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History of Wyandot County, Ohio
Chicago: Leggett, Conaway & Co.,
1884

CHAPTER VI.
MARSEILLES TOWNSHIP

THE TOWNSHIP AS ORGANIZED - ITS PHYSICAL FEATURES - FIRST IMPROVEMENTS - EARLY SETTLERS -
OWNERS OF REAL AND PERSONAL ESTATE IN 1845 - EDUCATIONAL - RELIGIOUS -
OFFICIALS SINCE 1849 - MISCELLANEOUS - VILLAGE OF MARSEILLES -
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. (ALL)

 BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES.
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  JAMES D. BARR., M. D., was born in

Source:  History of Wyandot County, Ohio - Chicago: Leggett, Conaway & Co., 1884 - Page 860

  BARTRAM, Ezra G., was born in Marion County, Ohio, Dec. 18, 1837, son of Milo and Laura (Sabine) Bartram, natives of New York and Connecticut, respectively, and of Scotch ancestry.  They came to Marion in 1825, and were the parents of ten children, seven living - C. Porter, Mary J., Sarah E. G., Louisa, Olive and John.  The deceased are William, Laura E. and Milo P.  The father died about 1869, aged seventy-one years; the mother in 1865, aged fifty-five yeas.  Ezra G. Bartram received a common school education, and Jan. 20, 1859, married Magdalene Smith, daughter of Martin Smith, of Wayne County.  They have eight children - Charles W., Lois E., Eunice V., Smith I., Cora J. and Laura E.  The deceased are Abba A. and George E.  In the fall of 1862, Mr. Bartram enlisted in Company E., One Hundred and Twenty-first Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry, at La Rue, Marion County, and took part in the chase of Gen. Morgan, through Kentucky several times; lost his health, and was sent to the Louisville Hospital, where he received his discharge Apr. 27, 1863.  He returned home, and in 1865 purchased his present farm of eighty acres, paying $25 per acre - now value at $40.  Politically, Mr. Bartram is a Democrat.  His health, which was injured in the late war, he has never fully recovered, and consequently he receives a Government pension of $8 per month.
Source:  History of Wyandot County, Ohio - Chicago: Leggett, Conaway & Co., 1884 - Page 861
  JOSEPH BLOW, one of the representative men of the representative men of the township, was born in England, Sept. 18, 1823.  He is the son of Charles and Susanna (Hendryby) Blow.  They had three children - James, Joseph and Edward, the former being now deceased.  His father died aged fifty-five years; his mother while Joseph was quite young; and, as a result, his educational privileges were limited.  He worked at yearly waged - $40 to $50 per year - for some time, but came to America with both brothers in 1845, and located in Grand Township, Marion County.  In 1855, he bought 160 acres of land there at a cost of $1, 075, clearing 120 acres of forest land himself.  His farm is in good repair, valued at $55 per acre, and has been rented for the past seven years.  He purchased his present home of forty-two acres near Marseilles in 1876, paying $2,900 or the same, and making it a present to his wife.  This farm is valued at $100 per acre, a valuable stone quarry being located near the residence.  His marriage to Rachel Blow occurred Mar. 8, 1863.  She was born Dec. 14, 1841, daughter of Robert and Elizabeth Blow.  They have no children.  Politically, Mr. Blow is an Independent, and, with his wife, is a member of the Disciple Church.  He is also a member of the G. A. R.  Mr. Blow was a soldier in the late war, entering the service in October, 1864, Company C, Thirty-eighth Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry.  He was engaged at Chattanooga, where he was taken sick and confined to the field hospital, but was subsequently removed to Nashville, Jeffersonville, and lastly to Camp Dennison, where he was discharged in the spring of 1865.  In England he was a member of the I. O. O. F. fraternity.  Robert and Elizabeth Blow, parents of Mrs. Rachel Blow, came to America from England in 1857, settling in Grand Township, Marion County.  They had eight children, six now living - Charles, Hannah, Lucy, Robert, Peter and Rachel.  The deceased are George and Edward.   Robert Blow died aged eighty-five, and his wife, Elizabeth, at the age of seventy years.  This family were all natives of England.
Source:  History of Wyandot County, Ohio - Chicago: Leggett, Conaway & Co., 1884 - Page 861
  MICHAEL BOWER, son of

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  SIMEON B. COOK was born in

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  PETER L. DEMAREST (deceased) war born

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  WILLIAM EMPTAGE was born in

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  FREDERICK FEHL, one of the leading farmers of

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  GEORGE W. FOX was born in Richland County,

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  HORATIO S. GATES, of the firm of

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  SOCRATES HARTLE (deceased), one of the pioneers of the

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  ADAM M. HARTLE was born in

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  HENRY HANDCHY was born in

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  THOMAS HEWLITT was born in

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  DAVID B. HILDRETH, born in

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  STEPHEN HILDRETH was born in

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  STEPHEN P. HILL was born in

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  ISAAC JOHNSON was born in

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  G. W. KEMP, M. D., was born in

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  B. F. KENNEDY was born in

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  JOHN W. KENNEDY, Postmaster at Marseilles, was born in

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  LEMUEL KRISHER was born in

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  CHAUNCEY M. LEAR.  This gentleman is a native of

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  BENJAMIN F. LEE was born in Pickaway County, Ohio, Nov. 29, 1825.  He is the son of Parker and Elizabeth (Shoots) Lee, natives of Maryland and Ohio respectively, Mrs. Lee being of German lineage. Parker Lee emigrated with his parents from Maryland to Kentucky, when but seven years of age, and was engaged in the war of 1812, serving as Captain of a militia corps during the entire war.  His marriage to Miss Elizabeth Shoots took place in or near the year 1812, soon after which he removed to the Sandusky plains, about 1837, buying 800 acres of land in Big Island Township, Marion County.  From 1840 to 1842, he lived in Wyandot County, but spent the remainder of his days in Salt Rock Township, Marion County.  He was the father of twelve children, six of whom are now living, namely, John, William, Benjamin F., Elizabeth, Sarah and Martin.  The deceased are Melinda, Joseph, Henry, Louis, Jacob and Lucretia.  he died at the age of seventy-eight years, and his wife at sixty-nine.  Benjamin F. Lee was educated in the common schools, living with his father until his twenty-eighth year.  He was married, Nov. 30, 1853, to Narcissa Sappington, daughter of Elias and Mary (Whitcomb) Sappington,  of Big Island Township.  Mr. and Mrs. Lee were parents of nine children, six surviving - Mary E (wife of Amandis Seligman), Sallie W., (wife of Thomas Heckathorn), Willie E., John S., Carrie F., and Frank G.  The deceased are Elias F., Sophrano and James.  Taking one crop from his father's farm as a subsidy, he purchased in the fall of 1854, 177 acres in Hardin County, Ohio, moving there in the same year, and remained five years.  He then traded this farm for one of 240 acres in Goshen Township, subsequently adding twenty more, remaining there five years and another five years on an eighty-acre farm one and a half miles east of Kenton.  In 1865, this latter tract was sold, and twenty acres adjoining the 260 acres spoken of above, were purchased.  In 1866, this whole tract was exchanged for the one of 260 acres on which Mr. Lee now resides.  His farm is in a high state of cultivation, is valued at $75 per acre, and stocked with excellent grades.  It is watered by twelve never-failing springs and eighty rods of the Tymochtee River.  The residence, which was repaired at a cost of $600, was consumed by fire, May 5, 1878, and his present handsome dwelling was erected the same season at a cost of $2,000.  In politics, Mr. Lee is a stanch Republican.  He was served as a member of the School Board of Marseilles, for three years, which post of honor he still retains; he was a member of the Board of Agriculture four years, and is an Elder of the Presbyterian Church.  His wife and children are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and in good standing.  Mr. Lee is one of the leading farmers of his township, and is a generous and influential citizen.
Source:  History of Wyandot County, Ohio - Chicago: Leggett, Conaway & Co., 1884
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  JOHN LESLIE, the subject of this sketch, was born in

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  ROBERT LINDSEY, of the firm of Lindsey & Gates, dealers in dry goods, groceries, etc., was born in Grand Township, Marion County, Ohio, May 30, 1844, son of James H. and Elorn (Stiverson) Lindsey, natives of Ohio, and of Scotch-Irish and Scotch-German descent respectively.  They were married about 1835-36 in Grand Township, and were the parents of seven children, four living - Robert, Ann M., Sarah R., and Mary.  The deceased are James, John and David, the two latter having lost their lives in the late war.  His father died Feb. 19, 1881, the mother Oct. 29, 1882.  Mr. Lindsey, our subject, was educated in the common schools, attending one term at the Weslyan University of Delaware, Ohio, closing his literary pursuits at the age of Nineteen.  He remained with his father till May 2, 1864, when he enlisted in Company M, One Hundred and Forty-fourth Regiment (Cavalry) National Guards and was engaged at Manassas Junction, and discharged four months later at Columbus, Ohio.  He returned to the farm, staying until his twenty-sixth year.  In 1870, he went to Kansas purchased eighty acres of land, and staid three years, when he returned to Ohio, and received 160 acres of land from his father in Grand Township.  He tended this farm till 1880, when he purchased an interest in his present store, of B. F. Kennedy, and began business under the firm name of Kennedy & Lindsey.  They continued this partnership one year after which time Mr. Lindsey purchased his partner's interest, selling soon after one-half interest to H. S. Gates, with whom he is still in partnership.  They carry a $12,000 stock.  Besides this, Mr. Lindsey owns 320 acres of land in Kansas, valued at $20 per acre, well situated.  His marriage to Miss Rebecca J. Oroke, daughter of Catharine Oroke, occurred Feb. 6, 1871. They have five children - James H., Frank E., Edith L., Charles F. and Jessie MJohn is deceased.  Mr. Lindsey is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, of the F. & A. M., Master Mason, of Marseilles, of the G. A. R., and a Republican in politics.  He is a successful business man and a good citizen.
Source:  History of Wyandot County, Ohio - Chicago: Leggett, Conaway & Co., 1884 - Page 674
  MAJ. HUGH LONG,* one of the oldest settlers of the township, was born in

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  JOHN McCLEARY (deceased) was born in

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  DAVID W. McCONNEL, M. D., a leading physician of this county, was born in Greene County, Ohio, May 14, 1839.  He is the son of Isaiah and Ann (Bain) McConnel, the former born in Edinburgh, Scotland, 1800; the latter in Lexington, Ky., in 1799, her parents originally emigrating form Glasgow, Scotland, about 1795.  They were married in Xenia, Ohio, Jan. 1, 1828, and resided in that city ten years, after which time they removed to Hardin County, where they settled permanently.  They were the parents of six children, four still living - James B., Sarah F., David W., and Martha.  The deceased are Rebekah and Samuel J.  The father died July 4, 1860; the mother Sept. 12, 1883.  the subject of this sketch attended the Kenton schools, and subsequently graduated from Northwood College in 1854.  He began the study of medicine under Dr. W. H. Phillips, of Kenton, in 1856, and remained with him nearly four years, and afterward graduated from the Starling Medical College in 1866, in the meantime teaching eight terms of school.  He enlisted in Company G, Fourth Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Apr. 16, 1861; re-enlisted in the Thirty-third in July of the same year as private, and was appointed Orderly Sergeant, serving nine months, when he was appointed Second Lieutenant, after twelve months First Lieutenant, and then Captain of his company till the close of the war.  He was engaged in the campaign of Eastern Kentucky under Gen. Nelson, and participated in the following battles: Piketon, Bowling Green, Bridgeport, Battle Creek, Prestonburg, Stone River, Chickamauga and Mission Ridge.  At the latter place he was wounded three times, but was not discharged, and after six weeks returned as Aid; was subsequently in the battles at Franklin and Nashville, and continued as Aid till June of 1865, when he received his discharge.  Mr. McConnel was married Mar. 10, 1870, to Miss Martha J. Lacey, daughter of Haman H. Lacey.  They have four children - Anna L., James H., John C. and D. Watt (Samuel E. deceased).  He located in Marseilles in August, 1865, where he has since resided, building up a good living practice in his chosen profession.  He belongs to the regular school of medicine, and favors the temperance element of Republicanism; is a member of the I. O. O. F. and K. of H. fraternities, and a master member of Marseilles Lodge, No. 515, F. & A. M.; McCutchen Chapter, R. A. M.; member of Ivanhoe Council, R. & S. M., Bucyrus, Ohio; and of Marion Commanery Knight Templars, Marion, Ohio.  He is a member of the Presbyterian Church, and highly respected as a citizen.  It is worthy of notice that the father of our subject was one of the seven original Abolitionists of Ohio, and his son has always been an active anti-slavery man.  Mrs. McConnel departed this life Nov. 25, 1884.  She was a lady of unusual strength of character, and was greatly admired and esteemed for her many excellent qualities.
Source:  History of Wyandot County, Ohio - Chicago: Leggett, Conaway & Co., 1884 - Page 874
  SAMUEL PHILLIPS, blacksmith, was born in

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  JAMES B. POOL was born in

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  HENRY QUAIL (deceased) was born in

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  LEWIS A. SELIGMAN was born in

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  WILLIAM SELIGMAN, an influential farmer, was born this

Source:  History of Wyandot County, Ohio - Chicago: Leggett, Conaway & Co., 1884 - Page  876

  SAMUEL SIMPSON was born in this
  JOHN O. STUDEBAKER was born in this county June 22, 1840, son of Samuel and Delilah (Fehl) Studebaker, natives of Pennsylvania and of German parentage.  His mother was born in 1822, and his father about 1816.  They were married in this county in 1838.  He was a shoe-maker by trade.  They were the parents of three children - Flavius J., Mary and John O.  The father died in February, 1845; the mother is still living, in Marion County, sixty-two years of age.  Our subject attended the common schools till his eighteenth year and was subsequently engaged in farm labor till 1861.  May 28 of that year, he enlisted in Company K, Fourth Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and was engaged at Rich Mountain, Laurel Hill, Romney, Winchester, Edinburg, New Market, Port Republic and Chancellorsville; captured at the latter place and taken to Richmond, and, after sixteen days, paroled; thence to Annapolis; thence to Washington; on Gen. Auger's staff as clerk till discharged, July 11, 1864.  He returned to farm, and married, April 16, 1867, Ivy, daughter of William and Jane N. Renick, natives of Virginia and Pennsylvania respectively, of German descent.  They settled in Wyandot County (then Marion) in 1823.  Their one child, Ivy E., was born Mar. 28 1843.  The father died in 1876, aged sixty-five years; the mother died in 1876, aged fifty-five years.  Mr. and Mrs. Studebaker have two children living - Renick, born Jan. 28, 1869; Bertha E., Jan. 3, 1880.  Lorin V., Aug. 3, 1875, died Jan. 28, 1879; George V., born Jan. 19, 1882, died Jan. 10, 1883.
Source:  History of Wyandot County, Ohio - Chicago: Leggett, Conaway & Co., 1884 - Page 877
  ENOCH THOMAS was born in

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  ANDREW UNCAPHER (deceased) was born in

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  PHILIP UNCAPHER.  This enterprising farmer was born in

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  A. ROYAL WEBBER, was born in

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  WILLIAM E. WEBBER was born in

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  DAVID WILKIN is a native of Hardin County, Va., born Mar. 31, 1822.  He is the son of David and Mary (Wilson) Wilkin, natives of the same county, of German parentage.  They emigrated to Ohio in 1827, settling in Licking County, where they resided twenty-five years.  They then moved to Van Wert County, and shortly after to Michigan, where they resided about four years, and thence to Indiana for about the same length of time.  The father died at the home of his son David, Mar. 28, 1882, aged eighty-five yeas.  He was the father of fourteen children, seven by his first wife - Benjamin, David, John A., Joseph, Jonathan, Isaac and Mary A.  By his second wife - Hayden, George, William, Cora, Lucinda and Amanda.  The mother of the first family died in 1849, aged  fifty-three years.  Our subject obtained a common school education in Licking County, and worked at home and elsewhere until his marriage, Dec. 23, 1847, to Barbara E. Losh, daughter of Jacob and Eve (Shular) Losh, natives of Pennsylvania, of German lineage.  They were early settlers of Perry and Licking Counties and were the parents of nine children, five living - Czar H., born Mar. 28, 1852; Lucinda D., Nov. 20, 1854; Lydia S. July 20, 1858; Lucy, Dec. 7, 1861; Flora B., June 14, 1864.  The deceased are John A., Mary A. and two infants.  Mr. Wilkin came to Marseilles Township in 1851, renting the old Wilkin farm twenty-two years; he bought eighty acres of his present farm in 1855, and has since added forty acres more; fifty acres of this was forest land cleared by himself.  In his lifetime, Mr. Wilkin claims to have put 00 acres of forest land under cultivation.  He began life with nothing, and now has a farm well improved, valued at $8,000; has ever been a hard worker, himself and another young man (Drum) having cradled 240 dozen of wheat and shocked sixty dozen of the same in one day; reaped with a sickle thirty-five dozen in one day.  In politics, Mr. Wilkin is a Democrat, voting first for James K. Polk.  He is a member of the A., F. & A. M. at Marseilles; his wife of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
Source:  History of Wyandot County, Ohio - Chicago: Leggett, Conaway & Co., 1884 - Page 880
  PHILIP WINSLOW was born in

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  JOSEPH C. WORTHINGTON.  The subject of this sketch was born in

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