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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.

Cessna Twp. -
DAVID OBENOUR
, farmer, P. O. Kenton, was born in Stark County, Ohio, Dec. 2, 1826.  His parents, Harmon and Christina (Acre) Obenour, both natives of Pennsylvania, came to Ohio about the year 1820, and settled in Hardin County in the fall of 1837.  Our subject was married, Feb. 10, 1848, to Hannah Clapham, born in England, Dec. 13, 1827, and a daughter of William and Sarah Clapham, of Yorkshire, England.  Her father was born about the year 1793, and was married to Sarah Powell in 1826.  They came to America in 1830, settled in Marion County, Ohio, and subsequently located in Hardin County, where they have since remained.  When first living in Hardin County, they passed months without seeing a white person outside of their own family.  Mr. Clapham's family consisted of nine children, eight living, two of whom are natives of England.  Mr. and Mrs. Obenour have six children, viz., Melodia Ann, wife of John M. Reid, residents of Brown County, Kan.; William Harmon married to Maria M. Darst, of Washington Township; George Washington,  of Washington Township; Sarah Genevra, wife of Austin Wilbur Mathews, of Cessna Township; Robert Elmore, married to Eva Gertrude Gould, Cessna Township; and Minerva Estella.  The latter is an intelligent and accomplished young lady, who left home for Kansas Aug. 2, 1876, and taught in a normal school in Pardee; on July 2, 1879, she was in Minnesota, teaching in Howard, Wright County, and Aug. 8, 1880, she engaged to teach in Morrill, Kan.  She is now living at home.  Mr. and Mrs. Obenour are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, of which the former has been a steward for a considerable time.   He is a member of the Grange, is Reputation in politics, has held offices of trust, and for five years past has been serving as Infirmary Director.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 924

Cessna Twp. -
JOSIAH OBENOUR, farmer, P. O. North Washington, was born in Hardin County, Ohio, Jan. 24, 1850.  He is a son of Harmon and Elizabeth (Fultz) Obenour, born natives of Pennsylvania.  The subject of this sketch was educated at the common schools of Hardin County.  He has been a lifelong farmer and owns eighty acres of land on Section 4, Cessna Township.  On Nov. 20, 1873, he was married to Susan, a daughter of John G. and Susan (Neaunt) Smith, of Hardin County, Ohio.  Two children have been born, Nora May, born in 1874; and Melvin Perry, born in1876.  Mr. Obenour and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.  Mr. Obenour is a Democrat in politics, and one of the present Trustees of Cessna Township.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 925

Washington Twp. -
GEORGE ORTH, farmer, P. O., North Washington was born in Hashen, Germany, on the 5th of May, 1826.  His parents were Adam and Charity (Weaver) Orth.  His father, who was twice married, died in 1871.  Our subject came to Hardin County in the spring of 1835.  For seven years he followed clearing; is now occupied in farming in Washington Township.  He was married in Cessna Township to Martha Ann, the daughter of Joseph and Rebecca (Kain) Huntley, born on the 20th of August, 1831, in Columbiana County, Ohio.  Her mother died forty-eight years ago, and her father twenty years ago.  Of the eleven children born to this marriage, nine are living, six of whom are married.  Mr. Orth has also fifteen grandchildren.  Mr. Orth and his wife are members of the Christian Church, in which the former has been Trustee for fifteen years.  Our subject has filled the office of Township Trustee for three terms; was School Director for several years, and has also been Supervisor.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 973

Blanchard Twp. -
DANIEL O'SULLIVAN, contractor and liveryman, Dunkirk, was born in Ireland, where for seven years he was engaged on the police force, and emigrated to America in 1863, settling in this county.  He was married, in 1863, to Ellen Foley, a native of Ireland, by whom he has had nine children, two boys and seven girls - Kate, Minnie, Eugene P. S., Francis, Betsey (deceased), John B., Nellie I. (deceased) Mary M. and Grace A.  Mr. O'Sullivan is a contractor by occupation, and has an extensive custom.  He was employed in a drainage of the Hog Creek Marsh, the success of which he claims to be due to him.  Mr. O'Sullivan and wife are members of the Roman Catholic Church.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 884

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