Sugar Creek Twp. -
JAMES M. JACOBS, farmer, P. O. Lima, is a native of Sugar Creek Township, this county, born September 2, 1828, only son of Samuel R. and Elizabeth (Turner) Jacobs, natives of Maryland and Kentucky, and of German and Scotch descent, respectively; they were married in Champaign County, Ohio, February 21, 1814, and there remained until 1825 or 1826, when they came to this county and entered land in Section 1, Sugar Creek Township, which they improved and added to year by year; they had a family of one son and five daughters, of whom two are now living: Sarah and James M.; the father died May 19, 1852, and the mother May 11, 1867, aged fifty-nine and seventy-four years, respectively; they were the first settlers in Sugar Creek Township, of which Samuel R. Jacobs was one of the organizers. Our subject was married, December 4, 1850, to Miss Mary A. Custard, of German Township, this county, a native of Tuscarawas County, Ohio, born September 9, 1832, daughter of Daniel and Nancy Custard, who came to this county about 1840, and settled in German Township, where they lived for several years, then moved to the county seat (Lima), where they spent the remainder of their days; they were the parents of two children: Jonathan and Mary A. To our subject and wife have been born four sons and four daughters : William T., Viola, Charles D., Samuel R., Nannie E., Joseph H., Hattie and Vinnie. all now living, except Viola. Mrs. Jacobs died November 28, 1869. Mr. Jacobs has added to the home farm until he now has 684 acres of land, besides other valuable investments. In politics he is a stanch Republican.
Source:  History of Allen County, Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Warner i.e. Warner, Beers & Co., 1885 - Page 820
Monroe Twp. -
GREGORY JENNINGS, farmer, tile and brick manufacturer, P. O. West Cairo, was born Sept. 13, 1836, in Monroe Township, this county; son of Aaron and Lucy (Hughes) Jennings, who were married in Tuscarawas County, Ohio; latter, a daughter of Daniel Hughs, a native of Ireland, was born near Emmittsburg, Md., and came to Tuscarawas County, Ohio, in early life.  Aaron Jennings was born in Tuscarawas County, Ohio, Dec. 26, 1804, died Dec. 22, 1872, son of Gideon Jennings, born Dec. 24, 1778, in Virginia, son of Benjamin Jennings, born Dec. 8, 1748, in England.  The children of Aaron and Lucy Jennings were eleven in number, five dying young; the others were Mrs. Gracie J. and Elizabeth J. Curtis, both deceased, leaving families at Beaver Dam, Ohio; Gregory; MargaretMrs. Amos Lewis, living in Monroe County, Mich.; Malinda, widow of T. Crane, living in Putnam County, Ohio; and Daniel, in Monroe Township, this county.  The father of our subject came to this township in 1834, where he patented 160 acres of land, locating on Section34, his brother, David, also locating on same section.  His grandfather, and brothers Gideon and John, located in Bath, and brother James in Jackson Township.  In this swampy wilderness, without money, they endured all the trials and hardships of pioneer life.  Our subject remained with his father until twenty years of age, when he took the contract for cutting one mile 100 feet wide, on the track of the Dayton & Michigan Railraod, receiving therefore $195, this he completed in forty-two days.  In the spring of 1857 he learned the Rary system of horse-training, and traveled through different States and Canada engaged in that business.  Mr. Jennings was married, Feb. 27, 1859, to Salinda Hall, who was born in Carroll County, Ohio, Feb. 27, 1837, daughter of William and Christina (Smith) Hall, natives of New Jersey, but who moved to Carroll County in 1833 to Tuscarawas County in 1837, and to this county in 1857 former born July 27, 1799, latter Sept. 15, 1798.  They were married, Feb. 19, 1819, and have following: nine children, sixty-one grandchildren, seventy-seven great-grand and four great-great-grandchildren.  To our subject and wife were born the following children: Adelia (died, aged two years); Celia A.; James William; Lillie Florence; Aaron E.; Lucy E.; Homer B.; Gregory M.; Sherman Grant and Blaine.  Mr. Jennings is a member of the firm of Jennings, Harding & Umbaugh, saw-mill and tile factory in Perry Township, this county, established in 1880, also of the firm of Jennings & Snyder, saw mill, tile and brick-making on his farm in Monroe Township, this county; the business was established in the spring of 1883.  He received in 1869, a patent for a clod fender, and later a patent for a rein-holder for harness and buggies; he also applied for a patent on an improved kiln for burning tile, which has proved by thorough testing to be the best in use; patent granted, patented Feb. 3, 1885.  Mr. Jennings was first sergeant in Company C, One Hundred and Fifty-first Regiment, Ohio National Guards, called into service in May, 1864, and doing duty at Fort Sumner, D. C. In politics he is a stanch Republican.  Our subject and family belong to the Methodist Episcopal Church.
Source:  History of Allen County, Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Warner i.e. Warner, Beers & Co., 1885 - Page 668)
Marion Twp. -
EVAN H. JONES, farmer and engineer, P. O. Delphos, was undoubtedly the first child of Welsh parentage to come into the world in Marion Twp., born on the farm which is his present home, Jan. 15, 1844, son of Daniel and Martha (Jones) Jones, who were parents of eight children: Evan H., Elizabeth A., (wife of John R. Williams, in New Straitsville, Ohio), Hannah (wife of Thomas W. Evans, in Putnam County, Ohio), Richard (deceased), Margaret (deceased wife of John G. Evans, family of Putnam County, Ohio), Robert D., in Putnam County, Ohio.  The father died Oct. 2, 1862, highly respected by the entire community.  His widow, who now resides with her son, was born Apr. 13, 1817, in Montgomeryshire, North Wales, Great Britian, daughter of John and Elizabeth (Hughs) Jones, both of whom came to America in 1843, and here died.  The subject of this sketch received an indifferent education, remaining with his father until Aug. 21, 1862, when he enlisted in Company F, One Hundred and Eighteenth Regiment.  Capt. Rudolph Reul, of Delphos.  He was in the engagement at Resaca, through the Georgia campaign, at Atlanta, Franklin, Tenn., Nashville and Fort Smith, N. C.  He was bruised by a solid shot, this being his only wound, and was discharged June 24, 1865, and returned home where he engaged in farming.  Mr. Jones was married Jan. 11, 1870, to Mahala Myers, who was born in Fairfield County, Apr. 22, 1848, daughter of Isaac J. and Leah (Houser) Myers, who came to Sugar Creek Township, in 1848.  Our subject and wife have had four children: Martha L., Daniel E. and Sarah E. (these two died in childhood), and Augusta.  Mr. Jones outside of farming, is engaged in civil engineering.  Politically he is a Republican.  HE and his family belong to the Congregational Church.
Source:  History of Allen County, Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Warner i.e. Warner, Beers & Co., 1885 - Page 641
Marion Twp. -
WILLIAM WILSON JUDKINS, farmer, P. O. Box 77, Delphos, was born in Brown County, Ohio, Jan. 10, 1835, son of John D. and Elizabeth (Dunham) Judkins, natives of Brown County, Ohio, former, of whom was born Oct. 11, 1811, died Sept. 6, 1841; latter was born Jan. 12, 1814, died Feb. 8, 1876, a daughter of Gideon and Mary (Bowen) Dunham, whose children were Sarah, Ruth, Gideon (ex-member of congress), Rebecca, David, Wilson and Elizabeth.  John D. Judkins, born Oct. 11, 1811, was a son of Joel Judkins, who was without doubt a descendant of Joel and Sarah Judkins of Boston, latter of whom died in that city Nov. 26, 1657, and where her eldest son, Job, was born May 3, or 10, 1637, and died the same year.  The paternal grandmother of our subject, Rebecca Drake.  The children of John D. and Elizabeth Judkins were William Wilson; Franklin D., who enlisted in Company C, One Hundred and Seventy-ninth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and died at Nashville, Tenn., Dec. 8, 1863, leaving no heirs; Rebecca Drake, deceased, leaving one son - Franklin Drake Hobson; Sarah E., wife of John W. Antrim (have two children: Fenton D. and Isadora Anna, both graduates of Delphos School), and Susannah (deceased wife of N. W. Stemen, she left two daughters: Elizabeth and Sarah P.).  When our subject was six and a half years old his father died, and at the age of nine years, being thrown on his own resources, he entered upon his career as a clerk in a store, receiving $6 per month.  After nine months at this work, which was not to his taste, he turned his attention to agricultural labor and has since made farming his chief occupation of life.  After arriving at maturity, he attended, for six months, a common school where he obtained his education in such branches as to enable him to teach school, and he eventually taught eighteen terms, as well as attending to other business interests.  Mr. Judkins was married Nov. 10, 1857, to Miss Emily J. Manker, who was born in Highland County, Ohio, Oct. 3, 1838 or 1839 (owing to a change in the records the exact date cannot be determined on), daughter of Hiram and Phoeba (Swadley) Manker, natives of Highland County, Ohio, (both deceased),  and who were the parents of six children: Ellen (wife of J. Dillsaver), Louisa (deceased), Melvina, Sarah A., Emily J. and Stantford H. To this union were born three children: John H., married to Martha E. Patrick (they have two sons: Orlo W. and Clarence), Ella J. and Charles D.  Mr. Judkins came to this county Mar. 15, 1858, and located in Marion Twp., on Sec. 16, remaining two years, and then returned to southern Ohio and engaged in teaching till the commencement of the war, when, being unable to go into active service, he entered the quartermaster's department of transportation, and was stationed at Camp Nelson, Ky., where he remained till the close of the war; he then returned to this county and engaged in farming and teaching.  Mr. Judkins purchased his present farm in 1865, twenty acres of which were improved; the balance he placed under a very high state of cultivation, erecting substantial buildings thereon.  He is an active member of Marion grange, and since the age of twelve years has been a consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and an active Sabbath-school worker.  In politics he is a stanch advocate of the principles of the Republican party.  He was in his possession an old book containing the rules of arithmetic written on English crown paper, in 1800, by his grandfather Judkins.
Source#:  History of Allen County, Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Warner i.e. Warner, Beers & Co., 1885 - Page 641


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