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Historic Notes on the Northwest
The State of Ohio.
Gleaned From Early Authors, Old Maps and Manuscripts,
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all other Authentic Sources, Ohio - Publ. 1881
By R. S. Dills
Dayton, Ohio
ODell & Mayer, Publishers.

  Caesar's Creek Twp. -
STACY MASON is the son of John and Mary (Beven) Mason; the former was born Jan. 15, 1795.  They were married in the same county in which they were born, in the year 1816, and lived in the same two years, then moved to Belmont County, Ohio, and located in a small town called Flushing, where he carried on Wagonmaking for about sixteen years.  Also held the office of Justice of the peace for nine yeas, at the same time trading in horses, hogs and cattle, and butchering.  Eight children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Mason, five boys and three girls:  Owen, Stacy, David, Lydia Ann, Catharine, Gideon, John and Susanna, all born in Belmont County, except Owen, who was born in Virginia.  In 1834 the family removed to this county, locating ten miles south of Xenia, and carried on farming until the old gentleman's death, in 1879, his wife having previously died, in 1877.  Stacy, the subject of this sketch, was born in Belmont County, Ohio, Dec. 25, 1818.  After his father moved to this county, he hired to work in a grist-mill on Todd's Fork, in Clinton County, owned by Mr. H. Lewis.  After remaining about a year, he drove a team for Mr. K. Sweney on Caesar's Creek for about two years, at two hundred  dollars per year; then ran a huckster wagon three years; after which he purchased a general dry goods and grocery store in Paintersville, Greene County, which he operated about ten years; when he traded this to Mahlon Fawcett for a farm in Caesar's Creek Township, one mile south of Paintersville; rented the farm out, and bought a dry goods store of G. R. Dawson, at Bloomington, Clinton County, Ohio; remained there two yeas, sold the store to John Bason and Son, and moved on the farm which he operated nine years, trading meanwhile in all kinds of stock; then moved to Paintersville where he now resides.  Mr. Mason has, during his life, bought and sold three farms, and now owns six acres near Paintersville.  He was married Nov. 7, 1841, to Elizabeth Bruce, who bore his three children, all girls:  Mary K., Catherine J., and Ann E.  Mary and Ann married two brothers, S. P., and S. U. Elis and Catherine married Joseph Wilson; all farmers.
Source: History of Greene County, Ohio - Publ. 1881 - Page 891
  Cedarville Twp. -
JAMES S. McCOLLUM, farmer, born in Butler County, Ohio, August, 1832, was raised a farmer, and received the rudiments of his education in the common district schools.  Was a member of the One Hundred and Fifty-Sixty Regiment, Ohio National Guards, stationed near Cumberland, where he remained as a soldier four months.  Was married, Jan. 1, 1868, to Miss Priscilla Elliott.  She departed this life Mar. 17, 1871.  Oct. 5, 1876, he married Sarah Creswell, daughter of Samuel and Eliza Creswell, whose names appear in another part of his work.  James and his wife are members of the Reformed Presbyterian Church.
Source: History of Greene County, Ohio - Publ. 1881 - Page 561
  Miami Twp. -
SAMUEL McCULLOCH, undertaker, Yellow Springs, was born in Clarke County, four miles east of Yellow Springs, in the year 1824, of Scotch-Irish parents, who came to Ohio that year.  About the year 1836, our subject went with his parents to the farm, one mile east of Yellow Springs, which he helped clear and improve;  then learned the trade of house carpenter, at which he worked until about 1850; then bought property at Yellow Springs, and worked at cabinet making and undertaking.  About the year 1855, he built a residence and business house, which he till occupies.  In that year he married Hannah Herick Blaisdell, who was born in the State of Maine.  They have three children living: Samuel H., aged twenty-four, who has been in the employ of the Adams Express Company for seven years, as messenger, and at present running from Kansas City to Puebla, Colorado; Archie, aged seventeen; and Mary, aged twelve.  In 1857 our subject commenced, in connection with furniture, the sale of clothing, hats, caps, etc., which he continued until called to go with the One Hundred Forty-Fourth Ohio, one hundred day men.  Leaving the store to take care of itself, he marched with the boys to defend his state.  At the expiration of his one hundred days, he was drafted, but furnished a substitute.  In 1867, he invented and patented the removable, auxiliary rifle-barrel, for single and breech-loading guns, which has met with great favor with deer hunters, and sportsmen generally.  In politics, he is a Republican; in religion, he and his ancestors, as far back as can be traced, have been Presbyterians.
Source: History of Greene County, Ohio - Publ. 1881 - Page 703
  Xenia Twp. -
JAMES McDONALD, conductor, Xenia, was born in Cincinnati, in the year 1856.  Is a son of Oliver and Catherine McDonald.  His father is a native of Scotland, and his mother of Ireland.  They immigrated to this country about the year 1840, with a family of five children, Mary, Katie, Bridget, Julia, and James, the subject of our sketch, who is now a conductor on the narrow-gauge railroad, from Dayton to Chillicothe.  He has been in the railroad business a great portion of his life, and is one of the favorite conductors of the road, always gentlemanly, and willing to accommodate his passengers, and is so well adapted to his position, that all with whom the writer has conversed say he has, or ought to have, a life lease on the road.  Received his education in this city, where the principal portion of his life has been spent, and where all who know him wish to spend the remainder of it.
Source: History of Greene County, Ohio - Publ. 1881 - Page 512
  Xenia Twp. -
WILFORD McDONALD, farmer, was born in Tennessee, Mar. 9, 1798, and is a son of Isaiah and Edith McDonald, who immigrated to this state in 1801.  He was educated in this county, where he has passed the greater portion of his life.  In 1831 he was married to his first wife, Miss Martha Lyon, who presented him with eight children, all of whom are living but two.  Three of his sons, Franklin H. Mills S., and Columbus, were in the Union army, and all were honorably discharged.  Melville and John H. are now in Nevada seeking their fortune among the hills.  These, with Americus Jane, are all living.  The other two, Sarah E. and Mary E., are dead.  Mr. McDonald was married to his second wife, Miss Elizabeth A. McCorter, of Clinton County, Ohio, in 1854.,  She has borne him no children.  He is one of the old settlers and successful farmers of the county, and any one going over his farm would not have to be told that he understands his business.
Source: History of Greene County, Ohio - Publ. 1881 - Page 515
  Cedarville Twp. -
J. W. McFARLAND, farmer, Cedarville, was born on the farm where he now lives, Jan. 15, 1846.  Is the son of G. C. and Evaline (Hicks) McFarland.  Received an early education in the district schools, and remained at home with his parents until July 1, 1863, when he enlisted in the naval service, and was a seaman on the gunboats Victory and Benton, plying the Ohio, Mississippi, Cumberland, Red Rivers, and was engaged in a number of skirmishes.  He was mustered out of the service, Aug. 28, 1865.  Dec. 20, 1877, was married to Mattie Marshall, daughter of Hugh H. McFarland, deceased, and brother of our subject, was born in this township, Sept. 10, 1843, and was much beloved by all who knew him, as a model young man.  He enlisted in the Seventieth Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and was in the service but three months, when he returned home on furlough, and died shortly after, Jan. 26, 1862, of typhoid fever.
Source: History of Greene County, Ohio - Publ. 1881 - Page 567
  Xenia Twp. -
A. B. McINTOSH, plasterer, Xenia, was born in Boone County, Kentucky, Mar. 22, 1846.  Is the son of William R. and Ann C. McIntosh, his father being a native of Ohio, and his mother of Pennsylvania.  The subject of our sketch was married, Sept. 7, 1864, to Miss Kate Cochern, daughter of Samuel and Lucinda Cochern, of this city.  They have had three children, Gliscoe G., who died young, Cyrus W., and John P., who are still living.  He enlisted in the One Hundred and Tenth Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Jan. 8, 1864, and was wounded at the battle of Cold Harbor, June 3, 1864, and was transferred to Washington, after which he reported to the regiment at Danville, and after going through all the bloody and hard-fought battles participated in by that noble old regiment, received an honorable discharge in 1865.  Received his education in this city, where he ahs spent the greater portion of his life, and is now engaged at his trade of plastering, doing a business second to none.
Source: History of Greene County, Ohio - Publ. 1881 - Page 510
  Xenia Twp. -
GEORGE A. McKAY, engineer and surveyor, Xenia, was born in this county, Dec. 25, 1850, and is a son of Samuel F. and Angeline A. McKay.  His mother is a Virginian by birth, and came to Ohio when she was but seven years of age.  His father was born in Ohio, and was married in the year 1850 to Miss Angeline A. Moore, daughter of Persley Moore, of this county.  He lost his life by a tree falling on him, and left a family of five children, George A., Maria L., Oscar F., Sarah J., and Irving F.  George A., our subject, was married Sept. 25, 1873, to Miss Ada I. Peterson daughter of Jacob S. and Sarah C. Peterson, of Clinton County, Ohio.  They have a family of two children, Werter P.,  and Mable.  He commenced engineering when but sixteen years old, and now holds the position of civil engineer of the Miami Valley and Columbus Railroad, where he has been for the last two years, and where he is likely to remain as long as he wishes.  He was raised on a farm, but being of an active mind and an aspiring nature, he left it and engaged in his present profession.  He received a common school education in this county, and afterwards graduated in mathematics at Antioch College, Yellow Springs.
Source: History of Greene County, Ohio - Publ. 1881 - Page 509
  Caesar's Creek Twp. -
SAMUEL F. McKAY, farmer, is a native of Clinton County, Ohio; was born May 8, 1825, reared and educated there.  Was married, Mar. 17, 1850, to Angeline A. Moore of this county, a native of Virginia; five children is the result of this union:  George A., M. Louisa, Oscar F., Sarah J., and Irving F., all of whom are living, and three married.  Irving and Sarah are yet at home with their parents.  Mr. McKay has a farm of three hundred and forty acres left, after giving his children one hundred and eighty acres.  He inherited ninety acres of land on which there were no buildings, except a log house 14 x 18 feet, and a log pen without a roof; to which he has added four hundred and thirty acres, and his farm well improved.  Has a good, large house, and a barn.   Most of his money was made by raising wheat and hogs.  At one time, he sold sixty-two hogs for twenty-four hundred and fifteen dollars.  Mr. McKay's parents (George and Mary) were members of the Baptist Church.  Mr. McKay died Jun. 11, 1850, and Mrs. McKay Sept. 25, 1878.  She met death submissively.
Source: History of Greene County, Ohio - Publ. 1881 - Page 890
  Spring Valley Twp. -
WILLIAM McPHERSON, farmer and stock raiser, was born in Xenia, Ohio, Feb. 16, 1816, of John H., and Margaret (Hivling) McPherson, who came from near Hagerstown, Maryland, and settled in Xenia when it was but a clearing in the wilderness.  His grandparents on his father's side were from Scotland, and his grandfather was the first sheriff in this county.  On his mother's side, his grandparents came from Germany.  In his youth, Mr. McPherson had few educational advantages, but as he grew older, he attended school for some time under Prof. Thomas Steel, and later under the Rev. Mr. Hugh McMillan, except one year's absence in Dayton to commence the trade of saddler, and was at home until his marriage.  He learned his trade, and worked at it until the spring of 1840, when he went to farming and raising stock, at which business he has since continued.  His first farming venture, was on land rented from his grandfather, but his uncle, John Ankeney, notice the shrewdness of young William, and purchased him the farm on which he now resides.  He was married in the autumn of 1839, to Miss Mary A. Rader, by whom he has had nine children, six living: John H., Adam R., Willie, Ann Eliza, Sophia, and Georgiana; of these, three are married.  Adam to Ellen Hapman, and living near DesMoines, Iowa; John to Lizzie Given, and living in Xenia Township; and Eliza to E. S. Barrett, who lives on his father's farm in this township.  Those deceased, are Robert E., Joshua and an infant.  Mrs. McPherson is a member, and has been for more than forty years, of the German Reformed Church of Xenia.  Mr. McPherson has been school director for nine years, and has been a director in Greene County Agricultural Society for more than twenty years, and was this year again elected to serve two years.  For over twelve years, he has been superintendent in the cattle department of the Ohio State Agricultural Society.  He is a member of the Xenia Lodge No. 52, Odd-fellows, is also Master of Walnut Grange No. 25, P. of H., of Spring Valley Township, and has always been a Republican, but cast his first vote for General Harrison, in 1840.  Two of his sons participated in the late war.  John  was in Company C, Seventy-Fourth Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and served all through the war, and was honorably discharged and without a scratch.  His son Joshua, was also a member of the Seventy-fourth Regiment, but he died in Nashville, Tennessee, from a sickness contracted while on his way to join the regiment.  Mr. McPherson has one hundred and eighty-three acres of land in Spring Valley Township, with about twenty acres of woodland included.  His buildings are all in good order, and his stock shows the care that denotes the thrifty farmer.  Aside from this, he is a half owner in one hundred and sixty acres of land in Indiana, which lies about four miles form Muncie, and about one hundred acres of which is under cultivation.  Mr. McPherson is a man well spoken of by his neighbors, and enjoys the confidence of all with whom he comes in contact.
Source: History of Greene County, Ohio - Publ. 1881 - Page 872
  Beaver Creek Twp. -
DAVID MERRICK, farmer, Alpha, was born in this township in the year 1820.  Is a son of Joseph and Susana Merrick; his father was born in Delaware, Oct. 9, 1779, and Susana Boston, his wife, in Maryland Dec. 25, 1793.  They were married in Maryland in 1814, and the following year immigrated to Ohio, locating on land now known as the Boroff farm, where they resided some years, and afterward lived in various places in the township.  Mr. Merrick was raised a Methodist, his father, John Merrick being a minister of that church.  Mrs. Merrick was a member of the Lutheran Church, until the day of her death.  They were parents of five children, four living: John, Elizabeth, Israel, and David; Mary Ann, deceased, Mar. 10, 1831.  Mr. Merrick died Mar. 3, 1857, aged seventy-seven years.  Mrs. Merrick departed this life Jan. 10, 1873, aged eighty years.  She was a great sufferer during a portion of her life, being troubled with a spinal affection which crippled her to a great extent, yet her energy and iron will buoyed her up, and carried her to a remarkable age.  The boyhood of our subject was passed on the farm, and he received the rudiments of his education in the common schools, which was afterwards developed in the schools of Dayton, by study at home, by which he fitted himself to teach, a profession he followed for twelve years in the schools of the township.  In 1859 he was married to Ann R. Kable, daughter of Samuel Kable, by whom he has had nine children, seven living:  Sarah E., William K., Joseph S., Emma M., Ellen C., Mattie J., and Benjamin D.; the deceased are Anna R., and an infant.  After marriage he located near Shakertown, where he resided till 1865, when he purchased the land on which he now lives.  He owns one hundred and twenty-five acres, which are well improved.  Mrs. Merrick is a member of the German Reformed Church.  David Merrick is one of our self-made men, having begun life without a dollar, and by hard work and good management has built up a good property.  Politically he is a Republican, having always given his influence to that party upon all questions at issue.  Mrs. Merrick was born in Osborne, Greene County, Apr. 21, 1837.
Source: History of Greene County, Ohio - Publ. 1881 - Page 616
  Caesar's Creek Twp. -
CHRISTOPHER MIDDLETON, farmer, is a native of this county; born Aug. 4, 1834, and was reared and educated here.  Was married to Margaret Devoe, of the same county, a native of Virginia, December, 1868; eight children were the result of this union:  Emma J., John H., Susan, Mary F., Ella B., Loratta, Thomas L., and Lizzie, all of whom are living save Susan who died at the early age of ten months.   Mr. Middleton has a farm of one hundred and twenty-acres, well improved, on which he lives.  His farm is a very desirable one, and worth about one hundred dollars per acre.  He is what we might properly call a "self-made man," as he inherited but little of his wealth, the remainder being the result of his industry and good management.  Mr. and Mrs. Middleton are members of the Methodist Church.  Mr. Middleton's parents, John and Susan (Mussetter) Middleton, were natives of Virginia.  Mr. Middleton, sr., was one of the pioneers of this county, coming here in 1826, and died Sept. 7, 1864.  Mrs. Middleton died Aug. 5, 1852.  They were parents of ten children.
Source: History of Greene County, Ohio - Publ. 1881 - Page 892
  FREDERICK MILLER, farmer, Dayton, was born in Frederick County, Maryland, Aug. 8, 1820.  Is a son of Jacob and Judith Miller, who were born in the same county, in which they resided till their removal to Ohio, in 1834.  They located seven miles northwest of Dayton, where they lived a few years, then came to this county, where they lived many years, and until Mrs. Miller's death, which occurred Feb. 5, 1850, aged fifty-three years.  Frederick's father survived his life, and while on a visit to a daughter in Futon County, Illinois, in 1879, was taken sick and died in the eighty-third year of his age.  They were parents of nine children, seven still living:  Frederick, Mary, Margaret, Daniel, John, and Susan' the deceased are Elizabeth and Joseph the latter was a member of Company E, Ninety-fourth Ohio Volunteer Infantry.  He enlisted in 1862, and in the battle of Perryville, Kentucky, Oct. 8, 1863, was shot dead instantly; he fell with his rifle in the hands and his face to the foe.  His remains were brought home and interred in the family cemetery.  A wife and three children were left to mourn his said death.  The boyhood of Frederick was passed in a manner usual to youth, i. e., attending school and performing old jobs until old enough to do a man's work. About 1844 he was married to Lydia Aley, who has borne him eight children, seven living: Anna, David, Edwin A., Charles, William, Burton, and Oscar.; Emma, deceased.  He owns one hundred and three acres of land, which is in a high state of cultivation and well improved.  Frederick's mother was a member of the Lutheran Church, and his wife is a member of the United Brethren Church.  He has been trustee of the township one term, besides holding other local offices.  Is a Republican in politics.
Source: History of Greene County, Ohio - Publ. 1881 - Page 617
  Cedarville Twp. -
JACOB MILLER, farmer, Cedarville, is, we are pleased to record, one of the oldest settlers now living in Cedarville Township.  He was born Jan. 9, 1799, not far from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and immigrated to this county, with his mother, in 1809, a part of the journey being made with one small horse, which carried the greater portion of their goods.  They found this county a wild and desolate wilderness.  He has seen the vast forests disappear, and beautiful fields of grain take their place.  His mother was a poor widow, with seven small children, and the hardships they endured for the first few years were simply heartrending.  The younger children were compelled to hunt and trap small game, while the older ones endeavored to break the ground as best they could, to raise small lots of potatoes, corn, and pumpkins, and thus they toiled on for some years.  At the age of thirteen, Jacob left home, and went to live with one of the neighbors until he reached the age of twenty-one, in consideration of which he received one hundred dollars, and a horse, saddle, and bridle, after which he rented the same farm on which he had remained for eight years, and cared for the family until he was married, about the year 1825, to Margaret McClellan.  Three children were born to them.  William died at the age of fourteen, and the other two are now living.  After forty years of married life had been spent, his wife died, and again, Oct. 15, 1874, he married Eliza Rodgers.  She is a member of the United Presbyterian Church, and he is a Baptist, and a strict temperance man all his life.
Source: History of Greene County, Ohio - Publ. 1881 - Page 568
  Beaver Creek Twp. -
WILLIAM J. MILLER, farmer, Beaver Station was born in Beaver Creek Township in the year 1834, and is the son of James and Sarah Miller.  His father was born in Washington County, Pennsylvania, in 1807; his mother, Sarah Harner, in this township, and was a daughter of John Harner, whose district appears in this work.  Mr. Miller, when a young man came with old Mr. Harbein to this county, and followed carpentering.  After his marriage with Sarah Harner, he labored on the Harner farm for several years, when he purchased the property on which his son William now lives, making a permanent home here till his death, which occurred in September, 1874, aged sixty-seven years; his wife departed this life Mar. 20, 1870.  They were parents of two children, both living, William J. and Sarah J. (now Mrs. Davis).  They were members of the Lutheran church throughout their entire lives.  Mrs. Miller having been a member for many years, and her husband for several years before his death.  Our subject was reared on the farm, laboring thereon for his father till he was twenty-one years of age.  Received but a common education in the district schools, as advantages in his time were meagre.  His first marriage was celebrated May 19, 1864, with Ann E. Price, by whom he had one child, John G.  Mrs. Miller departed this life Oct. 31, 1865, aged twenty-one years.  The second marriage was consummated with Sarah E. Steele, Aug. 18, 1868, by whom he has had six children, five living:  Jessie F., William L., Clarence O., James A.,  and Sarah E.; Annie, deceased.  Mr. Miller came to the place on which he now resides some forty years ago, and since has had no other place of abode.  He owns seventy acres of land, mostly in cultivation and well-improved.  Mr. Miller and wife are members of Christian churches, he belonging to the Lutheran Church, she to the German Reformed Church, both having been members of their respective churches for many years.  His deceased wife was a member of the United Brethren Church.  Politically he is a Republican, having always given his influence and ballot to that party upon all questions at issue.
Source: History of Greene County, Ohio - Publ. 1881 - Page 617
  Miami Twp. -
J. J. MITCHELL, lumber dealer, Yellow Springs, was born on Clark's Run, six miles north of Xenia, in this county, Jan. 11, 1844, and is a son of S. K. and E. A. Mitchell, both natives of this county; our subject and his father being born in the same house.  In 1877, he was married to Miss Sarah B. Beedle, daughter of Abraham and Elizabeth Beedle, of Troy, Ohio, one of Miami County's wealthy and most influential farmers, and one of the first families of the county.  In 1862, he enlisted in the Forty-fourth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and was assigned to Company D; afterwards enlisted as a veteran in the Eighth Ohio Volunteer Cavalry, where he served until the close of the war, and received an honorable discharge in April, 1865.  He was captured at Beverly, West Virginia, on his twenty-first birthday, and marched by a circuitous route, over mountains and streams, in order to avoid the enemy, and arrived at Staunton on the 18th day of January, after a march of seven days; was kept a prisoner in an old log cabin, and the cold was so intense that he and his comrades were almost frozen.  February 14th, he was paroled, and came home.  He received his education in Xenia, and has spent nearly all his life in this county, and spent some six years as clerk of the "Indiana House."  Mr. Mitchell and was wife are members of the Presbyterian Church.  They have one child, Harry Kyle, a babe, the idol of his parents; and Lottie, Mrs. Mitchell's child by her first husband.  Mr. Mitchell and his father are engaged in the lumber business, having one of the finest saw-mills in the state, and keeping on hand nearly a million feet of every description called for.
Source: History of Greene County, Ohio - Publ. 1881 - Page 704
  Cedarville Twp. -
SAMUEL K. MITCHELL, lumber dealer, Cedarville, was born in Xenia Township, June 20, 1822, and is the thirteenth son of James and Martha (Espy) Mitchell, who were born in Pennsylvania, and when yet young, went with their parents to Kentucky in a very early day.  Grandfather David Mitchell erected the first cabin on the present site of Lexington, Kentucky.  They remained here some years, when, on account of slavery, he sold out about the year 1800, came to this county, and settled near Bellbrook, where they resided some years, being one of the first settlers in that locality.  From here he removed to Clark's Run, north of Xenia, where he made a permanent home, and died in 1848, his wife dying in Xenia, Sept. 1, 1865, aged eighty-eight years.  Mr. Mitchell, sen., was a soldier in the war of 812, in which he contracted sciatic pains, which made him a great sufferer, and incapacitated him from doing manual labor.  They were parents of thirteen children, four of whom are living: Margaret, Thomas, Robert, and our subject.  The deceased were David, James E., Eliza, Ann, Josiah, Martha, Sarah, Francis P., and Maria.  They all grew to manhood and womanhood.  Francis P. was a physician, and died of yellow fever, in New Orleans.  Mr. Mitchell and his wife were members of the United Presbyterian Church, in which he was an active and zealous worker.  Politically, he was an Abolitionist, and in the exciting times of 1844,was one of the three or four men in Xenia Township who voted for James G. Birney, anti-slavery candidate for the presidency.  Mr. Mitchell was reared on the farm, on which he lived till thirty-one years of age.  In 1842 he was married to Elizabeth, daughter of Jacob McFarland, who has borne him three children, James J., Anna, and William M.  In the spring of 1854 he abandoned the farm, went to Cincinnati, and engaged in the grocery business for three years, when, in the fall of 1857, he came to Cedarville, and soon after embarked in the lumber business, in which he is yet engaged, having a branch yard at Yellow Springs, in which he is yet engaged, having a branch yard at Yellow Springs, which is under the management of his son James.  Mr. Mitchell and his wife are members of the United Presbyterian Church, in which they were raised.  He is a ruling elder in the church, an office he has held since 1855.
Source: History of Greene County, Ohio - Publ. 1881 - Page 567
  Bath Twp. -
PETER MITMAN, retired, is a native of York County, Pennsylvania, born Feb. 12, 1810, and is a son of Jacob, and Magdalena (Herring) Mitman, of Pennsylvania.  He was a farmer, and removed to this state, in 1838, locating near Fairfield, where he spent the remainder of his life.  They were parents of ten children, four of whom are now living.  He died about the year 1859, at an advanced age.  His wife preceded him to her last resting place some five years.  Our subject was reared on the farm, and received his education in the common schools of that age, which, though limited, he afterward developed by careful study, fitting himself for successful business operations.  In 1833, while a single man, allured by the glowing reports of the west, he, in company with two other men started on a pedestrian tour through Ohio.  Coming to Pittsburg, thence down the Ohio River to Cincinnati, then again on foot by way of Dayton through this sanction, stopping over night at Fairfield, thence to Columbus, Wooster and Canton, to Trumbull County, intending to call on an acquaintance who had gone there sometimes previous; not finding him, they continued their journey through Columbiana County, back to Pittsburg and home again, making the round trip in five weeks, his entire expenditures amounting to $24.00.  In 1837, the times being hard in Pennsylvania, and remembering the beautiful valleys of Ohio and had seen four years before, he again started for Ohio, this time having his wife and child, and his entire effects on a one horse wagon.  He came over mountains, through unbroken forests, with untiring energy till he reached this county and located near Fairfield.  The following spring he rented a large farm in Montgomery County, as his father was coming with five head of horses.  Here they worked together one year, after which his father bought the farm where Lewis C. Mitman now lives, which he sold to Peter, and he in turn to his son.  Starting in life poor, Mr. Mitman labored hard with marked success to gain an independence in this world.  At the same time, he has always devoted a portion of his means to the building up churches and other institutions, for bettering the condition of society.  He and his wife are members of the Lutheran Church.  He is the father of four children, Rebecca, Sarah, Lewis C. and Ann Maria, living:  and William O., deceased.   Mr. Mitman has filled the office of trustee for many years, and in 1870 was land appraiser for his precinct.
Source: History of Greene County, Ohio - Publ. 1881 - Page 732
  Xenia Twp. -
SCOTT MONGOLD, clerk, Xenia, was born in Hardy County, West Virginia, March 17, 1859.  Is the son of George and Caroline Mongold, who immigrated to this county, in 1863, with seven children, John W., Charles H., Cary, Jacob F., Harvey W., Virginia, and Scott.  The subject of this sketch worked on a farm for John Levally for about eight years after he came to Ohio, and then lived with David Davis until 1880, when he came to this city and took the clerkship of the Burnett House, where he still remains.  Is a young man of promise, pleasant ways, and accommodating disposition.  His father, during the war, or at the commencement of it, was living in Virginia, but, true to his country, he took up arms for the side of right, and fought for the Union, and when at home on furlough, was captured, taken South, and imprisoned, first at Wheeling, and from there to Libby.  Watching an opportunity, with some others he broke guard, came to this city, and wrote to his wife and son Scott to meet him here, which they did at once.
Source: History of Greene County, Ohio - Publ. 1881 - Page 507
  Xenia Twp. -
W. J. MORRIS, dealer in notions, and son of George and Lila Morris, of Maryland, was born in this county in the year 1842.  Was married, July 27, 1865, to Martha E. Harshman, daughter of George and Nancy Harshman, of Spring Valley, and has a family of six children, John W., Mary E., Rilla E., Pearly M., James B. and Charles, all living.  He enlisted in the Eighty-First Ohio, and remained with it one year, and was discharged on account of disability.  Afterward he joined the One Hundred and Tenth Ohio, with which he remained eleven months, and was engaged in all the bloody and hard-fought battles through which the old veteran regiment passed, receiving an honorable discharge on the 3rd day of July, 1865, when he returned to the bosom of his family.  Received his education in Allen County, and has spent the greater portion of his life in this county, now residing in Xenia.
Source: History of Greene County, Ohio - Publ. 1881 - Page 508
  Sugar Creek Twp. -
WILLIAM S. MORRIS, surveyor and farmer, Bellbrook, was born in Warren County, Feb. 11, 1811, and is a son of Benjamin and Mary P. (Spinning) Morris  They were both from New Jersey, and came to Ohio in 1790.  Mr. Morris at the age of sixteen helped to build the fort at Round Bottom, where he remained for about five years, farming, as did most of the inmates of the fort; working in the day time and doing guard duty at night.  At the age of twenty he was married to his first wife, who bore him one child, and shortly after its birth both died of the small-pox.  He afterwards married Mary Spinning, by whom he had ten children, only three of whom are now living: Isaac, Phoebe (wife of John Herd, now living in Champaign County), and William S.  The greater part of Mr. Morris' married life was spent in Unionville, near Shakertown, Warren County, where he reared and educated his family.  He died while on a visit to his son William, at the advanced age of eighty-eight.  Our subject was reared on the farm, where he received the rudiments of his education, which was afterwards developed by a course in Lebanon College.   He then began teaching school, which he followed for about four years.  At the end of that time, he engaged in engineering on the Warren County canal, where he remained for three years, when he again turned his attention to teaching, but this time for about seven years.  He then married, and turned his whole attention to farming and surveying acres of land, well improved.  Dec. 31, 1845, he united his fortunes with those of Mary Pence.  To them were born twelve children, seven of whom are now living: Olive A., a graduate of the medical department of the State University of Iowa, and is the first and only female graduate in Greene County; Wickliff C., Mattie, wife of S. E. Raper, of Bellbrook; Alice, Lucy B., Clara, and William S.  The deceased are Clara, Lucy, Benjamin,  and two who died in infancy.  Mr. and Mrs. Morris are members of the Christian Church.
Source: History of Greene County, Ohio - Publ. 1881 - Page 653-654


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