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Richard Clark. Our subject's father attended the
country schools until fourteen years old, when he
removed to this county, after which he studied in
the local schools for perhaps two years. After
completing his studies, he assisted his father in
making brick and in building. On graduating

from the Cambridge City School, he was given a
certificate to te.acli, and did so for one term in this
place, and later in Jacobsport, Tuscarawas County.
During this time he took up the study of medicine
under Dr. Miller. November 26, 1839, he married
Jane McCracken, and after their union he entered
the Cincinnati Medical College, this being in 1841.
His medical education was finished in the Phila-
delphia Medical College. After practicing until
about 1854, he entered the drug business, to which
he gave his attention for six years and then re-
tired, in 18G(). In partnership with William Rainey,
he constructed the old red building known as the
First National Bank, which was put up in 1864.
Mr. Clark wns one of the organizers of the insti-
tution, and for \ears was President of the bank.
In 18G3 he built a large and handsome residence,
in which he continued to dwell in i)oace and com-
fort until he was called to his final rest, June 3,

Of the nine children born to S. B. and Jane
Clark, the eldest, William, is now a resident of
Lincoln, Neb., where he is engaged in medical
practice. lie w.as Surgeon of the Fourth Army
Coi))s during the war, and went with Sherman on
his march to the sea. John R., the second son,
held tho i:mk of Second ]>ieiitenant in Company
15, Fifth Ohio Infantry. From exposure and pri-
vation he was taken ill, and continued to be a suf-
ferer until his death, which took i)lace May 0,
1890. A. J. is next in order of birth. Margaret
became the wife of W. S. Head, of Cambridge.
Thomas Chalmers is now living in Cambridge.
Mary O. is the wife of W. A. Burt, of Columbus,
Ohio. Ida and Josiah died when 30ung, and Lutie,
the youngest, is the wife of II. C. Young, a banker
of Lincoln, Neb.

A. J. Clark was born March 18, 1841, and passed
his boyhood on his father's farm, where he ob-
tained a iir.actical knowledge of agriculture that has
been of iint(jld benefit to him in his after life
His early education was such as the district schools
afforded, siipiilemented by private reading and
study. On reaching maturity, he «#oncluded to
make farming his life work, and at once began
operating the place where he still lives. This com-
prises two hundred and twenty acres in Cambridge


Towiisliip, Guernsey County, and is well inipruved
witli good buildings, fences, etc. Durini; tiic ]\[ov-
gtin raid, Mr. Clark lost a very fine team of horses,
wliicli were taken from his barn by the marauders.
INIr. Clark was a member of Company A, One
Hundred and Seventy-fourth Regiment, Ohio Na-
tional Guards. His mother, Mrs. Jane Clark, who
is a daughter of William and Margaret (JlcClarry)
McCraeken, was born in Cambridge, and is still
living, though at the advanced age of seventy-
five years. Her declining days are passed in com-
fort and surrounded with everything that her kind
and dutiful son can think of to make her happy.

HARRY W. IIOLMKS, I\I. D., is a graduate
of the Columbus Medical College of Ohio,
and of the College of Physicians and
Surgeons in Baltimore. Since the spring of 1883
he has been engaged in practice at Cumberland,
and enjoys a reputation for ability and practical
treatment of disease which is surpassed by none
in this section. In 1888 he took a post-graduate
medical course, and by constant perusal of med-
ical journals relating to the latest discoveries in
the healing science, he keeps fully abreast of the

Dr. Holmes is a descendant of an old English
family, who came from that country to the United
States in Colonial days, accompanied by two broth-
ers, his own place of settlement being Loudoun
County, Va. The great-grandfather of the Doctor
was a planter and slave-holder in the Old Domin-
ion. The grandfather, .lohn Holmes, likewise a
native of Virginia, died on his plantation about
1838. His wife was a Miss Rigors, whose parents
weie Quakers.

15y her marriage Mrs. .lohn Holmes became the
mother of two children. The eldest, Fentoii, died
in Virginia. He had three sons and a daughter,
the latter of whom is still living, and is the wife
of Henry Linn, who owns the estate which has

been in his familj' since it was ceded by Lord Bal-
timore. The three brothers of Mrs. Linn were all
killed i;i the late war, two at the second battle of
Bull Run, and one in the Wilderness. Albert and
Abbie were the other children of John Holmes and
wife. Abhic married William Linn, and died in
Belmont County, Ohio. After the death of his
first wife, at the early age of thirty years, John
Holmes was again married, and by this union had
several cliildren.

The parents of our siibjeel- were Albert and
jMary E. (Lippincotl) Holmes. The former was
born .September 21, 1818, in Loudoun County, Va.,
and received a good education. His mother being
a Qu.aker, he inherited her views of slavery, and
when he fell heir to a certain number of his fa-
'tlicr's slaves, liberated them, after bringing them
to Belmont County, Ohio, in 1839. He engaged
in business at Morristown, Ohio, for a time, and in
1854 moved to Wisconsin, and was interested in
mercantile pursuits at Newport for about four
years. In 1858 he returned to Ohio and ran a
store in Cumberland until his death, which occurred
May 10, 1880, at the age of sixty-two years. He
was first a Whig and later a Republican, and was
a leader in ISLisonici circles. To himself and wife
were born eight children, six of whom are living.
They are as follows: Mary V., wife of Dr. Homer
Conner, of Akron, Ohio; Lueila. wife of David St.
Clair, of Colorado; Harry W., of this sketch;
Charles B., an attorney in Minneapolis; Jf>seph L.,
who is a bookkeeper in the same city; and Arthur
R., a merchant in Pendleton, Ore. William G.
died at the age of seventeen years. Mrs. Marv
Holmes was born in Morristown, Ohio, February
23,1829, being a daughter of John and Charity
(Liaston) Lippincott, natives of New Jersey. Tlic
former was a hotelkeeper for many years in Bel-
mont County, and was at one lime Sheriff. He
was also an Elder in the Presbyterian Church.

The birth of H. W. Holmes occurred in Newport,
Sauk County, Wis., December 25, 1855. His boy-
hood was passeil in Cumberland, where, after com-
pleting his education, he became a clerk in his fa-
ther's store. In 1877 he took up the study of
medicine with Dr. Charles Dr.iper, and subsequent-
ly attended a course of lectures in the medical col-



lege at Columbus, from wliicli lie graduated in the
spring of 1879. In the spring of 1883 he gradu-
ated from the Baltimore College of Physicians and
Surgeons, and has since been engaged in practice
in Cumberland. lie contributes to leading; med-
ical journals, and is considered quite an autlioiit}-.
He is identified with the Masonic fraternity, and
in politics with the Republican party.

February 7, 1889, Dr. Holmes married Ella M.,
daughter of Dr. Charles and Mary (I)illcy) Draper,
of this place. The former was born in Brookfield
Township, Noble County, Ohio, in October, 1819.
He graduated from the Ohio Medical College of
Cincinnati, and was a physician here for some
forty-five years. He was active in the Presbyterian
Church, and was a leading Democrat. His only-
son, Charles, Jr., is deceased. His father, John
Draper, a native of Massachusetts, became a farmer
in Brookfield Township in 1815. His wife bore
the maiden name of Lavina Prouty.


YLVESTER LAPPIN, a prominent citizen
of New Philadelphia, is an architect by
profession. Many line structures, both [lub-
lic and private buildings, throughout the coun-
ty attest his skill as a designer and stand as mon-
uments of his handiwork. Among others is the
new German Reformed Church, which wiieii com-
pleted will be tiio haiidsoinest chinch o.lillcc in the

The paternal grandfather of our subject, Sam-
uel Lappin, was a native of Pennsylvania and tme
of the pioneers of Tuscarawas County. He fol-
lowed agricultural pursuits, and was a leader in
the Methodist denomination of his section of the
country. His son Isaac, oiir subject's father, was
reared on the old homestead until lie liail aiiivc;d
at man's estate, when he bought a tract of land in
Fairfield Townshi|). This farm colll|lri^e(l se\en-
ty acres, and was much improved by the owiri-
prior to its sale. His hist years were spent on the

Jonathan Mill's place, where his death occurred
about 1869. His wife, formerly Miss Eva Bowman,
was a native of Virginia, but with her parents re-
moved to Ohio at a ver^' earl v 'la}'. Isaac Lappin
was a Dunkard in religious belief, but his wife was
a Methodist. They became the parents of five
children: Sylvester; Miriam, Mrs. Hugh Mitchell,
of this city; Martha, wife of Henry Davy, of Fair-
field Township; Lemuel, who died in ciiildhood;
and one who died in infancy.

On a farm situated near One Leg Creek, in this
county, occurred the birth of our subject, Decem-
ber 3, 1828. He continued to live with his par-
ents until he was about twenty years of age, at
which time he took up the trade of a carpenter
aii(i joiner. When he had become master of the
business, he went into partnership with Hugh
Mitchell, of whom he had in part learned the
trade. Subsequently he worked as a contractor and
builder until after the close of the vvar. When en-
terprises and manufactures began to imfirovc after
the depression which followed in the wake of war,
he organized a joint-slock planing-inill company.
A number of the prominent businej-s irion of the
county were interested in this concern, which was
known as the Buckeye Planing-mill Company.
After several years had passed, the firm became
known as that of Warner, Lappin it Irwin. For a
nunibi'i- of years they conducted a successful and
increasing business, but sold out about 1891 to
Messrs. Kiihii, Scinvab & Duback. For nearly
twenty years Mr. Lappin was architect and super-
intendent while a member of the milling comiiau}-,
and after he sold out his interest he gave his at-
tention chietly to architecture. This branch of
work IS still engaging his time, and he lia> met with
good success in this direction.

November 10, 1853, Mr. Lappin u.'is married, in
Fail Held Township, to .Mary .lane. (l,iiii;lilcr of
BiMijamin and Eleanor (Steves) t'laik, who were
natives of New Brunswick. l',y tiiis marriage were
born two children: Emm:i Josephine, who mari'ied
E. F. Edgecoinb, now of Kansas Cit^'; and Maxwell
C, also a resident of that city. The latter married
a daughter of Jacob DeGraff. I'.oth .'Mr. Hdge-
comb and Maxwell C. Lappin arc engaged in lail-
roading. Mr.s. Mary J. Lappin died .January 1,


1868, in New Pliikflelpliia. She was a member of
tlie Methodist Kpiscoi):il Cluircli, and was a lady
greatly beloved by all wlio knew lier. The ))res-
ent wife of oiii- subject bore the maiden name of
Grace McCreary. Their marriai,'c was celebrated
October 4, 1808, and to them have been born tlirco
children, Pliersa M., Kdna and (Jraee. Miss Edna
lias graduated from the local schools and is prt-
paring herself to be a teacher.

The pleasant and substantially built home of
the ]>appin family is situated on East Avenue.
They were among the first to locate in this [jortion
of the city, Mr. Lai)pin having purchased his resi-
dence site of Elisha .Janes. Religiously our sub-
ject and his wife hold membership with tlie Metii-
odist Episcopal Church. On questions of i)olitical
moment Mr. Lappin is a stalwart Republican.

BEN.JAMIN I. DAVIS. An excellent exam-
ple of the sturdy enterprise, thrifty hab-
its and persistent industry cliaracteiistic
of so many of the residents of Guernsey County,
may be found in the life of Mr. Davis, wlio is en-
gaged in the rolling-mills as a sheet-heater. He
possesses an intelligent conception of the details of
his vocation, and is consequently a valuable em-

A native of Wales, our subject was born in
filamorganshire, April 24, 1801. Ills parents were
John and Sarah (Davis) l).\\ is. also natives of that
country, and who reared a large family of eleven
children, of whom we make llie following mention:
David, the eldest of the houscliold, is deceased,
as is also Hannah; our subject is tlic next in or-
der of birth; D.avid .Tolni is (h.ia^od: .j,.lin is
residing in Cambridge, which city i- ulso the home
of George; Margaret is the wife of Ihuiy \\\iod,(if
Martin's Ferry; David, Francis and William are li\-
ing in Cambridge; and one unnamed died in in-

The husband and father emigrated with his fam-
ily to America in 1863, settling at once in Cleve-

land, where he found woik in tlie rolling-mills.
and to him is due tlie distiiulion of rolling the
first steel rails manufactured in the state for the
Cleveland RullinL;-mill Company. He was an ex-
|)ert in this business, and was retained in the em-
ploy of the above company for a period of twen-
ty years. The strike which occurred among the eni-
jiloyos in the mill at Cleveland then compelled his
fatiier to look elsewhere for employment, and the
l)rospect being very good at Bridgeport, he was
joined by the family four months later. Being a
fine workman, he had no difficulty in obtaining a
jjosition, which he held as long as he desired. The
father is still living in Bridgeport, where he is
widely known and highly respected for the upright-
ness of his charcicter.

The original of this sketch was quite young
when brought to America, and was therefore reared
in South Cleveland, or, as it is now known. New-
burg. He was given a fair education, and October
1, 1882, left the parental roof and went to Bridge-
port. He was trained to the business which his
father found so profitable, and when old enough
began working in the mills. He w.as engaged by
the Etna Iron and Steel Company on his arrival at
Bridgeport, when the company introduced the
three-turn system in the sheetmill, in October,
1885. He remained in the employ of the company
for a short time, when we find him laboring for the
Standard Iron and Steel Company of Martin's Fer-
ry. He remained there until .June, 1889, when he
located in New Philadelphia, as an employe in the
sheetmills of that place. His stay there was of
short duralion, as in April of the following 3'ear
lie came to Cambridge, and was given the position
of sheet-heater in the mills at this place, which lie
fills greatly to the satisfaction of all concerned.
He has been a delegate to the National Convention
of the Amalgamated Association held in Pittsburg
on two occasions, 1889 and 1893, rei)resenting the
local lodge.

The nianiagc of our subject with Miss Lizzie
.buics was rcleinated December 27, 1883. To them
]in-' iiecii bdin -a .-on, David. Jlis. Davis deiiart-
ed lliis life l-\'liiuary 2. l.S8i;, and a year later our
subji'ct w:is iiiariifil to Kate Ivaiser, a native of
r.ridi;epoit aiul of German descent. Their union


lias resulted in the birtli of five cliilflren. namely:
Sarah (now deceased), Cutlieiine, Sherman Tecum-
seh, Margaret Eleanor and Benjamin I., Jr.

In social atfairs Mr. Davis is a Mason and takes
great interest in the order. He belongs to the
Amalgamated Association, with which he has been
connected for many years. The Methodist Ei)is-
co|)al (/hurch finds in him one of its most con-
sistent members, and in the congregation at Cam-
bridge he is ofliciating as Steward. In politics he
is a strong Republican and is as earnest in that as
in other relations of life.



JAMES KOLLSTIN. What presents a pleas-
anter picture than old age gracefully reached
after a well spent and prosperous life .' There
is something very pleasant in looking back
upon the years that intervene between childhood
and old age, and living in memory all the tri-
umphs and joys of years spent in an effort to
benefit self and neighbors at the same time. And
such is the case of Mr. Kollstin, who at the age of
seven t3'-four years is strong and active and com-
fortably situated financially. True, he hasexiteri-
enced the usual number of "ups and downs," but
on the whole he has known much of success and
happiness. This is in a groat measure due to ihe
fact that he has passed his days in peace, free from
the dissiijations and vexations of the g:iy w^nld.
He is now living in letiremcnt in Kiinlioltun,
Genesee County, and is passing his declining ncius
ill the rest which he has earned by years of hard

Mr. RoUstin is a native of tins county, and was
born in Wills Township, March 11. KS-21. He is
the son of John and Margaret (JNWiufley) Koll-
stin, the former of whom was born in Pennsylva-
nia, and died September 21,18Gl.ngpd sixty-six
years. He in turn was the son of James and
Esther (Lyons) Rollstin, who were born in Ire-
land and emigrated to America about 1797. They

at once located in Wills Townsliip, this county,
and at their death left a quarter-section of land to
be equally divided between their sons, John and

JMargarct McGuffey was also a native of the
Keystone Stale, and was seventy-one years old at
the time of her demise in 1888. Her parents were
John and Margaret McGuffey, who, on landing on
American shores from their native Ireland, located
in Pennsylvania, where they lived the balance of
tlieirlives. In 1818 the father of our subject drove
to Washington County, Pa., secured his wife, and
with her returned to Ohio and began the work of
building up a good home. To them were born
eight sons and two daughters. William is farm-
ing in Liberty Township, this county. James, of
this sketch, was the second-born. Joseph served
as a soldier during the war and died while in the
army. Porter, Andy and Samuel are farmers liv-
ing in Iowa. John is cultivating a [lortion of the
soil of Wheeling Township. Hugh is engaged in
farming in Iowa. Elizabeth and Esther are de-
ceased. John Rollstin was a verj- prominent man
in his locality, and for many years served as Town-
ship Supervisor and School Director. On the
death of hi? brother Joseph, who left a valuable
property, he was appointed his administrator, and
in this, as in all other positions in life, his acts
wore inomptod by the strictest integrity' and
hciiu'siy (if pur|)ose. He was a member of the
liiitod rrcsbytoriau Church, and gave liberally of
Ills iiieaii.> toward the support of the congregation
wliicli ho atloiided.

Jainos Rollstin started out in life for himself
(111 all.-iiiiiiig his majority, his first operations being
(111 iciiti'd |iioi)orty. He was married about this time
lo .laiio Adams, a native of Columbiana County,
tins stale, who was born August 27, 1822. She was
the (laughter of James and JMargaret (McCuUough)
Adams, natives of Pennsylvania. Her father died
ill 1.S2'J, when in the prime of life, and his widow
Ihoii removod to Wasliiiigtiiii County, in the same
slate, with lior four oliildroii. She resided there for
sovoral \oais. and tlioii emigrated to Guernsey
Ctiunty, where her death occurred in 18.58, at the
age of threescore years and ten. Her family
comprised Jane, now Mrs. Rollstin; Nancy, who is



tlie wife of William Noble, of Loguu Coiint.v, this
state; James; and iNIaigarel, now tlio widow of
Josepli Lawson, residing at Canibridgo, Oliio.

By his maniage witli JMiss Adams our buhjuct
became the father of two daughters, Angcline
J. and ISIargaret .1., both of whom arc deceased.
Mr. RoUstin remained on the |)roi)crty which he
rented after his marriage for two years, when he
came into possession of rf tract of land for which
he was to pay -^U.JO. He had at this lime only
$6 in mone^', but courageously went to work
to cultivate the land, and fiom the products raised
make payments until the farm was Ids own. This
he soon did, and made the place his home for
forty years, lie then disposed of it for ••s2,Gl)0,
and bought theadjoiningfarin, on which he resided
until March, 1893, when he removed with his good
wife into Kimbolton, and is prepared to pass his
remaining years in ease and quiet. His farm com-
prises eighty -seven well improved acres, and from
its rental he derives a good income. He owns his
home in tlie village. In- whose residents he is held
in the highest esteem. He h.as been Township
Trustee, School Director and .Supervisor, and has
always stood stanchly by the Republican jiarty
in politics. He is a member in good standing of
the United Preslnterian Church, in which lie has
been Elder for the past thirty years.

PHILIP SILVFER, who for many years was
one fif the leading citizens of Canal Dover,
departed this life at his home in this city,
March 2, 18!)4. At the time of his decease he was
one of the partners in the lumlicr business of
Wentz, .Shafer & Co., was Director in the First Na-
tional Bank, Clerk of the .School Board, and one
of the three owners of the Big Four Opera House,
of which he was Secretary, and had the principal
part in the construction of the building. He was
a shrewd business man and a good citizen, and the
large concourse of residents which followed him to

his last rosting-place showed the estimation in
which he was held by the general public.

Mr. Shafer was bdiii .lanuary 28, 181G, near this
city, to -lohn and Christina (Weber) Shafer, na-
tives of Bavaria. The father emigrated to Amer-
ica in liS.iCi, and was followed two years later by
the lady to whom he was married in 1841, m New
York. The young co\iple soon afterward came to
Tuscarawas Cuiinty, where they built up a good
home, and prepared to spend the remainder of
theii- lives. To them were born four children, of
whom Elizabeth became tlie wife of Philip Stuer-
wald, of Cl.ay County, Ind.; Philip, of this sketch,
was the next in order of birth; John makes his
home in the above county in Indiana; and Henry,
tlie youngest, died at the age of sixteen years.
- The original of this sketch accompanied his par-
ents on their removal to the Hoosier State in 1853,
and remained under the home roof until attaining
his majority, when he came to Canal Dover on a
visit. He was so favorably iini)ressed with the
outlook which the town presented, that he deter-
mined to remain and try his fortunes in this city.
Previous to this, he had learned the trade of a car-
penter, and after coming hither was taken into
the firm of Wentz, Deis & Enck, proi)rietors of a
planing-mill. This w.as in 1868, and he continued
connected with the company for a period of thir-
teen years. At the expiration of that time, he
carried on a dry-goods establishment, in partner-
ship with E. C. Myer, for eight years, and on
disposing of his stock of goods did a large busi-
ness contracting in lumber, under the tirm name of
Wentz, Shafer & Co., with which linn he was con-
nected at the lime of his death.

When ready to establish a home of his own, Mr.
Shafer was married to Miss Mary E. Heinle, theii
marriage being celebrated March 1;>. 1870. Th(
lady was the daughter of Ezedius and Lizetta
Heinle, natives of Baden, Oermany. To our sub-
ject and his estimable wife there were born six
children, as f(jllows: Anna Christina, who died
when four months old; Ernest Orben, admin-
istrator of his father's estate, and Secretary of the
Big Four Opera Company; John Russell, Helen
Florence, Estella VAiih and Philip Sylvan.

A strong Republican in politics, our subject was



always interested in the success of his p.iity. He
was a devoted member of the English Lutheran
Church, and staked off the foundation for the new
building. He was one of the Trustees of the con-
gregation at Canal Dover, joining the church after
his marriage. During his life lie made three addi-
tions to the city, and a share of the lots are now
built upon. He was also a stockliolder in the nut
ind bolt works at Greensburg, Fa., and Director
in the First National Bank of this city.

The latter part of January, 1894, about two hun-
dred and fifty men left Columbus on the "Twelfth
Annual Excursion of tlie Union Association of
Lumber Dealers of Ohio, Pennsylvania and Indi-
ana." Among this number was Philip Shafer.
The six gentlemen from Dover were healthy and
hearty, and none was more satisfied and happier
than our subject. He seemed to enjoy every hour
of the journey. Sometimes he would wonder bow

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