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SEDGWICK M. WADE, a prominent farmer and respected citizen of Ashtabula county, Ohio, residing near Andover, and an inventor of wide repute, was born on the old homestead where he now resides.  The Wade family was originally of English descent, their ancestors having come over from that "tight little isle" in an early day and settled in Massachusetts, where many generations were born.  James Wade, grandfather of the subject of this sketch, was born and reared in Massachusetts, where he married Mary Upham, also a descendant of an old New England family.  In an early day they joined the western tide of emigration, coming overland to Ashtabula county and settling on land in the primeval woods, which his older sons had purchased and where they erected a rude though comfortable log house.  The old folks passed the remainder of their lives with their children, surviving to a good old age in the enjoyment of universal esteem.  Nine of their children attained maturity, as follows: Martha, Nancy, Mary, James, Sidney, Theodore L. (father of the subject of this sketch), Charles, Benjamin F. and Edward.
     Theodore L., father of Mr. Sedgwick Wade, was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, March 13, 1797, and was reared on a farm, receiving his education in the schools of his vicinity.  He was brought up to farming, which he followed all his life.  In an early day, he and the rest of the family, came overland to Ohio, then on the frontier of civilization, and settled on land in the woods, where he and his brothers, bought a tract of land, which they cleared the improved.  On this the family resided many years.  In 1844, Theodore purchased ninety-six acres, which he cleared and built on it a log house, which was the nucleus of the large and valuable place on which his son now resides and which is known as the Wade homestead.  He made several additions to his original purchase until he owned some 260 acres.  He was a man of energy, intelligence and enterprise, and became prosperous and popular.  Although not courting public office, he was often elected to fill positions of trust in the county and city.  He was an old line Whig and later a Republican and strong anti-slavery adherent.  He possessed broad and liberal views and had a host of friends.  He was married three times, first, in 1825, to Clarissa Adams, who died in 1833, aged twenty-nine years.  His second wife was Augusta Bettes, daughter of William and Mary (Mills) Bettes, of Sandisfield, Massachusetts, prominent and respected people.  The three children of this marriage were:  Ellen M., wife of Schuyler Colfax, a prosperous citizen of South Bend, Indiana;  Sedgwick M., whose name heads this sketch, residing on the old homestead; and Martha A., living with her brother on the old home place.  The devoted wife and mother died Jan. 30, 1841, at the age of thirty-six, leaving her family and many friends to mourn her loss.  Mr. Wade's third wife was Miss Mary L. Bettes, sister of his second wife, who survived him many years, dying in 1888, at the age of seventy-four.  Mr. Wade died Jan. 13, 1865, after a life of usefulness to his fellow men.  He made his home on the old place where his two youngest children still reside.  His son, the subject of this sketch, has taken charge of the farm and had managed it for many years previous to his father's death, the sister ably cooperating in the care of the house and management of domestic affairs.  The old homestead is a fitting subject for the artist's pencil, being beautifully situated and surrounded with shade and ornamental trees and all modern improvements, and is justly numbered among the most valuable places in the county.
     Mr. Sedgwick Wade initiated a new feature in the operating of the farm by introducing a Jersey dairy, he being the first to bring Jersey cattle to this part of the country, and the first to manufacture and market factory butter.  He is also now engaged in breeding fine horses, in which he is very successful, finding it a profitable and desirable business.  Although much engaged with his manifold duties he has found time to invent numerous useful implements of agricultural and commercial value.  Some of these he has patented, and among the most popular may be mentioned a rotary harrow, which is in extensive use among farmers of all sections.  Another ingenious device was a stirrup hinge, which he patented an sold to a large hinge factory in Connecticut.  His latest invention is calculated to interest all people, it being a curious pocket piece, combining a boot hook, screw driver, wrench, cork screw and punch, one of the most ingenious combinations ever invented.  He as also invented many other articles of value, which he has never secured to himself.
     Mr. Wade is a representative citizen of his county, and has done more than any other one man to advance the interests of the community by the introducing of thoroughbred stock and improved methods of farming, etc., and as such is entitled to the esteem which he so universally enjoys.  His sister is a lady of culture and executive ability, who manages the home and domestic affairs of his large place with ease and dispatch.  Their home typifies comfort and refinement, while they make most hospitable hosts.  They are useful members of the Congregational Church, and prominent, respected people of their community, enjoying the good will of all who know them. 
  Source #1:  Biographical history of northeastern Ohio - Chicago:  Lewis Pub. Co.,  1893 - Page 1003

GEORGE E. WAHLSTROM, professor of music at the Harbor Special School, is among the leading and widely known musicians of Ashtabula County.  He was born in Helsingfors, Finland, Apr. 22, 1883, and is a son of Carl and Gustava (Forsman) Wahlstrom.
     Carl Wahlstrom
was born in Finland in 1847.  He was a merchant there during his entire life and died in 1920.  His wife died in 1899.  Mr. and Mrs. Wahlstrom had seven children, of whom George E., the subject of this sketch, is the only surviving member.
     George E. Wahlstrom was educated in the public schools of his native town, from which he was graduated in 1899.  Three years later he completed a course at the Helsingfors Military Band School.  In 1902 he came to this country and settled at Maynard, Mass., where he directed a Finish band.  Two years later he removed to Monessen, Pa., where he conducted a band and also taught orchestra music in the high school.  In 1910 Mr. Wahlstrom went to Berlin, Germany, where he spent one year in the study of music.  His Monessen band made a European trip in 1920 and is recognized as one of the leading bands in that section of the state.  While on the tour Mr. Wahlstrom was honored by the President of Finland, who presented him with the Cross of the White Rose, a tribute to Mr. Wahlstrom's ability as a conductor.
     In August, 1922, Mr. Wahlstrom came to Ashtabula, where he took charge of the Humina band, which was organized in Ashtabula  thirty years ago.  He teaches orchestration and music in the Harbor Special School and also conducts the school band of forty pieces.  In 1924 Mr. Wahlstrom organized the Ashtabula Philharmonic orchestra, which contains forty members.  Its first public appearance was made at the Ashtabula Hotel on Sunday, Nov. 23, 1924.
     On Nov. 19, 1908, Mr. Wahlstrom was married to Miss Hilma Heikkinen,  who was born at Hancock, Mich., May 7, 1885.  She is the daughter of Peter and Mary (Kempainen) Heikkinen, natives of Finland, and early settlers of Michigan.  They are now deceased.  To Mr. and Mrs. Wahlstrom the following children have been born:  Irma, born at Red Lodge, Mont., Aug. 30, 1909; Marie, born at Calumet, Mich., Aug. 25, 1913; Charlotte, born at Monessen, Pa., Aug. 29, 1919; Marie, born at Monessen, Pa., Apr. 3, 1917; and Airi, born at Monessen, Pa., July 30, 1920.
     Mr. and Mrs. Wahlstrom are identified with the Republican party in politics, and are members of the Finnish Lutheran Church.  He belongs to the Elks Lodge and the Knights of Kaleva.  Mr. Wahlstrom has an extensive acquaintance in Ashtabula County and is held in the highest regard by all who know him.
Source: History of Ashtabula County, Ohio - by Moina W. Large - Vol. I - 1924 - Page 1098
T. M. WAID, a prosperous farmer and stockman of Colebrook Township, was born in that township, Apr. 6, 1869.  He is a son of Thomas M. and Mary (McLean) Waid.
     Thomas M. Waid
came to Ashtabula County from Pennsylvania in 1867, and located at Hartsgrove.  He was a farmer during his life and died Jan. 17, 1909.  His wife, who was born in Pennsylvania, Aug. 26, 1832, died Feb. 20, 1909.  Mr. and Mrs. Waid were the parents of the following children: Margaret Payne, lives at Orwell, Ohio; John, lives in Colebrook Township; William and James, deceased; T. M., the subject of this sketch; Frederick E., lives at Meadville, Pa.; and two children died in infancy.
     T. M. Waid was educated in the schools of Orwell and New Lyme, after which he taught school at Colebrook for several terms.  Mr. Waid has lived on his present farm since 1906, and is among the leading dairyman of that section.  He owns 175 acres of land.
     On Dec. 25, 1891, Mr. Waid was united in marriage with Miss Laura Owen, who was born at Colebrook Feb. 4, 1872, the daughter of Mark and Susan (Spaulding) OwenMr. Owen was a prominent farmer of Colebrook Township during his life and died Apr. 28, 1918.  His wife, who was born in Mahoning County, Ohio, June 24, 1848, now resides in Green Township, Trumbull County, Ohio.  Mr. and Mrs. Owen were the parents of six children: Homer, deceased; Mrs. Waid; Allie, deceased; Charles; Earl, lives at Youngstown, Ohio; and Elmer, lives in Green Township, Trumbull County, Ohio.  To T. M. and Laura (Owen) Waid six children have been born, as follows:  Harry, lives at Colebrook; Helen Vanderpole lives in Chicago; Ethel a teacher, lives at home; Leta, died in infancy; Marion, was graduated from Orwell High School in 1923; and Carl, at home.
     Mr. Waid is a Republican, has served as township trustee and is a member of the School board.  He and his family are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church and are widely known throughout the county.
Source: History of Ashtabula County, Ohio - by Moina W. Large - Vol. I - 1924 - Page 1084

DR. W. A. WARD, a prominent citizen of Conneaut, and one of the leading physicians and surgeons of Eastern Ohio, was born in Chautauqua, Chautauqua county, New York, son of Arvin and Plooma (Preston) Ward, both natives of the Empire State.
     Arvin Ward was by trade a tanner and currier, but for many years was engaged in agricultural pursuits.  He held numerous minor offices.  For a number of years he was inspector of Militia, filling the position until the law was changed.  He was well and favorably known over southwestern New York.  During the gold excitement of 1849, Mr. Ward went to California, where for some time he was engaged in mining, being very successful in his operations.  Returning to New York, he passed the remaining years of his life at Westfield, where he died about 1888, at the advanced age of seventy-eight years.  His venerable widow is still living.
     Dr. Ward is the oldest of four children, all of whom are living, two being in Pennsylvania and two in Ohio.  He was educated at Westfield, in his native county, and there began the study of medicine under the instructions of Dr. John Spencer.  He attended the Western Reserve Medical College in Cleveland, at which institution he graduated in 1861.  After his graduation he began the practice of his profession in Monroe, Ashtabula county, Ohio, were he remained for three years.  Then he entered the hospital service of the army, and during the winter of 1864-’65, was at Little Rock, Arkansas.  He located at Conneaut in 1865; soon established a large and lucrative practice, and has remained here ever since.  He is surgeon for the Nickel Plat Railroad Company, and also for several insurance companies, both live and accident.
     Dr. Ward was married in December, 1861, to Miss Mary E. Chapin, daughter of Z. Chapin, of Painesville, Ohio.  They have had six children, one of whom, Charles, died in infancy.  Those living are as follows:  Julia E., Fred A., chief clerk in the Nickel Plate yard office: Gertrude P., wife of M. Nolan, a resident of Conneaut; Mary E.; and Lizzie A.  Mrs. Ward is a member of the Congregational Church.
     The Doctor is public-spirited and for the past twelve years he has served as a member of the School Board.  He is a member of the Ashtabula County Medical Society, the Ohio State Medical Society, the New York Medico-Legal Society, the National Association of Railway Surgeons and the Ohio Association of Railway Surgeons.
     For more than a quarter of a century Dr. Ward has been identified with the Masonic fraternity, and in all that time his interest has not abated.  He has taken the higher degrees of the order, both of the commandery and the consistory, and has filled various official positions, and is a past officer in all bodies of the so-called York rites.  He was on the staff of the Grand officers of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of Ohio for six years, and is the representative of the Grand Lodge of British Columbia near the Grand Lodge of Ohio.
     Suck is a brief sketch of one of the prominent physicians and highly respected citizens of Conneaut.
  Source #1:  Biographical history of northeastern Ohio - Chicago:  Lewis Pub. Co.,  1893 - Page 329

HON. JONATHAN WARNER was born at Chester parish, in old Saybrook Connecticut, Dec. 11, 1782.  His father, Jonathan, was a farmer, and also owned some interest in vessels engaged at that time in the coasting trade.  The young man was bred principally upon the farm, but had acquired some experience as a sailor upon his father's vessels, and had at one time made a cruise to the West Indies.  In the fall of 1804, in company with a man named Olmsted, he ventured on an exploring expedition to the western country.  He was provided with a letter of credit, which spoke of him in high terms of praise.
     At Buffalo they procured a boat, and started upon the lake for New Connecticut, and his nautical experience was of value during a violent storm, which compelled them to run their boat ashore, where they spent a night under its shelter.  They landed at the mouth of Ashtabula creek, and made their way to the interior as far as the present village of Jefferson.  Here Mr. Warner selected lands embracing a part of the present village, while his companion made his settlement in what is known as the township of Kingsville.  At that time there was but one resident of the township of Jefferson, a man by the name of Mapes, who had previously settled upon a part of the same land, and had built a log house and cleared a few acres.  Mr. Warner purchased his improvements and made provision for a future home, although before locating permanently he went back to Connecticut.
     In 1806 other settlers came into the township.  Among them came Edward Frethy, with his family, from Washington city.  He was the first postmaster, the first justice of the peace, and the first merchant in Jefferson.
     Mr. Warner was pleased with the wilderness in which he had located, and which he was making every effort to destroy.  As a matter of choice he had settled in a hermitage far from human habitations, and yet he found it not good to be alone, and on the 4th day of May, 1807, he was married to Nancy, a daughter of Edward Frethy.  His residence was three-fourths of a mile distant, and he went for his bride on horseback.  After the ceremony was performed he took her upon the crupper and carried her to his cabin, near the same spot where she now resides, at the advanced age of eighty-nine years, and where she continued the partner of his joys and of his sorrows through his life.
     The first selection of land made by Mr. Warner embraced the land upon which the courthouse was afterward located; but to accommodate the new village and to secure the county seat he was induced to exchange a portion of his selection for lands lying farther west and adjoining the proposed town.
     In the year 1815 he was appointed Recorder of Deeds for the county, for the term of seven years.  In the year 1825 he was appointed Treasurer of the county.  Soon after this time anti-Masonic excitement prevailed in politics, and Mr. Warner was an active leader in the anti-Masonic party.  In the fall of 1831 he was elected a Representative to the State Legislature, and in the spring of 1839 he was elected by the Legislature of the State an Associate Judge of the Court of Common Pleas, for the term of seven years, his term expiring on April 1, 1846.  He was always an active partisan in politics, and always in sympathy with the Democratic party, except during the few years that the anti-Masonic party had a political existence.  He had eleven children, one of whom died in infancy.  Of the ten who reached maturity, - four sons and six daughters, - all but one are now living, and all have families of their own, who now hold respectable positions in society.  George, his second son, was killed by accident, Mar. 25, 1877, in Washington Territory, where he left a wife and two children.  Judge Warner died at his old residence in Jefferson on the 12th day of April, 1862, in his eightieth year, respected and honored by all.
     He was a vigorous man, possessed of a strong will, a kind heart, and affectionate disposition.  He was a valuable citizen, exact and trustworthy in all his dealings, as well in public as in private life; and as one of the pioneers of the county, who has helped to found and build up its institutions, his life and character are worthy of commemoration by the present as well as by the future generations of this county who may follow after him.
  Source #1:  Biographical history of northeastern Ohio - Chicago:  Lewis Pub. Co.,  1893 - Page 245
C. B. WATERS, of Pierpont, ranks among the enterprising and successful business men of Ashtabula County.  He was born in Crawford County, Pa., Aug. 27, 1880, and is a son of Hiram and Mary J. (Ballard) Waters.
     Hiram Waters
was born in Erie County, Pa., and in 1881 came to Ashtabula County and located at Pierpont, where he worked at his trade, that of a carpenter.  He was among the pioneer business men of that section and was widely known throughout Ashtabula County as a funeral director.  He died May 22, 1906, and his wife now resides with her daughter, Mrs. Williams. By his first marriage to Miss Elizabeth Broughton, who died Oct. 11, 1875, Mr. Waters had three children: Joel, lives retired in Wisconsin; William and Martha, both deceased.  To Hiram and Mary J. (Ballard) Waters three children were born: Mary, died in infancy; C. B., the subject of this sketch; and Iv, married Edward Williams, lives in Pierpont Township.
     C. B. Waters
was reared and educated at Pierpont, and at the age of 14 years began an apprenticeship with his father.  Since his father's death in 1906 Mr. Waters has conducted the business alone.
     On Oct. 25, 1902, Mr. Waters was married to Miss Blanch Downing, who was born at Pierpont, May 19, 1874, the daughter of David W. and Betsy (Lowden) Downing.  Mr. Downing was an early settler of Pierpont Township and one of its most successful farmers.  He died Mar. 29, 1900, and his wife died Nov. 23, 1913.  They were the parents of five children: Phoebe, deceased, was a wife of Thomas Collier; Lorinda, deceased, was the wife of L. E. Stevens; Addie, the widow of E. W. Wright, lives at West Springfield, Pa.; Mrs. Waters; and Chester, lives at Conneaut.  Mr. and Mrs. Waters have no children.
     Mr. Waters is a Republican and he and his wife are members of the Presbyterian Church.  They are widely known and highly esteemed citizens of their community.
Source: History of Ashtabula County, Ohio - by Moina W. Large - Vol. I - 1924 - Page  1074
PHILO B. WATERS, one of the energetic business men of Geneva, was born Feb. 3, 1844, a son of Lorenzo S. and Betsey P. (Broder) Waters; the father, a native of New Hampshire, was born Sept. 9, 1809; the mother was born at Hartford, Trumbull county, Ohio, in 1812.  Lorenzo S. Waters emigrated to Ohio with his parents in 1813; they located in Trumbull county, where he engaged in farming, following agriculture through life.  He was married in 1835, and reared a family of six children: Lorinda was born in 1837 and married Horace King;  she died in 1892; Elmer H. was born in 1842; in 1863 he enlisted in the One Hundred and Twenty fifth Ohio Volunteer Infantry and was wounded in the thigh at Knoxville, Tennessee.  He started home, but continued his journey only to Louisville, Kentucky, where he died from the effects of the wound; Philo B. is the subject of this biographical sketch; Homer T. was born in 1846; he married Orelia Pelton and resides in South Bend, Indiana; Clinton D. was born in 1847, and married Lydia Fabes; C. G. was born in 1849 and died in 1889.  The father of the family died Sept. 9, 1886, and the mother passed away in April,1890, aged seventy-seven years.
     The boyhood of our subject was spent after the fashion of a farmer's son; he attended the common school during the winter season and in the summer assisted in the lighter work of the farm.  At the age of twelve years, he left his home and went to live with an uncle, where he passed an uneventful youth.  Embracing the limited opportunities offered him he gained a good education, and at the age of twenty-one began teaching in the district school.  For two years he devoted himself to this profession and then apprenticed himself to a carpenter for a term of three years; after he had served his time he was engaged in various lines of business until 1881, when he was appointed Deputy Sheriff of Portage county, Ohio, serving with efficiency for a period of two years.  In the year 1882 he began to establish a business which has since grown into a most important industry; in Portage county, Ohio, he put down the first artificial-stone pavements, and in 1883 he came to Geneva, where he continued this business; he has laid miles of this pavement in different sections of the State an enviable reputation as a solid and successful business man.
     Mr. Waters was married Apr. 16, 1885, to the daughter of Elihu B. and Laura (Frisbie) Gill; Mr. Gill was for thirty years an engineer on the Lake Shore & Southern Michigan Railroad and was a most trusted employee.  Mr. Waters is a member of the Masonic fraternity, belong to the blue lodge and chapter; he is a charter member of the Agathon Lodge, K. P., Geneva.  Politically he is a stanch Republican, voicing his sentiments with no uncertain sound and giving his best efforts to insure the success of his party.
  Source #1:  Biographical history of northeastern Ohio - Chicago:  Lewis Pub. Co.,  1893 - Page 532
DR. F. L. WATSON has been a successful and well known physician and surgeon of Conneaut for the past 23 years.  He was born at Olean, N. Y., Oct. 23, 1874, and is the son of Rev. Lorenzo Dow and Eleanora (Lawrence) Watson.
     Rev. Lorenzo Dow Watson
was a widely known minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church.  He was a native of Maryland and spent his life preaching in various sections of the country.  He died at Brooklyn, N. Y., in 1918, and his wife died three years later.  Rev. Watson was also a teacher and lawyer and held 16 degrees from different universities and colleges in the country.  There were but two children in the Watson family:  Frank, who died in infancy; and Dr. Fred, the subject of this sketch.
     Dr. Fred Watson was reared at Geneva, N.Y., and attended Geneseo Wesleyan University and later studied medicine at Cleveland, Ohio, where he received his degree on Apr. 4, 1899.  He began the practice of his profession at Newport, R. I., and after a short time located at Cleveland and later in Toledo and Chesterville, Ohio.  Dr. Watson has been located at Conneaut since 1901 and is known throughout Ashtabula County as a thoroughly competent physician and surgeon.  During the World War he volunteered his services but was not called.  Dr. Watson's office is at 519 Broad Street, as is also his residence.
     In 1900 Dr. Watson was united in marriage with Miss Frances Pike, a native of New York and the daughter of Clarence and Carrie (Thompson) Pike.  Mr. Pike is deceased and his widow lives at Fairport, N. Y.  Mrs. Watson has a brother, Clarence, who lives in San Francisco, Calif.  To Dr. and Mrs. Watson have been born three children, as follows:  Mildred, married Donald Douglas, lives at Erie, Pa.; Anton C. and Kenneth Fred, both students.  There are two grandchildren, Jack and Robert Douglas.
     Dr. Watson
is identified with the Republican party in politics and belongs to the Loyal Order of Moose.  He and his wife are active church workers in the Methodist Episcopal Church and are highly esteemed in their community.
Source: History of Ashtabula County, Ohio - by Moina W. Large - Vol. I - 1924 - Page  1059
HENRY J. WEBB, who lives in Colebrook Township, is a veteran of the Civil War and a member of one of the oldest families of Ashtabula County.  He was born in Colebrook, Oct. 20, 1832, and is a son of Sylvanus and Olive (Martin) Webb.
     Sylvanus Webb
was a native of New York, born Sept. 26, 1803.  His wife was born there, Jan. 22, 1807.  Shortly after their marriage, in 1822, Mr. and Mrs. Webb came to Ohio and settled on a farm in Colebrook Township, where they spent the remainder of their lives.  Mr. Webb died Nov. 26, 1878, and his wife died Feb. 26, 1876.  They were the parents of the following children: William Fayette, born Feb. 17, 1825; Sebastian, born Nov. 30, 1826; Elkanah, born Jan. 23, 1828; Lydia Anne, born May 9, 1831; Catherine, born May 26, 1833; F. F.,  born May 10, 1835; H. H., born Mar. 19, 1837; Olive C. Owen, born Aug. 14, 1839; Oliver D., born Oct. 2, 1842; Henry J., the subject of this sketch; and Daniel B., born Feb. 4, 1847.
     Henry J. Webb was reared at Colebrook and at the age of eighteen  years volunteered for service during the Civil War.  He enlisted with Company I, One Hundred and Fifth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and was in service about one year, when he was seriously wounded and discharged from service.  Mr. Webb has lived on this farm for thirty-five years and is one of the pioneer shoemakers of the community, at which trade he is still actively engaged.
     In 1865, Mr. Webb is married to Miss Cynthia L. Allison, who was born on this farm in 1841.  She is now deceased.  To Mr. and Mrs. Webb two children were born:  Alice, who died in infancy; and Inez Parsons, who lives with her father.  She has two children: Wayne, lives at Warren, Ohio; and Bessie Parsons, at home.
     Mr. Webb is a Republican and has served as school director and constable.  He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and belongs to the Grand Army of the Republic.
Source #2 - History of Ashtabula County, Ohio by Moina W. Large - Vol. I - 1924 - Page 1084
WEBSTER BROTHERS, proprietors of the Dorset sawmill, are successors to Smith & Wilson.  The mill was first established by John C. Smith, and the present firm purchased his interest in 1877.  Two years later they acquired Wilson's interest in the establishment and assumed full control.  The Webster Brothers cut about 400,000 feet of lumber annually at this mill and they also own a portable mill, which they are now operating at Black Ash, Pennsylvania, under the management of A. S. Webster, of the firm of Webster Brothers.  M. H. Webster controls the Dorset mill, which has been remodeled and equipped with the most modern and improved mechanical devices, making it one of the best mills in this part of Ashtabula county.
     The Webster brothers were reared in this county, at or near Lenox, where their father, Roswell Webster, has resided for the past forty-one years.  He grew to maturity in Morgan township, as did also his wife, nee Emily P. Harvey, who died in 1868.  They were the parents of five children: Alma A., wife of P. P. Church, of Wahoo, Nebraska; Amers S., a member of the firm of Webster Brothers, and a resident of Crawford county, Pennsylvania; Melvin H., the second member of the firm; Cornie, an employe of the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railroad, at Ashtabula; and Kate, who was the wife of Byron Bulfinch; and died at Cleveland, Ohio, in 1890; a half brother, Fred, is still at home.
     Melvin Webster was born Nov. 14, 1852, and was reared on the home farm, remaining there until he attained his twenty-third year, since which time he has been engaged in the milling business.  He also owns and conducts a farm of fifty-five acres, which is located near Dorset, and upon which, in 1878, he erected a good two-story frame residence, 16 x 20 feet in main dimensions, with an L, 14 x 20 feet.  Mr. Webster was married May 4, 1878, to Miss Carrie Geneva Mack, a daughter of Israel and Corinia (Grover) Mack, of Lenox, Ashtabula county.  To this happy union three children have been given: Maude E., Florence E., and Lucy C.
In his political attitude Mr. Webster was formerly a Republican, but now votes with the People's party.  He has served as Constable of his township and as a member of the Board of Education, being held in high esteem in the community as an honorable and enterprising business man.
  Source #1:  Biographical History of Northeastern Ohio - Chicago:  Lewis Pub. Co.,  1893 - Page 713


DR. ELIZUR M. WEBSTER, physician and surgeon, Kingsville, Ohio, was born at this place, May 21, 1827.  He comes from an ancestry in which he may justly take pride, and he likewise has reason to be proud of his posterity.
     The first of the Websters who came to Ohio landed in Ashtabula county in 1808, when this county was nearly all wilderness.  Among them the oldest was the great-grand-father of the Doctor, Michael Webster, who was born in Litchfield, Connecticut, May 8, 1848, a direct descendant of John Webster, who came from Warwickshire, England, about the year 1636, and became Governor of Connecticut in 1656 and who was also one of the Commissioners of the United Colonies.
     By occupation Michael was a farmer.  He served as a soldier all through the Revolutionary war and died at Williamsfield; Ashtabula county, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Minerva North, Feb. 15, 1850, lacking only two months of being 102 years old.  The day he was a hundred he walked from Jefferson to Kingsville, a distance of sixteen miles.  Elizabeth (Clark) Webster, his wife, died Oct. 15, 1853, aged seventy-seven years.  They had twelve children, two of whom, Michael and David, settled in Jefferson, Ohio, and their families now live in that township.  All the children's names were, in order:  Clark, Elizabeth, Daniel, Michael, Jr., Luman, Leman, Polly, Sally, Elemuel, Fanny, Clarissa and Minerva.
, the oldest son, was born at Litchfield, Connecticut, Dec. 3, 1774, married Naamah Hall, by whom he had seven children, namely: Michael, Hiram H., Frances, Almira, Michael W. (2d), Ardavan and Sally.  Michael (1st) died in infancy.  Hiram H. was born at Lanesborough, Massachusetts, May 17, 1800, and was married to Corinna L. Loomis, Apr. 10, 1824.  They were the parents of Corinna, Elizur Michael (our subject), Laura A., Ann Eliza, Clarinda L., Charles H., Emily F. and Henry C.
     Hiram H.
came with his parents to Ashtabula county, where he received his preliminary education, subsequently supplementing the same with a course at the grammar school at Conneaut.  He began a study of medicine at Kelloggsville, Ohio, in the office of Dr. Vosburgh, completing his studies under the perceptorship of Dr. Coleman, of Ashtabula, in 1824.  After passing a rigid examination before the State Medical Board, he was admitted to practice and opened an office at Kingsville.  He was appointed Justice of the Peace July 8, 1839, by Governor Wilson Shannon.  He was a member of the "underground railway" association and assisted to freedom many a poor fugitive from the slavery States.  He was a charter member of Orion Lodge, F. & A. M., a member of the Disciples' Church, and a strong believer in its doctrines.  He died at Kingsville, Feb. 19, 1888, his wife having entered into eternal rest May 29, 1870.
     When Dr. Hiram H. Webster was five years of age his parents moved to Franklin, Delaware county, New York.  After two years passed at this point, his father made a trip to "New Connecticut," as the Western Reserve was then called, and without making a purchase of land put in a piece of wheat on the Ashtabula flats.  This land was owned by Matthew Hubbard.  Returning to Franklin for his family, he soon started for Ohio, calculating to reach Buffalo on runners.  At Skaneateles he found two families named Pratt and Bartlett, also en rout for the "promised land," and in company with them proceeded onward, and in due time arrived at Black Rock, where they found a large open boat, which was offered them at a low price, as it had become unseaworthy, - indeed was almost a wreck.  However, an arrangement was effected whereby Mr. Webster repaired the boat, and in return was given a passage for his family and goods to Ashtabula landing.  It was not altogether a safe voyage, as not one of the company was acquainted with handling a boat except Mr. Webster.  The motive power was supplied by oars and settling-poles, aided by extemporized sails of bed blankets and sheets.  There were twenty-one on board.  At night the boat was beached and made fast, the greater portion of the passengers going ashore to sleep.  Reaching Ashtabula, they tarried there until June, 1809, when the family removed to Kingsville and made a permanent settlement.  In the nineteenth year of his age Hiram Hall Webster commenced the study of medicine, and in 1824 entered upon the practice of his profession.  For over thirty years he was a practitioner at Kingsville, where he became well known and had the respect of all.
     Dr. E. M. Webster is one of a family of eight, namely: Corinna N., who died Jan. 17, 1861, was born Mar. 10, 1825, and was the wife of Rev. Erastus C. Williams, a minister in the Presbyterian Church at Kingsville for many years; Dr. Elizur Michael, the subject of this article; Laura Ann who died in infancy; Ann Eliza, was of D. P. Venan, was born Dec. 14, 1830, and died Aug. 23, 1852; Clarinda L., born Aug. 19, 1833, is the wife of D. P. Venan; Charles H., born July 21, 1836, lives in Kelloggsville; Emily F., born Sept. 6, 1839, is the wife of A. L. Newcomb, and lives at Hiawatha, Kansas; and Henry C., born Feb. 11, 1842, a soldier in the late war, died in the hospital at Philadelphia, Oct. 8, 1862.
     The subject of this sketch had excellent educational advantages for his day.  He read medicine under the instruction of his father, and in due time entered the medical department of the Western Reserve College at Cleveland, Ohio, where he was graduated Feb. 22, 1854.  He began the practice of his profession at Kingsville with his father, and has continued his professional career here up to the present time, meeting with eminent success.  He is examiner for several insurance companies, and for twenty-three years served as county physician.  In the winter of 1874-'75 he was at London in Guy's Hospital with Dr. John C. Hubbard, of Ashtabula.
     Dr. E. M. Webster was married June 4, 1851, to Emily A. Beckwith, daughter of Lemuel and Sarah (Palen) Beckwith, her parents having located in Kingsville, Ohio, in 1838.  The Doctor and his wife have had two children: Darwin P., who died in infancy; and Dr. George E., born July 25, 1858.  Dr. George E. is a graduate of the Western Reserve Medical College with the class of 1880.  He spent two years in the Cleveland City Hospital, and since then has been a practitioner in Ashtabula county.  He married Alice M. Blodgett, daughter of Ira A. and Alice J. (Kent) Blodgett, Dec. 31, 1883, and they have two children, George Kenneth and Alice Geraldine.
     Dr. Webster
and his son are Knights Templar, and affiliate with Cache Commandery, No. 27, at Conneaut.  They are Republican in politics.  Both are elders in the Presbyterian Church, of which their wives are also members.  The father and grandfather of Dr. E. M. Webster were station agents and conductors on the underground railway before the war.  They kept the sable sons of Ham in the garret in Clark Webster's house.  For many years the senior Dr. Webster has been an honored leader not only in the professional ranks but also in business and political circles.  He is still active in his profession, and, although now well advanced in years, has no occasion to retire from the large and lucrative practice which he has so successfully established.  It is but just to say of the younger Doctor that he takes rank as a leader among the rising physicians of the county.
  Source #1:  Biographical History of Northeastern Ohio - Chicago:  Lewis Pub. Co.,  1893 - Page 634
FERRIS WEBSTER came to Jefferson with his father in 1807, then a small boy; worked with his father on the farm until about 1831, at which time he commenced building the large hotel south of the Court House, which Mr. Baldwin now occupies, he had but very little capital, and with his own labor, he procured the lumber for the hotel.  Although not a mechanic, he performed much of the carpenter work himself.  C. Udell worked with him considerable.  The first year he had it enclosed, the second year the floors were laid and rough partitions put up.  With this rude finish he commenced hotel keeping, and as his means increased he continued to finish the inside, and in process of time he had a very good run of custom.  In 1842 he sold the hotel to Dexter Thornton; in 1844 Thornton sold it to Walter Strong; in 1853 Strong sold it to John B. Church; in 1854 Church sold it to James L. Oliver; until 1858 i8t was leased to John C. Oliver; until 1858 it was leased to John C. Thompson who purchased it in 1866, then sold it to Stephen McIntyre in 18776, its present owner.  Mr. Baldwin, the present landlord, has been in possession several years.
Source: Condensed History of Jefferson, Ashtabula Co., OH - Publ. Jefferson, O., J. A. Howells & Company - 1878 - Page 81
GEORGE WEBSTER moved to that neighborhood in 1849; he commenced in the woods in the usual way by living in a log cabin and clearing away the forest, and in a few years by faithful labor he had secured to himself a fine farm.  In 1862 he built the excellent house in which he lives now.  He was born in Jefferson, and is the only one of the early settlers now living in that part of the township.
Source: Condensed History of Jefferson, Ashtabula Co., OH - Publ. Jefferson, O., J. A. Howells & Company - 1878 - Page 75


LUMAN WEBSTER went to live with Daniel Webster when he was quite young, and lived with him up to twenty-four years of age.  In 1848 he bought a lot, mostly wild land, in the northwest part of the township; was then a single man; went into a log cabin which had been previously built and vacated, and commenced singly and alone, to clear off the heavy forest timber.  About 1851 he married Miss Stella Hickok, and with uncommon hard labor and perseverance, in a few years he had a fine farm under good cultivation, and good substantial buildings.  In 1863 he sold his farm and bought the old farm purchased in an early day by Mr. Hickock on which the father and grandfather of his wife had lived, and resides there now; he is now one of the best farmers in town, and is very generous with his money where he thinks it is most needed.

Source: Condensed History of Jefferson, Ashtabula Co., OH - Publ. Jefferson, O., J. A. Howells & Company - 1878 - Page 109

RALSMOND WEBSTER commenced improving the farm in 1842, where Vincent Reynolds lives now.  Webster lived on it several years, then moved West.
Source: Condensed History of Jefferson, Ashtabula Co., OH - Publ. Jefferson, O., J. A. Howells & Company - 1878 - Page 75
ROSWELL WEBSTER, a farmer and stock-raiser of Lenox township, Ashtabula county, Ohio, resides a mile north and a mile and a quarter east of the center of Lenox, his farm being one of the most attractive and desirable in this vicinity.  He comes of good old New England stock, his parents, Herman And Annie (Bailey) Webster, being both natives of Connecticut, the former born in Litchfield county, where he grew to manhood and learned the trade of shoemaker.  In 1815, Herman Webster, accompanied by his wife and five children, left Connecticut for Ohio, making the journey overland by ox cart, and being six weeks on the way.  He had exchanged his property in Connecticut for a farm in Morgan township, Ashtabula county; and, taking possession of the latter, which was in the midst of a forest, he made a clearing, built a cabin and began the life of a pioneer.  Many were the hardships and privations of that period, all of which he manfully met and overcame.  He here passed the remainder of his life, building for himself and family a beautiful home and laying away an ample competency for old age.  His death occurred in 1847, in his seventy-sixty year.  This worthy couple were the parents of ten children, five of whom were born in Morgan township.
     The subject of this sketch was born in Morgan township, Ashtabula county, Ohio, Feb. 5, 1824, and his early life was passed on his father's farm, where his chief occupation was chopping wood.  His educational advantages were such as the country schools afforded in that early pioneer time.  When twenty-four years of age, he was married and shortly afterward settled on his present farm, comprising 158 acres, which he purchased in company with his brother.  Here the brothers set to work clearing a small place, on which they built a log cabin.  Roswell some time later exchanged his interest in the homestead of his father for that of his brother in this new farm, and he still retains the entire tract.   He continued the work of clearing until the timber disappeared from all save eighteen acres, which he kept for wood purposes.  A good dwelling soon took the place of the cabin home, which, in turn, was superseded by a commodious residence of eleven rooms, built in 1861.  This latter structure was destroyed by fire in 1881, after which Mr. Webster built his present elegant home.  He also erected barns and other farm buildings, planted orchards, etc., and to-day has one of the finest farms in the vicinity.
     Mr. Webster was one of the boys in blue, who fought for the old flag during the troublous days of the Civil war.  He enlisted, in 1862, as a private in Company H, One Hundred and Twenty-fifth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and remained in the service eleven months, five of which were spent in the hospital, where he was compelled to go from the effects of a dislocated ankle, having been kicked by a mule, and from which injury he has never recovered.
     In 1847, Mr. Webster was married to Miss Emily P. Harvey, an estimable lady, who was born and reared in Morgan township.  She was well versed in all the useful details of the pioneer home and proved a helpmate in every sense of the word.  They had five children: Elma A., born in 1848, married P. O. Church, and resides on a farm in Saunders county, Nebraska; Spencer A., born in 1850, is engaged in the lumber business at Black Ash, Pennsylvania; Melvin H., born in 1853, is a resident of Dorset township, this county; Cornie D., born in 1855, is in the employ of the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railroad, living in Ashtabula; and Katie E., born in 1867, was married to Byron Bullfinch, and died in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1890.  Mr. Webster was called upon to mourn the death of his devoted wife Oct. 5, 1867, who left many friends to lament her loss.  She was a Baptist and was active in both church and Sunday school work.  In December, 1869, Mr. Webster was again married, his second wife being Miss Flyvia Waters, who was born and reared in Lenox township, Ashtabula county, and is a daughter of Timothy Waters, an old pioneer of northeastern Ohio.  She was a successful teacher before marriage, and is a woman of culture and refinement.  They have one child, Fred A., born April 19, 1871.  Mrs. Webster is a member of the Congregational Church and of the Women's Relief Corps.
     Personally, Mr. Webster is a genial, well-informed gentleman.  In his home are found the leading newspapers and periodicals of the day and few men are better posted on current events and markets than he.  He contributes by his energy and enterprise to the prosperity of the community, of which he is a prominent and influential citizen.
  Source #1:  Biographical History of Northeastern Ohio - Chicago:  Lewis Pub. Co.,  1893 - Page
H. A. WEIBLEN, who is successfully engaged in the real estate business in Ashtabula, was born there in 1877 and is the son of A. and Caroline (Goeble) Weiblen.
     A. Weiblen
was a native of Germany, as was also his wife.  He was born in 1842 and died in 1920.  Mr. Weiblen was a tanner by trade and many years ago came to this country and followed his trade.  He later engaged in the grocery business.  Mr. and Mrs. Weiblen had the following children:  Mrs. D. C. Kinnear, lives at Waterbury, Conn.; and she has a daughter, Mildred Harmon, who is a talented young musician of Ashtabula; Mrs. T. A. Cheney lives in Ashtabula, and she has two children, Paul and Virginia;  and H. A., the subject of this sketch.
     H. A. Weiblen received his education in the public schools of Ashtabula, where he has always lived.  When a young man he engaged in the grocery business and in 1907 became interested in the real estate business.  His venture in that business has been successful and he is well and favorably known throughout the county.  Mr. Weiblen's office is located at 52 Lake Street.
     In December, 1899, Mr. Weiblen was united in marriage with Miss Margaret Espy, a native of Ashtabula, and the daughter of James and Fern (Collins) Espy, natives of Espyville, Ohio.  Mr. Espy was born in 1840 and died in 1917.  His wife, who was born in 1845, died in 1898.  Mr. and Mrs. Espy were the parents of the following children: Collins, died in 1897, as did also his wife, Emma Stevens, when they were killed by a train in Ashtabula; Robert, lives in Franklin, Ohio, married Margaret Barr, and they have one child, Weldon Barr; Mary, married James Eagles, and they have two children, Jean and Espy, live at Conneaut; Harriet Watrous, lives in Ashtabula, and has one son, Robert; and Mrs. Weiblen.  To Mr. and Mrs. Weiblen one son has been born, Collins, born in 1905, a high school student.
    Mr. Weiblen is a Democrat and a member of the Congregational church.
Source #2 - History of Ashtabula County, Ohio - by Moina W. Large - Vol. I - 1924 - Page  1029
ISAAC H. WELCH, deceased, was for many years identified with Ashtabula County as a prominent citizen.  He was born at Alliance, Ohio, Oct. 13, 1845.
     On Oct. 17, 1873, Mr. Welch was united in marriage with Miss Mary S. Williams, a native of Jefferson, and a member of one of Ashtabula County's oldest families.  She was born Oct. 17, 1853, and is the daughter of Joseph and Amanda (Hathaway) Williams.
     Joseph Williams
came to Ashtabula County with his parents in 1819, making the trip from New York by oxen teams.  He was the son of Silas Williams, who was killed by a falling tree in March, 1836.  Joseph Williams became a prosperous farmer of Ashtabula County and died Jan. 1, 1923.  His wife died Jan. 25, 1895.  She was also a member of an old Ohio family that settled there in 1836.  To Isaac H. and Mary S. (Williams) Welch, three children were born:  Silas N., born Feb. 20, 1875, died Oct. 18, 1899; Joseph F., born July 22, 1882, a civil engineer, lives at Buffalo, N. Y.; and Walter H., born July 30, 1892, and expert accountant, lives at Atlanta, Ga.  There are four grandchildren: Richard Joseph, Henry Walter, George Newell and Jean Effie.
     Isaac H. Welch
was a harness maker by trade and owned and operated a shop at Jefferson for many years.  He died June 23, 1916.  Mrs. Welch owns 200 acres of good farm land in Ashtabula County, as well as her home and other property in Jefferson.
     Mr. Welch was a Republican and a charter member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.  The Welch family is widely known in Ashtabula County.
Source: History of Ashtabula County, Ohio - by Moina W. Large - Vol. I - 1924 - Page  1071
EDWARD L. WELLMAN is a well known business man and substantial citizen of Conneaut.  He was born there June 24, 1885, and is the son of Forest and Lavinia (Wright) Wellman.
     Forest Wellman
was born at Madison, Ohio, and for many years has been a prominent farmer of Conneaut Township.  He is now associated with the American Can Company of Cleveland and lives in Cleveland.  Mrs. Wellman is deceased.  To Mr. and Mrs. Wellman three children were born: Monta, died at the age of 18 years; Edward L., the subject of this sketch, and Ralph, lives in Cleveland.
     After receiving his preliminary education in Conneaut, Edward L. Wellman attended a Cleveland business college and remained in that city four years.  Since 1910 he has been associated in business with the Conneaut Leather Company and is now secretary of the firm.
     In 1907, Mr. Wellman was united in marriage with Miss Julia Chapman, a native of Conneaut Township, and the daughter of John and Lorain (Smith) Chapman, natives of Pennsylvania and early settlers of Ashtabula County.  Mr. Chapman died in 1908 and his wife died in 1896.  They were the parents of the following children:  Belle, deceased, was the wife of Charles Hedder, lives at Conneaut; J. D., deceased; George, engaged in the real estate business at Conneaut; Sylvia, married P. C. Gates, lives in Beaver Center, Pa.; Warren, lives at Beaver Center, Pa.; Grace, married F. E. Bernd, lives in Cleveland; and Joe and Julia, twins.  To Mr. and Mrs. Wellman have been born two children, John and Richard, students.
     In politics, Mr. Wellman is identified with the Republican party.  He is a member of the Methodist Church and belongs to the Masonic lodge.  Mr. Wellman is a reliable citizen, industrious and enterprising.
Source: History of Ashtabula County, Ohio - by Moina W. Large - Vol. I - 1924 - Page  677
E. E. WELTON, a substantial and well known farmer of Saybrook Township, is a member of one of Ashtabula County's oldest families.  He was born at Harpersfield, Ohio, Nov. 22, 1849, and is the son of Nathan and Chrinthia (Griffin) Welton.
     Truman N. Welton
, grandfather of the subject of this sketch, was a native of Connecticut, and among the earliest settlers of Austinburg.  He was a teacher for many years and later purchased a farm of 100 acres in Saybrook Township, where he engaged in dairy farming.  His son, Nathan, was born in Ashtabula and became one of the farmers and stockmen of the county.  He died at the age of 65 years and his wife died at the age of 57 years.  They were the parents of five children, two of whom are now living:  E. E., the subject of this sketch; and Arthur, who lives in Ashtabula.
     E. E. Welton grew up on his father's farm and attended the schools of Austinburg.  When a young man he entered the employ of the New York Central Railroad as a switch tender, where he remained until 1908, at which time he purchased his present farm.  At one time Mr. Welton owned 112 acres, 40 of which were later sold to his son-in-law, Harry Bolte.
     Mr. Welton
was married first to Miss Fannie Starkweather, deceased.  She met her death while preparing breakfast for her family, when her clothing was ignited and she died from burns.  Mr. and Mrs. Welton were the parents of five children:  Edward, who died in 1917; Ernest, lives at Akron, Ohio; Robert, Ashtabula; George, lives at Saybrook; and Mrs. Pearl Parker, lives at Kenmore, Ohio.  On March 24, 1886, Mr. Welton was married to Miss Catherine Frambaugh, a native of Liverpool, Ohio, and the daughter of Leobold and Margaret (Mott) Frambaugh, both deceased.  To Mr. and Mrs. Frombaugh the following children were born: Margaret Offenburg, lives at Lenox, Ohio; Lena Neff, Helen Walton,  and Jacob, all deceased; Henry, lives at Akron, Ohio; Anna Hill, Mary Walton, Theodore, George, and Charles, all decease; and Mrs. Welton.  To E. E. and Catherine (Frombaugh) Welton, ten children were born, as follows:  Frederick, born Jan. 16, 1886, lives at Ashtabula;  Willard, born Nov. 16, 1888, lives at Ashtabula; Llewellyn, born May 2, 1890, lives at East Ashtabula; Harry, born Sept. 4, 1892, died at the age of 18 years; Cora, born July 23, 1894, wife of C. J. Lockwood, Madison, Ohio; Harvey, born July 26, 1896, a veteran of the World War, lives at home; Elsie, born Aug. 12, 1898, wife of Harry Bolte, Ashtabula; Bernice, born Oct. 10, 1902, wife of Willis Mosier, Garrettsville, Ohio; Earl born May 11, 1907, and Lillian, born Jan. 4, 1909, both at home.
     Mr. Welton is one of the highly esteemed men of his community.
Source: History of Ashtabula County, Ohio - by Moina W. Large - Vol. I - 1924 - Page  567

WILLIAM E. WENNER, educator, lecturer and legislator, is one of the widely known men of Ashtabula County and Northern Ohio.  He was born in Pennsylvania, Aug. 27, 1872, the eldest of 12 children, 11 of whom are living.  His father was of Pennsylvania Dutch descent, and his mother was of Scotch Irish parentage.
     Mr. Wenner received his elementary training in the public schools of Pennsylvania, and afterward attended the Westminster Preparatory School, Clarion State Normal and Westminster College, receiving from the last named institution, his Bachelor of Arts Degree.  He was dependent upon his own efforts for the means of defraying his expenses while a student in these institutions.
     For four years Mr. Wenner taught in rural and high schools.  For eight years he was superintendent of schools at Fredericksburg, Ohio.  Following this, he was, for two years, head of the English Department of Slippery Rock State Normal School at Slippery Rock, Pa.  He resigned this position to become assistant principal of Wooster University Preparatory School at Wooster, Ohio, being associated in this relationship with Prof. J. H. Dickason, head of the Wooster University Summer School for Teachers.  This widely popular school was in session upwards of 20 summers, during 14 of which Mr. Wenner was a member of the faculty teaching Latin and Literature.  For 15 years, Mr. Wenner has been superintendent of the Harbor Special School District at Ashtabula, and during that time, these schools have maintained a high standard too well known to the people of this community to need repetition here.
     Mr. Wenner is now serving his third term in the Ohio State Legislature, being a member of the Senate in the 85th Session.  Mr. Wenner has advanced in a political way, not as a result of efforts on his own behalf during campaigns, but because the voters realize his usual ability, his fairness and fearlessness, his integrity and dependability.  His only boss is his own conscience – his sense of right and justice toward all whom he represents.  He is particularly well equipped to fill a position in which direct first-hand knowledge of the requirements and interests of men in different relations to society is essential.  He knows what it means to work up by his own efforts.  He spent the first 18 years of his life on a Pennsylvania farm with comparatively limited opportunities, but he struggled and studied until he acquired a good education through the exercise of an eager and retentitive mind.  Today he is known as a student of many of the big questions of local, state and national interests.  His analytical mind, quickened by keen perception has given him an unusually clear conception of some of the most intricate problems.
     While in the Legislature, Mr. Wenner has been particularly interested in legislation affecting public education, Americanization and labor.  In the 83rd Session, he was chairman of the Committee on Building Loan and other savings institutions, was a member of the Committee on Universities and Colleges, States and Economic Betterment, Cities, Common Schools, Federal Relations and Labor.  In the 84th Session he was a member of the Committees on Cities, Labor, Taxation and Common Schools.  During his first term he introduced among other measures, a bill for the revision of the school code which is now part of the statutes of Ohio.  While serving his next term he presented a bill providing for compulsory physical education, and a bill for the Extension of the Benefits of the Workmen’s Compensation Act, commonly known as the Occupational Disease Bill.  Mr. Wenner is especially interested in revision of the methods of legislation; changes in the methods of levying taxes; education, with special emphasis on physical training, and practical Americanization; and questions affecting labor.
     For ten summers, Mr. Wenner has been on the Redpath Chautauqua Circuit, lecturing on civic, social and educational themes.  During this time he has delivered over 1500 addresses in over a thousand cities in about thirty-five states.
     On Jan. 8, 1902, Mr. Wenner was married to Miss Margie L. Rugh of Salem, Pa.  They have two sons, Thomas and Leland.
     Mr. Wenner
is a member of the Masonic Lodge, holding membership in Garfield Lodge, A. F. & A. M. No. 528, Shreve, Ohio; the Council at Conneaut, Ohio; the Chapter and Commandery at Ashtabula, and the Consistory at Cleveland.  He is a member of the District, State and National Educational Associations.  He is President of the Ashtabula Chamber of Commerce and of the Community Fund Committee, and is a member of the Congregational Church and of the National Council of the Young Men’s Christian Association.
Source: History of Ashtabula County, Ohio - by Moina W. Large - Vol. I - 1924 - Page  449     - Portrait on Page 448

MARCUS WEST, a well-to-do respected farmer of Saybrook township, Ashtabula county, Ohio, was born in Middlefield, Hampshire county, Massachusetts, Jan. 16, 1822.  He comes of good old patriotic American stock, his grandfather, David West, having been a native of Connecticut, whence he emigrated to Massachusetts about the beginning of the present century, taking with him all his family, among whom was Horace, the father of the subject of this sketch.  David was out on a small lake with an old sea captain shortly after his removal to his adopted State, when a squall came up and overturned the craft, drowning the occupants.  Horace West, father of the subject of this sketch, was born in Ellington, Connecticut, and was a small boy when his parents removed to Massachusetts, where his life was passed.  He married Jemima Torry, daughter of Elijah Torry, of a well-known New England family, and they had four children: David and Elijah, twins, born July 25, 1818; and a second pair of twins - Marcus, the subject of this sketch, and Mary, who married John Adams, now a resident of Wyoming county, New York.
     Owing to the limited means of his parents, the subject of this sketch was early thrown on his own resources, and did not receive the educational advantages which his father greatly desired to give him and which he would, under other circumstances, certainly have enjoyed.  However, he obtained a fair education in the district and select schools of his vicinity, which he supplemented by self application and general reading, until he is now a well informed and capable man.  When nineteen years of age, he entered into an agreement with William Masters who had a mail contract between local points of Chester, Middlefield, Becket, Hinsdale and Washington, to carry the mail for said contractor on Saturdays for his board during the week while he attended school.  After reaching his majority, he worked for many years by the month.  In fact his self support dates from the tenth year of his age.  He had a natural mechanical aptitude, and by experiment and practice, acquired quite a knowledge of carpentry, at which he has worked to a considerable extent, being, in fact, a handy man with any sort of tools to which he has had access.  To slightly anticipate, we may call attention to the fact that when his children were small, he took out his leather and implements and mended their shoes in approved style.  By economy he has accumulated a competency to provide himself with comforts during his declining years.  In 1845 he removed from Massachusetts to Wyoming county, New York, returning to the Bay State in 1853.  In the spring of 1858 he moved to Lowville, Erie county, Pennsylvania, where he remained until 1883, when he came to Saybrook, where he has ever since resided.  Here he purchased 100 acres of excellent land which he has handsomely improved, the farm now justly ranking with the bet in the county.  This prosperity is entirely due to his own unaided efforts and good management, and reflects credit on his industry and determination of character.
     Mr. West was first married to Thankful Davis, a woman of sterling worth, daughter of Austin Davis, a Lieutenant in the war of 1812.  By a previous marriage, Thankful had four sons, whom Mr. West reared to manhood as his own.  To our subject and his wife five children were born:  Ellen Esther, deceased, was the wife of Prof. Washburn; Luvena Letica, deceased, was the wife of Nelson Hunt; Sexton DeWitt, a prominent citizen of Wattsburgh, Pennsylvania; George Emmett, now of Ashtabula; and Nathan, who died at the age of five years.  Nov. 1, 1853, the family were called upon to mourn the loss of the devoted wife and mother, who died regretted by all who knew her.  Mr. West was afterward married to Caroline L Ballou, an estimable lady, daughter of Elias Ballou, a wealthy farmer, and they had three children: Mary, wife of William Howes, Horace Bert, now at home; and Monroe E., deceased at three years.  Death again visited the family and removed the faithful mother, who left three children to the care of the afflicted husband.  Mr. West was married Jan. 1, 1874, to Hattie Gillett, a lady of domestic tastes, daughter of a prosperous farmer of Goshen, Massachusetts, and they had one child: Hattie, now a young woman, who graduates in 1893 at a New England College in New Haven, Connecticut.  In 1875, Mr. West was deprived by death of his wife, who was a woman of many amiable qualities, and greatly esteemed by all who knew her.  June 12, 1887, Mr. West was married to Mrs. Emma E. Franklin, a highly respected lady, whose husband died in the Union army.  Her maiden name was Dole, her father being a well-to-do citizen of Franklin county, Massachusetts, widely and favorably known.  Her mother was before marriage a Miss Rudd, a member of an old and prominent family.
     All young men would do well to study the life of Mr. West in order to discover the secret of his success, which is not confined to financial prosperity, but extends to the higher matters of social prominence and esteem as well as domestic happiness.  It will be found that all this is due to his continued industry, economy and careful management, as well as upright dealing with his fellow men, and his general moral character.
  Source #1:  Biographical history of northeastern Ohio - Chicago:  Lewis Pub. Co.,  1893 - Page 699
HENRY WETMORE, a successful farmer of Monroe township, Ashtabula county, was born Dec. 23, 1851, and has always lived on a farm.  His grandfather, Benjamin Wetmore, was born in Connecticut, and came from Middletown, that state, in 1818, to Ohio.  He came in the fall of the year, with an ox team, and brought his family with him.  He settled on a farm and spent the remainder of his life in Kelloggsville township, Ashtabula county.  He married Thankful Lucas, of Connecticut, and their children were: Elnathan, Ebenezer, Sally, Lucretia, John, Abigail, Eliza and Benjamin, all deceased.
     John Wetmore was a farmer and cleared land for the cultivation of wheat.  He and his wife were members of the Methodist Episcopal church.  He married Juliet Sands, born in 1823, and died in 1861.  Their children were: Henry; Thomas, born in 1853, lives in Texas; Ida, married W. G. Munyan, of Newport News, Virginia; and Julia married O. A. Lillie and lies in Sheffield township, Ashtabula county.
     Henry Wetmore was the oldest of the children.  He attended school at Kelloggsville.  He owns 120 acres of land and carries on general farming; he formerly conducted a dairy and raised considerable stock.  He is public-spirited and progressive, and takes interest in public affairs.  Politically he is a Republican.  Mr. Wetmore married Nora Blood, born Jan. 2, 1852, and their children are: Will, born Jan. 7, 1875, died in Apr., 1904; John, born Feb. 23, 1878, lives at home; and Belle, born Jun. 26, 1881, married Oliver Clark, and lives in Monroe township, near her parents.
Source #4: History of the Western Reserve, Vol. 3 - 1910 - Page 1566 (See Note 1)
G. D. WHEELER, who ranks among the leading and successful farmers of Ashtabula County, was born on the farm where he now lives in Morgan Township, Feb. 22, 1867, and is a son of J. H. and Marian (Case) Wheeler.
     J. H. Wheeler
was a native of Saybrook Township and the son of Isaac Taylor, who was among the first settlers of Ashtabula County.  The former engaged in the mercantile business at East Trumbull, Ohio, during his early life, and in 1859 purchased the present Wheeler farm in Morgan Township, where he died Apr. 6, 1886.  His wife was a native of Hartsgrove, Ohio, born Aug. 13, 1838.  She died May 29, 1921.  To this union three children were born:  Clara Bond, born July 16, 1857, died June 1, 1918; M. P., born May 19, 1862, lives at Casper, Wyo.; and G. D.,  the subject of this sketch.
     After the death of her husband, Mrs. Wheeler was later married to H. W. Horton, of Hartsgrove, Ohio.
     G. D. Wheeler attended the district school and has spent his entire life on the same farm.  He specializes in dairy farming and is successful.
     On Jan. 5, 1888, Mr. Wheeler was married to Miss Mabel Gallup, who was born in Morgan Township, June 6, 1870, the daughter of William and R. A. (Bailey) Gallup.  She died in 1891.  On June 18, 1893, Mr. Wheeler was married to Miss Ada Bower, a native of Trumbull, Ohio, born Feb. 22, 1867, and the daughter of Simon and Eliza (Wright) Bower, who were the parents of the following children: Anna Ferris, lives at Pontiac, Mich.; Mrs. Wheeler and Ralph Bower, lives at Geneva.  To G. D. and Ada (Bower) Wheeler two children were born:  Marian Moore, born June 7, 1894, lives in Ashtabula, and has one son, Robert G. Moore, born May 29, 1919; and Helen, born July 10, 1904, lives at home.
     Politically Mr. Wheeler is a Democrat.  He is a member of the Christian Church, and a reliable citizen of Morgan Township.
Source: History of Ashtabula County, Ohio - by Moina W. Large - Vol. I - 1924 - Page  1078
S. C. WHETSON,  a successful farmer and stockman of Colebrook Township, and the owner of 100 acres of well improved land, was born at Bloomfield, in Trumbull County, Ohio, in October, 1873, and is a son of T. B. and Mary (Copper) Whetson.  Mr. and Mrs. Whetson were born in Pennsylvania.  They were the parents of the following children:  Angeline, lives at Warren, Ohio; Elgie, lives at Painesville, Ohio; S. C., the subject of this sketch; Dora, lives at Kenilworth, Ohio; Elgin, lives on the old home place; and John, lives at Greensburg, Ohio.
     S. C. Whetson received his education in the public schools and spent his boyhood on his father's farm in Bloomfield.  HE has lived in Colebrook Township since 1913, where he is engaged in dairy farming.
     On Nov. 18, 1902, Mr. Whetson was united in marriage with Miss Mabel P. Knight, a native of Trumbull County, born in 1880, and a daughter of Richard and Martha Knight, both deceased.  To Mr. and Mrs. Whetson five children have been born, as follows:  Martha Mullett, lives at Hartford, Ohio; M. R., a farmer, lives in Colebrook Township; Dora Martig of Minnesota; Nina, and Wilma, at home.
     Mr. Whetson is an independent voter and in 1824 was appointed township trustee.  He is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and has served on the school board four years.  Mr. Whetson is a practical and ambitious farmer, and a man highly esteemed in his neighborhood.
Source: History of Ashtabula County, Ohio - by Moina W. Large - Vol. I - 1924 - Page  946
DR. WALZO A. WHITE, resident dentist of Orwell, Ohio, although recently settled in that city has already built up an extensive practice and acquired a reputation for skill and thoroughness in his profession that an older practitioner that himself might well envy.
     He comes of good old American stock, both parents having belonged to ancient and honored families long resident of America.  His father, James White, was a native of Ohio, while his mother was before her marriage Miss Rosanna Phillips born Dec. 20, 1823.  She married when about eighteen years of age and shortly afterward removed with her husband to Middlefield, Ohio, which continued to be her home until about 1878.  The father of the subject of this sketch responded to his country's call at the time of the recent war, enlisting in the Sixty-first Ohio Regiment of Infantry, and dying in the Southern hospital in 1865, from an attack of small-pox.  Thus deprived of her natural supporter and protector and with eight children depending upon her, this worthy mother proved herself an able and affectionate parent.  She so reared them that not one brought the blush of shame to her cheek, but proved a source of pride and comfort in her old age.  About 1878, she removed to Claridon, where she lived one year when she returned to Middlefield, and four years later went to Hampden, where she died, May 14, 1893, leaving many friends to mourn her loss.  She never remarried, finding her greatest happiness in the care of her children.  She was a consistent, worthy Christian, a kind, sympathetic neighbor and an unselfish, self-sacrificing mother, and enjoyed the affectionate regard of all who knew her.  Her funeral took place in Middlefield, which had been her home for so many years, and the services were held in the Methodist Episcopal Church, in which she had been an earnest and efficient worker.  Rev. W. O. Mead, of Burton, officiated, preaching a sermon full of consolation for those surviving and replete with praise for the noble soul just departed to its reward.  Her eight children were: Elizabeth wife of A. W. Hamilton, of Middlefield; Lucy, whose first husband, B. R. Patchin, died in the army, her present husband being P. N. Fales, of Huntsburg, Ohio; Cordelia married B. F. Bowers, whose death occurred shortly before her own.  She expired in 1884, leaving one son, Earnest, who is now a well educated and promising young man of New York city, being a stenographer and typewriter operator.  Albert E. is the fourth of the family in order of birth, and resides in Middlefield, Ohio; Alice is the wife of A. G. Atwood, also of Middlefield; Rose married C. L. Whitney, of Warren, Ohio; Emma  is the wife of Dr. E. F. Jaques, a prominent dentist of Painesville, Ohio; and Walzo A., the youngest, is the subject of this sketch.
     Dr. White, whose name heads this biography, was born in Middlefield, Ohio, Feb. 17, 1861, and was reared on a farm, with only the ordinary advantages for securing an education, such as are afforded by the country schools.  What these lacked in variety, however, they made up in thoroughness, and he became well grounded in the essential of an English education.  Until he was twenty years of age, he followed the occupation of a nurseryman, acquiring in out-door exercise and persistent labor that rugged health and those habits of industry and perseverance, which are now such distinguishing characteristics of his nature.  Shortly after he attained that age, he learned telegraphy and entered the employ of the Pittsburg & Western Railway as ticket agent and telegraph operator, being first stationed at Niles, Ohio, and afterward in Middlefield, the same State.  In 1889, Mr. White  resigned his position as railway agent on account of his ill health, and some time later, commenced the study of dentistry with his brother-in-law, Dr. Jaques, of Burton, Ohio.  After pursuing his studies there two years, Mr. White went to Erie, Pennsylvania, where he became a pupil of Dr. F. H. Lawrence, celebrated for his skill in crown and bridge work and also in porcelain work in dentistry.  Dr. White acquired the skill of his instructor in these and other branches of his profession, and is particularly proud of his knowledge and efficiency in that difficult work.  On finishing his course in Erie, the Doctor returned to Burton and entered into partnership with his former tutor, Dr. Jaques, with whom he remained until October, 1892.  He then removed to Orwell, his present home, where he has gained, by careful and painstaking work, the confidence of a large patronage, and is now in the enjoyment of that success which is the reward of persistent and conscientious effort.
     The Doctor was first married Dec. 11, 1880, to Miss Lillie Hughes, an estimable lady, daughter of Israel Hughes, a wealthy farmer of Huntsburg, Ohio, and they had one child, Mabel C. born Jun. 17, 1884.  This happy union was terminated by the death, Jan. 26, 1889, of the devoted wife and mother, who expired suddenly and unexpectedly while on a visit with her child at the home of her parents.  She was stricken with unconsciousness, and before the Doctor could reach her side she had lost the power to recognize him.  She was a woman of the highest Christian character, and died in the hope of a future world.  Their daughter still resides with Mrs. White's parents.  Thus bereaved of his wife's society and consolation, the Doctor sought diversion in study and change of scene, the few succeeding years of his life being passed in Burton, Ohio, and Erie, Pennsylvania.  Dec. 31, 1891, Dr. White was married to Miss Millie Leggett, a lady of domestic tastes, daughter of James Leggett, a prominent citizen of Montville, Ohio, and they have an interesting baby girl, Myrtle B., born Feb. 7, 1893.  Mrs. White is one of twelve children and has a twin brother, Milton, the date of their birth being Nov. 22, 1866.
     Politically, the Doctor is a Republican.  He is an active member of the Congregational Church, while his wife belongs to the Methodist Episcopal denomination.  The Doctor is kindly and obliging, well adapted by skill and social traits  to gain prominence as a professional man and citizen, and enjoys the respect of all who know him.
  Source #1:  Biographical history of northeastern Ohio - Chicago:  Lewis Pub. Co.,  1893 - Page 287
JAMES WHITMORE with his family, (his wife and three children) commenced residing in Jefferson, Ashtabula county, Ohio, the first week in September, 1834, having moved from Troy, New York.  During the winter of 1834-5.  Samuel Hendry, Esq., then County Clerk, gave him employment in his office.  At the October election in 1844, Mr. Whitmore was elected to the office of County Recorder, and continued to fill that office until January, 1863.  During the year 1836, the office of township clerk becoming vacant, he was appointed to fill that office, by the trustees of the townships.  At the spring election of the year 1837, he was elected to the office of Township Treasurer, and continued in that office without intermission until the spring of 1863, when he moved to Cleveland, Ohio.  Mr. Whitmore during his residence at Jefferson, exercised the offices of Justice of the Peace, Mayor of the town and member of the Board of Education.  In the year 1836 or 1837, Mr. Whitmore and wife became members of the Presbyterian Congregational Church of Jefferson by letter from the second Presbyterian Church, of Troy, N. Y., which membership continued until his removal to Cleveland in 1870; he with his family now living in Cleveland.
Source: Condensed History of Jefferson, Ashtabula Co., OH - Publ. Jefferson, O., J. A. Howells & Company - 1878 - Page 94
  CAPTAIN EDWARD ORSON WHITNEY, superintendent of the Ashtabula & Buffalo Docks, is a citizen who holds the high regard of the entire community.  He was born at Henderson, N. Y., Dec. 27, 1872, and is the son of Myron J. and Florence J. (White) Whitney.
     Myron J. Whitney
, a native of Henderson, N. Y., was born Jan. 27, 1843, the son of Truman Orson and Martha (Wood) Whitney.  Truman Orson Whitney was a farmer and spent his entire life at Henderson, New York.  On March 12, 1840, he was married to Miss Martha Wood.  From 1863 until 1867 he held the office of revenue assessor and from 1863 until 1872 was supervisor of the town.  Mr. Whitney was accidentally shot in the foot and his foot was amputated by Dr. Grafton of Watertown, N. Y.  He did Mar. 3, 1876.  Mr. Whitney was a prosperous farmer and owned a farm of 450 acres near Henderson, N. Y.  His son, Myron J., also farmed during his life and died at Henderson, N. Y., in 1905.  His wife, who was born Dec. 28, 1853, still lies in that city.  She is a daughter of Edward White, a native of Henderson, N. Y., who was a pioneer sea captain.  To Myron J. and Florence J. (White) Whitney three children were born, as follows:  Edward Orson, the subject of this sketch; Lee, born, in 1876, married Matilda McHugh, lives in Henderson, N. Y.; and Ethel D., the widow of Capt. Ralph Gleason, who died in July, 1911.
     Capt. Edward Orson Whitney was reared at Henderson, N. Y., and received his education in the public schools there and at Watertown, N. Y.  He began his career as a deckhand on the steamer "Missoula" when he was 17 years of age.  He was promoted to porter and watchman during the second season and served on the steamer "Spokane" as wheelsman in 1891.  In 1892 he served on the steamers "Northern King" and "Pioneer", and in 1894 was second mate on the steamer "Hiawatha" and the following year mate on the steamer "Horan A. Tuttle".  In 1898 he was mate on the steamer "Joseph L. Colby" and the following year on the same vessel.  In 1900 Captain Whitney was mate on the steamer "Thomas Wilson" and the following year on the "Queen City", and later master on the barge "Martha" and the barge "Madsira".  In 1902 he was master on the steamer "Bartlett" and the following years on the steamers "Henry Court", "William H. Gilbert", "John Erickson" and the "F. B. Morse".  In 1909 Captain Whitney was promoted to his present position as superintendent of the Ashtabula & Buffalo Docs, and removed to Ashtabula from Henderson, N. Y.  He lives at 95 Walnut Street.  Captain Whitney succeeded Capt. E. S. Henry, deceased.  In 1912 the name of the company was changed from the Ashtabula Dock Company to the Ashtabula & Buffalo Dry Docks.
     On Jan. 21, 1896, Captain Whitney was united in marriage with Miss Bertha M. Howard, a native of Henderson, N. Y., and the daughter of Clarence and Clara (Vorce) Howard.  Mr. Howard was born in Henderson, N. Y., in April, 1863, and died May 1, 1912.  His wife died at the age of 57 years.  They were the parents of the following children: Mrs. Whitney; Alma, deceased; Iva, married Phillip Lane; Ina; and Earl, married Edith Peters.  To Mr. and Mrs. Whitney four children have been born , as follows:  Zelma H., born Sept.1 4 1897, married Ralph Duff, lives in Ashtabula; Howard, born Oct. 25, 1900;  Zaida E., born Nov. 19, 1904; and Harry Payne, born April 28, 1915.
     Politically, Mr. Whitney is a Republican and he and his family are members of the Episcopal Church.  He belongs to the Masonic lodge and Shrine of Cleveland and the Elks,  and is a director of the Chamber of Commerce, president of the Ashtabula County Health League, and chief of the American Protective League of Northeastern Ohio.  In January 1924, he was elected a member of the city council.  Captain Whitney is one Ashtabula's representative citizens and the Whitney family stands high in the community.
Source: History of Ashtabula County, Ohio - by Moina W. Large - Vol. I - 1924 - Page  456
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WILLIAM WHITON, Superintendent of the Ashtabula County Infirmary, Kingsville, Ohio, was born in Erie county, Pennsylvania, July 19, 1842.
     His parents, Madison and Permelia (Clark) Whiton, natives of Massachusetts and Vermont respectively, were married in Springfield township, Erie county, Pennsylvania.  Madison Whiton was a sailor, and was captain of a scow on the lakes for a number of years.  He moved with his family to Kingsville township, Ashtabula county, Ohio, in 1853, and settled on a farm one mile south of Kingsville.  This farm is now owned by Royal Smith.  Here Mr. Whiton lived until the time of his death, June 22, 1874, having attained the age of sixty-three years.  He was a well-to-do farmer, and was held in high esteem by all who knew him.  His wife, born Nov. 18, 1824; died June 21, 1880, aged sixty-six.  They were the parents of seven children, viz.:  Madison M., a carpenter, residing in Kansas; Sarah Jane, wife of Joseph Colby, McPherson county, Kansas, has five children; William, whose name heads this article; Rachel, wife Rev. H. J. Gillett, of the Congregational Church, Hartford, Connecticut, ahs five children; Antonette, wife of Leander White, McPherson county, Kansas; Emily, widow of N. S. Whitney, lives at Delaware, Ohio, where she is educating her son and daughter; and Abijah, who died at about the age of six years.
     William Whiton had a benefit of good educational advantages in his youth, having attended the Kingsville Academy a number of years.  Sept. 6, 1865, he married Miss Kate Van Wagenen, a native of Crawford county, Pennsylvania, born Dec. 7, 1844, daughter of James and Alice (Gilson) Van Wagenen.  Her father was born in New York State, Apr. 30, 1823; was engaged in farming for many years, but is now retired from active life.  Her mother, a native of Pennsylvania, died Apr. 19, 1846, aged twenty-one years, leaving two children, of whom Mrs. Whiton is the older.  Her brother, Henry, is now a merchant of Ellenville, New York.  He married Mary HautlingMr. Van Wagenen subsequently married Eliza Felton, by whom he had three daughters.  Elizabeth, Alice and Dora, all of whom married.  Alice died Apr. 19, 1891, aged thirty-three years.  Dora, wife of Vanesse Wright, resides in New Jersey.  Elizabeth, wife of Benjamin Gilson, lives at Watson, Pennsylvania.  Mr. and Mrs. Whiton have had two daughters, Alice Permelia and Mary Louella, both of whom are deceased.  Alice P., born in Kingsville, Dec. 13, 1866, was married Jan. 20, 1886, to Oliver E. Brydle, and her untimely death occurred July 22, 1892.  She was a most amiable and accomplished young lady, and her early death was a source of great sorrow to her husband and parents and also to a large circle of friends.  The younger daughter, Mary L., born Oct. 3, 1872, died Aug. 13, 1877.
     Mr. Whiton's chief business has been farming.  He still owns a farm of 113 acres in the southeastern part of Kingsville township - all improved land.  He was Assessor two years, has been Trustee of the township three years, School Director six years, and has also held other minor offices.  He is a Republican in politics, and has served as delegate to county conventions a number of times.  Public spirited and enterprising, he is ever active in advancing the best interests of the community.
     He was appointed to his present position as Superintendent of the Infirmary, Sept. 1, 1892, since which time he has faithfully discharged the duties of the same.  He is ably assisted by his accomplished wife who seems to be especially adapted for the work.  The institution has eleven buildings, four brick and seven frame.  The average number of inmates is about 112.  Four men and four women are employed as assistants in the buildings.  The farm, comprising 210 acres, is beautifully located, one mile west of Kingsville, on the South Ridge road.  Grain, vegetables and fruits are raised in abundance, and about five horses, twenty-five cattle and from ten to thirty hogs are kept on the farm.  The present location ahs been occupied by the infirmary for nearly thirty-five years, the various buildings having been erected from time to time as necessity demanded.  The old county poorhouse was about twenty rods from the location of the present buildings.  It was a frame structure, and was burned down shortly before the erection of the new buildings.  The officers of the institution are as follows:  T. D. Faulkner, president; William Whiton, Superintendent; G. W. Thompson, clerk; and T. D. Faulkner, G. W. Thompson and W. A. Fuller, directors.  They meet in the office of the infirmary the third Tuesday in every month.
     Mr. Whiton is a member of the Knights of Pythias and the State Police.  In politics, he is a Republican.  Mrs. Whiton is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
Source #1: Biographical history of northeastern Ohio - Chicago:  Lewis Pub. Co.,  1893 - Page 518
THOMAS WIBIRT, a well-known and pioneer physician of Andover, was born at Saratoga Springs, New York, July 22, 1809, a son of Ben Wibirt, a native also of Saratoga county. The latter is a son of John Wibirt, a native of the same county, and his father, Thomas Wibirt, was born in England. The mother of our subject was formerly Sylvia Kelly, a native of Vermont. Her parents died in Madison county, New-York.
     Thomas Wibirt, our subject, was reared in De Ruyter, Madison county, New York, and afterward went to Chenango county, same State. At the age of twenty-three years he began the study of medicine, under the preceptorship of Dr. Birdsley, a prominent and well-known physician of the latter county. In 1851 Mr. Wilbirt came to Andover, Ohio, where he conducted one of the first drug stores of the city, continuing that occupation many years. He has a good residence and other property in this county, and is one of the eminent physicians in his community.
     The Doctor was married in Chemung county, New York, at the age of twenty-four years, to Mary Ann Sanford, a native of Connecticut, and a daughter of Levi and Elizabeth (Terrill) Sanford. Mr. and Mrs. Wibirt have had ten children, viz.: Ben L., a carpenter and contractor by profession; John, who was a soldier in the late war, serving first in the Second Ohio Cavalry, and later in the One hundred and Fifth Ohio Infantry; Lydia Smith; Jerome; Ludentia Cook; Elizabeth Sperry, deceased April 18, 1865; Amanda, deceased in infancy; Levi, who was drowned at the age of three years; and Sylvia, deceased at the age of six years. Dr. Wibirt affiliates with the Republican party, and is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, although he was raised in the Quaker faith. Be is a man of progressive views, is an active worker for education, religion and every moral cause, and is a favorite with all who know him.
  Source #1:  Biographical history of northeastern Ohio - Chicago:  Lewis Pub. Co.,  1893 - Page 1017
R. H. WILDER, a successful farmer and stockman of Wayne Township and member of a prominent pioneer family of Ashtabula County, was born on the farm where he now lives, Mar. 26, 1876, and is the son of Charles and Orlintha (Barber) Wilder.
     Charles Wilder
, retired was born on a farm near Wayne Center, in Wayne Township, Aug. 17, 1839, the son of Henry and Henrietta (Fobes) Wilder.  The Wilder family originally came from New York and the Fobes family was also another pioneer family of Ashtabula County, having been the first settlers in Wayne in 1803.  Charles Wilder settled on the present Wilder farm in Wayne Township in 1860 and for many years ranked among the leading farmers of Ashtabula County.  He now lives retired with his son.  His wife, who was born Mar. 9, 1842, died Nov. 22, 1910.  Mr. and Mrs. Wilder had two children: Luna Addicott, lives in Colebrook, Ohio; and R. H., the subject of this sketch.  Mr. Chas. Wilder was a charter member of the Gustavus Masonic Lodge, having joined at the age of 21 years.
     R. H. Wilder was educated in the district schools and attended the schools of Jefferson also.  He began farming for himself at the age of 23 years and now operates the home place of 175 acres.  Mr. Wilder specializes in dairy farming and owns 25 fine Holstein cows.
     On June 14, 1899, Mr. Wilder was married to Miss Emma Fobes, a native of Wayne, Ohio, born Dec. 27, 1876, and the daughter of Charles and Lucina (Tiffany) FobesMrs. Wilder has three brothers, Gordon, Fred and Andrew, all living in Pennsylvania, and a sister, Myrtle, who also lives in Pennsylvania.  To Mr. and Mrs. Wilder one son was born, Alonzo, who died in infancy, Sept. 22, 1909.  They have an adopted daughter, Henrietta M. Wilder, who was born in May, 1909.
     Politically, Mr. Wilder is a Republican.  He and his family hold membership in the Wayne Congregational Church and are highly esteemed citizens of their community.
Source #2 - History of Ashtabula County, Ohio - by Moina W. Large - Vol. I - 1924 - Page 934
CLARK O. WILEY, another one of the representative citizens of Ashtabula county, Ohio, dates his birth in Sheffield township, this county, in 1828.  Of his life and ancestry we make record as follows: 
     William Wiley, his father, was born in Vermont in1796, and in 1828 came to Ohio and settled in Sheffield township, Ashtabula county.  Here, with the exception of a few years when he lived in Michigan, he spent the rest of his life, the last few years making his home with his son, the subject of this sketch.  He did in 1875.  During the war of 1812 he served under Colonel Miller, in Company L, Twenty first Regiment, participating in the battles of Lundy's Lane, Chrystler Farm and Little York.  Miller's regiment stormed and took the British regiment on the Heights, and in that engagement Mr. Wiley received a bayonet wound through the thigh.  He was honorably discharged at Fort Erie, Aug. 18, 1814.  He was a Whig until after the organization of the Republican party, when he gave the latter his support.  For some years he was a member of the Christian Church.  The Wily family originated in Ireland, some of them having come to America previous to the Revolutionary war.  James Wiley, the father of William, was born in Ireland, and he, too, was a soldier in the war of 1812.  He was killed in the battle of Plattsburgh.  William was reported as killed at Lundy's Lane, and on his return home on the day of his father's funeral there was a scene of mingled joy and sorrow  The Wileys were for several generations engaged in farming.  Martha (Howard) Wiley, the mother of Clark O., was born in 800.  She removed with her parents from her native State, Vermont, to New York, where, in 1825, she was married to Mr. Wiley.  Her parents, William and Mary Howard, were also natives of Vermont.  Mr. and Mrs. Wiley had nine children, viz.:  James W., a contractor and builder residing in Michigan; Nelson A., also a carpenter, died in Cleveland in 1881; Clark O., whose name heads this article; Henry P., deceased, was at the time of his death a conductor on the New York, Pennsylvania & Ohio Railroad; Melissa, who died in New York in 1852; Seth S., a resident of Michigan and a farmer by occupation; Edwin F., a resident of Kelloggsville, Ohio; Carrie, wife of George D. Parker, Justice of the Peace at Ashtabula; and the youngest died in infancy.
     Clark O. Wiley resided with his parents until he was about eighteen years of age.  At that time he went to Kelloggsville and learned the trade of tanner and currier, at which trade he continued to work until 1881.  He then turned his attention to farming, in connection with which he has also been doing an insurance business.
     He was married in 1853 to Ann M. Clute, a native of New York, who came with her parents to Ohio.  Her parents, John and Caroline Clute, were also natives of New York.  Mr. Wiley and his wife have had five children, as follows:  Edgar A., who died at the age of seventeen; Herbert J., an engineer; Mattie C., wife of M. H. Porter, a Florida fruit-grower; Laura and William A., both at home.
Source: Biographical history of Northeastern Ohio - Chicago:  Lewis Pub. Co.,  1893
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C. E. WILLIAMS, a prosperous farmer and stockman of Lenox Township, is a native of Ashtabula County. He was born in the township where he now resides, April 9, 1883, and is a son of Kingsbury and Ellen (Thompson) Williams.
     Kingsbury Williams, deceased, was a veteran of the Civil War, and a native of Ohio. He was born at Bristolville, and at an early date settled in Lenox Township, where he spent the remainder of his. life. His wife was born in Ireland and came to this country with her parents when she was eleven years of age. She is also deceased. To Mr. and Mrs. Williams were born six children, as follows: Ada, married Howard Hoskins, lives at Hartsgrove, Ohio; Florence, married Wesley Holcomb, lives at Jacksonville, Florida; Elva and Artie, both deceased; C. E., the subject of this sketch; and Clara Imogene, married Charles Bailey, lives at Jacksonville, Fla.
     C. E. Williams attended the public schools of Lenox Township and for several years was employed as painter and paperhanger. He now owns and operates fifty-eight acres of good farm land, which is improved with a modern residence and farm buildings. He is a dairy farmer and specializes in the breeding of Holstein cattle.
     On April 10, 1909, Mr. Williams was married to Miss Grace B. Queen, who was born at Johnstown, W. Va., July 18, 1881, a daughter of J. M. and Ida (Lawrence) Queen, now residents of Clarksburg, W. Va., and the parents of the following children: Mrs. Williams; Bessie L., married E. J. Green, lives at Deerfield, Ohio; Clifton, married Edna B. Queen, lives at Clarksburg, W. Va.; Gladys E., at home; and Candas Mary, married Wayne Weaver, lives at Clarksburg, W. Va. To Mr. and Mrs. Williams have been born two children: Clarence Paul, born Aug. 19, 1910, attends Central High School; and Herbert James, born Sept. 14, 1916.
     Mr. Williams is an independent voter. He is a capable and industrious man who is highly esteemed in his neighborhood.
Source: History of Ashtabula County, Ohio - by Moina W. Large - Vol. I - 1924 - Page  1100
EDGAR WILLIAMS, who is the owner of one of Ohio's largest apiaries, is well and favorably known throughout Ashtabula County as a substantial citizen.  He was born at Pierpont, Dec. 4, 1883, and is the son of Edgar and Kate (Schramling) Williams.
     Edgar Williams
, deceased, was a prosperous farmer of Pierpont Township for many years.  He died in 1914, and his widow now lives in Pierpont.  They were the parents of four children: Corydon, died in infancy; Allie, married Amy Lewis, deceased; Edgar, the subject of this sketch; and Edna, a twin sister of Edgar, married Charles Stewart, lives in Trumbull County, Ohio.
     Edgar Williams has always live in Pierpont.  He has one of the largest apiaries in the state and handles about 30 tons of honey annually.
     On July 6, 1911, Mr. Williams was united in marriage with Miss Margaret Smith, a native of Wayne Township, Ashtabula County, born July 24, 1884, and the daughter of Charles and Emily (Jones) Smith, both natives of Wayne Township.  Mr. Smith, who was a leading farmer of his native township, died Dec. 21, 1905.  His widow lives at Andover.  They were the parents of the following children:  Walter A.; Fred, deceased; Frank L., lives in Wayne Township; Fannie, married Harry Lane, lives in Wayne Township; Mrs. Williams; Mary, married J. B. Barber lives in Wayne Township; Ralph, lives in Wayne Township; and Ella Elizabeth, died in infancy.  To Mr. and Mrs. Williams three children have been born, as follows:  Robert, born Feb. 24, 1914; Edgar P., born Aug. 17, 1918; and one child died in infancy6.  Before her marriage, Mrs. Williams was a teacher.  She is a graduate of Wayne High School and taught in the schools of Ashtabula County for six years before her marriage.
     Mr. Williams is a Republican, a member of the Presbyterian Church, and belongs to the Grange.  He has held several township offices and has been a member of the board of education for eight years.  Mr. Williams is a man who is highly esteemed for his industry and initiative.
Source: History of Ashtabula County, Ohio - by Moina W. Large - Vol. I - 1924 - Page  754
EDWARD WILLIAMS, an enterprising and well known farmer and stockman of Pierpont Township, was born at Pierpont, Ohio, April 22, 1881, and is the son of Hiram and Helen (Caine) Williams.
     Hiram Williams
, deceased, was a native of Ashtabula County, and a leading farmer and stockman of Pierpont Township for many years.  The Williams family originally came to Ohio from New York in 1813.  Mr. Williams was one of the largest sheep raisers in Ohio and operated 500 acres of land.  He was a Republican and a member of the Congregational Church, in which he was an active worker.  He was also a charter member of the Pierpont Grange No. 1314 and the National Grange.  He died Jan. 18, 1901, and his wife, who was born at Warrensville, Ohio, died Sept. 28, 1914.  They were the parents of the following children:  Alice and Fred, deceased; Frank, a farmer, lives at Pierpont, Ohio; Margaret, married John Walsh, lives in Pennsylvania; Edward, the subject of this sketch; Louise, deceased; and one child died in infancy.
     Edward Williams received his education in the Pierpont schools and engaged in farming on the home place for several years.  He now owns 70 acres of well improved land and has Holstein cattle. 
     On June 20, 1907, Mr. Williams was united in marriage with Miss Iva Waters, who was born at Pierpont, Ohio, July 2, 1883, and the daughter of Hiram and Mary (Bollard) Waters.  Mr. Waters who was born in Crawford County, Pa., came to Ashtabula County in 1881.  He died May22, 1906, and his wife now lives at Pierpont with the Williams family.  Mr. and Mrs. Waters had three children:  Carey, lives in Pierpont; Mary deceased; and Mrs. Williams.  Mr. and Mrs. Williams have one child, Josephine, born Oct. 28, 1916.
     In politics Mr. Williams is identified with the Republican party.  He was a member of the school board and is now serving as township clerk.  He and his family hold membership in the Presbyterian church.  Mr. Williams is a member of the Pierpont Grange, No. 1314.
Source: History of Ashtabula County, Ohio - by Moina W. Large - Vol. I - 1924 - Page  753
FLOYD C. WILLIAMS, principal of the Ashtabula Business College, is among the prominent and influential citizens of Ashtabula County.  He was born in Jasper County, Ind., June 29, 1887, and is the son of Joseph and Mahala (Adair) Williams.    
Joseph Williams
was a native of Indiana, and his wife was also born in that state.  He followed farming and stock raising during his life in Jasper County, Ind., and met with success.  Mr. Williams is deceased and his widow now resides on the home place near Rensselaer, Ind.  They were the parents of the following children:  Laura, deceased, was the wife of Orville Garriott; William O., lives at Valparaiso, Ind.; Bertha, married George Barker, lives on the home place.  Floy, twin sister of Floyd, married Russell Kunce, and they live at Cromwell, Ind.; Floyd, the subject of this sketch; and Lillie, married Halley Alter, lives at Rossville, N. N.; and Ray, lives near the home place.
     Floyd C. Williams was educated in the public schools and after completing a post-graduate course at the Marion Normal College, receiving degree of Bachelor of Accounts in 1909, he was principal of the Commercial Department of the Westfield College (United Brethren College), Westfield, Ill., for one year.  He was instructor one year in the Bookkeeping Department of the Chicago Business College, Chicago, Ill., and two years instructor of Shorthand in Metropolitan Business College, Chicago, Ill., after which he was appointed manager of the Huntington Business University, Huntington, Ind.  In 1913 Mr. Williams came to Ashtabula and purchased the Ashtabula Business College, which was organized in 1895 by A. E. Reynolds and located on the northwest corner of Center and Main Streets.  It was purchased by Mr. Williams and T. F. Juergens, but the following year Mr. Juergen’s interest was purchased by Mr. Williams and it has since been conducted by him and his wife, and associate teachers.  The Ashtabula Business College was later located in the Flickinger Building and in April, 1920, the college was completely destroyed by fire and in September of the same year was re-established in the Eastman Block, 206 Main Street.
     The Ashtabula Business College courses of instruction are designated to give to the future business man and woman, in the shortest possible time, the instruction he needs if his work is to be of the right quality and quantity and to be rendered in such a manner as to build business that is profitable and permanent.  The school is fully accredited by the National Association of Accredited Commercial Schools.  This is the only authoritative accrediting agency among private commercial schools.  It is made up of nearly 300 leading business training schools of the country that have pledged themselves to establish and maintain the highest possible ideals and standards in business education.
     Before a school can be accredited by this association it pledges itself to the maintenance of a set of standards of practice covering its relations with the student and with the public.  A school cannot remain a member of this association unless it measures up to these standards.  There are a number of excellent reasons why a student should attend a school accredited by the N. A. A. C. S., among them being these:
     1. Grades made in one accredited school are good in every other accredited school and will be transferred when the student finds it necessary to move from one community to another.
     2.  Every graduate is entitled to the free service of the employment departments of all accredited schools throughout the United States and Canada, should he at any time desire help in securing a position.
     3. Students in an accredited school have the opportunity to earn the degree, Honor Graduate in Business, which is conferred by the association in co-operation with the individual school.
     4. The excellence of accredited schools is so generally recognized that the graduate enjoys an exceptionally favorable introduction to the business public when he leaves his school.
     5. There are certain awards of merit for scholarship that can be earned only in accredited schools.
     While there are many good schools not accredited by this Association the fact that a school is so accredited is one of the very best evidences of its excellence.
     The courses of study consist of the following:  Complete Business Course, Shorthand Course, Bookkeeping Course, Secretarial Course, Civil Service, Course, Public Accounting and Auditing.
     Mr. Williams is a public accounting and holds membership in the National Association of Cost Accountants and the National Association of Public Accountants.  He is a Republican, a member o the Presbyterian Church, of which he is a deacon, and he belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Chamber of Commerce, the Y. M. C. A. and Secretary of the Ashtabula County Sunday School Association.  He is known throughout Ashtabula County as an upright and reliable citizen.
     In 1913 Mr. Williams was married to Miss Bessie Sheats, a native of Wood County, Ohio, and the daughter of Frank L. and Nettie (Strayer) Sheats, natives of Ohio and residents of Grand Rapids, Ohio, where he is engaged in fruit growing.  Mr. and Mrs. Sheats have five children, as follows: Agnes, married Hiram Stocker, lives at McClure, Ohio; Mrs. Williams; Ruth, married LeRoy McWilliams, and she is postmistress at Grand Rapids, Ohio; Pauline, married Guy A. Nevison, automobile salesman at Ashtabula, and Florence, married Sidney Mawer, lives at Weston, Ohio.  Mr. and Mrs. Williams have no children.
     Mrs. F. C. Williams is a graduate of the Grand Rapids, Ohio, High School.  She then received her teachers’ training at the Marion Normal College, Marion, Ind.  She taught in the public school at Grand Rapids for three years and two years at Bloomdale, Ohio.  Since coming to Ashtabula in 1913, Mrs. Williams has been associated with Mr. Williams in the Ashtabula Business College.  She is a member of the First Presbyterian Church and a teacher in the Junior Department of the Sunday School, and Business Women’s Club of the Y. W. C. A.
     Some of the teachers associated with Mr. and Mrs. Williams are:  Mrs. Fern Carter and Miss Hazel Lewis.
     Mrs. Carter
is a graduate of the Geneva High School and of the Ashtabula Business College in 1819 and now a bookkeeper in the Machine Department of the American Fork & Hoe, Ashtabula, Ohio.  She is an assistant in the Night School.
     Miss Hazel Lewis a graduate of the Ashtabula High School and of the Ashtabula Business College.  She was an honor student, receiving a diploma which is granted by the Accredited Schools for superior work.  She received her teachers’ normal training at the Oberlin Business University, Oberlin, Ohio.  Miss Lewis has charge of the Stenographic Department.
     Mrs. Nevison, a former graduate of the school, was a teacher for three years in Ashtabula Business College and then entered Civil Service work, being a Stenotypist at the Toledo State Hospital for three years.
     Miss Lelia Holcomb, of Geneva, Ohio, and a graduate of the school, was a successful teacher in the Stenographic Department for four years in the Ashtabula Business College and then two years in the Commercial Department of the Erie Business College.  She is now Secretary in the Lutheran Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio.
Source: History of Ashtabula County, Ohio - by Moina W. Large - Vol. I - 1924 - Page  461
ROBERT WILLIAMS, deceased, was among the leading farmers and stockmen of Ashtabula County for many years.  He was born at Devonshire, England, Aug. 13, 1824, and came to this country when a young man.  He located on the present Williams farm in Orwell township in 1863, and became a successful farmer.  He died Dec. 27, 1889, and is buried at Orwell.
     On Oct. 25, 1863, Mr. Williams was united in marriage with Miss Ann Combs, also a native of England, born Oct. 26, 1841.  She was the daughter of Henry and Deborah (Hayes) Combs, who came to this country in 1852 and located at Mesopotamia, Ohio.  Her father was a farmer during his life.  To Mr. and Mrs. Combs 12 children were born:  Mrs. Williams, John, Samuel, Emma, Eliza, Elizabeth, Hattie, Martha, Edna, Sarah, James and Minnie.  To Robert and Ann (Combs) Williams six children were born, as follows: Edward E., born Aug. 18, 1864, lives in Ashtabula County; Fred M., born Feb. 19, 1867, lives with his mother; Minnie M., born April 15, 1869, deceased; John H., born April 8, 1871, deceased; Emma E., born June 29, 1883, deceased; John H., born April 8, 1871, deceased; Emma E., born June 29, 1883, deceased; and Homer George, born Oct. 15, 1885, deceased.
     Mr. Williams was a member of the Disciple Church and a highly respected citizen of his community.
     Newell Elton Williams, only grandchild of Mr. and Mrs. Williams, was born on the old homestead in Orwell Township, June 12, 1909.  Fred M. Williams was married Nov. 8, 1906, to Miss Cora Davis, a native of Orwell, and the daughter of Frank and Salinda (Benton) Davis, both of whom are deceased.  There were four children in the Davis family: Grace Gibalow, lives in Burton, Ohio; Mrs. Williams; Georgia Baker, lives at Orwell; and Frances Goddard, deceased.
Source: History of Ashtabula County, Ohio - by Moina W. Large - Vol. I - 1924 - Page  950
DR. HAROLD WILSON, a well known and successful physician of Conneaut, and veteran of the World War, was born in New York City, Jan. 20, 1874, and is a son of Herman B. and Mary Ann (White) Wilson.
     Herman B. Wilson
was a native of New Rochelle, N. Y., and when a young man moved to New York City, where he later became a street railway magnate.  He died Jan. 16, 1890, and his wife died in June, 1883.  She was a native of England.  To Mr. and Mrs. Wilson the following children were born:  Charles, deceased; Albert, lives retired in New York City; Henrietta, deceased; Herman B., lives retired, New York City; Imogene, Dresden, Mary Francis and Alexander, all deceased; and Dr. Harold, the subject of this sketch.
     Dr. Harold Wilson spent his boyhood in New York City and was graduated from the Medical School at Dartmouth College at 1896.  He then began practising medicine at Steubenville, Ohio, where he remained two years, then coming to Conneaut.  Dr. Wilson has built up a large practice and is a thoroughly competent physician.
     During the World War Dr. Wilson enlisted his services and was commissioned captain in the medical corps.  He served for 21 months, a year of which time was spent in France.  Dr. Wilson was discharged April 26, 1919. 
     Dr. Wilson was married to Miss Mary M. Kerr, a native of Greenfield, Ohio, and the daughter of David and Hattie (Anderson) Kerr.  To Dr. and Mrs. Wilson one son has been born, Harold David, who was born in 1920.
     Dr. Wilson is a Republican and is identified with the Masonic and Elks lodges and the American Legion.  He and his family are members of the Congregational Church.  Dr. Wilson is a substantial and representative citizen of Ashtabula County.
Source: History of Ashtabula County, Ohio - by Moina W. Large - Vol. I - 1924 - Page   676
E. B. WOODBURY moved from Monroe to this place in 1856, and purchased the house where his widow now lives, of Andrew Bailey.  Mr. W. was a member of the Constitutional Convention in 1850.  On the organization of the First National Bank of Jefferson he was elected President.  He died in 1870 at the age of 65.
Source: Condensed History of Jefferson, Ashtabula Co., OH - Publ. Jefferson, O., J. A. Howells & Company - 1878 - Page 93
H. B. WOODBURY was born Nov. 27, 1831.  Admitted to the practice of law at Jefferson, Ohio, at the September term, 1852, of District Court; elected Justice of the Peace of Monroe, in 1854, for three years and in 1857 for three years; moved to Jefferson in October, 1857, and soon after elected Mayor of Jefferson; elected delegate to the Constitutional Convention in April 1873; elected Common Pleas Judge for short term in January 1875, and again for full term in October of the same year; he has been on the bench for over two years, and as I have had occasion at different times to see him in his official capacity, I must give him credit for great patience, and an expounder of the law with dignity and ability, and his decisions I believe are unquestioned.
Source: Condensed History of Jefferson, Ashtabula Co., OH - Publ. Jefferson, O., J. A. Howells & Company - 1878 - Page 93
G. T. WOODWORTH, of Dodgeville, is a successful and well-known young business man of Ashtabula county. He was born on a farm in Wayne township, July 23, 1890, and is a son of H. O. and Sarah (Patrick) Woodworth.
     H. O. Woodworth was born in Wayne township, September 18, 1866, and ranks among the successful farmers of Ashtabula county. In 1887 he was married to Miss Sarah Patrick, who was born in Ashtabula county, November 1, 1867. To this union four children were born: G. T., the subject of this sketch; Emily McGovney, born October 25, 1893, lives at Seaman, Ohio; Hattie, born April 8, 1900, at home; and Raymond, born June 14, 1909.
     G. T. Woodworth spent his boyhood on his father's farm and attended the public schools at Wayne. After his marriage in 1912 he engaged in farming until 1916, at which time he purchased the business of S. C. Barber, of Dodgeville. Mr. Woodworth carries a complete line of general hardware, furnaces, sheet metal, etc.
     On December 23, 1912, Mr. Woodworth was married to Miss Velma May Rose, a native of Denmark township, Ashtabula county, born May 4, 1890, and the daughter of A. J. and Luella Rose, residents of Linesville, Pa., and the parents of the following children: Mrs. Woodworth; Carl A., lives at Linesville, Pa., and F. J. lives at Williamsfield, Ohio. To G. P. and Velma May (Rose) Woodworth four children have been born: Pauline E., born January 2, 1914; Vivian R., born February 4, 1918; Doris L., born October 14, 1920, and Kenneth G., born October 30, 1923.
     Mr. Woodworth is a republican, a member of the Congregational church and his wife belongs to the Disciples church, at Rockwell. He is an enterprising young man whose success in life is already assured.
Source: History of Ashtabula County, Ohio - by Moina W. Large - Vol. I - 1924 - Page   1104
CAPTAIN JAMES P. WOODWORTH was born at Kingsville, Ashtabula county, Ohio, August 2, 1845, a son of James and Martha (Sackett) Woodworth.  The father was a native of New York State and came at an early day with his parents to Ohio, being among the early settlers of Ashtabula county; his paternal grandfather was a soldier in the war of the Revolution.  James Woodworth is still one of the leading agriculturists of Geneva township, and is well preserved in both mind and body at the age of seventy-seven years; he was for many years manager and part owner of a large furnace at Amboy, Ohio.  Captain Woodworth was reared in Kingsville township, his youth unmarked by special incident until September, 1862, when he answered the call for men to enlist in defense of the nation.   He became a member of Company F, Second Ohio Cavalry, and was in active service until peace was declared.  He was taken prisoner at Morristown, Tennessee, December 12, 1863, after he had been wounded by a minie ball; he was confined at Belle Isle and at Pemberton, but was paroled and exchanged in October, 1864.  Again in active service he was wounded at Dinwiddie Court House, and is now a pensioner of the United States Government.
     After the war was ended he turned his attention to photography, and for twenty-three yeas devoted his time to this art, retiring at the end of this period to his farm.   Since 1878 he has been Captain of the State militia at Geneva.  Politically, he is identified with the Republican party.  He is a member of the G. A. R., and is Commander of his Post. 
     He was married October 11, 1867, to Ruby M. Thorp, who was born May 22, 1853, a daughter of Dennis and Clarissa Thorp.  Mr. Thorp was the first Mayor of Geneva, and for twenty-one years was Justice of the Peace; he has been one of the energetic and enthusiastic workers in the ranks of the Republican party.  Mrs. Woodworth is also a photographer, and previous to her marriage and afterward devoted much of her time to the profession.  Three of her brothers, Jason O., Henry H., and Freeman, were soldiers in the late war; Henry H. is the founder of the Geneva Times, and Freeman was for several terms a member of the State Legislature.  Captain and Mrs. Woodworth are the parents of four children:  Roy D., born May 22, 1874; Hottie R., born March 22, 1881; Nora P., born August 1, 1883; and Nellie C., born December 22, 1886.
  Source #1:  Biographical history of northeastern Ohio - Chicago:  Lewis Pub. Co.,  1893 - Page 1002
R. S. WORK, a photographer, of Andover, Ohio, was born in Evansburgh, Pennsylvania, Aug. 18, 1863, a son of M. M. and Mary E. (Miller) Work, residents of that city.  Our subject was reared and educated in the public and private schools in his native place, and at the age of seventeen years began the study of photography.  He began business for himself in Evansburgh, but during the same year, 1881, located at Andover, Ohio, where he has sine continued his profession.  Mr. Work soon afterward erected the building he now occupies, 68 x 22 feet, two stories high, located on the east side of the public square, where he has all the modern conveniences for the prosecution of his work.  His operating room is one of the finest in this part of the country.  Mr. Work does all kinds of photographic work, and finishes portraits in canyon, India ink, etc.; also carries a full line of mouldings, and manufactures picture frames to order.  He is a thorough master of his art.
     Mr. Work was married at Adamsville, Pennsylvania, in Aug. 1881, to Miss Maggie J. Hazen, a daughter of David and Sarah Hazen.  To this union have been born three children:  Merrill R.; Maxwell M., died June 17, 1888, aged seven months; and Boyd H.  Mrs. Work is an active member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
CAPTAIN D. P. WRIGHT, well-known among the brotherhood of lake captains, was born at Harpersfield, Ashtabula county, Ohio, Jan. 17, 1851, a son of Jonathan and Lucretia (Woolsey) Wright, also natives of Ohio; the paternal grandfather was one of the first settlers of Harpersfield.  Captain Wright was reared to farm life and attended the common schools of Geneva; he was also a student at Baldwin University, Berea, Ohio, and became a teacher of Penmanship; he devoted his time to the profession until he was twenty-four years of age when he became Captain, and now commands the steamer P. P. Pratt, owned by James Ash, of Buffalo, New York.
     He was married Dec. 25, 1886, to Anna Miner, of Ashtabula county; they are the parents of one son, Harold M., born Jun. 4, 1891.
     Jonathan Wright, father of the Captain was a soldier in the Civil war; he enlisted at the age of fifty-five, and at the end of one year was discharged on account of disability.  His brother, A. B. Wright, enlisted in 1861, and saw four years of active service.
     In politics, Captain Wright supports the Republican party.  He is a member of the Masonic order, and also belongs to the Royal arcanum.  He is a man of quiet, unassuming manners, having the highest regard of a wide circle of acquaintance.  Mrs. Captain R. R. Graves is a sister to Captain Wright.
  Source #1:  Biographical history of northeastern Ohio - Chicago:  Lewis Pub. Co.,  1893 - Page 1002
M. W. WRIGHT, was born in Conneaut, in 1818, and moved to Dorset in 1848; was elected Sheriff in 1853, moved to Jefferson, and was re-elected in 1855; he held the office four years and went to Kingsville with his family in 1857, and that is now his home.  His father moved to Conneaut; he lived about half way between Conneaut village and Kelloggsville.  Sheriff Wright informed me that when he was about ten years old he walked barefoot four miles through the woods, from his father's to Kelloggsville, carrying butter to market, selling it for six cents per pound, and paying $1.50 per pound for tea.
Source: Condensed History of Jefferson, Ashtabula Co., OH - Publ. Jefferson, O., J. A. Howells & Company - 1878 - Page 76
MARSHALL WILLIAMS WRIGHT, a resident of Kingsville, Ohio, has for years been prominently identified with the affairs of Ashtabula county, having served at various times as Sheriff, County Commissioner, Infirmary Director and Justice of the Peace, and always exerting his influence to promote the best interests of the people.  Without extended mention of him a history of Ashtabula county would be incomplete.
     Marshall Williams Wright was born in Conneaut township, Ashtabula County, Ohio, Aug. 27, 1818, son of Sherman and Fanny (Hawes) Wright, the former born in Wilbraham, Massachusetts, Jan. 19, 1784, and the latter in Windham county, Connecticut, Mar. 16, 1790.  They were married in Connecticut, Sept. 1, 1811, and a few days later in company with several families, came to Ohio, making the journey with ox-teams, and landing at Conneaut (then called Salem) after being six weeks en route.  Sherman Wright and three brothers, Diocletian, Ralph and George, had exchanged property in Massachusetts for land in the Western Reserve, between Cleveland and the Pennsylvania line, and all came out here together.  Their two sisters were also members of the party; Betsey, wife of Lemuel Jones, and Marcia, who subsequently became the wife of Obed Edwards.  All of them settled on farms in Conneaut township, except Mr. Jones, who gave his attention to milling and the hotel business.  Sherman Wright and his wife spent the rest of their lives in Conneaut, and died there, his death occurring Jan. 3, 1847, and hers Jan. 15, 1872.  They had eleven children, of whom we make the following record:
     Zenis H., born Jun. 24, 1812, died Aug. 18, 1815, Elizabeth H., born Jun. 18, 1814, is now the widow of Albert Clark; has been almost a helpless invalid for over twelve years; in her active life was an earnest church worker, and now, having the use of only one hand, passes her time in reading; Eunice, born June 18, 1816, died Apr. 20, 1844; M. W., whose name heads this article, was the fourth born; Fanny, born Sept. 14, 1820, is the widow of Hiram Lake, and resides in Conneaut; Zeis (2d), born Mar. 25, 1823, died Aug. 20, 1877; Edward Lee, born June 6, 1825, resides in California; Alfred H., born June 30, 1827, died Mar. 6, 1878; Junius F. is a resident of Dodge county, Minnesota; Emily C., born Oct. 9, 1832, is the wife of John B. Lyon; Mather G., born Apr. 2, 1834, died May 28, 1874.
     The father of our subject was by occupation a farmer, tanner and shoemaker, and was ably assisted by his son, M. W., who remained a member of the home circle until after the father's death, and who still continued to care for his mother and the rest of the family.  M. W. Wright was married Mar. 27, 1844, to Sarah Ann Jacobs, daughter of Rev. Asa and Sarah (Saxton) Jacobs, her father being a Baptist minister of Conneaut for many years.  Some years later he bought a farm in Dorset township, and was living on it at the time he was elected Sheriff in 1853.  He then disposed of his farm and moved to Jefferson, where he lived during his two terms of office, having been re-elected by a large majority of votes.  At the expiration of his term, he moved to Kingsville.
     Previous to his election to the Sheriff's office he served one term as Justice of the Peace, and since that date has been an incumbent of that office for a number of years, altogether about fourteen.  At the time the war broke out he was Postmaster of Kingsville, having been appointed to that position by President Lincoln.  He was an active Abolitionist and kept  an underground railway station.  When the Republican party was organized he joined its ranks, and has ever since been a stalwart Republican.
     Aug. 1, 1862, Mr. Wright entered the volunteer services of the United States in the capacity of Quartermaster of the One Hundredth and Fifth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, his being a part of the Fourteenth Army Corps, under General Thomas; he served until April, 1864, at which time he was compelled by failing health to resign.  Among the prominent engagements in which he took part were those of Perryville, Chickamauga and Mission Ridge.  He left his command at Ringgold, just as the army started to Atlanta, and three months before this time he was unable to discharge the duties of his office.  He consequently resigned on account of his disability, and was very much broken down in health.  In his army service, however, he was never wounded.
     In 1869, Mr. Wright was elected County Commissioner, and served three years.  He has also served three years as Infirmary Director.  He has always taken a deep interest in educational affairs, and until recently has in various ways been more or less closely connected with the schools.  He is a member of the G. A. R. Webster Post, No. 8, and has filled nearly all of its official positions.
     Mr. Wright's marriage has already been referred to.  Following are the names of his children (1) Elizabeth, wife of Levi T. Scofield, of Cleveland, Ohio, has five children, William M., Donald Cleveland, Sherman, Harriet Elizabeth and Douglas Franklin.  Mr. Scofield is an architect and sculptor.  He made and designed the Cuyahoga County Soldiers' and Sailors' monument and has been the architect of many of the State buildings of Ohio.  (2) Lydia, wife of Conrad J. Brown, Erie, Pennsylvania, has four children: Marshall W., a graduate of the Folytechnical School, of Troy, New York, and Kate D., Jessie and Conrad.  (3) Alta, wife of Rev. J. Phillips, of the Free-will Baptist Church; the names of their children are Sarah, Alta Elizabeth, John Howard, Alice and Thomas Guthrie.  (4) Sherman, unmarried, resides with his father. (5) Nellie, wife of William McCallep, Columbus, Ohio, has four children: Emily L., Wright, Mabel and Carrington Albert.
     Mr. and Mrs. Wright
and all their children, with one exception, are church members, Mrs. Wright having a regular and her husband a Free-will Baptist.
     Of Mrs. Wright's family we further record that her father and mother have both passed away, and that of her four brothers and six sisters only two are now living: Cynthia, wife of Harry Hubbard, of Conneaut township, and Esther, widow of La Fayette Sawtell, Conneaut.

  Source #1:  Biographical history of northeastern Ohio - Chicago:  Lewis Pub. Co.,  1893 - Page 521

THADDEUS WRIGHT, deceased, was born in Trumbull county, Ohio, in 1809, son of Emins and Speedy (Rice) Wright.  His parents had a family of thirteen children, only one of whom is now living, Jane, wife of Emerson Baker, a farmer of Ashtabula county, Ohio.
     Thaddeus Wright was a farmer and was well known and highly respected in this county.  He served for some time as Justice of the Peace and as Tax Collector.  He was twice married.  By his first wife, nee Mary Ann Fairbrothers, he had two children, Celestia and Jane, both of whom are deceased.  His second marriage was consummated Jan. 18, 1854, with Mrs. Lydia (Holcomb) Colson.  She is still living, and to her we are indebted for the information given in this sketch.  Their only child, H. J. Wright, is a prominent business man of Conneaut, and of him more extended mention will be found in the article following this.  Thaddeus Wright departed this life July 10, 1873, aged sixty four years.  While he is not a member of any church or a professor of religion, his life was in many ways worthy of emulation.  He was strictly temperate in his habits and lived up to his high ideas of morality.  He was the personification of unselfishness and was never happier than when doing a kindness for some needy friend or neighbor.
     Mrs. Wright is a daughter of Jabez and Nancy (Fish) Holcomb.  Her parents were born, reared and married in Hartford Connecticut, each being twenty years old at the time of marriage, and in July, 1820, they moved to Penn Line, Crawford county, Pennsylvania.  Jabez Holcomb was the first Postmaster of Penn Line, and served as such for thirty years.  He was a Methodist and his wife belonged to the Christian Church.  Both lived to a good old age.  He died February 28, 1882, at the age of eighty-two years, and his widow entered into rest Sept. 6, 1888, aged ninety?  They had nine children, five of whom died in infancy.  The others are:  Augustus, the oldest of the family, who married Elvira Hatch, who is still living in Conneautville, Pennsylvania; Augustus, died July 6, 1882, aged sixty-one years; Frank B., a farmer in Crawford county, Pennsylvania, has been twice married, first to Harriet Lord, and after her death to Arvilla Allen; Mrs. Wright; and Mary Edna, living at the old home in Penn Line, Pennsylvania.
     By he marriage to Melvin Colson, Mrs. Wright had three children, namely: Carlia L., wife of Nathan Guman; W. B. Colson, who married Sarepta Williams; and Frank M. Colson, who married Louisa Young - all of Conneaut.
     Herbert J. Wright, a member of the firm of Wright & Havens, contractors and builders, manufacturers of and dealers in lumber, shingles, mouldings, brackets, sash, doors, blinds, etc., with office and mill located on Nickel Plate avenue, east of Harbor street, Conneaut, Ohio, is ranked with the enterprising business men of this county.
     Mr. Wright was born in Ashtabula county, Ohio, Dec. 18, 1857, son of Thaddeus Wright, whose sketch precedes this.  He is a natural mechanic, from early boyhood having shown a liking for tools.  He received his education in the public schools of Garrettsville, Ohio, and after finishing his studies went to Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he learned his trade.  His first step in the business world was made practically without any capital, and what he has accomplished in the great field of commerce is due to the brains and sterling character that make up his nature.  He has been engaged in contracting in Conneaut for nine years.  The mill was established by the firm of Wright & Havens about five years ago.  Since that time it has grown from almost nothing to be one of the best concerns of its kind in northeastern Ohio.  The building, which consists of two stories, is 50 x 70 feet in dimensions, besides which there is an abundant ground space and storeroom.  The mill is equipped with the most modern mechanical devices and turns out the most approved class of work.  The firm do not depend entirely upon Conneaut for the maintenance of their work, but in a prompt, liberal and efficient manner they cater to the requirements of a territory extending many miles around, and give employment to a large force of men.
     Besides their extensive mill operations they rank with the leading contractors and builders in northeastern Ohio, and during their residence here have done their full share in erecting beautiful cottages, fine residences and business blocks.
     Mr. Wright was married Jan. 2, 1876. to Dalia Baker.  Their marriage was to have occurred on the very day of the great Ashtabula wreck, and Mr. Wright was supposed by his friends to have been on that fatal train; and, indeed, it was by mere accident that he was not, having reached Conneaut from Pierpont in time to take the preceding train.  Thus he reached his destination in safety.  Mr. Wright is a daughter of Newell and Harriet Baker, of Jefferson, Ohio.  Her father died in the army, and her mother is now living with them.  Mrs. Wright and her brother, Everett Baker, of Michigan, are the only children of the Baker family.  Mr. Wright and his wife have four children: Karl E., Bessie A., Fred W. and Grace Ester.
Politically, Mr. Wright is a Republican.  He has taken the higher degrees in Masonry and is an officer in Cache Commandery.  He is also a member of the Royal Arcanum.  Mr. Wright is a Baptist.
  Source #1:  Biographical history of northeastern Ohio - Chicago:  Lewis Pub. Co.,  1893 - Page


Note 1:  Buried in Kelloggsville Cemetery, Kelloggsville, Ashtabula Co., Ohio





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