William Day


WILLIAM DAY, one of Steubenville's most worthy and honored citizens, was born in Kent, England, near the city of Canterbury, April 15, 1820. He is the son of Thomas and Rachel Day, with whom he came to America when he was about six years old. The family landed at Norfolk, Va., and after residing in that place about one year removed to Wheeling, W. Va., and about two years later to Belmont county, Ohio, where they resided about three years. William Day was the third of five sons, only two of whom are now living. He learned the trade of a galss blower, beginning at about ten years of age, and serving an apprenticeship of about nine years, five being spent with the firm of Ritchie & Wheat, and four with Plunkett & Miller, both of Wheeling. During five years following this he was chiefly engaged at steamboating on the Ohio, Mississippi and Missouri rivers. During three years of the time, he and two of his brothers owned and managed a store boat. After quitting river life he worked for one year at his trade in WHeeling. On March 27, 1847 he located at Steubenville, where for a period of ten years and two months he worked at his trade with Beatty & Stillman. On July 4, 1857, he engaged in business there ever since, but this room has developed into a large general store forty-two by fifty-six feet, and he enjoys a large patronage. He was married September 18, 1847, to Diana, daughter of Thomas Hill, of Wheeling, who has borne to him six children: Alfred, Sarah, William, Mary, Ida May and Belle Morse, of whom Sarah and Ida May are deceased. Parents and children are members of the Episcopal church. Mr. Day was christened in a church in Kent county, england. For twenty-eight years he served as a warden and vestryman in his church, and for thirty-two years he served as superintendent and teacher in the Episcopal Sabbath school. Mr. Day possesses a genial and agreeable nature, and he is withal a pleasant, courteous and companionable man.

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