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Portrait and Biographical History of Guernsey County, Ohio
Published:  Chicago: C. O. Owen & Co.,
1895

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  EDWARD M. BAILEY is a successful attorney-at-law in New Philadelphia, and is one of the native sons of Tuscarawas County.  In the legal profession of this vicinity he ranks high, and is considered one of the able young lawyers, with a promising future before him.  He is a fluent speaker, presenting his arguments in a logical and forcible manner.  Personally he has many warm friends, who respect him highly for his sterling worth and admirable qualities.
     The parents of our subject are John D. and Matilda e. (Spaker) Bailey.  The former is also a native of this county, and is a son of John D. Bailey, Sr., who emigrated from England to the United States with his parents about 1812.  The majority of his life was passed on a farm, but for a few years he was engaged in merchandising at Sandyville, where his death occurred in 1880.  John D., Jr., was reared to mercantile life, and followed this calling at Bolivar, on the Ohio Canal.  For twenty years he conducted a successful trade, and at the end of that period retired from active business cares.  Politically he is a Republican, as are all the other members of the family.  Mrs. Matilda Bailey was born in Crawford County, Pa., but when she was a little girl removed with her parents to this county, settling in Sandy Township, where her father engaged in operating a farm.  John and Matilda Bailey became the parents of six children, of whom Edward is the eldest; Frank M. is a physician in Waynesburg, Ohio; Horace C. is an attorney of the same place; Hulda is the wife of James Au, of Chicago; Bertha M. is attending school in Chicago; and Belle completes the family.
     The birth of Edward M. Bailey occurred December. 8, 1861.  His boyhood was passed at Bolivar, where he received his elementary education.  He then taught school for a time, after which he became a student in Mt. Union College, Ohio.  After three years spent in that institution he went to Hillsdale, Mich., where he remained for one year.  In 1880 he went into the law office of Grosvenor & Landon, at Monroe, Mich.  After he had spent a year in study, he entered the Michigan State University at Ann Arbor, and in 1884 was graduated from the law department.  Soon afterward he returned to his native county, and, in company with J. T. O'Donnell, opened a law office in New Philadelphia.  The firm of O'Donnell & Bailey continued for five years, when the partnership was dissolved by mutual consent.  Since that time Mr. Bailey has conducted his practice alone, and has succeeded in building up a good business.
     Oct. 28, 1888, occurred the wedding of Edward Bailey and Estelle E. Forbes.  The lady's parents, Andrew and Louisa (Seaman) Forbes, are old and respected settlers of this county.  One child Edward F.,  has been born to Mr. and Mrs. Bailey, who have many warm friends in this community. 
     Though a firm believer in the Republican party.  Mr. Bailey has no aspiration toward serving in public office, but prefers to give his entire time to his professional duties.  His clients find in him a reliable and safe authority, as he carefully prepares his eases and familiarizes himself with both sides of each cause at issue.  Though young in years, he has manifested that ability which warrants the prediction that in the not far-distant future he will be considered one of the prominent lawyers of this county.
Source: Portrait and Biographical History of Guernsey County, Ohio - Published:  Chicago: C. O. Owen & Co., 1895 - Page 163
  JACOB BAIR is one of the few pioneers of Franklin Township whose acquaintance with this locality extends back to the first decade of this century.  His grandfather, Leonard Bair, Sr., spent the earlier portion of his life in the vicinity of Philadelphia, Pa., where it was supposed he was born.  After his marriage he settled in Penns, Westmoreland County.   His son, Leonard, Jr. assisted in transporting the effects of the family from Philadelphia to this point.  In the parental family there were seven sons and four daughters, of whom Leonard is the eldest.  On arriving at mature years the children settled in the vicinity of their father's home, which he had established in the Ohio wilderness, on the quarter-section forming the southwest corner of Franklin Township.  This was school land, which had not yet been surveyed, and the title to the same was not obtained from the Government until fifteen years later, when the farm was sold at public sale.  Mr. Bair died on his homestead Sept. 24, 1826, aged sixty-two years and four months, and his wife, who survived him until Dec. 1, 1842, died in her seventy-eighth year.
     Leonard Bair, Jr., was born in Pennsylvania, and was married, in 1809, to Mary Detter.  In the fall of 1817 he removed to Franklin Township, some four or five years after his father's settlement there.  He built a cabin near the center of lot 17, which lies just north of the quarter-section taken up by his father.  The family of Leonard and Mary Bair comprised of sixteen children, whom fifteen reached mature years, namely: Jacob, John, Susannah, Leonard, Mary, Philip, Elizabeth, Anna, Jonas, Catherine, Sarah, Keziah, Esther and Leah (twins), and Benjamin.  The father of these children died Nov. 23, 1859, aged fifty-five years, six months and eight days.  His wife died when nearly eighty-two years of age, Jan. 11, 1874.
     John Bair, whose name heads this sketch, was born in Pennsylvania in 1810, and has spent seventy-seven years on the farm he now owns and occupies.  In the manner common to boys who lived on the frontier before railroads and other essentials to modern life had been brought into operation, his life was pawed until he had reached his majority.  He well remembers when matches, heating stoves, street cars, percussion locks and breech-loading arms, iron bridges, etc., had not yet been thought of.  In spite of all these things lacking, and many others which now seem necessary to comfort, life was pleasant, though many difficulties and privations fell to their lot.  At the age of twenty-one Mr. Bair married Miss Mary, daughter of Henry and Elizabeth (Houk) Sliffe, who came to this county and settled in Sugar Creek Township before the advent of our subject's grandfather Bair.  Eleven children of this marriage lived to grow up, and one died in infancy.  Benjamin, married Minerva Cieley  They have three children, Ella, Mary and NinaSimon, who married Sarah Rosenbury became the wife of John T. Showalter, of Shanesville.  Jacob, a soldier in the Union army, offered up his life for the cause of freedom.  Lydia is now Mrs. John J. Dorsey, of Davis County, Ind.  George, whose home is in Mansfield (as is also that of his eldest brother), has three children, Ralph W., Dwight and Nola, by his marriage with Mary FoutzWilliam wedded Mary Baumgartner, and has three children, Clark, Clarence and Mary Blanche; he is now a resident of Clinton County, Mich.  Franklin chose for his wife Miss Annie daughter of Isaac Kurtz, of this township, and they have three sons, Ross, Louis and RayLeah is Mrs. Lafayette Myers, of Dover Township.  Sarah E. because the wife of Henry Bowers a well known attorney of New Philadelphia, and they have the following children:  Roy, Charles, Jessie, Leah and Russell.  Jerome married Alice, daughter of John and Jane (Adams) Cummins, old settlers of Tuscarawas County.  The two brothers, Franklin and Jerome, with their families, are living on the old homestead.  The wife of our subject was called from this life Apr. 23, 1886, at the age of sixty-nine years, eleven months and twenty-two days.
     The home of Jacob Bair was erected by himself, as were also his barns and other farm buildings, which now stand on the south side of the farm.  The soil is rich, and yields abundant crops each year to the fortunate owner.  Though now eighty-four years of age, Jacob Bair is strong and active, his figure is erect, his sight and hearing are almost perfect, and his fourscore years rest lightly upon him.  In conversation he is very interesting, and has entertaining anecdotes to relate of his early experiences as a pioneer.  His life has always been upright and honorable, and he has many true friends.
Source: Portrait and Biographical History of Guernsey County, Ohio - Published:  Chicago: C. O. Owen & Co., 1895 - Page 248
  MICHAEL BAIR is one of the old and prominent farmers of Dover Township, within the boundaries of which his home has been made since 1845.  In past years he was the owner of several large and valuable farms, but has sold or disposed of a portion of his land, though he still retains the old homestead and two hundred and twelve acres.  He adheres to the Republican party, and had the honor of casting his first Presidential vote for the hero of Tippecanoe, William Henry Harrison.
    
The birth of our subject occurred in Harrison County, Ohio, Apr. 6, 1816.  His father, Christian Bair, was a native of Pennsylvania, and came to Ohio in an early day in its history, settling upon the farm where his son Michael's birth subsequently occurred.  Before leaving the Keystone State, Christian Bair wedded Mary Harman, also a native of that state, and of their union were born five children: Michael; Jacob, deceased; David, now of Iowa City, Iowa; Samuel, deceased; and Sarah, the widow of Daniel Long, of Lagrange County, Ind.
     When Michael Bair was only ten years of age, his parents removed to Holmes County, this state, and in the primitive log schoolhouses of that locality he received his rudimentary education.  The building used for a school was furnished with a puncheon floor and seats made of slabs without backs to them.  Young Michael, however, only attended school for a short time, and when he was seventeen years of age he began serving an apprenticeship to the blacksmith's trade.  At the end of two years he was thoroughly versed in the details of the business, and for one winter he worked at a place in Holmes County.  Going to Shanesville, he entered the employ of Andrew Berkey, a blacksmith, who was to pay him $5 per month.  This was in the summer of 1834, and during the following winter he went to school in the county, and received more benefit from this brief term than he had ever before gained in his educational experience.  Continuing in the line of his trade, he next became an employe of a man by the name of Ream, who was to give him $10 per month for three months.  At the end of this time a partnership was instituted between Messrs. Bair and Ream, and this connection existed for two and a-half years.  When the partnership was dissolved, our subject returned to Holmes County where he worked at his trade for the next two years.
     In 1842 our subject purchased a farm of thirty-five acres in the above county.  He erected buildings, improved the place, and resided there for three and a-half years.  He then sold the farm for $1,400, getting the best price per acre ever paid in that county up to that time.  In 1845 Mr. Bair removed to Tuscarawas County, and took up his residence upon a farm of sixty-five acres in Dover Township.  In 1849 he bought ninety acres adjoining this property, and two years later purchased thirty acres joining his land on the east.  Subsequently he bought another ninety-acre tract, next to the thirty Just mentioned, and to this he afterward added twenty-five acres adjoining the eastern sixty-four acres, where his residence now stands.  Ten acres lying in Franklin Township, and five acres in the same township, which he bought from Frank Rice, he afterward sold for $500.
     Oct. 16, 1836, Mr. Bair married Catherine Wimer.  They commenced their married life on a most economical scale, as they only possessed at the time about 140 in silver.  Mrs. Bair proved a true helpmate, and by her good management, industry and thrift, was of valuable assistance to her husband.  They became the parents of ten children, as follows: William H., who is deceased; Nathan, of Fayette County, Ill.; Benjamin, deceased; Drucilla, Mrs. Joseph Brookens, of Grant County, Wis.; Michael, Jr., a farmer of Dover Township; Frank, who is also engaged in farming in this township; Sarah, who lives at home; one who died in infancy; Emma J., Mrs. C. C. Fernsell, of this county; and John Wesley, who is still under the parental roof.  Mrs. Bair, who was a worthy member of the United Brethren Church, died Jan. 22, 1878.  Since 1846 our subject has been a member and faithful worker of this same denomination, and in all his dealings with his fellows has been strictly honorable and upright.
Source: Portrait and Biographical History of Guernsey County, Ohio - Published:  Chicago: C. O. Owen & Co., 1895 - Page 385
  JOHN S. BLACK, a leading young attorney of Cambridge, by close application to his profession is steadily moving forward to success and prosperity.  He is very popular among his fellow-citizens, who elected him City Clerk in 1890.  He is a Democrat in politics, and consequently, when placed by his party on the ticket as a candidate for the Mayoralty in 1892 was defeated, as the county and vicinity and are known to be Republican by an overwhelming majority. 
     Born in Centre Township, Guernsey County, Feb. 13, 1863, Mr. Black is a son of one of the old settlers and pioneers of that locality, James Black, who was born there on the 3d of March, 1843, and in early manhood was a farmer.  In 1864 he went to California.  He passed his time in mining until his death, which occurred in Helena, Mont., May 5, 1887.  To himself and wife, Lucinda, nee English, were born two children, our subject and Margaret E., who is the wife of a Mr. Maudlin of Tekamah, Neb.  Mrs. Lucinda Black died in Delavan, Ill., Oct. 28, 1873, when in her twenty-eighth year.  Samuel, the father of James Black, was a native of Ireland.  He came to the United States in 1838, first locating in Baltimore, Md., but two years later brought his wife and four children to Guernsey County.  He died on his farm in 1866.  His eldest son, John, died in Nebraska, in October, 1892; William died in Cincinnati, in July, 1894; David is a farmer in this county; Samuel resides in Montana; Jane and Margaret were the daughters; and three children died in infancy.
     John S. Black, whose name heads this sketch, lived on the farm until he was twelve or thirteen years of age, when he came to make his home with his uncle, James Stewart, in Cambridge.  He attended the local schools, and in 1881 gradated from the high schools, and in 1881 graduated from the high school,  and in 1881 graduated from the high school.  During the vacations he clerked frequently in stores, and after completing his education taught school for three or four terms with success.  Being desirous of adopting some profession, he entered the law office of J. B. Ferguson, and after a course of study was admitted to the Bar, in October, 1892, since which time he ahs been engaged in general practice.
     On the 9th of December, 1886, Mr. Black married Laura Moore by whom he has one child living, Ellis.  Mrs. Black is a daughter of Ellis P. and Elizabeth Moore, of Middlebourne, Guernsey County.  The young couple are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and enjoy the esteem of a large circle of friends.  Mr. Black possesses those sterling qualities of mind and heart that entitle him to the good-will and consideration of all who have the pleasure of his acquaintance.
Source: Portrait and Biographical History of Guernsey County, Ohio - Published:  Chicago: C. O. Owen & Co., 1895 - Page 426

 

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