James D. Tweed


JAMES D. TWEED, a prominent citizen of Cross Creek township, was born in Washington, Penn., January 5, 1828. His father, William Tweed, a native of Washington county was the son of Samuel Tweed, who was born in the same county and passed his life there. William Tweed was born in 1798 and was reared upon the farm becoming a practical and intelligent farmer. About 1825 he was married to Eliza Doves, who bore to him six children, all but one of whom survive. While a resident of Ohio he was a member of the Pennsylvania militia, rising from the grade of private to that of major-general of the state. He was a member of the Presbyterian church and in Harrison county was a ruling elder and served ten years as superintendent of the Sunday school. William Tweed died in 1853 and his wife April 23, 1880. Three of the sons in this family served their country in the war of the rebellion. Samuel enlisted in the Thirteenth Ohio and served four years and seven months, William enlisted in the One Hundred and Eighty-first Ohio and served three months and James D. enlisted in AUgust 1862 in the Ninety-eighth Ohio and served until June 1865. James D., the subject of this mention, was reared as a farmer, and followed that vocation before enlisting. At the close of the war he remained at Murfreesboro, Tenn., and in company with other comrades, engaged in growing cotton, and continued in that business until 1868 when he returned to Harrison county, Ohio, and resumed his former occupation. For fourteen years from 1869 he was a resident of Belmont county and in 1883 he became a citizen of Cross Creek township, settling on the old Sherrard farm. Here he opened a coal bank in connection with farming and is now producing about 150,000 bushels per year. He is a prosperous and influential citizen a member of the Presbyterian church of the Grangers and the G. A. R. and in politics is a republican. January 1, 1856 he was married to Laura J. Randall and they have had eight children: John A. B., William S., Oliver R., Mary L., deceased, Laura, Ella M., Frank E., James H.

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