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HARDIN COUNTY, OHIO
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HISTORY OF HARDIN COUNTY, OHIO
Containing
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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Pub. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co.
1883.

  Hale Twp. -
ALONZO D. BAILEY,
druggist, Ridgeway, was born in Washington County, Ohio, June 6, 1844, and is a son of William B. and Mary Bailey.  His father was a native of Virginia, born Apr. 19, 1803, died in 1867; his mother, born in New Jersey Apr. 25, 1808, died in 1875.  They emigrated to Belmont County, Ohio, moving thence to Washington County, from there to Logan County, where they both died.  Alonzo D., our subject, was married, Feb. 14, 1872, to Miss Celestial, daughter of Thomas and Eliza Stewart, both deceased.  She was born in Logan County, Ohio, Feb. 15, 1849.  To Mr. and Mrs. Bailey have been born six children, viz., Daisey, Dean R., Claude S., Stewart W., Darel and Vance.  Mr. Bailey learned the shoe-maker's trade, following it for several years, and in 1873 engaged in the drug business, owning the only drug store in Ridgeway and has a good town and country trade.  He has filled the office of Treasurer of the village, and he and his family are well respected by the community in which they reside.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Pub. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 931
 

Cessna Twp. -
JAMES BAILEY, farmer, P. O. Kenton, was born in Taylor Creek Township, Hardin County, Ohio, Jan. 14, 1830.  His parents are Silas and Harriet (Rial) Bailey, the former a native of Virginia, the latter of Logan County, Ky.  They came to Hardin County in the year 1854.  The subject of this sketch was reared on a farm, obtaining a common school education in this township.  He was united in marriage, Feb. 12, 1854, to Eliza A., daughter of David and Levina Evans, of Delaware, who came to Hardin County in 1854 or 1855.  Seven children have blessed this union, viz., Willis, David, Siege, Marshall, Hattie, Enoch and Edward.  Mr. Bailey enlisted Sept. 17, 1864, in the One Hundred and Seventy-ninth Ohio Volunteer Infantry; was out nine months and lay sick at Nashville for three months.  In politics, he is a Democrat, and is a well known citizen of Cessna Township.  Mr. Bailey has lived in this county all his life.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Pub. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 918

 

Taylor Creek -
JOHN C. BAILEY
, farmer and stock-raiser, P. O. Kenton, was born in Taylor Creek Township, Hardin County, Dec. 30, 1831.  His parents were Basil and Catherine (Hullinger) Bailey, the latter a native of Champaign County, Ohio.  His father was born in Martinsburg, Va., and moved to Hardin County about 1827.  He died Oct. 5, 1843, aged forty-five years, and is buried by the side of his wife in the township where our subject resides.  In 1878, our subject was married to Hortie, daughter of William Shepherd.  she was born in Miami County, Ohio, Jan. 12, 1856.  Her father was born in Virginia Aug. 18, 1818; he mother, Sarah A. Yazen, in Champaign County, Ohio, Aug. 15, 1823, died Jan. 5, 1869.  Mr. Bailey is the father of three children - Frank, Morton and Charles.  He was a member of the Fourth Ohio Volunteer Infantry.  Company D, and served from 1861 till 1863.  He lost his left limb at Fredericksburg, Va., Dec. 13, 1863.  His brother Silas died while in the army at Fort Laramie, in 1863.  Mr. Bailey is now living on the old homestead and is the owner of 137Ĺ acres of well-improved land.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Pub. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 854

 

Buck Twp. -
ABE BAKER, farmer, P. O. Kenton, was born in Kenton, Ohio, Mar. 6, 1841, and is a son of Levi and Sarah (Delp) Baker.  His father was born in Virginia, Jun. 5, 1812; his mother in Pennsylvania, Oct. 1, 1818.  They were married in Seneca County, Ohio, in Oct. 1, 1818.  They were married in Seneca County, Ohio, in Oct., 1836, where their parents had moved in the year 1834.  In 1840, Levi Baker and family came to Kenton, soon after removed on a farm, and in 1845 came to Buck Township, where he lived on the Mentzer farm until 1848, when here moved to the Price farm, and finally, in 1859, settled on the farm now owned by our subject.  He died at the last-named place in June, 1861.  He had cleared fifty-two acres of land which he had purchased on first coming to the township.  For twenty years he belonged to the Methodist Episcopal Church.  Of the nine children he had six are living.  The subject of this sketch is the eldest and only son living.  He was reared on a farm, and assisted his father in clearing up the farm.  On Nov. 7, 1861, and assisted his father in clearing up the farm.  On Nov. 7, 1861, he enlisted in Company B, Eighty-second Ohio Volunteer Infantry; served on the Potomac until 1863, when he was transferred to the Cumberland Army.  He fought at Gettysburg under McDowell; was detailed as wagon master, in which position he remained until the close of the war.  He was with Sherman in the Atlanta campaign and on the march to the sea, and received his discharge July, 1865.  On his return home he engaged in farming.  On July 12, 1866, he was married to Louisa E., daughter of David and Rebecca Cline, and a native of Fairfield County, Ohio, born Jan. 5, 1847.  Five children blessed this union - Rebecca P., Clara B., Otis F., Loretta R. and Lester A.  Mr. Baker and his wife attend the Methodist Episcopal Church.  In politics, Mr. Baker is a Democrat, and has never held office.  He is occupied in farming and stock-raising making Poland-China hogs a specialty of the latter.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Pub. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 1035

  Hale Twp. -
IRA W. BAKER
(deceased) was born in Tioga County, N. Y., Oct. 19, 1820.  His father, Joseph I. Baker, was a native of Massachusetts, his mother, Electa Baker, of Connecticut.  In  1827, the parents moved to Indiana, locating in Lawrenceburg, and ten years after pressed forward to Champaign County, Ohio, and settled fourteen miles from Urbana.  Mr. Baker, the father of our subject, died in April, 1856, having been preceded by his wife in 1852.  The subject of this sketch was united in marriage, June 21, 1848, to Rebecca Monroe, who was born in Warren County, Ohio, Mar. 2, 1831, and is a daughter of George and Elizabeth Monroe, both deceased.  Mr. Baker was a member of the Methodist Protestant Church, which church the family still attend.  His farm consisted of 102 acres of land, located in Hale Township, where the widow and family are residing.  The land is well improved and has good farm building on it.  To Mr. and Mrs. Baker were born nine children, of whom seven are living, viz., Sarah (wife of Jonathan Fenstemaker), James, Eva, Ada (wife of Elroy Morvin), George W., Emma M. and Burt.  The two deceased are Oliver W., born July 11, 1849, died July 12, 1851, and Olive J., born May 3, 1851, died Jan. 3, 1871.  Mr. Baker died June 17, 1879, his loss deeply mourned by the family.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Pub. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 931
 

Goshen Twp. -
IRVIN S. BAKER
, farmer, P. O. Larue, is a native of this county, and was born Dec. 25, 1846.  He is a son of Joseph and Matilda (Carmack) Baker, both natives of Pennsylvania and of German parentage.  Our subject's father moved to this State in 1844 and settled in this county, where he died at the age of thirty-three years.  The mother of our subject is still living, and resides in Kenton.  Our subject was educated at the common schools of this county, and since his youth has followed the occupation of a farmer.  He is the owner of ninety acres of land in Goshen Township, where he has resided for five years.  He also raises stock, making a specialty of sheep, at which he has been very successful.  Our subject was married, Oct. 4, 1877, by the Rev. J. T. Sellers, to Miss Jane Hastings, daughter of James and Rachel (Bones) Hastings, the latter a native of Virginia.  Mr. Hastings emigrated from Ireland at an early day.  Mrs. Baker was born in this county Oct. 30, 1846.  By this union there have been two children - Hoyt L., born Dec. 29, 1880, died May 8, 1881, and Minnie A., born July 24, 1882.  Mrs. Baker is a member of the Presbyterian Church and Mr. Baker of the Methodist Episcopal Church, of which he is Steward and Trustee and Assistant Superintendent of the Sunday school, and Class Leader.  Mr. Baker is a Republican in politics; has been a member of the Freemasons seven years, Larne Lodge, No. 463; was Township Assessor in 1882, and is one of the useful citizens of Goshen Township.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Pub. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 909

 

Goshen Twp. -
JAMES M. BAKER, farmer, P. O. Kenton, was born in what was then Brooke County, Va., Oct. 19, 1824.  His parents, Morris and Mary (Connard) Baker, were Virginians, and were there married, coming to Hardin County, Ohio, in 1836, when James was thirteen years of age.  His father entered 160 acres of land in Section 8, Goshen Township, on which he erected a cabin, and there spent his pioneer days.  For their bread, they were obliged to go to West Liberty, Champaign County, taking axes along there being no roads, and as no feed could be procured for the teams, the latter were worked only part of the day and then turned out in the woods.  No roads were then built in Kenton.  Mrs. Baker died in 1849, and Mr. Baker in 1873.  The subject of this sketch was reared in a family of eight children, of whom five were boys and three were girls.  After helping to clear the old home, he started out in life for himself, and bought seventy acres of land in Section 7, Goshen Township.  He has been a prosperous farmer, adding acre to acre until he now owns 585 acres, mostly improved land, all paid for.  He was married, Jan. 9, 1851, to Miss Susanna, daughter of Thomas and Mary Scott.  By this marriage the following children have been born, viz.:  Chester J., born Aug. 18, 1853; Mathew A., born Sept. 11, 1855; Mary E., born Aug. 22, 1863; Eva R., born Jan. 5, 1866, and Robinson, born July 6, 1868.  Mrs. Baker was born on Sept. 27, 1831.  Her parents were born near Wooster, Ohio, and died in Wyandot County, Ohio, on the farm which they had entered.  Mr. Baker has been Township Clerk several terms, Trustee for eight or nine years, and School Director almost continuously.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Pub. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 909

 

Pleasant Twp. -
JOHN BAKER, farmer, P. O. Kenton, was born in Hagerstown, Md., in 1840.  He is a son of E. C. Baker and Barbara Poont, both natives of Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany.  They were married in Maryland, whence they emigrated in 1847, settling in Pleasant Township, Hardin county.  In 1852, Mr. Baker, Sr., occupied the farm now owned by our subject, where he died in 1862; his widow is also deceased.  The subject of this sketch is the oldest of seven children, and has always lived on the home farm.  He was married, in 1873, to Miss Margaret Reefer, a native of Germany, to which union there have been born two sons - George A. and Harry (Deceased).  Mr. Baker's father was a miller following that occupation continuously through life.  In his political sentiments, he was a Democrat.  Our subject enlisted, in 1865, in the One Hundred and Ninety-eighth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Company B, but the war closed soon after and he was discharged.  He is connected with the Protestant Evangelical Church.
Source:
History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Pub. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 760

  Liberty Twp. -
W. H. BARKER, mason, Ada, was born May 20, 1843, in Delaware County, Ohio, and is a son of Joseph and Nancy J. (Benedict) Barker.  His mother was a native of Connecticut, and his father of Pennsylvania, both of English descent.  His father was an enterprising man.  He was a miner in California for a time, and, in 1832, came to Ohio and settled in Knox County, where he still resides.  He was proprietor of a saw mill, but in later years has pursued farming.  Our subject was brought up on his fatherís farm and in his youth learned the trade of mason.  For two years, he was working down South at his trade.  In 1861, he enlisted in the Fourth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Company B, and served three years.  After the war, he traveled through the West, working at his trade.  In 1870, he returned to Ohio, and settled in Ada, where he is working successfully as a mason, and is classed among the best in the county.  He owns the house and lot in Ada, where he resided.  He married, January 28, 1869, Olive Durbin, of Knox County, Ohio.  She is a daughter of John Durbin, and is of English descent. Five children have blessed this union, viz.: Gemima G., Odo E., Elizabeth Ellen, Margaret and Ada PearlMrs. Barker is a member of the Methodist Church.  Mr. Barker is member of the Odd Fellows society, and is a Royal Arch Mason.  In politics, he is a Republican.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 990.
  Liberty Twp. -
A. BARLOW, liveryman, resides in Ada, Ohio.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 990.
 

Liberty Twp. -
REV. A. C. BARNES, A.M., was born in Summit County, Ohio, Sept. 9, 1835. His father, Denison Barnes, was born in Hampden Co., Mass., Sept. 6, 1801, and with his parents emigrated to Ohio in the spring of 1815, stopping one year in Trumbull County, and the 1st day of April, the following year, found them putting up their log-cabin on the ground in Summit County, Newton Township, which has now been the home of father and son for sixty-seven years. The parentage still further back on the paternal side were born of the sturdiest New England stock, and can be traced, in earlier times, to a descent from a united English, Welsh, and Irish origin.  His grandfather, on the maternal side, Samuel Bodine, was born in Rockingham County, Va., and his ancestry on both sides is traced from New Jersey and Maryland to Holland and Germany.  Samuel Bodine, having settled with his little family on the State line between Pennsylvania and Virginia, in 1817, moved to Wayne County, Ohio, in which county he lived until he died at the age of eighty-four years.  Grandfather Barnes died at the age of eighty seven years.  Nearly all of the ancestry on both sides raised large families and were, almost without exception, possessed of great tenacity of life.  Many of them reaching eighty, ninety, and the maternal great-grandmother one hundred and one years.  The childhood of our sketch was passed on the farm, going to the district school in winter, with hard work on the farm all the rest of the year.  Commended his college course at Baldwin University, Berea Ohio, at the age of sixteen, and often teaching alternate years, and working at home during the intervals, graduated in the classical course at the age of twenty-three.  All his ancestry, so far as we have knowledge, embraced the Arminian form of theology, and were stanch members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.  The subject of this sketch was happily converted to God while at the University, at seventeen years of age, under the labors of Rev. Liberty Prentice.  From a child, his thoughts had been turned toward the Christian ministry; but as he grew to manhood he conceived a great aversion to being led out in that direction.  After his graduation, to escape the call to the ministry, he spent two years in the South and West, teaching and circulating books, in which, financially, he was very successful, but all the while harassed by the conviction that he ought to preach.  At last, yielding to what he felt to be the order of Providence, he entered the traveling of Methodist Episcopal Church at the session of the Central Ohio Annual Conference, held in Kenton September, 1861.  He was married, Mar. 16, 1861, to Miss Harriet P. Gee, of Geauga County, Ohio, with whom he had studied side by side in the University, both graduating in the same class. On Feb. 2, 1866, while stationed at Wapakoneta, she joyfully passed to the land of eternal light and song, leaving her husband with two babies, one three years, and the other three weeks old.  About one year after, he was married to Miss Jane E Thrift, of Kalida, Ohio.  During his pastorate, he has served four charges one year each, four charges two years each, and three charges three years each, coming to Ada and entering upon the pastorate here last September.  The conference year thus far has been quite prosperous, sixty having been already received into the church, twenty-seven being heads of families.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 990-991.

  Liberty Twp. -
BASTABLE & VAN LIEW, established in 1873.  The largest hardware room in Hardin County; a full and complete stock of hardware always on hand, in the old Ream Block, west side of Main Street.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 991.
 

Blanchard Twp. -
JOHN BAUGHMAN, salesman, Dunkirk, was born Dec. 21, 1852, in Hancock County, this State, and is a son of Jonathan and Nancy (Egelson) Baughman, the latter a native of Ireland, having come from that country at the age of five years.  His father was born in 1822, in Stark County, Ohio, and died in Hancock County in 1879.  Our subject is the sixth child and fourth son of a family of eleven children, six boys and five girls, of whom one boy and one girl are deceased.  He was educated in Hancock County, Van Buren Township, at the common schools and for three months attended the high school of Findlay.  He was married, Oct. 1, 1874, to Lydia M., who was born Feb. 20, 1855, in Hancock County, Ohio, the daughter of Daniel and Barbara (Baer) Bosseman, natives of Ohio and of German extraction.  Mr. and Mrs. Baughman are members of the German Baptist Church.  Mr. Baughman has been a salesman for sixteen months; previous to that, he was a farmer.  In politics, he is a Prohibitionist, and is a useful citizen of Blanchard Township.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Pub. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 866

  Liberty Twp. -
ELI BEAGLE, minister, Ada, was born in Muskingum County, Ohio, Dec. 10, 1827.  He is a son of John and Mathilda (Selsam) Beale, both natives of Maryland and of German descent.  His father , in his early years, was a shoe-maker, but he finally carried on farming.  Our subject was brought up on the farm, and in his youth learned the trade of shoe-maker.  He was, in company with his two brothers, carrying on a shop for several years, in Hancock County.  In 1860, he moved to Dunkirk, Ohio, where he pursued his trade and remained eleven years.  In 1874, he came to Liberty Township and bought a farm of eighty acres and has since been living there.  In 1850, he married Elizabeth J. Sears, a daughter of Presley W. Sears.  She was born in Virginia and is of English lineage.  They have six children living - Elia A., wife of D. P. Shall a farmer; John P., a harness maker of the firm of Patterson & Beagle in Ada; Howard, a farmer in Marion Township; Hattie M.; Lydia M. and Bessie R.  Mr. and Mrs. Beagle are both members of the Baptist Church, where the former ahs been for several years a Deacon.  In 1856, he had been minister in the Dunkirk Church ever since.  For one year he has been preaching in the Liberty Chapel.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 997
 

Blanchard Twp. -
JAMES BEEM, stock-raiser and farmer, P. O. Dunkirk, was born in June, 1820, in Belmont County, Ohio.  His parents were Jacob and Elizabeth (McMullin) Beem, the former a native of Rockingham County, Ohio, of German descent, the latter a native of Scotland.  Our subject emigrated from Guernsey to Richland; thence to Knox County, and finally to Hardin County.  He was married, in his twenty-first year, to Chissna (deceased), a daughter of Jacob Rine, by which union there was one child - Mary (deceased). His second marriage was on the 12th of February, 1844, to Elizabeth Keefer, born Mar. 13, 1828, in Franklin County, Penn., and a daughter of Samuel and Mary Ann (Creps) Keefer, of Pennsylvania, and of German descent.  This union resulted in seven children, three boys and four girls (one deceased), all married except James.  Their names are as follows:  Melinda, Perry, Melicca, Minerva, Lizzie, Clement L. (deceased) and James Monroe.  Clement died May 2, 1882, at the age of eighteen years, a member for three yeas of the Eleventh Ohio National Guards, Company H.  Mr. Beem is occupied in following farming, and is generally successful in business.  He well remembers the time he killed and dressed five deer in one day.  In politics, he is a Democrat; is a member of the I. O. O. F. Lodge in Kenton; has been a Mason, and has filled the office of Township Trustee and School Director.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Pub. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 866

  Buck Twp. -
DANIEL W. BENTON, farmer, P. O. Kenton, was born in Pickaway County, Ohio, Aug. 10, 1832.  His parents are Elias and Elizabeth J. (Caldwell) Benton.  Daniel is the youngest son of six children, three sons and three daughters.  He remained on the homestead till of age, and educated at the common schools, Mount Pleasant Academy, at Kingston, Ohio, and also Kenyon College, at Gambier, Ohio.  When nineteen years of age, he began teaching, and during the winters of the three years following , taught in Pickaway and Fairfield Counties.  He subsequently took up farming, and has pursued that occupation ever since.  In November of 1857, he accompanied his parents to Hardin County, located one mile north of Kenton, but sold out in August, 1859, and came to Buck Township.  He purchased 212 acres of his present farm, which he has since cleared and improved.  On Sept. 18, 1855, he was married to Harriet M., a daughter of Henry and Sarah (Winters) Wharton, of Clermont County, Ohio.  Mr. Wharton was an itinerant minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church for thirty years.  He traveled over Southern Ohio and Virginia, and aided in organizing pioneer churches.  He died Sept. 14, 1864, at the age of sixty years.  Mrs. Wharton was born Aug. 30, 1809, and now resides in Delaware, Ohio.  Mrs. Benton was born in Ross County, Ohio, Feb. 9, 1836, and has reared six children out of a family of eight - Henry Willard, born May 10, 1857; Elias, born Apr. 11, 1859, died Dec. 29, 1859; William Horace, born Jan. 14, 1861, died Aug. 18, 1864; Guy Potter, born May 26, 1865; Clarence Daniel, born Sep. 16, 1868; Eva Maria, born Oct. 17, 1870; Mary Elizabeth, born Nov. 10, 1873, and Sarah Marguerite, born May 27, 1877.  Henry Willard graduated from the Ohio Wesleyan University in 1881; also graduated from the Cincinnati Law School, May, 1883, and is now practicing law in Minneapolis, Minn.  Guy Potter is a Sophomore in the Ohio Wesleyan University.  Mr. Benton owns 340 acres of well-improved land, and gives some of his attention to raising thoroughbred Spanish merino sheep.  He is a member of the Protestant Episcopal Church, and his wife and children of the Methodist Episcopal Church.  He has been a member of the Board of Infirmary Directors for three years, and was Township Treasurer and Clerk one year each.  He has been County Agent of Hardin County Grange, with which he has been prominently identified since its organization.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Pub. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 1035
  Cessna Twp. -
WILLIAM BISH, farmer, P. O. Ada, was born in Rockingham County, Va., Feb. 2, 1827, and is a son of Dewalt and Mary Ann (Drawband) Bish.  His parents, of German descent, were natives of Virginia, whence they emigrated and located in Fairfield County, Ohio, at a time our subject was quite young.  Mr. Williams Bish was united in marriage in 1852 with Eliza Jane, a daughter of Thomas and Harriet Gray, of Franklin County, Ohio.  Four children have resulted from this union, viz., William Wilson, William Dewalt, Sarah Bell and Rollo Roscoe.  Mr. Bish served in the Mexican war in the Fourth Ohio Regiment, was also in the rebellion in the One Hundred and Eightieth Ohio Volunteer Infantry.  He participated in the battle of Kingston.  Mr. Bish resides on his farm, which is very pleasantly situated in Section 7, Cessna Township.  He is a member of the Grange, is a Democrat in politics, and has filled the office of Township Trustee, also several minor positions.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Pub. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 919
  Buck Twp. -
EARHART BLOOM, farmer, P. O. Kenton, was born in Hesse, Germany, Sept. 14, 1818, and is a son of Michael and Barbara (Calip) Bloom, who were natives of the same place.  His mother died when he was six years old, and in 1833, he emigrated with his father to the United States, settling near Shellsburg, Penn., thence moving the following year to Tiffin, Ohio.  His father died there the same year, 1834, leaving five children, two of whom also died that year.  John died in 1839, leaving Andrew and our subject the only survivors.  The former is a resident of Tiffin, Ohio.  Our subject is the youngest child, and was reared principally on a farm.  In 1841, he began working at molding in a foundry in Tiffin, and staid here three years.  In October of 1844, he came to Kenton, built a foundry, and was the first in Hardin County to make a plow; it was cast on the evening of the 3d of May, 1845.  In 1845, he erected his present foundry, and remained in the business until June of 1877, employing at the commencement, eight hands, and closing with a force of fifteen hands.  He manufactured plows and machinery, and kept a general repair shop.  His foundry cost him about $4,000 and is situated on the corner of Main and North streets.  The property is still owned by him, but he retired from the business in June, 1877.  In February, 1879, he removed to his farm of 213 acres of land which he had purchased in 1864 and 1865.  His brick residence was erected in 1879, at a cost of $3,000.  He was married, Apr. 18, 1844, to Julia A., daughter of "Lewis and Louise Faulhaver.  Ten children resulted from this union, four living, viz.: John B., Matilda, Callie L., wife of David Newcomb, and Lewis P.  Mr. Bloom's family attend the Presbyterian Church.  In politics he is a Democrat; has held the office Township Trustee for four years; has been a member of the School Board for three years, and of the City Council six years.  He helped to found the savings bank, of which he was a stockholder, and, with J. S. Robinson, built the first two miles and a half of pike ever made in Hardin County.  He owns 213 acres of land besides the foundry buildings and town property, all secured by his own energy and exertion.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Pub. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 1036
  Liberty Twp. -
CYRUS BOLEY
, deceased was born in Mahoning County, Ohio, Oct. 24, 1829.  He was a son of Jacob and Jane (Hampson) Boley, both natives of New Jersey and of German descent.  Our subject was reared on the farm, receiving a common school education, and learned farming for his occupation.  In 1852, at the age of twenty-three, he came to Hardin County and took a farm of the Government land in Liberty Township.  He owned 122 acres at the time of his decease.  In 1859, he was married to Margaret McGinnis, by whom he had two children - Sarah T., wife of Edwin Mann, a farmer in Liberty Township; and Austin S., at home.  Mrs. Boley is a member of the Baptist Church.  In politics, Mr. Boley was a Democrat.  He died Aug. 1, 1879, and is deeply mourned by his family.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Pub. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 991

Peter Borders
McDonald Twp. -
PETER BORDERS


Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Pub. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 975

  Jackson Twp. -
CAPT. P. C. BOSLOW, retired, Patterson.  Among the pioneers of Hardin-County we find and record the name of Capt. Boslow, whose father, John, was a. native of Virginia, but whose father, again, in early life, settled in Canada, where John matured and married Mary Condon, of New Brunswick.  In 1832, he came to Ohio with his wife and eight children, settling near Cleveland, but he died in 1848, in Green County, Wis., and his widow died in Richmond, Ind., in 1881.  Of their nine children, Peter C. is the fourth, and was born near Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, in 1819, but from the age of thirteen years has been a resident of Ohio, and, since 1845, has lived in Hardin County.  The following year, he and H. D. Harrison laid out Patterson, and in the same year he married Harriet Sherrer, of Ross County.  Soon afterward. he opened a store, and, for a number of years, he was identified with all the leading interests in and about Patterson.  His official capacity has been varied to almost every office in the township.  In 1861, be raised Company C, Eighty-second Ohio Volunteer Infantry, of which he was made Captain, with recruiting commission.  The following May, he was discharged for disability and returned home.  He now lives retired, and is one of the well-to-do citizens of the county.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Pub. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 956
  Blanchard Twp. -
MICHAEL BOSSERMAN, farmer, P. O. Dunkirk, was born, Jan. 23, 1815, near Paris, Stark Co., Ohio.  His mother, Mary (Miller) Bosserman, was of German parentage, and emigrated from Pennsylvania to Ohio.  His father, Samuel Bosserman, was a native of Maryland, of German descent.  He came to Hancock County, where he purchased a farm.  On returning home to remove his family, and while leaving the train, he fell from the cars and was killed.  The subject of this sketch was educated at the common schools of Stark County, moved to Hancock County at the age of twenty-four years, and has followed the occupation of a farmer.  On the 4th of March, 1838, he was united in marriage with Margaret (deceased), a daughter of Philip Beam.  One child was born to this union - Levi, who was married to Caroline Walker, resided near Wooster, and had two children - Irene and Frank.  Levi was born Feb. 2, 1839; died Mar. 2, 1864, killed by a circular saw in a mill in Hancock County.  Mr. Bosserman married a second time, Apr. 6, 1876, to Elizabeth R. Weaver, widow of David Trump.  She had one child - Cora, wife of J. W. Brown, of Mansfield, a farmer by occupation, who settled in Van Buren Township, where he resided for twenty years, and then came to Hardin County, in 1865, where he lives a retired life.  Mrs. Bosserman is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.  Mr. Bosserman belongs to the German Baptist Church of which he has been a member thirty-five years.  His first wife was also a member of that church.  He has been a Deacon for thirty years and a Sexton for one year, and he filled the office of Justice of the Peace six years in Van Buren Township, and is a well-known citizen of Blanchard Township.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Pub. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 867
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S. T. BOSSERMAN, hardware merchant, and pastor of German Baptist Church, Dunkirk, is forty years of age and of German descent.  He is a member of a large family (thirteen in all), who were noted for their strictly temperate habits.  None were known to use intoxicants or spirits as a beverage, nor to engage in the use of tobacco in any form.  In his younger days, our subject was engaged in school teaching; after which, in 1867, he came to Dunkirk, Ohio, and opened in the hardware, stove and tin trade, which proved a success to his efforts.  Commencing with a small room and limited capital, but through untiring efforts for sixteen year, his business has increased to such an extent that he now occupies about ten thousand square feet of room for his stock of goods.  Mr. Bosserman is a gentleman of piety, having embraced the Christian religion when about twenty years of age, and made his home with the German Baptist fraternity, the people of his choice, and during the last decade has been a minister of that body.  Has been successful in his calling; is stationed in the above-named village and presides over the local churches in connection with his Evangelical work.  He, with his family, wife and two children, live in a handsome residence in Brightside, on North Main street, and are enjoying the fruits of their labors.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Pub. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 867
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ALBERT JAMES BOYD, farmer, P. O. Ada, was born in Delaware County, Ohio, Apr. 12, 1851.  His parents are Thomas and Susan Boyd.  His father emigrated from his native county, Delaware, Ohio, and located in Hardin County, Ohio, in 1805.  The subject of this sketch was married, Dec. 25, 1875, to Hester Ann, a daughter of Jacob and Mary Ann Lambert, and a native of Ohio.  They have four children, viz., Viola May, George Alexander, Ralph, Herbert and Susan Idella.  Mr. Boyd and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.  Mr. Boyd was reared on a farm, obtaining a common school education.  His farm shows the care and energy of its occupant.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Pub. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 919
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THOMAS BOYD, farmer, P. O. Ada, was born Mar. 4, 1821.  He is a son of William and Susannah (Walling) Boyd, the former a native of Pennsylvania and the latter of Ohio.  William Boyd was of Irish and his wife of German descent.  William Boyd was a wheelwright by trade, and at an early date made spinning wheels.  The account which he kept shows that he has made 3,500.  In the later years of his life he was a farmer, and brought up his son on the farm, allowing him an education from the common schools in Delaware County.  Thomas staid with his parents until he was twenty-seven years of age.  He had chosen farming for his occupation and was very successful with it.  Having started with $800, given by his parents, he now, by his own exertions, owns a farm of 172 acres and a good property in Ada.  In 1863, our subject settled in Hardin County and came to Ada in 1879, and then retired from farming and is now living on Main street.  In 1848. he married Susannah Davenport, a sister of Dr. Davenport.  They have one child, Albert J., who is married and does farming on his fatherís farm.  Mr. and Mrs. Boyd are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church; the latter was Trustee and Steward in the Methodist Episcopal Church of Delaware County; he was also delegate of the annual conference, and Class Leader and Superintendent of the Sabbath school.  He ranks among the best citizen of Ada.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Pub. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 992
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JOHN BRIGGS, farmer, P. O. Forest, is a son of Robert Briggs, who was born in Lincolnshire, Eng, Mar. 20, 1800, and died in Hardin County, Ohio, Feb. 17, 1879.  He matured in his native county, where he married, in 1823, Mary Pickett, of the same county, born early in the present century, and who died in Richland County, Ohio, about 1834.  While yet in England. they buried one child, and, in 1833, they came with four children to Ohio, where Mary soon after died.  After a residence of three years there, he came to Hardin County as a pioneer, and bought eighty acres of land in Jackson Township, and subsequently bought forty acres more.  In religion, he was a Methodist, and an upright man. He buried his second wife, Mary Aldrich, by whom he had four children.  The names of his nine children are John, Elizabeth, Mary, Sarah, Robert, Amos, Mathew, Jane and Mitchell.  Of the entire family, John is the oldest, born in England, Dec. 23, 1824, but, at nine years of age, came to Ohio; at twelve, to Hardin County, where he is now the owner of two hundred and twenty acres of land.  At an early age, he saw the value of education, and applied himself as best he could in those pioneer days, and, at the age of seventeen, began to teach school, being one of the early teachers on the Blanchard. This claimed his attention for nine winters.  Since 1850, he has devoted his time exclusively to farming and stock-raising.  Mr. Briggs has, by industry and prudence, placed himself among the well-to-do citizens of the county.  On June 6, 1850, he married Margaret Elder, by whom he has seven children, viz.: Sarah E., born Sept. 28, 1851; Robert W., Nov. 12, 1853; Eliza E., Apr. 6, 1855; John A., Aug. 18,1857; Sidney M., Oct. 14, 1861; Dora A., Dec. 4, 1863, and Benjamin F. E., Nov. 14, 1865.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Pub. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 956
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HENRY BROSEUS, farmer, P. O. Ada, was born Mar. 25, 1848, in Allen County, Ohio.  He is a son of Peter and Sarah (Meckline) Broseus, both natives of Pennsylvania, and of German descent.  His father, a farmer, settled in Allen County at an early date.  Our subject was reared on the farm and for his occupation selected farming.  He is now settled on a farm on Section 26, Liberty Township, where he is employed in stock-raising, making a specialty of sheep, and has been very successful.  In 1871, he married Miss Eliza M. Walser, a daughter of Peter and Sarah Walser, both of German descent.  Four children have blessed this union - Sarah F., Peter F., John H. and Pemelia OMr. and Mrs. Broseus are members of the Lutheran Church.  Although not an old resident of Liberty Township, Mr. Broseus is a very popular farmer.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Pub. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 992
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J. A. BROWN, farmer, P. O. Dunkirk, was born Aug. 12, 1843, in Stark County, Ohio, and is a son of John and Nancy (Alexander) Brown.  He was raised in Stark County until fourteen yeas of age.  Is a farmer by occupation; owns forty acres of land in Section 21, Blanchard Township, and has been a thresher for the past twelve or fifteen years.  He enlisted in the forty-fifth Ohio Volunteer infantry, Company I, serving three years, and was in the battles of Knoxville, Tenn., Nashville, Franklin, Atlanta, Resaca.  Lookout Mountain and Cumberland Gap.  He had one brother and three step-brothers who served in the army, all killed except one step-brother, who is now living in the eastern part of Blanchard Township.  On Nov. 18, 1869, he was married to Rebecca Shannon, of Hardin County, Ohio, born Feb. 15, 1854, daughter of Enos and Dusilla (Miller0 Shannon.  Seven children have blessed this union, viz., James P., Artie M., William H., Minerva, John, Van and Chloe.  In politics, Mr. Brown is a Democrat, and is one of the useful men of Blanchard Township.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Pub. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 867
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WILLIAM HARVEY BROWN, farmer and civil engineer, P. O. Kenton, was born at Amsterdam, N. Y., July 25, 1835.  He is a son of Loomis and Amancy (Gifford) Brown, both natives of New York.  Our subject came to Ohio in 1847, and was reared on a farm and was educated at the common schools and at the Baldwin University, Berea, Ohio, from which latter place he graduated in the scientific course.  He was married, Nov. 24, 1859, to Jane E. Richards, born Oct. 17, 1838, and a daughter of Edwin Richards of Massachusetts.  Their union was blessed with four children, viz., Virginia Eleanor, born Oct. 13, 1860, died June 16, 1879; Florence Amelia, born Oct. 11, 1862, died Aug. 18, 1879; Erwin Arthur, born Oct. 21, 1872; and Celia May, born May 9, 1876.  Mrs. Brown died Nov. 23, 1879, and Mr. Brown remarried Feb. 19, 1880, taking for his second wife Mary Elizabeth Scott.  She was born Dec. 31, 1853, and is a daughter of William J. and Almira Jane (Rose) Scott.  One child has resulted from this union.  William Loomis, born July 9, 1881.  Mr. Brown is an honorable member of Amicitia Lodge, No. 79, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, also of the Encampment at Kenton.  In politics, he is a Republican and has served Hardin County seven years as a County Surveyor.  He is well qualified as a civil engineer, in which line he does considerable business.  He also gives some attention to the cultivation of his farm, which is situated on the Lima pike,  Section 23.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Pub. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 919
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SAMUEL BRUBAKER, farmer, P. O. Dunkirk, was born Dec. 15, 1817, in Ropho Township, Lancaster Co., Penn., and is a son of Jacob and Cathern (Brubaker) Brubaker, the former (deceased) of Swiss descent, the latter a native of Pennsylvania, of Irish descent.  When eleven years of age, he emigrated to the northwestern part of the State; from there, on Mar. 22, 1854, he moved to Stark County, Ohio, where he lived for ten years, and finally, on Apr. 8, 1864, came to Hardin County.  He worked in Pennsylvania for eight yeas, at the trade of shoe-maker; was a merchant in Pennsylvania for five years, and ten years in Stark County, Ohio; four years in Berlin and six years in Lewisville.  He is now occupied in farming, and owns twenty-six and one-quarter acres in Blanchard Township and four dwellings in Dunkirk.  He was married, in Erie County, Penn., Feb. 2, 1835, to Rebecca Boyer, who was born Jan. 8, 1816, in York County, Penn., of foreign descent; died June 9, 1882, leaving a family of eight children, three living, viz., Sarah, wife of John F. Beans, residing in Dunkirk; Lucy Ann, wife of John Mace, and Amelia C., wife of Daniel W. Edgar, son of Squire Edgar.  His son, John M., enlisted, October, 1863, in the Eighty-third Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and died of typhoid fever at Chattanooga, Tenn., February, 1864, at the age of twenty years.  Mr. Brubaker has one sister - Mary, wife of George Henry, residing in Franklin Township, Erie Co., Penn.  Mr. Brubaker and his wife being to the Methodist Episcopal Church, where the former, for eighteen years, was a member, is a Trustee, and has been Steward and Treasurer, and formerly belonged to the Evangelical Church.  Mr. Brubaker was married to his second wife Feb. 20, 1883.  She was Mary A. Helms, born in Hancock County, Ohio
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Pub. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 867
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WILLIAM N. BRYAN
, of Ada, was born Mar. 25, 1848, in Caroline, Md.   He is a son of William and Sarah (Adams) Bryan, the latter a native of Maryland.  His father, of Irish descent, came to Ohio in 1855, and settled in Marion County, where he followed his trade of blacksmith, and also pursued farming.  Our subject was reared on the farm, receiving an ordinary education from the common schools.  For his occupation, he chose the trade of a carriage-maker.  In 1872, he came to Hardin County, Ohio, and has been working ever since at his trade.  He is now employed in Conner's carriage shop, having charge of the body and wood work department.  The Bryan Wind-Mill was invented by our subject; it is coming into general use, and proves to be a source of revenue to him.  The patent was secured in 1882.  Mr. Bryan was united in marriage with Matilda Uncapher in 1868.  She is a daughter of Solomon Uncapher, of Ohio, and is of German descent.  Four children have blessed this union, of whom three are living, viz.: Presly F., Olive and Merritt.   Mr. and Mrs. Bryan are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.  Mr. Bryan is a class leader and a member of the Knights of Honor.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Pub. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 992
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WILLIAM BURDETT, farmer, P. O. Dunkirk, was born in 1819, in Norwich, Norfolk Co., England, and is a son of Simon Burdett, deceased, killed by an accident twenty-nine years ago.  Our subject emigrated to New York in his seventeenth year, and lived in Albany; finally - Sept. 27, 1842, he came to Hardin County, where he has since resided.  He pursued the trade of a brick maker until 1870, when he took up his occupation of farming.  He owns eighty acres of land in Section 21, Blanchard Township.  He has been twice married; his first union was formed, when he was twenty-one years old, with Maria Sager, by whom he had four children - William (deceased), Archie (deceased), John and Mary Ann.  His second marriage occurred June 27, 1848, with Elizabeth Butcher, born Sept. 30, 1821, died July 10, 1881.  Her parents were natives of Virginia and were of German descent.  To this union there were eight children born, viz., Simon, Frances Royal (living two miles northeast of Dunkirk), Henry Edwin (deceased), Ellie, Emery, George, an infant (deceased) and Emma Maria.  Mr. Burdett and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Pub. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 868

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Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Pub. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page

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JOHN BURGIN, farmer, P. O. Patterson, was born Apr. 19, 1829, in Lincolnshire, England, and is a son of John Burgin.  He emigrated to Ohio at the age of thirty years and settled n Huron County, where he lived five years and then came to this county, of which he has
been a resident for sixteen years.  He was married in November , 1862, at Norwalk, Huron County, to Mary Ann Chambers, a native of Lincolnshire, England.  Mr. Burgin and his wife are members of the Church of the Disciples.  Mr. Burgin pursues farming for an occupation, and ranks among the intelligent, enterprising farmers of Blanchard Township
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Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Pub. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 868
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GEORGE BURTON, Laborer, Dunkirk, was born in Ohio and is a son of James and Louisa (Reddick) Burton, natives of Loudoun County, Va.  He was married, Apr. 26, 1869, to Phoebe, born in Loudoun County, Va., June 10, 1850, and daughter of Anninias and Martha (Gilbert) Jackson, the former of whom died in a hospital at Nashville, Tenn.  From this union there has been one child - Ulysses, born Nov. 26, 1869.  Mrs. Burton was a member of a family of eleven children; Mr. Burton of a family of eight.  He had two brothers in the army, one of whom was wounded in battle.  Mr. Burton and his wife belong to the Methodist Episcopal Church, of which the former has been a member for seven years, has been Class Leader and Sabbath school teacher.  He owns his residence in Dunkirk and is a useful citizen of the place.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Pub. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 868

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