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History of Guernsey County, Ohio
by Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet
- Illustrated -
Vols. I & 2.
B. F. Bowden & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana -



William H. Davis

Source: History of Guernsey County, Ohio by Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet - Illustrated - Vols. I & 2. - Publ: B. F. Bowden & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana - 1911 - Page 688

Wilbur D. Deselm

Source: History of Guernsey County, Ohio by Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet - Illustrated - Vols. I & 2. - Publ: B. F. Bowden & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana - 1911 - Page 736

  EPHRAIM M. DILLEY.  A well known and successful contractor of Cambridge and one of Guernsey county's public spirited and enterprising citizens of Ephraim M. Dilley, whose past record has been such as to commend him to the masses and render him popular with all classes.  Mr. Dilley was born Aug. 16, 1859, in Senecaville, this county, of an excellent old family, being the son of Burkley and Jemima (Shaw) Dilley.  The father was born in Sussex county, New Jersey and the mother in Frederickstown, Maryland.  Both came to Guernsey county, Ohio, in their youth and here they were married.  The father was a brick contractor and a practical brick layer, and his services were in great demand.  He was a man of excellent character and intelligence and was well liked by all who knew him.  His death occurred in Senecaville in February, 1894, and his widow died in March, 1908; they are buried in the cemetery in Senecaville.
     Ephraim M. Dilley was educated in the public schools of Senecaville, and he learned the bricklayer's trade under his father when a young man.  He became proficient in this line and worked in Canton, Ohio, and other cities for several years, and in 1898 he came to Cambridge and engaged in the brick and stone contracting business and has prospered.  He has maintained a reputation for honest, high class work, promptly done and has been kept very busy all the hwile.  He is a splendid workman and a successful business man.
     On Jan. 17, 1899, Mr. Dilley was married to Mrs. Clara Dugan, daughter of William and Isabelle Kanouff, of Guernsey county, Ohio.  To this union one son has been born, William Eldridge Dilley.
     Mr. Dilley
has always been a Republican in politics and has been active in party affairs.  He has frequently served as a member of the county committee and as a delegate to the county, district and state conventions.  During the years 1907-8-9, he served very faithfully and acceptable as a state district inspector of buildings and factories in Ohio, under Chief Inspector Morgan. 
     Mr. Dilley is a member of Senecaville Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Modern Woodmen of America, and the Bricklayers' Union.  He is a member of the Presbyterian church, while Mrs. Dilley is a Methodist Protestant.
Source: History of Guernsey County, Ohio by Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet - Illustrated - Vols. I & 2. - Publ.: B. F. Bowden & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana - 1911 - Page 877
  JAMES L. DILLEY.  Among the native born residents of the vicinity of Senecaville, Richland township, Guernsey county, who have reached a well merited success there must be included the name of James L. Dilley, for, having applied himself in a most assiduous manner to whatever he undertook, he has been largely rewarded.  No man is better known in this section of the county than he, and his career has a double interest when it is learned that he is one of the honored veterans of the great civil conflict of nearly a half century ago, having gone forth, like the patriotic Spartan of old, to do or die for his country on many a sanguinary field of combat.
     James L. Dilley was born Mar. 24, 1841, in Cambridge, Ohio, the son of Valentine J. and Amanda W. (Hutchinson) Dilley.  The father was born in Richland township, and the grandfather, Joseph Dilley, came to Guernsey county from New Jersey with the early pioneers.  Both grandfather and father were farmers.  The father was also a shoemaker and conducted a shop at Cambridge for a number of years and in 1845 moved to Senecaville, where he conducted a shop for some years, but later engaged in farming in different parts of the county and eventually returned to Senecaville, where he died in June, 1886, and his widow on Apr. 8, 1906.  He was a Republican in politics and active in pubic affairs, but not an office seeker, though he served as a member of the first town council of Senecaville and also as assessor of Richland township.  He was a man of sterling character and integrity.  The parents had a family of twelve children: James L., the subject of this sketch; Richard H., of Cambridge; Susan, deceased; Caroline E., now Mrs. John W. James, of Maxburg, Washington county, Ohio; Minerva U., now Mrs. Richard Lowry, of Senecaville; Harriet, deceased; Amanda, now Mrs. James Nelson, of Senecaville; William, deceased; Ephraim, deceased; Sarah Frances, deceased.
     James L. Dilley, who was the third in order of birth, grew up in Senecaville and obtained his education in the public schools.  In 1858 the family moved to Cumberland, Guernsey county, and from there to Maxburg, Washington county.  There, on Oct. 26, 1861, he enlisted in Company G, Sixty-second Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry, for three years' service in the Army of the Potomac, during the Civil war.  He served three years and on Jan. 1, 1864, he re-enlisted in the same company and regiment for another three years, or during the war.  He served until the close of the war, and was mustered out on July 15, 1865, serving almost continuously for four years.  His regiment was mostly with the Army of the Potomac and he participated in twenty-six battles, the Sixty-second Regiment being always on duty and on the firing line.  On Apr. 6, 1865, just three days before General Lee's surrender.  Mr. Dilley was wounded in the right thigh in the battle of High Bridge, Virginia, having passed through without any serious injury up to that time.  His limb was amputated and was so injured that an artificial limb was impossible.  He had a splendid record.
     After the close of the war Mr. Dilley returned home.  His parents were living in Maxburg, Washington county, Ohio, where he engaged in the mercantile business with his brother, Richard H. Dilley.  He was in business there for about fur years.  He was married Sept. 4, 1858, to Clara A. Miller, daughter of Samuel and Charlotte N. (Goodwell) Miller, of Maxburg, Ohio.  To this union were born the following children:  Sarah Francis, deceased; Joseph, deceased; William, of Caldwell, Ohio, and Lillie, deceased; Samuel, of Senecaville; Inez, deceased; James A., of Senecaville; Helen, deceased; Mildred, at home.
     After their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Dilley lived in Maxburg for about one year, when they removed to Duncan's Falls, Muskingum county, where he was engaged in the jewelry business for nine years.  In 1880 he moved to Senecaville and engaged in the jewelry business until 1908, when he retired from active business.
     Mr. Dilley is a Republican in politics and always has been an active party man.  He has served as assessor of Aurelias township, in Washington county, for two years.  He has served as a member of the town council of Senecaville for twenty years, and is now president of the same.  He has served as a member of the Republican county central committee for years and has been a delegate to county, district and state conventions.  He is now a member of the Guernsey county soldiers' relief board.  He is a member of the Buchanan Post No. 541, Grand Army of the Republic, and has been commander of the post and is now adjutant.  He has been a delegate to the state encampment and is active in all work of the Grand Army of the Republic.  His wife is a member of the Presbyterian church and Mr. Dilley is an adherent of that church and a liberal supporter of the church.  He is also a member of the Senecaville board of education, is a man of high standing and a splendid citizen in every respect.
Source: History of Guernsey County, Ohio by Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet - Illustrated - Vols. I & 2. - Publ.: B. F. Bowden & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana - 1911 - Page  834
  JOSEPH BENSON DOLLISON.  One of Cambridge's successful business men and public spirited citizens is Joseph Benson Dollison, who, by his life of consecutive and consistent endeavor, has won and retained the utmost confidence and the undivided esteem of all classes and both as a business and public official his reputation has been that of a fair-minded, energetic and conscientious man of affairs.
     Mr. Dollison was born on March 9, 1860, in Richland township, Guernsey county, Ohio, on a farm near Senecaville.  He is the son of Harvey C. and Johanna C. (Lindsay) Dollison.  The father was a native of this county, while the mother was born in Virginia.  The Dollison family originally came from Maryland in the early pioneer days; the Lindsay family also came from Virginia, when Mrs. Dollison was but a child.  Mr. Dollison was a farmer and for many years a justice of the peace in both Richland and Spencer townships, where he lived.  He was the legal advisor for the entire neighborhood, drawing up deeds and legal papers of all kinds, being an oracle among the people.  He was always active in the affairs of the Republican party and a valued advisor in political matters.  He and his wife and family were members of the Methodist Episcopal church, and he was a devout churchman.  The death of the elder Dollison occurred in February, 1887, his widow surviving him nearly a quarter of a century, having passed to her rest in March, 1910.  She was a most estimable woman, and they are both buried in the cemetery at Senecaville.  Nine children were born to them, six of whom are living, namely: Lucinda married James F. Culver, of Cumberland, Guernsey county; Minerva J. married William Jeffrey, of Claysville; the last two named are widows; Benjamin F., of Zanesville, Ohio; Dorothy A., now Mrs. Harvey Dennis, of Cambridge; John T., deceased; Joseph B., of this review; Mary F. became Mrs. Marion Nelson, deceased; Justin L., of Cambridge; William A. and Robert Madison twins, the latter being deceased and the former lives in Denver, Colorado.
     Joseph B. Dollison grew to maturity on his father's farm, which he worked when but a small boy, and he attended the public schools during the winter time.  He later took the teacher's course at the Valparaiso (Indiana) Normal School, after which he taught in the district schools of Spencer township for five years.  He then went in to the general merchandise business in Claysville, in which he continued successfully for five years.  As a teacher he was progressive and popular and had he continued in that line of endeavor he would have no doubt become one of the leading educators in this part of the state.  In 1895 he left Claysville and moved to a farm in Adams township and engaged in the implement and vehicle business in Cambridge and had a good trade from the first.  He always took a great deal of interest in the affairs of the Republican party, and, recognizing his worth and appreciating his efforts in this connection, his party, i the fall of 1898, elected him sheriff of Guernsey county, and he took office on January 1, 1899, when he moved to Cambridge.  He made such a creditable record the first term that he was re-elected for a second, thus serving four year in a manner that won the hearty approval of all concerned, being an efficient and popular officer.  He has never lost an opportunity to foster the principles of the Republican party.  While living in Westland township he served as a member of the township board and the board of education and was township clerk for several terms.  After coming to Cambridge he served as chairman of the Republican county executive committee for two years and was regarded as a very successful manager and one of the principal local leaders.  He is a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Lodge No. 448, of Cambridge.
      Mr. Dollison was married in 1882 to Mary Steele, an orphan girl whose father was killed in battle during the Civil war.  To this union nine children have been born, all of whom are living, namely:  Cretie; Chloe, now Mrs. Paul Ralstone, of Cambridge; Gertrude, now Mrs. Charles C. McCracken, of Akron; Ralph H., who is in the office of the American Sheet and Steel Company at Cambridge; Emma, Virginia, Mildred, Helen and Bernadine.
After leaving the sheriff's office in 1903, Mr. Dollison again engaged in the implement and vehicle business, which he has continued with his usual success to the present time.  He carries a very carefully selected stock and enjoys a large and rapidly growing trade.  He is an agreeable companion and a good mixer and is popular with all classes.  HE and his family are members of the Methodist Episcopal church and are active in church and Sunday school work.  The family home, which is a pleasant one, is located at No. 1149 East Gomber street.  It is a fine, modern residence, elegant in all its appointments and neatly kept, and Mr. and Mrs. Dollison are devoted to their home and family and find great enjoyment and diversion in the family circle, maintaining a model home.
Source: History of Guernsey County, Ohio by Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet - Illustrated - Vols. I & 2. - Publ.: B. F. Bowden & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana - 1911 - Page  629





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