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History of Clinton County, Ohio
Its People, Industries and Institutions
Albert J. Brown, A.M.
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With Biographical Sketches of Representative Citizens and
Genealogical Records of Many of the Old Families
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John B. Telfair

Source: History of Clinton County, Ohio - Publ. 1915 by B. F. Bowen & Co., Indianapolis, Ind. - Page 816

Mr. & Mrs.
Hugh E. Terrell
HUGH E. TERRELL, a representative of one of Clinton county's prominent families and a well-known stockman of Wayne township, is descended through his grandmother, Eliza (Bernard) Evans, from Pocahontas, daughter of the Indian chief, Powhatan, who married John Rolfe, of Varnia, Virginia, Apr. 5, 1613 or 1614.  Grandmother Evans was a representative of the seventh generation in direct descent from Pocahontas and John Rolfe. Hugh E. Terrell not only owns a splendid farm in Wayne township, but he is a well-known stock breeder, who raises standard-bred horses, and who has been raising Shorthorn cattle for twenty years.  Prominent in the educational circles of his township, he is a member of the Wayne township school board and has striven earnestly as a member of that board to increase the efficiency of the public schools and to raise their standard of excellence.
     Hugh E. Terrell was born on November 19, 1848, on "Woodlawn Farm," In Wayne township, this county, the son of David A. and Mary J. (Evans) Terrell.  His father was born about one mile south of Highland in Highland county, Ohio, on Dec. 5, 1820, and died in April, 1909.  His mother was born near Hillsboro, in Highland county, the daughter of Hugh and Eliza (Bernard) Evans.
     The line of descent from Pocahontas and John Rolfe to Eliza (Bernard) Evans is as follows: Pocahontas and John Rolfe were married in 1613 or 1614, there being some doubt as to the exact date, and they had one son, Thomas Rolfe. (1) Thomas Rolfe married Jane Poythress, and they had one child, a daughter. As is well known to all readers of early colonial- history, John Rolfe took his Indian bride to England, where her death occurred a few years later. Her son, Thomas Rolfe was reared in England, but in 1640 returned to Virginia and lived on his property called "Varnia," sixteen miles below Richmond, near Henricopolis. Thomas Rolfe and wife had a daughter, Jane, who married Col. Robert Bolling in 1675, the latter of whom was born in 1646, and who died in 1709. The wife of Colonel Bolling lived but one year after her marriage, her death occurring in 1676. She left one child, a son, (3) John Bolling, who afterwards became a colonel in the American army. Col. John Bolling married Mary Kennon, daughter of Doctor Kennon, and with his family lived in his beautiful home on the Appomattox, called the "Cobbs." Col. John Bolling and wife were the parents of six children, one son and five daughters: (4) Major John Bolling, born in 1700, was the father of nineteen children, died in 1757; (4) Jane, 1703, died, 1766, married Col. Richard Randolph, and was the mother of nine children, and the grandmother of Randolph Roanoke, who was of the sixth generation; (4) Mary, 1711, married Col. John Fleming, of Mount Pleasant, who was born in 1697, the son of Charles Fleming and grandson of Sir Thomas Fleming, who, in turn was the son of Sir John Fleming, first earl of Wighton; (4) Elizabeth, 1709, married Dr. William Gay; (4) Martha, 1713, married Thomas Eldridge, and died Oct. 23, 1749, and Anne, who became the wife of James Murray.
     Col. John and Mary (Bolling) Fleming were the parents of the following children: (5) Thomas, who was a captain in the Second Virginia Regiment in 1758, and afterwards colonel in the Ninth Regiment of Virginia in the Revolution, married a Miss Randolph, and was killed in the battle of Princeton, Jan. 12, 1777; (5) John, who was a major in the Revolution, was killed at White Plains; William, born on July 6, 1736, married Elizabeth Champe, and during his life filled a number of important judicial positions in his native state of Virginia, died Feb. 15, 1824; (5) Charles, who was captain of the Seventh Virginia, and lieutenant-colonel of the line, and Mary, who became the wife of William Bernard, and was the mother of ten children. The Fleming family was of Flemish descent, one of whom, of high rank, settled in Scotland in the reign of David I.  The connection is direct from Sir Malcolm Fleming, sheriff of Dunbarton under Alexander III.  This was a singularly distinguished family, friends of Robert Bruce and favorites of successive kings.
     William Bernard and Mary (Fleming) Bernard were the parents of the following children of whom there is record: (6) John, who was the father of several children, who, after the death of their father, moved to Lynchburg. Virginia; (6) William, born in 1750, was a lieutenant during the Revolutionary War; (6) Robert, served as a private in the War of Independence under Morgan; (6) Thomas, 1756, married Mary Hicks, and came to Ohio from Virginia in an early day and settled in Highland and Clinton counties; (6) Richard, 1767, who married Polly Walker and from whom is descended the branch of the family to which H. E. Terrell belongs. William Bernard, with his brother, John, emigrated to America from Ireland some time between 1735 and 1740.  Col. Charles Fleming, a brother of Mary (Fleming) Bernard, was reimbursed for military service by being given a grant of land in Kentucky comprising fifty-four thousand acres.  Richard and Polly (Walker) Bernard, who came to Ohio in September, 1805, from Rockbridge county, Virginia, were the parents of the following children: William P., Joseph, Richard, Eliza and Caroline.  It was this Eliza, who married Hugh Evans, who was the grandmother of H. E. Terrell.  The Bernards of Clinton county are all descended from Thomas and Mary (Hicks) Bernard.
     The paternal grandparents of Hugh E. Terrell were Pleasant and Esther (Haines) Terrell, the former of whom, born in Virginia, died in 1837, and the latter of whom died in 1846. Pleasant Terrell came to Highland county, Ohio, from Virginia when only a boy, accompanying his parents, who stopped for a time in Cincinnati.  While in that city, he learned the brick mason's trade and after reaching Highland county with his parents, built the first saw-mill and the first grist-mill at Highland.  He worked at his trade all of his life, passing away in 1854 or 1855 on the farm. Pleasant and Esther (Haines) Terrell were the parents of six children: John, Israel, David, Mary, Narcissa and Ruth. The members of this family were connected with the Society of Friends. Pleasant Terrell was one of a family of eight children, born to his parents, David and Mary (Anthony) Terrell. David Terrell was born near Lynchburg, Virginia, in 1763 and died in 1858. His wife, who before her marriage was Mary Anthony, died in 1858. David and Mary Terrell were the parents of eight children: Pleasant, Christopher, David, Joseph, Mary, Judith, Sarah and Elizabeth.   The father of these children served for many years as justice of the peace in Fairfield township and was, therefore, one of the foremost citizens of that section.  He was a well-known hunter and spent most of his life in the wilderness. David Terrell, the great-grand-father of Hugh E. Terrell, was the son of David and Sarah (Johnson) TerrellSarah Johnson was the first wife of David Terrell but he was subsequently married to Sarah Clark and still later to) Martha Johnson.  He was the father of nine children.  He was the son of David Terrell, who was born in 1675 and died in 1757.  The first David Terrell and his wife reared a family of twelve children.  He was the son of William Terrell, who was born in 1650 and who came to America at the age of twenty in 1670 with his two brothers. These three brothers were sent to Virginia by King James II as explorers and hunters and, for their services, were granted a large tract of land in Virginia.
     David A. Terrell, the father of Hugh E. Terrell, received his education in the common schools of Fairfield township, Highland county, Ohio, but his educational advantages were meager. The only reader used in the schools at that time was the Bible.  During his early life, while living at home with his father, he did much hauling.  After coming of age, he purchased cattle, with his father-in-law, Hugh Evans, and drove them through to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, a trip requiring forty days.  In some instances, they had three hundred cattle and as many as sixteen hundred head of sheep and thirty-five or forty horses, and it required about thirty-five men to take care of the stock while driving them through the woods.  Until 1854 David A. Terrell purchased hogs and drove them to Cincinnati, Ohio.  He was a stockman all of his life.  At the age of twenty-one years, he had come into possession of two hundred acres of land valued at seven dollars an acre, but later increased his land holdings to one thousand acres.  In 1868 he moved back near Highland, where he spent the remainder of his life.  There he purchased a part of his grandfather's old farm.  To David A. and Mary J. (Evans) Terrell were born seven children, of whom Hugh E., the subject of this sketch, was the eldest, the others being as follow: Anna, who is the wife of Frank Rhodes; Martha, who became the wife of Oregon Bonnie; Cora, who married Henry Bailey, a minister at Tampa. Florida; Harry, who married Etta Fenner; Imogene, who is unmarried, and Rutherford, who married Hattie Thornburg.  All of the members of this family are still living with the exception of Martha. Mrs. Mary J. (Evans) Terrell was a member of the Methodist church. David A. Terrell voted the Republican ticket.
     Educated in the common schools of Wayne township, and at Ohio Wesleyan University at Delaware, Ohio, Hugh E. Terrell was a partner with his father on the farm, where he now lives, until 1874, since which time he has been farming for himself.
     On Dec. 23, 1873, Hugh E. Terrell was married to Hattie Finley, who was born on Dec. 29, 1848, and who died on Jan. 28, 1901.  She was a daughter of Robert and Jane (Russell) Finley, and at her death left five children: Arthur, who married Mary Seward, and has two children, Hugh and Ruth; Russell, who died at the age of twenty-seven; Frank, who married Dorothy Book, and has one son, Russell; Jane L. and Lillian Esther. The Terrell family are members of the Methodist Episcopal church, in which Mr. Terrell is a trustee.
     Politically, Hugh is a Republican, and is at present a member of the school board of Wayne township. For the last few years Mr. Terrell's son, Frank, has been a partner with him in the operation of the home farm.
Source: History of Clinton County, Ohio - Publ. 1915 by B. F. Bowen & Co., Indianapolis, Ind. - Page 796

Mr. & Mrs.
James H. Terrell


Source: History of Clinton County, Ohio - Publ. 1915 by B. F. Bowen & Co., Indianapolis, Ind. - Page 900

Hon. Oliver J. Thatcher

Source: History of Clinton County, Ohio - Publ. 1915 by B. F. Bowen & Co., Indianapolis, Ind. - Page 896

  CLAYTON A. TRIBBET, M. D. - Among the prominent physicians of this county the well-known citizens of Westboro, is Dr. Clayton A. Tribbet, the president of Clinton County Medical Society and a member of the Ohio State and National Medical Associations.  He has been a practicing physician in Westboro for nearly thirty years.
     Dr. Clayton A. Tribbet, who was born near Goodhope, in Fayette county, Ohio, Oct. 8, 1854, is the son of James and Elizabeth Ann (Dick) Tribbet, the former a native of Ross county, Ohio, and the latter of West Virginia.  The paternal grandfather of Doctor Tribbet was John Dick, a native of West Virginia, who immigrated from that state of Wabash county, Indiana, where he engaged in farming and where he died.
     Left an orphan at a tender age, James Tribbet, the father of Dr. Clayton A. Tribbet, was reared by friends of the family in Ross county and later in Fayette county and finally in Highland county, Ohio.  Subsequently, he moved to Clinton county, in 1880, and located one and one-half miles east of Westboro, where he followed farming.  To James and Elizabeth Ann Tribbet were born eight children, of whom Clayton A. was the fifth in order of birth, the others being as follows: Dr. John C., who for thirty years, was a practicing physician at Montezuma, Iowa, but who is now deceased; Lemuel, Glendora, James M., Elsworth and ELmer, the latter of whom is general manager of the American Laundry Company, of New York City.
     Clayton A. Tribbet received the rudiments of an education in the country schools and in the Greenfield high school, where he pursued his education for a period of five years.  He also took in addition to this work, a course in Greek.  Later he was a student at the South Salem Academy for two years, and then taught school for seven years, six years of which were spent in Fayette county, Ohio.  During his last year in the school room, Doctor Tribbet was principal of the Westboro high school.  After finishing seven years in the school room, he entered the Miami Medical College of Cincinnati, and was graduated, with high honors, with the class of 1886.  In April 1887, he took up the active practice of his profession at Westboro, and since then, a period of almost thirty years, has established an enviable reputation as a physician and surgeon, and is highly respected as a man and a citizen in the community where he has lived so long.
     In 1888, Dr. Clayton A. Tribbet was married to Letta Jackson, a daughter of Thomas and Isabel Jackson, of Westboro.  To this union was born one daughter, Mabel Elizabeth, who died on May 2, 1914.  Mabel E. Tribbet was graduated from the Westboro schools and later from the Blanchester high school.  Subsequently she was a student at Ohio Wesleyan University, at Delaware, Ohio, for a period of two years, and then attended Wells College, at Aurora, New York, from which institution she was graduated with high honors.  While working for her Master degree in the year following her graduation, she was assistant instructor in chemistry in Wells College, and this position was open to her at the time of her last sickness and untimely death.
     Fraternally, Doctor Tribbet is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America.  Both Doctor and Mrs. Tribbet are faithful and earnest members of the Methodist Episcopal church and are held in high regard throughout the whole Westboro neighborhood.
Source: History of Clinton County, Ohio - Publ. 1915 by B. F. Bowen & Co., Indianapolis, Ind. - Page 931
  L. H. TRIBBET, now a well-known and successful farmer of Jefferson township, this county, was born on Aug. 8, 1849, in Fayette county, Ohio, the son of James and Elizabeth Ann (Dick) Tribbet, the former a native of Ross county, Ohio, and the latter of West Virginia. 
     The paternal grandfather of Mr. Tribbet was Joseph Tribbet, who emigrated to Ohio in pioneer times, and from Ohio to Iowa, where he died.  His removal to Iowa followed the death of his wife, when he went to the Hawkeye state to bring back with him his sister, who was to return as his housekeeper.  The maternal grandfather of Mr. Tribbet was John Dick, a native of West Virginia, who emigrated from West Virginia to Wabash, Indiana, where he engaged in farming and where he died.
     Of Mr. Tribbet's father, James Tribbet, it may be said that he was left an orphan at a tender age and was reared by friends of the family in Ross county, Ohio, and later in Fayette and still later in highland county.  Subsequently, he came to Clinton county and, in 1880, located within one and one-half miles of Westboro, where he followed farming.  James and Elizabeth Ann Tribbet were the parents of eight children, Mary Jane, John O., Lemuel, Glendora, Dr. Clayton A., James M., Elsworth, and Elmer.
     L. H. Tribbet
was educated in the public schools of Highland county, and remained there until twenty-four  years old, being engaged in farming.  At the age of twenty-four returned to Highland county and began farming, remaining there until 1881, when he purchased sixty acres of land in Jefferson township, this county, and there he has since lived.
     Mr. Tribbet was married first, Nov. 9, 1876, to Lizzie Murray of Ross county, Ohio, who bore him two children, Harriet and MaryMr. Tribbet married, secondly, Mrs. Mabel (Graham) Ramsey, who has borne him one child, Myrtle Jean.
     Mr. and Mrs. Tribbet
are members of the Methodist Episcopal church.  Fraternally, Mr. Tribbet is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and has passed through all the chairs of that lodge.Source: History of Clinton County, Ohio - Publ. 1915 by B. F. Bowen & Co., Indianapolis, Ind. - Page 562



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