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History of Greene County, Ohio,
its people, industries & institutions
by Hon. M. A. Broadstone, Editor in Chief -
Vol. I. & II.
Publ. B. F. Bowen & Company, Inc.,
 Indianapolis, Ind.

  THOMAS VINCENT ILIFF.   Thomas Vincent Iliff, a veteran of the Civil War and formerly and for years engaged in the lime and quarry business, now living retired at his home in Cedarville, was born on a farm three miles south of Cedarville on Aug. 24, 1812, son of Wesley and Sarah (Ballard) Iliff, the former of whom also was born in this county and the latter, in the state of Pennsylvania.
     Wesley Iliff was born on a farm in the vicinity of the village of Jamestown, a son of James and Betsey (Hill) Iliff, who had come to this county from Pennsylvania about the year 1804 and had established their home in the Jamestown settlement.  James Iliff there spent his last days.  His widow later went over into Indiana, where her last days were spent.  They were the parents of eight children, Jesse, James, John, Wesley, William, Thomas, David and Helen.  Reared on the farm on which he was born, Wesley Iliff early became engaged in the lime business at Cedarville and for forty years was thus engaged, the business after his death being carried on by his eldest son, the late William H. Iliff.  In early manhood Wesley Iliff married Sarah Ballard, who was born in Pennsylvania and who was but a girl when she came to Greene county with her parents James and Sarah Ballard, the family establishing their home on a farm two and one-half miles northeast of Jamestown.  Joseph Ballard was a son of Lyman Ballard, a soldier of the Revolutionary War.  Wesley Iliff died in 1889, he then being seventy-one years of age.  He and his wife were the parents of ten children, Mary, William H., Thomas Vincent, John W., Martha, Emma, Harriet, Flora, Louise and Charles.  Mary Iliff, now deceased, was twice married, her first husband having been Joseph Lawrence and her second, Joseph Williamson.  The late William H. Iliff, who was for years engaged in the stone and lime business at Cedarville, had the distinction of having been the first man in Cedarville township to enlist his services in behalf of the Union following the President's call for volunteers on that fateful day in April, 1861, and he went to the front as a member of Company D, Twelfth Ohio Volunteers.  His service as a soldier covered a period of three years and thirteen days.  His widow, who was Susan Small, is still living at Cedarville.  John W. Iliff, who is now living in Chicago, went to the front as a drummer boy, he having been too young for other service, going as a member of Company D, Forty-fourth Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, with which he served for three years.  He also was engaged in the stone business until his retirement.  His wife, who was Josie Adams, is now deceased, and he makes his home in Chicago.  Martha Iliff is also living in Chicago.  Emma Iliff died in the days of her girlhood.  Harriet Iliff married W. H. Owens, a Cedarville blacksmith, and is still living in that village.  Flora Iliff married William Karch, now deceased, and she makes her home in Chicago.  Louise Iliff died in early childhood.  Charles Iliff, who married Minnie Philllips, was a blacksmith and is now living in Chicago.
     Thomas V. Iliff received his schooling in the schools of his neighborhood and early became engaged in the limestone quarries with his father and brothers, continuing thus engaged until on Aug. 13, 1862, when he enlisted for service as a soldier of the Union and went to the front as a member of Company D, Forty-fourth Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, with which his brother John also was connected.  It is but fitting in this connection to note that the three Iliff boys were in active service before they had attained their respective majorities, each celebrating the twenty-first anniversary of his birth in the field.  Mr. Iliff went with his command by boat from Cincinnati to Maysville, in which latter place he became engaged in first first battle.  His service in the army covered at period of nearly three years and included action pretty much all over the states of Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia.  Upon the completion of his military service Mr. Iliff returned home and resumed his place in connection with his father's kilns and quarries.  He married in the fall of 1869 and continued to make his home at Cedarville until 1888, when he opened an establishment for the sale of lime in Cincinnati, where the Iliffs already had developed a business, and there made his home for three years, at the end of which time he sold the business to D. S. Ervin, of Cedarville, and moved to Columbus, where for something more than seven years he was engaged in the selling of lime.  He later became connected with the contracting firm of his nephews, Harry and Walter Iliff, and continued thus employed until his retirement.
     On Oct. 27, 1860, Thomas Vincent Iliff was united in marriage to Sophia Lovett, who also was born in Greene county, a daughter of George R. and Elizabeth (Moore) Lovett, of New Jasper township, the former of whom was a native of Pennsylvania and the latter, of Virginia.  George R. Lovett was a farmer and upon his retirement moved to Cedarville, where he died at the age of seventy years.  His widow survived him for some years, she having been seventy-five years of age at the time of her death.  They were members of the Methodist Episcopal church and their children were reared in that faith.  There were eight of these children, three of whom died in youth, the others, besides Mrs. Iliff, being Bushrod, who enlisted his services as a soldier of the Union during the Civil War and died of smallpox in camp at Columbus; Mary, widow of John Phillips of Springfield, this state; Lila, who married Frank Humphries and is now deceased, and Rosa, widow of Charles Minser, of Cedarville.  To Mr. and Mrs. Iliff were born two daughters, Gertrude and Nellie, the former of whom has been twice married, after the death of her first husband, Fred Fields, she having married Hugh Stormont, a rural mail carrier out of Cedarville.  She has two sons, Fred L. and Roger.  Nellie Iliff married George Winter, of Xenia, and has two children, Olive Gertrude and James Alfred.  Mr. and Mrs. Iliff are members of the Methodist Episcopal church at Cedarville.  Mr. Iliff is past commander of Curry Point No. 94, Grand Army of the Republic, at Cedarville.
Source: History of Greene County, Ohio, Vol. II - publ. by  B. F. Bowen & Company, Inc., Indianapolis, Ind.,
1918 - Page 856


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