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


  D. C. FAY, one of the leading physicians and surgeons of Ostrander, was born in Union county, near Plain City, Ohio, Aug. 10, 1843, a son of Ben A. and Hester (Robinson) Fay, the former born near Burlington, Vermont, and the latter in Indiana.  The paternal grandfather of our subject was David Fay.
     D. C. Fay
, the subject of this memoir, was reared in Union County, Ohio.  In 1862 he began the study of medicine under Dr. J. M. Southard, a prominent and well-known physician in that county.  He graduated in 1868, and the same year located at Ostrander, where he has ever since followed the practice of medicine.  In his political relations, Dr. Fay affiliates with the Republican party.  He has served as a delegate to county and State Conventions, was Clerk of the Corporation for nearly a decade, was a member of the City Council for nine years, and has been a member of the School Board.  Socially, he is a member of the Masonic Order, No. 158, and of the I. O. O. F., No. 467, and of the County and State Medical societies.
     In 1871 the Doctor was united in marriage with Mary Liggett, and they have one daughter, Monna L.
~ Page 123 - Memorial Record of the Counties of Delaware, Union and Morrow, Ohio - Illustrated - Publ: Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1895.
  MARSHALL FIELD, as enterprising agriculturist and one of the honored veterans of the late war, now makes his home near Richwood, Union county.  He was born in Delaware county, on the 20th of September, 1839, and is the second in a family of fourteen children, of whom twelve are yet living.  The father was a native of York State, and became a resident of Delaware county in 1818.  His wife claimed Pennsylvania as the State of her nativity.  In their later years, they emigrated to Iowa, where Mr. Field's death occurred in the year 1866, at the age of sixty-eight.  Mrs. Field died in the year 1893, at the age of eighty-three years.
     The educational privileges which our subject received were those afforded by the common schools of the neighborhood.  He pursued his lessons in the winter season, and in the summer months aided in the cultivation of the home farm, early becoming familiar with all the duties and labors of farm life.  He continued with his parents until nineteen years of age, when he left home and was united in marriage with Miss Sarah Houden, their wedding being celebrated in May, 1860.  Her parents were natives of Pennsylvania, but in an early day removed to Delaware county, being numbered among its pioneer settlers.  To Mr. and Mrs. Field have been born six children namely: Ida L., Elizabeth, Hannah, Jennie, Gracie and Freddie.
     During the late war Mr. Field joined the Union army as a member of the One Hundred and Twenty-first Regiment of Ohio Volunteers, and was in Sherman's army in all its engagements and movements from the beginning of the Atlanta campaign until the surrender of the rebel General Joseph E. Johnston, in front of Raleigh, North Carolina.  For nearly three years he was numbered among the boys in blue, and being always faithful to his duty, when the war was over he received an honorable discharge.  HE participated in every engagement in which his regiment took part from the time of his enlistment until the date of his discharge.  He enlisted in August, 1862, and was discharged at Washington, June 4, 1865.  During his entire service he was never sick a day or on any occasion absent from duty.  During a charge at Jonesboro, near Atlanta, he received a slight wound in his right leg, but was not seriously inconvenienced.  He also had a brother in the service, who died in Mound City, Illinois.
     During the greater part of his life Mr. Field has carried on farming and stock raising.  He has, however, for a short time engaged in operating a sawmill for his father.  When he entered upon his business career he had no capital save a young man's bright hope of the future and a determination to succeed, but he has worked earnestly, and as the result of his untiring labor and perseverance has accumulated a comfortable property.  He now owns a good farm of seventy acres, and in addition his wife has a tract of fifty acres.  This is all rich soil, and the well tilled fields yield to the owner a golden tribute in return for the care and cultivation he bestows upon them.  The improvements upon the place are such as should be found upon a modern farm, and in agricultural pursuits and stock raising Mr. Field has won success.
     In the fall of 1889 Mr. Field was elected to the office of County Commissioner for the term of three years, and re-elected in the fall of 1892.  Under his management and supervision was built, or rebuilt, the County Infirmary; the Armory at Delaware, Ohio; also the Children's Home of Delaware county.  He has just completed a handsome frame residence, built at a cost of $2,500, modern in every detail, heated by furnace and supplied with other modern conveniences.  He and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and in his political views he is a Republican.  The best interests in the community receive his hearty support and co-operation, and he is therefore numbered among the valued citizens of his township.
~ Page 342 - Memorial Record of the Counties of Delaware, Union and Morrow, Ohio - Illustrated
Publ: Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1895.

JAMES EVANS FINLEY, who is one of the prominent and successful farmers of Union township, Union county, Ohio, is a native of Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, the date of his nativity having been September 5, 1831. His father, James V. Finley, was born in Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, in 1801, the son of Joseph Finley, who also was a native of the old Keystone State. The mother of our subject, née Elizabeth Williams, was born in Pennsylvania, coming from an old and prominent pioneer family. James V. and Elizabeth Finley took up their residence in Union county in 1845, and here the father passed the remainder of his days, his death occurring March 3, 1893. The mother died April 4, 1886. James Finley united with the Methodist Episcopal Church early in life, and for more than an half century remained a zealous member of the same, his life being in perfect consonance with the faith which he held. He was a class-leader in the church for many years. Politically, he voted with the Republican party, and his life was one characterized by honest endeavor, unimpeachable rectitude and unblemished honor, —attributes which gained to him the respect and confidence of his fellow-men. His children were eight in number, namely: Margaret, Joseph, James Evans, Robert, John, Frances (deceased), Mary and Alfred. Three of the sons were active participants in the late war of the Rebellion: Joseph, who was a member of the Ninety-sixth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, is now a resident of Milford Center, this county; Robert, a member of the same company, resides at Peoria, this county; and John, who was in the 100 days’ service, now lives in Auglaize county, this State.
     On the paternal farmstead, in Allen township, our subject passed his youthful days, assisting in the work of the farm and being trained by both precept and example to honesty, industry and unselfishness. He received his educational training in the district schools, and when he had attained the age of twenty-three years he was united in marriage to Miss Nancy Davis, daughter of Michael and Elizabeth Davis, pioneer residents of the township, the issue of this union being two children, Laura and Clara. Mrs. Finley was called to the life eternal August 28, 1875, and July 6th of the centennial year Mr. Finley consummated a second marriage, being then united to Miss Margaret Watson, daughter of William and Nancy (Mitchel) Watson, the former of whom died at the age of sixty-seven years, his widow still being a resident of Union township, where her daughter, Mrs. Finley, was born. They had six children, namely: Margaret, Isabella, Samuel, David, Metho, and Cornelia. Our subject and wife have one adopted daughter, Hattie.
     Mr. Finley
has a finely equipped and highly cultivated farm of 111 acres, with a commodious and attractive residence and substantial outbuildings, all of which bespeak the home where prosperity and happiness find an abiding place.
     In politics our subject renders an unswerving allegiance to the Republican party, and he has his opinions in this line, as in all others, well fortified, being a man thoroughly in touch with the progressive spirit of the day, and one whose fund of general informtion [sic] is large. His popularity in the community stands in evidence of his upright character and of his kindly and genial disposition.
     Concerning the daughters of our subject, we record that: Laura wedded William De Bolt and they reside in Union township, having two sons, Alvah and Rowley; and Clara is the wife of Edwin Osborn, of Union township, and they have one son, Johnnie.
Source: Memorial Record of the Counties of Delaware, Union & Morrow, Ohio; Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Co., 1895, pp. 113-114
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