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Source:
Historical Atlas
Paulding County, Ohio

ILLUSTRATED
Containing Maps of Paulding County, Townships, Towns and Villages,
Compiled by O. Morrow and F. W. Bashore
ALSO
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.
Illustrated
Madison, Wis.:
The Western Publishing Co.
1892

  Blue Creek Twp. -
AUGUST RAHRIG, a successful merchant of Blue Creek township, was born in Van Wert county, Ohio, Nov. 5, 1858, the son of John and Barbara (Bocky) Rahrig, of German extraction.  He was reared to manhood in his native county and here married on the 15th of May, 1882.  Miss Elizabeth Ardner, of German parentage.  The children born of this union are:  Susan, Agnes, William, Laura, Emma and Thomas Edward.  Mr. Rahrig is extensively engaged in mercantile pursuits and is the proprietor of two stores, one in section 8, and one on his home farm in section 30.  He handles a full line of groceries, dry goods, etc., and is an energetic and progressive citizen.  He located in this county in 1888, and has held the office of clerk of the school board.  Politically he is a democrat, and with his family belongs to the Catholic church, toward which he is a liberal contributor.
Source:  Historical Atlas of Paulding Co., Ohio - Publ. 1892 - Page 44
  Auglaize Twp. -
J. C. RANDOLPH, farmer and contractor, is a native of Mahoning county, Ohio, born Jan. 19, 1844, the son of Davis and Caroline (Russell) Randolph, natives of Pennsylvania.  Mr. Randolph was reared in Austin town and was educated in the common schools.  He began life for himself at the early age of thirteen, and so continued until, in the fall of 1863, he enlisted in Company E, Twelfth, Ohio cavalry, for the term three years.  He was assigned to the army of the Cumberland and saw active service in Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama and North and South Carolina.  He was captured at Cynthiana, Ky., by Gen. Morgan, and held for five days, when he was paroled at Claysville.  On being discharged at the close of the war, Mr. Randolph returned home and later went to Oil City.  In 1866 he came to Paulding county and located at Junction and then at Oakwood, where he operated the Russell farm.  October 30, 1868, he married Miss Remembrance Budd, born in Columbus, Ohio, but a resident of Paulding.  Mr. Randolph located on the Budd farm, and in 1877 settled upon his present property.  He is son of the self made men of the county and by hard work has achieved success and prosperity.  He handled ship timber for a time but lately has turned his attention to contracting.  Politically he is a republican though not a seeker for office.  Mr. Randolph is a republican through not a seeker for office.  Mr. Randolph is the father of Oscar, Clide, Maud, Blanche and Anna Randolph.
Source:  Historical Atlas of Paulding Co., Ohio - Publ. 1892 - Page 38
  Blue Creek Twp. -
ROBERT RANKIN, son of Robert and Ester (Dennison) Rankin, was born in Pennsylvania, Aug. 23, 1822, and was married, in Van Wert county, Ohio, Jan. 9, 1862, to Catherine Susan Blythe  Their family consists of Cyrus B. born Jul. 4, 1863; Mary E., Aug. 22, 1865; Cora M. Aug. 24, 1867; Ida C., Nov. 30, 1869; Robert I., Mar. 28, 1872; Rosa A., Dec. 16, 1874; Lillie E., Aug. 24, 1877; Nellie C., Mar. 19, 1880.  He has been justice of the peace for ten years; township clerk eight years; also district assessor.  His wife's parents are Henry and May S. (Moore) Blythe. Three of his sister's sons were in the service, one killed and one wounded.  Mrs. Rankin was born in Jefferson county, Aug. 2, 1841.  Mr. Rankin settled in Paulding county in 1862, having purchased his land in 1851, and is engaged in farming in Blue Creek township.
Source:  Historical Atlas of Paulding Co., Ohio - Publ. 1892 - Page 44
  Carryall Twp. -
CHARLES REEB is a native of Alsace-Lorraine, France, and dates his birth from the 9th day of July, 1829.  He is the son of Henry and Catherine (Rothan) Reeb, of France, who immigrated to America in 1847, and located in Carryall township, Paulding county, on section 27, now the property of Nelson Snook.  There the father died, the mother departing this life in Logan county.  Mr. Reeb, the immediate subject of this notice, was nineteen years of age, when, with his parents, he came to this country.  He was raised and resided on the farm and received his education in the common schools.  Aug. 30th, 1859, Mr. Reeb was married in Fort Wayne, Ind., to Miss Mary A. Knisely, and Catherine Elizabeth (deceased) and Esther, (deceased) were the offspring of this union.  Mrs. Reeb died in 1860, and our subject married a second time, on April 5, 1862, taking as his wife Miss Rosanna, daughter of Godlove and Rosanna (Wasserbach) Reich, of German parentage.  Mr. and Mrs. Reeb are the parents of John E., Florence S., Albert H., Charles E., George F. and Ora A.  The family are valued members of the United Brethren church and highly respected in the community.  Politically Mr. Reeb, is a republican and a member of the Patrons of Industry, and the G. A. R.  In 1864 he enlisted in the home guards in Company A, One Hundred and Thirty-second Ohio volunteer infantry, and was taken into active service.  His discharge was given him on Sept. 4th, of the same year, and he now draws a pension of $16 per month.
Source:  Historical Atlas of Paulding Co., Ohio - Publ. 1892 - Page 54
  Carryall Twp. -
DAVID REEB, a prominent citizen of Paulding county, is a native of France, and was born there in 1839, the son of Joseph and Madeline Reeb.  The parents emigrated to this country in 1845, settling in Carryall township, where they engaged in farming.  They had four children, named: Joseph, now a merchant of Antwerp; Madeline, the wife of Thomas Murphy; David, our subject, and Margaret (deceased).  The father died in 1855, and his wife survived him until 1860, when her demise occurred.  David Reeb remained upon the homestead farm until the death of his mother, when he purchased his present farm of one hundred acres.  He enlisted, in 1864, in company E, One Hundred and Thirty-second Ohio volunteer infantry, for the hundred days' service, and is now a member of the William H. Doering post, No. 247, G. A. R. of Antwerp.  Mr. Reeb was married to Miss Clarinda, the daughter of David Perry, of Carryall township, in 1859, and they have six children: Francis E., Henry F., Belle, the wife of David Anderson; Joseph E., Bertha C., and Blanche.  The family are members of the Methodist Episcopal church, and in politics the father is a democrat.
Source:  Historical Atlas of Paulding Co., Ohio - Publ. 1892 - Page 54
  Jackson Twp. -
HANCE REED, an enterprising farmer of Jakson township, was born in Coshocton county, Ohio, Feb. 25, 1829.  He is the son of Samuel and Catherine (Seyler) Reed, natives of the state of Ohio.  Samuel Reed was a miller by occupation, and in 1859 came to Paulding county, locating in Brown township, upon the Auglaize, where he engaged in milling.  Hance Reed, the subject of this sketch, received his education from the common schools, and was reared upon the farm in Crawford county, Ohio, and learned the carpenter's and miller's trade, and in 1855 located at Paulding, Ohio, where he worked at his trade four years.  He then engaged in partnership with his father until 1857, when E. Brown became his partner, with whom he continued in business four years, when he rented Harrison Hanville's place at Fort Brown, where he remained until October, 1863, when he returned to his former home, and in May, following enlisted in company H, One Hundred and Thirty-second Ohio volunteer infantry, for the one-hundred-day service.  In 1866 he purchased his present home of seventy-nine acres for $600, which was yet unimproved, but since he was redeemed it from the forest, and it is now worth $3,000.  Mr. Reed is a hard-working, industrious man; a member of the P. of H., Jackson Grange No. 1238, and is a stanch republican.  He was married, June 18, 1856, to Miss Harrriet E. Shaffer, and their children are:  Sarah T. born Mar. 21, 1857, married Aug. 28, 1875, and died Jan. 29, 1879; Catherine L. born June 7, 1858, and Aug. 12, 1879, married Charles Landrie Samuel E. born Mar. 15, 1863, and was married to Miss Emma Parrish Feb. 20, 1879, who died May 12, 1887; Bertha A., born Feb. 14, 1868, who is yet at home; John H., born Sept. 26, 1870 (deceased), aged one day.  Mr. and Mrs. Reed are worthy citizens and highly respected.
Source:  Historical Atlas of Paulding Co., Ohio - Publ. 1892 - Page 64
  Brown Twp. -
THE RHEES FAMILY - William Rhees one of the most able of Brown township's farmers, was born in Wayne County, Ohio, Jan. 19, 1823, the son of Thomas and Keziah (Culbertson) Rhees, of Irish extraction.  He was reared as a farmer in his native county and received an education in the old field schools of the day.  He married on July 16, 1845, Miss Susan Burkholder, a native of Franklin county, Penn., born Feb. 20, 1831.  She was the daughter of Henry and Anna (Seaburns) Burkholder, and bore her husband the following children:  Mary J. (deceased), George, Franklin, Marion, James, Alice, wife of James Bidlack and Myrtle.  Mr. Rhees is a democrat and with his family belongs to the United Brethren church.  He located in the wilderness of Paulding county in 1860, and has endured the struggles and hardships of pioneer life.  His farm consists of 100 acres of finely improved land upon which he lives, enjoying the fruits of a well-spent life.  He is one of the influential and leading citizens of the township and is highly esteemed.
     George Rhees, his son, is also a native of Wayne county, and dates his birth from the 22d of January, 1851.  His early years were spent upon the homestead farm and the occupation of the agriculturist has been followed by him for many years.  His marriage occurred Aug. 7, 1873, at which time Miss Caroline, the daughter of Andrew and Sarah (Shaump) Caskey became his wife.  They are the parents of William A., Martin E. (deceased), Susan M. and LawrenceMr. Rhees, like his estimable father, is a democrat in politics, and with his wife belongs to the United Brethren church.
     The second son of William Rhees is Franklin, who first saw the light in Wayne county, Ohio, Dec. 27, 1853.  He was but seven years of age when his parents removed to Paulding county, and he was raised on the farm and educated in the common schools.  Jan. 2, 1876, he was happily married to Miss Frances Moore, of Fayette county, who was born Oct. 1, 1867, the daughter of Charles and Mary Moore, of English lineage.  Their children are Bertha B. and John W.  Mr. Rhees is a democrat in his political belief, and is the possessor of a fine farm of forty acres.  He is, like his brother, a prosperous young man, and is respected by the community at large.
     James Rhees, an enterprising young farmer, is the son of William Rhees, and was born in Wayne county, Ohio, Aug. 27, 1858.  In Paulding county he grew to manhood, being but three years of age at the time his parents removed from Wayne county, and here he was also educated.  He began his business career upon reaching his majority, and on Christmas day, 1881, his marriage to Miss Hannah May was consummated.  Mrs. Rhees is a native of Paulding county, born May 9, 1863, and is the daughter of Daniel and Charlotte (Deviney) May, of English origin.  The issue of this union is Bessie M. and Minnie L.  Mrs. Rhees died May 13, 1890.  Mr. Rhees is a member of the United Brethren church, and a democrat in politics.  He resides upon a good farm of forty acres and is esteemed by all who know him.
     Myrtle Rhees, the youngest child of William Rhees, is a native of Brown township, Paulding county, Ohio and was born on the seventh day of February, 1873.  She was educated in the common schools of the neighborhood and is a young lady who has many friends and well-wishers.
Source:  Historical Atlas of Paulding Co., Ohio - Publ. 1892 - Page 51
  Brown Twp. -
JAMES RHEES

Source:  Historical Atlas of Paulding Co., Ohio - Publ. 1892 - Page 51

  Latty Twp. -
LEWIS ROBINSON, agriculturist and engineer, was born in concord township, Delaware county, Ohio, Sept. 21, 1851, the son of William D. and Eliza (Smith) Robinson.  The paternal grandparents were William and Rebecca Robinson, natives of England, who settled in Concord township, where they died, the former in 1868, and the latter in 1890 at the age of ninety years.  Lewis Robinson was the eldest son of his parents, and was educated in the common schools.  He followed the occupation of the farmer, in connection with mill work, until 1873, when he engaged in saw-milling.  In 1881 he turned his attention to farming and running stationary engines, and three years later was appointed engineer at the industrial home in Delaware county, which position he filled for two years.  Mr. Robinson settled in Latty township in 1885, upon his present farm, and has been engaged as engineer and sawyer in the mill there.  In 1873, Mary, daughter of Fred A. Lehman of Delaware county, became his wife, and five children, of whom four are living, were born to them.  They are William C., Lawrence C., Frederick j., Bessie (deceased) and Ethel C.  While a resident of Delaware county, Mr. Robinson filled the offices of constable, school director, and other township positions.  He and family are members of the Christian church of Washington township, and politically he is a Republican.  Mr. Robinson is  highly esteemed for the life of probity and uprightness which he has led, and his friends are legion.
Source:  Historical Atlas of Paulding Co., Ohio - Publ. 1892 - Page 67
  Blue Creek Twp. -
S. C. ROBINSON, a successful merchant and lumberman of Blue Creek township, was born in Shelby county, May 10, 1850, the son of John and Elizabeth (Colland) Robinson, natives of Ohio, of Scotch and Irish birth.  Samuel Robinson, the paternal grandfather, was a soldier in the war of 1812, and later he located upon a tract of land which he had previously entered.  John Robinson was a pioneer settler of Champaign county, and by hard work made a good home for his family.  He served during the late war as a member of company H, One hundred and thirty-second regiment Ohio volunteer infantry.  He and his wife ere members of the M. E. Church.  Mrs. Robinson died in 1872, at the age of forty-seven years.  Her husband still resides no the farm where he located thirty-nine years ago.  Fraternally he is a member of the lodge I. O. O. F.  S. C. Robinson, the immediate subject of this sketch, attended the common schools of his county, and at the age of seventeen years began teaching school.  Later he attended the select school at St. Paris and then entered the college at Urbana, Ohio.  He taught during the intervals of his school career and then took a course at the business college of Grand Rapids, from which he graduated with honors, being one of four out of a class of 900 to pass the rigid examinations with great credit to himself and teachers.  He had early thought of studying law, which profession he intended to follow during his life, but ill health compelled him to abandon this and he went to Pemberton, where he engaged in lumbering remaining here until 1881 at which time he located on section 32 of Blue Creek township.  Here he erected a saw mill in the southwestern part of the township which in 1882 he removed to Dague, where he built a band mill with a capacity of 15,000 feet of lumber per day, and which was styled as the Robinson lumber company.  Mr. Robinson purchased 800 acres of land, and after locating at Dague floated his lumber down Blue Creek.  He makes a specialty of one fourth sawed oak, and sycamore and does an immense business valued at $33,000 per year.  Mr. Robinson is one of the substantial business men of the county, and his public spirit leads him to take an active part in all matters relating to the advancement and prosperity of the community.  In 1874, he married Miss Lydia M. Woolley, of Shelby county, daughter of William Woolley a representative citizen of the county in which he lives.  Two children have blessed the union of Mr. and Mrs. Robinson, namely, James O. and Emmet Earl.  In politics, Mr. Robinson is a republican and an ardent supporter of his party.  He and his wife are highly esteemed in the social circles of their community.
Source:  Historical Atlas of Paulding Co., Ohio - Publ. 1892 - Page 44
  Carryall Twp. -
GEORGE H. ROGERS, aged sixty-seven, a prosperous citizen of Carryall township, is a native of Virginia, having been born in Southampton county, Mar. 13, 1824.  He is the son of Robert A. and Lucy G. (Whittfield) Rogers, of English and Scotch descent, who came to Columbiana county, Ohio, from the Old Dominion, in 1833, and there engaged in farming.  G. H. Rogers was reared to manhood in Columbiana county.  In 1852  they removed to Paulding county, and located in Carryall township.  He was married in DeKalb county, Ind., on the 3rd of July, 1856, to Miss Julia, the daughter of Samuel and Barbara Loomis, of English and German extraction, and is the father of Arvy A., George A. and Minnie L., wife of Ezra BoutwellMrs. Rogers died Mar. 18, 1863, and on Oct. 17, 1866, Mr. Rogers took as his second wife Celia A., the daughter of Henry Beal.  This union resulted in the birth of Leslie W., married Nov. 1886, to Daria Shafer, daughter of Wash. Shafer; Savilla, wife of Charles Billman; John H., Anna O., Thomas A. and Maggie P.  Mr. Rogers is a republican in his political belief, and a pensioner.  During the late war he was a member of company C, Sixty-eighth Ohio volunteer infantry, and served for one year and seven months, participating in many hard-fought battled of the campaign.  Mr. Rogers located in Paulding county, in 1853, at which time, with his  parents, he came from Columbiana county.  All these years he has been a good citizen of his adopted county, and the life he has led has been useful and upright.  His public spirit leads him to take an active part in all matters relating to the advancement and prosperity of his township and county.
Source:  Historical Atlas of Paulding Co., Ohio - Publ. 1892 - Page 54

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