Fulton County Historical Atlas
1875 Personal Histories



"Thanks to  Kay Peters Oliver for her time in transcribing these Biographies".
Kay Peters Oliver e-mail at kayoliver@juno.com
Fulton Township- page 11 (page 33 of the original 1875 Atlas)


DANIEL W. FASHBAUGH was born in Tuscarawas County, Ohio in 1829 and married in Michigan in 1852 to Eliza E., daughter of Mathew and Lucena (Dickson) McCaskey.  Their children are:  Isabella E., Nora A., Florence E., Cora M., and Frank W.  John and Elizabeth Angel Fashbaugh, parents of the above, were born, the former in Beaver, the latter in Bedford County, Pennsylvania.  They settled in Fulton County in 1844.  Post-office, Delta.  Business, farmer and apiarian, section 4. (note: This bio actually starts on page 32 and continues on top of page 33)

Hon. JOHN FENTON, member of the Ohio Legislature in 1876 and justice of the peace twelve years, was born in Scotland, in 1825.  His wife, Margaret, daughter of John and Mary (Prentis) Muir, of Scotland, was also born in Scotland in 1828.  They were married in Wood County, Ohio in 1847.  Their children are:  Mary, John M., Robert, Janet, George, Samuel, Frances and Frank.  Mr. Fenton’s parents, John and Elizabeth McGowan were from Ireland and reside in Wood County.  Post-office, Ai.  Business, farmer and representative.

WILLIAM BATDORFF settled in Fulton County in 1841.  He was born in Pennsylvania in 1819, married in Wayne County, Ohio in 1840 to Sarah, daughter of Henry and Hannah Cole of New Jersey who was born in that state in 1822.  Their family consists of six children:  Jane Sheffield, residing in Nebraska; Maria, Eli, Ann, James and William in Fulton County.  Post-office, Delta.  Business, farmer and carpenter, section 4.

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ROBERT WATKINS was born in Stark County in 1810 and married in Wayne County, Ohio in 1844 to Rebecca, daughter of Peter and Mary Zimmerman of Pennsylvania, who was born in Pennsylvania in 1810.  They have three daughters:  Mary, Isabelle and Rachel J.  Mr. Watkins is a son of Robert and Mary (Newhouse) Watkins, the former of Delaware and the latter of Pennsylvania.  He settled in Fulton County in 1834 and cleared the farm on which he now lives.  Post-office, Delta.  Business, farmer, section 3.

JACOB B. MILLER was one of a family of six children:  Daniel, Esther, John, Sarah, Samuel and Jacob, sons and daughters of Christopher and Elizabeth Miller of Pennsylvania who settled in Fulton County in 1846.  He was born in Pennsylvania, December 16, 1828, settled in Fulton County in 1849 and was married in Fulton Township in 1854 to Sarah Watkins who was born in Wayne County, Ohio, April 25, 1835.  Their children are:  John P., (deceased); Levi B., born April 10, 1858, died February 12, 1859; Ida O., born March 30, 1861; Ardilla J., born July 30, 1863; Cora B., born December 24, 1869; Nora D., born December 24, 1869.  Mrs. Miller is a daughter of John and Margaret Watkins, the former of Ohio, the latter of Pennsylvania.  They had eight children:  Christopher M., Richard M., Liza Maria, John Wesley, Mary Ann, Margaret J., Clara A., and Elizabeth.  Mr. Miller had two brothers, George and Samuel in the war of 1861-5.  George died in the army.  Post-office, Swanton.  Business, farming, section 3.

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MINNIE SPAULDING, widow of the later Dexter Spaulding, who was born in Ohio, September 11, 1836 and died May 8, 1874, was born in Ohio, May 6, 1855.  They were married in Fulton County, Ohio in 1869.  Mr. Spaulding left one son:  John A.  Africa and Harriet Spaulding, parents of Dexter Spaulding were natives of Maine and settled in Fulton County in 1835.  Mrs. Spaulding’s parents, John and Angelina (Van Pelt) Cowles were born, the former on the Isle of Man, the latter in New York and settled in Fulton County in 1859.  Mr. Cowles was in the Union army in the war of the rebellion.  Post-office, Swanton, section 2.

JOHN JACOB HOEPFINGER, son of George and Catharine Hoepfinger of Baden, Germany was of a family of eight children:  Christopher, Susiana, Elizabeth, Christena, Catharine, George, Lena and John.  His parents removed to Tuscarawas County, Ohio in 1845.  He was born in Baden, Germany, December 12, 1816, and married in Tuscarawas County, Ohio in 1842 to Margaret, daughter of Frederick and Epha M. Koos, all of Baden, Germany where Mrs. Hoepfinger was born January 20, 1825.  Their children are:  Elizabeth, Catharine, Christopher, Jacob, John, George, William, Willhelmina, Frederick, Albert and Eva Margaret.  Mr. Hoepfinger belonged to Company B., 67th Regiment O.V.I. for two years during the war of the rebellion.  He was slightly wounded in the left arm.  He settled in Fulton County in 1854.  Post-office, Swanton.  Business, carpenter, section 2.

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ISAAC S. BERRY, son of Daniel and Mary Berry, of New Jersey was born at Little Falls, New York in 1830 and removed with his parents to Fulton County, Ohio in 1836.  He was married in Michigan in 1872 to Almeda H., daughter of Lawrence and Polly Blake, of New York, who was born in Lorain County, Ohio in 1836.  The children of Mr. Berry are:  Leonard, Nancy A., Walter S., Mary L., James H., Ida M., Isaac A., and Hattie E.  Mr. Berry has been twice married.  His first wife was Arminda Frost who died in 1871.  Her parents were Lineus and Lucinda (Devine) Frost, both natives of New York.  Post-office, Ai.  Business, farmer and butcher, section 11.

HORATIO WITT was born in Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio, November 6, 1824.  His wife, daughter of William C., and Clarissa (Gunn) Griffin of New York was born in Lucas County, Ohio, February 23, 1834.  Mr. Witt settled in Fulton County in 1844 and was married in 1858 at Wauseon.  They have one daughter, May Belle.  In 1852 Mr. Witt went to California, rounded Cape Horn and visited Brazil and Chile.  He was wrecked on the homebound trip.  John Witt, father of the subject of this sketch embarked from Hamburg, Germany with his parents and a large company of connections for the United States.  The relatives were separated in a storm at sea, one landing at Philadelphia, the other at Charleston, South Carolina.  Two brothers and the subject of this sketch was one of these.  He and his wife died soon after landing with yellow fever leaving two sons, Frederick and John, the latter being five years old and the former four.  These children were taken to the “Big Valley,” Chester County, Pennsylvania and bound out.  Thus their father’s property was squandered and they entirely severed from all knowledge of their relatives.  John Witt married Ann Keller of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and settled with his family in Fulton County in 1844.  Horatio Witt belonged to the 130th Regiment O.V.I. six months in the war of the rebellion.  Post-office, Swanton.  Business, farmer, section 4.

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ALPHEUS CASS, son of Joel and Christena (Tompkins) Cass of New York was born in 1813 in Ontario County, New York.  He removed to Fulton County, Ohio in 1836.  He was married the first time in the same county, October 26, 1845 to Matilda Porter.  Their children are:  George W., born February 22, 1848, died June 11, 1848; Celia M., born November 5, 1849; Clarissa, born June 7, 1852; Oliver, born September 7, 1856, died September 11, 1856; Sara A., born April 5, 1860, died September 5, 1862.  Mrs. Matilda Cass died September 5, 1862.  Mr. Cass was married a second time to Catharine Kitchen in 1864.  They have one son, Ibert A., born in 1867.  Mrs. Cass had a daughter, Mary D. Kitchen.  Mrs. Cass was a daughter of John and Sara Powell.  Post-office, Swanton.  Business, farmer, section 1.

NEWTON CURTIS, son of George and Almira (Hoxie) Curtis, the former of New Hampshire, the latter of Rhode Island, who settled in Fulton County in 1836, was born in Orleans County, New York, August 31, 1831.  He was married in Swan Creek Township, Fulton County, in 1856 to Abbie A., daughter of James and Delia (Stansel) Showers of New York who was born in Oswego County, New York, October 10, 1837.  They have six children:  George S., Ida D., Hattie I., Frank J., Ellsworth C., and Orrie W.  Mr. Curtis settled in Fulton County in 1859.  Post-office, Swanton.  Business, farmer and brickmaker, section 2.

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FREDRICK BOWERS, son of Jacob and Maria Bowers of Germany was born in 1828 in Germany.  His wife, Wilmina (Smith) Bowers was also born in Germany in 1823.  They were married in Fulton County in 1852 and have children as follows:  Charles A., Godfrey and Fred.  Godfrey and Margaret Smith, parents of Mrs. Bowers were natives of Germany and settled in Fulton County in 1850.  Mr. Bowers settled in Fulton County in 1852.  Post-office, Swanton.   Business, farmer, section 2.
 

SAMUEL M. SAEGER was born in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, December 24, 1828.  He is a son of Samuel and Barbara (Moser) Saeger of Pennsylvania.  The former died when his son was but three years old.  Mr. Saeger was married in Fulton County, Ohio in 1851 to Sarah Nobbs, daughter of John and Jane (Mason) Nobbs of England.  She was born in Oneida County, New York, October 4, 1832.  Their children are:  Tilman, Sarah J., Daniel H., Ida M., Lovina, Rosetta, Mary and Martha A.  Mr. Saeger settled in Fulton County in 1849.  Post-office, Delta.  Business, farming, section 6

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F. F.  KENYON settled in the woods of Fulton County in 1856 and by patience and industry, together with good management has now one of the nicest places in the county.  He was born in Erie County, Pennsylvania, March 26, 1826; was one of a family of thirteen children:  six boys and seven girls:  H.H., F.T., C.B., Albert and Samuel; Elizabeth, Amy, Sarah, Lucy, Cordelia, Mary and Susan, sons and daughters of Henry and Betsey (Brown) Kenyon, the former of Pennsylvania who was a very prominent Baptist minister, and received a salary of $1,000 per year, the latter of New York.  Mr. Kenyon was married in Milan, Erie County in 1847 to Sarah A, daughter of Laban and Barbara Lowry of Pennsylvania who was born in Northampton County, Pennsylvania, December 14, 1825.  They have five children:  Charles N., Catherine E., James B., Ruth E., and Annetta A.  Mrs. Kenyon’s brothers and sisters are:  Nathan, Laban, Sarah, Polly, Phoeba, Barbara, Esther and Jennie.  Post-office, Delta.  Business, farmer, section 6.

DAVID BORN, son of Jacob and Christene Born, the former of Maryland, the latter of Pennsylvania, was born in Berks County, Pennsylvania in 1815 and married in Tuscarawas County, Ohio in 1845 to Margaret, daughter of John and Mary (Ginther) Kline of Pennsylvania who was born in Ohio in 1813.  Their children are:  Christena Minnich, who resides in Tuscarawas County, Ohio; Priscilla Boucher, also resides in Tuscarawas County, Ohio; David F., Hannah J., James J., all residing at home; and Jacob S. and Ellen C., deceased.  Albert Born, son of David born, was a member of Company A., 67th Regiment O.V.I. in the war of 1861-5.  He died at the general hospital, Charleston.  W. H. Cogen, son of Mrs. Born, was a member of Company B., 67th Regiment O.V.I.  He was wounded at the battled of Deep Bottom, and died at Fortress Monroe.  Mrs. Born’s children by her first husband are:  John Cogen, W. H. Cogen, Mary Parish and Julia A. Watkins.  Mr. Born settled in Fulton County in 1853.  Post-office, Delta.  Business, farmer and mechanic, section 4.

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ESROM L. VIERS was born in Fulton County in 1845 and married in Henry County in 1866 to Edith F., daughter of Adam and Mary (Barnhart) Stout both of Ohio.  Mrs. Stout was born in Henry County in 1847.  This couple were married in Henry County, Ohio in 1866.  They have three children:  Lemuel E., Ray W., and Dilla B.  John and Rebecca (Salisbury) Viers, the former of Jefferson County, Ohio, the latter of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, parents of the subject of this sketch, settled in Fulton County in 1834.  They were among the first settlers in the county.  Mr. J. Viers died July 2, 1873.  Mrs. Viers resides on the old homestead.  Esrom L. Viers belonged to Company C, 130th Regiment, O.V.I. five months during the war of 1861-5.  He had four brothers in the Union army.  Lemuel E. belonged to Company K, 25th Regiment O.V.I.  He was wounded at Chancellorsville and died at Brooks’ Station, Virginia.  Post-office, Delta.  Business, physician and surgeon, section 4.

ELISHA YEAMANS, son of Elisha and Abigail (Cross) Yeamans of Massachusetts was born in Franklin County, Massachusetts in 1795, married in Erie County, Pennsylvania in 1824 to Almira, daughter of John and Nancy (Jenkins) Davis of New Jersey who was born in Armstrong County, Pennsylvania in 1809.  Their family consisted of six children:  Gonzalva J., Lurancy B., M. Louisa, Martha E., John L. and Ursula.  John L. Yeamans belonged to Company A., 67th Regiment O.V.I. in the war of 1861-5.  Mr. Elisha Yeaman’s father was in the war of 1812  J. L. Yeamans.  Post-office, Ai.  Business, farmer, teacher and pump manufacturer, section 9.

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AMMI RICHARDS, son of Elisha and Lucy (Hays) Richards of Massachusetts was born in Litchfield, Connecticut in 1805 and married in Norfolk, Connecticut in 1830 to Percia Pease, who was born in Berkshire County, Massachusetts in 1804.  They have a family of six children:  Clarissa Lacey who resides in Paulding County, Ohio; Helen Taylor who resides in Green County, Iowa; Henry O., who resides in Fulton County, Ohio; Franklin, Emily Nobbs and Octavia Harrison, all residing in Fulton County.  Henry and Franklin were in the Union army in the war of 1861-5.  Oliver and Ruth (Hubbard) Pease, parents of Mrs. Richards were natives of Massachusetts.  Mr. Richards was one of the first settlers of Fulton County.  He moved into the woods on his present farm in 1835.  He has filled the offices of township treasurer and trustee.  Post-office, Ai.  Business, farmer, section 9.

J. E. KENNEDY settled in Fulton County, Ohio in 1848.  He was born in Livingston County, Michigan.  In the war of the rebellion he belonged to Company K, 111th Regiment O.V.I. seven months; Company H, 130th Regiment O.V.I. four months and twenty days; Company A, 30th Regiment M.V.I. six months.  He was honorably discharged after Richmond surrendered.  Post-office, Ai.  Business, grocery and saloon.

BENJAMIN WILBER, son of Bradford and Susan (Butterfield) Wilber of New York was born in Cuyahoga County, Ohio in 1822.  He settled in Fulton County in 1846; has cleared his own farm and lives well and enjoys life.  He had a  brother, Henry Wilber in the Union army in the war of 1861-5.  Post-office, Delta.  Business, farmer, section 6.

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JAMES E. FAUBLE and his wife, Louise (Cameron) Fauble were born in Fulton County, Ohio in 1853 and 1854.  They were married in the same county in 1874.  Isaac and Rachel (Watkins) Fauble, parents of the above, were born in Wayne County, Ohio and settled in Fulton County in 1841.  Mrs. Fauble’s father’s name was John Cameron.  Mr. Fauble settled in Fulton County in 1853.  Post-office, Delta.  Business, farmer, section 31.

HENRY R. GRANDY and wife, Elizabeth (Cameron) Grandy were born in New York, the former in Franklin County, September 9, 1832, the latter June 14, 1840.  They were married in Fulton County, Ohio in 1860.  They have one son and one daughter; Fred, born August 29, 1861; Ida, born June 8, 1863.  M. B. and Anna (Leggett) Grandy, parents of the subject of this sketch, were born, the former in New York, the latter in Vermont and settled in Fulton County in 1838 on the present homestead on which Mr. Grandy cut the first tree.  Daniel and Rebecca (Bennett) Cameron, parents of Mrs. Grandy were natives of New York.  J. A. Grandy belonged to the 130th Regiment O.V.I. in the war of 1861-5; Moses D. to the 125th O.V.I.  He was killed at Grahamsville, South Carolina and was buried on the battlefield in the winter of 1864.  Joseph Cameron, brother of Mrs. Grandy, belonged to the 67th Regiment O.W.I.  He died in Cumberland, Maryland in hospital, March 22, 1861.  Post-office, Delta.  Business, farmer, section 31.

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ALDRICE BELKNAP, son of Thomas and Anna (Hawkins) Belknap of Rhode Island was born in Vermont in 1808.  His wife, Asenath Belknap, daughter of Thadeus and Dorcas (Dunk) Monger of Connecticut was born in Richfield, Connecticut in 1812.  They were married in New York in 1829.  They have five children:  Henry and James, living at home; Alvira Beeman, who lives in Iowa; Louisa Kale who resides in Bryon, and Fanny Koder, residing in Michigan.  Henry B. was a member of Company B, 130th Regiment O.V.I. two years and Company B, 100th O.V.I.   Mr. Belknap settled in Fulton County in 1864.  Post-office, Ai.  Business, farmer and cooper, section 7.

DAVID SCHUYLER HALL and his wife, Lydia (Keene) Hall were born in Ohio, the former in Seneca County, February 28, 1836, the latter in Wayne County, January 22, 1839.  They were married in Lodi, Seneca County, Ohio in 1857.  Their Children are:  Frances Estelle, Stephen D., Jessie, Mary, deceased, March 9, 1871, aged 4 years 11 months and 24 days, Lewis K and Burton.  Reuben S. and Almira (Wheaton) Hall, parents of the subject of this sketch, were born, the former in New Jersey, the latter in Pennsylvania.  They settled in Fulton County in 1864.  Jacob and Mary Keene, parents of Mrs. Hall, were natives of Pennsylvania and settled in Fulton County in 1875.  Mr. Hall settled in Fulton County in 1864, has been township clerk and was a member of Company D, 123rd Regiment O.V.I. ten months.  Post-office, Ai.  Business, farmer and carpenter, section 9.

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SAMUEL STOUT, son of Samuel and Susannah (Helbert) Stout of Berks County, Pennsylvania was born in Berks County, Pennsylvania, November 20, 1821.  He was married in Ashland County, Ohio in 1858 to Elizabeth, daughter of Joseph and Lydia Harvust of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, who was born in Ashland County, June 4, 1826.  The family of this couple are:  Frances A., C.P., W. F., George, Susannah, Flora, Lewis H., and Nora A.  Mr. Stout settled in Fulton County in 1847.  He has filled the office of trustee and was a member of the Union army in the war of the rebellion.  Post-office, Ai.  Business, farmer, boot and shoemaker, section 4.

MALCHOIR ROBASSER was born in Switzerland in 1832.  His wife, Louisa Robasser was born in Baden, Germany in 1831.  They were married in 1856 in New York.  They have three children:  Charles, Elizabeth and John.  Jacob and Barbara (Wolf) Robasser, parents of the subject of this sketch were natives of Switzerland.  Frederick and Caroline (Bohler) Solle, parents of Mrs. Robasser, were born in Baden.  Malchoir Robasser belonged to Company H, 130th Regiment O.V.I. in the war of the Rebellion.  He settled in Fulton County in 1863.  Post-office, Ai.  Business, farmer, section 34.

GEORGE FETERMAN and his wife, Rachel Feterman were born in Pennsylvania, the former in 1818.  He settled in Fulton County in 1855.   Post-office, Ai.  Business, farmer, section 3.

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ROBERT W. TAYLOR and his wife, Julietta (Cable) Taylor, were born in Lucas County, Ohio December 5, 1835 and August 30, 1842.  They were also married in the same county, February 18, 1862.  Their family is as follows:  Perlia, born May 9, 1863; Eugene, born October 8, 1865; Mary Jane, born September 22, 1868; Roys Ellen, born March 5, 1871; May Cora, born March 17, 1873.  William and Mary (Coarson) Taylor, parents of the subject of this sketch, were born in Pennsylvania, they removed from Lycoming County to Lucas County in 1835 and settled where they now live.  He has been county commissioner of Lucas County nine years.  Mrs. Taylor’s parents, Samuel and Rose Ann (Shepler) Cable were born, the former in New York, the latter in Stark County, Ohio.  They reside in Lucas County, Ohio.  Mr. Taylor settled in Fulton County in 1870.  Post-office, Java.  Business, farmer and lumberman, section 1.

JAMES C. VAUGHAN was born in Fulton County, Ohio August 30, 1835.  His wife, Harriet A. (Taylor) Vaughan, was born in Lucas County, June 30, 1840.  They were married in Lucas County, Ohio, March 20, 1860.  Their children are as follows:  Jason W., born April 27, 1861; Cora, born February 19, 1863; Rodney B., born July 24, 1865; Mary, born September 4, 1867, died September 6, 1868; Carey A., born October 20, 1869; Ida, born May 18, 1872, died July 23, 1873; Lewis B., born December 6, 1873.  Alexander and Rebecca (Jones) Vaughan, parents of the subject of this sketch were born, the former in Pennsylvania, the latter in Holmes County, Ohio and died in Noble County, Michigan.  This couple settled in what is now Fulton Township, Fulton County, then Lenawee County, Michigan in 1835 and their son James was the first white child born in Fulton Township.  Mrs. Vaughan is a daughter of William and Mary (Coarson) Taylor who settled in Fulton County in 1835.  Mr. Vaughan has been township trustee two years and postmaster a number of years.  He belonged to Company H, 130th Regiment O.N.G. in the war of the rebellion.  He received an honorable discharge.  Caleb J. Vaughan enlisted in Company I, 38th Regiment O.V.I. in 1861, served three years and was always with his regiment and ready for duty.  He was honorably discharged at the close of the war.  Post-office, Ai.  Business, farmer and lumberman, section 1.

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JOHN H. BATDORFF and his wife, Caroline (Brown) Batdorff were born in Wayne County, Ohio September 11, 1840 and March 23, 1843.  They were also married in Wayne County, Ohio September 28, 1865.  They have two sons:  Russell B., born December 12, 1867 and Mahlon, born October 18, 1871.  John and Elizabeth (Morgan) Batdorff, parents of the subject of this sketch, were born, the former in Pennsylvania in 1816, the latter in Wayne County, Ohio.  They reside in York Township whence they removed in 1842.  Mrs. Batdorff’s  parents are William W., and Phoebe (Lee) Brown, the former of Virginia, the latter of Ohio, now residing in Wayne County, Ohio.  Mr. Batdorff enlisted in Company A., 120th Regiment O.V.I. in 1862 and served in the Union army three years.  He was captured on Red River, May 31, 1864 and was taken to Tyler, Texas where he remained until the war closed when he was discharged.  He took part in a number of battles – Chickasaw, Vicksburg, Black River, Jackson and others.  He also assisted in capturing 45,000 prisoners.  Post-office, Ai.  Business, farmer and drover, section 4.

WILLIAM C. HOEIT.    Post-office, Ai.  Nativity, Canton.  Business, Milling.

ANDREW JACKSON KNAPP was born in Homer County, New York, March 28, 1822.  He is a son of James and Abigail Knapp.  Mrs. Lovina M. (Brown) Knapp was born in Fairfield, Huron County, Ohio, February 15, 1826.  This couple has a family of five children:  Laura, Charles J., died in 1860, Frank B., William and Lizzie.  Mrs. Knapp’s parents were Henry H. and Laura M. (Merrill) Brown.  Post-office, Wauseon.  Business, farmer, section 14.  Residence, Clinton Township.

LYMAN TOMPKINS was born in Seneca County, Ohio.  Post-office, Ai.  Business, surgeon and physician.  Residence, Fulton Township.

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Franklin Township- page 11 (page 33 of the original 1875 Atlas)

WILLIAM J. RUSSELL and his wife, Harriet E. (Anderson) Russell were born in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, October 3, 1834 and December 4, 1833.  They were married October 21, 1856.  They have two sons:  John W. N., born September 17, 1857; George W. K., born March 21, 1861.  The parents of this couple, John and Sarah Russell, and Thomas and Alice Anderson, were all natives of Pennsylvania.  Mr. John Russell died in 1861.  Mr. And Mrs. Anderson settled in Fulton County in 1866, and William J. Russell the same year.  Mr. W. has filled the office of supervisor and school director.  Post-office, Fayette.  Business, stock raiser and farmer, section 7.

JOHN D. RUSSELL, brother of William J., was also born in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, April 15. 1844.  He was married in Fulton County, November 9, 1871 to Athalinda J., daughter of Norris and Mary A. Palmer, the former of Pennsylvania, the latter of Virginia.  Mrs. R. was born in Knox County, Ohio June 1, 1847.  Mr. Russell belonged to Company G, 202nd Regiment, Pennsylvania V. I. in the war of the rebellion.  He entered service August 20, 1864 and was discharged August 3, 1865 having taken part in several skirmishes, but no large battles.  Mr. Russell lost $2,000 worth of timer and railroad ties in Pennsylvania by fire in the year 1873.  The same year he settled in Fulton County and is now one of the proprietors of the steam sawmills known as the Russell and Shilling Mills.  Post-office, Fayette, section 5.

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ASHER E. BIRD, son of Asher E. and Catharine Bird of Pennsylvania and who settled in Fulton County in 1836 was born in Fulton County June 6, 1843.  He was married to Lottie Van Buskirk in Michigan, September 13, 1862.  Her parents, Daniel and Harriet Van Buskirk were born, the former in Maryland, the latter in Loudon County, Virginia where Mrs. Bird was born June 11, 1846.  The family settled in Fulton County in 1860.  Mr. Bird cleared the farm upon which he now lives.  In the war of the rebellion he belonged to the 67th Regiment O.V.IU.  He received a slight wound in the leg at Appomattox Court House the day General Lee surrendered.  Mr. Bird has a piece of the apple tree under which Lee surrendered.  He received an honorable discharge.  Post-office, Fayette.  Business, farmer and stock raiser, section 5.
 

JAMES S. RIDDLE and his wife, Matilda (Siddons) Riddle were born in Pennsylvania, the former in Alleghany County June 29, 1813, the latter in Washington County September 11, 1812.  They were married in Wayne County, Ohio November 21, 1833.  Their children are:  John Q. resides in Wauseon; Charles C., resides in Pioneer, Ohio; Thomas H., resides in Terre Haute, Indiana; May J., resides in Michigan; Louisa, resides in Fulton County; and James J., resides in Terre Haute, Indiana.  John and Jane Riddle, parents of James S. were born, the former in Donegal County, Ireland, the latter in Pennsylvania.  They settled in Fulton County in 1852.  John and Magdalena Siddons, parents of Mrs. Riddle were born, the former in Essex County, New Jersey, the latter in Butler County, Pennsylvania.  Mr. Riddle was a member of an Ohio regiment in the war of 1861-5.  He served two years, was taken prisoner at Harper’s Ferry, afterward paroled, then exchanged after which he re-enlisted and was discharged at the close of the war.  Mr. R. settled in Fulton County in 1845.  He has been township trustee eighteen years, justice of the peace nine years, school director 24 years and is at present infirmary director.  Post-office, Tedrow.  Business, farmer and stock raiser, section 1.

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