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History of Hocking Valley, Ohio -
Published Chicago:
by Inter-State Publishing Co.
1883
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  Falls Twp. including Falls-Gore and City of Logan -
JAMES WILLIAM DAVIS, County Surveyor of Hocking County, was born in Falls Township, near Logan, July 4, 1844, a son of Levi and Mary A. (Rodman) Davis.  In July, 1861, he enlisted in Company B, Thirty-first Ohio Infantry, to serve three years.  In January, 1864, he veteranized and served till the close of the war, serving as Corporal from his last enlistment.  He was in the battles of Mill Springs, Shiloh, Hoover's Gap, Chickamauga, Stone River, Chattanooga, and in the campaign to Atlanta, and from there with Sherman to the sea.  He was discharged in July, 1865, at Camp Chase, Ohio.  After a short visit at home he went to Louisville, Ky., and remained two years, when he returned to Logan.  His father being a civil engineer he also studied the science, and in 1872 was elected his father's successor as County Surveyor, and has since filled that position, he having filled the same position over thirty years.  Sept. 11, 1866, Mr. Davis married Almeda Mane, of Falls Township.  They have two children - Ada and Otto.
SOURCE:  History of Hocking Valley, Ohio - Published Chicago: by Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1883 - page 44
  Falls Twp. including Falls-Gore and City of Logan -
LEVI DAVIS, civil engineer and surveyor, of Hocking County, was born in Loudoun County, Va., near Leesburg, July 1, 1805, a son of John W. and Elizabeth (Hesser) Davis.  When he was nine years of age his parents moved to Fairfax County, Va., remaining there four years, when they removed to Prince William County, and three years later returned to Loudoun County.  In 1823 they came to Ohio, first settling near Hanover, Columbiana County.  Mr. Davis received his rudimentary education in the common schools, but by private personal application acquired a mathematical and scientific education, and after years of careful study, obtained a practical knowledge of civil engineering and surveying, being one of the best of that profession in the State.  When twenty years of age he left home and was employed as a laborer on the public works of the Ohio Canal six months, when he was appointed superintendent of the canal construction, retaining that position till 1830.  The next three years he was a contractor on the National turnpike road in Muskingum County, and in 1833 was appointed by the Government as superintendent of construction for a section of fifteen miles of the same turnpike in Liking and Franklin counties.  In 1836 he resigned his position and was a contractor on the Sandy and Beaver Canal in Columbiana County till 1838, when he was employed as superintendent of construction on the slack water works of Muskingum River till 1839.  From that year till 1842 he taught school in Muskingum County, when he came to Hocking County and settled two miles south of Logan, where he still resides.  In 1844 he was elected County Surveyor of Hocking County, holding the position thirty years, when, in 1874, on account of his age, he declined re-election, and his son, James W., was elected in his stead.  Aug. 15, 1830, Mr. Davis married Mary Ann Rodman, of Muskingum County.  They have had a family of thirteen children, eight of whom are still living - John R. born Aug. 15, 1831; Sarah J., Oct. 5, 1833, now Mrs. John Shields; Samuel G. born Mar. 12, 1835, died Nov. 9, 1836; Wesley A., born July 18, 1837; Levi, May 11, 1839, married Mary Bigham; Mary R., born May 5, 1841, died May 13, 1841; Lycurgus, born Apr. 3, 1852, died Apr. 7, 1854; Harriet M., born Feb. 18, 1855; Lucelllus, Oct. 30, 1859, died Sept. 22, 1863.
SOURCE:  History of Hocking Valley, Ohio - Published Chicago: by Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1883 - page 945
  Ward Twp. -
NATHAN DAWLEY was born July 25, 1793, and died Sept. 12, 1873, aged eighty years, was month and eighteen days.  His ancestors were natives of Rhode Island.  He was married Aug. 16, 1822, to Annie Wilcox, daughter of William and Mary Wilcox.  Mr. Wilcox was born in September, 1803.  Mr. and Mrs. Dawley's children are - William, Mary Annis, Boon, Horace, Harriet, Abigail, Harrison, Perry and Sarah A.  Julia A. and Chebney died in infancy.
SOURCE:  History of Hocking Valley, Ohio - Published Chicago: by Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1883 - page 1017
  Ward Twp. -
W. M. DAWLEY, born Oct. 16, 1823, was a son of Nathan and Annie Dawley.  His mother is still living.  Mr. Dawley was born in Athens County, and was educated in the common schools of the county.  He was married Mar. 1, 1849, to Miss Augusta Pugsley, daughter of James and Elsey Pugsley.  They have two children - Oscar D. and Hattie.  Mr. Dawley owns 514 acres of fine land, on section 34, Ward Township, and is engaged in farming and stock-raising.  He is an old settler of the county, and a reliable citizen.  Politically he is a Republican.
SOURCE:  History of Hocking Valley, Ohio - Published Chicago: by Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1883 - page 1017
  Laurel Twp. -
W. G. DAWSON, M.D., son of Thomas and Nancy Ann (Moore) Dawson, was born in Guernsey County, Ohio, June 3, 1838.  When he was four years old hsi parents moved to Morgan County, where he was reared and educated.  When he was twenty-three years of age he commenced reading medicine with Dr. W. H. Holden, Millertown, Perry Co., Ohio; was with him three years; took a course in Starling Medical College in 1864-'65, and in 1865, located at Gibisonville, and commenced practicing medicine, where he has built up a large and successful practice.  He is living on a farm adjoining the village where he has a good residence and is surrounded with all the comforts of a home.  He was married Aug. 28, 1862, to Mary A. Tanner, of Morgan County.  Three children have been born to them - Elmer A., Lillie M. and William T.  Mrs. Dawson died Sept. 13, 1881.  Dr. Dawson received a diploma from Columbus Medical College in March, 1881.  Dr. Dawson is a member of the Christian Church.  He has been a Republican since old enough to vote.  He belongs to Logan Lodge, I. O. O. F.  In 1867 he lost by fire his residence, medicine goods and a fine library.  He is now living with his children and conducting a lucrative practice.
SOURCE:  History of Hocking Valley, Ohio - Published Chicago: by Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1883 - page 1135
  Perry Twp. -
CALVIN DEFENBAUGH, farmer and stock-raiser, was born in Perry Township, on the line between Fairfield and Hocking counties, July 2, 1832.  He is a son of George and Rebecca (Faust) defenbaugh, both natives of Hocking County, and a grandson of George Defenbaugh, one of the early settlers of Hocking County.  Our subject was reared on a farm and lived with his parents until manhood, being educated in the common schools.  He was married Sept. 4, 1853, to Miss Martha J., daughter of Covington Cox, who was among the pioneers of the county, and for many years was prominently identified with Perry Township.  They have been blessed with three children - Harvey, born Jan. 21, 1855; Columbus M., born May 8, 1858, and William D., born Sept. 8, 1860.  He rented land for some years and followed the avocation of a farmer.  He moved to Iowa where he engaged in farming for four years when he returned to his native county, and in 1866 purchased the farm where he has since resided.  Mr. and Mrs. Defenbaugh were active and consistent members o the Methodist Episcopal church at South Perry.
SOURCE:  History of Hocking Valley, Ohio - Published Chicago: by Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1883 - Page 1114

Daniel K. Defebaugh
Perry Twp. -
DANIEL K. DEFEBAUGH was born in Ross County, Ohio, Jan. 21, 1798, a son of George Defebaugh, a native of Pennsylvania, born Dec. 16, 1767.  His grandfather, George Defebaugh, was a natiaave of Holland, and a cousin of Napoleon Bonaparte.  His father came to Ohio in 1797 and located in Ross County, four years later coming to Hocking County.  He was married in 1791 to Elizabeth Keller, a native of Dalton, Pa., born in July, 1772.  They reared a family of seven sons and three daughters.  The first night spent in Hocking County a cradle was made for our subject of walnut bark, with a bear skin and coon skin for bed and covering.  In 1814 Mr. Defebaugh went out as drummer in the war of 1812.  At the battle of Mackinaw he received a shot through the ear and still carries the scar.  In 1815 he was bound to a millwright and served an apprenticeship of four and a half years.  He worked as journeyman only six months, since then carrying on business for himself, being his own foreman.  Oct. 30, 1822, he married Nancy Ann Armstrong, daughter of Thomas Armstrong, a natiaave of Ross County, born Dec. 19, 1805.  Ten children have been born to them; nine lived to be settled in their own homes- James, born Nov. 3, 1823; George, born Jan. 13, 1826, died Dec. 18, 1870; Elijah, born Mar. 9, 1828; Isaac, born May 2, 1830; Thomas, born Nov. 9, 1832, was drowned May 27, 1834; Caroline, born Jan. 2, 1835, died Apr. 28,1875; Allen, born Oct. 10, 1837; Martin, born Jan. 19, 1840; Margaret, born May 11, 1842; Angeline, born Mar. 1, 1847.  Mrs. Defebaugh died Mar. 24, 1875, after a married life of fifty-three years.  Mr. Defebaugh has been a man of great strength, and although now nearly eighty-six years of age is stronger than many men not more than half his age.  Publically he is a Democrat and has cast sixty-one votes for that party.  He is a member of the Lutheran Church has was also his wife.  He has always been a public-spirited man, and has by his influence ad liberality done much toward the up-building of his township.  There is not a church for many miles around that he has not assisted in building.
SOURCE:  History of Hocking Valley, Ohio - Published Chicago: by Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1883 - Page 1115
  Perry Twp. -
ISAIAH DEFFENBAUGH, merchant, was born in Perry Township, Fairfield County, now Hocking, Ohio, Feb. 19, 1845, the oldest son of James and Lyda (Stump) Deffenaugh and a grandson of the venerable Daniel K. Deffenbaugh, who was one of the first settlers of the county.  He was reared on a farm, and received his education in the common schools, residing with his parents until he was grown to manhood.  He was married Dec. 25, 1867, to Mary J. McLelland, born Jan. 22, 1847, a daughter of Wm. and Isabell (Alexander) McLelland, of Perry Township.  After his marriage he engaged in farming for a period of nine years, and in the spring of 1876 purchased a half interest in a mercantile establishment with L. Wagner at South Perry, where he met with marked success.  He has been elected to many local offices of trust and responsibility.  Mr. and Mrs. Deffenbaugh are the parents of four children - Lyda Bell, born Nov. 21, 1869; George A., Oct. 1, 1872; James W., Aug. 6, 1875; Orange Judd, Sept. 25, 1879.  They are members of the Methodist Episcopal church, he having held every office in the church.  His wife has been a member since sixteen years of age.
SOURCE:  History of Hocking Valley, Ohio - Published Chicago: by Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1883 - Page 1114
  Falls Twp. including Falls-Gore and City of Logan -
GEORGE DEISHLEY, Marshal of Logan, is the son of Godlope and Susan (Saters) Deishley.  He was born in Logan, Feb. 11, 1847, where he was reared, and received an education at the Union School.  When very young he earned wages by being variously employed, and thus helped to support his father's family.  After he became of age he was employed at Logan as a laborer until 1875, from 1873 until then being employed as a section hand on the C., H. V. & T. R. R.  He was then elected City Marshal of Logan, his present position.  He was married in 1869 to Miss Sarah Applegate, of Logan, by whom he has had three children - Charles, Ettie May and George.
SOURCE:  History of Hocking Valley, Ohio - Published Chicago: by Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1883 - page 946
  Benton Twp. -
ELI J. DENNIS, son of Elias and Matilda (Walters) Dennis, was born Feb. 23, 1834, in Perry County, Ohio.  When he was six months old his parents came to Hocking County, where he was reared and educated.  June 6, 1858, he married Mary M. Poling, daughter of Abraham Poling.  After his marriage he rented land for three years, and then took a lease for some land of Simon Deaver, remaining on it nine years.  In March, 1870, he bought eighty acres in Benton Township, which he has brought to a good state of cultivation.  Besides being a farmer he is by trade a stone-mason, and its one of the best in the county.  Mr. and Mrs. Dennis have had fourteen children, twelve of whom are living - Mary C., Allie A., David, Barbary, Vance, Cynthia, George, Jacob, Denona, Effie, Henry and James H.  One son, Vance, has had the spinal meningitis twice, and is now a cripple, probably for life.
SOURCE:  History of Hocking Valley, Ohio - Published Chicago: by Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1883 - page 1094
  Ward Twp. -
PHILIP DEVOLL was born July 2, 1811, and is the son of Joseph and Sarah Devoll, who came to Ohio from Rhode Island in 1811 or 1812, and located in Ward Township in 1839.  Mr. Devoll was married in November, 1831, to Miss Sarah Allen, a daughter of Asher and Polly Allen.  They are the parents of six children - Cynthia, Polly, Eliza, Lorilla, Emma and EvaMr. and Mrs. Devoll have been members of the Bible Christian church fifty years.
SOURCE:  History of Hocking Valley, Ohio - Published Chicago: by Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1883 - page 1017
  Ward Twp. -
W. R. DIXON  was born July 31, 1815, in Carlisle, Cumberlain County, England, and was the only son of James and Jane Dixon, lawful citizens of the United States.  Mr. Dixon moved to this country when he was sixteen years old, and settled at Steubenville, Ohio, and came to Athens County about 1843 or 44.  He was married July 16, 1845, to Miss Sarah D. Cass, a daughter of Jeremiah and Sarah B. CassMrs.Cass is yet living in Athens County, and is ninety-four years old.  Mr. Dixon was a very fine Greek and Latin scholar, as well as a very artistic painter.  Mrs. Dixon has a number of landscapes and pictures painted by him.  He never belonged to any secret organization, but was a member of the Episcopal church, joining that church before leaving England.  He died Nov. 25, 1881, and was buried on Thanksgiving day.  He was a great lover of flowers, and left a garden that has no equal in the county, and is surpassed by none in the State.  Mr. and Mrs. Dixon had five children, three living - N. T., Mary E. and W. J.  Elizabeth died in 1880, and Vileta July 25, 1882.  Mrs. Dixon is a member of the Baptist church.
SOURCE:  History of Hocking Valley, Ohio - Published Chicago: by Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1883 - page 1017
  Perry Twp. -
RUFUS DODSON, merchant and postmaster, was born in Perry Township, July 30, 1830, a son of Charles and Mary M. (Defenbaugh) Dodson, his father born Nov. 26, 1803, and his mother Dec. 22, 1809.  His grandparents, Thomas and Catherine (Broncher) Dodson, came to Fairfield (now Hocking) County in1805, and settled only two miles form where he now lives.  In 1840 his parents moved to Allen County where his mother died in February, 1847, moved to Allen County where his mother died in February, 1847, and his father was killed by a runaway team July 4, 1862.  After the death of his mother Mr. Dodson returned to his native county and worked on a farm till 1855.  He then came to Laurelville and worked in a saw-mill winters for seven years.  He then clerked in a store three years, and afterward ran a wholesale notion wagon through this State.  In the fall of 1867 he built his present store, and in February, 1868, opened with a fine stock of goods and has built up a large trade.  In 1879 he was appointed Postmaster of Laurelville.  Oct. 21, 1850, he married Judy Steel, daughter of James and Mary (Shirk) Steel.  They had a family of five children, four dying in infancy and one at the age of seven years.  Mrs. Dodson died Feb. 17, 1860.  June 27, 1861, he married Mary J. Steel, a sister of his first wife.  Ten children have been born to them, nine now living - Clara A., Rachel A., Jennie, Laura E., Frank, Emma, Effie, Bertha and Rufus C.  Mr. Dodson is a member of Adelphia Lodge, No. 114, I. O. O. F.  He and his wife are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian church.
SOURCE:  History of Hocking Valley, Ohio - Published Chicago: by Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1883 - Page 1116
  Falls Twp. including Falls-Gore and City of Logan -
GEORGE WASHINGTON DOLLISON, M. D., of Logan, was born near Waynesburg, Pa., Feb. 14, 1830, a son of James and Mahala (Moore) Dollison.  When he was two years old he came with his parents to Ohio.  They settled on a farm near Zanesville, where he lived till manhood, and was given a good common-school education.  When he was twenty years of age he began to teach, and taught continuously for five years.  During this time he studied medicine under the preceptorship of Dr. P. J. Greene, of Mt. Pleasant, Ohio, studying with him three years.  He took his primary course of lectures at the Eclectic Medical Institute of Cincinnati, Ohio, in the winter of 1862.  He then practiced until October, 1872, when he entered the Starling Medical College, at Columbus, Ohio, from which he graduated as M. D. in March, 1873.  His first practice was in Ilesboro, Hocking Co., Ohio from 1856 till 1873, when he came to Logan and established his present practice.  In May, 1871, he became a member of the Eclectic Medical Association of Ohio, to which he has contributed essays on different medical tops, still retaining his membership.  He has been twice married.  His first wife was Jane Barker, of Perry County, Ohio, whom he married Oct. 5, 1852, and who died Oct. 16, 1877, leaving six children - Louisa Ellen, wife of Uriah W. Bowen of Logan; Emma M., Jennie N., Martha A., James Martin and John Bruce.  Sept. 28, 1882, Dr. Dollison married Mrs. E. L. Piper of Washington Court-House, Ohio.  In September, 1864, he enlisted in Company C, Sixty-seventh Ohio Infantry, going out as a private, but one month later was promoted to Assistant Surgeon, and served as such until his discharge at the close of the war.
SOURCE:  History of Hocking Valley, Ohio - Published Chicago: by Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1883 - page 946
  Falls Twp. -
DR. JOHN H. DONALDSON, son of Joshua Donaldson, of New Lexington, was born in Green Township, this county, Sept. 15, 1849.  He attended Starling Medical College at Columbus, Ohio, from which he graduated Feb. 25, 1881, after which he immediately came to New Gore, where he commenced the practice of his profession, in which he has been very successful.  Sept. 5, 1875, he was married to Mary, daughter of Cromwell B. Culver, of Gore.  They have been blessed with two children - Orlando V. and Starling L.
SOURCE:  History of Hocking Valley, Ohio - Published Chicago: by Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1883 - page 946
  Falls Twp. including Falls-Gore and City of Logan -
PATRICK DOYLE was born in Kings County, Ireland, Aug. 17, 1833.  In 1849 he emigrated with his parents to America, where they settled, in Cincinnati.  In 1850 he was apprenticed to Alexander Cable, of Cincinnati, to learn the tanner's trade, at which he served five years, after which he worked as a journeyman at different places in Ohio till April, 1857, then came to Logan and worked as a journeyman for A. Steinman & Co. until 1874, working the year following for C. H. Buerhaus.  In 1875 he rented the tannery of A. Steinman & Co. and engaged in tanning, in which business he still continues.  Nov. 2, 1858, he was married to Mary McBride, of Logan.  They have seven children living - Patrick Henry, Anna Dara, William Michael, Bridget Elizabeth Catherine, and John B. and Thomas St. Leger (twins).  Mr. Doyle and wife are members of St. John's Catholic Church, of Logan.  April, 1883, he was elected one of the Trustees of the Oak Grove Cemetery.  He is a member of the Mingo Chief Fire Company, of Logan.
SOURCE:  History of Hocking Valley, Ohio - Published Chicago: by Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1883 - page 947

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