JOHN W. HOUT, a prominent old resident of Salem township was born near Richmond, Ohio October 15, 1824. He is the son of George Hout, who was born March 4, 1792 on the south branch of the Potomac River in Jefferson county, Va. His mother, whose maiden name was Christina Albert, was born January 24, 1792 in the same county. His grandparents on both sides were natives of Germany who emigrated previous to the Revolutionary war. His grandfather, Albert, served under Washington, and a conch shell which he carried when he crossed the Delaware river, at the time of Wshington's famous movement, is now carefully preserved by the subject of this sketch. The sound of this horn no doubt reached the ear of the Father of his Country on many occassions during the revolution. The grandfather, Albert, died in Tuscarawas county, Ohio in 1815 and his wife died in 1829. The grandfather Hout, died in 1813 and his wife in 1823. George Hout settled at Richmond, Ohio in 1814 and there died April 15, 1866 and his wife died February 22, 1864. The subject of this sketch was reared on the farm, and has throughout life been engaged in agriculture. He is the oldest native resident of the township, is well known and highly esteemed by all. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, of which his father is a local minister, is a Master Mason, and in politics is republican. Mr. Hout was married to Lavinia James, who was born August 19, 1824 near Knoxville, Ohio the daughter of William and Sarah (Bartin) James. Her father was a native of Ireland, her mother of Pennsylvania. The fomer died in 1857 and the latter in 1865. Mr. Hout and wife have five children: Temperance V., George A.; Sarah C., deceased; Mary L. and Emma J.
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