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History of Morrow County and Ohio
Containing a brief History of the State of Ohio, from its earliest settlement to the present time,
embracing its topography, geological, physical and climatic features; its agricultural, stock-growing,
railroad interests, etc.; a History of Morrow County, giving an account of its
aboriginal inhabitants, early settlement by the whites, pioneer incidents,
its growth, its improvements, organization of the county, its
judicial and political history, its business and indus-
tries, churches, schools, etc.; Biographical
Sketches, Portraits of some of
the Early Settlers and
Prominent Men,
etc., etc.
Chicago: O. L. Baskin & Co., Historical Publishers.
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Perry Twp. –
, farmer; P. O., Levering; son of John and Ida (Cook) Ackerman; was born January 11, 1830, on the old homestead; spent his youth on the farm and went to district school until he reached his majority.  He united his fortunes with Elizabeth Kline, March 2, 1851; she was a daughter of James and Abigail (Hyle) Kline; was born August 30, 1832, in Middlebury Tp., Knox Co., Ohio. After marriage they lived on his father’s farm one year, then purchased 80 acres south of the present home, on which he dwelt eleven years, then returned to the homestead and lived about four years, when at the death of his father there was a division of the estate, and Stephen became possessor of 72 acres of the old place, on which he lives at present.  Five children have been born to them -- John W., Mary, who married Curtis Hardgrove, of Knox Co., Ohio; James L., who married Miriam Killen, of Waterford; Libbie and Leroy.  Our subject and his estimable lady are members of the Disciple Church.  His father, John Ackerman, was born October 22, 1805, in Bedford Co., Penn.; he is the oldest son of John and Amy (Barton) Ackerman.  We will now follow the fortunes of John Ackerman, grandfather of Stephen C.  He was born about 1760, and at the breaking out of the Revolutionary War, he enlisted and fought in all the engagements until the close. He was in the memorable battles of Lundy’s Lane and Bunker’s Hill.  The Colonel under whom he served was very severe on his troops, and denied them the privilege of filling their canteens with water as they crossed a brook on that sweltering June day.  Many perished from thirst, without a wound on their bodies, and as Ackerman passed through the brook he dipped up water enough in his hat to preserve his own life.  He, often remarked: “That Colonel never walked before his command after that day.”  He was never off duty with wounds or sickness during the war, and received a pension of $94 dollars a year for faithful service.  In the fall of 1810 John Ackerman, John Cook and William Levering came on horseback together, and each entered a quarter section of land on this branch of Owl Creek.  John Ackerman, being fifty years old when shown the land by the Surveyor, said: “I will take the first quarter, as I am the oldest.”  Cook took the next.  It was during this brief visit that he employed Thomas Mitchell to erect a cabin on his land.  It was raised by men from Fredericktown, six miles distant.  The next spring he set out with his family.  They landed at their cabin in the wilderness April 8, 1811.  He had two sons and two daughters -- John being five years old when they arrived; Catherine, Abram and Mary.  When the Seymour family were murdered, they were notified of approaching danger by “Johnny Appleseed,” and went into the block-house three weeks, near Lucerne. The first crop of wheat which they raised to sell was cut with a sickle, threshed with a flail and cleaned by throwing it up and fanning it with a sheet.  They hauled it to Zanesville, and sold it for three shillings per bushel, and with the proceeds purchased leather at 50 cents per pound and salt at $3 per barrel.  The grandfather was a great mower, and at the age of seventy-five he led six men until three gave out, unable to go to supper.  He split 100 rails in a day when he was eighty years old.  He departed this life Sept. 6, 1844, aged 83.  Grandfather Ackerman and all his family were members of the Regular Baptist Church, and he helped to erect buildings in which the members worshiped.  The hospitality of his house, and that of his son, John, was so unbounded, that it was known among the brethren for two generations as the “Baptist Tavern.”  John, the father of Stephen C., was like his father in many respects. He married Ida Cook, a daughter of Rev. John Cook (see sketch of Stephen Cook), and they always lived in the family of his father.  At his death John received the old homestead as his share of the estate.  He also was a devoted member of the Harmony Church, and kept its graveyard many years.  His memory was remarkable, and although he kept no record, could tell the exact location of every grave within its limits.  They raised seven children to manhood and womanhood -- Stephen C., Morgan, Rachel, Amy A., Louis B., Leander and James Harvey, and two died young.  This closes a brief sketch of an old and respected family, which may look back with pride on its examples of sturdy, self-reliant, Christian manhood.
Source: History of Morrow County and Ohio – Chicago: O. L. Baskin, 1880, pp. 799-800

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  Canaan Twp. –
JAMES ADAMS, farmer; P. O., Cardington; was born Sept. 22, 1829, near Mansfield, in Richland Co.; his parents, James and Margaret (McGiboney) Adams, were natives of the Emerald Isle, and they emigrated to this country and stopped some years in Pennsylvania, and then located for a time in Richland Co., moving to this township in 1844; after making several changes, they moved to Marion Co., where they died at the ripe age of 94 years. At the age of 14, James Jr. started out to do for himself, and worked five years for William Johnson; he received, the first year, $4.00 per month; the second year, $5.00, and so on, increasing his wages until the expiration of the time. While yet a lad in his teens, he made a trip across the mountains with a drove of hogs for his employer to the eastern market, and disposed of them at a profit. Subsequently he learned the cabinet maker’s trade, at which he was engaged for fourteen years. At the age of 25, he was married to Eliza L. Freeman, born Jan. 6, 1835, a daughter of George and Emma (Bird) Freeman, both natives of England. After Mr. Adams’ marriage, he began farming, and rented land for several years, when he began keeping house; his outfit was of a very meager character, having to borrow utensils to commence with; in 1869 he purchased 60 acres; in 1864, he entered the service and was out one year, in the 174th O. V. I., Co. K, and participated in several battles, and was a true and faithful soldier. Mr. Adams not having had school advantages worth mentioning, appreciates the worth of them, and is giving his children all the advantages in his power; his daughter, Emma, is now teaching, having secured a certificate before she was 15 years old. He and his wife are members of the Bethel Church; he is also a member of Caledonia Lodge No. 299, I. O. O. F.  Of the children, they are as follows: George, born July 22, 1857, Adda, (deceased) June 6, 1860, Emma, Aug. 17, 1862, Charley, April 11, 1866, Frank, Feb. 3, 1868, Ollie, Sept. 1, 1870. Mr. Adams has 92 acres of choice land, all of which he has acquired by industry.
Source: History of Morrow County and Ohio – Chicago: O. L. Baskin, 1880, pp. 717-718
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Perry Twp. –
, farmer; P. O., Levering; is the second son of William and Caroline (Frankfetter) Addlesperger; he was born in Shepherdstown, Va., Dec. 25, 1821. The family moved from his native State when he was ten years old, to Greene Co., Penn. where he engaged in clearing for five years.  At fifteen he came to Ohio, and lived in Perry Tp., Richland Co., going to school in the Culp District. He worked at milling, farming and clearing land, until he reached his thirtieth year.  He was married October 12, 1851, to Alice A. Green, daughter of Elder Benjamin Green; she was born on this place February 1, 1824.  After marriage, he settled on forty acres of his present farm, to which he has added sixty acres more, which includes the old homestead of Benjamin Green.  He erected his present elegant frame residence of ten rooms, in 1876.  He raised a family of one son and two daughters, all living at home -- Mary E., born May 29, 1852; John, January 1, 1854; Emma, December 19, 1861; his wife died July 12, 1867.  Mr. Addlesperger votes the Republican ticket, casting his first ballott [sic] for Henry Clay, of Kentucky; his parents were both natives of Virginia; and his father followed the occupation of cooper; his mother died when William was six days old, leaving John, another son, some two years old.  His father married Lydia Kimball, of Wheeling, Va., in 1827, where he lived about three years, then removed to Greene Co., Penn., in 1831, where he worked at coopering about five years.  In the Spring of 1835, he came to Ohio, settling in Perry Tp., Richland Co., where he lived some three years, when he removed to Mt. Gilead, where he worked at his trade until about one year before his death, which occurred March 11, 1867.  He attained the age of fourscore years, and was a fine scholar in German and English; by his second marriage, he was blessed with eight children -- Margaret, Thomas, Cobb, Susanna, Benjamin, Mary, Louis and Rebecca; Benjamin is dead, he had served as Deputy Sheriff of the county.  Our subject began life without capital, and the meager training which the early schools afford, and by persevering toil and careful study, has surrounded his family with a beautiful home, where taste adorns, and hospitality maketh glad all comers.
Source: History of Morrow County and Ohio – Chicago: O. L. Baskin, 1880, pp. 798-799
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  Bennington Twp. -
JOHN ALLISON, farmer and stock-dealer; P. O. Bloomfield; is the oldest son of A. Allison, whose family history is in this work.  He was born in Columbiana Co., Ohio, June 29, 1834.  John remained with his parents until he reached his majority, and then, in dealing until he was 28 years of age.  He was united in marriage May 4, 1862, with Mary A., daughter of B. F. Vail, by whom he had five children- Franklin M., born May 5, 1863, died April 24, 1866; Fred, born July 25, 1867; Carrie A., born April 17, 1870, and died Jan. 23, 1872; Howard, born Dec. 28, 1872; Ralph H., born Sept. 16, 1879.  The mother was born Oct. 17, 1842, and was one in a family of twelve.   Mr. Allison is a Republican, and he and his wife are members of the M. E. Church at Bloomfield.  He enlisted for three months in Co. A., 20th Reg., in the war of Sucession.  He owns 115 acres of excellent land, which he farms in connection with dealing in stock.  Mr. Allison is one of the nine men who have charge of the beautiful cemetery north of Bloomfield.  Mr. Allison is one of the most intelligent and influential men in Bennington Tp.  He is enterprising and public spirited, and is a highly honorable citizen.  
Source: History of Morrow County and Ohio - Publ. Chicago: O. L. Baskin, 1880 - Pg. 752

Harmony Twp. -
AMOS ALLWORTH, farmer and smith; P. O. Chesterville; was born Nov. 26, 1830, in New Jersey, and was married in 1855 to Maria Powell, sister of Thomas Powell; she was born Sept. 11, 1825; they settled after marriage in Chester Tp., and farmed there for four years, and then lived with his mother for three years, afterwards, buying 35 acres, where they now reside, obtained by their labors, except $550, which she inherited; they have improved the land, and now possess one of the finest little farms in the township; he also works some at smithing; he has run a threshing machine for many years. They had two children, Loella and Angeline -- deceased Aug. 5, 1866. She is a member of the Baptist Church; he votes the Democratic ticket. His father Samuel, and mother Elizabeth (Bockoven) Allworth, were born in New Jersey, and came to Ohio in 1831, settling in Delaware Co., and soon after came to Chester Tp. Here the father died, Jan. 1, 1864; the mother is still living in this township, with her children, whose names are Margaret, Martha, Sarah, Amos, Samantha, Eliza, Eli, Delilah and John.
Source: History of Morrow County and Ohio – Chicago: O. L. Baskin, 1880, p. 702
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  Congress Twp. -
MICHAEL ALSHOUSE, farmer; P. O., Whetstone; is a native of Northumberland Co., Penn.; was born Nov. 23, 1822; there were twelve children in the family, he being the second; his father, Henry Alshouse, died Sept. 11, 1876, being 76 years and 9 months old, in same county, and was married to Catharine Blottener, both of same county; she died Jan. 3, 1848, and was 53 years and 2 months old.  Michael was but 2 years of age, when his parents moved to Starr Co., this State.  His father was a blacksmith by trade, but Michael, not satisfied to follow in his father's footsteps, let the sledge behind, and sought employment better suited to his tastes and inclinations; he did not leave his father until he was 23 years of age.  At the age of 26, March 22, 1849, he was married to Sevilla Reed, who was born in Richland Co.; she lived until Jan. 6, 1855.  He was married to his present wife, Nov. 4, 1858; her name was Sarah Caldwell; she was born Dec. 4, 1841, in Richland Co.; she was the daughter of Francis and Catharine (Erb) Caldwell, who was from Maryland; Mr. Caldwell was born in Richland Co.  After his first marriage, he moved to Crawford Co., where he had purchased land; here he remained until 1863, when he moved to the north part of the township, and purchased 120 acres of land; here he has remained ever since, and will, in all probability, spend his remaining days.  They have two children - Charles Elmer, born May 21, 1862; Sarah Etta, born Aug. 5, 1873.  Mr. Alshouse had few school advantages, and has made his property through the medium of hard labor and frugal management.
Source: History of Morrow County and Ohio - Chicago: O. L. Baskin, 1880 - Page 681
  Gilead Twp. -
B. ANDREWS, attorney-at law; Mt. Gilead.  Of the successful and highly respected attorneys of the Morrow County Bar, may be mentioned Mr. B. Andrews, who was born in Westfield, Chautauqua Co., N. Y., October 21, 1822, and is the son of  Erastus and Polly (Freeman) Andrews; his mother was born in Massachusetts, and his father in Vermont; our subject was raised on the farm, where he remained until he was about 20 years of age, when, in 1826, with his parents he came west to Ohio, and located in Medina Co., and formed the village of Westfield in that county; his father died there in 1846, and his mother died near Westfield, in 1873.  Our subject, after obtaining a good common school education in the Wadsworth Academy, and a select school by Henry Bates, began the study of law in the office of C. A. Lake, of Medina, where he remained about one year, when he went to Wooster where he entered the law office of Cox & Wason; and in 1846 he was admitted to the bar in Wooster, when he returned to Medina and commenced the practice of law, which he continued in Medina for some three years, when, in June, 1849, he came to Mt. Gilead and began the practice of law, during which time he has formed partnerships with E. F. Riley, one year; Henry Albach, one year; D. Rogers six years, and in 1875 the present firm of Andrews & Allison was formed, which today is one of the strongest law firms of Morrow County.  In 1864 Mr. Andrews was elected to the office of prosecuting attorney, and re-elected to same office in 1866, which he filled with credit and honor for four years.  He was married September 8, 1844, in Wooster, O., to Miss Rachel Hand.  They have six children.
Source: History of Morrow County and Ohio - Chicago: O. L. Baskin, 1880 - Page 519
  Gilead Twp. -
O. ALLISON, wool dealer; Mt. Gilead; was born in Green Co., Pennsylvania, July 25, 1811, and lived there three years; the family then came to Ohio and farmed in Columbiana Co., and lived on same until he was 11 years of age; he was then bound out for seven years to Mr. Orth, a woolen manufacturer, and continued with him six years thereafter; he then went into partnership with Thomas Wallace, in a cabinet making shop at New Lisbon, and followed the business until 1844, when he came to Delaware, now Morrow Co., and engaged in buying sheep and wool; which business he has since continued in.  In 1872 his son, Abner, became a partner in the business.  Mr. Allison has been thrice married.  First to Jemima Burt, a native of Columbiana Co., Ohio, Sept. 5, 1833; she died Oct. 10, 1840; of their three children two are living; John and JamesWilliam died at Paducah, Ky., while in the army (20th O. V. I.)  He second wife was Lydia Wheeler, a married June 10, 1841; she died Sept. 9, 1861; they had nine children, seven now living; Charles, Abner, Melville, Isorah, Jane, Ellen Thompson, a native of York Co., Pennsylvania.  They were married March 16, 1864; they have no children.
Source: History of Morrow County and Ohio - Chicago: O. L. Baskin, 1880 - Page 519

North Bloomfield Twp. –
STEPHEN B. APPLEMAN, farmer and stock. dealer; P. O. Corsica; is one of the most prosperous and well known men in the county; born Nov. 14, 1837, in what is now Morrow Co.; (his father, James Appleman, was born in Washington Co., Pennsylvania, in 1798, and his mother, Nancy (Irwin) Appleman: was born in Stark Co., Ohio). His father emigrated to this state when 18 years of age, settling in Stark Co.; when 23 years old he entered eighty acres of Government land in what is now Morrow Co., and worked on it for a short time, when he returned to Stark Co. and was married. They brought all their worldly effects in a cart, and commenced housekeeping in a cabin that had no upper floor nor chinking; they had no bedstead, but slept on the floor until he made one from some scantling; their principal cooking vessel was a small kettle, in which the good woman made porridge three times a day, and on this diet he would make over two hundred rails a day. After living in Stark Co. one year they moved to Morrow Co., where they ever after lived. He cleared his farm and bought more land as fast as he was able, until he owned 320 acres. Stephen commenced buying stock on commission when only 16 years old, and has followed the business ever since, and deals mostly in hogs and sheep, but has handled wool and grain for the last few years. He has been successful and careful in his investments, which have brought good returns; he owns over 300 acres of land, and carries on a very extensive business. He was married March 24, 1859, to Julia, daughter of Joseph and Martha Waldrof; she was born Nov. 15, 1837, and died June 15, 1874, leaving two children: Alma I. and Joseph S. He was again married July 2, 1875, to Anna, daughter of William and Elizabeth (Hensel) Waldrof.   She was born Oct. 11, 1843.  His daughter graduated from the Ohio Central College at Iberia, in 1879. She is now teaching school at Blooming Grove, with very good success. His wife and daughter are members of the Presbyterian church at Iberia.

Source: History of Morrow County and Ohio – Chicago: O. L. Baskin, 1880, p. 620-621.
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Washington Twp. –
J. D. ARMSTRONG, miller; Mt. Gilead; was born in Knox Co., O., 1841; his parents were among the early settlers of that county, and were formerly from Canada.  The ancestry preceding the second generation was of Irish descent.  Besides availing himself of the common school privileges in the near vicinity of his home, Mr. Armstrong attended the academy at Danville, of his native county, for two years.  At 20 years of age he went to California and remained there six years, and then returned to his early home, and afterwards purchased a grist-mill in Washington, Morrow Co.  Mr. Armstrong married in 1870 Miss Linda Wood, whose home since eight years of age has been very near where they now reside.  Irma and Orrin are the names of their children.  Mr. Armstrong is now enlarging the capacity of his mill so that hereafter he may secure a larger success in his occupation.
Source: History of Morrow County and Ohio – Chicago: O. L. Baskin, 1880, p. 743
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  Lincoln Twp. -
T. P. ASHBROOK, farmer; P. O., Cardington; was born in Hampshire Co., Va., Jan. 9, 1806; he is a son of Eli and Catharine Ashbrook who were born in the same county; his father was born about 1782, and his mother in 1784; in the father's family there were fourteen children, two of whom died in infancy; the rest are living, and have families of their own; there are seven of the family yet living.  The father was a Baptist Minister, and labored a great many years in the cause of Christianity; he died in 1878, and Catharine, his wife, died Jan. 1, 1872.  He came to Fairfield Co., Ohio, with his parents, in 1810, and from there to Licking Co., in 1823, where his parents died, and where he was married, Jan. 5, 1832, to Annie Coffman, whose parents were born in Pennsylvania.  She was born Sept. 21, 1807.  From this union there were seven children - Laura J., Milton P., William, Naomi, Welcome, Savilla and Lemuel.  The mother of these children died June 16, 1850.  Mr. Ashbrook lived a widower until Aug. 3, 1851, when he again married.  His second wife was Elizabeth (George) McCrary, a widow lady, with two children; she is a daughter of Henry and Mary George, who came from Wales; they lived a short time in Pennsylvania, and came from there to Delaware Co., they came to Morrow, in 1810.  She was married first to George McCrary, who died Feb. 20, 1848.  From here second marriage there were three children, one of whom died in infancy - Louis D. and Emma KMr. Ashbrook is a mason by trade, a business he followed for over thirty years in connection with farming; he is also a Baptist Minister, and a faithful worker in the cause.  He began business for himself in the woods, and with limited means, but by faithful application to his various occupations, he has gained quite a fortune, and has an excellent farm where he lives, consisting of 220 acres.  He had one son in the late war.  Welcome Ashbrook enlisted in 1862, was in the 15th regiment O. V., Co. C, and served until the close of the war, at which time he was discharged; he was in a number of engagements, but never received a wound.  Mr. Ashbrook's second wife also had a son in the war- Davis McCrary, who enlisted in 1861, and was in the 15th regiment O. V., Co. C; he served first a little more than a year, when he was taken sick, and discharged, but after he got able he enlisted again, and served until the close of the war.
Source: History of Morrow County and Ohio - Chicago: O. L. Baskin, 1880 - Page 761
  BURTON J. ASHLEY, Marengo, was born in Bennington Tp., Morrow Co., O., March 17, 1857.  He began going to school at the remarkably early age of three and one-half years, and continued this winter and summer until he was eleven years old.  His father then requiring his services on the farm, kept him at home summers, but continued to send him to school during the winter months until he was 16, when he was employed by an organ agent for $20 per month to show the excellencies of the instruments.  In the fall of 1873 he attended the Cardington Union Schools, but came home to attend school during the winter. The following summer he sold sheet music and musical periodicals, farming while not thus engaged. In the fall of 1874 he went to Mt. Gilead to school, and the following winter taught his first term.  He was then 17 years old.  This school was a difficult one and had a hard name, but after some preliminary skirmishing, during which some of the worst characters received prompt and summary correction, it was easily governed. The next summer he taught his home school, and in the following fall started for Oberly, where he remained two and a half years, completing the scientific course of that college.  During his last term he taught two classes in bookkeeping in the college.  During the vacations he would teach to get means to continue his college course.  On Nov. 24th, 1877, he was married to Addie L., daughter of Abner and Abbey A. (Morris) Sherman.  Mr. Ashley's parents are Harrison E. and Adaline (Benson) Ashley, Harrison being the grandson of the illustrious Eld. William H. Ashley, who figured so prominently in the early history of this and neighboring Tps.  He taught in Harmony township the winter of 1877-8, and the succeeding fall and winter, the fall term being a select school.  The following spring and summer he worked with his father.  In the spring of 1879 he moved to Marengo, and lived there during the summer, fitting himself for teaching.  The following fall he began in the graded school at Sparta, teaching there the fall, winter and spring terms.  The Board of Education, highly pleased with his school, has employed him for the coming year.  Mr. Ashley has shown more than ordinary talent for music and in the acquirement of knowledge; he began to play the violin when eight years old, and when 14 purchased an organ, paying for it by his own labors and giving a colt he owned as part payment.  Since then he has been connected with many musical entertainments and concerts throughout the southeastern part of the county.  Mr. Ashley has shown a perseverance in the pursuit of knowledge worthy of imitation.  He made his way at Oberlin by his own endeavors, teaching and economizing, and the result is that he has a fine education.  HE is a Republican and is a member of the Christian church a Sparta.  He is also a surveyor and civil engineer, and is a commissioned notary public, his office being in Sparta.  He owns forty acres of nice land in Bennington Tp., which is clear of all encumbrances.
Source: History of Morrow County and Ohio - Chicago: O. L. Baskin, 1880 - Page
  ELI ASHWILL, farmer; P. O. Gillead Station; was born in Canaan Twp., Marion (now Morrow) Co., Ohio, July 17, 1835, and lived with his parents until he was 12 years of age; he then hired out and worked in the vicinity until 1857; January 19, of that year, he married Miss Sarah Cook.  She was born in Knox Co., Ohio.  After his marriage he lived with his father-in-law and farmed the place, and later bought the part he now lives adjoining the village of Gilead Station.  By this marriage there were nine children, eight now living: Florence L., Elmer E., H. Estell, Fred, Jennie, Burt, Rosie B., and Nelson B.  His parents, James and his second wife Agnes (Stewart) Ashwill, were natives of Virginia; they married there, and, in 1826, came to Ohio and settled in Canaan Tp., where, by purchase and entry, they owned 160 acres of land, and lived there with what comforts the pioneer days afforded.  He died here in the year 1842. Mrs. Ashwill went to Illinois, and lived with her son until her death, in 1856.  They had nine children, seven of whom are now living:  John, living in Illinois; Robert, in Kansas; Richard, in Illinois; Eli, in Morrow Co., Ohio; Frank D., in Delaware Co., Ohio; Henry and Nelson C., in Kansas.  All are married and have families, and are well-to-do.
Source: History of Morrow County and Ohio - Chicago: O. L. Baskin, 1880 - Page

James Auld
(Photo in Chapter X - Page 373 - 389)
Washington Twp. –
JAMES AULD, retired farmer; P. O., Iberia.  This gentleman, whose portrait appears in this work, is a native of Pennsylvania; he was born on a farm in Cumberland Co., Jan. 30, 1803; when he became 5 years of age, the family moved to a farm on the line between Greene and Washington Co’s., upon which they lived for eighteen years; they then moved to a farm located near Taylorstown.  James lived there with his parents until 1830; he then came West in a wagon, and settled on his present place, upon which he has since lived.  The country was all timber when he came; he entered 150 acres, and erected a frame house, with a shingle roof probably the second of the kind in the township; the house was 18x20 feet, one room, and one story and a half high, glass windows, and in every way a model palace of its day, and though it has been standing for fifty years., it now, with a few additions, serves as his present residence.  While in Pennsylvania, Mr. Auld worked some at carpentering, at, first receiving $8 per month.  The state road from Mansfield to Marion, passes his residence, and was opened only a short time previous to his coming.  He began clearing the land, and making a farm, and soon had some small crops growing.  They wore home-spun clothing, and did principally all their own labor; in the early days he also hauled grain to Sandusky and Milan, and shared in general the comforts of the pioneers.  Feb. 4, 1831, he married Miss Jane Way, a native of Washington Co., Pa.  She died Oct. 12, 1859.  They had five children, three of whom are living -- Sarah Noble lives in this vicinity; Mary H. Coulter lives in Clearfield Co., Pa.; Samuel D. farms the homestead; David died while young, and Nancy Jane Martin was killed in Iowa by a storm, July 4, 1876.  Oct. 20, 1863, he married Mrs. Walker, formerly Miss Mary Garrett.  She was born in Ohio, and died April 6, 1873.  His present wife was Mrs. Armstrong, formerly Miss Catharine Armstrong; they were married May 20, 1876; they live on the old homestead, which contains 146 acres, and is located one-half mile west of Iberia.  Mr. Auld became a member of the United Presbyterians in 1828, and has ever retained his Christian principles.  His parents, David and Mary (Auld) Auld, were natives of Ireland; they came to the United States -- he, when about 30 years of age, and she, when about 26; she came here first; they settled in Cumberland Co., Pa., where they married about the year 1802; they finally settled near Taylorstown, Pa., and lived there until their deaths.
Source: History of Morrow County and Ohio – Chicago: O. L. Baskin, 1880, pp. 742-743
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South Bloomfield Twp. –
JOHN D. AUSTEN, farmer; P. O., Bloomfield; was born in Kent Co., England, Oct. 27, 1815; he came to the United States in 1828, and worked twelve years in a mill, thus thoroughly learning the trade.  In 1841 he was united in marriage to Martha Cooper, and by her had a family of three children -- Elizabeth, born March, 1842; William, Nov., 1843, and Martha A., born Aug., 1845.  His first wife died in 1846, and in Jan., 1847, he was married to Lucretia Glaze, who lived but about six weeks, dying Feb., 1847; Jan. 7, 1849, he married Mary Jane Thompson, and has by her a family of three children -- Martha L., born Aug., 1850; Amanda A., Sept. 1853, and Ben Dean, Aug., 1856.  Mr. Austen’s daughter, Elizabeth, married J. C. White; she has a family of two boys, and lives in Bennington Tp.; William married Elizabeth Dunkinson, and has two children, and lives in South Bloomfield Tp.; Martha is unmarried and lives at home; Ben Dean is unmarried, and at present is assistant agent of the B. & O. R. R. at Frederickton [sic].  Mr. Austen and family own fifty acres of land, all well improved.  He is a Democrat, but was formerly a Whig; he is a member of the Disciple Church, at Mt. Liberty.  His father and mother are William A. and Charlotte (Dean) Austen, who had a family of three boys and three girls -- John Dean, Sarah, Sophia, Elizabeth, William and Henry Sophia and Henry are married; the former lives in Illinois, and the latter in Kansas.  Mr. Austen, though a miller by trade, is at present a farmer.
Source: History of Morrow County and Ohio – Chicago: O. L. Baskin, 1880, p. 660
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  Gilead Twp. -
D. R. AXTELL, farmer; P. O. Gilead Station; was born in Knox Co., Ohio, June 10, 1823, and lived there until 1837; he then went to Logan Co. with his father, his mother having died June 19, 1823.  In 1838 they came to Marion (now Morrow) Co., and settled near Mt. Gilead, and he worked in that vicinity; Nov. 2, 1848 he married Miss Catharine, daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth (Dillon) Brown; she was born in Knox Co., Ohio; after the marriage he settled on his present place, which he had previously bought, and has lived here since, except about fourteen months, spent in traveling West, in Indiana, Iowa, Nebraska, and Kansas; of their three children two are living - Lou and Nettie; he has eighty acres two miles northwest of Gilead Station, and forty acres in Canaan Tp., this county, which he has obtained by his own labor.  Himself, wife and family are members of the M. E. Church; he since 1839, and Mrs. Axtell for the past thirty years; he has always taken an active interest in church affairs, and has served as steward or twenty-six years.  He has also served as Sabbath-school Supt.  His parents, Isaac and Rebecca Riggs Axtell, were probably natives of Pa.; they settled in Knox Co., after which he married Mrs. Abigail Jewell, with whom he lived until his death, in Logan Co., Ohio, in the spring of 1838.  They had no children; she lived with her children by her first marriage, until her death in Union Co., Ohio.  By Mr. Axtell's first marriage, there were ten children, of whom but one is living - D. R.
Source: History of Morrow County and Ohio - Chicago: O. L. Baskin, 1880 - Page
  Franklin Township -
JOEL AXTELL, farmer; P. O., Pulaskiville.  Joel Axtell is the son of Thomas and Eunice (Riggs) Axtell, and was born Jan. 20, 1802, in Mercer Co., Pal; his youth was passed on his father's farm, and when 16, he worked one year in a tannery; at the age of 21 he began clearing land at $2.50 per acres, cutting all under eighteen inches, and continued the business four years, being one of the men who cleared the land upon which the village of Denmark now stands.  On the 20th of June, 1827, he married Miss Jan. Campbell, daughter of Robert and Mary (Reynolds) Campbell, and by her raised a family of seven children - Thomas, born Jan. 9, 1830; Hannah M., Nov. 1, 1831 (deceased); Obediah C., April 29, 1833; Phoebe A., May 31, 1836 (deceased); Simeon B., Jan. 11, 1838; Eunice J., May 28, 1840; Robert married Elizabeth Williams, who died, leaving two children; he afterward married Millie A. Schade, and is now a farmer in Congress Tp.; Thomas married Margaret M. Marion, and lives in California; Obediah married Elizabeth Wirth, and is a physician in Kansas; Simeon lives in Congress Tp., and has had two wives - the first, Mary Eldridge, and after her death, Jane McMillen.  In 1825 Mr. Axtell entered 80 acres of land in Congress Tp., upon which he moved in 1828; he had no tools, team, nor money, but managed to raise three acres of corn the first year, cultivating it with rude hoes; his few supplies were obtained at Mt. Vernon; he built his own cabin, doing all the work with an ax; at the age of 22, he joined the Presbyterian Church, and was an Elder for thirty years, first joining the Harmony Church.  He is a Democrat, and polled his first vote for Andrew Jackson; he is one of the most prominent of the Congress Tp. citizens.  Mr. Axtell's father was a native of Washington Co., Pa.; he was born there Jan. 30, 1780.  He married at the age of 21, and in the spring of 1810, let Mercer Co. Pa., and came to Knox Co., Ohio, leased a track of land near Mt. Vernon, planted ten acres of corn and returned to Pennsylvania in harvest time for his family.  He served forty days in the war of 1812, though he enlisted for a longer period.  His wife remained alone in her cabin with her family, unprotected, and one day, meeting Johnny Appleseed, was told that the British were coming; but the resolute woman, instead of fleeing to the fort, returned to her cabin to guard her children.  The father died in 1859; after his wife's death, in 1816, he married Jane, widow of Isaac Jackson, and by her had four children  - Thomas M., Jane, Azube D. and William M.  His first wife bore him Joel, Hannah, Joseph, Daniel, Cyrus, Mary and Rufus.
Source: History of Morrow County and Ohio - Chicago: O. L. Baskin, 1880 - Page
  Canaan Twp. –
WM. S. AYE, farmer; P. O., Caledonia; Sept. 19, 1821, Mr. Aye was born in Marion Co., Ohio; his father's name was Jacob, who was born in Maryland in 1792, and emigrated to this State with his father, whose name was also Jacob, and located in Berkshire Tp., Delaware Co., in 1806, remaining there until 1820; he then came to Clarendon Tp., Marion Co., where William S. was born; after a residence of a few years on this place, the family moved four miles north, and lived upon a forty-acre piece, which they had entered, remaining there until 1826, when they moved to what is now Morrow Co., Canaan Tp., and entered eighty acres, the first year he cleared four acres, which was planted June 18, yet with good results; the year following he cleared six acres more, which crop was nearly all destroyed by the squirrels. Jacob Aye died Aug. 24, 1871; his wife was Rebecca Hyde before marriage; she died Sept. 12, same year; she was born in Massachusetts, Sept. 12, 1792; her birthday and death were the same date; the Ayes are of German descent; William S. was married Oct. 10, 1844, to Sarah J. Mitchell, who was born March 27, 1829, in Ross Co., Ohio, and is a daughter of William and Jane (Hines) Mitchell, who came to Marion Co. the same year that Sarah was born, and entered eighty acres of land; the Mitchells are of Irish and the Hines of Dutch descent; since the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Aye, they have lived at their present place of residence; he has, in all, nearly 500 acres of land, 160 of the number in Wyandot Co.; eight children have been born to them, five now living --  Maria, now Mrs. J. M. Campbell; Morris J., Melville C., William M., Laura T.; the deceased are -- Emily, Elenore, and Almon N.; Mr. Aye, wife and entire family are members of the M. E. Church; while his father lived across the line in Marion, the first Methodist society established in Marion Co., was formed at his father's house in 1821, and consisted of seven members; Jacob and his wife were of the number, he having joined that denomination in 1814, and his wife in Massachusetts in 1808; Mr. Aye is among the intelligent class; is a liberal patron of the public journals, and his library is well stored with useful and standard works.
Source: History of Morrow County and Ohio – Chicago: O. L. Baskin, 1880, p. 718
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