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OHIO GENEALOGY EXPRESS

CLERMONT COUNTY, OHIO

BIOGRAPHIES
SOURCE:  HISTORY OF
CLERMONT AND BROWN COUNTIES, OHIO
VOLUME II
1913

A B C D E F G H I J K L
M N O P Q R S T U V W XYZ
JOHN WILSON BARKLEY, a farmer and stockman of Monroe township, is an extensive horseman.  For some fifteen years he was a teacher and is now a member of the township board of education, and also president of the farmers' institute of New Richmond, Ohio.  His wife was Julia Bettle, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. E. Bettle, mentioned elsewhere in these volumes.  Of their four children, Nancy, the youngest, died in invancy; Mary Marguerite, John, Francis Virgil and Mildred Bettle are at home.
     Miss Emma M. is a resident of Lawrence, Ind., where she is a teacher in the public schools.
     Elizabeth M. (Barkley) Carnes, mother of A. L. Carnes, was born at New Hope, Brown county, Ohio, Dec. 19, 1830, and passed from this life Feb. 1, 1903, at the home in Monroe township.  Her parents were Hugh and Elizabeth (Donham) Barkley.
FRANCIS E. BETTLE, one of the most prosperous and enterprising farmers and stock raisers of Clermont county, owns and operates the beautiful farm of one hundred acres located in Ohio township, formerly the home of Mrs. Bettle's father, Mr. John Shaw. Mr. Bettle is well known throughout the county, having been born in Monroe township, November 1, 1836, a son of Samuel and Julia Ann (Simmons) Bettle, both of whom were of early Clermont county families.
Samuel Bettle, father of the subject of this review, was born September 1, 1800, in Philadelphia, Pa., whose parents were Everard and Mary (Trump) Bettle, also of Philadelphia. Mr. Everard Bettle, grandfather of Francis, came to Newtown, near Cincinnati, about 1808 or 1809, and shortly after bought a large tract of land, extending from the Franklin neighborhood to the river, settling in Monroe township. In the McGraw Survey, Mr. Bettle secured seven or eight hundred acres of wild land not far from New Richmond, making of himself a large land owner. He was of Quaker stock, but later joined the Methodist Episcopal church, where he took great pleasure in active Christian work. It may be said of both Mr. and Mrs. Everard Bettle that they were living examples of the faith which they possessed. Mr. Bettle passed from this life in 1835, and Mrs. Bettle's decease occurred in 1840. They were the parents of six children: Josiah, John, Evard, Jr., Elizabeth married Mr. Gleason, Mary married Mr. McDonald.
     Samuel was reared from childhood in Monroe township. He was a successful farmer, possessing two hundred and fifty acres of fine land at the time of his death, July 21, 1865. He served well and faithfully in several township offices. Both Mr. Bettle and his good wife were members of the Methodist church and helped to build the Franklin church. Mr. Bettle was a Whig in the early days. Mrs. Bettle, whose birth occurred September 20, 1806, died October 25, 1870. She was a daughter of Leonard Simmons, of an early family of Clermont county. They had eleven children born to them, eight of whom grew to maturity:
Eliza, Nancy, and Elizabeth, all deceased.
Francis E., the subject of this sketch.
DeWitt, died at five years of age.
Milton, deceased.
John, died in the Civil war, in 1862, near Shiloh, being a member of a Kentucky regiment.
Julia, widow of Thomas Willis.
George, of Monroe township.
     Francis E. Bettle received his education at a select school and at the Farmer's College, on College Hill, Cincinnati. After finishing the agricultural course, Mr. Bettle taught school for two years, then resumed farming for a time. Later, he studied surveying, which profession he has followed, successfully, for fifty years, doing a large amount of professional work for the county.
     The marriage of Mr. Bettle to Miss Nancy Shaw was celebrated May 29, 1861, in the present home, then the John Shaw homestead. The young couple resided in Monroe township until 1882, when they removed to their comfortable home, where they have lived for thirty years. Mrs. Bettle, a daughter of John Shaw, was born, February 7, 1839. To this union were born six children:
Jessie C., who married Elmer E. Hunt, of Olive Branch, this county. They have two children: Francis Wayland and Elizabeth.
     John S., of Texas, is farming near Crystal City. He married Miss Etta McCoy and they have two sons: Everard and Ossie Allen.
Ida H., at home.
Julia Viola, is the wife of John Carnes, a farmer of Monroe township. They are the parents of three children: Mary M., John F., and Mildred B.
Francis W., of St. Louis, Mo., a civil engineer, married Miss Grace Seagrist, and to this union have been born three children : Albert F., Catherine, and Margaret.
Elizabeth, the wife of Harry Layfield, a steamboat engineer in the government service, now on the rivers. Two sons have blessed this couple: William D. and Milton B.
Mr. Bettle's political views are Democratic, and he has served in the various township offices, offering to those with whom he has been associated, an example of one not only having opinions, but also having the courage to express them. He is well and favorably known in the community where he has spent his entire life, and that many of his stanchest friends have known him from his boyhood days to the present is an indication that his life has ever been straightforward and honorable.
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