Jonathan Custard, one of Lima's esteemed retired
citizens, whose period of residence covers almost a half century, was
born in November 17, 1834, in Tuscarawas County, Ohio, and is a son of
Daniel Custard was born in Maryland. When he was 10 years old,
his people moved to Pennsylvania and later to Tuscarawas County, Ohio.
In 1835 he moved to Allen County and lived on a farm in German township,
where he also conducted a small store,until 1856, when he came to Lima
and for some years operated a general supply store on the present site
of the Court House. He was the father of 12 children, of whom our
subject is the only survivor. Daniel Custard died in 1868, aged 83
years. In politics he was a strong Whig and later a Republican.
Jonathan Custard was reared on a farm and was educated in a select
school in Lima. His entrance into business was in the grocery line and
later he was connected with the sewing machine trade. For the past 14
years he has mainly occupied himself in looking after his investments
and large property interests. He has enjoyed traveling with his wife
and daughter and has frequently visited the various points of interest
in California and sojourned at that pleasant Pacific city, Los Angeles.
On January 1, 1857, Mr. Custard was married to Sarah E. Terry, a
daughter of Enos and Delphia (Watson) Terry. Enos Terry was born in
Warren County, Ohio, and came to Allen County in 1830, when the country
was still a wilderness, inhabited by wild beast and Indians. He helped
to lay our what is now the beautiful city of Lima and during this
period, on many occasions, his efficient wife cooked the dinners for the
men engaged in this work. Mrs. Terry was born in Virginia. Enos Terry
was the pioneer nurseryman of Allen County and was engaged in that
business almost the whole of his active life. Four children were born
to Mr. and Mrs. Custard and of these two are now living, namely: Edwin
K., of Toledo, Ohio, and Delphia Terry. The other two, who died in
infancy, were: Lillie Ann, born November 1, 1858, and deceased January
2, 1863; and Daniel Enos, born May 5, 1862, and deceased June 4, 1863.
Edwin K. Custard was married in April, 1887, to Nellie Dunsby, who was
born in England and has lived in America since she was four years of
age. They have had five children, as follows: Jonathan, Leonise,
Madeline, Ocia and Edwin Coldor, deceased. Delphia Terry Custard was
married on November 30, 1905, to Frank J. Wurmser, of Lima. Mr. Wurmser
is a native of Findlay, Ohio. The family are embers of Trinity
Methodist Episcopal Church of Lima, which Mr. Custard served as an
official for 17 years.
Both the Custards and the Terry families have been identified with
the development of Allen County for a great many years. Mr. and Mrs.
Custard have a fund of interesting reminiscences of the early days in
Allen County. Mrs. Custard remembers hearing her parents tell of their
removal from Lebanon, Ohio, into the wilderness of Allen County. They
came in covered wagon, which they had stocked with supplies designed to
comfortably support them for a year, but a large part of these went to
feed the hungry Indians who came begging, Mrs. Terry fearing to refuse
Portraits of Mr. and Mrs. Custard accompany this sketch, being
shown on a preceding page.