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History of Madison County, Ohio
Its People, Industries and Institutions
Chester E. Bryan, Supervising Editor
With Biographical Sketches of Representative Citizens and
Genealogical Records of Many of the Old Families
Published by B. F. Bowden & Company, Inc.
Indianapolis, Indiana



  ZEBULON D. FISHER People of all climes are filled with admiration for the man or woman who has ambition and the perseverance to accomplish things worth while in life, and it matters not whether they were of lowly birth or whether today they are of differing social classes, they are honored for their achievements regardless of nationality or creed.  To Zebulon D. Fisher, of Mt. Sterling, Madison County, Ohio, falls the approbation and praise for having earned the respect and esteem of his fellow men.  Zebulon D. Fisher was born on Nov. 13, 1873, in Pickaway county, Ohio, and received his education in the district schools of Pickaway county.  After leaving school in 1896, he served as a teacher in the schools of Monroe township, Pickaway county, Ohio.  He followed this vocation for seventeen years, and in connection with his work took up the study of law, with attorney Irvin F. Snyder, of Chillicothe, Ohio.
     Difficult as is the teaching of school, demanding as it does much time outside of school hours, Mr. Fisher succeeded in his study of the law and in 1897 he was admitted to the bar, beginning his practice in 1910, at Mt. Sterling, Madison county, Ohio, where he is also interested in the grocery business.
     In 1908 Zebulon D. Fisher was married to Laura M. Brown, who was born on Dec. 25, 1880, in Fairmount, Indiana.  Laura M. Brown is the daughter of Alexander and Mary A. (Jones) Brown, both natives of Cincinnati, Ohio. Alexander Brown was reared in Pike county, Ohio, and was a soldier in the Civil War.
     Zebulon D. Fisher is the son of Isaac N. and Hulda (Hanawalt) Fisher, who were the parents of seven children, of whom two only are now living.  Isaac N. Fisher was born in 1842, in Pickaway county, and engaged in farming until his death in 1878.  His wife, Hulda, was born in Union county, Ohio, and passed away in 1911, leaving two sons, Estal E., a merchant of Mt. Sterling; and Zebulon D., attorney and merchant, the only survivors of her immediate family.
     In Pickaway county, where he now lives, Mr. Fisher owns seventy-two acres of land.  He is the father of two daughters and two sons, namely: Laura E., Zebulon E., Paul R. and Mary A., all of whom are at home.  Mr. Fisher is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.  He is a Republican in politics and a member of the Methodist church.

Source: History of Madison County, Ohio - Illustrated - Published by B. F. Bowden & Company, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana - 1915 - Page 844
  THE BRYAN FLYNN FAMILY.    It is seldom that woman, entering the economic field, has the same opportunity to concentrate her thought and time upon the task in hand that man has, because of the household duties she is also forced to assume.  It gives the publishers of this work especial pleasure to discover and record lives which have not only been successful in the outer field of action, but which, in heroic self-renunciation, have ministered to the needs of dependent ones.  The Misses Ella and Julia Flynn, who successfully supervise a farm in Pleasant township are striking examples of this fact.
     Miss Ella Flynn was born in October, 1861, in Pickaway county, Ohio, the daughter of Bryan and Margaret (Sullivan) Flynn.  As the fourth child of a family of nine, she was not unused to some of the deprivations incident to those living in rural communities in the generation preceding our own.  There were many to be sheltered under the parental roof, many little mouths to be fed, and to accomplish this the parents, as well as the children as they grew to maturity, were compelled to be hard working and self-sacrificing.
     Bryan Flynn was born about 1830, in Ireland, leaving there at the age of twenty-four and migrating to America.  For one year he lived near the border line of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  His marriage occurred in New York City, after which he brought his bride to Madison county, Ohio, and for the remainder of his life engaged in farming.  After years of industry and economy he purchased ninety-six acres of land in Pleasant township, Madison county, moving to this place from Oak Run township, and on this place he made many extensive improvements.  Mr. Flynn did not limit his activities to agricultural pursuits, but took an active interest in the common good.  For instance, it was not merely a business consideration which led him to encourage the protective measures necessary along certain rivers, and because of his efficiency and honesty he was chosen to build the first levee on Deer creek, near the old Stephen Anderson farm, in the fall of 1880.  The “good roads” movement had an early advocate in him, for he spent both time and money in the interest of improving local highways.  He was very fond of purebred horses and made a study of them.  He was considered one of the most industrious men of his locality.
     Margaret (Sullivan) Flynn was an equally noble character, and an able assistant in all of her husband's interests.  Born in County Cork, Ireland, in 1833, she came to this country on the same sailing vessel on which her husband traveled, taking eight weeks to complete the voyage.  She was a devoted wife and mother. and passed away in 1913.  Both she and her husband were devout members of the Catholic church.  To them were born nine children. namely: William, of London, Ohio; Daniel, a farmer of Franklin county, Ohio; Sr. Mary Bernard, a Sister of Charity at Detroit, Michigan; Elia, who remains on the home farm; Margaret. deceased; Mary, of Columbus, Ohio; Bernard. who died in infancy; John, a farmer, and Julia, who also lives on the home farm.  Not only did Mr. and Mrs. Flynn rear and educate their own children, but they took other children under the shelter of their roof and care.  Bryan Flynn died on Oct. 23, 1899.
     Misses Ella and Julia Flynn have been eminently successful in the cultivation of the home farm, on which they are now living in their ‘beautiful home, which is equipped with all modern conveniences and improvements.  They have spent all of their lives on the farm, where they have grown up from childhood, having attended the Pleasant township school. Their sister, Mary, now residing in Columbus, Ohio, has been an efficient assistant in helping to care for the aged parents and making the home comfortable.  While the home place is not large, consisting of only ninety six acres, it is exceptionally well cared for, its condition doing credit to the brains and hands of the women who manage it.
     The Misses Flynn have never married because of the filial duties which they deemed they owed their parents.  Because of the illness and, later, the advanced age of the parents, it was evident to these noble women that they must be provided with a home, and to this task they devoted all of their strength and thought.  But even these duties did not consume all of their love and sympathy, for they became the loving guardians of their little nephew, Joseph, born on Sept. 1, 1899, who was the son of their brother, Daniel, taking him into their home after his mother’s death.  The little fellow, however, died on Nov. 2, 1908, at the age of nine, and at about the same time the wife of John, another brother, also died, leaving-a little boy ten days old.  The Misses Flynn took this boy to bring up, and he is now a student in the high school at London.  This boy, Bernard, was born on July 24, 1900, at Kiousville, Fairfield township.
     The Misses Flynn have lived too busy lives to give much time to organizations, but they are devout church members, and valued members of the Sodality of the Immaculate Conception.
     It is impossible for such a chronicle as the above to be more than a bare outline of the lives it describes.  The picture must be done in big, bold strokes, portraying merely the facts known to the world.  The details - all the "Little unseen, unnumbered acts of kindness and of love" - must go unnoticed except by the recording angel.  These women may justly be called noble who, in self-forgetfulness, have made life happier and richer and sweeter for those whose health and happiness depended largely on them.  For years they devoted themselves to the care of their parents thus relinquishing much that might have contributed to their own personal happiness.  In order to care for those who needed them, they voluntarily assumed burdens, which, through the alchemy of love, have been converted into blesings.
Source: History of Madison County, Ohio - Illustrated - Published by B. F. Bowden & Company, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana - 1915 - Page 869

Source: History of Madison County, Ohio - Illustrated - Published by B. F. Bowden & Company, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana - 1915 - Page 869


Source: History of Madison County, Ohio - Illustrated - Published by B. F. Bowden & Company, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana - 1915 - Page 869

  KEMPER L. FOSTER.    Kemper Lee Foster, an industrious farmer of Oak Run township, Madison County, Ohio, was born in Oak Run township, Apr. 10, 1867.  He is the son of Daniel B. and Margaret (Johnston) Foster, the former of whom was born in Ross county, Ohio, Mar. 7, 1828.
     Daniel B. Foster was the son of John Foster, Jr., who was born in Ross county, Ohio, Mar. 4, 1802.  After spending his boyhood in Ross county, he removed to Madison county in 1833, and located on land a part of which is now owned by his grandson, Kemper Lee, the subject of this sketch.  John Foster, Jr. was an early settler in Oak Run township, a member of the Whig party, but subsequently a republican.  He never took an active interest in politics, however, and was an honest and industrious citizen.  He died on Nov. 19, 1880.  His wife was Eliza Boyer, a native of Pike county, Ohio, and the daughter of Daniel Boyer.  They had ten children, of whom Daniel B., the father of Kemper Lee, was the eldest.  John Foster, Jr., was the son of John Foster, Sr., a native of Virginia, who came to Ross county, Ohio, about the commencement of the nineteenth century.
     Daniel B. Foster received a good common-school education, and has lived on his present farm since 1833.  He followed farming until the last four years, when he retired.  He is still living on the farm at the age of eighty-seven years, and enjoys good health.  For many years he has been a devoted member of the Methodist Episcopal church, and a class leader in the congregation.  He has always been a stanch Republican.  Daniel B. Foster was first married Jan. 22, 1852, to Miranda McCliams.  By this marriage they had three children, Bernard, Jennie and Flora, who died in infancy.  Jennie married John Van Wagner, of London.  Mrs. Miranda Foster died on Aug. 13, 1860, and, after her death, her husband married, for his second wife, Margaret Johnston, the daughter of George Johnston.  Nine children were born to this second marriage, as follow:  Jessie, Allie, Kemper L., Bruce, Eva, W. Irving, Frank E., Maud and Chester Glenn.
     Kemper Lee Foster
received a good common-school education in the district schools of Madison county.  He has followed farming all his life.
     On Dec. 19, 1894, Kemper L. Foster was married to Bessie Riddle, a daughter of Peter and Alice (Busic) Riddle, the former of whom was born in Columbus, Ohio, Sept. 23, 1846, and the latter in range township, Madison county, Nov. 10, 1848.  They were married in Madison county, on Dec. 31, 1873, and had only one child, Bessie, the wife of Mr. Foster.  Mrs. Foster's father was a farmer and died on Apr. 12, 1878.  The mother is living with her daughter.  Mr. and Mrs. Kemper Lee Foster had one daughter, who died in infancy.
     Mr. Foster owns a small farm in Oak Run township.  He is a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge No. 70, and Encampment No. 126, of London.  Both Mr. and Mrs. Foster are members of the Grange, No. 877.  Mr. Foster is a Republican in politics, and is president of the board of trustees of Oak Run township.  Mrs. Foster is a member of the Bethel Methodist Episcopal church.
Source: History of Madison County, Ohio - Illustrated - Published by B. F. Bowden & Company, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana - 1915 - Page 870




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