David Parkins

settled in Bern at an early day, and is among the most respected citizens.

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

Eliphaz Perkins

Eliphaz Perkins, son of John Perkins, a leading citizen of Norwich, Connecticut, was born at that place, August 25, 1753. Deprived of his father at an early age, he was nevertheless enabled, through the exertions of, his mother, to obtain a liberal education. Soon after leaving college, Mr. Perkins married Lydia Fitch, daughter of Dr. Jabez Fitch, of Canterbury, Connecticut, and engaged for a time in the mercantile business in that town. Subsequently he engaged in the same business in New Haven; having, however, an inclination to professional pursuits, he finally entered on the study of medicine with his father-in-law, and this was his vocation during the rest of his life. The times being hard, and his family increasing, Dr. Perkins decided to remove to a new country, and, in the spring of 1789, leaving his family in Connecticut, he started for Marietta. On his arrival here he found a number of persons from Clarksburg, Virginia, engaged in laying out a road between that place and Marietta. At their urgent solicitation he returned with them to Clarksburg, where he practiced medicine for nearly two years. The Indian war began about this time, and Dr. Perkins witnessed some terrible scenes of border warfare. In one instance the savages killed and scalped a family near where the Doctor was passing the night. One member of the family, a girl about fourteen years old, was scalped and left for dead in the fence corner. Dr. Perkins found her the next morning, still alive, took her under his care, and with good treatment and an elastic constitution, she was finally restored to health.
In the autumn of 1790, Dr. Perkins returned to Connecticut and rejoined his family, whom he had not heard from, nor they from him, for nearly two years. During the next few years, he lived part of the time in Connecticut, and part of the time in Vermont, and practiced his profession. He finally decided to remove his family to the northwest, and they set out for Marietta the third of June. 1799. He had at this time seven children, the eldest of whom, then a young lady of fifteen (afterwards Mrs. David Pratt, of Athens), kept a journal of their trip to Marietta, which is now before us.

Dr. Perkins was a man of much culture and refined manners, and, being a skillful physician, his arrival in the community was hailed with general joy. His professional skill, gentle manners, and quiet Christian deportment gained him immediate popularity and influence, which he was prompt to exert in every good cause. He labored to establish and sustain common schools in the county, and was an ardent friend of and liberal contributor to the Ohio University, of which institution he was one of the first trustees, and for many years treasurer. He was postmaster at Athens for about seventeen years, and county treasurer for many years. His descendants are widely scattered. His sons, Chauncey and Jabez, studied medicine with their father at Athens. Jabez died January 12 th, 1843, having never married. Dr. Chauncey Perkins lives in Erie Pennsylvania. Eliphaz was a mechanic in early county, life, but studied for the ministry and preached for several years before his death; his descendants are in Kansas. John, another son of Dr. Perkins, is well known in Athens, where he has lived nearly seventy years. Henry, another son, graduated at the Ohio University, and in theology at Princeton, New Jersey. He has been pastor of a Presbyterian church at Allentown, New Jersey, over thirty years. One of Dr. Perkins’ daughters was married to Captain David Pratt, of Athens; another to Mr. Isaac Taylor, long known as a hotelkeeper in this town; another to Dr. Medbury, formerly a physician here; another to Dr. Win. Thompson, of Richmond, Ohio. Seven of Dr. Perkins’ descendants have been ministers of the gospel, and six the wives of ministers; he died at Athens, April 29th, 1828.

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

John Perkins

John Perkins, son of Dr. Eliphaz Perkins, was born in Leicester, Vermont, in 1791, and came to the town of Athens with his father’s family in the year 18oo. His father located at Athens on account of the prospective establishment of the Ohio University here, and since that time two of his sons, five grandsons and two great-grandsons have graduated at this institution. Mr. Perkins has lived in Athens nearly seventy years, and was postmaster here for about twenty-two years. He has been engaged in mercantile pursuits during a large part of his life, and is known in the county as a most upright man and a good citizen. Though nearly eighty years old, his firm step and clear mind bespeak a temperate life and approving conscience.

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

Edmund Perry

settled in Bern at an early day, and were among the most respected citizens.

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

Richard Phillips

Richard Phillips, a native of Hunterdon County, N.J., born Jan 11 1807, was a son of Thomas and Mary (Angell) Phillips, natives of England. He lived on a farm till seventeen years of age and then went to learn boot and shoe maker's trade, an occupation he followed many years. In December, 1831, he married Leah Bishop. They have ten children-John B, Mary, Thomas, Wilson, Kate, Elizabeth, David, W.H.L., Jane and Belle. In May, 1842, Mr Phillips started for Athens County, with his family and household goods. He was on the road a month, arriving in Athens, June 4. He settled in Lodi Township on the farm now owned by Thomas Angell. Here, with the assistance of his sons, he cleared 160 acres of timbered land. In 1856 he sold the farm and removed to Canaan Township. He lived there till 1870 and then bought his present home, where he has fifty acres of good land and is surrounded with all the comforts of life. His wife died in October, 1868,, and June 6 1870, he married Jane Robinson, a native of England. Mr Phillips is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, and has been a Steward and Class leader. He started in life poor, and by his own exertions has aquired the property he now has.

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

Rufus P Porter

Rufus P Porter and Mary A Butler were married in Gallia county, July 28, 1864. He was born in Athens county, March 22, 1821, and his wife is a native of this county, born June 13, 1840. Their children are: Carrie E., born May 11, 1865; William P., December 28, 1866; Luther E. B., June 20, 1876; Kate, October 18, 1878; they all reside at home. The parents of Mr. Porter are Solomon C. and Phebe K. (Burnham) Porter; his father was born in 1798, and came to Gallia county in 1836; the mother of Rufus was born in the year 1801. The first wife of Mr. Porter was Elizabeth Heaton, who died December 10, 1863. To show the respect in which Mr. Porter is held by the residents of this township, it is only necessary to say that he served as county commissioner six years; justice of the peace, nine years; school director, fifteen years; and township treasurer, five years. The parents of Mrs. Porter are Fleming and Elizabeth (Eagle) Butler, settlers of this county in 1816. Mr. Butler was a soldier in the war of 1812, and drew a pension during his life. Mr. Porter is a farmer, residing in Huntington township. His postoffice address is Vinton, Gallia county, Ohio.

[SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, & c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882. - Tr. by A. Parks]

L. D. Poston

L. D. Postonwas born in Hampshire county, Virginia, March 29, 1812, and came to Athens county in September, 1830. For about two years after coming here he worked out by the month, then engaged in buying and selling cattle till October, 1835, when he settled in Nelsonville in the mercantile business. The letter of credit, on which he purchased his first stock of goods, was given him by J. N. and J. H. Norton, and Ezra and William Stewart of Athens. In 1852 Mr. Poston began extensive coal operations which he still continues, owning some of the most valuable coal lands and mines in the township. He is a man of strict integrity, fine business capacity, and an excellent citizen. By his own efforts and attention to business he has become one of the wealthiest men in the county

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

Capt. David Pratt

Capt. David Pratt, born at Colchester, Connecticut, in 1780, came with his father’s family to Marietta in 1798, and removed to Athens in 1812. Here he was for many years a successful teacher, ‘and there are old men living who well remember his thorough instruction and his stern discipline. In 1814 he married Miss Julia Perkins, eldest daughter of Dr. Eliphaz Perkins, whose Christian graces and excellence of character were long known and admired in Athens. To them were born three sons and three daughters, all of whom are now living. The sons are all graduates of the Ohio university; two of them, the Rev. Eliphaz Perkins Pratt and the Rev. John H. Pratt being well-known ministers of the Presbyterian church, and the third, Dr. Robert Pratt, a successful physician in Illinois. David Pratt died in 1861 and his wife in 1867, aged eighty-three. They were both members of the Presbyterian church in Athens for more than half a century.

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

Dr John Pratt

Dr John Pratt, a native of Schuyler county, New York, settled in Coolville in 1835. He is now sixty-eight years of age, hale and healthy, and has practiced his profession in this community for a third of a century.

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

James Price

a native of Rhode Island, settled in Trimble in 1820. One of his sons, Mr. Abel Price, is now living in the township

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

Samuel B. Pruden

Samuel B. Pruden, son of Silas Pruden, was born at Norristown, New Jersey, January 17, 1798, and came to Athens county with his father’s family in 1815. On arriving at manhood he developed unusual capacity for business, and, during his long residence in the county, was one of her prominent and leading citizens. In 1826 he began the milling and wool-carding business at the “Bingham mills,” west of Athens, which he continued about ten years. In 1836 he established himself permanently about two miles below Athens, on the Hockhocking, where he erected an oil mill, a grist and saw mill, and in 1840 a salt boiling establishment. “The settlement that he here founded has long been known as Harmony. For many years Mr. Pruden carried on the manufacture of salt at this point, and also at Chauncey, in Dover township, where he owned another furnace. He was associate judge for one term, trustee of the Ohio university for several years, and represented the county in the state legislature in 1854-5. He also held the office of county surveyor for many years. As a member of the Masonic fraternity he advanced from one degree to another in that body, till he became commander of the Athens Encampment of Knights Templar. He died December 10, 1863.

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

Silas Pruden

Silas Pruden, born in Norristown, New Jersey, in 1773, came to Athens county in 1815, and purchased the mills and farm east of Athens, then owned by Col. Jehiel Gregory, who soon after removed to Fayette county, Ohio. Mr. Pruden rebuilt and improved the mills, which were known as the “Pruden mills,” till about 1836, when Mr. Pruden sold them with the adjoining farm, etc., to J. B. & R. W. Miles. Mr. Pruden was a man of considerable means, and raised a highly respectable family of six sons and seven daughters. In November, 1832, one of his daughters, Achsah, was married to John Brough, late governor of Ohio. Mr. Pruden was a member of the Presbyterian church during his residence in the county, and a most worthy man. In 1837 he removed to Hocking county where he died, November 30, 1856.

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

Abraham Pugsley

In 1804 Abraham Pugsley came in with his family, and settled on the section south of Mr. Weethee and Mr. True. Mr Pugsley, who was a good citizen and excellent man, reared a large and respectable family here. He was drowned during the winter of the "cold plague" in 1814, while crossing the creek on the ice to visit a sick family. His oldest son, John, died several years since. The youngest son, James, is living, though very old.
One of the daughters of Abraham Pugsley had a singular adventure in early life. She was married, when only thirteen years of age, to a man named Neal. Her husband enlisted in the army in 1812, and, after he left home with his company, on a keel boat, from the mouth of the Hockhocking (where they then lived), for Newport, Kentucky, the rendezvous, his wife determined to follow him and share his fortunes, whatever they might be. She started down the river alone in a canoe, and passed the first night in the little craft on the water; but the next day overtook her husband, and proceeded with him to St. Louis. Thence his company was ordered to some point further west. While going up the river the boat was landed for some purpose, when Indians fired from an ambush and killed her husband and the infant in her arms, wounding her at the same time. The company, with Mrs Neal, returned to St. Louis, from whence she rode on a pony all the way back to her father's in Dover township. In 1817 she was again married to Mr. John Fulton, and died in May. 1866.

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

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