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  GEORGE A. BARBER.  The farming interests of Huron county find in George A. Barber, a worthy representative and one who is meeting with success in his business enterprise.  He was born in Herman township, this county, Jan. 30, 1856, and is a son of Samuel G. and Matilda (Maltby) Barber, the former a native of Schenectady county, New York, and the latter of Fremont, Ohio.  The grandparents of our subject on the paternal side were Edward and Desire (Kenyon) Barber, while his maternal grandfather was David Maltby.  Both the Barber and Maltby families are of Scotch lineage, while the Barbers rank among the old pioneer settlers of Huron county.  The family was founded in this portion of the state by Samuel G. Barber, the father of our subject, who came here when but seven years of age, and grew up with the county, being a witness of the work of transformation and improvement that has changed the forests of Ohio into richly cultivated fields.
     Our subject has in his possession many interesting relics of the old pioneer days, one of especial interest being an Italian violin which is over two hundred years old.  He also has the old gun that his grandfather brought with him from the east, and also a letter received by the Barbers in the early days, directed to this state and dated Feb. 11, 1834.  The mother of our subject, who bore the maiden name of Matilda Maltby, had three brothers who went to Texas, where they were residing at the time of the Civil war.  At the outbreak of hostilities the youngest brother espoused the cause of the Confederacy and became captain in the Louisiana Light Artillery.  The eldest brother was a soldier in the Mexican war and under General Scott went from Vera Cruz to the City of Mexico, participating in all of the battles of that campaign.  After the war he went to Galena, Illinois, and later became a friend and associate of General Grant.  During the Civil war he was a brevet brigadier general and assisted in capturing his own brother at the surrender of Vicksburg.  Later he sought parole for his brother and sent him back the the sough.  He sustained a wound at the battle of Fort Donelson which, however, was not fatal.  In the family of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Barber were the following children: Dora, George, Bayard, Jasper and Grace.
     George A. Barber
, of this review, spent the period of his boyhood and youth upon his father's farm, early being trained to the duties and labors that fall to the lot of the agriculturist.  When not busy with the work in the fields he attended the district schools and thus acquired a good knowledge of the common English branches.  Later he pursued a course of study during the years 1877-1880, in the Ohio Normal University at Ada, Ohio, and after leaving that institution he was engaged in teaching for about eighteen years.  During that period his identification with educational interests was a source of benefit to the communities in which he labored for he proved himself a most competent and able instructor, imparting clearly and readily to others the knowledge that he had acquired.  Subsequently, however, he withdrew from that profession and became identified with agricultural interests, purchasing a farm in Fairfield township.  He has resided upon this farm for about fourteen yeas, and it is now one of the well improved and valuable properties in the township.  He has brought the fields under a high state of cultivation, has introduced upon the place all the accessories and equipment necessary to facilitate farm labor, and his well directed industry and energy, which are the salient elements in his career, are winning for him a gratifying measure of prosperity.
     It was on the 7th of April, 1885, that Mr. Barber was united marriage to Miss Maud Pratt, who was born in October, 1864, and is a daughter of Edwin D. and Elizabeth (Slyer) Pratt, natives of Huron county, Ohio, and East Liverpool, Medina county, this state, respectively.  Her father, who was a son of Nelson and Finette (Delano) Pratt, traces his ancestry back to the Mayflower.  The Pratts were originally members of the Baptist church, but members of the family later joined the Mormon church and became stanch supporters of that creed.  Hugh F. Barber, who was born on the 18h of May, 1891, is the only child born until Mr. and Mrs. George Barber.  The parents are both members of the Universalist church, while fraternally Mr. Barber is connected with the Masons at North Fairfield, Ohio.  He is public-spirited is his citizenship, doing all in his power to promote the general welfare, while his influence and activity are always upon the side of progress, reform, improvement and advancement.  These qualities constitute him a citizen of worth in the community where he has resided throughout his lifetime and where he has acquired an extensive circle of warm friends.
SOURCE #2 - History of Huron County, Ohio - Vol. II - By A. J. Baughman - Chicago - The S. J. Clarke Publ. Co. - 1909 - Page 482
WILLIAM BARBER, who for many years has been successfully identified with general agricultural and stock-raising interests in Wakeman township, was born in Wiltshire, England, on the 16th of January, 1828, his parents being Edward and Jane Barber.  In the year 1850 they crossed the Atlantic to the United States, coming direct to Wakeman township, Huron county, Ohio, where they joined their son William, who had made the voyage to the new world in 1848.  Edward Barber, the father of our subject, was a cabinet-maker by trade but after coming to this country turned his attention to farming.  Unto him and his wife were born six children, namely: Mary, Ann, Sarah, Matilda, Elizabeth, William and Edward.  All are now deceased with the exception of William, whose name initiates this review.
     William Barber obtained his education in the parish schools of his native land and early in life learned the cabinet-maker's trade, working at that occupation in England until he set sail for the United States in 1848.  After landing in this country he first went to Summit county, Ohio, where he remained for a year being employed at his trade.  On the expiration of that period he came to Wakeman township, this county, and bought twenty acres of timber land, which he eventually developed into a good farming property.  He has given his attention to general agricultural pursuits almost exclusively throughout his entire business career, though for a few yeas he also worked at the carpenter's trade to some extent.  As time passed by and his financial resources in creased he added to his holdings by additional purchase until at one time he owned two hundred acres of rich and arable land, having cleared the timber from one hundred acres.  He cut down and burned enough good timber to have made a fortune at present prices.  In addition to cultivating the various cereals best adapted to soil and climate he has also been engaged in the raising of stock, both branches of his business returning to him a gratifying annual income.  The neat and thrifty appearance of his farm bespeaks his industry and systematic methods.  His crops are of the best, his stock is comfortably housed and in fact everything about the place indicates the supervision of a practical and progressive owner.
     On the 6th of May, 1853, Mr. Barber was united in marriage to Miss Hannah E. Stiles, a daughter of Henry and Sarah Stiles of Clarksfield township.  The Stiles family were among the early settlers of Huron county and took a prominent part in community affairs.  Mr. and Mrs. Barber are the parents of eight children as follows:  Anna E.; Frank M., a resident of Chicago; Ella, the wife of Charles Peck, of Viola, Illinois; Edward, living in Delaware; Jane, at home; Henry, who follows farming in Wakeman township; Ida, also at home; and William C., who makes his home at Lorain, Ohio.  On the 6th of May, 1909, Mr. and Mrs. Barber celebrated their fifty-sixth wedding anniversary, on which happy occasion of all their children, as well as a large number of friends and acquaintances, were with them.
     Politically Mr. Barber has always given his allegiance to the republican party, casting his first presidential  vote for Fremont in 1856.  Though not active in politics as an office seeker, he has always kept well informed on the questions and issues of the day and served in the position of township trustee and also as a school director for many yeas.  His religious faith is indicated by his membership in the Congressional church, with which his wife and children are also identified.  He ahs always been active in church and Sunday school work and was instrumental in organizing a Sunday school in the local school-house of which he was superintendent for many years.  He is public-spirited to a marked degree and well merits the esteem and respect which are uniformly accorded him, being a high-minded gentleman of the old school whose entire life has been characterized by industry and integrity.  He has endeavored to exemplify and teaching of the Golden Rules in his daily life and his influence is always found on the side of right and progress.  The worthy poor find in him a sympathetic and helpful friend.  He has now passed the eighty-first milestone on life's journey and for sixty years of this time has been a resident of Huron county, within the borders of which he is most widely and favorably known.  Coming to the new world in early manhood, he has felt that the country fully justified his expectations and in this land, where labor is unhampered by caste or class, he steadily advanced and as a result of his persistent energy and unabating industry gained a place among the substantial and representative citizens of his community.
SOURCE #2 - History of Huron County, Ohio - Vol. II - By A. J. Baughman - Chicago - The S. J. Clarke Publ. Co. - 1909 - Page 104

SOURCE #2 - History of Huron County, Ohio - Vol. I - By A. J. Baughman - Chicago - The S. J. Clarke Publ. Co. - 1909 - Page 188

  BENJAMIN BARNES, who has been connected with railroad business for more than thirty years, has, during that time, gained a most creditable record for himself and is numbered among the well known and prominent citizens of this community.  One of Ohio's native sons, he was born on the 8th of July, 1855, a son of Robert and Elizabeth (Fields) Barnes.  The family has long been represented in this country, members of the name having come from England, in the early part of the seventeenth century.
     The father of our subject, who was born in 1796, was a native of Virginia and came to Ohio from the District of Columbia in 1828.  He was a painter and glazier by trade and served as a soldier in the war of 1812, assisting in the defense of the capitol and, after its destruction, aided in its reconstruction along the line of his trade.  After his removal to Columbus, Ohio, however, he was identified with the butchering business, being thus engaged until 1856, in which hear he removed with his family to Wakeman, where he operated a mill for a short time.  He again entered the butchering business and was thus connected until his death, which  occurred in August, 1874.  A man of strong convictions, he based his opinions upon his own judgment rather than upon what others thought and, while he possessed a most positive disposition, he nevertheless was quick to forgive when proper apology was offered.  He was married twice, Miss Elizabeth Fields become his second wife.  She passed away July 3, 1905, and they were both laid to rest in the Wakeman cemetery.  In their family were seven children, namely: Nimia, Morris P., Benjamin, Robert, Alice, Albert and Anna, the last two passing away in infancy while the other five still survive.
     Benjamin Barnes, whose name introduces this sketch, was reared under the parental roof and attended the schools of Wakeman in the acquirement of an education.  He remained at home until twenty years of age, in the meantime assisting his father in the butchering business.  In 1876, he entered the railroad service and has been engaged in this line of work to the present time.  He entered the employ of the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railroad in 1879, and has been connected with that company for thirty years, operating on the Cleveland & Toledo division.  He has been eminently successful in his relations with railroad business, being promoted from one position to another until he is today serving as passenger conductor, having acted in that capacity since 1890.  Throughout his entire connection with the railroad, he has been most careful and has never had a wreck, has never been seriously injured and none of his crews has ever been injured, a record which is indeed most unusual.
     Mr. Barnes was united in marriage on the 29th of November, 1874, to Miss Sarah M. Flower, a daughter of Isaac and Ann (Stratton) Flower, natives of England.  Upon coming to America in 1851, her parents settled in Oswego, New York, where they remained for one year, and then, continuing their westward journey, located at Cooks Corners, in Huron county, in 1852.  In 1856, they removed to Clarksfield, four years later to East Townsend and in 1865 came to Wakeman.  They resided here until 1870, when they removed to Missouri, where they remained two years, returning to Wakeman in 1872.  Throughout these years Mr. Flower had been engaged in the harness business, being a manufacturer and dealer, but in 1874, he became identified with the hotel business in this city, being thus connected until 1894.  In the latter year, he retired from active life while his demise occurred on the 13 of January, 1903, when he had reached the venerable age of ninety-three years.  His wife had passed away Dec. 8, 1896.  In their family were five children, Emma, Alfred, Anna, Sarah  and Frederick, all of whom survive with the exception of Anna, who died in infancy.
    The home of Mr. and Mrs. Barnes has been blessed with one son and one daughter, William O. and Lulu May.  The latter is now the wife of James I. Seybert, of this city, and they have one son, Howard Benjamin.  William O. Barnes is also married and lives in Toledo.  He has followed in his father's footsteps and is a conductor on the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railroad.
     Mr. Barnes is well known in fraternal circles, holding membership in Gibson Lodge, No. 301, F. & A. M., and belongs to Webb Chapter, R. A. M., of Cleveland, Ohio, while he has taken the thirty-second degree of the Scottish Rite in Masonry.  He likewise is a member of the Order of Railway Conductors.  He is a stalwart champion of the democracy and in former years has been very active and influential in local politics, having frequently represented his party as a delegate at various district, county and state conventions.  He is intensely loyal and public spirited in his citizenship, aiding in all movement and measures which have for their spirited in his citizenship, aiding in all movements and measures which have for their object the substantial and permanent upbuilding and improvement of the community.  He is a great athlete, enthusiastic in the matter of outdoor sports and takes especial delight in fishing and hunting, frequently enjoying, in the company of other kindred spirits, a ten days' trip into the woods and along the streams in the pursuit of his favorite pastimes.  As a young man, he was particularly fond of baseball and yet maintains a keen interest in this national game, possessing considerable skill himself in this line and often joining in games with local teams.  The Barnes home  is modern and attractive in its architecture and surroundings and is a favorite resort with a host of friends to whom its cordial hospitality is freely extended.  Mr. and Mrs. Barnes are genial, companionable people, who not only understand how to enjoy life themselves, but possess the happy faculty of making others enjoy it also, the influence and good fellowship of their home being a potent factor in the social circles of the community.
SOURCE #2 - History of Huron County, Ohio - Vol. I - By A. J. Baughman - Chicago - The S. J. Clarke Publ. Co. - 1909 - Page 275

JOSHUA B. BARNES was a prosperous farmer, a successful auctioneer and an exemplary citizen of Clarksfield township, where he was born Sept. 27, 1848, a son of William and Helen (Bissel) Barnes.  Both the Bissels and the Barnes were among those families that braved the hardships of pioneer life.  The former of the tow came from Danbury, Connecticut, and the latter from New York state, and both became prominent in their respective communities.  William Barnes grew up at home under the guidance of his parents, assisting in the ordinary work of the farm.  During the winter months he attended the district schools of the county and always stood at the head his class and as the ringleader in all boyish pranks and sports.  At the age of nineteen he went to Michigan, where he worked on the farms of relatives for nine years.  At the end of that period he returned to Clarksfield township, this county, where he purchased a farm of one hundred and fifty-eight acres in the same neighborhood in which he had been born and in which his parents had lived for so many yeas.  This was his home until his death.  As soon as he took up his residence here he became a prominent figure in the farming community.  Large harvests richly repaid his arduous toil, and the several business enterprises he undertook prospered in proportion.  At the time of his death he possessed two hundred and sixty acres, all fine land to start with, but much improved through the excellent cultivation he practiced for so many years.
     On the 21st of December, 1886, Mr. Barnes was married to Miss Belle Kemp, the daughter of John and Susanna (Wellburn) Kemp, of Camden, Lorain county, Ohio, who were married Oct. 15, 1854.  The father was born in Lancastershire, England, Mar. 20, 1821, and came to America with his brother at the age of thirty-one.  He settled in Grafton, Ohio, where he engaged in farm work, and in a short time by industry and economy was able to save enough to buy a farm in Lorain county.  When he arrived in this country he had almost no capital, but he attained to a comfortable position before his death.  Two years after his arrival here he married and became the father of ten children, five of whom are living.  They are Edgar, a commissioner of Lorain county; Mary; Belle; Lucy; and Mabel   William, Ezra, John, Charles, and Elizabeth, are all deceased.  Mr. Kemp died Nov. 13, 1901, and his wife passed away Aug. 4, 1909.
     To Mr. and Mrs. Barnes were born two children, Doris E. and Robert W., both of whom are living at home with their mother.
     To republican party always found in Mr. Barnes a stanch supporter of its principles and he took an active interest in local politics, serving as township trustee and as a member of the board of education for a great many years.  He also filled the office of justice of the peace for two terms and refused to again accept the office despite the great pressure brought to bear upon him by his many friends.  He was probably the most popular man in the eastern part of the county.
     Mr. Barnes was taken from this world Feb. 20, 1909, and is mourned by a large number of persons, who through the intercourse of years had come to know and love the man for what he was.  The success of his work procured the goodwill of his fellow-citizens, but his loyalty and fearless support of what he believed to be right drew to him stanch friends, and at the same time his ready wit and jovial good nature assured him a welcome in whatever gatherings he chanced to be.  He was a hardworking, enterprising farmer and a successful auctioneer, and in all his business dealings was found to be upright and honorable, a man whose integrity of purpose in his intercourse with his fellows was never questioned.  In fact, it may truthfully be said that he was a man who had no enemies.  He was buried in the Methodist Episcopal cemetery at Clarksfield.
SOURCE #2 - History of Huron County, Ohio - Vol. I - By A. J. Baughman - Chicago - The S. J. Clarke Publ. Co. - 1909 - Page 458
  NORMAN A. BARNES, the owner of considerable property in the town of Bellevue, was born in St. Lawrence county, New York, June 28, 1824, the son of Norman and Sybel (Parker) Barnes, both of whom lived in that county until their death, which occurred in the case of the father in 838, when he was but forty-seven years of age.  The mother, on the other hand lived to the advanced age of ninety-two, having known forty-five years of widowhood.  The loneliness of these, however, was alleviated through the loving care of ten children, though but few of these exhibited the hardiness of life that distinguished her.  Of this large family but one beside the subject of this Sketch survives, James C., the fourth son.  Those deceased are Walter S., Sylvester, Charles, Lucinda, Mamie, Jane, and two who did not live beyond the period of childhood.
     Norman A. Barnes, who was the eighth in this large family, spent the first nineteen years of his life in the county of his birth.  From there he went to Lewis county, New York, where he learned the trade of harnessmaker and lived for two years.  In 1845 he came west to Ohio, pursuing his trade in various cities of the state, such as Dayton, Cincinnati, and others, until in 1849, when he came to Bellevue.  Here he started in the harness business on Main street, and though he was more than moderately successful, his health began to fail him after four years' application and he gave it up.  He then commenced buying and selling live stock, seeking a market in New York and other cities in the east.  For upwards of forty years he was engaged in this business, changing his methods with the changes that passed over the country during all those years, for when he first commenced dealing in live stock, he was wont to go on horseback over the country to any place he heard that fine animals were to be procured.  When he retired from active participation in the business, the life of a stockman had become in many particulars a less strenuous one.
     On the 10th of October, 1850, Mr. Barnes was united in marriage to Miss Julia A. Sloane, a daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (Skinner) Sloane who were born Aug. 18, 1786, and Jul. 13, 1792, respectively.  Their birth followed shortly upon the permanent establishment of the federal government, and their death, the father's occurring Nov. 4, 1850, the mother's, Mar. 13, 1862, antedated by but a few years the great struggle for this same government's preservation.  Mr. Sloane was a native of Vermont and his wife of New Hampshire.  Their union was blessed with nine children, all of whom but Mr. Barnes, the youngest, have passed away.  The others were Flavilla, Annetta, Elvira, Lucinda, Joseph, William, Sirenus and Elizabeth Mrs. Barnes was born in York, Livingston county, New York, on the 22d of January, 1828, and was the mother of two children, both of whom she survives.  Ella F., who was born Oct. 16, 1851, died Feb. 1, 1900; and Julia F., born July 2, 1853, died in September the year following.
     Fraternally Mr. Barnes is connected with the Masons, and has the distinction of being the oldest member of the Bellevue Lodge, No. 273 A. F. & A. M.  Some years ago he was presented with a fine knife, which is hereafter to descend and to be the property of the oldest member.  From 1866, Mr. Barnes dates his affiliation with the organization, and during that time was chaplain of the blue lodge, and counsellor for ten years.  In politics he gives his allegiance to the republican party and has served as councilman of his town for a number of years as the choice of his party.  In the Congregational church, of which he has been a member for sixty-two years, he has held the honorable position of deacon for a long time.  In short, he is a man who in the many years he has made Bellevue his home, has ever stood for its advancement and stability.  He is well known, and the reputation which has spread abroad concerning him is one that might e a credit to any man.  There are but few who can boast that they have lived five years past a half-century in the same house.
SOURCE #2 - History of Huron County, Ohio - Vol. I - By A. J. Baughman - Chicago - The S. J. Clarke Publ. Co. - 1909 - Page 384
  WILLIAM BARNES is numbered among the enterprising and progressive farmers of Townsend township, where he owns a fine tract of land of seventy acres.  He was born near London, England, Nov. 24, 184, a son of George and Sarah (Eath) Barnes, who emigrated with their family to the United States in 1852 and established their home in Cleveland, Ohio.  There the father sought employment working at anything that would bring to him an honest living for himself and family.  Prior to coming to the new world he had engaged in farming on a small scale.  On leaving Cleveland he removed to Camden, where he spent two years and on the expiration of that period he located on a farm in Clarksfield township, where he remained two years.  He then took up his abode upon a farm in Wakeman township and continued agricultural pursuits there until his demise in July, 1895.  Unto him and his wife were born eight children, seven sons and one daughter:  William, Charles, Thomas, King A., Elizabeth, Edward, George and Frederick, and these with the mother still survive.
     William Barnes, the eldest of the family, did not enjoy very liberal educational advantages as the family being in somewhat straitened circumstances, his services were needed on the home farm, so that he was permitted to attend school only a few weeks during the winter months and it was not until he had reached the age of eighteen years that he attended the Wakeman school for a full year.  Since reaching mature years, however, he has added to his knowledge by reading and investigation.  During the summer months he assisted in the labor of the home farm, doing a man's work in the fields at an age when most boys are acquiring their education and enjoying the pleasures of life.  In the winter months he worked in the woods, preparing the fuel to supply the household needs and comforts.
     Mr. Barnes eventually started out in life on his own account and from his earnings saved the money that enabled him to purchase his present tract of seventy acres, located in Townsend township.  He established a home of his own by his marriage on the 26th of February, 1876, to Miss Emily Westfall and on the 9th of March following they began their domestic life in teh hosue that Mr. Barnes had prepared for his bride.  He then began work in earnest and has continued to follow farming to the present time being now one of the rich and highly cultivated properties of his section of Huron county. 
     The marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Barnes has been blessed with five children: Anna R.; Cora, now the wife of William Sheffield, of Toledo, Ohio; Mary, Walter E., who is married and makes his home in Wakeman township; and William C. who is also married and resides in Townsend township.  Fully realizing his own lack of advantages he solved that his children should receive an education suited to the demands of the time, that they might start out in life well equipped for the eager, strenuous service of this exacting age, and therefore all have graduated from either the Collins or Wakeman high schools, while subsequently the daughters were given the advantages of Oberlin College.
     Mr. Barnes is a republican in politics and is well informed on all public questions.  Although he has frequently been urged by his fellow townsmen to accept public office he would never consent to do so, with the exception of filling the position of road supervisor.  He has also been a member of the township school board for several years and takes a deep and active interest in the schools, that his own and other children might be benefited.  He had his family are members of the Wakeman Congregational church,  Mr. Barnes having joined the society forty years ago.  He has always been active in church and Sunday school work.  Public spirited in an eminent degree, he favors all legitimate public movements and is numbered among the enterprising and substantial public movements and is numbered among the enterprising and substantial farmers of Townsend township and Huron county.
SOURCE #2 - History of Huron County, Ohio - Vol. I - By A. J. Baughman - Chicago - The S. J. Clarke Publ. Co. - 1909 - Page 118
  THEODORE A. BARRETT is a successful young business man of Norwalk, where he is business manager of the Experiment News Company.  He was born at New London, Ohio, Nov. 8, 1901, the son of Lewis A. and Lillian (Arnold) Barrett.
     Lewis A. Barrett
, deceased, was a native of Huron County.  He spent his early life on a farm and was a machinist by trade.  He spent several years in the employ of the Arnold Creager Company of New London as foreman, and later engaged in business for himself as a road contractor.  He was living retired at the time of his death in July, 1919.  Mr. Barrett is buried at New London.  He was a Republican, a member of the Congregational Church and belonged to the Loyal Order of Moose.  Lillian (Arnold) Barrett was born at Adams, Mass., and now lives at New London.  To Mr. and Mrs. Barrett were born six children: Mildred, married S. F. Noble, lives at Kalamazoo, Mich.; Frances, married G. A. Jones, lived at Berkley, Calif.; Theodore A., the subject of this sketch; Donald T. lives at Kalamazoo, Mich.; Marshall and Betty, both students.
     Theodore A. Barrett obtained his education in the public schools of New London and is a graduate of New London High School, class of 1920.  He spent two years at the College of Electrical Engineering, Milwaukee, Wis., and he began is business career as a salesman in the employ of the Hurley Machine Company, of Chicago.  He later was identified with the Ohio Public School Company, and in January, 1928, came to Norwalk to accept the position of business manager of the Experiment News Company.
     In February, 1924, Mr. Barrett was united in marriage with Miss Ivon Davis, the daughter of Col. Albert W. and Emma L. (Benson) Davis.  A sketch of Col. Albert W. Davis appears elsewhere in this history.  Mr. and Mrs. Barrett are the parents of  a daughter, Nancy, born in 1926.
     Mr. Barrett is a Democrat and belongs to the Fraternal Order of Eagles, and Sigma Theta Phi fraternity.  He is active member of the Norwalk Business Men's Association.
History of North Central Ohio, Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne, Medina, Lorain, Huron & Knox Counties, By William A. Duff - in Three Volumes ILLUSTRATED - Publ. by Historical Publishing Co., Topeka-Indianapolis - 1931 - Page 871
  MAJOR MELVIN L. BATTLES, M.D.  One of the outstanding figures in professional circles in Huron County is Doctor Battles, of Norwalk, who is a veteran of the World War.  He was born at South Euclid, Ohio, Mar. 2, 1879, the son of Orlin T. and Sabra (Covert) Battles.
     Orlin T. Battles
, who lives retired at St. Petersburg, Florida, is a native of Ohio.  Both he and his wife were born at Mayfield, and for many years Mr. Battles was widely known fruit farmer of that section.  He is a Republican, a member of the Methodist Church and belongs to the Knights of Pythias.  His wife died in 1923 and is buried at Chardon, Ohio.  Their children were:  1. Dr. Charles E., physician, lives at Cleveland.  2. Melvin L., the subject of this sketch.  3. Lulu M., who died in 1930, was the wife of Clark Oesch, who lives at Green Cove Springs, Fla.  4.  Dr. Orlin T., dentist, lives at Willoughby, Ohio.  5.  Charlotte M., married E. H. Tinkelpaugh, lives at Youngstown, Ohio.  6. Francis M., a graduate of Ohio State University and the University of Illinois, librarian, Aliquippa, Pennsylvania.
     Melvin L. Battles attended the public schools of South Euclid and took his collegiate work at Mt. Union College.  He was graduated from the Cleveland Medical College, in 1904 and engaged in the practice of his profession at Franklin, Pa., from 1904 until 1910.  The following six years were spent at Greenwich and Olena, Huron County, and in 1915 Doctor Battles established his present practice in Norwalk.  At the outbreak of the World War he enlisted for service and was commissioned as first lieutenant in the U. S. Medical Corps.  He served during the war period at Camp Custer, Mich., and was discharged Jan. 25, 1919.  Doctor Battles established his present practice in Norwalk.  At the outbreak of the World War he enlisted for service and was commissioned as first lieutenant in the U. S. Medical Corps.  He served during the war period at Camp Custer, Mich., and was discharged Jan. 25, 1919.  Doctor Battles received the commission of captain in  the Medical Corps, 145th Infantry, on July 23, 1927, and on May 16, 1929, was promoted to the rank of major, U. S. Medical and Staff Officers Corps, attached to 112th Engineers at U. S. Medical and Staff Officers Corps, attended to 112th Engineers at Cleveland, acting as regimental surgeon.  He holds a dual commission, being major in the Ohio National Guard and U. S. Reserve Corps. 
     In 1903 Doctor Battles married Miss Edna T. Grimes, a graduate of Mt. Union College, and the daughter of Rev. Mr. C. and Mary E. (Tipton) Grimes.  Reverend Grimes, a retired minister of the Methodist Church, lives at Norwalk.  He was born in Belmont County, Ohio, and his wife is a native of Caldwell, Ohio.  To Doctor and Mrs. Battles  were born four children: 1. Edwin, a graduate of Norwalk High School, student at Ohio State University, and Mt. Union College, now attends the New York Homeopathic College.  He married Miss Frances Huffman and they have a daughter, Ellen D.  2. Mary Elizabeth, a graduate of Norwalk High School and Ohio University, married Arthur Boyles, lives at Norwalk.  3. Melvin L., Jr.  4. Thomas E.  Both attend Norwalk High School.
     Doctor Battles is identified with the Huron County Medical Society, Ohio State Medical Society, American Institute of Homeopathy, and is chairman of the National Bureau of Public Health.  He is a Republican and has served as coroner of Venango County, Pa.  He holds membership in the Methodist Church and has the following lodge affiliations:  Townsend Lodge, F. & A. M.; Huron Chapter, R. A. M., No. 7; Norwalk Council, R. & S. M., No. 24; Norwalk Commandery, K. T., No. 18; B. P. O. Elks, No. 730, Past Exalted Ruler; F. O. Eagles, No. 711; and Cleveland Chapter, No. 23, National Sojourner.  He is also a member of the Association of Military Surgeons of the U. S. and a member of the American Legion, 40 and 8 Society, and is past commander of Ken-Bur-Bell Post No. 41.
SOURCE #3: History of North Central Ohio, Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne, Medina, Lorain, Huron & Knox Counties, By William A. Duff - in Three Volumes ILLUSTRATED - Publ. by Historical Publishing Co., Topeka-Indianapolis - 1931 - Page 848
  HON. JOHN M. BECHTOL, who has served as Probate Judge of Huron County since 1921, has had a wide and successful practice at Norwalk for many years, and is active in the civic affairs of that community.  He was born on a farm in Superior Township, Williams County, Ohio, Mar. 17, 1867, the son of John K. and Hannah (Wisman) Bechtol.
     John K. Bechtol
, deceased, was a veteran of the Civil War.  He was born in Stark County, Ohio, the son of Adam Bechtol, who was among the first settlers of Ohio.  John K. Bechtol attended the district schools of Stark County and throughout his life engaged in general farming, having removed to Williams County with his parents when he was a small child.  He served throughout the Civil War with an Ohio outfit.  Mr. Bechtol was a Republican, and served as a member of the board of education and as township trustee.  He was a life long member of the Methodist Church and belonged to the Grand Army of the Republic.  Mr. and Mrs. Bechtol are buried in Bridgewater Township, Williams County.  Their children were:  Adam, lives at Mentor, Ohio; John M., the subject of this sketch; Dr. E. A. , physician, lives at Montpelier, Ohio, is a veteran of the World War;  Dr. Eli C., physician, lives at Montgomery, Mich.; Freeman L., general merchant, lives at Ainger, Ohio; and Clarence, deceased.
     John M. Bechtol obtained his early education in the district schools of Williams County and attended Ohio Wesleyan University.  He received a degree of Bachelor of Science at Fayette Norman University in 1893 and spent seven years as a teacher in the schools of Fulton County, Ohio.  Subsequently he took up the study of law at Ohio State University from which he received the degree of LL. B. in 1902. In that year he established a private practice in Norwalk.  He served as justice of the peace from 1903 and 1921, as township clerk from 1911 until 1921, and in November, 1920, was elected Probate Judge of Huron County.  He was reelected to this office in 1924 and 1928.
     Judge Bechtol was married in 1903 to Miss Millie A. Rice, the daughter of Joseph and Theoda (Cotrill) Rice, of Fulton County.  Both are deceased.  Judge and Mrs. Bechtol have a son, Robert E., who is a graduate of Ohio State University, class of 1930.  He is identified with the Austin Construction Company, of Cleveland.
     Judge Bechtol
holds membership in the Methodist Church and is a member of the official board.  He is affiliated with Mt. Vernon Lodge, F. and A. M., No. 64; Knights of Pythias, No. 145, Past Chancellor, and belongs to the Huron County Bar Association.
     Politically, Judge Bechtol is a Republican.
History of North Central Ohio, Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne, Medina, Lorain, Huron & Knox Counties, By William A. Duff - in Three Volumes ILLUSTRATED - Publ. by Historical Publishing Co., Topeka-Indianapolis - 1931 - Page 870
  NATHAN BEERS is descended from one of the early families of Connecticut, of which State his father, Nathan Beers, was a native.  Grandfather Beers was paymaster under Gen. Washington during the Revolutionary war, and was subsequently a steward of Yale College.
     His son, Nathan Beers, was born Oct. 15, 1806, in New Haven Conn., where he received his education.  He completed the freshman year in Yale, and then set out on a journey to Ohio, traveling by canal and lake to Cleveland, and thence, on horseback, to Trumbull county, where relatives resided.  After a brief visit he pursued his journey, coming to Huron county, where an uncle and a brother had previously purchased land.  On July 3, 1828, he married Louisa Ashley, who was born Dec. 6, 1806, in Deerfield, Mass., whence in 1817 she accompanied her parents, Luther and Eunice (Smith) Ashley, to Greenfield township, Huron Co., Ohio, the journey, which occupied six weeks, being made in a wagon.  The children born to Nathan and Louisa Beers were as follows:  Mary, widow of Lucius Gibbs, who resides in California; Augusta, widow of Isaac Darling, of Greenfield township, and Nathan.  The parents of these began married life on the same where he died Mar. 6, 1891.  His remains were interred in the Steuben cemetery.  His widow now resides with her son Nathan on the homestead.  Politically this pioneer differed from the majority of the men of Huron county, who voted for Fremont in 1856.  He simply changed from being a Whig into a Republican, while the others who changed politically ideas at the time were generally Democrats.  He filled many township offices in early years, such as clerk, trustee and treasurer.  He was a member of the Congregational Church, and was much esteemed by his neighbors.  He was tenderly beloved by his children and grandchildren, and at all times he dealt justly, loved mercy, and reverenced God.
     Nathan Beers, son of the pioneer, was born Oct. 8, 1840, was educated in the district school, and reared to the life of a  farmer.  He worked on the homestead until 1861, when he married Ellen Conklin, who was born Mar. 14, 1844, at Plymouth, Ohio; her parents, Charles and Rachel (Bevier) Conklin, came from Owasco, Cayuga Co., N. Y., where Mr. Conklin was born July 14, 1807, and his wife Nov. 24, 1807.  Mr. Conklin was a tailor by trade, but devoted much of his time to agriculture.  To the marriage of Nathan and Ellen Beers were born three children, namely:  Fred P., a boot and shoe dealer of Plymouth, Ohio; Louise, Mrs. Delno P. Ryerson, of Peru township, and Mary, at home.  All were born on the home farm, where the parents settled after marriage.  Mrs. Beers is a member of the Congregational Church, and Mr. Beers of Congregational Society.  Politically he is a Republican, and he is one of the advisers of the party in his district.  In August, 1862, he enlisted, at Steuben, Ohio, in Company C, One Hundred and Twenty-third O. V. I., which was attached to the Eighth Corps and army of the James, and served with that command until the close of the war.  He received an honorable discharge, and was mustered out in June, 1865, at Columbus, Ohio.  With the exception of that radical departure from home life, Mr. Beers has called the farm, which was located by his father, his home.  He is a systematic agriculturist and an experienced stock grower, and is in every respect a useful, industrious citizen.
Commemorative Biographical Records of the counties of Huron and Lorain, Ohio - Illustrated - Published: Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co., 1894 - Page 361
  AUGUST BORES was found in the rich, fertile soil of Huron county ample scope for his activities, and in the years that have come and gone has accumulated a valuable property, comprising one hundred and twenty-six acres of land in Sherman township, on which he resides, while he also owns another farm of one hundred and eighty-six acres in the same township.  His birth occurred in Pontiac, Huron County, Ohio, on the 1st of March, 1862, his parents being David and Anna Marie (Fauchinger) Bores.  His paternal grandparents, John and Catherine (Klepel) Bores, spent their entire lives in Germany.  The grandfather was a soldier in the German army and participated in the war with France, fighting against Napoleon.  Until him and his wife were born five children, namely: John; Louis; Elizabeth; David, and Minnie, who is now the wife of Philip Thoma, an agriculturist of Peru township, this county.  The two last named are the only members of the family who crossed the Atlantic and established their home in the United States.
     David Bores, the father of August Bores, was born in Germany on the 22d of January, 1833, and made the voyage to this country in the year 1853, in company with his sister Minnie.  After landing in New York, he at once made his way to Ridgefield township, Huron county, Ohio, where for three years he worked by the month as a farm hand.  About 1856, he rented a tract of land and was successfully and energetically engaged in its operation for a period of six years.  By dint of close economy and careful expenditure, he at length accumulated capital sufficient with which to purchase a farm of his own and eventually became recognized as one of the substantial and enterprising agriculturists as well as representative citizens of the community.  He now owns a well improved farm of two hundred and forty acres in Sherman township, which annually returns to him a gratifying income.  His political allegiance is given to the democracy and he has served as road supervisor and also as trustee of Sherman township, holding the latter position for twelve years.  In the year 1855, he was united in marriage to Miss Anna Marie Fauchinger, a native of Germany, who came to the United States in company with her brother Joseph.  They became the parents of six children, as follows: Joseph, who is now deceased; Elizabeth, wife of C. Wilhelm; Henry; August, of this review; John; and Emma, who is the wife of William Ringlein.
     August Bores
, whose name introduces this record, obtained his education in the district schools and early in life became familiar with the duties and labors that fall to the lot of the agriculturist through the assistance which he rendered his father in the cultivation of the home farm.  He has always given his attention to the work of the fields and that his efforts in this direction have met with success is indicated by the fact that he is now the owner of two well improved and valuable farms in Sherman township, comprising one hundred and twenty-six and one hundred and eighty-six acres of land respectively.
     On the 1st of June, 1886, Mr. Bores was joined in wedlock to Miss Helen Bauman a daughter of John and Barbara Bauman whose family numbered three children, as follows: Emma, the wife of Anthony Hammersmith; Mary, who gave her hand in marriage to Henry Bores, a brother of our subject; and Helen, now Mrs. August Bores.  The mother of these children has passed away.  Mr. and Mrs. Bores now have five children Otto, who was born in 1887; Alpha whose birth occurred in 1889; Rosa, born in 1891; August, in 1893; and Arthur, in 1900.
     Like his father, Mr. Bores is a stalwart advocate of the principles of the democratic party and has served as a member of the school board and also in the position of road supervisor.  Fraternally, he is identified with the Knights of Columbus at Monroeville, Ohio, in which organization his sons, Otto, and Alpha, also hold membership.  The different members of the family all belong to the Catholic church.  Throughout the county in which his entire life has been spent, Mr. Bores is well and favorably known, having won the kindly esteem and regard of all with whom business or social relations have brought him in contact.
- History of Huron County, Ohio - Vol. II - By A. J. Baughman - Chicago - The S. J. Clarke Publ. Co. - 1909 - Page 92

SOURCE #2 - History of Huron County, Ohio - Vol. I - By A. J. Baughman - Chicago - The S. J. Clarke Publ. Co. - 1909 - Page 303


SOURCE #2 - History of Huron County, Ohio - Vol. II - By A. J. Baughman - Chicago - The S. J. Clarke Publ. Co. - 1909 - Page 188

  HENRY F. BROWN, dairy farmer and milk dealer, is a son of Frank Brown, whose father was born in Connecticut.  The latter afterward, moved to New York, and pur purchased 300 acres of land near Binghamton, where he died.
     Frank Brown was born in Connecticut, afterward moving with his parents to Broome county, N. Y., where he followed agricultural pursuits.  When a young man he was united in marriage with Susan Rose, whose parents were of English descent.  Frank Brown in politics was a Henry Clay Whig, in religion a member of the Presbyterian Church.  He died at about the age of fifty-five years; his widow is now living in Toledo, Ohio, in her seventy-first children, of whom Henry F. is the eldest.
     Henry F. Brown was born Aug. 24, 1836, in Broome county, N. Y., and received his education at the schools of Binghamton.  About the year 1861 he came to and settled in Norwalk, Ohio, and was there married, in February, 1865, to Ellen Brown, a native of Peru township, Huron Co., Ohio, of which locality her parents were early settlers.  Three sons have blessed this union, as follows:  George, and engineer on the Wheeling & Lake Erie Railroad; Hiram, living at home and Lewis, attending school.  After locating in Norwalk, Mr. Brown conducted a gristmill for some time; then devoted his attention to agricultural pursuits, which he has followed in various localities.  For the past nineteen years he has resided on his pleasant farm containing sixty-five acres, forty-three of which are included within the limits of Norwalk.  He has conducted a milk business about nine years, now owning sixteen cows, and sells about one hundred and fifty dollars' worth of milk per month, buying milk also at wholesale to furnish customers.  Politically he is an active member of the Republican party, and in April, 1892, he was elected a member of the city council from the Fourth Ward.  He was erected a pleasant dwelling and commodious barn, ample evidence in themselves of his prosperity.
Source: Commemorative Biographical Records of the counties of Huron and Lorain, Ohio - Illustrated - Published: Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co., 1894 - Page 147
  THOMAS J. BROWN, a prosperous farmer and stock man of Clarksfield township, was born Mar. 16, 1848, in Sherman township, Huron county, and is the son of William and Elizabeth (Greer) Brown, the former of whom was born in Geneva, Seneca county, New York, but came as a small child, with his parents to Ohio.  Thomas H. Brown, the grandfather of the subject of this sketch, was of Irish birth and came to this country at the age of seventeen.  He was the eldest of a family of twenty-three children, his father having been twice married, and having by his first wife six, and by his second seventeen children, all of whom lived to young manhood and young womanhood.  On coming to this country, the family settled first in Baltimore, Maryland, which they forsook after a few yeas for Seneca, New York.  Later John and Thomas H. Brown came to Ohio, locating in Ashland county, near Jeromesville, where the latter lived until he was nearly eighty years of age.  He engaged in farming and stock raising and feeding, and became a large landowner, many of his tracts being situated in other townships.  During the war of 1812, he served as soldier, and at one time made the journey from Cleveland to Old Portland, now Sandusky, in a row boat.  He died at McComb, from the results of an accidental injury, at the advanced age in all public affairs. 
     His son, William, the father of Thomas J. Brown, was born in Seneca county, New York, and came to Huron county, Ohio, prior to his marriage.  Here he engaged in general farming and stock raising and became an influential man in his community.  For a number of yeas, he was treasurer of Norwich township, his home at the time, and he also served as township trustee and a member of the school board for a long period.  He and his family belonged to the United Brethren church, the Union chapel congregation or class of which denomination Mr. and Mrs. Brown has helped to establish.  In fact when Mrs. Brown died, April 10, 1908, the last of the original charter members had passed away.  Mr. Brown had died eight yeas previously, at about the age of seventy-seven, six years younger than his wife when she responded to the call of death.  Both husband and wife are buried in Norwich cemetery.  In the affairs of Union chapel, Mr. Brown ever took an active part and was one of its trustees from the organization until his death.  He was an upright man, whose influence was strongly felt in the community  in which he lived.  He was a soldier in the Civil war, enlisting in Company H, One Hundred and Sixty-sixth Ohio Volunteer Infantry.  He had a family of five sons:  Thomas J., James E., Franklin H., William L., and one who died in infancy.  Those living are all farmers and prominent in their respective localities.
     Thomas J. Brown spent his boyhood and young manhood on his father's farm, receiving his education in the district schools of the county and in Milan Academy and the schools at Clyde and Geneva, Ohio.  His own schooling completed, he engaged in teaching during the winter months in the schools of Seneca and Huron counties.  During the summer, he worked on the farm.  At the age of twenty-three, he engaged in mercantile business at Havana, Norwich township, to which he devoted his time for about two and a half years, after which he returned to farming in Norwich township, which was his home until March 10, 1904, when he removed to Clarksfield township.  During these years, he has pursued a general line of agriculture and has also engaged in the breeding of short horn cattle.  In the latter work, he has attained quite a reputation beyond the township borders, for his animals are shipped to distant markets, where they are recognized as being of fine, pure breed, and many stockmen have bred cattle from his stock.  He also raises silver Wyandotte poultry, of a high order.  His farm, one hundred acres in extent, is under a fine state of cultivation and gives rich returns for the labor expended upon it.
     On the 23d of October, 1873, Mr. Brown was married to Mrs. Jennie Knoles, the widow of Smith Knoles and the daughter of Dennis Downing, of Penn Han, New York, but who at the time of her marriage was living in Seneca county, Ohio.  Mr. and Mrs. Brown have had no children of their own but have taken three children of other families into their home, and have given them all the educational opportunities and advantages that they would give to their own offspring.
     In politics, Mr. Brown has been rather independent.  For twenty years he voted the prohibition ticket, but of late years has voted for whatever men and measures appealed to his idea of right.  He has always shown a great interest in public matters, and never fails to exercise his right of franchise, but he has never sought an office at the disposition of the people.  He keeps well posted on all matters of general concern and is well able to defend his position, taken after he has convinced himself of its justness, against all opposition.  In religious matters, he gives his allegiance to the Congregational church, in which he holds the position of deacon.  In the Sunday school, he is a teacher and assistant superintendent, for he has ever shown a deep concern for  the progress of the work of the church and the school.
SOURCE #2 - History of Huron County, Ohio - Vol. II - By A. J. Baughman - Chicago - The S. J. Clarke Publ. Co. - 1909 - Page 27

GEORGE BURDUE, a prominent successful farmer of Townsend township, was born February 19, 1811, in what is now Milan township, Erie county.  He is second in a family of eleven children (four of whom died in infancy) born to William and Elizabeth (Vlazer) Burdue, both of whom were born in Pennsylvania, the former of French and the latter of German extraction.
     William Burdue, the father of the subject, was born November 26, 1782, and received an ordinary common-school education in the fall of the following year (1810) emigrated with his wife and child to the then extreme limit of the western frontier, the almost unbroken and pathless wilderness of northern Ohio.  Settling in the northern part of Lot No. 4, Townsend township, Huron county, he entered wild lands, and built a log cabin in the primitive manner of those days, with clap-board or shake roof, puncheon floor and wooden latches.  During the first winter after his arrival he left his family in the country near the Indian village of Milan, while he busied himself in getting his cabin ready for their reception in the spring.  Here, in the dense forest, by which they were surrounded for miles on every side, he commenced to carve out a home for himself and family, subsequently clearing up and improving an excellent farm.  On this home the family experienced all the hardships and privations incident to a frontier life, mitigated, however, by the various pleasures common to backwoods life in those early days.  The vast forest around wild honey was abundant, and maple syrup and sugar easily obtained.  Though their white neighbors were few and far between, there was a warm, hearty, neighborly feeling existing among them, and their social intercourse at the frequent house raisings, log rollings and quilting bees was of the most friendly character.  Soon after their arrival the family made the acquaintance of an old Indian in the vicinity, who subsequently, by reason of the many favors shown him, especially by Mrs. Burdue, a lady of most excellent character, became warmly attached to the family, and rendered them many services.  On one occasion Mr. Burdue, having lost a span of horses and a colt, was asked by this Indian to show him their tracks; this being done, the Indian carefully measured them with his hands and went away, returning in a few days and informing Mr. Burdue that he had found tracks answering to the description.  He also learned that the Indians would, in a few days, go to Huron, their usual trading point, and Mr. Burdue requested his father, Nathaniel Burdue, who was able to speak the Indian language, to go to Huron and demand the surrender of the animals.  This he did, but the Indians refused to give them up without compensation, the terms being a small quantity of corn and whiskey, which were promptly furnished and the horses returned.
     This same old Indian gave frequent evidences of his friendship for the family, the most important of which occurred during the war of 1812-15, soon after the surrender of Gen. Hull, when, partly by sings, he made the family understand that the savages were preparing to massacre the settlers; that the expiration of a certain number of moons they would all probably be scalped if they remained in the country; and at the same time he enjoined upon them the strictest secrecy as to the source of their information, assuring them that death to him would be the consequence of this friendly warning if known to other members of his tribe.  After this he went away, and was never again seen in these parts.  The family immediately prepared for flight, first hiding some of their household and cooking utensils under the puncheon floor of their cabin, and went back to Pennsylvania, where they remained until after the close of the war, returning to the frontier home in the spring of 1816; and they found the articles hidden under the puncheon floor undisturbed, although the cabin had been occupied by the savages.
     Mr. Burdue brought with him, on his return from Pennsylvania, two small buhrs or stones for a hand-mill, which he set up near one side of the cabin, and which was used by the neighbors for several miles around, and was for a time the only one in the vicinity.  He afterward sold the mill to a potter in Milan, who used it for grinding clay.  For many years the wolves, with which the woods were swarming, were among their greatest pests, and would carry off or destroy calves and young stock of all kinds, unless it was secured under the very eaves of the cabin; they were frequently seen prowling about the spring near the house in daytime, and on one occasion destroyed the children's playhouse near the cabin.  Wild cats and panthers were also quite numerous.  Game of a less dangerous and more useful character, such as deer, wild turkeys, wild hogs and squirrels, abounded.
     One of the greatest difficulties of the settlers in that early day was to procure fabric for clothing and other necessary household articles, everything of the kind being very scarce and very dear; prints and domestics were worth from fifty to sixty cents per yard; hence they were obliged to raise flax and manufacture linen, and to weave linsey-woolsey and jeans for domestic use; and not unfrequently they manufactured various articles of wearing apparel from the skins of deer and other wild animals.  Salt, too, was very scarce, and at one time Mr. Burdue was obliged to pay ten dollars per barrel for a very inferior quality.  Soon after his second arrival he went back to Pennsylvania and returned with several head of cattle, all of which died of bloody-murrain one after another; their milch cows too died of the same disease, until they had lost their last cow seven different times.
     For some time after they came to the country there were no schools in the neighborhood, and when a rude log house was finally erected, the schools were of the crudest, most primitive character for several years.  As to churches, there were none in the section, and, as usual in almost all new countries, the Methodist itinerant preachers, or circuit riders, were the pioneers in the religious field, holding services first at one, and then another, of the settlers' cabins.  Both Mr. Burdue and his wife were lifelong, earnest members of the M. E> Church.  His death occurred at his home in Townsend township, October 23, 1834, and that of his wife March 29, 1868, when she was in her seventy-seventh year, her birth having occurred September 26, 1791.  They reared seven children who grew to maturity, of whom George is the subject of this sketch; Nathaniel resides in Norwalk; John and Benjamin are in Linn County, Kans.; Jacob died August 5, 1874, in Michigan; and William W. died July 22, 1886, at Collins, Ohio.
     Nathaniel Burdue, grandfather of subject, emigrated to northern Ohio in about 1808, settling in Berlin township, now in Erie county, where he entered a large tract of land (including the present site of Berlin Heights), erected a cabin, and the following year went back to Pennsylvania for his wife and family.  Here he subsequently cleared and improved a farm, upon which he resided until his death, which occurred when he was over ninety years old.  He was born and educated in Pennsylvania, where in early life he learned the shoemaker's trade.  Being left an orphan at a very early age, he was bound out till he attained his majority, soon after which he married Miss Margaret Welch, also a native of Pennsylvania.  She also lived to be over ninety years of age, and her death was occasioned by an accident, her clothes having caught fire, whereby she was burned severely.  She was a remarkably active, vigorous and energetic woman all her life, and was a lifelong, devout member of the Presbyterian Church.
     George Burdue, whose name appears at the opening of his sketch, received but a very limited English education in youth, such as could be gleaned at the primitive schools, held in rude log buildings, of the Ohio frontier in that early day.  In after years, however, he succeeded, by his own exertions, in acquiring an ordinary business education.  He is possessed of good judgment and a strong, active mind, and is a close observer of everything around him, thus gaining in the great school of experience a fund of useful knowledge and valuable information.  He has also been a constant reader, and is well informed.  Mr. Burdue owns, and has always lived upon, the old home farm where his youth and early life were passed, and where he has been engaged in agricultural pursuits with the most encouraging success.  For several years he was also engaged in manufacturing charcoal for the market, of which he has burned and sold many kilns.  He is classed among the pioneers and belongs to the "Firelands Historical Society," a pioneer association, being among the first white children born in the northern part of Huron (now Erie) county, Ohio.  In about 1844 he went to Green Springs, Seneca county, thirty-three miles away, to mill, but there being many others ahead of him, he was obliged to leave his grist and go back a second time, thus traveling 132 miles for one grinding.  When a young man our subject was quite a successful hunter, and killed over a hundred deer, besides wild turkeys and other game without number.  In 1830 he killed a very large well-known deer (but a short distance from the house), known as "Old Golden," which other hunters had frequently tried but failed to secure; his track was known by his having lost one hoof.  The antlers of this deer, still in his possession, he keeps as a relic of early days.
     Mr. Burdue was married, November 20, 1838, to Miss Susan Hill, a native of Delaware county, N. Y., born October 5, 1821, daughter of Moses and Sally (Brooks) Hill, both natives of New York State and of English extraction.  Two children - a son and a daughter - have blessed this union:  Moses W., born March 13, 1841, and Sarah E., now Mrs. Thomas E. Riggs, born June  25, 1846.  Mrs. Susan Burdue's death occurred March 17, 1885, when she was in her sixty-fourth year.  Though a member of no church she was nevertheless a firm believer in the Christian religion, and a practical Christian.  Mr. Burdue now makes his home with his son Moses W. and family, on the old home place.  He is and has been an earnest, lifelong member of the M. E. ChurchIn politics he was for many years a Democrat, but is now identified with the Prohibition party, and is an earnest advocate of the temperance cause.  He is one of the old pioneers, prominent and representative farmers of the entire county, as well as one of its most respected citizens.
     Moses W. Burdue, with whom our subject now makes his home, has always resided on the old home farm, where he has been engaged in agricultural pursuits, the greater part of the time with good success, trade, at which he has been employed to some extent and at various places.  He received a good English and scientific education in youth at the common schools and at the Western Reserve Normal School.  Miss Betson, and two sons blessed this union.  During the first years of the present century Mr. Hislop emigrated to America, settling in Lower Canada.  He was a stone-cutter and carver by occupation, and was universally conceded to be one of the finest workmen in the country.  Shortly before the war of 1812, he, with others, contracted with the English Government for the construction of extensive barracks and fortifications along the Canadian and American frontier, many of which works are still standing, monuments of their skill and energy.  Mr. Hislop continued to follow his trade until his death.  For many years before coming to America he was a prominent and extensive contractor in the stone-cutting business in Edinburgh, Scotland, during which time he had in his employ a man named Dixon, who, years afterward, became inspector of the reformatory prisons in Canada, one of which was built by Mr. Hislop on the same island in the Richelieu before alluded to as the site of the fort.  Prior to his immigration he was a devout member of the Presbyterian Church, but after his arrival in Canada he identified himself with the Episcopal Church.
     Thomas Hurst, the subject proper of this sketch, was the ninth in the family of eleven children of John and Margaret Hurst, and received a very fair English education at the common schools of Canada in early life.  After his father's death, which occurred when he was only ten years old, he remained on the old homestead with his mother until her death, which occurred in 1857, when our subject was but fourteen years of age.  Being thus left an orphan at an early age, he was thrown entirely on his own resources, and compelled to begin the battle with the stern realities of life alone.  For several years he was employed by the month - generally on a farm - but was neither afraid nor ashamed to turn his hand to any honorable employment that offered an opportunity for making an honest dollar.  On September 1, 1860, he set out for the United States, and on September 3 found himself at Kipton, Lorain Co., Ohio, with two dollars and a half in his pocket.  Here he went to work at anything that offered, usually farm work, and in the spring of 1866 bought a partly improved farm of sixty acres in Wakeman township, Huron county, having no buildings and only five acres cleared;  but during the following fall he built a house, moved on to the place March 13, 1867, and commenced farming on his own account. On this place he remained some fifteen years, when he sold out and bought the farm of one hundred acres in Townsend township, Huron county, known as the Manville farm (of which he is the third owner from the original), upon which he now resides, and where he has since been successfully engaged in agricultural pursuits.  Of Mr. Hurst it may most truthfully be said he is the architect of his own fortune, having commenced the battle of life with no friend save good health and an energy that knew no such word as fail, and with no inheritance save a stout heart and willing hands; nevertheless, by strict attention to business, industry, economy, and honest integrity, he has succeeded in acquiring a very fair share of this world's goods.  He is a man of good judgment and quick perceptions, is at present one of the trustees of Townsend township, and has held various other township positions.  Mr. Hurst took out his naturalization papers and became a citizen of the United States June 20, 1868, casting his first Presidential vote for Gen. U. S. Grant in November of that year.
     On December 25, 1866, Mr. Hurst was married, in Elyria, to Miss Alice M. Close, a native of Henrietta township, Lorain Co., Ohio, daughter of Chauncey R. and Emeline (Ashenhurst) Close, the former of whom was a native of Auburn, N. Y., and of English descent, while the latter was a native of Florence township, Erie Co., Ohio, and of English-German extraction.  Four children have been blessed the union of Mr. and Mrs. Hurst, viz.:  Ernest C., Amy M., Perry T. and Marion A.  Mrs. Hurst is a consistent member of the Disciple Church, and while Mr. Hurst belongs to no church, he is a believer in practical Christianity.  In politics he is a stanch and uncompromising Republican, and is generally recognized as one of the leading spirits of his party in this part of the county, and one of its best workers and organizers.  He ahs always taken a deep interest and an active part in the political affairs of the country, local, State and National, and is one of the prominent, representative citizens of this county.
SOURCE #1 - Commemorative Biographical Records of the counties of Huron and Lorain, Ohio - Illustrated - Published: Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co., 1894 - Page 241

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