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History of Tuscarawas County, Ohio
(Source: History of Tuscarawas County, Ohio
Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co., 1884)

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Fairfield Twp. - Page 768
BEZALEEL WALTZ, farmer, P. O. New Philadelphia, was born in Maryland in 1808.  when three years old, he came with his parents to Tuscarawas County, and has since resided within its limits.  The settlements at the time of his arrival were few and widely separated.  Wild animals were abundant, and afforded food for the pioneer.  Bezaleel was raised on the farm, and acquired and followed the cooper trade for some years in his early life.  He made the first flour barrel that was shipped on the canal from Zoar to Cleveland.  He was married, Dec. 22, 1832, to Catharine Deibert, daughter of John Deibert, of Goshen Township.  Five of their eight children are now living - Lavina, wife of Jeremiah Weaver, of Allen County; Samuel D.; Alvin, of New Cumberland; Sarah Ellen, wife of Mr. Popham, of New Cumberland; and Catharine J., wife of George Goodering.  Mr. Waltz entered land, and, aided by his wife, developed it into a fine farm.  He is a Republican, and has held various township offices, including those of Trustee, Treasurer, Clerk and Justice of the Peace.  He and his wife are members of the Lutheran Church.  They are upright, respected people, and are enjoying a quiet, peaceful old age in the home they have occupied for fifty years.
Oxford Twp. -
ROBERT WATSON

Source: History of Tuscarawas County, Ohio - Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co., 1884 - Page 882

Fairfield Twp. - Page 768
GEORGE WEAVER, farmer, P. O. New Philadelphia, was born Aug. 30, 1836, in Fairfield Township.  He is the son of John and Providence Weaver, natives of Maryland, who emigrated to Tuscarawas County, and here developed for themselves a home.  Of their twelve children, but three survive - Henry, of Indiana; Nancy, widow of Benjamin Brown, also of Indiana; and George, our subject, who was raised in this township, and was married, Aug. 1, 1861, to Elizabeth, daughter of Philip Waltz.  Their marriage has been blessed with five children- Lydia A., Sarah J., Melissa, Cora and George.  Mr. Weaver, by his well-directed labor, has acquired a farm of 105 acres of well-improved land.  His political faith is in the Democratic party, and in religious belief he affiliates with the Lutheran denomination.
JACOB  WELTY, farmer, P. O. Canal Dover, was born in Dover Twp., Tuscarawas Co., Ohio, in 1817.  His great-grandfather was a native of Switzerland, whence he emigrated at an early time, and settled in the wilds of Pennsylvania, and from him the succeeding generations sprang.  Abraham and Elizabeth (Overalt) Welty, the parents of our subject, were both natives of Pennsylvania, and came to the West in 1813, settling on 160 acres of land Dover Township, Tuscarawas County.  Abraham was a Mennonite preacher, and held divine service throughout the various settlements in the country.  Here they together passed the remainder of their life's journey, attaining old and respected ages.  They raised a family of five sons and four daughters, three of whom are living, viz., Jacob, Sarah (wife of John Rupert) and Anna (wife of John Buzzard, of Elkhart County, Ind.).  The subject of the sketch was born on the homestead farm, and is among the oldest living born settlers of the county; he has always resided on the home of his father's selection.  He was married in this county, Sept. 15, 1839, to Mrs. Barbara, daughter of David Miller, of Holmes County, Ohio, a native of Pennsylvania.  Eight children have blessed this union, four of whom are living, their names as follows:  David M., John, Barbara and Mary.  Mr. Welty is connected with the Mennonite Church, and ranks among the distinguished pioneers of the county.
~Page 764 - (Source: History of Tuscarawas County, Ohio - Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co., 1884)
Oxford Twp. -
WILLIAM WILLIAMS

Source: History of Tuscarawas County, Ohio - Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co., 1884 - Page 882

Fairfield Twp. - Page 768
JOHN WISE, Sr., farmer, P. O. Zoar Station, was born in Switzerland Jan. 20, 1841.  He emigrated to America about 1850, with his father, Jacob Wise, who raised a family of seven children.  John was reared on a farm, and received a good education.  He was married, Oct. 20, 1866, to Eustina Strobel, of Sandy Township.  Seven children have been born to them, viz.: Emma, Henry, Daniel, Mary, Charles, Edward and Amanda.  Mr. Wise has gained a fine farm of 167 acres through industry and perseverance, and is interested in fine stock, of which he has excellent specimens on his place.  His political principles are Democratic.  He is a member of the German Reformed Church, his wife of the Catholic Church.
JOHN WOLF, proprietor planing mill, Rowville, was born in this county Dec. 2, 1847.  His parents, Peter and Margaret (Rice) Wolf, are natives of Germany.  They landed in New York May 9, 18465.  John was raised on a farm, received a common school education, and at the age of twenty learned the carpenter trade, which he followed until the fall of 18823, at which time he built a planing mill, where a general stock of building material  - sashes, doors, blinds, etc. - is now manufactured, Wolf & Miller, proprietors.  In 1875 he married Mary Marquand, daughter of John and Mary Marquand, of this county.  They are of German descent.  Mr. and Mrs. Wolf are parents of five children - Catharine, John Albert, Sarah Maggie, Mary Lizzie and Edward Henry  They are members of the German Reformed Church.
(Source: History of Tuscarawas County, Ohio - Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co., 1884)
Oxford Twp. -
JOHN E. WOOD

Source: History of Tuscarawas County, Ohio - Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co., 1884 - Page 884

Oxford Twp. -
WICK W. WOOD

Source: History of Tuscarawas County, Ohio - Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co., 1884 - Page 884

Fairview Twp. - Page 769
JAMES B. WRIGHT, farmer, P. O. New Philadelphia, was born Dec. 13, 1820, in Jefferson County.  His parents, Samuel C. and Mary Wright; emigrated from Pennsylvania to Ohio, and afterward, about 1825, to this county.  James B. was reared a farmer's lad, and obtained the education possible in those days.  He was married May 13, 1843, to Ann Ickus.  Their eight children were Robert, who was killed in the battle of the Wilderness; Martha, deceased; Elizabeth, wife of John Newport; Winfield S.; Tabitha, wife of John Beans, of Sandy Township; Dillie, wife of George Lamb, of Mineral Point; John; Henrietta, wife of John Hodley, of Canton; and Sherman.   Mrs. Wright died Jan. 5, 1878.  Mr. Wright married, for a second wife, Alice Lehman, a native of Switzerland, and a resident of Goshen Township.  Their two children are James B. and Charles B.  Mr. Wright owns a well-improved farm of 142 acres.

DR. BENJAMIN WRIGHT, deceased, was born August 11, 1817, in Harrison County, Ohio.  He adopted the medical profession, and moved to Keene, Coshocton Co., Ohio, where he practiced for several years, and then moved to Ragersville, Tuscarawas County.  Here he was united in marriage, September 5, 1842, with Lucinda Rager.  She was born February 28, 1825, and was a daughter of Conrad Rager, a native of Pennsylvania, and his wife, Catherine Swagler, of Sharpsburg, Md.  They came to this county at a very early date and were married March 14, 1824, in New Philadelphia, where Mr. Rager was engaged as a merchant.  He came out to this portion of the county before the organization of Auburn Township, and established here the first store.  He laid out and organized the town of Ragersville, giving it his name, and lived a long, active and useful life.  His widow survived him ten years and died February 24, 1880.  To return to our subject, Dr. and Mrs. Wright settled in Jacobsport, and here the Doctor built up a large and prosperous practice.  He was respected as a man of first -class scientific attainments.  Their family numbered nine children, of whom seven are now living, viz., Dr. J. N. Wright, Columbus, Ohio; James L., Superintendent of Orrville Public Schools; Mary C. Webb, of Montezuma, Colo.; Frank P., of Minneapolis, Minn.; Thomas L., Uhrichville, Ohio; William V., at home; and Ida M. Stingel, of Ragersville.  Dr. Wright departed this life in 1878, at Richwood, Union County, Ohio.   His widow survives him, and has moved to her old home at Ragersville.  William V. Wright has adopted the profession of teaching, and is a young man of high literary culture.
(Source: History of Tuscarawas County, Ohio - Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co., 1884)

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