A Part of Genealogy Express

Welcome to
History & Genealogy




  A. C. IUEN

Source: History of Clermont and Brown Counties, Ohio - Vol. II - by Byron Williams - Publ. 1913 - Page 766

  GEO. W. IRETONMr. George W. Ireton is the owner and operator of one of the most productive farms in Jackson township, whose excellent location is one of its attractive features.  He is one of the enterprising and energetic agriculturists of Clermont county, and is well known in this community.  He displays splendid business ability and executive force in the management of his farming interests.  A native of Clermont county, Ohio, his birth occurred in Jackson township, on a farm adjoining his present home, Dec, 24, 1854, his parents being Robert and Missouri (Johnson) Ireton.
     Robert Ireton was a prosperous farmer of Jackson township, where for many years he was known as one of the substantial men of the county.  He was practical and systematic and by diligence and strict attention to business accumulated a nice property.  He was born on a farm in Williamsburg township in 1824.  In response to his country’s call for aid, Mr. Robert Ireton enlisted in Company B, One Hundred and Fifty-third regiment, Ohio volunteer infantry, serving for four months.  He had one brother, Erastus Ireton, and four nephews, Samuel, Aleck, Lorenzo and John, who were also soldiers in the Civil war, beside one son, James, who entered the army at the age of sixteen years, all enlisting from Ohio.  It was in 1891. that death claimed Robert Ireton and Clermont county lost one of her most highly esteemed citizens.
     Missouri (Johnson) Ireton was also a native of Clermont county, her birth occurring in 1832.  She passed from this life in 1888.  She was a member of one of the representative families of Clermont county, and was a lady of noble characteristics.  She was laid to rest in Bloom Rose cemetery, Brown county, Ohio, where her husband is buried also.  In the family of this worthy couple were seven children, who were all born in the county, four of whom grew to maturity.  They are as follows:
     James, who was a soldier in the Civil war, enlisting at the age of sixteen years.
     George W., the subject of this mention.
     David, who makes his home with his brother, George.
, a resident of Jackson township.
     Mr. George W. Ireton attended school in the Harbough district and assisted his father with the farm duties, thus preparing himself for his future life occupation.  He learned from his father the proper times for planting and harvesting and the many details of the work of an agriculturist who desires success in the tilling of the fields.  Mr. Ireton remained at the home of his parents until he had reached the age of twenty-two years.
The marriage of Mr. George W. Ireton to Miss Jennie Price occurred in 1876.  She was born near Miamiville in 1853, a daughter of John S. and Rebecca (Snider) Price, the former of whom was born near Camp Dennison and was a carpenter of Brown county, and the latter was born near Camp Dennison also, and both are deceased.  They became the parents of five children, three of whom still survive.  They are:
     Elizabeth, who became the wife of Moses Harbough, lives in Brown county.
     Henry resides near Goshen, Ohio.
     Etta, married Elliott Reddick, of near Marathon, Brown county.
     Orlando, deceased.
     To the union of Mr. and Mrs. Ireton was born one son:
     John R. Ireton was a young man of unusual ability, having graduated from the Williamsburg High School at the age of seventeen years, and entered Cincinnati Dental College only a short time before his death, which occurred Jan. 26, 1905, at the home of Dr. Hines, Williamsburg; Ohio, never reaching home after having taken sick.  This was a sad stroke upon the entire community, as “Johnnie” was loved by all.
     Mrs. Ireton was called to her last rest, Oct. 20, 1904, three months prior to the death of her son, and was buried in Bloom Rose cemetery.
     Mr. Ireton chose for his second wife, Miss Maude E. Wise, the ceremony being celebrated on the 23d of June, 1906.  She was born in Brown county, near Cedron, in 1877, and her parents were George F. and Mollie (Barber) Wise, the father being a native of Brown county, whose birth occurred near Cedron, in 1837, and whose death occurred in 1905.  He was a farmer of Brown county, but made a specialty of no particular line of agriculture, carrying on general farm.  He was a son of Henry Wise, who reared a family of eleven children:
Samuel, William, Ellen, Martha, John, Andrew, Lydia, Jane, Amanda and George F., the father of Mrs. Ireton, are all deceased; Susan, deceased.
     George F. Wise married Mary Jennings for his first wife and to this union were born two sons: Henry Edgar, who resides near Point Isabel, Ohio, and William E., who resides near Bethel, Ohio.
     To his union with Mollie (Barber) Wise, who was born near Felicity, Ohio, in 1838,  four children were born: Frank W., whose record appears elsewhere in these volumes; Josie, deceased; Raymond S,. of near Batavia, Ohio, and Maude E.,
who is Mrs. Ireton, of this review.
     The grandfather of Mollie (Barber) Wise was a native of Ireland, and upon his arrival in America, settled in Boone county, Kentucky, where he raised a family of eight children:
Robert, David, John, James, Mary Ann, and Martha, all deceased.
     In the family of James Barber were eleven children:
     Zeno, Harvey, Franklin, Elizabeth, Eliza Jane and Martha, all deceased; Mary Ann, the mother of Mrs. Ireton; Logan, of Felicity, Ohio, is a veteran of the Civil war, having enlisted from Ohio; Ella, deceased.
     Mr. Ireton settled on his present farm when he was first married, eighty-seven acres of which he inherited from his father.  Later, he added thirty-three acres in Brown county, making a fine farm of one hundred and twenty acres.  As the years passed by, Mr. Ireton erected the home and new barns, and by constant attention to the farm interests, has made a home that is both pretty and comfortable.
     Mr. Ireton was seriously injured in an explosion of an engine while shredding fodder at the home of Raymond Wise, on the Emily McKeever farm near Williamsburg, Nov. 26, 1910.  The engineer, Will Pride, was killed, and Mr. Ireton almost fatally injured, while the barn and entire contents was burned.  From this Mr. Ireton has never entirely recovered.
     To the second marriage of Mr. Ireton have been born two children, both born in Jackson township: Stella Marie, who was born May 30, 1907, and Raymond Frank, born Sept. 7, 1910.
     In politics, Mr. Ireton has always voted the Republican ticket, but is not a politician in the light of an office seeker.  He has served, however, on the school board, and in 1900 was census enumerator.
     In religious matters, both Mr. and Mrs. Ireton embrace the faith of the United Brethren church, and Mr. Ireton has filled the office of trustee and of steward.  He is liberal in the support of his chosen church and in all charitable enterprises.  Mr. Ireton is a genial, pleasant gentleman, a great reader, keeping well informed on all subjects of the day.  Mrs. Ireton is an affable, hospitable lady and the family stand high in the community in which they live, and the life record of Mr. Ireton is one of uprightness of character, and exemplary conduct.  The Ireton family are descendants of relatives of Oliver Cromwell.  We take pleasure in reproducing a poem written by Mrs. Maude (Wise) Ireton for the campaign of 1908, which is said to have aided very materially to the success of the no license cause in Clermont county.


     Composed by Mrs. Maude (Wise) Ireton, Williamsburg, Ohio.

Why 'gainst the liquor traffic vote
     When not one drop goes down your throat?
Why worry over child or friend
     Whose future you can't comprehend?
Stock and think a moment men!
     Listen!  Listen!  Think again!
King Alcohol sits on his throne
     In every land where man in known;
Placed there, not for the good he's wrought,
     Not for the battle he has fought,
Not for the victories he has won,
     But for the evil he has done.
With tears as jewels in his crown;
     With blood is stained his costly gown;
His sceptor proudly he displays
     Bought by the drunkards in their graves.
His throne is built of dead men's bones;
     Each skull now represents the homes
Of those he's crushed beneath his feet,
     Ah!  What an army when they all meet!
Will he boast then of deeds he's wrought,
     When Christ will say, "I know ye not"?
There's fathers, sons and husbands dear,
     Once true and good, pure and sincere,
In this vast army marching on
     Where millions of others have surely gone.
Say brother, sisters shall we stand by
     Do not one thing but watch them die?
Let's cast this foe from out our State;
     And save our boys, ere 'tis too late.
Maybe your boy, not distant time
     Will sup his whiskey, beer and wine;
Will tread the path of sin and woe,
     And to a drunkard's gave will go.
When I look at my innocent babe, so fair,
     With smiling lips and curly hair,
And know there are many, as innocent as she
     The wife of a drunkard has been, and will be,
I pray to my God to forbid that her life
     Should meet such a fate, as a sad drunkard’s wife.
Let’s then as fathers, mothers, all,
     Release ourselves from liquor’s thrall,
And teach our children the disgrace,
     Of such an awful cursed place,
As the saloon, which leads to hell,
     And paves the path, yes, paves it well
With bleeding hearts and tears and moans,
     And robs our purse and robs our homes.
Now there’s one way, and only one,
     That this great work can e’er be done;
That is to join our hearts and hands
     And vote this curse from out our lands.
We’ll sink or swim!  We’ll live or die!”
Hurrah! Old Clermont’s going dry.

Source: History of Clermont and Brown Counties, Ohio - Vol. II - by Byron Williams - Publ. 1913 - Page 616




CLICK HERE to Return to
CLICK HERE to Return to
This Webpage has been created by Sharon Wick exclusively for Genealogy Express  ©2008
Submitters retain all copyrights