JOSEPH W. EDMISTON, a prominent farmer of Jefferson county, was born in Island Creek township, June 30, 1833. He is the son of John and Elizabeth (Canning) Edmiston, both natives of Pennsylvania. His father, a son of Joseph Edmiston, of Pennsylvania, moved to Ohio with his parents in October, 1814, and settled in Island Creek township, where his grandfather died in September, 1822 and the grandmother in February 1829. John Edmiston was a miller by occupation, and followed his trade in Jefferson county until 1846, when he purchased a farm near Knoxville where he was engaged in agricultural pursuits until his death in July 1869. His marriage on March 10, 1831 to Elizabeth, daughter of John Canning, resulted in the birth of seven children, three of whom are now living. The mother died in October, 1865. Joseph W. Edmiston was reared as a farmer, and continued in that occupation without interruption until 1862, when he enlisted in Company D, Ninety-eighth Ohio Infantry. He served gallantly until the close of the war, and participated in the battles of Perrysville, Chickamauga and in Sherman's march to the sea, and in various other important engagements and campaigns. Returning home at the close of the war, he resumed farming, his present occupation. He is a member of the G. A. R. and of the Masonic order, and in politics is a democrat, being prominent in the ranks of that party, and a member of its county central committee. He has served the community honestly and efficiently as township trustee and as clerk. Mr. Edmiston was married February 17, 1870, to Margaret Pittenger, a sister of William Pittenger, one of the famous participants in the Andrews raid during the rebellion. Mr. Edmiston and wife have had seven children: Elizabeth M., Cora M., Emma J. (deceased), Laura B., John W., Sadie P. and Katie M. He and wife are members of the Presbyterian church of Island Creek township.
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