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CLERMONT COUNTY, OHIO

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

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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
JOSEPH AND MELINDA MEDARIS SMITH.  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 Meek.  Capt. Dennis Smith's bounty land was laid in Clermont county by his sons, Joseph, David and Christopher, and his son-in-law, James Seals.  David 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 Samuel.  John 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, Jun. 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 Cover.  Amanda 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 Louisa.  Phoebe 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 Jul. 5, 1822, a daughter of Charles and Lydia Gest Medaris.  Charles 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 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.  Mr. 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.  Oizella, born Nov. 20k, 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 R. 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 KainRobert L. and George Kain are son 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.   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
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 Chirstian 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 hte 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
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