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Taken from:
The history of Miami County, Ohio

Newton Township
Chicago: W. H. Beers & Co., 1880

JOHN W. HILL (William)
     John W. Hill, farmer; P.O. Pleasant Hill; born in 1824 on the same farm he now resides on; is a son of Nathan Hill, Sr., a native of Maryland and an immigrant to this place with his parents when a mere boy; his grandfather was among the first settlers of Newton Township.  Our subject's early life was that of a farmer boy; he remained at home assisting in the farm duties till his marriage, which occurred at the age of 19, with Miss Susan Weddle; Mr. Hill, after this event of his life, began farming on his present place; here he has continued the pursuit of agriculture, with eminent success, for over a third of a century; he has a most beautiful farm, under the best modern improvements, and has erected on it one of the finest brick residences in the township.  His wife, Susan, died Jan. 4,1874; she was a faithful member of the Christian Church of Pleasant Hill, and her death was a loss to the whole community; she is buried in the beautiful Pleasant Hill Cemetery; eight children were born, seven of whom are still living, and six of whom are married; all are settled in the community but one;  their names are as follows: Henry H., Sarah J. (married to Dr. Kiester, of Arcanum), Isaac N., John C., Eunice E. (Longanecker), James M., Mary E. (Billows).
Mr. Hill's second marriage was celebrated Oct. 15, 1874 with Mrs. Josephine Conway, formerly  Miss Josephine Banta, a native of Preble Co., Ohio; she has one daughter, a teacher in the public school of Pleasant Hill, and Mr. and Mrs. Hill are both members of the Christian Church of Pleasant Hilll, and Mr. Hill holds a deaconship in the same; he is President of the Temperance Association of this place, which bespeaks him an ardent supporter of the Temperance cause.  He is a member of A.F. & A.M. fraternity of Pleasant Hill.

 (Contributed by Norita Shepherd Moss)
See Notes#1 below

REV. ALLEN JAY, One of the most prominent ministers of the Society of Friends is Rev. Allen Jay, who is known throughout the entire country among the people of his denomination. He was born in Miami county, Ohio, on the 11th of October, 1831, and is a son of Isaac and Rhoda (Cooper) Jay. The family is of English origin, and its members have long been orthodox Quakers. The father was a native of Miami county, born February 19, 1811, on the old homestead which had been settled by his father at a very early period in the history of the Buckeye state. There he was reared, and when he was married he took his bride to the old home place. He carried on agricultural pursuits for many years. For thirty-five years he was connected with the ministry of the Friends' church and traveled extensively over the country, preaching the doctrines in which he so firmly believed. He also engaged in teaching for a few years after his marriage, and possessed a good education for that day. In his evangelistic work he visited all sections of the United States and won the love and confidence of the Friends throughout the country. He was a member of the representative meeting, clerk of the quarterly meeting and filled many other offices. In 1850 he sold his property in Ohio, and removed with his entire family to Indiana, locating at Marion, Grant county, where he died in 1880. He had four sons and one daughter, Allen, of this review being the eldest. Milton, a prominent physician of Chicago, was for some time dean of the Bennett Eclectic Medical College of that city, in fact was one of its organizers. He resigned his position, however, in 1890, and afterward served as director of the Cook county hospital. He is one of the most able physicians of Chicago, especially skilled in surgery, and is now leading surgeon of the Rock Island Railroad Company. Walter D. died on a farm near Marion, Grant county, Indiana, when thirty-seven years of age. Abijah formerly followed farming, but sold out and is now a general business man of Marion, Indiana. Mary E. is the wife of Asa Baldwin, and a minister of the Friends meeting, of Marion, Indiana.

Rev. Allen jay spent his boyhood days under the parental roof and attended school through the winter seasons, while in the summer months he assisted in the cultivation of the fields. After the removal of the family to Marion, this state, in 1850, he entered Friends' boarding school (now Earlham College) at Richmond, where he spent some time, then was a student in the Farmers' Institute, at Lafayette, Indiana, for one year. He next became a student in Antioch College, where he remained until the spring of 1854, when he turned his attention to farming. He located on a tract of land on the Wea plains, near Lafayette, and there carried on agricultural pursuits until 1867. In 1864 he became a minister in the Friends' meeting, and through the three successive years both farmed and preached. In the autumn of 1867 he was appointed superintendent of a work projected by the "Baltimore Association of Friends," under the presidency of Francis Y. King. The war had left Friends, in common with other people, destitute in North Carolina and Tennessee, and Mr. Jay was appointed to ascertain their needs and improve their condition. Making his home at High Point, North Carolina, he traveled extensively over those two states, alleviating the temporal sufferings of the Friends, building up churches, establishing schools, preaching and teaching among the people of those districts. He established thirty-one schools, with an enrollment of three thousand students, and told the gospel message to the people in many districts. He had the oversight of the work embraced within nine churches in Tennessee, and twenty-two in North Carolina, and during most of the time his work necessitated his driving from place to place, so that this period was not without its hardships; yet he regards it as the greatest work of his life.

After eight years of such service Mr. Jay turned his work over to the yearly meeting of North Carolina. In 1875 he went to Europe, visiting the churches in England, Scotland, Ireland and Norway. In 1877 he went to Providence, Rhode Island, where he served as treasurer and minister of the Friends' boarding school, which had an enrollment of two hundred and fifty boys and girls. There he remained for four years, after which he came to Earlham College, in 1881, acting as superintendent and treasurer, while his wife filled the position of matron. For six years he labored in that institution, during which time he raised a large amount of money for the school and for the erection of two substantial and commodious college buildings, Lindley and Parry Halls. In 1887 he removed to his new home near the college, and has since served as one of its trustees and as solicitor for the college, raising money in all parts of this country and in England and Ireland for the institution. He has for six years been superintendent of the evangelistic and pastoral work of the Indiana yearly meeting, retiring from that position in 1895. He has visited all the yearly meetings of the Friends Society in the world and is well known throughout this country in connection with his church work.

Mr. Jay was united in marriage to Miss Martha Ann Sleeper, who was a native of Ohio, but when two years old was taken by her parents to Tippecanoe county, Indiana, where she was married in 1854. Five children have been born to them: Rhoda died at the age of six years. Charles died at the age of fifteen months. William died in West Richmond, in 1897. He was graduated at the Providence boarding school, studied medicine under the direction of his uncle, Dr. Milton Jay, of Chicago, and was graduated in the Bennett Medical College of that city in 1882. He practiced for six years in Richmond and then removed to New Sharon, Iowa, where he successfully practiced until 1896, when, on account of failing health, he retired. He died in 1897, at the age of thirty-seven years. Edwin is a farmer, living near Richmond, Indiana. Isaac is with his father in Richmond.

Rev. Allen Jay is now serving as preacher of the East Main Street Friends meeting, a position he has occupied for the past eleven years, the society having no regular preacher. Thus almost his entire life has been devoted to the work of instructing men in the higher things of life, and his labors have been followed by excellent results; but who can measure the influence for good? Not until the heavenly record is read will it be known how great is the work that he has accomplished. His own career, in perfect harmony with his teachings, has won him the love and respect of all, and he well deserves mention in the history of his adopted county.

Since writing the foregoing sketch, Mr. Jay's wife has passed away. The following obituary notice we quote from the American Friend:

Martha Ann Jay, a daughter of Buddell and Elizabeth H. Sleeper, was born tenth month, 22d, 1833, in Clark county, Ohio, and died at her home, opposite Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana, fourth month, 27th, 1899, aged sixty-five years, six months and five days-Her parents moved to Tippecanoe county, Indiana, when she was two years old. She was married to Allen Jay on ninth month, 20th, 1854, and they settled on a farm near the old home, where their five children were born, and the two eldest died, the third one dying fifteen months ago in the same room she died in. In 1868 she, with her husband, moved to Bush Hill (now Archdale), North Carolina. After nine years they moved to Friends' Boarding School, Providence, Rhode Island. After spending four years there, in 1881 they went to Earlham College, where she served as matron for six years, and then retired to the home where she died. Martha A. Jay was of a retiring disposition, never seeking popularity. Converted at the age of seventeen, she endeavored to carry Christianity in all her life work. She was much interested in humane work among the children, the birds and all dumb animals; for several years had a band of mercy in her own home and one in the Orphan Home near by. She was appointed an elder at an early age, and held that position in the four different yearly meetings to which she belonged. She was a great strength to her husband, who was, as a minister, often called to labor away from home; she never murmured at the separation, but encouraged him to faithfulness when the Master called. She bore a long illness with Christian resignation; the closing hours were peaceful; the last audible words were: "Blessed! Blessed!" "Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord: "

Taken from:
The history of Miami County, Ohio
Newton Townsip
Chicago: W. H. Beers & Co., 1880

HARVEY JONES, farmer; P.O. Laura; one of the early settlers; born in 1823 in Union Township; is a son of Jesse Jones, one of the pioneers, who was born in Georgia April 15 ,1794; he is the son of Samuel and grandson of Francis Jones of North Carolina.  Samuel raised eleven children, all of whom became heads of families, Jesse being the only surviving member.  In 1805, Samuel, with his family, came to Ohio, locating north of West Milton, where he died at 84 years of age; his wife died at the age of 88 years.  Jesse came to Ohio when 11 years old; his early life was that of a pioneer, and he has always been a farmer; married three times; his first wife, Jane Cothran was from South Carolina; his second Naomi (Tucker) Jones, was a native of Tennessee; his third wife, Betsy (Hayworth) Davis, was born June 13, 1800, in South Carolina; her parents came to this county in 1806, and located in this township.  Harvey remained with his father until 21 years of age, after which he farmed the homestead one year, then purchased his present place, and erected a long house, which is now supplanted by a fine residence upon his well cultivated farm, brought to this condition by his own hard labor.  His first wife, Rachel Hunt, was a daughter of Elijah Hunt, an early pioneer.  She was a consistent Christian, and died in October, 1869.  Of their nine children, six survive.  His second wife, Mrs. Mary (Thompson) Richardson, was a native of Darke Co., and the widow of Josiah Richardson, who enlisted in the 69th, O.V.I., was fatally wounded near Georgia, taken to the hospital at Nashville, Tenn., where he died.  Mr. and Mrs. Jones take a deep interest in the cause of religion, both being members of the Christian Church at Laura.


 

Taken from:
The history of Miami County, Ohio
Newton Townsip
Chicago: W. H. Beers & Co., 1880

GEORGE KAUFFMAN, deceased; was born on York Co., Penn., Nov. 13, 1821.  His father, Peter Kauffman, and Elizabeth Hefflebauer, his mother, were both natives of Pennsylvania.  Peter Kauffman followed the pursuit of agriculture; in 1830, he immigrated with his family to Ohio, and located on a farm in Montgomery Co., four miles north of Dayton, where he passed the remainder of his life, his death occurring September, 1872.  He had a family of eight children, only three of whom survive.  Mrs. Kauffman died some thirteen or fourteen years ago.  The subject of this sketch was the sixth child of the family, and was reared a farmer; he remained at home with his father till about twelve years ago, when he purchased three farms in this township, and on one of them moved; this is located in Sec. 3, Range 4.  His death was caused by an accident.  He was occupied in hauling his sugar cane to the factory; the barrel upon which he was sitting tilted, throwing him between the horses, frightening them so that they ran, dragging him with them, and injuring him so severely that he died the next day.  Mr. Kauffman was a man of many sterling qualities; he was industrious and enterprising, and in business transactions was strictly honest.  His death removed from the community a good citizen and a Christian gentleman.  He was a member of the Christian Church.  He was married in 1872 to Rebecca M. Brown, of Frederick Co., Md., who was born in 1847, and came to this county in 1868, locating near Troy.  They had a family of one son and three daughters.

Taken from:
The history of Miami County, Ohio
Newton Townsip
Chicago: W. H. Beers & Co., 1880

S. W. KIESTER, physician, Pleasant Hill; one of the prominent physicians of Miami Co.; was born in Newton Township in 1842; he is of English and German descent.  Peter K., his father, was born in Pennsylvania, and emigrated to Ohio in the fall of 1840, locating near Pleasant Hill, in the vicinity of which he passed the rest of his days.  He was united in marriage, in Pennsylvania, to Miss Mary Bashore, a native of Pennsylvania.  Mr. Keister's death occurred Aug. 24, 1876, aged 59 years 9 months and 7 days; he is buried in the Pleasanat Hill Cemetery, and over his grave has been reared a large, beautiful and imposing monument of marble, commemorative of his life and death.  Dr. Kiester's early life was that of a farmer boy; at the age of 17, he entered the National Normal Institute of Lebanon, and spent several subsequent summer as a student there, his winter months being devoted to teaching; at the age of 21, he turned his attention to the study of medicine, and entered the Jefferson Medical College of Philadelphia, graduating at the age of 25; he located at Laura, in this county, and began the practice; after seven years of successful work, he sold out, and purchased the large farm on which he now resides, thinking to retire from the profession; but by request of his brother, he went with him to Arcanum, where he spent two years in practice, and then removed to his large farm in 1877; since then he has been engaged in managing and discharging the duties of his profession; his life is a fair illustration of what energy and correct business habits can accomplish.  His nuptials were celebrated with Miss Sophia Williams Oct. 6, 1867; she is a great-granddaughter of Michael Williams, the first settler on the banks of the Stillwater, and granddaughter of Rev. John Williams, the pioneer preacher of the Upper Stillwater.  One child, Pearl, was given to them Sept. 14, 1874.

Taken from:
The history of Miami County, Ohio
Newton Townsip
Chicago: W. H. Beers & Co., 1880

JOSEPH KINZIE, farmer; P.O. Pleasant Hhill; was born in Union Township, in this county, in 1841; he is the third child of Zaccheus and Elizabeth (Albaugh) Kinzie.  Zaccheus was born in Maryland, his ancestry coming from Germany.  He came to this country with his parents when about 21 years old, and located in Montgomery Co.  The subject of this sketch was brought up on a farm and his early training was that of a farmer, which has served him well through life; his early education was limited to the common school; he made his first move from the homestead in Union Township; in the spring of 1868, he took a trip West and was gone till the spring of 1870, when he returned to his native township; here he remained till the spring of 1873, when he went to Indiana; from there, in the spring of 1876, he came to his present place, which he purchased and has since successfully operated.  Mr. Kinzie is a young man of enterprise and industry, and a useful member of society.  He identifies himself with the Republican party.  He was married in 1864 to Lavinia Bowlin of Pennsylvania; she came to this county in the spring of 1863.  A son and daughter, Emma C. and Theodore, have been the issue of this union.

Taken from:
The history of Miami County, Ohio
Newton Townsip
Chicago: W. H. Beers & Co., 1880

CONRAD KRIEGBAUM, farmer and blacksmith, Laura; he was born in Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany, in December, 1834; he is the son of George P. Kriegbaum, who was born in 1800.  He married Margaret Goetz in 1823; she was born in 1801, and died about four years ago; Mr. K. is still living at the advanced age of 80 years;  he reared a family of ten children, five sons and five daughters, all living but one, and eight immigrated to this country and located in Ohio; our subject was the youngest son and was reared on a farm; he remained at home until he attained the age of 17, when he concluded to try his fortune in America; he embarked at Havre, France, and after a pleasant voyage of forty-six days, landed in New York City; from here he came direct to Springfield, Ohio, near where he located and began farming; the following spring he came to West Milton, this county, and entered an apprenticeship at the blacksmith trade; after serving three eyars, he worked as a journeyman until 1862, when he set up shop in Covington; he operated this until 1871, when he traded his residence for a farm on Panther Creek, in this township; this he sold in October, 1877, and purchased where he now resides; he combines with his farming blacksmithing.  In the spring of 1862, he was married to Miss Susanna Smith, who was born in Pennsylvania and raised in Ohio; they have two children - Anna R. and Martha E.; Mr. K. is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, and Mrs. K. of the Shiloh Christian Church of this township.

Taken from:
The history of Miami County, Ohio
Newton Townsip
Chicago: W. H. Beers & Co., 1880

MORGAN LEONARD, farmer; P. O. Box Pleasant Hill; was born in Juniata Co., Penn., in 1848.  He is the son of Reuben and Elizabeth (Ayergood) Leonard, both of Pennsylvania;  Reuben is a farmer by occupation, and still lives in his native State.  He had a family of eight sons and two daughters, one daughter died.  The subject of this memoir was raised on a farm and educated in the common school; he remained at home occupied with farm duties till he immigrated to this State.  He had a family of eight sons and two daughters, one daughter died.  The subject of this memoir was raised on a farm and educated in the common school; he remained at home occupied with farm duties till he immigrated to this State in the fall of 1863; he located in Covington, and shortly found his way into the U.S. service, as a member of the 8th O.V.C.; he went first to Camp Dennison, and from there to West Charleston, W. Va., where he had his first experience in war; he next engaged in the battle of Louisburg, Gen. Averill commanding; was at Staunton, Liberty, Lynchburg at Hunter's defeat, again at Liberty and at Beverly, at which place he was severely wounded in the left though, which disabled him from further active duty; he was then placed in the hospital for a time at Beverly, and then at Grafton; he was discharged June 3, 1865, having served over one year; he returned to this county in the fall of 1868, and moved to his present place where he has since engaged in farming.  In politics, he is a Republican.  He was married in 1864 to Matilda Varner, daughter of Daniel G. and Elizabeth (Lecington) Varner.  She was born Jan. 12, 1847, and came to this county with her father in 1858; he is a silversith, and carries on business at Covington; her mother died when she was only about 1 year old.  Mr. and Mrs. Leonard have six sons and three daughters - two sons and one daughter are dead.

Immigrant Ancestor of Miami Valley, Ohio - Quaker families
Thomas Macy was born in 1608, at Chilmark, Wiltshire, England.
     He died Apr. 19, 1682, Nantucket Island (then New York).
     Married 1639, in Mass. & she died 1706, Nantucket Island.
     Thomas and Sarah Macy came to Salisbury, Massachusetts separately before their marriage, making them the earliest immigrants of this area.  They owned property, had children, and put down roots in their new land.  In 1658, a Baptist preacher, Joseph Peasley, had developed quite a following in Salisbury.  The courts responded by ordering all citizens to attend Puritan services, and pay their compulsory tithes there.  In October, 1658, Thomas Macy was ordered to appear before the court, and to pay fines for his disobedience.
     Apparently a determined man, Thomas decided to see "if it were possible to find a place where religion was not a sin".  In February 1658/9, he began purchasing Nantucket Island.  The following summer, Thomas committed the sin of allowing transient Quakers to seek shelter from a thunderstorm under his roof.  The resulting court action against him was the last straw.  In Oct. 1659, he and his family were the first white settlers of Nantucket, then part of New York.
     John Greenleaf Whittier penned the lengthy poem entitled "The Exiles" about Thomas Macy.  Though Thomas paid for the infraction with a fine, the Quakers involved paid with their lives, being hanged for their offense.
     The family was warmly greeted by the Indians on Nantucket, and the following year, other families joined them.  But we can not by any stretch of the imagination call Thomas Macy a Quaker.  Of his children, only one son survived to have children.  John Macy Sr. fathered 4 daughters and 4 sons, all of whom lived on Nantucket.  John Macy Jr., born 1675, was the first child of the family to unite with the Friends in 1711.  John Macy married Judith Worth, daughter of John Worth & Miriam Gardner, and their children were:
1. Miriam Macy, 1708 -1736, married Zephaniah Coffin; died Nantucket
2. Silvanus Macy, 1709 - 1719; died in Nantucket
3. Seth Macy, 1710 - 1790; died in Nantucket
4. Eliab Macy, 1712 - 1723; died in Nantucket
5. David Macy, 1714 - died in North Carolina
6. Anna Macy, 1716 -1756; married Joseph Jenkins
7. Bethiah Macy, 1719; never married
8. John Macy, 3rd, 1721 - 1795; marr. Eunice Coleman; died in North Carolina
9. Judith Macy, 1723 - 1795; married William Clasby & Abial Gardner
10. Jonathan Macy, 1725 - 1798; died in Nantucket
11. William Macy, 1727 - 1753; died in Nantucket
12. Sarah Macy, 1729; married Richard Gardner.
13. Abigail Macy, 1731 - 1763; died in Nantucket.
     In 1850, 95% of the Macys in the U.S. census were descended from this family.
     It is said that Thomas the immigrant had a brother George Macy, who married Susannah Street, d/o Rev. Nicholas Street, and bought property in 1638 at Taunton, Mass. 

NOTES: 
#1 - Father: Nathan Hill b. 15 Mar. 1788 in Elliott Mills, MD
Mother: Frances Williams b. ca 1790
Marriage 1 - Susan Weddle b. aft. 1825 in 1843 in Miami Co., Ohio
Children:
Henry H. Hill
James Madison Hill b. ca 1854 in Ohio
Sarah J. Hill
Isaac N. Hill
John C. Hill
Eunice E. Hill
Mary E. Hill
Unknown Hill b. aft. 1853

1850 United States Census - Pleasant Hill - Miami Co., OH
Hill, William     Self M Male W 55 b. OH  Retired Farmer  Fath. b. MD  Moth. b. SC
Hill, Josephine  Wife M Female W 41 b. OH  Keeping House  Fath. b. OH  Moth b. OH
Hill, J. Madison  Son S Male W 26 b. OH Works on Farm  Fath. b. OH  Moth b. OH

* The following family is living next door to William Hill family above and may be a son  or younger brother of William Hill.
1880 United States Census - Pleasant Hill, Miami Co., Ohio
Hill, J. Calvin  Self M Male W 30 b. OH  Laborer  Fath. b. OH  Moth. b. OH
Hill, Ella          Wife M Female W 25 b. OH  Keeping House  Fath b. OH  Moth b. PA
Hill, Arthur     Son S Male W 2 b. OH       Fath b. OH  Moth. b. OH
 

   



 

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