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and four daughters, as follows: Joseph, Elizabeth,
Mary A., Solomon, Frederick, Sophia, p:ii and Su-
san H. (deceased), and John, of this sketch, who was
the sixth in order of birth. Tlie father was well edu-
cated in the German language, but his knowledge of
English was quite limited. His good wife was an
intelligent and cultured lady, and well liked by all
who had the pleasure of her acquaintance. They
were very prominent in all good works in their
neighborhood, and their death was greatly felt in
the community.

Our subject remained at home with his parents
until reaching his twenty-fourth year, when he re-
moved with his wife (to whom he was married in
1840) to a rude cabin in the woods, which had been
formerly liscd as a place for storage of tobacco.
They, however, lived in that rude structure but a
short time, when they removed to a more com-
fortable dwelling across the road, built of I nick.
In this he lived with his wife, and also made it
headquarters for a general merchandise store, saw-
mill and marble works. As his fortunes grew
larger, he abandoned these occupations and de-
voted himself entirely to cultivating his large

i\Ir. Forney was united in marriage, in 1840, with
Miss Eliza J. Wilson, who was born in Jefferson



Coiinty, this slate, and died in 18C7, aged forty-
ciglit jears. She was the daui^hter of David Wil-
son, a soldier in the War of 1812. Of their
children, Josephus was formerly a member of the
Kansas Legislature, but is now practicing law in
Topeka, that state; Isaiali is engaged in farming
in Kansas; Cliarlotte is deceased; Gilbert is repre-
senting his district in the Kansas Legislature; La-
fayette is a prominent farmer and stock-raiser of
this township; Violet is deceased; Hamilton is en-
gaged in farming in Oklalionin; Eli is deceased;
and one died, unnamed, in infancy.

Mr. Forney chose for his second companion Miss
■Ellen Walker, to whom he was married in 1868.
She was born in Harrison County, this state, Au-
gust 31, 1844, and is the daughter of Lorenzo D.
and Eliza (Forney) Walker, the former of whom
was born in Harrison County, and died December
25, 1882. He was the son of Robert and Ruth
(Poulson) Walker. Robert Walker was born in
England, and on coming to the United States
made his permanent home in the above county, and
engaged in farming. Eliza (Forney) Walker is
still living in Harrison County, where her birth
occurred. Her parents were Frederick and Deborah
(Harris) Forney, natives of Maryland. They emi-
grated to this state many years ago, and lived and
died in Harrison County.

The parents of Mrs. Ellen Foiney were married
in this state, and reared a family of two sons and
two daughters, of whom Mary is living at liome;
Ellen is the wife of our subject; Frederick is fore-
man of the car shops at Springfield, this state; and
William is occupied as a fanner of Harrison County.
They were honest, intelligent people, and during
their life there was no place in wiiicli the stranger
found a warmer welcome than at the board of this
large-hearted family.

By his union with Miss Walker, our subject has
become the father of six children, viz.: Viola,
now the wife of Harry Ilomersley, a f.irmer of
Coshocton County; Chloo, wife of William Tii)-
ton, a lumber merchant living in Burgettstown,
Wasiiington County, Pa.; and Olive, Edna, Walter
and Snrgeaiit .1.. at homo. Mr. Foiney had at one
time Ihirloen iiundred acres of land in liis home
place, but this he has divided among his children.

only retaining about two hundred acres for his
own use. It is finely cultivated, and on it are raised
large crops, attention being also ))aid to stock-
raising. Mr. Forney has in his possession many
valuable relics, .among them being a copper kettle
which is several hundred years old, and a clock
made over two hundred years ago.

Although never an aspirant for oHice, our subject
has contributed his quota toward the upbuilding
of his township, and in many ways has aided ma-
terially in its im|)rovenient. He is a member of
the Methodist Church, with wliicli he has been
connected for over half a century, and has been
the recipient of all the offices in the congrega-
tion exce[)t that of pastor. He cast his first vote
for William Henry Harrison, and since the organ-
tzation of the Republican party has voted for its
candidates. Mrs. Forney, who is one of the most
liberal and devoted members of the Methodist
Church, is greatly respected in lier community, and
bears the good-will of all wlio know her.

only for the present generation that this
work is being compiled, it would be un-
necessary to give space for the biography of the
worthy citizen whose name is presented above,
for he is so well and favorably known among the
people of Tuscarawas County that little which is
new can be said of him. However, as history is
written for the future, so in a sense is biograpliy,
and to |)lace in substantial, endurable book form
the record of one of the county's most distin-
guished residents is the object of this memoir.

Mr. Richards was l)orn in Boston, Mass., not of
wealthy, influential parents, like many of the
favored sons oi fortune, but of iieople of limited
means. He was early thrown upon the world to
struggle with life and, unaided, to carve his own
career. Hischildiiood of indigence and early, long
and wearisome toil served as the crucibles wherein
sterling qualities were refined and tested, pre-


oaratory for public life and work and higher obli-

The boyhood of our subject was spent in Boston
and New York City. Before reaching manhood
he went West, locating in Ohio, where he engaged
in farm work and went to school in the winter
season. He was industrious, possessed of a bright,
inquiring mind, and soon obtained sulliciont
knowledge to enable him to te.ach school. It was
not his ambition, however, to pursue this vo-
cation as a profession. He looked forward to a
higher" station. He was frugal and saved his
earnings in order to continue his studies, and soon
began the study of law, being admitted in due
time to the Bar. Wiule practicing his profession
he Ocgan reading medicine, in order that he might
be tiuaiilicd for medico-legal cases. After i)ursu-
ing his studies in this science i)rivately for a time,
he entered the medical department of the Uni-
versity of Woostcr, at Cleveland, Oiiio, and upon
leaving that institution returned to New Pliiladel-
phia, giving his attention exclusively to the
practice of law. He was very successful, and soon
rose to the front rank among the learned men in
the profession. He thus continued actively en-
gaged in practice untd called by the pcoi)lc to
serve them in Congress. In 18U2 he was nomi-
nated by the Democratic party as a candidate for
the Seventeenth Congressional District and was
elected by a large majority. He took his seat in
Congress Marcii 4, 18'.)3,and on the re-organ izalion
of the House was placed on several imijortant
committees, among wiiicli were the Committee on
Claims and Expenditures in the Postoflice Depart-
ment, of which latter committee he became chair-
man. Zealous and active in llic discharge t)f his
duties while in Congress, and gifted with ora-
torical powers in a very high degree, he soon came
into prominence in that body and became a potent
factor in its legislation. During the finding of
the tariff bill and the discussion thereof, he deliv-
ered a si)cech on that subject wliicli was exten-
sively read, being regarded as one of Uie ablest
reviews on the issues of that bill.

During his Congressional career, Mw Richards
has carefully and conscientiously looked after and
guarded what he considered to be the interests of

the people. In 1894 he was re-nominated, but w.as
defeated in the fall elections by the Republican
nominee. It was through no fault of his, nor
from any want of poi)ularity; he simply went
.down with his party. His mind is peculiarly
adapted to the profession he has chosen, for
the practice of which he has ably fitted himself.
He is greatly devoted to his work, and his chief
aim is to excel in it and to make himself useful.
He thoroughly identifies himself with his cases,
and in their trial leaves nothing undeveloped that
will lead to a successful issue. He is an eloquent,
attractive and fluent speaker and a forcible advo-
cate, alwa3S commanding and holding the atten-
tion of the jury and having the confidence of the
court. He is of good form and feature, winning
in address and genial in manners, charitable and
sympathetic in disposition, and whole-souled and
broad-minded. As a lawyer and legislator he is able
and gifted, and as a citizen and a man is esteemed
and honored. He is still in llie |)rime of life, and
with his abilities and experience can yet do much
toward the betterment of ni.inkind and the ad-
vancement of civilization.


JOHN ANDREW HIMES. This gentleman,
who is one of the most i)rominent business
men of New Philadelphia, is extensively
engaged in the real-estate trade. He is a
native of this city, having been born October 2,
1815, to Peter W. and Mary Ann (Ditto) Himes.
The father was born in York County, Pa., June
13, 1813, and was a descendant of an old and
prominent family in that state. He was married
in the above county to Miss Ditto, an(> the young
couple removed to this state in 1835. locating in
Wayne County. There Peter W. Himes was en-
gaged in the drug business, near the city of Woo-
stcr. He only remained there a twelvemonth,
when a good opening for his line of trade in this
city caused him to remove hither.

The father of our subject was very popular
with the people, and in 1853 was aiipointed Posf-
m.aster under the administration of President
Pierce, and was continued in that office through
Buchanan's reign. In 1861, however, he was ap-
[lointed by Gov. David Todd as suttler of the
Fifty-first Regiment, witli which he remained until
its arrival at Nashville, Tcnn., when the regi-
ment was placed on provost duty, and our subject
returned home.

In the year 1872 Peter AV. Himes was elected
County Recorder on the Democratic ticket, and so
well did he discharge the duties of the jiosition
that on the expiration cif his term of office he
was rc-elfcted. Previous to this, however, he had
been the recipient of many minor otlices, and in
every instance gave his attention to advancing
the interests of the community. He was promi-
nent in the Odd Fellows' fraternit}', passing
through nearly all the chairs in that order. He
was liberal in religious views and a believer in



spiritualism. Peter W. Himes departed this life
in October, 1885, beloved by all who Itnew him.

Mrs. Mary Ann Iliines was likewise a native of
the Keystone State, and was the daugliter of .John
Ditto. The latter came west to this state man^'
years ago, and departed lliis life in New Philadel-
phia. Mrs. llimes, who inclined toward the faith
of her husband in religious matters, died in Feb-
ruary, 1878. She was the mother of seven chil-
dren, VIZ.: William A., Clorinda, Eleanor A., Annie
J., John A., Maggie M. and Thomas .1. The eldest
daughter is deceased, and William A. departed
this life in January, 1873, while on his wedding
tour in this city. Annie J. married Henry C.
Vinton, and died in A|)ril, 1893. Maggie M. is
also deceased, her death ocuuriiiig in 1864.

The original of this sketch lemained at home
until a lad of sixteen years, in the mean time
attending the Union school. In 1861, however,
he began to make his own way in the world, and,
going to eastern Ohio, purchased sheep for llonry
C. Vinton, wiiich he drove to Chickasaw County,
Iowa, where his brother-in-law, Mr. Vinton, was liv-
ing. This trip proved very successful, and young
lliincs remained in the West several months.

Soon after returning home, the Civil War being
ill progress, he went with his father in the Fifty-
first Regiment to Nc-ishville. After the latlei 's
return home our subject was engaged in the Post-
office in that city, and remained there until the fall
of 1864, when he, too, retraced his steps to this
city. A short time thereafter we find young
Himes in St. Louis, Mo., engaged in a drug house.
His duties there were very congenial, and he
remained until 1871, coining home, however, in
1867 to aid in indexing the county records, when
he returned to the Mound City.

John A. Ilimes, after making his permanent
location in this city, in 1871 began his work of
making abstracts of the county records, which he
has followed ever since, lie is an expert in this
business, and at the present time (18!»4) has the
records nearly completed. During this time he
has also dealt extensively in real estate and done
considerable notarial work.

As has already been inferred, our sulijoct is a
Democrat, but in no sense of the word an oflicc-

seeker. He i> prdinini'iitly identified witli Lodge
No. 107, 1. (). O. P.. and llelliesda Encampment,
No. 38. He is one of the well known and popu-
lar citizens of the county. He is a man of large
benevolence, kind and charitable to the poor,
genial and sociable, and in all ways an interesting


AMUEL CRAIG, who was one of the old
merchants of Guernsey County, and was
long one of the most respected residents of
Cambridge, was a native of this state, having been
born in Warren, Jefferson County, Ohio, February
10, 1815. His |iaients were Rowland and Susan-
nah (Kabe) Craig. The former was a son of John
Craig, of Scotch-Irish descent, who was born in
Antrim, Ireland; and the latter w.as a daughter of
John aud Elizabeth (Baikman) Rabe, who were of
German birth.

In childhood Samuel Craig removed with his
parents to Cadiz, Harrison County, this state,
where his father became a successful merchant. He
and his wife died at the .ages of forty-one and
forty-two years, respectively. They left four sons
and three daughters. Mary, the eldest, became the
wife of James Hanna, of Cadiz, who died in early
manhood, after which event the widow married
Robert Hanna, who was ^ot related to her first
husband. John, the second of the family, married
]\Iary Osborn, of Cadiz. George married Martha
Fleming, an

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 37 of 83)