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ROBERT THORNBURG, farmer, P. O. Findlay, was born in Holmes County, Ohio, February 12, 1832, the eldest of twelve children, eight of whom are now living: Robert, Ruth A., Martha J., Matilda, Elizur J., Oliva F., Enos R. and Elmer. John W. and Elizur J. served in the war of the Rebellion, the former being a lieutenant in an Indiana regiment, and sustained injuries at the battle of Gettysburg, and the latter a member of the One Hundred and Second Ohio Volunteer Infantry. The parents of these children were William and Beriah (Loveland) Thornburg, natives, respectively, of Pennsylvania and Ohio, the former of whom, a farmer and bridge builder, helped to construct the Ohio Canal. He was a son of Robert Thornburg, a pioneer of Holmes County, Ohio. The subject of this sketch came to this county from Holmes County, Ohio, in October, 1860. He had taught school in early years, and had served as deputy sheriff of Holmes County, Ohio, but during his residence in this county he has devoted his attention to his farming interests, having a farm of 115 acres of land, besides an interest in the old estate. Mr. Thornburg is a justice of the peace of Allen Township, this county, which capacity he has filled for eighteen years. He was married, April 19, 1860, to Miss Gennette Rockwell, daughter of P. V. Rockwell, formerly a miller of this county. Our subject and wife have seven children: Annie B., Catherine O., Malinda, George W., Jessie, James E. and Mary. In politics Mr. Thornburg is a Democrat. [Source: History of Hancock co, Chicago: Warner Beers & Co., 1886]

JAMES C. TREECE, postmaster at Mount Blanchard, was born in Jackson Township, this county, March 1, 1851. His father, John, the son of Henry Treece, a native of New England, married May 12, 1841, Sarah, daughter of Henry Treece, of Pennsylvania, and they reared a family of four sons and one daughter: William B., born November 24, 1843, married to Mary J. Marshall; Mary C., born February 6, 1845), married to William W. Anderson; James C.; Isaac N., born January 7, 1854, married to Mary E. Gobrecht; John T., born April 24, I860, married to Minnie E. Fahl. They came to this county in 1832, and resided in Delaware Township until his death, which occurred March 7, 1861 His widow, the mother of our subject, afterward married Daniel Aurand, and after living in Michigan for fifteen years returned to Jackson Township, this county, where she now resides. James C. Treece carried on the harness-making business in Mount Blanchard, this county, for three years (in 1871-73). He then went to the Northwestern Ohio Normal School, at Ada, Ohio, where he attended in all five years, and on returning he engaged in teaching, a profession he has since followed in Delaware Township, this county, and in Wyandot County, Ohio. During this time he taught for eight years continuously in his home district, and made a fine record as a faithful and efficient educator. He was elected justice of the peace in 1884, and was appointed postmaster of Mount Blanchard, under President Cleveland, April 23, 1885. Mr. Treece is uniformly polite and courteous, and discharges his duties to the satisfaction of the public. He is a member of the I. O. O. F. [Source: History of Hancock co, Chicago: Warner Beers & Co., 1886]

PETER TREESE, farmer, P. O. Mount Blanchard, born in December, 1830, in Amanda Township, Hancock Co., Ohio, is a son of Henry (who served in the war of 1812) and Elizabeth (Hager) Treese, natives of Pennsylvania. Henry Treese purchased land in Jackson Township, Hancock Co., Ohio, and October, 1830, came to this county and entered 160 acres of land in Section 24, Amanda Township. His was the third or fourth family in the township at that time. The Wyandot Indians frequently passed his place, going to and from their hunting. Henry Treese built a cabin in the woods, cut the first timber from the land, and there lived and reared his family of nine children, who assisted him on the farm. Those of his children now living are Sarah, wife of J. Durand; Elizabeth, wife of Uriah Selick; Mary, wife of James Shooly; George and Peter; Eliza, wife of J. Snider, died in December, 1862; John, died in 1862; Amos, died in 1861; Isaac, died in 1882. The subject of this sketch married, December 26, 1858, Martha, daughter of R. H. Bennett, and by this union there were eight children, seven now living: R. H., Isaac H., William H. (deceased), Olive E., Ella J., Mary E., Eva A. and Edith. Mr. Treese lives on the old homestead of his father, on which he has made many modern improvements. In 1881 he erected a fine house, and in 1883 built a commodious barn. He is a member of the I. O. O. F., a careful farmer, and has filled the office township treasurer. [Source: History of Hancock co, Chicago: Warner Beers & Co., 1886]

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