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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,



FIELDING A. THOMPSON, who is deserving of specific mention in connection with a review of the life histories of the leading professional men of Marysville, Union county, Ohio, is an attorney of marked ability and one whose relative precedence among the younger barristers of the county cannot but be conceded.
     Mr. Thompson
is a native of Union county, having been born in Mill Creek township, March 5, 1862, son of Andrew J. and Lauvina (Farnum) Thompson, who are respectively of English and Irish lineage. The father is at the present time a resident of Dover township, this county, where he conducts a fine farm. Our subject thus springs from that sturdy, honorable element of our social fabric whose pursuits have been those incidental to the cultivation of the soil, whose affection for the productive fields comes as a direct heritage to those in whom courses the Aryan blood. He was born on the farm and was reared to agricultural pursuits, in the meanwhile enforcing his character with those attributes of character, honesty, probity and independence, which seem the natural concomitant outgrowth of such a life.
     The early education of our subject was secured in the district schools, and at the age of twenty-one he put his acquired knowledge to a practical test by teaching school for one term. He then entered the Northwestern University, at Ada, Ohio, where he completed a two yearsí course of study, immediately thereafter taking up the reading of the law in the office and under the preceptorage of Porter & Porter, prominent attorneys of Marysville. He remained with this firm until October, 1892, when he was admitted to the bar, having devoted himself closely to his professional studies and having acquired a more intimate knowledge of legal jurisprudence, rulings and essential principles than is usually secured by the student in the average law school.
     In May, 1892, Mr. Thompson opened an office in Marysville, and at once entered into the general practice of his profession. He is progressive and enterprising, is devoted to his work, and has met with a due quota of success in the retaining of a representative clientage. His office is located at the southwest corner of the public square.
      In his political proclivities our subject is a Democrat, and is an active worker in the cause of his party. In 1893 he was placed in nomination for Prosecuting Attorney of the county, made an excellent run, but was defeated, it being impossible to overcome the very large Republican majority which the county has always rolled up.
Source: Memorial Record of the Counties of Delaware, Union & Morrow, Ohio; Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Co., 1895, pp. 408-409
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LAFAYETTE THOMPSON, one of the respected farmers of Union county, Ohio, was born on the farm in Liberty township, where he now lives, March 21, 1854.
     His father, Andrew H. Thompson, deceased, was for many years a prominent citizen of this township. He was born in Lewis county, Kentucky, October 2, 1810, the son of a gallant soldier of the war of 1812; was reared on a Kentucky farm, and was married in his native State to Harriette R. Thomas, who was born and reared in Lewis county, daughter of George Thomas. Andrew H. Thompson and his wife came to Union county, Ohio, in 1838, and settled in Liberty township, and in 1842 they located on the farm where their son Lafayette now lives. At the time they took up their abode here a few acres of the land had been cleared and a log cabin had been built upon the place. They continued to develop the farm, reared their large family here, and here spent the rest of their lives and died, the mother being sixty at the time of death and the father seventy-eight. They were members of the Church of Christ, and were people of the highest integrity of character, honored and esteemed by all who knew them. Of their twelve children, eight reached maturity, namely: George T., D. W., Mary L., Rachel A., Napoleon B., Lafayette, Alice J., Cynthia E. Two of the sons, George T. and D. W., served in the Union army during the late war: both are now residents of Kansas.
     Lafayette Thompson
was reared on his fatherís farm, and was early taught those lessons of honesty and industry which have formed the foundation of his character. He now owns the old home place and is successfully carrying on agricultural pursuits. This farm comprises 200 acres of rich land, is watered by Mill Creek, and is well improved with good buildings, etc. The residence is a two-story one, 24x30 feet, with an L, 16x18 feet, and is located on a beautiful building site. The barn, 40x50 feet, has a basement for stock. And the whole premises have an air of thrift and prosperity.
     Mr. Thompson
was married at the age of twenty-three to Miss Sarah C. Smith, daughter of George and Hannah Smith. She died in April, 1893, leaving a family of seven children, five sons and two daughters, viz.: Andrew H., Olen B., Cloey E., Bessie S., Charlie L., Robert and Lloyd. In December, 1893, Mr. Thompson married Eva L. Shirk, his present companion, daughter of Job and Sarah Shirk, of Paulding county, Ohio. Her mother is now deceased.
     Like his honored father, Mr. Thompson is a Republican in his political views, and his religion is that of the Church of Christ, to which church his wife also belongs. Fraternally, he is a member of Raymondís Lodge No. 657, K. of P.
Source: Memorial Record of the Counties of Delaware, Union & Morrow, Ohio; Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Co., 1895, pp. 120-121
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ZACHARIAH R. THORNTON is the genial host of the Byhalia Hotel, of Byhalia, a valued and popular citizen and an honored ex-soldier. The record of his life is as follows: A native of this city, he was born on the 18th of May, 1845, and is a son of Boyd Thornton, who was born in Champaign county, Ohio. His mother bore the maiden name of Elizabeth J. Scott, and was a native of the same county. The parents lived upon a farm, and Zachariah early became familiar with all the duties of farm life, beginning work in the fields at a tender age. The district schools of the neighborhood afforded him his educational privileges, which were therefore somewhat limited.
     When in his seventeenth year Mr. Thornton responded to his countryís call for troops to aid in crushing out the Rebellion, and in 1861 became a member of Company C, Forty-fifth Ohio Infantry. He faithfully served his term and was then honorably discharged, but afterward re-enlisted, in 1864, in Company D, One Hundred and Ninety-second Infantry, with which he remained until the close of the war. He was ever true to the old flag and the cause it represented, and where duty called he was always found.
     The lady who now bears the name of Mrs. Thornton was in her maidenhood Miss Emeline Hendricks. Our subject and his wife had one daughter, Laura Jane, who died in December, 1892. She was an intelligent and popular young lady, beloved by all who knew her, and her death has proved a deep loss to her parents and many friends.
     In politics Mr. Thornton is a stalwart and earnest Republican, but has never been an aspirant for political honors. Socially he is a member of the Grand Army of the Republic and of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He is a lover of fine horses, and owns some of the best roadsters and draft horses in this section of the county. To the hotel business he now devotes the major part of his time and attention, and his frank and cordial manner makes him a favorite with the traveling public.
Source: Memorial Record of the Counties of Delaware, Union & Morrow, Ohio; Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Co., 1895, p. 412
Contributed by a Generous Genealogist.

  JAMES W. TILTON - the Subject to whose life history we now direct particular attention ahs been a resident of Marysville, Ohio, for more than a decade and had become closely and a conspicuously identified with the material progress and interests of the thriving little city, where he conducts in its line a representative enterprise in the way of a general real-estate and loan agency.
     Mr. Tilton is a native of the Buckeye State, having been born in Licking county, July 2, 1843, the son of William and Jane A. (Reid) Tilton, the former born in New Jersey, the latter in Virginia, the parental lineage on either side tracing back to good old British origin.  The paternal great-grandfather of our subject, Joseph Tilton, was a stalwart patriot who took up arms in maintenance of independence when the colonies united to thwart the unjust dominion of the mother country.  He was an active participant in the war of the Revolution, and contemporary annals bear record of his efficient service in that ever memorable conflict which marked the inception of ours, the grandest republic the world has ever looked upon.  The original American Ancestors of the Tilton family represented two collateral strains, one portion having been established for several generations in the State of Maryland, and the other in New Jersey.  From the latter, whose history was identified for many years with that of Monmouth county, New Jersey, our subject traces a lineal descent.  Both branches of the family turned their attention principally to the tilling of the soil, and ever stood as types of the more intelligent, progressive and prosperous yeomanry of the nation, - a God-fearing, industrious and honorable people, such as ever constitute the bulwarks of the country's defense and stable prosperity.
     William Tilton, the father of our subject, came to Ohio when but sixteen years of age, locating in Licking county, where he passed the residue of his life, save the four years prior to his demise, during which time he was a resident of Knox county, where he died in 1888 at, the age of sixty-nine years.  His widow is still living, maintaining her home in Martinsburg, Knox county, and having attained the venerable age of seventy-one years.  William and Jane A. Tilton became the parents of four children, of whom we here offer brief record in consecutive order of birth:  James W., our subject; Noah H., a prominent merchant of Martinsburg; Sarah, wife of Simon Shrake, who is engaged in merchandising at Fallsburg, Licking county, Ohio; and Martha, wife of L. H. Robinson, a prosperous farmer of Licking county, Ohio.
     James Tilton passed his youth on the paternal farm, where his duties, his pastimes and his privileges were practically analogous to those of the average boy of that-period and section.  He had been enabled to attend the district schools during the winter terms and had assisted in the cultivation of the farm during the intervening summers, - this routine being but slightly varied up to the time he attained his eighteenth year.  At this time grim-visaged war reared its horrid front, soon plunging a divided Union into a desperate fratricidal conflict in which the eternal principle of right was clearly involved.  Like many another patriotic youth, our subject became fired with enthusiasm, and promptly made ready to render to his country that service which is the true patriot's votive offering.  He accordingly enlisted in Company A, Seventy-sixth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Captain Thad. Lemert, and was sworn into service October 5, 1861.  Mr. Tilton's regiment was one that rushed into the thick of the fray, and the list of battles in which he participated stands in sufficient evidence that the service rendered was not short of the earnest which his patriot spirit had inspired.  The principal engagements in which he took part were those of Fort Donelson, Shiloh, siege of Corinth, Lookout Mountain, Ringgold, Atlanta campaign, Jonesboro and others.  He was with Sherman in the memorable march to the sea, and his last appearance in battle was at Goldsboro, North Carolina.  He was mustered out, at Columbus, Ohio, July 23, 1865, as Sergeant.
     His military career ended, Mr. Tilton turned his attention once more to the gaining of those no less renowned victories which peace hath ever in store.  He continued his educational work, so rudely interrupted, entering the Martinsburg Academy, where he remained for three terms, after which he engaged in teaching, in Licking county, for two terms.  He then turned his steps Westward, locating in DeKalb county, Missouri, were he devoted his attention to farming and school teaching for a period of two terms.  He then returned to Ohio and soon thereafter, May 8, 1872, was consummated his marriage to Charlotte Floyd, daughter of Joseph and Fanny (Rodgers) Floyd, of Martinsburg.  After his marriage, Mr. Tilton, in the company with his brother, engaged in the mercantile business at Fallsburg, Licking county, and there they continued for five years, when the business was removed to Martinsburg and conducted by the firm for a period of four years, after which our subject sold his interest to his father and brother, who assumed full control of the enterprise. 
     The transfer just noted marks the approximate date of Mr. Tilton's arrival in Marysville, for very soon thereafter he removed to this city, where he opened a real estate and insurance office, later on extending the province of the agency by the inclusion of a department of financial loans, securing a representative clientage in the way of handling valuable realty and in the placing of real-estate loans as factor.  The enterprise has grown to be one of the wide scope and much importance, and the transactions made determine the status of the agency as one of the most flourishing in this section of the State.  In 1893 he admitted to partnership in the real estate department of the business T. M. Brannan who is thus associated with him at the present time.  He has charge of several farms in the vicinity of the city, and to the supervision of these he devotes considerable time and attention.
     Mr. Tilton is distinctively a public-spirited and progressive business man, is ever ready to lend his influence and assistance to all measures urged forward for the public good, and his popularity in the community is beyond cavil.  He is a stock-holder in the Davis Chair Company, one of the important industrial enterprises of the city.  In politics he is a stanch Republican, and though never a seeker after public office he has been called upon to fill numerous positions of trust and responsibility.  He served as Mayor of Marysville two years, from 1888 to 1890, and as Justice of the Peace for two years.  Fraternally he holds membership in Palestine Lodge, No. 158, A. F. & A. M.; Marysville Lodge, No. 100, K. P.; and Ransom Reed Post, No. 113, G. A. R.  In the last named he has been twice Commander, twice Adjutant, and in 1890 was a delegate from the same to the National Encampment, at Boston.
     Mr. Tilton is a man of marked literary taste and talent, and his composition is ever graceful and refined in tone, his diction pure and perspicuous.  He has acted as special correspondent and contributor to leading periodicals and newspapers, and his poetical offerings have been of high order.  Upon the death of John A. Logan, he indited a very spirited and beautiful memorial ode which was copied far and wide in the public press, and which elicited from Mrs. Logan a letter of appreciation and heartfelt thanks.  We are permitted to reproduce the poem and the letter in this connection, and the same as appending are sure to be read with interest.
     The family have been for many generations identified with the Methodist Episcopal Church, and in this church our subject and his wife retain an active membership.  They have had three children: Edith J., who died April 10, 1879; Dollie E., whose death occurred within the week following; and Wesley Earl who is now nine year of age.  The family home is located on West Fifth street, near the court-house, and our subject's business headquarters are on the same street, near the square, which represents the business center of the city.  Following is the memoir to which reference has been made:
OUR LOGAN. (click here for poem)
~ Page 317 - Memorial Record of the Counties of Delaware, Union and Morrow, Ohio - Illustrated - Publ: Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1895.

CALVIN TIMMONS, Raymondís, Union county, Ohio, is ranked with the successful and well-known farmers of Liberty township. He is a native of this county, born near Irwin Station, March 14, 1841.
     His father, George W. Timmons, was born in one of the Eastern States, and his mother, whose maiden name was Sarah Smith, was born in Ohio. They had a family of six children, three of whom are living, all in different States, óJohn in Missouri, Lewis in Kansas, and Calvin in Ohio. James was a Union soldier, and died from disease contracted while in the army. The father died in Champaign county, Ohio, at the age of fifty-seven years; the mother lived to be over eighty-two.
     Calvin Timmons
was reared on a farm in Champaign county, and early in life was inured to such work as is found on a frontier farm. His education was obtained in the common schools and in the practical school of experience. Twenty-five years ago he settled on his present farm and here he has since lived. He has made all the improvements found here now, the old fences and buildings all having been replaced by new ones, and the farm now being classed with the best in the neighborhood. The residence is a story-and-a-half cottage located on a beautiful building site and surrounded by an attractive lawn dotted over with shade trees; and the barn, 34 x 6o feet, adorned with a cupola, is as convenient as it is neat. A fine orchard and an acre of small fruit are among other additions to this valuable property. Indeed, the whole farm has an air of thrift and prosperity and shows the owner to be a man of more than ordinary enterprise.
     At the age of twenty-four Mr. Timmons married Miss Mary E. Argo, who was born in this township, daughter of D. S. and Sarah (Hensen) Argo. Her father was one of the prominent early settlers of Union county, as also was her grandfather, William Hensen. Mr. and Mrs. Timmons have three daughters, namely: Ida Mary, wife of Frank Jones, residing near Urbana, Ohio, has four children, Omer, Norma, Oral and Twan; Enola Leota, wife of Frank Scott, of Liberty township, has one daughter, óFern; and Autice, at home.
     Like his worthy father, Mr. Timmons affiliates with the Republican party. Both he and his wife are members of the Freewill Baptist Church. Few men in this vicinity are held in higher esteem than is Calvin Timmons.
Source: Memorial Record of the Counties of Delaware, Union & Morrow, Ohio; Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Co., 1895, pp. 447-448
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  EDWIN B. TURNER has for the past ten years been superintendent of the Children's Home of Union county, Ohio, located near Marysville.  This is his native city and has always been his place of residence.  He was born on the 25th of November, 1851, and is a son of the late Judge Turner, a well known and prominent citizen of Union county, who died in 1859.  His mother, who bore the name of Elizabeth Gibson, was a native of Virginia.
     In his parents' home, our subject spent the days of his boyhood and youth, and in the public schools of his native city acquired his education.  About 1884 he received an appointment as superintendent of the Children's Home, and has served in that capacity continuously since in a most creditable and acceptable manner.  The Home is well kept up, and his efficient administration of the affairs connected therewith reflects honor upon himself and shows the wisdom of the selection of those who chose him for office.
     In 1874, Mr. Turner was united in marriage, the lady of his choice being Miss Mary C. Severn daughter of James Sevirn, of New Dover, Ohio.  She is a lady of culture, refinement and high education, and before her marriage was a most popular teacher.  By the union of our subject and his wife has been born one child, a daughter - Allie B.,  who is a young lady of rare musical ability.  At the time of this writing, in the fall of 1894, she is a student in Delaware College.
     Mr. Turner has followed in the political footsteps of his father, the Judge, who was a stalwart Republican, having supported the men and measures of that party since attaining his majority.  He keeps well informed on the issues of the day and takes great interest in the growth and success of his party, but has never been an active politician in the sense of office-seeking.  He is a member of the Odd Fellows Society and Encampment, and he and his wife and daughter hold membership with the Methodist Episcopal Church.  The family is one of prominence in the community, and the household is noted for its hospitality.  Mr. Turner is ever alive to the best interests of Marysville and Union county, and is a loyal citizen.  His entire life has been passed in Marysville, and those who have known him from boyhood are numbered among his stanchest friends, a fact which indicates an honorable and upright career.
~ Page 95 - Memorial Record of the Counties of Delaware, Union and Morrow, Ohio - Illustrated - Publ: Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1895.



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