REV. JOHN H. EKEY, a son of Andrew and Nancy (Howden) Ekey, was born in Cross Creek township, August 19, 1832. He was reared in Jefferson county and began his education in the common schools, continuing the same in colleges at Richmond and Allegheny. At the completion of his studies he entered the ministry, and in 1859 he was licensed to preach. After acting as a supply for several years, he was sent to Pennsylvania in 1863, but two years later he returned to Ohio, and was subsequently on the circuits of Westchester, Deersville, Moorefield, Unionport, Finley Chapel, Warrington, Kent, Thompson and Finley. Since 1883, he has retired from ministerial duties, and has been occupied with farming. He has been an ardent and effective worker in the cause of the Methodist Episcopal church, of which he has been a member for over forty years. In 1864, Mr. Ekey was married to Emily Ricketts, by whom he had one child which died in infancy. The mother died in 1871, and in 1876 he was married to Maria Shull, by whom he had five children: Mary A., Andrew W., John B., Emma M. and Mabel B.
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