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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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` FRANK E. KNISLEY.    Frank E. Knisley has not always resided in Greene county, but is a native son of Ohio and represents one of the honored pioneer families of the state.  His paternal grandfather, Reuben Knisley, became one of the first settlers of Ross county and is now living - almost a centenarian.  James Knisley, the father of our subject, was born in Ross county, and became a wagon-maker by trade, but after the inauguration of the Civil war he put aside business considerations that he might aid in preserving the Union, enlisting in 1861, as a member of the Sixty-third Ohio Volunteer Infantry.  He joined the army as a private but was promoted to the rank of first sergeant.  His brother-in-law was captain of the company and there were sixteen cousins in that company.  Mr. Knisley participated in many important battles, including the engagements of Madrid, Iuka, Corinth, and "Sherman's March to the Sea."  He married Nancy McCord, a native of Pike county, Ohio, but his wife has passed away, having died in August, 1882, at the age of forty-four years, at which time her remains were interred in the cemetery at Cynthiana, Ohio.  In the family were seven sons, of whom four are now living:  Frank E., of this review; Charles who makes his home in Xenia, where he follows the carpenter's trade; Dode, also a carpenter and contractor of Xenia; and Edward, a resident of Bainbridge, Ohio.
     Frank E. Knisley, whose name introduces this review, was born in Pike county, Oct. 12, 1860, and in the public schools of Rainsboro and Hillsboro, Ohio, he pursued his education.  He afterward engaged in teaching school and has followed that profession continuously since, gaining a wide reputation as an educator of ability.  In 1885 he came to Xenia, where for seven years he served as a teacher in the public schools and as a truant officer.  He then resigned his position, removing to Lancaster, Ohio, where for two years he was a teacher in the reform school.  On the expiration of that period he went to Plankinton, South Dakota, and accepted the position of assistant superintendent of the South Dakota Reform School, where he remained until resigning in the early part of 1901.  In March of that year he again became a resident of Xenia and accepted the position of superintendent of the County Children's Home, in which capacity he has since served.  His labors have proved highly satisfactory to the board of control.  He is a gentleman of broad humanitarian principles, deeply interested in his fellow men and in the progress of the race.  He has broad sympathy and therefore is well qualified to fill his present position because of his interest in the children from a physical, moral and intellectual standpoint.
     In 1884 Mr. Knisley was united in marriage to Miss Flora Canfield, a native of Xenia, and a daughter of George C. and Anna (Pierce) Canfield, the former one of the pioneer settlers of Springfield, Ohio.  Mr. and Mrs. Knisley now have two children: Pierce, who is studying pharmacy; and Bessie who is attending school in Xenia.  The parents are consistent Christian people.  Mr. Knisley belonging to the Methodist church, his wife to the Baptist church.  Fraternally he is connected with the Masonic lodge, the Knights of Pythias order, and the Sons of Veterans, and has filled all of the chairs in the last two.  His political support is given the Republican party and he has never wavered in his allegiance to its principles.
Source: History of Greene County, Ohio by George F. Robinson, Publ. 1902 - Page 638

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