Robert A. Warren, one of the representative agriculturalists of Knox Township, Jefferson County, Ohio, where he owns a farm of 181 acres which he devotes to general farming and stock raising, was born in Coshocton County, Ohio, July 29, 1842, and is a son of Thomas and Jane (Thompson) Warren.
Thomas Warren was one of the early settlers in Knox Township and was the first white man who ever cut down a tree on the farm on which his son resides. Indians were still numerous in this part of the county, but they gave little trouble and in the course of time they disappeared. Thomas Warren was a man of excellent qualities and was chosen for the township offices and for official positions in the United Presbyterian Church, being an elder of the Knoxville church for many years. His life extended beyond the three score years and ten of the Psalmist and his record was that of a good and useful man. He was twice married and the following children survive: Eli, who lives in Kansas; Hannah J., who resides in Knox Township; Rebecca E., who is the widow of William Gladden, who lived in Knox Township; and Robert A. The Warren family is evidently of English extraction and the first of the name of this branch to settle in Ohio, was William Warren, the grandfather of Robert A., who came from Pennsylvania to Jefferson county.
Robert A. Warren was four years old when his parents brought him from Cosocton County to Knox Township, Jefferson County, and while too young at that time for him to now recall conditions, he can remember the changes that have taken place in everything since his first concious boyhood. It takes a long time to clear up a farm from the wilderness and put it into condition of the land which Mr. Warren has under cultivativation, and it has taken years of industry to accomplish. He gained his education in the public shools, as they were at that time, and has always been one of the best informed men of his township, keeping abreast with the times by general reading.
Mr. Warren was married May 30, 1870, to Mary J. Gladden, who was born in Allegheny County, Pa. She is a sister of the late William Gladden, of Knox Township. Eleven children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Warren, as follows: Jennie, who is the wife of James Alexander, of Knox Township; Mollie, who is the wife of Grant Wilkinson, of Knox Township; Sadie, who is the wife of Harry Wilson, of the same township; Thomas G., who also is of Knox Township; William M., who lives at Toronto, Ohio; Glenn, who lives in Knox Township; Mina, who is the wife of Parker McClelland, of Knox Township; Robert A., Jr., a student at Western Reserve College, at Cleveland, Ohio; Archie W., who is in college at New Wilmington, Pa.; Lola and Richard D., both of whom are at home. Mr. Warren and family are members of the United Presbyterian Church at Knoxville and he is serving as a trustee of the same.
Mr. Warren has always been a good citizen, ready to obey the laws and to work for the general welfare of his community and has been a friend of the public schools. In 1864 he enlisted for service in the Civil War and served four months as a member of Company C, 157th Ohio Vol. Inf. In his views on public questions he is a Prohibitionist. He is a member of the G. A. R. Post at Toronto, Ohio.