History of Pickaway County
Source: History of Franklin & Pickaway Counties,
Illustrations and Biographical Sketches
Published by Williams Bros. 1880
(includes short biographies)
REV. JOHN VAN BUSKIRK.
Rev. John Van BUSKIRK, was born in
Alleghany county, Maryland, Nov. 19, 1795. His father,
Peter Van BUSKIRK, emigrated to Ohio about 1799, brining his
family with him. They remained in Chillicothe one year, at
which time he purchased land near Williamsport, and conducted a
milling business at that place.
John Van BUSKIRK, as a boy, had no opportunities
for obtaining a school education, but learned to read while at home.
He was married, February 8, 1821 to Sophia SEWARD, who was
born in Virginia, July 8, 1799. Soon after marriage he was
converted, and though he did not immediately unite with a church, he
preached the gospel as he found it in the Bible, throughout the
neighborhood, in private houses, and where ever opportunity was
offered. His conversion occurred under the preaching of
Rev. Matthew GARDNER, and he joined the Christian church at
Williamsport, Aug. 8, 1823. At his conversion he was strongly
opposed by his father, who had no sympathy with the christian
religion; but by prayer he was enabled to come off conqueror.
After his marriage he attended school one term, which
was the extent of his school education. He was a man of strong
common sense, and he applied this to every thing in life, making
himself what he was - a self-made man. His desire was to do
all the good in the world that he could, and he followed out this
desire throughout his life. Though never a salaried pastor, he
was ordained a regular minister in the Christian church, and was
always zealous in the cause of christianity, laboring earnestly for
the conversion of sinners. His church was the broad field of
the world, and he preached in private houses and in school-houses,
always producing a powerful impression on the minds of his hearers.
Mrs. Van BUSKIRK was a woman of strong
convictions, but never had the benefit of an education. She
filled a useful sphere, however, and was beloved by all with whom
she came in contact for the fine qualities of her mind and heart.
She was a true and consistent christian woman, a kind and loving
mother, and a good wife to the husband of her choice. She
always cherished the welfare of the church, and was very benevolent,
giving to the needy as they required, and assisting in the building
of the chapel in Monroe township to the amount of one hundred and
seventy dollars. Rev. John Van BUSKIRK gave three
hundred and fifty dollars to the same object. He died Sep. 15,
1874, aged nearly seventy-nine years. Mrs. Van BUSKIRK
died Jan. 10, 1868, aged sixty-nine years, six months, and ten days.
Their children were: Caroline, born June
18, 1822, who married John WOOD, July 5, 1840 and now lives
in Iowa; Diantha, born Oct. 12, 1824, who was married, Aug.
23, 1846 to Samuel ROLWN and died in Monroe township, Jan.
20, 1849; Peter, born May 15, 1826, who married Rebecca
WOOD, Dec. 15, 1847, and died in Monroe, Oct. 15, 1873; Rhoda,
born Jun. 2, 1831, who married William BENNETT in August,
1845, and died in Monroe, Mar. 22, 1874; Sarah born Aug. 28,
1833, who married Hiram RUSSELL, Feb. 3, 1857, and now lives
in Delaware county, Indiana; Orlando born Jun. 6, 1829, who
was married in August, 1856, to Elizabeth BETTS, and died in
Clarksburg, Pickaway county, Jan. 11, 1858; Francis Marion,
born Sept. 25, 1838, who married Diana T. HEDGES, and died,
Sep. 27, 1865, in Monroe township; Mary, born Mar. 26, 1836,
who was married, Sept. 20, 1868 to Adam G. C. BAILEY, and now
lives in Mt. Sterling, Madison county; and William H. H.,
born May 3, 1842, who died Nov. 2, 1865.
ADKINS was born Jan. 24, 1789, in Wyconico county, Maryland,
from whence he emigrated to Ohio in 1816. He first settled in
Ross county, where he was married, June 10, 1819 to Anna TIMMONS.
She was born June 3, 1804. Soon after marriage they moved to
Darby township, where Mrs. ADKINS died, leaving children as
Elijah, born Aug. 25, 1820;
Garrison, born April 14, 1822;
Elizabeth, born Oct. 6, 1823;
Rhodney, born Aug. 24, 1825;
Sarah, born Feb. 17, 1827;
Mary Ann, born Nov. 19, 1828;
Stanton, born June 8, 1830;
Charlotte, born March 5, 1832;
Miranda P., born January 13, 1834;
George W., born Oct. 31, 1835;
David C., born January 21, 1839.
After the death of his first wife, Mr. ADKINS
married Rachel Ann GRINDLE (see note below),
in 1847. They had:
Noah W., born August 6, 1847;
Cannon, born January 19, 1849;
Harriet, born November 9, 1850;
Youdoshe, born December 13, 1852;
Roxana, born July 16, 1855;
Mahala, born April 17, 1859;
Ezra, born April 1, 1861.
Mr. ADKINS was the father of
twenty-one children, of whom, at this time, eight by his first wife,
and four by his second are living. Four of his sons served as
soldiers during the war of the Rebellion - David in the Forty-fifth
Ohio infantry; he was taken prisoner and confined at Danville and
Andersonville, where he was finally exchanged in 1864, and died at
Annapolis, Maryland, when on his way home. Noah was
also in the Forty-fifth infantry, where he served three years.
He enlisted before he was fifteen years of age, and during his term
of service contracted disease from which he died March 5, 1869, at
the age of twenty-two years. Stanton and Rhodney
enlisted in Illinois regiments, and both lived to return to their
families, after three years of hard service, in which Rhodney
received honorable scars.
When Stanton ADKINS came to Ohio he was a poor
man, but by dint of hard labor and judicious management he
accumulated a considerable property, owning, at his death, over
seven hundred acres of land in Darby and Monroe townships. He
was a worthy member of the Methodist church in Darby township, as is
his wife, who survives him, and several other members of his family.
He was always true to his pledged word, no matter what sacrifice
might be required. For the last ten years of his life he had
very poor health. His death occurred June 5, 1879, at the age
of ninety years, four months and ten days.
NOTE: For more short bios, see
ALSO NOTE: Ohio Genealogy Express
Sharon Wick is the 2nd great-grandniece of
Rachel GRINDLE Adkins.