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.
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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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.


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