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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.

Pleasant Twp. -
T. F. VAN HORN, liveryman, Kenton, was born in Warren County, N. J., in 1847, where his parents, also natives of New Jersey, are now residing.  In the spring of 1869, our subject visited Montana, remaining there for three years, being engaged in mining, at which he was very successful.  He then spent one year at home, and returning to the mines he subsequently left them for Knoxville, Iowa, where he carried on, for three years, the livery and stage line business.  Again returning to his native place, he entered mercantile business, pursuing it for five years, and then came to Kenton.  Here he established himself in the livery business in the spring of 1876 succeeding Lynch & Poor in the adjoining stable, and in 1881 he purchased his present commodious stable on the corner, when he keeps a full line of livery in horses, buggies and carriages.  He uses from sixteen to eighteen horses, has a good trade, and also has an omnibus line running from the Chicago & Atlantic road.  Mr. Van Horn was married in Bethlehem, Penn., in November, 1875, to Miss Miriam Freese, a native of Hope, N. J., and their family numbers three children, two living, viz., Carrie and IrvingMr. Van Horn is a member of the Knights of Pythias, and is one of the substantial businessmen of Kenton.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 822

Pleasant Twp. -
JAMES VANCE, liveryman, Kenton, was born in Knox County, Ohio, Feb. 28, 182, and is a son of William and Mary (McCullough) Vance.  His father was a native of Ireland, born in 1791, and was a son of James Vance and Elizabeth MooreWilliam Vance emigrated to the United States in 1792, with his father, who settled near Martinsburg, Va., and subsequently, in 1824, moved to Knox County, Ohio, being among the distinguished pioneers.  His father died in Knox County, Ohio, being among the distinguished pioneers.  His father died in Knox County Apr. 15, 1871, leaving one son, Andrew, to survive him.  Andrew is still a resident of Knox County.  William Vance was in native of Washington County, Penn., where they were married.  She died in 1828, and was the mother of six children, four now living, viz., Margaret, wife of John McCreary, of California; Mary, wife of William Pool, of Kenton; William, resident of Fremont, Ohio, and our subject.  The latter was reared on the homestead in Knox County, and and when eighteen years of age learned blacksmithing at Mount Vernon, serving four years.  In the summer of 1850, he went to ___ ___ ___ ___, where he remained two years, returning to Knox County.  He was here married, in 1852, to Miss Sarah J. Walker, a native of that county.  Two years after, he moved to Logan County; thence to Huntsville, where he followed his trade for nine years.  In the fall of 1865, he removed to Pleasant Township, Hardin County, settling on a farm, and finally, in 1867, came to Kenton and opened in the livery business.  He is the oldest man in Kenton representing this branch of business continuously.  In 1872, he erected the stable now used by Mr. Van Horn, occupying it until July, 1880, when he sold it to take up quarters in the adjoining building, where he is now enjoying a large trade.  His family consists of four children, three living, viz., William M., Randel R. and Emma M.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 822

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