JOHN D. WINTERS, a leading citizen of Island Creek Township and formerly a county commissioner of Jefferson County, Ohio, was born on the farm on which he lives and which he owns, October 27, 1831. It is a valuable property and contains 150 acres. His parents were Boen and Sophia (Dundass) Winters.
The Winters family is an old and prominent one in Island Creek Township, its founder having been the grandfather of John D. Winters. Boen Winters was a son of Isaiah Winters and was born in Island Creek Township. He was a well known farmer and substantial citizen, a leading member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and an influential man in his political party. He lived into his seventieth year. He married Sophia Dundass and three of their children survive: John D.; Isaiah, a Methodist Minister who is attached to the Eastern Ohio Conference; and Isabel, who resides at Toronto, O.
John D. Winters has practically devoted his whole life to agricultural pursuits, although, after finishing his school period he spent three winters as a teacher in Island Creek Township. WIth his systematic methods the work on his farm has left him some leisure time and thus he has been able to give due attention to the duties of the various responsible offices to which his fellow citizens have often elected him. He served two terms as county commissioner and during a part of the time was president of the board, has been township trustee and in 1880 and again in 1890 he was land appraiser in his township. He is a man who commands the full confidence of his fellow citizens in every way.
Mr. Winters married Miss Nancy Shane, who was born in Island Creek Township, not far from his own farm, a daughter of James Shane, who was once a well known farmer here. Of the seven children born to this marriage, the following survive: James, residing at Decatur, Ill.; Luella, whife of John C. Rex, of Rocky Ford, Colo.; Boen, residing at Portland, Ore.; Emma, wife of James Bosley, residing in the city of New York; Blanche, wife of Harry Welday, residing in Island Creek Township; and John C., who is pastor of the Methodist Church at Bowestown, O. The eldest son, Alonzo C., is deceased. Mr. Winters and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church at Richmond, O. He is a Republican in his political views.