Cornelius Battelle O'Bleness

Cornelius Battelle O'Bleness, carpenter and joiner, was born at Newport, O., Sept 23, 1853. He left home in his twentieth year and came to Athens and became apprenticed to his brother, Henry O'Bleness, to learn the carpenter's trade, serving three years. He then, in 1876, went to Sidney, O., and worked one year, when he returned to Athens, where he has since resided. Sept. 20, 1878, he married Miss Belle Johns, of Athens. They have one child-Frank Bernard. Mr O'Bleness is a member of the Masonic, Odd Fellows and Knights of Pythias fraternities of Athens. He was first Past Chancellor of Athenian Lodge, No. 104, K. of P., of Athens, and has represented his lodge in the Grand Lodge of the State of Ohio.

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

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