OHIO GENEALOGY EXPRESS
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Marion County, Ohio
History & Genealogy
Portrait & Biographical Records
of Marion & Hardin Counties, Ohio
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and Representative Citizens of the Counties
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|WILLIAM H. CLINE.
Many of the old residents of Claridon Township, Marion County,
remember well this noble patriot, whose life was offered on the
altar of his country's liberties, and who died in the hospital at
Washington, Oct. 17, 1862. His widow has continued to dwell on
the old homestead formerly conducted by Mr. Cline, and
which contains one hundred and seven acres. A son of
Abraham Cline, our subject was born Apr. 28, 1828, in
Marion, being one of four children, three sons and a daughter, only
one of whom survives. Young William lived at Marion
until he was four years of age, at which time he was left an orphan.
He was then taken into the family of his uncle, Henry
Cline, who lived in Troy Township, Delaware County. Under
his hospitable roof he continued to make his abode until he reached
his majority, and in 1851 he returned to this his native county.
He soon located on a farm in Claridon Township, this place having
been taken up by his father from the Government. For over a
decade Mr. Cline's time was earnestly given to the
improvement of this land, most of which he brought under
June 25, 1850, occurred the marriage of our subject and Rachel M. Darst. She was born in Fairfield County, Ohio, Feb. 13, 1829, and is the daughter of William and Margaret Darst. To Mr. and Mrs. Cline were born six children, the eldest of whom, Priscilla J., became the wife of James Seboldt, who is a farmer of Allen County; Jerome, the eldest son, is an enterprising farmer of Claridon Township; Caroline became the wife of Jarry Brockston; Nancy is Mrs. Robert McElhaney; Etta became the wife of David Barringer, of Ottawa County, Ohio, who is a physician by profession; and Flora J. died when two years of age.
William H. Cline received a common-school education, but made the best of his limited opportunities, with the result that he possessed an unusual fund of information and practical knowledge. He enlisted as a private in Company H, Fourth Ohio Regiment, Apr. 23, 1861, and was sent to Cincinnati. Thence he was ordered to Virginia, where he did effective service. Owing to exposure and hardships incident to army life, he was taken sick, and after two or three months in the hospital departed this life, Oct. 17, 1862, and was buried in the South. In his political faith he was a Democrat, and never failed to discharge the duties which devolved upon him as a citizen.
†Source: Portrait & Biographical Records of Marion & Hardin Counties, Ohio - 1895 - Page 420