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this county. The former was for years connected



with Blakes Mills, but is now deceased. To our
worthy subject and his wife have been born six
children, namely: William, Pearl, Myrtle, Oscar,
Ambrose and Ivey. Myrtle and Ambrose have
both been called to their final rest. Mr. and Mrs.
Grimm are faithful workers and members of the
Lutheran Churcli.

Our subject affords a strong illustration of what
application, industry and energy can accomplish.
He is self-made in every sense of the word, hav-
ing carved oirt his own fortune, and has prospered
in his various undertakings. In disposition he is
upright and honorable, and he is fortunate in
possessing the esteem and confidence of the entire
community. Fraternally he belongs to Schoen-
brun Lodge No. 107, I. O. O. F., and has passed
through all the chairs of Equity Lodge No. 75,
K. of P. In politics he uses his ballot in favor of
the Republican party, and takes great pride in the
success of the organization.


AMUEL SCOTT has been for some thirty
years a leading business man of Uhrichs-
ville, but is now living retired from active
cares. While living in New Cumberland hesorved
as Postmaster of the place, under Lincoln's admin-
istration, but with that exception has never held
public office. He has made his home in Tuscara-
was County for nearly sixty 3cars, and has always
been greatly interested in its improvement and de-

The parents of our subject were Alexander and
Gertrude (Kerr) Scott, the former a native of Ire-
land, and the latter of New Jersey. With his par-
ents, Alexander Scott emigrated to America in
1784, when he was nine years of age, came to this
county in 1835, and died on his farm in 1853,
when in his seventy-eighth year. His father, Will-
iam H., also a native of Ireland, emigrated to the
United States with his son, and died in Washing-
ton County, Pa., when in his eighty-ninth year.

Mrs. Gertrude Scott was born in 1786, and died
April 5, 1865. By her marriage she had become
the mother of eleven children, as follows: Will-
iam, a retired business man of Scio, Ohio; Samuel,
next in order of birth; Eliza, Mrs. Joseph Meeks,
of Washington County, Iowa; Maria, now deceased,
formerly the wife of Rev. Mr. Bartholomew, of
Goshen, Ind.; Albert, who is engaged in farming
in Tuscarawas County; Robert and Sarah, both
deceased, the latter formerly the wife of John
Ralston, of Bowling Green, Ind.; Caroline, widow
of Dr. John McGreggor, of Indiana; Louis, a resi-
dent of Waynesburg, Ohio; Margaret, wife of Ga-
len Smith, a retired carpenter of this place; and
Walter, who-died in infancy.

Samuel Scutt is a native of Washington County,
Pa., and his birth occurred October 20, 1815.
He was reared to farm work, and was also employed
in a mill. With his father he came to Tuscarawas
County in 1835, and in February, 1838, located on
a farm in Sandusky County. There he remained
for sixteen years, engaged in raising cattle and
other enterprises. For six years he derived a good
income from the manufacture of potash, and for a
like period of time kept a public house. In 1854
he returned to Tuscarawas County, and for about
six years ran a gristmill near Zoar. In 1860 he
traded this place for a stock of dry goods which he
removed to New Cumberland, where he was locat-
ed for the next six years. In 1865 he came to
Uhrichsville, and while here he has managed a
grocery and meat-market the main part of the
time, but gave up active business in 1887.

December 28, 1837, was celebrated the marriage
of our subject and Mary, a daughter of Nicholas
and Ann- E. (Ciee) Van Buskirk. Mrs. Scott was
born February 2, 1816, in Greene County, Pa. Her
fatlier was a native of eastern Pennsylvania, and
died in 1828, when in his forty-seventh year. His
wife departed this life in 1853, aged sixty-seven
years. Of the nine brothers and sisters of Mrs.
Scott, Jane, now deceased, was the wife of Thom-
as Whitcraft, of Carroll County; Sarah, deceased,
was the wife of Moses Williams, of this county;
Catherine, Mrs. Van Buskirk, is deceased; Law-
rence, formerly of Peoria, 111., has passed from this
life, as have also the three younger brothers, Will-


iam, John.-tciii and Jlais^liall; Ann E. is the widow
of a IMr. We.avor, of Putnam C'oiinly; and Susan is
the widow of W. Butler, of Canollton, Ohio.

To Mr. and Jlrs. Scott liave been born five c-hil-
di-en. Gertrude K., whose birth occurred January-
4, 1830, became tlie wife of Tliomas West, an(i
they have five cliildren: Susan, Mrs. Jolin Dickson ;
Jolin; Mary, Mrs. Franli 'Beamer; Harry and Nel-
son. William A. Scott, born November 3, 1810,
married Ircna Strawn, and the}' have six children:
Alice, Mary, Elizabeth, Martha, Strawn and Edson.
Ann E. Scott, born March 13, 1843, married Hiram
Alman, and their only daughter, Cree, lives at
home. Louis L. Scott, born December 29, 1844,
married Susie Lister, by whom lie had three chil-
dren: Minnie, Robert and Walter. The eldest,
Minnie, became the wife of Asa Nelson, and they
have one dauu;hter, June. Samuel Scott, the
youngest son of our subject, was born February
21, 1847, and died October 5, 1872.

The first Presidential vote of Samuel Scott was
cast for William Henry Harrison, and from the
formation of the Republican party lie has been one
of its stanch supporters. He and his wife are val-
ued members of the Presbyterian Church of this
place, and are held in the highest esteem by all
who have the pleasure of their acquaintance.

THOMPSON ROSE. In recalling the labors
which have made of this county a region
noted for its agricultural resources, we feel
a glow of admiration for all wlio bore a part in
the scenes of the early days, and take great pleas-
nre in noting prominent incidents in their lives.
One of the old residents of this county is the gen-
tleman above named, who has abundantly shown
his industry and good judgment by the accumula-
tion of an excellent estate, well supplied with all
those improvements which make life in the coun-
try enjoyable and add to the value of the prop-
erty. He possesses the hospitable spirit and cor-

dial manners wliich are distinguishing diaracteris-
tics of the i)ionecrs in any section of the country.
Honorable in his dealings, well informed regard-
ing topics of general interest, and able to relate
many an interesting event in connection with the
early settlement of his township, his companion-
sliip is desirable, and his reputation excellent.

Mr. Rose was born in Liberty Township, this
county, March 7, 1833, and is the son of John and
Jane (Sharock) Rose. His father was born in Vir-
ginia in 1811, and departed this life in Texas in
188(1. He was one of the first to locate in this coun-
ty', coming here the year of our subject's birth,
and made it his home for the succeeding twenty
years, when he removed to a location in Missouri.
There he engaged in farming and lived for five
years, when we find him en route for the state of
Texas, where the remaining years of his life were
passed following farming and stock-raising. He
was the son of Thompson and Mary (McCo})
Rose, natives of Virginia, but of Scotch descent.
The grandparents also made their advent into
Ohio in 1833, and were so well pleased with the
outlook, that they made permanent settlement

Jane Sharock was born in Guernsey County in
1814, and was the daughter of Timo.thy Sharock,
a native of England, as was also her mother. Mr.
Sharock, after coming to the United States, lived
for a time in Leatherwood, Guernsey County, and
ir. 1804 located in this county, making his home
near Washington. He fought as a soldier in the
War of 1812, as did also the paternal grandfather
of our subject, and lived to the remarkable age of
one hundred and four years, passing away in
Wheeling Township.

The parents of our subject were united in mar-
riage in this county, and to them were born seven
sons and seven daughters. Timothy, the eldest
child of the family, was killed by Quantrell's band
while living in Missouri; Mary A. married Rev.
.lohn F. .Stotler, now deceased, and she makes her
home in Wheeling Townslii|); Rheuamj' is the
widow of William S.Thompson, of Liberty Town-
ship, this county; Ellen is the wife of William
Smith, of Texas; Thompson, our subject, was the
next born; Elizabeth J. is deceased; James H. is a



farmer and stock-raiser in Texas; John fougiit as a
soldier in the Union army during tlie late war,
and died while in the service, as did also his broth-
ers George W. and Sandy, tlie latter of whom met
his death at Island No. 10; .Susan is now the wife
of Rev. Daniel McGregory; Sarah A. is marriedi
and makes her home in Texas; "William is farming
in Texas, which place is also the home of Delila.

Thompson Rose was reared. on his father's farm,
and lived at home until a young man of twenty-
one years. Then, desirous of making his own way
in the world, he left the parental roof and went to
Burlington, Iowa, near which city he was employed
in working on a farm. At the expiration of a
year he changed his location to Harrison Count}',
Mo., and for two years worked on a farm belong-
ing to his father. He then returned to Liberty
Township, this county, and was married to Miss
Nancy J. McClenahan, who was born in Tuscara-
was County, Ohio, February' 7, 1836. She was the
daughter of William and Maria (Curry) McClena-
han, the former of whom was born in Washington
County, Pa., in 1805. He was the son of William
and Mary (Colson) McClenahan, also natives of
the Keystone State, where they spent the active
years of their life engaged in farming. The fa-
ther of Mrs. Rose died October 15, 1835. Her
mother, who was also born in the above county in
Pennsylvania, in 1811, dciiarted this life May 6,
1892. She was the daughter of Daniel and Agnes
(Curry) Curry, natives of Ireland. They emi-
grated to America many years ago, and Daniel
Curry served as Lieutenant of a regiment during
the War of 1812, in which conflict he was killed.

The parents of Mrs. Rose were married in Penn-
sylvania, and to them were born two sons and
three daughters. Of this family, Mary A., Mar-
garet, William and Robert S. are deceased. Her
father was a carpenter by trade, and a farmer by
occupation, which combined business he followed
most of his life. His wife was an expert carpet-
weaver, and added materially to the comfort of
her family by her earnings in this line.

To our subject and his wife there has come a
family of six children. William A., born April
29. 1858, is engaged in general farming in this
township; Maria J., born May 26, 1862, is the wife

of David R. Dawson, now employed in a douring-
mill at Dover, this state; John G., born April 10,
1865, is a well-to-do agriculturist of Wheeling
Township; Thomas S., wliose birth occurred Jul}'
14, 1868, Is a farmer, and also runs a threshing-
machine during the summer season in this section;
George T., born Maj' 5, 1871, is also tilling the
soil of this portion of Guernsey County.

Soon after his marriage, Mr. Rose rented a farm
for one year, after which he removed to Wheeling
Township and purchased the estate upon which he
was living on the outbreak of the late war, and
immediately responding to the call for volunteers,
enlisted in Company H, Sixteenth Ohio Infantry,
and remained at the front for five months. At
the expiration of that time he returned home and
remained for a time, but soon feeling that he was
needed on the field of battle, became a member of
the Eightieth Ohio Regiment, and served his coun-
try faithfully and well from December, 1862, un-
til the following November. During his army ex-
perience he participated in the following hard-
fought engagements: Philippi (W. Va.), Lowell
Hill, Valley Ford and Fount Place, besides numer-
ous minor engagements and skirmishes. He was
promoted to be Second Sergeant, with which title he
was mustered out at the expiration of his term of
enlistment, November 9, 1862.

Young Rose again returned home and organized
Company G, One Hundred and Forty-seventh
Ohio Infantry, at Kimbolton, this county, of which
he was elected Captain. This honor he refused to
accept, but was prevailed upon to become First
Lieutenant of the company. They were put in
active service and remained until the fall of 1863,
when our subject returned home for the last time,
and began the peaceful pursuits of farm life.

Mr. Rose lived for a time on the farm which he
purchased soon after his marriage, and when sell-
ing it, he invested the proceeds in his present es-
tate, which comprises one hundred and forty acres
of as fine farming land as can be found in Guern-
sey County. He met with a sad loss about five
years ago by having his residence burned. This
necessitated the erection of new structures, and the
dwelling which he now occupies is of modern arch-
itectural design and commodious and convenient.



Although never an aspirant for office, Mr. Rose
has been prevailed upon to accept various posi-
tions of honor and trust, and in the discharge of
his numerous duties has given entire satisfaction.

Our subject has in his possession an old coffee-
mill used during the war by General Washington.
The great-grandfather of Mrs. Rose on her moth-
er's side manufactured many of the guns which
were carried by the Continental soldiers during the
Revolutionary War. He was very wealthy, and
his wife gave 830,000 toward equipping the sol-
diers and buying provisions. Jlr. Rose has many
other relics which he values very highly and
whose history is very interesting.

Religiously Mr. Rose is a member of the Meth-
odist Episcopal Church, and in political affairs al-
ways cast his ballot in favor of Republican candi-
d.ates. He draws a pension from the Government
amounting to $30 per month, on account of in-
juries which he received while in the army.


JAMES M. ARMSTRONG. Probably no man
in the section of Guernsey Mill is better
known or more public-spirited than the gen-
tleman whose name opens this sketch, now
occupjing the position of Postmaster. He is also
tiie proprietor of a general mercantile establisli-
ment, in which will be found all the articles need-
ful in both the town and country household.

The parents of our subject were Abraham and
ISfary (Patterson) Armstrong, and his birth occur-
red in Jefferson Township, Guernsey County, Oc-
tober 19, 1853. He was one in a family of three
children, and received a fair education in the dis-
trict school of the locality. When ready to estab-
lish a home of his own he was married, October 19,
1882, to Miss Mary E. Bennett, daughter of Em-
met S. and Mary A. (Rogers) Bennett, natives of
Harrison and Tuscarawas Counties, this state. The
tliree children whicli !iave come to bless their union
are named respectively: Clarence M., Bertha M.

and Fred A. They are all attending school in the
neighborhood, and it is the intention of the par-
ents to give them good education.';.

On first starting out in life for himself our sub-
ject went to Cambridge and entered the dry-goods
store of a Mr. Raney, with whom he remained
for three years, in the mean time acquiring a
good understanding of the manner of carrying
on tlic business. At the end of that time he re-
turned home, and for the following twelve 3'ears
had charge of his father's farm. This kind of em-
ployment and life not being at all congenial to
him, he abandoned it as soon as practicable and
came to Guernsey Mill, or, .as the postoffice is called,
Clio, and opened up a general store of merchan-
dise, which he has conducted in a very profitable
-manner ever since. Mr. Armstrong is also Post-
master of the place, having the office located in
his store. He is a man of progressive mind, and
is noted for many characteristics inherited from
his honored father, and st.inds high in the com-
munity as a representative of one of the best fam-
ilies in Guernsey County. He has been a member
of the United Presbyterian Church for the past ten
years, while his wife has worshiped with that de-
nomination since fourteen years of age.

The father of Mrs. Armstrong was born near
Tippecanoe, Ohio, September 24, 1827, and her
mother's birth occurred in Tuscarawas County,
April 24, 1830. A fuller history of this worthy
couple will be found in the sketch of PIS. Bennett
elsewhere in this volume. The brothers and sis-
ters of Mrs. Armstrong are: Thomas T., Emma J.,
Virginia E., Emmet C, William P. and Hattie.
The eldest son, who was born in October, 1850,
married Martha A. Warren, and has six children:
Charles D., Frank J., Robert C, James O., Otto L.
and Emmet I. Emma J. married W. A. AUender,
December 19, 1875, and two children, Hattie
L. and Emmet W. Virginia became the wife of
John C. Hines, and lives in Centre Township,
Guernsey County. Their family comprise the fol-
lowing-named children: Mary A., William W.,
James T., Nancy E., Emmet O. and Corwin. Em-
met C. married, March 9, 1893, Phebe .Johnson, and
makes his home in Jefferson Township; William P.
was married May 11, 1889, to Mary Booth, and to


them have been granted two daughters and a son,
namely: Mary C, Dorothy A. and Edwin.

The mother of our subject is still living, aged
eighty-five years, aild makes her home with him.
She has quite an interesting history, and we take
pleasure in presenting her sketch to the readers on
another page.


^~y EORGE CROW, a progressive farmer of
^Tf Spencer Township, Guernsey County, is
well and favorably known in this scctici.
He has alwa3's lived at the old homestead with his
father, and from boyhood has been interested in its
cultivation and management, his principal atten-
tion being given to raising sheep. He owns one
hundred and sixty acres in Clinton County, Mo.,
which he leases to a responsible tenant. In poli-
tics he is a Democrat, and has served as Township
Trustee, but has never been an office-seeker.

The great-grandfather of our subject was a na-
tive of Germany, and, as far as known, was the
only member of his family to come to the United
States. He settled in Greene County, Pa., on a
farm in Wheeling Creek, which is still owned b^'
his heirs. There his sou Michael, our subject's
grandfather, and four other sons and several
daughters were born. The former bore the names
of John, Frederick, Martin and Peter. One day
these sons, who were out hunting, were attacked by
Indians, John being killed and Frederick and Mar-
tin badly wounded. Tiiere was a fort on the Crow
Farm for refuge during Indian outbreaks. In
1791 four of the daughters previously referred to
started on a visit to Braddock, five miles distant,
and when only a mile from the fort were met b^-
their brother Michael, who tried to persuade them
to return, as he believed the Indians were on the
warpath. They could not be convinced of danger,
and continued their journey a short distance, when
they were attacked by a party of Indians, who
scalped three of their number. Tenu, the eldest,
was struck in the back by a tomahawk and fell

inio an evergreen thicket, fortunately escaping the
notice of the redmen. She later married a Mr.
McBride, and became a pioneer of Koble County,
Ohio. The fift'i daughter, Mary, married Hiram
Gray, and died in Pennsylvania. Michael Crow
passed to his final rest on the homestead which has
been in the possession of the family since it was
entered in 1759. His wife was Miss Nancy John-
son, and to them were born four sons and five
daughters, as follows: William J.; John, of Dela-
ware County, lad.; Jacob, of Marshall County,
W. Va.; Michael, on the old homestead; and JMrs.
Marj' Lazier, Mrs. Sarah Patterson, Mrs. Betsey
Spillman, Mrs. Nancy Job and Mrs. Lottie Carl.

AVilliam J., father of George Ciow, was born
January 17, 1809, and died January 2, 1895. He
was reared on a farm, and in 1825 went to Noble
County, Ohio. He settled on a one hundred and
sixty acre farm in Buffalo Township, and after-
ward bought about nine hundred acres in Noble
and Guernsey Counties. In 1856 he purchased
three hundred and sixty acres, the place where our
subject now resides, and also owned another farm
of two hundred and forty acres east of Cumber-
land. Altogether, he was the possessor of about
fifteen hundred acres, which he accumulated by
his own industr}- and tiiriftiness of disposition.
He was a life-long Democrat, and after reaching his
majority never missed casting his ballot, with one
exception. For over sixty years he was a faithful
member of the Presbyterian Church, to which his
wife also belonged.

jMrs. William J. Crow was in her girlhood Miss
Jane Johnson, and was born iu Buffalo Township,
Noble County, January 17, 1815. Her parents,
John and Mary (Burns) Johnson, were natives of
AVashington County, Pa., and in 1811 removed to
Ohio, the father driving the wagon, while the wife
rode on horseback. He entered one hundred and
sixty acres of land, which he improved, and there
he lived until his death, in 1862, at the age of
seventy-six years. His good wife died some three
years later. They reared the following children:
William, deceased; Alexander, who was drowned
on the 4th of .July, 1831, while swimming his horse
across Mill's Creek; Jane, Nane3', James, Jesse,
William, Ebenezer and Mrs. Martha Laughlin,



Mr. Johnson was tlie son of one William Jolmson,
■who was t)ovn and learcd in Gi'ecne Count}-, Pa.,
and whose fatlicr was kidnapped and brought
from Ireland to the I'nited States.

In a family of nine children (ioorge Crow is the
fourth in order of Ijirtli. Michael served for a
short time with the home guards during Morgan's
raid. The others were John, Emma, Alexander
and Nancy J. Tiiree died in infancy. Alexander
was killed by the explosion of a boiler while liv-
ing in Missouri.

December 27, 18G9, George Crow married Arti-
niisie Knox, who was born in Marsiiall County,
Vft. Mer parents were William A. and Caroline
(Dobbs) Knox, the father a miller by occupation.
To our subject and his wife have been born three
children, one of whom has been called to the bet-
ter land, the others being Harry K. and Homer J.
Mr. and Mrs. Crow aie members of the Presby-
terian Cluuch.

JEPTfIA AV. SMITH. A compendium of bio-
graphical sketches of Guernsey County
would be incomplete without an outline of
the life of the above-named gentleman, who,
.although comparatively young, has gained an en-
viable reputation. He is at present engaged in
farm pursuits in Millwood Township, of which
place he is a native, having been born here Jan-
uary 14, 1852.

The parents of our subject were Jonah and Han-
nah (Webster) Smith, the former of whom was the
original owner of the land now occupied by Qua-
ker City. He w^as born in the Shenandoah Valley,
Loudoun County, Ya.. February 17, 1797, and re-
mained in his native place until a lad of eighteen
years. Then starting out for himself, he came
westward and settled near Barncsville, Belmont
County, Ohio, from which place he later removed
into what is now Millwood Township. He entered
a large tract of land from the Government and
laid out the town of Millwood, now Quaker City.

He owned several horses and wagons, which were
kept Inisy teainiDg on the National Pike, going
between Cumberland, Md., and Belmont, this state.
At the same time he was the proprietor of a general
store in Millwood, which greatly added to his in-
come. Tills business he disposed of in 1853, and
gave his entire attention to farming and teaming
during the balance of bis life. He was very prom-
inent in the affairs of his neighborhood, and for
the period of eighteen years served as Justice of
the I'eace. In politics he was first a Whig and
later a Republican, and in religious affairs a mem-
ber of the Society of Friends. He departed this
life M.ay 28, 1874, greatly honored and respected
by rich and poor throughout the county.

Jonah Smith came to Plainfield, Belmont Coun-
ty, Ohio, in 1815. He was thrice married, his first
comiKinion being Rebecca Engle. She became the
mother of six children and died May 1, 1836.
Caleb, who was born in 1823, now resides in Iowa;
Mary J., born in 1821, is deceased; Phebe C,
born in 1826, is also deceased; Thomas, born in
1828, is a resident of Washington Count}', Ohio;
Jesse, born December 27,1831, is deceased, as is
also William, born in 1834.

The father of our subject was married Septem-

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