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The History of Marion County, Ohio

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A History of the County; Its Townships, Towns, Churches, Schools, etc.:
General and Local Statistics;  Military Record; Portraits of Early Settlers and Prominent Men;
History of Ohio; Miscellaneous Matters, Etc., Etc.
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Publ. Chicago; Leggett, Conaway & Co. -
1883

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  Prospect Twp. -
HENRY HAIN

Source: The History of Marion Co., Ohio - Published Chicago: Leggett, Conaway & Co. - 1883 - Page 925

  Richland Twp. -
FREDERICK HALT, was born July 22, 1846, in Wittenberg, Germany, where he operated a brewery for seven years.  He migrated to America in 1871, and worked for his brother, John Halt, for one year.  Feb. 19, 1873, he married Miss Mary Swartz, daughter of Jacob Swartz.  This union has been crowned with six children, three dying young.  Henry, Ida and Fred, Jr., are living.  Since marriage, Mr. Halt has been renting his father-in-law's place of ninety-six acres, and is rearing good stock generally.  Before coming to America, our subject served nearly four years in the German Army; was engaged in the late war with France and Germany as a member of the Fifth and Sixth Army Corps, under Crown Prince Frederick.  He is a member of the German Methodist Church.  He brought to this country $14, and to-day is worth some $2,500.
Source: The History of Marion Co., Ohio - Published Chicago: Leggett, Conaway & Co. - 1883 - Page 956
  Big Island Twp. -
AARON HARRAMAN was born in Green Camp Township in 1834, the son of Davis and Betsey Harraman, she dying when he was aged six weeks.  His father was a soldier of the war of 1812.  He remained at home until his eighteenth year; then worked by the month until marriage, for his brother, David Harraman, for seven years.  In the autumn of 1864, he married Miss Julia Carr, daughter of David and Polly Carr.  Their two living children are Orris W. and Clarence G.  In 1871, he purchased twenty acres near Big Island, where he lived until the spring of 1883, when he bought, where he now resides, eighty-one acres, paying $3,200 - sixty acres in timber.  His property is worth $50 per acre.  Mr. H. has ever been a hard worker, clearing in his time some fifty acres of forest land.
Source: The History of Marion Co., Ohio - Published Chicago: Leggett, Conaway & Co. - 1883 - Page 659
  Big Island Twp. -
JAMES HARRAMAN was born Nov. 21, 1825, in Big Island Township, son of David and Elizabeth Harraman  the latter from Pennsylvania.  They located in Big Island about 1818.  His father, David, served in the war of 1812, and was surrendered by Hull, at Detroit, Aug. 16, 1812.  His grandfather, David Harraman, of English-Scotch descent, served during the entire war of the Revolution, and was granted a pension; he died in Darke County, Ohio, aged one hundred years.  Mr. H. continued with his parents until he was aged twenty-one years; then worked by the day and month three years, receiving from 3 to 4 shillings per day.  He has always been a hard worker.  In the autumn of 1846, he married Abigail Van Fleet, daughter of John K. Van Fleet.  Eleven children have been born to them, five dying infants.  The living are Charles, Morton, Curtis, Louisa, James B. and Edward.  About 1850, he bought forty acres, where he now lives, which has multiplied to 282 acres.  His property is worth, at present $25,000.  He is building this season (1883) a large, handsome house, costing $2,000, located upon the site of an ancient Indian graveyard.  A half a mile of hedge runs in front of his house.  His farm is excellent for fruits and grain of all varieties, having some three acres of orchard.
Source: The History of Marion Co., Ohio - Published Chicago: Leggett, Conaway & Co. - 1883 - Page 659
  Bowling Green Twp. -
JOHN HARRIS

Source: The History of Marion Co., Ohio - Published Chicago: Leggett, Conaway & Co. - 1883 - Page 681

  Prospect Twp. -
L. D. HARSHBERGER

Source: The History of Marion Co., Ohio - Published Chicago: Leggett, Conaway & Co. - 1883 - Page 925

  Big Island Twp. -
JACOB HECKER was born in Baden, Germany, Apr. 29, 1829, the son of Jacob and Mary Hecker.  Upon the death of the latter, the father brought the family of three sons to America in 1847, locating at Galion, Ohio.  They remained there six years, when they moved a little south to Marion, living there thirteen years.  They came to Big Island Township in 1866, where the father died in 1871, aged seventy-three years.  Mr. Jacob Hecker acquired a knowledge of the tinner's trade in the fatherland.  He was married, in February of 1853, to Susan Schweinfurth, also of Germany.  Four children blessed this union, one dying young - Louis (deceased), Jacob, Jr., Catherine and John.  His wife died in 1865, aged thirty-six years.  In the spring of 1866, Mr. H. married again, Mary Krouse, daughter of Ferdinand and Sophia Krouse.  Eight children have been born to them, six surviving - R. Ferdinand, Susan, Magdalene, George, Richard, Sophia and Wesley Gustavus.  He purchased his present farm, then of 240 acres, in 1866, adding since forty acres, valuing it all at $65 per acre.  He also owns a beautiful and valuable residence at Marion, into which he intends moving in the immediate future.  His home buildings are good, substantial and convenient.  Himself and family belong to the German Methodist Episcopal Church, he connected officially.  He is a worthy and exemplary citizen.
Source: The History of Marion Co., Ohio - Published Chicago: Leggett, Conaway & Co. - 1883 - Page 660
  Richland Twp. -
JOHN HEIMLICH is an intelligent German, living in the southern part of Richland Twp.  At the time of his birth, Sept. 5, 1842, his parents Jacob and Derosa Heimlich, were living in Alsace, France, now a German province.  He emigrated to America in 1847, buying eighty acres, where our subject now resides.  Their children numbered three, and the father died in 1873, aged sixty-four yeas, while the mother passed away in 1879, aged seventy-two years.  Our subject having obtained an ordinary education, bought and inherited the old homestead, to which he has been adding, until his farm consists to-day of 200 acres, well drained and fenced. He has good buildings, and he values his farm at $80 per acre.  He has accumulated not less than $20,000./  June 19, 1864, he married Miss Barbara Augenstein, daughter of Ernest and Christina Augenstein.  Ten children have blessed this union - William S., Mary A., Charles F., John J., Emma C., Wastey P., Henry F., Clara S. and Ella S. (twins) and Dora B.  Mr. H. entertains the Democratic principals, and the family worship at the Lutheran Church, with which he has been officially connected.
Source: The History of Marion Co., Ohio - Published Chicago: Leggett, Conaway & Co. - 1883 - Page 956
  Big Island Twp. -
JOHN HEINER was born Aug. 17, 1837, in Richland Township, son of John G. and Neclanna Heiner, who came from Wittenberg, Germany, in 1835, locating in Claridon Township, where they had twelve children, only two surviving.  John G. served three years in the late war, in Company K, Fourth Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry, under Capt. and Col. Brown, of Marion.  John left home at the age of nineteen, and jobbed about until he learned the carpenter's trade, which he still plies at odd hours.  Apr. 1, 1856, he married Miss Mary Frummer, daughter of Caleb (from Germany) and Anna Frummer (from an island near Germany).  Their six children are Amelia, wife of Frank Jones; Catherine, deceased; Josephine M., John F., Flora L. and Clara.  Mr. H. rented for four years; then bought eighty-four acres in Auglaize County, remaining for five years; from there he went to Iowa, purchasing 120 acres, continuing there four yeas; he then returned to Marion Township, buying eighty acres, stopping four years, but bought present farm in 1874, consisting of 300 acres, paying $11,000, now worth $80 per acre.  His fine house he built in 1879, at a cost of $2,500; also good barn in 1881, costing $700.  He is tiling some 150 rods annually.  In stock, Mr. H. keeps the best grades of all varieties.  He is a prosperous farmer, an esteemed citizen, and himself and wife are consistent members of the Marion Lutheran Church.
Source: The History of Marion Co., Ohio - Published Chicago: Leggett, Conaway & Co. - 1883 - Page 660
  Prospect Twp. -
BENJAMIN K. HERBSTER, th

Source: The History of Marion Co., Ohio - Published Chicago: Leggett, Conaway & Co. - 1883 - Page 926

  Big Island Twp. -
FREDERICK G. HETTLER, the son of Jacob and Catherine Hettler, was born in Germany Nov. 20, 1827.  He sailed for this country in 1854, coming six years before his parents did.  He settled in Pennsylvania about two years, then lived in Marion for seven years, and then moved to Big Island Township, purchasing 100 acres of wild land in 1872.  He, with the assistance of his sons, have cleared and improved the most of this farm, and erected suitable buildings.  He married, in 1854, Catharine Pfeil, and three children crowned this union - Frederick, Mary and Jacob.  Their mother died in 1864, aged thirty-five years.  The following year he again married, Margaretta Haberman, and four children were born to them.  This wife died in 1878, also aged thirty-five.  His third union occurred in 1879, with Lena Wissinger, daughter of Gottleib and Margaret (Ritman) Wissinger, natives of Germany, and the parents of nine children, four living  - Margaretta L.,  Louisa Lena, Jacob G. and WilliamFrederick and three others are deceased.  Mr. Hettler is an industrious and worthy citizen.  HE is a Democrat, politically, and himself and wife are members of the Lutheran Church.
Source: The History of Marion Co., Ohio - Published Chicago: Leggett, Conaway & Co. - 1883 - Page 660

Big Island Twp. -
ENOCH HOCH is a native of Franklin County, Penn., born Sept. 27, 1827, the son of Gideon and Magdeline Hoch, who trace their lineage into Germany.  Enoch came to Fremont, Ohio, in 1854, engaging in the mercantile business for three years.  He then established himself at Cardington, Ohio, until 1860, manufacturing carriages.  Coming then to Marion, in 1867, he continued the same business.  He purchased his farm, then of 380 acres, in 1863, which has increased to 500 acres.  He also owns 180 acres located near the Scioto River.  He employs five laborers regularly.  His beautiful farm is laid out in square forty-acre fields, upon which he raises extensive quantities of grass, having this season (1883) 150 acres of meadow.  He also cultivates fruit of all varieties, twelve acres being devoted to orchard.  His attractive and commodious home, admitting a beautiful lawn in front, was built in 1853.  He married Miss Mary C. Garvin, daughter of Henry Garvin, of Tiffin, Ohio.  This union was crowned with four children, two dying young.  The two living children are Mary C. and Frederick S.   Mr. and Mrs. Hoch have been members of the Reformed Church since childhood.  Mr. Hoch is an estimable and worthy citizen of Marion County.  His portrait appears on another page. (in the book)
Source: The History of Marion Co., Ohio - Published Chicago: Leggett, Conaway & Co. - 1883 - Page 661

  Big Island Twp. -
ARCHIBALD HOPKINS, an old and respected citizen, is a native of Big Island Township, the son of Robert and Nancy Hopkins, who hailed from the State of Delaware.  Archibald's grandfather, John Hopkins, arrived in Ohio in 1797, bringing Robert, aged three years, and five older children, settling in Pike County, Ohio, but he died in Pickaway County.  Archibald's father, Robert, came to Big Island in December, 1822, locating on the "Heiner farm."  He taught the first school in that district, continuing two or three terms.  He was a prominent member of the Free-Will Baptist Church, at Big Island Village; its Deacon for forty-three years, its Clerk, and also Secretary of its quarterly and yearly meetings.  He reared a family of seven children, one of whom - Robert - was Judge of the Probate Court of this county, and his youngest daughter married Dr. J. Copeland, of La Rue.  He owned at one time 400 acres of land, and was worth some $20,000.  He represented Marion and its districts in both branches of the State Legislature.  He was also an old soldier of the war of 1812, his wife receiving, on that account, a pension from 1872 to 1881.  Robert's father, John Hopkins, participated in the Revolutionary war.  Robert died in 1864, aged seventy years, while his wife survived until 1881, when she died aged eighty-five years.  In their veins mingled the Scotch, Irish and English blood.  Mr. Hopkins recalls seeing about his father's door deer, wolves and Indians, and knew personally Armstrong and Matthew Walker.  He injured his health, when only sixteen, and has been paralyzed more or less ever since.  His first marriage took place Apr. 14, 1853, to Miss Cordelia Higgins.  She died at the birth of her only child, which did not survive. Feb. 28, 1861, he married Miss Alvira Brocket, daughter of Alonson Brocket, of Trumbull County, Ohio.  She, too, died three years later.  His last marriage was solemnized with Miss Mary P. Langdon (a Quaker), daughter of William and Lucinda Langdon.  In 1856, Mr. H. bought, in Boone County, Iowa, 160 acres, paying $500.  He has added since eighty-one acres more, and he values it all now at $30 per acre.  He purchased his present home, consisting to-day of only six and a half acres, in 1862, where he and his wife live very contentedly.  They are both members of the Free-Will Baptist Church, of which he has been Deacon several years.
Source: The History of Marion Co., Ohio - Published Chicago: Leggett, Conaway & Co. - 1883 - Page 661
  Montgomery Twp. -
JOHN G. HOSTETTER was born in Germany Jan. 7, 1850, the son of John and Rosa (Weiland) Hostetter, who came to America in 1851, stopping in Morrow County, Ohio, fifteen years, coming then to Green Camp where they still reside.  Mr. H. spent two and a half years in the West; he married, July 6, 1878, Dorothy Hover, daughter of Isaiah Hover.  Two children have been born to them - John H., born Apr. 10, 1879; and Minnie G., born Aug. 2, 1881.  He returned from the West in 1880, locating at Scott Town, and engaged in the mercantile trade.  He is doing the leading business in this little village; has the post office; is an honorable citizen and an Independent voter.
Source: The History of Marion Co., Ohio - Published Chicago: Leggett, Conaway & Co. - 1883 - Page 839
  Prospect Township -
JOHN H. HOWISON was born near Brentsville, Prince William Co., Va., Aug. 9, 1830; his parents were John and Louisa (Cornwall) Howison, who came to Muskingum County in 1838, remained two years and returned to Virginia; came to Ohio again in 1847, locating on land in Delaware County in 1850, where his youngest son - Stephen G. Howison - now lives.  He died in April, 1865; his widow now resides with her son, John H.  In 1853, John H. Howison, in partnership with his brother, Charles O., brought 212 acres of wild land on Survey 6,162 Prospect Township; the same year they divided this land, each taking 106 acres; here Mr. Howison has lived ever since.  He has cleared sixty-five or seventy acres of this land and still owns seventy-seven acres of the original purchase.  In addition to the home farm, he has cleared some forty acres of land once owned by him, but now by Simon Rogers, in Claibourne Township, Union County. He was married, Mar. 28, 1861, to Mary A. Adams born in Sussex County, near Brighton, England, Oct. 2, 1840, and was brought to the United States by her father, Robert Adams, when she was but two and a half years old.  Robert Adams was an early settler in this neighborhood.  Mr. and Mrs. Howison have had eight children - Amanda J., born Jan. 10, 1863; Henrietta L., Jan. 25, 1865;  Thomas E., February 16, 1867; Angelina A., December 26, 1869; Walter G, Nov. 12, 1872; Sarah E., Mar. 1, 1875; Alfred H., May 19, 1877, and died July 31, 1877, and Ivy D., March 28, 1881, and died June 9, 1883.  Mr. Howison  is a Democrat, and has served the township was Trustees two years, Justice of the Peace six years, and is now serving his third term.  Esquire Howison and wife are both members of the Methodist Church and are among the best respected citizens of Prospect Township.
Source: The History of Marion Co., Ohio - Published Chicago: Leggett, Conaway & Co. - 1883 - Page 927
  Big Island Twp. -
MRS. SARAH A. HUDSON was born Nov. 23, 1823, in Harrison County, Ohio, the daughter of Rev. William and Margery Kenyon, who came from the Isle of Man in 1821, settling in Harrison County.  They reared a family of eight children, one a minister, Rev. Henry KenyonMrs. Hudson remained with her parents until Sept. 30, 1856, when she was married to Rev. William Hudson, of the Methodist Episcopal Church, North Ohio Conference.  Mr. Hudson was a thorough scholar and a self-made man.  He served twenty-two years as pastor, commencing in 1850; failing health compelled him to cease his labors.  A severe attack of typhoid pneumonia caused his death May 2, 1879, aged sixty-two years.  Mr. and Mrs. Hudson had four children, one dying an infant.  The living are William W., Henry M. and Lulu J. M.  Rev. Dr. Hudson bought, in 1869, where the family now resides, a farm of 160 acres, paying $3,700; having improved it with a fine house and good outbuildings, it is now valued at $10,000.  Mrs. H. belongs to the Methodist Episcopal Church, of which she has been a consistent member for the past fifty years.
Source: The History of Marion Co., Ohio - Published Chicago: Leggett, Conaway & Co. - 1883 - Page 662
  Prospect Twp. -
EVAN HUGHES

Source: The History of Marion Co., Ohio - Published Chicago: Leggett, Conaway & Co. - 1883 - Page 927

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