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ABBOTT was born in Butler county, Ohio, in 1818, and came to
Wakeman in 1836, and lived there until his death May 29, 1899.
He married Charlotte Knickerbocker in 1840.
PORTRAIT OF WM. A. ADAMS at Eight Years of Age.
WILLIAM AUGUSTUS ADAMS was
born in Huron, Erie county (then Huron county), Ohio, Feb. 24, 1818,
one of the five children of Seth Allen and Rhoda Mowry Adams,
who came from New York state and settled in Huron a short time
previous to the birth of the subject of this sketch. The
country was new
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and the young man was brought up inured to all the hardships of the
William A. Adams lived on the farm until 1866,
when he sold out and moved to Hudson to educate his children.
He married Caroline Stuart in 1844, and of their four
children, Allen S., residing at Kansas City, is the only
survivor. The wife's death occurred in 1866, at the home of
Luke Stowe in the old neighborhood, the family being on their
way to Milan for the usual Thanksgiving reunion.
This changed the plans of the family, and while the son
remained in college the father and daughter were with relatives in
Milan until 1868, when Mr. Adams married Mrs. S. L. Mowry,
at Norwalk, O., and at once moved to Clarksfield, Huron county,
where he bought a large farm and resided upon it for fourteen years,
until 1882. He then moved to Michigan, living in the little
city of Eaton Rapids until his death, which occurred on Thursday,
Feb. 16, 1899. The remains were taken to Ohio, where the
interment took place near his birth-place, on Tuesday, February
21st. He is survived by the widow and one son and five
grandchildren. Allen S. Adams married Rose Stiles,
of Clarksfield, daughter of ex-County Commissioner W. W. Stiles.
They have living at their home in Kansas City, Kansas, one daughter
and one son. Martha M. Adams married Murray
Stiles, son of W. W. Stiles. She and her husband
moved to Kansas City, where both died, leaving two sons and one
daughter. One daughter, Bessie, born to him by his
second wife, died in 1893 and was taken to Milan for burial.
CHARLES KELLOGG ADAMS, was
born in Fairfield township Sept. 28, 1826. In 1850 he married
Martha W. Smith. He died in Fairfield township, where
his whole life was spent, Mar. 1, 1899.
ANDERSON was born in the state of New York July 28, 1800.
His parents were of Scotch origin. In 1820 he married
Harriet Baldwin, of Newark, N. J. In 1838 they
settled on a farm east of Bellevue. The wife died in 1882 and
the husband in 1893. He gave freely of his means to churches
RACHEL AUGUSTA ANDREWS,
wife of Dr. Benjamin Andrews, died Saturday afternoon, June
10, 1899. Funeral services were held at her late residence,
227 Berkeley Place, Brooklyn, Tuesday, June 13th, at 4 o'clock p m.
and the remains interred at the Green's Farms, Connecticut,
Wednesday morning, on arrival of the 10:04 train from New York.
Mrs. Andrews was a lady well known and highly esteemed
by a wide circle of friends in this community, being the oldest
daughter of the late Judge
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Ebenezer Andrews, a prominent Milan operator during
the years of her greatest business activity.
SALINA HARDY ANDREWS,
daughter of William and Prudence Hardy, was born in the town
of Berlin, Oct. 21, 1844; was married to Emerson Andrews,
Oct. 15, 1866; died Sept. 9, 1899, aged 54 years, 10 months and 19
days. Three sons were born to them, William, Albert
and Beston, two of which, with the husband and two
grand-children, survive her to mourn her loss. With the
exception of three years her life was spent in Berlin township.
DENNIS ASHLEY was
a son of Luther Ashley and Eunice Smith, and was born at
Deerfield, Mass., Jan. 30, 1810. Luther Ashley was a
son of James Ashley, who was descended from Robert Ashley,
who came from England to Massachusetts about 1630. Dennis
Ashley married Lurany Bliss in 1830. He
had come to Greenfield township with his parents in 1817. He
died at his home in Greenfield Sept. 27, 1892.
FANNY BAKER was a
daughter of Rodney and Emily Baker, and was born at Olena,
O., Mar. 15, 1838. In 1858 she was married to Charles
Reuben Leggett. Her home was at Norwalk and she died June 6,
MRS. SARAH S. BAKER
was born in Wayne county, O., in 1823, and came to Norwalk in 1832.
She was married to William Baker in 1860, and they
lived in Norwalk for many years. They moved to Delta, O., in
1882, where she died in 1899.
JOSEPH S. BARNUM
was a son of Ebenezer M. Barnum and Betsy Nickerson, and was
born in Clarksfield, Feb. 8, 1823. In 1845 he was married to
Sally Bacon, of Ripley township. In 1853 they moved to
Missouri, where he died in 1899. His parents came to
Clarksfield in 1819.
JOHN B. BAUMEISTER
passed away Sept. 11, 1899. He was one of the oldest citizens
of Sandusky. His wife died nine years ago, but five sons
survive him. They are John, Otto, Frank
and Albert of this city, and Cornelius of St. Joseph,
Mo. Mr. Baumeister was born in Augsburg,
Bavaria, June 23, 1818. He spent his youth there, and served
three years in the Bavarian army, being honorably discharged in
1847. In 1848 he came to America, and spent one year in
Canada. The following year he came to Sandusky and for fifty
years had lived here. Shortly after coming here, the terrible
cholera epidemic broke out, but though Mr. Baumeister
stayed here, and nursed many sick people, he was not stricken with
the disease. At the out- break of the war, he enlisted as a
musician with Charles Baetz
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and Cornelius Schnaitter. Afterwards he engaged
in the tailoring business, and made army uniforms for officers who
were stationed at Johnson's Island.
MARTIN BEEBE was a
son of George Beebe, who emigrated from Massachusetts
to Michigan at an early day. He was born in Lenawee county,
Mich., in 1836. He went with his parents from Michigan to
Norwich township in 1840. In 1865 he was married to Mary L.
Barret, of Clarksfield. He studied medicine and practiced at
Wakeman and Oberlin, and in 1869 moved to Clarksfield, where he
carried on a farm and practiced his profession until his death in
STEWART E. BELL
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MRS. MARY LOCKWOOD BENEDICT
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Peters, of N. Y. city; Elizabeth Betts now Mrs.
Mead, N. Y. city; Helen M. now Mrs. Todd, of N.
for nine years editor-in-chief of the Minneapolis "Times," died this
morning, September 12, aged 57 years. He was born in Sandusky,
O. In 1841, he came west, locating at Monticello, Iowa, where
he published the Monticello "Express" for 13 years. In 1884 he
become editor-in-chief of the Dubuque " Times " and served a terra
as state oil inspector under Governor Larabee.
In 1889 he came to Minneapolis, and in the following year became
editor of the Minneapolis " Times, " which position he held at the
time of his death.
J. D. BRADISH was
born in St. Lawrence county, N. Y., Mar. 24, 1826. Both
parents died when he was young and he lived with his grandparents.
In 1830 they came to Milan and lived there a few years, then moved
to Kenton, Ohio. In 1844 he came to New London township and
learned the trade of blacksmith at Barrett's Corners.
In 1847 he married Margaret Gifford, of Clarksfield,
and they lived at Berlinville for five years, then came to
Clarksfield, where he died Oct. 17, 1898. His widow and three
children, Mrs. Nettie Hastings, Mrs. Abby Pool and
E. J. Bradish, survive him.
JOHN BUCKINGHAM (w/portraits of John & Sarah Buckingham)
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ELIZABETH BUCKINGHAM (w/portrait)
ALLEN LINDSLELY BUCKINGHAM
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JANE RUSSELL BURN
ELIZABETH H. CARL
JOHN J. CLARK
GEORGE W. CLAREY
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MRS. HARRIET CASE
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E. H. CURTISS
HULDA F. DAVIS was
a daughter of James Ford and Lucy Rumsey and was born in
Bronson township, Sept. 27, 1838. In 1869 she was married to
Benjamin Davis, who died in 1878. Her home was
in Fairfield township and her death occurred July 12, 1899.
JANE McCANN DELAMATER
was a daughter of John McCaun and Elizabeth
Crapsey and was born in Clinton, Dutchess county, N. Y., Feb.
11, 1811. In 1833 she was married to Benjamin
Delamater and they came to the Firelands in 1837. She died
in Norwalk, June 30, 1899.
MRS. SARAH DELMATER
was born in Fayette, N. Y., Nov. 13, 1808. In 1826 she was
married to Leonard Delamater and they lived in
Fayette, N. Y., until 1835, when they moved to Erie county, O.
In 1848 they moved to Norwalk township. She died in Norwalk
Jan. 23, 1899. Her husband died in 1874.
JANE DENMAN was a
daughter of Joseph and Adeline Archer and was born in New
York city May 3, 1826, and came to Florence township with her
parents in 1837. In 1847 she was married to Edward
Denman, of Florence. She died at her home in Wakeman
township June 16, 1899.
WILLIAM DENMAN was
a son of John Denman and Marinda Blackman and was born in
Florence township Aug. 10, 1822. In 1853 he was married to
Cordelia Hough and after her death he married Julia
Partello in 1869. He died in 1892. His father
came on foot from New York state to Florence in 1816.
JOSEPH EDDY, was
born in Chatham, Conn., September, 1815, and died in Perkins
township, Erie county, O., May 3, 1898. He was the son of
Roswell and Hannah Eddy, and was two years old when his parents
located in Erie county on lands in Perkins township, where he lived
on the same lands, the old homestead farm, for over eighty-one
years, and by industry and economy accumulated a comfortable
competence. He was married in 1841 to Caroline Akins,
who died in 1883. They had three children, all girls, the
first born dying at the age of six years. The other two
survived him, one being Mrs. Truman B. Taylor and the other
Mrs. Frank A. Akins, both residents of Perkins township, the
latter residing on the old homestead farm.
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LYDIA ELLIS was a
daughter of Elihu and Sarah Ells and was born in
Harpersfield, N. Y., July 6, 1819. She came to the Firelands
in 1836 and in 1838 was married to Homer T. Smith. She
died at her home in North Fairfield, Oct. 18, 1898. She was a
school teacher in early life and many of the early settlers in
Fairfield township, who are yet living, remember her as their
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CLARISSA BENEDICT GALLUP (w/Portrait)
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STEPHEN M. FULLER
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- David Gibbs - 543 - (Portrait)
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(Drawing of Building built by Abijah Comstock)
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(Portrait of Mrs. Mary Lockwood Benedict, Mrs. Elizabeth Lockwood
Gibbs & Mrs. Esther Lockwood Saunders - Sisters of Henry,
Ralph & George Lockwood) - 545
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DESCENDANTS OF DAVID
GIBBS AND ELIZABETH LOCKWOOD,
of Norwalk, Ohio, 1816
David Gibbs, born
June 14, 1788; died Mar. 16, 1840; married May 20, 1810,
Elizabeth Lockwood, born Mar. 24, 1791; died Oct. 4, 1873.
CHILDREN II GENERATION
1. Eliza Lockwood Gibbs,
born Feb. 16, 1811; married, September 1835, Pruden Alling.
2. David Gibbs, died 1816, in
3. David Gibbs, Jr., born Jan. 12, 1817, died
Apr. 6, 1897; married Apr. 10, 1843, Eliza Bacon, born June
11, 1820, died Feb. 2, 1899.
4. Roswell Gibbs, born Dec. 2, 1818, died July
30, 1880; married Aug. 27, 1850, Mary Jay, born April, 1833.
5. Charles Gibbs, born Oct. 25, 1820; died May
15, 1896; married Mar. 1, 1849, Lavinia Campbell.
6. James Burnett Gibbs, born May
21, 1822; died Aug. 3, 1850.
7. Ralph Marvin Gibbs, born July 1, 1824; died
Aug. 16, 1854; married Apr. 22, 1846, Mary Higgins.
8. Mary Louise Gibbs, born Apr.
6, 1831; died Nov. 28. 1832.
9. Sarah Louise Gibbs, born Sept. 7, 1835;
married Augustus Mowry, Sept. 7, 1857, died Aug. 10, 1859;
married Wm. A. Adams, died Feb. 16, 1899.
CHILDREN III GENERATION.
(1. Eliza Lockwood Gibbs Alling.)
10. William G. Alling,
born June 15, 1836; married Apr. 10, 1867, Lettie Spore.
11. Charles P. Alling, born Feb. 19, 1838;
married Mar. 10, 1863, Ruhama Wakeman.
12. David G. Alling, born Jan. 8, 1842; died May
3, 1899 ; married May 4, 1869, Juliette Coleman.
13. Elizabeth Alling, born Sept. 8, 1843;
married Jan. 21, 1864, Theodore C. Laylin.
14. Mary P. Alling, born June 14, 1845.
15. Jane M. Alling, born Dec. 10, 1848; married
Oct. 2, 1873, E. J. Smith.
16. Sarah E. Alling, born Apr. 13, 1851; married
Mar. 10, 1887, J. E. Cleveland.
17. Stephen Cory Alling, born Jan.
5, 1853; died Feb. 10, 1876.
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(3. David Gibbs, Jr.)
Gibbs, born July 16, 1844; married Nov. 17, 1862, Frederick
19. Henry Bascom Gibbs, born Apr.
30, 1847; married November, 1870, Mary Louise Smith.
20. David Gibbs, born Aug. 21, 1851.
21. Francis Lockwood Gibbs, born
July 1, 1853; married December, 1875, Emma Brigham,
died March, 1885; married Grace Jackson.
22. Susan Bacon Gibbs, born August
7, 1857; married Aug. 2, 1876, Fowler A. Seaman.
CHILDREN III GENERATION.
(4. Roswell Gibbs.)
23. Thomas Jay
Gibbs, born May 31, 1851; married June 30, 1881, Anna
24. Louise Gibbs, born Sept. 6, 1853;
died Aug. 28, 1871.
25. Clara Gibbs, born April 10, 1855;
married, 1878, Millard F. Smith.
26. Wm. Roswell Gibbs, born Sept.
20, 1859; married Oct. 21, 1880, Emma Skinner, died
June 16, 1890.
27. Ralph Lockwood Gibbs, born
Dec. 22, 1867 ; died Apr. 18, 1873.
28. Elizabeth Gibbs, born July 18, 1876;
died July 10, 1879.
CHILDREN III GENERATION.
(5. Charles Gibbs.)
29. Emma Gibbs,
born April, 1858; died April, 1874.
CHILDREN III. GENERATION.
(7. Ralph Marvin Gibbs.)
Townsend Gibbs, born Mar. 13, 1847.
31. Cecilia Elizabeth Gibbs, born
Dec. 3, 1848.
32. James Gilbert Gibbs, born Aug.
7, 1852; married June 30, 1880, Caroline Lovell
33. Mary Farr Gibbs, born Aug. 8,
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CAPT. DAVID GIBBS
died suddenly Tuesday morning at his home in LeMars, Iowa, where he
has lived the past thirty years engaged in the banking business.
He was in his eighty-first year and was born in Norwalk, Ohio, in
1817, his birth being the first recorded *in this township. His
father, Capt. David Gibbs, Sr., was one of Norwalk's original
settlers and was clerk of the courts up to his death in 1840.
The younger Capt. David Gibbs was
deputy county clerk for many years. He afterward lived in
Dayton, Lima, Elmore, and other Ohio towns, removing to Iowa some
thirty years ago. He married in 1843 Miss Eliza
Bacon of Dayton, who survives him. He leaves also five
children, Mrs. Lizzie Tyler, Mrs. Susan Seamans, and
Messrs. Henry, David and Frank Gibbs. Capt.
Gibbs was a veteran ot the late war, serving in command of a
company in the 21st O. V. I. He was the oldest of five
brothers, all well known in Norwalk fifty years ago, and was the
last survivor, viz., Capt. David Gibbs, just
deceased; Roswell Gibbs, formerly of Troy, Ohio;
Rev. Charles Gibbs, graduate of Kenyon
* Before the days of official records of births and deaths, Thomas,
son of Abjiah Comstock was born on the John
Randolph farm in section 2 of Norwalk on Dec. 12,
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College and of Yale theological seminary, Congregational minster,
last charge Cedar Falls, Iowa; Rev. James B. Gibbs, graduate
of Yale college and Yale theological seminary, died soon after
graduating, aged 28 years; Ralph M. Gibbs, died of cholera in
Norwalk, 1854, aged 30 years; father of James G. Gibbs.
Two sisters are all that are left of the original family circle;
Mrs. Eliza L. Alling, of East Main street, who is now 86; and
Captain David Gibbs - 551 (Portrait)
Louise Adams, of Eaton Rapids, Mich.
Four of the brothers are survived by widows; the other brother,
Rev. James B. Gibbs, was not married.
His last visit to his birth-place was in the fall of
1893, spending several days renewing acquaintances with many old
friends of his younger days and, as he repeated many times, he never
enjoyed a visit more than that one. The Sprague
Umbrella works interested him greatly, as the factor is located on
the farm where he was born and where he grew up to man-
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hood. One by one the men identified with Norwalk's early years
have passed away until scarcely any are left; but are members of
such honorable and useful pioneers as Capt. David Gibbs ___
long remain as an inspiration to the generations that come a ___
them. - Reflector, April 8, 1897
HENRY C. HALLADAY
MRS. MARY HAMILTON
JOHN A. HETTLE
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LUCINDA HILDRETH HESTER w/ Portraits of
Martin Hester & Mary Stough Hester
DR. G. S. HILL
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NORMAN A. HINE
BENJAMIN H. HINKLEY
MRS. HANNAH M. HOWE
JASON LESTER HUDSON
WILBER F. JEFFERSON
JAMES CLARK JUDSON
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ELIZA L. KNAPP
WILLIAM V. LATHAM
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PHILANDER H. LEWIS
MRS. ELVIRA (HACKETT) mcCONNELL
JUDGE JOHN MACKEY
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HENRY LOCKWOOD w/ PORTRAIT
MRS. HENRY LOCKWOOD (MISS AMELIA
CHICHESTER) w/ portrait
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PAUL B. MEAD
WILLIAM G. MEADE
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MARGARET (DEWITT) OLCOTT
DR. HENRY W. OWEN
LOUISA HILDRETH OWEN
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WILCOME O. PARKER
FREDERICK H. PATCH
ALVAH M. PECK
ARTHUR PHINNEY, A. M.
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SARAH E. BELL PHINNEY
JACKSON N. PHINNEY
AMELIA A. PLACE
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JOHN W. ROORBACK
ASHER F. ROWLAND
LOREN W. RUMSEY
REV. STEPHEN SANDERS
ESTHER LOCKWOOD SANDERS
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MRS. HANNAH SEARS
REV. SILAS D. SEYMOUR
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WILLIAM T. SMITH
MRS. MARY SPRAGUE
JOHN L. SPURRIER
MRS. DELIA STAPLETON
WILLIAM K. STARR
HIRAM P. STARR was
a son of Perez Starr and Nancy Randall. He was
descended from Dr. Comfort Starr, who came from England to
Boston soon after the settlement of that city. Perez
and his brother, Thomas, came to Ohio in 1810, and Perez
settled in Birmingham in 1817. Hiram was born there
Oct. 10, 1822, and died there May 12, 1897. In 1856 he married
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Ann Jane Page, and after her death, Mrs. Charlotte Jenkins,
in 1872. She died and he married Amaretta Norton.
See "Firelands Pioneer," N. S. Vol. X, page 147
JONATHAN HOYT STERLING
was a son of Nathaniel and Polly Sterling and was born in
Fairfield county, Conn., Aug. 8, 1808. In 1836 he married
Mary Ann Smith of Onandaga county, N. Y., and they came to
Ripley township the same year, but moved to Fairfield township in
1839. He died June 4, 1899, his wife having died in 1888.
ABBY N. S. STEWART.
Abby Newell Simmons was born at Greenfield township, Huron
county, Ohio, on Jan. 20, 1832,
PORTRAIT of Abby N. S. Stewart
and was the only daughter of Harlon E. and Anna Ide Simmons,
early settlers and leading pioneers of that township. She was
married to Gideon T. Stewart at Greenfield, on Mar. 30, 1857,
and died at her residence in Norwalk, on Feb. 12, 1899, leaving her
husband, four children—Charles H. Stewart of
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Cleveland, Mary Abby, Harlon L., and George S. Stewart
of Norwalk—and her brother, Alonzo L. Simmons of Fairfield
township, surviving her.
The Cleveland Leader correspondent then wrote of her:
" Mrs. Stewart was one of the best known
women in the city, and she was especially known because of her
kindness to the poor. Her whole life was devoted to the cause
of charity and good deeds. Her interest in the young people
was very strong and by them she was greatly beloved."
Another correspondent wrote:
"Especially will she be missed and mourned by the young
people. The writer's memory goes back to his boyhood days, and
he recalls with pleasant thought the many happy hours spent as one
of the neighbors' children, in the house over which this good mother
presided with so much gentleness, so much cheerfulness, so much love
and affection. There were always a pleasant smile and a kind
word of welcome for every boy and girl who congregated there on play
days, and a deep interest was taken in all their games. The
latch string was always out for the young lads and misses, and they
were given free rein to romp at will all over the spacious home from
attic to basement and from larder to parlor. No noise or
confusion could ruffle the gentleness of the mother of the
household—she enjoyed it as much as did the children. Those
who were wont to gather there on those occasions learned as children
to love and admire her, and as men and women they have looked up to
her with veneration. All who knew her will remember her with
great reverence, but to the younger generation will her memory be
most dear. "
She was s in her youth a good pianist and vocalist,
very social in her home welcomes, fond of reading and intelligent in
her studies and opinions. She took part in the famous Woman's
Temperance Crusade of 1874, and was a founder of the Norwalk
Christian Temperance Union, which until her death, held its meetings
in her parlors.
SARAH DIANA STILES
was a daughter of David Tyler and Sally Post and was born at
Hector N. Y., Apr. 20, 1825; she came to Sandusky with her parents
in 1833 and to Clarksfield the next year. In 1843 she was
married to William Stiles, of Clarksfield and they lived in
Clarksfield, where she died Feb. 23, 1899. Her husband and two
daughters, Mrs. Rose Adams and Mrs. Retta Spurrier,
and a son, Vernon E., survive her.
MARANDA CHERRY STRICKLAND
was born in Cambridge, Pa., in March, 1830, and came to Huron county
with her parents in
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1834. In 1853 she was married to J. R. Strickland and
they lived in Norwalk for thirty years. She died Jan. 25,
DENNIS G. TAYLOR
PHOEBE A. WRIGHT TAYLOR
HIRAM L. TOOKER
IRA S. TOWNSEND
was a son of Hosea Townsend, who came to Huron county in
1816, and Sophia Case, and was born in New London township
June 14, 1831. In 1855 he married Mary
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M. Ward and after her death he married Ellen Ward.
He died at his home in Fitchville Sept.12, 1893.
ALFRED F. WASHBURN was born in Wakeman
February, 1840, and died at his home in Oklahoma territory Dec. 24,
MRS. HARRIET MORSE WEBSTER
JOHN F. WEEKS
THOMAS THORN WEEKS
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Kipton, O., Miss Mattie Weeks of Oberlin and Miss Emma
Weeks of Waterbury, Conn.
CAPTAIN FREDERICK A. WILDMAN
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- Hon. John A. Williamson 572 (w/portrait)
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MARY J. WILSON was
a daughter of Joseph French and Janette Selton, and was born
in Wakeman township Aug. 27, 1830. In 1852 she was married to
Henry H. Wilson. She died at her home in Wakeman Feb. 1,
DR. AMOS WOODWARD
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