No man ever worked with greater
enthusiasm than did John M. Ashbrook for this
railroad. He believed that it would be a
paying investment. Besides the loss of
thousands of dollars, he gave two years of his time
to this road, for which he did not receive a penny.
It was sad to see a noble, generous, unselfish,
enthusiastic, hopeful, energetic man like John M.
Ashbrook go down. He did not survive the
disaster more than three or four years. He
closed up his railroad matters, paid his debts,
gathered his family together and turned his face
toward the West, and resolutely sought a new home
among strangers. The place he loved, to which
he had given his time and fortune, he was to see no
more. Home, the graves of his father, friends
and neighbors were henceforth to be but a memory.
He died Aug. 17, 1885, aged 76 years. He has a
son in Hebron, Nebraska, O. A. Ashbrook, who
married a daughter of Thomas Duncan. He
is now postmaster of Hebron, Nebraska. John,
is a citizen of Geneva, Nebraska. He is now a
soldier at Manilla in the First Nebraska Regiment.
James and Levi live in Denver,
Colorado. Wm. Stewart married
Blanche and lives in Geneva, Nebraska. He
is assistant cashier of a bank.
Rev. Wesley Brandt married Jennie, one of
the daughters, and lives in the West. Anna
lives with her mother in Geneva, Nebraska.
Mrs. Jacob Ulrick, of this city, was the wife
and widow of Tunis, a son of J. M.
Ashbrook. He died of disease contracted in
John and Tunis Ashbrook were lovable men, kind,
considerate, generous, courteous and Christian
James A. Ashbrook was born Aug. 16, 1811.
His wife was Rebecca Kagy.
James was a farmer for years in Pleasant
township, but in later life moved to Coles County,
Illinois. He died Jan. 24, 1879, aged 76
Eli P. Ashbrook was born in Pleasant township,
Dec. 10, 1816. He was well educated for the
times in which he lived, and during his young years
was a successful school teacher. His first
wife was Adaline Shaw, daughter of John
Shaw, a much respected farmer of Rushcreek.
His wife's brothers were O. P. Shaw, J. W.
Shaw and Andrew Shaw, all well
known to your readers. His second wife,
Mary, was a daughter of Andrew Shaw,
a number one citizen of Rushcreek township, and a
brother of John Shaw. Joseph
Shaw, near West Rushville, is his
E. P. has had a checkered career. He
farmed for some years and finally invested money in
the distillery business. Fire came and swept
away most of his in
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vestment. He then moved West and settled in
Mattoon, Illinois, where he was for some time
engaged in the woolen mill business. He now
lives a retired life at Windsor, Illinois, being now
nearly 83 years of age. Eli P. was
always an elegant gentleman, industrious, energetic
and honest, and left a host of friends behind, when
he left old Fairfield.
His oldest daughter, Laura, lives in Ada, Ohio,
and one of his sons is a druggist at Mansfield,
Another is a prosperous man in Washington State.
Two other daughters are happily married and live,
one in Mattoon and one in Chicago, Illinois.
Fanny Ashbrook was born in Hampshire county,
Virginia, Jan. 3, 1804. She married Lewis
Kagy, long a good farmer of Walnut township.
They reared three beautiful daughters, and
intelligent girls they were. Aaron
Kagy, for years the great stock buyer of this
county, was Lewis Kagy's son.
Mary married Jacob Walters and
lives at Webster City, Iowa. They had the
misfortune to lose an only daughter by fire, her
clothing having taken fire. Laura
married James Church. Rebecca
married first, Ben. Walters. She
married again, this time to a wealthy farmer near
Ottawa. Illinois. Mrs. Kagy
died, aged 93 years.
Deborah Ashbrook was born May 26, 1819.
She married David McNaughten. a farmer
of Walnut township.
The great sorrow of their lives was the loss of a dear
boy, Aaron, at the assault upon Ft. Wagner.
He sleeps in an unknown grave, no one in this county
saw him fall or is able to tell anything about his
death. David died, aged 65 years.
Deborah died December, 1897.
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Katherine Ashbrook was born Mar. 26,
1814. She married Samuel Walters,
a farmer of Walnut. She died October, 1891.
Her children live in the West.
was born Aug. 19, 1825. She married William
Cherry, a farmer of Walnut. They were
the parents of twelve children. She died Nov.
2, 1877. The Cherry children are
married, three or four live near the old home, the
others in the West.
It is surprising to learn how the old families are
locked together by marriage. The two Peters
families, the Stevensons, Rebers,
Ruffners, Leists, Aliens,
Ashbrooks, Claypools and Shaws are
bound together like an endless chain. The
writer is indebted to Eli P. Ashbrook for
The Ashbrooks were well posted politicians.
When parties divided during President
Jackson's term, they espoused the cause of the
Whig party. They were ardent supporters of
Gen. Harrison and Henry Clay.
In 1848, the writer was present at a township Whig
meeting held in Keller's school house.
Tunis P. Ashbrook was president. At
this meeting Uriah C. Rutter, then a young
school teacher, was a speaker, and devoted his time
to a defense of the tariff. He acquitted
himself so well that the president requested him to
prepare a speech for the next meeting.
In 1856 they became Republicans, and for the remainder
of their lives gave their time, their means and
influence to that party, conscientiously believing,
that in that way, they were but serving their
country. Their families were represented in
the Union army by active, brave and intelligent
young menó and while they were fighting the foe with
undaunted courage, their fathers were active,
patriotic supporters of the Government at home.
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Captain Aaron P. Ashbrook returned in safety
from the war, and was for many years a popular
citizen and an active leading Republican of this
Reason Ashbrook, a prominent citizen of Coles
County, Illinois, formerly lived in this county and
belonged to one branch of this family.
THE PETERS FAMILY
Jonathan and Martha (Thompson) Peters, came from
Hampshire County, Virginia, in 1816, first stopping at
the home of William Ashbrook, about a mile from
the old homestead.
Jonathan Peters was a son of
who lived in Hampshire County, Virginia, in 1816, first
stopping at the home of William Ashbrook, about a
mile from the old homestead.
Jonathan Peters was the son of Tunis Peters,
who lived in Hampshire County, Virginia. Tunis
Peters' father and mother emigrated from Holland to
the Shenandoah Valley, and raised a family there in the
first half of the eighteenth century. Tunis'
wife's maiden name being Francina Adams.
Tunis and Francina Peters reared a family of
thirteen children in Virginia and emigrated to Pickaway
County, Ohio, following their children after they had
Jonathan Peters married
Martha Thompson in Virginia and came to Pickaway
County and afterwards removed to Fairfield County.
Jonathan was one of the
pioneer school teachers, living at the time - Apr. 30,
1822 - near Millersport on what is now known as the
Martha Henderson farm.
Jonathan's stay here was
short, he having said that he would not give a dollar an
acre for such land as was about him. The
experience of having to pen his cows in an enclosure to
prevent them becoming mired in the swaley lands of the
community, was such that
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he was very willing to remove,
which he did in 1823, to the vicinity of Logan, Ohio.
A few years after living
there, his father, Tunis Peters came from East
Ringgold, Pickaway County, to visit him, and died Sept.
24, 1826, at his home.
On the prevailment of his
mother he removed and lived with her in Pickaway County,
The ancestor of Mrs.
Peters was John Thompson, who came from
Ireland at the age of sixteen, as a stowaway, and upon
his arrival at Baltimore he was sold for his
transportation to the highest bidder. He afterward
became a wealthy and respected farmer of Hampshire
In 1844 Mrs. Peters died, leaving a large family
of children. Jonathan again married, this
time a widow Harmon, aunt of Dr. G. A. Harmon,
of Lancaster, and mother of Amos T. Harmon, of
Columbus, whom Peters reared to manhood.
In 1848, Jonathan again moved to the place upon
which he died, it being three miles east of
Pleasantville, Ohio, and the place is yet known as the
Jonathan Peters farm.
Philip Peters married Mary Ashbrook and
settled at a very early day in Walnut township,
Fairfield County. He died and was buried in that
township in 1817, near what is now Millersport.
Their daughter, Mary, was born Jan. 10, 1812.
Left an orphan at five years, she was taken into the
family of her uncle, Peter McGee. In
February, 1834, she was married to John Pittsford,
of Granville. They settled in Baltimore, where
Pittsford was a merchant. Their daughter,
Martha, who married Isaac Frickbone, was born
in the brick house now owned by S. S. Weist in
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Baltimore. In 1843, Pittsford exchanged his goods
for a farm near Kirkersville, to which they moved,
Pittsford died in March, 1847.
In 1847 Mrs. Pittsford married Myron Merchant,
who died in June, 1866. In October, 1868, she
married Alfred Hatch, of Delaware, Ohio, who died
in May 1871, leaving her a widow for the third time.
Mrs. Hatch is still living, 89 years of age.
The Peters stock were long-lived people.
TUNIS PETERS, SR.
Tunis Peters, sr.,
married Francina Adams, and they reared a family
of 13 children in Hampshire county, Virginia. We
have written briefly of Jonathan and Philip and
will now mention others of the family.
James Peters married his cousin, Nancy Peters,
Samuel Peters married his cousin, Amelin
Peters, Abigail Peters married Aaron Ashbrook,
Deborah Peters married Michael Blue, Katie
Peters married Reverend Eli Ashbrook, who
moved to Licking County, Ohio; Tunis Peters, Jr.,
married Eve Glaze and settled in Franklin
County. The Peters Dash Company was owned
by his sons, of Columbus, Ohio; Gersham Peters
married Susan Glaze and settled in Franklin
County; Permelia Peters married William
Ashbrook and they settled in Amanda township,
Fairfield County, Ohio; John Peters married Cynthia Biddle and settled in Pickaway County, Ohio;
Absalom Peters married Phama Sarsher and
settled near E. Ringgold, Pickaway County, Ohio.
THE KAGYS OF FAIRFIELD COUNTY
The Shenndoah Valley, of Virginia, was settled
largely by Pennsylvania People, both English and German
speaking people. They emigrated from
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Lancaster and York Counties, Pennsylvania. There
were Mennonites, Dunkers and Primitive Baptists among
them. From the year 1806 to 1840, in almost every
year many families came from that valley to Fairfield
County. Samuel and Reverend John Wiseman,
Abraham Winters, the Millers, Murphys, Ashbrooks, Beerys,
Freeds and hundreds of other families all came
from that splendid valley.
Of the many families referred to, none were larger or
more highly respected than the Kagys. They
were a hardy race, descended from hardy Swiss Ancestors.
But few of this large family now reside in Fairfield,
for as the children grew to years of maturity, they
married and either moved north to Seneca and Hancock
Counties or to Marion, Cumberland and Effingham
Counties, Illinois. This family produced many men
of considerable prominence and ability, farmers,
lawyers, doctors, ministers, teachers and merchants.
Honorable John Seitz, of Seneca County, was the
son of Lewis Seitz, whose wife was a Kagy.
Kagy, a native of Switzerland, came
first to Pennsylvania. From there he moved to the
valley of Virginia, and he was the founder of the family
that came to the county, 1844, and settled in Rushcreek.
Son of Rudolph,
the second, was born Sept. 14, 1771, in Pennsylvania,
and went to Virginia in 1781. He was married to Mary Bibler in 1796; they were the parents of ten
children. He moved to Fairfield County in 1818 and
died Sep. 3, 1831.
Lewis B. Kagy once lived on the Goldthwait
farm in Walnut township, and was the oldest son.
He was born Jan. 15, 1798. Oct. 9 1823, he married
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Francina Ashbrook. He died May 12, 1872, in
Illinois, Apr. 27, 1897. They were the parents of
Abigail died in infancy.
Aaron was born Apr. 2, 1826. He married
Eliza Mauk, of Walnut township; they now reside at
McCool Junction, Nebraska. For five years,
beginning in 1850, Aaron Kagy was the largest and
busiest stock buyer in Ohio; he drove his cattle in lots
of 100 to Baltimore, Maryland. He failed in 1854
and involved many of his friends. His father and
father-in-law endorsed for him and their farms were sold
to pay his debts.
Mary Kagy, the oldest daughter, was born May 11,
1828. She married Jacob M. Walters and with
him moved to the West; she now lives, a widow, in
Webster City, Iowa.
Laura C. was born Mar. 19, 1832; she married
Mary P. Beckwith. He has lived in many parts
of the West and now resides at Boseman, Montana.
Tunis A. was born Apr. 26, 1830; he was drowned
July 3, 1853, in the Emberras river, Illinois, where he
Rebecca Kagy was born Mar. 4, 1836. Her
first husband was Benjamin Walters, brother of Jacob M.,
husband of Mary. Her second
husband is Moab P. Trumbo, to whom she was
married Feb. 26, 1856. They reside on a fine farm
near Ottawa, Ill. The three daughters of Lewis
B. Kagy are good women and exceptionally good
looking. They were belles of Walnut Township.
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Francis Kagy, daughter of Christian, was
born July 20, 1800, in Virginia. She married David Bretz, May 19, 1822, by
David Bretz was born in Lancaster County,
Pennsylvania, July 24, 1798. He was a son of Valentine and Elizabeth Bretz. They lived near
the old home and reared ten children.
Lewis K. Bretz, a son of David, married
Elizabeth Seitz, Feb. 7, 1849, in Seneca County,
Eliza E. married
G. W. Harshbarger,
February 20, 1878. W. J. Bretz is a single
man, of Wyandot, Ohio.
Francis A. Bretz married
W. J. Stinemetz,
Nov. 15, 1887. The two last named were daughters
of Lewis K., who died Aug. 11, 1771.
Abraham K. Bretz married Mary Ann Perkey,
of Seneca County, Ohio, Aug. 27, 1854.
Elizabeth Bretz married Ziba E. Meyers,
Oct. 20, 1844, of Seneca County, Ohio.
Samuel Bretz, son of David, was born
Sept. 13, 1828. Apr. 14, 1853, he married
Anna Seitz, daughter of Lewis Seitz.
One of them, Mr. George A. Bretz, is a Baptist
preacher, of Albion, Indiana.
Valentine Bretz, married Sarah A. Telford,
Sept. 27, 1855. He died Jun. 11, 1886, from the
effects of a wound, received at the battle of Stone
River. One of his sons, residing in Michigan,
married a Stinchcomb.
Mary Bretz married
Noah Einsel, of Seneca
County, Ohio, Mar. 11, 1852.
Barbara Bretz married Daniel Seitz, of
Seneca County, Ohio, Feb. 4, 1862. She is now a
widow and resides in Cleveland, Ohio.
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Christena Bretz married W. A. Watson,
Sept. 1, 1860. They reside at Van Buren, Ohio.
George W. Bretz, son of David Bretz,
starved to death in Libby Prison, June 26, 1864.
Abraham B. Kagy, son of Christion, was
born Sep. 17, 1802. He married Sarah Hall,
daughter of Daniel Hall, Aug. 11, 1826. A. B. Kagy became a distinguished citizen of
Findlay, Ohio, and later of Ewington, Effingham
Daniel Hall, son of
A. B. Kagy. May
16, 1827, was the date of his birth. He enlisted
in the Thirty-fifth Illinois in 1861, and died in the
service of his country.
Benjamin F., son of
A. B. Kagy, was born
Feb. 27, 1831. He married Martha J. Stams,
Feb. 6, 1853. He filled important position of
honor and trust in Effingham County, Illinois.
Barbara Kagy, daughter of Christian Kagy,
was born in 1804. She married John Bretz in
1820. They were the parents of eleven children.
Their son Christian was a soldier in the Mexican
Was. He served as a clerk in the State Department
at Columbus, Ohio. Their son, Simon Peter,
was a Union soldier.
Elizabeth Kagy, daughter of
was born Nov. 16, 1811. She was married to James A. Ashbrook, Nov. 10, 1836. They were
the parents of nine children, viz: Lewis K.,
John Monroe, Abigail Ann, Mary Catharine,
Marie Amelia, Aaron Tunis, Francina Deborah, James Scott
and Samuel Clinton.
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Lewis K. married
Cyntha Chism. John
Monroe married Margaret Fuller. They
reside near Humbolt, Illinois. Abigail Ann
married Robert Groves. They are the parents
of thirteen children. Mary Catharine
married Joseph Vance Hill, June 16, 1861.
They reside at Seward, Nebraska. Mary Amelia
married Isaac Bower, of Kansas.
Frances Deborah, was born Apr. 6, 1849, in
Fairfield County, was married to Lafayette Green,
March 26, 1867. They now reside near Ottawa,
James Scott married
Samuel Clinton was born June 17, 1854, in Fairfield
County, Ohio. He married Sallie C. Brown
Dec. 23, 1875. He is now the postmaster at
jr. son of Christian, was
born in 1817, married Nancy Delancy in 1839, and
moved to Effingham county, Illinois.
Samuel Kagy, son of Christian, was born
Jan. 1, 1819, in Ohio. He married Hannah Baker,
of Perry County, Ohio, Feb. 6, 1840, and moved to
Hancock Co., Ohio.
Susan, daughter of
Rudolph Kagy, brother of
Christian and Jacob, was born Nov. 5, 1773, in Berks county,
Pennsylvania, and moved with parents to Virginia, in
1781. He married Hannah Siple in 1796.
From Rockingham County, Virginia, he moved to Fairfield
County, Ohio, in 1819. They were the parents of
twelve children, viz: John, Jacob, Christian,
Abraham, Catharine, Barbara, Hannah, Elizabeth, Mary,
Rudolph, Henry and Doctor Martin Kagy.
Rudolph, sr., died Aug. 5, 1829. His wife died
Nov. 21, 1871.
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John was born Jan. 17,
1797. Dec. 3, 1820, he married Catharine Hite.
They first moved to Seneca County, Ohio, in 1827, and
from there to Marion County, Illinois, where both died
at an advanced age. John Kagy was a man of
ability and high character. He reared a family of
ten children. His son, Dr. John Kagy, was a
distinguished citizen of Seneca County, Ohio.
John Benjamin, son of John, was born Jan.
9, 1830. In 1860 he moved to Salem, Illinois.
He studied law with Judge Silas L. Bryan, father
of William J. Bryan, and became his partner.
He married Marietta Black, a native of New York
state. They were parents of eleven children.
Levi M. Kagy, son of David Kagy and
grandson of John, is a lawyer of ability at
Salem, Illinois. Levi D. Kagy, son of John, was born Oct. 24, 1838. He was at one
time elected auditor of Seneca County. He married
Frances Ann Lamberton, and they now reside in
Jacob Kagy, son of
Christian Kagy, son of
Ann Hite, daughter of John Hite, and moved
to Marion County, Illinois. They were the parents
of twelve children.
Elizabeth, their eldest child, was born Nov. 19,
1826. She married Samuel E. Stevenson, May
18, 1848, and they moved to Marion County, Illinois,
where Stevenson became a wealthy and prominent
John Hite Kagy, son of
Christian and Anna
Hite Kagy, married Hannah J. Furry, Oct. 9,
1859. Lewis Hite Kagy was a farmer of
Marion County, Illinois.
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Hannah, daughter of
Christian and Anna Kagy,
was born May 24, 1838. She married Noah R.
Stevenson, son of Mordecai. The writer
remembers Noah as one of his pupils at the Snake
Run schoolhouse in 1849.
Abraham Kagy, son of
Rudolph, brother of
Christian and Jacob, was born Dec. 23, 1803; he
married Barbara Pugh, Dec. 27, 1823. They
were the parents of fifteen children. They moved
at an early day to Seneca County, Ohio.
Catherine Kagy, daughter of Rudolph, was
born in 1805; she married Andrew Hite in 1826.
They were the parents of thirteen children; this large
family moved at an early day to Marion County, Illinois.
Barbara Kagy, daughter of Rudolph, was
born Nov. 10, 1807; she married Lewis Seitz, Aug.
24, 1823, and moved to Seneca County, Ohio. They
were the parents of fourteen children.
John Seitz was one of their
children; he was born in Seneca County, Ohio; he married
Cecelia J. Hite, of Marion County, Ohio.
John Seitz was a reader and a man of ability; he
served in both branches of the Ohio Legislature and was
in 1880 the Greenback candidate for Governor of Ohio.
He obtained notoriety and was well known to all Ohio
politicians. Two daughters of Lewis Seitz
married into the Bretz family of Seneca County.
Lewis Seitz died July 12, 1890.
Hannah Kagy, daughter of Rudolph, was
born in 1812, in Virginia. She married John
Crooks, of Berne township, this county; they were the
parents of nine children. Hannah died at
the age of 42 years and John Crooks in 1895 at
the age of 92 years.
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Mrs. Henry Bumgardner, of Berne, is one of the
Elizabeth, daughter of
Rudolph Kagy, was
born in 1813. She married John Beaver.
One of their daughters married Edward Turner, of
Richland township, and they were the parents of eleven
Mary Kagy, daughter of
Rudolph, was born
Jan. 8, 1814; she married Hesekiah Kanode, Dec.
Rudolph Kagy, son of
Rudolph, was born
Feb. 18, 1818; he married Anna Seitz, Dec. 16,
1838. They moved to Seneca County, Ohio.
Abraham was a capable man, a Union
soldier, and filled several positions of honor and
Henry Kagy, son of
Rudolph Kagy; he was
born Mar. 10, 1821, and moved to Seneca county, Ohio, in
1837; he married Phoebe Miller.
Doctor Martin Kagy was the seventh son and youngest
child of Rudolph Kagy he was born
Aug. 20, 1825; he married Christena Walters.
He was a teacher and studied medicine; he practiced
medicine a year or two, and was then elected clerk of
the Common Pleas Court, Fairfield County. This
ended his career as a physician and politics spoiled
what might otherwise have been a useful and profitable
career. He died Aug. 24, 1898. With this we
close the sketch of Rudolph and Hannah Siple Kagy.
Jacob Kagy, son of
Rudolph second, of
Virginia, and brother of Christian and Rudolph,
was born Nov. 3, 1776, in Shenandoah County, Virginia;
he married Rebecca Bibler, a sister of Christian's wife, April, 1810; he came with his
family to Fairfield County, and settled in Walnut
township in the year
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1818. They were the parents
of five children, Barbara, John, Isaac, Jerretha
Barbara was born Aug. 23, 1812; she married
Daniel Rinehart, of Walnut, in January, 1837.
They were the parents of six children. Daniel
Rinehart moved about 1840 to Effingham County,
Illinois, where he became a prominent merchant and a
popular and useful citizen. Three of his sons are
men of prominence and two of them lawyers.
John Kagy was born Sept. 15, 1844; his first
wife was Isabelle Stevenson; his second wife was
Mary Jane Camp. Late in life he moved to
Marion County, Illinois, where he died Nov. 22, 1878.
He left seven children.
Isaac Kagy, son of
Jacob, died unmarried
in 1852, in the state of Illinois
Jerretha Kagy was born July 1, 1824, and married
David Grove, Sept. 2, 1851. They were the
parents of eight children. She died Nov. 5, 1895.
Lewis Kagy, son of Jacob, was born Aug. 18,
1831; in 1851 he married Julia Spitler; he died
Jacob Kagy was all of his life one of the
best men of Walnut township; he was one of the pillars
of the Primitive Baptist church. His memory is
precious to all who knew him. There are but few of
the names of Kagy, Bretz, Spitler and Ashbrook
remaining in this county, but Seneca County, Hancock
County, Ohio, Effingham County, Illinois, and Marion
County, Illinois, gained what Fairfield lost, viz.,
hundreds of good citizens, men of character and ability.
Christian R. Kagy, son of Rudolph Kagy
and grandson of Henry Kagy of Shenandoah county,
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ginia, came to Fairfield County, in 1833, and settled
in Rushcreek township. He was born Dec. 13, 1795,
and in 1824 he married Barbara Blosser. By
this marriage he had one daughter, Barbara. His first wife died soon after their marriage and in
1827 he was again married to Barbara Hoffman.
By this marriage six children were born to him, viz.:
Rudolph, Frederick, Franklin, David, John and
Barbara, married Rachael
Wilson and resides west of Bremen, Ohio.
Mary Brandt married Enos Young, Feb. 9,
Christopher Brandt married
Westenberger, Oct. 5, 1875. They are the
parents of twelve children.
Lewis M. married Arminda J. Page, Feb.
Rudolph Kagy, the eldest son of
Kagy was born Oct. 27, 1828, in Page County,
Virginia, and married Annie Alexander, May 19,
1857, a sister of Mrs. Robert J. Black. Two
children were born to this couple. Nettie T.
Kagy, born Feb. 21, 1861. She was educated at
the Pleasantville Academy and at the Female Seminary,
Oxford, Ohio. She was married to John A.
Gravett, of Lancaster, Ohio, Dec. 5, 1888.
They reside at Salida, Colorado.
James Josiah Kagy was born July 9, 1863.
He was educated at the Pleasantville Academy and at
Dayton, Ohio, May 17, 1893, he was married to Ida M.
Fisher. They reside on a farm near
Rudolph Kagy died July 28, 1889. He had
lived the life of a farmer in Fairfield County for 59
At the time of his death he was a member of
the Fairfield County Agricultural Board. He was a
good citizen and highly esteemed by all who knew him.
Frederick Kagy, son of Christian R., was
born Feb. 8, 1830. He lived with his brother, Rudolph, and died at his home, Apr. 3, 1890.
Franklin Kagy, son of Christian K., was
born July 24, 1831, and Jan. 20, 1853, married Ellen
Jane Alexander. They were the parents of
eleven children. They were active and prominent
members of Bethel Presbyterian church in Rushcreek
Their son, Harrison B., lives west of Bremen,
Ohio. Their daughter Maggie Ann, married Thomas A. Pugh, one of the clear headed educated
farmers of Greenfield township.
John Williams, their son, was born Nov.
28, 1859. He was educated at the Ohio Normal
School, Ada, Ohio. After teaching acceptably for
many years, he engaged in farming. In the year
1885, he married Jennie Stuart, of hear Bremen.
Ella Dora, their daughter, married George
McCandish, of Rushcreek.
Hattie Florence, another daughter, married Mr. Bert Stuart, of Rushcreek.
Melnotte Kagy, ninth child of Franklin Kagy,
made her home with her uncle, Rudolph, until her
marriage with Banner E. Friend, Dec. 27, 1893.
John Kagy, son of Christian R., was born
near Bremen, Feb. 3, 1835, and lived all of his life a
respected citizen on the old home farm. He married
Tennie Stuart, Nov. 21, 1861.
They reared and educated eleven children. They
were not only pupils of the common schools, but several
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of them at the Pleasantville Academy and the Normal
School, of Ada, Ohio. This is an educated cultured
Christian family, an honor to Rushcreek and the name
Christian C. Kagy, son of
was born Mar. 10, 1837; he was a veteran Union soldier.
He married Maria J. Stuart, sister of his
brother's wife. He was a soldier of the
Sixty-second Ohio, and, broken in health, he died July,
Virginia, Tennessee, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kansas
were enriched by the blood of the Kagy family.
There were and are many able and distinguished men in
the connection. The best known and ablest man with
Kagy blood in his veins, was the late Thomas
F. Bayard, of Delaware, whose mother was a
descendant of Kagy. Of this large and
extraordinary family, fully three-fourths were members
of the Primitive Baptist church. There are
however, Methodists, Presbyterians, Congregationalists,
Reforms, Dunkers and Mennonites among them.
The writer of this sketch knew many of them and had
access to an exhaustive history of the Kagy
family by Franklin Kagy, of Chambersburg,
Anna Hite, daughter of
Squire John Hite,
who resided just west of the old school Baptist church
in Pleasant township, married Christian Kagy.
Catherine Hite, a sister of
Squire John Hite,
married John Kagy, a son of Rudolph Kagy.
Squire John Hite, was a first cousin of
John Hite, the father of Samuel and Jacob Hite,
of Lancaster, Ohio. John Henry Kagy of one
branch of this family, died with "old John Brown."