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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. -
D. O. ZEARING, boot and shoe dealer, Kenton, was born in Wayne County, Ohio, in 1832.  He came to Kenton in March of 1851 and worked for some years at his trade, and, in 1860, established business on the east side of the city, where he has since remained.  He has occupied his present premises for twelve years, erecting the building in 1878 and occupying it in the fall.  This edifice is a substantial brick structure, two stores in height, the front composed of Philadelphia double pressed brick.  He carries a stock of from $8,000 to $14,000 and has a large and lucrative trade, much of it coming from long distances in the surrounding country.  Mr. Zearing was married in 1854 to Miss Martha Gilmore, a native of Chambersburg, Penn.  This union has resulted in two children, viz., Ella, wife of H. C. Stimson, of Kenton, and Ida, living at home.  Mr. Zearing was a member of the City Council in 1867, serving two years.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 834

Blanchard Twp. -
JEREMIAH ZEIGLER, farmer, P. O. Dunkirk, was born in Richland County, Ohio, May 21, 1837.  He is a son of Michael and Rebecca (Bowman) Zeigler, the former, a carpenter, was born in 1806, the latter in 1809, in Lancaster, Penn.  Our subject was raised in Hardin County since his fifteenth year, and has followed the occupation of farmer.  He was married in 1869 to Harriet, daughter of Philo Wood, by which union there have been five children, one son deceased - Charles E., William A., Mary, Hattie A. and John W.  Mr. Zeigler and his wife are members of the German Baptist Church.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 891

Jackson Twp. -
C. F. ZIMMERMAN, teacher, Forest, is son of Joseph and Margaret (Kinsel) Zimmerman, who were early settlers here.  C. F. is the youngest of his father‘s family, and was born in Hancock County in 1859.  He was left fatherless at an early age, and since 1871 has lived in Hardin County, where he received common school education.  At an early age, be commenced teaching, whereby he enabled himself to enter the Northwestern Ohio Normal, at Ada, Ohio, from which he graduated in 1881, and, in the following year, was chosen to his present position, Principal of the Forest Schools.  His wife was Miss Alice Smyth, of Wyandot County. She is also a teacher.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 967

McDonald Twp. -
ELIJAH D. ZIMMERMAN, deceased, one of the old pioneers of Hardin County, was born in Ross County, Ohio, July 4, 1815.  His parents were Andrew and Ruth Zimmerman, both natives of Pennsylvania.  They emigrated to Ohio, locating in Ross County, from which they subsequently moved to Hardin County, where they finally settled.  Mr. Zimmerman, Sr., died Sept. 14, 1844, and his wife on Nov. 24, 1855.  Our subject was reared among the hardships of a new country and labored hard in clearing  his land to bring it under cultivation.  He was married in September, 1838, to Calista Stamats, born in Licking County, Ohio, in 1816, a daughter of Peter and Elizabeth Stamats, both deceased.  This marriage resulted in seven children, six living, viz.: Augusta, born July 1, 1839, wife of Gillfred Carnes; Margaret J., born Jan. 1, 1842, wife of W. T. Patterson; Elizabeth C., born Mar. 31, 1844, wife of C. W. Henkle; Martha, born Dec. 27, 1847, wife of Hamilton Harrod; Hiram L., born Nov. 27, 1849, married to Mary B. Borden, and Byron L., born June 18, 1853.  The one deceased was Peter, born Apr. 30, 1840, died Mar. 15, 1851. Our subject was engaged in farming and stock dealing, and at the item of his deceased owned 520 acres of land.  He died on the homestead, July 26, 1866, and his widow on Sept. 16, 1867.  His two sons, Hiram and Byron, resided on the home farm, consisting of 90 acres, of which Byron owns 60.  They are engaged in farming and stock dealing, and are generally successful.  Hiram L. owns a good farm one mile distant from the old homestead, and both he and Byron L. own land in Anderson County, Kas. 
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 987

McDonald Twp. -
HUMPHREY ZIMMERMAN, farmer, P. O. Round Head, was born in Ross County, Ohio, Oct. 7, 1828.  He is a son of John and Rebecca Zimmerman, natives of Ohio and Pioneers of Hardin County.  His father was born Jan. 19, 1800, his mother, on Aug. 7, 1806.  They were married on Nov. 3, 1825, and in 1837 settled in McDonald Township, where they spent the remainder of their years.  Mr. Zimmerman died Oct. 6, 1864, and his wife on Nov. 3, 1878.  Our subject was married Sept. 18, 1855, to Susan Wright.  She was born on Apr. 9, 1832, and was a daughter of Jacob and Anna Wright.  She departed this life on Aug. 15, 1867, and Mr. Zimmerman subsequently married Emily Dolph, Jan. 17, 1870.  This lady was born Jan. 11, 1847, and was a daughter of Benjamin and Margaret Dolph, the former deceased.  Mr. Zimmerman is the father of seven children, four living, viz.,: John W., born July 29, 1857; Jennie, born Oct. 10, 1860, is the wife of George W. Tidd; Samantha, born Aug. 4, 1863, is the wife of Wesley McCoy; and Levi L., born Apr. 4, 1865.  The deceased are - Sarah, born Feb. 28, 1859, died Aug. 4, 1860; Susan, born July 18, 1867, died Sept. 2, 1867, and an infant.  Our subject has been engaged in farming, and by his industry and perseverance, has accumulated 137 acres of land, all under cultivation and well improved.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 988

McDonald Twp. -
THOMAS J. ZIMMERMAN, farmer, P. O. Belle Centre, was born Mar. 28, 1847, on the home farm in McDonald Township, Hardin County, Ohio.  He is a son of John and Rebecca Zimmerman, natives of Ohio, one of the old pioneer families of McDonald Township.  His father was born Jan. 19, 1800, died Oct. 6, 1864.  His mother was born Aug. 7, 1806, died Nov. 3, 1878.  They were married Nov. 3, 1825, and settled in McDonald Township in 1837, at a time the country was covered with timber, and the Indian still wandered through the forest.  Mr. Zimmerman, Sr., cleared the farm where his son Thomas now resides, which farm at first consisted of 450 acres.  It now belongs to Thomas Zimmerman, and comprises 175 acres of land.  The subject of this sketch was united in marriage, Apr. 22, 1875, to Braska McWilliams, born in Ohio, Apr. 22, 1857, and a daughter of James and Belinda McWilliams.  This union has resulted in four children - Alice M., Cora, Charles W.  Mr. Zimmerman follows farming and stock-raising for his occupation; has been generally successful in life, and is one of the useful citizens of McDonald Township.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 988

Pleasant Twp. -
LAZARUS ZUGSCHWERT, farmer, P. O. Kenton, was born in Baden, Germany, in 1815, and is a son of Clements and Catherine (Werle) Zugschwert.  The subject of this sketch emigrated to America in 1836, and, after a few years spent in New York City, came to Kenton in 1842.  He was engaged as a house painter, besides following various other pursuits.  For three years he acted as salesman, and served for eight years as Deputy Postmaster, being appointed under  President Pierce, during which time he was engaged in merchandising, and finally settled on his present farm in 1862.  He was filled continuously the office of Justice of the Peace for the last twelve years, still serving in that capacity, and also served as constable and Collector, from 1845 to 1860, one term as Coroner, and five years as School Director.  In 1845, he was married in Hardin County to Miss Lena Reese, a native of Germany.  To this union five children have been born, four living, viz., Henry, married to Ollie Kelley, residing in Kenton; Albert, an Attorney-at-law, married to Augusta Cass and residing in Findlay, Hancock County, Ohio; John L., in Polo, Ill., and Elizabeth, at home with her parents.  Mrs. Zugschwert is a daughter of George Henry and Mena (Kaiser) Reese, whose family came to America in 1834, and a sister of Henry Reese, in Kenton.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 834

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