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



  WILSON S. SCHUYLER, Pleasant, Holgate p. o., a general merchant, was born in Hudson county in 1842, and was a son of John Van Rensselaer and Cynthia (Nichols) SchuylerCynthia was born in Ohio, and her husband, John, was born in Dutchess county, N. Y., in 1797, and died in 1868, leaving a widow and four children: Josiah, William, Wilson S., and Rachel JaneWilson S. enlisted from Harden county, in Co. D, 34th Ohio, in 1861, under Colonel S. Piette, served three years and eight months, was wounded and discharged from the hospital at Cumberland, Md.  He was married in 1862 to Sarah Pickle, of Harden county.  They have one adopted daughter, Bertha E., born in 1884.  Sarah was a daughter of Tobias and Margaret Pickle.
Wilson S. settled in Holgate, and became engaged in the ashery business, and in 1876 went into the grocery business; has increased his stock and became a general dealer in all classes of dry goods, clothing, boots and shoes, staple and fancy goods.  He is now proprietor of the leading store in town.
Source: History of Henry & Fulton Counties edited by Lewis Cass Aldrich - Syracuse NY - Publ. D. Mason & Co. 1888. - Page 697

James E. Schofield
JAMES E. SCHOFIELD.  In the latter part of the year 1833, a number of pioneers and their families ascended the Maumee River in rudely constructed boats.  Among these was the family of Jared Scofield, a former resident of Delaware county, N. Y., who settled on lands in that part of Henry county that was known as Flat Rock township.  Here he had a tract of forest land, ninety acres in extent, that required the attention of himself and sons for some months before it was fit for tillage. 
     After a residence at this place of only three years Jared Scofield died.  His first wife died two years before this, but he had remarried.  In the family were nine children, of whom James Edwin Scofield, the subject of this sketch, was the third.  He was born near Unadilla, Delaware county, N. Y., on the 13th day of May, 1821, therefore at the time of his father’s settlement in this county he was but twelve years old.  He lived at home until his father died, after which a guardian was appointed for him, and he was put to work on farms, at which he continued faithfully until about nineteen years of age, when he went to Lancaster, Fairfield county, and took up his residence with an uncle, where he remained one summer attending school.  He then returned to this county and resumed general work on the farm and the canal, which was then in course of construction, and so continued until the fall of 1846 when he was elected surveyor of Henry county.  In this office he served two terms of three years each.  During these years Mr. Scofield, with his earnings, started a general merchandise business at Florida, in Flat Rock township. 
     Mr. Scofield, on the 16th day of September, 1849, took to himself a wife in the person of Catharine Elizabeth Loesch, daughter of George A. Loesch, of Flat Rock township.  Of this marriage seven children have been born, six of whom are still living.  In 1850 Mr. Scofield was appointed postmaster at Florida, and continued in office until I856, at which time he was officially decapitated for not supporting Mr. Buchanan as a presidential candidate; he was, however, reappointed in 186I and held the position until 1864, when he resigned and moved to Okolola, where he again engaged in trade, and when a post-office station was established at that place, in  1865, Mr. Scofield was made postmaster, and so held until 1869, at which time he ceased the mercantile business, resigned the office and returned to his farm; he, however, continued to hold his commission as postmaster until 1872, as his resignation was not accepted prior to that time.  From that to the present time Mr. Scofield has been numbered among the thrifty, persevering and successful farmers of Flat Rock.  In the affairs of the township and county he has always taken an active interest, and has frequently been chosen by his towns men to fill some of the important offices in their gift; in 1846 he was elected county surveyor, as the nominee of the Democracy, and affiliated with that party until 1856, when he supported John C. Fremont, but since that campaign he has been an active, earnest Republican.  Since about 1852 Mr. Scofield has held some office within the township of Flat Rock, and rarely has he been defeated, although at no time in all these years has there been a Republican majority therein; first he was elected township clerk and justice of the peace, and held the last named office for three terms; he has been township treasurer one term; assessor two or three terms; road supervisor, school director, and, at the present time is school director, township trustee and justice of the peace.  These several and long-continued political holdings in a Democratic township attest the honesty, integrity and faithfulness in the discharge of duty, of James E. Scofield, and place him in the enviable position of possessing the confidence of his fellowmen.
Source: History of Henry & Fulton Counties edited by Lewis Cass Aldrich - Syracuse NY - Publ. D. Mason & Co. 1888. - Page 632
  JOHN N. SCOFIELD.  In the year 1855 Mr. Scofield became a resident of Ridgeville township.  Four years later he bought the land upon which was afterwards built the little hamlet of Ridgeville, being so named for the township.  Perhaps no man has been so instrumental in building up and improving the place as he, and there are few, if any, who have done as much for the welfare of the township at large as has Mr. Scofield.  With its civil and political history he has been closely identified for upwards of thirty years, and although his political convictions are not in accord with the majority of the voters of the township, his personal standing has been sufficient to break down party lines, and place him in some most important of hits offices; still, he has not been, by any means, a politician, nor has he ever sought, while in office, to advance his own or his party's interest at the expense of the opposing party; his efforts, rather, have been directed toward the improvement and development of the locality, thus benefiting the whole people.  As is well known, Mr. Scofield holds to the doctrine of Republicanism, and, in the various offices that he has been chosen to fill, he has always been the representative of the Republican party.  His candidacy for the county office of probate judge is well re ran well up with the ticket, notwithstanding the fact that he was opposed by one of the strongest Democrats of the county - a person of no less strength that James G. Haly.
     John Newberry Scofield
was born in Seneca county, N. Y., August 30, 1814.  When he was but three years old his parents, Benjamin and Sally (Newberry) Scofield, with their children, left Seneca county and came to Ohio, locating in Strongville township, Cuyahoga county, where the father purchased a tract of wild land, and upon which he commenced an improvement, although his former occupation was that of a carpenter.  In the family of Benjamin Scofield was thirteen children, and of these John was the eighth in the order of their birth.  John lived with his parents until he became of age, and during these years acquired a very good common school education.  At the age of twenty-one he went to Cleveland, where he learned the carpenter trade, and at which he worked some six or seven years, continuously thereafter, but he devoted considerable of his time to teaching and farm work in various portions of Cuyahoga county; in all his mechanical labors in this county covered a period of something like twenty years.
     In the year 1837 he went to the town of Independence to teach school, and while so employed, became acquainted with Miss Anna L. Stafford one of his pupils, to whom, on the 6th of September, 1838, he was married.  From this time until 1855, Mr. Scofield  was variously employed, part of the time on his father's farm, again at his trade, then he bought and improved a piece of land, but, in the year last named sold out and came to Henry county, locating in Ridgeville township, where he purchased a saw-mill property, completed the mill and set the machinery in motion.  This he owned and operated successfully for about twenty-one years.
     In connection with his business operations in this locality Mr. Scofield has became possessed of large tracts of wooded land, and many fine farms show the results of his labor.  In other branches of business, also, he has been very active, and established and operated them with good success.  He built a cheese factory in the township in 1867, but sold it after one season.  In January, 1878, he started a general store at Ridgeville, and still owns and conducts it.  In 1861, under the administration of President Lincoln, Mr. Scofield was appointed postmaster at this place, the name of the office being Ridgeville Corners, but after about three or four years he resigned; again, under President Hayes, he was reappointed and held until the year 1887, when, under the new administration, a successor was appointed. 
     In the year following that in which Mr. Scofield became a resident of of Henry county, 1856, on the ad of December, his wife, Anna, was taken away by the hand of death.  She bore him six children, but all of these, save one, are dead.  On the 16th of December, 1858, Mr. Scofield married Margaret N. Harring, of Port Byron, N. Y.  She died March 26, 1886.  Again, on December 30, 1886, he was married to Sarah E. Harris, of Ridgeville.
Source: History of Henry & Fulton Counties edited by Lewis Cass Aldrich - Syracuse NY - Publ. D. Mason & Co. 1888. - Page 596

Robert K. Scott
HON. ROBERT K. SCOTT.  These pages do not contain the space requisite for a detailed narrative of the events of the life of this man, nor is it in accord with his desire that such detail should be given, but rather, as a necessary part of the history of Henry county, for his life during the last thirty-five years has been almost inseparably connected with that there should be made some reference to a career of business activity, and one closely associated with the civil, social, political and military history of the county, more closely, perhaps, than that of any other person.  Again, there lives not within the county’s borders a single person that has risen by his own or another’s effort to occupy the honorable and distinguished positions that have been assigned, by those in authority, to Robert K. Scott.
     Governor Scott's residence in Henry county was the result of an incident rather than of intent, as, at that time, he was journeying westward over the Miami and Erie Canal toward the Mississippi River, and thence intending by water to reach California, where he had previously, though for a short time, resided; but, on reaching the town of Florida, he met a party of former acquaintances, by whom his baggage was taken ashore and he, vi et armis, compelled to accompany them ; still, this whole proceeding was altogether friendly and with the desire that young Dr. Scott should remain with them. Robert Kingston Scott was a native of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, born in Armstrong county on the 8th day of July, in the year 1826.  His parents were John and Jane (Hamilton) Scott.  The father had been a civil engineer, but at the time of Robert’s youth was a farmer, and on the farm our subject passed the early years of life, at work and in attending the district school.  Early in life Robert determined to enter some profession and had a strong inclination for the law, but subsequent events changed his course and he became a member of the medical profession.  At the age of fifteen he left home and came to Stark county, in this State, where he had a sister residing and with whom he lived and attended school, the facilities for an education being much better here than then could be found in Armstrong county.  Later young Scott began teaching school and, at the same time, boarded with the family of Dr. Graves, of Navarre, in Stark county.  Here he gradually drifted into the study of medicine and afterward supplemented his course by lectures and further study at the Starling Medical College at Columbus.  He went to California just at the time when the “ gold fever” was at its height.  This was in 1850, one year too late to entitle our subject to the distinction Of having been a “Forty-niner."
     Dr. Scott spent one year in the Golden State; he first went to digging, or rather making preparations for digging; he succeeded in turning the Middle Fork of the American River, but just as this great task was completed and a very rich deposit of mineral discovered, the Doctor awoke one morning to find
no less than forty feet of water over his claim ; but his work was not wholly lost as he had already secured some valuable dust, and he was the only person engaged in this work that gained anything except disappointment.  After this, in company with eight men, our subject started on a prospecting trip to the locality known as the " Secret Diggings,” where they worked successfully for a time, but Scott soon left the mines and commenced practice, which he continued for some months with marked success; but, following his inclination, he started for a return journey to his home. On the way he visited several places of interest along the coast of Mexico and South America.
     After what seemed to him a visit of sufficient length among friends and relatives, Dr. Scott again set his face westward, intending to return to California, and it was while carrying out this determination that he journeyed across Henry county, where “circumstances " changed his purpose, as has been heretofore narrated.
     Having decided to remain in Florida, Dr. Scott resumed his professional work and soon acquired a remunerative practice.  He had a thorough understanding of medicine, and his reputation as a physician soon became established throughout the county, and even beyond its borders.  For five years he was actively engaged here, but after that became interested in a successful mercantile business, which he continued for something like one and one-half years, when he disposed Of it and came to reside at the county seat.  This was in the year 1860.  Here he formed a business partnership with Samuel M. Heller, but, at the breaking out of the war, sold his interest to that gentleman and devoted his own time, attention and means, unselfishly and without hope of reward, to recruiting and sending companies to the front.  In the organization of the Fourteenth and Thirty-eighth Regiments he bore an active part, traveling throughout the county and vicinity, raising men and perfecting these military organizations; this being done he commenced recruiting the Sixty eighth Infantry, which regiment has ever been known as the pride of Henry county, it being composed largely of young men from the several townships of that county. In this work Dr. Scott was acting under orders from Governor Dennison, and upon the full organization of the command, he was entitled to, and offered the commission of colonel, but declined and accepted that of lieu tenant-colonel, while Harry Steedman was made regimental commander.  Soon after, however, Scott succeeded to the command, and so continued until the fall of Vicksburg, where by every military consideration, coolness in action, bravery, and above all, meritorious services, he honestly earned, and received a commission as brigadier-general of United States Volunteer Infantry, the instrument conferring this rank bearing the date of December 12, 1863.  Again, in March, 1865, General Scott was brevetted major-general, which rank he did not resign nor was he mustered out of service, but, on the 15th Of December following, he was ordered by the secretary of war to report to General O. O. Howard at Washington; which order being complied with, he was sent to relieve General Saxton, at Charleston, S. C., as commissioner of freedmen, refugees and abandoned lands.
     In this capacity General Scott entered upon the discharge of his duties soon after the first of January, 1866; he satisfactorily adjusted the difficulties existing between the whites and blacks; protected the interests of the loyal white residents and controlled the disposition of the abandoned lands in the State.  He was vested with wide discretionary powers and much latitude in the transaction of the business of his office; many abuses were corrected and the affairs of the State were placed on a firm basis.   Notwithstanding the scope of his duty and the many opportunities that were presented for self advancement, and gain, General Scott was never charged either with malfeasance or misfeasance in office, and in this regard he was almost the only officer so invested with power against whom no charge of corrupt practice was made, or against whom no word of suspicion was uttered.  While in the performance of his duties here, at the request of many citizens of Charleston and of the State generally, the muster out of General Scott from the service of the United States was suspended, but in July, 1868, his resignation was accepted.  In the same year, having gained a residence in the State, General Scott was placed in nomination by the Republican State Convention for the office of governor, and at the polls was elected by a majority of 45,000.  Two years later he was reelected to the same office, although by a less majority of votes. 
     This was a period of reorganization.  During his first official term Governor Scott was ably assisted by the most capable of the financiers and statesmen of the Commonwealth; and there was but little political opposition to his administration; but during his latter term of service his administration was constantly hampered and embarrassed by the designs of unscrupulous money getters, carpet baggers and other obstructing elements against whom he had to contend. Still further, the Democracy of the State again became organized and sought, by all schemes and measures, to overrun the Republican organization, which was eventually accomplished.
     It would be a useless task to attempt to set forth the every act that marked the official life in the South of Governor Scott, nor is it considered an important feature of this sketch.  Suffice it, therefore, to say that his administration was a success; his duty lay plainly before him and faithfully and fearlessly did he fulfill it; and notwithstanding the clamor of certain of the chivalric opposition, the governor’s efforts toward building up a safe governmental structure for the State were materially assisted by a large contingent of the honest and conscientious residents of the city of Charleston and elsewhere.
     For a period of some six years after his retirement from official life Governor Scott continued to reside in Columbia, where he was engaged in business, mainly in dealing in stocks and bonds, besides giving some attention to farming, but in July, I878, he, with his family, returned to Napoleon, and his long neglected real estate interests in this locality. From that until the present time he has been one of the most extensive and successful dealers in lands
Source: History of Henry & Fulton Counties edited by Lewis Cass Aldrich - Syracuse NY - Publ. D. Mason & Co. 1888. - Page 606
  DR. AUGUSTUS R. SCHAEFFER, Ridgeville, Ridgeville Corners p. o., was born in Goshen, Elk hart county, Ind., in 1859. He was a graduate of the Normal School at Goshen, in 1875, after which he learned the baker’s trade; not satisfied with this business, he read medicine with Drs. Wickham and Irvine, and was graduated from the Eclectic Medical College of Cincinnati, in 1880, after which he settled in South Bend, Ind, and in 1883 came to Ridgeville, and now resides here in the practice of his profession, that of a physician and surgeon.  He was married in 1882, to Grace E. Price.  They have two children, Genevieve and Bessie.  Grace E. was a daughter of John and Emma Price.  Dr. A. R. Schaffer was a son of C. N. Schaffer and Christina (Gould) Schaffer, who emigrated from Wurtemburg, Germany, and settled in Indiana, in 1847.  They had two children, Dr. A. R. and Emma.  C. H. was a blacksmith by trade, but is now engaged in the mercantile business at Goshen.
Source: History of Henry & Fulton Counties edited by Lewis Cass Aldrich - Syracuse NY - Publ. D. Mason & Co. 1888. - Page 696

A. B. Scribner
A. B. SCRIBNER.  In the year 1818 there came to the Maumee Valley the family of Elisha Scribner, a native and former resident of Onondaga county, N. Y.  The family did not, however, come directly to this locality upon leaving the Empire State, but went to Cincinnati, thence to Greeneville, Darke county, and from the last named place came to that part of the Maumee Valley that was, two years later, erected into the county of Henry, and at the point then known as Prairie du Masque.
     Elisha Scribner was the grandfather of the subject of this sketch.  The pioneer lived only ten or twelve years in this county when he was taken away by the hand of death.
     Edwin Scribner, the father of our subject, was one“ of the younger children
of Elisha, and was some ten or twelve years old at the time of the family’s settlement in this valley.  At about the age of twenty-one Edwin Scribner married Lucinda Bucklin, of which marriage seven children were born, and of these children, Allen Bawher Scribner, the subject of this sketch, was next to the oldest. That Edwin Scribner was one of the most enterprising men of the county is fully shown by the following narrative of the events of the life of his son during the days of young manhood.  He was, moreover, deeply interested in all that pertained to the welfare and education of his own family and the people of the county as well. For many terms he was a teacher of the schools of his vicinity, and among those who were his pupils can be named some of the most prosperous business men and farmers of the county.
     Allen B. Scribner was born on the 25th day of March, in the year I835, in what was then Damascus township, but is now included within the boundaries of Washington township. He was brought up on the farm, performing such work as could be done by a boy, and on every occasion possible attending school, with the desire of acquiring an education more extended than was given in the schools of the locality; but it seems that much of his time was required by his father in the work on the farm and at the saw-mill, where he was chief assistant, not only at the work, but in keeping the books and attending generally to the business.  When about twenty-three years of age young Scribner obtained his father’s consent for a course of collegiate study, and although the son had devised a plan whereby the necessary expense could be defrayed without parental assistance, nevertheless the father insisted upon paying the same, and made that the only condition of his son’s action.
     In the year 1859 Mr. Scribner entered Heidelberg College, at Tiffin, O., where he remained but a single year, and then, in the fall of 1860, entered the Ohio Wesleyan University at Delaware, taking a classical course.  From this institution he did not graduate, but left during his senior year to accept a traveling situation with a large publishing house of New York city. This action was in part induced by one of the college faculty, by whom young Scribner had been highly recommended to the firm as a young man of superior qualifications.
     In the same year in which he left college Mr. Scribner was married to Mary Catharine Potter, daughter of John Potter, of Delaware county, O.  Of this marriage five children have been born, three of whom are still living. 
     For a period of four years Mr. Scribner was connected with the publishing house, performing satisfactorily every duty to which he was assigned, and the experience acquired by him during these years was of benefit equal to his salary, as he was brought constantly into association with men of under
standing and recognized ability, by which he was enabled to readily judge of men and men's natures, which has proved of great value to him in business life.
     After having severed his connection with this firm Mr. Scribner returned home, and for five years thereafter managed his father's farm.  This, too, was a successful venture, and a source of profit. In 1871 he left the farm and moved to Napoleon, and engaged in manufacture connected with a foundry and machine shop, under the firm style of Scribner & Badeau, and was so continued for about one year when the firm became Scribner & James; but, still later, was entirely owned and managed by our subject until it was finally closed.  In 1875 he started a fire insurance business at Napoleon, and continued it about two years, when he retired, and, in 1877, established an agricultural implement business, which he has since successfully managed.  To this, in 1880, was added a general and extensive hardware stock, the combined interests requiring Mr. Scribner’s whole time and attention. 
     In all his business relations and associations with men Mr. Scribner has been governed and actuated by principles of entire fairness, honesty and perseverance, and in his multitude of transactions no word is spoken against his integrity, and no man can well say to the contrary.  These qualities have not only made him a leading business man of the county, but one who possesses the confidence, respect and esteem of his fellow-men.
Source: History of Henry & Fulton Counties edited by Lewis Cass Aldrich - Syracuse NY - Publ. D. Mason & Co. 1888. - Page 633
  ALLEN B. SCRIBNER, Napoleon, a general hardware dealer of Napoleon, O., was born in Henry county, March 25, 1835, and was a son of Edwin and Lucinda (Bucklin) Scribner, who were married in October, 1831.  Lucinda was born in Vermont, in February, 13, 1813, and Edwin was born in Otsego county, N. Y., in 1808. Edwin settled in Henry county with his parents, in 1818.   He was a son of Elisha and Nancy Scribner.  Elisha invested in land, and soon became one of the leading men of the northwest.  He held many of the town and county offices, and was serving the office of side judge at the time of his death, which occurred in 1825.  Elisha and Nancy left four sons and three daughters, of whom Edwin was the only surviving one of his family.   He was termed the pioneer of Henry county, and the oldest resident of the county living at the time of his death, which occurred May 16, 1887.
Source: History of Henry & Fulton Counties edited by Lewis Cass Aldrich - Syracuse NY - Publ. D. Mason & Co. 1888. - Page 698
  DAVID C. SCRIBNER, Washington, Liberty p. o., was born in Washington township, Henry county, in 1844, and was a son of the early pioneers, Edward and Lucinda (Bucklin) Scribner.  Edwin settled in Washington county with his parents in 1817.  He was a son of Judge Elisha and Nancy Scribner, who came to Ohio from Otsego county, N. Y., where Edwin was born in 1808.  Judge Elisha died in Henry county in 1875, leaving four sons and three daughters, of whom Edwin is the only one :now living.  Edwin was married in 1829 to Lucinda Bucklin, who was born in Vermont.  David C. Scribner was married in 1873 to Nellie May Austin, who was born in Belgrade, Kennebeck county, Me., in 1846 . They have had a family of three sons: Frank L., Harry C., and Ralph Clark.  Nellie was a daughter of Leonard and Charlotte AustinNellie was a teacher for several terms.  David C. was engaged in the mercantile business in Liberty, and also in Missouri, and settled on his farm in Washington township, in 1875.
 Source: History of Henry & Fulton Counties edited by Lewis Cass Aldrich - Syracuse NY - Publ. D. Mason & Co. 1888. - Page 698
  HARPER SENTER, Harrison, Grelton p. o., one of the leading farmers of Henry county, was born in New Hampshire in 1812, and was a son of Leonard and Lucy (Palmer) Senter, who settled in Muskingum county in 1818, where Lucy died.  Harper was bound out to Asa Crockett, and at the age of twenty-one years,  commenced his business life as a farmer.  He was married in 1835 to Irene Emery, who was born in 1815.  They have had two children: Caroline was married in 1858 to Alden C. Emery.  They have had one son, Vernon J., and Asa C., who was married in 1878 to Ellen E. Emery. He enlisted in the 1st Brigade, 3d Division, 10th Army Corps, in 1864, and served to the end of his term of enlistment.  He settled in Harrison in 1847,
on his present homestead of 160 acres, which was then covered with a heavy growth of timber, put up a log house, and gave accommodations to a. family of ten persons during the winter.  He has now one of the finest improved farms in the county. Mrs. Senter was a daughter of Tristam and Lydia (Whitmarsh) Emery, who settled in Seneca county in 1833.
Source: History of Henry & Fulton Counties edited by Lewis Cass Aldrich - Syracuse NY - Publ. D. Mason & Co. 1888. - Page 698
  JOSEPH SHAFF, Napoleon, was born at Nassau, Germany, in 1846 and settled in Crawford county, O., in 1854, with his parents, Phillip and Appolina Shaff. His father died in 1859, after which his mother, with four children settled in Henry county. The mother died in l882.  Joseph was apprenticed to learn the carriage and wagon business and commenced his present business in 1870 as a manufacturer of carriages, wagons, sleds and cutters.  He was married in 1876 to Kate Lenhard.
Source: History of Henry & Fulton Counties edited by Lewis Cass Aldrich - Syracuse NY - Publ. D. Mason & Co. 1888. - Page 699
  DOCTOR J. W. SHARPE, Damascus, McClure p. o., a physician and surgeon of McClure, Damascus township, was born in Simcoe, Ontario, Canada in 1858.  He read medicine and was graduated from the Toronto University in 1879 and settled in Ridgeville, and in 1870 came to Damascus and settled here in the practice of his profession.  He erected his office and stocked it with medicine and drugs for the especial use of his patients and his large practice.  He is a son of William and Anna Sharpe, who have a family of four children: William James, Thomas, Hellen M. and Doctor J. W.   William James is a physician and surgeon at Toledo, O., was a gradaute of McGill University at Montreal.
Source: History of Henry & Fulton Counties edited by Lewis Cass Aldrich - Syracuse NY - Publ. D. Mason & Co. 1888. - Page 699
  DANIEL L. SHEPARD, Damascus, McClure p. o., was born in York, Adams county, O., in December, 1822 and was a son of N. L. and Nancy (Nanna) Shephard, who were natives of Virginia, and married in Adams county, O., in 1821.  Nancy died in Adams county in 1840 leaving a family of nine children, six of whom are now living. N. L. settled in Henry county in 1847 where he died in 1883 at the age of ninety-three years.  In early life he was a carpenter, but later in life became engaged in gaming, and located in section seventeen. David L., enlisted in the. United States army in May, 1846, served under General George W. Morgan, of Ohio in the Mexican war, as sergeant and was discharged at New Orleans in July, 1847, at the close of the war and the battle of victory.  He entered a farm of eighty acres for his land warrant, which he received from the government, and now owns a fine improved farm of 120 acres.  From 1849 to 1852 he made some improvements on the farm and also built his log house, and in 1852 married Maria Hockman, who was born in Fairfield county, and was a daughter of Joseph and Polly Hockman who settled here in 1846.  They had eleven children, nine of whom are now living: J. B., Mary E., F. N., Rebecca A., M. W., Florence E., Huldah J., Austin and Edward.  Mr. Shepard erected his present fine residence and farm buildings in 1883.
Source: History of Henry & Fulton Counties edited by Lewis Cass Aldrich - Syracuse NY - Publ. D. Mason & Co. 1888. - Page 700
  JOSEPH SHERMAN, Freedom, Napoleon p. o., a successful and leading farmer of his town, was born in Wurtemburg, Germany, in 1834, and was a son of Jacob and Mary (Waltz) Sherman.  They had family of five children: Antona, Frederick, Joseph and CarlyJoseph emigrated to America in May, 1854, and settled in Napoleon, O., and became engaged in farming and lumbering.  He enlisted in Company C, 124th Volunteers, in August, 1863, under Colonel Payne, of Cleveland, and was promoted to second sergeant. He was discharged at Nashville, Tenn., July 9, 1865.  He was married in August, 1865, to Christina Miller, who was born in Baden, Germany. January 2, 1841. They have had a family of seven children: John, Joseph, August, Charles, Olesius, Mary and Sophronia Christina was a daughter of Lawrence and Jane B. Miller, who came from Baden to Henry county in 1854, with a family of six children. Joseph purchased his present farm of 72 1-3 acres, in 1865.  He now owns a farm of 160 acres of highly improved land.
Source: History of Henry & Fulton Counties edited by Lewis Cass Aldrich - Syracuse NY - Publ. D. Mason & Co. 1888. - Page 700
  F. T. SHONER, Napoleon, saddle and harness manufacturer of Napoleon, was born in Bavaria in 1841 and emigrated to America in 1856 and settled in Napoleon in 1861, where he became engaged in his present business.  He now carries a full line of goods pertaining to the saddlery business and in connection carries on a large repair trade.
Source: History of Henry & Fulton Counties edited by Lewis Cass Aldrich - Syracuse NY - Publ. D. Mason & Co. 1888. - Page 700
  CHARLES M. SHOWMAN, Washington, Liberty Centre p. o., was born in Fairfield county, July 5, 1854, and was married in 1881 to Delia Young, of Liberty.  They have had a family of three children: Cloise M., Melville B., and Meme.  Charles M. Showmanis engaged in general farming.  He was a son of John F. and Lavina (Hammond) ShowmanLavina was born in Washington county, Md., in 1816, and John F. was born in Kentucky in 1812.  They were married in Maryland in 1836, and settled from Fairfield county in Henry, in 1837, with a family of eight children.  They first settled on the Judge Corey farm of 285 acres, which they purchased in 1875.  John died in 1877.  The children are Robert W. (born in 1836), John H., Annie L., William R., Vardinique, Frank M., Charles M., Sarah E., and two who died in infancy. David P., Joseph B., Robert W., and William B., enlisted and served in the War of the Rebellion.
Source: History of Henry & Fulton Counties edited by Lewis Cass Aldrich - Syracuse NY - Publ. D. Mason & Co. 1888. - Page 700
  F. W. SHOWMAN, Washington, Liberty Center, P.O., was born in Fairfield county i 1850, and was a son of John and Lovina (Hammond) Showman.  She was born in Washington county, Md., in 1816, and her husband, John, was born in Kentucky, in 1812.  They were married in Washington county, Maryland in 1836, and had a family of ten children, seven of whom are now living; Robert W., John H., Annie L., Willialm B., Frank M., Cahrles M., and Sarah C.  Robert W., enlisted in  Co. D, 14th Ohio, John H. and William B. in the 128th Regiment.  William B. now receives a pension.  John Showman settled in Henry county in 1857, on the Judge Corey farm of 285 acres and purchased the same in 1865.  John died in 1877, leaving a widow and eight children.  F. M. Showman now resides on the old homestead.
Source: History of Henry & Fulton Counties edited by Lewis Cass Aldrich - Syracuse NY - Publ. D. Mason & Co. 1888. - page 701
  ROBERT W. SHOWMAN, Washington, Texas p. o., was born in Washington county, Md., near Harpers Ferry, in 1836, and was married in Dec., 1866, to Martha Edwards, who was born in Washington township, O., in 1836.  They have had four children:  Blair C., born in 1867; Cynthia C., born 1869; Lillie M., born 1872; Fanny F., born 1874; Robert W., enlisted in August, 1861, in Co. D., 14th Ohio Regiment, commanded by Colonel Steadman and which was attached to the 3d Brigade, 3d Division, 14th Corps.  He was discharged at Atlanta, Sept. 12, 1864.  His wife, Martha was a daughter of David and Cynthia Ann (Meek) EdwardsCynthia was born in Clark County, O., in 1804, and her husband, David, was born in Virginia, in 1797.  They were married in 1824, and settled in 1834 in Henry County, on the Maumee River, on his farm which he had purchased in 1832.  They had a family of nine children.  David filed in 1873, and his wife in 1858.  Mrs. Martha Showmanis the only one of the family now living.  Robert W., was a son of John F. and Lavina (Hammond) Showman.
Source: History of Henry & Fulton Counties edited by Lewis Cass Aldrich - Syracuse NY - Publ. D. Mason & Co. 1888. - page 701
  GAVIN SMELLIE, JR., Dover, Tedrow p. o., was born in Cuyahoga county, O., in 1833, and was a son of Gavin and Amanda (Norris) Smellie.  Amanda  was born in New Jersey, and Gavin was born near Glasgow, in Scotland, in 1801.  They were married at Cleveland, O., and had a family of ten children, four of whom are now living:  John, Gavin, Susan and W. R. (the publisher of the ____ at Cleveland).  Five of the sons, John, Gavin, jr., Charles, Emerson and William enlisted.  Two were killed while in the service, Emerson and Charles.  Gavin, jr., enlisted in Co. K., 30th Illinois, September, 1861, under Colonel Fouk, served three years, and was discharged at Springfield, Ill., in 1864.  He was married in 1857 to Julia A. Whittecar, of Madison county, O.  They have had five children: Alice A., Charles H., Harry B., Emma J., and Herman G.  They settled in Fulton county, on their present homestead farm on 74 acres in 1869.  Mr. Smellie was trustee for two years, and is at present treasurer of the township.
Source: History of Henry & Fulton Counties edited by Lewis Cass Aldrich - Syracuse NY - Publ. D. Mason & Co. 1888. - Page 702
  ABRAHAM SMITH, Liberty Centre, was born in Pennsylvania, in 1816, and was a son of Henry Smith.  Abraham was married in January, 1838, to Rebecca Bergstresa, of Yates county, N. Y.  They have had eleven sons and one daughter; seven are now living as follows:  Catharine, Henry, George, William, Charles, Albert and Edward.  One son, Isaac, enlisted in Co. G, Ohio Vols., on Feb. 15, 1864, and died July 13, 1864, from wounds received while in service.  Nelson died leaving a widow and one son, Werdna.  Mr. Smith settled in Seneca county in 1840, coming there from New York, and in 1863 settled in Henry county, and then became engaged in farming.
Source: History of Henry & Fulton Counties edited by Lewis Cass Aldrich - Syracuse NY - Publ. D. Mason & Co. 1888. - Page 701
  FRANCIS W. SMITH, Washington, Liberty p. o., was born in Wayne County, O., in 1833, and was a son of Daniel C., and Elizabeth (McLaren) Smith, who were born and married in Pennsylvania.  They settled in Wayne county, O., in 1820, and in 1833 came to Damascus, Henry County, where they died; he in 1840, and his wife in 1842.  They had a family of eleven children, but two of whom are now living; James M. and Francis W.  Francis W. enlisted in Co. D, 68th Ohio Volunteers, on Nov. 11, 1861, under Colonel R. K. Scott, was mustered out at Savannah, Dec. 19, 1864, as corporal.  He was married in 1865 to Lavonia Buchanan.  They have had a family of five children: Lillie, Carrie, Scott, Gertrude, and Frank.  Lavonia was a daughter of Matthew and Rachel M. (Scott) Buchanan, who were married Jan. 28, 1830.  Rachel was born in 1816, and died in 1850.  Her husband was born in 1806, and died Jun. 25, 1887.  They had a family of three children: Joanna J., Elizabeth M., and Lavonia Matthew settled in Henry county in 1854, where he now resides.  He retired from business and has travelled for some years.
Source: History of Henry & Fulton Counties edited by Lewis Cass Aldrich - Syracuse NY - Publ. D. Mason & Co. 1888. - Page 701
  JOHN SMITH, Flat Rock, Holgate p. o., one of the extensive and successful farmers of Henry county, was born in Marion county, O., in 1836.  He was a son of Philip and Nancy Smith.  John was married in 1859 to Susan Curren, of Marion county.  They have had a family of seven children:  William M., Mary E., Martha A., James E., Philip Sheridan, Nancy E., and Rosetta.  The father, Philip, was born in France, in 1800, and his wife, Nancy, was born in Pennsylvania in 1810.  They were married in Pennsylvania, and settled in Marion county in 1832.  They have had a family of twelve children, seven of whom are now living:  John, Philip, Mary, Eliza, Magdalena, Rebecca, Hannah, and Catharine.  Susan was a daughter of John and Margaret Curren.  Mr. Smith settled in Flat Rock in 1861, and purchased his homestead of 40 acres in 1863, and now owns a farm of 260 acres.  He is engaged largely in the buying and selling of stock.
Source: History of Henry & Fulton Counties edited by Lewis Cass Aldrich - Syracuse NY - Publ. D. Mason & Co. 1888. - Page 701
  JOHN SMITH, JR., Gorham, Fayette p. o., an early settler in Chesterfield, who came there in 1849, was born in Berne, Switzerland, in 1815, and was a son of John and Rosine (Broker) Smith, was emigrated to America in 1832, and settled in Detroit, Mich., and became engaged in farming.  They had four sons and three daughters.  John, jr., was married in 1840 to Elizabeth Peiren.  She was born in Berne, Switzerland. They have a family of four children: Jacob P., Alonzo, Elizabeth and Mary.  John, jr., settled in Chesterfield township, Fulton county, in 1849, and purchased a farm which he sold in 1875, and settled in Gorham township, where he purchased a farm of 160 acres, for which he paid $8,800.  He retired from active life in 1884, and now resides with his son at Handy Corners.  One of his sons, John, enlisted in December, 1861, in Co. A, 67th Ohio Regiment, and lost his life at Fort Waggoner, with others of his company.
Source: History of Henry & Fulton Counties edited by Lewis Cass Aldrich - Syracuse NY - Publ. D. Mason & Co. 1888. - Page 702
  AMERICUS M. SPAFFORD, Harrison, Napoleon p. o., was born in Jefferson county, N. Y., in 1819, and was a son of Abner and Betsey (Leach) Spafford.  Abner was born in Jeffrey, N. H.  They settled in Tecumseh, Mich., in 1824, where Betsey died leaving a family of eight children, three of whom are now living:  Mrs. H. M. Webster, Cynthia M. Tilton, and Americus.  Abner died in Wisconsin.  Americus M. purchased his time from his father, paying therefore by a note of $50.  At the age of nineteen years he became engaged in driving stage, and in 1844 settled in Ohio, and became an employee of the Toledo and Wabash packet.  He settled in Napoleon in 1845, and in 1847 married Maria Glass, a sister of Jeremiah Glass.  She was born in Trumbull county, in 1829.  They had a family of five children, three of whom are now living: Francis C., born 1853, married Alice Omwake in 1877, had two children, one living; Harriet L., born 1855, and Lester V., born 1863.  Harriet married William C. Nibel in 1876.  They have had four children.  Mr. Spafford has been treasurer, trustee and supervisor of his town.  He purchased his present homestead of sixty acres in 1858.  The Spaffords are descendants of one of the oldest families in England, and were early settlers in America.  First settled in Georgetown, Mass., in 1638.
Source: History of Henry & Fulton Counties edited by Lewis Cass Aldrich - Syracuse NY - Publ. D. Mason & Co. 1888. - Page 702
  DANIEL W. SPANGLER, Freedom, Napoleon p. o., was born in Fairfield county in 1827, and was married in 1860 to Mary Meyers, who was born in Wells county, Ind., and came to Ohio with her parents at the age of twelve years.  They settled in Freedom, Henry county, in November, 1862, and have had a family of three children:  Mary, Elizabeth (who died at the age of six years), and Daniel.  Mr. Spangler purchased his present farm in 1860.  He was engaged in teaching in 1865, after which he became a farmer, erected his buildings, and cleared his farm.  He has taken an interest in all town and county affairs, holding several of the township offices.  He was sheriff of the county in 1877 and 1878, but owing to impaired health, was obliged to retire from active public life in 1880.  He was a son of John and Christina Spangler.  John died in Fairfield county, in 1834, leaving a widow and four children: Catharine, Mary, Christopher, and Daniel W.  His widow, Christina, died in Henry county in August, 1876, at the age of seventy-six years.  Mary was a daughter of Jacob and Caroline Meyers, natives of Hanover, Germany.
Source: History of Henry & Fulton Counties edited by Lewis Cass Aldrich - Syracuse NY - Publ. D. Mason & Co. 1888. - Page 702
  SQUIRE FREDERICK STEWARD, Liberty, Liberty Centre p. o., was born in Huron county, O., in 1845, and was a son of John and Elizabeth (Jerry) Steward, who were born and married in England, near Lynn.  They emigrated to and settled in Huron county in 1837, with a family of four children.  They came to Liberty in 1852.  They had ten children in all, eight of whom are now living:  John, Robert, Thomas, Ann, Richard, Joseph, Frederick, and Matthew.  Three sons enlisted, Frederick, in Co. D, 124th Ohio Vols., on Feb. 24, 1864; Joseph enlisted in the 124th in October, 1862, and Richard in the 68th in 1861.  Joseph  was wounded, but at the close of the war all the boys returned home, and all on the same day.  Frederick S. is at present justice, having held that office for three successive terms.  He was married in1870 to Emeline Hoover, a daughter of Joseph and Mary Hoover.  They had two children.  Squire Frederick Steward purchased his homestead in 1874.  It consists of 100 acres, 90 of which have been improved and are under cultivation.
Source: History of Henry & Fulton Counties edited by Lewis Cass Aldrich - Syracuse NY - Publ. D. Mason & Co. 1888. - Page 704
  DOCTOR J. M. STOUT, Pleasant, Holgate p. o., was born in Knox county, O., in 1839, and was a son of William and Ellen Stout,  who settled near Napoleon in 1866, and in 1871 settled in Missouri.  They had a family of six sons, and four of them enlisted and served in the late war.  The sons were Felix D., Benjamin F., Brad W., J. M., Stephen H., Isaac N.  Doctor J. M. Stout fitted himself for and became a teacher.  In 1861 he enlisted in Co. H, 3d Ohio Vols., under Colonel I. M. Morrow, and was discharged July, 1862, on account of disability.  He read medicine in St. Louisville, Licking county, O., after which he settled in Knox county, in the practice of his profession.  He settled in Florida, Henry county, O., in 1872, afterward in Holgate in 1882, where he has been engaged as physician and surgeon ever since.  He was married in 1866 to Sophia E. Gilson, who died in 1878, leaving one son, William E.  Dr. J. M. then married for his second wife, Christina Stout, in 1880,.  She had one child by her first husband.
Source: History of Henry & Fulton Counties edited by Lewis Cass Aldrich - Syracuse NY - Publ. D. Mason & Co. 1888. - Page 704


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