J. C. AULT, who deals extensively in real estate and insurance at Steubenville, O., comes from one of the old established families of Jefferson County and was born in 1843 in Island Creek Township, near Steubenville, a son of George Ault.
George Ault was born in 1802 in Island Creek, and was a son of Andrew Ault, who was one of the prominent early settlers of Jefferson County, who located on a tract of timber land in Island Creek Township in 1797. George Ault was reared on the farm, which he helped to clear, and in 1852 went to California, where he remained until about 1879, at which time he returned to Jefferson County where he followed farming the remainder of his life.
J. C. Ault was reared in Island Creek Township, attended the local schools and the academy at Wellsville, where he was a student until the begining of the Civil War, when he enlisted in Company H, 1st Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and served three years in the army, participating in many important battles, including those of Pittsburgh Landing, Stone River, Chickamauga and Missionary Ridge, where he was wounded in December, 1863, and also engaged in numerous skirmishes. His discharge was received at Chattanooga, in 1864, at which time he was quarter master sergeant of the regiment. After returning to Jefferson County he engaged in agricultural pursuits until 1879. He then traveled for two years and in 1885 engaged in the fire insurance business which he has followed continuously since at Steubenville, and also deals extensively in real estate. Mr. Ault has been prominently identified with the development of oil in Jefferson County, and in partnership with Mr. Linduff, drilled the first oil well that connected with the pipe line in Jefferson County.
Mr. Ault was married in 1865 to Mary L. Jewett, of Island Creek Township and they have had the following children: Frank, who is employed by the W & W. S. Walker Wholesale Notion House; May, who is the wife of James H. Mosel, head of the Mosel-Johnson Grovery Company; Abbie, who is the wife of Frank McGee, mechanical engineer of the Carnegie Steel Company, of Mingo and Bellaire; and Howard J., who died at the age of seven years.
Mr. Ault is politically a Republican, and his religious connection is with the Second Presbyterian Church, of which he is a trustee. He is fraternally a member of the I. O. O. F., Jefferson Lodge, No. 6, K. of P., Steubenville Lodge, No. 1, Stanton Post, G.A.R., the ELks and is a director of the Stanton Monument Association.