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HISTORY OF HARDIN COUNTY, OHIO
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A History of the County; Its Townships, Towns, Churches,
Schools, Etc.; General and Local Statistics; Military
Record; Portraits of Early Settlers and Prominent
Men; History of the Northwest Territory;
History of Ohio; Miscellaneous
Matters, Etc., Etc.
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Publ. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co.
1883.

Liberty Twp. -
GOTTLIEB ADAM, farmer, P. O. Ada, was born in Medina County, Ohio, Jan. 28, 1837, and is a son of Charles and Christina (Roecker) Adam, both natives of Wurtemberg, Germany. His father emigrated to America in 1833, and settled at first in New York, but finally, in 1836, moved to Medina County, Ohio, where he had a family of eight children, of whom six grew to adult age.  His father preached in the Lutheran Church. Our subject had a brother who also preached in a Lutheran Church, in Barry County, Mich., but Gottlieb learned the occupation of a farmer, and has followed it through life.  In 1862, he enlisted in the Tenth Ohio Calvary, Company L.  He served under Gen. Sherman, on the march of the latter to the sea, and for eleven months was Gen. Crooks’ body guard.  He served until the close of the war, after fighting in a number of battles and skirmishes. In 1867, he married Mary Knoedler, who was born in Ohio, in 1848, and is a daughter of John F. and Rosa Schorrenberger, both natives of the kingdom of Wurtemberg, Germany.  Her parents emigrated in 1845. Eight children have blessed this union, viz.: Frederick S., John G., Rosa B., Charles F., Mary Ellen, Jacob William, Henry N. and Mabel C. Mr. Adam generally votes on the side of the Democrats in politics.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 989.
Pleasant Twp. -
NATHAN AHLEFELD, Kenton, was born Dec. 19, 1833, and is a son of Rhinehardt and Phoebe (Young) Ahlefeld.  His father was a native of Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany, and emigrated to the United States in 1800, living for seven years in Baltimore, Md.  In 1808, he moved to Richland County, Ohio, where he was married, and then proceeded to Allen County in 1849.  In 1859, he came to Hardin County, selecting his home in Liberty Township, where he died in 1871.  Mrs. Ahlefeld was a native of Columbiana County, Ohio, and a daughter of Jacob Yung, one of the early pioneers of Richland County.  She reared a family of seven children, all living.  The subject of this sketch was brought up on a farm.  He and his brother, Peter, and William Cary, of Kenton, were the original founders of the Citizens' Bank of Ada, founded in the year 1873.  He was engaged in this bank until 1878, when he disposed of his interest to his brother and, in the spring of 1881, took up his residence in Kenton.  In 1856, he was married to Miss Celia Wiley, a native of Franklin County, Ohio, to which union there have been born five children, four living, viz., Ida (wife of John F. Andrews, Hardin County), Albert, Effie and Corena.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 759
Liberty Twp. -
PETER AHLEFELD, banker, Ada, was born in Richland County, Ohio, and is son of Rhinehart and Phoebe (Young) AhlefeldRhinehart emigrated from Germany to America in 1802, settling in Baltimore, Md., where he resided for three years, and then went to Ohio, at the time the latter was admitted into the Union as a State.   Rhinehart Ahlefeld was a first-class miller, which trade formed the chief occupation of his life.  In 1863, he came to Hardin County, and settled in Liberty Township, where he spent the remaining years of his life, and died in 1874, a well honored and respected citizen. Peter received a common school education at the log schoolhouse of Liberty.  Upon the attainment of his majority, in 1863, he formed a partnership with his brother Nathan, and opened a general store in the mercantile trade in Ada.  This partnership lasted a year, when he formed a new one with E. W. Gilbert, which continued for eighteen months, at the end of which time, seeing the necessity of a more thorough education, he sold out his business and went to a commercial college in Pittsburgh, where he graduated in 1865.  For two years after he was on the road as a commercial traveler for a New York firm.  In 1867, he returned to Ada and formed a partnership with E. E. Williams in the dry goods business, which lasted for two years, and he then remained by himself in the business until 1870.  For the two succeeding years, he was out of business; but, in 1872, on the organization of the Citizens’ Bank, he was appointed cashier, and remained in that capacity until 1874, when he and his brother bought the bank.  In 1876, he bought out the interest of his brother in the bank, and has since continued it alone.  In 1868, he was married to Rebecca Trumbo, of English descent.  They have two children—Eugene R. and George I Mr. Ahlefeld is a prominent business man.  He is a Royal Arch Mason, and in politics is a Democrat.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 989
Buck Twp-
ENOS H. ALLEN, farmer, P. O. Kenton, is the second son of Able H. and Rebecca Allen, and was born in Pleasant Township, Hardin County, Ohio, Dec. 25, 1843.  He was raised on a farm and remained on the homestead until he married.  In 1864, he enlisted in Company A, One Hundred and Thirty-fifth Regiment of the Ohio National Guards, but served in the Shenandoah Valley, and took part in the skirmish with Gen. Early's troops at John Brown's Schoolhouse.  He was discharged Aug. 1, 1864.  On Dec. 24, 1868, he was married to Susan A. Lee, widow of Lewis Lee, and daughter of Alexander and Grace Morrison.  Mrs. Allen had charge of his father's farm from 1868 to 1874, when his father gave him 125 acres of land, and he located on it the same year.  He now owns 227 acres, 101 of which are located in Goshen Township.  Mr. Allen is engaged in farming and rearing thoroughbred short-horn cattle, Southdown and Spanish merino sheep.  He is a regular exhibitor at the Hardin County fairs, and is now serving his second term as member of the Agricultural Board.  He and his wife are connected with the Methodist Episcopal Church.  Politically, he is a Republican; has served twice as Township Trustee, and is a man of public spirit and enterprise.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 1034
Buck Twp. -
JOHN S. ALLEN, farmer, P. O. Kenton, was born in Pleasant Township, Hardin County, Ohio, May 21, 1836.  His parents were Abel H. and Rebecca (Mackey) Allen; the former a native of Hardy County, Va., born Nov. 7, 1803, and the latter a native of Franklin County, Ohio, born July 21, 1810/.  They moved to Hardin County in 1833, and settled two miles east of Kenton, where Mr. Allen entered 100 acres of land.  All was wild forest and not a house marked the site of the city of Kenton.  He cleared his farm, added forty acres, and in 1852, sold; then bought eighty acres in the same township, and 125 acres in Buck Township.  He died Dec. 24, 1873, and in 1876 his widow removed to Kenton.  Of the eight children born to them six are living.  The subject of this sketch was the eldest member, and was reared on the homestead, aiding in clearing up the land.  On Oct. 16, 1860, he was married to Isabella S., daughter of Henry G. Johnson, and born in Logan County, Ohio, Sept. 11, 1838.  They have three children - Edith L., born Sept. 14, 1861; Hallie C., born Sept. 22, 866, and Tressie B., born Dec. 3, 1875.  Edith L. is the wife of Henry Bishop.  Mr. Allen located on his present farm Nov. 13, 1860, and owns 120 acres of land, and also gave his daughter,  Edith L. Bishop, a farm of fifty-six acres.  He is engaged in farming and stock raising, and had marked success in exhibiting his fine stock at the fairs.  He said his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and in politics he is a Republican.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 1034
Blanchard Twp. -
J. F. ANDREWS, farmer, P. O. Dunkirk, was born Aug. 17, 1853, in Hardin County, and is a son of S. M. and Martha (Carey) Andrews, the former a native of Pennsylvania.  His father, a freight and ticket agent, emigrated to Washington Township, Ohio, about thirty-five years ago.  Our subject was raised and educated in Washington Township, and learned, in Ada, the trade of a harness maker, which he followed for eight years.  For two years he was in Cleveland, and is now occupied in farming and stock-raising.  He was married, on the 25th of October, 1876, to Ida M., daughter of Nathan Ahlefeld.  She was born Apr. 2, 1856.  By this union there has been one child - Iris Marie.  Mr. Andrews is a Republican in politics, and is the owner of a handsome residence, built in 1881, and one mile and a half distant from Dunkirk.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 865
Washington Twp. -
S. M. ANDREWS, railroad agent, North Washington, was born on Feb. 16, 1824, in Greene County, Penn.  He is son of Jacob and Eleanor (Montgomery) Andrews, of English and German descent.  His parents settled in Crawford County, Ohio, in 1827.  Our subject was reared in Crawford County until twenty-one years of age.  From 1860 to 1865, he was in Washington, engaged in mercantile business; for the past twenty-six years, he has been a railroad agent.  On the 9th of August, 1848, he was married to Martha, daughter of Abel and Susan (Quaintence) Cary, born on the 8th of August, 1827, in Crawford County, Ohio.  They are the parents of five children, viz. Amanda J.; J. F., married Alpharetta, wife of George Kahler; Cary and J. B.  Mr. Andrews has also five grandchildren.  He has been a resident of this county for thirty-four years.  His wife is a member of the United Brethren Church.  He has been a member, since 1857, of Latham Lodge, No. 154, at Kenton.  Mr. Andrews has filled the office of Justice of the Peace for fifteen years for several years has been Township Clerk, Trustee, Assessor and School Director, and for fifteen years was Postmaster in Washington Township.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 968
Liberty Twp. -
WILLIAM ANSLEY, farmer, P. O. Ada, was born in Fleming County, Ky., Feb. 9, 1911, and is a son of William and Polly Ansley.  His mother, whose maiden name was Kerzey, was born in Maryland, and is of French origin.  His father, also a native of Maryland, is of English descent, and by occupation a farmer and shoe-maker.  In 1836, he settled in Ohio, six miles north of Bellefontaine. Our subject was on the farm, and attended a log schoolhouse.  In 1840, our subject settled in Section 35, Liberty Township, this county, and is now the owner of a farm of 180 acres, all secured by great labor.  He well remembers those early days, when he could shoot deer, wolves and bears.  He was familiar with the Wyandot Indians, among them the noted Bob and Bill McCloud; and cast votes with only sixteen others.  He was married, in 1840, to Mary Catharine McAdams, a daughter of James McAdams, a wealthy and influential farmer. Mrs. Ansley was the only daughter, and was born in Tennessee; she is an amiable, pleasant woman, and has brought up her children to be sensible men and women.  Her children, six in number, are as follows: Leah, wife of J. F. Mongier, farmer; Katherine, wife of Scott McCoy; Carrie, wife of George Craig; Emma, Jim and Ella.  Mr. and Mrs. Ansley are members of the Disciple Church. In politics, Mr. Ansley votes on the Republican side.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 989.

Liberty Twp. -
SAMUEL ARBUTHNOT, timber dealer, Ada, was born November 24, 1818, in Wheeling, Va., and is a son of Robert and Patience (Johnson) Arbuthnot.  His mother was born in Pennsylvania, and is of German and Scotch descent, and his father was a native of Ireland.  His parents were married in Pennsylvania and came to Ohio in 1831, settling in Guernsey County, where his father became a wealthy farmer.  Samuel was brought up on his father’s farm, receiving a limited education, and, in 1842, at the age of twenty-four years, he came to Hardin County, and settled in Marion Township, where he followed farming for twelve years.  He has resided in Ada since 1858.  There are, at present, only two families in Ada that were in the place when Mr. Arbuthnot arrived in it.  Mr. Arbuthnot has been in various kinds of business in Ada, and at present is a lumber dealer.  In 1839, he married Miss M. Lantz, a daughter of George Lantz, who came to Ohio at an dearly date, and served in the Indian war.  They have seven children living, viz.: Robert, Elizabeth, Lovina, Samuel, Minerva, John and AliceMr. and Mrs. Arbuthnot are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.  Mr. Arbuthnot has been Trustee and Class Leader; has been an Assessor and a member of the Ada Council; and is a Master Mason. In politics, he is a Republican.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 990.

Blanchard Twp. -
FREDERICK ARN, farmer, P. O. Kenton, was born Aug. 20, 1847, in Switzerland.  He is a son of Benedict Arn, of Swiss descent, and both of his parents are residents of Hardin County.  The subject of this sketch is a member of a family of nine.  He emigrated, when six years of age, to Ohio where he was reared and educated and of which he has been a resident ever since.  In February, 1876, he was united in marriage with Alice Cotterill, a native of Ohio, born in 1855.  This union has been blessed with two children, viz., Benjamin, born in March, 1877, and Truman, born in February, 1879.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 866
Dudley Twp. -
WILLIAM T. ATHA, farmer, P. O. Mt. Victory, was born Dec. 28, 1845, in Madison County, Ohio, and is the son of William and Maria (Gaunt) Atha, both of English descent, the former a native of Maryland, the latter of Pennsylvania.  He was married Feb. 21, 1863, to Ann J. Morse, born Nov. 11, 1844, in Champaign County, Ohio, the daughter of Jason and Margaret (Collins) Morse, the former from Rhode Island, the latter a native of this State, both of English descent.  This union has been blessed with five children, four girls and one boy, viz., Eva M., born Jan. 22, 1864; Rosa E., born Sept. 22, 1866; Celia L., born Mar. 10, 1872; John B., born Dec. 4, 1874, and Mary D., born May 29, 1881.  Mr. Atha enlisted in the Fourteenth Ohio Battery in January, 1862, and was discharged in August the same year.  Mr. Atha has been living in this county for five years, and has been a resident of sixteen different States.  During the year 1865-66, he was living in the West.  He is a farmer by occupation and is one of the useful citizens of Dudley Township.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 892
Cessna Twp. -
BENJAMIN AULT, farmer, P. O. North Washington, was born in Wayne County, Ohio, June 22, 1840.  He is a son of Jacob and Catherine (Holser) Ault, the former a native of Pennsylvania, who emigrated to Ohio in the year 1826.  Our subject was raised on a farm and received a common school education in Wayne County, Ohio.  He came to Ohio in 1877.  His brother, Eli Ault, was also a native of Wayne County, born in August, 1848.  He was married, July 4, 1874, to Jane Neal, of Williams County, Ohio, by whom he has had two children, Lottie and Willis.  The two brothers bought their farm of rich soil, in Section 2, Cessna Township, and are constantly improving it, being repaid by rich crops of wheat and corn.  Mrs. Eli Ault is a member of the Church of God.  In politics, the two brothers are Democrats, but have never sought or held office.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 918

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