They have been members of the Methodist Episcopal Church for a number of years. They occupy a residence built by his father about , which they have modernized somewhat. John Bibler was born in Rockingham county, Virginia, April 16, He came to Ohio in or He married in Liberty township in , and settled on the farm in that township, where he spent the remainder of his days. The place is now owned by his son, Jonas Bibler, who was a pioneer, and purchased eighty acres, making himself a home.
He raised a family of five sons and three daughters, three sons and two daughters now living. He was a successful farmer; a member of the Baptist Church for forty-six years. He died February 11, Samuel received a fine education, and until his marriage remained at home on the farm. He married Miss Eliza Humes, in She was born in Orange county, Virginia, in In the spring of , he settled on the place in Walnut township, where he now lives.
He now owns one hundred and four acres, which he has improved and since resided upon. Bibler are the parents of four children, viz. He was drafted in the Rebellion, but sent a substitute. He was married October 10, , to Miss Barbara J. They are the parents of four sons and four daughters. Jane, the wife of John Sands, died November 28, Bibler died November 2, Bibler never cared for office; was an industrious, energetic man, beloved by all who knew him, and a self-made man.
Jacob Bibler was born in Rockingham county, Virginia, about , and came with his father, Francis Bibler, to Ohio in They settled on a farm Jacob located on the place now owned by his son Lewis, about He here erected one of the first frame houses in this vicinity. Of his seven children, only two surviveJacob A. Jacob was a successful farmer and stock raiser; he was a life-long member of the Baptist Church, and died June 9, His wife died March 11, Lewis was reared on the farm.
He was married October 23, , to Martha J. Bibler was born here July 2, Four of their five children survive, Lizzie J. Francis W. Bigomey was a native of Pennsylvania. He came to Ohio in , and located in Licking county, where he resided for a number of years. He then removed to Fairfield county, where he resided until , at which time he purchased the farm known as the Fritz farm. Here he spent the remainder of his life. He reared a family of ten children, nine of whom are living.
In he was elected to a seat in the Legislature, and again in He died in , respected and regretted by all who knew him. His widow still survives him, being in good health. She still resides on the old home farm. Joseph acquired a good education in his youth, and took great interest in his vocation, that of farming.
In he was united in marriage to Miss Hannah Caroline, daughter of John Bury, a prominent citizen of Liberty township. After his marriage, Mr. Bigomey resided on the Bury home farm for one year, when he purchased the farm, where he now lives. It contains one hundred acres, to which he has added many a valuable improvement, among them an elegant residence.
The family are members of the Reform Church. Edward H. Returning to Lancaster, he engaged as a clerk with Jacob Keller, continuing with his successor, F. Upon the death of the latter, in , the business was purchased by Mr. Bininger, and under his management has grown extensively. In , he added to the grocery trade a stock of Queensware, and later, a dry goods and notion department, and is now doing a trade that aggregates some thirty thousand dollars per annum.
He is centrally located, on Columbus street. Besides owning his business block, he also owns a farm of one hundred acres, in Berne township. He was united in marriage, in , to Miss Clara McManamy. They are the parents of one son, James W. His When he could be spared to attend school, he had a walk of three miles to reach the nearest one, nearly the entire walk extending over a mountain. In he came with his parents to Ohio, settling in Guernsey county. He lived at the home of his grandfather, John Summer, until the death of the latter, in He then owned and conducted a threshing machine, working in various counties, coining to Fairfield county in , where he still continued the same business, January 12, , he was united in marriage to Miss Eleanor Buskirk, who was born in Liberty township, September 24, , her father, John Buskirk, being one of the pioneers of the township, settling there in After marriage, Mr.
Bishop settled on the Buskirk home farm, where he lived until , when he purchased the farm where he still resides. It contains two hundred and ten acres, much of the land having been cleared up by Mr. Bishop during his residence there. The farm is considered one of the best, and contains all the comforts and conveniences needed to make an attractive and pleasant home. He is politically a Republican; also, a member of the Reform Church. To them have been born nine children, seven of whom are living, viz.
Moreland, also of Licking county; Emeline and Willie are still at home. Philip was born in Pleasant township March 1, His father was a native of Rockingham county, Virginia, born about , and was active in the closing scenes of the Revolution, being present at the surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown. In he came with his wife and six children to Ohio, purchasing a half section of land in Pleasant township, where he passed the remainder of his life. He was a celebrated hunter in his day, and had some narrow escapes from wild animals during the early settlement of this country.
His family consisted of seven children, of whom but three survive. He died in Philip, the youngest child, attended school in the rude log school house of that day, his early youth being passed on the farm. In he commenced an apprenticeship at the carpenter and cabinet making trade, which, after acquiring, he followed for a brief period. In , he removed to Winchester, Adams county, where he did a successful mercantile business for seven years.
Returning to Lancaster in , he opened the first hardware store there, which he conducted till , subsequently engaging in the dry goods trade, in connection with Dr. Edson B. Olds, in which he was engaged until he entered the army in the capacity of sutler, in He was appointed Government Inspector in Bope was married August 23, , to Eliza, daughter of Adam Weaver, a prominent citizen of Fairfield county, who had been a Lieutenant in the war Bope was born in Lancaster June 11, Twelve children were born to Mr.
Bope, eight of whom are living, viz. Ohio; Clara A. Wolfe, of Lancaster; Ella L. Bope and family are members of the Episcopal Church. He also belongs to the Masonic Order, and is one of the oldest living members of the I. Until he attained the age of sixteen he attended the common schools, when he entered the Commercial College at Columbus.
He was connected with the original survey of the Columbus and Hocking Valley Railroad; also with preliminary survey and construction of the Alliance and Lake Erie Railroad for three years. January 1, , he was appointed Surveyor of Fairfield county to fill a vacancy.
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Upon the expiration of the term he was elected to the same position, an office that he still holds. With the regiment he participated in the first battle of Bull Run. At the expiration of his term of service he re-enlisted in the Eighteenth United States Infantry, and was afterwards transferred to the Eighty-ninth O. He was finally obliged to resign his commission in the fall of , after spending some time in a convalescent camp.
His parents were John and Elizabeth Born. Fredrick received a fair education in the public schools, and when fourteen years of age commenced an apprenticeship of two years at the carpenter trade. He then worked as journeyman until coming to America in Removing to Ohio in , he spent the first year in Cleveland and Canton. In the fall of he came to Fairfield county, settling in Liberty township, where he worked at his trade until purchasing a farm.
In connection with farming he conducted a saw-mill until the spring of , when he removed to Baltimore, where he has since resided. In he was married to Miss Elizabeth Rickley. To them have been born four children: Sarah A.
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Born is a member He first located in Baltimore, Maryland, where he remained some three years. In he came to Royalton, Ohio; there he engaged in mercantile business, conducting the same successfully some years. In he married Catharine Scott, who was born in Fairfield county in Boving purchased a farm in Amanda township in A specialty of their firm was the buying and shipping of large quantities of tobacco, at that time a production of importance in Fairfield county.
Boving continued in this trade until , following which he led a retired life for twelve years.
In he began a successful hardware business, which continued six years. In he turned his attention to the cultivation of fruit and the management of a vineyard, in which he has been quite successful. He has, in later years, interested himself in building associations, having been the founder of three, two of which are in a flourishing condition. For two terms he was a member of the city council. He is a consistent member of the Presbyterian church, and a prosperous and esteemed citizen.
Boving are the parents of three children, of whom but one survives, viz. Boyd was reared on a farm. In his nineteenth year he entered Muskingum College, at New Concord, where he remained three years, subsequently attending Franklin College at New Athens, Ohio, for one year, graduating from that institution in He then entered the Theological Seminary of the United Presbyterian Church, at Allegheny, Pennsylvania, remaining four years, during which time, in the spring of , he was licensed to preach, and officiated in various churches in the vicinity of the seminary.
In he was settled at Norwich, Muskingum county. Ohio, for a period of four years, and at Wilmington for two years. In Mr. Boyd changed his connection from the United Presbyterian to the Presbyterian Church. He was then placed in charge of the church at Liberty, Indiana, where he remained until the spring of , when he removed to Lancaster, where he has since labored successfully.
The membership of the church has more than doubled during that time. Boyd was married in to Miss Martha J. Two sons and one daughter have been born to them: William W. Elezor Brandon was a native of Adams county, Pennsylvania, and came with his wife and four children to Ohio in He raised a family of five children; John and Robert are residents of Peru, Indiana. Brandon, Sr. John Brandon came to Ohio with his parents in ; he was educated in the common schools of Perry county; he took charge of the home farm, and took care of his parents.
In he married Miss Mary Haver, who died February 28, Brandon was married the second time, December 31, , to Mary, daughter of Judge Gideon Martin, a former well-known resident of Greenfield township. Brandon was born in Greenfield township, February 16, They are the parents of four children, three living: Almeda, wife of William H.
Watson, of Walnut township; G. C Brison, of Millersport. After his first marriage Mr. Brandon lived in Perry county one year. In he settled on the place where he has since resided, then but partially cleared. The family occupied a log house until building a new residence in He purchased eighty- four acres and now owns one hundred and sixty acres, which is considered one of the finest farms in the township.
He never desired public office; a successful farmer and stock raiser, a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, also of the Masonic Order. Brandon is a genial, hospitable gentleman, esteemed and respected. Judge Scofield was a native of New York. He came with Colonel Zane, the founder of Zanesville, to Ohio, at an early day engaged in mercantile pursuits in Lancaster, and subsequently rose to distinction, taking an active part in military affairs in the War of He occupied the position of Post Master at Lancaster for many years, and was afterward member of the Legislature.
In later years he was a distinguished jurist. His eldest daughter, the subject of this sketch, was educated at a private seminary at Lancaster, and was united in marriage, November 17, , to John T. To this marriage were born seven children, of whom four survive. Brasee is a genial and intellectual lady.
Liberty township; is the oldest son of John and Elizabeth Myers Bright. John Bright, Sr. He first visited Ohio in , where, with his father he made extensive purchases of land in Liberty township, becoming a permanent settler on the same sometime between and During the war of he sent a substitute to represent him in the field. In he built what is known as Bright's mills, which were at that time considered among the first flouring mills in Central Ohio.
Allen and wife moved to Middletown, Vermont. In the year Dr. Silas Allen with family and others, in all, forty, left Middletown, Connecticut, for the west, intending to go as far west as the Mississippi river. Arriving at Fairfield county, they found the country on Toby creek inviting and they concluded to remain there and became permanent settlers.
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In course of time Whiting and Benjamin Allen moved with families to Delaware county, Ohio, where they were prosperous and representative. Whiting Allen married Mahitable Searle, one of a family of the forty emigrants mentioned. A descendant of this Searle family married a daughter of George Ewing of Iowa City, Iowa, and resides there in charge of a newspaper. Amos S. Thomas, of Lancaster, Ohio, is a great-grandson of Whiting Allen.
Evira Meeker was a daughter of Lemuel Allen and died aged ninety-three. Silas Allen lived a useful life in his new home, reared and established a family, and at the age of seventy-one years, September 7, , died. His body lies buried at Royalton. Jedadiah Allen, the fourth son of Dr. Silas and Mary Cleveland Allen, and the grandfather of our subject, was born in Vermont, and at an early age came with his parents to Ohio, locating upon a farm in Amanda township, Fairfield county, that is now occupied by our subject. Here he lived and died devoting his energies to agricultural pursuits, engaging in stock raising on a very extensive scale.
He was not only very successful but was also one of the most prominent and influential men of the community. He died at Royalton on the 5th of September, , many friends mourning his loss while the community chronicled the death of one of its leading representatives. He married Sarah Bull about and the children born to them were: Rachel, born ; Howard, born ; and Lyman, born , Rachel became the wife of Thomas Reber and died near Upper Sandusky, Ohio.
The former was born in Amanda township, Fairfield county, and throughout his life devoted his energies to agricultural pursuits. He died at the comparatively early age of thirty-eight years. He was quite prosperous and left his family in comfortable circumstances. He held membership in the Methodist church. His widow survived him for many years, passing away on the 25th of June, , at the ripe old age of eighty-eight years, eleven months and six days.
She was the mother of seven children, of whom one died in infancy, while four are yet living. Jesse Allen was reared upon the old family homestead, his youth being passed in a manner similar to that of most boys of the period. He obtained his education in the common schools of the district. His father died when the son was only five years of age and Jesse Allen then assisted his mother in the work of the home farm until he had attained his majority. He then started out upon an independent business career and was employed as a farm hand by the month for two years.
He afterward purchased the farm of Thomas Reber, in Amanda township, consisting of one hundred and sixty acres, for which he paid nine thousand five hundred dollars, and soon afterward he sold this property for thirteen thousand five hundred dollars. He next purchased the property upon which he now lives, comprising one hundred and eighty-six acres, the price being fifteen thousand dollars.
He added to this until he now has over three hundred acres of land under a very high state of cultivation. Many improvements upon this farm are an indication of his enterprise, capable management and progressive spirit. His is indeed one of the model places of the county and as the years pass it approaches more nearly to perfection.
He also owns a number of village lots in Royalton. His time and attention have always been given to general farming and stock raising and his thorough understanding of the business, his adaptation of improved methods to his work, and his unfaltering industry have brought to him very gratifying prosperity. At the time of the Civil war Mr. Allen joined the army in In his political views he is a Republican and while firmly endorsing the principles of the party has never been an office seeker, although he has held a few minor positions. A prominent and consistent member of the Methodist church, for a number of years he has been one of its trustees.
No history of Mr. Allen could be complete without mention of his estimable wife.
He was married on the 30th of December , to Elizabeth P. Cross Strayer. Her father was a native of Pennsylvania and came to Ohio during the pioneer epoch in its history, locating in Royalton, where he established a mercantile store and carried on business along that line for many years. His death occurred in Royalton September 19, , when he was aged fifty-seven years, nine months and twenty-five days.
His widow survived him for a long period, passing away in , at the very advanced age of eighty-eight years. In their family were eight children, four of whom are yet living.
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Unto Mr. Allen have been born but two children: Viola, born December 13, , in Royalton, is now the wife of Leroy G. They were married September 17, , by the Rev. Silbaugh is an attorney-at-law and the present mayor of the city of Lancaster. They have two sons, Allen and John. Ralph Allen, the only son of our subject, was born in Royalton, August 3, , and now resides with his parents, carrying on the old home farm. He is justly recognized as one of the progressive and enterprising young business men of the county.
Clarke Publishing Co. His birth occurred May 16, , and he represents an old Virginia family that was established in Fairfield county when this section of the state was but just emerging from primitive conditions. His paternal grandfather, William Ashbrook, was a native of Virginia, and in that state wedded Permelia Peters, who was also born in the Old Dominion.
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