Hocking County Biographies

ABEL CARPENTER, farmer and stock-raiser, was born in Falls Township, Hocking County, July 22, 1836, and is the son of Sampson and Catherine Carpenter, who were among the early pioneers of the County. Our subject was reared on the farm where he now resides and received his early education in the common schools. He was married Dec. 5, 1861 to Miss Phoebe Ridenour, daughter of William and Rachel Ridenour. They have seven children- Simeon, Eliza, Christina, William, Edward and Emma. Mr. Carpenter has a fine farm containing 166 acres of improved land on which he has erected a very pleasant residence of modern style. He has held several offices of trust in both township and county. He has been Township treasurer and Trustee for several years and is at present time County Commissioner, this being his second term.
Source: History of Hocking Valley, Ohio Chicago: Inter-state Publishing Co., 1883
JEREMAH CARPENTER ,farmer, second son of Samson and Catherine (Walters) Carpenter, was born in Falls Township, Hocking County, July 27, 1825. Soon after his birth his parents removed to Good Hope Township, where he lived with them until manhood. His first work for himself was shingle-making, which he followed for a few months. He then rented a farm six years, and in 1852 purchased the farm first entered by Rickey and Davis. He also owns and runs a saw-mill by water-power. He has worked at the cooper's and wagon-maker's trades, but has been principally engaged in farming, where he resides, in Marion Township since 1852. June 26, 1847, he married Phoebe, daughter of John and Christina, (Kline) Engle. They have four children, Elizabeth, wife of Lewis McGill, of Columbus, Ohio; Daniel, of Hocking County; Sarah, wife of John Hufford, of Hocking County; and Catharine, wife of David Dupler, of Hocking County. His wife died April 13, 1854, aged twenty-seven years. She was a member of the Evangelist church. June 7, 1855, Mr. Carpenter married Mrs. Magdaline, widow of Henry Heyd and daughter of Daniel and Susan (Friesner) Swartz, of Fairfield County, Ohio. They have six children, Susan, wife of William Elick, of Hocking County; Noah, Rachel, William, Wesley and Amos, at home. Lewis died in infancy; Frakie died in his second year. . Mr. and Mrs. Carpenter are members of the Methodist Episcopal church. Mrs. Carpenter had two children by her first husband, both deceased, Lydia, born Sept. 23, 1851, died March 2, 1876; Daniel, born July 25,1853, died Dec. 24, 1878. from:  History of Hocking Valley, Ohio Chicago: Inter-state Publishing Co., 1883
WILLIAM A. COMER
The birth of this esteemed gentleman occurred in Hocking County, Ohio on September 18, 1843. His father, Charles, was a millwright, born in Ohio, in 1817, his grandfather was born in Vermont and his great-grandparents came from Ireland. The mother of our subject, Sophia Roush, was born in Ohio in 1817, and her mother, Eva Harsh, was a native of Pennsylvania. Mrs. Harsh's father was a soldier in the Revolution, moved to Ohio in 1810, and died in 1856, one hundred and six years of age, while Mrs. Harsh lived to be ninety-six years of age. The father of our subject died two months before the latter's birth and his mother died when he was five years of age, so his early life was spent with his grandmother. He remained with her laboring and attending school until eighteen years of age and at the breaking out of the war, he enlisted in Company D, Seventeenth Ohio Infantry, under Captain Charles Rippiey. He was sent to the Army of the Cumberland under General Thomas and participated in the battle of Mill Springs when Zollicoffer was killed in 1862. He fought at Stone River, Chickamauga, Atlanta, Jonesborough, and in many other engagements. At Chickamauga a rebel hit him over the head with a musket, his clothes were shot full of holes, his canteen was shot away and he was wounded in the leg. He was stricken there with paralysis and was discharged, but the doughty and intrepid man was not thus to be deprived of fighting for his country, and his interminable grit pulled him through and as soon as he was presentable again he promptly came to the front and re-enlisted and staid with the conflict until the close of the war, being in the fifty-eighth Ohio Company A.
Following the war, Mr. Comer went to farming in Ohio, and in 1868 he went thence to Coles County, Illinois, then to Edgar County, where he farmed and worked at carpentering for five years, and in 1874 we see him in Shelby County, and thence he went to Kansas in the fall of 1885, setting in Jackson County. Two years later he went to Logan and there homesteaded land. It was on June 15, 1889, that he landed, at Garfield and came over into Latah County, and here he has remained since, except for two years and one-half, when he was excursioning through Utah, Nevada, Arizona, and southern Idaho, returning here in the condition expressed by the laconic epithet "Broke." He went to work and now has one hundred and sixty acres of as fine soil as is in Latah County and located one mile west from Cora. He devotes himself to farming and stockraising, mostly the former. Mr. Comer married Miss Nancy R. Shoff on September 27, 1867, and she died in 1884, leaving the following named children: Edwin L., in Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Almeda V., wife of Andrew Smith, in Kansas; Eva M., deceased; Lydia E., wife of Charles S. Smith, in Latah County; Jeremiah E., deceased; Laura E., deceased; Nellie A., deceased; Isaac H., deceased.
The second marriage of Mr. Comer was celebrated on March 19, 1886, in Kansas, Alice E., daughter of Martin L. and Abby A. (Brinkerhoff) Hickman, descendants of the early Dutch stock that colonized New York, at that time becoming his wife. To this union there have been born the following issue: John A., Jesse H., Lee M. and Ruth U. Mr. Hickman was a carpenter, born in Virginia in 1832 and his wife was born in New Jersey in 1838, while the daughter, Mrs. Comer, was born in Grand View, Illinois, on June 23, 1855. Her brothers and sisters are named as follows: Anna J., deceased; Rachel J., wife of Earby Miller, in Chicago; Lydia B., deceased; Sarah M., in Chicago; Olive E., deceased; Orb S.; deceased; Owen G., in Chicago. Mr. Comer is assistant state lecturer for northern Idaho for the Alliance and is active in politics. He was candidate for state legislature in Kansas on the Union Labor ticket and for probate judge in Latah County in 1892 on the Populist ticket. In addition to his farming Mr. Comer devotes much attention to artist's labors, having gained commendable skill in this line.
from: An Illustrated History of North Idaho Western Historical Publishing Company 1903
Transcribed by Sandie Cummins
DANIEL CONFER, a well known farmer and popular citizen of Adams township, Gage county, Nebraska, has resided here since 1884. He is a frank and genial gentleman, successful in business, honored and esteemed at home and abroad.   He made a creditable record as a soldier in the civil war, and since returning to peaceful pursuits has done equally well in civil life.
Mr. Confer was born in Hocking county, Ohio, March 3, 1838, of a family noted for honesty, industry and sobriety. His great-grandfather was a solider in the Revolution. His grandfather, Andrew, was a native of Pennsylvania, and his father, John Confer, was born in Ohio, was a farmer and died in Wells county, Indiana. He was a Democrat of the Jackson type. He married Miss Eliza Poling. She was a member of the United Brethren church. They were parents of fourteen children, and four of the sons were soldiers in the Civil war: Daniel, William, of the One Hundred and First Indiana Infantry, killed at Chickamauga, Peter, in the One Hundred and Fifty-seventh Indiana Infantry and now living in Wells county, Indiana, and Samuel. Mr. Confer was reared on a farm near Bluffton, Wells county, Indiana, was taught the value of independent labor and received his education in the public schools. In September, 1861, he enlisted at Bluffton in Company A, Thirty-fourth Indiana Infantry, under Captain Swaim and Colonel Steele. He veteranized in February, 1863, and served till the end of the war. He was at the siege of Vicksburg for forty-seven days, until the stars and stripes floated over the fort on July 4, 1863; he was at Jackson, Mississippi, and under General Ord for some time. His regiment was then ordered to Texas, and was on duty there until the close of hostilities. After the war he located in Wells county, Indiana, and remained there until he came west in 1884. In 1864 Mr. Confer was married in Wells county, Indiana, to Miss Mary L. Robb, who has been a noble wife and mother for forty years. She was born in Warren, Trumbull county, Ohio, a daughter of Peter and Nancy Robb. Her brother, Rev. C. O. Robb, was a soldier in the war, and is now located at Pawnee city, Nebraska.   Mr. and Mrs. Confer have six children: Charles, John, William, Howard, Orman, and Martha Morical, of Firth, Nebraska. Mr. Confer is a stanch Republican.
He is a member of the Sergeant Cox Post No. 100, G. A. R., at Adams, being popular among his old army comrades as with all his fellow citizens and associates. He is a man of strong physique, endowed with physical and moral courage for all the trials of life, and has a career to be proud of, both in Nebraska and wherever has has had residence. He and his wife are both members of the United Brethren church.
Source: A Biographical and genealogical history of southeastern Nebraska" (1904) - Submitted by K. Torp

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