Hocking County Biographies

ROBERT SKINNER VAN ATTA molder and machinist in the Logan Foundry, was born near Belvidere, N. J., May 9, 1822, a son of Samuel and Jane (Stout) Van Atta. His mother died when he was an infant, and when he was four years of age his father removed to New York City, where he lived with him till fifteen years of age. He then returned to Washington Village, N. J., and began to learn the trade of a molder in the foundry of his uncle, Jesse S. Van Atta, remaining there two years. In the fall of 1838 he came with his father and his uncles, Jesse, Nelson and Ralph Van Atta, to Ohio, and the following spring settled and founded a foundry five miles north of Newark, on the Mt. Vernon road, at what was afterward called and is now known as Van Attaville. He worked in their foundry four years when he started outas a journeyman molder, working in Pomeroy, Dayton, Newark and back again to Van Attaville until 1848 when he came to Logan, and in June of that year became associated with Raymond Belt and founded the Logan Foundry under the firm name of Belt & Van Atta. In April, 1853, he retired from the firm and returned to Van Attaville and with his Uncle Nelson and Noah Clouse formed the firm of Clouse & Van Atta and became proprietors of the Van Atta Foundry. Mr. Clouse remained with them a number of years when he retired, the firm then becoming N. & R. S. Van Atta. In July, 1862, Mr. Van Atta retired from the firm and was employed as a machinist in the shops of the Pan Handle Railroad at Newark till the following spring. In 1863 he returned to Logan and has since been employed in the Logan Foundry. In 1859, while he was a member of the firm of Clouse & Van Atta, he started for Pike's Peak, but on reaching Fort Kearney changed his mind and returned. From 1866 to 1868 he was Clerk of Falls Township. Nov. 14, 1850, Mr. Van Atta married Martha Jane Alexander, of Logan. They are the parents offive children, four now living---Frank A., an engineer on the C.,H.V. & T.R.R.; Albert B., telegraph messenger; Harry B.,assistant civil engineer on the C., H. V. & T. R. R., and Florence Ella. A daughter, Mary Alice, died in 1855 aged six months. Mr.Van Atta is a Master, Royal Arch and Council Mason, and a member of the lodge, chapter and council at Logan.
History of Hocking Valley, Ohio Chicago: Inter-state Publishing Co., 1883
ANDREW W. VORIS, farmer, eldest son of Isaiah and Nancy (Hughes) Voris, was born near Bremen, Fairfield Co., Ohio, June 20, 1838. In 1849 his parents removed to Logan and lived two years. In 1852 his father purchased a farm three miles east of Logan. He was reared on a farm and educated at the common schools. At the age of twenty-one years he rented a farm near Gore. A year later he purchased a farm in Marion Township. Feb 14, 1865 he enlisted in Company H, Eighteenth Ohio Infantry, at Athens, Ohio, as a private for one years and was on garrison duty at Chattanooga, Tenn., until the last of May 1865. They were then transferred to Augusta, GA., where he was detailed on special duty in the commissary department. Nov. 9, 1865, he was mustered out near Augusta, GA., and returned to Columbus, Ohio, where he received his discharge, and returned home. Some time after returning from the Army he sold his farm and rented a farm one year. He then purchased the farm he had sold and in 1872 purchased the farm where he resides. Aug 7, 1860, he married Charlotte, daughter of Robert and Anna (McGee) Sanderson, of Hocking County. They have six children - Emma, wife of Noah Carpenter, of Hocking County; Charles J., Lucy, Iona A., Francis A. and Shady V. at home. William I., died aged three years; Benjamin J., in infancy; George, aged four years; Asa aged three years, and Augustus in infancy. His wife died June 22, 1881, aged forty-seven years. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. He also was member of the some church and Superintendent of Sabbath-school.
History of Hocking Valley, Ohio Chicago: Inter-state Publishing Co., 1883

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