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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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ALFRED H. MARK, farmer and stock raiser, is a son of Jonathan and Susannah Mark, who were natives of Pennsylvania, and came to this state in an early day, and settled on the waters of Sugar Creek, in Concord Township; but subsequently moved on the farm which our subject, Alfred H. Mark, now occupies.  The father died, in 1852.  The widow remained on the farm until her death, which occurred a few years since.  They had ten children, seven sons and three daughters: Joseph, removed to Iowa and died there; John, lives in Iowa; David, died when quite young; James lives in the State of Indiana; Mary, died when a young lady; Margaret, married Mr. Lewis, but is now dead; Isaac N., lives in the State of Iowa; Mary E., wife of Benjamin Jones, lives in Iowa; Alfred H., born June 23, 1836, and married to Mary Jane Haynes, Jan. 27, 1854, daughter of of Isaac and Susannah Haynes, of Clinton County, Ohio.  They have had four children born unto them, three sons and one daughter: Frank J., Annie E., Charley and James Bruce.
     Frank J.
was mortally wounded by a kick on the head from a horse, in Oct., 1874.  The accident occurred while with his father in the field gathering corn.  After four days of suffering, he died.  The daughter and two sons are at home.
     The family seem to be a family of accidents.  Mr. Marks, while yet in his teens, jumped from a train in rapid motion, and was dragged a long distance, causing a broken arm.  Again, being on the first excursion on the Muskingum Valley Railroad, his head came in contact with a bridge, when near Lancaster, and his head badly scalped, besides being dangerously wounded.  After his marriage, while engage din removing a large barn, he fell quite a distance, which resulted in a broken and dislocated arm.  He has received numerous injuries by being kicked by horses and mules.  June 23, 1880, he suffered the loss of his right arm, by being caught in a threshing machine, on the old Peter Brown farm.  The arm was amputated by Drs. Foster and Wilson, of Washington.  He remained in bed but fourteen days, after which he was moving about with the activity and cheerfulness of which he was noted.  His son, Burch, was thrown from a horse, and had his leg broken.  Charlie has had his collar bone broken twice.  Annie's collar bone was broken.  With all these misfortunes the family is happy and prosperous.
    
In 1878 Mr. Marks built a fine brick residence, at a cost of three thousand dollars, on the spot where he was born, which he now occupies.  Politically he is a Democrat.  The husband, wife and daughter are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.  His farm consists of one hundred and seventy acres, located on the Wilmington pike, some four miles west of Washington.
* Source:  History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page  750
Concord Twp. -
MATTHEW W. MARKS.  The father of our subject was Peter Marks, who, with his wife, were natives of Pennsylvania.  They came to Ohio, and settled near the town of Frankfort, in Ross County, about the year 1810, or 1811.  They were the parents of twelve children, six sons and six daughters.  The daughters are all dead.  The sons are living.  They remained but a short time in Ross County, removing to Fayette County, and locating on the west bank of Sugar Creek, about one mile south of the village of Jasper Mills, in Concord Township, where our subject was born, Aug. 30, 1821.
     Mr. Marks was married to Miss Hannah Kirkpatrick, Aug. 21, 1842.  They at once commenced housekeeping on his father's farm, and in process of time he purchased the home farm from his father, where he has continuously lived since his birth.  His father and mother lived with him on the old homestead for quite a number of years.  They both died within a few days of each other, in 1854. 
     Mr. and Mrs. Marks have children born unto them:  John Wesley, married, lives in New Holland, Pickaway County; Susan Emeline, wife of John Miller, lives in Ross County; Lewis P., married, is a minister of the gospel, and a member of the Ohio Annual Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and stationed at Hanging Rock, on the Ohio River; Elizabeth H., wife of Rev. Isaac Sollars, a Methodist minister, stationed at Rossville, Muskingum County, Ohio; Rachel F., wife of C. Slagle resides in Ross County; Aden E., married, lives on his father's farm; Effie J., wife of Rev. Joseph Seabrook, of the Methodist Episcopal Church, now stationed at Massieville, Ross County; Annie L. and James D. are still single, and remain at home with their parents; Marion Fletcher, Mary Catharine, and Dora Estella, are dead.
     Mr. and Mrs. Marks have been members of the Methodist Episcopal Church all of their married lives, taking a deep interest in religious matters, and as a result, their children are all members of the same church; one son in the ministry, and three daughters the wives of ministers.
     Mr. Marks owns a most excellent farm, where he resides, and where he has spent his whole life, and is out of debt.  He is a Republican in politics, and is a staunch temperance man.  This is one of the most excellent families of Fayette County.  But few parents so fully appreciate the goodness of the Lord, as do Matthew Marks and his most excellent wife.
* Source:  History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 1037
Paint Twp. -
MRS. RACHEL MARTIN was born near Bloomingburg, Sept. 14, 1816.  Her father, John Sensabaugh, a native of Orange County, New York came to Ohio, in 1815, and settled in this township, where he lived and died.  He married Jane Gunning, of New York, in 1814, by whom he had two sons and four daughters, only three of whom are now living - Mrs. S. J. Gibson, William Sensabaugh and our subject.
     Mrs. Martin has been married three times.  Her first husband was Mr. John Myers, of Virginia, who died in 1867.  Her second husband was Mr. Samuel Greenlee;  born in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, Mar. 4, 1809; came to Ohio in 1839; united in marriage with Mrs. Myers in 1872 and died Apr. 9, 1875; was a member of the Baptist Church.  In May, 1878, she married Mr. C. W. Martin, with whom she still lives.  This has proved to be a happy union.  Mr. Martin is a native of Pennsylvania; born in 1815; came to Ohio in early life, and settled in Madison County.
     Mr. and Mrs. Martin live near Bloomingburg, in a cosy home, with a good income.  She is a member of the Presbyterian, and he of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
* Source: 
History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page  1008
Union Twp. -
HORATIO B. MAYNARD, attorney at law, Washington, was born in Holden, Massachusetts, October 12, 1826.  He is a son of John P. Maynard, born in Westborough, Massachusetts, 1792, (his father, Benjamin, was born in 1761,) and Roxy, born in Holland, Massachusetts, 1798.  They had a family of five children, and still live in their native state.
     Our subject was married at Washington, in 1856, to Miss Kesiah Blackmore, daughter of William H. and Ann W. Blackmore.  They have a family of seven children:  Hulburt B., John P., Walter, May, Anna, Augusta F., Horatio B., who are living, and one, Cleora, died in infancy.
     In August, 1862, Mr. Maynard enlisted in the 114th O. V. I. and resigned in February, 1863.  He was in the battles of Chickasaw Bluffs, Arkansas Post, etc.  He was prosecuting attorney of Fayette County in 1868-9, and is now a member of the legal profession under the firm name of Maynard & Hadley.  He was educated in Ludlow, Vermont, and passed his youth in New Hampshire.  Was for two years assistant superintendent of the Black River Academy of Vermont.
* Source:  History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Pages 614-615
Concord Twp. -
JOB M'CAY, farmer and stock raiser, is a son of Jesse and Mary McCay, who were natives of Virginia.  His father came to this state, in 1803, and remained but a short time when he returned to Virginia.  In 1809, he again came to this state and settled on the waters of Lee's Creek.  He had four children by his first wife, three daughters by the second wife: William, unmarried and lives on the old homestead; Sarah, married and died; Jesse, single, has been entirely blind since he was seven years old; Leah, married and lives in Clinton County.
     Job, our subject, was born Mar. 24, 1833, and married Ann Marie McKee, in 1856.  He came to the farm where he now lives, in 1858.  They are the parents of ten children, three sons and seven daughters:  John M., their oldest son, is by profession a school teacher, at this time following his profession in Nebraska; Jesse, died in infancy; Mary Jane, Olin A., Martha E., Charlie G., Ada, Malissa, Bell, Almia, Maggie.  William, the oldest son, was born in May, 1827.  He is also a farmer and stock raiser.  His post-office of Memphis, Clinton County.  The two brothers, William and Job, have been engaged together in business all their lives.  Their interests are mutual and agreeable, and they are in perfect harmony.  The one married has a large family of children; the other single, yet no discord exists.  They own some eight hundred acres of land, and are well to do respectable farmers.  Their father served in the war of 1812.  Job, with his family, located on a fine farm on the  the Greenfield and Sabina pike, some four miles south from Sabina.  William, some four miles west of this near the county line, on the waters of Lee's Creek.
* Source:  History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 749
Marion Twp. -
JAMES M'COLLISTER, son of James McCollister, a native of Maryland, removed to this state when young, and prior to the war of 1812, in which he was a private, settled in Ross County, where he married Nancy Ann Weaver, a native of Virginia, who bore him ten children, nine of whom grew to maturity.  Those living are: Mary, Isaiah, Jesse, William, Ross, Mattie P., Joseph, John, and our subject.  Belle is deceased.  He died, in 1851 or '52; his wife, who was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, died in November, 1878.
     Our subject was born, October, 1830, in Union Township, Ross County, where he was reared.  He was married, Nov. 30, 1854, to Rachel, daughter of Robert McDill;  Their union has been blessed by three children: Ellie Alice, Seymour, and Charles G. They have been bereaved by the death of two of these loved ones: Ellie Alice, who died, Aug. 8, 1859; and Seymour, who departed this life, Jan. 26, 1864.  He and wife are consistent members of the Otterbein Methodist Episcopal Church.
     During the late war, he went out as a private in Company C, 149th O. V. I., one hundred days service; he went to Baltimore, then through Virginia.  His regiment was used for guard duty, and did good service; their term of enlistment expired near the close of the war.  He has been a Republican since youth, and has held the office of constable.  He occupies about one hundred and twenty-five acres of land, and raises 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 908
Wayne Twp. -
JUDSON M'COYJUDSON McCOY, farmer, was born in this county, Dec. 8, 1837, and is a son of Thomas B. and Margaret (Harper) McCoy; the father a native of Maryland.  They were married in Ross County, Ohio, and came to this county about 1830, locating on the line, and owning land in both counties.  They were twelve children of this family, eight sons and four daughters.  Mr. McCoy, sen., died in Cincinnati, in 1872, while en route to Indiana, to visit a sick son, who died a few days later, and thus was the family doubly bereaved in the short space of a week.  The mother is still living on the old homestead with her youngest son.
     Our subject was married, Dec. 29, 1864, to Almira, daughter of Jackson Rodgers, one of the pioneers of this locality, three children being the result: Luella, Nannie, and Albert R. all living.  Mrs. McCoy was called away from her loved ones, Jan. 25, 1876, after a period of extreme suffering, caused by being accidentally burned.
     Mr. McCoy has a farm of one hundred and thirty-three and one-third acres, situated one mile and a half south of Good Hope, on the Greenfield and Good Hope pike, which is in an excellent state of cultivation, and beautified by a fine two-story residence.  He enlisted in Company A, 54th O. V. I., Sept. 5, 1861, and after the fall of Atlanta, was mustered out because of ill health, Nov. 10, 1864, serving two months and five days longer than his term of enlistment.  Is a Republican, politically, and has served two terms in the capacity of township trustee.  He is a member of the Baptist Church, as was his wife.  She died in the faith, and he continues walking in her footsteps.
* Source: 
History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page  856
Marion Twp. -
CHARLES C. McCREA, was born, July 15, 1848, and is a son of William McCrea, who was born in Virginia, in 1810, and came to this state, with his parents, when ten years old, and settled in Ross County, Ohio, where his father died, leaving a family of four young children.  He remained at home until of age, when he and his brother Charles sold their place, and removed to this township, locating on the farm now owned by Mrs. Dunlap; engaged in farming and cattle dealing, and died, July 20, 1854.  He was married to Jane Windsor, who bore him three children: Charles C, William J., and Mary, deceased.
     Our subject was reared on his father's farm, and has engaged in farming and raising stock.  He was married, Oct. 8, 1869, to Maria S., daughter of Alexander McCoy, of this county.  Her parents at present reside in Ross County.  Their union was blessed by five children: Jesse, Bessie, Lucy, Robert, and William; all living with their parents.
     Mrs. McCrea is a member of the Presbyterian Church.  He is a member of New Holland Lodge, No. 392, F. and A. M., and has held several offices.  Though but sixteen years old, he went out in the one hundred days service, in the 155th O. N. G., Colonel Sage, and was the youngest soldier in the regiment.  He is a Republican, politically, and has held office ever since old enough.  He was trustee for some years, and is now serving his fourth term of township treasurer.
     He owns three hundred acres of land on the Circleville pike, one mile from New Holland.  It is well improved, and adorned by a handsome residence, and good out-buildings.  He farms principally to grain.
* Source: 
History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 908
Jefferson Twp. -
SAMUEL M'KILLIP, farmer, is a son of Talley McKillip, and was born on the farm where he now lives.  He was married, Jan. 5, 1873, to Miss Martha Johnson, daughter of D. D. Johnson, of Greene County who has borne him three children: Wilbert, Emma L., and May, all living.
     Mr. McKillip has been engaged in farming thus far through life.  He farms chiefly to grain. Is a member of a reputable pioneer family, and a good neighbor.  Mrs. McKillip is a member of the Baptist Church, joining in 1879.
* Source: 
History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 693
Jefferson Twp. -
TALLEY M'KILLIPTalley McKillip, retired farmer, Jeffersonville, is a son of John and Betsy (Whicker) McKillip, who were born, reared and married in North Carolina.  At an early day they came to this county, where our subject was born, Apr. 25, 1819.
     Apr. 23, 1843, he was married to Miss Nancy Walthall, daughter of the late Betsy Walthall, of Greene County.
     He has a farm of three hundred acres, situated one and one-fourth miles north of Jeffersonville, which is well improved.  Has rented his farm, and is now retired from active business, as by good management he has accumulated sufficient to keep himself and wife in plenty in their declining years.  They have had a family of seven children, four of whom are deceased.  Two children are married, and one, Idelia, is at home with her parents.  Himself and wife are members of the Universalist Church 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 694
Jefferson Twp. -
WILLIAM M'KILLIP.   William McKillip, farmer, Jeffersonville, is a son of James, (whose father located in this county, in an early day, where he died).  He was born, Sept. 8, 1848, in this county, where he was reared and married, to Miss Lucy Byers, Aug. 28, 1873; one child, Eugene, is the result of this union.
     Mr. McKillip has a farm, of one hundred and fifty-five acres, situated one and one-half miles, west of Jeffersonville, and farms to both grain and stock.  He is a member of the I. O. O. F., of Jamestown Lodge No. 181.  He joined March, 1879.
* Source: 
History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 694
Wayne Twp. -
PHILLIP M'WILLIAMS is a native of Ross county, and a son of Samuel McWilliams, whose ancestors came from Ireland, when our country was yet in its infancy.  He was born in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, in 1787; came to Ross County, Ohio, in 1817, with his parents, by a two-horse wagon, and settled within one and one-half miles of Greenfield.  He was married to Margaret Pollock, who bore him twelve children: William, Robert, Phillip, Joseph, Sarah, David, Mary Ann, Samuel, James, Mitchell, Thomas, and John.  William, John, David, and Mary Ann, are deceased.  Mr. and Mrs. McWilliams, sr., were members of the Presbyterian Church.  He died of cancer, at the advanced age of eighty-two.  She passed away in 1872.
     Our subject was born, Jan. 22, 1820, and when but an infant, his parents removed to Highland County, settling three and one-half miles south of Greenfield, on a tract of land which was then in a wild state.  Our subject remained here until thirty-eight years of age, and assisted in improving the farm, thus bringing it to a high state of cultivation.
     He was married, Apr. 4, 1851, to Mary E., daughter of Jesse K. Bennett, of Highland County.  Their union was blessed with six children; Margaret J., William R., Charlie O., Elizabeth, Hattie, and Russie C.; William R. has passed to the other shore.
     Mrs. McWilliams is a member of the Presbyterian Church, and known as a good and consistent Christian.  Of the children, Margaret J. is married to Hugh Ghormley, and the others are still at home.
     He is a Republican, and for many years held the office of township trustee.  During the late war, he assisted in driving the notorious Morgan raiders from our borders.  His brothers, Mitchell and David, were in the 27th O. V. I.  The former enlisted for three years, and when within three weeks of his time of being mustered out, was shot in the head, but subsequently recovered.  David was killed at the battle of Atlanta, where so many of the brave soldiers from Fayette, Ross, and Highland counties laid down their lives.  Their cold and lifeless bodies have slumbered sweetly for these many years, but their heroic deeds, and the patriotic spirit which prompted them to perish in the defense of the union, cannot be erased from the annals of time.
* Source: 
History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page  860
Jasper Twp. -
JOHN MERCHANT, farmer and stock dealer, is a native of Fayette County.  He was born July 18, 1827, and reared and educated in the same county.  Aug. 16, 1846, he was married to Miss Ellen Breakfield, and has lived here thus far through life.  He and his wife were educated in the same school, and reared in the same neighborhood.  They had a family of ten children, of whom four sons and four daughters survive.
     Mr. Merchant has a farm of nine hundred and eighty-seven acres, well improved, where he lives, situated south of Allentown.  This fine farm, two hundred acres given to the children, and at least five thousand dollars' worth of stock and implements, are the result of his own industry and good management, except less than one thousand dollars, given him by his and his wife's father, three years after their marriage.
     Mrs. Merchant and the two older daughters are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.  Mr. Merchant is one of the corporators of the Dayton and Southeastern Railroad.  He is a public spirited man, and contributes largely to churches, schools, etc.  He has paid $5,600 for the pikes of this township.  He is a highly respected citizen, a good business man, and a respected neighbor.
* Source:  History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 731
Perry Twp. -
WILLIAM MERCHANT was born in Virginia, June 13, 1800.  His parents, Abraham and Sarah (Bull) Merchant, were natives of Berkeley County, Virginia, and came to this state, in 1814, bringing with them their children: Joel, Lydia, Jonah, Rebecca, Abraham, jr., William, Fanny, Nathan, Isaac and SarahJoel served as a soldier in the war of 1812, and died years later in one of the Southern States; Lydia married Reese Morgan; Jonah married Sarah Brown; Rebecca married David Dunn; Abraham married Elizabeth Brown; Fanny married Mark Thurman; Nathan married Mary Davis; Isaac married Jane Todhunter; Sarah married Elias Simmons.
     William Merchant was married May 18, 1822, to Elizabeth Smith; ten children were born to them, nine of whom grew to mature years: Isaac, William, John W., Sarah, Jonah, Rebecca, Nancy, Abraham, Elizabeth, and NahumIsaac married Nancy Caylor; William married Sarah A. Breakfield; John W. married Eleanor Breakfield; Sarah married Jacob Caylor; Jonah married Maria Johnson; Rebecca married Hugh Snyder; Nancy married Charles Fishback; Elizabeth died July 1, 1842, aged fifteen months; Abraham married Catherine Limes.  He served in the Union Army during the cival war of 1861 and 1865, and was a member of the Second California Cavalry.  He died, during his term of service, Dec. 2, 1861, and is buried in "Lone Mountain Cemetery," near San Francisco, California.
     Nahum, the youngest of the family, was born Dec. 23, 1843, and was married Sept. 8, 1866, to Eliza Priddy.  To this union three children were born: Otis, Clara and Lida BelleMrs. Merchant died. May 2, 1870. He married his present wife, Emily A, DePoy, September 12, 1871.  They have one son, born Sept. 1, 1877.  Nahum served in the late war as a member of Company G, 2d California Cavalry, campaigning against the Indians in California, Arizona and Nevada.  He was mustered out of service, at San Francisco, in October, 1864, and returning to this state he engaged in farming the home place the next season, and ever since has given his attention to agriculture and legitimate trade.  He has had some success, and is well known for his good judgment and business activity.  He is a staunch Republican.
     It can be said of William Merchant, that nothing could divert him from the path of rectitude.  He lived a correct life and died a peaceable death. he had been an active and useful member of the Methodist Episcopal Church for forty-four years preceding his death, and the light and powers of his Christian example outlasts his fleeting breath.  He died Dec. 27, 1878, in his seventy-ninth year.
* Source: 
History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 813
Jefferson Twp. -
HENRY MILLER, farmer, Jeffersonville, is a son of George Miller, a native of Pendleton County, Virginia, who came to this county, in 1811, and located near where Washington now is, where he died, December, 1856.  He was thrice married; first, to Miss Negley, a native of Virginia, who bore him one child, Malinda, and died before our subject's birth.  He married Miss Susan Hagler, (our subject's mother,) in 1814, who bore him eight children.  Henry being the oldest.
     Our subject was born. May 16, 1815, in Union Township, this county.  He was married, in 1834, to Miss Mary Burnett, daughter of Robert Burnett. They had live children: George W., Elizabeth, Nancy, Nathan and Benjamin.  The youngest died while in the service of the late war. Company C, 90th O. V. I. Mrs. Miller died, October, 1842.  He then married Miss Rebecca Blue, in 1851 two children by this marriage John W., and one died in infancy.  Mr. Miller has a farm of one hundred and sixty-five and three-fourth acres, situated on the east line of Jeffersonville.  He served two terms as township trustee, and has retired from active business and rents his land.
     Our subject's mother died when he was but a boy.  His father, afterward married Mrs. Elizabeth Burnett.
* Source: 
History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 695
Union Twp. -
JOHN MILLIKAN, grocer, Washington, was born in this county, December 15, 1828.  He is a son of Jesse and Lydia Millikan.  His father is a native of North Carolina, and his mother of Virginia.  They immigrated to Ohio in the year 1796, with a family of ten children.
     John, the subject of our remarks, was married, in 1851, to Miss Ann F. Dawson, daughter of Abraham and Eva Dawson, of Virginia, who came to Ohio in 1831.  They have a family of four children: Anna M., Jessie B., Lillie K.,  and Louis Frank all living.  He is a member of Fayette Lodge No. 107, F. & A. M., and also of Temple Lodge No. 227, I. O. O. F.  In the latter lodge he has filled all the chairs, and served as junior warden in the former.  He is also a member of Fayette Chapter No. 103, and of Ely Commandery No. 28.  He filled the office of coroner from 1870 to 1872, and was elected sheriff of the county for four years, and a railroader two years, after which he entered into the grocery business, which he still follows.  In 1849, he crossed the plains to California, where he spent two years in mining, which was very remunerative.  He has been considerable of a wonderer, having been through nearly all the states in the Union, and some of the territories, before he was of age.  His father was one of the first settlers of Fayette County, the first county surveyor, and the first postmaster, in the county; also, the first county clerk.  He died in Aug., 1835.  Our subject received his education in Fayette County, where his life has been spent, with the exception of the time he was traveling and in California.
* Source:  History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page  617
Union Twp. -
WILLIAM W. MILLIKAN, editor of Fayette County Herald, Washington, was born in South Bend, Indiana, on the 24th of July, 1845.  He is a son of William and Emma Millikan.  His father is a native of Ohio, and his mother of New York.  They have a family of eight children, five of whom are living.
     William W., the subject of this sketch, was married in December, 1874, to Miss Anna Smith, daughter of L. W. and Lydia Smith, of Indiana.  They are blessed with one child, Susie May.  Mr. Millikan received his education in Fayette County.  His youth was spent principally in Laporte, Indiana.  He has been in Washington some twenty-two years, engaged in the printing business, and has been doing business with his father some twelve years.  His father is the present representative of Fayette County, a position he filled four years ago, and has been editor over fifty years.
* Source:  History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page  618
Jasper Twp. -
BURWELL B. MILLS was also a very early settler.  He was twice married, and lived until his death in the corner of Fayette County.  He was an excellent man, and a good citizen. We have not been able to gather many of the incidents of his life.
* Source:  History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page  715
Jefferson Twp. -
THOMAS O. MILLS, farmer, Jamestown, Greene County, is a son of John Mills, who came from Kentucky to Greene County in 1796.  In a short time he removed to Warren County, and in 1809 returned to Greene County, where he still lives, in the eighty-sixth year of his age.
     Our subject was born in Greene County, January, 1817, and has been twice married. Mar. 14, 1839, he was wedded to Miss Rhoda Horney, who bore him ten children, and died in June, 1865, in the forty-eighth year of her age.  On the 16th of January, 1868, he married Mrs. Louisa (Sheely) Sesler, of Greene County.  By this union there are two children.  Of the twelve children nine are living.
     His son, James, served three years in Company K, 44th O. V. I.  William served three years in the same company and regiment, and then re-enlisted in the cavalry, and served one year there.  Both came out of the service without a wound.
     Mr. Mills has a farm of forty-six acres, situated near the west line of this county.
     His second wife was previously married to Martin Sesler, who died August, 1865, of a disease contracted in the army.
* Source: 
History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 695
Jefferson Twp. -
ELI MOCK, (Jefferson Twp.) farmer, is a son of Daniel Mock, and was born in this county, April 30, 1838.  He was married, Dec. 14, 1865, to Miss Elizabeth Shockley daughter of Clemence Shockley.  They have three children:  Geneva, Herbert, and Adeline E., all living.  Mrs. Mock is a member of the Christian Church.  He has a farm of two hundred and three acres, well improved, where he lives, about three and a half miles north of Jeffersonville, seventy-two acres diagonally across the road from it, and sixty acres about two miles north of Jeffersonville.  He is a good citizen, a respected neighbor, and a member of a reputable pioneer family.
* Source:  History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 696
Jefferson Twp. -
HEZEKIAH MOCK, farmer, Jeffersonville, is a son of John and Mary (Homey) Mock, whose history appears elsewhere.
     Our subject was married to Miss Huldy Chaney, Sept. 12, 1850; one child, Cassius, is the result of this union.  He and his wife are members of the Christian Church.  He has a farm of two hundred and seventy-eight acres, on which they live, situated four miles northwest of Jeffersonville, on South Charleston pike, which is a part of the old home farm, where his father bought five hundred and nine acres for one thousand dollars, then almost an unbroken forest.
     In 1832, the father planted an apple tree on this farm, and grafted it the next spring.  This tree still bears a large crop of fine fall pippen apples every fruit year; it measures seven feet nine inches in circumference, its branches measure forty-three feet, and is twenty-seven feet in height.  This is a reputable, and one of this county's worthy families.
* Source: 
History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 696
Jefferson Twp. -
SIMON MOON, farmer, is a son of John Moon, who came to Ohio from North Carolina, in 1807, and located in Cincinnati, where he remained three years, and then came to this township, remaining here until his death, which occurred Jan. 4, 1842, at the age of sixty-seven years.  He was married to our subject's mother in North Carolina, who bore him eight children, and died, Apr. 16, 1817, after which he married Mary (Lindsey) Clemance.  There were five children by this marriage.
     Our subject was born in this township, Jan. 24, 1813, and remembers when there were but few settlements in this township, and the houses were all log.  A few Indians were here, and the woods abounded with wild game.  He has two mill-stones of a hand-mill, used in his boyhood for grinding their corn and buckwheat.  His first school house was log, with puncheon floor and seats, and windows made of greased paper, pasted over a hole made in the wall by cutting a log out.
     Our subject was twice married; first, to Mrs. Martha (McKillip) Huston, Sept. 20, 1835.  Eleven children were the result of this union, nine of whom are living.  Mrs. Moon died, Jan. 24, 1859.  He then married Nancy Hornbeck, Mar. 21, 1861.
     Mr. Moon has a farm of two hundred and seventeen and a half acres, well improved, situated six miles northwest of Jeffersonville.  He had six hundred and fifty acres before he divided among his children.  He and his wife are members of the Christian, Methodist Episcopal, Methodist Protestant, and Disciple churches.  He served twelve years as a member of the board of education of this township some years since.
* Source: 
History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 697
PHILIP MOOR was a native of Clark County, Kentucky, where he lived until 1811, when he removed with his family, consisting of his wife and nine children, to this state. The journey was made by teams, the Ohio being crossed on rafts at Maysville, and was of four weeks' duration. Adam Funk, who was a neighbor of Moor's before he left Kentucky, purchased for the latter a part of the Hoof survey, in Paint Township, containing three hundred acres, and paid nine hundred dollars for the same. The family took possession on the 1st of April, 1811, about one year after the first court bad been held in the same cabin they now occupied, then owned by Devault.
* Source:  History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 246
Concord Twp. -
LORENZO MORRIS, farmer, stock raiser and butcher, is a son of Zadok and Lydia Morris, who were natives of Virginia.  They came to Ohio in 1818, and settled in what is now Green Township, this county, three miles north of Leesburg.  Here the wife died in 1863.  Mr. Morris remains on the same farm.  They were the parents of three children, two sons and one daughter.  Lauretta died at the age of sixteen.  Jonathan married, and lives near his father.
     Lorenzo, our subject, was born Oct. 30, 1834.  On the 16th of October, 1856, he married Miss Deborah A. Plumer, daughter of Eli Plumer.  For ten years they lived and farmed in Clinton County, this state.  In October, 1866, Mr. Morris purchased a farm of two hundred and thirty-seven acres, known as the Hays farm, in Concord Township, situated on what is  known as the Snow Hill pike, near the Clinton County line.  They soon removed to this farm where they still remain.  Mr. Morris has since purchased adjoining lands, so that the farm now contains four hundred and twenty acres; good land, and well located.
     Our subject is an active, energetic man, continually on the go.  He has been exclusively engaged in the feeding of hogs - feeding some twelve hundred each year.  This business did well for Mr. Morris, until the cholera attacked his hogs, which in due time caused him to cease further operations in this direction.
     Mr. Morris was led by rather peculiar circumstances to engage on his farm in the butchering business, opening a shop in Washington.  The slaughtering of cattle, hogs, and sheep, is all done on the farm, some nine miles west form Washington, and the meat is hauled daily to town, where, from his commodious room, it is sold at low but remunerative prices.  In 1879 he slaughtered one hundred and sixty-two beeves.  In 1880 two hundred and eighty-two beeves were killed, besides hogs and sheep.  During 1881 it is expected to require from four to five hundred cattle, with a large number of hogs and sheep, to supply the demand, which is rapidly increasing.  Mr. Morris purchases the majority of his cattle in the Cincinnati market.  The are brought to his farm, where they are fattened for the knife.  About one hundred head of cattle are constantly kept on hand, and they are fed, summer and winter, in large boxes , corn in unlimited quantities, with the best of grass in summer.  As the fattest are butchered, others take their place.  Evidently Mr. Morris has succeeded so fully in reducing this business to a system that it must prove quite remunerative.
     Mr. and Mrs. Morris have six children, five sons and one daughter.  The daughter, Olive, is married to James Shoop, who is a school teacher.  They have one child, and live on her father's farm.
     William Azro is a promising young man.  He has spent five years in the Adrian, Michigan, University, where he expects to graduate.
     Walter is of age, and at home, working on the farm.
     Jonathan, Elwood, and David, are also at home, working on the farm.
     Mr. Morris is a Republican in politics; in religion a Methodist.
* Source: 
History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 751
Union Twp. -
HON. JOHN L. MYERS, farmer, Homer, Champaign County, Illinois, was born in Botetourt County, Virginia, on the 7th of August, 1803, being a son of Samuel and Elizabeth S. Myers.  His father was a native of Pennsylvania, and was born June 11, 1776, just twenty-two days prior to the Declaration of Independance.  His mother was born in Shepherdstown, Virginia, in the Shenandoah Valley.  In 1807 they immigrated to Ohio, accompanied by five children, four sons and one daughter, (three more were added after their arrival in the Buckeye State,) and settled in this county in the same year - three prior to the organization of the same.
     Our subject was united in marriage with Catherine Vance, daughter of General William and Mary (Scott) Vance, of this county, Nov. 11, 1828.  The union was blessed with nine children, of whom seven survive:  Lucy C., Mary A., John J., Martha J., Matthew T. S., Catharine M., Adaline V.  Those deceased are: James V., and Elizabeth S.
     Mr. Myers
has engaged extensively in importing and raising superior cattle for the Scioto Importing Company, of Chillicothe.  Through his indefatigable efforts the country has been stocked with a very fine grade of cattle, many of which have taken premiums at the various fairs.
     In 1874-5, during the administration of Governor Allen, he served his county in the legislature, to the satisfaction of his constituents.  He is now living in Homer, Champaign County, Illinois.  His first wife died in 1867, and he again married Mrs. Custer, nee Miss Ocheltree, who still survives.  In politics he is a Republican, but was originally a Whig.  He was an intimate friend of General Batteal Harrison, and in 1828 took a trip with him to Missouri.  Here they purchased three hundred head of cattle, which they drove to Ohio, thence to Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
     Mr. Myers is an amiable gentleman, and though nearly four score years of age, retains much of his youthful vigor.  The compilers of this work acknowledge the many courtesies extended them by him while on a recent visit to his old home.
* Source: 
History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page  616
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