Preble County Ohio Genealogy and History
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Frozen to Death -- Peter Achy was frozen to death on the night of the 20th, near Sunbury, in Preble county. He was on a spree, and started home after a fight with his companions. He was found dead on Monday afternoon. Another drunken man was frozen to death near Dayton, on Monday night. [Monday, January 29, 1855, Daily Ohio Statesman (Columbus, OH)- KT - Sub by FoFG]
James B. Brooke
Died at the residence of his brother, on Walnut Hills, near Cincinnati, Ohio, Saturday, June 20th, 1868, of "Adison's disease of the kidneys" James B. Brooke, of Philadelphia, Pa, aged 47 years. The funeral will take place from the M.E. church, at Eaton, Preble county, Ohio, Saturday, June 27th at 10 a.m. Sermon by Rev. Wm. Fitzgerald. [Thursday, June 25, 1868, Cincinnati Daily Gazette (Cincinnati, OH) - KT - Sub by FoFG]
Levi Brubaker, aged 87 years, resident of Howard County since 1859, and one among the earliest settlers to establish a home in the Ervin township community, coming there from Preble County, Ohio, former bailiff of the circuit court, serving under Judge W. C. Purdum, died at his late home, 219 East Harrison Street, Wednesday night at 7:15 o'clock. The deceased was an uncle of Howard Brubaker of the Russiaville National Bank.
The deceased was born in the Ohio county names August 15, 1843. When a boy, he was brought to this county by his parents.
Mr. Brubaker was a soldier in the Civil War. He served from 1863 to the end of the war, being a member of the Company E., 11th Indiana cavalry, 151 regiment.
The deceased was a member of the Church of the Brethren from 1869, and was a charter member of the congregation in this city, organized in 1913, and located at 917 South Market Street. The funeral will be held at this church Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Burial will follow in Crown Point cemetery.
Mr. Brubaker's first marriage was with Lydia E. Swisher, taking place January 25, 1866, the ceremony being performed by the Rev. Heil Hamilton, a pioneer German Baptist minister. Four children were born to this union, two of whom survive, Mrs. Charles Myers of Fairfield and Jessie Everett Brubaker of Hemlock. The first wife died February 19, 1918, Mr. Brubaker's second wife was Mrs. Emma Duncan Martin of West Middleton, who survives.
A half brother, Silas Brubaker, also survives. The marriage with Mrs. Martin was July 11, 1919.
The children of the first marriage who died were Millie Isephene and Wancy Pearl Brubaker.
Besides the relatives already named, Mr. Brubaker is survived by six grandchildren, one of whom is with the U. S. Marines in China, and seven great-grandchildren . He leaves a half brother, Amos Brubaker of Flora, a step-daughter, Mrs. John Radcliffe, of 1206 West Monroe Street, and four step grandchildren.
Mr. Brubaker was a man of more than ordinary intelligence and keen observation, with a fine sense of humor. He was always popular wherever his tasks of life found him employed. His record for efficiency and conscience in service was not excelled. He lived a life full of years, and throughout the long journey did his bit to impart good cheer and encouragement.[Source: Kokomo (Ind.) Tribune May 22, 1930 Vol. XLVII No 205 Page 12 - Transcribed and Contributed by Barb Z.]
Joseph Lyburn Cambell
DIED. On Sabbath eve, September 19, at his residence, two miles south of Eaton, O., Joseph Lyburn Cambell.
Deceased was born in Sussex County, Delaware, August 17, 1813. His parents, Ebe and Lydia Campbell, with their family, came to Preble County, Ohio, in 1829, There he was married in 1840 to Mrs. Mary Roberts, Shortly after his marriage he became a licensed preacher of the M. E. Church. He continued to preach until within a few years of his death. His funeral took place September 22, and was largely attended. [Source: Cincinnati Daily Gazette (Tuesday, 5 Oct. 1875) - MZ - tr. by FoFG ]
Hubert N. Cave
CAVE, Hubert N., 66, of Lewisburg, Tuesday. Services 9 a.m. Saturday, New Lebanon United Methodist Church. (Rogers, New Lebanon) [Dayton Daily News (Dayton, Ohio) 30 June 1994; transcribed by Marla Zwakman]
Edward H. Chadwick
Class of 1878 - EDWARD HENRY CHADWICK. B. Mar. 20, 1852, Eaton, Ohio. Lawyer and Business. D. May 5, 1913, Shelbyville, Ind. [Source is: Dartmouth College Necrology, 1912-1913, Hanover, N.H. Transcribed by Kim Mohler.]
Mrs. A. Cornish
Mrs. A. Cornish of Eaton, died Friday morning. She was 68 years of age. The funeral was held at the M. E. church here Sunday morning, conducted by Rev. Fullmer. [Source: Elyria Republican (Elyria, Ohio) Thursday, 3 April 1902; MZ - Tr. By FoFG]
Henry Cottingham, War Veteran, Dies
Camden, Sept 11 - Henry Cottingham, 93, one of the two remaining members of Malham-O'Cain Post, Grand Army of the Republic, died at Eaton yesterday of general infirmities. He served three years with Company H, 54th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and accompanied General William T. Sherman on his march through Georgia to the sea.
He was charter member of the GAR post here. Only three Civil War veterans now remain in Preble county.
Born of parents who had migrated from Delaware, Cottingham was reputed to be the oldest native of Eaton. A plasterer by trade, he had been retired for many years.
He is survived by four sons, George, Ridge and Clifford of Eaton, and Frank of Grand Rapids, Mich., and two daughters, Mrs. Anna Williams of Dunkirk, Ind., and Mrs. Eva Ball of Eaton.
Funeral services will be held Monday at 2:30 o'clock at the Church of Christ. Military rites are to be arranged. Burial will be in Mound Hill Cemetery. [Hamilton Daily News Journal, September 11, 1937, Page 10 - Sub by K.T.]
T. C. Davies
Mr. T. C. Davies, of Ironton, O., a commercial traveler for a Cincinnati Chemical house, died in Eaton yesterday. His brother, having been notified, arrived in Eaton from Ironton, and his body was prepared and sent to his home. He was a member of the Masonic order, was a Knight Templar and a Knight of Pythias. Members of the latter organization accompanied the remains to the train this evening. [Source: Hamilton Daily Republican (Hamilton, Ohio) Thursday, 2 May 1895; MZ - Tr by FoFG]
Suicide at Eaton, Ohio
Cincinnati, April 12 - An Eaton, Ohio dispatch says that a man died there yesterday afternoon from a dose of morphine taken with suicidal intent. He had arrived the evening before and registered as H.C. Fanning, Dayton, Ohio. A letter was found in his pocket addressed to S.D. Blood, Stock Exchange, New York.
A dispatch received later from Sylvester Blood, of New York, said he could give no information about Fanning as he had not seen him for twelve years. The suicide left notes indicating that his mind was unbalanced. [Saturday, April 13, 1889, Sun (Baltimore, MD) - KT - Tr. by FoFG]
On the 9th inst., in Harrison township, Preble county, Ohio, Elizabeth Fudge, consort of Jacob Fudge, deceased, the first Sheriff of that county, in the 79th year of her age. [Friday, February 12, 1869; Cincinnati Daily Gazette (Cincinnati, OH) - KT - Sub by FoFG]
Catharine S. Gentle
Near Eaton, Preble County, Ohio, March 17, 1873, of cancer, after a long and painful illness, Mrs. Catharine S., wife of James R. Gentle, aged 42 years. [Thursday, March 27, 1873, Cincinnati Daily Times (Cincinnati, OH) - KT - Sub by FoFG]
Marco Green, formerly a barber in Eaton, died in Richmond on Monday last. ["Hamilton Daily Republican" (Hamilton, Ohio) Wednesday, 10 May 1893; MZ - Transcribed by FoFG]
Mrs. Grissmore one of the oldest, if not the eldest person in Preble County, died a few days ago at Euphemia, aged 97 years, 7 months and 7 days [Piqua Miami Helmet, 6 Feb 1890 - KT - Sub by FoFG]
DIED. On Tuesday afternoon, September 26, at Eaton, Preble County, O., of paralysis, Jeremiah Guild, aged 73 years. [Source: Cincinnati Daily Gazette (Wednesday, 27 Sept. 1876) transcribed by FoFG]
Alice F. Huddleston
HUDDLESTON, Mrs. Alice F.: age 69, at Route No. 3, Brookville, passed away Sunday. Surviving, their son, Bernard Barton; sisters, Minna Underwood, Mrs. Beulah Turner and Mrs. Elinor Kern, all of Dayton; 4 brothers, James, Ted, and Harry Stowe, all of Dayton and Mike of Brookville. She was an honorary member of Westwood Garden Club and Organic Culture Club; a member of First Brethren Church, Clayton. Services 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Rogers Funeral Home, 110 W. Main St., Tretwood, Rev. Richard D. Sellers officiating. Burial Sugar Grove Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 4 p.m. Tuesday.
*** Note: Alice was born in Unity, Clark County, Wisconsin. Her date of birth was 29 Aug. 1890, from the book - Descendants of Johan Zimmermann and Christine Schuld Ewert Zimmermann” by Linda Masden Vixie, page 62. [Source: Dayton Daily News (Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio) 21 Mar. 1960; transcribed by Marla Zwakman]
John G. Jameson
Departed this life on Wednesday evening, the 27th of this inst., Mr. John G. Jameson, of New Paris, Preble county, Ohio , in the 43d year of his age. [Ohio Statesman, Oct. 3, 1837 - KT - Sub. by FOFG]
Mr. Herman Kester, who has been very sick in Cincinnati for the past two weeks, died on Tuesday and will be brought to his home in Eaton Wednesday evening. ["Hamilton Daily Republican" (Hamilton, Ohio) Wednesday, 10 May 1893; MZ - Tr. by FoFG]
Jos. M. Kincaid
Edward Kincaid, Seventh Street and the Pennsylvania railroad, received word early Sunday morning that his father, Jos. M. Kincaid, who would have been 73 years old April 5, had died suddenly in Eaton, O., at 12:30 a. m. Sunday. The parent was visiting his sister in the Preble County city when taken ill of paralysis of the brain from which death resulted.
Deceased had lived in Hamilton for about two years. Edward Kincaid is the only remaining child. Burial will be made in Eaton, O. [Source: Hamilton Daily Republican News (Hamilton, Ohio) Monday, 28 Feb. 1910 - MZ, Trans by FoFG]
Mrs. Henry Lane
Alleged Suicide of Mrs. Henry Lane of Camden - Attorney David Pierce was in Camden yesterday on legal business. As the gentleman boarded a Pan Handle train bound for this city he was approached by a resident of Camden who stated as follows: "Have you heard of the suicide of Mrs. Henry Lane, of near Camden? She took poison yesterday and died from its effects." Mr. Pierce had not time to question the gentleman further in regard to the matter, as the train was pulling out of Camden. Mrs. Lane is a sister of John Good, of Preble county. No reason is goven for hte lady's alleged suicide. [Hamilton Daily Democrat 25 Feb 1890 - KT - sub by FoFG]
Mrs. John Leach
Eaton, O., Jan 3- Mrs. John Leach, wife of a civil war veteran is dead, and her husband may die as the result of an accident. The two went to a shed to strip tobacco. Mrs. Leach stood before the stove and her clothing caught fire. She was so badly burned that she died in a few hours. Her husband was badly burned in trying to save her, and as a result of the burns and the shock of his wife’s death may not recover. [Mansfield News Jan 3, 1908 - LD - FOFG]
Josiah Lytle, aged 90, died in Preble county. ["Steubenville Herald", 31 Jan 1890 - KT - Sub by FoFG]
West Alexandria, O., March 12. - Paul Marker, one of the earliest pioneers and most prominent citizens, died last night. [Source: Cincinnati Daily Gazette (Saturday, 13 Mar. 1880)- MZ - Tr. by FoFG]
Mrs. Marvin McGriff, the former Hilda Graumann of Colby died at West Manchester, Ohio, Tuesday morning. Funeral services will be held at Manchester Thursday and at the Lulloff Funeral Home in Colby Sunday afternoon at 2:30 P.M. Burial will be made in the Colby cemetery.
The deceased was born in the town of Hull on Nov. 17, 1917, and is a graduate of the Colby High School.
Surviving are her husband; her father; two brothers, Arthur and Edwin of Colby; four sisters, Mrs. George Carr of Colby, Mrs. Maynard Schwantes of Loyal, Mrs. Arthur Schmitt of Marshfield and Miss Verna Grauman of Chicago, Ill. Her mother preceded her in death about 17 years ago.
Mrs. McGriff will be remembered here by many as a lady of an affectionate disposition, bright and winning in her ways, so that friendship’s circle to here was a large one. [Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 19 Oct. 1950; transcribed by Marla Zwakman]
Caroline J. Miller
Mrs. Caroline J. Miller, wife of Philip Miller, the noted hunter, died at their home in Eaton Feb. 28th aged 74 years. [Source: Piqua Miami Helmet (Piqua, Ohio) Thursday, 10 Mar. 1898; MZ - Tr. By FoFG]
John T. Miller
John T. Miller, of Preble County laid down on the railroad track while in a state of intoxication, and was killed by a train passing over him. [The Highland Weekly News (Hillsborough, Highland County, Ohio) June 17, 1858, - PT - Tr by FOFG]
Miss Amelia Ogden, sister of Mrs. Rev. A. Mcharry, of Eaton, O., died at her home three miles east of Springfield, O., on the 28th inst., aged 76 years. She was known and loved by two generations of children as "Aunt Sis" [Piqua Miami Helmet, 6 Feb 1890 - KT - Sub by FoFG]
Job Pence, a farmer who resides in the north-western part of Preble County, committed suicide recently by cutting his throat with a razor. [The Highland Weekly News, (Hillsborough, Highland County, Ohio) June 17, 1875, p2, - PT - Tr by FOFG]
Mrs. Cordelia Pinney, widow of Jospeh Pinney, for many years a resident of Eaton, died in Hamilton on the 2s inst., at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. W. W. Stevenson, aged 81 years. She has resided in Hamilton for over 30 years. [Source: Piqua Miami Helmet (Piqua, Ohio) Thursday, 10 Mar. 1898 - MZ - tr. by FoFG]
An old citizen, Adam Quinn, died near Eaton , Ohio , on Tuesday 9th last, aged 82 years. He was a native of Philadelphia , but for fifty eight years he has resided in the West. When a young man, he joined a company of volunteers, called into service by the State of Pennsylvania . His company, when on its march to Harrisburg , was reviewed by General Washington. Of those who served with him on that occasion, he was the last survivor. [Ohio State Journal, 1858-11-17 - KT - Sub by FoFG]
DIED. At Logansport, Ind., May 23, Thomas Richards, formerly of Preble County, Ohio, aged 68 years. [Source: Cincinnati Daily Gazette (Tuesday, 28 May 1872) transcribed by FoFG]
Hiram L. Robbins
County Auditor Hiram L. Robbins, of Preble county, died in Eaton yesterday morning of Bright's disease, after a lingering illness. [Source: Hamilton Daily Democrat (Hamilton, Ohio) Thursday, 23 June 1892; MZ - Tr. By by FoFG]
Mary E. Robbins
At Camden, Preble County, O., on Wednesday, Feb'y 21, at 1 o'clock a.m., Mary E., wife of H.L. Robbins, and daughter of Thomas and Margaret Lloyd, aged 21 years, 5 months and 28 days.
[Saturday, March 16, 1872, Cincinnati Daily Enquirer (Cincinnati, OH) - KT - Sub by FoFG]
Mrs. Rohrer, died in Eaton, O., on the 10th inst., aged 91 years, 6 months and 20 days. [Source: Piqua Miami Helmet (Piqua, Ohio) Thursday, 3 Feb. 1887 - MZ - Tr. by FoFG]
On February 22, 1884, at 8:15 PM, William, the beloved son of Elizabeth Shields, in his 32nd year. Funeral, Monday, February 25th, from late residence, 557 Central Avenue. To be interred at Eaton, Ohio. [Cincinnati Enquirer, 22 Feb 1884 - Sub by FoFG]
Henry G. Showalter
DIED. In Jefferson township, Preble county, Ohio, on the 18th inst., Henry G. Showalter, aged 80 years, 6 months; one of the pioneers of Preble county. [Source: Cincinnati Daily Gazette (Friday, 24 Apr. 1868) transcribed by FoFG]
Jesse B. Stevens
Captain Jesse B. Stevens died at his residence in Eaton, Ohio, on the 14th inst., after a long illness, in the 69th year of his age. Captain S. was a native of Virginia, and with his father emigrated to Preble County in 1811. In his early manhood he was largely identified with the public business of the county, serving as Deputy Clerk of the Courts and as an assistant in most of the county offices, after which he engaged in the business of merchandise. He was a admitted to the Eaton bar in 1839, and commenced the practice of law in connection with Governor Bebb as his partner. He served with honor and fidelity during the war with Mexico as Commissary of Subsistence under General Taylor. He was for many years Secretary of the Eaton and Hamilton Railroad company, and took great interest in the public improvement of the country. Captain S. was a man of excellent business habits, of unblemished integrity, a kind and faithful friend, a useful citizen, and universally respected. His funeral will take place with Masonic honors at Eaton, August 16, at ten o'clock a.m. [Tuesday, August 16, 1870, Cincinnati Daily Enquirer (Cincinnati, OH) - KT - Sub by FoFG]
James F. Stowe
STOWE, James F., age 81, of 2336 Ottellao Ave., Northbridge passed away at 4:30 a.m. Sunday at Washington Manor Nursing Home, North. Member of the Maple Grove Church of the Nazarene. Retired truck driver from Roy Hagerman Trucking Co. Survived by his wife, Edith; 2 daughters, Mrs. Edward (Marcile) Colling, Riverside, Calif., Mrs. Florence Welcome; 1 son, Gordon J.; 3 sisters, Mrs. Leister (Mia) Underwood, Mrs. Pearl R. Beulah Turner, Mrs. Eleanor Lloyd, all of Dayton; 1 brother, Ted, New Madison, 6 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren. Several nieces and nephews. Funeral services at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Hatrick Funeral Home, 15 Wampler Ave. Rev. Gail Moorman officiating. Burial in Sugar Grove Cemetery. Visitation 6-9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. [Source: Dayton Daily News (Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio) 5 Nov. 1973; transcribed by Marla Zwakman]
Minna S. Underwood
UNDERWOOD, Minna S., 94, of Dayton, passed away on Friday, at Grace Brethren Village. She taught Primary Sunday School for many years. Preceded in death by husband, Lester G. Underwood; daughter, Joyce Bond; and son, Lester Charles Underwood. Survived by sisters, Beulah Turner and Eleanor Lloyd, both of Dayton; daughter-in-law, Julie Underwood of Cincinnati; grandson, Donald Underwood of Cincinnati; numerous nieces and nephews. Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday at the Hetrick-Gray Funeral Home, 15 Wampler Ave. Pastor Charles Lawson officiating. Burial will be at Sugar Grove Cemetery in West Alex. Friends may call at the funeral home from 12:00 noon until time of services on Tuesday. [Source: Dayton Daily News (Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio) Sunday, 30 July 1989; transcribed by Marla Zwakman]
John H. Unger
John H. Unger, 83, pioneer Preble countian father of C. B. Unger, head of the Register-Herald Publishing company, and for some years a resident of Middletown, Ind., died in Eaton Wednesday morning at 6:30 o'clock in the home of his son, East Main Street, and funeral and burial will take place Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the son's home.
Interment will be in Mound Hill cemetery. Mr. Unger sustained a stroke of paralysis about 15 years ago while living in Middletown, Ind., and since that time had been an invalid.
Following the death of his daughter, Mrs. F. A. Wisehart, in Middletown , Ind., a year or two ago, Mr. Unger came to Eaton to the home of his son. He was a native of West Alexandria and most of his life was passed there and in Eaton. He had conducted business in both places. He leaves only his son in Eaton. [Hamilton Evening Journal, January 9, 1925 Page 12 - Transcribed and Contributed by Barbara Z.]
Death of an Old Pioneer
Died in Eaton, Preble county, Ohio, Mr. Cornelius Vanausdal, aged 84 years. He was born in Berkley county, Va., and emigrated to Preble county in 1805. In 1808 he commenced the mercantile business, which he successfully conducted until within a few years of his death. His first trading was with the Indians and a few whites who inhabited that country. From 1825 to 1828 he, in connection with L.M. Gray, Esq., had a store in this city. At that time there were very few banks in the country, and nearly all of the floating money about this vicinity was deposited in their hands for safe keeping. At that time he purchased a building near the landing, and paid $3,000 cash, and the people were greatly astonished to think a man could spare that amount of money from his business. There was then no wholesale dry goods store in Cincinnati, and he was advised by some of his friends to go into the business, as he had almost unlimited credit at the East, but being rather twaid(?) about it he neglected the opportunity, and others stepped in, who made fortunes in the wholesale business.
Mr. Vanausdal commenced the publication of the first newspaper in Eaton; was appointed by General Cass Deputy United Sates Marshal, and took the first census of Preble county. In the War of 1812 he was actively engaged, and furnished supplies and paid the troops in the vicinity of that county. He served as a member of the Legislature in the sessions of 1819 and 1820.
Mr. Vanausdal had a very strong constitution, and retained his senses to the last. He was riding out the day before his death, but was stricken with paralysis the morning that he died. He was possessed of great kindness of heart, and died beloved by all who were acquainted with him. [Saturday, August 13, 1870, Cincinnati Daily Gazette (Cincinnati, OH) - KT - Sub by FoFG]
Voorhis - At Washington, July 4, Catharine Voorhis, formerly of Preble County, Ohio, in her 81st year. [Butler County Democrat January 13, 1910 - LD - Sub. by FoFG]
Mrs. Nannie Vorhees, wife of Richard Vorhees, died at her home in Eaton, On Sunday, aged 70 years. The funeral services were held at 9 a.m. Tuesday, in the M. E. church in Eaton and at 2 p.m. in the Vorhees undertaking parlor in Lockland. [New York Times July 5, 1905 - Sub. by L. Dietz]
Samuel P. Wilson
Samuel P. Wilson, an old and respected citizen of Muncie, and long and familiarly known in connection with the Muncie National Bank, died on Friday evening at 10:50, of inflammation of the bladder, and after an illness of two weeks, at the advanced age of 77 years. He served with distinction as a soldier in one of the Virginia regiments in the War of 1812. He was the father-in-law of the lamented J. W. Burson, and formerly resided in Eaton, Preble County, Ohio.
[Cambridge City Tribune June 19 1873, Vol 9 No 7, page 2 Transcribed and Contributed by Barbara Z. ]
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