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

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  Wayne Twp. -
JOHN M. EARNHART, farmer; P. O. Waynesville; born in this county May 3, 1846; is a son of William and Hannah (Wills) Earnhart, he a native of Luzerne Co., Penn., and she of this county.  The grandfather, Jacob Earnhart, was a native of Pennsylvania, but emigrated to Warren County in 1812, and located in Clear Creek Township, where he resided till his death in 1821.  The maternal grandfather, James Wills, was a native of New Jersey and married Hannah Turner; they had ten children; six grew to maturity, one only now living, Hannah.   James Wills and family emigrated to Warren County and located in Clear Creek Township in 1798, being one of the first settlers of that township; he opened out right in the woods and began in true pioneer and log cabin life; experienced the very roughest of the rough and the hardest of the pioneer trials and hardships, and here on the place where he first located he passed his entire life; he died Feb. 7, 1847, in his 80th year; his wife died Aug. 5, 1846, in her 80th year; thus they traveled life's journey together, bearing its burdens and enjoying its pleasures, so near the same age, and passing from the stage of action only a few months apart.  Mr. Wills was one of the reliable and substantial men of his township, and held many of its offices; was Township Trustee and Township Treasurer several years.  William Earnhart was 8 years of age when brought to this county by his parents; here he grew to manhood and married Hannah Wills, who was born Feb. 19, 1808, by whom he had nine children, seven now living - James, Charles, Joseph, David, Abby Ann, John Milton and Clara.  Mr. Earnhart located upon the old home place of his father, where he resided twenty six years; thence located upon an adjoining farm, where he lived till his death, July 22, 1873, nearly 69 years of age; his widow is still living and resides with her children, who are all married and settled in life.  Our subject was brought up to farm labor, and remained with his father until after his majority; was married, Dec. 24, 1868, to Elizabeth, daughter of James and Caroline (Stokes) Graham, he a native of this county and she of New Jersey; they had ten children; five now survive - Euphrasia, William, Dallas, La Fayette, Elizabeth and Caroline M.  Mr. Earnhart and wife have three children - Emma Viola, born June 19, 1870; Estella F., born Apr. 2, 1873, and Florence I., born Nov. 28, 1875.  Mr. Earnhart's life has been that of a farmer, most of which has been in Clear Creek Township.  In 1879, he exchanged his farm there for the one upon which he now resides; has a good farm with good improvements and very pleasantly located.
(Source:  History of Warren Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: W. H. Beers & Co., 1882 - page 837)
  Massie Twp. -
HARVEY C. ELLIS, farmer; P.O. Harveysburg; born in Massie Township Dec. 30, 1847; is a son of Lee and Eliza Ellis, whose history and that of the ancestors, is given in the sketch of James W. Ellis in this work.  The subject of this sketch was raised to farm labor, and remained with his father until after his majority; was married Jan. 7, 1873, to Mary A., daughter of Josiah C. and Amelia Rogers, whose history is given in a sketch of Josiah Rogers.  By this union Mr. Ellis and wife have three children - Walter L., born Jan. 8, 1875; Heber H., born Sept. 18,1876; and Abbie born July 19, 1878.  Mr. Ellis first located on the farm now owned by Herbert Laurence; resided there one year, thence located on one of his father's farms and resided six years, then in the spring of 1880 he located upon the place where he now lives and has since resided.
Source:  History of Warren Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: W. H. Beers & Co., 1882 - Page 1002
  Massie Twp. -
JAMES W. ELLIS, farmer; P. O. Harveysburg; born in Massie Township, Mar. 12, 1844; is a son of Lee and Eliza (King) Ellis; he was born in Clinton Co., Ohio, June 9, 1815; she was born in Adams Co., Ohio, Feb. 16, 1825.  The grandparents, Leonard and Mary (Babb) Ellis; he was a native of Kentucky and she of Virginia.  The great-grandfather was Leonard Ellis, who died in Kentucky.  The grandfather, Leonard Ellis, was raised to manhood in Kentucky; went to Virginia and was married; and in 1813 emigrated to Ohio and located in Clinton Co., one of the early settlers.  In 1819 or 1820, removed to Warren Co.; in 1824, removed to Clarksville, Clinton; in 1838, again located in Warren Co., Massie Township, where they lived and died; he died in May, 1856, aged 72 years; his wife died in May, 1842, aged 56 years.  They had four sons, two now survive - Lee and James.  When Mr. Ellis first located in Clinton Co., Wilmington consisted of a few cabins, brush heap and stumps; deer, turkeys, and wild game were abundant.  Now what a contrast! the town of Wilmington is a large, flourishing city, with fine brick and frame residences, and instead of the almost unbroken forests, are fine farms, with fields of waving grain, and for this great and admirable change we are indebted to the industry and hard labor of these worthy old pioneers.  The maternal grandparents were Richard and Sarah King, natives of Adams Co., Ohio.  They had two sons and five daughters, five now survive - Amos W., Eliza, William, Mary Jane (now Mrs. Harlan) and Sarah Ann (now Mrs. McIntyre, residing in Iowa).  Mr. and Mrs. King died when Eliza, the mother of our subject, was but a child, and she was raised by her uncle at Clarksville.  Mr. Ellis, the father of our subject, was married Mar. 9, 1843, issue six children, five now survive - James W.; Nancy C., born Dec. 30, 1847; Sarah Louisa, born Jan. 27, 1850, now Mrs. Jessup; Samuel A. born Oct. 1, 1857; and Mary E., born June 15, 1860.  Mr. Ellis located on a farm adjoining the one where he now lives, and has never made but the one move from that place to where he now resides, which change was made about 1846, and here has now made a continued residence of thirty-five years.  Mr. Ellis obtained a limited education in the old log school house, with greased paper windows, and started out in life a poor man, but by his own industry, hard labor, and good management has accumulated a good competency; owns a large amount of land, and is one of the leading farmers and prominent citizens of Massie Township, and is strictly a self-made man.  The subject of this sketch was raised to manhood within a quarter of a mile of where he now resides; was married Oct. 15, 1866, to Anna M., daughter of David and Rachel (Hawkins) Allen, natives of New Jersey, but who emigrated to Ohio to Warren Co.  Mrs. Allen died Apr. 3, 1881, aged 77 years.  Mr. Allen, now 77 years of age, resides near Ridgeville.  They had nine children, five now survive - Lucinda, now Mrs. Corwin Mary Effie, now Widow Carpenter; Eleanor Dorse, Amos and Annie M. who ws born in Greene Co., Oct. 18, 1845.  Mr. Ellis and wife have five children - Rosetta, born Jan. 18, 1868; Charles E., born Aug. 24, 1869; George B., born Feb. 14, 1872; William H., born Aug. 6, 1873; and Cora B., born Apr. 19, 1879.  Mr. Ellis has always followed farming, and all in this township and neighborhood; located on the place where he now lives in 1868, where he has since resided.  Mr. Ellis is one of the prominent farmers of Massie Township; is now one of the Township Trustees, this being his second term of service.
Source:  History of Warren Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: W. H. Beers & Co., 1882 - Page 1001
  Wayne Twp. -
JOEL EVANS

Source:  History of Warren Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: W. H. Beers & Co., 1882 - page 839

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