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History of Warren Co., Ohio
A History of the County; Its Townships, Towns, Schools, Churches,
Etc.; General and Local Statistics; Portraits of Early
Settlers and Prominent Men; History of The North-
West Territory; History of Ohio; Map of
Warren County; Constitution of the
United States, Miscellaneous
Matters, Etc., Etc. 
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Publ. Chicago: W. H. Beers & Co.,



  Massie Twp. -
JOSEPH C. CARROLL, farmer; P. O. Harveysburg; born in Columbiana Co., Ohio, May 1, 1833, is a son of Joseph and Elizabeth (Ellis) Carroll, the native of Antrim Co., Ireland.  The grandparents, Edward and Mary Carroll, emigrated to America with their family in 1799, and located in Columbiana Co., Ohio, where they resided till their death.  They have five sons and five daughters, all now deceased.  Thomas Carroll, the seventh child of their family, died in Cincinnati about 1871.  He was a practicing physician in that city for many years, and was one of the most noted of his profession; was a Professor in the college for a long time and author of a large and popular treatise on the practice of medicine.  His son, Robert R. Carroll, is now one of the leading publishers of the subscription book business of Cincinnati.  Joseph Carroll, the father of our subject, was the oldest child of a family of ten children; was the 18 years of age when he came with his parents to Ohio.  He obtained his naturalization papers in October, 1816.  He became a nail manufacturer, making them by hand, which business he followed for some time; then he entered upon the milling business, which he followed most of his life.  In 1836, he moved into Belmont Co., and about 1840, to Highland Co., where he died in February, 1843, aged 62 years.  In fall of 1843, Mrs. Carroll and family moved to Indiana.  they had ten children, six now survive - John; Eliza Ann, now Mrs. Ireland, residing at Ithaca, N. Y.; Rebecca, now Mrs. Murry, living in Indiana; Joseph; Sarah, now Mrs. Housefelt, and Solon.  In 1845, Mrs. Carroll married for her second husband William Birdsal, and, in March of the same year, moved to Clinton Co., Ohio, where she died in August, 1869, aged 73 years.  Our subject was in his 10th year, when his father died, but was raised to 16 years of age by his mother and stepfather. At 17 years, he learned the carpenter grade, which business he followed thirteen years; then entered upon farming which he has since followed.  He both, and located upon, the place where he now lives, in spring of 1866.  Mr. Carroll was united in marriage Oct. 4, 1860, with Mary, daughter of George and Lydia Bailey, natives of Clinton Co., Ohio.  George  was a son of Daniel Bailey, native of Virginia; Lydia was a daughter of William Shields, a native of Tennessee, the ancestors being from Ireland; the Bailey ancestors were from Wales, George and Lydia Bailey had seven children, three now survive - Mary, Josiah and Enos P.  Mary was born in Clinton Co., Nov. 22, 1839.  Mr. Carroll and wife have five children - Anna B., born July 27, 1861; rose E., born May 16, 1863; George E., born Mar. 9, 1865; John Q., born Jan. 3, 1861, and Carrie E., born Sept. 23, 1872.
Source:  History of Warren Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: W. H. Beers & Co., 1882 - page 896
  Franklin Twp. -
JOHN CHAMBERLIN, farmer; P. O. Carlisle Station; was born in Franklin Township, Warren Co., Ohio, Sept. 23, 1823; he is the son of James and Mary A. (Cox) Chamberlin.  Mr. Chamberlin passed his early life upon his father's farm and received his education in the common schools.  May 12, 1846, he was united in marriage with Meribah R. Emley, daughter of Fletcher and Alice EmleyMrs. Chamberlin was born in this township June 9, 1826.  This union was blessed with seven children, of whom five are living, viz., Margaret E., wife of Abiah Kemp; James C., Mary A. (deceased), Irvin F. (deceased), William A., Frank P. and Alice E.  Mr. Chamberlin is the owner of a valuable farm of 275 acres of land on Section 32.  It is adorned with a very substantial two story brick residence, erected some eyars since, at a cost of $9,000.  Mr. Chamberlin is a farmer and stock-raiser by occupation; he makes a specialty in the rearing of hogs.  Mr. C. and family are members of the M. E. Church of Franklin; politically, he is Republican; he has served as trustee of school land for fifteen years and is regarded as one of the leading and enterprising citizens of Franklin Township.
Source:  History of Warren Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: W. H. Beers & Co., 1882 - page 798
  Franklin Twp. -
JOSEPH CHAMBERLIN, farmer; P O. Carlisle Station; son of Joseph and Susan (Jones) Chamberlin; was born in Middlesex Co., N. J., Jan. 28, 1815.  In the spring of 1838, he came to Warren County, and the following fall, removed to Montgomery County, where he lived till 1859, when he returned to "Old Woman."  In 1864, he located on his present farm.  Mr. Chamerlin was married, on the 28th of January, 1840, to Margaret, daughter of Vincent and Catharine Perrine.  She was born in Middlesex Co., N. J., Nov. 8, 1814.  Three children were given this union, viz., Charles V., Joseph V. (deceased) and Libbie (wife of John Radolph)Mr. and Mrs. C. are both members of the Presbyterian Church.  Politically, Mr. C. is a Republican.  He owns a valuable farm of 210 acres located near Carlisle.  It is adorned with a very substantial brick residence, built by Mr. Chamberlin several years ago.  Mr. C. is an enterprising and esteemed citizen.
Source:  History of Warren Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: W. H. Beers & Co., 1882 - page 797


Wayne Twp. -

Source:  History of Warren Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: W. H. Beers & Co., 1882 - page 826

     John was born in Province of New Jersey 1756. He resided in Old Town, Maryland c1760. The following was written by Lucien Clark. Located in a book entitled "Lucien Clark" which was published in his memory.
     "My great-grandfather, who was born in 1756 in "The Province of New Jersey", brought up at Old Town, Md., where he enlisted as a soldier in the War of the Revolution, moved to Ohio in 1796. At 28 years of age JOHN became the father of ELISHA CLARK January 21, 1785. At 32 years of age JOHN became the father of BARZILLA CLARK in Old Town, Allegany Co., Maryland, October 3, 1788. He migrated 1796. to Warren County, Ohio
     Rev. John Clark was born near Mt. Holly, New Jersey in 1756 and moved with his parents to Oldtown, MD at the age of 2 yrs. where he grew up on the north branch of the Potomac and resided until 1796 when he first went to Ohio. At that time Oldtown was a part of Frederick Co., MD, when later divided it fell in Washington Co. and then later Alleghany Co., MD.
     John Clark served in the first Maryland Rifles from 1 July 1775 to 30 June 1776 under Captain Michael Cresap. Capt. Cresap was a resident of Oldtown. A description of the First Maryland Rifles was given in the History of Western Maryland as told by a gentleman from Frederick, MD.
     "I have had the happiness of seeing Capt. Michael Cresap marching at the head of a formidable company of upwards of 130 men from the mountains and back-woods, painted like Indians, armed with tomahawks and rifles, dressed in hunting shirts and moccasins: and though some of them had travelled near eight hundred miles from the banks of the Ohio, they seemed to walk light and easy, and not with less spirit than the first hour of their march. Health and vigor, after what they had undergone, declared them to be intimate with hardships and familiar with danger." He described their skill as "expert marksman".
died 27 Dec 1841 in Harveysburg, Warren County, OH

Birth: 14 MAY 1756 in The Province of New Jersey This area of the Province of New Jersery is also know as Mt. Holly, Burlington Co, New Jersey
Death: 21 DEC 1841 in Harveysburg, Warren Co., Ohio
* Note Sources Judy Perdue a Clark Researcher on the death of John Clark working with Norita Shepherd Moss on her 4th great-grand mother Rebecca Clark who married David Shepherd and her father Rev John Clark ( my 5th great- grandfather A Revolutionary soldier) John Clark married for the 2nd time to Abigail Shepherd his son-n-law David's sister. The first settlement in what is now Allegany County, Maryland, Oldtown (canal mile 167) has a rich and fascinating history. A ford in the Potomac led to the establishment of early Indian settlements in the area, and the famous "Warrior Path" from the Indian nations of the north to the southern tribes, crossed the Potomac here. In 1740, Thomas Cresap, an early explorer, established a residence to trade with the Indians. Cresap became a prominent figure in the development of Western Maryland. He made and lost several fortunes, eventually establishing himself as the primary trader in this part of the frontier. Pennsylvanians, interested in attaching the land to their colony, battled with Cresap several times in the 1730s. After spending time in a Pennsylvania jail, he moved to Maryland, and settled in Oldtown in 1744; in 1748, he entertained young George Washington who was surveying the west.  After the Civil War, Oldtown did not benefit from increasing railroad traffic, which goes through West Virginia at this point. Despite construction of the Western Maryland Railroad in 1905-1910 and improved Maryland highways, the town remained isolated. When the canal went bankrupt, the town declined further. Today, its historic buildings are in a state of disrepair, but are not threatened by new development.  Michael Cresap's house is now a museum. The old stone house on Main Street was the home of Michael Cresap, son of Thomas, who moved in with his wife in 1764. Captain Cresap met here with volunteers before their march to Boston to fight the British. There was a jail in the basement-its windows still have bars. The museum, the oldest house in Allegany County, is open only two weekends each year: the first Friday-Sunday in June and the first Friday-Sunday in September from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Donations are accepted. Special tours are available at other times by appointment. Oldtown Bridge—Until mid-1995, a low-water bridge carried traffic from Md. Route 51 across the Potomac to Green Spring, W. Va., charging a toll of $.50 each way. The bridge was closed due to structural problems Posted by Norita Shepherd Moss as information on Oldstown, MD found along the Potomac River in Md. Dec 14, 2001
, A Shepherd Family By Sandra Elaine Heppes Mumah published 1996
Norita Shepherd family notes 1984-2004
(Contributed by Norita Moss Shepard from family research)
Note: Oldtown is a unincorporated community in Allegany County, Maryland along the North Branch Potomac River. It was established in 1741 by Thomas Cresap, who built a trading post along an old Native American trail. The settlement was called "Shawanese Old Town" because it was the site of a Shawnee village abandoned about a decade earlier. In later years the explanatory prefix was dropped from the name and the place because known simply as "Oldtown."  Cresap's son Michael Cresap was born at Oldtown.
  Salem Twp. -
JONATHAN P. CODDINGTON, farmer; P. O. Morrow.  This enterprising farmer is a native of this township and county.  He was born Feb. 7, 1834.  He received the usual common-school education, and was married the first time in December, 1859, to Elizabeth Kirkhast, who was one year his junior.  These parents had one child, Emma, born October, 1860, died when about 3 years of age.  In October, 1860, Mr. C. was called upon to part with his companion by death, and he was again married in May, 1864, to Elizabeth Carroll, a native of this county, born May, 1840.  Three children blessed this union - Alice M., born Apr. 7, 1865; Mary E., born Oct. 6, 1866, and Edwin C., born May 28, 1875.  Mr. Coddington has held the office of Township Trustee for three yeas, and at present writing is Township Assessor.  He owns a good farm of 104 acres of land in a high state of cultivation, and on which is produced the various grains in good quantity.  He has recently built a magnificent frame building for a residence, in facto one of the best in the township.  It contains eight rooms, two halls, and is two stories high; it cost $2,800, and is a fine specimen of rural architecture.  His barn is 40 x 50 feet, and is one of the neatest in the township.  His father is William Coddington, a native of New Jersey, born about April 26, 1784, and when 1 year of age, he removed with his parents to Maryland, and was married in 1807.  He emigrated to this county the subsequent year.  His wife was originally Miss N. Irvin.  Losing his wife, he was again married to Ann Smith, who lived but a short time.  He was married the third and last time to Nancy Price in 1832.  He died in November 1860, and she Jan. 21, 1877.  Mr. Coddington is one of the enterprising men of his neighborhood, and not one of the "penny wise and pound foolish" kind of citizens.  He believes that a farmer should be fully as intelligent as any other class of men.  The intelligent farmer is more successful and much more of an ornament to society.
Source:  History of Warren Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: W. H. Beers & Co., 1882 - Page 1022
  Massie Twp. -
WILLIAM J. COLLETT, farmer; P. O. Harveysburg; born in Clinton Co., Ohio, June 30, 1838, is a son of Jonathan and Sarah (McKay) Collett, natives of Virginia.  The paternal grandfather, Daniel Collett, was born in Maryland, but his father was a native of England, and whose parents emigrated to America when he was but an infant, and his father died on the voyage and was consigned to an ocean burial.  This left the mother with the full responsibility of the care of her infant son and were thus thrown into this new country among strangers early in the 17th century.  Here this infant son grew to manhood, married and became the father of the above mentioned Daniel Collett, the grandfather of our subject, and from him have descended the numerous families bearing the name of CollettDaniel married in Virginia, and raised a family of eight children - Moses, Joshua, Isaac, Jonathan, Benjamin, Aaron, Mercy, and Daniel.  The family resided in Virginia for many years till becoming completely disgusted with the institution of slavery, they determined to try and find a country and a home free from its pernicious effects, and in pursuance of this idea, in 1810, Moses, the eldest son, with his family, emigrated to Ohio and located in Greene County in 1811.  Jonathan followed his brother to Ohio and remained here about two years, during which he was pressed into the service in the war of 1812, serving a short time; in 1813, he returned to Virginia, and brought his father and family to Ohio and they located in Clinton County; here the grandfather, Daniel, died about 1836, aged 84 years.  He was a man who possessed a mind of high order; was noted for his excellent Christian and moral character, which, in those days of pioneer roughness, was of the greatest importance to mold the character of the people of those early settlements.  Joshua, the second son of Daniel, arose to great distinction and held the office of Circuit Judge many years, for full information of which see in general history of the county.  Daniel Collett was a soldier in the war of the Revolution, serving through the entire conflict.  Jonathan, the father of our subject, was married in Warren County, and located in Clinton County, on a part of the land of the large purchase of 4,000 acres made by his father when they first came to the State, and there he spent his entire life.  He died in October, 1865, aged 70 years; his wife died in 1852, aged about 55 years.  They had ten children, seven now survive - Ann, now Mrs. McCune; Moses; Benjamin; Martha, now Mrs. Denny; William J.; Robert and AzelMr. Collett in his life and character was a facsimile of his father, noted for all those noble principles which made him so useful and beloved, and at his death the loss was mourned by all who knew him, but to love and respect him.  Our subject remained with his father till 26 years of age; was married Dec. 7, 1864, to Elizabeth D. Macy, whose ancestral history is contained in sketch of E. L. and J. G. Macy.  By this union they have had three children, all deceased.  Mr. Collett after his marriage, bought and located upon the place where he now lives and has since resided; has a fine farm and a pleasant residence situated half a mile west of Harveysburg; is one of the prominent farmers of Massie Township, and well sustained a good name and character of his noble ancestors; has the entire confidence of his community, and has held many offices; was Township Trustee for twelve years, and has been a Director of the Orphan Asylum and Children's Home at Lebanon, by appointment of the Court since 1875.
Source:  History of Warren Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: W. H. Beers & Co., 1882 - Page 998
  Harlan Twp. -
JAMES B. COLLINS, physician, Butlerville.  Among the eminent and successful physicians of Warren County is Dr. James B. Collins.  He is of English parentage, and was born in Mason County, Ky., Aug. 4, 1820.  His father was a native of Massachusetts, and he, being educated in the schools so well known throughout the Union for their efficiency and thoroughness, he was well prepared for the general business of life.  He immigrated to Kentucky at an early date, and, for a number of years, engaged in school teaching and surveying.  The Doctor was left to his own exertions, but, by energy and industry, he prepared himself for college, which he entered at Augusta of his native State.  He completed the full course of that institution, graduating with high honors, in 1844.  He at once began the study of medicine with Dr. Keith, of Augusta, and completed the course in the Ohio Medical College, of Cincinnati, in 1852.  Soon after graduating, the Doctor went to New Orleans, La., where he spent some two years, studying the climate and diseases peculiar to that latitude.  After returning from the South, he practiced his profession at Bautam and Newburg, and finally located in Butlerville, in 1871.  The Doctor has been married three times; the first time September, 1848, to Miss Sarah King, a most worthy lady.  To these parents one child was born, which died, and was soon followed by its mother, 1850.  Mr. Collins was married the second time in March, 1860, to Miss Gatch, a niece to Gen. Gatch.  This union was blessed with four children, one daughter and three sons, of which number the three latter are living.  In March, 1866, the Doctor was again bereaved by the loss of his wife, and subsequently was again married to Mrs.  Hughes, a widow lady, with whom he is now living.  He is an ardent Republican, espoused the war for the Union, and officiated as physician and surgeon at Camp Denison, Ohio, for some time.  He is a consistent member of the M. E. Church; a member of I. O. O. F., No. 656, Pleasant Plains, and Goshen Encampment, No. 167.  He took a prominent part in the organization of the Clermont County Medical Society, and is also a working member of Warren County Medical Society.  Age and care seem to sit lightly on his organization, being active and busy - now 61.  His temperate habits, social qualities and generous impulses give him, as all others, a possibility of long life and general success in the various avocations of life.
Source:  History of Warren Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: W. H. Beers & Co., 1882 - Page 1030
  ANTHONY COOK, deceased, was born in New Jersey in April, 1795; his father came from England some time after the war of the Revolution.  Our subject was married, in New York, to Mary Taylor, by whom he had eight children, of whom six are living, viz., Joel, Robert, Catharine (wife of George Snuff), Edna (wife of D. B. Corwin), Mary A., John, Benjamin (deceased), and Anthony (deceased).  In the spring of 1832, Mr. Cook came to Warren County and settled in Franklin Township where he died May 5, 1860.  Mrs. Cook was born June 17, 1800; she resides with her son, John Cook, on Section 36.
Source: History of Warren Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: W. H. Beers & Co., 1882 - Page 801 - Franklin Twp.
  Salem Twp. -
JAMES SKINNER COUDEN, retired banker, etc., Morrow, son of John and Susan (Skinner) Couden; was born in Perry Co., Ohio, Nov. 30, 1816; he came with his parents to Warren Co., Ohio, about the year 1823, and settled in what is now Washington Township.  On Jan. 29, 1825, his father was accidentally killed by a falling tree, while engaged in clearing off a piece of land.  The care of the family, consisting of five boys, then devolved upon the mother; James was then 8 years old, he continued to work on the farm for his mother until he was 18 year old, when he engaged with Wilcocks & Co., of Warren Co., Ohio, manufacturers of wheat fans; he traveled through the country for said firm during the summer, selling the wheat fans, and during the winter would sell clocks; he remained in the employ of this firm about three yeas, during which time he saved from his wages about $1,000, and with this money he engaged in the manufacture of the wheat fans, and buying and selling clocks on his own account, keeping from two to three wagons on the road all the time; he carried on this business until about the year 1850, when he discontinued his shop.  After settling up his business, which took him about three years, dealing some in stock in the mean time.  At this period he purchased what was known as the Whitaker Mills, which he still owns and runs.  Besides running the mill, he has beeen engaged in banking, and has done a general trading business; he also ran a distillery from 1857 to 1864; he was married in August, 1839, to Ann Tea.  They have had twelve children, of whom seven are still living, viz., Susan, Mary Etta, Alfred N., Harriet, Theodore, Oscar and James.  He was one of the charter members of Morrow Lodge, No. 265, F. & A. M.  Mr. Couden started in life with the determination to build up a character and reputation above reproach, which he has done successfully; he has always been a hard-working, industrious man, and now in his 66th year, is quite active, although he does now perform any manual labor.  Alfred N. Couden was born Aug. 7, 1843; he worked on the farm with his father, attending school during the winter terms, until 25 years old; since then has devoted his attention to milling; he was married Oct. 15 1868, to Prudence A. Brant, daughter of Abraham and Hester (Jeffries), Brant.  They have two children - Frank M. and Grace A.  Mrs. Prudence Couden was born in this county Aug. 28, 1846; her father was a native of New Jersey and her mother of Virginia.  They came to Ohio and settled in Warren Co. as early as 1814.   Alfred Couden is a Past Grand of Morrow Lodge, No. 116.  Also a Past Chief Patriarch of Salem Encampment, No. 208, I. O. O. F.  He is also Treasurer of the lodge.  During the late rebellion, he served in the 146th O. N. G. during the 100-days service.  Theodore Couden was born Aug. 22, 1848; he also was raised on the farm and received his primary education in the district schools.  At the age of 19, he entered college at Delaware, Ohio, where he remained two years, taking an irregular course.  In 1871, he entered his father's bank, as Cashier, which position he has and is still faithfully filling; he has obtained his knowledge of banking by his own personal application and perseverance; he was married oct. 27, 1870, to Clara A., daughter of Jacob and Hannah (Lee) Brant.  Their children are Lucy B., Clem V. and EdgarMrs. Theodore Couden was born in this county Jan. 28, 1850.  Theodore Couden is a Past Grand of Morrow Lodge, No. 116, I. O. O. F.  He is a Master Mason of Morrow Lodge, No. 265, a member of Morrow Chapter, No. 153, R. A. M.; also a Sir Knight of Miami Commandery, No. 22, of Lebanon.
Source:  History of Warren Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: W. H. Beers & Co., 1882 - Page 1023
  Salem Twp. -
DR. JOHN T. COUDEN, physician, Morrow, son of John and Susan Couden, was born in Washington Township, Warren Co., Ohio.  He is the youngest of a family of five sons.  When an infant his father met his death by the fall of a tree, while clearing out his farm.  He worked on the farm with the rest of the family and attended the district school.  In the year 1845, he commenced the study of medicine with Dr. J. Scott, then practicing in Roachester; he attended lectures at the Ohio Medical College, and in the spring of 1848, commenced practice with his preceptor in the village of Morrow.  On Dr. Scott's removal from here in 1852, he succeeded to a large practice in which he has been actively engaged to this time.
Source: History of Warren Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: W. H. Beers & Co., 1882 - Page 1023
  Clear Creek Twp. -
AMOS CRANE, farmer; P. O. Pekin; born on the old farm of Judge Crane, Oct. 12, 1821, is a son of Judge Daniel and Elizabeth Crane, whose history is given in sketch of Caleb CraneAmos was married May 30, 1849, to Emily H., daughter of Joseph and Amy (Hormel) Evans, he a native of New Jersey and she of Warren County.  Her grandparents were Joseph and Elizabeth Evans, natives of New Jersey but who became early settlers of Warren County, where they lived and died.  He was twice married and had five children by each wife, all now deceased but Job and Aaron.  her maternal grandparents were John and Rachel Hormel, who were also very early settlers of Warren County; the great-grandfather, John Hormel, also came to this county and died, and was buried here.  Joseph and Amy Evans had five children, three sons and two daughters - George W. H.; Elizabeth, now Mrs. John Bean; Japhet; Elias; and Emily H., who was born in this county, Nov. 2, 1830.  Mrs. Evans died Apr. 29, 1835, aged 39 years; Mr. Evans died Sept. 2, 1851, aged 54 years.  Mr. Crane and wife have had three children - James Elias, born Feb. 27, 1850, died Aug. 11, 1850; Ella Jane, Oct. 20, 1852, died Dec. 30, 1877; and Ada A., born Jan. 14, 1856.  Mr. Crane is a carpenter and farmer; the former trade he followed about ten years; the balance of his life has been devoted to farming, and all within this county and all on the same section of land where he was born and raised.  He purchased the place where he now lives in 1847, of Margaret Hormel and heirs, and moved on to the same in the spring of 1850, where he has since resided.  Mr. Crane is a fair representative of his ancestors in character and integrity; although he quietly follows his occupation of farming from choice, avoiding all notoriety by holding public offices, yet is one of Clear Creek Township's best and most worthy citizens.
Source:  History of Warren Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: W. H. Beers & Co., 1882 - page 897
  Clear Creek Twp. -
CALEB M. CRANE, farmer; P. O. Ridgeville; born on the place where he now lives, Dec. 13, 1820; is a son of Judge Daniel and Elizabeth (Merritt) Crane, he a native of Vermont and she of Pennsylvania.  The grandparents were Amos and Huldah Crane, natives of New Jersey, where they lived till about 1790; they removed to Vermont; thence, about 1802, they returned to New Jersey, and in 1803 came to Warren Co., Ohio, and here resided till their death.  He died Sept. 4, 1818, aged 54 years, dying suddenly of apoplexy; his wife died June 7, 1834, aged 68 years.  Judge Daniel Crane was the third child and second son of Amos and Huldah Crane;  was born in Vermont Sept. 21, 1792, and was 11 years of age when brought to Warren County; here he grew to manhood under the sturdy influences of pioneer life, receiving a very meager education - such as those log-cabin days afforded, but he was a man of more than ordinary ability, and held many of the highest positions in the county; was a Justice of the Peace thirty years, and during that long period of service there were but two of his decisions ever reversed, showing the strong mind and correctness of his judgment; was Representative to the Legislature and an Associate Judge of the court for seven years, and in his official life his labors were characterized with great proficiency and justness.  His integrity of character and honesty of life stood so high in the estimation of his fellow-men that he was intrusted with a great amount of public business; probably settled up more estates than any other man of his day in the county, and in his death was lost one of Warren County's ablest and truest men.  The Judge was thrice married, first Oct. 31, 1816, to Elizabeth Merritt, by whom he had seven children, four now survive - Caleb M.; Amos; Emiline,  now Mrs. Plunkett; and Joseph J.  His wife died July 29, 1833, aged 33 years.  On Mar. 3, 1835, he married for his second wife Elizabeth Carter, by whom he had two children (deceased).  She died July 8, 1840, aged about 40 years.  He married for his third wife Lewezer Warton, by whom he had five children, three now survive - Huldah, now Mrs. Burnett, Susan, and Lester.  His last wife still survives, aged 63 years.  The subject of this sketch was the second child of his father by his first wife; was married Mar. 22, 1844, to Phoebe, daughter of Benjamin and Elizabeth Hathaway, he a native of Kentucky and she of Pennsylvania, but who became pioneer settlers of Warren County about 1800.  By this union Mr. Crane and wife have had six children - Elizabeth H., born July 10, 1846, married C. M. Earnhart; Daniel, Dec. 16, 1848, married Elizabeth Rosier; Benjamin H., born May 12, 1851, married Addie Lewis; Mary E., Sept. 21, 1854, married Charles Cafferty; Dora M., Dec. 28 1859; and Amos McClellan, born Sept. 1, 1862.  Mr. Crane has made agricultural pursuits his business through life; has never held or sought office, but has refused the earnest solicitations of his many friends to accept many local offices; is a very social, congenial man in his nature and in honor and integrity sustains well the character of his noble father; is an excellent neighbor and a most worthy citizen.  We would add that Judge Daniel Crane served in the war of 1812, entering the war as a substitute two different times during the campaign.
Source:  History of Warren Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: W. H. Beers & Co., 1882 - page 897
Clear Creek Twp. -
SAMUEL R. CRANE, retired farmer; P. O. Red Lion; was born in the house in which he resides in Section 15, Clear Creek Township, Warren Co., Ohio, Sept. 3, 1818.  He is a son of Abner and Huldah (Robertson) Crane, natives of New Jersey.  The paternal grandmother of our subject, a widow with six children - Abner, Jonathan, Stephen, Moses, and two daughters, one of whom married Daniel Doty, who accompanied them emigrated to Warren County in the year 1795.  Abner, while out hunting, following a beautiful stream to its source, which proved to be two fine constant springs, and so struck his fancy that he concluded to locate near them; accordingly he entered from the Government the land surrounding them, and here lived until his death, which occurred Apr. 3, 1848.  The mother died at Middletown, Butler Co., Ohio, at the advanced age of 91 years, and her remains were interred there.  The mother of our subject having died in January, 1835, the land descended to the heirs, and was purchased by him who has since owned it.  He has followed farming during the whole of his life, until his recent retirement.  He has amassed a handsome fortune, including over 1,400 acres of land and town property to the value of $18,000.  He was married Mar. 18, 1840, to Elenor J., a daughter of Samuel and Keturah (Townsend) Dearth; the former a native of Pennsylvania, from which State he emigrated to Warren County in 1798, and remained here until his death July 19, 1862; the latter a native of New Jersey with two brothers, Josiah and Jesse, and mother Judith, a widow, emigrated to Warren County in 1810.  She died Dec. 31, 1868.  Mr. Crane by his marriage had the following children - Sylvester E., who married Sarah A. Eyer Apr. 3, 1862, and to whom was born one son who died Mar. 6, 1864.  Sylvester enlisted during the late war in Co. B, 64th O. V. I., and died at Nashville, Tenn., Dec. 12, 1862, of a relapse of the measles; William A. married Sarah E. Blinn, and had seven children - Zina, Ida B., George, Samuel, Emma F., Charles and Mary E.; Keturah J., married Gilbert H. Doty, she died Feb. 11, 1874, leaving four children - Mary F., Ellen M., Charles B. and Jennie; Judith A., married David D. Monger, and has one child - Leroy E.; Ruth A. married Hugh P. Vail, and has one child, Charles E.; Mary E. died unmarried; Huldah A., married Benjamin E. Blackburn, and has one child, William C.  The subject of this sketch has lived to see his surviving children all well settled in life and is now enjoying the peace, quiet and rest that he has so well earned.  His portrait appears in this work, as one of the wealthiest farmers in the county; though more than threescore years of age, he is still hale and hearty.  He has met with a number of serious accidents, his escape from death in some cases being little less than miraculous.  In February, 1871, while in a tree adjusting a rope, a tree which he was uprooting fell and threw him to the ground a distance of sixty feet by actual measurement, falling in a low place in the ground with the tree-top over him; he escaped without broken bones, but with a bruised and lacerated body.  He has also been kicked by horses, and thrown out of vehicles by runaway teams.  As. Mr. Crane himself graphically expresses it, he has been killed six times.
Source:  History of Warren Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: W. H. Beers & Co., 1882 - page 896
  Clear Creek Twp. -
MARMADUKE CROCKETT (deceased) was born near Springboro Feb. 19, 1815; was a son of Andrew and Sarah (Mullen) Crockett, natives of New Jersey.  Mr. Crockett was thrice married - first, in his native State, New Jersey, where he lived several years, during which time his first wife died.  About 1810 he emigrated to Ohio and located near Springboro.  In November, 1812, he married Sarah Mullen, by whom he had three children, all now deceased; his second wife died Nov. 24, 1817.  On Mar. 7, 1819, he married for his third wife Mrs. Margaret Freeman, by whom he had one child, Susannah Sarah Ann, who married John Fox and resides in Indiana.  Mr. Crockett died May 21, 1849, aged 93 years; he was active and industrious man, who started in life from a poor bound boy, and acquired a good competency; he then purchased some military lands in Clark County, soon after which a second claimant appeared, and he again paid for his land; finally, a third claimant presented himself, when, rather than to run any further risk, he gave up his land; he had nearly exhausted his means, and, after so much hard work and toil with good success in former years, he was now, but this misfortune, obliged to live the balance of his life in limited circumstances.  The subject of this sketch, born in this county, grew to manhood and married Jane S., daughter of Isaac and Elizabeth Mullen, whose ancestral history is fully given in sketch of John Mullen; by this union they had twelve children; nine grew to maturity - Mary E., born Mar. 28, 1838, now Mrs. David Merring; Sarah M., Sept. 13, 1842, now Mrs. Easton; Letitia, Jan. 23, 1847, now Mrs. William H. Maltbie, residing in Missouri; Charles A., May 21, 1850; Oliver E., Sept. 26, 1852; Mordecai M., Mar. 2, 1855; William H., Jul. 10, 1857; Ruth Evaline, Nov. 14, 1859, and Elmer E., born Jun. 26, 1862.  Mr. Crockett  followed farming till about 25 years of age; thence he entered upon the milling business, which he followed about eight years; thence again gave his attention to farming.  In 1854, he bought and located upon the place where his widow and family still reside; here he resided till his death, Oct. 19, 1867, aged 52 years.  Mr. Crockett started in life a poor man, but full of energy and determination, and, by his industry and economy, he became possessed of a good farm and home, and raised a large family of children; his character and integrity were undoubted, and he lived beloved and respected by those who knew him best.
Source:  History of Warren Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: W. H. Beers & Co., 1882 - page 898
  Franklin Twp. -
EDWARD P. CRIST, furniture dealer, corner Center and Second streets, Franklin; son of David and Eveline Crist; was born in Franklin Township Oct. 3, 1831; he was reared on a farm.  When 18 years of age he learned the cabinet trade with Uriah Clutch, in Franklin; he remained with him six years and succeeded to their business in 1863; location now occupied by the Coleman House.  In 1865, he moved to his present place of business, where he keeps a full ine of furniture, undertakers' goods, wall paper, window shades, etc.; carries a stock of $7,000 to $8,000; he has the only exclusive business in his line in the town, and is doing a thriving business.  He owns his store building, and, with his brother, owns the old homestead on which their mother still lives at the advanced age of 71 years, their father having died in July, 1875.
Source:  History of Warren Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: W. H. Beers & Co., 1882 - page 898
  Franklin Twp. -
WILLIAM M. CUMMING, saloon keeper, Franklin; son of Alexander and Charity Cumming; was born in Franklin in1823; he attended school till 15 years of age, when he served four years with David Loyd at the tailoring trade; he afterward worked at it eighteen years.  He opened a clothing store in Franklin in1854, which he conducted three yeas; then carried on a grocery store about two years.  His father died in 1854, leaving a farm of 123 acres; he moved on to this and carried on farming for several years.  He again returned to Franklin and opened a grocery store, in company with Mr. W. O. Potter; at the end of three years, they dissolved, and he carried on the business alone four years.  He was married in Franklin in 1844, to Mary J. Greer, daughter of James and Annie (Fisher) Greer, born in Germantown.  They have three children, Annie B., William A. and Eurney.  Mr. C. now owns a sample room on Sixth Street, opposite the pottery, where he keeps a full line of choice liquors and cigars; he resides corner Center and Seventh streets.
Source: History of Warren Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: W. H. Beers & Co., 1882 - page 801
  Hamilton Twp. -
FRANK CUMMINGS, farmer, P. O. Morrow.  Frank Cummings was born in Campbell Co., Ky., on the 17th of April, 1855.  He is the son of Samuel and Eliza CummingsMr. Samuel Cummings was president of the city council of Newport, Ky., for four years.  Frank, the subject of our sketch, received the rudiments of education in the district schools of Cincinnati.  He subsequently entered Hollingsworth Commercial College at Newport, Ky., from whence he received his diploma.  He left his native State in the year 1878, and removed to Warren Co., O., where he at present resides.  He was married on the 17th of Sept. 1880, to Miss Ida B. Ford  To them has been born one child, viz.: Frank.  Mr. Cummings has been successful in business, and is at present the owner of 109 acres of good tillable land.
Source: History of Warren Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: W. H. Beers & Co., 1882 - Page 942



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