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 History of Trumbull & Mahoning Counties, Ohio
Published:  Cleveland: H. Z. Williams & Bros.

Trumbull County, Ohio
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     This township formerly known as Westfield, contains 16,500 acres.  It was purchased from the Connecticut Land company by Samuel Fowler, of Westfield, Massachusetts, and sold to settlers under his direction.  Titus Brockway was granted power of attorney to dispose of 10,000 acres.  Abner Fowler, brother of the proprietor, in consideration of services rendered in surveying this land, received 100 acres at the center of the township.
     The township was purchased by Mr. Fowler in 1798, for less than fifty cents per acre.
     In 1806 Fowler was included in the Vernon election district, which was organized that year.  In 1807 it was set apart as a distinct township and election precinct.
     Fowler is a good farming region.  Its soil is mostly a fertile clayey loam.  The surface is generally slightly undulating.   The western part of the township is drained by two small creeks which flow westward into Mosquito creek.  Branches of Yankee creek form the watercourses of the eastern half.
     Fowler center, a neat and enterprising little village, is situated about one mile west of Fowler station.  Tyrrell Hill, a lively growing little place, is on the southern township line, about one mile from the corner of Fowler and Hartford.  The Youngstown branch of the Lake Shore railroad passes northward through the eastern half of the township.
     Fowler is the fifth township of the second range, and is bounded on the north by Johnston on the east by Hartford, on the south by Vienna, and on the west by Bazetta.
     In 1880 this township produced 6,187 bushels of wheat, 76 bushels of 4ye, 38 bushels of buckwheat, 16,924 bushels of oats, 13,547 bushels of corn, 2,950 tons of hay, 213 bushels of flax seed, 23,746 pounds of butter, 272,970 pounds of cheese, and in 1881, 12,437 pounds of maple sugar, and 691 gallons of maple syrup.


     ABNER FOWLER was the first settler.  The first cabin was built by him in the spring of 1799, and stood on the site of the public square a little northeast of the cross-roads.  Mr. Fowler's wife had died before he left Massachusetts and he lived along in his pioneer dwelling until other settlers arrived.  The Fowlers were descendants of one of the oldest of New England families and several of them were prominent both in the affairs of their native State and of the Nation.  Abner Fowler acted as advance agent, or as a solicitor of settlers, and it was principally through his influence that the first families of the township were induced to locate here.  Mr. Fowler lived to see his settlement fairly started and the foundations of permanent improvement laid.  He died in 1806.  This was the first death that occurred in the township.  His body rests in the old graveyard at the center.
     Only two of Abner Fowler's children settled here.  Abner, Jr., came out in 1805, and Chester in 1806 or 1807.  The first marriage ceremony was performed in August, 1807, in uniting Abner Fowler, Jr., and Esther Jennings.  They were married by Titus Brockway, Esq., of Hartford.  The wedding took place at the house of Wakeman Silliman in Fowler.  Abner moved to Brookfield in 1816 and there ended his days.  Chester passed the most of his life in Fowler and died in Hartford.

     The first family in the township was that of LEVI FOOTE, from Westfield, Massachusetts.  Lydia Foote, daughter of Levi and Milly (Allen) Foote, was the first white child born in the township.  Her birth took place July 5, 1805.  She died Apr. 21, 1881.  The Foote family was quite large.  Levi Foote's mother was Miss Bathsheba Burr, a relative of Aaron Burr.  She was born in Granby, Connecticut, in 1755, and lived to be one hundred years old, lacking five days.  She was married three times.  Her first husband was Asa Foote, her second Isaac Flower, and her third a Mr. Thompson.  She died and was buried in Vienna.  Auntie Thompson, as she was long familiarly called, experienced many of the hardships of pioneer life.  It is said that the first wolf killed by a settler of Fowler was brought down by a gun in her hands.  Her husband was absent when the hungry beast visited the pig pen and was bold and voracious enough to seize one of the little porkers in midday.   When this fact was made known to Auntie Thompson, she seized a gun and fired.  The wolf fell and was then carried to her doorstep by herself and thought to be dead, but to make sure of her work the wolf was struck with a club.  This brought it to consciousness and it sprang to its feet and would have been of had she not hurriedly dispatched it.  Mrs. Thompson spent the last years of her life at the home of Dexter Clinton, near Vienna center.
     Only five families settled in the township before 1805.  These were the families of Levi Foote, already mentioned; Lemuel Barnes, who lived one-half mile north of the center; John Morrow, at the center; Hillman Fisher, and Drake, who lived on the ridge.
     In 1806 seven families arrived from Connecticut, having left that State in the fall of the same year.  A month or six weeks later they arrived in New Connecticut.  These emigrants were Elijah Tyrrell and wife, nee Clarissa Meeker, with her brother, Justice, Daniel, Lyman, and William Meeker; John Vaughn and Wakeman Silliman.  They all settled in the southeast of the township in the vicinity of Tyrrell Hill or Tyrrell corners.
     The company first halted at the house of Joel Hummason, in Vienna, and the women and children remained there, while the men went forward into Fowler, cutting roads to their lands to build cabins.  This work completed the families took up their abode upon the farms which they afterwards improved, and where most of them lived and died.

     ELIJAH TYRRELL built his house at the corners, on the northwest of the same.  The lot lines were established a few years later and the place has been called Tyrrells corners and Tyrrell Hill ever since.  The corners are one mile north of the Vienna line.
     Justice Meeker built his house one-half mile north of the corners;  Wakeman Silliman, a few rods further north; Lyman Meeker, three-fourths of a mile north, and his brother Daniel on the opposite side of the road.  William Meeker settled half a mile south of Mr. Tyrrell's and John Vaughn one-half mile east.     Miss Esther Jennings, afterwards Mrs. Abner Fowler, was one of this party of settlers, and soon after the families were established in their homes taught school - the first in the township - in the cabin of Wakeman Silliman.  This cabin stood on the bank of Yankee creek - a stream named after the Yankee settlement made in its vicinity.

     JOHN KINGSLEY was one of the pioneers, and for many years was an honored citizen.  He died in 1856 at the age of seventy-three.  He was the first justice of the peace in Fowler.

     The family of MATTHIAS GATES was also in the township quite early.  Later they removed to Hartford.

     ELIJAH TYRRELL built the largest and most substantial cabin in that day.  It was built of small logs, 18x24 feet, chinked and daubed with mud.  The roof was made of clapboards, split out of oak logs, three and one-half feet long, and from six to eight inches wide.  These were laid double and held down by weight poles.  The upper floor of this cabin was made of the same material; the lower or first floor was made of logs about eight feet long.  These logs were split from four to six inches in thickness, and hewed on the upper side.  The windows consisted of mere holes cut in the sides of the cabin, with upright and horizontal sticks placed across for sash, and over the whole of this net-work was pasted oiled white paper through which light was admitted.  The door, rudely constructed, was hung by means of two large wooden hinges reaching across the door and pinned on with wooden pins.  The hook or pin upon which the hinge played was of wood also.  Neither nail nor spike was used in the construction of the building.  The bedsteads were made in the corners of the rooms with one post for each bed, made of a round stick two and a half feet high, with two holes bored through it, one above the other and at right angles.  Also two holes bored in the logs of the house, and poles placed in these holes, reaching from post to house logs.  These posts formed the bed rails, and for bed cords hichory withes were used, laid across or stretched from side to side.  The tables were made of four small poles, in pairs, crossed, which formed the legs.  Through the center of each of these pair of legs a pole the length of the table was put, and then on top a puncheon was pinned fast for a leaf.  In this way their tables were made, somewhat clumsily, to be sure, but very solid and durable.
     The chairs were also of an odd construction, and were made of blocks of wood; in short the furniture was in every respect of the simplest manufacturer, and was made more for the use than for ornament.  Their knives, forks, spoons, plates, and dishes were very limited as to number.  These time, however, did not last long, for about the year 1807 Justice Meeker built a shop, in which he put his lathe, the only one then and for a long time afterwards used in the township.  This lathe had a spring-pole fastened over head, with a buckskin string connecting the two, by which the motive power was communicated.  With this machinery many and valuable were the articles manufactured, especially the wooden plates, bowls, spoons, and wooden dishes, also wooden knives and forks.  The best of timber, generally maple, was used in the manufacture of these articles.  These vessels were used for various purposes, in short, for as many purposes as the culinary art of that early day required.

     In 1805 HILLMAN and DANIEL MEEKER were in the township before they moved their families, and at that time commenced the building of a saw-mill, but did not complete it until 1807, when the mill was put in operation, and from that time on the neighbors could secure boards instead of puncheons for their floors, and for many other purposes.  This mill was the first one in the township.  It was situated one-half mile north of the corners, and one half mile east on Yankee creek.  The stream becoming turbulent washed out the dam before the mill was set to running.
     Groceries were hard to obtain in those days.  Sometimes the neighbors would take their rifles and ox teams and go to Youngstown.  These trips were not particularly dangerous, save for the troublesome wolves, that kept the men awake at night, and on guard, to protect themselves and their property.  Salt was at that time worth $25 per barrel, and other necessaries for life were proportionally high and hard to obtain.  In 1807 Harvey Hungerford built a flowering mill on the north side of Yankee creek, on land subsequently owned by Milo Dugan, which was the first flouring-mill in the township.  It was built on the south end of the dam of Meeker's sawmill.  Ebenezer Barnes made the mill-stones out of large bowlder found in the woods, one half mile west of Tyrrell Hill, or about two miles from the mill.  Justice Meeker was the miller at that time.

     Some time previous Elijah Tyrrell had increased the size of his blacksmith shop and was by this time largely increasing his business; in fact, the corners was becoming widely known.  A saw-mill, a grist mill, and a blacksmith shop being located here, drew custom from many of the townships, and even from Youngstown and other points.  In 1812 Abijah Tyrrell moved to the township, and at first lived with his twin brother Elijah, until he could build himself a house, and went with Elijah Tyrrell's son, Asahel, now a resident of Tyrrell Hill, into the blacksmith shop.  In this shop, which partook somewhat of the character of a machine shop, they manufactured plows, shares, axes, scythes, shaving knives, hoes, chains, etc.  The Tyrrells made the first scythes manufactured in Trumbull county, and were largely patronized in this branch of industry until a Mr. Parker, of Kinsman, started up a scythe factory, that was run by water-power, by which the cost of manufacture was so much reduced that the Tyrrells discontinued their business.

     In 1807 Rev. Joseph Badger, the noted pioneer missionary, visited the settlement and preached the first sermon.
     About this time Seth and Enoch Perkins arrived and settled one mile west of Tyrrell Hill.  Enoch Perkins soon after his arrival married Clarissa Barnes.  This was probably the second wedding in the township.

     Two settlers, Richard Houlton and Joseph Pittman, came in 1808.  They built their cabins within a few rods of each other in the southern part of the township, dug a well, cleared some land, and after living here three or four years gave up pioneer life and returned to their former homes.  Houlton, however, afterwards returned and settled in another part of the township.  Solomon Dundee and Abraham Farrow came to Fowler with these men and became permanent settlers.  They located east of Tyrrell corners.
     Other early corners in the township made a few improvements, but becoming weary of life in the woods or discouraged by hardships, returned to civilization.  Only stout hearts and determined spirits can endure the life of a pioneer.

     ALFRED BRONSON settled at Tyrrell's corners in 1812, and for many years was a local preacher of the Methodist church.  He is still living and resides in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin.  He is now in the ninetieth year of his age.  While he resided in Fowler he was often the orator at Fourth of July celebrations.
     There was a Mr. Stewart at the corners, who after clearing four or five acres and building a house already to raise, suddenly left and never came back.  This property was afterwards taken by Alfred Bronson, the Methodist preacher.  The property owned by William Meeker, previously mentioned, was cleared by a settler whose name has passed from recollection - fenced in part, logs cut and hauled ready for raising a house, when he suddenly left and never returned.  This property, one hundred acres in all, was one half mile south of the corners.  The next lot south of this, now owned by Asahel Tyrrell, was at first taken by Hezekiay Reeder, who cleared and fenced about four acres, planted his garden, raised his house but never covered it, then left and never returned.  This house was on the bank of a little brook, which has since been called Reeder's run.  Mr. Reeder bought it in 1810, paying at that time $3 per acre.  Mr. Tyrrell bought it in 1824 and paid $5 per acre.  He was then thirty-two years of age and is now seventy-nine years old and has owned it ever since.  But since that time what a change!  Then it was all a wilderness; now the land is all cleared up, and a railroad runs through it within four rods of where the old Reeder house stood.  The depot is about twenty rods from it.  From four to six trains now pass daily on this road, and some of the land is laid out in village lots and a number of houses have already been built.  Mr. Tyrrell built a large flouring-mill, a hotel, and a store.  There are also some shops of different kinds, and a nail-keg head factory that is doing some business.
     About the year 1813 John Webster and Newman Tucker moved into one end of John Vaughn's house, which stood a little west of the corners.  He afterwards built a house three-fourths of a mile south of the corners on the east side of the road.  Tucker moved into Alfred Bronons house, while Bronson was out in the army.  Tucker was taken sick, caused by a journey of forty-five days duration without intermission, except for a single day, and when Preacher Bronson came home the neighbors turned out (what few had not gone to the war) and built a brush house for Tucker.  It was built in one day.  Four posts were driven at suitable distances apart in the ground, the other ends being forked, and upon these forks poles were laid, reaching from one post to the other.  Small poles were also pinned on the sides.  Brush was then collected, and the roof and the sides of the shanty were plaited with leaves and twigs.  The roof was covered with brush.  A blanket was hung over the opening.  Into this domicile the family moved, and lived two months.  The Tucker family consisted of eight persons in all - the two old people and six children, four boys and two girls.  The boys were Charles, Jabez, William, and John.  The girls were Betsy and

THE WAR OF 1812.

     There were but a few scattering families at this time in the township, and the militia of Fowler and Johnston townships was put under the command of Captain Elijah Terryll.  Captain Tyrrell was ordered to draft one-half of his men, taking every other man in order as the names stood on the muster roll.  This was the order given to each of the captains in the county.  It caused considerable excitement and hardship, as half of the whole number of able-bodied men taken at such a time from their midst would leave them is straitened circumstances.  There were nine in number drafted from Fowler township.  Their names were:  Captain Elijah Tyrrell, Alfred Bronson, Hoyt Tyrrell, Roswell Tyrrell, Isaac Farrow, Cable Meeker, and three of the Gateses.  The service of these men was not very long, most of them coming home in three months.  Some of the number staid six months.  Roswell Tyrrell re-enlisted.  John Gates was killed in the first engagement he was in.
     Up to this time immigration was not very rapid, but after the war the people began to see better times, and settlers took up all the land except the swamps.
     At late as the year 1826 there was no road passable for teams, and few settlers from the center of Fowler to the center of Hartford, and all the travel was done by the way of Tyrrell's corners from Bazetta, Fowler, and other places north to get to Hartford, or Burg Hill.
     Mr. Asahel Tyrrell, then a mere a boy, usually went to mill for his father and the neighbors.  His trips were made to Brockway's or to Bentley's, and sometimes to Sharon.  The distance was great for a boy to make, and the wolves sometimes were so voracious as to cause him some apprehension for his safety.  His father's old white mare which he rode, was the only one in the neighborhood.


     In former times the women spun and wove what clothing was worn, excepting the buckskin 

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breeches and jackets which were worn by the men in the winter.  Linen was worn in the summer.  Cotton was but little used in early days; the home-made linen served all purposes then .  Many of the youngsters never wore boots or shoes, except wooden ones or moccasins, in their childhood and youth.  Leggings were frequently worn.  They were lashed tight over the shoes and tied with garters around the knees.  Instead of glass they had wooden bottles that were often filled with whiskey from Mr. Bushnell's distillery in Hartford.  It was nothing unusual to send a boy to the distillery for whiskey, with a bag thrown across a horse with a gallon wooden bottle in one end and a stone in the other to balance.  These were times when a log-rolling, house-raising, or a corn husking was not complete without the aid of this much-prized stimulant.  These were times, too, when the daughters not only worked at the loom and spinning-wheel, but hoed corn, raked hay, bound grain, pulled flax, and did any other work, either out of or in doors, as the cause seemed to demand.  Stock, grain, or labor were used instead of money for exchange, cash price, or cattle at trade prices or grain, cattle, or stock notes, were the terms used when making a "dicker," or driving a bargain.


were numerous and often troublesome.  Stock, especially young cattle and sheep, had to be looked after very carefully or it would be destroyed.  Hogs were sometimes allowed to run in the woods too feed upon acorns, and not unfrequently some of them became a prey to hungry bears.
     Abner Fowler one day discovered a tree in the forest which was scratched from top to bottom, as though it had frequently been climbed by some sharp-clawed animal.  Having a curiosity to know what beast, if any, used the hollow tree as a dwelling-place, Mr. Fowler cut it down.  Out rushed a huge bear, which the pioneer soon succeeded in killing.
     As an evidence that the women of pioneer days were possessed of the same courageous spirit that characterized the men, the following incident is related:
     Mr. Ira Fowler, son of Abner Fowler, Jr., states that when he was about four years old, just as night was coming on one evening the family were disturbed by the howling of wolves.  His father was away from home and only Mrs. Fowler and her three small children were in the house.  Mr. Fowler had just purchased a few sheep and this night they had failed to come up to the house as usual.  His mother, as soon as she heard the cries of the wolves, hastily undressed the children and put them in bed, commanding them on no account to rise until she returned.  Then lighting a torch of hickory bark she went out into the fast gathering night alone to hunt up the sheep.  She found them huddled together in the middle of a field with their heads erect.  It was perfectly evident that they were aware that their foes were in search of them.  The howls sounded nearer, but Mrs. Fowler began calling the sheep and they followed her obediently homeward.  Arrived at the house she built up a bright fire in front of it.  By this means the wolves were kept away and the sheep preserved.






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     The first frame house in Fowler was built about 1814 by James Fowler, the son of Samuel Fowler, the proprietor of the land of the town-

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ship.  It stood on the southwest corner at the center and was used for many years as a dwelling.  It is still standing, but has been removed from its original location and is now an out-building on a neighboring farm.
     The first trial was an action for stealing, instituted against Abijah Bolton by his brother-in-law, Gates.  Bolton was convicted and sent to the penitentiary.  The township has been remarkably free from crimes of a violent character.
The first merchant was Elijah Barnes, who kept a store at Tyrrell Hill.  Adam McClurg kept the first full stock of goods at the center.  This was in 1838, when he opened up a full line of goods.  Mr. George Halleck however, kept a small line of goods long before McClurg.
Fowler center is a small village near the center of the township.  The store and post-office is kept by Mr. E. E. Clawson; a blacksmith shop by Warren Boston, and another by Mr. Josiah Enos; hotel by John F. Trowbridge; Nailkeg heads are manufactured by Lewis Alderman on an extensive scale; a cheese factory, operated by C. A. Campbell, who manufactures about fifteen cheese per day.  There are two good churches, one Methodist and one Disciple.




     WILLIAM JONES (deceased) was a native of Massachusetts, born Feb. 28, 1800.  He was by occupation a farmer and stock dealer.  He was married Sept. 26, 1820, to Sarah, daughter of John and Hannah (Irwin) Morrow, natives of Ireland.  She was born Feb. 18, 1799, and came to Ohio with her parents in 1804; the family settling on a place now owned by Mrs. Robert Morrow,  She taught school one or two terms prior to her marriage.  Mr. and Mrs. Jones had ten children, six of whom are living - Edwin W., a farmer; Robert, also a farmer and stock dealer; James, now a resident of New Mexico; Aaron, a resident of Kansas; John D., and Frank at home.  Mr. Jones settled on a farm one mile north of Fowler center, putting up a log-house.  He died June 4, 1861.  He was a member of the Congregational church (as is also his widow) and was a respected citizen and successful farmer.  Mr. Jones has a farm of fifty-two acres.

     ASAHEL TYRRELL was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Sept. 23, 1802; oldest son of Elijah and Clarisa (Meeker) Tyrrell, of Connecticut.  His father was born Mar. 8, 1775, and his mother May 21, 1774.  They were married July 23, 1796, and came to Ohio in Oct. 1806, and located at Tyrrell's corners in Fowler township, Trumbull county.  They were among the pioneers of the county, and worthy ones, too.  They raised a family of eight children, six of whom are living.  Elijah Tyrrell was a blacksmith by trade and also a successful farmer.  He bought one hundred acres and cleared the same, now owned by A. H. Tyrrell.  He was an active Whig.  He died Apr. 11, 1848.  He was a soldier in the War of 1812, and his father, Asahel Tyrrell, was in the Revolutionary War and was killed at the surrender of Burgoyne, in October, 1777.  Asahel Terryll, the subject of this sketch was a scholar in the first school taught in Fowler township, taught by Miss Esther Jennings, one of the original party consisting of seven families that came to the county with the Tyrrells.  The heads of those families were all uncles of the subject of this sketch.  Mr. Tyrrell's opportunities for obtaining an education were exceedingly limited, attending school but one month.  He assisted his father in the blacksmith shop and also learned the trade of carpenter and joiner.  He had built a saw-mill of green timber in the woods before coming of age.  He erected a house for his father to compensate him for eight months of his time before reaching his majority.  He followed building and contracting for some twenty years, erecting many of the finest residences in Fowler and surrounding townships.  Mr. Tyrrell was first married in 1823, to Lucretia Webster, by whom he had four children, all living.  One son, A. H., is a well known resident of Fowler township.  Mr. Tyrrell's first wife died November 10, 1871, and he has since been married twice.  His present wife, to whom he was married Feb. 20, 1875, was Polly Reeder, born in Connecticut September, 1, 1811.  Mr. Tyrrell has always been active in promoting every public enterprise, was prominent in the founding of Tyrrell Hill, and has taken an interest in the building of the railroad and other interests.  He was formerly a Whig, but has been a Republican since the formation of the party.  His home residence was erected in 1840.  The farm consists of one hundred and forty-five acres, and he also owns three hundred and eighty acres in Vienna and Howland townships. 

     ASA FOOTE was born in Fowler township, Trumbull County, Ohio, Aug. 31, 1807.  The Foote family was among the earliest pioneers of the county, and the fifth family that settled in Fowler township.  Levi Foote, father of Asa, moved with his family into that township in 1800.  He served in the War of 1812.  It is said that Lyda Foote (Barber), who died in the spring of 1880, was the first white female child born in Fowler.  Asa was the oldest son of Levi and Amelia (Allen) Foote, and he distinctly recollects when the red men roamed through the forests of Fowler.  He married November 12, 1840, Mary Dickinson, born in Connecticut, Apr. 22, 1817, by whom he had six children.  Levi was a member of the Forty-first Ohio volunteer infantry, and died in hospital Jan. 23, 1862.  Philip M. was a lawyer by profession; died Apr. 19, 1872.  Curtis was a member of the One Hundred and SEventy-seventh Ohio volunteer infantry, and died at Nashville, Tennessee, Feb. 27, 1865.  He was married to Orell Baldwin, Dec. 31, 1868. Lovilla died in infancy.  Helen L. is the wife of L. G. Spencer, of Hartford township, and has two children, Bennie F. and Byron H.  Auriel D., born Sept. 27, 1857, wife of Frank E. Clark, resides on the home place.  Mr. Foote was kicked a number of years ago on the head, by a horse, and severely injured, thirty pieces of broken bone being taken out, since which time he has been almost totally deaf.  Mrs. Foote died Mar. 15, 1872.

     LEONARD CLARK, son of Abel and Eunice (Lamphear) Clark, was born in Petersburg, Rensselaer county, New York, Feb. 27, 1808.  His early educational advantages were limited, yet by self study he acquired a fair education for the times.  He remained at home (but working for others) until he was twenty years of age.  He was a resident of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, engaged in factory work for seven years.  Dec. 23, 1836, he was untied in marriage to Miss Lucy Olds, who was born in Middlefield, Massachusetts, Jan. 17, 1813.  The following spring he removed to Ohio and settled upon the place where he still resides in Fowler township.  The land was then wild, but he rapidly improved the place, supplanting the log house with his present residence in 1845.  The farm is now fully improved, and comprises two hundred acres, having deeded three farms to his children.  Mr. Clark is a prosperous, self made man, and a gentleman of literary tastes.  He was one of a family of twenty-two children.  One of his brothers, Adam A., was a drum major in the War of 1812, and was the celebrated drummer.  Mr. Clark is the father of eight children, of whom six are living, as follows:  Harriet E., born July 29, 1839, now wife of Emanuel Evarts, of Brookfield township; Leonard, born Mar. 4, 1841, widow of Abner Viets, living in Fowler township; Lester A., born June 18, 1843, living on a farm adjoining the home place;  George W., born Dec. 17, 1845, a resident of Hartford township; Sherman S., born Sept. 26, 1850, at home; Lucy, born November 5, 1852, wife of Henry Viets, of Fowler township.  Since coming to Ohio Mr. and Mrs. Clark have been members of the Methodist Episcopal church at Fowler center.

     A. I. STEWART, son of Robert and Catharine (Sinclair) Stewart, was born in Huntingdon county, Pennsylvania, Nov. 12, 1811.  Robert Stewart was among the early settlers of Trumbull county, coming to Liberty township in the spring of 1812, and settling on a place where he spent the balance of his life.  He died about 1850.  When sixteen years of age our subject learned the blacksmith trade, at which he served an apprenticeship of two years; and afterwards working as a journeyman for five years.  He started in the business in Liberty township in 1835, and has since carried on the business there and for many years in Vienna township, removing to Fowler township in the spring of 1872, purchasing the place where he still lives in the northeast corner of the square at Fowler center, where he owns sixty-nine acres of well-improved land, the house being originally built for a hotel by Alanson Smith.  In connection with his trade he owned seventy-five acres of land in Vienna, upon which was discovered coal, which he sold, and the influx of miners caused him to seek a more retired house in Fowler.  Dec. 1, 1836, he married Miss Isabel, daughter of Thomas and Rebecca Wilson, early settlers in Liberty township.  Mrs. Stewart was born there Dec. 1, 1819.  They are the parents of five children - Robert W., born Oct. 3, 1837, residing in Iowa; Rebecca E., born Apr. 9, 1842, now the wife of John P. Barber, and resides in Franklin Square, Ohio; Kate A., Feb. 28, 1849, wife of Wilson S. Powers, and residing in Niles, Ohio; Ettalissa, Oct. 13, 1851, wife of B. H. Long, of Hartford township; Emma, born June 26, 1859, died Sept. 3, 1864.

     ABNER LEONARD, youngest son of Caleb and Margaret (Morrow) Leonard, natives of Pennsylvania, was born in Bazetta township, Trumbull county, Ohio, Feb. 27, 1823.  Caleb Leonard was a mail-carrier from Ashtabula to Warren at an early day, making his trips on foot.  He died about 1830.  Abner was a pupal of the common school in Bazetta until reaching the age of about fifteen.  In 1837 or 1838 he removed to Fowler township where he completed his attendance at school, living in the family of John F. Kingsley until becoming of age.  He was married Aug. 28, 1845, to Miss Delia Clark, who was born in Southwick, Massachusetts, in 1818.  After his marriage Mr. Leonard purchased a place and settled in the northeast part of Fowler township.  He carried on the dairy business on the J. S. Jones place.  He was a resident of Hartford township for seven years, but about 1865 returned to Fowler township, purchasing the place where he still resides - the old Gersham Turner place.  His farm consists of sixty-three acres of well-improved land.  Mr. and Mrs. Leonard have an adopted son, Charles J., Feb. 22, 1861.

     PHINEAS R. TUCKER was born in Great Barrington, Berkshire county, Massachusetts, Oct. 20, 1808, and came to Ohio with his parents in 1813.  The family settled in the woods where the family homestead now is, the land then being in an entirely wild state.  Newman Tucker, the father of Phineas, died in 1831.  He raised a family of eight children, three of whom, besides the subject of our sketch, are living, viz.:  Betsey, widow of Isaac Leonard, residing in Hartford township; Marilla (born Apr. 14, 1802), who still resides upon the home place, and Henry, a resident of Kansas.  Phineas Tucker was brought up to farming, and enjoyed only the advantages of a common school education.  He was married May 27, 1852, to Catharine B. Stevens, born in Howland township, Trumbull county, Ohio, June 25, 1823, daughter of Samuel Stevens, an early settler in Howland.  Mr. and Mrs. Tucker were the parents of two sons: Nelson R., born Nov, 8, 1853, and Homer P., born Oct. 24, 1855.  The latter was married to Hannah Stevens, Mar. 19, 1879, and has one child, Wilbur S., born June 7, 1881.  Both of the sons reside at home.  Phineas Tucker was a successful farmer and an esteemed citizen.  He died Sept. 23, 1880.  he home place consists of one hundred and seventy-nine acres, the present residence being built in 1828.

     JOHN  KINGSLEY, only son of John F. and Sabrina (Gilbert) Kingsley, was born in Massachusetts, Mar. 13, 1811.  John F. Kingsley was one of the pioneers of Trumbull county, settling upon the place now owned by his son, in the spring of 1813, clearing up the farm, where he spent the balance of his life.  He was a successful farmer and a prominent citizen.  He held the office of justice of the peace for fifteen years, being elected five successive terms.  He had a family of four children, of whom two survive.  He died about the year 1856.  John Kingsley received his education in the common schools of Fowler township, where he came with his parents in 1813.  He was raised a farmer and remained at home until he was of age.  He was married Feb. 9, 1836, to Caroline Ames, born in Jefferson county, New York, Mar. 11, 1817.  Mr. and Mrs. Kingsley are the parents of twelve children, as follows:  Jasper B., a resident of Vienna township; James of Fowler township; Julia A., now wife of Jamen Cole, of Michigan; John, in some Western State; Jane, wife of Wilson Trumbull, of Fowler township; Flavel, a farmer of Fowler township; Hymen B., a resident of Vienna, owning a saw-mill; Randolph J., of Fowler; Helen M., wife of Gershom Turner, of the same township; Esther C., a school-teacher by profession, now teaching in Michigan; Frank W., at home, and Mary L., wife of Walter D. Campbell, of Fowler.  Mr. Kingsley has resided in different places in fowler township, settling in 1857 upon the family homestead, where he has since resided.  The farm consists of one hundred and seventy-five acres.  The house, originally built by his father in 1824, he has rebuilt and improved in later years by his son.  Mr. Kingsley was township treasurer five years.  He is a Republican in politics and was active during the war in raising troops.

     N. C. RHODES, son of Jonathan and Hannah (Davis) Rhodes, was born in Cazenovia, New York, Apr. 13, 1806.  With his parents he came to Ohio in 1816, settling in Fowler township, where he now lives.  He helped his father clear off the farm, remaining at home until of age, and for a few years afterwards was in Pennsylvania employed in making shingles.  Feb. 17, 1831, he was married to Eliza Campbell, the result of which union was nine children, of whom four are living as follow: Catherine, wife of Addison J. Dawson, L. W., and Robert N., both farmers of Fowler township, and Orpha, wife of Calvin Tyrrell, of Tyrrell Hill.  After his marriage in 1833 he settled on the place where he now resides.  His farm consists of two hundred and eighteen acres, well improved, and he has given each of his sons a farm.  His first wife died July 18, 1853, and Nov. 30, 1858, he married for his second wife Lucy M. Lewis, who was born in Connecticut Mar. 30, 1820.  By this marriage was born one son, Edwin Eugene, Apr. 13, 1862; died Oct. 18, 1868.  Mr. Rhodes has been elected township trustee for several terms, first about 1840.  Was elected justice of the peace in the spring of 1857, but after one year's service resigned the office.

     GEORGE ALDERMAN was a native of Brookfield, Trumbull county, Ohio, born in the year 1816.  Nov. 1, 1838, he married Mary M., daughter of John and Sarah (Webster) Greenwood, born in Trumbull county, June 21, 1823.  Mr. Alderman remained upon his father's place in Brookfield until the spring of 1842, when he removed to Fowler township, settling on the place now owned by G. M. Greenwood, which place he cleared up.  He subsequently resided in Brookfield again a year and a half.  In the Springfield 1856 he removed to the place which is now the family home.  Mr. Alderman was an active, successful business man and a worthy citizen.  He died Nov. 5, 1871.  Mr. and Mrs. Alderman were the parents of seven children, as follow:  Harriet C., born Apr. 25, 1840, now wife of Josiah Medley, residing in Vienna township; Eliza J., born Dec. 3, 1841, died Nov. 19, 1957; John S., born on the 22d day of November, in the year 1843, now of Michigan, married about the year 1869, and has four children: Erastus S., born Oct. 9, 1848, now conducting the home farm, married Oct. 3, 1877, to Miss Alice Thompson, born in Mercer county, Pennsylvania, Mar. 11, 1855, and has one daughter and one son: Della, born Aug. 14, 1878, and Roscoe, May 5, 1880; Worthy L., died in 1860, at the age of ten years: Betsey S., born Mar. 12, 1852, wife of J. L. Kennedy, of Warren; Homer L., born Apr. 2, 1859, also of Warren.  After her husband's death Mrs. Alderman continued to carry on the farm which is now conducted by her son Erastus.  In 1878 he raised on two acres the unprecedented crop of five hundred and thirty-eight bushels of corn, in the ear.

     SAMUEL M. MEAKER was born in Fowler township, Trumbull County, Ohio, Apr. 9, 1817.  He married, May 8, 1842, Perlia Clark, daughter of Samuel Clark, a well known citizen of Hartford township.  Mrs. Meaker was born in Southwick, Hampden county, Massachusetts, Jan. 6, 1821.  After his marriage our subject settled in Fowler, on the farm still owned by his widow, occupying a log house which gave way to the present residence built in 1850.  Only slight improvement had then been made.  The farm consists of one hundred and fifty acres and is now fully improved.  Mr. Meaker was an industrious, respected citizen, upright in all his dealings.  He served as township trustee one term.  He died Nov. 17, 1876, aged fifty-nine years, seven months and eight days.  Mrs. Meaker continued to reside on the home place until 1880, when she purchased the old Captain Jones' place, in Fowler center, where she now lives.  There was built the first framed house in Fowler township.  Mr. and Mrs. Meaker were the parents of one son and one daughter - Lucy, born Aug. 11, 1843; died Oct. 21, 1850, aged seven years, two months, and ten days; Isaac, born July 11, 1845, a promising, well educated young man, died Oct. 10, 1871, aged twenty-six years, two months,  and twenty-nine days.  He attended a college in Cleveland two winters, fitting himself for a  chemist.  Mrs. Meaker came to Ohio with her parents in the winter of 1835, who settled in Hartford township.  There were five children, four of whom are still living, viz: Mrs. Abner Leonard, Mrs. Orson Trumbull, and Mrs. Meaker, of Fowler township, and Mrs. Milton Goddard, of Iowa.

     ALPHEUS R. WATERS, son of Gideon and Phoebe (Rhodes) Waters, was born in Lee, Massachusetts, Jan. 15, 1810.  With his parents he came to Ohio in February, 1818, the family locating on the place now the home of James McCleery, in Fowler township.  Gideon Waters was one of the hardy pioneers of the county; cleared up several farms  He was a cooper by trade.  He was prominent in the militia, of which he was captain.  He raised a family of seven children, five of whom are still living.  He died about 1859.  Alpheus was brought up to farming, but also learned the trade of cooper; remained at home until after becoming of age.  About 1835 he bought a plae adjoining his present home.  Nov. 9, 1837, he was married to Miss Mary R., daughter of Andrew C. Meaker, one of the original settlers of Fowler township.  She was born Sept. 3, 1818.  One son was born of this marriage, James W. born Dec. 15, 1838, married Aug. 6, 1879, to Lina E. Murphy, born in 1860, and has one son, Ray A., born May 23, 1880.  The first wife of our subject died Jan. 7, 1839, and April 10th of the same year he married Rosamond P. Bushnell, a native of Connecticut, born Aug. 22, 1809, by whom he has one child living, Julia P., born Mar. 5, 1847.  His second wife died Aug. 17, 1857.  Mr. Waters settled on the place where he now lives, in the spring of 1838, cleared up the farm and made all the improvements.  James W. Waters, enlisted in 1862 in the one Hundred and Seventy first Ohio National Guards, and was take prisoner at Cynthiana, Kentucky; was paroled after three days, returned to Johnson's island and was finally mustered out at the close of term of service at Sandusky, Ohio.

     SANDFORD L. STEWART was born in Fowler township, Trumbull county, Ohio, Oct. 5, 1819, being the eldest son of Standford and Bridget (Tew) Stewart.  Sandford Stewart was born in Tolland, Massachusetts, about 1794; was married about the year 1811, and came to Ohio in 1815, first settling in Portage county, and then came to Trumbull County in 1817 and settled on the place now owned by his son, the subject of this sketch, which place he cleared up and improved.  He was justice of the peace for his township in 1832.  He died in 1837.  Standford L. worked out some three years after his father's death, and in 1842, Jan. 5th, he was married to Clarinda, daughter of Linus Hall, who settled in Fowler township in 1815.  She was born Nov. 5, 1819, in Fowler township, After marriage he located on the homestead, which he still occupies, first occupying a log house built by his father, erecting the present dwelling in 1844.  He was township trustee in 1862, and again in 1867.  He has had a family of three children, only one of whom survives - Eliza C., born Mar. 19, 1843, still at home.  Pluma A. was the wife of Ahira Sigler, and died Mar. 21, 1879.  Lucy M. was born June 21, 1848, and died July 17, 1875.  She was the wife of A. G. McCleery, and left one child - Nettie A., born Sept. 1, 1874, who resides with her grand-parents.

     JAMES McCLEERY, son of William and Margaret McCleery, was born in Tyrone, Ireland, Nov. 20, 1818.  He came to this county with his parents in 1819, and the family the same year came to Trumbull county, locating in Liberty township.  They afterwards removed to Bazetta township, where William McCleery cleared up a farm and spent the balance of his life.  He died about 1856, and his wife in 1871.  They were the parents of eight children, of whom three are living.  James McCleery was married Dec. 29, 1843, to Isabel C. Sigler, by whom he had four children - George A., born Dec. 16, 1844, a resident of Fowler township; Isabel L., born Jan. 26, 1848, was the wife of George A. Clark, and died Aug. 23, 1877; James Luman and Andrew L, born June 18, 1850, both residing in Fowler.  Mrs. McClerry died Sept. 28, 1864, and Nov. 22, 1865, he married a sister of his former wife, Mary C., daughter of Uriah Sigler, born in Fowler township Jan. 3, 1819.  Mr. McCleery, subsequent to his marriage, continued to reside on his original location until the spring of 1872, when he removed to the place where he now lives.

     HENRY TEW, a native of Rhode Island, was born in 1799.  He came to Ohio about the year 1819, locating on the place now owned by his son, C. M. Tew, and where he spent the balance of his life.  Mar. 1, 1825, he married Mary Smith and raised a family of eleven children of whom five are now living.  He died in 1873, and his wife in 1856.  C. M. Tew, the youngest son, was born in Fowler township June 8, 1846; married May 27, 1877, Miss Alice M. Smith, daughter of William Smith of Bloomfield township, where she was born Jan. 23, 1856.  She died June 2, 1878, and he married as a second wife, May 12, 1880.  Miss Susie, daughter of Thomas Bennett, born in Green township, Trumbull county, Ohio, Jan. 12, 1859.  Mr. Tew has always resided on the family homestead which consists of one hundred acres, and is a successful farmer and dairyman. (See note #1)

     LEWIS ALDERMAN, oldest son of Lyman and Lydia (Munson) Alderman, was born in Brookfield township, Trumbull county, Ohio, Sept. 4, 1820.  He was brought up to farming and remained at home until his marriage, Jan. 17, 1849, to Annie Hutchins of Hartford township.  By this marriage he has one daughter, May, born May 8, 1850, and still at home.  His first wife died May 17, 1850, and Apr. 21, 1852, he married Miss Margaret Butts, daughter of Jonathan Butts, an early settler in Brookfield, where Mrs. Alderman was born May 1, 1826.  This union has resulted in five children, as follow:  Homer J., born Jan. 15, 1853, living in California; Ella F., Apr. 29, 1854, now wife of Charles Hallock, of Fowler township; Fred A., July 20, 1858; Harry H., May 1, 1868; Maria L., Nov. 28, 1869.  There three last named are at home. Homer J. married Ida J., daughter of Darius Baldwin.  After his marriage Mr. Alderman settled at Tyrrell Hill, where he remained three years.  He was a resident of Wisconsin a year and a half; was largely engaged in farming in Brookfield a couple of years.  February, 1858, he located in Fowler center and engaged in the manufacture of cheese-box, singles and nail-keg heading, in which he did an extensive business.  Mr. Alderman has been township trustee two terms, clerk two terms, and treasurer seven terms.  He and his wife are members of the Disciple church and active in Sunday-school work. - pp. 223-224

     CURTIS HALL, oldest child of Amasa and Sarah (Remington) Hall, was born in Fowler township, Trumbull county, Ohio, Mar. 21, 1820.  Amasa Hall was one of the pioneers of Fowler, settling upon the place now owned by his son, F. A. Hall, in 1814. He raised a family of six children. He died in 1859.  The subject of this sketch remained at home until his marriage, which took place Oct. 24, 1839, when he settled on the farm where he now lives.  His wife was Almira Sigler, daughter of George Sigler, Jr., by whom he has had three children.  Two died in Infancy.  The daughter, Mary E., born Oct. 29, 1843, became the wife of Allen Cadwallader, and died July 10, 1874, a few days after the birth of her son Elmo, born July 1, 1874.  The subject of this sketch has been twice married.  His first wife dying Sept. 28, 1875, he married again Jan. 23, 1878, Millie Barber, daughter of Romanta Barber, of Fowler township.  She was born in 1840.  Mr. Hall was first elected justice of the peace in 1859, and has held the office constantly since.  He has also been township trustee at various times.  During the war of the Rebellion he was active in raising volunteers.

     SIMEON BALDWIN was born in Youngstown, Ohio, Apr. 17, 1821.  His parents were Jacob H. and Florinda (Waller) Baldwin, natives respectively of New York and Connecticut.  Jacob H. Baldwin was a pioneer of Mahoning county, settling with his parents in Boardman township about 1804.  He is a prominent citizen.  He removed to Warren in an early day and was county auditor of Trumbull county for fifteen years, and held other offices.  He died in December, 1880.  Our subject derived his education of Warren.  He was brought up to farming, and remained at home until his marriage, in 1849.  His wife was Lucy M. Baldwin, widow of Homer Baldwin and daughter of Richard Gates, an early settler in Hartford township, where she was born June 9, 1822.  Mr. and Mrs. Baldwin are the parents of two children, one of whom is living - George L., born Oct. 14, 1859, at present engaged in school-teaching, and Charles R. born Oct. 14, 1850, and died in infancy.  After his marriage Mr. Baldwin settled in Champion township, where he owned and improved a farm until 1854, when he removed to Fowler township and settled on the farm where he now lives, which consists of one hundred acres of land under a good state of cultivation.  Mr. Baldwin is a Republican in politics and was active in raising recruits during the Revolution.

     RILEY HALL, oldest son of Linus and Ruth (Barnes) Hall, was born in Fowler township, Trumbull county, Ohio, Aug. 18, 1821.  Linus Hall was born in Hampden county, Massachusetts, in 1797, and came to Ohio about the year 1815.  He married about the year 1819, and had a family of nine children, six of whom
are still living.  He settled on the farm now owned by his son the subject of this notice, the same year that Amasa Hall settled on the adjoining farm.  He cleared up the farm, first occupying a log house, building the dwelling now occupied by the son, about 1831.  He died there in 1871.  Riley Hall was united in marriage, Dec. 19, 1844, to Lucy Merritt, by whom he had one son Linus, born Nov. 20, 1847.  His wife died Feb. 17, 1848, and he was again married August 14th of the same year, to Mary J. Forward, daughter of George Forward.  She was born in Hampden county, Massachusetts, Jan. 5, 1827. The fruit of this union is one daughter and one son, Ella M., born Aug. 30, 1849, now wife of Lucius Doud, of Howland, and Arthur, born Dec. 8, 1850, residing in Mecca township.  In 1861 our subject enlisted 

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in the Sixth Ohio cavalry, and after some ten Columbia, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, also in months' service, owing to an accident (his horse having fallen upon him) he was discharged.  Returning to civil life he followed the carpenter and joiner business for some time.  He purchased a place in Fowler, upon which he resided seven or eight years, then purchased another south of where he now lives.  He was a resident of Ashtabula county some five years, returning to Trumbull in the spring of 1859, and most of the time since has resided on the old homestead.


     WARREN A. HALL, son of Amasa and Sarah (Remington) Hall, was born in Fowler township, Trumbull county, Ohio, Mar. 20, 1831.  He remained at home until about twelve years of age and subsequently resided with his uncle, Dr. Remington, of Hartford county, Connecticut, for three years.  Returning to Ohio he shortly afterward commenced an apprenticeship, when about seventeen, of about four years at the harness and saddlery trade, at Bloomfield, Trumbull county.  After acquiring a knowledge of the trade he worked as journeyman in the District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, also in Ravenna for some six months.  About 1856 he came to Warren, where he has since resided, with the exception of one year in Farmington.  He was married July 16, 1859, to Dorcas E. Mackey, daughter of John Mackey, of Vienna township, born in July, 1841, and has two daughters:  Allie I. and Blanche M., born respectively in 1861 and 1878.  About 1864, in connection with his brother-in-law, F. J. Mackey, he commenced the harness and saddlery business in Warren, the firm name being Hall & MackeyMr. Hall has been councilman for a number of years and has also held other local offices.  He is a member of the Masonic order, and has been an active Republican since the formation of the party.




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     EZRA S. AMES, oldest child of Benjamin and Euretta (Shaff) Ames, was born in Jefferson county, New York, on the 7th of August, 1801.  He came to Ohio with his parents in the spring of the year 1826, the family settling one-half mile north of his present residence in Fowler township.  Benjamin Ames was a successful farmer, a school-teacher for several years, and also for several years township clerk.  He reared a family of twelve children, of whom three only are living.  He died in the farm which he had cleared up, about the year 1870, aged eighty-four.  His wife died Mar. 1, 1878, aged eighty-six.  Mr. Ames was a soldier in the War of 1812, and was stationed at Sackett's Harbor.  Ezra S. Ames was brought up upon a farm and enjoyed such educational opportunities - limited enough - as were to be had in that day.  He married Dec. 4, 1834, Catherine Campbell, born Feb. 5, 1807.  After his marriage he remained on the old home place one summer, removing to his present residence in the spring of 1836.  His first wife died Mar. 17, 1873, and on Aug. 18, 1874, Mr. AMes married in present wife, Phila H. Stocking, born in Connecticut Apr. 2, 1836.  He is the father, by his first wife, of three sons, only one now living, to-wit:  William C., born Aug. 22, 1837, died Apr. 14, 1873; he married Nov. 26, 1863, Lozetta H. Patch, and had two children.  Horace B., born June 14, 1840, enlisted in the Forty-first Ohio volunteer infantry Sept. 4, 1861, and was killed at Pittsburg Landing, his first battle, Apr. 7, 1862.  Cyrus D., born Feb. 10, 1842, is a well known farmer of Fowler township.  He married in 1875 Ellen HooverMr. Ames, the subject of this sketch, has been township trustee some five or six years.  During the Rebellion he was active in raising the quota.  Mr. Ames is a member of the Congregational church.

     DAVID M. BUTTS, oldest son of Jonathan and Eleanor Butts, was born in Washington county, Pennsylvania, Dec. 4, 1818.  With his parents he came to Ohio in the spring of 1819.  The family settled in Brookfield township, Trumbull county, Ohio, where they remained till the spring of 1829, when they removed to Fowler township.  David M. Butts obtained an ordinary education in the common schools, and at the age of fifteen began an apprenticeship, serving some six years at the blacksmith trade.  He worked as journeyman one winter, when he commenced the business for himself at Fowler center, and continued for ten to fifteen years.  Mar. 15, 1842, he was married to Melissa, daughter of Gideon Watters, an early settler in Fowler township.  Mrs. Butts have had three children, two daughters and one son - Malvina born Aug. 4, 1844, and died Nov. 5, 1865; Cyrus C., born May 2, 1846, now a resident of Fowler center, and was married in 1878 to Eva J. Rand, daughter of Sylvester J. Rand, of Fowler, and has one daughter, Gracie B., born Aug. 25, 1880; Phoebe Maria, born July 9, 1855, and died Dec. 11, 1862.  Mr. Butts settled upon the place where he now lives in the spring of 1850.  He owns one hundred acres of fine land, which is well improved.  He was for four or five years engaged in milling.  He was elected justice of the peace three terms at various times and has been township treasurer five terms.  Has also been trustee.  The family are members of the Disciple church.

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     EDWARD OATLEY was born in Bazetta township, Trumbull county, Ohio, May 15, 1830, youngest son of William and Sophia (Rhodes) Oatley.  He resided at home until he was eighteen, when he commenced an apprenticeship of three years at the blacksmith trade in Farmington; worked as journeyman some four years in various places.  He was united in matrimony Apr. 18, 1856, to Helen Morse, born in Ashtabula county, Ohio, in 1832.  The result of this union was six children, of whom are living as follows:  Edward P., born January, 1859; Charlotte E., 1862; Leota, 1864; Abiah, October, 1871.  The mother of these children died Sept. 24, 1873.  June, 1874, our subject was married to a daughter - Mary - of Rev. William Kincaid, a well-known resident of Farmington township, where Mrs. Oakley was born in 1838.  Some three years after his marriage Mr. Oakley resided in Minnesota.  In the spring of 1859 he made a trip to Pike's Peak.  Returning to Trumbull county he engaged at his trade in Cortland, continuing thee four years, when in the fall of 1864 he purchased fifty acres where he now lives in Fowler township, where he also established a shop and has since carried on the business in connection with farming.


     ISAAC A. SMITH, youngest son of William V. and Sarah E. (Townsend) Smith, was born in Beaver county, Pennsylvania, Jan.  15, 1813.  He remained at home until he was sixteen, when he served an apprenticeship of some three years in Pittsburg at the cabinet trade.  He came to Trumbull county in 1831, settling at Fowler center in the fall of 1832, working for Wesley Hoge, the first cabinet-maker of that place.  After working for him some two years he commenced the cabinet and undertaking business for himself at Fowler center, where he has since continued.  He was married Feb. 25, 1836, to Mary Hawley, daughter of Chandler Hawley, born Nov. 13, 1818.  He is the father of six children, of whom are living Sarah, wife of Hiram Post; Orpha, wife of Henry Sheldon; Emogene, wife of Marshall Scovill; Vanzant I., who conducts the home farm; and Adell Lily, wife of Artual DawsonMr. Smith was appointed postmaster at Fowler center at an early day, and was for twelve years township treasurer.

     ORLIN H. HAYES, oldest son of Enoch and Aseneth (Gillette) Hayes, was born in Hartford county, Connecticut, Mar. 20, 1812.  His father came with his family to Trumbull county

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d settled on the place now occupied by James McIntyreEnoch Hayes was the father of six children.  Of these but two are living, the subject of this sketch and Richard A., a farmer of Mecca township.  Mr. Hayes, Sr., died in 1867.  Orlin purchased the farm where he still lives about 1837.  He married Jan. 6, 1841, Miss Mary Ann Fox, who was born in Hartford county, Connecticut, May 6, 1820, daughter of Joel and Jannet (Mason) FoxMrs. Fox was born in Chester, Connecticut, June 13, 1786, and is still living with her daughter, and is a remarkable specimen of mental activity and bodily vigor.

     LEWIS G. LAMPSON, eldest son of Milo and Martha A. (Cook) Lampson, was born in Fowler township, Trumbull county, Ohio, Aug. 29, 1836.  His father has been a resident of the county since 1823, when he settled on the ridge road, locating on his present place about 1850.  He has raised a family of eight children, seven of whom are living.  He is still a vigorous and hearty old gentleman.  Lewis G. was educated in the common schools and obtained a fair education.  He bought his present place in 1865.  He had some war experience during the rebellion, was in Kentucky, and was engaged in several skirmishes.

     WILLIAM CRATSLEY was born in Hunterdon, New Jersey, Oct. 29, 1817; oldest son of Frederick and Emma (Chamberlain) Cratsley.  The family removed to Ontario county, New York, in 1825, and thence to Ohio in 1837, locating in Vienna township, where the father died in 1859.  William derived a good common school education and taught school during seven winters.  Nov. 4, 1841, he was married to Miss Sabrina Kingsley, daughter of John F. Kingsley born in Fowler township in 1824.  They were the parents of eight children, of whom six are living Mary E., wife of Hugh Lowry, of Cortland; Martha J., wife of J. S. Webster residing in Michigan; Olive M., wife of Moses Cooper same State; Lucy wife of Joseph Holland, also in Michigan; John F., a carpenter and joiner of Fowler center, born Dec. 22, 1851, married in 1872 to Artelissa Rand, who was born in Mecca in 1853, and has two children: Frank born Dec. 29, 1855, a book-keeper in a large mercantile firm in Toledo.  Mrs. Cratsley died in 1873.  Our subject purchased a place and settled in Fowler township, and engaged in farming, clearing up a place and living there until about 1874.  In 1878 he removed to Fowler center, where he has since resided and led a retired life.  He was elected township clerk first in 1846, which office he held ten years; was elected justice of the peace in 1856, and served in that capacity fifteen years; was county commissioner in 1871; also assessor three years and notary public seven years.

     CHARLES F. HALLOCK was born Mar. 19, 1838, in Fowler township, Trumbull county, Ohio, youngest son of George and Phebe Hallock, of Long Island, New York.  George Hallock was born Nov. 23, 1798, and emigrated to the Reserve in the early years of the present century, locating in Brookfield township, Trumbull county, Ohio.  He was engaged in mercantile business in Brookfield, and for two or three years subsequent to his removal to Fowler center.  He located on the farm now owned by the subject of this sketch about the year 1836, where he spent the balance of his life.  The place was then unimproved with the exception of a log house and a small clearing.  He died Apr. 18, 1870.  He was a man well and favorably known throughout this region, and of more than ordinary energy of character.  Was justice of the peace one or more terms.  As a celebration July 4, 1824, held at Hartford, he was the orator of the day.  His widow still resides on the home place, vigorous in mind and body.  Charles Hallock remained at home until of age, when he took charge of a cheese factory at Fowler center, which he conducted successfully some ten years.  He was married in 1872 to Miss Ella, daughter of Lewis Alderman, born Apr. 29, 1854, and has one son, Asel J., born July 13, 1877.  After his marriage he located upon the home place, where he still resides. - p. 428

     NOAH BELFORD, youngest son of John and Sally (Tanner) Belford, was born in Fowler township, Trumbull county, Ohio, Aug. 15, 1839.  Mrs. Belford was a daughter of William Tanner, an early settler of Fowler.  She died Jan. 5, 1869.  She made her home with her son, the subject of this sketch, during the latter years of her life.  At fifteen Noah was thrown upon his

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own resources.  At the age of eighteen he learned the carpenter trade; he continued that trade some eighteen years, during which time he has built many fine buildings in Fowler and elsewhere.  In the fall of 1873 Mr. Belford purchased the Tyrrell Hill flouring mills, which had not been used as a mill for some years.  He enlarged and remodeled the building, putting in modern machinery, including a new engine and boiler, and doing an extensive business.

     JOSIAH ENOS, son of John and Theodosia (Bushnell) Enos, was born in Genesee county, New York, July 18, 1818.  John Enos was a soldier in the War of 1812.  Josiah served an apprenticeship at the blacksmith trade at Buffalo when eighteen, and after learning the trade came to Ohio in 1839.  He worked as journeyman at Warren, Trumbull county, for a time, where he was married Dec. 12th of the same year to Sarah Neere born in Portage county, Ohio, by whom he has had six children - Mary A., born Mar. 4, 1841, still at home; Elizabeth, born May 25, 1843; Emily, Sept. 5, 1847; Cornelia, residing in Pennsylvania; Josephine, born Sept. 5, 1852, wife of John Burnett, residing in Pennsylvania; Alice, June 7, 1855, wife of William Lewis, of Cleveland, Ohio.  Mr. Enos commenced the blacksmith trade at Fowler immediately after his marriage, and has since carried on the business there.  In 1851 Mr. Enos enlisted in the Eighty-seventh Ohio volunteer infantry, afterwards enlisting the Twelfth Ohio cavalry, and took part in some of the principal engagements of the war, such as the Second Bull Run, Pittsburg Landing, and other battles.  He served until the close of the war, and was mustered out at Chattanooga, Tennessee, in September, 1865.  He was present at the surrender of Joe JohnstonHe has been a member of the Disciples church for thirty yeasr, and his wife was also a member of the same church.

     LESTER A. CLARK, oldest son of Leonard Clark of the preceding sketch, was born in Fowler township, Trumbull county, Ohio, June 18, 1843.  He attended the schools in Fowler until he was eighteen, when he went to Hiram college one term.  He was brought up on the farm, where he remained until he was twenty-two or twenty-three years of age.  Oct. 15, 1866, he married Ellen Coleman, born in Lorain county, Ohio, in 1843, by whom he had three children, viz.:  Almira C., born in 1867, died Feb. 5, 1875; Coleman C., born Aug. 1, 1870; Lillie M., born Nov. 15, 1871.  His first wife died Nov. 3, 1875, and Oct. 23, 1878, he was married to Miss Malinda, daughter of W. H. Clawson, of Fowler.  She was born in Mercer county, Pennsylvania, June 8, 1851.  One child is the fruit of this marriage, Lettie M., born Oct. 8, 1878.  After his married Mr. Clark remained on the homestead one year and was also a resident of Hartford one year.  He located on his present place in the fall of 1868.  In connection with farming he does an extensive business in the manufacture and sale of wood pumps.


     E. J. FORWARD, oldest son of George and Orphia (Hawley) Forward was born Oct. 19, 1828, in Southwick, Hampden county, Massachusetts.   Besides his attendance at the common school in his native State he went one term to an academy in SouthwickHe came to Ohio in 1850, and Jan. 19, 1853, was united in marriage to Maria Sigler daughter of Philo and Esther Sigler, daughter of Philo and Esther Sigler, who settled in Fowler township, Trumbull county, as early as 1812.  Mrs. Forward was born there Jan. 30, 1833.  After his marriage he settled on his father-in-law's place, where he remained till the spring of 1868.  He is the father of five children, of whom one is deceased.  The survivors are Alice M., born

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Oct, 5, 1853, now wife of Adelbert Card, of Fowler; Philo H., born Mar. 30, 1858, now engaged in clerking; Minnie M., Dec. 19, 1861; George M., Aug. 13, 1863, Amelia A., died when five years old.




NOTE #1:  Found marriage license:  Henry Tew & Mary Smith of Vernon Twp., Trumbull Co., OH.  Henry is at least 21 yrs of age and Mary is at least 18 years of age and not nearer of kin than 1st cousins.  Signed Henry Tew. Sworn & subscribed on 22nd day of Feb. 1825 before George Parsons, Clerk for Ralph Hickox, his deputy.

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