JOHN S. OWINGS, a highly respected citizen of Butler district, was born in 1830 in Brooke county. He is the son of Ephraim Owings, who was born in Brooke county about 1811 and has since early manhood been engaged in farming. He was married in 1826 to Blanche Swearingen, daughter of John and Frances Swearingen, residents of Brooke county and they had thirteen children, eight of whom are living. The father died July 12, 1884, but the mother is living at the advanced age of eighty-four years. The grandfather of the subject of this notice was Asa Owings, who came from Baltimore, Md., to Brooke county about 1790 and settled opposite where the city of Steubenville now stands. He assisted in the building of the first house in that place. His death occurred about 1823. John S. Owings began farming in Brooke county and is still engaged in that occupation. On May 12, 1857, he was married to Mary E. Roberts, daughter of Samuel Roberts, a native of Brooke county and to this union two children have been born, George and William E. He and wife are members of the Disciples church. Having been a life-long resident of the county and taken an active part in public affairs, he is influential and widely known. In politics he was warmly espoused the cause of the democratic party. Mr. Owings has held the office of school trustee for ten years.
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