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one 3'cars, and at the present time is Elder in tiie
Reformed Cliurcli. For the past eight years lie lias
filled the responsible oHice of Treasurer of tlie Tus-
carawas County Sunday -scliool Association. He is
Democratic in politics.

To our subject and his estimable wife there
has been granted a family of nine children, eigiit
of whom arc living, namely: Albert N., a resident
of Kansas City; Ernest E., at college at Tiffin, Oliio;
Ann B., Lewis A., John J., Victor C, Herbert M.
and Margaret L. Clara L. died when an infant of
seven months. Mrs. Doerschuk was born in Slianes-
ville, December 5, 1849, and is tlie daughter of
Rev. John G. and Wilhelinina (Kappcl) Zahner.
Her father was a native of Oberdegsheiin, Ger-
many, and was born December 21, 1821. He was
educated in the Baslim College of Switzerland,
from which he was graduated in 1846. On ac-
count of [)Oor health, he crossed the Atlantic the
same year, and entered the Lancaster (Pa.) Semi-
nary, in order to become familiar with the English
language. In the fall of the following year he lo-
cated in Shanesville, having under his charge eight
churches. In 1858 he went to Ragersville, this
state, having been appointed pastor of five cliurches
in that neighborhood. Ten years later we find
that he located in New Philadelphia, where he had
but three charges. In the spring of 1872 he came
to Shanesville, ministering to tliree congregations.
He was a finely educated gentleman, and his writ-
ings appeared in the "Church Messenger," pub-
lished at Philadelphia, Pa., and the Reformed
Cliurch paper of Cleveland. He translated sev-
eral noted German works into the Englisli lan-
guage, among tliein being Dr. Bausman 'a: '"Travels
Around the World."

Rev. John G. Zaliner married Miss Kappel in
1847, in Pittsburg, Pa. She was born in Hesse-
Darmstadt, August 18, 1823, and was the daughter
of Lewis and Philipena (Schoeneck) Kappel, born
respectively, in Hesse-Cassel and Worms, Germany.
Her father was conversant with several languages,
and held an official position in his native land.
He reared one son and five daughters, of whom
Mrs. Zahner was the second in order of birth.

The father of John Doerschuk's wife reared a
family of ten children. Lewis is an Episcopal

minister of Adams, Mass.; Robert is a prominent
attorney of Atlanta, Ga.; Augustus is a banker,
and resides in Abilene, Kan.; William is a drug-
gist of Kansas City, Mo.; Mary C. is Mrs. Doer-
schuk; Louisa is living in Seneca County, thisstate;
Cliarlotte is Mrs. C. S. Belknap; Emma is the wife
of Rev. M. Noll, of Knoxville, Ohio; Clara mar-
ried O. C. Williams, of Cincinnati; and Minnie,
now Mrs. Charles Haffner, lives in Bloomvilie, this
state. The mother of these children came to the
United States with a Lutheran minister, Rev.
Philip Passavant, in 1847, and located in Pitts-
burg. The journey across the Atlantic consumed
thirty-five days, and soon after landing in New
York she went to Baltimore, thence to Philadel-
phia, and finally made settlement in the Smoky

The subject of this sketch is highly esteemed by
those who know him for his upright and consis-
tent Christian life, and is therefore deserving of
the respect conferred upon him.



/^ RAYTON NORMAN, one of the enterpris-
^y ing and respected business men of New
Comerstown, has been employed in con-
ducting a livery business for the past year. He
has a large and well selected line of carriages, and
keeps a good grade of horses. Though a young
man, he lias given evidence of liis abilit3', and his
future career promises well, judging by the past.

Our subject is a son of Christian Norman a na-
tive of Coshocton County, this state, and a farmer
by occupation. His present wife, formerly Miss
Hannah McClary, was born in the same county as
was her husband, and b}' her marriage she has be-
come the mother of ten children, all but one of
whom are living. By a former marriage Mr. Nor-
man had five children, four of whom survive. Of
the sons in this family, all are farmers with the ex-
ception of our subject.

Cray ton Norman was born February 8, 1864,
in Coshocton County, this state, and was reared on


his fatlier's farm. He was early instructed in tlie
various duties pertaining to tiie proper manage-
ment of a farm, and on starting out in life for
himself, at first followed this line. He received a
good education in the schools of bis home neigh-
borhood, and is well informed on the general and
current topics of the day. A good opportunity
presenting itself, he concluded to embark in the
livery business, and in 1893 assumed charge of
his present stand. He has been quite successful
in this venture, and is becoming well known and
popular in this locality. In his political belief he
is a Republican, and on attaining his majority his
first Presidential vote was cast for Benjamin Har-

.January 17, 1889, Mr. Norman was united in
marriage with Miss Luella Henderson, of Coshoc-
ton County, and a daughter of George and Lovina
Henderson. Two children were born to our sub-
ject and his estimable wife, and bear the names of
Charles Franklin and Lloyd Earl.


JOHN J. BIRK, one of the respected German-
American citizens of Sandy Township, owns
a good homestead near Mineral Point, but
leases a large share of it for mining pur-
poses. He has served for two terms as Township
Treasurer, for eleven years was Treasurer of the
Mineral City Special School District, and lias served
as Township Trustee. In former years he was a
Whig, but is now a stalwart Republican. In all
matters pertaining to the public good he takes an
active and leading part, being especially interested
in the matter of affording good educational privi-
leges to the rising generation.

The birth of our subject occurred in Iloehdorf,
Wurtemberg, Germany, .January 6, 1829, and in
the same locality his parents, Tobias and Rosanna
M. (Smith) Birk, were likewise born. They were
the parents of four children: Lewis F., who died
at Zoar, Ohio, at the age of eighteen years; Chris-

tian, now of Louisville, Ky.; John J. and Rosanna
M/ Wanner. Tobias Birk was born May 8, 1791,
and his wife was born six years later, on the 29tb
of August. They came to the United States in
the spring of 1840, leaving Germany on the 13th
of March, and arriving at Zoar, this state, June 19
following. The father had learned the shoemak-
er's trade in his native land, and continued this
pursuit until his death, which occurred May 6,
18GC. In the spring of 1843 he located on the
farm where our subject now resides, and here he
lived until his demise. He reared in the faith
of the German Lutheran Church, but after coming
to this country became identified with the Ger-
man Reformed denomination. In politics he was
lirst a Whig, and subsequently a Republican. Mrs.
Rosanna Birk died March 20, 1856, about ten
years before her husband. She was a daughter of
Jacob Smith, a weaver by trade, who also followed

John J. Birk received a good German school
education, and was eleven years of age when,
with the other members of the family, he came to
the United States. It was not his privilege to at-
tend the English schools, but for three weeks he
was a student at Zoar. After his father located on
a farm, he began working for his board, and since
that time has given the major portion of his at-
tention to agriculture. He now owns the home-
stead of fifty acres, which is very valuable, both on
account of being adjacent to Mineral Point, and
because of the coal underneath its surface. The
railroad passed through a part of his farm, and the
land tlius condemned was paid for at a good rate.

On the* 2d of October, 1851, Mr. Birk married
Miss Mary Borway, who was born in Sandy Town-
ship. Her parents, Michael and Mary Borway,
were natives of the Keystone State. The former,
one of the sturdy pioneers of Ohio, was born
on the 4tli of March 1791, and died June 29, 1875,
at tlie good old age of eighty-five years. He was a
hero of the War of 1812. To Mr. and Mrs. Birk
were born a son and daughter: Rosanna M., who
died at the age of four years; and Charles William-
The latter is very fond of music, and has been
a teacher of that art. In company with bis wife
and son, our subject is an active member of the


Reformed Cliurcli, and is an Elder in tlie congre-
gation, his son occupying tlie office of Deacon.
Tlie family are raucli respected by all who have
the pleasure of their acquaintance, for they are in-
dustrious, intelligent and honorable citizens.


HOSEA FISHER. The simple record of an
honorable life is the best monument that
can be reared to any citizen, and we shall
therefore not attempt to enlarge upon the history
of this gentleman, who is one of Dover Town-
ship's most reputable residents. He is the pro-
prietor of the fine estate on which he is now liv-
ing retired from the active duties of life.

A native of Pennsylvania, our subject was born
in Beaver County, February G, 1828, and is the
son of Frederick and Catherine (Kurtz) Fisher,
natives of Germany, the former born in Baden,
and the latter in Wurtembcrg. The father emi-
grated to the United States in 1805, first locating
in Baltimore, Md., whence he afterward moved to
Beaver County, Pa. Mrs. Fisher, who had come to
America four years previously, had also made her
home in Baltimore, where she met and married
Mr. Fisher. She departed this life October 16,
1841, when in her forty-third year. Her husband
survived her many years, passing away June 8,
1854, in Dover Township, this county.

The parents of our subject had nine children.
George, a retired carpenter and lumber dealer,
lives in Ft. Wayne, Ind.; Mathias died March 14,
1894; Ilosea, of this sketch, was next in order of
birth; Benjamin resides in York Township, Tus-
carawas County; Paulina is the wife of Phillip
Ebertt, and makes her home in Christian County,
111.; Richard died in infancy; Caroline, who is also
deceased, was the wife of Nathan Bair, of Christian
County, 111.; Rebecca, who married John Kohr,
and made her home in Indiana, is deceased; and
Rachel, who married Joseph AUeshouse, is a resi-
dent of Dover Township.

He whose name heads this sketch was educated
in the common schools of Pleasant Hill, in Do-

ver Township. Although the rude temple of
learning would in no way compare with the ele-
gant structures which tlie youth of to-day attend,
nor the advantages offered at that time with those
of the present, ^et he made the best of his oppor-
tunities and is well informed on all subjects of
importance and interest.

The parents of our subject came to Tuscarawas
County in an early day, first locating in Sandy-
ville Township, on a farm belonging to a man by
the name of Foarits. This was in 1831, and there
the family lived for nine years, when the father
came to Dover Township with his children, his
wife having died on the above farm. Here he
purchased two hundred acres of fine land, which
he immediately set about improving in a most
thorough manner, and of this tract our subject
now owns one hundred and sixty-eight and a-half

Hosea Fisher was reared on the home farm and
assisted his father in its cultivation until attain-
ing his twentj-'fourth year, when he purchased
property of his own, which he has since managed
in a profitable manner. The house, barn and va-
rious buildings on his place are of a substantial
character, conveniently located and sufficiently
adequate for their respective purposes. Mr. Fisher
has been very successful in this branch of work,
and is now living retired, surrounded by all the
comforts of life.

When ready to establish a home of his own, our
subject was married, November 10, 1861, to Miss
Amanda, daughter of Andrew D. and Leah (Baker)
Swiliart, natives of Westmoreland County, Pa.
She was born in this county, April 3, 1843, and
was given the advantages of obtaining a good ed-
ucation. Her parents came to Tuscarawas Coun-
ty in a very early day and arc both now deceased.
The father was born October 26, 1808, and died
April 7, 1876; while his good wife, whose birth oc-
curred March 20, 1811, departed this life April
21, 1867. Their family comprised seven children.
Sarah, born January 6, 1833, died November 8,
1839; Mary C, whose birth occurred November
27, 1835, and who was the wife of John Lewis,
died July 15, 1893; Siuii)son,born March 26, 1837,
died January 27 of the following year; Philip, born



December 25, 1839, died August 30, 1869; Will-
iam, born October 1. 1841, died October 18, 1869;
Amanda, Mrs. Fisher, was the next in order of
birth; Margaret, born December 9, 1846, mairied
Sanford Arnold, and is living in Lamed, Kan.

Our subject and his estimable wife have become
tiie parents of ten children. Edward, born Marcli

26, 1863, married Elizabeth A. Wagner, and they
have two children, Wilbert C. and P^rraa I.; Leah,
born December 19, 1864, died August 24, 1865;
M.aggie, born July 30, 1866, is tlie wife of J. P.
Wagner, and the motherof three daughters, Wilnia
D., Ruby P. and Susan Irene; Charles, bom March

27, 1868, married Maggie Walker, and has two
children, Harold and Ralph W.; Mary C, born

July 8, 1869, is at home; Cora M., born June 30,
1871, is the wife of Charles H. Horn, of Canal
Dover; Jessie F., born Marcli 7, 1874, died July
22 of that year; Ada L., born January 31, 1876,
died six months later; Harvey, born September 12,
187S, and Frederick, born November 3, 1849, arc
both at home and attending school in Dover.

Our subject and his family are all members in
good standing of the Lutheran Church. In poli-
tics he is a strong Republican, and cast his first
Presidential vote for Franklin Pierce. Although
never an aspirant for oflice, he has ever borne his
part in public enterprises, and is to-day very much
respected throughout the community in which he



Hon. Nathan Hampson Barber.

the present representative of Guernsey
County in tbe Legislature, and a leading
lawyer of Cambridge, widely and favorably known
throughout this section of the state for ability in
his profession, influence in politics, and genial dis-
position. The son of Mathew and Tabitha (Shep-
herd) Barber, he was born on his father's home-
stead, one and one-half miles west of Morristown,
Belmont County, Ohio, whereon he passed his
boyhood years and began his education in the dis-
trict schools of that neighborhood. In course of
time he was sent to advance his studies at Musk-
ingum College, in Muskingum County, this state,
and from there to Washington and Jefferson (Pa.)
College, but was compelled, on account of serious
sickness, to leave the latter institution three months
prior to his graduation.

Our subject began to study law with Danford 3, K. of P. Both Mr. Barber and his
wife are members of the Methodist Church of this

WILLIAM B. CROXTON, a prominent
and wealthy farmer of York Township,
is now living retired from business
cares, simply overseeing the coal mines and other
property belonging to himself and wife. Since
1873 he has dwelt on the farm known as the Hen-
ry Anderman Homestead, it being situated on
section 14.

The birth of Mr. Croxton occurred January 12,
1832, in Carroll County, Ohio. His father, the
Hon. John G. Croxton, came from a good old Vir-
ginian family, and his birth occurred in Brooke
County, October 19, 1803. His father, William,
was a native of Chester County, Pa., and his father,
a native of Croxton 's Park, England, emigrated
to the United States in company with William
Penn. The mother of our subject was in her Kirl-



hood Susan B. Smith. She was born at St. Johns-
buiy Plains, Vt., and is a daughter of Ben-
jamin and Lidey B. (Emory) Smith, natives
of Maine and Vermont, respectively. They
were descendants of early Puritan families, wiio
were among the first settlers in the Plymouth Rock
Colony. To Hon. John Croxton and his wife
were born four sons and three daughters, as fol-
lows: William B., our subject; Henrietta, wife of
J. H. Barnhill, of New Philadelphia; Josephine, de-
ceased; John G., Jr., whose home is in Philadelphia,
Pa.; Benjamin F., deceased; Samuel W., of Cleve-
land, Ohio; and Alice, wife of George Hopkins,
now located in ('anal Dover. The father of this
family died in February, 1894, at the good old age
of ninety years. During the last twenty years
of his life he lived at Canal Dover. He was very
popular in that community and was Mayor of the
place for four years. He served as Justice of the
Peace for a period of six years, and in 1845 took
the census of Carroll County.

The boyhood and youth of William B. Croxton
were passed at the home of his parents. When he
had reached the age of twenty years he went out
to seek his fortune, though he had previously
taught school for three years. Subsequently he
found work as a clerk in a dry-goods store at
Uhrichsville, where he was employed for three
years. Then, going to New Philadelphia, he stud-
ied law with the Hon. George W. Mcllvaine and
David W. Stanbaugh, who were legal practitioners
at that point. After three years of study Mr.
Croxton was duly admitted to the Bar at Zanes-
ville, Ohio. Soon afterwards he commenced prac-
tice at New Philadelphia with the Hon. Judge J.
H. Barnhill, with whom he remained for two years.
The War of the Rebellion coming on about then,
Mr. Croxton went to AVashington, D. C, where
he was ofifered a clerkship in the Pension Office.
This position he accepted, and there remained for
two years and a-half. Returning to Ohio, he was
offered the position of bookkeeper in a blast fur-
nace and pig-iron manufactory near Canal Dover.
At the end of three years he went into partnership
with his two brothers, William and Benjamin, in a
general merchandise undertaking at Canal Dover.
He followed this successfully for eight years, after

which ho disposed of his interest and came to his
present home.

October 17, 1859, occurred the marriage of Will-
iam Croxton and Caroline Anderman, who was
born August 23, 1834. Her father, Henry Ander-
man, was a native of Prussia, while her mother,
whose maiden name was Anna B. Scott, was born
in Scotland. In 1835 Mr. and Mrs. Anderman set
sail for Ameiica, and for four years lived on the
homestead now occupied by our subject. After-
wards they were for tliirty-three years inhabitants
of New Philadelphia, but finally returned to the
old homestead, whore they passed the remainder of
their lives.

Two sons and a daughter have been born to
William and Caroline Croxton. Annie B. is un-
married; Lewis A. is a resident of Philadelphia,
Pa.; and Henry Butler is engaged in the lumber
business at Odbert, this county.

The early education of our subject was obtained
in the old-fashioned log-cabin school, which he at-
tended until he was about ten years of age. When
fourteen years old, he entered the Madison Center

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 56 of 83)