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



DR. CHARLES H. HAWKES was a native of Massachusetts, being born at Charlemont.  His education was received in Middlebury, Vermont, and at the Berkshire Medical College, from which he was graduated in the class of 1845.  He began to practice at Tarlton, Pickaway County, in 1847, and the next year came to Circleville and became a partner of Dr. Marcus Brown.  This association continued only a year, after which he practiced alone until 1873, when his brain became affected by a disease which caused his death, in1878. He was placed successively in asylums at Dayton, Athens and Columbus, at which latter place he died.  One of the most costly and beautiful monuments in Forest Cemetery marks his resting-place.  Dr. Hawkes was married in 1867 to Alice Piper.  Their home was one of the landmarks of the old circle, a charmingly situated brick house, standing diagonally to Franklin street, the tearing down of which in 1905 removed almost the last remnant of that peculiar conformation, to which the town owes its name.
Source:  History of Pickaway County, Ohio and Representative Citizens, Edited and Compiled by Hon. Aaron R. Van Cleaf. Circleville, Ohio - Publ. 1906 - Page 306
ROBERT MATHIAS HIPSHER, a prominent and substantial farmer of Washington township, the owner of 752 acres of valuable land, was born in Madison township, Fairfield County, Ohio, Oct. 10, 1833, and is a son of John and Elizabeth (Young) Hipsher.
     John Hipsher
was born at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and came to Ohio with his parents when two years of age.  His father, Mathias Hipsher, entered land in Madison township, Fairfield County, and that remained the homestead.  Elizabeth (Young) Hipsher, the mother of Robert M. Hipsher, was reared near what is now known as Clear Port, Madison township, Fairfield County, and was a daughter of Robert Young, a pioneer of that county.  On the paternal side Robert M. Hipsher comes of German ancestry and on the maternal is of English descent.  On Oct. 1, 1851, John Hipsher left Fairfield County, Ohio, accompanied by his family, for Effingham County, Illinois.  There he bought a farm of 640 acres of which both he and his wife died.
     Robert M. Hipsher accompanied his parents to Illinois but remained there only a short time.  After his return to Ohio he spent one __ in Hocking County and in 1853 he was married to Sarah Chambers, a daughter of Alexander Chambers.  The latter owned a farm of __2 acres in Washington township, Pickaway county, on which he never lived and which is now the home of our subject, having been purchased by him at $3 per acre.  Mr. Chambers spent his whole life on his farm of 300 acres in Hocking County.
     After his marriage, Mr. Hipsher, with his wife, removed to Illinois, where they lived for several years.  Mr. Hipsher's total residence in Illinois comprised about four years.  Upon returning to Ohio, they lived on the Chambers homestead in Hocking County for two years.
     In 1857 they came to their present farm, which, at that time, was heavily timbered.  They lived for a time in a log cabin and while Mr. Hipsher was clearing the land and getting it under cultivation, the family saw something of pioneer life.  Subsequently the old log cabin was torn down and a comfortable frame dwelling took its place.  Mr. Hipsher is one of the largest landowners in his vicinity, his property being divided into six separate farms, each one of which has certain claims to excellence.  There is one tract of 402 acres, which is divided into three farms, which were originally to George Hoffman farm, the Daniel Heffner farm and the home place.  He also owns 165 acres near Oakland, in Fairfield County, 50 acres near Lancaster, in Bern township, Fairfield County, and 137 acres in Hocking County.  He has carried on general farming operations on his home place and has satisfactorily rented his other properties.  He has expended a large amount of money in making excellent improvements.
     Mr. and Mrs. Hipsher have had four children, as follows:  Malissa, Jennie, Drusilla and Rhoda.  Malissa married Samuel Heffner and at her death, in July, 1905, left three of her four children, viz.:  Sarah, who married Elmer Coffman and has one child, Sarah Jane, born in July, 1898; Flora, who married George Wolf; and Weldon.  Jennie Hipsher married Simon Barr.  Drusilla married Ananias Morris, of Circleville.  Rhoda remains at home with her parents.  The family is one of the most highly respected in Washington  township.
Source:  History of Pickaway County, Ohio and Representative Citizens, Edited and Compiled by Hon. Aaron R. Van Cleaf. Circleville, Ohio - Publ. 1906 - Page 516
JACOB LUTHER HOOVER, a representative agriculturist of Walnut township, who resides on his excellent farm of 40 acres, which is situated in section 5, range 21, was born on his father's farm about a quarter of a mile south of his present residence, on Dec. 30, 1852.  He belongs to one of the pioneer families of this section, and is a son of Christian and Margaret (Tritch) Hoover
     The Hoover family came to Ohio from Virginia.  The great-grandparents of Jacob L. Hoover were George and Martha Hoover, who were natives of the Old Dominion, where the greater part of their lives was spent.  In age they joined their son Jacob in Ohio, where they died.
     Jacob Hoover, the grandfather of Jacob L. Hoover, was born in Pendleton County, Virginia, and was the pioneer of the family in Ohio.  He settled on a quarter-section of land in Walnut township, Pickaway County, to which he added other tracts, developed a farm here, he died at the early age of 47 years, on July 30, 1825.  In Virginia he married Magdalena Ruhlman and when he came to Ohio they had two children.
     Christian Hoover, son of Jacob and father of Jacob L. Hoover, was born in Walnut township, Pickaway County, Ohio, where he died Mar. 13, 1889, aged 77 years.  He not only kept his father's farm intact but added to it and at the time of death owned 320 acres  He married Margaret Tritch, who was born and reared in Maryland.  She died July 11, 1874, aged 53 years.  Her father was William Tritch.  Both her parents died in Maryland.  Christian Hoover and wife had eight children, namely: Mrs. Emeline Knepper who lives on a farm adjoining that of Jacob L. Hoover; Madison R., who married Malinda Robinson and resides at Columbus, Ohio; Willis E., who married Sophronia Noecker (now deceased) and resides in Ashville; Mrs. Nancy J. Strouse, who lives on part of the original farm; Jacob Luther; Peter E., who married Olive Scothorn and died in November, 1902; and Mary E. and Clara C. who live in Ashville.
     Jacob L. Hoover was reared in Walnut township.  After completing the district school course, in 1874 he went to the normal school at Worthington, Ohio, and for the following 16 years taught in Pickaway and Fairfield counties.
     In 1877 Mr. Hoover was married to Mary Snyder, a daughter of Adam Snyder, of Fairfield County, and a granddaughter of Rev. Joseph A. Roof.  She died in 1883.  Mr. Hoover was married (second) to Emma J. Scothorn, on Sept. 12, 1888.  She is a daughter of Monroe Scothorn, of Pickaway County, and was born Oct. 27, 1863.  Mr. and Mrs. Hoover have one child, Ira Morrison, was born Oct. 19, 1889.
     Mr. Hoover is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church at St. Paul, of which he is treasurer and in which he has been deacon and steward.  He is one of the directors of the Reber Hill Cemetery.  For three years he was president of the School Board of Walnut township.
Source:  History of Pickaway County, Ohio and Representative Citizens, Edited and Compiled by Hon. Aaron R. Van Cleaf. Circleville, Ohio - Publ. 1906 - Page 778
JEREMIAH B. HORNBECK, proprietor of the "Yellow Bud Farm," a large estate situated in Jackson township on the Dawson turnpike, three and a half miles northeast of Williamsport, is one of the leading citizens of this section.  He was born in Deer Creek township, Pickaway County, Ohio, June 17, 1850, and is a son of Cyrus and Jane (Baker) Hornbeck.
The Hornbeck family is a very old one in Pickaway County, the grandfather of our subject, Simon Hornback, having been born in Deer Creek township, on his father's farm.  The latter was of German descent and spoke that language.  It is likely he was a Pennsylvanian and one of the earliest settlers along Deer Creek.  Simon Hornbeck spent his entire life in Deer Creek township, where he owned 100 acres of land.  He is represented as having been a man of great physical development six feet in height and of athletic build.  He was well known as a hunter and often went with the Indians of this locality on hunting trips in the forest.  He won the esteem of the savages through fair dealings with them, and no record is found that they proved other than trustworthy.  He was a great church man and was one of the founders of the Christian Church in Deer Creek township.  He lived to the age of 80 years.
     Cyrus Hornbeck, son of Simon and father of our subject, was born in Deer Creek township, where his whole busy, useful life was spent and where he died on Christmas Day, 1886, aged 68 years.  He was a man of large means and invested much money in land, at one time being the owner of 800 acres.  This was the home farm, a fertile tract all in one body, in Deer Creek and Jackson townships.  He was a very successful farmer and devoted his entire life to agricultural pursuits.  A great part of the immense body of land he cleared himself; some of it was originally covered with heavy timber.  Mr. Hornbeck voted, in early life, with the Whig party, and later with the Republicans, but he would not, under any consideration, accept office.  In him the Christian Church found a liberal supporter - he was one of the local preachers in this religious body.  When the proposal came to erect the present church edifice, he made a contribution of $1,000.
     Cyrus Hornbeck married Jane Baker, who was born near Clarksburg, Deer Creek township, Oct. 18, 1819, and died Feb. 5, 1891, aged 72 years.  She was a daughter of James and Mary Baker, and a niece of Mackey Baker, was a wealthy stock-raiser of Deer Creek township.  Cyrus Hornbeck and wife had nine children, as follows:  Ira, deceased; Marvin, who married Mary Keys and is now deceased; Sarah; Mary, who married Jarret Rector, of Chillicothe; Jeremiah B., of this sketch; Oliver B., of Williamsport, who married Mary Yates; Mrs. Henry Galbreth, a widow, residing at Mount Sterling; Edgar C., of Mount Sterling, who married Ella Hunsicker; and Etta, of Mount Sterling.
     Jeremiah B. Hornbeck remained on the home farm until his marriage and then settled on 100 acres of his present farm, which his father gave him.  He has made all the modern improvements which make it one of the township's fine farms, at various times having also added to its extent.  He purchased 80 adjoining acres and in the spring of 1905 he bought 75 more and has 255 acres in one body of land, this comprising his home place.  He also owns a farm of 118 acres in Perry township and another, of 114 acres, in Monroe township.  He rents two of his farms and operates the rest of his land in general farming and stock-raising.  The homestead of Mr. Hornbeck is known as the "Yellow Bud Farm," being named for the stream of that name which flows through his land, draining it and making it well adapted to both farming and stock-raising.  It borders one of the leading highways of the county - the Dawson turnpike.  This farm is within easy distance of two towns, Williamsport being but three and a half miles to the southwest, and Circleville being within eight miles and a half.  This farm is widely known for its fine grade of stock.
     On Jan. 17, 1884, Mr. Hornbeck was married to Theresa E. Phillips.  She was born in Monroe Township, Pickaway County, Ohio, Sept. 7, 1850 and is a daughter of Daniel Ryan and Nancy (Outen) Phillips.  The parents of Mrs. Hornbeck were born and married in Delaware.  In 1833 they located in Monroe township, Pickaway County, where they spent the rest of their lives.  The children of Mr. and Mrs. Phillips were: Maria Elizabeth, who married A. J. Walston - both recently deceased; Kendall, David I. and Rev. Charles A., all of whom served in the Civil War; Mary A., who married George Betts, of Deer Creek township; Sarah Jane, deceased, who was the wife of Jacob Terflinger, of Monroe township; Amanda who died in 1902 at the home of our subject; Alice Bell, deceased in infancy; and Theresa E., who is the wife of our subject.  The three soldier brothers of Mrs. Hornbeck are dead.  Kendall  enlisted from Pickaway County, in Company E, under Captain Abraham, in the 114th Regiment, Ohio Vol. Inf., as did his brother David I., and both died at Vicksburg.  Rev. Charles A. was a minister in the Methodist Episcopal Church.  He enlisted in the 43rd Regiment, Ohio Vol. Inf., and died soon after returning from his army service.  Many years have passed since these loyal hearts have rested under their coverlet of green, their life-work finished, but they are not forgotten.
     The children of Mr. and Mrs. Hornbeck are: Ella N., a talented young lady who is under instruction at the Capital College of Oratory and Music, at Columbus; and Blanche, who attends school at Williamsport.
     Mr. Hornbeck has always been a Republican, imbibing the principles of this party in his youth.  He has been a very prominent factor of the party in his locality for many years, and has served on numerous occasions as a delegate to county, district, State and congressional conventions.  He possesses every qualification for holding high position, but has worked harder for others than he has for himself.  He is at present committeeman for the south precinct, which carries with it a large degree of influence.
     Fraternally Mr. Hornbeck is a Mason, one of the leaders in the lodge at Williamsport.  He is a member of the Christian Church at that place also and lives up to what have been the convictions of his family for generations, both in political and religious life.  In every way he stands as one of the representative citizens of Jackson township, one who for years has forwarded all laudable public movements and with purse and influence has assisted in the development of this part of hte county along agricultural and educational lines.
Source:  History of Pickaway County, Ohio and Representative Citizens, Edited and Compiled by Hon. Aaron R. Van Cleaf. Circleville, Ohio - Publ. 1906 - Page 574


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