JONATHAN A. BUSBY. On section nineteen of Stony Creek Township is located the valuable and attractive homestead of Jonathan A. Busby. His farm of two hundred and twenty-three acres represents the life work and achievements of a citizen who was horn in the Township and has lived all his life here a quiet industrious farmer, and ‘nail of thorough integrity in all his business and personal relations.
Jonathan A. Busby was born in Stony Creek Township, November 3, 1858, a son of Isaac and Sarah A. (Conrad) Busby. The father was a 1 native of Greenbriar County. West Virginia, and the mother, of New Jersey, and each came to Madison County when young, grew up together, and were married. They spent all their lives in this County, death coming to the father in 1879 and the mother in 1912. They were the parents of three sons and three daughters, namely: Jane, the widow ‘if George Rambo; Missouri, widow of Frank E. Woodward; Jonathan, and Wade, of Lapel; Milton postmaster at Lapel; Ida, wife of H. R. Jones, of Stony Creek Township.
Jonathan A. Busby was reared on the home farm in this Township, and as a boy attended the public schools at Fishersburg. When he was seventeen years of age he had a good common school training and then began his practical career as a farmer, taking charge of the home estate after his father’s death. On November 14, 1881, he married Mary .J. Huntzinger. Their married life was continued for nineteen years until her death in 1900. The three children born of their marriage were: Roxie, a graduate of the Lapel high school, and the wife of Jesse Fisher of Lapel; Edna, graduate of the common schools and a student in the high school; Arthur, who is a graduate of the common schools and lives at home with his father. Mr. Busby married on the sixth of March, 1910, Ethel Taylor, who was born in Madison County, a daughter of Leroy C. Taylor, a retired farmer and a native of this County. She received her education in the district schools of this County. Mr. and Mrs. Busby are members of the Methodist church at Lapel, and he is one of the trustees of that church. Fraternally he is affiliated with Lapel Lodge No. 386, Knights of Pythias, and is a past chancellor and member of the Grand Lodge. In polities he has always been a Republican up to the campaign of 1912, but the issues in polities were such that year that he gave his vote for the Progressive party and its principles. He is secretary of the Township advisory board.