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Peter W. Wikoff


Transcription contributed by Arne H Trelvik 31 May 2003

The History of Warren County Ohio
Part V. Biographical Sketches
Deerfield Township
(Chicago, IL: W. H. Beers Co, 1882; reprint, Mt. Vernon, IN: Windmill Publications, 1992)


PETER W. WIKOFF. retired farmer; P. O. Mason; was born in Deerfield Township, in the year 1813. He is a son of Garrett and Phoebe (Cox) Wikoff, who were born in the State of New Jersey, in which their early lives were passed. With their respective families they came to Warren County; he the year 1809; she with her family in 1810. They were married in Deerfield Township in 1811. Peter Wikoff and wife Catherine Tice, came at the same time, and were accompanied with their family, which consisted of eight children. In the home of their adoption they lived and died. Both were members of the Presbyterian Church. After Garrett Wikoff was married he settled on land in Section 35, where he lived for some years, when he sold out and went to Indiana; but four years latter returned to his former home. Two years after he went to Franklin, in which he lived four years, after which he returned to his old home, where he died in 1842. She died in 1862. To them were born eight children, viz.: William, Peter, Garrett, Margaret, Phoebe A., Julia A., Mary J. and Catherine. Our subject was reared on the farm, and remained with his parents on the farm in Indiana, until so broken down with ague he was obliged to return to Ohio, when he worked as a hired hand, giving the proceeds of his labor to his father. In 1833, he was married to Sarah, daughter

of Major William Mason. After the celebration of this event he located on land adjoining the village of Mason. He has been successful during life, and his farm of 440 areas attests the fact. He has been no political aspirant, caring nothing for the bauble of office, and with the exception of one year he served as Justice of the Peace, has held no other office. He has been a member of the Mason Horse Rangers for thirty years. Major William Mason and wife, Sarah Murphy, were parents of Mrs. Wikoff; he was born in Pennsylvania, and afterwards removed to Palmyra, Tenn., from whence he came to Ohio, about 1798, and first settled on the Little Miama river, near Madisonville, Ohio. Here he lost his first wife Mary McClellan, and soon after came to this township, in which he bought 36 acres, the present site of Mason. By his first wife he had two children, viz. – Maria and Samuel. By the second four children viz.: Cynthia, Sarah, William and Elizabeth. At the age of sixteen he entered in the war of the Revolution, and served under Col. Hookum; for meritorious service was commissioned Major. He also enlisted in 1812, but only served a short time. He was much noted for his liberality, and at his death willed to the village of Mason 40 acres of land.

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