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Greene County, Ohio
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BIOGRAPHIES:

Source:
HISTORY OF GREENE COUNTY

together with
Historic Notes on the Northwest
and
The State of Ohio.
Gleaned From Early Authors, Old Maps and Manuscripts,
Private and Official Correspondence and
all other Authentic Sources, Ohio - Publ. 1881
By R. S. Dills
Illustrated.
Dayton, Ohio
ODell & Mayer, Publishers.
1881
 
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  Cedarville Twp. -
J. P. CALDWELL, druggist, was born in Cedarville Township in 1836, and is a son of James and Elizabeth (McMillan) Caldwell, who were born in South Carolina, and with their parents came to Ohio in an early day.  Mr. Caldwell located on the eastern side of the township.  To them two children were born:   Joseph P., and David R. The husband and father died at the age of forty-two or forty-three years.  They were members of the Reformed Presbyterian Church.  They left their native state on account of slavery, and cam to Ohio that they might escape its degrading influence.  Our subject was reared on the farm, and at his father's death, was taken by his grandfather, David McMillan, with whom he lived till twenty-four years old.  He then began life for himself, and engaged in farming, which he followed till 1873, when he came to Cedarville, and embarked in the drug business in which he is yet engaged.  In 1860, he was married to Susan McQuillen, who presented him with three children: Elizabeth, James and Mary.  Mrs. Caldwell died in the bloom of womanhood, Apr. 7, 1876, aged thirty-nine years.  In the township he has been assessor, and in the village, member of the council for five years.  His brother was a member of Colonel Stephenson's regiment of one hundred day men.
Source: History of Greene County, Ohio - Publ. 1881 - Page 560
  Xenia Twp. -
ALFRED CAMPBELL, carpenter, son of James and Rose Campbell, both natives of Pennsylvania, was born in Alleghany City, same state, Feb. 6, 1834.  Received his education in Pennsylvania.  From boyhood until his seventeenth year, his time was chiefly spent on the Missouri and Mississippi rivers.  At the age of seventeen he was put out to learn the carpenter trade, which he followed in different cities of the South and West, until the first Lincoln campaign, when he left St. Louis for Pittsburgh, to cast his first vote.  On the 19th day of April, 1861, he enlisted in the old military organization known as the Jackson Independent Blues, which was organized as Company A, Twelfth Pennsylvania Regiment, and volunteered for three months.  Afterward he enlisted in the Sixty-Second Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, which was engaged in many of the hard fought battles of the war, some of which were Bull Run, Stone River, Chickamauga, the seven days' fight before Richmond, Mission Ridge, and the capture of Ringgold, Georgia, and was discharged Aug. 10, 1865.  On the 15th of April, 1861, just four days before starting for the seat of war, he was married to Miss Hannah M. Atkinson, daughter of Frank and Sarah Atkinson, and by her has two daughters, Ellen and Bertha.  He is a member of the Masonic order, and has also been a member of the Odd-fellows for over twenty years.  In politics he is a staunch Republican, and is a man who can always be depended upon when his country is in danger.  He is now carrying on his business in Xenia, and stand at the head of his profession.
Source: History of Greene County, Ohio - Publ. 1881 - Page 483
  Miami Twp. -
JOHN CANNON, shoe dealer, Yellow Springs, was born in Miami County, Ohio, on the 23d day of November, 1824, and is a son of Moses and Martha Cannon.  His great-grandfather came from England in Lord Baltimore's colony; his father was a native of Maryland, and his mother of Pennsylvania, and Scotch descent.  His father immigrated to this state in 1820, and his mother in 1810.  They were married about the year 1821, and had a family of six sons and three daughters.  John, our subject, was the third child, and was first married, Jan. 31, 1851, to Miss Margaret A. Sheets, who bore him two sons, Peter B. and Charles F., and died in 1855.  He was again married, to Miss Francis A. Johnston, daughter of Frederick and Mary Johnston, of this county, whose father lived until his one hundred and fourth year.  Peter B., a son by his first wife, died in his third year.  Nine children are the fruits of his present marriage: Lida B., John E., Martha J., Walter L., Frederick W., Guy L., and George E., living; and Peter B. and Charles F., deceased.  In July, 1862, he enlisted, and was made first lieutenant of Company C, One Hundred and Tenth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and was mustered into the service Oct. 3, 1862, at Camp Piqua, Ohio.  Was in all the hard fought battles in which this old regiment engaged, such as the Wilderness, Winchester, Spottsylvania, Locust Grove, etc., and providentially got through without a wound.  Feb. 5, 1864, he was mustered out on account of physical disability, and received an honorable discharge.  He received his education in Miami and Clarke counties, where the greater portion of his life has been spent.  Is a member of Osborn Lodge, F. and A. M.; and also, with his wife, is connected with the Presbyterian Church.  Is now engaged in the manufacture of boots and shoes at Yellow Springs, and is doing a fair share of the business of the place; is a first-class workman, and deserves the patronage of the entire community.  When others where at home enjoying the comforts of their firesides, he was fighting for the preservation of the government.  Such men should never be forgotten.
Source: History of Greene County, Ohio - Publ. 1881 - Page 700
  Jefferson Twp. -
NATHAN CARPENTER, farmer, is a son of Nathan and Cynthia (Grigsley) Carpenter, natives of Virginia.  They were married September, 1821, and had seven children: David, James, William, Sarah, Nathan, Susan and ThomasNathan is the only one living.  Mr. and Mrs. Carpenter were members of the Methodist Episcopal church.  He died, Nov. 12, 1874, leaving evidences of his victory over sin, and that he is now enjoying the home of the blessed.  Though eight-four years of age, Mrs. Carpenter  is a regular attendant of the church services.  Our subject was married, Aug. 12, 1856, to Mary J. Davis, natives of this County.  Seven children are the result of this union: John N., William, Lizzie C., Mary J., David E., Frank D., and Linnie May, all of whom are living save William who died at the early age of thirteen months.  John was married, Oct. 9, 1879, to Ellie F. Stewart, of this county, a native of Maine.  Mr. Carpenter owns a farm of two hundred acres, well improved, on which he lives, and farms to both grain and stock.  Himself, wife and three eldest children, are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Bowersville.  Is a member of the Odd Fellows lodge of Bowersville; was formerly a member of the Jamestown lodge, removing his membership here at the time of the organization of this lodge.  Mrs. Carpenter's parents, John and Elizabeth (Degroat) Davis, were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.  There were eight children of this family - Adelia, David, James D., Mary J., Andrew, Lizzie, John and Amanda, f1ive of whom are living; Amanda, James, and Andrew, deceased.  Mr. Davis died Nov. 22, 1877.  Mrs. Davis is still living, and at the age of seventy-three is enjoying good health.
Source: History of Greene County, Ohio - Publ. 1881 - Page 833
  Jefferson Twp. -
THOMAS H. CARPENTER, farmer, is a native of Monroe County, Virginia, and came to Ohio with his parents, Thomas and Jane Carpenter, at the age of two years.  He was born Jan. 6, 1842, and was reared, educated, and married to Mary C. Smith in this county, Feb. 20, 1862.  Seven children are the result of their union: Nancy J. Delia May, Samuel, Anna M., Altazara, Minnie B., and Guy all of whom are living, and none married.  Mr. Carpenter has a farm of two hundred and sixty-six acres, on which he lives, and firms chiefly to grain.  Mr. Carpenter is a member of the Baptist Church.  The  father of our subject was reared in Virginia, and lived there until 1844, when he came to his county, remaining here till his death.  He was the father of ten children - Nathan H., John, Sarah E., Thomas H., David W., Abner G., Franklin G., Charles O., and George O.  The three eldest are deceased.  Mrs. Carpenter's mother is dead; her father, Samuel H. Smith, now about sixty-eight years of age, is still living near Jamestown, this county.
Source: History of Greene County, Ohio - Publ. 1881 - Page 834
  Ross Twp. -
FREDERICK W. CARPER, farmer, Grape Grove, was born in Virginia, Nov. 10, 1815, where he was reared.  Married Miss Mariam Ritenour Mar. 15, 1851, who bore him eleven children: Joseph R., Louisa, Scott, Taylor, Hall, Anna B., James M., Mariam, Mercella, Ella, and Lolie; eight living.  Joseph died at Washington, D. C., June 2, 1865, of a disease contracted by compulsory exposure, while in the service of his perishing country.  Volunteered in 1862; served in Company A, Ninetieth, Ohio Volunteer Infantry.  Anna and Mariam are also deceased.  Mrs. Carper died Feb. 2, 1871, aged fifty-two years.  She was an exemplary member of the Disciple Church, in which faith she died triumphantly.  The surviving children, save James, Ella and Lola, are married, which leaves a small though pleasant family to cheer the father in his declining years.  He farmed from early manhood till 1879, when he removed to Grape Grove, where he now lives.
Source: History of Greene County, Ohio - Publ. 1881 - Page 757
  Bath Twp. -
ROBERT CHAMBERS, farmer, Osborn, is a native of this county, and was born Oct. 11, 1827.  Is a son of William and Elizabeth (Kirkwood) Chambers.  William Chambers was a native of Ireland, abut came to this country when about twelve years of age.  He located in Virginia for a few years, after which he came to this county; living first on the Samuel Andrews property, and afterwards buying the property where Robert now lives.  Was a soldier in the war of 1812, enlisting heartily in the cause of his adopted country.  Prior to coming to this state he married Elizabeth Kirkwood, of Virginia.  They were the parents of seven children: Jane, David, Eliza A., Mary, Margaret Robert, and Sarah.  Five of these are now living, and two, Margaret and David, deceased.  When they came to the farm there were no improvements on it, or any of the adjoining lands on the ridge.  The unbroken forests were the haunts of deer and bears, and the lurking place of the wild turkey.  But by hard labor, in common with other pioneers he hewed out a farm in spite of natural difficulties.  Here Robert was reared, and educated in the old log school house, which stood near where Bath church now stands.  The farm consists of one hundred acres, and is tilled chiefly to grain.  Mr. Chambers has followed farming all his wife.  In 1864 he was married to Malinda C. Snyder, who died in March, 1870.  His second marriage was consummated in 1877, with Susan Forrer.  They are both members of the Presbyterian Church, and respected members of society.  They have no children.
Source: History of Greene County, Ohio - Publ. 1881 - Page 723
  Jefferson Twp. -
CARGLE CHITTY, farmer, is a native of Virginia; was born in 1831; came to Ohio in 1844; located in this county; was married on the 10th of February, 1859, to Miss Rebecca A. Osborne, of this county, and ten children are the result of their marriage: Henry, Mary E., Andrew S., Leander M., Rosetta, John H., William F., Luther, Ollie V., and Monroe, all living but Henry, who died Jan. 7, 1861, aged eight months; none married.  Our subject has a farm of one hundred and five acres, well improved, and resides on it, farming chiefly to grain.  His wife is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.  Politically, he affiliates with the Democratic party, believing that it is the party of superiority.  His wife is a native of this county, and was born Aug. 28, 1840.  Her father, David M. Osborne, is a resident of Fayette County; his father, David, sr., was one of the pioneers of this county.  Our subject is a charter member of Bowersville Lodge, No. 559, I. O. O. F.
Source: History of Greene County, Ohio - Publ. 1881 - Page 834
  Silver Creek Twp -
JOHN G. CLEMENS

Source: History of Greene County, Ohio - Publ. 1881 - Page 789

  Cedarville Twp. -
H. D. CLINE, postmaster, was born Dec. 20, 1834, in Berkeley County, Virginia, and is the son of Hiram and Annie Cline, who came to his place with their parents when this was a new country, and erected a log cabin on the ground where the United Presbyterian Church now stands.  The subject of this sketch spent his youth at home, receiving the rudiments of education in the common district schools.  On the 19th of April, 1861, he was the first to enlist in the Twelfth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, following his regiment through six general engagements, with credit to himself and his country.  Was mustered out of the service the fifth of August, 1863, on account of disability.  Was appointed postmaster in 1869, which he has held to the satisfaction of the people until the present time.  Has also been mayor of this town for two years, councilman three years, and a member of the school board; is recognized as one of the public spirited men of his village.  In 1863, he was married to Anna C. Powers, by which marriage two children are now living: Armence A., and Carrie E.  The deceased are: John W., Josephine, Frank C., and Effie C.  Mr. and Mrs. Cline are members of the Methodist Church.
Source: History of Greene County, Ohio - Publ. 1881 - Page 561
  Jefferson Twp. -
ISRAEL CLINE, farmer, Bowersville, is a son of Jacob and Abigail (Wilson) Cline, who were natives of Virginia, and who died in this county.  The subject of this sketch was born in Virginia, Nov. 23, 1826, and came with his parents to this county in 1827, where he has since resided.  June 5, 1856, he was married to Miss Isabella Kidlow, by whom he had three children: Delphina J., Flora, and Elizabeth, all of whom are living.  Delphina was married to Macy Stephens; the others are at home, unmarried.  Mrs. Cline died May 6, 1874.  June 1, 1876, Mr. Cline married Miss Mary, daughter of Andrew Stephens, whose biography appears in this work.  Mr. Cline has a farm of fifty-three acres, well improved, on which he lives.  Farms chiefly to grain.  Is a good citizen, worthy the respect of all who know him.
Source: History of Greene County, Ohio - Publ. 1881 - Page 834
  Cedarville Twp. -
ROBERT M. COOPER, farmer, born on the farm where he now lives, Jan. 23, 1838, is the son of John A., and Agnes (King) Cooper, who were among the pioneers of this county.  Robert was educated in what was known as the Kyle district, and has remained at his present home all his life.  He married, Dec. 24, 1862, Margaret J. McClellan daughter of James and Amanda (Hyslop) McClellan.  He and his wife are members of the Reformed Presbyterian Church, and have two children now living:  Mary E., and James McClellan.
Source: History of Greene County, Ohio - Publ. 1881 - Page 562
  Bath Twp. -
PHILIP F. COST, retired farmer, Osborn, was born in Frederick County, Maryland, Oct. 20, 1809, and is a son of John and Rachael (Souder) Cost, both natives of Loudon County, Virginia.  They immigrated to this state in 1817, locating in Bath Township, on the road leading from Dayton to Yellow Springs.  Here they lived on a farm, and reared their family of thirteen children, nine of whom reached maturity.  About the year 1840, they removed to Fairfield, where he died in 1850; his wife in 1866.  Philip F. was reared on the farm, and received his education in the common schools of the time, having but slight opportunity to give to the acquiring of knowledge, as his services were required on the farm.  By natural genius, however, he has been able to conduct a successful business and accumulate a large property.  He has been twice married.  First, in 1829, to Jane Wolff who bore him eight children; second, to Hannah N., widow of Joseph E. Williamson.  Mr. Cost has following farming all his life, though in his early manhood he was employed at coopering during the winter season, as was the custom of many at that day.  Since 1817 he has lived here, with the exception of eight and one-half years in Shelby County.  Two of his sons, John Philip and George T., were in the war of the rebellion.  The eldest was killed at Liberty Gap in 1863, and George T. lost his right arm at Stone River; he lives now near Xenia, on the Dayton Pike.  Mr. Cost lived on the old home place till seven or eight years ago, when he removed to Osborn.  His farm consists of three hundred and twenty-one acres.  Five of his children are now living.  Mr. and Mrs. Cost are members of the Reformed Church, of which they are active and earnest workers, having the disposition both to will and to do.
Source: History of Greene County, Ohio - Publ. 1881 - Page 723
  Silver Creek Twp. -
WILLIAM P. COURY


Source: History of Greene County, Ohio - Publ. 1881 - Page 790

  Cedarville Twp. -
ABRAHAM COY, son of Adam Coy, was born in Beaver Creek Township, Greene County, in 1820.  He spent his youth on the farm of his father, until twenty-five years of age, and ten followed carpentering awhile, then kept store in Zimmermanville about ten years, and was the first postmaster in Zimmermanville, filling the office about ten years.  He then bought two farms, of about one hundred and fifty acres, with excellent house and barn, and with every other convenience of a thrifty farmer.  He was married, Jan. 25, 1849, to Catherine Zimmerman, after whose father the town was named.  Mr. Coy had eleven children, four dead.  The living are Cassius L., Lew E., Lodema, Emma G., Millie J., Burley J., and Marcellus E.  The deceased are William F., Mary A., and Ellen.
Source: History of Greene County, Ohio - Publ. 1881 - Page 951
  Beaver Creek Twp. -
ABRAHAM COY, son of Adam Coy, was born in Beaver Creek Township, Greene County, in 1820.  He spent his youth on the farm of his father, until twenty-five years of age, and then followed carpentering awhile, then kept store in Zimmermanville about ten years, and was the first postmaster in Zimmermanville, filling the office about ten years.  He then bought two farms, of about one hundred and fifty acres, with excellent house and barn, and with every other convenience of a thrifty farmer.  He was married, Jan. 25, 1849, to Catherine Zimmerman, after whose father the town was named.  Mr. Coy had eleven children, four dead.  The living are Cassius L., Lew. E., Lodema, Emma G., Millie J., Burley J., and Marcellus E.  The deceased are William F., Mary A., and Ellen.
Source: History of Greene County, Ohio - Publ. 1881 - Page 592
  Beaver Creek Twp. -
JACOB COY, retired farmer, Alpha, is the oldest living settler in this township.  He was born in Frederick County, Maryland, in 1792, being a son of Jacob and Susana Coy, who were born in Germany.  They, with their parents, came to America when yet young, and while on the voyage, Jacob's parents died and were buried in mid-ocean.  Their effects were confiscated by the ship's crew, and their children, seven in number, were thrown upon the shores of a new world penniless, in consequence of which they were sold to pay transportation.  He (Jacob) was eighteen years old at the time, and labored six years for a Pennsylvania planter to free himself and younger brothers and sisters.  He afterwards located in Maryland, where he was married, and lived a number of years, accumulating three hundred and fifty acres of land.  When married he borrowed the money to cover necessary expenses.  In 1800 he immigrated to Ohio, coming down the river to Cincinnati, where he stopped two months.  Then there were only sixteen low log cabins in the place.  He was importuned to stay, but pushed his way by team and wagon to Greene County; their way was cut through the woods in advance of the teams, and were eight days in coming.  He purchased three thousand acres of land, all in a body, and erected a small log cabin, into which he moved his family.  Two kegs of nails used in the erection of the cabin, were brought from Cincinnati on horseback, by young Jacob, our subject, for which twelve and one-half cents per pound were paid.  Here Jacob Coy, sen., lived and died, his death occurring in 1835 or 1836, at the age of ninety-three years.  His wife died about 1840, aged eighty-three years.  They were parents of twelve children, all dead except Jacob, who was the youngest.  They were members of the German Reformed Church of many years standing.  Jacob was eight years old when his parents landed in Ohio, and distinctly remembers counting the houses in Cincinnati, and says he has gathered hazel-nuts where the city of Dayton stands.  He has seen many hardships, and often working till midnight in burning brush; he has hauled flour from Cincinnati for $2.50 per barrel; wheat was sold for twenty-five cents per bushel, corn ten cents, coffee seventy-five cents per pound, and of the latter, three or four pounds did an ordinary family a year.  He labored on the farm for his father till of age, when he began life for himself, but remained with his aged parents, to whom he was much attached, caring for them while they lived.  On the old home farm he was lived four score years, and witnessed all the great changes that have transformed the wilderness to a garden of peace and plenty.  In 1813 he was married to Barbara, daughter of Leonard Snypp, who bore him twelve children, five living; Peter, Henry, Adam, Leonard, and Susana.  The deceased were, Rebecca, Catherine, Sarah, Jacob, David, Anna, and an infant.  Mrs. Coy died in 1859 or 1860.  Both were members of the German Reformed Church, having joined after their marriage.  He has served as elder and deacon for twenty years.  In politics he is a Republican, and during his long life has failed but once to cast his ballot for the benefit of that party.
Source: History of Greene County, Ohio - Publ. 1881 - Page 593
  Miami Twp. -
D. K. CRANE, baker and confectioner, born in Seneca County, New York, in the year 1839, son of Edward and Evaline Crane, natives of New York.  Immigrated to Ohio about the year 1842, with a family of four children, and had five born to them after coming to Ohio.  The subject of our remarks was married in 1861, to Miss Rena, daughter of Thomas D. and Nancy Gilman, of Waynesville, Warren County, Ohio.  They have been blessed with a family of four children, two of them, Delos and Cora, dead, and Clyde and Guy living.  He was among the men in time of the war, who drove Morgan, the guerrilla chief, from the soil of Ohio.  Enough to show he was a lover of the old stars and stripes, and ready to take up arms for their defence.  He is a member of Enterprise Lodge No. 280, Odd-fellows, of Westborough, Clinton County, Ohio, and also a member of the Methodist Church.  He is now engaged in the baking and confectionery business at the "Springs," and is one of the leading men of the place, and has his full share of custom among the people of this county.
Source: History of Greene County, Ohio - Publ. 1881 - Page 701
  Cedarville Twp.
SAMUEL CRESWELL, farmer, born on the farm where he now lives, Jan. 12, 1820, is the son of James and Anna (Junkin) Creswell, who were born in Pennsylvania, and emigrated with their parents to Louisville, Kentucky, about 1781, which place was but a small village at that time.  Remaining here about eighteen years, they removed to this county, in 1813, and located on the farm where Samuel and his family now live.  June 10, 1846, Samuel, our subject, married Eliza J. Hffuman, daughter of Aaron and Martha (White) Huffman.  The children have been born by this marriage, all of whom are now living.  The family are active members of the Reformed Presbyterian Church.
Source: History of Greene County, Ohio - Publ. 1881 - Page 562
  Caesar's Creek Twp. -
THOMAS B. CUMMINGS, farmer, is a native of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where he was reared and educated.  Came to this county in November, 1836, where he has since resided.  Was twice married; first to Mary Moots, of this county, who died Oct. 1, 1861.  Eight children were the result of this marriage:  Mary, Ada, Joseph, James, Sarah, Thomas, Martha, and John; Mary and Ada deceased.  John is at home, and the others are married.  Joseph, James, and Thomas served in the war of the rebellion.  Sept. 11, 1862, Mr. Cummings married Martha McNair, but has no children by this union.  They are both members of the Reformed Church.  His first wife was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.  He served a term of years as justice of the peace.  Has a farm of two hundred and fifty acres, well improved, on which he lives, and it is one of the most desirable localities in the township.  He farms to grain and stock.
Source: History of Greene County, Ohio - Publ. 1881 - Page 889
  Beaver Creek Twp. -
BENJAMIN F. DARST, the subject of this sketch, was born in Lost Creek Township, Miami County, Ohio, on the 16th day of December, 1838.  His ancestors were German.  His father, Rev. John Darst, an eminent minister of the German Baptist Church, was born in Franklin County, Virginia, Jan. 1, 1790, came to Dayton, Ohio, in 1813, and settled in Miami County, Ohio, Jan. 18, 1818, and died June 24, 1875.  His mother, whose maiden name was Mary Strasburg, after whose family name the city of Strasburg, in Germany, was named, was born in Frederick County, Maryland, and came, with her parents, to Ohio in 1818, and now resides near Troy, Miami County, Ohio.  Mr. Darst received a fair common school education; then at the age of sixteen he entered the New Carlisle Academy for two winters, assisting on his father's farm during the summer.  Taught school one winter, and then engaged in farming for his father.  He was married on the 29th day of March, 1860, to Miss Rebecca Ann Shoup, whose father, Rev. Moses Shoup, of the German Baptist Church, was born in Frederick County, Maryland, on the 1st of October, 1793, and came with his parents, George and Charlotte Shoup, to Greene County, Ohio, in the spring of 1805.  Her mother came with her parents to Montgomery County, Ohio, in 1804, and was joined in marriage to Mr. Shoup in 1818, and died Jan. 11, 1877, having lived together almost sixty years.  Mr. Darst removed to Greene County immediately after his marriage, and engaged in farming.  He lived with and cared for his wife's parents, who were now in declining years, until their death, and still lives on the old Shoup homestead.  The issue of his marriage was four children, three sons and one daughter:  John Charles Darst, born May 18, 1861; Moses Darst, born Jan. 8, 1868; Lizzie Darst, born Sept. 4, 1871, and Harry Darst, born Apr. 2, 1877.  In the year 1861, when the war broke out, Mr. Darst used his influence and means to encourage enlistment to fill the ranks of the Union army, and in the summer 1863 joined Company D, Sixtieth Ohio Volunteer Militia, and was elected and commissioned Second Lieutenant of his company.  In the eyar 1864, when Governor Brough made a call for one hundred days volunteers, he went with his regiment to Camp Dennison, on the 2d day of May, 1864, and ws mustered into the United States service as Second Lieutenant of Company D, One Hundred and Fifty-Fourth Ohio National Guards, under command of Colonel Robert Stevenson; was transferred to New Creek Station, West Virginia, and from thence to Greenland Gap, and was engaged in scouting until July 28, when the regiment was ordered to fall back to New Creek and await the enemy under Johnson and McCausland, who attacked us about 2 o'clock P.M., August 4.  The engagement was a warm one, and lasted until after dark.  The Union forces, under command of Colonel Stevenson, acquitted themselves bravely, and during this engagement, Lieutenant Darst took an active part.  He was always a favorite among his comrades, and his genial, pleasant disposition and social qualities, made him friends of them all.  After returning from the service and being mustered out at Camp Dennison, Sept. 1, 1864, his captain, H. B. Guthrie, died, and Lieutenant Darst was unanimously chosen as captain of his company, which position he held until the war closed, and his regiment was disbanded.  He was appointed notary public, is a surveyor and civil engineer.  In the spring of 1865 he was elected township trustee for four consecutive years, until he declined serving any longer.  He was also for many years a member of the board of education.  In 1879 was elected real estate appraiser, and in spring of 1880 appraised all the real estate in Beaver Creek Township; was a delegate to the state conventions when Hon. John Brough and Hon. R. B. Hayes were nominated and subsequently elected governors of the state.  In the spring of 1879 he and his estimable wife united with the German Baptist Church, at Zimmermanville, and he was elected to the ministry the following year, and in that capacity has served the church until the present time, being a faithful minister and a good counsellor in all matters pertaining to the peculiarities of his fraternity.  The residence and farm of Mr. Darst are two miles south of Shoups Station or Zimmermanville, on the road leading to Bellbrook, near Mount Zion Church.
Source: History of Greene County, Ohio - Publ. 1881 - Page 594
  Xenia Twp. -
J. S. DILLON, physician and surgeon, was born in Logan County, Ohio, in 1840.  Is a son of Benjamin R. and Elizabeth Dillon.  His father was born in New Jersey, and his mother in Ohio.  They were married about 1820, and had six children, Melissa, Malachi, Laura H., Mary, Joseph S., and John.  The subject of this sketch began life for himself when thirteen years old.  In 1859 he went to Kansas, and after a sojourn of six months, his father, who had been keeping a hotel, died, and he took charge of the business.  In a short time he sold out, and turned his attention to speculating and doctoring, until the war broke out, when he went into the suttler business, which he followed till its close, after which he took a stock of goods, valued at $85,000, to Mexico.  After selling out, he went into a sheep speculation, taking over four thousand head to Montana, where he disposed of them at a loss of $3000.  He returned to New Mexico, and took a contract to supply the Navajo Indians with beef.  Started for their reservation with three thousand head of cattle and one hundred and seventy-five head of horses, and arrived there with two hundred and eighteen head, all told, being continually preyed upon by the Camanche Indians, who killed ten of his men, cutting the flesh entirely from the bones of one of his comrades.  He then went to Arkansas, and practiced medicine there for six or seven years.  The doctor, having seen much of pioneer life, and becoming disgusted with it, returned to the states and settled in Xenia.  Although having been in that city but a short time, he was secured a good reputation, curing some cases pronounced hopeless by other physicians, and bids fair to become one of the noted physicians of the country.
Source: History of Greene County, Ohio - Publ. 1881 - Page 488
  Jefferson Twp. -
THOMAS DONALDSON, merchant, Bowersville, is a son of John and Mary Donaldson, both natives of England, where Mr. Donaldson died in 155, and where she still lives.  They were the parents of four children: Thomas, William, Joseph, and Rachel, all are natives of and reside in England, except Thomas who came to the United States at about the age of fifteen, and located in Ohio.  With the exception of three years passed in the army, fighting for a constant resident.  He was in Company A, Seventy-Fo8urth Ohio Volunteer Infantry.  January, 1857, he married Maria Wilson, of this county.  Mr. Donaldson is a charter member of the Bowersville Lodge No. 559, of Odd-fellows; also a member of the Masonic fraternity, of Jamestown, since 1866.
Source: History of Greene County, Ohio - Publ. 1881 - Page 835
  Xenia Twp. -
GEORGE S. DRAKE, engineer of fire department, Xenia, was born in Morgan County, Ohio, in 1847, and is a son of George W. and Catharine Drake. His father was born in Virginia, and his mother in Pennsylvania.  They located in teh above county in 1845, and his father died in 1873.  The mother is yet living, and resides in Muskingum County.  They were parents of fourteen children, six of whom are living, Samuel, John H., Mary E., Kate, Louis B., and George S.  The boyhood of George was passed in Zanesville.  In 1862, he enlisted in Company A, Eighty-Eighth Regiment, Ohio National Guard, and after serving his time (three months), enlisted in Company E, Nineteenth Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and was in the battles of Chickamauga, Nashville, Franklin, Kenesaw Mountain, being wounded in the shoulder at the last-named battle; also participating in the battles of the Atlanta campaign, and was discharged in 1865.  In 1866 he obtained a position as fireman on the railroad, serving in that capacity for five years, and then took charge of an engine on the Little Miami Railroad, holding that position for six years.  In 1875 he located in Xenia, and was given his present position.  In 1872 he was married to Ann A. Matthews, by whom he has had two children, Nettie E. and William D.  Mrs. Drake was born in Franklin County, in 1847.  Politically, Mr. Drake is a Republican.
Source: History of Greene County, Ohio - Publ. 1881 - Page 491
  Cedarville Twp.
JAMES DUNLAP, lumber dealer and farmer, Cedarville, was born in the County of Antrum, Ireland, Apr. 29, 1812, and is the son of William and Jane (More) Dunlap.  He received his early education in Ireland, and at the age of sixteen came with his father to Cincinnati, where he made his home with his brother, working a box manufactory, which business was carried on by his father and brother Robert.  At the age of eighteen he was employed in a bank as messenger-boy, and remained as such for several years.  Finally he rose to the position of book-keeper in the Franklin Bank, and filled that position until 1836, when he was compelled to abandon his place on account of poor health.  During his banking experience he at one time was sent in charge of two thousand six hundred pounds of specie, which was loaded in an open wagon and drawn from Cincinnati to Lexington, Kentucky, being four days on the road, and passing through dense forests and lonely valleys, with but two men in company with him.  Archbishop Wood was also a clerk in the bank with our subject.  Soon after James retired from his position in the bank, he embarked in the lumber business, which he has followed almost continuously until the present time.  In the year 1835 he married Jane M. Limerick, daughter of James and Rachel Limerick, and raised from a small child by Mrs. Jepthah Gerard.  She departed this life in the year 1871, at the age of fifty-three years, leaving her husband and five children to mourn her loss.
Source: History of Greene County, Ohio - Publ. 1881 - Page 562

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