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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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M. S. SAGER, wholesale and retail tinware, Washington, was born in Mount Vernon, Ohio, Dec. 25, 1831, and is a son of Charles and Jane (Smith) Sager.  His father was a Dane and his mother a Virginian.  His father came to this county when he was but sixteen years of age, and his mother many years ago.  They had a family of seven children.
     Mr. Sager, the subject of our sketch, was married, in 1859, to Miss Ellen McMaster, daughter of John O. and Mary McMaster, of this county.  They have two children living: Henry P. and Adolphus W., and Emma, who died some seventeen years ago.
     Our subject is a self-made man, never having the advantages of an education; but from his untiring energy, he has become master of his business, and at one time had amassed a fortune; but by his good nature was induced to go on paper until it swept nearly all he had.  He has now some fifteen thousand dollars worth of machinery lying idle for the want of means, and which if put in motion would soon regain his lost fortune.  He is a man of too much energy to lie still, and with half a chance he will come out all right.
* Source #2: 
History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page  622
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DR. S. S. SALISBURY, physician, Washington, was born in Georgetown, Brown County, this state, Jan. 29, 1848, and is a son of John and Mary Salisbury.  His father is a native of Pennsylvania, and his mother of Virginia.  They had a family of nine children, and came to this state about the year 1810.
     Mr. Salisbury was married, in 1875, in Hillsboro, this state, this state, to Miss Anna B. Brown, daughter of S. R. and Sarah Brown, of Hillsboro.
     He is a member of Fayette Lodge No. 107, F. & A. M., and is Master of the same.  Also a member of Fayette Chapter No. 103, and of Ely Commandry No. 28.  Also of Temple Lodge No. 227, I. O. O. F.  He and his wife are both members of the Presbyterian Church.  He received his education at Lebanon, this state, and at Peru, Illinois.  He studied medicine with Dr. W. H. McGrauaghan of Maysville, Kentucky.  Attended medical lectures, in Philadelphia, at Hahnemann Medical College, and there graduated, Mar. 10, 1873.  He commenced practice at Washington, May 10, 1873, and has continued to the present time.
* Source #2:  History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page  622
JAMES SANDERSON, a Kentuckian, removed to Ohio with his family in 1812, settling on the Hite survey, No. 1,223, consisting of one thousand acres, in this county. Two of his sons, James and Aleck, were active participants of the war of 1812, at the close of which they returned to their home, and assisted in tilling the soil. One of the sons, Harvey, whose son now resides on the old homestead, assisted in cutting out the first roads of this vicinity. The family followed an old Indian trace when removing from Kentucky. The elder Sandersons have long since gone to that country from whose bourne no traveler returns. Harvey, sen., died in 1876. His wife is still living at the advanced age of eighty-six.
* Source #2:  History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 250
Jefferson Twp. -
SAMUEL M. SANDERSON, farmer. West Lancaster, is a son of James and Sarah (Newman) Sanderson, who were married, in 1812, and had a family of twelve children, our subject being the ninth; they are all living.  The parents came to this county, in 1812, and remained through life.  Mr. Sanderson died, in 1867, aged seventy-seven years.  Mrs. Sanderson is living, is eighty-nine years of age, and is in good health considering her age.
     Our subject was born, Jan. 12, 1829, and was reared in this, his native county, where he married Miss Mary Gray, daughter of Charles and Rebecca Gray, Dec. 26, 1853, who has borne him five children: Rebecca J., Sallie N., Lucy J., Charles B. and Lillie C.  Charles died, August, 1864, aged eight years.  Mr. and Mrs. Sanderson are members of the Methodist Church, with which they united years ago.
     He has a farm of forty acres, situated three-fourths mile east of West Lancaster, on the Washington pike.  He served about four months in the late war, Company G, 168th O. N. G., and is a Republican.  When a young man, he taught school about six years, and is a highly respected citizen.
* Source #2: 
History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 702
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WILLIAM SCOTT, agent for Adams Express Company, Washington, was born in Muskingum County, Ohio, Aug. 29, 1858.  He is a son of William and Mary Ann Scott, natives of Ireland, who emigrated from there about the year 1840, with a family of five children, and three sons and two daughters.
     William, our subject, was married Oct. 8, 1878, to Miss Laura Crawford, daughter of Charles and Susan Crawford, of Zanesville, Ohio.  They have one child, Mary Ella.
     Mr. Scott
is a member of Temple Lodge No. 227, I. O. O. F., and also a member of the First Presbyterian Church, of Zanesville.  Since 1877 he has been agent of the Adams Express Company,  at Washington.  He received his education in Zanesville, where the principal portion of his life was passed.
* Source #2:  History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page  623
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SIMEON SHIPLETT, farmer, is a son of Rolland Shiplett, a native of Virginia, who came to this state at the age of twenty-one, settling in Muskingum County, where he still resides.  He married Elizabeth Franklin, who bore him twelve children, of whom ten are living: Nelson, Simson, Lennetta Ann, Alfred, William, Charles, Ephriam, George, Elizabeth, Leroy. The deceased are Nathan F. and Eliza. Both parents are living.
     Our subject was born Sept. 15, 1834, in Muskingum County, where he remained till attaining his majority, when he removed to this county.  May, 22, 1856, he married Hester Ann Bates, of  this county. They had seven children:  Mary Elizabeth, William Austin, Eliza Jane, Johnnie Martin, Simeon R., Dora B., and Effie.   William A., Eliza J., and John M., have passed away.
     In 1862 he enlisted in Company K, 90th O. V. I., and remained till the close of the war, participating in the battles of Stone River, Chickamauga, Resaca, Franklin, Tennessee, and Nashville.  Was a good soldier, and deserves honorable mention in these pages.
     He owns twenty-eight acres of land on the Waterloo and Holland
road, mostly in a good state of cultivation. Is a Republican, and has held the office of constable for several years. Is a respectable farmer, and good citizen.
* Source: 
History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 909
Jasper Twp. -
FRANKLIN SMITH, shoemaker, Milledgeville, a native of Virginia, was born Aug. 5, 1827.  On the 15th of March, 1848, he was married to Miss Elizabeth Swisher, of Virginia.  Ten children are the result of this union: Emily J., Philip B., Jacob M., Martha A., Virginia, Alonzo O., Margaret A., Miranda, E. O., Ida May, and one who died and the early age of four.
     Mr. Smith came to this county in 1863, and engaged in the boot and shoe business, in which he has been successful.  Himself and wife are members of the Methodist Protestant Church.  Have been in the village of Milledgeville fourteen years, and are a  couple of its most highly respected citizens.
* Source: 
History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 735
Perry Twp. -
ISAAC SMITH is a sturdy blacksmith of New Martinsburg, and plies his trade diligently, year after year.  He was born in Guernsey County, Ohio, Jan. 28, 1822; he is a son of Anthony Smith, a native of New Jersey, who came to Ohio soon after it was admitted into the Union.  Our subject learned his trade with William Gold, of Tarlton, Ohio, and on the 19th of April, 1846, he was married to Mary Smith, daughter of S. Smith of New Jersey.  The fruits of this union were six children: Melissa J., Elizabeth Ellen, Ann Maria, Clara Adelia, Alice, and Orpha.  Previous to his residence in New Martinsburg he spent a number of years in Pickaway County, and seven years in Vinton County.  He located in New Martinsburg in 1862, and has since then given his trade his principal attention.
* Source: 
History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 820
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OSWELL SMITH, merchant tailor, Washington, was born in that city in 1850, and is a son of James J. and Hannah Smith.  His father is a native of Virginia, and came to Fayette County in 1832, and immediately afterward married the mother of our subject, who was a native of this county.  The result of this union was six children, five sons and one daughter.
     Oswell was married to Laura E., daughter of Rev. Richard and Hannah Pitzer, of Washington.  They are blessed with one son, Jesse, seven years of age, and one daughter, Chloe, eighteen months old.
     Mr. Smith was sheriff of the county from Jan. 1, 1877, to Jan. 1, 1881, inclusive.  He is at present a member of the city council.  Is also a member of the Odd-fellows, Knights of Pythias, and Royal Arcanum.  His education was received in Washington, were his life, with the exception of three years, has been passed.  He is now engaged in the merchant tailoring business, with Mr. Howat, under the firm-name of Smith & Howat  They occupy the "white hall" on Court Street, Washington, and are meeting with the success they merit.
* Source:  History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page  623
Jasper Twp. -
SOLOMON SMITH was born in Pendleton County, Virginia, in 1802, and immigrated to Jasper in the early settlement of the territory, renting land from Henry Coile.  He is till living in the township. Although eighty years of age, he is serving as constable, having filled that office almost continuously for thirty-three years.
* Source :  History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 712
Jefferson Twp. -
THOMAS J. SMITH.   Thomas P. Smith, the father of Thomas J. Smith, was born near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Aug. 17, 1797, and came to this state in the year 1812.  He was by trade a shoemaker.  He was married, in 1822, to Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Junk, one of the first settlers of Scioto Valley, where the city of Chillicothe now stands.  Mr. Junk helped to raise the first house in Chillicothe.  After his marriage, Mr. Smith and his young wife moved to Delaware County, this state, were for seven years he carried on a small farm, during which time three children were born to them.
     In the year 1829, they removed to Ross County, where he bought and improved one hundred acres of land, on which he lived eighteen years, during which time four children were born to them, three of whom died.  The remainder of their children, one daughter and three sons, grew to mature years.  Finally, he purchased a farm of one hundred and nineteen years in Madison Township, this county, where they closed their days.
     Thomas J., the subject of this sketch, was born in Delaware County, this state, Feb. 27, 1825.  He was married, Oct. 18, 1849, to Angeline, daughter of Noah Cory, of Ross County.
     Mr. Smith rented a small farm and remained a resident of Ross County till 1853, when he bought sixty-seven acres of land, in Madison Township, in this county, upon which the family located permanently.  At this time the surrounding woods abounded with wild game, and wild turkeys in great numbers frequently came among the domestic fowls about their humble abode.  Vermin of various kinds prowled by night, and annoyed by day.  Here Mr. and Mrs. Smith fought life's battles and achieved his victories through many tribulations.  The chills and fever was a great affliction; wet seasons spoiled the fruits of their toil, and the frosts often swept off the labors of a season; but through all they triumphed, and now in the ripeness of their declining years, they enjoy a comfortable home of two hundred and thirty-six acres of well improved lands.  They had born to them nine children: Apphiah, born July 22, 1851; Lucretia Elizabeth, born Aug. 6, 1852; Joseph Noah, born Aug. 3, 1855; Mary Jane, born Nov. 22, 1857; John Ellsworth, born Sept. 15, 1861; Ida Angeline Louisa, born July 27, 1866; Eddie Cory, and Eva Cary, (twins,) born July 14, 1868; Calvin Emery, born July 1, 1872.
     Nathan Cory, Mrs. Smith's grandfather, came to this state in 1797, from Kentucky.  Previous to this date he had resided in Virginia, and in emigrating to Kentucky, had descended the Ohio River in a pirogue sixty feet long.  This was probably in 1790.  Several families, twenty-seven persons in all, comprised the party.  The men of the party traveled overland and suffered much for lack of food.  They succeeded in killing a huge buffalo bull, from the flesh of which their hungry needs were supplied.  His first location in this state, was near the site of Chillicothe.  He afterwards located near Oldtown, where he passed the rest of his eventful life.  When he reached his destination, in this state, his effects consisted of a wife and six children, a pony and a dollar in cash.  The money was expended for a pack of salt.  He was by trade a hair-sieve maker, but gave much of his time to other pursuits.  He was for many years a deacon in the Baptist Church, and was afterwards ordained as elder.  He was married three times; but his family of ten sons and two daughters were all children of the first wife.
     The children of Noah and Lucretia (Shoots) Cory, were Sally, Ann, Hannah Jane, Solomon, Thompson, Joseph Benjamin, Angeline, John Nathan, Mary Ellen, Elizabeth, Nancy Louisa, Julian Lucretia, William Noah, Landy Shoots, and Oliver Anson.
* Source #2: 
History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page  965
Perry Twp. -
WOODSON SMITHPeter Smith, the grandfather of Woodson Smith, was a native of Germany.  He came to America near the close of the Revolution settling for the first five years in Virginia.  He then removed to Kentucky, and during his residence there, became personally acquainted with Daniel Boone of historic fame.  Adam Smith, the father of Woodson, was born in Virginia, five years previous to the removal of the family to Kentucky.  His wife was Ann Woodson, daughter of Judge John Woodson, of Kentucky.  The Woodsons are of French descent.  To Adam and Ann Smith were born two sons and two daughters, Woodson, Maria, Wesley, and Betsey Ann.  He came to Ohio in 1821, and settled on the "Woodson Survey," near where his descendants now reside.  The land in that section was then valued at $1.50 to $2 per acre.  Adam Smith died in Iowa in 1860; his wife died in 1832.
     Our subject was born in Ohio, Feb. 11, 1821, and was educated in the pioneer school-house, with puncheon benches for seats and greased paper for window-glass.  He was married Aug. 16, 1843, to Henrietta Limes, daughter of William and Athalia (Doster) Limes, who were settlers east of New Martinsburg as early as 1811.  Mr. Smith was born in 1823.  To their union was born two sons, Harvey, born July 8, 1844, and Leander, born Oct. 4, 1846.  Harvey married Levina Irvin and is a resident of Fayette County.  He is the father of one son, Tucker, and one daughter, Lulu.  Leander married Mrs. Henrietta Cox, nee Bennett.  She died Apr. 2, 1876, aged 31.  To Leander and his wife two daughters were born, Della, born Feb. 11, 1870; Ella, born May 3, 1875.  Leander is a member of Company "I," 168th O. V. I., under Captain Lewis Painter.  Our subject was one of the throng of adventurous spirits who sought the gold fields of California when the precious ore was discovered there.  He left Ohio in Mar. 1852, spent more than five years in the trip from first to last, and returned to his home in August, 1857.  He recounts many thrilling stories of his experience in the cities of Mexico, Acapulco, Vera Cruz, and other important places visited by him and his party.  He is a member of the F. & A. M. at Greenfield.  Mr. S. built his present brick residence in 1876, at a cost of $5,000.  He is the owner of a fine farm of two hundred and twenty-five acres of land on the Buena Vista pike, two miles east of New Martinsburg.
* Source #2: 
History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 819
Concord Twp. -
JACOB SOLLERS, farmer and stock raiser, is a grandson of Samuel and Elizabeth Sollers, who came from Pennsylvania, Ohio, in 1807, and settled on the waters of Buckskin Creek.  Hiram died when a young man.  Matilda  married, and lives near Good Hope, this county.  Allen married, and is now deceased.  Samuel married, and lives in Highland County, this state.  Jacob died when a young man.  Mary died when a young woman, much afflicted.  Isaac, the father of our subject, was born in this county, Dec. 25, 1808.    The 15th day of March 1838, he married Hannah E. Jones.  The fruit of this marriage is eleven children, six sons and five daughters: Jonathan J., went into the army, served three years, lost his health, came home, and died.  Mary E., a young lady, at home with her mother.  Matilda, married to John Criag, lives near Washington.  Wells B., married, and lives on the home farm, a portion of which he owns.  Was out in the hundred days' service, badly wounded, being shot in the mouth and face.  Isaac M., married, and is a minister of the gospel, a member of the Ohio Annual Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and is now stationed at Roseville, Muskingum County, Ohio.  Eliza Jane was married in Washington Court House, Ohio, Oct. 16, 1878, to Wheeler Ellis, of Georgetown, Colorado, by telegraph.  A novel wedding!  They were united in marriage when more than twelve hundred miles apart.  The young wife started for the home of her husband immediately after the ceremony was performed.  Alcina M. still lives at home.  Barton L., Hannah E., and Samuel L., are at home with their mother.  The father, and head of the family, died July 23, 1876.  He was a man respected by all who knew him.
     Jacob, our subject was the sixth child, and was born May 10, 1851.  Married Martha A. Sharp, Dec. 10, 1874, by whom he has three children:  Jonathan L., John A., and Charles  He owns and lives on a portion of the old homestead, which consists of some five hundred and fifty acres of first-class land, situated on the Wilmington pike, five miles from Washington.  The mother and unmarried children occupy the homestead residence.  The family is much respected, being in harmony and prosperity.
* Source:  History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 756
Jasper Twp. -
SILAS SPARKS, farmer, Pearson's Station, is a son of Elias M. Sparks, a native of Harrison County, Kentucky, who emigrated to this state in 1837, and settled on Rattlesnake Creek, three miles south of South Plymouth.  He was married in Kentucky to Elizabeth Hall, a native of the same county, who bore him seven childrenó Silas being the second.
     Silas was born in this state, Jan. 16, 1839, and has resided in this county all his life, devoting himself to farming. May 24, 1860, he was united to Christina, daughter of Jacob A, Rankin, an early pioneer, mentioned elsewhere.  The union has been blessed with ten children: Mary E., Elizabeth A., Jacob S., Ada J., Elias, John, Silas, William, Christina, and Albert, all living, and enjoying good health.  Mr. and Mrs. Sparks are consistent members of the Edgefield Christian Church, he holding the important trust of elder.  Is a Democrat; a notary public, and is frequently employed in settling up estates.  He owns two hundred acres of land, located in the northwestern part of the county, on the Merchant pike, thirteen miles from Washington.  The farm is well improved, and cultivated to grain and stock with success.  When Mr. Sparks assumed control of the land it was in a wild and chaotic state; by good management, however, he has made it a model farm.  He has always been ready and willing to assist in making public improvements; is a moral and public-spirited citizen, hospitable and entertaining to all; has lived a Christian life, and enjoys fully the confidence and esteem of all who know him.
* Source: 
History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 735
Jefferson Twp. -
JOHN C. STAUBUS, farmer, Edgefield, is a native of Virginia, where his parents, Jacob and Rachel (Swatzel) Staubus now live.  The father is a native of Germany, and came to the United States when three years of age.  The mother is a native of Virginia where they were married, and reared a family of five children, John C. being the oldest.
     Our subject was born Feb. 2, 1843, and came to this state, in 1866, where he was married by Rev. R. Rose, to Miss Margaret Brock, daughter of Richard R. Brock, of this township, Dec. 17, 1867; five children are the result of this union: Clem J., Luellu, Benjamin F., Jessie and James G.; all living.
     Mr. Staubus has a farm of one hundred and twelve acres, well improved, situated one-half mile north of Edgefield, and farms to both grain and stock.  He served four years in Company D, V, I., under Stonewall Jackson.  His grandfather, Swatzel, served in the war of 1812.
* Source #2: 
History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page  702
Union Twp. -
S. M. STEEN, music dealer, Washington, was born in Adams County, Ohio, Dec. 14, 1849.  He is a son of Alexander B. and Nancy J. Steen - the former a native of Kentucky, and the latter of Ohio - who had a family of eight children, all living but two.
     S. M., our subject, was married, May 6, 1873, to Miss Ettie Foster, (born Feb. 7, 1850,) daughter of Archibald and Harriet Foster, of Worthington.  By her he has had two children: Dwight, born July 22, 1875, and Carl, born June 16, 1879.
     He is a member of Temple Lodge No. 227, I. O. O. F., Fayette Lodge No. 107, and Chapter No.103,  F. & A. M., and Ely Commandery No. 28.
     He is now acting as a general agent for the house of Baldwin & Co., of Cincinnati, for the sale of pianos, organs, and musical instruments generally.  Having had some ten years experience with this house, he has become master of his profession, and well knows how to suit his customers.  His place of business is on Court Street, opposite the Arlington House, where he is doing an extensive business, amounting to $45,000 per year.  He handles nothing but first-class goods, among which are Steinway & Sons, Decker Bro's., Haines Bro's, J. & C. Fischer's, and other standard pianos, and Estey and Shoninger organs, with a full line of smaller musical instruments, and a complete line of musical merchandise.
* Source #2:  History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page  624

HUGH STEWARD was born in 1805 and at the age of five he came to Bloomingburg to "carry chips" for his sister, who kept house for James. In a few years he went back to Ross County, but in 1828 settled in Bloomingburg, where he still resides.
* Source #2:  History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 246

COLONEL JAMES STEWARTPerhaps none of the early settlers labored with more zeal in the interest of the new county, or enjoyed a greater influence than Colonel James Stewart. With his father he came from Maryland, his native state, in 1807. They purchased land in Ross County—five hundred acres—in Marion Township, where George Fullerton now resides; two hundred and fifty acres on the waters of Compton's Creek, and two hundred and fifty acres adjoining the latter tract. They then returned to Maryland, and in 1800 came with the family and settled in Ross County, near Frankfort. In 1810 James came to this county and located on land adjoining Bloomingburg, where his son George now resides. In 1812 he was appointed colonel of a regiment which was made up of Fayette County men. They were ordered to the frontier and participated in several engagements. After the war lie was appointed surveyor and was kept very busy by purchasers of lands. His brother Robert was the original director of the town of Washington, and upon his resignation the colonel was appointed to fill the vacancy.
* Source #2:  History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 246

Marion Twp. -
JOHN W. STOOKEY, farmer, son of Aaron Stookey, was born July 28, 1844, in Ross County, where he was reared.  Removed to Pickaway County, in 1865, and to his present farm in 1869.
     Was married to Letitia, daughter of Joseph Britton, December, 1868, the union resulting in three children: Alpheus, Aimer, and Adie, deceased.
     He went out during the war, in 1862, being a private in the 89th O. V. I., and served till June, 1865.  Was wounded at Chickamauga, being shot above the left knee.  Upon recovering, he rejoined his command; while the railroad in the rear of Atlanta was destroyed, was again wounded, this time in the right hip.  Since 1876, he has suffered constantly from the effects of his last wound.  He was a brave soldier, and engaged in some of the most important battles, such as Chickamauga, Mission Ridge, Charleston, Peachtree Creek, and Atlanta.  After receiving his second wound, he was compelled to lie in the hospital nearly a year, and suffered untold agonies for some time after.
     He owns eighty-six acres near the Circleville pike, in a good state of cultivation, and farms chiefly to grain.
* Source: 
History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 910
Jefferson Twp. -
JAMES STRALEY, grocer and grain dealer, Jeffersonville, is a son of Joseph Straley, and was born Dec. 21, 1829, in this township.  Though the educational facilities were limited then, he, in his boyhood, attained a good common school education, and began teaching at the age of sixteen years, and continued ten years. He was married, Feb. 21, 1850, to Miss Nancy A. Hogue, the only daughter of James Hogue, of Jasper Township, this county, who bore him two children: Margaret E., who married B. F. Coffman, of this county, and Benjamin F., who married a Miss Boyer of Kansas, Illinois.  Mrs. Straley died, July 20, 1854.  He then married Nancy Robison, Dec. 15, 1855; seven children are the result of this union, two are living: Sarah E., who married Albert Booco, Dec. 2, 1879, and James A., who is at home.
     Mr. Straley has lived in this county all his life, and has been an officer of county or township for many years.  He has held township offices of clerk and trustee of townships, and was elected county sheriff", in 1864, served two successive terms, and is a well and favorably known citizen who has many warm friends.
* Source #2: 
History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page  703
Jefferson Twp. -
SAMUEL B. STRALEY, farmer and tile maker, Edgefield, is a son of Joseph Straley, who was born in Louis County, Virginia, Dec. 10, 1796, where he was reared and lived until twenty-six years of age, then came to this county, and located one mile east of West Lancaster, where he lived an exemplary life, and where religious services were held at least twenty years, when there were no churches near. He was a member of the Methodist Church, and died triumphantly July 31, 1849.  He and our subject's mother, Elizabeth B. Hamilton, were married Apr. 30, 1818, and they both joined the church that j^ear. They had a family of fourteen children, eleven living.  Mrs. Straley died, May 24, 1877.
     Our subject was born, June 27, 1823, in Virginia, and came to this county with his parents in the same year.  He was married, Apr. 20, 1843, to Miss Julia A. Hidy, who bore him eight children, and died, Apr. 17, 1861, a member of the Methodist Church.  He then married Lydia A. Creamer, Feb. 22, 1862 ; six children are the result of this union ; five living.
     Mr. Straley was elected justice of the peace, in 1846, served three years, also served about four years as trustee of Jasper Township.  He served four months, in Company G, 168th O. N. G., as lieutenant.  He and his second wife are members of the Methodist Church.
     He has a farm of fifty-eight acres, two miles west of West Lancaster, and has the oldest tile factory in the county on his farm.  His brother, Jasper, was born in this county, Dec. 3, 1835, where he was reared, educated, and married Miss Athaliah Ellis, May 14, 1857; nine children are the result of this union, eight living. Mrs. Straley died, Jan. 30, 1881. They too were members of the Methodist Church.  He served four months in the same company and regiment, as sergeant, that S. B, did.
     He has a farm of one hundred and twenty-seven acres, three miles west of Jeffersonville, on the Jamestown pike, where he has a new tile factory.  All the family are Republicans.
* Source #2: 
History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page  
HENRY STROPE - July 7, 1812, witnessed the departure of Henry Strope, a native of Pennsylvania, who, accompanied by his family, consisting of his wife and nine children, crossed the Alleghanies in the "old-fashioned wagon," and arrived at Chillicothe on the 15th of September, remaining there until 1814, at which time they removed to this county, settling on a farm in the present limits of Marion Township, now owned by Burnett Mooney, consisting of twelve hundred acres, which was rented of Adam Turner. During the war of' 1812 he drove cattle to Fort Meigs, for the use of the American army. He lived a quiet life, raised a large family, but accumulated little property, and died in 1848. His son, 'Squire Strope, has lived on the farm he now owns sixty-five years, was the first justice of the peace of Marion Township, and still continues in that office.
* Source #2:  History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 252
Marion Twp. -
LAFAYETTE STROPE, fanner, is a 80u of William Strope, and was born in this township, Mar. 17, 1845, where has since lived.  He was married, Aug. 5, 1863, to Ann, daughter of Richard Bates, who bore him one child, Dora, and died in November, 1864, a consistent member of the Christian Church.  In April, 1868, he married Essa, daughter of Hezekiah Brown.  This union resulted in six children: Charles, Nancy, Clara, Mary E., William, and InezMrs. Strope is a member of the New Holland Christian Church.
     Mr. Strope is a member of New Holland Lodge, F. & A. M.  In August, 1862, he enlisted in Company K, 90th O. V. I., and was with the regiment until the battle of Murfreesboro, when he came home on a sick furlough, remained about three weeks, then returned and served till March, 1863, when he received an honorable discharge.  He is a Republican, and has served as school director of his district about ten years.
* Source: 
History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 911
Marion Twp. -
MARION STROPE, farmer, son of William Strope, whose biography appears in another part of this work, was born Mar. 6, 1847, in this township, and in the house he now occupies.  Nov. 17, 1871, he was married to Missouri Cartright, who has borne him two children: Henry Veal, and Cora Ellen, both living.  Mrs. Strope is an exemplary member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, of New Holland.  He is a member of New Holland Lodge No. 392, F. & A. M., and at present holds the office of Junior Warden.  During the rebellion he went with Company I, 150th O. N. G., and with the regiment was stationed at various points; served as a private.  He is a Republican.  Is serving the third successive term as trustee of this township.
* Source: 
History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 910
Concord Twp. -
JOHN STUCKEY (Concord Township), farmer and stock raiser, is a son of Abraham and Margaret Stuckey, who were natives of Pennsylvania, but came to this state, in 1804, and settled on the waters of Buckskin Creek, in Ross County, this state, where they remained until their death.  They were the parents of eleven children, seven sons and four daughters: Jacob, married and died recently at the age of eighty-two years; Samuel, married, moved to Indiana and died there; Elizabeth, married James McCay, but is now dead; Catherine, married, is also dead; Daniel lived to be an old man, remained single, but is now dead; one died in infancy; Abraham, married, moved to Indiana and died; David, married and died in this county; Margaret, married, moved to Indiana and died; Simon, married and is dead; Barbara, died when a young woman.
     John Stuckey, our subject, was born in Pennsylvania, Summersett County, Sept. 2, 1801, and came with his parents to this state, in 1804.  He married Mary Jane Kiner, of Ross County, in the fall of 1831.  They soon moved to this county.  They were blessed with two children: Eliza J., married Milton Irons, and lives near Staunton; Jacob C., married in the State of Indiana and lives there.  Mrs. Stuckey died.  Mr. Stuckey married for his second wife Margaret Jameson, daughter of Judge Jameson, in the year 1837; by whom he had five children, three sons and two daughters Mary E., died in infancy; Samuel W., whose history will more fully appear in the history of the rebellion; John D., married to Emma Millikan, daughter of Curran Millikan, deceased, and they reside in the suberbs of Washington; Isabell, remained single and teaches school; Mathew F., married Eliza E. Rowe, daughter of Martin and Sophia Rowe, whose biography appears on another page, Jan. 8, 1868.  They have five children, all daughters:  Margaret E., Sophia M., Minnie B. and Etta M.  Mathew F. was born Aug. 16, 1845, and lives in the old homestead, his aged father living with him.
     Our subject's second wife died, Sept. 3, 1863.  In Oct. 1866, he married Miss Mary Middleton, of Ross County, with whom he lived most happily until December, 1872, when she died.  Mr. Stuckey is one of the oldest settlers of the county, a man of untarnished reputation, honest and upright.  He has been a Christian gentleman for nearly half of a century, and has been a member 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  757
Green Twp. -
HUGH SWIFT, (Green Twp.), farmer, was born in the north of Ireland, in 1808, and emigrated to America in 1820.  He settled in York County, Pennsylvania, where he remained until 1836, when he removed to Wayne County, Ohio, and from thence, in the following year, to his present location in this township.
     In 1856 he married Mary Jane Griffith, of Highland County, Ohio, who has borne him four children:  John G., born January 16, 1857; Harriet A., born October 22, 1858; William, born September 24, 1860; Benjamin F., born October 22, 1867.
     Mr. Swift has a well improved farm of about two hundred and twenty-five acres, a part of which is in Highland County.
* Source:  History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 755
Union Twp. -
ROBERT S. SUTHERLAND, county commissioner, Washington, was born in Ross County, Ohio, July 14, 1825.  He is a son of Robert and Hannah Sutherland, county commissioners, Washington, was born in Ross County, Ohio, July 14, 1825.  He is a son of Robert and Hannah Sutherland, natives of Pennsylvania, who immigrated to Ohio about the year 1814, with a family of seven children, two sons and five daughters.
     Robert S., our subject, was married in the year 1850, to Miss Hannah Parrett, daughter of Frederick Parrett, of Ross County.  They had one child, Frederick R., who died in 1851.
     Mr. Sutherland was elected county commissioner in 1873, and has filled the office since that time.  He received his education in this county, where he has passed the principal portion of his life.
     He now resides on a farm of one hundred and eight acres, situated three miles north of Washington, in Union Township.
* Source:  History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page  624
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