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History of Henry & Fulton Counties
edited by Lewis Cass Aldrich - Syracuse NY - Publ. D. Mason & Co.
1888.

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ZIMRI G. CALLIN, Pleasant, Holgate p. o., a manufacturer and dealer in harness and trimmings, was born in Huron county, O., in1850, and was a son of William and Elizabeth Callin.  Elizabeth was born in Pennsylvania, and her husband in Virginia.  They were married in Ashland county.  William died in 1881, leaving a widow and nine children, five of whom are now living: John, James, George and Zimri G., and Mrs. Harriet Sly, a son of Dr. Hugh, who was a graduate of the Cincinnati Medical College, died in 1881.  Three of the sons served in the war; they were John, James and George.  Zimri G. was married in 1874 to Ella Franklin, of Tontogany, Wood county.  She died in 1875, leaving one son, Edward.  He then married his second wife Minnie Parker in 1881.  They have had two children, Della and Oma.  He settled in Holgate, Henry county, in 1881, and then became engaged in the harness business.
Source:  History of Henry & Fulton Counties -
edited by Lewis Cass Aldrich - Syracuse NY - Publ. D. Mason & Co. 1888. - Page 652
HENRY CARPENTER, Liberty, a general and successful farmer, of Henry county, was born in Fairfield county, in 1833 and was a son of George and Barbara (Wilson) Carpenter.  Barbara  was born in Virginia and her husband, George was born in Pennsylvania.  They were married in Fairfield county, O.  George served in the war in 1812 and his widow, after his death, which occured in 1861, was awarded a pension of ninety-six dollars per year, until her death, which occurred in 1875.  They settled in Liberty county in 1848, and had a family of eleven children, four of whom are now living: Mrs. Mary Heft, Mrs. Catharine Davis, David and Henry.  Two of the grandsons, Solomon and George, followed the patriotism of their grandfather and enlisted in the army of the Rebellion.  Henry Carpenter was married in 1861 to Rachel Guthrie.  They have had five children: Amanda T., Mary May, Robert Murphy, Cora Belle (was educated for, and is now engaged in teaching) and Robert. Murphy married Arsa Tremain.  Mr. Carpenter settled on his homestead farm in 1848, paying $3,500 for the first forty acres.  He now owns 200 acres in all.
Source:  History of Henry & Fulton Counties -
edited by Lewis Cass Aldrich - Syracuse NY - Publ. D. Mason & Co. 1888. - Page 652
WILLIAM T. CHENEY, Monroe, Malinta, p. o., was born in the State of Maryland, Aug. 27, 1831, came to Perry county when an infant, where he was raised and receied a public school education, until he reached the age of fifteen years when he moved to Fairfield county with his parents, and came to Henry county in 1857 where he purchased his present farm of forty acres in Monroe township where he has since resided.  He was married in 1854 to Lucinda E. Gronter, of Richland county, O.  They have four children now living: Lucinda A., (Mrs. Marion Smith) Lydia A., Mary R. (Mrs. Herbert Booth) and Frederick W.  Mr. Cheney has held the office of assessor, constable and school dirctor of the township for several years, and has also been a notary public.  He was elected justice of the peace in 1876, which office he has held continually ever since, with the exception of two years.
Source:  History of Henry & Fulton Counties -
edited by Lewis Cass Aldrich - Syracuse NY - Publ. D. Mason & Co. 1888. - Page 654
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN CHRONINGER, Liberty, Liberty Center p. o., was born in Stark county, O., Oct. 14, 1843, and settled in Liberty township in 1846, with his parents, George and Elizabeth Ann (Hinkle) Chroninger.  He was married July 7, 1870, to Asenath Louisa Babcock who was born Aug. 8, 1851.  They have had two children:  Raleigh Royal, born Apr. 22, 1871; Millie Belle, born Nov. 8, 1872.  Asenath L. was a daughter of Lorenzo and Sarah Ann (Patrick) Babcock.  Mr. Chroninger, at the opening of the rebellion, offered his services but was rejected on account of impaired health.  He is a man of rare intellectual tastes.  He has made farming both a success and a pleasant occupation.  He takes in intrest in all public enterprises.  His parents have had a family of ten children, but four of whom are now living:  B. F., Henry, Arminda and Elsie-Dana.  His father, George, was born in Stark county, Sept. 12, 1817, and his mother in Pennsylvania, in 1820.  They were married in Tuscarawas county, in 1841.  George was a son of Henry and Sarah Chroninger natives of Westmoreland county, who were married in Stark county, O., and died in Indiana county.
Source:  History of Henry & Fulton Counties -
edited by Lewis Cass Aldrich - Syracuse NY - Publ. D. Mason & Co. 1888. - Page 654\
GEORGE CHRONINGER, Liberty, Liberty p. o., was born in Stark county, O., Sept. 12, 1817, and came to Henry county, O., in 1840, and settled on his present homestead farm of 160 acres.  He was married in 1841 to Elizabeth Ann Hinkle, of Tuscarawas county, who was born in Pennsylvania, in 1820.  They have had a family of ten children, four of whom are now living:  Benjamin Franklin, Henry, Arminda and Elsie Dana.  George, jr. died leaving one son, Othey; Monroe died at the age of twenty years.  They settled in Liberty in 1846, where they still reside, having one of the best cultivated farms in the county, having five miles of tile, fine fruit and buildings.  He was a son of Henry and Sarah Chroninger.  Henry was born in Westmoreland county, Pa.  They were married in Stark county.  Elizabeth was the daughter of Henry and Mary Hinkle, who settled in Stark county in 1827, where they died.  Mr. Chroninger settled in Henry county with his family in 1846.  The place was then a wood.  He erected a log cabin, cleared his land, now having 130 acres free from stumps, on which he has his homestead.  In addition to this he owns 400 acres in town.
Source:  History of Henry & Fulton Counties -
edited by Lewis Cass Aldrich - Syracuse NY - Publ. D. Mason & Co. 1888. - Page 654\
RUSSEL K. CLAPP, Liberty, Liberty Center p. o., an early settler in Henry county, was born in Delaware county, N. Y., in 1823, and was a son of Russell and Lavina (Strong) Clapp, natives of Southampton, Mass., where they were married in 1811.  He was born 1786 and his wife in 1788.  He died in 1854 and his wife in 1855.  They had eight children, two of whom are now living, Russel K. and Sarah.  They settled in Huron county in 1839, and in 1846 came to Henry county.  Russell K. was married in 1851 to Amelia Clough, who was born in Perrysburg, Wood county, in 1832.  They had a family of three children, two of whom are now living:  Theodore G., Jennie L., who married Ralph Redfield in 1874.  Theodore G. was married in 1881 to Mary Tanner.  Amelia was a daughter of Salmon and Lucy (Whitman) CloughSalmon was born in New York, where they were married, after which they settled in Wood county, O., where Salmon died leaving a family of six children, two of whom are now living:  Jonathan and Amelia.  The widow, Lucy, came to Fulton in 1836, where she died Apr. 9, 1872.  Two of her sons, Jonathan and Ephraim, enlisted and served in the late War of the Rebellion, in the 14th and 67th Regiments.  Russel K. Clapp now owns and occupies the old homestead which was purchased on settlement in 1846, was then a forest, now a well-improved farm.
Source:  History of Henry & Fulton Counties -
edited by Lewis Cass Aldrich - Syracuse NY - Publ. D. Mason & Co. 1888. - Page 655
AMOS COLE, Pleasant, Holgate p. o., one of the pioneer settlers of Henry county, was born in Chenango county, N. Y., in 1803.  His parents, Silas and Louisa Cole, came there at an early day from Connecticut.  In 1815 they moved to Ohio and settled in Sciota county, and in 1831 Amos was married to Nancy Watts, who was born in that county.  In 1833 he moved into the then wilderness of Henry county.  He was one of the commissioners who organized the county and held the office of commissioner for several years, and was at one time associate judge.  He was justice for fifteen years.  He raised a family of six children as follows:  Mary L., Elizabeth A., Julia C., Newton S., Albert E. and Hester S.  The oldest died several years ago, and the rest of the family are now living in Henry and Defiance counties.  Amos died in 1863, and Nancy in 1875.  Newton S., the eldest son, was born in 1838, and remained at home on the farm until he was twenty-one years of age, when he engaged in teaching school.  In November, 1861, he enlisted in Co. F, 68th O. V. Infantry, in which he served until 1863, when he was transferred to the U. S. Signal Service at Vicksburg, Miss., and remained in that service until he was discharged in 1865.  He was married in 166 to Julia A. Parker, of Attica, Ind.  He has a family of three sons: Claude Bertrand, Allen Eugene and Guy Otis.  He has been justice of the peace, and also held several other minor offices.  He moved to the village of Holgate in 1876, and became engaged in the hardware business, in which he has remained ever since with a reasonable amount of success.
Source:  History of Henry & Fulton Counties -
edited by Lewis Cass Aldrich - Syracuse NY - Publ. D. Mason & Co. 1888. - Page 655
JAMES CONNOLLY, Washington, Liberty Center p. o., one of the leading farmers of Northwest Ohio was born in Greene county, N. Y., in June, 1833, and settled in Washington township in 1841.  He was married Oct. 21, 1853, to Elizabeth Gamble, of Franklin, Wis.  They have had six sons: Francis E., James M., William H., Michael, George Van, Robert B.  Three of his sons Francis E., James M. and William H., are graduates of the commercial college, and wre fitted for teachers.  Mr. Connolly served as county commissioner for two terms.  In early life he became engaged in farming and now owns 500 acres.  He was a son of Michael and Ellen (Duffy) Connolly, who were born and married in Ireland; he in 1791 and his wife in 1796.  They were married in 1825, and emigrated to America in 1827.  They first settled in N. Y. State,  in Greene county, where they remained until 1835, when they went to New York city where they remained until 1837, when they came to Ohio, and in 1838 settled in Henry county, and in the year 1841 they came to Washington township, where they died.  He in1875, and his wife in1868.  They had four sons, two of whom are now living, Michael, jr., and James.  Paul and William are deceased.  The family came from New York by the Erie Canal, and crossed Lake Erie on the steamer Robert Fulton, in 1813.
Source:  History of Henry & Fulton Counties -
edited by Lewis Cass Aldrich - Syracuse NY - Publ. D. Mason & Co. 1888. - Page 656
MICHAEL CONNOLLY, JR., Washington, Colton p. o., one of the pioneers of Washington township, was born in Gallaway, Ireland, in 1827, and was a son of Michael and Mrs. Ellen (Duffy) Connolly, who were married in 1825.  Ellen was born ni 1796 and died Jan. 15, 1868.  Her husband, Michael, was born in 1797 and died Mar. 9, 1875.  They had a family of four sons: Michael, Paul, William J., and JamesMichael and James are the only two now living.  The parents came to America in 1827, bringing with them their son, Michael.  They were wrecked off Portage Island and after a tedious trip arrived at New York, and settled in Greene county in 1835.  They moved to New York city, and in 1837 came from New York via Erie Canal and Lake Erie and settled in Wood county, O., and in 1838 they settled in Napoleon, Henry county.  In 1841 Michael entered his homestead farm of 160 acres, paying $1.25 per acre for it.  They settled and died in Washington township.  Michael, jr. was married in 1848 to Anna Lavelle, of Mount Morris, Livingston county, N. Y.  She died in 1849.  e then married his second wife, Ellen Carroll, of Lucas county, in 1850.  They have had a family of seven children:  William J., Frank P., Theresa, Edward, Eugene, Charles and Nellie.  William and Edward fitted themselves for teachers and taught school.  Mr. Connolly purchased a quarter section in 1846.  He is engaged in farming, and has also been engaged in the boating business for twelve years.  He now owns 500 acres of finely cultivated land.  He has been canal superintendent, was trustee of the township for three terms.  He is now a retired farmer, residing on section 21, range 18.  His wife, Mrs. Ellen Connolly, died Jan. 10, 1882.  She was a daughter of Daniel Carroll, of Lucas county.
Source:  History of Henry & Fulton Counties -
edited by Lewis Cass Aldrich - Syracuse NY - Publ. D. Mason & Co. 1888. - Page 656
PAUL CONNOLLY (deceased), Washington, Liberty Centre p. o., was born in Greene county, N. Y., in 1829.  He was a son of Michael and Ellen (Duffy) Connolly, and a brother of Michael and James Connolly, of Washington township.  Paul was married in 1866 to Hannah Murphy.  They had a family of four children, two of whom are now living:  Alphonsus L., Elizabeth; Mary, died Sept. 1, 1867, Anna was born in 1867 and died in 1877.  Paul Connolly died in 1874.  His widow now resides on the homestead farm of 180 acres.  She was a daughter of Edward and Sina Ann (Karsner) Murphy, who came from Philadelphia, Pa., to Henry  county in 1830.  Sina Ann was born in Philadelphia, and her husband in Ireland.  They were early settlers.  Edward died in 1854, and his widow in 1856.  They had a family of nine children, five of whom are now living: Hannah, Elizabeth, Rebecca, John and Thomas.  They came to Henry county about 1830.
Source:  History of Henry & Fulton Counties -
edited by Lewis Cass Aldrich - Syracuse NY - Publ. D. Mason & Co. 1888. - Page 656
VIEN COWDRICK, Napoleon, was born in Liberty township, Apr. 12, 1834, and was a son of Joseph and Margaret (Emmick) Cowdrick, who were married at Dayton, O., and had a family of eleven children, five of whom are now living: John E. Smith, Vien, Margaret, and Benjamin F.  Smith enlisted in the 38th Ohio Regiment, in 1862, and after six months was discharged for disability.  Joseph was born in New Jersey.  They settled in Henry county Apr. 1, 1834, and died in 1872.  Joseph was a justice of the peace and the first elections were held in his house when it was in the township of Harrison.  Vien was married in 1858 to Sarah Redman, who was born in 1842.  They have had two children, Dr. Elmer E. and Myrtle A.  Elmer was graduated from the graded schools, fitted for and graduated from the Chicago Medical College in 1886.  Myrtle is now a student.  The subject of this sketch was one among the first white children born in Henry township.
Source:  History of Henry & Fulton Counties -
edited by Lewis Cass Aldrich - Syracuse NY - Publ. D. Mason & Co. 1888. - Page 658
GIDEON CREAGER, Harrison, Napoleon p. o.,  prominent early settler of Harrison township, was born in Maryland in 1810 and was a son of Cornelius and Mary Creager, and a grandson of Conrad Cornelius, who settled in Dayton, Montgomery county, O., in September, 1812.  The father died in Seneca county in 1841.  He was born in 1798.  His wife died in Henry county in 1866, at the age of seventy-seven years.  They had a family of ten children, two of whom are now living: Mrs. Mary Lamberson and Gideon G., who married Christina Shonkwiler, of Seneca county, O., in 1838.  They have had a family of thirteen children, nine of whom are now living: Harriet, Jemimah, Daniel, Caroline, Oren, Margaret, Veona, Mary, Clement L., and Benjamin died leaving a family of four children.  G. G. Creager settled in Harrison in 1852 on his present homestead of 160 acres, paying therefor two dollars and fifty cents per acre.  He has twenty-eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren.  Cornelius was a professional teacher and Gideon also followed that vocation in early life.
Source:  History of Henry & Fulton Counties -
edited by Lewis Cass Aldrich - Syracuse NY - Publ. D. Mason & Co. 1888. - Page 655
GEORGE CROCKETT, Damascus, Grelton p. o., was born in Ash Point, Knox county, Me., in 1823, and was a son of James and Mary (Haskel) Crockett, who settled in Seneca county, O, where they died.  George was married in 1848 to Eliza Bogart, who died in 1849.  His second wife was Harriet N. Emery, who was born in Maine and was a daughter of Levi and Louis Emery.  They were married in 1851 and had five children, four of whom are now living: Malcolm, Alice, Ernest and Knott.  The father, George, died on Nov. 21, 1871.  He settled in Damascus in 1847 and was a man who gave character to his town, was active in all the county and town enterprises and held many of the offices.  His son, Malcolm was married in 1881 to Mary Wheaton, of Vermont.  Alice married Martin Koller.  Ernest married Alma Bowman.
Source:  History of Henry & Fulton Counties -
edited by Lewis Cass Aldrich - Syracuse NY - Publ. D. Mason & Co. 1888. - Page 659
MALCOLM CROCKETT, Monroe, Grelton p. o., was born in Damascus township, Henry county, July 11, 1852, and settled in Monroe township in 1884, where he purchased a farm of 160 acres.  He was married in 1881 to Mary E. Wheaton, of Barre, Vermont.  They have three children:  Alice B., Edith and Annie.
Source:  History of Henry & Fulton Counties -
edited by Lewis Cass Aldrich - Syracuse NY - Publ. D. Mason & Co. 1888. - Page 659
JOSEPH R. CULBERTSON, Damascus, Grand Rapids, Mich., p. o. one of the representative farmers, was born in Wayne county, May 24, 1834, and settled in Henry county in 1851 with his parents, J. G. and Mary (Bell) Culbertson.  They were born in Westmoreland county,  Pa., and settled in Ohio, in 1823, and they were married in 1829.  J. C. Culbertson was born in 1807 and his wife, Mary B., in the same year.  She died in March, 1864.  They had a family of nine children, five of whom are now living:  Mrs. Sarah, wife of Rev. J. C. Bingham; Joseph B.; Mrs. Lou Ryan and Mrs. Anna Frazer, who is now a teacher in the Dakota Agency Indian school, and Eli.  Franklin enlisted August, 1862, in Company A, 100th Ohio Volunteers.  He was taken prisoner at Limestone Junction and confined on Belle Island for six months, after which he was exchanged and returned to his regiment.  He was wounded before Atlanta and died nineteen days after from injuries received.  Mrs. Jennie Kerr and Mrs. Hattie Smith died, each leaving families.  His great-grandfather was Samuel Culbertson, who was born in Westmoreland county, Pa.  Joseph B. was married Sept. 17, 1861, to Henrietta I. Waters who died in February, 1866, leaving one son, Frank W.  Mr. Culbertson then married his second wife, Amy Philo, August, 1868.  She was born in Luzerne county, Pa., in 1842 and died Apr. 21, 1881, leaving a family of five children:  Fred F., James, Hope, Howard and Pearl (twins).  Mr. Culbertson then married Mrs. Tamzon (Nulton) McIntire, Apr. 5, 1882.  She had one son by her first husband: Z. C. McIntire.
Source:  History of Henry & Fulton Counties -
edited by Lewis Cass Aldrich - Syracuse NY - Publ. D. Mason & Co. 1888. - Page 659
SETH L. CURTIS, Napoleon, Napoleon p. o., was born in Wyoming county, N. Y., at Java Lake, in 1836, and settled with his parents in Ridgeville, O., in 1838.  He was a son of David F. and Zitaha (Lewis) Curtis.  David L. was born in New York and died in 1840, at Ridgeville, O.  His wife was born in 1806 and died in 1882, at the age of seventy-six years.  They had a family of three children: Suzette C., Jane A. and Seth L.  Seth L. was married in 1861 to Mary Chapman, who died in November, 1872, leaving two children: Lura J. and Cora A.  He married his second wife, Margaret A. Quaintenance, on July 1, 1874.  Mr. Curtis is largely engaged in the dealing in hides, pelts, furs, hogs and Yankee notions of all descriptions.
Source:  History of Henry & Fulton Counties -
edited by Lewis Cass Aldrich - Syracuse NY - Publ. D. Mason & Co. 1888. - Page 659

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