MAHAN, John: John Mahann, a native of Kentucky, married Susannah Tellett, and subsequently removed to Ross County, Ohio and in October 1928 came to Roundhead Township. Where he settled on the southeast quarter of Section 19, where he resided until his death. He died April 30, 1845 at the age of sixty-eight years. His wife died September 4, 1862, aged sixty-two years. Mr. Mahan a few years after locating here, saw the inconvenience of going twenty miles or more to Logan County to get grinding, those being the nearest mills to this new settlement, so he at once erected a horse power mill. The buhrs were made from nigger-head stone; the drive wheels made of blocks of wood, the triangular shape, the base being oval and placed at the circumference, with the apex to the center. This wheel was then connected with the horse-power by a belt of hickory bark, and the horse made to pass around in a circle. Attached to the sweep-pole put the whole machinery in motion, when the grain placed in the hopper passed between the buhrs and was thus ground into meal. Although it was somewhat imperfect and slow in its operation compared with our mills of the present day, yet it was a great convenience and saving of much time and labor to the early settlers and for a few years supplied the people until better mills were erected. Mr. Mahan was twice married. After the death of his first wife, he married Susan Hillman, a native of Pennsylvania. His children, by his first wife were; Mary, Mattie, Nancy, Elizabeth, James, Charles, John and Lydia all now deceased but Charles, Nancy and Lydia. By his second wife he had Samuel, David, Wesley, William, Henry, Sarah J., Eliza Ann, Asa, Edward H., Margaret and Clay; the latter was killed in the army in the war of the rebellion. "Centennial History of Hardin Co. Ohio" pg.568
MANN, WILLIAM -- has for nearly 23 years been prominently identified with the business interests of Martin's Ferry, as the proprietor of one of the largest foundries in his vicinity. He gives employment to some 25 experienced workmen, and in this way alone has been of great service to his community. He inherited from good Scotch ancestors those qualities that help win success for a man at every step in life. Born at Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, Scotland, October 28, 1845, he is a son of James and Elizabeth (Walker) Mann.
James Mann was born in the shire of Fife, Scotland. In early life he settled in Coatbridge, where he secured a position with the Summerlee Iron Company, his work being that of contractor in the blacksmith and carpentry department. Eminently successful in this line, he remained with the firm for 25 years. In 1870 he and his family came to the United States. For some years he followed farming here, meeting with very good results. Later he settled in Little Falls, Minnesota, where he spent his last days, dying there at the advanced age of 86 years. He married Elizabeth Walker, who was born in the shire of Fife, Scotland. She lived to the age of 76 and died in 1884. To Mr. and Mrs. Mann were born six children, five of whom are now living. Mr. Mann was a person of great integrity and won the respect of all who knew him. Both he and his wife belonged to the Presbyterian Church.
William Mann received his education under an instructor in his own home in Scotland, after the completion of which he served an apprenticeship of five years as a pattern-maker in the Summerlee Iron Works. At the end of this period, being well qualified for any position in his line, he accepted a place in the Atlas Foundry and Machine Shops. So acceptably did he fill this position that in the course of six months he was made foreman. He continued as such for six years, acquiring a knowledge of business and an experience in dealing with men that was of inestimable value to him in after years. In 1870 he came to the United States, and soon after landing proceeded to Chicago, where he accepted a position with D.M. Ford & Company. Later he worked with Dixon, Marshall & Company of Pittsburg for three years. It was in 1874 that he settled in Martin's Ferry, where he soon engaged himself as a pattern-maker for Culberton, Willey & Company, who established the foundry and machine shop in 1872. With this company he remained some six years, commanding the salary of a skilled workman. At the end of this period, in 1879, though possessed of but little means, he determined to go into business by himself, and leased the iron works, where he had recently been an employee. Conducting the business with care and skill, he was soon enabled to purchase the property, and he is now its sole owner. In his foundry and machine shops he is doing a good business - in fact, the largest of any similar concern in his vicinity. He is fully prepared, with all necessary facilities and appliances, for the manufacture of light and heavy castings of every description, and makes a specialty of roling mill, steel plant and blast furnace work. The machinery is run by a 40-horse power steam engine. The iron castings that are made at Mr. Mann's foundry are unsurpassed anywhere in the country, while the prices are quite moderate. The trade extends throughout the Middle, Western and Southern States.
Mr. Mann married Janet McGilvray, who has proved a most estimable wife. Both he and she are active and substantial members of the Presbyterian Church. He is also active socially and musically, and exerts a good influence in his community. [Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens, edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
MARTIN, JAMES W., county commissioner of Belmont County and one of the county's most substantial and representative citizens, descends from an old and honorable Ohio family. His birth took place on November 2, 1856, on his father's farm in Goshen township, this county, being a son of Amos G. and Mary A. (White) Martin.
The Martins were established in Belmont County by Isaac Martin, who came from his native Pennsylvania at an early day, and with other members of the Society of Friends settled on Bend Fork. Later he sold his property there and removed to Stumptown, where he followed farming, and died at Hocking, Washington County, Ohio, about 50 years ago. His wife was Martha Wilson, who was also born in Pennsylvania, and her death took place at Hocking. They reared seven children, viz.: Martha, Rebecca, Sarah, Thomas, Samuel, Amos G. and William, all of whom became residents of Belmont County.
Amos G. Martin was born in Belmont County and in early years followed the trade of cooper, but after his marriage and location in Goshen township he engaged in farming. He was an intelligent and reliable man who was frequently called upon to serve in township offices, supported the Republican party in politics, and his death at the age of 55 years, on January 5, 1875, removed from the locality one of its best citizens. The mother of our subject was Mary A. White, who was born in 1824, in Belmont County, and died in January, 1862. She was a daughter of James and Mary White, the former of whom was an early pioneer of the county and became one of its prominent and successful men. The old White mansion home, now about 100 years old, still stands, and is located about one-quarter mile from Mr. Martin's present home, the farm belonging to him, as do also the homesteads of his parents and grandparents. Mr. White was a success both in farming and in horse breeding and for years was a leading citizen. A family of five children was born to the parents of our subject, namely: Martha A. married S.S. Lingo, a farmer, and they moved to Southern Iowa, where she died, leaving four children - Walter, Ernest, Mabel and Otis; Mary E. in 1876 married C.O. Mead and they moved to Iowa, where she died in March, 1880 - Mr. Mead now resides in Nebraska; Laura E. died in this county on February 7, 1887, unmarried; James W.; A.G., a cigar manufacturer at Bethesda, married Clara B. Hunt, who died December 20, 1901, leaving three children - Golde, Charles H. and Mattie Jewell.
Belmont County has been the chosen home of James W. Martin, all his early associations being connected with Goshen township. After completing the common school course he went to Wheeling, where he took a course at the Wheeling Business College, graduating in March, 1880. Owning so large an acreage of land, his farming and stock raising has been on a rather extensive scale; in former years he gave much attention to sheep raising. In Goshen township his farm contains 225 acres and he also owns 40 acres adjoining the town of Bethesda where he has already laid out one addition and sold lots, this beautiful little town attracting buyers of homes from all over the State.
Although a good farmer and a fine man of business, Mr. Martin is probably better known in the county on account of his prominence in politics. In the spring of 1880 he was elected a justice of the peace, when but 22 years of age, and he was, no doubt, the youngest in the State, and he served with great acceptability for three terms, or nine years, and has served ever since that time, continuously, as notary public. For some years he was the popular postmaster, and his late election as county commissioner not only testifies to the valuation in which he is held by his party, but also is a matter of congratulation to his many friends who know his eminent fitness for public life. From 1880 to 1883, with Joseph G. Bolon, he was engaged in a mercantile business at Hunter, and during this time was the Republican appointee to the office of postmaster.
On November 8, 1884, Mr. Martin was married to Roxy L. Langle, who was born November 14, 1858, in Belmont County, and is a daughter of Abraham and Sidney A. (Wilson) Langle, the former of whom was born in Pennsylvania, and the latter in Ohio. Mr. Langle died in 1891, aged about 90 years; his widow still survives and lives in Goshen township at the age of 68 years. Mrs. Martin was the third member of her parents' family, the others being as follows: Isaac H., who is a farmer in Arkansas, married Lizzie Gooderich and they have four children - Grover, William, Mace and Clara; Theodore F., who married Mary Grooms, died in 1902, his wife being also deceased, their son, Howard, living with his grandfather Grooms; Mary F.; Elsie A.; and William E., who married Rachel A. Moore of Hunter.
Mr. and Mrs. Martin lost an unnamed infant, their three surviving children being: Nellie L., born September 12, 1884; Corwin A., born March 12, 1889; and Hillis Ernest, born April 19, 1902. Warren J., born September 12, 1900, died June 20, 1901. Mrs. Martin and her daughter both belong to the Baptist Church. ["Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
MASON, FRANK S. -- justice of the peace at Bellaire, Ohio, is a man of upright character, and his worth is greatly appreciated by the citizens in his community. He is a true-hearted, conscientious gentleman, with a good, clean record, and has proved to be an honorable and efficient judge. His birth occurred in 1849 near Coal Run, Washington County, Ohio, and there he spent his youthful days and obtained his scholastic training.
Mr. Mason was joined in the bonds of matrimony with Miss Irena Davis, who is a descendant of one of the oldest families of Washington County. They have a family of four children and reside in their pretty modern residence at No. 2629 Belmont street. Our subject was but a boy when the Civil War broke out, but he nevertheless served eighteen months during the latter years as a member of Company F, 63rd O.V.I. He was engaged in various occupations while living in Washington County, among them agricultural pursuits, but in 1881 he removed with his wife and family to Belmont County and chose Bellaire for his permanent home. His first occupation at that city was in coal mining, and this he continued until May, 1887, and at that date embarked in business for himself, setting up a grocery store in the First Ward on Belmont street. His store was well managed and nicely arranged, and he remained in the business until 1891, the year in which he was elected to his present office, justice of the peace.
As a justice he served with such satisfaction to all that he has been re-elected consecutively three times and is now serving his fourth term in that office. Mr. Mason has gained an enviable reputation as a pension and claim attorney, and has adjusted several thousand claims since taking up this line of work, in which he has met with more than ordinary success. Fraternally he is a valued member of the G.A.R., Knights of Pythias, Elks, American Mechanics, Turners and the Masonic order. [Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens, edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
MASSIE, ALFRED E., a well-known citizen of York township, Belmont County, has been for some time one of the township's most successful farmers and has taken an active interest in its development and good government.
Mr. Massie was born in 1854, in York township, being a son of Harrison and Rebecca (Carle) Massie, the latter of whom died March, 1889, at the age of 72 years. Harrison Massie was born in Virginia, in 1810, and crossed the mountains into Ohio, in company with his father, "Bud" Massie, who located in 1815 on a branch of Little McMechen's Creek, in Belmont County. Harrison Massie explored much of the country during his earlier years and at one time lived in Missouri, where he lost his wife and three children. When he later settled in Belmont County, he engaged in teaching school and continued in the profession for 17 consecutive years, serving also as a justice of the peace and taking a prominent part in political life. For several years he engaged in a mercantile business in Dover, or Captina, and later moved to Powhatan, contemplating the erection of a large store in that village. His plans were discouraged by his physician, who advised an agricultural life, this resulting in the purchase of a farm on Pleasant Ridge, which is now owned by Mrs. Belle Massie, the widow of Franklin Massie. There Harrison Massie erected a $2,500 house, which was later destroyed by fire, but which was rebuilt in 1866. There Mr. Massie passed his last days, dying in July, 1889. He was a man of many virtues, entirely self-made, and one who looked carefully after the welfare of his family and educated his children, his sons all becoming teachers for a short period. Mr. Massie was thrice married, the mother of our subject being his last wife and the mother of these children: William A., of Oregon; George A., of Washington; Alfred E., of York township; Harrison O.; Franklin D., deceased, his three children being - Zella, Edith and Hudson, the death of the latter being in 1891; and Mary L., the wife of Aaron F. Ramsey, of York township.
As stated, Alfred E. Massie obtained an excellent education and is one of the most intelligent and well-informed men of York township, one in whom his fellow citizens have placed implicit confidence on many occasions, making him for many years a school director and one of the township trustees. Until 1890 he resided at the home farm and then purchased his present estate, which he operates in connection with an adjoining farm which he rents. His methods are practical and have given him very satisfactory returns for his industry, his home farm near Captina as well as his rented land showing the results of careful rotation of crops and extensive fertilizing.
In 1880 Mr. Massie was married to Alice M. Owens, daughter of John G. Owens, who came to this county soon after the close of the Civil War. Mrs. Massie was born in 1861, in Monroe County, Ohio, and her immediate kindred comprise three half-brothers, one sister and three brothers. Of these, two brothers and two half-brothers are also residents of Belmont County. An interesting family of six children, three sons and three daughters, has been born to Mr. and Mrs. Massie, all of whom are being prepared for useful places in life, and who bear these names: Edward O., born in November, 1880; Olive I., born in 1882; Cleveland E., born in 1883; Leila V., born in 1886; Cyril, born in 1890; and Beryl, born in 1898. In political sentiment, Mr. Massie is a Democrat and he is well known in the councils of his party in his locality. Both he and his estimable wife are consistent members of the Methodist Church, for the past 15 years being members of the congregation of Amity Church. ["Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
MEAD, EDWARD L., a highly respected resident of Goshen township, where he is engaged in farming, was born in Goshen township, Belmont County, in 1859, and is a son of Enfield S. and Lucy (Dearborn) Mead, the former of whom was born in Loudon County, Virginia, in April, 1817, and died August 13, 1898.
Samuel Mead, the grandfather of Edward L., was born July 3, 1779, and was a son of Benjamin and Hannah Mead. In his early years, he was a school teacher. For many years he resided at Olivett, near which he owned a large tract of land, a portion of which is still owned by one of his grandsons. He married Hannah Whittaker, who died at the old home near Olivett. He died December 29, 1861, aged 83 years, five months and 26 days. Samuel Mead and wife were the parents of nine children, as follows: Asenath, born January 11, 1808, married Asa Hoge, and died but recently; Benjamin L., born March 25, 1811, was a tanner by trade and lived at Quaker City, Guernsey County, for many years, moved then to Minneapolis, and there owns property and now lives in California; Phineas, born November 9, 1812, resides at Olivett, on a part of the old homestead, and died some 18 years ago; Clementine, born June 24, 1814, died in the winter of 1901-02, in Morgan County, leaving her husband, William Spencer; Enfield Samuel, born April 26, 1817; Amanda Jane, born May 27, 1819, married Jeptha Cowgill, resided in Iowa and died about five years ago at Colorado Springs at the home of a daughter; Louisa Maria, born November 2, 1820, married Dr. Clark Schooley of Mount Pleasant, and died several years ago; Lamina Letitia, born August 9, 1823, is the widow of Edward Loyd, and resides at Columbus, Ohio; and Milo Milton, born February 25, 1827, a physician in Minneapolis, who was a surgeon in the army during the Civil War.
Enfield Samuel Mead, the father of the subject of this biography, spent his boyhood near Olivett and obtained the best schooling afforded at the time in the locality. December 7, 1848, he married Lucy Dearborn, who was born November 18, 1824, in Morgan County, a daughter of Nathan and Lucy Dearborn, one of the pioneer families, and she survived until January 9, 1901. In 1861 they settled on the farm now owned by Edward L. and resided there for 38 years. Mr. Mead was a fine representative of the farming community, a man of industry, high principles and strict integrity. He was a Republican in his political attachment and served with credit as trustee of his township. The eight children born to him and wife were: Corwin D., born November 13, 1849, resides at Pierre, South Dakota - he married Ida Wicks, of Granville, and has three daughters; Clarkson O., born June 23, 1851, is a farmer near Champion, Nebraska, and married first Mary Martin, who died March 23, 1880, and married second a Miss Pine of Iowa; Anson G., born August 22, 1853, who is an attorney at Beloit, Kansas, married Phoebe Elma Lee, who lived near Somerton; Ida S., born September 25, 1855, married Thomas T. Colpitts, a stone contractor of Toledo, Ohio; Annie E., born October 19, 1857, married H.C. Ewers, a hardware merchant of Bagley, Iowa, and died at Minneapolis, February 3, 1885; Edward L., of this sketch; Virginia L., born April 9, 1862, married W.K. Burns, a farmer residing near Bagley, Iowa; and Amanda B., born October 21, 1864, who married her brother-in-law, H.C. Ewers, at Bagley, Iowa.
The pleasant old home in Goshen township is doubly dear to our subject on account of having been his home ever since he was four years of age. It contains 160½ acres, located in section 21, and he has followed general farming all his life, taking a just pride in his fertile acres and sleek, well-conditioned stock and cattle. His methods have insured him a good measure of success and Mr. Mead has been able to establish himself among the most substantial men of the township. His tastes have been entirely in the direction of agriculture, although his two brothers, Corwin and A.G., are equally devoted to the law, the former having been Probate judge in South Dakota and the latter a member of the Kansas State Senate. A quieter life has satisfied our subject and he is well and widely known as a thoroughly representative farmer and a most highly esteemed citizen.
In 1888 Mr. Mead was married to Emma S. McEndree, who was born on an adjoining farm, January 15, 1867, and is a daughter of H.F. and Frances J. (Talbert) McEndree, the former of whom was born October 15, 1843, in Belmont County, being a son of H.F. and Sophia McEndree. He grew to manhood in his native county, preparing for the active duties of life, but the whole current was changed for years, by the outbreak of the Civil War. With loyalty and enthusiasm, he enrolled his name of one of his country's defenders, in Company I, 69th Reg., Ohio Vol. Inf., on February 3, 1862, for a service of three years or through the war. On February 8, 1864, he was honorably discharged, at Chattanooga, Tennessee, by reason of re-enlistment as a veteran volunteer. Mr. McEndree gave his service until the close of the struggle, and after participating in some of the most serious engagements of the war was finally discharged on July 14, 1865, at Louisville, Kentucky. Among the battles which can never be forgotten by the people of the United States on account of their fearful havoc and carnage, were those of Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, Lookout Mountain and Jonesboro, and also the great march of Sherman to the sea, and in all these Mr. McEndree took the part of a brave and valiant soldier. Upon his return, he married, on March 8, 1866, Frances J. Talbert, a daughter of William and Emily Talbert, of Morristown, Ohio. Mr. and Mrs. Talbert have resided in Belmont County many years, where a family of six children was born to them, namely: Emma, who became Mrs. Mead, in 1888; Clarkson, who in 1892 married Clara A. Palmer, resides in Speidel; Charles, who in 1896 married Ida Burns, resides in Belmont; Albert, who is engaged with the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad; and Jessie Beatrice, who is at home with her parents. Mr. McEndree is a member of Hilles Post, G.A.R., No. 220, of Barnesville. Both he and wife are consistent and worthy members of the Baptist Church at Bethesda.
A family of two children has been born to Mr. and Mrs. Mead, viz.: Enfield S., born August 29, 1891, and George A., born February 8, 1902. In politics Mr. Mead stands on the Republican platform and actively supports the principles of that party. With his estimable wife, he belongs to Ebenezer Baptist Church. ["Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
MEARS, THOMAS J., formerly a prominent manufacturer of Martin's Ferry, now deceased, was born in Wellsville, Ohio, on August 9, 1848, being a son of Thomas and Jane (Callahan) Mears. His paternal grandparents were Mark and Judith (Dunn) Mears, while his maternal grandparents were William and Catherine (Crossen) Callahan.
Thomas Mears, the father of the late Thomas J., was born in Ireland and came to America in 1836, settling at Montreal, Canada. Two years later he came to the United States and followed his trade of road contracting. In 1839 he removed to Defiance, Ohio, and secured the contract for digging a part of the Maumee Canal, where he was engaged for two years. His next work was at Wellsville, Ohio, where he graded two miles of the Cleveland & Pittsburg Railroad from that place to Yellow Creek, and also graded the road through Martin's Ferry. Another of his contracts was the turnpike road from Martin's Ferry to Mount Pleasant, Ohio. He died while engaged on the contract for railroad construction through Martin's Ferry. His widow survived until April 11, 1902, dying when almost 84 years of age. Four children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Mears, viz., Thomas J., Catherine (Mrs. Charles Burns), of Bellaire, Ohio; Mary, who for the past 32 years has been one of the Sisters of the Visitation of Abingdon, Virginia, and Elizabeth, who resides at the old home in Martin's Ferry.
The late Thomas J. Mears was educated in Martin's Ferry and learned the cooper's trade, which he followed for some ten years. In 1873 he started a small factory in company with William Hogue, George Watson and John Bowen, but this enterprise was not successful. In the following January, under other conditions, he again embarked in business in association with D. Park, Jr., on the site of the present works. In 1878 the plant was destroyed by fire, but business had been so prosperous that the factory was immediately rebuilt. On the death of Mr. Park in 1881, Mr. Mears became the sole proprietor and so continued until his own demise, on December 26, 1897, aged 49 years, 4 months and 18 days. His establishment was one of the most extensive plants for the manufacture of casks, barrels, kegs, and boxes in the Upper Ohio Valley, and its prosperous development was a most eloquent commentary upon the business ability of its founder. Mr. Mears had other important business interests. He was one of the organizers of the Northwood Glass Works and a director of the same; a stockholder in the Crystal Glass Company, of Bridgeport; also in the Junction Iron Works at Mingo Junction, and the Elson Glass Works. In addition he managed a factory at Bellaire in connection with a factory at Martin's Ferry and owned a general store in the latter city, located on Washington street. His investments in Martin's Ferry were many and important, and he was justly regarded as one of the notably successful men of the community. In his death the city lost one of her most enterprising citizens, one who was ever on the alert to build up the city, especially in the line of manufacturing. He was a staunch Democrat, but took no active part in politics, although he served in the City Council and as township clerk. He was a consistent member of the Roman Catholic Church at Wheeling.
On February 16, 1882, Mr. Mears was married to Emma Watson, daughter of William S. and Delilah H. (Williams) Watson, the former of whom was a native of Pennsylvania. By trade William S. Watson was a nailer and made his home in Wheeling, (West) Virginia, prior to his marriage. About 1850 he moved to Martin's Ferry, having married in 1849, and lived there until his death, which took place in May, 1898, at the age of 75 years. The mother of Mrs. Mears was born in August, 1831, and died December 3, 1879. The paternal grandparents of Mrs. Mears were Nathan and Lucy (Foraker) Watson, the former of whom lived into advanced age, the latter dying in early womanhood, William being the youngest child in their family. The maternal grandparents were Thomas and Hannah (Johnson) Williams, the former of whom was for a long period a manufacturer of edged tools in Belmont County.
Mrs. Mears was one of a family of seven children, as follows: John, who is a resident of Bridgeport; William, who died in boyhood; Joshua, who resides in Martin's Ferry; Hannah, who died at the age of two years; Adelaide P., who married William Woods, a farmer of Belmont County; Emma, who became Mrs. Mears; and James, who died at the age of 10 years. Five children were born to Thomas J. and Emma (Watson) Mears, as follows: Janie P., born December 22, 1882, died August 6, 1896; Emma W., born October 9, 1884, died on New Year's Day, 1899; Inez A., Lucy B., and Thomas J.
Mr. Mears was well known and universally respected, and his fellow citizens recall him with words of praise. To those who were admitted to his friendship and private life, he was known as a man of high and worthy motives. [Source: "Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
MECHEM, WINFIELD S., ex-county commissioner, who served Belmont County in this capacity for a period of seven years, and one of the best farmers and reliable business men of Washington township, was born in 1847 on the fine farm which he now owns near Alledonia, being a son of Lewis and Bathsheba (Danford) Mechem, the latter of whom was born at Ten Mile, Greene County, Pennsylvania, in 1808 and died in 1890.
Lewis Mechem, the father of our subject, was born in 1804, in Chester County, Pennsylvania, a son of John Mechem, who migrated in the year 1808 to this county, locating first in Colerain township, later removing to Barnesville and then to Malaga, Monroe County, in 1812. With the assistance of his brother and a hired assistant, he cut a path through the dense woods between Barnesville and Monroe County. In 1816 the family returned to Belmont County and settled in Washington township on Captina Creek. Grandfather Mechem followed a mercantile business during the greater part of his life. He was born about 1770 and died in 1858. His wife, formerly a Miss Evans, born in 1776, died in 1874, in her 99th year at the home of Samuel Danford.
In 1830 Lewis Mechem purchased 160 acres of the land which now constitutes our subject's home, 80 acres each of the tract having been entered by Isaac Moore and a Mr. Brownfield, who received patents from President Andrew Jackson. Lewis Mechem was a staunch Whig and later a Republican, and an influential and representative man of his time and locality. He was an active member and an elder in the Belmont Ridge Christian Church, the first services of which were held in his home in 1856. He was one of 13 children, the others being Mary, John, Rachel, Jane, Ellen, Edward and Edwin, twins, Della Jane, Jesse, Naomi, Sarah and Nancy, and of these Edward resides in Iowa and Naomi in Indiana. Lewis Mechem and his wife had 10 children, as follows: William, deceased; Sinie, deceased; Huldah (Mrs. Wright), of Kansas; John G., of Wright County, Iowa; Nancy E. (Mrs. Moore), of Belmont County; Amanda (Mrs. Stewart), died in Oregon; L.C., an attorney at Centerville, Iowa; Sarah J. (Mrs. Boyer), of Missouri; Winfield S., of this sketch; and Louisa J. (Mrs. McFarland), of Belmont County.
Our subject was reared and educated in Belmont County and while still a young man completed his reading of law and was admitted to the bar in 1876. He then went as far west as Des Moines, Iowa, to grow up with the country in his profession, but failing health compelled him, nine months later, to return and seek exercise again in an agricultural life. This is a very valuable property and, aside from public duties, Mr. Mechem operates his farm successfully and during the past couple of years has also optioned some 2,200 acres of coal land. In 1890 he was elected county commissioner and, after serving seven years, is now giving his attention to farming.
Mr. Mechem married Elvira Thornberry, the daughter of Lewis Thornberry, a native of Pennsylvania, but an old resident here, where she was born and the children of this union are: Udell, who married a Miss Lucas, resides at home and they have one daughter, Thelma; William, who is employed at Mount Pleasant with the Upsil Coal Company; and Ross, who is at home. Mr. Mechem is a Republican, and in 1880 he served as land appraiser. The religious connection of the family is with the Belmont Ridge Christian Church. ["Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
MEDILL, G.W., a retired wholesale merchant of Bridgeport, Ohio, was attentive to business for many years in this city and has a reputation for only square and honest dealings with his many friends and acquaintances. He is a son of Joseph and Nancy (Fleming) Medill, and was born in Jefferson County, Ohio, October 26, 1841.
Joseph Medill lived in his native country, Ireland, until he attained the age of twenty-one years, when he crossed the ocean and landed in Philadelphia. There he resided until his removal to Washington County, Pennsylvania, where he first met Nancy Fleming, a native of that county, who afterward became his wife, and was the mother of our subject. He then traveled to Ohio, and at a sheriff's sale at Steubenville he purchased the farm that became the family homestead. He farmed very extensively and was especially devoted to raising sheep for the wool. At one time he owned 1800 sheep and had possession of 1031 acres of land, owning more land than any other farmer in the county. At his death, when eighty-one years of age, Jefferson County, Ohio, lost one of her most proficient citizens and farmers. His beloved wife departed this life when forty-five years of age and she and her husband were members of the Mount Pleasant Presbyterian Church. She was a noble, kind-hearted woman, devoted to her church, and loved to be of help and assistance to any one suffering or troubled. Mr. Medill was first a Whig and later, until his death, a Democrat, and while much interested in politics, he would never accept the responsibilities of office.
Of the twelve children born to this estimable couple, four only are now living: William (2), now residing at Tiltonville, Ohio; Margaret, the wife of Adam McCune, of Kansas; G.W., subject of this personal history; and Nancy, now Mrs. D. Kelley of Steubenville, Ohio. The children now deceased were: John, James, Thomas (1), Elizabeth, Joseph, Fleming, William (1), and Thomas (2).
Our subject derived his education from various schools and colleges attending first the normal school at Hopedale, Ohio, where he completed a course with honor, and subsequently took a more thorough course in the Iron City Commercial College at Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. When his school days were over, the work on the farm being quite heavy he assisted his father for nearly a year in these duties. Soon afterward he removed to Martin's Ferry, where he embarked in the merchandise business under his own name, continuing until he sold out in January, 1868. On February 28 of the same year he removed to Bridgeport, Belmont County, Ohio, and again entered business as a wholesale grocer, under the firm name of Watkins, Ferguson & Co. Four years later he bought the share of Mr. Watkins and the firm became Ferguson & Medill which continued four years longer, when the business was sold out. For the year following our subject kept books for J.S. Bates & Co., when Bates, Junkins and Alexander had interests in the business; our subject finally bought one-half interest and with Ross Junkins ran the business with success and profit until 1876, then concluded to buy the share of Mr. Junkins also, and conducted things by himself until 1889, then selling with profit. He enjoyed a vacation of a year, resting from the cares of business life and then once again started to work, this time in the capacity of clerk for Stone & Thomas of Wheeling, West Virginia. After three years of this work he left and opened up business in his own name as a retail grocer in Bridgeport, Ohio. For six years he met with the best of success, but his health broke down and he was compelled to sell the business to a Mr. Boston, and retire from active life.
November 4, 1870, Mr. Medill was united in matrimony with Mary A. Gray, a native of Bridgeport and a daughter of James A. Gray of Martin's Ferry. They have three children, namely, James G., secretary of the Laughlin Tin Mill at Martin's Ferry; Martha M. (now Mrs. John S. Goodwin), of East Liverpool, Ohio, where Mr. Goodwin is engaged in the pottery business - they have one child, James; and George F., boss roll turner at Cambridge, Ohio. The family attend the Presbyterian Church, of which Mr. and Mrs. Medill are members, the former having been trustee for many years.
Mr. Medill served as township treasurer for nine years, being elected every year and was nominated for the tenth year, but declined. In politics he votes for the man who will be the best for the position.
Mr. Medill affiliates with the Masonic fraternity, being a member of blue lodge, chapter and commandery. [Source: "Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
MEEK, JAMES H. M.D., a practicing physician of Belmont County, Ohio, who has won the confidence and esteem of the citizens of Glencoe, both personally and professionally, was born in Richland township, this county, in 1862, a son of George and Elizabeth (Ault) Meek, both residents of Richland township.
George Meek, the father of Dr. Meek, has been a most highly esteemed citizen of this township through more than 75 years. He has been an agriculturist through all his active life, but now lives retired, enjoying the ease won by his early industry. The mother of our subject was born in Smith township, about 1820, a daughter of Christopher Ault. Both she and husband are consistent members of the Methodist Church. Mr. Meek has been a life-long Democrat. They are the parents of ten children, namely: Wilmot C., deceased; Homer H., employed in a store in Trinidad, Colorado; Arlena, the wife of Edward Welsh, of Missouri; George C., an undertaker, in Pennsylvania; James H., of this sketch; Anna B., the wife of John P. Hess, of Minnesota; Edward D. and Ella M., at home; and Theresa and Elizabeth, deceased.
Dr. Meek acquired his primary education at the Oak Ridge district school, and began his medical study under Dr. J.A. Clark, of Glencoe. In 1895 he entered the Ohio Medical College, from which he graduated on April 5, 1898. His first location and practice were at Smithfield, in Jefferson County, Ohio, where he remained for eight months and then came to Glencoe, where he has been established ever since, building up a permanent and satisfactory practice. He is a member of the Belmont County Medical Association, and also belongs to the Masonic fraternity.
On August 29, 1900, Dr. Meek was married to Lizzie J. Thompson, a daughter of Thomas and Jemima Thompson, who was born in 1870, in Pease township, Belmont County. They had one bright little son, James C., who was born on November 5, 1901, but whom they lost on June 7, 1902. Both the Doctor and wife are members of the Methodist Church, and are prominent in social circles. [Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens, edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
MELLOTT, A.O., ex-mayor of Bellaire and senior member of the firm of Mellott & Son, undertakers and furniture dealers, owns the finest establishment of its kind in Bellaire and for many years has been one of the most successful merchants of that place. About 30 years ago he purchased the store of the Marietta Chair Company, which at that time was entirely new, having just been rebuilt after a destructive fire. Mr. Mellott restocked the building and added the undertaking department.
The building in which his business is conducted is located on the corner of 33rd and Belmont streets, is 40 by 120 feet and is two stories high. The undertaking parlors are located on the second floor and first-class work in this line is guaranteed by Mr. Mellott, who is an expert embalmer. The furniture department contains a complete variety of up-to-date furniture at moderate prices, and the quality of goods is not surpassed anywhere in the city.
Mr. Mellott was born in Richland township, near Glencoe, in September, 1830. His father, William Mellott, was a native of Eastern Pennsylvania, and the year 1800 marks the date of his birth. About 1804 he was brought to Belmont County, Ohio, by his father, John Mellott, who located the first year on a tract now known as the Dixon farm. Later, he removed to the farm near Glencoe, which he purchased, and which is still in the possession of the family, being, at the present time, owned by James Mellott, a brother to our subject. The grandfather and father both followed farming as an avocation, and the former died in Monroe County when about 72 years of age. The latter died in 1885 at the age of four score years and five. Both were staunch Democrats in politics.
The mother of our subject was, before marriage, a Miss Ault, and was also a native of the Keystone State. She is also deceased. Her father, Frederick Ault, moved to Belmont County between 1820 and 1825, and two brothers, Frederick and George, reside near Belmont. Mr. Mellott has four brothers and one sister, as follows: Frederick, a farmer in Monroe County, Ohio; Isaac, a farmer of Mead township, Belmont County, Ohio; Sarah, who married a Mr. Manchester, a farmer and railroad man of Mead township; David, a farmer of York township; and James, who resides on the home farm near Glencoe.
The subject of this biography was educated in the schools of Richland township and in the Barnesville Academy, and for the following 18 years he engaged in teaching school; then he followed agricultural pursuits for about five years. In 1867 he removed to Bellaire, and his interests have been identified with that city ever since. He operated a general merchandise store on Union street and carried on a successful business there for three years. Disposing of his business at a fair profit, he embarked in the manufacturing business with the Bellaire Stamping Company, being one of the organizers of the same, also serving as director. Then followed a prosperous period, during which he served as mayor and as justice of the peace, previous to engaging in the vast business enterprise which still claims his attention.
Mr. Mellott was joined in marriage with Phoebe Jane Myers, a daughter of Dixon Myers, a distinguished citizen of Mead township, and she was a descendant of one of the oldest families of Belmont County. Mrs. Mellott was born in 1837 and passed to her final rest in February, 1897. Three children were born to our subject and wife, William D., the eldest son, is the junior member of the firm of Mellott & Son, having been admitted into the business in 1884. Alice, the only daughter, married Aaron Smalley, of Indianapolis, Indiana. James F., the youngest son of our subject, is an expert accountant and bookkeeper and for the past 14 years has served as bookkeeper of the First National Bank of Bellaire. He is married and resides in that city. The family favor the Methodist Episcopal Church.
In all respects Mr. Mellott is a useful and influential member of society. Although a business man, he is well informed on all topics of general interest. As a friend he is highly valued, for he is ever ready with counsel, help and encouragement. His success has come from steady purpose and constant industry, and he justly merits the position of true worth and esteem which he has attained. He has a fine residence on the corner of Harrison and 32nd streets.
Mr. Mellott was one of the incorporators of the First National Bank of Bellaire, Ohio, and has been a director in that institution since its organization. [Source: "Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
MELTON, FRANK M., postmaster of Olivett, Warren township, Belmont County, Ohio, is also a leading merchant, large landholder and prominent and representative citizen of the county. His birth occurred August 21, 1838, in Kirkwood township, Belmont County, one of a family of ten children born to Moses and Diana Melton.
The father of Frank M. Melton was born in North Carolina and the mother was a native of Delaware. In his earlier life his father was a prosperous farmer, but later became a school teacher. His death occurred in 1874, and that of his wife in 1863. In 1860 with his son, our subject, he engaged in the mercantile business, continuing until 1872.
Mr. Melton, of this sketch, received an excellent education in Kirkwood township. In 1860, as noted above, he entered into partnership with his father, in Warren township, in the mercantile business, at the present location, the firm style being Melton & Son, until he bought his father's interest in 1872. After this several changes took place in the firm name as Mr. Melton associated with him various persons, the name becoming Melton & Gibson, and when Charles Gibson withdrew, Melton & Knox, then Melton & Murphy, J.J. Murphy becoming a partner. This name continued until the firm sold the entire stock to J. Knox, who continued the business until 1884, when the name was changed to J.J. Murphy & Co., and still later, Levi Hutton purchased the business, and in turn, sold it to F. Jones, who moved the stock to Henrysburg.
In 1892 our subject rebuilt his store and completely restocked it with a varied and well assorted lot of goods suited to the demands of his trade, which long experience had made him acquainted with. He carries a general line of dry goods, notions, groceries, a complete line of hardware, as well as shoes, hats and caps, all fresh, clean and of excellent quality. In every sense of the word, Mr. Melton is a successful merchant, catering to every taste and dealing justly with every customer. Mr. Melton also owns a large amount of property in Belmont County, one farm comprising 100 acres of excellent land in Warren township, and another of 40 acres, in Kirkwood township. With J.J. Murphy he is also interested in 25 acres located near Olivett and is also the owner of some improved lots. In addition, Mr. Melton is a large stockholder in the Barnesville Glass Company, and in many smaller enterprises.
The marriage of Mr. Melton was to Mary D. Smith, a daughter of John N. Smith, whose father was one of Noble County's presiding judges for a number of years. This marriage occurred on September 30, 1866, and three children were born to this union, namely: Willard S., Clyde W. and Ada M. Clyde W. is associated with his father as clerk. Ada M. married A.M. Boyd, late a bookkeeper in St. Louis, Missouri, but now a clerk in our subject's store.
For 15 years our subject's father was postmaster at Henrysburg, and the former acted as deputy for a number of years. Since its first establishment, Mr. Melton has been the postmaster of the Olivett office. The name is a much respected as well as old one, in Belmont County. The grandfather of our subject located here in 1800 and his son drove the first stakes in the building of the town of Freeport, in Harrison County. Mr. Melton was traveling salesman for 20 years, representing the following firms at different times: Frank Davis & Co., of Barnesville, Ohio; J.M. Lewis of Barnesville, Ohio; and L.S. Delaplain of Wheeling, West Virginia. Previous to being engaged with these companies, he represented a wholesale tobacco factory. [Source: "Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
MERRITT, HUGH M., who laid out the town of Merritt, in Belmont County, Ohio, is a native of Pultney township, which is still his home, having been born July 19, 1842, within two miles of his present residence. He is a son of Robert and Eveline (Milligan) Merritt and grandson of William and Mary (Long) Merritt.
William Merritt was born in 1780 and followed farming as his vocation through life. He purchased the farm upon which the Suburban Brick Works are located, near Bellaire, and lived there until his death, which took place in his 55th year, January 12, 1835. December 18, 1806, he was united in marriage with Mary Long, who was born September 7, 1783, and died February 21, 1840, in her 57th year.
The paternal grandparents of our subject had seven children, namely: Mary, Robert, Harriet, James L., Sarah Ann, Elizabeth L. and Benjamin A. Mary was born December 1, 1807, and lived to the advanced age of 80 years. She married George Milligan on the 18th day of November, 1824. They moved into West Virginia, locating for a time near Triadelphia, and they reared a large family. In later years they moved to a farm near Mt. Vernon, where both spent their last years. Harriet was born January 16, 1812, and died at the early age of three years. James L. was born June 17, 1814, and died June 15, 1815. Sarah Ann was born January 20, 1818, and her death place April 23, 1879. She married John W. Milligan and they resided some years in Harrison County, but subsequently returned and purchased the old homestead, known as the George Robinson farm, which was their home until death. Elizabeth L. was born April 20, 1821. Benjamin A. was born September 2, 1825, and came to his death by drowning in McMechen's Creek, May 23, 1850. He married Mary Thomas.
Robert Merritt, the father of our subject, was born March 6, 1809, and died July 26, 1884. On the 18th day of October, 1831, he was joined in marriage with Eveline Milligan; she was born February 19, 1812, and died January 11, 1901. About 1847 Robert Merritt moved with his family to the farm just east of subject's present home, and the same is now owned by Charles Rosser. There the father engaged in farming and reared a large family. The children were as follows: Mary A., Eliza Ruth, James L., Hannah J., William W., Hugh M., Sarah E., Josiah, Benjamin A., and Robert Mitchell.
Mary A. is the widow of Samuel Alexander, who died about 1883. During his life they lived at the Robert Alexander homestead, which is still the home of the widow. Eliza Ruth married Alfred Stroman. They lived in Southern Illinois until the death of her husband. Mrs. Stroman has returned to her old home, but now resides on the Hutchison place in Pultney township, near St. Clairsville. James L., who was a minister of the Presbyterian faith for many years, died in 1883, leaving a widow, who resides in California.
Hannah J. is the wife of James W. Mellott, of Richland township, near Glencoe. William W. died in 1862, during the Civil War, at Tuscumbia, Alabama, at the early age of 22 years. Sarah E., died in 1864, aged 20 years. Josiah died in 1890, aged 40 years. He was twice married, and left a widow, who resides in Atlantic, Iowa. His death took place near Griswold, Iowa. Benjamin A., who lived in Nebraska and was a candidate for Representative at the time of his death, was killed in Cass County, Iowa in 1894. Robert Mitchell is single and resides in California.
Hugh M. Merritt, from his fifth year, was reared on the old homestead, of which he now owns a part. For several years he lived in the old log house, which was over a century old. His farm consisted of 77 acres of land adjacent to the town of Merritt, which he laid out. He has added many improvements to his place, now having a nice residence and a fine set of farm buildings. He has devoted his life exclusively to his farming interests. He has been twice married. His first marriage took place March 24, 1869, with Sarah V. Payne. She was a native of Frederick County, Virginia, and a daughter of Joseph E. and Sarah A.C. Payne. She died January 7, 1873, leaving three children: Anna Roberta, Joseph William and Sarah E.V.
Anna Roberta was born April 29, 1870. She married William Crim, of Frederick County, Virginia, and they have two children, Lois and Hugh M. Joseph William was born July 26, 1871, and resides near our subject. He married Carrie Dunlap and they have reared four children. The eldest two, George William and Charles Robert, are twins, and the others are Joseph P. and Helen. Sarah E.V. was born December 13, 1872. She is the wife of Charles Ridgeway, of Berkeley County, Virginia, and they have three children.
April 29, 1875, Mr. Merritt was joined in marriage with Rachel A. Fisher, daughter of Louis and Hannah Fisher, of Smith township. This marriage is without issue, and the present Mrs. Merritt was born May 3, 1845. Politically our subject is firm in his allegiance to the Democratic party. The family attend the First Presbyterian Church of Bellaire. [Source: "Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
MERRITT, WILLIAM A., a representative farmer and popular citizen of Wheeling township, Belmont County, Ohio, was born on the fine farm which he now owns and operates, on April 23, 1857, a son of James F. Merritt, who died when William A. was but two years of age.
Daniel Merritt, the great-grandfather of our subject, entered 640 acres of land from the government in 1805, and our subject has in his possession the patent deed for the same, bearing the signatures of President Jefferson and Secretary of State James Madison. Daniel Merritt served as an officer through the Revolutionary War, and left his sword and belt to his descendants. These were in the possession of our subject's father, but after his death, on March 18, 1859, were partially destroyed by fire. The sword with its silver mountings was turned into a corn-cutter and into silver rings, both now lost. Daniel Merritt was born August 15, 1750, and died on this farm after living upon it some 20 years; his brother, who was a surveyor, platted it. He reared a family of six children, three sons and three daughters, by his wife, Nancy Merritt, who was born February 2, 1762. These children were: Polly, Betsey, Plesy, John, William and Josiah.
John Merritt, son of Daniel and grandfather of our subject, was born May 7, 1797, married Sarah Ferguson, and died on this farm on January 11, 1841. Their children were the following: James F., born February 18, 1820; Daniel, born November 27, 1821; Anna, born March 4, 1824; Nancy, born May 21, 1826; and Josiah, born August 31, 1828. John's wife, Sarah, died October 7, 1834, and he married Margaret Armstrong October 15, 1835, and these children were born: Sarah, born July 18, 1836; Mary Jane, born March 18, 1840; and John.
James Merritt, the father of our subject, married Christina Lodge on May 14, 1846, and the children born to this union were: Tamzen, born May 9, 1847, married Byron Hoge, of Wheeling township, and died October 15, 1889, leaving three sons, James B., Arthur W., and Frank G., all of whom are in business in Cleveland; Sarah C., born August 15, 1850, resides with our subject, William A., of this sketch.
William A. Merritt is one of the best-known and most highly respected citizens of Wheeling township, not only on account of his excellence as a farmer, but also for those qualities which go to make a reliable and stable man, one of energy, honesty, integrity and good-fellowship. His home is one of the best improved in the township, and he is justly proud of his fine buildings and high-grade stock. In politics he is a Republican, differing from his father, and has held many of the county offices, has been school director for nine years and is clerk of the board; he was also his party's candidate for director of the County Infirmary, and was elected November 4, 1902, with 1,700 majority.
On March 18, 1891, Mr. Merritt was united in marriage with Sarah Jane Bentley, daughter of Solomon and Eleanor Bentley, of Richland township, and the children born to this union are: Tamzen C., born September 18, 1892; Anna E., born May 15, 1894; James B., born October 26, 1898; and William L., born January 31, 1900. Both Mr. and Mrs. Merritt belong to the Presbyterian Church. His land is very valuable, being underlaid with several veins of coal, while the third oil well of this section is located here, the derrick for its operation being in course of construction. [Source: "Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
METZGER, JOHN, a well-known traveling salesman located at No. 28 South 2nd street, Martin's Ferry, an active member and ex-president of the City Council, was born in Martin's Ferry, April 17, 1874.
The parents of Mr. Metzger were George and Margaret (Jacob) Metzger, both of whom were natives of Germany, born near Strasburg, in Alsace. In 1872 they came to America and located at Martin's Ferry, where the father was employed at the glass works. His death occurred when he was about 50 years of age. A quiet, industrious man, he only took a voting interest in politics, identifying himself with the Republican party. He belonged to the German Lutheran Church. His widow has reached the age of 68 years and is one of the most highly respected residents of the city. She has interested herself in active church work and is well known for her charity and Christian spirit. Five of the children for Mr. and Mrs. Metzger were born in Germany near Strasburg, John, of this sketch, being the youngest and the only one born after the family reached America. The other members were: One daughter, who died young in Alsace; Mary, who married Fred Somers, had one son, Louis, and died at the age of 33 years; Eva, who married Baltzer Thiel, a millman, in Wheeling, has three children - John, Clara and Margaret; George, who died in Martin's Ferry in 1887 at the age of 20 years, and Michael, who married Martha Edwards, resides at Marietta, Ohio.
John Metzger obtained an excellent common-school education in the schools of Martin's Ferry and commenced his business life as a clerk in the grocery store of Lotz & Scheehle in this city, with whom he continued for thirteen years, acquiring a thorough and practical knowledge and becoming well acquainted with the trade and the public. Two years since, when Mr. Metzger bought out the grocery business of Mrs. Thomas Mears, he found he had many friends, and his business in this line continued until June, 1902, when he sold out on account of failing health and engaged with S.C. Bigler & Co., wholesale produce merchants of Wheeling, West Virginia, and is meeting with much success.
Mr. Metzger was carefully reared in the German Lutheran Church, and is serving now as one of the trustees and for seven years has been the Sunday-school superintendent. A staunch Republican, he is serving his second term as councilman, having been president of the board during his first term, and is a member of the finance, street and sewer committees. In fraternal life he belongs to the Foresters of America, and is a charter member in the order of the Shield of Honor. Mr. Metzger has shown great business ability and public spirit in the management of public affairs, and is justly regarded as one of the rising young men of the city. [Source: "Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
MEYERS, Albert R. : Albert R. Meyers, a carpenter of Rockwood, Somerset county, Pennsylvania, was born May 30, 1880, in Upper Turkeyfoot township, a son of Aaron and Susan (Snyder) Meyers, and grandson of Reuben Meyers, who was also a native of Turkeyfoot. He is of German descent. Aaron Meyers (father) was born April 29, 1855, and is a farmer by occupation. He married Susan Snyder, born March 20, 1850, and five children were born, viz.: Albert R. (of whom later), John F., David R., Anna C., Charles O.Albert R. Meyers acquired his education in the common schools of his native place, and at the age of sixteen engaged in farming and lumbering. In 1900 he learned the trade of carpenter, in which occupation he is still very profitably engaged. He purchased his present pretty home in Rockwood, December 22, 1901. He married, December 22, 1901, Mary Ellen Romesburg, born September 4, 1881, in Upper Turkeyfoot township, a daughter of Hiram and Phoebe (Fletcher) Romesburg. Hiram Romesburg was born March 4, 1859, and is a farmer by occupation. He is the son of Jonas Romesburg, who was also a farmer of Upper Turkeyfoot, and of German descent. Hiram and Phoebe (Fletcher) Romesburg had children as follows: David M., Mary E., Harry J., Susan B., Elizabeth M., Cordie E., James N., Silas O., William H. and Charles F." History of Bedford and Somerset Counties, Pennsylvania" Bedford County by E. Howard Blackburn; Somerset County by William H. Welfley; v.3, Pub. The Lewis Publishing Company, New York/Chicago 1906, pg. 302
MEYERS, Robert Samuel : Robert Samuel Meyers, managing editor of the 'Gleaner,' Berlin, Somerset county, Pennsylvania, and secretary of the Gleaner Publishing Company, was born October 21, 1878, the son of David L. and Susan M. (Hay) Meyers, and grandson of Samuel and Magdalena (Lichty) Meyers. The Meyers family originally came from Germany.
David L. Meyers was born in 1842 in Brothers Valley township, near Berlin. He was educated in the Somerset county schools, and was a farmer by occupation. He was a very successful agriculturist, and was held in the highest esteem by his neighbors. Politically he accorded allegiance to the Republican party. In church relations he was a leading member and pillar of the Brethren church, and served as trustee and deacon of same.
David L. Myers [sic] married Susan M. Hay, a daughter of George P. and ______ (Miller) Hay, of Somerset county. Mrs. Meyers was educated in the public schools of Somerset county. Three children were born of this union, as follows: Robert S., of whom later; Frank H., who bought and lives on the old homestead farm adjoining Berlin; and Annie B., wife of Edward S. Kimmel, a farmer of Brothers Valley, Somerset county. The death of David L. Meyers occurred in June, 1904. His widow makes her home with her son, Frank H. Robert Samuel Meyers obtained his early education in the common schools of the county, and also attended Freeburg Musical College. At the age of sixteen he commenced teaching school, and was thus engaged very successfully in several of the county schools for five years. He was a census enumerator for Brothers Valley township on the census of 1900, being then barely twenty-one years of age. After the completion of this work, he went west, visiting the states of Illinois and Iowa, and finally located at Carleton, Thayer county, Nebraska. For two years he taught in the Carleton public schools, and while thus occupied purchased the 'Carleton Leader,' a Republican newspaper. He edited that journal for one year, in addition to his school work. At the expiration of his second year of teaching he resigned this work, and gave his entire attention to the newspaper. During this period, Mr. Meyers came back to Somerset, was married, and returned to Nebraska with his wife. They remained in Carleton another year, and in 1903 Mr. Meyers sold out his western interests and removed to Somerset, where he engaged in the manufacture of tobacco. At the time of the death of his father, in 1904, Mr. Meyers removed to Berlin, where he now resides. There he organized a company and purchased the 'Gleaner,' a Prohibition paper. Mr. Meyers converted this paper into an independent political sheet, the first one of its kind in the county. He is managing editor of this paper. The enterprise is a successful one, the paper having a generous patronage and the confidence of the public. Mr. Meyers is also secretary of the Gleaner Publishing Company.
In his political affiliations he is an ardent Republican, and interested in all pertaining to the welfare of that organization. Fraternally he holds membership in the I.O.O.F., Berlin Lodge, No. 461, having been identified with this organization since 1899; in 1902 Mr. Meyers joined the Masonic order, and is a member of Gavel Lodge, No. 199, Carleton, Nebraska, in which he served as secretary. He is a member of the Brethren church, having joined the same when he was thirteen years of age.
June 25, 1902 Mr. Meyers married Nellie A. Sipe, daughter of Henry L. and Martha Sipe. Henry L. Sipe is a merchant of Somerset. He was for years in the grocery business, and is now a jobber of manufactured tobacco. When the Farmers' National Bank was organized, Mr. Sipe was its first president, an office which he still holds. His father, Peter Sipe, was one of the oldest Somerset county merchants, and on the discovery of gold in California was one of the party who made the journey overland in wagons. Their hope of finding gold was not realized, and they made the return trip in the same way. Mrs. Meyers was educated in the schools of Somerset. One child, Bernice, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Meyers, at Carleton, Nebraska, May 10, 1903" History of Bedford and Somerset Counties, Pennsylvania" Bedford County by E. Howard Blackburn; Somerset County by William H. Welfley; v.3, Pub. The Lewis Publishing Company, New York/Chicago 1906, pg. 99-101
MILLER, Edgar Holmes : Edgar Holmes Miller, a druggist of Salisbury, is a descendant on the paternal side of natives of Ireland, and on the maternal side of natives of Scotland, which countries have contributed their quota to the citizenship of America, the representatives there from being among the public-spirited and patriotic men who have aided in building up the communities in which they located. The earliest member of the Miller family on record in Pennsylvania was Christopher Miller, who was born east of the Alleghenies, of Irish ancestors. In 1782 he journeyed west and settled in Washington county, Pennsylvania, where he secured a "tomahawk claim" of four hundred acres. He married and was the father of four sons, each of whom received one hundred acres of the homestead farm. John Miller, one of the four sons of Christopher Miller, was born in 1780. He married, in 1802, Margaret Guy, born near Fredericktown, Maryland, who bore him six sons and one daughter.
Christopher Miller, son of John and Margaret (Guy) Miller, was born in Donegal township, Washington county, Pennsylvania, February 14, 1811, on his father's farm, part of the original "tomahawk claim," and here he always lived. His wife, Sarah J. (Knight) Miller, bore him the following children: William, deceased; John, deceased; Calvin, Lehman, deceased; George, Charles W., see forward; Mary Jane, Margaret and Emily.
Charles W. Miller, son of Christopher and Sarah J. (Knight) Miller, was born March 15, 1848. He was a miller by trade, but for many years has been a traveling salesman for a prominent wholesale house of Pittsburg. He resides in Claysville, Pennsylvania. He married Nancy Elizabeth Holmes, born May 28, 1852, and their children are: Edgar Holmes, see forward; Willard H., a druggist of Berlin; Alice Pearl, and Lulu Elizabeth. William Holmes, great-grandfather of Nancy E. (Holmes) Miller, was captain of a ship plying between Norway and Scotland. He was accidentally killed and was buried in Norway about 1782. William Holmes, son of William Holmes, emigrated to the United States in 1830, landing in New York. He journeyed through Canada, seeking a location, returned to the United States by way of Niagara Falls, and finally decided to locate in Washington county, Pennsylvania, where he secured a farm which has ever since been in the Holmes name. He returned to New York for his family, came by water to Baltimore, Maryland, and thence by wagon over the Cumberland road to Claysville. George Holmes, son of William Holmes, was born in Salt coats, Scotland, May 13, 1820, a farmer of Claysville, married Elizabeth Snodgrass, and they were the parents of Nancy E. (Holmes) Miller.
Edgar Holmes Miller, eldest son of Charles W. and Nancy E. (Holmes) Miller, was born in Dallas, Pennsylvania, January 30, 1877. He attended the public schools, graduating from the high school of Claysville in 1897. The following year he entered the Pittsburg College of Pharmacy, from which he graduated in 1900. After completing his professional studies, Mr. Miller selected Salisbury as a location and there in August, 1900, opened an up-to-date pharmacy, which is a model of appointment and efficient service, and here he attained financial success. In April, 1905, in company with his brother, Willard H., he opened a drug store in Berlin under the firm name of Miller & Miller, and in September, 1906, the firm added another store by the purchase of the drug business of W. C. Martin at Munhall, Pennsylvania, a business founded in 1875. Mr. Miller is a Republican and a member of the Reformed church. Although a young man and not long a resident of Somerset county, Mr. Miller has made for himself an honored name in the community with which he has cast his lot and where his social and business qualities have won him many friends.
Mr. Miller married, September 19, 1900, Mary Edith, born January 19, 1876, daughter of T. H. Sawhill, of Claysville. She was educated in the schools of Claysville. Their children are: Edgar Holmes, Jr., born June 10, 1903, and Darrell S., born June 20, 1904." History of Bedford and Somerset Counties, Pennsylvania" Bedford County by E. Howard Blackburn; Somerset County by William H. Welfley; v.3, Pub. The Lewis Publishing Company, New York/Chicago 1906, pg. 192/3
MILLER, Michael H. : Michael H. Miller, a farmer of Rockwood, Somerset county, Pennsylvania, was born December 17, 1849, in Black township, Somerset county, the son of Jacob and Eliza (Lynt) Miller. Jacob Miller (father) was born in Somerset county, and was a farmer by occupation. Michael H. Miller received his educational training in the common schools of Somerset county, and at the age of eighteen left school and engaged in farming with his father on the home farm. In 1881 he went into the jobbing business, and has followed that in connection with farming ever since. He owns a small farm of four acres, on which he has erected a home. In political affiliations he is a staunch Republican. Mr. Miller married, March 17, 1876, Miss Samantha Grunawalt, born October 30, 1857, in Wellersburg, Somerset county, the daughter of Abraham and Meltonia (Wagner) Grunawalt, and one of seven children, namely: Samantha, Alford, Silas (deceased), Peter M., Mary E., William J. and Benjamin K. Abraham Grunawalt died in 1881. The following children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Miller: Emer W., January 21, 1877; Lucretia A., April 11, 1878; Ada V., January 9, 1880; Cyntha L., March 16, 1882; Leora M., January 31, 1884; Mary Emma, December 28, 1885; Edna J. A., October 17, 1888; Benjamin H. A., March 1, 1891; and Delroy C. E., July 7, 1893." History of Bedford and Somerset Counties, Pennsylvania" Bedford County by E. Howard Blackburn; Somerset County by William H. Welfley; v.3, Pub. The Lewis Publishing Company, New York/Chicago 1906, pg. 302/3
MILLER, Willard Homer : Willard Homer Miller, an enterprising and progressive young business man of Berlin, Somerset county, Pennsylvania, was born March 28, 1881, in Coon Island, Washington county, Pennsylvania, son of Charles W. and Nancy E. (Holmes) Miller. Charles W. Miller is a son of Christopher Miller, a Washington county farmer. He was reared on the home farm and learned the trade of millwright. He subsequently became a traveling salesman, which business he now follows. Charles W. Miller is a Republican in politics, and in church connections a Baptist. He married Nancy E. Holmes, who was a daughter of George Y. Holmes, a native of Scotland, who came to this country at the age of ten years. He became a farmer and a minister in the Baptist church. Mrs. Miller was educated in Washington county, and lived on the home farm until her marriage, in 1860. The following named children were born of this marriage: Willard Homer, of whom later; Alice A., Lulu E. (both residing at home with their parents), and Edgar H., a druggist of Salisbury.
Willard H. Miller received his initial education in the township schools and at the age of ten years entered the high school of Claysville, Pennsylvania. Early in life he resolved to follow the drug business, and with this end in view (at the age of fourteen) entered the service of G. Y. Holmes, a druggist of Claysville, continuing there for two and a half years. For five years he was engaged in the drug store of W. C. Martin, of Munhall, Pennsylvania. Mr. Miller studied for his profession in the School of Pharmacy of the Western University of Pennsylvania, and was graduated from that institution in 1903. In March, 1905, he formed a partnership with his brother, Edgar H. Miller (who is in the drug business at Elk Lick), and established a drug store at Berlin, conducting the business under the firm name of Miller & Miller, but, under the management of Willard H. Although a young man, Mr. Miller is thoroughly familiar with all the details of his profession, and brings to his own business the experience gained in other establishments. He is a firm believer in modern advertising methods, which he extensively employs. His store is already well known in town and township, and the generous patronage he receives is the best proof of its popularity.
In political affiliation Mr. Miller is a strong Republican. Fraternally he holds membership in Berlin lodge, I.O.O.F., Homestead Lodge, Eagles, and Knights of Pythias, Berlin Lodge. He is an admirer of athletic sports, and is specially fond of base-ball, which naturally brings him in close touch with the younger element, while his sterling business principles and genial social qualities commend him to all. He is unmarried." History of Bedford and Somerset Counties, Pennsylvania" Bedford County by E. Howard Blackburn; Somerset County by William H. Welfley; v.3, Pub. The Lewis Publishing Company, New York/Chicago 1906, pg. 241/2
MILLIGAN, WILLIAM L., of the well-known firm of J.H. Milligan's Sons, now doing business at No. 3117 Union street, Bellaire, has one of the largest and most reliable shoe stores in this vicinity, and in 1902 was compelled to erect a splendid new brick building in order to supply the demands of his steadily increasing custom. He makes no pretensions to being self-made, his father having paved the way to the business he is now so ably continuing. Nevertheless, he has shown himself a man of enterprise and of much inherent ability for managing and directing affairs.
Mr. Milligan was born in Belmont County and comes of one of the old and influential families of the vicinity, his father, J.H. Milligan, a well-known business man and prominent agriculturist, having been born in Belmont County about 1829. Here near Bellaire, in Pultney township, upon reaching manhood he settled upon a farm and engaged in agriculture. Like everything he undertook in life, he concentrated his entire energies upon this work and made an unqualified success and continued in it until 1881. Possessed of considerable means, in 1884 he moved to Bellaire, and in company with his son, J.L., opened a shoe store. By prudent management and courteous reception of customers he worked up a large trade and soon had the business on a very firm foundation. Retaining the confidence of the public, he continued the business until 1891, when he was succeeded in the partnership by his son, William L. With an eye to the future he has always managed to lay aside something for a rainy day. He is now comfortably fixed. His farm in Pultney township he has never disposed of, and he still receives a large income from it. He is now living in retirement at his pleasant residence in Bellaire. Mr. Milligan married Hannah J. Carson, from West Alexandria, Pennsylvania, and their children are: Clinton, who is connected with a window glass company at Danville, Illinois; Eunice, who is now at home; E.C., and William L. of Bellaire; and J.L., who died in 1896.
William L. Milligan embarked upon his successful business career in 1893, succeeding, as has been said, his father. The firm name, however, was not changed, remaining as it had been, J.H. Milligan & Son. He took up the work as if accustomed to it all his life, and very ably supplied his father's vacant place. For three years the business continued under the same firm name, then occurred the death of the senior member of the firm, J.L. Milligan, and a change occurred. Another brother, E.C., stepped into the vacant place and the firm name was changed to J.H. Milligan's Sons. These two enterprising men have advanced their industry materially, have added a leather and finding department, and in other respects enlarged the business. The new building which they erected is a three-story modern brick structure and was built on the site of the old building. The upper floors will be rented as dwellings.
Socially, Mr. Milligan stands high in his community. He is a member of the F. & A.M., of Bellaire; Hope Commandery, No. 26, K.T., of St. Clairsville; Aladdin Temple, A.A.O.N.M.S., of Columbus, and the B.P.O.E. of Bellaire. He usually votes the Democratic ticket, but is somewhat independent in politics. In religious sentiment he is a Presbyterian. [Source: "Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
MINTIER, JOHN, of Wheeling township, Belmont County, is one of those enterprising men who have devoted their energies to the development of the agricultural resources of this section. For fully 40 years he has worked on his present attractive farm, each year making new improvements and introducing some progressive measure in his farming, so that his place is now one of the best paying pieces of property in the vicinity.
Mr. Mintier was born near the Pine Fork Church, in Jefferson County, Ohio, June 13, 1827, and when quite young moved with his parents to Hammondsville. There in the public schools in procured his education, developing habits of industry and self-reliance, which have followed him through life. After leaving school there, he entered upon the active duties of life, remaining in the place until he was 26 years old. He then moved to Guernsey County, where for two years he continued his labors. Believing he might better his fortunes by making a decided change, he next moved to the State of Iowa, where he remained for five years, earning for himself and family a comfortable living, and laying by a little something for a rainy day. In 1862, however, he returned to Ohio, and here in Wheeling township, Belmont County, invested his savings in a farm which he considered a place worth having. Setting to work on it with energy and determination, he soon found he had not overestimated its value, as the land proved to be productive and the crops all that he could desire. He has from year to year opened new sections of it, and, as has been said, greatly improved it in many respects. He keeps himself well informed upon the latest methods of agriculture, and is considered one of the most progressive and at the same time practical farmers in the county. The farm embraces 102½ acres and is well stocked.
September 15, 1853, Mr. Mintier married Mary J. Henderson, one of 14 children born to Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Henderson, of Belmont County. Mrs. Mintier is a cultivated woman, who received a good common school education, and before her marriage taught school for a couple of terms. By this union they have had seven children, one of whom, an infant daughter, died when only three days old. Robert H., born in Guernsey County, Ohio, in 1856, married Agnes Anderson, and, about 22 years ago, went to Los Angeles, California, where he has since been engaged as a contractor and carpenter. He has one child. Martha, born in 1857, was married in 1880 to William Stiles. She died in Guernsey County, Ohio, in 1889. John, born in 1859, now a resident of Shepherdstown and engaged in the management of the home farm, married Lizzie Flowers and has one child. Park Nichol, born in 1861, now a resident of Bloomfield station, married Ella Hervey, and they have three children. Mary Elizabeth, born in 1865, who never married, is now deceased. William Alexander, born in 1869, graduated from Franklin College in 1895, and from the U.P. Theological Seminary, at Allegheny, Pennsylvania, in 1898, and officiated as pastor of a church in Cochranton, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, until 1902, and is now living near Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. He married Pearl McCune, and they have had two children. Mr. Mintier and his wife are members of the United Presbyterian Church. In politics he is a Republican. [Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens, edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
MITCHELL, ALFRED H. -- senior member of the legal firm of A.H. & W. Mitchell, of St. Clairsville, Ohio, is one of the city's leading citizens and representative attorneys.
The birth of Mr. Mitchell took place in Richland township, Belmont County, Ohio, May 31, 1849, and he is a son of David and Anna (Hatcher) Mitchell, who settled in Belmont County in 1830.
Nathaniel Mitchell, his great-grandfather, was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, and for three years belonged to that cordon of officers who formed the body guard of General Washington. Nathaniel's son, James, was a farmer in Pennsylvania, in Washington County, where his son, David Mitchell, was born in 1805. In 1830 David Mitchell settled in Richland township, Belmont County, where he engaged in farming, and where his death occurred in 1892. He married Anna Hatcher, who lived to the age of 72 years. They had a family of seven children, as follows: Elizabeth, Johnston, Jesse P., Joshua, Alfred H., Wilson, and Emmett D. Elizabeth is the wife of T.W. Bentley, of Loydsville, Ohio. Johnston was killed in the battle of Jonesboro, Georgia, September 1, 1864. Jesse P. resides in Columbus, Ohio. Joshua died at an early age. Wilson, who was born in 1851, taught school for eight years, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1877, and is the junior member of the legal firm mentioned above. He practiced until 1899, and was then made cashier of the Dollar Savings Bank, in which capacity he still serves. He married Ella Hewetson, and they have two sons, Alfred H., Jr., and David W. Emmett D. is a resident of Kinsley, Kansas.
Alfred H. Mitchell received an excellent common school education, and grew to manhood with those attributes which have developed an admirable type of man. For four years after completing his studies he taught school and at the same time studied his law books, under the supervision of Capt. Lorenzo Danford and E.E. Kennon, of St. Clairesville, with such effect that he was admitted to the Belmont County bar in September, 1871, and since that time has enjoyed a lucrative practice in St. Clairesville.
Mr. Mitchell was married September 23, 1875, to Mary A. Wilkinson, a daughter of William Wilkinson, of Smith township, Belmont County, and they have one son - Herbert W. Mr. Mitchell has been recognized as one of the leading members of his profession, and served the county as prosecuting attorney from 1880 to 1885. His business enterprise has been shown in a number of instances, notably in assisting to found the Dollar Savings Bank, of St. Clairesville, which was organized in 1895. His political opinions are in accord with the Republican party. Fraternally, he is a Mason. Mr. Mitchell belongs to a high type of citizenship, and is thoroughly representative of the best element of the community. He is a man of honor and integrity, and one who serves the town and county to the best of his ability. [Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens, edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
MITCHELL, MRS. J. (KIRKWOOD), so highly esteemed and beloved by the people of Kirkwood, Belmont County, Ohio, was born in that town and ranks among the oldest residents. She is a daughter of Joseph and Margaret (Gillespie) Kirkwood, granddaughter of Robert Kirkwood, and was born September 15, 1827.
Our subject's paternal grandfather, Robert Kirkwood, was deeply interested in his studies for the ministry when the Revolutionary War broke out. He immediately dropped "Euclid" and shouldering his musket marched to the service of his country. He started as captain, raised a company in Newark, Delaware, his native State, and afterward served as an officer of high rank under the illustrious Washington. His two children, one daughter and one son, were: Joseph, the father of our subject; and Mrs. Whitely, who after her first husband's demise married Mr. Boyer - she had two children, Robert H. and Mary A. by her first marriage, and her children of the second marriage are now deceased. Robert Kirkwood died at the age of seventy-two years.
Joseph Kirkwood was born March 25, 1784, and chose for his wife Margaret Gillespie, who was born July 6, 1785. Both were natives of Newark, Delaware, and both attended the same schools there when children. During his early youth, Mr. Kirkwood worked as bookkeeper in his uncle's store in Newark, but after his marriage crossed the Alleghanies on horseback and arrived in Belmont County, Ohio, during the early part of the last century. He settled in Canton (now Bridgeport), and immediately turned his attention to farming and there remained until his death, June 9, 1856. In 1812 he served in the war but would not receive a pension or warrant for his services. He and his beloved wife had a family of 10 children: Hannah M. (Mrs. James McCune), born in 1807 and died 1849; Sarah (Mrs. Joseph Large); Robert, born in 1810, and died in 1811; Ann S., who was born February 28, 1812, married David Allen, and is now deceased; Adeline, who married Dr. Henry West and died July 8, 1854; Mary, born in 1817, and died in 1838; Elizabeth, born February 5, 1818, and died in the "nineties"; Catherine S., born August 24, 1820, married Dr. James McConahey, and died in the "eighties"; Margaret A., born May 27, 1823, is now a resident of Kirkwood, the widow of Rev. James Alexander of the Presbyterian Church; and Mrs. Mitchell, our subject, who is the youngest in the family and who, with Mrs. Margaret A. Alexander, is the only living member of the once large family. Mrs. Joseph Kirkwood's death took place at the advanced age of 84 years, February 14, 1866. She was a life-long member of the Presbyterian Church, and a pioneer with her husband, both knowing well the hardships, dangers, deprivations, and difficulties of early Ohio pioneer life.
Mrs. Mitchell is the widow of Vincent Mitchell, who was a native of Mount Pleasant, Jefferson County, Ohio, where he was profitably engaged in mercantile business until 1849, when he removed to Kirkwood. He and our subject were united in matrimony, March 14, 1850, and their union was blessed with eight children, as follows: Margaret A.; William V.; Rockwell B.; Ada and Lee, who died young; Clara E. and Carrie E., twins; and Walter. Margaret A. is the wife of Rev. Shields M. Macurdy, one of the leading men of the Pittsburg Conference, highly respected by all and a charming singer. They have six children: Josephine, Vincent, S.W., Britton, Elder and Errat. William V. is as yet unmarried and resides at home, as does also Rockwell B., the latter having served several terms as mayor of Bridgeport, of which Kirkwood is a part. Clara E., one of the twins, is now Mrs. D. Myers of Wheeling Island; her twin sister, Carrie E. (Mrs. George Robinson), also of Wheeling Island, is now deceased, having left two children, Josephine and Martha L. Walter Mitchell married Daisie Adams of California, and has one daughter, Alphia.
Vincent Mitchell died at the age of 77 years, October 25, 1881. He was a life-long member of the Presbyterian Church, and Mrs. Mitchell has been a member since her 16th year. In politics, he was a Democrat, glad to be of service to his party whenever it was possible. Before his marriage with our subject, Mr. Mitchell was united in marriage October 11, 1830, with Susanna Hogg, who died October 19, 1845, leaving three children, Miriam, R. Jane, and John J. Miriam Mitchell was the wife of R.B. Boyd, and died at the age of 40 years. R. Jane Mitchell resides with her step-mother, the subject of this biography. John J. Mitchell married Margaret Guyton, but is now deceased, having left seven children to mourn his loss, namely: Myrtle E., Harry, Alonzo L., Alma, Ollie, Rose E. and Lulu G. [Source: "Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
MITCHELL, MATTHEW CLARK, of Martin's Ferry, whose death occurred in January, 1900, was born on Scotch Ridge, Belmont County, Ohio, July 22, 1840. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. John Porter Mitchell, and was one of a family of five children.
Mr. Mitchell took a prominent part in politics, and his advice was much sought in party councils. He filled many offices with credit. From 1865 to 1870, inclusive, he was chief clerk in the Patent Office at Washington, D.C. He was mayor of Martin's Ferry from 1882 to 1885, and from 1888 to 1889. He was justice of the peace for two terms. Following the election of President Harrison, Mr. Mitchell was made postmaster of Martin's Ferry, continuing in office during the whole administration. At the time of Mr. Mitchell's death, he was chairman of the county board of deputy state supervisors of election, and had been elected land appraiser for the city. In Mr. Mitchell's death, the people at large suffered a loss only second to that sustained by his family. Upon many occasions his sound judgment and keen insight were of incalculable value to the public. Endowed with grateful, genial manners, he made many warm friends, who greatly regretted his untimely demise.
In 1877 Mr. Mitchell was united in marriage with Mary E. Kennon, a member of a prominent family of St. Clairsville, Ohio. Four daughters - Ellen, Mary, Sarah B. and Ruth - and his widow survived him. Ellen graduated from the Martin's Ferry High School, in the class of 1898 and also from King's School of Oratory, at Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. In June, 1901, she was married to Paul Bogle, son of the well-known divine of the Presbyterian Church, Rev. S.J. Bogle, D.D. Mary graduated from the Martin's Ferry High School in the class of 1900. Sarah B. graduated from the Martin's Ferry High School in the class of 1902. It is worthy of remark that all of these talented young ladies graduated from their home school, their father having faith in its scholarship and an assured feeling that it was the best in the State. Ruth, who is the youngest of the family, is a student in the High School and will graduate in the class of 1906. The mother of this family, as noted, is a woman of great executive ability and under all circumstances has proved herself equal to the demands made upon her. The home is one of education and refinement and its members are prominent in the social life of the city.
MOBERLY, ELISHA A., whose fine farm and comfortable home attracts general attention and favorable comment from the traveler through Smith township, Belmont County, is one of the practical and successful farmers and stock raisers of his locality. The farm is one which has been in the possession of the Moberly family for several generations, the grandparents of Elisha A. settling in Smith township when it was an almost unbroken wilderness. They were real pioneers, coming to Ohio from Virginia, sturdy and stout of heart. It is related of the brave grandmother that she, with two little children, remained alone in the wilderness while her husband cultivated the field of corn for their sustenance, many miles away. These courageous ancestors have long since passed away, together with their children, but their grandchildren enjoy the results of their energy.
Elisha A. Moberly was born in 1841 and was reared in Smith township. He is a son of Reason and Julia Ann (Arvin) Moberly, the former of whom was born in Virginia, in 1811 and was brought a child of two years to Belmont County by his parents, John and Lucy Moberly. John Moberly located first in 1813 in Pultney Bottom, near Bellaire, moved then to Licking County, but soon returned to Belmont County, settling first in Richland township, but in 1816 entering a farm of 80 acres in Smith township, in section 19. His brother Thomas also took up 80 acres and our subject now owns 120 acres of the 160-acre tract.
Reason Moberly, the father of Elisha A., was one of seven children, and the eldest of the family, the others being: William, Rebecca, Catherine, the wife of Cornelius Barkis; Joshua, John and Lucinda. In 1839 he was united in marriage with Julia Ann Arvin, who was born in 1814, a daughter of Elisha Arvin, and came with her mother and half-brother to Belmont County in 1826. The other members of her family have all passed away and her death took place in 1875 within two weeks of that of her husband. They left a family of five children, as follows: John W., who is a carpenter in Harvey County, Kansas; Elisha A.; Henrietta, who lives on the home place in Smith township; Henry, who lived on a part of the old farm, died in 1901; and Lucy, who resides on the old farm. Joshua H. died in infancy.
Mr. Moberly has resided on the old farm practically all his life, engaged in general farming and stock raising, and owns 210 acres. One valuable farm, located east of the one he occupies, is owned by him in partnership with his sisters. He has taken an interested part in township politics, voting the Republican ticket. In 1865 he married Eliza Jane McGaughy, born in 1838 in Smith township, the eldest of five children of Cyrus McGaughy, the others being: William, who died in infancy; Sarah, Mrs. Daniel Myers, living near Kelsey station; Thomas, residing at the old farm, and Mary Sabina, deceased, who was the wife of William Clifford. The one child born to our subject and wife is Thomas H., born in 1868, who married Elizabeth J. Warnock, daughter of Lawson Warnock of Smith township - they reside in the old home. The religious connection of the family is with the Concord Presbyterian Church. They are people of substance and prominence in Smith township. ["Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
MONTGOMERY, ROBERT C., Among the leading business men of Martin's Ferry is Robert C. Montgomery, who conducts a first-class grocery, located at No. 729 Broadway. Mr. Montgomery was born in Marshall County, West Virginia, January 9, 1869, being a son of Joseph B. and Elizabeth A. (Caswell) Montgomery. The former was born in West Virginia, while the latter was a native of Massachusetts.
The grandparents of Mr. Montgomery were William and Elizabeth (Blakemore) Montgomery, both of whom were born in West Virginia, when the State was still a part of the Old Dominion. William Montgomery was a cooper by trade, and in his shop his four sons learned the business. His children were as follows: George, Joseph B., James, William, Emma, Elizabeth, Amanda, Mary, Oella and Henrietta. George served three years in the Civil War, participated in many battles, was once severely wounded in the shoulder. George lives on Wheeling Island. James died at the age of 24 years. William resides at Martin's Ferry and is employed at the tin mill. Emma J. is the widow of John Hawn and resides in Wheeling. Elizabeth is the widow of Josiah Caswell, who was the brother of Robert C. Montgomery's mother. Amanda married Albert Ferguson, and both are deceased. Mary married Harry Jump, who is engaged in the dry goods business at Martin's Ferry. Oella married Charles Wells and resides on the Island. Henrietta died at the age of six years. William Montgomery was a son of Thomas Montgomery, who was one of the early settlers in West Virginia, and was born near Shepherdstown, in 1815, and was a farmer by occupation. In 1858 he married Elizabeth Blakemore, who died in 1888.
Joseph B. Montgomery, the father of our subject, was born in Benwood, Marshall County, (West) Virginia, in 1844. In his early years he followed a coopering business, machinery which at present does all that line of work not having been invented. He was so occupied until his enlistment, in 1864, in the 5th Reg., Ohio Vol. Cav., for service in the Civil War. Mr. Montgomery took part in the Atlanta campaign under Sherman, went with the army to the sea and participated in the review at Washington, where he was discharged in October, 1865, having served almost two years. Upon his return to his home, he resumed his trade, at which he worked until his marriage, in 1868. He then purchased a farm in Marshall County and followed the life of an agriculturist for 15 years. In 1884 he removed to Martin's Ferry and erected the first business house in that part of the city known as "The Orchard," this building being the one now occupied by his son. Mr. Montgomery thoroughly identified himself with that part of the city. In 1887 he was elected a member of the School Board and during one term was its president. In 1888 he was elected a member of the City Council from the Third Ward and served in that body for three terms, during two of which he was its president.
On May 7, 1868, Mr. Montgomery was married to Margaret Elizabeth Caswell, who was born March 7, 1849, in Massachusetts, a daughter of Robert and Roanna Caswell, both natives of the same State, who migrated to (West) Virginia in 1852. Mr. Caswell was born May 12, 1818, and his wife May 23, 1818, and the former died in 1854, at the age of 36, and the latter June 25, 1871, at the age of 53 years. Mrs. Montgomery was the youngest of three children, and is the only survivor. She had two brothers. Josiah, who followed his father's trade of nailer, lived to be 33 years of age. On January 1, 1864, he froze his feet so seriously that he suffered through the remainder of his life from this injury. He married the sister of J.B. Montgomery. The second brother, Elijah, was also a nailer by trade. He married Anna Trainer, daughter of Rev. Thomas Harvey Trainer, of the Methodist Episcopal Church at Wheeling. Mrs. Montgomery was long a consistent member of this religious body in this locality and is now connected with the Emory Methodist Church at Pittsburg, of which city she is a resident. J.B. Montgomery was trustee and a member of the board of stewards of the Methodist Church at Martin's Ferry and gave freely of his time and money to further its interests. He was of a sunny nature, very genial and companionable, true to every trust and a most loyal and patriotic citizen. His loyalty was tested at a time and in a State which gave meaning to the word patriotism. Mr. Montgomery died October 16, 1899.
Robert C. Montgomery was educated in the schools of Marshall County and later took a business course in Frasher's Business College, at Wheeling. Upon completing his school days, April 1, 1884, he entered his father's grocery store at Martin's Ferry, and was taken into partnership in 1895, the firm style becoming J.B. Montgomery & Son. His father retired from the business in 1899, since which time the business has been conducted under the name of R.C. Montgomery. Mr. Montgomery is the older of two children, his brother Howard D. being a successful attorney in Pittsburg. Mr. Montgomery, through his long experience, has become thoroughly posted on the grocery trade and conducts a first-class store, dealing largely in fresh fruits and vegetables as well as choice canned goods. His stock is displayed in a very attractive manner, his business receives his individual attention, and he counts among his patrons the most exacting trade of the city.
On March 27, 1895, Mr. Montgomery was united in marriage with Rose B. Maxwell, a native of West Virginia, who is a daughter of John D. Maxwell and a member of the following family: Maggie, who is Mrs. Ross Lake; Alexander O.; James P.; George D. and Edward, all residing on the Island. To Mr. and Mrs. Montgomery a family of three children has been born, namely: Elizabeth L., Joseph B. and Robert M. The religious connection of the family is with the Methodist Church. Mr. Montgomery is valued in various business activities of the city and has just been elected a trustee of the Electric Light Company. In fraternal association, he belongs to the K. of P., Uniform Rank, and is captain of Ohio City Company, No. 48, and has passed through all the chairs in the order; he also belongs to the Maccabees. In political sentiment he is an ardent Republican and has served as delegate to county conventions. He is a charter member of the Vigilant Hose Company. ["Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
MOORE, FRANCIS is a well-known and highly respected citizen of Barnesville, Ohio, who conducts a first-class blacksmith shop in this city. He was born in Barnesville, August 7, 1856, and is a son of William R. and Mary E. (Hall) Moore.
William R. Moore, who died on March 3, 1875, belonged to that body of excellent mechanics which in the early days of the city did so much for its permanent development. The names of John Francis, Robert Crozier, William Kline, Joseph Capstack, John McDonnell, J.P. Cox, James Sproat, George Hall, John Seals and William R. Moore, recall to the older citizens men of energy and brawn, who were not only good mechanics and blacksmiths, but were also among the best and most reliable citizens. In 1857 William R. Moore erected a hominy mill in Barnesville on the corner of South and Chestnut streets. For many years he operated this very successfully, and it was followed in 1854 by a sawmill, which he located on South Chestnut street, and which, after years of successful operation, was bought by Hilles Brothers. At the outbreak of the Civil War, Mr. Moore was one of the loyal men who responded to the call for volunteers. He enlisted in Company C, 9th Reg., Ohio Vol. Cav., and served faithfully until 1865. His marriage to Mary E. Hall was blessed with the following children: Owen, who gave his young life to his country at the battle of Stone River; John W., Lurestine P., George and Francis.
Francis Moore was reared and schooled at Barnesville, but in early manhood started out for himself, turning his steps to the great Northwest. There he learned the blacksmith trade and was thus employed at Minneapolis, Minnesota. He followed the same occupation in the regular army, with which he was connected two years, and during that time, under command of General Miles, participated in several engagements with the Indians. In 1881 he returned to his old Ohio home and opened up his present quarters, where he has been very successfully employed ever since. Mr. Moore is an expert horseshoer and is known for his special work in the shoeing of race-track horses. His establishment is the leading one in Barnesville.
Mr. Moore was first joined in marriage in 1875, with Annie B. Hummer. His second marriage occurred in 1884, when he wedded Annie B. Kircher, who died, leaving one daughter, Etta K. Mr. Moore formed a third union with Cora B. Rimer in 1893, which has resulted in no children.
In politics Mr. Moore is identified with the Democratic party, while his fraternal connection is with the Odd Fellows. Both Mr. and Mrs. Moore are highly respected by all who know them, and they have a wide circle of friends. [Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens, edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
MOORE, M.E., is one of the best known farmers and most highly esteemed citizens of Wayne township, Belmont County, whose long and honorable record during the Civil War also entitles him to the respect and admiration of his fellow citizens.
Mr. Moore was born March 1, 1841, in Washington township, on a farm in the vicinity of his present home, and he is a son of Michael and Priscilla (Deaver) Moore.
Michael Moore was born on Captina Creek, in Washington township, and died at the age of 32 years, March 17, 1841, when our subject was an infant of two weeks. He was a son of Jacob Moore, who came to Ohio from Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, the family having been founded there by Michael Moore, an early emigrant from Germany. The latter was one of the earliest pioneers in Belmont County, where he died at the age of 106 years. Jacob Moore, the grandfather of our subject, owned several farms in Washington and Wayne townships, and was the father of these children: John, Henry, Amster, Alfred, Michael, Rachel and Abigail.
The mother of our subject was born in Maryland, of an old and much respected family. She contracted a second marriage, with Eli Mantle, and died some 20 years ago. The children of her first marriage were four in number, namely: Erastus, Adam T., Elizabeth and our subject. Erastus Moore was born in 1833 and in 1859 married Nancy Mechem. In the spring of 1860 he removed to his present fine farm in section 2, Wayne township. His six children were: Rev. Melancthon, who is the pastor of the Christian Church at Garnett, Kansas; Amanda J., who is Mrs. Thornberry, of Washington, Pennsylvania; Rev. Zuinglius, who is pastor of the Christian Church at Milford, Illinois; Laura, who is the wife of J.J. Phillips, of Washington township; Rev. Luther, who is a pastor of the Third Christian Church at Akron, Ohio; Vietta, who is deceased; and Edison L., who lives at Akron, Ohio. Adam T. Moore served during the Civil War as a member of the 179th Reg., Ohio Vol. Inf. He resides on the old home place in Washington township. Elizabeth became Mrs. Stuckey and died in Indiana. The three children of the second marriage are: Ellen J., the wife of H.J. Danford, of California; and Hiram Mantle, of Wayne township; and Alexander C. Mantle, of Washington township.
Reared on the farm and educated in the public schools, Mr. Moore grew to young manhood, a representative young farmer. The outbreak of the Civil War completely changed the current of his life, turning it from the peaceful paths of agriculture into the stress and strife of warfare. For almost five years his services were devoted to his country. With loyal enthusiasm he answered the first call for three-year volunteers, entering Company E, 2nd Reg., West Virginia Vol. Inf., veteraned in Company E, 5th Reg., West Virginia Vol. Cav., and again entered in Company K, 6th Reg., West Virginia Vol. Cav. Although he saw much hard service and participated in some of the most terrible battles of the war, Mr. Moore miraculously escaped serious injury. He was a member of the famous Averill's cavalry, in West Virginia and was captured by the enemy, spending four months as a prisoner, after the battle of Piedmont. He was left at campaign until the surrender of Atlanta, and Stanton Hospital and, being detailed there as nurse, took such excellent care of 13 wounded Union prisoners, that all but one regained health. Five days were spent in a hospital, from an attack of measles, and that about covered actual illness. In the fall of 1865, he was sent with his veteran regiment to Kansas and Colorado against the Indians, and was mustered out at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, May 22, 1866, was discharged at Wheeling and arrived home, in Belmont County, June 1, 1866, after a wearisome but honorable service of four years, 11 months and 22 days. He was in Washington City in 1865 and was one of Gen. O.O. Howard's body guard during the trial of the Lincoln conspirators. He participated in the grand review in 1865, and boasts again of marching down Pennsylvania avenue in 1902 at the G.A.R. National Encampment. He has worthily filled all the chairs, including that of commander of G.A.R., Danford Post, No. 525, of Beallsville, Ohio. He was most highly honored on July 1, 1889, by being commissioned lieutenant-colonel by Commander Samuel H. Hurst, of the Department of Ohio, G.A.R., the commission being given at the headquarters at Chillicothe, Ohio.
After his return from the army, Mr. Moore soon married and purchased the old Phillip King farm, on Piney Creek, making the same his home until 1891, when he bought his present home farm, comprising 231 acres, a part of which, 40 acres each, was settled by Samuel and Israel Moore. This is one of the well developed farms of the locality and has been made still more valuable and attractive by the recent completion of a handsome, modern residence.
Mr. Moore was married in the fall of 1866, to Annis Danford, who was born in 1845 in Noble County, Ohio, and is a daughter of Emmor Danford of Belmont County. The members of Mrs. Moore's family are scattered: Hiram J., who served in the Civil War, a member of the 27th Reg., Ohio Vol. Inf., married Ellen J. Mantle, the half-sister of our subject, and they reside at San Diego, California; Thomas, who served in the Civil War also in an Ohio regiment, married Marsha Barkus and is in the mining business at Boulder, Colorado; Nancy Ellen married A.M. Caldwell and lives at New Martinsville, West Virginia; Cynthia married T.H. Blenus, a native of Nova Scotia, and they reside at Jacksonville, Florida; and another brother, E.O., has been lost in the West since 1880.
A family of four children was born to Mr. and Mrs. Moore, namely: Solon A., born July 22, 1867, who is a teacher of 14 years' experience in Belmont County, a graduate of the Valparaiso Business College and Elliott School of Shorthand and Typewriting, at Wheeling, and resides with his parents; Hiram C., born September 24, 1868, who died November 25, 1891; Walton E., born March 6, 1874, who is his father's capable assistant at home; and Adam V., born December 2, 1882, who died November 26, 1890.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Moore are valued members of the Belmont Ridge Christian Church. No one is ever left in doubt as to Mr. Moore's politics, and he is justly proud of the fact that he cast his first vote for Abraham Lincoln and has consistently supported the same party ever since. An honest, upright, straightforward man, M.E. Moore enjoys public esteem for his present position as neighbor and citizen, and for his past record as a brave, faithful and gallant soldier. ["Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
MOORE, THOMAS G. -- postmaster of Barnesville, Ohio, is one of the best known and highly esteemed citizens of the place, his long term of mail service having made him familiar to the community, while it has served to thoroughly educate him in every detail of the work. For many years Mr. Moore's chief interest has centered in the perfection of the postal system under his care.
The birth of Mr. Moore occurred in Warren township, Belmont County, and he is a son of Thomas G. and Mary (Staggs) Moore. The father was born in Kirkwood, Ohio, October 9, 1824. There he engaged in farming until his death, July 31, 1891. The mother survived until November 13, 1898.
The subject of this sketch attended the public schools and prepared himself for a business career by taking a thorough commercial course. While still a youth he was employed in the mail service on the Vandalia Railroad and continued thus for 18 months, when he resigned to accept a clerical position in a drug store in Barnesville, where he remained for three and a half years.
About this time Mr. Moore was appointed assistant postmaster at Barnesville, and continued in that capacity for 11½ years. On May 4, 1900, he succeeded Postmaster Hillis, and has proven one of the most acceptable officials this city has ever had. He introduced rural mail delivery and has four employees under his supervision. Mr. Moore gives his whole time and attention to his office. His system has met with the approval of the citizens, and they esteem an official so careful and conscientious, rely upon his accuracy and enjoy the promptness with which the business is carried on.
Mr. Moore married Eva M. Marks, who is a daughter of Samuel Marks and a native of Ohio. The two children born to this union are Carrie M. and Ralph M. Mr. Moore is a member of the Odd Fellows. He is a staunch supporter of the Republican party. [Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens, edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
MORGAN, ELI S., one of the progressive agriculturists of Wheeling township, Belmont County, manages not only his own large and well-kept farm, but also a still larger one for his mother. Possessed of a large capacity for work, and being one who attends strictly to his own business, he has accumulated considerable property, including some of the best-bred stock. He comes of a family of soil tillers, and was born on the Belmont County homestead December 19, 1865, son of Philip and Sarah (Seebirt) Morgan.
George V. Morgan, grandfather of Eli S., was born in 1775. In the early days he moved to Ohio, being one of the pioneers of the rich agricultural districts of this State. Here he purchased what was known as the Mintier farm, where he passed many busy years of his life, engaged in the development of its resources. Later he moved to the Morgan farm, where he spent the rest of his life, dying there.
Philip Morgan, son of George V. and father of Eli S., was also a prominent agriculturist of this section, purchasing and managing the homestead where the son now resides. Born in Uniontown, Ohio, in 1819, he procured his education in the common schools of his vicinity. Preparatory to an occupation in life, as a youth he entered a tannery and there learned a trade, at which in time he became very proficient. During his young manhood he purchased the farm already referred to, in Wheeling township. This place he cleared and broke, and greatly improved. As he also added to its area, occasionally, by large land purchases, it at one time embraced 514 acres. January 5, 1845, Mr. Morgan married Sarah Seebirt, an attractive girl of 18, born in 1825, daughter of Eli and Caroline Seebirt, and granddaughter of Adam Seebirt, who was born in Loudoun County, Virginia, resided there for many years, and later crossed the mountains and became one of the pioneer settlers of Ohio. To Mr. and Mrs. Eli Seebirt were born two children - Sarah, and Eli, born in 1827, died in 1898. Mrs. Morgan, now 78, has been a hard-working woman all her life, also a faithful mother and devoted wife. She was reared in this vicinity, and attended for many years the Wheeling Valley public schools. In religious circles she is especially prominent, and has been a consistent member of the Presbyterian Church for nearly 40 years. To Mr. and Mrs. Morgan were born nine children: Mary Ellen, born January 24, 1846, received a common school education, married Harvey Rusk, a farmer, now deceased, who resided on his family homestead in Richland township, near Fairpoint, in Belmont County, and they had six children - Addison E., Elmer, Sadie, Marshall, Ina and Ross. The father died in 1890, and the family still reside on the homestead. Marshall J., second child of Philip Morgan, born September 26, 1847, married Mary Close, daughter of John Close, who resides near St. Clairsville, Belmont County, and they had two children - Philip, and Leota, who resides east of the Morgan farm, near the Valley Church. Martha A., born August 14, 1849, married Samuel Coleman, of Wheeling township, and they have three children. Melissa J., born October 14, 1851, married Charles Love, son of Rev. Mr. Love, and they reside in Athens. They have two children. John, born November 13, 1853, who received his education in the common schools and Franklin College, married Mary Lyle, of Wheeling township, and they live on Athens Pike, near the toll gate, and are the parents of five children - Wilbur, Lyle, Marshall, Robert and Linnie. Milton, born November 14, 1856, died at the age of six years. Ada, born April 24, 1859, married William P. Hedges, and they reside near Cadiz, Ohio. Linnie (Euphemia Ulinda), born June 18, 1861, married Rusk Love, and they reside in Wheeling township. They have two children - Everett and Phil. Eli S. is mentioned below. Mr. Morgan was a man highly respected in his community, possessed marked integrity and was especially influential in religious circles, serving as elder in the Presbyterian Church at Valley Church for 25 years. His children were also members of this church.
Eli S. Morgan received the ordinary rearing of a farm boy, attending the common schools regularly for a number of years, and taking a helping hand in the usual farm duties. Upon reaching manhood he began farming on the homestead, and after the death of his father assumed the entire management of the place, which now embraces 215 acres. This place is well improved, and the buildings, which were erected about 50 years ago, have been kept in excellent condition and are still intact. Here he engages in general farming and stock raising with marked success. His land being productive yields large and valuable crops, and his stock is among the best put on the market. In addition to carrying on this place he manages 76½ acres of land, which he purchased for himself. This he has also greatly improved, and has largely under cultivation. Keeping abreast of the times, he applies progressive methods in farming and at the same time is extremely practical.
In February, 1892, Mr. Morgan married Mary Hutchison, daughter of John and Sadie Hutchison, of St. Clairsville, Ohio. Mrs. Morgan is a highly cultivated woman, and received her education in the common schools and Franklin College. By this marriage there have been five children: John Hutchison, born March 3, 1894; Sarah Ada, born February 16, 1896; Emma Lucinda, born March 3, 1898, who died in the same year at the age of six months; Lucinda Rose, born May 27, 1899; and Russell Seebirt, born December 18, 1901.
Mr. Morgan has achieved success in life by attending strictly to his own duties. He gives but little attention to public affairs, and has never sought office. Like his father, however, he votes the Democratic ticket. He is a man of firm religious convictions and belongs to the Presbyterian Church. [Source: "Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
MORRISON, PAUL, M.D., one of the leading young physicians of Martin's Ferry, Belmont County, Ohio, is a native of the county, born on May 4, 1869, a son of S.G.W. and Louise Mary (Scott) Morrison, the former of whom is a native of Maryland, and the latter of Virginia.
S.G.W. Morrison is an iron broker and has done business in that line under his own name as a firm style for the past 35 years. Prior to that time he was in the foundry business in Wheeling. Although he is over 80 years of age, his mind is still alert and he carries on his usual avocations. The mother of our subject, at the age of 76 years, is also remarkably active, and both are most highly esteemed in this community. Both are consistent members of the Methodist Church. Mr. Morrison is an ardent supporter of the Republican party, but he has never desired political notice. A family of nine children was born to Mr. and Mrs. Morrison, viz.: Mrs. F.S. Watson, resides with her parents. Charles S. is an attorney in Wheeling. Mary A. is Mrs. Charles H. Dilley and resides in New York City. Dr. Frank S. is a dentist in Martin's Ferry. Dr. Paul is the subject of this review. William was killed at the age of 21 at the battle of Cedar Creek, being struck in the temple with a spent ball. He enlisted as a private in the Civil War and was promoted for gallantry to be lieutenant in the 14th Reg., West Virginia Vol. Inf. He was a young man of promise. Scott died at the age of eight years. Dr. John W., who was a practitioner in Martin's Ferry, died in 1891, aged 41 years. Virginia M. married Abraham Lash and died in Martin's Ferry, aged 36 years.
Dr. Paul Morrison obtained his primary education at the public schools of Martin's Ferry and later became a student at Kenyon College, of Gambier, Ohio, graduating in the classical department there in 1892. He then entered the College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City, graduating from that great institution in 1896. His hospital experience was gained in the Sloan Maternity Hospital and the Chambers Street Hospital, in the former of which he spent several months, gaining knowledge which he could have secured in no other way. When he settled for practice at Milwaukee, Wisconsin, it was as a thoroughly skilled surgeon and a well instructed physician, and with the added experience of two years, he located at Martin's Ferry, in 1898. His practice is of a general nature and he is examining physician for several insurance and fraternal associations. His relations with the medical associations of Belmont County and Eastern Ohio are most cordial in their nature and his contributions to their literature are given careful attention.
Dr. Morrison was married on December 26, 1894, to Genevieve Carpenter, a native of Port Jarvis, New York, a daughter of William S. and Emily (Palmer) Carpenter, residents of Port Jarvis. The Doctor and wife are members of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in which he is a member of the vestry. His political interest is in the success of the Republican party, but his professional duties leave him little time for politics. Dr. Morrison is well qualified and has a constantly increasing practice. [Source: "Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
MORROW, THOMAS R., superintendent and sexton of the Northern and Southern Cemetery, at Barnesville, Ohio, was born in Guernsey County, Ohio, April 2, 1831, and was a babe of five weeks when he was taken by his father to Barnesville, where he was reared and educated. His parents were John and Evelyn (Peck) Morrow, the former of whom was born in Pennsylvania, in 1806. He learned the trade of carpenter and followed it through life, his death occurring on August 23, 1884. He was an intelligent and well educated man and left many friends to mourn his loss.
Our subject was one of a family of seven children, having one brother and three half sisters and two half brothers. When he selected his life work he chose the vocation of blacksmith and had his training at the forge under William H. Moore, and followed the business until 1862. His next work was as baggage master at Barnesville, with the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, and he remained in that capacity for three years. In 1875 he was appointed to his present position and has most efficiently performed its duties ever since. His taste and care have made the cemetery under his charge a very beautiful spot.
On October 4, 1853, Mr. Morrow was united in marriage with Julia A. Gardner, a daughter of Joseph Gardner, formerly of Barnesville, and three daughters were born to this union. Mr. Morrow is identified with the Democratic party, and for many years has been in affiliation with the order of Odd Fellows. With his family he attends the Methodist Church and is one of its leading members. Mr. Morrow is one of the oldest residents of Barnesville and enjoys the esteem of a wide circle of friends. Despite his advancing years he possesses eyesight that might be envied by those much younger, while his memory reaches back to the days when many of the modern comforts of life were still unthought of in the little town which now is the bustling city of Barnesville. [Source: "Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
MOSTOLLE, Percy Lester : Percy L. Mostolle, one of the young, prominent business men of Friedens, was born October 30, 1880, and is a lineal descendant of George Mostolle, who settled at Friedens, Somerset county, Pennsylvania, in 1776, being among the pioneers of that town, and an active and prominent factor in the growth and development of the same. George Mostolle was a farmer by occupation, his operations being conducted on a large scale, and an earnest Christian. He married Mary Mowery, who bore him several children. Uriah Mostolle, father of Percy L. Mostolle, was born in Friedens, Somerset county, and his active career was devoted to farming and the building of houses, in both of which enterprises he met with a large degree of success. He enlisted as a private during the Civil war, this fact testifying to his love of country. He is a leader in the Evangelical Lutheran church, and since attaining his majority has cast his vote for the candidates of the Republican party. He was united in marriage to Ellen B. Lowery, born in Brothers Valley township, Somerset county, a daughter of Samuel and Susan (Mosholder) Lowery.
Percy L. Mostolle received a common school education in his native town, Friedens, Somerset county, Pennsylvania, after which he served an apprenticeship at the trade of painting, becoming a skillful and expert workman in all its various branches. Subsequently he became a contractor painter and enjoyed the distinction of being the youngest contractor in Somerset county. His first contract, which was for the painting of twenty buildings, was made in 1898, and from then up to the present time (1905) his business has increased steadily in volume and importance, and he now requires the services of ten workmen to fill his orders. He has received the contract for some of the most prominent buildings in Somerset county, and his work has always been performed in a highly creditable and satisfactory manner, each contract receiving his own personal supervision. In addition to this he is extensively engaged in the real estate business, which adds considerably to his income. Energy, enterprise and an indomitable will are the prominent traits of his character, and to these qualities may be attributed the success which has crowned his efforts. He is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church at Friedens, and a leader in the Christian Endeavor Society connected therewith. He is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. His political support is given to the candidates of the Republican party, in which he takes an active interest, although never seeking or holding public office. Mr. Mostolle, although young in years, is one of the enterprising and representative citizens of Friedens, and a bright future is in store for him." [History of Bedford and Somerset Counties, Pennsylvania" Bedford County by E. Howard Blackburn; Somerset County by William H. Welfley; v.3, Pub. The Lewis Publishing Company, New York/Chicago 1906, pg. 303/4]
MUHLEMAN, ROBERT W., M.D., a prominent and successful physician of Bellaire, Ohio, is also a leading citizen who has been identified with many of the business interests which have largely contributed to the prosperity of the city. The birth of Dr. Muhleman took place in Monroe County, Ohio, May 5, 1853, a son of Frederick and Elizabeth (Zink) Muhleman.
Both parents of our subject were born in Switzerland and came to America and to Monroe County, Ohio, about 1830, and were married in 1843. The father engaged in farming until his death, which took place in 1884, when he was 75 years of age. The mother survived until February, 1898, dying at the age of 79 years. They had eight children, as follows: Edward, a prominent citizen of Bellaire, who is at the head of the Imperial Glass Company, now engaged in building a plant at a cost of $200,000; Henry, deceased, who was a clerk at the Crystal Window Glass Works, and his family resides at Bridgeport; Charles, who is a physician at Parkersburg, West Virginia, studied with our subject, took a medical course at Cleveland, and practiced for two years in Bellaire; Mary, who is the wife of the architect, W.B. O'Neill; Caroline, who married A.W. Voegtly, formerly secretary of the Crystal Window Glass Company of Bellaire, now residing at Gas City, Indiana; Sarah, who is a resident of Barnesville, Monroe County, Ohio; Emma (Mrs. Paulus), who resides at Chicago, Illinois. Our subject was the third son of the family.
Dr. Muhleman was primarily educated in the schools of Monroe County and later attended Baldwin University at Berea, Ohio. After completing his collegiate course, he returned home and engaged in teaching for a number of years and became so well known as an educator that he was elected superintendent of schools at Barnesville, during 1874-74. His aim, however, was to enter the medical profession and his studies have been privately pursued to that end, and after a thorough training under Dr. S.A. Muhleman, of Wheeling, in 1876 he entered Pulte Medical College, at Cincinnati, and graduated in 1877, immediately locating in his present home. Here Dr. Muhleman has enjoyed an extensive and lucrative practice. Early in his citizenship in Bellaire, in became interested in the glass business, and in company with C.C. Cratty, C.C. Kelley, H. Roemer and others, organized the Union Window Glass Company, in 1879; the instituting of this business enterprise was followed, in 1882, by the organization of the Crystal Window Glass Company, in association with D.J. Smith, S.Q. Hamilton and John Shannafelt, of which company Dr. Muhleman was chosen president, which official position he has filled ever since. He is also interested in and is the vice-president of the Bellaire Window Glass Company.
Dr. Muhleman is a man of fine business instinct and when he invested largely in land at Wichita, Kansas, in 1887, he foresaw the certain development of that State, and realized handsomely on his investments. His ownership of valuable property in Bellaire is large, including residence sections, building blocks, the Post Office building, the furniture store being occupied by Rodewig, and also the quarters used by the Wheeling Natural Gas Company. The Doctor has taken a deep interest in almost all progressive movements in the city and many of them owe their prosperity to his fostering care. He is vice-president of the Ohio Valley Telephone Company.
Dr. Muhleman has settled convictions on almost all subjects, as is the case with strong men, and his loyalty to the Democratic party is well known to his friends and associates. In a like way he believes in and supports the Methodist Church, his activity taking the form of assisting in its many enterprises and making possible a wider field for its work. He entertains the most cordial relations with his brother physicians and belongs to the Ohio Valley Medical Association. [Source: "Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
MULHEARN, REV. CHARLES A., rector of St. Mary's Church at Martin's Ferry, Belmont County, Ohio, has a large place in the hearts of his congregation and has no little part to play in the arena of life and work. He was ushered into this life September 22, 1861, and claims New Jersey as his native State. His parents were Michael and Mary (Conaty) Mulhearn, natives of County Cavin, Ireland, and are at present honored residents of New London, Connecticut.
Michael Mulhearn is a shoemaker by vocation, and has traveled from Maine to California in the interests of his business. He makes a specialty of manufacturing shoes for cripples, and has given the work much time and study. He immigrated to this country in 1854 as did also his wife, and they were married soon after their arrival. Several children blessed this union: Charles A., the oldest of the three living; Frank, who is the efficient chief engineer of a revenue cutter on the ocean; and Daniel, living at home.
The educational advantages of our subject were good. He obtained the rudiments of his education in the public schools of New London, Connecticut, later entered the High School, and finished with honor. The next eight years of his life were spent on a steamer running between New London and Sag Harbor, New York, serving in the capacity of clerk. He then entered Niagara University in New York, where he completed a classical course, and determined to become a minister. He accordingly went to Montreal and there took a course in theology, and was ordained for this diocese by Bishop Ryan of Buffalo, June 15, 1889. He served the following ten years as assistant in the Cathedral, in Columbus, Ohio, to Bishop Watterson, and his residence in Martin's Ferry has dated from November, 1888. He has charge of a church, situated in one of the nice locations of the city, which has a seating capacity for 600 and has a membership of 940 people. The schools in connection with it have a course of study similar to that of public schools and there are now about 225 students enrolled. The parsonage is an exceedingly comfortable place and is fitted with many of the modern conveniences. There is always plenty to do and plenty to plan for future work and Mr. Mulhearn is very busy with numerous duties depending upon him. As a good, Christian gentleman he is spoken of in the highest terms. [Source: "Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
MUMMA, BENJAMIN F., one of Warren township's progressive farmers, belonging to one of the old and honored families of the State, was born in Kirkwood township, Belmont County, September 9, 1849, one of a family of seven children born to Daniel and Elizabeth (Sheppard) Mumma, five of whom still survive.
Daniel Mumma was also a native of Kirkwood township, born there in 1817, one of a family of four children who were born on his father's farm. Through a long life filled with meritorious deeds, he passed out of it in September, 1899.
Benjamin F. Mumma attended the schools of Kirkwood township, and remained there until 1876, when he removed to Warren township where he purchased his present fine farm. This comprises 100 acres in section 12, in Warren township, which is now under the management of Joseph W. Murphy, our subject's very capable son-in-law, who was born November 15, 1868, in Kirkwood township, one of a family of ten children born to his parents, Lafayette and Tacy J. (Sudduth) Murphy.
Benjamin F. Mumma was married January 1, 1874, to Armintha Taylor, a daughter of Rev. Abijah Taylor, of Kirkwood township. Four children were born to this marriage, Emsley, deceased; Hattie L., who married J.W. Murphy, on May 10, 1900; Charles R. and Linnie. The religious association of the family is with the Methodist Church. In political sentiment, Mr. Mumma is most in sympathy with the Prohibition party. Much interested in agricultural development, he belongs to the Grange and furthers all movements looking to the protection as well as advancement of the farmers' interests. For three years he served as school director, his excellent judgment and deep and intelligent interest making him a valuable acquisition on the board. He lives retired from business activity, enjoying the fruits of his land, and the companionship and affection of his family. [Source: "Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]
MUTH, GEORGE H., a retired business man of Bellaire and a large property owner, has made his money almost entirely in the mercantile business of this city. For many years he kept a large butcher shop in the place, and afterward established the flourishing grocery store which his son is so ably conducting. He was born in Wheeling, West Virginia, in 1837, and is the son of John and Katherine C. (Briel) Muth.
John Muth was born in Hesse Cassel, Germany. In 1832, after his marriage, he came to this country and settled at Fulton, near Wheeling, West Virginia. There he opened a butcher shop, which he conducted with success until 1848. Then moving to Bellaire, he opened in the Second Ward, on the river bank, a large general store, one of the first to be established in the place. It supplied one of the evident needs of the city and was a success from the start. From year to year he enlarged his stock of goods to meet the increasing demands of a growing population, and he continued in the industry until 1863, when he retired. He died in 1866, at the age of 57. He was married in Germany to Katherine C. Briel, who was born in Frankfort, Germany. She died in 1876, at the age of 66. To Mr. and Mrs. Muth were born three children: George H., who is mentioned below; Katherine, who married a Mr. Martin, of Muncie, Indiana; and Lizzie, who married a Mr. Thurber, and died some years ago in Bellaire.
George H. Muth, at the early age of 18, embarked upon his business career as a butcher in Bellaire. Previous experience with his father had initiated him in the work, and he was enabled in a short time to put the industry upon a solid foundation. Making a good start, he had no difficulty in keeping the excellent reputation he soon won, and for 35 years he perseveringly continued in this line. Then, in 1884, he erected at the corner of 33rd and Belmont streets a large and substantial grocery store. Here he put in an extensive stock of goods and began business. Well known as a reliable and accommodating merchant in the place, he at once secured a large patronage, and, meeting with no reverses, he continued to run his store until 1900, when he was succeeded by his son John. The firm name now is "Muth Grocery Co." He has been very successful in his different ventures and he now owns, besides the store, a fine residence and other valuable property.
Mr. Muth married a Miss Ambler, daughter of Isaac Ambler, of Belmont County, and they have had eight children, three of whom are now living: Katie, who married Dr. Maser, of Parsons, Kansas; Etta, the wife of George Hill, of Bellaire; and John, who is now in charge of the grocery store. The other five died young.
Mr. Muth has long been considered one of the solid business men of the place. As a man keenly interested in the welfare of the city, he has belonged to the volunteer fire department for 28 years, and has served as chief for 13 years. In politics he affiliates with the Democrats; in religious sentiment he is a Lutheran. He wife belongs to the Methodist Episcopal Church. [Source: "Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens", edited by A.T. McKelvey, 1903 - Tr. by K. Mohler]