ADAM R. HOPE, farmer, of Mt. Pleasant township, was born in Jefferson county, Ohio, February 25, 1830. His father was William S. Hope, born in Chester county, Penn., in 1806, and came to Ohio with his mother when very young and after the death of his father, who had retired from his vocation as a farmer only a few years previous to his death, caused by falling from a barn which was being taken down. This occurred in 1869, when he was sixty-three years of age. His wife, the mother of the subject of this mention, was Elizabeth Stringer, who died in 1868 aged sixty-two years. To these parents were born six children: Adam R., the eldest; Jane, who died at the age of seventeen years; Sarah; Mary E., wife of Benjamin Comly; Maria, who died at the age of one year, and Rebecca, who died at the same age. Mr. Hope began farming on his own account at the age of thirty years, and in the following spring was married to Isabella A., daughter of Edward Duncan and his wife, Isabella Balance, natives of Ireland. Her father, an architect and builder of Dublin, Mrs. Hope's native city, had nine children, of whom Mrs. Hope's brother Richard is the only other survivor. Her grandfather was Rev. Edward Henry Duncan, rector of Dun Boin church, in Ireland. Mr. Hope has been very successful in his occupation, and has a farm of 430 acres, mostly underlaid with coal, pleasantly located about one mile from the town. About forty acres at the station of the Lake Erie & Wheeling railroad, which will be the outlet for a large tract of country to Toledo and Wheeling, he has laid out in town lots, and his prospect for advantageous sales is very flattering. Mr. Hope and wife have two children, William S. and C. D., who superintended the farm. Mr. Hope is a member of the Masonic order, and with his wife is a member of the Presbyterian church. He is generally esteemed as one of the representative farmers of the county.
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