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Pioneer Period and Pioneer People of Fairfield County, Ohio

by C(harles) M. L. Wiseman, Author of "Centennial Lancaster.
F. J. Heer Printing Co., Columbus, O.
1901

THE FRIEND FAMILY.
Pg. 408

     JOHN FRIEND, Joseph Friend, Jacob Friend, Jonas Friend, and William Friend, five brothers, came to Ohio from Friend's Cove, Bedford County, Penn., early in the last century, the brothers who first came with their aged mother, settled in Thorn township, Perry County; but later all save William, came over to Fairfield and during their lives were well-known and honored citizens of Walnut, Richland and Pleasant townships.  The mother and four of the sons are buried in the Methodist graveyard at New Salem.
     Jonas, who was an honored member of the Primitive Baptist Church during his life, was buried in the Ruffner graveyard, located on what is now the Mrs. W. W. Friend farm, in Richland township.
     William Friend and Banner Friend, sons of Joseph Friend, were prominent farmers, one of Walnut and the other of Pleasant township.  W. W. Friend, John Friend and Elijah were sons of Jonas.  They were good citizens and led an honorable and useful life.  The two first named married daughters of Col. Joseph Ruffner.  The wife of Jonas Friend was a sister of the late Thomas Rissler of Richland township.  The writer was well acquainted with Jonas and William Friend.  They were Christian gentlemen of the best type and honred and respected by all who knew them.
     Elijah Friend and wife, Mrs. W. Friend, Estella BAuman and family, Elizabeth, the widow of the late
John Friend, J. W. Friend and family, Mrs. Edward

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Geiger of New Salem, Mrs. Jacob Barr and children, Mrs. Nettie Leith and Mr. and Mrs. L. Eyman and family are descendants and relatives of Jonas Friend.
     Mrs. Elmira Puller
of Rushville, Samuel Friend and Mrs. William Mast of Thornton, Mr. and Mrs. Orren Friend and family, Mr. and Mrs. Banner E. Friend and family, Will and Charles Holliday, descendants of Joseph Friend.
     George W. Friend
of Hardin County, is a son of John Friend, Sr.  The late Jacob Friend, of Pleasantville, was a son of
Jacob Friend, Sr.
 

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