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
WILLIAM WALTER
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
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

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