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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 T. Ramsey,
M. D.
  WILLIAM T. RAMSEY, M. D.  The name of Dr. William T. Ramsey has long since become a household word throughout Guernsey county, where he has practiced his profession for more than a quarter of a century, and he is regarded as one of the leading medical men of eastern Ohio, keeping abreast of the times in all matters pertaining to his calling and broad-minded and conscientious in the discharge of his professional duties.
     Doctor Ramsey was born Apr. 18, 1847, in Frederick, Maryland, and he is the son of James M. and Mary Eleanor Addison (Tyler) Ramsey.  His father was a lawyer by profession, and he filled the responsible position of chief clerk to the first comptroller of the treasury for several years, dying in the service at the early age of thirty-nine years.  He was a native Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and his wife was born in Frederick, Maryland.  Her death occurred about thirty years ago in Washington, D. C.
     Doctor Ramsey was educated at the academy at Frederick and while yet a mere lad he entered the commissary department of the Union army during the Civil war, and remained in the same until September, 1865, when he was transferred to the commissary-general's office in Washington and remained there until 1869.  Then he entered the commissary department of the army located at Washington, D. C., and while in this service studied medicine at Columbian College, in that city, having been graduated from this institution in 1871.  He resigned from the commissary department in 1873, leaving the service to begin the practice of medicine.  He was at Providence Hospital in Washington, D. C., until 1879.  In 1880 he received an appointment as surgeon with the Pacific Mail Steamship Company and remained in the same one year.   He came to Washington, Guernsey county, Ohio, in 1881 and began the practice of his profession there, and in April, 1883, he came to Cambridge and has been here ever since.  He has enjoyed a large practice from the fist and his reputation has far transcended the limits of Guernsey county.  He is kept very busy as a general practitioner and won an envied reputation in a community long noted for the high order of its medical talent.
     Dr. Ramsey was married on Jan. 2, 1884, to Martha Isabelle Lawrence, daughter of William A. and Mary (Moore) Lawrence.  Her father was a prominent citizen and served as county treasurer for four years.  At the time of his death, in December, 1879, he was cashier of the Guernsey National Bank.  His wife died in the following month, January, 1880.  To Dr. and Mrs. Ramsey two children have been born.  William L., deceased, and James M., now with the National Coal Company of Cambridge.
     Politically Doctor Ramsey is a Democrat, and he has always been active in public affairs and during two terms of President Cleveland's administration he was a member of the board of pension examiners.  In 1907 he was appointed health officer of Cambridge and is still serving very acceptably in that capacity.  He is a member of the state and county medical societies, and he was for some time president of the latter.  He is a member of the Masonic order and is a Knight Templar and a thirty-second-degree Mason.  He is a member of the Ohio Consistory at Cincinnati and he has filled most of the offices of the order.  He is active in lodge matters.  Doctor Ramsey, wife and son are members of the Episcopal church and active church workers, - in fact Mrs. Ramsey is an active worker in all church and charitable circles, and, like the Doctor, she is held in high favor in a wide circle of friends.
     The Doctor's sterling old grandfather, Samuel Ramsey, was reared on a farm, and one adjacent to that of President James Buchanan near Lancaster, Pennsylvania.  They attended school together and graduated from Dickinson College at Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in the same class, studied law together and were admitted to the bar at the same time.
Source: History of Guernsey County, Ohio by Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet - Illustrated - Vol. I. B. F. Bowden & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana - 1911 - Page 784

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 804

  LYNN S. REASONER.  From an old and prominent family is descended Lynn S. Reasoner, one of Cambridge's most representative men of affairs and one of the honored and public-spirited citizens of Guernsey county, having always striven to bear aloft the untarnished escutcheon of his influential and worthy progenitors.
     Mr. Reasoner was born on Apr. 24, 1851, in Adams township, Guernsey county, Ohio, the son of THOMAS H. and Nancy Ann (Lynn) Reasoner.  The Reasoners were French victims of religious persecution, escaping to Germany and from Germany to America, and fist settled in Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania.  Peter Reasoner was the father of Benjamin, Joseph, John, Peter, Spears and Nathan, six sons and the following daughters: Nancy, Sarah and Catherine.  John was the first of the Reasoner's that came to Guernsey county, in the year 1802, and found his location.  He returned to Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, and brought his family and located near what is now New Concord on the line dividing Muskingum and Guernsey counties.  His family landed in their new home July 4, 1803, and at a later date the father of John, Peter Reasoner, came to the same location from Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, with four of his brothers, his wife being dead and his family grown, but his four brothers all brought families; these brothers were John, Solomon, Benjamin and William.  These with their families all settled in the vicinity of what is now New Concord, and within the boundaries of what is now Muskingum and Guernsey counties.
      Catherine, the daughter of John Reasoner, who first came to Ohio, was the first white child born within the boundaries of what is now Guernsey county.  She married John Connor, and for many years lived in the vicinity of Claysville, living to the age of ninety-seven years.  John Reasoner's wife, the mother of Catherine, was the seventh woman living within the boundaries of Guernsey county at the time of the arrival of the family, and she lived to be ninety-six years of age.  Her husband, John Reasoner, died a number of years prior.  John Reasoner built on his farm the first horse mill, for grinding grain, the horse being the motive power and the grain came from the mill simply ground, without any separation of the meal and flour from the bran.  A man by the name of Arnold afterwards built a grist mill, of water power, on the same site of the old horse mill.
     The Reasoners, of which Lynn S. Reasoner is the direct descendant, represent six generations in Guernsey county, first Peter, the father of John, the father of Benjamin, the father of Thomas H., the father of Lynn S., the father of Jay A.   All have lived in what is now Adams township, of Guernsey county, except Jay A., who was born in Byesville, Jackson township, Guernsey county.
     Thomas H., the father of the subject of this sketch, the representative of the fourth generation, was a farmer, as were all his ancestry, and a man prominent in the affairs of Adams township.  His family consisted of seven children:  Anna, deceased; Lynn S., the subject of this sketch; Margaret, deceased; Benjamin, deceased; McFarland, deceased; Jennie, who is now Mrs. Elmer E. Lorimer, of Zanesville, Ohio.  The father died Sept. 16, 1864, in the hospital at Rome, Georgia, being a member of Company H, of the Seventy-eighth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, in the Civil war.  His widow died at the age of eighty years in April, 1904.  Mrs. Reasoner's ancestral line in Guernsey county is as follows:  Hugh Lynn, the father of Samuel, the father of Nancy, the mother of Lynn S. Reasoner, the father of Jay A.   Hugh Lynn came from Pennsylvania and located in Adams township, Guernsey county, Ohio, some years after the Reasoners came.  Hugh Lynn was a wealthy man in Pennsylvania and disposed of his property, receiving in payment Continental money.  He deposited the money in the bank and came to Ohio to seek a new location, found it and returned to Pennsylvania to get his money to pay for the new land.  The banker would only give him Continental money such as he had deposited and in the interim between the deposit and the demand for his money again Continental money had become not worth a continental, and he was transformed from a very wealthy man to a very poor one, and he never recovered the reverse in fortune.
     Lynn S. Reasoner, the subject of this sketch, was born on a farm and spent his childhood and youth after his father's death as a farm hand.  He obtained his education in the country district schools and for a few terms in the schools of New Concord.  He afterwards taught school for five years in Muskingum county, Ohio, and from school teaching he entered the mercantile business at Creighton in Knox township, Guernsey county.  He remained in Creighton two and one-half years, when he went to Wakatonika, Coshocton county, Ohio, for two years and a half, where he engaged in the mercantile business.  From there he came to Byesville, Guernsey county, in 1884, and engaged in the mercantile business there for seventeen years.  In 1901 he sold out this business in Byesville and came to Cambridge and engaged in the real estate business and has continued ever since.
     Mr. Reasoner was married Aug. 4, 1880, to Catherine M. Houseman, daughter of Johnson and Nancy (Gregory) HousemanMr. Houseman was a farmer of near New Concord, Muskingum county, Ohio.  The Housemans were prosperous farmers.  Both the parents of Mrs. Reasoner are now deceased.  To Mr. and Mrs. Reasoner were born two children, one son and one daughter, Jay A. and Ethel.  Both are graduates of the Cambridge high school and Jay A., who is also a graduate of the law department of the Ohio State University, has been admitted to the bar and is now practicing law in Coshocton, Ohio.  The daughter, Ethel, is a graduate from the Cambridge high school, taking both the classical and scientific courses, either of which requires four years for completion, and, combined, the two require six years for completion, but she completed the combined courses in four years and on graduation received two diplomas, a feat accomplished by no other girl student in the Cambridge schools up to this date.  She is now a member of the class of 1913 in the art college at the State University at Columbus.
     Mr. Reasoner is a member of the Masonic of the Masonic order, Cambridge Lodge, also a member of Red Prince Lodge No. 250, Knights of Pythias, at Byesville.  He is a Republican in politics, his ancestors being Republicans from the birth of the party in 1856.  He has been active in public matters, was mayor of Byesville for four years and a trustee of Jackson township, and a member of the Byesville board of education for some years and has always been active in educational matters.  In 1910 Mr. Reasoner was appointed justice of the peace.  The family are members of the Methodist Episcopal church and Mr. Reasoner is a Christian Scientist, being a member of the mother church at Boston.  The Reasoner home is at No. 230 North Sixth street, and is prominent in the social life of Cambridge.
Source: History of Guernsey County, Ohio by Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet - Illustrated - Vol. I. B. F. Bowden & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana - 1911 - Page 635

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 661


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 759


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 887


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 667


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 583


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 583


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 584

  LILBURN C. ROGERS.  As long as history endures will the American nation acknowledge its indebtedness to the heroes who between 1861 and 1865 fought for the preservation if the Union and the honor of that starry banner which has never been trailed in the dust of defeat in a single polemic struggle in which the country has been involved.  Among those whose military records as valiant soldiers of the war of the Rebellion reflect lasting honor upon them and their descendants is Lilburn C. Rogers, who is one of the honored citizens of Byesville, Guernsey county, where he has long maintained his home and led a life consistent with the truth.
     Mr. Rogers was born on Apr. 12, 1840, in Jackson township, this county, above Trail Run, and is the son of Roland and Mary (Cummings) Rogers.  The father was born, it is believed, in Harrison county, Ohio, and was the son of William Rogers, who probably came from Harford county, Maryland; at least a large number of the Rogers family, his near relatives, came from there.  Mary Cummings was born, probably near Mansfield, Ohio, and was the daughter of James Cummings, a Protestant, who came from Ireland.  Roland Rogers and wife were married prior to 1838, and about 1839 moved to Guernsey county, Ohio, and settled along Wills creek, less than a mile from Trail run, in Jackson township.  There his father bought a farm and established the Rogers homestead.  There, too, the parents of the subject spent the major part of their lives; although they lived awhile near Byesville, they died on the farm, the father's death occurring on Aug. 15, 1895, and that of the mother three months later, November 16th.  Roland Rogers was a Republican, having been a Whig in his earlier life; he became an active Abolitionist and took part in assisting slaves to escape by way of the "underground railroad," when his son, Lilburn C., was a child.  In the lat years of his life the father was a Prohibitionist.  He was a charter member of the Methodist Protestant church at Trail Run, and was an active and earnest worker in the same.  In politics and religion he was by nature a reformer.  In his family were seven children, of whom fie lived to maturity, namely:  Mrs. Ellen Jane Hutton, deceased, was the widow of John Hutton; Lilburn C., of this review; James O., deceased; William B., deceased; Roland Jarvis lives between Trail Run and Senecaville on the home farm.
     Lilburn C. Rogers grew to maturity on the home farm, and when twenty-one years of age he went west, spending nearly two years, principally in California and Oregon.  The balance of his life has been spent in Jackson township, this county.  During the war between the states he proved his patriotism by enlisting in Company H, One Hundred and Seventy-second Ohio Volunteer Infantry, in which he served very faithfully and made a good record as a soldier.
     On July 31, 1866, Mr. Rogers was married to Sarah Louisa Hutton, daughter of Solomon and Mary (Stewart) Hutton.  She is the sister of William A. Hutton, whose sketch appears on another page of this work, and in which may be found complete records of her ancestors who were an old and prominent family here.
     Mr. and Mrs. Rogers are the parents of three children, namely: Francis A., who married Jenette Hood, lives in Cambridge, where he engages as a plasterer and concrete worker; Charles T., who married Elizabeth Hinchcliffe, lives in Byesville where he is following plastering; they have five children living, and one dead, Clarence C., Lilburn Carl, Irene, Gladys, Edmund, deceased and Cecil Albert Rogers.  Mary A. B. Rogers, the subject's daughter, married Ed. J. Nichols and lives in Byesville, and they are the parents of three children, Edward Lilburn, Mary Marie and RussellMr. Nichols is also a plasterer.
     For fourteen years after his marriage Mr. Rogers lived a mile northwest of Byesville, where he owned a farm.  In April, 1882, he moved into Byesville, having sold his farm.  He bought a small farm in Oakwood, now in the northwest part of Byesville, which he farmed, but made his home in Byesville at the time.  That land is now laid off in city lots and is well built up.  Mr. Rogers has lived to see and take part in the remarkable growth of this vicinity, remembering when Byesville was little more than an unimproved field, consisting only of a grist-mill and about seven houses along the north side of what is now Main street and a shoe shop along the south side of the street.  The only store was east of Wills creek where the Jonathan Bye have still stands.  He is been an interested spectator in witnessing the place grow from a straggling hamlet to a city.  Politically, Mr. Rogers is a Republican and he and his wife belong to the Methodist Protestant church.
Source: History of Guernsey County, Ohio by Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet - Illustrated - Vol. I. B. F. Bowden & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana - 1911 - Page 940




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