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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 -


  SAMUEL A. FINLEY.   The Finley family is one well known in the neighborhood of Pleasant City, where its members have for four generations resided and taken an active part in the welfare and development of the community.  Samuel Arthur Finley, a representative farmer of Guernsey county, was born near Ava, Noble county, Ohio, on July 12, 1853, the son of John F. and Mary Ann (Secrest) Finley.  John F. Finley was born in the northern part of Noble county, three miles south of Pleasant City, the son of Samuel and Katherine (Frame) Finley.
     Samuel Finley was born in Pennsylvania in 1800, and Katherine Frame was born in the same neighborhood not far from Pittsburg.  Both attended the same school in childhood.  When he was about eleven years old and she was nine, the Frame family moved to Guernsey county, Ohio, and settled not far from the head of Leatherwood creek.  Samuel's playmates said to him, "Well, Sammy, you'll never see your Katie any more," to which he replied in the piping voice of a little boy, "When I get big I'll go out west and hunter her up and marry her."  When Samuel was eighteen years old he did come west, equipped with an outfit to keep "bach," consisting of two frying pans.  Game was then abundant, and he saw one evening a bear in the woods near the present location of the Detroit mines.  He entered one hundred and sixty acres of land, naturally as good as any in the county, then found his Katie, whose memory had never left him, and they were united in marriage.  To get money to buy his marriage license he had to sell oen of his two frying pans.  But the youthful couple persevered, and improved the farm, on which they made their home until 1857, when they bought a farm near Cumberland, on which they spent the rest of their days, and this farm is still in the family possession.  They were the parents of twelve children:  Ebenezer, Elizabeth, James (who died in 1834, aged seven), John F. Katharine, Becky, William, Joseph, Samuel, Sarah, Ezra and Mary Melvina.  Their son Samuel was bitten by a dog in childhood, and never recovered from the shock.
     JOHN F. FINLEY married Mary Ann Secrest about 1848.  She was the daughter of Isaac and Mary (Slater) Secrest, and her maternal grandfather was John Slater, an old deer hunter of what is now Buffalo township, Noble county, whose wife was the first person buried in Buffalo cemetery.  Isaac Secrest was born in Virginia in 1798, came to Ohio at an early day, and settled in Buffalo township of Noble county.  He and his three brothers, James, Nathan and Jacob, were all large landowners.  After marriage John F. Finley lived near Ava for a while and owned a large farm there, part of which was his before his marriage.  When his parents moved to the vicinity of Cumberland he bought the old farm that his father had entered, lived on it for eight years, then sold it and bought a farm where the Derwent mine is now, which he later sold, and, moving to Cambridge, lived in retirement until his death. His wife died on May 30, 1903. He was a man much respected and esteemed by those who knew him.
     Samuel A. Finley was one of eight children: Isaac Wilson, Samuel A., Mary Catherine, Foamie R. (deceased), Lines E., Minnie M., Willie G. and CoraSamuel lived with his parents until he was about twenty-four.  On Oct. 12, 1876, he was married to Arthella Secrest, the daughter of David and Sarah J. (Miller) SecrestDavid was a son of John and Sallie Secrest, who came from Virginia. ( For more about the Secrest family see sketches of William Secrest and Noah E. Secrest, Sr., of Hartford.) Arthella Secrest was a twin and one of thirteen children, and was born and reared near Hartford, Valley township.  Since his marriage, Samuel A. Finley has followed farming as his chief occupation all of his life.  He has several tracts of land in Valley township, and residence property in Pleasant City.  For four years after marriage he lived on a farm near Derwent, then lived at Hartford for twelve years.  In 1891 he moved to Pleasant City, where he has lived ever since.  Of his three children, one died in infancy and two, Zula Esther and Sonora Edna, are living.  Zula Esther married Robert M. Shields, who was born in Jackson county, Ohio, in 1877, son of John W. and Jane (Russell) Shields. They are living in Pleasant City, and have one daughter, Hilda Bodurtha.
     Mrs. Finley died on Jan. 7, 1908.  She was a woman who well deserved the esteem of her neighbors and many friends and the love of those in her house.  She always looked carefully to the needs of her family and was a model wife aiid mother and a consistent Christian, being a member of the Lutheran church, of which her husband, her daughters and her son-in-law are members.  Hers was truly a beautiful character.  Mr. Finley is a modest man, kind and generous to all, of unquestioned honesty and integrity, who deserves and retains by his true worth the respect and good will of all who know him.
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 777
  JOHN BENSON FISHEL.  Among the representative and progressive farmers of Valley township is John Benson Fishel, who was born in the township on Jan. 2, 1861, the son of Henry and Hannah (Storer) Fishel, and who has since made the township his home and has aided in its great development since his boyhood days.
     Henry Fishel was born just west of Pleasant City on Jan. 27, 1825, the son of Philip Fishel, Sr., and Katherine (Trenner) Fishel, who came to this county from West Virginia in 1819, and bought one hundred and sixty acres just west of the present site of Pleasant City.  Philip Fishel, Sr. who was influential in early times, died in 1842.  Henry Fishel spent his life on the home farm.  His wife, Hannah Storer, was born at Horseshoe Bottom, Pennsylvania, on Sept. 30, 1822, and was brought by her parents to this county when five years old.  She bore to Henry Fishel six children, three of whom died in childhood.  There living are Mrs. Rachel Caroline Secrest, the wife of James Hudson Secrest, of Pleasant City,  who was born on Mar. 22, 1859; John B.; and Asbury P., born on Apr. 1, 1863, who married Mary C. Frye, and lives at Ashtabula, Ohio.  Henry Fishel and his wife were members of the Bethel Methodist church, in which he was a trustee and class leader.  He died on Apr. 3, 1906, closing a long and useful life; his wife had died on Aug. 13, 1895.
     John B. Fishel grew up on the home farm, attended normal school at Cambridge, and afterwards taught school from 1882 to 1895.  During this period he taught at Claysville, Pleasant City, and other schools in Guernsey county.  He was married on June 7, 1888, to Anna M. Bugher, the daughter of George and Joanna (Wilson) Bugher.  George Bugher was born in the southwest part of Valley township, the son of George Bugher, Sr., who came to this county from Maryland in the early days when the country was unsettled.  Joanna Wilson was born in Guernsey county, near the line between Jackson and Westland townships.  George Bugher, Jr., moved after his marriage to a farm of one hundred and seventy acres, west of Blue bell, where he lived until his death, combining the stone and brick mason's trades with farming.  In politics he was an ardent Republican and, being a man of strong character, was possessed of considerable influence in many ways in his community.  He died on his farm on Apr. 13, 1899; his wife died on Apr. 18, 1900.
     To Mr. and Mrs. John B. Fishel five children have been born: Beryl, on Apr. 3, 1889; Waite P., on Dec. 9, 1890; one who died in infancy, born in 1894; Gail B., born on Mar. 3, 1901; and Arden Petty, born on July 16, 1904.  Beryl has taught school for three terms, Waite for two, and both are successful in their work.  In the spring of 1895 Mr. Fishel came into possession of eighty acres of the home farm, and in 1905 he bought the other eighty from his father, who afterward lived with his son until his death.  Mr. Fishel has since followed farming on this home farm, and has a pleasant home in the Fairview addition to Pleasant City, while his farming operations have prospered, and have gained for him a competency.  Both Mr. and Mrs. Fishel are active members of Bethel Methodist church, and he has for several years been superintendent of the Sunday school.  They are highly respected in their neighborhood.  Mrs. Fishel is a woman of more than ordinary ability and accomplishments and has greatly aided her husband in their progress through life, while she has been a model mother to her children, and has borne her full share in all the activities of her community.  She also taught school several years before her marriage.
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 774
  ROBERT STEELE FORBES, M. D.  There is much in the life record of the late Dr. Robert Steele Forbes worthy of commendation and admiration.  Like many other brainy, energetic citizens of Guernsey county, he did not wait for a specially brilliant opening.  Indeed, he could not wait, for his natural industry would not permit him to do so.  In his early youth he gave evidence of the possession of traits of character which made his life exceptionally successful and he became one of the county's foremost and successful citizens, especially at Byesville, his late home.
     Robert S. Forbes was born on Oct. 9, 1833, near Middleton, Guernsey county, Ohio, and he was summoned to close his earthly career on July 2, 1898, at the age of sixty-eight years, six months and seven days.  He was the son of Boyd and Martha Forbes, the father having been a native of Ireland, from which country he emigrated to America in an early day.  Doctor Forbes spent his boyhood on a farm and when seventeen years of age began teaching school, having received a good education in the schools of his native community, being an ardent student from the start.  But being inclined to the medical profession, he gave up teaching and began the study of medicine with Doctor George, of Middleton, after which he attended medical college at Columbus, Ohio.  Before completing his course there he came to Byesville and took up the practice of his profession, which he continued for several years, then returned to Columbus and was graduated from the institution there with honors.  He then resumed his practice at Byesville, but not long afterwards went to Kingston, Ross county, where he remained in the practice of his profession for a period of six years.  He was also part owner of a drug store there and was very successful; but he moved back to his old home at Byesville.
     On Apr. 1, 1863, Doctor Forbes was married to Malinda Wilson, sister of H. H. Wilson, to whose sketch, appearing on another page of this work, the reader is respectfully referred for the family history of Mrs. Forbes.  She was born about a mile from Byesville, where she was reared and educated, remaining there until her marriage, then went to housekeeping in the house where she now resides.  She is a woman of many estimable traits, hospital, generous and, like her lamented husband, has a host of warm personal friends.
     Doctor Forbes was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church and he belonged to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.  He was a patriotic man, and during the great struggle between North and South in the early sixties he followed the flag of the National Union, becoming first lieutenant in Company E, under Captain Ferguson, of Cambridge.  While in the service he was stricken with paralysis and he never fully recovered the full use of his right arm, but he grew worse later in life.  Politically, he was a Democrat and was outspoken in support of his party's principles, even in the army, where those who differed from him were in the great majority and to speak too freely was sometimes dangerous.  He was a man who was fond of home, and he was seldom away except when out professionally.  He enjoyed a large practice both at Byesville and his entire vicinity, and he kept abreast of the times in all matters pertaining to his profession.  While at other places.  In fact, his work was so strenuous there that he was not physically able to bear it all, so he gave it up and came back to his old home community.  During the last seven years of his life he was unable to practice with a high sense of honor and was popular wherever he was known.  Since his death Mrs. Forbes has continued to reside on the old homestead.
Source: History of Guernsey County, Ohio by Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet - Illustrated - Vol. I. B. F. Bowden & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana - 1911
  THOMAS W. FOWLER The life of the well known locomotive engineer and city councilman of Cambridge, Guernsey county, whose name introduces this biographical review, has been a somewhat strenuous but successful one, fraught with more or less hazard, but his duties have been bravely met in all walks of life and he is eminently deserving of the wide esteem in which he is held and of the comforts of material life which are his by right of legitimate conquest.
     Mr. Fowler was born in Muskingum county, Ohio, June 28, 1865, and he is the son of Francis Marion and Sarah A. (Shafer) Fowler a well liked and industrious family.  When he was four years old his parents moved to Licking county and there he grew to manhood on a farm, on which he worked when a boy and attended the public schools during the winter months.  He always had an inclination for railroading and in 1885, when nineteen years of age, being a robust constitution, he found employment as fireman on the Baltimore & Ohio railroad and he has continued in the employ of this road ever since, being regarded as one of their most faithful trusted employes.  There has been but one month during the past twenty-five years that he has not drawn pay from this company, a somewhat remarkable record.  After firing for four years, he was promoted to the other side of the cab, when twenty-three years old, and he has been an engineer ever since and is one of the best on the road
     Mr. Fowler made his home at Newark, Ohio, until January, 1900, when he moved to Cambridge, where he still resides.  He lived first on Steubenville avenue, but two yeas later he bought a very neat and well arranged home on North Fourth avenue where he has since resided.  He is an active Republican, and in the fall of 1907 he was elected to the city council of Cambridge, and performed his duties in such an able and satisfactory manner that in the fall of 1909 he was re-elected and is now serving his second term.
     Mr. Fowler was married first in 1889 to Cora B. Willard who was born and reared in Muskingum county, the daughter of John and Julia (Fletcher) Willard.  Three daughters were born of this marriage, Lena May, Alice Mary,  and Frances Julia.  The mother of these children passed to her rest in January, 1906.  She was a faithful member of the Methodist church and attended the same seven years without missing a meeting except once when in bed with the measles.  On Feb. 19, 1910, Mr. Fowler married Mrs. Viola Grier, whose maiden name was Galloway, a native of Quaker City, Guernsey county, and the daughter of Caleb and Emeline (Lowe) Galloway.
     Mr. Fowler has been a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers since 1890; he is also a member of the Knights of Pythias.  He is a frank, friendly man, reliable, steady and accommodating and a good citizen.
Source: History of Guernsey County, Ohio by Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet - Illustrated - Vol. I. B. F. Bowden & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana - 1911 - Page 951
  ROLAND S. FRAME.  A well known citizens of Washington, Wills township, Guernsey county, is Roland S. Frame, who was born Dec. 23, 1844, three miles east of the town of Washington.  He is the son of Thomas and Esther (St.  Clair) Frame.  The father was born in Guernsey county and the mother in Belmont county, near St. Clairsville, and she came to Guernsey county with her parents when a child.  Grandfather Moses Frame came to Guernsey county from Fayette county, Pennsylvania, with his parents, Thomas Frame and wife, about 1812 and settled in Wills township.  There came with him six brothers and their families, William Jacob, David, John, James, and Thomas, all settling in the same locality, and entered large tracts of land.  This family is of Irish descent.  George Frame escaped from the persecutors, during the famous persecution in Ireland, all members of his family being killed except himself and two children, and even he was left for dead after an attack on the people of his vicinity, but he recovered and escaped.  From him descended the present Frame family and their immediate predecessors.  Thomas Frame, father of the subject, was formerly a fruit grower and when the improved farming machinery first came to  used he began selling farming machinery, selling the first reapers and mowers brought into this locality.  He was a progressive and prosperous man and active in public life, but was not an office seeker, though he filled many appointed positions.  He was a Republican.  He was a man of clean, upright character, a devout Presbyterian for many years.  He death occurred in September, 1873, and his widow is also deceased, both being buried in the cemetery at Washington.  Their ancestors, many of them, were soldiers in the war of 1812 and other wars.  Seven children constituted the family of Thomas Frame and wife, namely: Roland S., of this review; Sebastian C., Tyrannus B., Alonzo P., Ottis D., Cornelius A., Mary N. (deceased).  Besides the subject, all died several years ago but Alonze P. and Ottis D.
     Roland S. Frame
spent his youth on the home farm and received his early education in the common schools, also attended select schools in Cambridge, and he began teaching school when only sixteen years of age, in the district schools, later at Senecaville, and was at one time superintendent of the schools at Washington for three years.  He was very successful as a teacher, but gave up this line of work to enter the mercantile life. which he has continued to the present time, having opened his first store in 1874.  He has became widely known as a hardware and implement dealer, also handles builders' supplies and other lines.  He has a large business.  He also had farming interests for many years, but has sold his lands and invested in Columbus and Chicago manufacturing concerns.
     Mr. Frame was married on Dec. 19, 1864, to Isabelle L. Lowry, daughter of Elijah and Mary (Richey) Lowry, of Wills township, an early pioneer family and prominent in business, church and social life.  To Mr. and Mrs. Frame the following children have been born: Clare L., a dentist of Chicago and organizer of the Frame Dental Supply Company; Minnie, now Mrs. Charles Thompson, of Wills township; Gertrude, deceased; Rolla St. Clair, a civil engineer with the Pennsylvania Railroad Company, located at Pittsburg; Mabel F., now Mrs. Dr. J. H. McCreary, of Byesville, Ohio.
     Politically Mr. Frame is a Republican, but independent in local affairs, is active in the party and has filled various positions of responsibility.  He was the first Republican clerk elected in Wills township, in 1876, serving in that capacity several years.  He was a member of the school board of Washington for about twenty years.  He was county school examiner for a period of nine years.  In 1879 he was elected as a representative from Guernsey county in the Ohio Legislature, on the Republican ticket, serving two terms in a most commendable manner.  He had a place on many important committees.  He has always been a temperance advocate and worker.  He and his family are members of the Presbyterian church, he being an elder in the same and is a Sunday school worker, and has been superintendent for more than twenty-five years.
Source: History of Guernsey County, Ohio by Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet - Illustrated - Vol. I. B. F. Bowden & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana - 1911 - Page 793
  JOHN W. FROST.  Industry and honesty, coupled with ambition and good common sense, seldom if every fail to win the goal sought.  With no great aide from any one, John W. Frost, of Fairview, Oxford township, Guernsey county, has won a comfortable competence and can look forward to an old age of ease and quiet.
     Mr. Frost was born on April 7, 1859, in Fairview, Ohio, the son of William H. and Mary (Flynn) Frost.  The father was a native of Virginia and the mother was born in Ireland, coming to America with friends from fourteen years of age, her parents having died in Ireland.  John W. Frost and Mary Flynn were married in Fairview, Ohio.  The father, who was a tanner by trade, died on Sept. 11, 1872, and his wife died Sep. 10, 1904.  They were the parents of two daughters and one son, the subject of this sketch, upon whom the support of the family devolved after their father's death.  He was then only a mere lad, but he undertook and continued to make a home for his mother, until her death.  One daughter, Martha E., died some years ago; another daughter, Catherine W., is now Mrs. James M. Carter, of Steubenville, Ohio.
     The son John W., gained a limited education in the public schools of Fairview, but most of his time was employed in making a living for the family.  He worked at whatever he could find to do in the stone quarries, in the mines, in the fields, in fact at whatever his hands could find to do, always maintaining his home with his mother in Fairview.  He had never learned a trade and the locality of Fairview being a great tobacco producing section, he decided to learn the trade of a cigarmaker. This he did and in 1890 established a business in Fairview, which he yet continues, making high-grade cigars and stogies, which are all taken by prominent jobbers.  He has built up a prosperous business and is also a tobacco grower and packer of considerable proportions.  Mr. Frost has prospered as he has deserved to do, for he is a man of industry, energy and sterling integrity.  While a very busy man with his own affairs, Mr. Frost is always a booster and ever ready to say something and do something for the good of the community.  It was in Mr. Frost's mind that a practical plan for building a railroad to Fairview and the rich coal fields of that locality took definite shape.  He studied in the field, when over different routs, had prints made showing coal deposits and the different routes, had lines run, and at last, with the assistance of a few others whom he had gotten enthused, succeeded in getting the matter to the attention of railroad promoters and builders.  This effort resulted in the organization of the Marietta & Lake Railroad Company, and the proposed road from the river to the lake, touching Fairview and lapping the adjacent rich coal field.  Four miles of the road is now completed and in operation from Lore City to Washington and further work on the right of way is progressing favorably.  When all this is completed it will stand as a monument to the perception, perseverance and never-tiring energy of John W. Frost, of Fairview.
     Mr. Frost is a Republican in politics and while not active in party affairs, is always a voter.  Though never an office seeker, he served as mayor of Fairview, as a member of the town council and the board of education.
     Mr. Frost married, on October 8, 1890, Lillian R. Jones, daughter of James E. and Mary E. (Stackhouse) Jones, Mr. Jones being an attorney of Monroe county, Ohio.  To Mr. and Mrs. Frost have been born five children, namely: Herman E., Mary E., Clyde W. McKinley, Beulah U. and John W., Jr.  Mr. Frost and his family are members of the Methodist Episcopal church and liberal supporters of the church and Sunday school.  Mr. Frost is a splendid citizen and the family home is a new, modern structure and one of the most attractive in Fairview.  A most excellent man and most estimable family.
Source: History of Guernsey County, Ohio by Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet - Illustrated - Vol. I. B. F. Bowden & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana - 1911





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