SAMPLE, William

As will be seen, William Sample has been the only common pleas judge from this county. He was born in Crawford county, Pennsylvania, February 24, 1811. When he was but two years old his father died, and soon after the family removed to a farm in Jefferson county, Ohio. While still a lad, the charge of the farm and the care of the family devolved entirely upon him. During the winters he taught school, and worked on the farm in summer. His educational advantages were only such as rural districts, remote from towns, afforded in that early day, and the mastery of the education he acquired was the result of his own persevering efforts. He studied law at Steubenville with Oliver C. Gray, and was admitted to the bar in 1843. In November, 1845, he came to Coshocton and engaged actively in the practice of his profession. He served one term as prosecuting attorney. His labors upon the bench were performed to the entire satisfaction of the people and won golden opinions from the members of the bar. At the expiration of his career as judge, he removed to Wooster and resumed practice in partnership with J.P. Jeffries. In 1868 he changed his residence to Newark, and was engaged in practice four and one-half years with Hon. Gibson Atherton. Then in 1873 he returned to Coshocton and continued his professional labors until his death, which occurred July 22, 1877. His last public service was a delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1873. In personal appearance he was tall, towering head and shoulders above his fellow men. In character he was positive and determined. His faculties remained active and vigorous to the end. He possessed a logical, judicial mind, and was known as an honest, virtuous and religious man.

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

SELLS, Abraham

Abraham Sells was for more than half a century a resident of Coshocton county. His father's family located very early in the century near New Comerstown. Abraham learned his trade of cabinet making at Marietta, and set up in Coshocton in 1814. he was for some time a justice of the peace, and also coroner of the county. He died September 22, 1869, in his seventy-sixth year. His widow, now about his age at death, resides in Coshocton with her son B.F. Sells.

["Historical Collections of Coshocton county, Ohio", 1876 - SW — Sub by FoFG]

SILLIMAN, George Wyllys

George Wyllys Silliman came to Coshocton about 1830. He was a native of Muskingum county, the son of Wyllys Silliman, a lawyer of Zanesville, and nephew of Lewis Cass. His education was received at Ohio University and afterwards at the military academy at West Point. He ead law with his father in Zanesville, and soon after he settled in Coshocton was sent as bearer of dispatches to C.P. Van Ness, United States Minister to Spain. He returned to Coshocton in 1833, and was soon after elected prosecuting attorney, and by re-election continued the office ten years. In 1843 he went on a voyage to Europe for his health, but was not greatly benefited, and on his return voyage grew rapidly worse, and died at sea. His remains were brought to New York and interred in Greenwood Cemetery. In 1834 he married Miss Ann Johnson, who survived him many years, dying in 1862. There was one child, Wyllys Cass Silliman, who survived his father only about two years. Mr. Silliman's reputation is that of a genial, scholarly gentleman.

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


In 1832, David Spangler became a resident lawyer at Coshocton. He was born at Sharpsburg, Maryland, December 24, 1796, the eldest son of Christian and Ann Spangler. In 1802, the family moved to Zanesville, where the father established himself in trade as a blacksmith. The youth of David was spent in his father's shop at forge and anvil. Subsequently the father engaged in mercantile business, and her, too, David proved his chief assistant. Study, however, was not neglected, and David profited by the limited educational opportunities open to him. At the age of twenty-five he commenced the study of law with Alexander Harper, and in 1825 was admitted to practise in the surpreme court of Ohio, in Cleveland. He commenced practice in Zanesville. In 1830, he was nominated by the Whig party as State representative for Muskingum county, and polled far more than his party vote, though not enough to elect him. He was induced to remove to Coshocton in 1832, in consequence of the removal of Noah H. Swayne from Coshocton to Columbus. This change of residence was well-timed and never regretted. Professional business poured in from the start, and he was called upon to take a leading position in the political arena. In the fall of 1832 he was placed in nomination as the Whig candidate fo r national representative in the Thirteenth Congressional District, then comprising Coshocton, Holmes, Knox and Tuscarawas counties, and, owing to the fact that there were two candidates of the opposite party in the field, although the Wigs were in the minority, their candidate was elected by a good majority. He was re-elected in 1834 by a still more decisive vote. Mr. Spangler was satisfied with the polital experience thus obtained, and proclaimed his determination to give his undivided attention thereafter to professional practice. In 1844 he wsa nominated for Governor by his party, then in the ascendancy in the State, but he firmly declined the nomination, insisting upon his tastes for private life, the pressure of professional business and the claims of his family, especially those of his two sons, then in course of education. While at Washington, in January, 1834, he was admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court, and orally and successfully argued a case, carried up from Ohio, before that court, over which the venerable Chief Justice Marshall yet presided. Mr Spangler died October 18, 1856. His parents were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and he was carefully nurtured in its teachings, and ever cherished an ardent attachment for it, though never identified with it as a member. He always gave active aid in the Sabbath-school, and in the musical department of the church. He became a member of the Masonic fraternity when a young man, and held the position of Worshipful Master and representative to the Grand Lodge, of which he was S.G. Deacon. Grand Orator and Deputy Grand Master.
He received no college education, but by his own self-directed effort became a good belleslettres scholar, a profound lawyer and an elequent advocate. By nature he possessed both talent and genius, a vigorous mind, and a physical constitution capable of sustaining him throught the most arduous preparation of a cause, and the most exhausting forensic effort in the trial of it. Unbending from these in his hours of social converse, his friends were enlivened by his humor and delighted by his wit. His sympathy and readiness to associate freely with the masses, his great industry and energy, and his keen insight of human nature and ready wit, were qualities giving him his place and power in the public life. He used to joke with his friends about his growth in popularity when a candidate, stating that in one township he doubled his vote; the fact subsequently coming from him that the first time he ran he got in that - a Democratic stronghold - one vote, and the second time two.

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


DR. W. B. SQUIRE, Worthington, was born in Coshocton County, Ohio, January 17, 1830, a son of Samuel and Jane (Stilwell) Squire, who were natives respectively of Vermont and West Virginia. Both sides of the family are of English extraction, their advent in America dating previous to the Revolutionary war. The Stilwells first settled on, Staten Island and the Squires in Vermont. Members of each family served in the early Indian wars, and also in both wars with Great Britain. In 1813, Bradley Squire removed with his family from Vermont to Coshocton County, Ohio, where he embarked in agricultural pursuits and passed the remainder of his days. This man was the father of Samuel Squire, and grandfather of Dr. W. B. Squire, of Worthington. Samuel Squire was a farmer throughout life, and to him and wife were born four sons and four daughters.. Both he and wife are now dead. W. B. Squire was raised on a farm, his early years being passed in the common schools, and at the age of sixteen years he began his career as a public instructor. When eighteen years old, he began the study of medicine, and in February, 1856, graduated from the Cincinnati School of Medicine. In the meantime (1855), he had come to Greene County, Ind., located where Jasonville now is, and, laying out that village, named it in honor of Jason Rodgers, a merchant of the place. In July, 1861, he helped recruit what afterward became Company F, Thirty-first Indiana Volunteer Infantry, but after serving about seven months he was compelled to resign his commission on account of illness. In 1863, he re-enlisted, and was made Surgeon of the Fourteenth Regiment, which position he held until the close of the war. He had moved to Worthington in 1862, and on his return from the army began the practice of medicine, at which he has ever since continued to a greater or less extent. In 1871, he embarked in the drug trade, and in addition to this he opened a dry goods store in 1877, and in both branches of trade is doing a first-class business. Dr. Squire and Miss Rebecca J. Thrasher were married in 1852, and four children blessed them--Azubia J., Samuel F., E. Byrd and Ida May The mother was a native of Clark County, Ohio, and her death occurred in Greene County, Ind., in 1871. Mrs. Hattie A. Walker became Mrs. Dr. Squire in 1872, and Ethel L. is the only child burn to this union. Mrs. Squire was born at New tonville, Mass., in 1841. Dr. Squire has always voted the Whig and Republican tickets, but has never aspired to any political prominence, preferring to confine his entire attention to private business matters. He is a Mason and a K. of P., and is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

[Source: History of Greene and Sullivan Counties, state of Indiana: from the earliest time to the present, together with interesting biographical sketches, reminiscences, notes, etc. Chicago: Goodspeed Bros. & Co., 1884] —


Probably the first lawyer of well-marked ability, that won and kept a practise here, was Noah Seayne, who has recently resigned a seat in the highest tribunal of this nation. He came to Coshocton in 1827 from Belmont county, was prosecuting attorney for several years and in 1832 removed to Columbus in consequence of having been appointed United States district attorney for Ohio.

[Source: "History of Coshocton County, Ohio:...",[1]; Hill, N.N.; pub. 1881, A.A. Graham & 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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