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History of Guernsey County, Ohio
by Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet
- Illustrated -
Vols. I & 2.
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  JAMES G. BAIR.   One of the most prominent and influential business men of Cambridge4 and one of Guernsey county's most highly honored and representative citizens is James G. Bair, the worthy scion of one of the old and distinguished pioneer families of this section of the Buckeye state.  He has always been very active in business affairs and scrupulously honest in all his relations with his fellow men and leaving no stone unturned whereby he might benefit his own condition as well as that of the public in general consequently he has won and retained the universal esteem of all classes, who repose in him the utmost confidence.
     Mr. Bair was born Dec. 27, 1853, in Freemont township, Harrison county, Ohio, the son of Peter and Eliza A. (Dougherty) Bair.  His grandfather, John Bair, came with his family from Maryland about 1830, and settled in Harrison county, Ohio.  He was a farmer and large land owner and one of the founders of Pleasant Hill church, one of the early and influential churches of that section of Ohio, of the Methodist Protestant faith.  He spent the remainder of his life in that community and was widely influential and well known.  His son, Peter,  the father of the subject of this sketch, grew up in that community, and was one of nine children, eight of whom grew to manhood and womanhood.  Peter Bair was a farmer and prosperous man and prominent in the affairs of the community.  In 1870 he moved to Murray, Clark County, Iowa, where he still resides and is engaged in farming.  In the family of his parents were five sons and three daughters:  George, Julia A., Margaret, John, Reuben, Peter, of Murray, Iowa; Mary, now Mrs. David Owens, of Harrison county; and James, all of whom are deceased but Peter, of Murray, Iowa, and Mary of Harrison county, Ohio.  The father and mother are both living, the former eighty-four years and the latter seventy-seven years of age.
     Peter and Eliza (Dougherty) Bair had a family of three sons: John Henry died in infancy; James G., and Albert, who died at the age of twenty-five years.
     James G. Bair spent his childhood and youth until he was sixteen years old on the farm, and obtained his education in the country district school.  When nineteen years of age he began teaching school and taught for two years, then, at the age of twenty-one years, he entered the drug store of Dr. J. T. McPherson, of Fairview, in Guernsey county, as a clerk, and was with Doctor McPherson for three years, and in spring of 1876 he went to Freeport and engaged in general work.  In the fall of 1876 the mother and two sons, Albert and James G, moved to the Doctor McPherson farm, one mile west of Cambridge, where the subject engaged in farm work for two years.  He then moved into Cambridge and was in the sewing machine business for one year.  In 1880 he removed to Freeport and engaged in the drug and hardware business as clerk for B. H. Black, where he remained six years.  In 1884 he engaged again in the seeing machine business in Freeport, and in March, 1889, he returned to Cambridge and engaged in the furniture business with James Criswell, his father-in-law.
     Mr. Bair was married July 12, 1883, by the Rev. W. V. Milligan, to Nancy O. Criswell, daughter of James and Nancy (White) Criswell, of Cambridge.  To this union no children were born.
     The firm of Criswell & Bair continued in the furniture and undertaking business for three years, when Mr. Criswell withdrew and Mr. Bair continued the business until January, 1908, when the J. G. Bair Furniture Company was organized, with Mr. Bair as president of the company, and took over the business of J. G. Bair.  The company occupies a large three-story brick building, admirably adapted to the business, built by Mr. Bair in 1905-6, on Wheeling avenue, where he was in business and which he yet owns and where the company still continues in business.  IN addition to his extensive business interests, Mr. Blair is president of the Guernsey Building & Loan Company, which does a large business.
     Mr. Bair has been actively connected with various enterprises of this city and in other localities.  He is connected with the Cambridge Improvement Company, the Cambridge Chautauqua Company, and various other business companies and associations.  He is a director of the Cambridge Savings Bank Company.
     Mr. Bair was brought up as a Democrat, but in 1884 became a Prohibitionist and affiliated with that party for some years and is now an independent voter, votes for the men and measures of any party that nearest meets his views and estimates of what men in public life should be.  He has never been an office seeker, but always interested in all movements and measures, calculated to uplift mankind.  He and his wife are members of the Methodist Protestant church and have been for many years.  Mr. Bair is a trustee and a Sunday school worker.  He is a thirty-second degree Mason and all of intermediate degrees, being prominent in the following bodies:  Cambridge Lodge No. 66, Free and Accepted Masons; Cambridge Chapter No. 53, Royal Arch Masons; Guernsey Council No. 74, Royal and Select Masters; Cambridge Commandery No. 47, Knights Templar; Cambridge Chapter, Rose Croix, eighteenth degree; Scioto Consistory, thirty-second degree; Aladdin Temple, Ancient Arabic Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine; Guernsey Chapter No. 211, Order of the Eastern Star; Lodge No. 301, Independent Order of Odd Fellows: Rebekah Lodge No. 876; Cambridge Lodge No. 53, Knights of Pythias; Lodge No. 128, Pythian Sisters.
Source: History of Guernsey County, Ohio by Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet - Illustrated - Vol. I. B. F. Bowden & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana - 1911 - Page 505
  JOHN W. BARNES.  Prominent among the pioneers of Guernsey county were forbears of John W. Barnes, who now resides near Cambridge.  His mother's grandfather, Stephen Stiles, came with his family from Virginia early in the nineteenth century, and this was the first white family to settle in what is now Jefferson township.  Two houses then stood where Cambridge City is; Indians and wild animals were plentiful in the dense forest that covered the country, and part of pioneer Stiles' task was to roll up and burn magnificent timber that, if now standing, would make his descendants rich.  His son, Andrew Stiles, became a large land holder, owning at one time about one thousand two hundred acres, and he gave to each of his children, as they were married, 160 acres.  The grandfather on the other side of the house.  Abraham Barnes, was a land owner in Virginia and Pennsylvania.  He was a big-hearted, liberal German.  His son, Francis, the father of John W., owned land in Guernsey county and also owned and operated the Barnes grist mill, which was bought from the Oldhams.  The Oldhams were the original settlers of Wills creek valley, and upon Wills creek this mill was built in1828.  From the Oldhams it passed through several hands until 1865, when it was bought by Francis Barnes and his brother, Abraham, who operated it jointly until 1870, when Francis bought his brother's interest and continued as owner and operator.  It has been known as Barnes' mill since 1865.  Francis Barnes died in 1888, his widow died in February of 1892, and both are buried in Center cemetery.  At the settlement of the father's estate, in 1890, the sons, John W. and Francis A., became the owners of the mill, they having operated it from the time of the father's death.  From 1828 to the present time this mill has been an important business center in the Wills creek valley.  The first power mill in Guernsey county, it kept pace with the progress of the times.  From the old-fashioned buhrstone it changed to the roller process, and in 1892 it was thoroughly renovated and modernized in all its departments.  The original mill burned down in 1834.  It was rebuilt in 1840, and this plant, after doing duty for sixty years, was succeeded in 1900 by another building on the opposite side of the creek, into which the old machinery was removed.  The present mill has both water and steam power.  It is as modern in its equipment as any in the county, and has a capacity of fifty barrels of four and two hundred and fifty bushels of feed daily.
     The children of Francis and Mary A. (Stiles) Barnes are:  Abraham A., of Cambridge; Mary C., now Mrs. Thomas Moore, of Cambridge township; John W., the subject of this sketch; Andrew S., of Cambridge; Cora D. and Francis A.  Those deceased were: Sarah I., Dolly, Joseph W. and Alva A.
     John W. Barnes
, the third of these children, was born July 3, 1855, in Jefferson township, Guernsey county, Ohio.  His early childhood was spent on the farm, but when he was ten years old the family removed to the mill property, where he has since resided.  He attended the district schools a few months each year until he was fifteen, after which his time and energy were all taken up with the mill work.  On Aug. 24, 1901, he was married to Ella A. Thomas, daughter of Jesse and Lavina G. (Tolbert) Thomas of Guernsey county.  No children have been born to them.
     Mr. Barnes is a Republican in politics.  For many years he was an active party worker, and still retains a keen interest in public and party matters.  He is a member of the Cambridge Lodge, Knights of Pythias, and both he and Mrs. Barnes are members of the Methodist Episcopal church.  The Barnes brothers, John W. and Francis A., in addition to their milling interests, have a farm of one hundred and seventy acres in the Wills creek valley, near the mill.  John A., has also landed interests of considerable importance in other states.  The Wills creek valley about Barnes' mill is a beautiful stretch of country, and the locality with the old mill buildings as a center have many interesting traditions of early life.  Both the brothers are excellent business men and both stand high in the estimation of the community.
Source: History of Guernsey County, Ohio by Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet - Illustrated - Vol. I. B. F. Bowden & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana - 1911 - Page 670
  JAMES R. BARR.  The name of James R. Barr has been so indissolubly associated with progress in and about the city of Cambridge that no lengthy enconium would be required to acquaint the readers of this history of his activities and accomplishments.  Suffice it to say, in passing to the specific facts in his life history, that his has been a very active and successful career because he has worked along lines that never fail to result in good.  He was born in Cambridge township, Guernsey county, on April 15, 1854, on a farm three miles north of Cambridge, and is the son of Samuel C. and Mary (Dunning) Barr, both born in Washington county, Pennsylvania, from which they came to Guernsey county, Ohio, as young people, became acquainted after coming here and were married.  Grandfather James Barr and his wife, Sarah (Clemens) Barr, were born in Ireland and came to America about 1816 and first settled in Washington county, Pennsylvania, having journeyed from Philadelphia, where they landed, to their place of settlement in a one-horse dump-cart, which contained all their worldly goods, some members of the family walking James Barr, the grandfather, was a linen weaver in Ireland and he followed weaving after he came to America, having his spinning wheel and his loom in his home.  His son, Samuel C., father of James R. of this review, after coming to Guernsey county in 1838, bought a farm of one hundred and sixty acres of timber which he began clearing.  He prospered, in due course of time acquiring six hundred acres of land, and he was an extensive sheep raiser and wool grower.  He was a Republican in politics, always active in public affairs, and he filled numerous local township offices and was always highly respected for his honesty and sterling worth.  He and his family were United Presbyterians and devoted church people.  The death of Samuel C. Barr occurred on Feb. 7, 1902, and his widow died on Jan. 22, 1908, and both are buried in the Cambridge South cemetery.  Their family consisted of ten children, one dying in infancy; the others, who are living, are: James R., of this review; Jemima, who married George D. Willis, of Cambridge; John M., of the state of Washington; Joseph E., of Cambridge; Sarah now Mrs. Elmer Hague, of Cambridge; Mary married William Norris, of Cambridge; Williaml L. of Cambridge; Samuel C., of Cambridge; Myrtle married Arthur Watson.
     James R. Barr
, who spent his youth on his father's farm, was educated in the country district schools and select schools, and he took a course in the department of pharmacy in the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.  Prior to going to Ann Arbor he taught school for several years in the rural schools of Guernsey county.  In 1880 he engaged in the drug business in Cambridge, but only for one year.  Being a Republican in politics and active in party and public affairs, in 1881 he was nominated by his party as candidate for clerk of courts of Guernsey county and was elected.  He served two terms of three years each of a manner that met with hearty approval of his constituents.  He also served six years as a member of the Cambridge board of education, and for two years he was a member of the city council; he was mayor of the city of Cambridge from 1890 to 1894, during which time he made a record that was worthy of the highest commendation.  He has been a member of the state central committee for three years, chairman of the Republican county committee for two years and he was a delegate to the Republican national convention that met in St. Louis, in June, 1896, that nominated William McKinley for President.  He was appointed postmaster of Cambridge by President McKinley in June, 1897, taking office on July 1, 1897, and he served by re-appointment until Feb. 4, 1910, making, according to consensus of opinion, one of the best postmasters the city ever had.  He is regarded as a leader in local politics and public affairs and is loyal to the best interests of this community at all times.  Since leaving the postoffice he has been engaged in the real estate business and is enjoying a very good business.
     Mr. Barr was married on April 7, 1880, to Adrianna Ferguson, daughter of Hiram C. and Amanda (Baldridge) Ferguson.  Mr. Ferguson was a prominent farmer of Cambridge township, living retired during the latter part of his life in the city of Cambridge.  He was a prominent, influential and highly respected man.  He was a Democrat and a member of the Presbyterian church, as were all his family.  Mr. Ferguson's death occurred on July 3, 1885, and his wife passed away on February 10, 1900.  Both are buried in the South Cemetery at Cambridge.  Their family consisted of six children, all daughters, namely: Alice married Robert McConkey, of Cambridge township; Mary married N. J. Hutcheson, of Cambridge; Jemima  is a teacher in the Cambridge schools; Adrianna married James R. Barr, of Cambridge; May, now Mrs. J. Marshall Brown, of Cambridge; Carrie is living at home in Cambridge.
     To Mr. and Mrs. Barr four daughters have been born, namely: Vera married J. I. Wilson, of Cambridge; Ada married Jesse Slingluff, of Cambridge; Fay and Eva are living at home.  The Barr residence, a modern and neatly kept one, is located at No. 237 North Tenth street, Cambridge, in one of the best residence districts.  Mrs. Barr and her four daughters are all graduateds of the Cambridge high school, and prior to her marriage Mrs. Barr was a prominent and progressive teacher of this county.
     Fraternally, Mr. Barr is a member of Cambridge Lodge No. 66, Free and Accepted Masons; Cambridge Commandery No. 47, Knights Templar; is a thirty-second degree Mason, belonging to the Cincinnati Consistory.  Mr. Barr and family are members of the Presbyterian church and are active in church and Sunday school work.
     For a time Mr. Barr was interested in newspaper work in this city.  Being a loyal party man he has always been active in Republican politics, not only in his home city and county, but in the state.  He is faithful to party principles and loyal to his friends.  For years he has been a recognized party leader and is always ready to make his position known on any issue.  He is a very pleasant man to know and is in every way worthy of the high esteem in which he is held.
Source: History of Guernsey County, Ohio by Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet - Illustrated - Vol. I. B. F. Bowden & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana - 1911 - Page 926
SHARON WICK's NOTE:  I found the possible 237 North 10th Street, Cambridge, OH  - There was no visible number on it but the house next door was 235 North 10th Street.
Please correct me if I am wrong. 
  JOHN C. BECKETT.   The name of John C. Beckett, having long stood for enterprise and right living, clean politics and altruism in its highest sense, is too familiar to the people of Cambridge and Guernsey county to need any introduction here, consequently the following paragraphs will deal in a plain, matter-of-fact manner with his useful and very active career.
     Mr. Beckett was born on Aug. 21, 1842, in Monroe county, Ohio, on a farm near Woodsfield.  He is the son of George N. and Margaret (Clingan) Beckett.  The father was a native of Smith Ferry, Jefferson county, Ohio, and the mother was born in Monroe county, Ohio.  Her parents, John and Mary Clingan, came from Ireland when young, and John Clingan and Mary Armstrong were married soon afterward.  Grandfather Clingan was a Methodist minister and was interested in the work of spreading the gospel in the West with the noted Peter Cartwright, and they became among the most influential of the pioneer preachers.  John Clingan was one of the first men to preach in Cambridge, probably preaching the second sermon in the then struggling village.  The father, George N. Beckett, a farmer and prominent stockman and wool buyer for many years, was prominent in public life, and he served as adjutant-general of the Ohio militia in the early years of the state's history, probably about 1812. He was an active abolitionist and active in the operations of the "underground railroad."  He was an exemplary citizen in every respect.  In 1865 Mr. Beckett with his family, moved to Guernsey county, locating at Fairview and engaged in the general mercantile business until 1879, his son, John C., of this review, being associated with him.  He resided in Fairview until 1880, when he moved with his wife to Barnesville, Belmont county, where they remained until 1885, when they moved to Cambridge.  Mr. Beckett's death occurred in July, 1893, his widow surviving until February, 1900.  Both are buried in the Cambridge cemetery.
     John C. Beckett grew to maturity on the home farm in Monroe county and attended the common schools, later the normal school at Woodsfield, taught by an Englishman, John Moore, a former professor in one of the universities of England.  Later Mr. Beckett took a commercial course at the Pittsburg Commercial College.  He remained on the home farm until he was twenty-one years of age, when he went into the mercantile business at Jerusalem, Monroe county, where he continued for some time, then went to Fairview in the same line of business with his father, which they continued, as already stated, until 1879, in which year he was elected auditor of Guernsey, county on the Republican ticket.  He assumed the duties of his office in November, 1880, and served two terms, or six years.  In 1887 he was made cashier of the Central National Bank of Cambridge, where he remained two and one-half years, when he resigned.  He then engaged in the mercantile business with John Boyd under the firm name of Boyd & Beckett, in a room where the present elegant Central Bank building is located.  He was engaged at that stand for four years.  He then became interested in promoting the Cambridge Iron and Steel Company, the first industry established in Cambridge of any importance.  Mr. Beckett donated the land for the location of the plant and he was stockholder and secretary of the company at its organization.  He continued in this position until he sold his stock in the company, when, with others, he promoted and built the Morton Tin Plate Company, this being the second tin plate mill built in Ohio.  Mr. Beckett became the secretary of this company at its organization and later became manager of the sales department in addition to his duties as secretary, continuing thus in his active position until the plat was sold to the American Tin Plate Company, which later became a part of the United States Steel Company.  The Cambridge mill was the last mill in the United States to sell to the American Tin Plate Company, which took over all the operating mills of the country.  This mill was successfully operated from the beginning, making a particular high grade of tin plat of special brand, which brand and quality is still continued by the United States Steel Company, its superior quality being universally recognized.  It is but just to Mr. Beckett to say here that no small part of the large success and prestige of this plant was due to his wife counsel and judicious management.  After leaving the mill he invested in real estate, both farm lands and city property, and he was interested in various enterprises until 1907, when he moved to Wharton county, Texas, which place is now his legal residence.  He has very extensive land interests in the Lone Star state and is extensively interested in rice culture, but he is now beginning to diversify his line of farm products.  He is located in the best part of the rice belt of Texas, largely on account of their inexhaustible shallow water and superior drainage.  Mr. Beckett has become a genuine Texas booster.
     On Mar. 16, 1870, Mr. Beckett married  Rebecca C. Talbott, daughter of William A. and Rebecca (Davenport) Talbott, of Barnesville, Ohio, both parents being Virginians.  The father of Mrs. Talbott, Judge Davenport, was a pioneer merchant of Barnesville.  William A. Talbott was also a life-long merchant of Barnesville and a highly respected citizen.  Both Mr. and Mrs. Talbott have been dead several years.  They never lived in Guernsey county.
     To Mr. and Mrs. Beckett two children were born:  George A., who married and is living with his father in Texas, assisting with the general farming, and Emma who married Thomas E. Amos, business manager of The Daily Jeffersonian at Cambridge, Ohio.
     Mr. Beckett has always been a Republican and is active in public affairs.  Prior to being elected auditor of Guernsey county he held various township offices in Oxford township, where he lived prior to coming to Cambridge in 1880, and he has been active as a member of the Republican county central and executive committees, and a frequent delegate to county, district and state conventions, and he has always been regarded as a safe counselor and advisor.  He is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows at Cambridge and he and his family members of the Methodist Episcopal church, South, and are active in church work.  No man stands higher or has a cleaner business and official record than Mr. Beckett, and he is known throughout the state as a public spirited citizen of unusual ability and fine traits.  while not at present a legal resident of Guernsey county, his interest in the county has remained unabated.  He will always retain a warm place in his heart for old Guernsey county, where he was active in business and public affairs for so many years, and the people of his county likewise retain for Mr. Beckett and his family an equal esteem and always welcome them back most heartily.
Source: History of Guernsey County, Ohio by Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet - Illustrated - Vol. I. B. F. Bowden & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana - 1911 - Page 477
  JOHN S. BERRY.  A list of Guernsey county’s prominent families would certainly be incomplete were there failure to make specific mention of John S. Berry, a popular and efficient public official and representative citizen, for his life has been one of usefulness and honor, resulting in good to everyone with whom he has had dealings, whether in business, public or social life.  His career is exemplary in every respect, and he has always supported those interests which are calculated to uplift and benefit humanity, while his own moral worth is deserving of the highest commendation.
      Mr. Berry was born on Sept. 24, 1866. in Kimbolton, Liberty township, this county.  He is the son of William T. and Caroline J. (Sloan) Berry, both parents natives of Guernsey county.  The Berry family is of Irish descent, the ancestry coming from Ireland to America in a very early day.  The Sloans came here from a German settlement in Pennsylvania. The father was a school teacher in the schools of Guernsey county for many years and he was one of the county school examiners for some time.  He was a man of high character and intelligence.  His death occurred in August, 1892; his widow still survives.
     John S. Berry was educated in the schools of Kimbolton and at the age of fourteen years he left home for the purpose of learning telegraphy in the Guernsey offices of the Cleveland & Marietta railroad, near the north line of Guernsey county.  He learned this business and for eight years was railroad agent and telegraph operator at different stations along the Cleveland & Marietta railroad.  He then came to Cambridge and for two years he was a trick dispatcher at the Cleveland & Marietta shops in Cambridge.  He was then chief dispatcher and train master for the road mentioned above, which service terminated in 1898.  He then entered the postal service as a letter carrier when free mail delivery was established in Cambridge.  After remaining in this service eight years, he resigned in 1907 to become deputy sheriff under Sheriff H. K. Moore.  In 1910 he was nominated for sheriff by the Republicans of Guernsey county, and his candidacy was looked upon with general favor from the first, everyone predicting his election in the following November, owing to his general popularity with all classes, regardless of party alignment.  He has a remarkable record as an efficient officer while serving as deputy sheriff.  He has gone into fourteen states for men under indictment and has never failed in landing his man.  Seven men out of eight who broke jail during his term were recaptured by him.  He also claims the distinction of making the first arrest under the “search and seizure” clause of the present Rose local option law at Pleasant City, Guernsey county, in which two carloads of liquor were taken in charge.  The parties to whom the same were consigned were arrested and heavily fined.  He has shown himself at all times to be a very courageous officer, always willing to do his duty and serve the people to the very best of his ability.  He bas always has the courage of his convictions, and, when he knows he is right, goes ahead despite obstacles.  He is a Republican in politics and always active in party affairs.  Prior to entering the postal service he was a member of the city council, resigning his seat in the same for the purpose of entering the postal service.
     Mr. Berry was twice married, first, on Oct. 30, 1899, to Helen B. Whitcraft, daughter of James P. and Edith Whitcraft, of Cambridge, Ohio.  To this union two children were born, Edith B. and James A., both of whom are living.  Their mother passed to her rest on Sept. 3, 1896.  The second marriage of Mr. Berry was solemnized on Apr. 25, 1900, to Christine B. Wyrick, the youngest daughter of John L. and Christina ( Brady) Wyrick, of Washington.  Wills  township, Guernsey county.  This union has been without issue.
     Mr. Berry is a member of Cambridge Lodge No. 53, Knights of Pythias, and the Uniform Rank of this order, and he is past chancellor of the same.  He belongs to Cambridge Camp No. 3542, Modern Woodmen of America.  He is also a member of the National Sheriffs' Association.  He and his wife belong to the First Episcopal church, having been allied with the same since childhood and they are active in church and Sunday school work.  They are prominent and influential in their community, being highly esteemed by all who know them.
Source: History of Guernsey County, Ohio by Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet - Illustrated - Vol. I. B. F. Bowden & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana - 1911 - Page 909
  OSCAR J. BERRY.  The present sketch is concerned with a man who has been during his lifetime active in the affairs of Kimbolton, and, though young in years, he has made himself known as one of the aggressive and enterprising citizens of the community.  Oscar J. Berry was born in Kimbolton, Liberty township, Guernsey county, Ohio, on Mar. 9, 1869, the son of William T. and Caroline (Sloan) Berry, and a brother of John S. Berry, whose name appears in another part of this work.  From his boyhood Mr. Perry has been a hustler.  As soon as he was old enough to work he began earning money at whatever he could find to do, and during the winter months attended the public schools of Kimbolton.  At sixteen years of age he began teaching school in the district schools of Guernsey county, and for twelve years was one of the popular and progressive teachers of the county.  Following this he served for six years as a deputy inspector in the state dairy and food commissioner's department, and was a faithful and efficient officer.  In politics he is a Republican, and has been active in party matters, serving as a member of the Republican county central committee, and frequently as a delegate to county, district and state conventions.  He ahs been a member of the village council, and is now the village clerk.
     In 1904 Mr. Berry was appointed postmaster at Kimbolton, and after serving two years resigned to take employment with the O'Gara Coal Company, of Chicago, operating in the Guernsey and Noble county coal fields, as pay-roll clerk, a position of much responsibility, which he has ably filled.  On his resignation as postmaster, his wife was appointed his successor, and she still holds the position.
     Mr. Berry was married on Apr. 23, 1889, to Ida Schrophart, of Kimbolton, and to this union one son has been born, Paul V., a graduate of the Kimbolton high school in 1910, and now a teacher in the county schools.  Mr. Berry and his family are members of the Methodist church and are prominent in the social life of their community.  Mr. Berry is an active, public-spirited citizen, always favoring whatever is for the betterment of conditions.  He is a broad-viewed, companionable man, whom it is a pleasure and a benefit to know.
Source: History of Guernsey County, Ohio by Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet - Illustrated - Vol. I. B. F. Bowden & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana - 1911 - Page 758
  ARCHIBALD BLACK.  From the far-famed and beautiful land of Bruce and Burns, the bluebell and the heather, from which so many of our sterling emigrants have come,  Archibald L. Black, well known in mining circles in the vicinity of Trial Run, Jackson Township, Guernsey county, has migrated and become a loyal and popular citizen, for in his makeup are many of the strong and admirable traits of the typical Scotchman.  His birth occurred on July 17, 1865, in Ayreshire, Scotland, and he was brought to our shores when eight years old.  He is the some of James and Agnes Black.  The family had previously resided in America, before 1860.  Five uncles of the subject on the paternal side, fought in the Union army during the Civil War.  The oldest, Capt. George Black, was killed in battle.  James Black took care of the families of the five brothers.  Four of them died during the war, only one returning home.  Three of them had previously been in the British Army, one having served in the West Indies.  In 1861, the father, James Black, took the family back to Scotland.  The family were all goldsmiths and glass-cutters and some of them lost their money in the banks during the war.  The family returned to the United States about 1873 and located at Mansfield, now Carnegie, near Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, where James Black had lived before the Civil War.  He owned a large portion of the land on which the town of Carnegie stands.  He lost heavily during the panic of 1873, also in 1883, when the banks in Pittsburg failed, - in fact he was financially ruined, losing all his property.  He was a man of excellent business ability and and accumulated a large competency.  He and his wife died in Illinois.
     Archibald L. Black is one of a family of nine children, seven boys and two girls.  As the boys became of proper age they began supporting themselves by working out, the subject going into the mines first when only eleven years old.  This training was somewhat hard for the youngsters, but made men out of them and taught them many valuable lessons that have been of much subsequent value to them.  Archibald L. has followed mining all his life.  He worked in various localities, part of the time in the West.  He was married in 1885 to Mary Hanson, of Pittsburg, daughter of William and Elizabeth Hanson, and to this union three children were born, Alfred William, Agnes Irene and Eva Mary.
     Mr. Black
moved to Guernsey county, Ohio, in 1908.  He had been superintendent of mines in various places for nearly twenty years before coming here, especially in the vicinity of Pittsburg, which is still the family home, many of the Blacks still living there.  He was brought here for the purpose of assuming the duties of superintendent of Trail Run mine No. 2, in the southeastern part of Jackson township.  He now has under his control two hundred and sixty men, whom he handles in such a manner as to get the greatest results and at the same time retain their good will.  He is well abreast of the times in all matters pertaining to his line of work, and is a man of much ability and commendable traits.
     Politically, Mr. Black is a Republican and takes an active interest in party affairs, though he is no office seeker.  He is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, at Madrid, New Mexico, the subordinate lodge and the encampment at Santa Fe, having been superintendent of a mine there four years.  He is also a member of the Knights of Pythias at Byesville, and he belonged to a lodge at Pittsburg for about twenty years.  He is also a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, at Connellsville, Pennsylvania, and he and Mrs. Black belong to the Presbyterian church.
     Mr. Black's record as a mine superintendent is second to none and proves that he is a man of much native ability.  He was the youngest mine superintendent the Santa Fe had, having become superintendent there before he was twenty-five years of age.
Source: History of Guernsey County, Ohio by Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet - Illustrated - Vol. I. B. F. Bowden & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana - 1911 - Page 787
  WILLIAM HAMMOND BLAIRThe history of the loyal sons and representative citizens of Guernsey county would not be complete should the name that heads this review be omitted.  When the fierce fire of the rebellion was raging throughout the Southland, threatening to destroy the Union, he responded with patriotic fervor to the call of volunteers, and in some of the bloodiest battles for which that great war was noted, proved his loyalty to the government he loved so well.  During the subsequent years, up to the time of his death, he was remembered among the honored and respected citizens of his community.  In official positions and private life alike he proved himself every inch a man, standing "four square to every wind that blows," and he is eminently entitled to representation in a work of his character.
     William Hammond Blair, a veteran of the Civil war, and for many years city marshal, and later chief of police of Cambridge, died at his home on South Sixth street, Saturday evening, Oct. 22, 1910, about seven-fifteen o'clock, the cause of death being heart trouble, with which he had been afflicted for some years.  The funeral services were held at the residence of the family Monday afternoon, Oct. 24, 1910, at two o'clock, conducted by Rev. R. M. Elliott, pastor of the Second United Presbyterian church, and the interment was made in Northwood cemetery.  the services were under the auspices of Cambridge Post, Grand Army of the Republic, of which he was a charter member, and six members of the post, his comrades during life time, acted as his pallbearers.
     Mr. Blair was the son of William and Mary (Hammond) Blair and was born in Adams township, Guernsey county, July 22, 1837.  His paternal grandfather, Alexander Blair, and his wife, Susan Long came from county Donegal, Ireland to America about the year 1801 and settled in Brooks county, Virginia (now West Virginia).  After living there a few years, and came to Guernsey county and settled in what is now Cambridge township, on the farm now owned by John Barnes.  Alexander Blair was a native of Ireland and his wife of Scotland.  Their oldest child, Alexander, was born in Ireland in 1798.  He married Isabel Nicholson and after their marriage they settled in Meigs county, Ohio.  William Blair (father of the subject) married Mary Hammond and they lived in Adams township, this county.  Mary married David Hammond and their children were as follows:  James, who married Helen Caither and resided near Elkton, Kentucky; David married Mary Blair and they resided in this county; John married Elizabeth Scott and they resided in Adams township, this county; William married Matilda Parke and they resided in Adams township; Mary married William Blair, of Adams township; Jane became the wife of Samuel Atchison and they located in Muskingum county, where she still resides, at the age of ninety-four years; Ann married David Dew and lived in Muskingum county;  Sarah married Thomas Ford and lived in this county.
     The Hammonds settled in Guernsey county in 1818. William Hammond, in company with his brothers, John, Robert, and David, came to this country from county Tyrone, Ireland, sometime prior to the Revolutionary war.  They settled in the valley near the Susquehanna River, marked off their claims and opened up some ground for cultivation, but the Indians scared them away and they settled near Hickory, Pennsylvania.
     James Hammond enlisted in the war and was wounded in the battle of Bunker Hill.  William was too young to enlist, but boated provisions for General Wayne and his army.  William married  Mary Wier, who had come with her parents from Scotland and settled near Hickory, their marriage occurring about the year 1796.  He was a reed-maker by trade, and he and his wife eventually resided in Guernsey county.  Mattie married James Gilkinson and they settled in Illinois.  Susan was married twice, her first husband being William McKee, after whose death she married John Herbert, and they lived in Knox township, this county.  Alexander Blair was by trade a stonemason.  His son, William, was a school teacher and also worked at the stone-mason's trade.
     William H. Blair, the immediate subject of this review, secured an education in the country schools, and at an early age took up the work of a carpenter.  He was married to Elizabeth Mason, daughter of William and Sarah (Forsythe) Mason, Oct. 4, 1860, and to them were born the following eight children, four sons and four daughters, one of the latter, May, dying when but seven years old, as the result of being kicked by a horse; Mrs. Joseph Barr, of Cambridge; Frank C., of Cambridge; Allie, at home; William M., of Martins Ferry; Mrs. F. E. Geyer, of Cambridge; Alex, of Newport, Kentucky; May, deceased; and Charles, of Cambridge.  These children, with the mother, survive.
     The Seventy-eighth Ohio Volunteer Infantry perhaps saw as much hard fighting as any other regiment, and Company H had the reputation of being in a greater number of hard-fought battles, in addition to many skirmishes too numerous to mention or keep track of.
     After his final discharge from the army, at the close of the war, Mr. Blair returned to his wife and again took up business as a carpenter.  With his family he moved from Adams township to Cambridge, about 1891.  A stanch Republican, Mr. Blair immediately took an active interest in municipal politics, and shortly after coming to the city was elected city marshal.  He served as  marshal under Mayors John Longsworth, A. M. Baxter and J. W. Smallwood.  During the latter's term of office the office of city marshal was done away with and the position was made appointive, under the title of chief of police.  After serving as city marshal and chief of police for eight years and eight months Mr. Blair resigned Jan. 1, 1906, and after that time lived a retired life.  He still, however, took a keen interest in politics.
     During the last few years, Mr. Blair suffered with heart trouble, which was the cause of his giving up active work.  Two weeks prior to his death he suffered an attack, and it was feared then that it would end in death.  However, he recovered and made the remark that he did not think he could live through another attack.  On Saturday afternoon of the day he died.  Mr. Blair complained of being ill, but after eating supper went out in front of the house.  Later he was joined by Mrs. Blair, who advised him to return to the house, which he did, but his condition was so much worse that the family physician was sent for.  However, it was too late and death was then but a question of a short time.
     On Oct. 4, 1910, Mr. and Mrs. Blair celebrated their golden wedding anniversary, when all of their children were present, and the occasion was one of unusual enjoyment for the father, who was so soon to be summoned from earthly labors.
     Mr. Blair was a man of sterling worth and qualities of character and was held in the highest esteem throughout the county, where he enjoyed an extensive acquaintance.  He was always on teh right side of every question affecting the bets interests of his fellows, and his death was a distinct loss to the community.
Source: History of Guernsey County, Ohio by Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet - Illustrated - Vols. I & 2.  - B. F. Bowden & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana - 1911 - Page 839
  THOMAS AUSTIN BONNELL.  Precedence among any one of the several professional lines to whose following both pre-eminent and mediocre ability has been given, can be attained by no side-path, but must be gained by earnest, heroic work; it must be the result of subjective native talent, supplemented by closest application, and a breadth of intellectuality that will render possible the ready and practical use of mere theoretical knowledge.  Among the large number who essay the achievement of preferment and honor, the percentage of failures is far in excess of that of successes, a fact that supplies direct proof of statements already expressed.
     Success has attended the efforts of Thomas Austin Bonnell, one of the best known of the younger members of the Guernsey county bar, because he has been endowed by nature with the qualities that win and also because he has worked assiduously along his chosen line of endeavor.  He was born on Jan. 1, 1875, on a farm in Madison township, this county, and he is the representative of one of the excellent old families of Guernsey county, being the son of Thomas C. and Jennie (Boyd) Bonnell, both also natives of this county.  The father grew to maturity and was educated in his native community and became a progressive farmer.  When the Civil war was in progress he enlisted in the Seventy-sixth Ohio Volunteer Infantry and served two years until the close of the war, seeing some hard service.  He was a Republican in politics and took much interest in public affairs.  He served Madison township several years as a member of the board of trustees.
     Thomas A. Bonnell remained on the home farm with his parents until he was eighteen years of age and assisted with the general work on the place, attending the country district schools in the wintertime.  He applied himself very assiduously to his studies and began teaching at the age mentioned above.  He followed this during the winter months and attended college through the summer until he had prepared himself for some profession.  He selected the law, and became a student in the office of Rosemond & Bell, of Cambridge, finishing his course under Judge J. A. Troette, of this city, and he was admitted to the bar in January, 1906.  He has retained his interest in educational matters and is active in all efforts to promote and advance the cause of education.  He is at present one of the county school examiners and resides at Cambridge, where he practices his profession, and he has built up a very large and rapidly growing clientele.  As an attorney he is painstaking, accurate, cautious, deeply versed in jurisprudence and he is an earnest, logical and forceful speaker before a jury and his uniform courtesy to the court and his opponents wins the respect and admiration of all concerned.
     Politically, Mr. Bonnell is a Republican and he takes an abiding interest in public matters, especially such as will promote the best interests of the people of Guernsey county.  In May, 1910, he was nominated by his party as their candidate for representative in the Ohio Legislature, being successful at the election held in November, 1910, and his candidacy was regarded as a most fortunate one not only by his constituents but by supporters of other parties, his peculiar fitness in every respect for this important public trust being universally recognized.
     Mr. Bonnell was married on Sept. 6, 1899, to Aurelia Wirick, daughter of Jacob C. and Elizabeth (Shipley) Wirick, of Madison township, Guernsey county.  These parents are both natives of this county and are both living, being regarded as among the well established and highly honored pioneer people of the locality.  Mr. Wirick was one of the brave band of "fortyniners" who crossed the great western plains in 1849 to the gold fields of California, and he was successful in that venture.  He is now one of the prosperous and progressive farmers of Madison township.  He was one of the men of the buckeye state who offered their services to the Union during the Civil war.  Politically, he is a Republican.  Mrs. Bonnell is a lady of refinement and many estimable traits of character.  She is the mother of one son, Rollo W.
     Mr. Bonnell
is popular with the masses, being a man of unquestioned character and ability.  He is well versed in the law, a close student and is fast coming to the front not only in his profession but in all things that make for high grade citizenship.
Source: History of Guernsey County, Ohio by Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet - Illustrated - Vol. I. B. F. Bowden & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana - 1911 - Page 482
  DANIEL E. BRADEN, of Cambridge township, was born Feb. 21, 1849, in Center township, on what is known as Mud run.  His parents were Elijah and Mary (Van Kirk) Braden.  His maternal grandfather, William Van Kirk, became a resident of Coshocton county, Ohio, in the early days of the nineteenth century, and later in life was a coal operator in that county, where he died many years ago.  The Braden family contributed its full quota to the country's defense during the Civil war.  Elijah, the father, when fifty-three years old, enlisted as a member of Company H, Twelfth Regiment Ohio Cavalry, and served till the close of the war.  Three of the sons also enlisted.  Ezekiel was in Company A, First Ohio Cavalry, being the second man to enlist in the company.  William V. entered a Pennsylvania regiment and was killed June 2, 1862, at the battle of Fair Oaks.  James was in an Ohio regiment.  The father, albeit a militant supporter of the administration during the war, was a Democrat in politics all his life.  He died June 7, 1872, his widow on Mar. 17, 1877, and both are buried in Center cemetery.  Both were lifelong members of the Baptist church, of Center.  In the family were five sons and two daughters; Eliza Ann, now widow of Ezekiel Patterson; Ezekiel, a farmer of Shelby county, Illinois; James, living at Cambridge; Nancy J., now Mrs. J. R. Black, of Cambridge township; Daniel E. and Jonathan, of Byesville.
     Daniel E. Braden was brought up on the farm and attended the country district schools.  During the war, when his father and brothers were at the front, the care of the farm and of the family devolved upon him.  After the war he made his home with William and Mrs. Scott, of Cambridge township, assuming the management of their farm after Mr. Scott became to infirm to do so. He remained with them until he was married Nov. 27, 1889, to Maggie Reed, daughter of the late John and Ellen (Broom) Reed, who resided on the farm where Mr. Braden and family now live.  Mrs. Braden's maternal grandfather, Rev. Hugh Broom, came from Scotland and was a Baptist minister who was well known all over southern Ohio.  In 1832 he built a house of dressed stone, which is now in excellent condition and the home of the Braden familyJohn Reed, Mrs. Braden's father, was a farmer, and met his death in a runaway accident, Dec. 9, 1875.  His widow died in 1888.  They were the parents of two children, Maggie, now Mrs. Braden and H. B. Reed, a farmer of Cambridge township.  The Bradens have two children, William R. and Mary H., both of whom are at home.  Mr. Braden has one hundred and sixty acres of fine land and engages in general farming.  A Democrat in politics, he is well informed and always interested in public affairs.  He and his family are members of the Baptist church, of Center, where he has been a deacon for fully thirty years.  He is a member of Rock Hill Grange, Patrons of Husbandry, and has been active in its affairs.  He is an advocate of public improvements in so far as they serve the public good and advance morals, and is a worker for the advancement of the temperance cause.  He is a progressive, prosperous farmer, a good citizen and a good neighbor.
Source: History of Guernsey County, Ohio by Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet - Illustrated - Vol. I. B. F. Bowden & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana - 1911 - Page 899
  WILLIAM N. BRADFORD.   It is interesting to note from the beginning the growth and development of a community, to note the lines along which progress has been made and to take cognizance of those whose industry and leadership in the work of advancement have rendered possible the present prosperity of the locality under consideration.  One of the citizens of Cambridge who deserves specific mention along this line is Dr. William N. Bradford, who holds high rank among the leading medical men of eastern Ohio and who is one of the representative citizens of Guernsey county.  He was born Feb. 14, 1867, in Highland township, Muskingum county, Ohio.  He is the son of Harvey N. and Eliza Jane (Noble) Bradford.  The father was a native of Muskingum county and the mother was born in Ireland, from which country she came to America with her parents when only four years of age, settling first in Canada, and a few years later, in 1848, they came to Muskingum county, Ohio, and here the parents spent the remainder of their lives.  Henry Noble was a shoemaker and a most worthy citizen, who established a good home and was successful in his business life.  Grandfather John Bradford came with his parents from Virginia about 1804 and settled in the woods when the Indians were still inhabitants of Highland township, Muskingum county, Ohio, and he became well known among the pioneers there.   The great-grandfather, also named John Bradford, entered government land and cleared it for agricultural purposes, becoming prosperous and influential in the early pioneer days.  The Bradfords trace their ancestry back to William Bradford, one of the “Mayflower” Pilgrims, coming from a distinguished English family.  Harvey N. Bradford was a farmer in Highland township, Muskingum county, this state, all his life being spent there.  He was a man of quiet disposition, deeply interested and informed in public matters but taking no active part in public affairs, preferring to devote his time to his farm; he was one of the estimable gentlemen of the old school and was highly respected by all who knew him.  He was a Democrat in politics, and for many years he and his wife were devout members of the Methodist Episcopal church.  His death occurred in August, 1903, and his wife died on May 30, 1887; buried in the Bethel church cemetery in Highland township, Muskingum county.  They were the parents of eight children, five sons and three daughters, namely:  Dr. Andrew A., a practicing physician at Bremen, Ohio; Henry H. is a lawyer in Columbus, Ohio; William N., of this review; Etta May, deceased; Clara M. is single and is living in Columbus, Ohio; Amaziah B. is farming in Edgar county, Illinois; Calvin R. is an iron worker in Zanesville, Ohio; Mattie C. married Edgar H. Baker, an attorney of Zanesville.
     William N. Bradford, of this review, was reared on the home farm and he attended the district schools.  When fourteen years of age he began work as a farm hand for a neighbor at four dollars per month and board and worked thus for six months in the summer and attended school during the winter.  He later spent two years at McKorkle College at Bloomfield, Muskingum county, and when only eighteen years of age he obtained a certificate to teach school, but did not do so.  After leaving college, he was married, on Jan. 1, 1891, to Mary L. Hutcheson, daughter of William and Eunice (Ramsey) Hutcheson, of Knox township, Guernsey county, Ohio.  The father was a farmer and this family were pioneers here, well known and well established.  Both parents are now deceased.  To Mr. and Mrs. Bradford one child, Winona J., has been born, and is a student in the Cambridge public schools.  After his marriage Mr. Bradford farmed in Knox township, this county, for two years, during which time he began the study of medicine with Dr. J. Ira Bradford, of Otsego, Muskingum county, this state, these gentlemen being cousins.  After two years of farming and study, the subject entered Columbus Medical College at Columbus, Ohio, and the following year he entered the medical department of the University of Louisville, Kentucky, and was graduated therefrom in 1893 with the degree of Doctor of Medicine.  Thus well equipped for his life work, he immediately began practice in Otsego with his preceptor.  Dr. J. Ira Bradford, and he remained there one year, then went to Indian Camp, in Guernsey county, where he remained two years, coming to Cambridge in 1896 and he has practiced here ever since, building up a large and lucrative practice and taking rank among the leading medical men of the county.  In 1904 he took a post-graduate course in surgery in the University of Louisville, and he has been unusually successful as a surgeon in connection with his regular general practice.
     Politically, the Doctor is a Democrat and while always interested he has never been in any sense an office seeker.  In 1905 he was nominated against his wishes as the Democratic candidate for mayor of Cambridge, and, although the city is overwhelmingly Republican, he was elected and assumed the office Jan. 1, 1906.  So successful was his administration that he was renominated for a second term, in 1907, and again elected, serving with the utmost satisfaction to all concerned until Jan. 1, 1910, having refused to he a candidate for a third term.  He was mayor in fact as well as in name and his administration stands indorsed by good citizens of all parties.  It was a strong administration for good government and law enforcement.
     The Doctor is a member of the Masonic order and also belongs to the Cambridge Commandery; he belongs to Cambridge Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and the Encampment; he is a member of Cambridge Lodge No. 448, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.  He and his wife belong to the Methodist Episcopal church.  Mrs. Bradford is a most estimable woman, devoted to her family and home.  The Bradford residence, an attractive and neatly kept one, is located at No. 132 East Eighth street, and the Doctor’s office is at No. 123 West Eighth street.
Source: History of Guernsey County, Ohio by Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet - Illustrated - Vol. I. B. F. Bowden & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana - 1911 - Page 654
  JOHN BLAIR BRATTONA well known and representative citizen of Cambridge is John Blair Bratton, city councilman and a man highly respected by all, having maintained a reputation for square dealing with his fellowmen and being public spirited and upright in all his relations with the world as well as in private life.  He was born in Cambridge township, Guernsey county, in 1861, and he is the son of Samuel and Elizabeth (Blair) Bratton.  A complete sketch of these parents will be found on another page of this work.
     John B. Bratton spent his early boyhood on the home farm and when very young assisted with the work during crop seasons.  At the age of fifteen years he took up coal mining, which he followed three or four years, then went to the city of Newark, Ohio, and learned the machinist's trade.  In the month of December, 1889, he came to Cambridge and started in as assistant chief engineer at the American Sheet and Tin Plate Company.  About two years later he was promoted to be chief engineer, which important position he held with entire satisfaction for a period of seven years, then became a shearman in the same plant, which position he has held ever since to the utmost satisfaction of his employers being an expert in this particular line of work.  He has always believed in doing well whatever was worth doing at all, and this has, no doubt, been very largely responsible for his success in life.
     Mr. Bratton is a loyal Republican in political matters, and he has long taken an active interest in local affairs.  In the fall of 1908 he was elected to the city council of Cambridge, and he is now serving his second term in that body, being a very faithful exponent of the people's rights and very careful to look after the general interests of this city in every way.  He keeps well posted on current affairs and is a man of ability and is eminently trustworthy.
     Fraternally, Mr. Bratton belongs to the Improved Order of Red Men, the Fraternal Order of Eagles and the Fraternal Order of Owls.
     Mr. Bratton was married in 1883 to Martha Warren, daughter of John and Eliza Warren; she was born and reared in Cambridge township.  This union has resulted in the birth of five children, namely:  James Francis; Walter died in April, 1907, when twenty years of age; Hazel; Warren and Olive are twins.
     James Francis Bratton was educated in the home schools and when he reached maturity he married Julia Weyler, and they have three children, John Wesley, Walter and Gladys Elizabeth.  James Francis Bratton is a machinist by trade, and a very skilled one, and is at present filling the position of shearman in the same plant in which his father is employed.
     The other children are all at home with their parents.  Hazel Bratton is stenographer and bookkeeper in the office of the director of safety in Cambridge, and she is very apt and rapid in her work.  Mr. Bratton  is attached to his home and family and provides well for their comfort.
Source: History of Guernsey County, Ohio by Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet - Illustrated - Vols. I & 2.  - B. F. Bowden & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana - 1911 - Page 770
  J. MARSHALL BROWN.  The reputation of J. Marshal Brown, well known implement and real estate dealer of Cambridge, has been that of a man who is imbued with modern twentieth century methods in both business and public life, and whose relations with his fellow men in a social way have ever been wholesome, so that he is in every respect deserving of the high esteem which is accorded him by all classes.  He is the representative of one of the old and highly honored families of Guernsey county.
     Mr. Brown was born May 1, 1855, on a farm in Liberty township, Guernsey county, Ohio, the son of Joseph and Margaret (Frame) Brown.  His father was the son of William Brown, who came from Ireland in ten early pioneer days and settled in Adams township, but died a few years after coming to this locality.  His son, Joseph, the father of the subject, grew up under conditions requiring self-denial and industry.  When grown to manhood he learned the tanner's trade with his brother, William, who operated a tannery at Claysville.  This brother was a man of large business operations and active in public matters, serving as county commissioner for nine years.  Joseph, after learning the tanner's trade, built the Liberty mill, on Wills creek in Liberty township, one of the early mills of the locality, and operated the grist mill and sawmill for some years.  Associated with him in this business was Joseph McClarey, and William Frame, his brother-in-law.  After leaving the mill he owned a farm and farmed in Liberty township for a few years, when he bought a tannery in Cambridge, which he operated for a few years prior to and during the Civil war.  About 1870 he sold his tannery and bought a farm one mile west of Cambridge to which he moved and where he spent the remainder of his life.  He died in October, 1890, and his wife still survives at the age of eighty-eight years.  Mr. Brown was a Republican of the old school, while his wife was a Democrat of the same old school.  He was not an office seeker and, though always interested in public affairs, never held public office.  He and his family were members of the United Presbyterian church, and he was a devout churchman and always in his place on the Sabbath day, and active in all church work.  In the father's family were five sons, one of whom died in infancy.  Those living are: William C., of Columbus; Samuel M., a farmer, living on the home farm; J. Marshall, the subject of this sketch; Joseph E., of Columbus.
     J. Marshall Brown spent his childhood and youth on his father's farm and was educated in the public schools of Cambridge.  He was married on Sept. 30, 1885, to May Ferguson, daughter of Hiram C. and Amanda (Baldridge) Ferguson, a prominent family of Cambridge Township.  Both Mr. and Mrs. Ferguson are deceased.
     To this union have been born three children: Margaret T., at home; Homer, deceased, and Amanda, deceased.  Until the spring of 1901 Mr. Brown was engaged in farming one and one-half miles west of Cambridge and was engaged in general farming, stock raising, etc., in which he was very successful.  He handled all kinds of stock, and was an extensive operator, as were his father and brother.
     In 1901 he sold his farm and became a resident of Cambridge, and has been engaged in the buggy, wagon and farm machinery business.  He also deals in real estate, both farm and city property, and is a business man of wide experience and successful operation.  In 1904, he, with M. W. Hutchison, added the Brown & Hutchison addition to the city of Cambridge on the north  side, now the best residence section of the city.  He has been a large and successful operator in the real estate business and has been in the forefront of Cambridge's advancement and growth.
     Mr. Brown is a Republican in politics and has always been an active party worker.  He has served as a member of both the county and central executive committees, also served as city councilman at large for six years, and in 1910 was nominated by the Republicans of Guernsey county for member of the county infirmary board, and elected to this office.  He is always active in every movement calculated to benefit and build up the county and city.  He is a member of the Cambridge lodge of Elks.  He and his family are members of the Second United Presbyterian church of Cambridge, and he was a member of the building committee when the new church was built a few years ago.  The Brown home, at No. 1021 Beatty avenue, is in a desirable residence section of the city.  Mrs. Brown is a woman devoted to her home and family, and she and her daughter, Margaret, are prominent in the social life of the city.
Source: History of Guernsey County, Ohio by Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet - Illustrated - Vols. I & 2.  - B. F. Bowden & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana - 1911 - Page 550
  TURNER G. BROWN.  Although Turner G. Brown has long since taken up his abode "i the windowless palaces of rest," his influence still pervades the lives of those with whom he came into contact, for he was a man whom to know was to admire and respect, and he will not be forgotten by those who had occasion to journey with him on life's royal road.  He grew up in this county from the pioneer days to its subsequent development and he played well his part in the same.  He was born in October, 1838, in Londonderry township, Guernsey county, Ohio, and his death occurred on June 291, 1905, in Cambridge, in the sixty-seventh year of his age.  He was the son of Judge Turner G. and Prudence (Colvin) Brown.  His paternal grandfather was the founder of Brownsville, Pennsylvania, from which place the family came to Guernsey county, Ohio, in 1817, and, as intimated above, became prominent and influential in the affairs of the early pioneers.  The father, Judge Turner G. Brown, was an extensive and owner and a judge of the circuit court for many years.  He was a man of superior intellectual attainments, naturally broad-minded, and his judgment and advice were often sought in various perplexing problems that confronted the pioneers and he very frequently assisted in adjusting all kinds of matters and solving their questions of difference.  In addition to his large land interests and his judicial duties, he was actively interested in numerous business enterprises of his time, and a natural promoter and organizer, and he was very successful in whatever he turned his attention to.
     Turner G. Brown, Jr., grew to maturity amid such activities and he participated in the work on the farm and in other varied interests of his father as he grew to young manhood.  He was educated in the public schools of his native vicinity, and for a time attended Athens College.  He continued to reside on the farm until his marriage, on January 5, 1871, to Rhoda M. Brown, daughter of Barnard D. and Maria (Denning) Brown; although of the same name, they were in no way related.  Bernard D. Brown came to Guernsey county in 1828 from Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, and he became one of the most active and widely known men here, for many years prominent in business circles.  He was extensively engaged in farming, milling and merchandising and was decidedly a man of affairs, high standing and popular with all classes.
     After his marriage, Mr. Brown became a resident of Cambridge.  He was engaged in various business enterprises, and at the same time maintained a fine farm about one mile north of Cambridge.  For several years he was superintendent of the Norris Coal Company's mines.  He was a Republican in politics and wielded a potent influence in local party affairs.  He was progressive in all that the term implies, in all phases of citizenship, and was highly respected and honored for his clean, upright life and genuine worth.  He believed in clean politics and that public officials should be selected with a view of purifying public office as well as ably representing the people.
     The Browns were of the Quaker faith and the subject adhered to the tenets of his fathers.  His wife, who still survives, is an earnest worker in the Methodist Episcopal church, a great charity worker and a woman who has a host of warm friends and has done a great deal of good in this vicinity.  For several years prior to his death, Mr. Brown was president of the Law and Order League, which stood for law enforcement, and probably more to his efforts than to those of anyone else has been established that high regard for law and order that now so prevails in Cambridge and Guernsey county as to make this locality a leader in the march of civilization.
Source: History of Guernsey County, Ohio by Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet - Illustrated - Vols. I & 2.  - B. F. Bowden & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana - 1911 - Page  889
  WILLIAM H. BROWN.  When an individual applies himself to his chosen vocation with the fidelity that has characterized the labors of William H. Brown, well known citizen of Fairview and Oxford township, Guernsey county, he is eminently deserving of the large success that he can today claim his own, for it seems to be a law of nature that success comes to the deserving.
     Mr. Brown was born Aug. 6, 1867, on a farm in Wills township, Guernsey county, Ohio, the son of James H. and Josephine (Wilkin) Brown.  Both parents were born in Guernsey county, and the mother is still living on their farm in Belmont county, Ohio, near Fairview and the Guernsey county line.  The Brown ancestry are of Scotch-Irish descent, the great grandfather, George Brown, coming to America in 1810 and entered land in Oxford township, Guernsey county.  His son, Joseph, the grandfather of the subject of this sketch, was then only eight years of age.  The Browns were farmers in those early pioneer days, when neighbors were few and the forests filled with all kinds of wild animals and game and the Indians were even yet disputing the title to the lands, and when heroic characters were necessary.  These pioneers possessed all the necessary characteristics of the early frontiersman. James H. Brown, the father of the subject of this sketch, after growing to young manhood on the farm, engaged in the mercantile business in Middleton six miles west of Fairview on the National pike and business in Middleton, six miles west of Fairview on the National pike, and at that time a busy commercial point.  During this time he was married and soon after the Civil war opened he enlisted in the army as a member of Company A, Ninety-seventh Ohio Volunteer Infantry, serving through the war in the Army of the Cumberland, his regiment participating in most of the battles of that army.  Twice he was wounded and his wife obtained permission from the government to go to the army hospital and nurse her husband, and where she remained for some time doing general hospital work.
     After returning from the army Mr. Brown returned to Oxford township and engaged in farming, where he remained until 1882, when he sold his farm in Oxford township and purchased his present farm in Belmont county, adjoining Fairview, and where he died Oct. 30, 1910, an honored and respected citizen.  He and his wife have two sons and three daughters as follows:  Hattie; William H., the subject of this sketch; Kearney B., who has served in the regular army and seen service in the Philippines, and who is now located in St. Louis, Missouri; Mary M., now Mrs. F. A. Kupfer, of Scio, Ohio; and Myrta I., an elocution teacher in the Statesville Female College at Statesville, North Carolina.
     William H. Brown spent his childhood and youth on the home farm, assisting in the general farm work and attended the country schools.  He later attended Ohio University at Athens.  Leaving college, he read law in the office of Hon. Charles Townsend, an eminent attorney of Athens, and was admitted to the bar Mar. 4, 1894.  He began the practice, remaining for a time offices both in Fairview and Cambridge, but in 1900 he was appointed deputy probate judge of Guernsey county, and after two years in the probate office, returned to the practice, maintaining his office in Fairview.  He is a Republican in politics, as were all his ancestry, and an active participant in party affairs.  He has served and is now a member of the Republican county central committee and has served as a delegate to county, district and state conventions, and also as a member of the county election board.  Has been mayor of Fairview and justice of the peace of Oxford township, which office he is now filling.
     Mr. Brown was married Oct. 4, 1898, to Augusta Rodocker, daughter of Capt. M. D. and Mary (Plattenburg) Rodocker, of Fairview.  The Brown home is one of the most pretentious in the town of Fairview and is prominent in the social life of the community.
     Mr. and Mrs. Brown are members of the Methodist church and active in church and Sunday school work.  Mr. Brown is also a member of the Modern Woodmen of America and venerable consul of the Fairview camp.
     Mr. Brown may also be very properly termed a farmer, as in recent years he has conducted his father's home farm, and is engaged in general farming and stock raising, and in addition to his profession and official duties is a thoroughly competent and up-to-date farmer.
Source: History of Guernsey County, Ohio by Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet - Illustrated - Vols. I & 2.  - B. F. Bowden & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana - 1911 - Page  648
  DAVID S. BURT.   In placing the name of David S. Burt in the front rank of the business men of Guernsey county simple justice is done a biographical fact, universally recognized throughout this and adjoining counties by men at all familiar with his history.  A man of judgment, sound discretion and business ability of a high order, he has managed with tactful success important enterprises and so impressed his individuality upon the community as to gain recognition among its leading citizens and public spirited men of affairs.  He was born
northwest of Byesville, in this county, where the present golf grounds are located, in 1856, and he is the son of Eli and Nancy (Smith) Burt.  The Burt famih’ was a large and prominent one.  The first one of whom there is any record in Guernsey county was Luther Burt, who was a native of the isle of Jersey, prior or during the year 1810.  His children were John, David, Luther, William, Daniel, Polly, Nancy, Eliza and AsenathDaniel married Catherine Waller, probably from Virginia.  After their marriage Daniel and wife lived a short distance northwest of Byesville.  He was a farmer all his life and owned probably three hundred acres of land.  In his family were three sons and six daughters, one of the latter dying in infancy: the former were John, Eli and WilliamEli married Nancy Smith, daughter of Peter and Catherine (Ridingheur) Smith.  She was born and reared near Washington, Ohio.  Her parents came from Washington county, Pennsylvania, but her mother was reared in Westmoreland county, that state.  Nine months after their marriage Eli Burt and wife went to live on his farm northwest of Byesville.  He first bought seventy-five acres, and paid for it by dint of hard work.  Later he added more from time to time until he had six hundred acres and he became very prosperous.  They also owned property in Byesville and in Cambridge.  Their family consisted of eight children, namely: John Perry died in the army when twenty years of age; Sarah Catherine died when twenty years old; Nancy Lizzy died when thirteen years of age; Roland died when nearly eight years of age; those living are Jennie, who married William Nicholson; William Burt lives in Cambridge; David lives in Byesville; Rhoda Ann is the wife of J. A. Hoopman, whose sketch appears in this work.
     David S. Burt, of this review, lived on the farm northwest of Byesville until he was twenty-two years old.  When a young man he went to Cambridge and took up the study of dentistry with Doctors Jefferson and Cooper; after remaining with them eight months he returned to the farm near Byesville and moved to Byesville when only six houses were in the town.  It was in 1880 that he came here and this has been his home ever since, having lived here at a longer continuous period than any other person.  After moving to near Byesville he ran a blacksmith shop for about a year, from 1877 to 1878.  On Jan. 1, 1879, h married Lucinda A. Hoopman, daughter of Elijah Hoopman and sister of J. A. Hoopman.  After their marriage they lived on the farm one year, then, in 1880, moved into Byesville, where he has lived ever since.  He lived on the farm the year he ran the blacksmith shop.  In the latter part of 1880 he began in the livery business in Byesville, having started the first livery barn here.  After conducting the same for one year he sold out to Lennie Fetters, then ran a saw-mill one year near Byesville.  He maintained his residence in Byesville, although he built a sales barn in Baltimore, Maryland.  Later he opened a similar sales stable in Cleveland, Ohio, then took charge of the Cleveland mail service and had thirteen wagons, running from the postoffice to trains and boats.  After two years he resigned this position to become postmaster at Byesville, the duties of which he discharged in a very faithful manner for a period of nine years.  In 1904 he built the Burt block, the largest block in Byesville, which is assessed for taxation for over twenty-three thousand dollars.  He is also interested in several coal mines, oning all the coal and one-fourth interest in the equipment of the Cambridge Valley coal mine.  He built the glass plant in Cambridge in 1903.  In 1902 he built the brick and tile plant in the northwestern part of Byesville.  He also built the big brick school house on Sixth street.  He limit the rolling mill at Cambridge, also the pottery plant at Cambridge and the rolling mill at Marietta, also a glass plant at Pleasant City.  He built so many houses in Byesville that he has earned the sobriquet of  “The Father of Byesville.”  He is also an extensive contractor on public works, contracting and building roads.  He and his sons maintain a large mule barn at Byesville and one at Zanesville.  They buy and sell annually hundreds of horses, mules and ponies, the two latter classes of stock for the coal mines, and this firm supplies a large per cent, of mules and ponies used in the mines of southeastern Ohio, selling probably in all one hundred and fifty thousand dollars worth annually, many sales being made over the telephone, the purchasers not seeing the stock until delivered, probably one-half being sold in this manner.  Mr. Burt enjoys a unique reputation in this respect.  His reputation for honest dealing and his known superior judgment of livestock is such that those desiring to purchase are willing to order by telephone or mail, knowing that they will not be taken advantage of, and no dissatisfaction has ever arisen.  He is a very potent factor in the business and iiolitical life of Guernsey county; although an unassuming man and always very busy, yet he takes an abiding interest in public matters.  Being the owner of the plant of the Guernsey Times, at Cambridge, he uses the same to encourage clean politics and the general good of this community.
     Mr. and Mrs. Burt have four sons and two daughters, namely: Walter is in charge of the barn at Zanesville; Bertha married Charles Shryer and lives in Byesville; Roy married Daisy Borton, who has charge of the mule barn at Byesville; Charles L. is at home and assists his father in his business; William married Grace Rose, daughter of Doctor Rowles, of Cambridge; he is an electrician and lives at Byesville; Beulah, the youngest daughter, is living at home with her parents.
     Fraternally, Mr. Burt belongs to the blue lodge, chapter and commandery, being prominent in Masonic circles.
Source: History of Guernsey County, Ohio by Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet - Illustrated - Vols. I & 2.  - B. F. Bowden & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana - 1911 - Page 728
  JOHN M. BURT.    Coal mining bears a large part in the history of Guernsey county, and the present review is concerned with one of the ablest of the young men in mining circles, who has made his way from the bottom to the superintendency of a mine, and has in so doing overcome many difficulties and in many ways showed his worth.
     John M. Burt was born at Lonaconing, Allegany county, Maryland, on Jan. 2, 1880, the son of John and Sarah (Morris) BurtJohn Burt was born in Landwickshire, Scotland, in 1850, the son of Peter and Jeanie (Malcom ) BurtPeter Burt came to America in 1869, and engaged in Maryland in mining, which had been his occupation all his life.  For generations back, as far as can be traced, the family have been miners.  John Burt went to work in the mines when only ten years old, and when John M. was twelve he went into the mines to help his father.  On Apr. 16, 1903, the family moved to Gloucester, Ohio, here they lived until June 25, 1896, when they removed to Pleasant City, Guernsey county, where they now reside.  John Burt some years ago quit mining, ran a restaurant five years, then went into the grocery business, which he still continues, and in which he has been successful.  He owns several pieces of property in Pleasant City.
     John M. Burt continued mining at Pleasant City.  At the age of sixteen he started driving mules in the mines, then went back to loading for a time, after which he returned to mule driving.  At Walhonding mine he rode a dilly trip for about two years, then ran a motor for twenty months, again rode the dilly trip for six months, then was made inside boss and boss driver at the old Walhonding mine, and remained in that capacity for two years.  In May, 1908, the superintendent of the Walhonding mine was taken to Trail Run mine No. 2, and John M. Burt was put in as superintendent to finish working out the mine, and when that mine was worked out, was sent to the Opperman mine, on Aug. 11, 1908, as under boss. Only five days later the superintendent left, and Mr. Burt was put in as superintendent, left suddenly to take charge, with no boss driver or any one with any authority as assistant, but in a short time had things going smoothly.  When he came the force was putting out only four hundred fifty tons per day, but before long he had them getting out six hundred tons.  For nearly six months he did without a boss driver, taking most of the detail work himself, and having to meet with many unusual difficulties that would have caused serious concern to an old hand in the position.  Since his installation he has continued as superintendent successfully, working nearly two hundred men under his direction.
     On July 25, 1899, Mr. Burt was married to Lacy Odessa Larrick, the daughter of Jesse and Mary Viola Larrick.  The Larrick family is a pioneer family of Guernsey and Noble counties. To this marriage was born one son, John Burt, on Feb. 13, 1902.
     Mr. Burt is a member of the Odd Fellows and of the Knights of Pythias at Pleasant City.  He owes his success to these facts:  In any position he has held he has done his best for his employer's interest; he has always been willing to assume responsibility when necessary for the interest of the company; and he is not a mere driver, but is reasonable and receives the loyal co-operation of his men.
Source: History of Guernsey County, Ohio by Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet - Illustrated - Vols. I & 2.  - B. F. Bowden & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana - 1911 - Page 762





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