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1798
History of Geauga and Lake Counties, Ohio
with Illustrations
and Biographical Sketches of its Pioneers Most Prominent Men
Philadelphia - Williams Brothers
1878

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  CHARLES H. FOOTE was born in Newtown, Connecticut, May 18, 1812; was the son of Heber and Lucy Foote, direct lineage of Nathaniel Foote, who settled in Wetherfield, Connecticut, about the year 1615.  Mr. Foote came to Chardon in the year 1829, a boy seventeen years of age, in company with Mr. G. J. Ackley, from the State of New York, who then commenced the mercantile business in this place.
     In the spring of 1834 Mr. Ackley left Chardon, and Mr. Foote remained to settle up the business.  He then went into partnership with Mr. Wm. Wilber in the mercantile business; afterwards sold out to Mr. Samuel Squire.  He was then engaged for many years as deputy in Mr. D. D. Aikens' county clerk's office.  Afterwards was elected county treasurer, and from that he was elected sheriff' of the county, holding that office as long as the law allows; after that he engaged in various kinds of business until his death, which occurred Oct. 15, 1874.
     Mr. Foote was a man of much enterprise and activity and always identified with Chardon, where he was among the first settlers.
     Sept. 17, 1835, he was married to Mary French, daughter of Joseph and Mary French, and a niece of Governor Converse, of Vermont, Jude Converse, and Mrs. S. N. Hoyt; a very intelligent and attractive woman.  They became the parents of three children, of whom the eldest, Mary, resides with her mother in Chardon.  Julia, a beautiful accomplished girl, excelling in musical studies, and a general favorite, died at the age of twenty-one.  The other they lost in infancy.
Source: History of Geauga and Lake Counties, Ohio - Publ. Philadelphia, Williams Brothers - 1878 - Pg. 126

Seabury Ford
GOVERNOR SEABURY FORD

Source: History of Geauga and Lake Counties, Ohio - Publ. Philadelphia, Williams Brothers - 1878 - Pg. 59

  JOHN FRENCH belongs on one side of the Vermont and Chardon Converses.  His mother was a sister of Governor Julius Converse, of Vermont, and Jude Converse and Mrs. Eleanor Hays.  On the father's side, equally reputable.  He was born at Randolph, Vermont, dec. 1, 1817.  He received a good academical education for that time and place, and went West to Chardon in 1835.  He there entered the store of his brother-in-law, Charles H. Foot, where he remained until 1837, and was then in the service of the engineers of the old Ohio railroad company.  He was next in the service of D. D. Aiken, clerk of the county, and mastered the forms and be came an adept in the business of that and the various county offices, and formed acquaintances useful to him in after-life.  In 1844 he was elected recorder of the county, and re-elected till his period of office covered four full terms.  In 1851 he became a law-student in the office of Riddle & Thrasher, but was not admitted till 1858.  He then formed a copartnership with Judge D. W. Canfield, and continued in the practice of the law till his death, Oct. 20, 1861, in the forty fourth year of his age.
     Mr. French’s long and intimate acquaintance with every form of business, his strong, native good sense, clear judgment, and poise of mind made him one of the safest of counselors and most accurate lawyers within the range of his practice.  In the conduct of his business and cases he relied on the perfection of his preparation, the thoroughness of his study, rather than on any special gift of oratory or skill.  His mind was characterized by that uncommon thing in this world, common sense.  He was, in the good use of terms, one of the truest and best of men, —frank, generous, loyal, pursuing none but the most honorable ends by none but the most honorable means.
     If success in life is measured by acquisition of property, Mr. French’s life was not a failure.  If estimated by the position he gained and held in the regards and judgments of honorable men,—by the confidence and esteem he won from the world of all classes,—there was his success eminent.  His death was untimely.  The world can never well spare such men.  To take them off at forty four is in a way robbing the community.  It was his fortune, with perfect frankness of manner, and a character with none but firm and manly lines in it, to win none but friends.  No man of Chardon was ever more generally and deeply deplored.
     In the autumn of 1846, Mr. French was united with Miss Martha J. Smith in marriage, a lady of pleasing person, vivacious and sparkling manners, highly esteemed, and who survives him.  Though childless, the union was one of rare felicity.
Source: History of Geauga and Lake Counties, Ohio - Publ. Philadelphia, Williams Brothers - 1878 - Pg. 127

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