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Historical Atlas
Paulding County, Ohio

Containing Maps of Paulding County, Townships, Towns and Villages,
Compiled by O. Morrow and F. W. Bashore
Maps of the United States and State of Ohio.
Together with a Statement of the Settlement, Growth and Prosperity of the County,
Including a Personal and Family History of Many of its Prominent Citizens.
Madison, Wis.:
The Western Publishing Co.

  Benton Twp. -
MICHAEL FINAN, the present efficient treasurer of Paulding county, is engaged in the hardware business at Payne, Ohio, where he carries on a prosperous trade.  He was born in Allen county, Ind., near what is now Fort Wayne, on Dec. 24, 1852.  His parents are John and Ellen (Moran) Finan, both natives of county Sligo, Ireland, born respectively in the years 1803 and 1813.  In 1847 they emigrated to America and landed in upper Canada, where they remained for a time and then removed to Lake county, Ohio, settling at Painesville.  In 1850, Mr. Finan brought his family to Paulding county, and located upon land which had been entered by James Dunn.  Mr. Dunn made his home with them and in time Mr. Finan became prosperous and purchased eighty acres of land in Benton township.  Their nearest neighbor was a mile and a half from them and the nearest town, Fort Wayne, was twenty-two miles.  Mr. Finan was the sixth voter to locate in this township and he experienced all the vicissitudes and struggles of a pioneer life.  He was not much of a hunter and never killed but one animal.  In 1851, he removed to Fort Wayne, returning in 1853 to his forest home.  He raised flax which was spun into cloth, from which the clothing of the family was made.  Mr. Finan and his wife resided where they are now enjoying the fruits of well spent lives.  The family are members of the Catholic church, and politically Mr. Finan has always voted the democratic ticket.  Michael Finan, the immediate subject of this sketch, was but one year of age when brought to Paulding county by his parents, and was here educated in the indifferent schools of the day.  He remained under the parental roof assisting his father until his marriage, which occurred on the 24th of September, 1878, at which time Miss Mary Powers, a native of Emerald township, born in 1858, became his wife.  She is a daughter of Thomas and Margaret Powers, early settlers of Paulding county.  In January, 1882, Mr. Finan abandoned farming and purchased a stock of hardware, locating with it in Payne, where he had built the previous season.  The first article he sold was a cross-cut saw, which has purchased at the depot before the goods had been removed to the store.  In his business venture, Mr. Finan has been successful.  His stock has been increased and is valued at $6000.  It is now in charge of his brothers, Peter and Thomas FinanMr. Finan is an aggressive politician and as a democrat has served as trustee of Harrison township for two terms; was trustee of Payne for the same length of time, and in 1866 was elected to the office of county treasurer.  He was renominated at the next election, but for the same office, and was elected by a majority of 385.  He took the oath of office in September, 1891, and has proven himself a competent and popular official.  Mr. and Mrs. Finan are the parents of Clara E. and Anna, and are worthy members of the Catholic church.  Their social standing is of the best and they enjoy the esteem of the community in which they reside.  Mr. Finan was reared amid rural scenes, in which he learned the lessons of industry, economy, integrity and perseverance, characteristics have that been illustrated in all his subsequent life.
Source:  Historical Atlas of Paulding Co., Ohio - Publ. 1892 - Page 40
  Washington Twp. -
JOHN FOLK is a native of Muskingum county, Ohio, and dates his birth from the 14th of April, 1824.  He is the son of Jacob and Catherine (Landis) Folk, who came to Licking county in an early day, where they lived and died.  John Folk, after obtaining a common education, began the struggle of life for himself.  He learned the carpenter's trade, which he followed in connection with farming, and located in Paulding county in 1878, where he has since become one of the leading agriculturists in Washington township.  Mr. Folk was born in Vermont, near Burlington, Dec. 29, 1825, the daughter of William Wilcox.  She is the mother of Alice M. (deceased), John H., Howard, Emma C., wife of Frank Brickner; Lucy C., wife of L. T. Norris.  Mrs. Folk died May 16, 1866.  Mr. Folk is a republican in his political belief, and has held the office of justice of the peace for six years.  He is a member of the Patrons of Husbandry, and formerly belonged to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.  A good citizen, he enjoys the esteem of all who know him.
Source:  Historical Atlas of Paulding Co., Ohio - Publ. 1892 - Page 81
  Blue Creek Twp. -
ANDREW FOLLMER - For nineteen years Andrew Follmer has been one of the representative citizens of Blue Creek township.  He was born in Baden, Germany, Aug. 3, 1826, the son of Frederick and Christina (Miller) Follmer both of whom are now deceased.  In 1852 our subject came to this country and located in New York city, going thence to Marion county, Ohio.  Here he engaged as a farm laborer, and has since been actively engaged in tilling the soil.  He was married on the 17th of January, 1854, to Miss Sarah L. Miller, of German parentage, and six children have been born to them, namely: Michael, Christina (deceased), Christina, the wife of William Harner; Jacob F., Catherine (deceased), and Magdalene the wife of Charles Haines.  Politically, MR. Follmer is a democrat, and though not an office seeker in any sense of the word, is an active worker for his party.  HE is generally esteemed by all who known him.
Source:  Historical Atlas of Paulding Co., Ohio - Publ. 1892 - Page 43
  Crane Twp. -
JOHN FOX, the genial section foreman on section 29 of the C., J. & M. R. R., was born in the town of Culmulling, Province of Leinster, County of Meath, Ireland, Apr. 24, 1838.  He is the son of Thomas and Anna (Duffy) Fox of the Emerald Isle.  John Fox, at the age of twenty-seven, came to America and located in Newburg, N. Y., holding the position of private watchman for A. T. Stewart for a period of four years.  After leaving New York and laboring around, he began work on a section in 1874 at Loveland, Ohio, becoming the foreman.  From there he went to Deshler, being the section foreman on the D. & M. R. R., where he remained for six months.  He then removed to Perrysburg, where he stayed for twenty-four years, at the end of that time going to Dupont, spending five months at the latter place.  He again moved, this time to Daughins, Ind., where he lived for five years and one month.  At last, in1889, he came to Cecil and has held the position as section foreman here ever since.  Mr. Fox is a practical railroad man, and the condition of section 29, on C. J. & M. R. R., speaks of his handiwork, and the time that he remains with a company shows his popularity and the confidence imposed in him.  Miss Maria Herbert, a native of Ireland and a daughter of George Herbert, became his wife on Nov. 11, 1869, and two children, now deceased, were born to them.  Mrs. Fox died in 1871.  In 1873, Mr. Fox married Miss Maria, the daughter of Thomas Flynn of Ireland.  These are their children: Thomas (deceased), Thomas S., telegraph operator, Margaret and Mary.
Source:  Historical Atlas of Paulding Co., Ohio - Publ. 1892 - Page 55
  Emerald Twp. -
MARCUS J. FRANK is a worthy representative of a worthy family.  He was born in Licking county on the 25th of April, 1858, the son of Jacob and Mary A. (Betzolt) Frank.  The parents emigrated from Germany to America about the year 1837, and the father, who was a butcher and farmer by occupation, died Apr. 2, 1885, his wife having preceded him to the grave in February, 1884.  Marcus Frank remained at home until the deaths of his parents.  October 25, 1887, his marriage to Miss Eva J. Merchant was solemnized, and two children have been born to them, named Vivene and Letta E.  Mr. Frank is the daughter of Sampson and Emily (Temple) Merchant, of whom mention is made in this book.  Mr. Frank is the possessor of 160 acres of fine land, ninety acres of which are cultivated and upon which comfortable buildings have been erected.  The family are communicants of the Catholic church.
Source:  Historical Atlas of Paulding Co., Ohio - Publ. 1892 - Page 58
  Auglaize Twp. -
HENRY FREDERICK, a successful grower of small grain, is a native of Ohio, born in Delaware county, Oct. 28, 1834, the son of Daniel and Christina (Strawser) Frederick, natives of Pennsylvania, their parents having been born in Germany.  Daniel Frederick and his wife emigrated to Ohio and located in Ross County, thence to Delaware county, from which place they removed to Allen county.  After acquiring a common education, Mr. Frederick engaged in month  and day labor.  After a year's residence here he located on a farm of forty acres in Paulding county, removing two years later to Putnam county, where he was the owner of land, and where he lived for two years.  He then removed to Paulding county, located on a forty-acre plat of ground, and five years later settled upon his present farm of eighty acres.  He was chosen township trustee for terms of one, two and three years respectively, and served the people with ability.  Apr. 14, 1855, he was married to Miss Martha, the daughter of John and Rachel (?Kennedy) Rickner, and the union resulted in the birth of Robert, John A., Walter, Thomas E. and Henry C.  The family are members of the Christian church, and valued citizens of the community in which they reside.  Mr. Frederick makes a specialty of growing corn, which cereal he is successfully cultivating.
Source:  Historical Atlas of Paulding Co., Ohio - Publ. 1892 - Page 38

C. J. Freed

Brown Twp. -
C. J. FREEDE, of the firm of Boyd & Freede, is a native of Ohio, and first saw the light on the 11th of September, 1850, in Clarksville, Defiance county.   He is the son of Christian J. and Mary E. (Mallock) Freede, natives of Germany and Washington, D. C., respectively.  C. J. Freede assisted his father, who was a lumber dealer, during his youth, the schools of the county furnishing him the means of his early education.  When but thirteen yerrs years of age, his father died, and he carried on the business, jobbing and dealing in timber.  He worked for Mr. Boyd for several years and then, in 1881, was taken into partnership with him.  Mr. Freede devotes his attention to farming and the timber trade, in which occupations he has been successful.  He is a republican and belongs to the F. & A. M. and K. of P. fraternities.  Mr. Freede was married July 13, 1873, to Miss Sarah J., the daughter of John C. and Amy Keck, among the oldest residents of Paulding county.  They are the parents of Charles W., John K., Orville E. and Ralph R. Freede.  Mrs. Freede is a member of the United Brethren church and with her husband enjoys general esteem.  Since writing the above Mrs. Freede died on September 2.  Her remains were followed to their last resting place by the largest funeral concourse ever assembled in the county.
Source:  Historical Atlas of Paulding Co., Ohio - Publ. 1892 - Page 49

  Paulding Village -
FREDERICK W. FRENCH is the son of Andrew F. French and Charlotte B. (Harbaugh) French, the former a native of Ohio, and of English extraction, and the latter a native of Pennsylvania, and of German descent.  F. W. French was born in Paulding, Ohio, Nov. 20, 1867.  He received a common school education in his native town, and attended the Valparaiso (Ind.) business college, from which he graduated Jan. 14, 1887.  For some time he resided in Chicago, but on the 12th of February, 1891, in connection with J. R. Thomas, established the Paulding News.  Mr. French's father died at his home in Paulding, Mar. 18, 1886.  His mother and his sisters, Ethel L. and Margery, still reside in this place.  He was married on Mar. 28, 1888, to Miss Mollie L. Primmer.  Two children were born to them:  Harry D. and Cecil S., both of whom are living.  James R. Thomas  is the son of Dr. L. H. and Minerva (Martin) Thomas, both natives of Ohio, the former being of Welsh and Irish, and the latter of German descent.  The subject of this sketch, Jas. R. Thomas, was born in New Madison, Darke county, Ohio, Dec. 29, 1870, and attended school in that county and in Paulding until about fifteen years of age, when he commenced to learn the printer's trade, in the office of the Paulding Democrat.  On Feb. 12, 1891, in connection with F. W. French he established the Paulding News, a democratic paper, of which he is now the editor, and which is constantly gaining friends and patronage, by the impartial manner in which it has been conducted.  Dr. Thomas died at his residence in Palestine, Darke county, Ohio.  J. H. Thomas, Jr. is a brother of the subject of this sketch, and resides with his mother in this place.
Source:  Historical Atlas of Paulding Co., Ohio - Publ. 1892 - Page 70





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