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  THOMAS DAUGHERTYMr. Thomas Daugherty, of Stonelick township, who has a wide and favorable acquaintance in Clermont County, Ohio, has practically retired from active connection with agricultural interests, to which he has devoted his energies for many years.  During the active period of his life he gave a great deal of attention to the raising of fine stock, as well as to general farming.  He was born at Boston, now Owensville, Clermont county, Oct. 13, 1847, and is a son of James and Rosanna (South) Daugherty, the latter of which was born at Owensville, Ohio, July 17, 1817, and died Feb. 1, 1896, her remains being laid to rest in the Owensville cemetery.
     James Daugherty was born May 1, 1818, in Bracken county, Kentucky, and died in 1870.  He was a soldier in the Civil war, participating in the one hundred-day service, having enlisted in the One Hundred and Fifty-third regiment, Ohio volunteer infantry.  He was a cooper by occupation and was a resident in Stonelick township.  To the union were born five children, all born in Clermont county:
     Thomas, our subject.
     Albert married Lucinda Patterson and is deceased.
     Kate died at the age of fourteen years.
     Martha Jane became the wife of Albert Brunk, of Owensville.
     Annie became the wife of Charles Ulrey, of Owensville.
     The religion of Mr. and Mrs. James Daugherty was evidenced by their membership in the Methodist church, and their lives were consistent with their profession of faith.
     Mr. Thomas Daugherty obtained his education in the public schools of Owensville, remaining at the parental home until he reached his twenty-sixth year, when he was united in marriage to Miss Adelaide Roudebush, the ceremony being celebrated Oct. 16, 1873.  Miss Roudebush was born in 1849 in the home where she and her husband now reside, and is a daughter of James and Paulina Medaris Roudebush, the former of whom was born near Owensville, in 1821, and died in 1863, and the latter was born in Batavia township, in 1823, and died in 1876, both being buried in the Owensville cemetery.  They were the parents of seven children: 
     Adelaide, who became the wife of our subject.
     Leonidas married Maude Davidson, of St. Louis, Mo.
     Lydia became the wife of James Hoffman and is now deceased.
     Mary is Mrs. George Hill, of Cleves, Ohio.
     Charles, deceased, married Minne Hensil.
     Emma is the wife of William Reichard, a resident of Iowa.
     James is a resident of Kenova, W. Va.  He married Blanche Fisher.
After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Daugherty settled on a farm adjoining the one he now owns and carried on general farming for three years, then removed to Batavia township, where they made their home for a period of eight years.  At the expiration of that time they returned to the farm of Mrs. Daugherty's father, which they purchased.  This farm consists of seventy acres of fine farm land and they have built additions to the house and barns at various times until they have modernized all of the buildings according to their own ideas of convenience and comfort.
     Mr. Daugherty has always supported the Republican party, but his life has been too busy to admit of great activity in politics.
     In religious matters both Mr. and Mrs. Daugherty embrace the faith of the Methodist denomination, in the work of which they take an active part.
     Mr. and Mrs. Daugherty are both members of prominent pioneer families of Clermont county, who were closely connected with the growth and development of this section.
     Mr. Daugherty is a man of genial manner and is broad and liberal in all his views, standing for all that is for the good of the town.  He is a great reader and keeps well informed on all public issues and questions of the day.  Mrs. Daugherty is a great lover of flowers and devotes much time to the culture of flowers and plants.  They have worked persistently day after day in the agricultural interests, finding ample opportunity in the duties of the farm for the exercise of their talents and industry and meeting thereby the success which is the just reward of earnest labor.
Source: History of Clermont and Brown Counties, Ohio - Vol. II - by Byron Williams - Publ. 1913 - Page 768
  B. T. DAVIS.  The right man in the right place is Mr. B. T. Davis. the popular superintendent of the Bethel schools, which position he has held for the past six years so acceptably that he was recently re-elected for three coming years.
     Mr. Davis is a son of William and Barbara (Shinkle) Davis, and was born on a farm near Felicity, Clermont county, Ohio, Oct. 8, 1863.  His father was a native of Clermont county, his birth having occurred in 1820, and who passed away in 1882.  He was a farmer and stock raiser.  His wife, Barbara (Shinkle) Davis, was born near Felicity, Ohio, and died in 1869.  There were six sons and six daughters born to this union:
     P. C., of Felicity, Ohio.
     John, a citizen of Kansas.
     W. H., a resident of Bethel, Ohio.
     B. T., is the subject of our sketch.
     Sarah J., the widow of William Rogers, of Moscow, Clermont county.
     Elizabeth, who is the wife of William Johnson, living near Point Isabelle.
     Melvina, is Mrs. Willis Cosins, of Fort Madison, Iowa.
     Laura, married Alva Sapp, residing in Hamilton, Ohio.
     The education of Mr. Davis was received in the schools of Lebanon, Ohio, from which he was graduated with high honors. After his graduation he assisted his father on the home farm until he reached his majority.  He then entered upon his career as a teacher, first in the country schools, later teaching in the high school of Bethel, Ohio.  He has been school examiner for thirteen years.
     Mr. B. T. Davis was united in marriage to Miss May Day, Feb. 17, 1889.  She is a daughter of George W. and Matilda (Coffman) Day, and was born in Brown county, Ohio, Dec. 30, 1865.  Her father was also a native of Brown county, July 28, 1825, and died Jan. 2, 1901.  Her mother was a native of Clermont county, having been born Nov. 20, 1829, and passed away July 7, 1893.  Both of her parents are buried in the Felicity cemetery.  Mrs. Davis is one of four children:
     Belle, is Mrs. Albert B. Armacost, of Terre Haute, Ind.
     Lucy, married J. M. Gregor, of Felicity, Ohio.
     May, is Mrs. B. T. Davis.
     A. E., of Bethel, Ohio.
     Mr. Davis gives his suport to the Democratic party, and is well posted in all the political questions of the day, though not an office seeker.  Of fraternal organizations, he has membership with the Masons, the Odd Fellows, the Eastern Star, and the Rebekahs.  Both he and Mrs. Davis are devoted members of the Christian church.  The home of this estimable couple is one of refinement and culture, and both have many pleasant social connections in the community in which they reside.
Source: History of Clermont and Brown Counties, Ohio - Vol. II - by Byron Williams - Publ. 1913 - Page 650
  BENJAMIN F. DAVIS, a resident farmer of Union township, Clermont county, owns and operates his splendidly improved farm of one hundred and fifty acres of valley land, which indicates the careful supervision of a practical and painstaking owner, who at the same time keeps in touch with the progress that is manifest in agricultural circles.
     Joseph Davis, the grandfather of Benjamin F., of this mention, was born in 1782, on a farm near Romney, Hampshire county, Virginia, and immigrated to Ohio in 1803 with his parents, coming down the Ohio river on a flat boat, and landed at the mouth of Crawfish.  Joseph settled on Shaylor's Run, in Union township, and with no capital but his willing hands, a strong heart and an ax, went to work.  He soon had saved enough money to purchase some land in Hardin's Survey, on the East Fork, between Perrin's Mills and Milford.  He put up a log cabin on his new purchase, and on May 1, 1806, was united in marriage to Rachel Fowler, and to begin housekeeping he carried all of the household goods on a horse, the bride following with her dishes of pewter in her apron.  There was no floor in the cabin and their beds were made of sticks and saplings, as were also their tables.  At that time that part of Union township was a wilderness, but he reclaimed his purchase from the unbroken forest, adding new lands until he possessed four hundred acres at the time of his death, July 18, 1845.  He served his country nearly two years in the War of 1812, as lieutenant of Captain Hosbrook's company, raised from around Milford, and in Hamilton county, Ohio, and participated in the siege of Fort Meigs, in the Maumee Valley, and was under Colonel Crogan in his gallant defense of Fort Stephenson, at what is now the city of Fremont, Ohio.  His wife, Rachel, was the mother of ten sons, born in the log cabin, all growing to manhood but one.  They were, Mathew, Jeremiah, Joseph, Samuel, Thomas, Henry, Robert F., Ira L., George W., and William B.  The mother passed away Dec. 25, 1837.  On Apr. 16, 1828, Joseph married Rebecca Vail, by whom there was no issue.  He was a man greatly respected for his honesty and integrity, and was a good citizen and enterprising farmer.  He was liberal in aiding and sustaining the churches and served for many years for many years as justice of the peace and no appeal was ever taken in any case from his docket.  He was public spirited and having risen from a poor boy to one of the substantial men of the county, he took great interest in all public improvements.  His seventh son, Robert F., occupied the old homestead after the death of his father. 
     Robert F. Davis was born July 25, 1823, and died Feb. 2, 1894.  He received the best of the schooling advantages of the days when he was of school age, and his life's occupation was along agricultural lines.  He served as justice of the peace for a number of years.  His wife, Elizabeth (Marriott) Davis, was born in Hamilton county, Ohio, Feb. 27, 1828, and passed away Oct. 28, 1897.  She was a daughter of Joseph and Nancy (Bickel) Marriott, early residents of Hamilton county, formerly from Pennsylvania, the father being a successful farmer all of his active life.  Robert F. and Elizabeth (Marriott) Davis were the parents of ten children, all of whom are living:
     Mrs. Rhoda Moon of Columbus, Ohio.
     Mrs. Sarah Pierce, of Minneapolis, Minn.
     Miss Alba, of Hibbing, Minn.
     Mrs. Phoebe Philhour and Mrs. Mary Galoway, of Omaha, Galatin county, Illinois.
     Benjamin, our subject.
     Miss Harriet Francis, at home.
     Mrs. Wyatt Turner, of Perrintown, Ohio.
     Mrs. Isaac Turner, of Miami township.
     Charles, of Newtown, Ohio.
     Mr. Benjamin F. Davis was born on the farm which is now his home, April 25, 1860, and he is a third of the family to occupy this farm.  He was reared on the farm and received a good common school education, residing thus far in the present home.  He began the management of the farm at the age of eighteen years, and has carried on general farming, stock raising and dairying, shipping milk and cream to Cincinnati.  In all his work he is practical and methodical and is a trustworthy business man, never taking advantage of the necessity of others in his business transactions, and among those by whom he is well known, his word is as good as his bond.  Politically, he is a Democrat, but is, however, without political aspiration, preferring to give his entire attention to business affairs.  He is a Mason, having membership at Milford.  The family are nearly all members of the Baptist church.
Source: History of Clermont and Brown Counties, Ohio - Vol. II - by Byron Williams - Publ. 1913 - Page  283

J. W. DeVORE, a well known general farmer and stock raiser of Franklin township, Clermont county, belongs to an old Ohio family, and is a good example of a successful self-made man.  He was born in Pleasant township, Brown Co., Ohio, Feb. 14, 1850, a son of Abner and Louisa Maria (Gardner) DeVore, both of whose fathers were preachers of the Christian church.  Abner DeVore was born in the same township in June, 1825, and resides in Lewis township, Brown county.  Mrs. Louisa Maria DeVore was born in Union township, Brown county, about 1827, and died in 1862.  She was a daughter of Rev. Mathew Gardner, who founded most of the Christian churches in Southern Ohio, besides a great many in Indiana and Kentucky.  He preached for over sixty years and labored faithfully in the vineyard.  He was an able and convincing speaker and debated with all the leaders of the Campbellite church, when those two denominations were greatly at variance.  He was an earnest speaker, droll and witty, with a dry humor that greatly appealed to most people.  He was a good business man and a good manager, and came to Ohio when the country was new, so that he had good opportunities to make profitable investments.  He prospered in his undertakings and left an estate of some $80,000.  He was especially well known for the promptness with which he began all services at the appointed hour, even if there were no congregation to hear.  On one occasion, when he began services before the arrival of any of the congregation, they came in and saw he was alone and said, “We have got here at last.”  Rev. Gardner replied dryly, “I think it is at last.”  This was considered a great rebuke as coming from him, for he was of a gentle nature.  He wrote a most interesting autobiography, which was published, and which was very instructive along the line of the teachings and doctrines of the New Light religion.  There has never been a stronger or abler preacher of this faith in Ohio than Rev. Gardner, and he was very well known for the forceful manner in which he met the arguments of the preachers of the Campbellite church, for he invariably won in his debates with them.  His face, and especially his forehead, showed him to have a strong intellect, and he was a very deep thinker.  Although he had strong convictions, he had a tender, loving heart, and in his preaching and labors touched the heart strings of thousands.  He was born in New York, and died in Union township, and his wife, whose maiden name was Beasly, was born in Ohio, in Union township, and died at her home.
     The children born to Abner DeVore and wife were as follows:  B. F., who died in August, 1910; Julia B., widow of Rev. Godfry Godfrey, of Indiana; J. W.¸ of this sketch; L. G., of Georgetown, Brown county; G. W., who died in Kansas; C. M., of Kentucky; Charles Peter, deceased.  All were born in Brown county.  A brother of Abner DeVore, Peter DeVore, served in the Civil war from Ohio, and lives in Illinois.
     J. W. DeVore was educated in the country schools of his native county and remained with his parents until he was twenty years of age, then went west with a prospecting motive.  He returned to Ohio and carried on his Grandfather DeVore’s farm, and the following year his father’s farm.  On Mar. 28, 1872, he married Miss Lucity Dean, a native of Brown county, Ohio, born in 1849, daughter of William and Sarah (Wiles) Dean.  Mr. Dean was born in Clermont county, Ohio, in 1827, and died in 1904, and Mrs. Dean was born in 1840 and died in 1902, both being buried near Bethel.  There were ten children in the family, namely:  Slathiel lives in Clermont county; Mary E. died about thirty-five years ago, at the age of nineteen years; Marcellus married Jane Kellum, and they live in Brown county; Thomas married Miss Ollie Gravit and resides in Clermont county; Sullivan, also a resident of Clermont county, married Belle Bear; Andy married Miss Hun Shinkle; Dora lives near Bethel with her sister, Jennie Brooks; Jennie, wife of William Brooks, lives near Bethel; Albert married Myrta Ellis and lives in Bethel.
     After marriage Mr. and Mrs. DeVore located near Georgetown, Brown county, and remained on this farm thirty-four years.  They were successful in their operations and in 1906 were able to better their prospects, purchasing a pretty place of one hundred and sixty-three acres of good farm land in Franklin township, Clermont county.  Mr. DeVore has a large number of hogs, sheep, cattle and horses, and ships his stock to the Cincinnati market.  He is an energetic and ambitious farmer and conducts his affairs in an able and intelligent manner.  He is very proud of the part taken by his grandfathers in the early history of the region, as he was reason to be, and also respects the worthy parents who reared him to an honorable manhood, fitting him for the duties and responsibilities of life.  His father has favored the Republican party since its inception, but our subject is a strong Democrat in politics, believing and principles of this party especially favor the needs of the common people, and the interest of the majority of our country’s citizens.  He has served as school director and has always taken great interest in local affairs.  He and his wife belong to the Methodist church.  They had six children, all born in Brown county: Eva Lou, born Sept. 6, 1873, married James Neal, of Brown county, and they have one son, Roland, born Oct. 1, 1904; William Edgar, born Dec. 28, 1874, married Miss Mattie Cahall, lives in Brown county, and has one daughter, Louise, born Dec. 25, 1897; Cora Belle, born Sept. 16, 1876, wife of Harry Hatfield, of Georgetown, has two children, Glen, born in October, 1899, and a daughter, Roberta, born June 15, 1912; Samuel J., born July 5, 1878, married Miss Anna Smith and resides in Clermont county; Addie Lizzie, born Feb. 7, 1880, wife of Jessie Utter, of Brown county, has two daughters, Mildred and Ruth, aged eight and seven years, and one son, William Earl, born Oct. 11, 1912; Lewis Abner, born Apr. 28, 1884, married Stella Shaw, lives in Clermont county, and has one child., Herbert, born Mar. 17, 1906.  Mr. and Mrs. DeVore have worked together for the promotion of their interests, and are much respected for their many good qualities.  They have a large number of friends and are active in various circles in the community.  They are genial and hospitable, refined and intelligent, and those who enter their home are well entertained.
Source: History of Clermont and Brown Counties, Ohio - Vol. II - by Byron Williams - Publ. 1913 - Page 189

  FRANK M. DUDLEYMr. Frank M. Dudley, vice-president and secretary of the J. H. Day Company, of 1144 Harrison avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio, is a native of Clermont county, Ohio, his birth having occurred at Williamsburg, June 22, 1867.  He is a son of Mr. Otis Dudley, of whom mention is made elsewhere on these pages.
     Frank M. Dudley enjoyed the educational privileges of the public schools of Clermont county, and was reared to a farm life.  His business career began May 1, 1888, as office boy for the firm with which he has been associated continuously since.  He has filled the various position of the company, becoming vice-president at the time of the incorporation of the company, in 1902, and since 1910 of the incorporation of the company, in 1902, and since 1910 has served as secretary also.
     The company was founded by the late Mr. J. H. Day, about 1887, starting with six men employees, which has now a pay roll of about five hundred men.  The plant was first at Court and Broadway streets, and the present fine plant was erected in 1897, and has a floor space of five acres.  The building is of brick and is fully equipped with all modern machinery.  The company manufactures special machinery and the development of the business has been rapid and steady.  Mr. Dudley is one of the principal owners of the stock of the company, and devotes his entire attention to the business.
     Mr. Dudley was united in marriage to Miss Clara Peterson, a daughter of D. K. Peterson, of Williamsburg, Ohio, and to their union has been born two daughters:
     Miss Helen K., who is proficient in elocution, being a graduate of the Schusten School, Walnut Hills, Cincinnati.
     Mr. and Mrs. Dudley are members of the Mt. Auburn Methodist Church, and are active in all of the affairs of that denomination.  The residence of Mr. Dudley is on Burnett avenue, Mt. Auburn, Ohio.
Source: History of Clermont and Brown Counties, Ohio - Vol. II - by Byron Williams - Publ. 1913 - Page 191
  COL. JONATHAN S. DONHAMCol. Jonathan S. Donham, deceased, was the father of Robert W. Donham, retired farmer, of New Richmond, and the grandfather of Mrs. T. P. White, of the same place.
     The Donham family is of Spanish descent, the original name being "Don Singleton,"  Toward the end of the Sixteenth century, one of the ancestors became noted as an active Liberal or Rebel, and was arrested, tried and banished.  After his sentence he escaped and fled Scotland, there assuming the name "Don Ham," later corrupted to Donham.  A son or a grandson of his immigrated to America and settled in what is now New Jersey, was twice married and reared several sons and daughters.  One of these sons, Nathaniel, the father of Jonathan S., in 1794 moved from Pennsylvania down the Ohio river, settling at the mouth of the Miami river.  About 1800, he moved into Clermont county and located on Ten Mile creek, is what is now Pierce township, where he spent the remainder of his life.
     Jonathan S. Donham was the youngest child of Nathaniel and the latter's second wife, and where he located on Twelve Mile creek., Ohio Township.  He had an inclination for trading in live stock and in this line was very successful, eventually securing several hundred acres of land, on which he raised fine stock and gaining a reputation for importing in southern Clermont blooded horses, cattle and hogs.  His first wife was Hiley Ross who left no children.  He married Miss Elizabeth Ayers, of New Jersey, on Apr. 19, 1818, and they reared eleven children, four sons and seven daughters, of whom one is now living, Robert W. Donham, of New Richmond.
     Colonel Donham was an officer in the War of 1812 and was present at the siege of Fort Meigs, now Fremont, Ohio.  In after years, he was a general of militia, and was one of the best farmers and stockmen of Clermont county.  He was a man of fine personal and social habits, who lived to an advanced age.  There are many descendants of this fine pioneer family of Clermont county, who are numbered among the representative citizens.
Source: History of Clermont and Brown Counties, Ohio - Vol. II - by Byron Williams - Publ. 1913 - Page 335
  OTIS DUDLEY.  Numbered among the enterprising and energetic men of Clermont county, who are able to spend the sunset of life in the enjoyment of a competency, obtained from years of economy and honest toil is Mr. Otis DudleyMr. Dudley has resided on his present farm of seventy-five acres in Williamsburg township, since 1876, having made all of the improvements on the property which was originally timber land.  He was born at Harper's Ferry, Va., July 29, 1830, and is a son of Otis and Elizabeth (Richardson) Dudley, both of whom were natives of Massachusetts, where they were married.
     Otis Dudley, Sr., brought his bride from Massachusetts to Harper's Ferry soon after their marriage, and there engaged in business as a gunsmith.  This was their home until 1833, when they came to Cincinnati, where Mr. Dudley became associated with his brother, Elias, in the auction and commission business.  In 1836 the partnership was dissolved and Mr. Dudley entered the employ of the firm of Ross & Geyer, as manager for the chair stock.  His association with this firm continued until the year 1849, when he embarked in the manufacture of chairs for himself, building his own factory buildings.  As his two sons, Otis Dudley, Jr., and William A. Dudley, had reached young manhood, the father established the firm of Otis Dudley & Sons, and this association continued until the death of the father, in 1872, he being in the seventy-fifth year of his age.
     The brothers discontinued the business after the death of the head of the firm and Otis Dudley, Jr., purchased his brother's interest in the timber land, which had been bought some years previously for the use of the chair manufactory.  He cleared the land and has made a very comfortable home.
     In the year of 1854, Mr. Otis Dudley, of this review, was united in marriage to Miss Viola Sinks, who was born at Bethel in 1832, a daughter of Edward and Sarah (Salts) Sinks.  Mrs. Dudley passed to her eternal reward in 1903 and was survived by three sons:
     William R., who was born July 19, 1855, resides in Columbus, Ohio, where he is engaged as a salesman in a wholesale house.  He was twice married, and is the father of five children: Dudley Brothers (Chester K. and Edwin S.), of Russellville, Ark., engaged in the canning business, and the manufacture of packing cases for canners; Miss Caroline Dudley, secretary of the Sterling Medical College, of Columbus, Ohio; Miss Ruth, attending school at Columbus, Ohio; and Lewis is at home in school.
     Charles E., who was born Apr. 2, 1859, married Miss Lizzie E. Moore, and has operated the home farm for a number of years.  He has always resided at home with the exception of four years.  Mrs. Charles Dudley is a daughter of Lester and Eliza (Rust) Moore.  The former was a lieutenant of the Seventy regiment, Ohio volunteer cavalry, during the Civil war.  He was wounded in action and was at home while Morgan's raid was in progress.  One daughter has been born to the union of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Dudley - Miss Mabel, at home.  Mr. Dudley has been a member of the township school board for the past eight years.
     Frank M., who was born June 22, 1867, is vice-president and secretary of the J. H. Day Company, of Cincinnati.
     Mr. Otis Dudley has voted the Republican ticket since he reached his majority, casting his first presidential vote in 1852 for Winfield Scott.  He has filled many offices of trust for his party, including county treasurer for one term, township trustee, and in the office of the village of Williamsburg.  He was a member of the county infirmary board for nine years, and at all times has given entire satisfaction.
     In fraternal circles, Mr. Otis Dudley, holds membership with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, of Williamsburg, and has been identified with that organization for over fifty-eight years.  He is the only one of the original members of the Williamsburg lodge now living.  He is also the only one living of the officials of the building committee of the Williamsburg High School.
     Mr. Dudley has long been a liberal supporter of the Methodist church, of which he is an active member, and has lived closely to its teachings.  Being a man of integrity of character and honorable and upright in public and private affairs, he is highly respected by all who know him.
Source: History of Clermont and Brown Counties, Ohio - Vol. II - by Byron Williams - Publ. 1913 - Page 275



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