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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, OHIO
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now living in retirement in Brookville, Clay township,
Montgomery county, Ohio, was born in Carroll county, Md.,
Dec. 18, 1820. His great-great-grandfather came from
Germany and settled in Maryland in the old colonial days.
Peter Bixler, grandfather of George, was born
in Frederick county, Md., but located in Carroll county
early in life, married a Miss Vance, and had born to
him the following children: John, Polly, Samuel,
Elizabeth, Sallie, Benjamin and Joel. The
father died in Carroll count, aged eighty-two years, a
SAMUEL BIXLER, son of Peter
and father of George Bixler, was born in Carroll
county, Md., Oct. 6, 1799, and in his youthful days learned
milling, which he followed for ten years. He married,
in Carroll county, Miss Leah Maus, who was born in
1802, daughter of George and Mary (Kittsmitter) Maus,
and to this marriage were born seven children, viz:
George, Savilla, Eliza, Margaret (who died at two years
of age), Kate, Mary and David.
Samuel Bixler, after working for several years in
his father-in-law’s mill in Maryland, came to Ohio in 1828,
and for three months lived in Lewisburg, Preble county; then
moved to what was then known as Fisher’s mill, on Twin
creek, remained there a year and a half, and then, in 1830,
came to Montgomery county and bought a 160-acre farm in
Perry township, about ten miles west of Dayton, at $5 per
acre, sixty acres being cleared and improved with a good log
house and barn. This farm he paid for in silver--$800;
of this sum he borrowed $500 from his father, in Maryland,
making the trip thither on horseback. He stowed the
silver in his saddle-bags, and was twelve days in crossing
the mountains on his return. At night he would stop at
some old-fashioned inn and trust his saddle-bags to the
safe-keeping of the landlord. Mr. Bixler
succeeded in clearing up his farm and in making an excellent
home, where he died in 1859, aged nearly sixty years.
He and his wife were members of the New Lutheran church, and
in politics Mr. Bixler was a democrat.
He reared his family in respectability, and he himself died,
an honored man.
George Bixler was reared to hard farm labor, and
aided his father in clearing the home farm on coming to
Ohio, he being then but eight years of age. He
attended school two months each winter until seventeen years
old, and at the age of twenty-seven, Feb. 22, 1847, in Perry
township, Montgomery county, married Miss Rachael A.
Clemmer, who was born Dec. 20, 1827, a daughter of
John and Phebe (Nevins) Clemmer. John Clemmer
was a native of Virginia, married in Rockingham county, that
state, and brought his family to Ohio, about 1812, and
settled on Twin river, in Perry township, Montgomery county,
cleared a farm of 160 acres, and there died at the age of
eighty-one years. He was the father of ten children:
Fannie, Mary, Jane, John, George, William, Rachael A.,
Martha, Silas and Catherine.
Mr. and Mrs. Bixler, just after marriage located
on a farm of eighty acres in Perry township, of which
fifteen acres had been cleared. Mr. Bixler
lived here but one year, having in the meantime built a log
house. He then moved upon his father’s farm, where he
lived for a year, going thence to a farm of 148 acres in the
same township. which he still owns. To this he added
until he owned 250 acres in Montgomery county and 380 acres
in Darke county, and finally retired from his farm residence
to Brookville, Feb. 28, 1895, having given each of his
children sufficient means to start them well in life.
In politics Mr. Bixler was first a democrat,
but was early imbued with republican ideas, and was one of
the organizers of that party in Montgomery county, voting
for its first nominee for the presidency of the United
States, John C. Fremont. He and his wife are
members of the New Lutheran church, in which faith they have
reared their seven children, who were named, in order of
birth, Phebe, Samuel, John, Mary, David, William and
Jesse F. The family are held in high esteem
throughout the township and in all parts of the county,
where the name is widely known.
Source: Centennial Portrait and Biographical Record of
the City of Dayton and of Montgomery County, Ohio, publ.
1897 - Page 1229
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