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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. C. 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) Nothstine.
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. PeterJoseph and HenryMaria 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 RogerFannie, 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 IdaR. 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 KirkendallWilliam 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
at Columbus.
     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 Lutheran parents.  
Source:  History of Pickaway County, Ohio and Representative Citizens, Edited and Compiled by Hon. Aaron R. Van Cleaf. Circleville, Ohio - Publ. 1906 - Page 632


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