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Source #1 - The County of Ross: a history of Ross County, Ohio
By Henry Holcomb Bennett
Published by S. A. Brant, Madison, Wis., 1902
Source #2 - A Standard History of Ross County, Ohio
Vol. II.
Published by The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago & New York 1917

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W. A. ACTON.  For many years Mr. W. A. Acton was in the service of the Cincinnati, Hamilton and Dayton Railway Company, but his inclinations were largely settled in the direction of farming as a youth, and for the past six years he has enjoyed the fruits and comforts of a fine farm of 138 acres a mile from Richmond Dale on the Richmond Dale and Vigo road.  This is a place long known as the Heath farm, and is on rural route No. 2 out of Chillicothe.
     The Acton family has been identified with Ross County for fully a century.  Mr. Acton was born on a farm in Musselman, in this county, June 11, 1858.  His parents were Lott and Isabelle (Kellenbarger) Acton. (See Note 1 below)   His grandfather, William Acton, was a Virginian.  He enlisted from that state for service in the War of 1812, and after leaving the army he married in Virginia and at once brought his bride to Ross County, locating in Union Township.  A century ago nearly all of Ross County was a wilderness, and the Actons were among those who laid the foundations for the civilization which the people of the present generation enjoy.  William Acton acquired a farm, and in his time was one of the substantial citizens of the county.
     Lott Acton was born in South Union Township, grew up on a farm and for his first wife married Miss Houser.  She became the mother of two children, one of whom died in infancy, and the other is Alfred Acton, of Chillicothe.  For his second wife Lott Acton married Isabelle Kellenbarger, and they then settled on a farm close to Musselman, in Ross County.  In 1863 Lot Acton left his farm and his family to give his services to the preservation of the Union.  He died at Camp Dennison from illness contracted while in the service.  He and his second wife became the parents of five children:  Joseph, of Chillicothe; W. A. Acton; Mary Elizabeth, now deceased; John, a resident of Concord Township; and Lott Albert, of Chillicothe. (see Note #2 below)
     Mr. W. A. Acton was only a child when his father died.  He grew up on the home farm, made the best of his advantages in the district schools, but early in life determined to make his own way and do what he could to support himself and contribute to the support of the household.  He helped to conduct the farm, worked out by the month, spending two years in that way in Pickaway County, and for twenty-seven years he was employed on the different branches of the Cincinnati, Hamilton and Dayton Railway in the section service.  He was made foreman, and in that capacity spent nineteen years, with headquarters at Richmond Dale.  In 1910 Mr. Acton, leaving the railroad service, bought his present farm and is giving all his time and energies to its profitable management.
     On Nov. 15, 1893, Mr. Acton married Miss Margaret B. Woodring, who was born in Portsmouth, Scioto County, Ohio, and came as a girl with her parents to Ross County.  She is a daughter of John and Jennie Woodring.  While growing up in Ross County she met Mr. Acton, and to their marriage have been born six children.  William Herman, who graduated from the public schools of Richmond Dale, furthered his education in Dennison University, has been a successful teacher and is now in a business college at Columbus.  Ruth Juanita is the wife of D. D. Weinrich, a telegraph operator.  Clarence Franklin lives in Chillicothe and married Mary Drummond.  Floyd Edward is still at home and in the eighth grade of the public school.  Herbert died in infancy.  Louise  is still at home and a schoolgirl.
     Mr. Acton is a past noble grand of Garfield Lodge, No. 710, of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.  He and his family are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.  While always a busy man, he has found time to serve the interests of his community,  and for the past seven years has administered the duties of trustee of Jefferson township.  Politically he is a democrat.
Source #2 - A Standard History of Ross County, Ohio - Vol. II. - Published by The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago & New York 1917 - Page 564
HARRY S. ADAMS, auditor of Ross county, is a native of Franklin county, Pa., born March 11, 1861.  His parents were John H. and Ann E. (Stover) Adams, both natives of Pennsylvania and still living at Waynesboro in that state.  The father has spent his life principally in hotel-keeping at Greencastle, Pa., also dealing considerably in live stock, making a specialty of horses.  He has living a family of four sons and five daughters:  Maude, the wife of Harvey Ziegler, Adams express agent at Hagerstown, Md.; Harry S., the subject of this sketch; Ida, widow of Oscar Thompson, at Waynesboro, Pa.; William G., engaged in the stove and tin business at Waynesboro; Charles, employed by the Frick company in building ice machinery and living in Waynesboro; Myrtle, now Mrs. Frank Koontz, of Washington D. C.; Clara, wife of Lee Deihl, jeweler at Shippensburg, Pa.; Anna, unmarried; Stover D., engaged with the Frick company.  Harry S. Adams, the second born of the children, was educated at the Greencastle (Pa.) high school.  March 19, 1879, he came west and located at Tiffin, Ohio, where he remained for three years in the clothing business.  Subsequently he took a course in the Cincinnati medical college, and later studied law.  He did not, however, enter professional life, and went to Hamilton, where he was in business for several years.  The next move to Chillicothe, where he arrived in April, 1885, and embarked in merchant tailoring as a cutter.  In March, 1895, less than ten years after his arrival, he was elected county auditor and re-elected in 1898.  Nov. 1, 1901, Mr. Adams purchased the business of the Chillicothe Lumber company from S. and C. E. Bice, a foreign corporation.  He carries a full line of building materials and operates a planing mill in connection therewith.  June 27, 1889, Mr. Adams was married to Mattie B., daughter of Elmer H. Clark, a native of Maysville, Ky., but a resident of Chillicothe from childhood.  They have one child, Arline C. of eleven years.  Mr. Adams, like all the family of that name, is a stanch Republican, has been quite active in politics, and is a popular both as an official and private citizen.  He is equally prominent and active in fraternity circles.  In Masonry he has attained the Knight Templar degrees and is past principal officer in the various lodges of the order.  He is a past-grand in Odd Fellowship, and past exalted ruler of the order of Elks.  With his wife and daughter he is a member of the Walnut street Methodist Episcopal church in Chillicothe.
Source #1 - The County of Ross: a history of Ross County, Ohio by Henry Holcomb Bennett - Published by S. A. Brant, Madison, Wis., 1902 - Page 373
ALBERT B. ALBIN, whose home is in Green Township of Ross County, represents a family that has been identified with Southern Ohio for more than a century.  His own career has been successfully spent in farming pursuits, and he is now proprietor of one of the well-cultivated and highly improved farms of Green Township.
     His birth occurred in Vinton County, Ohio, Jan. 1, 1858.  His grandfather, William Albin, was a native of Virginia and of Scotch ancestry.  From Virginia he set out with wagons and teams for the Ohio country, and after a few years of residence in Guernsey County, moved to Vinton County, where he bought a tract of wild timbered land and improved a farm, which was his home until his death at the advanced age of ninety-three.  William Albin married a Miss Clark, and they reared six sons and six daughters, named James, William, John, Joseph, Samuel, Benjamin, Delilah, Sarah, Nancy, Barbara, Rachel, and Polly.
Of this family, John Albin, who was born in Guernsey County, Ohio, was the father of Albert B. Albin.  He was reared on a farm and spent most of his early life in Vinton County, but in 1863 moved to Hocking County, where, with his brother William, he bought a carding mill situated on a large tract of land.  There they laid out the Town of Laurelville.  John Albin continued to operate the carding mill and was a resident there until 1875, when he bought a farm in Green Township of Ross County.  Thereafter he followed a farming and stock raising for a number of years, but finally returned to Vinton County, where his death occurred at the age of seventy-seven.  John Albin married Martha Gaffney, who was born in Muskingum County, Ohio, a daughter of Daniel Gaffney her mother's maiden name being Reddick.  Mrs. John Albin died at the age of eighty years.  Her eight children were Samantha, Nancy, Albert, George, Grant, Edward, Linna and Elmer.
     Albert B. Albin
was reared at Laurelville, in Hocking County, where he attended the country schools and where he had practical experience assisting his father in the carding mill and also as a farmer.  He worked out by the month as a farm hand, and after his marriage was for seven years a renter.  He then located on the farm which he now owns and occupies.  This is the Senff homestead, where Mrs. Albin was born.  There for a quarter of a century Mr. Albin has carried on diversified agriculture, has reared his family, and has gained a gratifying share of material prosperity and at the same time has made himself a useful member of the community.
     In 1884 Mr. Albin married Mattie Senff.  Her father, Andrew Senff, was born in 1820 on the farm now occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Albin  Her grandfather Michael Senff, was a native of Pennsylvania and was a native of Pennsylvania and was the grandson of Casper Senff, a native of Germany, who came to America in 1773 and served as a spy in the colonial army during the Revolutionary war.  Michael Senff, grandfather of Mrs. Albin, emigraged to Ohio in 1808, and after living for a time in Pickaway County, set up a blacksmith shop at Chillicothe, but eventually bought a farm in Green Township and was occupied with its management until his death in 1845.  Michael Senff married Christine Helmer.  Both are laid to rest in Whitechurch Cemetery.  Mrs. Albin's father succeeded to the ownership of the old homestead in Green Township, and in time erected a commodious frame dwelling house and other necessary farm buildings, and was rated as one of the most successful farmers and stock raisers in Ross County.  He invested his surplus capital in other tracts of land until he became owner of upwards of 1,000 acres.  He resided in the township until his death, at the age of seventy-three.  Mrs. Albin's mother, who died at the age of fifty-three, was Eliza May, who was born in Green Township, a daughter of John and Mary (Ulery) MayMrs. Albin was one of nine children: Mary, Minerva, Samira, Addison, Loretta, Flora, Monroe, William and Mattie.
To the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Albin have been born two children:  Edna and Carl.  Edna married Rudolph Barclay, and their son Donald, the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Albin, is the fifth successive generation that has lived on the old Senff homestead.  The son Carl married Grace Hinton, and he met his death by accident one week after his marriage, at the age of twenty-three.  Mrs. Albin  is an active member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
Source #2 - A Standard History of Ross County, Ohio - Vol. II. - Published by The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago & New York 1917 - Page 740
NOTE:  Found in 1880 Census Green Twp., Ross Co., Ohio - Film Series T9 - Roll 1062 Pgs 230 & 231 (Pages in book 22 & 23)
ALSO found in 1910 Census Green Twp., Ross Co., Ohio in Film Series T624 Roll 1227 Page 2  - ALSO: 1920 Census Green Twp., Ross Co., Ohio - Film Series T625 Roll 1431 Page 4.
EDWARD LOUIE ALBRIGHT.  In the work of making Chillicothe a "City Beautiful" in reality, and in adding to its reputation as a clean, healthful, and attractive abiding place, much credit should be given to Edward Louie Albright, director of public service, who is performing the duties devolving upon him in his responsible position so efficiently and conscientiously, and with such thoroughness, as to win the approval of all concerned.  He was born in Chillicothe, Mar. 30, 1876, a son of Frederick Augustus Ferdinand Albright, and a representative of one of the first German families to locate in the city.
     His paternal grandfather, Joseph Albright, was born, reared and married in Littenweiler, by Freiburg, in Breisach, Baden, Germany.  In 1839, accompanied by his family, he came to Chillicothe, leaving the fatherland April 17th and arriving in Chillicothe July 4th, weventy-eight days after setting sail.  He first lived in a log house, but afterward purchased a vacant lot at 215 North Street, and there built the house now occupied by his grandchildren.  Although a cabinetmaker by trade, he followed carpentry after coming to this country, continuing it until his death, at the age of sixty-nine years.  On April 1, 1816, he was united in marriage with Christine Elizabeth Oberlander, who was born June 30, 1798, in Oberhain, by Konigsee, Furstenthum, Schwartzburg-Rudolstadt, Germany, and died April 25, 1867, in Chillicothe.  Eight children were born of this union, as follows:  Margaret, Caroline, Julia, Louise, Frederick Augustus Ferdinand, Pauline, Elizabeth, and John Frederick.
     Frederick A. F. Albright
was born June 18, 1830, in the same part of Schwartzburg-Rudolstadt, Germany, that his mother was, and as a lad of nine years came with his parents to Ohio.  Learning carpentry when young, he was employed as a bridge carpenter when the Marietta and Cincinnati Railroad was built.  He also assisted in the building of the Chillicothe Courthouse, and was the last survivor of the carpenters that worked on St. Peter's Church.  He was an expert workman, and after a few years at carpentry became a millwright, and followed that trade during the remainder of his active life.  Succeeding to the ownership of the old homestead, he occupied it until his death, Jan. 30, 1906, at the age of seventy-five years.
     The maiden name of the wife of Frederick A. F. Albright was Caroline Rosena Gehring.  She was born July 6, 1837, in Oberheldrung, Koniggratz, Breisach, and died in 1882 in Chillicothe.  Her parents, Henry and Sousiana Gehring, came from Germany to America in 1854 and after living a number of years in the Prussian settlement, about nine miles south of Chillicothe, moved into this city,a nd here spent the remainder of their lives.  Mr. and Mrs. Frederick A. F. Albright reared nine children, namely: Christina Phillipena Louise, Annie, Carolina Sallie Mary, Carolina Dora, Elizabeth Anna Carolina, Frederick Christian Joseph, HEnry Philip, William Julian Ferdinand, and Edward Louie.
     Completing his early education in the public schools of Chillicothe, Edward Louie Albright secured a position with the Marfield Milling Company, serving a part of the time as office clerk and bookkeeper, and part of the time as manager of the feed store, remaining with the firm five years.  Learning then the millwright trade, he followed it until 1903, when he was made assistant street superintendent.  At the end of four years in that position, Mr. Albright was appointed superintendent of streets, and during the six years that he served in that capacity proved himself so eminently capable and efficient that he was appointed to his present official position as director of public service, an office that includes, among other duties, the superintendency of the streets of the city.
    Mr. Albright married, Apr. 29, 1908, Nancy Ann Routt, who was born in a log house on the farm of her father, Thomas Jefferson Routt near Hallsville, Ross County.  Her paternal grandfather, Henry Routt, was born in Staunton, Virginia, Oct. 13, 1802, and after coming to Ohio spent a few years in Chillicothe, from here making an overland journey with teams to Clay City, Clay County, Illinois, where he and his wife spent their remaining days.  Born May 11, 1830 in Chillicothe, Thomas Jefferson Routt was fifteen years old when he accompanied his parents to Clay City, Illinois.  Not liking his new home, he soon returned to Chillicothe, walking the entire distance.  After his marriage he settled on a farm near Hallsville, and after occupying it forty-two years, came to Chillicothe, and died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Edward L. Albright, Dec. 13, 1913.  He was three times married, Mrs. Edward L. Albright having been the only child of his third wife, whose maiden name was Clarissa Jane Hines.  She was born in Ross County July 19, 1835, and is now living with Mr. and Mrs. Edward L. Albright.  Her father, Philip Hines, was born in Pennsylvania, a son of Jacob and Mary Elizabeth Hines, who were born in Pennsylvania, of German ancestry.  Coming to Ross County, Philip Hines purchased a farm in Harrison Township, and there lived until his death, at the age of ninety years.  In addition to clearing and improving a farm, he followed for many years his trade of a weaver, making carpets, coverlets, and various kinds of cloth, all of which found a ready sale.  Sarah Maddox, who became the wife of Philip Hines, was born in Kentucky, a daughter of Isaiah Maddox, a pioneer of Ross County.  She died at the age of sixty-five years.
     Mr. and Mrs. Albright have one child, Ferdinand Thomas Albright.  Both Mr. and Mrs. Albright attend the German Evangelical Church.  Fraternally he is a member of Aerie No. 600, Fraternal Order of Eagles.    
Source #2 - A Standard History of Ross County, Ohio - Vol. II. - Published by The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago & New York 1917 - Page 598
ROBERT D. ALEXANDER, city clerk of Chillicothe, was born in that city, February 3, 1879.  His father, Robert W. S. Alexander, a native of Danville, Ill., born in 1851, was employed in early manhood for seventeen years as a conductor on various railroads in Ohio, Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin.  About 1870, he located in Chillicothe and followed railroading for some ten years, after which he engaged in the produce business, to which he has sine added groceries.  He was married in Chicago to Anna Brown, who was born near Milwaukee, Wis., and there grew up to womanhood.  They had a family of six children:  Ella M., Robert D., Charles Z., Mabel Elizabeth (now dead), Earl Scott and Warner Franklin.  All are at home except Charles, who is employed in a wholesale mercantile house at Kansas City.  Robert D. Alexander was educated in the public schools of Chillicothe and was graduated from the high school in the class of 1896.  In November of the same year, in company with friends, he made a trip through the west, spending one month in Colorado, thence into New Mexico and Lower California for several months' sojourn, returning by way of San Francisco, British Columbia, and Canada, reaching home in June, 1897.  In October of the following year he began the study of law under the tutorship of Silas F. Garrett, of Chillicothe, which he continued for about two years.  In April, 1901, Mr. Alexander was appointed as a Democrat to the office of city clerk of Chillicothe, for a two years' term.  He is a member of the Knights of the Ancient Essenic Order, and attends the First Presbyterian church, being a worker in the Sunday-school of the latter; is a young man of excellent habits and popular address, and gives promise of a career of usefulness.
Source #1 - The County of Ross: a history of Ross County, Ohio by Henry Holcomb Bennett - Published by S. A. Brant, Madison, Wis., 1902 - Page 374

Source #2 - A Standard History of Ross County, Ohio - Vol. II. - Published by The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago & New York 1917 - Page 928


Source #2 - A Standard History of Ross County, Ohio - Vol. II. - Published by The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago & New York 1917 - Page 823


Source #2 - A Standard History of Ross County, Ohio - Vol. II. - Published by The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago & New York 1917 - Page 528

WILLIAM ANDREE, pastor of the German Methodist Episcopal church of Chillicothe, is the last of a long line of hard working and zealous ministers that have had charge of this well known house of worship.  The church was established in 1840 with a membership of eleven, the first pastor being Rev. J. A. Geiger. For ten years it was a mission, but in 1850, under the ministerial management of Rev. Christian Helwig, the present building was erected at 89 South Mulberry street, since which time the church has been in continuous existence, and at present has a membership of seventy-seven.  Mr. Andree was born in Germany, June 16, 1844.  He was educated in his native country, and when nineteen years old came with his parents ot America.  His mother died in the trip over; the father located in Canada, and there William Andree prepared himself for the ministry and preached five years.  In 1872 he removed to Goshen, Ind., where he remained two years and then entered upon one of those periods of frequent changes and short sojourns which are characteristic of the itinerant system of the Methodist Episcopal church.  From Goshen he went to Lansing, Mich., for three years; to Defiance, O., for a similar term; then to Canal Dover for another three years, succeeded by an equal period at Vermillion.  The next appointment in Ohio lasted four years, which was followed by three at Marietta, the same at Akron and Pomeroy and one year at Lawrenceburg, Ind.  From the place last mentioned Mr. Andree came in September, 1900, to Chillicothe, where he has since remained.  July 4, 1871, he was married in Canada to Miss Elizabeth Mahler, a native of that country, who died April 11, 1891, leaving eight children, seven of whom are living.  October 12, 1898, Mr. Andree took a second wife in the person of Mrs. Malinda E. (Unnewehr) Davis, of Batesville, Ind.  Herman J. Andree, son by the first marriage, was for six years a student at Buchtel college in Akron, O.  In June, 1901, he joined the Baldwin-Zeigler polar expedition, which set out a few days later from one of the Scottish ports in hope of being the first to reach the long sought northern extremity of the earth.
Source #1 - The County of Ross: a history of Ross County, Ohio by Henry Holcomb Bennett - Published by S. A. Brant, Madison, Wis., 1902 - Page 374
CALEB CASE ALLEN.  In the annals of Ross County, no name holds a more noteworthy position than that of the late Caleb Case Allen, who during the middle part of the last century, was a prominent figure in the business life of Chillicothe, contributing largely toward the development and advancement of its highest and best interests.  Coming on both sides of his family from honored New England ancestry, he was born, July 11, 1814, in Westerly, Rhode Island, a son of John Allen.  His grandfather, Joseph Allen, born Apr. 27, 1756, died Jan. 20, 1830.  He married Sarah Tillinghast, who was born Apr. 13, 1760, and died Mar. 26, 1852.  Sarah (Tillinghast) Allen, the grandmother of Caleb Case Allen, was a descendant in the fifth generation of Elder Pardon Tillinghast, the emigrant ancestor, the line being continued through the following named ancestors: Pardon Tillinghast, John Tillinghast, Benjamin Tillinghast and Sarah Tillinghast.
     Elder Pardon Tillinghast
was born in England in 1622, and came to America in 1643, just after attaining his majority.  A man of energy and enterprise, he settled in Rhode Island, and as a merchant and a preacher, he figured conspicuously in the early history of the Providence Plantations.  It is said that he built the first dock and the first warehouse there, and he is also accredited with having been the first merchant to establish trade between Providence and foreign ports.  He lived to a venerable age, dying Jan. 20, 1718.  The maiden name of his wife was Lydia Taber.
     Pardon Tillinghast
, born in Providence, Rhode Island, Feb. 16, 1666, married Mary Keech, and settled at East Greenwich, Rhode Island, where his death occurred, Oct. 15, 1743.  John Tillinghast, born in 1690, married Phoebe Green, and died Oct. 21, 1777.  Judge Benjamin Tillinghast, born in 17776, died July18, 1817, while yet in the prime of life.  The maiden name of his wife was Sarah James.  Their daughter, Sarah Tillinghast, married Joseph Allen, as mentioned above.
     John Allen, father of Caleb Case Allen, was born at Exeter, Rhode Island, Oct. 7, 1785, and was there brought up and educated.  Settling permanently in New York, he established himself in business at Batavia, where he resided until his death, Sept. 28, 1855.  The maiden name of his wife was Honor Maria Howard.  Her father was for many years engaged in freight trade, and one of his vessels, the Prude, was destroyed by the French during the War of 1812, and his descendants should have received a part of the fund paid out as French Spoliation Claims.  Mr. and Mrs. John Allen reared six children, as follows: John Howard, George Weaver, Sarah Ann, Honor Maria, James T., and Caleb Case.  John Howard Case, the first born, was graduated from West Point.  He established a military academy in Oxford, Maryland, and later established one at Chillicothe, which was discontinued about 1859.  George Weaver Case, who made his home in Columbus, was the author of the homestead law enacted bay Congress.
     Obtaining his early education in the schools of Westerly, Rhode Island, and at Batavia, New York, Caleb Case Allen, came to Chillicothe in early manhood, and ere many years had passed he had attained a position of note among the citizens of influence and prominence.  While living in Batavia, he was actively interested in military affairs, serving as captain of a company of militia attached to the One Hundred and Sixty-fourth Regiment, Sixth Brigade, Twenty-seventh Division of the Militia of the State of New York.  In Chillicothe Mr. Allen established a prosperous business as a hardware merchant and for a time published the Chillicothe Intelligencer, one of the leading papers of the city at that day.  He also published the Scioto Gazette for a number of years, which was the leading newspaper of the township at the time of the war.  He also published a temperance paper.  He made extensive investments in city property, and built the Allen Block.  Influential in politics, he was one of the organizers of the republican party, and in 1857 was the candidate for his party for secretary of state.  He died at a comparatively early age, his death occurring July 11, 1858.
     On July 12, 1841, Mr. Allen married Mary Inglish, who was born Mar. 9, 1814.  Her father, James Inglish, born at Shippensburg, Pennsylvania Aug. 9, 1768, was an early settler of Chillicothe, and one of its pioneer lumber dealers.  He married, Feb. 7, 1799, Rachel Wood Sadler, who was born on the eastern shore of Maryland, Sept. 12, 1776, a daughter of William and Frances Sadler.  Mr. and Mrs. Allen reared five children, namely:  Myrtle Maria, who died at the age of twenty-six years; William Inglish died at the age of seventeen years; James Howard, who died at the age of thirty-one years; Caleb Augustus, died at the age of forty-three; and Mary Etta Trimble, the only member of the family now living.
Source #2 - A Standard History of Ross County, Ohio - Vol. II. - Published by The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago & New York 1917 - Page 598

Source #2 - A Standard History of Ross County, Ohio - Vol. II. - Published by The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago & New York 1917 - Page 691

HENRY W. ARLEDGE, a well-to-do-farmer and extensive dealer in stock, is one of the self-made men of Ross county, as his success has been due to his own hard work and perseverance.  His parents were been due to his own hard work and perseverance.  His parents were Isaac and Polly (Morrison) Arledge, both natives of North Carolina, who came to Vinton county, Ohio, in youth.  Having acquired a very fair education for those days, Isaac put it to good use by earning a living as teacher for some years.  Eventually he settled down to farming and made that the occupation of his life.  He died about 1858, his wife's death having occurred in 1844.  They reared a family of twelve children, of whom only three are now living.  Henry W. Arledge, ninth of the children, was born in Vinton county, December 12, 1832.  In early manhood he went to Missouri, but soon returned to Ohio and settled permanently in Ross county in 1853.  Having no capital he was compelled to support himself by work on the farm at daily or monthly wages.  This life of toil continued seven years, but being frugal and temperate he managed to lay by something from his wages and in future years had the satisfaction of owning part of the far on which he had labored by the day.  He accumulated gradually until in course of time he found himself the independent owner of 352 acres of excellent Ross county land.  Mr. Arledge has devoted his time largely to the raising of stock, which he feeds and deals in on an extensive scale.  Being a shrewd buyer and well posted in all the branches of this business he has prosecuted it with profit and is well known in connection with the live stock industry of his county.  In 1859, while still struggling to get a start, Mr. Arledge was married to Elizabeth Hoffman, who proved a loving companion and helpmeet during all the days of her life.  She became the mother of his twelve children, of whom ten are still living, and died Nov. 30, 1891.  In Nov., 1892, Mr. Arledge married Mrs. Mary R. Scott, a sister of his first wife.  The family are attendants of the Methodist Episcopal church, of which Mr. Arledge has been a member for many years.
Source #1 - The County of Ross: a history of Ross County, Ohio by Henry Holcomb Bennett - Published by S. A. Brant, Madison, Wis., 1902 - Page 375

Source #2 - A Standard History of Ross County, Ohio - Vol. II. - Published by The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago & New York 1917 - Page 753


Source #2 - A Standard History of Ross County, Ohio - Vol. II. - Published by The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago & New York 1917 - Page 862

CHARLES AULT.  In a great agricultural state like Ohio, where farming is carried on so extensively and successfully as to produce more wealth than from any other source, there are kindred industries which engage the attention of many enterprising, practical men.  One of these is threshing, a very necessary adjunct to farming and, in modern times, a scientific business by itself.  Almost all his business life Charles Ault, whose valuable farm of 225 acres lies in Liberty Township, Ross County, has worked in season as a thresher and now owns a fine outfit also operates a portable sawmill.
     Charles Ault was born on his present farm in Liberty Township, Feb. 21, 1867, and is a son of William and Elizabeth (Jones) Ault, the latter born also on his farm and the former in Ross County.  William Ault's people came from Virginia.  After marriage he settled on this farm and here spent his life as a farmer.  He was a well-known and highly respected man.  Of his large family of children tehre are nine living, as follows:  Mary, who is the wife of Jesse Arganbrit; Sarah, who is the wife of Orlando Meeker; Emily who is the wife of James Stewart; Andrew, who lives in Missouri; George and Lyman, both of whom live in Kansas.  Jeremiah who lives in Illinois; Charles of Liberty Township; Myrtle who is the wife of Frank Fanby of Liberty Township.
     Charles Ault is one of the best-known men of Liberty Township, for this has always been his home.  He went to school with men and women who have always been his neighbors and a very friendly spirit prevails through this law-abiding section of the county.  Before purchasing the old homestead he lived on a farm along Walnut Creek for twenty-two years.  To the original 204 acres he has added twenty-one acres and thus he now operates 225 acres.  As mentioned above, Mr. Ault has been a thresher for many years and is a member in good standing of the Ross County Brotherhood of Threshers.
     In early manhood Mr. Ault was married to Mary D. Rutherford, who was born at Londonderry, Ohio, and they have twelve children, a happy, contented family of seven sons, and five daughters, as follows:  James, who lives in Iowa; Tiffin, who is a resident of Chillicothe; Edwin who lives in Iowa; and Hazel, Inella, Jennice, Everett, Edith, Orville, Walter, Ruth, and Willard.  All have been given educational opportunities.  In politics Mr. Ault has always been a democrat, and for the last five years he has been one of the trustees of Liberty Township, succeeding himself.  Both personally and as a public official Mr. Ault stands high in his community.
Source #2 - A Standard History of Ross County, Ohio - Vol. II. - Published by The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago & New York 1917 - Page 671


Note #1:  Lott Acton - Found in 1860 Census Union Twp., Ross Co., Ohio - Film Series M653 Roll 1031 Page 376 (73 written in book)
Post office: Frankfort - Enumerated on  July 5th, 1860 by Tilghman Rittenhouse, Ass't. Marshal
Dwelling 523 Family 522
Dwelling 523 Family 520 - Lot Acton 26 M Farmer $1000  $500 b. Ohio; Isabel Acton 20 F b. Ohio; Alfred A. Acton 8 M b. Ohio; Joseph Acton 3 M b. Ohio; William A. 2 M b. Ohio; Mary Acton 2/12 F b. Ohio.
NOTE #2:  Lott Acton can be found in the 1910 census Concord Twp., Ross Co., Ohio - Film Series T624 Roll 1226 Page 61 on West Fall Road
Dwelling 60 Family 60 - Lot C. Acton - Head M W 40 M1 17 _ _ b. Ohio fath. b. Ohio moth b. Ohio
Lot, Cora - Wife F W 39 M1 17 7 6 b. Ohio fath b. Ohio moth. b. Ohio
Lot, Edna - dau F W 15 S    b. Virginia fath. b. Ohio moth. b. Ohio
Lot, Vernon - son M 13 S    b. Ohio fath. b. Ohio moth. b. Ohio
Lot, Harold - son M W 11 S    b. Ohio fath. b. Ohio  moth. b. Ohio
Lot, Lulu - dau F W 9 S    b. Ohio  fath. b. Ohio  moth. b. Ohio
Lot, Helen - dau F W 7 S   b. Ohio fath. b. Ohio moth. b. Ohio
Lot, Roger? - son - M W 1 S   b. Ohio  fath. b. Ohio  moth. b. Ohio


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