OLIVER P. NAYLOR, whose well cultivated farm of 180 acres lies in a very desireable part of Smithfield Township, Jefferson County, Ohio, is one of the representative men of this section and belongs to one of the substantial old families of the township. He was boen near York, Jefferson County, Ohio, June 11, 1843, and is a son of John S. and a grandson of Samuel Naylor.
John S. Naylor was born at Baltimore, Md., in 1800, a son of Samuel and Rebecca Naylor, who were married January 15, 1795. In 1809, Samuel Naylor and wife came to Ohio and settled in the woods, in Smithfield Township. At that time their son, John S. Naylor, was a boy of nine years and well remembered the long and unusual journey across the mountains, in the big farm wagon. He grew to manhood, married and died in Smithfield Township, a wise, good man who was universally esteemed. His death occurred in 1884. He married Jane McGrew, who died in 1862. Their family numbered nine children: Elizabeth, Anna, Rebecca, Nathan, Samuel G., William B., Oliver P. and two wo died in infancy. Elizabeth, Anna and Rebecca are all deceased.
Oliver P. Naylor was eleven years old when his parents moved to the present farm. He attended the district schools and in 1860 became a student in the Friend's Boarding School at Mt. Pleasant. On May 2, 1864, he enlisted for service in the Civil War, entering Company H, 157th O.V.I., being mustered in at Camp Chase. his service was mainly guard duty and he was mustered out on September 2, 1864. He then attended the Normal School at hopedale and in 1866 began teaching school, beginning at Rush Run, and continued educational work for three years. Mr. Naylor then became interested in the sheep industry and followed that business for forty years but is no longer active in that line. His farm is devoted to general farming and stock raising and at present is under the management of Mr. Naylor's youngest son, Russell Samuel Naylor. Mr. Naylor was married December 24, 1867, to Miss Margaret Jane Elliott, who was born in Wayne Township, Jefferson County, one of a family of twelve children born to John and Isabella Elliott, both of whom are deceased.
Mr. and Mrs. Naylor have had five children: Etta Jane, who died August 31, 1887, at the age of nineteen years; John O., born March 4, 1870, who was admitted to the Jefferson County bar in 1897, and married Grace Meek, of Mt. Pleasant; Howard E., born December 6, 1873, who lives near his father, married Anna Parr and they have one child, Virginia; Mabel G., born June 7, 1876, who married George Lemmon and has one child, Margaret P.; and Russell Samuel, who was born July 19, 1888. Mr. Naylor and family are members of the Friends' Church. Politically he is a Republican. He is identified with Daniel McCook Post No. 344, G. A. R., at Smithfield.