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The County of Ross: a history of Ross County, Ohio

By Henry Holcomb Bennett
Published by S. A. Brant, Madison, Wis.,



JOHN W. LAMB, a popular druggist at Kingston, Ohio, and one of the most enterprising citizens of that place, has had a varied career in different lines of business in two states and several counties.  His father, Isaac Lamb, was a North Carolinian, reared in the strict moral atmosphere of the Society of Friends and deeply impressed with the peace-loving precepts of that famous religious body.  It is hardly necessary to add that a man so educated would naturally hate the institution of slavery and everything connected with it, and this was what caused Isaac Lamb to leave the old North State and seek a home in the land dedicated for freedom.  He had married Catharine White in his native place and with her came to Clinton county, Ohio, in 1840, where she died ten years later.  Subsequently Isaac Lamb married Mary Starbuck, of Clinton county, and went to northwestern  Missouri, where his death occurred in 1896 at the age of eighty-four years.  By his first marriage he left three children.  J. B. Lamb, the second of these in order of birth, now a merchant in Forest City, Mo., was a soldier in the civil war, and was captured at the battle of Monocacy and held in Libby prison for eleven months.  Maria, only daughter of Isaac Lamb, is the wife of E. W. King, a cattleman in western Wyoming.  John W. Lamb, eldest of the children, was born in Clinton county, Ohio, farmed for two years in Fayette county and later opened a drugstore at Milledgeville.  Subsequently a removal was made to Cedarville, in Greene county, where the drug business was resumed and continued for six years.  In September, 1898, Mr. Lamb came to Kingston where he re-opened his stock of drugs and has since enjoyed an increasing and profitable trade.  Mr. Lamb inherited his political views from his good old father, who was first a Whim, then an Abolitionist and later one of the charter members of the Republican party.  He has never been an office-seeker but while a resident of Fayette county was treasurer of Jasper township for ten successive years and acted as road supervisor for four years in Missouri.  He has long been enthusiastic in Oddfellowship, having been initiated into the order in 1878 at Washington Court House.  In 1882, assisted by twelve others, he instituted at Milledgeville, lodge No. 713, I. O. O. F.  Mrs. Lamb was equally ardent in the cause as a member of the allied order known as Daughters of Rebecca, in which she held a state office for many years.  This lady, whose maiden name was Alice Hall, was a native of Kentucky but reared in Fayette county, Ohio.  She was married to Mr. Lamb March 4, 1868, and died in 1895, leaving two children, the oldest of whom, M. H. Lamb, was born in Missouri, Dec. 20, 1868.  He learned telegraphy and has worked as an operator since his sixteenth year, his wife, formerly Marguerite Martindale, being also an expert manipulator of the keys.  Lizzie, only daughter of John W. Lamb, married T. S. Maddux, an attorney of Washington Court House.
Source:  The County of Ross: a history of Ross County, Ohio by Henry Holcomb Bennett - Published by S. A. Brant, Madison, Wis., 1902 - Page 554
WILLIAM T. LANDRUM was born at Richmond Dale, Ross county, Jan. 19, 1848.  His father was Smith Landrum, born in1820 in Greenbrier county, W. Va., who came to Jackson county, Ohio, with his parents, while a boy; married Miss Lydia Acord, of Ross county, settled at Richmond Dale and conducted a mill at that place for twenty-five years.  He subsequently removed to Pike county where he had charge of a grist mill for sixteen yeas, and died in 1892.  His son, William T. was educated in the common schools and after he reached manhood chose farming as his vocation.  To this honorable and independent business he has devoted his entire working life.  He has never sought office but has served as township trustee and been a member of the school board for a great number of years.  Mr. Landrum was married in 1870 to Priscilla McGuire, a native of Pike county, Ohio, who died in 1878, leaving one child, Harriet now the wife of Charles Allen, of Franklin township.  In 1879, Mr. Landrum took a second wife in the person of Mary Borst, of Chillicothe, Ohio.  Four children are the fruits of this union: William H., Charles H., Hannah D. and Matilda.  Mr. Landrum is a member of the Masonic fraternity.
Source:  The County of Ross: a history of Ross County, Ohio by Henry Holcomb Bennett - Published by S. A. Brant, Madison, Wis., 1902 - Page 555
ROBERT H. LANSING, deputy recorder of Ross county, is a native of Chillicothe, born July 14, 1875.  His parents were Horace  C. and Angie (Somers) Lansing, both natives of Ross county.  The father of Horace C.  was Robert H. Lansing, in many ways a noted character and remarkable man, who was born at Albany, N. Y., Mar. 8, 1818, his father being Jacob Lansing of the same city.  Jacob was the son of Levinus Lansing, who emigrated from Holland, bringing in his ship as ballast the material from which his home in Albany was built.  Robert H. Lansing came to Chillicothe Feb. 22, 1838, and opened the drug business, which continued without interruption until his death, which covered a period of over sixty years.  In various ways he was so identified with Chillicothe and her institutions as to be emphatically an "old timer."  He and his wife united with the Episcopalian church in 1843 and continued active and zealous members all the rest of their lives, which in the husband's case was a period of nearly sixty years.  He was a charter member of the first Odd Fellows Lodge in Chillicothe and at his death was the oldest Odd Fellow in the state of Ohio.  He was also high in Masonry and served eighteen years as commander of the Knights Templar.  Indeed, he was universally known and as generously esteemed for his many excellent traits of character.  The older citizens of the county will remember him as Dr. Lansing, he being a graduate in medicine from the old college at Albany, N. Y.  When his long, useful and honorable career was terminated by death on Sept. 19, 1901, there was a feeling of universal bereavement and general sorrow throughout the whole community.  His son, Horace C., was also a druggist, and spent his life in that business, mostly with his father.  He died in Chillicothe in 1885 and his wife followed him to the grave in the succeeding year.  In fact there was a rather unusual rate of mortality in the family about that time.  The grandmother, as well as the father and mother and aunt of the subject of this sketch, all passed away within a few years of each other.  Horace C. Lansing and wife left five children: Ella Somers, wife of Earle E. Shedd, a whole sale grocer in Columbus; Bertha, who married Joseph D. Wood, an employe of the government at Columbus; Marie, unmarried, in Chillicothe; Robert H., fourth in order of birth; Horace C., who has recently been employed in Mexico but has his home at Los Angeles, Cal.  At the beginning of the Spanish-American war, Horace C. was a member of Company H, Seventeenth Ohio infantry, and being commissioned first lieutenant in the United States signal corps, he served the greater part of his time in that branch of the army, during his two years in Cuba.  Robert H. Lansing was educated in Chillicothe city schools, but before graduation left to accept a position in the freight office of the Baltimore & Ohio Southwestern railway at Chillicothe.  He held this place about three years, when he resigned to become secretary of the board of associated charities, since abandoned.  Later, for about three years, Mr. Lansing was with William A. Wallace in the insurance business.  While in this employment Mr. Wallace was elected city clerk, and when he afterward resigned, Mr. Lansing was appointed to fill the vacancy.  After one year's service he was himself elected to the office in 1899 for a term of one year.  Soon after retiring from the clerk's office, he was chosen deputy county recorder under J. E. Ratcliff, which his grandfather and namesake was so long a pillar and liberal contributor.  Mr. Lansing is a vocalist of more than ordinary local note, being a singer in the church choir and prominent member of several musical societies.
Source:  The County of Ross: a history of Ross County, Ohio by Henry Holcomb Bennett - Published by S. A. Brant, Madison, Wis., 1902 - Page 556
CHARLES H. LARIMORE, secretary of the Union Coal company and prominently identified with the educational interests of Chillicothe, has an honorable ancestry leading back through Virginia to an origin in the "Emerald Isle."  In 1760 three brothers, named James William and Hugh Larimore, started from the north of Ireland to seek their fortunes in America.  William located in Pennsylvania, Hugh sought a home in North Carolina, and James found an abiding place in that part of Virginia watered by the south branch of the Potomac.  Oct. 20, 1796, at Romney, Hampshire county, W. Va., a son was born to James Larimore, whom he christened Robert.  When the British burned the national capital in 1814, Robert Larimore was one of a number of volunteers who were sent to Washington as a relief expedition.  What may have been his adventures is not stated in the family records, but it appears that he was back in Romney in time to marry Mary Smith, Sept. 23, 1814.  Ten years later he went down the rivers to try his chances in  the rapidly developing state of Ohio, and on arrival found employment with the salt works in Muskingum county, then owned by Hon. Thomas Ewing.  About 1826 the contracts for building the Ohio canal were let, and Robert Larimore secured one at Nashport and another at Westfall.  While at the last mentioned place, he frequently made trips to Chillicothe and during one of these he secured the services of Alfred Blake as tutor to his children.  Mr. Blake remained with the family several years, afterward studied theology at Gambier and became assistant rector of Christ church, Cincinnati, later returned to Gambier to take charge of the Boys' school there, and completed his useful life in that city.  After the death of his wife in 1831, Robert Larimore removed to Circleville, Ohio, where he went into partnership with a drygoods merchant named Finley, invested $5,000 in the business, and also built a flour mill.  When the latter was ready for work, the store failed and the stock was disposed of at sheriff's sale, but a debt still remained for the liquidation of which the mill had to be sacrificed.  Aug. 23, 1832, Mr. Larimore married Mrs. Elizabeth Tate Evans, of Martinsburg, W. Va.  She was a friend of the Rev. Alfred Blake, who, at the solicitation of Mrs. Larimore, who like himself was a stanch Episcopalian of Mrs. Larimore, who like himself was a stanch Episcopalian, succeeded in raising funds to build a church of that denomination in Circleville, to which Mr. Larimore contributed $100.  In 1837, he removed to Piqua, where he secured contracts to do construction work on the Miami canal, but after several years, when Mr. Larimore was in debt to his many laborers and for supplies, the state suspended payment owing to lack of funds.  Bonds were issued in lieu of cash, but they were unpopular and depreciated, Mr. Larimore being compelled to discount those paid him at a loss of $50,000.  His second wife died in 1839.  Two yeas later he went to Columbus, Ohio, invested $5,000 in an insurance and banking company of that city, and took $20,000 worth of stock in a bank at Circleville.  Both these institutions failed and left Mr. Larimore almost penniless.  Mar. 26, 1844, he was married to Mrs. Susan Stoddard, a widow with one daughter named Amelia.  The latter was the daughter of Dr. Joseph Stoddard, of Wellsburg, W. Va., the first Episcopal clergyman west of the Alleghany mountains.  When the centennial of the first services conducted at Steubenville, Ohio, by Dr. Doddridge, was held in October, 1896, Mrs. Amelia Stoddard Larimore, his granddaughter, was present as the nearest living relative.  In 1849, Mr. Larimore took charge of a forge owned by John Woodbridge near Bainbridge, Ross county, and conducted the same for six years.  In 1855 he went to Chillicothe and had only become fairly established in the grain business when attacked by a severe cold from the effects of which he died Feb. 27, 1856.  He left a son and namesake who was born in Romney, W. Va., June 20, 1823, and accompanied his parents to Ohio in the following year.  Subsequently he became a student at Kenyon college, at Gambier; accompanied his family to Columbus when eighteen years old, and clerked in stores of that city until 1849.  At the age of twenty-six he went to Cincinnati to accept a position as clerk in the postoffice and was married in 1851 to Amelia Stoddard, grand-daughter of Dr. Joseph Doddridge.  After five years' service in the Cincinnati postoffice he moved to Delphos, Ohio, where he clerked for a while in a store and in 1856 located at Chillicothe where he engaged in the grain business.  Mr. Larimore served as township trustee several times and in 1873 was a candidate for county recorder on the Republican ticket but was defeated by his Democratic opponent.  Mr. Larrimore died in December, 1898, leaving the following named children: Mrs. Daisy Shepard, of San Antonio, Tex.; Mrs. Evan Rupel of Schooley's, Ross county; Dudley T. Larimore, a druggist in New York city; Frank C. Larimore, clerk in the treasury department at Washington, D. C.; James D., clerk in St. Louis, Mo.; Charles H., Chillicothe, Ohio; at home, Mary and Reppa, the latter a teacher in the public schools.  Charles H. Larimore, sixth of the living children, was born at Chillicothe, Sept. 3, 1856, and when fifteen years old entered the employment of William T. McClintick, at that time proprietor of the coal company.  This concern, although several changes in ownership and management have taken place, still does business at the corner of Bridge and East Water street, being now known as the Union Coal company.  Mr. Larimore began with this corporation as office boy and has remained uninterruptedly since, going through various advancements until, in 1893, he became secretary and still holds that position.  IN the spring of 1895, Mr. Larimore was elected member of the city school board from the Fourth ward and, after an intermission of one term, was elected to the same position in 1899 and re-elected in 1901.  He is a member of the Knights of Pythias.  Nov. 6, 1877, he was married to Kate, daughter of George Hahn, who came to Chillicothe from Germany.  Mr. and Mrs. Larimore have three children: Minnie, Ada and Charles Howard, Jr.
Source:  The County of Ross: a history of Ross County, Ohio by Henry Holcomb Bennett - Published by S. A. Brant, Madison, Wis., 1902 - Page 557
CYRUS JASPER LARRICK, of Chillicothe, was born in Colerain township, Ross county, Jan. 3, 852.  His parents were Robert and Civilla (May) Larrick, both natives of Ross county.  The father was born in Colerain township Nov. 25, 1827, spent his entire life there, as a successful farmer, and died Mar. 15, 1899.  The mother is still living with her youngest son on the old home farm.  They had a family of six children, of whom three, Frank, Freeling and Walter, died in childhood.  Of the living, Cyrus J. is the eldest; Rhoda is now Mrs. Jacob Bowsher and resides on a farm in Colerain township; Emor married Nora Boecher, and lives on the old homestead.  Cyrus J. Larrick was educated in his native township and was engaged in farming during the larger part of his life.  Mar. 1, 1901, he embarked in the hotel business in Chillicothe, as proprietor of the Colonial hotel, still retaining his farm of 100 acres in Colerain township.  He conducted the hotel until Jan. 31, 1902, upon which date he disposed of his hotel interests, but still remains a resident of Chillicothe.  Mr. Larrick was married Feb. 25, 1875, to Isabel, daughter of John and Louisa Withrow, of Colerain township, both deceased.  Her mother was a Miss Binkley of Maryland, and her father a native of Pennsylvania.  Mr. and Mrs. Larrick are the parents of six children, of whom Florence, the eldest, is married to Floyd Luchart, a law student at Columbus; Harry is the only son; Lennie, Rosa, Christie and Helen are still at home.  Mr. Larrick is an active member of the Knights of Pythias.  Politically, he is an uncompromising Republican but he has never been a seeker of public office.  He has been successful in a financial way and can say truthfully that his possessions are largely the result of his own unaided efforts.
Source #1 - The County of Ross: a history of Ross County, Ohio by Henry Holcomb Bennett - Published by S. A. Brant, Madison, Wis., 1902 - Page 559
  JOSIAH WILSON LASH, A. M., M. D., of Chillicothe, is a native of Athens County, Ohio, born Nov. 17, 1852.  His grandfather, William Lash, came from Pennsylvania to Ohio at the period sufficiently early to entitle him to rank among the pioneers of Athens county; served as a soldier in the war of 1812, and afterward was stricken down in the prime of life by the yellow fever then prevalent in epidemic form.  The ancestor next remote, Jacob Lash, the father of William, emigrated from Germany to America about the middle of the eighteenth century; became a soldier during the Revolutionary war and according to family tradition served, when well advanced in years, in the contest of 1812.  The family treasures as a precious heirloom a po9wder-horn, bearing date of 1775, which was carried by one of the ancestors during the trying seven years of the Revolutionary struggle.  Abraham Lash, son of William, and father of Dr. Lash, was one of the children of the pioneers and his early life was an initiation into the hardships incident to the period.  Academical education, or "schooling," as it was called, was practically out of reach or obtainable only in crude and unsatisfactory form.  the schools in Athens county were few and far between, usually presided over by some Scotch master or New England pedagogue of the type of Ichabod Crane, so humorously drawn in Irving's "Sketch Book."  Such as the facilities were, however, Abraham Lash availed himself of them when not called for urgent work on the farm.  He grew up thoroughly inured to frontier hardships of all kinds and to understand as well as to appreciate what it took to convert the Ohio wilderness into the blooming civilization of the present age.  He adhered to husbandry as his life work and is one of the veteran farmers of Athens county, where he still resides, with his wife, Isabelle, daughter of John and Elizabeth (Brooks) McKinstry.  Her father, a well-known farmer of Athens county, was of Scotch-Irish descent, his father, Robert McKinstry, having emigrated to America from Carrickfergus, Ulster county, Ireland, about 1785.  The maternal grandfather, John Price, was a native of Maryland and actively participated in the war of 1812.  Mrs. Lash and her vulnerable husband furnish a fine sample on the strong men and women whose early struggles made possible the present advancement and progress.  Dr. J. W. Lash is the eldest of their six children.  He received his early education in the district schools of his day, somewhat improved over those of his immediate ancestors, but still leaving much to be desired.  At an early period he had made up his mind to become a physician, but preparatory to professional studies, entered the Ohio State university, from which he was graduated in 1875 with the degree of Bachelor of Arts.  Three years later the same institution conferred upon him the higher scholastic title of Master of Arts.  Immediately after leaving college, he began the study of medicine at Columbus, Ohio, and in 1878 completed the course prescribed by the medical college of that city.  As a valuable post-graduate experience, Dr. Lash practiced for one year at the hospital for the insane at Athens, after which he located in Chillicothe and has made that city ever since the theater of his operations.  From this central point his practice radiates in all directions over a wide area of territory adjacent to Chillicothe.  The last test of a physician's qualifications - success in the treatment of diseases - may be applied to Doctor Lash without hesitation, as his list of cures has been both numerous and decisive.  But the Doctor's activities are not confined to his medical practice, but reach to all the duties of citizenship.  The list of professional societies to which he belongs and in whose workings he takes an active part, is extensive and important.  He is a member of hte Ross County Medical society, the Ohio State Medical society, the American Medical association and the American Academy of Medicine.  For years he has been a close student, an extensive reader and a close observer, which qualities have made him one of the best posted men in the medical profession.  In July, 1893, he was appointed pension examiner for Ross county, and upon the meeting of the board he was elected president of that body, which position he held for six years, commencing in the last term of President Cleveland and continuing two years under the administration of President McKinley.  He is a director of the Citizens National bank, a member of the Masonic fraternity, belonging to the blue lodge, chapter and commandery of Chillicothe; is also an Odd Fellow, Elk, Knight of Pythias, Knight of the Ancient Essenic Order and member of the Sunset club, a literary organization of high standing.  Politically the Doctor has been a Democrat all his life and a Gold Democrat since 1896.  By reason of the patriotic services of his ancestors in the war for independence, he is eligible to membership in the "Sons of the Revolution."
Source:  The County of Ross: a history of Ross County, Ohio by Henry Holcomb Bennett - Published by S. A. Brant, Madison, Wis., 1902 - Page 559
WILLIAM F. LAVERTY, deceased, was in his day one of the esteemed citizens and well-to-do farmers of Ross county.  He ws born in Pennsylvania, but rin 1821, when only three years old, was brought to Ohio by his father, John Lavery.  The latter, who was a native of Ireland, settled in Buckskin township where he engaged in farming and so continued until the end of his days.  William F. Lavery followed in the footsteps of his progenitor and devoted his life to farming and stock-raising.  In this peaceful pursuit he enjoyed a happy, through uneventful, existence, until the time of his death which occurred July 12, 1874.  In February, 1853, he had married Mary J., daughter of James Murray, a native of Pennsylvania, who was one of the earliest settlers of Buckskin township.  Mr. and Mrs. Lavery became the parents of eight children: Ella M. married C. D. Chatman, of Highland county, and died in October, 1889; Anna J. is the wife of Will A. Arnott, of Highland county; Emma  is dead and Martha M. is at home with her mother; William F. is in business at Kansas City, Mo.; John T. and Fannie R. are at home and James M. is dead.  The mother and her daughters are members of the Presbyterian church at South Salem.
Source:  The County of Ross: a history of Ross County, Ohio by Henry Holcomb Bennett - Published by S. A. Brant, Madison, Wis., 1902 - Page 561
CAPTAIN WILLIAM VICKARS LAWRANCE, of Chillicothe, is a native of Greene county, Ohio, born Nov. 8, 1834.  His parents were John B. and Amelia (Vickars) Lawrence, the former of New York and the latter of Maryland, who came to Ohio when young and met and married in this State.  John B. Lawrence was a delegate to the first Republican convention that met at  Buffalo, N.Y.  He died in Greene county in 1872, his wife surviving him until January, 1880.  Out of their family of eleven children, four are still living.  Capt. W. V. Lawrance grew up on a farm and was educated at Cedarville and Antioch college, Ohio.  After leaving college he studied law with Judge Barlow, at Xenia, Ohio, and was admitted to the bar in 1860.  He had hardly time to get a foothold in the practice of his profession before the war clouds, which had long been hanging over the land, burst in all their fury.  Early in 1861, he enlisted in Company E, Twelfth Ohio volunteer infantry, for the three months' service, and afterward he re-enlisted in the Sixth independent company of Ohio cavalry.  This was attached to the Third New York cavalry as Company L., and with it he served until May, 1863, when he resigned on account of ill health.  He again enlisted in Company M, of the Eighth Ohio cavalry, with which he served until Jan. 11, 1865, when the regiment was captured at Beverly, Va.  He was a prisoner in Libby prison until about the 20th of March and was discharged from the army at the close of the war.  He took part in the battles of Kingston and Goldsboro, Liberty and Beverly, Va., and others; was second lieutenant in rank, and also served on General Foster's staff as provost marshal.  After the war he was assistant United States assessor during Grant's administration, and in the Ohio department of the Grand Army of the Republic he has been honored with the office of assistant quartermaster-general.  Mar. 18, 1864, Captain Lawrance was married to Annie C. Walker, daughter of Stephen Shelton Walker, a native of Loudoun county, Va., whose mother, Lettia Humphreys, was the daughter of Colonel Humphreys, aide to General Washington during the Revolutionary war.  The family is related to the Lees of Virginia.  Mrs. Lawrance's grandfather Walker came to Jackson county, Ohio, in 1825 with seven children, of whom the only one now living is her father, Stephen Shelton, who married in 1835 and lived with his wife sixty-one years, she dying in 1896.  They had one child besides Annie C.  Captain Lawrance and his wife have had two children, one of whom died in infancy.  The other is Herbert Walker Lawrance, born May 22, 1888.  Captain Lawrance has resided at Chillicothe since 1868.  He is a man of literary tastes and has gained considerable distinction as the author.  Among his books that have been published may be mentioned "Ellina," a book of poems: "Story of Judeth" or "A Tale of Bethlehem;" a book of sonnets entitled "The Loves of Laos;" a novel, "Defeated but Victor Still," or "Heirs of Fonca Estate;" a story of labor entitled "Under Which Master," or "The Story of the Long Strike at Coverdale," and "Stonewalls and Trenches."  Captain Lawrance is an accomplished scholar, well informed on current topics and a very companionable gentleman.
Source:  The County of Ross: a history of Ross County, Ohio by Henry Holcomb Bennett - Published by S. A. Brant, Madison, Wis., 1902 - Page 561
WILLIAM H. LEEDOM, residing near Frankfort, is a native of Adams county, born Aug. 25, 1856.  He was educated in the schools of his native county during his early youth, but was prevented from reaching the higher courses.  When he was still quite young he met with the greatest of calamities of childhood by the loss of his mother.  After her death, he was brought by his father to Ross county where, however, they remained but a short time.  The boy then went to Pickaway county, where he remained a couple of years, after which he accompanied his father to Illinois.  That state was his home for five years, at the end of which time he came back to Ross county where he has ever since resided.  Farm work ahs been his only occupation throughout life.  Aug. 27, 1880, he was married to Anna Ward, daughter of Nathan Ward, an old citizen of Ross county.  They have seven children, whose names are Stella, Arthur, Lennie, Blanche, Hazel, Ward and Clark.  Mr. Leedom is a member of the Methodist church.
Source:  The County of Ross: a history of Ross County, Ohio by Henry Holcomb Bennett - Published by S. A. Brant, Madison, Wis., 1902 - Page 563
JOHN H. LEWIS, an efficient and popular attaché of the Chillicothe fire department, is a native of Pike county, Ohio, the date of his birth being Jan. 16, 1862.  He grew up there, attended school a few terms, and when still a youth found it necessary to work by the day as a means of livelihood.  Being ambitious and industrious he worked willingly at any honest employment that could be secured and continued this irregular kind of occupation until 1887.  In that year he removed to Ross county and secured a position as blacksmith finisher in the factory of the Chillicothe buggy and wagon company.  He remained thus employed until February, 1900, when he was appointed driver of Engine No. 2 by the board of fire commissioners of Chillicothe, and since then he has discharged the duties of this responsible place to the entire satisfaction of all concerned.  In September, 1885, Mr. Lewis was married to Julia Cramblit, daughter of John Cramblit, an old resident of Ross county.  Mr. and Mrs. Lewis have three bright children, Floyd, Mabel and Ethel, and the family are attendants at the Methodist Episcopal church.
Source:  The County of Ross: a history of Ross County, Ohio by Henry Holcomb Bennett - Published by S. A. Brant, Madison, Wis., 1902 - Page 563
SAMUEL C. LIGHTNER, a popular practitioner of Kingston and vicinity, made a creditable addition to the medical corps of Ross county after his settlement within its confines.  The family is immediately of Pennsylvania but more remotely of German origin.  The founder of the American branch was George W. Lightner, who came from Germany to Pennsylvania about 1765 and spent the remainder of his days in that state.  He left a son and namesake who married Mary Wood and became the father of Micajah C. Lightner, who was born and still resides in Greene county, Pa.  Micajah married Mary J., daughter of Peter Ferrel, and by her had four children, all of whom are living.  Dr. S. C. Lightner, one of the three sons, was born in Pennsylvania, Apr. 10, 1861.  He attended the Waynesburg (Pa.) college, taught school for a short time and then began the study of medicine with S. B. Lightner, of Sabina, Ohio.  In due course he matriculated at the Ohio Medical college in Cincinnati, where he received his degree of M. D. with the class of 1886.  His first venture in the line of his profession was at Keene, Ohio, where he remained three years and then went to Frazeysburg, in Muskingum county.  Later, in 1891, he came to Hallsville, Ross county, where he did well and built up a good practice in the town and county districts contiguous to his headquarter; but in the spring of 1902, desiring a location in a larger place, he removed to Kingston, Ohio, where he is meeting with gratifying success.  The Doctor belongs to the Ross County Medical society and is a welcome member of the Knights of Pythias lodge at Adelphi, and Hallsville camp, No. 9,543, of the Modern Woodmen of America.  Aug. 28, 1889, he was married to Maggie E., daughter of William and Catherine Beall, natives of Coshocton county resident at Kingston, Ohio.  They have one son Russell E., born Aug. 28, 1890.
Source:  The County of Ross: a history of Ross County, Ohio by Henry Holcomb Bennett - Published by S. A. Brant, Madison, Wis., 1902 - Page 563
JOHN C. LIGHTTLE was born in Ross county, Ohio, Aug. 31, 1863.  His father, Samuel M. Lighttle, was born in Aug., 1841, near Massieville; learned the cooper's trade from his father, Jacob, which with farm work made up the principal part of his life's occupation; attended the district school in youth and when he reached seventeen, engaged in work on the farm by the month.  In1862, Samuel M. Lighttle married Adelina Gibson, but still continued farm work on wages until about 1867, when he rented a place and began operations on his own account.  He was a member of the Ohio National Guard in Huntington township and in 1864 was called out in the hundred days' service; was mustered into the Seventy-third Ohio infantry at Camp Dennison and served his full time without accident.  After living on different rented farms for several years he finally purchased the 141 acres where his son now resides, and followed general farming until his death, which occurred on May 21, 1888.  He left four children, John C., subject of this sketch; Jacob A. (deceased), Mary E. (deceased), and Edith.  After her husband's death, Mrs. Lighttle continued to conduct the farm with the assistance of her sons, John and Jacob.  About twenty months after the latter died there was a sale and the mother and daughter moved to Chillicothe where they now reside.  John C. Lighttle remained at home until he was twenty-two, assisting on the farm in summer and going to school in winter.  After reaching manhood he made trip to Harper, Kan., remaining about one year, and then returned to Ohio, where he worked the farm for a while and then went back west.  His sojourn this time was cut short by news of the death of his father, which necessitated a return to Ohio.  He remained in Ross county about a year, went west again and a few months later returned home and stayed but a short time, then returned to Kansas and remained there until his brother's death.  He then returned home again and worked for the estate by the month for about twenty months.  Sept. 2, 1895, he was married to Rhoda Chesnut, of Chillicothe, and they went to housekeeping in Twin township where they now reside.  They have two children, Herbert A. and Naomi E.  The family are members of the Methodist Episcopal church at Bourneville.
Source:  The County of Ross: a history of Ross County, Ohio by Henry Holcomb Bennett - Published by S. A. Brant, Madison, Wis., 1902 - Page 563
GEORGE LITTER, a prosperous contractor and builder of Chillicothe, has been one of the factors in the industrial development of that city.  He is a son of Sebastian Litter, born Jun. 23, 1816, in Germany, where he grew to manhood, married Catherine Bauer and came with her to America about 1846, locating at Chillicothe, where he embarked in the business of contracting and building, prosecuting that calling actively until 1860, and then engaged in farming.  After eight years spent in agricultural pursuits he returned to the city and his old calling as a contractor, to which he devoted the six subsequent years and then abandoned it permanently.  Assisted by his sons he took charge of 1,300 acres of land and devoted nine years to its management and cultivation, retiring from business entirely in 1884 and locating in Chillicothe.  There his life terminated in May, 1901, as the result of the paralytic stroke received the year previous, his wife's death having occurred in 1892.  They were the parents of sixteen children, of whom seven are living:  Jacob, foreman in a large terra-cotta works at Pittsburg; Catherine wife of John Sauer of Farmland, Ind.; Mary wife of V. K. Kelley, of Bainbridge, O.; Charles, resident of Solon, O.; William and Henry of Chillicothe; and George Litter, the subject of this sketch.  The latter was born in Chillicothe, Ohio, Dec. 6, 1860, was educated in the city schools, and upon reaching manhood followed in his father's footsteps as a contractor and builder.  Until a year or two ago he was also engaged in manufacturing brick, which he used in his own business or supplied to the trade, but latterly has confined himself to contracting and structural work.  Mr. Litter is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America and holds the office of councilman from the fifth ward of Chillicothe, to which he was elected in April, 1901, for a term of two years.  In 1886 he was married to Christina, daughter of Hartman Griesheimer, a native of Germany who established himself in Chillicothe when a young man.  Of the three children born to Mr. and Mrs. Litter two are living, Ada T. and Helen Irene.
Source:  The County of Ross: a history of Ross County, Ohio by Henry Holcomb Bennett - Published by S. A. Brant, Madison, Wis., 1902 - Page 565
THOMAS O. LITTLE, a successful raiser of thorough-bred cattle and hogs, is a native of Ross county and owns the farm in Green township which as been the homestead of the family for several generations.   In the early part of the nineteenth century High Little and his wife Catharine (Rigby) Little, came to Green township, then part of the wilds of Ross county, and set a work after the pioneer fashion to make a home in the wilderness.  Everything of course had to be evolved under the greatest difficulties, but they proved equal to the emergencies.  Hugh Little burn the brick which was used in building the dwelling-house and in the course of time, by dint of hard and continuous work, had quite a comfortable residence for those days.  He set out what was perhaps the first orchard in the township and in other ways showed himself to be a strong-minded and progressive man.  The place thus carried out of the wilderness by these pioneers was afterwards known as the Gregg farm.  In 1818 he disposed of the Gregg property and purchased eighty acres about one mile east of it, where he spent the remainder of his life, dying Sept. 17, 1825.  His wife survived him many years, and passed away June 7, 1848.  They had four children, among the number being James, who was born in Green township, Mar. 2, 1817, and married Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas and Mary (Jones) Orr, mentioned elsewhere in this work.  James Little  was a farmer by occupation and made a success of the business, being at the time of his death owner of 318 acres of good land.  He was a man of prominence in his community, Whig and Republican in politics, and captain of militia at the time of the Mexican war.  He died Mar. 23, 1882, and the death of his wife occurred Aug. 9, 1900.  There were five children born to them,  Benjamin, now living in Iowa; Mary, the widow of Jesse L. Withgott, residing in Kingston; Kate S., wife of Joseph Hurst, of Williamsport, Ohio; Fletcher and Thomas, the two latter residing on the old home place.  Thomas O. Little, the youngest child, was born in Green township, Mar. 29, 1856, on the farm of which he subsequently became the owner and where he now resides.  Like his father and grandfather before him he adhered to the soil as a means of livelihood and has spent all of his adult life in its cultivation.  He has improved the homestead place in various ways by the application of modern methods and added considerably to the value of the holdings by up-to-date and progressive management.  Realizing at an early period and advantage of improved stock, Mr. Little soon had his farm supplied with the best varieties.  He made a specialty of the Poll-Durham and Shorthorn cattle and the Poland-China hog.  Mr. Little has devoted much time and care to the breeding and feeding of his fine cattle and swine and has contributed his share towards enlarging the volume as well as the celebrity of Ross county's life stock industry.
Source #1 - The County of Ross: a history of Ross County, Ohio by Henry Holcomb Bennett - Published by S. A. Brant, Madison, Wis., 1902 - Page 565
EPHRIAM LOCKWOOD and his good wife Cinderella are one of those interesting couples who enjoy special esteem not only on account of their personal worth but as links between the present and the far distant past.  They are thought to be the oldest married people in Ohio, having lived together as man and wife for sixty-two years and at their present residence for fifty-nine years.  Their long lives cover almost the entire period of Ohio's history as a State and embrace all of the tremendous development of the United States which has occurred since Missouri was admitted into the Union.  The father of the venerable subject of our sketch was William Lockwood, born near Wheeling, W.  Va., in 1786.  He married Sarah Hall, a Maryland woman, with whom he came to Ohio about 1814, leased a farm in Fairfield county and lived by its cultivation until 1840.  In that year he purchased a small tract of land in Huntington township, Ross county, on which he located and lived until the death of his wife, and subsequently removed to Massieville, where he died in 1861.  His children were named in order of birth: Elizabeth, Mary, Ephraim, Robert, James, William and Lucretia, who became the wife of James Kelley, of Missouri. Lucretia, William (of Indiana) and Ephraim are the only ones living.  Ephraim Lockwood was born near Rushville, Fairfield county, Ohio, Jan. 24, 1818.  In his boyhood days the “old log schoolhouse” with its stick chimney, puncheon floor and slab seats was the only avenue to book learning and was justly regarded as the advanced guard of civilization.  The custom was for the farmers’ boys to attend school during the bad weather of winters and assist with the outdoor work at other seasons.  Little more than the rudiments of learning could be obtained in this way but it proved a sufficient equipment for many of the strongest and best citizens of Ohio, included among the number being Ephraim Lockwood.  Among the neighbors of the Lockwoods in Fairfield county was a family named King, and one of the members of this household was a bright-eyed girl called Cinderilla.  To her, Mar. 8, 1840, Ephraim Lockwood was married and she has been to him a loving and devoted companion during the more than sixty-two years which have since supervened.  After his marriage, Mr. Lockwood located in Ross county, where he followed his trade as a stone mason for some years until he engaged in farming as a permanent occupation.  To this, the noblest and most independent of all pursuits, Mr. Lockwood has devoted all the energies of a long and laborious life, fifty-nine years of which have been spent at the place where he now resides in Scioto township.  Now in his eighty-fourth year he is in full possession of all his faculties, a fine sample of the old-time pioneer citizen, while his wife is as bright and active as most women at half her age.  Mr. Lockwood was first a Whig in politics and afterward a Republican.  His first vote was cast for William Henry Harrison after the famous “hard cider and log cabin” campaign of 1840, and it is a boast of Mr. Lockwood that from that time on he has never missed a fall election.  He has never sought office, however, the only official position held by him being that of school director.  Mr. and Mrs. Lockwood have had nine children: Sarah C., the first born, died in infancy; Theodore E. resides in Delaware, Ohio; John W. died in the civil war; Lyman G. lives at Clarksburg, West Virginia; Lavina M. is the wife of John Keeton, Blanchester, O.; Dewitt is a. resident of Lattyville, O.; William F. is living at Upper Sandusky, O.; Orin S. and Iona E. are dead.  The parents have been devoted members of the Methodist Episcopal church from their early years, he having joined when
fifteen and she when seventeen years old.
Source:  The County of Ross: a history of Ross County, Ohio by Henry Holcomb Bennett - Published by S. A. Brant, Madison, Wis., 1902 - Page 566
FRANK LONG, farmer, stock-raiser and fruit-grower in Huntington township, bears a name widely distributed from an early period in Ross county.  The progenitors of the family were among the first arrivals from Pennsylvania and there was little in the surroundings to attract a farmer when John Long and his wife halted in the confines of the then new and inchoate county.  The soil, indeed, was there, rich and fruitful as it has ever been, and the task of clearing away the superincumbent forest was such as to deter the stoutest heart.  But in time all difficulties were surmounted by this hardy breed of men, among whom none were more resolute than the ancestors of the Longs.  The first of the name to arrive left a son and namesake who married Mrs. Elizabeth Thomas Streevey, by whom he had eleven children.  Of these, George W., Samuel P., John, Allen T., Delila, Elizabeth, Martha and Catherine are dead; the three survivors are Ethelinda, wife of William Robinson, of Butler county, Ohio; Hester A., wife of N. Ward, and Henry F., who is now eight-three years old and lives with the last mentioned sister.  The father was industrious and a good manager, met with success in most of his dealings and accumulated a considerable body of land in Huntington township.  Allen T. Long, fourth of the children in order of birth, remained at home until his marriage to Catherine Roush, a native of Adams county, Ohio.  They lived for a short time in one of the rude log cabins then so common, but later moved to the old home place, where they remained several years, after which they made their home with their son.  The father was a man of many good qualities and was quite popular in his community, being called on to fill various township offices.  He died August 10, 1892, when sixty-two years old, and his widow now resides in Chillicothe.  They had five children: Angeline, wife of George W. Miller, of Springfield township; Henry C., deceased; Charlotte, wife of Charles Miller, of Springfield Township; Clara, wife of Fritz Seeling of Huntington township; and Frank.  The latter was born in Huntington township, Ross county, Ohio, October 17, 1865, and remained at home until August 20, 1900, when he was married to Fannie E. Moore, born and bred in Pike county, and daughter of William T. and Rachel Moore.  He located on a farm where he has since resided and is extensively engaged in fruit-growing, besides the business of stock-raising and general agriculture.  Mr. Long is one of the popular men of his township and that he is trustworthy in a business way is shown by the fact that he has been called on to fill important public offices.  He has served as trustee of the township, is now a valued member of the school board and in 1901 was elected county infirmary director.  He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church.
Source:  The County of Ross: a history of Ross County, Ohio by Henry Holcomb Bennett - Published by S. A. Brant, Madison, Wis., 1902 - Page 568
JOHN L. LONG, of Huntington township, horticulturist and general farmer and stockraiser, is descended from one of the early settlers of Ross county.  His great-grandfather was a Pennsylvanian and, though the exact date of his arrival has not been preserved in the family records, it is known that he appeared on the scene in what is now called "an early day."  The first-comer brought with him a son named John, who married Elizabeth Thomas, of Ross county, settled with her on a small place in Huntington township and eventually became a prosperous farmer.  Possessed of industry and being a good manager he steadily accumulated property, until at the time of his death he owned over 400 acres of land, now known as Bishop Hill.  Of his eleven children only three are living:  Ethelinda, wife of William Robinson of Butler county, O.; Hester, wife of N. Ward, of Huntington township; and Henry F., living with last mentioned, aged 83 years.  The list of the dead includes George W., Samuel P., John W., Allen T., Catherine, Delila, Elizabeth and MarthaSamuel P. Long, second of this large family of children, was born in Huntington township, Ross county, December 3, 1821, and remained at the parental home until early manhood.  October 11, 1849, he was married to Elizabeth Ann Roush, a native of Adams county, and they began housekeeping on the farm now owned by their son.  When this young couple "settled down," as the phrase goes, it was in a rather unpretentious manner, their house being one of those rude log structures of the time, poorly furnished and with no outbuildings of consequence.  In the course of years, however, industry and good management put an entirely different face on affairs and improved this place with a fine new dwelling, substantial barn, stables, fencing and all the other adjuncts of an up-to-date country homestead.  Samuel P. Long and wife removed to Twin township about 1860, but after residing there two years returned to the old home place in Huntington township.  A year or two later they went to Chillicothe and were engaged in the hotel business for fifteen years, after which they relocated on their Huntington township farm and there spent the remainder of their days, the father dying at sixty-five and the mother when sixty-nine years old.  Their five children, as named in order of birth, were Moses R., John L., Charles F., Philip R. and David S.  John L. Long was born in Huntington township, Ross county, Ohio, August 12, 1853, on the farm where he at present resides.  He remained with his parents until they died, after which he lived with his brother Charles F. until the latter's death, and since then has purchased the other heir's interests and now owns and manages the farm.  There are 125 acres of land in this tract, which Mr. Long cultivates in the usual way but devotes considerable time to growing the various small fruits suitable to that latitude.  Mr. Long has remained single throughout life.  His younger brother, Charles F. Long, was married September 15, 1887, to Ellen W., daughter of Charles and Clarissa M. Caldwell, of Scioto township, John L. Long has superintended affairs and successfully carried on the farming operations.
Source:  The County of Ross: a history of Ross County, Ohio by Henry Holcomb Bennett - Published by S. A. Brant, Madison, Wis., 1902 - Page 569
JOHN W. LOUGH, A substantial farmer and esteemed citizen of the Lyndon (Ohio) locality, is a native of Pendleton county, W. Va.  He was reared and educated there, being a boy about seventeen years of age when the civil war was begun by the memorable events in Charleston harbor.  In 1862, Mr. Lough enlisted in Company A, Twenty-fifth regiment of Virginia infantry, with which command he participated in some of the most stirring campaigns and bloodiest battles of the civil war.  Notable among these were the engagements at McDowell, Second Bull Run, Antietam, Gettysburg and Fredericksburg.  On the morning of May 5, 1864, during the battle of the Wilderness, he was captured and afterward was held as prisoner at Point Lookout and Elmira, N. Y., not being exchanged until the close of the war.  Counting the time spent in prison, Mr. Long's military career extended over a period of three years.  Almost immediately after his release from prison, Mr. Lough came to Ohio and settled in Ross county.  In 1870, he was married to Mary E., daughter of Washington Mains, born near South Salem.  The Mains family is one of the oldest in Ross county, being founded in 1812 by settlers from Loudoun county, Va.  Mr. and Mrs. Lough have six children.  Bert, the eldest son, holds a position in the Commercial bank of Greenfield; George is a farmer in Fayette county; Ada is the wife of Dr. Arthur Parrett, of Anderson, Ind.; Washington, Charles and Margaret are at home.  Mr. Lough's life occupation has been that of farming and stock-raising, in which he has achieved a fair degree of success.  His affections are centered entirely upon his family and home life and he has never sought connection with clubs or societies of any kind.  He holds membership in the Presbyterian church at Pisgah and for about six years has occupied the position of elder.
Source:  The County of Ross: a history of Ross County, Ohio by Henry Holcomb Bennett - Published by S. A. Brant, Madison, Wis., 1902 - Page 570
JOHN C. LOWRY, now one of Huntington township's quiet and unostentatious farmers, bears a name which stands high up on Ross county's roll of honor during the tremendous days of 1861-65.  A glance over the roster of privates in Company F, Sixty-third regiment Ohio volunteer infantry will disclose the name of Lowry five times repeated.  They stand for five brothers, sons of Washington Lowry, who enlisted in 1861 when the eldest was under thirty and the youngest only fourteen years old.  Few families had so many representatives at the front in those stirring times, and none can boast a prouder record as the result of their children's achievements in behalf of their country's cause.  John C. Lowry, one of these gallant brothers, was born in Chillicothe, Ohio, Sept. 5, 1836, and the local histories show that his grandfather was a member of the very vanguard at the first appearance of the pioneers.  He grew up in his native city and was given a good business education, but his life was uneventful until the great civil war furnished him, as it did so many others, the opportunity to show what metal he was made of.  The Old Sixty-third Ohio, which Mr. Lowry joined Oct. 23, 1861, was one of the "crack" organizations of the western army.  It was formed by the consolidation of two battalions of recruits, the Twenty-second and Sixty-third, the former being recruited at Chillicothe and consisting of Companies F, G, H. I and K.  The organization was completed Jan. 23, 1862, a few weeks afterward moved to Paducah, Kentucky, and from there joined the army of the Mississippi at Commerce, Missouri, under Maj. -Gen. John Pope.  From that on it was a part of the Ohio brigade, with which it was engaged in all its subsequent marches and engagements.  Along the prominent battles in which it participated were those at Iuka, Corinth, Kenesaw Mountain, Resaca, siege of Atlanta, besides skirmishes and minor engagements innumerable.  The Sixty-third, as a special honor, was authorized by general orders to inscribe upon its banners the names of the following battles:  New Madrid, Island No. 10, Iuka, Corinth (October 4), Atlanta and Savannah.  At the battle of Corinth, above mentioned, Mr. Lowry was one of the only two of the whole company who escaped being killed or wounded.  In 1863 he was promoted to the rank of orderly sergeant and this was followed later by a commission as first lieutenant.  At the grand review in Washington, after all was over and the mighty armies of the Union from the East and West were passing for the last time before their generals, Lieutenant Lowry had the honor of commanding a platoon of men.  July 8, 1865, he received his honorable discharge from the service and hastened to his Ohio farm never again to leave it for any length of time.  Like the famous Roman dictator, Cincinnatus he know how to lay down the sword and resume the plow, and since the war he has peacefully cultivated his ninety-five acres of land, enjoying the general respect of his neighbors.  Dec. 2, 1860, Mr. Lowry was married to Mary Vanscoy and they have had the following named children:  John, James, Washington D.; Laura, wife of John Hoffner and Lizzie S., wife of Thomas SmithMr. Lowry is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, ahs served as clerk of the township and belongs to the Grand Army of the Republic.
Source:  The County of Ross: a history of Ross County, Ohio by Henry Holcomb Bennett - Published by S. A. Brant, Madison, Wis., 1902 - Page 571
WILLIAM BASIL LUCAS, a well known farmer of Concord township, traces  his lineage to a very early period in the history of Ross county, being descended from the first white child born in Chillicothe.  In the spring of 1800 a family by the name of Sturgeon came from Pennsylvania to Ross county and located on Kinnickinnick creek.  Among their children was one named John, who was born in Pennsylvania Nov. 1, 1796, and brought in infancy to the Western home of his parents.  When John Sturgeon grew to manhood he married Margaret McCoy, whose name is historic as the first white child born in the city of Chillicothe.  Her father was among the first to build a log cabin in the infant village, and many think that his was the first structure of the kind that appeared there.  After his marriage John Sturgeon settled down to farm life and ever afterward made this his regular business until the time of his death in 1886.  By his wife, Margaret (McCoy) Sturgeon, he had eight children, one of whom was named Phoebe Ann  When the latter grew to maturity she married Noah Lucas, a native of Ohio of Pennsylvania parentage, with whom she settled on a farm in Highland county and became the mother of three children.  John S. Lucas, eldest of these, was reared in Highland county, married and died there in 1887, leaving two children.  Margaret Ann, the only daughter, died in her thirteenth year.  William B. Lucas, youngest of the family and only survivor, was born in Highland county, Ohio, May 4, 1846, and when about one year old was brought to Ross county to live with John Sturgeon and wife, and the parents of his mother.  The house in which he was cared for by his grandparents and where he grew to manhood is the same that constitutes his present residence.  Though a mere boy at the time of the civil war he had a brief but spirited experience as a Union soldier with the Ohio National guards, who served four months in the spring and summer of 1864 with the troops who were contesting Early's advance on Washington.  Mr. Lucas participated with his command in the bloody battle at Monocacy Junction, near Frederick, Md., which was fought July 9, 1864, between the forces under General Lew Wallace and a part of Early's army.  Though his regular business has been that of farming, Mr. Lucas has occasionally been called on to fill public positions and received special commendation for the manner in which he discharged the duties of land appraiser, an office to which he was elected in 1899.  In 1870, he was married to Adia, daughter of Dr. Robert Galbraith, a native of Ireland, who came to Ross county in boyhood.  The wife died Mar. 3, 1873, leaving two children, only one of whom, Mattie, is living, and she is the wife of Absalom Darby of Concord township.  Mar. 5, 1874, Mr. Lucas married Theresa, daughter of John P. Junk, who died in 1883, her death resulting from childbirth.  She left no children.  By a third marriage to Miss Mary D., daughter of William D. Mallow, Mr. Lucas had two children:  Anna Louise and Phoebe Alice.  The family is Presbyterian in religious affiliations and Mr. Lucas is a member of the Grand Army of the Republic.
Source:  The County of Ross: a history of Ross County, Ohio by Henry Holcomb Bennett - Published by S. A. Brant, Madison, Wis., 1902 - Page 572
ISAAC LYTEL, a veteran of the civil war with a long and honorable record, and a well known farmer of Ross county, has a lineage traceable to a very early period of Ohio history.  There were but few white people in Ross county when John and Elizabeth Lytel arrived on the banks of the Scioto. They came from old Virginia, where they had been farmers in a small way, purchased some land in Huntington township and devoted the rest of their lives to clearing and cultivating the same.  When the wife died she was ninety years old and her husband had reached the eightieth year at the time of his death.  This worthy pioneer pair reared a family of seven children, all long since dead, whose names were Malon, George, Peter, Samuel, Jacob, Barbara and ElizabethMalon, Lytel, the head of this list, was born in Virginia in 1798, about the time that Ross county was officially organized.  In youth he learned the cooper's trade, which was a useful and valuable accomplishment in pioneer days, and this, together with farming, constituted his means of support throughout all of his active life. About the time he reached legal age, he was married to Nancy Knight, a native of Tennessee, then resident in Ross County.  He lived in Huntington township until 1854 and, after two years spent in Twin township, removed to Pike county, Ohio, where he died in 1858.  About one year later his widow settled in Paxton township, Ross county, where she resided until the time of her death in 1871.  Malon and Nancy and Noah; Sarah, wife of Eli Sickles, of Pike county, and Nancy J., deceased.  Isaac Lytle was born in Huntington township, Ross county, Ohio, Oct. 18, 1841.  He remained at home until the death of his father, after which he sought employment on neighboring farms and worked for several years by the month.  In 1862 he enlisted in Company I, Fifty-fourth regiment Ohio volunteer infantry, under Captain Howser, with which he subsequently saw much arduous service.  Their first experience was at Fort Donelson, whence they were sent to Pittsburg Landing in time to take part in that desperate and bloody battle.  Afterward Mr. Lytle participated with his regiment in the following named engagements and campaigns: Yazoo Flats, Arkansas Post, Jackson, Black River, siege of Vicksburg, Mission Ridge, Resaca, Kenesaw Mountain, Peachtree Creek, siege of Atlanta and Fort McCallister.  An attack of measles held him in the hospital about four weeks, and receiving his discharge at Savannah in 1865, he returned home and resumed farm work.  In 1867 Mr. Lytel was married to Eliza Robinson, a native of Ross county, and shortly thereafter settled on a farm in Twin township.  There and in Paxton township the net thirteen years were spent in agricultural pursuits, after which Mr. Lytel purchased the farm of 190 acres in Huntington township, which has since been his place of residence.  He carries on general farming, raises considerable stock, and has been successful in his operations.  He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church and connected with Bourneville post, No. 530, Grand Army of the Republic.  Mr. and Mrs. Lytel have had seven children, of whom Sarah E., Minnie and Nancy J. are dead.  The living are John W., Alice, Lucinda M. and Cora C.
Source:  The County of Ross: a history of Ross County, Ohio by Henry Holcomb Bennett - Published by S. A. Brant, Madison, Wis., 1902 - Page 573




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