Location: Highland County OH

Biography of Samuel Ervin

Samuel Ervin, retired hardware merchant, large land owner, and a resident of Tuscola, was born in Hillsboro, Highland County, Ohio, in 1844. He was reared and educated in his native County and in 1865 came vest and located in Tuscola. He and a younger brother were associated in business together up to 1893, when he retires. He owns five hundred and sixty acres of land that extends up to the corporate limits of Tuscola. In 1871 Mr. Ervin was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Beach, who wits born on Staten Island. She died in T894. To their marriage were born two children: Pearl, who is the wife of C. S. Wardall. The other daughter is in college. Samuel Ervin is a son of William B. Ervin, now deceased. The ancestry of the Ervins is traced back to the great-grand father of Samuel, Thomas Ervin, a native of Ireland and member of the Presbyterian Church, who was by occupation a bleacher of linen. He was a man of means, emigrated to this country in 1771, and purchased a farm in Chester County, Pennsylvania, residing there until his death. His wife was a daughter of the Scottish house of Monteith, which aided the mission of William Wallace so nobly and espoused the cause of Bruce. Jurad, the father of William B. Ervin, was born in 1758 and was thirteen years...

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Biography of William Henry Canaday

It is fitting that in a work that purports to accord to the leading citizens of Harney county representation there should be special mention of the well known business man whose name heads this article and who has labored in our midst for a number of years, gaining a good success and making for himself a name and standing which are enviable. Madison Canaday was born in Hillsboro, Highland county, Ohio, on October 21, 1831, and when a boy went with his parent to Illinois and then to Iowa, whence they crossed the plains with ox teams in 1852. They settled in Douglas county, Oregon, the parents taking a donation claim. Later they removed to Yam Hill county. Miss Sarah E. Abbott was born near Springfield, Missouri, in 1842, and started across the plains with ox teams in 1852, having traveled to Texas and returned to Missouri in 1844. The train was a large on and the dreaded cholera attacked them and her father was the first victim to succumb to that terrible disease, passing away on June 9. Before the journey was completed the mother died also, the date being September 30, and she sleeps near where Baker City now stands. Thus from the happy eastern home this child was left an orphan on the dreary plains. She came on to Yam Hill county, Oregon. There she met and...

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Biography of Lew E. Stevenson

Lew E. Stevenson. The village and community of St. Joseph have had no citizen whose work and interests have been more closely identified with the general welfare than Lew E. Stevenson. His home has been there for forty years, and almost continuously during that time he was in business in the village, but has kept in close touch with the agricultural development as well. He has given liberally of his thought and purpose to the upbuilding of local institutions, particularly the Methodist Episcopal Church, of which he is now the only surviving original trustee. Mr. Stevenson was born in Highland County, Ohio, April 21, 1850, by which token he is by no means an old man. His parents were Elisha and Nancy A. (Keelor) Stevenson, both natives of Ohio. His mother was born near Hillsboro, Ohio, a town notable for the fact that it was the birthplace of the little organization which has now expanded into an international instrumentality of good^ the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union. On October 6, 1854, when Lew E. Stevenson was four and a half years of age, his father arrived in Urbana, bringing with him his wife and five children. Elisha Stevenson was one of the capable pioneer farmers of Urbana Township, and spent the rest of his days in this locality. He was the father of thirteen children, seven sons and six daughters,...

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Biography of George S. Smith, Rev.

Rev. George S. Smith. The career of George S. Smith had led him into various of life’s activities. He had wielded the implements of destruction as a soldier in his country’s services, had preached the gospel of peace and good will as a minister of the Christian Church, had manipulated the tools of the agriculturist in the cultivation of the soil, and had represented his fellow citizens in legislative halls. In each avenue of endeavor he had handled himself worthily and had discharged his duties faithfully, and this fact alone would entitle him to representation among the leading citizens of Ottawa County. George S. Smith was born in Highland County, Ohio, November 5, 1841, a son of Samuel and Margaret (Bell) Smith. The Smith family originated in Scotland, being a part of the old and honored Stowe or Stough stock, while the Bells originated in England and came to America with William Penn. Samuel Smith was born June 23, 1816, near Uniontown, Fayette County, Pennsylvania, and died at Detroit, Pike County, Illinois, August 28, 1857. He was reared and married in his native country, where for some years he was engaged in farming, but in 1840 went to Illinois as a pioneer of Pike County. While farming was his principal vocation, he was a man of far more than ordinary education and for a number of years combined school...

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Biography of John W. Minnick

JOHN W. MINNICK. – In the person of the subject of this sketch we have one of the leading men of Union county, both in matters of business and of prominence in development and progress of that which is for the interests of all citizens. Forceful, energetic and wide awake, he has made his influence felt not alone in the enterprises of business where he is universally successful, but also in the conventions and newspapers of the county, being recognized as one of the most vigorous and telling local writers of the county, thus casting an influence that is both potent and salutary. Highland county, Ohio, is his birthplace and September 15, 1849, the date that he first saw the light, being the son of Samuel and Phoebe (Hyatte) Minnick, natives respectively of Reckbridge county, Virginia, and Ohio, and early pioneers of the latter state. In 1857 the family came to Jasper county, Iowa, and there the father died, but the mother is still living at the home place. The opportunities for early education were limited and John W. was obliged to make up for the lack by more careful attention and personal research for himself, which has given him a fund of information both practical and comprehensive. At the age of sixteen he engaged as brakeman on the Rock Island Railroad in Iowa, served for five months and...

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Biographical Sketch of Homer H. McKeehan

McKeehan, Homer H.; lawyer; born, Hillsboro, O., June 27, 1870; son of Milton and Sarah Foraker McKeehan; Ohio Wesleyan University, B. A.; married, Hillsboro, 0., Dec. 16, 1896, Nancy Spaeger; one daughter; member law firm Hoyt, Dustin, Kelley, McKeehan & Andrews; member Union, Country, Mayfield, Euclid, and Athletic Clubs, and (I.K...

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Biographical Sketch of Thomas H. Hogsett

Hogsett, Thomas H.; corporation lawyer; born, Highland County, O., May 17, 1858; son of John N. and Hanah E. Hughes Hogsett; educated, common and high schools and private teachers; studied law in the office of Hon. Charles H. Collins, in Hillsboro, completing law course in Cincinnati Law School, in 1882; admitted to bar that year, but owing to ill health, did not begin practice until 1883; married, Columbus, Neb., June 8, 1883, Miss Rebecca Jones; issue, one daughter, Edith, and one son, Robert; in 1883, practiced law in Hillsboro; two years in practice with the late Judge Albert G. Mathews; then associated with Judge Samuel F. Steel, of Hillsboro; in 1895, came to Cleveland, and formed partnership with Judge G. B. Solders, at the end of three years appointed by Mayor Farley a director of law for the city; had this position during the Farley administration, then formed partnership with M. B. & H. H. Johnson, devoting his time to corporation practice; two terms director of the Chamber of Commerce, and connected with the Municipal Ass’n; by appointment of ex-Gov. Harris served on the Ohio Tax Commission; member Ohio and Cleveland Bar Ass’n; trustee Calvary Presbyterian Church; member Union, Euclid, and Columbus Clubs. Recreations: Golf and Horseback...

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Biographical Sketch of Ralph D. Mitchell

Mitchell, Ralph D.; lake transportation; born. Marine City, Mich., Dec. 5, 1878; son of John and Mary Rowell Mitchell; educated, University School, 1902-1908, Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass., 1908-1909, Yale University; married, Hillsboro, 0.; June 20, 1907, Helen Boyd; one son and two daughters; since 1902, engaged in vessel business on the lakes with his father; vice pres. Cleveland. Steamship Co.; pres. Gathwick Steamship Co.; sec’y Miller Ore Co., and Winston Coal Co.; director Sedalia Coal & Mining Co., and Edward Mnfg. Co.; member Union, Tavern, and Euclid Clubs, and Chamber of...

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Biography of Frank R. Glascock

After many years of activity in real estate circles of Haskell, Frank R. Glascock is now living retired at the age of seventy, having through industry, ability and perseverance accumulated a substantial competence which enables him to rest from further labor. He is a native of Ohio, his birth having occurred in Highland County on the 22d of February, 1851, and his parents were Joseph and Alcinda (Stone) Glascock, the former of whom was born in Culpeper County, Virginia. On starting out in life for himself Frank R. Glascock engaged in farming and merchandising at Hillsboro, Ohio, for a number of years, later removing to Wichita, Kansas, and subsequently to Garden Plain, becoming one of the pioneer settlers and up-builders of that place. He organized the first bank and also established the first grain elevator there and remained one of the foremost business men of that locality until 1906, when he came to Haskell, where he has since made his home. For many years he was connected with realty interests of this city and in association with his two daughters, Nellie C. and Sarah S., organized the Creek Land & Loan Company, while subsequently John McLemore became a member of the firm, with which he is still identified. This is one of the leading real estate agencies of the city and Mr. Glascock continued active in its control for...

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Minnick, John W. – Obituary

The funeral of John W. Minnick took place Sunday afternoon, August 21, from the M. E. Church, sermon by Rev. L. A. Cook. Services at the grave by the Knight of Pythias and the Odd Fellows. John Wesley Minnick was born near Leesburg, Ohio, Sept. 15th, 1849. At the age of six years he moved with his parents to Monroe, Iowa, where he spent his early boyhood. Following many of his friends, the call of the west was strong, and he started West, going as far as Evanston and Hilliard, Wyoming, where during the winter of 1865 and the spring of 1866 he worked at the charcoal pits at Hilliard and there met Mary Davis, who later became his wife, they being married at Evanston, Wyoming, June 15th, 1866. He returned to Oskaloosa, Iowa, two years later. The lure of the West again became strong and in May 1878 he started overland for the Williamette Valley, Ore., by prairie schooner, joining an emigrant train for Boise, Idaho, following the now famous Oregon Trail. Arriving in Grande Ronde Valley, they planned a visit to Mrs. Minnick’s parents in High Valley. One of the mules becoming side and disabled, husband and wife decided to make it their permanent home. At the High Valley home five children were born. Jessier Woolever, the oldest, of Newberg, Ore., was born at Oskaloosa, Iowa, Sept....

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Roll Of Capt. G. W. Barrere’s Company (Cavalry.)

(Probably from Highland County) Served from April 30, 1812, until May 6, 1813. Capt. G. W. Barrere Lieut. John Davidson Ensign John Elliott Sergt. Sovereign Brown Sergt. Peter Hoop Sergt. Robert Hunter Sergt. Benjamin Eakins Corp. Henry Addison Corp. David N. Gardner Corp. Gideon Jackson Corp. William Davidson Bugler, Wm. Stockton Privates Badgley, Robert Barden, George Barnes, Jacob Barngrover, George Boatman, Elias Bond, Henry Borden, David Borden, Jacob Borden, John Bowman, John Campton, Robert Campton, William Charles, Andrew Colvin, John Davidson, John Duckwall, John Eakins, St. Clear Gibler, John Gibler, Phillip Grisley, Levi Hair, John Hill, William Hoffman, Jacob Hough, Paton Jackson, James Losler, John Malcom, James Malcom, Samuel McKinley, Robert McQuinty, William Morrow, Robert, Jr. Morrow, Robert, Sr. Moury, Samuel Nelson, William Nesbit, Robert Osborn, Enoch Parkison, George Roberts, Joshua Robison, George Robison, William Ross, John Sanderson, William Swaim, Joseph Welkins,...

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Roll Of Capt. Moses Patterson’s Mounted Company

(Probably from Highland County) Served from September 14, until October 14, 1812. Capt. Moses Patterson Lieut. David Strain Ensign Samuel Evans Sergt. Augustus Richards Sergt. James Rodgers Sergt. Joseph Patterson Sergt. John McConnel Corp. John Thornton Corp. Price Evans Corp. James Jolly Corp. Samuel McConnel Privates Adair, George Blair, John Buckham, Thomas Connell, John Davies, Jacob Evans, Dan Finch, Josiah Flinn, Joshua Frame, George Harper, James Hedd, Bigges Hinton, Evans Jolly, David Keys, William Lamb, Maxwell McConnel, James McMunn, William Midseker, David Monn, William Morrow, William Pittenger, Nicholas Rapp, David Riddick, Samuel D Smalley, Joseph Strain, John R. Swartz, Henry Swartz, Sebastian Tayler, William Templin, Peter Wilson,...

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Roll Of Capt. Joel Bereman’s Company

(Probably from Highland Co.) Served from March 28, until September 28, 1812. Capt. Joel Bereman Lieut. Hugh Rodgers Ensign Peter Cooley Sergt. James Heslet Sergt. William Black Sergt. Nathan Roansevell Corp. Jesse Williams Corp Robert Fitzpatrick Corp. Jacob Metzgar Corp. William Rion Corp. John Hoop Privates Beard, John R Bryan, Jesse Burns, James Coe, Joseph Cosby, Stith Dick, Quintin Eavans, Samuel Edgington, Joseph Fitzpatrick, John Gibson, Samuel Haigh, Job Hilderbrand, David Hix, Nathan Hoffman, Phelix Hoop, John Kelso, Michael McGowan, John McRight, James Shoomaker, Solomon Steward, Willson Strain, William Sturin, Thomas Watts,...

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Roll Of Capt. John Jones’ Company

(Probably from Ross and Highland Counties.) Served from July 29, until September 8, 1813 Capt. John Jones Lieut. Alexander Morrow Ensign Samuel Kilgore Sergt. John Robbins Sergt. Robert Duncan Sergt. John King Sergt. Henry Anderson Corp. Richard P. Johnson Corp. Jeremiah Lane Corp. Frederick Dueknall Corp. Thomas Coffey Privates Adams, David Anderson, Balaam, Baldwin, Richard Bell, Charles Benton, Moses Brackney, Ell Bronce, Frederick Byles, Thomas Caps, James Caw, Nathaniel Chaney, Gabriel Charweater, Thomas Collins, James Cupps, William Currey, Nathaniel Garret, Charles Grad, James Hicks, Moses Hoten, James Hunt, Ira Hutsenpeller, John Johnson, James Johnson, Larkin Johnson, Simeon Jones, Thomas Kingery, Benjamin Leaverton, Wilson Mathews, Ira McMillen, William, N. Miller, Isaac Milligan, James Moore, Elijah Morris, John Perkins, Andrew Potter, George Reece, Hiram Richardson, Samuel Sharp, Henry Shukey, Christian Spence, Robert Stewart, William Thornberry, Abel Trop, Henry Wever, Stephen Wilson, Benjamin Wright, James Wright, John Jr. Wright, John, Sr. Wright,...

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Roll Of Capt. Thomas Wisbey’s Company

(Probably from Highland Co.) Served from July 29, until August 19, 1813. Capt. Thomas Wisbey Lieut. Nathaniel Campbell Ensign Jacob Moury Sergt. Isaac Collins Sergt. Thomas McCoy Corp. Samuel W. Finley Corp. Andrew Badgley Privates Bell, Andrew Boatman, George Chapman, Asabel Chapman. Isaac Coffman, Phillip Duncan, Amos Gibler, Daniel Gossett, John Lantz, Henry Lantz, John Ross, Isaiah Ross, St. Clair Sloan, James Stoot, Jacob Super,...

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