GEORGE W. CHALFANT, a leading farmer and prominent citizen of Cross Creek Township, who filled the office of constable for ten years, is an honored survivor of the great Civil War, in which he served through three years and four months. He was born in Wayne Township, Jefferson County, Ohio, October 7, 1842, and is a son of William and Sarah (Linton) Chalfant.
William Chalfant was a son of William Chalfant, and for many years was a well known man in this section, conducting a blacksmith shop at Reed's Mills. In politics he was a Democrat. He married Sarah Linton, who is also deceased. Her father, Levi Linton, was one of the early settlers in this township. Of the children of William and Sarah Chalfant, George W. is the eldest, the others being Joseph, William and Hannah, all deceased; Levi; Nimrod; Josephine, who is the wife of John C. Graham; and Edward.
George W. Chalfant went to school for a few years in boyhood, but when thirteen years of age secured work on a farm and farming has been his preferred occupation all his life. In 1862 he enlisted for service in the Civil War, entering Co. E, 52nd O.V.I. Few of the brave young men who entered the army at that time sacrificed more for their country than did Mr. Chalfant, to which his crutch bears silent testimony. It was at the terrible battle of Peach Tree Creek that he was shot in the left leg, which member was amputated in a field hospital at Vining Station, Ga. On account of the necessarily hasty surgical work and the lack of not only the merciful anaesthetics of modern practice, but also of the antiseptics of today, Mr. Chalfant was obliged to submit to two later operations. In the course of time he recovered his normal strength, married and has taken a useful part in all the activities and industries which life has demanded of him. His farm of 144 acres is a valuable property and is well managed. Mr. Chalfant is a leading member of the Republican party in this section and for five years has been township trustee.
In March, 1867, Mr. Chalfant was married to Miss Mary E. Cox, who is a daughter of WIlliam and Margaret (Roush) Cox, who were natives of Pennsylvania but who came when young to Ohio. Of his first marriage Mr. Cox had three children, Michael, Amos and Mary E. He married a Mrs. Gillespie for his second wife and they had three children, Ida, wife of John Miller, and William and Sherman. Mr. Chalfant is a member of Wildwood Lodge No. 590, I.O.O.F.
Mr. and Mrs. Chalfant have four children, namely: Jesse, Hallie, who is the wife of George Parsons and has two children, Mina and Paul; and Austin and Otto. The family attend the Methodist Episcopal Church.