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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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Jefferson Twp. -
RUTH CALHOONMrs. Ruth A. (Corbitt-Kinkaid) Calhoon, Jeffersonville, is a daughter of Samuel and Catherine, who were married in this county a few years after they came here.
     Mr. Calhoon came here, about 1811, from Virginia; she from Pennsylvania.  They had a family of five children; four are living.
     Our subject was born, and twice married in this county; first to John L. Kinkaid, in 1852.  By this marriage she had one child, Ella, who married Elijah Allen January, 1875, and has one child, Florence.
     Mr. Kinkaid
died, in 1874, aged thirty-one years.  He was a marble cutter by trade, a member of the Masonic fraternity of Jeffersonville, Indiana.
     Our subject then married David Calhoon, March, 1876; one child Irene,  is the result of this union.  Mrs. Calhoon has a farm of one hundred acres, situated two miles west of Jeffersonville.  She, Ella, and Mr. Allen, are members of the Universalist Church of Jeffersonville.
* Source:  History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 672. (NOTE:  Also spelled Calhoun)
Perry Twp. -
JOHN C. CAPPS.    Dempsey Capps, the grandfather of this subject, came to Ohio from Virginia in an early day, settling first on the Ohio River, and afterward removing to Highland County, where he raised a large family.  Among these were William, James, Elijah, Rhoda, and Elizabeth, besides sons and daughters whose names are lost.
     William and Margaret (Pope) Capps were married in Highland County, about the year 1812.  They were the parents of the following-named children: Sidney, Polly Ann, Elmira, John C., Elizabeth, Elijah, Cerilda, Curtis H., Jane, Adeline, Eliza, William, and James.
     John C. Capps was born in Highland County, Ohio, Apr. 23, 1820, and is a farmer by occupation.  He spent several years of his early life in Indiana and Illinois.  He was married. May 28, 1847, to Jane Anderson, of Fayette County.  She is the daughter of Robert and Sarah (Rowe) Anderson, and was born Aug. 5, 1824.  The Andersons and Rowes were Virginians, but emigrated to Ohio early in the nineteenth century, settling on the Little Wabash, where some of their descendants still live.  The children of Robert and Sarah Anderson were Isaac, Mathew, Jane, and John.
     Four children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Capps: Sarah E., born May 31, 1848; married Robert Todhunter, Oct. 8, 1866; has three children; lives near New Martinsburg. Margaret Elmira, born May 14,1851; married Levi Bryan, Oct. 13, 1870; husband died Oct. 18, 1877; has two living children. Mary Jane, born Jan. 25, 1853; married Henry Johnson, Jan. 8, 1870; lives in Green Township.  Robert William, born Nov. 28, 1855; married Anna A. White in November, 1875; died Feb. 24, 1881; was a favorite child, a promising young man, and much beloved; leaves one son, Virgil Leroy, born July 17, 1877.
     Mr. Capps came to Ohio from Illinois, in the year 1844, and in 1859 bought of John Merchant the farm on which he now resides.  The farm comprises one hundred and forty-five acres, and shows signs of careful culture.  His wife and himself are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and have been, from early life, consistent and useful Christians.
     Jesse Rowe, the grandfather of Mrs. Capps, was an exhorter in the Methodist Episcopal Church, and was a power for good in his day and generation.  He is said to have been the founder of the first society or class of Methodists on the Little Wabash, and was the builder of " Rowe's Chapel," one of the first houses of worship in Perry Township.  He used to tell, in his eccentric way, that "all the swarms came from his hive."  He established a Sabbath-school in his barn, about the year 1826.  Who can tell the value of one good man in a community?

* Source:  History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 797

Marion Twp. -
MRS. CATHARINE CARDER, daughter of Peter and Christina Mouser, was born in Pickaway County, Ohio, Feb. 4, 1809.  Her father's birthplace was on the South Branch of the Potomac.  He came to this state about 1805, and settled in Pickaway County.  Her mother's maiden name was Hoffman; she was born Feb. 5, 1776.  Her father and mother were married in the State of Virginia.  Our subject was born on what is well known as the Mouser farm.  She had three brothers and three sisters, all of whom lived to have families; but none are alive at present, except William, who lives on Deer Creek, and Mrs. Carder.
     She was married to Peter Carder, at her father's residence, Dec. 25, 1827, and settled oil a farm four miles northeast of Washington C. H., where by economy, industry, and good management, they accumulated quite a fortune.  Mr. Carder died May 17, 1863, leaving, by will, to Fayette County, a farm of five hundred acres, upon which the county infirmary now stands.  But few know what first led Mr. Carder to contemplate such a gift to the county.  It is a well known fact, however, that for many years the colored people were not admitted to our county house.  This refusal gave rise to the thought of furnishing the county with a home for all classes.  This Mr. Carder's generosity has done.  He provided, in his will, that the county should pay to Mrs. Carder seven hundred dollars per annum.  She lives in the old homestead, surrounded by all that is necessary to make her comfortable in her declining years.
* Source: 
History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 898
SHARON WICK'S NOTES:
Original marriage record is as follows:
Pickaway Marriage Records 1819-1828 - Vol. 2 - Pg. 294 ------
Dec. 25, 1827   Peter Carder and Catherine Mouser - Recorded:  Mar. 4, 1826 - Filed Mar. 24, 1827
1850 Census - Marion, Fayette Co., OH on Oct. 3, 1850 ------
Dwelling 246  Family 246
Peter Carder 40 M Farmer $15,800 b. KY (ca 1810);
Catharine Carder 35 F b. OH (ca 1815)
and William Wright 20 M Laborer b. OH
1860 Census - Marion, Fayette Co., OH - P. O. Bloomingburg - on 2nd day of July, 1860 -----
Dwelling 1028  Family 1033
Peter Carder 55 M Farmer - RE$29000  Pers$12000 b. KY (ca. 1805)
Catharine Carder 47 F b. OH (ca. 1813)
John Mathews 27 M Trader -Pers$2000 b. OH
ALSO:  Buried at Washington Cemetery, Washington CH., Fayette Co., OH
Union Twp. -
CISMORE CARR, farmer and stock raiser, Washington.  His parents were Joshua and Susy Carr, who came from Virginia, to this county, in 1814.  They are both dead.  Mrs. Carr survived her husband many years.  They were the parents of four children:  two girls and two boys.  Jason M., married and moved to the State of Missouri, and died there.  Mary Susy was married to Captain E. Henkle, and died some years since.  Their biography appears in this work.  Mary Jane was married to Henry Baughn,  and lives in the neighborhood.  Cismore, the subject of this sketch, was born Oct. 28, 1818, on the very spot of the ground where he now resides.  He spent his earlier years in the vicinity of his residence.  Mr. Carr remained unmarried until Feb. 23, 1870, when he married Miss Margaret Jane Isgrig, daughter of Madison Isgrig of Missouri.  They were married in Missouri, but came to his home in this county at once.  They have four children:  Christine Jane, Mary Susy, Wilber Jason and HarmanMr. Carr owns and lives on a number one farm, containing three hundred and ten acres situated three miles west from Washington, midway between the Wilmington and Plymouth pike.  His house is built on a hill or elevation one hundred or more feet above the town of Washington.  This one of the most beautiful locations for building purposes in the county, being on the divide between the waters of Paint and Sugar creeks.  Mr. Carr, all his life, ahs been a very active, energetic industrious man; but few men in the county have performed so much hard labor as Mr. Carr.  For a number of years past, he has devoted much time and energy in the late fall and early winter in the purchasing and shipment of hogs on commission for Cincinnati parties and elsewhere.  Mr. Carr, for years, has had certain interests which has called him west.  He has been west thirty-eight times.  All of these trips may not have been very remunerative; but some of them most assuredly proved very profitable, for it was thus that Mr. Carr secured a most estimable wife, which certainly is no small thing, especially for an old bachelor to do.  In politics he is a Republican.
* Source:  History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 587
Union Twp. -
JACOB CARR, farmer and stock raiser, Washington, is a son of Joab and Elizabeth Carr, natives of Virginia.  They immigrated to Ohio, on horseback, in 1815; came to Fayette County and settled where the subject of this sketch now lives, in 1818; where the father died in 1824, and the mother in 1832.  They were the parents of four children- three sons and one daughter:  George, married, and living in Clinton County; Joab, married, and living in White County, Indiana; Mary Susan, died in 1832.
     Jacob, our subject, was born Oct. 7, 1817, on the spot where he now lives.  January 22, 1842, he married Miss Polly Herrod, daughter of Samuel Herrod, of Madison County, Ohio, who raised a large family, all of whom, including the father and mother, are now dead, except Mrs. Carr and one sister.
     Mr. and Mrs. Carr have had nine children - four sons and five daughters - born unto them:  Matilda A., wife of William Thornton, of Madison County; Salathiel H., married, and living on the home farm; Elijah Scott, married, and living in Millidgeville, this county.  Ellen A., married to Elam Thornton, and living in the neighborhood; David M., married, and living in Clinton County; Angeletta, married, and living in the neighborhood, and Susan and Jesse Sherman, who are single, and remain at home with their parents.
     June 2, 1881, the entire family, consisting of father, mother, and nine children, appeared before an artist in Washington, and had their negatives taken for a family picture.
     Mr. Carr owns and lives on a most excellent farm, containing one hundred and thirty-one acres, located two miles west of Washington, between the Wilmington and Palmer or Jamestown pikes.  Here he has lived all his life, raised his family, and expects to remain the balance of his days.  Mr. Carr has never had a law suit, and has never paid a dollar as fees to a lawyer.  Was elected assessor of his township in 1855, and has assessed the township fifteen times, and assisted to do the same work five times.  Sold pork in the early part of his farm life at one cent per pound, and delivered corn in Washington at ten cents per bushel.  In politics he is a Republican, and is a straightforward, honest, truthful man.  The family are well-to-do, and much respected by all who have to do with them.
* Source:  History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 588
Union Twp. -
REV. GEORGE CARPENTER, pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Washington, was born May 9,1826, near "Carpenter's Mills" on the Olentangy River, Delaware County. His father, Nathan Carpenter, was born in New York, but in 1801, when eleven years of age, the family immigrated to this state, and settled in Delaware County.
     In 1811, he was married to Miss Electa Case, whose father's family came originally from New Haven, Connecticut, with the " Worthington colony," in 1803. They had eleven children, three sons and eight daughters.
     When the subject of this sketch was eleven years old, his father removed to a farm near Worthington, Franklin County, and his youth was spent in alternately working the farm and attending school. He graduated from the Ohio Wesleyan University, in 1851, and in his theological course at Cincinnati, in 1853. He was licensed by the Presbytery of Columbus at Kingstown, Ross County, in the same church where he afterwards ministered as pastor. He served for several months the churches of Tarlton and Amanda; but being laid aside by sickness for a year, afterwards accepted a call to Kingston, where he was ordained and installed pastor October, 1855; he remained there twelve years, when he received and accepted an invitation to Washington where he is still pastor.
     Mr. Carpenter was married August 10,1852, to Matilda, daughter of Rev. James Gilruth of Davenport, Iowa; but formerly a pioneer in this state of the Methodist Church. They have seven children;, of whom two daughters—the oldest and the youngest—have been called to their rest: Hattie Gilruth, aged twenty-one, and baby Maud, only live months. The eldest son, Willard Bryant, is married and is a practicing physician in Columbus, Ohio. Two sons, George Haywood and Charles Kynett, and two daughters, Mary, Lisle and Alice Boone are still at home.
     Mr. Carpenter has always been prominent in Christian and temperance work. His wife was one of the leaders in the memorable "crusade" against the rum seller.
* Source:  History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 589
Jefferson Twp. -
MRS. MARY CARR.   Mrs. Mary (Lorh) Carr, Jeffersonville, is a daughter of Michael and Catharine (Miller) Lorh.  Her father died in Virginia in 1819.  Mrs. Lorh then married Samuel Messmore, of Virginia, about 1822.  In 1823 they came to Ohio, and located in Madison County, where Mr. Messmore died.  The mother died at our subject's house, in 1865, aged seventy-two years.
     Our subject was married, Oct. 30, 1843, in Madison County, to Michael, son of Michael and Mary Carr, by which marriage she had a family of nine children: Susan, Mary, Clara, Samuel H., Margaret, Albert, Amanda, John W., and Clarence I.  All are living, and all married, except Florence, who is at home with her mother.
     Mr. Carr was an exemplary member of the Christian Church, a kind husband and indulgent father.  He died triumphantly, June 19, 1870, in the fifty-ninth year of his age. Mrs. Carr and all the children—except two—are members of the same church, John joined the Methodist Church after his marriage, and Amanda united with the Episcopal Church after her marriage.
     Mr. Carr had a farm of one hundred and sixty acres, where Mrs. Carr now lives, and twelve acres in Paint Township.  This land has been divided among the children since Mr. Carr's death.
     Samuel served two years in Company C, 90th O. V. I., and lost one arm in the service of his beloved country.  Mr. Carr set an example of temperance before his family, and it has been followed strictly.
* Source:  History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 673
Jefferson Twp. -
HENRY CLANSING, boot and shoe maker, Jeffersonville, is a native of Germany, born August, 1836, where he was reared, educated and learned his trade.  He came to the United States, in 1860, and located in Cincinnati where he remained one year, then came to this place where he married Miss Joanna Roth, Sept. 16, 1865; two children is the result of this union: Louis H. and John G., both living.
     Mr. Clansing served two and a half years in the late war, in Company K, 20th O. V. I. At the siege of Vicksburg, he received a severe wound: a ball entering his mouth, knocking out teeth, and passing out at the back of his head just below the brain.  When he came to the United States he had only about $15.00; by industry and good management however, he has bought a good house, in which he now lives, and a large store room and shop.  His wife has nine acres of land on the corporation line of this
village.  Mr. Clansing is a good workman and a respected citizen.
* Source: 
History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 674
Marion Twp. -
JAMES M. CLARK, farmer, is a son of William Clark, whose sketch appears elsewhere, and was born June 8, 1855, in the house he now occupies, where he was reared till fifteen years of age (his brother having died when he was but eight months old), when he removed to his father's farm in this township.  He received the rudiments of a common school education, and also attended the Bloomingburg Academy, and the Wesleyan University, at Delaware.
     In the spring of 1877, he removed to his farm, and was married, Dec. 25, 1879, to Tillie J. Paullin, daughter of U. F. Paullin, also of this county.  She is a member of the Christian Church.  He is a member of Ely Commandery, No. 28, and of New Holland Lodge and Fayette Chapter, F. & A. M., and is Master of New Holland Lodge No. 392.
     He owns five hundred and two acres of the Bloomingburg and New Holland road, most of which is in a good state of cultivation, and is watered by the North Fork of Paint Creek, which runs through the farm.  He is a Republican in politics, but does not aspire to office.
* Source: 
History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 899
Madison Twp. -
DR. JASPER N. CLARK, of Madison Mills, is the second son of Alexander and Lydia (Adkins) Clark.  His parents were natives of Orange County, Virginia, and came to Ohio in the year 1837.
     Our subject was born, Oct. 6, 1843, in Mt. Sterling, Ohio, and in 1859 his parents settled at Madison Mills.  He evinced a taste for study at an early age, and by close application to his books, became the leading pupil of his neighborhood and school.  He worked for some years at the trade of blacksmithing, but at the age of twenty-eight, he turned his attention to the study of medicine, and began reading with Dr. W. T. Wilerman, of Pickaway County.  During 1870-'71 he attended the usual lecture courses at Starling Medical College, Columbus, and in March, 1872, graduated from that institution.  That same spring he began practicing at Harrisburg, continuing there one year; then at Buena Vista a year, when he located, in 1874, at Madison Mills, where he now has a fine practice.  He was married, Dec. 28, 1877, to Ella, second daughter of George and Emily (Bush) Parrot,  of Madison Township.  To them have been born two children: Mabel, born May, 19, 1879, and Lewis, born Feb. 13, 1880.
     Dr. Clark has surmounted many obstacles to attain the position he now occupies in his profession, and he now stands among the first of the medical men of his county, enjoying and deserving the utmost confidence of his professional and unprofessional acquaintances.  He is a member of the Bloomingburg Lodge No. 449, F. & A. M.
* Source: 
History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 941
Marion Twp. -
WILLIAM CLARK, farmer, is a son of James Clark, who was born in Clark's Prairie, Ross County, this state, and married Jemima Davis, in that county, who bore him four children: Bodkin, James, Elizabeth and William; Bodkin and Elizabeth died when young.  When our subject was one year old, the family removed to Warren County, Indiana, where the husband died five years later, and at the expiration of three years, his wife returned to her parents in Ross County.  She again married, John H. Miller, and died in the fall of 1876.
     Our subject was born Aug. 5, 1829, in Ross County, where he was reared, except the eight years spent in Indiana.  Twenty-six years ago he came to this county, and located on his son's present farm, and fifteen years later, came to the farm he now occupies.  He was married, Dec. 28, 1852, to Julia A., daughter of William Hays, who bore him two sons: James and an infant.  She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, in which faith she died Feb. 27, 1856.
     Mar. 3, 1858, he married Margaret A., daughter of James Rittenour.  Their union has been blessed by eleven children.  Those living are: Julia Ann, William S., Emma, Myra, Dora, Ida, Margaret, Ellen and Milton.  Those deceased, are Martha J. and Elmer Ellsworth.  He and wife are members of the Bloomingburg Methodist Episcopal Church, and consistent Christmas.  He is a member of Bloomingburg Lodge, No. 449, and Fayette Chapter F. & A. M., and Ely Commandery, Knights Templar.  He was out in the Kirby Smith raid during the late war.  He is a Republican, and was formerly a Whig.  He has held the office of county commissioner one term by election, and an additional year by appointment; has held the office of trustee, treasurer, and other township offices.
     He owns nine hundred and thirty-four acres of land, mostly in a state of cultivation.  The farm on which he now resides ins located on the Bloomingburg and Holland pike; also, owns land on North Fork of Paint Creek, which adjoins his son's land.  He farms to corn, wheat and stock.
* Source: 
History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 899
Madison Twp. -
EDMUND W. CLARRIDGE.  Our subject was born in Madison Township, this county, Oct., 4, 1827. (See Note 1 below)  His education was somewhat above the ordinary.  He availed himself of the advantages of the common schools of his neighborhood, and spent one year at Northwood College, in Logan County.  He taught school for several years in the counties of Fayette, Ross, Madison, and Pickaway, and in this calling was unusually successful.  He was married, Oct. 4, 1859, to Mrs. Elizabeth Jane Leavell, nee Timmons, of this county.  She was the widow of John B. Leavell, by whom she bore one son, Benjamin, born Sept. 27, 1854.  Mrs. Clarridge was born, Apr. 11, 1835.
     To Mr. and Mrs. Clarridge have been born two daughters and one son: Inez G., born Jan. 11, 1861; married Benjamin W. Leavell.  Alta Errilla, born Feb. 3, 1864.  Howard Amasa, born Sept. 6, 1873.
     In the year 1860 Mr. Clarridge and his wife located on the farm on which they now reside, and have ever since given their time and efforts to honest industry.  The farm comprises one hundred and forty acres, and is situated on both sides of the Deer Creek pike.  Mr. Clarridge is a man of good judgment and public spirit, having, ever since he became a man, stood in the front ranks of enterprise.  He is a leading member of the Republican party in the county, and though residing in a township largely Democratic, he has for many successive years held the office of township trustee, and during previous years was township clerk.
     He and his wife both members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and Mr. Clarridge is superintendent of Sabbath school at Waterloo.
* Source: 
History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 942
Madison Twp. -
WILLIAM CLAWSON was born, May 6, 1836, and is the seventh child, and second son of William and Tabitha (Chambers) Clawson, of Ross County, Ohio, who were married, Apr. 12, 1818, in that county.  Grandfather Chambers was for Ireland.
     William Clawson, sr., was born, July 16, 1790, and died, Mar. 2, 1852.  His wife, Tabitha, was born, July 30, 1793, and died, Feb. 2, 1866.
     John, Sarah, Nancy, Richard, Keziah, Ollie, and William, were the sons and daughters of Thomas and Elizabeth Clawson, grandparents of this subject.  These were all born in Virginia, and came to Ohio in 1800, settling at Frankfort.  William, sen., was the father of Strawder, Eliza, Elizabeth, Leeann, Ollie, Keziah, and William.  They were all born in Ross County, Ohio, and where our subject lived to the age of nineteen, then he came to this county, near New Holland.
     His early education was limited by the disadvantages surrounding his early life, and his qualifications are more the result of business contact with a busy world, than of close study.  Mr. Clawson was married, Oct. 14, 1863, to Mary McCoy, daughter of James and Sophia (Beck) McCoy, of Ross County.  She was born, Sept. 20, 1845, and died, Oct. 25, 1874, at the age of twenty-nine.  She was a woman much esteemed, and her death was lamented by a large circle of friends.
     Mr. Clawson has had fair success as a farmer, and by his indomitable energy, ahs surmounted difficulties that would have overwhelmed the ordinary man.  His farm, on the Columbus road, near Madison Mills, shows signs of careful management.  He has been a successful stock breeder and shipper.
* Source: 
History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 943
 
Union Twp. -
ALBERT W. CLOUSER, clerk in grocery, was born September 14, 1852, in Ross County, and is a son of David and Eliza Clouser, both natives of this state. They had a family of four children, two sons and two daughters.
     Albert, the subject of our sketch, was married the 26th day of November, 1879, to Miss Ida May Stingle, daughter of Robert Stingle, of Washington. lie received his education at country schools. His youth was spent in this county, and has lived on a farm all his life until two years ago, since which he has followed civil engineering until about four months ago, when he went into Mr. Millikan's grocery as clerk. In politics is a Republican.
* Source:  History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 590
Perry Twp. -
THOMAS G. COCKERELL, farmer and stock raiser, is a son of William S. and Anna Cockerell, who were natives of Virginia.  They emigrated to this state, in 1812, and settled near where the Hocking River empties into the Ohio, but a short distance below Marietta.  In 1821 they removed to this county, and settled on the waters of the Wabash; where in about one year Mrs. Cockerell died.  They were the parents of nine children, five sons and four daughters: Elizabeth, married and now is deceased; William, married and now is deceased; Milly, married and now is deceased; Samuel, married and lives in Iowa; Eldridge, died when quite young; three died in infancy.
     Mr. Cockerell married for his second wife Phoebe Mooney, by whom he had nine children, two sons and seven daughters: Mary A., married but is deceased; James, married and lives in the neighborhood; Lydia J., married and lives in the neighborhood; Harmanus, married and is deceased; Amanda, married and lives in the vicinity; Eliza, married but is now a widow, living near Washington; Hannah, married and is deceased; two died in infancy.  In 1855, Mrs. Cockerell died.  After remaining a widower for two years, Mr. Cockerell married for his third wife, Eliza Mooney, sister to his second wife; she lived but five years, and died.  Mr. Cockerell remained single for two years, when he married Mrs. Doster, a widow lady of the neighborhood for his fourth wife; she lived nine years and died.  Mr. Cockerell died Dec. 19, 1879, having lived more than ninety years.
     Thomas G., our subject, was born in 1812, consequently was by the first wife, and was married Sept. 29, 1831, to Miss Silvitha Cochran, daughter of Barnabus and Charlotte Cochran, who were of the pioneers of this state, coming to this county from New Jersey in 1806.  Mr. and Mrs. Cochran have long since died; honored and respected by all who knew them.
     Mr. and Mrs. Cockerell have nine children, seven sons and two daughters:  William Newton, now a widow, living in the county; Edward Estell, (named after Rev. Edward Estell,) married and lives in the neighborhood; Jacob, married and lives near his father; Thomas, married and lives on the home farm; Samuel S., married and lives near Jeffersonville, this county; James W., married and lives on the old homestead; Amelia O., single and remains at home; Eldridge W., single and remains at home.
     Four of the sons were in the army during the late war, two serving three full years.  Four of the sons removed west and remained awhile, and then returned  back to this county.
     Mr. Cockerell and wife feel that they have been highly favored in life.  They have seen their family of nine children grow up to manhood and womanhood; one son and daughter remaining at home with them.  Seven of their children are married, and have families, all well to do in life, and living in the same county with their parents.
     Mr. Cockerell owns and lives on a fine farm of four hundred and fifty acres, situated on the pike leading from Washington to Martinsburg.
* Source: 
History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 799
Perry Twp. -
JAMES COCKERILL, farmer, was born in this county, June 7, 1828.  Till within the last five years, he lived on the farm on which he was born, four miles northeast of Martinsburg.  In 1876, he moved to his present home, one and one-half miles northeast of Martinsburg.  He owns one hundred and twelve acres, well improved, ninety acres of which is in a high state of cultivation.
     Mr. Cockerill enlisted as a private in the 168th O. V. I. and was captured with his regiment at Cynthiana Kentucky, and paroled.  In politics, he is proud to be called a Republican.
     On the 3d day of September, 1862, Mr. Cockerill was married to Mary V. Hadley, whose father, James Hadley, migrated from North Carolina, to this state, in 1807, being four years old, and who now resides in Dublin, Wayne County, Indiana.  Her mother died, in March, 1865, in her fifty-fifth year.  Mrs. Cockerill was educated at Earlham College, and at the S. W. Normal Institute.  Prior to her marriage, she was a prominent teacher, who never failed to get a certificate.  In all, she taught sixteen terms.
     Mr. and Mrs. Cockerill are the parents of five children:  Ina Bell, William J., Freddy, who died in infancy, Nellie S., and Walter R.
     Mr. Cockerill is a worthy member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.  Mrs. Cockerill is a member of the Friends, by birthright, and is connected with Walnut Creek Preparative, Hopewell Monthly, Fairfield Quarterly, and Indiana yearly meetings.
* Source: 
History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 798
Jefferson Twp. -
SAMUEL COCKERILL, farmer, Jeffersonville, son of Thomas G. Cockerill, of this county, was born June 12, 1850.  Oct. 1, 1874, he was married to Miss Alice Craig, of this county.  Two children are the result of this union:  Lillie M., and Thomas E.
     Mr. Cockerill
has a farm of ninety-three and three fourth acres, well improved, situated two miles west of Jeffersonville.  He is a member of Wilstach Lodge No. 368, I. O. O. F.  He and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.  They are highly respected citizens, and good neighbors.
* Source: 
History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 674
Union Twp. -
DR. HENRY C. COFFMAN, druggist and physician, was born in Ripley, Brown County, Ohio, on the 4th day of August, 1823, and is a son of Henry and Margaret Coffman. His father is a native Kentucky, and his mother of Pennsylvania. They came to this state about the year 1800, with a family of seven children, four sons and three daughters. Henry, the subject of our remarks, was married in 1846, to Miss Mary J. Harlow, daughter of Jonas and Nancy Harlow, of Dublin, Franklin County, Ohio, and have been blessed with a family of eight children, six of whom are living: Jeanette, Marilla, Virogua, Tasso, Harry and Charles, and the two deceased are Angeline and Margaret.
     He is a member of Temple Lodge, No. 107, F. A. M., and also of Fayette Lodge, No 227, Odd-fellows, and has been a practicing physician some thirty-five years, twenty-five of which has been at Washington, and is extensively engaged in the drug business, and one of the finest in the country.
     He graduated at Columbus, in the year 1850, at the Starling Medical College. He first commenced the practice of medicine at Good Hope, Ohio, without horse, saddle or bridle, with but twenty-five cents in his pocket; and through his indomitable perseverance and hard work he made some thirty-five thousand dollars, and in one swoop had it all taken from him; but being a man of perseverance and an iron will, has again gained enough of this world's goods to be easy in life, and today does not owe a dollar of personal debts, and is now doing a business both in his store and practice second to none in the county.
* Source:  History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 591
Union Twp. -
L. C. COFFMAN, lumber dealer, son of Nathan and Sarah Coffman. Born in this county, January 25,1840. His parents were natives of this state. They had a family of eight children.
     Our subject was married April 4, 1861, to Miss Alsina, daughter of Jackson and Nancy Rodgen, who lived near Good Hope, this county. Mr. Coftman has a family of six children: Ehnira B., Nathen J., Grant, Elwert, Alberta and Lewis C. He belongs to lodge No. 107, F. A. M. He received his education in Delaware, Ohio, and Washington. He was reared in this county, and when nineteen years of age taught school. At the end of two years he went on his farm and remained there some ten or twelve years, then came to Washington to engage in the pork business. After being in that business for three years he went into the lumber business, in which he still continues successfully. Politically he is a Republican.
* Source:  History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page  590
Jasper Twp. -
ELIAS COIL, deceased, was born in 1814, on Sugar Creek, in Union Township, and was married, Sept. 20, 1839, to Mahala Rankin, daughter of Thomas Rankin, who was born Feb. 18, 1818, in Jasper Township.  Her mother was Barbara Foltz; her husband's mother Mary House, born Nov. 15, 1789, and died Feb. 17, 1866.  They were both natives of Virginia.
     The union was blessed by ten children: James, Simon, Mary, Susan, Samuel, Amos, Emily, Elizabeth J., Sarah, and Christina.  Elizabeth J., James, and Sarah, are living; the others have passed to the other shore.
     The family is connected with the Protestant Methodist Church, and attend services at the Sugar Creek Chapel.  He was an exemplary Christian, and died in the faith very triumphantly,  Aug. 5, 1878.  His wife and children follow in his footsteps.
     His son Simon enlisted in Company A, 54th O. V. I. and was out nearly three years.  He was wounded at the battle of Shiloh, and upon recovering returned to the field, but lost his health, and departed this life three weeks after his return home.  He was but nineteen years of age when he went out, but was brave and patriotic, and deserves mention as being one of the many who gave up their lives that the country might live.
     The heirs of our subject own one thousand acres of land, a portion of which is in Union Township.  Mrs. Coil resides in a neat residence on the Palmer pike, four and a half miles from Washington.  Mr. Coil was a Republican, and the family still indorse his sentiments.
     Of the children, Mary, wife of Jacob Warner, is now deceased; James is married to Sallie M. Sanderson; Emily, wife of Thomas Garlinger, is also deceased; Sarah is now Mrs. Martin A. Plymire.
* Source: 
History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 726
Jasper Twp. -
JAMES COIL, farmer, was born in Union Township, this county, Dec. 1, 1840.  When about two years of age, his parents - Elias and Mahala Coil - came to this township, where the father died, August, 1878, and the mother still lives.  They had a family of ten children, three of whom are living.
     James, the eldest, was married, May 31, 1866, to Miss Sallie M. Sanderson, who has borne him five children: Emily J., John, Elias, Sarah E., and Russie E.; all living save Elias, who died Jan. 27, 1876.
     Mr. Coil has a farm of two hundred and forty-nine acres, where he lives, and sixty and one-fourth acres four miles east.  He has bought seventy-one acres of this by his own industry and economy.  He and his wife are members of the Methodist Protestant Church.  They are good neighbors and respected citizens.
* Source: 
History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 726
Jefferson Twp. -
JOHN COIL, farmer, Jeffersonville, born May 13, 1817, is a son of John and Mary (House) Coil.  Was married, Feb. 22, 1844, to Miss Mary Smith, daughter of Jeremiah Smith of Paint Township, this county.  Seven children are the result of this union:  Samuel, Mary J., Levi, Cyrus, Erbin, John and Smith.  The three eldest are deceased.  Erbin married Miss Emma Flood, John married Miss Anna Matthews; the others yet remain single.  Mr. and Mrs. Coil are members of the Methodist Protestant Church.  He has a farm of one hundred and fifty-three acres, well improved, situated one and one-fourth miles southwest of Jeffersonville; also, one hundred and fifty acres in Jasper Township.  During the life of the Whig party, Mr. Coil affiliated with it, but has since voted for the man of his choice, regardless of party.  His family is one of the most highly respected in the township.
* Source: 
History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page  674
Madison Twp. -
BENJAMIN F. COOK, farmer, is the son of Isaac T. and Elizabeth (Lewis) Cook, and the grandson of Isaac Cook, sen., who settled in Ross County, in 1804.  The grandfather died in that county, and of his ancestry, little more can be said than that they were of Scotch descent.
     This subject was born Mar. 14, 1838, and was married, Feb. 26, 1879, to Fannie J., daughter of Levin and Susan Bennett, of Madison County.  She was born Jan. 18, 1856.  They have one child, Benjamin F., jr., born Mar. 22, 1880.
     Our subject gives the principal part of his time to farming and stock raising, in which pursuits he has been reasonably successful.  During the late civil war, he did honorable service as a sergeant in Company H, 60th O.V.I., and participated, with his regiment, in the eventful campaigns in Virginia, during the early part of the great conflict.  He was captured and paroled by the enemy, at Harper's Ferry, September, 1862.  In politics he is a Republican.  His father, Isaac T. Cook, was born March 6, 1797, and died, Apr. 9, 1873.  His mother, Elizabeth L. Cook, was born Jan. 15, 1804, and died Nov. 30, 1872.  His brother, John J. Cook, died Sept. 23, 1852.
* Source: 
History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page  943
Union Twp. -
JAMES F. COOK, sheriff of Fayette County, was born in this county, October 19, 1854. He is a son of Isaac and Betsey Cook, the former a native of Ohio, and the latter of Virginia. They had a family of nine children—six sons and three daughters.
     James, the subject of our remarks, was married in 1864 to Miss Mary A. Myers, daughter of John L. and Catherine Myers, of tins county. They have a family of five children : Katie M., Lizzie L., Isaac T., James F., and John W.
     Mr. Cook enlisted, July, 1861, in the three months service, and went to Camp Chase, where the command was disbanded. In 1862 he enlisted in Company K, 90th O. V. I., and was commissioned first lieutenant. In 1864 he was promoted to captain, and in 1865 was commissioned as major. Was mustered out of the service, June 13,1865, at Camp Harker, Tennessee. He was at the battles of Stone River, Chickamauga, and all the engagements of the Atlanta campaign. lie then came back with General Thomas, and was engaged in the battles of Franklin and Nashville.
     He returned home and engaged in farming, until 1880, when he was elected sheriff of the county, which office he still holds. He is a member of Mount Sterling Lodge No. 269,1. O. O. F. He received his education in Madison Township, where he was born and raised. His father came to Fayette County in 1814, where he remained until his death, in 1876.
* Source:  History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 591
Madison Twp. -
MATTHEW S. COOK.  (Madison Twp.)  Isaac Cook, the grandfather of M. Cook, was a native of Kentucky.  He came to Ohio, and located near Chillicothe, before the year 1800.  He was the father of Isaac, jr., Joseph, Matthew S., sen., William, Maria, Phoebe, Lucy, and Margaret.
     Matthew S. Cook, sen.
, was born in the year 1800.  In the prime of his life he was surveyor of Ross County.  In the year 1837, he was Ellen, second daughter of Edward Tiffin, the first governor of Ohio.  By this marriage they became the parents of Mary, Margaret, Edward, Thea, Matthew S., Lucy Maria, Ellen, and William, all of whom are living.  The parents are also living, and are residents of Chillicothe.  The daughter, Maria, married Dr. Webb, of Kentucky, and their daughter Lucy became the wife of R. B. Hayes, twenty-third governor of Ohio, and nineteenth president of the United States.
     Our subject was fairly educated, and at the age of twenty-one, assumed the management of a large estate i this township.  He is a single man, of steady, studious habits, giving his time to his own affairs - a man of few words, but who impresses a stranger favorably.
* Source: 
History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 944
Marion Twp. -
THOMAS J. COOK, farmer, is a son of George B, Cook, mentioned elsewhere, and was born Nov. 13, 1837, on land now owned by Hezekiah Brown.  Owing to the early death of his mother, he was reared on the "Dick farm,"' by his grandparents, Bates, and has lived in the locality since, devoting himself to farming.
     He was married, Sept. 7, 1864, to Eliza Jane Plyley, of Ross County, who bore him two children: William S., and Mary Alice, both living.  She was a member of the Presbyterian Church, an exemplary Christian, and departed this life May 23, 1881, leaving a fond husband and two children to mourn their irreparable loss.
     Mr. Cook is a member of New Holland Lodge, No. 892, F. & A. M., and holds the office of treasurer.  Is a Democrat, but does not aspire to office.  Owns two hundred acres on the Waterloo and New Holland road, two and one-half miles from New Holland.  He raises grain and stock, on a farm well improved and nicely cultivated.
* Source:  History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 900
Jasper Twp. -
JOHN COONS.  The following was contributed to the Herald by Dr. Mason, of Milledgeville, and embraces the chief points in the life of a well known pioneer:
     "One by one the old pioneers are dropping off.  He who opened up and cleared the way for their future generations to reap the boundless benefits of progress and wealth, ahs laid down his armor of labor and taken on the garb of those long gone before.  Hardly an issue of our county papers but gives instances of a similar kind.  In a few short years, few indeed, will be left to gather their grandchildren around them, and tell the tale of Fayette County's early pioneer life, when the wild woods alone gave echo to his ax, and falling trees the answer to the 'meal-time hallo'  But such must be the constant march of years, fraught with the many changes of the past, surrounding us.  Not long hence can we look upon one of those gray and frosted fathers of early life, and listen to the tales of hardships and deprivations passed through, that the prairie might blossom, and the dense woods yield her now verdant fields of promising crops, to those that are left to occupy and further improve.  Those that will follow after can only appreciate the merits of our early pioneers.
     "John Coons, or 'Uncle Johnny,' as he was familiarly called, has gone.  He died June 6th, after a short illness, leaving a family of three children beyond the age of fifty years - a daughter at Athens, O., one daughter at Allentown, O., and a son living in Illinois - all blessed with plenty of this world's goods to make them comfortable through life.
     "Uncle John was born at Fredericksburg, Virginia, in October, 1792, and his life of teens was spent in welding the old flint lock musket barrels at the government shop at Fredericksburg.  He afterwards enlisted in the war of 1812, and served until peace was declared, when he remained a pensioner until death.
     "He was married to Miss Hannah Jones, in 1820, and started for the 'Far West,' as it was then called, travelling in a wagon, through an almost impassable wilderness, with no one to share his lonely and perilous undertaking, save his newly made wife of but a few days.  With due honor to her, we must say she proved to him to be a faithful helpmate and sheet-anchor in times of adversity and prosperity, until five years since she was called to prepare the way for waiting ones below, at the age of ninety-four, being ten years his senior.
     "The land he spent his last days upon was bought by him over fifty years ago for about $3 per acre, and now the timber upon some of it could not be bought for $100 per acre; and by his economy and strict sense of honor he accumulated a fortune of at least $75,000.
     "He never connected himself with any church, but whenever sickness or affliction fell upon any within his neighborhood or reach, his hand and purse were always open to aid, and his presence at the sick bed was a friend indeed, watching through the long hours of night in the most contagious diseases; he felt it a duty when others lacked the courage to give their services.  His last moments were peaceful, and life seemed to gradually sift out as the sand of the hour glass, or the flickering light of a dying taper, and those who watched at the bedside could not but exclaim, "All is peace' and one monument of bye gone days less.
     "Too much can not be said in credit to his daughter-in-law, Mrs. Rosa Coons.  With more than childlike care and tenderness has she made his decline a path of comfort and ease, and no one will miss the vacant chair and grandfather's cane more than she."
* Source:  History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 710
Jasper Twp. -
JONES COONS, deceased, is a son of John Coons, who was born in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and whose ancestors were from Germany.  Prior to his marriage he came to this county, selected a location, and lived there till his death.
     Our subject was born Oct. 5, 1824, on Indian Creek, Fayette County, and was principally reared on the place, in this township, now owned by his heirs, and was a farmer by occupation.  He was married. May 3, 1871, to Rosa Gannan, daughter of John and Anna Gannan, who were born and married in Ireland.  Mrs. Coons was born on the "briny deep," Sept. 26, 1842.  Her mother died about two years after her birth. Her father lived in New York, where he died in 1862, or 1863.
     The union of Mr. and Mrs. Coons was blessed by two children Jacob and Mary M.  He went out. during the late war, being a member of the Home Guard, and assisted in driving the rebel forces from our borders.  He was a Republican, but did not seek office.  He was an honest and upright citizen, and departed this life May 12, 1874.  His wife and children occupy the old homestead, located near Milledgeville, on the Washington and Jamestown pike, the total number of acres owned by the heirs being four hundred and sixteen.  He farmed to grain and stock with good success.  The father of our subject died June 6, 1881, at the advanced age of eighty-nine years.  The heirs of father and son endeavor to perpetuate the good name.
* Source: 
History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 727
Jefferson Twp. -
PETER J. COREY, farmer, Edgefield, is a native of this county, and is a son of James and Rebecca (Sperry) Corey, both of whom were natives of Virginia.  When quite young they came to Ross County, Ohio, where they were married about 1820, soon after which they removed to this county.  They had a family of nine children, our subject being the seventh.
     Nov. 1, 1855, our subject was married to Miss Rachel, daughter of David and Margaret Sherwood, of Delaware County, Ohio.  She bore him thirteen children : Gemima, John, Sperry J., Abram, Sallie Ann, Isaac, and David, are living; Edith, Maggie, Samuel, Joseph, Jessie, and one infant, are deceased. Samuel, Joseph, and Jessie, died in February, 1881.
     Mr. Corey has a farm of one hundred and sixty-six acres, well improved, situated on the Washington and Jamestown pike, twelve miles west of Washington.  Himself, wife, and ancestors, were members of the Baptist Church.  Both of his grandfathers were ministers in that church.  Mr. Corey engaged in chasing the notorious Morgan during his raid through Ohio.  Is a good citizen and respected neighbor.
* Source:  History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 675
Madison Twp. -
JONAH B. CORSON, (Madison Twp.), farmer, was born in this township.  He is the second son of Benjamin and Nancy (Baldwin) Corson, who were also natives of this township.  The education of our subject was obtained at the common schools of the neighborhood, and is of no inferior kind.  He gives attention to farming, and legitimate trading on a moderate scale, and is a young an of good judgment in matters pertaining to his sphere of life.  He is a young man of good standing where he is known, and bids fair for a bright future.  His mother was the youngest daughter of the family.  She died, in 1854, leaving four children: Minerva, Martha J., Margaret A., and Jonah B.
* Source: 
History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 944
Madison Twp. -
WESLEY COX (Madison Twp.), the father of this subject, was a native of Maryland, and came to Ohio in about the year 1800.  He settled in Ross County, near the present city of Chillicothe.  His wife, Isabel Arington, was also from Maryland.  They were the parents of eight children: Sarah, Phoebe, Mary, Joseph, David, Rebecca, Nelson, and Wesley; these were all born in Ohio.
     Wesley, the youngest of the family, was born in Madison County, May 13, 1833.  He was married, Nov. 12, 1857, to Mary Catharine Porter, of Madison County.   The Porters were Virginians, and immigrated to this county about 1820.  The Thomas family came a few years later.  To Robert and Mary Porter were born eleven children: John, Milton, Robert, Moses, Rebecca, Lucinda, Griffith, William, Daniel Benjamin, Isaac, and Mary.
    
In coming to Ohio, Robert Porter started in a two-horse wagon but one horse failing on the way, the wagon was sold, the goods packed on the stoutest horse, and the mother, with her son Robert in her arms, made the rest of the trip riding upon the same horse which carried the homestead effects.  Mr. Porter died in August, 1851.
     Mr. Cox was born June 4, 1839.  To the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Cox have been born three children:  A son, born Sept. 16, 1858, died in infancy; Lucinda May, born Sept. 8, 1859, died Mar. 4, 1864; Almer W., born Sept. 19, 1864.  Following their marriage, they spent four years in Madison County, the next four in Fayette, and the next five in Madison.  They then came to their present location, near Madison Mills, where they have ever since resided, on their comfortable little farm.  They have been members of the Christian Church since 1859.
* Source: 
History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 945
Marion Twp. -
BYRON CRABTREE, farmer, is a son of James and Elizabeth (Wilkinson) Crabtree, and was born Aug. 19, 1833, in Massilon, Ohio.  He was reared in Muskingum County, this state, and married in Decatur, Illinois, to Mary A. Crawford, who bore him four children: Elmus (deceased), Edna, William, and Carrie.  He came to
his present farm in March, 1876.  It is located on the Circleville and Washington pike, two and a half miles from New Holland contains one hundred and ninety-eight acres, well improved.  He farms chiefly to grain.  Mrs. Crabtree is a member of the Presbyterian Church.  He is a Free and Accepted Mason.  During the war he went out in the one hundred days service.  Is a Republican, and has held the office of justice of the peace in his township.
* Source: 
History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 901
Union Twp. -
ELI CRAIG, county treasurer, Washington, was born in Wayne Township, Ohio, January 10, 1838. He is a son of David and Sarah Craig, the former a native of New Jersey, and coming to Ohio about the year 1815, and the latter a native of this state.
     They were blessed with ten children, six of whom are living.
     Eli, our subject, was married June 17, 1858, to Miss May Ann Burnett, daughter of Thomas Burnett, of this County. They have two children, Thomas II. and David S., both grown to manhood.
     Mr. Craig is a member of Temple Lodge No. 227, I. O. O. F., and also of the Methodist Church. He received a common school education, and may be classed among the self-made men of our county. He commenced in the mercantile business when but a boy, remaining with his father (who was a cripple) until 1869, since which time, in connection with his brother, he has carried on business very extensively in the I. O. O. F. building, on Court Street. He was appointed treasurer in 1872, to fill the unexpired term of John Sayers, and in 1877 was elected to the same office, and re-elected in 1879. His youth, with the exception of some five years, was spent in this county.
* Source:  History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 592
Jefferson Twp.
CHRISTIAN C. CREAMER, farmer, Jeffersonville, is a on of Michael and Mary (Gray) Creamer; was born and raised on the farm where he now lives, Aug. 4, 1818, and was twice married.  First, to Miss Rosanna Gray, Apr. 9, 1840; one child is the result of this marriage; Westley M.  Mrs. Creamer died, Jan. 5, 1843, aged twenty-seven years.  He then married Miss Elizabeth Higbee; eleven children by this marriage:  Rosanna, Mary A., Obedelia V., Nelson D., Samuel H., Albert J., Martha E., Sarah J., Alexis H., George and Charles C.  Mary and Samuel are deceased.
     Mr. and Mrs. Creamer and children are members of the Methodist Protestant Church.  Westley M. and Nelson D., are in the ministry.  This family has stood prominently in the church for years.  Our subject's parents, and grandparents, were prominent members of the church.
     Mr. Creamer has a farm, of three hundred acres, well improved, situated about eight miles northwest of Washington, which is a part of the large tract of land formerly owned by his father, who came to this state, in 1800, located in Ross County, near the month of Twin Creek; remained but a short time, then came to this county, located on Sugar Creek, where he died, Jan. 9, 1846, aged sixty-four years.
     Our subject and family are members of the Patrons of Husbandry.  O. V. and A. J. Creamer, are members of the Masonic fraternity.  O. V. Creamer is also a member of the Odd-fellows.  Westley M. Creamer served three years in the late war, Company C, 90th O. V. I., and received a wound at Nashville by a cannon ball.
* Source: 
History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 677
GEORGE CREAMER came to Fayette, in 1810, from Berkeley County, Virginia, in company with four sons, Michael, Joseph, David, and George. George and Michael had families. The others were married soon after their arrival; Joseph to Margaret Miller, and David to Elizabeth Smith. They settled in Jefferson Township, on Sugar Creek, in which their posterity now reside. At the surrender of Hull, Joseph, Michael, and David responded to the call for volunteers to aid in suppressing the anticipated invasion by the British. The Creamers have frequently held offices of public trust. David was long surveyor, and also justice of the peace. George, sen., died about 1825; his son George in 1861, Michael in 1840, David in 1860, and Joseph in 1872. J. B. Creamer, son of George, jr., was married in April, 1833, and settled on his present place, about. half a mile south of Jeffersonville. He was county commissioner from 1844 to 1850, and also served as justice of the peace and trustee, and was elected land appraiser in 1870. His son Andrew R. is the present state senator from this district. The late M. S. Creamer was a son of Wesley Creamer, and grandson of Michael Creamer. He represented Fayette in the legislature, but died before his term expired.
* Source:  History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 248
Jefferson Twp. -
GEORGE H. CREAMER, (Jefferson Twp.), house painter and farmer, Jeffersonville, is a son of David Creamer, a native of Virginia, who came to Ohio in 1814, where he died Jan. 21, 1875, aged sixty-eight years and two months.  He married Miss Eleanor Duncan, who bore him four children, our subject (born May 30, 1840) being the youngest.  The family were all born in Highland County, and came to this county about 1842.  Mrs. Creamer died May 14, 1880.
     The subject of this sketch was twice married.  February 20, 1873, he was united to Miss Mary Sanderson, daughter of Joseph Sanderson.  She born him one child, John D.  Mrs. Creamer died Feb. 5, 1876, aged twenty-four years.  On the 27th of October, 1878, he married Miss Sarah Porter, daughter of Aaron Porter, of this county.  By this marriage there is one child, Louis B.
     Mr. Creamer
enlisted, Aug. 4, 1862, in Company C, 90th O. V. I., and was discharged June 21, 1865.  He has furnished for this work a copy of a speech by Captain Noble, and one by Major Kimble.  He was a charter member of the I. O. O. F., of Jeffersonville, and has held all the offices of the subordinate lodge.
* Source:  History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 676
Jefferson Twp. -
JOSEPH B. CREAMER, farmer, Jeffersonville, was born in Berkeley County, Virginia, Nov. 26, 1808.  He came with his father, George II., to Fayette County, this state, in 1814, located about three miles southeast of Jeffersonville, where the father died, about 1860, aged eighty-four years.  The mother died in Virginia.
     Mr. Creamer was married to Miss Elizabeth Life, Mar. 23, 1833.  They had a family of seven children: Mary A., Emily, George C. Louis, Nathan, Andrew R., and Urben; five living.  George died, in 1861; Louis, in 1862, at Bowling Green, Kentucky, while in the service of the late war.  Mrs. Creamer died, in 1865, aged fifty-three years, triumphantly in the faith of the Methodist Protestant Church.  Mr. Creamer is a member of the same church: both joined about 1842.  He has held several of the church offices, and has been delegate to annual conference several times, and is an exemplary and worthy member.  He was elected county commissioner, in 1843, and served six successive years.  He has held the township offices of trustee, clerk and land appraiser, and has been conspicuously situated before the people of the county for years; though not an office seeker.  He is well and favorably known, and has many friends throughout the county.  His son, Andrew R., is a member of the Ohio Senate.  Mr. Creamer was a prominent Whig, and since the birth of the Republican party has voted that ticket.  He has a farm of fifty-five acres, well improved, situated about one mile southwest of Jeffersonville.  He formerly had three hundred and thirty acres.  He has divided all but the home farm among his children.
* Source: 
History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 676
Jefferson Twp. -
PHILIP CREAMER, farmer, Jeffersonville, son of Michael Creamer, was born in this township, Nov. 8, 1812.  In April, 1849, he was married to Miss Margaret Morrison, daughter of David Morrison.  They have a family of eight children:  Martha O., Mary J., Libbie A., Louisa J., Rachel E., James M., Samuel M., and David M.  The daughters are all married.
     Mr. Creamer has a farm of one hundred and fourteen acres, well improved, situated about a mile west of Jeffersonville.  Himself, wife, and three of the daughters, are exemplary members of the Methodist Protestant Church, which the two elders joined some twenty years since - being yet zealous in the faith.  Mr. Creamer has seen much of Fayette County's rapid improvements, and has participated in making many of them.  When he was a young man there were no railroads or pikes, the school houses were log, with puncheon floor and seats, the windows were made of greased paper, pasted over a large crack in the wall, made by cutting away half of a log.  All these have given place to more comfortable and modern-built structures.
* Source: 
History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 675
Madison Twp. -
AARON CRISPIN, farmer, and the subject of this sketch, is a native Buckeye, and was born near South Charleston, Jan. 2, 1825.  He is the first son, and third child, of Francis and Fannie (Gaines) Crispin.  The father of our subject was a native of New Jersey; the mother of Virginia.  They came to Ohio early in the present century, settling first in Ross County.  In 1815, they came to Clarke County.
     Our subject became a citizen of this county in 1838, and on the 9th of May, 1846, was united in marriage to Maria E., daughter of Isaac and Deborah (Grant) Thomas, of this county.  The Thomasas were among the early settlers o this township.
     The union resulted in six sons and two daughters: Francis M. (deceased), Marion, Isaac M., Anderson M., Abraham (deceased), William Irvin, Mary Elizabeth, and Eliza Jane.
    
Our subject has a military record worthy of a place in history.  He enlisted in September, 1864, serving in Company L, Fifth Kentucky Cavalry.  They campaigned in Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina participating in a number of engagements, and were at Fort McAllister, at the taking the Savannah, December, 1864.  He was honorably discharged following the grand review at the nation's capital.  He is a gentleman of the old, substantial sort, and is one of the few yet alive who has had the experience of driving hogs from Ohio to the markets of the East, returning on foot.  This he has done repeatedly.  He now carries on a farm three and a half miles from Madison Mills.
* Source: 
History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 946
Jefferson Twp. -
L. D. CROW, grocer, Jeffersonville, is a son of Ezekial and Malinda (Bush, daughter of William) CrowMrs. Crow died, Oct. 15, 1845.  Mr. Crow was killed, in a railroad accident, near Paris, Kentucky, Nov. 27, 1862.
     Our subject, being the second child, was born Dec. 7, 1841, and reared, educated, and twice married in this county.  First, to Miss Sarah McKillip, daughter of John McKillip, Feb. 25, 1864; two children are the result of this union: Bertha and LizzieMrs. Crow died, Feb. 17, 1869.  He then married Miss Susanna Wood, daughter of Joel Wood, Dec. 21, 1870; two children by this marriage: Herman C., and one who died in infancy. 
     Mr. Crow served about eighteen months in Company K, 44th O. V. I., and then re-enlisted in Company K, 8th O. V. I.  He came home without a wound, though was in several heavy engagements.  He has served two terms as justice of the peace in this township, and several years as township trustee.  He and wife are members of the Christian Church.
* Source: 
History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page
Union Twp. -
C. L. CURTIS, painter and paper-hanger, Washington, was born July 15, 1846, and is a son of Charles and Rachel Curtis, natives of Pennsylvania, who came to Ohio about the year 1800. They had a family of four children, two sons and two daughters. Our subject was married, in 1874, to Miss S, J. Kern, daughter of Jeremiah Ivern, of Franklin County. They have one child, John Clyde.
     Our subject enlisted in Company A, 3d O. V. I, in 1861, when only fifteen years of age, and remained with it a few weeks, when lie was wounded in the hand, on the 6th of April, 1862, at Pittsburgh Landing, and went home on a furlough. When his hand got well he returned to his regiment, and remained until the close of the war. He then went to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and worked at his trade for about six years, when he came to Washington, where he is now permanently located with a partner, doing business under the firm name of Curtis & Barrett. They are both first-class workmen, and command a large share of the work in the county. He received his education in Pittsburgh, graduated at Duff's Commercial College, and his life was principally spent in the coal city.
* Source:  History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 593
NOTES:

Note 1:  Edmund Clarridge, son of William and Rosana Clarridge, nee Mace, was born in Maryland, Oct. 2, 1789, and in 1798 moved with his father to Ross County, Ohio.  His mother died before he left Maryland, and his father, after arriving in Ross, married Mrs. Mollie Cox, a widow lady.  Edmund, on the 20th day of March, 1812, at the age of twenty-two, was married to Eleanor, daughter of John and Eleanor McCafferty of Kentucky.  She was born in 1796.  Edmund in 1814, enlisted, and served through the war of 1812 under Major Dunlap.  Shortly before he enlisted in the service of his country, he removed his family to Madison Township, to which he returned after the close of the war, and spent the remainder of his life.
     He served several terms as justice of the peace, and was elected to the office of township treasurer, and clerk also, and the duties devolving on him in his several official capacities were faithfully discharged.  At his death, which occurred, Sept. 14, 1858, he owned one hundred and sixty-acres of highly cultivated land.  His wife died, Nov. 10, 1860.
     Edmund and Eleanor Clarridge were the parents of sixteen children, nine boys and seven girls, whose names were as follows:  Elizabeth, born May 10, 1813; William born Oct. 7, 1815; Mace, born May 10, 1813; William, born Oct. 7, 1815; Dec. 14, 1820; Thomas, born Dec. 8, 1822; James, born Dec. 2, 1824; Eleanor, born Apr. 9, 1826; Edmund W., born Oct. 4, 1827; Rosana, born Oct. 20, 1829; Joseph Hays, born June 19, 1831; Clarinda, born Nov. 29, 1832; David, born Apr. 25, 1834; Christiann, born Jan. 5, 1836; Sarah Jane, born Aug. 28, 1838; Anthony, born Dec. 27, 1840.  Christiann died, Aug. 2, 1836; Jane died Jan. 17, 1853; Eleanor died, Aug. 22, 1853; Anthony died, July 2, 1867.

 

 

 

 



 
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