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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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  Jefferson Twp. -
CALVIN VANAMAN, farmer, Bowersville, is a son of Benjamin and Sophia.  His father was born in Pennsylvania, Sept. 17, 1795; his mother in this county, in 1802, and died November, 1846; he died Aug. 9, 1879.  They were married in this county in 1817.  There were thirteen children of this marriage, of whom five are living; two died in infancy, and the others lived to be married and have families.  Mr. Vanaman married Miss Sophia, daughter of Christopher Hussey, whose father was the first settler in this township.  The subject of this sketch was born in this township, September, 1837, where he was reared, educated, and married to Mary A. Ellis, of this county.  They are members of the Methodist Protestant Children of Bowersville.  He has a farm of four hundred and three acres, well improved, on which he lives, and which brings him an annual income of about $2,000.  He has never voted any but the Republican ticket when a national question was in view.  Benjamin Vanaman owned, at one time, about one thousand two hundred acres of land in this county. He hauled his grain and drove his stock to Cincinnati to market.  He would haul oats to Cincinnati and sell them for fifteen cents per bushel.  The nearest mill was at Oldtown, to reach which it would take two days.
Source: History of Greene County, Ohio - Publ. 1881 - Page 848
  Jefferson Twp. -
MARY J. VANAMAN, Bowersville, is a native of this county; born Oct. 26, 1845, and reared and educated here.  Is a daughter of Iradell and Ann Cheney.  Was married to William H. Vanaman Sept. 15, 1865, who was a son of Benjamin and Sophia Vanaman  Three children were the result of this union:  Cora L. Sherman H., and Esta J., all of whom are living.  Mr. and Mrs. Vanaman were members of the Methodist Protestant Church, she uniting with this denomination Feb. 4, 1879 - was formerly a member of the Christian Church, which she joined when about the age of fifteen years; Mr. Vanaman joined the Methodist Protestant Church when sixteen years of age, at which time he was happily converted to God.  For convenience, he moved his membership, and united with the Christian Church soon after their marriage.  This society having become extinct, he and wife returned to the Methodist Protestant Church, Feb. 4, 1879, in which church he died triumphantly on June 26, 1880, and is evidently reaping the reward of his earthly labor.  Mrs. Vanaman has a farm of one hundred and thirty-one acres, located about one mile west of the village of Bowersville, where her husband died.  She has a home consisting of a house and three lots in the village.  Mr. Vanaman was converted at home, where she sought religion, in 1873.
Source: History of Greene County, Ohio - Publ. 1881 - Page 847
  Jefferson Twp. -
REBECCA J. VANNIMAN
, is a daughter of Solomon and Rebecca Early, and a native of Clinton County, Ohio, where she was reared and educated, and was married to Mr. Stephen Vanniman of this County, Oct. 4, 1849; five children is the result of this marriage, Mattie A., Libbie C., Emma C., Nora D., and Eva L., all of whom are living save Mattie, who died at the early age of twenty years.  Of the surviving ones, two are married.  Libbie married Mr. George Perrill; Emma, a Mr. Carroll EllisMattie was married to a Mr. J. W. Sparks; she died Mar. 11, 1872.  Mr. and Mrs. Vanniman, and all the children were members of the Methodist Protestant Church of Bowersville.  He died Dec. 6, 1871.  Mrs. Vanniman has a farm of one hundred and three acres, well improved, where she lives.
Source: History of Greene County, Ohio - Publ. 1881 - Page 848
  Beaver Creek Twp. -
HERMAN VOLKENAND,
farmer, Alpha, was born in Hesse-Cassel, Germany, Jan. 26, 1826, and is a son of George and Elizabeth (Hayes) Volkenand, who were born in the same state, in which they were married, lived and died.  They were the parents of five children, of whom only Herman came to America.  The others, John, Henry, George, and Elizabeth, live in the fatherland.  Our subject was reared on the farm, his father being a large land-holder  and extensive farmer.  Received a good education in his native language, attending school from the time he was six until fourteen years old.  Left his native land Mar. 1, 1851, and landed in New York in April, after a five weeks' voyage, and then took a trip through the West, visiting Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, and in the fall of the same year came to this county, and located at Alpha, working on a farm, until he eventually bought a small farm.  Chopped wood for forty cents a cord, and boarded himself, and also worked for eight dollars per month, in this way making a start in the world.  In 1852, he was married to Elizabeth Brod, since which he has been very successful, now owning one hundred and forty-three acres of fine land, well improved, a good property in Alpha, and a property in Dayton, for which he paid $7,000.  They are parents of seven children, Leonard, Anna, George, Harmon, John, Martha and Elizabeth, the latter dying at the age of eighteen.  They are both members of the German Reformed Church, joining thirty years ago, he serving as a deacon for two years.  In politics he is a Democrat.  Mrs. Volkenand was born in Hesse-Cassel, in 1828.
Source: History of Greene County, Ohio - Publ. 1881 - Page 624

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