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Memorial Record of the Counties of Delaware, Union and Morrow, Ohio
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WILLIAM S. CARYL, one of the well known farmers of Allen township, Union county, Ohio, and an honored veteran of the late civil war, was born January 30, 1848, in Union county, Ohio, the son of Asa and Esther (Cook) Caryl, the former of whom was a native of the old Keystone State, and the latter of Massachusetts. Asa Caryl was a man of ability and marked force of character, and was a prominent figure in the crucial days before the late war, when he stood forth as an uncompromising Abolitionist, and was fearless in his zealous devotion to the down-trodden race, his home having been often a refuge for fugitive slaves on their way to Canada. His death occurred in 1883, in this county, and his widow passed away five years later.
     Our subject was reared on the parental farmstead and received his education in the districts schools. Leal and loyal in the hour of his country’s call for brave men and true, he enlisted, in I864, as a member of Company B, One Hundred and Eighty-seventh Ohio Volunteer Infantry, being at that time only a boy of sixteen years. He served with his regiment until 1865, when he was honorably discharged, after which he returned to his home in this county.
     February 22, 1877, Mr. Caryl was united in marriage to Miss Susan Clark, a woman of much intelligence and refinement, who was reared and educated in this township, her parents having been well known and honored pioneer residents of the county for many years. Caleb Clark, father of Mrs. Caryl, was a man of much prominence in this section, and was a native of the Old Dominion State, where he was born in 1813, the son of Angus Clark, whose parents were sturdy Scotch people. Angus Clark’s mother was a woman of gentle character but remarkable courage and bravery. It is related of her that in time of the early war she on one occasion left the block-house, in which the women and children had been placed for refuge, and carried powder to the men, having placed the ammunition in a tablecloth and thus effected its transfer to the scene of action. Angus Clark married Elizabeth Green, daughter of a prominent merchant of Wheeling, Virginia (now West Virginia), and in 1826 they came to Champaign county, Ohio, locating near the line between that and Union county, where they passed the residue of their days. They had nine children, namely; Caleb, deceased; Rebecca; Phoebe; Nehemiah G.; Catherine; Elizabeth; Stephen; Shepherd, and Sally, deceased.
     Angus Clark
died at the old homestead, at the age of seventy-six years, and his widow lived to attain the age of ninety-one years. Caleb was a boy of thirteen when his parents came to Ohio and he was reared to mature years on the old homestead farm, receiving his education in the common schools. At the age of twenty-eight years he was united in marriage to Rachel Beltz, daughter of Henry and Susan (Fry) Beltz, both of whom were natives of the immediate vicinity of Harper’s Ferry, Virginia. Soon after their marriage they moved to Bedford county, Pennsylvania, settling on a farm, where they remained until removed by death at a good old age. They had thirteen children, viz: Adam, Eve, Henry, Elizabeth, Catherine, Fredric, Philip, Andrew, Susan, Rachel, Daniel, Samuel and Isaac. All lived to be grown but one. In later years, Mr. Beltz erected a gristmill,—as good a mill as was built in his day.
     After his marriage Caleb Clark settled in the woods of Allen township, this county, where he built a log cabin and where, in the course of time, he developed a fine farm, being successful in his efforts and acquiring thereby a competence before his death, at the age of fifty-six years. His widow died at the age of sixty-four. They became the parents of nine children, as follows: Angus; Susan, wife of our subject; Lester; Ellen, deceased wife of U. D. Ream; Elizabeth, who died at the age of eighteen years; Angeline, who died at the age of twenty; Henry; Caleb, who resides on the old home farm; James P., and an infant, deceased.
     William and Susan Caryl
have had three children namely: May, who died at the age of three months; Effie, born August 24, 1879; and William Henry, born July 6, 1882.
     Our subject and his estimable wife have three good farms, comprising a total of 337 acres, of which 198 acres were inherited by Mrs. Caryl from her father’s estate. They have two modern and attractive houses, each of which was erected at a cost of $2,500, and one of which was built by Mrs. Caryl’s sister, Mrs. Ream, before her death.
     Mr. Caryl
is a stanch Republican, and fraternally is a member of John Bring Post, No. 96, G. A. R., of North Lewisburg, and of King Lodge, No. 546, I. O. O. F., of North Lewisburg, Ohio. He has served as trustee of Allen township for six years &rid has been a member of Union county Agricultural Society for four years.
     He and his wife are devoted members of the United Brethren Church, in which our subject holds official preferment as trustee.
Source: Memorial Record of the Counties of Delaware, Union & Morrow, Ohio; Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Co., 1895, pp. 344-345
Contributed by a Generous Genealogist.


CHARLES S. CHAPMAN, cashier of the People’s Bank of Marysville, Ohio, is one of the prominent and highly respected citizens of Union county.
     Mr. Chapman
traces his ancestry back to Benjamin Chapman, who was a native of Southington, Connecticut, born February 22, 1761, the son of a minister (Congregational, it is supposed) and slaveholder.  This Benjamin Chapman was married September 25, 1792, in Connecticut, to Miss Silvia Upson, also a native of Southington, the date of her birth being October 12, 1773.  About 1802 or 1804 the Chapman family came to Ohio with a colony under Colonel James Kilbourn, the colony being composed of Episcopalians and Colonel Kilbourn its first minister. The Chapmans, who were Presbyterians, took the place in the company of a family which failed to emigrate, and they settled on the west side of the Olentangy river, about three miles above Worthington.  On a farm at that place Benjamin Chapman and his wife passed the rest of their days. He died March 7, 1823, and she survived him a number of years. They had a family of children as follows: Roswell R.; Albert, M. D., who practiced his profession in Franklin county, Ohio, for many years, died at the age of eighty-nine; Mary, wife of Dixon Mitchell, died in Union county; Sarah, wife of Aaron Mitchell, died in Logan county; Henry, a steamboat captain on the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, died in Van Buren, Arkansas; Lucinda, wife of Aaron Mitchell, died in Columbus, Ohio; Sylvia, died at De Groff [sic], Ohio; and Harriet, wife of Ira Reynolds, died in Seneca county, Ohio.
     Roswell Riggs Chapman
, the oldest of this family and the grandfather of the gentleman whose name heads this sketch, was born in Bandford [sic], Massachusetts, September 21, 1798, and was a small child when he came with his parents to Ohio.  He enlisted in Captain Levi Pinney’s company in the war of 1812, served as a musician, becoming fife major of his regiment, and was taken prisoner by the British at Detroit, upon the surrender of that post by General Hull. After his return he engaged as clerk for the Scioto Company in their store, subsequently forming a partnership in the dry-goods, grocery and general produce business with his uncle, Dr. Daniel Upson. In the spring of 1816 he married Miss Phoebe Stansbery, who was born in Scotch Plains, New Jersey, March 1798. His health failed in 1826, and in 1827, being threatened with consumption he went South, thinking to derive benefit from the change. The disease had too strong a hold upon him, and he died on a steamer December 13, 1827, and was buried at Natchez, Mississippi. His wife, Phoebe Stansbery, was the only child of Judge Recompense Stansbery, who emigrated to Ohio in 1810, coming through Pennsylvania, down the Ohio river on a flat-boat, and up the Muskingum as far as Zanesville, thence by wagon to Granville, in what is now Licking county, Ohio, and across the country to Worthington.  Between the latter points there was then no road, and he was compelled to clear his way with an axe.  Mr. Stansbery occupied a prominent position in the new settlement. In 1814 he was appointed Associate Justice of the Court of Common Pleas.  He was also Justice of the Peace, and in that capacity married many of the early settlers. He was for twenty-five years Postmaster at Worthington; was a large land-holder and stock owner, having at one time 1,200 sheep, when the region was yet thickly infested with wolves. He died in 1843.  Roswell R. Chapman and his wife were the parents of five children, namely: John O., a farmer of Jasper county, Iowa; Eliza, widow of Dr. Peter Goble, Tulare, California; Mary, deceased, wife of Jacob Haas, of Pekin, Illinois; Albert S., the father of our subject; and Delia, deceased, wife of Dr. Francis Upson, Los Angeles, California. After the death of her husband, Phoebe Chapman became the wife of Dr. Arius Kilbourn. He died September 2, 1865, and she passed away March 4, 1878.
     Albert S. Chapman
was born at Worthington, Ohio, April 26, 1823.  At the age of eighteen he began reading medicine and teaching school, was afterward engaged in business at various places until 1855, when, on account of failing health, he sought outdoor employment and gave his attention to farming. In 1870 he located a second time at Marysville, entering into partnership with his son in the agricultural implement business. In 1875 he formed a partnership with John S. Fleck for the manufacture of doors, sash and blinds, and dealing in lumber, under the firm name of Fleck & Chapman, which association continued until 1893, since which time he has been retired, still making his home in Marysville.  He was married when twenty-two years of age, to Miss Eveline M. Couch, of Springfield, Ohio, and they became the parents of three children: Charles Stansbery, subject of this review; Frank, who died at the age of five years; and Minnie, who became the wife of A. J. Reicherts, Delaware, Ohio, died in 1872, leaving one child. Mrs. Chapman died August 30, 1892, at the age of seventy-two years.
     Charles S. Chapman
was born in Newton, Union county, Ohio, November 15, 1846, and was educated at Worthington. After he had attained his majority he was for three years engaged in the agricultural implement business with his father, at Marysville.  Since the organization of the People’s Bank of Marysville, in 1874, he has been its cashier, serving most efficiently in this responsible position.  Both he and his father helped to organize this bank.  About 1875 they also became interested in farming operations, owning some 300 acres of land, to which they added by subsequent purchase until now they have 500 acres. This land is located in Jerome township, Union county, and is operated chiefly as a sheep farm. They commenced the sheep industry by securing the American Merinos from Vermont. About 1884 they began crossing their stock with the Delaine breeds, and they now have a flock of about 700 fine registered sheep.  They breed both for clip and market. In the spring of 1893 Mr. Charles S. Chapman gathered clippings of wool for an exhibit at the World’s Fair at Chicago, and was awarded a diploma on Delaine wool, making a score of 95.9, this being an honor to both Mr. Chapman and to Union county.
     Mr. Chapman
’s residence, erected in 1885, is one of the finest modern homes in Marysville, its location being on the corner of Fourth and Maple streets. He was married in this city, December 1, 1870, to Miss Anna T. Kinkade, daughter of James Kinkade, deceased.  They have three children, viz.: Frank T., a graduate of the Conservatory of Music of Chicago, and for four years a student under Professor Jacobsohn, now has a studio in Columbus, Ohio, where he is giving especial attention to violin music; Max, a graduate of the Marysville high school, is now looking after the interests of his father’s farm, and Albert K., a bright little fellow of four years.
     Politically Mr. Chapman is a stanch Republican. He is a member of the F. & A. M., Palestine Lodge, No. 158.  While his father is an Episcopalian, Charles S., is identified with the Presbyterian Church, in which he has been an official member for a number of years.  For some years he was Sunday-school Superintendent.  Such is a brief sketch of the life of this well-known citizen and his pioneer ancestry.
Source: Memorial Record of the Counties of Delaware, Union & Morrow, Ohio; Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Co., 1895, pp. 391-394
Contributed by a Generous Genealogist.


SHEPHERD CLARK. —He whose life now comes under review must be distinctively regarded as one of the representative men of Union county,—one whose prominence in the annals noting the progress of agriculture in the prosperous Buckeye commonwealth is precisely similar to the position occupied, in the earlier stages of development and reclamation, by his honored father, who was one of the most intelligent and enterprising pioneers of Champaign county, where he lent his assistance in causing the towering forest to give place to the grain field, whose soil has now for years been furrowed and re-furrowed by the plowshare.
     Our subject, whose paternal ancestry is of Scotch extraction, was born June 7, 1832, on the old homestead farm in Rush township, Champaign county, this State, the son of Angus Clark, who passed many years in that section, where he had occupied a position of marked prominence from the time of his arrival in the frontier settlement in an early day. Angus Clark was born in 1783, in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, and in 1826 he came to Rush township, where he effected the purchase of 200 acres of densely wooded land, which he cleared and improved; subsequently adding 300 acres more to his landed estate and likewise giving his attention to reclaiming the new accessions. He lived to enjoy the bountiful harvest gleaned from the broad acres of what was one of the largest and best farms in Champaign county, his position in the community being one in which respect, honor and admiration were accorded. That line of industry which has given the Buckeye State a prestige from its earliest settlement, the manufacturing of maple sugar, secured much attention at his hands, and amid the leafy shadows of the maple forests he operated one of the most extensive sugar camps or “bushes” in the State, the product from the same reaching an annual aggregate of from 8,000 to 10,000 pounds. The death of Angus Clark occurred in 1859, at the age of seventy-six years. His wife, neé [sic] Elizabeth Green, was a native of Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Nehemiah Green, who was a soldier in the war of the Revolution, and who passed many years of his life in Champaign county, this State, where he died at a venerable age. The mother of our subject passed away March 20, 1881 at the age of ninety-one years.
     Shepherd Clark
passed his boyhood days on the old homestead farm, and early became familiar with such incidental duties as were in his strength to perform, their range widening as the days passed, until he was able to take his place with other sturdy yeomen and to do a full day’s work with the best of them. What this implied was far more than at the present day, for the work of clearing away the forest and breaking new land is far different occupation than following the plow as it furrows its way through the earth softened by oft-repeated tilling. Remaining beneath the paternal roof-tree until he had attained to maturity, he became ambitious to start out in life on his own responsibility, and accordingly he turned his face toward the great West, going to Iowa in 1856, —that section representing at the time the practical frontier. Here he, following in the footsteps of his honored father, likewise became a pioneer, but found not so great obstacles in cultivating the sweeping prairies as had his sire in his initial efforts in this State. He settled in Allamakee county, Iowa, and there remained for a period of four years, after which he returned to the old homestead, and there remained for a number of years, assisting in its cultivation. In 1867 he purchased his present magnificent farmstead, which comprises 635 acres, lying in Union, Champaign and Logan counties, the portion in this county being in Allen township. The postoffice address of our subject is North Lewisburg, Champaign county. The farm has been most appropriately designated by the name of Green Bush. The character of the soil is a rich loam, and it is particularly prolific in the production of crops of grasses and cereals, and it is considered one of the finest stock farms in this section of the State. The family residence, which was erected in 1877, at a cost of $10,000, is of modern architectural design, and not only stands as one of the most attractive rural homes in the county, but as unexcelled by any residence structure in the county, except by one or two in Marysville, the county seat. The interior is one which shows many of the elegances of the end of the century period, and betokens the refinement and taste of the occupants, —a quiet, peaceful abode, which most perfectly deserves the true old name of home. The location of the house is upon a most eligible site, which commands a view of the broad demesne of the favored owner. The entire place, with its fields, its upland meadows, its orchards, its wood-lots and its substantial and well-ordered improvements, can not fail to delight the eye of the passer-by, nor to suggest to his mind the thought that here abide those whose lines are cast in pleasant places. The system of drainage on the farm is most perfect, there being many hundred rods of tile drain, which carry away all excessive water; a fine hedge-row stretches along the fertile fields for a distance of fully a mile, and in every part of the place there is unmistakable evidence of painstaking care and of an executive ability that can direct affairs with economy and success. A fine horse-barn, 60 x 80 feet in dimensions, is equipped specifically for the accommodation of the noble animals who lend such effective aid in the cultivation of the farm, while there are ample provisions in the way of sheds for produce, stock and machinery. Water for both domestic and farm purposes is furnished by a modern windmill.
     For many years Mr. Clark has been most conspicuously interested in the breeding and raising of Norman draft-horses, in which line of enterprise his efforts have been crowned with marked success. He has spared neither time nor money in securing good individuals, and to-day there may be seen on his place some of the best Percheron or Norman horses to be found in the State. He is a man who is proud of his vocation and he has ever manifested a lively interest in all that touches the progress and welfare of the farmer, being a most active worker in various farm and agricultural societies.
     In politics Mr. Clark has always used his franchise in the support of the Republican party, and he has represented his locality as delegate to numerous county and Congressional conventions. His extended private interests have demanded his undivided attention and he has never manifested any desire for official preferment, although, in 1870, he served as Land Appraiser.
     Fraternally our subject is identified in a prominent way with the Masonic order, retaining a membership in Blazing Star Lodge, No. 268, and Royal Arch Chapter, No. 126, of North Lewisburg, and of Raper Cornmandery, No. 19, Knights Templar, of Urbana.
     Turning to the domestic life of our subject we find that, at the age of twenty-four, he was united in marriage to Miss Hannah Barney, who was born and reared in this county, the daughter of Adam Barney. Mrs. Clark died in 1866, leaving the following children: Charles, who is in the hardware trade at Chanut, Neosho county, Kansas; Florence E., who married Joseph Spain, of North Lewisburg, Ohio; Lucy, wife of W. T. Beach, of Zanesville, Ohio; Pearl L., a teacher in the Urbana high school; John E., who is also a teacher; George; Ada, who graduated at the North Lewisburg high school as a member of the class of 1894; and Blanche. The members of the family are conspicuously identified with the Methodist Episcopal Church of North Lewisburg. Mr. Clark’s second marriage was consummated on April 16, 1870, when he was united to Miss Eliza Asher, daughter of John and Deborah Asher. Their children are: Flora E., Alice, Lucy E., and Charles.
     Though our subject’s educational advantages in youth were limited in scope, yet he secured a good practical education, which has been most admirably supplemented by the wide experience which has been his in later years. He stands forward as a man of marked intelligence and broad general information, his judgment being unerring and his business sagacity pronounced. He is charitable and kindly and holds the respect and esteem of the community, to whose advancement, in an incidental way, he has contributed so largely during his active and honor able life.
Source: Memorial Record of the Counties of Delaware, Union & Morrow, Ohio; Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Co., 1895, pp. 75-78
Contributed by a Generous Genealogist.

  HON. PHILANDER B. COLE, deceased, for many years a prominent citizen of Marysville, was born near Columbus, Ohio, son of James and Jerusha (Blakeslie) Cole, who were of Dutch and English descent respectively.  James Cole was a son of Benjamin Cole, a native of Wyoming, Pennsylvania, and a grandson of James Cole, who was born in Holland.  The elder James Cole came to this country when a young man and settled at Wyoming, and there reared this family.  Benjamin Cole removed from Wyoming to Pottstown, where it is supposed he spent the rest of his life.  He was a soldier in the Revolutionary war, was a farmer by occupation, and reared a large family.  One of his sons, Benjamin, was killed in the war of 1812.  James Cole, the father of Philander, was in early life a wheelwright.  He was a quiet and unassuming man and was domestic in his tastes.  He was twice married, our subject being the only child by his first wife.  By his second wife, nee Nancy Smith, he had a large family.
      When Philander B. was five years old his parents moved to Belle Point, Delaware county, where he spent his boyhood days on his father's farm and attended the public schools.  Later he went to Granville College, supporting himself while in college, and soon afterward began teaching in the district schools, which he continued for several terms.  Then he began reading law in the office of William C. Lawrence, of Marysville, Ohio, and was admitted to the bar when he was twenty-one years of age.  Immediately afterward he opened an office and engaged in the practice of his profession, which he continued up to the time of his death, which occurred in 1892, at the age of seventy-seven years.  His career as a lawyer was one of eminent success, and his high intellectual attainments and popularity gained for him numerous positions of prominence and trust.  Soon after he opened a law office he was elected Prosecuting Attorney, which office he filled for three terns,  He was a member of the Ohio Legislature in 1850-1, and from 1864 to '66 he was in the State Senate.  From 1871 to 1877 he was Common Pleas Judge; in 1884 he was Presidential Elector, and for many years he was active in political affairs, - first a Whig and later a Republican.   During the civil war he was Chairman of the County Military Committee and labored hard for the good of the cause.  He was a delegate to the National Convention that nominated Lincoln for President.  Indeed, he was always found on the side of truth and right, and was a hearty supporter of any movement or measure he deemed for the best interest of the people.  A few years before the war - from 1846 to 1850 - he edited the Argus, a weekly paper published in Marysville.  His whole life was characterized by earnestness in whatever he undertook; he was generous and liberal almost to a fault, and in his public service his every duty was performed with the strictest fidelity.
     About 1839 Judge Cole was married to Dorothy Barden Witter, who had been his pupil in school.  Her parents, David and Sarah Witter, were among the early settlers of Ohio, coming here about 1814 or '15 and settling two miles below Milford Centre in Union township, Union county, where her father purchased 1,600 acres of land.  David Witter was born in Pennsylvania, son of Elijah Witter; and from his tenth year was reared in Genesee county, New York.  His father, Elijah Witter, living on the frontier as he did, suffered greatly from depredations committed by the Indians and on three occasions had his house burned by them.  He was appointed to look after the women and children of the settlement and to protect them in the forts during the Indian raids.  On these occasions they frequently suffered from want of provisions, especially salt.  His wife at one time made a trip of fifty miles on horseback to get salt, and returned in safety, having passed many Indians.  In early life David Witter was a trapper and hunter and later he carried on both this business and farming.  When the war of 1812 broke out he entered the service as an officer in the New York militia, and was in the battle of Queenstown.  It was soon after the close of that war that he and his wife came to Ohio, as above stated.  Here he carried on the stock business on an extensive scale and found a market for his droves of stock at both Philadelphia and Detroit.  He also did a large real-estate business.  Previous to his coming to Ohio he was elected to and served as High Constable in New York, and about 1827 he was elected Sheriff of Union county, being one of the first to hold this office here.  About 1828 he erected a brick hotel in Marysville, which he conducted for some years in connection with other business operations, and few men in the county were better known than he.  In 1851 he moved to Illinois.  There he passed the residue of his life and died, his death occurring about 1864.
     Judge Cole and his wife became the parents of six children, three sons and three daughters, all occupying honorable and useful positions in life.  The sons, all following in the footsteps of their honored father, are engaged in the practice of law, and one of the daughters is the wife of a prominent lawyer.  We refer briefly to each of them as follows:  Ulysses D., an officer in the civil war, at one time a member of the Indiana Legislature, and now a prominent attorney at Rushville, Indiana; James B., a graduate of the West Point Military Academy, served five years in the United States cavalry in Texas, was discharged in 1871 at his own request, came home and entered his father's law office, and since his father's death has been engaged in the practice of law alone; Cornelia, wife of C. W. Fairbanks, an attorney in Indianapolis, Indiana; Edward E., engaged in the practice of law at Columbus, Ohio; Jesse, wife of A. Y. Lowe, a traveling salesman, Marysville; and Dorothea wife of Captain John L. Sellers, a Marysville cigar jobber.
     Mrs. Cole is still living and is an honored resident of Marysville, having attained her seventy-fifth year.
~ Page 377 - Memorial Record of the Counties of Delaware, Union and Morrow, Ohio - Illustrated - Publ: Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1895.

THOMAS J. CONNER, a prosperous farmer and highly respected citizen of Union township, Union county, Ohio, was born in the township in which he now lives September 20, 1845.
     Mr. Conner
comes of Irish ancestors. His father, John Conner, was born in county Kings, Ireland; was reared, educated and married there, the maiden name of his wife being Catharine Connely. Soon after their marriage they came to the United States and first located in Albany, New York, from whence they subsequently removed to Ohio and settled in Union county. Here at first they lived with Ed. Moran and later owned a farm of their own. Mr. Conner landed in this country with no means whatever, his only capital being his strong arm and his willingness to work, and by his industry and frugality and the able assistance of his good wife he secured a valuable property and was ranked with the solid men of the township. At the time of his death he owned 465 acres of good land, well improved with brick residence, etc. His wife died at the age of forty-three years and he lived to be seventy-six. They had seven children, namely: Maria, deceased; Eliza, wife of Dr. A. Boylon; Ann, deceased; Thomas J., the subject of this sketch; Selestine, wife of Marion Hopkins, Marysville; John P., a resident of Allen township, this county, and George, of Mill Creek, Ohio.
     Thomas J. Conner
was reared on his father’s farm, and was educated in the district schools. When the civil war came on and continued to rage, and President Lincoln called for “300,000 more,” young Conner enlisted in Company B, Thirty-second Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and went to the front. While near Harper’s Ferry he received a bullet wound in the left leg, after which he was in hospital at Annapolis for some time. April 10, 1863, he was honorably discharged, after which he returned home. For two years and a half Mr. Conner was in the oil fields of Pennsylvania, at St. Petersburg, Clarion county. The greater part of his life, however, has been devoted to agricultural pursuits. He came to his present farm in 1891. Here he has 126 acres of choice land, nicely improved with good residence, barn, fences, and orchard, and everything kept up in first-class shape.
     Mr. Conner was married September 14, 1869, to Miss Rose Spain, a lady of education and refinement, who was, before her marriage, engaged in teaching. She, too, is a native of Union township. Her father, Ed Spain, was born in Petersburg, Virginia, in 1811, and was married in Union county, Ohio, in 1831, to Mary Reed Gabriel. He died in 1881. Following are the names of their children who are living: Mary Elizabeth; Lusetta Smith, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Rose Conner; Ella Rowe, Minneapolis; and William, also of Minneapolis.
     Mr. and Mrs. Conner
have three children: Anna, Harry, and Edna, aged respectively twenty, seventeen and eight years. Miss Anna is a graduate of the Milford Centre high school with the class of 1892.
     Politically Mr. Conner is a Prohibitionist. He is now in the prime of life, is genial and jovial, and has an abundant supply of that native wit which is a striking characteristic of the race from which he is descended.
Source: Memorial Record of the Counties of Delaware, Union & Morrow, Ohio; Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Co., 1895, pp. 450-451
Contributed by a Generous Genealogist.


PELEG CRANSTON, who holds the responsible preferment as Treasurer of Union county, Ohio, and who is held in the highest regard by the people of the community, is a native of the Buckeye State, having been born in Champaign county, November 16, 1826, the son of John B. and Betsey (Lathrop) Cranston, the former of whom was a native of Rhode Island, and the latter of Connecticut. John B. Cranston came to Ohio with his parents in 1815, and they settled on the rich plains lying contiguous to Darby creek, in this section, with whose history from that early day has that of the family been identified. The Lathrop family emigrated from their Eastern home to this State a few years subsequent to the arrival here of the Cranstons. The paternal ancestry of our subject was of Scotch lineage, and the maternal, of English.
     John B. Cranston
was a farmer of the more intelligent, active and progressive type, and he naturally became somewhat of a leader in local affairs. He was an ardent Whig, and within his life-time held local offices of importance. He passed the greater portion of his life in Champaign county, near the Union county line. Religiously, he was an active member of the Christian Church. He and his wife became the parents of seven children, four of whom are living at the present time. We offer the following record of the family: Mary, wife of Joseph Johnston, of Iroquois county, Illinois; Peleg, the immediate subject of this review: John, deceased: Dollie, deceased wife of William H. Robinson, of Yates City, Illinois; Betsey, deceased wife of Rosalvo Smith, of this State, and Ann B., who still resides in Champaign county.
     Our subject, Peleg Cranston, was reared on the farm, and received his education in the common schools, remaining at his home until he had attained his majority.
     December 24, 1846, he was united in marriage to Miss Mary A. Bland, and after this event he still continued his residence at the parental home for a few years, after which he engaged in the mercantile business in Woodstock, Champaign county, where he remained about two years, and then returned once more to the home farm, where he continued to reside until 1856, when he removed to Union county and located at what is now the village of Broadway, where he engaged in farming and simultaneously conducted a general mercantile business. He owned a farm of 192 acres, upon a part of which the present village of Broadway is located. He was prospered in his farming and other business operations, was in the lead in all matters of public order, and was called upon to accept various offices in the gift of the people. He was retained as Treasurer of Taylor township for a number of years, and also officiated as Justice of the Peace for many consecutive terms. That Mr. Cranston was a capable official and painstaking executive is manifest from the fact that he was finally chosen as the candidate of his party for the notable office which he now holds, that of County Treasurer of this county. He was elected to this office in the fall of 1891. The duties of his official incumbency demand his constant present at the county seat, and accordingly, in the fall of 1892, he took up his residence in the city of Marysville, where he still abides. In his political adherency he is strongly in line with the Republican party, in whose interests he has long been a most zealous worker.
     Mr. and Mrs. Cranston
became the parents of four children, concerning whom we offer the following data: French, died in childhood, as also did Webb and Inez; Walter F. resides in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and is a clergyman in the Free-will Baptist Church. He was born July 25, 1856, and received his education at Merom, Indiana, and Oberlin, this State, being ordained to the ministry in 1889. In his early life he was for some time engaged as a telegraph operator, and prior to this had been for four years, connected with a mercantile enterprise at North Lewisburg, this State.
     Our subject has never identified himself with any religious denomination, but has ever been in close touch with the broader spirit of Christianity, and has been a most active worker in the cause. He has given special attention to Sunday-school work for many years and has accomplished much good in a quiet, unostentatious way, having held the position of Sunday-school superintendent for more than a quarter of a century. For the past twenty years he has been the president of the Union County Sabbath-school Association, and is still the honored incumbent in that office. He has done a noble work and may well revert to the same with pleasure and satisfaction. He has organized a large number of Sunday-schools in the county, which had about thirty-six schools when he began his efforts in this line, but which now shows a total of seventy-six.
Source: Memorial Record of the Counties of Delaware, Union & Morrow, Ohio; Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Co., 1895, pp. 265-266
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~ Page 118 - Memorial Record of the Counties of Delaware, Union and Morrow, Ohio - Illustrated - Publ: Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1895.


Source: History Union County, Ohio - Publ. by B. F. Bowen & Company, Inc., Indianapolis, Ind. - 1915 - Page 928


J. A. CULBERTSON, Milford Centre, Ohio, is one of the representative citizens of Union county. He has resided on his present farm for over thirty years and is thoroughly identified with the interests of this section of the country.
      Mr. Culbertson
was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, February 11, 1841, and is descended from Scotch-Irish ancestors who were prominent in the wars of this country, and who were zealous in the faith of the Presbyterian Church. His father, Captain John C. Culbertson, was born on Culbertson Row, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, September 19, 1791. He was an Ensign in the Twenty-second United States Regulars and served with distinction at Chippewa and Lundy’s Lane, receiving two wounds. For bravery on the field of battle he received a Captain’s commission. After the war he went to St. Louis, Missouri, and engaged in merchandising, furnishing supplies to the Government forts, and selling goods to the frontier merchants from St. Louis to the Texas and Mexican borders. In this way he accumulated a fortune. He then located in Cincinnati and helped to found the old Franklin Bank, known as the “Three Johns Bank,” the names of the founders being John C. Culbertson, John Rozebeck and John Kilgore. This solid financial institution stood firmly through the great crises of 1837, 1847 and 1857. Like his forefathers, the Captain was a stanch Presbyterian, and a liberal supporter of the church. Politically he was first a Whig and afterward a Republican. He was truly a self-made man. He started out in the world with only $50, and by his honest industry and good management he accumulated a large property. Personally he was of commanding presence, six feet and three inches in height. He was twice married and had a family of ten children, his first wife being Margaret Hamilton, and his second, Jane Moody, daughter of Rev. John Moody. The names of his children are as follows: John M., of Indiana; Mary Kilheath, New York city; Joseph A., the subject of this article; H. Clay, Cincinnati; Samuel D., of Union county, Ohio; William, deceased; Robert, Cincinnati; Anna Addy, Cincinnati; Frank, Texas; and Elizabeth Annore, New York city.
     J. A. Culbertson
was reared in his native city, and was educated at Princeton College. When the first call for troops was made, in 1861, to put down the Rebellion, he enlisted in Company A, Sixth Ohio; went to the front, and was first under fire at Beverly, Virginia. For meritorious service he was made Adjutant of the Fiftieth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and later was promoted to the Captaincy of the Fifty-second Ohio; was on duty in Virginia and Kentucky, and participated in the battles of Perryville, Lexington and others. After the battle of Stone River he resigned his commission and returned home.
     In 1863 Mr. Culbertson settled on his present farm, a fine tract of 300 acres, which is ranked with the best farms in the township. His commodious residence is surrounded by attractive grounds, and the whole premises, from the substantial buildings, good fences, etc., to the well-cultivated fields, all give evidence of the owner’s prosperity.
     Mr. Culbertson
was married in 1864, at Columbus, Ohio, to Miss Martha Trumell, daughter of Francis and Elizabeth Trumell. Her widowed mother is a resident of Cleveland, Ohio, her father having died in 1890. He was a soldier in the United States Army, and his three sons, David, Albert, and John, were also in the army, two of them being in his regiment, and Albert in an Ohio volunteer regiment.
     Personally our subject has the bearing of a soldier. He is six feet and one inch high, perfectly erect, and weighs 288 pounds. He has what few possess, namely, a magnificent personal presence. Socially he is identified with the Knights of Pythias and Silas Kimball Post, G. A. R.
Source: Memorial Record of the Counties of Delaware, Union & Morrow, Ohio; Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Co., 1895, pp. 445-446
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S. D. CULBERTSON, a representative agriculturist of Union township, Union county, Ohio, comes of stanch old Scotch-Irish stock, and of a family prominently identified with the history of Union for many years.
      He was born at Cincinnati, Ohio, February 22, 1846, the son of Captain John C. and Jane (Moody) Culbertson. His father was twice married, his first wife being Margaret Hamilton. He vas a man of conspicuous ability and held a position of marked prominence in the business circles of the Queen City, where he was for many years engaged in banking. He was an active participant in the war of 1812, saw much service on the battlefield and was promoted for gallantry, receiving commission as Captain. More specific reference to his career is made on another page, in connection with the sketch of our subject’s brother, J. A. Culbertson.
     Samuel D. Culbertson
was reared in the city of Cincinnati, and received the best of educational advantages. When the cloud of civil war spread its dark shadow over the nation he showed the loyalty of his nature by enlisting as a member of Company H, One Hundred and Thirty-seventh Ohio Volunteer Infantry, serving until the expiration of his term of enlistment, after which he received an honorable discharge. Later on he engaged in the grocery trade in his native city, continuing in this line of enterprise for a number of years.
     In 1882 Mr. Culbertson located in Union county and six years later took up his abode on his present fine farm of ninety acres, which is under a most effective system of cultivation and well improved with a good residence, barns, sheds, etc.
     Our subject was married in 1869, in Cincinnati, to Miss Rosa Reiniger, a lady of intelligence and refinement. She was born at Portsmouth, Ohio, and was there reared and educated. She was the daughter of the late Major Charles Reiniger, a gallant and honored veteran of the late war. He was Major in the Fifty-sixth Ohio Volunteer Infantry and served with distinction on the field of battle. He died at the venerable age of seventy-six years. He was a native of Wurtemberg, Germany, where he was born November 11, 1805. At the age of eighteen years he entered the German army, and within a short time was promoted to the office of Adjutant of his regiment. Major Reiniger married Barbara Suter, who was born in Baden-Baden, Germany, and who was a woman of marked culture. They became the parents of twelve children, concerning whom we are enabled to offer the following record: Ellen; Frederick C., who was a soldier in the late war and who at one time held office as Sheriff of Scioto county, this State; Frances; George J., who also bore arms in the Union army, and who is now a prominent citizen of Jackson, Ohio; Joseph H., a resident of Portsmouth, Ohio; Rosa, wife of our subject; Emma, wife of Frank Seth, of Parkville, Kansas, and Louis, who died at the age of twenty-nine years. The other children died in early childhood:
     Mr. and Mrs. Culbertson
have two sons: Samuel D., who was born June 24, 1870, was united in marriage, October 10, 1891, to Miss Victoria Pullins, of Milford Centre, this county, and they have one daughter, Edith Jane, born December 10, 1893; Walter M., was born August 9, 1872, and is still at the parental home.
     Our subject votes with the Republican party, and fraternally is a member of the Grand Army of the Republic, Silas Kimball Post, No. 570, of Milford Centre, and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Mrs. Culbertson is a member of the Presbyterian Church.
Source: Memorial Record of the Counties of Delaware, Union & Morrow, Ohio; Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Co., 1895, pp. 297-298
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DR. JAMES CUTLER. —It is now privileged the biographer to offer a brief sketch of the life of one who stands as one of the pioneer native residents of this portion of Ohio,—a man of ability in the line of his profession, one who has attained to marked success in temporal affairs, whose patriotic services to his country have been unstinted, and whose position in the respect and esteem of his fellowmen is assured. It is certainly germane that the life of such an man should come up for consideration in the premises, not for undue panegyric, not, perhaps for the voicing of his own modest estimate of himself, but as giving incidental utterance to the opinions of those who have known him long and well. Such a task can never prove an ungrateful one and there is pleasure in tracing such a genealogy.
     Dr. Cutler
, who has been a resident of Richwood for upward of two decades, was born in Concord township, Delaware county, Ohio, April 23, 1831, a son of John and Matilda A. Cutler, natives respectively of the States of Delaware and Ohio. John Cutler passed his early life in Delaware, and when a young man determined to seek his fortunes in the West, coming to Chillicothe, Ross county, Ohio, where he engaged in the shoe and leather business. Here he remained for some few years, when, upon the location of the State capital at Columbus, he removed to that city and there remained until 1829 or 1830, when he removed to Concord township, Delaware county, where he purchased a considerable tract of timber land. To the clearing up of this farm he devoted his attention, also erecting a sawmill, which he subsequently converted into a flouring mill, —an enterprise of much benefit to and duly appreciated by the settlers for miles around.
     Mr. Cutler
became a power in the community, was alert, progressive, and of high intelligence, and soon gained recognition as one of the leaders in public matters of local order, —one whose counsel was much in demand, whose decisions came to be considered as practically ultimate. He took an active interest in political affairs, and held, in turn, many of the important county and township offices. He was originally a Whig, but upon the organization of the Republican party, he identified himself therewith, continuing his allegiance during the residue of his life. He had been for many years a devoted member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He married, and became the father of ten children, two of whom died in infancy, the remaining eight living to attain maturity. Of the latter we offer the following brief record: John S. was educated at the Ohio Wesleyan University, and entered the ministry of the Methodist Episcopal Church, preaching for years in this State, and finally going, as a general missionary, to Africa, where he soon after died: he married the daughter of B. H. Willis, of this county, and she still survives, being a resident of Columbus; James, the second child, is the immediate subject of this sketch; H. C., deceased, was a well-known farmer and stock dealer of Delaware county; William H. is a resident of the city of Delaware; Matilda A. is the wife of Joseph Corbin, of Dublin, Franklin county, Ohio; N. E., who died in Richwood, left a wife and one daughter, who are now residents of Delaware; Amanda is a widow, and is a resident of Columbus; Orange D. is a prominent farmer of Jerome, Union county, Ohio. The father served in the war of 1812, and two of his sons, James and W. H., showed their patriotism by bearing arms in the late war of the Rebellion. The last named served as a member of Company C, One Hundred and Twenty-fifth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and was discharged after a service of less than one year on account of disability. The honored father of our subject died, in Concord township, in the fall of 1870, having attained the venerable age of ninety-two years; the mother is also deceased.
     The records of the early days in this section of the Union tell of the conditions that maintained and incidentally show what the early life of our subject, must have been. He was reared on the old home farm and attended the district schools up to the time when he reached his fifteenth year. At this time a notable epoch in our national history was ushered in as the result of the protest of Mexico against the annexation of Texas by the United States. Recourse to arms became neccessary [sic] and among those to espouse the cause of the Union was the young lad, our subject. In July, 1846, he enlisted as a member of Company E, Second United States Infantry, and served until August, 1848, when he was discharged, in compliance with a petition filed by his father asking for his release on the grounds that he was yet a minor. He first served under General Taylor, in the command of Colonel Riley, the captain of his company being J. B. Kingsbury. This service was along the course of the Rio Grande, whither General Taylor had been sent to protect the new State from threatened invasion by the Mexicans. The regiment was then transferred to the army commanded by General Scott, the hero of Lundy’s Lane, to whom had been assigned the task of capturing the Mexican capital. After this transfer our subject did service all the way from Vera Cruz to the proud old Spanish-American capital, where he remained until the treaty of peace was signed, when he returned with his regiment to St. Louis, Missouri, where he was mustered out. Besides having participated in the engagements in the city of Mexico he was also in the battles of Vera Cruz, Cerro Gordo, Contreras, Churubusco Chapultepec. He was on military guard during the time the army was located in the city of Mexico.
     After his discharge our subject returned to Delaware county and shortly afterward entered the Ohio Wesleyan University, where he completed his specific literary education. He then went to West Alexander, Preble county, Ohio, and entered the office of Dr. Patterson Nesbit, under whose preceptorship he remained for some time, after which he entered the Starling Medical College, at Columbus, completing the prescribed course and graduating. He then engaged in the practice of his profession at New California, Union county, where he remained about four years. At this time his country once more issued call to her patriotic sons to come forth in defense of the Union, and he promptly enlisted as First Lieutenant of Company K, First Ohio Volunteer Cavalry, the date of his enlistment being October 6, 1861. He was commissioned Captain of his company February 6, 1863, but resigned his commission at Columbus on April 20th of the same year, simultaneously retiring from the service. He served in Kentucky and Tennessee, participating in the battles of Pittsburg Landing, Stone River and Perryville besides a number of skirmishes. He was taken prisoner at Courtland, Alabama, and for about three months was held in captivity in Mississippi, —at Columbus and Jackson. He was finally exchanged at Vicksburg.
     After retiring from the service Dr. Cutler resumed the practice of his profession in Delaware county, locating at Belle Point, where he remained until 1871, when he came to Richwood, Union county, and engaged in the drug business, continuing the enterprise for a period of nine years, after which he retired for a time from active business. Some little time after locating here he associated himself with the Bank of Richwood, a private banking institution, with which he has ever since maintained a connection in an executive capacity and to whose conduct and affairs he now gives his undivided attention.
     A Republican in his political views, the Doctor has been an active worker and has held numerous preferments of honor in the gift of the people. He served in many of the local offices in Concord township, Delaware county, and he was also elected to the sixty-eighth General Assembly of the State Legislature, representing the thirteenth senatorial district, comprising the counties of Union, Logan, Hardin and Marion. While in the Senate he served as a member of the committees of finance, county affairs, reform school for girls, medical societies and benevolent institutions, having been chairman of the committee last mentioned. He has frequently appeared as delegate to State, district and county conventions.
     The marriage of our subject was celebrated August 18, 1864, in Columbiana county, this State, where he was united to Miss Lydia Pim, a native of that county and of Quaker parentage. The Doctor and his wife adopted a daughter, Lallah Rookh Cutler, who grew to maturity, her demise occurring in June, 1890. Mrs. Cutler died January 3, 1891, at the age of forty-five years, leaving her devoted husband doubly bereaved, —the silver cord was loosed; the golden bowl broken, and still there remained that rich heritage, the memory of a pure, gentle and holy life, whose influence will abide through the soft twilight that shall mark the declining day of him to whom this dear association was given.
     The Doctor has been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church for the past twenty-eight years, and he is one of the Trustees of the local organization of this great religious body.
     In conclusion we will briefly review the history of the Bank of Richwood. The institution was organized as a private banking establishment, the original promoters having been W. H. Caukwright, B. L. Talmage and John Cahill; the original capitalization, $9,000. Dr. Cutler finally purchased Mr. Caukwright’s stock and became president of the institution, an office which he has held continuously ever since, B. L. Talmage being cashier. Aside from these two officials the other stockholders are Robert Smith and C. E. Hill. The capital stock has been increased to $12,000, and there is a surplus fund of $3,000. The bank owns its fine building, which was erected in 1888. The institution is one of the solid financial concerns of the county and secures a representative support, transacting a general banking business.
Source: Memorial Record of the Counties of Delaware, Union & Morrow, Ohio; Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Co., 1895, pp. 460-463
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