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Ruben Reed
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.]

Jacob Riggs
Came to Eureka, Clay township, in 1823, with his parents, James and Mary (Bare) Riggs; the former died July 14, 1870, the latter lives with her son, Jacob. He is a farmer, and was born in Monroe county, Ohio, January 23, 1824. On March 28, 1848, in Gallia county, he was united in marriage with Elizabeth Mary, daughter of Truman and Hannah (Knowles) Guthrie. They moved to this township in 1834. His wife was born in Washington county, Ohio, August 24, 1828. He has been commissioner of Gallia county from 1877 to 1882. He still resides to Eureka, Clay township. They have eight children, all living in Gallia county: Laura F., born May 20, 1849; Edward A., December 28, 1851; Mary H., November 11, 1854; Rosa B., August 3, 1857; James T., December 7, 1859; Jessie F., April 11, 1860; Celia E., August, 1864; Ernest J., June 19, 1873. Postoffice address, Eureka, 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.]

Hon. John Harper Riley
The subject of this sketch, son of Robert and Elizabeth (Cleek) Riley, was born and reared on a farm in Jackson County, Virginia; as to the date, he informed the writer, that "He is advised he should not think himself old, nor tell his age, but just to keep on keepin' on," and this he is doing splendidly, because although he is past seventy he could readily pass for fifty-five or sixty. His father was a Whig, but at the demise of that party he became a Republican, and our subject followed in his footsteps, and has always been a Republican, but has never been an office seeker. The father was a prominent man in his community: was County Assessor for a number of years and held other county offices of trust. John's elder brother was Clerk of the Circuit Court of Jackson County for a term of years, and our subject was a Deputy for him and also for his father. His education was limited to county and subscription schools, but he was ambitious and aspiring and consequently kept on reading and studying, thus storing his mind with the kind of knowledge that would be useful in after years. While employed in the Clerk's office he was advised by the Circuit Court Judge — R. S. Brown — to take up the study of law, which he did with earnestness and vigor, and while thus engaged he filled the offices of County Treasurer, and Justice of the Peace, the latter being in the direct line of his contemplated profession. In about two years he was able to stand an examination for admission to the Bar. After receiving his license as an attorney, which was signed by Judges Brown, Loomis and Hoge, he was admitted as a member of the Jackson County Bar in 1869. He formed a partnership with U. S. Flesher, who was at that time Prosecuting Attorney of the county, and thus became his Assistant. Mr. Flesher died the following August and Mr. Riley was appointed to fill the unexpired term. He was then elected Prosecuting Attorney for a full term and served with great acceptability and success. While discharging the functions of this office he became generally known in Jackson and adjoining counties as one of the best known attorneys in that section of the State, and his reputation was therefore fixed for the future. Mr. Riley was elected to the West Virginia Legislature in 1876 and again in 1880, and served with distinction and efficiency. During the latter year he was chosen one of the two delegates at large from West Virginia to the National Republican Convention, which nominated James A. Garfield for President of the United States. He married Miss Melissa J. Harpold, of Jackson County, and they had four children — two sons and two daughters — three of whom are living and one son is deceased. In October, 1882, he removed his residence to Marietta, Ohio, mainly for the purpose of educating his children at Marietta College. In 1892 he was sent as a delegate to the Republican National Convention that renominated Benjamin Harrison for the Presidency. In 1896 he was elected a member of the State Senate of Ohio, and in 1911 he was elected a member of the Fourth Constitutional Convention of the State of Ohio. In these positions he served ably and honorably and to the entire satisfaction of his constituents. For many years Mr. Riley has been an active and progressive member of the Masonic Fraternity, and before he moved to Marietta he received the highest honor the craft could confer upon him — that of Grand Master — and he never fails to attend its annual communications and actively participate in its deliberations. Since locating in Ohio he has engaged in agriculture, grazing and fruit raising, and has made quite a reputation as a real "granger " as well as a lawyer. He possesses large property holdings and through a long and useful life not a stain of dishonor has ever soiled his spotless character. [Bench and Bar of West Virginia by George Wesley Atkinson, 1919 - Transcribed by AFOFG]
 


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