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History of Pickaway County
and Representative Citizens
Edited and Compiled by
Hon. Aaron R. Van Cleaf
Circleville, Ohio
Publ. 1906

 

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

  DAVID GRANVILLE DENNIS, a leading farmer and good citizen of Muhlenberg township, owning a fine farm of 156 acres in this township, was born in Monroe township, Pickaway County, Ohio, Aug. 8, 1854, and is a son of David H. and Winnie (Funk) Dennis.
     Daniel Dennis, the grandfather of our subject, was born in Maryland and was the founder of the family in Ohio.  He was twice married.  He located in Ross County but subsequently came to Pickaway and died in Monroe township in 1877 at the age of 98 years.  His father lived to the age of 103.
     David H. Dennis, father of David Granville Dennis, was born in Ross County, Ohio, Nov. 10, 1826, and accompanied his parents to Monroe township, Pickaway County, where his whole life has been spent.  He still owns 212 acres of fine land and has distributed among his children some 365 acres all of it in one body, lying in Monroe and Muhlenberg townships.  For a number of years he dealt largely in land, handled a large amount of stock and carried on extensive farming.  He served at one time as treasurer of Monroe township and for a long period has been one of the leading Republicans of his locality.  His wife died Apr. 29, 1901, at the age of 73 years, leaving six children, namely: William T., of Monroe township; Mrs. Sarah Jane Mitchell, of Monroe township; David Granville, of this sketch; Richard T., of Monroe township; Nancy, wife of Charles Downs, of Monroe township; and Samantha wife of Seth Hill, of Monroe township.
     David G. Dennis was reared in Monroe township and attended the district schools.  He was reared to agricultural pursuits and has proved a first class farmer.  He has resided on his present farm for the past 25 years and has developed and improved it into a very valuable property.
     Mr. Dennis has been twice married; first to Harriet Hanson.  Two children were born to this union, viz:  Minnie, who is a teacher at Darbyville; and Henry T., of Muhlenberg township, who is married and has a son, Paul H.  Mr. Dennis was married (second) on Mar. 26, 1902, to Dora Wing, who was born in Vinton County, Ohio, and is a daughter of James and Phebe Ann (Carpenter) Wing.
     Mr. Dennis
has been a Republican all his life.  He has been a useful citizen of Muhlenberg township, serving 13 years as trustee and about five years as school director.  He belongs to the camp of the Modern Woodmen of America at Darbyville.  A group picture of the Dennis family accompanies this sketch.
     Mr. Dennis has been a Republican all his life.  He has been a useful citizen of Muhlenberg township, serving 13 years as trustee and about five years as school director.  He belongs to the camp of the Modern Woodmen of America at Darbyville.  A group picture of the Dennis family accompanies this sketch.
Source:  History of Pickaway County, Ohio and Representative Citizens, Edited and Compiled by Hon. Aaron R. Van Cleaf. Circleville, Ohio - Publ. 1906 - Page 821
HON. RENICK W. DUNLAP, a member of the 76th General Assembly of Ohio - State Senator from the 10th Senatorial District - is one of the men of prominence in Pickaway County, where he was born Oct. 21, 1872.  He is a son of Nelson J. and Elizabeth (Bell) Dunlap, and a grandson of John and Mary (Minear) Dunlap.
    
The Dunlap family can justly lay claim to be one of the old pioneer ones of this section of the State.  As far back as traced, its ancestry belongs to Virginia, and it was from that State that the great-grandfather of our distinguished subject came to what was then the wilderness of Ohio, and established his family among the first in Ross County.  He had married a native of Maryland, and at least one son was nine years old when the settlement was made.  John Dunlap, the son mentioned, served in the War of 1812, and lived in Ross County until his death in 1878.
     Nelson J. Dunlap, father of Renick W. Dunlap, was born in Ross County and was educated in the early schools of the neighborhood, having better advantages than many of his comrades, through his parents' care in sending him to an excellent private school at Chillicothe.  Had the Civil War not come upon the country, it is probable that his life would have been entirely confined to agricultural pursuits in his native county, but in November, 1863, he enlisted in the United States Navy, in defense of his country.  He was attached to the Mississippi squadron and for more than a year took part in the general warfare along the river.  Prior to entering the navy, he had been a volunteer in the defense of Cincinnati and thus became somewhat acquainted with the hardships of a soldier's life, proving his bravery by acting as a scout under Colonel Reed.  The life on the water was scarcely less exciting and hazardous, but Mr. Dunlap returned home without serious injury.
     After his return from the army, Mr. Dunlap resumed farming and in 1868 settled in Pickaway County, near Kingston, where he remained until 1905, when he removed to Kingston.  He still retains his cultivated farming lands, which aggregate some 1,100 acres, and also gives attention to the business enterprise known as the Kingston tile factory, of which he is the proprietor.  He has also long been prominent in county politics and served two terms as township treasurer and had the honor of being the first Republican ever elected in Pickaway township.
     On Dec. 10, 1867, Mr. Dunlap was married to Elizabeth Bell, who was born in Ross County, Ohio, Dec. 25, 1846, and is a daughter of Hugh and Lovina (Renick) Bell, the former of whom was born in Pickaway and the latter in Ross county.  Hugh Bell was a son of Thomas Bell, who was an early settler in this part of the State.  To Mr. and Mrs. Dunlap were born the following children: Mary E. wife of Amos Leist of Kingston, Ohio; Renick W., our subject; Nellie T., wife of Dennis Dreisbach, of Pickaway County; and Alice J., who resides with her parents in Kingston.
     For a number of years Nelson J. Dunlap was president of the township School Board, having always been an earnest advocate of public education.  He is an active member of the Grand Army of the Republic post at Kingston and for years has been one of the leading members of the Patrons of Husbandry and has served as master of the Scioto Grange.  He is a member of one of the trustees of the Presbyterian Church at Kingson.
     Renick W. Dunlap passed his boyhood on his father's farm and secured his early education in the local schools and completed his course at the Kingston High School.  In 1895,  after a thorough course of agricultural training, he was graduated at the Agricultural College of the Ohio State University.  His tastes have always been in the direction of agricultural pursuits and, although public affairs have claimed a part of his time, his greatest pleasure is found on his beautiful farm, where work is carried on systematically and scientifically, with the most satisfying results.  For some time he has been interested in the breeding of Shorthorn cattle and owns some valuable herds.
     From his youth up Mr. Dunlap has been an intelligent student of public affairs and has been more or less prominent in the councils of the Republican party, for an extended period.  He belongs to the younger body of political workers and was elected to his present honorable and responsible position by a very flattering vote.  In September, 1906, he received the Republican nomination for the office of State dairy and food commissioner.
     Mr. Dunlap was married June 9, 1897, to Maxie e. Cummins, who was born at Columbus, Ohio, and is a daughter of Edward W. Cummins, of that city.  They have one son, Nelson H., who was born Feb. 16, 1902.
     Fraternally Mr. Dunlap is connected with the Modern Woodmen of America and with the various Masonic bodies.  HE has always been notably public spirited, has always worked for the welfare of his township and county and has testified to his interest in educational and religious enterprises by liberally contributing to their advancement.
Source:  History of Pickaway County, Ohio and Representative Citizens, Edited and Compiled by Hon. Aaron R. Van Cleaf. Circleville, Ohio - Publ. 1906 - Page 848
SAMUEL W. DUNLAP, a prominent retired farmer of Monroe township, now residing in Circleville, was born in Ross county, Ohio, and is a son of John Dunlap.
     The grandfather of our subject, John Dunlap, was born in Virginia and moved to Ross County, Ohio, in 1821.  His son, also named John, was born in Rockbridge county, Virginia, in 1811, and accompanied his father to Ross County, Ohio, when he was 11 years of age.  There he became a prominent citizen and there he died in 1881.
     Samuel W. Dunlap was reared in Ross County and there attended school and was trained in agricultural pursuits.  In 1869 he came to Pickaway County and settled in Monroe township on a farm of 500 acres given him by his father, to which he added until he now owns 1,000 acres, all of this being finely improved and all in one body.  Mr. Dunlap engaged in extensive stock-raising and at the present time is the owner of a herd of 25 head of Shorthorns; during his active years it was his custom to fatten two or three carloads of cattle annually.  He also raised and shipped many fine hogs.  For a number of years he was one of the leading agriculturists of the western section of the county.
     Mr. Dunlap was married to Mary Hyde, a daughter of Nathan Hyde, a farmer of Ross County, Ohio.  The three children born to this marriage are: Flora, who is engaged in "Settlement" work, being at the head of a Settlement House at Des Moines, Iowa; John, who is a farmer of Deer Creek township; and Arthur, who now manages the home farm in Monroe township.
     For 20 years Mr. Dunlap was a member of the Monroe township School board.  He belongs to the Methodist Episcopal Church, for years has been one of the stewards and is a member of the board of trustees.
Source:  History of Pickaway County, Ohio and Representative Citizens, Edited and Compiled by Hon. Aaron R. Van Cleaf. Circleville, Ohio - Publ. 1906 - Page 424
SHARON WICK'S NOTE:
1880 Census Monroe Twp., Pickaway Co., Ohio on June 30, 1880 -
Dwelling 323 Family 323
Dunlap, S. W.            W M 39 M Farmer                          b. Ohio  Fath. b. Va.  Moth. b. Ohio
" , Mary                      W F 30  M Wife   Keeping house   b. Ohio  Fath. b. Va.  Moth. b. Ohio
" , Flora W.               W F 9 Dau S  At School                  b. Ohio  Fath. b. Ohio  Moth. b. Ohio
" , John  H.                W M 4 Son S   At (blank)                b. Ohio  Fath. b. Ohio  Moth. b. Ohio
" , Arthur S.                W M 1  Son  S                                b. Ohio  Fath. b. Ohio  Moth. b. Ohio
Adams, Mary E.          W F 13           At School         non resident  b. Ohio  Fath. b. Pa  Moth. b. Ohio
McCarty, Sarah          W F 38          Servant                    b. Ohio  Fath. b. Ohio  Moth. b. Ohio
 


 

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