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mained for a time in New York City, after which
he went to Pcnsacola, Fla., where he was connected
with a wholesale grocery house. The following
year be made a trip to this northern state, trying
to dispose of sugar, coffee and molasses in Canal
Dover. The trip hither was made up the Missis-
sippi River, thence by canal to this city, where he
had a friend residing. He was so favorably im-
pressed with the outlook, that he severed his con-
nection with the Florida firm and made preparation
to locate in this section. Here he made the ac-
quaintance of Miss ArnoKl, to whom he was mar-
ried in 1840. The lady was the daughter of John

Arnold, one of the early settlers of the county.
The parental family included ten children, only-
five of whom are now living, namely: Christian,
of this sketch; John, Andrew, Philip, and Mary,
the wife of Theodore Peter. Philip is living in
Washington, D. C, but the other members of the
family reside in this city.

The subject of this sketch was educated in the
public schools of Canal Dover. He was eighteen
years of age, when, in December, 1861, he vol-
unteered his services in the Union army and was
acce[)ted, becoming .1 member of Company E,
Eightieth Ohio Infantry. With his regiment he
was sent to join the Armj- of the West, and was
first stationed at Cairo, 111. They were afterward
ordered to Paducah, Ky., and later participated in
the battles of luka and Corinth. When ordered
against Vicksburg, the regiment marched to thai
city via Holly Springs, where an engagement oc-
curred, and when there was no further need of
their services the}' returned to ^lemphis, where
they went into camp for the winter.

The spring following, the regiment in which
our subject was serving was ordered out to Vicks-
burg, making the journey first byway of Yazoo
Ba^'ou, which route they were obliged to abandon,
later reaching their destination through the state
of Louisiana. They were met by the enemy at
Jackson, Miss., and at Champion Hills, prior to tiie
siege of Vicksburg. Being victorious at that time,
the Union troops moved back to Memphis, thence
to Chattanooga, and later participated in the fight
at Mission Ridge. They afterward inarched south
to Hunstville, Ala., and Mr. Deis' terra of enlist-
ment expiring, he re-entered the ranks as a vet-
eran. A short time prior to this, however, he was
given a furlough and returned home on a visit.
He rejoined his command at Huntsville, and while
en route with Sherman to Atlanta was detailed to
guard the railroads at Rome. In the fall of that
year the Eightieth Ohio marched with Sherman to
the sea, thence through the Carolinas to Washins-
ton, where Captain Deis witnessed the Grand Re-
view. He was then sent with his regiment to Lit-
tle Rock, Ark., and was mustered out, August 25,
1865. In 1862 he was promoted to be Second
Lieutenant for valiant service, was soon thereafter



commissioned First Lieutenant, and in May, 18G5,
he was piomoted to tlie rank of Captain, witli
which title lie was honorably discharged.

After the establishiiicnt of peace, and when
ready to engage in the peaceful pursuits of life.
Captain Deis took up farming, which he followed
with profitable results for some time, lie was
married, in November, 1865, to Miss Rosanna liar-
bold, and to them were born six children: Clara
E., now the wife of George E. Fertig; Charles H.,
a traveling salesman; Calvin, engaged in the jew-
elry business; Adelaide, at home; -^ two who
died unnamed in infancy.

In his political affiliation Captain Deis is a strong
Republican, and takes a great interest in the suc-
cess of his party. Socially he is a member of me
National Union and belongs to the Grand Army
post in this cit_v. lie is held in good repute by
all who know him, and has many sincere friends
throughout the community.

WILLIAM V. KEEPERS was the first
Mayor of Lluiclisville, and for lialf a
century has made his home in this
place. For several years he served acceptably as
Township Clerk, and has also been a iiiciiilicr of
the City Council and of the School Hoard. l\.i a
number of years he has been President of Uic Fair
Association, and in many ways, both pulilic and
private, has manifested his great interosl in the
progress and upbuilding of this city. His busi-
ness is that of furnishing monuments and marble
for various purposes.

The first representative of the Keepers family
in America was a native of England, and bore liie
Christian name of William. He was the great-
great-grandfather of our '.Mbject. At his death he
left an estate in Baltimore County, ]Md., situated
along Pipe Creek. His son William also had a
son William and a grandson of the same name,
the latter becoming the father of our sulijoct. The
gentleman last named was born in 1770, and died

in December, 1842. He was a native of Maryland,
and in his younger da^'s was a forgeman. Later
he became interested in farming and milling, and
was one of the pioneers of Harrison County, Ohio.
His wife, formerly Elizabeth King, was born in
1784, and died in August, 1859. Like her father,
John King, she was also a native of Maryland, and
came to the Buckeye State the same year that
William Keepers arrived.

Eight children were born to William and Eliz-
abeth Kee|)crs. Cassandra, deceased, was the wife
of .John Fowler, who during his last years resided
in Jasper County, Iowa. They reared a family of
five children, of whom Mary A., wife of W. Car-
rothers, of Des Moines, Iowa, is the only survivor,
those deceased being William, Thomas, Nancy and
Samuel. Naney Keepers, deceased, became the wife
of James lloagland. of Harrison Count}', and five
children were born to them: Aaron, now deceased;
ElizalicLh, who is the widow of James Lightner,
and the mother of six children; John, a resident
of Harrison County; Massic, the wife of Thomas
Buatty, of Scio, Ohio; and Tillie, who married John
McConibs,also of Scio. Sarah Keepers became the
wife of Alexander Maxwell, and their only child,
William, now deceased, married and lived in Iowa.
The ijarents have also passed away. Filizabeth
Keepers married Thomas Orr, and four children
were born of their union: Alexander, a Method-
ist l^piscopal minister in Illinois; Taylor, who is a
minister in the same denomination, and is also in
tlie Prairie State; Sarah and one other daughter.
Radiol Kceiiers, now deceased, was the wife of
Samuel Hilton, also deceased. Jemimah Keepers,
deceased,' was the wife of Robert JNIaxwell, also de-
ceased. The\- had six children: Sarah E., who is
iJie widow of Dr. Hugh Alit'ii and the mother of a
son, .Maxwell; Thonias, a resident of St. Louis;
William, who lives in Parsons, Kan.; Robert C, of
Linciiln, Neb.; Joseph, whose home is in Denison,
Tex.; and i\lary, Mrs. George Bowers, of
Isaac B. Keepers, deceased, married Jlary A. Hick-
son, of Hanover, Harrison County, Ohio. They
removed to Rip(m, Wis., where Isaac died, and
where the widow now resides. They had four
children; William Henry, now a resident of De-
troit, Blich., engaged in the iron-bridge business;



Saiah Elizabeth, the widow of Mr. Hood, now re-
siding in Ripon, Wis.; Alice, the wife of Mr. Pack-
ham, residing in Dakota; and Charles, deceased.

William V. Keepers, the subject of this biog-
raphj',was born March 28, 1819, in Harrison Coun-
ty. Ohio. Jle was married. May 4, 1848, to Sarah
Pritchard, daughter ol Jesse and Jane M. (Lacey)
Pritcliard, also natives of Harrison County. Mrs.
Keepers' grandfather, John Pritchard, was born in
Pennsylvania, and removed to Harrison County
when it but little settled, and when there
were only very few cabins in the town of Cadiz.
Five children were born to Mr. and ]\Irs. Keepers:
Is.aac N., born September 9, 1849; Clara, Septem-
ber 6, 1853; Jesse, September 29, 1857; William
W., October 9, 18G0; and Charles E., December 6,
1862. The eldest son, who died April 7, 1890,
was for three years a member of the Eleventh Ohio
Cavalry during the late war. He married Chris-
tina Hall, by whom he had six children. Gertrude,
born January 2G, 1871, became the wife of Prof.
S. L. IJell, of Scio College, and they have one son,
Carl L.; Nellie was born November 19, 1873;
Henry V., November 3, 1875; Maurice M., March
14, 1877; Chester A., November 3, 1883; and
Mary E., January 2, 1890. Clara, the eldest daugh-
ter, became the wife of Maurice Mood, and they
have become the parents of two children, Edward
I), and William V. Jesse departed this life May
20, 1892. William W. married Josephine Lukins,
and they have two children, Clara and Fred.
Charles E., who married Julia Skinner, now lives
in Denver, Colo.

Of the six children born to Jesse and Jane M.
(F^acey) Pritchard, IMi's. Kce|)ers is the fourth in
order of birth, as she was born July 29, 1830. Her
eldest brothers, William and John, are deceased,
the latter having died in the liosi)ital during the
Mexican War. Martha, the eldest sister, became
the wife of Daniel Spencer, and both have been
called to the silent land. Of their two children,
Laura became the wife of Robert Hoily, and John
married Laura fiiliespie, by whom he has two chil-
dren, Nellie and IJcatty. The youngest brother
of Mrs. Keepers, Jesse L., enjoys the rank of
Major, which title he won in the late Civil War.
He married Mrs. Sampson, and resides in New

Mexico. Clara, the youngest of the family and
now deceased, the wife of Thomas J. Forbes.
They became the parents of four sons: Pritchard,
who married Maria Hay; James, now deceased;
Charles and Harry, the latter of whom married
Jessie Blin,by whom lie had two children, Thomas
and Clara.

For many generations the Keepers family has
been identified with the Methodist Episcopal de-
nomination, and our subject, with all his house, is
no exception to the rule, though Mrs. Keepers'
forefathers were Presbyterians. For forty years
ho has been a member of the local church, in which
he luis held various offices. In March, 1845, he
located in Uhrichsville, on the site of his present
residence. In early years he was an old-line Whig,
but been identified with the Republican party
since its organization.

WILLIAM T. RAMSEY, M. D., enjoys
an excellent and rapidly growing prac-
tice in -Cambridge and vicinity. In
addition to this he is a most acceptable minister of
the Gospel, having for about two years been in
charge of the Episcopal Church at Cambridge.
His infiuence for good in the community is marked,
and he is held in love and high esteem by all his
parishioners and fiUow-citizens.

The Doctor was born in Frederick, Md., April
18, 1817, and is a son of James Murphy and
Mary Eleanor (Tyler) Ramsey, natives of Gettjs-
burg, Pa., ami Frederick, Md., respectively. The fa-
ther, who was a lawyer by profession, was educated
in Dickenson College, in Pennsylvania, and in the
United States Military Academy at West Point.
For years he practiced law in the city of Wash-
ington. For some time prior to his death, which
occurred in February, 1858, he was chief clerk in
the First Comptroller's office. He was of Scotch
descent, and a son of Samuel Ramsey, who at-
tended and graduated from Dickenson College in
the same class .as did James Buchanan. Later
they read law together, and were admitted to the



Bar at the same session. Samuel Ramsey followed
the profession of teachinji:, and, coming to this
county' in 1852, was Principal of the Washington
Academy until his death, which occurred in Octo-
ber, 1854.

The Doctor is one of six children, three sur-
viving. One sister, Mary Eleanor, is the wife of
Harrison Leib, of Hamilton, Ohio, doing business
in Cincinnati as a sugar broker. Susan Eliza-
beth is the wife of Dr. James M. Gassonay, who is
in the United States Marine Hospital Service, and is
now stationed at New Orleans. Alexander Shires
and .Tames Murphy died in early ch Jod. Mar-
garet was the wife of Ciiarlcs II. Bradcnbauch,
who died in "Washington City in 1885, his wife
iiaving died the same year i:i Virginia. Vs.
Ramsey, the mother of this family, departed this
life in May, 1882, in Washington, D. C.

Dr. William T. Ramsey was educated in the
Frederick Academy, and after pursuing a medical
course was graduated from Columbia College,
Washington D. C, March 2, 1871. During the
war he was u commissary clerk with Gen. George
Bell, then Lieutenant-Colonel and Chief Commis-
sary of the Army of the Potomac. The Doctor
would have gone out as a soldier, but his services
weie declined, and as the next best thing he se-
cured a clerkship under the Government. He was
one of the Zouaves, a company organized at Fred-
erick. He continued to work as a clerk until Sep-
tember, 1865, having been transferred to the gen-
eral commissary dei)artnicnt of the army service
at Washington in July. He was appointed reg-
ular clerk in the war department subsequently,
and held the |)lace until 1869. It during this
liipe that he commenced the stud_v of medicine.

On beginning his active career Dr. Ramsey first
practiced in Washington City, where lie remained
until 1879. Three years of this i)eriod he was
house surgeon at Providence Hospital, after which
for two years he was physician in charge, having
under his jurisdiction the department of diseases
of women of the National Medical College Dis-
pensary. In 1879 lie secured a position as surgeon
on a Pacific mail steamship line, and served as
such for nearly two years.

In 1881 the Doctor came to this city, and has

been engaged in practice here since without in-
terruption. He was appointed on the Examining
Pension Board b^- President Cleveland, durinu liis
first administration, and has been re-appointed
since the latter's second election. In politics he
is a stanch supporter of the Democratic party.
Socially he is a member of all the Masonic orders
of Cambridge, and is Master of the blue lodge of
tiie Ancient Free and Accepted Masons.

Soon after coming to this city, the Doctor made
the acquaintance of Miss Martha Isabel Lawrence,
and their marriage was celel)rated January 2, 1881.
Two children, sons, have been born of their union,
namely: William Lawrence and James Murphy.
Mrs. Ramse3' is a daughter of William A. Lawrence,
Cashier of the Guernsey Bank and one of the hon-
ored business men of this place.


/^~y^ liETSCIlER, a florist, whose residence is
V/ in Canal Dover, is widely known through
liis extensive advertising of his special line
of plants and flowers. From his boyhood he had
inculcated in him a love of nature, and his fa-
ther of great assistance in training these
characteristics, as he was himself a nurserj'mau
and gardener. Though- he is a great lover of all
kinds of flowers and jihtnts, Jlr. Betscher has
given particular study and attention to the cult-
ure of .ferns, carnations, gladiolii, pansies and
chrysanthemums, and keeps the largest assortment
in these lines that can be found in the market.
Our subject is a young man in years, though not
in experience in his branch of business, for he was
born November 2, 1868, in Canal Dover. His
father, George Betscher, was a native of Baden,
German}', and in coinpan.y with the grandfather,
William, came to America at the age of six years.
The family settled in Dover Township, on a farm,
and after arriving at man's estate George Betscher united in marriage with Jacobine Wegele, by
whom he had ten children. He was for vears a



leading citizen of Canal Dover, being a real-estate
agent and also a nurseryman.

C. Betsclier is tlie third in order of birth in his
parents' fainil>'. and received a good education in
the public schools of this place. In 1890 he em-
barked in business for himself as a florist and has
been very successful in his undertaking. Recently
he established a plant at Canton, this stale, which
he placed in charge of a brother. In nearly every
stale in the Union and many points in Canada he
finds ready sale for plants, seeds and clippings,
obtaining customers through the medium of ad-
vertising. He is a practical and progressive young
"man, thoroughly' abreast with the times and bound
to succeed.

In_ general educational measures Mr. Betsclier
has been quite interested, and has evolved a plan
for furnishing the people with instruction and en-
tertainment at the same time. To this end he has
c'slnblislied a lecture and musical department bu-
reau, which promises to be very popular. Though,
he has never had any aspirations for political
honors, our subject is a true Republican, but in
local affairs is independent of party lines.

^^>->l^-ippi in the

ani is housekeepci- for lier fatlier; Cwenilian died

gill, boat seivi.i'. He had three In ( illieis and one

at the age of nine years, wliile the family was

si-te,-. the family record showing in oiiUa- of biith

residing in .Murristowii ; Thomas W. is the editor

as follows: William, Ada,n. Nabella, John and

of the iVws-iiV'.vcK', of Kasl Liverp. ., this slate;

Henry, .all of whom have p.a-ed away. He was

.lennu' departed this life at the age of foin- years;

born in .Maryl.and in IsiiJ.and niiioved to Indiana

and Adelaide is at home. The wife and mother

during the 'Ills. 11, s w,f,. bore the maiden name

died February 13, 1H,S8, in Co.lioelon, grea'lv

of Cynthia I'rot-man, and of their union seven

mourncHl l)y all who knew her. Slie was a niosi

children were Ihuii. In onler of their birth they

estimalile lady, and the daughter of Walkin and

were as follows: Isabella. William, Franklin, Henry

Mary Powell. Her father bore tlie distinelion of

C, -Mary. I.awie„ce 1>. and :\lilt..n. Of the-e Will-

being the lirst man to lam an engine from Tiedegnr

iam, Franklin a,,d M,llo„ a,v dreea-ed.

to Newport in South Wales. Her daughters, !\Iir-

Our subject was only eleven yea,s of age .at the

iam and AdelaicJe. are young ladies of many ae-

time of his father's death, and some three yeais

comi.lishnienls anil arli.-ls of rare ability.

:ifter that event he came to riiriehsvUle to make

In soeial affairs our subjeet is a M.a-m of high

his home with an uncle. He received a part of his

standing, a uieTuber of the Knights of Honor, and

education in the scl Is of Troy, Dale and Rock-

also :i member of the Odd Fellows' fraternity.

poit. Inn., and after coming to this place also |)ur-

The Congregational Cliuieli linds in him (me of

sned hi- -liidie,- tor a time. From ISU;) until his

its most eiinsi,-,tent uiendiers and a liberal eonliab-

uncle'- death, which occurred April 19, 189-1, lie

utoi- toward its support. In polilies he is a ill the former's drug store, with the exception

Kepubliean. lirst, last and all the time. His esti-

of soiiii' four or li\e \e:irs during which time lio

mable eharaeter and uselul life have seeured f,.r

w:isiiigagi(l 111 theeoal-miniiii^ busiiies.s, and a few

liimllie r.'speel of hi- ae.praintanees and the deciier

month- when he worked on a farm owned by his

legard of those who know him best.

uncle. The hitter, .lohn .McKiuley. was born m

Fast Springliehl. .lefferson County. Ohio, and was

a .lenti.-t by [a ofe-si,,,,. He was a iiio,-t worthy


Online LibraryHenry James LeePortrait and biographical record of Guernsey County, Ohio, containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with biographies and portraits of all the p → online text (page 25 of 83)