Hocking County Biographies

WILLIAM B. WADSWORTH was born April 29, 1824, in Maryland, near the Pennsylvania line, a son of John C. and Margaret (Cline- felter) Wadsworth, the former a native of Pennsylvania and the lat- ter of Maryland. The Wadsworth family is quite a numerous one in the East, and originally came from England. The Clinefelters were of Prussian-German descent. Peter Clinefelter, grandfather of William Wadsworth, in early times kept a tavern, and the Penn- sylvania and Maryland State line ran through his house. In 1838 or 1839, John C. Wadsworth moved to Ohio and settled in Mor- gan County, where he lived eleven years, when he moved to Vinton County and settled between Hamden and Allensville, near where the Cincinnati iron furnace now stands. He remained here about six years, and then moved to Iowa, where he died in 1879. His widow is still living in Decatur County. They reared a family of eleven children, of whom eight are now living. William B. is the eldest son now living. He lived with his father till after he was twenty-one years of age. He was married March 4, 1851, to Lydia C. Skivington, who was born in Morgan County, Ohio, March 25, 1828, a daughter of John Skivington. After his marriage he worked for other parties two years, and in April, 1853, bought a piece of land in the woods of Hocking County, with only six or seven acres cleared. He built a log house and moved into it in October. He lived there a number of years, and then lived in Iles- boro a year. In 1863 he bought his present place, which contains 280 acres. Mr. Wadsworth has been a member of the Methodist church forty-three years. He has had a family of five children, only two of whom are living---Arthur A. and Robert C. Eva May, Cornelius Shepard and a twin brother of Cornelius are deceased.
Source: History of Hocking Valley, Ohio Chicago:Inter-State Publishing Co. 1883
For about a quarter of a century the above named gentleman has taken active part as one of Ohio's public educators, and he maintains a high reputation among his co-workers and the public. As superintendent of the 
Rushville school he has made a distinct success, bringing its various departments up to the highest status of effectiveness and productiveness. 
Mr. Walter was born in Hocking county, November 20, 1804, son of Mathias and Lydia Ruff) Walter. The former a native of Germany, came to the United States in the thirties, and was an early settler in Hocking 
county, Ohio. His family consisted of four daughters and three sons all of whom are now living in Hocking county, with the exception of two sons, living in Fairfield county. Our subject for ten years was a pupil in a district school in Hocking county, afterward attending the Ohio University at Athens for one year, followed by three summer terms at Crawfts Institute, near Lancaster, Ohio, and in 1883 received his first teacher's certificate. He first took charge of a district school in Hocking county for two years, and then was master 
of an adjoining district school for three years, and for the five years succeeding was master of a Fairfield county rural school. The following seven years he ftlled the principalship of the Sugar Grove High School, and in 1902 was promoted to a similar position in the Rushville school, whose status he has raised to a point reflecting the utmost credit upon his training and ability. There are thirty pupils in the third class, high school, and fifty- five pupils in the other departments, and two capable teachers assist Mr. Walter in the management of affairs. Immediately after his first year's work as principal of the Rushville High School, he was elected superintendent of the Richland township schools in connection with his principal- ship of the High School. His work as superintendent of the township schools seems to have been entirely successful. From many sources reports came to him, both directly and indirectly, that the schools under his supervision are now experiencing a degree of success never before attained. Mr. Walter holds an eight year county certificate, is a member of the county board of examiners, also the Ohio Teachers' Reading Circle, the Fairfield County Teachers' Institute, and the Lutheran Church. In 1889 he was united to Miss Sarah Kull, of Sugar Grove, Fairfield county, Ohio, and they have a family of three bright children, one of whom is now attending school. Educational History of Ohio, James J. Burns, Historical Publishing Co., Columbus, Ohio, 1905

Jonas Weist, a well-known citizen and successful farmer and stockraiser, residing on his valuable property which consists of 80 acres of land in Hopewell township, Mercer County, was born in Fairfield County, Ohio, December 3, 1841, and is a son of Samuel and Lydia (Miesse) Weist.

The parents of Mr. Weist were of German ancestry, born in Pennsylvania, whence they came to Ohio and settled in early days in Fairfield County, where they lived until death.

Jonas Weist was reared on his father's farm in Fairfield County, and from his youth has been engaged in farming and stock-raising. He was formerly much interested in the raising of sheep but latterly has not given that industry so much attention. During the Civil War he went out from Fairfield County to assist in driving the raider Morgan from Ohio. In the spring of 1869 he removed from Fairfield to Mercer County and settled on a farm of 160 acres, which he cleared from the, woods, 80 acres of which he still retains.

Mr. Weist was married (first) August 28, 1861, in Fairfield County, to Catherine Crider, who became the mother of six children, the four survivors being as follows: William H., residing in Hopewell township, who married Emma Clutter and has four children—Nellie, Glenn, Pauline and Orly; Lanassa, who is the wife of Samuel Hayes—they reside in Dublin township and have two children, Bert and Maud; Charles D., who married Pearl Murlin, has one child, Carl, and lives in Union township; Clarence, a practicing physician at Columbus, who married Mary Davis. Mr. Weist was married (second) to Sarah Nuding, born in Hocking County, Ohio, a daughter of the late Frederick Nuding.

Politically, Mr. Weist is a Republican. He served six years as township trustee and at present is a member of the Board of Education of Hopewell township. Both he and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

History of Mercer County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens, Vol 1: S.S. Scranton, Biographical Publishing Company, 1907

L. H. WELLS, Sheriff, Kenton, was born in Hocking County, Ohio, March 7, 1844. He is the oldest living son of John and Rachal (McGillis) Wells. the former a native of the District of Columbia, the latter of Hocking County, Ohio. He is of Irish descent. His maternal grandfather, Thomas McGillis, a native of Ireland, was a soldier in the Revolution and in the war of 1812. He was a pioneer of Ohio, and was among the earliest settlers of Perry County, where he died at the age of eighty-six years. John Wells, the paternal grandfather of our subject, was a native of Ireland, an architect by profession, and a pioneer of Perry County. He erected the St. Joseph’s Church at Somerset, in that county, and died in Lexington, Ky. The parents of our subject Were married near Wolf’s Station, Perry County, and settled in Hocking County, whence they moved, in 1875, and are now residing in Ada, Hardin County. They have reared a family of four children, two living—James H. and our subject. John Welch served three months in the Twenty-second Ohio Volunteer Infantry; re-enlisted in the First Ohio Cavalry in August, 1861, serving until after the close of the war; remaining to do active service in Texas, and was discharged in the fall of 1805. He was color bearer for two years, and then Commissary Sergeant, and participated in all the cavalry battles of the Cumberland. He was wounded in the left leg at La Vergne, Tenn., and was confined two months. The subject of this sketch followed farming until the breaking-out of the war, when he enlisted, in August, 1861, and was mustered, in October of the same year, in Company F, First Ohio Volunteer Cavalry. He fought in the battles of Shiloh, Corinth, Perryville, Stone River, Chickamauga, and in the Atlanta campaign, in the taking of J onesboro and Mission Ridge. From Jonesboro, the regiment returned to Louisville, were re-mounted, and joined Gen. Thomas at Nashville. Our subject was mustered out at Columbus, Tenn, October 26, 1864, and returned home in the spring of 1805. He was married, in Perry County, Ohio, March 10, 1865, to Miss Eliza McGinnis, a native of Perry County. After marriage, he engaged in farming and stock-dealing. In 1808, he came to Hardin County, locating on a farm near Ada, in Liberty Township. He remained there until his election to the oflice of Sheriff in 1881, in which position he has given unqualified satisfaction to the people. Mr. and Mrs. Wells have had three children, all living, viz., William, Maggie T. and James H.
The History of Hardin County, Ohio: Warner Beers & Company, 1883
W. N. WOODARD was born in Starr Township, Sept. 29, 1841. He is a son of Ichabod and Eleanor Woodard.  He is a grandson of Daniel Nelson, the founder of Nelsonville, and one of the early settlers and old pioneers of Athens county, who died about 1835 or 1836.  Ichabod Woodard died on his farm in Starr Township, March 16, 1868.  Mr. Woodard received a common education in the public schools of his township.  He enlisted July 25, 1862, at the age of twenty-one years, in Company E, Ninetieth Ohio Infantry, and was in several battles of importance, under General Sherman.  March 25, 1875, he was married to Violet Smith, a daughter of John and Sarah Smith, of Moundsville, W. Va.They are the parents of four children, three of which are living---EstellaV., Lulu and Clyde B. John C. died when he was about six weeks old. Mr. Woodard died at Baltimore, Md., April 25,1879. He had been twice married, and left a son and two daughters. Appleton's Annual, 1879

ROBERT W. WRIGHT, who is well and favorably known in Morgan Township, of which he has been a resident since the fall 2) of 1872, was born in Hocking County, Ohio, Aug. 26, 1838. He is the son of Joseph and Lovina W. (Carver) Wright, the former a native of the same county, born Sept. 17, 1806. He died in his native county June 17, 1860, aged fifty-three years and nine months. The paternal grandparents of our subject were Thomas and Barbara (Johnson) Wright, the former born in Ireland, July 4, 1773. He emigrated to America when a young man, and was afterward married to Miss Johnson. who was of German parentage, and born in the Fatherland, Feb. 18, 1777. After his marriage, Thomas Wright located upon a tract of land on the Hocking River and followed farming thereafter to the close of his life, and was buried within seven miles of where he had lived. The family of Thomas Wright included the children recorded as follows: John B., born March 21, 1801, was married, and at his death left a family of seven children; Sarah C., born Nov. 16, 1802, was married, and became the mother of a family, dying at a ripe old age; Joseph was the father of our subject; Robert, born June 2, 1809, married and became the father of five children, and is now living in good health in Logan County, Ohio;

Catherine was born Sept. 14, 1811, and died in Hocking County; William, born Sept. 10, 1816,died in Ohio, leaving a family; Charles, born June13, 1814, married and reared a family, and died near Pittsburgh, Pa.; Mary, born May 1, 1819, was first married to Irin Calhoun; her second husband was Isaac Weeks. The father of our subject, after his marriage settled in Hocking County within eight miles of where he was born, where he engaged in farming and continued until his death. He had ten children, of whom the record is as follows: Lucinda, born Feb. 24, 1828, is married, and lives in Douglas County; Albert C., born July 1, 1829, is married, has a family, and is living in Hocking County, Ohio; Presley O., born Nov. 8, 1830, is married and living with his family in Cromwell, Iowa; Herman K., born Sept. 1, 1832, is married and living in Ohio; Mary, born Sept. 29, 1834, became the wife of George Bond, and died in India; Catherine, born Oct. 30, 1836, married Samuel Sherry and lives in Ohio; Robert W., of our sketch, was the sixth child; Barbara, born Oct. 10, 1840, was married in Ohio to Samuel Johnson, is the mother of nine children, and now resides in this county; Irvin C., born June 16, 1845, was graduated from the medical college at Springfield, Ohio, and is practicing in Logan County, Ohio; Emily L., born July 3, 1848, was the wife of Daniel F. Moore, and died in 1885, leaving three daughters. The children all received a good education, and the most of them engaged in teaching before they were married. Presley O. served four years in the Union army during the late war, and suffered greatly in health, from the effects of which he never recovered. Mrs. Lovina (Carver) Wright was born in Ohio, Sept. 18, 1806, and was the only daughter of Albert Carver, a native of Ohio. Her brother Albert died when a young man, and the mother died in middle life. The father was married the second time, and reared another family. Robert W. Wright remained under his father's roof until twenty-three years of age, engaged in farming pursuits, and receiving a fair education in the district schools. Upon starting out in life for himself he was married, May 10, 1861, to Miss Nancy J. Roverscraft, who was also a native of the Buckeye State, born Jan. 17, 1845. Her parents were John and Isabel (Riggs) Roverscraft, the former a native of Maryland, and the latter of Ohio. Mr. and Mrs. R. had four children, namely, Nancy, Willie, Noah and Elizabeth. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Wright are recorded as follows: John W., born May 23, 1862; Ulysses Grant, born March 8, 1864, in Union County, Iowa, is engaged in gardening; Etta Bell, born Aug. 23, 1868, died Feb. 6, 1870; Charles, born April 26, 1870; Albert W., April 5, 1872; Alma L., Dec. 25, 1875; Jesse O., Feb. 1, 1878; Willie P., April 27, 1881, and Harry S., Feb. 13, 1885; all are at home with their parents. Mr. W. is Democratic politically, and with his estimable lady has been a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church for many years. Mr. Wright located in this county in 1865, and soon afterward settled in Ashmore Township, where he remained until 1872, and then took possession of his present homestead. He has labored industriously and with excellent results. He carries on general farming and stock-raising, and is in all respects fulfilling the obligations of a good neighbor.

Portrait and Biographical Album of Coles County, Illinois; Coles County, Illinois Genealogical Society, 1887

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