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

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  JOHN PEARCH is a worthy representative of an old and respected family.  He is a prominent citizen and business man of Uhrichsville, where he owns extensive lumberyards.  He has been engaged in this calling for the past ten years, but for upwards of a quarter of a century has been numbered among the inhabitants of this city.
     The ancestors of our subject were natives of Germany.  On coming to the United States they first located in Virginia, and married into the well known families of Ball and Lawyer.  A part of the family afterward went to Pennsylvania, settling in Washington County, whence they came to Ohio in the year 1814, and cast in their lot in Carroll County.  Conrad Pearch, the first of the name of whom we have definite record, married Catharine Tuchamiller, and to them were born  four children, Conrad, Joseph, Hannah and John.  The eldest, born Aug. 24, 1791, died Mar. 13, 1860.  He married Barbara Essig, who was born Mar. 19, 1774, and died Mar. 4, 1849, and eight children were born to their union.  John, the direct ancestor of our subject, was born Mar. 29, 1803, and died July 16, 1887.  Adam, born Sept. 30, 1804, died Apr. 15, 1837.  Abraham, born Jan. 2, 1806, died Nov. 1, 1880.  He was blinded by a blast while working on the canal at Canal Dover in 1828.  Jacob, born Mar. 8, 1809, died Mar. 7, 1848.  George, born Mar. 3, 1819, is deceased.  Catharine, born June 30, 1811, died in 1894.  Elizabeth, born Sept. 4, 1813, and Joseph, June 11, 1817, are both deceased, the latter dying Feb. 13, 1854.
     John Pearch, the eldest son of Conrad and Barbara (Essig) Pearch, was twice married.  His first union was with Elizabeth Barrick, the ceremony being performed Mar. 28, 1826.  His wife was born Feb. 11, 1801, and died Jan. 27, 1841.  They became the parents of eight children.  Conrad, born Jan. 4, 1827, is now a farmer in Carroll County, Ohio.  He married Eliza Jane McDivitt, June 21, 1849.  She was born Apr. 25, 1826.  Of their five children, Margaret Ann, born Apr. 4, 1850, married Thomas Rainsberger; William John, born Sept. 29, 1852, married Sarah Ann Albaugh, Elizabeth, born Aug. 19, 1854, married Jacob Beamer; Winfield Scott, born Nov. 1, 1859, married Mary E. Daugherty; and Alice Advia, born July 27, 1867, became the wife of John Capes.  Catharine, born Nov. 22, 1828, lives near New Cumberland, this state, and has been an invalid since her ninth year.  George, born Jan. 18, 1830, died Nov. 27, 1845.  Ann Mary, born Apr. 22, 1831, died Sept. 29, 1847.  John, born May 8, 1833, died Aug. 17, 1870.  He was married to Elmira McNeal, Dec. 1, 1867.  She when was born Nov. 3, 1840.  Jan. 22, 1869, their only child, Althea M., was born.  She became the wife of George Rice, Jan. 4, 1887, and they have four children.  Jacob Pearch, born Mar. 26, 1835, is the subject of this sketch.  Elizabeth, born Aug. 4, 1837, died Mar. 29, 1865.  Barbara, who was born May 19, 1839, married Isaac Barrick, May 5, 1860.  He was born Jan. 21, 1837, and died Sept. 18, 1879.  Of their seven children, John, who was born Apr. 4, 1861, married Julia Walker; Ethelinda, born Dec. 24, 1862, became the wife of David Daugherty; Melissa, born Apr. 2, 1864, married Winfield Tidrick; Melancthon, born Apr. 1, 1866, married Etta Tressell; Abraham, born Sept. 3, 1868, married Jane Steese; Alzada, born Jan. 19, 1870, married Richard Herron; and Mary E., born Oct. 2, 1874, became the wife of Joe Ekes.
     After the death of his first wife, the father of this family married her sister, Ann Mary Barrick, Apr. 24, 1842.  She was born June 5, 1814, and died Oct. 16, 1876.  They had eight children, Margaret, born Apr. 26, 1843, died Aug. 12, 1844.  Huldah, born Nov. 24, 1844, died Sept. 17, 1845.  Luther, born July 19, 1846, married Tillie Herron, Nov. 10, 1867.  She was born Sept. 9, 1847.  Of their five children, Elva May was born Aug. 30, 1868, and died Sept. 21, 1868; Walter Arthur was born Jan. 11, 1870, and died Mar. 2, 1873; William Charles was born Sept. 11, 1872; L. B. was born Feb. 13, 1875; James Ortho was born Jan. 31, 1877.  Melancthon Pearch was born Mar. 11, 1848, and married Eliza M. Beamer, Sept. 4, 1870.  She was born May 22, 1850.  Five children were born to them.  Loran Otto was born Sept. 19, 1871; Mary Esther, on the 29th of ar., 1874; Oliver Enfield, on the 3d of Feb., 1877; Harwood Mikesell, on the 9th of Dec., 1879, and died Mar. 4, 1889; and Bessie May was born Dec. 22, 1886, and died Nov. 14, 1892.  Allen Pearch was born Jane 20, 1850, and died Dec. 21, 1891.  He was married to Ann Wallace, Mar. 31, 1871.  She was born Mar. 28, 184.  Of their five children, Ada Viola was born Dec. 22, 1871; John Wallace, Jan. 10, 1874; Thomas Homer, Aug. 29, 1876; Arthur Garfield, Sept. 12, 1878; and Ross Roy, July 20, 1886.  James Pearch was born Oct. 16, 1852, and was married to Romania Van Buskirk June 22, 1872.  She was born Apr. 13, 1854.  Their only child, Hazel Crotell, was born Aug. 29, 185, and died Sep. 20, 1888.  Lovina Pearch was born Mar. 12, 1855, and died Sept. 11, 1889.  She was married May 24, 1874, to JOHN HERRON, who was born Nov. 9, 1851.  To them were born eight children.  Myrta Loretta was born Feb. 24, 1875, and became the wife of Niles Belknap, Dec. 25, 1894; Chloe Olive was born Sept. 4, 1876; Walter Herman, Aug. 4, 1878; Verdes Edison, Aug. 5, 1880; James Ross, Apr. 29, 1882; Thomas Otes, Oct. 14, 1884; Ila Jane, Dec. 6, 1886; and Elert Wade, Feb. 3, 1889.  Emma Pearch was born July 15, 1858, and died May 27, 1887.  July 19, 1874, she became the wife of William Herron, who was born Mar. 29, 1853.  Of their six children, Ores Orwood was born Feb. 27, 1876; Rovy Delphine, June 11, 1878; Eva Bertha, Sept. 25, 1880; Clara Elna, Oct. 17, 1882; Luther Herbert was born Oct. 27, 1884, and died May 24, 1887; and Emma was born May 20, 1887, and died June 17, 1887.
     John Pearch, our subject's father, followed farming and milling all his life.  He became a resident of Carroll County in 1814.  He it was who laid out the town of Sherrodsville in Carroll County.
     Jacob Pearch enlisted in Company K, One Hundred and Tenth Regiment Ohio Infantry, on the 14th of November, 1862, and received an honorable discharge from the service, Dec. 24, 1863.  In Sept., 1864, he came to Tuscarawas County and began working on the Dennison Shops.  Nov. 28, 1865, he removed his family to Uhrichsville, where he has ever since resided.  From Apr. 8, 1872, until July 31, 1881, he was employed in the Dennison Shops.  In the last named year he engaged in carpentering for a time, and also bought and shipped live stock.  Soon after, when the Monarch Coal Mine was opened, he was made superintendent, and held this position for a time.  In July, 1884, he entered the lumber business, which has since employed his time and attention.  Politically he is a supporter of the Republican party.
     Jacob Pearch was married Mar. 22, 1860, to "Eliza Palmer, whose birth occurred Sept. 10, 1840, and who was called to the silent land Dec. 13, 1884.  Their eldest child, Manillia Maybelle, was born Feb. 1, 1865.  July 28, 1885, she became the wife of Thomas B. Ross, who was born Feb. 5, 1854.  They have had two children: Ray Ellsworth, born June 11, 1886, and who died May 7, 1892; and William Byron, born Feb. 6, 1892.  Reenzo Rollo Pearch was born Oct. 22, 1866, and died Jan. 18, 1867.  Ortho Ollo, born Sept. 24, 1868, resides in Wellsville, Ohio.  Dec. 24, 1891, he married Mary A. Kraus, who was born Aug. 25, 1871, and they have two sons:  Charles Arthur, born Feb. 16, 1894; and Paul Jacob, born Jan. 26, 1895.  Lecta Lulu, born Aug. 6, 1870, is unmarried.  Ella Elvira, born Jan. 20, 1872, married Robert Beltz, Mar. 11, 1891.  He was born Aug. 7, 1869.  They have two children: Bertram Brock, born Dec. 24, 1891; and Victor Verne, Oct. 10, 1893.  Cecelia Celestine was born Jan. 22, 1874.  Harry Hope, born Apr. 5, 1875, died Aug. 22 of the same year.  Verna Valeria, born Jan. 4, 1878, resides at home.
     Feb. 10, 1888, Jacob Pearch married Mrs. Elizabeth West, and they have two children: J. J., born Jan. 4, 1889; and Archie Ray, Nov. 9, 1891.
SOURCE #2 - Portrait and Biographical History of Guernsey County, Ohio - Published:  Chicago: C. O. Owen & Co., 1895 - Page 404

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