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GILES BOALT died Oct. 18, 1894, at
his residence in Norwalk, aged 71 years. He was born by the Old
State Road south east of that city and had passed his whole life in
Norwalk. He left a wife, one son, Frank, and a
daughter, Louisa. He and his brother, Stephen,
were for many years famous for their tree and flower nurseries,
which did not much to enrich the orchards and beautify the homes of
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THADDEUS BUNKER was born at
Nantucket Feb. 21, 1819, and died Oct. 16, 1894. He wa for
many years a prominent itizen of Huron, Ohio, where his sister,
Mrs. S. P. McDonald, survives him. His remains were
interred at Tiffin by the side of his wife who was a daughter of
Judge William Toll of that city.
ROXANA ELIZABETH BOTT, born
at Spafford, New York, Aug. 1, 1830, died at Townsend, Erie county,
Ohio, Aug. 13, 1894. Married to John G. Bott, May 4,
1854. Left one daughter, Gertrude. Was the
youngest of a family of six children who came to the Firelands in
1839, of whom two survive, O. F. and I. M. Gillett, of Norwalk.
M. COLVER, born in Hudson, New York, in 1832, came when he
was young, to the Firelands, died at his home in Sandusky, Sept. 24,
1895. Was a prominent lawyer, city solicitor of Sandusky, and
for three terms probate judge of Erie county. In the late
civil war he enlisted as first lieutenant Co. B., Third Oiho
Cavalry, was soon promoted captain, and served to the end of the
war, participating in many severe battles
ALFRED CHESEBROUGH died in Detroit, October 3, 1894, and
his remains were brought to Sandusky for interment. He entered
the employ of the New York Central boat line as agent at Sandusky,
in 1830, and followed the extension of the line to Toledo. In
1865 he accepted the general traffic agency of the Union Steamboat
Company, making his headquarters in Detroit. He became
interested in vessel property and at the time of his death owned
several large vessels.
He was, through many years, a prominent resident and
business man of Norwalk, being engaged in the mercantile business
with Mr. Griswold, a brother of the late Mrs. C. L. Boalt.
Mrs. Chesebrough was a daughter of the late Judge Ebenezer
Lane, of Sandusky. Mr. Chesebrough was a cousin of
Pickett Latimer, J. M. Latimer and Mrs. E. L. Warren,
THOMAS CADELL died at his home in
Monroeville, Ohio, Nov. 4, 1894, aged 80 years. He was
roadmaster for the
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for the B. & O. railroad for many years and was one of the oldest
railroad men in the country.
COOPER, born in 1818, died at Birmingham, Ohio, Aug. 3, 1894.
Was said to be the first white child born in that (Florence)
LORENZO S. CHAPIN, born in
Canajoharie, New York, in 1835, died at West Berlin, Ohio, in 1894.
Came there with his parents in 1840. Was a prominent lawyer at
Mattoon, Illinois, but failing in health, retired to his West Berlin
farm, which in his hands was a model of successful cultivation.
He left a wife and four children.
MIRANDA C. FARRAR, one of the
Pioneers, died at Birmingham, Ohio, Aug. 16, 1894, aged 88.
FOLLETT, died at Sandusky, Ohio, Oct. 14, 1894, in his
ninety-fifth year. Was editor of a paper at Batavia and member
of the New York Legislature. After removing to Ohio he was
editor of the " Ohio State Journal," member of the State Board of
Public Works, and president of the Sandusky, Dayton & Cincinnati
SILAS DOANE, born in Granger,
Alleghany county, New York, Nov. 29, 1832, died at Hartland
township, Huron county, Ohio, Nov. 6, 1894. Married
Eudolpha DeWitt, Nov. 30, 1854. Was a member of Co., H,
166 Regiment O. V. I., and served from May 2, 1864, until the close
of the civil war. Was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery at Norwalk.
Left a wife, four sons and two daughters.
GRIGGS died at her home in Olena, Ohio, Sept. 14, 1894, in
her 86th year. She was a U. s. Pensioner.
HOLIDAY, born in the State of New York in 1813, died at his
home on Hartland Ridge, Nov. 17, 1894, aged 81 years. He came
to Ohio in 1833, and the next year settled in Hartland township,
where he lived on the same farm for over sixty years. He left
three sons and one daughter. W. G. Holiday, (Recorder
of Huron Co ) J. O. Holiday, of Willis, Kansas; F. E.
Holiday, of Flint, Michigan; and Mrs. Nettie Manahan, of
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JENNIE TODD LAIRD, born at
Wakeman, Ohio, July 18, 1864, died in Chicago, Illinois, July 15,
1895. She graduated from Oberlin College in 1887, taught in
Lorain for several years. Was married to Rev. Geo. B. Laird,
Aug. 24, 1892.
Her married life was one of tireless devotion to city
mission work in one of the most needy sections of Chicago The
Foreign Mission field can show few examples of greater sacrifice and
more heroic devotion to duty than that manifested in this work.
Her special department in S. S. was Primary Superintendent.
Here for all of one winter she managed and taught alone from 100 to
130 children, many of them lawless, and packed so closely together
that they could not sit still.
The last service for others that she performed was the
making of 229 little sweet pea bouquets Saturday night. These
were given to the S. S. children Sunday. The sweet peas were
sent from Wakeman. She was daughter of S H. Todd, a prominent
citizen of Wakeman.
LUCY MORSE MAHANAN was born
March 17, 1817, in Venice, New York and died at her home in Norwalk,
Ohio, Sept. 29, 1894. In June, 1843, she was married to
George W. Manahan, and came with him to the Firelands.
After six years in Monroeville and Norwalk, he purchased a farm in
Hartland, on which they lived until 1871. Then they returned
to Norwalk where he died and she survived him four years. Her
father, Isaac Morse, was a near relative of Rev.
Jedediah Morse, the great geographer; of Prof. F. B Morse,
famous in the American telegraph enterprise; of Sidney E. Morse,
author of the Modern Geography; and of Lieutenant General
Winfield Scott. She left two sons and three daughters
surviving her, E. W. Manahan and Mrs. F. G. Robinson,
of Moss Point, Mississippi; Dr. M. W. Manahan, of Atlanta,
Georgia; Mrs. G. W. Robinson, of East Orange, New Jersey; and
Mrs. C. F. Stewart, of Norwalk, Ohio. She was well
worthy of her noble descent
JOHN MAHAN was born in Galway,
Ireland, in 1814, lived for nearly sixty years on or about the
Firelands, and died
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13, 1894, at the home of his daughter in Norwalk, Mrs. G. T.
Whitney. He left two sons, P. H. and Thomas
Mahan surviving him.
SAMUEL McCAGUE, born in Summit
county, Ohio, May 3, 1820, was married to Susan Donley and
settled on his farm in Hartland township, in 1852. He died
Nov. 18, 1894. His sister, Jane Bishop, of Bedford,
Ohio, and his brother Thoams J. McCague, of Bronson, survive
LUCY CLARK McCONNELL, born
in Berlin, Erie county, September 12, 1846, and died at her
residence in Peru township, Aug. 27, 1894. She was married to
Harry McConnell, Apr. 5, 1866. She was president of the
James Mann Relief Corps for several terms and treasurer of
Peru Grange from its organization to her death, which adopted
tributary resolutions in praise of her many excellent qualities.
She left her husband and one daughter surviving her
OTIS, born at Berlin, Ohio, Apr. 1, 1818. Died at
Chicago, Illinois, Sept. 14, 1895. Was Judge of the Court of
Common Pleas of the Firelands district. Removed to Chicago in
1863 in moderate circumstances, but by real estate investments
became a millionaire. When he went there he cut the timber for
his new house on Wabash avenue, from his Berlin farm, loaded on a
schooner at Huron, and then taken by water to Chicago. His
three brothers, Lucius B., Frederick, and Joseph E. Otis,
were with him there in business. . In 1845 he married Margaretta
Adams at Huron, Ohio. His sons, Philo A. and
Walter J. Otis survive him.
Mr. Otis founded the Calvary Presbyterian
church, and was prominent, after the fire, in the First Presbyterian
church and Presbyterian Theological seminary in Chicago.
PHILLIPS, born in New York city, May 26, 1815, died Sept. 29,
1894. Came to the Firelands in 1834, lived in Townsend,
Berlin, Milan and Norwalk. Married to Rufus S. Benedict
in 1866, who died in May, 1893, since which time she lived with her
step-daughter, Mrs. Judson Perrin.
ANSON D. SKELLENGER, M. D.,
born in Geneva, New York, June 23, 1823, died at his home in New
London, Ohio, June 27, 1895. He was for many years an active
member and worthy officer of the Firelands Historical Society, of
which he was elected Vice President in 1874. An excellent
historical address was delivered by him before the Society at its
Fall Meeting, 1869, which was published in Vol. 10, page 16, of THE
FIRELANDS PIONEER. He contributed other valuable articles from
his pen to the collections of the Society.
SMITH, born in Lanesboro, Massachusetts, Oct. 24, 1812; died
in Greenfield, Huron county, Ohio, Sept. 12, 1894. He came to
Greenfield when twelve years old and lived there until his death.
He married Jerusha Brooks, whom he survived about twelve
years. They had ten children, seven of whom are living.
He was famous among the early settlers for his remarkable physical
strength, activity and endurance, and to this were added his
generosity as a neighbor and his upright character as a citizen.
T. SHERWOOD, born in Gloustershire, England, in 1807, died at
his home in Norwalk, Nov. 3, 1894. He lived on the Firelands
over sixty years, in Milan, Townsend and Norwalk. He was
married in the city of Boston, 1833, and survived his wife two
AURELIA SNAVLEY died in Norwalk,
Ohio, Oct. 9, 1894, aged 83 years of which 65 years were lived
there. She was mother of Frank M. Snavely, the well
known railway passenger agent, and bore an exemplary character
proved by her many good works.
ESTHER WAKEMAN, born in Fairfield
county, Connecticut, Oct. 19, 1813, died at the home of her
daughter, Mrs. J. J. Pryor, in Wakeman, Ohio, Oct. 17, 1894.
She married W. H. Wakeman in 1833, when she came with him to
reside on the Firelands.