James T. Kithcart


JAMES T. KITHCART, deceased, a former prominent substantial citizen of Wayne Township, Jefferson County, Ohio, was born in Mt. Pleasant Township, February 23, 1846, a son of Cunningham and Jane (Dunlap) Kithcart.

James T. Kithcart was five years old when his parents moved to Smithfield Township and there he grew to manhood and attended the public schools. He engaged in farming and stock raising there until his marriage, after which he settled in Wayne Township, where he became a man of ample fortune and a valued resident. For many years he was numbered with the township's most progressive and successful farmers, owning 141 acres of valuable land. He raised first class stock and made a speciality of sheep. He took pride in his farm products and in his land and made improvements that added greatly to its value. His residents, which is one of the most attractive rural homes in this section of Jefferson County, attracts the passer-by on account of its beautiful and well kept grounds. In this home of peace and comfort, Mr. Kithcart died on August 15, 1897.

Mr. Kithcart was married October 19, 1881, to Miss Mary A. Cole, who was born in Wayne Township, and is a daughter of Rowland and Eliza (Starr) Cole, both of whom were born in Wayne Township. The grandfather of Mrs. Kithcart was Ezekiel Cole who was one of the earliest settlers in Wayne Township. To Mr. and Mrs. Kithcart four children were born, namely: Georgie E., who is the wife of John L. Black, of Harrison County; Clyde D., who lives in Wayne Township;Rowland C., who is deceased; and James T., who lives with his mother on the homestead. Mr. Kithcart was a consistent member of Mount Moriah Baptist Church for many years and served as a deacon in the same. His widow is also a member of this church. He was a Democrat in politics but took little part in political discussions. He was well known in every direction and the general verdict, when he passed away, was that Wayne Township has lost one of its zens. In every relation of life he was honest and upright and he is remembered with kindness by all who knew him.

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