WESLEY A. WARDEN, of Island Creek township, was born in Jefferson county, near New Somerset, March 30, 1846. He is the son of Samuel Warden, a native of Ohio, who was a farmer during the greater part of his life, but was for a time engaged in business at New Somerset. About 1837 he was married to Sarah Abrahams, and they had eight children, four of whom still survive. On October 4, 1852, soon after the birth of Wesley, the father died, and the widowed mother with her children, removed to Island Creek township, where she made her home until her death, January 5, 1888. Though a mere boy at the outbreak of the civil war, Wesley Warden enlisted in August 1862, in COmpany D, Ninety-eighth Ohio volunteers and served faithfully from that date until the close of the war, participating in the battles of Perrysville, Kenesaw Mountain, and many others. He was in every battle that his regiment took part in, and was with the army in the march through Georgia. At the close of the war he returned to his home and began farming, which he followed until 1882, and then went to Wellsville, where he was occupied in the flour and feed business about two years, until his health gave way, when he returned to his home in Island Creek township. Mr. Warden was married January 18, 1872, to Eliza J., daughter of Moses Morrow. He and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal church, and are highly esteemed by the community.
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