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History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio

By R. S. Dills -
Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio
1881

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Marion Twp. -
EDWARD BAHAN, son of Edward Bahan, sr., native of Ireland, was born in Kings County, Ireland, April 18, 1824, about forty-five years ago, crossed the ocean, with his widowed mother, four sisters, and three bothers.  They crossed the briny deep in twenty-one days.  They remained in New York nine years then came to Fayette County, where he has since resided - about thirty years.
     November 8, 1863, he was married to Hannah, daughter of Darby and Honora Ring, a native of Ireland.  They Eliza, Mary Ann , Nannie, Bridget, Margaret, Peter, Nellie and Katie; they also adopted John Hurley, and raised him from infancy.  The deceased are two infants, and Edward.  Eliza with his wife of William Foley and resides in Pickaway County.  Mary Ann teaches school to the great satisfaction of her employers.  She has a b right mind, and during the recent year,  taught ten months, successively, without missing a school day.
     Mr. Bahan and wife are members of the St. Coleman's Catholic Church, at Washington.  He is a democrat, but does not expect office.  He owns one hundred acres of land on the Glaze tract, nicely improved.  He has a tile factory, and only one in the township, when he started six years ago, and makes a large quantity of tile a sufficient guarantee of good work.
* Source:  History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 894
Union Twp. -
GEORGE J. BAILEY, liveryman, Washington, was born in Newport, Rhode Island, Dec. 8, 1848.  He is a son of James E. and Harriet Bailey, natives of Rhode Island, where they still reside.  They have two children: Joseph H. and George, our subject, who was married October 2, 1873 to Miss Elizabeth Hathaway, daughter of John and Ann Hathaway, of Clarke County.  They have two children: Joseph P. and Charles S.  Mr. Bailey served one summer's cruise on board a government steamer, under the command of Lieutenant Miller.  He and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.  He received his education in his native place, leaving there at the age of thirteen years and clerked in Boston and New York City for three years, when he came West and engaged in the livery business, which he has followed since.
* Source:  History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 584
Wayne Twp. -
DR. ABRAHAM BAKER, physician, is a son of Abraham and MAry (Bowan) Baker, both natives of Pennsylvania, but removed to Kentucky at an early day.  By this marriage there were twelve children: Elizabeth, John, Joel, Abraham, Mary, Delia, Bowman C., Nancy, Hester, Aaron, Moses, Matilda; the deceased being Elizabeth, John, Joel, Delia, Aaron, Moses, and Matilda.
     Our subject was born in Kentucky, where he spent his youth.  He attended Augusta, Kentucky, College, and graduated at the Ohio Medical College, Cincinnati; soon after he began practicing medicine at Dover, Kentucky; he next practiced at Hillsborough, remaining nine years, then removed to Winchester, Indiana, where he spent ten years, thence removed to Frankfort, Ohio.  He devoted six years to the practice of medicine in that place, and, in 1868, removed to Good Hope, where he still resides.
     Our subject was married to Marion, daughter of Judge Walker, of Athens County, this state; one child being the fruit of this union: Joseph M.  She dying, he subsequently married Jane A., oldest daughter of Judge Carrothers, of this county; there being four children by his marriage: James, Henry, Mary, Horatio Nelson; the first three are deceased.  His second wife died, and he again married Lucy A., daughter of General Waddle, of Hillsborough.  There were two children, Hester Emma, and John, both living.
     Our subject in his younger days was a traveling preacher in the Methodist Episcopal Church.  He and his wife are members of the same church, he holds the position of elder.
* Source: 
History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 842
Madison Twp. -
JACHOMYER BALDWIN (Madison Twp.), farmer, is the fifth child, and second son, of Jonah and Mary (Bland) Baldwin, natives of Virginia.  He was born Aug. 20, 1815, near where he now resides.  His parents and grandparents came to Ohio from Virginia, in 1812, and settled on Paint Creek, on what is known as the Baldwin and Wallace survey, and where Jachomyer yet resides.
     Our subject is of a family of eight children, three sons and five daughters.  The sons were John, Jachomyer, and Joseph.  The last-named lives in Adams County, Indiana.  John died some years since.  Nancy, the youngest daughter, married Benjamin Corson, and died in 1854, leaving four children.  The biography of her son, Jonah B., appears herein.  Our subject's four sisters still live.  He enjoys the reputation of a hard-working, honest man.
* Source: 
History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 936
Green Twp. -
ISAAC F. BARGER.  The Bargers were originally from Germany.  Phillip Barger and his wife, the grandparents of this subject, were born in Virginia, and coming to Ohio about the year 1800, settled on a tract of four hundred acres of land on Lee's Creek.  The land is now owned by his grandson, Isaac.  Their bodies were buried on the farm, Their children were Polly, Phillip, John and Lewis.
     John
, the father of this subject, married Elizabeth Pavey July 4, 1832.  She was the daughter of Isaac Pavey, one of the early settlers of Highland County, Ohio.  They were the parents of two sons and three daughters:  Polly (1833), Ann Maria (1835), Philip (1837), Isaac F. (1840), Nancy Elizabeth (1842).  These all died in early life, except the subject of this sketch.
   Isaac F. Pavey was born September 18, 1840.  He married, October 25, 1864, Isabel A., daughter of Samuel Pavey, of Highland County.  Mrs. Pavey was born January 2, 1846.  Five children have been born to this union, three only of whom are living: John Willard, born March 6, 1868; Harry Quincy, born Dec. 18, 1871; Leroy Taylor, born June 7, 1880.  Two other sons died in infancy.
     Mary Barger is an extensive farmer, being the largest producer of grain in Green Township.  He raises and deals largely in cattle and hogs.  He owns nearly one thousand acres of land in Fayette and Highland counties, all of which gives evidence of careful tillage and excellent supervision.  Mr. Barger and his wife have been members of the Methodist Episcopal Church since 1874.
     The father of our subject was killed by an accident, May 28, 1877; the mother died March 16, 1879.  They were both Methodists.
     Our subject has been a member of Leesburg Lodge No. 78, F. & A. M. since 1878.  He is a man of rare business activity, and has been prominently identified with the affairs of his township for years past.  He occupies the fine residence, built in the year 1880, at a cost of $8,000.
     Mrs. Barger's father met with a violent death, May 3, 1879.
* Source:  History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 773
Jasper Twp. -
JOHN L. BARNES, farmer and stock dealer, is a native of Pickaway County, and a son of David and Margaret (Shannon) Barnes.  He was born Sept. 14, 1843, and was reared and educated in Pickaway County, and came to Fayette in September, 1857, where he married Miss Sarah L. Ford, daughter of E. L. Ford, whose biography appears in this work, May 7, 1867.  Seven children are the result of this union:  Estella, Roscoe, Clara, Pearl, John L. (deceased), Henry, and an infant yet unnamed.
     Mr. Barnes has a farm of two hundred acres, well improved, situated on the south of Milledgeville, on which he lives, and farms to both grain and stock.  He is a member of Washington Lodge,  F. & A. M.  He served in the one hundred days' service during the late war.  Politically, he is a Democrat, and has served as trustee of this township since 1879.  Some years since he was engaged in shipping live stock to New York and Philadelphia, but of late has done comparatively little shipping.
* Source:  History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 725
Union Twp. -
JOEL BARRETT, painter and paper-hanger, Washington, was born April 14, 1843, at Newmarket, Highland County, Ohio, and is a son of Thomas and Sarah Barrett.  His father is a native of Pennsylvania, and his mother of New Jersey.  Their family consisted of four children.
     Joel, our subject, was married June 26, 1866, to Miss Mary E. Johnston, daughter of Samuel B. and Rebecca Johnston, of Highland County.  They are blessed with seven children:  Lizzie, Ellen, Nettie, Jennie, Ralph and Ida, living, and John, who died some years ago.  Our subject enlisted in Company B, 60th O. V. I., and served one year, when the whole regiment was captured at Harper's Ferry, and subsequently paroled, when he re-enlisted Company B, 2d Ohio Heavy Artillery, and remained with them until the close of the war.  He was mustered out in 1865, came home, and engaged in painting and paper hanging alone until 1880, when he formed a co-partnership with Mr. Curtis; and since that time, under the firm name of Curtis & Barrett, they have been doing an extensive business.  He is an Odd-fellow, and a member of the Presbyterian Church.  Received his education in Highland County, where his life was spent up to the time of entering the service of his country.
* Source:  History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 583
Madison Twp. -
JOHN BAUGHN, the subject of this biography, was a native of Virginia, and was born on the 22d of September, 1824.  He was the second son, and fifth child, of Moses and Sarah (Yowell) Baughn.  The Baughns came to Ohio, from Virginia, in 1832, when John was eight years of age.  They settled near Washington.
     Our subject was married, Dec. 31, 1855, to Melinda Mitchem, fourth daughter of William and Catherine (Wort) Mitchem.  The nativity of the Mitchems is Virginia.  Moses and Sarah Baughn had born to them:  Harriet, Joseph, Maria, Catherine, John, Rebecca, Sarah, Matilda, and Mary Ann.
     William and Catherine Mitchem
were the parents of seven children:  Elizabeth, James, Lucinda, Sarah, Melinda, Mary and William.  John and Melinda Baughn had born to them seven children:  Sarah E., born September, 1856, married Joseph S. Baldwin, Dec. 31, 1874; Joseph H., born Feb. 10, 1858, married Emma Shough, Dec. 24, 1880; William Moses, born Oct. 2, 1861, died Feb. 2, 1879; Rosilla Catherine, born June 5, 1865; Lucy May, born Oct. 25, 1874, died Oct. 26, 1874.
     Mr. Baughn, in the year 1868, bought the farm of one hundred acres, on which his family still resides.  He continued to improve it until the time of his decease, which occurred, Feb. 25, 1875.  He was a man much esteemed for his good qualities, and his death was greatly lamented.
* Source: 
History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 937
Madison Twp. -
JOSEPH H. BAUGHN.  This subject is the son of John and Melinda (Mitchem) Baughn, and was born in this county, Feb. 10, 1858.  He was ordinarily educated, and at the age of twenty-two, Aug. 14, 1879, he enlisted in the regular army, and was assigned to the First United States Infantry.  In a few days after his enlistment, the command to which he belongs was ordered to Fort Snelling, on the way to the Black Hills.  Reaching their destination, they were at once assigned to duty, and for two months scouted on the plains with the hostile tribes.  They then crossed into Montana, on foot, and for months the command campaigned in the mountains and plains of the great West, traversing Dakota, Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, and parts of the British possessions northward.  Many of the adventures of this command are full of startling facts of romance and adventure.
     Mr. Baughn's term of service lasted fourteen months.  He was discharged at Fort Meade, near Deadwood, and returned to his native state in August, 1880.  He was married, Dec. 25, 1880, to Emma, daughter of John and Sarah Shough, of this county.
* Source: 
History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 737
Madison Twp. -
DAVID BEALE.  (Madison Twp.)  Of the substantial farmers of the northeastern part of this county, none are better entitled to favorable mention than David Beale who lives on his well improved farm of two hundred and sixty acres of land, two miles from Mt. Sterling, on the Columbus road.
     He was born, Nov. 1, 1840, in Pleasant Township, Madison County, Ohio, and is the third son, and fourth child, of S. S. and Harriet (Elmore) Beale, both born in Westmoreland County, Virginia.  They came to Ohio in 1832, having been married the year before.  Their children were: Charles H., Mary A., Jeremiah, David, John W., George, and Smith.
     David
, gave the years of his minority in assisting his father on the farm, and enjoyed the benefits of the common schools of his neighborhood.  He was married, Dec. 30, 1863, to Hannah A., oldest daughter of Dr. William and Hannah (Reeves) McClintock, of Madison County.  They have had born to them three children: Flora A., born Nov. 3, 1864; Everett, born June 24, 1866, and Ross, born May 6. 1870.
     Mr. Beale,
has served the township well and long ad trustee, and is always in the front rank of the march toward public improvement.
* Source: 
History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 938
Jefferson Twp. -
ELIZABETH (HURLESS) BEATTY, (Jefferson Twp.) daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (Geller) Hurless, who were married in Oct., 1825, in this county, and reared a family of four children.  He was previously married to Barbara Coil, who born him one child, and died Dec. 16, 1820.  Mr. Hurless died May 31, 1871.  His second wife died Sep. 9, 1858.
     Our subject was married to William Beatty, March 7, 1861, who died at Nashville, Tennessee, June 29, 1863, while in the service of the Union army.  He was a member of Company C, 90th O. V. I.  They had but one child, William S., who is at home with his mother.  She has a home of ten acres, well improved, situated one mile southwest of Jeffersonville, on which they live.  She and her son are highly respected people, and good citizens.
* Source:  History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 669
Concord Twp. -
JAMES B. BEATTY, farmer and stock raiser, is the son of Judge James Beatty, who was a native of Virginia, being born in 1793 and came to the State of Ohio, as a hale, stout young man, in 1818.  He located in the northwestern portion of Fayette County, built a cabin, cleared a small portion of land, and remained about one year, when he returned to his old home in Virginia.  In the following spring, he returned to his new home in Ohio, bringing his father's family with him, and locating them in his cabin.  He was united in wedlock to Miss Margaret Gibson, the fruits of which were three sons:  Isaac N., Charles Milton, and James G.  Some two months after the birth of our subject, the wife and mother died.  The father remarried, and lived a long and useful life, filling many positions of trust and honor in his county, acting as one of the associate judges of the court for many years, and died but a few years since.
     Although our subject was deprived of his mother by death when but two months old, he was kindly cared for by an affectionate step-mother, grew up to be a man, and married for his wife Miss Avy Caroline, daughter of Isaac House.  They at once commenced housekeeping in Paint Township.
     In 1856, Mr. Beatty purchased the old Leonard Bush farm, on the west bank of Sugar Creek, on the line of Concord and Jasper townships, adjoining the village of Jasper Mills.  He soon moved to his farm, and has resided there ever since.  This farm contains some two hundred acres of land and is regarded as one of the best in the county, on account of its fertility of soil and its condition.
     Mr. and Mrs. Beatty have had but one child, a son, Talcott, who is a very worthy young man, now married, and living in a fine new house, which he has just erected on his father's farm, adjoining the village of Jasper Mills.
     Mr. and Mrs. Beatty have been members of the Methodist Episcopal Church for many years.  But few men are more fully identified with the interests of the church, than is Mr. Beatty.  In politics he is a Republican, and a thorough temperance man.  He is one of the solid, correct, thorough men of the county.
* Source: 
History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 1036
Union Twp. -
CHARLES C. BLAKEMORE, sewing machine agent, Washington, is a son of William H. Blakemore, who was a native of Virginia, but came to Ohio about the year 1824, and bought and settled on a farm in this township, where the village of Culpepper now stands.  He married Miss Ann Millikan, daughter of Captain John Millikan, who died at Chillicothe, of cold plague, during the year 1812.  They were the parents of ten children, five sons and five daughters, three of whom died in infancy.  Frank L. and Wyatt D. both went West at the close of the war, being single at the time, but married and settled in Taylor County, Iowa, and are engaged in farming, occupying positions of honor and respect in their county.  Keziah C. is the wife of Colonel H. B. Maynard, whose biography appears in this work.  Amamda J., married to C. A. Beery, of Chillicothe; Emma, married to W. E. Bonfoy,  of East Walnut Hills, Cincinnati; Anna M., married to Nathan Snyder, who is now deceased.  She remains a widow, and lives in Xenia.
     Charles C. Blakemore, our subject, was born in 1839, and is a native of this county.  He spent his first years with his parents on the farm, but removed with them to Washington at the age of ten, and has been a resident of the town ever since.  For more than twenty years Mr. Blakemore has engaged in the sewing machine business -indeed, he is the pioneer sewing machine agent in the county.  He married his first wife, Miss Jenny Cox, daughter of Isaac Cox, of Hamilton County, in 1865, with whom he lived nine years, when she died.  Mr. Blakemore remained single three years, when he married Mrs. Phoebe J. Haus, daughter of John Mallow, Esq.,  of Ross County.   They are residing in Washington on Main Street in a nice residence of their own, and are without children.  Mr. Blakemore has been quite successful in the selection of amiable wives.  He is a man of some peculiar traits of character, possessing an inherent love for fine horses, which seems to have been a trait of character possessed to a great degree by his father.  Few men in the county are so fond of a good horse as is he, and but few men are capable of handling one so skillfully.  He is a straightforward, honest, upright man.  In politics he is a Republican; in religion, a Methodist.  His father served the county as coroner and sheriff, and died July 20, 1870.  His mother died May 3, 1874, at the house of Colonel H. B. Maynard, in Washington.  The Blakemores are regarded as one of the prominent families of the county.
* Source:  History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 594
Marion Twp. -
NATHANIEL BLACKMORE, son of Charles Blackmore, who was born in Pennsylvania, May 12, 1784, married Rebecca Farrel, who bore him eleven children: Our subject, James, Thomas, John Joseph, Charley, Violette, Catherine, Nellie, Sarah, and Elizabeth; several are deceased. Nathaniel, Charles, and Sarah, are known to be living.  The family removed here in 1820, landing at Washington, in the month of April.
     The senior Blackmore was a farmer by occupation, and died in July, 1865.  His wife preceeded him to the grave, in about 1861.
     Mr. Blackmore was born, Oct. 31, 1806, in Beaver County, Pennsylvania, and came to Fayette County, with his parents, and has lived here since, devoting himself to farming and carpentering,      In 1827, he married Nancy Boggs, of Pennsylvania, and by her had five children: Nancy Jane, Austin, Joseph, Charles, and Emily Jane Austin lives in Clinton County.  Three of the others died of milk sickness, as did the mother also.  She departed this life, July 9, 1846.  Herself and three children passed away in seventeen days, a sad occurrence.
     Dec. 31, 1847, Mr. Blackrnore was married to Mary Ann Cripps, daughter of Henry Cripps, a native of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, but latterly of Ross County, Ohio.  She was previously married to Josiah Grove, and by him had three children: Henry Martin, Mary M., and Simon C.  The union of Mr. and Mrs. Blackmore was blessed by four children: Nancy Jane, George, Ella, and William C.; all living.
     His son Joseph, participated in the late war, enlisting in the 60th O. V. I., and contracted a sickness, from which he died in the hospital, at Baltimore.  He had a weak constitution, and was scarcely able to bear the hardships of a soldiers' life, but with true devotion, offered his life at his country's altar.
     Henry and Simon, sons of Mrs. Blackmore, by her first husband, also shouldered the gun at the first call.  The former was in the Zouave service, 54th Ohio, and was killed at Vicksburg. The latter died of disease contracted while in the service.
     Gladly do we. enroll on these pages the names of our heroic young men whose spirits have long since been wafted to that brighter home, where scenes of violence and bloodshed will never be seen.
     Mrs. Blackmore is a member of the Bloomingburg Presbyterian Church.  He is a Republican, and owns one hundred and eighty-eight acres of land, at the Junction of the Bloomingburg and Holland, and Columbus pikes, and farms to grain and stock.
* Source: 
History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 895
Jefferson Twp. -
HENRY BLESSING, farmer, is a son of Abram Blessing, and was born in Greene County, June 8, 1836. He came to this county with his parents, in 1847, and still lives on a part of the large tract of land his father bought on coming here.  He was married, June 28, 1829, to Miss Mary Huffman, daughter of Samuel Huffman.  Four children are the result of this union: Horace M., Abram G., Georgiana, and Samuel H.  All are living, and none married.
     Mr. Blessing has a farm of three hundred and sixty-five acres, well improved, on which he lives; also forty-seven acres in Ross Township, Greene County, and farms to grain and stock.   He formerly made a specialty of hogs.  He has been successful, regardless of losing a great many hogs by cholera, and the loss of seventeen thousand and ninety dollars by the failure of J. B. McYey & Co., bankers, in Philadelphia, in 1872.
     The Blessing family is wholly Republican, with the exception of one member.  When a young man, our subject, after attaining a common school education, taught two years, then went to Antioch College two years, and then returned to the farm.
* Source: 
History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 670
Jefferson Twp. -
WILLIAM BLESSING, farmer, is a son of Abram and Phoebe (Mock) Blessing; was born in Greene County, Mar. 26, 1827, and came with his parents to this county, in 1847, where he married Miss Mary J. Costello, a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, Mar. 23, 1853, who bore him four children: Electa V., Lucy J., Alice P., and Rachel H. Electa died at the age of seven years.
     Mr. Blessing invented the first successful corn-planter of Ohio, and is a genius who can make anything with tools.  He has a farm of three hundred acres, well improved, situated two miles north of Jeffersonville, on the Harrold pike, where he lives.  His father was born in Virginia, in 1801; came to Ohio in 1808; lived in Greene County until he. came here, and was married there.  Mrs. Blessing was born in Greene County, in 1802.  There were nine children of the family, our subject being the second. The parents are exemplary members of the Methodist Protestant Church.
* Source: 
History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 670
Marion Twp. -
JEFFERSON T. BLOOMER, Jefferson T. Bloomer, son of Elijah Bloomer, was born in this township, near Pisgah [school house, Feb. 21, 1849, where he was reared and has lived since, except a six years sojourn in the west.  He went to Indiana, in 1868, and returned in the spring of 1875.
     Nov. 3, 1874, he was married to Sarah Jane, daughter of James Taylor, and a native of Crawford County, Ohio.  Their union has been blessed by three children: Elijah Taylor, Chauncey, and Kate; all living.
     He was not old enough to participate in the war, but had four brothers in the service, nearly four years.  He owns two hundred acres of well improved land, on which he raises grain and stock.  He is the son of an old pioneer, a good neighbor, and respectable citizen, he is ii Republican in politics, and has held the office of supervisor.
* Source: 
History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 896
Madison Twp. -
JOSEPH G. BLOOMER.  (Madison Twp.)  Nehemiah Bloomer, of English descent, a native of New York, and a tailor by trade, married Elizabeth Ketchum, of Welch descent, in the State of New Jersey.  They lived successively in Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Ohio, coming to the latter state in a very early day.  Their seven children were:  John, Daniel, Benjamin, William, Joseph, Phoebe, and Jesse.  The sons were farmers, and more than one of them dealt largely in live stock.
     John and Daniel remained in Tennessee; the remainder of the family are named among the pioneer settlers of this county.  The year of their coming to the state cannot be accurately stated.
     William divided his time between tailoring, farming, and building mills.
     Phoebe was a pioneer in the millinery business.  She married Col. Aaron Johnson, who was sheriff of this county, and who, for a number of years, kept a hotel in Washington.  They removed to Indiana.
     Joseph Bloomer was born in Virginia, June 30, 1786.  He married Mary Robinson, daughter of Nicholas Robinson, a pioneer of Jefferson Township, near Jeffersonville.  His oldest daughter, Rebecca,  was born there, Aug. 27, 1808, the Indians at that time being his nearest neighbors.  Tow other children were born to them - a daughter and son - both of whom died early in life..  The wife and mother died in the year 1822, aged thirty-five years.
     He married for his second wife, Mary, the daughter of Captain Thomas McDonald.   Captain McDonald was a soldier and spy under General Wayne, in 1794.  He was a brother-in-law of General Duncan McArthur, a justice of the peace, and at one time a member of the Ohio Legislature.
     Joseph Bloomer was elected sheriff of this county in 1828, succeeding his brother-in-law, Colonel Johnson.  He held the office for two terms, and after a retirement of two years, was again elected to the same office, and was again re-elected, serving in all, eight years.  He was an excellent public officer.  He died on his farm, five miles above Washington, July 9, 1859, aged seventy-three years, leaving a record of a busy, well spent life.  His widow died, Jan. 22, 1852, having been born, Aug. 18, 1803.
     They were the parents of nine children: Joseph Gatch, born 1824; William Johnson, born 1826; Allen Trimble, born 1828;  Eliza, born 1831; Thomas Marshall, born 1833; Phoebe, born 1835; Nancy Ann, born 1837; James Hinton, born 1841; Effie Jane, born 1844.
     Joseph Gatch Bloomer, the oldest son, resides with his family in Madison Township, midway between Bloomingburg, and White Oak.  He has been a resident of the county all his life.  He located here in 1867.  His education, which is above the average, is the result of a close application, and the careful improvement of the very meagre opportunities of the unfavorable times of his youth.  From the year 1845 to 1855, he was an efficient teacher of the county.  Since that time, he has given his time to farming and stock raising.  At the age of twenty-seven years, he was married to Elizabeth Jane, daughter of Henry and Abigial (Davis) Dewitt, who were the parents of sixteen children:  Benjamin Franklin, born 1810; Catherine, born 1811; Henry, born 1813; Asa, born 1815; Sarah, born 1816; John, born 1818; James B., born 1820; Mary, born 1821; Abigail and Nancy (twins) born 1824; Elizabeth Jane, born 1826; Rebecca, born 1827; "Allen McArthur, born 1831; Mahala, born 1832; Ellison, born 1834, and Lewis, born 1836. 
     Mrs. Bloomer was a teacher in her early life, and is a cultured lady of the substantial kind.  To their marriage eight children have been born - five sons and three daughters.  These are all living except one son, Joseph Clinton, who died in the sixth year of his age.  In his death the family circle was first broken.  His you7thful spirit was the first to enter within the vale as the forerunner of the family.  May the whole family finally e permitted to share with him the bliss of immortality.
     Mr. Bloomer has been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church since 1858, and his wife has been in the same church since 1848.
     NOTE - Joseph Bloomer, it appears from the above, served as sheriff from 1828 to 1830, and from 1832 until 1838, and then was succeeded by Williams.  See Page 456 of this Book.
* Source: 
History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 938
Paint Twp. -
JOHN J. BLUE (Paint Twp.) was born Oct. 16, 1820, in this county, where his early life was spent.  On Feb. 13, 1845, he united in marriage with Miss Margaret,  daughter of William and Martha Raborn, of Madison County, Ohio.  The first three years after their union were spent in Madison County.  From there they removed to Fayette, and located in Paint Township, where they have ever since resided.  They have five children living: Martha J., Clinton D., Marcus L., Lizzie B., and William C. Clinton and Marcus are married, and settled on part of the home farm.
     John's father was a native of Virginia, and came to this county about the time the territory was formed into a county.  He married Miss Pensie Reeves, of Pickaway County, by whom he had eight children - five living.  He served his country in the war of 1812.
     John our subject, owns a farm of nearly three hundred acres, well improved, in Paint Township, upon which he resides.  In politics he is an uncompromising Democrat.
     Mr. Blue's father was born in Ross County, but her grandfather Raborn was a native of Virginia.
     Mr. Blue's brothers, Josiah and Wesley, are dead.  His sister Margaret died young.  The living sisters are: Elizabeth, married to John Yates, of Pickaway County; Ann, married to Casey, of Indiana; Mary, married to Little, of this county, and Jane, who married David Baker, of Illinois.  Her husband and son died in the army.
* Source:  History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 993
Jefferson Twp. -
ABRAHAM BOOCO, farmer, is a native of Virginia, and came with his parents, when about two years of age, to Ohio.  The parents afterward went to Indiana, where the mother died, and where the father still lives, at the age of ninety years.  Our subject's grandfather, Abram, came to the United States from Germany during the Revolutionary War, fought through the war, and died in Ross County, Ohio.
     Our subject was born Sept. 6, 1822, and was married Feb. 27, 1848, to Miss Angeline Garinger, who bore him four children: Ira D., Isaac S., Albert B., and Cyrena—all living, and all married, save Ira, who is at home.
     When about seventeen years of age, Mr. Booco left his father's house, and settled in Wayne Township, this county, without a cent, and began working by the month on a farm, and during the winter seasons would drive stock to Virginia.  He was married at twenty-six years of age, and his father-in-law gave him one hundred and twenty-one acres of land in the woods, which was his start.  He has since made money rapidly, and had about one thousand acres of land in this county before he divided among his children.  He has yet one hundred and seventy-one and a half acres, well improved, situated three miles southwest of Jeffersonville.  Ira has two hundred and seventy-seven and a half acres of land adjoining him on the east.  In 1875 he began business for himself on a capital of ten thousand dollars, and is now worth at least twenty thousand.  He makes his money invested in land, stock, etc., yield him ten per cent.  He deals largely in cattle, and has a tile factory of a capacity of three thousand dollars annually, yet owing to other business, does only about eight hundred dollars.  He began the tile business in 1865, with his father, on Paint Creek, where they built the third tile factory of this county.
* Source:  History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 671
Perry Twp. -
GEORGE D. BORDENAnthony Borden settled in Greene County, Ohio, near Bellbrook, about the year 1803.  He was a native of New Jersey.  His children were Thomas, Enoch, Wesley, Asher, Margaret, and Sarah.
     Enoch
, the father of this subject, was a tailor by trade.  His wife, Ellen Stoby, was a native of Scotland.  Mr. Borden died in August, 1875; his wife died in September, 1879.  They were the parents of seven sons and five daughters: Margaret, William, George D., Andrew, James, Mary Jane, Ann Amelia, Louisa, Christopher and John (twins),  and Ida.  William married Martha Ann Benegar; is a teacher, and lives in Green Township.  Andrew married Amanda Mooney, and lives at Ada, Hardin County.  John married Fanny A. PuckettIda married Russell Fishback.
     George D. Borden
, the subject of this sketch, was born in Greene County, Ohio, Nov. 19, 1844, and is a farmer by occupation.  He was brought up to farm labor; and availing himself of common school advantages, attained a fair education.  He enlisted in Company G, 73d O. V. I., Oct. 11, 1861, and shared in all the eventful battles and campaigns of that regiment, fist in the Army of the Potomac, and afterward under Sherman, in his eventful campaigns.  He was mustered out with his regiment, at Louisville, Kentucky, July 20, 1865, having made a proud record as a soldier of the Republic.  The Borden family have resided in New Martinsburg since Feb. 2, 1854.
* Source: 
History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 795
Madison Twp. -
WILLIAM CLAY BOSTWICK, one of the most energetic farmers in this county, is the third son, and fifth child, of Oliver and Malinda (Thomas) Bostwick) of this county.  He was born in Madison Township, near his present residence, May 28, 1844.
     William Bostwick, the grandfather of William C., came to Ohio, from Vermont, about the year 1805, settling on lands in the vicinity of Yankeetown, from which circumstance this place took its name.  He was the father of Adonriram, Frederick C., Joseph, Sarah, William, Lucy Ann, and Adley Bostwick.
     Oliver's
children were: Morton, Francis, Marion, Annette, Eliza, William C., Elvira, Sarah, and Jane.
    
Our subject was ordinarily educated, and at the age of eighteen, enlisted under Captain H. Z. Adams, in Company G, 113th R. O. V. I., August 1862.  He served with his regiment with efficiency, until the close of the war, and was discharged at Columbus, Ohio, July 6, 1865.  His regiment campaigned in Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina, and participated in the grand review at the nation's capital at the close of the war.
     Mr. Bostwick was married, Nov. 6, 1873, to Clara, daughter of Isaac N. and Margaret (Hidy) Beatty, of Pickaway County.  Mrs. Bostwick was born in Pickaway County, Oct. 22, 1852.  She has but one brother, Scott Beatty, living in Pickaway County.  A sister died in infancy.  Her grandfather, James Beatty, came to this county from Virginia in 1818.  He was a son of Charles Beatty, and a grandson of George Beatty.  James Beatty was a soldier in the war of 1812, and about the year 1847, served as associate judge.  He died A. D., 1879, at an advanced age.
     To the union of Mr. and Mrs. Bostwick have been born two children:  Harley Oscar, born Oct. 10, 1875, and Oliver Newton, born May 6, 1880.
     Mr. Bostwick owns a large farm of excellent land, lying in this and Pickaway counties, and its condition indicates careful oversight.  Mr. Bostwick is a staunch Republican, and is always outspoken and decisive in his views on public topics.
* Source: 
History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 940
Perry Twp. -
WILLIAM M. BREAKFIELDJohn and Susan (Harmon) Breakfield, the grandparents of this subject, were natives of Virginia, but were of German stock.  The husband died in Virginia of fatherless children, came to Ohio, and settled temporarily in Pickaway County.  In 1827, the widow came to Fayette County, and purchased a tract of one hundred and forty-four acres of unimproved land in Perry Township, for which she paid four hundred and fifty dollars.
     John and Susan Breakfield had twelve children: George, Barbara, John, Katie, Peter, Henry, Jacob, Sallie, Elias, Susan, Eliza, and Mary Ann.
     Jacob Breakfield
, the father of our subject, was born in Berkeley County, Virginia, in March, 1802.  His wife was Lydia Miller.  To them six children were born: Jeremiah, Susanna, Harriet, Sarah C., William M., and Joseph H.
    
Our subject is the fifth child of the family, is a farmer and stock raiser, and was born Oct. 31, 1842.  He was married Jan. 16, 1869, to Olive Welsheimer, daughter of William H. and Mahala Welsheimer.  Her father was native of Virginia; her mother was born in Ross County, Ohio.  Mrs. Breakfield was born Jan. 4, 1847.
     Mr. and Mrs. Breakfield have had born to them two children:  Harrold E., born May 18, 1870; Minnie M., born Jan. 20, 1873.  Our subject served during the late civil war, for a term of four months, in Company I, 168th O. N. G., from May, 1864, till Sept. 1864.  His company was commanded by Captain Lewis Painter.
     Mr. Breakfield
has been farming on his own account since 1867.  He owns a fine farm of one hundred and twenty-one acres, on Survey No. 660, Christian Febiger original proprietor.  He built a fine house in 1879, at a cost of three thousand dollars, and now lives at his case.  A fine barn was also erected, and all the surroundings give evidence of taste and comfort.
* Source: 
History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page  821
Marion Twp. -
GIBSON BRITTON.  This gentleman was a son of Joseph Britton, and was born, Oct. 15, 1833, in this township, where he was reared, and was married, Aug. 25, 1854, to Samantha, daughter of Jonathan Bryant, who was born in this township.  Their union was blessed by five children: Letitia, married to Joseph Koch, and resides in Wayne Township; Emma, Mary Alma, William L., and Almer, now deceased.  In 1854 he settled on his farm, and began improving the same.  He died in the spring of 1865.  Several of his brothers were in the late war, and did good service.  His widow and unmarried children occupy one hundred and fifty acres of land, nicely improved.  They raise more grain than stock.
* Source: 
History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 897
Marion Twp. -
JOSEPH BRITTON, son of Joseph Britton, now deceased, was born in this township, Apr. 6, 1837, where he was reared and has since resided.  In the spring of 1866, he was married to Elizabeth W. Tod, who bore him two children: Ida and Willard.  She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and departed this life, July 30, 1871.  Mr. Britton was again married, Nov. 28, 1871, to Anna Hess, by whom he had two children: Aulta and Mertie.  She is a member of the Christian Church.
     In Aug. 22, 1862, he enlisted in Company E, 114th O. V. I., as a private.  He also served as corporal.  He was out three years, returning in the fall of 1865.  He participated in the battles of Vicksburg, Arkansas Post, and Mobile, and was a gallant and brave soldier.  At Vicksburg he was exposed to the rain six days and nights, thereby contracting lung troubles, from which he has never fully recovered.  He is a Republican.
     He owns two hundred acres of land, on the Washington and Circleville pike, two miles west of New Holland, all well improved.  He farms principally to grain, and raises some stock.
* Source: 
History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 897
Jasper Twp. -
JONES BROOKS, a Methodist Episcopal minister, in 1811 came from Virginia to Jasper Township.  His time was occupied for several years in preaching and farming.
* Source:  History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 710
Marion Twp. -
BENJAMIN BROWN, farmer, a son of Hezekiah Brown, was born in September, 1843, on the old homestead, in this township, where he was reared, and has lived since.  He was married, Jan. 3, 1867, to Louisa Anna, daughter of J. B. Cutwright  Their union was blessed by eight children: Della, Minnie, Henry, Frank, Mattie, Florence, Fannie, and Benjamin; Frank has passed away.  Mr. Brown is a member of good standing of New Holland Lodge, No. 392, F. & A. M.; is a Democrat, and has been since childhood; has held the office of township trustee.  He owns one hundred and seventy-three acres of land, on the Waterloo road, in a good state of cultivation, and raises grain and stock successfully.
* Source: 
History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page  898
Marion Twp. -
HEZEKIAH BROWN, farmer, is a son of Hezekiah Brown, a native of Virginia, who came in about 1820, and settled on land now owned by his sons in this township.  He devoted himself to farming, and died in January, 1877, at the good old age of eighty-five.  His wife still lives in this township.
     Our subject was born in August, 1844, on this farm, where he has always lived and followed farming for a livelihood.  In 1868 he married Parmelia, daughter of Otho Lyons, of this township, who bore him two children: Owen Newton and Orville GuyMrs.
Brown is a member of the Christian Church.  He is a member of New Holland Lodge, No. 392, F. & A. M.; is a Democrat, politically; owns one hundred and fifty-nine acres of land on the Bloomingburg pike, which is well improved, and farms to grain and stock.
* Source: 
History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 897
Paint Twp. -
S. W. BROWN was born, Jan. 7, 1839, in Pickaway County6, Ohio, where he spent the early part of his life.  On Jan. 24, 1861, he married Mary E., daughter of Benjamin and Martha Harrison, of Madison County, Ohio, by whom he has one daughter and one son; Emma A., twelve years of age, and Harry F., eight years old, both bright and promising children.
     Mr. Brown's parents were native of Delaware, and relatives of ex-President Polk.  Mrs. Brown was born Apr. 12, 1838.  She is the grand daughter of Batteal Harrison, whose ancestors were among the early settlers of the colony of Virginia.  Her great grandfather, Benjamin Harrison, was a man constantly employed in active service.  He was a member of Congress from 1774 to 1777.  He voted for the Declaration of Independence in July, 1776, and signed it in the following August.  In 1777 he resigned his seat in congress, but was immediately elected a member of the House of Burgesses, and elected to the speaker's chair.  In 1782 he was elected governor of the state, which position he filled for two successive terms.  He had just been elected to a third term when death ended his career - April, 1791.
     Mr. and Mrs. Brown were both members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.  Politically, Mr. Brown is a conscientious Democrat, and a strong temperance man.
* Source:  History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 994
Jefferson Twp. -
JOSEPH BROWNING is a native of Sheffield, England.  He was born May 25, 1828, and came with his parents, Benjamin Band and Mary (Stubbing) Browning, to America in 1836, located in New York, remained a few weeks, then came to Clarke County, Ohio, where the father bought a farm near Platsburg, which is yet known as the Browning farm, where the parents died.  Aug. 8th, 1867, he was missed in his church and community, as he was a noble man whose house was always open to the needy.  He lived an exemplary life, and died triumphantly in the faith of the Baptist Church.
     Mr. Browning was twice married; first, to our subject's mother, who bore him eight children, and died triumphantly and happy, Nov. 14th, 1865.  She was a kind and tender-hearted mother, and a beloved sister in the church.
     Our subject was twice married. First, to Miss Susan Hagler, daughter of Isaac Hagler,  Dec. 22, 1853, and who died Feb. 15, 1872, aged about forty-three years.  He then married Mrs. Elizabeth (Collette) McCoy, Feb. 19, 1874.  Two children are the result of this union: Fannie S., born June 11, 1865; and John N., born Feb. 17, 1878.  Mrs. Browning's first marriage was celebrated with John McCoy, Mar. 26, 1868; who died Aug. 1, 1872, aged forty-three years.  They had one child, Charles C, born Dec. 20, 1869.
     Mr. Browning has a farm of one hundred and sixty acres, situated four and one half miles northwest of Washington, nicely arranged for stock raising.  None of the family of five sons, or Mr. Browning, sr., ever used tobacco or intoxicants.
* Source:  History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 672
Wayne Twp. -
JOHN H. BRYANT, farmer, was born in Ross County, Ohio, Dec. 24, 1824, and in the following year removed with his parents to this county.  His father was Benjamin Bryant, who married Susanna Harper; by her he had eleven children, nine of whom are living.  The family settled on Compton Creek, on the land now owned by Robert Gilmore.  Being poor, the elder Bryant was unable to purchase but little land, to which he added, however, from time to time.  Six years later they removed to the North Fork of Paint, on the present Speakman farm; then removed to Washington, where he (Benjamin) died.  He was born in 1794, and died in 1869; his wife, born 1802, died in 1866.
     Our subject was married in 1847, to Mary Carder, of Ross County, who bore him seven children; Susanna, Cornelius, Charles E., Anna, and George W.  The deceased are Franklin Pierce and Eliza Jane.  Mrs. Bryant was a devout member of the Christian Church, and departed this life July 9, 1879.  Oct. 18, 1880, Mr. Bryant was married to Susan, daughter of Mathew Gilmore, of Ross County.  Of his children, Charles married Emma Louderman; Cornelius married Mary Mallow, of Ross County; Susanna married Elwood Porter, of Pickaway County.
     Mr. Bryant is a member of the Christian Church, at New Holland; a Democrat politically; contributed toward carrying on the late war; owns one hundred and five acres of land, on the New Holland road, which is nicely improved; farms chiefly to grain, and raises hogs successfully.
* Source: 
History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 844
Union Twp. -
JOHN SERGENT BURNETT, farmer and stock-raiser, Seldon, is a son of Robert and Susanna Burnett, who were natives of Virginia, came to Ohio in 1810, and settled for the winter on the waters of Herod's Creek, in Ross County, where they remained until the spring of 1811, when he removed to this county, and settled about half a mile east of Sugar Creek, where Henry Bush now lives, on the south side of the Cincinnati and Muskingum Valley Railroad, remaining here for some two years, when he removed to a farm about one mile northwest from Jasper Station, where he remained until his death, which event occurred Dec. 9, 1878, in the ninety-first year of his age.  His wife died in 1839.  He married his second wife, Catharine Caylor, in 1844, who died in 1876.  By his first wife he had eleven children, six sons and five daughters.  Sidney died when a young woman; Harry married, and lives in Clinton County, near Sabina; Rebecca is the wife of Jacob Mark, Esq., living near Jasper Mills; Naoma was married, but is now dead; Thomas married, lived in Washington, and died in 1870, and his widow and children still remain in the same place; Catharine, wife of Joseph Plum, lives in Washington; Elihu married and removed to the State of Iowa a few years ago; Absalom married, and lives in Peru, Indiana; Susanna married, moved to Allen County, and died; Jesse was a twin brother to John S., and died in infancy.
     The subject of our sketch was born October 21, 1817, and married Sarilda Feagins in February, 1846.  She is the daughter of Richard Feagins, who is one of the pioneers of the county, being in his eighty-fifth year.  He lives with Mr. and Mrs. Burnett, who now own and occupy the old homestead, where Mr. Feagins has lived for so many years. Mr. Feagins has been much of a man in his day, but now is becoming quite feeble, both in body and mind.
     Mr. and Mrs. Burnett are the parents of three children, two daughters and one son.  Mary Catharine married David Toops, and is a widow.  They had but one child, Oliver Edwin, a sprightly lad, eleven years old, living with Mr. and Mrs. Burnett, who are much delighted with him.  Richard Henry married, and lives on his father's farm, and is without children.  Susanna married Barton L. Stevenson.  They live in the house with Mr. and Mrs. Burnett, and have one son, Alonzo Edgar, four years of age, a child of superior intellectual development for one of his years.
     In 1849, Mr. Burnett was elected to the office of county surveyor, in which official capacity he served for fifteen years.  He was elected justice of the peace for Jasper Township in 1846, and served for three years.  He taught school for a number of his earlier years.  Was educated at Athens, in this state, and is an intelligent, well-informed man, being more than an average in this respect with the men of his age.  He owned and lived on a farm but a few miles north of Jasper Mills most of his married life.  In the year 1876 he disposed of it, and purchased his father-in-law's farm, on the east bank of Sugar Creek, in Union Township, a little north from the Cincinnati and Muskingum Valley Railroad.  This farm contains one hundred and twenty-one acres of choice land.  The family moved here in the spring of 1876.  Mr. Burnett is a Republican in politics, a Christian gentleman, kind and affable, and much interested in the Sunday-school, education, etc.
* Source:  History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 585
Jasper Twp. -
ROBERT BURNETT came from Pendleton County, Virginia, 1810, and being a single man worked by the month till 1812, when he married Susan Bush, and squatted on government land.  Six sons and five daughters blessed this union: Henry, John, Jesse, Elihu, Absalom, Mary, Jane and Susan.
     He was a soldier in the war of 1812, belonging to a volunteer rifle company, whose captain was a Mr. Flesher.  Mr. Burnett afterwards served as captain of a militia company.
     After the organization of Jasper Township, he was elected to several of its offices, serving both as clerk and trustee.  He subsequently was appointed road viewer by the county commissioners.  His first wife dying in 1839, he some time subsequently, married the widow of Jacob ColerCaptain Burnett was by profession a surveyor, and many of the county and township roads were laid out by him.
     In 1813, after his first marriage, he leased a tract of land, of Mr. Bush, in Union Township, where he resided till 1821, when he removed to wild land which he had purchased of a Mr. Pendleton, of Virginia.
     Captain Burnett enjoyed the distinction of being one of the most excellent and peaceable citizens, never having, at the age of eighty-three, indulged in a quarrel with a neighbor, or been a party to a law suit.  He was a man of good habits, and his great longevity may have been due to some extent, to the fact that he never used tobacco in any form, and extreme moderation in the use of ardent spirits.
* Source:  History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 708
Union Twp. -
ABRAHAM BUSH, farmer and ex-county commissioner, was born in Fayette County, Ohio, Nov. 10, 1816, and is a son of Abraham and Phoeba Bush, both natives of Virginia, who immigrated to Ohio, in the year 1810.  He came to Fayette County, in 1811, and cut the road through the wilderness from Washington Court House to Sugar Creek, and the original farm still remains in the Bush family; they had a family of seven children.  Abraham the subject of our remarks was married, in 1839, to Miss Catharine Bush, daughter of Daniel and Susanna Bush, of Fayette County.  They have four children: Annetta, Gilbert L., Charles F., and Serepta.  He was elected county commissioner, in 1871, and held the office six years, and was also, township clerk for eighteen years of Jefferson Township, and two years a trustee.  He is now farming three hundred and fourteen acres of land, in Jefferson Township, and raises a great many cattle and hogs.  He received his education in Fayette County, where he has lived from his birth.
* Source:  History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 587
Jasper Twp. -
JACOB BUSH, the oldest child of Leonard Bush, was born in Pendleton County, Virginia, in 1804, and accompanied his father to this township from that state.  HE remained with him till 1828, when he married Catherine Bond, of Union Township, who died, in 1838.  A little more than a year afterwards, he was again married, to Lucy Leach, of Brown County, who is still living. By these marriages Mr. Bush became the father of eleven children; two of which are living with their father at Jasper Mills.
     Mr. Bush at one time owned an extensive farm in Jasper Township, but a few years since he divided his property among his children; reserving only a small homestead at Jasper Mills, which he is spending his declining years in improving and beautifying.
* Source:  History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 710
Jasper Bush -
LEONARD BUSH was born in Pendleton County, Virginia, Dec. 4, 1778, and came to Ross County, this state, in 1809, locating near what is now known as Convenience Station, on the D. & S. E. Railroad.  He was married in Virginia, to Catherine Bowers, in 1803, and four children were born to them prior to their leaving that state.  He remained only two years in Ross County, when in the spring of 1811, he removed to Jasper, locating on land now owned by James Beatty.
     Mr. Bush
bought one hundred acres of land from his father in Jasper, on which, in March, 1811, he erected a round log cabin, which he occupied without a floor till June of the same year.  With incessant labor, he cleared fifteen acres of land the first spring, which he planted in corn, breaking the ground with the old fashioned wooden mould board plow.  After this, having built a shop soon after his arrival, he followed his trade of wheelwright for seventeen years in connection with his farming, when his son, Jacob, on whom the management of the farming until now had largely devolved, marrying, he was compelled to devote his whole attention to his farm, which had then increased to three hundred acres.
* Source:  History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page  709
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