Location: Fayette County OH

Biography of Samuel McCloud McKeever Wood

Topeka, Kansas, had no more interesting personality among its citizens than Sam Wood, whe still coeupies the beautiful home he and his wife erected many years ago on the northeast corner of Tenth and Fillmore streets. This home is a landmark and spot of beauty in Topeka’s residential district. Mr. and Mrs. Wood personally supervised the eonstruction of the honse and the planning of the grounds. The site occupies six lots and wide, shady parks facing both Tenth and Fillmore streets. There are beautiful trees and shrubbery, and the entire place had that mellowness which is associated with old and comfortable families. Mr. Wood resdes in the home with his sister and niece, his wife, Mrs. Wood, having died several years ago. Mr. Wood first became acquainted with Kansas and Kansas people during his service in the Union army. Though he was a member of an Illinois regiment, he often served in company with Kansas regiments. He was a boy of fifteen when he joined the Union army in 1861, in the Tenth Illinois Cavalry. This regiment was attached to a division of cavalry commanded by General Davidson, and was a part of the Seventh Army Corps. Nearly the whole years of his service was west of the Mississippi River. During that time the faces of Colonel Crawford, Major Plumb, General Pleasanton and other notable figures in Kansas all...

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Biography of John W. Cook

John W. Cook, engaged in the insurance business in the Merchants Exchange building in St. Louis, was born in Fayette county, Ohio, July 20, 1878. His father, Major James F. Cook, who served the Union cause with distinction in the Civil war, was a farmer and a republican political leader. His mother, Mary Augusta (Myers) Cook, was the daughter of the Hon. John L. Myers of Ohio. Mr. Cook was educated in the public schools of Washington Court House, Ohio, supplemented by a business college course in St. Louis. In 1899 Mr. Cook located in St. Louis, engaging in the real estate and insurance business. He was the first manager of the Frisco building, Ninth and Olive streets, but resigned this position to engage exclusively in the insurance field. At the outbreak of the Spanish-American war Mr. Cook responded to President McKinley’s first call for volunteers. He saw active service in the Rest. Indies campaign, with the First Division of the Army of the Gulf, as a member of the Fourth Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Studying the trend of the times Mr. Cook foresaw America’s entrance into the World war, and, believing that all men up to forty-five years of age would be called for service, he began individual preparations by taking a course in the officers’ training school of the First Missouri National Guard, after which he went to...

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Biography of Isaac Thompson Cook

Isaac Thompson Cook has earned his popular place among the distinguished men of St. Louis through his connection with the erection of many of the finest office buildings and commercial structures which have recently transformed the business section into one of metropolitan proportions. About the time when the exposition was attracting to the city many visitors the chief criticism passed upon it was concerning its lack of modern sky-scraper business buildings, and in recent years the city’s development has in no other line been more marked than in the direction of meeting this criticism. Today the high office building is the rule and not the exception and the progress in this connection Is attributable largely to Isaac Thompson Cook. He was born in Fayette county, Ohio, on the 28th of August, 1871, of the marriage of Major James F. and Mary Augusta (Myers) Cook, and while spending his boyhood days under the parental roof he pursued a thorough public school education at Washington Court House, Ohio. In November, 1896, Mr. Cook located in St. Louis, entering the real estate and financial world. While buying and selling properties was one of the fields of his endeavor, he is more generally known as the father of the sky-scraper buildings of St. Louis, he being responsible for the existence of many of the highest class. Thus through his labors have come about...

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Biography of John W. Bocock

John W. Bocock, a retired business man at Sidney, has had an unusual range of experience varying from that of an old time telegraph operator to a cotton planter and farmer. Much of his active career has been passed in Champaign County but his business acquaintance is widely extended. Mr. Bocock was born near Washington Courthouse in Fayette County, Ohio, December 20, 1849. His parents were Elijah and Louisa (Gregory) Bocock, both natives of Ohio. His father came to Sidney and Champaign County October 12, 1856, and identified himself with the pioneer element in this county as a farmer. He did not live long after coming, his death occurring July 4, 1864, in the village of Sidney. There were four children: Nancy Maria, who died June 3, 1862; Martha Jane, who died October 16, 1864; Belle, widow of J. S. Frantz and living at Danville, Illinois; and John W. John W. Bocock was fifteen years old when his father died. His mother and two sisters being left upon their own resources it was necessary for the only son to put forth his efforts in assisting to support the family. His sister Belle did likewise but Martha Jane was ill and able to do but little. In June, 1866, the mother married Paul Laybourn, of Sidney, and John W. Bocock and his sister went to the new home in that...

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Biography of Harlan P. Ustick, A. M., M. D.

The medical profession in Boise is ably represented by Dr. Harlan Page Ustick, a prominent homeopathic physician, who was born in Fayette county, Ohio, on the 26th of November, 1848. His paternal grandfather was a Baptist minister, who, leaving his home in France, crossed the Atlantic to New York City, where he passed the residue of his days. His son, William Arnold Ustick, the father of the Doctor, was born in Orange County. New York, in the year 1800, and when seventeen years of age removed to Ohio, where he resided until he laid down the burdens of life, in his ninetieth year. He married Miss Mary Stewart, a native of Maryland, and a descendant of the royal house of Stuart, of England. Mr. Ustick resided upon a farm and was accounted one of the industrious and practical agriculturists of his community. In later years he also engaged in buying and selling wool on an extensive scale, and won success in his undertakings. For many years he was an elder in the Presbyterian Church, and his life was actuated by noble principles and characterized by kindly deeds. Uncompromisingly opposed to oppression of every form, his home became a station on the famous Underground Railroad in antebellum days, and he aided many a poor Negro on his way to freedom. He died in his ninetieth year, and his wife passed...

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Biographical Sketch of William P. Snyder

William P. Snyder, deceased, was for many years closely connected with the community interests in and about Dover, Shawnee County, and some record of his life and family connections should be entered in this publication. He was born in Fayette County, Ohio, October 8, 1828. His parents John and Malinda (Campbell) Snyder had three children, all of whom are now deceased. Reared on a farm, William P. Snyder adopted farming as his life’s occupation. His early life was spent at a time when public schools were not in vogue, and the advantages of the old time subscription school were all that his means could afford. He spent his boyhod very much as other Ohio farm boys of that time did. In 1855 he married Miss Matilda Denious. She was a daughter of Isaac and Harriet (Coffman) Denious. Isaac Denious was a native of Virginia and the son of a large slave holder and planter. Because of his individual antipathy to slavery he left home and for that reason was disinherited. Settling in Franklin County, Ohio, in pioncer days, he married a daughter of Henry and Margaret (Sells) Coffman. Henry Sells was a soldier in the War of 1812. With his wife and four children William P. Snyder came to Shawnee County, Kansas, in the early days. He pre-empted land in Dover Township, and there spent the rest of his...

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Biographical Sketch of Benjamin C. Parrett

Parrett, Benjamin C.; real estate; born, Fayette County, O., 1879; son of Seth E. and Sarah Jane Creamer Parrett; educated, Washington C. H., Ohio, Grade and High School, Ohio State University, class 1902, degree B. Sc.; iron and steel chemist for five years; asst. supt. iron blast furnace, four years; real estate broker, two years; associate member Real Estate...

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Biographical Sketch of John Hunt

John Hunt, meat-market, Mattoon; was born in Fayette Co., Ohio, Nov. 6, 1837; his father came West to Illinois and settled in Jasper Co. in 1845; his early life was that of a farmer’s boy, and his advantages for securing an education somewhat limited; most of his education he obtained in the schools of Xenia, Ohio, and as a student of Antioch College, after he had attained to manhood; he left home at the age or 18 years, and engaged in teaching school some four years; in 1860, he purchased a farm in Coles Co., and followed agricultural pursuits for ten years; in 1870, he formed a partnership with J. L. Scat, under the firm name of Hunt & Scott, and engaged in the grocery trade in Mattoon; in the spring of 1875, he retired from the firm, and for two years was engaged in buying and shipping horses and mules to the Southern market; in 1876, he engaged in his present business. He was married in 1858 to Eliza J. Gowin, a native of North Carolina; has two children – Alva and Orris. Has held the office of Assessor for the past four years, and is also a member of the Board of Education on the East...

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Roll Of Capt. James Steele’s Company

(Probably from Fayette Co.) Served from August 22, until September 30, 1812. Capt. James Steele Lieut. George Grove Ensign, James McClure Sergt. Maj. Joseph H. Crane Sergt. John Folkirth Sergt. Ralph Wilson Sergt. John Strain Sergt. James Henderson Corp. Matt Patton Corp. Alexander Grimes Corp. George Harris Corp. David Henderson Privates Bay, James Bay, William Brier, David Brier, James Collins, Jeremiah Devor, John Enoch, John Fryback, William Gordon, Lewis Green, Joshua Guy, Alexander Hatfield, Moses Holderman, John Jennings, Henry King, Samuel M Lowe, John Maybroll, Jonothan McCabe, John McCain, James McCarter, Simpson McCleary, Robert McCormick, William McNair, Moses Miller, James Montgomery, William Newcom, George Newcorn, John Petticrew, James Riffle, David Robinson, Andrew Rowan, John Smith, Abraham Smith, Ira Sunderland, Daniel Vanasdel, William Vanscoys, William Wallaston, George Ward, George Watton, Samuel Worley,...

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Roll Of Capt. Samuel Myers’ Company

(Probably from Fayette County) Served from July 26, until August 16, 1813 Capt. Samuel Myers Lieut. David Allen Ensign, John Popejoy Sergt. Arnold Richards Sergt. John Harrod Sergt. James Harvey Sergt. Solomon Parker Corp. Shreve Pancoast Corp. James Davis Corp. Michael Hawk Corp. Charles White Drummer, Armsted Carder Privates Allen, Elijah Allen, James Busick, George Campbell, Joseph Campbell, Runey Dickison, Isaac Dickison, Jacob Dickison, Jonothan Harrod, Samuel Henderson, James Hinckle, Daniel McCafferty, James McGowan, James Page, John Rozell, James Smith, John Stout, William Stutch, Jesse Thomas, Joseph Thompson, James Westfall,...

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Roll Of Capt. Clement Triford’s Company

(Probably from Fayette County) Served from July 26, until August 16, 1813. Capt. Clement Triford Lieut. Bazzel Cleavenger Sergt. David Hayes Sergt. John Cooper Corp. John Grubb Corp. Jacob Pallman Drummer, John P. Newman Privates Alexander, David Blue, Jacob Blue, John Blue, Peter Cradle, John fCompton, George Gragg, George Gragg, Reuben Hayes, William McArthur, John McDonald, Thomas Parker, Nathan Pool, Thomas Wilcox,...

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