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History of Logan County and Ohio
Chicago: O. L. Basking & Co., Historical Publishers
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J. K. ABRAHAM, farmer; P. O., Bellefontaine; was born in Jefferson Co., O., April 10, 1816; his parents were William and Eleanor (Kincaid) Abraham - he was born in Pennsylvania, she in Virginia; they emigrated to Jefferson Co. in 1806, returned to Pennsylvania in 1823, where they lived until 1842, and remained until their death - his death occurring Sept. 12, 1860; his wife died ten years previous.  Our subject had the usual log-cabin school advantages, with slab scats and greased paper to emit the light; June 4, 1839, was married to Rachel Bebout, who was born in Washington Co., Penn., Aug. 19, 1814; she is the youngest of a family of eighteen children, all of whom were born to Benjamin and Hannah (Marlette) Bebout; he was born Dec. 4, 1758, was a tailor by trade, and when but a boy in his teens, was taken into the Revolutionary war; he lived to be a centenarian; died in the year 1858; his wife was born Nov. 21, 1768, and died Feb. 1830.  The old family Bible tells the following story: Peter, born April 22, 1786; Thurman, Aug. 16, 1788; Elizabeth, April 18, 1790; Jacob, March 10, 1792; Abraham, July 5, 1794; John, April 6, 1796; Benjamin, May 10, 1797; Mary, June 10, 1798; Rizpah, July 22, 1799; Samuel, Oct. 8, 1800; Israel, July 3, 1802; Sarah, Nov. 30, 1803; Hannah, Sept. 22, 1806; Freeman, Oct. 10, 1807; William, Oct. 4, 1809; Isad, Sept. 18, 1810; Nancy, Nov. 7, 1812; Rachel, Aug. 19, 1814.  This venerable couple were married Dec. 7, 1784, and, as related by Mrs. Abraham,  the family were never all together at one time.  Mr. and Mrs. Abraham were married in Washington Co., Penn.; came west in 1842 to Leesburg Tp., Union Co., this State; Sept., 1867, came to Logan Co., and has since lived there; has five children - Hannah M., now Mrs. H. Bunker; William M., in Morrow Co.; Benjamin F.; Eleanor J., Mrs. Ellis Scott, and James M.  Mr. and Mrs. Abraham are both members of the United Presbyterian Church; he was formerly of the Seceder Church.  Mrs. Abraham has been a member of a church since she was fourteen years of age.  Their farm consists of 160 acres of land.
Source: History of Logan County and Ohio - Chicago: O. L. Basking & Co., Historical Publishers, 186 Dearborn Street. - 1880 - Page 739
GEORGE D. ADAMS, farmer; P. O., Zanesfield.  Born in the State of Maine in April, 1830, son of Darwin and Catharine (Smith) Adams.  He was born in October, 1802, in Massachusetts; his wife, Catharine, was born in New Hampshire.  George was but a babe when his parents moved into New Hampshire, where they remained a short time, and located finally in Massachusetts.  George was the eldest of the children, and was 23 years of age when he came west, and engaged in the saw-mill business for three years with his uncle, Luther Smith.  In December, 1855 he was married to Ann E. Brown, who was born July 6, 1834, in this township; daughter of Zaccheus and Hannah Brown.  In the spring of 1860, he purchased the farm he now owns, which contains 119-3/4 acres.  Has two children - John B., who was born March, 1857 - he is now merchandising in Massachusetts;  Mary E. was born i 1862.  Mr. Adams and wife are members of the Presbyterian Church.  His father is a Minister of the Congregational Church, in Massachusetts, where he and wife now reside.
Source: History of Logan County and Ohio - Chicago: O. L. Basking & Co., Historical Publishers, 186 Dearborn Street. - 1880 - Page 740
JAMES R. ADAMS, farmer; P. O. Big Springs (Rush Creek Twp.).  The family line of James Rose Adams takes origin in this sketch with Robert Adams, a native born Englishman, who, at an early day, came to the United States, and died in Pennsylvania.  His son, James Adams, married Mary Rose, daughter of Edward Rose, of Bedford Co., Pa., and was born in 1791; his son, James Rose Adams, was born in Napier Tp., Bedford Co., on the 6th day of May, 1812.  His father, before he had attained his second year, was brought by his mother's father, Edward Rose, to Perry Co., Ohio, in 1816, they moving into a cabin prepared with port-holes, by means of which they defended themselves against the attacks of Indians.  At the age of 12, his grandmother dying, he went to live with his uncle, Joseph Ferguson, with whom he remained four years, at which time he was apprenticed to the blacksmith trade under John Guysinger.  After the expiration of his apprenticeship, he returned to Pennsylvania, and sold his interest in his father's estate, after which transaction he returned to Ohio via Pittsburg, Wheeling and Cincinnati by steamer, thence on foot to Dayton, and from there to Perry Co.  In 1833, another motive influenced him, and he came to Logan Co., and ten days after his arrival married Mary Myers, daughter of Solomon Myers.  She was born March 8, 1811.  His family are - Harrison Adams, born July 27, 1834, was in Co. I, 13th O. V. I., was in twenty-five battles, and in Libby Prison four  months; Sarah Jane, May 14, 1836; Nancy Ann, Jan. 17, 1838; Mary Elizabeth, June 26, 1841; Clemensa, Aug. 2, 1843; died Oct. 10, 1844; James Madison, born Feb. 4, 1846; Amanda Etta, Dec. 22, 1848; Ella, Jan. 3, 1850, died Nov. 22, 1870.  On the 31st day of July, 1877, Mary, his wife, died.  On the 26th day of June, 1878, he married again, his wife in this instance being Mary Jane Rosebrough, Joseph Rosebrough's widow.  As before stated, he is a blacksmith by trade, and has followed the business at different periods through life.  For eight years he was engaged in the walnut lumber trade, and averaged forty car-loads per annum, which he sent to the New York market.  He has also followed farming in connection with those pursuits, and all with the unflagging zeal, and a will that overcomes.  He is a freethinker.
Source: History of Logan County and Ohio - Chicago: O. L. Basking & Co., Historical Publishers, 186 Dearborn Street. - 1880 - Page 682
CATHARINE AIKIN, (McArthur Twp.), farmer, P. O., Northwood; was born in April, 1825, in County Donegal, Ireland; her father, William McKinley, was a farmer by occupation, and there married a lady by the name of Frances Maulseed.  In 1836, with his family, which then consisted of eleven souls, he emigrated to this country, and settled in Adams Co., O., near Winchester.  Never having worked in the timber, and despairing of success in the dense forest, he bought 80 acres of the best improved land he could find.  He lived on it until 1864, when (his sons having embarked for themselves, and not wishing to rent to strangers), he sold it and came to Northwood where he died in 1869, and his wife in November, 1874.  Catharine was married Dec. 1, 1854, to James, son of James and Hannah Aikin; he was born in Ireland, and in 1832, being then 15 years old, came to this country with his parents.  They lived in Philadelphia one year and then in Beaver Co., Pa., until 1836, when they came to this township and bought 80 acres of land.  James supported his parents until their death, and made all the improvements that are now to be seen on the farm, as it was then a dense forest.  He was first married to Maria Irwin, and two children are now living who are the fruits of that union.  Mrs. Aikin is the mother of five children - Sarah A., William J., Mary, Fannie J., and Davis S.; all have attended Geneva College, the eldest graduating in May, 1878.  Mary taught school one term and then was married to Dr. Kennedy, who is now located at Mansfield.  Mr. Aikin died July 31, 1873, and he and wife belonged to what they term the original Covenanters.
Source: History of Logan County and Ohio - Chicago: O. L. Basking & Co., Historical Publishers, 186 Dearborn Street. - 1880 - Page 816
I. AKEY, (Lake Twp.), farmer; P. O., Bellefontaine; was born in Washington Co., Pa., Sept. 18 1815, and is the son of James and Sarah (McCall) Akey.  In about 1827 he, with his parents, moved to Stark Co., where he remained for a number of years; in 1837, Mr. Akey first came to Logan Co., working by the day on the farm; he was married Feb. 7, 1843, to Miss Vesta Hubbard, of Portage Co., O., daughter of Rev. Stephen Hubbard, a Methodist preacher for fifty years, now living in Portage Co., O.  After marriage, Mr. Akey moved to Logan Co., and located in Rush Creek Twp., but on account of his health, he returned to Stark Co., where he remained under medical treatment; for about one year; after remaining in Stark Co. some three years, he returned to Logan Co., and located in Jefferson, where he remained until 1853, when he moved to his present farm in Lake Twp., which is one of the finest and best improved fruit farms in Logan Co.  When Mr. Akey first came here he found it but little improved; he set out, and, by industry and good management, has brought his farm to the highest state of cultivation.
Source: History of Logan County and Ohio - Chicago: O. L. Basking & Co., Historical Publishers, 186 Dearborn Street. - 1880 - Page 587
Richland Twp. -
DAVID ALEXANDER, farmer; P. O., Belle Centre; is one of the prominent and influential farmers of this township.  He was born Jan. 23, 1825, in Preble Co.  His father, John Alexander, was born in Ireland, where he learned blacksmithing, and soon after his marriage to Jane Creelman started for the New World.  He lived a short time in Canada, and from there came to Preble Co., and worked at his trade and on the farm till 1834, when he moved to Indiana, and died there Aug. 29, 1878.  When 6 years old David went to live with his uncle, James Wright, who had no children, and ever after made his home with him.  His uncle moved to this county when David was 16 years old, and settled on the farm on which he lived till his death.  His uncle gave him 100 acres of land when of age, and at his death he became possessor of all the real estate.  He now owns 300 acres of good land, forming one of the most valuable and attractive homes in the township.  He was married Nov. 8, 1855, to Susannah J., daughter of Hugh and Sarah H. Hervey; she was born April 14, 1835, in Pittsburgh, Pa., and was brought to this State during her childhood, living most of the time in Licking Co.  Their union has been blessed with eight children, six of whom are living - Sarah J., Nancy W., Martha M., Anna M., Rosanna E. and Ellen L.  The three eldest have attended Geneva College.  David attended there when a young man, and was a member of their first literary society.  He has always been interested in the success of the school, and was a member of the executive board for many years.  He joined the R. P. Church in early life, and still belongs, as do his wife and three oldest children.
Source: History of Logan County and Ohio - Chicago: O. L. Basking & Co., Historical Publishers, 186 Dearborn Street. - 1880 - Page 797
REV. JAMES EDWARD ALEXANDER, (Rush Creek Twp.) minister, Rushsylvania.  The Alexander family is one of the illustrious families of Virginia, who have well maintained the family name for near a century.  The name comes fragrant with the odors of Caledonia, and Scotland is the land to which the present living descendants of this noted line must look for their origin.  One of the most noted of the American born of this family is Dr. Archibald Alexander, the founder of Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, N. J.  Much of the fame of this well-known institution is due to the ability of this very able devine, and his memory still lingers in the recollection of those who witnessed his example or received his instructions.  James Adair Alexander was born in Washington Co., East Tenn., in 1806, and married Miss Jane Duncan, who was born in Kentucky, but who at the time of her marriage, was a member of one of the leading families of East Tennessee.  The descendants of James Adair and Jane Alexander are - Joseph, Rhoda Ann, Elizabeth J., Lucinda, Eliza, Sarah, John D., Francis Marion, Margaret Adeline, Clarinda Clementina, James Edward, William Jefferson, Mary Arminta, and two others, who died in infancy - fifteen members in all.  Rev. James Edward Alexander was born June 5, 1849, in Blount (now Loudon) Co., East Tenn.  Until his 17th  year young Alexander was a farmer boy who, although he patiently toiled, entertained a burning desire for the acquisition of an education. The propitious time arrived, and in his 17th year he began his course of study at Friendsville Academy, a Quaker institution, and after one year's attendance at this point he entered Maryville College, East Tennessee, graduating in 1873 in the same class with the Rev. T. T. Alexander, now a foreign missionary; the Rev. J. J. Duncan, now deceased;  the Rev. B. F. Lee; the Rev. Milton Matthews, and the Rev. W. F. Rogers.  In the fall of 1873 he entered Lane Theological Seminary (Presbyterian), where he graduated after a three years' course of the most thorough training in 1876, and immediately after he graduated went to Rushsylvania, Logan Co., O., as minister of the Presbyterian Church at that place, where, after a ministry of three years, he was installed pastor.  He found the church with a membership of fifty, which is now increased 100 per cent.  Prominent in connection with the Rev. James E. Alexander, and coming from the same college to Lane Seminary, are the Revs. C. A. Duncan, C. E. Tedford, and the Rev. A. N. Carson, who is now pastor of the Presbyterian Church at Westerville, Franklin Co., Ohio.
Source: History of Logan County and Ohio - Chicago: O. L. Basking & Co., Historical Publishers, 186 Dearborn Street. - 1880 - Page 613
JOHN H. ALEXANDER, (Harrison Twp.) farmer; P. O., Bellefontaine; was born in Pennsylvania, June 14, 1819; is a son of William and Elizabeth Alexander, who were also natives of Pennsylvania.  They came to Logan Co. in 1837, and have lived in the county ever since.  Mr. Alexander spent his youth with his parents, and received a common school education.  He was married, Jan. 25, 1848, to Lucinda Inskeep, whose parents were very early settlers of the county, and were natives of Virginia.  From this union there are eleven children.  Mr. Alexander purchased the farm that he now resides upon, while heavily wooded, and has cleared and improved it.  He began business for himself a poor man, and now is in good circumstances.  He and his wife are members of the Presbyterian Church, and are respected members of society.
Source: History of Logan County and Ohio - Chicago: O. L. Basking & Co., Historical Publishers, 186 Dearborn Street. - 1880 - Page 619
D. B. ALLEN (Liberty Twp.), physician; West Liberty.  In all professions, and more especially the medical, we find men of different qualifications.  There are those who claim the title of M. D. upon the fact of a diploma having been granted them, and others who have earned the title by years of hard, comprehensive study.  Included in the latter class is Dr. D. B. Allen, who is a thoroughly educated gentleman in literary lore as well as in the science of medicine.  He is a native of Union Co., this State, and was born Dec. 1, 1823.  He attended school in the county until he was 17, afterwards entering at Norwalk Seminary, where he remained three years, making a specialty of mathematics.  He then taught school at Mt. Gilead, Ohio, and during the time he was reading medicine with Dr. Sapp - continuing three years - he then attended the Willoughby College in 1845-46, and afterwards began practicing at Millville, Delaware Co., where he remained one year; transferring thence to Sunbury, in the same county, and then engaged with Dr. Sapp until 1849, when he came to this place and remained until 1845; he then went to Montezuma, Iowa, and practiced there and at Winterset until 1861, at which time he applied to the professors of College at Keokuk for an examination, and was granted a diploma by paying a matriculation fee; was soon commissioned Assistant Surgeon of the First Iowa Cavalry, in which position he remained eighteen months, and was then commissioned surgeon of the 30th I. V. I., where he remained until the spring of 1864, when he resigned his commission, returned home, and soon after settled again in West Liberty, where he has since resided, and has a lucrative practice.  He was married in 1848 to Sarah, daughter of Wilber and Hannah (Lewis) Caswell, by whom he has had three children, two of whom are living - Miller S., assistant editor on the New York Star, and Charles W. B.  Dr. Allen has been an active member of the School Board at this place, and is now a member of the town council.  He and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church at this place.  He is a member of the State and County Medical Societies, and is an active Republican.
Source: History of Logan County and Ohio - Chicago: O. L. Basking & Co., Historical Publishers, 186 Dearborn Street. - 1880 - Page 704
GEORGE H. ALLEN (Lake Twp.) Clerk of Courts, Logan Co.; Bellefontaine; was born in Pickaway Co., O., Sept. 6, 1846, and is the son of Harvey and Mary (Shawhan) Allen; his mother was born in Virginia; his father is a native of this State; he engaged in mercantile pursuits.  Geo. H. remained a resident of his native county until 1863, where he received a good common school education, and coming to Bellefontaine, he received a clerkship in a hardware store, where he remained from 1863 to 1878, during which time he became a member of the Logan County Agricultural Society, filling the office of Secretary of this Society for some five years; here he came in contact with a great many leading farmers and business men of Logan Co., and in 1877 his friends placed his name before the people of the county for the office of Clerk of Courts of Logan Co.; he received the nomination by a vote of 1,473, and elected to the office by a majority of 977 votes, being 248 votes over the regular ticket.  Mr. Allen is a Republican; he is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church; he has been faithful to the office of Clerk of Logan Co., proving himself a gentleman of acknowledged ability.
Source: History of Logan County and Ohio - Chicago: O. L. Basking & Co., Historical Publishers, 186 Dearborn Street. - 1880 - Page 587
WALTON ALLEN, farmer; P. O. Zanesfield.  The Allen family, of whom there is a large number in the United States, have all descended from four brothers who came from England prior to the Revolution, and settled in the New England States.  His great-grandfather Walton, among others of his time who belonged to the Society of "Friends" or Quakers, was very much opposed to going to war, and upon being pressed into the Revolutionary war he refused to go, and was struck with a sword over the back with such force as to inflict a wound that afterwards caused his death.  Walton, our subject, was born Dec. 13, 1825, in Belmont county, this State, son of Moses and Jane Polk Allen.  He was born about 1795 in Shenandoah county, Va., and emigrated to Belmont county in 1808.  In 1826 Walton removed with his parents to Monroe Co., where they lived fourteen years, then went to Jay Co., Ind., where they lived until their death.  Moses died in 1855; his wife Jane lived until 1873.  After four years residence in Indiana, with his parents he came to this county, and the following year was married to Harriet Brown, who was born Sept. 16, 1821, in Zanesfield, Oh.  She is a daughter of Horton Brown, who was born in North Carolina, in 1876, and married Margaret Bates in 1819 (mother of Mrs. Allen).  She was born York Co., Penn., in 1798.  After their marriage came to Logan Co., and settled in Zanesfield and engaged in the cabinet business, being the first of the kind in the place.  She remained in the place until 1835, and went to the country with her parents.  Her father died in 1855, in October; her mother in February, 1871.  May 25, 1845, she was married to Mr. Allen, and, with the exception of one year's residence in Indiana, they have lived in this township, farming having been the business of Mr. Allen's life.  Two children have been born to them, which are Caroline, now Mr.s Enoch Taylor, of Preble Co., O., born in 1851 and Ida A. born 1860, now Mrs. William Russell, of this township.  Mr. and Mrs. Allen are members of the Society of Friends.  Her father was for many years a minister of that body.
Source: History of Logan County and Ohio - Chicago: O. L. Basking & Co., Historical Publishers, 186 Dearborn Street. - 1880 - Page 740
Miami Twp. -
JACOB ALLINGER, miller; Quincy; was born in Wurtemburg, Germany, Mar. 16, 1831, and started for America in 1846, with his father's family, and after a voyage of thirty-five days landed in New York in June of the same year.  He came with the family to Shelby Co., Ohio, in the following August.  He is the son of Jacob J. Allinger and Mrs. Christena Allinger.  His father purchased a farm in Shelby Co., on which he remained until his death, which occurred in 1878.  Mrs. J. J. Allinger was married to Miss Elizabeth Steinmetz at Sidney, Shelby Co., Ohio, in Feb. 1854.  To this family were given six children - a fine, pleasant and industrious family.  Mr. Allinger received all of his education in Germany, which consisted of about the same amount as would be received at the common schools in America.  After arriving in Shelby Co. he worked with his father a short time on the farm; then, having an opportunity to learn milling, he improved it, and remained in a mill in Shelby Co. until he purchased the mill property in Quincy, in 1871.  As a miller Mr. Allinger has been a success; he has worked very hard, and today we can see the fruits of his labors in a fine farm and comfortable buildings; a well-patronized mill, and everything to make himself and family comfortable.  He is a man respected by his neighbors, and an earnest worker in the interests of the neighborhood in which he resides.
Source: History of Logan County and Ohio - Chicago: O. L. Basking & Co., Historical Publishers, 186 Dearborn Street. - 1880 - Page 773
SAMUEL E. ALLMON (Lake Twp.), postmaster; Bellefontaine; was born in Portage Co., Ohio, Jan. 14, 1837, and is the son of Isaac and Elizabeth (Ellison) Allmon; the mother was born in Virginia, and the father in Ohio, his people being early settlers of Stark Co., O.  Our subject from his native county moved to Stark County, from thence to Logan, and first located at East Liberty, where he was engaged in the manufacturing business; in 1861 he moved to Bellefontaine, and in 1862 enlisted as private in Co. C, 45th O. V. I., and was soon after made Sergeant-Major, then Adjutant, serving until the expiration of his time, and participating in all battles and marches with the regiment from 1862 to 1865; at the close of the war Mr. Allmon  returned home to Bellefontaine, and was engaged in traveling for the Wheeler & Wilson Mfg. Co.; in 1876 he was appointed postmaster of Bellefontaine under President Hayes, which office he is now filling with entire satisfaction of all.  Mr. Allmon had three brothers in the late war; one killed at the siege of Vicksburg.
Source: History of Logan County and Ohio - Chicago: O. L. Basking & Co., Historical Publishers, 186 Dearborn Street. - 1880 - Page 587

Richland Twp. -
MILTON L. ANDERSON, farmer; P. O.; Belle Center; is the youngest son of a family of eight children, and was born May 25, 1817, in Fayette Co., O.; his father, Gershom Anderson, was born in Virginia, and with the rest of the family moved to Ohio during his boyhood; they settled in Ross Co., when Chillicothe consisted of a few rude cabins, and were intimate friends of Gov. Tiffin his father was a wheelwright by trade, and also made chairs and spinning wheels; he was an officer in the war of 1812, and lived in Ross Co. till 1837, except a short time that he lived in Fayette Co.; he was married to Mary Jamison, a native of Kentucky, whose parents were opposed to slavery, and moved to this state to get beyond its influence; she died Oct. 2, 1836, and the next year he moved to Northwood, this county, and engaged in farming; Milton came here with his father and kept store at Northwood for several years; he afterwards taught school and in 1846 came to Belle Centre and sold goods for Pollock & Johnson for two years, when he married Nancy Steele, daughter of Adam and Rachel Steele, she was born in Pennsylvania in 1826, and soon after her parents moved to Fayette Co.; Milton settled on a farm one mile east of Belle Centre, on which he lived till 1864, when he moved to his present home.  He was an officer in a company of minute men who went to the defense of Cincinnati in 1862.  His wife died Oct. 17, 1863, leaving six children – Lanvere P., Alice O., Agnes M., Luella R., Robert S. and Dora E. the oldest three are married.  He was then married to Martha A., widow of Merrit Jamison; she was born Oct. 22, 1822, in Fayette Co.; he was County Commissioner six years, and candidate for the Legislature on the Abolition ticket; he held local offices, voted for James G. Birney for President, and is an advocate of progressive reform; the whole family belong to the M. E. Church, which he joined in 1828; he has been a subscriber to the Christian Advocate since 1832.
Source: History of Logan County and Ohio - Chicago: O. L. Basking & Co., Historical Publishers, 186 Dearborn Street. - 1880 - Page 798

ENOS B. ANSLEY, (Rush Creek Twp.) farmer; P. O. Rushsylvania; was born March 28, 1857, in Logan Co., O.  He is the son of J. S. Ansley, born June 2, 1828, in Kentucky, who was the son of William T. Ansley, born also in Kentucky, and who was the son of Joseph T. Ansley, born on the eastern shore of Maryland.  In 1822, William T. Ansley, married Lydia Johnson, and in 1831- removed to Logan Co., O.  J. S. Ansley, his son, married Melinda Williams on the 5th day of April, 1848.  They have had four children, as follows.  William H., born April 23, 1853, died Nov. 18, 1863; Jesse W., born April 23, 1855, died Jan. 6, 1875; Enos B., born Mar. 28, 1857, and Henry C., born Jan. 14, 1871.  Enos B. Ansley, on the 26th day of April, 1877, married Sarah E. Cox, born Dec. 22, 1859; she was the daughter of John and Rachel Cox, of Logan Co., O.  Enos has but one child - Carle Foster, born Dec. 11, 1879.  As one of the business men of Rush Creek Twp. he farms extensively, besides dealing largely in stock of different kinds.  His ancestors can tell the pioneer story of wolves howling, seeing Indians, deer and wild turkey, the usual tale of a home in the wilderness.
Source: History of Logan County and Ohio - Chicago: O. L. Basking & Co., Historical Publishers, 186 Dearborn Street. - 1880 - Page 683

GEORGE ANTRIM, farmer; P. O. Bellefontaine.  Among the families of this county, who are well known, perhaps there are none that is more widely known than the Antrim family.  The father of our subject is reputed to be the first white male child born in Logan Co.  He was a brother of Joshua, who was the author of the "Pioneer History" of Logan and Champaign counties.  Daniel Antrim was born June 9, 1804, in Zane Tp., and finally moved to this place in 1832.  Here George was born Feb. 21, 1838, and was the youngest son and the fifth child of a family of seven children.  Daniel Antrim died on this farm April 13, 1879.  His wife was Eliza Ann Smith, and was born Feb. 14, 1814, in this State.  She is a daughter of Levi and Jane Smith; both of them were natives of Virginia.  In May, 1867, George was married to Marietta Walton, born Aug. 23, 1847, in Columbiana Co., O., who is a daughter of Nathan and Eliza Ann (Wichersham) Walton.  By this union three children have been born to them - Lorena, born July 26, 1868; Ross, March 30, 1872; Ethel D., Feb. 18, 1879.  He is a member of the Patrons of Husbandry, and an official member of the same, of which he is one of the charter members.  His farm of 100 acres is well and favorable located and is highly productive.  Has two sisters and one brother living - Leonora, born May 17, 1846; Caroline, July 4, 1831; Wayne, Oct. 10, 1853.
Source: History of Logan County and Ohio - Chicago: O. L. Basking & Co., Historical Publishers, 186 Dearborn Street. - 1880 - Page 740

DANIEL ARBEGAST, farmer; P. O. Bellefontaine; was born Dec. 7, 1827, in Berks Co., Penn.; is the youngest son of John and Christine (Grimes) Arbegast; he was a lad not yet in his teens when his parents came West, and remained at home until the death of his father, which occurred in 1859.  At the age of 19, Joel went to learn the blacksmith's trade, at which he served nearly three years.  June 24, 1852, at the age of 23, he was married to Caroline Antrim, who was born July 4, 1831, in this township; she was a daughter of Daniel Antrim, of whom history records as being the first white child born in Logan Co.  Three children have been born unto them, are are - Henry, born July 14, 1853; Alonzo, April 4, 1855, died Oct. 12, 1857; Jacob W., born May 21, 1857.  For several years after his marriage, they resided on the home farm, in Rush Creek Tp.; then moved to Thomas Dickinson's Farm; lived two years; then to Robert Wood's farm, and bought 103 acres; lived on the same five years.  In August, 1867, purchased 107 acres, where he now resides, which is pleasantly situated upon an eminence in the north part of the township.
Source: History of Logan County and Ohio - Chicago: O. L. Basking & Co., Historical Publishers, 186 Dearborn Street. - 1880 - Page 741
Richland Twp. –
GEORGE R. ARCHER, farmer; P. O., Belle Centre; is one of the most courteous and promising young farmers of this township, and this thoroughly respected by every one.  He is the second son of John Archer, who was born in Hull, England, Dec. 7, 1815, and came to this country when 8 years old.  His father had come here three years previously, and was followed by the wife and five children.  They settled in Massachusetts, where John worked in a factory, and when 16 years old he learned the blacksmith trade.  He worked in an ax factory some time, and in 1837 he came to Xenia, O.  He was married Oct. 15, 1840, to Lydia Baldwin, who was born in Greene Co., June 26, 1816.  They lived in Greene Co. till 1849, with the exception of a few years that they were in Madison Co.  In that year they moved to a farm near Bellefontaine, on which they remained ten years, and have since resided in this township.  He died Feb. 23, 1877.  By their  marriage seven children were born – Mary A., Sarah L., Emily W., Joseph B., George R., John Newton and Lydia Ellen.  Mary and Joseph are dead, the latter being killed in a railroad accident on the “Bee Line” road Jan. 6, 1880.  He had been fireman on the road nearly eight years, and stood high in the estimation of his employers, and held a high office in the Masonic Order, of which he was a faithful and valued member, and to which both his brothers belong, George A. being the Worshipful Master.
Source: History of Logan County and Ohio - Chicago: O. L. Basking & Co., Historical Publishers, 186 Dearborn Street. - 1880 - Page 797
JOEL ARBEGAST, farmer; P. O., New Jerusalem;; was born in Berks Co., Pa., July 16, 1818.  Son of John and Christina (Grimes) Arbegast.  At the age of 18 Daniel went to learn the carpenter's trade.  In 1839 he came west to this State, locating in Rush Creek Tp., and engaged at his trade, Sept. 15, 1842, he was married to Lydia Brockerman, who was born in Philadelphia, 1823, and came West with her parents in 1837.  After his marriage, he worked at his trade about two years, then engaged with two others in running a saw-mill, in which business he was engaged for about seventeen years, the mill being located in this township; he finally purchased his partner's interest, and run the business on his own account.  In 1868 he engaged in farming, having purchased the farm he now owns several years previous.  He has 101 acres of land in this county; by his marriage there have been born six children, viz: Adam, in Rush Creek Tp.; Catharine, now Mrs. Cyrus Leymaster; Albert, Eliza Ann, Aaron and Emma, now Mrs. Oliver Dunlap.  Mr. Arbegast and wife are members of the Lutheran Church, and he is among the staunch and highly respected citizens in the community; his life has been actuated and governed by the principles of honesty and uprightness.  Coming to the country poor, he has earned himself a home and a sufficient competence for his declining years, and has the esteem and confidence of his neighbors and friends.  He is Democratic in sentiment.
Source: History of Logan County and Ohio - Chicago: O. L. Basking & Co., Historical Publishers, 186 Dearborn Street. - 1880 - Page 741
WILLIAM ARBEGAST, Zanesfield; born in Berks Co., Penn., Sept. 11, 1816, the second of a family of six children, born to Jacob and Christina (Grimes) Arbegast.  William came out with the family in 1839, who located in Rush Creek, Tp.; he remained with his parents until 31 years of age.  Aug. 27, 1847, he was married to Sarah Haas, who was born in Berks Co., Penn., Oct. 4, 1826; she is a daughter of John Haas, who was born May 20, 1800, and whose wife was Elizabeth Bagenstose, and was born in 1803, same county and State; they came out in 1839.  After William was married, he farmed one year on his father's place; then moved to the place where he now resides, which is situated about two miles west of Zanesfield, said farm consisting of 100 acres of land.  Mr. Arbegast is one of the enterprising farmers of the township, of which there are many.  He is principally a self-made man, having begun on a very small beginning- only 25 acres of land cleared when he came; has it now in excellent condition, and one of the best barns in his neighborhood.  Six children living - Catherine, Cornelius, Sylvester, Isaiah, Sarah E. and Frank; John and William, deceased.  Mr. and Mrs. Arbegast are members of the Evangelistical Lutheran Church.
Source: History of Logan County and Ohio - Chicago: O. L. Basking & Co., Historical Publishers, 186 Dearborn Street. - 1880 - Page 739
AARON ARCHER, farmer; P. O., Bloom Centre; was born in Logan Co., O., Aug. 21, 1843, and was a son of W. W. Archer, of Fayette Co., O.; he moved to Logan Co., Miami Tp., in 1840.  Mr. Archer has always been a resident of this county; was sent to school here, and married Miss Margaret E. Heath, formerly of Illinois.  They now have three children living - Marion E., Allen J., and Jacob.  Three died in infancy.  They own 80 acres of well improved land.  He is Democratic in politics.
Source: History of Logan County and Ohio - Chicago: O. L. Basking & Co., Historical Publishers, 186 Dearborn Street. - 1880 - Page 729
GEORGE ARMSTRONG, (Perry Twp.), farmer; P. O., North Greenfield.  Among the jolly, goodhearted souls who hail from teh Emerald Isle is George Armstrong, who was born Feb. 15, 1833, in Ireland.  His parents were George and Rose (Smith) Armstrong.  George immigrated to this country in the 1849, coming west to Chicago; he remained a short time, and then drifted south, landing in Logan Co.  In 1855, he was married to Rachel Supler, who was a daughter of Samuel and Nancy (Campbell) Supler,  Samuel Supler came to this township about the year 1827, from Pickaway Co.  He was one among the first who settled in this part of the township; was an excellent man, and highly respected by all who knew him.  He died April 23, 1880; his wife in 1877.  Mr. Armstrong, resides a short distance east of North Greenfield, and has 225 acres of land, and is among the enterprising and successful farmers in the township.  He has a family of seven children - David B., Martha, George R., Nancy, Mary E., Edward and Sarah.  He is a member of Wapatomica Lodge, I. O. O. F., No. 424.
Source: History of Logan County and Ohio - Chicago: O. L. Basking & Co., Historical Publishers, 186 Dearborn Street. - 1880 - Page 645
SAMUEL ARMSTRONG, (Liberty Twp.) miller; West Liberty; was born December 24, 1821, in Champaign Co., O.  His father, Andrew, was born in Pennsylvania, and his mother, Mary, in Kentucky; they settled in Champaign Co., in 1818, and finally in Shelby Co., 1828.  They have five children: William, lives now in Indiana; Samuel; Sarah J., married Wm. K. Helvey, and is living in Delaware Co., Ind.; Lewis, died when young; Elizabeth, living in Memphis, Tenn.  His parents were both members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.  In 1843 (the father having died in 1840), our subject and his mother moved back to Clark Co., where they had formerly lived.  In a short time, Sarah J. was married, and the mother went to live with her in Indiana, and there died in 1846.  Samuel was married, March 9, 1845, to Catherine, a daughter of George and Elizabeth Roller, who was born, 1823, in Virginia; by her he had six children - Joseph, deceased, Melissa J., George H., William, James E. and John R.  They lived but a short time in Clark Co., and then moved to Shelby Co., where he farmed and worked as a blacksmith for some time.  In 1850 he built a mill in Ft. Jefferson, that county, in which he engaged for two years and then traded the same for a farm in said county.  He farmed it for two years, afterwards trading for a gristmill costing $14,500, known as the "Maxwell Mill;" here he remained for ten years.  He again traded for a farm, and entered rural life for another period of two years.  In 1876 he came to West Liberty, and bought the present  mill, which has been here over sixty years.  He has been engaged here ever since.  He runs four sets of buhrs by Turbine water-power wheels, havinb plenty of water during the year; he does mostly custom work, and ships quite an amount to New York.  He is identified with the Democratic party, and cast his first presidential vote for JacksonMr. Armstrong is the architect of his own fortune.
Source: History of Logan County and Ohio - Chicago: O. L. Basking & Co., Historical Publishers, 186 Dearborn Street. - 1880 - Page 705
MRS. SARAH AUSTIN, (Perry Twp.), retired; East Liberty; was born July 21, 1811, in Philadelphia, Pa.; she was a daughter of Henry and Sarah (Custer) Moore, who emigrated to this State in 1821, and finally located in Mount Moriah, where they died - he on Feb. 1, 1850, and she on Oct. 24, 1869.  On July 25, 1869, she was married to Rev. Carlisle A. Austin, who was born in New Jersey, Feb. 6, 1804, and moved to East Liberty, O., in 1820, and for sixty years was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, in which he always took an active part.  He was a conscientious man, and one who never swerved from duty and the truth, and was a man of acknowledged ability; for several years he held the offices of Justice of the Peace, Notary Public and Surveyor, and for forty years was a local preacher, and many, through his instrumentality, were brought to the cross of Christ.  In matters that pertained to business, he was successful, leaving after him a good farm and personal property; he died in the triumph of faith, April 10, 1870; he was first married to Rebecca Rea.  Mrs. Austin, who survives him, resides on the homestead; she is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and has been since six years of age, when she was converted, and received into the church at the age of seven.
Source: History of Logan County and Ohio - Chicago: O. L. Basking & Co., Historical Publishers, 186 Dearborn Street. - 1880 - Page 645
CAPT. THOMAS AXTELL, Superintendent of Reservoir; Huntsville; was born in Washington Co., Penn., April 6, 1812; was the son of Lincoln Axtell, who moved to Ohio in 1819, and settled in Martinsburg, Knox Co.  Capt. Axtell was married to Miss Mary Jule in 1831.  They have five children - Sarah, married to Will Breese; Julie, married to G. Breese; John, married Miss Abbe J. Cherry; Saretta Jane, living at home.  Capt. Axtell was among the many men who volunteered to put down the rebellion, and joined Co. D, 118th O. V. I.,. and was promoted First Lieutenant of his company, and served until he was disabled and discharged.  He has been at work for the State as Superintendent of the Miami Reservoir since 1864.  He is a pleasant and hospitable gentleman of the old school; is a Democrat in principle, and fond of a good race-horse.
Source: History of Logan County and Ohio - Chicago: O. L. Basking & Co., Historical Publishers, 186 Dearborn Street. - 1880 - Page 733



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