DAVID ATEN, a leading hardware merchant of Toronto, is a son of Jacob and Eliza (Brown) Aten, natives of Virginia. His grandfather was John Aten, a native of New Jersey, born March 4, 1764, who removed to Brooke county, W. Va., and settled at the site of the present town of Harmony, and remained there htroughout most of his life, dying in 1852. His son, Jacob Aten, was reared in Hancock county, where he learned the tanner's trade, which he followed for several years, finally abandoning it to engage in farming, which was his occupation during the remainder of his life. On June 19, 1823, he was married to Eliza, daughter of James Brown, a resident of West Virginia and by this union had five sons and four daughters all but three of whom are deceased. Jacob Aten died April 24, 1853, and his wife died July 14, 1876. In 1825 the parents removed to Jefferson county, and settled near Croxton's run, where he resided during the rest of his life. At this Ohio home David Aten was born September 7, 1841. He was reared on the farm, and was engaged in agriculture until 1874, when he moved to Toronto and embarked in the lumber business. This he continued in for about six years, and then in 1883 opened the first general hardware store in Toronto, in which he is still engaged with much success. He is a widely known and highly esteemed citizen, and the enterprise which prompted him to establish the first planning-mill in the town, makes him one of the valuable citizens of Toronto. On February 20, 1868, he was married to Martha J., daughter of David and Elizabeth Carson, natives of Pennsylvania and they have had five children, Mary E.M., deceased, Alfred J., Martha E., Flora S., David L., deceased. Mr. Aten and wife are members of the Presbyterian church, and he is a member of the Odd Fellows order.
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