Adams C.E. Virginia township, born in the county March 15, 1822, son of Beal and Betsey Adams, grandson of George and Anna Adams. He was married January 12, 1843. Mr Adams has been blessed with twelve children, six of whom are living and six are dead. Postoffice Adam's Mills

[Source: "History of Coshocton County, Ohio:...",[1]; Hill, N.N.; pub. 1881, A.A. Graham & Co — BT - Sub by FoFG]


Adams, E.W., Roscoe postoffice, farmer and lumber dealer, born January 24, 1832, in Keene township, son of J.Q. Adams, a New Englander by birth and of English descent; married October 3, 1866, to Miss Olivia M., daughter of Alan Gleason, of Astabula county. Their family consists of five children, viz: Lora L., John Q., Dorothy A., Edward G and Clifford G. In 1872 the firm, Adams & Gleason, lumber dealers, was established in North Roscoe. Their stock consists of both rough and dressed lumber and they manufacture frames and all kinds of supplies used for building purposes.

[Source: "History of Coshocton County, Ohio:...",[1]; Hill, N.N.; pub. 1881, A.A. Graham & Co — BT - Sub by FoFG]


Adams, G.W., Virginia township, born in Coshocton county, Ohio, February 23, 1827; married January 2, 1854. Mr Adams has been blessed with eight children, two of whom are married and six are still living with their parents. Mr Adams is engaged in farming. Postoffice Dresden, Muskingum county Ohio.

[Source: "History of Coshocton County, Ohio:...",[1]; Hill, N.N.; pub. 1881, A.A. Graham & Co — BT - Sub by FoFG]

ADAMS, John Qunicy

John Quincy Adams is a partner in the Coshocton Lumber Company, a successful commercial enterprise of the city. He was born in Keene township, this county, his parents being E.W. and Olivia (Gleason) Adams, now residents of Coshocton. His father was reared a farmer but later became interested in the lumber business as a member of the firm of Adams & Gleason at Roscoe and is now a director of the People's Banking & Trust Company and is connected with other business enterprises of Coshocton.

In the public schools of Keene and also in the Keene select school John Q. Adams pursued his education to the age of twelve years, when he removed with his parents to Coshocton and later became a high-school student, completing the course by graduation with the class of 1891. He spent two years in acquiring a more specifically literary education in the Ohio Wesleyan College at Delaware and then made his initial step in the business world at Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, as an employee of a house dealing in builders' supplies, it being his intention to thoroughly acquaint himself with the business in every particular. He spent four years there and his close application and energy won him successive promotions until he finally became assistant manager of the wholesale builder's supply yard. Thus with thorough understanding of the trade he returned to Coshocton in 1901 and with his two brothers organized the Coshocton Lumber Company. This concern is the largest kind in the city, handling a full line of builders' supplies, including lumber. They have complete facilities for carrying on the business and their trade has enjoyed a remarkable growth. They deal exclusively in lumber and building materials, and have a large storage capacity, insuring always a large supply on hand to promptly fill all orders of whatever magnitude. The office and yards are located alongside of the Wheeling & Lake Erie tracks, where they are sure of quick shipping services. They make a specialty of large orders and are always prepared to offer an inducement to lumber buyers in general. The benefit of a large and complete stock of all classes of building material, together with prompt delivery, give reliable service in every detail. This business from the very commencement attracted general attention and favorable comment owing to the character and the very superior quality of the material carried. This reputation has not only been sustained but has become firmly established owing to the great volume of business done each year. This truth is fully demonstrated by the fact that today it ranks as one of the largest lumber companies in the eastern part of Ohio in any city the size of Coshocton. Their methods of doing business are such as to win the confidence of the most skeptical and proprietors are all young men of rare business abilities and the highest standing and integrity.

In his political affiliations John Q. Adams is a republican, strong in support of the party. He has attained the Knight Templar degree in Masonry, belongs to the Elks lodge and is a member of the Beta Theta Pi. His thorough preparation for a business career proved an excellent foundation upon which to build his success, and along legitimate lines and through successive stages of development he has built up an enterprise which is now a leading commercial concern of the city.

[Source: "Centennial History of Coshocton County", Vol1; Bahmer, William J.; pub. 1909, S.J. Clarke & Co — BT - Sub by FoFG]

ADAMS, Thomas

Adams, Thomas, White Eyes township, farmer, is a native of this county, and was born in 1839. His father, John Adams, emigrated to this county from Ireland and settled in White Eyes at an early date. Thomas was drafted in 1862, and employed John Bowman, of Columbus, as his substitute. He married Novemeber 29, 1866, Miss Angeline Wilhelm, daughter of Samuel Wilhelm. She was born in this county in 1844. they have two children-Ida R, born in 1867; Reo Alva, born 1877.

[Source: "History of Coshocton County, Ohio:...",[1]; Hill, N.N.; pub. 1881, A.A. Graham & Co — BT - Sub by FoFG]

ADAMS, William

Adams, William, Bedford township, shoemaker, post office West Bedford, born in 1820, in Jefferson county. He came to this county in 1834 with his father, John Adams, who was born in 17?2, in Maryland. He came to Jefferson county in 1806, and was married in 1818 to Miss Margaret Donley, of that county, who was born in Pennsylvania. He died in 1875, and she died in 1872. They were the parents of five children, the subject of this sketch being the oldest. He was married in 1855 to Miss Ann McCullough, of this county, who was born in 1827, in Delaware.

[Source: "History of Coshocton County, Ohio:...", [1]; Hill, N.N.; pub. 1881, A.A. Graham & Co — BT - Sub by FoFG]

ANKNEY, George W.

George W. Ankney, a resident of Custer county since 1882, has been variously identified with the interests of this region since the time of his arrival, and, principally as an agriculturalist, has accumulated a competence that permits him to pass the evening of life in comfortable circumstances, at his pleasant home at Sargent. He is a native of Coshocton, Ohio, and was born September 10, 1830, being a son of Joseph and Abbie (Brown) Ankney.

Joseph Ankney was born in Pennsylvania, but in young manhood pushed toward the west, locating first in Ohio, where he met and married Miss Abbie Brown, a native of that state, and where he was engaged in farming, in Coshocton county, until 1851. In that year he removed to Jones county, Iowa, which was his home for many years, and thence he went to Mitchell county, Kansas, which was his place of residence for five years. In 1888 he came to Nebraska, and from that time until his death, at the age of eighty-two years, he made his home among his children. He was an industrious man, always alive to opportunity and able to make the most of his chances. He succeeded as an agriculturalist, and as a public spirited and useful citizen of the various communities in which he resided, he was always held in high esteem by his associates. He was a staunch and unwavering Democrat in politics, and he and Mrs. Ankney were faithful members of the Methodist Episcopal church. They were the parents of ten children, of whom three survive: Joseph, who married Susan Vananberg, is a retired farmer of Scottsbluff, Nebraska; George W. is the subject of this sketch; and Edward, who married Eliza Pierce, is a retired farmer of Grand Island, Nebraska.

The common schools of Jones county, Iowa, furnished George W. Ankney with his educational training, and his boyhood was passed on his father's farm where, under the elder man's direction, he was taught all the arts and methods pertaining to the vocation of agriculture. At Taylor, Nebraska, he was united in marriage, July 5, 1886 to Mrs. Harriet (Northey) Cummings, widow of James Cummings and daughter of Robert and Ruth (Hall) Northey, natives of Vermont. Mrs. Ankney's parents were farming people who came to Nebraska in 1879 and took up a homestead at Cummings Park, at a time when there were but five families in the vicinity, the nearest postoffice being at Loup City, about forty-five miles away. There Miss Northey met and married James Cummings, a well to do yourng farmer, and he met his death by a fall into a well, this being the only well for miles around.

Mr. Ankney had come to Custer county in 1882 and settled at Cummings Park, where he took up a homestead and where he resided until 1893. At that time, because of failing health, he moved to Burwell, which continued to be his home for thirteen years, rmoval being made to Sargent in 1906. He is accounted one of the well to do and substanial men of his locality, a reliable, dependable citizen who always supports beneficial movements with his influence, means, and energies. he has not cared for public life and is not actively concerned in politics. While still a resident of Vermont, Mrs. Ankney adopted a child of three years, Idella Cummings, whom she reared to young womanhood. This foster daughter then married and moved to Maine. Mr. and Mrs. Ankney adopted a nephew, James Ankney, who was five years old, and reared him until he was sixteen, when he left their home to work for himself; at the time of this writing James Ankney is a member of the national army and is stationed in New Mexico.

[Source: "History of Custer Co. Neb", by G.L. Gaston and A.R. Humphrey Lincoln Neb. Western Publishing andEngraving Co., 1919 - MB — Sub by FoFG]


In the front rank of the columns which have advanced the civilization of Coshocton county the Aronhalt family has led the way to the substantial development, progress and upbuilding of the section in which they have so long made their home, and John E. Aronhalt is a worthy representative of the name. He was born on a farm in Lafayette ownship, January 2. 1854, a son of William S. and Rebecca (Roadruck) Aronhalt, both of German descent and numbered among the very earliest settlers of thLs part of the Buckeye state.

John Ed. Aronhalt is one of a family of eight children, five sons and three daughters, he being the third in order of birth. He was reared to farm life and acquired his education in the district schools. After reaching years of maturity, he engaged in farming on his own account, first in Virginia township, while later he spent one year in Jackson township, prior to his removal to Lafayette township. He eventually took up his abode in Coshocton in what is known as the Aronhalt and Trovinger addition to that city, and here he has become a prominent factor in the life and work of this enterprising little city. He installed and operated for two years the first electric motor mining machine for the Morgan Run Coal Company, and for four years was weighmaster for the Wade Coal Company. During the five succeeding years he was traveling salesman for the Singer Sewing Machine Company and has to his credit the sale of ninety-six machines in eleven months. Accompanied by Mrs. Aronhalt and their youngest daughter he went to Olympia, Washington, in October, 1902. and was engaged in the construction of electric railways in that city and for a few months was prospecting in California, but in the fall of 1903 he returned to Coshocton county and engaged in farming on what is known as the Denman farm near the city of Coshocton, while one year later he took up his abode in his present home on Cambridge road, and is the owner of some fine horses. Among his stock may be seen the well known animal, Maizie V., with a track record of 2:20.

Mr. Aronhalt was married in 1877 to Miss Minnie E. Miller, a daughter of Isaac W. and Sarah (Morgan) Miller, of Lafayette township, by whom he has two daughters: Mertie, the wife of George Conley[or Couley]; and Vernal, at home.

Mr. Aronhalt served as assessor of Tuscarawas township for nine years and on the 1st of August, 1907, was appointed United States gauger. He is a republican in his political views and takes an active interest in all public matters, his aid and cooperation being sought in every movement calculated to better community interests. His fraternal relations are with Fidelity Lodge. No. 135, K. P., while his religious faith is indicated by his membership in the Methodist Episcopal church. Widely known, his life history cannot fail to prove of interest to his many friends and it is therefore with pleasure that we present this record of his career to our readers.

[Source: "Centennial History of Coshocton County", Vol1; Bahmer, William J.; pub. 1909, S.J. Clarke & Co — BT - Sub by FoFG]


Frank Ashman has the distinction of being the only republican probate judge elected in Coshocton county in fifty-two years. He is one of the native sons of the city of Coshocton, born on the 18th of January, 1877, his father being Fred Ashman who was a coal miner and lived here almost his entire life. The family is of English lineage. After attending the public schools of this city, Frank Ashman continued his education in Oberlin College and the Ohio State University. In the meantime he learned the printer's trade, but a desire for a career of broader opportunities led him to sek a more advanced education than he had obtained in the public schools, and to supplement his university course by the study of law, whereby he prepared for active practice at the bar. He was admitted in 1904 and on the 1st of July, 1907, opened an office in Coshocton. He had displayed the elemental strength of his character in the acquirement of his education, for he worked his own way through college. When he had completed his studies he was appointed chief clerk in the state bureau of labor, at Columbus, and there remained for several years, or until his return to Coshocton. He was once more called to public office, when on the 3d of November, 1908, he was elected probate judge of Coshocton county and, ans stated, is the first republican to hold the office in fifty-two years, having been chosen to the position by a majority of over four hundred, a fact which is proof of his personal popularity and the confidence reposed in his professional ability.

In June, 1901, Judge Ashman was united in marriage to Miss Minnie M. Miller, of Newark, Ohio, and they have a little daughter. Mr. Ashman belongs to the Masonic lodge and the Knights of Pythias lodge at Coshocton. He has been quite prominent in public affairs and is a member of the Buckey Republican Club of Columbus, of which he was once the secretary. He possesses oratorical ability of superior order and has frequently been called upon to deliver public addresses, not only on political topics, but also on the occasion of the celebration of Labor Day and of Decoration Day. He is a student of the questions which are agitating the public thought, reads broadly and thinks deeply. His opinions are therefore the result of careful consideration, and being presented in clear, logical manner seldom fail to carry conviction to the minds of his hearers. In manner he is jovial, and enjoys the sunshine of life as expressed in good comradeship and warm friendships. He is always approachable and always genial, and his friends, who are many, entertain for him the warmest regard.

[Source: "Centennial History of Coshocton County", Vol1; Bahmer, William J.; pub. 1909, S.J. Clarke & Co — BT - Sub by FoFG]

1. Hill, N. N. (Norman Newell); Graham, A. A. (Albert Adams), 1848-; History of Coshocton County, Ohio: its past and present, 1740-1881. Containing a comprehensive history of Ohio; a complete history of Coshocton County ... a history of its soldiers in the late war ... biographies and histories of pioneer families, etc; 1881, A.A. Graham & Co
NOTE: All matter contained in these sketches has been obtained directly from families or individuals cognizant of the facts contained in them. Being thus obtained, those furnishing the information are alone responsible for the facts and dates written. The publishers do not hold themselves responsible for any statements found in them.
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