OHIO GENEALOGY EXPRESS
CLERMONT COUNTY, OHIO
SOURCE: HISTORY OF
CLERMONT AND BROWN COUNTIES, OHIO
— VOLUME II —
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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 infancy; 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.
SHARON WICK'S NOTE: Source is forthcoming.
J. BECK. In Mr. Horace J. Beck we
find a splendid representative of the self-made man, a
man who without any special pecuniary advantages has
worked his way steadily upward in the commercial world.
Mr. Beck was born in the house which is his
present home, at Bethel, Ohio, July 9, 1837, his parents
being John D. and Eliza (Edwards) Beck, the
former a native of Ohio. He was a blacksmith at
Bethel and died in 1861, aged fifty-two years.
Eliza (Edwards) Beck was born in Essex county, New
Jersey, and died in 1889, aged eighty-four years, and to
this union were born ten children:
Timothy E. was a resident of near Bethel, Ohio,
until his death.
William Gerard remained with his father in the
shop until his death.
Caroline C. was the wife of Miller W. Fagely,
of this county.
Horace J., our subject.
Marcus A. died in Bethel and was a blacksmith.
Samantha, deceased, was the wife of Reuben
Amos, deceased, was a farmer in Illinois.
John H. is a resident of Amelia, Ohio.
Moses died when a young man, at Bethel, Ohio
Edwin, passed away at Bethel, Ohio.
Horace J. Beck was educated in the schools of
Bethel and assisted his father in the shop for a time,
after which he accepted a position as clerk in the
general store of Sinks & Clare, at Bethel, and
was thus employed for some thirteen years.
In 1880, Mr. Beck was united in marriage to
Miss Phoebe Winterrowd, who was born in Indiana in
1852, and is a daughter of Peter and Elizabeth
(Hagerman) Winterrowd, both of whom were natives of
Indiana. They were the parents of eight children,
four still living:
Phoebe, Mrs. Beck.
Peter is operating the old home farm in Indiana.
Clara is the wife of George Muchk of
Julia is Mrs. Charles Klein, of Indiana.
Mr. and Mrs. Horace Beck have had four children,
all being born in the same home in which their father
first saw the light of day. They are:
Estel, whose birth occurred in 1882, lives door
to his father in a substantial brick home. He is
an employee in the shoe factory at Bethel, Ohio.
He married Louise Reed and has one son.
Angie C. is the wife of Oliver House, a
brickmason, of Cincinnati. Her birth took place in
Clara was born in 1886 and is Mrs. Allen
Harris, living near Bethel, Ohio.
Florence was born in 1888 and lived but four
For the past fifteen years Mr. Beck has been
engaged in the insurance business, representing the
Phoenix Insurance Company of New York, with office in
his home. He has a nice farm of eighty-seven acres
near Bethel, which he has kept rented.
In religious matters, both Mr. and Mrs. Beck are
consistent members of the Baptist church, of which he
has for many years been a deacon, also superintendent of
the Sunday school, until he was unable to attend to the
duties of that office.
Source: History of Clermont and Brown Counties, Ohio -
Vol. II - by Byron Williams - Publ. 1913 - Page 477
H. BECK, retired, residing in the village of
Hamlet, Clermont county, Ohio, is a native of this
county, born Jan. 1, 1845, son of John D. and Eliza
(Edwards) Beck. The father was a blacksmith at
Bethel for years, being a son of Levi Beck, a
veteran of the war of 1812. John D. Beck
died Mar. 29, 1861, while Mrs. Beck passed away
June 12, 1889, she being the last representative of the
Edwards family in this section. The
Becks are of English descent.
The maternal grandfather of our subject, Capt. john
Edwards, was a Revolutionary soldier and lived and
died in New Jersey. He was a warm personal friend
of Gen. George Washington, who often died at the
Edwards home. A son, Timothy Edwards,
accompanied by his wife, nee Martha Miller, came
from New Jersey to Ohio very early in the nineteenth
century, settling on the Miami river. Later
removed to a farm near Bethel, in Clermont county.
John H. Beck is one of twelve children, of whom
but one other is living, Horace Beck, of Bethel,
Ohio. Mr. Beck received his schooling at
Bethel and before coming of age enlisted in the One
Hundred and Eighty-fourth Ohio volunteer infantry,
spending a year with the Army of the Cumberland.
Returning to Bethel, he attended school for a time and
then engaged in farming with one of his brothers.
Was married, Nov. 21, 1877, to Miss Alice S. Gardner,
born Dec. 16, 1851, daughter of George and Elizabeth
(Eppert) Gardner, both natives of Clermont county.
The Gardners are of Welsh descent, while the
Epperts are of Pennsylvania German extraction.
Mrs. Beck's grandfather, Samuel Gardner,
was born July 22, 1785, and died in 1879, aged
ninety-four. He came to Ohio while the Indians
were still plentiful, being on friendly terms and
trading with them, also hunting a great deal. His
parents, Nathan and Pattie Gardner, lived to be
one hundred and three and one hundred and one,
respectively. George Gardner was born near
Mt. Pisgah, May 6, 1824, and died Aug. 13, 1908, while
his widow, who resides at the old home in Mt. Holly, was
born Apr. 20, 1834. He enlisted, in November,
1861, in Company K, Fifty-second Indiana infantry, being
discharged from hospital in 1862. A brother,
Nathan G. Gardner, served in the army, also three
brothers-in-law - Samuel Eppert, who died in
Andersonville prison, Madison and Perry Eppert,
besides several cousins. Mr. and Mrs. Gardner
were members of the United Brethren church.
Ten children were born to them, of whom six are living:
Alice S., wife of our subject: Carthena,
wife of Uriah Butler, residing at Mt. Pisgah,
Clermont county; Martha, now Mrs. Lewis
Furlong, of Newtown, Ohio; Laura, Mrs.
Harmon Fagin, of Plymouth, Ill.; Edgar B., of
Terre Haute, Ind.; and Elmer C., who resides at
Los Angeles, Cal.
After marriage Mr. and Mrs. John H. Beck settled
on a farm near Bethel, their home for twenty-four years.
Then Mr. Beck purchased the pretty home at
Hamlet, on the Ohio turnpike, where they have since
resided. He is a member of Grand Army of the
Republic and a Prohibitionist. He and Mrs. Beck
are both members of the Baptist church, of Amelia, Ohio,
of which Mr. Beck is now serving as a trustee.
Their four children, all born in Clermont county, are
living: Elsie V., born Jan. 31, 1879, was married
May 24, 1900, to J. Paris Goodbar, and they have
one son, Paul Beck Goodbar, born, Sept. 4, 1908,
and their home is in Dallas, Tex.; Gordon C.,
born Jun. 20, 1881, a graduate of Bethel High School and
of Dennison University, taught a year at Pin Hook,
Clermont county and is engaged in real estate business
at Pittsburgh, Pa.; Ellsworth, born Sept. 16,
1884, is an artist residing at Westerville, Ohio, having
been with the Culver Art and Frame Company the past nine
years - married Miss Lenore Jenkins, July 28,
19097, and they have one son, Marston Keith, born
Jan. 28, 1913; and Miss Ethel May, born May 16,
1887, is at home. Mr. and Mrs. Beck are
enjoying their comfortable home, which is one
widely known for its hospitality and pervading spirit of
good cheer. They number their friends by the
Source: History of Clermont and Brown Counties, Ohio -
Vol. II - by Byron Williams - Publ. 1913 - Page 479
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
Eliza, Nancy, and Elizabeth, all deceased.
Francis E., the subject of this sketch.
DeWitt, died at five years of age.
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
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
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.
Source: History of Clermont and Brown Counties, Ohio
- Vol. II - by Byron Williams - Publ. 1913 - Page 34
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