William Vermillion


WILLIAM VERMILLION, a very prominent banker and citizen of Jefferson county, Ohio of Smithfiled. He was born September 30, 1829, near the place in which he now lives. His father, Charles Vermillion, was also a leading man of the county. The latter was born in the vicinity of Baltimore, Md. in 1802, moving to that city when six years of age; he lived there with his parents for six years, then the family removed to Ohio, and located on section 32, Smithfield township. Here he resided until 1853, at which time he located at Mt. Pleasant township, where he remained for four years; from here he went to Wayne township, the same county and ager a short residence there finally settled in SMithfield, living a retired life until the time of his death, August, 1884. Mr. Vermillion was a man of great capabilities and sound judgement. He married Elizabeth Alloway, a daughter of William and Sarah (Collins) Alloway, about 1824, by whom he had six sons and four daughters: Joseph, William, Jemima, Sarah, wife of J. C. McKelvey; Lydia A., who married John Ramsey, who lost his life during the civil war, 1862; Charles, Thomas B., P. A. Anderson, and Elizabeth, now deceased. The mother was born in 1806, and died in 1884. William Vermillion;s paternal grandparents came to this country from Ireland, locating in Indiana. His maternal grandparents were William and Sarah (Collins) Alloway; they were born in Schuylkill county, Penn., coming to Ohio about 1815. Their children were: Adjalon, John, William, James, Jonathan, Rebecca (Carnahan), Mary (Branson), Sarah (Dickey) and Lydia A. (Ruble). Mr. Vermillion had exceptional educational advantages in his youth, and made the most of them; he attended the common schools until sixteen years of age, then for two years studied at the McKeely Normal school, at Hopedale, Harrison county, Ohio, finishing his schooling at the National Normal school at Lebanon, Warren county, Ohio, where he remained for one year, having taught during the intervals of his college course. After completing it he continued to teach with much success in the Mount Pleasant public schools, where he was the principal for three years. After four years' teaching in the above place Mr. Vermillion spent one year more as a teacher in Smithfield. Abandoning his vocation as an educator, he entered the banking business, in which he has met with the most gratifying success. May 31, 1865, Miss Emily L. Ong became his wife. Mrs. Vermillion was born in 1843. She was a daughter of Jacob and Mary (Irvine) Ong. The former's borth occurred in 1806, and his death in 1882; the mother was born in 1810, and died in November 1888. Mr. and Mrs. Ong were the parents of seven children, three of them now dead: Mary A., J. Patterson and Mathos F. Thoase living are: Finley, John I., William I. and Mrs. Vermillion. Her grandparents on the father's side were Finley and Mary Ong, who had ten children: Jacob, Finley, Mary (Carr) and Matilda (Newlin) now dead; and Eliza A. (Lewis), Rebecca (Jones), Emily (Chadwell) and Rachel (Hamilton), still living. The maternal grandfather was William Irvine, and his children are: John, Margary, Mrs. Frances Bell and Mary (Ong), who are deceased, and Francis. Mr. Vermillion was a soldier in the late war, serving under the "One Hundred Day Act," after having enlisted at Steubenville, May 1864, in Company B, One Hundred and Fifty-seventh regiment, Ohio National Guard, under Capt. Walden. He was mustered out in September 1864 at Camp Chase. Mr. and Mrs. Vermillion's marriage has been blessed by the birth of one child: Lena M. The family are members of the Presbyterian church of Smithfield; and Mr. Vermillion is also a member of Masonic lodge No. 182, of Smithfield. His political faith is firmly nailed to the democratic standard. A man highly respected both for his marked ability as a financier and for his sterling integrity.

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