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



MOSES LAIRD. ––The Scotch type is the one which has found many representatives in the New World, and is one that has ever been found foremost in giving impetus to the march of progress, in retaining a clear mental grasp and in directing affairs along safe and conservative lines.  America owes much to the Scotch stock, and has honored and been honored by noble men and women of this extraction.
     The subject of this review, Moses Laird, whose name indicates in a way his nationality, has been a resident of Leesburg township, Union county, Ohio, for the past forty-three years, and is numbered among the most intellectual, progressive and honored residents of the township.  His place of nativity was in Raphoa Parish, located in the famous old county Donegal, Ireland, and the date of his birth was October 31, 1819.
     The parents of our subject were Samuel and Jane (Douglass) Laird, both of whom were natives of Donegal county.  Samuel Laird was a son of Moses Laird, who was born in Ireland, but whose parents came thither from their native heath in Scotland.  Jane Douglass was a daughter of Thomas and Sarah Douglass, who were born at Edinburg, Scotland.  Samuel and Jane Laird became the parents of twelve children, of whom eight lived to attain mature years, namely: William, Jane, Moses, James, Rebecca, Catherine and Thomas.  The four deceased were: Moses (first), Mary, David, and one boy who died in infancy.  The mother of our subject died in Donegal county, Ireland, at the age of fifty years, and the venerable father finally came to America to make his home with his son, and was called into eternal rest at the advanced age of seventy-six years, his demise occurring in Pickaway county. Ohio.  He was a man of keen intelligence and highest integrity, and was honored by all who knew him.  Religiously, he was a devoted member of the Presbyterian church.
     Moses Laird passed his boyhood days in his native town, and received a good practical education in the excellent schools of the parish.  Ere he had reached the age of nineteen years there had come into his life a dream of personal success and aggrandizement in a land far distant from the old home in the Emerald Isle, and he was not of a nature to allow the mere substance of dreams to satisfy his ambition, but early began to consult ways and means, and when he had attained the age of nineteen bade farewell to his native land, courageously said adieu to home and friends, and proceeded to Londonderry, where he set sail on the stanch little vessel “Erin,” and after a voyage of six weeks and five days finally reached his destination, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  A somewhat stern situation was that which stared the young stranger in the face, but, nothing daunted, and with faith in his own ability to will and to do, he forthwith sallied out through the streets of the old Quaker City in quest of employment.  He was finally offered a job in wheeling coal on the wharves at the stipend of one dollar per day, and this position he accepted, assuming its laborious duties with right good will, and continuing to be thus employed during the summer succeeding his arrival, which occurred August 10, 1837.  The following winter he passed on a farm in New Jersey, where he was employed at the wage of six dollars per month.  With the coming of spring he once more returned to Philadelphia and resumed his former occupation, and continued in that city for some little time, after which, in 1840, he determined to seek new fields of endeavor, and accordingly bent his steps to the State of Ohio, ––this being in the fall which marked the memorable “hard-cider campaign” of General William Henry Harrison, the President of “log-cabin” fame.  Mr. Laird took up his abode in Guernsey county, this State, at a point fifty-four miles west of Wheeling, West Virginia.  His uncle, David Laird, was a conspicuous figure in that locality at that time, having kept a tavern on the old national pike road.  Our subject remained in Guernsey county until May, 1841, when he moved to Fairfield county, where he remained until the following winter, when he located near the village of New Holland, Pickaway county.  Here he effected the purchase of 100 acres of land, of which only twenty acres had been cleared.  He improved the farm, brought it into a fine state of cultivation, and finally, in 1851, sold the same for a consideration of $4,000.  He thereupon came to this county, where he purchased a tract of 100 acres, which constitutes a part of his present farm in Leesburg township.  Here he has since continued his residence, being indefatigable in his efforts and careful and conservative in his business methods, ­­––circumstances which have conserved the attaining of the marked success which has been his in a material way.  In the home farm are now comprised 240 acres, and the place stands as one of the show farms of the county, its condition in every portion showing the discerning care and progressive methods which have been brought to bear in its cultivation.  The family homestead is an attractive frame structure of tasteful architectural design, and situated on a most eligible site, some little distance back from the public highway.  The other permanent improvements about the place are of congruous order, and the air of the whole is one which tells of peace and prosperity.  In addition to the homestead, our subject has a second place in Leesburg township, known as the Grass Run Farm, the same being noted for its fine pastures and meadows, as well as for its prolific crops of hay.  This farm is also improved with excellent buildings.  In addition to these rural possessions Mr. Laird has other realty, owning a house and lot near the “five points,” in the city of Marysville.
     At the age of twenty-one years our subject was united in marriage, in Pickaway county, to Miss Hannah Parker, who was born at Redstone settlement, Fayette county, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Isaac and Sarah (Cope) Parker, the former of whom was a native of New Jersey and a relative of ex-Governor Parker, the latter being a native of Pennsylvania and of Quaker parentage.  The issue of this union was five children, namely: Isaac Parker Laird lives in the vicinity of Marysville, this county; Samuel Douglass is a resident of Delaware county; William Jasper is a farmer in Liberty township, Union county; James resides near Broadway, this county, and the only daughter died in infancy.  Hannah (Parker) Laird passed over into the “land of the leal” September 3, 1849, having been a true wife and a devoted helpmeet.
     September 4, 1851, Mr. Laird consummated a second marriage, espousing Martha Ann Rittenhouse, who was born in Ross county, Ohio, the daughter of Isaac and Carrie Rittenhouse, both of whom were natives of the Old Dominion State.  By this marriage Mr. Laird became the father of two children, David W. and Henry N., both of whom died in childhood.  November 22, 1855, our subject was again bereaved in the loss of his loved companion, who was a noble Christian woman and a devoted member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
     July 24, 1856, Mr. Laird wedded Miss Phoebe Hanawalt, who was born in Ross county, the daughter of George and Rebecca (Latta) Hanawalt, natives of Pennsylvania.  Mrs. Laird is a woman of rare intelligence and refinement and has been a devoted companion to her husband as he has passed along the mile-posts which have brought to him the fulness [sic] of years.  They have had twelve children, of whom we make a record as follows: George H., John N., Anna J., Mollie, Allen, Lula, Harry Moses (deceased), Abraham Lincoln, Ray T., Bessie Rebecca, Frank and Clarence.  Three of the sons enlisted for service in the late war, being at the time mere boys; Samuel was confined for three and one-half months in Belle Island prison, having enlisted at the age of seventeen; William J. was but sixteen at the time of enlistment, and James M. fourteen.
     Mr. Laird has been a stanch supporter of the Republican party, having cast his ballots for Fremont, Lincoln and each successive candidate brought forward by his party.  Religiously, he is a zealous member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.  He is a man of broad mentality and marked literary tastes, being a great admirer and lover of Watts and Burns, and being able to repeat many selections from the works of these poets, ––particularly the latter, for whom he has a particular reverence as the bard of the bonny land to which lie traces his lineage.
     One who stands conspicuous in the success attained by his own efforts, and one whose life has been consecrated to the good, the true and the beautiful, this honored pioneer holds in his gentle autumn of life the abiding confidence and respect of that people in whose midst he has lived and labored.

Source:  Memorial Record of the Counties of Delaware, Union & Morrow, Ohio; Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Co., 1895, pp. 80-82

Contributed by a Generous Genealogist.


NEWTON E. LIGGETT, who holds distinctive prestige as one of the most enterprising and successful young business men of Marysville, Union county, Ohio, must assuredly be accorded representation in this volume. He traces his ancestral lineage, in the agnatic course, back to the Old Dominion, that cradle of much of our national history, that section so opulent in romance and in memories of the chivalric days when “the first families of Virginia” were in the height of their gentle and stately glory. From records extant we are enabled to follow the genealogy of our subject back to the original Virginia ancestor, noting briefly, in passing the prominent part each generation has taken in contributing to the development and prosperity of the sections of the Union with whose interests they have been identified.
     Luther Liggett
, of Mill Creek township, Union county, Ohio, was born October 11, 1836, a son of Absalom and Millie (Carr) Liggett, the former of whom was born in Ross county, Ohio, October 9, 1810, the son of James Liggett, who was a native of Hardy county, Virginia (now West Virginia), where he was born in 1778. In 1810 James Liggett left his native State and emigrated to the wilds of Ross county, Ohio, where he remained for a period of seven years, when he removed to Delaware county, this State, and settled in that locality of which the village of Ostrander now forms a part; here he remained until the time of his death, which occurred in 1864.
     Absalom Liggett
was the fourth of a family of ten children, whose names are here given, in the order of their birth: Job, Joab, Abner, Absalom, William, Millie, Conrad, Susan, James and Gideon, —all of whom have now been gathered to their fathers. Absalom was married in 1833 to Millie Carr, who bore him ten children, eight of whom lived to attain maturity, Luther being the eldest of the family. He was married, in 1857, to Maria, daughter of James W. and Laura R. (Kinney) Wilkinson, and they became the parents of seven children, one of whom (a daughter) died in infancy; the remaining six still survive, namely: Newton E., who is the immediate subject of this review; James A., Louisa A., Mayne L., Clara M., and Henry C.
     After his marriage Luther Liggett rented a farm and lived thereon until 1869, when he effected the purchase of ninety-six acres, which nucleus was subsequently enlarged by successive increments until he ultimately found himself the possessor of 300 acrse [sic] of most valuable land. He gave special attention to the breeding of short-horn cattle and conducted extensive operations in this branch of his farming business. He served for four successive terms as a member of the Union County Board of Agriculture, having held the preferment as vice-president of the organization for two years. Trusted implicitly by his fellowmen, and held in the highest esteem, he was called upon to render service to the local public in numerous offices of trust and responsibility, having served as Township Clerk, Treasurer and Trustee. In October, 1882, he was elected a member of the Board of County Commissioners, and in this, as in all other offices which he had filled, he was faithful to the trust reposed in him, his efforts meeting with appreciative favor. In politics he was a stanch adherent of the Democratic party, and was an active worker in its cause, having been a delegate to State and county conventions on many occasions. He was distinctively one of the public-spirited men of the county, progressive and possessed of an intellectual individuality which enabled him to readily determine as to the merits of any cause or the expediency of any action looking to the benefit of the public. He continued to reside in Mill Creek township until his death, which occurred August 2, I892. Within the latter years of his life he met with reverses, which seriously impaired his finances, but such was the intrinsic honor of his character and such the strength which enabled him to always live four square to his convictions, and such his fine appreciation of justice, that he liquidated all the claims against him at much personal sacrifice. He continued to take an active interest in the Agricultural Society of the county until his death, and when he was summoned “across the great divide” his friends, his neighbors and all who had known his honest worth mourned the loss of a true and good man, to whom most fitly might be given the “grand old name of gentleman.”
     Luther and Maria (Wilkinson) Liggett
were the parents of six children, to whom we now call attention by a brief record: Newton E. is the immediate subject of this review; James A. is a resident of Watkins, this county, where he is engaged in the agricultural implement business; Louisa is the wife of G. C. Shields, agent of the Toledo & Ohio Central Railroad Company at Marysville; Mayne L., who passed an examination before the State Board of Pharmacy in 1893, having also taken a course of instruction in chemistry, under the preceptorage of Professor Young, of Ada, this State, now acts as assistant in the drug store of his brother, our subject; Clara M. and Henry C. are at home with their widowed mother, who resides one mile east of Marysville.
     Maria (Wilkinson) Liggett
, mother of our subject, was born in Marysville, December 17, 1836, her parents having come hither that year. Here they continued their residence until 1857, when they removed to Butler county, Nebraska, where they both died—the father March 25, 1882, and the mother March 7, 1875. Mr. Wilkinson served as Probate Judge of Butler county for two years, and while a resident of Marysville had held preferment as Justice of the Peace.
     Newton E. Liggett
was born on the old home farm in Union county, June 21, 1857. He passed his boyhood days in assisting with the work of the farm and attending the district schools, thus continuing until 1876, when he entered the Marysville high school, where he remained for two years, and then secured a position in the employ of McCloud Brothers, who were at that time engaged in the drug business in this city. With this firm our subject remained until 1890, with an intermission of only two years, one of which was passed in the employ of Charles Huston, a druggist at Columbus, and the other with the Marysville drug firm of Anderson & Son.
     In 1890 Mr. Liggett succeeded to the drug business conducted by John F. Zwerner, and since that time he has been carrying on the enterprise most successfully; his salesrooms being the most attractive in the line that the city affords, while the stock carried is of representative order, complete in all staple and fancy lines. Special care and attention is given to the compounding of prescriptions, for which the facilities are unexcelled.
     Mr. Liggett
is a member of the Ohio State Pharmaceutical association. In politics he espouses the cause of the Democratic party, and is now serving his second year as member of the City Council. Fraternally, he is a member of Marysville Lodge, No. 100, Knights of Pythias.
     His marriage was celebrated in this city September 10, 1890, when he wedded Miss Anna Gibson, daughter of George and Angeline Gibson, and a native of Marysville. They have two children, Luther and Eugene. Mrs. Liggett is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, and also of the King’s Daughters and the Rebekah Lodge. Their attractive home is located on East Fifth street.
Source: Memorial Record of the Counties of Delaware, Union & Morrow, Ohio; Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Co., 1895, pp. 103-105
Contributed by a Generous Genealogist.


C. P. LINCOLN, proprietor of Oak Lawn Farm, one of the finest rural demesnes lying in this section of the Buckeye State, resides in Rush township, Champaign county, but inasmuch as his farm extends into Union county, and in that he maintains a lively interest in the latter, there is signal consistency in according space in this connection to a brief history of his life. He is one of the most prominent and successful farmers of this section and is well known throughout both Union and Champaign counties.
     Mr. Lincoln
was born in Rush township, Champaign county, April 27, 1844, a son of the late Charles Lincoln, who was one of the representative farmers in this part of Ohio, and one who acquired a State reputation by reason of his extensive operations in the breeding of Short-horn cattle. He was distinctively a self-made man, in character was above reproach, and he attained to a goodly measure of financial success as the result of his honorable and well directed efforts. She who became his wife was Allura Johnson, who is now deceased. Our subject was the fourth in order of birth of the ten children of his parents and was the second son. He was reared on the old homestead, or “Loam Land Farm,” as the place was familiarly known far and near, the same being one of the most extensive and most valuable farmsteads in Champaign county, and comprising 1,100 acres.
     Thus it came naturally that the subject of this review, C. P. Lincoln, grew up amid the manifold duties of a large farm, assisting in the work and becoming familiar with the approved and progressive methods upon which his father conducted the magnificent rural enterprise. His preliminary education was secured in district schools and has been most effectually supplemented by the wide experience which has been his in later years.
     Leal and loyal to the land of his nativity he proved in no wise reluctant to go forth in its defense when plunged in a desperate fratricidal conflict, but, in 1864, he enlisted as a member of the One Hundred and Thirty-fourth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, serving in the rank and file for a period of four months, after which he received an honorable discharge from the service.
     Mr. Lincoln
took up his residence on his present farm in December, 1868, the place comprising 535 acres of the rich alluvial bottom lands of Big Darby creek, which have been held in the highest estimation for their productiveness since the early days when the Indian squaws utilized the grounds for the cultivation of their little crops of corn. The family residence is a fine frame structure of modern architectural design, erected at a cost of $5,000, and supplied with wide verandas, bow windows, and other accessories which add charm to a home. The house is eligibly located in the midst of a park of grand old forest oaks, being located some distance from the road and standing forth as one of the most attractive rural homes in this section of the State.
     Our subject is quite extensively engaged in stock raising, in connection with his general farming, devoting particular attention to the breeding of Short-horn cattle, horses, sheep and swine.
     January 30, 1868, Mr. Lincoln was united in marriage to Miss Octavia Inskeep, a lady of gentle refinement and culture, and formerly a successful and popular teacher. She was born in Allen township, Union county, the daughter of William and Keturah (Warner) Inskeep, both of whom are now deceased. The father was born in Logan county, but purchased a farm in Union county and lived there the most of his life, and the mother, who was born in Logan county, died in Union county. They had eight daughters.
     Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln
have two children, namely: Warren G., of Rush township, Champaign county, married Miss Rena Dix and they have one daughter, Helen; Charles B., the second son, still remains at the paternal home.
     In politics our subject votes with the Republican party, but has never sought political office of any sort. In bearing he is genial and courteous, in character he shows an innate strength of convictions, and is never loath to defend his position and tenets; in person he is erect and virile, and would never give the impression that an half century had marked the number of his years. Mr. Lincoln is wide-awake and progressive, public spirited to a degree, a successful business man, and an honored and popular citizen.
Source: Memorial Record of the Counties of Delaware, Union & Morrow, Ohio; Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Co., 1895, pp. 165-167
Contributed by a Generous Genealogist.

  OLIVER E. LINCOLN, who is a resident of Allen township, Union county, and whose post-office address is Milford Center, demands in this connection, that precedence to which he is clearly entitled, as being one of the prominent and prosperous agriculturists of the county.  He was born in Rush township, Champaign county, Ohio, on the date in 1846 that marked the anniversary of our national independence.  His father, the late Charles Lincoln, was a man of much prominence in the section and had a State reputation as a breeder of fine stock - particularly short-horn cattle.  He was born in Windham county, Connecticut, in 1809, and was left an orphan at the age of seen years, provision being made for his welfare by having him "bound out" to Anson Howard, who was one of the prominent pioneer settlers in Champaign county, Ohio.  Charles was reared on the farm and did his quota of the work incidental to its operation, attending the district schools during the winter months, and thus gaining a substantial basis for that practical education which he subsequently gained in the experiences of life.  Attaining his majority, he began work on his own responsibility, hiring out to John McDonald, a farmer, at the rate of $8.33½ per month for one year; the second year his wages were raised to $13.  He then rented a farm and began work for himself, but at the completion of this year's work he returned to the McDonald farm, where he secured a stipend of $26 per month.  He was abstemious and economical, and with the money which he had saved he was enabled to buy a tract of wild land in Darby township this county.  He cleared this land and improved it to a considerable extent, after which he sold the property and returned to Rush township, Champaign county, purchasing 240 acres of land lying between the towns of Lewisburg and Woodstock, and, by subsequent accessions, increasing the acreage of his estate until he finally became the possessor of 1,100 acres, the place being known as Loam Land Farm.  This farm has ever been recognized as one of the best in the county.  Mr. Lincoln was one of hte pioneers in the breeding of short-horn cattle, and his show animals always secured premiums when exhibited at various places in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, and other States, his herd being second to none in the Buckeye State.
Charles Lincoln married Allura Johnson, a woman of culture and excellent family, and one who had attained particular success as a teacher.  In the connection it is interesting  to recall the fact that after her marriage to Mr. Lincoln she acted as his instructor, as he studied the branches higher than those he had been able to touch in his school days, and as the result of this devoted discipline he became well informed and a man of much greater intellectual force than would he had his life companion been a woman of the average type.  Mrs. Lincoln's parents were Joseph and Lyda Johnson prominent pioneer settlers in this section of this State.
     Charles and Allura Lincoln became the parents of ten children - six sons and four daughters- of whom we offer the following brief record:  Lydia, wife of John Hudson, who  lost his life in the war of 1861; George, who was a soldier in the late war; Harriet, deceased; Charles P. a resident of Champaign county, to whom individual reference is made on another page; Oliver Edward, our subject; Ira, deceased; William; Ada  Allura wife of P. N. Pratt; Ella, and Dwight, both of whom died in childhood.  Charles Lincoln was a distinctive type of the self-made man, attained a noteworthy success as the result of his well-directed efforts, and gained the respect due to an honest and honorable citizen.  In politics he was a Republican.
     Oliver E. Lincoln, the immediate subject of this review, was reared on the old farm and imbibed the spirit of honesty and industry so typical of his father's character, his educational discipline being gained in the district schools and supplemented by his business career.  He continued to reside in Champaign county until 1874, when he purchased 193 acres in Allen township, Union county, and here took up his abode, the original purchase comprising a portion of his present magnificent farmstead of 480 acres.  This land is that along the rich alluvial bottoms of Big Darby Creek, and is unexcelled in productiveness by any of the State.  The family home is unmistakably one of the most attractive in the county, being of modern architectural design and erected at a cost of $9,000.  The equipment and accessories of the interior is probably not equalled by that of any rural home in the section, the general furnishing showing an elegant simplicity, and the various rooms being supplied with gas and water furnished by effective systems operated on the place.  The other permanent improvements on the farm are consonant with the superiority of the residence. In connection with general farming Mr. Lincoln has devoted particularly attention to the breeding of fine draft horses, including the Percheron, Norman and Clydesdale strains.  He is now giving particular attention to Rambouillet Merino sheep, which are proving the most prolific and popular lines as producing wool and mutton.  He has one of the best flocks in the state, and he has secured prizes wherever he has placed the animals on exhibition, winning six first prizes at the great St. Louis fair in 1894.
     Feb. 20, 1871, Mr. Lincoln was united in marriage to Miss Sarah Coolidge, daughter of Washington and Paulina (Hale) Coolidge, both of whom are now deceased.  Mrs. Lincoln is a woman of refinement and gracious presence and presides with dignity over the beautiful home.
     Our subject and his wife have five children, namely: Dwight, who is at home and who is associated with his father in the stock business;  Ora Effa, Mary Bertha, Oliver Edward, Jr., and Walter Washington.
In politics Mr. Lincoln is a stanch supporter of the Republican party, and he has served as Assessor of the township and as a member of the Board of Education, being always alive to public interests and ever advocating in public lines the progressive, yet safely conservative methods which have contributed to his individual success and advancement.  He is a man of broad intellectual grasp and general information, is frank and genial in nature, and enjoys a marked popularity in the community.
~ Page 86 - Memorial Record of the Counties of Delaware, Union and Morrow, Ohio - Illustrated - Publ: Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1895.

DAVID B. LOCKWOOD, who is engaged in farming in Liberty. 
     Mr. Lockwood
was born in the Province of Quebec, Canada, March 21, 1826, son of Walter and Dorothea (Barnes) Lockwood, the former a native of Harrisburg, Vermont, and the son of an Englishman, and the latter a native of Worcester county, Massachusetts, and a daughter of Willard Barnes, of that State.  The Lockwood family removed from Canada to Ohio in 1844 and settled in Liberty township, Union county, and in 1857 the parents went to Iroquois county, Illinois, where they spent the residue of their lives, both living to advanced age.  The mother died in 1880, at the age of eighty-one, and the father in 1885, at the age of eighty-five.  Both were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church and were highly esteemed for their many excellent qualities.  They had six children, namely: Frederick, Iroquois county, Illinois; David B., the subject of this article; Amelia Donferth, of Illinois; Adison, deceased; Ellen deceased; and Elmer, Iroquois county, Illinois.
      His father being a farmer, the subject of our sketch was reared to farm life and has always been engaged in agricultural pursuits.  With the exception of ten months that he spent in Illinois, he has resided in Liberty township ever since he came to Ohio in 1844.  His farm comprises sixty-six and a half acres and has good improvements upon it.
     Mr. Lockwood was married March 28, 1849, to Miss Mary J. Harsha, who was born near Saratoga Springs, New York, daughter of Thomas and Lorena (Beers) Harsha, the former a native of Washington county, New York, and the latter of Connecticut.  The Harshas are of Irish descent.  Mrs. Harsha's father was Uriah Beers, a member of one of the prominent early families of Connecticut.  Thomas Harsha and his family came to Ohio in 1837, and, after a sojourn of two weeks in Columbus, came to the farm where Mr. Lockwood now resides.  At that time there was a log cabin on the place and a few acres had been cleared.  Here Mr. and Mrs. Harsha passed the rest of their lives and died, he being sixty-two at the time of death.  She died March 4, 1861.  Religiously they were Presbyterians.  Of their family of three children we record that Clarisa died in 1841, at the age of eighteen years; that Mary was the second born and is the only one now living, and that Sarah died in infancy.
     Mr. and Mrs. Lockwood have four children, viz: Clarisa Lavina, wife of Newman Dillion; Alice, wife of John Mahaffy, has two children, Evan L. and Dwight E. ; Charlie married Dela Jenkins and has three children, Guy, Pearl, and Dyer; and Thomas Frost married Lora Burham and has one child, Alice.  Mrs. Dillion and Mrs. Mahaffy are both ladies of education and culture and were before marriage engaged in teaching.
     Mr. Lockwood is a Republican in his political views, and in his religious faith is a Methodist, while Mrs. Lockwood is a member of the Baptist Church.

Source:  Memorial Record of the Counties of Delaware, Union & Morrow, Ohio; Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Co., 1895, pp. 446-447
Contributed by a Generous Genealogist.


JOHN W. LOCKWOOD, Raymond’s, Ohio, is one of the substantial farmers of Liberty township, and a member of one of the best families, as well as one of the earliest, in the township.
     The Lockwoods are of Scotch extraction, and possess to a marked degree the sterling characteristics of their ancestors.  John W. Lockwood was born on the old Lockwood farm, near Newton, or Raymond’s, as it is now called, in Liberty township, Union county, Ohio, November 20, 1826.  His father, Israel Lockwood, a native of Connecticut, went with his parents and family to New York State when he was a boy and settled on a farm, and when the war of 1812 came on they moved over into Canada and located near Quebec, where he grew to manhood.  He came to Union county, Ohio, in 1816 and settled in Union township, and about 1821 he came to Liberty township and took up his abode here in the dense forest.  He was the third settler in the township, the Carters and Culvers having located there before him.  In due time he cleared and developed a fine farm of 226 acres, one of the best farms in all the country round.  Israel Lockwood was twice married.  By his first wife, nee Marie McCloud, he had one son, Ed, who died while in the service of his country during the late war.  His second marriage was to Angeline Culver, a native of Vermont, and they had ten children, namely: Oliver, John Wesley, one that died in infancy, Amanda, Erastus, George, Melinda Malvina, Harrison, French and Israel.  Three of the sons, Oliver, Erastus and Israel, were soldiers in the late war.  The father died at the age of fifty-seven years, and the mother at eighty-two.  Both were consistent members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and, politically, he was a Whig.  For many years he was one of the most prominent and influential men of the township, well-known by all the early settlers.
     John W. Lockwood was reared on his father’s frontier farm.  His education was received in the log schoolhouse near his home, and later, in the practical school of experience.  When he was twenty-three he married and settled down to farming on his own account, and subsequently he removed to the farm upon which he has since lived.  Here he has 310 acres of choice land, used as a stock and grain farm, and well improved with good buildings, everything conveniently arranged for carrying on farming operations in the most improved manner.  Like his father before him, he has been uniformly successful.
     Mr. Lockwood’s first marriage was to Miss Mary Ann Gray, a native of Livingston county, New York, and a daughter of David Gray, of that State.  She died January 5, 1866, leaving an only child, Elizabeth Eveline.  January 10, 1867, he married Sarah P. Walker, his present companion, who was born in Marlborough, Stark county, Ohio, daughter of John and Elizabeth (Pierce) Walker, the former a native of Ohio and the latter of Maryland.  Mrs. Walker’s father was a cousin of President Franklin Pierce.  Her parents were members of the Disciple Church, and by occupation her father was a blacksmith.  He died at the age of eighty-two years.  Her mother was fifty-seven at the time of death.  They had twelve children, two of whom died young, the others being as follows: Mary Jane, Isaac P., Samuel F., Rachel Ann, Elizabeth, John Henry, Sarah P., Hannah Maria, Curtiss H. and Ellen Malissa.  Three of the sons, Isaac P., Samuel F. and Curtiss H. were soldiers in the Civil war.  Mr. and Mrs. Lockwood have three children -- Willis A., Carl P. and Arthur Wayne.  Willis is married and settled in life, and has one child, Wesley Avril.  The other two are at home.
     Mr. Lockwood is a member of the Freewill Baptist Church, and his political affiliations are with the Democratic party.
Source: Memorial Record of the Counties of Delaware, Union & Morrow, Ohio; Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Co., 1895, pp. 119-120

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H. J. LOWER, M. D., who occupies a position of unmistakable prominence as one of the leading citizens of Irwin Station, Union township, Union county, is a man of marked professional ability, and one who holds distinctive official preferment as Postmaster of the thriving little village in which he resides.
     The Doctor is a native son of the Buckeye State, having been born in the vicinity of Coshocton, April 20, 1860. His father, Jacob B. Lower, was one of the successful and influential agriculturists of Coshocton county, where he resided for many years and where he ended his earthly career in December, 1893, having attained the venerable age of sixty-eight years. The maiden name of our subject’s mother was Susan Deetz, and she still resides at the old home near Coshocton.
     Jacob and Susan Lower
became the parents of twelve children, —six sons and six daughters, —and of this family our subject was the sixth in order of birth. His boyhood days were passed on the farm, assisting in the work pertaining thereto and attending the district schools. After this uneventful routine the days passed along until he began to think for himself and to long for broader opportunities than the old farm could offer. His parents were people of much intelligence, and they had instilled in his plastic mind not only the principles of truth and honor, but had taught him to believe in the dignity of industry and to appreciate knowledge from whatever source acquired. He had attended the public schools at Ada, in the vicinity of his home, and at the age of seventeen years he assumed a personal responsibility and began to labor for the accomplishment of his desired end, a good education. He accordingly devoted himself to teaching, and that he proved an efficient and popular instructor needs no other voucher than a statement of the fact that he was retained in pedagogic work for a period of twelve years.
     All this time he had been considering ways and means, and, never vascillating [sic] in his actions or thoughts, he determined to prepare himself for a professional life and to adopt as his vocation the profession of medicine. He commenced the study of medical science under the preceptorship of Dr. J. W. Winslow, of Spring Mountain, and later continued his study with Dr. Scott Buker, of Spring Mountain.
     The funds which he had acquired by his teaching enabled him to complete the course of study in Starling Medical College, at Columbus, where he graduated in 1891, being a member of a class of fifty-six individuals and being one of four to receive the honors at the commencement.
     Within the same year the Doctor located at Irwin Station and here entered upon the general practice of his profession. His ability and honest worth gained to him the confidence and esteem of the community and he soon secured a representative support, building up a large practice. To his professional work he still devotes his attention, though he has held official preferment as Postmaster since June, 1893. Politically he is an ardent supporter of the Democratic party, and has been an active worker in the ranks. He has been a member of the School Board for the past two years, and has been one of the most potent factors in securing the systematic grading of the schools at Irwin Station, maintaining at all times a lively interest in educational work and in all that conserves the welfare and normal advancement of the public. Fraternally he is a member of Mechanicsburg Lodge, No. 113, F. & A. M., of Mechanicsburg; of Kilbuck Lodge, No. 167, I. O. O. F., of Kilbuck, Holmes county, Ohio; and of Bald Eagle Lodge, No. 124, Improved Order of Red Men, at Milford Centre. In a professional way he is a member of the Ohio State Medical Society.
     Dr. Lower
was married, at the age of twenty years, to Miss Nannie M., daughter of Franklin and Eliza Hamontree, of Spring Mountain, Coshocton county, and they have five children, —Clifton, Albion, Dallas, Flossie Fern, and Starling. The Doctor has a fine modern residence, erected at a cost of $1,600, and he also owns three other excellent residence properties at Irwin Station.
     Dr. and Mrs. Lower
are devoted members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and the former has for years been a most active Sunday-school worker, having organized a Sunday-school while still a boy in his ’teens and while teaching district school in this county. He is at the present time Superintendent of the Methodist Sunday-school at Irwin Station. A man of deepest honor, sympathetic and charitable, and ever ready with kindly deeds and words, it is but in natural sequence that he enjoys a notable popularity and the esteem of all who know him.
Source: Memorial Record of the Counties of Delaware, Union & Morrow, Ohio; Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Co., 1895, pp. 412-414
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