Jefferson Saltsman


JEFFERSON SALTSMAN, one of the most enterprising citizens of Toronto, is now engaged in banking there, having established in 1889, the first institution of that kind in that young and thriving city. He is of the third generation of his family in America, his grandparents, Philip and Betsey Saltsman, having immigrated from Germany and settled in Washington county, Penn. They had five sons and three daughters. One of their sons, Martin, was reared as farmer and in an early day came to Ohio, while the country was yet full of Indians and was several times compelled to recross the river on account of their hostilities. He was married in 1813, to Jane Farquar, of Irish descent, and they had twelve children, of whom three are living. His wife died about 1853. Jefferson Saltsman, son of Martin was born November 19, 1817, in Ross township, Jefferson county, and besides working on the farm also learned the trade of a carpenter, which he followed for five years. Two of these were spent in the south, and in 1847 he began boating on the Yazoo river, and continued at that until 1850, when he returned to his native county and bought and managed the old home farm. Subsequently he removed to a farm in Cross Creek township, and nine years later, purchased and moved upon the old Sloan homestead of 200 acres in Island Creek township. He was also engaged in the lumber business, and ran a planing mill at Toronto for twelve years. He has been active in the promotion of nearly all the industries of the place. In public affairs he has also taken an active part, is a republican in politics and has served as township trustee, treasurer of the board of education, and as a member of the town council. He is a member of the Methodist Protestant church of Toronto, and of the I. O. O. F. He has also for several years held the office of notary public. March 15, 1854, Mr. Saltsman was married to Macy, daughter of James and Margaret Clark, natives of Ireland, and they had six children. Subsequent to the death of his wife, he was married to Nancy J. McElhose. She and her child are deceased.

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