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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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Publ. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co.
1883

  Hale Twp. -
WILLIAM E. McCALL, farmer, P. O. Mount Victory, was born in Westmoreland County, Penn., in April of 1826.  He is a son of William and Elizabeth McCall, natives of Pennsylvania, who moved to Portage County, Ohio, in April, 1827, remaining there until the decease of our subject's father, in October 1840.  The family removed to Logan County in 1841, where Mrs. McCall departed this life in North Greenfield in 1851.  The subject of this sketch came to Hardin County in 1843, residing for awhile with his brother Thomas.  He was married, Jan. 2, 1851, to Miss Charlotte, daughter of John C. and Rachel Garwood, both deceased.  Thomas F., Emma J., Elnora, John and William.  Albert, Matilda and Rachel, deceased.  Albert died at the age of one year and eight months, from the fall of a gate, being instantly killed; the others died of diphtheria, one week apart, Matilda at the age of six years, and Rachel at three years.  Mr. McCall has been engaged in farming all his life, and at the present time owns seventy-two acres of well-improved land, on which the faimly reside.  He and his wife are members of the United Brethren Church.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 940
  Marion Twp. -
NATHAN McCLURE, farmer, P. O. Ada, as born in Ireland, Jan. 15, 1808.  He came to the United States about 1831 or 1832, and was married to Maria Walker, by whom he had three children - Elizabeth, Margaret and John.  The latter was killed by a fall from a horse, at the age of eleven years.  Mrs. McClure died when twenty-seven years of age, and Mr. McClure subsequently married Elizabeth Hughs, born in Ireland Mar. 12, 1819, and who came to America at the age of five years.  Five children resulted from this union, viz.: Mary Ann, Alexander, Robert, Rebecca and Matilda.  Mr. McClure  came to Hardin County in 1857, and settled on Section 10, where he has since resided, and where he is occupied in cultivating his nice farm of eighty acres.  On Apr. 7, 1877, his house was burned, entailing a great loss to him.  Mr. McClure is industrious and peaceable, and is one of the useful citizens of Marion Township.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 951
  Marion Twp. -
ISAAC McCOY, farmer, P. O. West Newton, was born in Virginia, Oct. 1, 1816, and is a son of Washington and Margaret (Wolverton) McCoy. He was reared on a farm, and secured a fair education from the common schools.  In 1832, he and his father came to Ohio, located in Allen County, and, in 1840, came to Hardin County, where they finally settled.  On Mar. 20, 1841, he was married to Mary Jane Christopher, a native of Maryland, by whom he had twelve children, as follows:  Sarah, born Jan. 3, 1842, wife of Nicholas Engle; Margaret, born July 7, 1844, wife of Sanford Newland; John Henry, born Sept. 3, 1846, married to Ella Hopper; Mary Malissa, born Dec. 29, 1848, wife of Griffin Gaunt; Martha Jane, born Feb. 4, 1851, wife of Sims Rutledge; William Thomas, born Nov. 12, 1853; Caroline born Sept. 9, 1855, wife of Jerry Montague, of Dakota; Lemuel, born June 1, 1857; David Westley, born Oct. 12, 1859, married to Samantha Zimemrman; Alice, born Sept. 15, 1862; Charlie W. born Mar. 29, 1866, and Emma, born Feb. 16, 1869.  John Henry served in the Nineteenth Ohio Volunteer Infantry.  Mrs. McCoy is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.  Mr. McCoy is a true type of the warm-hearted pioneers, seldom met with in these late days.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 951
  Jackson Twp. -
JOHN McELREE, farmer, P. O.  Patterson, is a son of Thomas McElree, a native of the North of Ireland, where he learned and carried on the weaving trade and married Jane McFadden.  In 1833, they emigrated to America with two children, settling near Lancaster, Penn., and, thirty years later, came to Hardin County, where Thomas died and his widow still survives.  In Hardin County, he followed farming pursuits and accumulated a neat competency.  He and his wife were both members of the Presbyterian Church.  Of seven children born to them, John, our subject, is the fourth and was born in Lancaster County, Penn., in 1840.  He reached his majority in his native State, but, since 1862, has resided, uninterruptedly, in Hardin County, where he now owns 320 acres of land, all under good cultivation and well improved.  In 1874, he was chosen one of the County Commissioners, and is now one of the Trustees of Jackson Township, in which capacity he served in 1867.  In 1868, he married Leah M. Scribner, of Marion County, by whom he has had a family of five children.  Mrs. McElree was originally a Miss Owen, and her first husband’s name was Henry Scribner, by whom she had two children.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 961
  Blanchard Twp. -
WILLIAM C. McGINNIS, farmer, P. O. Dunkirk, was born July 31, 1804.  His parents were Paul and Susan (Robison) McGinnis, natives of Scotland, and both deceased.  The subject of this sketch was raised in Pennsylvania, and came to Hardin County  twenty-five years ago.  He enlisted in the Eighty-second Ohio Infantry, Company G, served eighteen months and was in seven battles.  In 1838, he was married to Maria Underwood, a native of Washington County, Penn., who died Aug. 10, 1859, leaving a family of nine children, eight of whom are living and married.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 882
  Marion Twp. -
CYRUS McGUFFEY, farmer, P. O. McGuffey, was born in Franklin County, Ohio, Jan. 15, 1834.  He is a son of John and Parmelia (Courtwright) McGuffey, both natives of Ohio.  He was raised on a farm and educated in the common schools of Franklin County, also attended school at O. W. University for two years, and was one year at Ohio University at Athens.  On Oct. 25, 1859, he was married to Miranda E. Patterson, a daughter of Thomas and Miranda (Codner) Patterson, by which union there has been one child - William Cyrus, born Mar. 11, 1872.  Mrs. McGuffey came to Hardin County in 1863, settled on Section 13, and has made himself a nice little home on the rich lowlands adjoining the marsh.  He is one of those quiet and unassuming men who are seldom appreciated, except by a few Intimate friends.  He belongs to Pleasant Hill Grange, No. 598, of which he is Lecturer.  In politics, he is a Democrat, fills the office of a School Director, is a member of the Executive committee of the county, and is Postmaster of McGuffey Post Office.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 752
  Jackson Twp. -
JOHN McVITTY (deceased) was born in Franklin County, Penn., Apr. 25, 1808, and died in Jackson Township, this county, Dec. 11, 1881.  His father was John, Sr., of Scotch descent, but who spent the greater part of his life in Pennsylvania.  Our subject was raised in his native State, acquired a fair education, and learned the trade of millwright.  He and his brother Noah came in 1835 to this county, and entered land in Section 14, of what is now Jackson Township—John on 160 acres and Noah on eighty.  The following year they returned to the Keystone State and married sisters, John to Frances Culbertson, and Noah to Mary Culbertson.  They all, in the
same year, came to Hardin County and settled on their previously entered homes, where Noah died in 1839, leaving a widow, who now lives in Pennsylvania, but no family.  John and wife were spared to face the pioneer hardships of the county.  He was at all time ready to assist in any improvements beneficial to the county, and thereby won the esteem of his fellow-men, who elected him as a member of the Board of County Commissioners, in which capacity he served three years, besides being repeatedly elected Trustee and Treasurer of Jackson Township.  Soon after coming to Hardin County, Mr. McVitty became, probably, the first school teacher in Jackson Township.  His
family consisted of twelve children, of whom N. T. is the eldest, being born on the old homestead of Jackson Township, in May, 1838, a life-long resident and farmer of Hardin County, and now owner of 200 acres.  His wife is Zada, sister of Dr. Stansell.  Their children are John E., William M. and Emma J.

Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 961
  Buck Twp. -
FRED MACHETANZ, tanner, Kenton, was born in Auglaize County, Ohio, in 1849.  His parents, Gotleib and Catherine (Freyman) Machetanz, are natives of Germany, whence they emigrated in 1826, settling in Auglaize County, Ohio.  His father died there when our subject was but seven years of age.  The mother again married, and is still residing there.  Our subject came to Kenton in 1878, and, in the same year, erected his present business house situated on the south side of the Scioto River in South Kenton, where he has established and built up a successful trade.  He employs a force of three men, and his business is rapidly increasing.  He was married, in 1876, to Miss Minnie, daughter of A. Traeger, of Kenton, to which union there have been born two children - Charles and Augustus.  Mr. Machetanz was elected Clerk of Buck Township in the spring of 1883, where he is how residing, and the same season was elected to the City Council.  He and his wife are members of the German Lutheran Church, and he is one of Kenton's busy manufacturers.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 1047
  Dudley Twp. -
J. C. MARSHALL, farmer, P. O. Kenton, was born Dec. 26, 1841, in Union County, Ohio, and is the son of Joshua and Annette (Cooledge) Marshall, natives of this State and of Irish and German descent.  HE was married Apr. 1, 1866, to Sarah, who was born Feb. 4, 1845, in Champaign County, Ohio, and a daughter of Joseph and Margaret (Harlan) Evans, natives of Chester County, Penn.  This union resulted in four children, three boys and one girl, viz., Annette, born Aug. 11, 1867; Fred E., born Dec. 22, 1869; Joseph, born July 29, 1873, and Victor J., born May 4, 1800.  Mrs. Marshall is a member of the Christian Church and Mr. Marshall of the Methodist Church.  Mr. Marshall enlisted in the Eighty-sixth Ohio Volunteer Infantry; was also in the One Hundred and Seventy-fourth Regiment, and was discharged at the close of the war.  He is a farmer by occupation, and is employed also in stock-raising, making a specialty of hogs and sheep.  He owns 240 acres of land in Dudley Township, and has resided here for twelve years.  He built his residence in 1882.  Mr. Marshall is a Republican in politics, is a member of the Masonic Lodge and of the Grand Army of the Republic.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 902

Wm. R. Mathews
WILLIAM R. MATTHEWS
  Blanchard Twp. -
THOMAS MAXWELL, farmer, P. O. Dunkirk, was born Apr. 5, 1836, in Coshocton County, Ohio.  He is a son of George and Jane (Hums) Maxwell, both deceased.  His parents were natives of Pennsylvania, of Irish descent, who moved to Ohio in 1828 and to Hardin County in 1842.  His mother died in October, 1878, at the age of eighty-six years.  The subject of this sketch is the sixth son and eleventh child of a family of twelve children, ten of whom are living.  He received a common school education, pursues farming for an occupation and is the owner of 100 acres of land in Section 16, Blanchard Township.  He enlisted Sept. 20, 1864, in the One Hundred and Seventy-eighth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Company K, and served ten months.  Mr. Maxwell is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, at Dunkirk, and is a useful citizen of Blanchard Township.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 882
  Buck Twp. -
M. D. L. MENTZER, farmer, P. O. Kenton, was born in Kenton, Hardin Co., Ohio, Feb. 23, 1848.  He is a son of Samuel and Sophia (Benjamin) Mentzer, whose sketch we have given in this history.  Our subject was reared on the homestead and educated at the common schools.  On Sept. 29, 1870, he was united in marriage to Rhoda A., daughter of William and Rebecca Smith, and a native of Union County, Ohio, born Dec. 24, 1850.  Three children have resulted from this union - Iona, born Dec. 29, 1871; Anna M., born May 26, 1873, and George A., born Mar. 31, 1883.  Mr. Mentzer owns 216 acres of land of the homestead, and fifteen acres adjoining.  He is a thoroughly scientific and successful farmer and stock-raiser, and in connection with his business keeps a system of book-keeping, in which he has a full account of his receipts and expenditures, and at the end of the year is able to ascertain the profits and losses.  He weighs his cattle every month, and records the gain or loss.  Politically, he is a Democrat.  He served as Township Clerk for first year after his majority.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 1048
  Buck Twp. -
SAMUEL MENTZER, deceased, was born Aug. 3, 1806.  In 1834, he removed to Mansfield, Ohio, where he wintered, and then came to Kenton and engaged in merchandising, following it for two yeas, and then took a contract for building the Erie Feeder.  This was not successful and after a year and a half, he returned to Kenton and built the National Hotel, where now stands the Bank Block.  Two years after, he traded the hotel for 100 acres of land, and got $1,000 besides.  He then moved on his farm, and, in 1847, was elected Auditor of Hardin County, by a majority of one vote.  After serving one term, he was obliged to decline a re-election on account of his ill health, and returned to his farm, which he worked up to within twelve years of his death.  He added to his farm until he owns 222 acres, besides sixty acres adjoining, all of which he cleared and improved.  He was married to Susan Lipley, by whom he had seven children, three living - Lydia, wife as James Baker; David and John.  Mrs. Mentzer died, and he then married Eliza Whiteman deceased, by whom there was one child, also deceased.  For his third wife he took Sophia A. Benjamin, daughter of Nathan and Mary (Nulse) Benjamin, and a native of Athens County, Ohio, born Oct. 1, 1848.  Of the six children that blessed this union, four are living - Mary C., wife of Hezekiah Ruby; Louisa D., wife of Isaac Cook; M. D. L. and William M.  Mrs. Mentzer's maternal grand-parents came from Holland, and were eighteen weeks on the voyage, during which her mother was born.  Her paternal grandparents were Rebea Clendenen and John Nulse, her grandfather a native of Scotland, and her grandmother of Ireland.  Her grandfather, while holding her father in his arms, was shot by the Indians, who took her grandmother and seven children prisoners, retaining them for eight months, when peace was declared.  Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin, grandparents of Mrs. Mentzer, on first coming to this country, located in New Jersey, thence moved to Pennsylvania, and from there came to Muskingum County, Ohio.  Mr. Samuel Mentzer and his wife were members of the Lutheran Church.  He served several terms as Township Trustee and Township Clerk, and died Aug. 10, 1882.  He was a man of great enterprise, and did much for the public improvements of Hardin County.  He laid out Mentzer's Addition of Kenton, consisting of five acres.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 1048

R. D. Millar
Goshen Twp. -
R. D. MILLAR

Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Pub. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 914
  Blanchard Twp. -
ISAAC MILLER, farmer, P. O. Dunkirk, was born Feb. 16, 1814, and Carroll County, Ohio, and is of Scotch and German descent.  He was reared on a farm, and given a common school education.  By occupation he is a farmer, owns eighty acres of land in Section 16, Blanchard Township, and has improved his farm from a woodland.  In 1837, he was married to Eleanor Jackson, who died in 1846, leaving a family of four children, Nancy Ann, John A., Sarah E., and Emma J.  Mr. Miller formed a second union, in 1847, with Emily Gilmore, by whom he has had three children, viz., Margaret Ann, James W., and Altha.  Mr. Miller and his wife are members of the Disciple Church, in which the former has been a Deacon for ten years.  Mr. Miller has filled the office of Township Trustee, and School Director, and is one of the useful citizens of Blanchard Township.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 882
  Blanchard Twp. -
J. C. MILLER, proprietor planing and saw mills, Dunkirk, was born Aug. 26, 1814, on the Blanchard River, Delaware Township, Hancock County, Ohio, and is a son of Thomas and Temperance (Picket) Miller, both of German parentage, the former a native of Knox County, the latter of Athens County, Ohio.  Our subject was educated in Hancock County, raised as a farmer, and is now owner of the planing and saw mills for building material, established in February, 1882.  At the age of twenty-five years, he was married to Nancy E. Moore, born in 1856, daughter of John Moore, of German descent.  Four children resulted from this union, Charity E., Alice May, Maud M., and Wiley J.  Mr. Miller served 100 days in the One Hundred and Thirty-third Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Company A, under Capt. Steeley; was called out in May and returned in September.  Mr. Miller is a member of the Knights of Honor and is a useful citizen of Blanchard Township.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 883
  Jackson Twp. -
NICHOLAS MILLER, farmer, P. O.  Patterson, was born in Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany, Oct. 18, 1823, and was left an orphan when only fourteen years old, but soon after, his cousin, Nicholas Leffert, with a family emigrated to America, bringing the young lad along.  They settled near Kenton, where Leffert died.  On reaching their destination, Miller owed his cousin for his passage, which he was to refund by working at the rate of $2.50 per month.  Health was spared him, and in due time the passage or fare was worked out. He was now sixteen years old, without a parent's counsel, and penniless; however, John H. Houser, an old pioneer, induced him to make his home with him and work two years, at the expiration of which time he would make him a deed for forty acres of land, now in Cessna Township.  With a longing desire to be the owner of a farm, the time soon went by, and he, at the age of eighteen years, was one of Hardin County’s land owners.  In June, 1843, he married Martha A., daughter of Rev. Samuel Badley, and at once commenced to clear his farm, when life began in earnest.  In 1848, his wife died, leaving two children, both now dead.  His second wife was Barbara Stall, of Champaign County, Ohio, but born in Pennsylvania Oct. 12, 1830.  With health and energy, he continued until he now owns 200 acres of land in Jackson Township, the result of his own legitimate efforts.  He has, for twenty-three years, been Collector of delinquent taxes of Jackson Township.  He and his present wife have eleven children—Malisca, Nicholas S. (deceased), John H. (now conductor on the B. & O. Railroad), Rufus B. (conductor on the I., B. & W. Railroad), George W., Fred T., Fannie M., Joseph H., William U., Horta and Hayes.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 962
  Blanchard Twp. -
W. F. MORGAN, restaurant and saloon keeper, Dunkirk, was born Feb. 14, 1836, near Zanesville, Ohio.  His parents were Joseph and Jane (Savage) Morgan, the former a native of Virginia and of English, the later a native of New Jersey and of Welsh, extraction.  The subject of this sketch was educated near Tiffin, Ohio, and learned the trade of blacksmith, which he followed for twelve years.  For the past nine years he has been carrying on a saloon and restaurant in Dunkirk.  He was married May 24, 1861, in Adrian, Ohio, to Hattie Cramer, born Jan. 17, 1842, native of Maryland, the daughter of Fred and Polly Cramer.  This union resulted in four children, Bertha Ann, Frank (deceased), Harry D. F., and Zella May.  Mr. Morgan enlisted May, 1864, in the Ohio Hundred and Eighteenth Ohio National Guards, and was discharged in September, 1864.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 883
  Dudley Twp. -
JOHN A. MORRISON, farmer, P. O. Kenton, was born in Muskingum County, Ohio, May 10, 1844.  His father came to this county when our subject was nine years of age. Our subject received a common school education, and for his occupation learned farming, which he has followed through life, and is now the owner of 154; acres of land in Section 7.  He also gives some attention to the raising of thoroughbred cattle.  In February, 1864, he enlisted in the Eighty-second Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Company A, under Capt. James B. McConnell, and was discharged in August, 1865.  He was engaged in the battle of Resaca, Dallas, Ga., Peach Tree Creek and the siege of Atlanta, besides numerous skirmishes.  In 1868, November 26, our subject was married to Sue E., daughter of Able H. Allen, one of the pioneers of Ohio.  Mrs. Morrison was born in this county Jan. 12, 1847, and has reared a family of five children, viz., Claude A., Allen C., Blanche M., John J. and Rebecca OMr. and Mrs. Morrison are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.  Mr. Morrison is a member of the Grange, and is one of the intelligent, industrious farmers of Dudley Township.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 904
  Dudley Twp. -
ROBERT MORRISON, farmer, P. O. Kenton, was born Apr. 15, 1840, in Muskingum County, Ohio.  His paternal grandparents emigrated from County Fermanagh, Ireland, in 1794, and settled in Pennsylvania, where, in 1799, the father of our subject was born.  A few years after they removed to Western Virginia, remaining there until 1812, then came to Muskingum County, Ohio, where, in 1820, the father of our subject was married to Miss Grace Dickson, who was born in County Tyrone, Ireland, in 1803.  Her parents emigrated to America in 1810. and settled near Pittsburgh, Penn., and remained there one year, then moved to Muskingum County, Ohio.  The parents of our subject settled in this county in April, 1853, and had a family of twelve children, six boys and six girls, of whom four boys and three girls are still living.  His mother died Jan. 7, 1880; his father is still living at the age of eighty-four years.  The subject of this sketch enlisted in the Eighty-second Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Oct. 26, 1861; was in seventeen regular battles, had nineteen horses shot under him, his blood never flowing but once, when a minis ball grazed his upper lip.  In the latter part of 1863, he was detailed as a scout and spy to Gen. Howard’s company, the Eleventh Corps.  Soon after the Eleventh Corps was sent to join the Army of the Cumberland.  On Oct. 27, 1863, our subject participated in the battle of Lookout Mountain, and afterward in the battles of Wauhatchie Heights and Mission Ridge, after which Gen. Sherman started to relieve Burnside at Knoxville.   But on reaching London, fearing that he would not get to Burnside in time, he called for volunteers to take a message to Knoxville.  No one responding, Gen. Hooker said he knew of two who would go to any place he told them, and called out Daniel Conner and our subject.  The next morning a brigade of infantry was sent across the river to drive the rebels back to give the two scouts a start.  Knoxville was eighty-two miles distant by rail, but, as the rebels had possession of the railroad, that route could not be used.  Our subject and his companion were captured by the rebels, stripped of their arms and hurried along for six hours, when they made an escape into the woods. After many hindrances, they finally reached Knoxville just in time to save Burnside from a surrender.  Their news was received with great cheering in the camp, and the General ordered his cook to prepare them a breakfast, which latter the two scouts were obliged to decline when they found it to consist of fried bran.  For this work the scouts were to receive $50 extra, but this, as well as the promise of $2 extra per day for secret service, was never paid.  The following spring our subject was in the Atlanta campaign. participating in the battles and skirmishes, and finally served in the campaign from "Atlanta to the Sea,” when his term having expired, he started for home, which he reached Jan. 19, 1865.  He had been under fire 104 days in succession, both in battle and on duty as scout. Since the war, he has been engaged in farming and stock-raising.  He was married, May 3, 1877, to Miss Mary Holland, born in Gibson, Steuben Co., N. Y. Her father, John Holland, was born Nov. 19, 1824, emigrated in 1847, settling in New York, where he was married to Lydia A. Lawless, a native of Ireland, who came to America when child.  They lived in Gibson County, N. Y., for three years and then moved to Clark County, Ohio, resided there eighteen years, and finally came to this county, where they are still living, having reared a family of five children, three boys and two girls.  Mr. Morrison is a Republican in politics, and one of the successful farmers of Dudley Township.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 903
  Blanchard Twp. -
JOHN T. MUSSON, farmer and carpenter, P. O. Kenton, was born, June 26, 1839, in Lincolnshire, England, and is a son of Edward Musson.  He received his education in England, and emigrated in 1856; settled in New York, and, in 1860, came to Hardin County.  He is a farmer and carpenter by occupation and owns a farm in Section 27, Blanchard Township.  In 1862, he was married to Sarah Jane Fletcher, born in 1843, and has been blessed with ten children, six living, as follows:  Edmund A., Elizabeth S., John T., Charles P., William J. and Thomas W.  those deceased are Edward S., William, Mary and Ethel.  Mr. Munson and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 883
  Blanchard Twp. -
J. J. MYERS, stave manufacturer, Dunkirk, was born Sept. 29, 1842, in Switzerland, and is a son of Jacob and Elizabeht Myers.  He is the third of a family of seven children, six sons (one deceased) and one daughter, and was educated at the common schools.  He emigrated to Cleveland, Ohio, in 1850.  For ten years he was pursuing the business of a stave manufacturer in Ottawa County, Ohio.  for four years in Lansing, Mich., and for twelve years in Hardin County.  He has been twice married, the first time in Ottawa County in 1854, to Bertha Tabbord; the second union occurred in Hardin County, 1874, with Angeline Coontz, the widow of Mr. Coontz.  She was born in 1842, a native of Pennsylvania, and of German and Irish parentage.  Rudolph Myers, the brother of our subject, served in the Twentieth Ohio Battery.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 883

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