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one hundred and seventy-five acres, for which
homestead he paid !S;9,000. In 1871 he purchased
a store in Sarahsville, but at the end of two years
sold out. Returning to agricultural pursuits, he
gradually drifted into sheep-raising, and was the
most extensive grower of wool in this portion of
the state. Afterward for several years he was In-
firmary Director of Noble County.

The only brother of our subject is William L.,
who began teaching at the age of fourteen years,
and has continued in that profession, in connec-
tion with farming, for twenty-eight years. He
was married when in his nineteenth j'ear, and con-
tinued to live on his father's farm, working also
in the latter's store for two years. His father
tlien gave tlie young man a small farm, which he
afterward sold, purchasing a place of forty acres
near Ava. This farm he increased to one hundred
and fifty acres, and still owns the place, besides
which lie has one hundred and forty acres in
Brown County, Ind. For two years he ran a hard-
ware store in Sarahsville, and after selling out he
invested the money in another farm near Ava.
This he also sold later and bought a general store
at Scnecaville, which he is now conducting. He
married Belinda Secrest, by whom he had six chil-
dren, namely: William, who is living in Cam-
bridge, and, in connection witii Upperman &
McGrew, is working a coal mine; Johanna, now
Mrs. William Bell, of Summerfield, whose husband
is a bridge carpenter on the Bellaire, Zanesville &
Cincinnati Railroad; Jonathan; Samuel; Lora; and
the youngest, a girl, unnamed.

Dr. Elmer E. Vorhies was educated in the vil-
lage of his birth, and at the early age of nineteen



ye.ats nianied Miss Minnie 15. Cooper, of Monroe
County. For about four ycirs afterward lie was
employed in farming, and tiien, buying a general
store, conducted the same for a. jcar. Selling out,
lie returned to agricultural pursuits for a year, and
liis next venture was in running a hardware store
for about two years. After this he became a rail-
road employe, the position which he occupied
being that of baggage-master. Subsequently he
was engaged by the Adams Express Compan3' to
act as route agent, and while there the young man
accumulated a sufficient sum of money to take him
through a course of medical training. In 1889
Dr. Vorliies entered the Columbus Medical College,
liaving been previously prepared for the work b^'
his reading with Profs. W. D. and C. S. Hamilton.
After his graduation he was appointed physician
in charge of Mt. Carmel Hospital, and during his
two years' service in that capacitj- was assistant in
a number of difficull operations. For two years
after leaving the hospital the Doctor engaged in
practice in Columbus, lie tiicii suffered a very
serious spell of sickness, and while he was conva-
lescent moved to Cambridge. He has built up a
good reputation and a lucrative practice iji this
city and surrounding country, and is particularly
noted for his knowledge and skill as a surgeon.

To Dr. Vorhies and wife have been born two
children, viz.: Charles Homer, .June 20, 1885, and
Clyde, October 11, 1887. Mrs.Vorhies is a daugh-
ter of Charles and Jane Cooper, and was born No-
vember 25, 1865. The young couple are active
workers in the Methodist Episcopal Church, to
which the former's parents also belong. Dr. Vor-
hies is a member of the State Medical Society, and
socially is a Mason, an Odd Fellow and a Knight
of Pythias of the Uniformed Rank.

The mother of Dr. Vorhies is a daughter of Jon-
athan P. Williams, a descendant of the famous
Roger Williams. Jonathan P. was boin in Maine,
and moved to Westmoreland County, Pa., thence
to Washington County. For some time he ran
on a canal-boat between Cincinnati and Browns-
ville, Pa. He married a Miss Ward, of Pennsyl-
vania, and after her death married Mrs. Hannah
Ballard. By his first union he had five children,
all of whom are living and now over fifty years

of age. By his second wife he had four children,
two of whom are deceased. Mr. Williams drove
from Pennsylvania to Chaseville, Ohio, and settled
upon a farm in that locality, where he died at the
age of eighty-five years. He professed religion in
a prayer-meeting, and was licensed to preach in the
Methodist Episcopal denomination. For many
years he was very active as an evangelist and re-

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last twenty years has been a resident of
Canal Dover, is the proprietor of the Sugar
Creek Salt Works, which he in 1875 leased, and pur-
chased in 1879. It is the only one in this line in the
county, and has a daily capacity of eighty barrels
of salt. The yield of bromine is also very great,
the year 1883 producing twenty-five thousand

The original of this sketch was born in Penn-
sylvania, in Norristown, October 7, 1837. He is
the son" of Jacob and Ann (Whitney) Bodey, also
natives of the Keystone State. His father was a
building contractor, following that occupation dur-
ing the greater part of his active life. The first
representative of this branch of the family in
America was in the person of Henry Bodey, the
grandfather of our subject, who came hither from
his native Prussia, and located in Montgomery
County, Pa. On the maternal side he is a descend-
ant of Samuel Whitney, of Connecticut, who came
from England with others, all quite young to
join the Continental troops, and was disabled at
Yorktown. Afterward he was Port Collector of
Boston, Mass., and founded the well known Whit-
ney family, including the inventor of the cotton

The parental household included nine children,
of whom Ciiarles W. was the eldest. After a pre-
paratory course of study in the public schools of
his native place, he entered the National Military
College at Bristol, Pa., and after mastering the
curriculum of that institution was a student in the



Polytecbnic College of the State of Pennsjlvania,
at Philadelphia, from which he was graduated as a
mining engineer willi the Class of '57, and in
1860 received his diploma as M. M. E. (Master of
Mine Engineering) for having successfuU}' fol-
lowed his profession. Soon after completing his
education, Mr. Bodey was appointed assistant
chemist of the Pennsylvania Salt Manufacturing
Companj' at Natrona, Pa., in which capacity he
continued during the fall of 1858. From 1859 to
1863 he filled the position of sui)erintendentof the
Aramingo Chemical Works of Pliiladelphia, dur-
ing which time he remodeled, built and managed
for the same company the Camden Chemical
Works, in Camden, N.J.

From 1863 to 1865 Mr. Bodey was lessee of the
Chestnut Grove Iron Furnace, of Adams County,
Pa., which business he prosecuted with gratifying
results. In the last-named year, however, he re-
turned to Natrona, and was engaged as resident
manager of the Pennsylvania Salt Manufacturing
Company, having under his supervision six hun-
dred employes. After furthering the interests of
the company for about six months, he left this
lucrative position and soon after engaged in the
manufacture of bromine at Freeport, Pa.

Dr. David Alter, who was the first to engage in
the manufacture of bromine in the United States,
established this business in 1849, and carried it
on until 1857, when he abandoned it. Conse-
quently our subject has the distinction of being
the first to revive its manufacture in the ITnion.
The first six months after engaging in tlie enter-
prise, he turned out about one tliousand pounds,
the demand at that time being very limited; Imt it
has since increased, until at the present time the
annual product in the United States is nearly four
liundred thousand pounds.

When ready to establish a home of his own, Mr.
Bodey was married, April 8, 1864, to Miss Alice
H., daughter of Francis L. and Caroline Wliitney
Cooper, of Philadelphia, Pa. To tliem five children
were born, of whom the eldest, William II., is de-
ceased. His deatli, which occurred at the age of
seventeen years, was the result of injuries received
in his father's foundry. Carrie C, the eldest
daughter, is the wife of Robert A. Lawrence;

Annie W. is at home; Charles F. is employed in his
father's business; and Francis C. is also at home.

January 27, 1894, tlie community in which Mrs.
Bodey resided was called upon to mourn her un-
timely loss. Slie was a most estimable lady, and
passed away in the meridian of womanhood. Slie
took a deep and lively interest in the educational
field, and her name is written in unfading char-
acters in tlie schools of her native cit^-. She was a
woman of a most singularly blameless life, and
commanded without effort the respect of every-
body. Her disposition was amiable, her manner
quiet and unobtrusive, and her decision when cir-
cumstances demanded it was prompt, firm and
immovable. She did nothing from impulse, but
carefully considered her course, and with almost
infallible judgment came to conclusions that her
conscience approved, and then nothing moved
her from them.

Mrs. Bodey was graduated from the Girls' Nor-
mal School in Philadelphia in 1856. When but
seventeen years of age she was granted her first
certificate as assistant grammar-school teacher; and
at the age of nineteen received a certificate as first
assistant, ranking high in a class of sixty-five. At
the age of twenty she stood tliird in a class of
fifty, and first in a class of twenty-eight. At sub-
sequent examinations when twenty-two she was
granted a certificate to fill the position of Principal
of the Girls' Grammar School of Philadelphia.
She was an indefatigable worker, and when teach-
ing gave strict attention to her professional
duties. She continued her successful career as
teacher in the Philadelphia grammar schools until
her marriage, April 8, 1864. April 15, 1875, Canal
Dover became her home, and here her work and
life have left a lasting impress, and her memory
is enshrined in the hearts of man^^ people.

The father of our subject, who was a most prom-
inent Abolitionist, was one of the agents of the
"underground railroads," his duties being to
furnish the carriages to convey the negroes from
Norristown to Morristown. On the occasion of
the Christiana riots in Pennsylvania, the slave
who w.as the bone of contention was sent in this
way to Canada, but the event left in the community
such a feeling of indignation, that the United States


Maishal for the district, appointed through the in-
fluence of Thaddcus Stevens, so selected the jurors
that the trial of the parlies concerned in these riots
ended in failure to convict and resulted in the
practical nullification of the Fugitive Slave Law in
Pennsylvania. Charles \V., of this sketch, is a
true-blue Republican, and active in the affairs of
his part}'. He stands immovable on what he be-
lieves to be right, and under all (jircumstances has
the courage of his convictions. He believes in
protecting public enterprises, and at all times con-
tributes his share toward maintaining measures
calculated to be of benefit to his community. He
was a member of the School Board at the time of
the building of the elegant schoolhouse, and
although liberal in the expenditure of his own
means, was always opposed to the extravagant use
of public funds, and set his face immovably against
everything that savored of favoritism or jobbery.

JACOB PEARCH is a worthy representative
of an old and respected family. He is a
prominent citizen and business man of
Uhrichsville, where he owns extensive lum-
ber-yards. He has been engaged in this calling for
the past ten years, but for upwards of a quarter of
a century has been numbered among the inhabi-
tants of this city.

The ancestors of our subject were natives of
Germany. On coming to the United States they
first located in Virginia, and married into the
well known families of Ball and Lawyer. A part
of the family afterward went to Pennsylvania,
settling in Washington County, whence they came
to Ohio in tlie year 1814, and cast in their lot in
Carroll County. Conrad Pearch, the first of the
name of whom we have definite record, married
Catharine Tuchamiller, and to them were born
four children, Conrad, .Joseph, Hannah and John.
The eldest, born August 24, 1791, died March 13,
18G0. He married Barbara Essig, who was born

March 19, 1774, and died March 4, 1849, and eight
children were born of their union. Jolin, the di-
rect ancestor of our subject, was born March 29,
1803, and died July 16, 1887. Adam, born Septem-
ber 30, 1804, died April 15, 1837. Abraham, born
January 2, 1806, died November 1, 1880. He was
blinded by a blast while working on the canal at
Canal Dover in 1828. Jacob, born March 8, 1809,
died March 7, 1848. George, born March 3, 1819,
is deceased. Catharine, born June 30, 1811, died
in 1894. Elizabeth, born September 4, 1813, and
Joseph, June 11, 1817, arc both deceased, the lat-
ter dying February 13, 1854.

John Pearch, the eldest son of Conrad and Bar-
baia (Essig) Pearch, was twice married. His first
union w.is with Elizabeth Bairick, the ceremony
being performed March 28, 1826. His wife was
born February 11, 1801, and died January 27,
1841. They became the parents of eight children.
Conrad, horn January 4, 1827, is now a farmer in
Carroll Count}', Ohio. He married Eliza Jane
McDivitt, June 21, 1849. She was born April 25,
1826. Of their five children, Margaret Ann, born
April 4, 1850, married Thomas Rainsberger; Will-
iam John, born September 29, 1852, married Sarah
Ann Albaugh; Elizabeth, born August 19, 1854,
married Jacob Beamer; Win field Scott, born No-
vember 1, 1859, married Mary E. Daugherly; and
Alice Ad via, born July 27, 1867, became the wife
of John Capes. Catharine, born November 22,
1828, lives near New Cumberland, this state, and
has been an invalid since her ninth year. George,
born January 18, 1830, died November 27, 1845.
Ann Mary, born April 22, 1831, died September
29, 1847. John, born May 8, 1833, died August

17, 1870. He was married to Elmira McNeal, De-
cember 1, 1867. She was born November 3, 1840.
January 22, 1869, their only child, Althea M.,
was born. She became Ihe wife of George Rice,
January 4, 1887, and they have four children.
Jacob Pearch, born March 26, 1835, is the subject
of this sketch. Elizabeth, born August 4, 1837,
died March 29, 1865. Barbara, who was born May
19, 1839, married Isaac Barrick, May' 5, 1860. He
was born January 21, 1837, and died September

18, 1879. Of their seven children, John, who was
born April 4, 1861, married Julia Walker; Ethel-



inda, born December 24, 1862, became the wife of
David Daughei-ty; Melissa, born April 2, 1864,
married Winlield Tidrick; Melancthon, born April
1, 1866, married Etta Tressell; Abraham, born Sep-
tember 3, 1868, married Jane Steese; Alzada, born
January 19, 1870, married Richard Herron; and
Mar3' E., born October 2, 1874, became the wife of
Joe Ekes.

After the death of his first wife, the father of
tliis family married her sister, Ann Mary Barrick,
April 24, 1842. She was born June 5, 1814, and
died October 16, 1876. They had eight children.
Margaret, born April 26, 1843, died August 12,
1844. Huldah, born November 24, 1844, died Sep-
tember 17, 1845. Luther, born July 19, 1846, mar-
ried Tillie Herron, November 10, 1867. She was
born September 9, 1847. Of their five children,
Elva May was born August 30, 1868, and died
September 21, 1868; Walter Arthur was born Jan-
uary 11, 1870, and died March 2, 1873; William
Charles was born September 11, 1872; L. B. was
born February 13, 1875; James Ortho was born
January 31, 1877. Melancthon Pearch was born
March 11, 1848, and married Eliza M. Beamer,
September 4, 1870. She was born May 22, 1850.
Five children were born to them. Lyan Otto
was born September 19, 1871; Mary Esther, on the
29th of March, 1874; Oliver Enfield, on the 3d of
February, 1877; Harwood Mikesell, on the 9th of
December, 1879, and died March 4, 1889; and Bes-
sie May was born December 22, 1886, and died
November 14, 1892. Allen Pearch was born June
20, 1850, and died December 21, 1891. He was
married to Ann Wallace, March 31, 1871. She
was born May 28, 1848. Of their five children,
Ada Viola was born December 22, 1871; John
Wallace, January 10, 1874; Thomas Homer, Au-
gust 29, 1876; Arthur Garfield, September 12,
1878; and Ross Roy, July 20, 1886. James Pearch
was boru October 16, 1852, and was married to
Romania Van Buskirk, June 22, 1872. She was
born April 13, 1854. Their only child. Hazel
Crotell, was born August 29, 1885, and died Sep-
tember 20, 1888. Lovina Pearch was born March
12, 1855, and died September. 11, 1889. She was
married May 24, 1874, to John Herron, who was
born November 9, 1851. To them were born eight

children. Myrta Loretta was born February 24,
1875, and became the wife of Niles Belknap, Decem-
ber 25, 1894; Chloe Olive was born September 4,
^1876; Walter Herman, August 4, 1878; Vcrdes P:d-
son, August 5, 1880; James Ross, April 29, 1882;
Thomas Otes, October 14, 1884; Ha Jane, De-
cember 6, 1886; and Elert Wade, February 3,
1889. Emma Pearch was born July 15, 1858, and
died May 27, 1887. July 19, 1874, she became
the wife of William Herron, who was born March
29, 1853. Of their six children. Ores Orwood was
born February 27, 1876; Rovy Delphiue, June 11,
1878; Eva Bertha, September 25, 1880; Clara Elna,
October 17, 1882; Luther Herbert was born Octo-
ber 27, 1884, and died May 24, 1887; and Emma
was born May 20, 1887, and died June 17, 1887.

John Pearch, our subject's father, followed farm-
ing and milling all his life. He became a resident
of Carroll County in 1814. He it was who laid
out the town of Sherrodsville in Carroll County.

Jacob Pearch enlisted in Company K, One Hun-
dred and Tenth Regiment Ohio Infantry', on the
14th of November, 1862, and received an honora-
ble discharge from the service, December 24, 1863.
In September, 1864, he came to Tuscarawas Coun-
ty and began working on the Dennison Shops. No-
vember 28, 1865, he removed his family to Uhrichs-
ville, where he has ever since resided. From April
8, 1872, until July 31, 1881, he was employed in
the Dennison Sho])s. In the last-named year he
engaged in carpenterino for a time, and also
bought and shipped live stock. Soon after, when
the Monarch Coal Mine was opened, he was made
superintendent, and held this position for a time.
In July, 1884, he entered the lumber business,
which has since employed his time and attention.
Politically he is a supporter of the Republican

Jacob Pearch was married March 22, 1860, to
Eliza Palmer, whose birth occurred September 10,
1840, and who was called to the silent land De-
cember 13, 1884. Their eldest child, M.auillia
Maybelle, was born Februaiy 1, 1865. July 28,
1885, she became the wife of Tliom.is B. Ross, who
was born February 5, 1854. They have had two
children: Ray Ellsworth, born June 11, 1886, and
who died May 7, 1892; and William Byron, born



February 6, 1892. Reeiizo Rollo Peaicli was born
October 22, 1866, and died January 18, 1867.
Ortho Olio, born September 24, 1868, resides in
Wellsville, Oliio. December 24, 1891, he married
Mary A. Kraus, who was born August 25, 1871,
and they have two sons: Charles Arthur, born
February 16, 1894; and Paul Jacob, born January
26, 1895. Lecta Lulu, .born August 6, 1870, is un-
rairried. Ella Elvira, born January 20, 1872, mar-
ried Robert Beltz, March 11, 1891. He was born
August 7, 1869. They have two children: Bert-
ram Brock, born December 24, 1891; and Victor
Verne, October 10, 1893. Cecelia Celestine was
•born Januarj' 22, 1874. Ilarr}- Hope, born April 5,
1876, died August 22 of the same year. Verna
Valeria, born January 4, 1878, resides at homer

February 10, 1888, Jacob Pearch married Mrs.
Elizabeth West, and they have two children: J. J.,
born January 4, 1889; and Archie Ray, November
9, 1891.

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VALENTINE WILLS, deceased. Among all
classes and in every condition of life where
the struggle for a livelihood is going on,
there must perforce be numerous trials and hard-
ships to overcome before the ladder of fame and
financial success is climbed. The ear'.y years of our
subject were marked with serious disadvantages,
and his success was therefore a compliment to his
own exertions and ability. His life truly verified
the adage that "a bad beginning makes a good
ending," since at the time of his decease, in 1894,
he was the owner of a nourishing sawmill and the
possessor of seventeen hundred acres of land in
Goshen Township, Tuscarawas Count}-.

The original of this sketch was born Sei)tember
.3, 1824, in Licking County, Ohio, and was the son
of David and Catherine (Schuyler) Wills. The
parental faniil}' included nine children, of whom
Valentine was the eldest but one. David makes
his home in Lebancjn, Mo.; Fannie is the widow of
Solomon Landis, of Defiance County, this state;
Sarah married Louis llykes; Elizabeth is deceased.

as is likewise Lucy, who was the wife of a Mr. Har-
vey; Belinda married James Kelley, now deceased;
Isaac is a resident of Phillipsburgh, Mo.; and Rob-
ert died in infancy.

Valentine AV'ills, like other boys of that early
day, carried on his studies in the district school,
where he obtained a fair education. He was a lad
of nine years when his parents, in 1833, came to
Tuscarawas County. His first work away from
home was as a canal-boy, and the day after receiv-
ing his i)ay, which consisted of notes on the State
Bank, it failed, and he was thus defrauded out of
his small earnings.

One year prior to attaining his majority, our
subject began the operation of a brickyard in New
Philafleliihia. He found this line of business to be
very prolilable, and continued in it for a number
of years, or until renting a sawmill. This proper-
ty he later purchased, and carried on a good busi-
ness until the day of his death.

Ill 1850 Mr. Wills began life as a farmer in Go-
shen Township, on fifty-one acres of land, which
he had puichased. He was very successful in this
venture, as indeed he was in almost everything
which he undertook, and added to this tract from
time to time until M had increased it to seventeen
hundred acres. It was one of the most valuable
pieces of projierly in the township, and Mr. Wills
so managed it that he derived a handsome income
from its tillage.

The lady to whom our subject was first married
bore the name of Jerusha Everett, and to them
were born two children: David, now living near
New Cumberland, Ohio; and Mar}', the wife of
Kirk wood Arnold, of Beaver Dam, this state. May
3, 1856, he chose for his second companion Sarah,
daughter of Joseph and Susan (Misimen) Furney.
This union resulted in the birth of the following
five children: Charles II.; George W., who is
in business in Canal Dover; Francis M., of Goshen
Township; Albert E., managing the old homestead;
and Clara B.

Mr. Wills was numbered among the most suc-
cessful residents of the county, and had many
friends who recognized the nobility of his charac-
ter and realized that he deserved to be held in the
highest possible esteem,, as indeed he was. He


was a stanch Democrat in politics, but never as-
pired to official holding, preferring to devote iiis
time and attention to the management of his ex-
tensive interests. In his death, which occurred
January 3, 1894, the county' lost one of its most
valued citizens.


CTX LPHEUS RINGER. The following sketch

/ — \ is of one of the best known men of Guern-
sey County, who has lived here many
years, and is identified prominently witli tlie va-
rious interests of the neigliborhood. The family
record is an interesting one, and we give it in full-

Alpheus Ringer was born in Shenandoah County,
Va., April 22, 1825. He is a grandson of George
Ringer, a native of Germany, who was brought to
America when quite young by his parents. Tliis
was during Colonial times, and on the outbreak of
the Revolutionary War young George joined the
Continental army and fought for American inde-
pendence. On the close of hostilities he continued
to make his home in his adopted country, and for
many years enjoyed the blessing for which he

Jacob, the father of our subject, was also born
in Virginia, where he was reared to manhood on a
farm which his parents owned. When old enough
to choose an occupation for himself lie took up

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