John A. Mansfield


JUDGE JOHN A. MANSFIELD, probate judge of Jefferson county, Ohio, was born near Bloomfield, that county, September 20, 1854. His parents, Jacob Y. and Margaret (Deter) Mansfield, were also natives of Jefferson county, the former of Wayne, and the latter of Cross Creek, township. The father was born December 4, 1815, on the same farm upon which John A. was born, a farm which was entered by THomas, the grandfather of Judge Mansfield, in 1798, and has been in possession of the family ever since. Thomas Mansfield was born in Maryland in 1757. He was twice married, his first wife being Jane Shaw, and his second, Mary Hill. To both marriages were born twenty-one children, sixteen of whom were reared. Only one of the twenty-one children is now living. William Mansfield, of Hopedale, Harrison Co., Ohio. Jacob Y. Mansfield, who was born to the second marriage was married three times; first, to Julia Ann Stringer, then to Margaret Deter, and lastly to Caroline Chambers, the second of whom is the mother of Judge Mansfield. The last is still living and resides at Steubenville. In all Jacob Mansfield had ten children, nine of whom are living. He died on the old Mansfield homestead near Bloomfield, July 5, 1871. The subject of this sketch was reared to the age of sixteen on the home farm. At that age he entered Hopedale college and attended three years. In October, 1877, he entered the law department of the university of Michigan, and attended two years, graduating in March, 1879. He was admitted to the bar in April, 1879, and in the following September entered upon the practice of law at Steubenville. He soon built up a lucrative practice, and became one of the leading members of that bar. In April, 1881, he formed a partnership with W. C. Ong, which existed two years. In August, 1883, he entered into partnership with W. A. Walden, which was dissolved by the removal of Mr. Walden from the city, January 1, 1886. In November, 1887, Mr. Mansfield was elected probate judge of Jefferson county, and took the office, which he has filled with much credit, in February, 1888. He was married August 30, 1877, to Miss Nettie Mansfield. He and wife are members of the Hamlin Methodist Episcopal church of Steubenville, and he is a member of the K. of P., and politically he is an ardent republican.

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