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



HOWARD JONES, M.D., a skilled and experienced physician and surgeon, at Circleville, was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1853, and is a son of the late distinguished Dr. N. E. Jones.  The latter was a graduate of both Hudson College and Hudson Medical College and for many years was one of the most prominent medical men of Northwestern Ohio.
     Howard Jones was reared at Circleville from infancy, his parents locating here when he was less than a year old.  He was reared when he was less than a year old.  He was reared and educated here, graduating from the Circleville High School in 1870, when he was entered as a student at Hobart College, at Geneva, New York.  In 1875 he was graduated there with his degree of A. B., three years later receiving the degree of A. M. from the same institution.  In 1876 he was graduated in medicine from the Ohio Medical College and subsequently took a post-graduate course at the New York College of Physicians and Surgeons.
     Dr. Jones then came to Circleville, entered into practice and also became a member of the Columbus, Ohio, filling the chair of ophthalmology for two years, and that of physiology for four years.  The demands of a rapidly growing private practice, however, made it necessary for Dr. Jones to resign his college work and devote his whole time to his extensive Circleville practice.  Until 1882 he was associated with his father, but at that date the older physician retired and our subject has continued to practice alone.  He is a member of the Columbus Academy of Medicine, of the American Academy of Medicine, and of the Pickaway County Medical Society.  The last named organization, which is one of the oldest medical societies in the State, was incorporated by three eminent physicians of Circleville - Dr. N. E. Jones and Drs. Turney and Thompson.
     In 1882 Dr. Jones was married to Mary McMullin, a daughter of the late Rev. Samuel H. McMullin, who was pastor of the Presbyterian Church at Glendale, Ohio.  The children of Dr. and Mrs. Jones are: Hildeburn J., a student at Amherst College; Lloyd H., a student in the Circleville High School; and Lillian, Eleanor and Virginia.
Politically Dr. Jones is a Republican.  He served as a delegate to the Republican National Convention which nominated the late President McKinley in 1896.  Through several administrations he has been medical pension expert for Southern Ohio.  Fraternally he is an Elk.
Source:  History of Pickaway County, Ohio and Representative Citizens, Edited and Compiled by Hon. Aaron R. Van Cleaf. Circleville, Ohio - Publ. 1906 - Page 516
JOSEPH BRANHAM JUSTICE, M. D., one of Darbyville's successful medical practitioners and prominent citizens, was born Apr. 1, 1863, on a farm near Ironton, Lawrence County, Ohio, and is a son of John G. and Ohio (Casey) Justice.
     The father of Dr. Justice was born in Lawrence County, Ohio, where he still resides.  In the period of the Civil War he served, during 1864 in the 91st Regiment, Ohio Vol. Inf., and was with Gen. Phil. H. Sheridan in the Shenandoah Valley.  His business has been farming and working in various iron furnaces.  He married Ohio Casey and they had 11 children, six of whom are now living, as follows:  Joseph Branham; John George, of Ironton, Ohio; Sarah, wife of Benjamin Rice, of Dayton, Ohio; James, of Lawrence County, Ohio; Estella (Hall); and Josephine, wife of John Burk, of Jackson County, Ohio.
     Joseph Branham Justice was born the eldest of a large family and his father was not able to assist him very much in the way of securing the educational opportunities he craved.  He remained at home until he was 21 years of age.  In the meantime he made every effort to secure an education and succeeded in passing the examinations, receiving at the age of 22 years a certificate entitling him to teach school.  During the seven years in which he continued to teach school in Lawrence County, he applied himself to the study of medicine, and without assistance prepared himself for college.  In 1893, having completed his preparation and provided himself with the means, he entered the Miami Medical College of Cincinnati.  He was graduated there in 1896 and immediately afterward opened an office at Hanging Rock, in Hamilton township, Lawrence County.  In November, 1898, he came to Darbyville and has been closely engaged in professional work here ever since.
     From the time he came into political privileges, Dr. Justice has been a Democrat, and while a resident of Lawrence County, as he has since, took an active interest in public matters.  Formerly he attended all the important conventions of his party and was a very popular member of it, but he was not willing to accept office, on one occasion refusing to accept the nomination for sheriff.  Prior to leaving Lawrence County, he was a member of the county convention and of the committee on resolutions, in which he opposed free silver with all his ability, the motion being defeated in the committee.  Since coming to Pickaway County, professional duties have largely absorbed him, although he has served five years in the Village Council.  He has also served his precinct one term on the central committee.
     On Mar. 24, 1889, Dr. Justice was married to Ida May Silbaugh, who was born in Lawrence County, Ohio, and is a daughter of William Henry and Mary Jane (Everly) Silbaugh.  The former was born in Germany and came to America at the age of 16 years.  He served three years in an artillery regiment during the Civil War.  Mr. Silbaugh was the substantial citizen and highly respected man.  The mother of Mrs. Justice was born at Morgantown, West Virginia, and still survives.  The children of Dr. and Mrs. Justice are:  Glenn Leroy, born Jan. 25, 1890, at Ironton, Ohio, who is a member of the graduating class of 1907 at the Williamsport High School; Ivan Silbaugh, born Aug. 10, 1893, at Ironton, Ohio; Mary Helen, born June 30, 1896, at Ironton, Ohio; Dean Hudson, born Feb. 13, 1899, at Darbyville, Ohio; and Donald, born May 25, 1904, at Darbyville, Ohio.
     Dr. Justice has been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church since he was 20 years of age and has been trustee and treasurer of the Darbyville church almost from the date of his location in the village.  His fraternal connections include the Masonic lodge at Williamsport, the Odd Fellows lodge at Derby and the Camp of the Modern Woodmen of America at Darbyville.  Formerly he was connected with the Heptasophs at Ironton.  He belongs also to the Academy of Medicine, at Columbus, Ohio.
     Dr. Justice is a self-made man and is an example of one who has attained professional prominence and personal esteem through his own unaided efforts.
Source:  History of Pickaway County, Ohio and Representative Citizens, Edited and Compiled by Hon. Aaron R. Van Cleaf. Circleville, Ohio - Publ. 1906 - Page 401
WILLARD M. JUSTUS, a successful farmer of Jackson township, operator of a fine farm of 106 acres known as "Oak Dene," which is located on the Goosepond turnspike, three and a half miles from Circleville, was born in Pickaway County, Ohio, June , 1872.  He was a son of Jacob and Cynthia Ann (Marion) Justus.
     The parents of Mr. Justus were also natives of Pickaway County.  They will survive and are respected residents of Five Points, Pickaway County.  Of their family of seven children, Willard M. is the third in order of birth.
     On June 6, 1900, Willard M. Justus was married to Margaret Caldwell, who was born in Jackson township on a farm some two miles distant from the home residence, and is a daughter of William and Elizabeth (Start) Caldwell, the former of whom was born in Jackson and the latter in Harrison township, Pickaway County.  Mr. Caldwell spent his whole life here, dying in February, 1875, at the age of 57 years and leaving an estate of 250 acres of land.  In politics he was a strong Democrat.
     The Caldwell family is one of the oldest and most prominent in the county.  It was founded in Ohio by Alexander Caldwell, the great-grandfather of Mrs. Justus, who was born in Ireland and was accompanied to America by three daughters and one of his sons, Alexander.  Grandfather Alexander Caldwell was seven years old when his father came to Pickaway County and he became one of the leading men of Jackson township.  He was married three times and had five sons and one daughter - all born to his first union.  Mrs. Justus was the eldest of her parents' family, the others being: Rachel Alice, wife of John Shipley, of Jackson township; and Mary Ida, wife of Louis Shipley, also of Jackson township.
     By a former marriage to George Darst, Mrs. Justus had these children: Mary, wife of William Reid of Duvall, Ohio; William, of Danville, Illinois; Harold, of Columbus, Ohio; Janet, wife of Harry Shockley, of Columbus; Josephine of Columbus; and Chetwynd, also of Columbus.
     Mr. Justus was reared to agricultural pursuits and has always been regarded as a very competent manager, excellent farmer and exemplary man.  He belongs to the Knights of Pythias and the Fraternal Order of Eagles at Circleville and is past chancellor in the former order.  The farm of Mr. and Mrs. Justus lies in the belt which is of historic interest on account of the mounds still observable, these formations never having been satisfactorily explained, although many scientists have visited them.
Source:  History of Pickaway County, Ohio and Representative Citizens, Edited and Compiled by Hon. Aaron R. Van Cleaf. Circleville, Ohio - Publ. 1906 - Page 603
NOTE:   See Sharon Wick's Research notes for this family HERE


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