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Transcribed by Sharon Wick

Source:
HISTORY of GREENE COUNTY, OHIO
Embracing the
Organization of the County, Its Division into Townships,
Sketches of Local Interest Gleaned from the Pioneers from
1803 to 1840, together with a
Roster of the Soldiers of the Revolution and the War of 1812,
who were Residing in the County.
Also,
A Roster of Ten Thousand of the Early Settlers from 1803 to 1840.
By George F. Robinson.
- ILLUSTRATED -
Published:
Chicago
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company.
1902.
 

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` WILLIAM MARTIN BARBER.    W. Martin Barber, is a native of Greene county, was born May 6, 1820, in what was then Ross township, but is now Cedarville township, his parents being John and Sarah (Martin) Barber.  The father was a native of Pennsylvania and at an early day came to Ohio, settling in what was then Ross township Greene county.  His father had purchased a large tract of land in this township and divided it among his sons.  He too, became a resident of the county, living here for many years, where he was eventually called to his final rest.  John Barber served the country in the war of 1812 and throughout the greater part of his business career carried on agricultural pursuits.  After the death of her husband Mrs. Barber removed to Cedarville, where she passed away at an advanced age.  Both were loyal members of the Associate Reformed church, and in their family were eleven children, of whom W. Martin was the second in order of birth.  Only two of the number, however, are now living, the other being Esther, wife of James Townsley.
     W. Martin Barber
obtained his education in an old log school-house in his native township and through his privileges in that direction were somewhat limited, his training at farm labor was not neglected.  About 1841 he removed to Cedarville, where he engaged in the operation until about ten years ago, since which time he has lived a retired life, enjoying a well merited rest.  In his business affairs he prospered as the result of  his untiring activity, his enterprise and capable management.  He also owns a farm of one hundred and fifty acres in Cedarville township, which he has managed for a number of years.
     Mr. Barber has been twice married.  For his first wife he chose Nancy Townsley, their marriage being celebrated Feb. 9, 1848.  She was a daughter of Enos Townsley, a farmer and an early settler of Cedarville township.  Her death occurred May 4, 1855, and four children were left to mourn her loss; Emmazetta is the wife of L. J. Bull of Cedarville, and they have three children - Carl, Frank B. and RalphMry J. is the wife of Charles M. Crouse, who is engaged in the hardware business in Cedarville.  Henry M. is the superintendent of straw department of the paper mill at this place and is a member of the building committee of the courthouse for this county.  Nancy is the wife of James H. Andrew, a retired grocer, of Cedarville.  For his second wife Mr. Barber chose Mary M. Mead, a native of Morgan county, Ohio, and a daughter of Holmes and Mary Ann Mead.  Her father was born in Vermont and the mother's birth occurred in New Jersey.  Mr. Mead followed farming all his life.  At an early day he came to Ohio and here became identified with agricultural pursuits.  His last days, however, were spent in Kansas.  The second marriage of Mr. Barber occurred
Nov. 20, 1861, and by this union two children have been born: Carrie J. and Lulu.  The latter is at home and the former is now the wife of W. L. Marshall, who is engaged in the livery business in Xenia.  They have four children: Harry, Arthur B., Mary L. and Alfred L.
    
At the time of the Civil war Mr. Barber was made a member of the Volunteer Company of Xenia, was stationed at Fort Chase at the time of the Morgan raid, but was only on duty for a few days.  In politics he was a Democrat during early life, but for the past ten years has voted the Reformed ticket.  For several terms he served as a member of the council at Cedarville, and whatever tended to advance the welfare and upbuilding of the town has proved of interest to him and has elicited his co-operation.  For over a half-century he has been a member of the United Presbyterian church and his life has been in constant harmony with its teachings and principles.  Mr. Barber is now past the age of eighty-two years, and to him is tendered the veneration and respect which should ever be given to one of advanced years.  His life has been characterized by industry, by perseverance, by loyalty in citizenship and trustworthiness in all relations, and therefore his example is one worthy of emulation, and one which should ever awaken respect.

Source: History of Greene County, Ohio by George F. Robinson, Publ. 1902 - Page 456
  FRANK P. BRYANFrank P. Bryan, a well known resident of Fairfield, was here born in 1852, his parents being Henry and Lydia (Petry) Bryan, the former a native of Maryland, the latter of Pennsylvania.  The father came to Ohio about 1815, settling first in Canton and then he came to Fairfield.  He was a wagon-maker by trade and followed that pursuit until 1872, when in connection with John Louck, he embarked in the grocery business under the firm name  of Louck & Bryan.  This relation was maintained until 1876, when his son became Mr. Louck's successor in the firm and the name was changed to Bryan & Son.  This relation was continued to the time of the death of the father, which occurred on the 5th of December, 1889, when he was seventy years of age.  He lived an upright, honorable life and his integrity in business affairs was beyond question.  He was married in Canton, Ohio, to Lydia Petry, and they became the parents of three children attaining maturity: Laura, the wife of L. C. Mitman, of Osborn; William H., a blacksmith, of Osborn; and Frank P.
    
The last named is the youngest of the family and was educated in the schools of Fairfield.  In early life he learned the painter's trade and followed that pursuit from 1872 until 1876, when he entered into partnership with his father.  In 1879 he opened an undertaking business, being associated with mr. Miller also of Fairfield, until the latter's death, on the 11th of April, 1894.  Since that time Mr. Bryan has been alone in the undertaking business.  He still continued his ownership in the grocery store until 1895, when he sold out to D. P. Molter, and has since devoted his attention to his undertaking establishment.
     In his political views Mr. Bryan is a Democrat.  His father served for more than thirty years as township treasurer and was a member of the school board.  After his death Frank P. Bryan was appointed his successor and continued to serve in that office until 1898.  He has been a member of the town council of Fairfield for a number of terms and was also treasurer of the village for ten years.  Socially he is connected with the Odd Fellows' Society, belonging to both the subordinate lodge and encampment, and has passed the chairs in both branches.  He is a member of the State Funeral Directors' Association.
     On the 21st of September, 1876, Mr. Bryan was united in marriage to Miss Anetta Wilson, who died Oct. 30, 1900 and was buried in the family lot in the Byron Union cemetery.  She belonged to the Reformed church, of which our subject is also a member.  He owns a house and lot in Fairfield, and is a well known resident of the town.  He is a graduate of the Clark & Champion College of Embalming and is thus well equipped for the work he has undertaken.  In manner Mr. Bryan is courteous and kindly and he is worthy of the friendship which he gains wherever he goes.
Source: History of Greene County, Ohio by George F. Robinson, Publ. 1902 - Page 520-521

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