Martin & Peter Mansfield

Martin was born in New Jersey in 1779, settled in Canaan township in 1797, died August 7, 1860. His descendants are numerous and highly respected in the county. His brother Peter settled in Canaan on Willow creek about the same time, and was a leading man among the pioneers. Three of his sons, George, William, and Allen, still live in the same neighborhood.

[From: "History of Athens County, Ohio...." Charles M. Walker - 1869]

Nathaniel Martin

Nathaniel Martin was born in Massachusetts in 1789, and came to Carthage in 1836, where he has since lived a farmer. He served as township treasurer for twenty-two consecutively.

[From: "History of Athens County, Ohio...." Charles M. Walker - 1869]

James Mayhugh

Prominent among the citizens of Waterloo, are ... Mr. James Mayhugh, a native of Maryland, who settled here as a farmer in 1836, and now engaged in business in Marshfield; ...of whom have reared respectable families, and are highly esteemed.

[From: "History of Athens County, Ohio...." Charles M. Walker - 1869]

Rev William Holmes McGuffey, D.D., LL. D.

was born in Washington County, Penn., Sept. 23, 1800. When he was but a child his parents removed to Trumbull County, Ohio. He prepared himself and entered Washington College, Pennsylvania. In March, 1826, he was elected Professor of Ancient Languages in Miami University, Ohio, and in 1832 he was transferred to the chair of Mental Philosophy. In 1836 he was chosen President of Cincinnati College and in 1839, President of the Ohio University, which position he retained until 1843, when he returned to Cincinnati. In 1845 he was chosen Professor of Mental Philosophy in the University of Virginia, where he continued until his death, May 4, 1873.

[Source: History of Hocking Valley, Ohio Chicago:Inter-State Publishing Co. 1883]

Cinney McLean

Cinney McLean, jeweler, was born in Washington, Fayette Co. Ohio, Aug 17 1846, a son of Samuel and Eliza (Robinson) McLean with whom he lived at his birthplace until maturity. At the age of nineteen be began to learn the jeweler's trade, serving four years. Sept 15, 1868, he came to Athens and established his present business. In 1889 he was elected Treasurer of Athens City, and re-elected in 1882, the term of office being two years. Feb 29, 1889, he was married to Miss Annie, a daughter of William Edwards, of Athens. They have two children-Ben and Willie. Mr McLean is a Master, Royal Arch, Council, and Knight Templar Mason, and a member of the lodge, chapter, council and commandery at Athens.

[Source: History of Hocking Valley, Ohio Chicago:Inter-State Publishing Co. 1883 - Submitted by Kathy Stanley]

Abram and Jacob McVey

brothers, came to Athens from Washington county, Pennsylvania, in 1832, and settled in Alexander township. Some of their descendants are still living in the

[From: "History of Athens County, Ohio...." Charles M. Walker - 1869]

Joseph B. Miles

for many years a merchant and leading citizen of Athens, was born in Rutland, Massachusetts, June 21, 1781. In 1791 he removed to the northwestern territory with his parents, who settled at Belpre, in Washington county. Here he lived till he was’ twenty-seven years old. In 1808 Mr. Miles came to Athens and began business as a merchant. In January, 1809, he married Miss Elizabeth Buckingham, of Carthage township. He lived in Athens for thirty-five years, during which period he was prominent in all social, religious and business movements here. He engaged extensively in the mercantile and milling business, and was universally respected as an upright man and exemplary Christian. In 1843 he removed with his family ‘to Washington, Tazewell county, Illinois, where he died September 18th, i86o. His first wife’ died in Athens in 1821. By his first marriage Mr. Miles had six children — Catherine B., who married Mr. C. Dart and died in Houston, Texas, in February 1866; Lucy W., who married Mr. L. A. Alderson and died in Greenbrier county, Virginia, in 1832; Belinda C., who married Mr. Jared Sperry and now lives in Mt. Vernon, Ohio; Pamelia B., who died before marriage at Havana, Cuba; Elizabeth B., who was married in Natchez and died there of yellow fever in September, 1837; and Benjamin E., who now resides in Washington, Illinois. Mr. Miles married for his second wife Miss Elizabeth Fulton. Their children were Martha M., James H., Daniel L., Joseph B., Mary F., William R., and Sarah J. Mary, Martha and Joseph live in Washington, Illinois, James in Chicago, and Sarah J. (Mrs. Robert Wilson) in Farmington, Iowa. William R. died young; and Daniel L., who was lieutenant-colonel of the Forty-seventh Illinois Volunteers, during the war of the rebellion, was killed in a skirmish near Farmington, Tennessee, in May, 1862. Mr. Miles’s second wife died in 1862.

[From: "History of Athens County, Ohio...." Charles M. Walker - 1869]

Abel Miller

came to Athens county in 1802 from Middletown, Connecticut. In 1803 he purchased land two miles below the town of Athens in what is now Canaan township, and built a log cabin the same year. In a few years he had opened a fine farm, which is still known as among the best in the valley. Mr. Miller was for a long time county surveyor. He surveyed the two college townships at one time, preparatory to a leasing of the lands. He was appointed a trustee of the Ohio university in 1808, and served in that capacity till 1825 when he resigned. He was several times elected a justice of the peace, and served seven years as an associate judge. He died April 23, 1827, at the age of fifty years. Judge Miller was a man of large acquaintance, and deserved popularity through this and adjoining counties. He was a superior judge, a good citizen, and an excellent man.

[From: "History of Athens County, Ohio...." Charles M. Walker - 1869]

Amos Miller

Amos Miller, only son of Judge Abel Miller, was born in Athens county, July 27, 1807. The early years of his life were passed on his father's farm in Canaan. At the age of sixteen he entered the Ohio university, and graduated in the class of 1830. In 1831 he was elected sheriff of the county, which office he held for two terms. In 1832 he was elected by the legislature a member of the board of trustees of the Ohio university, which position he held continuously ever since.
In 1840 he removed to Rome township (having previously purchased the Case farm), where, in 1841, he established the Miller seminary, which, from a very small beginning, has become one of the most prosperous and useful academies in this section of country. Professor Miller, though not an aged man, may be classed among the pioneers.

[From: "History of Athens County, Ohio...." Charles M. Walker - 1869]

William Mills

William Mills was born in Washington county, Pennsylvania, in 1808, removed to Jefferson county, Ohio, in 1812, and to Carthage township in 1839, where he still lives. By occupation he is a farmer. He served one year as township trustee, and one year as assessor.

[From: "History of Athens County, Ohio...." Charles M. Walker - 1869]

E. Hastings Moore

born in Worcester county, Massachusetts, in 1812, came to Athens county with the family of his father, David Moore, in 1817. For about ten years the youth lived on a farm in Dover township, and then for several years on a farm in this township, about two miles from Athens, whence he finally removed to the town itself, where he has ever since resided. Mr. Moore had a good common school education (he taught some when a young man), and a taste for practical mathematics. In 1836 he became deputy county surveyor, and in 1838 was elected by the people to that office, then a difficult and laborious one. He held this position till 1846, discharging its duties with uncommon accuracy and entire acceptance to the public. In 1846 he was elected county auditor, which office he held, under re-elections, fourteen years. In 1862 he was appointed collector of internal revenue for the fifteenth Ohio district, and held the office till 1866. In 1868 he was elected to the forty-first congress from the fifteenth [missing text?]

[From: "History of Athens County, Ohio...." Charles M. Walker - 1869]

Calvary Morris

was born near Charleston, West Virginia, in 1798, and spent his youth in the Kanawha valley, laboring on a farm, and battling with the hardships of pioneer life. In 1818 he married the eldest daughter of Dr. Leonard Jewett, of Athens, and in the spring of 1819, located permanently in that town. "Finding myself” says Mr. Morris, "a stranger in a strange land, and obliged to make provision for the support of my family, my first step was to rent five acres of ground, upon which to raiseca crop of corn. While cultivating that ground, during the summer of 1819, the Rev. Jacob Lindley (then acting president of the Ohio university) came to me and said that a school teacher was much needed in our town, and proposed that I undertake it. I informed him that I was not at all qualified—that reading, writing, spelling, and a limited knowledge of arithmetic was the extent of my education. He said that the wants of the community required that arithmetic, geography, and English grammar be taught in the school, and, ‘now,’ said he, will tell you what to do. I have the books and you have brains; take my books, go to studying, and recite to me every day for three weeks, and by that time I will have a school made up for you; you will then find no difficulty in keeping ahead of your scholars so as to give satisfaction in teaching, and no one will ever suspect your present lack of qualifications.' I consented, went to work, and at the end of three weeks went into the school. I taught and studied during the day, and cultivated my corn-field part of the time by moonlight, and if there was ever any complaint of my lack of qualifications as a teacher, it never came to my knowledge."
In 1823, Mr. Morris was elected sheriff of Athens county, and re-elected by an almost unanimous vote in 1825. In 1827, at the close of his term as sheriff, he was elected to the lower branch of the state legislature, and re-elected in 1828. In 1829, he was elected to the state senate, and re-elected in 1833. In 1835, when the project of the Hocking canal was being warmly agitated, Mr. Morris was elected again to the popular branch of the assembly from Athens and Hocking counties as the avowed friend of that measure, and in the belief that he was the best man to engineer it through. To his adroit management and indefatigable efforts, the measure was mainly indebted for success, as he had to overcome the almost unanimous opposition of both branches of the legislature and the whole board of canal commissioners.
He had the pleasure of seeing the bill triumphantly passed a few days before the close of the session, and on his return home his constituents tendered him a public dinner.
In 1836 Mr. Morris was elected to congress, and re-elected in 1838 and ‘40.
In 1843 he retired from public life and engaged, to some extent, in wool growing and in the introduction of fine-wooled sheep into the county, in which business he rendered great service to the farming community.
In 1847 he removed to Cincinnati and engaged in mercantile pursuits, which finally proving unfortunate, he returned to Athens in 1854, and in 1855 was elected probate judge of the county, which office he still holds. ‘Few men, if any, now living in the county, have filled a larger part in its official history than Judge Morris, and, during his varied services, he has discharged every trust with honor and fidelity. His public life lay chiefly in the better days of the republic,’ and of our politics, and, from his present standpoint, secure in the confidence and respect of all his neighbors, he has the rare and happy fortune of being able to review his whole career without shame and without remorse.
Judge Morris is a brother of the Reverend Bishop Morris of the M. E. church. William D. Morris, of Illinois, and Levi Morris, of Louisiana, are the other surviving brothers.

[From: "History of Athens County, Ohio...." Charles M. Walker - 1869]

Alfred Morrison

Alfred Morrison, son of Joseph and Susan Morrison, was born in Jefferson County, Ohio, Aug 21 1820. He was the sixth of a family of seven children, and when only four years old his father died. His mother took her children to Belmont County and lived there eleven years. They then came to Athens County and settled on the same farm where Mr Morrison now lives. Nov 15, 1842, he married Minerva Benson, of Monroe County, Ohio. They have seven children-Joseph, Emma J, Susan, Elizabeth, E.B., Lydia A and George. Mr Morrison has a fine farm of 220 acres, with a good residence and farm buildings. Politically he is a Democrat. He has been School Director many years, and takes an active interest in the welfare and education of the young. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, Lodge No. 25, Athens.

[Source: History of Hocking Valley, Ohio Chicago:Inter- State Publishing Co. 1883 - Submitted by Kathy Stanley]


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