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Memorial Record of the Counties of Delaware, Union and Morrow, Ohio -
Publ. Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Co.



WILLIAM PATTAN, deceased, was the first settler of Liberty township, Delaware county, Ohio, and was the progenitor of a large and highly respected family of this State.
     He was born, reared and married in Maryland, the lady of his choice being Mary Harden, and after their marriage they came west to Ohio, and settled on a large tract of land where Marietta now stands.  There he made a clearing in the forest and resided for some years, and in 1804 removed from that place to what is now Liberty township, Delaware county, then a trackless wilderness.  Here he cut down the trees and built a log cabin, and soon he and his wife and their little family of five children were comfortably established in their pioneer home, far removed from any other habitation.  And here he lived until his family were all grown and married, after which he distributed a portion of his property among his children and sold the rest.  He then bought property at Prospect, Ohio, where he spent the residue of his life and died.  He was eminently a successful man.  During the war of 1812 he served as Captain, and did faithful service for his country.  An enthusiastic Methodist, and an exhorter in the church, he exemplified in his own life the truths which he tried to impress upon others.  His family was composed of the following members: Thomas, who removed to Marion county, Ohio, and engaged in farming; Richard, a merchant of Marion county; Sally, wife of Oran Powers; William, a farmer of Marion county; Isaac, who remained in Liberty township, Delaware county, and further mention of whom is given below; Oran, a banker of Marion county; Lorenzo, a farmer of Marion county; Ruth, who died in early life; Milton, M. D., of Larue, Ohio; and Maria, widow of Thomas Berry, a merchant of Marion county.  All the sons grew up to be successful men and honored and useful citizens.
     Isaac, the fifth of the family, was born in Marietta, Ohio, in 1801, and died in Delaware county, Ohio, in 1893.  He spent his whole life on the farm upon which his father had settled, devoting his energies to agricultural pursuits, and being successful in his operations.  He assisted in making the shingles which covered the first building erected in the city of Delaware.  In his religious views he followed in the footsteps of his honored father, and was one of the first members of the Williams Street Methodist Church of Delaware.  Politically he was first a Whig and afterward a Republican.  His first Presidential vote was cast for William Henry Harrison, and his last for Benjamin Harrison.  His wife, whose maiden name was Ariel Eaton, was born in Vermont in 1803, and died in Delaware county, Ohio, in 1872.  They had six children, viz.: William, a farmer of Liberty township, Delaware county; Levi, who died in infancy; Millard, deceased; Luvia, wife of John Gardner, of Delaware; Stephen, who occupies the old home farm in Liberty township; and Mary, deceased.
     Of Mrs. Isaac Pattan, we further record that she was of English descent, and that her father, Levi Eaton, was a soldier in the Revolutionary war.  He came with his family to Franklin county, Ohio, at an early day and settled on a farm, where he met with prosperity and where he spent the rest of his life and died.  His children were Fannie, Levi, Lavernie, Philanda, Stephen, Ariel, Ruth and PhoebeMrs. Pattan was a woman of deep piety and high intellectual attainments.  She was for a number of years a teacher in the Worthington Female Seminary of Ohio.
     As above noted, two sons and one daughter are the only survivors of the family of Isaac Pattan.  This daughter, Luvia, in 1866 became the wife of John Gardner, a highly respected citizen of Delaware county, who was for years an active minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church, continuing in the work until failing health compelled him to retire.  He was born in New Jersey in 1821, son of Moses and Seba (Dickinson) Gardner, and came to Delaware county, Ohio, with his parents when he was ten or twelve years old.  Mr. and Mrs. Gardner lived on a farm prior to 1881, but since that time have made their home in Delaware, now living with their only child, Ariel, widow of Christian E. Graff.  They occupy a beautiful residence at No. 25 West Central. Avenue.  Mr. Graff was one of the promising young business men of Delaware, and his untimely death occurred in 1891.  Mrs. Graff has one child, George Edward.
     Such, in brief, is a sketch of this pioneer of pioneers and his posterity.
Source: Memorial Record of the Counties of Delaware, Union & Morrow, Ohio; Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Co., 1895, pp. 371-372
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CARY B. PAUL, president of the First National Bank of Delaware, Ohio, and one of the representative business men of the county, must be accorded specific recognition in a work of this sort, not alone by reason of the prominent position which he maintains, but also with ulterior view to the incentive which the record of a success attained by personal effort may prove to those who in time to come may peruse these pages.
     Nathan and Henrietta (Bell) Paul, both of whom were natives of Washington county. Pennsylvania, early identified themselves with the pastoral life and enterprise of the Buckeye State, and on a farm in Knox county, Ohio, their son, Cary B. Paul, was born, the date of his nativity being April 2 1, 1832.  The lineage of our subject traces to Scotch and Irish sources, and certain of his maternal ancestors are recorded, in the annals of the period, as having been active participants in the war of the Revolution.  Nathan Paul was a man of quiet and domestic tastes, a Democrat in his political views, a man of strong convictions and unswerving integrity.  He had been reared on a farm, and to agricultural pursuits he devoted his attention until the time of his death, which occurred in Delaware county, in July, 1846, while he was still a young man and while his son, our subject, was but a boy.  His widow survived him for a number of years, passing away in the year 1879, at the home of her elder son.  These worthy and honored parents bequeathed to their three children not a rich heritage of pecuniary sort, but the nobler one of sterling character, correct principles and honest industry,—the best of equipment for the competitive struggle of life.
     The subject of this review was the oldest of the three children, and upon him devolved much of the responsibility of maintaining his widowed mother and his brother and sister.  His boyhood days were passed in the free and untrammelled life of the farm and his education was secured in the common schools.  He had pursued his studies with avidity and was preparing himself to enter college when the death of his father rendered it practically necessary for him to subordinate his personal ambitions and wishes for the sake of those near and dear to him.  He assumed the burden cheerfully and without reservation, at once turning his attention to the work of the farm and thereafter continuing to manage the old home place until he had attained the age of thirty years.  His labors in this regard were not directed in a blind or careless manner, but natural characteristics and an aptitude for affairs of greater breadth soon made themselves manifest to the extent of yielding consistent results.  He turned his attention specially to stock raising and dealing and to the wool business.  It is interesting to note, in this connection, that in the latter line of enterprise he has ever since continued, having for many years handled the greater part of the wool product of Delaware county, and operated quite extensively in other wool-growing counties of the State.  Thus it may be seen how Mr. Paul’s efforts were early directed toward the goal of eminent success.
     When but twenty-three years of age and while residing on his farm, Mr. Paul was elected County Commissioner, serving in this capacity for two terms.  The confidence in which he was held in the county was placed in still further evidence in 1861, when he was elected Treasurer of Delaware county.  In the fall of 1862 he removed to the city of Delaware for the purpose of entering upon the discharge of his official duties.  He held the responsible office for two terms, after which he retired from the political field and once more turned his attention to his private business, which had grown to be one of quite extended scope,—in the way of conducting his farm and dealing in wool and live stock.
     The First National Bank of Delaware was organized in February, 1863, and was duly incorporated with a capital stock of $100,000.  In the organization of this well known and important monetary institution Mr. Paul took an conspicuous part, being one of the original stockholders, and being soon thereafter chosen as one of the Board of Directors.  He held the position of vice-president of the bank for several years, and, in 1878, he was elected president of the institution, having ever since continued as chief executive of the same.
     The old home farmstead, in Harman township, comprised 250 acres, and this tract is still owned by Mr. Paul, who has added to the same by successive purchases until he now has a magnificent place of some 800 acres.  As prosperity attended his efforts Mr. Paul continued progressive in his attitude and methods, seeking to widen his field of operations as rapidly as consistent with conditions.  He has handled valuable real estate in the county and also in the capital city of the State, Columbus, where he has erected certain buildings which are numbered among the finest of the modern structures in the city.  To all enterprises which have conduced to the public welfare he has ever been ready to extend influence and substantial aid.  He was one of the promoters of the Electric Light Company of Delaware, and is president of the organization.
     A man of notable capacity for affairs of breadth, with a most discriminating judgment in regard to the conduct of business, it comes in natural sequence that our subject has attained a representative position in the community, being one of the county’s most substantial and public-spirited capitalists.  In politics he is identified with the Republican party and maintains a consistent interest in local and general affairs touching public polity.
     The much abused phrase, “self-made man,” applies with peculiar distinction to Mr. Paul, who has been the architect of his own fortunes, who has builded upon sure foundations, and who has not been narrowed into selfish confines by his application.  To his brother and sister lie appeared in the dual capacity of father and brother, showing a constant solicitude in affording them advantages which he himself had been denied.  He has been alive to progress and to human sympathy and thus his character has rounded itself into symmetrical proportions,—a life well worthy of study and emulation.  His brother, Benjamin, is a resident of Sunbury, Delaware county, and his sister Hannah, is the wife of Simon Thompkins, of Columbus, Ohio.
     Turning in detail to the domestic life of our subject we find that in the year 1856 he was united in marriage to Miss Jerusha Roberts.  They became the parents of three children: Frank C., who is a farmer in Delaware county; Edwin N., who resides on the old homestead; and Daisy L., who is the wife of J. M. Jones, of Cincinnati.  Mrs. Paul died in 1864, and in 1880 our subject was united in marriage to Miss Stanza M. Hunt, of Columbus, two children being the issue of this union, namely: Henrietta B. and Florence GMr. Paul suffered a second bereavement in the loss of his wife in 1889, and in 1891 he was married to his present companion, Sarah C., née Brown, of this county.  The family home is a pleasant and attractive place, located on West William street.
     It will be apropos in this connection to briefly revert to the history of that institution at the head of which our subject presides.  The First National Bank of Delaware, Ohio, was organized, as already stated, in 1863, with a capital stock of $100,000 and a charter to lapse in twenty years.  The first president of the institution was Benjamin Powers, the others of the original executive corps being Cary B. Paul, vice-president, and William E. Moore, cashier.  In 1883 the charter of the bank was renewed, the capital stock being retained at the same figures as before.  During its existence the bank has had only two presidents, our subject succeeding Mr. Powers in 1878, and having held the position since that time.  There have been three incumbents in the office of cashier: Mr. Moore, John E. Gould, and George W. Powers, the last named being the present cashier and a son of the first president of the institution.  The banking office was first opened in the Hotel Delaware building, and shortly afterward the building at present occupied was erected by the bank, the quarters being commodious and convenient.
     Mr. Paul is a thorough business man and his position in the community is one in which the highest respect and popularity are marked.  It is particularly consonant that in connection with a review of the life history of the leading citizens of Delaware county this attention be accorded him.
Source: Memorial Record of the Counties of Delaware, Union & Morrow, Ohio; Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Co., 1895, pp. 57-60
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E. N. PAUL, a farmer of Harlem township, Delaware county, was born at Delaware, Ohio, October 4, 1864, a son of Cary Paul, a banker and prominent business man of Delaware.  Our subject was but a babe when his mother died.  He received a good education in the schools of his native city, and afterward was employed in a bank in Delaware for a time.  He next came to Harlem township, where he is on a farm and is engaged in general farming and stock-raising.  In political views Mr. Paul affiliates with the Republican party, and has served as President of the Board of Education.  Socially he is a member of the I. O. O. F.
     November 25, 1885, he was united in marriage with Miss Jennie Anderson, who was born, reared and educated in Harlem township, a daughter of Dr. R. P. and Almira Anderson.  The latter still resides in this township.  The father, now deceased, was a prominent and well-known physician A this county.  Mr. and Mrs. Paul have two children,—Freddy and Cary Mr. Paul is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, in which he has held the position of Secretary and Trustee, was the first vice-president of the Epworth League, and is a zealous worker in the Sunday-school.
Source: Memorial Record of the Counties of Delaware, Union & Morrow, Ohio; Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Co., 1895, p. 299
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LEROY PERFECT, who is engaged in the livery business in Sunbury as a member of the firm of Perfect & Culver, is numbered among the native sons of Delaware county, his birth having here occurred on the 31st of January, 1835.  His father, Middleton Perfect, was a native of Kentucky, and when a lad of five summers, he was brought by his parents to the Buckeye State, the family locating in Delaware county, where he was reared to manhood in the usual manner of farmer lads.  Having attained to years of maturity, he was united in marriage with Miss Huldah Patrick, who was born in Pennsylvania.  They became the parents of a family of five sons and five daughters,—Norman, Drusilla, Sarah, Leroy, Amelia Cornelia, Wayman, Truman, Jane and Winfield Scott.  Of this number Cornelia and Winfield are now deceased.  The father of this family was a Whig in early life, but when the Republican party sprang into existence, he joined its ranks and voted with it during his remaining days.  His death occurred in November, 1891; his wife is also deceased.  She was a consistent member of the Christian Church and a most estimable lady.
     Mr. Perfect, of this sketch, soon became familiar with the duties of farm life, aiding in the cultivation of his father’s land during the greater part of his minority.  His school privileges were somewhat limited.  His first business venture was in buying, selling and shipping horses, and from this he branched out into the livery business, which he is now successfully following in Sunbury, as a member of the firm of Perfect & Culver.  Their stable is a well-appointed one, furnished with first class equipments along that line, and their liberal patronage is well deserved.
     Turning from the public to the private life of Mr. Perfect, we note that he led to the marriage altar.  Miss Lyde Selby, daughter of Amos Selby.  One son has been born of this union, Clyde, who is now employed as a salesman in a grocery store in Delaware.
     In his political views Mr. Perfect is a Republican, and by his ballot supports the men and measures of that party, but he has never sought office for himself, preferring to give his time and attention to his business interests.  Socially he is a Mason, belonging to the blue lodge of Sunbury.  He takes an active and commendable interest in everything pertaining to the welfare and advancement of the community and is recognized as a valued citizen.
Source: Memorial Record of the Counties of Delaware, Union & Morrow, Ohio; Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Co., 1895, pp. 409-410
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HON. E. F. POPPLETON is one of the most prominent representatives of the legal profession in Delaware county, and is also one of the leading men of the State, influential both in professional and political circles.  His name is therefore inseparably connected with the history of his adopted county, and this work would be incomplete without the record of his life.  He claims Ohio as the State of his nativity, for his birth occurred in Richland county on the 29th of September, 1834.  His father, Samuel Poppleton, comes of Revolutionary stock, his father and three uncles having fought for the independence of the colonies all through the war.  He was born in Vermont, July 2, 1793, and in the usual manner of farmer lads was reared to manhood.  He made the most of his school privileges in early life and thereby acquired a fair English education.  In his younger years he united with the Methodist Church, was a regularly ordained minister of that denomination and often preached, and was an earnest worker in the cause of Christianity.  At the age of nineteen he enlisted in the war of 1812, in which he served until its close, when shortly after, he removed to New York.
     In the Empire State, Samuel Poppleton was united in marriage, October 10, 1818, with Parthenia Steinbeck, and then emigrated to Ohio, locating in Knox county, on Dry creek, taking up his abode with Daniel S. Norton, doing farm work for about four years.  On the expiration of that period he removed to Richland county, Ohio, where he made his first purchase of land, developing therefrom a good farm which he placed under a high state of cultivation.  In 1839 or 1840, he embarked in merchandising in company with F. W. Strong, his son-in-law, in Mansfield, Ohio, and was connected with the commercial interests of that city during the succeeding twenty-five years, after which he removed to Delaware for the purpose of giving his children better educational privileges; and Delaware was the place of his residence until called to the home beyond, on the 23d of September, 1864.  By his first marriage Mr. Poppleton had a family of four children,—Roena F., Samuel D., Mary E. and Andrew J., all now deceased.  The mother of this family died October 18, 1826, and on the 3rd of February, 1828, Mr. Poppleton was again married, his second union being with Julia A. Smith, who was born February 1, 1808, in Canada, but is descended from New York ancestry.  She is still living, her home being now in Cleveland, Ohio.  The children of the second marriage are Emery E., who resides in Cleveland and is secretary of the Cleveland & Mahoning Railroad Company; Parthenia P., deceased wife of Judge Stevenson Burke; Damaris A., deceased wife of Judge George B. Lake, Chief Justice of the Supreme Bench of the State of Nebraska; Early F., of this sketch; Houston H., an attorney at law of Cleveland and for twenty years attorney of the Big Four Railroad Company; Zada C., deceased wife of Colonel Thomas H. Linnell.
     E. F. Poppleton began his education in the district schools, where he became familiar with the three R’s,—“readin’, ritin’ and ’rithmetic.” At the age of twelve he entered the Wilcox High School, at Belleville [sic], Ohio, at which place the family were living, although the father was engaged in business at Mansfield, Ohio, and to that place our subject frequently went to assist his father in the store.  In 1852 he further continued his literary education, becoming a student in the Ohio Wesleyan University at Delaware, where he remained until 1855, when he went to Elyria, Ohio, and took up the study of law in the office of Judge Burke, his brother-in-law.  He was admitted to the bar in September, 1858, and formed a partnership with his former preceptor, the connection continuing for about a year, when Mr. Poppleton came to Delaware to look after the affairs of his father, who was then in poor health.  In the spring of 1861 he opened a law office and here embarked in the prosecution of his chosen profession, which he has followed continuously since, except when officially employed.
     Turning from the public to the private life of Mr. Poppleton, we note that on the 1st of September, 1859, he led to the marriage altar Miss Adeline Chase, and by their union were born four children,—Franklin Chase; Edmund Burke, Parthenia Adeline and George E.  The mother departed this life in July, 1868, and on the 24th of November, 1875, Mr. Poppleton was joined in wedlock with Miss Mary R. Miller, daughter of Martin Miller, of Delaware.  They have two children, both sons, William Miller and Earley Samuel.
     Perhaps Mr. Poppleton is best known to the people at large through his official life.  He has served for six years as a member of the City Council of Delaware, most of the time as President of the body, during which time the water-works were built, the electric lights put in and the electric railway built, and these works, so beneficial to the city, were secured largely through the earnest and untiring efforts of Mr. Poppleton, who has always manifested an active and commendable interest in everything pertaining to the welfare of this community.  In 1870 he was elected to the Ohio State Senate from the Sixteenth Ohio Senatorial District, comprising Licking and Delaware counties, and in 1874 he was elected to Congress from the Ninth Congressional District, comprising the counties of Marion, Morrow, Hardin, Union, Delaware and Knox.  Though one of the youngest members of the House he was placed on several very important committees, including the committee on elections; also served as a member of the committee on public buildings, and was made chairman of the subcommittee on the investigation of the post-office building of New York city.  As a lawyer before the bar, Mr. Poppleton is earnest and eloquent, possessed of keen perceptive power and quick to grasp the salient points in his opponent’s arguments, and therefore has won success in his chosen profession.  In the Legislature and in Congress he ably represented his constituents, laboring for their best interests, and his votes were always cast after mature deliberation.  He is a pleasant, genial man, very popular with all classes, and his fidelity to duty and his conscientious fulfillment of all trusts reposed in him, have made him one of the most esteemed and honored citizens of his adopted county.

Source: Memorial Record of the Counties of Delaware, Union & Morrow, Ohio; Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Co., 1895, pp. 363-365
Contributed by a Generous Genealogist.

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