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History of Hocking Valley, Ohio -
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by Inter-State Publishing Co.
1883

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  Falls Twp. including Falls-Gore and City of Logan -
JAMES NELSON ACKER, Deputy Probate Clerk of Hocking County, was born near old Straitsville, Perry Co., Ohio, Nov. 22, 1851.  He lived with his parents, W. T. and Mary E. (Rosser) Acker, at his native place, Nelsonville and Logan until manhood, receiving an education in the common schools. At the age of eighteen years he began to learn the shoemaker's trade, which he followed till 1875.  In the spring of 1876 he was elected Constable, serving in that capacity two years.  In the fall of 1876 he was elected Coroner of Hocking County, which office he resigned in the fall of 1877 to accept that of Sheriff of Hocking County.  He was re-elected Sheriff in 1879, was serving two terms.  In May, 1882, he was deputized by his father, Probate Judge of Hocking County, Probate Clerk, at present position.  May 31, 1876, he was married to Miss Effie Tannyhill, of Logan, by whom he has one child - Mary Blanch  He and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal church of Logan.
SOURCE:  History of Hocking Valley, Ohio - Published Chicago: by Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1883 - page 918
  Falls Twp. including Falls-Gore and City of Logan -
HON. WILLIAM TRIMMER ACKER, son of Henry and Maria (Trimmer) Acker, was born July 21, 1827, near Black Creek Corners, Allegany County, N. Y., where he lived till he was thirteen yes old, when his parents removed to Ohio, settling in Ward Township, Hocking County (then Athens County).  He was reared on a farm and educated in the common district schools, and at the age of twenty he began to work as a coal miner, but after three years he went on a farm and pursued farming five years.  He again engaged in coal mining for the following nine years.  In the fall of 1863 he was elected Sheriff of Hocking County, and re-elected in 1865, serving four years.  He was elected Representative of his county in the Ohio State General Assembly, and was re-elected two years later, serving two terms.  While he was Sheriff he studied law nearly two years under J. R. Grogan, of Logan, and was admitted to the bar by the Supreme Court at Columbus in 1868.  He began the practice of law at Logan, and is still a member of the bar of Hocking County.  He was elected Probate Judge of Hocking County in the fall of 1872, and has held that office two successive terms of three years each, and in 1881 he was again elected, and is now an incumbent of that office.  He has also held the positions of Township Clerk and Justice of the Peace.  March 18, 1849, he was married to Miss Mary Elizabeth Rosser, of Athens County.  They have had eight children, five of whom are living.  The last three all died in infancy.  Those who survive are - James Nelson, Deputy Probate Clerk; Mary Jane, wife of Asbury Voris, of Logan; William Henry, a printer at Logan; Sarah Catherine, wife of Christopher C. Guergenesmier, a cabinet-maker of Logan, and Harriet Louisa.  Mr. Acker  is an Odd Fellow of Hocking Valley Lodge, No. 262, at Logan, of which he is Past Grand, and is also Past Worthy Patriarch of Mineral Encampment, No. 91, at Logan.
SOURCE:  History of Hocking Valley, Ohio - Published Chicago: by Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1883 - page 918
  Perry Twp. -
WILLIAM S. ALBIN was born in Guernsey County, Ohio, Feb. 6, 1822, son of William and Nancy (Clark) Albin, the former a native of Virginia and the latter of Washington County, Pen.  William S. Albin was reared on a farm, and has made farming his principal avocation through life.  He was married Oct. 14, 1847, to Miss Elizabeth A. Tribby, daughter of Samuel and Frances (Yost) Tribby, who were natives of Virginia.  This union was blessed with six sons and six daughters - John T., Erastus, Martin L., Mary F., Areta, Vina, Nancy R., William H., Isaac L. are those living.  Amanda, James F. and Rachel A. are dead.  William Albin, Sr., and Nancy Clark were married in 1816, and were the parents of twelve children and lived to see them all married and settled in life.  Mr. Albin is now in his ninetieth year.  William A. Albin and wife both members of the Cumberland Presbyterian church at Laurelville.  Three of their children are married two sons and one daughter.  John T. married first, Emma Armstrong.  His second wife was Miss Davis.  He now has his third wife, who was Miss Mary B. Hamlin  He is in his thirty-fifth year.  Erastus married Miss Mary Moody, in Jan., 1877.  Mary F. married Ira W. Barnhouse in 1875.
SOURCE:  History of Hocking Valley, Ohio - Published Chicago: by Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1883 - page 1110
  Benton Twp. -
BENJAMIN H. ALLEN, son of John and Saville Allen, was born in Perry County, Ohio, Feb. 20, 1845.   When he was three years of age his parents came to Hocking County, where he was reared, remaining at home till his twenty-fifth year.  June 6, 1869, he married Mary C. Herl.  She died Apr. 17, 1875, leaving three children, two now living.  July 18, 1878, Mr. Allen married Sarah B. Vest.  He was a school-teacher several years, but in September, 1874, bought the farm where he now lives, and alone then has worked on the farm during the summer, still teaching during the winter months.  He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church.  He is a man of considerable energy, and has been very successful in what he has undertaken.  Mr. Allen has four children  - Homer C., Eugene E., Prudence E. and Sanley O.
SOURCE:  History of Hocking Valley, Ohio - Published Chicago: by Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1883 - page 1093
  Benton Twp. -
JOHN ALLEN, JR., born in Culpepper County, Va., July 13, 1818, was a son of John and Margaret (Umphrey) Allen, natives of Virginia.  When he was quite young his parents came to Ohio and settled near Roseville, Muskingum County.  While he was still a boy his father died and the support of the family fell on him and his brother Jasper.  He was married Apr. 1, 1841, to Savilla Godlove, daughter of John Godlove, and settled on his portion of his father's estate, where he lived till 1846.  He then sold his farm and came to Hocking County and bought the farm where he now lives.  Mr. Allen is the father of twelve children, ten now living - Matilda A., now Mrs. Louis Seymore; Benjamin H.; Elizabeth, now Mrs. David Jadwin; Julia A., now Mrs. E. Huffman; John, married Mary Vest; Philander, Minerva, Margaret E. and Savilla.  Mr. Allen is a member of the of the United Brethren Church.  Politically he is a Democrat.
SOURCE:  History of Hocking Valley, Ohio - Published Chicago: by Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1883 - page 1093
  Falls Twp. including Falls-Gore and City of Logan -
MORRISON H. AMBROSE, proprietor of the Rempel House, is a native of Ohio, and was born near Tiffin, Seneca County, Dec. 9, 1839. He remained on his father's farm in Seneca County, attending school winters until twenty-three, when he went to Lancaster, Ohio, and was employed as superintendent and clerk in the Talmage Hotel; remained here until August, 1871, when he located in Logan and opened the American House.  In 1875 Mr. Ambrose remodeled the American House and changed the name to the Rempel House.  He has remodeled this house from time to time, and at present it ranks among the best hotels of the valley.  Mr. Ambrose married Miss Ella Flemm, at Lancaster, Nov. 10, 1868.  She was the daughter of C. Flemm, one of the pioneer hotel men, and proprietor of the old Talmage House, of Lancaster.  He died April 22, 1877.  He was a native of Germany, and came to America when a young man.  Mr. Ambrose was teh eldest son of Frederick W. and Jane (Morrison) Ambrose, his father a native of Westmoreland County, Pa., and his mother of Maryland.  His father died in April, 1871, and his mother in 1849.  They were members of the Methodist Episcopal church.  They had a family of three sons and four daughters, two sons and two daughters now living.  Mr. Ambrose is a Mason, member of Lancaster Lodge, No. 57.  He is agent for the Mutual Life Insurance Company, of New York.  He is one of the pioneer hotel men of the valley, an active business man, and has been identified with Logan since 1871.  In politics he has always been a Republican.  He deals extensively in real estate, and has built and owns quite a number of fine residences.
SOURCE:  History of Hocking Valley, Ohio - Published Chicago: by Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1883 - page 919
  Benton Twp. -
GEORGE AMERINE, born in Belmont County, Ohio, July 11, 1820, is a son of Peter and Nancy (McConett) Amerine, natives of Pennsylvania.  In 1833 his parents moved to Perry County, Ohio, and in 1845 he came to Hocking where, with the exception of six years, he has since resided.  He was reared on a farm and received his education in the country schools, paying his own tuition.  The first farm he bought was in Vinton County, at that time part of Hocking, and but little more than a wilderness.  In 1855 he would that farm and bought the one then known as the Adam Brown farm.  He has always been a hard-working man, and by his good management has now a fine farm of 180 acres.  He has had eight children born to him, two of whom are dead.  Three are married and are making for themselves good homes.  Mr. Amerine has been a member of the Methodist church since nineteen years of age.
SOURCE:  History of Hocking Valley, Ohio - Published Chicago: by Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1883 - page 1093
  Falls Twp. including Falls-Gore and City of Logan -
CHARLES PEMBERTON ARMSTRONG, son of William and Margaret J. (Lacy) Armstrong, was born in Logan May 14, 1849.  He was reared in his native place and received his education in the public school.  His father being a dealer in tinware, our subject in early boyhood began to work as a tinner, and in 1877 he entered his father's shop, working as a hand until his father's death, which occurred Feb. 12, 1883, since when he has taken charge of the business for his mother.
SOURCE:  History of Hocking Valley, Ohio - Published Chicago: by Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1883 - page 920
  Perry Twp. -
MILTON ARMSTRONG, farmer and stock-raiser, eldest son of William and Sarah A. (Fetherolf) Armstrong, was born in Perry Township, Hocking County, Jan. 21, 1842.  He was reared on a farm receiving his education in the subscription schools.  He lived with his parents till attaining his majority, and Mar. 17, 1864, he married Miss Caroline, daughter of Peter and Leah (Dunkel) Mowrey.  They have had ten children, nine of whom are living - Henry A., born Aug. 12, 1864; Wilbur E., born May 1, 1866; George G., born Mar. 26, 1868; Harley N., born Jan. 23, 1870; John F., born Oct. 4, 1872;  Sylvia E., born Dec. 15, 1874; James E., born Nov. 25, 1876, died Apr. 12, 1877; Alice May, born Mar. 30, 1878;  Minerva A., born Sept. 24, 1880; Dunton, born June 22, 1882.  Mr. Armstrong first purchased the farm known as the Armstrong homestead where he lived two years, after which he purchased his present farm, which contains 237 acres of excellent land, and has also eighty-eight acres in Pickaway County.  He and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal church.  He is a member of the I. O. O. F., Silver Moon Lodge, No. 440.
SOURCE:  History of Hocking Valley, Ohio - Published Chicago: by Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1883 - page 1110
  Falls Twp. including Falls-Gore and City of Logan -
WILLIAM ARMSTRONG was born in County Cavan, Ireland, Dec. 23, 1809, and died Feb. 12, 1883, being the youngest of a family of four sons and four daughters who gained their majority.  He with his parents emigrated to America in his fourth year, and settled in Stark County, Ohio.  In the seventeenth year of his age he commenced a four years' apprenticeship at the tinning business in Steubenville, Ohio, and in 1834 engaged in the business in East Rushville, Fairfield Co., Ohio, and their was married to Miss Margaret J. Lacey, on the 18th of June, 1835, who, with four sons and one daughter still survive him.  Nov. 30, 1838, he moved to Logan, Hocking Co., Ohio, where he resumed his occupation, giving it his personal attention during the time that his health would allow, establishing an honest business reputation.  As characteristic of his nationality, he was a man of warm and generous impulses, easily persuaded, but not easily driven; always ready to take his stand for the right.  After several months of protracted suffering, and arranging his temporal matters, he awaited his summons to call him from labor to rest, and peacefully passed away.
SOURCE:  History of Hocking Valley, Ohio - Published Chicago: by Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1883 - page 962
Perry Twp. -
WILLIAM ARMSTRONG - The Armstrongs were among the earliest settlers of Hocking County.  Thomas Armstrong was born in Franklin County, Pa., June 15, of that memorable year of our country's history, 1775, and came to Hocking County in his twenty-fourth year.  He married the same year Miss Margaret Patton, born in the same county and State as himself, and who with her father's family had preceded him one year, having come to Ohio in the year 1801, and settled soon after in Salt Creek Township.  Miss Patton was born June. 15, 783, being just eight years her husband's junior.  They were married Oct. 16, 1802.  To Mr. and Mrs. Armstrong were born nine children, five sons and four daughters- James, born in October, 1803; Ann, Dec. 19, 1805, deceased, wife of D. K. Debaugh; George Flanningham, born Apr. 19, 1808; William, Oct. 28, 1810; John, March 4, 1813; Thomas, May 30, 1815; Mary Mc., Jan. 18, 1818; Margaret, Jan. 11, 1822; George, Dec. 25, 1826.  All of the above have crossed the mystic river for the golden shore excepting Mary Mc., now the widow of Jacob Bussard, residing in Reading, Ill., and William the subject of this sketch.  William Armstrong, whose birth is recorded above, resided with his parents on the farm until he reached man's estate and too, upon himself the cares of a family.  He married Miss Susanah Fetherolf, one of a family of noble pioneers who became prominent in the early history of the valley.  The result of this marriage was a family of ten children, four sons and six daughters - Jane, wife of Alvin Ranck; Minerva, wife of Zara McDaniel; Caroline Mowry; Mary Ann, wife of Samuel McClelland; Susannah, wife of Albert Wolf; who married Alice Dillon; George B., married Sarah Ann Dunkle; Emma C., deceased, late wife of John T. Albin; Cinderella, late the wife of A. J. Wise, but now deceased; William T., who married Mace Kittsmiller. Mr. Armstrong lost his wife of over a quarter of a century Oct. 17, 1863.  They had passed through the trials and struggles of pioneer days emerging into the broad sunlight of prosperity and rest when they were called to part.  Mr. Armstrong married again Apr. 13, 1865, this second wife being Mrs. Ellen A. Floyd, a daughter of Alexander White and widow of the late John M. Floyd, both honest, honorable and trusted citizens.  The fruit of this marriage was one child - MinnieMr. Armstrong has always followed that noblest of occupations, a farmer's life, and with rare tact and judgment combined with strong sense his labor has proved profitable, and has gathered the fruits of a well-spent and laborious life around him in such quantity as to make life a pleasure - a well cultivated farm, a good house and a full granary.  Mr. Armstrong, although over three score years and ten, being now seventy-three years of age, is a hearty, vigorous old man, enjoying a clear conscience, good health, his latter days being days of peace and plenty, with a loved family and friends around him.  Mr. Armstrong served two terms as County Commissioner of Hocking County, from 1860 to 1866, a time that tried the honesty, judgment and nerve of the incumbent, and he filled the office with credit to himself and to the honor of his county.  As one of the most prosperous farmers in the county, a Christian gentleman, active in the cause of religion and morality, in sympathy with the doctrines of the Lutheran church, he stands as a representative man in his county, and can look back upon a well-spent life without sorrow and without reproach.  Mrs. Armstrong is an active member of the Methodist church, and they are floating down the pathway of life hand in hand, with peace and plenty here, and hereafter life everlasting.
SOURCE:  History of Hocking Valley, Ohio - Published Chicago: by Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1883 - page 1111
  Starr Twp. -
WILLIAM H. ARMSTRONG, farmer and stock-raiser, section 34, Starr Township, was born in Preston County, W. Va., Feb. 21, 1857.  He came with his parents to this township in 1861, and settled where he now resides.  He was married Aug. 18, 1874, to Anna Chidester, daughter of Peter Chidester, Esq., an early settler of this township - but now a resident of Starr County, Ind.  They have four children - Susan C., Albert M., Frances E. and Raymond D.  Mr. Armstrong owns 145 acres of valuable land, and makes a specialty of fine-sheep culture.  Mr. and Mrs. Armstrong are members of the Methodist Episcopal church.  Isaiah F. Armstrong, father of the above, was born in Preston County, W. Va., in 1820, and came to this county in 1861. He married Elizabeth Cupp in 1843.  They had ten children, six now living - Isaac N., George P., William , Fannie, Mary M. and Sarah B.  They are members of the Methodist Episcopal church.
SOURCE:  History of Hocking Valley, Ohio - Published Chicago: by Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1883 - page 1044
  Starr Twp. -
SAMUEL LAWSON ATKISON, Section 8, Starr Township, was born in Morgan County, Ohio, Jan. 7, 1842.  He came with his parents to Starr Township in 1852.  He was married May 15, 1866, to Sarah E. Dean, daughter of Jesse Dean, of this township.  They have four children - Albert A., John H., Jesse C. and Lynna M.  Mr. Atkison owns eighty acres of land, and is engaged in general farming and fruit growing.  Mr. and Mrs. Atkison are members of the Christian church at Mount Zion, of which he is deacon.  John Atkison (deceased), the father of the above, was born in Pennsylvania, Jan. 1, 1819.  His father, Samuel Atkison, removed with his family to Harrison County, Ohio, when John was but a child.  He came to Morgan County, Ohio, when a young man and to Hocking County in 1852, and settled in Starr Township, where he resided until his death, Sept. 20, 1869.  He was married Aug. 27, 1840, to Eve Ann Frey, by whom he had three children - Samuel L., Nancy J. and Mary E.  The eldest daughter, now Mrs. William J. Mason, resides in Midland County, Mich., and the youngest, now Mrs. Banon Woolery, resides on the old homestead.
SOURCE:  History of Hocking Valley, Ohio - Published Chicago: by Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1883 - page 1044
  Starr Twp. -
JAMES O. AUSTIN, deceased, was the sixth child of James and Susan Austin, and was born in Newcastle County, Del., Oct. 15, 1808.  He came to Muskingum County, Ohio, when a young man, and soon after went to Wayne county, Ind., but on account of sickness returned to Muskingum County.  He was married to Catharine Spangler Aug. 13, 1837, and at once removed to Lancaster, Ohio.  Mrs. Austin is a daughter of George and Barbara Spangler, and was born in Westmoreland County, Penn., May 18, 1814.   They had five children, three now living - George W., James S., and Mary C.  the deceased were - Sarah J. and Henry C.  Mr. Austin came with his family to Starr Township in 1848 and resided on what is now the Ohio Patton farm, and owned and ran the saw-mill at that point. He owned there 444 acres of land.  Mr. Austin died Mar. 1, 1852.  He was a kind husband and affectionate father.  The administrator managed badly and they lost the most of their property.  The boys were small, and were compelled to work hard, but being industrious were very successful.  George and Mary, with their mother, reside on the farm, on section 16, where they removed in 1856, having resided the two years previous on Raccoon Creek.  George W. was born Jan. 30, 1840.  He attended the common schools for three months in the winter for a few years, and worked the remainder of the year.  He is an industrious and enterprising man and now has charge of the home farm.
SOURCE:  History of Hocking Valley, Ohio - Published Chicago: by Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1883 - page 1045
  Starr Twp. -
JAMES S. AUSTIN, Starr Township, was born in Lancaster, Ohio, Jan. 17, 1843, a son of James O. Austin.  He came with his parents to this county when quite small, and except two or three years residence in Taylorsville, Ohio, has since resided in Hocking County.  His father died when he was small, and he and his brother George supported the family.  The father left an abundance for their support, but through the mismanagement of teh administrator they lost the most of their property, and had it not been for the energy of the sons the family might have suffered.  They were industrious, hard workers and good managers.  Mr. Austin enlisted for four months in Company K, One Hundred and Fifty-first Regiment, Ohio National Guards.  He was stationed at forts Sumner, Carney and Reno respectively, and was present when Breckenridge made his charge upon Washington.  He was married Sept. 9, 1869, to Abigail E., daughter of John Mason, of this township.  She was born Jan. 1, 1842, in Greene County, Penn.  They have two children - Amos O. and Mary Ethel.  Our subject is engaged in general farming on section 22.
SOURCE:  History of Hocking Valley, Ohio - Published Chicago: by Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1883 - page 1045

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