Henry James Lee.

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'ican soil, they made their way to tliis state, of
which they had heard glowing accounts, and the
grandfather entered the land from the Govern-
ment in Guernsey County which is owned by our
subject at tlie present time.

Elizabeth Speers was born in Ohio Count}-, Va.,
in December, 1809, and is now living in Salem,
this slate. Her parents were James and Margaret
McCuUey, who made the journey to America from
their native Ireland about 1823. IJy her union
with Robert Speers, she became the mother of two
sons and six daughters, of whom the eldest, ]\Iary
J., is now the widow of George Grimes, and makes
her home in Monroe Township, this county; Eliza-
beth is deceased; Martha married A. C. Barker, a
resident of Cambridge, this state; Keziali is tiie
wife of George Eanning, of this township; Will-
iam J. is the original of this sketch; Rose marrietl
John McCormick, and is living in Belmont Coun-
ty; Catherine is deceased; and James is living in
far-away California.

Although a lad of sixteen years when beginning
to make his own way in the world, our subject had
acquired a good education, and was engaged to
teach school at *2 per day. He continued teach-
ing until attaining the age of thirty-two years,
onlj- in tlie winter season, however, as during the
summer months he worked at farming. At the
expiration of that time lie embarked in the mer-
cantile business at Clio, this state, and for four
years was very prosperousl}' engaged. He then
disposed of his stock of goods at that place and
removed to Kimbolton, where he established a



drug business, and at the same time carried on
a good trade as a provision merchant. This he
followed foi' live years, when he received a good
offer from Andrew McCreary to go into partner-
ship with him at Sugar Tree Creek, this county.
In order to do this, he sold his store in Kimbolton,
and for two years these gentlemen were the pro-
prietors of a thriving business as general mer-
chants. Mr. Speers then purchased the interest of
his partner in the store, and carried on affairs
alone for three j-ears, when he again sold his slock,
this time taking a tiip to Kansas. Being favora-
bly impressed with the jnospects i)rescnted to him
there, he remained for two years, engaged in farm-
ing and trading. This not proving a congenial or
a very profitable business, lie returned at the end
of that lime to Guernsey County, and bought oiit
Thomas L. Libarger, of New Coraerstown, who
was then in the mercantile business at that place.
At the same time he bought out James L. Jones, of
Salem, running both concerns for a while, then
consolidating both at Salem. Here, in I88C, he be-
came the possessor of a well stocked store. He deals
in the line of goods which is best suited to the
needs of the people of the surrounding country,
and which he retails at popular prices. Mr. Speers
has been very successful as a business man, and
owns another store at Postboy.

Our subject received his appointment of Post-
master under President Cleveland's first adminis-
tration, and so efficient has he proved in this ca-
pacity, and so popular is he with all, tliat he has
been the incumbent of the olfice ever since. He is
a member of the United Presbyterian Church, and
in jiolitics, as the reader doubtless know.s, is a Dem-
ocrat, tried and true.

Mr. Speers and Miss Narcissa J. McConnell were
married December 27, 18G5. The ladj', who was
born in Harrison County, this state, December 6,
184i, is the daughter of Robert and Margaret Mc-
Connell, also natives of that county. Her father
took up his abode in Guernsey County in thej'car
of her marriage, and spent the remaining years of
his life in farming. He reared a family of the
following children: Narcissa, who is now Mrs.
Speers; John, living in Iowa; Elizabeth, the wife of
Charles Thomas, also of Iowa; William, deceased;



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Mar3', tlie wife of William Mercer, living at Ap-
ple Creek, Midi.; Agnes, (ieceased; Belle, wife of
Newman Dedricli, u minister of llie Metliodist
Churcii of Tacoma, Wash.; Ida, wife of Matliew
Eagleton, Superintendent of tlie public schools at
Denver, Colo.; Marion, living at Taylor, Tex.;
OIlie, who also makes his home in the above
place; Valentine, living in .Scio, this state; Grace,
now the wife of Thomss Robinson, of this county;
Oliver, a resident of Taylor, Tex.; and Clyde,
teaching school in this county. Robert McCon-
nell was active in the affairs of his township, and
at different times held the oflice of Supervisor of
his township, and served as School Director and
Trustee. He was a devoted member of the Pres-
l)yterian Church, and was well known in the coun-
ty, and well liked by his acquaintances.

The seven children born to Mi', and Mrs. Will-
iam J. Spcers are Robert B., living at Greeley,
Colo.; Cora B., the wife of Mark Sn^'der, a farmer
of this county; Myrtle, deceased; Liilu M., .James
W., Tliursa and John C, at home with their
parents.



JOHN LEBOLD, deceased, was one of the pio-
neers of Lawrence Township, and a man re-
spected by all who had dealings with him.
The following facts are gleaned from an ar-
ticle which appeared in the Ohio Democrat, Decem-
ber 28, 1893, He was born October 28, 1816, in
Grocningen, kingdom of Wurternberg, Germany.
In a family of nine children born to Conrad and
Hedwig Lebold, he was the seventh in order of
birth. With the other members of the family he
came to the United States when a lad of fourteen
years. Their first settlement was in Zoar, Ohio,
where they arrived in the fall of 1830.

Conrad Lebold was a cooper by trade, and
worked at his calling for eighteen months while a
resident of Zoar. Afterward he bought the land
then known as the Moser Farm, which he culti-.
vatcd for a number of years, also working to some
extent at his trade. He died iu 1860, in his



eighty-fourth year; while his wife, who died ten
years previous, reached her seventy-fourth year.
Their children were as follows: George, .John C,
Hedwig, Christiana, .Jacob, Barbara, our subject,
Frederick and Maria. The two elder boys were
coopers by trade. Gcoige lived in Sandyville for
a few years, and then went to Alton, 111. John
Conrad followed the cooper's tr.-ide in Zoar for
seven years, then removed to Seneca County,
and engaged in farming until his death, in 1889.
Hedwig, the eldest daughter, married Jacob Shutz,
of Massillon, and subsequently became the wife of
Mr. Ilainmel. For some years she resided in Illi-
nois, but about 1852 returned to Bolivar, and there
dwelt during the remainder of her life, her death
occurring in 1891. Christiana married Martin
Smeltz, and removed to Seneca County. Ohio,
about 1835, dying there some twenty-three years
later. Jacob, who also became a resident of Seneca
County about 1835, was a successful farmer, and is
still living in Attica, Ohio. Barbara married
Jacob Smeltz about 1840, and is now living in
Williams County, this state. Frederick marriet'
Maria Zutavern, and died in 1879, upon th;^ o J
homestead, which he had owned and cultivated
for years. Maria, the youngest of the family,
wedded Jacob Hawk, Sr., who was a farmer in
early life, but became associated with the firm of
C. Aultmau & Co., of Canton, Ohio, where they
are still living.

John I^cbold, whose name heads this article, re-
mained with his father until twcntj^-five years old,
when he married Catherine Maurer, also a native
of Wurtembcrg, who came to this country with her
parents in 1841. The young couple began their
married life in 1842, with a very moderate share of
this world's goods, but they were possessed of en-
ergy and ecojiomj', and accumulated money from
the first in addition to pi-oviding all necessities.
They received a part of the old homestead, some
one hundred and ten acres, for which they paid
11,360 to the other heirs, and in addition surren-
dered one-third of the gross proceeds of the farm
to his father, who survived their m.irriage eight-
een years. As the time passed tract after tract was
added to the homestead, until it comprised six
hundred .acres. Later they bought land in va-



I'ORTRAir AND IJIOGRArillCAL RECORD.



nou.-> pail.-, of this cwmilv. aiKl alx. in Mi,-^o^l^i,


Mi,-s .Mary ( Iroetzingor, daughter of .Incob and


and at one tiiiR- owned Inlly llm'f lliousiiid acios.


Magdalen ( iioetzinger, of Lawieiicc 'I'ownship.


Mr. and .M.>. .lulm l.Hu.l.l ivaicd a family of


They have three children, namely: .laeol) .1.. Will-


ninu cliildiru. and Iwo dird in infancy. TIiom'


i.'im Arthur and Lillie .\. For twelve years our


wlio.slill Miivivf arc as f(.||(nv>: .lacol> li.. wlio.-c


sulijecl has ln'cn a member of the C.ermaii Luth-


bkclehaiipeaisiii anotiin part of this worl< ; .lolin .1..


eran t'hurcli, and is inti'icsted in its various work-


who married Jlaiy liendei-, and ii\t\s in Sandy


ings. Ill politics he is a Democrat, and fraternally


Townsliip; SaMiuel A., who cnifivalcj the iioith-


is, a Knight of I'ythias.


we.-leni [lart of Ihcold li^niestead; t'oiiiad II., wiio




manied Maggie Knolls, of Ilolivar; William F.,




wiiose liibtory will be more fnlly noted l.'iter;
Susan, wife of .1. \'. ISinckniaii, of liieat r.eiid,
Kan.; Catherine, wife of (1. Feller, of this county;


вЦ†) . C^-ally respected by all who know him.


Christian Wyss, assisted by his wife and little son,


February -28, l.s,s:i, William F. I.ebold married


began to clear and inii)rove the land on which he



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had located. The first winler tlieir lo;^ cahiii was I
without a floor, but llic following season one
made of lie wed planks added to llicii- comfort. I
lusteail of cliairs, blocks of w.)o



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 36 of 83)