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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.,



  Turtle Creek Twp. -
JOSEPH H. RHODES, farmer, Lebanon; was born in Highland Co., Ohio, Nov. 20, 1817; he is the son of Gustavus and Margaretta (Eddenfield) Rhodes, natives of Fredericksburg, Va.  Our subject was educated in Highland County; he learned, and for some time followed, the trade of hatter; since his residence in Warren County he has for thirteen years been engaged in running a hack from Lebanon to Cincinnati to Sharon.  He was married, Nov. 23, 1848, to Martha A. Roosa, whose father was born in Orange Co., N. Y., in 1791, and emigrated to Ohio when 11 years of age, settling near Montgomery, Hamilton Co., where his father had purchased a farm; he was a soldier in the war of 1812, and was married in 1818 to Elizabeth Daniels, of Clermont County by whom he had five children; he lived at Montgomery until 1827, when he moved to Deerfield, and there died in 1846, his wife having died in 1833.  Mrs. Rhodes has in her possession a Psalm Book, or Bible, brought from Holland by her great-grandfather, Abraham Roosa.  Mr. Rhodes, by his marriage, has had the following children: J. A. (deceased), Charles M. (deceased), Maggie (deceased), Emma and EuniceMr. Rhodes owns and occupies a nice farm adjoining Lebanon.
Source: History of Warren Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: W. H. Beers & Co., 1882 - Page 772
  Turtle Creek Twp. -
WILLIAM RITCHEY, deceased, was the youngest of a family of three girls and five boys, children of Robert and Rachael (Fraley) Ritchey; he was born Jan. 29, 1819, and died Sept. 7, 1877.  On May 19, 1846, he was married to Miss Rebecca P. Bretney, daughter of Tobias and Nancy (Butler) Bretney; she was a native of Ohio, born Feb. 18, 1814.  Mr. Ritchey was engaged in the tannery and leather business until 1845, when he retired from business; in 1848, he engaged extensively in the culture of rare and valuable plants and flowers for his own gratification; for many years he owned the stock and controlled the business of the Lebanon & Dayton Turnpike Company.  He was a true philanthropist, whose loss was deeply deplored by the whole community; he was kind, affable and liberal, contributing freely to both church and State.  He had a beautiful flower garden at his residence on Main street, filled with the choicest flowers of every clime, which he dispensed gratis to all lovers of the beautiful.  His widow still occupies his comfortable home in the suburbs.
Source: History of Warren Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: W. H. Beers & Co., 1882 - Page 773
  Hamilton Twp. -
WILLIAM ROAT, farmer, P. O., Loveland.  The gentleman whose name heads this sketch was born in Hamilton Township in 1838, and is a son of Morris and Margaret Roat.  He was born in New Jersey, in 1806, and is a son of Michael and Elsie C. (Huffman) Roat, natives of new Jersey, who located here in 1817, coming to Ohio by teams across the mountains of Pennsylvania.  They purchased 100 acres of land.   Michael and wife were parents of ten children, three living.  He died in 183_ aged 60 years; she died in 1843.  The father of our subject was married in 1834 to a daughter of Nicolas Tiger, of New Jersey, who settled here in 1819.  To Morris and wife were born four children, all living, viz.:  Nicholas, Michael, William and Jacob.  Our subject was reared a farmer and received only a limited education.  Dec. 31, 1863, he was married to Mary, a daughter of James Walker, who was a son of Samuel B. Walker.  After his marriage he settled where he now resides.  He owns 77 acres of good land, which is largely in cultivation.  They have three children, viz.:  James A., Cora B. and Margaret O.  Both are members of the Bethel Church, to which they have been connected for 18 or 19 years, and are exemplary Christian people.
Source: History of Warren Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: W. H. Beers & Co., 1882 - Page 955
  Franklin Twp. -
WILLIAM M. ROBISON, farmer; P. O., Franklin; son of Robert and Elizabeth Robison; was born in Franklin Township Feb. 2, 1843.  He was reared on his father's farm and received his educational training in the common schools.  May 2, 1864, he enlisted in Co. B, 146th O. N. G., and was discharged with his regiment September of the same year.  He then returned home and resumed his former occupation.  He was married, May 21, 1868, to Miss Callie Sweny, daughter of Eli and Lucy Sweny, born in Clear Creek Township Oct. 18, 1850; they have two children - Lutheran T. and Wade O.  Mr. Robison is engaged in farming and rearing live stock; for the past ten years, he has made a specialty of breeding Poland-China hogs; he is a stock-holder in the Ohio Poland China Swine Record Association; he owns a farm of 97 acres on /sec. 22, with good improvements.
Source: History of Warren Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: W. H. Beers & Co., 1882 - Page 813
  Clear Creek Twp. -
LINDLEY M. ROGERS, farmer, P. O. Springboro; born in Fayette Co., Penn., near Ft. Red Stone, May 3, 1837; is a son of Nathan and Atlantic (Haines) Rogers, he a native of Pennsylvania and she of Virginia.  The grandfather was Philip Rogers, a native of Maryland, and subsequently became a resident of Pennsylvania, where he lived and died; he and wife were both firm and devoted members of the Society of Friends, in which she was an active minister for many years.  They had six children, five sons and one daughter; four now survive - Winston, David G., Philip and Elizabeth (now Mrs. Hill).  The maternal grandparents were Eli and Ruth (Miller) Haines, native of Virginia and subsequently became residents of Pennsylvania, where his wife died.  He subsequently came to Ohio and died in Columbiana County.  Nathan Rogers grew manhood and was married, May 3, 1832, and spent his entire life near his old home; he was a member of the Friends' Society till his death, and was, in his morals and Christian character, a more than ordinary man; had a well balanced mind, was never out of humor or known to be angry, but was a model in temperament and very exemplary in his life, and was much honored and respected by all who knew him; he died Sept. 19, 1855, aged 50 years; his wife subsequently came to Ohio and died near Springboro, July 31, 1865, aged 60 years.  They had six children: four now survive - Eli, Jonathan, Lindly M. and Mary (who married H. Jones).  The subject of this sketch was raised and grew to manhood in his native State.  In the summer of 1861, he emigrated to Warren Co., Ohio, and located near Springboro where, on Aug. 1, 1861, he was married to Ruth, daughter of Thomas and Eliza Miller (see sketch of Thomas Millers).  Mr. Rogers has devoted his life to farming, and since his marriage has resided near Springboro, with the exception of one year's residence in Montgomery Co., Ohio.  He bought and located where he now lives in the fall of 1869, and here has since resided.  Mr. Rogers and wife are firm and devoted members of the Society of Friends.
Source: History of Warren Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: W. H. Beers & Co., 1882 - Page 926
  FREDERICK ROSNAGLE, farmer; P. O. Springboro; born in Philadelphia Apr. 30, 1814; is a son of John and Mary (Joyce) Rosnagle, he a native of Germany and she of Pennsylvania.  Mr. Rosnagle emigrated to America when a young man, about 1808; was married, in 1809, and located in Philadelphia.  During the war of 1812, he was drafted and served through that war.  After a short residence in Philadelphia, by misfortune he lost his property, and removed to Union County, where he resided till his death, in 1828.  They had nine children, six sons and three daughters; five now survive - Frederick, James, now a resident of Roseburg, Oregon; Mary, now Mrs. Hentz, residing in Philadelphia; Solomon and Isaiah, a resident of Cincinnati.  Mrs. Rosnagle subsequently moved to New Jersey, where she lived three years; thence moved to Philadelphia, where she died, in October, 1847.  The subject of this sketch was 14 years of age when his father died; then he bound himself to Abraham Keller in a carding factory, to remain till 18 years of age, and was to have four months' schooling and $56 in money; he failed to get but three months' schooling, and received extra wages instead.  He then worked for Mr. Keller till he was 21 years of age, at $8 per month; also would work in harvest and reap with the sickle at 50 cents per day.  Thus was the beginning of life with Mr. Rosnagle.  After he was of age, he improved his winters and all the opportunities he could get to obtain an education.  In the winter of 1835, he taught school among the Dunkards and "boarded around," and says he learned more that winter than in the same length of time anywhere else in his life.  In December, 1843, he was married to Catharine, daughter of John and Margaret (Null) Kesling, natives of Virginia.  They had seven sons and seven daughters; nine now survive.  William, George, Abraham and Isaac (twins), John, Samuel, James, Mary and Julia Ann.  Mr. Rosnagle and wife have had five sons and two daughters, who grew to maturity.  John W., Mary M., Rufus M. Edmond J., Simon P., Edith Ann and Alfred.  His wife died in September, 1856, aged 35 years.  In May, 1839, Mr. Rosnagle landed in Ohio, having come over the mountains the entire distance in wagons, and located in Warren County, in Clear Creek Township, and has ever since resided in the limits of this township.  For several years, he followed the carpenter trade.  In 1852 he bought and located upon the farm where he now lives and has since resided.  When he bought this place, he went largely into debt; then after four years, lost his wife, but, notwithstanding all these difficulties, Mr. Rosnagle's energy, industry and good management carried him through and now he has a good farm of 118 acres with good buildings and improvements.  This is a worthy example of success under difficulties, and a life of honor and integrity.  He is a worthy member of the Universalist Church and an Elder in the same.
Source: History of Warren Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: W. H. Beers & Co., 1882 - Page 927
  SOLOMON ROSNAGLE, farmer; P. O. Springboro; born in Union Co., Penn., Dec. 17, 1824; is a son of John and Mary Rosnagle, whose ancestral history is given in the sketch of F. Rosnagle.  The subject of this sketch was about 3 years of age when his father died; he was then "bound out" by the Overseers of the Poor to John Keller till 21 years of age.  Mr. Keller proved a "hard taskmaster," but Solomon endured it till 14 years of age, when his brother applied to the court to appoint a guardian for Solomon, and, after some difficulty, Frederick Rsonagle was appointed and took Solomon to New Jersey, where they remained till 1839, thence came to Cincinnati, thence to Warren County, thence, in his 19th year of age, he went to Cincinnati and lived four years and learned the carpenter trade with T. M. Bodley; thence returned to Warren County and worked at his trade till 1855, when he bought the farm where he now lives, erected all the buildings with his own hands and here he has since resided; has a good farm of 60 acres with good improvements, constituting a pleasant home and farmer's residence.  This is an example of a truly "self made man," rising from a poor boy bound out by the Overseers of the Poor, passing through many trials and difficulties, becoming one of the substantial farmers of Warren County and honored and respected in the community in which he lives.  On Oct. 13, 1847, he was marred to Rebecca, daughter of John and Margaret (Null) Kesling, natives of Virginia, whose father, Teter Kesling and family, became settlers of Warren County on the farm where Adam Blose now lives, in 1797, being the first settlers between Lebanon and Montgomery County.  There was at that time one settler in Lebanon, Ichabod Corwin.  Here Mr. Kesling lived and died.  The maternal grandfather was Henry Null, Sr., a native of Virginia, who settled in Warren County soon after the Kesling family.  The grandparents, Teter and Mary Kesling, had a large family of children, one only now living, Mary, now Widow Armentrout, residing in Indiana.  John and Margaret Kesling had seven sons and seven daughters, nine now survive.  William, George, Mary, Abraham and Isaac (twins), John, Julia, Samuel and James W.  Mr. Keeling died in the fall of 1844, aged 63 years; his wife died Apr. 23, 1876.  Mr. Rosnagle and wife had four children.  Charles W., now a resident of Washington Territory; Francis E., Ellen E. and Benjamin F.  Mrs. Rosnagle died Aug. 25, 1870, aged 47 years.
Source: History of Warren Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: W. H. Beers & Co., 1882 - Page 928
  Deerfield Twp. -
ABNER L. ROSS, farmer; P. O. Pisgah, Butler Co.  The gentleman whose name we present at the head of this sketch is another of the old and well known citizens of Warren County.  He was born in Turtle Creek Township July 29, 1805; he is a son of Benjamin L. and Sarah (Leonard) Ross;  he was a native of New York, she being a native of Pennsylvania; both came to Ohio when single; he came to Ft. Washington in 1797; in 1798, he came to Mason, but returned to his former place for greater security, which place is now known as Prideton.  In 1801, he returned.  He was one of the first mail-carriers in this part of the State, a business he operated in for a number of years; he was in reality a mail contractor under the United States Government.  He was married, near Mason, in the spring of 1803, to Sarah, daughter of Abner Leonard, a pioneer preacher of the Methodist persuasion; he resided in Deerfield Township for a short time after his marriage, when he removed to near Lebanon and settled on land which is now owned by ___ Mull; here he resided ten years, after which he returned to Mason and settled on one of Maj. Mason's farms for a short time, then removed to near Goshen, in Clermont Co., Ohio, where he lived till his death.  He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, in which he was a pillar in its early history; a conscientious and unassuming gentleman, and ne who had no aspirations for the empty bauble of office.  To them were born ten children, five of whom are living, viz., Abner L., Samuel, Benjamin J., Mehetable and Sarah; the deceased are Isaac, Andrew, Mary, William L. and an infant Mr. Ross died in April, 1865, aged about 90 years; has wife departed this life in 1876, at the age of 88 years.  The early boyhood of our subject was passed in a manner different from most of pioneer boys, and obtained a good education for the advantages then offered; he walked three and four miles to schools, whose teachers' main qualifications were in the use of the nazel.  At the age of 14, he began carrying the mail, his route extending from Lebanon through Oxford and Hamilton to Brookville, Ind.; on this route he operated four years, carrying the mail on horseback; after this, he operated on the Troy State Line from Lebanon to Dayton, and another to Lancaster and Circleville; also from Cincinnati to Lancaster through Montgomery, Foster's Crossing, Clarksville, Sabina, Washington Court House, to Holland, Williamsport, Circleville and Amanda to Lancaster; on the above lines he operated twelve years, and at the same time had staging going on from Chillicothe to Gallipolis, and a line from Cincinnati to Indianapolis, Ind., and from the latter place to Bloomington, Bedford, Paola, to Leavenworth, on the Ohio River; also from Indianapolis to Terre Haute; he was the first to run a stage into Hamilton and Oxford, Ohio; his whole routes extended over a length of seven hundred miles; on four of his lines he had lively opposition.  At this time, there were no pikes; the roads were mud roads, and the reader can have only a faint idea of their condition at times.  During a portion of the time he was engaged in the above business, he was keeping hotel in Lebanon, where he was engaged at two different times - in all, twenty years.  In Wilmington, Ohio, he kept hotel for two years.  Abandoning staging in 1860, he retired to a fruit farm near Morrowtown, this county, to which he gave his attention about six years, and in 1869 came to where he now resides.  He was married, in 1825, to Margaret Frazier, by whom he had six children, four living, viz., Abner L., James W., George W. and William R.; two died in infancy.  His second marriage was celebrated with Mrs. Phoebe Fatout in 1869, she owning the farm of 90 acres, which is one of the best in the county.
Source:  History of Warren Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: W. H. Beers & Co., 1882 - Page 986
  Massie Twp. -
GEORGE P. ROSS, miller and farmer; P. O. Harveysburg; born in Lancaster Co., Penn., Apr. 17, 1817; is a son of George and Elizabeth (Witmore) Ross, natives of Lancaster Co., Penn.  The paternal grandfather was George Ross, who, it is supposed, was a native of Maryland; and he was a son of George Ross, a native of Maryland, and was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence of the United States; he was a man of great ability, and was arising to distinction and taking an active part in the affairs of the Government when he was attacked with the gout, which destroyed his activity and usefulness for the balance of his life.  The grandfather, George, was afflicted with the same disease in the latter years of his life similarly to his father; he owned a large farm, but from his affliction had to give up all active labor and business, and retired to the city of Lancaster, where he resided till his death, which occurred about 1833; he was the father of five sons and three daughters; the sons all became lawyers by profession, except George, the father of our subject, and all died without issue.  George followed the occupation of his father - that of a farmer; married and became the father of one son and one daughter, Mary E., unmarried, and resides in Philadelphia; and George.  Mr. Ross was a soldier in the war of 1812; engaged through life in farming, nearly all in Lancaster Co., but died in Cumberland Co., Penn., about 1845, aged nearly 60 years; his wife died young, in 1817, when George, our subject, was but a babe, who was taken by his uncle, Patton Ross, and raised till 16 years of age, receiving a good common school education; thence went to the milling business, which he followed till 1847; he emigrated to Ohio, and located near Franklin, Warren Co., Ohio, and there carried on the milling business at Vandevere's Mills two years; thence returned to Pennsylvania and married Elizabeth, daughter of Felix and Susan (Wendits) Binkley, natives of Pennsylvania; thence returned to Ohio, and for a few months run the same mills as formerly; thence engaged in farming for a short time; has followed farming and milling through his entire life, marking the latter of his leading business.  He purchased a beautiful farm where he now lives in 1870; and the Harveysburg mills in 1877, which he has since run.  Mr. Ross has been quite successful in his business life; has accumulated a good competency, and is a man of character and business capacity, which has made hi a blessing and endeared him to the community in which he has lived.  Mr. Ross and wife have had three children, one son and two daughters - Susan; Harriet, who married Abraham McKinsey, and had four children, three now survive; and George; all now deceased.  George  was the only male descendant of this Ross family; hence when Mr. Ross shall pass from the state of action, the Ross name of this line of ancestry will be extinct.
Source:  History of Warren Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: W. H. Beers & Co., 1882 - Page 1014
  Harlan Twp. -
JAMES W. ROSS, farmer; P. O. Springfield.  The subject of this brief sketch was born in Hamilton Township, this county, Jan. 29, 1838.  He received a common school education in the schools of the rural districts of his own neighborhood, which, at that time, were of a rude and limited character.  He chose the honorable occupation of farmer, and at the age of 22 years was united in marriage to Mary E. Lever, a native of Hamilton Co., Ohio, born Feb. 9, 1837.  They are the parents of three children - Harlan A., born Apr. 27, 1862; Sarah E., born Nov. 9, 1863; and Laura E., born Aug. 26, 1864.  Mr. Ross is of exemplary character, and he and his wife are worthy members of the M. E. Church; scrupulously honest in all his dealings, he is universally respected as one of the worthy citizens of the community in which he resides.  He has contributed much to the good of society and the development of the country.  He is also an ardent I. O. O. F. of Maineville Lodge, No. 557, of which he has been a member of some twenty-two years.  He espoused the Union cause during the late war, but, although only in the pursuit of the guerilla Morgan for a few days, contributed in many ways to the success of the war.  A brief history of his parents is given elsewhere in this work.  Mrs. Ross is the daughter of John and Eliza (Riddle) Lever; the former a native of Clermont Co., Ohio, born Dec. 26, 1810; the latter of Hamilton Co., Ohio, born Jan. 14, 1815.  He died Aug., 1879, and she July 18 of the same year.
Source:  History of Warren Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: W. H. Beers & Co., 1882 - Page 1039
  Harlan Twp. -
JOHN R. ROSS, farmer, breeder and shipper of high class poultry; P. O. Level; was born in Cozaddale Nov. 24, 1850.  He is the son of P. W. and Sarah (Frybarger) Ross, both natives of this county, the former being born in the year 1812, and the latter in 1814.  They are of German extraction, and known as enterprising and worthy citizens.  This work would indeed be incomplete, did we not favorably mention and closely identify these parents with the interests of Warren County.  The subject of this sketch received a common school education in the district schools of hsi neighborhood, and was reared upon the farm.  He is of Democratic proclivities, and, although not seeking political honors, has held the office of Township Trustee for two consecutive years.  He is a worthy member of the M. E. Church, and is held in high regard by his fellow citizens.  April 3, 1871, he was united in marriage to Miss Maria Jones a most worthy lady, a native of this county, and born Nov. 17, 1853.  This union proved a happy one, and to them were born four children - Clayton B., July 6, 1873; Charlie, Dec. 18, 1875; Clyde W., Oct. 21, 1877; and Gertrude, June 13, 1880.  Of the Jones family mention will be made elsewhere in this work.  Mr. Ross resides upon the farm of his father-in-law, which consists of 169 acres of valuable land, and engages extensively in poultry trade, and has more rare varieties of fine birds than is often found in any one yard.  Among the many choice selections may be found Dark Brahmas, Golden Polish, brown and white Leghorn, Plymouth Rocks, Partridge Cochins, golden-laced Sobright, Bantams, Pekin Ducks and white China Geese.  He furnishes these varieties at the lowest possible prices, and eggs at $1.50 per thirteen.  Parties who are in need of fine fowl should give him a call, as he will guarantee satisfaction.  Mr. Ross takes great pride in his chosen occupation, and deserves special mention and encouragement in his enterprise.
Source:  History of Warren Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: W. H. Beers & Co., 1882 - Page 1039
  THEODORE ROSS, blacksmith, Lebanon, was born in Turtle Creek Township, May 1, 1829.  He is the son of Isaiah and Mary (Draper) Ross, the former of the native of Virginia, and the latter of Pennsylvania.  Our subject received his education in the common schools of the county, and at the age of seventeen commenced learning blacksmithing at which he has continued working.  He was married April 3, 1856, to Miss Anna Brown, a native of New Jersey, by whom he has had six children, five boys and one girl, namely: George A., John E., Frank S., Oren Q., Alonzo C. and Mary L.  The parents are members of the Christian Church, and are a highly respected couple.  They own  a neat, comfortable home in the village of Genntown.
Source:  History of Warren Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: W. H. Beers & Co., 1882 - Page 773
  Union Twp. -
NATHANIEL B. ROSZELL (deceased) was born in New Jersey, and was a son of Joseph Roszell, who settled in Miami County, Ohio, in 1834.  In 1836, our subject, his wife, Ann Ford, and their four children settled in Salem Township, this County, and afterward removed to Turtle Creek Township, and still later to Miami Co., Ohio, where he died, Aug. 4, 1881, aged 77 years.  They were parents of twelve children, six living - Margaret, Charlotte, Samuel, Catharine, Charles and Sallie; the deceased were Elizabeth, Susan, John, Mary, Rachel and Mary.  In business matters, Mr. Roszell was successful; a natural genius and a crack shot.  For a number of years he and his wife were members of the Presbyterian Church.  F. M. Hollingshead, deceased husband of Charlotte Roszell, was born in Greene Co., Ohio, and was married to her in 1850.  They afterward located in Turtle Creek Township, where they lived till his death, in 1869, aged 38 years.  To them were born two children- Annzenitia and Isiah.  Mr. Hollingshead was Assessor of his township for several years; and a worthy member of the order of Odd Fellowship.  In 1863, he enlisted in the 79th O. V. I*., and during the two years he served was connected with the Commissary Department.  Isiah H. was born in 1853; in 1875, he was married to Margaret A., daughter of William Shawhan, by whom he has had three children - David W., Mate and William F.  Mrs. C. Hollingshead was born in 1832.
Source:  History of Warren Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: W. H. Beers & Co., 1882 - page 1063



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