JOSEPH H. LAWRENCE, a well known and substantial citizen of Saline Township, Jefferson County, Ohio, comes of a pioneer family of the county. He was born in Saline Township, June 14, 1855, and is a son of James and Sarah Ann (Yeagley) Lawrence, and a grandson of William and Jane (Farquhar) Lawrence.
William Lawrence , the grandfather, was a soldier in the War of 1812, and died near Cleveland on his return from the war. His marriage with Jane Farquhar resulted in the birth of three children, James, John and William. Mrs. Lawrence formed a second union with Martha Saltsman.
James Lawrence was born in Jefferson County, ohio, April 3, 1809, and died on July 24, 1890, at the age of eighty-one years. He learned the trade of a blacksmith at Somerset, and in 1847 located on the place now owned and occupied by his son, Joseph H., the farm at that time consisting of 227 1/2 acres of densley timbered land, over which deer and other wild game roamed. He was married in 1831 to Miss Sarah Ann Yeagley, who was born in 1816 amd died in 1900. They were parents of the following children: William, who died in Salineville; Peter, who resides with his son near Toronto, Ohio; John P., a resident of Somerset; Thomas J., who lived and died in Hammondsville; Joseph H., who has been a lifelong resident of Jefferson County; James B., proprietor of the hotel in Hammondsville; George, who died in childhood; Hannah, deceased wife of Isaac Saltsman; Mary, widow of Frank Orr, residing in East Liverpool; Lydia, who married Ebenezer Boyce, both being now deceased; Margaret, who died at the age of twenty years and five months; Catharine and Martha, the last two dying in childhood. James Lawrence was an active Democrat in politics, and served one term as Justice of the Peace.
Joseph H. Lawrence attended the public schools at Pine Grove and the high school at Salineville. He engaged in teaching for a period of twenty years, one year of which was at Hammondsville, and he displayed marked ability as an instructor. A well read and broad-minded man, he had the happy faculty of imparting his knowledge to others. In 1890 he moved to the farm on which he now resides, and since 1892 has engaged in farming. He has 187 acres of valuable land, of which about ninety across is under cultivation.
Mr. Lawrence was united in marriage with Miss Oella Sodaker, a daughter of Williamd and Harriet (McClurg) Sodaker of Wellsburg, Brooke County, W. Va., and they have had five children: Challissa A., born February 18, 1890; Elva Leona, born July 5, 1896; Alma Josephine, born February 20, 1901; Ruth Ella, born August 1, 1905, who died August 7, 1905; and Jetta Ada, born February 5, 1907. Religiously, he is a member of the Christian Church. He is a Democrat in politics. Mr. Lawrence is a man of striking personality, a fluent talker and deservedly popular.