Biographies were taken from
The History of Northwestern Ohio & History of Paulding County
(H H Hardesty & Company Chicago IL/Toledo OH 1882)
Transcribed by Janet Kwasniak and Mike Sandridge
FERGERSON, Jasper A. - and Susan Ellsworth, his
wife, were both born in Luzerne county, Pennsylvania. His birth,
October 8, 1829; hers, March 25, 1831, and married in Erie county,
Ohio, on the 9th day of October, 1856. His parents are Richard and
Polly (Rice) Fergerson; hers are Avery and Susan (Fitch) Ellsworth. The
names of their children are: Henry E., born August 7, 1857; Augustus,
December 5, 1859, died March 20, 1861; Jennie A., December 25, 1863,
died April 13, 1879; John S., February 16, 1870, died October 20, 1877.
Mr. Fergerson was the first marshal in the town of Paulding; filled the
office of Sheriff for six years, and has held several other offices. He
is now proprietor of the Caroline House. Address, Paulding, Paulding
FILLEY, David - is a resident of Carryall
township, where he is engaged in school-teaching; he settled in
Paulding county in 1871. His birth took place in Indiana, August 28,
1859. His father, Benjamin Filley, was born March 22, 1831; his
mother's name was Elma Jane (Goodrick) Filley. They also settled in
this county in 1871. Mr. Filley's address is Antwerp, Paulding county,
FINAN, John - settled in this county in
1848, where he is engaged in farming. Mr. Finan was born in the county
of Sligo, Ireland, December 23, 1804, and was married to Ellen Moran,
July 10, 1837. Mrs. Finan was also born in Sligo, Ireland. They have
the following children: James, born August 28, 1838, died March 10,
1873; Rodger, January 27, 1840; John, April 28, 1842, died October 18,
1871; Edward, October 25, 1844; Peter, July 27, 1847; Mary, May 12,
1849; Michael, November 1, 1851; Infant baby, December 5, 1853, died
same day; Thomas, January 15, 1856. Mr. Finan’s first four
sons were born in Ireland; his fifth, Peter, was born on the ocean near
the mouth of the St. Lawrence river, and the balance in this country.
His son, Edward, served in the war of the Rebellion in the hundred day
service. Mr. Finan’s parents were Rodger Finan and Eleanor
(Calloway) Finan; the former died in 1837, the latter in 1844. Mrs.
Finan’s parents were Manus Moran and Eleanor (Hunt) Moran,
both deceased; the former in 1838, and the latter in 1849. Mr. Finan
has held the office of Supervisor for eight terms. His address is
McGill, Paulding county, Ohio.
FISH, Orlando - is a native of Ohio, having
been born in Union county, Ohio, August 4, 1855, and married in
Delaware county, Ohio, October 2, 1879to Eliza Ann, daughter of Peter
and Mary Ann (Hinton) Coonfare; she was born in Pulaski county,
Indiana, April 23, 1855. They had one child Clarence L., born July 21,
1880, died November 27, 1880. His parents are Cornelius and Elizabeth
(Rend) Fish. They still live in Union county, Ohio. His
wife’s parents are residents of Pulaski county, Indiana. His
wife had one brother in the war of the Rebellion. Address Mr. Fish at
Royal Oak, Paulding county, Ohio.
FISHER, Samuel -
born in Richland county, Ohio, May 25, 1822; his parents being Jacob
and Catharine (Davis) Fisher; his mother died in Ohio in 1833, and his
father in Iowa in 1872. Mr. Fisher’s first wife was Julia A.,
daughter of John and Julia A. (Hobletzell) French. The children by this
marriage are: Christina, born January 20, 1846; William W., September
16, 1848; John W., April 19, 1852; Rebecca E., August 25, 1854;
Lafayette R., August 10, 1857; Lurie V., September 20, 1861. Mr.
Fisher’s first marriage took place in Crawford county,
January 4, 1845. His second marriage occurred in Van Wert county, Ohio,
June 24, 1878, his wife being Esther A. (Ferguson) McCullough, who was
born in Maryland in October 1829. Her father, John Ferguson, died in
that State. Mrs. Fisher’s first husband, John F. McCullough
was killed at Dallas, Georgia, when in an engagement under General W.
T. Sherman. Mr. Fisher was a member of the 132d Ohio, being engaged
around Washington at the time of General Early’s raid. The
birthplace of his parents was Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. Mr. Fisher
first settled in Defiance county in 1851, and moved to Paulding county
in 1855. Business; farming and blacksmithing. He is still a resident of
Brown township, Charloe, Paulding county, Ohio.
FLECK, William F. - was born in Wayne county,
Ohio, January 21, 1842; was married at Antwerp, Paulding county, Ohio,
November 28, 1866 to Emily S. Hill. The following are their children:
Ovil Waite, born December 26, 1873; Millie Hayes, August 24, 1876;
William Nelson, December 27, 1878; the two first are deceased. Mr.
Fleck’s wife was born n Defiance county, Ohio, October 27,
1846. He settled in this county in 1854, and has been Clerk of Antwerp
corporation two terms. His parents were Henry and Rebecca (Bowers)
Fleck, settlers in this county in 1847. His wife’s parents
were Daniel McFalen Hill, born in 1809, and Pamelia (Snook) Hill, born
in 1810; they settled in this county in 1834. William F. Fleck enlisted
in company G, 14th Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry, April 22, 1861,
fro three months; was discharged August 13, 1861. During this time, he
served in West Virginia, and engaged in the battles of Phillippi, Cheat
River, etc. He re-enlisted in the same company and regiment, August 26,
1861, to serve three years, W. H. Eckles commanding company, and James
B. Steedman commanding regiment. He served in Kentucky, Tennessee,
Northern Mississippi and Alabama; was in a number of skirmishes, but
his regiment lost few men until the battle of Chickamauga, fought
September 19 and 20th, 1863. From the brigade of which Mr.
Fleck’s regiment formed a part was fired the first gun in
that hard-fought battle, and Company G, going into the fight with
forth-seven men, ran, file and musicians, lost thirty men, and of those
taken prisoners, all but three were wounded. During the fight the
regiment had six color-bearers shot. Mr. Fleck’s tent-mates,
T. B. Harris, W. A. Tanner and J. Q. A. Conard, were wounded the first
day of the fight; Conard was taken prisoner, and died at Andersonville.
After the battles of Missionary Ridge, Lookout Mountain, etc., where
the Northern forces were victorious, Mr. Fleck was one of twenty men
belonging to Company G to re-enlist for three years, or during the war.
Re-enlisting December 14, 1863, after thirty days’ furlough
he returned to the army, participating in the Atlanta campaign, which
terminated in the battle of Jonesboro, September 1, 1864. He was with
Sherman’s forces in their celebrated march to the sea, and in
the subsequent march across South Carolina, terminated in the capture
of Raleigh, North Carolina, where he heard of President
Lincoln’s assassination. Here, also, he heard that Lee had
surrendered. Mr. Fleck’s regiment then marched to Washington,
by way of Richmond, Virginia. Having been reviewed at Washington, they
were ordered to Louisville, Kentucky, there mustered out to date July
5, 1865, receiving pay and final discharge at Cleveland, Ohio. Mr.
Fleck gave four years and three months of faithful and constant service
in the war. His present business is farming and stock raising. Address,
Antwerp, Paulding county, Ohio.
FOSTER, Daniel Gilman - and Olive Murphy were married
July 30, 1851. He was born in New York State, July 10, 1826. Her
birthplace was Carryall township, October 30, 1830. Their children are:
Nancy D. (Rumbaw), born May 20, 1852; George W., July 16, 1856; Rosella
(Rumbaw), October 3, 1858; Olive Irena, July 28, 1861; John Anderson,
April 18, 1864; Thomas G., May 26, 1866; Florence Cathlena, June 26,
1868; William Clarendon, July 23, 1870; Daniel P. M., September 15,
1872. Mr. Foster’s parents are George W. and Maria (Delaney)
Foster. His wife’s parents are David P. Murphy, born April
19, 1807, and Nancy (Runion) Murphy, born October 31, 1808. They
settled in this county in 1828. Mr. Foster was a member of Company C,
68th Regiment Ohio volunteer Infantry; enlisted October, 1861;
discharged, June, 1865. He was in all the engagements in which the
regiment took part, numbering twenty-one battles and seven sieges. The
service so impaired his health that he was unable to do any labor and
died January 18, 1874. Address, Mrs. Foster, Antwerp, Paulding county,
FRENCH, Andrew Y. - born in Crawford county,
Ohio, September 14, 1845, settled in Paulding county in 1853, with his
parents, William T. and Mary (Yeagly) French. He was married in
Paulding, Ohio, March 30, 1867, to Lottie B. Harbaugh, who was born in
Richland county, December 12, 1847. Her parents, Frederick C. and
Margaret (Aston) Harbaugh, settled in this county in 1866. Mr.
French’s children are: Frederick William, born November 20,
1867; Minnie K., September 10, 1869, died February 14, 1870; Ethel,
January 3, 1877. Mr. French was in the 10oth Regiment Ohio Volunteer
Infantry; enlisted July 30, 1863, and discharged July 31, 1865; was
engaged in the battles of Buzzard’s Roost, Resaca, Knoxville,
Franklin, and Nashville. He is now proprietor of a hotel in Paulding,
Paulding county, Ohio.
FRENCH, William T. -
death occurred October 24, 1879, was born in Crawford county, May 29,
1819. He was a son of John and Julia A. (Hobelsell) French; settled in
Paulding county in 1853. His wife, Margaret J., to whom he was married
January 5, 1853, is a daughter of Thomas C. and Sarah (Cartwright)
Poyns, who came to this county in 1861; she was born in Conneaut, Ohio,
October 19, 1833, and her children are: Courtland J., born December 23,
1853, died January 17, 1854; Carrie L., September 30, 1857; Effie, July
11, 1860, died November 17, 1860; Sankey L., December 23, 1861. Mr.
French has held the offices of Clerk of Courts three years; Recorder,
seven years; several years Postmaster, and Justice of the Peace one
term. His son Andrew Y. served three years in the army. Mrs.
French’s father also served in the army; he enlisted in the
11th Regiment Michigan Volunteer Infantry; served thirteen months, and
was discharged for disability; then re-enlisted as a substitute, for
nine months, in the 9th Indiana Cavalry; again re-enlisted in the 7th
Indiana Cavalry, for three years, or during the war; was injured in the
battle of Okolona, Tennessee, and died, July 20, 1870, from injuries
received during the war. Mrs. French also had twin brothers in the war.
Edward C. served seventeen months in the 11th Regiment Michigan
Volunteer Infantry, was discharged for disability, and died at
Nashville, on his way home; Edwin G. served three years and was
discharged at the expiration of his term of service with the loss of
his left hand at the battle of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Mrs. French is
a dressmaker in Paulding, Paulding county, Ohio.
FRY, Joel - and Matilda King were both
born and married in Logan county, Ohio; the birth of the former
occurred on May 1, 1844, of the later November 7, 1844, and their
marriage, April 3, 1867. Their children, all living at home, are: Mary
M., born February 15, 1868; William C., September 25, 1869; Amos W.,
March 1, 1873; Laura J., June 10, 1875; Ashby R., August 12, 1877;
Peter Edward, June 12, 1880. Joel’s father, Peter Fry,
resides in Logan county; his mother, Emeline (Golden) Fry, died
December 30, 1858. Mrs. Fry’s parents, Jacob and Mary
(Rolands) King, died March 3, 1870, and September 25, 1878,
respectively. Mr. Fry served in the defense of the Union, in the 128th
Ohio; his brother, John Fry, was in the same regiment. Amos, another
brother, served in the 4th Ohio. All were honorably discharged at the
close of the war. Mr. Fry’s business is farming. Address,
Payne, Paulding county, Ohio.
FRYMAN, William Augustus
- son of Jacob and Rachel
(Gallant) Fryman, was born in Delaware county, January 14, 1841, and
settled in this county in 1852. He was married January 14, 1879, to
Alsinda Murphy, born in this county. Her parents are Daniel and
Elizabeth (King) Murphy, settlers of this county in 1850. She has one
child, Theannas, born November 7, 1879. Mr. Fryman enlisted in 1862, a
member of Company C, 68th, Ohio; was in the battles of Atlanta,
Jonesboro, Orangeburg, and several skirmishes; went through with
Sherman to the sea. His father was in the same company and regiment;
died at Vicksburg of brain fever. The subject of this history has been
twice married; his first wife was Sarah Jane Doyle, daughter of Joshua
Doyle, by whom he had the following children: Ida Ellen, born August 9,
1868; William Henry, September 9, 1870; Jacob Harvey, February 9, 1874.
Mrs. Fryman died December 4, 1875. Mr. Fryman is a farmer in Auglaize
township. Postoffice address, Junction, Paulding county, Ohio.
FULLER, Orson D. - was born in Cuyahoga county,
Ohio, July 30, 1829. His parents were Able B. and Roxanna (Cole)
Fuller, both died in Putnam county, Ohio; the former in June 1856, the
latter in April 1840. He has been thrice married. His first wife was
Ellen, daughter of James and Mary Mayberry and to whom one child was
born, Nancy M., July 11, 1852; she lives in Brown township. His second
wife was Mary Jamison, a sister of his present wife; he has also two
children by this wife, John Francis, born August 27, 1854; Alexander
T., December 13, 1857; both reside in Brown township. The present Mrs.
Fuller is Cynthia, daughter of Francis and Rachel (Wroten) Jamison,
both of whom are deceased-the father in Putnam county, the mother in
Allen county. She was born in Allen county, Ohio, October 27, 1833, and
their marriage took place in Putnam county, Ohio, March 4, 1860. They
have three children: Mary A., born March 4, 1862; Julia E., April 7,
1864; Rachel F., August 25, 1866, died November 29, 1878. Mr. Fuller
has no less than five different families residing under his roof, among
whom there has always been a harmonious feeling. He has been Clerk of
Courts in this county for three years. He had two brothers, Jonathan
and Jacob, in the war of 1861; the first was a member of the 57th Ohio.
Orson is a farmer, and a blacksmith. He settled in this county in
November 1865. Address, Oakwood, Paulding county, Ohio.
FULLER, Samuel - was one of the pioneers of
this county, having settled in Brown township in 1853; at that time
there was no road from his place in Charloe, and he had to carry his
grain on his back to mill. He was married in Illinois, December 19,
1837, to Eunice M. Ashley, daughter of Isaac and Eunice (Levette)
Ashley. She was born in Genesee county, New York, March 9, 1817; her
father died in Illinois; her mother died in Cuyahoga county, Ohio. Mr.
Fuller was born in Whitehall, Vermont, November 18, 1812. Their family
consists of: Willis, born March 31, 1839; Martha A., October 15, 1840,
died April 20, 1841; Isaac A., July 9, 1842, died July 10, 1844;
Albert, September 10, 1844; Happalonia, August 3, 1847; Ellen Ada and
Ellen Adell, twins, September 27, 1851; Ellen Ada died October 17,
1851, and Ellen Adell died October 29, 1851. Mr. Fuller’s
parents were Jacob and Lucy (Evans) Fuller; both are deceased. His sons
Willis and Albert were in the war of 1861. Willis lost an arm, July 22,
1864, in front of Atlanta; they both remained in service until the
close of the war. His father was a teamster in the war of 1812, and his
grandfather was in the Revolutionary war. Mr. Fuller is a farmer.
Address, Oakwood, Paulding county, Ohio.
FULLER, Willis - was born in Cuyahoga county,
Ohio, March 31, 1829, and married to Nancy A. Burt in Paulding county,
June 8, 1866; her birth took place in Morrow county, Ohio, March 23,
1848. Their family consists of Marwin C., born December 4, 1867;
Earnest A., June 24, 1870; Minnie A., December 20, 1874. Mr. Fuller was
in the war of the Rebellion, first enlisting April 22, 1861, in Company
G, 14th Ohio; he re-enlisted in Company C, 68th Ohio; he lost an arm at
the battle of Peach Ridge, Georgia, July 22, 1864. He was discharged
June 27, 1865. He has served as Township Assessor for several terms,
and Treasurer for one term. His parents were Samuel and Eunice W. M.
(Ashley) Fuller. His wife’s parents are Lot and Abigail E.
(Brown) Burt. They settled in the county in 1866. Mr. Fuller resides in
Brown township, and his postoffice address is Oakwood, Paulding county,
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