Location: Knox County OH

Genealogy of George Spracklin

George Spracklin, son of Peter Spracklin and Elizabeth Andrews,¬†continued living in Dudley Township, Hardin Co., Ohio. There he met Arloa Turner Minor and was married 9 April 1840, Knox Co., Ohio. In December of 1864 George bought land here in Shelby Co., Illinois in Drypoint Township. He paid $3680 for 200 acres south of Lakewood, Ill; in 1865, he and his family lived in Edwards County, Ill. before moving to Shelby County. By 1868 George owned 300 acres in Shelby County. Arloa, George’s wife, died in July, 1892 and is buried in Red Bank Cemetery, land formerly owned by George Spracklin. By the time George died in 1902, he had parceled out much of the land to his and Arloa’s children. He left an estate of 70 acres of land in Edwards County, Ill.; 70 acres of land in Shelby County, Ill., valued at $3750.00; one house and 6 lots in Lakewood Ill. and $3000 worth of personal property. His cash on hand at death was $617.50 with $1572.18 owed him in loans. On that record Peter J. Spracklin, a resident of Hardin Co., Ohio, 30 Dec. 1902, stated that he had cared for George Spracklin from January 1 to July 1, 1893. Some of his personal or household items were sold on Sept. 25, 1902. These items were: 1 table, 1 bed stead, 1 safe, 1 bureau, 1...

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Biography of Jehiel T. Day

Jehiel T. Day was born near Mt. Vernon, Knox county, Ohio, November 12, 1833. He was reared and grew to manhood in his native place, receiving his primary education in Sloan’s Academy, of Mt. Vernon, which he completed with. a two years’ course in Oberlin College. In his twenty-first year he became a teacher in the district schools, which occupation he alternated with farming, continuing to teach in winter and farm in summer until the dark cloud of civil war hovered over the land in the spring of 1861. In April of that year he laid aside his peaceful pursuits and offered his services in defense of his country, enlisting in Company B, Fourth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, for three months. At the expiration of his term of service he again enlisted, this time casting his lot with Company H, of the gallant Sixty-fifth Ohio, and served until honorably discharged at the close of hostilities. He resumed teaching and farming in his Ohio home, but remained only a short time, when he journeyed westward, and in December, 1866, is found a citizen of Missouri, and early in January of the next year became a resident of Gallatin. After locating in Gallatin, Mr. Day continued his profession of teaching until 1876, in which year he purchased a half interest in the North Missourian, the Republican paper of Gallatin, which lie still...

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Biography of Preston B. Plumb

In the words of his biographer, Preston B. Plumb was a pioneer in Kansas. He was one of the founders of Emporia. He was in the Union army, and both major and lieutenant-colonel of the Eleventh Kansas. He was long United States senator from Kansas. In the Senate he was one of the men who accomplished things. He was the father of the ides of the conservation of the natural resources of America. It was his law that created the National Forest Reserve and extended aid to irrigation and the reclamation of arid lands. Many of the laws on the national statute books were put there by Preston B. Plumb. He was a great man and a great Kansan. No attempt can be made to cover fully the life of this great Kansan in a brief sketch. Here will be found only those details which are the frame work of biography and some reference to the larger work of which his life was an expression. Preston B. Plumb was born at Berkshire, Delaware County, Ohio, October 12, 1837. His parents, David Plumb and Hannah Maria (Bierce) Plumb, were of old New England families, their respective parents having come as pioneers into Ohio. David Plumb was a wagonmaker. As a boy young Plumb put in part of his time in his father’s shop. At the age of twelve, having made...

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Biography of Ephraim Cutler

Ephraim Cutler, known in the early history of Athens county as Judge Cutler, was the oldest son of Dr. Manasseh Cutler, and was born at Edgartown, Duke’s county; Massachusetts, April 12th, 1767. He did not receive A collegiate education, but, being an industrious reader; he acquired during youth considerable mental culture, and a large store of useful knowledge. From the age of three years he lived with his grandparents, at Killingly, Connecticut, both of whom he was wont to mention in after life with great respect and affection. His grandfather was a pure and pious man, and an ardent patriot. In a sketch written long afterward, Judge Cutler says: “I well remember that the express with the news of the battle of Lexington, which was the commencement of the revolutionary struggle, came directly to my grandfather’s house in the night after the battle. He was in bed, and I slept with him. He arose immediately and fired his gun three times, which was, doubtless, the agreed signal, as it was universally expected that there would be an attack from the British. Before sunrise he, with fifteen others, had started for the battlefield. Before leaving he gave a particular charge to his housekeeper to provide carefully for the wants of any soldier who might call during his absence.” In 1787 Mr. Cutler married Miss Leah Atwood, of Killingly, a lady...

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Biography of John C. Carpenter, Col.

Col. John C. Carpenter, retired attorney, veteran of the Civil war, Kansas pioneer, ex-state senator, successful business man and public-spirited citizen, had flgured so conspicuously and honorably in connection with the public interests, business activity and substantial development of Neosho County for forty-six years that no history of this locality would be complete without the record of his career. Throughout his entire life he had been looked upon as a model of integrity and honor, one who had always stood as an example of what determination, combined with the highest degree of integrity, can accomplish for a man of natural ability and strength of charactor. Colonel Carpenter was born at Indiana, the countyseat of Indiana County, Pennsylvania, February 5, 1838, a son of Ephraim and Elizabeth (Shryock) Carpenter, and a member of a family which came originally from England to America during Colonial times and settled in New Hampshire. Ephraim Carpenter was born August 19, 1788, at Sharon, Windsor County, Vermont, and was there reared to young manhood, when he removed to Greensburg, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. There he completed his studies and was admitted to the bar, and shortly thereafter moved to Indiana, Pennsylvania, where he continued in the practice of his calling until his retirement. His death occurred June 10, 1860, at Indiana. Mrs. Carpenter, who was born there January 21, 1797, preceded her husband in death, passing...

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Biography of James H. Richards

Among the prominent lawyers of Boise is Judge James Heber Richards, who has practiced at the bar of this state for nine years, winning an enviable reputation by his erudition, his ability to give to each point of a case its due prominence, his force in argument and his mastery of the intricate problems of jurisprudence. In a witty after-dinner speech Chauncey M. Depew once said, “Some men achieve greatness, some men are born great, and some men are born in Ohio.” The first and last clauses are both applicable to Judge Richards, who is a native of the Buckeye state, his birth having occurred in the town of Mount Vernon, on the 5th of May 1852. He is of English and Scotch descent, his ancestors being among the early settlers of New York and Ohio. They were enterprising, progressive businessmen, and thrifty farmers. The father of the Judge, Daniel Richards, was born in Syracuse, New York, and married Miss Clarissa Allen, a representative of one of the distinguished families of America. Among its members was Colonel Ethan Allen, who in connection with his “Green Mountain Boys” won fame in the Revolutionary war. Her uncle, I. J. Allen, was an intimate friend of John Sherman, a journalist of considerable prominence, later was consul to China, and is now writing on the legal department of the new Standard dictionary. Another...

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Biography of Charles D. Armstrong

In a record of those who have been prominently identified with the development and progress of Latah county it is imperative that definite consideration be granted to the subject of this review, for not only is he a prominent representative of the agricultural interests of this favored section, but has the distinction of being one of the pioneers of the golden west, with whose fortunes he has been identified for fully forty years, concerned with varied industrial pursuits and so ordering his life as to gain and retain the confidence and esteem of his fellow men. Charles Dexter Armstrong is a native of the old Buckeye state, having been born in Knox County, Ohio, on the 22d of January 1834, and being a representative of sterling old southern families. His father, John Armstrong, was born in Owen County, Kentucky, and did valiant service as a soldier in the war of 1812, being a member of an Ohio regiment. As a young man he married Miss Melinda Hinton, a native of the state of Maryland, and soon after their marriage they removed to Ohio, where they established their home and reared a family of eleven children. They were members of the Methodist church and were conscientious and upright in all the relations of life. The mother departed this life in the fifty-fourth year of her age, and the father lived...

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Biography of Robert M. Baker

Robert M. Baker was a pioneer Kansan. Nearly fifty years ago he identified himself with the frontier in Phillips County and helped to develop that wild prairie section into one of the finest agricultural districts of the state. In the year 1900 he moved his home to Topeka, where he lived in retirement until his death. He was born at Mount Vernon, Ohio, in 1839. His father James Baker had a specially adventuresome and interesting career. James was born in the historic town of Battle, forty miles from London, England. As a young man a romantic experience caused him to run away from his home in England and come to America. Here his first employment was in assisting the troops of General Andrew Jackson to erect the breastworks of sand bags and cotton bales at New Orleans to repel the British invasion. A little later he went into Ohio, and there married the young lady on whose account he left England. The late Robert M. Baker grew up in Ohio, received his education there, and during the Civil war he and his brother Wilson did hazardous duty as bridge builder in Sherman’s army, being attached to the pioneer corps. His brothers Isaac and Thomas were privates in the Union army. In 1868 Mr. Baker joined the Missouri Conference of the Methodist Church at Chillicothe, having early in life devoted...

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Biographical Sketch of Frederick B. Ayer

Ayer, Frederick B.; insurance; born, Unity, N. H., Oct. 27, 1874; son of Benjamin F. and Susan V. Bailey Ayer; educated, Preparatory School Kenyon Military Academy, Gambier, O., 1890-91; Williams College, Williamstown, Mass., class of 1896, degree A. B.; married, Ashtabula, O., June 15, 1899, Agnes Louise Goddard; issue, Edwin, born Aug. 2, 1901, Ethel Louise, born Jan. 22, 1905, Margaret, born Nov. 11, 1906; taught school at Kenyon Military Academy Sept., 1896 to June, 1899; principal of school at Versailles, Ky., from Sept., 1899 to May, 1903; May 1, 1903, became associated with Fred P. Thomas in insurance business in Cleveland; vice pres. and director The Fred P. Thomas Co.; member Chamber of Commerce; Delta Upsilon fraternity. Recreations: Tennis, baseball and...

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Biographical Sketch of Webb C. Ball

Ball, Webb C.; jeweler; born in Knox Co., Ohio; married in 1879 to Miss Florence I. Young of Kenton, O.; issue one son and three daughters; at an early age apprenticed to a watch maker to learn the watch making and jewelers’ trade; came to Cleveland in Mch., 1879; for 5 yrs. had been business mgr. of the Dueber Watch Case Mnfg. Co., then located in Cincinnati; head of Railroad Time Inspection System as well as one of the leading merchants of Cleveland; the name Ball today stands for accuracy in construction of Railroad watches; in connection with Railroad inspection service offices are maintained in Cleveland, Chicago and San Francisco; pres. The Webb C. Ball Co.,...

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Biographical Sketch of Albert Harlow Bates

Bates, Albert Harlow; patent lawyer; born, Cincinnati, O., Jan. 24, 1869; son of Cyrus S. and Lavena S. Bates; educated, Kenyon Military Academy, Gambier, O.; Brooks Military Academy, Cleveland; Lehigh University; graduated, 1889, Mechanical Engineer, Ohio State University; graduated, 1892, LL. B.; married, Atlanta, Ga., Oct. 11, 1904, Kathleen Jones; two daughters, Margaret and Elizabeth; one son, Darwin Bates; in 1892-3, in legal dept. of The Brush Electric Co., Cleveland; 1893-96, with Robert H. Parkinson, patent lawyer, Chicago, Ill.; 1897-1905, member the firm of Thurston & Bates, patent lawyers, Cleveland; 1906-9, member firm of Bates, Fonts & Hull, patent lawyers, Cleveland; 1906 to the present time, practicing attorney under the name of Albert H. Bates; member American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and Cleveland Engineering Society, Chamber of Commerce and Psi Upsilon Fraternity; member Athletic, Shaker Heights Country and Cleveland Automobile Clubs. Recreations: Fishing and...

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Biographical Sketch of Frank M. Grant

Grant, Frank M.; electrical contractor; born, Clinton, Ia., Sept. 24, 1868; son of William B. and Sue M. Ball Grant; common country school and two years in High School, Frederickstown, O.; married, Frederickstown, O., July 6, 1892, Cora J. Young; two children, Raymund and Lucille; one of the drafters of the present City Electrical Code; came to Ohio when five years old; spent first twenty years on a farm; five years as teacher of common schools; one year as freight clerk in R. R. office at Columbus, O.; also traveling shoe salesman one year for Columbus shoe house; two years with Citizens Telephone Co., Columbus; then in the employ of Erner-Hopkins, electrical construction, Sept. 8, 1901, came to Cleveland and entered the employ of J. A. Erner, as wireman; formed partnership with W. C. Harrington, Jan. 2, 1907, under the firm name of Harrington & Grant; sec’y and treas. of the Company; charter member, ex-treas. and past grand Anchor Lodge, No. 908, I. 0. 0. F.; member Modern Woodmen; trustee Cleveland Chapter, Sons of Jove; Builders Exchange, sec’y Cleveland Branch, National Electrical Contractors Ass’n. Recreations: Attending Conventions and Short Hunting...

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Biographical Sketch of Harry N. Hill

Hill, Harry N.; gem mgr. The Cleveland Tanning Co., born, Boston, Mass., 1866: son of Hosea E. and Mary Pillsbury Hill; educated, Cleveland Kentucky Grammar school, West High School, Gambier Milner Hall Academy, Kenyon College; married, Cleveland, Sept. 25, 1888, Mary E. Mathivet; four children, three sons and one daughter; since 1899, mgr. of The Cleveland Tanning Co.; pres. The Cleveland Auto Top & Trimming Co., The Tanners Sealher Co. of Newark, N. J.; director The Royal Tourist Car Co.; chairman executive committee of the National Association of Patent and Enameled Sealer Manufacturers; member Chamber of Commerce, Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, Athletic, Automobile, Clifton and Westwood Golf Clubs, of CIeveland, and the Beta Theta Pi College Club, of New...

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Biographical Sketch of Ulysses L. Marvin

Marvin, Ulysses L.; attorney; born, Stow, Summit County, O., March 14, 1839; son of Ulysses and Elizabeth Bradley Marvin; educated, public schools, Twinsburg Academy, Franklin Institute and private tutor; honorary degree, LL. D., Kenyon College; married, Kent, O., Nov. 21, 1861, Dorena Rockwell; died Nov. 1, 1898; married, second time, Cleveland, Sept. 28, 1901, Carrie Ensign; two sons living, George U. and Francis R.; volunteered Aug. 9, 1862; served till Oct. 4, 1865, private, first lieut., capt. and Major by brevet; was wounded twice in battle; began to teach school at age of 16; principal Kent High School 1861-1862; Judge Probate Court, Summit County, 1870-1876, Judge Court Common Pleas, 4th District, Ohio, 1883; Judge Circuit Court, 8th District of Ohio, 1895 to 1913; Judge Court of Appeals, 8th District of Ohio, 1913; practiced law at Kent, O., from November 1865-1867, and at Akron, O., except while holding office, from November, 1867, to February, 1895; took office then as Judge of Circuit Court; member law firm Marvin, Smart, Marvin & Ford; director Sheriff St. Market House & Storage Co., pres. Windimere Realty Co.; vice pres. Bankers Guarantee & Trust Co., Akron, O., trustee Kenyon College; Gambier, O., trustee Lincoln Memorial Institute; member Theta Lawda Phi...

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Biographical Sketch of Louis Albert Koons, Jr.

Koons, Louis Albert, Jr.; florist; born, Massillon, O., Oct. 16, 1881; son of L. A. and Caroline Morgan Koons; educated, Massillon public schools and graduate of High School; attended Kenyon College one year; asst. postmaster at Massillon in 1907; formerly asst. sec’y Cleveland Auto Club; florist and decorator, with The Smith & Fetters Co.; sec’y of Company; member Episcopal Church, Massillon Social Club, Lakeside Country Club, and Cleveland Automobile...

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