History of Pickaway County
and Representative Citizens
Edited and Compiled by
Hon. Aaron R. Van Cleaf
NOTHSTINE, SR., a prominent citizen of Ashville,
was closely identified with the agricultural interests
of Pickaway County for 44 years, and still owns some 300
acres of valuable farming land in Walnut township.
He is a worthy representative of a pioneer family, which
settled in this section in the time of his grandfather,
but his father, like himself, was born in Ohio.
Mr. Nothstine was born in Madison township, Pickaway
County, Ohio, not far distant from Lithopolis, on Feb.
5, 1836, and is a son of Henry and Susan (Hall)
John Nothstine, the grandfather, was of
German extraction and the family had lived near Reading,
Berks County, Pennsylvania, prior to its migration to
Ohio. Our subject can recall seeing the old
covered wagons in which the family and its belongings
were transported over the mountains to the new home in
Pickaway County, where they settled in the woods and
endured pioneer privations. The children of
John Nothstine were: Annie, Maria,
Daniel. Peter. Joseph and
Henry. Maria married Daniel
Glick and she lived and died in Madison township. Daniel
was killed by the fall of a tree near the county line.
Peter established his home in Fairfield County,
where he died.
Henry Nothstine, father of our subject,
spent his whole life in Pickaway County. He
married Susan Hall, who was also born in
Pickaway County, and was a daughter of Henry
Hall, who owned a farm cornering on Pickaway and
Fairfield counties. The Hall connection is
a large one and Mrs. Nothstine's three
brothers—Philip. Henry and David—
became well-known citizens; Martha, a sister,
married Daniel Rockey. a pioneer pumpmaker.
of Columbus, Ohio.
The children born to Henry Nothstine and
wife were five sons and three daughters. Joseph,
who was a soldier in the Civil War, served in the 30th
Regiment. Ohio Vol. Inf., under Captain Groce
and was killed in the battle of Mission Ridge. He
was interred in the same grave with two other brave
soldiers who had also met a heroic death on this
terrible day, one Sergeant Shannon, of
Pickaway County, and the other, a brother of Major
Johnson. John, the next son, served
also in the Civil War, a large part of his service being
the guarding and escorting of prisoners to different
points. After the war he went to the West and has
never returned to Ohio. Lewis Lafayette
resides at Columbus, Ohio. Jacob owns a
farm in Madison township, which adjoins the one on which
he was born. Eliza married Nathan Whaley
and resides on a farm in Fairfield County near Waterloo.
Christena married Levi F. Dum and resides
on the old homestead. Roxa married Isaac
Donnelly, who has been one of the caretakers at
Green Lawn Cemetery, Columbus, for the past 14 years. Annie,
who was the wife of Adam Reed, died about
1886. Our subject is the oldest of the family.
A. C. Nothstine, Sr., was reared in Madison
township and attended the local schools, working on his
father's farm in the meantime and completing his
education with one year of study at Lithopolis. In
1859 he began to farm on his own account, but his first
year’s experience was rather discouraging as in that
year there came an untimely freezing spell that
destroyed his wheat and corn, so that his crops brought
him very little return for all his effort. This
weather freak did not subsequently visit his crops, or
he later learned better how to manage his operations,
for Mr. Nothstine became a noted
agriculturist and for the 44 years he devoted to general
farming, he can show a successful record.
Mr. Nothstine was married in 1859 to
Elizabeth Ann Ward, who is a daughter
of Richard Ward, formerly a well-known
farmer of Walnut township. The mother of Mrs.
Nothstine died when she was eight years but she
was carefully reared by her father and lived on the home
farm until her marriage. The Ward family
came to Ohio from Virginia.
Mr. and Mrs. Nothstine have had a family of
eight children—five sons and three daughters. Ida,
who married John Parks, resides at
Circleville; Rose Althea, who married
C. B. Hedges, resides' on a farm in Harrison
township; Mr. and Mrs. Hedges have three sons—Walter,
Howard and Roger. Fannie, who
married John Noecker, a farmer of Madison
township, has one son—Cecil.
Edward, who was formerly a teacher, conducts a
photograph gallery at McArthur, Vinton county. He
has two sons and two daughters, viz.: Keneth,
Paul, Dorothy and Ida. R. C.,
who is connected with Washington Court House and
Circleville canning factories, married Vinnie
Teegardin, a daughter of John Teegardin,
of Madison township; they have five daughters and one
son, namely; Harriet, Mildred, Gertrude,
Frances, Gretchen and A. C. Nothstine,
Jr. Percy, who is a conductor on
the P., C., C. & St. L. Ry., between Logansport,
Indiana, and Chicago, has been on the road about eight
years. He married Mabel Kirkendall
of Circleville, a daughter of Captain Kirkendall.
William C. married Oela C. Dunnick,
daughter of Ex-Sheriff H. M. Dunnick, of Pickaway
County, and has one daughter, Sarah Elizabeth.
They reside on the home farm on the island.
Arthur C., the youngest of Mr. Nothstine's
children, is a chemist at the Carnegie Steel Company's
plant at Zanesville, Ohio. He was educated at the
Ohio State University
After his marriage, Mr. Nothstine
purchased the farm of 150 acres on the Island, in Walnut
township, which he stills owns. His other land,
amounting to 160 acres, is situated east of the canal.
As stated above, Mr. Nothstine continued
to farm for very many years, raising corn and wheat and
making a specialty of potatoes, raising by the mulching
process some of the finest tubers ever offered in the
local market. During the ’70’s and ’8o’s he raised
fine Berkshire and Poland-China hogs, and for 16
successive years was an exhibitor of fine hogs and
agricultural products at the Pickaway and adjoining
county fairs. Well does he recollect the yearly
performance of the pacer “Reese Morris,” on the little
circular track. In 1904 he left the farm and
purchased his fine property at Ashville, where he has
resided ever since. He has taken a leading part in
town affairs and is at present serving as a member of
the Town Council, being a man whose discretion and
judgment are much relied upon.
Mr. Nothstine is not only a charter
member but a promotor of Nebraska Grange, No. 64,
in Walnut township, Pickaway County. He was one of
the earliest farmers of this section to become
interested in the agricultural movement, which resulted
in establishing the Grange; and in its early days he
gave a great deal of time visiting throughout Walnut
township and placing the matter before his fellow
farmers. Nebraska Grange was organized June 16,
1873, Mr. Nothstine securing the services
of the State Grange organizer, Mr. Ellis,
for this purpose. The Grange now has 104 members,
being one of the strongholds of the organization.
On June 16, 1906, its anniversary was held, and at this
time 18 applications for membership were voted on. Mr.
Nothstine is credited for its prosperous
condition. He has done a great deal in the way of
bring the farmers closer together so that they may
exchange ideas and experiences and a brotherhood has
been established which is worth a great deal in rural
life, both materially and socially.
In political sentiment Mr. Nothstine
adheres to the principles of the Democratic party, in
which he was reared. He was reared a Lutheran by
Source: History of Pickaway County, Ohio and
Representative Citizens, Edited and Compiled by Hon.
Aaron R. Van Cleaf. Circleville, Ohio - Publ. 1906 -