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John Park
Was born in Brook county, West Virginia, September 14, 1830. His parents were William and June (Adams) Park, who came to this county in 1880. His father was born August 16, 1808, and died September 19, 1864; and his mother February 14, 1811, and died July 24, 1882. They were married November 8, 1829, in Brook county, West Virginia, and had the following children: John, the subject of this sketch; Robert A., born September 23, 1832; Nancy M., April 11, 1835, resides in Meigs county, Ohio; William, April 27, 1838, resides in Marshall county, West Virginia; A. J., April 7, 1840, resides in Meigs county; Martin V. B., August 27, 1842, resides at home; T. B., January 1, 1845, resides in Portland, Meigs county; Jane I., May 22, 1848, married to Dr. J. G. Hamilton, and resides in Duvall county, Florida. The paternal grandparents of Mr. John Park were Robert and Margaret (Erwin) Park. Robert was born in Ireland. The maternal grandparents were William and Nancy (Cox) Adams, and they were born in England and Virginia, respectively. John Park's mother moved with four of her children from Virginia to Kentucky in 1873, and from there to Cheshire in 1880. The postoffice address of Mr. Park is Cheshire, Gallia county, Ohio. [SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]


William Parker Sr and Family
William Parker, Sr., was born at Maiden, Massachusetts , June 5th, 1745, and was married to Mary Warner, January 28th, 1772. She was the daughter of Philemon Warner, of Gloucester , Massachusetts , and was born in 1753. He was a cabinet maker and exported furniture to the West Indies . He bought a share of land in the Ohio Company's Purchase, and left the East in 1789, traveling as far as the forks of the Youghiogheny, where he remained until about 1800; he removed his family to his farm in Salem township, where they lived and reared a large family. Their children were:
Elizabeth Warner, born September 21st, 1773, and died January 19th, 1850, aged seventy-seven years. She was never married and died in Salem .
William, Jr., was born July 4th, 1775, and married Betsy Wyatt, May 13th, 1802. She was a daughter of Deacon Joshua Wyatt.
Sally, born June 6th, 1777, and was married to Judge Ephriam Cutler, April 13th, 1808. She died June 30th, 1846.
John, born June 20th, 1779, and married Lucy Cotton. He was a Halcyon preacher and died in 1849.
Daniel was born August 7th, 1781, and married Priscilla Melloy Ring, October 24th, 1816. He was a preacher of Universal Restoration. He died March 22d, 1861. His wife died September 4th, 1874.
Polly, born May 27th, 1783, and was married to Judge Cushing Shaw. They both lived and died in Salem , leaving a numerous and worthy family of children.
Nancy, born March 13th, 1785, was married to Stephen Strong, Esq. Mr. Strong was an early advocate of temperance. He was elected to the legislature for one term, was a surveyor and held many county offices. They had no children; lived and died in Salem .
Susanna, born March 10th, 1787, was married to Dr. Sylvanus Evarts, and died July 5th, 1815, aged twenty-eight years.
Fanny, born March 26th, 1789, and was married to John Fordyce and had several children. They were farmers and lived and died in Salem .
Ebenezer was born December 22d, 1792, and married Mary Swett, daughter of Benjamin Swett, of Newburyport , Mass.
Ebenezer Parker lived in the old homestead for many years, but sold out and finally removed to Cincinnati to live with his sons, where he died.
Clarissa, born May, 1795, and was married to Peter Shaw. She died May 24th, 1817, aged twenty-two years.
Mr. William Parker, Sr., died November 26th, 1825, and his wife, Mrs. Parker, died February 25th, 1811. They were both members of the Presbyterian Church, lived useful and honorable lives, leaving an exemplary record to their descendants.
[Source: "The Pioneer History of Meigs County", Pub. by Berlin Printing Company, 1908]


Thomas W Paulin
Thomas W Paulin and Emma M Reed were married in Cheshire township at her home, December 25, 1881. They are both natives of the county of Meigs, he born June 20, 1856, and his wife March 14, 1863. The parents of Mr. Paulin are Solomon and Julietta (Hamilton) Pauline, who settled in this county in 1879, coming from Meigs county. His wife's parents are Reuben and Elizabeth (Mauck) Reed, who came from Meigs county in 1867. The grandfather of the subject of this sketch was a soldier in the war of 1812. Thomas W. Paulin was engaged in Pittsburgh as a brick-mason until the 11th of May, 1882, when an accident occurred to him by falling, dislocating his knee, but after a short time he recovered sufficient to return to his avocation. His postoffice address is Middleport, Meigs county, Ohio. .  [SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]


James E. Phelps and son, John Orlando Phelps
James E. Phelps came from Connecticut in 1803, and settled in the lower part of Rutland township. He married Phylenda Rice, a sister of Mrs. Daniel Rathburn. Mr. Phelps was an enterprising farmer, filled several township offices, and went to Columbus as a lobby member to get the county of Meigs set off. He was one of the first associate judges of Meigs county. He died in June, 1822. His children: James, who studied medicine, went South and died there; Nancy Phelps was married to William Bing, of Gallia county; Harlow Phelps married Amelia Watkins, and lived in the old homestead ; Abel Phelps was a physician, practiced his profession in the lower part of Pomeroy, and died there. He was married twice. His first wife was Ruth Simpson. After her death he married Amy Smith.
John Orlando Phelps was also a doctor and practiced medicine in Piketon, Ohio; afterwards went South and died there. Amelia Phelps was married to Dr. Eli Sigler, who had a considerable practice. They lived near her old home. Dr. Sigler was one of the associate judges at one time of Meigs county. He died May 1st, 1848, aged fifty-three years, ten months and twenty-seven days. He was married twice; his second wife was Barbara Rothgeb, who died April 2d, 1891, aged eighty-two years, two months and four days. Amanda Phelps died in early womanhood.
[Source: "The Pioneer History of Meigs County", Pub. by Berlin Printing Company, 1908]


Judge Daniel Polsley
Daniel Polsley, Congressman, Judge, Lieutenant-Governor, was born at Palatine, Marion County, Virginia, November 3, 1803. His father was of German descent, and his mother a sister of the grandfather of Judge Alpheus F. Haymond, formerly a Judge of the Supreme Court of West Virginia. His early education was obtained while assisting in clearing and improving the farm. He studied law, and attended the lectures of Judge Tucker, in Winchester, Virginia. After his father's death, he removed to Wellsburg, in Brooke County, and soon gained an enviable reputation at the Bar. In 1827, he wedded Eliza V. Brown, niece of the celebrated Philip Doddridge, and granddaughter of Captain Oliver Brown, an officer in the Revolutionary War. In connection with his profession, in 1833, he edited and published the "Western Transcript," a Whig paper. This he continued until 1845, when he retired from law practice, sold out his printing office, and moved to a 1,200-acre farm on the Ohio river, opposite Racine, Ohio, engaging in agriculture, as more congenial to his unpretentious nature. In the turbulent days of 1861, he was not allowed to longer remain in quiet life, and was elected a member from Mason County of the Wheeling Convention to Restore the State Government. Upon its restoration, he was made Lieutenant-Governor . In 1862, he was chosen Judge of the Seventh Circuit of Virginia, and over the same counties in West Virginia afterwards, ably presiding until 1866, when he was elected to the Fortieth Congress from the Third District. At the end of his term, he located at Point Pleasant, where he died October 14, 1877. Unostentatious, yet able, honest, and active, he was a force in the early days of our Statehood.
[Source: "Bench and Bar of West Virginia" by George Wesley Atkinson, 1919 - Transcribed by FOFG]

 



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