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RUFUS O. ELLIOTT, one of the worthy farmers of Washington township, was born May 13, 1840, son of Charles Elliott, who was for many years a well-known and popular citizen of Highland county.  Charles Elliott, was a native of Pennsylvania, and reared in that state.  Being a poor boy, he was bound out in childhood, but when he came of age he determined to embrace the opportunities of the west and came to Highland county, where he found employment during the remainder of his life as brick and stone mason and plasterer.  He also gave considerable time to farming, and after living for fifteen or twenty years on the place now owned by E. Mullenix, bought a farm of 111 acres in Washington township, where he died at over seventy-five years of age.  His widow, eighty-nine years of age, is now living with her son Henry.  She was Nancy Smith, daughter of Jeremiah Smith, and was born and reared in Liberty township.  Charles and Nancy Elliott, had four children: Angeline, now living in Dakota; Clarinda, wife of John Sanders, of Concord township; Henry M., of Liberty township, and Rufus O. of Washington township.  The latter, whose name heads this sketch, was reared on the home farm, where he has continued to live to the present time, and educated in youth in the district school.  In early manhood he married Hannah A. Vance, who was born and reared in Newmarket township, daughter of David J. and Eliza Vance, and three children have been born to them:  Eliza, deceased; Ella M., wife of Edward J. Muntz, and David H., of Hillsboro.  The death of Mrs. Elliott, depriving the family of a devoted wife and mother, occurred April 24, 1900.  Mr. Elliott is a member of the Methodist church, and a Democrat in politics and is held in high esteem by his neighbors.
Source: History of Highland County, Ohio by Rev. J. W. Klise - Publ. Madison, Wis., Northwestern Historical Association - 1902 ~ Page 288
GEORGE L. EVANS, of Clay township, one of the younger landholders of the county, is particularly well known as a breeder and owner of trotting horses.  He is the son of Milford Evans, a native of Brown county.  These parents, Milford and Zarilda Evans, had nine children, Melissa and Jane, deceased; William, now living in Missouri; Sylvester, of Dayton, Ohio; George L.; Charlie, of Hamilton, Ohio; Ida, of Cincinnati; Ulysses, of Chicago, and Thomas S., of Dayton.  Milford Evans was a gallant soldier of the Union in time of the great rebellion, was on duty throughout nearly the entire period of Hostilities, and received two honorable discharges.  He died about 1869 and his wife passed away in 1865.  George L. was born at the Brown county home of his parents October 18, 1855, and at the death of his mother, being ten years of age, he started out to make his own way in the world.  Four years later he came to Highland county and worked at farming by the month for several years.  Thus the years passed until he reached early manhood, when he had the good fortune to win the hand of Margaret A. Harris, daughter of A. P. Harris, a prominent farmer of Salem township.  Four years afterward he ought a small place in Brown county, and after three years' residence there he purchased 33 acres where he now lives, an area that he has increased to 115 acres.  He continued farming, prospering in this occupation and winning the esteem of his fellow citizens, until about ten years ago, when he gave his attention mainly to the rearing of horses.  He now has a half mile track at his home, has been quite successful in the training of valuable horses, and is the owner of Blackthorn, with a record of 2:30, Aradill, a trotting mare with a record of 2:19, and several promising colts that have not yet achieved fame.  His home is one of the most pleasant in the county, and he is a popular and influential citizen.  Mr. Evans is a member of the lodge of Odd Fellows at Buford, and a Republican in politics.
Source: History of Highland County, Ohio by Rev. J. W. Klise - Publ. Madison, Wis., Northwestern Historical Association - 1902 ~ Page 292

 
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