JOSEPH W. EDMISTON, a representative citizen of Knox Township, Jefferson County, Ohio, owns a very valuable farm containing 200 acres which he has long devoted to general agriculture and has made something of a specialty of sheep raising. He was born in Island Creek Township, Jefferson County, June 30, 1833, and is a son of John and Elizabeth (Canning) Edmiston.
John Edmiston was born in Pennsylvania in 1807 and was a son of Joseph Edmiston, who moved his family to Jefferson County in 1814, settling first in Knox Township but moving in the following year to Island Creek Township, where he was one of the first settlers and where he died in 1819. John Edmiston was a man of fine character and for many years was a Justice of the Peace and held other local offices, being elected to the same on the Democratic ticket. He died July 22, 1869. He was a leading member of the Island Creek Presbyterian Church. He wedded Elizabeth Canning, who was also born in Pennsylvania and died in Ohio, October 15, 1865. In addition to farming, John Edmiston operated a grist mill on Yellow Creek from 1841 until 1848, after which he devoted himself entirley to his farm.
Joseph W. Edmiston was educated in the subscription schools in Knox Township, where his life has been spent, with the exception of the years that he gave to the service of his country as a Union soldier in the great Civil War. In August, 1862, he enlisted in Company D, 98th O. Vol. Inf., which became a part of the Army of the Cumberland, and during the greater part of his service he was in General Thomas's command. However, when Sherman marched to the sea, Mr. Edmiston was one of his weary but victorious soldiers. He took part in many severe battles, among them the battles of Perryville, Chickamauga, Resaca, Jonesboro and Bentonville. He survived those strenous years of marching and battling and being honorably discharged in June, 1865, has since lived a peaceful, industrial life in Knox Township. He is one of the valued members of the G. A. R. Post at Toronto, Ohio.
Mr. Edmiston was married February 17, 1870, to Miss Margaret Pittenger, who was born in Knox Township, a daughter of the late Thomas Pittenger, a former well known citizen of that township. Six children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Edmiston: Mary E., who married John A. Johnston; Cora M., Laura B. and John W., all of Knox Township; Sara E., who married J. W. Wallace; and Lathryn M., who resides at home. Mr. Edmiston and family are members of the Island Creek Presbyterian Church. In politics he is a Democrat and for a number of years served as clerk and also as trustee of the township. He is a member of Jenkins Lodge No. 471, F. & A. M., at Hammondsville, and of the Knights of Pythias at New Somerset, Ohio.