Meigs County Ohio
Daniel Rathburn and Family
Daniel Rathburn was born in 1767 in Granby, Connecticut, and married Desire Rice, born in 1764, in Connecticut. They came with their family to Leading creek in 1803, and established their home, where itinerant Methodist preachers had regular appointments. The names of Jacob Young, David Young, William Young, James Quinn, James Gilruth, and John P. Kent, and others who found a cordial welcome. Mr. and Mrs. Rathburn were leading and influential citizens in those early times. They had a family of sons-no daughters. Mr. Daniel Rathburn, Sr., died in 1852, aged eighty-five years, six months. Mrs. Rathburn died in 1868, aged ninety-eight years, ten months, three days.
The children were Daniel C. Rathburn, who married Laura Higley, had a farm in Rutland, was justice of the peace, and taught school. They had a numerous family of sons and daughters. He died September 25th, 1855, aged fifty-nine years.
Elisha Rathburn was married to Polly Giles, September 23d, 1819. He came with his father to Ohio and settled on a farm near the village of Rutland. He was highly respected by the community and favorably known as a preacher in the Baptist or Christian denomination. His gifts and graces, zeal and charity were shown in a remarkable degree through a long and useful life.
Elisha Rathburn was born June 30th, 1789, and died August 8th, 1869. Mrs. Rathburn was born April 13th, 1799, and died February 7th, 1896, aged ninety-one years. They had a family of one son, Joseph Newton, and five daughters, Clarissa, Elizabeth, and Roana (Mrs. Seth Paine), and two daughters who died in early womanhood.
Two sons of J. Newton Rathburn, Milton Rathburn and Charles, are successful merchants, and prominent citizens of Meigs county, Milton Rathburn being elected Senator from this district, for state legislature, 1906. They were born and brought up in Rutland township.
Timothy Rathburn, a son of Daniel Rathburn and his wife, Desire Rathburn, married a Miss Daniel, of Gallia county, and lived on a part of the old homestead. They had several children.
Alvin Rathburn was a physician and practiced medicine in Rutland. He was married and had three sons. William P. Rathburn, a banker, removed to Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he was successful in accumulating a large property by investments in iron and coal. He died in Chattanooga.
Joseph Rathburn, son of Alvin, was a physician, as was his brother, James Rathburn, who removed to Gallia county, where he died.
John Rathburn, a son of Daniel Rathburn, Sr., was a doctor, but died young.
Francis Asbury Ratburn was the sixth son of Daniel Rathburn, Sr., and his wife. He was born March 9th, 1800. He was never married but lived with his parents, caring for them with filial devotion in their old age. After the death of his father in 1852 h"e moved into the village with his mother, where she died in 1863. He continued to live in Rutland until his death, an exemplary man, respected by all who knew him.
Samuel Rathburn was the youngest son of Daniel Rathburn, Sr., and his wife, Desire Rathburn, and was born in 1802. He married a Miss Vanden, of Gallipolis, engaging in the mercantile business in that city. He held several offices of public trust, was probate judge of Gallia county, and maintained an honorable character, a highly respected citizen, until his death. [Source: "The Pioneer history of Meigs County", Pub. by Berlin Printing Company, 1908]
Is a native of Washington county, Ohio, born October 13, 1830. He is a son of William R. and Pemelia (McAtee) Reed. His father was born October 19, 1801, and died June 16, 1864. His mother is still living. Ruben was married in Meigs county, Ohio, April 7, 1853, to Elizabeth Mauck, who is a native of Meigs county, Ohio, born December 9, 1833. Her parents, John and Mary (Knopp) Mauck, came to Gallia county, in 1818. Her father is a native of Virginia. The family of Mr. Reed are: John Augustus, born November 7, 1854, resides in Meigs county; Virginia O., deceased; Charles M., April 4, 1857, killed May 1, 1878, by a log rolling over him, living only thirty minutes after the accident, which occurred in Cheshire township; Silas M., June 28, 1860, resides at home; Emma M., March 14, 1863, resides at home; infant, died two days after its birth; Walter C., February 26, 1870. Mr. Reed has a farm of 200 acres, eighty of which is coal land, located four miles west and two miles east of Cheshire. Mr. Reed had two brothers in the late war; James and Park Reed. They participated in many battles, and the latter served during the entire war and came through without a scratch. David Reed, the grandfather of Ruben, was a soldier in the war of 1812, serving until its close. The date of Mr. Reed's arrival in Gallia county was 1867. He is engaged in stock-raising as well as farming. 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.]
Silas M Reed
A farmer residing in Cheshire township, was born in Meigs county, Ohio, June 28, 1860. He is a son of Reuben and Elizabeth (Mauck) Reed, who came to this county in 1876. He married Hannah M. McElhinny at her home in Meigs county, Ohio, on July 16, 1880, she being a daughter of Robert and Sarah (Calhoun) McElhinny, who were early settlers. Mrs. Reed was born in Washington county, Ohio, July 17, 1856. They have one child, Nellie, born September 23, 1881, who resides at home. David Reed, the great-grandfather of Silas M., served in the war of 1812, to its close. 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.]
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