Pioneer Period and Pioneer
People of Fairfield Co., Ohio.
by C. M.
Publ. F. J. Heer Printing Co., Columbus, O.
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James McCleery and two brothers came from Ireland
to America in 1740; they were, however, born in Scotland.
They settled in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
James McCleery died, leaving two sons,
James and Joseph. James came to
Fairfield County in 1814, and died in 1826. His sons
were James and William, who
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married in the Wells family, John and
Joseph. The latter married a daughter of an
early pioneer of this county, John Shepler.
Joseph reared a family of beautiful daughters; with
but one exception, Mrs. Perry Teal, they are
all dead. The daughters of James McCleery
were; Anna, wife of John Morgan, of
Greenfield; Mrs. David Rank, of Walnut
township; and Maria, wife of Abraham Hedges,
Joseph McCleery, son of James,
came to Fairfield County in 1820, and died here. He
left a son, Joseph, who lived many years southwest of
Lancaster, three miles.
Mrs. Christian Neibling, a
daughter, was born Aug. I, 1795, and died in Kansas, March,
1885, aged 89 years.
Mrs. Balser Rutter was a daughter
of Joseph McCleery. Both daughters have
many descendants in Ohio and Western states.
Samuel Wells Tallman, the fourth
son of Samuel Tallman, is a bachelor, living
in the West.
Sarah Wells married Samuel Tallman
at Wellsburg, Virginia. Mar. 28, 1801.
At the time she was boarding with her Doddridge
relatives attending school, and he one of the supporters of
the Episcopal church there.
They set up housekeeping in that town, and moved thence
to Fairfield County, Ohio, 1804. She was given to
extend great hospitality, and possessed of wonderful energy
and fine business foresight.
Their homestead farm was the one on which Hooker
Station is now located.
This point was a favorite camping place with Indians
moving to the West.
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too, it is said, the Governor of the State came to lift the
first shovelful of earth for the Lateral Canal, and dined
under the Tallman roof.
Samuel Tallman was a man "whose word was as good
as his bond," and led a most exemplary life.
He was a carpenter and cabinetmaker, and built many of
the log houses put up in Greenfield township in his day.
He died at the early age of 50 years.
This couple were buried beside her parents, in the
Wells' family burying ground, now known as Hooker's.
None of their immediate descendants live in Fairfield
County at present.
The ancestry of Samuel Tallman is of interest.
He and his father were born in Berks County,
Pennsylvania. His father and grandfather, William
Tallman (Born in Rhode Island) moved to Virginia
(Rockingham County) during the time of our national struggle
for independence. The son was a member of Armand's
Corps as part of his military service. It was in
Virginia that Samuel Tallman grew to manhood.
His grandmother was Ann Lincoln, sister of
John Lincoln, great-grandfather of the late president of
the United States, Abraham Lincoln. His mother,
Dinah Boone, was cousin to the famous Daniel Boone.
The Boone fathers lived on adjoining farms in
Pennsylvania. Their father, George Boone, was a
Friend in faith, a friend of William Penn, and one of
the earliest, permanent settlers in Berks County.
Benjamin Tallman, father of Samuel Tallman,
and Dinah Boone-Tallman his wife, settled at Canal
Winchester, Ohio, where they died.
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Their youngest son, John, lived and died at the same
place. The late Judge Tallman Slough was a
grandson of this man.
Their eldest sort, William, and daughters
Susannah Harrison, and Amrah Scothern, lived in
Pickaway County. Phebe, daughter of William
Tallman, was be the beloved wife of Richard Hooker
of Turkey Run.
Samuel Tallman preceded his family to Ohio to
prepare a home for them. His wife, Sarah, came
out with her brother-in-law, William Tallman,
horseback, each of them carrying a child. They gray
horse she rode belonged to her companion, and each time it
scented a rattlesnake, refused to proceed until it had been
Sarah, a sister of Samuel Tallman, was
ancestor of the Hintons of Highland County.
Three of his sisters married three Harrison
One of these sisters, Marie,
did not come to Ohio, also two brothers. One other of
these sisters, Susannah, has already been named.
The third lived in Fairfield County. Her husband,
John Harrison, was killed in the War of 1812, and is
buried at Fort Meigs, this stte. Her second husband
was George Tong, a widower, whom she married in 1818.
He was a man of nobility of character, and much loved
by the young.
Two children of this marriage grew up, Margaret
and George, who married Harriet Holmes.
For this Tallman sketch
we are indebted to Miss M. J. Roe of Gilbert, Ohio.
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