Madison Township: Pages 606 - 608
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Henry HURSH was born January 17, 1824, in Wayne Township, and is the son of Martin and Susannah HURSH, who came to this county about the year 1823. They were natives of Pennsylvania, and on coming here settled in the south-east quarter of Section 20, Wayne Township, about nine miles north of Hamilton, where they resided for a number of years. In addition to his occupation as a farmer he was also engaged as a distiller. Both he and his wife are now dead, the father reaching the age of eighty-seven, and the mother seventy-five. Henry HURSH was married October 13, 1847, in Madison Township, to Susan C. SNYDER, daughter of John and Susannah SNYDER, who came to this county at a very early period. She was born October 3, 1826. They have four children. Eliza J. HALDERMAN was born October 26, 1848; John A., February 6, 1852; Samuel M. S., November 19, 1853; Mary C. A. HINKLE, October 26, 1858. John SNYDER was a teamster in the War of 1812. The cold was so intense at one time, that the men formed a circle in the snow, and kept up a lively walk all night to keep them from freezing to death. He narrowly escaped from drowning in crossing a floating bridge of logs, having scarcely reached the other side with his four-horse team before the bridge floated down the river. Mr. SNYDER was eighty-two years and ten months old when he died.

Henry HURSH was brought up a farmer until he entered the tailor shop of John GRISMERE as an apprentice. In the Spring and Summer of 1844 Mr. HURSH was employed as a clerk in a dry-goods and grocery store by an uncle of his in Preble County. Business did not prove very brisk, so he concluded to make a change. In the Fall he taught a term in the Nine-Mile district in Wayne Township, receiving forty dollars for thirteen weeks. In 1845 he set up a tailor shop in Trenton, meeting with good success. In 1846 he removed to Jacksonburg, continuing in the same business until 1851. Finding that his health was becoming impaired, he abandoned the trade and went back to farming. Mr. HURSH is passionately fond of music. He could sing almost any thing at five years of age, and at ten learned how to handle the fife and flute. Applying himself to the study of vocal music during the Winter season of the year, he became initiated in the business of teaching at a very early period of his life. and has continued the same more or less for thirty-nine years. He has taught from one to eight quarters in eight different churches, twenty-seven different school-houses, and five or six private houses, these places being located in the counties of Butler, Warren, Montgomery, Preble, and Darke. He has been residing on his present farm for twenty-six years. It is the birth-place of his wife, and is located in the neighborhood of Elk Creek, three miles north-west of Middletown.

Jonas HECK was born August 20, 1805, in Maryland, and is the son of John HECK and Margaret WOLF. They came to this county in 1805. The grandfather, Frederick WOLF, was in the Revolutionary War, and was paid off in continental money, but so much had it depreciated that he gave one hundred dollars after the war for a black silk handkerchief. Jonas HECK was married on the 24th of May, 1827 to Magdalene BUCK, daughter of Christopher BUCK and Eve HAYSE, who became residents of this county in 1815. They have had eleven children. Salome KERR was born December 24, 1827; Elizabeth SHORTLE, same day, now dead; Catherine SORBER, September 11, 1830; Henry, November 23, 1832, died August 4, 1851 Phebe, February 18, 1835, died July 7, 1846; Ann, August 4, 1837, died October 7, 1838; Benjamin F., July 23, 1839; Francis M., December 9, 1841; John, May 8, 1844; Magdalene J., August 26, 1846, died August 6, 1851; Jonas, September 2, 1849, died July 20, 1851. Mr. HECK was supervisor for two years, and was superintendent of the free pikes for two years. He is a farmer. He has been a member of the old-school Baptist Church since 1850, and his wife, since she was sixteen, has been a member of the Lutheran Church.

KRAMER, MOULTER, WILLEM, GLASS (Madison Twp., p. 606)
Henry KRAMER was born in Germany August 21, 1831. His parents were Frank and Eve KRAMER. The latter had previously been married, and her name was MOULTER. Mr. KRAMER settled in this county in 1854, and was married the day after Easter in 1855, in Hamilton, to Mary Ann WILLEM, daughter of Frederick WILLEM and Margaret GLASS. She was born in Germany August 1, 1831. They have had four children. Bernard was born September 22, 1856; Ida, July 13, 1861; Frank. March 4, 1864; and Henry, May 30, 1871.

KEMP, WILSON, RANDALL (Madison Twp., p. 606)
Amos KEMP was born on the farm on which he now lives, Range 4, Township 2, Section 17, in 1839. He is a farmer, and is the son of Daniel KEMP and Agnes WILSON, both now being dead. He was married in 1880 to Julia RANDALL, daughter of Joseph RANDALL.

LONG, MENEELY, SQUIER, SNIVELY, HIRSH (Madison Twp., pp.606-607)
John Barnet LONG was born in New York State in 1812, being the son of Barnet LONG and Christina LONG. They came from Pennsylvania. He is a farmer. He settled in this county May 10, 1822, and was married in 1833 to Delilah Ann MENEELY, daughter of George and Delilah MENEELY, who was born in Madison Township in 1814. They have had seven children. Elizabeth was born October 23, 1834; Mary Ann, February 1, 1836; William B., in 1837; John W., in 1842; Eliza, in 1847; Hetty, in 1850; and Ellen, in 1854. Mr. LONG was supervisor in 1877, 1880, and 1881. His father, Barnet LONG, was in the Revolutionary War, when eighteen years old, as drum-major. William B. LONG was in the war of 1861 three years, and John W. LONG was in the hundred-days' service in 1864. William B. LONG himself was in the Thirty-fifth Regiment.

Hampton H. LONG was born in the township he now lives in on the 8th of January, 1843. He is the son of John G. LONG and Hannah SQUIER, both natives of the township. He married Maria E. S. SNIVELY, daughter of Henry SNIVELY and Catherine HIRSH. Mrs. LONG was born in Wayne Township, January 9, 1850, and was married to Mr. LONG, October 14, 1868. They have four children: Henry D., Letha S., Fannie M., and John G. Mr. LONG is a Mason, and has risen to a very high rank in that society. He has taken thirty-two degrees, and there is but one for him to attain. That can only be procured by going to Edinburgh, Scotland. Mr. LONG is a large stockholder, and has on his place the most remarkable mound in the county. It is elsewhere described.

LAW, SHROYER, HINDS, SMITH (Madison Twp., p. 607)
James LAW, farmer, was born in Virginia, November 8, 1802, and settled in this county in 1804. He was married first to Elizabeth SHROYER, and second, to Christian A. HINDS. His children are John F., born February 12, 1833; Calvin D., April 9, 1834; Mary Ann SMITH, February 9, 1837; William, November 3, 1838; Jane, April 19, 1842; Catherine J., March 29, 1848; Christiana, September 23, 1851; James, August 1, 1854; and Elizabeth, November 1, 1856. , Mr. LAW's father, Francis LAW, was drafted in the British army, and deserted to the Americans. Of Mr. LAW's children, Calvin D., William, and Jane are dead.

John L. LONG was born in Lemon Township, December, 30, 1831, and is the son of Silas LONG and Sarah MARSHALL. The father came here in 1809, but the mother was born here. He is a farmer. He was married on the 29th of December, 1853, in Madison Township, at her father's house to Susan SHARTLE, daughter of Daniel SHARTLE and Sarah LINGLE, who arrived in this neighborhood in 1814. She was born June 27, 1833. They have had five children. Sallie E. MARTS was born September 22,.1855; Samuel M., September 18, 1857; Mary Ellen SMITH, November 14, 1860; Ida May, June 6, 1864; and William B., March 12, 1869. Mr. LONG has been a school director for fifteen years. His father, Silas LONG, belonged to a light infantry company during the War of 1812, but was never called out. His grand-father, David LONG, was scalped by the Indians, but was not killed. Silas LONG came to this county from Pennsylvania at the age of twelve settling here on the farm where his, son, John L. LONG, now lives. When, he came there was not a stick cut on the place, but he succeeded in clearing the farm by hard work. At the time of Morgan's raid John L. LONG went out with the militia to catch him, but did not succeed.

Samuel M. LONG was born April 14, 1820, in Lemon Township, and was the son of Silas and Sarah (MARSHALL) LONG. The father was a native of Virginia, and came to Ohio in the fifth year of his age, living in Kentucky before coming to this State. His mother was born in the county. His father was a farmer, dying in Lemon Township, where he had taken up a section of land, on the 27th of October, 1879, aged eighty-two. Mr. LONG was educated in the common schools, and remained at home on the farm until he was twenty-two years of age. He learned the blacksmith's trade, at which he worked in Middletown for two years. He then engaged in farming in 1846, leasing, a farm in Madison Township, which he now occupies -- one hundred and fifty acres. He deals in stock, grain, horses, etc. In 1872 he was elected county commissioner, and re-elected in 1876, serving altogether six years with credit. He is an active and earnest politician, attending all conventions, county and State. He is a Democrat. During the war he took an active part in aiding the government.

He married Miss Lydia A. WALTER, the daughter of John S. and Anna WALTER, of New Jersey, then of Madison Township. Both parents are dead. Mr. WALTER was an excellent jeweler by trade, and followed that occupation for many years. He was of the same family as the first mayor of New York, Robert WALTER, of whom Mr. LONG has an oil-painting in his house. Mr. and Mrs. LONG have three -living children and two dead. The oldest, Philip S., died in 1865. The other children are John W., Charles H., 'and William S.

David MARTS was born in Madison Township, Butler County, June 15, 1815. -His parents were Abraham MARTS and Mary REED, who moved into this county in 1808. His grandfather-David MARTS, was at the battle of Brandywine, and Abraham, his father, was in the War of 1812. The latter moved into the township when very little had been done towards rescuing it from the primitive condition in which it was first known, and the log cabins were some distance apart.

Mr. MARTS has been three times married. The first time was to Mary SNYDER, daughter of Samuel SNYDER and Catherine WEAVER. Her parents came into the county in 1807. The second was to Catherine SNYDER, daughter of Daniel and Catherine SNYDER. Her parents came here in 1815. The third wife was Elizabeth SCHOTT, daughter of Daniel SCHOTT and Sarah LINGLE. By these unions he has become the father of eleven children. Abram was born in 1836; Samuel, in 1838; Catherine CARSON, 1840; Mary GEBHART, 1842; Sarah JOHNS, 1844; John W., 1846; SNYDER, 1848; David J., 1850; Willard, 1852; Charles, 1854; and Ida LONG, 1856. Mr. MARTS has been township treasurer twenty years, county commissioner six years, and in 1860 and 1880 appraised the real estate of Madison Township. He is a farmer. All his children are dead except Mary GEBHART, David J., and Ida LONG.

MARTIN, WHITE, LIPPINCOTT, WOOLLEY (Madison Twp., p. 608) Mrs. Gertrude MARTIN was born in Monmouth County, New Jersey. Her parents were Garret M. WHITE and Rebecca LIPPINCOTT. Her grandfather LIPPINCOTT and her father were both in the Revolutionary War. Mr. MARTIN has had eight children. John was born August 16 1830, and died at three years of age; Lucien, February 4, 1833; Rebecca, November 5, 1855; William O., March 24, 1838; Mary E., September 16, 1840; Garret M. W., February 26, 1844; Francis M. and George B., April 27, 1846, and Martha Jane, August 28, 1848. William O. MARTIN was a member of the Eighty-third Ohio, and lost one finger at the battle of Arkansas Post, and Garret M. W. MARTIN was taken sick at Paris, Kentucky, and was discharged before the close of the war. Two of Mrs. MARTIN's cousins, Amos and Derrick WOOLLEY, were in the Mexican War.

MOYER, SHAFFER, SMITH, JUDY (Madison Twp., p. 608)
John MOYER was born in Gratis Township, Preble County, Ohio, July 22, 1826, being the son of John MOYER and Catherine SHAFFER. His wife, Catherine SMITH, was the daughter of John SMITH and Mary JUDY, and was born in Montgomery County, December 14, 1828, where they were married in 1859. They have three children. Ida Eleanor was born October 21, 1860; Mary Catherine, June 9, 1863; John C. L., May 11, 1865. Mr. MOYER was supervisor for four years.

LINGLE, HAROFF, MIZELY (Madison Twp., p.608)
John H. LINGLE was born on the farm where he now lives August 8, 1837, being the son of Thomas LINGLE and Mary Barbara HAROFF, who came to Butler County in 1806. He is a farmer. He was married on the 24th of December, 1863, to Elizabeth Jane MIZELY, daughter of Adam Clark MIZELY and Lydia, who came here in the year 1845, from Pennsylvania. Mr. MIZELY, who was a Methodist minister, and three brothers-in-law were in the War of the Rebellion from 1862 to the close of the war. First Sergeant Abraham MIZELY died at Camp Dennison, at the age of twenty-five years; Augustus MIZELY and William H. MIZELY are dead, the latter at twenty years, of age. Mr. and Mrs. LINGLE have five children. Catherine E. was born April 15, 1865; Mary Susan, September 13, 1867; Lydia Eleanor, June 10, 1871; Ida May, January 9, 1873; and Charles Sandford, August 7, 1880. John LINGLE, Mr. LINGLE'S grandfather, came from Pennsylvania in the year 1806, and lived under an oak tree for six weeks, as his neighbors were too few to raise a cabin sooner. He played with the Indians for two years. Bears, wolves, and panthers were in abundance then in Madison Township. Barbara LINGLE has a German book, called Nicodemus, published in 1734, and another called the Martyrs, published in 1740.

MOSIMAN, SMITH, KINSINGER (Madison Twp., p.608)
Christian MOSIMAN, the son of Christian MOSIMAN, Sen., and Barbara SMITH, was born in Milford, Township,. March 12, 1841, and was married on the 16th of November, 1865, to Anna KINSINGER, daughter of John KINSINGER and Barbara P. SMITH She was born in Fairfield Township, May 24,,1848, her parents coming here in 1831, as did those also of Mr. KINSINGER. They have eleven children. Mary E., the oldest, was born August 17, 1866; Samuel, December 17, 1867; Salvena, June 26, 1869; Levina, June 26, 1870; Barbara Helen, February 6, 1872; Leanna, October 18, 1873; Louisa, April 7, 1875; John Reuben, December 21, 1876; Edison and William, October 15, 1878, and Ezra, November 28, 1880. Mr. MOSIMAN has been school-director, being elected in 1879. He is a farmer, and has a well-cultivated place. He is a member of the Mennonite Church.

Jacob Fred. MULLER, born at Hombarch, in Germany, is the son of Jacob MULLER and Elizabeth DEUSCHER. The father died in Germany, but the mother came to this country in 1860. Her son had reached here in 1855. He was married in Dayton on the 9th of May, 1872, to Louisa Margaret REGNER, daughter of Caspar REGNER and Johanna HAFER. She is a native of Gaildorf, Germany, where her parents both died. They have no children. By a previous wife he had one child, Catherine, born on the 27th of November, 1855. Mrs. MULLER was also previously married. Her husband was Philip THIELMANN, and she had by him three children. Philip was born September 19, 1863; Anna, October 26, 1864; and Louis, January 7, 1871. They are all living with Mr. MULLER, who is a hard-working, farmer. His father died after leaving Germany, when the son returned and brought over his mother. His wife was left an orphan at the age of fifteen, and went out to service, at which she stayed for nineteen years, when her sister-in-law sent her the money to come to this country. She is a member of the Lutheran Church, and her husband a member of the German Reformed.

MILLER, REED (Madison Twp., p. 608)
Charles MILLER, son of Matthias and Bashaby MILLER, both old settlers of this county, was born in Wayne Township, April 2, 1813 and was married November 9, 1834, to Katy Belford REED, daughter of John and Hannah REED, and born October 22, 1814. They have had seven children. Samuel was born August 16, 1835; Maria Thomas, July 23, 1837; Clark, September 10, 1839; Hanna J., December 19, 1842; Charles C., April 30, 1845; Matthias, June 6, 1847, and James Francis, March 9, 1850. Clark MILLER enlisted in an Illinois Regiment and served three years. Charles MILLER, the father, is a farmer. He has been a supervisor.

MCCRACKEN, GAUKER, RICKARD (Madison Twp., pp. 608-609)
Eliza Ellen MCCRACKEN was born in Madison Township June 2, 1836. She is the daughter of George GAUKER and Susan RICKARD, the father now being dead. Her grandfather, Anthony RICKARD, served through the War of 1812. George GAUKER was born in Mercersburg, Berks County, Pennsylvania, December 25, 1776, and settled about a mile north-west of Trenton, on what is Yet known as the GAUKER farm, in 1807, where he resided until the time of his death, August 31, 1858. His wife still lives, at the advanced age of ninety-two. Mrs. MCCRACKEN has had four children. Mary A. was born February 7, 1855; John E., November 5, 1856; William S., November 9, 1858; and Charles S., November 6, 1860.