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  JAMES H. SAPP.   Among the resident farmers of Clermont county, Ohio, who served their country in the Civil war, are numbered James H. Sapp, residing in Monroe township, not far from New Richmond. The farm which Mr. Sapp now owns and operates has been the property of some member of the Sapp family since it was obtained from the government. On September 27, 1843, James Sapp was born, he being a son of Abel and Sarah (Hodge) Sapp.
     Abel Sapp, a native of Clermont county, was born about 1812, and lived to the good old age of seventy-two years. He was born on this same farm in Monroe township, and followed farming as his life work. Abel Sapp was a son of Edward and Elizabeth (Seaton) Sapp, the former of whom came to this county from Kentucky, when he was a young man. He passed away in 1843, of cholera.
Sarah (Hodge) Sapp was born in Clermont county, about 1819, and died in 1886, a daughter of James and (Treece) Hodge, the latter of an old family of Washington township. James Hodge was an old resident of Nicholsville.
     James H. Sapp is one of five children, of which one sister died in infancy; the youngest is now living in Pasadena, Cal. He received his education in the schools of the county, and the Parker Academy. In 1863, Mr. Sapp enlisted in Company L, Ohio cavalry, under Captain Gatch. He served until the close of the war, nearly two years, being sergeant when he was discharged, never having been wounded.
     After the close of the war, Mr. Sapp returned to his home and, has followed general farming since. His marriage to Miss Jane Ann Porter took place in the winter of 1865. Jane Ann Porter is a daughter of William and Asenath (Lane) Porter. The Lanes were of a prominent family, one cousin, Henry Lane, was at one time Governor of Indiana. William Porter, whose parents were from Scotland, was born in Clermont county soon after the arrival of the family in the county.
     Mrs. Sapp has two brothers and two sisters living: Charles, superintendent of the Tenth district schools of Cincinnati; John, a farmer living in Tennessee; Mrs. Henry Maltox, of Washington State; Mrs. H. L. Fridman, a widow living at Clermontville.
Mr. and Mrs. Sapp are the parents of five children:
Edward A., in the oil and gas business in Chautauqua county, Kansas. He is married and has three sons and one daughter.
Hattie, is the wife of Elmer Smith, of Pasadena, Cal.
Mary, a graduate nurse of Seaside Hospital, of Long Beach, Cal.
Jessie, is the wife of Clayton H. Corbin, a cousin of the late Gen. Henry Corbin.
Olive, was in business in Cincinnati, until her decease at twenty-three years of age.
Mr. Sapp is a member of the Frazier Post of Bethel Grand Army of the Republic, and in religious views favors the Methodist church. He is Republican and keeps well informed on all the political subjects of the day, although he has never accepted any office of the county, believing his family was his first consideration. He has given his business his entire attention with most excellent results. A man conscientious in all his dealings, he has the respect of all his neighbors and friends.
Source: History of Clermont and Brown Counties, Ohio - Vol. II - by Byron Williams - Publ. 1913 - Page 38
  HON. JOHN SHAW, deceased, figured prominently in the affairs of Clermont county for many years, and his enterprise and capabilities won for him an honored name.  He was a farmer and stock raiser, being one of the first to introduce the Durham Short Horn cattle into the county, also making a specialty of well bred sheep and hogs.  Mr. Shaw was a large land owner, having tracts of land in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana, some of which is still in the family.  Mr. Shaw was born in Ohio township, Clermont county, April 1, 1810, and died Nov. 1, 1896, having spent his entire life in the county.
     In political views. Mr. Shaw was an earnest Democrat giving support to that party throughout his active life.  He served the county in the office of deputy county auditor and was a member of the constitutional convention, in 1873.
     Hon. John Shaw was a son of John Shaw and a grandson of  James Shaw, the latter being born in Belfast, Ireland, coming to America, alone, when he was fifteen years of age, about 1770 or 1771, he having been bound out.  The family to whom the boy, James, was bound, settled in York county, Pennsylvania, and when the Revolutionary war broke out he enlisted in the army under Lafayette, serving throughout the war.  James Shaw brought his wife and family, in 1795, to Limestone (now Maysville), Ky., but shortly after settled near Alexandria, Campbell county, Kentucky, where he secured and improved considerable wild land.  After living to a good old age, James Shaw passed peacefully away, in 1825, leaving an untarnished record and an unspotted reputation.
     James Shaw, son of James, was born in 1779. As a young man he served two terms, at different times, in the Ohio legislature.  About 1808, John Shaw located at Monroe township, Clermont county, Ohio, where he secured a large tract of wild land, which he improved and resided on until his death, in 1847.  He was of Scotch-Irish descent and was reared a strict Presbyterian but became a believer in the Universalist doctrine.  John Shaw served in the War of 1812, receiving an honorable discharge.  He married Nancy Morin from Culpeper county, Virginia, who came by horseback to Kentucky with her father, the family settling in Campbell county.  She and her husband reared six sons and four daughters to maturity, all of whom are married.  James, the eldest son, went to Texas when a young man, and was a pioneer and active in the early political history of the State, and served in the Mexican war.  The second, John, is the subject of this review.  Robert and Joseph went to Missouri, the former being killed in the Civil war, he being a carrier of the mail and a Union man in belief.  Jonathan served two terms as county commissioner in Clermont county, residing in Monroe township.
     The Hon. John Shaw married Miss Ida Webb, who was born near Cincinnati, September 17, 1812, and died September 8, 1900.  She was a daughter of General Clayton and Jane (Riggs) Webb, the latter a daughter of a Revolutionary soldier and a resident of New Jersey.  Gen. Clayton Webb served in the War of 1812, and was a personal friend  of William Henry Harrison.  General Webb was one of the early settlers of Hamilton county, Ohio, and was a member of the early Ohio legislature.  He owned a great deal of land about Newtown.
     An unusually long life together was enjoyed by Mr. and Mrs. Shaw, they having been married sixty years, lacking three months.  To their union were born five children:
     Nancy, who married Francis E. Bette, of Ohio township.
     Clayton W., who died a soldier of the Civil war, a member of Company M, Fifth Ohio Infantry.
     James Fremont, who resides in Campbell county, Kentucky, aged sixty-five years.  He married  Miss Lula Reed, who died in 1912.  They have five sons and two daughters.
     John C., farmer and stockman of Monroe township, married, 1875, Miss Sallie Goble, a daughter of Stephen and Alice (Brown) Goble.  They have had four children, three of whom are living.
     Viola, who is the wife of Elwood Reed, of Detroit, Mich.  They have two children living.
     When Mr. Shaw was called to his final rest, Clermont county lost one of its most valued men, whose business success came to him through the utilization of opportunities and the recognition of the fact that the present, not the future, is the time to put forth one's best efforts and energies for the attainment of success.  He was never remiss in his duties whether in office or out of it, and was an advocate of all progressive measures for the general good of the community, ever ready to give his aid to all worthy enterprises.  His life was active and his actions manly and sincere.
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Source: History of Clermont and Brown Counties, Ohio - Vol. II - by Byron Williams - Publ. 1913 - Page 128
  WILLIAM A. SHINKLEWilliam A. Shinkle is one of the most successful general farmers in Franklin township, Clermont county, and has won success through his own efforts, being a self-made man.  He is a native of Higginsport, Brown county, Ohio, Ohio, born July 4, .1855, and is a son of Isaac and Maria Jane (Lamberts) Shinkle.  The father was born at Shingles Ridge, Brown county, in 1827, and died in 1905, and the mother, born in the same place as the father, in 1829, died in 1899.  Both parents are buried in Bethel, Clermont county, Ohio.  He was a Republican in politics and a substantial citizen.  He and his wife had ten children. all except one born in Brown county, and all except one now surviving: Lewis, of Chicago; William A., of this sketch:
     Ida, wife of Walter Jennings. living near Cynthiana, Ky.;
     Minnie married Scott Beach and died, leaving one son, Isaac Earl, of Chicago;
     Abbie Lee, wife of John Yeardsley. of Cynthiana, Ky.;
of New Bethel;
     Jemimah, wife of Andy Dean, lives in Bethel, Ohio, and they
have one child; Letitia, wife of Ed. Wilson, of New Bethel;
     George, of Denver, Colo., and
, wife of Charles George,
of Kansas City, Mo.
     Mr. Shinkle received his education in the public schools of Brown county and remained with his parents until he was twenty-three years old.  He has always carried on farming and is progressive in his ideas and methods.  He was married on Dec. 5, 1878, to Miss Anna Gill, born in Brown county, Ohio, May 3, 1859, daughter of J. M. and Sarah (Buckner) Gill.  Her father was born in 1823 and died in November, 1908, and the mother was born Oct. 16, 1825, and died in 1902, both natives of New Brookville, Ky., and both buried in Ripley, Ohio.  Mr. Gill was a Republican in politics, and a farmer and trader by occupation.  He moved to Brown county in 1857-58 and there spent the remainder of his life.  He had nine children, of whom six now survive;  Lucy, wife of Benjamin Craig, of Augusta, Ky., died in 1898; Addie B., wife of J. E. Mefferd, of Lexington, Ky.; S. Belle, wife of William J. Mertin, of Sharon, Ky.; Anna M., Mrs. Shinkle; William W., of Ripley; Minerva, wife of John Day, lives near Ripley.
     After marriage Mr. and Mrs.. Shinkle located on a farm in Bracken county, Kentucky, where they lived for fifteen years.  They then removed to Lexington, Fayette county, Kentucky, in the Blue Grass region, where they lived fifteen years.  They located in Chilo, Clermont county, in February, 1910, and there have forty-nine acre of good farming land.  Philip Buckner, great-grandfather of Mrs. Shinkle, was one of the first settlers of New Augusta, and was the first governor of Kentucky.  He owned many hundreds of acres of land, all of Bracken county, and often sold ten acre or more of it at a time for almost nothing.  Mr. Shinkle is a Republican in politics and he and his wife belong to the Baptist church.  They have four children, all born in Bracken county, Kentucky:
     Wilbur G., born Oct. 18, 1879, is employed by a railroad company and lives in Northern Ohio.
     W. Francis, born July 22, 1881, married Dec. 24, 1912, Miss Lolo L. Denniston, daughter of Henry W. Denniston of near Chilo, Ohio, and they are living near Chilo.
     Archie E., born Oct. 8, 1883, married Miss Lilly Wagner, lives near Midway, Ky., and they have one son, Earl.
     Jennie May
, born Apr. 14, 1887, married George Popham, lives in Lexington, Ky., and they have two sons, Charles Frank and Edward C.
     Mr. and Mrs. Shinkle
are pleasant neighbors and have many friends in the community.  They are much respected and are known to be hard working and industrious.  Mrs. Shinkle's brother-in-law, Benjamin Craig, served through the Civil war.  Francis was in 'Fort Thomas three years.
Source: History of Clermont and Brown Counties, Ohio - Vol. II - by Byron Williams - Publ. 1913 - Page 713
  JOSEPH SMITH AND MALINDA MADARIS.  After joining a company, of which he was elected captain, Dennis Smith served in the Revolutionary army, and was granted a land warrant for five hundred acres in the Virginia military district.  He lived in Washington county, Pennsylvania, and raised a family, of which the sons were: Peter, Joseph, Dennis, Jr., David, Christopher and Abe; and the daughters were: Elizabeth married Jacob Johns, Polly married James Enis, Susan married James Clark, Hannah married James Huffman, Catherine married James Seals, Rachel married Francis Foster, and Sarah married Jacob MeekCapt. Dennis Smith’s bounty land was laid in Clermont county by his sons, Joseph, David and Christopher, and his son-in-law, James SealsDavid Smith lived and died in Clermont county, and so did Christopher Smith, whose children. except Francis, Paulina and Amanda, moved to Shawneetown, Ill.  The children of Catherine Seals went to Adams county, Illinois.
     Joseph, born Aug. 16, 1779, the second son of Capt. Dennis Smith, came to near Cincinnati in about 1800, and then, on account of sickly conditions, to Clermont county, in 1805, and settled for life in Stonelick township, about midway between what is now Boston and Monterey.  In 1818 he built the first brick house in the township and died there Sept. 13, 1824.  He married Hannah, a daughter of John Hair, whose wife was Nancy Torbett, of Kennedy Jigg.  They came from Greene county, Pennsylvania.  Hannah was born Sept. 26, 1783, and died Jan. 10, 1839.  The other children of John and Nancy Hair were, as some married.  Betsy Burns, Elizabeth, Annie Gibson, James, John, Sarah Ross of Knox county, Amelia Clark, William, Cynthia Clark and SamuelJohn Hair’s family was prominent and highly esteemed.  The ten children of Joseph and Hannah Hair Smith were:      John, born Feb. 20, 1806;
     Dennis, Jan. 10, 1808;
     Elizabeth, Aug. 21, 1809;
     Annie, Aug. 21, 1811;
     Sarah, Sept. 6, 1813;
     Joseph, June 22, 1815;
     Hannah, Aug. 24, 1817;
     Amanda. Sept. 29, 1819;
     Martha, Oct. 20, 1820;
     James Harvey, Jan. 24, 1824.
     John married Adaline Moore and moved to ten miles south of Lafayette, Ind., where he and his wife died in January, 1856.  Dennis married Elizabeth Bigam, lived on the home farm and was prosecuting attorney of Clermont county during 1841-44.  One of his sons, Frederick, was the historian of the family.  Elizabeth married James Moore and Annie married John Moore, a brother, and both families lived on lower Stonelick with much fraternal pleasure.  Sarah married Liel Boyd and both died early.  Hannah married Daniel CoverAmanda married Richard Roudebush, of Goshen.  Martha Ann married A. Quinlivin, in California.  James Harvey and his wife, Maria, lived in Blanchester, Ohio. 
The descendants of these people are numerous and widely scattered.
     Joseph Smith, Jr., the sixth child and third son, married Mary Fletcher, who died leaving Phoebe and Hannah LouisaPhoebe married Tolcot and moved to Iowa, where she died, leaving two children.  Hannah Louisa, living in Quincy, Ill., married William Wires, who was unfortunately killed in 1897.  On Sept. 18, 1844, Joseph Smith, Jr., was married to Melinda G. Medaris, born July 5, 1822, a daughter of Charles and Lydia Gest MedarisCharles was a son of Malachi Medaris, who was born in Maryland in 1777, of Irish parentage.  He married in 1797 and moved to North Carolina the next year,
where Charles and Shadrach were born.  In 1803 he joined a colony for Ohio, crossing the mountains to Pittsburgh and thence with the cattle by Zane’s and Donnell’s Traces. and the women and children, on ark’s down the river.  Their settlement, made near Olive Branch, was the home till 1818, when another was taken below Batavia.  Lydia Gest, born Feb. 27, 1801, near Batavia, was a daughter of Enoch and Ida Gest, among the earliest of the early pioneers from Kentucky to that vicinity.  The children of Charles and Lydia Gest Medaris were: Melinda: Elliot; Paulina, married to James Roudebush; Enoch, married to Sarah, a sister of Governor John M. Pattison; Emma; and Dr. Leonidas H., married to Ella Roudebush.  After the death of Lydia, May 28,
1860, Charles married Phoebe Hill, whose two children were Elmer, and Louisa married to Edwin T. Ely.  On the partition of his father's estate, the farm was bought by David Meek and Joseph, Jr., the latter taking the northern part, which he sold in 1844, and then bought the fine tract on the east bank of the East Fork and south of the Jackson pike.  On that farm all the children of his wife, Melinda, were born and lived until the home for well earned retirement was fixed in 1871 on Front street in Williamsburg, from which the large farm was directed, while another was bought on lower Crane Run.  Joseph Smith, Jr., died Sept. 30, 1891, and Melinda G. Smith, Sept. 28, 1894.  They were excellent examples of an energetic, industrious and successful farm life that gained fine respect.  They had thirteen children.
     Charles Elliott
, born June 9, 1845, married Ruth Moorehead, a sister of E. S. Moorehead, elsewhere sketched. 
     Francina Isabel
, born Aug. 2, 1847, married Thomas W. Moorehead, a soldier for the Union in Company K, Twenty-seventh Ohio.  He was a brother of E. S. Moorehead above mentioned.  Mrs. Moorehead died Apr. 9, 1902. 
     Lydia M.
, born Dec. 18, 1848, died in infancy.
     Mary Emma, born Mar. 15, 1850, married John Leir.  They live in Williamsburg.
     Amanda born Jan. 28, 1852, died in infancy.
     Joseph Harvey.
born Nov. 20, 1855, married Francis T. Weaver, and died May 8, 1910, leaving four children.
     Ida Gest, born Aug. 25, 1857, married Al K. Peterson, and died Jan. 31, 1881.  Their children died young.
     Cora, born Apr. 9, 1859, married Robert L. Kain.
     Lillette May
, born Apr. 3, 1861, married Millard F. Peterson, and, after his death, married Francis T. Weaver.  They live in Williamsburg.
     Leonidas Byron.
     Dennis Howard
, born Feb. 14, 1865, married Margaret M. Smith, a niece of Mrs. Joseph Harvey Smith.  They live in his parents' old home in Williamsburg. 
     Theodosia, born May 20, 1869 married George Kain.
     Robert L.
     George Kain are sons of Henry C. Kain, elsewhere mentioned, and they live in Long Beach, Cal.
Source: History of Clermont and Brown Counties, Ohio - Vol. II - by Byron Williams - Publ. 1913 - Page 236
  JOSEPH HARVEY SMITH.  The sixth child and second son of Joseph and Melinda Medaris Smith is Joseph Harvey, born Feb. 4, 1854.  As the family did not move from the farm to the village home until his eighteenth year, most of his schooling was obtained in the country.  With a natural inclination toward metal work, and a favorable opportunity, he chose blacksmithing for a trade, when most young men were not so inclined.  But that choice eventually was the first step in a pleasing success.  On Dec. 23, 1875, he married Adellah Smith, born Oct. 8, 1856.  She was the youngest child of Thompson Smith, whose wife's maiden name was Holly Ann Snell Thompson was a son of Andrew born July 7, 1789, and Elizabeth Anderson Smith, Elizabeth Anderson, born in 1794, was a daughter of John Anderson, who was born in Maryland in 1773, and came to what is Sterling township in Brown county about 1800.  Holly Ann was the daughter of Daniel and Edna Malott Snell, and thus Mrs. Smith is a cousin of the poet, Warren Malott, and of the inventor, Oscar Snell, mentioned in the historical part of this work.  Her elder brother, Artemas, served in Company K of the Twenty-seventh Ohio and the other, Randolph, was a member of the regimental band of the Twenty-seventh Ohio, and his daughter, Margaret, married Dennis Smith, the fourth son of Joseph and Melinda Smith.  Georgia B., Cora D. and Howard H., the children of Dennis and Margaret, have been almost adopted by Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Smith.
In 1881 and for twelve years following, Joseph Harvey took personal charge of his father's old home farm.  In 1893 he bought, and for two years managed, a farm near Henning's Mills.  After that, he returned to Williamsburg, bought the attractive home at the foot of Main street, and now conducts a blacksmith and general repair shop from which

         "He looks the whole worked in the face,
           For he owes not any man."

     Mr. Smith is an earnest member of the old Clermont Social Lodge of the Masonic fraternity, and of the order of the Eastern Star, of which his wife is one of the lights, while she also finds time to do a full share in the work of the Woman's Relief Corps, as is fitting for the sister of two soldiers.  Although industrious, to a degree almost disturbing, in a leisurely neighborhood, Joseph Harvey Smith is a master of a choice between a calm view from a cosy corner or a bird-like glimpse from his automobile.
Source: History of Clermont and Brown Counties, Ohio - Vol. II - by Byron Williams - Publ. 1913 - Page 194

Joseph R. Smith

Mary (Garland) Smith


JOSEPH R. SMITH.   One of the best known men in Clermont county is Joseph R. Smith, an extensive farmer and stock raiser, and a prominent member of the local organization of the Democratic party. He has held many township offices and has otherwise been active in political circles. He has a fine farm of two hundred acres, about three miles east of Milford, on the Milford and Woodville pike, his postoffice address being Milford, Rural Route No. 1. He is a native of Cincinnati, born March 2, 1850, son of William F. and Eliza (Paylor) Smith. He was educated in his native city, living there until he was sixteen years of age, when his parents bought land in Miami township, but about thirty-five or forty years later his father retired from active life and returned to Cincinnati, where he spent the remainder of his life. He and his wife are buried in Greenland Cemetery, the latter having passed away a few years before his death. The father was a Democrat, but did not care for public office. He and his wife were devout members of the Methodist church.
     Mr. Smith attended the public schools and took up farming upon leaving school. After attaining his majority he began farming on his own account, and about four years later was united in marriage with Miss Mary Garland, who was born in Wilmington, Ohio, in 1849, daughter of Rev. B. F. and Maria (Rybolt) Garland. Four children have blessed this union: Torston G., Tauszky, Oscar J. and Otta. Tauszky received a good common school education and is a merchant at Madisonville. He married Carrie Gatch, and they have two children, Florence E. and Mary Elizabeth. Oscar J. married Mrs. Florence (Batten) Garland, and now owns and operates his father's farm. He has one son, Carl Garland.  Otta married Dr. Frank Batten, of Clarksville, Ohio.
     Mr. Smith is a Democrat in political affairs, and since the age of maturity has been active in public affairs. He has served several times as delegate to various conventions, has held township offices. In 1900 he was appointed land appraiser by Auditor John Davis, but refused to accept the office on account of poor health. He is now county commissioner, having been elected in 1909, and re-elected in 1911, and during the term of his incumbency of this office new pikes have been constructed, also a large bridge with concrete floor at Edenton, the first in the county. There is another concrete bridge at Loveland. He has progressive ideas and is broad-minded in his application of intelligence and foresight to the questions which come up in connection with his office. He realizes that it is the cheapest and best way for the county to construct its bridges in a manner that will last a long time, even though the first cost seems high, and that the safety and welfare of the citizens of the county are best served by a careful study of present and future conditions.
     Mr. Smith is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church at Pleasant hill, of which he is a trustee, and was one of the building committee when the new church edifice was erected. He enjoys to a large extent the confidence and esteem of his fellows and is recognized as a man of careful judgment and integrity. He is fraternally connected with the Knights of Pythias of Milford. Mrs. Smith died in January, 1908, at the age of fifty-seven years, sadly mourned by her family and many friends. She is buried in Greenlawn Cemetery, at Milford.
Source: History of Clermont and Brown Counties, Ohio - Vol. II - by Byron Williams - Publ. 1913 - Page 32
  LEONIDAS BYRON SMITH.  The third son of Joseph and Melinda Medaris Smith, sketched on other pages of this work, is Leonidas Byron, born Mar. 10, 1863, on his father's fine farm in Clermont county, Ohio, just east and south of where the Jackson township pike bridges the East Fork of the Little Miami.  Eight years later, he went with the family, when his father retired with ample means to enjoy village life in a most comfortable and hospital home, while the house full of children obtained the benefits of the excellent schools of Williamsburg.  Yet it was not all school and play for "Lon," as everybody called the cheerful lad, who was trained in physical culture by the judicious father and kept too busy for much mischief, by many errands to the farms, where he thoroughly practiced the use of horses, the care of crops and the management of stock.  In the meantime, he was kept steadily in school, until the "Call of the West" was followed in 1883 to Adel, Dallas county, Iowa.  He there began active employment as a clerk in the grocery business of J. W. Bly, with whom he continued eight years.  He then formed a partnership with his brother-in-law, Robert L. Kain, also from Williamsburg, Ohio.  That partnership, with the name of Smith and Kain, continued four years, when Kain's interest was purchased.  Since then the business has been the property of Mr. Smith, who owns the large and conspicuous block that he built in 1900 to accord with his gratifying prosperity.
     In 1888 he was married to Emma, a daughter of Isaac J. and Ellen Bringham Farlow.  I. J. Farlow was born Apr. 11, 1827, in Rush county, Indiana, and was a son of Reuben Farlow, who was born in February, 1785, in North Carolina, whence he came, in 1811, to be one of the pioneers of Indiana, where he married Elizabeth Odell, who was born in 1795 in North Carolina.  Ellen Bringham was born July 18, 1837, in Tippecanoe county, Indiana, then the pioneer home of her parents, Jesse and Rachel Bringham, whence they came to be pioneers of Cedar county, Iowa.  Isaac Farlow attained excellent success in Abel, where he came when there were but two houses on the road to the present city of Des Moines, some thirty miles away.  With such long pioneer record on all lines of his family, Lon B. Smith has been pleased with a chance to present his record in Clermont county to his sons, Byron and Lowell, who will thus be taught a fine pride in their honorable ancestry.
Source: History of Clermont and Brown Counties, Ohio - Vol. II - by Byron Williams - Publ. 1913 - Page 243
  PETER C. SMITHPeter C. Smith is one of the most substantial farmers of Franklin township, Clermont county, and raises a good grade of horses, cattle and hogs.  He is a native of the county, born on Big Indian creek, Washington township, in 1837, son of Israel and Elma (Camerer) Smith, also natives of the county.  The father was born in Franklin township, Oct. 5, 1813, and died in 1900, and the mother was born in Washington township, Oct. 5, 1812, and died in 1886.  Both are buried in Felicity.  He was an extensive farmer and land owner in Franklin and Washington townships and belonged to one of the earliest families to settle in Clermont county.  He was always an industrious and upright citizen and representative of the best interests of the community.  He and his wife had ten children:  Barbara Ellen died in infancy; Peter C., Sarah Jane, who died in 1860, was the wife of J. W. Wedding; Elizabeth Ann, wife of A. B. Armacost, of Franklin township; Phoebe Margaret, widow of E. R. Wills, of Felicity; Laura, widow of Lewis Winters, of Tate Township; William Henry died at the age of two years; J. M., of Franklin township; Oliver, of Washington township; Addie Virginia, married Chalfant Hardy, who now lives in Oklahoma, and died in 1885; Edwin Wells served two years as a member of the Tenth Kentucky cavalry during the Civil war.
     Mrs. Smith attended the schools of Washington and Franklin townships and remained with his parents until he was twenty-five years of age.  On Dec. 24, 1862, he married Miss Mary Jane McKibben, born in Felicity, Ohio, in 1843, and died in 1875.  Mr. McKibben was a native of Franklin township and died there several years ago.  He was a plasterer and brick mason by trade and an industrious citizen.  Mrs. McKibben was born in New Jersey and came to Clermont county in childhood with her parents.  Mr. and Mrs. Smith lived on his father's farm in Franklin township until 1872, when they came to the farm where he now resides, and on the latter place he eventually built a nice house.  Mrs. Smith was a good wife and mother and had many warm friends.  She was highly regarded for her many good qualities, and was a member of the Methodist church.  She bore her husband five children, namely: William Henry, born July 8, 1864, married Etta Trees, lives in Franklin township, and they have one child, Samuel Parker, born July 27, 1897; Frank Edwin, born July 14, 1867, died at the age of twenty years; Cora Elma, born Sept. 29, 1870, married Charles Hawk, and died in 1910, having borne her husband three children - Oliver, born Nov. 4, 1902, and two died in infancy; Lulu May, born Sept. 30, 1873, and died about eighteen years ago, was the wife of Philip Lippert and left one child, Philip Edwin, born Nov. 15, 1895; Mary Belle, born Apr. 24, 1875, married William Johnson, and they live in Franklin township, and to them was born one child, Hazel, who died at the age of two years.  Mrs. Smith was buried in Felicity cemetery.
     In 1877 Mr. Smith was united in marriage with Miss Lucy Maxwell Barkley, who was born in Washington township in 1843, daughter of Joseph and Florilla (Wood) Barkley, both natives of Clermont county.  Her parents were farmers and died over thirty-eight years ago.  They had twelve children, of whom but three now survive:  Mary, widow and Harvey Hanna, of Washington township; Selina, wife of Dr. A. B. McGill, of Cincinnati; Laura Florilla, wife of Smith Ike, who lives in Missouri.  Mrs. Smith died July 8, 1908, sadly mourned by all who knew her.  She had been a kind friend and neighbor and was an earnest member of the Methodist church, carrying out its teachings in her daily life.  She was a good helpmate for her husband and did her duty in all things.  She was buried in Calvary cemetery.  By his second marriage Mr. Smith had three children, namely: Sadie F., born Feb. 7, 1878, married W. A. Wedding, of Cincinnati, and they have two children, Ralph,  aged seven years, and Marjorie, aged one year; Laura A., born Apr. 3, 1880, taught school in Franklin township for five years, but is now at home; Jessie L., born in October, 1884, married G. E. Denniston, of Chilo, Nov. 28, 1912.
     Upon coming to his present place Mr. Smith first purchased seventy-six acres of land, adding forty acres at a later date, and in 1886 he erected one of the prettiest homes in the township.  He has put up good, substantial barns and other farm buildings and keeps everything in excellent repair.  He keeps a high grade of cattle and sells them on the market, and also sells colts in the local market.  He has always been industrious and a good manager, being practically self-made.  He is a Democrat in politics, and has served in various minor offices, such as school director and supervisor.  Fraternally he is affiliated with the Masons and Odd Fellows, and he belongs to the Christian church at Point Isabel.  His farm is a model of neatness and thrift and is a true index of the manner in which he carries on his work.
Source: History of Clermont and Brown Counties, Ohio - Vol. II - by Byron Williams - Publ. 1913 - Page 727
  WILLIAM H. SMITH.  One of the most public spirited men of Clermont county, Ohio, and one who takes an active interest in all political affairs, is William H. Smith, who was superintendent of the Clermont county infirmary for three years and ten months, during which time Mrs. Smith was matron, located near Batavia on the Batavia & Milford pike.  The farm consists of one hundred and twenty acres.
     Mr. William H. Smith is a native of Clermont county, his birth having occurred in Franklin township, near Felicity, July 8, 1864.  He is a son of Peter C. and Mary J. (McKibbon) Smith, who were prosperous farmers of the county.  They had born to their union five children, of whom our subject is one.  Mrs. Smith, died Apr. 30, 1875, and Peter Smith married a second time.  To this marriage were born three children.
     William H. Smith spent the first twenty-five years of his life on the farm of his father, attending the schools in his district, finishing in the high school at Felicity, Ohio, under Professor William H. Ulrey and Professor G. W. Witham.
On Mar. 26, 1893, Mr. Smith was married to Miss Stella Etta Trees, who is also a native of Clermont county.  The ceremony was performed by Rev. Charles F. Park.  Mrs. Smith is a daughter of James and Paulina (Sapp) Trees, who were both born and reared in Clermont county, and who were thriving farmers living in Washington township, near Moscow.  Mrs. Smith's paternal grandparents came to Ohio from Pennsylvania in an early day and her maternal grandfather came to Ohio from Kentucky.  Her father was twice married and Mrs. Smith is the youngest of fifteen children, of whom thirteen grew to maturity.  Mrs. Smith received a good education and taught school for five years.  Mr. and Mrs. Smith have none son born to them:
     Parker McKibbon, who was born near Felicity, Ohio, July 27, 1897.  He is a student of the Felicity High School.
     In 1899, Mr. Smith purchased a farm of sixty-eight and one-half acres north of Felicity, where he lived and carried on general farming until he was appointed superintendent of hate infirmary, which he filled acceptably to all the community until Jan. 1, 1913, when he resigned to return to his farm.
     Mr. Smith is an active Democrat and served his party as delegate to the county conventions and as trustee of Franklin township for nearly four years.  He served as assessor for two years.  He has been a member of the Christian church since he was twenty-one years of age and when very young manifested an especial talent for music, learning to play the cornet.  He soon became a member of the church choir and orchestra and of the Military Band, being at present a member of the Batavia Band and Orchestra.  He is a member of the Felicity Camp, No. 8762, Modern Woodmen of America.
Source: History of Clermont and Brown Counties, Ohio - Vol. II - by Byron Williams - Publ. 1913 - Page 440

Wilbur S. Strickland
WILBUR S. STRICKLANDWilbur S. Strickland, a well known educator in Cincinnati, who has been connected with the system of public education in the city of the past twenty-one years, has since 1901, held the responsible position of principal of the Sherman Public School.  The Sherman School is one of the largest schools in Cincinnati, having at times an enrollment of upwards of 1,400 pupils, with a corps of about twenty-five teachers.  This school has a number of special features, including the pioneer Mothers' and Teachers' Club, of Cincinnati, introduced by Mr. Strickland, and a movement which is spreading rapidly.
     The subject of this review represents a pioneer family in Clermont county, although his birth occurred  at St. Louis, Mo., Jan. 16, 1859.  His parents were Paul M. and Isabella (Spargo) Strickland, the latter of whom was born at Pittsburgh, Pa., in 1828, and passed to her eternal reward in the year 1871.  She was a devout member of the Episcopal church and was a lady of very refined and artistic nature.
     During her active life she did some excellent pencil drawing.  The paternal great-grandfather of our subject, was Michael Strickland, a native of England, who settled first at Cape May, New Jersey, and came to Clermont county in 1809, where he secured six hundred acres of land in Tate township and erected the first brick house on Poplar creek. in 1811.  Michael Strickland was a fine mechanic and could construct almost any article made with tools.  A fine stone sundial made by him is still in existence.  He was also an extensive farmer and stock man and took great pleasure in transforming the wilderness of his possessions into a valuable property.  He spent the remaining years of his life in Clermont county, where his death occurred Mar. 8, 1851, at the age of eighty-seven.  His wife, Eleanor (Cullen) Strickland, was a member of the original “Bible Society,” whose function was the distribution of religious literature, giving Bibles to her sons, Mark, Paul, Daniel, Hope; and her daughters, Sarah (Light), Betsy (Ogden), Maria (Mason), Harriet (McCall), and Hannah (Edwards); and many grandchildren.  She was a native of Ireland, and her death also occurred in Clermont county, June 15, 1860, at the age of eighty-five.
     Mark Strickland, the grandfather of Wilbur S. Strickland, and a son of Michael Strickland, was born at Cape May, New Jersey, in 1792, and was among the pioneers of Clermont county.  He was a noted Abolitionist and his home was a station on the “Underground Railroad,” many slaves being assisted to freedom by his help.  By occupation, he was a black smith at New Richmond, where he had a very lucrative business.  He responded to the call of his country for defense at the time of the War of 1812, and won much honor by his brave and courageous conduct.  Being possessed of the pioneering spirit, he sold his property in Clermont county and became one of the early settlers of Louisiana, where he owned two hundred acres of land in Caddo Parish.  On account of the slavery existing in Louisiana, he returned to Clermont county, where he remained until his death, in 1883, at the advanced age of ninety-one years.  He was a most interesting character, very active and high-minded, and upright in all his conduct.  He was a devout member of the Presbyterian church, very strict in his beliefs and always ready to assist in all worthy enterprises.  He was trustee of New Richmond from 1831 to 1833, and of Ohio township from 1835 to 1836.  Mr. Strickland was three times married, the first union being with Tryphosa Newton, daughter of Ebenezer Newton, a Clermont pioneer, and author of a text book on spelling.  To this union were born two sons and two daughters.  His second marriage was with Margaret Quinlan and his third wife was Elizabeth Snider, who bore him two daughters, Belle, who married Mel Patchell, of Middletown, Ohio, and Emma, who married Arthur Grant, of Mt. Washington, Ohio.  He survived all three wives.  Paul McGrew Strickland, son of Mark and Tryphosa (Newton) Strickland, was born at Monroe, La., in 1821, and passed away in Clermont county at his father’s farm, near Owensville, in 1874.  He was one of a family of four children; Francis B., his brother, was widely known and prominent as a writer and scholar prior to the Civil war; he published the “New Richmond Advertiser,” 1854, was editor of the “New Richmond Weekly Dispatch” for some years, and his death took place at New Richmond in early manhood.  One of the sisters, Alice, married first, John Swem, and second, John McDonald, who died recently at Louisville, Ill., at the age of ninety-one years.  Two daughters, one of each union, are living: Mrs. Julia (Swem) Swift, of Cleveland, Ohio, and Mrs. Laura (McDonald) Barbee, of Louisville, Ill.  The second sister, Eleanor, married John GrahamPaul M. Strickland was for many years
chief engineer on steamboats plying western rivers.  During part of the Civil war, he was chief engineer on the gunboat, “Juliet,” under Admiral Porter, making a record for skill and
bravery.  He married Isabella Spargo at Upper St. Clair, near Pittsburgh, July 5, 1855, and their home was at various places, owing to his profession, and to their union were born
five children:
     A. Newton was born at Pittsburgh, Pa., in 1856. and became well known as an instructor, having taught schools at Forestville, Maple Grove and Clover, all of which are in Clermont county.  His death occurred while teaching at Clover, in 1883, in his twenty-eighth year.  He was of an artistic temperament and had he been spared would have developed into an artist of some note.  He left a number of fine drawings, showing rare artistic talent, and highly prized by their owners.
     Wilbur S., the subject of this mention.
     Worden E. was born in Newport, Ky., Feb. 16. 1861, and is a locomotive engineer, of Cleveland, Ohio, and married Irene Quirk in 1905.
     Mary died at the age of ten years, in 1876.
     Joseph C. was born at St. Louis, Mo., Apr. 13, 1868, and is a graduate of the University of Indiana.  He is a Spanish scholar and has held important customs agent positions abroad, in the West Indies and Mexico.  He was special agent of the Mexican Central railway at Tampico.  On account of ill health, he has retired to his ranch near Tucson, Ariz.  He is artistic and highly educated.  His sketches, drawings and water colors are admired by critics of art work.  He married, in 1899, Helen Endres, daughter of a well known family of St. Louis, Mo.
     Wilbur S. Strickland acquired his education in the schools of St. Louis, Mo., Clermont county, Ohio, and at the National Normal University, at Lebanon, Ohio, from which he was graduated in the Scientific Class of 1887.  He began his career as a teacher in 1879, near Bethel, Ohio, where he taught for a period of four years in rural schools.  He then became the superintendent of schools at Amelia, Ohio, where he remained for three years, following which he filled the position of superintendent of schools at Bethel, Ohio, from 1888 to 1890.  The next change was to take charge of the schools at Cheviot, now a part of Cincinnati.  From 1892 to 1895, Mr. Strickland was first assistant of the Twenty-second district of Cincinnati and from 1895 to 1901 filled the position of principal of Whittier School, and from 1901 to the present time has held the position of principal of the Sherman Public School.  The extremely satisfactory manner in which he has filled these various positions has placed him among the foremost instructors in this section of the State.  The progressive measures which he has instituted in bringing mothers and teachers together for the common good of the children have proved to be a great benefit to all.
     Mr. W. S. Strickland was united in marriage on Aug. 20, 1890, to Miss Georgie Girardey, a daughter of George and Elizabeth (Light) Girardey.  The Light family is a pioneer family of the county and the members have always been prominent in the progress and growth of all its enterprises.  Mr. and Mrs. Strickland now own the David Light estate, “Spring Dale,” in Williamsburg township, making it their summer home.
     Mrs. Strickland’s father was George Girardey, Jr., born in 1835, and dying in 1912.  He was the only child of George, Sr., and Mary Girardey, both natives of France.   George, Sr., was a skilled confectioner and author of a valuable book on confectionery and baking.  Losing both parents while very young, George, Jr., made his home with the family of David Light in 1847, and on the departure of the young men of the family for California, took charge of the estate.  He married, in 1864, Elizabeth F. Light, daughter of David and Sarah (Strickland) Light.  His great fund of anecdotes and love of fishing made him the "Izaak Walton" of Clover.  Mrs. Elizabeth F. Girardey, born in 1828, and dying in 1907, had the remarkable record of having her birth. marriage and death all occur upon the same farm. She had fine literary tastes, and during the Civil war made and embroidered many flags for the Union army, one rare and remarkably beautiful embroidered banner being still preserved by Mrs. Strickland.
     Through her mother, Mrs. Strickland is descended from the noted Light family, pioneers of Clermont county.  John Light served in the Pennsylvania line three years in the War of 1776, and was the father of JacobDaniel and Peter Light, among Clermont’s first pioneers, while it was not yet organized.  Jacob Light, a Revolutionary soldier, was with the noted O. M. Spencer when the latter was captured by the Indians, as related in Spencer’s "Indian Captivity,” and later founded New Richmond, in 1814.  An account of these early settlers is found elsewhere in this volume and also in Rockey and Bancroft’s "History of Clermont County" (1880).  Before 1800, Peter Light, the great-grandfather of Mrs. Strickland, settled on five hundred acres of land north of Clover creek.  He was county surveyor for ten years.  His three children were,  George C., David and SusannaGeorge C. Light was county surveyor for five years, and representative in 1812-1813, and later be came a celebrated minister and pulpit orator.  He died at Vicksburg, Miss., on his seventy-fifth birthday, Feb. 27, 1860.  David Light. the maternal grandfather of Mrs. Strickland. died in 1845. his wife. Sarah S., in 1888, at the age of ninety-two years.  The children who survived the parents were, George William Wayland, Harriet and Elizabeth F. (Girardey).  George S. Light became a pharmacist, and originated several excellent remedies.  He owned a fine estate, “Light Hills," now in Covington. Ky.  Dr. William Wayland Light, who was born in 1817 and died in l895, became a pioneer of California, and a noted character of Sacramento City.  A graphic account of his heroic struggle with a war party of Yaqui Indians, in 1868, after they had slain his brother, Andrew Hopkins Light, and his nephew, Julian M. Light, is found elsewhere in this volume, under the story of the "Gold Rush."  Mrs. Strickland has many interesting relics, collected by her uncle, Dr. W. W. Light.  The late R. J. Bancroft said, "The Light family has been one of the most notable in Clermont, and none that ever settled in it has a more famous pioneer record antedated by a splendid history in the Revolutionary and Indian times that tried men's souls."
     Two children have come to bless and cheer the union of Mr. and Mrs. Strickland:
     Elizabeth Girardey
, born in 1892, a graduate of Walnut Hills High School, has considerable artistic talent, being proficient in pen and ink work, water colors and also in china painting.
     David Light, born in 1896, a student of the Walnut Hills High School.
     The city residence of Mr. and Mrs. Strickland is at 2005 Hudson avenue, Norwood, Ohio.
     Socially, Mr. Strickland has membership in Norwood Lodge, No. 576, Free and Accepted Masons.  He is particularly interested in the "Home and School League" movement, humane work, forestry and agricultural work, orcharding and the general improvement of rural life.  His interest in these matters is evidenced by frequent addresses before parents and teachers and public meetings.  He has given his life to a profession which is of eminent service to his fellow men, and his zeal and enthusiasm in his chosen calling, supplementing a naturally strong mind, have made him an educator whose ability is reorganized.  He is an active member of the National Education
Association, also of the Schoolmasters' Club and Principals' Association of Cincinnati, and was president of the latter organization in 1911-1912.
Source: History of Clermont and Brown Counties, Ohio - Vol. II - by Byron Williams - Publ. 1913 - Page 224



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